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->''"Message for you, sir!"''
-->-- '''Concorde''', Lancelot's servant, ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''

You're on one side of a medieval or fantasy battle or castle siege, and you want to deliver a message to someone on the opposing side. How to do it? Write your note on a scrap of paper, tie it to an arrow shaft, and have a friendly archer send it on its way. Bonus points if you hit an enemy mook on the receiving end or it's caught barehanded by the recipient.

If the note is wrapped around a brick or rock instead, and then tossed through a convenient window, it's BrokenWindowWarning.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Episode 14 of the ''Anime/LittleLulu'' anime, but with a toy arrow.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. One episode has Ranma deliver a note to [[WholesomeCrossdresser Tsubasa]] in this manner to ask him on a date, [[spoiler: unaware that [[UnsettlingGenderReveal Tsubasa was a boy]]]]! And, in the Waterproof Soap episode, Shampoo also sends a forged letter [[spoiler: from "Akane"]] to Ryoga in the same fashion.
* In ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'', the Spiderman tries to send Kojiro's challenge to Yaiba with arrows. However, Yaiba thinks they're part of the training he's doing so he ignores them or deflects them.
* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', the [[ButtMonkey Hiruma Brothers]] are tasked with sending such a message to Higashidani [[spoiler: (Sanosuke's true father)]]. The old man casually grabs it before it can even hit him, read the message and casually throws it away, hitting the older brother squarely in the ass.
* In an early chapter of ''Manga/SchoolRumble'', Tenma tries to deliver a love letter to her would-be boyfriend, Karasuma, this way. (They are living in modern-day Tokyo.) She keeps peppering him with arrows while he dodges without even noticing, and he never even spots the letters.
* The main method of communicating with Mashiro and Hakuya while they're living with Kobeni and Benio in ''Manga/EngagedToTheUnidentified''
* In ''Anime/TanteiOperaMilkyHolmes'', GentlemanThief Stone River shoots an arrow with a note into Milky Holmeses room. But since the titular heroines are about as dumb as a bag of rocks, they don't even notice it. When they eventually see the fourth of fifth arrow, the proceed to read the vertically written note horizontally and have no idea what it's supposed to be. So Stone River shoots yet another arrow with a small tape player attached to it, reading the message out loud.
* Shirayuki gets a message via arrow in ''Manga/SnowWhiteWithTheRedHair'', warning her to turn back. She is undeterred.

* Used in ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' stories featuring Indians; one time the sheriff finds out when he [[AmusingInjuries takes the arrow in the rear]].
* In ''The Big Fat Kill'' from ''ComicBook/SinCity'', Miho delivers a note to Manute and his crew this way.
* The Grey Smurfs sent arrowgrams to the Smurfs prior to attacking them, hoping that they would surrender, in ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'' comic book story "The Smurf Threat".
* In ''ComicBook/RobynHood'', Robyn uses this to send a note to a young girl she has taken an interest in to meet her at the library.
* When ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} set up a mercenary company and named it "Heroes for Hire," Hawkeye shot him with an arrowgram that proved to be a summons informing him that he was being sued by [[ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire Luke Cage]].

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' fic ''Fanfic/TheVow'', after Lady Lianne is imprisoned in [[GildedCage the Tower of the Sacred Flame]], she receives an arrow shot by her spy network into her room during nighttime and with it a message informing that [[BringNewsBack Lang]] is safely nearing the Valley of Peace with her plea for help and that an undercover will arrive to assist her.

* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SwNXQMoNps Concorde receives a note for Lancelot]] by getting an arrow to the chest. Concorde doesn't appear [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction very upset]] about the whole thing, but Lancelot, being the LargeHam that he is, starts giving Concorde a farewell speech.
* ''Film/SinCity'': Pulling directly from the comic, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-Aor4GUdjI Miho delivers Dwight's note to Manute.]]
* In ''Film/SmallSoldiers'', the Commando Elite send Alan and the Gorgonites an arrow with a ''video tape'' of Christy telling Alan to surrender the Gorgonites or else the Commando Elite will kill her.
* Used in the second ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' movie [[MundaneUtility to get a message to the architect on a construction site]].
* This happens twice with a flaming arrow in the Sentai parody ''Film/RollingBomberSpecial''.

* ''Literature/TheForestOfHandsAndTeeth'' has two sets of characters living in treehouses for a brief period of time, unable to go to the ground or hear each other over the din of the zombies. The only means of communication is by arrow and letter (and given one of the communicating character's poor aim, this isn't so easy).
* At the beginning of the Literature/LordDarcy novel ''A Study in Sorcery'' by Michael Kurland, a company of English soldiers are escorting a group of Native Americans through the lands of another tribe with whom they have a bad history. The chief of the local tribe sends a message arrow into the tent of the head soldier, warning him that they plan to attack and giving him a chance to withdraw his men. (History being somewhat different in this series, the message is written in formal English on mass-produced notepaper with a printed letterhead.)
* Terry Pratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/MakingMoney''. Moist von Lipwig receives a message by black arrow with impeccable italic enamelling in white down the side: ''The Guild of Assassins. Where style counts.''
* In ''Literature/{{Ivanhoe}}'', RobinHood's merry men use a relay of bowmen to transfer messages.
* ''Franchise/DocSavage'': In the opening chapters of ''Land of Long Juju'', a threat is tied to the shaft of a spear and hurled into Renny's tent.
* In ''Literature/TroyRising'' at one point negotiations are conducted by sending disarmed missiles through the PortalNetwork. It's noted that the humans (at least) are using obsolete missiles for this purpose to avoid the aliens being able to figure out the exact performance capabilities of their newer missiles.
* ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'': As Cao Cao besieged a flooded Xiapi, he had a number of messages shot over the wall, promising a reward for the capture of Lu Bu, though Lu Bu's officers were already disillusioned with him by then and were in collusion with Cao Cao to take the city.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/KungFu'': "Besieged Part Two: Cannon at the Gate." TheMole communicates with the besiegers via flaming arrow - the flame is so they can see where the arrow is headed and go pick it up after it lands.
* A 1950s episode of ''Series/{{The Adventures of Robin Hood}}'' in which Robin (Richard Greene) sends a message via a ''flaming'' arrow. When someone asks, in lieu of the audience, if the message won't get burned up too, he replies that it'll slide to the back of the shaft in flight.
* The Count does this in ''Series/YoungDracula'', tying a note proclaiming a blood fued to a flaming arrow and shooting it at the Branaghs. However, the burn damage the note sustains causes half the message to be unreadable and Graham Branagh thinks it's a note asking him to examine Dracula's drains. HilarityEnsues.
* In the ''Series/WayneAndShuster'' parody of ''Series/KungFu'', a throwing knife with a note attached buries itself in the wall next to the railroad president's head.
* ''Series/ThreeKingdoms'': As in the [[Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms novel]], Cao Cao had archers shoot messages over the wall of Xiapi promising a reward for the capture of Lu Bu. In the show, this indirectly results in his men rebelling as a result of the punishment he administered, hearing them read the notes and suspecting they would betray him.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Sidereals in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' have a charm that lets them explicitly shoot messages (among other things).

* Called "Arrowgram" in ''VideoGame/{{Onimusha}}: Dawn of Dreams''. Specifically, [[AxCrazy Munenori]] shot 500 of these messages to mount Hiei (where Soki was resting after being defeated by Hideyoshi). TropeNamer
* In ''VideoGame/{{Shinobido}}'' you receive your mail with arrows at the end of each "day"/Mission.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' shares TropeNamer credit, with [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/Arrowgram an arrow item that can be used to send notes to other players.]]
* ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'': Artemia Venus sends a message to Edea Lee (off-screen) this way, asking the renegade to meet with her sister Einheria. Edea gets upset because she apparently [[CrowningMomentOfFunny aimed for the face]].

* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' sees [[ArcherArchetype Steadman]] delivers a note for [[spoiler:Jeanne]] in [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=776 this strip.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}'', [[SpoonyBard Gildward]] sends Karashi a note this way.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Haley combines this with PassingNotesInClass as a gag [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0438.html during the Azure city battle,]] the arrow hitting a hobgoblin mook about to attack Elan. Said arrow had a cute romantic note on notebook paper. Hinjo plays up the role of the exasperated teacher who takes the note and requests to see Elan after class, err battle.

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* In the ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' animation "A Folky Tale", Saddy Dumpington gets a message via arrow from the townsfolk, who have been laughing uncontrollably ever since he left and need him to come back and make them sad again.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* An episode of ''GeorgeOfTheJungle'' sees George receive an arrow with a note, saying (after a list of demands) "...this is your last warning." George says he never even got a first warning. George receives a second arrow: "Correction: this is your ''first'' warning."
* The [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Daffy Duck]] short "WesternAnimation/TheScarletPumpernickel" has this as part of the swashbuckler film Daffy pitches to J.L Warner.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'', Leonardo gets an invitation from Oroku Saki this way.
-->"It's not your regular mail, I guess Mikey would call it 'Air Mail'"
* ''WesternAnimation/NumbChucks'': In "Kung Fear", the Chucks want to contact the lint monster. Not having its phone number, they decide the best way to do so is to shower the town with ArrowsOnFire with notes tied to them.
* Parodied in "WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy" MadeForTVMovie "Wrath of the Spider Queen". The titular villain has invaded the Endsville school with the sole purpose to steal Grim's position as the Grim Reaper. She has her Dark Elf vassals send "messages from the Spider Queen" through this trope. First with an arrow pierces his forehead, revealing herself as Velma Green, which doesn't ring any bells. An ax then lands at the back of his skull with another note tied to it: "From junior high school, stupid." Grim still dismisses the connection until a lance pierces him from behind, this time with a familiar school photo of Velma tied to it.
* ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'': In "Thanks to Minnie", a GossipEvolution montage features Disney/RobinHood sending a message with his bow and arrow.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Using rockets or missiles to deliver mail has been done by various nations throughout history, often as experiments or gimmicks. The US Postal Service once famously used a Regulus cruise missile to deliver 3,000 pieces of mail, consisting entirely of commemorative postal covers addressed to the President, the Postmaster General, and numerous other public officials and VIP's to celebrate the event. The Post Office established a post office on a Navy submarine, which postmarked the letters before loading them into the missile, which was launched at a nearby naval station, where the mail was sorted and forwarded to the postal service for delivery by the typical methods. During UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, on the Eastern Front, when radio communication wasn't available or forbidden because of stealth, the Red Army employed dud [[MacrossMissileMassacre Katyusha missiles]] to deliver mail.