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[[caption-width-right:348:A deleted scene from the original ''Recap/TintinTheBrokenEar'' album.]]

A tube used to shoot darts at targets by blowing into it, often used by hunter-gatherer tribes. Expect [[PoisonedWeapons poison]] and [[TranquillizerDart tranquillizer]] darts.

Its near-silence makes it an ideal exotic weapon for a hunter or sneaky assassin who doesn't want to give away their position, while the pipe's simplicity makes it easy to conceal or disguise as something else. It can even be used as a snorkel so the assassin can hide underwater.

Two potential gags are for the user to accidentally inhale the dart or for the target to grab the end of the gun and blow the dart ''back''.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', the smallest one the Bakiraka assassins sent into the sewers to kill Griffith uses a blow gun as his main weapon. He peeks out of his hiding place and shoots a poisoned dart at Griffith, but [[spoiler:Charlotte]] [[TakingTheBullet leaps in the way]], which creates a problem for the assassins who are trying to bring her back alive.
* Used by a guy in ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', who uses it to shoot a paralyzing dart at Gon.
* [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Ranma]] uses one to shoot down the Principal's hot air balloon in the manga


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* A group of onetime villains in ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' comic (four criminals who learned to copy Vulture's wings) used those. The curare was fatal for humans -- Spider Man was too tough to die, but would get stiffer with every dart and actually got close to succumbing. The next issue, he had to save their lives when the real Vulture came to town.
* In one ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' possible future during the ''ComicBook/{{Armageddon 2001}}'' series, ComicBook/TheJoker frames Batman for the Penguin's murder by having a henchman shoot a poison dart this way, thus making it appear as if Batman knocked Penguin off a side railing with his Batarang and made the villain fall to his death.
* Used by Papa Smurf in ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'' comic book story "The Black Smurfs" (and its English version "The Purple Smurfs") to shoot an antidote pellet into an infected Smurfs' mouth.
* ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'': Used by the Arumbaya Indians in ''The Broken Ear'' and ''Tintin and the Picaros'', as well as by the villains in ''The Cigars Of The Pharao'' and ''The Blue Lotus''.
* ''ComicBook/WhiteSand'': The Kerztians use a more advanced version called zinkallin, in which the darts are shot from multiple tubes by compressed air.


* In ''Film/{{Apocalypto}}'', Jaguar Paw improvises one with leafs. He creates the darts with thorns and poisons them with frog venom.
* Used in ''Film/HudsonHawk'' (by CIA agents, who should logically have something better), with explicit mention of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curare curare]], which is treated as a temporary paralyser. Because it was improperly prepared, the victims recover sooner than anticipated.
* Used in ''Film/AceVenturaWhenNatureCalls''. Ace is shot with dozens of little darts (with [[HilarityEnsues hilarious effects]]) before he passes out.
* ''Franchise/IndianaJones''
** Used by the Hovitos in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' in the opening sequence.
** Also seen in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' in the tomb sequence. Indy does the "blow the dart back" trick.
* In ''Film/YoungSherlockHolmes'', an assassin uses a blowgun to shoot darts tipped with a hallucinogenic drug.
* The natives in ''Film/AguirreTheWrathOfGod'' keep sniping at the conquistadors on the raft with these.
* Tim Allen's character in ''Film/Jungle2Jungle'' contrives to shoot himself in the leg with semi-paralytic darts not once but twice. Once was mildly amusing, twice makes you despair for the writers.
* ''Film/{{Legend 1985}}'': the goblin Blix uses one to fire a poisoned dart into a unicorn and kill it so he can cut off its horn.
* Mini-me uses one on Mustafa in ''Film/AustinPowersTheSpyWhoShaggedMe''.
* In ''Film/TheSignOfFourSherlockHolmesGreatestCase'', Tonga is an expert with the blowgun and uses it to murder Bartholomew Sholto.



* In ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'', the leader of the Assassin Guild uses a blowgun as his weapon.
* In ''Literature/TheSignOfTheFour'', Tonga uses poison blow darts.
* In one ''Literature/ForgottenRealms'' novel, the pirate hunter Captain Deudermont is darted by a thug who wanted to claim the black-market bounty on him. Apparently, his darts are made from cat claws (don't ask how those could be used as darts) and no other ammunition is compatible with his blowgun.
* In ''[[Literature/HumanxCommonwealth Midworld]]'' and its sequel, human hunters on the green world use [[BambooTechnology rifle-like blow guns]] called "snufflers", modeled on [[LostTechnology distant memories]] of their colonial ancestors' firearms. They're powered by tank seeds, which contain air bladders that burst when punctured, propelling their toxic-thorn projectiles with great force.
** On a different planet in the same setting, the natives use a weapon that looks like a blowgun but actually isn't. Because of the way their lungs work, they can't produce a powerful gust of air when they exhale, so they outfit the "blow gun" with stretchy vines that allow it to act as a blow gun-slingshot hybrid.
* Creator/AgathaChristie's ''Literature/DeathInTheClouds'' featured a blowgun on a plane as the apparent murder weapon [[spoiler: (it turned out the poison dart was pressed into the victim by hand).]]
* ''Literature/BenSnow'': In "The Edge of the Year 1900", a blowgun dart coated in curare is used as the murder weapon. [[spoiler:The murderer actually pressed the dart into the victim in the dark. Using the dart was an attempt to frame the blowgun's owner.]]
* ''Literature/ShadowPolice'': In ''Who Killed Sherlock Holmes?'', the killer recreates the scene from ''Literature/TheSignOfFour'' by shooting one the victims with a poison dart from a blowgun.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Maysilee Donner, one of District 12's female tributes in the Fiftieth Games (which featured twice the usual number of tributes) found a blow gun and darts in her pack. Taking advantage of the fact that everything in the arena that year (with the exception of rain water and food obtained at the Cornucopia or via sponsors) was poisonous, she quickly turned the blow gun into a lethal weapon.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/MythBusters'' made these in the ninja special.
* Parodied in a TV sketch of the comic trio Aldo, Giovanni and Giacomo, where the blowgun is used to anesthetize a patient.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor uses one against the assassin in "The Deadly Assassin".
** Leela, one of the Fourth Doctor's companions, is skilled with a variety of weapons, including a blow gun which she uses to fire deadly Janus Thorns.
* A genuine Yanomami hunting blowgun was tried out by ''Series/{{Survivorman}}'' in the Brazilian jungle.
* Subject of a gag at the start of one episode of ''Series/HillStreetBlues''.
* Series/JimmyKimmelLive: In a parody of the soap TV series ''Series/{{Scandal}}'' one of the characters has a poison dart in her neck. [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2570721/Kerry-Washington-affair-Mexican-president-hilarious-Spanish-language-spoof-hit-series-Scandal.html]]
* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': Used by an assassin in "Target!". Gambit turns the tables on him by blowing down the end of the blow gun, causing him to swallow the poison dart.


[[folder: Print Media ]]

* One Creator/CharlesAddams cartoon depicts a white explorer being subjected to a "[[ShotgunWedding blowgun wedding]]" by a tribe of pygmies.


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy'' has these as a Wargear option for Skinks, and a Huge version for mounting on dinosaurs.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': The ''Unearthed Arcana'' (1985) supplement introduced the blowgun (which was 4-7 feet long) as an available weapon. The needle did only one HitPoint of damage, and was therefore only effective if poisoned.
* A ''{{TabletopGame/Traveller}}'' magazine article included a Tech level 0 blowgun that cost zero credits, meaning there was no reason not to give your character one. It only dealt nonlethal damage, so like the D&D example was designed for poison.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/LittleBigAdventure'': Twinsen, the player character, uses one in the second installment.
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'': Lanky's Grape Blowgun
* In the second chapter of ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'', you receive these. It poisons enemies but does very little damage either way and has limited ammo. If you use it to {{Cherry Tap|ping}} some zombies to death in order to save a particular NPC, however, you can get your sword (which just broke) repaired and then upgrade it to DualWielding with what would have otherwise been the replacement.
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Civilization}} Civilization Revolution]]'', one of the barbarian tribes you can encounter has their spokesman threaten you with a blow gun.
* The UsefulNotes/AppleII game ''Aztec'' revolved around robbing an {{Mayincatec}} tomb. In the deepest levels there were 8-bit natives armed with blow guns. The stun effect was deadly: if the native didn't get the player, the wildlife probably would.
* Teemo from ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' uses this as his trademark weapon in order to pump his enemies full of poison.
* ''Diablo''
** ''VideoGame/DiabloII'' has pygmy enemies that uses blow darts to attack the player character.
** The witch-doctor in ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' uses one for their starting ability.
* You can find blowguns in some chests near the surface of ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}''. While getting ammunition for it is a cinch (it uses seeds that you collect by cutting grass), the weapon is far outclassed by most other ranged weapons, at least one of which you should have at that point.
* Blowguns are an option in ''VideoGame/DungeonCrawl''. They don't do much damage, but are excellent for inflicting status conditions (most commonly poison, but some other StandardStatusEffects are also available) from a distance without relying on magic. Curare needles are particularly effective, as they also inflict damage through asphyxiation.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' has the Blowdart Snipers in Blighttown, who are one of the major reasons the level is so [[ThatOneLevel hated]]. They wear camouflage that makes them hard to see against the dark background, their blowguns are very quiet and the darts are easily missed, especially in a chaotic fight. While the darts don't do any damage, they inflict the Toxic status effect, which is super-poison that can't be cured by the normal means and drains your health about ten times more quickly. Unless you have the rare cure for toxin, getting Toxic inflicted is essentially a death sentence. The only mercy is that they do not respawn like most enemies after they're killed.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* ''WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob'' has this in ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'' ([[ImprobableWeaponUser mostly because Brad wanted to stand out with everybody wielding fake weapons]], so his weapon was a packet of straws he bought in a gas station.
** [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments And he inhales one of the darts.]]



* In ''Webcomic/{{Strays}}'', Feral starts putting one together, before the TagAlongKid botches his assassination job.
* In addition to her poisoned knives Violetta of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has a blow gun she can use various darts in, including various poison, tranquilizer, BottledHeroicResolve and SuperSerum coated ones.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In a ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short, a Wacky Native tries to use a blowgun on WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, but Bugs blows in the other end just before the native does, so it ends up going down the native's throat. The same gag was also used against prehistoric Elmer Fudd.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' episode "The Deadly Doll", the villain Korbay uses a blowgun to fire darts that have a poison that causes its victims to enter a coma.
* In a ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' short, Lumpy attempts to sedate a animal mauling one of the "children", but accidentally sucks the dart in when taking his breath.
* The Kakamora in ''Disney/{{Moana}}'' use blowguns with tranquilizer darts as part of their attack. However, the tubes are very short, which might explain [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy why they don't hit anyone.]] [[spoiler: Except their own chief.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', a flashback shown that Cotton and Topsy attempt to assassinate Fidel Castro with a blow dart when attending a ball game in Yankee Stadium. The assassination failed when Tilly was in labor and all ran in to the ladies restroom which is where Hank was born.