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Cartoon characters still use old-fashioned "flit gun" bug sprayers, in much the same way they still use {{Cartoon Bomb}}s, {{Plunger Detonator}}s, and {{Big Electric Switch}}es.

Flit guns were in common use from about the late 1920s until the mid-1950s, which coincides almost exactly with UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation. While Golden Age cartoons with flit guns are just reflecting contemporary technology, it's their use of such devices which established flit guns as the Universal Cartoon Symbol for Bug Sprayer and they've remained so long after the technology became obsolete in the real world.


[[folder: Advertising ]]
* The name "flit gun" is a BrandNameTakeover, referring to the insecticide company Flit. Flit rose to prominence in the early 20th century due to a highly successful marketing campaign. The campaign used humorous cartoons, drawn by none other than a pre-fame Creator/DrSeuss, and spawned a popular CatchPhrase, "Quick, Henry, the Flit!" So successful was the campaign that, at one time, crop dusters were nicknamed "flying flit guns".

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* ''{{ComicBook/Tintin}}'': The Calculus Affair has Tintin and Captain Haddock cross a mosquito-infested lake, with Haddock wielding one of these to little effect. Then he hears a particularly loud buzz, looks for the GiantMook... and sees a helicopter instead.

[[folder: Film ]]
* In ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', the Cowardly Lion arms himself against the Wicked Witch with one.
* In ''Theatre/AnimalCrackers'', Harpo uses one at the end of the movie. It knocks everyone out, including himself.
* In ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'', Hoggle uses one of these against flying fairies.
* Used by Don Corleone's grandson in ''Film/TheGodfather''.

[[folder: Literature ]]
* Willy Wonka uses one in ''Literature/CharlieAndTheGreatGlassElevator''. Creator/RoaldDahl explicitly lampshades it as the kind you'd see "before Aerosol."

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* Buggs Zapper carries one of these in ''Series/WhereInTimeIsCarmenSandiego''.
* In the ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'' episode "When Moms Attack", animated Lizzie uses one during one of her interludes.
* Hawkeye and co. have one of these inside the Swamp on ''Series/{{MASH}}''.
* ''Series/ElleryQueen'': One of the comedians in the burlesque show uses a comically oversized one as a prop in his act in "The Adventure of Veronica's Veils". [[spoiler:It was also the murder weapon; used to spray poison in the face of the VictimOfTheWeek]].

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* The 2002 remake of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil1'' requires you to use one on the massive hornet's nest before grabbing the key beneath it.
* This is what your character uses in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong 3'', and in the UsefulNotes/GameAndWatch game ''Greenhouse''.
** Mr. Game and Watch went on to use the same bug sprayer for one of his attacks in the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series.
* Lots of time management games that involve either farming or flower growing will invoke this trope when fighting off bugs. There are a bunch of them on [[http://www.bigfishgames.com/ Big Fish Games]].
* In ''[[VideoGame/NancyDrew Legend of the Crystal Skull]]'', Nancy Drew must use one of these against wasps to gain access to a tree's fruit.
* ''VideoGame/{{Blood}} 2: The Chosen'' features one of these as a weapon, with a lit Zippo lighter attached to the top - primary fire shoots out extremely-acidic bug spray, secondary turns it upside-down to use it in the same manner as an AerosolFlamethrower.
* Appears briefly in a cutscene in ''VideoGame/Spyro2RiptosRage''. A [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots robotic farmer]] uses one of these to clear a swarm of bugs. A larger bug then shows up and uses its own cartoon bug sprayer on the farmer. And that's the last the player sees of the farmer, [[DeadHatShot except for his hat]].
* One appears in the apiary in ''VideoGame/BioShock1'', presumably as a smoker for the hives. It's actually an in-joke among the developers; the model was originally going to be [[http://bioshock.wikia.com/wiki/BioShock_Removed_Content#Bioweapon a usable weapon]] that would fire the equivalent of the Insect Swarm and Enrage plasmids among other things.

[[folder: Web Comic ]]
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' with the bug [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090731 squasher]] actioned similarly to a bug sprayer.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* Countless episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh''. The page image is from ''Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too''.
* That ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' episode, "Trap Happy", with the Mouse Exterminator cat.
* MickeyMouse uses one in "Mickey's Garden". In "The Worm Turns" he uses one to dispense Super Serum.
* WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic: Applejack has one during the defense of Sweet Apple Acres in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E10SwarmOfTheCentury Swarm of the Century]]".
* One of the common methods of attempting to dispatch the cockroaches in ''WesternAnimation/OggyAndTheCockroaches''. Jack has a tendency to fill them with his own homemade pesticides, which often end up turning the odds even further in the favor of the roaches.
* ComicBook/TheJoker uses one of these briefly in the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' to disperse his trademark [[DeadlyGas Joker Venom]].
* King Koopa used one to try and spray the Mario Bros. with pesticide in ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' episode "Princess, I Shrunk the Mario Bros.".

[[folder: Real Life ]]
* You can still find these in Ace and True Value hardware stores, but they're quite obscure.