"Kick the jukebox, slam the floor
Drink, drink, drink, drink some more
I can't think
Hey! What's in this drink?
It feels like somebody put something
Somebody put something in my drink
Tricking someone into drinking a drugged beverage. One of the most common causes of Instant Sedation
next to a Tap on the Head
. Used to knock out a Mook
, to capture a hero or other good guy for evil purposes (such as shanghaiing them onto a ship
), or more insidiously, for purposes of date rape. If the other person suspects something, they may discreetly dispose of the drink
or attempt a Poisoned Chalice Switcheroo
One of The Oldest Tricks In The Book
. To the disappointment of many horny guys, it does not work for that
purpose, so you're better not to attempt it
The person doing the drugging may ask Why Can't You Say Good Night?
, and the person who's been drugged may have some Parting From Consciousness Words
When this is done by adding a lethal drug to outright kill someone, see Tampering with Food and Drink
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- In Tower Of God, Tin gave Prince a can of special coffee claiming it would boost his abilities. Prince is suspicious and gives the drink to Yihwa instead, who drinks it and passes out, since the drink was naturally drugged. That was exactly as planned, as she was now receptive to a Puppeteer Parasite.
- Mahou Sensei Negima! has the Big Bad of the Mahorafest arc drugging Negi and Setsuna so that they'll be forced to use her time machine to get back on schedule.
- Ranma 1/2 has actually used this quite a few times in the manga, usually with Ranma just trying to end a date quicker.
- In an amusing example, female Ranma found herself roped into a date with a sickly boy who wouldn't take his medicine unless she gave it to him... personally. After several unsuccessful tries to just dump the stuff in his mouth, she quickly went "Look over there!" and poured it into his drink, exactly as he poured sleeping powder into her drink. When she woke up a long time later, he STILL hadn't taken the medicine.
- Sukisho sees this done to Sora and Nao, with Soushi drugging their tea and taking them in for a vaugely described medical exam.
- The heroes in Zero No Tsukaima do this to an an entire detachment of Gallian soldiers during the third season. Since it's so dilute by that point, it takes longer for the effects to appear.
- To keep Jiraiya from interfering with her plans to deal with Orochimaru, Tsunade pours Jiraiya a shot of sake and adds some unidentified white powder to it. The powder has the effect of putting Jiraiya to sleep and sapping his chakra; Jiraiya comments that Tsunade is the only person he knows that can design a drug that can be slipped into a drink and unnoticed by a ninja.
- He even uses the term in the English dub after coming to.
- In the movie of Revolutionary Girl Utena, a flashback shows that Akio did this to his sister Anthy and then took advantage of her sexually. This is icky enough, but it then goes on to show that afterwards he realized that she was awake and began to panic, and wound up stabbing her and then falling out a window to his death. Yikes.
- Worse still? Turns out they'd had each other's drinks. Partly contributing to the above spoilered event.
- From the same director, Mawaru-Penguindrum has several example of it.
- In episode 8 Ringo drugs a cake that Tabuki and Shouma eat, and proceeds to try and rape an unconscious Tabuki. Luckily, an interruption stops anything from happening.
- And then in episode 10 Shouma is given a spiked dessert when hospitalized, and the person who gave it to him (Masako) kidnaps him afterwards.
- And in episode 14, Ringo is the one in the receiving end, when Yuri drug her drink to rape her.
- If Auguste Beau from Kaze to Ki no Uta offers you wine, drink it at your own risk. Rosemariné fell victim to this in the past, and later in the story, so does Serge. The results in both cases are... less than pleasant.
- In Tiger & Bunny, Maverick has a habit of drugging people's drinks before he wipes their mind.
- Soul Eater: The Thompson Sisters managed to keep Giriko unconscious while his base was being infiltrated by pretending to be his maids, convincing him to go out with them for some drinks, and slipping drugs into his drink. Kid was quite curious as to why they had drugs on them, especially considering they probably hadn't come up with such a plan before they left home.
- Happens to Mugen (and maybe Jin) in Samurai Champloo, when they wake up they have no money. Earlier in the series Mugen falls for a Tampering with Food and Drink involving sake and One Night Mushroom.
- This has been a recurring problem in DC Comics. In at least one Justice League story, some of those mickeys cause Mind Control.
- In one Marvel Comics story that echoes ancient Egyptian myth, Sekhmet, the goddess of destruction, is defeated when she's force-fed chloral hydrate◊, turning her into Hathor, goddess of love◊... and apparently, goddess of LOLcats.
- Happens to Gabe Webb in The Maze Agency Annual #1.
- Papa Smurf in The Smurfs comic book story "The Smurfs And The Book That Tells Everything" was given a glass of smurfonade after he had collapsed and was brought back to the village, which was laced with a formula that the book gave to Lazy for curing insomnia. While he was asleep, his little Smurfs locked him inside his own house.
- In most if not all versions of the fairytale "The Twelve Dancing Princesses", the princesses prevent anyone from learning the secret of how their dancing shoes are worn out every night by giving their assigned watchers a drugged drink; the hero must perform a Discreet Drink Disposal in order to stay awake and solve the mystery. Robin McKinley's version of the story hangs a lampshade on the fact that nobody previous to the hero thought to do this but simply drank what they were given.
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Films — Live-Action
- In the Callahan's Crosstime Saloon story "The Guy With the Eyes", Callahan saves the world by slipping an alien advance scout a Mickey Finn so he misses his check in with his alien overlords. Said scout clued Callahan in on how to defeat him by giving the alias Michael Finn.
- In The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight, the stupid Mafia gang needs a way to disable some bodyguards without killing them. Naturally, they have heard of a "Mickey Finn" and decide to try it. Of course, being who they are, they find out that once they put it in the drink and offer it to the bodyguards, the bodyguards immediately notice that their drink smells funny. A gang member has to force them to drink it under threat of shooting them.
- In Going For The Gold, a mystery novel by Emma Lathen, one of the athletes is slipped OTC cold medicines right before going down the ski run. Because she never takes medications, the "drowsiness" side effect hits her much harder than normal. Because she is an Olympic skier (the setting is the Lake Placid Olympics), she makes it down the ski run in one piece and can still provide important evidence.
- Used on Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon.
- The title character of Mac Slade Private Dick: The Case of the Hardboiled Dicks mistakes "Mickey Finn" for a real person.
- In the short story The Fly-By-Night, a father attempts this on his daughter Celia, as he fears she's fallen under the titular creature's spell and wouldn't let him dispose of it if she was awake. To ensure she's knocked out, he uses eight ground-up sleeping pills. She notices the odd taste, but he forces her to drink anyway, completely destroying their relationship in the process. Not that it matters with the Mandatory Twist Ending calling in Diabolus ex Machina, anyway...
- In Sunny Ella, wicked stepmother Mona brings Ella a cup of tea as a peace offering after an argument. Not surprisingly the tea was drugged, to ensure Ella didn't wake up while Mona performed a rather nasty surgery on her.
- A hallucinogenic version happens to Drake Firebrace in the Northland Series.
- In the Katherine Kurtz novel High Deryni, Stefan Coram, who has been masquerading for several years as Rhydon of Eastmarch, breaks out a flask for a traditional toast at the start of a four-on-four arcane duel. He takes the first swig himself and lets his three colleagues drink before stopping King Kelson and his side from partaking. The flask was poisoned to ensure the outcome of the battle, but the poison was sufficiently slow-acting to allow for the ''dénouement'' and the coup de grâce.
- In the Left Behind book Armageddon, Chloe Williams drank a milkshake with a drug in it that put her to sleep, enabling the GC to transfer her from San Diego to Illinois.
- The video for Toby Keith's "As Good as I Once Was" shows Keith dropping a GHB pill in a young woman's drink. However, when one of Keith's other friends returns sooner than expected, Keith quickly gulps down the drugged drink.
- In the second verse of the Eminem/Dr. Dre song "Guilty Conscience," Em, as the Bad Angel, has slipped something into a 15-year-old girl's drink and is pressuring the guy to take advantage of her. Dre, being the Good Angel, vehemently objects to this.
- Impied in the Christmas song "Baby It's Cold Outside".
- In the Conan the Barbarian newspaper comic, Conan is slipped a mickey by the tavern wench Renea, who sells him to slavers while he is unconscious.
- In 2006, when legislation was proposed to require professional wrestling organizations to test its performers for drugs, a storyline was contrived and intertwined with the Vince McMahon-Shawn Michaels feud, whereby McMahon's daughter Stephanie placed a powdery substance in Michaels' water bottle before his match against Shane Mc Mahon. Predictably, Michaels began to get woozy and eventually passed out from the powder's effects, leading to Shane's easy victory; Vince subsequently pinned an unconscious Michaels in an impromptu match immediately following – after which the Spirit Squad, a band of obnoxious male cheerleaders, beat down the prone Michaels.
- The storyline continued on a later episode of WWERAW, with Vince McMahon attempting to drug Triple H's water. Triple H, however, was wise to this trick and – off-camera, and unseen by the television audience – switched drinks. During the subsequent Triple H-Shane Mc Mahon match, Triple H pretended to "pass out," but when Shane turned to taunt the audience, he went into a dazed state and fell unconscious. Vince realized what had happened ... before turning to see an angry Triple H waiting to finish him off.
- There's a board game called Red Dragon Inn, where you play RPG explorers who are enjoying off time in an inn trying to get your rivals drunk, roughed-up or broke. The Rogue has one card that actually says Slipping a Mickey.
- In Damn Yankees, Lola puts four pills into Applegate's drink the night before the last game of the season, intending to have him sleep while the Senators win the pennant.
- In Arsenic And Old Lace, Aunt Abby and Aunt Martha poison lonely old men who have no family to put them out of their misery. They hold a prayer service for them, and the bodies end up in the "Panama Canal." (basement)
- Briefly mentioned in Annie as a way to possibly deal with Miss Hannigan.
- Looney Tunes: The use of GHB substances and similar "mickeys" was a common gag used by the antagonists, in an attempt to gain the upper hand. Examples:
- "The Fair Haired Hare": In a cartoon where Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam are battling over property rights, Sam drops a poisonous powder in Bugs' carrot juice. Bugs is immediately wise to the trick and tries to switch glasses, but when an irritated Sam tries to get the upper hand, Bugs spins the table around a la a roulette wheel. Sam loses his patience and forces Bugs (at gunpoint) to drink, but only after he agrees to drink his glass. Of course, Bugs drinks the pure carrot juice ... and Sam blasts off like a rocket and lands several miles away.
- The WWII-era short Plane Daffy has spy Hata Mari slipping a courier a drink from a bottle labelled "Mickeyblitz Finnkrieg" (complete with lemon slice and cherry on a toothpick straight from the bottle) - the courier promptly starts babbling secrets like an auctioneer.
- Done in Columbia's "The Schooner the Better" by a Buzz Buzzard expy trying to conscript a Chilly Willy-esque penguin, only to have the tables literally turned on him.
- Quagmire of Family Guy likes getting his dates Roofie Coladas.
- Subverted in Drawn Together where Captain Hero slips himself the roofie for the purpose of getting himself date raped, passes out, only to have Xandir point out it was a candy. He gets annoyed when they don't take advantage of his faux-drugged state.
- Double subverted in Beavis And Butthead when the title characters slip a vial of "Spanish Fly" into what they think is a girl's milk - moments before her boyfriend drinks it.
- In one Animaniacs episode spoofing Film Noir, Yakko is slipped a Mickey, meaning there's a mouse in red shorts in his drink. He declines, saying, "Sorry, I work for Warner Bros."
- Happens to Goofy in the Classic Disney Short How to Be a Detective.
- Henry Cabot Henhouse becomes Super Chicken when he imbibes his super sauce.
- Popeye, in an attempt to have Nurse Olive Oyl care for him, force feeds spinach to Bluto to make Bluto beat him up so Popeye'll end up in the hospital.