"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
. Attempting to do this to several different people at once can overlap with One Dose Fits All
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
Truth in Television
: Read all about the original Mickey Finn on Wikipedia
Has nothing to do whatsoever with a certain Disney mascot.
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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 ½ 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.
- Zero no Tsukaima:
- The heroes 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.
- Also at the end of second season where Saito slips a sleeping potion into Louise's glass of wine so he can get Julio to take her to safety while he sacrifices his life to delay an advancing army.
- Naruto: 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 drugs 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.
- One episode of Hell Girl has a sleazeball of a guy drugging his girlfriend this way, so that another friend of his can "borrow" her for the evening in order to finally lose his virginity.
- In Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz, this happens to Relena at a meeting concerning the L3 colonies. Her tea is drugged, and when she wakes up, she's being held hostage by the Mariemaia faction.
- Freezing: Satellizer, of all people, tries to do this to Kazuya under the advice of Elizabeth. Fridge Brilliance comes out when you remember that Satellizer is a Broken Ace who has Rape as Backstory, and thus has no experience in seducing boys and probably doesn't know that its such a bad idea to drug someone you like.
- Happens often in Detective Conan, where culprits tend to drug the food or the drinks of their prospect victims. i.e., Ran once gets pills slid in her coffee by a suspect who then tries to drown her to throw Kogoro and others off and much later Shiratori gets similarly drugged by a prospect murderess as a part of her plan to give herself an alibi while she kills her cheating boyfriend.
- This has been a recurring problem in DC Comics. In at least one Justice League of America 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 Amadeus Cho force-feeds her chloral hydrate◊, turning her into Hathor, goddess of love◊... and apparently, goddess of LOLcats.
- Happens to Gabe Webb in The Maze Agency Annual #1.
- The Smurfs:
- Papa Smurf in the 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.
- Before that, in the comic book version of "The Astro Smurf" (and its Animated Adaptation), Papa Smurf had put a sleeping potion in the raspberry juice that he had Astro Smurf drink before he went into his spaceship to take off.
- And the rebel Smurfs who break Jokey out of prison in "The King Smurf" do the same thing with a Smurf guard and a bottle of raspberry juice that was offered to him.
- Maria does this to Gisburn to put him out of action so the Jesters can frame him for their plan in Sherwood, Texas #3.
- 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 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.
- A more benign version in the Star Trek: The Original Series fanfic Step by Step: McCoy drugs Kirk's soup and drink to make sure he gets some sleep. He gets a double whammy because he actually drank both.
- Another benign variant when Kurogane laces Syaoran's food with pain medication to force the latter to take his medicine.
- Healer Hinata also does this to Kurogane by lacing his food and tea with sedatives. Kurogane gets very angry at this.
Films — Animation
Films — Live-Action
- In the Callahans 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.
- In the Jeeves and Wooster novel Jeeves and the Tie that Binds, Jeeves of all people resorts to using this to obtain the stolen Junior Ganymede club book. Among other motivations, the book contained potentially damaging information about just about every upper-class Londoner.
- In Myth-ing Persons, this is how the fugitives frame Aahz for murder, plying him with a drugged drink and planting fake evidence for him to get caught with, upon awakening. Skeeve's other friends tease Aahz about falling for such an old gimmick.
- The Scarab Murder Case: Dr. Bliss' coffee is spiked with opium note to keep him from hearing an Egyptian statue being dropped on top of Murder Victim #1. Bliss spiked the coffee himself, as an alibi.
- In the Phryne Fisher novel Death by Water, Phyrne's companion Dot is slipped a mickey to keep her out of the way while Phryne's cabin is searched. Phryne is ready to inflict serious physical harm on the perpetrator when she finds out.
- 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.
- Implied in the Christmas song "Baby It's Cold Outside".
- 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 McMahon. 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 — when Vince walked out of the room — switched drinks.note During the subsequent Triple H-Shane McMahon 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.
- Done to Max Payne by Mona Sax in the first game.
- Turns into Narm on repeated viewings. Sax offers to buy Payne a drink, and he says "As long as you don't try to slip me a mickey." We see him start to lose consciousness two panels later.
- In the Sam & Max episode What's New, Beelzebub?, the eponymous duo mess up a party by spiking the punch with the juice of the Forbidden Fruit. Detective Flint Paper uses this exact expression:
Flint Paper: Somebody put a Mickey Finn in the happy juice and I'm gonna find out who!
- Ledon from Suikoden I does this to the active party when they stop at his inn on the way up Mt. Tigerwolf by putting sedatives in their tea so he can take their belongings.
- In The Saboteur, the Femme Fatale Skylar drugs Sean in order to secret him away to her superiors in the British Intelligence. Bonus points for, upon realizing it, Sean says "You slipped me a Mickey."
- The Mad Doctor in Heavy Rain tries to do this to Madison so that he can tie her up in his basement and vivisect her.
- Yakuza uses this, the original one, where one of the side quests is "saving" a Damsel in Distress, and she takes him for a drink as a thank you, and in a subversion, you can decline the drink after you see a cutscenes of her/the bartender slip it in. If you don't you realize something's amiss when the enemy that harassed her comes in acting pleasant. Then Kiryu delivers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown and ends up getting all the money they made off of the Schmuck Bait. If you do drink or somehow lose the fight, you wake up without a large amount of Yen missing, and have to go on a fetch quest as you bounce from beating the bartender for information until you find the woman.
- In Season Of Mystery The Cherry Blossom Murders, the villain seems to have a line in killing people while making it look like suicide, and to make sure there isn't any fuss, he drugs them first. The powder he accidentally leaves near a victim's teacup is one piece of evidence found by the protagonist, and the discovery of his discarded pill bottle is another.
- In Fallout: New Vegas, you can spike the wine at the White Gloves' banquet with Med-X as part of the Beyond The Beef quest.
- Parodied in Kingdom of Loathing. A roofie is a piece of the frat house roof that frat boys use to knock people out and do horrible things to them. You can use this against enemies:
You slip your opponent the roofie. By which, of course, I mean you chuck it at his head (or head-analogue) as hard as you can. It makes a satisfying thud, and your opponent looks pretty dazed, if those cartoon birds circling his head are any indication.
- Pavel does this to Artyom in Metro: Last Light. It sets off a good part of the plot from here on then.
- In Nameless - The One Thing You Must Recall -, Tei frequently drugs the heroine's "ZZZ" tea.
- 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:
- 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.
- Family Guy:
- Quagmire likes getting his dates Roofie Coladas.
- "Friends Without Benefits" had Meg attempting to drug Chris with roofies (courtesy of Quagmire) to get close to her gay crush. When she has second thoughts about it, she throws them away and they get eaten by Stewie, thinking they were candy.
- 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 Butt-Head 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, "Nice try, bub, but I work for Warners."
- Happens to Goofy in the Western Animation//Classic Disney Short How to Be a Detective.
- 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.
- Papa Smurf's "Christmas spirit" in The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol slips itself into the smurfberry nog that Grouchy drinks to make him fall asleep on the floor. Or so he thinks.
- Parodied in a Rugrats episode when the babies imitate a Noir Episode after listening to an old radio show. Tommy goes into a juice bar and meets Lil, who is a mook for Angelica, pretending to have made a Heel-Face Turn. They drink bottles of juice, only for Tommy to realize too late that she had slipped him a bottle of warm milk. Tommy then passes out for a nap.