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* The death of King William II of England in the New Forest in 1100 might have been a real accident. Or, it might have been Henry I's way of getting rid of his brother and seizing the crown. In any case, the man who supposedly shot the deadly arrow--Walter Tirel, a long-time acquaintance of both brothers--immediately decided that a quick trip and a very long stay in France would be a ''really'' good idea. [[AmbiguousSituation Even if it really was an accident]], it's not exactly safe to be either the fellow who accidentally killed the king or the guy who knows who else accidentally did, but for whom you might have taken the blame.

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* The death of King William II of England in the New Forest in 1100 might have been a real accident. Or, it might have been Henry I's way of getting rid of his brother and seizing the crown. In any case, the man who supposedly shot the deadly arrow--Walter Tirel, a long-time acquaintance of both brothers--immediately decided that a quick trip and a very long stay in France (lovely lands; solid income) would be a ''really'' good idea. [[AmbiguousSituation Even if it really was an accident]], it's not exactly safe to be either the fellow who accidentally killed the king or the guy who knows who else accidentally did, but for whom you might have taken the blame.blame because you were all mates.


* The death of King William II of England in the New Forest in 1100 might have been a real accident. Or, it might have been Henry I's way of getting rid of his brother and seizing the crown. In any case, the man who shot the deadly arrow--Walter Tirel, a long-time acquaintance of both brothers--immediately decided that a quick trip and a long stay in France would be a ''really'' good idea. [[AmbiguousSituation Even if it really was an accident]], it's not safe to be the fellow who accidentally killed the king.

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* The death of King William II of England in the New Forest in 1100 might have been a real accident. Or, it might have been Henry I's way of getting rid of his brother and seizing the crown. In any case, the man who supposedly shot the deadly arrow--Walter Tirel, a long-time acquaintance of both brothers--immediately decided that a quick trip and a very long stay in France would be a ''really'' good idea. [[AmbiguousSituation Even if it really was an accident]], it's not exactly safe to be either the fellow who accidentally killed the king.king or the guy who knows who else accidentally did, but for whom you might have taken the blame.





* In ''Film/CadillacMan'' Robin Williams assures himself that his old friend Carmine will look out for him if he is threatened by other mobsters. Upon asking Carmine's whereabouts he is answered with these two words.[[/folder]]

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* In ''Film/CadillacMan'' Robin Williams assures himself that his old friend Carmine will look out for him if he is threatened by other mobsters. Upon asking Carmine's whereabouts he is answered with these two words.words.
* In ''Film/{{Fantomas}} Against Scotland Yard'', Lord Rashley's secretary plans to kill his boss during a hunting party, since he covets the latter's wife. What he does not know is that Lord Rashley is dead already, and Fantômas is impersonating him, leading to a case of MuggingTheMonster as the supervillain is not an easy prey.
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* In ''Film/CadillacMan'' Robin Williams assures himself that his old friend Carmine will look out for him if he is threatened by other mobsters. Upon asking Carmine's whereabouts he is answered with these two words.[[/folder]]


* The final scene of ''Film/TheHunt'', where during the community's annual hunt somebody shoots at Lucas. The shot misses, and we don't know if it was meant to just scare him off or actually kill him. [[TheUnsolvedMystery We never learn]] who the shooter was.

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* The final scene of ''Film/TheHunt'', ''Film/TheHunt2012'', where during the community's annual hunt somebody shoots at Lucas. The shot misses, and we don't know if it was meant to just scare him off or actually kill him. [[TheUnsolvedMystery We never learn]] who the shooter was.

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* Near the end of ''Literature/TheThreeHostages'', the villain attempts to arrange such an "accident" for the hero.

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* This was a commonly made joke regarding an incident in February of 2006, when Dick Cheney, the then-Vice President to UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush, ended up shooting Harry Whittington, a Texas lawyer and an acquaintance, in his right side during a quail hunt. [[AvertedTrope Unlike most media examples]], it was determined that the incident was an ''actual'' hunting accident, and Mr. Whittington not only survived but made a full recovery, since bird shot is pretty terrible at taking down large game.


* In the ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII'' expansion, the Atilla the Hun campaign starts this way. The player can do this to Atilla's brother Bleda or have him killed by the Iron Boar (making it something of a cross between this trope and an actual hunting accident), but Bleda also has his brother ambushed, so they're both trying to pull this on each other. Or you can subvert it by just leaving and starting civil war.

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* In the ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII'' expansion, the Atilla Attila the Hun campaign starts this way. The player can do this to Atilla's brother Bleda or have him killed by the Iron Boar (making it something of a cross between this trope and an actual hunting accident), but Bleda also has his brother ambushed, so they're both trying to pull this on each other. Or you can subvert it by just leaving and starting civil war.


** The third season has another example, where Micheletto murders [[spoiler:King Frederick IV of Naples due to seperating Lucrezia from her bastard child: the king has,]] inspired by a passage in Seneca, set up a pond full of carnivorous eel to aid him in hunting boars. When Micheletto and [[spoiler:Frederick]] seperate from the hunting party to pursue the game, [[spoiler:the king]] has an unfortunate accident.

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** The third season has another example, where Micheletto murders [[spoiler:King Frederick IV of Naples due to seperating Lucrezia from her bastard child: the king has,]] inspired by a passage in Seneca, set up a pond full of carnivorous eel to aid him in hunting boars. When Micheletto and [[spoiler:Frederick]] seperate separate from the hunting party to pursue the game, [[spoiler:the king]] has an unfortunate accident.


* In the Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar series, after Queen Selenay's husband Prince Karathanelan is killed during his attempt to assassinate Selenay, the explanation is that he died in a hunting accident. It's true [[FromACertainPointOfView in a sense]], since he was hunting Selenay. Atypically, Thanel is a villain, and his killers are the heroes of the piece. Karathanelan's own family also realizes what really happened, but it turns out they knew he was scum too and decide not to press the matter further.
** In the short story "A Leash of Greyhounds", Lady Shantell insists this is what happened to her husband at the hand of his friend, while the friend maintains that he thought he was shoting at a deer. The inquest proves that the man's death really ''was'' an accident, and that he was stupid enough to go hunting in brown pants and boots and a deerskin jacket.

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* In the Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar series, after ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'':
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Queen Selenay's husband Prince Karathanelan is killed during his attempt to assassinate Selenay, the explanation is that he died in a hunting accident. It's true [[FromACertainPointOfView in a sense]], since he was hunting Selenay. Atypically, Thanel is a villain, and his killers are the heroes of the piece. Karathanelan's own family also realizes what really happened, but it turns out they knew he was scum too and decide not to press the matter further.
** In the short story "A Leash of Greyhounds", Lady Shantell insists this is what happened to her husband at the hand of his friend, while the friend maintains that he thought he was shoting shooting at a deer. The inquest proves that the man's death really ''was'' an accident, and that he was stupid enough to go hunting in brown pants and boots and a deerskin jacket.


* A variant occurs in one of Katharine Kerr's ''Literature/{{Deverry}}'' novels -- a character fakes their own death in a hunting accident.

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* A variant occurs in one of Katharine Kerr's ''Literature/{{Deverry}}'' novels -- a character fakes their own death in a hunting accident. The point was to avoid real killers that would come calling, not to mention the clan [[SeriousBusiness Dishonor]], if certain things came out. The boar, however, was an unexpected surprise; [[spoiler:the character was expecting a convincing illusion, not the real thing]].


* OlderThanPrint: Hagen's murder of Siegfried in the ''Literature/{{Nibelungenlied}}'' (and ''[[Theatre/DerRingDesNibelungen Götterdämmerung]]'').

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* OlderThanPrint: Hagen's murder of Siegfried in the ''Literature/{{Nibelungenlied}}'' (and ''[[Theatre/DerRingDesNibelungen Götterdämmerung]]''). Hagen even talked Kriemhild into marking Siegfried's one vulnerable spot via a cross/Thor's hammer sewn on his clothing so Hagen could [[BlatantLies watch his back]] extra carefully.

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** Note that unlike the other examples listed under this trope, this really was a genuine hunting accident. The hunters who shot him were just that stupid.


** Luthor Tyrell, father of Mace Tyrell, died in a genuine hunting accident when he rode off a cliff while hawking.

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** Luthor Tyrell, father of Mace Tyrell, died in a genuine hunting accident when he rode off a cliff while hawking. Given the sheer absurdity of it Tyrion briefly wonders whether it was a suicide.

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