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Throughout mythology and subsequent fiction, silver has been a common ward against evil. Silver, especially if blessed, was thought to ward off or harm certain supernatural beings (including vampires) since the Middle Ages. The use of silver bullets to kill werewolves has become popular [[NewerThanTheyThink only since]] it was invented by Curt Siodmak, the writer of the 1941 film ''The Wolf Man'' (though in the 1933 novel ''The Werewolf of Paris'' by Guy Endore, someone did use a silver bullet on Bertrand Caillet, though it did not slay him, only landing in the leg).

[[RealityEnsues In reality]], there are a number of difficulties involved in mass producing silver bullets the traditional way, but they can indeed be created using common everyday items. Using lost wax casting they can be created using simply wax, plaster of paris, and a propane torch (search the internet for ''real silver bullet'' and you will find several techniques for making them).

Silver melts at a far higher temperature than lead (961.8°C/1,763.24°F vs. 327.5°C/621.5°F), unlike lead which can be melted over a hot fire or kitchen stove. When cooling, silver shrinks more than lead does when it solidifies, so the use of a mold designed for lead would result in an undersized bullet, subsequently one must start with a mold that is oversized. An alternative would be to machine the bullets from commercially available rods or bars of silver; however, this would be very time consuming and require specialized machinery and skills.

Silver also costs a lot more than lead does, making silver bullets a rather costly proposition. Silver is less dense than lead, but it is also more dense than copper which is already being used as a bullet source for modern firearms. Silver has been proven to engage rifling of a barrel similar to the way copper does.

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Throughout mythology and subsequent fiction, silver has been a common ward against evil. Silver, especially if blessed, was has been thought to ward off or harm certain supernatural beings (including vampires) since the Middle Ages. The use of silver bullets to kill werewolves has become popular [[NewerThanTheyThink only since]] it was invented by Curt Siodmak, the writer of the 1941 film ''The Wolf Man'' (though in the 1933 novel ''The Werewolf of Paris'' by Guy Endore, someone did use a silver bullet on Bertrand Caillet, though it did not slay him, only landing in the leg).

[[RealityEnsues In reality]], there are a number of difficulties involved in mass producing silver bullets the traditional way, but they can indeed be created using common everyday items. Using lost wax casting they can be created made using simply wax, plaster of paris, Paris, and a propane torch (search -- search the internet for ''real silver bullet'' and you will find several techniques for making them).them.

Silver Still, silver melts at a far higher temperature than lead lead, which can be melted over a hot fire or kitchen stove (961.8°C/1,763.24°F vs. 327.5°C/621.5°F), unlike lead which can be melted over a hot fire or kitchen stove. 5°F). When cooling, silver shrinks more than lead does when as it solidifies, so the use of a mold designed for lead would result in an undersized bullet, subsequently bullet; one must should start with a mold that is oversized.over-sized. An alternative would be to machine the bullets from commercially available rods or bars of silver; however, this would be very time consuming and require specialized machinery and skills.

Silver also costs a lot ''lot'' more than lead does, making silver bullets a rather costly proposition. Silver is less dense than lead, but though it is also more dense than copper which is already being used as a bullet source for modern firearms. Silver has been proven to engage rifling of a barrel similar to the way copper does.

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** In terms of a more literal example of an actual bullet, the crossbow bolts he fires are silver tipped.


* ''Film/HowlingIIStirbaWerewolfBitch'' subverts this trope and reveals that silver bullets don't always kill werewolves, they just incapacitate them for a while. The real metal of choice when dealing with werewolves is titanium. Silver bullets work just fine against young werewolves (as shown in the first film in the series), but ancients like Stirba are immune to silver, which is where the titanium comes into play.

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* ''Film/TheHowling'' plays this straight, with the protagonist getting his hands on a [[NoodleIncident pre-made order]] of silver bullets and using them to wipe out the local werewolf colony. [[spoiler: Well, most of them..]] The sequel ''Film/HowlingIIStirbaWerewolfBitch'' subverts this the trope and reveals that while silver bullets don't always kill werewolves, work just fine against (relatively) young werewolves like the group in the first movie, with ancients like Stirba they just merely incapacitate them the target for a while. The real metal of choice when dealing with werewolves is titanium. Silver bullets work just fine against young werewolves (as shown in the first film in the series), but ancients like Stirba are immune to silver, which is where the titanium comes into play.titanium.

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* Parodied in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}}''. Dogbert's been hired as a consultant to flush the "little people" ([[MakesAsMuchSenseInContext who are in fact ex-employees who were downsized, literally and figuratively, and subsequently became a colony of hippies living within the floor and getting high off of dry-erase markers]]) out of Dilbert's office. Dogbert claims the only thing that can kill them is a silver bullet. An employee points out the bullets he gave them are just regular bullets with silver spraypaint, and another points out his "silver" bullet needs more paint (leading to Dogbert spraying paint into the guy's face).


* ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' uses the "vial of mercury" version, with a twist: it has to be cut with the blood of someone sick with Paleblood as well to have any effect.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' uses the "vial of mercury" version, with a twist: it has to be cut with the blood of someone sick with Paleblood as well to have any effect. The hunter's "Bloodtinge" skill determines how much damage this actually does.


* In the ''Anime/{{Hellsing}}'' anime, Alucard uses silver bullets against other vampires; after a while, he is given a new gun which uses mercury ("quicksilver") bullets. Since mercury has about the same density as lead, but is a liquid, the effect it has upon striking a body is quite horrific (it practically explodes). In the final volume, Seras kills the Millennium werewolf known as The Captain with a silver ''tooth'' (which was implied to have been taken from the skull of a concentration camp victim fifty-odd years earlier).

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* In the ''Anime/{{Hellsing}}'' anime, Alucard uses silver bullets from melted down crosses against other vampires; after a while, he is given a new gun which uses mercury ("quicksilver") bullets. Since mercury has about the same density as lead, but is a liquid, the effect it has upon striking a body is quite horrific (it practically explodes). In the final volume, Seras kills the Millennium werewolf known as The Captain with a silver ''tooth'' (which was implied to have been taken from the skull of a concentration camp victim fifty-odd years earlier).


* Silver shavings are among the ingredients listed by Film/{{Hellboy}} for the all-purpose paranormal-monster-killing bullets he uses for the Samaritan revolver in his self-titled movie.

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* Silver shavings are among the ingredients listed by Film/{{Hellboy}} Film/{{Hellboy|2004}} for the all-purpose paranormal-monster-killing bullets he uses for the Samaritan revolver in his self-titled movie.


* ''Anime/BakutenShootBeyblade'': The first season features Team WHO during the Europe arc. They and their bit-beasts are themed after classic Universal horror monsters and they carry the same common weaknesses said monsters have. The BBA Team was coincidently watching a horror movie where the heroes were using a cross and a silver candle holder to fight a vampire and a werewolf, inspiring them to use the same strategy to fight back against their assailants. Rei in particularly throws a [[ChekhovsGun silver coin]] on his Bit Chip, [[RuleOfCool coating Drigger in silver in the process]] to defeat the werewolf bit-beast.

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* ''Anime/BakutenShootBeyblade'': The first season features Team WHO during the Europe arc. They and their bit-beasts are themed after classic Universal horror monsters and they carry the same common weaknesses said monsters have. The BBA Team was coincidently watching a horror movie where the heroes were using a cross and a silver candle holder to fight a vampire and a werewolf, inspiring them to use the same strategy to fight back against their assailants. Rei in particularly throws a [[ChekhovsGun silver coin]] on his Bit Chip, [[RuleOfCool coating Drigger Driger in silver in the process]] to defeat the werewolf bit-beast.


* ''Manga/{{Beyblade}}'': The first season of the anime features the Dark Bladers during the Europe arc. They and their Bit-Beasts are themed after classic Universal horror monsters and they carry the same common weaknesses said monsters have. The Bladebreakers were coincidently watching a horror movie where the heroes were using a cross and a silver candle holder to fight a vampire and a werewolf, inspiring the Bladebreakers to use the same strategy to fight the Dark Bladers. Rei in particularly throws a [[ChekhovsGun silver coin]] on his Bit Chip, [[RuleOfCool coating Drigger in silver in the process]] to defeat the werewolf Bit-Beast.

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* ''Manga/{{Beyblade}}'': ''Anime/BakutenShootBeyblade'': The first season of the anime features the Dark Bladers Team WHO during the Europe arc. They and their Bit-Beasts bit-beasts are themed after classic Universal horror monsters and they carry the same common weaknesses said monsters have. The Bladebreakers were BBA Team was coincidently watching a horror movie where the heroes were using a cross and a silver candle holder to fight a vampire and a werewolf, inspiring the Bladebreakers them to use the same strategy to fight the Dark Bladers. back against their assailants. Rei in particularly throws a [[ChekhovsGun silver coin]] on his Bit Chip, [[RuleOfCool coating Drigger in silver in the process]] to defeat the werewolf Bit-Beast.bit-beast.


* In "Literature/SorcererConjurerWizardWitch", General Lord Hector Tarr insists the agents under his command go armed with silver bullets when dealing with the FriendlyLocalVampire, in case she turns out to be not so friendly. Charles Beauregard asks if silver bullets aren't for werewolves, and Captain Gallant informs him that in field tests the bullets have been demonstrated to stop "vampires, zombies, your common shapeshifters, ghouls, sundry revenants, and some of the more physical species of ghost" -- not to mention ordinary people.

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* In "Literature/SorcererConjurerWizardWitch", General Lord Hector Tarr insists the agents under his command go armed with silver bullets when dealing with the FriendlyLocalVampire, FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire, in case she turns out to be not so friendly. Charles Beauregard asks if silver bullets aren't for werewolves, and Captain Gallant informs him that in field tests the bullets have been demonstrated to stop "vampires, zombies, your common shapeshifters, ghouls, sundry revenants, and some of the more physical species of ghost" -- not to mention ordinary people.

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* In "Literature/SorcererConjurerWizardWitch", General Lord Hector Tarr insists the agents under his command go armed with silver bullets when dealing with the FriendlyLocalVampire, in case she turns out to be not so friendly. Charles Beauregard asks if silver bullets aren't for werewolves, and Captain Gallant informs him that in field tests the bullets have been demonstrated to stop "vampires, zombies, your common shapeshifters, ghouls, sundry revenants, and some of the more physical species of ghost" -- not to mention ordinary people.


* In ''Film/TheLoneRanger'' Tonto made one for the Lone Ranger to shoot the Wendigo.

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* In ''Film/TheLoneRanger'' ''Film/TheLoneRanger2013'' Tonto made one for the Lone Ranger to shoot the Wendigo.



** [[Film/TheLoneRanger The Disney film]] instead justifies the silver because Tonto is superstitious and believes the villain is a {{Wendigo}}. He ''[[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane probably]]'' isn't.
* ''Series/MythBusters'', based on a suggestion related to ''Franchise/TheLoneRanger'', tested the effectiveness of a silver bullet compared to a standard lead bullet. Since silver warps and shrinks when it cools, the resulting deformation made the bullet's' flight path erratic, making for poor accuracy. They didn't test it on an actual werewolf or other supernatural creature, however. They also didn't test whether shotgun shells would get better results.

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** [[Film/TheLoneRanger [[Film/TheLoneRanger2013 The Disney film]] instead justifies the silver because Tonto is superstitious and believes the villain is a {{Wendigo}}. He ''[[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane probably]]'' isn't.
* ''Series/MythBusters'', based on a suggestion related to ''Franchise/TheLoneRanger'', ''Radio/TheLoneRanger'', tested the effectiveness of a silver bullet compared to a standard lead bullet. Since silver warps and shrinks when it cools, the resulting deformation made the bullet's' flight path erratic, making for poor accuracy. They didn't test it on an actual werewolf or other supernatural creature, however. They also didn't test whether shotgun shells would get better results.


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* The Silver Shot ammo type in ''VideoGame/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnline'' deals increased damage against Undead enemies. It's particularly weak against living enemies, though...


** In real life, shooting mercury out of a gun would be very illegal due to it being more poisonous than lead and more difficult to clean up.

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** [[DontTryThisAtHome In real life, shooting mercury out of a gun would be very illegal illegal]] due to it being more poisonous than lead and more difficult to clean up.up. You can however try using rounds made of gallium, which has properties very similar to mercury but isn't as toxic, though the damage they do will not be as spectacular since gallium isn't nearly as dense.

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