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* In ''Film/JohnWick'', mob boss Viggo Tarasov owns a stilleto with pearl grips. [[spoiler: He uses it in his final fight with John, who takes a stab so he can withdraw it and stab Viggo back]].

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* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' [[spoiler:Prof. Tiktoffen]] [[https://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110711#.YLNODNUzbIU pulls one out]] after getting smacked in the face by a [[WrenchWhack wrench]] and [[https://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110713#.YLNODNUzbIU uses it against]] [[spoiler:Agatha]].


* Inverted in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' as Mutt Williams carries one but is on the side of the heroes, and it is most often used for [[MundaneUtility regular cutting tasks]] as opposed to a weapon. He does flick it open in an attempt to intimidate the two KGB agents, but closes it after [[NeverBringAKnifeToAGunfight realizing they're predictably carrying guns]].

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* Inverted in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' as [[GreaserDelinquents Mutt Williams Williams]] carries one but is on the side of the heroes, and it is most often used for [[MundaneUtility regular cutting tasks]] as opposed to a weapon. He does flick it open in an attempt to intimidate the two KGB agents, but closes it after [[NeverBringAKnifeToAGunfight realizing they're predictably carrying guns]].guns]].
* In the 1980 war movie ''The Sea Wolves'', a beautiful German spy uses an automatic knife hidden in her purse for assassinations.


When it comes to planning out the weaponry of a story, GoodWeaponEvilWeapon never fails to display itself. That said, the switchblade gets a particularly bad rep. The small size, concealability, and razor-sharp edge make it almost impossible for the poor weapon to be seen in a positive light. This is especially the case with "stiletto" switchblade, named for the similarly shaped dagger. Gangsters scare their targets with a single flick of their blades, and assassins slit the throats of unsuspecting victims who barely have time to hear the ''click'' sound given off by the weapon.

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When it comes to planning out the weaponry of a story, GoodWeaponEvilWeapon never fails to display itself. That said, the switchblade gets a particularly bad rep. The small size, concealability, and razor-sharp edge make it almost impossible for the poor weapon to be seen in a positive light. This is especially the case with "stiletto" switchblade, named for the similarly shaped dagger. Gangsters scare their targets ([[MenacingHandShot and the viewers]]) with a single flick of their blades, and assassins slit the throats of unsuspecting victims who barely have time to hear the ''click'' sound given off by the weapon.


* Inverted in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' as Mutt Williams carries one but is on the side of the heroes, and it is most often used for mundane cutting tasks as opposed to a weapon. He does flick it open in an attempt to intimidate the two KGB agents, but closes it after [[NeverBringAKnifeToAGunfight realizing they're predictably carrying guns]].

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* Inverted in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' as Mutt Williams carries one but is on the side of the heroes, and it is most often used for mundane [[MundaneUtility regular cutting tasks tasks]] as opposed to a weapon. He does flick it open in an attempt to intimidate the two KGB agents, but closes it after [[NeverBringAKnifeToAGunfight realizing they're predictably carrying guns]].


* Inverted in ''Film/KingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' as Mutt Williams carries one but is on the side of the heroes, and it is most often used for mundane cutting tasks as opposed to a weapon. He does flick it open in an attempt to intimidate the two KGB agents, but closes it after [[NeverBringAKnifeToAGunfight realizing they're predictably carrying guns]].

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* Inverted in ''Film/KingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' as Mutt Williams carries one but is on the side of the heroes, and it is most often used for mundane cutting tasks as opposed to a weapon. He does flick it open in an attempt to intimidate the two KGB agents, but closes it after [[NeverBringAKnifeToAGunfight realizing they're predictably carrying guns]].

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* Inverted in ''Film/KingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' as Mutt Williams carries one but is on the side of the heroes, and it is most often used for mundane cutting tasks as opposed to a weapon. He does flick it open in an attempt to intimidate the two KGB agents, but closes it after [[NeverBringAKnifeToAGunfight realizing they're predictably carrying guns]].

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* In ''Film/TheWarriors'' naturally, given that it's a Seventies movie about street gangs, most notably used by Swan in his [[NeverBringAKnifeToAGunfight climatic confrontation with Luther]].


* In ''Film/Halloween2018'', Dr. Sartain has a retractable blade inside his pen. While this is ostensiblyy because he spends most of his time looking after [[AxCrazy Michael Myers]], [[spoiler: he turns out to have been EvilAllAlong and he murders Sheriff Hawkins with it]].

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* In ''Film/Halloween2018'', Dr. Sartain has a retractable blade inside his pen. While this is ostensiblyy ostensibly because he spends most of his time looking after [[AxCrazy Michael Myers]], [[spoiler: he turns out to have been EvilAllAlong and he murders Sheriff Hawkins with it]].

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* In ''Film/Halloween2018'', Dr. Sartain has a retractable blade inside his pen. While this is ostensiblyy because he spends most of his time looking after [[AxCrazy Michael Myers]], [[spoiler: he turns out to have been EvilAllAlong and he murders Sheriff Hawkins with it]].

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* The song ''Switchblade Serenade'' by Swedish heavy metal band Sister Sin is about a {{yandere}} who murders the object of her affection with a switchblade, then sings about how much she loves them while they bleed to death. The cover of the album, ''Switchblade Serenades'', also features a tattooed arm holding a switchblade, with menacing-looking thugs in the background.
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When it comes to planning out the weaponry of a story, GoodWeaponEvilWeapon never fails to display itself. That said, the switchblade gets a particularly bad rep. The small size, concealability, and razor sharp edge make it almost impossible for the poor weapon to be seen in a positive light. This is especially the case with "stiletto" switchblade, named for the similarly shaped dagger. Gangsters scare their targets with a single flick of their blades, and assassins slit the throats of unsuspecting victims who barely have time to hear the ''click'' sound given off by the weapon.

As the above states, when this trope is applies almost always expect it to be the iconic Italian Stilleto Switchblade.

In real life, a lot of countries ban or severely restrict switchblades, flick knives and similar weapons such as {{Butterfly Kni|fe}}ves. These weapons have such a bad reputation that even countries who allow more conventional knives to be carried without restriction have laws against them. The actual effects of the legislation range from prohibiting the use of switchblades to anyone outside the military (Hungary) to banning all switchblades with blades longer than a few centimeters (Japan) to banning the sale, use, or transport of the knives altogether (The Netherlands).

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When it comes to planning out the weaponry of a story, GoodWeaponEvilWeapon never fails to display itself. That said, the switchblade gets a particularly bad rep. The small size, concealability, and razor sharp razor-sharp edge make it almost impossible for the poor weapon to be seen in a positive light. This is especially the case with "stiletto" switchblade, named for the similarly shaped dagger. Gangsters scare their targets with a single flick of their blades, and assassins slit the throats of unsuspecting victims who barely have time to hear the ''click'' sound given off by the weapon.

As the above states, when this trope is applies applied, almost always expect it to be the iconic Italian Stilleto Switchblade.

In real life, a lot of countries ban or severely restrict switchblades, flick knives knives, and similar weapons such as {{Butterfly Kni|fe}}ves. These weapons have such a bad reputation that even countries who that allow more conventional knives to be carried without restriction have laws against them. The actual effects of the legislation range from prohibiting the use of switchblades to anyone outside the military (Hungary) to banning all switchblades with blades longer than a few centimeters (Japan) to banning the sale, use, or transport of the knives altogether (The Netherlands).



** Played straight with Rolo, an assasin who can combine his TimeStandsStill powers with a switchblade.
* In ''Anime/CowboyBebopKnockinOnHeavensDoor'', [[BigBad Vincent]] uses a switchblade to cut Faye's top before brutally killing one of his own henchman.

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** Played straight with Rolo, an assasin assassin who can combine his TimeStandsStill powers with a switchblade.
* In ''Anime/CowboyBebopKnockinOnHeavensDoor'', [[BigBad Vincent]] uses a switchblade to cut Faye's top before brutally killing one of his own henchman.henchmen.






* Series/{{Highlander}}: In the episode The Sea Witch one of Alexi's thugs carried around a classic Italian Stiletto as a back-up weapon to his [[HandCannon Desert Eagle.]] It's seen quite prominently on screen when he draws it on Richie and later on Richie's girlfriend of the week just as Duncan arrives in a BigDamnHeroes moment. Both scenes make sure to highlight him clicking it open.

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* Series/{{Highlander}}: In the episode The Sea Witch one of Alexi's thugs carried around a classic Italian Stiletto as a back-up weapon to his [[HandCannon Desert Eagle.]] It's seen quite prominently on screen on-screen when he draws it on Richie and later on Richie's girlfriend of the week just as Duncan arrives in a BigDamnHeroes moment. Both scenes make sure to highlight him clicking it open.



* Played with in ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange''. When Frank is introduced, he threatens Max and Chloe with one, but he quickly proves to be something of a PaperTiger, and that he tends to [[NeverBringAKnifeToAGunfight bring a knife to a gunfight]] means his switchblade marks him as a bit pathetic. [[spoiler:Indeed, the worst that can happen is that Max and Chloe accidentally kill him in self defence in episode 4, if the player fails to convince him to join their investigation (and if Chloe ends up fighting him unarmed, she easily manages to stab him with his own knife). In the prequel his much more dangerous friend Damon threatens Chloe and Rachel in a similar scene (in the same place, no less) but uses a much scarier looking combat knife to make it clear that he's much more of a threat.]]

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* Played with in ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange''. When Frank is introduced, he threatens Max and Chloe with one, but he quickly proves to be something of a PaperTiger, and that he tends to [[NeverBringAKnifeToAGunfight bring a knife to a gunfight]] means his switchblade marks him as a bit pathetic. [[spoiler:Indeed, the worst that can happen is that Max and Chloe accidentally kill him in self defence self-defence in episode 4, if the player fails to convince him to join their investigation (and if Chloe ends up fighting him unarmed, she easily manages to stab him with his own knife). In the prequel his much more dangerous friend Damon threatens Chloe and Rachel in a similar scene (in the same place, no less) but uses a much scarier looking combat knife to make it clear that he's much more of a threat.]]

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* The PlotTriggeringDeath in ''Film/TheEigerSanction'' is done by a Cuban hitman using a switchblade knife. This is used for a RedHerring later when Creator/ClintEastwood's character has to determine who the killer's accomplice was, and one of the suspects uses a similar knife. The man is a mountain climber, so has a legitimate reason to use a knife he can open with one hand.

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As the above states, when this trope is applies almost always expect it to be the iconic Italian Stilleto Switchblade.

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