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* OlderThanPrint: In ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', MagnificentBastard Cao Cao, on the run from the law (long story), takes refuge with a friend of his father's. Said friend runs off for a while, leaving Cao Cao to wait. Cao Cao overhears the sound of a knife being sharpened and a whispered: "hurry up and make the kill!" Cao Cao charged into the kitchen, murdering everyone in sight... before discovering that the intended victim was a pig.

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* OlderThanPrint: In ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', MagnificentBastard Cao Cao, on the run from the law (long story), takes refuge with a friend of his father's. Said friend runs off for a while, leaving Cao Cao to wait. Cao Cao overhears the sound of a knife being sharpened and a whispered: "hurry up and make the kill!" Cao Cao charged into the kitchen, murdering everyone in sight... before discovering that the intended victim was a pig.



* In a possible allusion to the ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' example (see Literature), at one point in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'' you can choose to stay at an obviously sinister-looking inn in a cave with a creepy old lady while travelling with your new bride. She hears something in the night and asks you to investigate but you've become paralyzed and from upstairs you hear the sound of a knife grinding...[[spoiler:In the morning, it turns out that the old witch was just making sure you slept soundly while she sharpened your sword which gains a permanent attack bonus.]]

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* In a possible allusion to the ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' example (see Literature), at one point in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'' you can choose to stay at an obviously sinister-looking inn in a cave with a creepy old lady while travelling with your new bride. She hears something in the night and asks you to investigate but you've become paralyzed and from upstairs you hear the sound of a knife grinding...[[spoiler:In the morning, it turns out that the old witch was just making sure you slept soundly while she sharpened your sword which gains a permanent attack bonus.]]

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* Early in ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'', Korosensei steals a guided missile from a nearby military base and turns his tentacles into high-speed drills for a "demonstration" of their respective power in what looks like a punishment of Karma for leaving a dead octopus on Korosensei's desk...and cooks Karma breakfast instead.

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** "Bloo Done It" consists of finding reasons to cast suspicion on Uncle Pockets for being the "Best Imaginary Friend Ever". At one point, he chances upon a shadow of a hand stabbing a knife downward in Madam Foster's room, followed by Madam Foster's scream. Bloo thinks Uncle Pockets has murdered Madam Foster and accuses him of this in front of the whole house, but it was really just Madam Foster using an envelope opener, and screaming that she had won a free spa trip.

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* ''Film/CloudAtlas'': [[spoiler: Zachry looks like he's about to stab Meronym but instead stabs a weird hologram thing next to her.]]

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* In ''Film/{{Zodiac}}'', Robert Graysmith is cornered by potential Zodiac suspect Bob Vaughn, who stabs forwards...with the key he inserts to unlock the door before politely letting Graysmith out and wishing him good night.


* Used in TheTeaser of an episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' when David takes a knife from the block in his kitchen and slowly and menacingly walks into the bedroom to where his very pregnant wife is lying down. He asks her "Why must you force me to do this?" in a suitably menacing tone ... then proceeds to use the knife to cut the tags off a new dress shirt. They were talking about him having to go to his high school reunion without her because she's too tired to stand.


* ''Film/{{M}}'' might be the TropeMaker: near the end, a beggar witness points out Hans Beckert (PeterLorre) as being the child murderer; unfortunately, Beckert has already ensnared his next victim and is taking her to a candy shop. A criminal follows them, hoping to corner Beckert and save the child, and starts forward in horror as Beckert pulls out a knife... only to use it to cut the peel off an orange. Audiences at the time, familiar with the all-too-fresh string of murders which [[RippedFromTheHeadlines inspired the film]], were [[TooSoon not]] [[DudeNotFunny amused]].

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* ''Film/{{M}}'' might be the TropeMaker: near the end, a beggar witness points out Hans Beckert (PeterLorre) (Creator/PeterLorre) as being the child murderer; unfortunately, Beckert has already ensnared his next victim and is taking her to a candy shop. A criminal follows them, hoping to corner Beckert and save the child, and starts forward in horror as Beckert pulls out a knife... only to use it to cut the peel off an orange. Audiences at the time, familiar with the all-too-fresh string of murders which [[RippedFromTheHeadlines inspired the film]], were [[TooSoon not]] [[DudeNotFunny amused]].

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* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'' has Phoenix meet with a member of the [[LaResistance Defiant Dragons]], Datz Are'bal, whereupon Datz pulls out a huge combat knife. Phoenix is freaked outů and Datz merely uses it to peel an apple. Turns out to be [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] after a brief interrogation, as Datz claims he would have killed Phoenix if he was working for the [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen crown.]]
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* In an episode of ''KingOfTheHill'', Dale spends an entire episode being chased by someone he thinks is going kill him. He actually just wanted Dale to sign a form. When Dale is cornered by him, he reaches into his coat; Dale thinks it's a gun but it's just his papers and a pen.

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* In an episode of ''KingOfTheHill'', ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Dale spends an entire episode being chased by someone he thinks is going kill him. He actually just wanted Dale to sign a form. When Dale is cornered by him, he reaches into his coat; Dale thinks it's a gun but it's just his papers and a pen.


* In an AlternateUniverse detective episode of ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', while investigating a multiple homocide, Nozomu witnesses the girls run out of kitchen with knives and repeatedly stab something lying on the yard. Then they tell him that they were going to butcher a chicken for dinner, but it almost got away.

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* In an AlternateUniverse detective episode of ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', while investigating a multiple homocide, homicide, Nozomu witnesses the girls run out of the kitchen with knives and repeatedly stab something lying on the yard. Then they tell him that they were going to butcher a chicken for dinner, but it almost got away.



* In one of the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' [=OVAs=], Kasumi has been possessed by a demon, at one point she raises a knife while laughing maniacally while the others cower in fear, then she uses it to cut paper dolls out of the bedsheets. Whether or not they were the bedding in use by her family, or simply ones she found laying about is never quite discussed.

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* In one of the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' [=OVAs=], Kasumi has been possessed by a demon, at one point she raises a knife while laughing maniacally while the others cower in fear, then she uses it to cut paper dolls out of the bedsheets. Whether or not they were the bedding in use by her family, or simply ones she found laying lying about is never quite discussed.



* In the Norwegian comic ''ComicBook/{{Eon}}'' the title character has [[ItMakesSenseInContext just accidentally murdered a door to door salesman (or so he thinks).]] When he and his friend realize what has happened they decide to call one of their [[TheDitz other friends]] [[RuleOfFunny (whom they for some reason assume will know what to do).]] Unfortunately they call him while he is cutting some wood. So when he arrives he is still wearing safety goggles and wielding a running chainsaw.

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* In the Norwegian comic ''ComicBook/{{Eon}}'' the title character has [[ItMakesSenseInContext just accidentally murdered a door to door salesman (or so he thinks).]] When he and his friend realize what has happened they decide to call one of their [[TheDitz other friends]] [[RuleOfFunny (whom they for some reason assume will know what to do).]] Unfortunately Unfortunately, they call him while he is cutting some wood. So when he arrives he is still wearing safety goggles and wielding a running chainsaw.



* ''Film/DiamondsAreForever''. While pretending to be a waiter, Mr. Wint raises a icepick-like device high in the air next to Film/JamesBond. He then strikes down but not to stab Bond: he drives it into the cork of a wine bottle, then uses it to extract the cork.

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* ''Film/DiamondsAreForever''. While pretending to be a waiter, Mr. Wint raises a an icepick-like device high in the air next to Film/JamesBond. He then strikes down but not to stab Bond: he drives it into the cork of a wine bottle, then uses it to extract the cork.



** The opening scene of season two seemingly echos the season one opening murder scene, ending with the words "This is the only way I know how to survive. I'm coiled and ready to strike..." - zoom out to show Dexter bowling and missing a pin - "Although a spare will do."

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** The opening scene of season two seemingly echos echoes the season one opening murder scene, ending with the words "This is the only way I know how to survive. I'm coiled and ready to strike..." - zoom out to show Dexter bowling and missing a pin - "Although a spare will do."



* ''Series/{{Community}}'' - in "Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps", Troy's scary story has him and Abed sewn together by MadDoctor Pierce. After their initial horror they realize they now have magical psychic powers, and levitate an iron skillet, clubbing Pierce with it. Then they levitate up a big kitchen knife and...cut a sandwich in two and happily share it. ''Then'' they conduct mad surgery on Pierce.
* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}''. Dr Saunders reaches for a scalpel, apparently to cut up Echo's face like her own...then picks up a lollipop instead, [[KickTheDog sucking on it herself when Echo reaches for it]].

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* ''Series/{{Community}}'' - in "Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps", Troy's scary story has him and Abed sewn together by MadDoctor Pierce. After their initial horror horror, they realize they now have magical psychic powers, and levitate an iron skillet, clubbing Pierce with it. Then they levitate up a big kitchen knife and...cut a sandwich in two and happily share it. ''Then'' they conduct mad surgery on Pierce.
* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}''. Dr Dr. Saunders reaches for a scalpel, apparently to cut up Echo's face like her own...then picks up a lollipop instead, [[KickTheDog sucking on it herself when Echo reaches for it]].



* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': "Dead of the Class" opens with David selecting a knife from the knife block in his kitchen, and then advancing menacingly on his pregnant knife who is lying on the bed. He then uses the knife the cut the tags of his new shirt as he prepares for his class reunion.

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* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': "Dead of the Class" opens with David selecting a knife from the knife block in his kitchen, and then advancing menacingly on his pregnant knife who is lying on the bed. He then uses the knife the to cut the tags of his new shirt as he prepares for his class reunion.



* Tina of ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'' is also quite creepy, and she [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/pouring-salt/ pulled out a knife]] in front of someone she had been punching a [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/grateful/ few strips earlier]]. Fortunately she merely uses the knife to [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/hard-feelings/ cut a slice of pie]].

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* Tina of ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'' is also quite creepy, and she [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/pouring-salt/ pulled out a knife]] in front of someone she had been punching a [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/grateful/ few strips earlier]]. Fortunately Fortunately, she merely uses the knife to [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/hard-feelings/ cut a slice of pie]].

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* In an episode of ''KingOfTheHill'', Dale spends an entire episode being chased by someone he thinks is going kill him. He actually just wanted Dale to sign a form. When Dale is cornered by him, he reaches into his coat; Dale thinks it's a gun but it's just his papers and a pen.


* In ''Anime/MahoujinGuruGuru'', the heroes walk into the old witch's house to find her in the dark, cackling madly over a steaming cauldron of god-knows-what... it turns out she was just boiling potatoes.

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* In ''Anime/MahoujinGuruGuru'', ''Manga/MagicalCircleGuruGuru'', the heroes walk into the old witch's house to find her in the dark, cackling madly over a steaming cauldron of god-knows-what... it turns out she was just boiling potatoes.

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* ''Film/ResidentEvil''. The Red Queen computer demands that the remaining protagonists chop off Rain Ocampo's head (because she's infected with the T-Virus) before she'll let the rest of them go. Alice appears to agree. She raises up the axe, the music swells, and...Alice chops into the video monitor the Red Queen has been using to talk to them.


* In one of the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' [=OVAs=], Kasumi has been possessed by a demon, at one point she raises a knife while laughing maniacally while the others cower in fear, then she uses it to chop some vegetables.
** Actually, what she did was cut paper dolls...out of the bedsheets. Whether or not they were the bedding in use by her family, or simply ones she found laying about is never quite discussed.

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* In one of the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' [=OVAs=], Kasumi has been possessed by a demon, at one point she raises a knife while laughing maniacally while the others cower in fear, then she uses it to chop some vegetables.
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cut paper dolls...dolls out of the bedsheets. Whether or not they were the bedding in use by her family, or simply ones she found laying about is never quite discussed.


** A later episode parodied the scene from Indiana Jones. Stewie, Brian, Creator/DanAykroyd, and Creator/ChevyChase are captured in Russia and brought before UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin. Besides the coat hanger, Putin also uses an AK-47 as a cigarette lighter and a crossbow to hang his necktie.

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** A later episode parodied the scene from Indiana Jones. Stewie, Brian, Creator/DanAykroyd, and Creator/ChevyChase are captured in Russia and brought before UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin. Besides In addition to the coat hanger, hanger from the film, Putin also uses an AK-47 as a cigarette lighter and a crossbow to hang his necktie.

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