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"I've invested five good years in my marriage to Rex and I've nailed his arse fair and square. Now I'm going to have it stuffed, mounted, and have my lady friends come over and throw darts at it."
Marilyn Rexroth, Intolerable Cruelty

When a character strongly dislikes a person but lacks the means of exerting retribution against them in reality, they will release their anger by throwing darts at a photograph of them. Usually, the photograph is stuck to the bullseye of a dartboard.

Sometimes, this is used as a means to prepare themselves for an actual confrontation with the enemy. The character usually has good dart-throwing skills and is able to hit their target accurately. In comedies, expect a dart to be thrown at the board just as the character in the picture opens the door it is hanging on.

Occasionally a punching bag or archery target may be used for the same purpose, particularly if the angry person is athletically-inclined. The darts may be replaced with throwing knives for the same effect. If attacking the target actually hurts the person in the picture, then this trope can overlap with Voodoo Doll.

See Decision Darts for another trope that involves dart throwing. Also compare Mustache Vandalism and Stab the Picture, which involve other ways of using a picture to show disdain for its subject.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Urusei Yatsura:
    • Parodied: Kurama has one of Ataru; she throws a dart at it, only for the image to catch the dart in its teeth and gleefully eat it.
    • Also, one of the Spice Girls has a somewhat cruder version with doodled pictures of Benten, Oyuki, and Lum with Ataru. When she's trying to be dramatic about suggesting they try seducing Ataru to get to Lum, she attempts to look cool by announcing her intent with a thrown dart, but it misses by a huge margin — so she has to walk to the wall and manually jabs Ataru with it.
  • In Case Closed, when Vermouth's hideout is raided, a picture of pre-Apoptoxin Haibara is found tacked on a dartboard with a giant "X" drawn over her face.
  • In Mazinkaiser, Prof. Yumi is given a dartboard with Baron Ashura's face on it as a birthday naturally, Baron Ashura had chosen that day to abduct and impersonate the good professor.
  • In Vampire Knight, Kaname pins a letter opener into a picture of Zero and Yuki (in Zero's neck, to be specific) after Zero bites Yuki.
  • the Garden of sinners has a variant of this. With a plushie of the object of hatred in place of a picture and fire magic in place of the darts but the intent is the same.
  • In Hajime no Ippo, when Ippo visits the Mashibas' apartment while on a date with Kumi, she admits to being embarrassed because there is a picture of Ippo in the living room. To Ippo's chagrin, the picture was pasted on Mashiba's sandbag.
    • Takamura invokes this when here brings Ippo to the Kamogawa Gym for the first time after saving the latter from some bullies and tries to cheer him up by pinning a crude drawing of one of the bullies on the sandbag to get Ippo to vent his frustrations.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Shingo throws darts at a picture of Yuya after Reiji hires him to steal Yuya's cards.
  • Gen's family in Barefoot Gen are reprimanded for not stepping on drawings of the faces of Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill.
  • Weaponized in Hunter × Hunter by the Ortho Siblings, a brother-sister duo. The dartboard has Sympathetic Magic in that darts that hit the board will have the subject instantly impaled roughly where the dart has hit the board. In addition, playing a perfect game of darts will kill the subject.
  • In Outlaw Star, Harry MacDougall, while adjusting his bionic arm, was throwing darts at a picture of Gene Starwind.
  • In one version of Lupin III, Zenigata starts off an episode expertly shooting cardboard cutouts of Lupin in the chest during target practice.
  • Inverted in Tamagotchi. Himespetchi keeps a "Happy Darts" dartboard depicting her crush Mametchi in her house; it's just one of many Mametchi-themed things she possesses.

    Asian Animation 
  • In the Lamput episode "The Split", the docs get into a tiff over the injuries they inadvertently gave each other during their chase to catch Lamput. Later in the episode, in Fat Doc's house, a couple of pictures of Slim Doc can be seen that have visible darts on them.

  • In comedian and ventriloquist David Strassman's show "Careful What You Wish For", Ted E. Bare and Chuck Wood both have dartboards with each others' pictures on them, riddled with darts.

    Comic Books 
  • Lex Luthor has one of Superman. He has also been known to purchase Superman merchandise to casually destroy.
  • Issue 26 of The Superman Adventures shows that Mr. Mxyzptlk has a dartboard with Superman's picture nailed to it, which has five darts embedded in it.
  • In an issue of The Flash, Wally fails to rescue a woman from a fire because he needs to save 10 people in a plummeting elevator and didn't have time to check the fire for anyone who might be trapped inside (a policeman tells him there is no-one there). The woman ends up badly scarred and loses both of her legs. Guess what she has on the dartboard in her hospital room?
  • In Twisted Toyfare Theatre, Captain America has one of Rob Liefeld's take on the Fighting American, who was such a blatant ripoff of Cap that the issue was taken to court.
  • An issue of Archie's Joke Book had a full-page gag in which Archie's mother reprimanded him for throwing darts at a picture of Reggie.
  • Starr from Preacher has toilet paper decorated with the faces of Jesse, Cassidy, Eisenstein, and other foes that, over the course of the series, have left him a one-legged, castrated, head scarred to look like a penis, shell of his former self.
  • In the Siege of the Crystal Empire arc of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW) series, Lightning Dust is shown to have one of Rainbow Dash.
  • In issue 48 of The Boys, Billy Butcher throws darts at a picture of the Homelander until Mother's Milk, fearing damage to the wall, tells him to buy an actual dartboard.
  • Achille Talon: One strip has Achille and Hilarion throwing snowballs with zero accuracy. Then it's suggested they switch targets and instantly hit every time. The final panel shows they're aiming for cardboard cutouts of each other.
  • Robyn Hood': At the end of The Hunt'', the Executioner is seen sitting in his solitary cell throwing blades into a picture of Robyn he has stuck on the wall.
  • At the end of Miss Piggy's spotlight issue in the original four-issue miniseries of The Muppet Show Comic Book, Miss Piggy is shown to have put a picture of Phony Psychic Madame Rhonda on a dartboard in her dressing room.
  • Happens from time to time in Mortadelo y Filemón, tipically with the "Súper". Examples include a punching bag with the shape of the Súper's head used by Mortadelo and Filemón to practice boxing and a dedicated photo by the Súper that Mortadelo taped to a toilet seat.

    Fan Works 
  • In The Boy Who Didn't Live Harry's Grim Reaper, upset with him for dying and being sent back to fulfill his destiny a record thirty times, throws knitting needles at a dartboard with a picture of him on it.
  • In Burnout Summer Rush, Stealth, investigating the strange construction at Townsville's Lake instigated by Blair (from Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi), sneaks into his office and, not surprisingly, finds a picture of the musicians on the wall with darts thrown into it.
  • In Not Quite Heroes, Shego sometimes accessorizes her sparring-practice robot with a Kim Possible mask.
  • In Visionary a Daily Prophet photo of Cornelius Fudge is magically stuck to a dartboard in the Azkaban gatekeeper's office.
  • In the Naruto fanfic Three Pawns, Zaku Abumi throws a Shuriken at a picture of Shino, which is also next to a picture of Sasuke which has a similar Shuriken in it.
  • In Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney fanfic Dirty Sympathy, Daryan Cresend uses a Klaver Gavin plate as an ashtray.
  • In Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race, Tron Bonne made one of Kalinka Cossack after seeing her kiss Mega Man. She hit it with crossbow bolts.
  • In Hope after talking to Albus Dumbledore Madame Maxime throws a letter opener at a drawing of a white bumblebee.note 
  • In Master's Way, Akane decides to keep a picture of Kuno so she can put it on a training dummy.
  • In Replay Dudley has a caricature of Harry's face on his punching bag.
  • As the summary for The Seven Misfortunes of Lady Fortune says, Marinette uses Gabriel Agreste's photo as one.
  • One chapter of Beast Boy and Raven Join PETA begins with PETA head Ingrid Newkirk throwing stingray-shaped darts at a picture of Steve Irwin.
  • In End of the World Harry uses a picture of himself as a dartboard to express his self-loathing at being forced to work for Voldemort after the Dark Side won the war.
  • Played seriously in My Sunshine, where it is revealed that Hibiki secretly kept a box filled with hateful notes she received during the two years she was relentlessly bullied as well as pictures of her various bullies and her former enemies that she uses to vent her anger and frustration. Deconstructed, as Hibiki used this as a way to hide her trauma and frustrations rather than actually confronting them, making her easy prey for The Corruption.
  • In Harry Potter and Defeating Dark Lords, Inc. Harry duplicates a picture of Dumbledore and attaches it to a dozen or so dartboards.
  • In King Explosion Murder the Shield Hero, Bakugo is shown to have some set up in his office at the Grand Holy Shield Church in Chapter 14. They have Motoyasu, Itsuki, Malty, and Aultcray's pictures on them, and he targets specific areas in the pictures such as Motoyasu's crotch and Malty's eye.

    Films — Animation 
  • A subtle variation appears in the film of Howl's Moving Castle. Howl points out the oath he took before becoming a wizard: it's pinned to a dartboard by several darts and what looks like a pair of scissors.
  • The Swan Princess has 13-year-old Prince Derek shooting arrows at a drawing of Princess Odette.
    • The sequel features the villain Clavius lobbing various weapons at a portrait of his former partner-in-crime, Rothbart. The scene ends with him grabbing the painting off the wall and impaling Rothbarts' face on a Stalagmite.
  • In Disney's Peter Pan, the pirates throw knives at a crudely drawn picture of their boss, Captain Hook.
  • Chicken Run: The Chickens of the Tweedies' farm have a crudely drawn picture of Mr. Tweedy with a target on his butt in Hut 17 while Ginger is trying to get them to settle down so they can listen to her and Mac's latest plan.
  • The Emperor's New Groove: After Emperor Kuzco fires her, Yzma vents her stress by smashing stone busts of the Emperor with a comically oversized mallet, just before conceiving of her plan to kill him and take over.
  • One scene from Hercules has Hades skeet-shooting, albeit replacing skeets with Hercules merchandise and a gun with his fireballs.
  • 101 Dalmatians briefly has Jasper throwing darts at a portrait of the prime minister for some unknown reason.
  • The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea: Morgana concludes a rant about being The Un-Favourite by hurling a starfish across the room into a dartboard with Ursula's image stuck to it.
  • In Barnyard, the chickens set up a dartboard with KFC founder/mascot Colonel Sanders' picture on it.
  • Early in Home (2015), a dartboard with a drawing of a Boov can be seen in Tip's apartment.
  • In Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Jimmy used pictures of Cindy to test the aggressiveness of his genetically enhanced Venus flytrap.
  • In Toy Story 2, after Woody loses his arm, Jessie, upset that Woody still has an owner, takes out her aggression by shooting a plunger dart at a cardboard cutout of him.
  • In Yogi the Easter Bear, the first scene featuring the villain Paulie shows him throwing a dart at a picture of the Easter Bunny.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Junior, Arbogast is throwing darts at a poster of 'Aerosmith' when he is told one of the band members got his ex-wife pregnant.
  • In Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, there's a scene in which the title characters end up in George W. Bush's den. In the den is a dartboard decorated with Osama bin Laden's hairy mugshot.
  • In Matilda, Miss Trunchbull is seen to have a dartboard on her office door covered in photos of random students. She's so badass that she is able to throw about a dozen darts at the thing at once and accurately hit all of the pictures.
  • In My Favorite Year, which is set in a fictionalized version of Your Show Of Shows, the arrival of the head writer/star causes a scramble of activity, including a few darts quickly pulled out of his picture.
  • Exaggerated in Gremlins (1984). The Gremlins don't throw darts at a photo of Gizmo, they actually put Gizmo on the dartboard! But thank goodness, they miss.
  • The Beatles movie Help! begins with Clang throwing darts at a projected film of the band performing (specifically targeting Ringo).
  • In Spiceworld, The Spice Girls' manager Clifford throws knives at a tabloid headline featuring the girls (avoiding the picture of the girls themselves), muttering how much he hates the paper's editor.
  • Troop Beverly Hills: In this kitschy late-'80s movie, the main antagonist Velma has one for her rival Phyllis.
  • The film version of Titus Andronicus has one of these for a split second.
  • One of the Olsen twins movies has a sequence in which the two of them had a falling-out, and one theatrically lay on her bed throwing darts at a photograph while the other came in. Some utterly forgettable dialogue later, non-dart-throwing twin observes "that's a picture of you," and exits triumphant.
  • In X-Men: First Class: Erik Lehnsherr, as an adult, is looking at a map containing pictures, he then toys with the concentration-camp coin from his childhood, and then magnetically tosses it right at a picture of Dr. Klaus Schmidt, hitting it cleanly through. This also serves as foreshadowing, since at the end of the movie, Erik kills Sebastian Shaw in the exact same way.
  • In Johnny English, Johnny uses one with a picture of Pascal Sauvage after being demoted.
  • Argo. Played for Drama when Iranian revolutionaries storm the US Embassy. One of them finds a picture of the Ayatollah Khomeini with darts stuck in it and starts shouting at the embassy staffers who happen to be in that room (who are obviously recoiling back in fear).
    Revolutionary: [sees dartboard, shocked] Who did this? [yanks dartboard, turns and shows the dartboard with murder on his face] WHO DID THIS!?
  • Casino Royale (1967) - archvillain Woody Allen, pathologically jealous of his uncle David Niven, has his face printed on a punching bag. He takes a punch at it and gets punched back as it recoils.
  • In Switching Channels, Chicago mayoral candidate Roy Ridnitz sees a dart-studded campaign poster of himself in the city press room. His only reaction is, "Get them another poster."
  • In Scrooged, you can see that Frank Cross has one in the Control Room (you can see it on the door behind Brice Cummings just before Eliot Loudermilk takes charge of it at gunpoint.)
  • Garfield: A Tale Of Two Kitties: The greedy Lord Dargis is throwing darts at a portrait of Prince (who looks exactly like Garfield) when the phone rings. As Dargis answers the phone, a rabbit places a mousetrap next to his darts. Then Dargis hangs up and reaches for another dart, only for the mousetrap to snap his hand, and he screams in pain.
  • In Cry-Baby, Ramona was throwing darts at a dartboard with Mrs. Vernon-Williams's face painted on it.
  • In Operation Chromite, the Big Bad Lim Gye-Jin is seen on a firing range practising his aim with his pistol onto caricatures of Douglas MacArthur, Syngman Rhee and several other unflattering depictions of the United States.
  • In White Dog, an animal trainer plays darts with a cutout of R2-D2 because he fears the special effects industry will put him out of work.
  • In Scooby-Doo: Monsters Unleashed, the scene at the Faux Ghost has the patrons throwing darts at five dartboards, one for each member of the gang, and playing a whack-a-mole machine where they're the targets.
  • Inspector Gadget 2: Claw's introduction shows him throwing darts at a dartboard, which has a newspaper article about Gadget attached to it.
  • In The Hazing, Jacob finds a dartboard with a Bruce Campbell's photograph stuck on it. While he is holding it, a dart comes flying out of the darkness and buries itself in Bruce's forehead. When he looks down to see what has happened, he sees the photo is now bleeding, which seriously freaks him out.
  • If: There is a scene of Travis shooting darts with a gun at pictures of various authority figures.
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: The Grinch has a poster of Mayor Maywho that he catapults the worst garbage he can find at, and is particularly eager to use some bags of toxic waste that come down the chute.
  • Bangkok Dangerous: A less visible variation. When Joe hands Kong a pistol at the shooting range, Kong briefly imagines the face of a childhood tormentor on the target before pulling the trigger.
  • Played for Drama in The Flash (2023). Barry Allen blows up at his younger alternate-timeline self for attaching his plush monkey toy to a dartboard as a target. To Prime Barry it's a Tragic Keepsake of his deceased mother; to Alternate Barry whose parents are still alive it's just a toy he's long since outgrown.

  • There is an Urban Legend about a teacher at a Christian school who had the class bring pictures of people they hated so they could put them over a dartboard in turns and throw darts at the images. Afterward, the teacher revealed that underneath it all was a picture of Jesus, and quoted him: "Insofar as you have done it unto any of these the least of my brethren, you have done it unto me."

  • One of the books in the Horrible Histories series features an illustration of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Germany/Prussia's leader in World War I, throwing darts at his grandmother Queen Victoria.
  • Averted in Grunts! by Mary Gentle. Orc Marines don't use a dartboard to play darts, they just nail another orc to the wall and paint a bullseye on her stomach!
  • Please Don't Tell My Parents You Believe Her: A potentially self-targeted (it may also be aimed at her dad for turning her into that person) "dartboard" is shown when Penny visits Marcia’s house. She finds Marcia's old Miss A Kid Sidekick costume from her days as an Alpha Bitch and Stepford Smiler pinned to the wall by an assortment of sharp objects (darts, knives, and an axe).
  • In Diane Duane's XCOM novel, base commander Jonelle Barrett relieves stress with one of these, featuring her thoroughly incompetent predecessor.
  • The Fort (2022): Mitchell feels abandoned by his old therapist and throws darts at a newspaper clipping of the doctor.
  • No actual dartboard involved, but Morley Dotes from the Garrett, P.I. series once hung a cheap portrait on his wall and used it for knife-throwing practice. He claimed the picture resembled his brother-in-law.
  • Callahan's Crosstime Saloon: The dartboard used in the Darts Championship of the Universe at the Saloon was one of these. Author Spider Robinson wrote that the picture was of a politician who was to remain nameless — then heavily implied that it was Richard Nixon.
  • In Harley Quinn: Reckoning, the young Harleen Quinzel is one of a group of female college students that investigates and exposes faculty members guilty of gross misogyny. While they're preparing a plan to take down their biggest target, a professor who has used his position of authority (and some secretly-acquired supervillain tech) to get away with assaulting multiple students over the course of several years, Harleen relieves her feelings by throwing darts at the photo of him they've pinned up on their String Theory board.
  • In P.C. Doherty's "Sir Roger Shallot" historical mysteries (written as "Michael Clynes"), the narrator, Sir Roger, mentions that he has a copy of the famous Holbein portrait of Henry VIII, and relaxes by throwing knives at it. He Does Not LIKE Henry VIII.
  • Wings of Fire: Sunny's mother Thorn has two pictures of Morrowseer and (a younger) Dune pinned on the wall, and Sunny notices that Morrowseer's picture is more ripped up by sharp objects.
  • In Leif G.W. Persson's novel Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End - The Story of a Crime (Mellan sommarens längtan och vinterns köld), the abominable but lucky Inspector Bäckström's discovery of one, bearing the face of the murdered Prime Minister, in the home of a right-wing nut he is investigating for something else, offers a possible suspect for the murder and adds to Bäckström's undeserved reputation for excellence.
  • In Jean Merrill's The Pushcart War Frank the Flower passes much of his jail time by throwing knitting needles at a crocheted dartboard with pictures of trucks on it.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The "Baby Talk" episode of Night Court has Judge Stone throwing a dart at a Barry Manilow picture.
  • In The A-Team episode "The Doctor is Out", Murdock and Face scam their way into the office of the team's current nemesis, General Fullbright. While they're in Fullbright's office getting information on Colonel Stoddard, Murdock notices a picture of Hannibal's face hanging on the wall, impaled by a few darts.
  • In The Odd Couple (1970) episode "You Saved My Life", Felix gives Oscar a poster-sized blowup of Felix to thank Oscar for saving his life. In the later episode "Two On The Aisle" we find Oscar throwing darts at it in his office.
  • The writers' room of The Dick Van Dyke Show Show Within a Show The Alan Brady Show features Alan Brady's face on a dartboard and Mel Cooley's face on a punching bag.
  • Elementary: In the thrid episode, after helping get the supposed accomplice of a Serial Killer an immunity deal before realizing he is the killer and not the accomplice, Sherlock tacks a copy of the immunity deal to his wall and starts throwing knives at it.
  • On a Christmas episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, a party of holiday-hating witches have Santa Claus on a dartboard. Apparently, if you hit his picture in the right eye it bleeds.
  • In the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "A Piece of the Action", gang leader Jojo Krako's office has dartboard on the wall with a picture of a hated rival gang leader, Bela Okmyx, on it. The picture has red circles on Okmyx's head and chest to act as targets for when Jojo throws darts at it.
  • Murphy Brown had this in her office as a running gag. The picture on the dartboard was different every episode. At least once, it was a MAD? I think the Murphy Brown cover, in fact.
  • Sam, Sock and Ben have one of Ted in Reaper.
  • Home Improvement: Tim Taylor has one of these with Bob Vila's face on it, at which he shoots nails with a nail gun. Tim being Tim, they all miss.
  • M*A*S*H: Shortly after Radar is rotated home, BJ and Klinger use a dartboard and syringes to play "Vaccinate Radar". BJ is upset because the daughter he's never seen called Radar "daddy", while Klinger is mad because he doesn't feel up to the Company Clerk's job he inherited.
    Margaret: That's sick.
  • NCIS: At the end of the episode where Ari is introduced (by taking the medical examiner and his assistant and eventually Kate hostage in the morgue before shooting the ME's assistant in the shoulder, killing some people and putting a bullet in Gibbs' shoulder), Gibbs is seen in his basement messing with his gun. When Gibbs looks up he fires two shots that hit between the eyes of a picture of Ari pinned on a beam on the wall. Gibbs had earlier shot Ari in the chest, but he was wearing a bulletproof vest.
  • The pilot episode of The Monkees had Mike Nesmith throwing darts at a picture of The Beatles (with one dart landing straight in the middle of Ringo's head).
  • Battlestar Galactica (2003)
    • After Boomer reveals her true nature and shoots Commander Adama, posters of her are used as targets on the Galactica's firing range.
    • After her imprisonment on New Caprica, Kara uses a poster of Leoben.
  • Stargate SG-1: Baal has a variation on this. Rather than a picture, he chained Jack O'Neill to it and used a sarcophagus to resurrect him every time he got a "bullseye" (this wasn't out of pettiness, he was trying to extract information from O'Neill).
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Spike drew a hilariously dorky-looking doodle of Angel to put on his punching bag after he saw Angel kissing Buffy.
    • Genevieve has a picture of Buffy in a closet with several knives thrown into it.
  • In a second season episode of The Wire, Frank Sobotka has a Dartboard of Hate on the wall of his office. It's a photo of Bob Irsay, the owner of the Colts who moved them from Baltimore to Indianapolis.
  • The Brittas Empire: When Brittas is killed in "The Last Day", Julie can be seen taking down a photo of him attached to her locker with multiple darts attached to it, evidently for the purpose of letting out her anger on him. Amusingly all the darts are embedded in the crotch area.
  • In an episode of Parker Lewis Can't Lose, the trio forges a video so Ms. Musso will stop pushing two characters together (long story). The video includes a dartboard at her effigy.
  • Even Stevens has a variation: After Twitty, as a pitcher, goes completely ballistic on Louis over nagging him in regards to baseball one time too many, they get the idea of having the umpire using a baseball mitt with Louis's photo on it, which Twitty, who still had sore feelings for Louis, was able to land a successful strike on the opponent.
  • On the Parks and Recreation episode "Summer Catalog', Leslie plans to get the former heads of the Parks Department together for a photo to use on the cover of the eponymous park's newsletter. To the disappointment of Leslie, who was expecting to be inspired and everyone to have fun catching up, they all turn out to be an awful bunch of career bureaucrats who don't care about the job and absolutely hate one another. Ultimately, a picture of Andy and April is put on the cover while the picture of the former heads is used as a dartboard by Ron and Leslie. Ron nails one on the groin and Leslie gets giddy at a neck shot.
  • Criminal Minds: An UnSub note  uses a photo of his stepmother as a dartboard. This normally funny trope becomes squicky when you realize the unsub has piquerism — a sexual obsession with stabbing, cutting, and piercing.
  • One Family Feud episode had a survey question asking you to name someone who would likely have a dartboard of George W. Bush. (with answers like Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, and Al Gore)
  • Lois & Clark
    • Clark told Lois in an episode where a forged photo made everyone believe Lois cheated on Clark with Superman that some of the people who hate his alter ego for this have a dartboard of him. However, it's never shown onscreen.
    • Much earlier, Lex Luthor was shown throwing darts at a cardboard target depicting Superman.
  • The Australian sketch comedy show Full Frontal did a sketch that parodied an advertisement from the lead up to the 1996 Australian election in which veteran Australian actor Bill Hunter openly abused Liberal Party leader John Howard. The parody, written after Howard won the election, featured Ross Williams doing an uncanny Hunter impersonation and explaining that he was lying and in fact thinks Howard is terrific. The zooming out and panning of the camera reveals, among other things, a dartboard bearing Howard's image and a poster with a Hitler mustache and swastika drawn on it.
  • An episode of WKRP in Cincinnati features Johnny hurling darts at a Barry Manilow album.
  • In the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids episode "Honey, it's No Fun Being an Illegal Alien", has two members of the so-called Men In Black later revealed to be evil aliens in disguise do this to a sketch of Ar'Nox after one of their fellow men in black alert them of his location.
  • In House of Anubis, Jerome and Alfie throw darts at a picture of Mr. Winkler, after he punishes them for their most recent scam attempt.
  • There's one of these in the opening credits of the Suzanne Somers vehicle She's the Sheriff. It's even in the credits for the original failed pilot starring Caroline McWilliams, Cass Malloy. The dart-thrower in both cases is the heroine's antagonist, the deputy passed over for the sheriff's job (played by George Wyner in both versions).
  • The Walking Dead: While squatting in a country club, Daryl pulls the darts off of a dartboard and starts throwing them, but a camera angle cut reveals that he's tossing them at the headshots of the country club's management.
  • Danger 5: After Danger 5 are framed for a school massacre, a SWAT team are shown shooting at their pictures on a firing range. Later Da Chief hangs up Jackson in the range and shoots at him with beanbag rounds.
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Rebecca barges into Greg's backroom in the "Josh and I Are Good People!" episode and is taken aback to see her hole-filled photo up on his dartboard.
    Rebecca: Wow, either you really hate me or you're super good at darts.
  • On Mork & Mindy, Mork has a dartboard of hate featuring his boss, Orson. Since Orson is The Voice it's a vaguely humanoid silhouette labeled "Laser Breath".
  • Columbo: In "Lovely, but Lethal", the Victim of the Week has a dartboard with a photo of his boss (and eventual murderer) stuck on it hanging in his kitchen.
  • Psych: In "A Touch of Sweevil", flashbacks show Shawn throwing chunks of food at his dartboard (which has a picture of Professor Stein taped to it) every time Stein rejects Shawn's request to be a panelist at the convention for paranormal police consultants.
  • Reba: At the beginning of the fifth-season episode "Reba the Landlord", Barbra Jean, anticipating herself and Brock losing their home due to Brock's financial hardships, gives Reba a going-away present. Reba's reaction, upon seeing the present Barbra Jean gives her, hints at this trope:
    Reba: (holding up a framed portrait of Barbra Jean) Look, kids — a dartboard.
    Barbra Jean: (annoyed) Ha ha, Carrot Top.
  • Shown on Survivor: Back from the Outback: Kel's Army buddies are shown having one with a snapshot of Jerri — which falls down at the end of the segment.
  • Top Gear
    • The show featured one of these bearing the face of an executive responsible for the Smart ForFour car, as the brochure depiction of the car compared the interior to a lounge, thus triggering a challenge in which Richard Hammond and James May were to spend 24 hours in it. Hammond wasn't happy, hence the board.
    • In another episode, the guys go to a drive-by shooting class. Their target of choice is the Stig, since the most recent driver to play the role, Ben Collins, had written a book, blowing his contractual clause to remain anonymous. It's telling Hammond opts to turn his cutout around so he can shoot the Stig In the Back.
  • Narcos: Halfway through Season 4, as Kiki is ready to go back to the U.S. after spending years with the DEA in Mexico, he and his colleagues are seen throwing darts at a board outlining the Guadalajara Cartel network. None of the darts hit Felix Gallardo's picture, just as none of their many attempts to take him down have succeeded up to that point.
  • In the Starsky & Hutch episode "A Body Worth Guarding," terrorists use a life-size cutout of a visiting Russian ballerina for target practice.
  • The Partridge Family: In "Promise Her Anything but Give Her a Punch," Danny throws darts at a publicity photo of David Cassidy because he's upset that his crush has a crush on Keith.
  • For All Mankind. After the Soviets are the first to land on the Moon, the Apollo astronauts are ordered to go out and blow off some steam. They pin a headline newspaper announcing the event to a dartboard in a pub and end up throwing their beer bottles at it.
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s 10th anniversary show opened with Matt Damon speaking to the audience in a room with a dartboard that has pictures of Jimmy Kimmel on it, revealing that he's abducted Jimmy and that after years without time for him on the show, he's staged a Hostile Show Takeover titled Jimmy Kimmel Sucks!.
  • In the Psych episode "A Touch of Sweevil", Shawn is throwing Bologna at a picture of Prof. Stein.
  • In Ugly Betty, Christina takes out her anger at Wilhelmina over denying her access to William, who she's convinced is her own baby by throwing darts at a photo of her.
  • The Boys (2019): In "Payback", Butcher is throwing darts at a magazine cover depicting Homelander, who abused and impregnated his wife.

  • In his extremely tongue-in-cheek acceptance speech for the Doctor Who Magazine 2017 Reader Survey Best Writer award, Steven Moffat warns "the youngs" presenting him with the award not to jostle his framed picture of Chris Chibnall, because the darts keep falling out.

  • From Nellie McKay's "Suitcase Song":
    Get the paper
    No more artwork
    Make the mayor a dartboard.
  • Luke Combs references this in "Cold as You":
    A bunch of good time numbers on the stall door
    A picture of you on a dart board
    Them cinder block walls ain't ever been cleaned
    Still ain't as dirty as you done me

    Music Videos 
  • Among other things, Lars Ulrich is seen throwing darts at a picture of Kip Winger in the video for "Nothing Else Matters".

    New Media 
  • Reverend Jeremiah has a game where you can throw darts at the Holy Ghost. Play it here.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Scottish comic strip Angus Og had a miner's club rejecting the idea of using a photo of Margaret Thatcher as a dartboard:
    "It widnae be right lads, she'd blunt the darts!"
  • FoxTrot did a variation that mixed this trope with Batter Up! where Andy Fox, expressing irritation at having to go golfing with Roger Fox while the kids are out, envisioned Roger Fox's face on the golf ball making statements that were apparently audio flashbacks to when he got her to go golfing, with Andy proceeding to hit the ball extraordinarily hard, enough to break the tee, and Roger obliviously remarking "Easy, dear. You want to hit the ball, not kill it.", to which Andy, whose arms are currently twisted around her body, coldly responds "Says you."
  • The April 2, 1990 strip of Garfield has Jon Arbuckle reveal a portrait he's had painted of himself. Garfield then quips that he'll get the darts, implying that he will throw the darts at Jon's portrait.
  • Hägar the Horrible does this to a picture of the King hanging in a tavern, seen here.
  • A cartoon from the National Enquirer depicts a man opening a door with a dart-riddled picture of him on the other side.
    Boss: What's that "thump, thump" I keep hearing?

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Molly Holly and Gail Kim were seen playing darts on a 2003 episode of Raw. At the end of the segment, it's revealed that the dartboard has a picture of Trish Stratus on it.
  • After the Gentlemen's Club screwed Mr. 450 and basically awarded the World Wrestling League's Americas Championship belt to Joe Bravo, Hammet set up a picture of Bravo with the belt to throw darts at.
  • Holidead showed off ( some of)her knife collection by tossing them into a photograph of Jennacide after feeling insulted by her before Mission Pro Wrestling's Wishes Granted.

    Political Cartoons 
  • One political cartoon showed then-Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau having blown several holes in a poster of then-Quebec Premier Rene Levesque with a pistol.

    Puppet Shows 

  • In The Men from the Ministry, throwing darts at a picture of Sir Gregory is sometimes referenced as a common pastime at the General Assistance Department.
  • Not exactly "hate", but more the weird Vitriolic Best Buds relationship some listeners get with some long-running DJs: When BBC Radio 2 unveiled the 2022 version of the Ken Bruce Christmas Decoration (available every year as a printout from the BBC website), one listener wrote in to say that they had an unusual flat, round tree this year, and they thought the decoration would go very nicely in the centre of it.


    Video Games 
  • In 101 Dalmatians: Escape from DeVil Manor, Patches thinks that the dartboard in the games room should have a photo of Cruella on it, although the dartboard in question is empty.
  • Ace Attorney:
    • Miles Edgeworth is too sophisticated for a dartboard. Instead, he has a chessboard of hate, featuring a bunch of red knights with sharp-edged swords surrounding a spiky-headed blue pawn.
    • Spirit of Justice takes the trope a little less subtle, as during a cutscene, someone can be seen throwing a knife, only to land on a picture of the main antagonist responsible of all the events of the game. He is later questioned about it, only for him to claim that he was aiming for a bug that was flying around.
  • In Barbarous: Tavern of Emyr the signpost near Lyselle's bar sports a poster of Varizz with a throwing knife stuck in it. The side task during one of her levels is fetching the knife for her every time she throws it.
  • In BioShock, Atlas disliked Andrew Ryan so much that he fired crossbow bolts at a poster of him. You can even take the bolts with you.
  • In Bully, there's a picture of the headmaster of the school with a red target drawn on it that is riddled with darts inside the boy's dorm. Jimmy and Pete can seen throwing darts at it in the opening cutscene of Chapter III.
  • In Civilization III, Montezuma gets one in the modern era with a Conquistador on it.
  • A variant: one bonus image in Devil May Cry 5 has Dante throwing darts at a demon corpse pinned to the wall.
  • Petra from Emerald City Confidential has a portrait of Queen Ozma—which all Oz residents are required to hang up in their homes—that she throws darts at.
  • A cutscene near the beginning of Fairway Solitaire 2 shows the gopher from the previous game throwing darts at a crude drawing of a golfer taped to the middle of a dartboard.
  • In the Old World Blues DLC of Fallout: New Vegas, you can find a picture of Robert House with knives stabbed all over it in Dr. 0's old house.
  • One of the pictures in the background of Glider PRO is this, in "Ward's Room" within the Slumberland level.
  • In Grim Tales 19: Heritage after opening the door to Chantal's room a dartboard with a picture of Emmett on it rolls out.
  • One of the bonus features in Incredible Dracula: Chasing Love is a biography page about each of the main characters. The one for Dracula's manservant Rufus states that his hobby is throwing darts at pictures of Dracula.
  • I Was a Teenage Exocolonist: After an especially bad interaction with Marz, who frequently bullies him, Dys can be found playing a holopalm game he made himself that consists of throwing virtual weapons at a picture of Marz.
  • The Journeyman Project: Pegasus Prime: In Elliot Sinclair's office at the World Science Center, there's a poster of the conference on alien contact, with the portrait Enrique Castillo, jabbed with darts.
  • The villainous Dr. Bredell in Judgment Rites has a phaser target on the wall of his quarters with Captain Kirk's face on it.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, visiting Groose's room reveals that he has a punching bag bearing a caricature of Link's face.
  • Lego Adaptation Games:
  • Variant in Modern Warfare 3. At the end of the Spec Ops mission "Stay Sharp", a picture of General Shepherd can be seen with three knives stuck in it.
  • In Mass Effect 2, Zaeed apparently uses the large Cerberus logo in his room as a target for knives.
  • Moshi Monsters: In the song "The Doctor Will See You Now", Dr. Strangeglove shoots darts at a photo of his nemesis Elder Furi.
  • Overwatch: A conversation between Ashe and Cassidy reveals that she keeps a picture of him on the dartboard in the Deadlock hideout. On Route 66, players can enter a building and find that dartboard with Cassidy's picture, filled with darts.
  • In PAYDAY 2, the player can unlock one of these for their safe house by getting 500 headshot kills, adorned with the much-despised Cloaker. It starts with a few darts in the face, and there's nothing stopping the player from adding a few throwing knives (or bullets) of their own to the mix.
  • Ulala of Persona 2 has a punching bag with a picture of Youichi, the con artist who stole her heart (and all her money), on it.
  • As a variation of the punching bag type, in The Pirate's Fate, Morgana's quarters (or rather, her version of the captain's quarters) contains a training dummy bristling with weapons, with the crudely doodled face of shipmate Tam-Tam on it, labeled "The Bitch". She also has a presumably handmade Voodoo Doll - Morgana does not like Tam-Tam.
  • The "punching bag of hate" variation occurs in Punch-Out!! Wii, where Super Macho Man has a bag with Little Mac's face on it during his title defense Training Montage.
  • At one point in Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus, Ratchet comes across a crude drawing of himself with a target behind it and a knife in its forehead.
  • Resident Evil 4 has one after Luis' death. The documents in the game have an image in the background (surveillance photos of Leon when Mendez warns of a bid to rescue the President's daughter for example). Leon comes across a document on the Las Plaga being retrieved and the background is of Luis' photo on a dartboard.
  • Detective Vincent Magnotta in Ripper has a picture of Joey Falconetti in his apartment. Despite having a bullseye in the torso, he apparently threw all the darts at Falconetti's head. Reflecting his frustration at Claire Burton choosing Falconetti over Magnotta, hence why the latter screwed up their marriage.
  • Sam & Max: Freelance Police: Sam and Max appear to simply hate dartboards. Theirs has some darts, a switchblade, and an axe lodged in it, but no picture to go with. When you use the look command, Sam says, "Vertical silverware storage." When you use it, he grabs everything and throws it one-handed. Everything hits.
  • Shivers Two: Harvest of Souls: Burt's Trailer has a picture of four of Cyclone's citizens (Charles, Tad, George, and Phil). Upon closer inspection, the protagonist will throw a dart at the picture.
  • You can download a few The Sims 2 mods like this.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Sonic Adventure:
      • E-102 Gamma's first level has him blowing up little doll-like figures of Tails and Knuckles, with the main objective being to destroy a similar doll for Sonic.
      • One minigame in Amy's story requires her to beat Eggman's high score in a game of whack-a-mole aboard the Egg Carrier. Said game has "moles" that are clearly meant to be Sonic and Super Sonic (which garners more points than hitting regular sonic). There are also Eggman moles; if whoever's playing the game hits one, they lose points.
    • A more straight example is the "Sonic Darts" mini-game in the Versus mode of Sonic Shuffle. The game involves throwing darts at a dartboard with a picture of Dr. Eggman on it. Since it is a play order mini-game, the player who gets closest to the center gets to move around the board first.
  • Street Fighter II: Zangief does this to Vega in one of his endings.
  • In Tiny Toon Adventures: Wild and Wacky Sports, one of the mini-games involves Buster and his friends throwing ice cream cones at pictures of Montana Max (and one of Elmyra as well).
  • Discussed in Xenoblade Chronicles 3: The party comes into possession of a painting, and learn from an appraiser in the City that it's worth a small fortune due to the skill of the artist. Unfortunately, the painting happens to be a portrait commissioned by Consul K, which they assume will be nigh-impossible to sell in the City. When brainstorming why someone might possibly want to own a portrait of one of their enemies, they conclude that "target practice" is the most likely option.
  • Your goal in You're the Boss is to make enough money to oust the "six dreaded bosses." After each one introduces themself, a doodled-on wanted poster of them appears and two darts are thrown at it.
  • One of the abandoned apartments which the cat from Stray passes through in "The Dead City" has a crude painting of a Zurk pinned to its door with darts.

    Web Animation 
  • In Anguirus' Vacation, Anguirus is shown to have a dartboard in his house with a picture of King Ghidorah on it. Later, as part of his vacation activities, he is shown throwing darts at pictures of Ghidorah, Gigan and Mechagodzilla, complete with one dart for each of Ghidorah's heads.
  • Bugbo: In The Stinger of Episode 2, an offscreen antagonist throws a dart at a dartboard with a picture of Bugbo on it before proclaiming that he hates bugs.
  • Strong Bad has one of Homestar Runner, as seen in an Easter egg in the Homestar Talker. "Oh man, I hate this guy!"

  • Adventures of God, Beat the Case, God gets Jury Duty and knows the accused is guilty, but got out voted when Him saying He knows all isn't legally admissible and she gets off on a technicality. Years later the accused is allowed into Heaven despite God knowing she was guilty. Gabe reveals during their therapy session that He has a dartboard of her.
  • Drowtales shows Quain'tana using a picture of Zala'ess to practice knife throwing.
  • Girl Genius has one in Violetta's flashback, with the portrait of her dear cousin who got her Reassigned to Antarctica.
  • Schlock Mercenary has Tagon doing more or less this (they probably don't play darts, and with his boosts thrown weapons would cause more damage anyway).
  • The Silver Eye: Berlyne makes target so Noah will stop throwing his knives at the Novolog's mast. Enel's face can be seen tacked onto it in the background.
  • In Sonic the Comic – Online! Amy uses a picture of Sonic for target practice with her crossbow.
  • In the Team Fortress 2 comic "Death of a Sales-Bot", Gray Mann is shown to use a copy of Hat-Wearing Man magazine with Saxton Hale on the front as a dartboard.
  • In one Ozy and Millie strip, Millie is told she can't see the school shrink because she's taking some time off to relieve stress. Cut to the shrink throwing darts at a photo of the principal and giggling.
  • In The Non-Adventures of Wonderella, Wonderella's racist comment results in her having to post e-pologies over the internet. An online fps player notices her e-pology on an in-game billboard and blows it up.

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • In one episode in Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, a dartboard of the Grumble is seen in the trio's room.
  • The Addams Family (1992) episode "Happyester Fester" has Norman Normanmeyer hold up a dartboard bearing the image of RumpCo, Normanwear's most prominent rival in manufacturing underwear.
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius does a variant at the beginning of the episode "A Beautiful Mine" with Cindy beating up a bop bag of Jimmy. She punches it so hard that its head comes off and its expression changes from a goofy smile with an overbite to a surprised look.
  • King Koopa in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 has two, one for Mario (as pictured above) and one for Luigi.
  • The American Dad! episode "Dr. Klaustus", a feud brews within the family and each member of the family have a dartboard with a picture of another member they hate. (ex. Jeff for Hayley, Stan & Francine for Steve). Stan, however, throws darts at the real Klaus, who he blames for causing said feud.
  • Amphibia, More like 'piñata of hate', but when Wally suggests that the rest of the Wartwood civilians who're not on a mission hold an impromptu piñata party to pass the time, it turns out they've got one ready to go made in Andrias' likeness, allowing the entire community to beat the snot out of his image.
  • The episode "Joker's Millions" from Batman: The Animated Series shows that Harley's cell at Arkham Asylum has one of these showing Batman.
    • Much, much earlier, "Joker's Favor" has the Joker himself using one of Commissioner Gordon. He's depicted as a damn capable marksman, even nailing behind-the-back shots with a hand mirror.
  • Tarantulas had one of Megatron in his lair during Season 1 of Beast Wars.
  • Beetlejuice occasionally shows a dartboard of the titular character in the house of his neighbor the Monster Across the Street.
  • Biker Mice from Mars
    • The episode "Steelfinger" shows the main villain Lawrence Limburger use dartboards with photographs of the Biker Mice taped to them as Decision Darts, to see which one he'd try to corrupt.
    • In "So Life Like", Limburger has Karbunkle use his invention to create evil copies of the Biker Mice by scanning drawings of the Biker Mice that Greasepit was throwing darts at.
  • In the Bugs Bunny cartoon "Fresh Hare," Bugs has made a snow effigy of Mountie Elmer Fudd and is insulting him. The real Elmer is standing in the back of him. Bugs says he's going to punch him (the snow figure) in the nose. He rears around and punches the real Elmer in the nose.
  • Bunsen Is a Beast: "Happy Beastgiving" has Amanda Killman throw a sharpened pencil at Bunsen's picture taped to a dartboard.
  • Camp Lakebottom: In "Tooth Troll", the Tooth Troll has a dartboard with a picture of the Tooth Fairy on it in her lair.
  • The Cleveland Show: Junior gets a picture of his dad when he's pissed and throws darts at it as he plans his revenge. They all bounce off or miss, so he just walks up and pins the last dart on.
  • In the Cow and Chicken episode "Who is Supercow?", the Red Guy has one for Supercow.
  • Baron Greenback rewards Stiletto for completing a mission with a plaster statuette of Danger Mouse which he proceeds to stomp on and pulverize in "'Cor! What a Picture."
  • In a Daria tie-in book, the teacher's lounge has a dartboard with a picture of the principal, Ms. Li, though the teachers "artfully" hide it behind a picture of Kevin.
  • Darkwing Duck's Evil Counterpart, Negaduck, often does this. Then he switches to throwing knives at the photo. Then axes. Then chainsaws!
  • In the Donald Duck short "Corn Chips", after Donald tricks Chip an' Dale into shoveling his walkway, the two chipmunks get angry, build a snowman of Donald and punch it.
  • In one of the Disney episodes of Doug, after Mr. Bluff learns that most of the people in Bluffington hate him, his staff shows him to a section of his company that works around the clock to help improve his image in the town with various techniques and sessions. They pass one room with his picture on the dartboard. Mr. Bluff asks which room that is, they inform him that it's actually the employees' lounge.
  • In the Drak Pack episode "Color Me Dredful", Dr. Dred is shown to own a dartboard that has a picture of the Drak Pack in their human forms on it.
  • DuckTales (1987):
    • In "Ducks On The Lam", Glomgold is seen throwing darts at a dartboard with Scrooge's face on it. He then throws a tomahawk at it and starts to aim a pistol at it until the phone interrupts him.
    • The episode "Down and Out in Duckburg" at one point has Fritter O'Way throw darts at one of Scrooge's portraits after he claims Scrooge's fortune and possessions on the grounds of Scrooge's ancestor failing to fulfill an agreement made with O'Way's ancestor.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy does two variants, first in "Ed in a Half-Shell" with Eddy's training of Jimmy involving throwing eggs at a photo of Sarah, then in "See No Ed" with the kids playing pin the tail on the donkey with a crudely-drawn picture of Eddy - emphasis on his butt.
  • The Fairly OddParents!:
    • In "What's the Difference", Mr. Crocker is shown sharpening F's to throw at a dartboard with Timmy Turner's picture on it.
    • "Presto Change-O" shows Timmy Turner to have a dartboard with Crocker's picture on it in his room.
    • Timmy Turner's picture with darts in it can be seen in Vicky's room in "Scary GodCouple".
    • Crocker is shown throwing darts at a dartboard with Timmy's face on it in "Married to the Mom".
    • In "Chloe Rules!", the scene where Timmy stumbles upon an underground resistance towards Chloe's reign as hall monitor shows a poster of Chloe having darts thrown at it.
  • Fred Flintstone throws darts at a tree carving of Mr. Slate in the episode "The Mailman Cometh". Barney asks him if he's playing darts to which Fred sarcastically responds "No, I'm riding a bicycle on the ceiling".
  • On Futurama in the episode "My Three Suns" Amy suggested Fry ask Leela, who was mad at him, for help saying "she's not one to hold a grudge" Gilligan Cut to her with a punching bag with Fry's face on it.
  • George of the Jungle had an episode where George called for a witch doctor to tend to his sick pet elephant Shep. The witch doctor is first seen lying in a hammock throwing darts at a dartboard with the word "Medicare" on it.
  • The G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero episode "Flint's Vacation" shows the Joes with a dartboard sporting Cobra Commander's, um, face. It later turns out to be a Chekhov's Gun when Cobra Commander uses his image to subliminally control a neighborhood.
  • Gravity Falls:
    • In "The Hand that Rocks the Mabel", Grunkle Stan's rival, Gideon Gleeful, has a picture of Stan riddled with throwing darts hanging in his house. His father Bud hastily takes it down while trying to convince Stan to set aside their differences and become business partners.
    • In "Gideon Rises", when Stan reveals the surveillance center in Gideon's robot to the townsfolk, one of the screens shows Pacifica throwing darts at a dartboard with a picture of Mabel on it.
    • In "The Love God", Robbie has one of Dipper, which has two darts, a knife, and a shuriken embedded in it.
    • In "Weirdmageddon Part 3: Take Back the Falls", Wendy trains on a punching bag with a drawing of Bill taped to it during the Shacktron-building montage.
    • In Gravity Falls: Legend of the Gnome Gemulets, Jeff the gnome is such an unpopular leader that one of them casually mentions they have a dartboard of his face in the break room.
  • In the Grojband episode "Rock the House", Trina throws knitting needles at a picture of her biological Annoying Younger Sibling, Corey on a dartboard.
  • Harley Quinn (2019): The episode "You're a Damn Good Cop, Jim Gordon" shows that Dr. Psycho's son Herman has a dartboard with a picture of his father taped to it in his room.
  • In the Hey Arnold! episode "Tutoring Torvald", Torvald has a picture of Ms. Slovak (his teacher) taped onto the ceiling in his room that he shoots at with a Nerf gun.
  • Histeria!: In the "Peace, Land and Bread" song, Lenin has a dartboard with a photo of the Tsar on it.
  • The Jem episode "Intrigue at the Indy 500" had Pizzazz of the Misfits throwing darts at a photograph of Eric Raymond with devil horns drawn on.
  • In an episode of The Jetsons, Cogswell tells off Spacely, then hangs up, saying he's going to go "throw darts at your picture".
  • In Jimmy Two-Shoes, Saffi throws a figure of Lucius at a picture of him. The picture has darts through it, obviously having been used for this purpose. Oddly, it's hanging in Jimmy's house.
  • In an episode of Johnny Test, a dartboard with a picture of Johnny on it can be seen in Bling-Bling Boy's room near his bed.
  • The Legend of Korra
  • The Mask: On the Season 2 episode, "Flight as a Feather," Lieutenant Kellaway is taking a phone call about a pizza-napping and when he hears that the suspect is "green", he chucks a dart at a dartboard with The Mask's photo (and a couple of other darts that have missed the bulls'-eye).
  • Moral Orel, Clay is once shown in his studies, angerly throwing darts at a dartboard with a picture of himself on it.
  • In the Ninjago episode "Versus", when Jay and Cole are made to fight each other in the Tournament of Elements, they train using punching bags with a picture of the other taped to them.
  • The Oh Yeah! Cartoons short "Super Santa: Naughty" ended with Elmer Scrooge, a descendant of Ebenezer Scrooge, throwing darts at a picture of Santa Claus thumb-tacked to the wall of his prison cell while in jail.
  • An episode of The Penguins of Madagascar has Officer X doing this with a poster of the penguins as the dartboard and a pair of chopsticks as the darts.
  • Rayman: The Animated Series: In "High Anxiety", Detective Grub uses a picture of Rayman and his friends (who he believes are criminals) as a dartboard, which ties into later in the episode when he recognizes Cookie from the picture after he mentions darts.
  • An episode of The Real Ghostbusters has Peter throwing darts at a picture of a police detective that had been antagonizing him. The cop shows up to question the guys again...
  • The animation Robbie the Reindeer has Robbie spying on Blitzen and seeing him throw a series of weapons at a picture of Robbie.
  • An episode of Robot and Monster has Robot throwing darts at a painting of his Corrupt Corporate Executive brother Gart as Napoleon Bonaparte.
  • DreamWorks Animation's CGI Rocky and Bullwinkle short has Boris and Natasha having a dartboard on their wall with a picture of the titular duo on it, surrounded by darts, knives, and axes.
  • In Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, during the song "We're a Couple of Misfits", Hermey builds a snowman model of his former boss and punches it in the nose.
  • Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles: Thanks to his reputation of killing the emperor, Miyamoto Usagi's face adorns all dartboards in Neo Edo.
  • Scooby-Doo:
    • The Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get A Clue! episode "Party Arty" has a scene where Dr. Phibes throws darts at photographs of Shaggy and Scooby.
    • In the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated episode "In Fear of the Phantom", a flashback shows Daniel Prezette throwing a screwdriver at a picture of the Hex Girls when it's explained that his motivation for disrupting the Hex Girls' concert while masqueraded as the Phantom is to get even with the Hex Girls for ruining his musical career.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Parodied in one episode, where Sideshow Bob makes an outline of Bart's head with blue darts and then hits it in the forehead with a red one.
    • Played straight in "Midnight Towboy" where the regulars of Moe's Bar create one of Homer because of his greedy towing.
    • In "Krusty Gets Kanceled" Krusty's apartment has a picture of himself with his half brother Luke Perry, who he thinks very little of. The Luke side of the picture has three darts sticking out of it and even more older dart holes.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
  • Sports Cartoons: In the darts episode, the Hippo gets fed up with the Cat's heckling and imagines the dartboard as the Cat's face, with the Cat's big red nose where the bullseye would be. He then proceeds to score a bullseye, much to the frustration of the Cat.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil does a variant with Ludo using a clay figure of Star as a pencil holder, which is leaning back in agony as the pencils are impaling it.
  • The dartboard in the staff room in Strange Hill High has Tanner's picture on it.
  • In the Superman: The Animated Series episode "Livewire", before she becomes the titular character, Leslie Willis had a picture of Superman in her radio studio she would throw darts at while she bad-mouthed him on her show.
  • The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) episode "Mousers Attack!" has the Purple Dragons throwing kunai at a calendar with a turtle on it that they drew Raphael's mask on.
  • Teen Titans Go!: Robin's room is frequently shown to include posters of the Joker and Two-Face that have several Birdarangs embedded in them.
  • Total Drama:
    • The control room of the abandoned film lot in Action contains a notice board. On the notice board is a black paper cut-out in the shape of Chef Hatchet's head. There's two darts poking out of it, but it's unknown who threw them.
    • To motivate Harold into punching the right way, Duncan sets up a punching bag in "Crouching Courtney, Hidden Owen" that not only has a crude drawing of himself on it, but which he also stands behind to measure the blows. Harold starts out giving it barely any genuine effort, so Duncan takes it up a notch by agitating him. Nothing works until Duncan lies that he kissed Leshawna. Upon hearing that, Harold punches straight through the punching bag to strangle the real Duncan.
    • Some of Jo's training equipment is visible in her audition tape. Among it is a punching bag with Chris's photo taped to it.
  • T.U.F.F. Puppy:
    • In the episode, "Doom and Gloom", when Snaptrap is moping in his Mom's house and Larry (who renamed himself Murray) is taking over Petropolis, Snaptrap takes out his aggression by throwing darts (and a wood axe) at pictures of him.
    • "Dancin' Machine" has the Chameleon incarcerated for disguising himself as an arcade machine to take people's quarters. In his cell is a photograph of the arcade's assistant manager who banned him from the arcade, which has some darts in it.
    • "T.U.F.F. Break Up" has a scene where Bird Brain's usual henchmen are throwing darts at a picture of their boss.
  • Turbo F.A.S.T.:
    • In "The Snailman", the members of Turbo's Rogues Gallery take out their aggression on a piñata of him.
    • In "He Got Game Night", Hayaku is shown taking out her anger for Turbo with the punching bag variant.
  • The Dr. Zitbag's Transylvania Pet Shop episode "Moby Duck-Billed Platypus" had Officer Deadbeat throw darts at a picture of Dr. Zitbag.

    Real Life 
  • Nintendo Magazine System, an Australian Nintendo magazine, had one of their reviewers, Amos Wong, give positive reviews on a Sega game for a games show. This earned him the hatred of readers, to the point where the magazine had a cut-out dartboard of the reviewer.
  • During World War II, they sold a chamberpot in England with Adolf Hitler's face on the bottom.
  • Egyptian businessman Mohammed al-Fayed famously had the face of his hated rival "Tiny" Rowland printed onto a toilet seat.
  • Serial killer Edmund Kemper, who absolutely hated his mother, used her severed head as a dartboard.
  • In the aftermath of The Arab Spring, at least one Egyptian salesman has been seen selling sandals with Mubarak & co. printed on them. (Walking on somebody's image, throwing a shoe at them and similar actions are gross insults in the Arab world)
    • This dates back to Ancient Egypt, in fact. Among the artifacts in Tutankhamun's tomb were a pair of sandals with images of Egypt's enemies on the soles.
  • There's a company online that sells urinal cakes with the face of your choice on them. You just send them a photograph and you can have urinal cakes with your worst enemy smiling up at you.
  • During the worst of the 1980s, it was possible to buy toilet roll which had the faces of Margaret Thatcher, Norman Tebbit or Edwina Currie on it.
  • The satirical magazine Private Eye famously sold voodoo dolls of Margaret Thatcher, complete with pins. It is probably a coincidence that for a short period, she was hospitalised by stabbing pains in her right hand and required remedial surgery.
  • One piece of merchandise for Game of Thrones is a dartboard poster with Joffrey Lannister on it. Sadly, as it's a poster, you couldn't throw real darts at it for long.
  • One particularly bad emperor of China (the latter Qi emperor of the southern kingdoms) had his own general set up as an archery target by painting a bullseye on the pudgy man's belly button. His attendants convinced him to use blunted arrows and the general lived through being shot. (The irritated general would later start a coup.)
  • A USB desk toy in the shape of a Big Red Button has a mode that allows you to put a photo of your worst enemy over the face of a waving cartoon office worker and then shoot it over and over until the picture's destroyed. Other actions for the button include a Boss Button, showing an explosion video - claimed by the product as a way to relieve stress; and as a hotkey for your favorite website.
  • Chris-Chan allegedly was taking a picture of someone who she had issues with in the past and said she wanted to use it as a dartboard.
  • In the dwindling years of Sears, Eddie Lampert was a common target of this - some employees have reported putting pictures of Eddie Lampert in their lounges and marking them up with markers, throwing darts at him, or sticking pins into the picture.
  • Employees on the Blizzard side of Activision-Blizzard have reportedly been doing this with posters of Destiny 2 and Call of Duty.
  • According to the book Sick Little Monkeys, during John Kricfalusi’s tenure on Ren & Stimpy, Bob Camp had a part of his office with a sign saying, "John's Knees" written on it, and allowed coworkers to kick it. By the end of Kricfalusi's run on the show, it had been reduced to a massive hole.
  • In this FMyLife story, the OP invited a schoolmate they hated to come to their house (for some reason), but forgot to take down the dartboard in their room with a photo of said schoolmate on it.
  • Russian ultranationalist politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky once released a video of him shooting a rifle at targets that represented his political opponents.


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Amphibia - Pinata Party

Even though it's more like a "pinata of hate", the remaining citizens, who don't have anything to do, have a pinata party to pass the time, which involves a pinata of King Andrias, allowing everyone to beat the heck out of it.

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