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"Ah ha ha, I put broken glass in your dinner, dear
It's only getting worse from here."
King Diamond, "More Than Pain"

The act of sneaking inedible or dangerous objects, such as glass, poison, drugs, etc. into an item of food or drink, with the hope that it kills/harms whoever has the misfortune to consume it. As such, it also covers deliberately adding an otherwise harmless ingredient to which the intended recipient is known to be allergic.

The non-lethal version of food tampering would be putting a love potion, sleeping potion/drug, etc. in food or more commonly, drinks; also known as Slipping a Mickey. Another less fatal prank is switching the victim's usual drink with Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce or Gargle Blaster. A Laxative Prank is also fairly common. Well-intentioned tampering can also administer a remedy to a patient either unaware of their ailment or unwilling to take the cure. Attempting to do this to several different people at once can overlap with One Dose Fits All.


A variant of this trope is Medication Tampering.

It is common for the perpetrator to be a waiter/chef and the victim to be a rude customer or food critic who made the perpetrator angry.

If the perpetrator is unlucky, his plans may be thwarted by a Poisoned Chalice Switcheroo.

A character who suspects that the trope is going to be played on him might react with a Discreet Drink Disposal or Discreet Dining Disposal.

Compare Revenge Is a Dish Best Served, when someone puts something gross (but non-fatal) in food or drink to get back at someone (usually a grumpy or bossy customer). Clean Food, Poisoned Fork is when the means of eating the food is tampered for the same effect.

Compare the larger scale Water Source Tampering, usually perpetrated by conspiracies and such.

Razor Apples and Slipping a Mickey overlap with this trope. Lethal versions are often Tricked to Death.



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  • Sakura Gari:
    • At one point, Sakurako feeds Masataka a piece of sushi. He quickly spits it out, revealing that Sakurako had snuck in a piece of glass.
    • Later, Katsuragi invites Masataka over to his home and gives him a cup of tea laced with a sleeping drug. He then rapes, beats up and tortures Masataka out of jealousy over Souma.
    • It's later revealed that Sakurako, who heavily resents her father for locking her away, convinced Katsuragi to slowly poison Lord Saiki by slipping him little bits of poison in his food. Had Katsuragi not gotten his "just desserts" at the hands of Souma and his own wife Asayo, the old man would've eventually died of both poisoning and his already present bad health.
    • Subverted at some point: Sakurako ties up Masataka to a chair and force feeds him, with Masataka expecting her to have slipped stuff in it again... but it's perfectly untouched food, and she made him believe it was tampered with to bully him.
  • Kodachi Kuno of Ranma ½ is a good cook who prepares elaborate meals, and she often uses culinary expertise to her advantage by placing poisons, toxins, serums, and other strange substances in her victims' food to attain something she wants from them.
    • A magical mushroom called Kairaishi has the power to make anyone that eats it follow any command. Shampoo mixes it into pork buns and feeds them to Ranma. Hilarity Ensues.
  • In Gankutsuou Heloise receives a ring that contains poison from the Count. She uses it to poison some water she tried to give to Valentine but Albert ends up drinking it instead. She also poisoned some lemonade which one of the household staff ends up drinking. She later mentions that she wanted to poison more people this way as well.
  • Katekyō Hitman Reborn!: Bianchi, known as "Poison Scorpion Bianchi" in the Mafia underground, specializes in poison cooking; food items that contain poison and have a nasty color to them. Her food also has a tendency to melt its surroundings.
  • Tiger & Bunny: Mr. Maverick was able to use his NEXT powers on practically the entire cast by drugging either their coffee or the drinks he offered them at a party.
  • The Familiar of Zero:
    • Montmorency slips a love potion in Guiche's drink, but before she can give it to him a frustrated Louise comes by and drinks it. Hilarity Ensues, naturally.
    • When Princess Charlotte de Orleans aka Tabitha was younger, she was at a party with her family where a strange man gave her a glass of wine. Tabitha's mother, meanwhile, saw the man smirk as he walked away. She immediately recognized a potion in the wine and took the glass Tabitha held; she drank the potion in order to save Tabitha and became mentally ill as a consequence. She regained sanity at the end thanks to an antidote, though.
    • An example where this trope is used to actually save someone and not harm him/her includes Saito slipping sleeping potion into Louise's wine at their supposed "marriage ceremony" to make her run away and not face the danger of 7,000 Zombie soldiers. He had his own Moment of Awesome that day, when he faced them himself.
  • In Monster Director Heinemann, Dr. Oppenheim, and Dr. Boyer are found dead when the three of them were mysteriously poisoned by candy left by Johan Liebert.
    • Candy that was not only wrapped but in a SEALED BAG.
  • Sukisho sees this done to Sora and Nao, with Soushi drugging their tea and taking them in for a vaguely described medical exam.
  • In Saiunkoku Monogatari, Shuurei is the subject of repeated poisoning attempts during her time as Imperial Concubine. In the most notable instance she's presented with a cup of poisoned sake during a banquet; immediately suspicious but aware that refusing the offer would be a grave insult, Ryuuki drinks it in her place, counting on his better constitution and Acquired Poison Immunity to get him through it. It still makes him quite sick for a while, and when Shuurei finally finds out, she's torn between being impressed that he basically took the bullet for her, and being angry at him for taking such a risk. (Not because she's got feelings for him, or anything—it's just that the civil war that would result from his death would be really bad for the people. That's all, really!)
  • In Pumpkin Scissors, one episode features a visiting princess from a neighboring country, with a particularly draconian rule of succession: Whichever royal child survives, takes the throne. Poison is a favored means of sibling rivalry, and she reveals that on her 10th birthday, the cake was poisoned, causing the death of her favorite maid. The fear of poison is so in-grown in her, that even when eating a hot dog at a street-stand, where nobody knows who or what she is, she can't take a bite until somebody has tasted it for her first.
  • The sociopathic protagonist in Suehiro Maruo's short Poison Strawberry puts thumb tacks in her classmate's milk. What happens next is horrific.
  • This a rather common killing method in Detective Conan. However, more of the cases are actually subversions of this trope since the poison was not put on the food directly, but in objects the killer knows their victims would touch before eating their foods.
    • A filler Valentine's Day episode had a mother try to collect insurance money by poisoning her Jerkass-ish adopted son's coffee. The antidote was in the cake's icing—the lad, being on his uni's tennis team and professing hate for all kind of sweets, didn't eat the cake. Additionally, she also poisoned a half-eaten bar of chocolate and switched it with one that was given to the victim as Valentine's gift by his crush, in an attempt to frame the girl since the lady knew the victim would take a bite of his chocolatey "enemy" to please her. And even more: a "friend" of the victim tried to tamper with the guy's cigarettes via poisoning the filters, but he just cut said filters off in a whim and thus he failed.
    • One example of such subversions happen when a Jerkass Idol Singer fell dead after eating some rice balls... but the poison was not originally in said snacks. It was placed in a specific spot of his jacket: the killer knew that the guy liked to melodramatically take off said jacket during certain part of a song, so they put it in that spot so he'd touch the venom and 'transfer' it to the rice balls when he grabbed them to eat them.
  • Putting harmful substances in food happens quite often in Kindaichi Case Files.
    • In "Santa's Slayings (European Hotel Murder Case)", a stage actress was murdered after drinking wine during a play in a scene where her co-performers also chose randomly from a bunch of them. The killer wrote a footnote in her script to pick a certain glass during that part. Since the victim could memorize lines only from reading once, the killer had no trouble disposing of it.
    • One of the victims in "Gokumon Cram School Murder Case" was given laxative with a similar method with Conan's filler episode above; The poison was put in everyone's lunch, and the antidote was put in all provided buckwheat tea. Since the victim was allergic to buckwheat products, she couldn't eat the antidote. It was done so that the victim would go to have a toilet break during lessons, leading the victim to the murderer.
  • In Naruto, Tsunade poisons Jiraiya's drink, leaving him unable to fight at full strength against Orochimaru. It is implied that she was leaning toward accepting Orochimaru's offer at the time, then changed her mind later.
  • Subverted in Fullmetal Alchemist. When Roy Mustang gets offered tea by Fuhrer Bradley, who knows that he knows that he's a homunculus and tried to tell Central Command about it, he wonders if it's poisoned, but is told that it is not.
  • Sakura no Ichiban!: In chapter seven, the third year girls of the Sakura Blossom Club have their tea poisoned by the other members of the club so that they can become closer to Tsukiko and her wealth. Sanae is framed for the incident due to being from a poor family and generally disliked by most of the girls in the club.
  • In Gintama, putting tabasco sauce in some pastries is one of the myriad ways that Okita has chosen to annoy people.
  • In Honoo no Alpen Rose, Mathilda tries to do this to Jeudi by contaminating her food and tea during breakfast. Luckily, Printemps sees this and attacks her, saving his owner. It turns out this is how she routinely drugs Jeudi's mother Helene, slipping tiiiiny quantities of poison in her tea to keep her permanently ill and vulnerable..
  • The Fatal Fury anime has two examples:
    • In the first anime special, Geese forces his sort-of protegé Lily to give Terry a bottle of poisoned wine. Lily, who has fallen for Terry and feels terrible because Geese used her to kill Terry and Andy's father years ago, cannot bring herself to let Terry fall in the trap and stops him from consuming it. Then she explains what happened and gives him Anguished Declaration of Love.
    • In the Motion Picture, Terry and Joe drink wine laced with sleeping drugs and are completely indefense when Panni and Hauer attack. Mai and Andy are still conscious, though, and they decide to fight back...
  • Happens plenty of times in Ooku: The Inner Chambers:
    • Hisamichi slipped poison into the food and drink of Yoshimune's older sisters and the closest rival to the throne to ensure that Yoshimune got the shogunate. She had to clarify that she did not do that to Ietsugu, as Ietsugu was an Ill Girl and not expected to make it to adulthood.
    • Tokugawa Harusada, mother of Shogun Ienari, is quite fond of doing this to pick off rivals and control people. Her Moral Event Horizon was when she slipped poison into her grandchildren's sweets to kill them and turn her son's wife (Shigu) and favorite concubine (O-Shiga) against each other. What's worse is it's implied she did that because she was bored.
    • However, Shigu and O-Shiga quickly figured out Harusada was behind those deaths and played a long game to poison Harusada in revenge. Part of that involved O-Shiga, now Harusada's taster, poisoning herself to ensure that Harusada would eat the poisoned food. She died not long after the poisoning finally incapacitated Harusada.
    • Unfortunately, this left a nasty legacy on Ienari's reign: his concubines quickly realized poisoning rivals was a quick way to get ahead, with the result that only about half of Ienari's numerous children made it to adulthood.
  • In Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok Skuld tries to do this to Loki on two occasions and fails miserably both times (in one incident, the person she brainwashed into delivering the poisoned food proceeded to explain what the food had been doped with immediately after delivery). She wasn't very good at assassination—her heart just wasn't into it.
  • Raji of Akagami no Shirayukihime poisoned a basket full of apples before sending them to Shirayuki, his plan was for her to be kidnapped and brought to him after the poison left her unable to fight back but to his horror, he ends up poisoning the prince of the neighboring country instead.
  • Kaguya-sama: Love Is War has a chapter that starts off with Kaguya having Hayasaka sneak into the student council room in the middle of the night and swap out Shirogane's coffee supply with decaf. A later chapter also has Miko refuse Kaguya's offer for a cup of tea on the suspicion that she would poison it.
  • Blood-C: One of the reasons of Saya's frequent memory loss is due to Fumito, putting drugs on her coffee and marshmallows and sometimes, these are also laced with blood which would help on Saya's blood dependence.
  • Night Head Genesis: Naoto and Naoya's parents drug their drinks to subdue the boys so they can give them away to the laboratory.

  • Hellblazer: During the Hard Time arc, one of the prisoners grinds up glass in the workshop, then his brother slips it into Constantine's oatmeal. John, in his wily, unexplained way ( probably magic!), switches the glass to the grinder's oatmeal, resulting in a rather grisly breakfast after a week's worth of dosing...
  • In the Asterix series:
    • Asterix and Cleopatra has one villain singing the formula for creating a poisonous cake, as an attempt to frame Astérix. Even though the cake was poisoned, Obelix Cut a slice and took the rest.
    • Astérix in Switzerland opens with the Roman governor varius Flavus poisoning the food of Quaestor Vexatius Sinusitus in an attempt to dispose of him before Sinusistus can uncover Flavus' embezzlement.
  • In Lori Lovecraft: The Dark Lady, a Creepy Housekeeper serves Lori a snack of milk and cookies where the milk has been laced with potassium cyanide.
  • In Red Robin it's revealed that the poisoner "Funnel" was first approached by the Council of Spiders after poisoning the other patrons at a restaurant.
  • In Secret Six Jeanette reveals that this was how she eventually killed Elizabeth Bathory, who was imprisoned for life in her tower and Jeanette offered to "serve" her by putting crushed glass into her food for years. According to her Bathory died in agony.
  • In The Smurfs comic book story "The Fake Smurf", Gargamel (and Hogatha in the Animated Adaptation) attempted to poison the Smurfs by slipping something into a boiling pot that he thought was their meal of the day. However, when he saw that the Smurfs weren't being affected, he went to check the pot that he put the poison into, and it turned out to be full of dirty laundry!
  • In White Sand, Kerztians prepare the Sand Masters for the massacre by poisoning the Mastrells, the most powerful of them, a few dozen minutes before their head-on attack, rendering them unable to Sand Master and thus defend themselves.
  • The "Let Them Eat Cake" arc from She-Hulk has two of Oliver Cake's (Jen's favorite online cooking show) producers dose his cake du jour with a drug called Monster Juice, believing that it'll help them get better ratings and more money. It works, but the transformation lasts longer than they expected, getting Jennifer's attention in the process.
  • Sensation Comics: When Steve Trevor is ordered to attended Countess Draska Nishki's Masquerade Ball as a honey trap despite his knowing that Nishki is expecting him the Countess drugs his drink and Trevor has to be rescued by Wonder Woman while he is mostly unconscious and semi delusional.
  • Grant Morrison's Batman has Red Hood poisoning Blackgate Prison inmates this way, with 82 confirmed dead and hundreds more in critical condition as part of his gambit to kill everyone in it.
  • Wonder Woman (1942): Mars poisons Artemis' food, in order to disorent her, allow him to take over the moon and easily restrain her for transport to Mars.

    Fairy Tales 

    Fan Works 
  • In both canon, and in the works of A.A. Pessimal, the Guild of Assassins' School now has its Domestic Science department. As with any school teaching young ladies the rudiments of cooking and domestic management, a lot of what it does is unremarkable and straightforward and to be found in any girls' school anywhere. Until the girls enter the Fifth Year and go On The Black, that is. Then they learn other food-and-beverage related skills.
  • In Destiny's Kiss, Princess Ting-Ting is killed when her tea is poisoned.
  • In the eleventh chapter of Free, Queen Elsa's chocolate is poisoned with a herb called frost-bane. Frost-bane is so hot that no frost can form on it, which makes it perfect to use against An Ice Person like Elsa. Elsa faints and breaks out in a fever. After being comatose for several days, Kristoff comes back with Isfrukt berries to cure Elsa's ailment.
  • In Blind Courage, a Forced Miscarriage was attempted on 17-year old Princess Zelda when she refused to abort a baby born out of wedlock. Poison was snunk into her food. Zelda fell into a coma but ultimately she and her daughter survived the poisoning.
  • At one point in If They Haven't Learned Your Name, Barnes winds up breaking into Sam's hotel room and presenting him with a container of macaroni and cheese with bacon. Sam's been craving macaroni and cheese for weeks, so he nearly snaps up the container before remembering that Barnes's allegiances are still unconfirmed, and asks Barnes if he put anything funny in the food. Barnes looks baffled and genuinely offended, and calmly asks Sam why he'd poison him when he has a perfectly good sniper rifle. Poison's tricky because the associated biochemistry isn't a sure thing, while a bullet to the head almost never goes wrong. Sam winds up eating the food.
    Sam: "Ah. Silly me. Why hand-deliver someone dinner when you can make their head explode from a mile away."
  • Ludwig from A Game Of Castles poisoned his father's tea.

    Films — Animated 
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Wicked Queen uses a poison-laced apple to try to kill off our heroine. It almost works.
  • In Shrek 2 the Fairy Godmother orders King Harold to slip Fiona a love potion so that she'll fall in love with her son, Prince Charming. Harold places the potion in Fiona's tea but finds that he can't go through with it, and gives his daughter a cup of tea that wasn't laced with the love potion instead.
  • The Emperor's New Groove: During the dinner scene, Yzma has Kronk slip some poison into Kuzco's wine. However, Kronk forgets which cup he put the poison in and mixes all three drinks together. As Kuzco is drinking his wine, Kronk and Yzma don't drink theirs. Kuzco falls unconscious for a moment before waking back up again and turning into a llama, making Yzma and Kronk realize that Kronk had accidentally given Kuzco 'extract of llama' instead of poison.
    Kronk: You know, in my defense, your poisons all look alike. You might think about relabeling some of them.
  • In Coco Ernesto del la Cruz poisons his musical parter's tequila in order to steal his songs and guitar.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In the early Peter Falk flick The Bloody Brood, Falk plays a psychotic beatnik who feeds some poor kid a hamburger filled with broken glass to watch him die...just for kicks.
  • In Battle Royale, Yuko Sakaki put potassium cyanide in spaghetti that Yukie Utsumi's friends cooked for Shuya Nanahara. Yuko then tried delivering the spaghetti to Shuya personally but Yuka Nakagawa snatched it away and ate it. She then suffered from the poisoning, vomited much of her blood out of her mouth then quickly died. This resulted in Haruka, Yukie, Chisato (but ironically, not Yuko) all getting shot by Satomi out of suspicion she couldn't trust any of the girls.
  • In Raiders of the Lost Ark an Arab working for the Nazis pours poison on dates in Sallah's house in the hope that Sallah and/or Indy will eat them. (The monkey steals the poisoned dates instead.)
  • The Court Jester combines this with Poisoned Chalice Switcheroo.
    The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle, the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true.
    No! The Flagon with the Dragon holds the pellet with the poison, the vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true.
  • In Kill Bill Vol. 2, Elle Driver reveals that she murdered Pai Mei by poisoning his fish heads.
  • In The Sixth Sense one of the dead people the kid sees was a small girl poisoned by her stepmother putting cleaning fluid in her soup.
  • John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) has the characters being Properly Paranoid about this- one single cell could be enough to turn anyone into a Thing. "I think everyone had better prepare their own food from now on..."
  • In Blind Date, Walter uses a tiny syringe to put alcohol in chocolates he has delivered to Nadia because she has an extreme allergic reaction to alcohol.
  • Wedding Crashers: At dinner in one scene, John proceeds to spike Zach's water with eye-drops, which makes him sick, thereby letting John connect with Claire, Zach's fiance.
  • Done twice in Disney's The Haunted Mansion with poison being put into goblets of wine.
  • In Ghost Ship there's a flashback comprised of a montage of images of what occurred on the ocean liner. During this, there's a scene in the kitchen where cooks are putting rat poison in food. We then see passengers eating the food and one person vomits as a result.
  • The horror movie Night of the Demons (1988) features a mean old man who puts razor blades in apples on Halloween to do terrible things to children. At the end of the movie, his wife makes an apple pie out of the leftover apples, which he eats. The blades slash through his throat and leave him dead.
  • Murder by Death. Lionel Twain arranges for one of the cups of wine served to the guests to have a tasteless, odorless acidic poison in it. It turns out to be a subversion: Twain made sure the cup with the poisoned wine was served to the one guest who could identify it.
  • The Four Musketeers (1974). D'Artagnan receives a case of wine along with a note that indicates it's from his fellow Musketeers. Before he can drink any of it, an enemy mook drinks some and was poisoned wine sent by Milady to kill him.
  • In The Three Stooges short "Who Done It?", the villainess prepares two drinks and slips poison in Shemp's drink. The two distract each other while they switch the goblets. Finally, Shemp drinks down the poison and goes through some hysterical death throes. Naturally, he recovered.
  • In The Assassination Bureau, Eleanora first poisons her husband Cesare, the Italian assassin, then prepares drinks for herself and Dragomiloff, slipping poison in his drink. Dragomiloff spins the table until it stops, picks up the goblet in front of him, drinks down the contents, and falls to the floor. He was faking it.
  • Jyugon starts his transformation process to a vampire in Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl when he eats chocolate which has been infused with Monami's blood.
  • Parodied and averted in Lemonade Joe, a relentless parody of The Western. Hogo Fogo has kidnapped Winnifred and plans to subject her to a fate worse than death, but is eating dinner in the saloon first. His brother, the less evil saloon owner, says he thinks Hogo's disgusting. Hogo opens his ring, puts some powder into a glass of water, and mixes it in. It looks like he'll try to make his brother drink it; however, he then drinks it himself, and burps. It was antacid. He keeps eating his dinner, glutton that he is.
  • In Casino Royale (2006), James Bond gets an absolutely fatal dose of digitalis in his drink. It's subverted with the defibrillator/first aid kit in his car, and that in turn is subverted when he doesn't have it connected properly! Vesper Lynd's arrival was just dumb luck.
  • Wild Things: Double Subverted. When after all the backstabbing between the conspirators only a final guy and girl are left, the guy is smart enough to expect the drink he's offered to be poisoned, but is assured when the girl tells him that she would be an idiot to try it because he's the only one who can pilot the sailboat they're on back to shore. This is a lie—the drink is indeed poisoned, and the girl is much smarter than she made herself out to be. Just to be sure, she releases one of the booms to knock him into the water to drown.
  • Mrs. Doubtfire. Daniel Hillard spikes his ex-wife's new paramour's meal with pepper after overhearing him stress to the waiter to NOT put pepper on it, as he's allergic. Even though the whole sequence is played for laughs, they came pretty close to the possibly fatal consequences of such a prank — upon tasting the pepper, the man almost immediately begins choking, prompting Daniel to say, "Oh no, I killed the bastard!"
  • Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes duology:
    • Being aware of this doesn't prevent it, as seen in Sherlock Holmes (2009). Irene Adler pulls a clever one on Holmes in using an unopened bottle of wine. A flashback reveals she used a syringe to inject a knockout drug through the cork, and a match to re-melt the wax and conceal the hole.
    • At the beginning of the next movie, Irene is smart enough to ask for a fresh pot of tea when meeting with Professor Moriarty, rather than drinking from the one already on the table. Unfortunately Moriarty has bought out the entire restaurant. All the potential witnesses get up and leave at his signal, and the new pot turns out to be poisoned. Cue Sound-Only Death.
  • The massacre of adults of Gatlin in Children of the Corn (1984) starts when some diner patrons start choking from their poisoned coffee.
  • Spoofed in The Addams Family: Fester had brought some cyanide with him when he moved in, with the implication that he'd poison them this way. When Morticia finds it, she just smiles and asks if he thought they'd run out of it. The implication is the family uses cyanide as seasoning.
  • The plane hijackers in Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying use drugged ice cubes to take several passengers out of commission in order to steal a chemical warfare weapon onboard from Eastern European criminals.
  • Kull the Conqueror: Subverted. Kull and his friends board the ship of Juba, one of Kull's old associates from his days as a pirate, to travel to an island that contains the one weapon that can destroy the villainess. Juba serves them food and wine, which Kull suspects to be poisoned and only partakes after Juba drinks and eats from it himself. It turns out that the food wasn't poisoned, but it was drugged. Juba's men tie up Kull and his team while their boss is unconscious.
  • In Rosemary's Baby, Rosemary's neighbors give her chocolate mousse laced with a sedative. Rosemary discreetly disposes of it when she notices that it has a chalky taste, but she still ate enough of it to be unable to resist when Satan impregnates her while's she's still sleeping.
  • In The Man From Uncle Victoria took the precaution to drug all the alcoholic beverages so no matter what drink Napoleon picked, he'd still sedate himself.
  • In Sahara, we have a rare version where the perpetrator is one of the good guys; Jim Sandecker gives multiple requests before he decides to do any more work for the US government, but we don't hear him say the last one; the next scene is Massarde being poisoned in a restaurant by Jim's ally, Carl.
  • In The Wrestler, Randy, in his day job at the deli counter of a local grocery store, encounters a particularly indecisive elderly lady who keeps asking for "a little more" or "a little less" potato salad. Annoyed at her, he discreetly licks a few dips of his gloved fingers as he's disposing of excess. He later on proceeds to cut some meat and intentionally slice his fingers open and bleed on everyone in a Screw This, I'm Outta Here! move.
  • In Murder at the Baskervilles, Hunter is murdered when powdered opium is slipped into his curried lamb.
  • In Crooked House, the murderer doses Josephine's hot chocolate with cyanide, although Josephine is not the one who ends up drinking it.
  • In Dead Again in Tombstone, Zerelda attempts to dispose of Boomer by lacing his eggs with cyanide.
  • Kind Hearts and Coronets: Unlike the more elaborate murders he concocts for his other targets, Louis disposes of the Reverend Lord Henry d'Ascoyne through the simple expedient of poisoning his wine.
  • In Thirteen Women, Ursula attempts to murder Laura's son Bobby by sending him a box of poisoned chocolates.
  • In Rehearsal for Murder, Karen and Leo's motive revolves around them supposedly giving Monica a herbal tea to 'calm her nerves', which was actually spiked to make her too sick to perform on opening night.
  • In Andhadhun, Simi pours poison into Akash's tea in front of his eyes (he's pretending to be blind). After he "accidentally" spills the tea, he finds out that a sweet he ate earlier was also poisoned.
  • In The Crime Doctor's Strangest Case, the bedbound Walter Burns is murdered by someone poisoning his coffee.
  • In The Gentlemen, Mickey has Lord George's tea poisoned, then leaves him with the antidote: the point having been to demonstrate that he could get to Lord George anywhere.
  • In M.F.A., Noelle spikes the drink of one of the frat boy rapists with a date rape drug, then holds him down so he chokes on his own vomit.

  • The White Witch of Rose Hall: The titular witch's preferred method of murder, especially where her husbands and lovers were concerned. In a few versions of the legend and in H.G. de Lisser's novel, some of her own slaves tried to pull this on her by poisoning one of her drinks, but she subverted the attempt when she realized her drink had been tampered with.

  • Willard Price's African Adventure. While they're on safari in Uganda, someone tries to kill Hal and Roger Hunt by putting ground-up leopard whiskers in their food.
  • Nobles in the Dune universe so frequently used poisoning to further their schemes that they had different terms for poisons used this way: poison someone's drink, and it's called chaumurky, but if you put poison in solid food it's chaumas.
  • In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Ron Weasley swallows a poisoned drink that was actually meant for Dumbledore and almost dies. (And this was just after Ron ate a love-potion hidden in candy that was meant for Harry; don't side-kicks ever learn they're just fall-guys?)
    • On a more positive note, Harry exploited this trope to make Hermione and Ron think he'd added his good luck potion to Ron's drink. Thinking he had good luck on his side gave Ron the confidence boost he needed to win the Quidditch match.
  • At the climactic Elstyn family meeting in Aunt Dimity Takes a Holiday, only Simon, the recipient of the threatening notes, takes a cup of tea offered by the maid. That maid is revealed to be Derek's insane former nanny, who targeted Simon in the belief that he was trying to take Derek's inheritance. She says of Simon: "I tried to warn him, but he wouldn't listen. Won't listen must be made to listen." Then she audibly whispers to Derek: "Make him drink his tea...." After she leaves the room, an Inspector from Scotland Yard asks everyone to avoid touching the teacup, since the police intend to have it analysed.
  • In the first book of A Series of Unfortunate Events Violet believes Count Olaf poisoned the oatmeal he serves to her and her siblings one morning because he's frankly a horrible guardian who was never nice to them in the entire time they've known him. He quickly proves them wrong by eating one of the raspberries on top of the oatmeal convincing the siblings that it's safe to eat.
    • Earlier Violet was thinking miserably that she should've poisoned the sauce she's serving with the pasta for Count Olaf and his troupe considering how they are acting rude and refuse to eat the food the siblings made for them because they wanted roast beef instead.
  • In Battle Royale, Yuko Sakai, mistakenly believing Shuya Nanahara killed another classmate in an altercation (the death was actually accidental), attempts to poison Shuya's meal with potassium chloride while he's recovering at a lighthouse where she and her friends are holed up. Another friend eats the meal instead, her subsequent death causing a chain reaction that led to all of Yuko's friends shooting and killing each other and Yuko, herself, to be Driven to Suicide.
  • In the Discworld novel Interesting Times an Agatean courtier tries this on Cohen The Barbarian. It doesn't work and the courtier finds himself having a terminal case of indigestion when the tables are turned.
    • A similar thing happens in Mort. The Grand Vizier tries to poison the Emperor, but he tries to do it in a very elaborate way: he claims he found the poisonous object in his own food, but that only the Emperor is worthy of it. They go back and forth on who should eat it for quite some time (Mort, because he can't leave until someone dies, even says "Would someone just eat it?"), but finally the Grand Vizier has to eat it, then tries to leave, leading to this:
      Grand Vizier: Urgent matters of state, my lord.
      Emperor: Would these be the urgent matters of state in a little bottle marked "Antidote" on your dresser?
    • Tampering with food and drink was also a popular tactic of the wizards in the early books (before they mellowed out and became a satire of modern academia). There was even a saying: When a wizard is tired of looking for broken glass in his dinner, he is tired of life.
    • Also worth noting that Cohen is strongly averse to this sort of thing. He'll happily kill dozens at a meal, usually by getting them drunk first and then killing them in their sleep... but you don't poison the food.
      "Barbarians didn't poison food. You never knew when you might be short of a mouthful yourself."
    • In Unseen Academicals, Glenda, a Supreme Chef, visits Vetinari with a homemade pie. One of Vetinari's advisors suggests that Glenda may have poisoned the pie, an idea that Ventinari correctly dismisses, as she treats cooking almost like a religious vocation and would regard this as a crime against food.
    • This trope is referenced, but ultimately averted in Feet of Clay. The candle wicks are laced with arsenic instead, releasing the poison into the air as they burn down.
  • In Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom book 1, Kate slips holy water into normal goblets of water when she tries to catch a suspected demon-occupied person in mixed company.
  • The Belgariad: This trope is the reason members of the Nyissan court take poison antidotes daily. Sadi appears to be as good as any full-time assassin at it—he muses once about having poisoned the soup course in front of his victims without being caught, and in the Malloreon he slips knockout drugs to an entire army.
  • In Summers at Castle Auburn, the Crown Prince is poisoned at his wedding feast, despite his using a taste tester and without anyone else at the feast dying. Only two people figured out who did it, and only one of them figured out how: The poisoner put the poison in the main course, which the prince was certain to have a large helping. The poisoner then put the antidote for the poison in the water pitchers. Since the prince never drank water (due to a paranoid belief that someone had tried to poison the well years previously, despite considerable evidence to the contrary), he was the only person at the feast who took the poison but did not take the antidote as well.
  • In Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian story "Shadows In Zamboula", Zabibi slips her lover something. It drives him into a frenzy, which is not the effect she intended. (What, exactly, she did intend—well, the stories thrown about are numerous.)
  • In the Lord Peter Wimsey novel Strong Poison the victim died of arsenic poisoning. It was put into the cracked egg that was made into an omelette, which he shared with his cousin (the murderer, who had built up an immunity to it over time so he could vouch that the poison wasn't in that particular meal).
  • Agatha Christie was so incredibly fond of poisons; it was the most common way for victims to die.
    • In Crooked House, one of the two murder victims is poisoned by spiking a cup of cocoa with digitalis.
    • The victim of Five Little Pigs had poison put in his drink.
    • In The Mysterious Affair at Styles it's subverted. One of the characters believes poison was put into the first victim's drink and tries to cover up any clues that would led Poirot to this conclusion.
  • In The Killer's Cousin by Nancy Werlin, Lily accidentally killed her sister by putting cleaning solvent in a glass of water. It was supposed to have been a prank, as she didn't think her sister would really drink it.
  • The Prince Consort, husband of the queens and father of the princesses, of A Brother's Price was killed via poisoning while on a picnic. A Personal Effects Reveal later reveals that his son-in-law Keifer did it.
  • The romance novel Whisper To Me Of Love has a young woman's maid placing poison in her milk. Poison that she thinks is an antidote to a drug supposedly being given to her by her lover to trick her into a relationship with him (she has been told all this by the novel's villain, who wants to kill the heroine in order to claim her inheritance). What saves her life is the arrival of the hero, just after she's poured some milk out into a saucer for the cat. As the two sit and chat, he is horrified to see that the cat has died after drinking the tainted milk.
  • In Grave Peril, the Red Court vampires spike the drinks at Bianca's party with vampire saliva, so that any human who imbibes will become subject to its narcotic effects. Naturally, Harry isn't warned about this until after he's knocked back a glassful.
  • James Bond
    • SPECTRE's big plan to take over NORAD in For Special Services hinges on its workforce ingesting ice cream that has a mixture on it that makes its eater susceptible to commands from a person with authority. And the one with authority in this plan is the Brainwashed Bond.
    • Bond is saved from being eaten by wolves in Brokenclaw thanks to his ally Rushia, who threw steaks dosed with Chloral to their cage beforehand.
    • Staying at a hotel in Death Is Forever, Bond and his partner Easy order sandwiches. When they are about to eat them, they find out that someone has planted eggs of poisonous spiders on them, which were supposed to hatch and kill them after ingestion.
    • The bad guys in The Facts of Death attempt to kill thousands of northern Cypriots by spraying anthrax inside a ship full of food cargo.
    • The rations of a Chinese mountaineering expedition in High Time to Kill are destroyed by contaminating their food with piss, and setting the sacks containing them on fire.
  • One victim in A Night Too Dark is killed when her cookie is spiked with peanut oil to induce a fatal allergic reaction.
  • In one of The Great Merlini short stories, the poison is added to the sugar packet the victim adds to his coffee.
  • In Dragon Bones, Oreg recalls how he returned to his biological father, was given a bowl of soup the man had prepared himself, fell asleep, and when Oreg woke up, he was castle Hurog. As he can't remember anything in-between, the soup could have been anything, from something that caused him to sleep to a magical substance that caused his turning into a Genius Loci of some sort.
  • Murder to Go had poison added to the seasoning mix for a spicy fast-food chicken dish. (It wasn't supposed to be a lethal dose, but that's not the most precise method of faking a mass foodborne-illness situation. The mastermind should consider himself lucky only one person died.)
  • In The Sword-Edged Blonde, it's done to a whole village with poisoned wine. The poison doesn't kill directly but incapacitates well enough that one mercenary can kill the whole population without resistance.
  • In The Odyssey Circe feeds half of Odysseus' men (as well as Odysseus himself) a drugged drink that causes the drinkers to turn into animals.
  • Downplayed in the fourth Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note novel, where a truck driver of the meat processor, in a Lethally Stupid way to Poke the Poodle, spiked some of the beef shipped to the plant with pork in spite. The bad news is it caused allergic reaction on a certain Kazuomi Wakatake...
  • Simon Ark: In "The Faraway Quilters", the Victim of the Week has her drink spiked with chloral hydrate, which causes her to pass out and fatally wreck her car.
  • In the fourth book of The Spirit Thief, Josef finds himself drugged to sleep two nights in a row and grows convinced that someone is tampering with his dinner or his wine. Eli eventually figures out that the poison is in the candles.
  • In Wings of Fire, Peril had been told by Queen Scarlet that she needed to eat coal or she'd die. When Peril stops eating coal for a day, she gets sick. It isn't until later that Peril learns that she's perfectly healthy. On that day Scarlet had poisoned her food to make her go back to eating coal.
  • In River of Teeth, Hero sneaks poison into the iced tea they offer Houndstooth during their first meeting, then demonstrates that it's safe by drinking from the same glass. Since Houndstooth wants to hire Hero due to their reputation as a Master Poisoner, he is not fooled and refuses the drink.
  • In ''The Queen's Thief', the new King of Attolia has to put up with having sand in his food all the time as a prank by his attendants (and the kitchen staff, who prefer the queen). When this is revealed to the guard captain, it raises the possibility of more sinister things being added to the plate. Attolis puts up with it to build evidence against one of his queen's enemies, and finally puts a stop to it by visiting the kitchen staff two books later to reveal that he was once a phony kitchen boy that bit their previous, hated head chef.
  • The Golden Gate, by Alistair MacLean. The authorities slip a sedative into some of the food sent in for the criminals and their hostages. Unfortunately, a hostage scarfs down his food immediately and dies of an overdose.
  • The Gentleman Bastard series has a couple of examples of this trope:
    • In Red Seas Under Red Skies, Archon Stragos serves Locke and Jean cold cider after several hours in an overheated room. The cider itself is fine, but the glasses were dosed with a poison that only Stragos has the antidote for, ensuring their service.
    • In The Republic of Thieves, Sabetha drugs Boulidazi's drink with "something to muddle his thoughts", so she can finally get away from him and spend some time with Locke.
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer: Jason reveals that he put sleeping pills in Nim's soda to keep them from getting to the spring in time.
  • Francesca multiple times tries to unnerve her interview subjects or throw off her coworkers like this in Rama II, once leading to a false diagnosis of appendicitis in the team leader for an expedition, hoping that Brown would get to go instead and fulfill a term in their backroom contract with an outside entity. Since the robot surgeon killed the man when Rama made a sudden maneouvre during surgery, her plan killed him. She covers up his murder, and might not be remorseful for it; her pan worked in that, following the leader's death, Brown did go on the sortie.
  • Eisenhorn: Malleus opens with the titular Inquisitor having been poisoned this way three days prior, and has him launch a desperate raid on the poisoner’s hideout in search of an antidote.
  • In The Witches, the Grand High Witch gives Bruno Jenkins a candy bar laced with Formula 86, which turns people into mice. She tells him to come to the ballroom in two hours to get more chocolate; when he does, the potion kicks in. The Witches' plan is to poison enough candy to turn all of England's children into mice, but in the end they only succeed on Bruno and the boy protagonist, who comes up with a plan involving some food tampering of his own to defeat the witches.
  • The Pool of Fire. The Weaksauce Weakness of the alien Masters is discovered accidentally when a drunken guard pours his booze into the food being taken to a Master who has been captured by La Résistance. Attempts have been made to discover their vulnerabilities, but the Master has always detected the poison and refused to eat, so the protagonist just takes the food in, expecting the Master will reject it as usual. He falls into a coma instead. However, actually getting the alcohol into the Masters water supply proves exceptionally difficult, as it means infiltrating their Domed City and distilling alcohol in an alien environment. And even once this is achieved, they have a city full of sleeping Masters who might rouse at any moment, and the small infiltration force has no idea what to do next.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In The A-Team episode "Double Heat", it's subverted as a part of the scheme. Hannibal, posing as a waiter, takes a bite of the sandwiches Mr. Olsen ordered up to his room and fakes choking, causing the Federal agents to hustle Mr. Olsen to safety, fearing a security breach. Hannibal, of course, is just fine and simply wanted Olsen out of harm's way.
  • Used as an important plot point in Chelmsford 123 when Grasientus attempts to poison an entourage from the local British tribe.
  • Oz:
    • Nino Schibetta ate grounded glass that Ryan and Adebisi secretly put into his food for months until he dies from internal hemorrhaging, suddenly realizing one day that he's bleeding from the ears, nose, mouth...
    • Also done to Supreme Allah in a more organic fashion. Once it's discovered that he's fatally allergic to eggs and must have his food cooked separately... Yeah, no more Supreme Allah.
  • Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Conscience of the King". Someone tries to murder Kevin Riley by putting tetralubisol (a shipboard lubricant) in his milk. Tetralubisol is a milky white substance, so Make It Look Like an Accident also applies.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
    • "Babel" had a terrorist device that spiked the food and drink replicators with an aphasia virus that ended up never being dispersed because the virologist who planted it got captured. O'Brien accidentally trips the device while making repairs, and it eventually becomes aerosolized.
    • "Ties of Blood and Water" features a bottle of poisoned kanar. Weyoun gleefully downs a shot of the kanar just to demonstrate that his people are immune to poison.
  • Babylon 5:
    • After one of G'kar's schemes endangers the eponymous station, Commander Sinclair tells G'kar that the latter had a tracker slipped into a drink given by the former and that if anything were to happen to Sinclair or the station, friends of Sinclair would use the tracker to hunt G'kar down for revenge. It's revealed in the next scene Sinclair lied, there was no tracker.
    • Londo makes a request of Lord Refa to break the association with the Shadows, and explains why he believes Refa will cooperate:
      Londo: Because I have asked you; because your sense of duty to our people should override any personal ambition; and because I have poisoned your drink.
    • Londo falls victim to himself when a Beautiful Slave Girl he's fallen for puts a sedative in his drink so she can access some files he has.
  • Both played straight and faked in Persons Unknown. Erika gets Joe to confess this way; later Joe helps Janet fake her death by pretending to do this to a liquor bottle
  • Doctor Who:
    • In "The Unicorn and the Wasp", the Tenth Doctor drinks "sparkling cyanide." He survives it in a true Funny Moment.
    • In "The Moonbase", the Cyberman contaminate the base's sugar supply as a means of spreading their virus.
    • In "The Pandorica Opens", River Song purchases a Vortex Manipulator, offering to exchange it for a Callisto Pulse, a device that can disarm micro-explosives.
      Dealer: What kind of micro-explosives?
      River: The kind I just put in your wine.
  • Pops up a few times in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
    • In "Foul Play in the Sky", Rita learns that Kimberly will be going for a plane ride with her uncle Steve. Seeing an opportunity to be rid of a Ranger, Rita sends Squatt and Baboo to spike Steve's soda with a delayed-action sleeping potion so that he'll fall asleep while the plane is in the air and it'll crash.
    • In "Power Ranger Punks", Baboo spikes the Rangers' after-game fruit juice with a personality-altering potion that turns Billy and Kimberly (who drink first) into slacker punks with no interest in attending to their Ranger duties.
    • In "Rita's Pita", Rita observes Tommy advise a kid he's teaching martial arts to eat healthier foods and not binge eat. She puts a shrunken monster in Tommy's pita that will make him start binging on junk food, banking on the Rangers bringing Tommy to the command center ASAP to find out what caused the sudden 180 and unwittingly taking the monster with them.
  • Merlin had an attempt on Arthur's life via a poisoned chalice
  • CSI had a case where one juror wanted to induce an allergic reaction in another but she decided not to at the last minute.
  • ''CSI: NY:
    • In one episode, a guy dies of anaphylactic shock when two others pranked him by sneaking lobster broth into his soup even though they knew he was allergic to shellfish.
    • In "Blood Actually," a woman murders her diabetic husband by giving him a 2 lb box of chocolates with a sugar-free label on it. Actually, they are normal chocolates. She also replaces his insulin with a sugar syrup, so when he injects himself, he just shoots up more sugar.
  • In Justified, Mags Bennett kills one of her henchmen by sharing moonshine with him before revealing that the glass he was drinking out of was already poisoned, due to a combination of growing marijuana without her permission, calling the Marshals on another of her henchmen (admittedly a sex offender, but the principle stands), and due to being a bit of a Mama Bear to his teenage daughter who he had been neglecting due to being stuck in mourning over his wife's death. At the end of the season, she and Raylan share that same moonshine...and she gave herself the poisoned glass.
  • In the Warehouse 13 episode "The Ones You Love," Tracy tries to kill her sister Myka under the influence of an artifact by giving her coffee spiked with a drain cleaner. Instead, it ends up spilled on the floor, where it burns right through the carpet.
  • In MythQuest, Seth poisons Osiris's dates and feeds them to him at a ceremony, in order to kill him and gain his kingdom.
  • Major Crimes: The Victim of the Week in "Cheaters Never Prosper" is an out-of-town cop who is killed when his drink is spiked with antifreeze.
  • JAG: The murder victims in "Déjà Vu" are drugged before they are murdered, so they can't put up a fight. Harm avoids drinking the champagne when he thinks he's Alone with the Psycho. But he did eat the chocolate she gave him.
  • Castle:
    • In "The Late Shaft", the Victim of the Week is killed when the murderer spikes his cranberry juice with balsamic vinegar, which has a fatal interaction with his medication.
    • In "The Squab and the Quail", the Victim of the Week is killed by poison sprayed upon an appetizer in an exclusive restaurant.
  • Breaking Bad: This is part of Walter's endgame plan in the Grand Finale. Knowing she's a Creature of Habit, he takes out Lydia by spiking the Stevia at the table she always sits at with ricin, dooming her to a slow death.
  • In the second episode of The Borgias, there's some poisoned wine at a banquet; it's intended for Pope Alexander, but Cesare brought a monkey to test it and when the monkey dies, Cesare and his father avoid the wine and storm out.
  • In The Glades episode "Marriage Is Murder", the Victim of the Week is an Amoral Attorney who had his drink spiked with antifreeze. However, someone else stabbed him before the poison could take effect.
  • Poisoning was one of the more common methods of murder used in Whodunnit? (UK), probably because it allows for the broadest possible suspect pool.
  • The first crime in the Midsomer Murders episode "A Vintage Murder" involves the wine being served at a wine tasting at a winery being poisoned.
  • In the Frontier Circus episode "The Shaggy Kings", a renegade Indian poisons the circus' meat supply in order to force them to divert to Adobe Walls.
  • Murdoch Mysteries: In "Victor, Victorian", Victor is murdered by the killer smearing crushed peanuts inside the skull cup he has to drink from as part of the Masonic initiation, which triggers a fatal allergic reaction.
  • Death in Paradise: In "Damned If You Do...", the killer poisons the stew being eaten by everyone in an attempt to make the murder look like food poisoning.
  • Burn Notice has Michael slip peanuts into the dinner of a mercenary with an allergy. He then steals the man's EpiPen and interrogates him before he falls into anaphylactic shock.
  • In the 1989 Italian/Australian mini-series The Magistrate, the wife of the title character has her shopping bag stolen, only for it to be returned by a bystander who chases the thief. She doesn't know it's a set-up to switch her tin of coffee, which has a bomb inside. The Mafia knows the investigating magistrate they're trying to kill always makes his own coffee; unfortunately, his wife decides to make some herself and gets killed.
  • The Coroner: In "That's the Way to Do It", the Victim of the Week has their food spiked with shellfish to trigger a fatal allergic reaction. However, someone else murders them before the allergic reaction can take effect.
  • Happens by accident on Untold Stories of the E.R., when some student nurses practice injecting insulin into oranges, only for one such orange to be left in the break room. One of the students mistakes it for hers, eats it, and nearly dies of hypoglycemia.
  • Occurs for a few of the murders on Murder, She Wrote. In one case, the tampering just created a case of attempted murder, because another person actually killed the victim before he got to his poisoned brandy.
  • Fargo: Happens in the third season, where V.M. Varga has Sy Feltz drink tea filled with an unknown chemical. This causes Sy Feltz to fall into a months-long coma.
  • Endeavour: In "Arcadia", an extortionist who is targeting a supermarket has planted tainted products on their shelves: putting arsenic in the bloater paste, and crushed glass in the baby food.
  • The Kingdom in The Walking Dead have their swine eat walkers before they're shipped off to the Saviors as tribute.
  • Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators: In "The Rascal Cook", a restaurant is sabotaged when the soup is spiked with syrup of ipecac. Later, the chef is murdered by being served a poisoned cup of coffee.
  • Daredevil (2015):
    • In season 1, Madame Gao and Leland Owlsley make an attempt to kill Wilson Fisk's girlfriend Vanessa Mariana by spiking her champagne and the champagne of some other guests at a gala that Fisk is hosting. It fails, as Fisk rushes Vanessa to the emergency room in time for the doctors to pump her stomach.
    • Played for Laughs in season 3 episode 4. Dex and his coworker Lim decide to play a prank on Fisk while delivering him food from room service. First, Dex takes a bite out of a burger and dumps the fries all in one tray, while Lim takes everything but the tray off the table. Dex then proceeds to cover the tray with a steel pan. The agents guarding Fisk's door don't even do anything about this. One of them is smirking while the other doesn't react at all. The sap with no reaction ends up being the one tasked with presenting Fisk his food. Dex and Lim then slip back into the surveillance room, zoom the cameras in on the table, and wait to see how Fisk reacts: he just calmly brings the tray closer, breaks the bitten half of the burger apart with his utensils and dumps the pieces into another part of the tray one at a time with a spork. Then he starts eating the burger with the spork. Least to say, Dex and Lim sound disappointed and bewildered.
    Dex: ...If I'm being honest, that's not the way I thought this was gonna go.
  • Father Brown: In "The Blood of the Anarchists", Titan—who is allergic to nuts—is murdered by someone spiking his hip flask with crushed almonds.
  • Planet Earth: Dynasties: The lions inadvertently eat poisoned meat after coming across cows illegally grazing on lion territory. Most of the pride survives it.
  • This trope is used several times over the course of Resurrection Ertugrul, with such examples as:
    • When Aytolun attempts to murder her husband Korkut in season 2 by poisoning water intended for both herself and the Bey, while making sure she gets less of the poison in order for her to survive the symptoms. She succeeds at both.
    • Sadettin Kopek attempts this twice, both times targeting the Sultan. While the first one gets undone by Ibn Arabi, he is triumphant the second time around.
    • In season 5, Dragos manages to add toxic substances to Teokles’ water, eventually killing him during his stay at the Kayi tribe.
    • A non-fatal example occurs in season 5 when Sirma tosses an excessive amount of salt into Hafsa Hatun's soup, intent on making Selcan direct her displeasure toward Hafsa and thereby driving a wedge between them.

  • In the music video for No Doubt's "It's My Life" (pictured above), Gwen Stefani mixes rat poison into a man's dinner to kill him.
  • King Diamond's album Abigail II: The Revenge has Abigail tricking Jonathan to eat food with glass shards on it after he rapes her in the songs "Broken Glass" and "More Than Pain".
  • The Melanie Martinez song "Milk And Cookies" is about a woman poisoning the cookies of a man who kidnapped her.
    Do you like my cookies?
    They're made just for you.
    A little bit of sugar.
    With lots of poison too.
  • In the song To Keep My Love Alive, at least three times: to Sir Charles, Sir Frank and his ladies, and Sir Curtis.
  • Saga's song "Perfectionist" has the protagonist murdering his dinner guests by serving poisoned wine.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • In one Jon strip, Jon tells his mother on the phone that he'll slip a laxative into Garfield's tuna pate. Garfield overhears Jon and runs away panicked.

  • An old radio mystery involved a subversion of this: A man was found locked in a room full of food, yet somehow dead of starvation. The solution: His murderer locked him in the room and lied to him about the food being poisoned. He believed the killer and refused to eat the food, so he eventually starved to death.
  • Earthsearch
    • The Angel computers are secretly putting drugs in the food of the protagonists to repress their puberty to keep them under their control. However they find the food galleries on the spaceship and start eating the food before it's been processed because it tastes better.
    • When they are Almost Out of Oxygen and arguing what to do, a crewmember slips a double dose of morphon into the other's food so they'll fall asleep and use up less oxygen (and so he can carry out his plan to survive without argument).
    • In Season 2, the Angels decide certain crewmembers have outlived their usefulness and contaminate their food, but have to intervene to stop someone they want to keep alive from taking a bite off their plate. After that everyone makes sure to only eat food they've taken right off the trees in the food galleries.

  • The Bible: The Psalmist in Psalm 69:21 (Evangelical Heritage Version) says, "They put bitter poison in my food. For my thirst they gave me sour wine to drink."

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons once had "ingestive" (swallowed) poisons that could be added to food or drink. One article in Dragon magazine #59 had several dozen examples, and a Dragon #69 article extensively described 7 such poisons.
  • The video that accompanies the Clue VCR Mystery Game (and forms part of the gameplay) includes a dinner scene in Boddy mansion where almost all of the guests end up poisoning something that is served at dinner.
  • In Werewolf: The Apocalypse, one of the Wyrm's most powerful servants is a global megacorporation named Pentex. Pentex has several subsidiaries devoted to alcoholic beverages, including King Beer, Ruskaiya Distilleries, and Dragon Valley Wines. The beverages they distribute are intended to physically and spiritually corrupt drinkers. King Beer is more likely than other beer bring out the worst behavior in its drinkers. King Spirits occasionally contain teratogens and banes. Thaw Beverages' soda potentiates any banes clinging to its drinkers. Dragon Valley Wines are carcinogenic, and its Pyrrus line of wines turns the drinker into a beacon for nearby banes and increases their vulnerability to possession.
  • One of the ways to mess with the other players in Red Dragon Inn is to play cards to spike their drinks, pushing them closer to passing out and being eliminated from the game.

  • In the play Holy Ghosts one character talks about his prizewinning dog, who was killed by jealous rival dog-owners by putting glass in his food.
  • In The Pajama Party Murders, Lola, disguised as Myrtle attempts to poison the Cosmo heirs with arsenic in the ice cubes in the drinks she's pouring.
  • In "The Ballad of Sara Belly" from 35mm: A Musical Exhibition, Sara poisons Patricia's cup of punch at the High-School Dance, killing her.

    Urban Legend 

    Video Games 
  • Let's just say this trope is prevalent in Adventure Games.
    • Ceville, for example, entails slipping Tabasco sauce into coffee.
    • A bizarre example occur in Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space: Night of the Raving Dead: Max, knowing that he will be bitten by a vampire, drinks holy water beforehand, thereby spiking his own blood with vampire poison.
  • One of the many methods of killing in the Hitman series is to put poison into food or drink, that gets delivered to the target/ victim. It's such a staple of the franchise, that as of Hitman (2016), almost all of the story mission targets can be poisoned, as most of them eat or drink something as a part of their routine around a given part of the map. The recent games also add some variety with the use of emetic poison, which rather than killing people will cause them to go to the nearest bathroom to vomit, thus allowing you to drown them in a toilet.
  • In The Curse of Monkey Island you are required to drug yourself by mixing hangover medicine with alcohol.
    Guybrush: This makes the drink oh so much more appealing.
  • In Mitsumete Knight, Raizze Haimer tries to kill Princess Priscilla by giving her a poisoned drink at the Princess' Birthday Party : depending on your choices as the main Protagonist, the Asian, it ends with either: Priscilla's near-death, the Asian's near-death (as Raizze will give him the antidote), or Raizze spilling the drink to avoid the Asian being accidentally poisoned.
  • In Harvest Moon DS, you can do this at the Harvest Festival by adding a poisonous toadstool to the town's stew. Usually, doing this will result in the whole town falling ill (as well as making it taste like crap), but if you cultivate a level 99+ toadstool and add it to the stew, the game ends with your character eating the stew, choking, collapsing, and dying, with the same fate suggested to befall the rest of the town.
  • In Final Fantasy IX, Princess Garnet spiked a banquet with a sleeping potion in order to knock Zidane, Vivi, Freya, and Cid unconscious so they wouldn't try to stop her and Steiner from traveling alone.
  • In Baldur's Gate, your party gets poisoned around the time you get into the eponymous city, and you have to do a quest to get an antidote. In the sequel, when you reach the Asylum, you find out that Yoshimo, or Saemon if you don't have Yoshimo poisoned your food, enabling Irenicus to capture you.
  • In Heroes of Might and Magic III, this is how King Gryphonheart was killed.
  • At the end of the Soviet campaign in Command & Conquer: Red Alert, Nadia successfully kills Joseph Stalin by tricking him into drinking a poisoned cup of tea.
    • At an earlier point in the campaign, Marshal Gradenko is killed by the same person in the same way. It even features the same dialogue.
  • In Assassin's Creed I, Abu'l Nuqoud poisons the guests at his party with a wine fountain, which he reveals during his "The Reason You Suck" Speech to them before he has his guards starting slaughtering them.
  • The protagonist of Kiss of Revenge favors poisoning as her method of taking revenge on the surgeon whose error killed her mother.
    • In Issei's route, she gets her hands on some of his sleeping pills and replaces the contents of the capsules with poison; after missing a chance to slip the laced capsule back into his pill case, she tries to empty it into a glass of wine instead.
    • In Junpei's route, she attempts to switch the director's diabetes medication for an antihypertensive that could cause a fatal reaction.
    • In Irie's route, she tries lacing an insulin injection with poison, but gives up on the idea after Irie nearly catches her at it, making it too risky to try again.
    • And in Kyosuke's route, she poisons a glass of champagne. This attempt almost works, but Kyosuke, guessing what she's up to, first contrives to make her spill some of the poison and then intercepts and drinks the doctored champagne himself.
  • Magicka: Although this game is usually rather comedic, the Dungeons and Gargoyles DLC plays this trope for horror with the cultists of Old Aldrheim.
  • In Styx: Master of Shadows and Styx: Shards of Darkness, Styx can poison food or water/wine with his bile, which will kill wandering guards just a few seconds after they consume it.
  • In Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, you can do this to a boss. Specifically, Horkos periodically summons a Katakirauwa and then eats it a few turns later to recover his HP. However, if you inflict status ailments on the Katakirauwa, and then Horkos eats the afflicted demon, Horkos will contract that same status ailment.
  • Ether One has this as having happened to a mine warden (he apparently survived, but his incapacitation had severe consequences) when arsenic tablets were substituted for coffee filter cleaning tablets in a coffee machine. Whether or not this was intentional or accidental is unclear (evidence exists for either possibility).
  • In King's Quest III: To Heir Is Human, you defeat Manannan by hiding a crumbled magical cookie in his porridge. When the unsuspecting wizard eats the porridge, the cookie turns him into a cat.
  • Final Cut: Death on the Silver Screen: The PC discovers early in the game that her father's death was caused by medication tampering. (The game is set in the 1950s, which might justify the coroner not catching this before her.)
  • Yandere Simulator: A high biology grade lets Yandere-chan identify poisons which she can swipe and slip into a student's lunch. This allows her to eliminate rivals without drawing suspicion upon herself. However, if Senpai witnesses the death, particularly if the rival is his childhood friend or sister, his sanity will take a huge hit. She can also slip an emetic poison into either the rival's lunch to make her sick and get her alone to murder her out of Senpai's sight or into Senpai's lunch to make him sick and sabotage his budding relationship with the rival. There's also the option of poisoning other people's lunches with the above two and sedatives to to get rid of witnesses or something to induce a headache, which will distract the nurse enough for Yan-chan to steal tranquilizer.
  • In the little-known German-developed RPG Technomage, the player is required to pull a non-lethal variant in one of the early stages. An essential item is stored in a warehouse, which is blocked off by a guard. The trick is to gain some castor oil from another person in the town, and then go to the inn where the guard’s favourite stew is being prepared. They then pour some of the oil into the stew and then receive a batch from the inattentive chef. They go back to the guard and give him the stew, which makes him sick, so he heads to the nearby hospital, leaving the warehouse wide open.

    Visual Novels 
  • Higurashi: When They Cry:
    • Played with in the Onikakushi-ken arc. Rena and Mion visit Keiichi and give him a box of ohagi as part of a club activity; however, upon biting into one of them Keiichi discovers a needle, convincing him that Rena and Mion are out to get him. It's later revealed that Keiichi was delusional and hallucinated that there was a needle in the ohagi when Mion had actually put tabasco sauce in the ohagi as a prank.
    • In another scene, Keiichi talks with Dr. Irie who becomes convinced that Keiichi is mentally disturbed and leaves the room to “make some black tea”. Keiichi starts to head towards the restroom when he overhears Irie speaking to one of his employees, requesting he mix “isomytal and brovarin” (sedatives) into the black tea, hiding it under the taste of milk and sugar.
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney:
    • In Trials and Tribulations, Furio Tigre poisons Glen Elg by slipping poison into his coffee, inadvertently duplicating the actions of Dahlia Hawthorne's near-murder of Diego Armando several years earlier.
    • Subverted in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney: it looks like Vera Misham killed her father Drew by putting poison in his coffee... but in reality, Kristoph Gavin poisoned a stamp that Drew licked few minutes before having the supposedly fatal drink. And later he poisons Vera herself—but rather than lacing her food with anything, he uses her nail polish, knowing that she has the habit of biting her nails when nervous.
    • In Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken, Jezail poisons Watson's drink. Also the Alaclear's crew drugs the food to the passengers.
  • In Long Live the Queen, Elodie may be sent poisoned chocolates and die from eating them if she lacks the skills required to realize that there's something suspicious about them.
  • In Amnesia: Memories' fandisc Amnesia LATER, the guys at the café decide to mess with Ukyo's order. They add habanero sauce to his pasta. Nothing comes of it in the end because Ukyo happily adds Tabasco to his dish and eats it, never noticing a single thing. The guys are floored, wondering how Ukyo can stomach that.

  • In Drow Tales, the Big Bad, Snadhya'rune, uses a Poison-and-Cure Gambit to threaten all the ruling clans, distributing vials of madness-inducing flower pollen among the population. This leads to multiple traitors poisoning their clans' meals for their own purposes.
  • Girl Genius Venthraxus Heterodyne's favorite cook went mad and ended up poisoning everything he made later on in life:
    Moloch: Oh, they haven't found the master kitchen yet. This one was built for Venthraxus Heterodyne's favorite cook. He was a real artist, but one day he went around the been and started poisoning everything. Thought he was the reincarnation of some Borgia or something. The Heterodyne thought he was funny, so he built him this place and locked him in. So the old guy was happy for years until he accidentally ate his own cooking.

    Web Original 
  • Whateley Universe:
    • Jobe does this to three guys who just beat the snot out of him (because he won a sparring match against one of them). He puts a bio-weapon in their food and blinds them for several days. This Disproportionate Retribution cycle just gets worse.
    • In Billie's origin story, her little brother Thad dosed her with a chemical by mixing it into some chocolate, and the chemical triggered a deadly (possibly even fatal, from a certain point of view) burnout, all over a minor slight.
  • Homestar Runner:
    • In the Strong Bad Email "techno", Strong Bad and The Cheat plot to break open a glow stick and pour the contents into Homestar's Mountain Dew.
      Strong Bad: I hear they gotta pump your stomach if you drink that stuff...
    • In "Best Caper Ever", all Strong Bad can remember about the eponymous caper is that he had The Cheat pee in Homestar's melonade, which somehow lead to Homestar getting stranded on a tiny ice floe in the Arctic Ocean.
  • In the Best Fiends web short "The Immortal Cockroach", one of the attempts to off Lapoleon is a plate of poisoned fruit. The fruit itself is obviously wrong, coated in an obvious cloud of green poison, but Lapoleon, being a cockroach, eats it no problem and belches out the poison. The Slug that was attempting to poison him is dumbfounded, and eats a remaining single cherry to see how he failed, only to immediately keel over.
  • In the online game Receptionist's Revenge, you play as a disgruntled receptionist getting back at your lazy boss by putting disgusting things in his coffee while he flirts with the hot secretary. If you make it to the end of the game without getting caught, you're rewarded with a "you win" screen that shows your boss throwing up in the toilet.
  • In "Deadpool: The Musical 2," Deadpool tosses to a confused mook what appears to be a foil-wrapped chimichanga labeled "extra spicy!" Instead of ditching it or not catching it, the mook waits several seconds to unwrap the foil and reveals it's not drugged or poisoned; it's a lettuce-garnished incredibly obvious bomb and the countdown is about to hit zero. He freezes in fear and the bomb blows up him and the surrounding mooks.

    Western Animation 
  • Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies:
    • "The Fair-Haired Hare": The objective of Yosemite Sam slipping poison into Bugs Bunny's carrot juice, so he – upset with a court order demanding they share the property – can own the jointly owned property outright. Of course, Bugs is wise to this attempt and in the end, it's Sam who blasts off like a rocket.
  • Spongebob Squarepants: In "The Nasty Patty", Spongebob and Mr. Krabs feed a gross old Krabby Patty loaded with disgusting things to what they think is a phony health inspector. When the inspector chokes on a bug, hits his head and passes out, the two mistakenly think they killed the guy and Hilarity Ensues.
  • In Asterix and Cleopatra, Edifice frames the Gauls by sending a poisoned cake to Cleopatra in the Gaul's name, which is quickly detected as being poisoned. Strangely, the cake was made without eggs or flour—the only non-toxic ingredient in the entire recipe was orange juice (for flavoring).
  • Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi: Yumi's opponent in an Eating Contest sneaks into the arena the night before and dumps a bunch of iron horseshoes into her food to guarantee his victory. It almost works too, until Ami realizes that watching a baseball game makes Yumi eat anything you put in front of her out of sheer boredom.
  • In one episode of Futurama, Nibbler starts annoying Bender. When asked to make a cake, he says menacingly "I'll make a cake you'll never forget...". He's shown grabbing rat poison...before putting it in front of a rat hole, stating "That'll get rid of all those damn rats."
  • Invoked in the House of Mouse short "Mickey's Cabin", where Mickey is tied up by Pete and his cousin Zeka, who had just robbed an ATM. To get himself a hearty dinner, Mickey makes the two paranoid by telling each of them that the other poisoned their food to get the money and he becomes their poison tester. He further plays on their paranoia by faking his death after eating the food.
  • In The Smurfs episode "The Blue Plague", Brainy slips a concoction made by Gargamel into his fellow Smurfs' meal, thinking it would be a cure-all for all their problems, but it ended up making them act like chickens when they ate it.
  • At the end of the South Park episode "You're Not Yelping", restaurants begin to give Yelp reviewers the "Yelp Special", AKA smearing the food with boogers and cum.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars, "Dooku Captured": Hondo orders Anakin and Obi-Wan's drinks drugged, but the Jedi are aware he's done so and switch out their drinks with their neighbors.
  • BoJack Horseman: In "Lovin' that Cali Lifestyle", Hollyhock passes out from a drug overdose because a now-senile Beatrice has been spiking her coffee with amphetamines to get her to conform with her outdated beauty standards.
  • Zeke's Pad: In "King of the Pad", one of Zeke's bodyguards is poisoned testing Zeke's drink; making Zeke realise that his subjects are afraid of him.

    Real Life 
  • Often referred to colloquially as "slipping a Mickey" (or Mickey Finn) into a drink. In theory, Mickey Finn is supposed to be one specific poison (chloral hydrate, an anaesthetic drug that leaves the victim with the mother of all hangovers if they survive), but the expression is often more loosely applied to any poison in a drink.
  • Women are warned often to not leave their drinks unattended, due to fear of date rape drugs being placed into them.
    • These are also a good reason not to pick up an unattended drink at the kind of place this might happen (e.g. a frat party). More than a few male revelers have accidentally found themselves taking a drink intended for someone else.
    • Also, some delinquents of both genders often slip sleeping meds in the drinks of their dates not to rape them, but to steal whatever they have on them.
    • In Russia, it is somewhat common for prostitutes to rob their johns in such a way. Their drug of choice for that is clonidine, an anti-hypertensic drug known there as clopheline — which in combination with alcohol reliably knocks even a large adult man out, and may even kill if they are not careful with the dose.
  • The Roman Emperor Nero had a particularly devious twist on this: When he wanted to kill his stepbrother Brittanicus, he didn't poison the wine, as he knew that the food tasters would detect it first. Instead, he served hot wine at the banquet, then poisoned the cooling water instead...
  • During World War I, the British on the Middle East front would airdrop cigarette packs wrapped in British propaganda to the Turks. While the Turks laughed off the "surrender now" flyers, they really appreciated the cigarettes. On one occasion, a cigarette drop was made the day before the Brits were to attack a Turkish position. The cigarettes had been laced with opium, and the Turkish soldiers were too stoned to fight.
  • In 1990, an employee at the Point Lepreau nuclear plant in New Brunswicknote  poured some tritiated waternote  in the staff's drinking water. Apparently, he was trying to play a practical joke, by forcing people to give daily urine samples for an extended period. The joke didn't go over too well. In 2009, a "disgruntled employee" pulled the same stunt in the Kaiga nuclear plant in India. Must be something in the waternote .
  • In World War II, food shortages in Germany meant that food waste was universally recycled as pigswill, including the leftovers from POW camps holding allied prisoners of war. Naturally, as soon as the inmates at Colditz Castle discovered this, they took to liberally seasoning their table scraps with shards of broken razor blades, despite the German authorities loudly threatening death to anyone they caught in the act.
  • The modus operandi of Black Widow and Serial Killer Anjette Lyles. She killed two husbands, a mother-in-law, and her eldest child via first giving them food with high doses of arsenic-based poison, then slipping them more poison while taking care of them.
    • A nearly identical mode of operation was used by Blanche Taylor Moore, who would ultimately be charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of first husband James Taylornote  (whose demise was first thought to be a heart attack) and boyfriend Raymond Reid (initially believed to be from Guilian-Barre syndrome; a seldom-fatal ailment) via arsenic poisoning, along with the attempted murder of her last husband, Rev. Dwight Moore, who survived the poisoning attempt; eventually being convinced in Reid's murder and sentenced to death in early 1991note ; and in addition has been the subject of suspicion in the death of her father (reportedly to have died from a heart attack; with apparently no evidence having surfaced to dispute the initial reported cause of death).
  • Antifreeze is one of the most commonly used chemicals to poison people. Not only is it easy to obtain, but it also has a sweet, syrupy flavor (due to the ethylene glycol in it) that doesn't raise suspicion if mixed in with someone's coffee...until they drop dead from heart failure.
    • There are two variants of antifreeze, the other based on propylene glycol, which is almost exactly similar, but non-toxic. It's somewhat more expensive and trickier to use (it oxidizes into mildly corrosive lactic acid on contact with air, and tends to foul up quicker), but can sometimes be more frequently encountered nowadays, specifically because it's so much safer than ethylene glycolnote . So the enterprising poisoner might find their plans unexpectedly failing.
    • Oh, and antifreeze ending up mixed with food or drink is a dead giveaway of criminal intentions. It is also very easy to detect, and there is basically no possible innocent explanation, so using this method of poisoning is impractical anyway; it makes it very obvious that the victim was murdered, and the only realistic shot someone has at a defense is if there is someone else who could also have done it.
  • "Aunt Thally" Caroline Grills went undetected in her poisoning tea with Thalium of four family members until she tried to get another. She was part of a rash of women poisoners in '50s Sydney.
    • Thallium was also used by one of the few serial poisoners in the late Soviet Union, Tamara Ivanyutina, and her family, who used Clerici solutionnote  they obtained from an acquaintance under the guise of rat poison, to add to the food they later gave to everyone who (as they perceived) slighted them, or whose death might become a road to material wealth. Ivanyutina was slowly poisoning her husband, and already has poisoned his parents, while her elder sister was already an accomplished Black Widow at the point they were finally caught after several children and adults died in the school Ivanyutina was working as a dishwasher.
  • Poisonous mushrooms of the Amanita genus (the most famous of which is Amanita phalloides or the Death Cap mushroom) are known for their good taste and innocent appearance concealing a deadly poison that will destroy your liver in a matter of hours. Thing is, it affects only the liver- that nausea and diarrhea you get six hours later isn't your GI tract trying to purge itself of the poison, but rather the first symptoms of acute liver failure. They've been used in assassinations for centuries because they'll fool a food taster and the six-hour latent period between administering the poison and the first symptoms appearing gives the assassin plenty of time to slip out unnoticed. By the way, you can live for several days without a functioning liver, in great agony, until you finally succumb to ammonia poisoning.
    • People who were (accidentally or deliberately) killed by Death Caps include the Roman Emperor Claudius, Charles VI of the Holy Roman Empire, Pope Clement VII, etc.
  • In European courts in the Medieval and Early Modern periods, it was common to offer guests/hostages (the dividing line is often rather slim, Deadly Decadent Courts being what they are) boiled eggs and bone marrow, along with any other dishes, the idea being that since eggs and marrow are cooked in the shell/bone, they would be impossible to tamper with. Of course, actually eating the (safe) eggs and marrow, rather than the (theoretically poisonable) other dishes, was a grave insult since it would be an outright accusation that your host/captor was trying to poison you. (There is little recorded on prisoners who ate both the egg/marrow and the other food; presumably, that simply signaled general gluttony.)
  • In 1984, the Rajneesh cult attempted to take over the government of Wasco County, Oregon with a bioterror attack on its largest city, to make non-Rajneeshee voters get sick and stay home on election day, so the votes from Rajneeshpuram could carry the election. They sprayed Salmonella cultures onto the food in salad bars in 10 restaurants. The bioterrorists also spiked the water glasses of two county commissioners with Salmonella. Seven hundred fifty-one people were afflicted with gastroenteritis, and 45 of them were hospitalized. The plot failed when non-Rajneeshee voters rallied to the polls on election day.
  • Exploiting the "randomly poisoned Halloween candy" urban legend mentioned above, Ronald O'Bryan killed his son in 1974 by putting poisoned Pixy Stix in his candy bag. For verisimilitude, he also put the candy in the bags of his daughter and three other children trick-or-treating with them. The motive was collecting on the insurance policy he took out on his son. He was convicted and eventually executed.
  • According to Urban Legend in the British military, bromide was added to the tea to reduce the libido of randy soldiers (unlikely as bromide is a sedative, and would only make them sleepy). Similar myths exist in other countries — in France adulterated wine is allegedly used, South African recruits are warned of a mysterious substance called 'blue stone' in their food, while the Germans have a double-dose of iodine in the coffee and soda in the meat. None of this is necessary when the military has more traditional and effective means of exhausting recruits so they don't get up to mischief.
  • Because of this trope, it's generally why you should be careful when accepting food and other edible objects, especially if its free and from strangers.
  • There's also putting sharp objects such as needles and razors in food.
    • A notorious incident in the Undertale fandom was when a fan-artist was offered cookies from a fan at a fan convention, only for it to turn out that said fan put needles in the cookies, all because they didn't like the fan artist's ship. And yes, the fan artist got injured, but they survived.
    • In Fall 2018, Australia suffered from numerous incidents of strawberries with needles in them, followed by copycat incidents such as also doing it to mangos.
  • During World War II, British Intelligence plotted to spray Adolf Hitler's food with estrogen in the hopes that he would become less aggressive.
  • Putting anti-fertility drugs in food has been one proposed means of dealing with an Overpopulation Crisis in countries resistant to birth control measures. How the local populace would react to such measures can only be imagined.


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