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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })When you want someone to go to sleep for a really, really long time, all you need is a nice soft pillow.
Fiction, especially in visual media, has a hard time conveying the idea of lethal force. While Boom, Headshot! is a pretty clear indication that Bob isn't getting up again, Rule of Perception means that a character who doesn't look dead probably won't be received as dead by the audience. This is why suffocation and strangulation — the amount of time it takes to kill someone by cutting off her oxygen and the chance she can be revived afterward — are treated so inconsistently. A minor character might die in seconds but another can be choked until she goes limp (especially if she is a major character) and wake up perfectly fine. Bob may fall into water, thrash and splash for a bit, and then go under for good, while Alice can lie at the bottom of a pool for an hour and still be revived by a Kiss of Life.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })Murder by pillow is a trope because it portrays suffocation as quick and certain — press a pillow to someone's face and they will struggle a few seconds, squirm a few seconds more, and then expire. Once dead, they are dead for real, with no chance of revival.
While there is some justification for this (characters murdered by pillow are often weakened, sick, or injured), this trope employs considerable artistic license. An ordinary pillow is quite porous and will allow some air to get through, so even if it were pressed as tightly against the victim' nose and mouth as possible (despite struggling and all) it will still kill much more slowly than other methods which entirely cut off the victim's air supply.
Unmarked spoilers abound, this trope being about a foolproof method of inflicting nigh-instantaneous death and all. Watch yourself.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })Often associated with Sickbed Slaying. Compare Instant Sedation, Instant Death Bullet for similar examples of the unrealistically quick dispatch of a human being.
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Penny Dreadful: Overlaps with Sickbed Slaying. Brona's affliction is pretty advanced tuberculosis, for which she is bedridden and in constant pain. At Ethan's request, Victor comes to assist in making her final moments more comfortable... Except that Victor also requires a beautiful female corpse to create a bride for his creature, necessitating a conveniently wound-free execution technique. Absurdly, he is able to send Ethan out for something down the hall and finish killing her before Ethan has even returned.
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Othello: this is how Othello kills Desdemona, though she's able to wake up and give a short speech before keeling over again.
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Played with on The Pretender when Miss Parker pretends to kill Jacob (Sydney's comatose twin brother).
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Near the end of Dead Again, the detective is given the key to the murder mystery after talking to a housebound old woman. The woman is subsequently visited by the murderer, who gently makes sure she's comfortably tucked up in bed and then suffocates her with her pillow.
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Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Used as a murder weapon in "Blood & Money". A piece of down found on the Victim of the Week becomes a vital clue.
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In Crusader Kings II, if you plot to murder a child character, one of the possible event chains to execute the plot involves bribing a maid to smother the child with a pillow.
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Toyed with in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly when Angel Eyes ("the Bad"), played by Lee Van Cleef, does the Sickbed Slaying of his erstwhile employer by first covering over the guy's face with the pillow, then shoots twice through it into the guy's face.
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The Doctor Blake Mysteries: Used to kill the Victim of the Week in "Room Without a View". Justified as the victim is passing out drunk and in no state to put up any resistance.
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Angel tries this on Wesley at one point, but it doesn't work. (Some fans speculate that this was deliberate; he could have killed Wes easily in other ways, but he was really just making a point.)
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Used twice on CSI: NY:
In "And Here's To You, Mrs. Azrael," a mother unknowingly did it to her own daughter. She believed the girl in the hospital was the driver of the car in which her daughter died; however, due to their similar appearance, there was mistaken identity as to who survived and who died. The girl tried to tell her mother, but she didn't get it.
In "Rest in Peace, Marina Garito," a man deliberately does it to his adult step-daughter who had repressed memories of him having killed her twin brother when they were kids. When her memory returns, he thinks she's going to turn him in, so he kills her before she has the chance. Unbeknownst to him, she'd already decided that just knowing the truth was enough to give her closure.
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Subverted on Chuck: Casey plays up this trope when a villain attempts to smother him in his hospital bed. Said villain falls for it, removes the pillow... and promptly gets a bonsai tree smashed over his head.
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In The Naked Gun, a hypnotized doctor is about to suffocate Nordberg with a pillow before Frank Drebin interrupts him. The doctor throws the pillow at Drebin as he flees, and it inexplicably sticks to Drebin's face. It takes him several seconds of struggling to rip it off.
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In the Haven episode "Magic Hour Part 2", The Bolt Gun Killer finishes Noelle off this way after tracking her down after shooting her in the woods. She was bleeding out and probably would not have survived without medical attention anyway.
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In The Good Son Henry attempts to do this to his sister Connie after he had earlier tried to drown her by pushing her onto thin ice, he stops because he notices his mother is in the room and pretends he was fluffing her pillows to cover it up.
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Used in Weeds, after switching off the life support fails to have the desired effect. "Shane, get mommy a pillow."
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In The Mallorean, Silk smothers a number of people offscreen as vengeance for the death of a fellow spy, in order to Make It Look Like an Accident. However there's no indication given that it was instantaneous or easy. Then he runs short on time and has to start using knives...
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The Simpsons:
Spoofed in an episode where Homer is in the hospital. When Moe and Barney visit with beer, Homer reacts with fearnote Since it was an overshaken beer can that put him there in the first place. Barney says "I can't stand to see him like this!" and tries to smother Homer before throwing a water fountain through a nearby window and escaping, while a confused Homer and Moe look on.
In the episode which parodied the life of Henry VIII, Henry (played by Homer) is killed very hastily and very cleanly this way by Margerine of Aragon (Marge).
Homer also does this to Kodos in a Treehouse of Horror episode.
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Dominic Deegan: After the Orcs set a curse upon the human kingdoms for their genocidal crusade, a lot of mutant babies were disowned / murdered by their parents. One of them used a pillow.
When a pillow is used (backed with a spell that makes it cling to the victim's face) on an adult, it chokes the target unconscious but, removed in time, causes no further damage.
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Averted in If Them's the Rules, when Buck attempts to smother an ill Tom Riddle, it takes a while for Tom to start blacking out and is struggling the whole time.
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Harrow: Used to murder the Victim of the Week in "Lex Talionis" ("The Law of Retaliation"): an elderly patient in a nursing home. The murderer first straps the victim to the bed to reduce the struggling.
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This is the way Nogiku kills Nina in Kasane. Somewhat justified here, as the victim neither has the means (she can't move) nor the will to resist, and this method is the least likely to leave traces of murder.
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Commented on rather hilariously, during an episode of Roseanne:
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Haywire plays with the trope by having the protagonist appear to start to apply the pillow to a defeated opponent — only to instead fire her gun through the pillow to kill the guy instead.
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Under the Dome: Christine kills Eva this way.
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Subverted on Scrubs during an Imagine Spot. J.D reflects on the fact that the new Chief of Medicine is very friendly and personable with her coworkers, but very cold-blooded toward the patients. In the Imagine Spot this is illustrated by her realizing that one patient's insurance won't cover any more time in the ICU, so she responds by attempting to smother him with his pillow. He survives and she keeps trying again while shouting Why Won't You Die?.
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Ben Healy attempts to do this to Junior in Problem Child, but ultimately doesn't go through with it.
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When Tommy's mother in Batman: Hush recovered from cancer, she disowned him, subsequently cutting him off from the Elliot family fortune in retaliation for his continuing relationship with Peyton. As a result, Tommy killed her by smothering her with a pillow, while Peyton killed their lawyer and destroyed Mrs. Elliot's new will.
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The Dresden Files: In Cold Days, Mab's first attempt to kill Harry as part of his 'physical therapy' is to try to smother him with his pillow. Its effectiveness is justified by the fact that Harry has basically been in a coma for over six months, and even then he is able to escape it, with difficulty.
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In the first episode of Season 8, featuring Revenge of the Creature, Pearl Forrester admits that she killed her son in this manner after her plan to raise him correct the second time around (he was turned back into a baby in the Season 7 finale) failed.
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In the Mickey Mouse (2013) short "The Perfect Dream", when Goofy calls a sleep-deprived Mickey in the middle of the night, Mickey actually smothers the phone with a pillow and Goofy reacts to it.
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Narrowly averted in Sleeping with the Enemy. When Martin visits Laura's blind mother in the nursing home and tricks her into giving him information, it's heavily implied that he's about to smother her with a pillow - but a nurse walks in just in the nick of time, and he instead tucks the pillow behind her head.
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In The Uncanny, Janet murders Miss Malkin by smothering her with a pillow. Miss Malkin puts up more of a struggle than victims of this trope usually do, and Janet ends using her entire body weight to pin the pillow over her face.
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In the third book of the Griffin's Daughter series: Sonoe, the royal consort (who's also The Mole for the Big Bad) performs a Sickbed Slaying on King Keizo this way. Doubles as a Mercy Kill, as Keizo was currently suffering from a plague with a low survival rate, and she wanted to spare him the suffering of that, plus the Hell on Earth she was about to help unleash.
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Played for laughs in the "It May Look Like a Walnut" episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show when Rob, overly absorbed with watching a scary TV show, obliviously starts pillow smothering Laura, with comical arm flailing included.
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Subverted in The Godfather Part II when a hitman is shot dead just as he's about to carry out a Sickbed Slaying.
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In Revenge, after Michelle Banks paralyzes Aiden with a poison, this is how Victoria finishes him off.
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Butch of Chopping Block once gifted his mother a pillow with a card saying "Happy Smother Day". However, due to the comic's Psycho parody, it's unclear whether she was still alive at the time.
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Father Brown:
A blackmailer who is passing-out drunk is smothered to death with a teddy bear in "The Theatre of the Invisible".
In "The Cat of Mastigatus", the would-be killer, realising that the victim was still alive, sneaks into her hospital room and attempts to finish the job with a pillow.
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In The Tudors Margaret uses a pillow to kill her husband, the king of Portugal. He does struggle quite a lot, but the attempt is successful.
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In Pathfinder, Monks of the Empty Fist can temporarily add abilities to improvised weapons that would normally not suit the weapon. Thus you can use a literal Vorpal Pillow.
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Silent Hill 2: Infamously, this is what James did to his wife. May be justified due to the circumstances, but ultimately the game leaves it up to the player to either understand or condemn the action.
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Wiseguy. In "Postcard From Morocco" Carole does a Heel–Face Turn and decides to secretly gather evidence on her lover and co-conspirator, Mafia boss Rick Pinzolo. While they're in bed together she presses him for information on a contract killing he arranged, them after he falls asleep takes out a tape recorder. Turns out Rick is only pretending to be asleep, as he suddenly grabs the pillow and smothers Carole to death.
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New Tricks: Used to kill the Victim of the Week (who is Chained to a Bed) in "Prodigal Sons".
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Black Lagoon uses this trope in a more realistic fashion than the standard. Revy appears to try killing her father this way, but simply uses the pillow to muffle the blast from her gun.
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In iZombie, Blaine uses a pillow to smother his vegetative grandfather as part of a plan to get revenge on his own father.
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Happened near the end of season eight of Smallville to a depowered supervillain.
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In the first book of the War of the Spider Queen series Pharaun confirms Lloth's silence by going to a brothel full of deposed drow noblewomen and having a chat with an ex-priestess. She wants to be released from that horrible place in exchange, and since she knows too much anyways Pharaun does so by smothering her with a pillow, since they charge extra for killing prostitutes and it doesn't leave a mark.
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Even in the future they do this, with a killer trying to smother a comatose Quark before he wakes up and identifies him from an earlier attempt. The episode was a homage of murder mysteries, so perhaps he had tradition in mind. It's a particularly ridiculous use of this trope, since he tried it seconds after stabbing a guard to death. Regardless, the Sickbed Slaying gets averted when Quark's brother walks in and starts screaming, causing Odo to arrive with a bunch of guards. When Rom realises he's saved his brother's life (meaning he doesn't inherit the bar) he starts screaming all over again, waking Quark up from his coma.
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In Mudbound, Jamie smothers his father to death in retaliation for the brutal torture and mutilation of Ronsel.
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Done by Bromden to McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, as a Mercy Kill.
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Seinfeld:
Played for Laughs and Subverted when George is in the hospital and is in "so much pain" that he asks Jerry to end his life this way. Jerry says "You mean like this?" and puts the pillow over his face for a second, and George starts yelling.
In another episode, a hospitalized Mr. Pitt asks Elaine to get him another pillow from the other side of the room. After she picks it up, she notices that he has fallen asleep. Moments later, a nurse walks into the room, sees Elaine tiptoeing towards a sleeping Mr. Pitt holding a pillow, and assumes the worst.
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Twin Peaks, Leland Palmer suffocates Jacques with a pillow in a few short seconds; granted, the man was already injured and in hospital, but it was an extremely quick suffocation nonetheless. Made all the worse by the fact that they referred to the act of smothering with a pillow as strangulation in the following episode.
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BioShock 2. Eleanor, the victim, gets better, but she is technically dead long enough to damage you...
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In Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Cal tries to do this to end his friend's suffering. Since Ricky Bobby isn't suffering at all, just napping, he fights Cal off.
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In 2nd Kings from The Bible, Hazael the servant of King Ben-Hadad of Syria smothers his king to death by placing a wet cloth over his face, thus becoming king after him. (See Real Life below.)
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Batman: Dark Victory - Alberto Falcone is killed by his sister Sofia in exactly this manner. Semi-justified in that Sofia is a very strong woman and Alberto is very frail - she didn't suffocate so much as crush him.
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Hitman:
Hitman: Contracts:
In one mission you can kill one of your targets using a pillow. Amazingly, the rather long and loud struggle does not wake his wife sleeping next to him.
On a later mission, you can drown one of the targets as he floats on a pool. Similarly, the guard nearby doesn't bat an eye to his struggle, which is even louder.
In Hitman (2016), one of the targets in the Sapienza mission, Silvio Caruso, can admit to 47, while disguised as his therapist, that he killed his abusive mother by smothering her with a pillow. 47 can pay the favor back to him.
In HITMAN 2, you can disguise yourself as a retired KGB spy's nurse, then take him to a bedrest with a pillow. Janus begins monologuing about 47's past and how pointless and inefficient the bio-engineered assassin project was, at which point 47 can shut him up with the fluff under his face.
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Death in Paradise: Used in "A Personal Murder" to slay the Victim of the Week (who suffers from sleep apnea and bad heart).
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The "instant strangulation" trope is averted in the 2008 remake of Unknown Soldier. The main character uses a makeshift garrote to quietly kill a Child Soldier and thinks to himself how it takes a long time to strangle a person, even a young boy. Even he's surprised, and he's a doctor.
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In Tyranny, this is how the Fatebinder can choose to dispatch the last heir to the throne of Stalwart: an infant in her crib. Without knowledge of the Edict of Storms' loopholes, it might be the least bad choice.
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Monk: The killer does this in the opening scene of "Mr. Monk and the Very, Very Old Man." Not as much of a stretch as some other examples, since the man was in fact very, very old. We don't see exactly how long it takes him to die, but the death is apparently quick and clean enough that no one at first suspects foul play.
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In third season of PrisonBreak Lechero is killed by this trope.
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In Nip/Tuck, after a plane crash, Julia thinks that her mother is dying and euthanizes her with a pillow. It turns out not to be her mom after all. Whoops.
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Subverted in The Unfantastic Adventures of Bizarro No. 1 due to Bizarro and his family's backwards nature. Bizarro stuffing a pillow over Bizarro Lois Lane' head is their idea of foreplay.
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In one episode of Batman: The Animated Series one of Roland Daggett's men attempts to do this to Lucius Fox to keep him from spilling the shady practices he knows about the company. Luckily, Batman was waiting for this to happen and manages to get the drop on him. Unfortunately, Clayface has been waiting there as well, as he's looking to bump the mook off so he can impersonate him and get in close to Daggett in revenge.
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Esther does this to Danny in his hospital bed in Orphan. He doesn't die, but is left in worse shape than he was before.
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Mystery Science Theater 3000:
In the episode featuring Master Ninja, Joel and the 'Bots cut back to Dr. Forrester down in Deep 13, and he's shown hastily trying to kill TV's Frank this way. In the "Poopie" outtake reel, this was one of many, many scenes which forced Frank into a fit of giggles.
In the first episode of Season 8, featuring Revenge of the Creature, Pearl Forrester admits that she killed her son in this manner after her plan to raise him correct the second time around (he was turned back into a baby in the Season 7 finale) failed.
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In The Blacklist, Reddington kills Lizzy's father this way.
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A Song of Ice and Fire:
Daenerys Targaryen doing this to someone who has been rendered a Soulless Shell.
Ser Osney Kettleblack also does this off-screen to the old High Septon under orders from Cersei.
Invoked when Lord Tywin complains about the excessive violence one of his henchmen used to kill a three-year old princess, when gentle words and a soft pillow could have done the job with less fuss.
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In Season 2 of Shameless (US), Frank's abusive mother, Peggy, is dying of cancer. Rather than wait to die in pain, she has Sheila smother her with a pillow. Of course since her fight-or-flight response kicks in, Sheila has to sit on her face with the pillow to get her down.
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In Joker (2019), while Arthur Fleck was visiting his mother, Penny, in the hospital after finding out he was adopted, he kills her by using her pillow.
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Murder, She Wrote: Used to kill the Victim of the Week in "The Error of her Ways" (who had already been shot).
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Hitman: Contracts:
In one mission you can kill one of your targets using a pillow. Amazingly, the rather long and loud struggle does not wake his wife sleeping next to him.
On a later mission, you can drown one of the targets as he floats on a pool. Similarly, the guard nearby doesn't bat an eye to his struggle, which is even louder.
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In Vanilla Sky this is mixed to a disturbing degree with Out with a Bang.
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In Death Comes as the End, a variation is used on one of the victims who is smothered with linen sheeting used to wrap a mummy. In other words, the killer mummifies the victim alive.
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Project Zomboid Bob can kill his injured wife with a pillow as a way to escape the tutorial, but not before giving one of the most tear jerking last words ever.
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In Whomp!, M Dude tells Ronnie that this was how you pillow fight and he tries it out on Agrias.
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Spoofed in an episode where Homer is in the hospital. When Moe and Barney visit with beer, Homer reacts with fearnote Since it was an overshaken beer can that put him there in the first place. Barney says "I can't stand to see him like this!" and tries to smother Homer before throwing a water fountain through a nearby window and escaping, while a confused Homer and Moe look on.
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On Orphan Black, Grace attempts this on Helena. Subverted; Helena survives and turns the tables on Grace by strangling Grace to unconsciousness.
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Theatre of Blood: When Psaltery thinks his wife is guilty of adultery, he smothers her with a pillow.
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Game of Thrones: This is Daenerys' method of euthanizing a catatonic Drogo.
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In one episode of Robot Chicken, Woody does this to Buzz when he's effectively lobotomized as a result of Andy using him as a bong.
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In A Thing of Vikings: Father Hendricksson attempts to smother Ruffnut with a pillow after baptizing her in her sleep in order to get rid of her pagan influence and make it look it she died from the aftereffects of childbirth. However Einar catches him and intervenes on the attempted assassination.
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Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell: In a season 10 episode, Shaun throws to a segue with the words "In some other news..." The scene then cuts to someone in bed being smothered with a pillow, before cutting back to a bewildered Shaun:
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In Hitman (2016), one of the targets in the Sapienza mission, Silvio Caruso, can admit to 47, while disguised as his therapist, that he killed his abusive mother by smothering her with a pillow. 47 can pay the favor back to him.
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Greta is killed this way in Blood and Black Lace.
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Marco tries to do this to Quinn in Sealab 2021, once Quinn falls into a coma. A nurse catches Marco, though, who insists he was just trying to take the pillow off.
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The Grey Zone: In the opening, the Sonderkommandos smother one of their own with a pillow as a mercy kill.
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Carnival Row: Piety kills Absalom using this, when he won't reveal what she wants to know.
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Boardwalk Empire subverts the vorpal part by showing the impracticality of the method: Eli tries to kill a survivor of the woods massacre when he reappears, badly wounded, by smothering him with a pillow in a hospital. It takes a very long time, though, and Eli is clearly exhausted by the time prohibition agents come bursting in - with the survivor wheezing, but still very much alive.
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CSI: The first Victim of the Week in "Cockroaches" is killed this way. The hitman originally planned to shoot him, but finding the victim asleep, he smothered him instead.
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In Sonny with a Chance, Sonny pulls a variation of this on Chad calling it P.F.S (Pillow in the Face Syndrome).
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In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Giles pulls off a Vulcan nose-pinch grip to kill Glory's host. In the episode before, Buffy also does this to Dawn during her Heroic BSoD dream.
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Major Crimes: In "Poster Boy", the Serial Killer slams his third victim on to the bathroom floor and then smothers her with a pillow as he cannot risk any noise alerting the neighbours.
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Midsomer Murders:
In "The Axeman Cometh", the second Victim of the Week is smothered with a pillow as he lies drunk in the back of his Cadillac. The killer then shoves the car into the swimming pool.
The first Victim of the Week in "The Creeper". This instance is more realistic than many examples as the victim was drunk, drugged and there were two people holding the pillow over his face.
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In Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, this is how Mills kills Lockwood. Made somewhat plausible by the fact that Lockwood is a crippled, dying old man on life support. Plus, as we only see the lead-up and not the act itself, we don't know how long it took or how easy it was.
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Family Guy: Peter imagines doing this to Lois in one episode. He doesn't actually do this to her, though.
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In Lady Frankenstein, Charles murders Thomas by suffocating him with a pillow while he having sex with Tanya.
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In Legends of Tomorrow, Ray realises he's possessed by Neron when he finds himself attempting this on Nora against his will.
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A different version in Dillinger (1973). Dillinger's gang have to flee their hideout after G-Men attack, but one of them is too wounded to flee, so Pretty Boy Floyd covers his face with a pillow and shoots his pistol into it. This is right in the middle of a gunfight involving automatic weapons, so it's more like a blindfolded execution than a covert murder.
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In HITMAN 2, you can disguise yourself as a retired KGB spy's nurse, then take him to a bedrest with a pillow. Janus begins monologuing about 47's past and how pointless and inefficient the bio-engineered assassin project was, at which point 47 can shut him up with the fluff under his face.
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