The Scorpion and the Frog – The fable in movies, TV shows and games

The Scorpion and the Frog is an animal fable which teaches that vicious people often cannot resist hurting others even when it is not in their interests. Since the fable’s narration in Mr. Arkadin (1955), it has been recounted as…

The Scorpion and the Frog is an animal fable which teaches that vicious people often cannot resist hurting others even when it is not in their interests.

Since the fable’s narration in Mr. Arkadin (1955), it has been recounted as a key element in other films, TV shows and games, including Skin Deep (1989), Chameleon Street (1989), The Crying Game (1992), Star Trek: Voyager (1997), The Sopranos (2000), Xena: Warrior Princess (2001), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2001), Smallville (2003), Gilmore Girl (2005), Wrong Turn at Taho (2009), The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009), Drive (2011), Magic City (2012), Covert Affairs (2013), House of Lies (2015), God of War (2018), The Last Supper (2018), Megalo Box (2018), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2019), After Life (2019), The Umbrella Academy (2020).

The fable is also mentioned in the following films and TV shows (not included in this video): Supernatural (2005), Motive (2016), Wynonna Earp (2016), Papillon (2017), Through It All (2017), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2017), Julia Street (2018), The Chi (2018), Star Trek: Discovery (2019), Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), Selah and The Spades (2020), Robot Chicken etc.

Obviously this tale has become a screenplay cliché and I hope after this video it will no longer be used 😉

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