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Deer are animal characters that appear on Showtime’s series DEXTER and Dexter: New Blood.

The deer shown in the series are White-tailed Deer, which live throughout the state of Florida. Key Deer and Sambar Deer are confined to islands.

Season One

(Flashback) While they were preparing to hunt pheasants, teenage Dexter asked Harry if he had ever killed a person, and what it felt like to do so. After a short discussion on the topic, Harry decided they would hunt something bigger than a pheasant that day. Later, near a forest edge, Dexter watched Harry shoot a deer, but it remained alive. Harry then pulled out a knife, saying to Dexter, “For now, this is how we’ll control the urges you feel.” Dexter readily took the knife and stabbed the deer.

Season Four

Arthur Mitchell asked Dexter to accompany him into the woodlands on the next morning. After they arrived at the destination, Dexter learned they were going to cut down a tree for “better lumber.” While there, Dexter had a chance to kill Arthur with a chain saw -- but he didn’t. On the way out of the woods, Arthur struck a deer with his van and was horrified. The deer, lying in the road, was not quite dead. When Dexter told Arthur to kill it to end its suffering, Arthur was unable to do it. This mystified Dexter, since he knew that Arthur ruthlessly killed people. Dexter then took the ax, tempted to use it on Arthur. However, Dexter passed up another opportunity to kill Arthur. Instead, he swung the ax downward, swiftly killing the deer.

Dexter: New Blood

Dexter’s voiceovers are absent in the episode until Matt Caldwell shoots a white buck while Dexter is befriending it. Blood sprays onto Dexter’s face and Matt runs up, gloating over his kill. Impulsively, Dexter knocks Matt out with his rifle. As he looks down at Matt, he thinks, It’s been a long time. But if I’m gonna do this, I need to do it right. First rule of the code... Don’t Get Caught. Dexter cuts the deer’s throat and lets its blood flow across the snow to hide Matt’s blood. Dexter then sets up a kill room and kills his first victim in nearly ten years. See: White Deer

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