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15th Oct '17 8:23:12 PM dmcreif
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* In ''Series/BreakingBad'', Hank does this to one of the Mexican assassins sent to kill him. Made harder by the fact that Hank's been shot and is more or less paralyzed except for his arms. Made ''easier'' by the fact that the assassin is literally standing directly over Hank in order to kill him with an ''axe'' (it's kind of a thing with him).

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* In ''Series/BreakingBad'', Hank ''Series/BreakingBad'':
**Hank
does this to one of the Mexican assassins sent to kill him. Made harder by the fact that Hank's been shot and is more or less paralyzed except for his arms. Made ''easier'' by the fact that the assassin is literally standing directly over Hank in order to kill him with an ''axe'' (it's kind of a thing with him).
**Hank himself ultimately meets such a fate at the hands of Jack Welker. He's not the first person to meet this fate at the hands of Jack, as Jack had earlier ended Declan's life by shooting him in the face.
**Ultimately, Jack dies [[KarmicDeath the same way Declan and Hank died]].


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* ''Series/TrueBlood'': Jason Stackhouse and Jessica Hamby get into an argument when he realizes she's just fed on a complete stranger. It escalates to the point that Jessica bites Jason on the neck, prompting him to shoot her in the head with his duty gun to get her off him. As Jessica is a vampire, it heals instantly, but she is none too pleased. She later rants about it [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsqfJVsVrM4 in one of her vlogs]].
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'' and ''Series/ThePunisher2017'': Frank Castle was shot in the head at close-range by the operatives who were sent to kill him and his family when he was about to blow the whistle on war crimes his fellow Marines were involved in. Frank survived, as if by a miracle, but there's an implication that he's taken some brain damage as a result.
**Frank practices one shot-one kill, so many of his targets get this fate: Finn Cooley, Colonel Schoonover, and one of the guys that he lures to a diner by using Karen Page as bait, among others.
8th Oct '17 4:35:34 AM Eagleman
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* OlderThanFeudalism: Interestingly enough, this trope can also be found in ''Literature/TheBible'' in the story of David and Goliath. It was not a one-hit kill, but it did incapacitate him, letting David behead him with Goliath's own sword.

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* OlderThanFeudalism: Interestingly enough, this trope can also be found in ''Literature/TheBible'' in the story of David and Goliath. It was not a one-hit kill, but it did incapacitate him, letting Though David go up and behead him Goliath with Goliath's his own sword.sword, [[PragmaticHero just to make sure he was dead]].
4th Oct '17 1:44:16 PM x_countryguy
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* In ''Anime/PsychoPass'', [[spoiler: [[MadArtist Rikako]]]] gets shot in the face with a shotgun point blank.

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* In ''Anime/PsychoPass'', [[spoiler: [[MadArtist [[spoiler:[[MadArtist Rikako]]]] gets shot in the face with a shotgun point blank.



** Then played straight later on in the series, with the arrival of the 1st Central Squad. [[spoiler: Their custom CoolGuns are designed for blowing a sizable chunk out of a human target's head, which they quickly display by shooting several unlucky soldiers in the head.]]
* In ''Anime/AldnoahZero'', [[spoiler: Inaho]] and [[spoiler: Asseylum]] both die in this manner. [[spoiler: They get better in the second season. Inaho comes back equipped with a cybernetic eye to replace his damaged eye and Asseylum is seen again alive in stasis.]]
* In ''Manga/MotherKeeper'', Graham manages two head shots, once was [[spoiler: one of Silas's men]] and later [[spoiler: Silas]].

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** Then played straight later on in the series, with the arrival of the 1st Central Squad. [[spoiler: Their [[spoiler:Their custom CoolGuns are designed for blowing a sizable chunk out of a human target's head, which they quickly display by shooting several unlucky soldiers in the head.]]
* In ''Anime/AldnoahZero'', [[spoiler: Inaho]] [[spoiler:Inaho]] and [[spoiler: Asseylum]] [[spoiler:Asseylum]] both die in this manner. [[spoiler: They [[spoiler:They get better in the second season. Inaho comes back equipped with a cybernetic eye to replace his damaged eye and Asseylum is seen again alive in stasis.]]
* In ''Manga/MotherKeeper'', Graham manages two head shots, once was [[spoiler: one [[spoiler:one of Silas's men]] and later [[spoiler: Silas]].[[spoiler:Silas]].



* In ''ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'', weapon designer Ironfist reveals that he invented "cerebro-sensitive bullets," which have an onboard computer and guidance system that causes them to automatically home in on the head of anyone they're fired at, insuring headshots with 100% success rates. However, because of their lethality, the Autobot Ethics Committee banned them and ordered him to turn in all the bullets and modified guns he'd produced. [[spoiler: When he's packing to join the Wreckers, he decides to "accidentally" switch one case and bring it with him. He also reveals to his team that [[HoistByHisOwnPetard he was shot with a prototype of the bullet]] that's slowly burrowing through his head and will [[DeadManWalking eventually kill him]].]]
* Subverted in ''ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW'' Spotlight: Hardhead. Hardhead is shot point-blank in the face by [[spoiler: a mind-controlled Nightbeat]] and shrugs it off completely while pointing out that he has a MeaningfulName.

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* In ''ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'', weapon designer Ironfist reveals that he invented "cerebro-sensitive bullets," which have an onboard computer and guidance system that causes them to automatically home in on the head of anyone they're fired at, insuring headshots with 100% success rates. However, because of their lethality, the Autobot Ethics Committee banned them and ordered him to turn in all the bullets and modified guns he'd produced. [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When he's packing to join the Wreckers, he decides to "accidentally" switch one case and bring it with him. He also reveals to his team that [[HoistByHisOwnPetard he was shot with a prototype of the bullet]] that's slowly burrowing through his head and will [[DeadManWalking eventually kill him]].]]
* Subverted in ''ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW'' Spotlight: Hardhead. Hardhead is shot point-blank in the face by [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a mind-controlled Nightbeat]] and shrugs it off completely while pointing out that he has a MeaningfulName.



* ''Fanfic/TheRiseOfDarthVulcan'': The titular VillainProtagonist ends his [[CurbStompBattle brief fight]] with [[spoiler: Tirek]] by shoving a crude gun, forged by his Diamond Dog blacksmiths, into [[spoiler: Tirek]]'s face and firing off both barrels point blank.

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* ''Fanfic/TheRiseOfDarthVulcan'': The titular VillainProtagonist ends his [[CurbStompBattle brief fight]] with [[spoiler: Tirek]] [[spoiler:Tirek]] by shoving a crude gun, forged by his Diamond Dog blacksmiths, into [[spoiler: Tirek]]'s [[spoiler:Tirek]]'s face and firing off both barrels point blank.



* In ''Film/CityOfLifeAndDeath'', [[spoiler: Kadokawa]] [[ShootTheDog kills]] [[spoiler: Mrs. Jiang]] by shooting her in the head.

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* In ''Film/CityOfLifeAndDeath'', [[spoiler: Kadokawa]] [[spoiler:Kadokawa]] [[ShootTheDog kills]] [[spoiler: Mrs.[[spoiler:Mrs. Jiang]] by shooting her in the head.



* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', when [[spoiler: Skitter executes Coil]].

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* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', when [[spoiler: Skitter [[spoiler:Skitter executes Coil]].



** At the end of Season 2 [[spoiler: Kate]] went out this way, courtesy of Ari after TakingTheBullet for Gibbs by means of body armor.

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** At the end of Season 2 [[spoiler: Kate]] [[spoiler:Kate]] went out this way, courtesy of Ari after TakingTheBullet for Gibbs by means of body armor.



** In the episode "Coda", escaped-hostage Bob Larson gets executed by Rick in this manner. Also, from the same episode, [[spoiler: Beth's]] death. Dear God, [[spoiler: Beth's]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUYI7xBUYFI death]].

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** In the episode "Coda", escaped-hostage Bob Larson gets executed by Rick in this manner. Also, from the same episode, [[spoiler: Beth's]] [[spoiler:Beth's]] death. Dear God, [[spoiler: Beth's]] [[spoiler:Beth's]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUYI7xBUYFI death]].



* ''Series/MurderInTheFirst'': [[spoiler: Alfie Rentman]] dies this way, after holding a girl hostage and then threatening Hildy, at the hands of a police sniper.

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* ''Series/MurderInTheFirst'': [[spoiler: Alfie [[spoiler:Alfie Rentman]] dies this way, after holding a girl hostage and then threatening Hildy, at the hands of a police sniper.



* In ''Music/WarrenZevon'''s "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner": "That son-of-a-bitch [[spoiler: Van Owen]] blew off Roland's head."

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* In ''Music/WarrenZevon'''s "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner": "That son-of-a-bitch [[spoiler: Van [[spoiler:Van Owen]] blew off Roland's head."



* Messier does this to a Meyer Security prison guard [[spoiler: while rescuing the rest of The Anarchists]] in ''WebVideo/DoorMonster'''s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uam0KMyZh2E&index=3&list=PL0u5ZHidq4X4QhFAX9FzSiYJLRen74sLF The Guards Themselves]].
* This is one of [[TheGunslinger Percy's]] abilities in ''WebVideo/CriticalRole.'' Mechanically, he can take a headshot to impose disadvantage on attack rolls; he's also killed a stitch monster in the Underdark and [[spoiler: Clarota]] this way.

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* Messier does this to a Meyer Security prison guard [[spoiler: while [[spoiler:while rescuing the rest of The Anarchists]] in ''WebVideo/DoorMonster'''s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uam0KMyZh2E&index=3&list=PL0u5ZHidq4X4QhFAX9FzSiYJLRen74sLF The Guards Themselves]].
* This is one of [[TheGunslinger Percy's]] abilities in ''WebVideo/CriticalRole.'' Mechanically, he can take a headshot to impose disadvantage on attack rolls; he's also killed a stitch monster in the Underdark and [[spoiler: Clarota]] [[spoiler:Clarota]] this way.
3rd Oct '17 3:03:53 PM OlmoJV
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* In ''Fanfic/OldWest'', Jake kills one of Tomson's fellow mercenaries this way. Later Tomson himself is [[ShootTheMessenger killed by his boss]] in the same way.

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* In ''Fanfic/OldWest'', Jake kills one of Tomson's fellow mercenaries this way. Later Tomson himself is [[ShootTheMessenger killed this way by his boss]] in the same way.boss]].
25th Sep '17 12:44:41 PM kazokuhouou
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** In the sequel ''Film/KingsmanTheGoldenCircle'' it turns out these things are ''survivable'': Statesman has developed Alpha Gel and nanomachine technology to cure headshots, at the cost of amnesia that requires reliving a traumatic experience to regain their memories. [[spoiler:In Harry's case it was the prospect of shooting his beloved dog Mr. Pickle, and in Whiskey's case it was finding out his wife was dead. By the way, that gunshot to the head Whiskey got came from Harry, who realized Whiskey was a traitor.]]
21st Sep '17 6:14:39 PM daria2weird
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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Ghouls can only be killed by a headshot. It is also a preferred method of killing [[spoiler:[[{{Ghostapo}} Nazi necromancers]]]].
4th Sep '17 8:03:41 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''VideoGame/{{Counter-Strike}}''. Oh, so very much.[[note]] This is actually the game FPS Doug was playing, making it the indirect Trope Namer.[[/note]] Indeed, the ''thwack!'' sound effect and special icon were firsts for FPS games, making this the TropeCodifier in some respects.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Counter-Strike}}''.''VideoGame/CounterStrike''. Oh, so very much.[[note]] This is actually the game FPS Doug was playing, making it the indirect Trope Namer.[[/note]] Indeed, the ''thwack!'' sound effect and special icon were firsts for FPS games, making this the TropeCodifier in some respects.
13th Aug '17 10:36:49 PM Nitramy
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13th Aug '17 4:44:56 PM SasquatchJim
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** Fallout 4 has one of the most unintentionally ludicrous examples of this trope. The companion perk ''Killshot'' was supposed to increase the VATS accuracy of a headshot by 20%. However, due to a typo, it was increased by '''2000%''', making it almost impossible to ''not'' get a headshot, and essentially turning the player into [[Film/JohnWick John Wick.]]

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** Fallout 4 ''Fallout 4'' has one of the most unintentionally ludicrous examples of this trope. The companion perk ''Killshot'' was supposed to increase the VATS accuracy of a headshot by 20%. However, due to a typo, it was increased by '''2000%''', making it almost impossible to ''not'' get a headshot, and essentially turning the player into [[Film/JohnWick John Wick.]]
13th Aug '17 4:44:20 PM SasquatchJim
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** Fallout 4 has one of the most unintentionally ludicrous examples of this trope. The companion perk ''Killshot'' was supposed to increase the VATS accuracy of a headshot by 20%. However, due to a typo, it was increased by '''2000%''', making it almost impossible to ''not'' get a headshot, and essentially turning the player into [[Film/JohnWick John Wick.]]
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