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23rd May '16 8:27:07 PM Anddrix
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* In ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse'', the Joker and Deathstroke both have {{f|inishingMove}}atalities ending in this. SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker uses his flag gun, then whips out a revolver and does a headshot, while Deathstroke stabs the opponent in the stomach with his sword, then pulls a headshot as a MercyKill.

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* In ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse'', the Joker and Deathstroke both have {{f|inishingMove}}atalities ending in this. SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker uses his flag gun, then whips out a revolver and does a headshot, while Deathstroke stabs the opponent in the stomach with his sword, then pulls a headshot as a MercyKill.
13th May '16 6:03:06 PM EchoFourDelta
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* Played realistically straight in ''Literature/TheZombieSurvivalGuide'' and its companion novel ''Literature/WorldWarZ'': brain destruction is the only way to kill a zombie (even fire needs to cause brain damage to be effective, and the heads survive after decapitation), but it's not as simple as "Shoot in head, head explodes." It's perfectly possible to miss and shoot off the jaw, and one of the many demoralizing incidents in the Battle of Yonkers was soldiers panicking at the sight of zombies apparently surviving head shots, not realizing that their poorly aimed bullets were glancing off the skull. The fact that real soldiers are trained to aim at the center of mass is also touched upon: they have trouble unlearning that particular rule, and torso hits don't really slow zombies down all that much. Everyone, even the experienced marksmen, has to re-train themselves to shoot for the head.

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* Played realistically straight in ''Literature/TheZombieSurvivalGuide'' and its companion novel ''Literature/WorldWarZ'': brain destruction is the only way to kill a zombie (even fire needs to cause brain damage to be effective, and the heads survive after decapitation), but it's not as simple as "Shoot in head, head explodes." It's perfectly possible to miss and shoot off the jaw, and one of the many demoralizing incidents in the Battle of Yonkers was soldiers panicking at the sight of zombies apparently surviving head shots, not realizing that their poorly aimed bullets were glancing off the skull. The fact that real soldiers are trained to aim at the center of mass is also touched upon: they have trouble unlearning that particular rule, and torso hits don't really slow zombies down all that much. Everyone, even the experienced marksmen, has to re-train themselves to shoot for the head. Real soldiers are also trained to fire at the head in situations exactly like those described in the book, though, as part of failure drills, especially at close range.
13th May '16 5:41:04 PM EchoFourDelta
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There is also a common technique with semi-automatic firearms known as the Mozambique Drill (also occasionally called the Failure Drill, compare this to the DoubleTap), wherein two shots are quickly placed at center of mass, followed by (if the target still seems to be a threat) a third, more carefully aimed shot to the head (this is Creator/MichaelMann's trademark execution technique in almost all of his movies, from ''Film/{{Heat}}'' to ''Film/PublicEnemies''). However, this is mostly employed in combat ''pistol'' shooting, and military sniper rifles generally aren't semi-automatic.

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There is also a common technique with semi-automatic firearms known as the Mozambique Drill (also occasionally called the Failure Drill, compare this to the DoubleTap), wherein two shots are quickly placed at center of mass, followed by (if the target still seems to be a threat) a third, more carefully aimed shot to the head (this is Creator/MichaelMann's trademark execution technique in almost all of his movies, from ''Film/{{Heat}}'' to ''Film/PublicEnemies''). However, this is mostly employed in combat ''pistol'' rifle and pistol shooting, and military sniper rifles generally aren't semi-automatic.
29th Apr '16 7:32:20 AM Jake18
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* ''Videogame/BioShockInfinite'' more than makes up for the previous two games in the series by making most executions gory and vindictive. Some of these executions make the head explode in Booker's face. You can also shoot the head off with a strong enough headshot or explode the head by using Vigors such as Shock Jockey while killing your opponent.

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* ''Videogame/BioShockInfinite'' more than makes up ''Videogame/BioShock'' has headshots with the basic pistol deal quadruple damage. This is enough to put down most splicers in one hit-at least until the player reaches Farmer's Market, at which point every enemy gets a massive boost in health. Later on, the player gets a crossbow that deals ''ten times'' normal damage when aiming for the previous two games in head, enabling you to kill even the series by making most executions gory and vindictive. Some of these executions make the head explode in Booker's face. You can also shoot the head off toughest splicers with a strong enough single bolt.
** ''Videogamae/Bioshock2'' has a tonic that amplifies
headshot damage with all weapons.
** In ''Videogame/BioshockInfinite'', each weapon has its own headshot damage multiplier. Whether
or explode not it's an instant kill depends on the head by using Vigors such as Shock Jockey while killing your opponent.power of the weapon and the durability of the enemy being shot.
3rd Apr '16 11:22:12 PM jameygamer
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Compare with TisOnlyABulletInTheBrain. A subtrope of AttackItsWeakPoint. In the context of a ZombieApocalypse, this is RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain, and is one of ''the'' most solid pieces of advice for killing one.

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Compare with TisOnlyABulletInTheBrain. A subtrope of AttackItsWeakPoint. Someone who AteHisGun by default has died to this trope. In the context of a ZombieApocalypse, this is RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain, and is one of ''the'' most solid pieces of advice for killing one.
16th Mar '16 4:29:45 AM OlmoJV
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* In ''Fanfic/OldWest'', Tomson is [[ShootTheMessenger killed by his boss]] this way.

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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]] this in the same way.
15th Mar '16 12:55:52 PM OlmoJV
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* In ''Fanfic/OldWest'', Tomson is [[ShootTheMessenger killed by his boss]] this way.
11th Mar '16 2:19:58 PM CybranGeneralSturm
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** In ''VideoGame/FableII'', the last dexterous style is sub-targeting, which allows you to target specific spots on an enemy such as the hand (to disarm them), groin, or head. A headshot will often kill an enemy in one shot, decapitating them in the process.

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** In ''VideoGame/FableII'', the last dexterous style is sub-targeting, which allows you to target specific spots on an enemy such as the hand (to disarm them), groin, or head. A headshot will often kill an enemy in one shot, decapitating them in the process. One acheivement actually requires killing a [[DemBones Hollow Man]] by first [[BlastingItOutOfTheirHands shooting their weapons away]], then blasting its head off before finally killing it for good.
10th Mar '16 7:47:50 AM kyojikasshu
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** One of the more infamous cases came in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'', when the [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]] got its head shot off, and Iino decided to replace it with the head of a salvaged Zaku II until a proper replacement could be built, resulting in the infamous "Zeta Zaku".

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** One of the more infamous notorious cases came in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'', when the [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]] got its head shot off, and Iino decided to replace it with the head of a salvaged Zaku II until a proper replacement could be built, resulting in the infamous "Zeta Zaku".
10th Mar '16 7:43:33 AM kyojikasshu
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** On the other hand, it works just fine with humans, as Char demonstrated when he scored one on Kycilia ''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill with a bazooka]]''.

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** On the other hand, it works just fine with humans, as Char demonstrated when he scored one on Kycilia ''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill Zabi shoots her brother Gihren in the head as payback for Gihren committing {{patricide}}. Char, in turn, takes out Kycilia by shooting her in the head with a bazooka]]''.''rocket launcher'' as she tries to evacuate A Bao a Qu on her flagship.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrahCm7UIa4 Lady Une is no slouch in crazy headshots either.]]
** In ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'' it's an EnforcedTrope, since the rules of the Gundam Fight tournament say that losing your Gundam's head is ''instant disqualification''; any other damage to the machine can be repaired without penalty. For a more literal version of this, England's warrior Sir Gentle Chapman ''almost'' takes France's fighter George de Sand out with his sniper rifle, but just grazes the head of George's Gundam due to age and illness hampering his skill.
** Destroying a Mobile Suit's head is ironically ''usually'' a non-lethal way of taking it out of the fight, since the actual cockpit (with a few exceptions) is almost always in the abdomen. As noted with Amuro and the RX-78-2 above, some models have backup cameras and sensors, and can continue fighting even without a head.
** One of the more infamous cases came in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'', when the [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]] got its head shot off, and Iino decided to replace it with the head of a salvaged Zaku II until a proper replacement could be built, resulting in the infamous "Zeta Zaku".



* Char Aznable delivers an awesome one of these to Kycillia Zabi near the end of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. With a ''rocket launcher.''
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrahCm7UIa4 Lady Une is no slouch in crazy headshots either.]]
** In ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'' it's an EnforcedTrope, since the rules of the Gundam Fight tournament say that losing your Gundam's head is ''instant disqualification''; any other damage to the machine can be repaired without penalty. For a more literal version of this, England's warrior Sir Gentle Chapman ''almost'' takes France's fighter George Do-Sand out with his sniper rifle, but just grazes the head of George's Gundam due to age and illness hampering his skill.
** Destroying a Mobile Suit's head is ironically usually a non-lethal way of taking it out of the fight, since the actual cockpit (with a few exceptions) is almost always in the abdomen. Some expert pilots can continue the fight without the head, using backup cameras mounted on the suit's torso.
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