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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.
10th Mar '16 4:09:55 AM Dravencour
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* Though you can't actually aim for heads in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', one of the death animations for humanoid enemies has the attacker make a wide swinging blow that slices the head of in a [[PinkMist huge gush of blood]].

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* Though you can't actually aim for heads in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', one of the death animations for humanoid enemies has the attacker make a wide swinging blow that [[OffWithHisHead slices the head of off]] in a [[PinkMist huge gush of blood]].
4th Mar '16 5:36:18 AM Pastykake
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However, since most games don't have problems with pesky gun sway and other stuff that screws with aiming and bullet trajectory, the head is the usual target of choice, a OneHitKill for most low level {{mooks}}, which makes it something of a ChunkySalsaRule. Even in more realistic series, it's better to go for the head instead of the chest. While the Boom, Headshot was popularized by Real Life events such as the [[Film/ZapruderFilm Kennedy assassination]], this is really a gameplay concept more than anything else, as rewarding the more difficult shot encourages the player to shoot accurately; it should be noted that in videogames it tends to be easier to score a headshot, since cycled walk animations are inherently more predictable than someone's real-life non-repeating movements would be. Additionally, because of CriticalExistenceFailure, it is important in games to kill targets as quickly as possible, whereas in real life a less lethal but more reliable shot might be enough to incapacitate opponents.

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However, since most games don't have problems with pesky gun sway and other stuff that screws with aiming and bullet trajectory, the head is the usual target of choice, a OneHitKill for most low level {{mooks}}, which makes it something of a ChunkySalsaRule. Even in more realistic series, it's better to go for the head instead of the chest. While Although the Boom, Headshot was popularized by Real Life events such as the [[Film/ZapruderFilm Kennedy assassination]], this is really a gameplay concept more than anything else, as rewarding the more difficult shot encourages the player to shoot accurately; it should be noted that in videogames video games it tends to be easier to score a headshot, since cycled walk animations are inherently more predictable than someone's real-life non-repeating movements would be. Additionally, because of CriticalExistenceFailure, it is important in games to kill targets as quickly as possible, whereas in real life a less lethal but more reliable shot might be enough to incapacitate opponents.
3rd Mar '16 10:10:43 AM Ambaryerno
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* Wallflower of the [[Comicbook/NewMutants New X-Men]] was shot through the head by a sniper as part of Stryker's preparations to attack the Xavier School in the aftermath of Comicbook/HouseOfM.
* Comicbook/{{Wolverine}}'s adamantium-reinforced skull ''prevents'' this. Shooting him in the head is only likely to piss him off.
** By contrast, his daughter/OppositeSexClone, Comicbook/{{X 23}}'s, skull is not. As a consequence, a headshot is just as messy for her as it would be for any normal person. However because of her HealingFactor she'll get back up again, and ''then'' come gut you. In ''All-New Wolverine'' she even has a WakingNonSequitor while her brain is knitting back together after being sniped.
*** She delivers them, too. In ''Target: X'' she drills a helicopter pilot right between the eyes (Laura was on the ground, the chopper pilot was ''in the air''). She also uses this as an execution method with her claws against a Purifier goon during Second Coming.
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