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26th Aug '16 2:28:53 PM DustSnitch
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* In [[{{VideoGame/Gradius}} Gradius and its spin-offs}}]], starting with Salamander and Gradius II, only one original boss per main series games (except in Gradius V) has the head as its weakpoint, as the announcer directs by shouting "Shoot it in the head!".

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* Subverted in first-person hunter ''Deer Hunter 2005''. Headshots ''will'' kill the deer instantly, but you won't get the special slow-motion insta-kill bulletcam you get with a lung/heart shot.

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* In [[{{VideoGame/Gradius}} Gradius and its spin-offs}}]], spin-offs]], starting with Salamander and Gradius II, only one original boss per main series games (except in Gradius V) has the head as its weakpoint, as the announcer directs by shouting "Shoot it in the head!".

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* Subverted in first-person hunter ''Deer Hunter 2005''. Headshots ''will'' kill the deer instantly, but you won't get the special slow-motion insta-kill bulletcam you get with a lung/heart shot.
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* Subverted in first-person hunter ''Deer Hunter 2005''. Headshots ''will'' kill the deer instantly, but you won't get the special slow-motion insta-kill bulletcam you get with a lung/heart shot.
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25th Aug '16 3:56:26 AM fq
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* ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} splatters ComicBook/WerewolfbyNight's head with a shotgun for sleeping with his wife.

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* ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} splatters ComicBook/WerewolfbyNight's ComicBook/WerewolfByNight's head with a shotgun for sleeping with his wife.
25th Aug '16 3:55:44 AM fq
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* ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} splatters ComicBook/WerewolfbyNight's head with a shotgun for sleeping with his wife.
23rd Aug '16 6:20:41 AM JackG
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* ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''. During a melee, a mook runs up behind Batman and shoots him in the back of the head at point-blank range. Fortunately his cowl is bulletproof, though Batman flinches in visible pain.
19th Aug '16 4:07:39 PM MitchellProductions
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* In [[{{VideoGame/Gradius}} Gradius and its spin-offs}}]], starting with Salamander and Gradius II, only one original boss per main series games (except in Gradius V) has the head as its weakpoint, as the announcer directs by shouting "Shoot it in the head!".
18th Aug '16 12:21:23 AM MysteriousZorua1994
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* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' contains a boss battle against [[Film/{{Tron}} Sark and the MCP]] that has this trope as an option. Sometimes, Sark will put up a wall to prevent the party from fleeing. But a reaction command allows for Sora to climb that wall, leap off, and use the Keyblade to stab Sark in the head for a OneHitKill.
15th Aug '16 7:18:35 AM Nyao
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->''"You stand around in the open? '''I shoot you in the face!''' You try to hide? '''I shoot you in the face!''' You touch my parrot? '''Right in the face!''' And if I'm feeling a bit down, I say a prayer to the forest... and then '''I shoot you in the face!'''"''

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->''"You stand around in the open? '''I shoot you in the face!''' You try to hide? '''I shoot you in the face!''' You touch my parrot? '''Right in the face!''' And if I'm feeling a bit down, I say a prayer to the forest... and then THEN '''I shoot you in the face!'''"''
5th Aug '16 2:09:19 PM Kadorhal
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* ''{{GURPS}}'' makes headshots a very tempting target with a 4x.[[/folder]]

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* ''{{GURPS}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' makes headshots a very tempting target with a 4x.[[/folder]]4x damage multiplier and even if the damage isn't lethal requires an immediate (nearly impossible) roll to avoid being stunned and knocked down. The penalty to hit, however, is very large.
* In ''TabletopGame/HcSvntDracones'' a headshot deals triple damage if they're not wearing a helmet, but requires three successes on a Single Shot, in which case you don't get any extra dice for your gun's rate of fire and have to rely on your Trait dice (which have an unaugmented max of three dice). But you can still hit them somewhere else unarmored with just two successes, and the [[SniperRifle H-101 Long-arm]] deals 15 damage per hit, more than any other gun short of the [[{{BFG}} V-801 Mag-Lance]].
* ''TabletopGame/HeroSystem'' gives a -8 penalty to your roll if you're going for a head shot. For comparison, BlastingItOutOfTheirHands is only a -6. But a head shot also does double BODY damage, and five times the STUN damage, so unless your target is wearing a helmet it's worth trying.
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* 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.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic does this to keep Roger the Angel from killing him in "[[ItsAWonderfulPlot You're A Rotten Dirty Bastard]]." Much to Roger's surprise since he thought angels couldn't be killed.
-->"Hmm... so God lied to me.... that seems like a bit of a dick move."
* ''TheOnion'' takes this trope UpToEleven in their report on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYQhvW-tjNM&NR=1 "Close Range"]].
* The audio drama, ''WereAlive'' is a story set during a ZombieApocalypse with this being the most effective way to kill a zombie.
* How [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Snake]] kills Liquid the second time around in ''StupidMarioBrothers''.
* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', Sarge is struck down by Tex this way. He's revived by Grif. [[WorstAid Giving him CPR]]. Yeah, it's like that.
* In WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation's ''VideoGame/DayZ'' review, Yahtzee's {{Author Avatar}} is shot right between the eyes by a sniper after finding [[SchmuckBait a cache of guns and ammo in an abandoned building in front of a conspicuously broken window and a dead player with the same injury.]]
* In WebVideo/HellsingUltimateAbridged, Alucard invokes this trope on numerous occasions, even quoting the trope verbatim during his first fight with Anderson. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] though when Anderson [[NoSell no-sells]] the shot seconds later.
* In ''Roleplay/NanQuest'', [[spoiler:Pablo]] is killed this way. Justified, as the target was standing still and had to be killed as quickly as possible.
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* [[http://www.erfworld.com/book-1-archive/?px=%2F070.jpg This]] page from ''Webcomic/ErfWorld''.
* [[http://rainchildstudios.com/strawberry/?p=1445 This]] page from ''Webcomic/StrawberryDeathCake''.
* The last panel of [[http://xkcd.com/654/ this]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' comic.
* [[Webcomic/DubiousCompany Walter's]] response to Mary's hypocritical ''InTheNameOfTheMoon'' speech.
* Cloud manages to pull one off in [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2009/08/24/0088-this-strip-has-been-partially-rewritten/ this]] ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'' strip, with amusing results.
* Early in chapter 1 of ''Webcomic/{{Terra}}'' sniper Grey O'Shea puts a round through the faceplate of an [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Azatoth]] soldier flanking one of his fellows. Then another Azatoth returns the favor and shoots his spotter in the back of the head.
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''[[Music/BonJovi Shot through the head, and you're to blame! Darling, you give guns--a bad name!]]''
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3rd Aug '16 3:37:54 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** There's also the "Noob Combo", which is [[GunsAkimbo where you shoot a shield draining shot and shoot the pistol]], [[ComplacentGamingSyndrome which was overused to no limit]] in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}''[='s=] online gameplay.

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** There's also the "Noob Combo", which is [[GunsAkimbo where you shoot a shield draining shot and shoot with the plasma pistol before scoring a headshot with the regular pistol]], [[ComplacentGamingSyndrome which was overused to no limit]] in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}''[='s=] online gameplay.
3rd Aug '16 3:36:47 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''[='s=] infamous [[SniperPistol pistol]] was a headshot ''machine''.
** As was its spiritual successor in ''Halo 3: ODST''. Now with convenient laser-sight dot that appears when the head is targeted.
*** There's also the "Noob Combo", which is [[GunsAkimbo where you shoot a shield draining shot and shoot the pistol]], [[ComplacentGamingSyndrome which was overused to no limit in Halo 2's online gameplay]].
** Later games feature a "skull" that, when activated, makes the heads of Grunts, the weakest enemies, explode into confetti with the sound of children cheering. It's both hilarious and useful, since headshots are the most efficient way to kill them.

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''[='s=] infamous Like most shooters, ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' encourages the player to aim for the head:
** The
[[SniperPistol pistol]] was particularly infamous in ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' for being a headshot ''machine''.
** As was its spiritual successor in ''Halo 3: ODST''. Now
''machine'', while the ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'' version came with a convenient laser-sight dot that appears when the head is targeted.
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targeted. ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians''[='s=] Warzone mode has some pretty powerful pistol variants too.
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There's also the "Noob Combo", which is [[GunsAkimbo where you shoot a shield draining shot and shoot the pistol]], [[ComplacentGamingSyndrome which was overused to no limit limit]] in Halo 2's ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}''[='s=] online gameplay]].
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** Later games feature a "skull" that, when activated, makes the heads of Grunts, the weakest enemies, explode into confetti with the sound of children cheering. It's both a hilarious and useful, way to encourage selective aiming, since headshots are the most efficient way to kill them.
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