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12th Aug '17 1:52:26 AM Stealth
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* A game mechanic in ''[[Franchise/GundamExpandedUniverse Gundam Breaker]]'' games, called "Ground Break." It only triggers when you've blown off an enemy's legs, leaving them immobile on the ground. This is usually a good idea, because any enemy that can recover its legs can rejoin the battle--destroying them before they get a chance permanently takes the enemy out of the fight. Notably you can do this to ''any'' enemy that loses its legs, including enemy player teams and even named rival [=NPCs=].
21st Jul '17 5:41:03 AM JackG
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* ''The Stone Killer'' (1973). A group of trained mercenaries burst into a mafia commission meeting and open fire with submachine guns. Then a single member of the group shoots each victim in the heart with a pistol, whether they appeared alive or not.

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* ''The Stone Killer'' (1973). A group of trained mercenaries burst into a mafia commission meeting and open fire with submachine guns. Then a single member of the group shoots each victim in the heart with a pistol, [[TheOnlyWayToBeSure whether they appeared they're alive or not.not]].
21st Jul '17 5:40:02 AM JackG
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* In the film version of [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Return of The King]], the orc general Gothmog finds Faramir's aide de camp helpless and dying on the ground in Osgiliath, and takes the opportunity to shove a spear in his chest. It's probably meant to demonstrate the merciless nature of the orcs and make us hate them personally, rather than just an abstract, "they're the servants of the Dark Lord" level. But really, Gothmog practically did the guy a favor. Surprisingly merciful for an orc.

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* In the film version of [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Return of The King]], King]]'', the orc general Gothmog finds Faramir's aide de camp helpless and dying on the ground in Osgiliath, and takes the opportunity to shove a spear in his chest. It's probably meant to demonstrate the merciless nature of the orcs and make us hate them personally, rather than just an abstract, "they're the servants of the Dark Lord" level. But really, Gothmog practically did the guy a favor. Surprisingly merciful for an orc.orc.
* ''The Stone Killer'' (1973). A group of trained mercenaries burst into a mafia commission meeting and open fire with submachine guns. Then a single member of the group shoots each victim in the heart with a pistol, whether they appeared alive or not.



* ''The Stone Killer'' (1973). A group of trained mercenaries burst into a mafia commission meeting and open fire with submachine guns. Then a single member of the group shoots each victim in the heart with a pistol, whether they appeared alive or not.

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* ''The Stone Killer'' (1973). A group of trained mercenaries burst into a mafia commission meeting and open fire with submachine guns. Then a single member of the group shoots each victim in the heart with a pistol, whether they appeared alive or not.
21st Jul '17 5:37:25 AM JackG
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* ''The Stone Killer'' (1973). A group of trained mercenaries burst into a mafia commission meeting and open fire with submachine guns. Then a single member of the group runs to each victim, shooting them each in the heart with a pistol.

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* ''The Stone Killer'' (1973). A group of trained mercenaries burst into a mafia commission meeting and open fire with submachine guns. Then a single member of the group runs to shoots each victim, shooting them each victim in the heart with a pistol.pistol, whether they appeared alive or not.
21st Jul '17 5:36:01 AM JackG
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* ''The Stone Killer'' (1973). A group of trained mercenaries burst into a mafia commission meeting and open fire with submachine guns. Then a single member of the group runs to each victim, shooting them each in the heart with a pistol.
30th Jun '17 12:48:31 PM Thecommander236
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* Film/JamesBond generally [[InstantDeathBullet didn't need]] to execute a coup de grace on his targets. An exception is Dr. Dent in ''Film/DrNo'', who after being shot down receives an extra bullet in the back, for safety. (An act that [[DarkerAndEdgier does not occur in any of Ian Fleming's novels]].) Reportedly the original edit of the film had Bond shoot the man ''six times'' but this was considered excessive. Reportedly, this scene was added primarily to illustrate the "licenced to kill" aspect of the character given most other killings by Bond in the film were of the self-defence or "heat if battle" variety and not cold-blooded. The scene was controversial with Bond fans to the extent that nothing similar would be attempted again until ''Casino Royale'' in 2006.

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* Film/JamesBond generally [[InstantDeathBullet didn't need]] to execute a coup de grace on his targets. An exception is Dr. Dent in ''Film/DrNo'', who after being shot down receives an extra bullet in the back, for safety. (An act that [[DarkerAndEdgier does not occur in any of Ian Fleming's novels]].) Reportedly the original edit of the film had Bond shoot the man ''six times'' but this was considered excessive. Reportedly, this scene was added primarily to illustrate the "licenced to kill" aspect of the character given most other killings by Bond in the film were of the self-defence or "heat if of battle" variety and not cold-blooded. The scene was controversial with Bond fans to the extent that nothing similar would be attempted again until ''Casino Royale'' in 2006.
18th Jun '17 4:22:29 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' has Nanashi deliver this to the FinalBoss YHVH on the Bonds and Massacre routes after a post-battle dialogue choice.
--> '''YHVH:''' "Guh...there is no truth to your ideas. The future you pursue is a fabrication. Cease this at once." \\
'''Dagda:''' "Your so-called truth makes me nauseous. Enough of this, kid. '''Put an end to him with your own two hands!'''"
29th Mar '17 6:37:18 PM Blazer
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* In ''VideoGame/MarvelPuzzleQuest'', ComicBook/ThePunisher (ComicBook/DarkReign) has an ability called "Retribution" which acts as this trope. If Frank's opponent still has a lot of health, doing this attack will only deal a bit of damage to them. However, after they reach a set percentage of health, using this ability instantly kills them. When you first get this skill, it's an insta-kill at 20% health, but at max, it's insta-kill at ''40%''.
4th Jan '17 5:28:45 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Lommy gets this when one the men who wounded him decline to carry him.
** In "Kissed By Fire", Jaime describes that he slit the Mad King's throat after stabbing him to makes sure he was really dead.
** Arya delivers a couple to men the Hound has downed in "Two Swords", but takes special pleasure in downing Polliver herself and slowly stabbing him in the neck while delivering an IronicEcho.
** The Hound gives a wounded crofter this in "The Laws of Gods and Men".
7th Dec '16 4:22:51 AM iroanxi
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* In ''FanFic/RobbReturns'', after Baelish drowns in his trial by combat, Bronn takes a heavy chain and drops it on Baelish' head, to make sure he is dead.
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