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10th Jul '16 5:38:35 PM nombretomado
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* Lavos from ChronoTrigger isn't a robot, but does subvert this trope in a way to trick the player. [[spoiler: Lavos' final form consists of a large humanoid figure and two pods floating beside it. While you'd think the humanoid figure is the real Lavos (especially since the left pod heals it regularly,) the real Lavos is actually the right pod, which can't be defeated until the left pod and humanoid figure are defeated.]]
* VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}} is pretty clever about this, as their robots don't usually have recognizable heads--they're basically all torso, legs, and weapons. They have a slight protrusion from the middle of their chests that appears to be where it keeps the CPU, but this portion is exceedingly well armored and takes the most damage to destroy. Only the [[ActionBomb EXP Loader]] has a recognizable 'head,' which pops up on the torso when it's right next to a target, but that isn't the CPU--it's an explosive reactor core, which naturally blows up like no one's business.

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* Lavos from ChronoTrigger ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' isn't a robot, but does subvert this trope in a way to trick the player. [[spoiler: Lavos' final form consists of a large humanoid figure and two pods floating beside it. While you'd think the humanoid figure is the real Lavos (especially since the left pod heals it regularly,) the real Lavos is actually the right pod, which can't be defeated until the left pod and humanoid figure are defeated.]]
* VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}} ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' is pretty clever about this, as their robots don't usually have recognizable heads--they're basically all torso, legs, and weapons. They have a slight protrusion from the middle of their chests that appears to be where it keeps the CPU, but this portion is exceedingly well armored and takes the most damage to destroy. Only the [[ActionBomb EXP Loader]] has a recognizable 'head,' which pops up on the torso when it's right next to a target, but that isn't the CPU--it's an explosive reactor core, which naturally blows up like no one's business.
17th Jun '16 1:08:02 AM erforce
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* KAOS in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry 3''. You have to either jump on its head (first battle) or throw barrels at its head (second battle) to hurt/defeat it. It even changes the design of its head, with its first helmet becoming a flying laser-shooting thing and its final head shooting grenades.

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* KAOS in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry 3''.''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3DixieKongsDoubleTrouble''. You have to either jump on its head (first battle) or throw barrels at its head (second battle) to hurt/defeat it. It even changes the design of its head, with its first helmet becoming a flying laser-shooting thing and its final head shooting grenades.
1st Jun '16 8:10:34 PM PaulA
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* In Roger Zelazny's "Home is the Hangman," the unnamed narrator of the "My Name is Legion" trilogy targets an android's abdomen with an explosive in an attempt to subdue it, the abdomen being the location of the robot's "brain."

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* In Roger Zelazny's "Home is Creator/RogerZelazny's "Literature/HomeIsTheHangman", the Hangman," the unnamed narrator of the "My Name is Legion" trilogy protagonist targets an android's abdomen with an explosive in an attempt to subdue it, the abdomen being the location of the robot's "brain."
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30th May '16 5:56:39 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* One of the ''TomSwift'' books had a malfunctioning or hacked RobotBuddy killed by being sliced in the stomach area. Tom told the others that the 'brain' was actually inside the body; the head is where the sensory gear is located.

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* One of the ''TomSwift'' ''Literature/TomSwift'' books had a malfunctioning or hacked RobotBuddy killed by being sliced in the stomach area. Tom told the others that the 'brain' was actually inside the body; the head is where the sensory gear is located.
21st May '16 9:22:51 PM Deathhacker
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* In TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}, Necron units are explained as being vulnerable to headshots because their brains are still in there (and sniuper rounds are handwaved as being acid-filled to explain how they punched through living metal).

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* In TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}, 40000}}:
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Necron units are explained as being vulnerable to headshots because their brains are still in there (and sniuper rounds are handwaved as being acid-filled to explain how they punched through living metal).metal).
** Imperial Titans often house their pilots within their head units, which means that most of the time the best way to destroy one is to aim for the head. Fortunately it's just as well armored as the rest of the titan, including the layers of Void Shields.
** Averted with Tau Battlesuits; their heads merely contain sensors such as cameras.
19th May '16 9:22:46 AM Doug86
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* Towards the beginning of a ''ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}}'' / ''ComicBook/IronMan'' crossover novel (just go with it), Iron Man faces off against an incredibly tough attack robot, and with great effort manages to rip its head off. Then he realizes its processors are actually in its chest, which is much more heavily armored. OhCrap.

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* Towards the beginning of a ''ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}}'' ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' / ''ComicBook/IronMan'' crossover novel (just go with it), Iron Man faces off against an incredibly tough attack robot, and with great effort manages to rip its head off. Then he realizes its processors are actually in its chest, which is much more heavily armored. OhCrap.
10th Apr '16 3:02:04 PM Piando
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* In ''Franchise/StarWars'' Episode 2, [=C3PO's=] and a battle droid get their heads switched. They both remain quite functional.

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* In ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[Film/AttackOfTheClones Episode 2, 2]], [=C3PO's=] and a battle droid get their heads switched. They both remain quite functional.



* In ''CtrlAltDel'' a robot was saved due to his designer placing all vital parts in the head and then removing it.

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* In ''CtrlAltDel'' ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' a robot was saved due to his designer placing all vital parts in the head and then removing it.



* Usually averted in ''{{Transformers}}''. It varies by continuity whether or not the head even has anything related to thought or memory in it, but they almost always have their most important part, [[OurSoulsAreDifferent their Sparks]], near where the heart would be on a human or the dead center of their chest. Still, a surefire way to get a Transformer to stay down is to tear the head off. Megatron exploited this in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', nearly killing the original Optimus Prime on the Ark. Only removing his spark for safekeeping allowed Optimus to be repaired effectively.
** Played straight in ''TransformersAnimated'' however, where the heads are shown to contain the transformer's mind. Something that allows Megatron to survive and that the Headmaster exploits. This despite the fact that, as noted above, the Transformers still clearly keep their sparks in their chests.

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* Usually averted in ''{{Transformers}}''.''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''. It varies by continuity whether or not the head even has anything related to thought or memory in it, but they almost always have their most important part, [[OurSoulsAreDifferent their Sparks]], near where the heart would be on a human or the dead center of their chest. Still, a surefire way to get a Transformer to stay down is to tear the head off. Megatron exploited this in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', nearly killing the original Optimus Prime on the Ark. Only removing his spark for safekeeping allowed Optimus to be repaired effectively.
** Played straight in ''TransformersAnimated'' ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' however, where the heads are shown to contain the transformer's mind. Something that allows Megatron to survive and that the Headmaster exploits. This despite the fact that, as noted above, the Transformers still clearly keep their sparks in their chests.



* XR in ''BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' is only vaguely even humanoid, but still has this. Actually kind of justified: XR is specifically designed to be easy to reassemble if damaged, and his head is the part of him with the mouth to tell people he ''needs'' reassembling. His head also a fairly sturdy-looking cylinder with facial features that seems difficult to damage anyway.

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* XR in ''BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' is only vaguely even humanoid, but still has this. Actually kind of justified: XR is specifically designed to be easy to reassemble if damaged, and his head is the part of him with the mouth to tell people he ''needs'' reassembling. His head also a fairly sturdy-looking cylinder with facial features that seems difficult to damage anyway.
2nd Apr '16 4:10:35 PM TARINunit9
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From an engineering standpoint it isn't strictly necessary to do it that way. It would be safer to put them in a more protected spot, like in the heavily armored chest, some random spot in the abdomen, or even completely decentralized and spread throughout the body.

However, there are some reasons why you might want to put important functions in the head (for much the same reason that so many terrestrial creatures evolved that way.) Many of the parts related to sensory input, such as visual or auditory receptors, would logically be built into the head for the sake of having a higher vantage point of view; once you've placed those there, you need to place the core processors near them to ensure maximum-speed reaction times to visual stimuli. How important this is and how hard that constraint becomes, of course, depends on how quickly you need your robot to be able to react.

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From an engineering standpoint it isn't strictly necessary to do it that way. It way, and it has its pros and cons. Generally speaking, it would be safer to put them the processing units in a more protected spot, like in the heavily armored chest, some random spot in the abdomen, or even completely decentralized and spread throughout the body.

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body. [[TropesAreTools Then again]], Cranial Processing may become an Invoked Trope for that very reason; Real Life military units are some taught to aim for center mass, so putting the vital things in a smaller target/easily salvageable extremity might be intentional.

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reasons why you might want to put important functions in the head (for much the same reason that so many terrestrial creatures evolved that way.) way) include efficiency. Many of the parts related to sensory input, such as visual or auditory receptors, would logically be built into the head for the sake of having a higher vantage point of view; once you've placed those there, you need to place the core processors near them to ensure maximum-speed reaction times to visual stimuli. How important this is and how hard that constraint becomes, of course, depends on how quickly you need your robot to be able to react.



[[TropesAreTools Then again]], this may become an Invoked Trope for that very reason; Real Life military units are taught to aim for center mass, so putting the vital things in a smaller target/easily salvageable extremity might be intentional.
25th Mar '16 6:24:01 PM Doug86
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* In one of Creator/HarryHarrison's ''BillTheGalacticHero'' novels, [[IdiotHero Bill]] travels to a planet populated by two warring factions of MechanicalLifeforms. One of them gets shot in the head by a [[LizardFolk Chinger]] guard. When the guard leaves, the robot stops playing possum and explains that his CPU is actually in his ''butt''.

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* In one of Creator/HarryHarrison's ''BillTheGalacticHero'' ''Literature/BillTheGalacticHero'' novels, [[IdiotHero Bill]] travels to a planet populated by two warring factions of MechanicalLifeforms. One of them gets shot in the head by a [[LizardFolk Chinger]] guard. When the guard leaves, the robot stops playing possum and explains that his CPU is actually in his ''butt''.
18th Mar '16 1:41:37 PM Morgenthaler
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*** It should be noted that that head was knocked off by an weapon discharge and had been sitting there for centuries, most likely the weapon knocked his systems offline and over time the batteries in his head went dead.



** Justified since his original body was organic. It later turns out that he has a fragment of human brain too (which is female).



** The fact that the body didn't start moving until the head arrived in that time makes it seem like the head was remote controlling the body.
*** The concept art of the terminator in question (a T-888) seems to suggest this is the case, as all three of its processing units are located in the head.
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