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29th Sep '17 12:43:00 PM RedScharlach
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* ''VideoGame/BinaryDomain'' features various kinds of robots, both humanoid and otherwise. With the humanoid mechs you can blow off any part of their body to some effect, incuding the head, but this does not render them unable to function, it simply blinds them and they start shooting their allies instead. The non-humanoid ones avert this trope to a varying degree. Some have no heads to speak of while others do have heads that serve as "weak" spots, but even those weak spots are heavily armored as opposed to the rest of their body which is simply invulnerable.

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* ''VideoGame/BinaryDomain'' features various kinds of robots, both humanoid and otherwise. With the humanoid mechs you can blow off any part of their body to some effect, incuding including the head, but this does not render them unable to function, it simply blinds them and they start shooting their allies instead. The non-humanoid ones avert this trope to a varying degree. Some have no heads to speak of while others do have heads that serve as "weak" spots, but even those weak spots are heavily armored as opposed to the rest of their body which is simply invulnerable.
13th Sep '17 5:26:13 AM JackG
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** In a short story, an android cop averts this trope because he has a [[{{BFG}} recoilless cannon]] in his head, up near the eyes for good aiming.

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** In a short story, ''Arm of the Law'', an android cop averts this trope because he has a [[{{BFG}} [[{{BFG}} .75 recoilless cannon]] in his head, up near right between the eyes for good aiming.
8th Jun '17 9:47:03 PM nombretomado
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* The WildCards series has the Ly'bahr, a race of [[BrainInAJar brains in jars]] who can plug themselves into all manner of different cyborg bodies. When they wear humanoid bodies they carefully avert this trope, burying the fragile meaty brains inside the torso, behind the heaviest armor possible.

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* The WildCards ''Literature/WildCards'' series has the Ly'bahr, a race of [[BrainInAJar brains in jars]] who can plug themselves into all manner of different cyborg bodies. When they wear humanoid bodies they carefully avert this trope, burying the fragile meaty brains inside the torso, behind the heaviest armor possible.
24th May '17 7:54:55 PM PaulA
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* Averted in ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'', where it's mentioned after [=diGriz=] drops a safe on one that police robots have their brains and their voice units in their midsection, surrounded by extra armour. (He knew that; the point of crushing its head was to disable its radio so it couldn't call for backup.)
* In one of Creator/HarryHarrison's ''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''.
** In a Harry Harrison short story, an android cop averts this trope because he has a [[{{BFG}} recoilless cannon]] in his head, up near the eyes for good aiming.

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Averted in ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'', where it's mentioned after [=diGriz=] drops a safe on one that police robots have their brains and their voice units in their midsection, surrounded by extra armour. (He knew that; the point of crushing its head was to disable its radio so it couldn't call for backup.)
* ** In one of Creator/HarryHarrison's the ''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''.
** In a Harry Harrison short story, an android cop averts this trope because he has a [[{{BFG}} recoilless cannon]] in his head, up near the eyes for good aiming.
15th May '17 7:16:06 PM zarpaulus
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* In ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' Scaramouche is reduced to a head hopping ineffectually on the stump of his neck after fighting Jack.


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7th Apr '17 1:18:08 AM Kadorhal
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** There may be some secondary processing going on in the body though, as C-3PO doesn't seem to be in control of the body's actions and even seems to temporarily take on aspects of a military droid - for instance, shooting at people while apologizing profusely.

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** There may be some secondary processing going on in the body though, as C-3PO doesn't seem to be in control of the body's actions and even seems to temporarily take on aspects of a military droid - for instance, shooting at people while apologizing profusely.profusely, or screaming things like "Die, Jedi!" then wondering why he would say such a thing.



* The ''Mega Man'' series (''[[VideoGame/MegaMan Classic]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX X]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MegaManZero Zero]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MegaManZX ZX]]'') ''loves'' this trope. If the enemy is immune to damage in the body and doesn't have a weak core, it's best you shoot them in the head in order to destroy them. ''X3'' takes this to an extreme, where the absolutely massive final boss can only be damaged by hitting his extremely tiny head.

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* The ''Mega Man'' ''Franchise/MegaMan'' series (''[[VideoGame/MegaMan (''[[VideoGame/MegaManClassic Classic]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX X]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MegaManZero Zero]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MegaManZX ZX]]'') ''loves'' this trope. If the enemy is immune to damage in the body and doesn't have a weak core, it's best you shoot them in the head in order to destroy them. ''X3'' takes this to an extreme, where the absolutely massive final boss can only be damaged by hitting his extremely tiny head.



** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', most robots are humanoid. Headshots don't really affect geth, but they do severely damage FENRIR, LOKI and YMIR robots, causing an explosion if the robot was killed with it. If [[HumongousMecha YMIR]] has his head blown off, he explodes like a Cain's shot.

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** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', ''Mass Effect 2'', most robots are humanoid. Headshots don't really affect geth, but they do severely damage FENRIR, LOKI and YMIR robots, causing an explosion if the robot was killed with it. If [[HumongousMecha YMIR]] has his head blown off, he explodes like a Cain's shot.



* In the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series, this usually justified by the fact that the robots are manned and have their cockpits on top. With the unmanned models (Gekko and the Arsenal [=RAY=]s), this is played straight. Gekko explicitly have their weak point mounted on the top of their hulls, whereas the [=RAYs=]' only real weak point (or at least, the only weak point which actually reduces their HP if attacked) is their face.
* VideoGame/MetalArmsGlitchInTheSystem'' averts this somewhat with robots that can function with only legs remaining. However, they can't attack.

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* In the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' series, this usually justified by the fact that the robots are manned and have their cockpits on top. With the unmanned models (Gekko and the Arsenal [=RAY=]s), this is played straight. Gekko explicitly have their weak point mounted on the top of their hulls, whereas the [=RAYs=]' only real weak point (or at least, the only weak point which actually reduces their HP if attacked) is their face.
* VideoGame/MetalArmsGlitchInTheSystem'' ''VideoGame/MetalArmsGlitchInTheSystem'' averts this somewhat with robots that can function with only legs remaining. However, they can't attack.



* An example where this isn't beneficial can be found in ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps3''[='s=] Multiplayer mode, where Reaper, one of the selectable "Specialist" characters, is a battle robot who can be felled [[BoomHeadshot via headshot]] just as readily as any of the human characters.

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* An example where this isn't beneficial can be found in ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps3''[='s=] Multiplayer mode, where Reaper, one of the selectable "Specialist" characters, is a battle robot who can be felled [[BoomHeadshot via headshot]] just as readily as any of the human other characters.
8th Mar '17 3:59:16 PM nombretomado
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* The ''Mega Man'' series (''[[VideoGame/MegaMan Classic]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX X]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MegaManZero Zero]]'', ''[[MegaManZX ZX]]'') ''loves'' this trope. If the enemy is immune to damage in the body and doesn't have a weak core, it's best you shoot them in the head in order to destroy them. ''X3'' takes this to an extreme, where the absolutely massive final boss can only be damaged by hitting his extremely tiny head.

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* The ''Mega Man'' series (''[[VideoGame/MegaMan Classic]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX X]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MegaManZero Zero]]'', ''[[MegaManZX ''[[VideoGame/MegaManZX ZX]]'') ''loves'' this trope. If the enemy is immune to damage in the body and doesn't have a weak core, it's best you shoot them in the head in order to destroy them. ''X3'' takes this to an extreme, where the absolutely massive final boss can only be damaged by hitting his extremely tiny head.
29th Jan '17 11:01:12 AM Fallingwater
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* ''VideoGame/Headlander'' is based on this trope entirely, to the extent he main character ''is'' a head, severed from the body but kept alive by a special rocket-equipped helmet. All robots in the game - including pets, mobile maps, stationary emplacements and ''chess pieces'' - have their main processor in their heads; once that is removed the rest of the body remains limply in place, free for commandeering by plopping one's head-in-a-helmet on top.

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* ''VideoGame/Headlander'' ''VideoGame/{{Headlander}}'' is based on this trope entirely, to the extent he main character ''is'' a head, severed from the body but kept alive by a special rocket-equipped helmet. All robots in the game - including pets, mobile maps, stationary emplacements and ''chess pieces'' - have their main processor in their heads; once that is removed the rest of the body remains limply in place, free for commandeering by plopping one's head-in-a-helmet on top.
29th Jan '17 11:00:23 AM Fallingwater
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* ''VideoGame/Headlander'' is based on this trope entirely, to the extent he main character ''is'' a head, severed from the body but kept alive by a special rocket-equipped helmet. All robots in the game - including pets, mobile maps, stationary emplacements and ''chess pieces'' - have their main processor in their heads; once that is removed the rest of the body remains limply in place, free for commandeering by plopping one's head-in-a-helmet on top.
24th Jan '17 3:34:10 PM LinTaylor
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*** Amuro's dismissal of this trope ("All you destroyed was the main camera!") has gone on to become one of his iconic quotes.
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