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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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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.
18th Mar '16 1:40:55 PM Morgenthaler
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* Unsurprisingly ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'' featured this. Although it's indicated that at least some models have a backup system somewhere. The headless body of one Terminator was able to keep functioning so it could search for its head. It even put a motorcycle helmet on top to cover things up. The helmet in question also contained a severed head.

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* Unsurprisingly ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'' ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' featured this. Although it's indicated that at least some models have a backup system somewhere. The headless body of one Terminator was able to keep functioning so it could search for its head. It even put a motorcycle helmet on top to cover things up. The helmet in question also contained a severed head.
25th Feb '16 5:25:48 AM SolidSonicTH
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* A non-robot example would be Sarah G. Lato from ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', who is an anthropomorphic ice cream cone. The ice cream part of her can be knocked off the cone and she retains consciousness and her body can move autonomously.
25th Feb '16 5:20:24 AM SolidSonicTH
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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 characters.
27th Jan '16 10:26:35 AM Berrenta
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* In VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam, this is the case with the giant boss Earthwake. Indeed, its head seemingly contains everything important for the thing's function, since it's what initially flies into the air and summons the rest of the body from the background. And everything's presumably held together by some sort of magnetism, RaymanianLimbs style. Which is why you end up defeating it by driving it into the water and repeatedly pummelling said head with a hammer.

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* In VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam, this is the case with the giant boss Earthwake. Indeed, its head seemingly contains everything important for the thing's function, since it's what initially flies into the air and summons the rest of the body from the background. And everything's presumably held together by some sort of magnetism, RaymanianLimbs FloatingLimbs style. Which is why you end up defeating it by driving it into the water and repeatedly pummelling said head with a hammer.
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