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20th Jan '16 8:38:07 PM yamiblade
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* L-elf from [[Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator]] [[DiscussedTrope theorized]] that this is one of the few ways to kill a Magius.

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* L-elf from [[Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator]] ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'' [[DiscussedTrope theorized]] that this is one of the few ways to kill a Magius.
20th Jan '16 8:37:45 PM yamiblade
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* L-elf from [[Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator]] [[DiscussedTrope theorized]] that this is one of the few ways to kill a Magius.
13th Dec '15 6:51:36 PM WillKeaton
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* The short story [[Literature/DragonReserveHomeEight "Dragon Reserve, Home Eight"]] by Creator/DianaWynneJones features "hegs," people with superhuman abilities including being able to "mind read, kindle fire or more objects at a distance, heal or kill by use of mind alone, survive shooting, drowning, or suffocation..." By law, once discovered they are executed by beheading, which is the only thing they cannot survive.

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* The short story [[Literature/DragonReserveHomeEight "Dragon ''[[Literature/DragonReserveHomeEight Dragon Reserve, Home Eight"]] Eight]]'' by Creator/DianaWynneJones features "hegs," people with superhuman abilities including being able to "mind read, kindle fire or more objects at a distance, heal or kill by use of mind alone, survive shooting, drowning, or suffocation..." By law, once discovered they are executed by beheading, which is the only thing they cannot survive.
13th Dec '15 6:50:18 PM WillKeaton
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The intersection of AchillesHeel with OffWithHisHead.

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The intersection of AchillesHeel with OffWithHisHead.
OffWithHisHead
6th Nov '15 8:27:43 PM zarpaulus
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** Incidentally, killing a vampire (in 3rd edition) requires staking them in the heart and then cutting off the head.


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* In ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' and its successor ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' slaying a vampire requires either extreme mutilation or [[KillItWithFire fire]]. A stake through the heart merely puts them in a torpor until it is removed.
17th Sep '15 1:35:21 PM StFan
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* In ''DemonKnights'' a vampire army besieging the protagonists can only be defeated by [[RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain removing the head or destroying the heart]].

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* In ''DemonKnights'' ''ComicBook/DemonKnights'' a vampire army besieging the protagonists can only be defeated by [[RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain removing the head or destroying the heart]].
20th Aug '15 4:46:50 PM StFan
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* Subverted in ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons DnD]]''; Vorpal weapons instantly decapitate enemies on a critical hit, but some enemies either don't have heads to remove, or aren't inconvenienced by it. Specifically, the latter includes monsters with regeneration (though Ogre Mages need to reattach their heads within ten minutes), most Constructs, and Undead (save for vampires).
* ''TableTopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has Vorpal weapons that are much likes the ones in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. In addition, ''Pathfinder'' also introduces the [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Jabberwock]] creature, which has a particular fear of vorpal weapons; striking one cause it to become temporarily shaken.

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* Subverted in ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons DnD]]''; ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''; Vorpal weapons instantly decapitate enemies on a critical hit, but some enemies either don't have heads to remove, or aren't inconvenienced by it. Specifically, the latter includes monsters with regeneration (though Ogre Mages need to reattach their heads within ten minutes), most Constructs, and Undead (save for vampires).
* ''TableTopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has Vorpal weapons that are much likes the ones in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.''Dungeons & Dragons''. In addition, ''Pathfinder'' also introduces the [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Jabberwock]] creature, which has a particular fear of vorpal weapons; striking one cause it to become temporarily shaken.
22nd Jul '15 8:57:56 AM XSpectreGreyX
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** The same rule applies to anyone with a healing factor from Logan's and Sabretooth's families. While Deadpool's healing factor is derived from Wolverine, it's been established that it doesn't work on him.
11th Jul '15 6:46:59 PM FordPrefect
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* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] In ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay''. Jack Harkness suggested cutting off the head of an assassin who is being kept alive by the Miracle (despite being [[BodyHorror burned to a crisp]]). The authorities try it, '''and he's still alive.''' Jack himself also subverts this in all post 9th Doctor appearances except the aforementioned Miracle Day.

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* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] In in ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay''. Jack Harkness suggested cutting off the head of an assassin who is being kept alive by the Miracle (despite being [[BodyHorror burned to a crisp]]). The authorities try it, '''and he's still alive.''' Jack himself also subverts this in all post 9th Doctor appearances except the aforementioned Miracle Day.
11th Jul '15 6:46:28 PM FordPrefect
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* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] In ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay''. Jack Harkness suggested cutting off the head of an assassin who is being kept alive by the miracle (despite being [[BodyHorror burned to a crisp]]. The authorities try it, '''and he's still alive.''' Jack himself also subverts this in all post 9th doctor appearances except the aforementioned Miracle day.

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* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] In ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay''. Jack Harkness suggested cutting off the head of an assassin who is being kept alive by the miracle Miracle (despite being [[BodyHorror burned to a crisp]].crisp]]). The authorities try it, '''and he's still alive.''' Jack himself also subverts this in all post 9th doctor Doctor appearances except the aforementioned Miracle day.Day.
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