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17th Nov '17 3:32:43 AM civetcatcoffee
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* The first episode of ''Series/MythBusters'' following its [[UnCancelled revival]] in November 2017 tested this very trope, mentioning it by name. The hosts tested whether it was possible to decapitate a human analogue and have the head remain in place for a time before falling off the shoulders; [[spoiler: it was busted]].

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* The first episode of ''Series/MythBusters'' ''[[Series/MythBusters2017 MythBusters 2017]]'' following its [[UnCancelled revival]] in November 2017 tested this very trope, mentioning it by name. The hosts tested whether it was possible to decapitate a human analogue and have the head remain in place for a time before falling off the shoulders; [[spoiler: it was busted]].
15th Nov '17 7:02:18 PM Orca1_9904
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* The first episode of ''Series/MythBusters'' following its [[UnCancelled revival]] in November 2017 tested this very trope, mentioning it by name. The hosts tested whether it was possible to decapitate a human analogue and have the head remain in place for a time before falling off the shoulders; [[spoiler: it was busted]].
28th Jan '17 6:48:16 PM Gramma
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A DramaticPause used for action scenes. The hero (or villain) punches his foe. Dramatic Pause... and a giant explosion obliterates him. Or, the hero swings his sword. Dramatic Pause... [[DiagonalCut object/opponent falls to two pieces]]. This is not like using a TimeBomb, where a delay is deliberate. This is [[YouFailPhysicsForever ignoring the laws of physics]] for the sake of [[RuleOfDrama dramatic]] [[RuleOfCool effect]]. For all intents and purposes, the attack was over when the punch landed... the resulting effect simply decided to wait a few seconds before showing up.

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A DramaticPause used for action scenes. The hero (or villain) punches his foe. Dramatic Pause... and a giant explosion obliterates him. Or, the hero swings his sword. Dramatic Pause... [[DiagonalCut object/opponent falls to two pieces]]. This is not like using a TimeBomb, where a delay is deliberate. This is [[YouFailPhysicsForever [[ArtisticLicensePhysics ignoring the laws of physics]] for the sake of [[RuleOfDrama dramatic]] [[RuleOfCool effect]]. For all intents and purposes, the attack was over when the punch landed... the resulting effect simply decided to wait a few seconds before showing up.



* Parodied in ''Manga/DragonBall'': Mr. Satan pays no. 18 to take a dive in their tournament match. Mr. Satan punches 18, who is completely unaffected. She asks Mr. Satan whether that was his most powerful attack, and he says yes. She jumps backward off the arena, and the audience misinterprets it as a Delayed Causality punch.

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* Parodied in ''Manga/DragonBall'': Mr. Satan pays no. 18 #18 to take a dive in their tournament match. Mr. Satan punches 18, who is completely unaffected. She asks Mr. Satan whether that was his most powerful attack, and he says yes. She jumps backward off the arena, and the audience misinterprets it as a Delayed Causality punch.
8th Sep '16 12:45:17 PM erforce
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[[quoteright:350:[[Film/{{Underworld}} http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/victor_headless_4635.png]]]]

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* Pictured above is the climax of the first ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' movie, wherein Seline does this to [[spoiler:Viktor]]. It's particularly ridiculous because not only does he fail to realize the two halves of his head aren't connected anymore, he actually manages to whip around and draw his weapons before reality kicks in.
** Parodied by ''How It Should Have Ended'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx0l956RZMc "Wow. I thought his head was never going to fall off."]]

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* Pictured above is the climax of the first ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' ''Film/{{Underworld|2003}}'' movie, wherein Seline does this to [[spoiler:Viktor]]. It's particularly ridiculous because not only does he fail to realize the two halves of his head aren't connected anymore, he actually manages to whip around and draw his weapons before reality kicks in.
** Parodied by ''How It Should Have Ended'': ''WebAnimation/HowItShouldHaveEnded'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx0l956RZMc "Wow. I thought his head was never going to fall off."]]



* How Darth Maul dies in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''.

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* How Darth Maul dies in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''.''Film/ThePhantomMenace''; he stands whole for few seconds before falling, which shows that he was cut in two.
15th Jul '16 2:51:38 PM falcon2484
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* Happens in ''Film/TheIcePirates'' during the swordfight between Maida and Dogbite. Maida swings her sword, Dogbite stops fighting and simply stands and grins. "Feeling better?" she asks. Dogbite raises his head to nod, we see a red mark across his throat....and then his head simply topples off his neck.

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* Happens in ''Film/TheIcePirates'' during the swordfight between Maida and Dogbite. Maida swings her sword, Dogbite stops fighting and simply stands and grins. "Feeling better?" she asks. Dogbite raises his head to nod, we see a red mark across his throat....and then his head simply just topples off his neck.
15th Jul '16 2:50:45 PM falcon2484
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* Happens in ''Film/TheIcePirates'' during the swordfight between Maida and Dogbite. Maida swings her sword, Dogbite stops fighting and simply stands and grins. "Feeling better?" she asks. Dogbite raises his head to nod, we see a red mark across his throat....and then his head simply topples off his neck.
24th Jun '16 12:17:13 PM Steven
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* Two members of the Umbrella Special Forces Team in ''Film/ResidentEvil'' are killed by the Red Queen computer with lasers. They stay perfectly standing until their injuries start to show; one of them has her neck sliced open while the other one is cut into tiny cubes.
9th Jun '16 7:32:42 PM nombretomado
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* This happens in some form or another in almost every episode of ''SamuraiJack''.

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* This happens in some form or another in almost every episode of ''SamuraiJack''.''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''.
17th May '16 2:17:37 PM Willbyr
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* Parodied in ''DragonBall'': Mr. Satan pays no. 18 to take a dive in their tournament match. Mr. Satan punches 18, who is completely unaffected. She asks Mr. Satan whether that was his most powerful attack, and he says yes. She jumps backward off the arena, and the audience misinterprets it as a Delayed Causality punch.

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* Parodied in ''DragonBall'': ''Manga/DragonBall'': Mr. Satan pays no. 18 to take a dive in their tournament match. Mr. Satan punches 18, who is completely unaffected. She asks Mr. Satan whether that was his most powerful attack, and he says yes. She jumps backward off the arena, and the audience misinterprets it as a Delayed Causality punch.



* In ''CodeGeass'', this happens in the fight between the Knight of One and [[spoiler: Suzaku]]
* ''{{Saint Seiya}}'' loves this one. Foes don't drop dead until they ''realize'' they've been hit.
* Frequently played straight in ''YuYuHakusho''. In what was possibly the earliest example in the show, Hiei slices an opponent something like sixteen times; said opponent has time for some gloating before he finally slides into pieces.

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* In ''CodeGeass'', ''Anime/CodeGeass'', this happens in the fight between the Knight of One and [[spoiler: Suzaku]]
* ''{{Saint Seiya}}'' ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' loves this one. Foes don't drop dead until they ''realize'' they've been hit.
* Frequently played straight in ''YuYuHakusho''.''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. In what was possibly the earliest example in the show, Hiei slices an opponent something like sixteen times; said opponent has time for some gloating before he finally slides into pieces.
16th May '16 7:34:41 AM Dravencour
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See also YouAreAlreadyDead.
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