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19th May '16 10:49:24 PM LinTaylor
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* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', where one of the inventions Peter patents when he takes over his father-in-law's company is the "African-American Heart Monitor". Instead of beeping, it plays a clip of a man saying "Yeah, yeah, yeah"; in place of the familiar flatline sound, the voice simply says "Aw, he dead."
8th May '16 9:04:55 PM nombretomado
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* Used for comedy in one episode of HomeImprovement, Tim Allen takes applies 2 nodes to his chest, beep.....beep.....beep. He starts breathing heavily and tries again, beep..beep..beep..beep. He then puts the nodes on his head to which it flat-lines.

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* Used for comedy in one episode of HomeImprovement, ''Series/HomeImprovement'', Tim Allen takes applies 2 nodes to his chest, beep.....beep.....beep. He starts breathing heavily and tries again, beep..beep..beep..beep. He then puts the nodes on his head to which it flat-lines.



* [[spoiler:Mac Taylor]] on ''{{CSI NY}}''. One of the doctors yells right out "He's flatlining!"
* Done for a little Comedic Sociopathy in ''WillAndGrace.'' Rosario is in the hospital for tonsilitis, and [[RichBitch Karen]] basically assumes she's faking for sympathy. Rosario flatlines, and Karen panics and spills her guts, saying she knew she was sick all along and just couldn't handle the idea of losing her. Rosario (who flatlined, remember) suddenly makes a snarky comment, them mentions that the reader came off her finger.

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* [[spoiler:Mac Taylor]] on ''{{CSI ''Series/{{CSI NY}}''. One of the doctors yells right out "He's flatlining!"
* Done for a little Comedic Sociopathy in ''WillAndGrace.''Series/WillAndGrace.'' Rosario is in the hospital for tonsilitis, and [[RichBitch Karen]] basically assumes she's faking for sympathy. Rosario flatlines, and Karen panics and spills her guts, saying she knew she was sick all along and just couldn't handle the idea of losing her. Rosario (who flatlined, remember) suddenly makes a snarky comment, them mentions that the reader came off her finger.
3rd Apr '16 4:27:39 PM RoseAndHeather
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* The "played for comedy" flatline, as described in the introduction, is actually quite a common occurrence. The electrodes can easily slip off the skin, and since the regular beep volume is usually turned down low, nobody notices the irregular signal on the monitor until the flatline beep (or alternative alert) sounds. So there are many false alarms.

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* The "played for comedy" flatline, as described in the introduction, is actually quite a common occurrence. The electrodes can easily slip off the skin, and since the regular beep volume is usually turned down low, nobody notices the irregular signal on the monitor until the flatline beep (or alternative alert) sounds. So there are many false alarms. It's not uncommon for an annoyed patient ostensibly hooked up to one of these to buzz for a nurse because the flatline tone is interfering with their sleep/TV show/whatever.
2nd Apr '16 5:15:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* Subverted in ''ActionLeagueNow'': "Danger for a Dignitary". After The Flesh accidentally gets an ambassador injured, Bill the Lab Guy is forced to do a delicate procedure to fix him:

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* Subverted in ''ActionLeagueNow'': ''WesternAnimation/ActionLeagueNow'': "Danger for a Dignitary". After The Flesh accidentally gets an ambassador injured, Bill the Lab Guy is forced to do a delicate procedure to fix him:
11th Feb '16 5:36:21 PM Teenlyokofan7777
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* Used in ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' [[RuleOfThree three separate times]]. The first episode to use this trope is "Killer Music" ([[{{Keet}} Odd]]); the second, "Common Interest" (Aelita); and the third time "The Pretender" (Yumi).
30th Jan '16 2:26:34 AM wolftickets1969
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* Xorcist's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FH7zbjX14hw "Crack"]] opens with a flatlining EKG; by the dialogue, a drug user apparently is having a NearDeathExperience after doing it the first time. "I didn't do that much stuff, it's only the first time! Oh God please, I wanna go back! "Oh please God, I wanna live!"

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* Xorcist's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FH7zbjX14hw "Crack"]] opens with a flatlining EKG; by the dialogue, dialogue (sampled from a 1980's [[DrugsAreBad anti-drug ad]]), a drug user apparently is having a NearDeathExperience after doing it the first time. "I didn't do that much stuff, it's only the first time! Oh God please, I wanna go back! "Oh please God, I wanna live!"
30th Jan '16 2:22:44 AM wolftickets1969
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* ''VideoGame/SunsetOverdrive'' has this sound when the player character dies, preceded by a CriticalAnnoyance EKG beep.
15th Jan '16 11:03:49 PM jormis29
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*** Done in a very odd way during the credits of the last ''StElsewhere'' episode. The MTM cat was shown lying still, flanked by a beeping heart monitor and IV bag. As the theme music ended, the monitor went to flatline instead of the kitty's traditional "Meow!" Yes, the autistic kid killed a kitty...

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*** Done in a very odd way during the credits of the last ''StElsewhere'' ''Series/StElsewhere'' episode. The MTM cat was shown lying still, flanked by a beeping heart monitor and IV bag. As the theme music ended, the monitor went to flatline instead of the kitty's traditional "Meow!" Yes, the autistic kid killed a kitty...
10th Jan '16 5:22:38 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "All that Glitters" SpongeBob is seen at the infirmary after he tries to replace his spatula with a high tech new one that deserts him:

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* Subverted In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "All that Glitters" SpongeBob [=SpongeBob=] is seen at the infirmary after he tries to replace his spatula with a high tech new one that deserts him:



-->'''SpongeBob:''' Spatula?? It can't be true. It's too late!! [sobs uncontrolably]
-->'''Doctor:''' SpongeBob, I-I hate to tell you this..
-->'''SpongeBob:''' I know. He's moved on to the big kitchen drawer in the sky. Hes gone!

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-->'''SpongeBob:''' -->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Spatula?? It can't be true. It's too late!! [sobs uncontrolably]
-->'''Doctor:''' SpongeBob, [=SpongeBob=], I-I hate to tell you this..
-->'''SpongeBob:''' -->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' I know. He's moved on to the big kitchen drawer in the sky. Hes gone!



-->'''SpongeBob:''' [sobbing] I'm so sorry... [sobbing continues]

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-->'''SpongeBob:''' -->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' [sobbing] I'm so sorry... [sobbing continues]
21st Oct '15 3:36:21 PM tropower
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* ''[[Film/Resurrection1980 Resurrection]]'' features a heart monitor throughout the entire "near-death experience" scene, and yes it does flatline at one point.

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* ''[[Film/Resurrection1980 ''[[Film/{{Resurrection1980}} Resurrection]]'' features a heart monitor throughout the entire "near-death experience" scene, and yes it does flatline at one point.
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