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27th May '18 4:47:23 AM jormis29
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* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vzCYPJxoiE&feature=fvst music video]] for the Travis Tritt song "Tell Me I Was Dreaming" does this by showing the letters ASY (meaning asystole, naturally), instead of the straight line and long beep that normally happens (forward to 3:28 to see it).

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* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vzCYPJxoiE&feature=fvst music video]] for the Travis Tritt Music/TravisTritt song "Tell Me I Was Dreaming" does this by showing the letters ASY (meaning asystole, naturally), instead of the straight line and long beep that normally happens (forward to 3:28 to see it).
26th May '18 3:32:58 AM jormis29
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* ''Series/{{Dallas}}'': The seventh-season ending, where Bobby Ewing dies; this is ''not'' the "shower scene" cliffhanger that aired a year later, but the episode where Bobby was struck by a car and mortally injured. As usually seems to be the case for "he's gonna die" episodes, the entire cast gathers at the victim's bedside (in this case, Bobby's) as the soon-to-be-deceased mumbles a few last words to family and loved ones; in this case, Bobby's last muttered words are, "I love you" before the flatline. Unintentionally comes off as being PlayedForLaughs because of the cheesy setup, the lack of emotion shown by a fake teary-eyed Larry Hagman, and the foregone conclusion that Bobby was going to die (due to Patrick Duffy leaving the show due to conflicts with the show's producers and writers -- until he got them resolved a year later ... ).

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* ''Series/{{Dallas}}'': The seventh-season ending, where Bobby Ewing dies; this is ''not'' the "shower scene" cliffhanger that aired a year later, but the episode where Bobby was struck by a car and mortally injured. As usually seems to be the case for "he's gonna die" episodes, the entire cast gathers at the victim's bedside (in this case, Bobby's) as the soon-to-be-deceased mumbles a few last words to family and loved ones; in this case, Bobby's last muttered words are, "I love you" before the flatline. Unintentionally comes off as being PlayedForLaughs because of the cheesy setup, the lack of emotion shown by a fake teary-eyed Larry Hagman, Creator/LarryHagman, and the foregone conclusion that Bobby was going to die (due to Patrick Duffy leaving the show due to conflicts with the show's producers and writers -- until he got them resolved a year later ... ).
18th May '18 12:22:07 AM compactwave
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* The vintage ''Videogame/Tamagotchi'' releases and the first several ''Franchise/Digimon'' vpet releases have a heart monitor and flatline as part of their death sequences. Outside of possibly laying an egg at the end, they are completely unresponsive throughout the whole process and likely following the same ECG patterns of an actual asystolic patient, with the heart rate gradually slowing down rather than going from a normal rate to the flatline in a couple of seconds. On the releases where a character can be recovered from the brink of death, the heart monitor sounds are not part of the death sequences at all.

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* The vintage ''Videogame/Tamagotchi'' ''Videogame/{{Tamagotchi}}'' releases and the first several ''Franchise/Digimon'' ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' vpet releases have a heart monitor and flatline as part of their death sequences. Outside of possibly laying an egg at the end, they are completely unresponsive throughout the whole process and likely following the same ECG patterns of an actual asystolic patient, with the heart rate gradually slowing down rather than going from a normal rate to the flatline in a couple of seconds. On the releases where a character can be recovered from the brink of death, the heart monitor sounds are not part of the death sequences at all.
18th May '18 12:20:58 AM compactwave
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* The vintage ''Videogame/Tamagotchi'' releases and the first several ''Franchise/Digimon'' vpet releases have a heart monitor and flatline as part of their death sequences. Outside of possibly laying an egg at the end, they are completely unresponsive throughout the whole process and likely following the same ECG patterns of an actual asystolic patient, with the heart rate gradually slowing down rather than going from a normal rate to the flatline in a couple of seconds. On the releases where a character can be recovered from the brink of death, the heart monitor sounds are not part of the death sequences at all.
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3rd Apr '18 6:21:54 AM jormis29
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* In the ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' special "Episode of Bardock", Lord Chilled flatlined after barely escaping Bardock's wrath.

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* In the ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' special "Episode of Bardock", ''Anime/DragonBallEpisodeOfBardock'', Lord Chilled flatlined after barely escaping Bardock's wrath.
1st Apr '18 6:51:53 PM WillKeaton
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** Even in cases of extreme Central Nervous System trauma (brain injury, severed spinal cord, etc) the heart can continue to beat with a detectable rhythm for up to 30 minutes after brain death. In 1887 a sphygmograph (a crude early heart monitor that drew a pulse pattern onto carbon paper) [[http://www.capitalpunishmentuk.org/hanging2.html was used to monitor the pulses]] of three hanged men. You can see the resulting traces [[http://www.capitalpunishmentuk.org/Heart%20beat.jpg here]].

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** Even in cases of extreme Central Nervous System trauma (brain injury, severed spinal cord, etc) the heart can continue to beat with a detectable rhythm for up to 30 minutes after brain death. In 1887 a sphygmograph (a crude early heart monitor that drew a pulse pattern onto carbon paper) [[http://www.capitalpunishmentuk.org/hanging2.html was used to monitor the pulses]] of three hanged men. You can see the resulting traces [[http://www.capitalpunishmentuk.org/Heart%20beat.jpg here]]. here.]]
8th Feb '18 10:38:24 AM totoofze47
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* In ''Anime/KillLaKill'', we see this in a flashback with [[spoiler:a baby Ryuuko during the time where her parents tried to infuse her with life-fibers]] Subverted in that [[spoiler:she wasn't dead]].

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* In ''Anime/KillLaKill'', we see this in a flashback with [[spoiler:a a baby Ryuuko during the time where her parents tried to infuse her with life-fibers]] life-fibers. Subverted in that [[spoiler:she she wasn't dead]].dead.



* ExcelSaga: Hyatt is hooked up to one for an ACROSS staff-meeting, of all things. Naturally, she flatlines half-way through prompting Excel to engage in extremely spazzy CPR. PlayedForLaughs, naturally, as Hyatt dies all the time anyway, and she gets better as usual.

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* ExcelSaga: ''Anime/ExcelSaga'': Hyatt is hooked up to one for an ACROSS staff-meeting, of all things. Naturally, she flatlines half-way through prompting Excel to engage in extremely spazzy CPR. PlayedForLaughs, naturally, as Hyatt dies all the time anyway, and she gets better as usual. usual.
* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'': When Sir Night Eye succumbs to his injuries, the life equipment he was hooked onto flatlines, and the sound continues until the end of the chapter.
4th Feb '18 4:05:46 PM Minni128
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* ''FanFic/TheMoonstoneCup'' has Twilight's cardiac monitor do this. Because IT died, much to her chagrin ...

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* ''FanFic/TheMoonstoneCup'' has Twilight's cardiac monitor do this. Because IT ''IT'' died, much to her chagrin ...



* In Webcomic/KillLaKillAU, we have this with a mortally injured Ragyo, though we didn't really know if she died, as Amoridere wasn't sure what should come after that. It was later confirmed that she hadn't passed away.

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* In Webcomic/KillLaKillAU, ''Webcomic/KillLaKillAU'', we have this with a mortally injured Ragyo, though we didn't really know if she died, as Amoridere wasn't sure what should come after that. It was later confirmed that she hadn't passed away.away.
*This occurs in ''Fanfic/CellarSecrets'', with a dying Shiro, in chapter 25. However, unlike how she'd normally respond to it, Ryuuko cries.
27th Jan '18 5:46:02 PM Actua11y
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Regardless of what they were hospitalized for, thanks to TheLawOfConservationOfDetail, if a character is hooked up to a cardiac monitor, they will almost always flatline at some point. You definitely won't hear them if the character isn't going to die, [[CriticalAnnoyance because that beeping sound is just annoying]]. Additionally it will either be an instant thing from a regular heartbeat to a line, or a very sudden series of erratic bleeps suggesting the patient is having a heart-attack, often from stress, just before the flatline itself. If the scene is being played for comedy, the "flatline" may be the result of the patient playing with the monitor leads, getting up for a bathroom trip, a guest accidentally tripping over the monitor, or other such mundane causes.

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Regardless of what they were hospitalized for, thanks to TheLawOfConservationOfDetail, if a character is hooked up to a cardiac monitor, they will almost always flatline at some point. You definitely won't hear them if the character isn't going to die, [[CriticalAnnoyance because that beeping sound is just annoying]]. Additionally Additionally, it will either be an instant thing from a regular heartbeat to a line, or a very sudden series of erratic bleeps suggesting the patient is having a heart-attack, often from stress, just before the flatline itself. If the scene is being played for comedy, the "flatline" may be the result of the patient playing with the monitor leads, getting up for a bathroom trip, a guest accidentally tripping over the monitor, or other such mundane causes.



* In episode eleven of ''[[VisualNovel/EfAFairyTaleOfTheTwo ef: A Tale of Melodies]]'', Kuze's heart machine beeps and then the Heartwrenchingly sad ending theme plays. At the end his machine beeps again and he comes back to life.

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* In episode eleven of ''[[VisualNovel/EfAFairyTaleOfTheTwo ef: A Tale of Melodies]]'', Kuze's heart machine beeps and then the Heartwrenchingly sad ending theme plays. At the end end, his machine beeps again and he comes back to life.



* In ''Anime/KillLaKill'', we see this in a flashback with [[spoiler: a baby Ryuuko during the time where her parents tried to infuse her with life-fibers]] Subverted in that [[spoiler: she wasn't dead]].

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* In ''Anime/KillLaKill'', we see this in a flashback with [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a baby Ryuuko during the time where her parents tried to infuse her with life-fibers]] Subverted in that [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she wasn't dead]].



* During the climactic battle at the end of ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'', just when Batman has Superman at his mercy, we see Batman's pulse, represented by a red line on panel. It spikes incredibly rapidly and then flatlines, indicating his self-induced [[spoiler: and temporary]] heart attack. [[spoiler: It resurges on panel during his "funeral", just in time for Clark Kent to hear it with his SuperSenses.]]
* [[spoiler: Gert's]] final page in ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' shows [[spoiler: her]] heartbeat interspersed between the panels. Then there's a shot of the fatal dagger penetrating [[spoiler: her]] heart, overlapping the line going flat.

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* During the climactic battle at the end of ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'', just when Batman has Superman at his mercy, we see Batman's pulse, represented by a red line on panel. It spikes incredibly rapidly and then flatlines, indicating his self-induced [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and temporary]] heart attack. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It resurges on panel during his "funeral", just in time for Clark Kent to hear it with his SuperSenses.]]
* [[spoiler: Gert's]] [[spoiler:Gert's]] final page in ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' shows [[spoiler: her]] [[spoiler:her]] heartbeat interspersed between the panels. Then there's a shot of the fatal dagger penetrating [[spoiler: her]] [[spoiler:her]] heart, overlapping the line going flat.



* Used in the ending of ''Film/DrGiggles''. The surviving girl is hooked to an electrocardiogram, and we see her heart race increase as her love interest embraces her.

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* Used in the ending of ''Film/DrGiggles''. The surviving girl is hooked to an electrocardiogram, and we see her heart race rate increase as her love interest embraces her.



** Episode "Identified". After a UFO is shot down one of the aliens aboard it is captured. After he's exposed to the Earth's atmosphere he suffers from RapidAging. As the SHADO doctors try to save him a nurse watches a heart monitor. His heart beat continues for a few seconds and then flatlines.
** Episode "Computer Affair". Straker decides to use one of the "new anodynes" on a captured alien in the hope that it will act as a TruthSerum on him. Instead it makes his heart beat faster and then kills him, with a heart monitor showing the whole thing.

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** Episode "Identified". After a UFO is shot down one of the aliens aboard it is captured. After he's exposed to the Earth's atmosphere he suffers from RapidAging. As the SHADO doctors try to save him a nurse watches a heart monitor. His heart beat heartbeat continues for a few seconds and then flatlines.
** Episode "Computer Affair". Straker decides to use one of the "new anodynes" on a captured alien in the hope that it will act as a TruthSerum on him. Instead Instead, it makes his heart beat faster and then kills him, with a heart monitor showing the whole thing.



--> ''I can feel your heart beat/ [[DownerEnding For the very last time]]...''

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--> ''I can feel your heart beat/ heartbeat/ [[DownerEnding For the very last time]]...''



* The long, sustained G note during the song "My Iron Lung" by Music/{{Radiohead}} sounds like a (take wild guess) a flat EKG. Considering the sardonic tone of the song, it's open to interpretation whether it means a person has died, or Radiohead is comparing their success as "dead"

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* The long, sustained G note during the song "My Iron Lung" by Music/{{Radiohead}} sounds like a (take a wild guess) a flat EKG. Considering the sardonic tone of the song, it's open to interpretation whether it means a person has died, or Radiohead is comparing their success as "dead"



* Music/GunsNRoses has ''Coma'', a song about a man on his death bed embracing his own death. It's interspersed with a beeping ECG in time with the percussion. Naturally, he flatlines at the point where he realises he's actually afraid of dying, as indicated by the long beeeeeeeeeeep and all the medics calling a Code Blue.

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* Music/GunsNRoses has ''Coma'', a song about a man on his death bed deathbed embracing his own death. It's interspersed with a beeping ECG in time with the percussion. Naturally, he flatlines at the point where he realises realizes he's actually afraid of dying, as indicated by the long beeeeeeeeeeep and all the medics calling a Code Blue.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Illbleed}}'', an electrocardiogram represents the player character's heartrate. Hit a scare trap and it goes up. If it gets too high, the character's heart ''explodes'', and it flatlines. (It can also get too ''low'' if they bleed out, which also leads to death and a flatline.)

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Illbleed}}'', an electrocardiogram represents the player character's heartrate.heart rate. Hit a scare trap and it goes up. If it gets too high, the character's heart ''explodes'', and it flatlines. (It can also get too ''low'' if they bleed out, which also leads to death and a flatline.)



* Since you spend most of the game going through a dying man's dreams, ''VideoGame/ToTheMoon'' has his electrocardiogram displayed on the top of the screen. His heart beat gets more and more frantic and erratic as the game goes on. Although you never see it, you eventually hear him "flatline" near the end of the game.

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* Since you spend most of the game going through a dying man's dreams, ''VideoGame/ToTheMoon'' has his electrocardiogram displayed on the top of the screen. His heart beat heartbeat gets more and more frantic and erratic as the game goes on. Although you never see it, you eventually hear him "flatline" near the end of the game.



* ''Harvester'' has this in two death scenes (with Steve being electrocuted to death or having his head sliced off). However, [[spoiler: this flatline comes into play later on in the good ending, in which two scientists were using the EKG to test Steve to make him a murderer in the virtual world, but they failed since by sparing his girlfriend, Steve died too early before he became a killer, and thus they decide to continue their plan to make killers of more victims, and the flatline shows as the two scientists do an EvilLaugh.]]

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* ''Harvester'' has this in two death scenes (with Steve being electrocuted to death or having his head sliced off). However, [[spoiler: this [[spoiler:this flatline comes into play later on in the good ending, in which two scientists were using the EKG to test Steve to make him a murderer in the virtual world, but they failed since by sparing his girlfriend, Steve died too early before he became a killer, and thus they decide to continue their plan to make killers of more victims, and the flatline shows as the two scientists do an EvilLaugh.]]
14th Nov '17 8:29:48 PM Adam43
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* ''VideoGame/Harvester'' has this in two death scenes (with Steve being electrocuted to death or having his head sliced off). However, [[spoiler: this flatline comes into play later on in the good ending, in which two scientists were using the EKG to test Steve to make him a murderer in the virtual world, but they failed since by sparing his girlfriend, Steve died too early before he became a killer, and thus they decide to continue their plan to make killers of more victims, and the flatline shows as the two scientists do an EvilLaugh.]]
* ''VideoGame/Skullgirls'' had a character named Valentine, and one of her supers involves her slicing the opponent as a EKG beeps, with the final hit being a flatline.

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* ''VideoGame/Harvester'' ''Harvester'' has this in two death scenes (with Steve being electrocuted to death or having his head sliced off). However, [[spoiler: this flatline comes into play later on in the good ending, in which two scientists were using the EKG to test Steve to make him a murderer in the virtual world, but they failed since by sparing his girlfriend, Steve died too early before he became a killer, and thus they decide to continue their plan to make killers of more victims, and the flatline shows as the two scientists do an EvilLaugh.]]
* ''VideoGame/Skullgirls'' ''Skullgirls'' had a character named Valentine, and one of her supers involves her slicing the opponent as a EKG beeps, with the final hit being a flatline.
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