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16th Nov '16 3:33:43 AM ashlay
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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': [[spoiler:Satanael kills the BigBad with a single gunshot to the head, despite you littering the boss with lead and other attacks during the actual BossFight. It probably helps that Satanael is a 50 foot tall demon king with a magical skyscraper sized rifle powered by belief in the heroes.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': [[spoiler:Satanael kills the BigBad with a single gunshot to the head, despite you littering the boss with lead and other attacks during the actual BossFight. It probably helps that Satanael is a 50 foot tall demon king with a magical skyscraper sized rifle powered by belief in the heroes.]]
14th Nov '16 7:48:51 AM ashlay
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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': [[spoiler:Satanael kills the BigBad with a single gunshot to the head, despite you littering the boss with lead and other attacks during the actual BossFight. It probably helps that Satanael is a 50 foot tall demon king with a magical skyscraper sized rifle powered by belief in the heroes.]]
11th Nov '16 5:00:00 PM Jacob175
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* ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'': Usually uses this straight, especially with the Saint of Killers, whose guns are forged from the sword of the former Angel of Death and can kill the Devil and ''God himself'', there are at least two subversions. In the first, a hulking cannibal takes a head shot, continues advancing and takes a second before dying. In the second, Herr Starr gets his head blown open. He has time to glance up and utter a final "shit" before expiring.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'': Usually uses this straight, especially with the Saint of Killers, whose guns are forged from the sword of the former Angel of Death and can kill the Devil and ''God himself'', but there are at least two subversions. In the first, a hulking cannibal takes a head shot, continues advancing and takes a second before dying. In the second, Herr Starr gets his head blown open. He has time to glance up and utter a final "shit" before expiring. \n



** Subverted in the orginal. Vito took five shots and lived. It took dozens to bring down Sonny.

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** Subverted in the orginal.original. Vito took five shots and lived. It took dozens to bring down Sonny.



* ''Series/GimmeABreak'':[[InvokedTrope Invoked]] when Carl shot and killed a perp. He is extremely depressed about this, and when his youngest daughter acts like he was a hero for doing it, he explodes angrily at her that it was ''not'' like the movies. The perp died slowly and in pain, calling out for his mother.

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* ''Series/GimmeABreak'':[[InvokedTrope ''Series/GimmeABreak'': [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] when Carl shot and killed a perp. He is extremely depressed about this, and when his youngest daughter acts like he was a hero for doing it, he explodes angrily at her that it was ''not'' like the movies. The perp died slowly and in pain, calling out for his mother.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberpunk}} Played straight in Cyberpunk 2020'', where a bullet to the head is very likely to be an insta-kill for your character. Even if you're hit in another location you can be killed at the moment too if it causes enough damage, because of the shock.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberpunk}} ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberpunk}}'': Played straight in Cyberpunk ''Cyberpunk 2020'', where a bullet to the head is very likely to be an insta-kill for your character. Even if you're hit in another location you can be killed at the moment too if it causes enough damage, because of the shock.



* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'': At the end of the mission "Where Angels Fear to Tread" in , [[spoiler:Handsome Jack kills Roland with a single shot to the back from a pistol, as Lilith screams in horror]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'': At the end of the mission "Where Angels Fear to Tread" in , Tread", [[spoiler:Handsome Jack kills Roland with a single shot to the back from a pistol, as Lilith screams in horror]].



* Video Game/CallofDuty: The game mechanics using fixed damage and HP values for enemies causes many {{Mooks}}enemies to die in a single shot regardless of where they are shot. This is especially notable on the higher difficulties.

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* Video Game/CallofDuty: VideoGame/CallOfDuty: The game mechanics using fixed damage and HP values for enemies causes many {{Mooks}}enemies to die in a single shot regardless of where they are shot. This is especially notable on the higher difficulties.
10th Nov '16 7:52:25 PM TuefelHundenIV
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In works of fiction, guns behave in strange ways. Often, and especially in gritty action films and old-timey westerns, guns seem to fire not bullets but ''death itself''. {{Mook}}s, RedShirts, {{hero}}es, and {{Big Bad}}s alike can die instantly from a single bullet fired in their general direction, and the kill may even be [[BloodlessCarnage bereft of blood]]. In some works, this is employed slightly more realistically with [[BoomHeadshot bloody headshots]], but are just as instantly deadly as their weakly aimed counterparts.

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In works of fiction, guns behave in strange ways. Often, and especially in gritty action films and old-timey westerns, guns seem to fire not bullets but ''death itself''. {{Mook}}s, {{Mooks}}, RedShirts, {{hero}}es, and {{Big Bad}}s alike can die instantly from a single bullet fired in their general direction, and the kill may even be [[BloodlessCarnage bereft of blood]]. In some works, this is employed slightly more realistically with [[BoomHeadshot bloody headshots]], but are just as instantly deadly as their weakly aimed counterparts.



* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'': Used a number of times usually with {{Mook}}s. This trope is playfully {{lampshaded}} when Revy meets some kids playing with toy guns. Their deaths, like most kids'-game deaths, were drawn-out and [[{{Narm}} ridiculous]]. Revy demonstrates the proper way of dying from a bullet. The kids point out how uncool it looks.

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* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'': Used a number of times usually with {{Mook}}s.{{Mooks}}. This trope is playfully {{lampshaded}} when Revy meets some kids playing with toy guns. Their deaths, like most kids'-game deaths, were drawn-out and [[{{Narm}} ridiculous]]. Revy demonstrates the proper way of dying from a bullet. The kids point out how uncool it looks.



* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Ritsuko meets her end this way. She dies half a second after being shot.
* ''Manga/GingaDensetsuWeed'' When the humans start exterminating the dogs of Futago Pass, most of the canines fall to a single bullet.

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Ritsuko meets her end this way. She dies half a second after being shot.
* ''Manga/GingaDensetsuWeed'' When the humans start exterminating the dogs of Futago Pass, most of the canines fall to a single bullet.



* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Ritsuko meets her end this way. She dies half a second after being shot.



* The white arrow in ''Manga/PlatinumEnd'', possessed only by [[OurAngelsAreDifferent high-class angels]], kills anyone it hits instantly and painlessly, with a 100% accuracy. According to Nasse, it is normally used for "euthanasia".



* Magazine/{{Mad}}: Don Martin spoofed this in a panel showing an arcade game console, where the player was supposed to take down robbers with a handgun. The game robber used a ridiculously long time to die, complete with [[IncurableCoughOfDeath coughing]], falling over while clutching his chest (aarrgh) crawling painfully away while gargling and finally expiring outside the screen.



* Magazine/{{Mad}} (courtesy of Don Martin) spoofed this in a panel showing an arcade game console, where the player was supposed to take down robbers with a handgun. The game robber used a ridiculously long time to die, complete with [[IncurableCoughOfDeath coughing]], falling over while clutching his chest (aarrgh) crawling painfully away while gargling and finally expiring outside the screen.

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* Magazine/{{Mad}} (courtesy of Don Martin) spoofed this in a panel showing an arcade game console, where the player was supposed to take down robbers with a handgun. The game robber used a ridiculously long time to die, complete with [[IncurableCoughOfDeath coughing]], falling over while clutching his chest (aarrgh) crawling painfully away while gargling and finally expiring outside the screen.



* ''Film/BloodDiamond'': Happens in copious amounts. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BstunZN_e7g When Danny Archer pretends to be a prisoner]] to trick some guards, he shoots both in quick succession and they drop down immediately. Later, when covering Vandy and his son's escape, Archer again kills several approaching mooks with a sniper rifle, to the same effect. But there are three exceptions: Colonel Coetzee, Kapanay, and Danny.

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* ''Film/BloodDiamond'': Happens in copious amounts. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BstunZN_e7g When Danny Archer pretends to be a prisoner]] to trick some guards, he shoots both in quick succession and they drop down immediately. Later, when covering Vandy and his son's escape, Archer again kills several approaching mooks {{Mooks}} with a sniper rifle, to the same effect. But there are three exceptions: Colonel Coetzee, Kapanay, and Danny.



* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', HYDRA troops are supposed to be a serious threat because they use {{Death Ray}}s as standard equipment. The effect is somewhat ruined, however, because the standard-issue Allied rifles seem to be equally deadly. Hell, they seem to be ''more'' dangerous, because HYDRA mooks are completely clad in body armor and yet they still [[ArmorIsUseless die in one hit]].
* ''Film/{{Collateral}}'': Subverted in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zJlsc8GU50 one scene]] where Vincent is [[MuggingTheMonster menaced]] by two thugs with his briefcase. He uses a double tap with point shooting to drop the first guy [[note]] Point shooting is a type of reflex based shooting training in which aiming is done reflexively with the shooters position relative to their target in close range.[[/note]], then he performs the full Mozambique Drill[[note]]A shooting technique that fires two shots to the chest in quick succession just like a double tap followed up with a aimed head shot. Used to ensure the target is taken down.[[/note]] on the second. The one shot in the chest is still twitching as Vincent retrieves his briefcase before casually firing the finishing shot into his head.

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* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', HYDRA troops are supposed to be a serious threat because they use {{Death Ray}}s as standard equipment. The effect is somewhat ruined, however, because the standard-issue Allied rifles seem to be equally deadly. Hell, they seem to be ''more'' dangerous, because HYDRA mooks {{Mooks}} are completely clad in body armor and yet they still [[ArmorIsUseless die in one hit]].
* ''Film/{{Collateral}}'': ''Film/{{Collateral}}'':
** Some of the {{Mooks}} in the club shootout scene are shown going down to a quick single shot while everyone else is usually shot several times.
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Subverted in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zJlsc8GU50 one scene]] where Vincent is [[MuggingTheMonster menaced]] by two thugs with his briefcase. He uses a double tap with point shooting to drop the first guy [[note]] Point shooting is a type of reflex based shooting training in which aiming is done reflexively with the shooters position relative to their target in close range.[[/note]], then he performs the full Mozambique Drill[[note]]A shooting technique that fires two shots to the chest in quick succession just like a double tap followed up with a aimed head shot. Used to ensure the target is taken down.[[/note]] on the second. The one shot in the chest is still twitching as Vincent retrieves his briefcase before casually firing the finishing shot into his head.



* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'': While {{Mooks}} and bystanders die this way as a matter of course in the movie, a notable instance is when Bond shoots the alternate BigBad Elektra in the face. She simply falls back onto a bed, dead.
** ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'': Every single person shot by Scramanga dies immediately. This is made more notable by the fact that Scaramanga's gun uses custom made bullets of an absurdly low caliber [[note]]4.2mm[[/note]], making them ''less'' likely to kill anyone they hit than bullets fired from a normal gun... unless the man firing it is a spectacularly skilled marksman, which it is established that Scaramanga is. There are places on the human body other than the head where a bullet will indeed kill instantly, and presumably Scaramanga would know of them.
** ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'': Averted with [[spoiler: M's death. M is mortally wounded by gunfire but doesn't die until after Bond manages to kill Silva a considerable length of time later.]]
* ''Film/{{Witness}}'': When [=McFee=] is shot at point blank range in the chest with a shotgun, he appears to take only moments to die.
* ''Film/XMenFirstClass'': Erik Lehnsherr's mother is shot dead with a handgun right in front of him to try and force the young Magneto to manifest and draw on his mutant powers.



* ''Film/PineappleExpress'': A humorous subversion in Red's case. The first time he's shot, he actually appears to die... Only to wake back up seemingly fine. They shoot him ''again'', and he appears to die again. It's only later in the movie that it's revealed he was still alive.

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* ''Film/PineappleExpress'': ''Film/PineappleExpress'':
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A humorous subversion in Red's case. The first time he's shot, he actually appears to die... Only to wake back up seemingly fine. They shoot him ''again'', and he appears to die again. It's only later in the movie that it's revealed he was still alive.alive.
** The shootout in the barn over the abandoned military base has several of the rival gangs {{Mooks}} dying instantly when shot.
** The hit man Budlofsky refuses to shoot Saul who witnessed an earlier kill shortly before is shot and killed instantly by his fellow hit man Matheson for "going soft".



* ''Franchise/RoboCop'': The first three films.

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* ''Franchise/RoboCop'': The first three films. ''Franchise/RoboCop'':
** Throughout the various films several {{Mooks}} and {{RedShirt}}s go down to a single shot in various gun fights.



* ''Film/TearsOfTheSun'': Subverted in a sequence where a soldier takes a sniper bullet through the shoulder and falls down. After a few tense seconds, it's revealed that he ''dropped'' down to avoid getting hit by another bullet.
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'': While mooks and bystanders die this way as a matter of course in the movie, a notable instance is when Bond shoots the alternate BigBad Elektra in the face. She simply falls back onto a bed, dead.
** ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'': Every single person shot by Scramanga dies immediately. This is made more notable by the fact that Scaramanga's gun uses custom made bullets of an absurdly low caliber [[note]]4.2mm[[/note]], making them ''less'' likely to kill anyone they hit than bullets fired from a normal gun... unless the man firing it is a spectacularly skilled marksman, which it is established that Scaramanga is. There are places on the human body other than the head where a bullet will indeed kill instantly, and presumably Scaramanga would know of them.
** ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'': Averted with [[spoiler: M's death. M is mortally wounded by gunfire but doesn't die until after Bond manages to kill Silva a considerable length of time later.]]
* ''Film/{{Witness}}'': When [=McFee=] is shot at point blank range in the chest with a shotgun, he appears to take only moments to die.
* ''Film/XMenFirstClass'': Erik Lehnsherr's mother is shot dead with a handgun right in front of him to try and force the young Magneto to manifest and draw on his mutant powers.

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* ''Film/TearsOfTheSun'': ''Film/TearsOfTheSun'':
** One of the SEALS,Flea, takes a single shot to the chest during the final scene when the SEAL time is fleeing the rebels and dies pretty much instantly.
** Several of the {{Mooks}} in the movie are killed by the SEAL team with nothing more then a single shot.
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Subverted in a sequence where a soldier takes a sniper bullet through the shoulder and falls down. After a few tense seconds, it's revealed that he ''dropped'' down to avoid getting hit by another bullet.
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'': While mooks and bystanders die this way as a matter of course in the movie, a notable instance is when Bond shoots the alternate BigBad Elektra in the face. She simply falls back onto a bed, dead.
** ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'': Every single person shot by Scramanga dies immediately. This is made more notable by the fact that Scaramanga's gun uses custom made bullets of an absurdly low caliber [[note]]4.2mm[[/note]], making them ''less'' likely to kill anyone they hit than bullets fired from a normal gun... unless the man firing it is a spectacularly skilled marksman, which it is established that Scaramanga is. There are places on the human body other than the head where a bullet will indeed kill instantly, and presumably Scaramanga would know of them.
** ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'': Averted with [[spoiler: M's death. M is mortally wounded by gunfire but doesn't die until after Bond manages to kill Silva a considerable length of time later.]]
* ''Film/{{Witness}}'': When [=McFee=] is shot at point blank range in the chest with a shotgun, he appears to take only moments to die.
* ''Film/XMenFirstClass'': Erik Lehnsherr's mother is shot dead with a handgun right in front of him to try and force the young Magneto to manifest and draw on his mutant powers.
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Ironclaw}}'' it is very easy to score an Overkill when using a gun.[[note]]Normally, damage is equal to the number of attack dice that roll higher than the defence plus a weapon based modifier. Guns deal "Slaying" damage meaning they do two points of damage for each successful dice and a pistol has a +2 modifier, fusil +3, blunderbuss +4, and musket +2 with an extra d8 to the attack roll. In the Cardinal system five points of damage in one attack kills and six invokes the ChunkySalsaRule, when shooting a character rolls their Speed stat dice and their Ranged skill dice, at least two dice if they have any marks in Ranged combat.[[/note]] Fortunately, given the Renaissance-level setting, guns are expensive and often illegal for commoners, and fairly unreliable wheellocks.
* Played straight in ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberpunk}} 2020'', where a bullet to the head is very likely to be an insta-kill for your character. Even if you're hit in another location you can be killed at the moment too if it causes enough damage, because of the shock.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Ironclaw}}'' it ''TabletopGame/{{Ironclaw}}'': It is very easy to score an Overkill when using a gun.[[note]]Normally, damage is equal to the number of attack dice that roll higher than the defence plus a weapon based modifier. Guns deal "Slaying" damage meaning they do two points of damage for each successful dice and a pistol has a +2 modifier, fusil +3, blunderbuss +4, and musket +2 with an extra d8 to the attack roll. In the Cardinal system five points of damage in one attack kills and six invokes the ChunkySalsaRule, when shooting a character rolls their Speed stat dice and their Ranged skill dice, at least two dice if they have any marks in Ranged combat.[[/note]] Fortunately, given the Renaissance-level setting, guns are expensive and often illegal for commoners, and fairly unreliable wheellocks.
* Played straight in ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberpunk}} Played straight in Cyberpunk 2020'', where a bullet to the head is very likely to be an insta-kill for your character. Even if you're hit in another location you can be killed at the moment too if it causes enough damage, because of the shock.



* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'': For the games that include them, firearms in general are typically instantly fatal. There's some larger enemies that require multiple shots, but most Mooks will go down with just one. Muskets in particular are instantly fatal.

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* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'': For the games that include them, firearms in general are typically instantly fatal. There's some larger enemies that require multiple shots, but most Mooks {{Mooks}} will go down with just one. Muskets in particular are instantly fatal.



* Video Game/CallofDuty: The game mechanics using fixed damage and HP values for enemies causes many {{Mooks}}enemies to die in a single shot regardless of where they are shot. This is especially notable on the higher difficulties.



* ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'': The golden DY-357 LX magnum is a one hit kill.

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* ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'': ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'':
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The golden DY-357 LX magnum is a one hit kill.kill.
** Headshots typically kill instantly on most enemies.



* ''Videogame/RedDeadRedemption'': Enemies sometimes die from a single shot depending on weapon and where they are shot. More powerful weapons against some of the weaker enemies frequently one shot the target. Shotguns and rifles also have a tendency to one shot at least weaker enemies. Headshots of course are usually fatal for the {{Mook}}s.

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* ''Videogame/RedDeadRedemption'': Enemies sometimes die from a single shot depending on weapon and where they are shot. More powerful weapons against some of the weaker enemies frequently one shot the target. Shotguns and rifles also have a tendency to one shot at least weaker enemies. Headshots of course are usually fatal for the {{Mook}}s.{{Mooks}}.



* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'': In [=EP6=] where Shannon and Kanon have a duel using duel pistols with one magical bullet each, which will kill instantly the opponent regardless of where the bullet hits, as long as it does hit.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wolf}}'': Hunters flying in helicopters and planes ''always'' manage a OneHitKill. Hunters on the ground will get you in one or two. It's not stated whether this is due to a difference in rifle calibers or aiming skills (and, at least as far as the wolves are concerned, [[HumansAreCthulhu doesn't matter anyway]]).
* The Call of Duty franchise is frequently made fun of for this; not really instant death bullets, but a shot to any part of the body (except the head) deals the exact same damage, which can lead to a shot or two in the foot being instantly lethal.

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* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'': In [=EP6=] where Shannon and Kanon have a duel using duel pistols with one magical bullet each, which will kill instantly the opponent regardless of where the bullet hits, as long as it does hit.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wolf}}'': Hunters flying in helicopters and planes ''always'' manage a OneHitKill. Hunters on the ground will get you in one or two. It's not stated whether this is due to a difference in rifle calibers or aiming skills (and, at least as skills. As far as the wolves are concerned, [[HumansAreCthulhu doesn't matter anyway]]).
* The Call of Duty franchise is frequently made fun of for this; not really instant death bullets, but a shot to any part of the body (except the head) deals the exact same damage, which can lead to a shot or two in the foot being instantly lethal.
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* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] on Youtube channel IraqVeteran8888 by the hosts who relate a story of a [[HandCannon .357 Magnum]] round's noted lethal force, comparing it to "blowing out a candle."
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* Averted in the case of most handguns, as some 85% of people survive, though this is present with more powerful rounds like the .40 S&W and the .357 Magnum, both of which rate a ''96%'' lethality.
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10th Nov '16 9:49:00 AM dmcreif
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* Played straight for the most part in ''Series/LukeCage2016'', with two notable exceptions:
**When Cottonmouth shoots Rafael Scarfe, Scarfe is shot several times but manages to last about 12 to 13 hours before he expires.
**Subverted in the beginning when, during the gun heist, Shameek shoots Dante in the chest. He seems to have died instantly, but after Chico and Shameek leave, it's revealed that Dante is still alive, and he manages to call Cottonmouth's right hand Tone and sell out his accomplices before he dies.
30th Oct '16 10:08:45 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{GURPS}}'': Hits to vital organs or the brain are liable to kill someone instantly. Even a gunshot not aimed at vitals can kill instantly if it does enough damage.

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* ''{{GURPS}}'': ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'': Hits to vital organs or the brain are liable to kill someone instantly. Even a gunshot not aimed at vitals can kill instantly if it does enough damage.
7th Sep '16 6:05:58 AM themisterfree
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** In "Le Petit Tourette", all these pedophiles who were tricked into invading ''Dateline'' with Chris Hansen all pull out guns and commit suicide- all of whom die instantly.
7th Sep '16 6:04:51 AM themisterfree
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** In another episode, a Russian terrorist was shot by a sniper and killed instantly with the body falling off of a ladder and exploding all over the ground into several pieces.

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** In another episode, "The Snuke", a Russian terrorist was shot by a sniper and killed instantly with the body falling off of a ladder and exploding all over the ground into several pieces.
31st Aug '16 6:19:11 PM Funkasaurus
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[[folder:Web Video]]
* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] on Youtube channel IraqVeteran8888 by the hosts who relate a story of a [[HandCannon .357 Magnum]] round's noted lethal force, comparing it to "blowing out a candle."
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31st Aug '16 6:15:18 PM Funkasaurus
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