History Main / KneeCapping

20th Apr '17 7:06:42 PM bwburke94
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* In ''Literature/{{Twig}}'', Mary is shot through the back of the knee by [[spoiler:Sylvester]], in order to stop her from pursuing. With the advanced medical skill of Radham Academy she's back on her feet pretty quickly, but it provides a few months head start.



* In ''Literature/{{Twig}}'', Mary is shot through the back of the knee by [[spoiler:Sylvester]], in order to stop her from pursuing. With the advanced medical skill of Radham Academy she's back on her feet pretty quickly, but it provides a few months head start.
13th Apr '17 5:57:06 PM ANTMuddle
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* [[UsefulNotes/IceSkating Figure skater]] and Olympic hopeful Tonya Harding's then-husband attempted to help her [[JustForPun get a leg up]] on rival skater Nancy Kerrigan by paying off her bodyguard to attack Kerrigan's (right!) knee shortly before the 1994 Winter Olympics, in hopes of taking Kerrigan out of the competition. The attempt failed, since Kerrigan still won the silver medal; Harding came in 10th.

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* [[UsefulNotes/IceSkating Figure skater]] skater and Olympic hopeful Tonya Harding's then-husband attempted to help her [[JustForPun get a leg up]] on rival skater Nancy Kerrigan by paying off her bodyguard to attack Kerrigan's (right!) knee shortly before the 1994 Winter Olympics, in hopes of taking Kerrigan out of the competition. The attempt failed, since Kerrigan still won the silver medal; Harding came in 10th.
13th Apr '17 5:56:30 PM ANTMuddle
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* [[UsefulNotes/FigureSkating Figure skater]] and Olympic hopeful Tonya Harding's then-husband attempted to help her [[JustForPun get a leg up]] on rival skater Nancy Kerrigan by paying off her bodyguard to attack Kerrigan's (right!) knee shortly before the 1994 Winter Olympics, in hopes of taking Kerrigan out of the competition. The attempt failed, since Kerrigan still won the silver medal; Harding came in 10th.

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* [[UsefulNotes/FigureSkating [[UsefulNotes/IceSkating Figure skater]] and Olympic hopeful Tonya Harding's then-husband attempted to help her [[JustForPun get a leg up]] on rival skater Nancy Kerrigan by paying off her bodyguard to attack Kerrigan's (right!) knee shortly before the 1994 Winter Olympics, in hopes of taking Kerrigan out of the competition. The attempt failed, since Kerrigan still won the silver medal; Harding came in 10th.
13th Apr '17 5:56:15 PM ANTMuddle
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* Figure skater and Olympic hopeful Tonya Harding's then-husband attempted to help her [[JustForPun get a leg up]] on rival skater Nancy Kerrigan by paying off her bodyguard to attack Kerrigan's knee shortly before the 1994 Winter Olympics, in hopes of taking Kerrigan out of the competition. The attempt failed, since Kerrigan still won the silver medal; Harding came in 10th.

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* [[UsefulNotes/FigureSkating Figure skater skater]] and Olympic hopeful Tonya Harding's then-husband attempted to help her [[JustForPun get a leg up]] on rival skater Nancy Kerrigan by paying off her bodyguard to attack Kerrigan's (right!) knee shortly before the 1994 Winter Olympics, in hopes of taking Kerrigan out of the competition. The attempt failed, since Kerrigan still won the silver medal; Harding came in 10th.
8th Mar '17 10:31:53 AM nombretomado
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* ''Videogame/MechWarrior'' has a long and rich history of Kneecapping. Depending on which game you're playing, it can either turn enemy [[HumongousMecha BattleMechs]] into limping wrecks (Such as ''MechWarrior 4'' and its subgames) or [[CriticalExistenceFailure straight out destroy the enemy]] (Such as ''MechWarrior 3'' and it's expansion). In ''Mechwarrior Living Legends'', kneecapping an enemy mech (or yourself) will cause the mech to [[RagdollPhysics ragdoll]], but leave the pilot completely in control of the torso, weapons, and jumpjets; which can lead to players being killed by a crippled mech propped up against a building, or by a kneecapped mech flailing wildly end-over-end through the sky with its jumpjets on full blast. Kneecapped mechs are irreparable once they've gone ragdoll, though crippled legs (which greatly slow down the mech and prevent it from walking backwards) can be repaired.

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* ''Videogame/MechWarrior'' has a long and rich history of Kneecapping. Depending on which game you're playing, it can either turn enemy [[HumongousMecha BattleMechs]] into limping wrecks (Such as ''MechWarrior ''[=MechWarrior=] 4'' and its subgames) or [[CriticalExistenceFailure straight out destroy the enemy]] (Such as ''MechWarrior ''[=MechWarrior=] 3'' and it's expansion). In ''Mechwarrior Living Legends'', kneecapping an enemy mech (or yourself) will cause the mech to [[RagdollPhysics ragdoll]], but leave the pilot completely in control of the torso, weapons, and jumpjets; which can lead to players being killed by a crippled mech propped up against a building, or by a kneecapped mech flailing wildly end-over-end through the sky with its jumpjets on full blast. Kneecapped mechs are irreparable once they've gone ragdoll, though crippled legs (which greatly slow down the mech and prevent it from walking backwards) can be repaired.
24th Feb '17 2:14:27 AM JackG
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* Mike Locken, the protagonist of ''Film/TheKillerElite'' (1975), gets shot in the elbow and knee by a colleague who has turned traitor but who is [[NothingPersonal reluctant to kill Locken]]. HollywoodHealing is averted as Locken has to undergo a lengthy and difficult rehabilitation.
14th Nov '16 1:27:15 PM eroock
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* In the action prologue of ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', Harry shoots the terrorist in both kneecaps during the interrogation scene.
29th Oct '16 12:48:54 AM BattleMaster
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* "Leg attacks" in ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' are a special maneuver in which an infantry platoon or squad of battle armor troopers try to inflict crippling damage on an enemy HumongousMecha's leg joints and artificial muscles...by actually climbing or jumping onto the moving machine's legs and planting explosives. It's not quite as inherently dangerous a move as it may sound, but it ''does'' first of all require avoiding the guns of a target with potentially superior mobility long enough to actually get that close, may not do as much damage as hoped, and leaves the attackers potentially vulnerable to a retaliatory GiantFootOfStomping.

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* "Leg attacks" in ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' are a special maneuver in which an infantry platoon or squad of battle armor troopers try to inflict crippling damage on an enemy HumongousMecha's leg joints and artificial muscles...[[PersonalSpaceInvader by actually climbing or jumping onto the moving machine's legs and planting explosives.explosives and/or attacking with their carried weapons]] and [[PowerFist Battle Claws]] (the latter being exclusive to Battle Armor). It's not quite as inherently dangerous a move as it may sound, but it ''does'' first of all require avoiding the guns of a target with potentially superior mobility long enough to actually get that close, may not do as much damage as hoped, and leaves the attackers potentially vulnerable to a retaliatory GiantFootOfStomping.
7th Oct '16 11:14:04 AM Drake1703
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* In the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series, the player can kneecap the infected/infested/zombies/abominations to pull off kicks and tricks against the enemy although kneecapping is also arguably justified when fighting zombies. This is especially useful in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' where Leon (and Ashley) can suplex the infested after a kneecap shot.

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* In the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series, the player can kneecap the infected/infested/zombies/abominations to pull off kicks and tricks against the enemy although kneecapping is also arguably justified when fighting zombies. This is especially useful in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' where Leon (and Ashley) ([[GoodBadBugs and Ashley]]) can suplex the infested after a kneecap shot.
25th Sep '16 8:46:25 PM Angeldeb82
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* Chinatsu from ''Manga/{{Jormungand}}'' brings us a particularly zealous example: When she's not gunning people down as part of her hitman duties, she apparently likes to build complex mechanical torture devices... including one designed to shoot a bound captive in the knee. In the same spot. ''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill 27 times]]''.

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* Chinatsu from ''Manga/{{Jormungand}}'' brings us a particularly zealous example: When she's not gunning people down as part of her hitman duties, she apparently likes to build complex mechanical torture devices... including one designed to shoot a bound captive in the knee. In the same spot. ''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill 27 times]]''.times.]]''



* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', [[TheChick Kaoru]] ends up fighting [[VillainousCrossdresser Kamatari]] in a one-on-one matchup after Misao is taken out. Her final move (after her bokken and Kamatari's scythe are both broken) is to break Kamatari's kneecap with the handle of her wooden sword.

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* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', [[TheChick Kaoru]] ends up fighting [[VillainousCrossdresser [[CreepyCrossdresser Kamatari]] in a one-on-one matchup after Misao is taken out. Her final move (after her bokken and Kamatari's scythe are both broken) is to break Kamatari's kneecap with the handle of her wooden sword.



* Impulse is once shot in the knee-cap by Deathstroke in ''ComicBook/TeenTitans''. And, given the accelerated healing abilities of [[TheFlash The Flash Family]], the doctors in the ER have to ''re-break it repeatedly'' because it keeps healing automatically but incorrectly.
* Franchise/{{Batman}}'s BattleButler Alfred once threatened to knee-cap ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} in his good leg to stop him [[TheDeterminator running back into battle with a bad leg]].

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* Impulse is once shot in the knee-cap by Deathstroke in ''ComicBook/TeenTitans''. And, given the accelerated healing abilities of [[TheFlash [[ComicBook/TheFlash The Flash Family]], the doctors in the ER have to ''re-break it repeatedly'' because it keeps healing automatically but incorrectly.
* Franchise/{{Batman}}'s BattleButler Alfred once threatened to knee-cap ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} in his good leg to stop him [[TheDeterminator [[{{Determinator}} running back into battle with a bad leg]].



* ''Film/DjangoUnchained'': [[spoiler:Django]] does this to [[spoiler:Stephen in the climax. [[UpToEleven BOTH knees.]]]]

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* ''Film/DjangoUnchained'': [[spoiler:Django]] does this to [[spoiler:Stephen in the climax. [[UpToEleven BOTH knees.]]]]knees]]]].



* ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'': "[[NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont Have to take the safety catch off]]." ''Dakka''

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* ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'': "[[NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont Have to take the safety catch off]]." off.]]" ''Dakka''



* A new and unusually intelligent mook looking to join [[BigBad Bucho's]] drug gang in ''Film/{{Desperado}}'' gets put into a savage GangInitiationFight against an [[ThresholdGuardian established member]] of the cartel. He gets his knee cap completely smashed during the fight, (prompting Bucho to quip "He'll never dance again") but manages to win and earn a spot anyway. For the rest of the movie he wears a crude brace by his knee and has issues moving around.

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* A new and unusually intelligent mook looking to join [[BigBad Bucho's]] {{B|igBad}}ucho's drug gang in ''Film/{{Desperado}}'' gets put into a savage GangInitiationFight against an [[ThresholdGuardian established member]] of the cartel. He gets his knee cap completely smashed during the fight, (prompting Bucho to quip "He'll never dance again") but manages to win and earn a spot anyway. For the rest of the movie he wears a crude brace by his knee and has issues moving around.



* In ''Series/TimeTrax'', after Darien manages to beat a 22 century boxer (thanks to being trained by the boxer's father), the boxer is taken to the locker room and is nearly kneecapped by the mob for losing. Luckily, Darien and the boxer's father show up just in time. He ends up sending them both back to the future.

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* In ''Series/TimeTrax'', after Darien manages to beat a 22 22nd century boxer (thanks to being trained by the boxer's father), the boxer is taken to the locker room and is nearly kneecapped by the mob for losing. Luckily, Darien and the boxer's father show up just in time. He ends up sending them both back to the future.



* "Leg attacks" in ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'' are a special maneuver in which an infantry platoon or squad of battle armor troopers try to inflict crippling damage on an enemy HumongousMecha's leg joints and artificial muscles...by actually climbing or jumping onto the moving machine's legs and planting explosives. It's not quite as inherently dangerous a move as it may sound, but it ''does'' first of all require avoiding the guns of a target with potentially superior mobility long enough to actually get that close, may not do as much damage as hoped, and leaves the attackers potentially vulnerable to a retaliatory GiantFootOfStomping.

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* "Leg attacks" in ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'' ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' are a special maneuver in which an infantry platoon or squad of battle armor troopers try to inflict crippling damage on an enemy HumongousMecha's leg joints and artificial muscles...by actually climbing or jumping onto the moving machine's legs and planting explosives. It's not quite as inherently dangerous a move as it may sound, but it ''does'' first of all require avoiding the guns of a target with potentially superior mobility long enough to actually get that close, may not do as much damage as hoped, and leaves the attackers potentially vulnerable to a retaliatory GiantFootOfStomping.



* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', an unusually high number of generic guards will sometimes tell you that "I used to be an adventurer like you. [[MemeticMutation Then I took an arrow in the knee]]."

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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', an unusually high number of generic guards will sometimes tell you that "I used to be an adventurer like you. [[MemeticMutation Then I took an arrow in the knee]]."knee.]]"



* ''VideoGame/{{CarnEvil}}'' specifically models damage to the kneecaps, with a successful blowout treated as a kill. Oddly, shooting one kneecap will visibly and gruesomely damage both of them simultaneously.
* Gnomes in ''WorldOfWarcraft'', being, well... [[OurGnomesAreWeirder gnomes]], tends to set them at about kneecap height, one NPC even does threaten this when you fight her in northrend.

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* ''VideoGame/{{CarnEvil}}'' ''VideoGame/CarnEvil'' specifically models damage to the kneecaps, with a successful blowout treated as a kill. Oddly, shooting one kneecap will visibly and gruesomely damage both of them simultaneously.
* Gnomes in ''WorldOfWarcraft'', ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', being, well... [[OurGnomesAreWeirder gnomes]], tends to set them at about kneecap height, one NPC even does threaten this when you fight her in northrend.



* The Scout in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' has an aluminum bat melee weapon, and one of his common catchphrases is "Say goodbye to your kneecaps, [[GoshdangItToHeck chucklehead!]]" There's no in-game difference when you attack someone's kneecaps, though, so his taunt is a bit meaningless.

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* The Scout in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' has an aluminum bat melee weapon, and one of his common catchphrases is "Say goodbye to your kneecaps, [[GoshdangItToHeck chucklehead!]]" [[GoshDangItToHeck chucklehead]]!" There's no in-game difference when you attack someone's kneecaps, though, so his taunt is a bit meaningless.



* ''Videogame/MechWarrior'' has a long and rich history of {{Kneecapping}}. Depending on which game you're playing, it can either turn enemy [[HumongousMecha BattleMechs]] into limping wrecks (Such as ''MechWarrior 4'' and it's subgames) or [[CriticalExistenceFailure straight out destroy the enemy]] (Such as ''MechWarrior 3'' and it's expansion). In ''Mechwarrior Living Legends'', kneecapping an enemy mech (or yourself) will cause the mech to [[RagdollPhysics ragdoll]], but leave the pilot completely in control of the torso, weapons, and jumpjets; which can lead to players being killed by a crippled mech propped up against a building, or by a kneecapped mech flailing wildly end-over-end through the sky with its jumpjets on full blast. Kneecapped mechs are irreparable once they've gone ragdoll, though crippled legs (which greatly slow down the mech and prevent it from walking backwards) can be repaired.

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* ''Videogame/MechWarrior'' has a long and rich history of {{Kneecapping}}. Kneecapping. Depending on which game you're playing, it can either turn enemy [[HumongousMecha BattleMechs]] into limping wrecks (Such as ''MechWarrior 4'' and it's its subgames) or [[CriticalExistenceFailure straight out destroy the enemy]] (Such as ''MechWarrior 3'' and it's expansion). In ''Mechwarrior Living Legends'', kneecapping an enemy mech (or yourself) will cause the mech to [[RagdollPhysics ragdoll]], but leave the pilot completely in control of the torso, weapons, and jumpjets; which can lead to players being killed by a crippled mech propped up against a building, or by a kneecapped mech flailing wildly end-over-end through the sky with its jumpjets on full blast. Kneecapped mechs are irreparable once they've gone ragdoll, though crippled legs (which greatly slow down the mech and prevent it from walking backwards) can be repaired.



* Shooting Police Officers on their knees in ''{{VideoGame/Watch_Dogs}}'' forces them out of the battle, and gives less negative Karma points than killing them. Unfortunately, this doesn't work on any other NPC in the game, meaning that shooting an escaping criminal on their leg usually makes them flinch/kills them.

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* Shooting Police Officers on their knees in ''{{VideoGame/Watch_Dogs}}'' ''VideoGame/WatchDogs'' forces them out of the battle, and gives less negative Karma points than killing them. Unfortunately, this doesn't work on any other NPC in the game, meaning that shooting an escaping criminal on their leg usually makes them flinch/kills them.



* The titular protagonist in ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' does this to a few members of the Irish mob who had been selling fake cancer medicines. Archer being [[HeroicComedicSociopath himself]], uses a ''shotgun'' to kneecap them.

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* The titular protagonist in ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' does this to a few members of the Irish mob who had been selling fake cancer medicines. Archer Archer, being [[HeroicComedicSociopath himself]], {{h|eroicComedicSociopath}}imself, uses a ''shotgun'' to kneecap them.



* Figure skater and Olympic hopeful Tonya Harding's then-husband attempted to help her [[IncrediblyLamePun get a leg up]] on rival skater Nancy Kerrigan by paying off her bodyguard to attack Kerrigan's knee shortly before the 1994 Winter Olympics, in hopes of taking Kerrigan out of competition. The attempt failed, since Kerrigan still won the silver medal; Harding came in 10th.

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* Figure skater and Olympic hopeful Tonya Harding's then-husband attempted to help her [[IncrediblyLamePun [[JustForPun get a leg up]] on rival skater Nancy Kerrigan by paying off her bodyguard to attack Kerrigan's knee shortly before the 1994 Winter Olympics, in hopes of taking Kerrigan out of the competition. The attempt failed, since Kerrigan still won the silver medal; Harding came in 10th.
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