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16th Apr '16 10:03:44 AM SheldonDinkleburg
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->''I was really careful in making monsters faint rather than die. I think that young people playing games have an abnormal concept about dying. They start to lose and say, "I'm dying." It's not right for kids to think about a concept of death that way. They need to treat death with more respect.''
-->--'''Satoshi Tajiri''', regarding this trope in ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''.
2nd Apr '16 1:05:35 PM Tarlonniel
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** 2nd Edition had the -10HP rule as an option at least as well. ''Baldur's Gate'' used this with spectacular effect, where foes...or characters, including sometimes the hero...got "[[ChunkySalsaRule chunked]]" if they fell below -10HP in a

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** 2nd Edition had the -10HP rule as an option at least as well. ''Baldur's Gate'' used this with spectacular effect, where foes...or characters, including sometimes the hero...got "[[ChunkySalsaRule chunked]]" if they fell below -10HP in aa single strike.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' has had a rule similar to 4e D&D since its 2nd edition: characters are weakened at low HP, lose consciousness at 0 HP (but they can make a roll to keep standing), and at -HP equal to their standard healthy HP, they start rolling to resist death (at -5x HP, they die even if they withstood all rolls). Again, ChunkySalsaRule applies; a character whose corpse is damaged to -10x HP has nothing left to revive, he's just turned into hamburger.
* The ''TabletopGame/TeenagersFromOuterSpace'' RPG is based on slapstick anime, and characters who run out of "Bonk" points will recover in a few turns.
* ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' defaults to the conceit that the player characters are dealing non-lethal damage unless otherwise specified to reflect the Silver/Bronze Age setting where heroes didn't kill.
* Invoked as a way to justify how named characters can be "killed" in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' as well as the player's own self-made characters. This way players don't have to find ways to justify how [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute a commander with a survival deficiency somehow appearing in multiple battles]], but gets kind of ridiculous when the character can take a planet-vaporizing blast and was only "knocked unconscious". Also comically used in various one-hit KO spells, where the combatant can be rendered as either a deformed blob of flesh, a gibbering idiot, locked in a box, or a squig[[note]]goblinoid pig, for those unfamiliar with the franchise[[/note]].
* In the fan-made ''TabletopGame/PokemonTabletopAdventures'' Pokemon can die in battle, but they have to take twice their max HP in damage. When their HP is zeroed they simply get knocked out.
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* ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}'' makes fun of the phenomenon of [[{{Bowdlerise}} death becoming "fainting"]] in translation from Japanese [[http://www.adventurers-comic.com/d/0220.html in this strip]].
* ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'' gives a parody/humorous deconstruction of how this is in the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games by taking it to its logical conclusion. Can be seen in full [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/09/27/275-hyper-beam/ here.]]
29th Jan '16 11:40:05 PM Chabal2
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* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'': In the second game, heroes are just incapacitated when their HP runs out, and can be revived by a teammate or medkits. However, if every hero is down they're all teleported out.
6th Jan '16 9:39:46 PM nombretomado
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* [[SoulSeries Soul Calibur]] maintains the conceit that battles are decided by a KO, even if that KO is achieved by ramming a metal spike through a 16 year old girl's spine, tossing her into the air and bashing her head repeatedly with a gigantic axe.

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* [[SoulSeries ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Calibur]] Calibur]]'' maintains the conceit that battles are decided by a KO, even if that KO is achieved by ramming a metal spike through a 16 year old girl's spine, tossing her into the air and bashing her head repeatedly with a gigantic axe.
4th Jan '16 11:05:38 AM Doug86
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* In ''VideoGame/{{zOMG}}'', players who lose all of their HP are considered "dazed". They can still slowly shuffle around the screen they're on or send chat messages, but can't change screens or interact with anything. Oh, and the ability that lets a player revive another player on the field is called [[MagicalDefibrillator "Defibrillate"]].

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* In ''VideoGame/{{zOMG}}'', ''[[Website/GaiaOnline zOMG!]]'', players who lose all of their HP are considered "dazed". They can still slowly shuffle around the screen they're on or send chat messages, but can't change screens or interact with anything. Oh, and the ability that lets a player revive another player on the field is called [[MagicalDefibrillator "Defibrillate"]].
28th Dec '15 2:59:27 AM Shameimaru
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** Averted in Days of Ruin, with COs actively trying to kill each other, and often succeeding.

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** Averted in Days of Ruin, with COs [=COs=] actively trying to kill each other, and often succeeding.
28th Dec '15 2:58:58 AM Shameimaru
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** Averted in Days of Ruin, with COs actively trying to kill each other, and often succeeding.
20th Dec '15 4:48:32 AM GM_3826
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*** [[{{Bowdlerize}} The terminology used in the Japanese version of the game for fainting]] is [[OnlyMostlyDead near dead.]]
16th Dec '15 6:54:21 PM nombretomado
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* In ''LeagueOfLegends'', when you kill an enemy champion, they are revived by the magical energy of the battlefield. Then again, [[EldritchAbomination Cho'Gath]] ''eats'' his opponent, Fizz has a [[LandShark shark]] eat them (small opponents are swallowed whole) and [[GrimReaper Thresh]] claims their soul.

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* In ''LeagueOfLegends'', ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', when you kill an enemy champion, they are revived by the magical energy of the battlefield. Then again, [[EldritchAbomination Cho'Gath]] ''eats'' his opponent, Fizz has a [[LandShark shark]] eat them (small opponents are swallowed whole) and [[GrimReaper Thresh]] claims their soul.
19th Nov '15 8:58:38 AM erforce
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* In ''[[VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders Zone of the Enders: the Fist of Mars]]'', your mechs explode when their HP is reduced to 0. When that happens, they're out for the rest of the stage, but the characters piloting them are still alive, and they do come back next stage.

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* In ''[[VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders Zone of the Enders: the Fist of Mars]]'', ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEndersTheFistOfMars'', your mechs explode when their HP is reduced to 0. When that happens, they're out for the rest of the stage, but the characters piloting them are still alive, and they do come back next stage.
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