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1st Dec '17 12:22:47 PM Angeldeb82
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* So many heads rolled in the miniseries ''Henry VIII'' (2003) that it practically became a RunningGag. The King plays a particularly nasty joke on Cromwell: the executioner [[spoiler: has never taken off anyone's head before. The results are not pretty.]]

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* So many heads rolled in the miniseries ''Henry VIII'' (2003) that it practically became a RunningGag. The King plays a particularly nasty joke on Cromwell: the executioner [[spoiler: has never taken off anyone's head before. The results are not pretty.]]pretty]].



* On the [[CoolVersusAwesome edu-tainment]] show, ''Series/DeadliestWarrior'', one of the hosts gives this as the signal when testing the makrakka, a sickle-like weapon used by the Zande tribe of Central Africa on a ballistic gel torso dummy. It does it's job.

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* On the [[CoolVersusAwesome edu-tainment]] show, ''Series/DeadliestWarrior'', one of the hosts gives this as the signal when testing the makrakka, a sickle-like weapon used by the Zande tribe of Central Africa on a ballistic gel torso dummy. It does it's its job.



* ''Series/TheCollector'': One woman made a DealWithTheDevil [[TimeStandsStill the moment she was beheaded.]] Also happened to Morgan once. [[GoodThingYouCanHeal He got better.]]

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* ''Series/TheCollector'': One woman made a DealWithTheDevil [[TimeStandsStill the moment she was beheaded.]] beheaded]]. Also happened to Morgan once. [[GoodThingYouCanHeal He got better.]]



* In the ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' games Travis Touchdown finishes off {{Mooks}} with either a vertical or a horizontal FinishingMove; the horizontal one decapitates them. Some of the [[BossBattle bosses]] get their heads cut off in post-battle cutscenes, as well. Particularly impressive is Skelter Helter's death - his head is chopped off, flies straight up into the air, and lands right back where it had been removed from.

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* In the ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' games Travis Touchdown finishes off {{Mooks}} with either a vertical or a horizontal FinishingMove; the horizontal one decapitates them. Some of the [[BossBattle bosses]] {{boss|Battle}}es get their heads cut off in post-battle cutscenes, as well. Particularly impressive is Skelter Helter's death - his head is chopped off, flies straight up into the air, and lands right back where it had been removed from.



* Doing a Perfect Shot in ''50 Cent: Bulletproof'' will result in this. ''Even with submachine guns''.

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* Doing a Perfect Shot in ''50 Cent: Bulletproof'' will result in this. ''Even with submachine guns''.guns.''



** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', the [[LegionsOfHell invading Daedra]] seem to really enjoy doing this captured mortals. For added measure, they then place the heads on pikes. Notably, they did this to [[AscendedExtra St. Jiub the Eradicator]] when they sacked Kvatch. All that is left of him when you find his "corpse" in Kvatch is a severed head with a large chunk of his skull missing and a look of sheer terror on his dead face in the remains of a ruined house. (Oddly, despite being a Dunmer, it was modeled with human-like ears.)

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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', the [[LegionsOfHell [[TheLegionsOfHell invading Daedra]] seem to really enjoy doing this captured mortals. For added measure, they then place the heads on pikes. Notably, they did this to [[AscendedExtra St. Jiub the Eradicator]] when they sacked Kvatch. All that is left of him when you find his "corpse" in Kvatch is a severed head with a large chunk of his skull missing and a look of sheer terror on his dead face in the remains of a ruined house. (Oddly, despite being a Dunmer, it was modeled with human-like ears.)



* ''TimeKillers'' lets you cut off an opponent's head ''at any point.'' A round can end in decapitation literally a half-second after it begins, and the loser's potrait shows them ''without their heads''.

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* ''TimeKillers'' ''VideoGame/TimeKillers'' lets you cut off an opponent's head ''at any point.'' A round can end in decapitation literally a half-second after it begins, and the loser's potrait shows them ''without their heads''.



** In the expansion? Vanilla Postal 2 has decapitation by shovel with some interesting options of what to do with the head afterwards. You can also use a shotgun for YourHeadAsplode.

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** In the expansion? Vanilla Postal 2 has decapitation by shovel with some interesting options of what to do with the head afterwards. You can also use a shotgun for YourHeadAsplode.YourHeadASplode.



* Raimund's death animation goes like this in ''{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}'': Upon receiving the final blow, he loses his Grollschwert and Grassense, and his Grassense cuts his head off before they disappear off the screen completely, after which the rest of his body starts exploding after his head disappears off the screen as well.

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* Raimund's death animation goes like this in ''{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}'': ''VideoGame/{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}'': Upon receiving the final blow, he loses his Grollschwert and Grassense, and his Grassense cuts his head off before they disappear off the screen completely, after which the rest of his body starts exploding after his head disappears off the screen as well.



* ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' has a few decapitation moves though, oddly, [[YouFailPhysicsForever no heads actually fall off, they fall down dead anyway.]]

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* ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' has a few decapitation moves though, oddly, [[YouFailPhysicsForever [[ArtisticLicensePhysics no heads actually fall off, they fall down dead anyway.]]anyway]].



* Decapitation is one of the possible {{FinishingMove}}s in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. It's most common with the two-weapon style- the character will impale the target with their off-hand blade, then perform a backhand stroke that slices their head clean off with their primary weapon.

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* Decapitation is one of the possible {{FinishingMove}}s {{Finishing Move}}s in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. It's most common with the two-weapon style- the character will impale the target with their off-hand blade, then perform a backhand stroke that slices their head clean off with their primary weapon.weapon.
* Implied a few times in ''VideoGame/{{Cuphead}}'': The opening theme song at the beginning of the game implies that "[[{{Satan}} the Devil]] will take [Cuphead's and Mugman's] heads" if they can't get the Soul Contracts for him by the midnight deadline ([[DecapitationPresentation and that song isn't kidding]] if you lose to the Devil's second phase and onwards in the final battle!); and Baroness von Bon Bon makes her throat-slitting gesture with her finger as her head jumps up a bit as a threat to the boys at the beginning of her battle. Also, earlier promos and previous trailers had the Devil threaten to decapitate the boys when he set out to claim their souls after winning the game (WordOfGod even says that [[https://kotaku.com/cuphead-developers-talk-cut-bosses-and-whats-in-the-cup-1820126327 they have their immortal souls inside their cups-for-heads as their lifeblood]], which may be the reason why the Devil wants their heads so badly). [[ShadowDiscretionShot The shadows on the wall show him making a cutthroat motion on their throats to illustrate the point of this threat.]]
29th Nov '17 10:50:11 AM Dravencour
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* An episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' deals with the investigation of a go-kart races, who loses his head on a road outside of Vegas. Near the end, they test their theory on a dummy, which is proven correct. As it turns out, the guy was racing a rival on a road at night. The rival passed a semi, causing the truth to swerve. One of the truth's tires burst, and the rubber was flung backwards at over 100 miles per hour... right at the head of the unfortunate victim, ripping it clean off.

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* An episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' deals with the investigation of a go-kart races, racer, who loses his head on a road outside of Vegas. Near the end, they test their theory on a dummy, which is proven correct. As it turns out, the guy was racing a rival on a road at night. The rival passed a semi, causing the truth truck to swerve. One of the truth's truck's tires burst, and the rubber was flung backwards at over 100 miles per hour... right at the head of the unfortunate victim, ripping it clean off.
20th Nov '17 11:15:47 AM Tyk5919
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* In the final chapter of ''Literature/{{TOT}}'', [[BigBad Maximus Slade]] is ([[MadeOfIron finally]]) killed when Rachel chops off his head with a machete.
17th Nov '17 7:04:48 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Literature/StarfleetCorpsOfEngineers'', Soloman's Bynar partner is decapitated by a flying InsectoidAlien's scythe-like appendage. Rather than return to Bynar to be paired with another of his kind, Soloman chooses to stay with the ship, trying to learn to be a singular being.
17th Nov '17 7:02:05 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Film/GhostsOfMars'', the possessed miners like throwing sharpened metal disks at their enemies. Bashira Kincaid is decapitated with one during the climax. Commander Braddock disappears at one point early in the film, and Lieutenant Ballard later finds her head being mounted on a pike. It's not clear if she was actually killed by decapitation or merely decapitated after being killed.
17th Nov '17 6:51:30 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Series/{{Moonlight}}'', decapitation is one of the two known ways to kill a vampire (the other being [[KillItWithFire fire]]). Despite this, it only happens twice on the show, and only once intentionally. The other time, the vampire slipped, while running on a roller coaster track and got stuck, with his head perfectly positioned to be struck by a speeding coaster.
* Happens quite a lot in ''Series/{{Grimm}}''. The Grimm are well-known (and feared) among the Wesen for this method of killing, as many Wesen are far tougher than humans. The Reapers, trained to hunt the Grimm, usually carry scythes in order to do the same to their hated enemies. It's also revealed that, prior to the Brothers Grimm becoming synonymous with others of their kind, Wesen hunters were known as "Decapitare", which is Latin for "decapitator". Some Wesen still use the older name.
2nd Nov '17 2:52:00 PM smasll_lordvoice
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* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' has this happen to Czeslaw Meyer in the first episode via [[YourHeadAsplode shotgun blast at]] [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill point-blank range]]. Fortunately for him, after his assailant leaves, [[HealingFactor his head reforms]] a few minutes later.
22nd Oct '17 11:02:30 PM darkemyst
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** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', Neville chops off [[spoiler: Nagini's]] head with the sword of Gryffindor. After pulling it out of the flaming Sorting Hat.



** There are also properly decapitated ghosts that can throw their heads around at will.

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** There are also properly decapitated ghosts that can throw their heads around at will.will and have formed "The Headless Hunt" which refuses to allow Nick to join.
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' Hagrid reveals that Karkus, the gurg of the giants who was sympathetic to the Order's cause, was decapitated and replaced by an usurper with Death Eater ties.
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', Neville chops off [[spoiler: Nagini's]] head with the sword of Gryffindor. After pulling it out of the flaming Sorting Hat.
19th Oct '17 1:04:21 AM bfunc
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* In the ''Franchise/{{Discworld}}'' book ''The Thief of Time'' it's revealed that yetis can survive this (or, presumably, other causes of death, but this is the specific method used to demonstrate the ability) by, basically, SaveScumming.
17th Oct '17 11:45:33 AM BeerBaron
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** In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' this is possible with the appropriate perks in the One-handed and Two-handed skill trees. And, unfortunately, enemies can do it to you too with a lucky swing. [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard With a high success rate to boot.]] Beheading is also used twice as a form of execution (at the start of the game, and the first time you visit Solitude).
*** Happens at the very start of the game, just to establish how much darker this game is compared to ''Morrowind'' and ''Oblivion''. One unnamed Stormcloak gets a discount hair-cut via axe, and it very nearly happens to you except for [[VillainousRescue a dragon attacking the place]] and giving you a chance to escape. You get to see another beheading the first time you enter Solitude, for a man who aided Ulfric Stormcloak's escape after he killed the High King of Skyrim.
** Also features in some of the [[Literature/TheElderScrollsInUniverseBooks in-universe books]].

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** In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' this is possible with the appropriate perks in the One-handed and Two-handed skill trees. And, unfortunately, enemies can do it to you too with a lucky swing. [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard With a high success rate to boot.]] Beheading is also used twice as a form of execution (at the start of the game, and the first time you visit Solitude).
*** Happens at the very start of the game, just to establish how much darker this game is compared to ''Morrowind'' and ''Oblivion''. One unnamed Stormcloak gets a discount hair-cut via axe, and it very nearly happens to you except for [[VillainousRescue a dragon attacking the place]] and giving you a chance to escape. You get to see another beheading the first time you enter Solitude, for a man who aided Ulfric Stormcloak's escape after he killed the High King of Skyrim.
** Also
This features in some of the [[Literature/TheElderScrollsInUniverseBooks in-universe books]].


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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', the [[LegionsOfHell invading Daedra]] seem to really enjoy doing this captured mortals. For added measure, they then place the heads on pikes. Notably, they did this to [[AscendedExtra St. Jiub the Eradicator]] when they sacked Kvatch. All that is left of him when you find his "corpse" in Kvatch is a severed head with a large chunk of his skull missing and a look of sheer terror on his dead face in the remains of a ruined house. (Oddly, despite being a Dunmer, it was modeled with human-like ears.)
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
*** Happens at the very start of the game, with ''your'' head on the chopping block seconds away from execution. (A VillainousRescue saves you, thankfully.) One unnamed Stormcloak gets a discount hair-cut via axe right before you.
*** Another instance occurs when you first enter the city of Solitude, for a man who aided [[RebelLeader Ulfric Stormcloak]]'s escape after he [[TheKingslayer killed the High King]] of Skyrim.
*** This is possible with the appropriate perks in the One-handed and Two-handed skill trees. And, unfortunately, enemies can do it to you too with a lucky swing. [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard With a high success rate to boot]].
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