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17th Sep '17 1:10:25 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/TheDefenders2017''
** ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'':
*** John Healy, an assassin hired by Wilson Fisk for a job, goes to a bowling alley to carry out a hit. After taking out the target's bodyguards, he pulls a gun on his target...only for it to jam (despite [[HonestJohnsDealership Turk Barrett]] assuring him [[GilliganCut it wouldn't be a problem]]). Healy is forced to take the target on in a battle of fisticuffs, and after breaking both of his target's arms, finishes the guy off by smashing his head in with a ten pound bowling ball.
*** Wilson Fisk kills Anatoly Ranskahov by beating him unconscious, then bashing his head in with a car door until it snaps clean off the neck. [[DisproportionateRetribution All because the guy interrupted Fisk's date with Vanessa]].
*** When Stick is first introduced in his titular episode in season 1, [[{{Fingore}} he cuts off a Yakuza gangster's hand]], gets him to reveal where the Black Sky is headed, then decapitates him.
*** In the season 2 finale, Matt pitches Nobu off the rooftop. Nobu survives, so Stick finishes him off by impaling him, then slicing his head off.
** ''Series/IronFist2017'':
*** Decapitation is said to be the only way to permanently kill someone that's been resurrected by the Hand, meaning Nobu is dead for good.
*** Madame Gao personally kills one of her henchmen, King, by skewering him through the head with her SwordCane, after Danny overpowers him and manages to get the Hand's chemist Radovan away from them. Then she cuts off his head and skewers it on a pole in the back of a truck, where Danny and Ward find it the next day, with a stick on it with the address of a location where Danny is to be challenged in a duel with several Hand assassins.
** ''Series/TheDefenders2017'':
*** How Colleen ends her second duel with Bakudo, after killing him for the first time didn't take.

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* ''Series/TheDefenders2017''
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''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'':
*** ** John Healy, an assassin hired by Wilson Fisk for a job, goes to a bowling alley to carry out a hit. After taking out the target's bodyguards, he pulls a gun on his target...only for it to jam (despite [[HonestJohnsDealership Turk Barrett]] [[CutawayGag assuring him him]] [[GilliganCut it wouldn't be a problem]]).wouldn't]]). Healy is forced to take the target on in a battle of fisticuffs, and after breaking both of his target's arms, finishes the guy off by smashing his head in with a ten pound bowling ball.
*** ** Wilson Fisk kills Anatoly Ranskahov by beating him unconscious, then bashing his head in with a car door until it snaps clean off the neck. [[DisproportionateRetribution All because the guy interrupted Fisk's date with Vanessa]].
*** ** When Stick is first introduced in his titular episode in season 1, [[{{Fingore}} he cuts off a Yakuza gangster's hand]], gets him to reveal where the Black Sky is headed, then decapitates him.
*** ** In the season 2 finale, Matt pitches Nobu off the rooftop. Nobu survives, so Stick finishes him off by impaling him, then slicing his head off.
** * ''Series/IronFist2017'':
*** ** Decapitation is said to be the only way to permanently kill someone that's been resurrected by the Hand, meaning Nobu is dead for good.
*** ** Madame Gao personally kills one of her henchmen, King, by skewering him through the head with her SwordCane, after Danny overpowers him and manages to get the Hand's chemist Radovan away from them. Then she cuts off his head and skewers it on a pole in the back of a truck, where Danny and Ward find it the next day, with a stick on it with the address of a location where Danny is to be challenged in a duel with several Hand assassins.
** ''Series/TheDefenders2017'':
*** How
* ''Series/TheDefenders2017'': Continuing from ''Iron Fist'', decapitation is the only way to permanently kill a Hand member, as even despite their current lack of the substance[[note]]A mixture of human blood, chemicals, and dragon bone marrow[[/note]] they use to revive themselves (due to Alexandra having used up their remaining reserves to revive Elektra). Over the course of the show, three of the Hand's five Fingers meet their demise by decapitation:
**First Stick decapitates Sowande diagonally when he tries to kidnap Danny using the distraction of Matt telling Luke and Jessica about Elektra.
**One episode later, after capturing Danny (and killing Stick in the process) and delivering him to the Hand, Elektra abruptly kills Alexandra in this way while she's chewing out Murakami, Bakuto and Madame Gao.
-->'''Elektra Natchios:''' His name is Matthew. ''[pulls her sai out of Alexandra's body, letting the body fall to the floor]'' And my name...is Elektra Natchios. [[KlingonPromotion You all work for me now.]] ''[as if on second thought, Elektra then turns and abruptly cuts Alexandra's head off with her remaining katana blade]'' Any questions?
**In the finale, Claire, Misty and
Colleen ends her second duel with Bakudo, after killing him take on Bakuto again, and unlike last time, Colleen successfully kills Bakuto for the first time didn't take.good by decapitating him, but not before Bakuto [[MythologyGag slices off]] [[AnArmAndALeg Misty's right arm]].
15th Sep '17 4:05:05 AM Dravencour
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** As well as ''Headless Horseman'', which unleashes him on the modern-day south, including one incredibly badass kill that has him leaping over a car and taking the driver's head off on the way.
14th Sep '17 3:43:46 PM nighttrainfm
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* ''Manga/DragonBall'': Vegeta does this to [[TimeStop Guldo]] after he tried to kill [[BewareTheNiceOnes Gohan]] and [[OvershadowedByAwesome Krillin]], though it was only because he wanted to kill off the weakest member of the Ginyu Force (he didn't give a damn about them at that point). Guldo [[LosingYourHead actually lives long enough to yell at Vegeta for what he did]] until he vaporized him.

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* ''Manga/DragonBall'': ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** In [[Manga/DragonBall the original series]], Goku kicked Drum's head off.
** In the Namek Saga,
Vegeta does this to [[TimeStop [[TimeStandsStill Guldo]] after he tried to kill [[BewareTheNiceOnes Gohan]] Gohan and [[OvershadowedByAwesome Krillin]], Krillin, though it was only because he wanted to kill off the weakest member of the Ginyu Force (he didn't give a damn about them at that point). Guldo [[LosingYourHead actually lives long enough to yell at Vegeta for what he did]] until he vaporized him.



** In the original series Goku kicked Drum's head off.
9th Sep '17 11:44:36 AM CynicalBastardo
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** ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': During the "[[ZombieApocalypse Judgement Day]]" arc, Dredd decapitates [[BigBad Sabbat]]. Being immortal, he survives this. Dredd still manages to defeat him by impaling the head on the lodestone Sabbat had been using to control the dead.
3rd Sep '17 6:34:02 AM benda
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--> And when they took away the thing that Peggy was fondling in her lap she said they mustnít. She said they had to let her keep his head because she loved the man.

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--> And [[spoiler:And when they took away the thing that Peggy was fondling in her lap she said they mustnít. She said they had to let her keep his head because she loved the man.]]
2nd Sep '17 3:05:28 PM benda
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* Last two sentences of ''Someone Is Bleeding'' by Creator/RichardMatheson read as follows:
--> And when they took away the thing that Peggy was fondling in her lap she said they mustnít. She said they had to let her keep his head because she loved the man.

** Notably averted in the French film adaptation, ''Le Seines de Glace'' (''Icy Breasts'').
28th Aug '17 12:04:43 PM eedwardgrey3
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It is nearly always depicted as being [[MadeOfPlasticine surprisingly easy to do]], even in one blow to a moving target. While Anne Boleyn did get beheaded with one stroke, most pre-guillotine beheadings took at least three strokes (plus, Boleyn's executioner was -- by request -- a professional swordsman who would know how to cleanly behead someone). And that's when the target is helpfully restrained -- in an actual SwordFight it would have been harder to pull off and would also have been serious overkill; a simple strike on the head or neck would have sufficed in most cases.

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It is nearly always depicted as being [[MadeOfPlasticine surprisingly easy to do]], even in one blow to a moving target. While Anne Boleyn did get beheaded with one stroke, most pre-guillotine beheadings took at least three strokes (plus, Boleyn's executioner was -- by request -- a professional swordsman who would know how to cleanly behead someone). And that's when the target is helpfully restrained -- in an actual SwordFight it would have been even harder to pull off and would also have been serious overkill; a simple strike on the head or neck would have sufficed in most cases.
28th Aug '17 11:52:35 AM eedwardgrey3
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It is nearly always depicted as being [[MadeOfPlasticine surprisingly easy to do]], even in one blow to a moving target. While Anne Boleyn did get beheaded with one stroke, most pre-guillotine beheadings took at least three strokes (plus, Boleyn's executioner was -- by request -- a professional swordsman who would know how to cleanly behead someone). And that's when the target is helpfully restrained -- in an actual SwordFight a strike ''on'' the head was much more common, [[BoringButPractical since it didn't put your sword at a very awkward angle and required much less force]].

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It is nearly always depicted as being [[MadeOfPlasticine surprisingly easy to do]], even in one blow to a moving target. While Anne Boleyn did get beheaded with one stroke, most pre-guillotine beheadings took at least three strokes (plus, Boleyn's executioner was -- by request -- a professional swordsman who would know how to cleanly behead someone). And that's when the target is helpfully restrained -- in an actual SwordFight it would have been harder to pull off and would also have been serious overkill; a simple strike ''on'' on the head was much more common, [[BoringButPractical since it didn't put your sword at a very awkward angle and required much less force]].
or neck would have sufficed in most cases.
27th Aug '17 5:59:15 AM Will
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** ''Series/TheDefenders2017'':
*** How Colleen ends her second duel with Bakudo, after killing him for the first time didn't take.
22nd Aug '17 3:33:11 PM TompaDompa
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* In ''Film/{{Napoleon}}'', this is the favoured method of execution by the revolutionaries--preferably via guillotine--and a few of them suffer this fate themselves. This was of course the case in RealLife as well.
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