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23rd Sep '16 8:39:48 AM Luigifan
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Usually, the One-Hit Kill comes at a price. Sometimes it's a DangerousForbiddenTechnique which to use requires [[CastFromHitPoints Casting From Hit Points]], other times it's just really hard to pull off, or leaves you wide open for a counterattack. One-Hit Kills are a [[StockRPGSpells common spell]] in {{R|olePlayingGame}}PGs. In video [=RPG=]s, it's frequently a UselessUsefulSpell because of [[PowerfulButInaccurate low hit rates]], [[ContractualBossImmunity inability to affect bosses]], or a prohibitive cost required to cast it, if not all three combined. {{Tabletop RPG}}s, by contrast, have a history of letting [[LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards those pesky spellcasters]] make these spells ''insufficiently'' useless, turning many fights into a mere QuickDraw contest. In martial arts, it frequently takes the form of the TouchOfDeath. If it only works at the start of a fight, it's a BackStab. If it only works at the end of a fight, it's a FinishingMove. If ''every'' enemy attack is a one-hit kill, the protagonist is a OneHitPointWonder.

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Usually, the One-Hit Kill comes at a price. Sometimes it's a DangerousForbiddenTechnique which to use requires [[CastFromHitPoints Casting From Hit Points]], other times it's just [[AwesomeButImpractical really hard to pull off, off]], or [[DeathOrGloryAttack leaves you wide open for a counterattack.counterattack]]. One-Hit Kills are a [[StockRPGSpells common spell]] in {{R|olePlayingGame}}PGs. In video [=RPG=]s, it's frequently a UselessUsefulSpell because of [[PowerfulButInaccurate low hit rates]], [[ContractualBossImmunity inability to affect bosses]], or a prohibitive cost required to cast it, if not all three combined. {{Tabletop RPG}}s, by contrast, have a history of letting [[LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards those pesky spellcasters]] make these spells ''insufficiently'' useless, turning many fights into a mere QuickDraw contest. In martial arts, it frequently takes the form of the TouchOfDeath. If it only works at the start of a fight, it's a BackStab. If it only works at the end of a fight, it's a FinishingMove. If ''every'' enemy attack is a one-hit kill, the protagonist is a OneHitPointWonder.



* In ''ComicBook/{{Amulet}}'', [[spoiler: the Amulet spirit kills Chronos the Mountain Giant by crushing him under a massive boulder. Keep in mind Chronos is a ''giant'' winged half-spider, half-beast creature, providing a horrfying demonstration of how strong the Amulet spirit is.]]

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Amulet}}'', [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Amulet spirit kills Chronos the Mountain Giant by crushing him under a massive boulder. Keep in mind Chronos is a ''giant'' winged half-spider, half-beast creature, providing a horrfying demonstration of how strong the Amulet spirit is.]]



* ''[[{{FanFic/Gather}} Gather]]'' features this as Taylor's ultimate attack. As part of her AU powerset she can insantly kill any parahuman she makes skin contact with, [[PowerCopying stealing their powers]] and [[MookMaker turning them into a nearly indestructable minion]].
* Naruto gets to deal one of these out to [[spoiler:Sasuke]] in the AlternateHistory fic ''Fanfic/{{Team 8}}'' during the Chuunin Exam preliminary battles (it's a knockout instead of a kill). It's [[AllThereInTheManual fully explained in author's notes later on]], given the context of the fight--[[spoiler:Sasuke was still recovering from Orochimaru's seal being applied (and then removed), Naruto just watched Neji beat Hinata half to death in their preliminary battle and was [[TrueCompanions understandably pissed off]], and Sasuke crossed a line ''he should not have crossed'']]:

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* ''[[{{FanFic/Gather}} Gather]]'' features this as Taylor's ultimate attack. As part of her AU powerset powerset, she can insantly kill any parahuman she makes skin contact with, [[PowerCopying stealing their powers]] and [[MookMaker turning them into a nearly indestructable minion]].
* Naruto gets to deal one of these out to [[spoiler:Sasuke]] in the AlternateHistory fic ''Fanfic/{{Team 8}}'' during the Chuunin Exam preliminary battles (it's a knockout instead of a kill). It's [[AllThereInTheManual fully explained in author's notes later on]], given the context of the fight--[[spoiler:Sasuke fight -- [[spoiler:Sasuke was still recovering from Orochimaru's seal being applied (and then removed), Naruto just watched Neji beat Hinata half to death in their preliminary battle and was [[TrueCompanions understandably pissed off]], and Sasuke crossed a line ''he should not have crossed'']]:



* In the ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries'', [[spoiler: Chaos easily kills Doumon by crushing her skull in his hand.]]
* "[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9060802/1/Days-of-Futures-Past-What-Does-That-Mean-It-Kinda-Sounds-Sexy Days of Futures Past What Does That Mean It Kinda Sounds Sexy]]", [[spoiler: Naruto knocks out Superboy by throwing a cake laced with Kryptonite at his face.]]

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* In the ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries'', [[spoiler: Chaos [[spoiler:Chaos easily kills Doumon by crushing her skull in his hand.]]
* "[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9060802/1/Days-of-Futures-Past-What-Does-That-Mean-It-Kinda-Sounds-Sexy Days of Futures Past What Does That Mean It Kinda Sounds Sexy]]", [[spoiler: Naruto [[spoiler:Naruto knocks out Superboy by throwing a cake laced with Kryptonite at his face.]]



** The Death Star plays this both ways. One shot from the superlaser at a target ''planet'' creates the planetary equivalent of the ChunkySalsaRule. Whereas a single proton torpedo to the thermal exhaust port, and the Death Star--the size of a moon with a crew numbering in the millions--turns itself into a planet-sized firework.

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** The Death Star plays this both ways. One shot from the superlaser at a target ''planet'' creates [[EarthShatteringKaboom the planetary equivalent equivalent]] of the ChunkySalsaRule. Whereas a single proton torpedo to the thermal exhaust port, and the Death Star--the Star -- the size of a moon with a crew numbering in the millions--turns millions -- turns itself into a planet-sized firework.



* Franchise/{{Godzilla}} possesses the "Spiral Ray" in a few of his later incarnations, a supercharged, red/orange-colored variant of his normal light-blue atomic BreathWeapon. It proved capable of annihilating some of Godzilla's most powerful foes ever (such as Super Mechagodzilla, Spacegodzilla, and Kaiser Ghidorah) within seconds. The one and only time it did not provide an immediate victory was when used against Destoroyah - and that was when it was being used for the duration of the entire climactic battle - which [[TheWorfBarrage demonstrated how amazingly dangerous Destoroyah really was]].
* TheHobbitTheBattleOfTheFiveArmies [[spoiler: As you may know after reading the book, the [[DiskOneFinalBoss dragon Smaug]] gets instantly killed by Bard after being pierced by the Black Arrow on the [[AchillesHeel scaleless skin spot of its chest]] ]].

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* Franchise/{{Godzilla}} possesses the "Spiral Ray" in a few of his later incarnations, a supercharged, red/orange-colored variant of his normal light-blue atomic BreathWeapon. It proved capable of annihilating some of Godzilla's most powerful foes ever (such as Super Mechagodzilla, Spacegodzilla, and Kaiser Ghidorah) within seconds. The one and only time it did not provide an immediate victory was when used against Destoroyah - -- and that was when it was being used for the duration of the entire climactic battle - -- which [[TheWorfBarrage demonstrated how amazingly dangerous Destoroyah really was]].
* TheHobbitTheBattleOfTheFiveArmies [[spoiler: As TheHobbitTheBattleOfTheFiveArmies: [[spoiler:as you may know after reading the book, the [[DiskOneFinalBoss dragon Smaug]] gets instantly killed by Bard after being pierced by the Black Arrow on the [[AchillesHeel scaleless skin spot of its chest]] ]].chest]]]].



* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'': Galvatron [[spoiler:kills Starscream with one shot.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'': Galvatron [[spoiler:kills Starscream with one shot.]]shot]].



** The best Choose Your Own Adventures were better known for their creatively gory endings to your life than for their successful endings.

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** The best Choose Your Own Adventures were better known for their creatively gory [[HaveANiceDeath creatively]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath gory]] [[TheManyDeathsOfYou endings to your life life]] than for their successful endings.



** Avada Kedavra, a.k.a. the Killing Curse, from ''Literature/HarryPotter''. [[UnblockableAttack In nearly all circumstances, the only way to survive it is to not be hit]]. The fact that the title character survived it as a child is what made him a legend ("The Boy Who Lived") in the wizarding world. Quirrell in ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'' all but uses the trope name when he describes it as BoringButPractical

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** Avada Kedavra, a.k.a. the Killing Curse, from ''Literature/HarryPotter''. [[UnblockableAttack In nearly all circumstances, the only way to survive it is to not be hit]]. The fact that the title character survived it as a child is what made him a legend ("The Boy Who Lived") in the wizarding world. Quirrell in ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'' all but uses the trope name when he describes it as BoringButPractical BoringButPractical.



** The scream of a mature mandrake will instantly kill anyone who hears it. [[spoiler: During the final battle, the seventh year Herbology students start [[GoodIsNotSoft throwing them out the windows and right onto the Death Eaters]].]]

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** The scream of a mature mandrake will instantly kill anyone who hears it. [[spoiler: During [[spoiler:During the final battle, the seventh year Herbology students start [[GoodIsNotSoft throwing them out the windows and right onto the Death Eaters]].]]



* In Creator/MichaelMoorcock's novel "The Eternal Champion", when [[spoiler:the Eldren]] use their ultimate weapon [[spoiler:a high-powered energy gun]] against their opponents, who are using classic Middle Ages armor, their attack is a OneHitPolyKill, obliterating entire lines of their opponents each shot.

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* In Creator/MichaelMoorcock's novel "The Eternal Champion", when [[spoiler:the Eldren]] use their ultimate weapon weapon, [[spoiler:a high-powered energy gun]] gun]], against their opponents, who are using classic Middle Ages armor, their attack is a OneHitPolyKill, obliterating entire lines of their opponents each shot.



* "Morganti" weapons in ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' all destroy the soul of the victim upon entry, making revivification impossible, and also making it impossible for the victim to travel the Paths of The Dead to the afterworld. (Assuming the victim has a means of both suiciding and entirely disassociating their soul from their body before contact - a never certain process, aside from its obvious drawbacks - they damage the corpse as an ordinary weapon of their type.)

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* "Morganti" weapons in ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' all destroy the soul of the victim upon entry, making revivification impossible, and also making it impossible for the victim to travel the Paths of The Dead to the afterworld. (Assuming the victim has a means of both suiciding and entirely disassociating their soul from their body before contact - -- a never certain process, aside from its obvious drawbacks - -- they damage the corpse as an ordinary weapon of their type.)



* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', it's not that [[BlackKnight Gregor Clegane]] has any magical trick or secret technique that suddenly turns him deadly. He's just ''that'' [[TheBigGuy big]], [[WorldsStrongestMan strong]] and able to wear [[MadeOfIron so much armour]] and wield a ''cavalry'' weapon that's just ''[[{{BFS}} that big]]'' (while he's on foot; in a single hand, no less) in such a way to lay waste to even the most heavily armoured of knights in one swing thanks to the sheer ''power'' he can put behind it. Now, add a horse's mass and velocity to this equation... If he makes contact, you're dead (and, probably even the guy next to you and the one next to him). It's simple physics and [[AxCrazy psychotics]]. The downside is that he isn't the [[MightyGlacier fastest]] ([[FasterThanTheyLook still faster than you'd expect]], considering how much he and his poor horse hauls about) and he suffers chronic physical pain thanks to his gigantism for which he's on constant medication. But, if you think that's a bonus, it just means you need to hurt him more (all while dodging the inevitable) for him to register it.

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', it's not that [[BlackKnight Gregor Clegane]] has any magical trick or secret technique that suddenly turns him deadly. He's just ''that'' [[TheBigGuy big]], [[WorldsStrongestMan strong]] strong]], and able to wear [[MadeOfIron so much armour]] and wield a ''cavalry'' weapon that's just ''[[{{BFS}} that big]]'' (while he's on foot; [[OneHandedZweihander in a single hand, hand]], no less) in such a way to lay waste to even the most heavily armoured of knights in one swing thanks to the sheer ''power'' he can put behind it. Now, add a horse's mass and velocity to this equation... If he makes contact, you're dead (and, probably even the guy next to you and the one next to him). It's simple physics and [[AxCrazy psychotics]]. The downside is that he isn't the [[MightyGlacier fastest]] ([[FasterThanTheyLook still faster than you'd expect]], considering how much he and his poor horse hauls about) and he suffers chronic physical pain thanks to his gigantism for which he's on constant medication. But, if you think that's a bonus, it just means you need to hurt him more (all while dodging the inevitable) for him to register it.
4th Sep '16 1:47:05 PM Discar
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* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', the [[EmpathicWeapon talking sword]] Chaz can kill pretty much anything with a single swing. The only limitations shown are that, for certain creatures, a specific part of the body must be hit, and that Chaz only has this power after bathing in the blood of the innocent.

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* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', the ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'':
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[[EmpathicWeapon talking sword]] Chaz can kill pretty much anything with a single swing. Even a scratch will suffice in most instances. The Demon King of the Dimension of Pain managed to survive getting scratched, but was still permanently crippled. The only limitations shown are that, for certain creatures, a specific part of the body must be hit, and limitation is that Chaz only has this power after bathing in the blood of the innocent.
18th Aug '16 11:44:52 PM NinjaLore
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* Kick-to-the-face in the trailer to ''Film/OngBak'' is possibly the best example ever.

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* Kick-to-the-face in the trailer to ''Film/OngBak'' contains a kick-to-the-face that is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LumB0v5hYOw possibly the best example ever.]]
18th Aug '16 11:11:01 PM NinjaLore
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* In ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational'' #5, Guy Gardner challenges Batman for leadership of the League. Bats ends it pretty quickly, to the delight of the other Leaguers, with a single punch. This scene is becomed famous among fans.

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* In ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational'' #5, Guy Gardner challenges Batman for leadership of the League. Bats ends it pretty quickly, to the delight of the other Leaguers, fight with a single punch. This scene is becomed famous among fans.[[MemeticMutation one punch!]]
18th Aug '16 11:06:56 PM NinjaLore
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* In ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational'' #5, Guy Gardner challenges Batman for leadership of the League. Bats ends it pretty quickly, to the delight of the other Leaguers, with a single punch. This scene is becomed famous amgong fans.

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* In ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational'' #5, Guy Gardner challenges Batman for leadership of the League. Bats ends it pretty quickly, to the delight of the other Leaguers, with a single punch. This scene is becomed famous amgong among fans.
16th Aug '16 2:51:11 PM rafi
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* JusticeLeagueOfAmerica fans say it with me: [[http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v200/DataZak/blog/JL5-2.jpg One]]. [[http://www.blogcdn.com/www.comicsalliance.com/media/2010/02/hdbatmangg.jpg Punch]].

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* JusticeLeagueOfAmerica fans say In ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational'' #5, Guy Gardner challenges Batman for leadership of the League. Bats ends it pretty quickly, to the delight of the other Leaguers, with me: [[http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v200/DataZak/blog/JL5-2.jpg One]]. [[http://www.blogcdn.com/www.comicsalliance.com/media/2010/02/hdbatmangg.jpg Punch]].a single punch. This scene is becomed famous amgong fans.
10th Aug '16 8:44:54 PM DanaO
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* ''ComicBook/LaQueteDeLOiseauDuTemps'', this is a favorite of legendary warrior Le Rige, who tends to kill his preys with just one swift and powerful blow of his axe.

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* ''ComicBook/LaQueteDeLOiseauDuTemps'', this is a favorite of legendary warrior Le Rige, who tends to kill his preys prey with just one swift and powerful blow of his axe.



* TheHobbitTheBattleOfTheFiveArmies [[spoiler: As you may know after reading the book, the [[DiskOneFinalBoss dragon Smaug]] gets istantly killed by Bard after being pierced by the Black Arrow on the [[AchillesHeel scaleless skin spot of its chest]] ]].

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* TheHobbitTheBattleOfTheFiveArmies [[spoiler: As you may know after reading the book, the [[DiskOneFinalBoss dragon Smaug]] gets istantly instantly killed by Bard after being pierced by the Black Arrow on the [[AchillesHeel scaleless skin spot of its chest]] ]].



** Balefire comes at a very high price, though. Since it kills retroactively, the past will be changed - any actions performed by the killed within for everything for a minute back to days (all according to the power of the Balefire) will now not have happened. If this happens to much, reality itself unravels, causing a ''TemporalParadox'' that can destroy the world.

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** Balefire comes at a very high price, though. Since it kills retroactively, the past will be changed - any actions performed by the killed within for everything for a minute back to days (all according to the power of the Balefire) will now not have happened. If this happens to too much, reality itself unravels, causing a ''TemporalParadox'' that can destroy the world.



* "Morganti" weapons in ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' are all one-hit killers. They also destroy the soul of the victim, making revivification impossible, and also making it impossible for the victim to travel the Paths of The Dead to the afterworld.

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* "Morganti" weapons in ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' are all one-hit killers. They also destroy the soul of the victim, victim upon entry, making revivification impossible, and also making it impossible for the victim to travel the Paths of The Dead to the afterworld. (Assuming the victim has a means of both suiciding and entirely disassociating their soul from their body before contact - a never certain process, aside from its obvious drawbacks - they damage the corpse as an ordinary weapon of their type.)



* In TheDestroyer book series, the martial art of Sinanju is mostly one-hit kill moves.

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* In TheDestroyer book series, the martial art of Sinanju is mostly one-hit kill moves. The (very long) series isn't entirely consistent on how much of this is based on actual precise technique targeting vital spots, and how much is because practice of Sinanju [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower raises basic physical abilities]] to the point where pretty much any imaginable attack can be used to do lethal damage.
7th Jul '16 5:30:03 PM Doug86
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* In Creator/FredSaberhagen's BookOfSwords series, Farslayer can kill anyone (including demons and gods) anywhere as long as they don't have Shieldbreaker or Woundhealer to save them.

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* In Creator/FredSaberhagen's BookOfSwords Literature/BookOfSwords series, Farslayer can kill anyone (including demons and gods) anywhere as long as they don't have Shieldbreaker or Woundhealer to save them.
29th Jun '16 1:50:34 AM Pastykake
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Any time people gather with the goal of hitting each other until one of them falls over, the ultimate trump card would be a weapon, spell, technique, trick or what-have-you that makes people fall over ''immediately'', without all that annoying [[TheStrategist strategizing]] and [[TheMedic healing]] and stuff. The One Hit Kill is that trump card.

Often, the One Hit Kill isn't humble enough to just kill, instead [[TakenForGranite petrifying]], [[BalefulPolymorph permanently polymorphing]], or banishing its victim to the PhantomZone. At times, it's not even content with a single target, becoming a OneHitPolykill.

Usually, the One Hit Kill comes at a price. Sometimes it's a DangerousForbiddenTechnique which to use requires [[CastFromHitPoints Casting From Hit Points]], other times it's just really hard to pull off, or leaves you wide open for a counterattack. One-Hit Kills are a [[StockRPGSpells common spell]] in {{R|olePlayingGame}}PGs. In video [=RPG=]s, it's frequently a UselessUsefulSpell because of [[PowerfulButInaccurate low hit rates]], [[ContractualBossImmunity inability to affect bosses]], or a prohibitive cost required to cast it, if not all three combined. {{Tabletop RPG}}s, by contrast, have a history of letting [[LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards those pesky spellcasters]] make these spells ''insufficiently'' useless, turning many fights into a mere QuickDraw contest. In martial arts, it frequently takes the form of the TouchOfDeath. If it only works at the start of a fight, it's a BackStab. If it only works at the end of a fight, it's a FinishingMove. If ''every'' enemy attack is a one-hit kill, the protagonist is a OneHitPointWonder.

There's also a non-lethal variant of this: The One-Hit Knockout. One Hit KO's usually don't involve anything like forbidden techniques or rare technology, just an immense amount of force applied at once, usually in the form of a punch to the face. (Bonus points if a particularly fleshy or swift and satisfying sound effect accompanies the blow.) The drawback of this is somewhat self-explanatory: It's not a kill, only a knockout. Still, it give the user at least a solid 5 minute head-start, perhaps even longer, to make an escape or thwart some evil plans before the target can recover and figure out what hit him. In certain works, this is a common reprisal when someone (accidentally or intentionally) presses someone's BerserkButton.

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Any time people gather with the goal of hitting each other until one of them falls over, the ultimate trump card would be a weapon, spell, technique, trick or what-have-you that makes people fall over ''immediately'', without all that annoying [[TheStrategist strategizing]] and [[TheMedic healing]] and stuff. The One Hit One-Hit Kill is that trump card.

Often, the One Hit One-Hit Kill isn't humble enough to just kill, instead [[TakenForGranite petrifying]], [[BalefulPolymorph permanently polymorphing]], or banishing its victim to the PhantomZone. At times, it's not even content with a single target, becoming a OneHitPolykill.

Usually, the One Hit One-Hit Kill comes at a price. Sometimes it's a DangerousForbiddenTechnique which to use requires [[CastFromHitPoints Casting From Hit Points]], other times it's just really hard to pull off, or leaves you wide open for a counterattack. One-Hit Kills are a [[StockRPGSpells common spell]] in {{R|olePlayingGame}}PGs. In video [=RPG=]s, it's frequently a UselessUsefulSpell because of [[PowerfulButInaccurate low hit rates]], [[ContractualBossImmunity inability to affect bosses]], or a prohibitive cost required to cast it, if not all three combined. {{Tabletop RPG}}s, by contrast, have a history of letting [[LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards those pesky spellcasters]] make these spells ''insufficiently'' useless, turning many fights into a mere QuickDraw contest. In martial arts, it frequently takes the form of the TouchOfDeath. If it only works at the start of a fight, it's a BackStab. If it only works at the end of a fight, it's a FinishingMove. If ''every'' enemy attack is a one-hit kill, the protagonist is a OneHitPointWonder.

There's also a non-lethal variant of this: The One-Hit Knockout. One Hit KO's One-Hit [=KOs=] usually don't involve anything like forbidden techniques or rare technology, just an immense amount of force applied at once, usually in the form of a punch to the face. (Bonus points if a particularly fleshy or swift and satisfying sound effect accompanies the blow.) The drawback of this is somewhat self-explanatory: It's not a kill, only a knockout. Still, it give gives the user at least a solid 5 minute five-minute head-start, perhaps even longer, to make an escape or thwart some evil plans before the target can recover and figure out what hit him. In certain works, this is a common reprisal when someone (accidentally or intentionally) presses someone's BerserkButton.
23rd Jun '16 2:37:34 PM MyFinalEdits
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** Hydrogen-filled Zeppelins in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI were surprisingly resilient to being brought down by machine gun fire, though they could be downed with just one burst of incendiary ammunition or a single explosive shell in the right place.

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** * Hydrogen-filled Zeppelins in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI were surprisingly resilient to being brought down by machine gun fire, though they could be downed with just one burst of incendiary ammunition or a single explosive shell in the right place.
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