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15th Dec '17 11:13:13 AM TheGreatConversation
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* ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' has a very great example of this in the scene where [[spoiler: Mercutio]] loses a duel. He assures his friends that the wound is "nothing but a cat scratch" (playing on the joke that [[spoiler: Tybalt]] shares the same name with "The Prince of Cats" in another story). [[spoiler: Mercutio]] then realizes that he's dying, so he [[DyingCurse curses]] [[spoiler: Tybalt]]'s family (the Capulets) and Romeo's family (the Montagues) and then dies.

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* ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' has a very great example of this Invoked but ultimately deconstructed in ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''. [[spoiler:Mercutio]] is wounded in his duel with Tybalt, who flies the scene where [[spoiler: Mercutio]] loses scene, and fires off a duel. He assures string of [[GallowsHumor darkly humorous]] [[PungeonMaster puns]], assuring his friends that it is "a scratch," yet "'Twill serve." He dies of the wound is "nothing but a cat scratch" (playing on the joke that [[spoiler: Tybalt]] shares the same name with "The Prince of Cats" in another story). [[spoiler: Mercutio]] then realizes that he's dying, so he [[DyingCurse curses]] [[spoiler: Tybalt]]'s family (the Capulets) several lines later.
-->'''Mercutio:''' Ask for me tomorrow,
and Romeo's family (the Montagues) and then dies.you shall find me a ''grave'' man.
14th Dec '17 11:18:28 AM johnnye
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However, a bullet wound to the left shoulder will usually prove to be lethal while a character will survive the same wound to the right shoulder or even the right chest, presumably because the heart (allegedly) is on the left side.



* Averted in Creator/EllisPeters' [[Literature/FelseInvestigates George Felse]] novel ''The Knocker on Death's Door''. One character is shot through the shoulder in the final showdown with the murderer. He is rushed to hospital, and one of the surgeons spends most of the night getting the bullet "out of the wreckage of his left shoulder". He's expected to be in hospital (and later, physical therapy) for months afterward, but to make at least an 80 percent recovery eventually.

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* Averted in Creator/EllisPeters' [[Literature/FelseInvestigates George Felse]] novel ''The Knocker on Death's Door''. One character is shot through the shoulder in the final showdown with the murderer. He is rushed to hospital, and one of the surgeons spends most of the night [[WeHaveToGetTheBulletOut getting the bullet bullet]] "out of the wreckage of his left shoulder". He's expected to be in hospital (and later, physical therapy) for months afterward, but to make at least an 80 percent recovery eventually.
14th Dec '17 11:12:35 AM johnnye
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'''Black Knight:''' ''[takes a look, and another look; {{beat}}]'' [[TropeNamers Just a flesh wound.]]

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'''Black Knight:''' ''[takes a look, and [[DoubleTake another look; look]]; {{beat}}]'' [[TropeNamers Just a flesh wound.]]
24th Oct '17 5:28:43 PM Kadorhal
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** Aversion -- Cpl. Hoobler bleeds to death very quickly after he accidentally shoots himself in the thigh while fiddling with a German officer's stolen pistol (he ''really'' [[DeathByIrony wanted one as a souvenir]]) and severs his femoral artery. He does it while fiddling with the pistol of German officer he just killed.

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** Aversion -- Cpl. Hoobler bleeds to death very quickly after he accidentally shoots himself in the thigh while fiddling with a German officer's stolen pistol (he ''really'' [[DeathByIrony wanted one as a souvenir]]) and severs his femoral artery. He does it while fiddling with the pistol of German officer he just killed.
24th Oct '17 1:34:12 PM Kadorhal
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** Aversion -- Cpl. Hoobler bleeds to death very quickly after he accidentally shoots himself in the thigh and severs his femoral artery. He does it while fiddling with the pistol of German officer he just killed. [[DeathByIrony He ''really'' wanted to take home a Luger as a souvenir]].
** Justified in the D-Day episode. During the assault on the guns at Brecourt Manor, Private 'Popeye' Wynn gets a true flesh wound as he is ShotIntheAss, and has to make his own way back to HQ to receive treatment. He doesn't appear [[strike: again]] standing up until the Arnhem drop, having been recovering in hospital during this time.

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** Aversion -- Cpl. Hoobler bleeds to death very quickly after he accidentally shoots himself in the thigh while fiddling with a German officer's stolen pistol (he ''really'' [[DeathByIrony wanted one as a souvenir]]) and severs his femoral artery. He does it while fiddling with the pistol of German officer he just killed. [[DeathByIrony He ''really'' wanted to take home a Luger as a souvenir]].
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** Justified in the D-Day episode. During the assault on the guns at Brecourt Manor, Private 'Popeye' Wynn gets a true flesh wound as he is ShotIntheAss, and has to make his own way back to HQ to receive treatment. He doesn't appear [[strike: again]] standing up until the Arnhem drop, drop three months later, having been recovering in hospital during this time.



* Deconstructed in TheBletchleyCircle. Midway through the second season, Jean is shot in the leg. The wound is stated to be a flesh wound... but Jean has permanent damage to her leg; when she is next seen, she needs a cane to walk.

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* Deconstructed [[RealityEnsues Deconstructed]] in TheBletchleyCircle.''Series/TheBletchleyCircle''. Midway through the second season, Jean is shot in the leg. The wound is stated to be a flesh wound... but Jean has permanent damage to her leg; when she is next seen, she needs a cane to walk.
24th Oct '17 2:41:20 AM Kadorhal
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* UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt was shot by an assassin right before giving a campaign speech. It would have killed him if not for the [[PocketProtector eyeglass case and folded-up speech in his jacket pocket]], which slowed the bullet down enough for it to only become lodged in his lung instead of passing clean through. In one of the most famous of his ''many'' feats of badassery, went ahead and gave the 90-minute long speech as planned, with the opening line, "Ladies and gentlemen, I don't know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot; but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose." Later, Roosevelt reasoned that it was safer to tell his doctors not to remove the bullet due to the crude level of surgery in those days (perhaps recalling the fate of earlier President UsefulNotes/JamesAGarfield). He survived.
* Another Civil War hero, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain was shot on several occasions and was told he would die. [[ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated His obituary was printed in the local paper, he received posthumous military promotions...and he lived.]] The bullet wounds had lasting effects -- the worst of his wounds, a bullet that traversed his pelvis from hip to hip, severely damaged his urinary system and caused him lifelong pain that ''eventually'' killed him... just shy of 50 years later, at 86 years old -- but it's generally accepted that [[MadeOfIron you could not shoot this man and kill him.]]

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* UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt was shot by an assassin right before giving a campaign speech. It would have killed him if not for the [[PocketProtector eyeglass case and folded-up speech in his jacket pocket]], which slowed the bullet down enough for it to only become lodged in his lung instead of passing clean through. In one of the most famous of his ''many'' feats of badassery, he went ahead and gave the 90-minute long speech as planned, with the opening line, "Ladies and gentlemen, I don't know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot; but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose." Later, Roosevelt reasoned that it was safer to tell his doctors not to remove the bullet due to the crude level of surgery in those days (perhaps recalling the fate of earlier President UsefulNotes/JamesAGarfield). He survived.
* Another Civil War UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar hero, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Chamberlain, was shot on several occasions and was told he would die. [[ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated His obituary was printed in the local paper, he received posthumous military promotions... and he lived.]] The bullet wounds had lasting effects -- the worst of his wounds, worst, a bullet that traversed his pelvis from hip to hip, severely damaged his urinary system and caused him lifelong pain that ''eventually'' killed him... him, just shy of 50 years later, later at 86 years old -- but it's generally accepted that [[MadeOfIron you could not shoot this man and kill him.]]



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GX5kwVc9IOk This video shows a man who is shot in the stomach by a police officer, but is still well enough to suppress the cop, murder him, and leave]]. He was later convicted.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bY5ioBvrYIg This video shows the suspect shrugging off a taser to the face]], and he is still standing after he is fired upon four times.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GX5kwVc9IOk This video video]] shows a man who is shot in the stomach by a police officer, but is still well enough to suppress the cop, murder him, and leave]].leave. He was later convicted.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bY5ioBvrYIg This video video]] shows the suspect shrugging off a taser to the face]], face, and he is still standing after he is fired upon four times.



** He first had to break his own forearm bones, then take an hour to cut through the flesh with what amounts to a dull pocket knife. It's amazing what you can do when you've realized you're going to die if you don't.

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** He first had to break his own forearm bones, then take an hour to cut through the flesh with what amounts to a dull pocket knife. It's amazing what you can do when you've realized you're you are, without a shadow of a doubt, going to die if you don't.don't do it.



* Modern medical care makes arrow wounds much less lethal (the presence of the arrow itself greatly slows bleeding, so the main problem if the initial strike is survived is reaching adequate high-level medical care before anything else happens). [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2140751/Father-shot-neck-arrow-narrowly-survives-misses-brain-just-millimetre.html Konstantine Myakush]] took a flesh wound in the upper neck (side to side, clean through) that missed (barely) all major blood vessels and his brain. [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1093823/Pictured-Schoolboy-archer-survives-friend-shoots-arrow-eye.html Liu Cheong]] survived an arrow through an eye socket that penetrated to the back of his skull and somehow missed his brain. [[http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57456149-10391704/teen-miraculously-survives-spear-through-his-brain-speaks-throughout-ordeal/ Yasser Lopez]] survived being accidentally shot in the head with a spear gun because the spear missed all the major blood vessels. And the ultimate in flesh wounds, [[http://ats.ctsnetjournals.org/cgi/content/full/90/1/287 a boy who survived three days with an arrow in his heart]] before reaching medical care able to remove it safely, and made a full recovery.

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* Modern medical care makes arrow wounds much less lethal (the than they were a long time ago; the presence of the arrow itself greatly slows bleeding, so the main problem if the initial strike is survived is reaching adequate high-level medical care before anything else happens).happens. [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2140751/Father-shot-neck-arrow-narrowly-survives-misses-brain-just-millimetre.html Konstantine Myakush]] took a flesh wound in the upper neck (side to side, clean through) that missed (barely) all major blood vessels and his brain. [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1093823/Pictured-Schoolboy-archer-survives-friend-shoots-arrow-eye.html Liu Cheong]] survived an arrow through an eye socket that penetrated to the back of his skull and somehow missed his brain. [[http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57456149-10391704/teen-miraculously-survives-spear-through-his-brain-speaks-throughout-ordeal/ Yasser Lopez]] survived being accidentally shot in the head with a spear gun because the spear missed all the major blood vessels. And the ultimate in flesh wounds, [[http://ats.ctsnetjournals.org/cgi/content/full/90/1/287 a boy who survived three days with an arrow in his heart]] before reaching medical care able to remove it safely, and made a full recovery.
9th Oct '17 2:08:16 PM DaBradGuy
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* Deconstructed in TheBletchleyCircle. Midway through the second season, Jean is shot in the leg. The wound is stated to be a flesh wound... but Jean has permanent damage to her leg; when she is next seen, she needs a cane to walk.
1st Oct '17 10:07:00 PM ADrago
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But this trope is so widespread that it's [[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs caused people to assume]] that it's an [[RealityIsUnrealistic accurate reflection of reality]]. In truth, since there isn't any safe place to shoot at, police and soldiers usually aim for the center of mass (''i.e.'' the torso) simply to increase the odds of hitting the person in the first place. Trying to intentionally wing a target increases the odds that you'll ''miss entirely'' or end up hitting [[ShootTheHostage someone else]]. When dealing with dangerous criminals and where innocent lives are on the line, presumably, hitting the target, and ''only the target,'' should be top priority.

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But this trope is so widespread that it's [[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs [[JustForFun/TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs caused people to assume]] that it's an [[RealityIsUnrealistic accurate reflection of reality]]. In truth, since there isn't any safe place to shoot at, police and soldiers usually aim for the center of mass (''i.e.'' the torso) simply to increase the odds of hitting the person in the first place. Trying to intentionally wing a target increases the odds that you'll ''miss entirely'' or end up hitting [[ShootTheHostage someone else]]. When dealing with dangerous criminals and where innocent lives are on the line, presumably, hitting the target, and ''only the target,'' should be top priority.
28th Sep '17 2:49:26 PM Kadorhal
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* During Manga/DragonBall Goku's fight with Piccolo in ''Manga/DragonBall'', he was shot by a ki blast that punched clean through his shoulder. He got back up, much to Piccolo's shock, saying that he missed his vital organs. He was also shot in his other limbs, and suffering from heavy blood loss. One senzu bean later and Goku is perfectly healed. He takes a similar beating from Vegeta, and until he gets another senzu, he's stuck in the hospital.
** Frieza has it as an ability: he is able to survive and function in the most horrible conditions: He got his tail chopped off twice, got vivisected and lost his left arm, then was caught in the explosion of the planet he was in, resulting in the loss of half his head. When he was found floating among the debris, he was (semi-)conscious. And as if that weren't enough he survives for at least a few seconds after being vivisected AGAIN, vertically this time.

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* During Manga/DragonBall Goku's fight with Piccolo in ''Manga/DragonBall'', he was shot by a ki blast that punched clean through his shoulder. He got back up, much to Piccolo's shock, saying that he missed his vital organs. He was also shot in his other limbs, and suffering from heavy blood loss. One senzu bean later and Goku is perfectly healed. He takes a similar beating from Vegeta, and until he gets another senzu, he's stuck in the hospital.
** Frieza has it as an ability: he is able to survive and function in the most horrible conditions: conditions. He got his tail chopped off twice, got vivisected and lost his left arm, then was caught in the explosion of the planet he was in, on, resulting in the loss of half his head. When he was found floating among the debris, he was (semi-)conscious. And as if that weren't enough he survives for at least a few seconds after being vivisected AGAIN, ''again'', vertically this time.



** It gets really nasty when the next major villain combines that power with regeneration, and the ability to get stronger from being near death: [[FromASingleCell Ce]][[MeaningfulName ll]] survives getting half of his torso and his full upper body blown up, and HIS OWN SELF-DESTRUCTION as well.

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** It gets really nasty when the next major villain combines that power with regeneration, and the ability to get stronger from being near death: [[FromASingleCell Ce]][[MeaningfulName ll]] survives getting half of his torso and his full upper body blown up, and HIS OWN SELF-DESTRUCTION ''his own self-destruction'' as well.



** Quite nicely, there is also an episode that plays with the concept in ''2ndGiG''. Togusa, while off duty, stumbles upon a violent domestic dispute. The attacker is a cyborg who turned off his pain receptors, and, despite Togusa just wanting the guy to calm/stand down, requires multiple shots of small arms fire to immobilize. In the farce of a preliminary examination that follows, he is forced to justify the number of times he shot by the resilience of cyborgs and the lawyer from the other side tries to turn that argument against him as prejudice towards cyborgs.
** Cyborgs on the other hand often play this straight, such as Hideo Kuze in the ''2nd Gig''', who in an early episode get shot into Swiss cheese, with visible bullet holes even on his face, but thanks to his subdermal armour isn't even slowed down. All in all,the only way to actually hurt "full" cyborgs is to damage their still organic brain, [[GenreSavvy which is encased]] in a heavily armored shell that can resist being crushed by the weight of a 4 meter tall walking tank.

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** Quite nicely, there is also an episode that plays with the concept in ''2ndGiG''.''2nd GiG''. Togusa, while off duty, stumbles upon a violent domestic dispute. The attacker is a cyborg who turned off his pain receptors, and, despite Togusa just wanting the guy to calm/stand down, requires multiple shots of small arms fire to immobilize. In the farce of a preliminary examination that follows, he is forced to justify the number of times he shot by the resilience of cyborgs and the lawyer from the other side tries to turn that argument against him as prejudice towards cyborgs.
** Cyborgs on the other hand often play this straight, such as Hideo Kuze in the ''2nd Gig''', who in an early episode get shot into Swiss cheese, with visible bullet holes even on his face, but thanks to his subdermal armour isn't even slowed down. All in all,the only way to actually hurt "full" cyborgs is to damage their still organic brain, [[GenreSavvy which is encased]] in a heavily armored shell that can resist being crushed by the weight of a 4 meter tall walking tank.
28th Sep '17 7:12:27 AM Kadorhal
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* Military history is full of accounts of men who died from apparently minor injuries, but there's also not a few who actually seem to embody the straight version of this trope. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lachhiman_Gurung Lachhiman Gurung]] reputedly killed 31 Japanese soldiers left handed. Why left handed? Because his right arm (and one eye) had just been completely destroyed by a grenade that went off in his hand. He didn't let that stop him. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yogendra_Singh_Yadav Yogendra Singh Yadav]] killed seven Pakistani insurgents in close quarters and hand-to-hand combat after taking three bullets in the groin and shoulder along with heavy fire from ''rocket launchers'' during the Kargil War. According to Website/{{Cracked}}, he is one of [[http://www.cracked.com/article_17019_5-real-life-soldiers-who-make-rambo-look-like-pussy.html "5 Real-life soldiers who make Rambo look like a pussy".]]

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* Military history is full of accounts of men who died from apparently minor injuries, but there's also not a few who actually seem to embody the straight version of this trope. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lachhiman_Gurung Lachhiman Gurung]] reputedly killed 31 Japanese soldiers left handed. Why left handed? Because his right arm (and one eye) had just been completely destroyed by a grenade that went off in his hand.hand [[GrenadeHotPotato before he could toss it back]]. He didn't let that stop him. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yogendra_Singh_Yadav Yogendra Singh Yadav]] killed seven Pakistani insurgents in close quarters and hand-to-hand combat after taking three bullets in the groin and shoulder along with heavy fire from ''rocket launchers'' during the Kargil War. According to Website/{{Cracked}}, he is one of [[http://www.cracked.com/article_17019_5-real-life-soldiers-who-make-rambo-look-like-pussy.html "5 Real-life soldiers who make Rambo look like a pussy".]]



* US President UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson
** He got into a duel over [[BerserkButton his wife's honor.]] He was so angry that he allowed the other man to fire first so that he could take his time with his shot and kill him for sure. The other man's bullet hit him in the lung. Unfazed, Jackson aimed carefully and killed the man. All told, Jackson acquired ''several'' bullets and a ''bayonet tip'' in his body. One of his secretaries wrote that he "rattled like a bag of marbles" when he walked.

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* US President UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson
UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson acquired several bullets and even a ''bayonet tip'' in his body over the years. One of his secretaries jokingly wrote that he "rattled like a bag of marbles" when he walked.
** He once got into a duel over [[BerserkButton his wife's honor.]] He was so angry that he allowed the other man to fire first so that he could take his time with his shot and kill him for sure. The other man's bullet hit him in the lung. Unfazed, Jackson aimed carefully and killed the man. All told, Jackson acquired ''several'' bullets and a ''bayonet tip'' in his body. One of his secretaries wrote that he "rattled like a bag of marbles" when he walked.
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