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1st Aug '17 1:35:25 AM ultimomant
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* ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'''s Shiki does this with her arm

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* ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'''s Shiki does this with her armarm.
* In ''Manga/HolyCorpseRising'', Ezelvald shoots Cybelle with a magic arrow right through where her heart would be. It is painful and a WoundThatWillNotHeal, but Cybelle reveals she doesn't have a heart, so it fails to incapacitate her.
21st Jul '17 5:26:27 AM MarqFJA
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Where a character gets stabbed or shot - usually in the kidney - and it should be fatal. Only it isn't, because they donated that kidney. Or they have dextrocardia. Or that limb was actually prosthetic. Usually given as justification for OnlyAFleshWound, but sometimes the central conceit around which a climax - or entire plot - is built. Usually used as an ironic counterpoint to the original injury. This is all but guaranteed to happen to people cheated out of organs earlier in the plot, because it's a good way of suggesting ambiguity - after all, if they still had that kidney they were tricked into donating, they'd be dead now.

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Where a character gets stabbed or shot - usually in the kidney - and it should be fatal. Only it isn't, because they donated that kidney. Or they have dextrocardia. [[BizarreHumanBiology dextrocardia]]. Or that limb was actually prosthetic. [[ArtificialLimbs prosthetic]]. Or they only '''look''' human when [[HumanOutsideAlienInside their insides are decidedly not]]. Hell, even if they're not humanoid, the placement of certain organs (e.g. brain and heart) is practically universal among real-life non-microscopic animals that possess, so [[BizarreAlienBiology an alien having their brain in their foot rather than their head]] would be completely unexpected, to the misfortune of anyone who tries [[BoomHeadshot kill them by headshot]].

Usually given as justification for OnlyAFleshWound, but sometimes the central conceit around which a climax - or entire plot - is built. Usually used as an ironic counterpoint to the original injury. This is all but guaranteed to happen to people cheated out of organs earlier in the plot, because it's a good way of suggesting ambiguity - after all, if they still had that kidney they were tricked into donating, they'd be dead now.
9th Mar '17 5:23:15 PM Sharlee
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* In "Appetite For Murder", a short story from ''[[Literature/{{Nightside}} Tales From The Nightside]]'', a magically-enhanced SerialKiller attempts to use his SuperStrength to rip open the buxom chest of Ms. Fate, the Nightside's resident superheroine. As the killer in question hadn't realized just ''how'' unexpected Ms. Fate's SecretIdentity is, he's befuddled to find that he's merely torn off one of the WholesomeCrossdresser crime-fighter's falsies.
3rd Feb '17 10:16:50 PM Jaguar1983
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If a character is shown to have donated an organ and the genre isn't MedicalDrama, they're extremely likely to suffer injury to that area later in the work. Anyone with dextrocardia - where the heart is on the right side of the body instead of the left - is virtually guaranteed to be shot or stabbed where the heart "should be" at some point.

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If a character is shown to have donated an organ and the genre isn't MedicalDrama, they're extremely likely to suffer injury to that area later in the work. Anyone with dextrocardia - where the heart is on the right side of the body instead of the left - is virtually guaranteed to be shot or stabbed where the heart "should be" "[[HeartInTheWrongPlace should be]]" at some point.
12th Jan '17 11:45:55 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* ''Manga/DragonHal'': Damuramu survives being stabbed in the head with his own energy blade, because his brain is that small - and he ''is'' the most stupid character in a show that handled out [[IdiotBall idiot balls]] to everyone!

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* ''Manga/DragonHal'': ''Manga/DragonHalf'': Damuramu survives being stabbed in the head with his own energy blade, because his brain is that small - and he ''is'' the most stupid character in a show that handled out [[IdiotBall idiot balls]] to everyone!
11th Sep '16 5:47:08 PM Malady
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* The MadScientist du jour in ''JasonXPlanetOfTheBeast'' gets his artificial arm ripped off, though this trope is averted in the proceeding book, ''JasonXDeathMoon'', where the latest Mad Scientist is stabbed in his fake eye, but Jason just drives the blade in deeper and deeper until it reaches the guy's brain.
* In Steve Harriman's thriller novel ''Sleeper'', the escaped monster tears off government bureaucrat Ed Jeffers' arm, and succeeds, as the arm is a prosthetic that he wears to cover up a birth defect(a small, only partially formed arm) caused by Thalidomide.

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* The MadScientist du jour in ''JasonXPlanetOfTheBeast'' ''Literature/JasonXPlanetOfTheBeast'' gets his artificial arm ripped off, though this trope is averted in the proceeding book, ''JasonXDeathMoon'', ''Literature/JasonXDeathMoon'', where the latest Mad Scientist is stabbed in his fake eye, but Jason just drives the blade in deeper and deeper until it reaches the guy's brain.
* In Steve Harriman's thriller novel ''Sleeper'', ''Literature/{{Sleeper}}'', the escaped monster tears off government bureaucrat Ed Jeffers' arm, and succeeds, as the arm is a prosthetic that he wears to cover up a birth defect(a small, only partially formed arm) caused by Thalidomide.



* InvokedTrope in the ''TabletopGame/D20Modern'' sourcebook ''Cyberscape'' with the cybernetic implant Organ Remapping. This implant "is an extensive set of minor cybernetic devices that relocate a recipientís internal organs and addsafety valves, cutoffs, back-ups, and alternatives to many of the more critical and fragile organic systems." In game, it increases the recipient's massive damage threshold, and gives him/her an increased save bonus against massive damage (that is to say, an increased probability to survive extremely damaging attacks).

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* InvokedTrope in the ''TabletopGame/D20Modern'' sourcebook ''Cyberscape'' with the cybernetic implant Organ Remapping. This implant "is an extensive set of minor cybernetic devices that relocate a recipientís internal organs and addsafety adds safety valves, cutoffs, back-ups, and alternatives to many of the more critical and fragile organic systems." In game, it increases the recipient's massive damage threshold, and gives him/her an increased save bonus against massive damage (that is to say, an increased probability to survive extremely damaging attacks).



* In the [[{{MGS2 Ending}} endgame]] of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'', [[spoiler:Ocelot disables the electromagnetic force field that protects Fortune from gunfire, and shoots her straight through the heart...which doesn't seem to faze her at all, because as Ocelot remembers afterwards, her heart is on the right. Of course, she still dies from the gaping hole in her chest some minutes later, but not before figuratively flipping him the bird]].
* In the first ''[[VideoGame/XCOMUFODefense X-COM]]'', Etherals have the highest hitpoint and armor value of all the non terror unit aliens. Their [[MonsterCompendium UFOPaedia entry]] after an [[AlienAutopsy autopsy]] reads [[spoiler: "The muscles are severely atrophied and the internal organs appear to be under-developed. The sensory organs, including the eyes, do not appear to function at all. The brain, however, is well developed and draws on a high proportion of the body's blood supply. It is a mystery as to how this creature can sustain itself without external support." They are that tough because they don't have many organs to damage.]]

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* In the [[{{MGS2 Ending}} endgame]] of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'', [[spoiler:Ocelot disables the electromagnetic force field that protects Fortune from gunfire, and shoots her straight through the heart... which doesn't seem to faze her at all, because as Ocelot remembers afterwards, her heart is on the right. Of course, she still dies from the gaping hole in her chest some minutes later, but not before figuratively flipping him the bird]].
* In the first ''[[VideoGame/XCOMUFODefense X-COM]]'', Etherals Ethereals have the highest hitpoint and armor value of all the non terror unit aliens. Their [[MonsterCompendium UFOPaedia entry]] after an [[AlienAutopsy autopsy]] reads [[spoiler: "The muscles are severely atrophied and the internal organs appear to be under-developed. The sensory organs, including the eyes, do not appear to function at all. The brain, however, is well developed and draws on a high proportion of the body's blood supply. It is a mystery as to how this creature can sustain itself without external support." They are that tough because they don't have many organs to damage.]]



** for added fun combine the two above puzzles by having one brother donate a kidney to the other, then have the first life saved when he is stabbed but lacks a kidney and the other sacrifice himself to the primitives. Properly phrased this puzzle will take many hours to solve and drive even the most skilled puzzler crazy.

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** for For added fun fun, combine the two above puzzles by having one brother donate a kidney to the other, then have the first first's life saved when he is stabbed stabbed, but lacks a kidney kidney, and the other sacrifice sacrifices himself to the primitives. Properly phrased phrased, this puzzle will take many hours to solve and drive even the most skilled puzzler crazy.
11th Sep '16 4:36:47 PM MarqFJA
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Subtrope of DisabilityImmunity. Compare with ChekhovsSkill if the audience is told about the condition in advance.

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Subtrope of DisabilityImmunity.Overlaps with DisabilityImmunity in cases where the trope happens due to the original organ being missing. Compare with ChekhovsSkill if the audience is told about the condition in advance.
4th Sep '16 12:16:14 PM FF32
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* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'''s "Expiration Date" short, the RED Scout accidentally throws a fork into the RED Demoman's left eye. However, that eye was already gone due to a childhood incident [[ItMakesSenseInContext with a wizard]], so Demo's only injury is a few tiny holes in his EyepatchOfPower.
9th Aug '16 10:04:00 AM Ripburger
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* In the first ''VideoGame/XCom'', Etherals have the highest hitpoint and armor value of all the non terror unit aliens. Their [[MonsterCompendium UFOPaedia entry]] after an [[AlienAutopsy autopsy]] reads [[spoiler: "The muscles are severely atrophied and the internal organs appear to be under-developed. The sensory organs, including the eyes, do not appear to function at all. The brain, however, is well developed and draws on a high proportion of the body's blood supply. It is a mystery as to how this creature can sustain itself without external support." They are that tough because they don't have many organs to damage.]]

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* In the first ''VideoGame/XCom'', ''[[VideoGame/XCOMUFODefense X-COM]]'', Etherals have the highest hitpoint and armor value of all the non terror unit aliens. Their [[MonsterCompendium UFOPaedia entry]] after an [[AlienAutopsy autopsy]] reads [[spoiler: "The muscles are severely atrophied and the internal organs appear to be under-developed. The sensory organs, including the eyes, do not appear to function at all. The brain, however, is well developed and draws on a high proportion of the body's blood supply. It is a mystery as to how this creature can sustain itself without external support." They are that tough because they don't have many organs to damage.]]
27th May '16 8:36:20 PM ultimomant
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* ''Fanfic/FateStayNightUltimateMaster'': Lancer's spear, Gae Bolg, will [[AlwaysAccurateAttack always pierce it's target's heart]]. Fortunately for Ben Tennyson, when Lancer tries to use it on him, he was in the form of NRG, a creature that does not have a heart.

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* ''Fanfic/FateStayNightUltimateMaster'': Lancer's spear, Gae Bolg, will [[AlwaysAccurateAttack always pierce it's its target's heart]]. Fortunately for Ben Tennyson, when Lancer tries to use it on him, he was in the form of NRG, a creature that does not have a heart.
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