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2nd Dec '16 3:07:13 AM Morgenthaler
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** [[VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar The sequel]] was downright stupid as far as headshots were concerned. The only way for headshots to be an instant kill was with the sniper rifle, and even then it had to be zoomed in. You could honestly take a pistol and shoot guy in the head, and they'd only lose a little health. And these weren't BadAss bosses either, these were the civilians! Sometimes even a shotgun took two blasts to the head to kill somebody. There wasn't even blood on the ground anymore. Unlike its predecessor, it has no "good for its time" excuse, considering all the great games that were out that year. This was just downright retarded programming. The game was released in 2003, for those keeping score at home.

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** [[VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar The sequel]] was downright stupid as far as headshots were concerned. The only way for headshots to be an instant kill was with the sniper rifle, and even then it had to be zoomed in. You could honestly take a pistol and shoot guy in the head, and they'd only lose a little health. And these weren't BadAss badass bosses either, these were the civilians! Sometimes even a shotgun took two blasts to the head to kill somebody. There wasn't even blood on the ground anymore. Unlike its predecessor, it has no "good for its time" excuse, considering all the great games that were out that year. This was just downright retarded programming. The game was released in 2003, for those keeping score at home.
13th Nov '16 9:31:55 AM thatother1dude
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* The first episode of ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' had a strange use of this trope. A bullet that went through a man's head, instead of creating a gaping hole, made a perfectly neat hole that didn't bleed and could be seen all the way through from the entry to the exit point.
** In a later episode a character has a small bloody hole in his head after being shot despite that fact that he was shot in the head by a ''7.62x39mm rifle bullet'' which should have obliterated his skull.
*** The charcter in question had been made unaging and unkillabe due to the gate incident that destroyed the moon. That may have had something to do with it. (of course, the bullet had been made of the [[DepletedPhlebotinumShells material that ''could'' finally kill him]])

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* The first episode of ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' had a strange use of this trope. ''Anime/CowboyBebop'':
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A bullet that went through a man's head, head in the first episode, instead of creating a gaping hole, made a perfectly neat and cylindrical hole that didn't bleed and [[TorsoWithAView could be seen all the way through from the entry to the exit point.
point]].
** In a later episode a character The villain in "Sympathy for the Devil" has a small bloody hole in his head after being shot despite that fact that he was shot in the head by a ''7.62x39mm rifle bullet'' which should have obliterated his skull.
*** The charcter in question had been made unaging and unkillabe due to the gate incident that destroyed the moon. That may have had something to do with it. (of course, the bullet had been made of the [[DepletedPhlebotinumShells material that ''could'' finally kill him]])
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* Happens in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' to [[spoiler:Gretel]], tho there's lots of blood you don't even see the hole (although [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/gretel_headshots_136.jpg the hair probably got in the way]]). [[spoiler: Then again, Gretel was wearing a wig over her actually rather short hair...]]

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* Happens ''Manga/BlackLagoon'': [[spoiler:Gretel]] is shot in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' to [[spoiler:Gretel]], tho the head from the back, and though there's lots of blood you don't even see the hole (although [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/gretel_headshots_136.jpg the hair probably got in the way]]). [[spoiler: Then again, Gretel was wearing a wig over her actually rather short hair...]]
16th Oct '16 1:53:40 PM Jake18
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** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' goes for the middle ground. While headshots do leave wounds on the victim, they're rather small and hard to notice, even if you use the [[{{BFG}} Heavy Sniper]].

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** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' goes for the middle ground. While headshots do leave wounds on the victim, they're rather small and hard to notice, even if you use the [[{{BFG}} Heavy Sniper]]. Averted with shotguns, which leave multiple small holes that add up to nasty looking wounds. Also averted with [[spoiler:Sanchez]] when [[spoiler:Haines]] shoots him in the face. The resulting exit wound is large and very gruesomely detailed, with exposed brain tissue and and a virtual fountain of blood spraying from the hole.
11th Oct '16 11:05:43 AM SbenLives
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* Subverted in ''Fanfic/AMinorMiscalculation'' with the death of [[spoiler: Rei Hououmaru]]. She's shot [[MoeGreeneSpecial through the eye]] and the bullet exits the back of her skull, blowing a large chunk of her head off. Ryuko, who sees this, even acknowledges the trope and its difference from reality.
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10th Oct '16 10:05:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* Averted in Main/{{Animorphs}}. In Megamorphs 3: Elfangor's Secret, the team travel back in time to chase after Visser Four. They eventually end up in the American Revolutionary War, where [[spoiler:Jake is shot in the head and killed.]] It isn't pretty.

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* Averted in Main/{{Animorphs}}.''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''. In Megamorphs 3: Elfangor's Secret, the team travel back in time to chase after Visser Four. They eventually end up in the American Revolutionary War, where [[spoiler:Jake is shot in the head and killed.]] It isn't pretty.



* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: GauntsGhosts'' short story ''In Remembrance'', one of the troopers takes a headshot that was not powerful enough to go out the back of the head. The POV character, a sheltered artist, notes "the little black hole .... made in his forehead" and would be traumatized by the sight, which he calls "quite simply the most awful thing I have ever seen", claiming that "if there had been more blood, more obvious physical damage, I could have coped better". Justified because of the cauterizing effect of las weaponry. You might think that surely a laser weapon would cause his head to explode as his brain turned to steam, and indeed lasweapons, the "flashlights" of 40k, are able to blow apart people's heads, as told in the official fluff; however, it is explained in the books - Lasguns can be dialed to any power level, either powerful enough to remove limbs or set lower to save ammo (while still able to deal lethal blows) or at its lowest setting, used for laser-tag (for training exercises) At one point, a character is shot in the head point-blank and survives with a minor burn where he was hit, due to the weapons power cell being almost completely drained.

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* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: GauntsGhosts'' Literature/GauntsGhosts'' short story ''In Remembrance'', one of the troopers takes a headshot that was not powerful enough to go out the back of the head. The POV character, a sheltered artist, notes "the little black hole .... made in his forehead" and would be traumatized by the sight, which he calls "quite simply the most awful thing I have ever seen", claiming that "if there had been more blood, more obvious physical damage, I could have coped better". Justified because of the cauterizing effect of las weaponry. You might think that surely a laser weapon would cause his head to explode as his brain turned to steam, and indeed lasweapons, the "flashlights" of 40k, are able to blow apart people's heads, as told in the official fluff; however, it is explained in the books - Lasguns can be dialed to any power level, either powerful enough to remove limbs or set lower to save ammo (while still able to deal lethal blows) or at its lowest setting, used for laser-tag (for training exercises) At one point, a character is shot in the head point-blank and survives with a minor burn where he was hit, due to the weapons power cell being almost completely drained.
20th Aug '16 12:23:41 PM Chabal2
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* Averted in ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' which, due to the absence of content restrictions, allows the artists to show exactly what happens when someone is shot in the head. [[http://i.imgur.com/G90IE.png It's not pretty.]]

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* Averted in ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' which, due ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'':
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to the absence of content restrictions, allows the artists to show exactly what happens when someone is shot in the head. [[http://i.imgur.com/G90IE.png It's not pretty.]]]]
** The deaths of Frank's family, which are by necessity often alluded to, featured a huge exit wound on his son's head, as the bullet went through his open mouth.



** the assassination of [[spoiler:Moloch]] was clean enough that Rorschach could talk to him at length before realizing his audience was dead.

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** the The assassination of [[spoiler:Moloch]] was clean enough that Rorschach could talk to him at length before realizing his audience was dead.
10th Aug '16 5:26:07 AM FuzzyBoots
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* In ''Film/PokerNight'', there is a small wound and a spray of blood when [[spoiler:Calabrese is shot in the back of the head]], but it's oddly delayed.
8th Aug '16 9:29:31 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' games play it straight most of the time: headshots with any weapon might get blood, but because enemy corpses remain intact, their heads appear mostly undamaged. ''Videogame/{{Halo 3}}'' and subsequent games, however, include a "Skull" (part easter egg, part optional game modifier) called "Grunt Birthday Party" that makes the heads of the weakest enemies, Grunts, explode on headshots... into confetti, accompanied by the sound of cheering children. (Examining the corpse reveals that the head remains unharmed, except for their mouthpieces.)

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' games play it straight most of the time: headshots with any weapon might get blood, but because enemy corpses remain intact, their heads appear mostly undamaged. ''Videogame/{{Halo 3}}'' and subsequent games, however, include a "Skull" (part easter egg, part optional game modifier) called "Grunt Birthday Party" that makes the heads of the weakest enemies, Grunts, explode on headshots... into confetti, accompanied by the sound of cheering children. (Examining children (examining the corpse reveals that the head remains unharmed, except for their mouthpieces.)mouthpieces).
8th Aug '16 9:56:37 AM ChronoLegion
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** It's actually played with and {{lampshade|Hanging}}d with [[spoiler: Kate's death]]. Tony explains to [=McGee=] that while the hole in the forehead can be easily covered up, the back of the head would be a nasty gaping wound. The actual shot did show a decent-sized splash from the back of the head, although only the entry wound is shown to viewers. Tony, who is standing next to [[spoiler:her]], gets blood splattered over his face.

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** It's actually played with and {{lampshade|Hanging}}d with [[spoiler: Kate's death]]. Tony explains to [=McGee=] that while the hole in the forehead can be easily covered up, the back of the head would be a nasty gaping wound. The actual shot did show a decent-sized splash from the back of the head, although only the entry wound is shown to viewers. Tony, who is standing next to [[spoiler:her]], gets blood splattered over his face. A number of seasons later, [[spoiler:Gibbs's ex-wife Diane is deliberately shot in the same manner as Kate, although it looks far less messy]].
26th Jul '16 2:11:25 AM Kazmahu
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* In ''[[Literature/{{Divergent}} The Divergent Series: Allegiant]]'' more or less opens with the enforcers captured during a revolution being executed via bullet to the head. Despite the crowd standing mere feet away, not one speck of blood is seen. And considering the size of slug we later see these handguns shoot, the lack of over-penetration becomes jarring in hindsight.
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