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24th Mar '17 7:12:35 AM erforce
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* In ''Film/YoungGuns'' Murphy is shot by Billy. This is followed by a 20 second slow-mo of him flailing then falling, with a tiny bullet hole precisely in the center of his forehead with just a trickle of blood coming from it.

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* In ''Film/YoungGuns'' ''Film/YoungGuns'', Murphy is shot by Billy. This is followed by a 20 second slow-mo of him flailing then falling, with a tiny bullet hole precisely in the center of his forehead with just a trickle of blood coming from it.



* Used in Del Torro's ''Film/PansLabyrinth.'' When [[spoiler:the BigBad]] is killed by a shot to the head from a revolver at point blank range. The only effects are a tiny bullet hole in his lower face and the blood slowly draining from an eye. His head does not even move as the bullet slams into his face, he just stands there and dies calmly.

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* Used in Del Torro's Toro's ''Film/PansLabyrinth.'' When [[spoiler:the BigBad]] is killed by a shot to the head from a revolver at point blank range. The only effects are a tiny bullet hole in his lower face and the blood slowly draining from an eye. His head does not even move as the bullet slams into his face, he just stands there and dies calmly.



* In ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'', Dante is shot in the head repeatedly throughout the series, but it only ever results in a small trickle of blood down his face which quickly heals later. Possibly {{justified|Trope}} by his [[HealingFactor tremendous healing ability]]. Considering that after one such headshot he pulls the bullet out of the entry wound, it's possible that the bullets don't get very far.

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* In ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'', ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'', Dante is shot in the head repeatedly throughout the series, but it only ever results in a small trickle of blood down his face which quickly heals later. Possibly {{justified|Trope}} by his [[HealingFactor tremendous healing ability]]. Considering that after one such headshot he pulls the bullet out of the entry wound, it's possible that the bullets don't get very far.



** ''VideoGame/MaxPayne 3'' averts it by showing grisly entry and exit wounds if enemies are shot in the head. The only wrinkle is that the wounds are identical for all weapons, so a headshot from a 9MM pistol will leave the same-sized hole as that from a .50 BMG sniper rifle.

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** ''VideoGame/MaxPayne 3'' ''VideoGame/MaxPayne3'' averts it by showing grisly entry and exit wounds if enemies are shot in the head. The only wrinkle is that the wounds are identical for all weapons, so a headshot from a 9MM pistol will leave the same-sized hole as that from a .50 BMG sniper rifle.



* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' has a rather strange occurrence when [[spoiler:Olga]] is killed by [[spoiler:Solidus]] via headshot - a huge display of blood and gore shoots out of [[spoiler:her]] head when the bullet goes through it, but the exit wound itself is as tiny as you'd expect from this trope. Especially odd in that, not thirty seconds later, the weapon in question is shown firing ''exploding bullets'' that really should have blown [[spoiler:Olga's]] head off entirely.

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* ''VideoGame/MetalGear''
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''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' has a rather strange occurrence when [[spoiler:Olga]] is killed by [[spoiler:Solidus]] via headshot - a huge display of blood and gore shoots out of [[spoiler:her]] head when the bullet goes through it, but the exit wound itself is as tiny as you'd expect from this trope. Especially odd in that, not thirty seconds later, the weapon in question is shown firing ''exploding bullets'' that really should have blown [[spoiler:Olga's]] head off entirely.
5th Mar '17 10:11:57 AM Diask
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Contrary to popular belief, a gunshot wound to the head is not actually always fatal in and of itself, nor is it an InstantDeathBullet. Probably the most famous example of this was the head wound of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phineas_Gage Phineas Gage]], who managed to survive a three foot long steel rod through his brain (not without ill effects though). For more details, please see the [[Analysis/PrettyLittleHeadshots Analysis page]]

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Contrary to popular belief, a gunshot wound to the head is not actually always fatal in and of itself, nor is it an InstantDeathBullet. Probably the most famous example of this was the head wound of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phineas_Gage Phineas Gage]], who managed to survive a three foot long steel rod through his brain (not without ill effects though). For more details, please see the [[Analysis/PrettyLittleHeadshots Analysis page]]



* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', C.C. takes a shot right through the center of her forehead when she takes the bullet for Lelouch in the first episode. Quite an impressively perfect shot, in fact, considering she wasn't being aimed at and that it hit dead center of the tattoo on her forehead. Buuuut anyway, no gore on Lelouch behind her and a quick pool of blood after. Though there is a partial gory discretion shot about a minute later where this trope is averted.
** This might justified by the fact that C.C. is immortal. If your head asplode, you can't really continue life, so she's kept intact by her immortality.

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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', C.C. takes a shot right through the center of her forehead when she takes the bullet for Lelouch in the first episode. Quite an impressively perfect shot, in fact, considering she wasn't being aimed at and that it hit dead center of the tattoo on her forehead. Buuuut anyway, no gore on Lelouch behind her and a quick pool of blood after. Though there is a partial gory discretion shot about a minute later where this trope is averted.
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averted. This might justified by the fact that C.C. is immortal. If your head asplode, you can't really continue life, so she's kept intact by her immortality.



* ''Baccano!'' has [[spoiler: Dallas Geonoard]]'s immortality first (chronologically, on-screen) being demonstrated when he's shot through the head, leaving a clean bullethole just in the middle of his forehead. Averted in all other examples. Everyone else who dies in this manner does so bloodily.

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* ''Baccano!'' ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' has [[spoiler: Dallas Geonoard]]'s immortality first (chronologically, on-screen) being demonstrated when he's shot through the head, leaving a clean bullethole just in the middle of his forehead. Averted in all other examples. Everyone else who dies in this manner does so bloodily.



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* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', you can convince a certain enemy near the end to shoot himself with his ultra-high powered energy pistol. The result? His head doesn't show any signs of damage, and when his skeleton is laid bare by another enemy there is a hole... but in an entirely wrong place. Said shot produces a lot of alien blood, but given the lack of hole it is pretty hard to see from where it is coming from.

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect''
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In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', you can convince a certain enemy near the end to shoot himself with his ultra-high powered energy pistol. The result? His head doesn't show any signs of damage, and when his skeleton is laid bare by another enemy there is a hole... but in an entirely wrong place. Said shot produces a lot of alien blood, but given the lack of hole it is pretty hard to see from where it is coming from.



** ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVGroundZeroes Metal Gear]] [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain Solid V]]'' averts this trope like hell. Unless you're using tranquilizer darts or rubber bullets, getting a headshot will result in a nasty "SPLAT" and a gruesome wound.

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** ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVGroundZeroes Metal Gear]] ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear|SolidVGroundZeroes}} [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain Solid V]]'' averts this trope like hell. Unless you're using tranquilizer darts or rubber bullets, getting a headshot will result in a nasty "SPLAT" and a gruesome wound.
24th Jan '17 6:55:40 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* Bud Dwyer, State Treasurer of Pennsylvania in 1987, resigned and shot himself in the head during a press conference he called.
** Although it should be noted that he shot himself in the mouth, and as such, in the video, it was impossible to see either the exit or entrance wound. The headshot itself is also actually anything but pretty, as Mr. Dwyer's mouth and nose gush horrifying amounts of blood.

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* Bud R. Budd Dwyer, State Treasurer of Pennsylvania in 1987, resigned and shot himself in the head during a press conference he called.
** Although it should be noted that he shot himself in the mouth, and as such, in the video, it was impossible to see either the exit or entrance wound. The headshot itself is also actually anything but pretty, as Mr. Dwyer's mouth and nose gush horrifying amounts of blood. In some photos he does have a lot of blood on the back and top of his head and may be due to the exit wound or his head jerking back and slamming into the wall.



* Yook Young-soo, the wife of South Korean President Park Chung-hee (and mother of the current ROK president Park Geun-hye), was shot (fatally; she died later in the day after surgery) in the side of the head during an assassination attempt on her husband on August 15, 1974. Accounts of the incident describe her as having bled profusely from the wound (and at least one picture of the chair she was seated in when she was shot shows it and the surroundings spattered with blood), but the pictures and TV footage - admittedly rather blurry ones, considering 1970's photography and video tech - of her being carried away by aides show her head and face as seemingly being undamaged. There's also video footage showing her physical reaction to being shot, jerking sharply to the left side and then starting to slump over to the right.

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* Yook Young-soo, the wife of South Korean President Park Chung-hee (and mother of the current most recent [circa 2016] ROK president Park Geun-hye), was shot (fatally; she died later in the day after surgery) in the side of the head during an assassination attempt on her husband on August 15, 1974. Accounts of the incident describe her as having bled profusely from the wound (and at least one picture of the chair she was seated in when she was shot shows it and the surroundings spattered with blood), but the pictures and TV footage - admittedly rather blurry ones, considering 1970's photography and video tech - of her being carried away by aides show her head and face as seemingly being undamaged. There's also video footage showing her physical reaction to being shot, jerking sharply to the left side and then starting to slump over to the right.
8th Jan '17 3:29:15 AM WildKatGirl
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Has nothing to do with ''Literaure/PrettyLittleLiars''.

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Has nothing to do with ''Literaure/PrettyLittleLiars''.
''Literature/PrettyLittleLiars''.
8th Jan '17 3:28:51 AM WildKatGirl
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Has nothing to do with ''PrettyLittleLiars''.

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Has nothing to do with ''PrettyLittleLiars''.
''Literaure/PrettyLittleLiars''.
22nd Dec '16 11:18:57 PM Codefreak5
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* ''VideoGame/PAYDAY2'' plays it almost completely straight, with only one exception: Headshotting a Taser with the Platypus 70 sniper rifle turns his face into a gaping hole. Everything else, even a .50 cal sniper rifle, leaves nothing but some bloodsplatter.
19th Dec '16 2:04:40 PM Theatre_Maven_3695
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** There is also the story of news anchorwoman[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christine_Chubbuck Christine Chubbuck]], who commited suicide by shooting herself ''on air'' in TheSeventies. The damage wasn't nearly as severe as [[YourHeadASplode head explosions]] or PinkMist as those in the studio thought it was a tasteless prank... until they realized it wasn't. Christine still died some hours later.

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** There is also the story of news anchorwoman[[http://en.anchorwoman [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christine_Chubbuck Christine Chubbuck]], who commited suicide by shooting herself ''on air'' in TheSeventies. The damage wasn't nearly as severe as [[YourHeadASplode head explosions]] or PinkMist as those in the studio thought it was a tasteless prank... until they realized it wasn't. Christine still died some hours later.
19th Dec '16 2:03:57 PM Theatre_Maven_3695
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** Deserving mention is the so-called 'Krönlein shot', result of a close range gunshot from a high powered round, in which the skull [[YourHeadAsplode bursts open]], and the brain is ejected (relatively) cleanly and lands some distance from the body. [[NauseaFuel Google some images]] [[SchmuckBait if you wish.]]

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** Deserving mention is the so-called 'Krönlein shot', result of a close range gunshot from a high powered round, in which the skull [[YourHeadAsplode bursts open]], and the brain is ejected (relatively) cleanly and lands some distance from the body. [[NauseaFuel [[[[SchmuckBait Google some images]] [[SchmuckBait [[YouHaveBeenWarned if you wish.]]



* There's an infamous video out there, of a kid jumping into the sea and landing face first on concrete bank. Cut to the emergency room to show [[spoiler: the kid's whole face cracked in half like an oyster shell-if you Google it, beware, it is not for the faint-hearted, especially not when the doctor closes the face again, just like closing a book)]] Well,as it turns out, the two clips, though edited together, are not related- the first clip has no follow up. The second, face cracked guy was a Gunshot suicide attempt; apparently he put the gun under his chin and it caused his skin and skull to crack and split open so he looked like Predator. Believe it or not, he SURVIVED. If you look hard enough you can find 'after' pictures of his repaired head.

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* There's an infamous video out there, of a kid jumping into the sea and landing face first on concrete bank. Cut to the emergency room to show [[spoiler: the kid's whole face cracked in half like an oyster shell-if you Google it, beware, it is not for the faint-hearted, fainthearted, especially not when the doctor closes the face again, just like closing a book)]] Well,as it turns out, the two clips, though edited together, are not related- the first clip has no follow up. The second, face cracked guy was a Gunshot suicide attempt; apparently he put the gun under his chin and it caused his skin and skull to crack and split open so he looked like Predator. Believe it or not, he SURVIVED. If you look hard enough you can find 'after' pictures of his repaired head.



** Although it should be noted that [[AteHisGun he shot himself in the mouth]], and as such, in the video, it was impossible to see either the exit or entrance wound. The headshot itself is also actually anything but pretty, as Mr. Dwyer's [[{{Squick}} mouth and nose]] gush horrifying amounts of [[{{Gorn}} blood]].
** There is also the story of ex HotScoop [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christine_Chubbuck Christine Chubbuck]], who commited suicide by shooting herself ''on air'' in TheSeventies. The damage wasn't nearly as severe as [[YourHeadASplode head explosions]] or PinkMist as those in the studio thought [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt it was]] [[DudeNotFunny a tasteless prank]]... until they realized it wasn't. Christine still died some hours later.

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** Although it should be noted that [[AteHisGun he shot himself in the mouth]], mouth, and as such, in the video, it was impossible to see either the exit or entrance wound. The headshot itself is also actually anything but pretty, as Mr. Dwyer's [[{{Squick}} mouth and nose]] nose gush horrifying amounts of [[{{Gorn}} blood]].
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** There is also the story of ex HotScoop [[http://en.news anchorwoman[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christine_Chubbuck Christine Chubbuck]], who commited suicide by shooting herself ''on air'' in TheSeventies. The damage wasn't nearly as severe as [[YourHeadASplode head explosions]] or PinkMist as those in the studio thought [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt it was]] [[DudeNotFunny was a tasteless prank]]...prank... until they realized it wasn't. Christine still died some hours later.
19th Dec '16 1:57:12 PM Theatre_Maven_3695
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* RealLife tends to avert this trope [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch like a bitch]]. Anyone who has ever been shot in the head doesn't tend to look "pretty" afterward. A look at descriptions of UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln and images of UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy post-shooting can tell you that.

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* RealLife tends to avert this trope [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch like a bitch]].trope. Anyone who has ever been shot in the head doesn't tend to look "pretty" afterward. A look at descriptions of UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln and images of UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy post-shooting can tell you that.
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.
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