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2nd Nov '17 12:18:25 AM Linda58
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* [[NotUsingTheZWord Geeks]] in ''Series/TheWalkingDead''; downplayed when the group cuts the head off a walker, but the head is still alive. Daryl comes along and shoots the head and comments that only a headshot through the brain will put them down. This is also true in the GraphicNovel series it's based on.

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* [[NotUsingTheZWord Geeks]] in ''Series/TheWalkingDead''; downplayed when the group cuts the head off a walker, but the head is still alive. Daryl comes along and shoots the head and comments that only a headshot through the brain will put them down. This is also true in the GraphicNovel series it's based on. This occasionally crops up later in the series where a severed Walker head is still "alive", but as a disembodied head isn't a threat it can be ignored.
26th Oct '17 5:00:33 AM Andyroid
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* In ''VideoGame/MiddleEarthShadowOfMordor'', an Uruk Nemesis has a chance to "cheat death" and come back to torment you unless you decapitate them (and decapitation is the ''only'' way to make sure a Nemesis with the title "the Unkillable" stays dead). In the sequel ''VideoGame/MiddleEarthShadowOfWar'', even this might not stop them, as they can come back as Frankenstein's monster-like beasts with their heads stitched back on, or as the undead.
28th Sep '17 12:22:10 PM darkemyst
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* While a WoodenStake or wooden shafted arrow through the heart also works to take down vampires most of the hunters in ''Webcomic/HereThereBeMonsters'' prefer this method of dealing with them since it allows them to use guns.
7th Sep '17 12:24:20 PM CosmicFerret
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-->'''TheFlash:''' How do we fight it, or them?\\

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-->'''TheFlash:''' -->'''ComicBook/TheFlash:''' How do we fight it, or them?\\
15th Aug '17 11:13:09 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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** This actually gets subverted in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' and ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil5 5]]''. The "zombies" of the game, the Ganados/Majini can often be stunned by shooting them in the head, but doing so brings risks. Namely, destroying their heads may release difficult to kill Las Plaga, some of which can [[OneHitKill kill the hero in one hit]]. The best option is to shoot them in the body, legs or head once to stun them, then use melee attacks.

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** This actually gets subverted in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' and ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil5 5]]''. The "zombies" of the game, the Ganados/Majini can often be stunned by shooting them in the head, but doing so brings risks. Namely, destroying their heads may release difficult to kill Las Plaga, some of which can [[OneHitKill kill the hero in one hit]].hit]][[note]]Although Plagas will still erupt from their neck even if you don't shoot them in the head, so long as your guns or knife are what "killed" the regular enemy[[/note]]. The best option is to shoot them in the body, legs or head once to stun them, then use melee attacks.
9th Jul '17 8:46:08 AM nombretomado
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* Averted in ''Film/{{Outpost}}''. The mercenaries are watching a film from WorldWarTwo and realise the Nazi commander shown is their SoleSurvivor. One of the mercs immediately walks into his cell and puts a bullet in his brain. "Is he dead?" / "His brains are all over the wall. That's good enough for me." Cue MassOhCrap when the 'dead' Nazi lifts his head to look at them and [[DarknessEqualsDeath the lights go out]].

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* Averted in ''Film/{{Outpost}}''. The mercenaries are watching a film from WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and realise the Nazi commander shown is their SoleSurvivor. One of the mercs immediately walks into his cell and puts a bullet in his brain. "Is he dead?" / "His brains are all over the wall. That's good enough for me." Cue MassOhCrap when the 'dead' Nazi lifts his head to look at them and [[DarknessEqualsDeath the lights go out]].
3rd Jul '17 1:20:46 PM Prometheus117
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* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', cutting off a [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Soul Reaper's or Hollow's]] head is about the only way to guarantee quick and certain death for the opponent in question. While weaker opponents can be dispatched with "just" badly mangling them, ones with sufficiently high spiritual power can survive having their entire sides and internal organs blown away as long as they get medical treatment fast enough.
1st Jun '17 7:26:19 PM jormis29
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* George A. Romero's ''Film/LivingDeadSeries'' of zombie movies. The [[BeamMeUpScotty (superficially, anyway)]] TropeNamer is a newsman who [[ICantBelieveImSayingThis can't believe he actually has to say this in a news report]]. At least in ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'', the only other option, according to a medical examiner being interviewed in-universe, is to [[KillItWithFire dispose of "all persons who die during this crisis from whatever cause" in funeral pyres within minutes of their deaths]]. Ironically, the zombies in his films are only immobilised by decapitation. It's debatable whether the heads themselves actually die if the brain isn't destroyed, and as demonstrated in ''Film/DayOfTheDead1985'' it's possible to partially reanimate a severed head.

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* George A. Romero's Creator/GeorgeARomero's ''Film/LivingDeadSeries'' of zombie movies. The [[BeamMeUpScotty (superficially, anyway)]] TropeNamer is a newsman who [[ICantBelieveImSayingThis can't believe he actually has to say this in a news report]]. At least in ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'', the only other option, according to a medical examiner being interviewed in-universe, is to [[KillItWithFire dispose of "all persons who die during this crisis from whatever cause" in funeral pyres within minutes of their deaths]]. Ironically, the zombies in his films are only immobilised by decapitation. It's debatable whether the heads themselves actually die if the brain isn't destroyed, and as demonstrated in ''Film/DayOfTheDead1985'' it's possible to partially reanimate a severed head.
15th May '17 7:18:15 PM zarpaulus
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** The earlier zombies weren't even slowed down by a barrage of blaster fire, presumably including some headshots, only thing that could kill them was a compound designed to counteract the reanimation serum.
5th May '17 12:31:23 PM MarqFJA
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Subtrope of DecapitationRequired. An extension/special case of the ChunkySalsaRule. Sister trope to BoomHeadshot and AttackItsWeakPoint but distinct from them. BoomHeadshot is when a headshot is the most ''efficient'' way to kill something, whereas this trope is where BoomHeadshot is the ''only'' way to kill something, period.

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Subtrope of DecapitationRequired. An extension/special case of the ChunkySalsaRule. Sister trope to BoomHeadshot and AttackItsWeakPoint but distinct from them. them; BoomHeadshot is when a headshot is the most ''efficient'' way to kill something, whereas this trope is where BoomHeadshot is the ''only'' way to kill something, period.
period. Related to the ChunkySalsaRule.
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