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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.
5th May '17 12:28:34 PM MarqFJA
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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. Also closely related to and frequently overlaps with DecapitationRequired, but the latter trope usually applies to zombies, vampires, etc. with a supernatural origin as opposed to TheVirus.

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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. Also closely related to and frequently overlaps with DecapitationRequired, but the latter trope usually applies to zombies, vampires, etc. with a supernatural origin as opposed to TheVirus.
period.
7th Apr '17 11:01:43 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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** Headshots aren't the only way to kill the Molded in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil7Biohazard'', but it's definitely the best and most ammo-efficient way, as they can take a surprising amount of lead to the body before succumbing (think one shotgun shell to the head vs. five or six to the torso).
29th Mar '17 1:47:59 PM dmcreif
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* The Hand has the ability to resurrect people from the dead. As people like Nobu from ''Series/Daredevil2015'' and Harold Meachum in ''Series/IronFist2017'' show, Hand zombies can only be permanently killed off by decapitation.
23rd Mar '17 5:56:18 AM Bosco13
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* Cutting off their heads is the only way to kill immortals in the ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' franchise.
4th Mar '17 2:53:51 PM Monsund
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* Invoked in ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'' with Ulyoth Zombies. One has to decapitate them or they will go ActionBomb, however, zombies of all four Ancients will still fight without their heads (and will be momentarily stunned, comically patting their neck stump as if to say "Oi, who turned off the lights?").

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* Invoked in ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'' with Ulyoth Zombies. One has to decapitate them or they will go ActionBomb, however, zombies of all four Ancients will still fight without their heads (and will be momentarily stunned, comically patting their neck stump as if to say "Oi, who turned off the lights?"). Chattur'gha zombies will eventually [[HealingFactor regenerate their head]] and Xel'lotath's zombie will instantly produce a ghostly head in the original's place.
24th Jan '17 2:51:22 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/TimeAndAgain'' Naruto fights a rogue ninja with incredible regenerative powers. He's able to take him out of action by cutting off his head, but is GenreSavvy enough to watch it for a few minutes afterwards and sees the flesh of the neck wriggling as it begins to try and grow a new body, so he pulverizes the brain, which finally kills his opponent once and for all.

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* In the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/TimeAndAgain'' Naruto fights a rogue ninja with incredible regenerative powers. He's able to take him out of action by cutting off his head, but is GenreSavvy savvy enough to watch it for a few minutes afterwards and sees the flesh of the neck wriggling as it begins to try and grow a new body, so he pulverizes the brain, which finally kills his opponent once and for all.
18th Jan '17 12:48:48 PM FringeBenefits
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* Invoked in ''{{Tasakeru}}''. During a fight with a MadeOfIron [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Revenant]], Commander Nadeshiko wonders how invincible he'll be with a split skull. [[spoiler: She doesn't get a chance to find out.]]

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* Invoked in ''{{Tasakeru}}''.''{{Literature/Tasakeru}}''. During a fight with a MadeOfIron [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Revenant]], Commander Nadeshiko wonders how invincible he'll be with a split skull. [[spoiler: She doesn't get a chance to find out.]]
27th Dec '16 9:38:31 AM ChronoLegion
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* Those are the only ways to kill undead in Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Quazi''. This applies to both the Risen (mindless zombies) and the Quazi (those Risen, who have managed to restore their sanity and become thinking beings again). Both types of undead are extremely tough, although a bullet to the head or a complete head removal will work. Breaking the neck will only slow them down for a minute before their HealingFactor repairs the damage. The protagonist habitually carries a machete along with his sidearm and has grown adept at cleanly removing Risen heads with a single blow.
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