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21st Nov '15 5:25:13 AM StFan
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{{Immortality}} isn't exactly a superpower you can easily prove to the skeptic. Sure, you can ''say'' that you're ReallySevenHundredYearsOld, but who's to say that they'll believe you? And, while you may have that HealingFactor, you [[GoodThingYouCanHeal need to be injured for that to work]]. It's not like you can have your arm sliced open on demand just to prove that you-
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{{Immortality}} isn't exactly a superpower you can easily prove to the skeptic. Sure, you can ''say'' that you're ReallySevenHundredYearsOld, but who's to say that they'll believe you? And, while you may have that HealingFactor, you [[GoodThingYouCanHeal need to be injured for that to work]]. It's not like you can have your arm sliced open on demand just to prove that you- you--

Self Mutilation Demonstration is the favorite method of Immortals for proving to others their powers. The method is simple: grab a sharp object, slash open your arm (or any other body part), and let your HealingFactor kick in and amaze your guest. In other words, you take GoodThingYouCanHeal to its logical extreme, deliberately injuring yourself for the sole purpose of proving you have a HealingFactor. Let's hope you also have the superpower not to feel pain.
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Self Mutilation Self-Mutilation Demonstration is the favorite method of Immortals for proving to others their powers. The method is simple: grab a sharp object, slash open your arm (or any other body part), and let your HealingFactor kick in and amaze your guest. In other words, you take GoodThingYouCanHeal to its logical extreme, deliberately injuring yourself for the sole purpose of proving you have a HealingFactor. Let's hope you also have the superpower not to feel pain.

* Greed proves he has the HealingFactor in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' by asking a flunky to smash his head in with a giant, pointy mallet. It ''almost'' happens again later, but he waves down the flunky (already readying his hammer) because they don't have that kind of time.
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* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': ** Greed proves he has the HealingFactor in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' by asking a flunky to smash his head in with a giant, pointy mallet. It ''almost'' happens again later, but he waves down the flunky (already readying his hammer) because they don't have that kind of time.

* ''{{Phoenix}}'' - Masato does this after Phoenix the grants him immortality, first slicing his skin open with a knife, then shooting himself.
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* ''{{Phoenix}}'' - ''Manga/{{Phoenix}}'': Masato does this after Phoenix the grants him immortality, first slicing his skin open with a knife, then shooting himself.

* Anime/AngelBeats right off the bat in a variety. Otonashi asks Angel(Kanade) to prove him he's dead. She stabs him in the heart. He survives! ....Or not. Now he knows he's dead for sure.
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* Anime/AngelBeats ''Anime/AngelBeats'' right off the bat in a variety. Otonashi asks Angel(Kanade) to prove him he's dead. She stabs him in the heart. He survives! ....Or not. Now he knows he's dead for sure.

* A member of ''{{Youngblood}}'' once cut off his own arm when asked what powers he had.
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* A member of ''{{Youngblood}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Youngblood}}'' once cut off his own arm when asked what powers he had.

* There's a vampire comic by the Finnish artist Petri Hiltunen which starts with the vampire holding a pistol while facing his human guest. The human thinks he's going to get shot, but the vampire actually just wanted to prove to his skeptical visitor that he's a vampire - he shoots himself in the head, and the wound disappears in a couple of seconds. To clarify, the man assumes that the vampire is just a crazy person, and is trying to intimidate him with a gun into agreeing that he is what he says he is. * ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' - "Contagion" features a man who ''thinks'' he can do this after walking through a plague zone and being unharmed. Turns out being immune to a disease does not translate into being immune from other harm.
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* There's a vampire comic by the Finnish artist Petri Hiltunen which starts with the vampire holding a pistol while facing his human guest. The human thinks he's going to get shot, but the vampire actually just wanted to prove to his skeptical visitor that he's a vampire - -- he shoots himself in the head, and the wound disappears in a couple of seconds. To clarify, the man assumes that the vampire is just a crazy person, and is trying to intimidate him with a gun into agreeing that he is what he says he is. * ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' - ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'': "Contagion" features a man who ''thinks'' he can do this after walking through a plague zone and being unharmed. Turns out being immune to a disease does not translate into being immune from other harm.

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--> '''Jeebs''': You insensitive prick! Do you have any idea how much that ''stings''?
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--> '''Jeebs''': -->'''Jeebs:''' You insensitive prick! Do you have any idea how much that ''stings''?

* In Literature/DeadWest, this is used by Gervas, demonstrating that Niall is out of control. He cuts himself with a piece of a broken teacup, and it almost instantly heals. Inverted with that Gervas himself doesn't have a HealingFactor, but the Porcelain Doctor's PowerIncontinence worsened. Our narrator points out that it still hurt like hell, but he managed to convince Niall to try and rein in his new powers by training on him.
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* In Literature/DeadWest, ''Literature/DeadWest'', this is used by Gervas, demonstrating that Niall is out of control. He cuts himself with a piece of a broken teacup, and it almost instantly heals. Inverted with that Gervas himself doesn't have a HealingFactor, but the Porcelain Doctor's PowerIncontinence worsened. Our narrator points out that it still hurt like hell, but he managed to convince Niall to try and rein in his new powers by training on him.

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'''Wilkins''': [[IronicFear Uck, eew, awful things]], unsanitary. * An episode of ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'' had Duncan doing this to an Immortal that had lost his memory. In another episode it's shown in flashback how he convinced Tessa of his imortality. [[spoiler: He shot himself]]
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'''Wilkins''': '''Wilkins:''' [[IronicFear Uck, eew, awful things]], unsanitary. * An episode of ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'' had Series'': ** An episode has Duncan doing this to an Immortal that had has lost his memory. memory. ** In another episode it's shown in flashback how he convinced Tessa of his imortality. [[spoiler: He immortality. [[spoiler:He shot himself]]himself.]]

* Daisy did this once in an episode of ''DeadLikeMe''.
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* Daisy did this once in an episode of ''DeadLikeMe''.''Series/DeadLikeMe''.

* In ''{{Series/Eureka}}'', recently-fired scientist Carl Carlson sticks a knife through his hand to prove to his old boss that he has, in fact, finally created a process for [[HealingFactor spontaneous cellular regeneration]].
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* In ''{{Series/Eureka}}'', ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', recently-fired scientist Carl Carlson sticks a knife through his hand to prove to his old boss that he has, in fact, finally created a process for [[HealingFactor spontaneous cellular regeneration]].

-->'''Diana:''' ''(astonished)'' You've successfully manifested a 4400 ability. -->'''Burkhoff:''' It's getting there. It doesn't always work. -->'''Diana:''' ...you just stabbed yourself in the hand. -->'''Burkhoff:''' Yeah. I was a little worried about that. * A variation in ''{{Series/Jekyll}}''. During his EstablishingCharacterMoment, an unfortunate teenager is [[MuggingTheMonster threatening Mr Hyde with a knife]], and saying he'll hurt him if he comes any closer. Hyde says "Ya think!?" and slowly stubs out his cigarette on his own palm. This is not to demonstrate healing abilities ([[spoiler: Hyde doesn't yet realise the full extent of his powers]]), and is simply to show how un-intimidated he is, but it is still a demonstration involving self-mutilation.
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-->'''Diana:''' ''(astonished)'' (''astonished'') You've successfully manifested a 4400 ability. -->'''Burkhoff:''' ability.\\ '''Burkhoff:''' It's getting there. It doesn't always work. -->'''Diana:''' ...work.\\ '''Diana:''' ...you just stabbed yourself in the hand. -->'''Burkhoff:''' hand.\\ '''Burkhoff:''' Yeah. I was a little worried about that. * A variation in ''{{Series/Jekyll}}''.''Series/{{Jekyll}}''. During his EstablishingCharacterMoment, an unfortunate teenager is [[MuggingTheMonster threatening Mr Hyde with a knife]], and saying he'll hurt him if he comes any closer. Hyde says "Ya think!?" and slowly stubs out his cigarette on his own palm. This is not to demonstrate healing abilities ([[spoiler: Hyde doesn't yet realise realize the full extent of his powers]]), and is simply to show how un-intimidated he is, but it is still a demonstration involving self-mutilation.

* In Season 6 of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', [[spoiler:this was how Travis proved to Professor Gellar that the two of them were chosen by God to bring about the apocalypse by recreating scenes from the Book of Revelations. Travis stabbed Gellar with a holy sword, and Gellar's skepticism vanished as he watched his own wound heal miraculously... or at least that's how Travis saw it. Gellar actually died from the stab, as you'd expect, and the "Gellar" that has been calling the shots throughout much of the season was actually Travis' hallucination.]]
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* In Season 6 of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', [[spoiler:this was how Travis proved to Professor Gellar that the two of them were chosen by God to bring about the apocalypse by recreating scenes from the Book of Revelations. Travis stabbed Gellar with a holy sword, and Gellar's skepticism vanished as he watched his own wound heal miraculously... or at least that's how Travis saw it. Gellar actually died from the stab, as you'd expect, and the "Gellar" that has been calling the shots throughout much of the season was is actually Travis' Travis's hallucination.]]

* The Nameless One in ''PlanescapeTorment'' does this rather often. You can even do it to convince someone not to commit suicide. Or you can have him break his neck just to scare people. You can also make good money by letting a jaded SenseFreak experience a sensation of consequence-free murder. ** [[spoiler:And then, later on, you discover that every time you did that during the game and died, you essentially killed an innocent consequence-free. YouBastard.]]
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* The Nameless One in ''PlanescapeTorment'' ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' does this rather often. You can even do it to convince someone not to commit suicide. Or you can have him break his neck just to scare people. You can also make good money by letting a jaded SenseFreak experience a sensation of consequence-free murder. ** murder. [[spoiler:And then, later on, you discover that every time you did that during the game and died, you essentially killed an innocent consequence-free. YouBastard.]]

* A variation of this trope is used in ''{{Ever17}}''. [[spoiler:In the Jellyfish Gondola, Tsugumi shows that she has a disease that makes her immortal by killing her pet hamster Chami, which is also infected by the disease. After seeing Chami's shocking sudden death, Takeshi sees an even more shocking sight as the hamster just regenerates so quickly that it looks like he never died after only a minute.]]
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* A variation of this trope is used in ''{{Ever17}}''.''VisualNovel/{{Ever17}}''. [[spoiler:In the Jellyfish Gondola, Tsugumi shows that she has a disease that makes her immortal by killing her pet hamster Chami, which is also infected by the disease. After seeing Chami's shocking sudden death, Takeshi sees an even more shocking sight as the hamster just regenerates so quickly that it looks like he never died after only a minute.]]

* Steve Weatherby in ''CaptainStupendous'' does this by [[http://www.captainexcelsior.com/?id=51 stabbing himself in the throat]]
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* Steve Weatherby in ''CaptainStupendous'' ''Webcomic/CaptainStupendous'' does this by [[http://www.captainexcelsior.com/?id=51 stabbing himself in the throat]]

* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': Done by Cell and Gast Carcolh in one of the minicomics.
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* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': ''Webcomic/DragonBallMultiverse'': Done by Cell and Gast Carcolh in one of the minicomics.

-->'''Kenny:''' This time, try and fucking remember! *blows his own brains out*\\
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-->'''Kenny:''' This time, try and fucking remember! *blows (''blows his own brains out*\\out'')\\

2nd Nov '15 12:56:23 PM Adept
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* This was a OnceAnEpisode trick for Yuta in ''MermaidSaga''. It even got so common that his girlfriend eventually started predicting when the "I'm [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld really five hundred years old]]..." speech was about to occur and started inconspicuously searching for the nearest pointy object to use.
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* This was a OnceAnEpisode trick for Yuta in ''MermaidSaga''.''Manga/MermaidSaga''. It even got so common that his girlfriend eventually started predicting when the "I'm [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld really five hundred years old]]..." speech was about to occur and started inconspicuously searching for the nearest pointy object to use.

* In ''DGrayMan'', there's a scene where Road Kamelot tears her own face off using Allen's anti-Akuma weapon so she can show off her HealingFactor.
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* In ''DGrayMan'', ''Manga/DGrayMan'', there's a scene where Road Kamelot tears her own face off using Allen's anti-Akuma weapon so she can show off her HealingFactor.

* Kira Sakuya from ''AngelSanctuary'' repeatedly injures his arm to prove to his [[spoiler: host body's]] father that he is actually [[spoiler: a soul that has taken over his real son's dying body]].
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* Kira Sakuya from ''AngelSanctuary'' ''Manga/AngelSanctuary'' repeatedly injures his arm to prove to his [[spoiler: host body's]] father that he is actually [[spoiler: a soul that has taken over his real son's dying body]].
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16th Oct '15 9:38:52 PM Gwyddone
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* In Literature/DeadWest, this is used by Gervas, demonstrating that Niall is out of control. He cuts himself with a piece of a broken teacup, and it almost instantly heals. Inverted with that Gervas himself doesn't have a HealingFactor, but the Porcelain Doctor's PowerIncontinence worsened. Our narrator points out that it still hurt like hell, but he managed to convince Niall to try and rein in his new powers by training on him.
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* In the ''WomenOfTheOtherworld'' novel ''Stolen'', Cassandra is [[ArbitrarySkepticism trying to convince Elena (a werewolf) that vampires are real]], despite standing in broad daylight and wearing perfect makeup -- which she would have needed a reflection to apply. So she takes a ballpoint pen and stabs her own hand. The wound doesn't bleed and heals almost instantly. * In ''InterviewWithAVampire'' Louis remembers when learning about his new attributes, he jammed a dagger in his arm, and before he could pull it out, the body had healed itself around the dagger.
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* In the ''WomenOfTheOtherworld'' ''Literature/WomenOfTheOtherworld'' novel ''Stolen'', Cassandra is [[ArbitrarySkepticism trying to convince Elena (a werewolf) that vampires are real]], despite standing in broad daylight and wearing perfect makeup -- which she would have needed a reflection to apply. So she takes a ballpoint pen and stabs her own hand. The wound doesn't bleed and heals almost instantly. * In ''InterviewWithAVampire'' ''Literature/InterviewWithAVampire'' Louis remembers when learning about his new attributes, he jammed a dagger in his arm, and before he could pull it out, the body had healed itself around the dagger.

* The title character of the MediochreQSethSeries, while technically not ''immortal'' and also susceptible to pain, demonstrates his HealingFactor to some villains * In the first book to prove that they will probably not win in a fight and should just back down. He opts to ''blow off his own finger'' and watch it regrow. * In ''TheDanilovQuintet'' by Jasper Kent, this trope is inverted, when the protagonist sees a vampire's fingers get cut off and they ''don't'' grow back. (It turns out vampires can, with willpower, stave off regeneration. At at the time, several years before the events of the book, it wasn't known that he was a vampire.) Played straight when in the second book said vampire cuts of the same two fingers and lets them grow back, in order to jog the protagonist's memory. The protagonist's son, who at the time is unaware of the existence of vampires, is understandably freaked out.
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* The title character of the MediochreQSethSeries, ''Literature/MediochreQSethSeries'', while technically not ''immortal'' and also susceptible to pain, demonstrates his HealingFactor to some villains * In the first book to prove that they will probably not win in a fight and should just back down. He opts to ''blow off his own finger'' and watch it regrow. * In ''TheDanilovQuintet'' ''Literature/TheDanilovQuintet'' by Jasper Kent, this trope is inverted, when the protagonist sees a vampire's fingers get cut off and they ''don't'' grow back. (It turns out vampires can, with willpower, stave off regeneration. At at the time, several years before the events of the book, it wasn't known that he was a vampire.) Played straight when in the second book said vampire cuts of the same two fingers and lets them grow back, in order to jog the protagonist's memory. The protagonist's son, who at the time is unaware of the existence of vampires, is understandably freaked out.
21st Jul '15 10:54:10 AM ChronoLegion
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* A variation in an episode of ''Series/PainkillerJane''. The team is hunting a [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Neuro]], who is capable of generating illusions in other people's minds, which he uses to kill them. As part of a ploy to stop him, the team pretends to hit him with something that they claim reverses his powers on himself. To demonstrate that he's in a nightmare, Jane shoots her own hand and then shows it to him, as the gaping wound [[HealingFactor rapidly closes]]. The Neuro is convinced, although Jane has to really keep from wincing from the pain.
21st Jul '15 10:51:37 AM ChronoLegion
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* Inverted in an episode of ''Series/LouisAndClark''. After Superman tries to stop a world-ending asteroid by slamming into it, he succeeds, but the blast sends him crashing down, resulting in LaserGuidedAmnesia. As he's slowly recovering, his parents are shocked to find out that he doesn't know that ''he'' is Superman. Naturally, Clark is a bit scared when his father picks up a baseball bat and prepares to hit him, while claiming that it's going to hurt him more than Clark. Naturally, the bat breaks into splinters, convincing the amnesiac Clark.
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* Inverted in an episode of ''Series/LouisAndClark''.''Series/LoisAndClark''. After Superman tries to stop a world-ending asteroid by slamming into it, he succeeds, but the blast sends him crashing down, resulting in LaserGuidedAmnesia. As he's slowly recovering, his parents are shocked to find out that he doesn't know that ''he'' is Superman. Naturally, Clark is a bit scared when his father picks up a baseball bat and prepares to hit him, while claiming that it's going to hurt him more than Clark. Naturally, the bat breaks into splinters, convincing the amnesiac Clark.
21st Jul '15 10:51:24 AM ChronoLegion
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* Inverted in an episode of ''Series/LouisAndClark''. After Superman tries to stop a world-ending asteroid by slamming into it, he succeeds, but the blast sends him crashing down, resulting in LaserGuidedAmnesia. As he's slowly recovering, his parents are shocked to find out that he doesn't know that ''he'' is Superman. Naturally, Clark is a bit scared when his father picks up a baseball bat and prepares to hit him, while claiming that it's going to hurt him more than Clark. Naturally, the bat breaks into splinters, convincing the amnesiac Clark.
7th Jun '15 8:06:58 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* The ghost kids in the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' book ''Ghost Beach'' do this repeatedly.
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* The ghost kids in the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' book ''Ghost Beach'' Camp'' do this repeatedly.

** Claire, as shown in the picture above, has been known to do this quite a few times. To prove to herself that she really can heal, Claire cuts off her own toe and watches her foot grow a new one to replace it. It was more to test how well she can heal, not that that makes it any less crazy.
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** Claire, as shown Claire (who used to be in the picture above, trope image) has been known to do this quite a few times. To prove to herself that she really can heal, Claire cuts off her own toe and watches her foot grow a new one to replace it. It was more to test how well she can heal, not that that makes it any less crazy.
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