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18th Oct '17 9:51:43 PM foxley
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* In ''ComicBook/WynonnaEarp: Season Zero'' #4, Dolls is strung up on the front of a vehicle by the bad guys who are using him as a bargaining chip. Haught (with a sniper rifle) and Doc (with a revolver) shoot the rope at the same time. It is not clear which one succeeds, but Dolls is cut loose.
16th Oct '17 11:24:19 PM foxley
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* ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'': In "The Parliament of Fear", the Doctor and Bass Reaves come charging in on horseback to the camp where Bill has been taken. Bass uses the a rifle to shoot the rope that is holding Bill trussed to a totem pole; while still mounted and at the gallop.
6th Sep '17 4:34:40 PM Kartoonkid95
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* Mater actually does this near the end of ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'' to escape from Big Bentley, where the villains actually wanted to kill him, Finn [=McMissile=], and Holly Shiftwell by crushing them with the clock's gears.

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* Mater actually does this near the end of ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'' to escape from Big Bentley, where when the villains actually wanted tried to kill him, Finn [=McMissile=], and Holly Shiftwell by crushing them with the clock's gears.gears.
* ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad'': In ''The Wind in the Willows'', the main characters lower Mole down on a BedsheetLadder to take back the deed to Toad Hall from a sleeping Winky. As they're pulling him back up, a weasel guard spots them and throws a knife at the rope, causing Mole to fall onto Winky and kick off the climax.
24th Aug '17 7:09:14 AM Morgenthaler
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16th Aug '17 11:51:08 AM HissingRooster
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Arguably, using bullets at all is fueled by RealityIsUnrealistic: People are used to thinking of bullets as having immense destructive power, which [[TruthInTelevision they do]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrostatic_shock when shot into a fluid-filled object]] like a human body. Otherwise, their destructive capabilities are limited to the direct path of a projectile that's much more narrow than an arrow head.

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Arguably, using bullets at all is fueled by RealityIsUnrealistic: People are used to thinking of bullets as having immense destructive power, which [[TruthInTelevision they do]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrostatic_shock when shot into a fluid-filled object]] like a human body. Otherwise, their destructive capabilities are limited to the direct path of a projectile that's much more narrow than an arrow head.
head. However the real problem of this trope is not splitting the rope, it is possible to split a rope with a bullet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5_f5NGpMq4, the real problem is hitting the rope. During the hanging the victim may struggle while conscious, and when they loose consciousness their bodies begin to convulse. Which can make the rope difficult to hit.
16th Aug '17 11:42:31 AM HissingRooster
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After the 1860's this would be less likely because the proper method was not commonly used before the 1860's. Though in a few cases hangmen have ''deliberately'' "botched" the hanging to make the victim's death more painful (for example, after Nazi journalist and war criminal [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Streicher Julius Streicher]] yelled "Heil Hitler" ''and'' insulted the executioner just before his execution, it is widely believed that the hangman [[KicktheSonOfABitch repositioned the noose so that he would be suffocated]], nevermind how said hangman always denied having done so). Another possibility was to pay out so much rope that when the drop finally ended, the body energy got so high that the head ''[[OffWithHisHead was torn off]]''.

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After the 1860's this short drop hanging would be become less likely because common in favor of the proper method was not commonly used before the 1860's."proper" long drop hanging. Though in a few cases hangmen have ''deliberately'' "botched" the hanging to make the victim's death more painful (for example, after Nazi journalist and war criminal [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Streicher Julius Streicher]] yelled "Heil Hitler" ''and'' insulted the executioner just before his execution, it is widely believed that the hangman [[KicktheSonOfABitch repositioned the noose so that he would be suffocated]], nevermind how said hangman always denied having done so). Another possibility was to pay out so much rope that when the drop finally ended, the body energy got so high that the head ''[[OffWithHisHead was torn off]]''.
1st Jul '17 4:51:54 PM HissingRooster
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After the 1860's this would be less likely because the proper method was not commonly used before the 1860's. Though in a few cases hangmen have ''deliberately'' "botched" the hanging to make the victim's death more painful (for example, after Nazi journalist and war criminal [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Streicher Julius Streicher]] yelled "Heil Hitler" ''and'' insulted the executioner just before his execution, it is widely believed that the hangman [[KicktheSonOfABitch repositioned the noose so that he would be strangled]], nevermind how said hangman always denied having done so). Another possibility was to pay out so much rope that when the drop finally ended, the body energy got so high that the head ''[[OffWithHisHead was torn off]]''.

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After the 1860's this would be less likely because the proper method was not commonly used before the 1860's. Though in a few cases hangmen have ''deliberately'' "botched" the hanging to make the victim's death more painful (for example, after Nazi journalist and war criminal [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Streicher Julius Streicher]] yelled "Heil Hitler" ''and'' insulted the executioner just before his execution, it is widely believed that the hangman [[KicktheSonOfABitch repositioned the noose so that he would be strangled]], suffocated]], nevermind how said hangman always denied having done so). Another possibility was to pay out so much rope that when the drop finally ended, the body energy got so high that the head ''[[OffWithHisHead was torn off]]''.
1st Jul '17 4:51:06 PM HissingRooster
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You see, people may have only figured out how to do hanging consistently correctly in the nineteenth century, but then they started to do it the scientific way. Normal, "long drop" hanging kills by '''breaking the neck''' when done ''correctly'' -- that is, in a Robin Hood story the slowly strangling victim is not so implausible, because they haven't yet figured how much rope to use, and this often resulted in "short drop" hanging, where the body's energy was not enough to break the neck, and the rope just slowly strangled the victim. However the person hanging should no be able to gasp as what causes the victim to die is the tongue being forced back in the mouth sealing the wind pipe and causing them to suffocate. However if the noose is positioned in a specific way the victim may be able to breath slightly and thus gasp for air.

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You see, people may have only figured out how to do hanging consistently correctly in the nineteenth century, but then they started to do it the scientific way. Normal, "long drop" hanging kills by '''breaking the neck''' when done ''correctly'' -- that is, in a Robin Hood story the slowly strangling suffocating the victim is not so implausible, because they haven't yet figured how much rope to use, and this often resulted in "short drop" hanging, where the body's energy was not enough to break the neck, and the rope just slowly strangled suffocates the victim. However the person hanging should no be able to gasp as We say suffocate because what causes the victim to die is the tongue being forced back in the mouth sealing off the wind pipe and causing them to suffocate. However if the noose is positioned in a specific way the victim may be able to breath slightly and thus gasp for air.
1st Jul '17 4:49:39 PM HissingRooster
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You see, people may have only figured out how to do hanging consistently correctly in the nineteenth century, but then they started to do it the scientific way. Normal, "long drop" hanging kills by '''breaking the neck''' when done ''correctly'' -- that is, in a Robin Hood story the slowly strangling victim is not so implausible, because they haven't yet figured how much rope to use, and this often resulted in "short drop" hanging, where the body's energy was not enough to break the neck, and the rope just slowly strangled the victim.

After the 1860's this would be less likely because the proper method was not commonly used before the 1860's. Though in a few cases hangmen have ''deliberately'' "botched" the hanging to make the victim's death more painful (for example, after Nazi journalist and war criminal [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Streicher Julius Streicher]] yelled "Heil Hitler" ''and'' insulted the executioner just before his execution, it is widely believed that the hangman [[KicktheSonOfABitch repositioned the noose so that he would be strangled]], nevermind how said hangman always denied having done so). Another possibility was to pay out so much rope that when the drop finally ended, the body energy got so high that the head ''[[OffWithHisHead was torn off]]''.

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You see, people may have only figured out how to do hanging consistently correctly in the nineteenth century, but then they started to do it the scientific way. Normal, "long drop" hanging kills by '''breaking the neck''' when done ''correctly'' -- that is, in a Robin Hood story the slowly strangling victim is not so implausible, because they haven't yet figured how much rope to use, and this often resulted in "short drop" hanging, where the body's energy was not enough to break the neck, and the rope just slowly strangled the victim.

victim. However the person hanging should no be able to gasp as what causes the victim to die is the tongue being forced back in the mouth sealing the wind pipe and causing them to suffocate. However if the noose is positioned in a specific way the victim may be able to breath slightly and thus gasp for air.

After the 1860's this would be less likely because the proper method was not commonly used before the 1860's. Though in a few cases hangmen have ''deliberately'' "botched" the hanging to make the victim's death more painful (for example, after Nazi journalist and war criminal [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Streicher Julius Streicher]] yelled "Heil Hitler" ''and'' insulted the executioner just before his execution, it is widely believed that the hangman [[KicktheSonOfABitch repositioned the noose so that he would be strangled]], nevermind how said hangman always denied having done so). Another possibility was to pay out so much rope that when the drop finally ended, the body energy got so high that the head ''[[OffWithHisHead was torn off]]''.
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8th Mar '17 9:19:25 AM doomquokka
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A comedic subversion of this has the arrow not quite split the rope all the way, leaving the victim dangling (and strangling) until his rescuers can finish the job. If the victim struggles to breathe in the process, you have a case of either not doing the research, an incompetent or an exceptionally cruel hangman.

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A comedic subversion of this has the arrow not quite split the rope all the way, leaving the victim dangling (and strangling) until his rescuers can finish the job. If the victim struggles to breathe in the process, you have a case of either not doing the research, or an incompetent or an exceptionally cruel hangman.
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