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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.
18th Jan '17 12:38:29 PM ChaoticNovelist
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The hero's been [[PublicExecution led to the gallows]] and is about to do the metaphorical "hemp fandango". He looks pretty much boned, right? Nope, TheCavalary! They'll save him by [[ImprobableAimingSkills splitting the rope]] on the noose with a well-timed arrow (or a blade, or a bullet, if the time period's a bit later), just as he's about to take a long drop on a short rope.

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The hero's been [[PublicExecution led to the gallows]] and is about to do the metaphorical "hemp fandango". He looks pretty much boned, right? Nope, TheCavalary! TheCavalry! They'll save him by [[ImprobableAimingSkills splitting the rope]] on the noose with a well-timed arrow (or a blade, or a bullet, if the time period's a bit later), just as he's about to take a long drop on a short rope.
18th Jan '17 12:37:49 PM ChaoticNovelist
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The hero's been [[PublicExecution led to the gallows]] and is about to do the metaphorical "hemp fandango". He looks pretty much boned, right? Nope, the BigDamnHeroes are on the way! They'll save him by [[ImprobableAimingSkills splitting the rope]] on the noose with a well-timed arrow (or a blade, or a bullet, if the time period's a bit later), just as he's about to take a long drop on a short rope.

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The hero's been [[PublicExecution led to the gallows]] and is about to do the metaphorical "hemp fandango". He looks pretty much boned, right? Nope, the BigDamnHeroes are on the way! TheCavalary! They'll save him by [[ImprobableAimingSkills splitting the rope]] on the noose with a well-timed arrow (or a blade, or a bullet, if the time period's a bit later), just as he's about to take a long drop on a short rope.



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. But otherwise, their destructive capabilities are limited to the direct path of a projectile that's much more narrow than an arrow head.

Oh, and bonus points if this dramatically super accurate shot comes directly after a firefight in which ATeamFiring was in full effect. A subtrope of ImprobableAimingSkills

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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. But otherwise, Otherwise, their destructive capabilities are limited to the direct path of a projectile that's much more narrow than an arrow head.

Oh, and bonus points if this dramatically super accurate shot comes directly after a firefight in which ATeamFiring was in full effect. A subtrope of ImprobableAimingSkills
ImprobableAimingSkills.
29th Dec '16 3:21:17 AM JackG
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor has to do this during his Trial By Ordeal in "The Face of Evil".

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor has to do this during his Trial By Ordeal in "The Face of Evil". In this case he's standing on a plank over a pit of nasty biting creatures, holding a crossbow with only one quarrel. The rope is attached to a weight, pulling machinery that's opening the pit beneath him. The rope gets thinner the longer you wait (making it easier to cut) but the weight moves faster.
9th Dec '16 1:38:41 PM upupandaway42
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* In the ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' episode [[Recap/LegendsOfTomorrowS2E6OutlawCountry "Outlaw Country"]], [[Comicbook/BlackCanary Sara]] saves the hanging Comicbook/JonahHex by shooting the rope, while it's swinging, no less.
5th Dec '16 3:36:10 PM HissingRooster
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But this is unlikely to be the case when bullets are used, because at this point executioners have already learned the proper method. 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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But After the 1860's this is unlikely to would be the case when bullets are used, less likely because at this point executioners have already learned the proper method.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]]''.
26th Oct '16 8:37:41 PM SpuriousLorisine
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* In Minnesota in 2016, a U.S. Army veteran named Jason Galvin did this to rescue a bald eagle that was found dangling from a tree with its foot caught in rope, but not quite so elegantly. With windy conditions and only four inches of rope to work with, it reportedly took 150 shots with a .22 caliber rifle and almost 90 minutes to trim away other branches and eventually whittle away the rope.
19th Oct '16 1:18:21 AM Dravencour
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* Done by Calamity Jane as her very first act in the series in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfCalamityJane''. It helps that it was an impromptu over-the-branch hanging, at a height that required a barrel to be kicked out from under the (innocent) victim's feet.

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* Done by Calamity Jane as her very first act in the series in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfCalamityJane''.''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfCalamityJane'', to rescue a Comanche who is about to be lynched. It helps that it was an impromptu over-the-branch hanging, at a height that required a barrel to be kicked out from under the (innocent) victim's feet.
16th Oct '16 4:00:15 AM foxley
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* ''Series/WynonnaEarp'': Wynonna does to this save Waverly from being lynched by the reveants in "Purgatory: using Peacemaker to shoot out the block and tackle they are using to string her up.
14th Mar '16 5:54:14 AM foxley
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* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': Done as part of a TwangHello by a bow-wielding assassin in "Faces". He uses an arrow to sever the the rope holding up a training dummy next to Purdey as a way of announcing his presence.
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