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26th Jun '17 8:01:47 PM Audobonible
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[[caption-width-right:300:[-Tintin's attempts to fix the weird hairy lump on his head became more extreme over time.-] ]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:[-Tintin's attempts to fix the weird hairy lump on his head became more extreme over time.[[caption-width-right:300:[-Realistically, Tintin would have been dead by book 12.-] ]]
25th Jun '17 5:20:08 AM Siempie
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* People who get knocked over the head with heavy objects in ''Podcast/Wolf359'' have a surprising lack of concussion. Most notably [[spoiler: Eiffel]], who gets knocked out multiple times but wakes up with only a brief moment of wooziness and a headache.
16th Jun '17 5:46:27 AM frozen
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* King Henry VIII of England was injured during a jousting tournament when he forgot to place his visor down. He was knocked unconscious and remained that way for a couple of hours. Although he managed to wake up, he reportedly suffered bad headaches and other health problems for the rest of his life.
** There are theories that his nasty behaviour towards his wives stemmed from a brain injury to the area where empathy is located.
*** One theory even holds that his later morbid obesity (which led to ill health and death) was linked to a neuroendocrine disruption caused by the same injury.

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* King Henry VIII of England England's horse fell from under him in the tiltyard in January of 1536. Both the official chronicle and the private letters of the Imperial Ambassador (quite possibly Henry's most implacable enemy at the time) say he was injured during miraculously not injured, yet a jousting tournament when he forgot to place his visor down. He was knocked unconscious and remained rumour arose on the continent that way he was struck mute after the accident for two hours.[[note]]The Imperial Ambassador to the Holy See wrote that he'd heard from a couple of hours. Although traveller, who in turn had heard it from the Imperial Ambassador to France, who in turn had heard it from French King François I himself.[[/note]] This morphed in the 20th century into the supposition that he managed to wake up, he reportedly suffered bad headaches was struck ''unconscious'' for two hours, and other health problems for the rest of his life.
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has been used to support this very trope. There are theories even amateur historians who believe this "unconsciousness" was behind his descent into tyranny; the fact that his nasty behaviour towards his wives stemmed he was a tyrant long before he ever fell from a brain injury to the area where empathy is located.
*** One theory even holds that
his later morbid obesity (which led to ill health and death) was linked to a neuroendocrine disruption caused by the same injury.horse (and long before he ever met Anne Boleyn) is usually waved away as irrelevant.
12th Jun '17 4:20:18 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* ''Literature/TheHardyBoys'': Frank & Joe Hardy have both been knocked out by getting hit in the head so often that, in real life, the two should be vegetables in permanent coma in the hospital.

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* ''Literature/TheHardyBoys'': Frank & and Joe Hardy have both been knocked out by getting hit in the head so often that, in real life, the two should be vegetables in permanent coma in the hospital.
9th Jun '17 11:56:30 PM Gideoncrawle
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** Legendary subversion: in the first season Mr. Spock was scripted to incapacitate a maddened Kirk by rapping him in the back of the head with the butt of a phaser pistol. Leonard Nimoy thought that uncivilized, so he and the director came up with a more "civilized" alternative: the [[PressurePoint Vulcan nerve pinch]] (AKA neck pinch). Spock repeatedly used the nerve pinch in subsequent episodes. In one of them ("Mudd's Planet"), the pinch failed because he was using it on an android.

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** Legendary subversion: in the first season Mr. Spock was scripted to incapacitate a maddened Kirk by rapping him in the back of the head with the butt of a phaser pistol. Leonard Nimoy thought that uncivilized, so he and the director came up with a more "civilized" alternative: the [[PressurePoint Vulcan nerve pinch]] (AKA neck pinch). Spock repeatedly used the nerve pinch in subsequent episodes. In one of them ("Mudd's Planet"), ("I, Mudd"), the pinch failed because he was using it on an android.
6th Jun '17 8:17:31 AM Geosternbergia
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* Played with in a skit from ''[[WebAnimation/RWBYChibi]]''. Nora's so bored that she bashes Ren over the head with her hammer repeatedly. He seems none the worse for the wear, except for this line:

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* Played with in a skit from ''[[WebAnimation/RWBYChibi]]''. ''WebAnimation/RWBYChibi''. Nora's so bored that she bashes Ren over the head head, repeatedly, with her hammer repeatedly.[[DropTheHammer gigantic warhammer]]. He seems none the worse for the wear, except for this line:
6th Jun '17 8:16:08 AM Geosternbergia
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* Played with in a skit from ''[[WebAnimation/RWBYChibi]]''. Nora's so bored that she bashes Ren over the head with her hammer repeatedly. He seems none the worse for the wear, except for this line:
-->'''Ren:''' I was fine before all the head trauma. Does anyone else hear bells ringing?
30th May '17 6:43:51 AM CCIB
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* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. While Steven and the Gems can take massive beatings, full humans don't have the same privilege. Most notably in Season 5, [[spoiler: where Lars dies after being slammed against a stone pillar from the force of an explosion, and then falls a good height.]]
9th May '17 2:40:00 AM Arivne
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* ''Film/HudsonHawk''. While Eddie and Tommy are infiltrating Leonardo da Vinci's castle, they lure two guards over to them and knock each of them out with one punch.
5th May '17 5:53:29 PM PrimeEvil
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* The WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanfiction ''Fanfic/{{Jericho}}'' uses this in a very interesting way. It gets amazingly played straight, lampshaded, subverted, and deconstructed—all in one chapter! First [[FirstPersonSmartass Jericho]] knocks a stallion unconscious with a side-neck chop, has a WhatTheHellHero moment on himself wherein he lampshades this; then when Jericho himself get a nightstick upside the head, he only gets a nasty, nasty bruise. (The deconstruction is the head injury he gets and how he could have killed that one guy.)

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* The WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanfiction ''Fanfic/{{Jericho}}'' uses this in a very interesting way. It gets amazingly played straight, lampshaded, subverted, and deconstructed—all deconstructed—all in one chapter! First [[FirstPersonSmartass Jericho]] knocks a stallion unconscious with a side-neck chop, has a WhatTheHellHero moment on himself wherein he lampshades this; then when Jericho himself get a nightstick upside the head, he only gets a nasty, nasty bruise. (The deconstruction is the head injury he gets and how he could have killed that one guy.)


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* The ''James Bond'' games used this a few times.
** ''VideoGame/Goldeneye1997'', ''VideoGame/AgentUnderFire'', and ''VideoGame/{{Nightfire}}'' allowed Bond to either judo-chop or punch guards in stealth maneuvers. Even if it doesn't ''look'' like a tap-on-the-head, the effect is the same.
** ''VideoGame/GoldeneyeRogueAgent'': Goldeneye can use his guns as melee weapons.
** ''VideoGame/EverythingOrNothing'': Bond can throw wrenches, mallets, and such at guards. They can deal a OneHitKill on even the toughest of guards.
** ''VideoGame/DoubleOhSevenFromRussiaWithLove'': Pistol-whipping guards is a stealth move, as is befitting 60s Bond.
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