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16th Apr '18 10:38:11 AM TompaDompa
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* In ''Film/{{Deewaar}}'', Ravi knocks one of the smugglers at the godown out before going inside and pulling his BackupBluff. The man wakes up just too late to stop Ravi.
7th Apr '18 10:41:39 AM nombretomado
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* Averted in the WorldOfDarkness, where aiming for the head incurs a penalty to attack, but lets you do Lethal damage with weapons that otherwise do Bashing (stunning) damage. Hitting someone over the head could very well kill them.

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* Averted in the WorldOfDarkness, Franchise/TheWorldOfDarkness, where aiming for the head incurs a penalty to attack, but lets you do Lethal damage with weapons that otherwise do Bashing (stunning) damage. Hitting someone over the head could very well kill them.
3rd Apr '18 1:05:59 PM intastiel
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* In ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', this is used on the player character in an instance of CutsceneIncompetence. It knocks them out, despite the character being a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] who's only mildly inconvenienced by being shot through the brain.
27th Mar '18 4:26:54 PM foxley
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* In ''Film/MurderAtTheBaskervilles'', Price knocks out Watson by rapping him over the back of the head with a pistol. Watson does not stay unconscious long.
21st Mar '18 9:05:33 PM nombretomado
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* PlayedForLaughs and subverted in the "Survivorman" episode of ''Series/TheOffice''. Dwight hits Michael with a shoe, telling him it's easier to take him to the camping location if Michael is unconscious. It doesn't work.

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* PlayedForLaughs and subverted in the "Survivorman" episode of ''Series/TheOffice''.''Series/{{The Office|US}}''. Dwight hits Michael with a shoe, telling him it's easier to take him to the camping location if Michael is unconscious. It doesn't work.
18th Mar '18 10:46:50 AM AmuckCricetine
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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 ("I, Mudd"), the pinch failed because he was using it on an android.
*** DontTryThisAtHome: Although the ability to render someone instantly unconscious using the nerve pinch is fictional, as any child who had it done to them while playing Star Trek on the playground can tell you, it hurts like hell when someone clamps down on your shoulder, especially if they take the "pinch" part literally!
** "Obsession". Ensign Garrovick tries to knock out Captain Kirk with a karate chop so [[MoreExpendableThanYou he can be the one]] to lure the vampire cloud to the antimatter bomb.

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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 Creator/LeonardNimoy 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 ("I, Mudd"), ("[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E8IMudd}} I, Mudd]]"), the pinch failed because he was using it on an android.
*** DontTryThisAtHome: Although the ability to render someone instantly unconscious using the nerve pinch is fictional, as any child who had it done to them while playing Star Trek ''Star Trek'' on the playground can tell you, it hurts like hell when someone clamps down on your shoulder, especially if they take the "pinch" part literally!
** "Obsession"."[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E13Obsession}} Obsession]]". Ensign Garrovick tries to knock out Captain Kirk with a karate chop so [[MoreExpendableThanYou he can be the one]] to lure the vampire cloud to the antimatter bomb.



** A truer subversion is seen in the episode "Mirror, Mirror," in which mirror!Spock is knocked out this way and Dr. [=McCoy=] declares that he'll die without immediate treatment. It may have averted the trope too far, though, considering the deadly object was a skull so fragile that it completely shattered after hitting Spock. It's difficult to imagine it would even knock him out in the first place, unless the skull was so hard it took a ''lot'' of blunt force to break it.
* Subverted in an episode of ''Series/RedDwarf''. Kryten has to render the rest of the crew unconscious, but Rimmer is a "hard-light" hologram and thus "unknockoutable" despite Rimmer's assistance and Kryten's most enthusiastic efforts.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Giles getting knocked unconscious occurs so often it's turned into something of a RunningGag. The jaw-punch version occurs in "Prophecy Girl", when Buffy settles the issue of who is going to fight the Master by punching Giles in the jaw, putting him to sleep just long enough for her to be off on the mission. Later Giles is seen nursing a bruise, but it seems no dental attention was required. The trope is subverted when Warren's ex-girlfriend Katrina is escaping the Trio's lair and plans to go to the police after their attempt to rape her. Warren clocks her on the head with a bottle, trying to knock her out -- [[RealityEnsues and she dies]].

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** A truer subversion is seen in the episode "Mirror, Mirror," "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E4MirrorMirror}} Mirror, Mirror]]", in which mirror!Spock is knocked out this way and Dr. [=McCoy=] declares that he'll die without immediate treatment. It may have averted the trope too far, though, considering the deadly object was a skull so fragile that it completely shattered after hitting Spock. It's difficult to imagine it would even knock him out in the first place, unless the skull was so hard it took a ''lot'' of blunt force to break it.
* Subverted in an the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode of ''Series/RedDwarf''."[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonVILegion Legion]]". Kryten has to render the rest of the crew unconscious, but Rimmer is a "hard-light" hologram and thus "unknockoutable" despite Rimmer's assistance and Kryten's most enthusiastic efforts.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Giles getting knocked unconscious occurs so often it's turned into something of a RunningGag. The jaw-punch version occurs in "Prophecy Girl", "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E12ProphecyGirl Prophecy Girl]]", when Buffy settles the issue of who is going to fight the Master by punching Giles in the jaw, putting him to sleep just long enough for her to be off on the mission. Later Giles is seen nursing a bruise, but it seems no dental attention was required. The trope is subverted when Warren's ex-girlfriend Katrina is escaping the Trio's lair and plans to go to the police after their attempt to rape her. Warren clocks her on the head with a bottle, trying to knock her out -- [[RealityEnsues and she dies]].



** Averted once in the fourth season, when a genius robotics expert Avon wass hoping to recruit for something had some kind of manic episode and attacked Tarrant and Vila while en route to Xenon. Vila was forced to wallop him with a wrench in self-defence, and then all hell broke loose because it appeared he'd inadvertently killed the guy. Then things got weird...

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** Averted once in the fourth season, "[[Recap/BlakesSevenS4E6Headhunter Headhunter]]", when a genius robotics expert Avon wass was hoping to recruit for something had some kind of manic episode and attacked Tarrant and Vila while en route to Xenon. Vila was forced to wallop him with a wrench in self-defence, and then all hell broke loose because it appeared he'd inadvertently killed the guy. Then things got weird...



* In ''Series/{{Firefly}},'' Mal delivers one to [[spoiler:Jayne]] with a wrench.

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* In ''Series/{{Firefly}},'' the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "[[Recap/FireflyE09Ariel Ariel]]", Mal delivers one to [[spoiler:Jayne]] with a wrench.



* How Edmund Blackadder and Lord Melchett are kidnapped in the ''Series/BlackAdder II'' episode "Chains". A German guard hits them over the head with a stick while they are distracted by another German guard.

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* How Edmund Blackadder and Lord Melchett are kidnapped in the ''Series/BlackAdder II'' episode "Chains"."[[Recap/BlackadderS2E6Chains Chains]]". A German guard hits them over the head with a stick while they are distracted by another German guard.



* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' makes fun of this trope in the episode where Peter steals the Popemobile; the guy guarding it tells Peter that "even the slightest tap on the head knocks me out. I always wake up feeling fine afterwards, but it's just so darned inconvenient." The fellow then demonstrates this by lightly touching his head and knocks himself out, allowing Peter to steal the car.

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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' makes fun of this trope in the episode "[[Recap/FamilyGuyS2E2HolyCrap Holy Crap]]" where Peter steals the Popemobile; the guy guarding it tells Peter that "even the slightest tap on the head knocks me out. I always wake up feeling fine afterwards, but it's just so darned inconvenient." The fellow then demonstrates this by lightly touching his head and knocks himself out, allowing Peter to steal the car.
14th Mar '18 7:20:49 PM foxley
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* At the start of Film/CircusOfFear'', Manfred knocks out the bridge keeper with a simple blow to the back of the head. Shortly after, the security guard does the same to one of the crooks as he makes is ill-fated escape attempt.

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* At the start of Film/CircusOfFear'', ''Film/CircusOfFear'', Manfred knocks out the bridge keeper with a simple blow to the back of the head. Shortly after, the security guard does the same to one of the crooks as he makes is ill-fated escape attempt.attempt.
* In ''Film/TheMonsterMaker'', Markoff knocks out Lawrence with one blow from a candlestick. Later Bob drops the hulking Steve with a single whack with a floor ashtray.
8th Mar '18 10:14:23 PM nombretomado
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* In ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'', the Guardian of the Park receives one [[spoiler:from a falling football]]. This is a particularly [[TVTropesDrinkingGame egregio]]-- er, [[SubvertedTrope extreme]] example, as going by the [[TimeTravel time said tap occurs]], he was left unconscious for ''five hours''.

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* In ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'', the Guardian of the Park receives one [[spoiler:from a falling football]]. This is a particularly [[TVTropesDrinkingGame [[DrinkingGame/TVTropes egregio]]-- er, [[SubvertedTrope extreme]] example, as going by the [[TimeTravel time said tap occurs]], he was left unconscious for ''five hours''.
2nd Mar '18 9:27:37 PM foxley
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* At the start of Film/CircusOfFear'', Manfred knocks out the bridge keeper with a simple blow to the back of the head. Shortly after, the security guard does the same to one of the crooks as he makes is ill-fated escape attempt.
24th Feb '18 6:55:51 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted in ''TheSaboteur'' with one of Sean's stealth kills. It involves some particularly hard and crunchy blows to the back of the enemy's head, and you can be sure they're as dead as if you {{neck snap}}ped them instead.

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* Subverted in ''TheSaboteur'' ''VideoGame/TheSaboteur'' with one of Sean's stealth kills. It involves some particularly hard and crunchy blows to the back of the enemy's head, and you can be sure they're as dead as if you {{neck snap}}ped them instead.
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