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25th Jul '16 2:20:40 AM PaulA
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* Averted in ''The Curse of Literature/{{Chalion}}''. When [[spoiler: Umegat]] is found unconscious by a blow to the skull everyone remotely familiar with head injuries treat it as a life-threatening emergency and when he awakens days later he is revealed to have suffered serious brain damage.

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* Averted in ''The Curse of Literature/{{Chalion}}''. ''Literature/TheCurseOfChalion''. When [[spoiler: Umegat]] [[spoiler:Umegat]] is found unconscious by a blow to the skull everyone remotely familiar with head injuries treat it as a life-threatening emergency and when he awakens days later he is revealed to have suffered serious brain damage.
20th Jul '16 3:27:01 AM Arivne
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* ''Film/{{Yellowbeard}}''. While Dan, Lord Lambourn and Dr. Gilpin are in Portsmouth, three members of a press gang knock them on the head with clubs and render them unconscious so they can be kidnapped.
9th Jul '16 1:10:00 PM nombretomado
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* Hitting the opponent in the head seems to be the most reliable way to knock someone out with no lasting consequences in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}''. Ironically, the concept of [[CoolMask Kanohi masks]] was introduced specifically so that characters ''wouldn't '' have to punch each other in the face, as they could weaken or disable the opponent by removing their mask. However, as the series got progressively DarkerAndEdgier, more "realistic" violence (with unrealistic consequences) was brought in.

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* Hitting the opponent in the head seems to be the most reliable way to knock someone out with no lasting consequences in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}''.''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''. Ironically, the concept of [[CoolMask Kanohi masks]] was introduced specifically so that characters ''wouldn't '' have to punch each other in the face, as they could weaken or disable the opponent by removing their mask. However, as the series got progressively DarkerAndEdgier, more "realistic" violence (with unrealistic consequences) was brought in.



** The 2015 toys reintroduce this gimmick -- tapping the back of their head causes the power-giving masks to pop off.

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** The [[Toys/{{Bionicle2015}} 2015 toys toys]] reintroduce this gimmick -- tapping the back of their head causes the power-giving masks to pop off.
7th Jul '16 5:05:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the great pulp tradition, any combat in SpiritOfTheCentury, whether you're beating people up, stabbing them, or shooting them, can end in a knock out rather than death, and this is actually encouraged (for the GM, so the {{PC}}s don't all die before they can get stuffed in a deathtrap, and for the {{PC}}s so they can interrogate the Mooks they just clobbered).

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* In the great pulp tradition, any combat in SpiritOfTheCentury, ''TabletopGame/SpiritOfTheCentury'', whether you're beating people up, stabbing them, or shooting them, can end in a knock out rather than death, and this is actually encouraged (for the GM, so the {{PC}}s don't all die before they can get stuffed in a deathtrap, and for the {{PC}}s so they can interrogate the Mooks they just clobbered).
6th Jul '16 3:40:09 PM TimBumpus
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "Coach Steven", [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity Sugilite]] is finally overcome when Pearl tricks her into falling off a cliff and conking herself on the head with her own EpicFlail. She immediately separates back into Garnet and Amethyst; [[HeroicRROD they're both sore and exhausted]], but that's because Sugilite overtaxed their physical forms [[FusionDance while they were merged]].
* In "Alive," the second-to-final episode of WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited, Volcana knocks out Taala with a chop to the neck

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "Coach Steven", [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity Sugilite]] is finally overcome when Pearl tricks her into falling off a cliff and conking herself on the head with her own EpicFlail. She immediately separates back into Garnet and Amethyst; [[HeroicRROD they're both sore and exhausted]], but that's because Sugilite overtaxed their physical forms [[FusionDance while they were merged]].
* In "Alive," the second-to-final episode of WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited, Volcana knocks out Taala with a chop to the neckneck.
4th Jul '16 9:56:15 PM JapaneseTeeth
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* Averted in ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'': At one point Lala clubs Kimihito over the head, nearly killing him. Which was her ''intent'', since she's a psychopomp and deliberately gave him a near-death experience so that she could have a private conversation with him in the AfterlifeAntechamber.
1st Jul '16 7:56:45 PM nombretomado
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* In AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Catseye}}'', Troy enforces the promise to for a MercyLead by using Rerne as a human shield, and puts him out with this when he reaches the vehicle.

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* In AndreNorton's Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Catseye}}'', Troy enforces the promise to for a MercyLead by using Rerne as a human shield, and puts him out with this when he reaches the vehicle.
15th Jun '16 10:44:34 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/AgathaChristie's adventure story spoof "[[Literature/ParkerPyneInvestigates The Case of the Discontented Soldier]]", a fake abduction being staged for the benefit of the title character involves him being genuinely rendered unconscious by an entirely authentic blow to the head. It doesn't seem to have occurred to his helpful abductors that he might end up with a unhelpful subdural haematoma (but fortunately, this being Christie, he doesn't).
11th Jun '16 8:01:59 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* This is how [[TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 Ork Painboyz]] "anesthetize" their unfortunate patients, generally before they rip the teeth straight out of their jaws as a form of payment for the [[MeatGrinderSurgery "surgery"]] and preferably with a big mallet or other blunt instrument. The Ork patient survives the severe concussion due to their physiology making them ungodly durable, which is bad when the Painboy has a few new toys from the mekboyz to try out or if he wants to see what would happen if he stapled a Gretchen to an Ork's face for example.
11th Jun '16 4:23:58 PM nombretomado
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* Averted in the SwordOfTruth series, when Kahlan is trying to decide the best way to make her way past a D'Haran guard. There is a long inner monologue about how a rap on the head is notoriously unreliable: the guard may come up screaming, several blows may be necessary to induce unconsciousness, and permanent damage may result. Additionally, this is one of her ''own'' guards, so she'd really rather avoid hitting him at all in the first place. Later on in the series, she shows a little girl she is held captive with her preferred way of silent subduing: A knife to the kidney. Where a blow to the head is unreliable and cutting the throat can be too messy and loud, a knife to the kidney puts the victim in so much pain that they can't even scream.

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* Averted in the SwordOfTruth Literature/SwordOfTruth series, when Kahlan is trying to decide the best way to make her way past a D'Haran guard. There is a long inner monologue about how a rap on the head is notoriously unreliable: the guard may come up screaming, several blows may be necessary to induce unconsciousness, and permanent damage may result. Additionally, this is one of her ''own'' guards, so she'd really rather avoid hitting him at all in the first place. Later on in the series, she shows a little girl she is held captive with her preferred way of silent subduing: A knife to the kidney. Where a blow to the head is unreliable and cutting the throat can be too messy and loud, a knife to the kidney puts the victim in so much pain that they can't even scream.
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