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18th Apr '16 9:09:03 PM igordebraga
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* This trope is how MadScientist Dr. Forrester "convinced" temp employee Mike Nelson to join the bots on the Satellite of Love, as shown in the intro. A simple tap of the head with a comically-sized mallet and the Mads have a new test subject.
* 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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* This trope is how MadScientist [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Dr. Forrester Forrester]] "convinced" temp employee Mike Nelson to join the bots on the Satellite of Love, as shown in the intro. A simple tap of the head with a comically-sized mallet and the Mads have a new test subject.
* 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. work.
* ''Series/JessicaJones'' has two examples in the same episode that are somewhat realistic. First, a woman is hit in the head with a vase, and crashes with great force on a table, killing her. Then, the title character gets knocked down, but not instantly - and it was not fatal because she's {{Super Tough|ness}}.
12th Apr '16 4:08:56 PM shamblingdead2
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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.
3rd Apr '16 1:26:54 PM Hadjorim
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->''"Knocking people out... by hitting them on the head... that's movie stuff!"''
-->-- '''Mike Thorton''' (who has just been beaned with a lamp), ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol''

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->''"Knocking people out... by hitting them on ->''"In fantasy, heroes get knocked out, awaken after a while as if from a nap, and plunge right back into action. The truth is, a mild concussion is disabling for periods ranging from hours to days, and as for a severe one, the head... that's movie stuff!"''
consequences are not pleasant to watch."''
-->-- '''Mike Thorton''' (who has just been beaned with a lamp), ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'''''Creator/PoulAnderson''', [[http://www.sfwa.org/2005/01/on-thud-and-blunder/ On Thud and Blunder]]
12th Mar '16 11:43:44 PM Hadjorim
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For obvious reasons, ''not'' TruthInTelevision. Most unconsciousness due to injury lasts only a few seconds, not some indeterminate amount of time lasting hours or days during which our hero can be carted around, dressed/undressed etc. If you are out longer than a few seconds, some combination of brain damage, coma, cranial bleeding, and amnesia is going to greet you when you wake up - ''if'' you wake up.

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For obvious reasons, ''not'' TruthInTelevision. Most unconsciousness due to injury lasts only a few seconds, not some indeterminate amount of time lasting hours or days during which our hero can be carted around, dressed/undressed etc. If you are out longer than a few seconds, minutes, some combination of brain damage, coma, cranial bleeding, and amnesia is going to greet you when you wake up - ''if'' you wake up.
4th Mar '16 8:59:36 AM Achaemenid
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* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', as when Archer punches out Ray to take his place on a mission it's stated being unconscious is very bad for him and he has to visit a neurologist later.

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* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', as when Archer punches out Ray to take his place on a mission it's stated being unconscious is very bad for him and he has to visit a neurologist later. In later episodes, this tends to be lampshaded, with Archer saying 'yeah, that is not good for you' after knocking someone out for twenty minutes.
1st Mar '16 9:08:36 AM johnsmithxxi
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': In "Mr. Conklin is Honored", Mr. Conklin receives several hits on the head with Mrs. Davis' mahogany handled umbrella. ItMakesSenseInContext. Mr. Conklin falls to the ground each time, but suffers no effect more severe than the loss of a couple teeth.
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26th Feb '16 7:06:11 PM 082122712641
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* The "karate chop to the neck" is still used constantly in shonen anime, but even with its credibility can have some ridiculous effects, particularly in ''Franchise/DragonBall'', where characters can shrug off blasts and blows powerful enough to pulverize mountains, planets, and ''solar systems'', but one little tap on the back of the head and they're down for the count, usually coming to when it sits well with the plot, or rather whatever fight is going on.
** Used rather absurdly in ''HunterXHunter'', although with nods to its dangerousness. Killua uses it to quickly advance through a tournament, but says he has to hold back to avoid killing his opponents. Chrollo uses one faster than the human eye can perceive in order to make it look like a girl fainted next to him. Someone watching a frame by frame video recording of it notes that it's surprising that he didn't chop her head off.
* ''Manga/ChieShinoharaTheBestCollection'' plays this straight in ''Farewell To The Eyewitness''. Ryoko smacks an iron pipe over Murakami's head when he tries to rape her, immediately killing him. [[spoiler: Subverted in the revelation that Murakami was merely unconscious from her blow and came around, just as Saiki found him and began to beat Murakami to death through ''multiple'' whacks with the iron pipe.]]

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* The "karate chop to the neck" and "sharp shot to the solar plexus" is still used constantly in shonen anime, but even with when its credibility can have some ridiculous effects, particularly in ''Franchise/DragonBall'', where characters can shrug off blasts and blows powerful enough to pulverize mountains, planets, and ''solar systems'', but one little tap on the back of the head and they're down for the count, usually coming to when it sits well with the plot, or rather whatever fight is going on.
** Used rather absurdly in ''HunterXHunter'', although with nods to its dangerousness. Killua uses it to quickly advance through a tournament, but says he
has to hold back to avoid killing his opponents. Chrollo uses one faster than the human eye can perceive in order to make it look like a girl fainted next to him. Someone watching a frame by frame video recording been criticized. A lot of it notes under-rated series that it's surprising that he didn't chop her head off.
make it into this wiki, and fillers of famous anime tend to use these a lot.
* ''Manga/ChieShinoharaTheBestCollection'' plays this straight in ''Farewell To The Eyewitness''. Ryoko smacks an iron pipe over Murakami's head when he tries to rape her, immediately killing him. [[spoiler: Subverted [[spoiler:Subverted in the revelation that Murakami was merely unconscious from her blow and came around, just as Saiki found him and began to beat Murakami to death through ''multiple'' whacks with the iron pipe.]]]]
* In ''Franchise/DragonBall'', characters can shrug off blasts and blows powerful enough to pulverize mountains, planets, and ''solar systems'', but one little tap on the back of the head and they're down for the count. This is explained as the characters can only survive such attacks because their Ki is active, when their body is emptied of Ki (such as when they let their guard down) their body are just as fragile as any normal human.


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* Used rather absurdly in ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', although with nods to its dangerousness. Killua uses it to quickly advance through a tournament, but says he has to hold back to avoid killing his opponents. Chrollo uses one faster than the human eye can perceive in order to make it look like a girl fainted next to him. Someone watching a frame by frame video recording of it notes that it's surprising that he didn't chop her head off.
5th Feb '16 3:54:46 PM Ohio9
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* Used as a running gag in Franchise/BackToTheFuture. In all three movies, there is a scene where Marty is knocked out by a blow to the head and wakes up perfectly fine.
7th Jan '16 4:34:34 PM nombretomado
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* ''SpaceGhost''.

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* ''SpaceGhost''.''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost''.
31st Dec '15 5:27:00 AM Arivne
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** "Werewolf of the Timberland". White Feather hits Blackie over the head with a club.
** "The Fraudulent Volcano". Hadji to a guard with a swung lantern and Race to a guard using an elbow to the solar plexus.
** "The Dreadful Doll". Race to Korbai with a plank and Alverjo to Harden with a scuba tank.
** "Monster in the Monastery". Hadji to a yeti with a club, Jonny to two yetis with thrown pots, Hadji to a yeti with a crate and a yeti to ''himself'' with a thrown rock.

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** "Werewolf of the Timberland". White Feather hits Blackie over the head with a club.
club and puts him down.
** "The Fraudulent Volcano". Hadji to takes out a guard with a swung lantern and Race to drops a guard using an elbow to the solar plexus.
** "The Dreadful Doll". Race to nails Korbai with a plank and Alverjo to brains Harden with a scuba tank.
** "Monster in the Monastery". Hadji to a thwacks one yeti with a club, club and crowns another with a crate, Jonny to takes out two yetis with thrown pots, Hadji to a yeti with a crate pots and a yeti puts himself to ''himself'' sleep with a thrown rock.
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