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1st May '16 2:17:31 PM rjd1922
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* Take a high enough dose of hard radiation and you're guaranteed to die rather suddenly... in about three days. There's even what's known as the walking ghost phase after the exposure there are no direct symptoms and you feel fine for up to a day. What is happening is it takes time for things to die, and they're normally replaced, but those replacements aren't happening now, as your bone marrow is dead. And if you see critical fissionable material, such as the molten reactor core in the ruins of Chernobyl, you've already recieved a lethal dose of gamma rays.
* Ricin, the deadliest non-radioactive poison (it prevents protein synthesis), has a similar delayed sudden death effect.

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* Take a high enough dose of hard radiation and you're guaranteed to die rather suddenly... in about three days. There's even what's known as the walking ghost phase after the exposure there are no direct symptoms and you feel fine for up to a day. What is happening is it takes time for things to die, and they're normally replaced, but those replacements aren't happening now, as your bone marrow is dead. And if you see critical fissionable material, such as the molten reactor core in the ruins of Chernobyl, you've already recieved received a lethal dose of gamma rays.
* Ricin, one of the deadliest non-radioactive poison poisons (it prevents protein synthesis), has a similar delayed sudden death effect.effect of about two to five days.
2nd Apr '16 7:38:39 PM MyFinalEdits
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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has a variation of this in the move "Perish Song." Once it's used, both the user and the target will faint after three turns. Unlike a lot of examples of this trope, there is a way out for the hapless victims of the move: switching them out for another Pokemon. But if you can't do that for some reason (last remaining Pokemon or under the [[YouWillNotEvadeMe Arena Trap/Shadow Tag]] ability), you're screwed.
** Pokemon has a number of timed-delayed attacks, and they're usually quite powerful to compensate. Doom Desire, Future Sight, Phantom Force and its big brother Shadow Force, and Brave Bird all take a turn to actually inflict damage, but the're almost all unblockable by the likes of Protect/Detect, and the recipient WILL feel it. "Badly Poisoned" is an [[StandardStatusEffects ailment]] that does progressively more damage as time goes on: pretty soon, it'll outrun any attempts at healing. A non-lethal variant appears in the move Yawn: on the turn it's used, it does nothing. At the end of the following turn, however, the recipient [[StandardStatusEffects dozes off]], leaving it at the mercy of its foe.

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
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has a variation of this in the move "Perish Song." Once it's used, both the user and the target will faint after three turns. Unlike a lot of examples of this trope, there is a way out for the hapless victims of the move: switching them out for another Pokemon. But if you can't do that for some reason (last remaining Pokemon or under the [[YouWillNotEvadeMe Arena Trap/Shadow Tag]] ability), you're screwed.
** Pokemon Pokémon has a number of timed-delayed attacks, and they're usually quite powerful to compensate. Doom Desire, Future Sight, Phantom Force and its big brother Shadow Force, and Brave Bird all take a turn to actually inflict damage, but the're almost all unblockable by the likes of Protect/Detect, and the recipient WILL feel it. "Badly Poisoned" is an [[StandardStatusEffects ailment]] that does progressively more damage as time goes on: pretty soon, it'll outrun any attempts at healing. A non-lethal variant appears in the move Yawn: on the turn it's used, it does nothing. At the end of the following turn, however, the recipient [[StandardStatusEffects dozes off]], leaving it at the mercy of its foe.



*** Let's just say you might want to put your headphones away if you hear ''Pop Goes the Weasel'' on a music box. That means that you failed to keep the music box wound up and now the Puppet is coming for you.

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*** Let's just say you You might want to put your headphones away if you hear ''Pop Goes the Weasel'' on a music box. That means that you failed to keep the music box wound up and now the Puppet is coming for you.



** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'': Stung by a Cazador or Radscorpion? Started to feel woozy? Down some antidote, '''and fast'''. Out of antidote? Well, you're fucked: their poison doesn't wear off over time, and it'll chip away at your health until you keel over.

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** * ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'': Stung by a Cazador or Radscorpion? Started to feel woozy? Down some antidote, '''and fast'''. Out of antidote? Well, you're fucked: their poison doesn't wear off over time, and it'll chip away at your health until you keel over.
2nd Apr '16 3:21:11 PM krimzonflygon2
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* ''VideoGame/Fallout3'' features the Mole Rat Repellent Stick developed by [[CloudCuckooLander Moira]]. A Mole Rat hit with this will start to smoke for a few seconds and then...[[YourHeadAsplode POP]]. Moira's less than pleased with this outcome: she meant to make it non-lethal.
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'': Stung by a Cazador or Radscorpion? Started to feel woozy? Down some antidote, '''and fast'''. Out of antidote? Well, you're fucked: their poison doesn't wear off over time, and it'll chip away at your health until you keel over.
2nd Apr '16 3:03:35 PM krimzonflygon2
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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has a variation of this in the move "Perish Song." Once it's used, both the user and the target will faint after three turns.

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has a variation of this in the move "Perish Song." Once it's used, both the user and the target will faint after three turns. Unlike a lot of examples of this trope, there is a way out for the hapless victims of the move: switching them out for another Pokemon. But if you can't do that for some reason (last remaining Pokemon or under the [[YouWillNotEvadeMe Arena Trap/Shadow Tag]] ability), you're screwed.
** Pokemon has a number of timed-delayed attacks, and they're usually quite powerful to compensate. Doom Desire, Future Sight, Phantom Force and its big brother Shadow Force, and Brave Bird all take a turn to actually inflict damage, but the're almost all unblockable by the likes of Protect/Detect, and the recipient WILL feel it. "Badly Poisoned" is an [[StandardStatusEffects ailment]] that does progressively more damage as time goes on: pretty soon, it'll outrun any attempts at healing. A non-lethal variant appears in the move Yawn: on the turn it's used, it does nothing. At the end of the following turn, however, the recipient [[StandardStatusEffects dozes off]], leaving it at the mercy of its foe.
2nd Apr '16 12:34:00 AM roothorick
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* ''VideoGame/{{Trove}}'': The [[AnIcePerson Ice Sage]]'s ultimate "The Big Chill" inflicts a unique status that, in addition to rendering enemies completely unable to move or act, delays all damage dealt to them until the effect expires. This means you can "kill" an enemy many times over while they're frozen, then walk away, and they'll spontaneously explode when they thaw.
20th Mar '16 2:02:21 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Creator/RoaldDahl's ''Literature/TheWitches'' features a non-lethal version in the form of the witches' delayed-action [[BalefulPolymorph mouse transformation potion]]. There's a chilling scene in the middle of the book when the [[MonsterLord Grand High Witch]] demonstrates the potion on an unwitting boy. Earlier in the day, she gave him a candy bar laced with the potion and promised to give him more candy if he met up with her at a specified time -- which just so happens to be the time that the potion is to take effect. He arrives in the room full of witches, expecting more candy, but then he sees the strange women's excitement and slowly realizes that they're anticipating something he doesn't know about. [[BodyHorror Then the potion kicks in...]]
15th Mar '16 7:08:39 AM lady_peaseblossom
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'''Surridge:''' Is it too late to say I'm sorry?\\

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'''Surridge:''' Is it too late meaningless to say I'm sorry?\\apologize?\\



'''Surridge:''' I am so, so sorry.

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'''Surridge:''' I am so, I'm so sorry.
8th Mar '16 5:29:45 PM NotThisThing
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* In the ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' episode "The Sign of Three", Sherlock realises that someone in the building intends to commit murder, but once he figures out whom they intend to kill and how, he regretfully informs the living victim that they’ve already been murdered. [[spoiler: Due to the method of murder, however (a thin blade unobtrusively inserted into the victim’s torso via his belt buckle), all the man has to do is not take his belt off to prevent bleeding out and to seek medical attention. He survives.]]

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* In the ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' episode "The Sign of Three", Sherlock realises that someone in the building intends to commit murder, but once he figures out whom they intend to kill and how, he regretfully informs the living victim that they’ve already been murdered. [[spoiler: Due to the method of murder, however (a thin blade unobtrusively inserted into the victim’s torso via his belt buckle), through a tight belt), all the man has to do is not take his belt off to prevent bleeding out and to seek medical attention. He survives.]]
5th Mar '16 1:37:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' episode ''The Sign of Three'', Sherlock realises that someone in the building intends to commit murder, but once he figures out whom they intend to kill and how, he regretfully informs the living victim that they’ve already been murdered. [[spoiler: Due to the method of murder, however (a thin blade unobtrusively inserted into the victim’s torso via his belt buckle), all the man has to do is not take his belt off to prevent bleeding out and to seek medical attention. He survives.]]

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* In the ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' episode ''The "The Sign of Three'', Three", Sherlock realises that someone in the building intends to commit murder, but once he figures out whom they intend to kill and how, he regretfully informs the living victim that they’ve already been murdered. [[spoiler: Due to the method of murder, however (a thin blade unobtrusively inserted into the victim’s torso via his belt buckle), all the man has to do is not take his belt off to prevent bleeding out and to seek medical attention. He survives.]]
5th Mar '16 1:36:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* Used for dramatic effect in ''SavingPrivateRyan'' during the Normandy scene, where severely injured soldiers in the throes of shell-shock wander the battlefield before succumbing.

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* Used for dramatic effect in ''SavingPrivateRyan'' ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' during the Normandy scene, where severely injured soldiers in the throes of shell-shock wander the battlefield before succumbing.



* Something similar happened in ''{{Underworld}}'' where Selene decapitates Victor. And it takes several seconds for his head to fall off.

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* Something similar happened in ''{{Underworld}}'' ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' where Selene decapitates Victor. And it takes several seconds for his head to fall off.



* Darth Maul takes a second to realize he's been cut in half at the end of the climactic fight scene in ''ThePhantomMenace''.

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* Darth Maul takes a second to realize he's been cut in half at the end of the climactic fight scene in ''ThePhantomMenace''.''Film/ThePhantomMenace''.



* ''TheMenWhoStareAtGoats'' [[ParodiedTrope parodies]] this with the Dim-Mak, a technique which can supposedly kill a person with a simple touch... 20 years after it's been executed. [[spoiler:At least, [[UnreliableNarrator Lyn]] believes this]]

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* ''TheMenWhoStareAtGoats'' ''Film/TheMenWhoStareAtGoats'' [[ParodiedTrope parodies]] this with the Dim-Mak, a technique which can supposedly kill a person with a simple touch... 20 years after it's been executed. [[spoiler:At least, [[UnreliableNarrator Lyn]] believes this]]



* In SergeyLukyanenko's ''LineOfDelirium'', this is the favorite tactic of the [[BearsAreBadNews Bulrathi]] when fighting humans during the Vague War. They would strike the liver with a special move then let the prisoner go. The victim would feel perfectly fine for several days before the liver would suddenly fail, and the person would die. The main character ends up on the receiving end of this strike at the beginning, during his TrainingFromHell, but [[UnexplainedRecovery gets better]]. He later accidentally hits a guy the same way during an interrogation, but reasons that the guy probably deserves it. Several such attacks are described in the book against aliens. The Bulrathi themselves have a gland that, when punched hard, causes them to die of intense pleasure. There are also the unexplained "reflexive points" that can also be used to kill within seconds. The Bulrathi, being obsessed with hand-to-hand combat, also develop a technique for taking down a [[SiliconBasedLife Silicoid]] (a hovering column of rock) with ''singing'' and a single punch. The main character is the first human to use this technique.

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* In SergeyLukyanenko's ''LineOfDelirium'', Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/LineOfDelirium'', this is the favorite tactic of the [[BearsAreBadNews Bulrathi]] when fighting humans during the Vague War. They would strike the liver with a special move then let the prisoner go. The victim would feel perfectly fine for several days before the liver would suddenly fail, and the person would die. The main character ends up on the receiving end of this strike at the beginning, during his TrainingFromHell, but [[UnexplainedRecovery gets better]]. He later accidentally hits a guy the same way during an interrogation, but reasons that the guy probably deserves it. Several such attacks are described in the book against aliens. The Bulrathi themselves have a gland that, when punched hard, causes them to die of intense pleasure. There are also the unexplained "reflexive points" that can also be used to kill within seconds. The Bulrathi, being obsessed with hand-to-hand combat, also develop a technique for taking down a [[SiliconBasedLife Silicoid]] (a hovering column of rock) with ''singing'' and a single punch. The main character is the first human to use this technique.



* In ''[[HumanxCommonwealth Mid-Flinx]]'', Teal concludes her contemptuous tirade at the mercenaries' inability to survive the jungle by announcing that one of their party is already dead. Within moments, the native woman's words are proven true, as the tuft of flowers one of the group has been wearing in her hair [[BodyHorror sprouts parasitic tendrils]] that spread rapidly throughout the wearer's body and reduce her to a lump of nurturing compost.

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* In ''[[HumanxCommonwealth ''[[Literature/HumanxCommonwealth Mid-Flinx]]'', Teal concludes her contemptuous tirade at the mercenaries' inability to survive the jungle by announcing that one of their party is already dead. Within moments, the native woman's words are proven true, as the tuft of flowers one of the group has been wearing in her hair [[BodyHorror sprouts parasitic tendrils]] that spread rapidly throughout the wearer's body and reduce her to a lump of nurturing compost.
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