- The prevalence this trope has within computer RPG's is parodied in this 8-Bit Theater, where Black Mage complains about a gangster they've attacked and even set on fire continuing to get up. Red Mage checks his stats to see the fire it seconds from draining the last of his HP.
Red Mage: Oh, don't worry. He's only got ten hit points left.
Gangster: I don't know what that means, but—
(the gangster dies)
Thief: He was remarkably spry for being so close to defeat.
Red Mage: This is why we should really play by the grim and gritty rules... Rather, our opponents should. Like hell I'm not gonna use my AC.
- Goblins: An early strip even has characters arguing about it.
- Trope Overdosed The Webcomic: Even biting something can cause it to explode if it makes that thing's HP hit 0.