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Surplus Damage Bonus
Every so often, a game will provide an incentive for doing some extra damage beyond what is strictly required to deplete an enemy's Hit Points. Sometimes, the extra damage translates into extra Experience Points. Other times, the extra damage translates into money; this way, any Hit Points or Mana that get expended in battle can be replenished with now-affordable Healing Potions and Mana Potions. The incentive may be something as slight as a Cosmetic Award, such as a more spectacular enemy explosion and/or Ludicrous Gibs.

In cases where the aforementioned Limit Break attacks get rewarded, this can be a gameplay-encouraged version of There Is No Kill Like Overkill. Instances where this is possible in multiplayer games involve Beating A Dead Player. Compare and contrast Disproportionate Retribution.


Examples:

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    Action RPG 
  • In Mega Man Star Force 3, overkilling an enemy with a card attack will fill up the Noise gauge. When the gauge reaches a certain point, you can access a powerful mode.
  • Enemies in Dark Souls drop more souls when one attack does enough damage to One-Hit Kill them (regardless of how much health they had before the last hit).

    Eastern RPG 
  • In Paper Mario: Sticker Star, one extra Heart Point of damage to an enemy beyond its last bit of health becomes one coin. This gets added to the automatic coin and sticker reward for winning the battle itself.
  • Final Fantasy X has an overkill mechanic; if you kill a monster with an attack that exceeds a certain amount of damage, the party will be awarded with more AP and items.

    Fighting Game 

    First Person Shooter 
  • The aptly named Overkill gear in Bioshock Infinite allows Booker to shock several enemies when making a kill with more damage than necessary, thus making it even easier to score an Overkill on them.
  • In Borderlands 2, the Gunzerker class has one skill-tree end with the skill "No Kill Like Overkill". After getting a kill the extra damage done is then added to all gun attacks madenote  for a couple second or until you kill another enemy. So if one kills a weakened enemy with something like a rocket launcher then pulls out a machine gun, it can get pretty crazy powerful.
    • The Psycho class has two overkill abilities: the first returns overkill damage to himself as health (Important since his health tends to dip really, really low due to his playstyle), while the second converts overkill damage to an explosion that can chain by overkilling other enemies (possibly to Game Breaker levels).

    Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game 
  • In World of Warcraft, several healing classes have a feature where overhealing reduces damage taken by the healing target, or gives them a shield that absorbs damage based on the overhealing.

    Puzzle Game 

    Roguelike 
  • In Dwarf Fortress, the DF2014 update added the ability for multiple solid hits, or a few powerful blows, to reduce the affected body part to Ludicrous Gibs. With most normal enemies, caving their skull in will likely kill them or knock them out anyway, making this a mostly cosmetic effect. However, the update also tweaked undead to require mangling essential parts in this manner to put them down.

    Strategy RPG 
  • In Culdcept, a few creatures have a special ability that steals magic based on the damage dealt, including damage past the point required to kill the creature. There is also an achievement for draining the opponent completely from toll fees so that they have to release all their property and warp back to start.
  • In Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume, attacking an enemy with zero HP will fill up the Sin gauge. Acquiring twice as much Sin as the game demands for that battle can unlock powerful weapons, armor, accessories, and abilities. Conversely, failing to overkill enemies will earn you the ire of your mysterious benefactor, generally meaning that she'll screw you over in your future battles by setting her goons on you in addition of fighting the enemy forces: they're basically impossible to beat without using one of the other main mechanics to supercharge one of your allies, which also kills them after the battle as well as automatically fulfilling the basic Sin requirement. In short, she'll get her way no matter what you do.
  • Overkilling enemies in Agarest Senki guarantees an item drop, in addition the enemy's normal random drop.

     Tabletop RPG 
  • In one version of Warhammer if characters were dueling they would always use every attack they had, even if they had already killed their opponent. Every wound they inflicted beyond death would increase the morale penalty suffered by nearby troops. Seeing your leader slain by the enemy champion is disheartening. Seeing your leader sliced into bloody chunks by the enemy champion, who is now looking in your direction, is terrifying.
  • Similarly, in Ironclaw inflicting 6 or more damage on a target will "overkill" them and automatically render their allies Afraid (unable to attack, at least until they can rally again).
  • Overkilling an enemy machine in BattleTech may not mean much (other than making the unit unable to be salvaged), but overkill someone in Mechwarrior, the RPG adaptation, and they are well beyond the means of medical help. 'Deadly' wounds, IE, injuries that meet or exceed hit points, can still be survived by any character, player or NPC, with a large dose of luck. There is no surviving a 'Fatal' wound at all, which describes characters thus afflicted as "very definitely dead, and there's not much left to put in a coffin, either."

    Western RPG 
  • Extra damage in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim translates into physical momentum. Do barely enough to kill an enemy and it will simply slump over; use a powerful attack against an enemy with just a sliver of health left and it will fly across the room. An (originally) unintended consequence of this is that the damage of giant attacks, meant to be a One-Hit Kill, is set so high that each attack will launch the victim into the stratosphere. It was left in 'cause it's FUN.
  • In the Baldur's Gate series, inflicting considerably more damage to an enemy than they have hit points left results in them exploding into Ludicrous Gibs. This also applies to party members, and the ones who are killed in this fashion cannot be resurrected.
  • In Marvel Avengers Alliance you get a special bonus and extra mission points whenever you do just this to finish off an enemy. The resulting damage labels range from Overkill to Epic Overkill depending on how much extra damage you do.
  • In the first two episodes of Penny Arcade Adventures, doing enough surplus damage to an enemy gives an overkill bonus.

    Other 
  • Some of the Yu-Gi-Oh! video games reward players with extra credits directly based on the amount of damage dealt, and therefore encourage them to overkill their opponent by a fairly generous amount to squeeze a few more credits out to buy another pack of cards. For instance, some games award a 1 credit per 100 damage to Life Points bonus, so a player may earn 80 credits for defeating an enemy with exactly 8000 points of damage to their Life Points in a duel. Wipe out the opponent with an attack that overkills them by 2000 Life Points, though, and now the game awards the player an extra 20 credits on top of their base 80 given for the victory, a 25% bonus to the player's profit for that duel.


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There Is No Kill Like OverkillFor Massive DamageThrow The Mook At Them
Statistically SpeakingRole-Playing GameTake Your Time
Subsystem DamageVideo Game TropesSwiss Army Hero

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