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->''"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 consequences are not pleasant to watch."''
-->-- '''Creator/PoulAnderson''', [[http://www.sfwa.org/2005/01/on-thud-and-blunder/ On Thud and Blunder]]
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In fictionland, anyone caught unaware may be easily, instantaneously and noiselessly incapacitated with a single blow to the head (or alternatively, a karate chop to the neck). A character thus treated will usually be [[HardHead perfectly fine afterwards]]; oh, they may have a headache, dizziness, slightly blurred vision, or in the very worst cases, LaserGuidedAmnesia, but this is nothing compared to the ''real'' danger -- the Bad Guys standing around the [[StrappedToAnOperatingTable operating table]] (or other heavy piece of furniture) to which [[BoundAndGagged they find themselves tied down]]. In other words, when fictional characters take a blow to the head, they'll suffer nothing worse than an unplanned nap. (This is why InTheBack does not apply -- hitting someone from behind is not ''really'' dangerous.)

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 minutes, some combination of brain damage, coma, cranial bleeding, and amnesia is going to greet you when you wake up - ''if'' you wake up.

The "karate chop to the neck" version may have been removed from modern TV because if you hit the right spot it actually can knock you out, though not without serious risk of death. It utilizes the Carotid Sinus Reflex (the reason you should not take a pulse at the neck) and is [[DontTryThisAtHome very dangerous]]. There have also been depictions in productions as varied as the lighthearted ''Series/ISpy'' and as dark as ''Series/{{Callan}}'' in which neck-chopping unambiguously is shown to be fatal because it breaks the target's neck.

Other variants of the trope:
* In Western media, there's the punch to the jaw (AKA a "knockout punch"). Again, [[DontTryThisAtHome in reality]] this could inflict serious injury to both parties. Without hand protection, the attacker [[InvulnerableKnuckles could very easily break his fingers]]; boxers and MMA fighters wear gloves not to protect their opponents' heads (which they only partially do[[note]]The gloves may protect the other person's face from things like cuts and the like to an extent, but they do cause more damage to the brain since with your hands being cushioned by the gloves, you can apply more force to the other person's head, causing the brain to be hit with more force.[[/note]]), but to protect their own hands (which they do). Modern-day productions often depict the person throwing the punch injuring their hand in some way, sometimes for humorous effect.
* Common in anime is the "sharp shot to the solar plexus", often used to subdue a struggling person. It makes it fairly easy to pick up the now-unconscious person and sling them over one's shoulder for easy carrying. Its effects are just as exaggerated as the Western version; in real life, such a blow does not cause unconsciousness but does cause the muscles of the diaphragm to spasm uncontrollably, making any activity requiring air very difficult. It is safer than a blow to the throat or the back of the head, but can occasionally lead to dangerous organ or nerve damage and is thus best avoided.
* ChokeHolds, where an arm around the neck is used to cut off blood to the brain ("blood strangle/choke") or oxygen to the lungs (chokehold, stranglehold). Properly applied, this is a safer and more reliable way of causing someone to become unconscious (still used in judo/jiujitsu competitions to this day), but carries a risk of stroke or other dangerous problems if used on an older victim or one with a weakened circulatory system. It also tends to wear off quickly (as in, after a couple of seconds), or alternatively when it doesn't, cause varying levels of brain damage. Not depicted very often in film or TV as it's difficult to distinguish on screen between a choke hold and someone having their neck broken or being strangled to death, potentially giving the wrong impression if the intent is to show non-lethal takedowns.
* Another variant is instant knockout caused by shattering either a vase or lamp over someone's head or even just on their back.
* If played for laughs, the knock-out may be accompanied by CirclingBirdies or a CranialEruption.
* Can induce [[ConcussionsGetYouHigh moments of euphoria]].

See also FryingPanOfDoom, RollingPinOfDoom, BackStab, BlindedByTheLight, ChokeHolds, InstantSedation, PressurePoint, PutTheirHeadsTogether, StunGuns. Contrast DeathByFallingOver. Often leads to WakingUpElsewhere. PistolWhipping is a SubTrope. NonLethalKO is a related trope in video games. Can be used to initiate an InjuryBookend.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The "karate chop to the neck" and "sharp shot to the solar plexus" is still used constantly in anime, even when its credibility has been criticized. A lot of under-rated series that didn't 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 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.
** ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'' shows that this applies to gods as well as mortals, with Whis using the chop-to-the-neck version to knock Beerus out. In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' his sister Vados does the same to Beerus's brother Champa.
* In ''Literature/{{Gate}}'' episode 10 Kuribayashi refers to and [[DefiedTrope defies]] this trope while determining what to do with a prisoner, pointing out that unlike on TV if you actually hit someone in the head hard enough to knock them out they might [[RealityEnsues die as a result]]. She's in favor of just shooting him outright since they can't take him along, but fortunately Lelei puts a sleeping spell on him instead.
* 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.
* In ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'', the "sharp shot to the solar plexus" move was once used by Miroku to subdue a peasant girl whom he was trying to move to safety. However, the women of the village had also been possessed by a demon, which Miroku knew. Hitting them in that location was the only way to free them from the demonic possession.
** Subverted hilariously when Kagome first meets Shippo. He steals the jewel shards from her and then tries to knock her out with a karate chop to the neck. Because he's young and weak though, Kagome just rounds on him and shouts, "Hey, that hurts!"
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Boss used the "low blow to the solar plexus" variant with [[spoiler:Kouji]] to try to avoid he [[spoiler:fought against the Mykene Warrior Monsters in the last episode.]] Maybe it was used in a more realistic way than usual, though, since when [[spoiler:Kouji]] regained consciousness a while after, he seemed being in pain.
* ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'' used the "karate chop to the neck" variant in episode 5. [[TheDragon Hy]] struck Lord Protz in the side of the throat, and the blow was strong enough to slam Protz on a nearby railing.
* Used inconsistently in the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' manga and anime. ''Not'' counting the comedy {{Hammerspace}} hammers, or the ubiquitous MegatonPunch, there are many instances where these martial arts masters are knocked out with serious, deliberate blows to the head. Since these are people who have withstood the equivalent of exploding tank shells, mountains collapsing on top of them, and accumulative damage from prolonged duels, the ease with which they can be incapacitated with an elbow (or kick) to the skull is mind-boggling.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Sasuke knocks Sakura out with a blow to the back of the head before leaving Konoha. When she got up, it was exactly like she just fell asleep. While we don't see the actual blow it's implied it was one of these.
** Also from ''Naruto'' is the Waterfall Village OVA. Sakura is put in charge of guarding the children while Naruto and Sasuke are off doing other things. A little while later, cue karate chop to the back of Sakura's neck and her being knocked out. Her attacker then let's out a scoff, saying he can't believe she's actually a ninja if she got caught off guard that easilly.
* ''Anime/FushigiYuugi'' plays it straight and parodies it. Tamahome seems to like striking people smack over the head, punching their jaws out, and taking out their guts. However, he gets a taste of this in the middle of the series from fellow Suzaku Seishi [[SuperStrength Nuriko]].
--> '''Nuriko''': (taps Tamahome on the back of the head) Tamakinsy-kins!
--> '''Tamahome''': (gets his face smacked into his food)
--> '''Nuriko''': (smiles innocently) That's funny! I just meant to give you a little tap on the head!
* Subverted in ''Anime/LeChevalierDEon'' in the scene where Robin tries to PistolWhip a guard unconscious. He only succeeds in hurting the guard, and has to resort to a more vigorous attack to bring him down.
* On December 18, year unknown, [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya Kyon and the SOS Brigade]] finish a meeting and walk down the stairs. Everybody's at the bottom, and Kyon starts coming down. Somebody gives him a TapOnTheHead. He rolls down the stairs painfully and falls in a coma for 3 days. Turns out in an alternate universe ([[ItMakesSenseInContext don't ask]]), Kyon got stabbed in the abdomen and his friends from the original universe come and save him and to restore time and... You know what, it'll all make sense in ''Vanishment''.
* Played ''[[BreakTheCutie very]]'' seriously in ''Anime/AngelBeats!'': [[spoiler: When Iwasawa was alive, her father smashed a bottle over her head when she was trying to stop one of his and her mother's fights. She was mostly alright until the next day, when she collapsed at work due to a cerebral contusion caused by the hit. When she woke up in the hospital, she couldn't use her voice, and died soon afterward.]]
* In ''Manga/ElfenLied'', Nyu is a result of Lucy getting her helmet shot off by what looks to be an anti-materiel rifle, making that what constitutes as a tap on the head for a Diclonus. It does avert the "no brain damage" part of this trope in that Nyu is quite obviously the result of such a thing, though her fully functional Lucy side is able to take control at times.
* In ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'', Ashitaka uses the "stiff shot to the solar plexus" variant to knock out San and Lady Eboshi, thereby ending the fight between the two women.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** Anime episode 34. Ichigo has just been healed by Hanataro after a fight with Renji Abarai. Ignoring Hanatoro's warning not to move or he'll re-open his wounds, Ichigo is walking away when he's suddenly punched in the face and knocked unconscious by Ganju Shiba so he'll have to rest.
** Anime episode 43 has two examples. When a Soul Reaper is suspicious of Uryu and Orihime, another Soul Reaper knocks him out with a piece of wood to the back of the head. There's also a fairly ridiculous example where Orihime gets a chop to the neck by a guy that just wanted her to shut up. It's not played as okay on that occasion, as the man realises he hit her too hard and is very worried about what damage he may have done to her (none, as it turned out, meaning this trope was still played straight).
** Anime episode 362. Orihime and Chad are knocked out by Kisuke Urahara and Ichigo's father by being hit on the back of the head, [[spoiler: since they're under the effect of Tsukishima's '''nasty''' MindRape and further struggle would cause them brain damage.]]
* Paired up with InstantSedation in ''Anime/ValkyriaChronicles'' as the "solar plexus" variation in a [[IncrediblyLamePun one-two punch]] of outdated knockout tropes. Almost immediately after [[spoiler: Princess Cordelia]] is put out via chloroform rag, [[spoiler: Alicia]] stumbles across the guilty party making off with her, earning a particularly vicious-looking fist in the gut and a [[DamselInDistress spot next to the former kidnapped party.]]
* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai'' ''La Verite'' episode 2. While Ryuuka and Mariel are in a contest Ryuuka is hit on the head by a falling heavy metal basin and knocked unconscious. It turns out she was supposed to catch it.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz'', there's a scene where Heero, Duo, and Trowa (the later posing as a member of the enemy forces) are cornered in a room. Heero asks Duo, completely out of left field, to punch him. Duo complies, and his right hook is "rewarded" with a shot to the solar plexus ("W-why?" "One for one; we're even now."). The idea was to knock Duo out so he could affect his own escape later, while Heero pretended to be KO'd and made a break for it when the soldiers were distracted by talking to Trowa, who pretended he captured the pair.
* ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' has Kojuro hit Masamune in the shoulder/neck area with the blunt edge of his sword, knocking him out. It causes no lasting damage but another character calls him out on the risk.
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''Manga/{{Yuyushiki}}'', where Yuzuko states that she is a big fan of this trope. [[BrickJoke She attempts to knock Yui out with a chop to the neck a few episodes later]], only to receive a stern lecture about [[RealityEnsues how the move doesn't work in real life]] and instead [[DontTryThisAtHome can lead to serious injuries]].
* Homura does the "karate chop to the neck" trick to Sayaka in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. This one is especially weird, because Kyouko had recently smashed Sayaka against a wall, ''intending'' to cause serious injury, but [[HealingFactor her powerful healing magic kicked in]] and she got up immediately. Yet the karate chop causes long-lasting unconsciousness.
* Played with, justified, and lampshaded in ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}''. Joe/009 is clubbed on the head by a giant monster. When he wakes up, he's very incoherent and in terrible pain as he gets back to his team. He needs a patch-up when he gets there, and Albert/004 notes that the head injury he sustained would probably have killed a regular human.
* ''Anime/RoyalSpaceForceTheWingsOfHonneamise'': One night, Shiro gets knocked out by having a vase smashed over his head. The next morning, he's up and about with no problems.
* Played very, ''very'' seriously in ''Manga/SakuraGari''. [[spoiler:Masataka's older brother Takafumi is subjected to PoliceBrutality and one of the cops hits him in the head. The next day, the resulting brain damage kills him.]]
* Regularly used in ''Manga/DetectiveConan''. Sometimes it's just a way to knock people out (like it happened to Shinichi before he was forcibly poisoned [[FountainOfYouth and ended up shrunk as a result]]), but '''many''' times it straight-up becomes a murder method.
** Subverted in the anime, where [[spoiler: Akemi]] uses a "chop to the neck" on Conan: he remains conscious and can even talk, but is clearly in pain for a short while and has to sue one of his gadgets to keep track on her.
* In ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}'', Mio does this to a police officer when he takes her tote bag to check for counterfeit bills and pulls out the yaoi manga she was working on, sending him flying back several feet and knocking him out cold.
* 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.
* In the ''Manga/DetectiveSchoolQ'' anime, [[spoiler: Maya Asabuki]] is found bleeding out from a wound on her head; she was beaten by the killer of the case to [[HeKnowsTooMuch silence her]]. [[spoiler: She survives, but barely... which is [[SparedByTheAdaptation an improvement from the original manga case]], where she was fatally stabbed instead]].
* Subverted in ''Anime/TokyoMagnitude''. Eight year old Yuuki gets hit on the head with rubble and seems fine at first but a few episodes later he faints. [[spoiler:He ends up dying of a concussion]].

[[folder:Audio Plays]]
* In "AudioPlay/TheFurtherAdventuresOfNickDanger", Nick gets hit on the head by [[spoiler:Nancy/Betty Jo]]. As he slowly fades into unconsciousness, he begins to hear voices, one of which is the announcer saying, "we'll be back to Nick Danger after these commercial messages".
* People who get knocked over the head with heavy objects in ''Podcast/Wolf359'' have a surprising lack of concussion. Most notably [[spoiler: Eiffel]], who gets knocked out multiple times but wakes up with only a brief moment of wooziness and a headache.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/{{Asterix}}, Obélix and company frequently employ this against Roman legionaries, bandits, and other foes. Although "tap" is sort of a mild way of putting it, given their SuperStrength. In ''Astérix and the Big Fight'', Obélix accidentally flattens Getafix the Druid with a menhir (causing the latter to develop temporary IdentityAmnesia); he then describes it to others as "just a tap on the head". It has to be noted that all injuries in this series are AmusingInjuries. The menhir example above is the one case where the injury had any long-lasting effect.
* In Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} story arc ''Comicbook/ManyHappyReturns'' Linda sucker-punches Kara to knock her out.
* Several examples in Franchise/{{Superman}} story ''Comicbook/KryptoniteNevermore'':
** Superman does this to two mooks in the first issue.
** In issue #237, a highwayman clubs a pilot's head with his rifle's butt, knocking him out.
** Three members of the Anti-Superman Gang invade a Superman's friend home and knock him out with a blow to the back of his head.
* The Belgian comic book character {{Franchise/Tintin}} falls prey to this so often that one suspects he has a fainting button on his head.
** In fact, in a joke section of a medical journal dealing with brain injuries it was once speculated that Tintin's perpetually youthful appearance was due to the repeated blows to the head damaging his pituitary gland and stunting his growth.
* ActionGirl ComicBook/YokoTsuno, the main character of Roger Leloup's comic book of the same name, is an Aikido expert who uses the "chop to the neck" movement (which is named ''yokomen'' in Aikido) regularly on her rivals. Yoko herself frequently faints after being chopped on the neck, her enemies all seem aware of Yoko's vunerability in this area, almost as if Yoko has something on her neck that says "hit me here to make me faint".
* Happens frequently in ComicBook/BlakeAndMortimer. The worst long-lasting effect this would have was characters having their heads bandaged for some time after waking up.
* Also happens a lot in ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio, where knocking out someone has exactly the same effects as a [[InstantSedation wand of sleep]].
* In fact, it would be easier to count the FrancoBelgianComics where this trope is ''not'' featured. More recent comic books may occasionally avert or deconstruct it, but it remains very widespread.
* Happens to Franchise/GreenLantern Hal Jordan almost constantly. Having a magic ring to help boost your biological systems helps.
* Franchise/WonderWoman, back in the late [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] and early [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]], could be stopped by a simple blow to the back of the head (this replaced the earlier "powerless if [[AuthorAppeal tied up by a man]]" WeaksauceWeakness used so many times previously). Since PowerCreepPowerSeep was making it increasingly hard to HandWave her having the same vulnerabilities as a mere mortal, blows to the head were actually {{Voodoo Shark}}ed at one point by stating that Amazons had a nerve cluster there that remained an AchillesHeel, no matter how NighInvulnerable they were.
* [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Batgirl]] II, Cassandra Cain, did this multiple times to her sometimes partner/sidekick Spoiler (Stephanie Brown) [[PercussivePrevention whenever they faced a threat she felt was too great for her]]. Cassandra was the poster girl for CharlesAtlasSuperpower and Stephanie complained later that it felt like Cass broke her jaw.
* In the Comic version of Resident Evil Code Veronica, Claire is knocked out 4 times. the first 3 are similar to the game, the fourth time she manages to escape captivity from Alexia, is almost killed by a hunter, but Alexia saves her, saying it would've been too painless, then knocks Claire out herself before trapping her in the cocoon we see her in.
* In ''ComicBook/KickAss'', the titular hero gets smacked around so hard he needs a steel plate in his head. After much, much healing the plate somehow provides a limited amount of impact-to-skull protection. Although it's not that the plate provides protection so much as he's already [[DisabilitySuperpower suffered sufficient nerve damage]] that hitting him there won't do any more.
* The famous "One punch!" with which Franchise/{{Batman}} knocks out [[GreenLantern Guy Gardner]]. The only after-effect is a comedy personality change.
** To avoid the implication that Batman had given Gardner brain damage, the personality change isn't caused by the punch, but rather by Gardner bonking his head on the underside of a desk, after waking up from the punch.
*** That, and Gardner'd already suffered brain damage before. [[spoiler: And was faking it here anyway.]]
* Comic books RUN on this trope, especially the "punch to the jaw" version, which virtually every superhero uses as a standard method of dealing with mooks. One wonders if the general insanity of Gotham City criminals might be Batman's own fault, from dishing out so many concussions to formerly-ordinary thugs.
* {{Deconstructed}} in the ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion'' tie-in from ''Comicbook/NewAvengers''. ComicBook/ShannaTheSheDevil tries to knock out a female ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} agent in order to [[MuggedForDisguise steal her uniform]], but the karate chop to the neck ends up ''killing her'' instead. It turns out that the "agent" was actually a Skrull impostor anyway, so there's [[AngstWhatAngst no resulting angst]].
* Inverted in the first issue of the Charlton Comics illustrated magazine version of ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'' where Austin -- depicted in the B&W title closer to the cold-blooded killer of the original novels than the TV version -- karate chops a scientist in the neck with his bionic arm, obviously killing him, and then impersonates him for the rest of the story (after [[WhatTheHellHero spending a night]] [[BedTrick with his wife]]).
* In ''{{ComicBook/Violine}}'', various characters get a tap on the head. Unusually, blood can be seen when the blow is struck, and at least one mook is implied to have died from it.
* There's a rare aversion in Don [=MacGregor=]'s ''[[Comicbook/BlackPanther Jungle Action]]'' run. W'Kabi is knocked out by a blow to the head, and the injury ends up being so severe that he almost dies. This is even {{Lampshaded}} when T'Challa says that it's hard to believe a single head wound could really kill someone.
* Sunshine [=KOs=] Raven with a bottle at the end of the first issue of ''[[ComicBook/PrincelessRavenThePiratePrincess Princeless - Raven: The Pirate Princess]]''.
* ''ComicBook/{{Murena}}'': Averted when Lucius is knocked out during a fight with a thug. Not only does he stay down, the treatment used to bring him back seriously messes with his memories (he also gets used as a living dildo by the woman who recued him, but even that doesn't wake him up).

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'', Aura uses this on Flash to let her father escape with Dale, so she can have Flash herself.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* FanFic/GraduateMeetingOfMutualKilling averts this trope. The protagonist Akane Ogata gets hit by a piston, full force, and loses consciousness. While she doesn't die, when she wakes up she's drenched in blood and in great pain. Few moments later, she gets hit in the head again, [[spoiler:this time falling into a ''coma''.]]
* ''Fanfic/SixBridesForTwoSisters'' has Rarity blocking Twilight from teleporting herself and other ponies away from an awkward social situation. When the guards come by, Twilight asks Applejack to do this (Twilight had mentioned earlier that if she were to just plow through the block, she might kill Rarity from the backlash), her waning sanity putting faith in this trope. Applejack disagrees. 'One, what Ah’m trying to say is that if I kick Rarity in the head hard enough to knock her out, Ah’m liable to cave her skull in, or break her neck, or somethin’.'
* The WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanfiction ''Fanfic/{{Jericho}}'' uses this in a very interesting way. It gets amazingly played straight, lampshaded, subverted, and deconstructed—all in one chapter! First [[FirstPersonSmartass Jericho]] knocks a stallion unconscious with a side-neck chop, has a WhatTheHellHero moment on himself wherein he lampshades this; then when Jericho himself get a nightstick upside the head, he only gets a nasty, nasty bruise. (The deconstruction is the head injury he gets and how he could have killed that one guy.)
--> [[DeadpanSnarker Jericho]]: “Oh, you mean the side-neck chop? That’s just a martial arts move. I mean, yeah, if I’d done it wrong, it would have killed him via cardiac arrest, and so, in hindsight, that was highly irresponsible of me to do but... I’m not helping my case any, am I?”
* Fanfic/SummerDaysAndEveningFlames: Farrington Guard Captain Iron Bulwark is on the receiving end when [[spoiler: [[FaceHeelTurn Sergeant Sherry]] escapes his custody]]. He assures the two guards (actually one) that he's okay, and is sent all the way to the hospital to confirm that he's okay.
* [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]] fanfiction ''FanFic/TheFledglingYear'' does this consistently. Whenever a character is knocked unconscious by a blow to the head, they’re typically only out for a moment ([[spoiler:the exception being when Aravis falls off a cliff in chapter 54]]), and usually don’t suffer any permanent damage. The common version of this trope, the “knockout punch” to the jaw, is subverted and then {{lampshaded}} by Cor:
--> '''Cor:''' “… I barely had time to put my hands up when one of them hit me in the jaw—I could tell they were only common thugs, since even ''I'' know not to punch the face. He fell back yelping about his knuckles …"
* ''FanFic/DespairsLastResort'' has this be the cause of death for both victims in Chapter 3, [[spoiler: Naomi Williams and Shigeru Kitagawa]]. The former [[spoiler: was whacked in the head with a shovel, though didn't die instantly as she was able to stab Shigeru in the leg and write a dying message]]. The latter [[spoiler: was killed with a bottle of wine, though there's no evidence to say his death was instant]].
* Happens in the ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''/''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' {{crossover}}, ''FanFic/SayItThrice,'' but it was definitely ''not'' PlayedForLaughs. [[OriginalCharacter Sanduleak]] hits [[spoiler:Lydia]] hard enough that there is some serious [[DisneyDeath concerns]] that it might have been fatal (which is what he was aiming for anyway). Even afterwards, the others think they should call an ambulance or take [[spoiler:Lydia]] to a hospital.
* Averted in the Film/PacificRim fanfiction ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/1070625 Call Me Over to the Other Side]]''. Kidnapped pilot [[spoiler: Chuck Hansen]] is thrown into a van, hitting his head and eventually passing out. He's unconscious for several hours, and when he finally comes to it's revealed that the injury has caused serious problems, such as [[spoiler:a concussion and skull fracture, leading to a slow but long-lasting brain bleed. He nearly died.]] Even though the injury is very severe and goes untreated for some time, [[ArtisticLicenseMedicine it doesn't seem to impede his cognition.]]
* Subverted in the ''Jem'' DarkFic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8740939/1/Epitaph Epitaph]]''. Before kidnapping her, Zipper knocks Kimber out by slamming her head on the bumper of a car. Zipper intended for this trope to work, but when he gets Kimber out of the trunk a few hours later he notices that his kidnapping has turned into a murder.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Happens twice in Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''.
** When Jafar has the city guards kidnap Aladdin, one of the guards knocks Aladdin out with a truncheon-like device.
** During the fight between Aladdin and Snake!Jafar near the end of the movie, Abu hits Iago over the head with what looks like a dish cover, making his head ring like a gong and knocking him out.
* ''WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer''. Yukon Cornelius drops a rock on the Bumble's head and [=KO=]'s him temporarily.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin'' naturally plays this straight to the point of exuberance.
* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'':
** Rapunzel's technique. With a frying pan. ''Repeatedly''. Does Flynn no lasting harm.
** Later, [[spoiler:the Stabbington brothers knock out Flynn as well]]. He comes to a few minutes later.
* In his {{show within a show}}, the eponymous hero from Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'' disables a {{Mook}} with a karate chop to the neck. When he tries it outside the show, however, he [[spoiler:turns out to be so weak that the guy isn't even aware that he's being attacked]].

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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.
* Subverted in the Chris Farley comedy ''Film/AlmostHeroes''. Chris Farley's character Bartholomew Hunt attempts to hit his companion Leslie Edwards, played by Matthew Perry, with a rock in order to knock him unconscious (for Leslie's own good; ItMakesSenseInContext), but only causes considerable pain. He then picks up a comically-large rock that would almost certainly crush Leslie's head in and is about to try again before Leslie stops him.
** Also subverted earlier in the movie when a dentist, about to remove one of Bartholomew's teeth, hits him over the head with a hammer to knock him out. It doesn't work, and Bartholomew just tells him to get on with it.
* ''Film/TankGirl''
** A Water & Power trooper knocks out Tank Girl after capturing her outside her house.
** Tank Girl knocks out Sub Girl (AKA "Rain Lady") by tapping her on the top of the head with a plastic fish.
** A Water & Power guard is knocked out from behind with a bowling pin.
* Subverted in ''Film/DogSoldiers'' when Wells (Sean Pertwee) orders Cooper (Kevin [=McKidd=]) to knock him out, so Cooper hits him, but Wells just sits up again and shouts, "I said knock me out, you fucking pussy!" Long term damage isn't an issue in this case, [[spoiler:since Wells has been bitten by a werewolf...]]
* ''Film/AustinPowersInternationalManOfMystery''.
** Parodied by the title character's "Judo Chop!".
** While Austin and Vanessa are infiltrating Virtucon, Random Task comes up behind them and [[PutTheirHeadsTogether smashes their heads together]] like coconuts, rendering them unconscious.
** Vanessa cracks Random Task over the head with a bottle while he's in their suite. That hat certainly wasn't effective.
* In ''Film/TheBoondockSaintsIIAllSaintsDay'', this is subverted and parodied mercilessly. A part of the plan that Murphy and Conner comes up with to get rid of a small time drug ring calls for a friend of theirs to club a fork lift driver in the head to steal a forklift, and you can tell it's doomed to failure right away when they give him a gun that's so small it looks like it couldn't kill a bird. After a GilliganCut, we see the forklift driver they tried to KO with a nasty gash in his head, chastising them for the over reliance on tropes in their plans, asking why they just didn't wave a gun in his face and tell him to scram.
* In the film version of ''Film/JohnnyMnemonic'', Ralfi is being held against the wall by Johnny. Johnny is then promptly cold-cocked in the back of the head by one of Ralfi's bodyguards, and collapses like a sack of potatoes. It is some consolation, however, that Ralfi is worried that it may have caused damage to his head [[spoiler:because the Yakuza thugs want Johnny's head intact]].
* Subverted in ''Film/TheGamers''; one of the [=PCs=] asks to be knocked out. Two characters hit him, to no avail. The third knocks him ''very'' much out, so much that he's killed. Obviously, the rules of their game don't allow for non-lethal damage.
* This has happened to Film/JamesBond (and others in his movies) repeatedly.
** In ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'', ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'' and ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'' he was knocked out but was fine afterward. Oddly enough, each time it was performed by a nameless {{Mook}}, not TheDragon or the BigBad.
** ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''
*** Bond is knocked out by a judo chop to the back of the neck administered by Goldfinger's TheDragon Oddjob.
*** Bond takes down a guard by kicking him in the head.
** In ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'' a tram operator was knocked out by being hit on the back of a head with a wrench and two Drax employees were [=KO=]ed by a punch and a metal container.
** In ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'' Bond was knocked out by Tee Hee, and Bond knocked out a number of {{mooks}} with punches to the jaw.
** In ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'' Bond and some captured astronauts take out several SPECTRE guards with punches.
** Most of the time, when Bond knocks someone out he doesn't particularly care about his victims' well-being. He just aims for silencing them ASAP.
** While stealing a fighter jet in ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'', Bond knocks out the navigator in the rear seat. Unfortunately he revives shortly afterwards, and tries to garrote Bond just as they've being fired on by a second fighter plane.
* Creator/JeremySaulnier loves subverting this trope. In ''Film/MurderParty'', the first death is caused by a girl hitting her head on an anvil; she appears to be fine at first, but [[BloodyHilarious then the blood starts shooting out of her head.]] In ''Film/GreenRoom'', the ChokeHold method fails to keep Big Justin down [[spoiler: prompting [[BewareTheQuietOnes Amber]] to [[GuttedLikeAFish slash his belly open with a box cutter, finally finishing him off.]]]]
* ''Film/UndercoverBrother''
** The title character does this to two {{Mooks}}: once with a bottle and once with a punch. Both {{Mooks}} are awake and after him in pursuit seconds later.
** Sistah Girl and White She Devil knock out a large number of {{mooks}} during the fight in the island fortress Communications Room.
* Happens every five minutes in ''Film/MidnightRun''.
* In ''Film/ConspiracyTheory'' Mel Gibson's character goes around doing this to a few people, they go out like a light, and they never suffer anything more than a headache afterward.
** Subverted, when it is shown that Agent Lowry is faking unconsciousness both times he was clobbered
* Averted in ''Film/MillersCrossing'', in which Tom is kicked in the head and knocked unconscious, but when he wakes up he is informed that he wasn't out for more than a few seconds.
* ''Film/ThePrincessBride''.
** The Dread Pirate Roberts knocks out Inigo with his swordhilt.
*** And uses the choke hold variant on Fezzik.
** Count Rugen knocks out Westley with his sword hilt as well.
*** Cary Elwes actually ''asked'' Christopher Guest [[Film/FightClub to hit him for real]], and Guest obliged hard enough to shut down production for a day while Cary went to the hospital.
** Fezzik knocks out a Shrieking Eel and accidentally kills (or at least knocks out) the albino with a clout on the skull.
* In ''Film/{{Sneakers}}'', Buddy Wallace clocks Bishop several times with a handgun to the face. The later ChokeHold is comparatively merciful in contrast.
* ''Film/TheAvengers1998'':
** Bailey knocks out Ministry agent Alice with a blow on the back of the head.
** Mrs. Peel's clone knocks Steed unconscious with one punch.
* ''Film/WildWildWest''
** Jim West knocks General "Bloodbath" [=McGrath=] unconscious with one punch. [=McGrath=] wakes up a few seconds later with no side effects.
** West knocks out a guard at the Sons of the South dance with a punch.
* In ''Film/FatalInstinct'', Laura Lincolnberry knocks out her ex-husband by hitting him on the head with a FryingPanOfDoom.
* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', Roger is bopped over the head with a frying pan and dragged out of the way. [[spoiler:Later, Jessica reveals that she did it: she didn't want Roger to get hurt. In fairness, it's impossible to permanently injure a toon via this method.]]
* ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina''. Wang and Eddie take out some female guards with judo chops and karate kicks to the head, and Wang knocks out multiple Wing Kong guards with punches and kicks to the head. Amusingly, Jack Burton knocks himself out by shooting the ceiling and dropping masonry on his head.
* In ''Film/ArsenicAndOldLace'', AxCrazy Jonathan is knocked out in this manner by the police, and the trope itself is {{lampshaded}} in the film version by the GenreSavvy protagonist, Mortimer.
-->'''Mortimer:''' (watching the fight). "Oh, don't do that. It never works." (Jonathan collapses) "What do you know? it worked!"
* In ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'', sick of Richie's psychotic behavior when the family whom they've held hostage's van hits a bump, Seth uses this opportunity to punch him out.
* ''Film/StarTrekGenerations''. While in the Amargosa Observatory, Dr. Soren knocks out Geordi [=LaForge=] with a punch to the face.
* This is not done once, but twice to Captain Jack Sparrow in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'' - First, humiliatingly by Will Turner's drunken blacksmith and then by Turner himself while spying on his mutinous crew in Isla de Muerta after Will figures out that Jack wishes to use him as "leverage" to get his ship back.
** During the Black Pearl's attack on Port Royal, Turner himself gets knocked out during his fight with the undead pirates and wakes up dazed the next morning.
** ''Film/DeadMansChest'' has this happen to Will twice, once by a member of Davy Jones’s crew and once by Jack. The only lasting damage Will suffers from either is a small cut to the forehead.
** Happens again to Jack in ''Film/DeadMenTellNoTales''. He wakes up just in time for his ShotgunWedding.
* ''Film/BlazingSaddles''. After Taggart leaves Bart to die in quicksand, little realizing that the quicksand in this movie, apart from being in the middle of an arid desert, works exactly the way it does in real life (i.e. it doesn't suck him in, among other things), Bart comes up behind him and lays him out with a shovel to the back of the head. Later on Taggart has a bandage on his head and not even a concussion.
** Although Taggart does scream in pain when Hedley Lamarr touches the bandage, so obviously there was some injury done.
* Also from Creator/MelBrooks: in the original version of ''Film/TheProducers'', Franz Leibkind knocks out a stagehand while attempting to end the production of "Springtime For Hitler", and then suffers the same fate himself, despite wearing a metal helmet. Leibkind at least reappears in a later scene showing no ill effects.
* Both used and averted in the ''Film/IpMan'' films, where a good blow to the head drops many a mook, but named characters prove more resilient.
* Happens to at least 11 people in ''Film/TheGreatRace''.
** Maggie Dubois to The Great Leslie with a champagne bottle (accidentally).
** Max to Hezekiah with a window bar (also accidentally - he thought Hezekiah was a guard).
** Max KO's 3 castle guards (and possibly a monk) with the window bar.
** The Great Leslie takes out six castle guards:
*** Two with a [[PutTheirheadsTogether skull-to-skull smash]].
*** One by swinging him headfirst into a wall.
*** Two with punches to the face.
*** One by slamming a door in his face.
* ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}''. Vultan hits several of Ming's goon squad members over the head with his mace during the "football game", and Hans Zarkov knocks out Flash accidentally by throwing a hollow metal "football" at him.
* ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop''. One of Maitland's {{mooks}} knocks out Axel Foley with a blow to the head before Mikey is killed.
* A RunningGag in ''Film/MenWithBrooms'', as Cutter ends up repeatedly having to hit the Loan Shark in the head with a curling stone. The loan shark is a giant who is MadeOfIron, so he shrugs it off [[RuleOfFunny because it's funny]].
* In ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' Marion Ravenwood does it three times and Indy does it twice.
** She takes out a {{mook}} with a burning log to the back of the head during the bar fight in Nepal.
** In Cairo she's pursued into a building by a {{mook}} and knocks him out (off camera) with a frying pan.
** While Indy is fighting the Nazis around the flying wing, she KO's the pilot with the plane's wheel chocks.
** Indy knocks out two Nazi guards with the "punch to the jaw" technique to [[MuggedForDisguise steal their uniforms]] so he can perform DressingAsTheEnemy.
*** In the second of these, there are two clearly audible blows after Dr. Jones hauls the guard over the pile of boxes, so it's "Taps".
* ''Film/RedCliff'' - Shangxiang displays her excellent knowledge of pressure points by knocking out an uppity official's horse when he snarks about a woman being on the battlefield; later, when being introduced to Liu Bei, she expresses her unhappiness about being presented as a possible marriage prospect by doing the same on him. (Cue looks of OhCrap on Zhuge Liang and Zhou Yu's faces as they realize what she's up to, but are too late to do anything...)
* ''Film/{{Constantine}}''. Constantine knocks the bouncer in Papa Midnite's bar unconscious with one punch.
* Subverted in ''High Risk'' (1981) when the heroes encounter a servant while sneaking into the drug lord's mansion. The servant just clutches his head and screams, alerting the guards.
* Disney's ''Film/BedknobsAndBroomsticks''. Two of the German commandos are knocked unconscious by the animated suits of armor: one by a punch and one by a literal "boot to the head" - a swung iron boot, that is.
* In Howard Hawkes' ''Film/ElDorado'', John Wayne is taken prisoner when the Dragon sneaks up behind Mississippi and "give me a headache."
* ''Film/CowboysAndAliens''. Jake is knocked out by getting [[PistolWhipping pistol whipped]] on the back of the head and wakes up an unspecified amount of time later with no lasting damage.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/InBruges''. Ray uses the neck chop variant, while high on cocaine, on a dwarf.
* ''Film/ImGonnaGitYouSucka''.
** While Cheryl has Leonard up against a wall, Willie come up behind her and knocks her out with the cast on his wrist.
** When Slade infiltrates Mr. Big's warehouse via the roof, he KO's a guard with a punch to the jaw.
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension''.
** Several Red Lectroids knock out humans with punches to the head near the Black Lectroid thermopod.
** While John Parker is infiltrating Buckaroo's estate, one of Buckaroo's Blue Blaze Irregulars takes him out by hitting him on the back of the head.
* In ''[[Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1]]'', [[spoiler:Wormtail]] is apparently SparedByTheAdaptation by one of these. However, he does not appear after this scene, so it's possible the blow really did kill him (or Voldemort did in an offscreen YouHaveFailedMe moment).
* ''Film/JudgeDredd''. When Dredd and Ferguson are in the Judges' locker room, Fergie distracts a Judge and Dredd knocks the Judge unconscious with one punch.
* Subverted in ''Film/FunnyFarm''. When one of the locals gets a fishing hook stuck on his face, Andy wants to knock him out so he can easily take out the hook. After several blows, the man is not knocked out, just pissed off, and one of his friends wonders if Andy is just beating him up.
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''.
** After he enters Castle Brunwald, Indy knocks the butler unconscious with a punch to the face.
** Averted when Indy's father tries to knock out Indy by breaking a vase over his head. Indy stays conscious and is annoyed with his dad.
** During the fight inside the tank:
*** A German soldier is knocked out when a periscope handle hits him on the back of the head.
*** Another soldier is rendered unconscious when Marcus Brody hits him over the head with an object.
* In Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme film ''Film/{{Cyborg 1989}}'', Van Damme's FauxActionGirl sidekick gets knocked out 3 or 4 times in the movie. Van Damme's character gets KO'd once or twice as well. No one seems to have any problems because of it.
* In ''Film/LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels'', Dog knocks out a traffic warden with one punch and stashes him in a van. When the main character steal the van, they discover the meter warden and try to knock him out again, but he just makes a pititful, "Owww!" After realizing that they all hate traffic wardens, they gang up and pummel the poor guy into unconsciousness.
* Averted in the opening of ''Film/{{Tamara}}'', where the title character is killed when she knocks her head on the edge of a table. Played straight, though, when Chloe punches out Kisha and when Allison knocks out Sean; both of them later get back up from it.
* Creator/HenryFonda's character in ''Film/TheOxBowIncident'' picks a fight and gets a whiskey bottle over his head which knocks him unconscious.
* ''Film/TotalRecall1990''. On Earth, Quaid knocks Lori unconscious with a single punch. Later on Mars, she returns the favor by rendering him unconscious with a kick to the face.
* ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'':
** Played straight when Kirk [[spoiler: whacks Scotty over the head then straps him into a seat for good measure to make sure he can't stop him from climbing into the radioactive warp core chamber]].
** Spock does this to Harrison during their brawl, but it doesn't knock him out.
* Subverted for comedic effect in ''Film/PaulBlartMallCop2'', in a scene in which Blart knocks out a {{Mook}} with a StunGun. The mook wakes up within seconds, forcing Blart to continuously knock him out [[RunningGag over and]] [[OverlyLongGag over again]] while he radios the BigBad to taunt him. By the end of the scene, the mook is visibly worse for wear and even begs Blart not to tase him again; Blart knocks him out anyway.
* ''Film/MarsAttacks''. After Jerry Ross allows a strange woman into the White House in order to seduce her, she bites off his finger and knocks him unconscious by hitting him on the back of the head with a statuette. She turns out to be a Martian assassin wearing a human disguise.
* Occurs many times in ''Film/TheRocketeer''. [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] here in that the victims often recover faster than their assailants were planning.
* In ''Film/DangerDiabolik'', the morgue attendant gets this via an urn wielded by a disguised Diabolik as he scrapes Ralph Valmont's ashes out of the retort. He apparently leaves him lying there alive, because when, as he leaves the morgue with the eleven emeralds, an elderly couple asks if he's seen the doctor, he simply says, "He's in shock."
* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'': Dorothy is knocked flat by a fairly light bump on the head from a falling windowpane, and suffers no ill effects (though her family and friends have clearly been worried about her when she wakes up) except a fantasy-filled Technicolor dream sequence.
* The 1974 film spin-off of ''Series/{{Callan}}'' includes a sequence in which the hero kills a man with his bare hands. He first delivers a sharp blow to the solar plexus, then a second blow to the jaw or neck, but the killing blow is a karate chop to the neck, averting the non-lethal aspect of the trope.
* Sort of in ''Film/TheHungerGamesMockingjayPart1''. [[spoiler:Peeta]] gets knocked unconscious and seems no worse off for it than he was already, but the circumstances of administering the blow would have justified lethal force anyway, and nobody pretends that it's a safe or harmless way of incapacitating someone.
* Played for comedy in ''Film/InherentVice'': Doc gets koshed and flails his arms in some attempt at a martial arts stance before collapsing unconscious. He wakes up later none the worse for wear.
* In ''Film/ExMachina'', when Nathan [[spoiler:realizes he has been OutGambitted by Caleb and pre-emptively coldcocks him. Caleb wakes up a few minutes later, seemingly none the worse for wear]].
* In ''Film/AntMan'', Scott's former cellmate knocks out people with a single punch [[spoiler:when he helps Scott break in to steal the Yellowjacket suit and sabotage the experiment]]. This is foreshadowed at the start of the movie, when he brags that during the prison ritual for being released, which involves fighting a massive inmate named Peaches, he was the only one ever to actually knock Peaches out.
* ''Film/DieHard''. At the end of the movie, the terrorist Theo is preparing the ambulance as an escape vehicle for his team. John [=McClane=]'s chauffeur Argyle rams into it with his limo, then punches Theo in the face, knocking him unconscious.
* ''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.
* ''Film/HudsonHawk''. While Eddie and Tommy are infiltrating Leonardo da Vinci's castle, they lure two guards over to them and knock each of them out with one punch.
* In ''Film/BeautyAndTheBeast2017'', Gaston punches Maurice out and leaves him for the wolves in the forest. Maurice stays unconscious until the next morning, but is ultimately no worse for wear. In all fairness, though, he wakes up disoriented and groggy, and doesn't fully recover until after hermit-woman Agathe takes him to her dwelling and gives him a healing potion. Since [[spoiler: Agathe is really the Enchantress]], we can assume that [[AWizardDidIt her potion had the power to cure brain damage.]]
* In both ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle'' movies, where George, Ursula and others are just fine after [[WatchOutForThatTree crashing into trees]] among other head injuries.
* In ''Film/DiamondsOnWheels'', Billy knocks Finch out with a karate chop to the neck before stealing the diamonds. Oddly, this is the only time in the movie when someone succumbs to a tap on the head.
* At the start of ''Film/CircusOfFear'', Manfred knocks out the bridge keeper with a simple blow to the back of the head. Shortly after, the security guard does the same to one of the crooks as he makes is ill-fated escape attempt.
* In ''Film/TheMonsterMaker'', Markoff knocks out Lawrence with one blow from a candlestick. Later Bob drops the hulking Steve with a single whack with a floor ashtray.
* In ''Film/MurderAtTheBaskervilles'', Price knocks out Watson by rapping him over the back of the head with a pistol. Watson does not stay unconscious long.
* In ''Film/{{Deewaar}}'', Ravi knocks one of the smugglers at the godown out before going inside and pulling his BackupBluff. The man wakes up just too late to stop Ravi.
* In ''Film/TheManFromKangaroo'', a mugger whacks Greythorn over the head with a length of lead pipe. This drops him, but he shown as being up and about by the time John returns with his wallet. Realistically, this sort of blow should have left him with at least a concussion.

* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'': Inverted with Odelia (her attackers thought she was dead, but she was just unconscious), justified with Keifer Porter hitting his wife, Princess Trini over the head with a blunt instrument - he is known to be stupid, and ''intended'' to harm her, but he wouldn't have wanted to kill her, as there would have been dire consequences if he did that. As things were, he pulled a WoundedGazelleGambit, claming that Trini "provoked him" to tie her to his bed and torture her, and got off without any punishment at all. Fortunately, he died in an explosion prior to the main plot. Trini seems to suffer no lasting brain damage.
* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels:
** In ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'', it is mentioned that some trainees in the Thieves' Guild cause serious injuries with their inability to knock a victim unconscious with a single blow. Likewise in ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', one character is about to knock a guard unconscious when TheIgor points out that blows to the head can be fatal and takes over, as Igors have extensive knowledge of human anatomy. So extensive, in fact, the Igor knows just how hard and where to hit to knock the guy out for ''exactly'' 20 minutes.
** Additionally in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' someone is accidentally killed by an attempt to knock them unconscious.
** Not seen, but referenced in ''Discworld/NightWatch'', when it's mentioned the rebel barricades have a doorway built into them, with all refugees coming through at just the right height for "a gentle TapOnTheHead if they turned out to be a soldier."
** Vimes in particular plays this trope quite straight. But, like Igor, he knows exactly where and how to strike -- at one point he stops his less-experienced younger self from delivering such a blow and does ''[[CouldSayItBut not]]'' teach other coppers how to do it right if they approach him privately.
*** it's implied in that same book that the Agony Aunts (enforcers for the Guild of Seamstresses) are adept at this, and similar to the previously mention Igor, can put you out for a given period, provided you don't fall asleep.
** In ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', a briefly deranged Rincewind is used in an impromptu demonstration when a Thief's Guild apprentice tries and fails to knock him out. So the tutor steps out of the nearby alley to show him the ''right'' way ("Ow."), ''then'' what the trainee did ("Ow! Hahaha!" "So, can anyone spot the difference?"). It isn't until he regains his senses that he succumbs.
** In ''Maskerade'', someone tries to knock out Nanny Ogg with a bottle. Nanny sees stars, but since she has a bit of dwarfish in her ancestry, she recovers without passing out, and chases the attacker.
** In ''Discworld/TheTruth'', Mr Pin and Mr Tulip manage to thump Vetinari just hard enough to keep him [[ConvenientComa unconscious for the whole plot]] (after being specifically instructed not to kill him), and Drumknott so he [[EasyAmnesia can't clearly remember whatever he witnessed]].
* Lampshaded in ''Literature/DragonBlood'', Ward is worried about an unconscious ally, as "anything that's bad enough to knock someone out has a chance to kill them."
* In Stephen King's ''Literature/{{It}}'', staff of the Juniper Hill mental institution use rolls of quarters as improvised saps in order to subdue (and, in some cases, simply abuse) recalcitrant patients. One patient is said to have suffered severe brain damage as a result of such treatment and is barely functional as a result.
** In ''Literature/TheLangoliers'', a government assassin states that he knows a many ways to kill a person, but doesn't know a single method to safely render someone temporary unconscious.
* Mentioned in the novel ''[[Literature/{{Lensman}} First Lensman]]''. A thug of wide experience claims to be "an artist with the black jack". His boast is that he can knock out anyone within ten feet by throwing it, and can precisely time how long they stay unconscious.
* Subverted in Creator/JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene Fugitives of Chaos]]''. Amelia is able to work out, from the fact that she is not suffering plausibly from a blow to the solar plexus, that magic is at work.
** Earlier, she tries hitting someone with a rock to escape custody. It doesn't work because: a) she was too squeamish to hit hard, b) a rock is ''not'' going to stop a PhysicalGod.
* ''Literature/{{Burke}}'' gives a bit of a CharacterFilibuster once about how hitting someone on the head does not always knock them out in real life, and how many would-be criminals have gotten into trouble that way.
* Subverted in ''Literature/TheAtrocityArchive'' by Creator/CharlesStross. The protagonist is hit on the back of the head with a sap (a bag full of lead shot) knocking him out. He spends a couple of weeks recovering, and got a hairline skull fracture for his trouble.
* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''The Currents of Space'' a character attempts to pull this off on a guard and accidentally kills the guard.
* In Alistair [=MacLean=]'s novel ''Ice Station Zebra'' the doctor protagonist goes into detail about how it is impossible to predict the consequences of a head injury, i.e. the patient could wake up soon or never, then later on has someone else inflict a "ten minute tap" on a villain. However, the doctor also explains to that chap that his huge wrench would cause instant death when hitting a skull. The doctor pads the wrench with a thick layer of bandage to make it less lethal.
* Richard Henry Benson, ''Literature/TheAvenger'' is capable of doing this--with [[ImprobableAimingSkills bullets]]! In "The Yellow Hoard" he is distracted by smoke sufficiently that he missed his target by a millimeter, and the thug wakes up too early.
* Jame in P.C. Hodgell's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath'' is knocked out by blows to the head all the time, both by accident and malice, and is always fine. It seems to happen at least twice per book. It's justified in that she's not exactly human, and her HealingFactor ensures she repairs; also, realistic effects of concussion appear when the blows were severe.
* Lampshaded in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' novel "Interference: Part 2", with Sarah Jane Smith asking an alien how they can manage to knock people out [[HardHead without long-term effects]] so easily. (Since the alien in question was not very bright, no answer was actually obtained).
* Happens to Literature/PhilipMarlowe a lot. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Creator/KimNewman's unnamed CaptainErsatz.
* In ''[[Literature/WomenOfTheOtherworld Broken]]'', Elena needs to sneak away from her assigned babysitter. So she hits him on the back of the head, arranges him comfortably on the bed, and takes off. Justified in that he's a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf]], and she really doesn't need to worry about long term damage. Subverted in that [[spoiler: she didn't actually knock him out at all; once he realized what she was trying to do, he faked unconsciousness and then followed after her.]]
* The main character of [[Creator/DaveDuncan Dave Duncan's]] ''The Seventh Sword'' tries this on a guard in the first book. However, the person he hit ends up dying. It comes back to haunt him later, when he ends up on trial for various crimes, one of which is this "dishonorable" killing. (After some DivineIntervention makes it clear that the Goddess doesn't want the main character punished, the death is ruled an accident; after all, if he had wanted to kill the guard, he would have used his sword, not his fist.)
* In the ''Literature/ForgottenRealms'' novel ''Ghostwalker'' a knight knocks out a drunken rogue in a bar fight using a mace. Not a club, ''a flanged metal mace''.
* [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in ''Literature/{{Neuropath}}''. Tom Bible notes that it's not like in the movies, and that the guard he and Mia knocked out will need medical help quickly.
* The Vulcan Neck Pinch chapter of Literature/TheActionHerosHandbook outlines several of the knockout methods mentioned above and makes clear what the risks are.
* Jiaan in the ''Literature/FarsalaTrilogy''. It's somewhat [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] in that he mentions he might have a broken collarbone as well.
* When they need to avoid their usual, lethal methods, the protagonists of ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' employ this trope frequently to render bad guys unconscious. It's usually played completely straight, except where HardHead is subverted by RuleOfFunny or the needs of the plot.
** On one memorable occasion, after Garion knocks out a Grolim (who has some useful information), Belgarath tells him to "use an axe or a club" the next time: Garion's fist had almost killed the guy.
* In ''Literature/TheElenium'', Ulath gets hit in the head with an axe while holding the wall during a siege. The blow leaves him bed-ridden and severely confused (he doesn't recognize his friends and can't even remember which continent he's on), and it's stated outright that if it hadn't been for his very good helmet, his head would have split like a melon. He does make a full recovery, but it isn't quick and it isn't pretty.
* Averted in the 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.
* This is practically the SignatureMove of [[Literature/{{Winnetou}} Karl May's]] AuthorAvatar Old Shatterhand/Kara ben Nemsi, ostensibly justified by a combination of nigh superhuman strength and a special trick he's discovered himself. It's rather convenient, too, because as a good (if sometimes, especially in the later works, a bit preachy) Christian the character doesn't actually like to shed human blood when he can at all avoid it.
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' when one of Harry's internal monologues mentions that someone must have done one of those adamantium upgrades on his skull.
** Also retroactively justified by the author, after it was pointed out to him that with all the blows Harry takes to the head, the concussions should have added up and left him brain damaged. So to justify this, and the WizardsLiveLonger trope also prevalent in the series, he had a doctor give exposition explaining that Harry, and all wizards, have better healing ability than {{muggle}}s. Any injury Harry takes will heal at a normal rate, but will heal ''completely'', to the point where previously broken bones eventually show no scarring, and a burned hand that a doctor advised he simply amputate is back to fully functioning after a few years. It's even mentioned in Changes that Harry's [[spoiler:broken spine]] might well heal on its own, given enough time.
* Averted in Creator/MartinCaidin's ''Cyborg'' novels. Considerably more violent than [[Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan the TV series they inspired]], due to Steve Austin's bionic arm being described as a bludgeon, and strong hits to the head or chops to the neck are instantly fatal to the recipient. In fact he does this so often (sometimes cold-bloodedly to disabled enemies) that fans of the TV series are prone to go into WhatTheHellHero mode when reading them.
* In ''Death at the President's Lodging'' by Creator/MichaelInnes, the detective investigating the aforesaid mystery is knocked out by a blow to the head. One of the suspects, an author of detective novels, says that he'd never have done it, because he knows how dangerous such a blow could be.
* In the Literature/TimeScout book, ''Wagers of Sin'', Skeeter gets knocked out from behind and spends several days recovering, with nausea, dizziness, and continuing headaches.
* In Creator/JohnCWright's ''Literature/CountToATrillion'', Menelaus takes out two guards, but the third gets him with this.
* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''Literature/TheMonsterMen'', Professor Maxon is knocked unconscious by a blow to the head. Its only effect is to cause him to recover from being MadScientist -- that is, to take up WhatMeasureIsANonHuman.
* Completely averted in Creator/VernorVinge's ''Literature/TheChildrenOfTheSky''. The blow that knocks out [[spoiler: Ravna]] is treated completely realistically, with various debilitating aftereffects until she gets advanced medical treatment.
* ''Literature/TheHardyBoys'': Frank and Joe Hardy have both been knocked out by getting hit in the head so often that, in real life, the two should be vegetables in permanent coma in the hospital.
* In Creator/MichaelFlynn's ''[[Literature/SpiralArm The January Dancer]]'', [[spoiler:the Fudir]] uses this on [[spoiler:Hugh]] to evade him. He does think that it's a tricky business, but it's treated as if it were really harmless.
* During ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', the ShapeShifter Hoole is struck on the head by [[spoiler: Karkas [[GrandTheftMe in Tash's body]]]]. However, it soon turns out that [[spoiler: he avoided harm and [[PlayAlongPrisoner faked unconsciousness so he could find out what was going on]].]] In a later book, [[spoiler: an ExpendableClone of Hoole]] has a large rock slammed into his head and goes down, but the attacker isn't concerned about whether he's unconscious or dead.
* In Creator/SeananMcGuire's ''Literature/VelveteenVs the Junior Super Patriots'', the Claw strikes down Velveteen with a head blow. Though it does only knock her down, rather than unconscious, so the lack of lasting harm is more plausible.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Catseye|1961}}'', 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.
* ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'': [[spoiler: Sebastian renders Isabelle unconscious in ''City of Glass'' with a hammer after he finishes with Max]].
* Averted in ''Literature/TheCurseOfChalion''. 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.
* Averted in one of the ''[[Literature/HoratioHornblower Mr. Midshipman Hornblower]]'' stories. Hornblower strikes a man with the rudder because he's having a loud epileptic fit during a stealth expedition. Hornblower is pretty sure that he's killed him by doing this, although the boat is lost, so we never find out for sure. (The TV adaptation uses this scene, but winds up playing it straight.) Other instances of this, such as when he and his men sandbag dockside sentries in ''Hotspur'', likewise imply strongly that they're fatal blows.
* Played straight in ''Literature/MrBlank'' when the hero gets conked on the back of the head after witnessing an [[AlienAbduction alien abduction]].
* Nick Moss is knocked unconscious by the phantom biker Cacophony Jones near the end of ''Literature/CityOfDevils''. This is after Nick has done similar to another member of Cacophony's band, the Disasters, so it's decent payback. Also, Imogen Verity knocks out the other two earlier in the book. It's a bad day for head trauma in the Disasters.
* Averted with Mattes Tunstall in the ''[[Literature/ProvostsDog Provost's Dog]]'' trilogy, who is described by Beka in the third book as having suffered so many taps on the head in the past that if he got one more, he could very well die of it.
* ''[[Literature/TheColorOfDistance Through Alien Eyes]]'' averts this. Kidnappers try to subdue Ukatonen with a blow to the head, and he suffers brain damage to the point where it's a CareerEndingInjury.
* ''The Elephant's Tale'' averts this. One of the staff is knocked unconscious during a burglary, and is incapacitated for the rest of the story while they take him to a doctor.
* In the ''Literature/ParadoxTrilogy'', Devi is knocked out this way in ''Honor's Knight''. It also turns out to be the main weakness of symbiont SuperSoldiers: a blow to the right area of their head will reliably knock them unconscious. However, due to their thick armor, it has to be a very strong impact, such as a gunshot. Symbionts have a powerful healing factor, so even with powerful blows there's little risk of permanent damage.
* Played for laughs in the first book of the ''Literature/AhrimanTrilogy''. Simon doesn't believe Zoe can knock him out with a single punch due to her small size. His narration cuts out mid-sentence.
* In ''[[Literature/TheGreatMerlini The Footprints on the Ceiling]]'', Ross gets thwacked on the head in the second chapter, has a headache for the rest of the chapter and ''claims'' in the last chapter to have suffered a concussion from the blow. There is no sign of a concussion anywhere in between those chapters (unless the headache counts). Two police officers later get head blows with not much to show for them. Averted when Colonel Watrous gets clubbed, though -- he needs his head bandaged and is still a bit shaky the next morning.
* Almost no episode of ''Literature/ButlerParker'' passed without several of these. Delivered by umbrella (the handle being filled with lead), bowler hat (steel-lined), horseshoe (in a lady's pompadour'), flower vase - the opponents often using guns or coshes...
* 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).
* The ''The McGurk Mysteries'' book ''The Vanishing Ventriloquist'' has both the traditional [[ChokeHolds Choke Hold]] (which is not being done properly, which means McGurk, the victim, is only stunned and remains conscious throughout, and is used as a means to threaten to snap McGurk's neck if the cops and other detectives don't back down) and a second variant where the titular ventriloquist kicks someone in the head with both feet, which knocks him silly and ultimately causes him to pass out (this is mentioned to be something that she wasn't sure she could do properly).
* Averted in the French gamebook series ''Literature/PresterJohnSaga'': in book 3 a Kobold tries to knock you senseless with a punch to the face... but you're wearing a steel helmet so he's left yelling in pain. In book 4, if you open a certain door you're asked if you're wearing an helmet or not. If you don't, the following blow to the head kills you istantly. If you do... [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption the following blow to the head stuns you, allowing the rogue inside the house to finish you off with a knife.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In an early episode of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', Aeryn knocks out John Chrichton with a single punch. He wakes up after the commercial break in the back seat of Aeryn's Prowler, finishing the sentence he was in the middle of when she cold-cocked him. Aeryn replies that it was "a panthak jab. You were more susceptible than most." The commentary for the episode reveals that this was a bit of nonsense invented because the script called for Aeryn to hit John to shut him up, then both of them would take her Prowler on a mission. Ben Browder insisted that John Chrichton would NEVER follow Aeryn anywhere after she hit him, so the panthak jab was invented as some kind of Peacekeeper martial arts technique to invoke this trope.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' has used this a few times, though the preferred method of knocking someone unconscious is PistolWhipping.
** In "Hearts and Minds," Locke hits Boone to knock him out, ties him up, and sends him on a VisionQuest by "treating" the wound with a hallucinogen.
** More realistic effects of a TapOnTheHead are shown in "The Other 48 Days," in which Eko kills two Others with a rock.
** The series is actually quite guilty of this, as characters would be knocked out with a tap every other episode but only when it would fit the plot. All the fighting scenes feature much harder blows then those who render them unconscious. Almost every major character took a beating at some point with a lot of hits on the head but we rarely see one fainting.
* ''Series/MacGyver1985''
** In the episode "Last Stand", Mac is holding some piece of equipment that he's supposedly going to use to fix up a plane so the bad guys can escape. When asked by his guard what the item is, he replies "Lateral... cranial... impact... enhancer", and smacks the guard across the head with it.
** This happens all the time in ''Series/MacGyver1985'', what with his no-guns policy. The likelihood of knocking a bad guy out with a single blow is inversely proportional to his position on the bad guy ladder.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''
** Legendary subversion: in the first season Mr. Spock was scripted to incapacitate a maddened Kirk by rapping him in the back of the head with the butt of a phaser pistol. Creator/LeonardNimoy thought that uncivilized, so he and the director came up with a more "civilized" alternative: the [[PressurePoint Vulcan nerve pinch]] (AKA neck pinch). Spock repeatedly used the nerve pinch in subsequent episodes. In one of them ("[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E8IMudd}} I, Mudd]]"), the pinch failed because he was using it on an android.
*** DontTryThisAtHome: Although the ability to render someone instantly unconscious using the nerve pinch is fictional, as any child who had it done to them while playing ''Star Trek'' on the playground can tell you, it hurts like hell when someone clamps down on your shoulder, especially if they take the "pinch" part literally!
** "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E13Obsession}} Obsession]]". Ensign Garrovick tries to knock out Captain Kirk with a karate chop so [[MoreExpendableThanYou he can be the one]] to lure the vampire cloud to the antimatter bomb.
** Kirk himself was not adverse to a chop or hammerblow now and again. Even [=McCoy=] has been seen doing this occasionally...
** A truer subversion is seen in "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E4MirrorMirror}} Mirror, Mirror]]", in which mirror!Spock is knocked out this way and Dr. [=McCoy=] declares that he'll die without immediate treatment. It may have averted the trope too far, though, considering the deadly object was a skull so fragile that it completely shattered after hitting Spock. It's difficult to imagine it would even knock him out in the first place, unless the skull was so hard it took a ''lot'' of blunt force to break it.
* Subverted in the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonVILegion Legion]]". Kryten has to render the rest of the crew unconscious, but Rimmer is a "hard-light" hologram and thus "unknockoutable" despite Rimmer's assistance and Kryten's most enthusiastic efforts.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Giles getting knocked unconscious occurs so often it's turned into something of a RunningGag. The jaw-punch version occurs in "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E12ProphecyGirl Prophecy Girl]]", when Buffy settles the issue of who is going to fight the Master by punching Giles in the jaw, putting him to sleep just long enough for her to be off on the mission. Later Giles is seen nursing a bruise, but it seems no dental attention was required. The trope is subverted when Warren's ex-girlfriend Katrina is escaping the Trio's lair and plans to go to the police after their attempt to rape her. Warren clocks her on the head with a bottle, trying to knock her out -- [[RealityEnsues and she dies]].
* Played mostly straight in ''Series/{{Angel}}'', when Gunn has been turned misogynist by a demon. Realizing what's happening to him, he warns Fred to knock him out, but her first attempt fails. He yells at her for this, but it isn't really a subversion like the above example; Fred's not terribly strong. Her second attempt succeeds.
* Played straight in ''Series/TeenWolf''. Poor Stiles. The werewolves seem to consistently forget that whacking a human on the head can cause permanent brain damage.
* Happens to the hero more or less OnceAnEpisode in ''Series/TheRockfordFiles''.
* Happens to the title character more or less OnceAnEpisode in ''Mannix''.
* Dennis was knocked out on an episode of ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' after he gets a staple gun to the face. [[spoiler: The trope is deconstructed because he spends the rest of the episode having violent hallucinations and resolves to see a doctor as soon as possible.]]
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' uses it so much - for both comic and dramatic effect - that the show's Wiki [[http://heroeswiki.com/One_punch_knockout has a page dedicated to it]]. Once, Claude saved New York (at least for the moment) with this trope and a good right hook.
* The karate chop to the neck variant is one of the three ways people tend to be non-fatally incapacitated in the 60s spy series ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE''. (The other two are PistolWhipping and InstantSedation via tranquilizer darts or knockout gas.)
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}''
** Subverted in one episode when [=McGee=] sees a witness to a murder get attacked from across the street. He heads over to her apartment, only to find her door open. While he's seeing if she's alive, the assailant pops out of one of the rooms-which [=McGee=] didn't check-and smacks him over the head with a lamp. Despite getting hit hard enough for the lamp to break, [=McGee=] is still clear enough to unholster his gun and take a few shots at the fleeing perp, missing by inches.
** Another painful subversion was when it was determined a man confessing to the murder of his fellow marine had actually {{Pistol Whip}}ped him so he'd stop screaming after being wounded on a battlefield. The blow had cracked the skull and killed the man, his best friend, and the guilt had eaten at him for years.
* In ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'', Buck could take out a whole swarm of Draconian guards with a single sidekick. They fell like a stack of dominoes.
* ''Series/GetSmart'', being at its core a Bond parody, did this constantly. While Max was an accomplished martial artist, his preferred method of attack was a karate chop to the back of the neck, either by waiting for somebody to enter the room, distracting them, or sneaking up on them. At one point, he ambushes five KAOS agents in a row as they enter a room. Unfortunately, the sixth person is a CONTROL operative.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Third Doctor used "Venusian Aikido" to immobilise someone, which seemed to involve John Pertwee jabbing two fingers into someone's chest and shouting "Hai!"
** This is a preferred technique of classic ''Doctor Who'' baddies; a nondescript karate chop to the shoulder which had a 50/50 chance of knocking people out or killing them outright.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E3FullCircle "Full Circle"]], the Doctor himself gets this treatment -- keeping him from calming the alien child.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E1TheMasqueOfMandragora "The Masque of Mandragora"]], when the Doctor realizes that Sarah Jane is being kidnapped and tries to intervene, one mook takes him out with a rock to his head.
** Played with in the Tenth Doctor episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E7TheIdiotsLantern "The Idiot's Lantern"]]. The Doctor is knocked unconscious by a punch to the jaw, but he only remains so for a few seconds and quickly gets back up in pursuit of the people who punched him.
** Happens near-constantly to the Doctor. His advanced extraterrestrial brain justifies the lack of ill effects.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' has Clark knock someone out with a literal tap on the head. You get one [[Franchise/{{Superman}} guess why]].
** In another episode, Martha Kent is BrainwashedAndCrazy and pointing a gun at Lana. Chloe knocks her out with a single blow from a rolling pin (by surprise, from the back). Now...given that this kind of blow would be unlikely, in RealLife, to result in an instant knockout, and given that Martha was in a state of mind where she could easily have used the gun on Lana or Chloe (or, indeed, pulled the trigger by accident)...just think how dangerous it would have been if [[RealityEnsues reality had ensued]] and Chloe's strength was only sufficient to cause some severe pain to Martha's head without incapacitating her.
* ''Series/BlakesSeven''
** The Karate Chop of Doom was the standard fighting style, aside from [[CombatPragmatist fighting dirty]]. It can be considered acceptable, as most of the time they're trying to kill each other anyway.
** Interestingly enough, Avon once tried to subdue a maddened Blake using this technique, which was rather risky. Then again, his relationship with Blake being what it was, it may have been intentional.
** Averted once in "[[Recap/BlakesSevenS4E6Headhunter Headhunter]]", when a genius robotics expert Avon was hoping to recruit for something had some kind of manic episode and attacked Tarrant and Vila while en route to Xenon. Vila was forced to wallop him with a wrench in self-defence, and then all hell broke loose because it appeared he'd inadvertently killed the guy. Then things got weird...
* Averted in season one of ''Series/TrueBlood''; Lettie Mae hits Tara over the head with an empty Jack Daniels bottle, which hurts a ''lot'', but doesn't knock Tara out.
* The ''Series/MythBusters'' dabbled with this trope when they tested whether an empty beer bottle was more lethal than an full beer bottle. Either way, the least you would get out of a full strength blow from either bottle would be a nasty concussion, as well as lacerations from the broken glass. In the case of a full beer bottle, if your skull isn't completely caved in, then you're likely to suffer a catastrophic cerebral hemorrhage.
* Similarly tested on ''Series/DeadliestWarrior'' with a pistol whip. If not fatal, it would be catastrophic and permanent injury.
* Subversion: In one first-season ''Series/SledgeHammer!'' episode, Sledge jumps a Mook from behind, and hits him over the head with the butt of his gun. The Mook's reaction is to cry "Owww," but not to go down. Sledge tries again, with similar results. After several attempts, he is unable to knock the mook out by hitting him on the head. Alan Spencer, creator of ''Series/SledgeHammer!'', in his voice-over commentary for the episode, states that this was the entire purpose of the scene -- to take the Mickey out of this trope.
* Subverted and parodied in one episode of ''Series/HogansHeroes'', in which [[KnowNothingKnowItAll Colonel Crittendon]] claims to know an instantly-lethal form of martial arts known as "Killer Judo". He sneaks up on a guard and delivers a chop to the back of the neck... [[NoSell which has no effect whatsoever.]]
* In ''Series/RelicHunter'' ("Etched in Stone"), Sydney smacks some bad guys in the head with a freakin' rock ([[SpecialEffectsFailure an obviously Papier-mâché rock]], but still) the size of a turkey. They are fine.
* Mostly averted in ''Series/BurnNotice'', where mooks are heroes alike are usually shown as being stunned and in serious pain rather as a result of hand-to-hand scuffles, and are rarely KO'd by fisticuffs.
** Michael occasionally taps someone on the forehead with the side of his gun. This generally...stuns them for a minute or two, clearly in great pain.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''. During the Blancmange sketch the scientist knocks out his female assistant with a blow on the head.
** Also, given away as a prize to Mrs. Scum in a game show sketch, even though she was offered a poke in the eye, a punch in the throat, or a knee to the temple and a dagger up the clitoris as alternatives.
* In ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', the trope gets played extremely straight with Elliot and his one-shot knockout punches. Whether it's in the middle of melee or cold-cocking someone, one shot typically knocks them flat on their back and dreaming with no shown side effects afterwards. He's even used it on occasion on people entirely unaffiliated with the crime, simply to get their identification.
* In the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "[[Recap/FireflyE09Ariel Ariel]]", Mal delivers one to [[spoiler:Jayne]] with a wrench.
** He's only out for a couple seconds, though; and "unconscious" wasn't the specific intent, just a bonus.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''
** Data has a convenient on/off switch under his shoulderblade.
** Picard has been known to dole out a few back-of-the-head hits...but he tends to receive them more than he gives them.
* A RunningGag in ''Series/DansUneGalaxiePresDeChezVous'' involved people doing this to Brad (saying "no Brad!" in an increasingly bored tone) at least once an episode to stop his "evil" plots to ruin the mission. He even does it to himself a couple of times.
* On ''Series/RepublicOfDoyle'' Jake gets hit on the head so much every epeisode that he should be dead or suffering massive brain damage. In one episode he got hit in the back of the head by a crowbar and later by a wine bottle.
* Averted in the original ''Series/ISpy'' television series. In one episode Alexander Scott (Bill Cosby) attacks a guard with several karate chops to the neck and goes out of his way to explain to the person he'd just rescued that the guard was now dead. This is a rare occasion in which a 1960s spy series actually acknowledges that one of the genre's common "non-lethal" tropes, as it could potentially be in real life, is in fact lethal force.
* 1960's ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series episodes.
** "King Tut's Coup". While Tut and his henchmen are stealing a sarcophagus, one of the henchmen knocks out a security guard with a single blow on the back of the head with a club.
** "The Unkindest Tut Of All". While Batgirl is confronting King Tut, his henchwoman Shirley sneaks up behind her and knocks her out by hitting her on the back of the head with a vase.
** "Deep Freeze". When Mr. Freeze sends his henchman Frosty up to the roof to fix the TV antenna, Batman knocks Frosty out by hitting him on the top of his head.
** "That Darn Catwoman". The title character's {{mooks}} take out Pat Pending and his valet with blackjacks.
* Happens to Sam and/or Dean frequently on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. Also, angels can do this by just touching the target.
* In ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', Topher Brink uses the jaw-punch version to prevent Bennet Halverson [[spoiler:from killing Echo]].
* ''Series/{{Danger 5}}'' spoofed this with Tucker declaring he was going to knock out a sentry for an hour, adjusting an [[SuperWristGadget egg timer on his wrist]] for that amount of time, then judo chopping the sentry.
* Subverted on an episode of ''Series/TheLoneRanger'', where the Ranger knocks out Butch Cavendish with a punch to the jaw, but realizes he's faking when he examines him. He uses it as a way to set a trap and doesn't tell the guys with him that Cavendish is faking until later, when they're away from him.
* How Edmund Blackadder and Lord Melchett are kidnapped in the ''Series/BlackAdder II'' episode "[[Recap/BlackadderS2E6Chains Chains]]". A German guard hits them over the head with a stick while they are distracted by another German guard.
* Very common on ''{{Series/Merlin}}'', usually as a way for Merlin to use magic without Arthur seeing.
* Two examples from ''Series/HoratioHornblower'''s episode "The Even Chance", both of which were PercussivePrevention.
** Horatio challenged a resident sadistic bully for a duel. Clayton feels shamed that a boy much younger than himself stood up to him, and is afraid that Horatio will be killed because said bully counts as one of the best shots in the Navy. Clayton therefore decides to knock Horatio unconscious and fight the duel in proxy as Horatio's original second.
** The Indefatigable's crew take part in a night attack on a French ship. Archie Kennedy is having [[ConvulsiveSeizures a fit]] which threatens to disclose their presence. Desperate Horatio taps him on head which solves the situation but leads to sad consequences, as the unconscious Archie is lost during their fight because the aforementioned bully untied the boat he was left in. This is based on a similar scene in the books (as explained in the Literature section, above), but Hornblower isn't sure if the man survived.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Played straight in the first season, when Tyrion is leading men into battle when he accidentally catches a warhammer to the head, and doesn't regain consciousness until well after the battle when he's being hauled around on a cart.
** However in the third season, it's played realistically, where a man who's clubbed unconscious wakes up after less than a minute. [[spoiler:(Only to be clubbed again, courtesy of the Hound and Arya, respectively. This foreshadows Sandor knocking Arya out when she tries to intervene in the battle at the Twins.)]]
** Theon receives one at the end of a RousingSpeech. He goes right out.
* ''Series/MissionImpossible'' episode "Invasion". A hit man is sent to kill the man the IMF is targeting. When he discovers the masquerade he [[MuggedForDisguise knocks out one of the fake soldiers with a single blow on the back of the head and puts on his uniform]] for the purpose of DressingAsTheEnemy.
** In fact, this was done to deal with troublesome guards by the team on a semi-regular basis in the early seasons, though poor choreography often made it look like they were knocking people out by slapping them between the shoulder blades. Later seasons switched to using InstantSedation using a tack coated with an unspecified knockout drug.
* In ''Series/TheFollowing'' episode "Resurrection," Ryan Hardy does this to a suspect ''[[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments accidentally]]''.
-->'''Hardy:''' (annoyed) I barely touched you.
* This seems to happen frequently on ''Series/RaisingHope''.
* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', Charming is ambushed with a crowbar to the face. Once he wakes up, he has a pink mark for one scene and is somewhat annoyed.
* ''Series/{{UFO}}'' episode "Ordeal". An alien punches Colonel Foster in the chin and he goes out like a light. It turned out to be {{Justified}} because it occurred during an ItWasAllADream sequence.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': In "Scimitar", the ReverseMole refuses to go with them to UsefulNotes/{{Kuwait}}, and intends to stay behind to [[LaResistance help fix the problems in]] {{Iraq}}, and insists on this to make it look like the heroes took them prisoner before leaving them behind. Harm balks at this, so [[ActionGirl Meg does it instead.]]
* In ''Series/VazelinaHjulkalender'', this is done to Santa when Aspic and Ruslebiffen kidnap him.
* In ''Series/TheProfessionals'' this is the most common way of incapacitating someone. Doyle seems particularly prone to this, he is knocked out by a blow to the head at least three times.
* Averted in ''Series/{{Columbo}}'', where a blow to the back of the head is a very common means of murder.
* Subverted in an episode of ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun''. Harry is repeatedly bashed in the head with a cast iron pan. He never looses consciousness, but each blow causes him to act differently indicating sever brain trauma ([[TheDitz though it is Harry, so who can tell]]). Lampshaded twice by Dick: "If he's broken, it's going right into the report." "Be careful. We could actually hurt Harry."
* Exaggerated in ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger'', where RetiredBadass [[BadassGrandpa Grandpa]] Yoshitaka Igasaki knocks out the Red Ranger, one of his grandchildren... with a [[PaperFanOfDoom paper fan on the noggin]] after the youngster [[SchmuckBait tries to catch him on a dare]].
** Later played straight with the introduction of the Metal Jutsu. Which drops a washing pan on top of the target's head. [[MonsterOfTheWeek Youkai]] {{Kappa}} got comboed by it by Takaharu and Yakumo, leaving the floored Youkai with one cracked helmet.
** Played for laughs not even one episode later, when Yoshitaka taps Takaharu in a repriming matter with a rolled up scroll.
* This trope is how MadScientist [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 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/{{The Office|US}}''. 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.
* ''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}}.
* ''Series/{{Banacek}}'': Banacek gets floored by a tap on the head in "Horse Of A Slightly Different Color".
* ''Series/AgathaRaisin'': Agatha is felled by a blow to the head while snooping in "Agatha Raisin and The Day the Floods Came".
* This happens quite a lot to the ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', but one first-season example has Simmons hitting Fitz in the back of the head with a ''fire extinguisher'' when she wants to temporarily distract him.
* Subverted on ''Series/SealTeam'' when Jason sustains a head wound during a helicopter crash. He is dazed and has trouble focusing but the other survivors are shown to have the same issue due to the shock. Since Jason is a tough-as-nails Navy SEAL, one expects this to be temporary and the real worry seems to be a leg injury he also received. However, after a few minutes it becomes apparent that Jason is acting strange. His situational awareness is severely impaired, he repeats himself and is forgetful. When the team subsequently comes under attack, Jason is made to sit things out since in his condition he would be a liability in combat. At the end of the episode it is revealed that he is also suffering from severe hallucinations.
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Elementary}}''. In season 5 Sherlock gets hit on the head. It initially seems to be this, but come the season premiere of season 6 and he reveals he's been diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome. That explains his [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness off behavior]] in season 5.

* In Music/JagaJazzist's "Airborne" music video, an attempted murder is foiled when the gunman is knocked unconscious by a flying champagne cork.

* During the "Hit Cousin It" mode in ''Pinball/TheAddamsFamily'', each shot to Cousin It is depicted with an animation of him getting hit in the head with a giant pinball.
* In ''Pinball/NoGoodGofers'', hitting either Bud or Buzz will show them getting clonked with a golf ball on the display.
* Q*Bert is shown kicking a pinball off Ugg's head on the backglass of ''[[Pinball/QBertsQuest Q*Bert's Quest]]''.
* One of the animations in ''Pinball/{{Transformers}}'' shows Mudflap getting hit with a pinball.
* In Creator/{{Capcom}}'s unreleased ''Pinball/{{Kingpin}},'' the mobster Butch Schotz is killed after being struck from behind.
* The MatchSequence for ''Pinball/SpaceJam'' has the Tasmanian Devil getting knocked out after a basketball is thrown at his head.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* The bread and butter of the sport:
** During standard matches, punches and blows to the head – e.g., kicks, punches and more complex moves – ordinarily will not "knock" a wrestler out, unless it is a finishing move, in which the wrestler can be rendered vulnerable for defeat for just seconds (such as the amount of time required to register a three-count pinfall) to longer, depending on the predetermined series of events. A wrestler can be "knocked out" to either sell a powerful move or sell the delivering wrestler's power.
** "No Holds Barred" matches will similarly see wrestlers being able to absorb the force of blows from chairs and other weapons, possibly knocking out the targeted wrestler for a designated period of time. Usually, this is to allow the offending wrestler to complete an objective (such as doing something to humiliate his opponent) or demonstrate his power.
** Sometimes, the knockout blows will be delivered during out-of-ring confrontations, such as to set up a feud. For instance, a heel wrestler sneaks up from behind of a face wrestler he's been heckling or targeting and bats him over the head with a club, knocking him unconscious.
* IWA Mid-South and Wrestling/{{CZW}} wrestler [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Brain Damage]] set out to avert this trope.
* Matt Taven was [[ConversedTrope of this opinion]], refusing to acknowledge the role Raymond Rowe's concussion played War Machine's loss of Wrestling/{{R|ingOfHonor}}OH World TagTeam Titles to [[Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels The]] [[Wrestling/FrankieKazarian Addiction]] at the 2016 ''War Of The Worlds'', insisting his leg injury was [[AttentionWhore worth more attention.]]

* ''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.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In several versions of the ''Hero'' game rules, attacks made by surprise on an out of combat charater do double stun. If hit locations are used, attacks to the head have the highest stun multiplier, followed by attacks to the (other) vitals.
* In the great pulp tradition, any combat in ''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).
* Some d20-style games feature weapons that are designed to be non-lethal when used this way, such as the ubiquitous blackjack/sap in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. A little questionable when you look at the weapon tables in ''TabletopGame/{{Spycraft}} 2.0'' and see that a 30lb maul does subdual damage.
* 1E ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** The monk (martial artist) could stun an opponent with an "open hand" unarmed blow.
** The ''Unearthed Arcana'' supplement introduced the sap (AKA blackjack), a weapon that had a 5% chance per point of the wielder's Strength of knocking out an opponent struck on the head.
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu''
** Supplement ''The Asylum and Other Tales'', adventure "The Asylum". Dr. Freygan could use his knowledge of human anatomy to perform a Franchise/StarTrek style neck pinch and knock out a victim. Because he was a proto-shoggoth, he could extend his arm out many feet to do so.
** The "Knockout Attack" rules allow something like this, with blunt attacks optionally allowing a Resistance roll (Damage vs. HP). If successful, the victim is knocked unconscious and takes 1/3 rolled damage. Assuming two average unarmed humans this amounts to a 10% chance...
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}''
** Harder than usual because you can't do stun damage with regular unarmed attacks. People still lose consciousness by spending too long below zero HP, so you can fulfill the trope by doing that much damage, without causing any lasting injury by crippling a hit location. This means punching a guy in the chest several times is the most effective way to put him to sleep, if stunning weapons are unavailable.
** If you actually try konking someone over the head, you probably will knock them out... because with much extra damage a head-shot does you'll shoot him straight into unconsciousness. And possibly right past a [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill death check]] too. Presuming the straight hit point damage doesn't do it, he has to make a stunning/knockdown check at ''-10'' if he takes any damage to his brain at all, and any botch (pretty likely at -10) knocks him out anyways. You have to buy a supplement to get the optional detailed injury rules that can leave the victim brain damaged afterwards.
** A solar plexus shot (attack to the "vitals") does less bonus damage than a hit to the head, but it still does quite a bit extra, and has a stunning/knockdown roll at -5. So it probably will take them out, but they won't be unscathed...
** However, some supplements and versions of the rules intended to simulate settings where the trope is in effect, including the ''TabletopGame/DiscworldRolePlayingGame,'' have rules to allow a tap on the head safely to induce unconsciousness.
* ''TabletopGame/TimeLord'' RPG (based on ''Series/DoctorWho'') main rules, "Curse of the Cyclops" adventure. If the {{Player Character}}s are captured they can be rescued by someone sneaking up behind the guards and knocking them out by hitting them on the back of the head.
* Averted in Franchise/TheWorldOfDarkness, where aiming for the head incurs a penalty to attack, but lets you do Lethal damage with weapons that otherwise do Bashing (stunning) damage. Hitting someone over the head could very well kill them.
* ''TabletopGame/ArsMagica'' has a rather abstracted combat system and two distinct methods of dealing non-lethal damage (The 'Scuffling' rules Core book, and the 'Bruises' system described in the 'Lords of Men' supplement). Neither method is especially likely to cause unconsciousness with a single blow, however, and both will leave the recipient with a 'residual' Medium Wound which imposes a -3 penalty to all rolls (and chance of worsening injury in response to strenuous activity) for at least the next 5-6 weeks of game time...
* Bard Games' generic supplement ''The Compleat Adventurer''. The Rogue and Spy {{Character Class}}es have the Waylay ability, which allows them to knock out an opponent by hitting them over the head with a blackjack, club or similar blunt instrument. The tactic can only be used with surprise or from behind. It results in double normal damage and the target being rendered unconscious for one minute for each HitPoint of damage done by the attack.
* 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.

* In the stage version of ''[[Theatre/LesMiserables Les Misérables]]'', Jean Valjean escapes from Javert at the end of "The Confrontation" by punching him out. Averted in the [[LesMiserables2012 film version]], where instead he escapes by leaping from a ledge into the sea.
* The protagonist of the 1933 Broadway musical ''Pardon My English'' had two JekyllAndHyde[=-like=] personalities which he would switch between whenever he was hit over the head.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* In ''Theatre/WaterworldALiveSeaWarSpectacular'' at Ride/UniversalStudios, the Deacon hits Helen in the back of the head with a metal bar, knocking her out as a result. However, she is able to get back up fully recovered just minutes later.

* Hitting the opponent in the head seems to be the most reliable way to knock someone out with no lasting consequences in ''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.
** Early masks were specifically designed so that they could be knocked off with a tap, and the toys were all designed to incorporate various punching or hitting functions. When the designers realized that kids weren't all that crazy for such play features, they made the connections sturdier and abandoned these gimmicks. This was around the time characters stopped targeting the masks in-story.
** The [[Toys/{{Bionicle2015}} 2015 toys]] reintroduce this gimmick -- tapping the back of their head causes the power-giving masks to pop off.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Claire Redfield is whacked on the head by a rifle stock from an umbrella security guard at the begining of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica'' and knocked unconscious.
* ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'' uses the a variant of the karate chop... To the victim's exposed throat. It's an instant takedown. Other animations for non-lethal {{Back Stab}}s involve broken bones, dislocated necks, and chocking them until they fall unconscious. The game repeatedly lampshades how "non-lethal" does ''not'' mean "harmless": You can even see how much you cost people in medical expenses from recovering from the takedowns. Hey, it beats "orphans created", which you get for killing them.
** Subverted if Mike pisses off [[spoiler:Madison]] enough to make her try this on him. When Mike points out that it only works in the movies, [[spoiler:Madison]] calmly throws a shock mine at him.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' game series: attacks on unaware targets are more effective than those on alert targets. Hitting an unaware target with the blackjack will knock him/her out quickly and quietly. (If they're aware, they cannot be knocked unconscious but can take damage, although the attack is less effective than if they were unaware.) Though even if you use the blackjack, when a guard finds an unconscious person they will mistake it for a corpse. {{Justified}} in that they are never shown to actually check the body. The game itself distinguishes between a corpse and an unconscious body; in fact, [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential if you throw an unconscious person into water]], [[DevelopersForesight this counts as a murder]], and changes the body's status from "unconscious" to "dead".
* The ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series goes halfway with this. It rewards you for being covert by having one melee strike to the back be enough to instantly take down even enemies like Elites that would normally take multiple whacks just to get through their shields. However, unlike a straight example, the enemies just outright die from this; you ''are'' a super soldier capable of punching through tank doors and flipping '''the tanks themselves''', after all.
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' made stunning attacks on unaware targets vastly more effective than those on alert ones. Hitting someone from behind with a baton or riot prod would knock them out quickly and quietly.
** Trivia: Ionstorm Austin, the makers of Deus Ex, employed some of the Looking Glass Studios staff (who made ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'') when Looking Glass folded.
** In ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' a vicious kind of TapOnTheHead plays an important role as Adam Jensen can use his augmented strength to perform various non-lethal takedowns with punches to the head, chokeholds, or striking an enemy's head against a hard object (or striking the heads of two enemies together). Note 'non-lethal' here does not at all mean 'nobody gets hurt'; in the expansion, one NPC even calls you out, asking if you enjoy putting so many of her men into comas.
* The beginning of ''VideoGame/TalesFromTheBorderlands'' has the protagonist Rhys being knocked out by a hit to the jaw, courtesy of the Stranger's rifle.
* ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'' relies almost entirely on this trope being reliable. ''Any'' tap to the head is a clean, instant and safe knockout be it from a sharp elbow, a punch, a [[PistolWhipping rap with the grip of a handgun]], a dense rubber projectile or even [[SpyCam a sticky camera]] launched from a modified GrenadeLauncher. From ''[[VideoGame/SplinterCellChaosTheory Chaos Theory]]'' onward, Sam commonly uses the sleeper hold, and palm-strikes to the solar plexus.
* In ''VideoGame/DarkCloud 2'', ActionGirl / BlackMagicianGirl [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Monica]] [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Raybrandt]] is knocked out by [[ArchNemesis her nemesis]], [[TheDragon Gaspard]], using the "sharp punch to the solar plexus" variety. To be fair, she was distracted at the time, what with her partner Max shooting down the airship she and Gaspard were on...
* ''VideoGame/AvalonCode'' ends Chapter 3 with Anwar using the "solar plexus" variant on your character. Heath uses the same variant at the end of Chapter 5 to keep you from getting the book out of a hijacked Valdo's hands.
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}} Genesis'' game uses the "solar plexus blow" variant as a distraction in which your character will stealthily pull it off then claim they had a heart attack to sneak into corporations as flavor text. This always works regardless of the unarmed combat and social capabilities of the main character.
* Used in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' as a Rogue ability called Sap which temporarily disables an enemy and does no damage.
** And leaves them standing so their allies don't notice they're unconscious.[[note]]You act like their allies ''would'' notice if they were unconscious. Mobs in ''Warcraft'' cheerfully stroll over their comrades' bodies without noticing, let alone giving an alarm.[[/note]]
** Rogues get a number of other kinds of stun attacks as well. It's hard to imagine how any of them is supposed to work in real life terms.
** Except for ''Gouge.'' If you got stabbed in the eye, you'd most certainly stop whatever you were doing to just hold your hands over your eye and scream your head off, though arguably for much longer than a few seconds. And being hit again would do hardly anything to make you forget. You know, that you got [[EyeScream ''stabbed in the freaking eye'']].
* Delita uses the 'sharp shot to the solar plexus' to subdue Ovelia while the latter was being kidnapped by the former in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics''.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/AmericasArmy 3'', melee attacks that hit the back of the neck are lethal.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Commandos}}'' games, the main point is to knock out the enemy [[{{Mook}} mooks]] instead of killing them.
* In ''VideoGame/OverBlood'' Raz gets knocked out in a single punch when Milly gets kidnapped.
* Ardyn does this to Noctis in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV''. Ardyn uses a stitch in time to switch places with Prompto, tricking Noctis and causing him to accidentally push his friend off the moving train. As Noct stands distraught over what he had done, Ardyn pistol-whips him on the the back of the head with Prompto's gun, knocking him unconscious.
* Used by Axel in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'' to render Xion unconscious. She got better.
** Also happens to Sora, thrice, in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance''; first by an unknown shadow in [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame La Cité des Cloches]], the second by a [[KillerRabbit Me Me Bunny]] in [[WesternAnimation/MickeyDonaldGoofyTheThreeMusketeers Country of the Musketeers]], and later by the [[AttentionWhore Spellican]] in [[{{Disney/Fantasia}} Symphony of Sorcery]]. Of course, Sora gets knocked out [[OncePerEpisode once a world]] in the game... except in [[Film/TronLegacy The Grid]].
*** And just moments before the second knockout, Musketeer Mickey gets a blow to the head by [[spoiler: Musketeer Pete]]. Unlike with Sora, Mickey gets captured.
** In the manga adaptation for ''Manga/KingdomHeartsII'', Sora punches the painting of [[spoiler: Terra-Xehanort]] in frustration, causing it to topple on him and knock him out for a moment. The painting is destroyed as a result of going through him.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/TheSaboteur'' with one of Sean's stealth kills. It involves some particularly hard and crunchy blows to the back of the enemy's head, and you can be sure they're as dead as if you {{neck snap}}ped them instead.
* How [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Link]] was rendered unconcious, so the Bulblins could take Ilia. It's never explained ''why'' they do this though.
* ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryV'' introduces the blackjack as a Thieves-only item which lets them perform non-fatal sneak attacks.
* Played straight in the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries''. Almost averted when Batman uses a blood-choke to silent take-down enemies, which as stated previously does have a low risk of permanent damage -- but his opponents stay out for a very long time. His other method of 'knocking out' thugs involves no-holds-barred beat-downs where he snaps bones and most certainly gives severe concussions.
** Not only that, but in ''Arkham City'' Batman himself is knocked out due to extreme blunt force trauma to the head no fewer than four times, two of which [[spoiler:occur before he even puts on his mask.]]
* In ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'', the Guardian of the Park receives one [[spoiler:from a falling football]]. This is a particularly [[DrinkingGame/TVTropes egregio]]-- er, [[SubvertedTrope extreme]] example, as going by the [[TimeTravel time said tap occurs]], he was left unconscious for ''five hours''.
* Apparently averted in the first VideoGame/ResidentEvil game. [[spoiler:One ending variation has [[TheBigGuy Barry Burton]] sneak up behind an unsuspecting [[BigBad Wesker]] and whack him on the back of the head with his magnum. This would have to kill Wesker for him to be able to transform into his undead, G-Virus self, present in the rest of the series.]]
* Yuri from ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' does this with comical ease to multiple armored guards throughout the story, first with some thrown stones [[ArmorIsUseless (That hit their helmets)]], then by casually hitting them in the back of the neck.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}: Blood Money'', 47 can [[PistolWhipping pistol whip]] someone that he had previously been using as a HumanShield. This knocks them out instantly and they stay out for the rest of the mission...unless someone finds them and shakes them a couple of times. Then they wake up immediately and with no apparent damage.
* The stealth-based game ''{{VideoGame/Dishonored}}'' has the choke hold as a nonlethal option.
** ''{{VideoGame/Dishonored2}}'' has more nonlethal attacks, most of which involve introducing your opponent's head to the ground. Much like the first game, everybody snores soundly in their sleep, even if they were curb stomped a few seconds ago.
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'' has this as well. No ill effects on the guards at all, either - as soon as they wake up after being choked out, they'll immediately be aware of what happened and alert the others.
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid: [[VideoGameRemake The Twin Snakes]]'' has one particular cutscene where Snake is hit in the back of the head with a rifle stock, to which he responds by menacing the guy who hit him for about five seconds before falling over.
** ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain Metal Gear Solid V]]'' allows the player to take out enemies non-lethally by shooting them in the head with rubber bullets. In RealLife, targeting someone's head with rubber bullets can be just as lethal as with normal bullets, since you're still hitting them with supersonic projectiles.
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'', Naegi goes to a hidden room at Kirigiri's advice which holds some plot-important records. Before he can actually read them, someone in a mask bashes him over the head and he wakes up with the entire bookshelf empty, and enough stamina to walk back to his room within the same night. In-story, Kirigiri seemingly believes trope when she hears about what happened in the room and tells him [[MenAreTough he should be man enough to walk it off]].
* In ''VideoGame/MetroLastLight'', a new 'takedown' system was added; sneak up behind an enemy, and you can either slit their throat, or poke them in the back then punch them in the face with your knife hilt when they turn around. This being a guaranteed knockout every time, non-lethal runs consist mostly of flitting around rooms in the shadows socking everyone in the face until every enemy is asleep.
* Zigzagged in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series. Frequently, the murder victims ''are'' killed by a blow to the head, but just as frequently, witnesses are temporarily incapacitated by this trope with no lasting physical effects. (In 3-2, the murderer kills his victim ''and'' knocks out a witness the same way.) At one point, Phoenix is belted with a fire extinguisher and only gets a morning's worth of amnesia from it.
* ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite''. At one point Elizabeth hits Booker in the head with a wrench and knocks him out cold for a while. When he wakes up he's been captured by Daisy Fitzroy's Vox Populi troops.
* The ''James Bond'' games used this a few times.
** ''VideoGame/Goldeneye1997'', ''VideoGame/AgentUnderFire'', and ''VideoGame/{{Nightfire}}'' allowed Bond to either judo-chop or punch guards in stealth maneuvers. Even if it doesn't ''look'' like a tap-on-the-head, the effect is the same.
** ''VideoGame/GoldeneyeRogueAgent'': Goldeneye can use his guns as melee weapons.
** ''VideoGame/EverythingOrNothing'': Bond can throw wrenches, mallets, and such at guards. They can deal a OneHitKill on even the toughest of guards.
** ''VideoGame/DoubleOhSevenFromRussiaWithLove'': Pistol-whipping guards is a stealth move, as is befitting 60s Bond.
* In ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', this is used on the player character in an instance of CutsceneIncompetence. It knocks them out, despite the character being a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] who's only mildly inconvenienced by being shot through the brain.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' had this when someone would need a brief time unconscious.
-->'''Simmons:''' Ow, the back of my head!\\
''[then, later]''\\
'''Simmons:''' Ow, the front of my face!

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* LampshadeHanging in [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-08-14 this]] ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' strip. Elliot is completely fine after having been knocked out, but he flips out about silly things like "brain damage" and "concussions."
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}''. Mell clonks Titus Misanthropie with the butt of her gun... and he yells "Ow!" He then proceeds to give her advice:
-->'''Titus:''' Miss, you want to strike closer to the base of the skull. What is this, your first cold-cocking?\\
'''Mell:''' Usually I just kill.\\
'''Helen:''' Sorry, Titus. She's an intern.
* This becomes a running gag during a ''[[Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures DMFA]]'' arc, nicknamed "head-clunking." Then Aliyka [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_896.php tries it]] on Dan...
* Done [[RealityEnsues realistically]] in [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=207 this]] ''WebComic/VGCats'' strip. Yes kids, ''that'' is what you are going for when hitting someone hard on the head.
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', Oggie cures Lars' panic attack with a punch to the head. Og is a Jager and they are superhumanly tough, so by his lights this might be an acceptable form of discipline.
** "Effective," perhaps; "acceptable," no. When Lars wakes up and asks about his rather obvious concussion Oggie claims a brick from the bridge flew wide and hit him. He even holds up the brick in question for proof.
** Tweedle gets it twice, once from Agatha with the handle of a cleaver and later a blackjack wielded by a [[BlatantLies a highly mysterious and invisible hand]]. He recovers without ill effects, but it's hinted he's had some sort of mad-science physical improvements made to his body.
* In ''Webcomic/TheSpecialists'', [[http://thespecialistscomic.com/page-30/ how Camille takes out Hartmann]]
* [[Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob Robbie]] gets ''two'' from Rocco the [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Sasquatch]]: [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/comics/20120519.html once]] for [[spoiler:breaking into his home]], and [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/comics/20120623.html another]] for ''daring Rocco to hit him''!! '''OUCH.'''
* Referenced and subverted in ''Webcomic/{{minus}}''. Minus starts acting extra-bizarre, so [[NoNameGiven white-haired girl]] suggests hitting her on the head with a rock, because [[DiscussedTrope "whenever people start acting strange in stories, a bump on the head brings them back to normal."]] So they try it, and [[spoiler:[[LiterallyShatteredLives it kills her.]] But she immediately comes back as a ghost, and appears to have her [[CloudCuckoolander "normal" personality]] again, so this may be a very strange DoubleSubversion]].
* In ''Webcomic/DragonMango'', [[http://dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter03/dm03-44.htm a healer uses this]] to ensure the DoctorsOrders -- as "tough love."
* In ''Webcomic/TheRedStar'', [[http://www.beyondrealitymedia.com/the-red-star/issue-3/page-12/ Alexandra knocks Maya out with a punch.]]
* In ''Webcomic/DocRat'', this is played more realistically, though on the very dangerous side: [[http://www.docrat.com.au/default.asp?thisItem=1730 a blow to the head]] [[http://www.docrat.com.au/default.asp?thisItem=1732 kills]].
* In ''Webcomic/FauxPas'', [[http://www.ozfoxes.net/cgi/pl-fp1.cgi?352 a blow to the head dazes Stu.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', faced with the bizarre behavior of Lil' E -- {{Satan}}'s FanBoy dressing up in an angel get up? -- [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4574 Seymour asks whether he suffered this.]]
* Played realistically in ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'', when Quigley is knocked out by Starfish he's only out for a few seconds. As it happens in the middle of a fight, a few seconds is plenty.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': {{Subverted}} in "Halfs and Half-Knots": [[GenkiGirl Kiki]] the ferret needs to stay absolutely still for an operation involving pulling half of her back through a dimensional portal, but she just gets excited at the thought of staying still and starts pouncing ever faster. Torg says "I'll get the hammer." In the next comic, he's holding an MC Hammer poster that's so colourful it causes Kiki to go into ferret shock and thus stay still.
* ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'': Deconstructed. One of the "bank robbers" early in the story tries this on Sydney, by pistol whipping her. Not only does it fail to deliver the desired effect, but a ''very'' pissed off Sydney then proceeds to unintentionally mace him with her breath from the sheer spiciness of her meal, slam him to the ground, and utterly brutalize him while he's down, only being stopped by Maxima literally pulling her off of him, and if Maxima wasn't NighInvulnerable, she likely would have been clobbered too.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Rhapsodies}}'', Fedya "calms" Gage down during a stressful situation by [[http://rhapsodies.wpmorse.com/comic/08212008/ head butting]] him.

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* ''Roleplay/ShadowhunterPeril'' has [[ShellShockedVeteran Bezaliel]]. When the angel first appeared he started spinning out in a psychotic episode and nearly overwhelmed everyone present with his messed-up mind, thanks to his empathy powers. The problem was solved by his confused son Nicholas picking up a large rock and smashing it on the top of his head, knocking him out instantly. This would become the solution for how to deal with Bezaliel for several days after, until they figured out what to do with him.
** Hilariously, Veronica actually tried to knock him out once, only for Bezaliel to [[HardHead appear offended and slightly ruffled]]. [[HilarityEnsues Then they overheard Umbra and Nicholas having sex.]]
* In WebVideo/SuburbanKnights, WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob and [[WebVideo/TheAngryJoeShow Angry Joe]] do this to [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick Elisa]] when they are leaving her house.
* Strong Bad inflicting a [[FryingPanOfDoom "skillet nap"]] on the titular ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''. He even wakes up yawning and smacking his lips later.
* Averted in ''WebVideo/WhereTheBearsAre''. Todd is knocked unconscious during a dramatic moment near the end of Season One. In Season Two he mentions that the doctors think he might have short-term memory loss problems because of it.
* In ''Literature/{{Curveball}}'', Agent Grant is able to take down over a dozen bank robbers by using his [[TeleportSpam super]] [[MesACrowd powers]] to get behind them, then either [[StaticStunGun using a cattle prod as a tazer]] or hitting them in the head. He later mentions that he wouldn't have brought the cattle prod if he knew that hitting them would be so effective.
* Played with in a skit from ''WebAnimation/RWBYChibi''. Nora's so bored that she bashes Ren over the head, repeatedly, with her [[DropTheHammer gigantic warhammer]]. He seems none the worse for the wear, except for this line:
-->'''Ren:''' I was fine before all the head trauma. Does anyone else hear bells ringing?

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' makes fun of this trope in "[[Recap/FamilyGuyS2E2HolyCrap Holy Crap]]" where Peter steals the Popemobile; the guy guarding it tells Peter that "even the slightest tap on the head knocks me out. I always wake up feeling fine afterwards, but it's just so darned inconvenient." The fellow then demonstrates this by lightly touching his head and knocks himself out, allowing Peter to steal the car.
* ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop'' has fun with this in one episode: The titular Stroker and Hoop knock out two guys to steal their clothes. One, though in pain, stays conscious and becomes despondent when he believes that Stroker had accidentally killed his friend with the blow to the head. After several moments of arguing ("Dammit, I know how to knock someone out!" "Well, do you check? Like, what if they have a concussion??"), the conscious man pretends to be unconscious just to avoid being hit again.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' lampshades this phenomenon as well:
--> '''Dragoon:''' What is this, an episode of Series/GilligansIsland? Everybody gets hit once and they are instantly unconscious?
--> '''Red Mantle:''' Good one. Six bucks says he has [[EasyAmnesia amnesia]] when he wakes up.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' featured a health inspector getting knocked out in various ways over the course of the episode.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' episode ''Cloak of Darkness'', the BadassNormal and TheMole single each other out. The Badass Normal knocks The Mole out cold with one right hook. Then, two seconds later, the [[DirtyCoward prisoner]] knocks out Badass Normal from behind with a butt-stroke from a blaster rifle. (A butt-stroke is a hit with the back end of a rifle. Not what you think.)
* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode, "Stan's Night Out". Several people are hit on the head with bottles; they collapse, but don't lose consciousness, and they need to be taken to a hospital.
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' TOS episodes:
** "Mystery of the Lizard Men". The title opponents are knocked out as follows: Race Bannon (1 punch, 1 judo chop), Jonny (1 by air vent grill, 1 by swinging pulley, 2 by oar, 1 by facemask).
** "Werewolf of the Timberland". White Feather hits Blackie over the head with a club and puts him down.
** "The Fraudulent Volcano". Hadji takes out a guard with a swung lantern and Race drops a guard using an elbow to the solar plexus.
** "The Dreadful Doll". Race nails Korbai with a plank and Alverjo brains Harden with a scuba tank.
** "Monster in the Monastery". Hadji thwacks one yeti with a club and crowns another with a crate, Jonny takes out two yetis with thrown pots and a yeti puts himself to sleep with a thrown rock.
** "The Devil's Tower". Race knocks out a sleepy caveman with his own club.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Sokka knocks someone out by hitting him with his boomerang.
** Similarly, Zuko (while masquerading as the Blue Spirit) gets knocked out for what seems to be several hours when he gets shot in the forehead by an arrow, protected only by his mask.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost''.
** In "The Space Piranhas", Pirhanor takes out Space Ghost with a wrench to the back of the head.
** "Space Sargasso". Jace knocks out the pirate One Eye with a wrench.
** "The Time Machine". Tarko the 12th Century Viking hits Jace over the head with a shield and renders him unconscious.
* This happens quite a bit in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', particularly to Homer, despite his characteristic [[HardHead hardheadedness]]. Also, in "Duffless," Homer repeatedly attempts to knock a defiant and drunk Barney out (to the point of ''repeatedly slamming his head in the car door'') to get his keys and thereby prevent him from driving while intoxicated. He fails, and an annoyed and somewhat hurt Barney hands Homer the keys to get him to stop.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Birdman}}''
** "The Menace of Dr. Millenium". A caveman knocks out the title hero from behind with a stone club.
** "The Chameleon". The title villain knocks out Birdman with a blow of his tail while shapechanged into a dinosaur.
* 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'': Fred and Barney taking out all those {{Mooks}} while escaping from Dr. Sinister's lair. "A judo, a chop chop chop!"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'': Elisa is thrown by Macbeth into a wall where she hits her head an is unconscious throughout the day until sunset.
* [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom In an episode of]] ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Rarity ends up falling from Cloudsdale. Her flailing knocks out some would-be rescuers, but the KO blows are ''jaw shots'', not blows over the head.
** The "no ill effects" part of this trope happens to Rainbow Dash in the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E16ReadItAndWeep Read It and Weep]]". After she crashes in the {{Cold Opening}}, we next see her waking up in a hospital bed with her wing in a cast and a band-aid on her head. To clarify: she was unconscious long enough to be taken to the hospital, ex-rayed, bandaged, dressed in a hospital gown and put to bed. Yet she suffers no brain damage whatsoever, and once she wakes up her broken wing is treated as the main injury, with her head injury completely ignored.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SwatKats'' has Razor knocked out by Callie with a vase to the back of the head, even though he's '''wearing a helmet''' at the time.
* WesternAnimation/TheTransformers: Humans and Transformers alike fall victim to this trope. Particularly Sir Wolfe after being whacked over the head with a stool by Nimue in ''A Decepticon Raider in King Arthur's Court''.
* In "Alive," the second-to-final episode of WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited, Volcana knocks out Taala with a chop to the neck.
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. While Steven and the Gems can take massive beatings, full humans don't have the same privilege. Most notably in Season 5, [[spoiler: where Lars dies after being slammed against a stone pillar from the force of an explosion, and then falls a good height.]]
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] with Steven himself, whose Gem is of the [[SuperStrength Quartz]] variety; the worst he's ever gotten from it is a black eye that lasted for about two episodes.
* Even WesternAnimation/BugsBunny suffers from this on occasion; in ''WesternAnimation/BallotBoxBunny'' Yosemite Sam speaks LOUD and uses a [[CarryABigStick large stick]], while in ''WesternAnimation/BullyForBugs'', Toro the bull bops an overconfident Bugs with a hoof.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* King Henry VIII of England's horse fell from under him in the tiltyard in January of 1536. Both the official chronicle and the private letters of the Imperial Ambassador (quite possibly Henry's most implacable enemy at the time) say he was miraculously not injured, yet a rumour arose on the continent that he was struck mute after the accident for two hours.[[note]]The Imperial Ambassador to the Holy See wrote that he'd heard from a traveller, who in turn had heard it from the Imperial Ambassador to France, who in turn had heard it from French King François I himself.[[/note]] This morphed in the 20th century into the supposition that he was struck ''unconscious'' for two hours, and has been used to support this very trope. There are even amateur historians who believe this "unconsciousness" was behind his descent into tyranny; the fact that he was a tyrant long before he ever fell from his horse (and long before he ever met Anne Boleyn) is usually waved away as irrelevant.
* The first First Minister of Scotland, Donald Dewar, slipped on some ice and suffered what was described as a small knock on his head. He got up, seemed fine, but later that afternoon he had a massive cerebral haemorrhage and died the following morning.
* Natasha Richardson [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natasha_Richardson#Injury_and_death suffered a head injury while skiing]]; she was acting and talking normally afterwards but died two days later.