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->''"'''#37:''' There is no "overkill". There is only "open fire" and "I need to reload."''
-->-- ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', "The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries"

There are some opponents you want to defeat. There are some opponents you want to kill. Then there are some opponents you want to [[SpamAttack stab a bajillion times]], followed by unloading an [[MoreDakka M61 Vulcan Gatling gun]], [[StuffBlowingUp carpetbombing the entire area]], [[BeamSpam spamming]] the corpse with a combination of {{Wave Motion Gun}}s and {{Kill Sat}}s, {{nuk|eEm}}ing, then [[ConfusionFu standing on them while dancing horribly before falling on your back (on them)]], and [[ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure just to be sure]], driving them into the ground with a jackhammer.

Sometimes, the act of killing an opponent can be completely overdone. A prime example would be shooting an enemy until they're almost dead, then, to finish them off, completely blowing up their body and everything else in a five mile radius. All in all, it's a waste of resources, tactics, and time.

...but it's always, always [[ComedicSociopathy worth it]]. Always. Especially if the enemy is just hanging on up until the end. Actually, [[DudeNotFunny that's just cruel]].

Often part of a CurbStompBattle or HumiliationConga, if said conga ends with the villain's death. If not then it will often happen to the nameless {{Mook|s}} or other poor minion who happens to be in the hero's (generally the AntiHero's) way. If you're feeling {{lampshad|eHanging}}ish, another character may remark [[CaptainObvious "I think he's dead already"]] near the end of it.

If done right, you'll probably have the pleasure of saying NoOneCouldSurviveThat [[ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure without having to doubt]]. [[TemptingFate Or....]] [[OnlyMostlyDead maybe]] [[JokerImmunity not]]. Can sometimes result in a CruelAndUnusualDeath. Every so often, it will actually ''[[FromBadToWorse worsen]]'' the situation by crossing the GodzillaThreshold.

In a conservative sense, Overkilling is grossly inefficient (a.k.a AwesomeButImpractical) because of the inherent risk of wasting time and firepower: The weaker and less numerical a target of attack is, the greater the overkill is and the loss of time and firepower put into the attack.

The ''entire point'' of MultiDirectionalBarrage, especially MoreDakka, MacrossMissileMassacre. LudicrousGibs often results. The more ludicrous can become ApocalypseWow.

Compare ChunkySalsaRule, RasputinianDeath, CriticalExistenceFailure, VideogameCrueltyPotential, SurplusDamageBonus, DisproportionateRetribution, and DeaderThanDead.

Contrast CherryTapping, OnceIsNotEnough, GodzillaThreshold.


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