Playing With: One-Hit Kill
Basic Trope: A weapon or move in a video game instantly kills another character in one shot
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- Straight: The Player Character has a fire spell that spews instant death.
- The same fire spell can continue through its original target, hitting Mook after Mook.
- The fireball causes Cessation of Existence. note
- One-Hit-Point Wonder (any enemy, and likely the player too, can be instantly killed in one hit, probably including the Final Boss and Bonus Boss, thus averting Contractual Boss Immunity).
- Downplayed: The fire spell doesn't instantly kill the opponent, but it gradually depletes its energy until it reaches zero.
- Justified: The fire spell actually conjures a ludicrously large ball of fire that would indeed reduce any organic matter to ashes.
- Inverted: The fire spell is used on a fire-type enemy... Who is healed fully by it.
- The fire spell causes instant death to minor Mooks, but not the Big Bad.
- The fire spell always depletes the opponent's energy to just one point.
- Double Subverted:
- Parodied: The PC summons up a ludicrously small fireball (e.g. strikes a match) which nonetheless reduces the Mooks to ashes in spectacular fashion.
- Zig Zagged: The fireball kills some Mooks in one cast and not others.
- Averted: None of the spells in the game are One-Hit Kill.
- Enforced: The spell in question is a key piece of the plot.
- Lampshaded: "Taste instant death!"
- Exploited: Higher-level enemies can reflect the fireball to instantly kill the player.
- Defied: No matter how much the Player Character trains, the fire spell will never perform a One-Hit Kill.
- Discussed: "Dude, I just got the highest rank on my fireball spell!"
- Conversed: "Wow, how did you just kill a 100-foot giant with a basketball-sized fireball?"
- ...But with training, they can almost negate the drawbacks entirely.
- Alternatively, the Awesome, but Impractical nature of the spell encourages players to use it on the resident Demonic Spiders to avoid chewing through stamina or mana too quickly and use other spells more often.
- The fun of the game is in being a broken Badass who mows down mooks like a harvester through a wheat field.
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