"And I can kill a man just by touching him. Now what were your special powers, again?!"
— Phantom Limb, The Venture Bros.
"Sorry. I said, "certain death in two stings", but you probably only felt one."
— Sui-Feng, to Ggio Vega mere seconds before his death. Bleach
In pseudo-scientific terms, Dim Mak functions like acupuncture's evil twin. It theorises that there are pressure points on the body, located on the medians through which the Chi energy – your life force – flows. Think of it like Ley Lines, but on a person instead of an English field cluttered with standing stones and smelly hippies. By touching or manipulating these points, with the right amount of pressure, in the right order, you can disrupt the flow of life, with fatal consequences. It works in the same way a videogame cheat code does, but instead of UUDDLRLRBA, the assailant pokes or punches the correct chakras on your body. Victims either drop dead instantly, or some time later, with the Death Touch effectively putting a ticking time-bomb in their chest. Be forewarned, anyone who's thinking about coming at me with a Dim Mak; my main Chi energy centre is located right up my arse.
—Stuart Millard, Smoke & Mirrors and Steven Seagal