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* ''WebComic/TowerOfGod'': In "Deng Deng: Doom", Baylord Doom gets a surprise long-distance magical spear-throw sideways through the head. It would have killed him if he hadn't been using his SuperMode.

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* ''WebComic/TowerOfGod'': In "Deng Deng: Doom", Baylord Doom gets a surprise long-distance giant magical spear-throw spear thrown sideways through the head. It would have killed him if he hadn't been using his SuperMode.

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* ''WebComic/TowerOfGod'': In "Deng Deng: Doom", Baylord Doom gets a surprise long-distance magical spear-throw sideways through the head. It would have killed him if he hadn't been using his SuperMode.

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* ''ComicBook/TheUltimates'': Black Widow managed to escape from the defeat of the Liberators at the end of vol. 2, but Hawkeye hunted her, found her, and killed her with a shot to the head. Still, she was DefiantToTheEnd.

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* ''Series/AlteredCarbon'': Variant. Since everyone uses [[BodyBackupDrive cortical stacks]], they can survive any injury so long as their stack is resleeved in a new body. Therefore, it's very common for people to shoot at the base of their brainstem, where the stack sits, rather than the skull, since that's a [[FinalDeath Real Death]]. And is typical for this trope, some of these shots are a bit improbable. While Kovacs and the numerous assassins certainly have the skills to reliably pull off a stackshot, [[spoiler:Ortega's partner Samir]] manages to get shot perfectly in the stack when he [[TakingTheBullet covers her from a stackshot with his own body]].


* ''Videogame/{{MORDHAU}}'' is full of melee examples, with some ranged ones. Since the hitboxes for head, chest and legs are neatly separate, you can aim for one or the other (it pays to aim for what's least armored if someone skimped on leg armor for example). And strikesto the head are ''very'' damaging, to the point some weapons can kill you no matter how thick your helmet is. However, having a helmet still pays off enormously, because even relatively small arming swords can cleave your skull open or just straight-up remove it from your neck if you're going without head protection for whatever reason.

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* ''Videogame/{{MORDHAU}}'' is full of melee examples, with some ranged ones. Since the hitboxes for head, chest and legs are neatly separate, you can aim for one or the other (it pays to aim for what's least armored if someone skimped on leg armor for example). And strikesto strikes to the head are ''very'' damaging, to the point some weapons (like [[DropTheHammer the maul]]) can kill you no matter how thick your helmet is. However, having a helmet still pays off enormously, because even relatively small arming swords can cleave your skull open or just straight-up remove it from your neck if you're going without head protection for whatever reason.

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* ''Videogame/{{MORDHAU}}'' is full of melee examples, with some ranged ones. Since the hitboxes for head, chest and legs are neatly separate, you can aim for one or the other (it pays to aim for what's least armored if someone skimped on leg armor for example). And strikesto the head are ''very'' damaging, to the point some weapons can kill you no matter how thick your helmet is. However, having a helmet still pays off enormously, because even relatively small arming swords can cleave your skull open or just straight-up remove it from your neck if you're going without head protection for whatever reason.

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* In ''Ride/MenInBlackAlienAttack'' at Ride/UniversalStudios, guests are encouraged to aim for the aliens' heads for best chance at scoring points.
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* ''Film/{{GoodFellas}}'': This is how the murder of [[HairTriggerTemper Tommy DeVito]] transpires; Tommy himself kills a henchman this way one scene prior.

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* ''Film/{{GoodFellas}}'': This is how the murder of [[HairTriggerTemper Tommy DeVito]] [=DeVito=]]] transpires; Tommy himself kills a henchman this way one scene prior.


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* Episode 2 of ''WebVideo/MissingReel'', [[ExcitedShowTitle "Zombies"!]], since it emphasizes how ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' established the "aim for the head" method of killing zombies.

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** Played UpToEleven in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', where Erron Black has multiple moves where he unloads ''entire clips'' from his [[DuelWielding pistols]] straight into his opponent's head, and they get up just fine. It takes brutalities to [[YourHeadAsplode finish the deed]].

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** In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat11'', [[spoiler:the Sonya from the past has defeated past Kano and is ready to snap his neck, but Kano holds past Johnny Cage with a knife, reminding past Sonya that if past Cage dies, Cassie ceases to exist. Past Sonya, thanking Kano for reminding her of the rules, takes out a gun and kills past Kano by shooting him in his right eye, which in turn causes Kano to be affected and become RetGone.]]


* In the mobile game ''VideoGame/ShadowFight2'', blows to the head inflict more damage.[[/folder]]

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* In ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse'', the Joker and Deathstroke both have {{f|inishingMove}}atalities ending in this. ComicBook/TheJoker uses his flag gun, then whips out a revolver and does a headshot, while Deathstroke stabs the opponent in the stomach with his sword, then pulls a headshot as a MercyKill.
** Sadly, due to a [[ExecutiveMeddling DC-mandated T rating]], the Joker's fatality had to be [[GoryDiscretionShot censored for the US release]].
** Shang Tsung has the Joker's fatality in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', and with no pesky T rating to get in the way, the ChunkySalsaRule is in full effect.
* Getting a headshot in ''VideoGame/{{Divekick}}'' concusses the opponent, making them lose all their special meter and move slower the next round for a few seconds.
* In the mobile game ''VideoGame/ShadowFight2'', blows to the head inflict more damage.damage.
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* In ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse'', the Joker and Deathstroke both have {{f|inishingMove}}atalities ending in this. ComicBook/TheJoker uses his flag gun, then whips out a revolver and does a headshot, while Deathstroke stabs the opponent in the stomach with his sword, then pulls a headshot as a MercyKill.
** Sadly, due to a [[ExecutiveMeddling DC-mandated T rating]], the Joker's fatality had to be [[GoryDiscretionShot censored for the US release]].
** Shang Tsung has the Joker's fatality in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', and with no pesky T rating to get in the way, the ChunkySalsaRule is in full effect.
* Getting a headshot in ''VideoGame/{{Divekick}}'' concusses the opponent, making them lose all their special meter and move slower the next round for a few seconds.
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* In ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse'', the Joker and Deathstroke both have {{f|inishingMove}}atalities ending in this. ComicBook/TheJoker uses his flag gun, then whips out a revolver and does a headshot, while Deathstroke stabs the opponent in the stomach with his sword, then pulls a headshot as a MercyKill.
** Sadly, due to a [[ExecutiveMeddling DC-mandated T rating]], the Joker's fatality had to be [[GoryDiscretionShot censored for the US release]].
** Shang Tsung has the Joker's fatality in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', and with no pesky T rating to get in the way, the ChunkySalsaRule is in full effect.
* Getting a headshot in ''VideoGame/{{Divekick}}'' concusses the opponent, making them lose all their special meter and move slower the next round for a few seconds.
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* Film/DirtyHarry:

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* Film/DirtyHarry:''Film/DirtyHarry'':

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*Film/DirtyHarry:
-->'''Dirty Harry:''' But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world that would blow your head clean off...
**The end result: Dirty Harry shoots the Scorpio killer in the head, sending him to fall into the body of water behind him.

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* In ''Film/Hellboy2019'', Hellboy is a crack shot with his massive HandCannon. Almost every hit he lands that is shown on-screen is a headshot with [[YourHeadAsplode predictably gory results]], and he rarely, if ever, seems to miss his target.


** This is also how Obidiah Stane dies. Confronted by a recently returned Tony Stark armed with the Silver Centurian Armor and unable to fight Tony with his massive armor, he blasts his own head to spite Tony and rob him of a victory.

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** This is also how Obidiah Obadiah Stane dies. Confronted by a recently returned Tony Stark armed with the Silver Centurian Armor and unable to fight Tony with his massive armor, he blasts his own head to spite Tony and rob him of a victory.



* In the ''ComicBook/{{Joker}} graphic novel, Joker henchman Jonny Frost shoots one of Harvey's cops in the face and saves Joker's life. The perspective makes it look like the hole takes up half his face.

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* In the ''ComicBook/{{Joker}} ''ComicBook/{{Joker}}'' graphic novel, Joker henchman Jonny Johnny Frost shoots one of Harvey's cops in the face and saves Joker's life. The perspective makes it look like the hole takes up half his face.face.
* In the first issue of ''ComicBook/AvengersTheInitiative'', MVP gets shot in the head on his first day in basic training.


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* In the ''Literature/Monument14Trilogy'', [[spoiler:Robbie gets shot in the head after the kids catch him trying to have sex with Sahalia.]]

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