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From an engineering standpoint it isn't strictly necessary to do it that way, and it has its pros and cons. Generally speaking, it would be safer to put the processing units in a more protected spot, like in the heavily armored chest, some random spot in the abdomen, or even completely decentralized and spread throughout the body. [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools Then again]], Cranial Processing may become an Invoked Trope for that very reason; Real Life military units are taught to aim for center mass, so putting the vital things in a smaller target/easily salvageable extremity might be intentional.

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From an engineering standpoint it isn't strictly necessary to do it that way, and it has its pros and cons. Generally speaking, it would be safer to put the processing units in a more protected spot, like in the heavily armored chest, some random spot in the abdomen, or even completely decentralized and spread throughout the body. [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools Then again]], Cranial Processing may become an Invoked Trope for that very reason; Real Life military units are taught to aim for center mass, mass because it's easier to hit the largest part of a target, so putting the vital things in a smaller target/easily salvageable extremity might be intentional.



** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam'' conspicuously averts this in one episode, where Karen's Gundam is beheaded by the first blow of an ambush, but still manages to destroy its attacker. She did need someone else to tell her where to aim, but only because the cockpit displays had been smashed in addition to the head being knocked off. The team then salvages a wrecked GM Ground-type to repair Karen's Gundam, turning it into a "GM-Head".
** In both ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed'' and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny,'' a mobile suit was disabled if its head was destroyed. This is only relevant because only Kira Yamato aims for the head; he's a pacifist so he only aims to disable, not kill. When a suit shows up that does not have a head that Kira can detach, he simply just shoots out all the other limbs.

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** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam'' conspicuously averts this in one episode, where Karen's Gundam is beheaded by the first blow of an ambush, but still manages to destroy its attacker. She did need someone else to tell her where to aim, but only because the cockpit displays had been smashed in addition to the head being knocked off. The Gundam model used in the show has other sensors besides the main ones in the head, and the sight of the mecha's hand-held rifle can even feed into the displays by itself if every other sensor is disabled (though it has a narrower field of view than the head cameras). The team then salvages a wrecked GM Ground-type to repair Karen's Gundam, turning it into a "GM-Head".
** In both ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed'' and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny,'' a mobile suit was disabled if its head was destroyed. This is only relevant because only Kira Yamato aims for the head; he's a pacifist [[TechnicalPacifist pacifist]] so he only aims to disable, not kill. When a suit shows up that does not have a head that Kira can detach, he simply just shoots out all the other limbs. Though he's usually thorough enough to also shoot the weapons carried by mobile suits, so that they have no means of even ''attempting'' to fight blind.



* {{Defied|Trope}} in an issue of ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'', in which Dr. Octopus has unleashed several giant robots on New York. Spidey tells the rest of the Avengers to just go for their legs, as their heads are just for show.

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* {{Defied|Trope}} in an issue of ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'', in which Dr. Octopus has unleashed several giant robots on New York. Spidey tells the rest of the Avengers to just go for their legs, as their heads are just for show. Spidey's been fighting Doc Ock for decades and has a good idea how he designs his machines.



** Necron units are explained as being vulnerable to headshots because their brains are still in there (and sniuper rounds are handwaved as being acid-filled to explain how they punched through living metal).

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** Necron units are explained as being vulnerable to headshots because their brains are still in there (and sniuper sniper rounds are handwaved as being acid-filled to explain how they punched through living metal).


* The ''Series/BlakesSeven'' episode "Headhunter" is about a killer android who keeps coming after our heroes even after a RoboticReveal involving his head getting knocked off. Turns out the head was [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters that of its creator]], and the android's real head was a RestrainingBolt so it wouldn't KillAllHumans.

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* The ''Series/BlakesSeven'' episode "Headhunter" "[[Recap/BlakesSevenS4E6Headhunter Headhunter]]" is about a killer android who keeps coming after our heroes even after a RoboticReveal involving his head getting knocked off. Turns out the head was [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters that of its creator]], and the android's real head was a RestrainingBolt so it wouldn't KillAllHumans.


From an engineering standpoint it isn't strictly necessary to do it that way, and it has its pros and cons. Generally speaking, it would be safer to put the processing units in a more protected spot, like in the heavily armored chest, some random spot in the abdomen, or even completely decentralized and spread throughout the body. [[TropesAreTools Then again]], Cranial Processing may become an Invoked Trope for that very reason; Real Life military units are taught to aim for center mass, so putting the vital things in a smaller target/easily salvageable extremity might be intentional.

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From an engineering standpoint it isn't strictly necessary to do it that way, and it has its pros and cons. Generally speaking, it would be safer to put the processing units in a more protected spot, like in the heavily armored chest, some random spot in the abdomen, or even completely decentralized and spread throughout the body. [[TropesAreTools [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools Then again]], Cranial Processing may become an Invoked Trope for that very reason; Real Life military units are taught to aim for center mass, so putting the vital things in a smaller target/easily salvageable extremity might be intentional.


* Some robots do have a removable "head" with the computer and majority of censors contained inside. This is to make programming and testing the robot's perception easier and safer, since it eliminates the need to move the whole robot and the possibility it's body will turn on and damage itself. However robots with this design feature are just as, if not more, likely to be StarfishRobots as humanoid.

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* Some robots do have a removable "head" with the computer and majority of censors sensors contained inside. This is to make programming and testing the robot's perception easier and safer, since it eliminates the need to move the whole robot and the possibility it's body will turn on and damage itself. However robots with this design feature are just as, if not more, likely to be StarfishRobots as humanoid.

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* Some robots do have a removable "head" with the computer and majority of censors contained inside. This is to make programming and testing the robot's perception easier and safer, since it eliminates the need to move the whole robot and the possibility it's body will turn on and damage itself. However robots with this design feature are just as, if not more, likely to be StarfishRobots as humanoid.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'' Tin-Head's neural net is located in [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20010219.html his head]], which had to function independently when corporate security procedures necessitated his dismantling. [[KillerRobot Inlays]] on the other hand store their processing core in their heavily armored [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20150428.html center of mass]], the only key systems on the head are their heat sinks.


* In ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' Scaramouche is reduced to a head hopping ineffectually on the stump of his neck after fighting Jack.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', robotic assassin Scaramouche is reduced to a head hopping ineffectually on the stump of his neck after fighting Jack.


* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The robots in "The Robots of Death" have their 'brains' in their heads, as one is 'killed' by having a laser probe plunged into brain through its head. This makes sense given what we know of the society that created them: with the robots having being created as direct imitations of humans.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The robots in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E5TheRobotsOfDeath The Robots of Death" Death]]" have their 'brains' in their heads, as one is 'killed' by having a laser probe plunged into brain through its head. This makes sense given what we know of the society that created them: with the robots having being created as direct imitations of humans.made in human form for aesthetic reasons.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The robots in "The Robots of Death" have their 'brains' in their heads, as one is 'killed' by having a laser probe plunged into brain through its head. This makes sense given what we know of the society that created them: with the robots having being created as direct imitations of humans.

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* In Creator/JackChalker's ''Rings of the Master'' it is stated that when fighting their robotic enemies, there is no point for the heroes to shoot their haed - aiming for where the human has a navel is the proper way.


* Justified in ''Franchise/SlyCooper'', as Clockwerk was originally organic, replacing his organs one at a time.

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* Justified in ''Franchise/SlyCooper'', ''VideoGame/SlyCooper'', as Clockwerk was originally organic, replacing his organs one at a time.


* Android 16 in ''Anime/DragonBall'' had its head ripped from its body, but was still able to give Gohan the pep talk he needed to unleash the power required to stop Cell. It's unknown if the head could have kept going long term as Cell crushed it shortly after.

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* Android 16 in ''Anime/DragonBall'' ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' had its head ripped from its body, but was still able to give Gohan the pep talk he needed to unleash the power required to stop Cell. It's unknown if the head could have kept going long term as Cell crushed it shortly after.

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** However, since the body is also fully functional and repairing the head, it's not really clear which part is controlling the other.

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* Android 16 in ''Anime/DragonBall'' had its head ripped from its body, but was still able to give Gohan the pep talk he needed to unleash the power required to stop Cell. It's unknown if the head could have kept going long term as Cell crushed it shortly after.


* ''WebAnimation/GenLock'': Averted but discussed. The [[BrainUploading cyberbrain]] is the most vulnerable part of the [[HumongousMecha Holon technology]]. There are no back-ups for a pilot's mind, so if the cyberbrain is damaged, the pilot is doomed. The brain unit is not stored in a Holon's head, but inside a module that's placed in the centre of the chest behind an armoured entry panel. The Union initially appears to believe that the head is where that brain is located, but it quickly becomes clear they know exactly where the chest module is located. The fact they have somehow obtained this knowledge concerns both [[TheLeader Chase]] and [[FatherlyScientist Weller]]. [[spoiler:When the [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver Nemesis mech]] first makes its appearance, it goes straight for [[TheBabyOfTheBunch Cammie's]] head, ripping it from her shoulders. It then pins the body to the ground and goes straight for the chest module. If it hadn't wasted time blinding Cammie by beheading her before going for the chest module, Chase would never have arrived in time to save Cammie's life. As it is, Nemesis still manages to rip open the entry panel before Chase arrives.]]

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* ''WebAnimation/GenLock'': Averted but discussed. The [[BrainUploading cyberbrain]] is the most vulnerable part of the [[HumongousMecha Holon technology]]. There are no back-ups for a pilot's mind, so if the cyberbrain is damaged, the pilot is doomed. The brain unit is not stored in a Holon's head, but inside a module that's placed in inside the centre of the chest behind an armoured entry panel.heavily-armoured chest. The Union initially appears to believe that the head is where that brain is located, but it quickly becomes clear they know exactly where the chest module is located. The fact they have somehow obtained this knowledge concerns both [[TheLeader Chase]] and [[FatherlyScientist Weller]]. [[spoiler:When the [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver Nemesis mech]] first makes its appearance, it goes straight for [[TheBabyOfTheBunch Cammie's]] head, ripping it from her shoulders. It then pins the body to the ground and goes straight for the chest module. If it hadn't wasted time blinding Cammie by beheading her before going for the chest module, Chase would never have arrived in time to save Cammie's life. As it is, Nemesis still manages to rip open the entry panel before Chase arrives.]]

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