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* Sprint has this trope as the focus for their cut your bill in half promotion. Made explicit in the logo at the end of the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4CZtsHN3l4 ad]].

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* Sprint has this trope as the focus for their cut your bill in half promotion. Made explicit in the logo at the end of the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4CZtsHN3l4 ad]].this ad.]]


** Luxord dies this way.

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** Luxord dies this way.way, though the cut is directed onto a barrier of cards he put up at the last moment rather than onto himself, even though he still takes mortal damage.


* ''Franchise/StarWars Episode I: Film/ThePhantomMenace''. Given that the lightsaber fights in the franchise were explicitly based on Japanese samurai movies, this is not terribly surprising. Also, [[LaserSword given the nature of lightsabers]], [[JustifiedTrope completely justified]].

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* ''Franchise/StarWars Episode I: Film/ThePhantomMenace''. Given that the lightsaber fights in the franchise were explicitly based on Japanese samurai movies, this is not terribly surprising. Also, [[LaserSword [[LaserBlade given the nature of lightsabers]], [[JustifiedTrope completely justified]].

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* ''Fanfic/TalesOfTheUndiscoveredSwords'' features its characters performing ''tameshigiri '' (see Real Life folder below), so naturally the ''kesa'' cut will make an appearance.


* The climactic swordfight in ''Film/TheCourtJester'' has Ravenhurst take a swipe at a row of candles, which all fall apart, severed. Giacomo then does the same thing, but the candles don't move ... until he nonchalantly turns his head and blows a puff of air at them, whereupon their upper halves all clatter to the floor.

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* The climactic swordfight in ''Film/TheCourtJester'' has Ravenhurst take a swipe at a row of candles, which all fall apart, severed. Giacomo then does the same thing, but the candles don't move ... until he nonchalantly turns his head and blows a puff of air at them, whereupon their upper halves all clatter to the floor.If one looks closely, one can see that each of the candles has a diagonal cut (and they don't line up), implying that Giacomo's slash was not a simple horizontal sweep, but a separate cut for each individual candle, performed too quickly to be seen.

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* The climactic swordfight in ''Film/TheCourtJester'' has Ravenhurst take a swipe at a row of candles, which all fall apart, severed. Giacomo then does the same thing, but the candles don't move ... until he nonchalantly turns his head and blows a puff of air at them, whereupon their upper halves all clatter to the floor.


* In the first ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' this happens during the final duel between Selene and Viktor. With his ''head'' no less. And it takes ''forever'' to fall off. Also note that it's done with a big, thick claymore, which should have made this much messier than it was.

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* In the first ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' ''Film/Underworld2003'' this happens during the final duel between Selene and Viktor. With his ''head'' no less. And it takes ''forever'' to fall off. Also note that it's done with a big, thick claymore, which should have made this much messier than it was.


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* See the page image? It depicts a real swordplay performance known as ''tameshigiri''. The diagonal cut, known as ''(o)kesa'', is one of the basic cuts in ''tameshigiri''.

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* See the page image? It depicts a real type of swordplay performance known as ''tameshigiri''. The diagonal cut, known as ''(o)kesa'', is one of the basic cuts in ''tameshigiri''. You've read that right; it's a ''basic'' cut, which makes it not as impressive as it seems. The hardest move in ''tameshigiri'' is actually the '''horizontal''' cut (''suihei'') which requires not just power from the performer's arms, but also from the hips.

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* See the page image? It depicts a real swordplay performance known as ''tameshigiri''. The diagonal cut, known as ''(o)kesa'', is one of the basic cuts in ''tameshigiri''.
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* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' has [=WarGreymon=] taking on the giant mecha dragon Machinedramon. [=WarGreymon=] rushes forward with his [[AbsurdlySharpBlade Dramon Destroyer claws]] swinging wildly, {{Flash Step}}s to behind Machinedramon, and de-digivolves to Koromon with a cut on his own forehead. Machinedramon appears untouched and turns to boast about the heroes' apparent loss, only for Koromon to reveal that during the charge Machinedramon had been sliced "like an onion." Machinedramon's body then collapses into three clean-cut pieces -- [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome a great scene]] and a fitting end to a huge JerkAss with a very real KillEmAll attitude.

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* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' has [=WarGreymon=] taking on the giant mecha dragon Machinedramon. [=WarGreymon=] rushes forward with his [[AbsurdlySharpBlade Dramon Destroyer claws]] swinging wildly, {{Flash Step}}s to behind Machinedramon, and de-digivolves to Koromon with a cut on his own forehead. Machinedramon appears untouched and turns to boast about the heroes' apparent loss, only for Koromon to reveal that during the charge Machinedramon had been sliced "like an onion." Machinedramon's body then collapses into three clean-cut pieces -- [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome a great scene]] and a fitting end to a huge JerkAss with a very real KillEmAll attitude.


* In one issue of ''ComicBook/GIJoe'', Snake-Eyes demonstrates his "subtle cut" against a practice dummy. When the dummy doesn't fall apart, the following comments pop up in the background:

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* In one issue of ''ComicBook/GIJoe'', ''Franchise/GIJoe'', Snake-Eyes demonstrates his "subtle cut" against a practice dummy. When the dummy doesn't fall apart, the following comments pop up in the background:



* ''Webcomic/KillSixBillionDemons'': Auntie Maya 'Murder the Gods and Topple Their Thrones' [[ParryingBullets parries a bullet]], which after impact [[http://killsixbilliondemons.com/comic/wielder-of-names-5-100/ falls in half]].

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* ''Webcomic/KillSixBillionDemons'': Auntie Maya 'Murder "Murder the Gods and Topple Their Thrones' Thrones" [[ParryingBullets parries a bullet]], which after impact [[http://killsixbilliondemons.com/comic/wielder-of-names-5-100/ falls in half]].



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*** He does the same thing in a ''Gundam SEED Astray'' mini-{{OVA}}, but that time does a ''double'' diagonal cut, forming an X-shaped pattern that causes the enemy mobile suit to fall apart in four pieces (and the pilot to fall out of the cockpit unharmed). He did this using the severed head of a dog-like [=BuCUE=] mobile suit [[CrazyAwesome that he'd rigged to fit over Red Frame's right hand like a gauntlet holding a double-bladed beam saber]].

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*** He does the same thing in a ''Gundam SEED Astray'' mini-{{OVA}}, but that time does a ''double'' diagonal cut, forming an X-shaped pattern that causes the enemy mobile suit to fall apart in four pieces (and the pilot to fall out of the cockpit unharmed). He did this using the severed head of a dog-like [=BuCUE=] mobile suit [[CrazyAwesome that he'd rigged to fit over Red Frame's right hand like a gauntlet holding a double-bladed beam saber]].saber.


** ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' has [[spoiler:Mewtwo using his psychic powers to do this ''on a building''. This is visualised by Mewtwo transforming his "psychic weapon", aka, a spoon, into [[{{BFS}} the biggest katana you will ever see]].]]

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** ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' has [[spoiler:Mewtwo using his psychic powers to do this ''on a building''. This is visualised by Mewtwo transforming his "psychic weapon", aka, a spoon, into [[{{BFS}} the biggest katana you will ever see]].]]


A person thus unwittingly [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe cut in half]] may feel fine at first and laugh at their attacker for missing, until the moment of shocked realization when the two halves of their body slide apart and possibly spout HighPressureBlood. Although not mandatory, the person who delivered the fatal blow might say "YouAreAlreadyDead" and/or finish sheathing their sword with an audible "click" as the cue for their foe to fall to pieces.

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A person thus unwittingly [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe cut in half]] may feel fine at first and laugh at their attacker for missing, until the moment of shocked realization when the two halves of their body slide apart and possibly spout HighPressureBlood. Although not mandatory, the person who delivered the fatal blow might say "YouAreAlreadyDead" and/or finish sheathing their sword with an audible "click" as the cue for their foe to suddenly fall to pieces.

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