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There seems to be a trend in Hollywood. If a scene is falling flat, add someone choking. But the Heimlich maneuver is boring and over played (and honestly just looks ridiculous). Wait, I know! He's not really choking, he's suffocating! And that means, instead of the boring, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything vaguely erotic]] reach-around of the Heimlich, our heroes get to slice someone open.

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There seems to be a trend in Hollywood. If a scene is falling flat, add someone choking. But the Heimlich maneuver is boring and over played overplayed (and honestly just looks ridiculous). Wait, I know! He's not really choking, he's suffocating! And that means, instead of the boring, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything vaguely erotic]] reach-around of the Heimlich, our heroes get to slice someone open.



Not to be confused with an ImpromptuTracheotomy, which is stabbing someone's neck as a attack.

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Not to be confused with an ImpromptuTracheotomy, which is stabbing someone's neck as a an attack.



* In ''ComicBook/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' Slyssk needs to have one after being force chocked. It's mentioned that since he's a Trandoshan, his natural toughness and [[HealingFactor regenerative abilities]] will keep him alive when it would most likely still be fatal for other species.

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* In ''ComicBook/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' Slyssk needs to have one after being force chocked.choked. It's mentioned that since he's a Trandoshan, his natural toughness and [[HealingFactor regenerative abilities]] will keep him alive when it would most likely still be fatal for other species.



* In ''Film/{{Anaconda}}'', the team leader puts on some scuba gear and gets in the water to fix the motor, but is stung by a poisonous wasp which blocks his throat. He's quickly hoisted back on board and saved by Sarone, who performs an improptu tracheotomy. [[spoiler:It's later revealed that he staged the entire incident to manipulate the crew to follow him to the Anaconda's feeding grounds and serve as bait.]]

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* In ''Film/{{Anaconda}}'', the team leader puts on some scuba gear and gets in the water to fix the motor, but is stung by a poisonous wasp which blocks his throat. He's quickly hoisted back on board and saved by Sarone, who performs an improptu impromptu tracheotomy. [[spoiler:It's later revealed that he staged the entire incident to manipulate the crew to follow him to the Anaconda's feeding grounds and serve as bait.]]



* In ''Film/TheSweetHereafter'', a character narrates in flashback how he was prepared to do this to his infant daughter as she went into anaphylactic shock after being bitten by a spider. [[spoiler: Averted because in the end he got her to the hospital before this was necessary]], and subverted in the sense that it was clear this was to be a last resort and his chances of performing it successfully were minimal.
* In ''Film/{{Darkness}}'', Anna Paquin is instructed to do this in order to save her father's life. Subverted because [[spoiler: this is done in attempt to make her unknowingly kill her father]].

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* In ''Film/TheSweetHereafter'', a character narrates in flashback how he was prepared to do this to his infant daughter as she went into anaphylactic shock after being bitten by a spider. [[spoiler: Averted because in the end end, he got her to the hospital before this was necessary]], and subverted in the sense that it was clear this was to be a last resort and his chances of performing it successfully were minimal.
* In ''Film/{{Darkness}}'', Anna Paquin is instructed to do this in order to save her father's life. Subverted because [[spoiler: this is done in an attempt to make her unknowingly kill her father]].



* One character in ''Film/TheLegacy'' starts suddenly choking from a chicken bone during dinner. The Heimlich maneuver doesn't do anything, so the nurse of the house's owner proceeds to try to save his live with a tracheotomy operation.
* In ''Film/ThreeKings'', Mark Wahlberg's character suffers from pneumothorax (collapsed lung) so his comrades have to puncture his lung to give him tension release. Watch it [[https://youtu.be/38rHuxIhf6I?t=102 here]] (gore alert).

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* One character in ''Film/TheLegacy'' starts suddenly choking from a chicken bone during dinner. The Heimlich maneuver doesn't do anything, so the nurse of the house's owner proceeds to try to save his live life with a tracheotomy operation.
* In ''Film/ThreeKings'', Mark Wahlberg's character suffers from pneumothorax (collapsed (a collapsed lung) so his comrades have to puncture his lung to give him tension release. Watch it [[https://youtu.be/38rHuxIhf6I?t=102 here]] (gore alert).



* In ''Expendable'', of ''Literature/TheLeagueOfPeoplesVerse'', two explorers start asphyxiating in a strange atmosphere. One gets the idea of a tracheotomy in her spinning head and tries to perform it on her partner, untrained, with improvised tools, while blacking out herself. She wakes up next to the corpse, and discovers that the effect is just a momentary symptom of acclimation.

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* In ''Expendable'', of ''Literature/TheLeagueOfPeoplesVerse'', two explorers start asphyxiating in a strange atmosphere. One gets the idea of a tracheotomy in her spinning head and tries to perform it on her partner, untrained, with improvised tools, while blacking out herself. She wakes up next to the corpse, corpse and discovers that the effect is just a momentary symptom of acclimation.



* In ''Literature/CodexAlera'', this is performed on [[spoiler: Ehren]] when his throat is crushed by an earthcrafter's chokehold. Ambassador Varg quickly makes an incision with one of his razor sharp claws and sticks a hollow writing quill into the cut to breathe with. This is stated to be only a temporary measure and that without proper care and cleansing of the wound, [[spoiler: Ehren]] would die anyway.

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* In ''Literature/CodexAlera'', this is performed on [[spoiler: Ehren]] when his throat is crushed by an earthcrafter's chokehold. Ambassador Varg quickly makes an incision with one of his razor sharp razor-sharp claws and sticks a hollow writing quill into the cut to breathe with. This is stated to be only a temporary measure and that without proper care and cleansing of the wound, [[spoiler: Ehren]] would die anyway.



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** Hawkeye himself had to perform one on a North Korean solider, after been captured to provide medical aid. In the field, without English-speaking assistants (enough yelling and gestures got the mobile solider to hold his buddy down) or much equipment (first aid kit and a pen cap) and seemed to have been something of last resort/only thing he could try type situation. Realistically, it did not turn out well.

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** Hawkeye himself had to perform one on a North Korean solider, soldier, after been captured to provide medical aid. In the field, without English-speaking assistants (enough yelling and gestures got the mobile solider soldier to hold his buddy down) or much equipment (first aid kit and a pen cap) and seemed to have been something of last resort/only thing he could try type situation. Realistically, it did not turn out well.



* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' parodied this by having a grade-school student who "saw this on TV" attempt to preform a tracheotomy on someone who quite clearly did ''not'' need it. With a ''ball-point pen''.

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* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' parodied this by having a grade-school student who "saw this on TV" attempt to preform perform a tracheotomy on someone who quite clearly did ''not'' need it. With a ''ball-point pen''.



* In ''Series/NightAndDay'', Ryan Harper has to perform one of these on Josh Alexander when a birthday cake triggers a nut allergy. As a result, Josh decides he owes Ryan his life, and voluntarily becomes his slave.

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* In ''Series/NightAndDay'', Ryan Harper has to perform one of these on Josh Alexander when a birthday cake triggers a nut allergy. As a result, Josh decides he owes Ryan his life, life and voluntarily becomes his slave.



* Parodied in a ''Webcomic/FullFrontalNerdity'' strip where the writer lists cliches he hates in movies, and illustrates it by having the characters perform it on someone who has stubbed their toe.

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* Parodied in a ''Webcomic/FullFrontalNerdity'' strip where the writer lists cliches he hates in movies, movies and illustrates it by having the characters perform it on someone who has stubbed their toe.



* In ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades'', a tracheotomy is attempted twiced in one episode. Scarlett has an allergic reaction to some poison, causing her throat to swell up, and Snake-Eyes prepares to puncture her throat before Tunnel Rat manages to scrounge up some antidote. Earlier, in Snake-Eyes' backstory, [[spoiler:his Master is similarly poisoned, and Snake-Eyes tries to do the same with a sharpened bamboo shoot, but he's interrupted and simply [[MistakenForBetrayal makes the master's daughter think Snake-Eyes was the murderer]].]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades'', a tracheotomy is attempted twiced twice in one episode. Scarlett has an allergic reaction to some poison, causing her throat to swell up, and Snake-Eyes prepares to puncture her throat before Tunnel Rat manages to scrounge up some antidote. Earlier, in Snake-Eyes' backstory, [[spoiler:his Master is similarly poisoned, and Snake-Eyes tries to do the same with a sharpened bamboo shoot, but he's interrupted and simply [[MistakenForBetrayal makes the master's daughter think Snake-Eyes was the murderer]].]]



* [[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20385693 This medical paper]] warns people [[DontTryThisAtHome not to attempt this at home]] with just any ball-point pen: only few of them actually work.

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* [[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20385693 This medical paper]] warns people [[DontTryThisAtHome not to attempt this at home]] with just any ball-point pen: only a few of them actually work.


Not to be confused with an ImpromptuTracheotomy.

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Not to be confused with an ImpromptuTracheotomy.ImpromptuTracheotomy, which is stabbing someone's neck as a attack.



* In ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades'', this is mentioned but eventually averted twice in one episode. Scarlett has an allergic reaction to some poison, causing her throat to swell up, and Snake-Eyes is about to do this before Tunnel Rat manages to scrounge up some antidote. Earlier, in Snake-Eyes' backstory, [[spoiler:his Master is similarly poisoned, and Snake-Eyes is about to do this, but is interrupted before he can help.]]
* Defied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', where he tries to drunkenly perform one on Pam with a switchblade when she's going into anaphylactic shock. Even though she's dumb enough to gorge herself on soy-based fake seafood despite knowing she's violently allergic to soy, Pam ''is'' smart enough to know an unnecessary tracheotomy will just make things worse, so she fights off Archer's UnwantedAssistance long enough to grunt out the word "Epi-Pen," which is what she actually needed.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades'', this a tracheotomy is mentioned but eventually averted twice attempted twiced in one episode. Scarlett has an allergic reaction to some poison, causing her throat to swell up, and Snake-Eyes is about prepares to do this puncture her throat before Tunnel Rat manages to scrounge up some antidote. Earlier, in Snake-Eyes' backstory, [[spoiler:his Master is similarly poisoned, and Snake-Eyes is about tries to do this, the same with a sharpened bamboo shoot, but is he's interrupted before he can help.and simply [[MistakenForBetrayal makes the master's daughter think Snake-Eyes was the murderer]].]]
* Defied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', where he tries to drunkenly perform one on Pam with a switchblade when she's going into anaphylactic shock. Even though she's dumb enough to gorge herself on soy-based fake seafood despite knowing she knows she's violently allergic to soy, to, Pam ''is'' smart enough to know an unnecessary tracheotomy will just make things worse, so she fights off Archer's UnwantedAssistance long enough to grunt out the word "Epi-Pen," which is what she actually needed.


** In a ''Detective Comics'' story arc during the '90s, The Riddler got his hands on a demon summoning ritual that had been performed by Gotham's founders, which called for the sacrifice of a "human bat," who was prepared for the sacrifice through a series of gruesome and bizarre ordeals, among them slitting the throat of a newborn baby. So he kidnapped a baby, shoved a ping pong ball in its mouth and left it for Batman to find as he made his escape.

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** In a ''Detective Comics'' story arc during the '90s, The Riddler ComicBook/TheRiddler got his hands on a demon summoning ritual that had been performed by Gotham's founders, which called for the sacrifice of a "human bat," who was prepared for the sacrifice through a series of gruesome and bizarre ordeals, among them slitting the throat of a newborn baby. So he kidnapped a baby, shoved a ping pong ball in its mouth and left it for Batman to find as he made his escape.


* In ''Film/ThePrincessAndTheWarrior'', this is how the protagonists meet-- Bodo, after inadvertently causing Sissi to be hit by a truck, performs an emergency tracheotomy [[note]]presumably having learned how to do so during his time in the military[[/note]] on her and disappears before Sissi can learn his name. As a result, she becomes obsessed with tracking him down.

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* In ''Film/ThePrincessAndTheWarrior'', the German film ''The Princess and the Warrior'' (2000), this is how the protagonists meet-- Bodo, after inadvertently causing Sissi to be hit by a truck, performs an emergency tracheotomy [[note]]presumably having learned how to do so during his time in the military[[/note]] on her and disappears before Sissi can learn his name. As a result, [[RescueRomance she becomes obsessed with tracking him down.down]].

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* ''Series/CallTheMidwife'': Dr. Turner has to perform an emergency tracheotomy at home for a pregnant woman who's suffocating from severe diphtheria. {{Justified|Trope}} in that this is a real treatment for extreme cases, but PlayedForDrama in that she doesn't speak English and he's still recovering his confidence after [[spoiler:misdiagnosing a baby]].

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* ''ComicBook/SensationComics'': Dr. Pat has to perform an emergency tracheotomy on a collapsed young mine worker who fell down a pit in the mine, which is where she got stuck starting his treatment.

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* In ''Film/ThreeKings'', Mark Wahlberg's character suffers from pneumothorax (collapsed lung) so his comrades have to puncture his lung to give him tension release. Watch it [[https://youtu.be/38rHuxIhf6I?t=102 here]] (gore alert).
* In ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'', Max saves Furiosa from suffocation by puncturing one of her lungs in order to let air in.


There seems to be a trend in Hollywood. If a scene is falling flat, add someone choking. But the Heimlich maneuver is boring and over played (and honestly just looks ridiculous). Wait, I know! He's not really choking, he's suffocating! And that means, instead of the boring, vaguely erotic reach-around of the Heimlich, our heroes get to slice someone open.

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There seems to be a trend in Hollywood. If a scene is falling flat, add someone choking. But the Heimlich maneuver is boring and over played (and honestly just looks ridiculous). Wait, I know! He's not really choking, he's suffocating! And that means, instead of the boring, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything vaguely erotic erotic]] reach-around of the Heimlich, our heroes get to slice someone open.


* Defied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', where he tries to drunkenly perform one on Pam with a switchblade when she's going into anaphylactic shock. Even though she's dumb enough to gorge herself on soy-based fake seafood despite knowing she has a soy allergy, Pam ''is'' smart enough to know an unnecessary tracheotomy will just make things worse, so she fights off Archer's UnwantedAssistance long enough to grunt out the word "Epi-Pen," which is what she actually needed.

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* Defied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', where he tries to drunkenly perform one on Pam with a switchblade when she's going into anaphylactic shock. Even though she's dumb enough to gorge herself on soy-based fake seafood despite knowing she has a soy allergy, she's violently allergic to soy, Pam ''is'' smart enough to know an unnecessary tracheotomy will just make things worse, so she fights off Archer's UnwantedAssistance long enough to grunt out the word "Epi-Pen," which is what she actually needed.


* Defied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', where he tries to drunkenly perform one on Pam with a switchblade when she's going into anaphylactic shock. Even though she's dumb enough to knowingly gorge herself on soy-based fake seafood with a soy allergy, Pam ''is'' smart enough to know an unnecessary tracheotomy will just make things worse, so she fights off Archer's UnwantedAssistance long enough to grunt out the word "Epi-Pen," which is what she actually needed.

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* Defied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', where he tries to drunkenly perform one on Pam with a switchblade when she's going into anaphylactic shock. Even though she's dumb enough to knowingly gorge herself on soy-based fake seafood with despite knowing she has a soy allergy, Pam ''is'' smart enough to know an unnecessary tracheotomy will just make things worse, so she fights off Archer's UnwantedAssistance long enough to grunt out the word "Epi-Pen," which is what she actually needed.


* Defied in ''WesternAnimation/Archer'', where he tries to drunkenly perform one on Pam with a switchblade when she's going into anaphylactic shock. Even though she's dumb enough to knowingly gorge herself on soy-based fake seafood with a soy allergy, Pam ''is'' smart enough to know an unnecessary tracheotomy will just make things worse, so she fights off Archer's UnwantedAssistance long enough to choke out the word "Epi-Pen," which is what she actually needed.

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* Defied in ''WesternAnimation/Archer'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', where he tries to drunkenly perform one on Pam with a switchblade when she's going into anaphylactic shock. Even though she's dumb enough to knowingly gorge herself on soy-based fake seafood with a soy allergy, Pam ''is'' smart enough to know an unnecessary tracheotomy will just make things worse, so she fights off Archer's UnwantedAssistance long enough to choke grunt out the word "Epi-Pen," which is what she actually needed.

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* Defied in ''WesternAnimation/Archer'', where he tries to drunkenly perform one on Pam with a switchblade when she's going into anaphylactic shock. Even though she's dumb enough to knowingly gorge herself on soy-based fake seafood with a soy allergy, Pam ''is'' smart enough to know an unnecessary tracheotomy will just make things worse, so she fights off Archer's UnwantedAssistance long enough to choke out the word "Epi-Pen," which is what she actually needed.


* [[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20385693 This medical paper]] warns people [[DontTryThisAtHome not to attempt this at home]] with just any ball-point pen: Only few of them actually work.

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* [[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20385693 This medical paper]] warns people [[DontTryThisAtHome not to attempt this at home]] with just any ball-point pen: Only only few of them actually work.


* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', [[spoiler:Tattletale]] performs one [[SelfSurgery on herself]] in [[http://parahumans.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/interlude-23/ Interlude 23]] after [[spoiler:Perdition crushes her windpipe]].
* In ''Literature/{{Twig}}'', Sylvester gets an amateur one from Candida after he has his throat crushed by the Baron Richmond, and is, bizarrely, able to speak in a whisper afterwards-he explains that he's regularly on the receiving end of an ImpromptuTracheotomy from any number of sources (guard dogs, knives, burrower worms...) and therefore his doctors surgically altered his throat so he could continue to try to talk his way out of it with a slit throat.



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* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', [[spoiler:Tattletale]] performs one [[SelfSurgery on herself]] in [[http://parahumans.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/interlude-23/ Interlude 23]] after [[spoiler:Perdition crushes her windpipe]].
* In ''Literature/{{Twig}}'', Sylvester gets an amateur one from Candida after he has his throat crushed by the Baron Richmond, and is, bizarrely, able to speak in a whisper afterwards-he explains that he's regularly on the receiving end of an ImpromptuTracheotomy from any number of sources (guard dogs, knives, burrower worms...) and therefore his doctors surgically altered his throat so he could continue to try to talk his way out of it with a slit throat.
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There seems to be a trend in Hollywood. If a scene is falling flat, add someone choking. But the Heimlich maneuver is boring and over played (and honestly just looks ridiculous). Wait, I know! He's not really choking, he's suffocating! And that means, instead of the boring, [[FreudWasRight vaguely erotic]] reach-around of the Heimlich, our heroes get to slice someone open.

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There seems to be a trend in Hollywood. If a scene is falling flat, add someone choking. But the Heimlich maneuver is boring and over played (and honestly just looks ridiculous). Wait, I know! He's not really choking, he's suffocating! And that means, instead of the boring, [[FreudWasRight vaguely erotic]] erotic reach-around of the Heimlich, our heroes get to slice someone open.

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