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** In the [[NonSerialMovie movie]] ''[[Anime/DragonBallZCoolersRevenge Cooler's Revenge]]'', when Goku takes a direct hit from his Cooler's EyeBeams and falls into a river, he orders his Armored Squadron to hunt him down. Even after they raze an entire landscape with {{Beam Spam}}s, Cooler orders them to search every last inch of the area until they find Goku and finish him off.

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** In the [[NonSerialMovie movie]] ''[[Anime/DragonBallZCoolersRevenge Cooler's Revenge]]'', when Goku takes a direct hit from his Cooler's EyeBeams and falls into a river, he orders his Armored Squadron to hunt him down. Even after they raze an entire landscape with {{Beam Spam}}s, Cooler orders them to search every last inch of the area until they find Goku and finish him off.

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* In the fourth ''Literature/SurvivorDogs'' book it's implied that [[spoiler:Lick]] attacked [[spoiler:Terror]] after he was already fatally wounded. She was afraid that he'd somehow hurt her pack despite [[spoiler:the fact he's missing his lower jaw]]. The other dogs consider this morally wrong because she killed another dog.


Very much a TruthInTelevision trope. It's common military doctrine in industrialized nations to aim for vital areas with techniques such as the DoubleTap when shooting to kill. It's just as common in both the military and law enforcement fallen opponents to be checked for signs of life before being officially declared KIA.

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Very much a TruthInTelevision trope. It's common military doctrine in industrialized nations to aim for vital areas with techniques such as the DoubleTap when shooting to kill. It's just as common in both the military and law enforcement for fallen opponents to be checked for signs of life before being officially declared KIA.



* Sometimes, this backfires badly. In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', [[BigBad Makoto Shishio]] originally worked as a 'manslayer' during the rebellion, but for for some reason, his employers decided to get rid of him. They knew just how tough he was, and sent a small army after him, including firearms. When he finally went down - after killing more than half of his assailants - they decided to make REALLY sure he was dead... They poured oil over him and set him on fire, essentially cremating him on the spot... SOMEHOW Shishio still survived, albeit with third-degree burns covering his entire body, and thus turns into the 'Bandaged up like a mummy' baddie we know.

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* Sometimes, this backfires badly. In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', [[BigBad Makoto Shishio]] originally worked as a 'manslayer' during the rebellion, but for for some reason, his employers decided to get rid of him. They knew just how tough he was, and sent a small army after him, including firearms. When he finally went down - after killing more than half of his assailants - they decided to make REALLY sure he was dead... They poured oil over him and set him on fire, essentially cremating him on the spot... SOMEHOW Shishio still survived, albeit with third-degree burns covering his entire body, and thus turns into the 'Bandaged up like a mummy' baddie we know.



* The bad guys in ''Anime/NinjaScroll'' see the good guys trying to slip across a river, and TheDragon with [[PsychoElectro electricity superpowers ]] sends a massive electrical charge into the river, enough to basically blow it up and flash-fry everything in it, in an attempt to kill the protagonists. The other minions are immediately sure that it ''must'' have killed the heroes, but the Dragon, who's already seen the heroes defy death a few times, tells them to check the river and be sure. Naturally it turns out the heroes lived, although ''how'' they survived is [[UnexplainedRecovery never explained]].

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* The bad guys in ''Anime/NinjaScroll'' see the good guys trying to slip across a river, and TheDragon with [[PsychoElectro electricity superpowers ]] sends a massive electrical charge into the river, enough to basically blow it up and flash-fry everything in it, in an attempt to kill the protagonists. The other minions are immediately sure that it ''must'' have killed the heroes, but the Dragon, who's already seen the heroes defy death a few times, tells them to check the river and be sure. Naturally Naturally, it turns out the heroes lived, although ''how'' they survived is [[UnexplainedRecovery never explained]].



* ''ComicBook/BatmanTheCult'', [[DarkMessiah Deacon Joseph Blackfire]], the main villain, has a totem in his likeness that in hallucinations appears far taller than it is. However, after Blackfire dies, Batman does not take the chance of it being mystical, and proceeds to douse the thing in gasoline and set fire to it to keep the Deacon dead. [[spoiler: [[ComicBook/BatmanEternal He came back]], but [[ComicBook/{{New 52}} a reboot]] happened between events.]]

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* ''ComicBook/BatmanTheCult'', [[DarkMessiah Deacon Joseph Blackfire]], the main villain, has a totem in his likeness that in hallucinations appears far taller than it is. However, after Blackfire dies, Batman does not take the chance of it being mystical, mystical and proceeds to douse the thing in gasoline and set fire to it to keep the Deacon dead. [[spoiler: [[ComicBook/BatmanEternal He came back]], but [[ComicBook/{{New 52}} a reboot]] happened between events.]]



* Said word for word in ''Film/TheHost'' by Nam-il after Hee-bong manages to shoot and down the monster. [[DoubleTap Nam-il shoots it again]], and sure enough, the monster just PlayingPossum and immediately gets up and tries to run away.

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* Said word for word word-for-word in ''Film/TheHost'' by Nam-il after Hee-bong manages to shoot and down the monster. [[DoubleTap Nam-il shoots it again]], and sure enough, the monster just PlayingPossum and immediately gets up and tries to run away.



* In ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' novel "The Road To Hell", the Technocracy soldiers sent after Seventeen are ordered to make sure he's dead. He's not, but with all the magi-tech modifications they did to Seventeen he probably could have survived a few dozen rounds to the brain anyway.

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* In ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' novel "The Road To Hell", the Technocracy soldiers sent after Seventeen are ordered to make sure he's dead. He's not, but with all the magi-tech modifications they did to Seventeen Seventeen, he probably could have survived a few dozen rounds to the brain anyway.



--> '''Lord Downey:''' Apparently his head was [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill several feet from his body at that point.]]
* The UsefluNotes/WorldWarTwo novels by Creator/SvenHassel frequently mention that veterans never pass an enemy corpse without putting a bullet through it.
* Subverted in the ''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries''. After Michael is tossed of a cliff the mooks are ordered to go down and make that he didn't break his fall with anything on the way down. Not wanting to treck down a cliff and back up again, they pretend to go down and return saying he died.

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--> '''Lord Downey:''' Apparently Apparently, his head was [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill several feet from his body at that point.]]
* The UsefluNotes/WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo novels by Creator/SvenHassel frequently mention that veterans never pass an enemy corpse without putting a bullet through it.
* Subverted in the ''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries''. After Michael is tossed of off a cliff the mooks are ordered to go down and make that he didn't break his fall with anything on the way down. Not wanting to treck trek down a cliff and back up again, they pretend to go down and return saying he died.



* In ''Machinima/FreemansMind'', Gordon has explicitly stated he doesn't need to make confirmation kills. Apparently he's not at that stage of his life just yet.

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* In ''Machinima/FreemansMind'', Gordon has explicitly stated he doesn't need to make confirmation kills. Apparently Apparently, he's not at that stage of his life just yet.



* In the ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' special ''The Revenge of Cooler'', Cooler absolutely refuses to believe the heroes are dead without verifying it, even when they've been hit with multiple cases of NoOneCouldSurviveThat This is one of several behaviors and traits that marks him as a much more [[NoNonsenseNemesis serious and no nonsense villain]] than his brother Freeza was.

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* In the ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' special ''The Revenge of Cooler'', Cooler absolutely refuses to believe the heroes are dead without verifying it, even when they've been hit with multiple cases of NoOneCouldSurviveThat NoOneCouldSurviveThat. This is one of several behaviors and traits that marks mark him as a much more [[NoNonsenseNemesis serious and no nonsense no-nonsense villain]] than his brother Freeza was.



* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'': In "The Super Shredder," Splinter and Shredder end up falling down the deep chasm in the Undercity. In the next episode, "Darkest Plight," Shredder climbs up, and noting that Splinter is "a resilient old rat," doesn't dismiss the possibility that he survived the fall, and orders his men to scour every inch of the chasm and make sure Splinter is dead. As it turns out, Splinter is indeed still alive, and the Turtles find him first.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', the first thing Megatron does when he gets his new Earth-mode body is perform a CurbStompBattle on the Autobots. The second thing he does is kill Starscream for [[TheStarscream betraying him]]. ''However'' Starscream returns and when Megatron puts him down this time, he orders confirmation. Lugnut finds that his Spark has been extinguished, thus he is actually technically dead. ''Except'' Starscream returns to life again, discovering that whilst he ''should'' be dead, a piece of the [=AllSpark=] had become lodged in his forehead, effectively [[ImmortalityInducer making him immortal]] for as long as it remains there. Thus he's free to attempt more attacks against Megatron. Not that Megatron seems to mind having more opportunities to kill Starscream mind you.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'': In "The Super Shredder," Splinter and Shredder end up falling down the deep chasm in the Undercity. In the next episode, "Darkest Plight," Shredder climbs up, up and noting that Splinter is "a resilient old rat," rat" doesn't dismiss the possibility that he survived the fall, and orders his men to scour every inch of the chasm and make sure Splinter is dead. As it turns out, Splinter is indeed still alive, and the Turtles find him first.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', the first thing Megatron does when he gets his new Earth-mode body is to perform a CurbStompBattle on the Autobots. The second thing he does is kill Starscream for [[TheStarscream betraying him]]. ''However'' Starscream returns and when Megatron puts him down this time, he orders confirmation. Lugnut finds that his Spark has been extinguished, thus he is actually technically dead. ''Except'' Starscream returns to life again, discovering that whilst he ''should'' be dead, a piece of the [=AllSpark=] had become lodged in his forehead, effectively [[ImmortalityInducer making him immortal]] for as long as it remains there. Thus he's free to attempt more attacks against Megatron. Not that Megatron seems to mind having more opportunities to kill Starscream mind you.



* Soldiers engaged in urban combat will sometimes employ a technique called an 'Anchor Shot' when clearing buildings of enemies. Enemies that appear to be dead will be shot in the head in passing as a team of solders proceeds further into a building. This is to ensure that said enemies don't get up later and attack the team from behind.
* Another technique is what's called the Mozambique Drill, designed for close quarters combat. In the heat of the moment, put a pair of shots into your opponents chest. Afterwards, when they're either dead, dying, or incapacitated, carefully aim and shoot them in the head to be sure of finishing them off. The big driver for this technique is the development of the BulletProofVest. A common variant on this drill is two rapid shots to center of mass (easier shots to make) followed by a measured shot to the head (more likely to kill a target), without a delay to determine if your first shots did the job or not.
* Although the exact details are disputed, there was a famous confrontation between Robert the Bruce (future King Robert I of Scotland) and his rival John Comyn, who at that point were the only two realistic choices for the throne of Scotland. The two had chosen to meet at a church, in the assumption that it would be truce ground and there could be no outbreak of violence, but nonetheless things got violent between them and Robert stabbed Comyn. Robert then left the church, reportedly saying, perhaps in a MyGodWhatHaveIDone mode, "I'm afraid I have killed Comyn!" His ally and distant cousin, Roger de Kirkpatrick, replied "I'll make sure" and went into the church, where he found Comyn wounded but alive. Kirkpatrick promptly finished the job. When Robert was crowned weeks afterward, he granted titles and lands to Kirkpatrick, who chose "I make sure" as his [[FactionMotto family motto]].

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* Soldiers engaged in urban combat will sometimes employ a technique called an 'Anchor Shot' when clearing buildings of enemies. Enemies that appear to be dead will be shot in the head in passing as a team of solders soldiers proceeds further into a building. This is to ensure that said enemies don't get up later and attack the team from behind.
* Another technique is what's called the Mozambique Drill, designed for close quarters combat. In the heat of the moment, put a pair of shots into your opponents opponent's chest. Afterwards, when they're either dead, dying, or incapacitated, carefully aim and shoot them in the head to be sure of finishing them off. The big driver for this technique is the development of the BulletProofVest. A common variant on this drill is two rapid shots to the center of mass (easier shots to make) followed by a measured shot to the head (more likely to kill a target), without a delay to determine if your first shots did the job or not.
* Although the exact details are disputed, there was a famous confrontation between Robert the Bruce (future King Robert I of Scotland) and his rival John Comyn, who at that point were the only two realistic choices for the throne of Scotland. The two had chosen to meet at a church, in the assumption that it would be truce ground and there could be no outbreak of violence, but nonetheless nonetheless, things got violent between them and Robert stabbed Comyn. Robert then left the church, reportedly saying, perhaps in a MyGodWhatHaveIDone mode, "I'm afraid I have killed Comyn!" His ally and distant cousin, Roger de Kirkpatrick, replied "I'll make sure" and went into the church, where he found Comyn wounded but alive. Kirkpatrick promptly finished the job. When Robert was crowned weeks afterward, he granted titles and lands to Kirkpatrick, who chose "I make sure" as his [[FactionMotto family motto]].

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* In the ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' special ''The Revenge of Cooler'', Cooler absolutely refuses to believe the heroes are dead without verifying it, even when they've been hit with multiple cases of NoOneCouldSurviveThat This is one of several behaviors and traits that marks him as a much more [[NoNonsenseNemesis serious and no nonsense villain]] than his brother Freeza was.

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* ''ComicBook/BatmanVampire'': Throughout ''Bloodstorm'', Batman comes across vampire victims, and stakes them in the heart to prevent them from rising as vampires themselves. In ''Crimson Mist'', he also beheads his RoguesGallery to ensure they don't rise once more after he's drained their blood.


* ''FanFic/SonicManiaTheNovelization'': When the Flying Battery crashes in the Press Garden Zone, one of the Eggrobos initially assumes that Team Sonic simply perished in the crash. Eggman is smarter than that and orders his minions to find and bring back their bodies. When they find them unconscious in the snow, they also make sure to check Sonic's pulse first; indeed, Team Sonic survived, and they destroy the Eggrobos.
* ''FanFic/TheRavensPlan'': After everyone is sent back in time, Jaime comes across Littlefinger. Unsure if he remembers (and knowing he's dangerous even if he doesn't), Jaime instantly [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice runs him through]], and after a brief hesitation, [[OffWithHisHead decapitates him]] just to make sure.

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* ''FanFic/SonicManiaTheNovelization'': ''Fanfic/SonicManiaTheNovelization'': When the Flying Battery crashes in the Press Garden Zone, one of the Eggrobos initially assumes that Team Sonic simply perished in the crash. Eggman is smarter than that and orders his minions to find and bring back their bodies. When they find them unconscious in the snow, they also make sure to check Sonic's pulse first; indeed, Team Sonic survived, and they destroy the Eggrobos.
* ''FanFic/TheRavensPlan'': ''Fanfic/TheRavensPlan'': After everyone is sent back in time, Jaime comes across Littlefinger. Unsure if he remembers (and knowing he's dangerous even if he doesn't), Jaime instantly [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice runs him through]], and after a brief hesitation, [[OffWithHisHead decapitates him]] just to make sure.sure.
* ''Fanfic/DungeonKeeperAmi'': In ''Creepy Crawlers'', when Ami attacks a giant spider:
--> Just to make sure the spider was really dead, Ami walked up to the iced-over debris and [[OffWithHisHead kicked the head off the rump]]. There. This thing wouldn’t be feasting on any villagers.


** In ''Film/JeepersCreepers2'', the protagonists manage to ground the Creeper and Jack Sr. goes to town on him with a spear, but the Creeper just goes into hibernation. Jack Sr. then nails the corpse to his barn and waits for the hibernation to end, just to be sure it stays dead.



-->Jack: Is he dead?
-->Kim: I think so.
-->Jack: Shoot him again.

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-->Jack: -->'''Jack:''' Is he dead?
-->Kim: -->'''Kim:''' I think so.
-->Jack: -->'''Jack:''' Shoot him again.

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Very much a TruthInTelevision trope. It's common military doctrine in industrialized nations to aim for vital areas with techniques such as the DoubleTap when shooting to kill. It's just as common in both the military and law enforcement fallen opponents to be checked for signs of life before being officially declared KIA.


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* In [[Literature/BelgarathTheSorcerer Belgarath the Sorcerer]], after the defeat of Torak in the Battle of Vo Mimbre the Alorns proceed to slaughter the remains of the now-leaderless and disorganized Angarak army long into the night. After their torches burn out, [[DayHurtsDarkAdjustedEyes the Ulgos]] make sure they're all dead.

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* In [[Literature/BelgarathTheSorcerer ''[[Literature/BelgarathTheSorcerer Belgarath the Sorcerer]], Sorcerer]]'', after the defeat of Torak in the Battle of Vo Mimbre the Alorns proceed to slaughter the remains of the now-leaderless and disorganized Angarak army long into the night. After their torches burn out, [[DayHurtsDarkAdjustedEyes the Ulgos]] make sure they're all dead.

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* In [[Literature/BelgarathTheSorcerer Belgarath the Sorcerer]], after the defeat of Torak in the Battle of Vo Mimbre the Alorns proceed to slaughter the remains of the now-leaderless and disorganized Angarak army long into the night. After their torches burn out, [[DayHurtsDarkAdjustedEyes the Ulgos]] make sure they're all dead.


* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'': In "Tales of Leo," the Foot attack April's apartment, which leads to the building burning down. Recalling that the Turtles had automatically assumed him dead without bothering to be sure, Shredder is unwilling to make the same mistake and sends Stockman to the remains of the building to find proof that the Turtles died in the blaze; Stockman is unable to find any evidence, since the Turtles managed to escape, but fearing [[YouHaveFailedMe the consequences of returning empty-handed]], he forges some.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'': In "Tales of Leo," the Foot attack April's apartment, which leads to the building burning down. Recalling that the Turtles had [[NeverFoundTheBody automatically assumed him dead without bothering to be sure, sure]], Shredder is unwilling to make the same mistake and sends Stockman to the remains of the building to find proof that the Turtles died in the blaze; Stockman is unable to find any evidence, since the Turtles managed to escape, but fearing [[YouHaveFailedMe the consequences of returning empty-handed]], he forges some.

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** In the [[NonSerialMovie movie]] ''[[Anime/DragonBallZCoolersRevenge Cooler's Revenge]]'', when Goku takes a direct hit from his Cooler's EyeBeams and falls into a river, he orders his Armored Squadron to hunt him down. Even after they raze an entire landscape with {{Beam Spam}}s, Cooler orders them to search every last inch of the area until they find Goku and finish him off.

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* When killing an opponent in ''VideoGame/{{Brink}}'' or ''VideoGame/DirtyBomb'', they're actually "incapacitated", left lying on the ground wounded and motionless but alive. Though they have the option to respawn from this position, Medics on their side in both games have means of reviving them, throwing them back in the fight on the spot. Enemies can take advantage of this and finish off their enemies with a few more shots or one well-placed melee whack, forcing a respawn.
* At the very end of the last level of ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare3'', there's a small, nearly unnoticed detail showing [[spoiler:Price is doing this to Makarov]]. At the beginning of the mission, the objective says "Kill [[spoiler:Makarov]]". At the end when [[spoiler:[[NooseCatch Makarov's left hanging]]]], the "Objective Complete" message doesn't show up until after he stops twitching.


* ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}'', where the FinalGirl Sydney, cold as ice, puts a bullet right between the eyes of the killer when he wakes up. "Not in my movie."

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''Film/{{Scream 1996}}'', where the FinalGirl Sydney, cold as ice, puts a bullet right between the eyes of the killer when he wakes up. "Not in my movie."
** Done again in ''Film/{{Scream 2}}'', when after the killer is downed by a shot to the chest, Sidney puts a bullet in her forehead "just in case.
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