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* In ''Film/GangOfRoses'', Rachel and her gang recruit Kim by riding into the town where she is scheduled to be [[PublicExecution publicly hanged]]. The trapdoor has already been sprung and Kim is slowly strangling when Chas fires the bullet that severs the rope.

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* In ''Film/GangOfRoses'', Rachel and her gang recruit Kim by riding into the town where she is scheduled to be [[PublicExecution publicly hanged]]. The trapdoor has already been sprung and Kim is slowly strangling when Chas Jesse Lee fires the bullet that severs the rope.

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* In ''Film/GangOfRoses'', Rachel and her gang recruit Kim by riding into the town where she is scheduled to be [[PublicExecution publicly hanged]]. The trapdoor has already been sprung and Kim is slowly strangling when Chas fires the bullet that severs the rope.

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* ''Film/TheMountie'': When Grayling first meets Cleora, she is attempting to shoot the body of the mountain man down from a tree. Grayling takes the rifle off her and shoots through the rope with a single shot. Later, Cleora saves Grayling from being lynched by shooting the rope.


In RealLife, this is much less likely to happen than in fiction. First of all, in the nineteenth century, we figured out that hanging from a higher altitude can kill instantly by breaking the neck, and since then the majority of hangings are done in this way, with only particularly sadistic or incompetent executioners using short drops. Second, even if the victim survives the initial drop, they may struggle or convulse while suffocating, causing the rope to twitch and bounce around and making the already thin target even harder to hit. Despite all this, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5_f5NGpMq4 cutting a rope with a bullet is not completely impossible]]... so long as you manage to hit the rope in the first place.[[CuttingTheKnot A better solution is just to shoot the hangman.]]

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In RealLife, this is much less likely to happen than in fiction. First of all, in the nineteenth century, we figured out that hanging from a higher altitude can kill instantly by breaking the neck, and since then the majority of hangings are done in this way, with only particularly sadistic or incompetent executioners using short drops. Second, even if the victim survives the initial drop, they may struggle or convulse while suffocating, causing the rope to twitch and bounce around and making the already thin target even harder to hit. Despite all this, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5_f5NGpMq4 cutting a rope with a bullet is not completely impossible]]... so long as you manage to hit the rope in the first place. [[CuttingTheKnot A better solution is just to shoot the hangman.]]


In RealLife, this is much less likely to happen than in fiction. First of all, in the nineteenth century, we figured out that hanging from a higher altitude can kill instantly by breaking the neck, and since then the majority of hangings are done in this way, with only particularly sadistic or incompetent executioners using short drops. Second, even if the victim survives the initial drop, they may struggle or convulse while suffocating, causing the rope to twitch and bounce around and making the already thin target even harder to hit. Despite all this, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5_f5NGpMq4 cutting a rope with a bullet is not completely impossible]]... so long as you manage to hit the rope in the first place. A better solution is just to shoot the hangman.

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In RealLife, this is much less likely to happen than in fiction. First of all, in the nineteenth century, we figured out that hanging from a higher altitude can kill instantly by breaking the neck, and since then the majority of hangings are done in this way, with only particularly sadistic or incompetent executioners using short drops. Second, even if the victim survives the initial drop, they may struggle or convulse while suffocating, causing the rope to twitch and bounce around and making the already thin target even harder to hit. Despite all this, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5_f5NGpMq4 cutting a rope with a bullet is not completely impossible]]... so long as you manage to hit the rope in the first place. [[CuttingTheKnot A better solution is just to shoot the hangman.]]


In RealLife, this is much less likely to happen than in fiction. First of all, in the nineteenth century, we figured out that hanging from a higher altitude can kill instantly by breaking the neck, and since then the majority of hangings are done in this way, with only particularly sadistic or incompetent executioners using short drops. Second, even if the victim survives the initial drop, they may struggle or convulse while suffocating, causing the rope to twitch and bounce around and making the already thin target even harder to hit. Despite all this, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5_f5NGpMq4 cutting a rope with a bullet is not completely impossible]]... so long as you manage to hit the rope in the first place.

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In RealLife, this is much less likely to happen than in fiction. First of all, in the nineteenth century, we figured out that hanging from a higher altitude can kill instantly by breaking the neck, and since then the majority of hangings are done in this way, with only particularly sadistic or incompetent executioners using short drops. Second, even if the victim survives the initial drop, they may struggle or convulse while suffocating, causing the rope to twitch and bounce around and making the already thin target even harder to hit. Despite all this, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5_f5NGpMq4 cutting a rope with a bullet is not completely impossible]]... so long as you manage to hit the rope in the first place. A better solution is just to shoot the hangman.


** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'' has an early mission in which you run around Nassau saving pirates from British soldiers in order to recruit them into your crew. The final pirate you're made to save is about to be hanged; one of the missions' bonus objectives is to shoot the rope to free him. Definitely a CrowningMomentOfAwesome if done correctly.

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** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'' has an early mission in which you run around Nassau saving pirates from British soldiers in order to recruit them into your crew. The final pirate you're made to save is about to be hanged; one of the missions' bonus objectives is to shoot the rope to free him. Definitely a CrowningMomentOfAwesome SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome if done correctly.


* Every version of ''Myth/RobinHood'' features this in some fashion. It is very much a staple of the current ''Series/RobinHood'' series.

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* Every version of ''Myth/RobinHood'' features this in some fashion. It is very much a staple of the current BBC ''Series/RobinHood'' series.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor has to do this during his Trial By Ordeal in "The Face of Evil". In this case he's standing on a plank over a pit of nasty biting creatures, holding a crossbow with only one quarrel. The rope is attached to a weight, pulling machinery that's opening the pit beneath him. The rope gets thinner the longer you wait (making it easier to cut) but the weight moves faster.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor has to do this during his Trial By Ordeal TrialByOrdeal in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E4TheFaceOfEvil The Face of Evil".Evil]]". In this case he's standing on a plank over a pit of nasty biting creatures, holding a crossbow with only one quarrel. The rope is attached to a weight, pulling machinery that's opening the pit beneath him. The rope gets thinner the longer you wait (making it easier to cut) but the weight moves faster.

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* In ''Fanfic/LovedAndLost'', [[spoiler:Celestia]] is saved from hanging when [[spoiler:Luna]] severs the noose with a magic blast.
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* In ''Film/CircusOfFear'', Mario uses a thrown knife to cut through the rope ladder the killer is using to attempt to escape.


* Happens in ''[[Franchise/FireEmblem Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]'', when [[spoiler: Lucia is rescued from being hanged.]]

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* Happens in ''[[Franchise/FireEmblem Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]'', ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'', when [[spoiler: Lucia is rescued from being hanged.]]


The hero's been [[PublicExecution led to the gallows]] and is about to do the metaphorical "hemp fandango". He looks pretty much boned, right? Nope, TheCavalry! They'll save him by [[ImprobableAimingSkills splitting the rope]] on the noose with a well-timed arrow (or a blade, or a bullet, if the time period's a bit later), just as he's about to take a long drop on a short rope.

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The hero's been [[PublicExecution led to the gallows]] and is about to do the metaphorical "hemp fandango". He looks pretty much boned, right? Nope, TheCavalry! They'll save him by [[ImprobableAimingSkills splitting the rope]] on the noose with a well-timed arrow (or a blade, or a bullet, if the time period's a bit later), just as he's about to take a long drop on a short rope.
rope. Oh, and bonus points if this dramatically super accurate shot comes directly after a firefight in which ATeamFiring was in full effect. A subtrope of ImprobableAimingSkills.



A comedic subversion of this has the arrow not quite split the rope all the way, leaving the victim dangling (and strangling) until his rescuers can finish the job. If the victim struggles to breathe in the process, you have a case of either not doing the research, or an incompetent or exceptionally cruel hangman.

You see, people may have only figured out how to do hanging consistently correctly in the nineteenth century, but then they started to do it the scientific way. Normal, "long drop" hanging kills by '''breaking the neck''' when done ''correctly'' -- that is, in a Robin Hood story the slowly suffocating the victim is not so implausible, because they haven't yet figured how much rope to use, and this often resulted in "short drop" hanging, where the body's energy was not enough to break the neck, and the rope just slowly suffocates the victim. We say suffocate because what causes the victim to die is the tongue being forced back in the mouth sealing off the wind pipe and causing them to suffocate. However if the noose is positioned in a specific way the victim may be able to breath slightly and thus gasp for air.

After the 1860's short drop hanging would become less common in favor of the "proper" long drop hanging. Though in a few cases hangmen have ''deliberately'' "botched" the hanging to make the victim's death more painful (for example, after Nazi journalist and war criminal [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Streicher Julius Streicher]] yelled "Heil Hitler" ''and'' insulted the executioner just before his execution, it is widely believed that the hangman [[KicktheSonOfABitch repositioned the noose so that he would be suffocated]], nevermind how said hangman always denied having done so). Another possibility was to pay out so much rope that when the drop finally ended, the body energy got so high that the head ''[[OffWithHisHead was torn off]]''.

Arguably, using bullets at all is fueled by RealityIsUnrealistic: People are used to thinking of bullets as having immense destructive power, which [[TruthInTelevision they do]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrostatic_shock when shot into a fluid-filled object]] like a human body. Otherwise, their destructive capabilities are limited to the direct path of a projectile that's much more narrow than an arrow head. However the real problem of this trope is not splitting the rope, it is possible to split a rope with a bullet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5_f5NGpMq4, the real problem is hitting the rope. During the hanging the victim may struggle while conscious, and when they loose consciousness their bodies begin to convulse. Which can make the rope difficult to hit.

Oh, and bonus points if this dramatically super accurate shot comes directly after a firefight in which ATeamFiring was in full effect. A subtrope of ImprobableAimingSkills.

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A comedic subversion of this has the arrow not quite split the rope all the way, leaving the victim dangling (and strangling) until his rescuers can finish the job. If the victim struggles job.

In RealLife, this is much less likely
to breathe happen than in the process, you have a case fiction. First of either not doing the research, or an incompetent or exceptionally cruel hangman.

You see, people may have only figured out how to do hanging consistently correctly
all, in the nineteenth century, but then they started to do it the scientific way. Normal, "long drop" we figured out that hanging kills from a higher altitude can kill instantly by '''breaking the neck''' when done ''correctly'' -- that is, in a Robin Hood story the slowly suffocating the victim is not so implausible, because they haven't yet figured how much rope to use, and this often resulted in "short drop" hanging, where the body's energy was not enough to break breaking the neck, and since then the rope just slowly suffocates the victim. We say suffocate because what causes majority of hangings are done in this way, with only particularly sadistic or incompetent executioners using short drops. Second, even if the victim to die is survives the tongue being forced back in the mouth sealing off the wind pipe and initial drop, they may struggle or convulse while suffocating, causing them to suffocate. However if the noose is positioned in a specific way the victim may be able to breath slightly and thus gasp for air.

After the 1860's short drop hanging would become less common in favor of the "proper" long drop hanging. Though in a few cases hangmen have ''deliberately'' "botched" the hanging to make the victim's death more painful (for example, after Nazi journalist and war criminal [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Streicher Julius Streicher]] yelled "Heil Hitler" ''and'' insulted the executioner just before his execution, it is widely believed that the hangman [[KicktheSonOfABitch repositioned the noose so that he would be suffocated]], nevermind how said hangman always denied having done so). Another possibility was to pay out so much
rope that when to twitch and bounce around and making the drop finally ended, the body energy got so high that the head ''[[OffWithHisHead was torn off]]''.

Arguably, using bullets at
already thin target even harder to hit. Despite all is fueled by RealityIsUnrealistic: People are used to thinking of bullets as having immense destructive power, which [[TruthInTelevision they do]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrostatic_shock when shot into a fluid-filled object]] like a human body. Otherwise, their destructive capabilities are limited to the direct path of a projectile that's much more narrow than an arrow head. However the real problem of this trope is not splitting the rope, it is possible to split a rope with a bullet https://www.this, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5_f5NGpMq4, the real problem com/watch?v=O5_f5NGpMq4 cutting a rope with a bullet is hitting the rope. During the hanging the victim may struggle while conscious, and when they loose consciousness their bodies begin not completely impossible]]... so long as you manage to convulse. Which can make hit the rope difficult to hit.

Oh, and bonus points if this dramatically super accurate shot comes directly after a firefight
in which ATeamFiring was in full effect. A subtrope of ImprobableAimingSkills.
the first place.

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* In ''ComicBook/WynonnaEarp: Season Zero'' #4, Dolls is strung up on the front of a vehicle by the bad guys who are using him as a bargaining chip. Haught (with a sniper rifle) and Doc (with a revolver) shoot the rope at the same time. It is not clear which one succeeds, but Dolls is cut loose.

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* ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'': In "The Parliament of Fear", the Doctor and Bass Reaves come charging in on horseback to the camp where Bill has been taken. Bass uses the a rifle to shoot the rope that is holding Bill trussed to a totem pole; while still mounted and at the gallop.


* Mater actually does this near the end of ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'' to escape from Big Bentley, where the villains actually wanted to kill him, Finn [=McMissile=], and Holly Shiftwell by crushing them with the clock's gears.

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* Mater actually does this near the end of ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'' to escape from Big Bentley, where when the villains actually wanted tried to kill him, Finn [=McMissile=], and Holly Shiftwell by crushing them with the clock's gears.gears.
* ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad'': In ''The Wind in the Willows'', the main characters lower Mole down on a BedsheetLadder to take back the deed to Toad Hall from a sleeping Winky. As they're pulling him back up, a weasel guard spots them and throws a knife at the rope, causing Mole to fall onto Winky and kick off the climax.

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