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* In ''Literature/DarkShores'' the Seventh god grants its chosen (or the corrupted, as most people call them) the ability to steal another person's life force through touch, which also makes them very hard to kill (as they manage to accumulate hundreds of years of life through this).


** The Hyuuga Clan specializes in the "gentle fist" technique. By attacking chakra points, they can screw with your internal organs.

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** The Hyuuga Hyuga Clan specializes in the "gentle fist" technique. By attacking chakra points, they can screw with your internal organs.


** The AwesomeButImpractical [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=106427 Phage the Untouchable]] has this. Anything she attacks is not only destroyed, but also cannot be regenerated.

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** The AwesomeButImpractical [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=106427 Phage the Untouchable]] has this. Anything She instantly destroys anything she attacks is not only destroyed, deals damage to, including ''the opponent''... but also cannot be regenerated. unfortunately, her touch of death can hit ''you'' instead if you don't summon her properly.


** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E1NewEarth "New Earth"]]: The clones created by the Sisters of Plenitude as test subjects are infected with every known disease in the galaxy, all of which are infections. One touch can kill in minutes. The Doctor then inverts the trope by curing several of them and sending them out to cure the rest by touching them.

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E1NewEarth "New Earth"]]: The clones created by the Sisters of Plenitude as test subjects are infected with every known disease in the galaxy, all of which are infections.infectious. One touch can kill in minutes. The Doctor then inverts the trope by curing several of them and sending them out to cure the rest by touching them.



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* Any game that uses the InvincibilityPowerUp, which makes your character invincible and uses CollisionDamage to instantly kill enemies by just touching them.


* Any game that uses the SuperStar power up, which makes your character invincible and uses CollisionDamage to instantly kill enemies by just touching them.

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* Any game that uses the SuperStar power up, InvincibilityPowerUp, which makes your character invincible and uses CollisionDamage to instantly kill enemies by just touching them.

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* ''Franchise/{{Tron}}'': Both Thorne in ''VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh'' and Abraxas in ''VideoGame/TronEvolution'' could kill Programs with a touch, or corrupt them into viral drones, unleashing a virtual ZombieApocalypse in both cases. With Thorne, it was an accident, since his handlers uploaded him without the safeties and quickly lost control of him. With Abraxas, it was a deliberate FalseFlagOperation on the part of Clu, who corrupted the Iso Jalen into Abraxas to make Programs believe the Isos were ''all'' capable of doing this and about to destroy the Programs...[[Film/TronLegacy which is how he got the majority of support behind his coup.]]


* [[spoiler:Gaia]] from ''VideoGame/{{Grandia}}'' is capable of absorbing any living being's life force and consequently [[TakenForGranite petrifying]] them with nothing but it's presence. The worst part? [[spoiler:Gaia is a humongous plant/insect [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abomination]] that spreads like wildfire.]]

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* [[spoiler:Gaia]] from ''VideoGame/{{Grandia}}'' ''VideoGame/Grandia1'' is capable of absorbing any living being's life force and consequently [[TakenForGranite petrifying]] them with nothing but it's presence. The worst part? [[spoiler:Gaia is a humongous plant/insect [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abomination]] that spreads like wildfire.]]


* Death in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10685852/1/On-a-Pale-Horse On a Pale Horse]]'' automatically removes the soul of any mortal he touches, even through their clothes. While he can put their soul back, he describes the pain of having your soul removed as "agony on a level mortal were not meant to comprehend". Eventually, he learns there's a loophole in that since his powers don't work on himself, they don't work on alternate versions of himself, such as a still mortal Harry Potter.



* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', the Wuxi Finger Hold causes ((neither the scene in question nor WordOfGod is entirely clear)) the victim to explode with city-shaking force merely by flexing the pinky finger.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', the Wuxi Finger Hold causes ((neither (neither the scene in question nor WordOfGod is entirely clear)) clear) the victim to explode with city-shaking force merely by flexing the pinky finger.

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* Parodied in ''WebComic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'', when a ninja teacher promises his students that, at the end of the course, he will teach them about a spot striking which will cause instant death. [[ExactWords It turns out to be a spot inside the heart.]]

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** Chief Warden Magellan is similarly not quite as instantaneous at killing (his lethal poisons aren't that quick, but they're extremely certain), but his devil fruit makes him so toxic even if ''you'' touch ''him'' unprotected you're going to die. The only reason he doesn't take down each and every last opponent with a single ultra-poisonous touch is that it's even easier to just swamp the room in toxins so he doesn't miss.


* Anyone from who touches Gwen Raiden from ''Series/Angel'' will receive an electric shock powerful enough to kill them (provided they aren't undead), much to her chagrin.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': The season two episodes "Surprise" and "Innocence" have the Scoobies dealing with the Judge, a NighInvulnerable demon who's mere touch can incinerate any being with "humanity," or more specifically the capacity for emotions. Only truly evil and depraved beings, such as Angelus, can survive the process.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Shakespeare Code", the [[WickedWitch Carrionite]] known as Doomfinger displayed the ability to stop the heart with a single touch... and she ''really'' seemed to [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything enjoy]] [[OrgasmicCombat doing]] [[TheImmodestOrgasm so]].
* In the ''WebVideo/Lonelygirl15'' episode "Shadow of Death", Emma kills the seeker by running at him. In "Help Us!", [=LaRezisto=] explains that trait positives have the power to kill Order members with a touch. [[spoiler:This was later revealed to be utter bull]].
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''
** Subverted in "The Enterprise Incident". Spock supposedly uses the famed Vulcan Death Grip to kill Kirk. Later on, we learn that no such thing exists, and Spock actually hit the captain with a Vulcan Nerve Pinch (which in itself is a milder version of this, capable of dropping almost anyone into unconsciousness in a matter of seconds).
** Although the Death Grip does not exist, it is revealed in the episode ''Journey to Babel'' that there is a Vulcan instant-kill technique known as ''tal-shaya'', which appears to be a semi-ritual NeckSnap. Historically it was used for the execution of criminals, but Spock's father is suspected of having used it to murder someone.
** Played straight in the episode with the holographic assassin-babe that imploded people's cellular structure with a touch. If she says "I am for you", ''run!''

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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' has the Diviner, a piece of ImportedAlienPhlebotinum that kills any human who touches it [[spoiler: unless they are a potential Inhuman]].
** In the episode [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS2E2HeavyIsTheHead "Heavy is the Head"]], Carl Creel, a superhuman with the ability to [[ElementalShapeshifter turn into any material he touches]] touches the Diviner and gains the same Touch of Death ability, although touching it also screws with his powers, meaning he can't [[PowerIncontinence turn it off]].
** In the episode [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS2E3MakingFriendsAndInfluencingPeople "Making Friends and Influencing People"]], the VillainOfTheWeek, Donnie Gill, is AnIcePerson capable of freezing anyone to death simply by touching them.
* An interesting variant in ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven'', where the wielder of said power, [[spoiler: Zoe Benson]], has no control over her ability, and it seems to activate on its own immediately after sexual intercourse. The effects seemed to be intense internal hemorrhage all throughout the body, causing blood to escape from the eyes, mouth, ears, nose, and possibly other places.
* Anyone from who touches Gwen Raiden from ''Series/Angel'' ''Series/{{Angel}}'' will receive an electric shock powerful enough to kill them (provided they aren't undead), much to her chagrin.
* In ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', the assassin "Mr. Blank" is somehow able to kill a man by prodding his forearm. This supposedly creates an air embolism that kills the target a few seconds later.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': The season two episodes "Surprise" and "Innocence" have the Scoobies dealing with the Judge, a NighInvulnerable demon who's whose mere touch can incinerate any being with "humanity," "humanity", or more specifically the capacity for emotions. Only truly evil and depraved beings, such as Angelus, can survive the process.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' had an episode with a martial artist who killed the victim of the week with a single blow to the back of the neck.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E1NewEarth "New Earth"]]: The clones created by the Sisters of Plenitude as test subjects are infected with every known disease in the galaxy, all of which are infections. One touch can kill in minutes. The Doctor then inverts the trope by curing several of them and sending them out to cure the rest by touching them.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E2TheShakespeareCode
"The Shakespeare Code", the Code"]]: The [[WickedWitch Carrionite]] known as Doomfinger displayed [[MeaningfulName Doomfinger]] displays the ability to stop the heart with a single touch... and she ''really'' seemed seems to [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything enjoy]] [[OrgasmicCombat doing]] [[TheImmodestOrgasm so]].
* In the ''WebVideo/Lonelygirl15'' episode "Shadow of Death", Emma kills the seeker by running at him. In "Help Us!", [=LaRezisto=] explains that trait positives have the power to kill Order members with a touch. [[spoiler:This was later revealed to be utter bull]].
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''
** Subverted in "The Enterprise Incident". Spock supposedly uses the famed Vulcan Death Grip to kill Kirk. Later on, we learn that no such thing exists, and Spock actually hit the captain with a Vulcan Nerve Pinch (which in itself is a milder version of this, capable of dropping almost anyone into unconsciousness in a matter of seconds).
** Although the Death Grip does not exist, it is revealed in the episode ''Journey to Babel'' that there is a Vulcan instant-kill technique known as ''tal-shaya'', which appears to be a semi-ritual NeckSnap. Historically it was used for the execution of criminals, but Spock's father is suspected of having used it to murder someone.
** Played straight in the episode with the holographic assassin-babe that imploded people's cellular structure with a touch. If she says "I am for you", ''run!''
so]].



* In the ''Series/Space1999'' episode "Force Of Life", a Moonbase Alpha crewman is infected with a form of alien energy which causes him to absorb energy from other life-forms. Consequently, anybody he touches freezes to death instantly.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''
** Subverted in "The Enterprise Incident". Spock supposedly uses the famed Vulcan Death Grip to kill Kirk. Later on, we learn that no such thing exists, and Spock actually hit the captain with a Vulcan Nerve Pinch (which in itself is a milder version of this, capable of dropping almost anyone into unconsciousness in a matter of seconds).
** Although the Death Grip does not exist, it is revealed in the episode ''Journey to Babel'' that there is a Vulcan instant-kill technique known as ''tal-shaya'', which appears to be a semi-ritual NeckSnap. Historically it was used for the execution of criminals, but Spock's father is suspected of having used it to murder someone.
** Played straight in the episode with the holographic assassin-babe that imploded people's cellular structure with a touch. If she says "I am for you", ''run!''



--> '''Cole''': One of his victims was a Cirronian diplomat who did great things. One touch from Tev was all it took.
* ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' had an episode with a martial artist who killed the victim of the week with a single blow to the back of the neck.
* An interesting variant in ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven'', where the wielder of said power, [[spoiler: Zoe Benson]], has no control over her ability, and it seems to activate on its own immediately after sexual intercourse. The effects seemed to be intense internal hemorrhage all throughout the body, causing blood to escape from the eyes, mouth, ears, nose, and possibly other places.
* In ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', the assassin 'Mr Blank' is somehow able to kill a man by prodding his forearm. This supposedly creates an air embolism that kills the target a few second later.
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' has the Diviner, a piece of ImportedAlienPhlebotinum that kills any human who touches it [[spoiler: unless they are a potential Inhuman]].
** In the episode [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS2E2HeavyIsTheHead "Heavy is the Head"]], Carl Creel, a superhuman with the ability to [[ElementalShapeshifter turn into any material he touches]] touches the Diviner and gains the same Touch of Death ability, although touching it also screws with his powers, meaning he can't [[PowerIncontinence turn it off]].
** In the episode [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS2E3MakingFriendsAndInfluencingPeople "Making Friends and Influencing People"]], the VillainOfTheWeek, Donnie Gill, is AnIcePerson capable of freezing anyone to death simply by touching them.
* In the ''Series/Space1999'' episode "Force Of Life", a Moonbase Alpha crewman is infected with a form of alien energy which causes him to absorb energy from other life-forms. Consequently, anybody he touches freezes to death instantly.

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--> '''Cole''': -->'''Cole:''' One of his victims was a Cirronian diplomat who did great things. One touch from Tev was all it took.
* ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' had an episode with a martial artist who killed the victim of the week with a single blow to the back of the neck.
* An interesting variant in ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven'', where the wielder of said power, [[spoiler: Zoe Benson]], has no control over her ability, and it seems to activate on its own immediately after sexual intercourse. The effects seemed to be intense internal hemorrhage all throughout the body, causing blood to escape from the eyes, mouth, ears, nose, and possibly other places.
* In ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', the assassin 'Mr Blank' is somehow able to kill a man by prodding his forearm. This supposedly creates an air embolism that kills the target a few second later.
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' has the Diviner, a piece of ImportedAlienPhlebotinum that kills any human who touches it [[spoiler: unless they are a potential Inhuman]].
** In the episode [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS2E2HeavyIsTheHead "Heavy is the Head"]], Carl Creel, a superhuman with the ability to [[ElementalShapeshifter turn into any material he touches]] touches the Diviner and gains the same Touch of Death ability, although touching it also screws with his powers, meaning he can't [[PowerIncontinence turn it off]].
** In the episode [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS2E3MakingFriendsAndInfluencingPeople "Making Friends and Influencing People"]], the VillainOfTheWeek, Donnie Gill, is AnIcePerson capable of freezing anyone to death simply by touching them.
* In the ''Series/Space1999'' episode "Force Of Life", a Moonbase Alpha crewman is infected with a form of alien energy which causes him to absorb energy from other life-forms. Consequently, anybody he touches freezes to death instantly.
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* ''[[Literature/WhateleyUniverse Whateley Academy]]'': Two people have this as an explicit power, in addition to the many lethal abilities most of the student body possesses. Tennyo has a "Death Blow" that gradually [[DeaderThanDead obliterates you from existence]] and Gotterdammerung can [[DisintegratorRay unmake matter]] at a [[UpToEleven sub-subatomic]] level.

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* ''[[Literature/WhateleyUniverse Whateley Academy]]'': Two people In the ''WebVideo/Lonelygirl15'' episode "Shadow of Death", Emma kills the seeker by running at him. In "Help Us!", [=LaRezisto=] explains that trait positives have this as an explicit power, in addition to the many lethal abilities power to kill Order members with a touch. [[spoiler:This was later revealed to be utter bull]].
* Parodied by ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'', where the instructor in a ninja academy finally reveals where the magic spot on a person's body which will kill them if touched... and it's inside the human heart, deep inside the body instead on the skin, making the information both obvious and useless. The pupils angrily demand their money back, but the instructor, being a ninja, [[StealthHiBye has already left without notice.]]
* SCP-049 from both [[Wiki/SCPFoundation the SCP Foundation]] and [[VideoGame/SCPContainmentBreach SCP: Containment Breach]] is a medieval-style PlagueDoctor that seemingly believes
most of human beings are infected with ThePlague, with the student body possesses. Tennyo has a "Death Blow" unfortunate ability to [[DeadlyDoctor kill anyone he goes near by touching them with his hands.]] He then, utilizing strange surgery, turns his victims into [[PlagueZombie zombies.]] This is made much, '''much''' creepier when [[HumanoidAbomination you read that gradually [[DeaderThanDead obliterates you from existence]] his clothing is a part of his body.]] In contrast, [[AffablyEvil he's extremely polite and Gotterdammerung can [[DisintegratorRay unmake matter]] at a [[UpToEleven sub-subatomic]] level.generally compliant]] whenever he's being put back into containment, or whenever someone speaks with him.



* SCP-049 from both [[Wiki/SCPFoundation the SCP Foundation]] and [[VideoGame/SCPContainmentBreach SCP: Containment Breach]] is a medieval-style PlagueDoctor that seemingly believes most human beings are infected with ThePlague, with the unfortunate ability to [[DeadlyDoctor kill anyone he goes near by touching them with his hands.]] He then, utilizing strange surgery, turns his victims into [[PlagueZombie zombies.]] This is made much, '''much''' creepier when [[HumanoidAbomination you read that his clothing is a part of his body.]] In contrast, [[AffablyEvil he's extremely polite and generally compliant]] whenever he's being put back into containment, or whenever someone speaks with him.
* Parodied by ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'', where the instructor in a ninja academy finally reveals where the magic spot on a person's body which will kill them if touched... and it's inside the human heart, deep inside the body instead on the skin, making the information both obvious and useless. The pupils angrily demand their money back, but the instructor, being a ninja, [[StealthHiBye has already left without notice.]]

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* SCP-049 ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': Two people have this as an explicit power, in addition to the many lethal abilities most of the student body possesses. Tennyo has a "Death Blow" that gradually [[DeaderThanDead obliterates you from both [[Wiki/SCPFoundation the SCP Foundation]] existence]] and [[VideoGame/SCPContainmentBreach SCP: Containment Breach]] is Gotterdammerung can [[DisintegratorRay unmake matter]] at a medieval-style PlagueDoctor that seemingly believes most human beings are infected with ThePlague, with the unfortunate ability to [[DeadlyDoctor kill anyone he goes near by touching them with his hands.]] He then, utilizing strange surgery, turns his victims into [[PlagueZombie zombies.]] This is made much, '''much''' creepier when [[HumanoidAbomination you read that his clothing is a part of his body.]] In contrast, [[AffablyEvil he's extremely polite and generally compliant]] whenever he's being put back into containment, or whenever someone speaks with him.
* Parodied by ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'', where the instructor in a ninja academy finally reveals where the magic spot on a person's body which will kill them if touched... and it's inside the human heart, deep inside the body instead on the skin, making the information both obvious and useless. The pupils angrily demand their money back, but the instructor, being a ninja, [[StealthHiBye has already left without notice.]]
[[UpToEleven sub-subatomic]] level.

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* ''VideoGame/DragonsDogma'', mainly the Dark Arisen DLC has no other than Death itself as an enemy, and it only has one attack, and it's always an instakill. It doesn't matter how [[UnblockableAttack you try to block it]], if you are on the radius of it's attack the moment it does it, you WILL die, no exceptions. To make things worse, it can teleport and constantly harass you, and it's the only enemy in the game that completely ignores your [[NonPlayerCompanion pawns]]' GameplayAllyImmortality the moment they are touched by the attack, and pawns [[SuicidalOverconfidence being]] [[ArtificialStupidity pawns]], they will often stay on it's area of effect enough time to fall asleep and get instantly killed a moment after.
** Another less direct example would be Daimon's Rift Vortex and Abyssal Vortex , it's area of effect starts pulling everyone inside first and anybody can escape it, but if anybody inside this area is out of stamina or doesn't get far enough in time, they get pulled inside fast and get killed instantly, also ignoring GameplayAllyImmortality.
** DownplayedTrope with the Dragonkin, all of them have a powerful roar that can instantly kill all pawns, but it doesn't ignore GameplayAllyImmortality, so the player can still revive them on the spot.


* Judge Death, the perennial enemy of Judge Dredd, is an evil zombie from a parallel universe, resembling a corpse in a Judge uniform; his touch causes instant death, which he accompanies with his catch-phrase,"You cannot kill that which does not live!"

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* Judge Death, the perennial enemy of Judge Dredd, is an evil zombie from a parallel universe, resembling a corpse in a Judge uniform; his uniform. His touch causes instant death, which he accompanies with his catch-phrase,"You catch-phrase, "You cannot kill that which does not live!"



* ''[[{{FanFic/Gather}} Gather]]'' features this as Taylor's ultimate attack. As part of her AU powerset she can instantly kill any parahuman she makes skin contact with, [[PowerCopying stealing their powers]] and [[MookMaker turning them into a nearly indestructable minion]].

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* ''[[{{FanFic/Gather}} Gather]]'' ''{{FanFic/Gather}}'' features this as Taylor's ultimate attack. As part of her AU powerset she can instantly kill any parahuman she makes skin contact with, [[PowerCopying stealing their powers]] and [[MookMaker turning them into a nearly indestructable minion]].



* Series "Space 1999"/episode "Force Of Life"; a Moonbase Alpha crewman is infected with a form of alien energy which causes him to absorb energy from other life-forms; consequently anybody he touches freezes to death instantly.

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* Series "Space 1999"/episode In the ''Series/Space1999'' episode "Force Of Life"; Life", a Moonbase Alpha crewman is infected with a form of alien energy which causes him to absorb energy from other life-forms; consequently life-forms. Consequently, anybody he touches freezes to death instantly.

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