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  • In one issue of the comic Gold Digger, the character of Stripe is repeatedly hit by various painful booby traps in an old temple. Due to his relative ability to take damage, he is merely put in increasing levels of Instant Bandages. (At one point, they forget to give him a hole to breathe through!) His wife Brittany, a werecheetah who can bench press Mack trucks, gets a little angry when she finds out.
  • Wolverine occasionally comes in for this, thanks to his Mutant Healing Factor (TM).
    • One of the more notable examples was a pitch-black parody about chainsaw-wielding midget mafiosi that culminated in the Punisher parking a steamroller on top of Wolverine.
    • In Marvel Ultimate Team-Up, Spider-Man rescues a severely injured Wolverine and recommends a hospital, only for Wolvie to brush him off and heal up almost instantly, resulting the hilarious line, "Oh my god I think I'm going to throw up in my mask."
  • Deadpool took more punishment in funny, amusing or plain crazy ways and he is still wise-cracking.
    • He also does this to poor Mr Immortal of the Great Lakes Avengers. So does almost everyone who they face off against, and this is on top of his own death wish, which is played for amusement.
  • Basile always gets hurt in Léonard le Génie, either because of his clumsiness or his master's sadism.
  • Every single major character suffers these in spades in Mortadelo y Filemón.
  • Happens regularly to The Awesome Slapstick, whose indestructible cartoon-like body allows him to recover almost instantly.
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  • Ditto for Plastic Man whenever he appears. Batman seems particularly fond of hurting him.
  • Sin City has the death of Jack Rafferty, which is probably one of the most gruesome deaths in the series (which is saying something) but also the funniest. His dialogue helps.
  • Often in the stories by Wilhelm Busch, up to Amusing Death. Note that these stories are more than 100 years old, and even decades older than The Yellow Kid, often said to be the first comic.
  • In Asterix, whenever our heroes go up against the legionaries, the legionaries end up with these. Often they are punch-drunk, to boot.
  • A large portion of Tintin humor comes from Captain Haddock tripping or hitting his head.This is lampshaded in Destination Moon.
    Prof. Calculus: I'd swear you do that on purpose!
  • Archie Comics often got laughs from Big Moose beating the stuffings out of anyone he so much as imagines is making time with his girl Midge — mostly to Reggie.
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  • The Superior Foes of Spider-Man reconstructs this trope by merging it with Reality Ensues; the characters frequently have to deal with the long-term consequences of their injuries, but this is just used to make them even funnier such as Shocker mumbling incoherently for half of issue 1 because his jaw got broken or Speed Demon trying to work around his broken ankle by strapping it to a roller skate so he can keep moving.
  • Deconstructed in the horror comic Dylan Dog. In one issue, a Roger Rabbit expy came to the real world from cartoonland. Carnage ensued, since his amusing slapstick violence actually killed people, but he wasn't aware of things such as permanent injuries and death. It was actually kinda creepy.
  • The Mask also deconstructed this as part of its central premise. The titular mask turns its wearer into a living cartoon character capable of doling out classic cartoon stuff like Torso with a View, Squashed Flat and what have you, the only catch is that the unfortunate recipients are still regular humans, who are gorily and messily killed as a result.
  • The Disney Comics are rife with this. Characters can be blown up, dropped from buildings, electrocuted, attacked by dogs, whatever, but actually sustain long-term injuries let alone killed? Not unless the plot specifically requires it, like the Phantom Blot's numerous Death Traps, which are played menacingly straight as being very lethal (of course, Mickey always escapes somehow). Even if someone (usually Donald) ends up as a Bandage Mummy at the end, he's perfectly fine by the next story.
  • A deconstruction, or maybe an Indecisive Deconstructive Parody, in Batman and Robin (2011) #10, where a villain named Terminus, who's dying of some poorly-described side effect of a fight with Batman, recruits mooks who were also weirdly injured by Batman to maim Gotham citizens: these include a guy with a Batarang embedded in his skull after attempting to throw it at Batman, a guy who has permanent ligature marks across his body from being Locked Up and Left Behind, a woman who got stuck with several of Bats' gauntlet spikes (she's made a fashion statement of it, though), a guy with the footprint of a Bat-boot on his face after a kick to the head... and three guys who crashed their getaway vehicle into toxic waste, becoming fused into a barely-Humanoid Abomination. The Mood Whiplash of that last one is jarring.


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