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Basic Trope: A character has little or no reaction to a major injury.

  • Straight: Bob gets his arm cut off, but shrugs it off as Just a Flesh Wound.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Bob gets a nasty slash across his chest but only whimpers a little.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is immortal or is very resistant to pain.
    • Bob has a Healing Factor of some sort.
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    • Bob is running on a huge amount of adrenaline.
    • Bob is in shock.
    • Bob was wounded on a cybernetic limb that doesn't transmit pain.
    • Bob is an Iron Butt-Monkey.
    • Bob has a disorder that inhibits his ability to feel pain.
  • Inverted: Minor Injury Overreaction
  • Subverted: Bob gets his arm cut off and he starts screaming in pain when he notices it.
  • Double Subverted: But that was only to fake his enemy out. He doesn't seem to suffer any lasting effects from the limb removal.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged:
    • The effect pain has on Bob varies form episode to episode, and also how angry he currently is.
    • Bob shrugs off a tactical nuclear strike, then passes out because he broke a nail.
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  • Averted: Bob has a reasonable pain threshhold.
  • Enforced: He’s a video game character in a console- system that does not have the data-space to track individual wounds and react appropriately.
  • Lampshaded: "Y'know, you don't seem to be bothered by the entire "I-just-tore-your-freaking-arms-off" thing."
  • Invoked: Bob uses his seeming inablity to feel pain to unnerve his foes.
  • Exploited: Alice defeats Bob by using an infected blade: because he seems unaffected by his wounds, he won't think to see a doctor about the lethal infection until it's far too late.
  • Defied: Bob loses his arm. Despite his insistence that he's fine, he suffers agonizing pain.
  • Discussed: "...Think we should tell Bob about the axe in his head?" "Nah. Let him figure it out."
  • Conversed: "By god, what a battle! Why can't I feel my arm?"
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  • Deconstructed: Bob gets his arm cut off, but shrugs it off. He bleeds to death.
  • Reconstructed: He shrugs that off as well.

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