80 Real-Life Examples Of Inception, As Shared By The Popular ‘2 Health Bars’ Online Community

Something that you have to know about me, Pandas, is that I’m a geek, through and through. From books, movies, and TV shows to anime, manga, tabletop top games, and video games, I’m a fan of it all. I love exploring new worlds and immersing myself in adventures. Video games, especially, have been an important part of my life since I was a kid, helping spark my interest in storytelling and the fantasy genre as a whole. For me, they were—and always will be—gateways into someone else’s imagination that helps expand my own. So when it comes to discussing games and anything related, I know a little something.

One of the most satisfying things that you can encounter in any video game is the sense of wonder and shock you get when the situation takes an unexpected turn. Say you just defeated a really difficult boss after having seen the GAME OVER screen flash at you a dozen times. You’re euphoric. You punch the air. You’re the best! That’s when your smile fades, as you realize, the boss is getting back up and has another health bar. Cue some epic music, the fight’s far from over.

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This is where the r/2healthbars subreddit comes in. An online community of nearly half a million members, the online community documents bizarre, funny, and odd examples of the so-called ‘2 health bars’ phenomenon. It occurs when you think you’ve defeated a video game boss only for it to start a new phase with another health bar. Scroll down for some of the sub’s best pics, upvote your fave ones, and remember—don’t you dare go hollow, dear Pandas.

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#1 Today My Boyfriend Accidentally Broke The Ear Off Of His Dog Statue, Which He’s Had For Twelve Years, And Discovered Another Smaller Dog Inside… I Have So Many Questions

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#2 Fish Mascot Has More Layers Than It Seems

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#3 The Dog’s Ear Is Another Dog

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Though things might seem clear and simple, r/2healthbars isn’t focused on content that is simply a photo of two identical or very similar things next to each other. The subreddit’s mods explain that at the core of the subreddit lies the idea of transformation.

“We are about one thing that exists, that thing gets defeated, that thing has a physical or perceived transformation, and that thing, after this reveal/transformation, reveals a second layer of life (a new health bar),” they explain. Or, as they summed things up: “One item, four steps.”

#4 Chain Link Icicles

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#5 Cockatwo

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#6 It’s A Me

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Currently, the subreddit is home to just over 494k members. The community has grown to such a size in just over 4 years, since having been founded in late March, 2017.

For any fresh-faced redditors who are thinking of joining r/2healthbars, you should definitely have a thorough read through all of their rules. The moderators have even typed up a handy wiki with various clarifications. It’s detailed and will most likely help you get settled in quicker.

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#7 Someone Tried To Break Into An Auto Parts Store Near My House

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#8 This Tree Has Been Adding Layers Of Another Tree Every Year

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#9 Grandma And Grandma

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Naturally, all the content that you share on r/2healthbars has to be relevant to the subreddit. However, there might be some confusion about where exactly the line lies between photos that fit the spirit of the community and images that, for whatever reason, fall short of this.

The moderators stress the fact that all of the photos need to have a “physical or perceived transformation” that then reveals a second layer, aka “a new health bar.” Duplicates of the same thing don’t technically count as being in line with r/2healthbars.

#10 Cute²

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#11 A Ship Shipping Ship Shipping Shipping Ships

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#12 My Aging Shift Knob And A Perfectly Good One Lurking Underneath !

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What you need to focus on is a single thing, one item that transforms, not two items that are independent of each other. “One layer of life can’t exist at the same time as the other, one has to be defeated,” the mods explain.

Even though something might be ironic, like two coffee shops of the same brand being next to each other, it doesn’t automatically mean that it’s worthy of r/2healthbars. The subreddit has a neat list of things that might sound like they fit the spirit of the sub but should be avoided.

#13 This Man Was Born For This Job

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#14 How Are They Already On The Textbook If They Are Posing For It

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#15 Clock

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Things that should be avoided include: someone or something holding a thing that is holding a thing; two people wearing the same thing, pictures of a thing next to itself, a sticker under a sticker, a mask under an identical mask, or a camera attached to a camera. Unfortunately, doors behind doors also don’t count!

As the subreddit has grown to quite a size, the moderators have started taking a different approach to what kind of content they let through and which posts they remove. Currently, they’re focusing on increasing the number of high-quality photos and filtering out low-effort and/or low-quality content.

#16 Japanese Mascot Kumamon Putting His Face Through His Own Cutout

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#17 This Candle Which Makes A New Candle From Its Melted Wax

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#18 This Town Hall Has A Mascot Of Itself

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“Content posted on our subreddit should resemble something new and original. It’s low effort when you have posted something that is comparable to, but is not as good as, already existing content on the subreddit,” they explain.

If something looks dull, unappealing, or generally brings the quality of the community down, the mods have the power to remove it. “In this past year, this sub has grown in size. No longer are the days when literally all the posts were about ‘seeing double’ of something. In fact, we are trying to move forward from that kind of content. In the past, we didn’t remove low-quality content because that would ultimately kill the sub. Now is the time for change,” they explain their reasoning.

#19 Mandarin Double Time

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#20 A Case For The Case

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#21 This Mouse Gave Birth

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Some examples of low-effort posts include: double-labeled items, boxes in boxes, packages in packages, glasses over glasses, double notebook covers, smaller versions of fruits and vegetables inside one another (alas, a favorite of mine), and anything food or drink-related. Screenshots of any kind also don’t count.

#22 Painting Nature

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#23 He’s My Step Son

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#24 When An Enemy Splits Into Several Small Enemies Instead Of Dying

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Which of these photos did you enjoy the most, dear Readers? Have you seen anything recently that would be a perfect fit for r/2healthbars? What’s the most surprising video game boss fight that you’ve ever encountered? Share your thoughts below. Oh, and if you’re curious (and a small spoiler warning here), I’m a huge fan of what happens with the Guardian Ape boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. I think there’s hardly a better example of a boss that’d fit the r/2healthbars sub!

#25 Bottle Of Rum Within A Bottle Of Vodka

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#26 People Of Walmart

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#27 Baby’s First Baby

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#28 This Apple Has An Apple On It

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#29 This Tree Has A Second Later Of Different Bark

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#30 They’re Evolving

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#31 Burburguer

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#32 This Meme

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#33 Pulling Up The The Flooring In My Porch To Reveal More Flooring

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#34 Triple Snail

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#35 My Headphones With An Adapter Actually Already Had The Correct Piece Screwed Under The End

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#36 Just Incase You Didn’t See The First One

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#37 “He Has A Swimming Pool In His Swimming Pool!”

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#38 My Boyfriends Dice

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#39 Hard Boiled Rock

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#40 This Ducks Beak Looks Like A Duck

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#41 Ready For Some Serious Walking

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#42 Toilet Paper Mitosis

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#43 Cork Under Cap… Huh???

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#44 4 Health Bars: The Abyss Watchers

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#45 My Lighter Has Another Graphic Of A Cute Kitty Underneath The First One

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#46 Pumpkin Skull In A Pumpkin Face

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#47 Apple-Ception

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#48 This Car That Has A Smaller Car Inside It

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#49 Cookies On Cookie

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#50 Though This Place Was Closing But It Was Just Entering Phase 2

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#51 “Take That Ridiculous Thing Off”

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#52 Nutella Jar Jar

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#53 This Second Window Created By Ice

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#54 The Back Of This Van

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#55 Putting Stuff In The Second Cart Will Regen Health

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#56 The Sunflower’s Sunflower

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#57 This Stop Sign

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#58 I’ve Got Garages In My Garage

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#59 2 Health Bars At FedEx

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#60 Restroom

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#61 Found This Hammer In The Airbnb I’m Staying In. I Was Intrigued To Discover It Rattled. Then I Discovered The Extra Health Bars!

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#62 You Thought This Curb Was Beaten, Only To Find A Second Curb Waiting, At Full Health!

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#63 The Feeling Of Reelection

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#64 Thy Lover Is Thyself

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#65 Aaa Guy Locked His Keys In His Car And Had To Call Aaa

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#66 This Pillow

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#67 Grapes

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#68 My Coffee This Morning

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#69 Incognito

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#70 A 3D-Print Holding A 3D-Print Of Itself

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#71 “Almost Couldn’t Believe It When The Sweatshirt Came Off” -My Sister

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#72 A Pikachu Ferry Covered In Pikachus Carrying Pikachus Captained By Pikachu

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#73 Super Ultra Sun Protection

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#74 The Heel Of These Heels Are Heels

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#75 Took Apart A Phone Booth At Work And Guess What’s Underneath The Keypad

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#76 Controllers On My Controller

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#77 The Siding Burned Off This Garage Revealing More Siding

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#78 This Ceiling Fan That Has Additional Fans In Place Of Blades

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#79 Got Em Twice

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#80 When You Can’t Decide Between Denim And Khaki

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#81 Bob Ross Painting A Bob Ross Toaster While Toasting A Picture Of Bob Ross.

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