History Main / AchillesHeel

15th Jan '17 4:43:37 PM ANTMuddle
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Any seemingly {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le character will inevitably have some key weakness that can and will be [[FlawExploitation exploited.]] This is especially likely if the main character is a SuperHero; otherwise they could walk over criminals and other villains and flatten any chance of conflict or personal peril. Aliens and monsters that are ImmuneToBullets will usually have a fairly {{mundane|Solution}} Achilles Heel that only surfaces/is discovered when things look the bleakest.

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Any seemingly {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le character (or KungFuProofMook) will inevitably have some key weakness that can and will be [[FlawExploitation exploited.]] This is especially likely if the main character is a SuperHero; otherwise they could walk over criminals and other villains and flatten any chance of conflict or personal peril. Aliens and monsters that are ImmuneToBullets will usually have a fairly {{mundane|Solution}} Achilles Heel that only surfaces/is discovered when things look the bleakest.
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15th Jan '17 2:36:11 PM ectostar
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* StraightForTheCommander: Enemy's commander is the weakness, and thus exploiting it. [[note]] It's not that easy: [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking the commander is usually stronger]] than a {{Mook|s}} [[/note]]

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* StraightForTheCommander: Enemy's commander is the weakness, and thus exploiting it. [[note]] It's [[note]]It's not that easy: [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking the commander is usually stronger]] than a {{Mook|s}} [[/note]]{{Mook|s}}[[/note]]



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2nd Jan '17 4:29:11 AM iroanxi
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* In ''Fanfic/WithThisRing'', the Self-Insert has absolutely no ability to resist magic, meaning spells that others would shrug off a crippling to him. Chaos magic is even worse, as it can ignore his shields.

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* In ''Fanfic/WithThisRing'', the Self-Insert ''Fanfic/WithThisRing'': Initially, Orange Lantern (OL) has absolutely no ability to resist magic, meaning spells that others would shrug off a were crippling to him. Chaos magic is was even worse, as it can could ignore his shields.shields. Paragon!OL rectified this with a high-grade defensive magical amulet from Atlantis, but that only protects him from direct magical attacks, leaving magic-users one of his worst match-ups. [[spoiler: He grows out of it thanks to the Ophidian giving him a soul and lending her assistance with her resistance, though some skilled magicians can get around it.]] Grayven doesn't have this weakness due to being a New God.
** OL has a huge weakness to telepathic attacks. In a fight with Miss Martian she easily takes control of him. Renegade!OL rectifies this by getting [[TrainingFromHell training from Manchester Black]]. But psychics are terrible opponents.
*** [[spoiler: As Psimon learns the hard way OL is extremely strong against mindscape attacks because anyone invading his mind on that level also gets to fight Ophidian.]]
** He also employs clever tactics, advanced constructs, and sophisticated attacks as standard, but as a result he is easily flustered by direct, intense pressure that doesn't give him time to think or plan. This is in contrast to Green Lanterns, who are typically quite adept at simply reacting without thinking in combat.
1st Jan '17 6:35:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* Sheriff Lucas Buck's vulnerability in ''Series/AmericanGothic'' is his ThirdEye--if stabbed there, he could be killed. What makes this a particularly JustForFun/{{egregious}} example is that not only is there no indication of this vulnerability until the next to the last episode of the show, but what could have been a very cool mythologically resonant plot point is instead wasted twice over: the person who reveals and exploits this weakness is a throwaway character we'd never met until the previous episode and [[WeaksauceWeakness the stabbing doesn't even take, since Buck is revealed alive in his grave at the end of the episode]].

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* Sheriff Lucas Buck's vulnerability in ''Series/AmericanGothic'' ''Series/AmericanGothic1995'' is his ThirdEye--if stabbed there, he could be killed. What makes this a particularly JustForFun/{{egregious}} example is that not only is there no indication of this vulnerability until the next to the last episode of the show, but what could have been a very cool mythologically resonant plot point is instead wasted twice over: the person who reveals and exploits this weakness is a throwaway character we'd never met until the previous episode and [[WeaksauceWeakness the stabbing doesn't even take, since Buck is revealed alive in his grave at the end of the episode]].
31st Dec '16 10:29:29 AM StFan
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* Cecilman from ''Series/TheLibrarians'' episode "And The Infernal Contract" is an all-powerful demon who will grant the wish of whoever signs his contract, in exchange for their soul. He's basically unbeatable in any kind of straight-up fight, but he does have one crippling weakness: He must grant the wish of whoever's name is on the contract, even if that wish would hurt him. Eve Baird exploits this weakness by signing the contract herself and then wishing that Cecilman [[BroughtDownToNormal was a human being.]] He becomes human, freeing both Eve and the previous signatory from the contract (as Cecilman is no longer a demon, he has no claim on Eve's soul).

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* Cecilman from ''Series/TheLibrarians'' ''Series/TheLibrarians2014'' episode "And The "The Librarians and the Infernal Contract" is an all-powerful demon who will grant the wish of whoever signs his contract, in exchange for their soul. He's basically unbeatable in any kind of straight-up fight, but he does have one crippling weakness: He must grant the wish of whoever's name is on the contract, even if that wish would hurt him. Eve Baird exploits this weakness by signing the contract herself and then wishing that Cecilman [[BroughtDownToNormal was a human being.]] He becomes human, freeing both Eve and the previous signatory from the contract (as Cecilman is no longer a demon, he has no claim on Eve's soul).
28th Dec '16 8:00:05 AM ImpudentInfidel
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*** In the new continuity, ''Film/RogueOne'' explains that [[spoiler: the flaw was added deliberately by a Rebel sympathizer, who was also the one who fed them the information they would need to exploit it.]]

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*** In the new continuity, ''Film/RogueOne'' explains that [[spoiler: the flaw was added deliberately added and laboriously hidden by a Rebel sympathizer, who was also the one who fed them the information they would need to exploit it.]]
25th Dec '16 2:02:28 PM MiddleEighth
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*In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone'', it turns out that despite his overwhelming psionic power, Ringo is unusually susceptible to psionic attacks.
19th Dec '16 9:25:03 PM Lullaby22
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* Cecilman from ''Series/TheLibrarians'' episode "And The Infernal Contract" is an all-powerful demon who will grant the wish of whoever signs his contract, in exchange for their soul. He's basically unbeatable in any kind of straight-up fight, but he does have one crippling weakness: He must grant the wish of whoever's name is on the contract, even if that wish would hurt him. Eve Baird exploits this weakness by signing the contract herself and then wishing that Cecilman [[BroughtDownToNormal was a human being.]] He becomes human, freeing both Eve and the previous signatory from the contract (as Cecilman is no longer a demon, he has no claim on Eve's soul).
17th Dec '16 5:59:24 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* In ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds'', the aliens are vulnerable to Earth bacteria and viruses. While new beings likely wouldn't be vulnerable to earth's viruses, bacteria would be able to wipe out any species without an adapted (or adequate) immune system. This is because the different ways that bacteria and viruses work. While it's stated to be the common cold in the movie, it could just be a "sinus infection" (bacterial). Any alien species moving to a different planet would be highly vulnerable to any and all new bacteria.

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* In ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds'', the aliens are vulnerable to Earth bacteria and viruses. While new beings likely wouldn't be vulnerable to earth's viruses, bacteria would be able to wipe out any species without an adapted (or adequate) immune system. This is because the different ways that bacteria and viruses work. While it's stated to be the common cold in the movie, it could just be a "sinus infection" (bacterial). Any alien species moving to a different planet would be highly vulnerable to any and all new bacteria. This is a case of ScienceMarchesOn, since the movie came out three years before the cause of the common cold was discovered.
17th Dec '16 5:51:36 PM ImpudentInfidel
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*** In the new continuity, ''Film/RogueOne'' explains that [[spoiler: the flaw was added deliberately by a Rebel sympathizer, who was also the one who fed them the information they would need to destroy it.]]

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*** In the new continuity, ''Film/RogueOne'' explains that [[spoiler: the flaw was added deliberately by a Rebel sympathizer, who was also the one who fed them the information they would need to destroy exploit it.]]
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