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8th Feb '16 4:31:15 PM ading
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More of a Kryptonite Factor as snails and slugs aren't generally known for being dangerous, formidable, or unbeatable.
* Slugs and snails are known for being killed by salt. This is because they have such a high percentage of water in their bodies, they die of dehydration, as the salt forces their liquids out of their bodies to try to equalize it. ** Conversely, many marine invertebrates, like sea cucumbers, will explode if placed in fresh water. This is because they maintain salt equilibrium with their outside environment by passive osmosis, so when placed in low-saline water their cells will absorb water to the point that they rupture.
26th Jan '16 12:41:48 PM EDP
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* The mother of all Achilles Heels is the exhaust port on the Death Star in ''Franchise/StarWars'', through which an invincible planet-destroying space station can [[EarthShatteringKaboom explode into an enormous fireball]] because of a couple torpedoes from a small one-man fighter spacecraft hit its reactor and caused a chain-reaction explosion. In the EU, it's made the clear the Emperor was ''pissed'' there was such a massive flaw, and the designer repeatedly killed, brought back to life, and then killed again. The second Death Star attempted to avoid this, by instead having lots of little exhaust ports all of which would be to small to shoot into. Luckily, the heroes still had an Achilles Heel to exploit because Death Star II was only about 70% complete when they attacked, which included holes allowing them to fly right up inside the main reactor and torpedo it.
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* The mother ''Franchise/StarWars'' example: ** One of all Achilles Heels the best known is the exhaust port on the Death Star in ''Franchise/StarWars'', Star, through which an invincible planet-destroying space station can [[EarthShatteringKaboom explode into an enormous fireball]] because of a couple torpedoes from a small one-man fighter spacecraft hit its reactor and caused a chain-reaction explosion. {{Justified}} due the simple fact the exhaust port was extremely small (only two meters wide) and would throw ''out'' exhaust, meaning the shot was considered impossible until Luke (who is a Force sensitive) somehow managed to do it. *** In the old EU, it's made the clear the Emperor was ''pissed'' there was such a massive flaw, flaw and the designer repeatedly killed, brought back to life, and then killed again. again before putting him to work on a perfected design. The second Death Star attempted to avoid this, by instead having lots of little much smaller exhaust ports all of which would be to ports, too small to shoot into. Luckily, the heroes still had an Achilles Heel to exploit because Death Star II was only about 70% complete when they attacked, which included holes allowing wide enough for them to fly right up inside the main reactor and torpedo it.it. ** [=AT-ATs=] are massive {{Spider Tank}}s with heavy firepower and enough armour to [[NoSell not even notice when they're hit with blaster cannon fire]]. Aside for being hit by anti-starship weapons (that aren't normally used on a planet precisely because they're too powerful), there're four ways to take them down: the 'neck' with the weapons and the cockpit is relatively unarmored, and concentrated fire will severe the vehicle from its guidance system; the armour, while tough, isn't so effective against a large projectile at high speed such as a [[RammingAlwaysWorks kamikaze airspeeder]]; as they move through legs, a tow cable may be used to 'trip' them; finally, their armour can't resist lightsabers (that, to be fair, cut through pretty much everything), and Luke took one down by opening a hole and throwing a bomb inside.

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* The mother of all Achilles Heels Minbari warships in ''Series/BabylonFive'' depend on a large drive fin in their aft to move, and if it's taken out they are immobilized. This weakness is offset by Minbari warships having a ludicrous firepower and [[StealthInSpace being almost impossible to target]], meaning that among the exhaust port on the Death Star in ''Franchise/StarWars'', Younger Races only another Minbari ship (whose sensors can break through which an invincible planet-destroying space station the Minbari stealth) can [[EarthShatteringKaboom explode into an enormous fireball]] because take advantage of a couple torpedoes from a small one-man fighter spacecraft hit its reactor and caused a chain-reaction explosion. In the EU, it's made the clear the Emperor was ''pissed'' there was such a massive flaw, and the designer repeatedly killed, brought back to life, and then killed again. The second Death Star attempted to avoid this, by instead having lots of little exhaust ports all of which would be to small to shoot into. Luckily, the heroes still had an Achilles Heel to exploit because Death Star II was only about 70% complete when they attacked, which included holes allowing them to fly right up inside the main reactor and torpedo it.this weakness.
3rd Jan '16 4:45:26 PM Shaid
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* In the {{Futurama}} movie "Bender's Big Score", the scammers have an entire fleet of "Solid Gold [[StarWars Death Stars]]. To stop one of them, {{AlGore]]'s head flies into one to blow it up from the inside, using a hatch marked "Achilles Vent"
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* In the {{Futurama}} movie "Bender's Big Score", the scammers have an entire fleet of "Solid Gold [[StarWars Death Stars]]. To stop one of them, {{AlGore]]'s AlGore's head flies into one to blow it up from the inside, using a hatch marked "Achilles Vent"
3rd Jan '16 4:40:08 PM Shaid
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* In the {{Futurama}} movie "Bender's Big Score", the scammers have an entire fleet of "Solid Gold [[StarWars Death Stars]]. To stop one of them, {{AlGore]]'s head flies into one to blow it up from the inside, using a hatch marked "Achilles Vent"
1st Jan '16 12:59:56 AM RocketPuncher
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* In ''Fanfic/GodsAngelsAndKings'', Franchise/{{Godzilla}} retains his canon (one of them, anyway) weakness in the form of a large nerve cluster in his hip, which [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Zeruel]] uses against him.
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* In ''Fanfic/GodsAngelsAndKings'', Franchise/{{Godzilla}} retains his canon (one of them, anyway) weakness in the form of a large nerve cluster in his hip, which [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Zeruel]] [[spoiler:Zeruel]] uses against him.him. * ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'': ** Since Shinji has [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Kryptonian]] DNA, he is weak to Kryptonite. ** While Shinji fights Sachiel, he hears Rei saying that its weak point is the red core. Right away he punches the red orb until he cracks it. * ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': Being [[Franchise/{{Superman}} half-Kryptonian]], Asuka is weak to Kryptonite and she can't recharge her powers under light of a red sun.
1st Jan '16 12:38:45 AM RocketPuncher
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* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': The titular HumongousMecha has several weaknesses: ** Mazinger can't move without its pilot. So the bad guys constantly attack Kouji when he is out of Mazinger. ** Mazinger's main body must be combined with the Hover Pilder to work. Kouji's enemies often try to prevent him from attaching the Pilder to Mazinger's head. ** Mazinger's underwater mobility is crap, even after getting upgraded to fight underwater. Of course, this is exploited frequently.

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31st Dec '15 11:49:56 PM RocketPuncher
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* In ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'', the team's main vehicle, The God Phoenix, has a rather poorly thought out weakness in that all the team's sub-vehicles have to be docked for the God Phoenix's weapons systems to work. While that kind of weakness would make sense to create the plane's Fiery Phoenix effect since it's an exotic weapon system, to have it affect the regular weapons seems too much. Even worse, Galactor learns about this weakness and the visual clues for it and wastes no time to take advantage of it.
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* In ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'', the ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'': ** The team's main vehicle, The God Phoenix, has a rather poorly thought out weakness in that all the team's sub-vehicles have to be docked for the God Phoenix's weapons systems to work. While that kind of weakness would make sense to create the plane's Fiery Phoenix effect since it's an exotic weapon system, to have it affect the regular weapons seems too much. Even worse, Galactor learns about this weakness and the visual clues for it and wastes no time to take advantage of it.
29th Dec '15 10:02:04 AM Anddrix
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* In ''Comicbook/NewAvengers'', the Ivory Kings (aka the Beyonders) are incredibly powerful god-like beings who are able to curbstomp just about anything -- even other cosmic entities. SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom eventually discovers a key weakness: [[spoiler:the Beyonders can't TimeTravel. He tries to exploit this by going back in time to kill them at the point of their creation]].
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* In ''Comicbook/NewAvengers'', the Ivory Kings (aka the Beyonders) are incredibly powerful god-like beings who are able to curbstomp just about anything -- even other cosmic entities. SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom Doctor Doom eventually discovers a key weakness: [[spoiler:the Beyonders can't TimeTravel. He tries to exploit this by going back in time to kill them at the point of their creation]].
23rd Dec '15 4:44:47 PM merotoker
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Any seemingly NighInvulnerable 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 NighInvulnerable {{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.

* Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion reveals a key weakness in Homura's [[GameBreaker Time Control]] magic: there's a delay from its activation to when time actually stops. Sayaka hears the gears starting to whir and is fast enough to jam the mechanism with her sword. Also, if you're in contact with her, as Mami was via ribbon during their fight, you're unaffected. * PlayedWith for the homunculi in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. Their immortality is fueled by the [[GreenRocks Philosopher's Stones]] in their bodies; Mustang tore Lust's out of her body attempting a one-shot kill, only for her to form a new body from the Stone. Turns out their only weakness is being killed a few dozen times (or the destruction of the Stone itself), with the exact number of "kills" required being dependent on [[spoiler:the number of human souls remaining in the Stone]].
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* Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' reveals a key weakness in Homura's [[GameBreaker Time Control]] magic: there's a delay from its activation to when time actually stops. Sayaka hears the gears starting to whir and is fast enough to jam the mechanism with her sword. Also, if you're in contact with her, as Mami was via ribbon during their fight, you're unaffected. * PlayedWith [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] for the homunculi in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. Their immortality is fueled by the [[GreenRocks Philosopher's Stones]] in their bodies; Mustang tore Lust's out of her body attempting a one-shot kill, only for her to form a new body from the Stone. Turns out their only weakness is being killed a few dozen times (or the destruction of the Stone itself), with the exact number of "kills" required being dependent on [[spoiler:the number of human souls remaining in the Stone]].

* Any character in ''GetBackers'' have fantastical abilities but with very heavy handicaps, more often than not forcing the characters to pull near-fatal trump card moves. The best example is one character of the main duo, Mido Ban, who can [[LotusEaterMachine subject people to dreams]] with his Jagan (Evil Eye) for exactly one minute in reality, but indefinitely in the dream itself, making it an ultimate twink move. The catch? He can only use it once on a person and three times total a day. Needless to say, a lot of antagonists find ways to avoid this or force him to use his Jagan needlessly until he's helpless.
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* Any character in ''GetBackers'' ''Manga/GetBackers'' have fantastical abilities but with very heavy handicaps, more often than not forcing the characters to pull near-fatal trump card moves. The best example is one character of the main duo, Mido Ban, who can [[LotusEaterMachine subject people to dreams]] with his Jagan (Evil Eye) for exactly one minute in reality, but indefinitely in the dream itself, making it an ultimate twink move. The catch? He can only use it once on a person and three times total a day. Needless to say, a lot of antagonists find ways to avoid this or force him to use his Jagan needlessly until he's helpless.

* Many times on ''SaintSeiya'', more than one character suffers from this. Shiryu's main means of attacking leaves his heart wide open to attacks for a fraction of a second, something a few people notice over the course of the story. Krishna likewise was only defeated when Shiryu struck his hidden "Star Points", and the Pope of Sanctuary's astral projection attacks left his body wide open to attack.
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* Many times on ''SaintSeiya'', ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', more than one character suffers from this. Shiryu's main means of attacking leaves his heart wide open to attacks for a fraction of a second, something a few people notice over the course of the story. Krishna likewise was only defeated when Shiryu struck his hidden "Star Points", and the Pope of Sanctuary's astral projection attacks left his body wide open to attack.

** a human artist gains the power to make his [[ArtInitiatesLife art come to life]], and starts creating some of the most horrible creatures imaginable as an army to obliterate his enemies. However, once Inuyasha destroys the artist's inkwell -- which turns out to be a ''magic'' inkwell -- he's down and out.
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** a A human artist gains the power to make his [[ArtInitiatesLife art come to life]], and starts creating some of the most horrible creatures imaginable as an army to obliterate his enemies. However, once Inuyasha destroys the artist's inkwell -- which turns out to be a ''magic'' inkwell -- he's down and out.

* Subverted in Legend of Lemnear. The Big Bad transforms himself into a 50 foot demon cyclops, and the male hero: The warrior of Bronze declares [[spoiler: "You may be tough, but I know your weak spot! Your demon eye!" Then through a crazy set of acrobatics, lands on the demons face to plunge a sword into its eye. Only to have his sword shatter on contact.]]
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* Subverted in Legend ''Legend of Lemnear.Lemnear''. The Big Bad transforms himself into a 50 foot demon cyclops, and the male hero: The warrior of Bronze declares [[spoiler: "You may be tough, but I know your weak spot! Your demon eye!" Then through a crazy set of acrobatics, lands on the demons face to plunge a sword into its eye. Only to have his sword shatter on contact.]]contact]].

* Nagi Springfield of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' is described as invincible with no weaknesses. Except for the fact that he's an [[IdiotHero idiot]] who needs a cheatsheet to remember spells. He also has trouble pronouncing latin. ** Alternatively, his commerade Eishun is a more serious character who for his strong focus on his training means a lack of human contact, and therefore a difficulty with women. This seems a common trait in Shinmeiryuu swordsman if Setsuna is any indication. [[StalkerWithACrush Tsukuyomi]] takes this weakness [[PsychoLesbian too far in the other direction]].
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* Nagi Springfield of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' is described as invincible with no weaknesses. Except for the fact that he's an [[IdiotHero idiot]] who needs a cheatsheet to remember spells. He also has trouble pronouncing latin. Latin. ** Alternatively, his commerade comrade Eishun is a more serious character who for his strong focus on his training means a lack of human contact, and therefore a difficulty with women. This seems a common trait in Shinmeiryuu swordsman if Setsuna is any indication. [[StalkerWithACrush Tsukuyomi]] takes this weakness [[PsychoLesbian too far in the other direction]].

** The Logia Fruits, easily the most powerful of all the Devil Fruits, all seem to have a single weakness that negates their great power or their [[MadeOfAir perfect defense]]. For example; Sir Crocodile, eater of the Sand Sand fruit, becomes solid when wet. [[AGodAmI God Enel]], eater of the Rumble Rumble fruit, which gives him lighting powers strong enough to destroy the entirety of Skypeia, is made completely helpless when pitted against Luffy, who is made of rubber and doesn't conduct electricity (until he finds ways to attack Luffy indirectly). Logia Fruit users can also be somewhat physically harmed when up against someone with a powerful Haki, though if a Logia user has Haki of his own he can counter that attempt to bypass his intangibility (as seen when [[spoiler:Whitebeard]] uses a Haki-imbued attack against [[spoiler:Admiral Aokiji]]). Logia users can also be hurt by someone whose Logia is more powerful than theirs in a similar area, such as Sakazuki's magma being hotter than Ace's fire.
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** The Logia Fruits, easily the most powerful of all the Devil Fruits, all seem to have a single weakness that negates their great power or their [[MadeOfAir [[NighInvulnerability perfect defense]]. For example; Sir Crocodile, eater of the Sand Sand fruit, becomes solid when wet. [[AGodAmI God Enel]], eater of the Rumble Rumble fruit, which gives him lighting powers strong enough to destroy the entirety of Skypeia, is made completely helpless when pitted against Luffy, who is made of rubber and doesn't conduct electricity (until he finds ways to attack Luffy indirectly). Logia Fruit users can also be somewhat physically harmed when up against someone with a powerful Haki, though if a Logia user has Haki of his own he can counter that attempt to bypass his intangibility (as seen when [[spoiler:Whitebeard]] uses a Haki-imbued attack against [[spoiler:Admiral Aokiji]]). Logia users can also be hurt by someone whose Logia is more powerful than theirs in a similar area, such as Sakazuki's magma being hotter than Ace's fire.

* The Yato of Manga/{{Gintama}} have immense physical strength, but are sensitive to the sun and carry around umbrellas (which double as guns, shields (bullet-proof?), and are very durable, used something like swords) to protect themselves during the day. On one occasion a character died from being exposed to the sun only briefly, after years of being underground.
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* The Yato of Manga/{{Gintama}} ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' have immense physical strength, but are sensitive to the sun and carry around umbrellas (which double as guns, shields (bullet-proof?), and are very durable, used something like swords) to protect themselves during the day. On one occasion a character died from being exposed to the sun only briefly, after years of being underground.

* In {{Voltron}}, it turns out the the right knee where Black Lion and Blue Lion connect is the titular mecha's weak point. The enemy constantly bombards it when they find out about it before they're able to pull away and finish the fight before they lose the leg. However, in the end, they fix THAT weak point and put in ''another weak point''! What the hell?! * Many villains in ''{{Yaiba}}'' has this. For example, Bat-Man's weakness to sunlight, the Moon Bunnies' ears and Silver's [[GoForTheEye eye]]. * In ''PokemonSpecial'', Yellow's Virdian-blessed powers include [[HealingHands healing]], {{telepathy}}, [[MindOverMatter minor telekinesis]], and SuperEmpowering. All this sounds like it would make her an invincible Pokemon trainer, but while her powers ''do'' make up for her sub-par battling skills, using them too much runs the risk of her being forced into a deep sleep that cannot be externally disrupted. At one point she gets taunted into using her powers vainly as to get tired out faster.
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* In {{Voltron}}, ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'', it turns out the the right knee where Black Lion and Blue Lion connect is the titular mecha's weak point. The enemy constantly bombards it when they find out about it before they're able to pull away and finish the fight before they lose the leg. However, in the end, they fix THAT weak point and put in ''another weak point''! What the hell?! * Many villains in ''{{Yaiba}}'' ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'' has this. For example, Bat-Man's weakness to sunlight, the Moon Bunnies' ears and Silver's [[GoForTheEye eye]]. * In ''PokemonSpecial'', ''[[Manga/PokemonAdventures Pokémon Special]]'', Yellow's Virdian-blessed powers include [[HealingHands healing]], {{telepathy}}, [[MindOverMatter minor telekinesis]], and SuperEmpowering. All this sounds like it would make her an invincible Pokemon trainer, but while her powers ''do'' make up for her sub-par battling skills, using them too much runs the risk of her being forced into a deep sleep that cannot be externally disrupted. At one point she gets taunted into using her powers vainly as to get tired out faster.

* Many magical girls tend to have their TransformationTrinket be their Achilles Heel due to the fact that they need it to transform and, thus, be useful. Many bad guys don't seem to actively go for these items in battle, but a few times they have had lead to a MidSeasonUpgrade, ''Manga/SailorMoon'' being a good example as Usagi had one brooch destroyed and a second damaged and needed those upgrades to get her powered up again, as well as temporarily losing access to them at times.
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* Many magical girls {{magical girl}}s tend to have their TransformationTrinket be their Achilles Heel due to the fact that they need it to transform and, thus, be useful. Many bad guys don't seem to actively go for these items in battle, but a few times they have had lead to a MidSeasonUpgrade, MidSeasonUpgrade. ''Manga/SailorMoon'' being is a good example as Usagi had one brooch destroyed and a second damaged and needed those upgrades to get her powered up again, as well as temporarily losing access to them at times.

* Perhaps the most well-known Achilles Heel is Comicbook/{{Superman}}'s weakness to {{kryptonite|Factor}}. He's also perfectly susceptible to magical and ([[DependingOnTheWriter sometimes]]) telepathic attacks. It's also generally accepted that Superman would lose all of his powers while exposed to red solar radiation, since the yellow sun is the source of his power though writers waffle about whether red sunlight instantly depowers him or if he gets gradually weaker as he uses up his stores of yellow solar energy. On top of that, chi-based attacks are an opposite force to aliens and Superman's solar based powers, besides having opposite effect on Superman than the sun, it could kill him with ease. "Chi" is life energy and the basis of magic in the DC Universe.
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* Perhaps the most well-known Achilles Heel is Comicbook/{{Superman}}'s Franchise/{{Superman}}'s weakness to {{kryptonite|Factor}}. He's also perfectly susceptible to magical and ([[DependingOnTheWriter sometimes]]) telepathic attacks. It's also generally accepted that Superman would lose all of his powers while exposed to red solar radiation, since the yellow sun is the source of his power though writers waffle about whether red sunlight instantly depowers him or if he gets gradually weaker as he uses up his stores of yellow solar energy. On top of that, chi-based attacks are an opposite force to aliens and Superman's solar based powers, besides having the opposite effect on Superman than the sun, it could kill him with ease. "Chi" is life energy and the basis of magic in the DC Universe.

* The UltimateMarvel version of ComicBook/IronMan can't touch anything with his bare skin, even dust, without causing himself excruciating pain--hence the suit. He wore a special body paint that numbed him to a normal level. It also gave him a normal color since the events of his birth made him blue in addition to neural tissue extending throughout his body, the reason for his pain.
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* The UltimateMarvel Comicbook/UltimateMarvel version of ComicBook/IronMan can't touch anything with his bare skin, even dust, without causing himself excruciating pain--hence the suit. He wore a special body paint that numbed him to a normal level. It also gave him a normal color since the events of his birth made him blue in addition to neural tissue extending throughout his body, the reason for his pain.

* Traditionally, Comicbook/{{Green Lantern}}s have had trouble with the color yellow--except the first of them, whose power came from a different source, and was instead vulnerable to wood. Parodied by the parallel-universe "Green Guardsman" in an episode of the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' TV series, whose ring was powerless against aluminum. * The alien symbiotes, from the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, that created such creatures as black-suit ComicBook/SpiderMan, ComicBook/{{Venom}}, Carnage, and Toxin, are vulnerable to "sonics"--essentially, ''extremely'' loud or high-frequency noises. Extreme heat is also a notably unpleasant weakness of theirs. There's one time when Venom has been defeated by a lit ''zippo''. ** Conversely, Vemon is Spider-Man's Achilles Heel. Since the Venom symbiote spend a good bit of time bonded to Spidey as his black costume, not only does it know all about the SpiderSense (something that routinely saves Spidey's life by giving him a heads-up on an incoming sneak attack), it's also ''immune to detection by it'', an immunity that extends to any host the symbiote is bonded to. * {{Inverted}} with the supervillain Doomsday. If you kill him, he comes back, ''immune to what killed him last time'' (so, if you tossed him into space, he'd come back able to survive sudden changes in pressure; if you did it again, he wouldn't need to breathe the next time; and if you did it a third time, he might--[[ConvectionSchmonvection eventually]]--[[SpaceIsCold freeze]], or burn up, and come back immune to that). * The brilliant, amoral ComicBook/{{Thanos}} from the Franchise/MarvelUniverse has a particularly strange weakness: ''self-defeatism''. As Adam Warlock points out in a BreakingSpeech in ''ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet'' [[CrisisCrossover crossover]], he subconsciously knows he doesn't deserve victory, and thus arranges his defeat without realizing it. The Vision {{lampshaded}} it in a dialogue with She-Hulk, explaining that Thanos himself helped the Avengers to defeat him in previous battles.
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* Traditionally, Comicbook/{{Green Franchise/{{Green Lantern}}s have had trouble with the color yellow--except the first of them, whose power came from a different source, and was instead vulnerable to wood. Parodied by the parallel-universe "Green Guardsman" in an episode of the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' TV series, whose ring was powerless against aluminum. * The alien symbiotes, symbiotes from the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, that created such creatures as black-suit ComicBook/SpiderMan, Franchise/SpiderMan, ComicBook/{{Venom}}, Carnage, Comicbook/{{Carnage}}, and Toxin, are vulnerable to "sonics"--essentially, ''extremely'' loud or high-frequency noises. Extreme heat is also a notably unpleasant weakness of theirs. There's one time when Venom has been defeated by a lit ''zippo''. ** ''zippo''.\\ \\ Conversely, Vemon Venom is Spider-Man's Achilles Heel. Since the Venom symbiote spend spent a good bit of time bonded to Spidey as his black costume, not only does it know all about the SpiderSense (something that routinely saves Spidey's life by giving him a heads-up on an incoming sneak attack), it's also ''immune to detection by it'', an immunity that extends to any host the symbiote is bonded to. * {{Inverted}} {{Inverted|Trope}} with the supervillain Doomsday. If you kill him, he comes back, ''immune ''[[ItOnlyWorksOnce immune to what killed him last time'' time]]'' (so, if you tossed him into space, he'd come back able to survive sudden changes in pressure; if you did it again, he wouldn't need to breathe the next time; and if you did it a third time, he might--[[ConvectionSchmonvection eventually]]--[[SpaceIsCold freeze]], or burn up, and come back immune to that). * The brilliant, amoral ComicBook/{{Thanos}} from the Franchise/MarvelUniverse has a particularly strange weakness: ''self-defeatism''. As Adam Warlock ComicBook/AdamWarlock points out in a BreakingSpeech [[BreakThemByTalking Breaking Speech]] in ''ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet'' [[CrisisCrossover crossover]], he subconsciously knows he doesn't deserve victory, and thus arranges his defeat without realizing it. The Vision {{lampshaded}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}d it in a dialogue with She-Hulk, explaining that Thanos himself helped the Avengers to defeat him in previous battles.

* ComicBook/NormanOsborn, the current BigBad of the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, has one rather serious Achilles Heel: he's a nutcase. As Osborn he's a twisted and brilliant MagnificentBastard -- and a sociopath. As the Goblin he's so batshit crazy he makes his Osborn side look well adjusted. As a result, it doesn't take much effort to get a VillainousBreakdown out of him. At one point [[spoiler: due to some "nudging" by imprisoned psychics]], just being ''reminded'' of ComicBook/SpiderMan lead to Osborn pacing around in his office naked and ranting. And this is ''still'' saner than his Goblin persona. * General Zod's associate Ursa has all the regular Kryptonian powers and weaknesses, but her eyes can't stand bright light. Knocking off her protective goggles will briefly stun her as she clutches her eyes in pain. ** The Eradicator (or at least when he reappeared after Superman's death) was like that, too - he couldn't take Superman's body and ended up forging a new one with the room around him. It wasn't perfect and he couldn't take in light properly, hence his shades. It's because of this that his battle with Steel turned in Steel's favor - he knocked off his shades fighting back.
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* ComicBook/NormanOsborn, the current BigBad of the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, has one rather serious Achilles Heel: he's a nutcase. As Osborn he's a twisted and brilliant MagnificentBastard -- and a sociopath. As the Goblin he's so batshit crazy he makes his Osborn side look well adjusted. As a result, it doesn't take much effort to get a VillainousBreakdown out of him. At one point [[spoiler: due to some "nudging" by imprisoned psychics]], just being ''reminded'' of ComicBook/SpiderMan lead Franchise/SpiderMan led to Osborn pacing around in his office naked and ranting. And this is ''still'' saner than his Goblin persona. * General Zod's associate Ursa has all the regular Kryptonian powers and weaknesses, but her eyes can't stand bright light. Knocking off her protective goggles will briefly stun her as she clutches her eyes in pain. ** pain. The Eradicator (or at least when he reappeared after Superman's death) was like that, too - he couldn't take Superman's body and ended up forging a new one with the room around him. It wasn't perfect and he couldn't take in light properly, hence his shades. It's because of this that his battle with Steel turned in Steel's favor - he knocked off his shades fighting back.

* In ''Comicbook/NewAvengers'', the Ivory Kings (aka the Beyonders) are incredibly powerful god-like beings who are able to curbstomp just about anything -- even other cosmic entities. DoctorDoom eventually discovers a key weakness: [[spoiler:the Beyonders can't TimeTravel. He tries to exploit this by going back in time to kill them at the point of their creation.]] * Within ''X-Men'' stories, it's established that Wolverine, Sabretooth, and pretty much anyone related to them who has a healing factor, are ''really'' hard to kill, due to their healing abilities. The one weakness they had was that beheading them would generally kill them (note that this doesn't work on Wolverine, since his skeleton is indestructible[[note]]In one story, a ''freight train'' wasn't able to decapitate him, and he ''wanted'' to die in that story[[/note]]). ** However, Rick Remender later established a rule to tone things down: The brain requires oxygen, and depriving it of oxygen for long enough will kill these people. That means that ''all'' of the Howletts and Creeds can die from something as simple as drowning. So suffocation is now an easier method of offing these guys.
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* In ''Comicbook/NewAvengers'', the Ivory Kings (aka the Beyonders) are incredibly powerful god-like beings who are able to curbstomp just about anything -- even other cosmic entities. DoctorDoom SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom eventually discovers a key weakness: [[spoiler:the Beyonders can't TimeTravel. He tries to exploit this by going back in time to kill them at the point of their creation.]] creation]]. * Within ''X-Men'' stories, it's established that Wolverine, Sabretooth, Comicbook/{{Wolverine}}, Comicbook/{{Sabretooth}}, and pretty much anyone related to them who has a healing factor, HealingFactor, are ''really'' hard to kill, due to their healing abilities. The one weakness they had was that beheading them would generally kill them (note that this doesn't work on Wolverine, since his skeleton is indestructible[[note]]In one story, a ''freight train'' wasn't able to decapitate him, and he ''wanted'' to die in that story[[/note]]). ** story[[/note]]). However, Rick Remender later established a rule to tone things down: The brain requires oxygen, and depriving it of oxygen for long enough will kill these people. That means that ''all'' of the Howletts and Creeds can die from something as simple as drowning. So suffocation is now an easier method of offing these guys.

* Genesect in ''[[{{Fanfic/Plasmas Folly}} Plasma's Folly]]'' appears to be invulnerable to any type of attack, but instantly "dies" if the drive powering its cannon is removed.
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* Genesect in ''[[{{Fanfic/Plasmas Folly}} ''[[Fanfic/PlasmasFolly Plasma's Folly]]'' appears to be invulnerable to any type of attack, but instantly "dies" if the drive powering its cannon is removed.

* In [[{{Fanfic/WithThisRing}} With This Ring]], 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. * According to the WesternAnimation/FairlyOddparents fanfiction, ''FanFic/NeverHadAFriendLikeMe'', a genie's lamp serves the function of portable prison, PowerLimiter (in the sense they've got to grant wishes of whoever has it), and PowerSource. Destroying their lamp, while supremely difficult, while they are still bound to it is also an assured way to kill them.
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* In [[{{Fanfic/WithThisRing}} With This Ring]], ''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. * According to the WesternAnimation/FairlyOddparents ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' fanfiction, ''FanFic/NeverHadAFriendLikeMe'', a genie's lamp serves the function of portable prison, PowerLimiter (in the sense they've got to grant wishes of whoever has it), and PowerSource. Destroying their lamp, while supremely difficult, while they are still bound to it is also an assured way to kill them.

* In the {{Creator/Disney}} film ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', Phil makes a reference to his old student Achilles and complains about "that [[AlterKocker furshlugginer]] heel". He even goes to Achilles's statue, flicks the heel which cause the entire statue to crumble.
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* In the {{Creator/Disney}} film ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', Phil makes a reference to his old student Achilles and complains about "that [[AlterKocker furshlugginer]] heel". He even goes to Achilles's statue, statue and flicks the heel heel, which cause causes the entire statue to crumble.

* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'': Stitch's Achilles' Heel lies in his very design. Due to the high density of his molecular structure, he sinks in water. ** The animated series of the same name revealed that Stitch can lift up to 3,000 lbs/tons, but not one ounce more.
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* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'': Stitch's Achilles' Heel lies in his very design. Due to the high density of his molecular structure, he sinks in water. ** The animated series of the same name water. ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' revealed that Stitch can lift up to 3,000 lbs/tons, but not one ounce more.

* The mother of all Achilles Heels is the exhaust port on the Death Star in ''Franchise/StarWars'', through which an invincible planet-destroying space station can [[EarthShatteringKaboom explode into an enormous fireball]] because of a couple torpedoes from a small one-man fighter spacecraft hit its reactor and caused a chain-reaction explosion. ** In the EU, it's made the clear the Emperor was ''pissed'' there was such a massive flaw, and the designer repeatedly killed, brought back to life, and then killed again. The second Death Star attempted to avoid this, by instead having lots of little exhaust ports all of which would be to small to shoot into. Luckily, the heroes still had an Achilles Heel to exploit because Death Star II was only about 70% complete when they attacked, which included holes allowing them to fly right up inside the main reactor and torpedo it.
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* The mother of all Achilles Heels is the exhaust port on the Death Star in ''Franchise/StarWars'', through which an invincible planet-destroying space station can [[EarthShatteringKaboom explode into an enormous fireball]] because of a couple torpedoes from a small one-man fighter spacecraft hit its reactor and caused a chain-reaction explosion. ** explosion. In the EU, it's made the clear the Emperor was ''pissed'' there was such a massive flaw, and the designer repeatedly killed, brought back to life, and then killed again. The second Death Star attempted to avoid this, by instead having lots of little exhaust ports all of which would be to small to shoot into. Luckily, the heroes still had an Achilles Heel to exploit because Death Star II was only about 70% complete when they attacked, which included holes allowing them to fly right up inside the main reactor and torpedo it.

* ''Film/IndependenceDay''. Not only is the alien mothership compatible with Mac OS, but despite millions of years of technological advancement, they don't have even the most rudimentary form of a firewall. It's possible in their [[HiveMind culture]] that software hacking was unheard of. ** The flying saucers are also weak to jets crashing into their giant death rays.
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* ''Film/IndependenceDay''. Not only is the alien mothership compatible with Mac OS, but despite millions of years of technological advancement, they don't have even the most rudimentary form of a firewall. It's possible in their [[HiveMind culture]] that software hacking was unheard of. ** of. The flying saucers are also weak to jets crashing into their giant death rays.

** In ''Film/LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' Volume 2, the virus was specially tailored by Dr Moreau. Yes ''that'' Dr Moreau. * A blink-and-you'll-miss-it "Achilles Heel" appears in the JimCarrey movie ''Film/LiarLiar'', where, faced with the prospect of "doing The Claw to [his ex-wife]", main character Fletcher Reed says, "You've found The Claw's only weakness--[[IceQueen sub-zero]] temperatures!"
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** In ''Film/LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' Volume 2, the virus was specially tailored by Dr Moreau. Yes ''that'' Dr Moreau. * A blink-and-you'll-miss-it "Achilles Heel" appears in the JimCarrey Creator/JimCarrey movie ''Film/LiarLiar'', where, faced with the prospect of "doing The Claw to [his ex-wife]", main character Fletcher Reed says, "You've found The Claw's only weakness--[[IceQueen sub-zero]] temperatures!"

* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] and overdone ad nauseum in ''Film/{{Mindhunters}}''. The plot of the movie rests on a FBI profiler killer killing other FBI profilers by presenting them in situations where they will have to fall for traps he's devised, because said trap is their weakness. [[spoiler: In the end, he dies by getting shot in the head, causing LL Cool J's character to quip "I guess we found out his weakness. Bullets."]]. However, the killer's true Achilles Heel is [[spoiler: time. Everything has to happen on his schedule.]]
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* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d and overdone ad nauseum in ''Film/{{Mindhunters}}''. The plot of the movie rests on a FBI profiler killer killing other FBI profilers by presenting them in situations where they will have to fall for traps he's devised, because said trap is their weakness. [[spoiler: In the end, he dies by getting shot in the head, causing LL Cool J's character to quip "I guess we found out his weakness. Bullets."]]. However, the killer's true Achilles Heel is [[spoiler: time. Everything has to happen on his schedule.]]schedule]].

* Similarly, in Tim Burton's ''MarsAttacks!'', the Martian attackers are defeated by playing Slim Whitman's "Indian Love Call," which causes their heads to explode.
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* Similarly, in Tim Burton's ''MarsAttacks!'', ''Film/MarsAttacks'', the Martian attackers are defeated by playing Slim Whitman's "Indian Love Call," which causes their heads to explode.

* Freddy Krueger of the ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' movies is an all-powerful RealityWarper... but only in dreams. In the real world, he is as vulnerable to damage as any normal person, although he's still [[MadeOfIron pretty resilient]]. The protagonists in the series [[ExploitedTrope use this to their advantage]] several times. In the original movie, [[spoiler:Freddy uses it right back at Nancy, since her return to the real world where she can defeat him [[DreamWithinADream turns out to still be a dream]].]]
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* Freddy Krueger of the ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' movies is an all-powerful RealityWarper... but only in dreams. In the real world, he is as vulnerable to damage as any normal person, although he's still [[MadeOfIron pretty resilient]]. The protagonists in the series [[ExploitedTrope use this to their advantage]] several times. In the original movie, [[spoiler:Freddy uses it right back at Nancy, since her return to the real world where she can defeat him [[DreamWithinADream turns out to still be a dream]].]]dream]]]].

* In ''Bollywood/RaOne'', both hero and villain are deliberately made NighInvulnerable--except for one weak point: their [[UpgradeArtifact HARTs]]. Neither can actually be killed unless the HART is simultaneously destroyed.
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* In ''Bollywood/RaOne'', both hero and villain are deliberately made NighInvulnerable--except {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le --except for one weak point: their [[UpgradeArtifact HARTs]]. Neither can actually be killed unless the HART is simultaneously destroyed.

* In Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'', it appears the Achilles Heel of the [[BigBad ancient and evil god Torak]] is to tell him nobody loves him. As everything he'd done through his existence was to force people to love him, this throws him into an UnstoppableRage... which causes him to drop his guard. Cue impalement. * Although it can vary, [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]] are typically weak to silver, touching it causes severe burning.
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* In Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'', ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', it appears the Achilles Heel of the [[BigBad ancient and evil god Torak]] is to tell him nobody loves him. As everything he'd done through his existence was to force people to love him, this throws him into an UnstoppableRage... which causes him to drop his guard. Cue impalement. * Although it can vary, [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]] are typically weak to silver, silver; touching it causes severe burning.

* Then there's Smaug, in ''Literature/TheHobbit''. He knew that dragons typically have a weak underbelly, but had rolled around in his hoard for so long that coins and gems had become embedded among his scales, creating a "diamond waistcoat" that made him NighInvulnerable. From this he took to calling himself "Smaug {{the magnificent}}" or "the golden". It was this protection that was flawed. There was just one spot in his belly that he missed but Bilbo didn't.
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* Then there's Smaug, in ''Literature/TheHobbit''. He knew that dragons typically have a weak underbelly, but had rolled around in his hoard for so long that coins and gems had become embedded among his scales, creating a "diamond waistcoat" that made him NighInvulnerable.{{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le. From this he took to calling himself "Smaug {{the magnificent}}" or "the golden". It was this protection that was flawed. There was just one spot in his belly that he missed but Bilbo didn't.

* According to Dumbledore in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, Voldemort's weakness is his inability to love. ** Lily Potter's HeroicSacrifice for the son wshe loves so much gives Harry a shield that is able to make a Killing Curse rebound and that same shield burns Quirrell's skin when he has been possessed by Voldemort, rendering him unable to attack Harry due to pain. ** Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets: His brotherly love for Ron and, to some extent, Ginny, pushes him to go down to the Chamber of Secrets to rescue the girl, and his respect for Dumbledore gives him the things he requires to kill the Basilisk, one of whose fangs he uses to destroy Tom Riddle's Diary. ** Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire: His parents' ghosts protect him when he has to run away from the cemetery after Voldemort's resurrection. ** Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix: When he is possessed by Voldemort, just thinking of the recently deceased Sirius is enough to kick Voldemort out. Also, Dumbledore's love for him stops the Headmaster from killing Harry in the hopes of killing Voldemort (which wouldn't have worked due to the [[SoulJar horcruxes]]. ** Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows: First, Snape turned spy for Dumbledore when Voldemort targeted Lily Potter, whom he had always loved. Then, Snape protects Harry and helps him to the best of his ability due to his love for his mother (his mistreatment of him comes from his being a look-a-like of James Potter) during all the books. Later, Harry sacrifices himself so that his friends and schoolmates don't die (and thus casts upon them the same shield his mother cast upon him). Much later, Narcissa lies to Voldemort about Harry being alive because she wants to see her son Draco (which is the signal that they are fed up with how Voldemort has treated her). And, in the end, it's Harry's ability to work with all of his friends that allows them to defeat the Death Eaters. ** There is also his reliance on and treatment of the horcruxes. They were supposed to prevent him from dying, and they accomplished that perfectly well. The problems were that: a) He was very lax with their protection at times (giving the diary to Lucius Malfoy, for example), because he had so many, and b) He couldn't tell when they were destroyed and so left his guard down. * One of 'Literature/TheDemonHeadmaster' books featured a super logical computer which was defeated by all the children in the world yelling pointless anti-logic. * In Dan Simmons' ''Literature/{{Illium}}'' and ''Olympos'' the Trojan war is being deliberately recreated. Part of this involves Achilles being given a sort of quantum invulnerability that ensures he will only every be hurt by an arrow intentionally fired at his heel by Paris, which probably takes the cake for most specific and most inevitable Achilles Heel.
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* According to Dumbledore in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, Voldemort's weakness is his inability to love. ** Lily Potter's HeroicSacrifice for the son wshe she loves so much gives Harry a shield that is able to make a Killing Curse rebound and that same shield burns Quirrell's skin when he has been possessed by Voldemort, rendering him unable to attack Harry due to pain. ** Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets: ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'': His brotherly love for Ron and, to some extent, Ginny, pushes him to go down to the Chamber of Secrets to rescue the girl, and his respect for Dumbledore gives him the things he requires to kill the Basilisk, one of whose fangs he uses to destroy Tom Riddle's Diary. ** Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire: ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'': His parents' ghosts protect him when he has to run away from the cemetery after Voldemort's resurrection. ** Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix: ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'': When he is possessed by Voldemort, just thinking of the recently deceased Sirius is enough to kick Voldemort out. Also, Dumbledore's love for him stops the Headmaster from killing Harry in the hopes of killing Voldemort (which wouldn't have worked due to the [[SoulJar horcruxes]]. horcruxes]]). ** Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows: ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'': First, Snape turned spy for Dumbledore when Voldemort targeted Lily Potter, whom he had always loved. Then, Snape protects Harry and helps him to the best of his ability due to his love for his mother (his mistreatment of him comes from his being a look-a-like of James Potter) during all the books. Later, Harry sacrifices himself so that his friends and schoolmates don't die (and thus casts upon them the same shield his mother cast upon him). Much later, Narcissa lies to Voldemort about Harry being alive because she wants to see her son Draco (which is the signal that they are fed up with how Voldemort has treated her). And, in the end, it's Harry's ability to work with all of his friends that allows them to defeat the Death Eaters. ** Eaters. There is also his reliance on and treatment of the horcruxes. They were supposed to prevent him from dying, and they accomplished that perfectly well. The problems were that: a) He was very lax with their protection at times (giving the diary to Lucius Malfoy, for example), because he had so many, and b) He couldn't tell when they were destroyed and so left his guard down. * One of 'Literature/TheDemonHeadmaster' ''Literature/TheDemonHeadmaster'' books featured a super logical computer which was defeated by all the children in the world yelling pointless anti-logic. * In Dan Simmons' Creator/DanSimmons' ''Literature/{{Illium}}'' and ''Olympos'' the Trojan war is being deliberately recreated. Part of this involves Achilles being given a sort of quantum invulnerability that ensures he will only every be hurt by an arrow intentionally fired at his heel by Paris, which probably takes the cake for most specific and most inevitable Achilles Heel.

* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' Nicodemus is made invulnerable by wearing [[PublicDomainArtifact Iscariot's Noose]], but [[spoiler: he's vulnerable to the noose itself, which naturally is conveniently already around his neck.]]
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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' Nicodemus is made invulnerable by wearing [[PublicDomainArtifact Iscariot's Noose]], but [[spoiler: he's vulnerable to the noose itself, which naturally is conveniently already around his neck.]]neck]].

* The werewolves in ''Literature/Uncommon Animals'' feel faster than normal people, but a blow to the head still stuns them.
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* The werewolves in ''Literature/Uncommon Animals'' feel ''Literature/UncommonAnimals'' heal faster than normal people, but a blow to the head still stuns them.

** The Sontaran's 'probic vent'. "Back of the Neck!" Of course [[spoiler:bullets work perfectly well too...]]
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** The Sontaran's 'probic vent'. "Back of the Neck!" Of course [[spoiler:bullets work perfectly well too...]]too…]]

* In the series ''TrueBlood'', besides the usual vampire weaknesses (sunlight and silver), since vampires are undead, they can be controlled by a necromancer, to the extent they can be forced awake during the day and made to walk into the sunlight to their demise.
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* In the series ''TrueBlood'', ''Series/TrueBlood'', besides the usual vampire weaknesses (sunlight and silver), since vampires are undead, they can be controlled by a necromancer, to the extent they can be forced awake during the day and made to walk into the sunlight to their demise.

* The Blutbad from the series ''{{Grimm}}'' have a weak spot at the lower right part of their back. If hit there it will stun them for a few seconds. * Sheriff Lucas Buck's vulnerability in ''AmericanGothic'' is his third eye--if stabbed there, he could be killed. What makes this a particularly {{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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* The Blutbad from the series ''{{Grimm}}'' ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' have a weak spot at the lower right part of their back. If hit there it will stun them for a few seconds. * Sheriff Lucas Buck's vulnerability in ''AmericanGothic'' ''Series/AmericanGothic'' is his third eye--if ThirdEye--if stabbed there, he could be killed. What makes this a particularly {{egregious}} 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]].

* The [[TropeNamer name]] for this trope is the Greek hero [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Achilles]]. In Homer, he's not invulnerable (he bleeds from a minor spear wound). Classical Greek art depicts Achilles being killed by an arrow to the body. But Statius, writing in the 1st century AD (900-some years after Homer), gave him a colorful superpower. According to Statius's account, Achilles' mother, the nymph Thetis, dunked him in the River Styx to make him immortal. However, she wasn't able to dunk the foot she held him with, since as a goddess, she could not bear the touch of the Waters of Styx. Quite naturally, he was killed by a poisoned arrow to the heel, courtesy of Prince Paris of Troy. [[FridgeLogic For some reason she didn't think to dunk him, pull him out, dry him up, flip him over and dunk the dry foot]] (according to the myth, Thetis had seven children, but only Achilles survived the dunk in Styx, presumably Thetis didn't want to risk dunking Achilles a second time). ** An alternate version has Thetis annointing Achilles with ambrosia and burning the mortality out of him over a fire. Her husband Peleus happened to walk in on her and, well, there's a reason the two are living separately by the time Achilles grows up.
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* The [[TropeNamer [[TropeNamers name]] for this trope is the Greek hero [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Achilles]]. In Homer, he's not invulnerable (he bleeds from a minor spear wound). Classical Greek art depicts Achilles being killed by an arrow to the body. But Statius, writing in the 1st century AD (900-some years after Homer), gave him a colorful superpower. According to Statius's account, Achilles' mother, the nymph Thetis, dunked him in the River Styx to make him immortal. However, she wasn't able to dunk the foot she held him with, since as a goddess, she could not bear the touch of the Waters of Styx. Quite naturally, he was killed by a poisoned arrow to the heel, courtesy of Prince Paris of Troy. [[FridgeLogic For some reason she didn't think to dunk him, pull him out, dry him up, flip him over and dunk the dry foot]] (according to the myth, Thetis had seven children, but only Achilles survived the dunk in Styx, presumably Thetis didn't want to risk dunking Achilles a second time). ** time). An alternate version has Thetis annointing Achilles with ambrosia and burning the mortality out of him over a fire. Her husband Peleus happened to walk in on her and, well, there's a reason the two are living separately by the time Achilles grows up.

* [[Myth/RussianMythologyAndTales Russian mythology]] features Koschey the Deathless, an eldery evil warlock who has his death [[SoulJar stored separately from him]]. His death is a needle hidden in an egg, that's inside a duck, that's inside a hare, that's inside a chest, [[OverlyLongGag than hangs on a great oak, that grows on a distant island]]. To kill Koschey, a hero must break the egg and/or the needle.
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* [[Myth/RussianMythologyAndTales Russian mythology]] Myth/{{Russian mythology|AndTales}} features Koschey the Deathless, an eldery elderly evil warlock who has his death [[SoulJar stored separately from him]]. His death is a needle hidden in an egg, that's inside a duck, that's inside a hare, that's inside a chest, [[OverlyLongGag than hangs on a great oak, that grows on a distant island]]. To kill Koschey, a hero must break the egg and/or the needle.

* ''The Folklore Of Discworld'' mentions one British town's story of a NighInvulnerable dragon that had only one unarmored spot on its body, which was its anus. It was slain by a hero's well-placed (and spike-booted) kick under the tail.
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* ''The Folklore Of Discworld'' mentions one British town's story of a NighInvulnerable {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le dragon that had only one unarmored spot on its body, which was its anus. It was slain by a hero's well-placed (and spike-booted) kick under the tail.

[[folder:Roleplay]] * ''The Folklore Of Discworld'' mentions one British town's story of a NighInvulnerable dragon ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': Almost all Hostile entities [[note]]If an entity is in the Hostile faction, that had only one unarmored spot on its body, which was its anus. It was slain by a hero's well-placed (and spike-booted) kick under means it will attack all sides, regardless of alignment towards the tail.Godmodder.[[/note]] have a specific weak point that can be discovered, allowing the entity to be killed much more quickly. This helps because Hostiles also tend to have large amounts of health. [[/folder]]

** Lebron James, a seemly unstoppable force, was exposed as a poor mid-range shooter during the Finals of the 2006-07 season. He's since corrected this problem, however; as the Finals during the 2012-13 season would prove. And both against the same Finals opponent, the San Antonio Spurs. * In the world of boxing, a large number of knockout artist often have weak chins that make them just as vulnerable to getting knocked out themselves.
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** * Lebron James, a seemly unstoppable force, was exposed as a poor mid-range shooter during the Finals of the 2006-07 season. He's since corrected this problem, however; as the Finals during the 2012-13 season would prove. And both against the same Finals opponent, the San Antonio Spurs. * In the world of boxing, a large number of knockout artist artists often have weak chins that make them just as vulnerable to getting knocked out themselves.

[[folder:Roleplay]] * ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': Almost all Hostile entities [[note]]If an entity is in the Hostile faction, that means it will attack all sides, regardless of alignment towards the Godmodder.[[/note]] have a specific weak point that can be discovered, allowing the entity to be killed much more quickly. This helps because Hostiles also tend to have large amounts of health. [[/folder]]

* Virtually any named enemy in ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' will be NighInvulnerable, except for one weakness somehow obscurely related to [[spoiler: its past]]. The list goes on: Stone, Raven, the Bishop, [[BigScrewedUpFamily prominent Whateleys]], [[spoiler: Grimme, [[BigBad Death, War, Pestilence, Famine]] ]]... In fact, it's so common that one of the most coveted abilities of arcane characters is the rare ability to intuit these weaknesses. (That's part of why the BadassNormal[[BandOfBrothers posse]] keeps the bookworms around.) * ''{{Champions}}'' was the first ever Tabletop RPG to feature ''intentionally'' taking weaknesses (called "Disadvantages" in the rules) as a part of the character creation process. The disadvantages "Susceptibility" (which causes a character to take damage from something other characters find harmless, such as Superman's reaction to Kryptonite or a vampire's taking damage from holy water) and "Vulnerability" (which multiplies incoming damage from certain types of attacks, such as a werewolf's vulnerability to silver) were specifically created to mimic an Achilles Heel. ** ''{{GURPS}}'' [[FollowTheLeader copied the Vulnerability disadvantage]] from ''{{Champions}}. ** Most {{Tabletop RPG}}s based on ComicBooks (''VillainsAndVigilantes'', ''MutantsAndMasterminds'' etc.) have followed ''{{Champions}}'' lead when it comes to weaknesses as a standard part of their character creation rules. * TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}} has the Allergy disadvantage, which comes in three grades, depending on the effect of contact with the substance: mildly annoying, exceptionally discomforting, and physically harmful. Shapeshifters automatically have Severe Allergies, typically to silver, vampires have Severe Allergies to sunlight and Moderate Allergies to garlic, etc. The really silly thing is that the rulebook has some recommendations for allergies, which include seawater and oil.
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* Virtually any named enemy in ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' will be NighInvulnerable, {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le, except for one weakness somehow obscurely related to [[spoiler: its past]]. The list goes on: Stone, Raven, the Bishop, [[BigScrewedUpFamily prominent Whateleys]], [[spoiler: Grimme, [[BigBad Death, War, Pestilence, Famine]] ]]... In fact, it's so common that one of the most coveted abilities of arcane characters is the rare ability to intuit these weaknesses. (That's part of why the BadassNormal[[BandOfBrothers posse]] keeps the bookworms around.) * ''{{Champions}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' was the first ever Tabletop RPG to feature ''intentionally'' taking weaknesses (called "Disadvantages" in the rules) as a part of the character creation process. The disadvantages "Susceptibility" (which causes a character to take damage from something other characters find harmless, such as Superman's reaction to Kryptonite or a vampire's taking damage from holy water) and "Vulnerability" (which multiplies incoming damage from certain types of attacks, such as a werewolf's vulnerability to silver) were specifically created to mimic an Achilles Heel. ** ''{{GURPS}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' [[FollowTheLeader copied the Vulnerability disadvantage]] from ''{{Champions}}. ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}''. ** Most {{Tabletop RPG}}s based on ComicBooks (''VillainsAndVigilantes'', ''MutantsAndMasterminds'' (''TabletopGame/{{Villains and Vigilantes}}'', ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' etc.) have followed ''{{Champions}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' lead when it comes to weaknesses as a standard part of their character creation rules. * TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}} ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' has the Allergy disadvantage, which comes in three grades, depending on the effect of contact with the substance: mildly annoying, exceptionally discomforting, and physically harmful. Shapeshifters automatically have Severe Allergies, typically to silver, vampires have Severe Allergies to sunlight and Moderate Allergies to garlic, etc. The really silly thing is that the rulebook has some recommendations for allergies, which include seawater and oil.

* As powerful as [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario & Luigi]] are (They are the ''Super'' Mario Bros after all), they seem to have one consistent weakness throughout the series: Losing their iconic [[NiceHat hats]]. In ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'', Mario's defense decreases (he takes more damage) should he happen to lose his hat. He is also unable to use PowerUps, causing a Bob-Omb to appear out of power up boxes. Taken even further in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'', where Mario slowly dies unless he gets his hat back. It was finally taken to a logical conclusion in ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DLand'' and ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'', where the Mario Bros, [[OneHitPointWonder small forms]] are hatless. The [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman clothes really do make the Superman]] in this case.
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* As powerful as [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario & Luigi]] are (They are the ''Super'' Mario Bros after all), they seem to have one consistent weakness throughout the series: Losing their iconic [[NiceHat hats]]. In ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'', Mario's defense decreases (he takes more damage) should he happen to lose his hat. He is also unable to use PowerUps, {{Power Up}}s, causing a Bob-Omb to appear out of power up boxes. Taken even further in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'', where Mario slowly dies unless he gets his hat back. It was finally taken to a logical conclusion in ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DLand'' and ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'', where the Mario Bros, [[OneHitPointWonder small forms]] are hatless. The [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman clothes really do make the Superman]] in this case.

** Tried to be subverted with the final bosses, where the weak-point identifier (journel, PDA, ect) malfunctions or otherwise doesn't tell. While showing a close up of the boss in question. Showing their glowing, red weakspots. Sega seemed to give up in Overkill, as it flat out tells you instead.
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** Tried to be subverted with the final bosses, where the weak-point identifier (journel, (journal, PDA, ect) malfunctions or otherwise doesn't tell. While showing a close up of the boss in question. Showing their glowing, red weakspots. Sega seemed to give up in Overkill, as it flat out tells you instead.

* In {{Videogame/Robocraft}}, no matter how good your robot is built, there are two main weak points : the blocs under your driver seat, and the driver seat itself. Lose either, and the bot immediately explodes. * "[[StarshipTitanic Please do not prod my Achilles buttocks]]." The above line is delivered by the Maître d'Bot (in a hilarious French accent) when you poke him in the butt with the stick. You have to do this because it's the only way to get to the corpse holding a fuse you need to repair the ship.
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* In {{Videogame/Robocraft}}, ''{{Videogame/Robocraft}}'', no matter how good your robot is built, there are two main weak points : the blocs under your driver seat, and the driver seat itself. Lose either, and the bot immediately explodes. * "[[StarshipTitanic Please ''VideoGame/StarshipTitanic'': "Please do not prod my Achilles buttocks]].buttocks." The above line is delivered by the Maître d'Bot (in a hilarious French accent) when you poke him in the butt with the stick. You have to do this because it's the only way to get to the corpse holding a fuse you need to repair the ship.

* The TropeNamer appears in ''WarriorsOrochi'', but this trope is averted. In no way you can attack Achilles on the heel, and you can beat him by just beating the crap out of him on any body parts.
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* The TropeNamer {{Trope Namer|s}} appears in ''WarriorsOrochi'', ''VideoGame/WarriorsOrochi'', but this trope is averted. In no way you can attack Achilles on the heel, and you can beat him by just beating the crap out of him on any body parts.

* Parodied somewhat in ''[[GanbareGoemon Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon]]''. At one point you receive an item called the Achilles Heel which is used to defeat a minor boss in a timing minigame.
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* Parodied somewhat in ''[[GanbareGoemon ''[[VideoGame/GanbareGoemon Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon]]''. At one point you receive an item called the Achilles Heel which is used to defeat a minor boss in a timing minigame.

* VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus: The whole point of the game is to kill [[{{Kaiju}} Giant Monsters]] via this method, with the creatures often having more than one, being in really hard to reach places, or requiring a lesser weakness be exploited before the real one opens up. Finding the weak point is fairly straight forward. Staying on the thing long enough to damage it while it bucks about trying to throw you off it? Less so.
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* VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus: ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'': The whole point of the game is to kill [[{{Kaiju}} Giant Monsters]] via this method, with the creatures often having more than one, being in really hard to reach places, or requiring a lesser weakness be exploited before the real one opens up. Finding the weak point is fairly straight forward. Staying on the thing long enough to damage it while it bucks about trying to throw you off it? Less so.

* Arcueid Brunestud, and presumably all the True Ancestors from ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}''. Normally Arc in particular is all powerful, but thanks to the protagonist Shiki cutting her to pieces early on in the game she's usually pretty weak. We finally see her true abilities at the end of the Ciel route, when [[spoiler:she goes batshit crazy after Shiki decides that cutting her neck open is a good way to reject her. Shiki only wins when he remembers that True Ancestors get their power from the earth itself, so he kills the earth beneath her to cut her away from her power source.]]
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* Arcueid Brunestud, and presumably all the True Ancestors from ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}''. Normally Arc in particular is all powerful, but thanks to the protagonist Shiki cutting her to pieces early on in the game she's usually pretty weak. We finally see her true abilities at the end of the Ciel route, when [[spoiler:she goes batshit crazy after Shiki decides that cutting her neck open is a good way to reject her. Shiki only wins when he remembers that True Ancestors get their power from the earth itself, so he kills the earth beneath her to cut her away from her power source.]]source]].


* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', Aylee's crab-like transformation ([[spoiler:actually a clone of Aylee]]) is nearly invincible. Her shell can take just about anything the characters can throw at her, but she ''can'' be hurt along her extendable neck.
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* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' ** Aylee's crab-like transformation ([[spoiler:actually a clone of Aylee]]) is nearly invincible. Her shell can take just about anything the characters can throw at her, but she ''can'' be hurt along her extendable neck.

* Frans Rayner in ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' is vulnerable on only one place on his body (his right butt cheek). However, the protagonist (who witnessed his defeat as a boy) strikes the same place 25 years later and fails... Rayner had moved it to his left eyebrow. Then in yet another encounter, it's revealed that following his previous defeat, Rayner moved it again, into his right leg, which [[spoiler:he then had amputated.]]
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* Frans Rayner in ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' is vulnerable on only one place on his body (his right butt cheek). However, the protagonist (who witnessed his defeat as a boy) strikes the same place 25 years later and fails... Rayner had moved it to his left eyebrow. Then in yet another encounter, it's revealed that following his previous defeat, Rayner moved it again, into his right leg, which [[spoiler:he then had amputated.]]amputated]].

* ''Webcomic/MSPaintMasterpieces'' Enker's Spear, when broken, causes him to [[spoiler: explode.]]
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* ''Webcomic/MSPaintMasterpieces'' Enker's Spear, when broken, causes him to [[spoiler: explode.]]explode]].

* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague,'' the forge god Hephaestus says that ''all'' of his creations are given one weakness so no one can become all-powerful. When Wonder Woman asked him what Ares' HumongousMecha is vulnerable to, he doesn't tell her, saying she wouldn't want him going around telling the weakness he'd placed in ''her'' items. [[note]]The weakness is that if you bind her wristbands together she loses her super strength and is rendered helpless.[[/note]] The weakness of Are's weapon is... [[spoiler: pacifism. [[JustifiedTrope It makes sense]], once Ares is the god of War, and the Mecha in question was fueled by violence, either around or against the Mecha. Once people around stopped fighting each other and the Mecha, it ran out of fuel.]] In a later episode, this flaw was removed by [[spoiler: Felix Faust]]. Unfortunately, this gives it a weakness to [[spoiler:Nth metal]] instead.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague,'' the forge god Hephaestus says that ''all'' of his creations are given one weakness so no one can become all-powerful. When Wonder Woman asked him what Ares' HumongousMecha is vulnerable to, he doesn't tell her, saying she wouldn't want him going around telling the weakness he'd placed in ''her'' items. [[note]]The weakness is that if you bind her wristbands together she loses her super strength and is rendered helpless.[[/note]] The weakness of Are's weapon is... [[spoiler: pacifism. [[JustifiedTrope It makes sense]], once Ares is the god of War, and the Mecha in question was fueled by violence, either around or against the Mecha. Once people around stopped fighting each other and the Mecha, it ran out of fuel.]] fuel]]. In a later episode, this flaw was removed by [[spoiler: Felix Faust]]. Unfortunately, this gives it a weakness to [[spoiler:Nth metal]] instead.

** [[spoiler: and as of Book 3 for Korra, P'li as well]].
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** [[spoiler: and And as of Book 3 for Korra, P'li as well]].well.]]

** Also {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Bender's Big Score'', during the battle against the Scammers' fleet of gold-plated Death Stars. One of them is destroyed in classic "[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome fly-in-and-blow-it-up-from-the-inside]]" style, with access being gained via a hatch labelled the '''Achilles Port'''. By ''Al Gore'' of all people.
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** Also {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Bender's Big Score'', during the battle against the Scammers' fleet of gold-plated Death Stars. One of them is destroyed in classic "[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome fly-in-and-blow-it-up-from-the-inside]]" style, with access being gained via a hatch labelled the '''Achilles Port'''. By ''Al Gore'' of all people.

* The members of the SushiPack lose their powers and strength if they're exposed to heat. They also tend to announce this whenever it happens. "Heat! Our only weakness!" * In a Literature/HarryPotter-themed ''TreehouseOfHorror'' Montymort's (Mr. Burns) only weakness was his enchanted shin. ** Parodied in another episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', in which Homer is bribed with a cake and he laments Marge knows his one weakness, that he's weak. * In "So It's Come To This; A Simpsons Clip Show", Bart, planning to play an April Fool's Day prank on Homer, decides he needs to learn his father's weakness. We then see Homer get a beer from the fridge, commenting aloud, "Ah, beer. My one weakness. My Achilles Heel, if you will." * From ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', [[EvilSorcerer the Archmage]] during the "Avalon" three-parter has gone from a formidable but [[SmugSnake very overconfident]] mortal sorcerer to a demigod powerful enough to command the allegiance of three of the most powerful [[PhysicalGod Children of Oberon]] in the series. The catch? He can only control his incredible new powers by using the [[ArtifactOfDoom Eye of Odin]], and when [[TheHero Goliath]] pulls it away from him he sufferes PowerIncontinence so bad ''it kills him''.
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* The members of the SushiPack WesternAnimation/SushiPack lose their powers and strength if they're exposed to heat. They also tend to announce this whenever it happens. "Heat! Our only weakness!" * ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' ** In a Literature/HarryPotter-themed ''TreehouseOfHorror'' ''WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror'' segment, Montymort's (Mr. Burns) only weakness was his enchanted shin. ** Parodied in another episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', in which Homer is bribed with a cake and he laments Marge knows his one weakness, that he's weak. * ** In "So It's Come To This; A Simpsons Clip Show", Bart, planning to play an April Fool's Day prank on Homer, decides he needs to learn his father's weakness. We then see Homer get a beer from the fridge, commenting aloud, "Ah, beer. My one weakness. My Achilles Heel, if you will." * From ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', [[EvilSorcerer the Archmage]] during the "Avalon" three-parter has gone from a formidable but [[SmugSnake very overconfident]] mortal sorcerer to a demigod powerful enough to command the allegiance of three of the most powerful [[PhysicalGod Children of Oberon]] in the series. The catch? He can only control his incredible new powers by using the [[ArtifactOfDoom Eye of Odin]], and when [[TheHero Goliath]] pulls it away from him he sufferes suffers PowerIncontinence so bad ''it kills him''.

** Used and [[ExaggeratedTrope then some]] during the run of the [[TransformersHeadmasters Japanese Headmasters cartoon]] in the G1 era. Scorponok, one of the Decepticons' largest and most powerful warriors and leader figures in the course of the show, was positively massive even to the already giant-by-human-standards Transformers themselves. Scorponok's weakness was revealed later in the run of the show by the engineer who'd designed his body. Its vulnerability? A weak spot... directly behind the enormous Decepticon insignia he wore. ''[[TooDumbToLive Dead center on his chest.]]'' * ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' had the episode "Super Robotnik," where (much like the TropeNamer) Robotnik was dipped in a potion that made him a SuperpowerLottery NighInvulnerable FlyingBrick. However, his "caboose" wasn't dipped, meaning he was vulnerable to a LiteralAssKicking.
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** Used and [[ExaggeratedTrope then some]] during the run of the [[TransformersHeadmasters [[Anime/TransformersHeadmasters Japanese Headmasters cartoon]] in the G1 era. Scorponok, one of the Decepticons' largest and most powerful warriors and leader figures in the course of the show, was positively massive even to the already giant-by-human-standards Transformers themselves. Scorponok's weakness was revealed later in the run of the show by the engineer who'd designed his body. Its vulnerability? A weak spot... directly behind the enormous Decepticon insignia he wore. ''[[TooDumbToLive Dead center on his chest.]]'' * ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' had the episode "Super Robotnik," where (much like the TropeNamer) {{Trope Namer|s}}) Robotnik was dipped in a potion that made him a SuperpowerLottery NighInvulnerable {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le FlyingBrick. However, his "caboose" wasn't dipped, meaning he was vulnerable to a LiteralAssKicking.

* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' the ponies, and even high-level ponies like [[PhysicalGod Princess Celestia]] are ''extremely'' vulnerable to attacks that drain or nullify either their magic or impair their cutie marks, to the point where not even the strongest [[ThePowerOfFriendship friendship bond]] can overcome. In the Season 4 Finale, Lord Tirek can directly steal a pony's magic entirely, in turn stripping them of their cutie mark and strength. He can even do this to PhysicalGods like Discord if he's powerful enough. It's a chief part of what makes him TheDreaded. In the Season 5 premiere Starlight Glimmer, an otherwise normal unicorn who isn't as strong or threatening as Tirek, reversed the equation and happened to learn a spell that ''removes cutie marks'', once again stripping the pony of their strength and talent. She was able to use it to defeat the entire Mane 6 including ''Princess'' Twilight Sparkle single-handedly as well as render the entire group completely helpless [[spoiler:([[GuileHero physically, anyway]])]]. [[spoiler:It's actually the restored townsponies who save the day by going TorchesAndPitchforks on her with their restored talents while the Mane 6 are left in the dust unable to even keep up]]. However, Starlight herself has one of these: her spell ''requires'' a container for the Cutie Mark she's taking, otherwise the Cutie Mark will simply fly straight back to its proper owner [[spoiler:which is likely why she never uses it in the aforementioned fight with the townsponies]].
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' the ponies, and even high-level ponies like [[PhysicalGod Princess Celestia]] are ''extremely'' vulnerable to attacks that drain or nullify either their magic or impair their cutie marks, to the point where not even the strongest [[ThePowerOfFriendship friendship bond]] can overcome. In the Season 4 Finale, Lord Tirek can directly steal a pony's magic entirely, in turn stripping them of their cutie mark and strength. He can even do this to PhysicalGods like Discord if he's powerful enough. It's a chief part of what makes him TheDreaded. In the Season 5 premiere Starlight Glimmer, an otherwise normal unicorn who isn't as strong or threatening as Tirek, reversed the equation and happened to learn a spell that ''removes cutie marks'', once again stripping the pony of their strength and talent. She was able to use it to defeat the entire Mane 6 including ''Princess'' Twilight Sparkle single-handedly as well as render the entire group completely helpless [[spoiler:([[GuileHero physically, anyway]])]]. [[spoiler:It's anyway]]). It's actually the restored townsponies who save the day by going TorchesAndPitchforks on her with their restored talents while the Mane 6 are left in the dust unable to even keep up]]. However, Starlight herself has one of these: her spell ''requires'' a container for the Cutie Mark she's taking, otherwise the Cutie Mark will simply fly straight back to its proper owner [[spoiler:which is likely why she never uses it in the aforementioned fight with the townsponies]].

* Being one of the most famous memes ever, Achilles' heel had a body part named for it, namely, the Achilles Tendon. Sever it, and you won't be walking again for a long, long time. ** Tendons in general are strong but have very little blood supply and heal very slowly. They also get stronger in response to exercise very slowly compared to the muscles they connect to. As such, a common and serious source injury of people who have taken up a new sport and don't know their limits is to have their muscle strength in the required muscles become sufficient to injure the weaker tendons they connect to.
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* Being one of the most famous memes ever, Achilles' heel had a body part named for it, namely, the Achilles Tendon. Sever it, and you won't be walking again for a long, long time. ** time. Tendons in general are strong but have very little blood supply and heal very slowly. They also get stronger in response to exercise very slowly compared to the muscles they connect to. As such, a common and serious source injury of people who have taken up a new sport and don't know their limits is to have their muscle strength in the required muscles become sufficient to injure the weaker tendons they connect to.

* While most Creator/{{Nintendo}} products[[note]]particularly the UsefulNotes/GameBoy[[/note]] are literally capable of [[MadeOfIndestructium taking a head-on tactical airstrike and still functioning perfectly]], most of the [[NintendoDS DS]] line features an Achilles' Heel in the form of the hinges, which are not only destructible, but quite vulnerable and can in fact eventually break from overuse.
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* While most Creator/{{Nintendo}} products[[note]]particularly the UsefulNotes/GameBoy[[/note]] are literally capable of [[MadeOfIndestructium taking a head-on tactical airstrike and still functioning perfectly]], most of the [[NintendoDS [[UsefulNotes/NintendoDS DS]] line features an Achilles' Heel in the form of the hinges, which are not only destructible, but quite vulnerable and can in fact eventually break from overuse.

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* Gilgamesh in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has the two most broken Noble Phantasms in the game. One of them is beamspamming Noble Phantasms and the other is [[strike:some spinny drill sword thing]] Ea, an ''anti-world'' Noble Phantasm that absolutely dominates Excalibur. Oh and he can use them both all he likes. Weakness? He's an Archer, not a swordsman, so all he can do with those swords is beamspamming them instead of using them properly. Much more importantly, he has an ego so larger that it's even bigger than his ''ego.'' Wait. But anyway, he never takes any fight that he's in seriously until he's in mortal peril. Or pieces.
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* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': ** Gilgamesh in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has the two most broken Noble Phantasms in the game. One of them is beamspamming Noble Phantasms and the other is [[strike:some spinny drill sword thing]] Ea, an ''anti-world'' Noble Phantasm that absolutely dominates Excalibur. Oh and he can use them both all he likes. Weakness? He's an Archer, not a swordsman, so all he can do with those swords is beamspamming them instead of using them properly. Much more importantly, he has an ego so larger that it's even bigger than his ''ego.'' Wait. But anyway, he never takes any fight that he's in seriously until he's in mortal peril. Or pieces.pieces. ** Since every Heroic Spirit is a hero of legend, they all have at least one, which is why they generally go by their class titles rather than by their names (the fact that Gilgamesh makes no attempt to hide his identity is part of his ego). Saber is notable for going so far as to cloak her weapon with a technique called Invisible Air, since she knows her weapon is too recognizable. [[spoiler:It's Excalibur, making her [[GenderFlip King Arthur]]. Among other things, anyone involved in the Grail War would quickly recognize that as Arthur Pendragon, she is technically part dragon, making her weak to the powerful but otherwise limited-use anti-dragon weapons]].
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