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22nd Jan '18 1:02:48 PM Diask
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* SoulJar: An object that provides great power or [[ImmortalityInducer immortality]] to its creator, but the person's essence becomes tied to it so strongly that its destruction will doom them.

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* SoulJar: An object that provides great power or [[ImmortalityInducer immortality]] {{immortality|Inducer}} to its creator, but the person's essence becomes tied to it so strongly that its destruction will doom them.



* 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 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]].

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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
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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]] {{idiot|Hero}} who needs a cheatsheet to remember spells. He also has trouble pronouncing Latin.
** Alternatively, his Nagi's 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]].



* Possibly the silliest Achilles Heel in film history was in ''Film/{{Signs}}'', where the powerful aliens who had been wreaking havoc turned out to have a fatal weakness to ... [[KillItWithWater water.]] They shouldn't have [[TooDumbToLive invaded a planet two-thirds covered in water]] without protective suits. On the other hand the movie hints that the "Aliens" are actually demons and that that "Water" was actually Holy Water. Which would [[JustifiedTrope justify]] the water weakness.

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* Possibly the silliest Achilles Heel in film history was in ''Film/{{Signs}}'', where the powerful aliens who had been wreaking havoc turned out to have a fatal weakness to ... [[KillItWithWater water.]] They shouldn't have [[TooDumbToLive invaded a planet two-thirds covered in water]] without protective suits. On the other hand the movie hints that the "Aliens" are actually demons and that that "Water" was actually Holy Water. Which would [[JustifiedTrope justify]] justify the water weakness.



* In the ''Literature/SimeGen'' series Simes frequently kill Gens by sucking out their LifeEnergy, but any Gen can kill the Sime first if they know where the Sime's [[JustForPun conveniently at hand]] weak spots are.

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* In the ''Literature/SimeGen'' series Simes frequently kill Gens by sucking out their LifeEnergy, but any Gen can kill the Sime first if they know where the Sime's [[JustForPun conveniently at hand]] hand weak spots are.



* Even though it features the trope namer, ''{{Literature/Song Of Achilles}}'' does not include the literal heel as Achilles' one weakness. Metaphorically it's actually his {{Pride}}, and he dies by being shot in the heart by an arrow shot by Paris and guided by Apollo. This is actually consistent with the original version by Homer since the bit with the heel was added several centuries later.

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* Even though it features the trope namer, ''{{Literature/Song Of Achilles}}'' ''Literature/SongOfAchilles'' does not include the literal heel as Achilles' one weakness. Metaphorically it's actually his {{Pride}}, and he dies by being shot in the heart by an arrow shot by Paris and guided by Apollo. This is actually consistent with the original version by Homer since the bit with the heel was added several centuries later.



** Yhorm the Giant in ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'' is fatally weak to a sword called Storm Ruler, which can generate giant magical wind blades that do extreme damage to him. Good thing too: fighting him normally, while possible, will take [[DamageSpongeBoss forever]] due to his natural toughness and extremely large health pool. With Storm Ruler, he can be taken down in five or six hits.

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** Yhorm the Giant in ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'' is fatally weak to a sword called Storm Ruler, which can generate giant magical wind blades that do extreme damage to him. Good thing too: fighting him normally, while possible, will take [[DamageSpongeBoss [[MarathonBoss forever]] due to his natural toughness and extremely large health pool. With Storm Ruler, he can be taken down in five or six hits.


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* The Rebel Flagship from ''VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight'' is a seemingly invincible warship with four layers of shields, a stealth system that complements its already decent engines, a powerful hacking system that can ruin your day if it latches to your level 1 oxygen system, a medbay to surprise any BoardingParty as well as four powerful weapons, each running on their own system... each also disconnected from the rest of the ship (or two of them on hard difficulty), so two people party can beam in there, curb-stomp their operators, trash the weapons and leave the flagship with less offensive and no crew capable of repairing them.
17th Jan '18 7:17:58 PM jormis29
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** Though debatably non-canon, the fourth DBZ movie revealed that Namekians were sensitive to a certain sound frequency. In this case, it's the sound of ''whistling''. Piccolo flips out when Gohan whistles, but when BigBad Lord Slug has everyone on the ropes, he instructs Gohan to start whistling to stop Slug. Piccolo himself avoids the weakness by way of ripping off his own ears.

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** Though debatably non-canon, the fourth DBZ movie revealed that Namekians were sensitive to a certain sound frequency. In this case, it's the sound of ''whistling''. Piccolo flips out when Gohan whistles, but when BigBad [[Anime/DragonBallZLordSlug Lord Slug Slug]] has everyone on the ropes, he instructs Gohan to start whistling to stop Slug. Piccolo himself avoids the weakness by way of ripping off his own ears.
15th Jan '18 9:46:04 AM cybertoy0
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** In Volume 5 Chapter 12, we learn that Cinder lost her [[AnArmAndALeg left arm]] as a result of Ruby's TramauticSuperpowerAwakening, so Salem replaced it with a ''Grimm'' arm. It can stretch, impale people, ''and'' [[PowerParasite suck magic]] out of her victims. Of course, this means it's vulnerable to Ruby's Silver Eye power, as a brief flare-up causes Cinder pain. [[spoiler: And Raven notes that by it's very nature it can't be shielded with Aura. "Aura can't protect that arm. It's Grimm.]]
5th Jan '18 3:32:03 PM margdean56
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* Myth/{{Russian mythology|AndTales}} features Koschey the Deathless, an 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.

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* Myth/{{Russian mythology|AndTales}} features Koschey the Deathless, an 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 that hangs on a great oak, that grows on a distant island]]. To kill Koschey, a hero must break the egg and/or the needle.
5th Jan '18 3:24:37 PM margdean56
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* 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.
* Originally Comicbook/{{Spawn}} had his necroplasm suit which allows him to do anything, but with a countdown of energy which, when it hits 0, drags him to hell (thought once they stopped displaying the number the energy was at, became more of an InformedFlaw). He's also vulnerable to heavenly weapons in general.

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* 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 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 favor--he knocked off his shades fighting back.
* Originally Comicbook/{{Spawn}} had his necroplasm suit which allows him to do anything, but with a countdown of energy which, when it hits 0, drags him to hell (thought (though once they stopped displaying the number the energy was at, this became more of an InformedFlaw). He's also vulnerable to heavenly weapons in general.
18th Dec '17 2:33:47 AM FoxBluereaver
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* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', during the [[TournamentArc Fuchsia Tag Tournament]], [[TheRival Paul]] figures out the weaknesses on Ash and Red's battling styles: the former's Pokémon could be easily overwhelmed by a much stronger opponent, and the latter gets thrown off by unexpected factors. And he might have succeeded, had he not decided to [[spoiler: [[KickTheDog release his Raichu]] [[YouHaveFailedMe for losing one too many battles]],]] as this prompts Ash and Red, who at the time are angry at each other over [[OpposingCombatPhilosophies their conflicting views]], to leave their differences aside so Paul doesn't win the tournament.
27th Nov '17 10:59:10 AM WillKeaton
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[-[[caption-width-right:350:Illustration of common Achilles heels. By [[http://strawdogdesign.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/weakpoints.jpg Olly Moss]] [[labelnote:Examples included]]WoodenStake; DecapitationRequired; GoForTheEye; GroinAttack; ElementalRockPaperScissors; HolyBurnsEvil; SilverBullet; BoomHeadshot; AttackItsWeakPoint[[/labelnote]].]]-]

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[-[[caption-width-right:350:Illustration of common Achilles heels. By [[http://strawdogdesign.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/weakpoints.jpg Olly Moss]] Moss.]] [[labelnote:Examples included]]WoodenStake; DecapitationRequired; GoForTheEye; GroinAttack; ElementalRockPaperScissors; HolyBurnsEvil; SilverBullet; BoomHeadshot; AttackItsWeakPoint[[/labelnote]].]]-]
AttackItsWeakPoint[[/labelnote]]]]-]
1st Nov '17 6:06:17 AM RandomNumberReactor
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** Then there are Pokemon that have double weakness against some elemental types, which means that basically any attack of that type will faint them. Rather unfortunate for those who have double weakness to [[ThatOneAttack Stealth Rock]]. This can also include, and frequently does, some of [[InfinityMinusOneSword Infinity -1 Mons]] that aren't banned in battle facilities like OlympusMons. An example would be Dragonite, Salamence, Hydreigon, Nihilego ..
23rd Oct '17 7:58:48 AM AFP
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** For warships, the biggest weakpoint has always been the magazines, where their stockpiles of ammunition are kept. Even sailing ships in the days of WoodenShipsAndIronMen were known to occasionally explode violently. Throughout the 20th century, warship armor design has evolved to the point where if any part of the ship is armored at all, it will be the magazine, at the expense of any other part of the ship, due to the sheer destructive force of that much ammunition going off due to a fire or an unlucky hit.

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** For warships, the biggest weakpoint has always been the magazines, where their stockpiles of ammunition are kept. Even sailing ships in the days of WoodenShipsAndIronMen were known to occasionally explode violently. Throughout the 20th century, warship armor design has evolved to the point where if any part of the ship is armored at all, it will be the magazine, at the expense of any other part of the ship, due to the sheer destructive force of that much ammunition going off due to a fire or an unlucky hit. Another modern method of protection is to put the ammunition (typically missiles) ''outside'' the ship, in armored containers which both make it difficult to damage the munitions and also help to direct any "cook-offs" away from the ship (and the rest of the ammo).
30th Sep '17 4:00:44 PM Chabal2
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** Another weak-heeled one was Talos, a giant bronze man who guarded Crete from invaders and was defeated by losing the nail in his heel that acted as a plug for the one vein in his body and promptly bled out.
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