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19th Mar '17 8:40:34 AM Spanks
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** In the Season 6 Finale, Queen Chrysalis' throne in the Changeling Kingdom invokes a special field that completely [[AntiMagic nullifies all magic]] used by Non-Changelings. When she [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu manages to capture]] ''the entire cast'' (somehow) in her revenge plot for the Royal Wedding, they are completely helpless to escape. Starlight Glimmer (now a good guy) gets a little dosage of her own medicine, as her magic is completely shut off. To illustate this further, all Queen Chrysalis [[CurbStompBattle has to do]] to beat Starlight is grab her by the tail and toss her to the ground. [[spoiler: Fortunately, Starlight has learned well from the Mane Six, and demonstrates some guile of her own to pull through.]]

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** In the Season 6 Finale, Queen Chrysalis' throne in the Changeling Kingdom invokes a special field that completely [[AntiMagic nullifies all magic]] used by Non-Changelings. When she [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu manages to capture]] ''the entire cast'' (somehow) in her revenge plot for the Royal Wedding, they are completely helpless to escape. Starlight Glimmer (now a good guy) gets a little dosage of her own medicine, as her magic is completely shut off. To illustate this further, all Queen Chrysalis [[CurbStompBattle has to do]] to beat Starlight is grab her by the tail and toss her to the ground. [[spoiler: Fortunately, Starlight has learned well from the Mane Six, and demonstrates some guile of her own to pull through.through, by exploiting Chrysalis' biggest weakness. The Changelings' EmotionEater tendencies only make them good at taking love from others, not actually receiving it from someone who is willing to give it to them. Chrysalis receives yet another HeartBeatDown.]]
27th Feb '17 2:57:00 AM Sabrewing
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** The VideoGame/{{Ice Climber}}s perform at all times as a duo. Taking out the lead Climber respawns them both as it would any other fighter; taking out the partner Climber severely cripples the lead, as their recovery power no longer works effectively (unless you count "boosts you upwards by mere millimeters" as working) and their attacks lose a lot of utility as they expect to be performed by both Climbers in tandem.
12th Feb '17 6:58:09 PM H2SO4
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** Earthbenders are powerless if separated from earth, sand or stone, unless you can bend metal, like Toph.
*** Metalbenders have their own Achilles' Heel in platinum, which is too refined for them to bend.
** Toph has it especially bad; as her DisabilitySuperpower requires her to be on solid ground (or metal) in order for it to work, injuring her feet or otherwise getting her off the ground renders her completely helpless (at the very least, any other Earthbender would be able to ''see'' their opponents and devise some way to get back in the fight). She is also incredibly vulnerable to aerial attacks, since her opponents also have to be on the ground for her to "see" them.

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** Earthbenders are powerless if separated from earth, sand or stone, unless you can bend metal, like Toph.
Toph. King Bumi on the other hand, can earthbend ''telekinetically'', as in without contact to solid ground.
*** Metalbenders have their own Achilles' Heel in platinum, which is too refined for them to bend.
bend. Even a ''layer'' of platinum separating them from metal or earth is enough to inhibit them.
** Toph has it especially bad; as her DisabilitySuperpower requires her to be on solid ground (or metal) in order for it to work, injuring her feet or otherwise getting her off the ground renders her completely helpless (at the very least, any other Earthbender would be able to ''see'' their opponents and devise some way to get back in the fight). If standing on wood, she will still need some guidance to even ''walk''. She is also incredibly vulnerable to aerial attacks, since her opponents also have to be on the ground for her to "see" them.
10th Feb '17 7:22:04 PM Spanks
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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]]). 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.
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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.
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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]]). 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]].townsponies]].
** In the Season 6 Finale, Queen Chrysalis' throne in the Changeling Kingdom invokes a special field that completely [[AntiMagic nullifies all magic]] used by Non-Changelings. When she [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu manages to capture]] ''the entire cast'' (somehow) in her revenge plot for the Royal Wedding, they are completely helpless to escape. Starlight Glimmer (now a good guy) gets a little dosage of her own medicine, as her magic is completely shut off. To illustate this further, all Queen Chrysalis [[CurbStompBattle has to do]] to beat Starlight is grab her by the tail and toss her to the ground. [[spoiler: Fortunately, Starlight has learned well from the Mane Six, and demonstrates some guile of her own to pull through.]]
15th Jan '17 4:43:37 PM ANTMuddle
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Any seemingly {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le character will inevitably have some key weakness that can and will be [[FlawExploitation exploited.]] This is especially likely if the main character is a SuperHero; otherwise they could walk over criminals and other villains and flatten any chance of conflict or personal peril. Aliens and monsters that are ImmuneToBullets will usually have a fairly {{mundane|Solution}} Achilles Heel that only surfaces/is discovered when things look the bleakest.

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

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



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

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

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

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

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