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16th Jul '16 7:47:44 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* The Steel Inquisitors in Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy are ''very'' dangerous customers, with [[FunctionalMagic Allomantic]] powers as well as superhuman strength and speed. [[spoiler: However, the steel spikes that pierce their body are their weakness - if you pull out both the spikes in their eyes, or the one in their upper backs]] it kills them instantly. [[spoiler: Marsh]] uses this to [[spoiler: take out all the Inquisitors in Luthadel near the end of the first book]]. Of course, when they show up again in the third book, they grew DangerouslyGenreSavvy and armored up their weak spot.

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* The Steel Inquisitors in Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy are ''very'' dangerous customers, with [[FunctionalMagic Allomantic]] powers as well as superhuman strength and speed. [[spoiler: However, the steel spikes that pierce their body are their weakness - if you pull out both the spikes in their eyes, or the one in their upper backs]] it kills them instantly. [[spoiler: Marsh]] uses this to [[spoiler: take out all the Inquisitors in Luthadel near the end of the first book]]. Of course, when they show up again in the third book, they grew DangerouslyGenreSavvy they've learned and armored up their weak spot.
16th Jul '16 1:05:33 PM Discar
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* ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'': Maxima has the ability to shift her stats between strength, speed, armor, flight, and blasting power. While this gives her an incredible amount of versatility, but it does mean she has to sacrifice other stats for the one she is increasing. The easiest way to render her helpless is to hit her with so much power that she is forced to dump everything into armor, rendering her NighInvulnerable but barely superhuman in every other way. Of course, that's not something that just anyone can do, but this weakness is why her ability to shift her stats around is top-secret. Even her teammates don't know about it (except Dabbler, who figured it out on her own).
2nd Jul '16 2:31:44 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The Zentraedi and Protodeviln of ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' and ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'' are both weakened by music - the Zentraedi because they haven't been exposed to "culture" for so long, and the Protodeviln because Basara possesses the Anima Spiritua.

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* The Zentraedi and Protodeviln [[Anime/Macross7 Protodeviln]] of ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' and ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'' are both weakened by music - the Zentraedi because they haven't been exposed to "culture" for so long, and the Protodeviln because Basara possesses the Anima Spiritua.
30th Jun '16 3:57:17 PM Joel
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':Oh, poor Pyrrha Nikos. [[spoiler:In the end, her one true weakness was her selfless heroism. Given the option of evacuating from Grimm-invaded Vale with [[LoveInterests Jaune]] or confronting a fully Fall Maiden empowered [[BigBad Cinder]], she chooses the latter, even after having been repeatedly told that she wouldn't be able to defeat her. With a first and LastKiss to Jaune and shoving him into a rocket-locker to blast him off to safety, she ventures forth and battles Cinder... and pays the ultimate price. Being named after the {{Trope Namer|s}}, she also literally gets crippled with a glass arrow to the heel at the end of the fight, which sealed her fate by preventing her from fleeing.]]

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':Oh, poor Pyrrha Nikos. [[spoiler:In the end, her one true weakness was her selfless heroism. Given the option choice of evacuating from Grimm-invaded Vale with [[LoveInterests Jaune]] or confronting a fully Fall Maiden empowered [[BigBad Cinder]], she chooses the latter, even after having been repeatedly told that she wouldn't be able to defeat her. With a first and LastKiss to Jaune and shoving him into a rocket-locker to blast him off to safety, she ventures forth and battles Cinder... and pays the ultimate price. Being named after the {{Trope Namer|s}}, she also literally gets crippled with a glass arrow to the heel at the end of the fight, which sealed her fate by preventing her from fleeing.]]
14th Jun '16 10:51:59 PM Ahnyo
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* Genesect in ''[[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.
10th Jun '16 9:40:08 PM ultimomant
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* Oh, poor [[WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} Pyrrha Nikos]]. [[spoiler:In the end, her one true weakness was her selfless heroism. Given the option of evacuating from Grimm-invaded Vale with [[LoveInterests Jaune]] or confronting a fully Fall Maiden empowered [[BigBad Cinder]], she chooses the latter, even after having been repeatedly told that she wouldn't be able to defeat her. With a first and LastKiss to Jaune and shoving him into a rocket-locker to blast him off to safety, she ventures forth and battles Cinder... and pays the ultimate price. Being named after the {{Trope Namer|s}}, she also literally gets crippled with a glass arrow to the heel at the end of the fight, which sealed her fate by preventing her from fleeing.]]

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* Oh, ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':Oh, poor [[WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} Pyrrha Nikos]].Nikos. [[spoiler:In the end, her one true weakness was her selfless heroism. Given the option of evacuating from Grimm-invaded Vale with [[LoveInterests Jaune]] or confronting a fully Fall Maiden empowered [[BigBad Cinder]], she chooses the latter, even after having been repeatedly told that she wouldn't be able to defeat her. With a first and LastKiss to Jaune and shoving him into a rocket-locker to blast him off to safety, she ventures forth and battles Cinder... and pays the ultimate price. Being named after the {{Trope Namer|s}}, she also literally gets crippled with a glass arrow to the heel at the end of the fight, which sealed her fate by preventing her from fleeing.]]
27th May '16 2:41:24 PM Someoneman
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** 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 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]]" "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.
12th May '16 7:47:45 PM merotoker
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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}} [[/note]]

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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}} {{Mook|s}} [[/note]]



* ''Manga/DeathNote'''s Shinigami, being {{grim reaper}}s, are immortal with two notable exceptions. First, a Shinigami's lifespan is extended by writing names in a Death Note: if a Shinigami forgets to write names, they will run out of time and die. Second is the fact that a Shinigami who intentionally uses their Death Note to protect a human - extending someone's lifespan rather than cutting it short - will die instantly. There are also a number of rules they have to follow while in the human world if they don't want to get on the bad side of the Shinigami King. On a personal level, Ryuk is addicted to apples, and goes through [[LostFoodGrievance some awkward withdrawal syndromes if he goes for too long without eating any]]. That said, Ryuk's withdrawal can't kill him, nor can starvation, as he doesn't really need to eat.

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* ''Manga/DeathNote'''s Shinigami, being {{grim reaper}}s, [[TheGrimReaper grim reapers]], are immortal with two notable exceptions. First, a Shinigami's lifespan is extended by writing names in a Death Note: if a Shinigami forgets to write names, they will run out of time and die. Second is the fact that a Shinigami who intentionally uses their Death Note to protect a human - extending someone's lifespan rather than cutting it short - will die instantly. There are also a number of rules they have to follow while in the human world if they don't want to get on the bad side of the Shinigami King. On a personal level, Ryuk is addicted to apples, and goes through [[LostFoodGrievance some awkward withdrawal syndromes if he goes for too long without eating any]]. That said, Ryuk's withdrawal can't kill him, nor can starvation, as he doesn't really need to eat.



*** During his battle against Frieza on Namek, Frieza succesfully imprisons Goku in a ball of energy and Goku is helpless to stop it until Frieza intentionally makes the ball explode. This one, however, could simply be chalked up to the fact Frieza was way out of Goku's league at the time.
*** In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' Chiaotzu successfully restrains Goku for a few seconds using his power. Granted, Goku was only in his base form, relaxed, and Chiaotzu took him by surprise, but the fact that Chiaotzu can affected Goku for ''any'' lenght of time at all despite the massive, ''massive'' gap in power makes it clear it's still a soft spot for Goku.

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*** During his battle against Frieza on Namek, Frieza succesfully successfully imprisons Goku in a ball of energy and Goku is helpless to stop it until Frieza intentionally makes the ball explode. This one, however, could simply be chalked up to the fact Frieza was way out of Goku's league at the time.
*** In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' Chiaotzu successfully restrains Goku for a few seconds using his power. Granted, Goku was only in his base form, relaxed, and Chiaotzu took him by surprise, but the fact that Chiaotzu can affected Goku for ''any'' lenght length of time at all despite the massive, ''massive'' gap in power makes it clear it's still a soft spot for Goku.



* Makoto Shishio from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' is a ''very'' powerful swordsman, but can't fight for more than 15 minutes straight. If he does, [[KarmicDeath he will overheat to death]].And by overheat, we mean ''burst into flames.''

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* Makoto Shishio from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' is a ''very'' powerful swordsman, but can't fight for more than 15 minutes straight. If he does, [[KarmicDeath he will overheat to death]]. And by overheat, we mean ''burst into flames.''



* In ''LightNovel/{{Campione}}'' the titular warriors possess magic resistance that renders them immune to most magic attacks, but if the magic enters via their mouth it bypasses the resistance as seen with Athena's KissOfDeath.]

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* In ''LightNovel/{{Campione}}'' the titular warriors possess magic resistance that renders them immune to most magic attacks, but if the magic enters via their mouth it bypasses the resistance as seen with Athena's KissOfDeath.]



* ''ComicBook/RisingStars'' features a character completely immune to physical damage. However, he still needs to breathe, and is killed by someone sneaking up behind him and throwing a plastic bag over his head. More generally, in the third story arc, [[spoiler:it is discovered that the resistance to damage that, by this point, all specials have, does not guard against radiation. Thus, a special who has spent the last 10 years stealing and hiding nuclear weapons gets radiation sickness, and any special can be temporarily weakened by an electromagnetic pulse.]]

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* ''ComicBook/RisingStars'' features a character completely immune to physical damage. However, he still needs to breathe, and is killed by someone sneaking up behind him and throwing a plastic bag over his head. More generally, in the third story arc, [[spoiler:it is discovered that the resistance to damage that, by this point, all specials have, does not guard against radiation. Thus, a special who has spent the last 10 years stealing and hiding nuclear weapons gets radiation sickness, and any special can be temporarily weakened by an electromagnetic pulse.]]pulse]].



* According to ''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.

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* According to ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' ''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.



** One of the best known is the exhaust port on the Death 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.

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** One of the best known is the exhaust port on the Death 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}} {{Justified|Trope}} 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.



* {{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]].

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* {{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]].



* H.G.Wells' famous work "War of the Worlds" involves aliens who come to invade the Earth and the governments of the world are unable to stop them, until they get defeated by ordinary bacteria for which the aliens' immune system, having never been exposed to them, are extremely vulnerable.

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* H.G.Wells' Creator/HGWells' famous work "War of the Worlds" ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' involves aliens who come to invade the Earth and the governments of the world are unable to stop them, until they get defeated by ordinary bacteria for which the aliens' immune system, having never been exposed to them, are extremely vulnerable.



** Cybermen were also given an Achilles Heel in the story "Revenge of the Cybermen": gold dust would asphyxiate them. This was not a tremendously damning weakness, since gold is neither common nor easy to form into an effective weapon. In "Revenge of the Cybermen", the Cybermen were NighIndestructible even on a ''planet made entirely of gold'', because the locals didn't have the technology to make an effective delivery system for the gold. As the series progressed, gold was promoted to Kryptonite status: in "Earthshock", the Doctor injures, but does not incapacitate, a Cyberman by grinding a gold badge into its chest, but by "Silver Nemesis", Cybermen can be killed by lobbing gold coins at them, or shooting gold-tipped arrows. Gold-tipped arrows are very effective against Cybermen, but, of course, totally ineffective against anything else. It is sometimes joked that had the original series gone on, it would eventually have been possible to destroy a Cyber-war-fleet just by ''saying'' "gold" at them. After the show was revived in 2005, [[AllThereInTheManual a fake website connected to the revival's second series]] hints that the Cybermen seen in "Rise of the Cybermen" and later episodes had the gold weakness worked out in the prototype stage. It was showed on a computer screen in that episode that the weakness had been worked out. Though not present in the Cybermen themselves, the older programming of the Cyber-Planner in "Nightmare in Silver" made it temporarily shut down when a golden ticket was placed against it. The latter story also revealed this weakness to be a software error, rather than a hardware one.

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** Cybermen were also given an Achilles Heel in the story "Revenge of the Cybermen": gold dust would asphyxiate them. This was not a tremendously damning weakness, since gold is neither common nor easy to form into an effective weapon. In "Revenge of the Cybermen", the Cybermen were NighIndestructible Nigh Indestructible even on a ''planet made entirely of gold'', because the locals didn't have the technology to make an effective delivery system for the gold. As the series progressed, gold was promoted to Kryptonite status: in "Earthshock", the Doctor injures, but does not incapacitate, a Cyberman by grinding a gold badge into its chest, but by "Silver Nemesis", Cybermen can be killed by lobbing gold coins at them, or shooting gold-tipped arrows. Gold-tipped arrows are very effective against Cybermen, but, of course, totally ineffective against anything else. It is sometimes joked that had the original series gone on, it would eventually have been possible to destroy a Cyber-war-fleet just by ''saying'' "gold" at them. After the show was revived in 2005, [[AllThereInTheManual a fake website connected to the revival's second series]] hints that the Cybermen seen in "Rise of the Cybermen" and later episodes had the gold weakness worked out in the prototype stage. It was showed on a computer screen in that episode that the weakness had been worked out. Though not present in the Cybermen themselves, the older programming of the Cyber-Planner in "Nightmare in Silver" made it temporarily shut down when a golden ticket was placed against it. The latter story also revealed this weakness to be a software error, rather than a hardware one.



* Just about any [[AttackItsWeakpoint glowing spot]], on any {{boss|Battle}}, in any video game. Sometimes just does extra damage if hit, but is often (in {{Platformer}}s especially) the only place where the boss is not {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le.

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* Just about any [[AttackItsWeakpoint glowing spot]], on any {{boss|Battle}}, in any video game. Sometimes just does extra damage if hit, but is often (in {{Platformer}}s {{Platform|Game}}ers especially) the only place where the boss is not {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le.



** 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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** 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]].weapons.]]



* Oh, poor [[WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} Pyrrha Nikos]]. [[spoiler:In the end, her one true weakness was her selfless heroism. Given the option of evacuating from Grimm-invaded Vale with [[LoveInterest Jaune]] or confronting a fully Fall Maiden empowered [[BigBad Cinder]], she chooses the latter, even after having been repeatedly told that she wouldn't be able to defeat her. With a first and LastKiss to Jaune and shoving him into a rocket-locker to blast him off to safety, she ventures forth and battles Cinder... and pays the ultimate price. Being named after the TropeNamer, she also literally gets crippled with a glass arrow to the heel at the end of the fight, which sealed her fate by preventing her from fleeing.]]

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* Oh, poor [[WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} Pyrrha Nikos]]. [[spoiler:In the end, her one true weakness was her selfless heroism. Given the option of evacuating from Grimm-invaded Vale with [[LoveInterest [[LoveInterests Jaune]] or confronting a fully Fall Maiden empowered [[BigBad Cinder]], she chooses the latter, even after having been repeatedly told that she wouldn't be able to defeat her. With a first and LastKiss to Jaune and shoving him into a rocket-locker to blast him off to safety, she ventures forth and battles Cinder... and pays the ultimate price. Being named after the TropeNamer, {{Trope Namer|s}}, she also literally gets crippled with a glass arrow to the heel at the end of the fight, which sealed her fate by preventing her from fleeing.]]
10th May '16 10:04:43 AM Ramona122003
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*** In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' Chiaotzu successfully restraining Goku for a few seconds using his power. Granted, Goku was only in his base form, relaxed, and Chiaotzu took him by surprise, but the fact Chiaotzu affected Goku for ''any'' lenght of time at all despite the massive, ''massive'' gap in power makes it clear it's still a soft spot for Goku.

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*** In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' Chiaotzu successfully restraining restrains Goku for a few seconds using his power. Granted, Goku was only in his base form, relaxed, and Chiaotzu took him by surprise, but the fact that Chiaotzu can affected Goku for ''any'' lenght of time at all despite the massive, ''massive'' gap in power makes it clear it's still a soft spot for Goku.
10th May '16 9:46:25 AM Ramona122003
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* Goku of Anime/DragonBall survives a bullet and an axe to the head (relatively) unharmed, but if you grab his tail, he'll pass out. Eventually he trains himself to not be unaffected by it. It even works when he's transformed into a giant ape. He also has a tendency of losing strength if he feels hungry, which results in his defeat in his first battle with Yamcha as well as his fight with Jackie Chun. Both weaknesses went away by the time he grew up, the former because he had his tail cut off, and the latter presumably because he got better at managing his metabolism.

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Goku of Anime/DragonBall survives a bullet and an axe to the head (relatively) unharmed, but if you grab his tail, he'll pass out. Eventually he trains himself to not be unaffected by it. It even works when he's transformed into a giant ape. He also has a tendency of losing strength if he feels hungry, which results in his defeat in his first battle with Yamcha as well as his fight with Jackie Chun. Both weaknesses went away by the time he grew up, the former because he had his tail cut off, and the latter presumably because he got better at managing his metabolism.


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** Goku also doesn't have a good history as far as Paralysis-inducing techniques (more specifically, the telekinetic kind) are concerned.
*** In the original ''Dragon Ball'', Goku manages to hold an edge over [[WakeUpCallBoss General Blue]], until the latter used his special power to freeze Goku's body. It's worth noting Blue nearly killed Goku no less than ''three'' times this way.
*** When fighting Tien during the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament Chiaotzu manages to paralyze Goku several times, allowing Tien to score free hits on him.
*** During his battle against Frieza on Namek, Frieza succesfully imprisons Goku in a ball of energy and Goku is helpless to stop it until Frieza intentionally makes the ball explode. This one, however, could simply be chalked up to the fact Frieza was way out of Goku's league at the time.
*** In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' Chiaotzu successfully restraining Goku for a few seconds using his power. Granted, Goku was only in his base form, relaxed, and Chiaotzu took him by surprise, but the fact Chiaotzu affected Goku for ''any'' lenght of time at all despite the massive, ''massive'' gap in power makes it clear it's still a soft spot for Goku.
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