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26th Aug '16 5:25:22 PM LentilSandEater
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* ''VideoGame/CommanderKeen Episode 1'': "You cannot kill the Vorticon Commander directly."[[note]]Actually, the Vorticon Commander can be killed with blaster fire. It takes [[MadeOfIron over 100 shots]], but doing so nets you a few extra [[ScoringPoints Teddy Bears]] that are otherwise blocked off by the fallen block.[[/note]] Luckily, he hangs around in a small area directly below the game's only example of destructible terrain - a large concrete block suspended by a thin chain. Just don't ask how he got into that situation since [[FridgeLogic he's too large to fit through any of the gaps in the walls around it...]]

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* ''VideoGame/CommanderKeen Episode 1'': "You cannot kill the Vorticon Commander directly."[[note]]Actually, the Vorticon Commander can be killed with blaster fire. It takes [[MadeOfIron over 100 shots]], but doing so nets you a few extra [[ScoringPoints Teddy Bears]] that are otherwise blocked off by the fallen block.[[/note]] Luckily, he hangs around in a small area directly below the game's only example of destructible terrain - a large concrete block suspended by a thin chain. Just don't ask how he got into that situation since [[FridgeLogic he's too large to fit through any of the gaps in the walls around it...]]it.



** The Pokemon gym leaders make a bad habit of this. [[Main/BlowYouAway Skyla]] keeps her gym right outside a cave full of electric types (and if you someone managed to avoid catching a Joltik, Tynamo, or Boldore in Chargestone Cave, she makes you to go north on Route 7, where high-level Zebstrika hang out). [[Main/PlayingWithFire Blaine]]'s gym is on Cinnabar ''Island''--you need a Pokemon that knows Surf, a powerful Water-type move, to even get there in the first place. And an NPC standing outside [[Main/PoisonousPerson Roxie]]'s gym flat-out tells you that Virbank Complex, just a few steps to the south, has Magnemite: a Steel-type that's completely immune to Poison-types. On the other hand, [[FridgeBrilliance it's entirely possible they do this deliberately.]] A Gym Leader's job isn't to simply smack down everyone who challenges them, but to test the ability and tactical thinking of challengers.

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** The Pokemon gym leaders make a bad habit of this. [[Main/BlowYouAway Skyla]] keeps her gym right outside a cave full of electric types (and if you someone managed to avoid catching a Joltik, Tynamo, or Boldore in Chargestone Cave, she makes you to go north on Route 7, where high-level Zebstrika hang out). [[Main/PlayingWithFire Blaine]]'s gym is on Cinnabar ''Island''--you need a Pokemon that knows Surf, a powerful Water-type move, to even get there in the first place. And an NPC standing outside [[Main/PoisonousPerson Roxie]]'s gym flat-out tells you that Virbank Complex, just a few steps to the south, has Magnemite: a Steel-type that's completely immune to Poison-types. On the other hand, [[FridgeBrilliance it's entirely possible they do this deliberately.]] A Gym Leader's job isn't to simply smack down everyone who challenges them, but to test the ability and tactical thinking of challengers.
26th Aug '16 5:22:14 PM LentilSandEater
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* [[EnforcedTrope Enforced]] and [[ExploitedTrope exploited]] in ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'' by Count Bela de Magpyr. His castle is designed to make him easy to defeat - he keeps stores of stakes, holy water, and lemons (along with instructions on how to use them), his decorations can be easily twisted into holy symbols, and he has large windows with easily removed curtains. None of these methods will permanently kill a Discworld vampire, merely reduce them to dust until blood splatters on them and they rise again. Ultimately, he and the townsfolk treat the whole experience as a ritual - every few decades, the Count rises and kidnaps a fair maiden. A young man from the town comes along to rescue her. The Count is 'killed', which gives him a few more decades of rest, and the young man is hailed as a hero. The book opens with his relatives who ''don't'' do this moving in to take over the region, and ends with [[spoiler:that extended family getting KilledOffForReal, because unlike Count Bela, they were a genuine threat to the community.]]

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* [[EnforcedTrope Enforced]] and [[ExploitedTrope exploited]] in ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'' by Count Bela de Magpyr. His castle is designed to make him easy to defeat - he keeps stores of stakes, holy water, and lemons (along with instructions on how to use them), his decorations can be easily twisted into holy symbols, and he has large windows with easily removed curtains. None of these methods will permanently kill a Discworld vampire, merely reduce them to dust until blood splatters on them and they rise again. Ultimately, he and the townsfolk treat the whole experience as a ritual - every few decades, the Count rises and kidnaps a fair maiden. A young man from the town comes along to rescue her. The Count is 'killed', which gives him a few more decades of rest, and the young man is hailed as a hero. The book opens with his relatives who ''don't'' do this moving in to take over the region, and ends with [[spoiler:that extended family getting KilledOffForReal, because unlike Count Bela, they were a genuine threat to the community.]]
12th Aug '16 4:31:06 PM Prfnoff
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* In ''VideoGame/KidKool'', bosses are defeated by jumping on a spring repeatedly until it goes all the way down. Sometimes the spring is part of the boss itself, but not usually.
10th Jul '16 9:22:58 PM Zeke
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** In the ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' spinoff series, a certain few bosses have lava around the arena they need to be smashed into, and another has water on both sides of the arena for no real reason than the boss to be knocked back into.

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** In the ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' spinoff series, a certain few bosses have lava around the arena they need to be smashed into, and another has water on both sides of the arena for no real reason than the boss to be knocked back into. Unfortunately, Wario is on the other end of this in games 2 and 3 -- most boss rooms make it easy for the boss to kick Wario out somehow. After all, the only way to really win against a hero who can't die is to cause RingOut after RingOut until the player snaps the cartridge in half.
17th Jun '16 3:37:13 PM InvinciblePeacock
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* {{Justified|JustifiedTrope}} in ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'': The end boss [=GLaDOS=] is PART OF THE ARENA ITSELF, &, in-universe, not only did the scientists who built her specifically put in measures in case of a "Rogue AI" situation, but they had enough common sense to AVOID giving her either any control whatsoever over ANY of those measures or way to gain control over them. Additionally, the only way you can defeat her is by manipulating incoming rocket fire through portals to hit her. Though [=GlaDOS=] has so far been shown to have control over all the systems in the entire facility, she notes that her morality core, which you destroyed, "must have had some ancillary responsibilities" and thus she is unable to deactivate the turret.

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* {{Justified|JustifiedTrope}} [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'': The end boss [=GLaDOS=] is PART OF THE ARENA ITSELF, &, in-universe, not only did the scientists who built her specifically have enough common sense to [[CrazyPrepared put in measures specifically in case case]] of a [[AIIsACrapshoot "Rogue AI" situation, situation]], but they had enough common sense to AVOID giving her either any control whatsoever over ANY of those [[AvertedTrope keep said measures or way to gain 100% isolated]] [[EverythingIsOnline from the parts of the system she had control over them.over]]. Additionally, the only way you can defeat her is by manipulating incoming rocket fire through portals to hit her. Though [=GlaDOS=] has so far been shown to have control over all the systems in the entire facility, she notes that her morality core, which you destroyed, "must have had some ancillary responsibilities" and thus she is unable to deactivate the turret.
17th Jun '16 3:25:59 PM InvinciblePeacock
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* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'': the only way you can defeat the rogue computer [=GLaDOS=] is by manipulating incoming rocket fire through portals to hit her. Though [=GlaDOS=] has so far been shown to have control over all the systems in the entire facility, she notes that her morality core, which you destroyed, "must have had some ancillary responsibilities" and thus she is unable to deactivate the turret.

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* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d {{Justified|JustifiedTrope}} in ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'': The end boss [=GLaDOS=] is PART OF THE ARENA ITSELF, &, in-universe, not only did the scientists who built her specifically put in measures in case of a "Rogue AI" situation, but they had enough common sense to AVOID giving her either any control whatsoever over ANY of those measures or way to gain control over them. Additionally, the only way you can defeat the rogue computer [=GLaDOS=] her is by manipulating incoming rocket fire through portals to hit her. Though [=GlaDOS=] has so far been shown to have control over all the systems in the entire facility, she notes that her morality core, which you destroyed, "must have had some ancillary responsibilities" and thus she is unable to deactivate the turret.
17th Jun '16 5:15:21 AM erforce
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** In the first ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'', you have to twice fight Necky, a boss that only can be hurt by jumping on its head. Unfortunately, its head is too high to Donkey or even Diddy reach. Good luck that someone unexplainably left a tire lying around, right?

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** In the first ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'', ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry1'', you have to twice fight Necky, a boss that only can be hurt by jumping on its head. Unfortunately, its head is too high to Donkey or even Diddy reach. Good luck that someone unexplainably left a tire lying around, right?
28th May '16 9:58:36 AM nombretomado
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* [[PlayStation PS1]] / [[{{Nintendo 64}} N64]] ''VideoGame/SpiderMan'':

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* [[PlayStation [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation PS1]] / [[{{Nintendo [[UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo 64}} N64]] ''VideoGame/SpiderMan'':
29th Apr '16 10:14:33 AM Willbyr
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* In ''KingdomHearts'', you fight Hercules in an arena you've already used for dozens of battles. Every single time before and after, it was completely empty, just a flat ring. For the Hercules fight, it's filled with barrels that you need to get rid of the hero aura which makes him invincible. The barrels being provided may be justified by the fact that it's more of a friendly practice match than anything else and Hercules is giving Sora sporting chance. There is, however, no explanation for why a wooden barrel is able to weaken Hercules so much.

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* In ''KingdomHearts'', ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', you fight Hercules in an arena you've already used for dozens of battles. Every single time before and after, it was completely empty, just a flat ring. For the Hercules fight, it's filled with barrels that you need to get rid of the hero aura which makes him invincible. The barrels being provided may be justified by the fact that it's more of a friendly practice match than anything else and Hercules is giving Sora sporting chance. There is, however, no explanation for why a wooden barrel is able to weaken Hercules so much.
11th Apr '16 6:32:56 AM contrafanxxx
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* In ''Film/HardcoreHenry'', [[spoiler: Akan's powers surge up in the final battle, causing himself to levitate out of Henry's reach. However, some of the other dead cyborgs' bodies are also levitating with him, giving Henry some convenient footholds to jump up and reach Akan.]]
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