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27th May '18 12:27:08 PM LordEpsilon
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* Mr. Washington does this to the anti-heroine Alex in ''Film/{{Momentum|2015}}''. Realising just how badass this particular ActionGirl is, Washington stabs her in the leg to prevent her running or fighting effectively. The wound leaves Alex physically crippled to the extent she's left with a limp. Washington's mistake [[spoiler: is underestimating Alex's mental capacity - and since she's TheChessmaster extraordinaire that proves to be fatal.]]
6th May '18 1:44:33 PM Premonition45
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* In ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'', Commodus restrains and stabs Maximus [[GameBreakingInjury just prior to their final, climactic arena duel]] in order to gain the upper hand during the fight.

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* In ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'', Commodus restrains and stabs Maximus [[GameBreakingInjury just prior to their final, climactic arena duel]] in order to gain the upper hand during the fight. [[spoiler:It ''still'' isn't enough to hinder him.]]
20th Apr '18 6:59:00 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', episode "Mr. Denton on Doomsday'', the title character, a washed up Retired Gunfighter faces off against a young wannabee in a duel, both using a potion granting quick draw abilities. Both men manage to inflict hand injuries preventing each other from ever using guns again. Denton sees this as a blessing, as it will prevent either from engaging in any more reckless duels.

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* In ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}'', episode "Mr. Denton on Doomsday'', the title character, a washed up Retired Gunfighter faces off against a young wannabee in a duel, both using a potion granting quick draw abilities. Both men manage to inflict hand injuries preventing each other from ever using guns again. Denton sees this as a blessing, as it will prevent either from engaging in any more reckless duels.
16th Mar '18 8:05:59 AM madorosh
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* Also during the Cold War, specifically the Summit Series between the Soviet Union's Red Army hockey team and the NHL's top Canadian stars, Bobby Clarke famously broke Soviet star player Valeri Kharlomov's ankle with a slash. An Assistant Coach had called Clarke to the bench prior and suggested Kharlamov "needs a tap on the ankle."
7th Mar '18 11:20:45 PM igordebraga
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-->"Once there was this girl who swore that one day she would be a figure skating champion\\
And when she finally made it, she saw some other girl who was better\\
And so she hired some guy to club her in the knee cap"
-->---'''Music/WeirdAlYankovic''', "Headline News" (see the Real Life folder for the incident that inspired this)
14th Dec '17 7:19:43 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'' has some players who invoke this trope as much as possible in the soccer fields, with Makoto Souda as the most infamous example. [[BreakTheHaughty It doesn't end well - for *them*]].



* A self-inflicted example in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]''; [[spoiler:late in the game, it's revealed that Ike's father Greil had crippled his own arm so that he could never use his sword again--as atonement for slaughtering a great number of people while under the influence of a certain pendant]].

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* A self-inflicted example in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]''; [[spoiler:late in the game, it's revealed that Ike's father Greil had crippled his own arm so that he could never use his sword again--as atonement for slaughtering a great number of people (including his beloved wife Elena) while under the influence of a certain pendant]].pendant (which only said wife could hold without succumbing to its influence)]].
12th Dec '17 8:32:24 AM nightkiller
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* Figure skater Tonya Harding's then-husband, Jeff Gillooly, hired someone to attack her rival, Nancy Kerrigan, with a tire iron. The extent of Harding's own involvement remains debatable.

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* Figure skater Tonya Harding's then-husband, Jeff Gillooly, hired someone to attack her rival, Nancy Kerrigan, with a tire iron.metal police baton. The extent of Harding's own involvement remains debatable.
5th Sep '17 2:58:55 PM foxley
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* ''Film/TheKarateKid'' gives one of the most famous examples when the evil instructor [[OrderedToCheat orders a student to intentionally injure Daniel's leg]] in the semi-finals match. This means the guy will be disqualified for an illegal hit, but injury will prevent Daniel from facing the instructor's prize pupil in the actual Final Round, guaranteeing victory. The plan only fails because Mr. Miyagi has HealingHands and Daniel has learned the iconic Crane Stance, which lets him keep his weight off the injured leg when the injury is aggravated in the finals. Notably, both Cobra Kai students are appalled at Kreese's order even if they go along with.

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* ''Film/TheKarateKid'' gives one of the most famous examples when the evil instructor [[OrderedToCheat orders a student to intentionally injure Daniel's leg]] in the semi-finals match. This means the guy will be disqualified for an illegal hit, but injury will prevent Daniel from facing the instructor's prize pupil in the actual Final Round, guaranteeing victory. The plan only fails because Mr. Miyagi has HealingHands and Daniel has learned the iconic Crane Stance, which lets him keep his weight off the injured leg when the injury is aggravated in the finals. Notably, both Cobra Kai students are appalled at Kreese's order even if they go along with.with it.
5th Sep '17 7:07:20 AM CharlesPhipps
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* ''Film/TheKarateKid'' gives one of the most famous examples when the evil instructor [[OrderedToCheat orders a student to intentionally injure Daniel's leg]] in the semi-finals match. This means the guy will be disqualified for an illegal hit, but injury will prevent Daniel from facing the instructor's prize pupil in the actual Final Round, guaranteeing victory. The plan only fails because Mr. Miyagi has HealingHands and Daniel has learned the iconic Crane Stance, which lets him keep his weight off the injured leg when the injury is aggravated in the finals.

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* ''Film/TheKarateKid'' gives one of the most famous examples when the evil instructor [[OrderedToCheat orders a student to intentionally injure Daniel's leg]] in the semi-finals match. This means the guy will be disqualified for an illegal hit, but injury will prevent Daniel from facing the instructor's prize pupil in the actual Final Round, guaranteeing victory. The plan only fails because Mr. Miyagi has HealingHands and Daniel has learned the iconic Crane Stance, which lets him keep his weight off the injured leg when the injury is aggravated in the finals. Notably, both Cobra Kai students are appalled at Kreese's order even if they go along with.
29th Jul '17 8:24:04 PM Premonition45
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode where Mr. Burns forces his way onto Homer's bowling team (for which he was tricked into writing a $500 check), the team is disgusted at the old man's complete ineptitude but cannot simply kick him off. Moe hatches a plan to bash in his knee with a lead pipe so he can't play. Unfortunately, he does so when Burns is already indisposed and his whack on the knee has the exact opposite effect: the injured Burns is able to play again.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In the ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode where "Team Homer", Mr. Burns forces his way onto Homer's bowling team (for which he was tricked into writing a $500 check), the team is disgusted at the old man's complete ineptitude but cannot simply kick him off. Moe hatches a plan to bash in his knee with a lead pipe so he can't play. Unfortunately, he does so when Burns is already indisposed and his whack on the knee has the exact opposite effect: the injured Burns is able to play again.
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