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15th Jun '17 10:26:37 AM StFan
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* PecosBill is often reputed to have shot off his opponents' trigger fingers in gunfights. He can be seen doing this in the movie ''Film/TallTale''.

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* PecosBill Myth/PecosBill is often reputed to have shot off his opponents' trigger fingers in gunfights. He can be seen doing this in the movie ''Film/TallTale''.



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Bender drugs a bunch of race horses (and a jockey who caught him) so the only one he hasn't drugged will win and net him a big payoff.

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Bender drugs a bunch of race horses (and a jockey who caught him) so the only one he hasn't drugged will win and net him a big payoff.
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* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Kodachi Kuno tries doing this to Ranma before their big match. However, Akane thwarts each effort. Ryoga also tries to beat up Ranma before the match, but the fight lasts the entire night without a winner.

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* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Kodachi Kuno Kunō tries doing this to Ranma before their big match. However, Akane thwarts each effort. Ryoga Ryōga also tries to beat up Ranma before the match, but the fight lasts the entire night without a winner.



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* In an issue of ''[[BuckyBarnes The Winter Soldier]]'', a bad guy arranges for a ballerina to suffer a leg injury in a car accident so that Comicbook/BlackWidow can take her place as an understudy.

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* In an issue of ''[[BuckyBarnes ''[[ComicBook/BuckyBarnes The Winter Soldier]]'', a bad guy arranges for a ballerina to suffer a leg injury in a car accident so that Comicbook/BlackWidow ComicBook/BlackWidow can take her place as an understudy.



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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 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.



-->'''Ace Levy:''' Sir, I don't understand. What good's a knife in a nuke fight? All you have to do is press a button, sir.
-->'''Career Sergeant Zim:''' Put your hand on that wall, trooper. [Ace hesitates] PUT YOUR HAND ON THAT WALL! [Zim throws a knife and hits Ace's hand, pinning it to the wall] The enemy cannot press a button... if you have disabled his hand. Medic!
** Note that his answer was completely different in the book.
* In ''Film/TheHustler'', 'Fast Eddie' Felson has his thumbs broken by a pool shark who doesn't like being hustled.

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-->'''Ace Levy:''' Sir, I don't understand. What good's a knife in a nuke fight? All you have to do is press a button, sir.
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Sergeant Zim:''' Put your hand on that wall, trooper. [Ace hesitates] ''[Ace hesitates]'' PUT YOUR HAND ON THAT WALL! [Zim ''[Zim throws a knife and hits Ace's hand, pinning it to the wall] wall]'' The enemy cannot press a button... if you have disabled his hand. Medic!
** :: Note that his answer was completely different in the book.
* In ''Film/TheHustler'', 'Fast Eddie' "Fast Eddie" Felson has his thumbs broken by a pool shark who doesn't like being hustled.



* ''[[Film/ThePhantomMenace Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace]]'' has champion podracer Sebulba "accidentally" bump another podracer, messing it up and making it unable to race.
* At the end of ''Film/{{El Mariachi}}'', the main antagonist shoots the mariachi's hand, preventing him from playing guitar.

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* ''[[Film/ThePhantomMenace Star Wars ''Franchise/StarWars Episode I: The Phantom Menace]]'' Film/ThePhantomMenace'' has champion podracer Sebulba "accidentally" bump another podracer, messing it up and making it unable to race.
* At the end of ''Film/{{El Mariachi}}'', ''Film/ElMariachi'', the main antagonist shoots the mariachi's hand, preventing him from playing guitar.



* First discussed, then played with, then played straight in ''Film/AKnightsTale'':
--> '''Count Adhemar:''' "How would you beat him?"
--> '''Advisor:''' "With a stick. While he slept. But on a horse, with a lance? That man is unbeatable."

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'''Advisor:''' "With With a stick. While he slept. But on a horse, with a lance? That man is unbeatable."



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* In the ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone Twilight Zone]]'' 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 the ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone Twilight Zone]]'' ''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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* A journalist asked former {{Tennis}} player [[{{Tennis}} Rod Laver]] (a contender for the Greatest of All Time title) how he would go about beating current player [[{{Tennis}} Roger Federer]] (another contender), if they had been professional at the same time. Laver replied "Hit him over the head with a tennis racquet."
** Also in tennis, an obsessive [[{{Tennis}} Steffi Graf]] fan infamously stabbed her rival [[{{Tennis}} Monica Seles]] during a match in 1993.
* Twenty-seven members of the New Zealand national rugby team developed food poisoning two days before the grand final of the 1995 Rugby World Cup, where they were to play host nation South Africa. Legend has it, it was deliberate act by a mysterious waitress called "Suzie."

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* A journalist asked former {{Tennis}} UsefulNotes/{{Tennis}} player [[{{Tennis}} Rod Laver]] Laver (a contender for the Greatest of All Time title) how he would go about beating current player [[{{Tennis}} Roger Federer]] (another contender), if they had been professional at the same time. Laver replied "Hit him over the head with a tennis racquet.raquette."
** * Also in tennis, an obsessive [[{{Tennis}} Steffi Graf]] Graf fan infamously stabbed her rival [[{{Tennis}} Monica Seles]] Seles during a match in 1993.
* Twenty-seven members of the New Zealand national rugby team developed food poisoning two days before the grand final of the 1995 Rugby World Cup, where they were to play host nation South Africa. Legend has it, it was deliberate act by a mysterious waitress called "Suzie.""Suzie".



13th May '17 9:05:57 AM zarpaulus
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* In episode 3 of ''Animation/RimbaRacer'' Tag is whacked on the head with a wrench and spends a couple days in the hospital but recovers in time for the next race, where he discovers that his car was sabotaged as well.
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23rd Apr '17 12:42:27 PM nombretomado
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* One of the [[MonsterOfTheWeek villains of the week]] in ''[[TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' (2003 series) is Mephos, an [[WingedHumanoid Avian]] who was punished for crimes against his race by having the wings torn from his back and being forced to live as a human.

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* One of the [[MonsterOfTheWeek villains of the week]] in ''[[TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' (2003 series) ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'' is Mephos, an [[WingedHumanoid Avian]] who was punished for crimes against his race by having the wings torn from his back and being forced to live as a human.
9th Apr '17 6:44:12 PM eroock
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'''Crippling the Competition''' is when someone, usually a villain, injures someone in such a way to prevent them from doing what they are best at. A SubTrope of CareerEndingInjury, Crippling the Competition is always a deliberate act done with malice and forethought. Can overlap with GameBreakingInjury if it occurs during the final showdown.

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'''Crippling Crippling the Competition''' Competition is when someone, usually a villain, injures someone in such a way to prevent them from doing what they are best at. A SubTrope of CareerEndingInjury, Crippling the Competition is always a deliberate act done with malice and forethought. Can overlap with GameBreakingInjury if it occurs during the final showdown.
28th Mar '17 6:10:40 PM Tdarcos
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* In ''Film/CoolHandLuke'', the warden of the prison orders a former football player named Crewe who has set up a "convicts vs. guards" game to give the guards a 21-point advantage or he will frame him for involvement in a murder. Essentially having no choice, Crewe agrees provided the warden will have the guards not injure the prisoners. The warden agrees, then double crosses Crewe by later telling the head of the guards once they have a 21-point advantage to "inflict as much physical punishment on the prisoners as humanly possible."

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* In ''Film/CoolHandLuke'', ''Film/TheLongestYard'', the warden of the prison orders a former football player named Crewe who has set up a "convicts vs. guards" game to give the guards a 21-point advantage or he will frame him for involvement in a murder. Essentially having no choice, Crewe agrees provided the warden will have the guards not injure the prisoners. The warden agrees, then double crosses Crewe by later telling the head of the guards once they have a 21-point advantage to "inflict as much physical punishment on the prisoners as humanly possible."
28th Mar '17 6:09:49 PM Tdarcos
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* In ''Film/CoolHandLuke'', the warden of the prison orders a former football player named Crewe who has set up a "convicts vs. guards" game to give the guards a 21-point advantage or he will frame him for involvement in a murder. Essentially having no choice, Crewe agrees provided the warden will have the guards not injure the prisoners. The warden agrees, then double crosses Crewe by later telling the head of the guards once they have a 21-point advantage to "inflict as much physical punishment on the prisoners as humanly possible."
21st Jan '17 8:58:04 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* In the pro wrestling story, ''A Ring of Their Own'', the Beautiful People attack Wrestling/TaylorWilde in the locker room, making her unable to wrestle in the finals of the FWF Tag Team Title Tournament, making them the winners by default.

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* In the pro wrestling story, ''A Ring of Their Own'', the Beautiful People Wrestling/TheBeautifulPeople attack Wrestling/TaylorWilde in the locker room, making her unable to wrestle in the finals of the FWF Tag Team Title Tournament, making them the winners by default.
1st Dec '16 2:37:17 PM N1KF
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CripplingTheCompetition is when someone, usually a villain, injures someone in such a way to prevent them from doing what they are best at. A SubTrope of CareerEndingInjury, CripplingTheCompetition is always a deliberate act done with malice and forethought. Can overlap with GameBreakingInjury if it occurs during the final showdown.

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CripplingTheCompetition '''Crippling the Competition''' is when someone, usually a villain, injures someone in such a way to prevent them from doing what they are best at. A SubTrope of CareerEndingInjury, CripplingTheCompetition Crippling the Competition is always a deliberate act done with malice and forethought. Can overlap with GameBreakingInjury if it occurs during the final showdown.
25th Oct '16 11:16:17 PM PaulA
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* A rare heroic example occurs in Creator/BrianDaley's ''Han Solo Adventures'': after Han gets roped into a formal duel against the notorious gunslinger Gallandro, he conspires to stun both of their right hands. This forces Gallandro to concede since Solo is ambidextrous and Gallandro isn't.

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* A rare heroic example occurs in Creator/BrianDaley's ''Han Solo Adventures'': ''Literature/HanSolosRevenge'': after Han gets roped into a formal duel against the notorious gunslinger Gallandro, he conspires to stun both of their right hands. This forces Gallandro to concede since Solo is ambidextrous and Gallandro isn't.
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