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11th Jan '17 7:20:26 AM PixelKnight
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* Old Man Henderson of ''Fanfic/OldManHenderson'' infamy was already so crazy and abused so many drugs that he dismissed the various BrownNote {{Eldritch Abomination}}s as hallucinations or really ugly poodles.

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* Old Man Henderson of ''Fanfic/OldManHenderson'' infamy was already so crazy and abused had smoked so many drugs much marijuana that he dismissed the various BrownNote {{Eldritch Abomination}}s as hallucinations or really ugly poodles.poodles, and his dyslexia means that he was unable to read the Necronomicon, rendering him immune to most of its effects.
8th Dec '16 11:01:04 AM ChaoticQueen
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* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'': Raikov is not affected by the girly mags, NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat, but the game is set in the 60's.
7th Dec '16 2:28:57 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* According to Literature/TheTalmud, [[Literature/BookOfDaniel Daniel and his companions]] got cleared of sexual immorality charges by virtue of being eunuchs.
1st Dec '16 6:48:04 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Alluded to a couple times in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''; for example, when the Elric brothers break into the Fifth Laboratory, Ed remarks that his metal hand and Al's armor body allow them to climb over the barbed wire on the fence without injury, and when climbing through a duct, Ed thinks to himself [[BerserkButton with increasing horror]] that if he weren't so short, he wouldn't fit through the ducts.

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* Alluded to a couple times in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''; for example, when the Elric brothers break into the Fifth Laboratory, Ed remarks that his metal hand and Al's armor body allow them to climb over the barbed wire on the fence without injury, and when climbing through a duct, Ed thinks to himself [[BerserkButton [[TheNapoleon with increasing horror]] that if he weren't so short, he wouldn't fit through the ducts.


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** On the flip side, Daredevil himself has occasionally had his LivingLieDetector abilities (which rely on his ability to hear stress-induced changes in heartbeat when someone lies) tripped up by a pacemaker.
1st Dec '16 6:43:35 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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[[/folder]]* In the ''Series/DarkAngel'' episode "Fuhgeddaboudit", Max and Co. meet a transgenic with the ability to control a person's actions. It turns out [[spoiler:that a man with narcolepsy is immune, due to his brain "being wired differently."]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In the serial ''Frontier in Space'', the Ogrons are stated to have the best defense against {{mind probe}}s: stupidity. "There's no mind to probe!"
** In the episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E11TheGodComplex The God Complex]]," an alien minotaur [[EmotionEater feeds on]] [[spoiler:the faith]] of those trapped in its prison by revealing [[YourWorstNightmare their worst fears]]. When Rory shows up, all it does is show him the exit because [[spoiler:he is neither religious nor superstitious and, unlike Amy, does not have an abiding faith that The Doctor will always save the day]]. Also, because after the events of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens The Pandorica Opens]]"... there isn't really anything left for him to be afraid of.
** Likewise, in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife The Doctor's Wife]]" House is only shown attempting to MindRape Amy. WordOfGod says that House ''did'' try to do this to Rory, but simply gave up after he proved immune to it.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E9Flatline Flatline]]," the psychic paper that's fooled everyone except geniuses is defeated by a community service supervisor who [[TooDumbToFool lacks the imagination to picture anything on the paper]].
* In ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' John Crichton was resistant to something that was affecting the crew because humans have eyesight which is far too poor to see whatever it was that caused it.
** Crichton has also been resistant to {{brainwash|ed}}ing because given the number of people who've messed around with the contents of his skull, trying to control his mind is rather like trying to drink milk with a butter knife.
* In the ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' episode "The Box", the titular box, upon being dug up, emits an ultrasound that kills everyone nearby except for a deaf man.
* ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'', like [[Literature/TheSwordOfTruth the books]] it was based on, has the "pristinely ungifted" who can neither use nor be affected by anything magical. This is put to use by forcing a pristinely ungifted person to go past magical protections surrounding a magic box that the villains want and retrieving it.
* A more mundane example crops up in an episode of ''Series/LondonsBurning'' in which Blue Watch are called to a fire in the basement of a public library, which happens to contain the Braille section. The two firefighters who go down to search for anyone trapped find a blind woman, who ends up being a great help in getting back out again; between the smoke and the power going out neither of the firefighters can see more than a couple of feet anyway, but the woman they're ostensibly rescuing has considerably more practice navigating by feel.
* In an episode of ''Series/SledgeHammer'', the bad guys try to turn Hammer into a ManchurianAgent by using subliminal messages in a television to alter his subconscious. It doesn't work - Hammer doesn't ''have'' a subconscious.
* An episode of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' involved Kimberly's hearing impaired friend being immune to the MagicMusic used by the MonsterOfTheWeek, and as a result, being able to warn Kimberly and thus ruin said monster's plans to ambush the Rangers.
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'':
** One episode called "From Within" starred a disabled guy who was immune to the parasitic mind control worms that took over everybody else in town. When one tries to get him, it shrivels up and dies of starvation. It appears to come out a different ear than it went in. He had a form of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Fetal Alcohol Affect Disorder that resulted in him having reduced neurotransmitters that affect emotions-the same neurotransmitters that the parasites happened to feed on. FAS can result in a smaller brain as well.
** Another episode called "Stream of Consciousness" posited a future where all brains were networked and had access to the world database, except for the protagonist, whose body rejected the procedure. This made him pretty much useless except as A) a janitor, and b) the OnlySaneMan when the network became malevolent.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Is There In Truth No Beauty?", there is a race of aliens said to be so ugly that anyone who sees them goes insane. However, the GirlOfTheWeek is able to look at them through special glasses, because she's blind, and only pretending to be able to see.
* This little exchange from ''[[Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody The Suite Life on Deck]]'' episode "Lost at Sea," when the characters are debating whether or not to eat wild fish and risk mercury poisoning.
-->'''Woody:''' Wait, what are the symptoms of mercury poisoning?\\
'''Bailey:''' It causes bad skin, profuse sweating, weird behavior and muscle weakness.\\
'''Woody:''' I won't even notice!
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
** Everyone in the vicinity of Famine is eventually driven to extremes of overindulgence, except [[spoiler:Dean, who is so broken that there's no hunger, literal or metaphorical, left in him]].
** Sam is immune to a god who forces people to speak the truth [[spoiler:because he had no soul]].
* Todd from ''Series/ToddAndTheBookOfPureEvil'' proved to be immune to one antagonist's mind control powers because of his attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This is (sort of) TruthInTelevision; severe mental disorders that prevent concentration can actually prevent a person from being hypnotized, but normal ADHD isn't generally sufficient for this.
* ''Series/TheXFiles''
** In one episode, Mulder proved immune to some subliminal brainwashing because of his red/green colorblindness.
** In another episode, all the living creatures in a given area die horrifically when their inner ears pressurize and explode out of their skulls. Amazingly, they find a single old woman sitting in her home, unaffected as death surrounds her for miles. It turns out the cause of the hemorrhages was a high frequency sound, and the woman was born without eardrums meaning that there was nothing for the pressure to build up against.
* An episode of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' has Sheppard as the only character unaffected by a mind-altering perfume because he has a cold and can't smell it.
* The SGC's stargate dialing system in ''Series/StargateSG1''. They did not find the original Egypt Stargate's Dial Home Device,[[note]]"[=DHD=]" for short; a more streamlined usable operating interface than the integrated manual dial in the Gate itself, as well as a power source for the gate[[/note]] so the US Air Force kludged together their own system that works on the gate's integrated manual dial. The SGC's gate dialing system has a very incomplete set of error code report interpretations, and is far slower to dial out than the "touch-tone" dialing that [=DHD=]s provide, and requires a rigged up system to power the gate from the local electrical grid. However, this kludged system made the SGC's gate the only operable gate left in the galaxy after the Goa'uld System Lord Ba'al infected a vast number of [=DHD=]s in the galaxy with a virus that corrupted their dial-out protocols and made them gate to random incorect addresses. It spread through a "correlative update protocol" that helps the Stargate network compensate for stellar drift, and since the SGC's gate ''has'' no such DHD...
* A frame of mind example occurs in ''Series/TeenWolf'': One of season 3's big bads causes four of the werewolves to hallucinate their worst fears in an attempt to push them over the DespairEventHorizon. This works on Scott, Boyd, and Ethan who each attempt suicide. Not so with Isaac, who has spent years of his life being horribly abused by his father. Upon hallucinating that it's happening again, he simply endures it as he always has.
* On ''Franchise/BattlestarGalactica'', the ''Galactica'' avoids Cylon computer infiltration and destruction because it's not connected to any wireless networks, using such obsolete technology as corded phones. Commander Adama, who was in the last war with the Cylons where they did the same thing, is ProperlyParanoid of this and refused to upgrade them.
* ''Series/{{Haven}}'':
** Nathan is immune to Jordan's AgonyBeam ability because he [[FeelNoPain feels no pain]].
** In the episodes "Morbidity" and "Mortality", Dwight is immune to the Trouble that is activating people's Troubles without their usual emotional triggers because Dwight's Trouble is always active.
* Ros from ''Series/GameOfThrones'' attempts to seduce Lord Varys but fails because he's a eunuch.
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* It's discovered in Music/TheWho's "Pinball Wizard" that the main character, Music/{{Tommy}}, is fantastic at pinball, something his rivals completely fail to understand given that he can't even see or hear what's going on. Supposedly, anyway, given that he actually ''can'' see and hear but simply has mental blocks that stop him from actually ''reacting'' to stimuli most of the time. [[AmbiguousSituation He might very well be playing the same way as everyone else, evading his complex thanks to the fun he's having.]]
-->''Ain't got no distractions; can't hear no buzzers and bells\\
Don't see no lights a-flashin'; plays by sense of smell\\
Always gets a replay - never seen him fall\\
That deaf, dumb, and blind kid sure plays a mean pinball''
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' powers defined/bought as "No Normal Defense" can become this. An example power from several editions of the rulebook is a sonic [=NND=] attack that bypasses armor, but won't affect a deaf character.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** In module A2 ''Secret of the Slaver's Stockade'', the fort's commander is blind and therefore immune to the petrifying gaze of the medusa he uses to guard his treasure.
** This is pretty common in the D&D universe: blind characters are immune to gaze attacks, deaf characters are immune to sonic attacks, unliving creatures and creatures without a discernible anatomy are immune to critical hits, etc. Medusas often use morlocks - a species who live their entire lives underground and are blind - as mooks for this reason.
** There's even a spell that lets you use one sense instead of another for the same effect. The example given was that the caster was "hearing" light to see and immune to the gorgon on the page. It's specifically meant to utilize this trope against monsters.
** ''D&D'' also contains the infamous Explosive Runes, which detonate when read -- unless you're a barbarian, who has illiteracy as a class "feature".
** in 3.5 "Mindless" creatures are immune to mind-influencing effects.
** Averted in the fourth edition, where blind creatures can be hit by gaze attacks, formless puddings can be stabbed in the foot, mindless automatons can be affected with fear spells, and so forth.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', characters with peg legs take massive penalties to their ability to walk and jump, however they're immune to {{caltrops}} (partly if they have one leg replaced, completely if they have both legs replaced).
* Not quite a disability, but there's one [[EldritchAbomination Abyssal entity]] in ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' that manipulates human behaviour by meddling with social cues -- but people with autism spectrum conditions are less susceptible to this because they don't feel those cues as strongly.
** In ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'', the Thorns encircling [[LandOfFaerie Arcadia]] tear at the soul of any human who strays from the path, eroding their [[KarmaMeter Humanity]] and eventually leaving them {{Empty Shell}}s. Even the partially-human-at-most changelings and TabletopGame/{{werewol|fTheForsaken}}ves are affected to a lesser extent, being stripped of their [[{{Mana}} Glamour]] and driven into [[UnstoppableRage Death Rage]] respectively. [[VampireTheRequiem Vampires]], which are strongly implied to be {{Damaged Soul}}s ''at best'', just get scratched up a bit. Similarly, they're immune to the shadow-stealing power of Fetches and their undead minds are resistant to dream manipulation.
* In Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, the equip spell Flint is an annoying equip spell that weakens the host monster and prevents it from attacking. However, the monster Flint Lock is designed to be immune completely to the negative effects of Flint, and even benefits from extra powers while equipped with Flint, such as being indestructible by battle. Cherry on top, it can even manipulate Flint to contaminate other monsters, or relieve a monster from it to use its protection. This double counts as CripplingTheCompetition and DisabilitySuperpower.[[note]]The two come from the videogame ''Xexex''. The Flint is an alien life form that instinctively reaches out and saps enemies. The Flint Lock was built specifically to control and employ it.[[/note]]
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* In ''Theatre/PokemonLive'', Ash Ketchum is all set to battle a deaf trainer, and Ash sends out his Pikachu, while his opponent sends out his Jigglypuff. Jigglypuff wins the battle by singing Pikachu to sleep...which being deaf, the other trainer can't hear, so the Jigglypuff's trainer is perfectly matched as one of the few people who can't be put to sleep by his own Pokemon's attack.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/MortalKombat''
** In one game, Kenshi saves his friend from an ambush when they're attacked with a flash bomb; being blind he's unaffected. He also says it [[MundaneUtility saves him from]] [[ShowWithinAShow Johnny Cage films.]]
** In the third game, Cyax and Sector are unaffected by Shao Kahn's invasion where he steals the souls of Earthrealm's inhabitants; as cyborgs, [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul they have no souls to take.]]
* Some works featuring undead make them invulnerable, what with being already dead. TheFrozenThrone AnimateDead spell works like this (in the original, the units were vulnerable, but lasted longer).
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' features a Banshee-like boss who charms her victims into submission by conjuring illusions of their loved ones. It works on everyone except the team's BadassGrandpa who, having suffered from amnesia, doesn't recognize his 'granddaughter'.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'': Fortune survives being shot by Revolver Ocelot because, thanks to her [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dextrocardia Dextrocardia]], he misses her heart.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'': Raikov is not affected by the girly mags, NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat, but the game is set in the 60's.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'': Johnny has no nanomachines to enhance his abilities. So, when there was an attack on the Patriot AI system that affected everyone with nanomachines, Johnny was fine.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games, there's an aversion: Abra can still be afflicted with sleep despite being said to spend most of its day sleeping and its psychic powers allowing it to function while asleep. In fact, it's one of the best ways to catch one so it doesn't teleport away.
** The ability Insomnia, on the other hand, ''does'' protect against sleep in accordance with this trope.
** In a straighter example, Pokemon that are afflicted by [[StandardStatusEffects Poison, Burns, Sleep, Paralysis, or Freezing]] become immune to all of the others for as long as they're affected. Some players use the Toxic Orb or Flame Orb item to invoke this by poisoning or burning their own Pokemon intentionally (statuses that don't hinder the afflict's attempts to attack, unlike the other three), though there typically has to be some other benefit (usually from Abilities like Quick Feet or Guts) for them to resort to it.
** The Klutz ability, which renders a Pokemon's held item useless, is often mixed with an item that has a harmful effect that can then be swapped to the opponent.
* The ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic'' series gives us the troglodyte, a blind creature of the deep. Their inability to see renders them immune to the spell blind, known to stop stronger creatures in their tracks. By removing the right creature from the fight for several turns, a single well placed casting of blind has been known to steer the course of entire battles. The thing is, troglodytes are some of the weakest units in the game--even if they were susceptible to blind, chances are no one would have actually wanted to cast it on them anyway, either due to bigger threats taking priority, or the trogs not even being worth the mana cost it would take to disable them. Whether their incompetence lies from their blindness or simply being primitive hunchbacks with spears in a world full of bigger, more vicious fish is unknown.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', after [[spoiler:Wheatley [[FaceHeelTurn turns evil]], [=GLaDOS=] tells him a paradox in an effort to kill him with a LogicBomb. Unfortunately, it doesn't work, due to him being TooDumbToFool]].
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', being Zombified makes you immune to Death. This means that refraining from curing your Zombification is actually one of the best ways of beating [[spoiler:Yunalesca]], who uses Death on every party member at the end of each round (as long as you remember she also [[ReviveKillsZombie casts high level heal spells on zombiefied characters]]).
** As a consequence of ReviveKillsZombie, TheUndead in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games tend to be not only IMMUNE to instant death attacks, but actually HEALED by them. Using Zombie status this way is just making this factor work in your favor.
* Sergeant Johnson from ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''. After "liberating" a crate of plasma grenades to help save his men, he got radiation poisoning which resulted in Boren's Syndrome. According to ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'', this disease degraded his DNA so much that the Flood wasn't able to synch with his nervous system, giving immunity to infection. [[spoiler:Subverted, as that was just his cover story; he's actually a [[SuperSoldier Spartan-I]]. Boren's Syndrome, a real disease in TheVerse, kills a person before it could ever be weaponized this way.]]
* In ''VideoGame/NetHack'', when you are (temporarily) blinded, you are immune to gaze attacks (such as from a floating eye) and flashes of light (from a yellow or black light). This is incredibly useful when combined with the telepathy ability, which can be acquired by among other things, eating the corpse of one of the aforementioned floating eyes, which allows you to see most enemies while blinded.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' initially declared that Lee Sin, the Blind Monk, would be immune to blind effects. This didn't carry through to release, mostly because out of about a hundred champions, only two of them have abilities that cause blind.
* [[spoiler: Supposedly]], the reason J.C. Denton and his brother were chosen for experimental nano-augmentation procedures in ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' is due to the both of them having a crippled immune system, which means their bodies would not be able to "fight" the nanomachines (a problem that killed or hurt the other subjects, who suffered from severe allergic reactions).
** The prequel, ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', has protagonist Adam immune to the degenerative effects of augmentation, meaning his whole body ''could'' augmented and he wouldn't need the anti-rejection Neuropozyne, unlike every other augmented human in the world. A side-quest reveals [[spoiler: Adam was genetically engineered to be an augmented human.]] Furthermore, [[spoiler: his DNA forms the basis for the Denton brothers.]]
* A very amusing and twisted example from ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'': after having anal sex for the first time, Emi comments that being in a wheelchair means she won't have to tell anybody why she's walking funny.
* Undead enemies in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' were at one point almost totally immune to piercing damage because their internal organs are defunct, meaning that the normal CriticalHit and bleeding mechanics didn't apply to them.
** they also don't need to draw breath so they can't be dispatched by drowning traps.
* In ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre''; Hobyrim is immune to [[TakenForGranite stone gaze]] attacks because he's blind; and thus can't see the Medusa or Basilisk.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}},'' [[LittleMissBadass Lili]] is kidnapped by the villains shortly after coming down with a cold. Ironically, this means she's too stuffed up for [[MadScientist Loboto]]'s powder to make her sneeze her brain out.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfZestiria'' in the cutscene before the Medusa boss fight, Dezel proves immune to Medusa's gaze because he's blind, [[SlidingScaleOfGameplayAndStoryIntegration this carries into gameplay as well.]]
* In ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheComet'' the main character has a heart condition which makes him prone to passing out in moments of extreme stress. How is this helpful? Well, the game happens to take place in a [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian]] setting, and this effectively limits how much exposure he can have to visions of otherworldly horrors before he quickly passes out.
* In ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' the sightless [[MoleMen Dredge]] are immune to blind effects.
* In ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'', monsters without eyes are (obviously) unaffected by Flash Bombs. This includes [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Khezu]], [[DarkIsEvil Gore Magala]] and [[CastingAShadow Meraginasu]].
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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** An early strip has an evil goblin priest casting ''Unholy Blight'' on the party, which disables all non-evil beings. [[TokenEvilTeammate Belkar]] calmly walks up and stabs him.
** A later strip has Belkar hanged, which he survives since he's a 30-pound halfling, and his weight doesn't even pull the rope taut enough to strangle him.
** There's also the, ahem, "squid thingy" that [[TooSpicyForYogSothoth refuses to eat]] [[QuirkyBard Elan's]] brain because his low Int score makes it seem as nutritious as diet Coke. [[GeniusBruiser Roy]] isn't as fortunate, though...
** Invoked in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0860.html comic #860]]. Roy sets it up so Durkon's ''[[http://www.d20pfsrd.com/magic/all-spells/h/holy-word Holy Word]]'' spell (which deafens any non-good-aligned characters in range) also affects [[TokenEvilTeammate Belkar]], so that Nale can't use [[CompellingVoice suggestion]] to make him attack them, as he did in an earlier strip.
--->'''Roy:''' It's not a bug, it's a feature.
* ''Webcomic/UnintentionallyPretentious'' often runs on this.
** Only bald Luthor and blind Mia can pull off [[http://www.unintentionallypretentious.com/index.asp?c=94 these costumes]]
** In one HalloweenEpisode, she's also immune to the effects of the Necronomicon.
** In another HalloweenEpisode, she remains human after being bitten by a werewolf because [[http://www.unintentionallypretentious.com/index.asp?c=192 she can't see the moon]].
* In ''Webcomic/WhenSheWasBad'', Anthony, who's been deaf since birth, is immune to Gail's mind-reading. She can't hear his thoughts because he doesn't associate words with sounds.
* In ''Webcomic/CaptainSNES'', The Sovereign Of Sorrow's [[MindRape "Touch"]] causes those affected to lose their hope, happiness, and sanity. [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka]] is immune because he's a [[MonsterClown deranged]], [[StrawNihilist murderous nihilist]], so he didn't have any hope or sanity to lose, and no happiness beyond mad laughter at his own cruelty. So he's too horrible a person to be driven to despair. To be more accurate but also more spoilery: [[spoiler: The Sovereign's Touch teaches victims the AwfulTruth that their life is meaningless, they're nothing more than characters in a game suffering and dying [[HumansAreCthulhu for the amusement of humans]]. Kefka already considered life meaningless and had no greater ambition than destroying things for fun, so aside from the video game angle being a surprise he's just been proven absolutely right]].
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* Jericho from ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' is immune to the effects of seeing the [[spoiler:Voodoo wolves]] despite a lack of psychic protection because he's blind. Note this is a partial immunity because [[spoiler:he can still be clawed by them]].
* A number of Wiki/{{SCP|Foundation}}s are harmless to the blind or the deaf. (In fact, including "blind guards" as a part of the containment procedure is considered an annoying cliche.)
* A [[http://porcelain-requiem.deviantart.com/art/A-Gorgon-s-Happily-Ever-After-196089530 romantic variation]] with a GorgeousGorgon and a blind man.
* In ''Literature/{{Phaeton}}'', [[spoiler: Siren's blindness protects her from gorgons]].
* Déborah Levinsky from ''Series/FlandersCompany'' is very much TheDitz... to the point it's her actual superpower, as she's immune to PsychicPowers (trying to read her mind invokes the image of an empty grotto). In this 'verse this means even VERY powerful telepaths (who can usually makes YourHeadASplode) are powerless against her. She's even used as a human shield against such an antagonist in season 3.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'': In the episode "Attack on Pinball Fortress," Dr. Robotnik creates a [[StupidityInducingAttack Stupidity Ray]] to use on Mobius, to make them too stupid to do anything against him. When Scratch gets hit by the ray, it has no effect, because he's already [[TheDitz a complete moron]].
* Mort from ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' is ''too stupid to comprehend pain''. This led to an odd sort of inverted FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome episode, which involved the penguins lowering their intelligences down to Mort's level so they wouldn't feel the stings when they took on a hive of wasps.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' episode "Lounge Day's Journey Into Night," Jim, despite being without his PoweredArmor, is resistant to evil lounge singers because, as an earthworm, he has no ears.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'':
** Bullwinkle was immune to Boris & Natasha's [[StupidityInducingAttack Goof Gas]] Attack.
--->"Goof Gas affects the brain and -- no brain, no effect!"
** Similarly in [[Film/RockyAndBullwinkle the movie]], he was impervious to their mind-numbing television programs.
* An example happens in the "Blind Alley" episode of ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'': Scott's ruby visor is stolen by Mystique, and he can't open his eyes without destroying whatever's in front of him, effectively blinding him. But he manages to even the odds by blowing up the lights.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' once fought a brain-sucking villain. They defeated him by tricking him into attacking the Mayor, who didn't have enough brains to be affected.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Fry's limited intelligence occasionally comes in handy. Brain Slugs die of starvation when they attach to him. He's also immune to the Brain Spawn's intelligence-sucking powers because his [[MyOwnGrampa previous time-travel incident]] gave him a "special brain."
** Also, the radioactive slime that turns normal people into mutants doesn't affect mutants at all.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
** An entire subset of jokes involve Joe getting his legs smashed, mangled, or otherwise horribly injured, only for him to laugh it off (or at the very worst, become mildly annoyed), because they're already useless.
** Also, in the episode where Peter goes temporarily blind he walks into the Drunken Clam bar during a fire and rescues the trapped bartender. When asked, his reply is priceless.
--->'''Peter:''' [[HowDidYouKnowIDidnt That freaking place was on fire?!]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', Demona goes on TV and casts a spell to make "all who see this, all who hear this" [[TakenForGranite turn to stone]] during the night. One of the few people unaffected was Jeffrey Robbins, a BlindBlackGuy, who could hear the spell but obviously not see it.
* One episode of the ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' animated series featured a deaf little girl who was immune to Dr. Wily's sonic form of mind control.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' did a similar episode where an elf's deafness makes her immune to Gargamel's pied-piper type device, which zaps the rest of the heroes.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''
** One episode had a brain eating alien come to Endsville. The first person he runs into: Billy, [[YourBrainWontBeMuchOfAMeal who's got no brain for him to eat]].
** In another episode Mandy attempts to invoke this when attacked by zombies by sending Billy to fend them off, only to realize they aren't after brains.
** And in TheMovie, Grim is the only one who can claim the MacGuffin that makes people face their worst nightmares, because his nightmare is having to live with Billy and Mandy, which he already has to do anyway.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E5TreehouseOfHorrorIII Treehouse of Horror III]]" a bunch of zombies leave Homer completely unharmed. They were looking for brains to eat, and after a brief inspection decided that Homer just wouldn't do.
** Ultimately {{subverted|Trope}} in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E13TheJoyOfSect The Joy of Sect]]"--Homer was immune to a cult's brainwashing because his attention span was so short that he didn't pay attention to it for long enough to work. After struggling with this for a while, they then manage to brainwash him by singing the theme to the old '60s ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV show with the word "Leader" in place of the word "Batman".
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', the Monarch tries to kill Dr. Venture by [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind going inside his mind]] and unleashing waves of sanity-breaking mental trauma upon him. But, as Dr. Venture explains, he's ''already'' so miserable that nothing the Monarch does can even faze him. "What can I do to this guy that life hasn't already?"
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'', Duke Igthorn's ogres are as dumb as bricks, but this can actually be a benefit for them sometimes. In one episode, Igthorn's plan involves using [[MagicMusic magical bagpipes]] that hypnotize people, which only work on intelligent creatures. (That leaves his men out, so they don't have to do anything while he uses them, the only precaution he has to take being stuffing cotton in his own ears.) In another episode, it's implied that a [[TheFairFolk slumber sprite's]] spell might put Gruffi to sleep forever, but it only works on the ogres for about a minute, because as the sprite says, "they're so dumb!"
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'' episode "Corporate Raiders from Dimension X", Shredder's plan involves taking over the Octopus Ink company with a brainwashing device. However, because the CEO is hard of hearing and his hearing is broken, the device doesn't work on him, so they tie him up and lock him in a closet. When the heroes find him and Donatello fixes the aid, he's able to help them defeat the villains.
* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'':
** In the episode ''Tower of Dr. Zalost'', the eponymous villain fires cannon balls which make the people of Nowhere depressed, but it doesn't affect Eustace as he's already [[GrumpyOldMan cranky and bitter]].
** Another episode had a small bitter man use a machine that lets out a "Curtain of Cruelty" to blanket the entire area of Nowhere and turn all inhabitants cruel so he can be elected mayor. Eustace, already a cruel man to begin with, is completely unfazed by the curtain (in fact he's so cruel that not even Courage's tampering of the machine to create the "Curtain of Kindness" affected him either).
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/SkunkFu'' had Baboon use a potion on the monkey ninjas to make them invisible. The only one who could see them was the token dumbass Ox; after the others realize this, they stop thinking, and they can also see them.
* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Wild Cards". SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker has Ace use her powers to drive everyone mad with a look. He claims he is immune himself because he is already insane. Actually, it's because he's wearing a PowerNullifier.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'':
** In "Where Walks Aphrodite", Angel Dynamite is immune to Aphrodite's pheremone attack because she suffers from anosmia (i.e. she has no sense of smell).
** In a later episode, Shaggy and Scooby are immune to music that forces people to dance to exhaustion because Shaggy's tone deaf and to dogs, music is little more than noise.
* Gobbles the deformed turkey from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is sent to a slaughterhouse where turkeys are killed by a blade that whirs across the room at the level of their necks, decapitating them. But since Gobbles is deformed and his head and neck drag along the ground, the blade goes right above him and doesn't hurt him at all.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3'' episode "Do the Koopa", Bowser has a cold which impairs his hearing. When one of his Koopalings tries to use the Doom Dancer Music Box's MagicMusic on him, he can't hear it and is thus not affected.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'', Sheen is so bad at singing that he's the only kid in Retroville who doesn't end up angering the Twonkies, aliens who hate good music but love bad music.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}'', even Iron Fist and Dr. Strange can't fight their worst fear, but Spidey's worst fear is reliving the day Uncle Ben died. Since he lives with this fear constantly, it doesn't even slow him down, and he actually gets to have a little chat with Uncle Ben.
* After having guns, grenades and bombs go off next to him for years, [[WesternAnimation/{{Archer}} Sterling Archer]]'s [[SteelEardrums hearing]] is so bad that he can put people out of commission by firing guns in enclosed spaces and not be affected himself.
-->'''Archer:''' To me, it sounds like bubble wrap.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls,'' Old Man [=McGucket=] is immune to [[SecretCircleOfSecrets the Society of the Blindeye]]'s memory ray because his mind is too broken to break anymore. [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]], because the reason he's so crazy is because the ray had ''already'' altered his memory too many times.
-->"You can't break what's already broken!"
* On ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Toph's seismic sense functions as a LivingLieDetector by picking up the stress-induced changes in breath and heartbeat that occur when someone lies. The only person this doesn't work on is Azula, a [[TheSociopath sociopath]] who [[ConsummateLiar lies without a second thought]]:
-->'''Toph:''' And stick to the truth. I'll be able to tell if you're lying.
-->'''Azula:''' Are you sure? I'm a pretty good liar. ''I am a 400-foot-tall purple platypus-bear with pink horns and silver wings.''
-->'''Toph:''' Okay, you're good, I admit it.
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* People with cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) are immune to polygraphs (lie-detector tests) that measure stress-induced changes in heart rate, since they're having them all the time anyway. So are sociopaths, who lack a conscience and thus don't feel any stress from lying (amusingly referenced on ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' -- see the WesternAnimation section above).
* The Thalassemia trait that appears in some people because of a genetic mutation may provide some protection against malaria.
* This is also true of another genetic disorder, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sickle-cell_disease sickle-cell disease]] (a.k.a. sickle-cell anemia). Though the heterozygous "carrier" version is even better as you have no symptoms and immunity to malaria, just a chance your kids will have sickle-cells. Similarly, heterozygous carriers of the cystic fibrosis gene are much less likely to die from cholera or tuberculosis.
* It's not much, but being bald pretty much assures you will be head lice-free.
* Most kinds of mental and physical disabilities will mean that you don't get drafted into war, although this depends on the war's intensity.
* Some fighter pilots were aided by the fact that they lost their legs. While their counterparts with legs could lose consciousness when the blood in their body ended up in their legs due to intense G-forces, these legless fighter pilots could pull off more intense maneuvers without succumbing to those same effects. The most famous example, Douglas Bader, took this one step further; his leg got caught somehow or other when he tried to bail out of his aircraft, and where a fully able-bodied pilot would have been killed, Bader merely had to ask his German captors to retrieve it from the wreckage.
* People with weaker immune systems are less likely to suffer from allergies, since they're the result of an overactive immune response to something harmless, or catch colds, since the pathogens which cause them are sufficiently harmless that the reaction is similar to an allergy.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laron_syndrome Laron syndrome]] causes [[LittlePeople short stature]] but grants resistance to cancer and diabetes.
* In one Story Corps piece, a man [[http://storycorps.org/listen/lendall-hill-lori-fitzgerald/ tells the story of his father's wooden leg]] and different potentially-dangerous scenarios where he avoided pain because of his leg.
* According to Website/{{Cracked}}'s article on "[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-modern-countries-with-surprisingly-backward-technology_p2/?wa_user1=4&wa_user2=Weird+World&wa_user3=blog&wa_user4=feature_module 4 Modern Countries With Surprisingly Backward Technology]]," the US military keeps using obsolete technology partly to make infiltration harder:
-->''Then there's what I like to call the "Galactica" factor. In'' Franchise/BattlestarGalactica, ''the decrepit Galactica is the only starship able to escape computer infiltration and destruction by the enemy Cylon race, purely because it's an old, crappy ship that relies on obsolete technology. Similarly, if anyone wants to bring down America's store of nuclear missiles from the inside, they'll have to somehow figure out computer technology that no normal person has used in decades. This means that America's potential missile-silo enemies are now limited to really, really old people and extreme {{hipster}}s.''
* Although strictly speaking not a disease, people with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilbert%27s_syndrome Gilbert-Meulengract syndrome]] might well have a slightly more sensitive liver and might be prone to jaundice (hyperbilirubinemia) when their energy is slightly displaced (not enough food/water/sleep) or they've been drinking and some might experience kidney or liver pains after a night of drinking, and some medications might result in severe diarrhoea, there are indicators that they are more resistant to cardiovascular diseases. It is specifically linked to the raised levels of bilirubin, so occasionally pulling an all-nighter, skipping a few meals, or getting drunk is good for your heart!
* Castrated men [[http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/24/14070451-upside-to-castration-eunuchs-lived-longer-study-finds tend to live longer]]. This is attributed to the lack of testosterone, which has been shown to weaken the immune system and increase risk of heart disease. Castration also prevents the onset of male pattern baldness.
* Contrary to popular belief, UsefulNotes/RasputinTheMadMonk didn't "survive poisoning" - his stomach problems prevented him from eating those poisoned cakes at all. Of course, that wasn't much help after he was shot in the head.
* People with social disorders, such as the high-functioning parts of the autism spectrum, are not only to various degrees immune to PolitenessJudo due to their own lack of social tact and awareness, but are also more likely to see through the tricks of illusionists since the subtle body language tricks and diversions that illusionists employ are far less effective against people who pay little to no attention to those sorts of things in the first place.
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* A man in ''Series/{{CSI}}'' was only mildly injured when he was stabbed in the chest with a fork because the position of his heart was off due to situs inversus -the organs in his body were mirror-swapped

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* In ''Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Voodoo Vultures from Venus''[[note]]by the author of the ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants'' books[[/note]], the titular vultures use TV signals to {{brainwash|ed}} all the citizens of Ricky's town...except Ricky and his [[HumongousMecha Mighty Robot]], who had earlier been forbidden from watching TV as a punishment.

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* In ''Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Voodoo Vultures from Venus''[[note]]by Venus,''[[note]]by the author of the ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants'' books[[/note]], books[[/note]] the titular vultures use TV signals to {{brainwash|ed}} all the citizens of Ricky's town...except Ricky and his [[HumongousMecha Mighty Robot]], who had earlier been forbidden from watching TV as a punishment.



* A man in ''Series/{{CSI}}'' was only mildly injured when he was stabbed in the chest with a fork because the position of his heart was off due to situs inversus -the organs in his body were mirror-swapped.
* In the ''Series/DarkAngel'' episode "Fuhgeddaboudit", Max and Co. meet a transgenic with the ability to control a person's actions. It turns out [[spoiler:that a man with narcolepsy is immune, due to his brain "being wired differently."]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In the serial ''Frontier in Space'', the Ogrons are stated to have the best defense against {{mind probe}}s: stupidity. "There's no mind to probe!"
** In the episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E11TheGodComplex The God Complex]]," an alien minotaur [[EmotionEater feeds on]] [[spoiler:the faith]] of those trapped in its prison by revealing [[YourWorstNightmare their worst fears]]. When Rory shows up, all it does is show him the exit because [[spoiler:he is neither religious nor superstitious and, unlike Amy, does not have an abiding faith that The Doctor will always save the day]]. Also, because after the events of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens The Pandorica Opens]]"... there isn't really anything left for him to be afraid of.
** Likewise, in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife The Doctor's Wife]]" House is only shown attempting to MindRape Amy. WordOfGod says that House ''did'' try to do this to Rory, but simply gave up after he proved immune to it.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E9Flatline Flatline]]," the psychic paper that's fooled everyone except geniuses is defeated by a community service supervisor who [[TooDumbToFool lacks the imagination to picture anything on the paper]].
* In ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' John Crichton was resistant to something that was affecting the crew because humans have eyesight which is far too poor to see whatever it was that caused it.
** Crichton has also been resistant to {{brainwash|ed}}ing because given the number of people who've messed around with the contents of his skull, trying to control his mind is rather like trying to drink milk with a butter knife.
* In the ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' episode "The Box", the titular box, upon being dug up, emits an ultrasound that kills everyone nearby except for a deaf man.
* ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'', like [[Literature/TheSwordOfTruth the books]] it was based on, has the "pristinely ungifted" who can neither use nor be affected by anything magical. This is put to use by forcing a pristinely ungifted person to go past magical protections surrounding a magic box that the villains want and retrieving it.
* A more mundane example crops up in an episode of ''Series/LondonsBurning'' in which Blue Watch are called to a fire in the basement of a public library, which happens to contain the Braille section. The two firefighters who go down to search for anyone trapped find a blind woman, who ends up being a great help in getting back out again; between the smoke and the power going out neither of the firefighters can see more than a couple of feet anyway, but the woman they're ostensibly rescuing has considerably more practice navigating by feel.
* In an episode of ''Series/SledgeHammer'', the bad guys try to turn Hammer into a ManchurianAgent by using subliminal messages in a television to alter his subconscious. It doesn't work - Hammer doesn't ''have'' a subconscious.
* An episode of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' involved Kimberly's hearing impaired friend being immune to the MagicMusic used by the MonsterOfTheWeek, and as a result, being able to warn Kimberly and thus ruin said monster's plans to ambush the Rangers.
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'':
** One episode called "From Within" starred a disabled guy who was immune to the parasitic mind control worms that took over everybody else in town. When one tries to get him, it shrivels up and dies of starvation. It appears to come out a different ear than it went in. He had a form of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Fetal Alcohol Affect Disorder that resulted in him having reduced neurotransmitters that affect emotions-the same neurotransmitters that the parasites happened to feed on. FAS can result in a smaller brain as well.
** Another episode called "Stream of Consciousness" posited a future where all brains were networked and had access to the world database, except for the protagonist, whose body rejected the procedure. This made him pretty much useless except as A) a janitor, and b) the OnlySaneMan when the network became malevolent.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Is There In Truth No Beauty?", there is a race of aliens said to be so ugly that anyone who sees them goes insane. However, the GirlOfTheWeek is able to look at them through special glasses, because she's blind, and only pretending to be able to see.
* This little exchange from ''[[Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody The Suite Life on Deck]]'' episode "Lost at Sea," when the characters are debating whether or not to eat wild fish and risk mercury poisoning.
-->'''Woody:''' Wait, what are the symptoms of mercury poisoning?\\
'''Bailey:''' It causes bad skin, profuse sweating, weird behavior and muscle weakness.\\
'''Woody:''' I won't even notice!
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
** Everyone in the vicinity of Famine is eventually driven to extremes of overindulgence, except [[spoiler:Dean, who is so broken that there's no hunger, literal or metaphorical, left in him]].
** Sam is immune to a god who forces people to speak the truth [[spoiler:because he had no soul]].
* Todd from ''Series/ToddAndTheBookOfPureEvil'' proved to be immune to one antagonist's mind control powers because of his attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This is (sort of) TruthInTelevision; severe mental disorders that prevent concentration can actually prevent a person from being hypnotized, but normal ADHD isn't generally sufficient for this.
* ''Series/TheXFiles''
** In one episode, Mulder proved immune to some subliminal brainwashing because of his red/green colorblindness.
** In another episode, all the living creatures in a given area die horrifically when their inner ears pressurize and explode out of their skulls. Amazingly, they find a single old woman sitting in her home, unaffected as death surrounds her for miles. It turns out the cause of the hemorrhages was a high frequency sound, and the woman was born without eardrums meaning that there was nothing for the pressure to build up against.
* An episode of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' has Sheppard as the only character unaffected by a mind-altering perfume because he has a cold and can't smell it.
* The SGC's stargate dialing system in ''Series/StargateSG1''. They did not find the original Egypt Stargate's Dial Home Device,[[note]]"[=DHD=]" for short; a more streamlined usable operating interface than the integrated manual dial in the Gate itself, as well as a power source for the gate[[/note]] so the US Air Force kludged together their own system that works on the gate's integrated manual dial. The SGC's gate dialing system has a very incomplete set of error code report interpretations, and is far slower to dial out than the "touch-tone" dialing that [=DHD=]s provide, and requires a rigged up system to power the gate from the local electrical grid. However, this kludged system made the SGC's gate the only operable gate left in the galaxy after the Goa'uld System Lord Ba'al infected a vast number of [=DHD=]s in the galaxy with a virus that corrupted their dial-out protocols and made them gate to random incorect addresses. It spread through a "correlative update protocol" that helps the Stargate network compensate for stellar drift, and since the SGC's gate ''has'' no such DHD...
* A frame of mind example occurs in ''Series/TeenWolf'': One of season 3's big bads causes four of the werewolves to hallucinate their worst fears in an attempt to push them over the DespairEventHorizon. This works on Scott, Boyd, and Ethan who each attempt suicide. Not so with Isaac, who has spent years of his life being horribly abused by his father. Upon hallucinating that it's happening again, he simply endures it as he always has.
* On ''Franchise/BattlestarGalactica'', the ''Galactica'' avoids Cylon computer infiltration and destruction because it's not connected to any wireless networks, using such obsolete technology as corded phones. Commander Adama, who was in the last war with the Cylons where they did the same thing, is ProperlyParanoid of this and refused to upgrade them.
* ''Series/{{Haven}}'':
** Nathan is immune to Jordan's AgonyBeam ability because he [[FeelNoPain feels no pain]].
** In the episodes "Morbidity" and "Mortality", Dwight is immune to the Trouble that is activating people's Troubles without their usual emotional triggers because Dwight's Trouble is always active.
* Ros from ''Series/GameOfThrones'' attempts to seduce Lord Varys but fails because he's a eunuch.
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* It's discovered in Music/TheWho's "Pinball Wizard" that the main character, Music/{{Tommy}}, is fantastic at pinball, something his rivals completely fail to understand given that he can't even see or hear what's going on. Supposedly, anyway, given that he actually ''can'' see and hear but simply has mental blocks that stop him from actually ''reacting'' to stimuli most of the time. [[AmbiguousSituation He might very well be playing the same way as everyone else, evading his complex thanks to the fun he's having.]]
-->''Ain't got no distractions; can't hear no buzzers and bells\\
Don't see no lights a-flashin'; plays by sense of smell\\
Always gets a replay - never seen him fall\\
That deaf, dumb, and blind kid sure plays a mean pinball''
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' powers defined/bought as "No Normal Defense" can become this. An example power from several editions of the rulebook is a sonic [=NND=] attack that bypasses armor, but won't affect a deaf character.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** In module A2 ''Secret of the Slaver's Stockade'', the fort's commander is blind and therefore immune to the petrifying gaze of the medusa he uses to guard his treasure.
** This is pretty common in the D&D universe: blind characters are immune to gaze attacks, deaf characters are immune to sonic attacks, unliving creatures and creatures without a discernible anatomy are immune to critical hits, etc. Medusas often use morlocks - a species who live their entire lives underground and are blind - as mooks for this reason.
** There's even a spell that lets you use one sense instead of another for the same effect. The example given was that the caster was "hearing" light to see and immune to the gorgon on the page. It's specifically meant to utilize this trope against monsters.
** ''D&D'' also contains the infamous Explosive Runes, which detonate when read -- unless you're a barbarian, who has illiteracy as a class "feature".
** in 3.5 "Mindless" creatures are immune to mind-influencing effects.
** Averted in the fourth edition, where blind creatures can be hit by gaze attacks, formless puddings can be stabbed in the foot, mindless automatons can be affected with fear spells, and so forth.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', characters with peg legs take massive penalties to their ability to walk and jump, however they're immune to {{caltrops}} (partly if they have one leg replaced, completely if they have both legs replaced).
* Not quite a disability, but there's one [[EldritchAbomination Abyssal entity]] in ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' that manipulates human behaviour by meddling with social cues -- but people with autism spectrum conditions are less susceptible to this because they don't feel those cues as strongly.
** In ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'', the Thorns encircling [[LandOfFaerie Arcadia]] tear at the soul of any human who strays from the path, eroding their [[KarmaMeter Humanity]] and eventually leaving them {{Empty Shell}}s. Even the partially-human-at-most changelings and TabletopGame/{{werewol|fTheForsaken}}ves are affected to a lesser extent, being stripped of their [[{{Mana}} Glamour]] and driven into [[UnstoppableRage Death Rage]] respectively. [[VampireTheRequiem Vampires]], which are strongly implied to be {{Damaged Soul}}s ''at best'', just get scratched up a bit. Similarly, they're immune to the shadow-stealing power of Fetches and their undead minds are resistant to dream manipulation.
* In Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, the equip spell Flint is an annoying equip spell that weakens the host monster and prevents it from attacking. However, the monster Flint Lock is designed to be immune completely to the negative effects of Flint, and even benefits from extra powers while equipped with Flint, such as being indestructible by battle. Cherry on top, it can even manipulate Flint to contaminate other monsters, or relieve a monster from it to use its protection. This double counts as CripplingTheCompetition and DisabilitySuperpower.[[note]]The two come from the videogame ''Xexex''. The Flint is an alien life form that instinctively reaches out and saps enemies. The Flint Lock was built specifically to control and employ it.[[/note]]
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* In ''Theatre/PokemonLive'', Ash Ketchum is all set to battle a deaf trainer, and Ash sends out his Pikachu, while his opponent sends out his Jigglypuff. Jigglypuff wins the battle by singing Pikachu to sleep...which being deaf, the other trainer can't hear, so the Jigglypuff's trainer is perfectly matched as one of the few people who can't be put to sleep by his own Pokemon's attack.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/MortalKombat''
** In one game, Kenshi saves his friend from an ambush when they're attacked with a flash bomb; being blind he's unaffected. He also says it [[MundaneUtility saves him from]] [[ShowWithinAShow Johnny Cage films.]]
** In the third game, Cyax and Sector are unaffected by Shao Kahn's invasion where he steals the souls of Earthrealm's inhabitants; as cyborgs, [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul they have no souls to take.]]
* Some works featuring undead make them invulnerable, what with being already dead. TheFrozenThrone AnimateDead spell works like this (in the original, the units were vulnerable, but lasted longer).
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' features a Banshee-like boss who charms her victims into submission by conjuring illusions of their loved ones. It works on everyone except the team's BadassGrandpa who, having suffered from amnesia, doesn't recognize his 'granddaughter'.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'': Fortune survives being shot by Revolver Ocelot because, thanks to her [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dextrocardia Dextrocardia]], he misses her heart.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'': Raikov is not affected by the girly mags, NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat, but the game is set in the 60's.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'': Johnny has no nanomachines to enhance his abilities. So, when there was an attack on the Patriot AI system that affected everyone with nanomachines, Johnny was fine.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games, there's an aversion: Abra can still be afflicted with sleep despite being said to spend most of its day sleeping and its psychic powers allowing it to function while asleep. In fact, it's one of the best ways to catch one so it doesn't teleport away.
** The ability Insomnia, on the other hand, ''does'' protect against sleep in accordance with this trope.
** In a straighter example, Pokemon that are afflicted by [[StandardStatusEffects Poison, Burns, Sleep, Paralysis, or Freezing]] become immune to all of the others for as long as they're affected. Some players use the Toxic Orb or Flame Orb item to invoke this by poisoning or burning their own Pokemon intentionally (statuses that don't hinder the afflict's attempts to attack, unlike the other three), though there typically has to be some other benefit (usually from Abilities like Quick Feet or Guts) for them to resort to it.
** The Klutz ability, which renders a Pokemon's held item useless, is often mixed with an item that has a harmful effect that can then be swapped to the opponent.
* The ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic'' series gives us the troglodyte, a blind creature of the deep. Their inability to see renders them immune to the spell blind, known to stop stronger creatures in their tracks. By removing the right creature from the fight for several turns, a single well placed casting of blind has been known to steer the course of entire battles. The thing is, troglodytes are some of the weakest units in the game--even if they were susceptible to blind, chances are no one would have actually wanted to cast it on them anyway, either due to bigger threats taking priority, or the trogs not even being worth the mana cost it would take to disable them. Whether their incompetence lies from their blindness or simply being primitive hunchbacks with spears in a world full of bigger, more vicious fish is unknown.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', after [[spoiler:Wheatley [[FaceHeelTurn turns evil]], [=GLaDOS=] tells him a paradox in an effort to kill him with a LogicBomb. Unfortunately, it doesn't work, due to him being TooDumbToFool]].
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', being Zombified makes you immune to Death. This means that refraining from curing your Zombification is actually one of the best ways of beating [[spoiler:Yunalesca]], who uses Death on every party member at the end of each round (as long as you remember she also [[ReviveKillsZombie casts high level heal spells on zombiefied characters]]).
** As a consequence of ReviveKillsZombie, TheUndead in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games tend to be not only IMMUNE to instant death attacks, but actually HEALED by them. Using Zombie status this way is just making this factor work in your favor.
* Sergeant Johnson from ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''. After "liberating" a crate of plasma grenades to help save his men, he got radiation poisoning which resulted in Boren's Syndrome. According to ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'', this disease degraded his DNA so much that the Flood wasn't able to synch with his nervous system, giving immunity to infection. [[spoiler:Subverted, as that was just his cover story; he's actually a [[SuperSoldier Spartan-I]]. Boren's Syndrome, a real disease in TheVerse, kills a person before it could ever be weaponized this way.]]
* In ''VideoGame/NetHack'', when you are (temporarily) blinded, you are immune to gaze attacks (such as from a floating eye) and flashes of light (from a yellow or black light). This is incredibly useful when combined with the telepathy ability, which can be acquired by among other things, eating the corpse of one of the aforementioned floating eyes, which allows you to see most enemies while blinded.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' initially declared that Lee Sin, the Blind Monk, would be immune to blind effects. This didn't carry through to release, mostly because out of about a hundred champions, only two of them have abilities that cause blind.
* [[spoiler: Supposedly]], the reason J.C. Denton and his brother were chosen for experimental nano-augmentation procedures in ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' is due to the both of them having a crippled immune system, which means their bodies would not be able to "fight" the nanomachines (a problem that killed or hurt the other subjects, who suffered from severe allergic reactions).
** The prequel, ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', has protagonist Adam immune to the degenerative effects of augmentation, meaning his whole body ''could'' augmented and he wouldn't need the anti-rejection Neuropozyne, unlike every other augmented human in the world. A side-quest reveals [[spoiler: Adam was genetically engineered to be an augmented human.]] Furthermore, [[spoiler: his DNA forms the basis for the Denton brothers.]]
* A very amusing and twisted example from ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'': after having anal sex for the first time, Emi comments that being in a wheelchair means she won't have to tell anybody why she's walking funny.
* Undead enemies in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' were at one point almost totally immune to piercing damage because their internal organs are defunct, meaning that the normal CriticalHit and bleeding mechanics didn't apply to them.
** they also don't need to draw breath so they can't be dispatched by drowning traps.
* In ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre''; Hobyrim is immune to [[TakenForGranite stone gaze]] attacks because he's blind; and thus can't see the Medusa or Basilisk.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}},'' [[LittleMissBadass Lili]] is kidnapped by the villains shortly after coming down with a cold. Ironically, this means she's too stuffed up for [[MadScientist Loboto]]'s powder to make her sneeze her brain out.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfZestiria'' in the cutscene before the Medusa boss fight, Dezel proves immune to Medusa's gaze because he's blind, [[SlidingScaleOfGameplayAndStoryIntegration this carries into gameplay as well.]]
* In ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheComet'' the main character has a heart condition which makes him prone to passing out in moments of extreme stress. How is this helpful? Well, the game happens to take place in a [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian]] setting, and this effectively limits how much exposure he can have to visions of otherworldly horrors before he quickly passes out.
* In ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' the sightless [[MoleMen Dredge]] are immune to blind effects.
* In ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'', monsters without eyes are (obviously) unaffected by Flash Bombs. This includes [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Khezu]], [[DarkIsEvil Gore Magala]] and [[CastingAShadow Meraginasu]].
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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** An early strip has an evil goblin priest casting ''Unholy Blight'' on the party, which disables all non-evil beings. [[TokenEvilTeammate Belkar]] calmly walks up and stabs him.
** A later strip has Belkar hanged, which he survives since he's a 30-pound halfling, and his weight doesn't even pull the rope taut enough to strangle him.
** There's also the, ahem, "squid thingy" that [[TooSpicyForYogSothoth refuses to eat]] [[QuirkyBard Elan's]] brain because his low Int score makes it seem as nutritious as diet Coke. [[GeniusBruiser Roy]] isn't as fortunate, though...
** Invoked in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0860.html comic #860]]. Roy sets it up so Durkon's ''[[http://www.d20pfsrd.com/magic/all-spells/h/holy-word Holy Word]]'' spell (which deafens any non-good-aligned characters in range) also affects [[TokenEvilTeammate Belkar]], so that Nale can't use [[CompellingVoice suggestion]] to make him attack them, as he did in an earlier strip.
--->'''Roy:''' It's not a bug, it's a feature.
* ''Webcomic/UnintentionallyPretentious'' often runs on this.
** Only bald Luthor and blind Mia can pull off [[http://www.unintentionallypretentious.com/index.asp?c=94 these costumes]]
** In one HalloweenEpisode, she's also immune to the effects of the Necronomicon.
** In another HalloweenEpisode, she remains human after being bitten by a werewolf because [[http://www.unintentionallypretentious.com/index.asp?c=192 she can't see the moon]].
* In ''Webcomic/WhenSheWasBad'', Anthony, who's been deaf since birth, is immune to Gail's mind-reading. She can't hear his thoughts because he doesn't associate words with sounds.
* In ''Webcomic/CaptainSNES'', The Sovereign Of Sorrow's [[MindRape "Touch"]] causes those affected to lose their hope, happiness, and sanity. [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka]] is immune because he's a [[MonsterClown deranged]], [[StrawNihilist murderous nihilist]], so he didn't have any hope or sanity to lose, and no happiness beyond mad laughter at his own cruelty. So he's too horrible a person to be driven to despair. To be more accurate but also more spoilery: [[spoiler: The Sovereign's Touch teaches victims the AwfulTruth that their life is meaningless, they're nothing more than characters in a game suffering and dying [[HumansAreCthulhu for the amusement of humans]]. Kefka already considered life meaningless and had no greater ambition than destroying things for fun, so aside from the video game angle being a surprise he's just been proven absolutely right]].
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Jericho from ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' is immune to the effects of seeing the [[spoiler:Voodoo wolves]] despite a lack of psychic protection because he's blind. Note this is a partial immunity because [[spoiler:he can still be clawed by them]].
* A number of Wiki/{{SCP|Foundation}}s are harmless to the blind or the deaf. (In fact, including "blind guards" as a part of the containment procedure is considered an annoying cliche.)
* A [[http://porcelain-requiem.deviantart.com/art/A-Gorgon-s-Happily-Ever-After-196089530 romantic variation]] with a GorgeousGorgon and a blind man.
* In ''Literature/{{Phaeton}}'', [[spoiler: Siren's blindness protects her from gorgons]].
* Déborah Levinsky from ''Series/FlandersCompany'' is very much TheDitz... to the point it's her actual superpower, as she's immune to PsychicPowers (trying to read her mind invokes the image of an empty grotto). In this 'verse this means even VERY powerful telepaths (who can usually makes YourHeadASplode) are powerless against her. She's even used as a human shield against such an antagonist in season 3.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'': In the episode "Attack on Pinball Fortress," Dr. Robotnik creates a [[StupidityInducingAttack Stupidity Ray]] to use on Mobius, to make them too stupid to do anything against him. When Scratch gets hit by the ray, it has no effect, because he's already [[TheDitz a complete moron]].
* Mort from ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' is ''too stupid to comprehend pain''. This led to an odd sort of inverted FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome episode, which involved the penguins lowering their intelligences down to Mort's level so they wouldn't feel the stings when they took on a hive of wasps.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' episode "Lounge Day's Journey Into Night," Jim, despite being without his PoweredArmor, is resistant to evil lounge singers because, as an earthworm, he has no ears.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'':
** Bullwinkle was immune to Boris & Natasha's [[StupidityInducingAttack Goof Gas]] Attack.
--->"Goof Gas affects the brain and -- no brain, no effect!"
** Similarly in [[Film/RockyAndBullwinkle the movie]], he was impervious to their mind-numbing television programs.
* An example happens in the "Blind Alley" episode of ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'': Scott's ruby visor is stolen by Mystique, and he can't open his eyes without destroying whatever's in front of him, effectively blinding him. But he manages to even the odds by blowing up the lights.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' once fought a brain-sucking villain. They defeated him by tricking him into attacking the Mayor, who didn't have enough brains to be affected.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Fry's limited intelligence occasionally comes in handy. Brain Slugs die of starvation when they attach to him. He's also immune to the Brain Spawn's intelligence-sucking powers because his [[MyOwnGrampa previous time-travel incident]] gave him a "special brain."
** Also, the radioactive slime that turns normal people into mutants doesn't affect mutants at all.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
** An entire subset of jokes involve Joe getting his legs smashed, mangled, or otherwise horribly injured, only for him to laugh it off (or at the very worst, become mildly annoyed), because they're already useless.
** Also, in the episode where Peter goes temporarily blind he walks into the Drunken Clam bar during a fire and rescues the trapped bartender. When asked, his reply is priceless.
--->'''Peter:''' [[HowDidYouKnowIDidnt That freaking place was on fire?!]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', Demona goes on TV and casts a spell to make "all who see this, all who hear this" [[TakenForGranite turn to stone]] during the night. One of the few people unaffected was Jeffrey Robbins, a BlindBlackGuy, who could hear the spell but obviously not see it.
* One episode of the ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' animated series featured a deaf little girl who was immune to Dr. Wily's sonic form of mind control.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' did a similar episode where an elf's deafness makes her immune to Gargamel's pied-piper type device, which zaps the rest of the heroes.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''
** One episode had a brain eating alien come to Endsville. The first person he runs into: Billy, [[YourBrainWontBeMuchOfAMeal who's got no brain for him to eat]].
** In another episode Mandy attempts to invoke this when attacked by zombies by sending Billy to fend them off, only to realize they aren't after brains.
** And in TheMovie, Grim is the only one who can claim the MacGuffin that makes people face their worst nightmares, because his nightmare is having to live with Billy and Mandy, which he already has to do anyway.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E5TreehouseOfHorrorIII Treehouse of Horror III]]" a bunch of zombies leave Homer completely unharmed. They were looking for brains to eat, and after a brief inspection decided that Homer just wouldn't do.
** Ultimately {{subverted|Trope}} in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E13TheJoyOfSect The Joy of Sect]]"--Homer was immune to a cult's brainwashing because his attention span was so short that he didn't pay attention to it for long enough to work. After struggling with this for a while, they then manage to brainwash him by singing the theme to the old '60s ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV show with the word "Leader" in place of the word "Batman".
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', the Monarch tries to kill Dr. Venture by [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind going inside his mind]] and unleashing waves of sanity-breaking mental trauma upon him. But, as Dr. Venture explains, he's ''already'' so miserable that nothing the Monarch does can even faze him. "What can I do to this guy that life hasn't already?"
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'', Duke Igthorn's ogres are as dumb as bricks, but this can actually be a benefit for them sometimes. In one episode, Igthorn's plan involves using [[MagicMusic magical bagpipes]] that hypnotize people, which only work on intelligent creatures. (That leaves his men out, so they don't have to do anything while he uses them, the only precaution he has to take being stuffing cotton in his own ears.) In another episode, it's implied that a [[TheFairFolk slumber sprite's]] spell might put Gruffi to sleep forever, but it only works on the ogres for about a minute, because as the sprite says, "they're so dumb!"
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'' episode "Corporate Raiders from Dimension X", Shredder's plan involves taking over the Octopus Ink company with a brainwashing device. However, because the CEO is hard of hearing and his hearing is broken, the device doesn't work on him, so they tie him up and lock him in a closet. When the heroes find him and Donatello fixes the aid, he's able to help them defeat the villains.
* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'':
** In the episode ''Tower of Dr. Zalost'', the eponymous villain fires cannon balls which make the people of Nowhere depressed, but it doesn't affect Eustace as he's already [[GrumpyOldMan cranky and bitter]].
** Another episode had a small bitter man use a machine that lets out a "Curtain of Cruelty" to blanket the entire area of Nowhere and turn all inhabitants cruel so he can be elected mayor. Eustace, already a cruel man to begin with, is completely unfazed by the curtain (in fact he's so cruel that not even Courage's tampering of the machine to create the "Curtain of Kindness" affected him either).
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/SkunkFu'' had Baboon use a potion on the monkey ninjas to make them invisible. The only one who could see them was the token dumbass Ox; after the others realize this, they stop thinking, and they can also see them.
* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Wild Cards". SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker has Ace use her powers to drive everyone mad with a look. He claims he is immune himself because he is already insane. Actually, it's because he's wearing a PowerNullifier.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'':
** In "Where Walks Aphrodite", Angel Dynamite is immune to Aphrodite's pheremone attack because she suffers from anosmia (i.e. she has no sense of smell).
** In a later episode, Shaggy and Scooby are immune to music that forces people to dance to exhaustion because Shaggy's tone deaf and to dogs, music is little more than noise.
* Gobbles the deformed turkey from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is sent to a slaughterhouse where turkeys are killed by a blade that whirs across the room at the level of their necks, decapitating them. But since Gobbles is deformed and his head and neck drag along the ground, the blade goes right above him and doesn't hurt him at all.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3'' episode "Do the Koopa", Bowser has a cold which impairs his hearing. When one of his Koopalings tries to use the Doom Dancer Music Box's MagicMusic on him, he can't hear it and is thus not affected.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'', Sheen is so bad at singing that he's the only kid in Retroville who doesn't end up angering the Twonkies, aliens who hate good music but love bad music.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}'', even Iron Fist and Dr. Strange can't fight their worst fear, but Spidey's worst fear is reliving the day Uncle Ben died. Since he lives with this fear constantly, it doesn't even slow him down, and he actually gets to have a little chat with Uncle Ben.
* After having guns, grenades and bombs go off next to him for years, [[WesternAnimation/{{Archer}} Sterling Archer]]'s [[SteelEardrums hearing]] is so bad that he can put people out of commission by firing guns in enclosed spaces and not be affected himself.
-->'''Archer:''' To me, it sounds like bubble wrap.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls,'' Old Man [=McGucket=] is immune to [[SecretCircleOfSecrets the Society of the Blindeye]]'s memory ray because his mind is too broken to break anymore. [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]], because the reason he's so crazy is because the ray had ''already'' altered his memory too many times.
-->"You can't break what's already broken!"
* On ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Toph's seismic sense functions as a LivingLieDetector by picking up the stress-induced changes in breath and heartbeat that occur when someone lies. The only person this doesn't work on is Azula, a [[TheSociopath sociopath]] who [[ConsummateLiar lies without a second thought]]:
-->'''Toph:''' And stick to the truth. I'll be able to tell if you're lying.
-->'''Azula:''' Are you sure? I'm a pretty good liar. ''I am a 400-foot-tall purple platypus-bear with pink horns and silver wings.''
-->'''Toph:''' Okay, you're good, I admit it.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* People with cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) are immune to polygraphs (lie-detector tests) that measure stress-induced changes in heart rate, since they're having them all the time anyway. So are sociopaths, who lack a conscience and thus don't feel any stress from lying (amusingly referenced on ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' -- see the WesternAnimation section above).
* The Thalassemia trait that appears in some people because of a genetic mutation may provide some protection against malaria.
* This is also true of another genetic disorder, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sickle-cell_disease sickle-cell disease]] (a.k.a. sickle-cell anemia). Though the heterozygous "carrier" version is even better as you have no symptoms and immunity to malaria, just a chance your kids will have sickle-cells. Similarly, heterozygous carriers of the cystic fibrosis gene are much less likely to die from cholera or tuberculosis.
* It's not much, but being bald pretty much assures you will be head lice-free.
* Most kinds of mental and physical disabilities will mean that you don't get drafted into war, although this depends on the war's intensity.
* Some fighter pilots were aided by the fact that they lost their legs. While their counterparts with legs could lose consciousness when the blood in their body ended up in their legs due to intense G-forces, these legless fighter pilots could pull off more intense maneuvers without succumbing to those same effects. The most famous example, Douglas Bader, took this one step further; his leg got caught somehow or other when he tried to bail out of his aircraft, and where a fully able-bodied pilot would have been killed, Bader merely had to ask his German captors to retrieve it from the wreckage.
* People with weaker immune systems are less likely to suffer from allergies, since they're the result of an overactive immune response to something harmless, or catch colds, since the pathogens which cause them are sufficiently harmless that the reaction is similar to an allergy.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laron_syndrome Laron syndrome]] causes [[LittlePeople short stature]] but grants resistance to cancer and diabetes.
* In one Story Corps piece, a man [[http://storycorps.org/listen/lendall-hill-lori-fitzgerald/ tells the story of his father's wooden leg]] and different potentially-dangerous scenarios where he avoided pain because of his leg.
* According to Website/{{Cracked}}'s article on "[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-modern-countries-with-surprisingly-backward-technology_p2/?wa_user1=4&wa_user2=Weird+World&wa_user3=blog&wa_user4=feature_module 4 Modern Countries With Surprisingly Backward Technology]]," the US military keeps using obsolete technology partly to make infiltration harder:
-->''Then there's what I like to call the "Galactica" factor. In'' Franchise/BattlestarGalactica, ''the decrepit Galactica is the only starship able to escape computer infiltration and destruction by the enemy Cylon race, purely because it's an old, crappy ship that relies on obsolete technology. Similarly, if anyone wants to bring down America's store of nuclear missiles from the inside, they'll have to somehow figure out computer technology that no normal person has used in decades. This means that America's potential missile-silo enemies are now limited to really, really old people and extreme {{hipster}}s.''
* Although strictly speaking not a disease, people with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilbert%27s_syndrome Gilbert-Meulengract syndrome]] might well have a slightly more sensitive liver and might be prone to jaundice (hyperbilirubinemia) when their energy is slightly displaced (not enough food/water/sleep) or they've been drinking and some might experience kidney or liver pains after a night of drinking, and some medications might result in severe diarrhoea, there are indicators that they are more resistant to cardiovascular diseases. It is specifically linked to the raised levels of bilirubin, so occasionally pulling an all-nighter, skipping a few meals, or getting drunk is good for your heart!
* Castrated men [[http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/24/14070451-upside-to-castration-eunuchs-lived-longer-study-finds tend to live longer]]. This is attributed to the lack of testosterone, which has been shown to weaken the immune system and increase risk of heart disease. Castration also prevents the onset of male pattern baldness.
* Contrary to popular belief, UsefulNotes/RasputinTheMadMonk didn't "survive poisoning" - his stomach problems prevented him from eating those poisoned cakes at all. Of course, that wasn't much help after he was shot in the head.
* People with social disorders, such as the high-functioning parts of the autism spectrum, are not only to various degrees immune to PolitenessJudo due to their own lack of social tact and awareness, but are also more likely to see through the tricks of illusionists since the subtle body language tricks and diversions that illusionists employ are far less effective against people who pay little to no attention to those sorts of things in the first place.
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* A man in ''Series/{{CSI}}'' was only mildly injured when he was stabbed in the chest with a fork because the position of his heart was off due to situs inversus -the organs in his body were mirror-swapped.
* In the ''Series/DarkAngel'' episode "Fuhgeddaboudit", Max and Co. meet a transgenic with the ability to control a person's actions. It turns out [[spoiler:that a man with narcolepsy is immune, due to his brain "being wired differently."]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In the serial ''Frontier in Space'', the Ogrons are stated to have the best defense against {{mind probe}}s: stupidity. "There's no mind to probe!"
** In the episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E11TheGodComplex The God Complex]]," an alien minotaur [[EmotionEater feeds on]] [[spoiler:the faith]] of those trapped in its prison by revealing [[YourWorstNightmare their worst fears]]. When Rory shows up, all it does is show him the exit because [[spoiler:he is neither religious nor superstitious and, unlike Amy, does not have an abiding faith that The Doctor will always save the day]]. Also, because after the events of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens The Pandorica Opens]]"... there isn't really anything left for him to be afraid of.
** Likewise, in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife The Doctor's Wife]]" House is only shown attempting to MindRape Amy. WordOfGod says that House ''did'' try to do this to Rory, but simply gave up after he proved immune to it.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E9Flatline Flatline]]," the psychic paper that's fooled everyone except geniuses is defeated by a community service supervisor who [[TooDumbToFool lacks the imagination to picture anything on the paper]].
* In ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' John Crichton was resistant to something that was affecting the crew because humans have eyesight which is far too poor to see whatever it was that caused it.
** Crichton has also been resistant to {{brainwash|ed}}ing because given the number of people who've messed around with the contents of his skull, trying to control his mind is rather like trying to drink milk with a butter knife.
* In the ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' episode "The Box", the titular box, upon being dug up, emits an ultrasound that kills everyone nearby except for a deaf man.
* ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'', like [[Literature/TheSwordOfTruth the books]] it was based on, has the "pristinely ungifted" who can neither use nor be affected by anything magical. This is put to use by forcing a pristinely ungifted person to go past magical protections surrounding a magic box that the villains want and retrieving it.
* A more mundane example crops up in an episode of ''Series/LondonsBurning'' in which Blue Watch are called to a fire in the basement of a public library, which happens to contain the Braille section. The two firefighters who go down to search for anyone trapped find a blind woman, who ends up being a great help in getting back out again; between the smoke and the power going out neither of the firefighters can see more than a couple of feet anyway, but the woman they're ostensibly rescuing has considerably more practice navigating by feel.
* In an episode of ''Series/SledgeHammer'', the bad guys try to turn Hammer into a ManchurianAgent by using subliminal messages in a television to alter his subconscious. It doesn't work - Hammer doesn't ''have'' a subconscious.
* An episode of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' involved Kimberly's hearing impaired friend being immune to the MagicMusic used by the MonsterOfTheWeek, and as a result, being able to warn Kimberly and thus ruin said monster's plans to ambush the Rangers.
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'':
** One episode called "From Within" starred a disabled guy who was immune to the parasitic mind control worms that took over everybody else in town. When one tries to get him, it shrivels up and dies of starvation. It appears to come out a different ear than it went in. He had a form of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Fetal Alcohol Affect Disorder that resulted in him having reduced neurotransmitters that affect emotions-the same neurotransmitters that the parasites happened to feed on. FAS can result in a smaller brain as well.
** Another episode called "Stream of Consciousness" posited a future where all brains were networked and had access to the world database, except for the protagonist, whose body rejected the procedure. This made him pretty much useless except as A) a janitor, and b) the OnlySaneMan when the network became malevolent.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Is There In Truth No Beauty?", there is a race of aliens said to be so ugly that anyone who sees them goes insane. However, the GirlOfTheWeek is able to look at them through special glasses, because she's blind, and only pretending to be able to see.
* This little exchange from ''[[Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody The Suite Life on Deck]]'' episode "Lost at Sea," when the characters are debating whether or not to eat wild fish and risk mercury poisoning.
-->'''Woody:''' Wait, what are the symptoms of mercury poisoning?\\
'''Bailey:''' It causes bad skin, profuse sweating, weird behavior and muscle weakness.\\
'''Woody:''' I won't even notice!
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
** Everyone in the vicinity of Famine is eventually driven to extremes of overindulgence, except [[spoiler:Dean, who is so broken that there's no hunger, literal or metaphorical, left in him]].
** Sam is immune to a god who forces people to speak the truth [[spoiler:because he had no soul]].
* Todd from ''Series/ToddAndTheBookOfPureEvil'' proved to be immune to one antagonist's mind control powers because of his attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This is (sort of) TruthInTelevision; severe mental disorders that prevent concentration can actually prevent a person from being hypnotized, but normal ADHD isn't generally sufficient for this.
* ''Series/TheXFiles''
** In one episode, Mulder proved immune to some subliminal brainwashing because of his red/green colorblindness.
** In another episode, all the living creatures in a given area die horrifically when their inner ears pressurize and explode out of their skulls. Amazingly, they find a single old woman sitting in her home, unaffected as death surrounds her for miles. It turns out the cause of the hemorrhages was a high frequency sound, and the woman was born without eardrums meaning that there was nothing for the pressure to build up against.
* An episode of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' has Sheppard as the only character unaffected by a mind-altering perfume because he has a cold and can't smell it.
* The SGC's stargate dialing system in ''Series/StargateSG1''. They did not find the original Egypt Stargate's Dial Home Device,[[note]]"[=DHD=]" for short; a more streamlined usable operating interface than the integrated manual dial in the Gate itself, as well as a power source for the gate[[/note]] so the US Air Force kludged together their own system that works on the gate's integrated manual dial. The SGC's gate dialing system has a very incomplete set of error code report interpretations, and is far slower to dial out than the "touch-tone" dialing that [=DHD=]s provide, and requires a rigged up system to power the gate from the local electrical grid. However, this kludged system made the SGC's gate the only operable gate left in the galaxy after the Goa'uld System Lord Ba'al infected a vast number of [=DHD=]s in the galaxy with a virus that corrupted their dial-out protocols and made them gate to random incorect addresses. It spread through a "correlative update protocol" that helps the Stargate network compensate for stellar drift, and since the SGC's gate ''has'' no such DHD...
* A frame of mind example occurs in ''Series/TeenWolf'': One of season 3's big bads causes four of the werewolves to hallucinate their worst fears in an attempt to push them over the DespairEventHorizon. This works on Scott, Boyd, and Ethan who each attempt suicide. Not so with Isaac, who has spent years of his life being horribly abused by his father. Upon hallucinating that it's happening again, he simply endures it as he always has.
* On ''Franchise/BattlestarGalactica'', the ''Galactica'' avoids Cylon computer infiltration and destruction because it's not connected to any wireless networks, using such obsolete technology as corded phones. Commander Adama, who was in the last war with the Cylons where they did the same thing, is ProperlyParanoid of this and refused to upgrade them.
* ''Series/{{Haven}}'':
** Nathan is immune to Jordan's AgonyBeam ability because he [[FeelNoPain feels no pain]].
** In the episodes "Morbidity" and "Mortality", Dwight is immune to the Trouble that is activating people's Troubles without their usual emotional triggers because Dwight's Trouble is always active.
* Ros from ''Series/GameOfThrones'' attempts to seduce Lord Varys but fails because he's a eunuch.
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[[folder:Music]]
* It's discovered in Music/TheWho's "Pinball Wizard" that the main character, Music/{{Tommy}}, is fantastic at pinball, something his rivals completely fail to understand given that he can't even see or hear what's going on. Supposedly, anyway, given that he actually ''can'' see and hear but simply has mental blocks that stop him from actually ''reacting'' to stimuli most of the time. [[AmbiguousSituation He might very well be playing the same way as everyone else, evading his complex thanks to the fun he's having.]]
-->''Ain't got no distractions; can't hear no buzzers and bells\\
Don't see no lights a-flashin'; plays by sense of smell\\
Always gets a replay - never seen him fall\\
That deaf, dumb, and blind kid sure plays a mean pinball''
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' powers defined/bought as "No Normal Defense" can become this. An example power from several editions of the rulebook is a sonic [=NND=] attack that bypasses armor, but won't affect a deaf character.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** In module A2 ''Secret of the Slaver's Stockade'', the fort's commander is blind and therefore immune to the petrifying gaze of the medusa he uses to guard his treasure.
** This is pretty common in the D&D universe: blind characters are immune to gaze attacks, deaf characters are immune to sonic attacks, unliving creatures and creatures without a discernible anatomy are immune to critical hits, etc. Medusas often use morlocks - a species who live their entire lives underground and are blind - as mooks for this reason.
** There's even a spell that lets you use one sense instead of another for the same effect. The example given was that the caster was "hearing" light to see and immune to the gorgon on the page. It's specifically meant to utilize this trope against monsters.
** ''D&D'' also contains the infamous Explosive Runes, which detonate when read -- unless you're a barbarian, who has illiteracy as a class "feature".
** in 3.5 "Mindless" creatures are immune to mind-influencing effects.
** Averted in the fourth edition, where blind creatures can be hit by gaze attacks, formless puddings can be stabbed in the foot, mindless automatons can be affected with fear spells, and so forth.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', characters with peg legs take massive penalties to their ability to walk and jump, however they're immune to {{caltrops}} (partly if they have one leg replaced, completely if they have both legs replaced).
* Not quite a disability, but there's one [[EldritchAbomination Abyssal entity]] in ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' that manipulates human behaviour by meddling with social cues -- but people with autism spectrum conditions are less susceptible to this because they don't feel those cues as strongly.
** In ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'', the Thorns encircling [[LandOfFaerie Arcadia]] tear at the soul of any human who strays from the path, eroding their [[KarmaMeter Humanity]] and eventually leaving them {{Empty Shell}}s. Even the partially-human-at-most changelings and TabletopGame/{{werewol|fTheForsaken}}ves are affected to a lesser extent, being stripped of their [[{{Mana}} Glamour]] and driven into [[UnstoppableRage Death Rage]] respectively. [[VampireTheRequiem Vampires]], which are strongly implied to be {{Damaged Soul}}s ''at best'', just get scratched up a bit. Similarly, they're immune to the shadow-stealing power of Fetches and their undead minds are resistant to dream manipulation.
* In Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, the equip spell Flint is an annoying equip spell that weakens the host monster and prevents it from attacking. However, the monster Flint Lock is designed to be immune completely to the negative effects of Flint, and even benefits from extra powers while equipped with Flint, such as being indestructible by battle. Cherry on top, it can even manipulate Flint to contaminate other monsters, or relieve a monster from it to use its protection. This double counts as CripplingTheCompetition and DisabilitySuperpower.[[note]]The two come from the videogame ''Xexex''. The Flint is an alien life form that instinctively reaches out and saps enemies. The Flint Lock was built specifically to control and employ it.[[/note]]
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* In ''Theatre/PokemonLive'', Ash Ketchum is all set to battle a deaf trainer, and Ash sends out his Pikachu, while his opponent sends out his Jigglypuff. Jigglypuff wins the battle by singing Pikachu to sleep...which being deaf, the other trainer can't hear, so the Jigglypuff's trainer is perfectly matched as one of the few people who can't be put to sleep by his own Pokemon's attack.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/MortalKombat''
** In one game, Kenshi saves his friend from an ambush when they're attacked with a flash bomb; being blind he's unaffected. He also says it [[MundaneUtility saves him from]] [[ShowWithinAShow Johnny Cage films.]]
** In the third game, Cyax and Sector are unaffected by Shao Kahn's invasion where he steals the souls of Earthrealm's inhabitants; as cyborgs, [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul they have no souls to take.]]
* Some works featuring undead make them invulnerable, what with being already dead. TheFrozenThrone AnimateDead spell works like this (in the original, the units were vulnerable, but lasted longer).
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' features a Banshee-like boss who charms her victims into submission by conjuring illusions of their loved ones. It works on everyone except the team's BadassGrandpa who, having suffered from amnesia, doesn't recognize his 'granddaughter'.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'': Fortune survives being shot by Revolver Ocelot because, thanks to her [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dextrocardia Dextrocardia]], he misses her heart.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'': Raikov is not affected by the girly mags, NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat, but the game is set in the 60's.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'': Johnny has no nanomachines to enhance his abilities. So, when there was an attack on the Patriot AI system that affected everyone with nanomachines, Johnny was fine.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games, there's an aversion: Abra can still be afflicted with sleep despite being said to spend most of its day sleeping and its psychic powers allowing it to function while asleep. In fact, it's one of the best ways to catch one so it doesn't teleport away.
** The ability Insomnia, on the other hand, ''does'' protect against sleep in accordance with this trope.
** In a straighter example, Pokemon that are afflicted by [[StandardStatusEffects Poison, Burns, Sleep, Paralysis, or Freezing]] become immune to all of the others for as long as they're affected. Some players use the Toxic Orb or Flame Orb item to invoke this by poisoning or burning their own Pokemon intentionally (statuses that don't hinder the afflict's attempts to attack, unlike the other three), though there typically has to be some other benefit (usually from Abilities like Quick Feet or Guts) for them to resort to it.
** The Klutz ability, which renders a Pokemon's held item useless, is often mixed with an item that has a harmful effect that can then be swapped to the opponent.
* The ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic'' series gives us the troglodyte, a blind creature of the deep. Their inability to see renders them immune to the spell blind, known to stop stronger creatures in their tracks. By removing the right creature from the fight for several turns, a single well placed casting of blind has been known to steer the course of entire battles. The thing is, troglodytes are some of the weakest units in the game--even if they were susceptible to blind, chances are no one would have actually wanted to cast it on them anyway, either due to bigger threats taking priority, or the trogs not even being worth the mana cost it would take to disable them. Whether their incompetence lies from their blindness or simply being primitive hunchbacks with spears in a world full of bigger, more vicious fish is unknown.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', after [[spoiler:Wheatley [[FaceHeelTurn turns evil]], [=GLaDOS=] tells him a paradox in an effort to kill him with a LogicBomb. Unfortunately, it doesn't work, due to him being TooDumbToFool]].
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', being Zombified makes you immune to Death. This means that refraining from curing your Zombification is actually one of the best ways of beating [[spoiler:Yunalesca]], who uses Death on every party member at the end of each round (as long as you remember she also [[ReviveKillsZombie casts high level heal spells on zombiefied characters]]).
** As a consequence of ReviveKillsZombie, TheUndead in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games tend to be not only IMMUNE to instant death attacks, but actually HEALED by them. Using Zombie status this way is just making this factor work in your favor.
* Sergeant Johnson from ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''. After "liberating" a crate of plasma grenades to help save his men, he got radiation poisoning which resulted in Boren's Syndrome. According to ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'', this disease degraded his DNA so much that the Flood wasn't able to synch with his nervous system, giving immunity to infection. [[spoiler:Subverted, as that was just his cover story; he's actually a [[SuperSoldier Spartan-I]]. Boren's Syndrome, a real disease in TheVerse, kills a person before it could ever be weaponized this way.]]
* In ''VideoGame/NetHack'', when you are (temporarily) blinded, you are immune to gaze attacks (such as from a floating eye) and flashes of light (from a yellow or black light). This is incredibly useful when combined with the telepathy ability, which can be acquired by among other things, eating the corpse of one of the aforementioned floating eyes, which allows you to see most enemies while blinded.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' initially declared that Lee Sin, the Blind Monk, would be immune to blind effects. This didn't carry through to release, mostly because out of about a hundred champions, only two of them have abilities that cause blind.
* [[spoiler: Supposedly]], the reason J.C. Denton and his brother were chosen for experimental nano-augmentation procedures in ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' is due to the both of them having a crippled immune system, which means their bodies would not be able to "fight" the nanomachines (a problem that killed or hurt the other subjects, who suffered from severe allergic reactions).
** The prequel, ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', has protagonist Adam immune to the degenerative effects of augmentation, meaning his whole body ''could'' augmented and he wouldn't need the anti-rejection Neuropozyne, unlike every other augmented human in the world. A side-quest reveals [[spoiler: Adam was genetically engineered to be an augmented human.]] Furthermore, [[spoiler: his DNA forms the basis for the Denton brothers.]]
* A very amusing and twisted example from ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'': after having anal sex for the first time, Emi comments that being in a wheelchair means she won't have to tell anybody why she's walking funny.
* Undead enemies in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' were at one point almost totally immune to piercing damage because their internal organs are defunct, meaning that the normal CriticalHit and bleeding mechanics didn't apply to them.
** they also don't need to draw breath so they can't be dispatched by drowning traps.
* In ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre''; Hobyrim is immune to [[TakenForGranite stone gaze]] attacks because he's blind; and thus can't see the Medusa or Basilisk.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}},'' [[LittleMissBadass Lili]] is kidnapped by the villains shortly after coming down with a cold. Ironically, this means she's too stuffed up for [[MadScientist Loboto]]'s powder to make her sneeze her brain out.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfZestiria'' in the cutscene before the Medusa boss fight, Dezel proves immune to Medusa's gaze because he's blind, [[SlidingScaleOfGameplayAndStoryIntegration this carries into gameplay as well.]]
* In ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheComet'' the main character has a heart condition which makes him prone to passing out in moments of extreme stress. How is this helpful? Well, the game happens to take place in a [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian]] setting, and this effectively limits how much exposure he can have to visions of otherworldly horrors before he quickly passes out.
* In ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' the sightless [[MoleMen Dredge]] are immune to blind effects.
* In ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'', monsters without eyes are (obviously) unaffected by Flash Bombs. This includes [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Khezu]], [[DarkIsEvil Gore Magala]] and [[CastingAShadow Meraginasu]].
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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** An early strip has an evil goblin priest casting ''Unholy Blight'' on the party, which disables all non-evil beings. [[TokenEvilTeammate Belkar]] calmly walks up and stabs him.
** A later strip has Belkar hanged, which he survives since he's a 30-pound halfling, and his weight doesn't even pull the rope taut enough to strangle him.
** There's also the, ahem, "squid thingy" that [[TooSpicyForYogSothoth refuses to eat]] [[QuirkyBard Elan's]] brain because his low Int score makes it seem as nutritious as diet Coke. [[GeniusBruiser Roy]] isn't as fortunate, though...
** Invoked in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0860.html comic #860]]. Roy sets it up so Durkon's ''[[http://www.d20pfsrd.com/magic/all-spells/h/holy-word Holy Word]]'' spell (which deafens any non-good-aligned characters in range) also affects [[TokenEvilTeammate Belkar]], so that Nale can't use [[CompellingVoice suggestion]] to make him attack them, as he did in an earlier strip.
--->'''Roy:''' It's not a bug, it's a feature.
* ''Webcomic/UnintentionallyPretentious'' often runs on this.
** Only bald Luthor and blind Mia can pull off [[http://www.unintentionallypretentious.com/index.asp?c=94 these costumes]]
** In one HalloweenEpisode, she's also immune to the effects of the Necronomicon.
** In another HalloweenEpisode, she remains human after being bitten by a werewolf because [[http://www.unintentionallypretentious.com/index.asp?c=192 she can't see the moon]].
* In ''Webcomic/WhenSheWasBad'', Anthony, who's been deaf since birth, is immune to Gail's mind-reading. She can't hear his thoughts because he doesn't associate words with sounds.
* In ''Webcomic/CaptainSNES'', The Sovereign Of Sorrow's [[MindRape "Touch"]] causes those affected to lose their hope, happiness, and sanity. [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka]] is immune because he's a [[MonsterClown deranged]], [[StrawNihilist murderous nihilist]], so he didn't have any hope or sanity to lose, and no happiness beyond mad laughter at his own cruelty. So he's too horrible a person to be driven to despair. To be more accurate but also more spoilery: [[spoiler: The Sovereign's Touch teaches victims the AwfulTruth that their life is meaningless, they're nothing more than characters in a game suffering and dying [[HumansAreCthulhu for the amusement of humans]]. Kefka already considered life meaningless and had no greater ambition than destroying things for fun, so aside from the video game angle being a surprise he's just been proven absolutely right]].
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* Jericho from ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' is immune to the effects of seeing the [[spoiler:Voodoo wolves]] despite a lack of psychic protection because he's blind. Note this is a partial immunity because [[spoiler:he can still be clawed by them]].
* A number of Wiki/{{SCP|Foundation}}s are harmless to the blind or the deaf. (In fact, including "blind guards" as a part of the containment procedure is considered an annoying cliche.)
* A [[http://porcelain-requiem.deviantart.com/art/A-Gorgon-s-Happily-Ever-After-196089530 romantic variation]] with a GorgeousGorgon and a blind man.
* In ''Literature/{{Phaeton}}'', [[spoiler: Siren's blindness protects her from gorgons]].
* Déborah Levinsky from ''Series/FlandersCompany'' is very much TheDitz... to the point it's her actual superpower, as she's immune to PsychicPowers (trying to read her mind invokes the image of an empty grotto). In this 'verse this means even VERY powerful telepaths (who can usually makes YourHeadASplode) are powerless against her. She's even used as a human shield against such an antagonist in season 3.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'': In the episode "Attack on Pinball Fortress," Dr. Robotnik creates a [[StupidityInducingAttack Stupidity Ray]] to use on Mobius, to make them too stupid to do anything against him. When Scratch gets hit by the ray, it has no effect, because he's already [[TheDitz a complete moron]].
* Mort from ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' is ''too stupid to comprehend pain''. This led to an odd sort of inverted FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome episode, which involved the penguins lowering their intelligences down to Mort's level so they wouldn't feel the stings when they took on a hive of wasps.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' episode "Lounge Day's Journey Into Night," Jim, despite being without his PoweredArmor, is resistant to evil lounge singers because, as an earthworm, he has no ears.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'':
** Bullwinkle was immune to Boris & Natasha's [[StupidityInducingAttack Goof Gas]] Attack.
--->"Goof Gas affects the brain and -- no brain, no effect!"
** Similarly in [[Film/RockyAndBullwinkle the movie]], he was impervious to their mind-numbing television programs.
* An example happens in the "Blind Alley" episode of ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'': Scott's ruby visor is stolen by Mystique, and he can't open his eyes without destroying whatever's in front of him, effectively blinding him. But he manages to even the odds by blowing up the lights.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' once fought a brain-sucking villain. They defeated him by tricking him into attacking the Mayor, who didn't have enough brains to be affected.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Fry's limited intelligence occasionally comes in handy. Brain Slugs die of starvation when they attach to him. He's also immune to the Brain Spawn's intelligence-sucking powers because his [[MyOwnGrampa previous time-travel incident]] gave him a "special brain."
** Also, the radioactive slime that turns normal people into mutants doesn't affect mutants at all.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
** An entire subset of jokes involve Joe getting his legs smashed, mangled, or otherwise horribly injured, only for him to laugh it off (or at the very worst, become mildly annoyed), because they're already useless.
** Also, in the episode where Peter goes temporarily blind he walks into the Drunken Clam bar during a fire and rescues the trapped bartender. When asked, his reply is priceless.
--->'''Peter:''' [[HowDidYouKnowIDidnt That freaking place was on fire?!]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', Demona goes on TV and casts a spell to make "all who see this, all who hear this" [[TakenForGranite turn to stone]] during the night. One of the few people unaffected was Jeffrey Robbins, a BlindBlackGuy, who could hear the spell but obviously not see it.
* One episode of the ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' animated series featured a deaf little girl who was immune to Dr. Wily's sonic form of mind control.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' did a similar episode where an elf's deafness makes her immune to Gargamel's pied-piper type device, which zaps the rest of the heroes.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''
** One episode had a brain eating alien come to Endsville. The first person he runs into: Billy, [[YourBrainWontBeMuchOfAMeal who's got no brain for him to eat]].
** In another episode Mandy attempts to invoke this when attacked by zombies by sending Billy to fend them off, only to realize they aren't after brains.
** And in TheMovie, Grim is the only one who can claim the MacGuffin that makes people face their worst nightmares, because his nightmare is having to live with Billy and Mandy, which he already has to do anyway.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E5TreehouseOfHorrorIII Treehouse of Horror III]]" a bunch of zombies leave Homer completely unharmed. They were looking for brains to eat, and after a brief inspection decided that Homer just wouldn't do.
** Ultimately {{subverted|Trope}} in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E13TheJoyOfSect The Joy of Sect]]"--Homer was immune to a cult's brainwashing because his attention span was so short that he didn't pay attention to it for long enough to work. After struggling with this for a while, they then manage to brainwash him by singing the theme to the old '60s ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV show with the word "Leader" in place of the word "Batman".
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', the Monarch tries to kill Dr. Venture by [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind going inside his mind]] and unleashing waves of sanity-breaking mental trauma upon him. But, as Dr. Venture explains, he's ''already'' so miserable that nothing the Monarch does can even faze him. "What can I do to this guy that life hasn't already?"
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'', Duke Igthorn's ogres are as dumb as bricks, but this can actually be a benefit for them sometimes. In one episode, Igthorn's plan involves using [[MagicMusic magical bagpipes]] that hypnotize people, which only work on intelligent creatures. (That leaves his men out, so they don't have to do anything while he uses them, the only precaution he has to take being stuffing cotton in his own ears.) In another episode, it's implied that a [[TheFairFolk slumber sprite's]] spell might put Gruffi to sleep forever, but it only works on the ogres for about a minute, because as the sprite says, "they're so dumb!"
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'' episode "Corporate Raiders from Dimension X", Shredder's plan involves taking over the Octopus Ink company with a brainwashing device. However, because the CEO is hard of hearing and his hearing is broken, the device doesn't work on him, so they tie him up and lock him in a closet. When the heroes find him and Donatello fixes the aid, he's able to help them defeat the villains.
* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'':
** In the episode ''Tower of Dr. Zalost'', the eponymous villain fires cannon balls which make the people of Nowhere depressed, but it doesn't affect Eustace as he's already [[GrumpyOldMan cranky and bitter]].
** Another episode had a small bitter man use a machine that lets out a "Curtain of Cruelty" to blanket the entire area of Nowhere and turn all inhabitants cruel so he can be elected mayor. Eustace, already a cruel man to begin with, is completely unfazed by the curtain (in fact he's so cruel that not even Courage's tampering of the machine to create the "Curtain of Kindness" affected him either).
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/SkunkFu'' had Baboon use a potion on the monkey ninjas to make them invisible. The only one who could see them was the token dumbass Ox; after the others realize this, they stop thinking, and they can also see them.
* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Wild Cards". SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker has Ace use her powers to drive everyone mad with a look. He claims he is immune himself because he is already insane. Actually, it's because he's wearing a PowerNullifier.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'':
** In "Where Walks Aphrodite", Angel Dynamite is immune to Aphrodite's pheremone attack because she suffers from anosmia (i.e. she has no sense of smell).
** In a later episode, Shaggy and Scooby are immune to music that forces people to dance to exhaustion because Shaggy's tone deaf and to dogs, music is little more than noise.
* Gobbles the deformed turkey from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is sent to a slaughterhouse where turkeys are killed by a blade that whirs across the room at the level of their necks, decapitating them. But since Gobbles is deformed and his head and neck drag along the ground, the blade goes right above him and doesn't hurt him at all.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3'' episode "Do the Koopa", Bowser has a cold which impairs his hearing. When one of his Koopalings tries to use the Doom Dancer Music Box's MagicMusic on him, he can't hear it and is thus not affected.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'', Sheen is so bad at singing that he's the only kid in Retroville who doesn't end up angering the Twonkies, aliens who hate good music but love bad music.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}'', even Iron Fist and Dr. Strange can't fight their worst fear, but Spidey's worst fear is reliving the day Uncle Ben died. Since he lives with this fear constantly, it doesn't even slow him down, and he actually gets to have a little chat with Uncle Ben.
* After having guns, grenades and bombs go off next to him for years, [[WesternAnimation/{{Archer}} Sterling Archer]]'s [[SteelEardrums hearing]] is so bad that he can put people out of commission by firing guns in enclosed spaces and not be affected himself.
-->'''Archer:''' To me, it sounds like bubble wrap.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls,'' Old Man [=McGucket=] is immune to [[SecretCircleOfSecrets the Society of the Blindeye]]'s memory ray because his mind is too broken to break anymore. [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]], because the reason he's so crazy is because the ray had ''already'' altered his memory too many times.
-->"You can't break what's already broken!"
* On ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Toph's seismic sense functions as a LivingLieDetector by picking up the stress-induced changes in breath and heartbeat that occur when someone lies. The only person this doesn't work on is Azula, a [[TheSociopath sociopath]] who [[ConsummateLiar lies without a second thought]]:
-->'''Toph:''' And stick to the truth. I'll be able to tell if you're lying.
-->'''Azula:''' Are you sure? I'm a pretty good liar. ''I am a 400-foot-tall purple platypus-bear with pink horns and silver wings.''
-->'''Toph:''' Okay, you're good, I admit it.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* People with cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) are immune to polygraphs (lie-detector tests) that measure stress-induced changes in heart rate, since they're having them all the time anyway. So are sociopaths, who lack a conscience and thus don't feel any stress from lying (amusingly referenced on ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' -- see the WesternAnimation section above).
* The Thalassemia trait that appears in some people because of a genetic mutation may provide some protection against malaria.
* This is also true of another genetic disorder, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sickle-cell_disease sickle-cell disease]] (a.k.a. sickle-cell anemia). Though the heterozygous "carrier" version is even better as you have no symptoms and immunity to malaria, just a chance your kids will have sickle-cells. Similarly, heterozygous carriers of the cystic fibrosis gene are much less likely to die from cholera or tuberculosis.
* It's not much, but being bald pretty much assures you will be head lice-free.
* Most kinds of mental and physical disabilities will mean that you don't get drafted into war, although this depends on the war's intensity.
* Some fighter pilots were aided by the fact that they lost their legs. While their counterparts with legs could lose consciousness when the blood in their body ended up in their legs due to intense G-forces, these legless fighter pilots could pull off more intense maneuvers without succumbing to those same effects. The most famous example, Douglas Bader, took this one step further; his leg got caught somehow or other when he tried to bail out of his aircraft, and where a fully able-bodied pilot would have been killed, Bader merely had to ask his German captors to retrieve it from the wreckage.
* People with weaker immune systems are less likely to suffer from allergies, since they're the result of an overactive immune response to something harmless, or catch colds, since the pathogens which cause them are sufficiently harmless that the reaction is similar to an allergy.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laron_syndrome Laron syndrome]] causes [[LittlePeople short stature]] but grants resistance to cancer and diabetes.
* In one Story Corps piece, a man [[http://storycorps.org/listen/lendall-hill-lori-fitzgerald/ tells the story of his father's wooden leg]] and different potentially-dangerous scenarios where he avoided pain because of his leg.
* According to Website/{{Cracked}}'s article on "[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-modern-countries-with-surprisingly-backward-technology_p2/?wa_user1=4&wa_user2=Weird+World&wa_user3=blog&wa_user4=feature_module 4 Modern Countries With Surprisingly Backward Technology]]," the US military keeps using obsolete technology partly to make infiltration harder:
-->''Then there's what I like to call the "Galactica" factor. In'' Franchise/BattlestarGalactica, ''the decrepit Galactica is the only starship able to escape computer infiltration and destruction by the enemy Cylon race, purely because it's an old, crappy ship that relies on obsolete technology. Similarly, if anyone wants to bring down America's store of nuclear missiles from the inside, they'll have to somehow figure out computer technology that no normal person has used in decades. This means that America's potential missile-silo enemies are now limited to really, really old people and extreme {{hipster}}s.''
* Although strictly speaking not a disease, people with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilbert%27s_syndrome Gilbert-Meulengract syndrome]] might well have a slightly more sensitive liver and might be prone to jaundice (hyperbilirubinemia) when their energy is slightly displaced (not enough food/water/sleep) or they've been drinking and some might experience kidney or liver pains after a night of drinking, and some medications might result in severe diarrhoea, there are indicators that they are more resistant to cardiovascular diseases. It is specifically linked to the raised levels of bilirubin, so occasionally pulling an all-nighter, skipping a few meals, or getting drunk is good for your heart!
* Castrated men [[http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/24/14070451-upside-to-castration-eunuchs-lived-longer-study-finds tend to live longer]]. This is attributed to the lack of testosterone, which has been shown to weaken the immune system and increase risk of heart disease. Castration also prevents the onset of male pattern baldness.
* Contrary to popular belief, UsefulNotes/RasputinTheMadMonk didn't "survive poisoning" - his stomach problems prevented him from eating those poisoned cakes at all. Of course, that wasn't much help after he was shot in the head.
* People with social disorders, such as the high-functioning parts of the autism spectrum, are not only to various degrees immune to PolitenessJudo due to their own lack of social tact and awareness, but are also more likely to see through the tricks of illusionists since the subtle body language tricks and diversions that illusionists employ are far less effective against people who pay little to no attention to those sorts of things in the first place.
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* In "[[http://das-mervin.livejournal.com/tag/revamp%3A%20the%20blue%20hour The Blue Hour]]," a ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' hater's attempt to redo the series (but which now seems to be a DeadFic), Bella is noted to have a metal plate in her head from a car accident. Presumably this would have explained why Edward cannot hear her thoughts.

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* In "[[http://das-mervin.[[http://das-mervin.livejournal.com/tag/revamp%3A%20the%20blue%20hour The "The Blue Hour]]," Hour,"]] a ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' hater's attempt to redo the series (but which now seems to be a DeadFic), Bella is noted to have a metal plate in her head from a car accident. Presumably this would have explained why Edward cannot hear her thoughts.



* In ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-16860/MMcGregor+I+Am+What+I+Am.htm I Am What I Am]]'', the reason [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Xander]] survived Willow's attacks at the end of Season 6 is revealed to be that he has so little magic[[note]]The only magic present in his body is the amount that comes from having a soul[[/note]] that he's functionally AntiMagic. On the upside, it turns out that it's actually ''easier'' to forge magical weapons the less magic the forger has. On the downside, while he ''can'' learn magic, it's so slow going that it took Xander decades to be able to hold a minor enhancement spell for a full minute.

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* In ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-16860/MMcGregor+I+Am+What+I+Am.htm I Am What I Am]]'', Am,]]'' the reason [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Xander]] survived Willow's attacks at the end of Season 6 is revealed to be that he has so little magic[[note]]The only magic present in his body is the amount that comes from having a soul[[/note]] that he's functionally AntiMagic. On the upside, it turns out that it's actually ''easier'' to forge magical weapons the less magic the forger has. On the downside, while he ''can'' learn magic, it's so slow going that it took Xander decades to be able to hold a minor enhancement spell for a full minute.
13th Nov '16 2:18:05 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* ''Film/MyFavoriteMartian''-Brace Channing, a BrainlessBeauty, is a borderline case. Uncle Martin uses a sort of mind meld on her while copying her form and while the copying ''works'' he's left seriously disorientated by her lack of brains.
-->'''Martin (visibly wobbling):''' "Boy, her head was dark and empty".



* ComicBook/{{Bane}} in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' relies on a gaseous painkiller to numb the pain from his old injuries that would otherwise incapacitate him. And if his fights with Batman are anything to go by, the painkiller has the added effect of reducing pain in combat.
* Due to his inability to form new memories, the hero of ''Film/{{Memento}}'' is the perfect assassin: he acts like a normal guy, and doesn't feel guilt over the people he's killed, ''because he genuinely doesn't remember ever killing them''.
* In ''Film/MyFavoriteMartian'', [[BrainlessBeauty Brace Channing]] is a borderline case. Uncle Martin uses a sort of mind meld on her while copying her form and while the copying ''works'' he's left seriously disorientated by her lack of brains.
-->'''Martin:''' Boy, her head was dark and empty.
* The villain in ''Film/{{Orgazmo}}'' is blasted with the orgazmo ray so many times in the "[[{{pun}} climax]]" of the film that he returns in the epilogue for a SequelHook, proclaiming himself to be eunuch, and thus immune to Orgazmo's weapon (just like the villainous character they created in the movie-within-a-movie to bump off Orgazmo's character).
* In ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', DarthWiki/DarthVader's prosthetic arm enables him to climb to safety even after being burned by lava.



* After falling in lava after a duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader from ''Franchise/StarWars'' manages to climb to safety because his prosthetic arm remains intact.

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* After falling in lava after a duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader from ''Franchise/StarWars'' manages In ''Film/SpeciesII'' an alien organism sneaks aboard the first manned Mars space flight and attacks the three-man crew, rendering them unconscious for most of the trip back to climb to safety Earth. Two of the astronauts are infected and turned into {{Half Human Hybrid}}s. The reason the third astronaut is spared because his prosthetic arm remains intact.he carries genes for sickle-cell anemia, though he himself doesn't manifest it. As established in the first film, the alien can detect genetic defects just by touch and avoids procreating with humans who have those. As a side note, the astronaut in question is black, and [[ShownTheirWork most cases of sickle-cell anemia are encountered in people with sub-Saharan African ancestry]].



* The villain in ''Film/{{Orgazmo}}'' is blasted with the orgazmo ray so many times in the "[[{{pun}} climax]]" of the film that he returns in the epilogue for a SequelHook, proclaiming himself to be eunuch, and thus immune to Orgazmo's weapon (just like the villainous character they created in the movie-within-a-movie to bump off Orgazmo's character).
* Due to his inability to form new memories, the hero of ''Film/{{Memento}}'' is the perfect assassin: he acts like a normal guy, and doesn't feel guilt over the people he's killed, ''because he genuinely doesn't remember ever killing them''.
* ComicBook/{{Bane}} in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' relies on a gaseous painkiller to numb the pain from his old injuries that would otherwise incapacitate him. And if his fights with Batman are anything to go by, the painkiller has the added effect of reducing pain in combat.
* In ''Film/SpeciesII'' an alien organism sneaks aboard the first manned Mars space flight and attacks the three-man crew, rendering them unconscious for most of the trip back to Earth. Two of the astronauts are infected and turned into {{Half Human Hybrid}}s. The reason the third astronaut is spared because he carries genes for sickle-cell anemia, though he himself doesn't manifest it. As established in the first film, the alien can detect genetic defects just by touch and avoids procreating with humans who have those. As a side note, the astronaut in question is black, and [[ShownTheirWork most cases of sickle-cell anemia are encountered in people with sub-Saharan African ancestry]].
2nd Nov '16 5:50:24 PM Yuihime
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}: Imperishable Night'', looking at Reisen's moon magic can [[{{Lunacy}} drive humans insane]], but all the human heroines have [[PlotArmor various immunities]]. Marisa's is, "I'm insane to begin with."
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