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2nd May '18 7:52:24 PM KingOfGondolin
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* In Brandon Mull's Beyonders trilogy, Maldor [[spoiler: plants the Word- an ancient spell activator that would completely destroy him. It turns out that the Word is actually a fake. Maldor uses the hunt for the Word to not only send all of his enemies on a massive and dangerous wild goose chase, but is able to recognize the ones who survive as his actually dangerous enemies.]]
10th Feb '18 1:54:59 AM zehirmann666
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* Played straight and inverted at the same time in ''LightNovel/Overlord2012'', [[EvilOverlord The title character]] fights against [[spoiler:[[OurVampiresAreDifferent Shalltear]]]], as an undead, he is vulnerable to fire and holy magic, so he [[spoiler: uses an item which protects him from holy attacks]]. During the fight he acts as if he was [[NoSell resistant]] to [[spoiler: fire]] but still [[WeakenedbytheLight very vulnerable]] to [[spoiler: holy magic]], tricking his opponent into spamming [[spoiler: holy attack]] while also using the False Data:Life spell to make it look like he has less hit points than he actually has. He also pretended to not know anything about quite a few of her skills and spells while he knew about them since the beginning ([[spoiler:in fact, since Shalltear's creation]]). The [[OhCrap face of pure horror]] from said opponent once she realizes that she's been tricked and is now low on Mana is priceless.

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* Played straight and inverted at the same time in ''LightNovel/Overlord2012'', [[EvilOverlord The title character]] fights against [[spoiler:[[OurVampiresAreDifferent Shalltear]]]], as an undead, he is vulnerable to fire and holy magic, so he [[spoiler: uses an item which protects him from holy attacks]]. During the fight he acts as if he was [[NoSell resistant]] to [[spoiler: fire]] but still [[WeakenedbytheLight very vulnerable]] to [[spoiler: holy magic]], tricking his opponent into spamming [[spoiler: holy attack]] while also using the False Data:Life spell to make it look like he has less hit points than he actually has. He also pretended to not know anything about quite a few of her skills and spells while he knew about them since the beginning ([[spoiler:in fact, since Shalltear's creation]]).creation]]) to trick her into wasting them. The [[OhCrap face of pure horror]] from said opponent once she realizes that she's been tricked and is now low on Mana is priceless.
30th Jan '18 10:15:21 AM zehirmann666
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* Played straight and inverted at the same time in ''LightNovel/Overlord2012'', [[EvilOverlord The title character]] fights against [[spoiler:[[OurVampiresAreDifferent Shalltear]]]], as an undead, he is vulnerable to fire and holy magic, so he [[spoiler: uses an item which protects him from holy attacks]]. During the fight he acts as if he was [[NoSell resistant]] to [[spoiler: fire]] but still [[WeakenedbytheLight very vulnerable]] to [[spoiler: holy magic]], tricking his opponent into spamming [[spoiler: holy attack]] while also using the False Data:Life spell to make it look like he has less hit points than he actually has. The [[OhCrap face of pure horror]] from said opponent once she realizes that she's been tricked and is now low on Mana is priceless.

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* Played straight and inverted at the same time in ''LightNovel/Overlord2012'', [[EvilOverlord The title character]] fights against [[spoiler:[[OurVampiresAreDifferent Shalltear]]]], as an undead, he is vulnerable to fire and holy magic, so he [[spoiler: uses an item which protects him from holy attacks]]. During the fight he acts as if he was [[NoSell resistant]] to [[spoiler: fire]] but still [[WeakenedbytheLight very vulnerable]] to [[spoiler: holy magic]], tricking his opponent into spamming [[spoiler: holy attack]] while also using the False Data:Life spell to make it look like he has less hit points than he actually has. He also pretended to not know anything about quite a few of her skills and spells while he knew about them since the beginning ([[spoiler:in fact, since Shalltear's creation]]). The [[OhCrap face of pure horror]] from said opponent once she realizes that she's been tricked and is now low on Mana is priceless.
18th Jan '18 5:30:57 PM SeizureFerret
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* One ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' book featured aliens with translucent skin and completely visible internal organs. When Jake has to fight them he realizes that no animal would evolve such perfect targets for a predator and deduces that they must be distractions. He hits one of the aliens in the one empty spot and it drops almost instantly..

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* One ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' book featured aliens with translucent skin and completely visible internal organs. When Jake has to fight them he realizes that no animal would evolve such perfect targets for a predator and deduces that they must be distractions. He hits one of the aliens in the one empty spot and it drops almost instantly..instantly.
14th Nov '17 5:42:41 PM ZerroDefex
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* Played straight and inverted at the same time in ''LightNovel/Overlord2012'', [[EvilOverlord The title character]] fights against [[spoiler:[[OurVampiresAreDifferent Shalltear]]]], as an undead, he is vulnerable to fire and holy magic, so he [[spoiler: uses an item which protect him from holy attacks]]. During the fight he act as if he was [[NoSell resistant]] to [[spoiler: fire]] but still [[WeakenedbytheLight very vulnerable]] to [[spoiler: holy magic]], tricking his opponent to spam [[spoiler: holy attack]]. The [[OhCrap Face of pure horror]] from Said opponent once she realises she's been tricked is priceless.

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* Played straight and inverted at the same time in ''LightNovel/Overlord2012'', [[EvilOverlord The title character]] fights against [[spoiler:[[OurVampiresAreDifferent Shalltear]]]], as an undead, he is vulnerable to fire and holy magic, so he [[spoiler: uses an item which protect protects him from holy attacks]]. During the fight he act acts as if he was [[NoSell resistant]] to [[spoiler: fire]] but still [[WeakenedbytheLight very vulnerable]] to [[spoiler: holy magic]], tricking his opponent to spam into spamming [[spoiler: holy attack]]. attack]] while also using the False Data:Life spell to make it look like he has less hit points than he actually has. The [[OhCrap Face face of pure horror]] from Said said opponent once she realises realizes that she's been tricked and is now low on Mana is priceless.
10th Nov '17 11:58:02 AM StFan
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* In ''Manga/{{Heroman}}'', the BigBad implants some information about his race in the mind of a guy who later does a HeelFaceTurn. This information includes the fact that the massive eye on his chest is a weak point that can be targeted to kill him. The titular robot punches said eye, putting his fist right through it -- at which point the eye socket ''clamps down on his arm'', immobilizing him long enough for the BigBad to [[spoiler: outright ''kill him'']].

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* In ''Manga/{{Heroman}}'', the BigBad implants some information about his race in the mind of a guy who later does a HeelFaceTurn. This information includes the fact that the massive eye on his chest is a weak point that can be targeted to kill him. The titular robot punches said eye, putting his fist right through it -- at which point the eye socket ''clamps down on his arm'', immobilizing him long enough for the BigBad to [[spoiler: outright [[spoiler:outright ''kill him'']].



* Played straight and inverted at the same time in ''LightNovel/{{Overlord 2012}}'', [[EvilOverlord The titular character]] fights against [[spoiler:[[OurVampiresAreDifferent Shalltear]]]], as an undead, he is vulnerable to fire and holy magic, so he [[spoiler: uses an item which protect him from holy attacks]]. During the fight he act as if he was [[NoSell resistant]] to [[spoiler: fire]] but still [[WeakenedbytheLight very vulnerable]] to [[spoiler: holy magic]], tricking his opponent to spam [[spoiler: holy attack]]. The [[OhCrap Face of pure horror]] from Said opponent once she realises she's been tricked is priceless.

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* Played straight and inverted at the same time in ''LightNovel/{{Overlord 2012}}'', ''LightNovel/Overlord2012'', [[EvilOverlord The titular title character]] fights against [[spoiler:[[OurVampiresAreDifferent Shalltear]]]], as an undead, he is vulnerable to fire and holy magic, so he [[spoiler: uses an item which protect him from holy attacks]]. During the fight he act as if he was [[NoSell resistant]] to [[spoiler: fire]] but still [[WeakenedbytheLight very vulnerable]] to [[spoiler: holy magic]], tricking his opponent to spam [[spoiler: holy attack]]. The [[OhCrap Face of pure horror]] from Said opponent once she realises she's been tricked is priceless.



* There was one ''Comicbook/XMen'' story where people discover ancient scrolls with rituals that would destroy ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}}. It turns out that they were created by Apocalypse himself, just to get people to try them out.
** The [[WesternAnimation/XMen '90s animated series]] used the same plot.

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* There was one ''Comicbook/XMen'' ''ComicBook/XMen'' story where people discover ancient scrolls with rituals that would destroy ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}}. It turns out that they were created by Apocalypse himself, just to get people to try them out.
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** [[spoiler:Metroman]] pretends to be vulnerable to [[spoiler: copper to fake his own death, because he has come to feel he and Megamind are in a rut and he wants to explore another career.]]
** This comes to bite Megamind in the ass later. It turns out, a trap made of solid [[spoiler: copper]] can't stop the rampaging [[spoiler: superhero-turned-villain Titan who had Metroman's powers.]]

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** [[spoiler:Metroman]] pretends to be vulnerable to [[spoiler: copper [[spoiler:copper to fake his own death, because he has come to feel he and Megamind are in a rut and he wants to explore another career.]]
** This comes to bite Megamind in the ass later. It turns out, a trap made of solid [[spoiler: copper]] [[spoiler:copper]] can't stop the rampaging [[spoiler: superhero-turned-villain [[spoiler:superhero-turned-villain Titan who had Metroman's powers.]]



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* [[spoiler:Skynet's EvilPlan]] in ''Film/TerminatorSalvation''.

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* %%* [[spoiler:Skynet's EvilPlan]] in ''Film/TerminatorSalvation''.



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* On ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', Damon stabs [[spoiler:Mason Lockwood]] with a silver knife, which backfires when it turns out that werewolves arenít actually vulnerable to silver, and he just made an enemy of someone who wanted to live in peace. And eventually we find it's more than fake--silver jumpstarts their HealingFactor.

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* On ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', Damon stabs [[spoiler:Mason Lockwood]] with a silver knife, which backfires when it turns out that werewolves arenít actually vulnerable to silver, and he just made an enemy of someone who wanted to live in peace. And eventually we find it's more than fake--silver fake -- silver jumpstarts their HealingFactor.



--> Kryptonite? Please, I think he started that nonsense. I tried everything: kryptonite rays, kryptonite missiles. Once I had the fool locked in a kryptonite ''coffin''. 'Oh, oh, it hurts, kryptonite, kryptonite'. Then he broke out and started tearing up my secret lab! He just never stops. Then... ''then'' he's got the nerve to put on some glasses, and suddenly he's incognito. Like I'm stupid.

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--> Kryptonite? Please, I think he started that nonsense. I tried everything: kryptonite rays, kryptonite missiles. Once I had the fool locked in a kryptonite ''coffin''. 'Oh, "Oh, oh, it hurts, kryptonite, kryptonite'. kryptonite." Then he broke out and started tearing up my secret lab! He just never stops. Then... ''then'' he's got the nerve to put on some glasses, and suddenly he's incognito. Like I'm stupid.



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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' was set in a dystopian future where Mandy, [[Literature/GodEmperorOfDune now a giant slug-thing, rules the world by her production of spice]] (namely cinnamon) and keeps around clones of Billy to keep her company. She tells Billy the "secret weakness" to her cinnamon power was frogs, and when he inevitably blabs to LaResistance it turns out she knew this would happen and was using this trope.

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' was is set in a dystopian future where Mandy, [[Literature/GodEmperorOfDune now a giant slug-thing, rules the world by her production of spice]] (namely cinnamon) and keeps around clones of Billy to keep her company. She tells Billy the "secret weakness" to her cinnamon power was frogs, and when he inevitably blabs to LaResistance it turns out she knew this would happen and was using this trope.
3rd Oct '17 4:18:38 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* Perhaps not the straightest example, but about halfway through ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', Bowser flat out asks Peach about Mario's weaknesses. If Peach answers honestly, there will be several [[BossInMookClothing powerful]] enemies around the next game area, but if she tells Bowser that Mario is deathly afraid of healing items, he will take this at face value, and there will be several useful items scattered around the area instead.
** The same thing happens in VideoGame/SuperPaperMario with [[ShapeShifter Mimi disguised as Merlee]] asking Mario what terrifies him the most.

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* Perhaps not the straightest example, but about halfway through ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', ''VideoGame/PaperMario64'', Bowser flat out asks Peach about Mario's weaknesses. If Peach answers honestly, there will be several [[BossInMookClothing powerful]] enemies around the next game area, but if she tells Bowser that Mario is deathly afraid of healing items, he will take this at face value, and there will be several useful items scattered around the area instead.
** The same thing happens in VideoGame/SuperPaperMario ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' with [[ShapeShifter Mimi disguised as Merlee]] asking Mario what terrifies him the most.
6th Sep '17 10:45:03 PM WanderingBrowser
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* Zigzagged in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' in several different ways:
** By default, the classic vampire weaknesses of running/holy water, holy symbols, and other folkloric weaknesses (like dying if pricked by rose thorns) don't work. Except both the first and second edition of the game feature rules for vampires who ''are'' vulnerable to them despite this not being the norm.
** The traditional "stake through the heart" is a straight-up zigzag of the trope. On the one hand, it ''does'' force a vampire into Torpor, leaving them a seemingly dead corpse. On the other hand, that state ends the moment the stake comes out, so a vampire can easily fake its death by letting itself get staked and then having some minion pull the stake out after the ignorant monster hunters have congratulated themselves on their victory and gone home.
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22nd Aug '17 6:30:56 PM ultimomant
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* Played straight and inverted at the same time in ''Overlord'', [[EvilOverlord The titular character]] fights against [[spoiler:[[OurVampiresAreDifferent Shalltear]]]], as an undead, he is vulnerable to fire and holy magic, so he [[spoiler: uses an item which protect him from holy attacks]]. During the fight he act as if he was [[NoSell resistant]] to [[spoiler: fire]] but still [[WeakenedbytheLight very vulnerable]] to [[spoiler: holy magic]], tricking his opponent to spam [[spoiler: holy attack]]. The [[OhCrap Face of pure horror]] from Said opponent once she realises she's been tricked is priceless.

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* Played straight and inverted at the same time in ''Overlord'', ''LightNovel/{{Overlord 2012}}'', [[EvilOverlord The titular character]] fights against [[spoiler:[[OurVampiresAreDifferent Shalltear]]]], as an undead, he is vulnerable to fire and holy magic, so he [[spoiler: uses an item which protect him from holy attacks]]. During the fight he act as if he was [[NoSell resistant]] to [[spoiler: fire]] but still [[WeakenedbytheLight very vulnerable]] to [[spoiler: holy magic]], tricking his opponent to spam [[spoiler: holy attack]]. The [[OhCrap Face of pure horror]] from Said opponent once she realises she's been tricked is priceless.
19th Jun '17 4:46:20 AM Vulvithmey
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* Played straight and inverted at the same time in ''Overlord'', [[EvilOverlord The titular character]] fights against [[spoiler:[[OurVampiresAreDifferent Shalltear]]]], as an undead, he is vulnerable to fire and holy magic, so he [[spoiler: uses an item which protect him from holy attacks]]. During the fight he act as if he was [[NoSell resistant]] to [[spoiler: fire]] but still [[WeakenedbytheLight very vulnerable]] to [[spoiler: holy magic]], tricking his opponent to spam [[spoiler: holy attack]]. The [[OhCrap Face of pure horror]] from Said opponent once he realises he's been tricked is priceless.

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* Played straight and inverted at the same time in ''Overlord'', [[EvilOverlord The titular character]] fights against [[spoiler:[[OurVampiresAreDifferent Shalltear]]]], as an undead, he is vulnerable to fire and holy magic, so he [[spoiler: uses an item which protect him from holy attacks]]. During the fight he act as if he was [[NoSell resistant]] to [[spoiler: fire]] but still [[WeakenedbytheLight very vulnerable]] to [[spoiler: holy magic]], tricking his opponent to spam [[spoiler: holy attack]]. The [[OhCrap Face of pure horror]] from Said opponent once he she realises he's she's been tricked is priceless.
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