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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.
13th May '17 9:58:12 PM TheWanderer
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* In ''[[Literature/TheAdversaryCycle The Keep]]'', the vampire-like Molasar allows himself to be studied by a Jewish history professor. In one session, the professor brings in several holy symbols. Molasar ignores most of them but reacts violently to a Christian cross. [[spoiler: It's later revealed that he's not really afraid of the cross, but he does feed off of the destruction of the man's faith.]]

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* In ''[[Literature/TheAdversaryCycle The Keep]]'', the vampire-like [[EmotionEater vampire-like]] Molasar allows himself to be studied by a Jewish history professor. In one session, the professor brings in several holy symbols. Molasar ignores most of them but reacts violently to a Christian cross. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's later revealed that he's not really afraid of the cross, but only reacted the way he does did to feed off of the destruction of the man's faith.professor's faith. Later in the book one of the German officers tries to use a cross to ward off Molassar [[CrossMeltingAura and it goes very, very, badly for the German]].]]
1st May '17 7:04:35 PM Eddy1215
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As every smart hero or villain knows, the best way to defeat most adversaries is to AttackItsWeakPoint. But said savvies will also know that this is coming, and may very well decide that they don't like being shot in their weak point. This is where the Fake Weakness comes in: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin faking a weakness]], whether it's [[AttackItsWeakPoint an actual flashing weakpoint]], a WeaksauceWeakness or just an AchillesHeel, to put your opponents off their guard and make them waste valuable time and energy on a red herring before you proceed with the [[CurbStompBattle curb stomp]].

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As every smart hero or villain knows, the best way to defeat most adversaries is to AttackItsWeakPoint. But said savvies will also know that this is coming, and may very well decide that they don't like being shot in their weak point. This is where the Fake Weakness comes in: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin faking a weakness]], whether it's [[AttackItsWeakPoint an actual flashing weakpoint]], a WeaksauceWeakness or just an AchillesHeel, to put your opponents off their guard and make them waste valuable time and energy on a red herring RedHerring before you proceed with the [[CurbStompBattle curb stomp]].
27th Jan '17 10:28:34 AM Mxme
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* In ''LightNovel/Overlord'', [[EvilOverlord The titular character]] fights agaisnt [[spoiler: 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 fire but still [[WeakenedbytheLight very vulnerable]] to holy magic, tricking his opponent to spam [[Light'emUp holy attack]]. The [[OhCrap! Face of pure horror]] from Said opponent once he realise he's been tricked is epic.

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* In ''LightNovel/Overlord'', Played straight and inverted at the same time in ''Overlord'', [[EvilOverlord The titular character]] fights agaisnt [[spoiler: Shalltear]], 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 fire [[spoiler: fire]] but still [[WeakenedbytheLight very vulnerable]] to [[spoiler: holy magic, magic]], tricking his opponent to spam [[Light'emUp [[spoiler: holy attack]]. The [[OhCrap! [[OhCrap Face of pure horror]] from Said opponent once he realise realises he's been tricked is epic.priceless.
27th Jan '17 10:14:50 AM Mxme
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* In ''LightNovel/Overlord'', [[EvilOverlord The titular character]] fights agaisnt [[spoiler: 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 fire but still [[WeakenedbytheLight very vulnerable]] to holy magic, tricking his opponent to spam [[Light'emUp holy attack]]. The [[OhCrap! Face of pure horror]] from Said opponent once he realise he's been tricked is epic.
7th Dec '16 9:17:46 PM MacronNotes
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As every smart hero or villain knows, the best way to defeat most adversaries is to AttackItsWeakPoint ForMassiveDamage. But said savvies will also know that this is coming, and may very well decide that they don't like being shot in their weak point. This is where the Fake Weakness comes in: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin faking a weakness]], whether it's [[AttackItsWeakPoint an actual flashing weakpoint]], a WeaksauceWeakness or just an AchillesHeel, to put your opponents off their guard and make them waste valuable time and energy on a red herring before you proceed with the [[CurbStompBattle curb stomp]].

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As every smart hero or villain knows, the best way to defeat most adversaries is to AttackItsWeakPoint ForMassiveDamage.AttackItsWeakPoint. But said savvies will also know that this is coming, and may very well decide that they don't like being shot in their weak point. This is where the Fake Weakness comes in: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin faking a weakness]], whether it's [[AttackItsWeakPoint an actual flashing weakpoint]], a WeaksauceWeakness or just an AchillesHeel, to put your opponents off their guard and make them waste valuable time and energy on a red herring before you proceed with the [[CurbStompBattle curb stomp]].
27th Sep '16 9:35:17 PM MaliciousIllusion
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* In the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', Phase gets a fake weakness put on his powers testing results: dark chocolate, administered orally. So now he can have enemies try to stop him by bringing him delicious desserts.


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* In the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', Phase gets a fake weakness put on his powers testing results: dark chocolate, administered orally. So now he can have enemies try to stop him by bringing him delicious desserts.
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