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28th Nov '16 12:41:48 PM Gamermaster
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** Jill Stola from ''Anime/VividStrike'' used to be a skilled martial artist, but she was forced to stop competing after she received an unspecified injury while during training.
10th Nov '16 9:42:02 PM __Vano
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Game-Breaking Injuries can be used either as a plot device or as a means of character development. With enough HeroicResolve, The Hero might be able to push through the pain and continue fighting. If a member of TheTeam is involved in this trope and he or she is of greater skill than The Big Bad, they might suffer a Game-Breaking Injury to level the playing field. Sometimes this ally is a RetiredBadass who has an old war injury. If this character is TheMentor, then you can bet for sure that this injury will be the cause of his undoing. Often a way to make it so YouCanBarelyStand.

TruthinTelevision, of course, especially in the sports world, where severe injuries can bench players during critical moments not to mention end their careers and leave them crippled for life.

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Game-Breaking Injuries can be used either as a plot device or as a means of character development. With enough HeroicResolve, The Hero might be able to push through the pain and continue fighting. If a member of TheTeam is involved in this trope and he or she is of greater skill than The Big Bad, they might suffer a Game-Breaking Injury to level the playing field. Sometimes this ally is a RetiredBadass who has an old war injury. If this character is TheMentor, then you can bet for sure that this injury will be the cause of [[MentorOccupationalHazard his undoing.undoing]]. Often a way to make it so YouCanBarelyStand.

TruthinTelevision, TruthInTelevision, of course, especially in the sports world, where severe injuries can bench players during critical moments moments, not to mention end their careers and leave them crippled for life.
28th Oct '16 1:13:25 AM ZorotheGallade
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* In ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', a character can be crippled by wounds to different parts of the body. For example, broken arms can leave someone unable to wield weapons or shields, a severed motor nerve in the leg can leave someone unable to stand, eye injuries cause blindness, etc. Fortunately, multiple weapons and shields can be equipped to the same hand, and crutches can be used to regain standing ability, albeit at the cost of a speed penalty.

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* In ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', a character can be crippled by wounds to different parts of the body. For example, broken arms can leave someone unable to wield weapons or shields, a severed motor nerve in the leg can leave someone unable to stand, eye injuries cause blindness, etc. Fortunately, multiple weapons and shields can be equipped to the same hand, and crutches can be used to regain standing ability, albeit at the cost of a speed penalty. That is, [[RealityEnsues if they can survive not only the blood loss from the injury, but also whatever caused it in the first place]].
18th Oct '16 4:16:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': Downplayed. [[spoiler: Judy's leg gets torn during the incident at the museum, robbing her of her mobility that made her a FragileSpeedster. That said, she and Nick's greatest strength was always their wits and they incorporate the injury into their plan. She's back in good health in the epilogue.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'', during Optimus Prime and Megatron's final battle, Megatron is aware he is losing the fight and starts tossing rocks at Optimus. He then throws a shard of metal from a ship at him, cutting his side open, taking advantage of the injury and making it worse by slicing open the wound with an energon sword. Later on while holding Hot Rod hostage, he shoots him in the same wound and also in the chest and face fatally wounding him, but just before he passes out he manages to knock Megatron off a cliff, severely wounding him. The damage inflicted on Megatron in the battle is so severe that he cannot defend himself from Starscream's treachery the way he usually does when Starscream tosses him into space on the way back to Cybertron.
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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': Downplayed. [[spoiler: Judy's leg gets torn during the incident at the museum, robbing her of her mobility that made her a FragileSpeedster. That said, she and Nick's greatest strength was always their wits and they incorporate the injury into their plan. She's back in good health in the epilogue.]]



* Westley has a game-breaking condition in ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', but uses ToThePain to win regardless.

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* Westley has a game-breaking condition in ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'', but uses ToThePain to win regardless.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'', during Optimus Prime and Megatron's final battle, Megatron is aware he is losing the fight and starts tossing rocks at Optimus. He then throws a shard of metal from a ship at him, cutting his side open, taking advantage of the injury and making it worse by slicing open the wound with an energon sword. Later on while holding Hot Rod hostage, he shoots him in the same wound and also in the chest and face fatally wounding him, but just before he passes out he manages to knock Megatron off a cliff, severely wounding him.
** The damage inflicted on Megatron in the battle is so severe that he cannot defend himself from Starscream's treachery the way he usually does when Starscream tosses him into space on the way back to Cybertron.
18th Oct '16 4:15:02 AM Morgenthaler
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** The same happens in the series finale, as when Spike is StormingTheCastle, he is shot in the arm, which puts it out of action. [[BadAss Barely slows him down though]].

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** The same happens in the series finale, as when Spike is StormingTheCastle, he is shot in the arm, which puts it out of action. [[BadAss Barely slows him down though]].though.



* Emperor Commodus in ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' stabs Maximus right before their final duel to give himself an unfair advantage. Maximus is too much of a BadAss {{Determinator}} to let that stop him from kicking the Emperor's ass. [[spoiler:[[DoubleSubversion Though he still dies from the stabbing]].]]

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* Emperor Commodus in ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' stabs Maximus right before their final duel to give himself an unfair advantage. Maximus is too much of a BadAss {{Determinator}} to let that stop him from kicking the Emperor's ass. [[spoiler:[[DoubleSubversion Though he still dies from the stabbing]].]]



* Toward the end of ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' [[spoiler:[[BigBad Kylo Ren]] takes a near-direct blast from Chewie's boltcaster. He still puts up an [[BadAss incredible fight]] (considering that most people hit by that thing are blown across the room ''in pieces''), but it puts him off his game enough that Finn is able to hold his own with a lightsaber against him for a brief period and Rey was actually able to [[Awesome/TheForceAwakens take him down]]]].

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* Toward the end of ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' [[spoiler:[[BigBad Kylo Ren]] takes a near-direct blast from Chewie's boltcaster. He still puts up an [[BadAss incredible fight]] fight (considering that most people hit by that thing are blown across the room ''in pieces''), but it puts him off his game enough that Finn is able to hold his own with a lightsaber against him for a brief period and Rey was actually able to [[Awesome/TheForceAwakens take him down]]]].
18th Oct '16 4:14:31 AM Morgenthaler
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** In ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' Bond sustains two shots to his chest and shoulder. [[spoiler:He loses his iconic aim with the Walther PPK due to these injuries, and he never recovers them by the end of the movie. Also M is hit with the thug's gunfire in a non-lethal area [[RealityEnsues but]] [[TearJerker due to her age, she dies from the injury due to bleeding out]].]]

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** * In ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' Bond sustains two shots to his chest and shoulder. [[spoiler:He loses his iconic aim with the Walther PPK due to these injuries, and he never recovers them by the end of the movie. Also M is hit with the thug's gunfire in a non-lethal area [[RealityEnsues but]] [[TearJerker due to her age, she dies from the injury due to bleeding out]].]]
7th Oct '16 10:09:54 AM triscion
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** Unfortunately for the Knights, the next they meet him, Guts is in prime condition, having spent several days recovering in a sacred spring and had his BFS reforged.

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** Unfortunately for the Knights, Knights this was ''not'' the case the next time they meet him, met; Guts is in prime condition, having had spent several days recovering in a sacred spring and had his BFS reforged. was packing new/reforged equipment, including the ''[[{{BFS}} Dragonslayer]]''. At least they were smart enough to run after he cleaved a few of their mounted units in half.
6th Oct '16 10:51:01 PM bowserbros
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* ''Manga/AshitaNoJoe'' features several examples of this, but the most notable example is the punch-drunk syndrome that Joe develops in the final act of the series; despite suffering from visible loss of motor control and deteriorating senses, however, Joe tries to persevere through it during the championship fight with José Mendoza. [[TheHeroDies It fails tragically.]]
29th Sep '16 8:14:21 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* In ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'', Gennosuke has the best [[HypnoticEyes ability]] of them all -- with his gaze he can command his enemies to kill themselves or each other. He gets to demonstrate it early on against some {{mooks}} but soon after has his eyes blinded and sealed shut for 7 days, making him unable to use it and rendering him mostly useless for the rest of the series. Liberal use of his ability would have made it too easy for his clan to win the battle. Oboro has her own {{Magical Eye|s}} which nullifies the abilities of any ninja. This too would have given her clan a clear edge in the battle, but she too becomes blinded (though for her it was deliberate so she would not have to fight Gennosuke) for 7 days.

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* In ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'', ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'':
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Gennosuke has the best [[HypnoticEyes ability]] of them all -- with his gaze he can command his enemies to kill themselves or each other. He gets to demonstrate it early on against some {{mooks}} but soon after has his eyes blinded and sealed shut for 7 days, making him unable to use it and rendering him mostly useless for the rest of the series. Liberal use of his ability would have made it too easy for his clan to win the battle.
** Gennosuke's girlfriend
Oboro has her own {{Magical Eye|s}} which nullifies the abilities of any ninja. This too would have given her clan a clear edge in the battle, but she too becomes blinded (though for her it was deliberate so she would not neither have to fight Gennosuke) Gennosuke nor be tempted to use her powers against her own clansmen) for 7 days.
23rd Sep '16 1:59:07 PM Nintendoman01
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** Also, Gaara delivered a major one to Rock Lee, not only shattering his left arm and leg, but ''pieces of the bones were imbedded in his spinal column.'' If not for the fifth hokage, he would have lost his ninja career, his life's dream, and probably his spirit.

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** Also, Gaara delivered a major one to Rock Lee, not only shattering his left arm and leg, but ''pieces of the bones were imbedded in his spinal column.'' If not for the fifth hokage, Tsunade, he would have lost his ninja career, his life's dream, and probably his spirit.



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* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': In the season 2 episode "The Thin Dead Line," Wesley is shot in the gut by a zombie cop and spends the next few episodes in a wheelchair. Though he's out of the chair by "Disharmony," any strenuous activity still causes him visible pain.
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