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Prevalent in {{R|olePlayingGame}}PGs and {{fighting game}}s, as the cast needs to be big enough that "takes hits like a chump" becomes a viable character trait. In [=RPG=]s, the Glass Cannon tends to be a SquishyWizard. Not all SquishyWizard are completely Glass Cannon, though. A SquishyWizard still can have decent or good ''magical'' defense but abysmal physical defense. Artillery or archer units in RealTimeStrategy and TurnBasedStrategy games also tend to have this trait, as they're meant to be far away from combat, or at least in the back of the formation. If a boss happens to be a Glass Cannon, that's a RushBoss.

Make the Glass Cannon incapable of taking ''any'' punishment at all and you've got a OneHitPointWonder. A matchup between two of these usually results in a game of RocketTag. When the enemy tries to take out the GlassCannon as fast as possible, it's ShootTheMageFirst.

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Prevalent in {{R|olePlayingGame}}PGs and {{fighting game}}s, as the cast needs to be big enough that "takes hits like a chump" becomes a viable character trait. In [=RPG=]s, the Glass Cannon tends to be a SquishyWizard. Not all SquishyWizard {{Squishy Wizard}}s are completely Glass Cannon, though. A SquishyWizard still can have decent or good ''magical'' defense but abysmal physical defense. Artillery or archer units in RealTimeStrategy and TurnBasedStrategy games also tend to have this trait, as they're meant to be far away from combat, or at least in the back of the formation. If a boss happens to be a Glass Cannon, that's a RushBoss.

Make the Glass Cannon incapable of taking ''any'' punishment at all and you've got a OneHitPointWonder. A matchup between two of these usually results in a game of RocketTag. RocketTagGameplay. When the enemy tries to take out the GlassCannon Glass Cannon as fast as possible, it's ShootTheMageFirst.



* The BigBad of the final arc of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' has powers bordering on a PersonOfMassDestruction and he can tank ''KiAttacks'', but a rather pampered life has lead him to be rather weak against ''physical'' attacks. Of course this is just compared to the completely MadeOfIron fighters in most of the series (he was called a wuss for being ''moderately injured'' by a boulder... being thrown by tornado winds that were drilling into the ground and altering the course of an underground river).

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* The BigBad of the final arc of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' has powers bordering on a PersonOfMassDestruction and he can tank ''KiAttacks'', ''[[KiManipulation Ki Attacks]]'', but a rather pampered life has lead him to be rather weak against ''physical'' attacks. Of course this is just compared to the completely MadeOfIron fighters in most of the series (he was called a wuss for being ''moderately injured'' by a boulder... being thrown by tornado winds that were drilling into the ground and altering the course of an underground river).



* Shiki, TheDragon and (sort-of) SquishyWizard from ''Manga/BlackCat''. His ''normal'' attacks do more damage than anything this side of the TheHero, the BigGood, and TheBigBad's ''final'' moves, but he goes down with one ''pistol-whip'' from [[TheHero Train]].

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* Shiki, TheDragon and (sort-of) SquishyWizard from ''Manga/BlackCat''. His ''normal'' attacks do more damage than anything this side of the TheHero, the BigGood, and TheBigBad's the BigBad's ''final'' moves, but he goes down with one ''pistol-whip'' from [[TheHero Train]].



* ''SpaceBattleshipYamato'' has the Super Battleship Andromeda. All the ships in the Andromeda fleet have double wave motion guns but still get easily destroyed just by the force of the White Comet's vortex.

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* ''SpaceBattleshipYamato'' ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'' has the Super Battleship Andromeda. All the ships in the Andromeda fleet have double wave motion guns but still get easily destroyed just by the force of the White Comet's vortex.



* Accelerator from ''ACertainMagicalIndex'' is a strange example of this. Normally he's NighInvulnerable thanks to his ability to redirect all vectors within a certain radius of him (if he has an oxygen tank a ''nuke'' wouldn't faze him). He's also incredibly powerful to the point of being able ''casually break a continent'' if sufficiently pissed. However, once that fancy ability of his is bypassed he's nothing more than a scrawny teenager waiting to be pummeled.

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* Accelerator from ''ACertainMagicalIndex'' is a strange example of this. Normally he's NighInvulnerable {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le thanks to his ability to redirect all vectors within a certain radius of him (if he has an oxygen tank a ''nuke'' wouldn't faze him). He's also incredibly powerful to the point of being able ''casually break a continent'' if sufficiently pissed. However, once that fancy ability of his is bypassed he's nothing more than a scrawny teenager waiting to be pummeled.



* [[DeathNote Light Yagami]] and all other Deathnote users are definitely this. They can kill anyone whose face and name they know but are not more bullet resistant than anyone else.

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* [[DeathNote Manga/DeathNote: Light Yagami]] Yagami and all other Deathnote users are definitely this.qualify. They can kill anyone whose face and name they know but are not more bullet resistant than anyone else.



* Many telepaths in ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}},'' such as Professor X, have powerful PsychicPowers but [[SquishyWizard are extremely poor at defending themselves]], and aren't of much use against opponents immune to telepathy (like robots).

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* Many telepaths in ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}},'' ''Comicbook/XMen,'' such as Professor X, have powerful PsychicPowers but [[SquishyWizard are extremely poor at defending themselves]], and aren't of much use against opponents immune to telepathy (like robots).



* The same is true of Marvel magic users like Comicbook/DoctorStrange, ComicBook/ScarletWitch, or [[YoungAvengers Wiccan]]. They can do frightening things to time and space with little more than a gesture and some concentration, but they can also be rendered helpless by a TapOnTheHead, drugs, being overwhelmed by bodies, being distracted in mid-spell, or simply being BoundAndGagged.
* Much like the X-men with offensive powers is ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' member Human Torch. His flame powers give him high movement speed and an offensive edge. Unlike his allies, he lacks any way to use his powers to defend himself other than flying out of the way.
* Humpty Dumpty in the ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'' SpinOff ''Jack of Fables'' is an almost literal example, being a cannon that was {{bowdleris|ed}}ation into being an egg man.
* ComicBook/{{Zatanna}} of Franchise/TheDCU can kill people with a (backwards) word (not that she ever has, she is a superhero). Only the stronger magical, divine, or cosmic beings in the DC universe can resist her powers. However, she isn't any more durable than most humans and can be taken down with a single well-placed punch. Overlaps with SquishyWizard.
** In ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'' it is even explicitly mentioned in the narration-bubble: She is the most powerful member of the team, ''if she can get the words out.'' Slade Wilson (ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}} the Terminator) pokes her in the stomach, so lightly that it does not even hurt that much, but once she begins to vomit from the damage to her liver she is out of the fight.
* [[http://x-men.wikia.com/wiki/Prism Prism]], an on and off member of the ''{{Comicbook/X-Men}}'' villain Mr. Sinister's Marauders, is ''literally'' made of glass. He can store light and energy (such as sunlight or Cyclops' optic blasts) and redirect it to devastating effect. But he is still made of ''freaking glass''. Jean Grey [[DeathIsCheap killed him once]] by throwing him into a wall (not even that hard).

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* The same is true of Marvel magic users like Comicbook/DoctorStrange, ComicBook/ScarletWitch, or [[YoungAvengers [[ComicBook/YoungAvengers Wiccan]]. They can do frightening things to time and space with little more than a gesture and some concentration, but they can also be rendered helpless by a TapOnTheHead, drugs, being overwhelmed by bodies, being distracted in mid-spell, or simply being BoundAndGagged.
* Much like the X-men X-Men with offensive powers is ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' member Human Torch. His flame powers give him high movement speed and an offensive edge. Unlike his allies, he lacks any way to use his powers to defend himself other than flying out of the way.
* Humpty Dumpty in the ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'' SpinOff ''Jack of Fables'' is an almost literal example, being a cannon that was {{bowdleris|ed}}ation {{bowdleris|e}}ation into being an egg man.
* ComicBook/{{Zatanna}} of Franchise/TheDCU can kill people with a (backwards) word (not that she ever has, she is a superhero). Only the stronger magical, divine, or cosmic beings in the DC universe can resist her powers. However, she isn't any more durable than most humans and can be taken down with a single well-placed punch. Overlaps with SquishyWizard. \n** In ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'' it is even explicitly mentioned in the narration-bubble: She is the most powerful member of the team, ''if she can get the words out.'' Slade Wilson (ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}} the Terminator) pokes her in the stomach, so lightly that it does not even hurt that much, but once she begins to vomit from the damage to her liver she is out of the fight.
* [[http://x-men.wikia.com/wiki/Prism Prism]], an on and off member of the ''{{Comicbook/X-Men}}'' ''Comicbook/XMen'' villain Mr. Sinister's Marauders, is ''literally'' made of glass. He can store light and energy (such as sunlight or Cyclops' optic blasts) and redirect it to devastating effect. But he is still made of ''freaking glass''. Jean Grey [[DeathIsCheap killed him once]] by throwing him into a wall (not even that hard).



* The ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' villain [[ComicBook/DoctorOctopus Dr. Octopus]] may have control of four powerful and deadly metal arms, but he's otherwise a normal, somewhat out of shape human. Once the super-strong Spidey gets past his formidable defenses, Doc Ock goes down pretty quickly. This ultimately lead to his death as his body couldn't take the punishment Spidey dealt him any longer.

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* The ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' villain [[ComicBook/DoctorOctopus Dr. Octopus]] may have control of four powerful and deadly metal arms, but he's otherwise a normal, somewhat out of shape human. Once the super-strong Spidey gets past his formidable defenses, Doc Ock goes down pretty quickly. This ultimately lead led to his death as his body couldn't take the punishment Spidey dealt him any longer.



* In ''FanFic/{{Fractured}}'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]'']] [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover crossover]], some starships rely on their {{BFG}} destroying all opposition before it can shoot back, having only light armor. In the [[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins sequel]], Jack and Brick start off this way with their [[BadassTeacher teaching style]], only to realize later on how problematic the technique could be.
* Lightning Bolt is one of these in ''[[{{Fanfic/AceCombatTheEquestrianWar}} Ace Combat: The Equestrian War]]''. She is the only pony of the main heroines to have a powerful special attack (Shining Spark), but she is prone to being injured during prolonged battles.

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* In ''FanFic/{{Fractured}}'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]'']] ''Franchise/MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]'']] [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover crossover]], some starships rely on their {{BFG}} destroying all opposition before it can shoot back, having only light armor. In the [[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins sequel]], Jack and Brick start off this way with their [[BadassTeacher teaching style]], only to realize later on how problematic the technique could be.
* Lightning Bolt is one of these in ''[[{{Fanfic/AceCombatTheEquestrianWar}} ''[[Fanfic/AceCombatTheEquestrianWar Ace Combat: The Equestrian War]]''. She is the only pony of the main heroines to have a powerful special attack (Shining Spark), but she is prone to being injured during prolonged battles.



* The MassEffect story ''FanFic/MesozoicEffect'' introduces a whole class of ships that follow this rule, known as battlecruisers. Like their historical counterparts, they mount the firepower of a dreadnought on the frame of a cruiser, but stuffing in such a [[FixedForwardFacingWeapon huge spinal gun]] leaves almost no room for armor. Mass production of these ships is apparently one of the things the Treaty of Farixen was designed to prevent. The [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs Pangea Alliance's]] frigates also fall into this category, as they forgo armor for [[FragileSpeedster superior engines]] and [[MacrossMissileMassacre racks upon racks]] of [[NukeEm fusion missiles.]]

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* The MassEffect ''Franchise/MassEffect'' story ''FanFic/MesozoicEffect'' introduces a whole class of ships that follow this rule, known as battlecruisers. Like their historical counterparts, they mount the firepower of a dreadnought on the frame of a cruiser, but stuffing in such a [[FixedForwardFacingWeapon huge spinal gun]] leaves almost no room for armor. Mass production of these ships is apparently one of the things the Treaty of Farixen was designed to prevent. The [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs Pangea Alliance's]] frigates also fall into this category, as they forgo armor for [[FragileSpeedster superior engines]] and [[MacrossMissileMassacre racks upon racks]] of [[NukeEm fusion missiles.]]



* Metro in Film/{{Real Steel}} would be a Glass Cannon, as he beat down Atom badly but got taken out by one hit.

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* Metro in Film/{{Real Steel}} ''Film/RealSteel'' would be a Glass Cannon, as he beat down Atom badly but got taken out by one hit.



* In ''Film/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', [[spoiler:the flashback to the DL-6 incident shows that young Edgeworth was able to bite Yanni Yogi hard enough to distract the baliff from hitting his father, and later threw a gun at him hard enough to knock the guy out. When Yogi shoves him hard enough to be knocked against a wall though, Edgeworth collapses almost immediately.]] Given that he's a kid, it's pretty justified.

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* In ''Film/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', [[spoiler:the flashback to the DL-6 incident shows that young Edgeworth was able to bite Yanni Yogi hard enough to distract the baliff from hitting his father, and later threw a gun at him hard enough to knock the guy out. When Yogi shoves him hard enough to be knocked against a wall though, Edgeworth collapses almost immediately.]] immediately]]. Given that he's a kid, it's pretty justified.



* In an episode of ''Series/LoisAndClark'', ComicBook/LexLuthor creates a boxer that he believes can take on Comicbook/{{Superman}}. The boxer delivers a flurry of punches that stagger Superman. For a moment it looks like Superman is actually on the ropes, but then he simply flicks the boxer in the forehead and knocks him out.

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* In an episode of ''Series/LoisAndClark'', ComicBook/LexLuthor creates a boxer that he believes can take on Comicbook/{{Superman}}.Franchise/{{Superman}}. The boxer delivers a flurry of punches that stagger Superman. For a moment it looks like Superman is actually on the ropes, but then he simply flicks the boxer in the forehead and knocks him out.



* The ''Runepunk'' podcast series from Podcast/{{RPGMP3}} features a character called Kieron Hammerfall, an [[OurElvesAreBetter Andari]] [[InstantRunes Rune]][[SquishyWizard caster]]. Kieron is imbued with [[LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards momentous arcane power]], as well as the [[GlassCannon durability of a dry twig]].

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* The ''Runepunk'' podcast series from Podcast/{{RPGMP3}} features a character called Kieron Hammerfall, an [[OurElvesAreBetter Andari]] [[InstantRunes Rune]][[SquishyWizard caster]]. Kieron is imbued with [[LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards momentous arcane power]], as well as the [[GlassCannon durability of a dry twig]].twig.



* Many "high flier" wrestlers such as Wrestling/MattSydal, who showed these tendencies right out of Gateway Championship Wrestling, are also this trope, the commentators actually yelling at him for doing a cannon ball off a balcony after returning from injury. Wrestling/{{Mistico}} became one when he went to Wrestling/{{WWE}} and was repackaged as "Wrestling/SinCara".

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* Many "high flier" wrestlers such as Wrestling/MattSydal, [[Wrestling/EvanBourne Matt Sydal]], who showed these tendencies right out of Gateway Championship Wrestling, are also this trope, the commentators actually yelling at him for doing a cannon ball off a balcony after returning from injury. Wrestling/{{Mistico}} became one when he went to Wrestling/{{WWE}} and was repackaged as "Wrestling/SinCara".



* Webcomic/{{XRS}} Despite it's vaunted capabilities, the XRS is extremely vulnerable whens its energy shields are down.

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* Webcomic/{{XRS}} Despite it's vaunted capabilities, the XRS is extremely vulnerable whens when its energy shields are down.



* PlayedWith with the titular ''Webcomic/KidRadd''. On the offensive side, his Mega Radd is technically only able to charge enough to deal 255 damage within his own game, but thanks to sloppy programming, there's actually no preset upper limit, meaning it's as powerful as the number of bits in the console he's on. When he's out on the internet, its power is effectively limitless, making him potentially strong enough to destroy the entire internet. On the defensive side, he can only take four hits before dying, but it doesn't matter what hits him. Getting hit with a nuclear bomb does the same amount of damage as having a {{Mook}} [[CollisionDamage walk into him.]]

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* PlayedWith [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] with the titular ''Webcomic/KidRadd''. On the offensive side, his Mega Radd is technically only able to charge enough to deal 255 damage within his own game, but thanks to sloppy programming, there's actually no preset upper limit, meaning it's as powerful as the number of bits in the console he's on. When he's out on the internet, its power is effectively limitless, making him potentially strong enough to destroy the entire internet. On the defensive side, he can only take four hits before dying, but it doesn't matter what hits him. Getting hit with a nuclear bomb does the same amount of damage as having a {{Mook}} {{Mook|s}} [[CollisionDamage walk into him.]]



* [[spoiler:Eddy's Brother]] from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''. WordOfGod has gone on the record as saying that [[spoiler:unlike Eddy, who's had pain dished out to him but has built up more of a resistance to it, Eddy's Brother had been dishing ''out'' pain all his life, but had never been on the receiving end of it, and thus has a very low pain threshold.]]

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* [[spoiler:Eddy's Brother]] from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''. WordOfGod has gone on the record as saying that [[spoiler:unlike Eddy, who's had pain dished out to him but has built up more of a resistance to it, Eddy's Brother had been dishing ''out'' pain all his life, but had never been on the receiving end of it, and thus has a very low pain threshold.]]threshold]].



* The assassin Curare from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' seems this way. She's a deadly combatant with a sword, incredibly fast and agily, and very hard to lay a glove on, but when Batman actually manages to do so, it seems to hurt her badly.

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* The assassin Curare from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' seems this way. She's a deadly combatant with a sword, incredibly fast and agily, agile, and very hard to lay a glove on, but when Batman actually manages to do so, it seems to hurt her badly.



* Tank destroyers. Popular back in WW2, they were ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin -- usually armed with a tank-grade {{BFG}} to destroy enemy vehicles with great efficiency, using the element of surprise. However, their limitations compared to regular tanks (lack of armour, a gun with limited traverse, or both) make them vulnerable to a well-coordinated counterattack. In modern warfare, the role of tank destroyer has been taken up by [[DeathFromAbove helicopter gunships]], though a number of lighter vehicles have been adapted to the purpose as well.

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* Tank destroyers. Popular back in WW2, UsefulNotes/{{W|orldWarII}}W2, they were ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin -- usually armed with a tank-grade {{BFG}} to destroy enemy vehicles with great efficiency, using the element of surprise. However, their limitations compared to regular tanks (lack of armour, a gun with limited traverse, or both) make them vulnerable to a well-coordinated counterattack. In modern warfare, the role of tank destroyer has been taken up by [[DeathFromAbove helicopter gunships]], though a number of lighter vehicles have been adapted to the purpose as well.



** {{Inverted}} by the Royal Navy's armored carriers, which had limited plane capacity, but excellent anti-aircraft artillery and could take enormous punishment.

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** {{Inverted}} {{Inverted|Trope}} by the Royal Navy's armored carriers, which had limited plane capacity, but excellent anti-aircraft artillery and could take enormous punishment.



** [[ScaryBlackMan Bob Sapp]] has enough strength to pick up a 260 pound man ''literally'' off the mat and [[http://i26.tinypic.com/2qk76ae.jpg piledrive]] him violently to the ground. Yes, in MMA, where piledrivers are neither safe nor done with compliance from the victim. He beat one of the best kickboxers in the world (Ernesto Hoost) ''twice'' in 2002. Sapp is also known for the trifecta of having a glass chin, possessing very little toughness or heart, and having laughably few grappling skills. He lost in 2009 to a man 150 pounds lighter than him who fancies himself a superhero, sports a mullet, and goes by the name "[[WidgetSeries Minowaman]]."
** Melvin Manhoef, a dutch kickboxer, has truly horrifying punching power. He was the first, and so far only man to ever knock out [[WildSamoan Mark Hunt]], who was famous for shrugging off career-ending strikes to his presumably [[MadeOfIron granite-filled head]]. Manhoef delivered [[http://i40.tinypic.com/14muw47.jpg said KO]] while ''[[MartialArtsDoNotWorkThatWay moving backwards]].'' Unfortunately, even though he's fought at the highest levels of kickboxing and MMA and can put together beautiful offensive combinations, Manhoef's strike defense is quite lacking, and he has been knocked out by mid-level fighters far more often than an elite striker should. More saliently, his grappling skills are pure garbage. For MMA professionals, fighting Manhoef can either end in Melvin decapitating you with a punch, or with him meekly tapping out 15 seconds after the fight hits the mat.

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** [[ScaryBlackMan Bob Sapp]] Wrestling/BobSapp has enough strength to pick up a 260 pound man ''literally'' off the mat and [[http://i26.tinypic.com/2qk76ae.jpg piledrive]] him violently to the ground. Yes, in MMA, where piledrivers are neither safe nor done with compliance from the victim. He beat one of the best kickboxers in the world (Ernesto Hoost) ''twice'' in 2002. Sapp is also known for the trifecta of having a glass chin, possessing very little toughness or heart, and having laughably few grappling skills. He lost in 2009 to a man 150 pounds lighter than him who fancies himself a superhero, sports a mullet, and goes by the name "[[WidgetSeries Minowaman]]."
** Melvin Manhoef, a dutch kickboxer, has truly horrifying punching power. He was the first, and so far only man to ever knock out [[WildSamoan Mark Hunt]], who was famous for shrugging off career-ending strikes to his presumably [[MadeOfIron granite-filled head]]. Manhoef delivered [[http://i40.tinypic.com/14muw47.jpg said KO]] while ''[[MartialArtsDoNotWorkThatWay ''[[ArtisticLicenseMartialArts moving backwards]].'' Unfortunately, even though he's fought at the highest levels of kickboxing and MMA and can put together beautiful offensive combinations, Manhoef's strike defense is quite lacking, and he has been knocked out by mid-level fighters far more often than an elite striker should. More saliently, his grappling skills are pure garbage. For MMA professionals, fighting Manhoef can either end in Melvin decapitating you with a punch, or with him meekly tapping out 15 seconds after the fight hits the mat.



* Combat Robotics has a surprising number of glass cannons. In ''Series/RobotWars'', Razer had an almost unstoppable weapon, but often broke down of its own accord. Tsunami and Wheely Big Cheese had immensely powerful flippers (but the latter was very difficult to aim) but lacked the durability to fight [[LightningBruiser Lightning Bruisers]] like Chaos 2 and [[MightyGlacier Mighty Glaciers]] like Xterminator. In ''Series/BattleBots'', Nightmare had a massive 4 foot diameter spinning disc, and its destructive power was the original reason for the arena having a ceiling, but its wheels were very vulnerable. It lost after having a wheel (and sometimes the gearbox and part of the motor it was attached to) ripped off by horizontal spinners. Many "shell spinners" have huge destructive power, but if they get flipped over, they're toast. Finally, Last Rites, one of the current top-ranked heavyweights, practically defines this trope. Even the most heavily armored opponents cannot simply shrug off blows from its spinning bar, but it is lightly armored, and its wheels are vulnerable to a solid hit to the side. In fact, because its bar is so powerful, and so much weight is poured into the weapon system, it is frequently defeated by the recoil from its own attacks.

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* Combat Robotics has a surprising number of glass cannons. In ''Series/RobotWars'', Razer had an almost unstoppable weapon, but often broke down of its own accord. Tsunami and Wheely Big Cheese had immensely powerful flippers (but the latter was very difficult to aim) but lacked the durability to fight [[LightningBruiser Lightning Bruisers]] {{Lightning Bruiser}}s like Chaos 2 and [[MightyGlacier Mighty Glaciers]] {{Mighty Glacier}}s like Xterminator. In ''Series/BattleBots'', Nightmare had a massive 4 foot diameter spinning disc, and its destructive power was the original reason for the arena having a ceiling, but its wheels were very vulnerable. It lost after having a wheel (and sometimes the gearbox and part of the motor it was attached to) ripped off by horizontal spinners. Many "shell spinners" have huge destructive power, but if they get flipped over, they're toast. Finally, Last Rites, one of the current top-ranked heavyweights, practically defines this trope. Even the most heavily armored opponents cannot simply shrug off blows from its spinning bar, but it is lightly armored, and its wheels are vulnerable to a solid hit to the side. In fact, because its bar is so powerful, and so much weight is poured into the weapon system, it is frequently defeated by the recoil from its own attacks.



* [[AustralianWildlife Irukandji jellyfish]]. They are the size of a fingernail and are so fragile they can't be kept in a tank - they will die from bumping into the glass. They also have venom that, while not particularly lethal, will hurt you so very much that you will wish it was.

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* [[AustralianWildlife [[UsefulNotes/AustralianWildlife Irukandji jellyfish]]. They are the size of a fingernail and are so fragile they can't be kept in a tank - they will die from bumping into the glass. They also have venom that, while not particularly lethal, will hurt you so very much that you will wish it was.



* The [[DirtyCommies Soviet Union]] produced an example. The 2B1 Oka was the largest self-propelled artillery piece ever built, and could fire a 420mm ''nuclear projectile'' from it's 65-foot-long barrel up to 28 miles downrange. Unfortunately, the recoil of such a monster cannon was too powerful, damaging the gun mount, snapping the treads, and tearing up the transmission. Assuming it even could fire a second shot, it would be effectively a stationary artillery piece.

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* The [[DirtyCommies [[DirtyCommunists Soviet Union]] produced an example. The 2B1 Oka was the largest self-propelled artillery piece ever built, and could fire a 420mm ''nuclear projectile'' from it's 65-foot-long barrel up to 28 miles downrange. Unfortunately, the recoil of such a monster cannon was too powerful, damaging the gun mount, snapping the treads, and tearing up the transmission. Assuming it even could fire a second shot, it would be effectively a stationary artillery piece.



** Japan was not alone in this design philosophy in the 1930s. So called "Treaty Cruisers" would often pair heavy armament with light armor, hoping to maximise their combat utility while staying within the letter of the treaty. More than one American cruiser similarly saw its weight balooning over the treaty limit when modifications had to be made when the initial design proved subpar for various reasons, to include seaworthiness (adding weight to the bottom of the ship was the simplest way to make it more stable in rough seas). A later revision to the treaty redefined cruisers based on their armament rather than tonnage, meaning that several of these light cruisers found themselves redefined as very thin-skinned heavy cruisers shortly before WorldWarII.

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** Japan was not alone in this design philosophy in the 1930s. So called "Treaty Cruisers" would often pair heavy armament with light armor, hoping to maximise their combat utility while staying within the letter of the treaty. More than one American cruiser similarly saw its weight balooning over the treaty limit when modifications had to be made when the initial design proved subpar for various reasons, to include seaworthiness (adding weight to the bottom of the ship was the simplest way to make it more stable in rough seas). A later revision to the treaty redefined cruisers based on their armament rather than tonnage, meaning that several of these light cruisers found themselves redefined as very thin-skinned heavy cruisers shortly before WorldWarII.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.



* A typical characteristic of Italian war machines since WorldWarI:

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* A typical characteristic of Italian war machines since WorldWarI:UsefulNotes/WorldWarI:



** In early WorldWarII, the main fighter aircraft of the Royal Italian Air Force was the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiat_CR.42 Fiat CR.42]], a ''biplane''. As such it was extremely manouverable, and was even fast for a biplane (top speed of 441 kph, with an experimental variant being the fastest biplane ''ever'' with a top speed of 525 kpm), but was even flimsier than the Zero, and once the Allied pilots adapted to it their superior speed and toughness, alongside the heavier armament, started decimating the Italian biplanes.

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** In early WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the main fighter aircraft of the Royal Italian Air Force was the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiat_CR.42 Fiat CR.42]], a ''biplane''. As such it was extremely manouverable, and was even fast for a biplane (top speed of 441 kph, with an experimental variant being the fastest biplane ''ever'' with a top speed of 525 kpm), but was even flimsier than the Zero, and once the Allied pilots adapted to it their superior speed and toughness, alongside the heavier armament, started decimating the Italian biplanes.



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* Many power wrestlers tend to be injury prone, such as Wrestling/MarkHenry and [[Wrestling/DavidHeath Gangrel]] and [[Wrestling/CarleneMoore Jazz]].

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* Many power wrestlers tend to be injury prone, such as Wrestling/MarkHenry and [[Wrestling/DavidHeath Gangrel]] and [[Wrestling/CarleneMoore Jazz]]. Wrestling/{{Batista}}'s case was lampshaded by Wrestling/TripleH, who teased an Wrestling/{{Evolution}} reunion to deal with Legacy, only to reject the idea because Randy was a jerk and Dave was always hurt.



* Wrestling/{{WSU}} has many examples, such as The Human Tornado (before they became an All Women's fed in 2007), Marti Belle (large spirit, small frame), The Fly Girls (simply short), the [[Wrestling/AJLee A]]C Express (great at countering moves, tend to be gone as soon as they don't).

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* Wrestling/{{WSU}} has many examples, such as The Human Tornado (before they became an All Women's fed in 2007), Marti Belle (large spirit, small frame), The Fly Girls (simply (Niya's really strong anyway but both tend to get tossed around simply because they're so short), the [[Wrestling/AJLee A]]C Express (great at countering moves, tend to be gone as soon as they don't).



* [[Wrestling/BlackRose La Rosa Negra]]'s self appointed bodyguard Noemi Bosques. One of the top ten bantam weight boxers in the world, one of the top three in the country. Boxing bantam weight's 110-118lbs, making [[FanNickname NONO]] noticeably smaller than her charge.
%%* Manny Ferno in Puerto Rican EWO. Perhaps the best spear in the business("una lanza incredible!"), but he's much smaller than most men who use the move.
%%* Wrestling/{{Batista}}. Promptly lampshaded by Wrestling/TripleH, who teased an Wrestling/{{Evolution}} reunion to deal with Legacy, only to reject the idea because Randy was a jerk and Dave was always hurt.

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* [[Wrestling/BlackRose La Rosa Negra]]'s self appointed bodyguard Noemi Bosques. One of the top ten bantam weight boxers in the world, one of the top three in the country. country, most of Rosa's would be assailants shrink away from her fist and those that don't get floored. Boxing bantam weight's 110-118lbs, making [[FanNickname NONO]] noticeably smaller than her charge.
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charge and quickly brushed aside by the few who managed to get her before she could land a punch.
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Manny Ferno in Puerto Rican EWO. Perhaps the best spear in the business("una lanza incredible!"), but he's much smaller than most men who use the move.
%%* Wrestling/{{Batista}}. Promptly lampshaded by Wrestling/TripleH, who teased an Wrestling/{{Evolution}} reunion
move, to deal with Legacy, only to reject the idea because Randy was a jerk and Dave was always hurt.point one of his other moves, which involves putting his weight on the back of his opponent's neck, has seen him flung skywards.
24th Apr '16 11:24:50 PM Alceister
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** Modern wheeled tank destroyers are armed with large calibre guns and very mobile, though lacking in armour. [[JustifiedTrope They're not supposed to take on enemy tanks unless necessary]], as their main missions being tactical recon, fire support, and rapid deployment.

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** Modern wheeled tank destroyers are armed with large calibre guns and very mobile, though lacking in armour. [[JustifiedTrope They're not supposed to take on enemy tanks unless necessary]], as their main missions being are tactical recon, reconnaissance and fire support, and rapid deployment.support.
24th Apr '16 11:24:08 PM Alceister
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** Modern wheeled tank destroyers are armed with large calibre guns and very mobile, though lacking in armour. [[JustifiedTrope they're not supposed to take on enemy tanks unless necessary]], their main missions being tactical recon, fire support, and rapid deployment.

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** Modern wheeled tank destroyers are armed with large calibre guns and very mobile, though lacking in armour. [[JustifiedTrope they're They're not supposed to take on enemy tanks unless necessary]], as their main missions being tactical recon, fire support, and rapid deployment.
24th Apr '16 11:23:18 PM Alceister
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* Many telepaths in ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}},'' such as Professor X, have powerful PsychicPowers but very weak physical attacks, and aren't of much use against opponents immune to telepathy (like robots).

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* Many telepaths in ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}},'' such as Professor X, have powerful PsychicPowers but very weak physical attacks, [[SquishyWizard are extremely poor at defending themselves]], and aren't of much use against opponents immune to telepathy (like robots).



* ''Film/XMen'': Professor Charles Xavier is basically the mutant equivalent of a SquishyWizard. His psychic abilities are unrivaled, but he's slight in stature, a NonActionGuy, and a spinal cord injury has turned him into a paraplegic.

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* ''Film/XMen'': The ''Film/XMen'' series generally takes Professor Charles Xavier is basically Xavier's considerable telepathic powers UpToEleven by allowing him to take control of minds halfway across the mutant equivalent of a SquishyWizard. His psychic abilities are unrivaled, but world, [[spoiler: potentially commit ''genocide'', and even transfer his consciousness to his comatose twin brother]]. Again, he's slight in stature, a NonActionGuy, paralyzed from the waist down and restricted to a spinal cord injury has turned him into a paraplegic. wheelchair, though for different reasons from the comics.



* ''Franchise/StarWars'' has TIE Interceptors, whose armament - twice or even occasionally thrice that of the more widespread TIE Fighters - means they actually represent a threat... for a short while. Their shielding is no better than that of the Fighters (that is, none whatsoever), so they break apart as soon as someone shines a laser pointer at them. [[FridgeLogic Though if one actually watches the films]], Rebel fighters actually die just as easily when [[PlotArmor not flown by main characters.]] So one wonders what those shields are for.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'' has TIE Interceptors, whose armament - twice or even occasionally thrice that of the more widespread TIE Fighters - means they actually represent a threat... for a short while. Their shielding is no better than that of the Fighters (that is, is to say, they have none whatsoever), so they break apart as soon as someone shines a laser pointer at them. [[FridgeLogic Though if one actually watches the films]], Rebel fighters actually die just as easily when [[PlotArmor not flown by main characters.]] So one wonders what those shields are for.



* In ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'', the Blanks have inhuman strength and agility, but you could burst their heads open with a well-thrown punch. This probably explains why our heroes, a bunch of a middle-aged out-of-shape men, are able to deal with crowds of them.
* In ''Film/GodzillaVsMegaguirus'', Megaguirus is so fast she can FlashStep circles around Godzilla, and strong enough to knock him around and pick him up. Once Godzilla gets a good hit in, she's finished.

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* In ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'', the Blanks have inhuman strength and agility, but you could burst their heads open with a well-thrown punch. This probably explains why our heroes, a bunch of a middle-aged middle-aged, out-of-shape men, are able to deal with crowds of them.
* In ''Film/GodzillaVsMegaguirus'', Megaguirus is so fast she can FlashStep circles around Godzilla, and strong enough to knock him around and pick him up. Once Godzilla gets a good hit in, in however, she's finished.
23rd Apr '16 5:14:00 PM siberia82
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* Katniss of ''Film/TheHungerGames'' is a quickdraw with a bow and takes out several competitors in seconds. Compared to the opposition she is untrained in how to fight up close and is slowed down significantly by relatively minor injuries.

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* Katniss of ''Film/TheHungerGames'' is a quickdraw with a bow and takes out several competitors in seconds. Compared to the opposition opposition, she is untrained in how to fight up close close, and is slowed down significantly by relatively minor injuries.injuries.
* ''Film/XMen'': Professor Charles Xavier is basically the mutant equivalent of a SquishyWizard. His psychic abilities are unrivaled, but he's slight in stature, a NonActionGuy, and a spinal cord injury has turned him into a paraplegic.
23rd Apr '16 6:38:26 AM Alceister
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* The Mitsubishi [=A6M=] Zero was extremely fragile, with no armor and fuel tanks that would leak continuously from even the smallest puncture instead of sealing like Allied tanks, so that even the most minor glancing hit could destroy it. It also had better armament than many of its rivals and could blast apart most early Allied aircraft with a single burst (though the 20mm cannons that managed this carried very little ammo and the 7.7mm machine guns where completely useless against the famously tough American planes), and exceptional agility. But once planes like the [=F6F=] Hellcat and [=F4U=] Corsair, which humiliated it in every respect bar low-speed agility, showed up in numbers, it was just [[IncrediblyLamePun plane]] glass.

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* The legendary Mitsubishi [=A6M=] Zero, known for its exceptional agility, also had better armament than many of its rivals at the time of its introduction: many aircraft did not begin to incorporate 20mm cannon as main armament until after 1940, and the Zero had two of them, along with two machine guns. However, it was extremely fragile, with no armor and fuel tanks that would leak continuously from even the smallest puncture instead of sealing like Allied tanks, so that even tanks. Multiple hits by machine gun bullets will literally tear the most minor glancing hit could destroy it. It also had better armament than many of its rivals and could blast apart most early Allied aircraft with Zero apart, whereas a single burst (though the 20mm cannons that managed this carried very little ammo and the 7.7mm machine guns where completely useless against the famously tough American planes), and exceptional agility. But once planes like the [=F6F=] Hellcat and [=F4U=] Corsair, which humiliated hit from a cannon shell will almost certainly turn it in every respect bar low-speed agility, showed up in numbers, it was just [[IncrediblyLamePun plane]] glass.into a fireball.
22nd Apr '16 2:15:31 PM Alceister
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* The UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}}n army of UsefulNotes/FrederickTheGreat was renowned for its extensive drilling and exceptional discipline, complementing Frederick's aggressive tactics. It worked very well when it was racking up victories under Frederick, who understood some of the army's considerable weaknesses; it could not undertake offensive operations for long periods of time and would take enormous casualties when his opponents did not break and run when outmanoeuvred. Moreover, it was largely comprised of conscripts and mercenaries, neither of whom could be considered particularly loyal. After his death, his army fell apart and by the time of the UsefulNotes/NapoleonicWars, it was a PaperTiger.

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* The UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}}n army of UsefulNotes/FrederickTheGreat was renowned for its extensive drilling and exceptional discipline, complementing Frederick's aggressive tactics. It worked very well when it was racking up victories under Frederick, who understood some of the army's considerable weaknesses; it could not undertake offensive operations for long periods of time and would take enormous casualties when his opponents did not break and run when outmanoeuvred.if it got bogged down in prolonged fighting. Moreover, it was largely comprised of conscripts and mercenaries, neither of whom could be considered particularly loyal. After his death, his army fell apart and by the time of the UsefulNotes/NapoleonicWars, it was a PaperTiger.
22nd Apr '16 2:11:48 PM Alceister
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* The UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}}n army of UsefulNotes/FrederickTheGreat was renowned for its extensive drilling and exceptional discipline, complementing Frederick's aggressive tactics. It worked very well when it was racking up victories under Frederick, who understood some of the army's considerable weaknesses; it could not undertake offensive operations for long periods of time and was largely comprised of conscripts and mercenaries, neither of whom could be considered particularly loyal. After his death, his army fell apart and by the time of the UsefulNotes/NapoleonicWars, it was a PaperTiger.

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* The UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}}n army of UsefulNotes/FrederickTheGreat was renowned for its extensive drilling and exceptional discipline, complementing Frederick's aggressive tactics. It worked very well when it was racking up victories under Frederick, who understood some of the army's considerable weaknesses; it could not undertake offensive operations for long periods of time and would take enormous casualties when his opponents did not break and run when outmanoeuvred. Moreover, it was largely comprised of conscripts and mercenaries, neither of whom could be considered particularly loyal. After his death, his army fell apart and by the time of the UsefulNotes/NapoleonicWars, it was a PaperTiger.
22nd Apr '16 10:44:32 AM DraceEmpressa
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Prevalent in {{R|olePlayingGame}}PGs and {{fighting game}}s, as the cast needs to be big enough that "takes hits like a chump" becomes a viable character trait. In [=RPG=]s, the Glass Cannon tends to be a SquishyWizard. Artillery or archer units in RealTimeStrategy and TurnBasedStrategy games also tend to have this trait, as they're meant to be far away from combat, or at least in the back of the formation. If a boss happens to be a Glass Cannon, that's a RushBoss.

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Prevalent in {{R|olePlayingGame}}PGs and {{fighting game}}s, as the cast needs to be big enough that "takes hits like a chump" becomes a viable character trait. In [=RPG=]s, the Glass Cannon tends to be a SquishyWizard. Not all SquishyWizard are completely Glass Cannon, though. A SquishyWizard still can have decent or good ''magical'' defense but abysmal physical defense. Artillery or archer units in RealTimeStrategy and TurnBasedStrategy games also tend to have this trait, as they're meant to be far away from combat, or at least in the back of the formation. If a boss happens to be a Glass Cannon, that's a RushBoss.
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