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* Many of the heroes on ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'' have logical drawbacks to their powers:

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* Many of the heroes on ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'' ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'' have logical drawbacks to their powers:



* ''[[LightNovel/{{Overlord2012}} Overlord]]'' has Entoma Vasilissa Zeta. Since Entoma uses insects to fight and is herself part insect, insecticides and such are extremely effective against her. It also has archer ace Peroroncino, who is logically really weak in narrow, cramped passages.

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* ''[[LightNovel/{{Overlord2012}} Overlord]]'' ''LightNovel/{{Overlord|2012}}'' has Entoma Vasilissa Zeta. Since Entoma uses insects to fight and is herself part insect, insecticides and such are extremely effective against her. It also has archer ace Peroroncino, who is logically really weak in narrow, cramped passages.



* The Dragonslayer in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' is one of the few non magic weapons that can kill Apostles (the other few being cannonballs and explosives) with relative ease in short time. It works on the physics of swinging an eight foot tall slab of five hundred pounds of iron into someone until it dies, meaning only someone as absurdly strong as Guts can actually wield it. However it did end up having magic ability from the blood of the monsters.

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* The Dragonslayer in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' is one of the few non magic non-magic weapons that can kill Apostles (the other few being cannonballs and explosives) with relative ease in short time. It works on the physics of swinging an eight foot tall slab of five hundred pounds of iron into someone until it dies, meaning only someone as absurdly strong as Guts can actually wield it. However it did end up having magic ability from the blood of the monsters.



** Assimilating others helps Super Buu grow stronger by gaining their powers, abilities, and memories. However, this also forces Buu to absorb their weaknesses, too—both physical and mental. His absorption of Gotenks gave him a major power boost, but that only lasted as long as their fusion limit, at which point he was left with the far weaker Goten and Trunks.

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** Assimilating others helps Super Buu grow stronger by gaining their powers, abilities, and memories. However, this also forces Buu to absorb their weaknesses, too—both too -- both physical and mental. His absorption of Gotenks gave him a major power boost, but that only lasted as long as their fusion limit, at which point he was left with the far weaker Goten and Trunks.



*** This weakness resurfaces, to much more effect, when Kenshiro faces Souther, who, having his HeartInTheWrongPlace, has all the pressure points switched around. This invulnerability also vanishes if the Hokuto practitioner can figure its source-and while Kenshiro only manages during their rematch, Toki, a trained ''medic'', knew it from the start

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*** ** This weakness resurfaces, to much more effect, when Kenshiro faces Souther, who, having his HeartInTheWrongPlace, has all the pressure points switched around. This invulnerability also vanishes if the Hokuto practitioner can figure its source-and source -- and while Kenshiro only manages during their rematch, Toki, a trained ''medic'', knew it from the startstart.



** Rei's Nanto Shuicho Ken technique relies on fast and graceful movements, and thus on his legs. Yuda gained the upper hand in their fight by ''flooding the whole area'', thus making him sluggish (and, to play it safe, kept the distance while spamming an attack that worked at distance, something Rei had no equivalent of).

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** Rei's Nanto Shuicho Ken technique relies on fast and graceful movements, and thus on his legs. Yuda gained gains the upper hand in their fight by ''flooding the whole area'', thus making him sluggish (and, to play it safe, kept the distance while spamming an attack that worked at distance, something Rei had has no equivalent of).



*** During his temporary blindness, Kenshiro found himself in a similar situation. He swiftly dealt with his attackers thanks to his new ability to summon the skills of his late allies, including Shuu.

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*** ** During his temporary blindness, Kenshiro found himself in a similar situation. He swiftly dealt with his attackers thanks to his new ability to summon the skills of his late allies, including Shuu.



* {{Subverted}} with Gamagoori Ira's Shackle Regalia in ''Anime/KillLaKill'': it has to be hit repeatedly to unleash the Scourge Regalia, and has no other offensive capabilities, as it trusses him up like a mummy. Obviously, this means that if you don't attack him, he's helpless - except that he can also ''hit himself'' to unleash the Scourge Regalia, as Ryuko finds out the hard way.

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* {{Subverted}} with Gamagoori Ira's Shackle Regalia in ''Anime/KillLaKill'': it has to be hit repeatedly to unleash the Scourge Regalia, and has no other offensive capabilities, as it trusses him up like a mummy. Obviously, this means that if you don't attack him, he's helpless - -- except that he can also ''hit himself'' to unleash the Scourge Regalia, as Ryuko finds out the hard way.



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* [[ComicBook/Batgirl2000 Cassandra Cain's]] ability to predict her opponent's moves makes her practically unbeatable in hand-to-hand combat. The only problem is that her abilities rely on her incredible knowledge of human body language, meaning that it's practically useless against aliens, robots, and even some metahumans. In other settings this wouldn't be much of an issue, but given that it's [[FantasyKitchenSink the DCU]], she tends to run into this problem fairly often, though thankfully she's still borderline superhuman in her strength and agility.
** Notably, Cassandra also ran into problems when facing the ComicBook/TheJoker, of all people. While he would normally not be considered a good enough fighter to pose a threat to a martial artist of her caliber, she has a hard time reading him because, as Batman puts it, "his body language just comes out as gibberish".

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* [[ComicBook/Batgirl2000 ''ComicBook/Batgirl2000'' Cassandra Cain's]] Cain's ability to predict her opponent's moves makes her practically unbeatable in hand-to-hand combat. The only problem is that her abilities rely on her incredible knowledge of human body language, meaning that it's practically useless against aliens, robots, and even some metahumans. In other settings this wouldn't be much of an issue, but given that it's [[FantasyKitchenSink the DCU]], she tends to run into this problem fairly often, though thankfully she's still borderline superhuman in her strength and agility.
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agility. Notably, Cassandra also ran into problems when facing the ComicBook/TheJoker, of all people. While he would normally not be considered a good enough fighter to pose a threat to a martial artist of her caliber, she has a hard time reading him because, as Batman puts it, "his body language just comes out as gibberish".gibberish."



* ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} of ComicBook/XMen can't pass through metal detectors because of his skeleton. He is also vulnerable to magnets. (This doesn't stop him from attacking ComicBook/{{Magneto}} as if he doesn't remember what happened the [[CurbStompBattle last zillion times]].)
** Of course, this doesn't stop him in any story that requires him to travel by plane. At least once this has been played for laughs, with Wolverine and another character walking out of an airport while she comments on how she's always wondered how he got through metal detectors and now she knows. The reader, of course, is not privy to this information.
** Once, he walked into the Pentagon, and showed a medical certificate stating he has metallic prosthetics due to war injuries. Not far from the truth.
** In the Ultimate Universe, he once got in by sticking a (fake) grenade into some guy's bag so airport security would freak out and he could sneak past the detectors in all the confusion... Ultimate Wolverine is a bit more of a {{Jerkass}} than regular Wolverine.
** There's also the fact that having his entire skeleton coated in adamantium would kill him without his HealingFactor: Not only is adamantium toxic, (there's a reason real-life prosthesis involves biologically inert metals like titanium) but it would prevent his marrow from functioning properly.

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* ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} of ComicBook/XMen ''ComicBook/XMen'':
** ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}:
*** He
can't pass through metal detectors because of his skeleton. He is also vulnerable to magnets. (This doesn't stop him from attacking ComicBook/{{Magneto}} as if he doesn't remember what happened the [[CurbStompBattle last zillion times]].)
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) Of course, this doesn't stop him in any story that requires him to travel by plane. At least once this has been played for laughs, with Wolverine and another character walking out of an airport while she comments on how she's always wondered how he got through metal detectors and now she knows. The reader, of course, is not privy to this information.
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information. Once, he walked into the Pentagon, and showed a medical certificate stating he has metallic prosthetics due to war injuries. Not far from the truth.
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truth. In the Ultimate Universe, he once got in by sticking a (fake) grenade into some guy's bag so airport security would freak out and he could sneak past the detectors in all the confusion... Ultimate Wolverine is a bit more of a {{Jerkass}} than regular Wolverine.
** *** There's also the fact that having his entire skeleton coated in adamantium would kill him without his HealingFactor: Not only is adamantium toxic, (there's a reason real-life prosthesis involves biologically inert metals like titanium) but it would prevent his marrow from functioning properly.



* Humorous example verging on a WeaksauceWeakness: the Sandman was first defeated when SpiderMan ''vacuumed him up.''
** He also once teamed up with Hydro-Man, until they realized that if they touched, they combined into a sort of composite sludge monster. They got stuck that way for a while. When they separated, Sandman was so traumatized he pulled a HeelFaceTurn, at least [[StatusQuoIsGod for a while]].
** Similarly, intense heat or electric attacks can turn him to glass. Sometimes when fighting the Sinister Six, Spidey and other heroes use DeadlyDodging to get Electro to do this.
* [[ComicBook/KittyPryde Shadowcat]] of the ComicBook/XMen can only stay phased inside an object as long as she can hold her breath. When the character debuted, it was pretty clear that she couldn't breathe ''at all'' while phased, which made sense because air, while not solid, would still be out-of-phase relative to Kitty.
** This was either a source of FridgeBrilliance because there's no air inside solid objects, and the air wouldn't move with her. It would just dissipate.
** This limitation was invoked for story reasons, to make the character sometimes vulnerable when in costume. It changed to its current interpretation around the time of the Mutant Massacre, when she got injured and her default state became "phased". If she couldn't breathe while phased, this would have killed her quickly.
** Also [[RequiredSecondaryPowers averted]] in that she is never shown [[RequiredSecondaryPowers dropping through the center of the Earth]] whenever she phases, so it is assumed she can apparently create phase boundaries on the soles of her feet allowing her to walk on solid ground even though she is out of phase with it. She examined the FridgeLogic of this and learned that 'down' was what she made of it. She can walk on ''nothing,'' a power that she's used to great effect on several occasions.
*** Used as a weakness in one instance, when a BrainwashedAndCrazy Wolverine attacks her by stabbing her not-phased foot. Ouch.
* Colossus of the Comicbook/{{X-Men}} can turn himself into organic steel completely, including all the internal workings of his body. Apparently he does not have blood in this form (and neither does it require it). One downside to this is that if something does manage to injure him through the NighInvulnerable status, turning back into the more frail and bleeding human form would be a Very Bad Idea. Fortunately he can still heal with time. In his metal form, the equivalent of setting broken bones requires heavy machinery.

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* Humorous example verging on a WeaksauceWeakness: the Sandman was first defeated when SpiderMan ''vacuumed him up.''
** He also once teamed up with Hydro-Man, until they realized that if they touched, they combined into a sort of composite sludge monster. They got stuck that way for a while. When they separated, Sandman was so traumatized he pulled a HeelFaceTurn, at least [[StatusQuoIsGod for a while]].
** Similarly, intense heat or electric attacks can turn him to glass. Sometimes when fighting the Sinister Six, Spidey and other heroes use DeadlyDodging to get Electro to do this.
*
[[ComicBook/KittyPryde Shadowcat]] of the ComicBook/XMen Shadowcat]]:
*** She
can only stay phased inside an object as long as she can hold her breath. When the character debuted, it was pretty clear that she couldn't breathe ''at all'' while phased, which made sense because air, while not solid, would still be out-of-phase relative to Kitty.
**
Kitty. This was either a source of FridgeBrilliance because there's no air inside solid objects, and the air wouldn't move with her. It would just dissipate.
**
dissipate. This limitation was invoked for story reasons, to make the character sometimes vulnerable when in costume. It changed to its current interpretation around the time of the Mutant Massacre, when she got injured and her default state became "phased". If she couldn't breathe while phased, this would have killed her quickly.
** *** Also [[RequiredSecondaryPowers averted]] in that she is never shown [[RequiredSecondaryPowers dropping through the center of the Earth]] whenever she phases, so it is assumed she can apparently create phase boundaries on the soles of her feet allowing her to walk on solid ground even though she is out of phase with it. She examined the FridgeLogic of this and learned that 'down' "down" was what she made of it. She can walk on ''nothing,'' a power that she's used to great effect on several occasions.
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occasions. Used as a weakness in one instance, when a BrainwashedAndCrazy Wolverine attacks her by stabbing her not-phased foot. Ouch.
* ** Colossus of the Comicbook/{{X-Men}} can turn himself into organic steel completely, including all the internal workings of his body. Apparently he does not have blood in this form (and neither does it require it). One downside to this is that if something does manage to injure him through the NighInvulnerable status, turning back into the more frail and bleeding human form would be a Very Bad Idea. Fortunately he can still heal with time. In his metal form, the equivalent of setting broken bones requires heavy machinery.machinery.
* ComicBook/SpiderMan'':
** The Sandman:
*** Humorous example verging on a WeaksauceWeakness: the Sandman was first defeated when Spider-Man ''vacuumed him up.''
*** He also once teamed up with Hydro-Man, until they realized that if they touched, they combined into a sort of composite sludge monster. They got stuck that way for a while. When they separated, Sandman was so traumatized he pulled a HeelFaceTurn, at least [[StatusQuoIsGod for a while]].
*** Similarly, intense heat or electric attacks can turn him to glass. Sometimes when fighting the Sinister Six, Spidey and other heroes use DeadlyDodging to get Electro to do this.
** Spider-Man:
*** He has been shown to be susceptible to pesticides that affect spiders. He can't stick to surfaces that are sufficiently slick.
*** His {{spider sense}} can also be rendered useless or even a drawback if faced with overwhelming danger from multiple sources. ComicBook/IronMan also proved that if Peter can build a tracer that emits a signal detectable by his spider sense, then others can build devices to trigger false positives in his spider sense, rendering one of his greatest advantages useless.
*** Peter was the main host to the Venom symbiote for a while before he got rid of it. The close connection meant that the Symbiote has an understanding of every part of his physiology, including the Spidey-Sense, and has adapted itself to not set it off. Venom is one of the few foes who Peter can't see coming.
*** The sense isn't very specific, and can thus be fooled by misdirection. For instance, in one ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' story, the Punisher set a trap with a Dr. Octopus dummy and a bomb. Spidey assumed that his danger sense was going off because he was about to tangle with Doc Ock and never realized the real threat until too late.



* While not his most prominent weakness, Franchise/{{Superman}} is at least hurt by high powered sonics. His SuperSenses and invulnerability seem to roughly cancel each other out in this instance.
** His weakness to red sunlight fits as his powers depend specifically on yellow sunlight. The ComicBook/{{New 52}} and ''Film/ManOfSteel'' version depend on multiple factors of Earth's atmosphere for their powers, thus exposure to a Krypton like atmosphere can shut his powers down.
** His super resistance to injury proved a problem when he was shot with a kryptonite bullet and needed surgery. Fortunately, the surgeon was clever enough to use a shard of the bullet he could access to weaken Superman just enough to make the incisions necessary to extract the rest.
* Quite a few heroes with regeneration powers have logical weaknesses as a result. ComicBook/SavageDragon's bones will knit wrong if not set quickly (forcing him to re-break them), Claire from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' avoids this by having her healing not kick in until foreign objects are removed and bones set but this obviously has its own drawbacks as Claire can be stuck unconscious until someone happens along to help her. Batman once faced a dilemma trying to remove a kryptonite bullet from Superman as the wound was closing around the bullet too quickly and he was still tough enough to resist surgical instruments. SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}'s regeneration does not mix well with his cancer.
** Deadpool's regeneration is actually tailored to work ''with'' his cancer. It replaces cells killed off by the cancer at around the same rate that the cells are killed off, with room to spare for other wounds and injuries. A group of Skrulls, during the Secret Invasion storyline, tried to make a group of Skrulls with his healing factor... but without the cancer to hold the healing in check, they overhealed and exploded.
** FridgeLogic hits hard though when you remember that cancer ''itself'' is uncontrolled cell growth.
*** Which his healing factor cuts down to normal-ish levels. His entire body is pretty much one big human-shaped mass of cancer cells, constantly dying and regenerating again. Is it any wonder why he's completely, utterly insane?
* SpiderMan has been shown to be susceptible to pesticides that affect spiders. He can't stick to surfaces that are sufficiently slick. His {{spider sense}} can also be rendered useless or even a drawback if faced with overwhelming danger from multiple sources.
** IronMan also proved that if Peter can build a tracer that emits a signal detectable by his spider sense, then others can build devices to trigger false positives in his spider sense, rendering one of his greatest advantages useless.
** Peter was the main host to the Venom symbiote for a while before he got rid of it. The close connection meant that the Symbiote has an understanding of every part of his physiology, including the Spidey-Sense, and has adapted itself to not set it off. Venom is one of the few foes who Peter can't see coming.
** The sense isn't very specific, and can thus be fooled by misdirection. For instance, in one ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' story, the Punisher set a trap with a Dr. Octopus dummy and a bomb. Spidey assumed that his danger sense was going off because he was about to tangle with Doc Ock and never realized the real threat until too late.

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* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'':
**
While not his most prominent weakness, Franchise/{{Superman}} Superman is at least hurt by high powered high-powered sonics. His SuperSenses and invulnerability seem to roughly cancel each other out in this instance.
** His weakness to red sunlight fits as his powers depend specifically on yellow sunlight. The ComicBook/{{New 52}} ComicBook/New52 and ''Film/ManOfSteel'' version depend on multiple factors of Earth's atmosphere for their powers, thus exposure to a Krypton like Krypton-like atmosphere can shut his powers down.
** His super resistance to injury proved proves a problem when he was is shot with a kryptonite bullet and needed needs surgery. Fortunately, the surgeon was is clever enough to use a shard of the bullet he could access to weaken Superman just enough to make the incisions necessary to extract the rest.
* Quite a few heroes with regeneration powers have logical weaknesses as a result. ComicBook/SavageDragon's bones will knit wrong if not set quickly (forcing him to re-break them), Claire from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' avoids this by having her healing not kick in until foreign objects are removed and bones set but this obviously has its own drawbacks as Claire can be stuck unconscious until someone happens along to help her. Batman once faced a dilemma trying to remove a kryptonite bullet from Superman as the wound was closing around the bullet too quickly and he was still tough enough to resist surgical instruments. SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}'s regeneration does not mix well with his cancer.
** Deadpool's
instruments.
* ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}'s
regeneration is actually tailored to work ''with'' his cancer. It replaces cells killed off by the cancer at around the same rate that the cells are killed off, with room to spare for other wounds and injuries. A group of Skrulls, during the Secret Invasion storyline, tried to make a group of Skrulls with his healing factor... but without the cancer to hold the healing in check, they overhealed and exploded.
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exploded. FridgeLogic hits hard though when you remember that cancer ''itself'' is uncontrolled cell growth.
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growth. Which his healing factor cuts down to normal-ish levels. His entire body is pretty much one big human-shaped mass of cancer cells, constantly dying and regenerating again. Is it any wonder why he's completely, utterly insane?
* SpiderMan has been shown to be susceptible to pesticides that affect spiders. He can't stick to surfaces that are sufficiently slick. His {{spider sense}} can also be rendered useless or even a drawback if faced with overwhelming danger from multiple sources.
** IronMan also proved that if Peter can build a tracer that emits a signal detectable by his spider sense, then others can build devices to trigger false positives in his spider sense, rendering one of his greatest advantages useless.
** Peter was the main host to the Venom symbiote for a while before he got rid of it. The close connection meant that the Symbiote has an understanding of every part of his physiology, including the Spidey-Sense, and has adapted itself to not set it off. Venom is one of the few foes who Peter can't see coming.
** The sense isn't very specific, and can thus be fooled by misdirection. For instance, in one ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' story, the Punisher set a trap with a Dr. Octopus dummy and a bomb. Spidey assumed that his danger sense was going off because he was about to tangle with Doc Ock and never realized the real threat until too late.
insane?



** DC's ComicBook/{{Zatanna}}, who activates her magic by speaking backwards, has the same problem. She's one of the DC Universe's top magic users, but, because she needs to verbalize her spells, she can be rendered helpless if she's made unable to speak, which led to her being frequently (especially in her early days) BoundAndGagged. Recent comics have come up with creative ways to work with this, such as a Batman comic where the Joker shot her in the throat so she couldn't talk, but she managed to write a spell in her blood. Perhaps due to the frequency with which she finds her sorcery rendered useless, Zatanna eventually started working out and taking combat lessons. She was even briefly able to hold her own in a fight against Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} after the villainess duct-taped her mouth shut.

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** DC's ComicBook/{{Zatanna}}, who activates her magic by speaking backwards, has the same problem. She's one of the DC Universe's top magic users, but, because she needs to verbalize her spells, she can be rendered helpless if she's made unable to speak, which led to her being frequently (especially in her early days) BoundAndGagged. Recent comics have come up with creative ways to work with this, such as a Batman comic where the Joker shot her in the throat so she couldn't talk, but she managed to write a spell in her blood. Perhaps due to the frequency with which she finds her sorcery rendered useless, Zatanna eventually started working out and taking combat lessons. She was even briefly able to hold her own in a fight against Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} after the villainess duct-taped her mouth shut.



* When Mr. X joined the Comicbook/{{Thunderbolts}}, he bragged at length about being able to predict every move his opponents made based on a combination of low-level telepathy and reading body language. This served him well until he came up against Comicbook/{{Quicksilver}}. Suddenly, being able to predict his opponent's moves didn't help at all since he still wasn't fast enough to counter them.

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* When Mr. X joined the Comicbook/{{Thunderbolts}}, ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}, he bragged at length about being able to predict every move his opponents made based on a combination of low-level telepathy and reading body language. This served him well until he came up against Comicbook/{{Quicksilver}}.ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}}. Suddenly, being able to predict his opponent's moves didn't help at all since he still wasn't fast enough to counter them.



* {{ComicBook/Taskmaster}} has the power to copy the skills and movements of anyone. However this doesn't grant him RequiredSecondaryPowers, which can potentially render a copied skill useless; he once copied someone's diving abilities only to nearly drown when it turned out he hadn't bothered to copy the ability to ''swim''. His copying powers also overwrite his memories and own skills, as he still has the mental capacity of a normal person; not only has he forgotten how to perform some basic menial tasks but he's also forgotten most of his childhood, his ex-wife, and possibly even his daughter.

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* {{ComicBook/Taskmaster}} ComicBook/{{Taskmaster}} has the power to copy the skills and movements of anyone. However this doesn't grant him RequiredSecondaryPowers, which can potentially render a copied skill useless; he once copied someone's diving abilities only to nearly drown when it turned out he hadn't bothered to copy the ability to ''swim''. His copying powers also overwrite his memories and own skills, as he still has the mental capacity of a normal person; not only has he forgotten how to perform some basic menial tasks but he's also forgotten most of his childhood, his ex-wife, and possibly even his daughter.



* [[{{ComicBook/Daredevil}} Daredevil's]] radar senses are pretty useful most of the time. Too bad they can become blurred and disorienting if there are too many objects around at once. Plus his strong senses mean he's sensitive to extremely loud noises. The movie depicts him as having to rest in a sensory deprivation tank to be able to sleep.

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* [[{{ComicBook/Daredevil}} Daredevil's]] ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}:
** His
radar senses are pretty useful most of the time. Too bad they can become blurred and disorienting if there are too many objects around at once. Plus his strong senses mean he's sensitive to extremely loud noises. The movie depicts him as having to rest in a sensory deprivation tank to be able to sleep.



* Gagging ComicBook/BlackCanary could effectively disable her [[MakeMeWannaShout sonic scream]], despite the fact the Canary Cry theoretically should be able to break through any cloth. That too, has decreased in recent years, although Comicbook/{{Deathstroke}} found an “[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything interesting]]” way to silence her in an issue of Comicbook/GreenArrow.

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* Gagging ComicBook/BlackCanary could effectively disable her [[MakeMeWannaShout sonic scream]], despite the fact the Canary Cry theoretically should be able to break through any cloth. That too, has decreased in recent years, although Comicbook/{{Deathstroke}} ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}} found an “[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything interesting]]” "[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything interesting]]" way to silence her in an issue of Comicbook/GreenArrow.ComicBook/GreenArrow.



* Venus from ''Comicbook/AgentsOfAtlas'' possesses the same above-mentioned gag weakness. Luckily, she also has superhuman strength to compensate, so it takes a pretty powerful opponent to muzzle her in the first place.

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* Venus from ''Comicbook/AgentsOfAtlas'' ''ComicBook/AgentsOfAtlas'' possesses the same above-mentioned gag weakness. Luckily, she also has superhuman strength to compensate, so it takes a pretty powerful opponent to muzzle her in the first place.



* Max Damage in ''Comicbook/{{Irredeemable}}'' becomes stronger the longer he's awake. He still needs sleep however, so by the time he's been awake long enough to fight The Plutonian he'll be suffering from some serious sleep deprivation.

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* Max Damage in ''Comicbook/{{Irredeemable}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}'' becomes stronger the longer he's awake. He still needs sleep however, so by the time he's been awake long enough to fight The Plutonian he'll be suffering from some serious sleep deprivation.



* Magicians in ComicBook/DungeonTheEarlyYears are versatile powerhouse and are never shown tiring from their spells. However they still need their throats and hand to cast their magic.
* The Absorbing Man (A ComicBook/{{Thor}} villain) is often defeated by taking advantage of logical weaknesses of substances he absorbs. For example, Spiderman beats him by tricking him into absorbing one chemical, and then burying him in another chemical [[StuffBlowingUp that reacts explosively with the first]]. He can be shattered if he turns into a brittle substance, diluted if he turns into liquid (although he later figured out how to keep himself together), and if you trick him into touching toilet paper, then he's going to be as fragile and easily torn as toilet paper. He also once absorbed all the properties of Thor's hammer- including 'Thor can control this hammer'.
* During one of his battles with ComicBook/AtomicRobo, [[MadScientist Helsingrad]] boast about how his {{MechSuit}}'s sense were tied into those of his [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot cyborg-zomibe minions]]. Robo quickly realizes that if he beats on the minions long enough and hard enough, Helsingrad will suffer from sensory overload. [[SubvertedTrope Unfortunately]], Helsingrad anticipated this, and installed a failsafe that cuts off the sensory link at a certain pain threshold. Played straight with the fact that Helsingrad is a BrainInAJar, meaning a well placed shot is all it takes.

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* Magicians in ComicBook/DungeonTheEarlyYears ''ComicBook/DungeonTheEarlyYears'' are versatile powerhouse and are never shown tiring from their spells. However they still need their throats and hand to cast their magic.
* The Absorbing Man (A ComicBook/{{Thor}} (a ''ComicBook/{{Thor}}'' villain) is often defeated by taking advantage of logical weaknesses of substances he absorbs. For example, Spiderman Spider-Man beats him by tricking him into absorbing one chemical, and then burying him in another chemical [[StuffBlowingUp that reacts explosively with the first]]. He can be shattered if he turns into a brittle substance, diluted if he turns into liquid (although he later figured out how to keep himself together), and if you trick him into touching toilet paper, then he's going to be as fragile and easily torn as toilet paper. He also once absorbed all the properties of Thor's hammer- including 'Thor can control this hammer'.
* During one of his battles with ComicBook/AtomicRobo, [[MadScientist Helsingrad]] boast about how his {{MechSuit}}'s sense were tied into those of his [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot cyborg-zomibe minions]]. Robo quickly realizes that if he beats on the minions long enough and hard enough, Helsingrad will suffer from sensory overload. [[SubvertedTrope Unfortunately]], Helsingrad anticipated this, and installed a failsafe that cuts off the sensory link at a certain pain threshold. Played straight with the fact that Helsingrad is a BrainInAJar, meaning a well placed well-placed shot is all it takes.



* In ''FanFic/{{Fractured}}'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[=/=]''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover crossover]] and its [[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins sequel]], there's a minor bit of FactionCalculus going on, as follows.

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* In ''FanFic/{{Fractured}}'', ''Fanfic/{{Fractured}}'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[=/=]''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' ''Franchise/MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[=/=]''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover crossover]] and its [[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins sequel]], there's a minor bit of FactionCalculus going on, as follows.



* ''FanFic/ThisBites'':

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}'', Mongo (an 80 foot tall Gingerbread Man) is vulnerable to [[spoiler:becoming soggy]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}'', ''WesternAnimation/Shrek2'', Mongo (an 80 foot tall 80-foot-tall Gingerbread Man) is vulnerable to [[spoiler:becoming soggy]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks}}'', the Sirens use their singing to brainwash everyone into infighting. [[spoiler: Vinyl Scratch/DJ PON-3, who has her headphones on all the time, never gets brainwashed simply because she never hears them.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks}}'', ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'', the Sirens use their singing to brainwash everyone into infighting. [[spoiler: Vinyl [[spoiler:Vinyl Scratch/DJ PON-3, Pon-3, who has her headphones on all the time, never gets brainwashed simply because she never hears them.]]



* Bullseye manages to exploit Film/{{Daredevil}}'s [[SuperSenses Super Hearing]] by creating sufficiently loud noises during their battle.
** In the director's cut of the film, Daredevil's LivingLieDetector powers are fooled by a witness with a pacemaker.

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* Bullseye manages to exploit Film/{{Daredevil}}'s [[SuperSenses Super Hearing]] by creating sufficiently loud noises during their battle.
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battle. In the director's cut of the film, Daredevil's LivingLieDetector powers are fooled by a witness with a pacemaker.



* ''Film/SherlockHolmes'': the title character is a significantly less capable combatant without time to think about his moves and/or SherlockScan his opponent.

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* ''Film/SherlockHolmes'': the The title character is a significantly less capable combatant without time to think about his moves and/or SherlockScan his opponent.



* The final fight in Film/FantasticFour2015 is quick, but Doctor Doom still gets to exploit this on the Fantastic Four. He uses his telekinetic and EldritchLocation powers to use dirt to overwhelm and smother Johnny's flames, giant rocks to repeatedly beat back and tire out Ben, destroys the coils that allow Reed to control his powers and hold his body together, and forces Sue to use her force fields long enough that she risks running out of oxygen and suffocating.
** The [[Film/FantasticFour2005 2005 film]] dealt with this as well. When Doom first tries to get rid of the Four, he fires a heat-seeking [=RPG=] at Johnny, and hooks Reed up to canisters of liquid nitrogen, making him brittle. [[spoiler: In the final battle, Reed takes advantage of Doom's metal body by having Johnny hit him with a massive inferno, and then hosing him with water from a fire hydrant-the rapid cooling [[AndIMustScream hardens and freezes him into a statue]] ]].
* The DirectToVideo sequel to ''Film/HollowMan'' shows the long-term side effects of invisibility. Apparently, without skin to block solar radiation, exposure to the sun eventually results in, first, madness, and then radiation sickness. The BigBad of the sequel is a test subject who is in the first stage (being a trained soldier, it also means he's much deadlier than the BigBad of the first film). We're then shown a previous test subject, who is now visible again thanks to his skin looking like he has third-degree burns all over his body and he's slowly dying.
** The first film also states that having invisible tissue also applies to one's eyelids, meaning that bright lights make the titular character uncomfortable. Also, even though he's invisible to the light spectrum, he can still be detected on infrared.
* In ''[[Film/RevengeOfTheSith Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith]]'', General Grievous, while a powerful cyborg, is not a Force-user and is therefore extremely vulnerable to Force powers as he has no means of defense or response. While this should be obvious, in the movie as well as in [[WesternAnimation/TheCloneWars other]] [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars media]], [[ForgotAboutHisPowers hardly anyone thinks to use the Force against him]]. In his [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars first appearance]] he got around this by relying on ambushes and fast attacks that kept his opponent on the back foot (with Count Dooku actually spelling out the reasons), but this element was later dropped.
* [[Characters/StarWarsEmperorPalpatine Emperor Palpatine]] is an old man. While he is shown to be a very skilled lightsaber duelist, force user, and strategist, his physical strength, stamina, and agility seem to have left with his youth. So, while he could hold his own against Maul and Savage, Mace Windu, and Yoda, he does not have the endurance to stay in protracted fights that he can't win quickly, instead relying on the Force to keep himself going. Add a few decades to that, and in ''[[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Return of the Jedi]]'', he's completely helpless against Darth Vader when he grabs and lifts him.

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* The final fight in Film/FantasticFour2015 ''Film/{{Fantastic Four|2015}}'' is quick, but Doctor Doom still gets to exploit this on the Fantastic Four. He uses his telekinetic and EldritchLocation powers to use dirt to overwhelm and smother Johnny's flames, giant rocks to repeatedly beat back and tire out Ben, destroys the coils that allow Reed to control his powers and hold his body together, and forces Sue to use her force fields long enough that she risks running out of oxygen and suffocating.
** * The [[Film/FantasticFour2005 2005 film]] ''Film/{{Fantastic Four|2005}}'' film dealt with this as well. When Doom first tries to get rid of the Four, he fires a heat-seeking [=RPG=] at Johnny, and hooks Reed up to canisters of liquid nitrogen, making him brittle. [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the final battle, Reed takes advantage of Doom's metal body by having Johnny hit him with a massive inferno, and then hosing him with water from a fire hydrant-the rapid cooling [[AndIMustScream hardens and freezes him into a statue]] ]].
* ''Film/HollowMan'':
** The first film states that having invisible tissue also applies to one's eyelids, meaning that bright lights make the titular character uncomfortable. Also, even though he's invisible to the light spectrum, he can still be detected on infrared.
**
The DirectToVideo sequel to ''Film/HollowMan'' shows the long-term side effects of invisibility. Apparently, without skin to block solar radiation, exposure to the sun eventually results in, first, madness, and then radiation sickness. The BigBad of the sequel is a test subject who is in the first stage (being a trained soldier, it also means he's much deadlier than the BigBad of the first film). We're then shown a previous test subject, who is now visible again thanks to his skin looking like he has third-degree burns all over his body and he's slowly dying.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** The first film also states that having invisible tissue also applies to one's eyelids, meaning that bright lights make the titular character uncomfortable. Also, even though he's invisible to the light spectrum, he can still be detected on infrared.
*
In ''[[Film/RevengeOfTheSith Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith]]'', ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', General Grievous, while a powerful cyborg, is not a Force-user and is therefore extremely vulnerable to Force powers as he has no means of defense or response. While this should be obvious, in the movie as well as in [[WesternAnimation/TheCloneWars other]] [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars media]], [[ForgotAboutHisPowers hardly anyone thinks to use the Force against him]]. In his [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars first appearance]] he got around this by relying on ambushes and fast attacks that kept his opponent on the back foot (with Count Dooku actually spelling out the reasons), but this element was later dropped.
* ** [[Characters/StarWarsEmperorPalpatine Emperor Palpatine]] is an old man. While he is shown to be a very skilled lightsaber duelist, force user, and strategist, his physical strength, stamina, and agility seem to have left with his youth. So, while he could can hold his own against Maul and Savage, Mace Windu, and Yoda, he does not have the endurance to stay in protracted fights that he can't win quickly, instead relying on the Force to keep himself going. Add a few decades to that, and in ''[[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Return of the Jedi]]'', ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' he's completely helpless against Darth Vader when he grabs and lifts him.



* In ''Literature/CodexAlera'' furycrafters that work with one element can be disabled through relatively simple means. Aircrafters are covered in dirt, earthcrafters are suspended off the ground, watercrafters are dehydrated, firecrafters are placed in small spaces (so any fire cooks them alive), and wood/metal crafters are stripped of their respective elements. Disabling someone with multiple elements is trickier, but doable.

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* In ''Literature/CodexAlera'' furycrafters ''Literature/CodexAlera'':
** Furycrafters
that work with one element can be disabled through relatively simple means. Aircrafters are covered in dirt, earthcrafters are suspended off the ground, watercrafters are dehydrated, firecrafters are placed in small spaces (so any fire cooks them alive), and wood/metal crafters are stripped of their respective elements. Disabling someone with multiple elements is trickier, but doable.



* DeflectorShields are prominent throughout the Franchise/{{Dune}} series, including [[BarrierWarrior personal ones]]. The catch is that a shield that keeps anything from touching you also keeps oxygen out of your lungs, meaning you have to calibrate it to let slow-moving objects in. This obviously includes knives.

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* DeflectorShields are prominent throughout the Franchise/{{Dune}} ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' series, including [[BarrierWarrior personal ones]]. The catch is that a shield that keeps anything from touching you also keeps oxygen out of your lungs, meaning you have to calibrate it to let slow-moving objects in. This obviously includes knives.



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* ''Series/TheFlash2014'' has Shawna Baez, aka Peak-a-boo, who can teleport anywhere as long as she can see the destination. Naturally, this means that putting her in a completely dark space makes her powers useless, allowing Barry to easily overpower her.

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* ''Series/TheFlash2014'' has ''Series/TheFlash2014'':
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Shawna Baez, aka a.k.a. Peak-a-boo, who can teleport anywhere as long as she can see the destination. Naturally, this means that putting her in a completely dark space makes her powers useless, allowing Barry to easily overpower her.



** The Mist requires great concentration to control his body in gas form. Barry exploits this by leading him on a merry chase, resulting in the Mist exhausting himself in a matter of minutes. During their second encounter, Barry utilizes the above-mentioned air blast trick to keep him at bay.

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** [[SuperSmoke The Mist Mist]] requires great concentration to control his body in gas form. Barry exploits this by leading him on a merry chase, resulting in the Mist exhausting himself in a matter of minutes. During their second encounter, Barry utilizes the above-mentioned air blast trick to keep him at bay.



** Grodd is smart, has superhuman strength (due to his abnormal size) and telepathy, but he's still a gorilla and gorillas don't have the physiology to speak so he's unable to. However with his telepathy this is not a huge issue for him.
*** Grodd is also an incredibly dangerous threat to much smaller humans who don't have his mental powers, let alone size and strength. However, when faced by someone like Solovar, a gorilla who is just as large, just as strong, cannot be mentally controlled, but who is trained in hand-to-hand combat against his peers, Grodd is woefully outclassed [[spoiler: and [[CurbStompBattle suffers a curb-stomping]] at Solovar's hands]].

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** Grodd is smart, has superhuman strength (due to his abnormal size) and telepathy, but he's still a gorilla and gorillas don't have the physiology to speak so he's unable to. However However, with his telepathy this is not a huge issue for him.
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him. Grodd is also an incredibly dangerous threat to much smaller humans who don't have his mental powers, let alone size and strength. However, when faced by someone like Solovar, a gorilla who is just as large, just as strong, cannot be mentally controlled, but who is trained in hand-to-hand combat against his peers, Grodd is woefully outclassed [[spoiler: and [[CurbStompBattle suffers a curb-stomping]] at Solovar's hands]].



* In ''Series/TheSentinel'', the title character has all five senses boosted to superhuman levels. He can see someone clearly in the dark from a couple blocks away, recognize different kinds of dirt by touch, etc. Unfortunately, this power came to him in adulthood, and he doesn't know how to control them. The writers got a lot of mileage out of this, especially in earlier episodes. He was also prone to "zone outs," where he would focus on one sense so much he would ignore all other sensory data, usually to his detriment (he almost got hit by a truck in the pilot episode because he was focused on a Frisbee fluting through the air).
** The other weakness was the inability to provide a believable explanation for his knowledge or skills to anyone who wasn't in the know. For example, he is brought in as the sole witness to a shooting performed by a guy from several blocks away in the dark. The other attorney rips apart his testimony in seconds, as no normal person would be able to see the shooter under those conditions.
* In ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'' casting spells requires making hand gestures and sometimes incantations. Thus wizards have their hands tied and/or are gagged to prevent this.

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* In ''Series/TheSentinel'', the ''Series/TheSentinel'':
** The
title character has all five senses boosted to superhuman levels. He can see someone clearly in the dark from a couple blocks away, recognize different kinds of dirt by touch, etc. Unfortunately, this power came to him in adulthood, and he doesn't know how to control them. The writers got a lot of mileage out of this, especially in earlier episodes. He was is also prone to "zone outs," outs", where he would focus focuses on one sense so much he would ignore ignores all other sensory data, usually to his detriment (he almost got gets hit by a truck in the pilot episode because he was is focused on a Frisbee fluting through the air).
** The other weakness was is the inability to provide a believable explanation for his knowledge or skills to anyone who wasn't isn't in the know. For example, he is brought in as the sole witness to a shooting performed by a guy from several blocks away in the dark. The other attorney rips apart his testimony in seconds, as no normal person would be able to see the shooter under those conditions.
* In ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'' ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'', casting spells requires making hand gestures and sometimes incantations. Thus wizards have their hands tied and/or are gagged to prevent this.



* In ''Series/JessicaJones'' the villain Kilgrave has a CompellingVoice which he can use to order someone to do ''anything,'' up to ''killing themselves.'' However, there are some ways to combat this; his power doesn't work if the intended victim can't ''hear'' him - [[spoiler: which Jessica and Trish use to protect the latter by way of noise-cancelling headphones]] - and, obviously, he can't use his power if he can't actually talk; at one point Jessica shoves a napkin into his mouth to gag him.
* In ''Series/MutantX'', Brennan can generate bursts of electricity and hit people and things with them. However, if he does this while wet or in water, his power shorts out. He appears to be able to negate that disadvantage by grounding himself. Jesse can change his density to either become hard as a rock or intangible. In the former case, he can only do so for as long as he holds his breath, which has been exploited by savvy opponents. In the latter, attempting to keep himself intangible for more than a short while can result in his molecules dispersing permanently. A villain in one episode is a [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual new mutant]], who can turn himself into a signal and use any transmitting device to upload himself to the Internet, where he can wreak havoc. However, if there are no transmitting devices nearby, he's helpless (luckily for him, he lives in the modern world, where they're all over the place).
* An episode of Series/PowerRangersSPD had an already incarcerated villain with the power to teleport through reflections. When the blue ranger comes to question him, the reflective surfaces on his uniform covered, and he's made to wear sunglasses with non-reflective lenses. [[spoiler:He still manages to escape by [[BreakThemByTalking emotionally manipulating him]] until he cries a single, reflective tear]].

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* In ''Series/JessicaJones'' the villain Kilgrave has a CompellingVoice which he can use to order someone to do ''anything,'' up to ''killing themselves.'' themselves''. However, there are some ways to combat this; his power doesn't work if the intended victim can't ''hear'' him - [[spoiler: which -- [[spoiler:which Jessica and Trish use to protect the latter by way of noise-cancelling headphones]] - -- and, obviously, he can't use his power if he can't actually talk; at one point Jessica shoves a napkin into his mouth to gag him.
* In ''Series/MutantX'', ''Series/MutantX'':
**
Brennan can generate bursts of electricity and hit people and things with them. However, if he does this while wet or in water, his power shorts out. He appears to be able to negate that disadvantage by grounding himself. himself.
**
Jesse can change his density to either become hard as a rock or intangible. In the former case, he can only do so for as long as he holds his breath, which has been exploited by savvy opponents. In the latter, attempting to keep himself intangible for more than a short while can result in his molecules dispersing permanently. permanently.
**
A villain in one episode is a [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual new mutant]], who can turn himself into a signal and use any transmitting device to upload himself to the Internet, where he can wreak havoc. However, if there are no transmitting devices nearby, he's helpless (luckily for him, he lives in the modern world, where they're all over the place).
* An episode of Series/PowerRangersSPD had ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' has an already incarcerated villain with the power to teleport through reflections. When the blue ranger comes to question him, the reflective surfaces on his uniform covered, and he's made to wear sunglasses with non-reflective lenses. [[spoiler:He still manages to escape by [[BreakThemByTalking emotionally manipulating him]] until he cries a single, reflective tear]].



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** The Overmind and its brood leaders, the Cerebrates, are all technically immortal; once they've received fatal damage, their tissue regenerates over a period of time and makes them whole again. However, their one weakness is Void Energy - the same energy used to create them - which is also utilized by the exiled Protoss Dark Templar. The energy causes them great physical and mental harm, and completely prevents their tissues from regenerating. The energy is powerful enough to even shock the Overmind vicariously through its cerebrates.

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** The Overmind and its brood leaders, the Cerebrates, are all technically immortal; once they've received fatal damage, their tissue regenerates over a period of time and makes them whole again. However, their one weakness is Void Energy - -- the same energy used to create them - -- which is also utilized by the exiled Protoss Dark Templar. The energy causes them great physical and mental harm, and completely prevents their tissues from regenerating. The energy is powerful enough to even shock the Overmind vicariously through its cerebrates.



* ''Phoenix Wright'':
** In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', [[spoiler: The Magatama session with Bobby Fullbright (AKA, the Phantom) implies that the Magatama can also be fooled by carefully thought out cover stories and great acting.]]
** In [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney the second game]], [[spoiler:Matt Engarde]] is able to "fool" the Magatama because he believes what he's saying is the truth. [[spoiler: To wit, he didn't realize that if you hire a hitman to kill someone, you're as guilty of murder as if you had done it yourself.]]



* ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' states that Elder Vampires (''[[OurVampiresAreDifferent/AnimeAndManga shinso]]'') like Arcueid gain strength from the earth. In one piece of related media, Shiki (who can kill - quite literally -anything), confronted with a NighInvulnerable Arcueid, renders her vulnerable by killing ''the ground she's standing on''.



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* ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'', [[http://www.grrlpowercomic.com/archives/589 lampshaded and played straight]]: Being riddled with bullets. Oh, and mittens. Since Sydney needs to hold the orbs to use them, she can only use a maximum of two at any given time.

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* ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'', ''Phoenix Wright'':
** In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', [[spoiler: The Magatama session with Bobby Fullbright (AKA, the Phantom) implies that the Magatama can also be fooled by carefully thought out cover stories and great acting.]]
** In [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney the second game]], [[spoiler:Matt Engarde]] is able to "fool" the Magatama because he believes what he's saying is the truth. [[spoiler: To wit, he didn't realize that if you hire a hitman to kill someone, you're as guilty of murder as if you had done it yourself.]]
* ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' states that Elder Vampires (''[[OurVampiresAreDifferent/AnimeAndManga shinso]]'') like Arcueid gain strength from the earth. In one piece of related media, Shiki (who can kill -- quite literally -- anything), confronted with a NighInvulnerable Arcueid, renders her vulnerable by killing ''the ground she's standing on''.
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* ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'':
**
[[http://www.grrlpowercomic.com/archives/589 lampshaded Lampshaded and played straight]]: Being being riddled with bullets. Oh, and mittens. Since Sydney needs to hold the orbs to use them, she can only use a maximum of two at any given time.



** [[AtrociousAlias For Whom the Death Tolls]] has the ability to counter any power thrown at him, but therefore not only has the weakness of not being able to do anything if no one attacks him first, but also can be overloaded if forced to counter too may powers at once since the counters will start to conflict.

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** [[AtrociousAlias For Whom the Death Tolls]] has the ability to counter any power thrown at him, but therefore not only has the weakness of not being able to do anything if no one no-one attacks him first, but also can be overloaded if forced to counter too may powers at once since the counters will start to conflict.



* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' mainly runs of RuleOfCool and RuleOfFunny, but it does occasionally use logic. For example, a well-established danger of the organic jetpack is that its user can be driven insane by oxygen deprivation if they fly too high, too long. When [[spoiler:Frans Rayner]] comes back from the dead as a cyborg, his augmentations draw energy from his organic body (because he lacks an external power source), so firing his laser eye ''once'' leaves him too exhausted to do anything.When someone used ChainsawGood against the Doctor he is quick to point out that his sword is a weapon while the chainsaw is used for cutting wood and jam the mechanism with the sword's hilt And, according to one AprilFoolsDay comic, the [=McNinja=] family's one weakness is "Bullets. From a gun."
* ''Webcomic/{{Collar 6}}'' has a character who can use "rubbermancy" (think Bending from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and you've got the right idea). She can instantly disable most people in the BDSM-themed world by turning their rubber clothing into instant bonds, but her power is useless if there's no source of rubber nearby.
* At one point in ''WebComic/NoNeedForBushido'', two members of the QuirkyMiniBossSquad nearly get into a fight, and Uso, the MasterOfIllusion, challenges BlindWeaponmaster Ryoku. After taking a few seconds to think it over, Uso reconsiders because he specializes in creating and controlling ''visual'' illusions, while Ryoku "sees" through echolocation. Uso trying to fight the far more athletic and physically capable Ryoku without the benefit of his illusions would be tantamount to Uso signing his own death warrant.

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* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' mainly runs of RuleOfCool and RuleOfFunny, but it does occasionally use logic. logic.
**
For example, a well-established danger of the organic jetpack is that its user can be driven insane by oxygen deprivation if they fly too high, too long. long.
**
When [[spoiler:Frans Rayner]] comes back from the dead as a cyborg, his augmentations draw energy from his organic body (because he lacks an external power source), so firing his laser eye ''once'' leaves him too exhausted to do anything.anything.
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When someone used ChainsawGood against the Doctor Doctor, he is quick to point out that his sword is a weapon while the chainsaw is used for cutting wood and jam the mechanism with the sword's hilt hilt.
**
And, according to one AprilFoolsDay comic, the [=McNinja=] family's one weakness is "Bullets. From a gun."
* ''Webcomic/{{Collar 6}}'' ''Webcomic/Collar6'' has a character who can use "rubbermancy" (think Bending from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and you've got the right idea). She can instantly disable most people in the BDSM-themed world by turning their rubber clothing into instant bonds, but her power is useless if there's no source of rubber nearby.
* At one point in ''WebComic/NoNeedForBushido'', ''Webcomic/NoNeedForBushido'', two members of the QuirkyMiniBossSquad nearly get into a fight, and Uso, the MasterOfIllusion, challenges BlindWeaponmaster Ryoku. After taking a few seconds to think it over, Uso reconsiders because he specializes in creating and controlling ''visual'' illusions, while Ryoku "sees" through echolocation. Uso trying to fight the far more athletic and physically capable Ryoku without the benefit of his illusions would be tantamount to Uso signing his own death warrant.



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** Unicorns are stated to have a small suite of spells related to their special talent that they can use well (outside of [[MindOverMatter telekinesis]]). This means that if faced with a situation where those spells aren't any use, they aren't much help.
*** In addition, even if a unicorn has an appropriate spell, they need to be able to concentrate to use it. Panic, sensory overload, being manhandled etc. will render them unable to use spells. It has also been shown that even lightly hitting a unicorns horn will disrupt any spellcasting they are attempting.

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** Unicorns are stated to have a small suite of spells related to their special talent that they can use well (outside of [[MindOverMatter telekinesis]]). This means that if faced with a situation where those spells aren't any use, they aren't much help.
***
help. In addition, even if a unicorn has an appropriate spell, they need to be able to concentrate to use it. Panic, sensory overload, being manhandled manhandled, etc. will render them unable to use spells. It has also been shown that even lightly hitting a unicorns horn will disrupt any spellcasting they are attempting.



* Megavolt on ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' is an electricity-based villain shorted out by water.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'':
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Megavolt on ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' is an electricity-based villain shorted out by water.



* ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'''s protagonist had electromagnetic powers that went on the fritz along with every other gadget in the world when there was a lot of sun spot activity.
** Static also defeated a water-based villain using an electric current, thus breaking the water down into its components (he even calls the process, electrolysis, by name).

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* ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'''s ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'':
** The
protagonist had has electromagnetic powers that went goes on the fritz along with every other gadget in the world when there was is a lot of sun spot sunspot activity.
** Static also defeated defeats a water-based villain using an electric current, thus breaking the water down into its components (he even calls the process, electrolysis, by name).



* In Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' series, a monster steals the powers from heroes and demigods. Hercules then realizes that some of the powers carry crippling weaknesses, such as bright lights interfering with super vision, and uses that to trip up the monster.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Because benders channel their powers through martial arts, binding or paralyzing their limbs is an effective means of defeating or imprisoning them, though sufficiently skilled benders are able to get beyond this. For example, when King Bumi was locked into a coffin with only his face poking out, he was able to Earthbend fairly effectively using only his ''chin''. Then again, he is ''110 years old'' (really, not the HumanPopsicle 110-year-old that Aang technically is), so he's had a ''lot'' of time to master Earthbending with any part of his body.

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* In Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}}'' series, a monster steals the powers from heroes and demigods. Hercules then realizes that some of the powers carry crippling weaknesses, such as bright lights interfering with super vision, and uses that to trip up the monster.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
**
Because benders channel their powers through martial arts, binding or paralyzing their limbs is an effective means of defeating or imprisoning them, though sufficiently skilled benders are able to get beyond this. For example, when King Bumi was is locked into a coffin with only his face poking out, he was is able to Earthbend fairly effectively using only his ''chin''. Then again, he is ''110 years old'' (really, not the HumanPopsicle 110-year-old that Aang technically is), so he's had a ''lot'' of time to master Earthbending with any part of his body.



** Toph Bei Fong was born blind, but uses [[DishingOutDirt Earthbender]] [[ElementalPowers skills]] as a DisabilitySuperpower to [[MagicAIsMagicA feel vibrations]] in stone, compacted soil [[spoiler: and metal.]] This means she can't "see" things that aren't touching the ground and her "sight" is severely impaired if she's not in contact with her element -- She is extremely apprehensive riding on Appa, gets a view comparable to static when on sand (though it ''is'' possible for earthbenders to control sand, and she has gained enough skill with it to create a mini Ba Sing Se out of sand in the first part of the GrandFinale), and is seen having to hold onto her companions when traveling on a wood-built village. Traveling on a metal boat is bearable, but she throws up within minutes of boarding a [[spoiler: submarine.]] And in a world without Braille, she's illiterate. But if she's on an earthen surface, she can see all around her, even behind things. And none of this stops her from intercepting catapult weapons fired from another ship on water, though that may just be her inherent skill.

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** Toph Bei Fong was born blind, but uses [[DishingOutDirt Earthbender]] [[ElementalPowers skills]] as a DisabilitySuperpower to [[MagicAIsMagicA feel vibrations]] in stone, compacted soil [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and metal.]] This means she can't "see" things that aren't touching the ground and her "sight" is severely impaired if she's not in contact with her element -- She is extremely apprehensive riding on Appa, gets a view comparable to static when on sand (though it ''is'' possible for earthbenders to control sand, and she has gained enough skill with it to create a mini Ba Sing Se out of sand in the first part of the GrandFinale), and is seen having to hold onto her companions when traveling on a wood-built village. Traveling on a metal boat is bearable, but she throws up within minutes of boarding a [[spoiler: submarine.]] And in a world without Braille, she's illiterate. But if she's on an earthen surface, she can see all around her, even behind things. And none of this stops her from intercepting catapult weapons fired from another ship on water, though that may just be her inherent skill.



** With Metalbending having become a full-fledged bending discipline by the time of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra,'' the sequel series also shows the bending style's weaknesses: they are very susceptible to electric attacks due to using reels of metallic cord to attack with as well as the metal-covered suits they wear. Their metal suits also make them vulnerable to powerful magnets built into special [[MiniMecha mecha-tanks]] used against them.
*** Metalbending works by bending the earthy impurities in most metals. As such, most villains in ''Korra'' got around this with weapons and {{Tailor Made Prison}}s made of more purified elements (specifically platinum).

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** With Metalbending having become a full-fledged bending discipline by the time of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra,'' the sequel series also shows the bending style's weaknesses: they are very susceptible to electric attacks due to using reels of metallic cord to attack with as well as the metal-covered suits they wear. Their metal suits also make them vulnerable to powerful magnets built into special [[MiniMecha mecha-tanks]] used against them.
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them. Metalbending works by bending the earthy impurities in most metals. As such, most villains in ''Korra'' got around this with weapons and {{Tailor Made Prison}}s made of more purified elements (specifically platinum).



* The clones created by the copy machine in the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Double Dipper" are made of paper, so naturally they dissolve when doused with liquid.

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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
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The clones created by the copy machine in the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' the episode "Double Dipper" are made of paper, so naturally they dissolve when doused with liquid.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' made a point of mentioning in one episode that you had to see and hear a magical spell being performed on you to be affected by it. When Demona casts her spell to turn every human in New York into statues at night (broadcast via TV), the only ones left unaffected are the blind (like Hudson's friend Robbins) and those who didn't see the broadcast (like Xanatos and one random woman who everyone thought was crazy the following morning after she said she didn't watch television).

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'':
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made a point of mentioning in one episode that you had to see and hear a magical spell being performed on you to be affected by it. When Demona casts her spell to turn every human in New York into statues at night (broadcast via TV), the only ones left unaffected are the blind (like Hudson's friend Robbins) and those who didn't see the broadcast (like Xanatos and one random woman who everyone thought was crazy the following morning after she said she didn't watch television).
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** Similarly, Shinji's zanpakuto inverts perception and movement (left becomes right, up becomes down, etc) messes with his enemies because they don't know which directions are inverted and (allegedly) it's near impossible to beat due to muscle memory. But as Bambietta demonstrates, simply blowing up the entire area is guaranteed to hit him.
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* Harry's and Krum's firebolts in ''[[https://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-23251-16/BarefootXO+Time+and+Again.htm Time and Again]]'' are the fastest brooms on the market but their speed also hampers their maneuverability; as a result, they're poor brooms for a midair duel. When Cedric gets knocked off his broom, Harry commandeers it to make use of it's superior maneuverability.
3rd Sep '17 4:19:28 PM FrostingFlames
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* ''FanFic/RosarioToVampire'': As a [[AnIcePerson yuki-onna]], Mizore is [[WeakToFire extremely vulnerable to fire and heat]], as well as those who [[PlayingWithFire have fire/heat powers]].

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* ''FanFic/RosarioToVampire'': ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'': As a [[AnIcePerson yuki-onna]], Mizore is [[WeakToFire extremely vulnerable to fire and heat]], as well as those who [[PlayingWithFire have fire/heat powers]].
31st Aug '17 1:02:19 PM thatother1dude
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* In ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', the Dirty Bubble, archnemesis of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, has them trapped by his "awesome surface tension." [=SpongeBob=] defeats him by popping him with a pencil while asking for an autograph.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** The
Dirty Bubble, archnemesis of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, has them trapped by his "awesome surface tension." [=SpongeBob=] defeats him by popping him with a pencil while asking for an autograph.autograph.
** In the SuperheroEpisode, Sandy gains the power of invisibility, but then gets hit by a car whose driver would have avoided her otherwise.
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* HonorHarrington comes from a line of people genetically engineered to be stronger and faster than baseline humans...but it also increases her metabolism. In normal circumstances this isn't a problem, but when she's trapped in a situation where her team is on emergency rations, what would be sufficient for a normal person is barely preventing her from starving to death. A novel set earlier in the universe's timeline demonstrates this is a problem in general for people engineered to be stronger to live on heavy-gravity worlds, as one military recruit, limited to eat the same amount as the other recruits due to a bureaucratic policy, is essentially suffering from malnutrition.

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* HonorHarrington comes from a line of people genetically engineered to be stronger and faster than baseline humans...but it also increases her metabolism. In normal circumstances this isn't a problem, but when she's trapped in a situation where her team is on emergency rations, what would be sufficient for a normal person is barely preventing her from starving to death. A novel set earlier in the universe's timeline demonstrates this is a problem in general for people engineered to be stronger to live on heavy-gravity worlds, {{Heavy Worlder}}s, as one military recruit, limited to eat the same amount as the other recruits due to a bureaucratic policy, is essentially suffering from malnutrition.
28th Aug '17 9:52:05 AM WhosAsking
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** Another excellent use of logic on the part of the Terrans came when a Martian with what amounted to a laser sniper rifle on his mech took the high ground and could bring down anything within hundreds of miles of him. And then, with the help of a spotter on the ground closer to him, a Terran battleship hits him with conventional rounds. He knows exactly where the shot came from and fires back...and the laser goes ''over'' the ship. Lasers are just light when you get right down to it and light travels in a straight line, so the Earthlings just had to fire at him with shells that arc through the air (e.g., not in a straight line) from beyond the curvature of the Earth relative to him and he can't hit them back.

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** Another excellent use of logic on the part of the Terrans came when a Martian with what amounted to a laser sniper rifle on his mech took the high ground and could bring down anything within hundreds of miles of him. And then, with the help of a spotter on the ground closer to him, a Terran battleship hits him with conventional rounds. He knows exactly where the shot came from and fires back...and the laser goes ''over'' the ship. Lasers are just light when you get right down to it and light travels practically in a straight line, line[[note]]In truth, light ''can'' be affected by gravity, which is why you have phenomena such as gravitational lensing; it's just that gravity's effect on light is minuscule compared to its effect on ordinary objects[[/note]], so the Earthlings just had to fire at him with shells that arc through the air on a ''ballistic'' (e.g., arcing, not in a straight line) trajectory from beyond the curvature of the Earth relative to him and he can't hit them back.
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* Members of the [[BigScrewedUpFamily Styne family]] in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' perform extensive surgery on their bodies to make themselves stronger and [[MadeOfIron tougher]] than ordinary humans. Dean points out that it ultimately doesn't matter how much they improve their bodies because it doesn't change the fact that they can't give themselves more than [[BoomHeadshot one brain.]]
15th Aug '17 9:35:06 PM Fireblood
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* HonorHarrington comes from a line of people genetically engineered to be stronger and faster than baseline humans...but it also increases her metabolism. In normal circumstances this isn't a problem but when she's trapped in a situation where her team is on emergency rations, what would be sufficient for a normal person is barely preventing her from starving to death. A novel set earlier in the universe's timeline demonstrates this a problem in general for people engineered to be stronger to live on heavy-gravity worlds, as one military recruit, limited to eat the same amount as the other recruits due to a bureaucratic policy, is essentially suffering from malnutrition.

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* HonorHarrington comes from a line of people genetically engineered to be stronger and faster than baseline humans...but it also increases her metabolism. In normal circumstances this isn't a problem problem, but when she's trapped in a situation where her team is on emergency rations, what would be sufficient for a normal person is barely preventing her from starving to death. A novel set earlier in the universe's timeline demonstrates this is a problem in general for people engineered to be stronger to live on heavy-gravity worlds, as one military recruit, limited to eat the same amount as the other recruits due to a bureaucratic policy, is essentially suffering from malnutrition.malnutrition.
* ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'': Elva can deliver {{breaking speech}}es due to her knowledge of what pains everyone... so Galbatorix just stops her from speaking with a spell to begin with.
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* {{Subverted}} with Gamagoori Ira's Shackle Regalia in ''Anime/KillLaKill'': it has to be hit repeatedly to unleash the Scourge Regalia, and has no other offensive capabilities, as it trusses him up like a mummy. Obviously, this means that if you don't attack him, he's helpless - except that he can also ''hit himself'' to unleash the Scourge Regalia, as Ryuko finds out the hard way.
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