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24th Mar '17 7:12:18 PM Caps-luna
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* Despite being touted as the UltimateLifeForm, Cockroaches have a few. Their biggest one is temperature, many species will outright die if they aren't kept within a narrow range of temperatures. The ones that can usually can't reproduce in mild hot or cold conditions. The reason they've become such an infamous pest is that temperatures they tolerate happen to be the same range humans prefer.

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* Despite being touted as the UltimateLifeForm, Cockroaches have a few. Their biggest one is temperature, many species will outright die if they aren't kept within a narrow range of temperatures. The ones that can don't die usually can't reproduce in mild hot or cold conditions. The reason they've become such an infamous pest is that temperatures they tolerate happen to be the same range that humans prefer.
24th Mar '17 7:10:25 PM Caps-luna
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* Despite being touted as the UltimateLifeForm, Cockroaches have a few. Their biggest one is temperature, many species will outright die if they aren't kept within a narrow range of temperatures. The ones that can usually can't reproduce in mild hot or cold conditions. The reason they've become such an infamous pest is that temperatures they tolerate happen to be the same range humans prefer.
20th Mar '17 7:36:57 PM Nosnazeb
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* ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome''. Blaster is the immense Dragon to Master. According to people who want him dead and have been hunting for the right assassin to get the job done, "He can kill most men with his breath." His weakness: he can't stand high pitched noises. Max discovers this when the car alarm on his vehicle renders Blaster into a writhing, screaming, mess -- and promptly figures out that his old [[ChekhovsGun police whistle]] can have the same effect. [[spoiler:Not a surprise, given that this is a common problem for people with Down's Syndrome.]]

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* ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome''. Blaster is the immense Dragon to Master. According to people who want him dead and have been hunting for the right assassin to get the job done, "He can kill most men with his breath." His weakness: he can't stand high pitched noises. Max discovers this when the car alarm on his vehicle renders Blaster into a writhing, screaming, mess -- and promptly figures out that his old [[ChekhovsGun police whistle]] can have the same effect. [[spoiler:Not a surprise, given that this is a common problem for people with Down's Syndrome.]]
20th Mar '17 7:03:51 PM Amahn
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* The [[ShapeShifting Vir]] [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Requis]] AKA Weredragons of Daniel Arenson's ''Literature/DragonsOfRequiem'' universe have a weakness to a common plant. Some have trained themselves (or through so much exposure have developed) to resist its effects, but to the average Vir Requis even being touched by its leaves is so painful they'll instantly revert to their human forms and/or be unable to shift into dragon form. It's no wonder human armies coat their arrow tips in the plant's extract, and when a particular Vir Requis king conquers the known world he has the plant burned to extinction.


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** They could also simply be aware of their surroundings and give the small quick moving creature a wide berth to avoid stepping on it. Only humans are cruel enough to want to step on another animal.
18th Mar '17 4:10:51 PM BunsenH
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** The Slitheen, due to their bodies consisting mostly of calcium, messily explode if acetic acid comes into contact with their skin, no matter how little. Cue the squirt guns filled with vinegar.

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** The Slitheen, due to their bodies consisting mostly of calcium, messily explode if acetic acid comes into contact with their skin, no matter how little. Cue the squirt guns filled with vinegar. [[spoiler:Or, to be specific, pickle juice.]]
16th Mar '17 8:49:09 PM M84
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** [[spoiler:The first Dragon Slayer Irene Belserion]] eventually explains that this is because becoming a Dragon Slayer involves being infused with Dragon magic, which effectively makes them part Dragon. As a Dragon Slayer's power increases, they become more Dragon-like [[spoiler:to the point of ''becoming'' Dragons if the process isn't halted somehow]]. The BizarreAlienSenses of Dragons don't mix well with human bodies.
9th Mar '17 4:54:14 AM StFan
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* ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'' is a self-admitted FanService exploration of this. The main character is a curvy babe who derives her powers from an [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman extremely skintight suit]], that's [[ClothingDamage laughably easy to rip]] and weakens her powers when damaged. Her tendency to end up naked (or nearly so) makes her the laughing stock of the local superhero community. Her tendency to get BoundAndGagged while doing so makes her living FetishFuel.
** The suit's ability to be torn seems to fluctuate with Empowered's confidence level. Since she has ''zero'' self-confidence anyway and the regular humiliations related to her crappy suit only compound them, it is ''very'' rare that she has the confidence to use her powers properly. But when she does, she's a one-woman army.
** Emp doesn't get the distinction of the weakest-sauce weakness, either... That honor goes to The Lash, a supervillain with a debilitating phobia of fabric stores due to childhood trauma. (He likens it to being put in a sensory deprivation tank.) Also, while not a weakness per se, on two separate occasions a supervillain has shown themselves to be unable to tie a knot, which is a vital career skill in this setting.
*** Think about it. Being the only villain in the world not being able to tie up the one superhero with a reputation for ''always'' ending up bound and gagged by the lowliest of thugs.
* The Daxamites in Franchise/TheDCU are almost exactly like Kryptonians when under a yellow sun. However, exposure to lead is fatal to them, even in trace amounts, and (especially true in the Silver Age) being moved away from lead doesn't cure them. Once the poison is in their system, it's not going anywhere. A notable instance of this example was when one of Superman's recurrent enemies/reluctant allies, Paragon, took out three Daxamites ''with a machine gun'' while they were distracted by their JerkAss AGodAmI power trip.
** [[ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} Brainiac 5]] invented a cure for the lead weakness that's been given to both multiple heroic Daxamites and stolen ''several'' times by the villainous ones. Apparently dying by being in the mere presence of bullets makes a character less than credible.
* Comicbook/MartianManhunter:
** J'onn J'onzz and Miss Martian have a ridiculous amount of powers, yet they had weakness to fire, making it quite easy to disable them. In the case of the older hero, this because he saw his entire family--and species as a whole--die in a psychic plague that manifested itself as fire. He then buried the bodies of everyone on the planet. This makes his pyrophobia a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The first attempt to remove this weakness accidentally unlocked his SuperpoweredEvilSide. Though technically, it's not a weakness of fire, it's a fear of fire.
** In ''Comicbook/WarWorld'', Superman ignites the ground around J'onn and him to finish their brawl.

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* ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'' is a self-admitted FanService exploration of this. this.
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The main character is a curvy babe who derives her powers from an [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman extremely skintight suit]], that's [[ClothingDamage laughably easy to rip]] and weakens her powers when damaged. Her tendency to end up naked (or nearly so) makes her the laughing stock of the local superhero community. Her tendency to get BoundAndGagged while doing so makes her living FetishFuel.
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FetishFuel. The suit's ability to be torn seems to fluctuate with Empowered's confidence level. Since she has ''zero'' self-confidence anyway and the regular humiliations related to her crappy suit only compound them, it is ''very'' rare that she has the confidence to use her powers properly. But when she does, she's a one-woman army.
** Emp doesn't get the distinction of the weakest-sauce weakness, either... That honor goes to The Lash, a supervillain with a debilitating phobia of fabric stores due to childhood trauma. (He likens it to being put in a sensory deprivation tank.) )
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Also, while not a weakness per se, on two separate occasions a supervillain has shown themselves to be unable to tie a knot, which is a vital career skill in this setting.
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setting. Think about it. Being it: being the only villain in the world not being able to tie up the one superhero with a reputation for ''always'' ending up bound and gagged by the lowliest of thugs.
* The Daxamites in Franchise/TheDCU are almost exactly like Kryptonians when under a yellow sun. However, exposure to lead is fatal to them, even in trace amounts, and (especially true in the Silver Age) being moved away from lead doesn't cure them. Once the poison is in their system, it's not going anywhere. A notable instance of this example was when one of Superman's recurrent enemies/reluctant allies, Paragon, took out three Daxamites ''with a machine gun'' while they were distracted by their JerkAss AGodAmI power trip.
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trip. [[ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} Brainiac 5]] invented a cure for the lead weakness that's been given to both multiple heroic Daxamites and stolen ''several'' times by the villainous ones. Apparently dying by being in the mere presence of bullets makes a character less than credible.
* Comicbook/MartianManhunter:
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''ComicBook/MartianManhunter'': J'onn J'onzz and Miss Martian have a ridiculous amount of powers, yet they had weakness to fire, making it quite easy to disable them. In the case of the older hero, this because he saw his entire family--and family -- and species as a whole--die whole -- die in a psychic plague that manifested itself as fire. He then buried the bodies of everyone on the planet. This makes his pyrophobia a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The first attempt to remove this weakness accidentally unlocked his SuperpoweredEvilSide. Though technically, it's not a weakness of fire, it's a fear of fire.
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fire. In ''Comicbook/WarWorld'', Superman ignites the ground around J'onn and him to finish their brawl.



* Prism, a member of the ''Comicbook/XMen'' villain group the Marauders, is a truly pitiful example that combines this trope with WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway. His mutant ability is that he is made of a crystal that can absorb and redirect light energy (like a prism) and is no more durable than glass. Yes, he is made of ''glass''. His weaknesses include any sort of impact. Two of his four deaths (yes, he has died often) involve being thrown into a wall and being shattered by bullets.

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* Prism, a member of the ''Comicbook/XMen'' ''ComicBook/XMen'' villain group the Marauders, is a truly pitiful example that combines this trope with WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway. His mutant ability is that he is made of a crystal that can absorb and redirect light energy (like a prism) and is no more durable than glass. Yes, he is made of ''glass''. His weaknesses include any sort of impact. Two of his four deaths (yes, he has died often) involve being thrown into a wall and being shattered by bullets.



* Perun from ''Comicbook/TheUltimates'' is essentially a [[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor]] wannabe...without the superhuman strength most Asgardians possess. Despite having a powerful hammer similar to Mjölnir, Perun is killed after an enemy sneaks up on him and quietly snaps his neck.
* The greater the power, the weaker the sauce! Marvel's latest and most prominent Superman [[CaptainErsatz pastiche]] is Comicbook/TheSentry, a "golden guardian of good" who's as powerful as he lets himself be. However, he's also agoraphobic--he can't stand being outside. If you also so much as ''remind him'' of his little DarkSide problem, he'll fly off to Saturn and cry. Or revert to human form. Or, if he's ''really'' unlucky, let the Void out--and suddenly things will look a whole lot better for the bad guys.
** One fancomic actually has him carrying around his entire living room whenever he wants to go anywhere.
** Comicbook/IronMan once defeated him by forwarding his mail, more or less.

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* Perun from ''Comicbook/TheUltimates'' is essentially a [[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor]] wannabe... without the superhuman strength most Asgardians possess. Despite having a powerful hammer similar to Mjölnir, Perun is killed after an enemy sneaks up on him and quietly snaps his neck.
* The greater the power, the weaker the sauce! Marvel's latest and most prominent Superman [[CaptainErsatz pastiche]] is Comicbook/TheSentry, a "golden guardian of good" who's as powerful as he lets himself be. However, he's also agoraphobic--he agoraphobic -- he can't stand being outside. If you also so much as ''remind him'' of his little DarkSide problem, he'll fly off to Saturn and cry. Or revert to human form. Or, if he's ''really'' unlucky, let the Void out--and out -- and suddenly things will look a whole lot better for the bad guys.
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guys. One fancomic actually has him carrying around his entire living room whenever he wants to go anywhere.
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anywhere. Comicbook/IronMan once defeated him by forwarding his mail, more or less.



** Fan-favorite (yet sadly not used, ever) Toxin, Carnage's "child" however doesn't, what it does have is being very child like, (one point it refused to help it's host because he yelled at it.)

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** Fan-favorite (yet sadly not used, ever) Toxin, Carnage's "child" however doesn't, what it does have is being very child like, (one point it refused to help it's its host because he yelled at it.)



* [[http://marvel.wikia.com/Kallark_(Earth-616) Gladiator,]] [[FlyingBrick Praetor]] of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard. [[SuperStrength Strong]] enough to shatter planets. Able to fly at [[FasterThanLightTravel many times the speed of light.]] Can withstand the heat of a star or the blast of a supernova. Has EyeBeams of unimaginable heat, and they can see particles on a subatomic level. Truly a being of such infinite power can only be defeated by...making him feel bad about himself.
** Somewhat justified in that his powers are explicitly psionic/mental in nature. If he believes that they won't work or that he can't complete a task with them, they won't work and he won't be able to complete that task. This means you don't actually need a weapon powerful enough to beat him, only something which you can convince him is a weapon powerful enough to beat him, which Rocket Raccoon exploited.
** Alternatively, bringing anything to the table that can disrupt psionic powers works just as well, as Nova showed when he beat Xenith -another Strontian- in just ''one punch'' after messing up her psionic powers with a headbutt from his psionic-dampening helmet.
* Another parody--Super-Ace, an alternate Ace Rimmer from a superhero universe appeared in one ''Series/RedDwarf Smegazine'' comic strip. While he had the full array of FlyingBrick powers, his one weakness was ... human flesh. So an ordinary {{Mook|s}} could ''punch'' him.
* Comicbook/{{Storm}}, of the Comicbook/XMen, has complete control of the weather: in practice it gives her flight, superspeed, and the command of electricity, water, cold, and wind. So what's her weakness? {{Claustrophobia}}. If a writer wants to take her out of a battle, all they need to do is drop some rubble on her--and sometimes not even that much. In her early years, she had a HeroicBSOD when a villain only mentioned a word that made her ''think'' of enclosed spaces. (These days, trying to stick her in an enclosed space just makes her [[UnstoppableRage mad.]])

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* [[http://marvel.wikia.com/Kallark_(Earth-616) Gladiator,]] [[FlyingBrick Praetor]] of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard. [[SuperStrength Strong]] enough to shatter planets. Able to fly at [[FasterThanLightTravel many times the speed of light.]] Can withstand the heat of a star or the blast of a supernova. Has EyeBeams of unimaginable heat, and they can see particles on a subatomic level. Truly a being of such infinite power can only be defeated by... making him feel bad about himself.
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himself. Somewhat justified in that his powers are explicitly psionic/mental in nature. If he believes that they won't work or that he can't complete a task with them, they won't work and he won't be able to complete that task. This means you don't actually need a weapon powerful enough to beat him, only something which you can convince him is a weapon powerful enough to beat him, which Rocket Raccoon exploited.
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exploited. Alternatively, bringing anything to the table that can disrupt psionic powers works just as well, as Nova showed when he beat Xenith -another Strontian- -- another Strontian -- in just ''one punch'' after messing up her psionic powers with a headbutt from his psionic-dampening helmet.
* Another parody--Super-Ace, parody -- Super-Ace, an alternate Ace Rimmer from a superhero universe appeared in one ''Series/RedDwarf Smegazine'' comic strip. While he had the full array of FlyingBrick powers, his one weakness was ...was... human flesh. So an ordinary {{Mook|s}} could ''punch'' him.
* Comicbook/{{Storm}}, of the Comicbook/XMen, has complete control of the weather: in practice it gives her flight, superspeed, and the command of electricity, water, cold, and wind. So what's her weakness? {{Claustrophobia}}. If a writer wants to take her out of a battle, all they need to do is drop some rubble on her--and her -- and sometimes not even that much. In her early years, she had a HeroicBSOD when a villain only mentioned a word that made her ''think'' of enclosed spaces. (These days, trying to stick her in an enclosed space just makes her [[UnstoppableRage mad.]])



* ''ComicBook/{{Lanfeust}}'':
** In this setting, trolls are near-unstoppable hulking brutes with SuperStrength. Their weakness? A crippling fear of water and getting wet. Since trolls are covered in coarse hair where live whole colonies of insects, and pride themselves of their flies, their stench and how dirty they are, the concept of getting clean terrify them. A mere drizzle will make them run like headless chickens in search of a shelter. Waha, the protagonist of the ''ComicBook/TrollDeTroy'' spin-off, is a human reared by trolls and thus share this water phobia.
** In the animated adaptation of ''Troll de Troy'', there is also a flower whose smell instantly put trolls to sleep.



-->'''Megamind''': Your weakness is ''copper''!? You're kidding, right?

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-->'''Megamind''': -->'''Megamind:''' Your weakness is ''copper''!? You're kidding, right?



* The [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot undead mutant warrior things]] from [[TheEighties the 80s]] flick ''Film/NeonManiacs'' are virtually invulnerable except, like many other things on this list, they can be [[KillItWithWater dissolved with a squirt gun.]]
* The goblins from ''Film/{{Troll 2}}'' are defeated when Joshua eats a double-decker bologna sandwich in front of them during the film's climax. They can't come within 20 feet of you after you eat 2 bites of bologna.

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* The [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot undead mutant warrior things]] from [[TheEighties the 80s]] TheEighties flick ''Film/NeonManiacs'' are virtually invulnerable except, like many other things on this list, they can be [[KillItWithWater dissolved with a squirt gun.]]
* The goblins from ''Film/{{Troll 2}}'' ''Film/Troll2'' are defeated when Joshua eats a double-decker bologna sandwich in front of them during the film's climax. They can't come within 20 feet of you after you eat 2 bites of bologna.



* In ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'', Godzilla's arms are very stubby compared to the rest of him. The male M.U.T.O took advantage of this a couple of times by jumping on his head and stabbing away at him with those long forelegs, with Godzilla having an extremely difficult time dislodging him since he could barely touch the top of his head. They are plenty strong, though, and he uses them to fight the female Muto.
* The titular Nightmare Man is a pretty powerful fertility god, he can kill people, grab and crush people's hearts by sticking his hand in, control dead people as puppets, etc....his weakness, if the person he's possessed is on anti-psychotic pills he can't do anything at all.

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* In ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'', ''Film/Godzilla2014'', Godzilla's arms are very stubby compared to the rest of him. The male M.U.T.O took advantage of this a couple of times by jumping on his head and stabbing away at him with those long forelegs, with Godzilla having an extremely difficult time dislodging him since he could barely touch the top of his head. They are plenty strong, though, and he uses them to fight the female Muto.
* The titular Nightmare Man is a pretty powerful fertility god, he can kill people, grab and crush people's hearts by sticking his hand in, control dead people as puppets, etc....his etc. His weakness, if the person he's possessed is on anti-psychotic pills he can't do anything at all.



** The Wicked Witch is not the only one afraid of water; while Tin Man doesn't melt, he rusts to the point of total immobility - even though he shouldn't.

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** The Wicked Witch is not the only one afraid of water; while Tin Man doesn't melt, he rusts to the point of total immobility - -- even though he shouldn't.



* The weakness from ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' is spoofed in the ''Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles'', where evil wizards can be melted with water--but only with soap and lemon juice added. The good witch Morwen, on the other hand, explicitly does not melt. It is later theorized that this might be because the wizards never shower while Morwen is something of a neat-freak. Eventually, the heroes refined this into a one word spell with the same effect. One very memorable word, too: [[spoiler: Argelfraster]]!

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* The weakness from ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' is spoofed in the ''Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles'', where evil wizards can be melted with water--but water -- but only with soap and lemon juice added. The good witch Morwen, on the other hand, explicitly does not melt. It is later theorized that this might be because the wizards never shower while Morwen is something of a neat-freak. Eventually, the heroes refined this into a one word spell with the same effect. One very memorable word, too: [[spoiler: Argelfraster]]!



* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** The Boggart in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'' seems to be almost an incarnation of this trope. A Boggart will materialize in the form of a person's worst fear (though exactly what that means is debatable). The way to repel one is to forcibly imagine the fearsome thing as something ridiculous, and then laugh at it. Alternatively, the Boggart can't handle trying to frighten more than one person at once, as attempts to materialize into more than one person's fear results in things such as the "half a slug" incident. This is why Lupin advised his students not to face a Boggart alone (combined with the above reason).
*** ''[[AllThereInTheManual Pottermore]]'' goes a little more into detail with the boggart - since they're nearly impossible to kill and feed off emotion, they're incredibly dangerous to Muggles, but given that Riddikulus is such a simple spell that a thirteen-year-old can learn it in minutes, even a very powerful boggart is a minor nuisance to a prepared wizard. At one point, it describes a boggart that had fed on the fears of local Muggles and become "an elephantine black shadow with glowing white eyes"... only to then note that a Ministry wizard was able to trap it in a ''matchbox.''

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** The Boggart in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'' seems to be almost an incarnation of this trope. A Boggart will materialize in the form of a person's worst fear (though exactly what that means is debatable). The way to repel one is to forcibly imagine the fearsome thing as something ridiculous, and then laugh at it. Alternatively, the Boggart can't handle trying to frighten more than one person at once, as attempts to materialize into more than one person's fear results in things such as the "half a slug" incident. This is why Lupin advised his students not to face a Boggart alone (combined with the above reason).
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reason).\\\
''[[AllThereInTheManual Pottermore]]'' goes a little more into detail with the boggart - -- since they're nearly impossible to kill and feed off emotion, they're incredibly dangerous to Muggles, but given that Riddikulus is such a simple spell that a thirteen-year-old can learn it in minutes, even a very powerful boggart is a minor nuisance to a prepared wizard. At one point, it describes a boggart that had fed on the fears of local Muggles and become "an elephantine black shadow with glowing white eyes"... only to then note that a Ministry wizard was able to trap it in a ''matchbox.''



*** Non-incarnated Auditors can be killed by getting them to say "I", "me", or otherwise admit individuality. [[InsaneTrollLogic Since it's widely]] [[RuleOfFunny known that]] (a) only living things have individuality, (b) all living things die after some amount of time and (c) any living thing's lifespan is practically no time at all compared to the universe's, any Auditor who admits individuality instantly dies. By the perspective of the rest of them, this isn't much of a loss, since there are more Auditors than there is ''anything else in the universe'' and, by definition, any given one of them is supposed to lack any defining characteristics.
** Much of the plot of ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'' concerns a group of "modern" vampires attempting to subvert this trope by developing resistances to the traditional vampire weaknesses. [[spoiler: They ultimately fail to do so.]]
*** Discworld vampires play this trope in a weird, AllMythsAreTrue way. ALL weaknesses you might have ever heard of apply to SOME vampire, but you may have to do trial and error to find out which ones apply to the particular one who's trying to eat you right now. There are also a few with psychological problems that compel them to do things that directly address their particular weakness (such as the vampire flash photographer who works for The Truth, who has a weakness to bright light, and the one who worked at such jobs as pencil maker, garlic stacker, and whole-sale holy water clerk).

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*** ** Non-incarnated Auditors can be killed by getting them to say "I", "me", or otherwise admit individuality. [[InsaneTrollLogic Since it's widely]] [[RuleOfFunny known that]] (a) only living things have individuality, (b) all living things die after some amount of time and (c) any living thing's lifespan is practically no time at all compared to the universe's, any Auditor who admits individuality instantly dies. By the perspective of the rest of them, this isn't much of a loss, since there are more Auditors than there is ''anything else in the universe'' and, by definition, any given one of them is supposed to lack any defining characteristics.
** Much of the plot of ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'' concerns a group of "modern" vampires attempting to subvert this trope by developing resistances to the traditional vampire weaknesses. [[spoiler: They [[spoiler:They ultimately fail to do so.]]
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]] Discworld vampires play this trope in a weird, AllMythsAreTrue way. ALL weaknesses you might have ever heard of apply to SOME vampire, but you may have to do trial and error to find out which ones apply to the particular one who's trying to eat you right now. There are also a few with psychological problems that compel them to do things that directly address their particular weakness (such as the vampire flash photographer who works for The Truth, who has a weakness to bright light, and the one who worked at such jobs as pencil maker, garlic stacker, and whole-sale holy water clerk).



* In ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'', fairy magic can be completely stopped by animal fat. That's right, magic that can make you invisible, hypnotize people, heal nearly anything, and in some cases ''travel through time'' can be stopped by ''lard''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry0TyIJXgoU Praise the Lard!]]
** Possibly a LogicalWeakness instead. Fairy magic is strongly connected to the power of life, so animal fat, as a substance strongly symbolic of death, counters the effects.

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* In ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'', fairy ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'':
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magic can be completely stopped by animal fat. That's right, magic that can make you invisible, hypnotize people, heal nearly anything, and in some cases ''travel through time'' can be stopped by ''lard''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry0TyIJXgoU Praise the Lard!]]
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Lard!]] Possibly a LogicalWeakness instead. Fairy magic is strongly connected to the power of life, so animal fat, as a substance strongly symbolic of death, counters the effects.



* Creator/MercedesLackey has fun {{playing with|ATrope}} the iron weakness of fae; in her [=SERRAted=] Edge book series, the good elves not only use their skills as ''race car mechanics'' to work up a tolerance to iron, but also gladly use the metal to shield themselves from enemy elf attacks. Also, elf magic goes haywire in the presence of iron. \\
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In fact, the good elves have noticed that iron makes their magic go haywire in extremely predictable and repeatable ways, so they have incorporated it into their defenses and can use it to, for example, negate their enemies' magic while delivering their own with deadly accuracy.
** In the same series, however, she plays the Trope straight in that her elves have a powerful vulnerability to caffeine.

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* Creator/MercedesLackey has fun {{playing with|ATrope}} the iron weakness of fae; in her [=SERRAted=] Edge book series, the good elves not only use their skills as ''race car mechanics'' to work up a tolerance to iron, but also gladly use the metal to shield themselves from enemy elf attacks. Also, elf magic goes haywire in the presence of iron. \\
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In fact, the good elves have noticed that iron makes their magic go haywire in extremely predictable and repeatable ways, so they have incorporated it into their defenses and can use it to, for example, negate their enemies' magic while delivering their own with deadly accuracy.
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accuracy. In the same series, however, she plays the Trope straight in that her elves have a powerful vulnerability to caffeine.



* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':



** The most famous example is the Cybermen and their allergy to gold, which underwent a PowerCreepPowerSeep, slowly going from "gold ''dust'' can gum up the works" to "touch gold, die screaming." It eventually led to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E3SilverNemesis "Silver Nemesis"]] and the hilarious scene of Cybermen being stopped by gold coins and a slingshot. At the time a popular joke was that in their next appearance, just [[VerbalWeakness saying the word "gold"]] to one would kill it. This was quietly ignored in later episodes, since those Cybermen came from an AlternateHistory (though a ContinuityNod was made in a tie-in website which stated that said AlternateHistory Cybermen did initially have an "allergy" to gold, but it was eliminated by R&D). No one has actually tried using gold on them yet... As of [[Recap/DoctorWhos33e12NightmareinSilver "Nightmare in Silver"]], it is revealed that the weakness to gold wasn't due to hardware but, somehow, software problems!

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** The most famous example is the Cybermen and their allergy to gold, which underwent a PowerCreepPowerSeep, slowly going from "gold ''dust'' can gum up the works" to "touch gold, die screaming." It eventually led to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E3SilverNemesis "Silver Nemesis"]] "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E3SilverNemesis Silver Nemesis]]" and the hilarious scene of Cybermen being stopped by gold coins and a slingshot. At the time a popular joke was that in their next appearance, just [[VerbalWeakness saying the word "gold"]] to one would kill it. This was quietly ignored in later episodes, since those Cybermen came from an AlternateHistory (though a ContinuityNod was made in a tie-in website which stated that said AlternateHistory Cybermen did initially have an "allergy" to gold, but it was eliminated by R&D). No one No-one has actually tried using gold on them yet... As of [[Recap/DoctorWhos33e12NightmareinSilver "Nightmare "[[Recap/DoctorWhos33e12NightmareinSilver Nightmare in Silver"]], Silver]]", it is revealed that the weakness to gold wasn't due to hardware but, somehow, software problems!



** The Cybermen had a wide variety of one episode weaknesses in the original series including radiation, cold, plastic, bullets (yes, really) and ''nail varnish remover''.

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** The Cybermen had a wide variety of one episode one-episode weaknesses in the original series including radiation, cold, plastic, bullets (yes, really) and ''nail varnish remover''.



** Daleks are famed for their inability to climb stairs, though this was never established in the show. However, they could be blinded by obscuring their rather obvious [[EyeOnAStalk eyestalks]], or incapacitated by pushing them over. One '60s story even sees a Dalek defeated by pushing it so it faces a wall and then piling rocks around its base to stop it moving. In their very earliest appearance they could only operate by absorbing static electricity, preventing them from leaving their city. This was later ignored, even in "Genesis of the Daleks", which was set earlier. Over time, they became far more credible foes. They were actually shown climbing stairs in 1988's "Remembrance of the Daleks" (much to the Doctor's horror). In the new series, they cannot only hover but swoop around like crazy ("'''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome EL-EV-ATE!!]]'''"), remove foreign substances from their eyestalk lens (much to Wilfred's chagrin), and ''incinerate humans on touch''.\\
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** Daleks are famed for their inability to climb stairs, though this was never established in the show. However, they could be blinded by obscuring their rather obvious [[EyeOnAStalk eyestalks]], or incapacitated by pushing them over. One '60s story even sees a Dalek defeated by pushing it so it faces a wall and then piling rocks around its base to stop it moving. In their very earliest appearance they could only operate by absorbing static electricity, preventing them from leaving their city. This was later ignored, even in "Genesis of the Daleks", which was set earlier. Over time, they became far more credible foes. They were actually shown climbing stairs in 1988's "Remembrance of the Daleks" (much to the Doctor's horror). In the new series, they cannot only hover but swoop around like crazy ("'''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome EL-EV-ATE!!]]'''"), remove foreign substances from their eyestalk lens (much to Wilfred's chagrin), and ''incinerate humans on touch''.\\
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26th Feb '17 11:19:47 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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** Considering that Sampson continued consorting with Delilah long after she'd made it ridiculously obvious that she was committed to selling him out to the Philistines, and even ''told her his real weakness,'' it could be argued that his worst WeaksauceWeakness was [[HoneyTrap pretty women]].
20th Feb '17 11:28:10 AM JapaneseTeeth
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* ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'': Akane is an ancient demon whose powers include mind control, teleportation, shapeshifting, duplicating herself, and summoning meteors. She also has a ''massive'' SweetTooth, and anyone can foil her plans by holding up a piece of candy, which she will immediately fixate on.
18th Feb '17 5:56:44 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* In ''Manga/KobayashiSanChiNoMaidDragon'' Tooru mentioned that her friend Herensuge was beaten to death by an egg without a yolk. [[ShownTheirWork This is actually a reference to the legend that Herensuge could be killed by cracking an egg on its head]].

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* In ''Manga/KobayashiSanChiNoMaidDragon'' ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' Tooru mentioned that her friend Herensuge was beaten to death by an egg without a yolk. [[ShownTheirWork This is actually a reference to the legend that Herensuge could be killed by cracking an egg on its head]].
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