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6th Dec '16 11:39:57 PM Tron80
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** [[Funny/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Used hilariously]] in the animated series, with an episode consisting of Superman using clever and creative ways of exploiting Mr. Mxyzptlk's "weakness", often without having to use any sort of super powers at all.

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** [[Funny/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'': Used hilariously]] in the animated series, hilariously, with an episode consisting of Superman using clever and creative ways of exploiting Mr. Mxyzptlk's "weakness", often without having to use any sort of super powers at all.



* ComicBook/{{Venom}}. Weaknesses? Fire and loud noise. At one point, he's defeated with nothing more than a ''lighter'' (which raises the question of why Franchise/SpiderMan doesn't just carry a $1.98 Bic lighter with him at all times). This varies DependingOnTheWriter. ComicBook/{{Carnage}} shares some of the same weaknesses.

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ComicBook/{{Venom}}. Weaknesses? Fire and loud noise. At one point, he's defeated with nothing more than a ''lighter'' (which raises the question of why Franchise/SpiderMan doesn't just carry a $1.98 Bic lighter with him at all times). This varies DependingOnTheWriter. ComicBook/{{Carnage}} shares some of the same weaknesses.


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** In ''Comicbook/SupermanVsTheAmazingSpiderMan'', Comicbook/DoctorOctopus becomes almost completely helpless when his glasses get broken.
30th Nov '16 7:56:21 PM LadyNorbert
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* ''Film/ErnestScaredStupid'''s titular monsters are these trolls, who legend speaks of them being weak to... milk.

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* ''Film/ErnestScaredStupid'''s titular monsters In ''Film/ErnestScaredStupid'', what's scaring Ernest so much are these trolls, who a variety of trolls who, legend speaks of them being weak has it, are vulnerable to... milk.



* In TheTraveler, the only way to counter Mr Nobody is actually by[[spoiler: letting him hear his real full name]], which will make him lose powers and become vulnerable to physical attacks. Kinda makes sense for him to conceal his identity throughout the film.

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* In TheTraveler, ''Film/TheTraveler'', the only way to counter Mr Mr. Nobody is actually by[[spoiler: letting by [[spoiler:letting him hear his real full name]], which will make him lose powers and become vulnerable to physical attacks. Kinda makes sense for him to conceal his identity throughout the film.



* ''Film/{{Hancock}}'s'' only weakness? His real wife. Any attempt to live a loving, fulfilling life with his wife of ''3,000'' years will cause them to both become mortal in order to die together. Unfortunately, Hancock has a hero complex to save people. Which attracts bad guys who attack them in their weakened state. They argue, he leaves, they meet again and the whole cycle starts again. His wife says the gods who created them gave this as a gift. So that they could find love and be happy, and not have to see everyone they care about die as they remain [[WhoWantsToLiveForever unchanged and alive]].

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* ''Film/{{Hancock}}'s'' only weakness? His real wife. Any attempt to live a loving, fulfilling life with his wife of ''3,000'' years will cause them to both become mortal in order to die together. Unfortunately, Hancock has a hero complex to save people. Which people, which attracts bad guys who attack them in their weakened state. They argue, he leaves, they meet again and the whole cycle starts again. His wife says the gods who created them gave this as a gift. So that they could find love and be happy, and not have to see everyone they care about die as they remain [[WhoWantsToLiveForever unchanged and alive]].



* The Wicked Witch of the West from the ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' was done in by a pail of water. This was explained in the book (but not in [[Film/TheWizardOfOz the movie]]) as due to her being "dried up by years of evil" but no indication was ever given that water would kill her. The book does mention that the Witch would never go near Dorothy when she bathed because she hated water.

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* The Wicked Witch of the West from the ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' was done in by a pail of water. This was explained in the book (but not in [[Film/TheWizardOfOz the movie]]) as due to her being "dried up by years of evil" evil," but no indication was ever given that water would kill her. The book does mention that the Witch would never go near Dorothy when she bathed because she hated water.



** 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.
** Another [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz]]-related Weaksauce: the Nome King was an extremely powerful, nigh-invincible subterranean fairy who had armies of nomes... all of them, including him, could be weakened to the point of being killed by ''eggs''. This doesn't look as bad as it seems at first, because there's only one chicken in Oz, and even that one was brought there from Kansas.

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** The Wicked Witch is not the only one afraid of water: water; while Tin Man doesn't melt, he rusts to the point of total immobility - even though he shouldn't.
** Another [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz]]-related Weaksauce: the Nome King was an extremely powerful, nigh-invincible subterranean fairy who had armies of nomes... all of them, including him, could be weakened to the point of being killed by ''eggs''. This doesn't look really isn't as bad as it seems at first, though, because there's only one chicken in Oz, and even that one was brought there from Kansas.



* The aliens in ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' were killed by [[spoiler:a common disease. The aliens were so advanced and germophobic that they wiped out all microbial life on their native planet. Which meant they had nothing to develop immunities to when they invaded Earth]].

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* The aliens in ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' were killed by [[spoiler:a common disease. The aliens were so advanced and germophobic that they wiped out all microbial life on their native planet. Which This meant they had nothing to develop no means of developing immunities to when they invaded Earth]].



** Tolkien was famous for using existing legends to establish the reason why certain myths are the way they are. The fact that they fear running water is a reference to many mythic demons, who could not cross running water. [[WatsonianVersusDoylist In-universe]], one could infer that it's because their cloaked robes are the only things keeping their wraith-forms contained in any semblance of physical form. Trying to cross rapidly moving water would run the risk of their cloaks being swept away, meaning they'd become intangible and useless until they found replacement clothing to allow them to reconstitute themselves, which is exactly what happened to the ones caught in the flood outside Rivendell. (This also gives them a second reason to want to avoid fire)

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** Tolkien was famous for using existing legends to establish the reason why certain myths are the way they are. The fact that they fear running water is a reference to many mythic demons, who could not cross running water. [[WatsonianVersusDoylist In-universe]], one could infer that it's because their cloaked robes are the only things keeping their wraith-forms contained in any semblance of physical form. Trying to cross rapidly moving water would run the risk of their cloaks being swept away, meaning they'd become intangible and useless until they found replacement clothing to allow them to reconstitute themselves, which is exactly what happened to the ones caught in the flood outside Rivendell. (This also gives them a second reason to want to avoid fire)fire.)



* Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse
** A secondary canon Star Trek novel (World Without End) describes Vulcans as being extremely vulnerable to cold, sufficient exposure to Earth's winters can kill them much faster than the exposure can kill a human. When staying on Earth briefly with his mother's family as a boy, Spock has to be completely bundled up whenever he is walking outside in the snow.
** The Saurians are immensely strong, can breathe almost anything, have incredible stamina…but being nocturnal and having huge, sensitive eyes, they can be rendered helpless by shining a bright light. Saurians serving in Starfleet wear protective lenses.

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* Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse
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** A secondary canon Star Trek ''Star Trek'' novel (World (''World Without End) End'') describes Vulcans as being extremely vulnerable to cold, and sufficient exposure to Earth's winters can kill them much faster than the exposure can kill a human. When staying on Earth briefly with his mother's family as a boy, Spock has to be completely bundled up whenever he is walking outside in the snow.
** The Saurians are immensely strong, can breathe almost anything, have incredible stamina…but stamina... but being nocturnal and having huge, sensitive eyes, they can be rendered helpless by shining a bright light. Saurians serving in Starfleet wear protective lenses.



* Epics in Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy all have one factor that will at least temporarily negate their powers. They range from incredibly difficult to identify, much less exploit, to ones like ultraviolet light and smoke.
** In ''Mitosis'' the eponymous Epic's weakness is his own music - a former musician who loathed his band's songs, he was defeated by a group of people singing at him.
** In ''Firefight'' Newton's weakness is [[spoiler: ''being complimented'']]. The instant this is discovered her threat ends.

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* Epics in Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy ''Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy'' all have one factor that will at least temporarily negate their powers. They range from incredibly difficult to identify, much less exploit, to ones like ultraviolet light and smoke.
** In ''Mitosis'' ''Mitosis,'' the eponymous Epic's weakness is his own music - a former musician who loathed his band's songs, he was defeated by a group of people singing at him.
** In ''Firefight'' ''Firefight,'' Newton's weakness is [[spoiler: ''being complimented'']]. The instant this is discovered her threat ends.



* In "Rawhide Rex", a short story from Creator/CliveBarker's Books of Blood, the titular creature is nearly immortal and capable of paralyzing his enemies with a gaze. What does him in is his pathological fear of menstruating women. To him, the idea is unnatural and smacks of castration. So strong is his fear, he was able to be entombed in a pit for 400 years simply by being buried with a few primitive statues depicting a menstruating woman. Having one of these shown to him, makes him seize up in fear allowing the villagers to lynch him to death.

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* In "Rawhide Rex", a short story from Creator/CliveBarker's Books ''Books of Blood, Blood'', the titular creature is nearly immortal and capable of paralyzing his enemies with a gaze. What does him in is his pathological fear of menstruating women. To him, the idea is unnatural and smacks of castration. So strong is his fear, he was able to be entombed in a pit for 400 years simply by being buried with a few primitive statues depicting a menstruating woman. Having one of these shown to him, makes him seize up in fear allowing the villagers to lynch him to death.



* The only thing which can subdue the Horned King in ''[[Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain The Book of Three]]'' is his real name. Notably, neither the reader nor most of the heroes ever actually learn what it is; only Prince Gwydion knows it, and he's not telling.



** Ghosts don't like salt. "TruthInTelevision", or as close as you can get: A book on ghosts states that they actually can't stand salt. If you sprinkle some on your doorstep, they can't get in your house. It's supposed to be pure.

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** Ghosts don't like salt. "TruthInTelevision", This TruthInTelevision, or as close as you can get: A book on ghosts states that they actually can't stand salt. If you sprinkle some on your doorstep, they can't get in your house. It's supposed to be pure.



* Myth/NorseMythology: When Baldr/Balder, the son of Odin, was born, his mother Frigg made all living things vow not to be able to hurt him. The only living thing that didn't make this promise was mistletoe, which would be fatal to him. So Loki, the trickster god, goes and gets an arrow tipped with poisonous mistletoe and has the blind god Hoor shoot it at Baldr, killing him. Baldr's death would start a chain of events that led to Ragnarok (see further below for the ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' example).

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* Myth/NorseMythology: When Baldr/Balder, the son of Odin, was born, his mother Frigg made all living things vow not to be able to hurt him. The only living thing that didn't make this promise was mistletoe, which as she felt it was too young to be bound to such a promise, and so it alone would be fatal to him. So The gods made a game of it, throwing random items at Baldr and amusing themselves by watching the projectiles deliberately avoid striking him. Loki, the trickster god, goes and gets an arrow tipped with poisonous deceived her so that she would reveal this weakness. He acquired some mistletoe and has brought it to the blind god Hoor shoot Hoor, telling him that he should also get to participate in the gods' fun little game; of course, when the mistletoe struck Bald, it at Baldr, killing killed him. Baldr's death would was the start a of the chain of events that led to Ragnarok (see further below for the ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' example).



The multitude of fiction involving vampires, though, has led to a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent multitude of differing weaknesses]] -- including varying degrees of effectiveness. In some settings, vampires are weak to silver, and other religious symbols affect them as much as Christian ones. Then there's the older, more obscure, and even more restrictive weaknesses such as [[CannotCrossRunningWater inability to cross running water]], or obsessive-compulsive disorder causing the need to count piles of seeds, grains of sand, or other small objects, inability to stand constant bell ringing, and even the need to be invited to enter houses.\\\

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The multitude of fiction involving vampires, though, has led to a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent multitude of differing weaknesses]] -- including varying degrees of effectiveness. In some settings, vampires are weak to silver, and other religious symbols affect them as much as Christian ones. Then there's the older, more obscure, and even more restrictive weaknesses such as [[CannotCrossRunningWater inability to cross running water]], or the obsessive-compulsive disorder causing the need to count piles of seeds, grains of sand, or other small objects, the inability to stand constant bell ringing, and even the need to be invited to enter houses.\\\
25th Nov '16 9:34:50 PM CnHGirl
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** Humans with various mental illnesses/neuro-developmental disorders, such as an emotional disorder or autism spectrum disorder, have severe sensitivity to loud noises and the above types of noises, to the point of experiencing anxiety and physical pain when hearing them.
21st Nov '16 12:33:50 AM Spoib
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* Comicbook/MartianManhunter has a ridiculous amount of powers, yet he had weakness to fire, making it quite easy to disable him. 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.

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* Comicbook/MartianManhunter has a ridiculous amount of powers, yet he had weakness to fire, making it quite easy to disable him. 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.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.
16th Nov '16 7:02:16 AM ashlay
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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': The Reaper, a massively powerful BonusBoss meant for endgame parties will become paralyzed and can be easily killed in a few turns by even lower level parties when infected with the flu.
12th Nov '16 4:45:36 PM RJamesGauvreau
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* ''Literature/HeroesSaveTheWorld'': Austin Smith can control fire, but apparently it slowly raises his body temperature as he's doing it. You can see how this might pose a problem.
5th Nov '16 12:13:52 AM DustSnitch
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* Liz's beast-man of a boss in ''Webcomic/DeadWinter'' doesn't really know how to fight, yet is still able to take on [[{{Badass}} Monday]] pretty effectively due to his sheer giganticness and indestructibility. Monday stabs him in the shoulder, [[GroinAttack kicks him in a certain area]], etc. but never really fazes him; the heroes end up ''smashing him in the head with a metal pole attached to a fast-moving car'', but this only stuns him temporarily. His weakness? Germs--the imaginary kind. He's such a hypochondriac that slapping him in the face with a dirty mop will [[FreakOut give him a panic attack.]] He gets over his fear of [[ZombieApocalypse zombie infection]] pretty quickly, though...

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* Liz's beast-man of a boss in ''Webcomic/DeadWinter'' doesn't really know how to fight, yet is still able to take on [[{{Badass}} Monday]] Monday pretty effectively due to his sheer giganticness and indestructibility. Monday stabs him in the shoulder, [[GroinAttack kicks him in a certain area]], etc. but never really fazes him; the heroes end up ''smashing him in the head with a metal pole attached to a fast-moving car'', but this only stuns him temporarily. His weakness? Germs--the imaginary kind. He's such a hypochondriac that slapping him in the face with a dirty mop will [[FreakOut give him a panic attack.]] He gets over his fear of [[ZombieApocalypse zombie infection]] pretty quickly, though...
2nd Nov '16 9:51:04 PM tytoman
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** Good news for Groudon: It's primal form picks up a secondary Fire typing, so it's no longer weak to Grass Knot. The downside is that the only thing staving off its double weakness to Water-type attacks is a unique weather condition that nullifies water moves. Outside of Rayquaza, there happens to be one family of Pokemon whose ability can dispel that condition, and it also happens to be a Water type. Which means that Primal Groudon now lives in mortal fear of ''Psyduck''.
30th Oct '16 6:56:03 AM Perseus
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** Apparently, whistling around Piccolo, or any Namek can really incapacitate them. This becomes a plot point in the DBZ movie ''Lord Slug'' where Piccolo [[spoiler: asks Gohan to start whistling after [[BodyHorror ripping off his own ears]] in a desperate attempt to stop Lord Slug]].

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** Apparently, The sound of whistling around Piccolo, or any Namek can really seriously incapacitate them.Namekians, as a result of their incredibly acute senses of hearing. This becomes a plot point in the DBZ movie ''Lord Slug'' where Piccolo [[spoiler: asks Gohan to start whistling after [[BodyHorror ripping off his own ears]] in a desperate attempt to stop Lord Slug]].
20th Oct '16 10:54:53 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* The same thing appeared in ''Film/AttackOfTheEyeCreatures''. Although, in this case, it was more because TheyJustDidntCare (and because it was an almost word-for-word remake of ''Invasion of the Saucer Men'').

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* The same thing appeared in ''Film/AttackOfTheEyeCreatures''. Although, in this case, it was more because TheyJustDidntCare (and because ''Film/AttackOfTheEyeCreatures'' (because it was an almost word-for-word remake of ''Invasion of the Saucer Men'').
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