Created By: silvercat on October 1, 2011 Last Edited By: silvercat on January 3, 2012

Injury Mirror

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Needs better title? Can somebody go through Attack Reflector and catch any examples I missed?

This person has the perfect defense: any way someone tries to injure him injures the attacker in the same way. If you throw a punch at them, you get a broken jaw. Shoot them? You blow out your own brains. Often a problem when fighting the Enemy Without.

Compare Synchronization, which is limited to two specific people; Attack Reflector, which is an active defense, while this is inherent to the defender.

Examples

Anime & Manga
  • To Aru Majutsu no Index: Accelerator's ability, Redirection, functions like this by default. Anything that tries to hit him will automatically have its vector value reversed and go back where it came from. HARD. Unfortunately, it does in fact simply reverse the vectors, and not redirect away from him, so pulled punches get reflected inwards to hit him.
Somebody that knows the work, is this an example?
  • Class Minus 13 member Kagamaru Chougasaki from Medaka Box takes this Up to Eleven. His "Encounter" Minus redirects all damage directed against him -- physical and emotional. His personality is especially warped because of this. He redirected so many of his feelings and memories -- anything that could be the least bit unpleasant -- to other people that he essentially became "nothing". People grow up by dealing with hardship, not by avoiding it.

Comics

Live Action Television
  • The Red Dwarf episode "Justice" features an area called the Justice Zone, in which reality is warped so that if you attempt to commit a crime, you'll suffer the effects yourself. At the climax of the episode, two people engaged in a fight to the death stray into the Justice Zone, and this trope comes into effect. One of them wins the fight by figuring out what's happened and ceasing to either attack or defend himself, letting his opponent defeat himself.

Film
  • In comedic versions of The Corsican Brothers (such as Cheech And Chong's version) hitting one will injure the other; when they fight amongst themselves they hit themselves so the other gets hurt.
  • In Igor, the main character and his sidekicks are being shot at with a shrinking ray by Dr. Schadenfreude. Scamper comments, "If only you'd made yourself indestructible," which reminds Igor that Eva's indestructible skin makes any projectile ricochet off, and so he gets her to pop up when the next beam is shot, sending it right back at Schadenfreude, shrinking him instead.

Literature
  • In The Empire of the East, Som the Dead, the liche viceroy of the Black Mountains, has a permanent enchantment of this type. Any attempts to harm him rebound back on the attacker. He is eventually killed when a large share of liquid life force is thrown his way.

Live-Action TV
  • In Star Trek: The Original Series, Kirk threatens to do this with a device embedded in the Enterprise that would reflect any attack back at an aggressor. He couldn't do it then, but in the video game Star Trek Armada, set almost a century later, the player can perform a "Corbomite Maneuver".

Tabletop RPG
  • Dungeons & Dragons. The Fire Shield spell provided this protection. Any melee attack on the spell recipient caused normal damage but inflicted double damage on the attacker.
  • Cain is believed to still have this in Vampire: The Masquerade (see Other for details).

Webcomics

Web Originals

Other
  • Cain from the Bible has this plus damage multiplier due to a bad case of Cursed By God. Any harm that is inflicted upon him will be reflected upon the attacker sevenfold.

Community Feedback Replies: 20
  • October 1, 2011
    KTera
    The Invincible Shield Maiden (link is not work-safe) from Oglaf.
  • October 1, 2011
    Dawnwing
    How about Injury Mirror for the title? "Reflection" made me think it was about a character reflecting on his injuries, talking about how it could be worse or something.
  • October 2, 2011
    Octagon8
    Kind of like Desperation Attack + Counter Attack.

    Often a problem when fighting the Enemy Without.
  • October 2, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Rubber And Glue Defense?

    In comedic versions of The Corsican Brothers (such as Cheech And Chong's version) hitting one will injure the other; when they fight amongst themselves they hit themselves so the other gets hurt.
  • October 2, 2011
    PaulA
    • The Red Dwarf episode "Justice" features an area called the Justice Zone, in which reality is warped so that if you attempt to commit a crime, you'll suffer the effects yourself. At the climax of the episode, two people engaged in a fight to the death stray into the Justice Zone, and this trope comes into effect. One of them wins the fight by figuring out what's happened and ceasing to either attack or defend himself, letting his opponent defeat himself.
  • October 2, 2011
    silvercat
    Injury Mirror is probably better, yes.
  • October 3, 2011
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Dungeons And Dragons. The Fire Shield spell provided this protection. Any melee attack on the spell recipient caused normal damage but inflicted double damage on the attacker.
  • October 4, 2011
    IuraCivium
    If this could be expanded a bit to anyone else who becomes injured when the target is, the second Hellboy film is an example--Nuada and Nuala are siblings, and when injury is inflicted on the one, the other receives identical damages.
  • October 5, 2011
    silvercat
    ^ That's Synchronization.
  • October 5, 2011
    Xelloss08
    • In the Kamigawa cycle of Magic The Gathering novels, Toshi Umezawa has a spell that temporarily reflects any injuries he receives back onto his attacker.
  • October 5, 2011
    Ryuuma
  • October 5, 2011
    silvercat
    I'm leaning toward either Injury Mirror or Rubber And Glue Defense, personally. Opinions?
  • October 6, 2011
    Koveras
    Btw, you do know that we have a trope called Attack Reflector, don't you?

    • Cain from the Bible has this plus damage multiplier due to a bad case of Cursed By God. Any harm that is inflicted upon him will be reflected upon the attacker sevenfold.
    • He is believed to still have this in Vampire The Masquerade, too.
  • October 6, 2011
    silvercat
    ^ Yes, I just forgot to add it to the comparisons :) Attack Reflector seems to be an active outside defense (in that the person that has has to do something with something), while this was meant as a passive inherent one (it just happens and it's part of the person)

    (Can somebody rewrite that better? I tried up above)

    (I've added some examples from Attack Reflector.)
  • October 8, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    Dorian Gray's portrait in Wilde's novel and subsequent adaptations? It takes on every injury/disease/character flaw Dorian acquires.
  • October 9, 2011
    LiberatedLiberater
    The Index example seems to be correct. Accelerator's power is both passive and active, so it belongs on both tropes.
  • October 9, 2011
    PaulA
    ^^ Dorian Gray's portrait doesn't doesn't reflect the attack back onto the attacker.
  • December 18, 2011
    Octagon8
    • In Final Fantasy Tactics, characters with the reaction ability Damage Split deal the amount of damage taken to their attacker.
    Compare Hostage Spirit Link.
  • December 20, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    When a recurring minor villain used it on Lina Inverse, she was confused for a moment... then she reasoned that even with the blows reflected equally, she is tougher than her opponent, and proceeded to give her a merciless beating with bare hands.
  • January 3, 2012
    TBeholder
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