Created By: Earnest on September 11, 2009
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The "I ignore your power" power

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This is probably already covered, but it's worth a shot. Some super powered people act as a Power Nullifier, disabling other people's powers. Other times, a hero is so determined they can Fight Off the Kryptonite and use their abilities in unfavorable circumstances. Then there's supers who are "so powerful" they can just ignore other character's powers on a whim.

They can't actually nullify this character's power, neither is he gifted with similar abilities (say, telepathy) allowing him to resist on an equal field, nor does he possess the superpower of being immune to super powers... he can just choose to ignore it. Almost as if it were a make believe children's game where one of the kids refuses to "play by the rules" and insists they're invincible and immune to their playmates imaginary powers.

As you can guess, this can be a very groanworthy way of adding Fake Difficulty for a hero, having villains who can basically ignore their entire repertoire while being completely unhindered themselves. In fact, heroes only very rarely get the benefit of this trope. Most of the time they have to work for it via clever planning, Heroic Willpower or Fight Off the Kryptonite.
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  • September 11, 2009
    random surfer
    The Hatian from Heroes
  • September 11, 2009
    Floria
    Will o' the Wisps and Golems in Dungeons And Dragons (at least in 3rd edition) are immune to most spells, which makes fights against them rather boring for magic users who aren't focused on buffing their allies.
  • September 11, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    The Hatian isn't actually an example--he's a Power Nullifier.

    Actually, Dungeons And Dragons has a lot of examples. Typically, something with a lot of magical powers is best defeated through force of arms.
  • September 11, 2009
    random surfer
    Sorry, I think I misread the trope.
  • September 11, 2009
    CAD
    In the Pokemon games, a couple pokemon have an annoying power called Mold Breaker which essentially lets them ignore an enemy's immunities and damage them anyway.
  • September 12, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Like Bella being immumet to telepathy in twilight. She extends it to other people in New Moon
  • September 12, 2009
    Edgukator
    Professional Wrestling already has the term No Sell to describe this. You hit the Big Bad with your most lethal finisher and he shrugs it off as if nothing happened.
  • September 12, 2009
    BlackMageJ
    Valek in Maria Snyder's Ixia And Sitia books is immune to all magic, but has no magical power himself.

    The Tau in Warhammer 40 K have so little Warp presence that it grants them some protection from Chaos' mind-affecting abilities, although a Chaos creature manifested in the physical world can still eat them without difficulty.
  • September 12, 2009
    JoieDeCombat
    In the Legion Of Super Heroes comics, Nemesis Kid's ability to adapt to his enemy's powers is frequently applied this way.
  • September 12, 2009
    TheAdversary
    Battler and later his sister Ange in Umineko No Naku Koro Ni.
  • September 12, 2009
    Supertroper
    Neo from The Matrix perhaps?

    "Don't try to bend the spoon, that would be impossible. Instead try to realize the truth. There is no spoon"
  • September 12, 2009
    Arilou
    More specifically, in earlier Dungeons And Dragons editions certain monsters were immune to certain spells.

    Cyclops and Havok are brothers, and as a consequence of their Sibling Immunity they aren't hurt by each other's blasts.

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