Created By: Maymon on June 5, 2011 Last Edited By: Maymon on June 19, 2011

Achilles Foot

I see all of your vital areas, but none are as good as attacking your foot.

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There are two versions of this.

1) Two people are fighting, and although it's perfectly logical to stab a person in his chest or hit him in the face, instead the he gets a knife/sword/blunt object slammed into his foot. This, of course, is far more effective, because we all know that the feet are a person's largest weakness.

2) Antagonist is holding a hostage, and the hostage stomps on his foot, which makes him let go, because we all know there's no pain in the world like a foot smash.

Also.. I'm a poor writer, but I think you get the jist.
Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • June 6, 2011
    So this isn't a trope for any critical non-obvious weakness?
  • June 6, 2011
    No. It's a trope about the amazing power of the foot attack.
  • June 6, 2011
    The second one is maaaaaybe tropeable (but not necessarily limited to foot attacks), the first one seems very much People Sit On Chairs.
  • June 6, 2011
    I think there's a lot of potential for confusion with Achilles Heel with this name
  • June 6, 2011
    I wasn't really stuck on the name. I'm a poor writer and not all that creative... just happened to notice a lot of foot action in movies. I found it odd that the "ultimate move" in a lot of movies deals with feet stabbing/stomping/smashing.
  • June 7, 2011
  • June 9, 2011
    Not the same as Agony Of The Feet. For instance, if you see Hellboy II (the most recent example for me), the guy is slicing a group of.. things, and he has a clear opening to attack any vital area of the beast but instead opts to stab his foot, which is ridiculous, because, although painful, I'm sure it could have just hacked off the guy's head in retaliation. But since he was stabbed in the foot, it's like the end-all be-all fatality move. I wish I had more examples to show what I'm talking about, but I know I've seen this happen SEVERAL times.
  • June 9, 2011
    I think the sarcasm in your description is vague and might give people the wrong idea of what you mean.
  • June 10, 2011
    Antagonist is holding a hostage, and the hostage stomps on his foot, which makes him let go, because we all know there's no pain in the world like a foot smash.

    I think this should be a separate trope, maybe Standard Female Attack Area, to go with Standard Female Grab Area...
  • June 18, 2011
    Just saw some (maybe unnecessary) foot shooting in both Taken and Wanted. Maybe I'm just not good at explaining it, but I just see a lot of violence towards feet in movies.
  • June 19, 2011
    • The Fellowship of the Ring. Justified during the fight between the party and the orcs in Moria, as hobbits are shorter than humans.
    There was a blow on the door that made it quiver; and then it began to grind slowly open, driving back the wedges. A huge arm and shoulder, with a dark skin of greenish scales, was thrust through the widening gap. Then a great, flat, toeless foot was forced through below. [snip]
    Suddenly, and to his own surprise, Frodo felt a hot wrath blaze up in his heart. "The Shire!" he cried, and springing beside Boromir, he stooped, and stabbed with Sting at the hideous foot. There was a bellow, and the foot jerked back, nearly wrenching Sting from Frodo's arm.