Created By: TheGoodNamesAreGone on July 10, 2011 Last Edited By: TheGoodNamesAreGone on July 13, 2011

Climax Vulnerability

The Hero is invincible. Unless it's the climax.

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Do We Have This. Seen it a Million Times. Needs More Examples, Better Title, Better Description.

The villain's traps have been escaped, thousands of Mooks have been dispatched, The Dragon is dead, and The Hero has done it all without a scratch, now all that's left is to kill the Big Bad. Oh wait, the hero has just been shot.

This is where a Hero has gone the entire story with not so much as a stubbed toe, only to get wounded during the climactic scene. Sometimes it's an injury dealt by the Big Bad himself, other times a mook just gets a lucky shot in near the end. Either way, it's usually Only a Flesh Wound. If it's a gunshot wound, expect it to be in the shoulder. If it's an arrow, expect it to be in the shoulder. If it's a knife, expect it to be in the shoulder.

  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back- Luke's Hand
  • Beverly Hills Cop- Axel Foley takes a bullet to the shoulder during a shootout with the big bad
  • The 2009 Rambo- Bullet to the shoulder
  • This was definitely the case in The Crow.
  • Happens a couple times in Burn Notice (these are the ones I remember)
    • Season 2 midseason finale: Michael barely escapes getting blown up by a bomb rigged to his door.
    • Season 3 season finale: Management's helicoptor gets blown up, after Management grabs the Idiot Ball (really? land in the one helipad in the area?) Michael is obviously wounded by the blast.
    • Season 4 midseason finale: Jesse shoots through Michael to kill the mook trying to capture him, then Michael gets in a car crash, after grabbing the steering wheel of the car he was forced in to by the corrupt corporate executive (I feel ashamed for forgetting his name)
    • Season 4 season finale: Jesse has a piece of rebar go through his leg at the beginning of the episode, and is bleeding profusely through the rest of the episode.
Plenty of other examples that refuse to enter my memory at this time

Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • July 10, 2011
    Speedball
    This was definitely the case in The Crow.
  • July 10, 2011
    Aielyn
    How about calling it Climax Vulnerability?
  • July 10, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    Chink in the Plot Armor?
  • July 10, 2011
    Aielyn
    "Chink" might cause problems, because in some regions, it's used as a derogatory term for asians (especially the chinese, although most people who would use the term in that way probably wouldn't know the difference).

    Also, it lacks any emphasis on the fact that it happens during the show's climax. The phrase, as written, sounds like just a generic circumstance in which plot armor is weak.

    Climaxes Make Plot Armor Fail?
  • July 10, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    Point taken. How about Endgame Plot Armor Failure?
  • July 10, 2011
    Ekuran
    I like Climax Vulnerability, because it describes this well and, well, "Climax Vulnerability".
  • July 11, 2011
    Acebrock
    • Happens a couple times in Burn Notice (these are the ones I remember)
      • Season 2 midseason finale: Michael barely escapes getting blown up by a bomb rigged to his door.
      • Season 3 season finale: Management's helicoptor gets blown up, after Management grabs the Idiot Ball (really? land in the one helipad in the area?) Michael is obviously wounded by the blast.
      • Season 4 midseason finale: Jesse shoots through Michael to kill the mook trying to capture him, then Michael gets in a car crash, after grabbing the steering wheel of the car he was forced in to by the corrupt corporate executive (I feel ashamed for forgetting his name)
      • Season 4 season finale: Jesse has a piece of rebar go through his leg at the beginning of the episode, and is bleeding profusely through the rest of the episode.
  • July 11, 2011
    TheGoodNamesAreGone
    I kinda like Climax Vulnerability, any other suggestions?
  • July 11, 2011
    ryanasaurus0077
    I thought Luke's hand got sliced off in Empire?
  • July 11, 2011
    TheGoodNamesAreGone
    You're right, I dunno how I got that wrong.
  • July 13, 2011
    TheGoodNamesAreGone
    Bumping for more examples

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