Created By: Earnest on March 7, 2012 Last Edited By: Earnest on March 8, 2012

Flaw Finder

The ability to to find the weaknesses in others.

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This character has a critical eye par excelance, they can find the flaws, weaknesses, stress points and Berserk Button in people, space ships, fighting techniques, and personalities.

Given a chance, they can use Flaw Exploitation to disable, seriously injure or destroy a target with precision strikes. Characters who are Weak, but Skilled may have this as their skill or a complement to it.
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  • March 7, 2012
    CrypticMirror
  • March 7, 2012
    Earnest
    This would be a Sister Trope to Awesomeness By Analysis in that both have characters who analyze others, but while ABA is learning new techniques the FF is learning the flaws in said technique, while not necessarily learning how to duplicate it.

    The Profiler does universal analysis, seeing traits, skills personality and motivation. Mental / emotional weaknesses may factor into that, in which case they'd use Flaw Finder style analysis as well, though the two aren't always paired. Say a profiler can give you only a rough psych outline and guess at the suspect's issues, but not know what specifically could induce a Cooldown Hug or trigger a Heroic BSOD.
  • March 7, 2012
    Ekuran
    I think ABA is the Super Trope...
  • March 7, 2012
    dalek955
  • March 8, 2012
    Arivne
    Comic Books
    • The Marvel Universe character Karnak can perceive stress points and weaknesses in items and persons, thus allowing him to attack them more effectively.

    Tabletop RPG
    • Champions. The Find Weakness ability in earlier editions allowed a character to halve a target's defenses, thus allowing more damage to get through.
  • March 8, 2012
    Earnest
    ^^ Related, but that's a videogame item/spell/ability, while this is a "RL" skill.
  • March 8, 2012
    Ylva
    In at least two Don Rosa stories, Donald Duck has a keen eye for details, explaining how he can tell the difference between Huey, Louie and Dewey. The only reason he screws up the work his uncle Scrooge assigns him is that he misunderstands the task.
  • March 8, 2012
    TrustBen
    This ability was one of the side-benefits of the Orphan's heightened senses in X Force.
  • March 8, 2012
    dalek955
    • Mace Windu from Star Wars had the Force ability to perceive "shatterpoints", which he compares to the points on a gem where a small tap will disrupt their structure and shatter them. He spotted one of these in Jango Fett, and we saw what happened to him.
  • March 8, 2012
    Unknown Troper
    In the comic Flip Side one of the characters has eyes like this, as a result of being Cursed With Awesome.
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