Created By: Kexruct on May 19, 2011 Last Edited By: Kexruct on June 21, 2011

Oddly Handicapped Heroes

A Video Game Trope where your character is unable to do something any normal person can do.

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You see a bullet racing towards you. Seeing how easy it would be to dodge, you scoff at it and prepare to- hey wait a minute! You can't duck?! Congratulations, you've just encountered an oddly handicapped hero! Often in video games, though mainly older ones, you would be incapable of doing normal actions, with the most common ones being ducking and jumping. Is becoming less and less common these days, however, the latter is often used in Puzzle Games (i.e. Mighty Flip Champs!) as a game mechanic.
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  • May 19, 2011
    jaytee
  • May 20, 2011
    Damr1990
    • Horizontal Shooting on early platarofm bames (you can only atack on a straight line), the more generous examples gives you up to 8 directions, but never anything in between
    • many games also don't allow to run and shoot(while in some cases,like using a BFG it may be justificable, in many others it isn't)

  • May 20, 2011
    arromdee
  • May 20, 2011
    Hadashi
    This happens so often with climbing in new games - see the aforementioned walls.
  • May 20, 2011
    MikaruKeiko
    In some video games, you can't swim.
  • May 20, 2011
    Hadashi
    Far, far too many.

    I still remember the 'selective water' from Fantastic Dizzy. That was really annoying.
  • May 20, 2011
    jaytee
    This actually seems like an index or maybe a supertrope. We already have
  • May 20, 2011
    Riddlewizard
    Let me elaborate on not swimming with an example that made me almost throw my Gameboy, and then laugh my ass off as a kid. FROGGER CAN'T FREAKING SWIM. Let me say it a different way- A FREAKING FROG CAN"T SWIM.
  • May 23, 2011
    Wardog
    I don't think there is a single Bioware game where you can jump. You typically can't walk off any drop that would be fatal (or a harmless and convenient shortcut).
  • May 23, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    ^Yeah, in Final Fantasy XIII it's the same except in certain places you can jump but it's like a special action. Pretty much the only way you can die is if an enemy kills you.
  • June 21, 2011
    MikaruKeiko
    Speechless (Legend of Zelda, half-justified in Drakengard), can't sit/lay down. Hell, you can't even put down your gun and pick up a cup of coffee.
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