InAWorld where [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual superpowers are commonplace,]] or at least common enough to be [[TheUnmaskedWorld common knowledge]], it tends to be the case that these powers come with [[WeaksauceWeakness certain drawbacks.]] Maybe there's a [[PowerAtAPrice price that has to be paid]], or a ritual that must be performed, or some other caveat that can make [[CursedWithAwesome having these powers a pain,]] or using them [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway annoyingly cumbersome.]]

And then you have this protagonist. Born under the right stars or [[HybridPower to the right combination of parents]], [[TouchedByVorlons blessed]] with [[ProtectiveCharm the protection of a supernatural entity]], armed with certain unique talents or just plain lucky: he happens to be the only one in the whole world (or [[TheChosenMany one of a small minority]]) who is exempt from this ironclad rule. A wizard who can cast magic without a wand, for instance, or a superhuman immune to the local flavor of {{Kryptonite|Factor}}. A more "fair" treatment may make holding the sauce a trade-off for reduced powers such as with the {{Dhampyr}} or other HalfHumanHybrid characters. Ultimately this is not required though and all the trope concerns are heroes who are special because they can [[HardWorkHardlyWorks flout the rules]] that all other metanormals in the setting are chained by.

The name is a play on a phrase commonly used for making a special order at a restaurant: "Hold the X" means "This dish normally includes X, but I would like it without X." [[DontExplainTheJoke This is a pun because "hero" is also a kind of sandwich, so it's like you're ordering a Hero sandwich, but without the ]]WeaksauceWeakness.

A SubTrope of ConditionalPowers and WrongContextMagic. Often a UniqueProtagonistAsset. Can easily lead to a MarySue. Normal supers can invoke this trope with a KryptoniteProofSuit.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Edward Elric of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is, unlike ''most'' other Alchemists, able to do alchemy without [[GeometricMagic using a circle]]. This, of course, [[CursedWithAwesome came with its]] [[ArtificialLimbs own problems]]. Several other alchemists can also do this, though they paid their price as well.
** It should be noted that this weakness is only as big as it needs to be. The more GenreSavvy alchemists have circles on their clothing or tattooed on their body, making it even easier for them to use their powers than for Edward who still needs to clap his hands together.
** But one small scratch on those circles, then those alchemists will lose their alchemy ability until they find a back up circle or repair it, whereas Ed's hand has to be destroyed to stop him from using alchemy. Good luck on that one unless you are Scar.
** In addition, most alchemists who carry their transmutation circles around with them can only do specialized alchemy--Mustang can only create fire, Kimblee can only [[StuffBlowingUp blow stuff up]], etc. Alchemy without an array is far more versatile, to the point that Ed can actually ''cancel out others' alchemic reactions''. His alchemy is only limited by his knowledge and creativity, which means that he and other alchemists who have seen the Truth have a massive advantage even over alchemists with array tattoos.
* ''DarkerThanBlack'''s Hei doesn't appear to have a [[ConditionalPowers Remuneration]]. It's explained some Contractors can lose their Renumeration but retain their powers, specifically if they lose their original bodies (such as the case with Mao). [[spoiler:This turns out to be the reason for Hei's lack of renumeration as well -- since they're technically his sister's powers obtained via FusionDance, [[LoopholeAbuse he's not obliged to fulfill the renumeration]].]] He does, however, [[BigEater have one HELL of an appetite to fulfill because of it.]]
* In ''MedakaBox'', the protagonist is the only [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Abnormal]] who isn't psychopathic by default.
* Clare, the protagonist of ''{{Claymore}}'', seems to be [[spoiler:completely immune to [[TheCorruption Awakening]] (even when she is deliberately trying to!), which threatens every other Claymore]]. The main reason for that is believed to be [[spoiler:Jean's sacrifice to bring her back from the brink of Awakening before, which left Clare with a psychological block that prevents her from transforming]], though this may also have something to do with her being only quarter-yoma.
* In addition to physical deformities, the other Borners in the anime ''{{Canaan}}'' have to take regular shots of medication to avoid death from their [[TheVirus virus]]-originated superpowers. The eponymous protagonist has neither of these problems (though her hair did go white because of them).
** There ''is'' another character who received an internal and therefore invisible physical mutation. She however didn't seem to get any powers.
*** To clarify, the character in question had two appendixes as her mutation. [[BlessedWithSuck Not exactly]] super-powered synthesia. It does [[FridgeLogic bring up the question]] of if she'd still have to take the medication if she got them removed, too...
* ''ShakuganNoShana'''s Yuji Sakai isn't doomed to [[RetGone vanish from existence]] like other Torches thanks to a special artifact that periodically replenishes his energy.
* ''RosarioPlusVampire'': After a series of near-death instances, Tsukune gains vampire powers from various blood transfusions. Unlike the female lead Moka, this comes without the WeaksauceWeakness. He effectively has no weaknesses (well, other than the potential to go [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity berserk]] and [[CreepyCoolCrosses Crucifixes]]), which gives him an advantage.
* Heroes summoned as the TheBerserker in the [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Holy Grail War]] normally [[UnskilledButStrong lose their skills in exchange for raw power]], but Berserker of ''FateZero'' [[spoiler:aka Lancelot,]] has an ability called eternal arms mastership that allows him to retain his combat abilities even in the grip of madness. It makes him [[SuperpowerLottery incredibly overpowered]].
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', mastering [[SuperMode the Bankai]] can take a {{Shinigami}} as long as ''ten years''. This is because, even though the Bankai is essentially only a bigger version of the Shikai, the amount of power can be 5 to 10 times greater and thus much more difficult to control. Enter TheHero, Ichigo, whose Bankai actually compresses his spiritual power giving him more speed and control.
* ''KillLaKill'': Ryuko's Kamui Senketsu turns out to be the only [[spoiler: non-malevolent life fiber]].

[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Depending on the year/dimension/day-of-the-week: PowerGirl is a kryptonian who is immune/resistant to kryptonite because she's really an alternate universe kryptonian.
** To be clear, Kryptonians are only susceptible to kryptonite from their own universe. It varies with Power Girl because she was kind of sort of folded into the current universe but isn't from Krypton.
** Superman of [[ComicBook/KingdomCome Earth-22]] is not only immune to New Earth kryptonite but also his own due to a lifetime spent soaking up sunlight. ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'' develops this immunity for basically the same reason but it leaves him with a progressive fatal condition. During the BronzeAge even the mainstream Superman got in on the act for a little while.
** While most Kryptonians are susceptible to magic, Superboy-Prime ended up being altered just enough that being slugged by a lightning-infused Black Adam did zilch to him.
** "Imaginary" stories depicting Kryptonian-human offspring tend to depict them as being half as powerful as their kryptonian parents but also half as weak to kryptonite.


* {{Blade}} (the "DayWalker") is a half-vampire with "all of their strengths, and none of their weaknesses." The slogan is actually fibbing: he feels blood hunger but can ignore it, and he ages normally.
** Many [[HunterOfHisOwnKind vampire hunter]] series with a [[{{Dhampyr}} half-breed]] protagonist, like VampireHunterD, have a similar theme. And even then they aren't immune; they are just so powerful that they resist the effects. In D's case, it's because [[LamarckWasRight of his father]].



* Sonja Blue is the heroine of a daywalker vampire hunter series.
* Jane from ''[[Literature/{{TheIronDragonsDaughter}} The Iron Dragon's Daughter]]'' has this nice passive skill of being immune to regular defensive in-world charms, since they are helpless against human blood.
* Bella doesn't suffer from the typical uncontrollable vampire hunger in ''[[Literature/{{Twilight}} Breaking Dawn]]''.
* The intentional ''creation'' of one of these by eugenic planning is the goal of the Bene Gesserit order in ''{{Dune}}'': the ''Kwisatz Haderach'', a man possessing the normally [[GenderRestrictedAbility Gender Restricted Abilities]] of a Bene Gesserit sister, while also capable of accessing parts of the mind a woman could not.
* Most of the human population in ''Literature/CodexAlera'' can use one or two types of [[ElementalPowers elemental fury]], which invariably leaves them vulnerable to other types. The exception are powerful noble families, particularly the High Lords, which generally have access to ''all'' six types of furies, making them incredibly powerful and without obvious weaknesses.
** This is most prominent with Watercrafters, compared to Watercrafter-Metalcrafters. Watercrafting has a constant disadvantage (an empathic sense ''that cannot be shut off'') and not just deficiencies in the furycrafting that can be exploited. Metalcrafting can compensate for that by artificially repressing the wielder's emotions.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', [[EldritchAbomination Outsiders]], being literal aliens, have an immunity to magic which means that only the oldest, most experienced wizards have a chance of defeating them. [[TheChosenOne The protagonist]], despite being a relatively young wizard, can bypass this immunity instinctively to attack them effectively. This is because [[spoiler:of a ritual his mother performed at his birth, making him a Starborn]]. It doesn't do him much good though, because 99% of the [[FantasyKitchenSink creatures]] he fights are from [[TheMasquerade his own universe]], and Outsiders are [[TheDreaded extremely difficult]] to fight even with this ability.
* Eli Monpress in [[TheSpiritThief The Spirit Thief]] has the ability to simply talk to spirits and convince them to do his bidding, as opposed to the other wizards in the world who need to make pacts with spirits in order to access their power.
* In ''Literature/TheMagisterTrilogy'', all human magic is CastFromLifespan. While this means that most witches must be very careful with their magic, because they have a very strictly finite amount, there exist a handful of men known as Magisters who deliberately burn up their own lifespan and latch onto someone else's. This makes them effectively immortal and thus grants near-infinite power. A Magister can only be killed if you catch them by surprise and kill them before they can defend or heal themselves with magic, or if you catch them during Transition, the few seconds between when one consort dies and when they bond another.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Downplayed in ''PlanescapeTorment'': The Nameless One is the only character capable of changing classes, meaning he can become a Fighter, Mage or Thief as the needs require, but unlike some of his companions cannot play a hybrid class, meaning his stats grow slower.
* Alucard of the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series reaps many benefits from his status as a {{Dhampyr}}, such as resistance to sunlight and holy symbols along with the ability to survive without feeding on blood. However, he does play more fair than many other examples by logically being only half as powerful as a full-blooded vampire.
* The main characters of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''[[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} 4]]'' are both special cases who can have multiple Personas, avoiding the set weaknesses of every other Persona user. In ''4'', while everyone else has to own up to their own darker thoughts, the main character doesn't have a hidden dark side to face.
** In contrast the [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} anime OVA]] does make him face his fears to [[spoiler: break out of a LotusEaterMachine and unlock his SuperMode]].
** Notably, this doesn't apply to [[VideoGame/{{Persona}} the first]] [[VideoGame/{{Persona 2}} two games]], where the characters gain their Personae in different fashion.
** Much of Elizabeth's story in ''Persona4Arena'' revolves around her trying to learn more about the nature of this "Wild Card" ability that the P3 and P4 protagonists possess. [[RealityWarper She can already do pretty much anything]], but even to her it remains something special and mysterious.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'' series, the main character's bloodline is unique in that it results in heroes that [[MasterOfAll can access all three disciplines]] (Strength, Skill, and Will), while most heroes are only able to access one.
* In ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', Neku is one of the few players who has access to multiple powers/pins (most of his partners just have one ability that they make use of, e.g. Shiki's ability to animate her stuffed animal).
* In ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', Adam Jenson turns out not to need the anti-rejection drug other cyborgs do (thus allowing him to avoid the side effects, as well as have fairly extensive upgrades). [[spoiler:In a sidequest you can discover this was a result of experiments he was a part of as a child. His girlfriend reverse-engineering this trait is the breakthrough discovery she was about to announce to the world at the start of the game as well as what leads to the creation of JC and his brother in the original ''VideoGame/DeusEx''.]]


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''GeneratorRex'': In a world where every living thing is infected with {{nanomachines}}, Rex is one of the few people able to control them.
** He still has to deal with LaserGuidedAmnesia and the occasional BodyHorror, but that's miniscule compared to what the average EVO is subjected to.
** Bobo Haha. All the nanites did to him was make him smarter. This might not count, since he lacks any LovecraftianSuperpower that is typically dished out, but the monkey dodged all the downsides of being an EVO.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has [[ChosenOne the Avatar]], who can learn to use [[ElementalPowers all four elements]]. This is enhanced even further by the [[SuperMode Avatar State]] in which the Avatar can access the knowledge of all his/her past lives, resulting in powers akin to a PhysicalGod. A fully realised Avatar is quite literally an unstoppable force of nature.
** To elaborate, benders (people who can potentially manipulate fire, wind, water, or earth) are born with the ability to be control a single element meaning, an earthbender can never learn waterbending (for example). Though, as [[BadassGrandpa Iroh]] demonstrated, the styles of other benders[[note]]since each element is bent using different martial art stances and disciplines[[/note]] can have applications with benders of different elements. If used correctly of course. Which is yet another reason why the Avatar is so powerful given his or her collective knowledge can be used across all four elements.


[[folder: Web Original ]]
* Gimble is the only gadgeteer in the [[WebOriginal/AcademyOfSuperheroes ASH universe]] to whom TheSparkOfGenius does not apply; her creations can be used by anyone and everyone, even [[AntiMagic Anchors]].
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', Contessa [[spoiler:is one of two [[AwesomenessByAnalysis Thinkers]] on the planet whose powers aren't disrupted by other Thinkers, and the specific nature of her CombatClairvoyance means that without this weakness she's essentially unbeatable. Unfortunately, the other is [[MagnificentBastard the Simurgh]], who is immune to all precog and the apparent BigBad.]]
** Weld, as a parahuman made of living metal, is in the unique position of being immune both to powers that only work on metal and powers that only work on flesh.

[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Things like breeding, genetic engineering, medicine, and eventually [[{{Transhuman}} Transhumanism]] are about stripping the Weaksauce from either ourselves or other living things we interact with.
* Evolution is nature's way of countering or mitigating the weaknesses of lifeforms. However, it is undirected and settles for adequacy, which may cause weaknesses that can become far more crippling in future conditions. It's also REALLY slow for us multicellular organisms.
** The advent of sexual reproduction was an important milestone in directing and accelerating this process for several reasons.