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->''"Warning: some enemies cannot be killed. Beware of these immortal creeps!"''
-->-- From the '''VideoGame/{{Super Mario Bros|1}}''' instruction manual

One of the lowest villains/monsters on the totem pole, yet either has NighInvulnerability, or a shield that protects part of its body, or all of it at certain times. Not a BossBattle, the hero merely has to avoid them. They will still be standing when the BigBad dies. People [[LordBritishPostulate try to kill them for the challenge.]] Sometimes, the game will have a rare weapon or powerup that can take them out where the rest of the player's arsenal has failed.

Rarely is it explained why only the {{Mooks}} are MadeOfIndestructium while the higher-ranking villains remain killable.
Also, it would make much more sense for them to be holding the key than the bosses.

Contrast BadassBystander. Also sometimes overlaps with TheSpiny, which is still vulnerable to another, feasible form of attack, just not your primary method. If it ''is'' killable, but very hard to, you have a MetalSlime. See GoddamnedBats for the typical opinion of these.

If for some reason you [[UnfriendlyFire get into a fight with your own side's]] RedshirtArmy, you may find to your horror that their being FriendlyFireproof makes them impossible to kill... but the same doesn't seem to apply to ''you''.

Subtrope of KungFuProofMook. The [[InvertedTrope exact opposite]] of FakeUltimateMook. Often employed as CityGuards, or if someone is needed to patrol the BrokenBridge. Alternatively, can be a BorderPatrol. A unique version is seen in some old games: one appears to kill the player if they stay for too long on the same screen without progressing further.



[[folder:The Legend of Zelda]]
* Bubbles from the ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'' game were originally completely invincible. Later overhead games changed them into "Anti-Fairies" and often gave them an AchillesHeel that often turned them into regular fairies. In ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'' and 3-D versions they take regular damage.
* Nothing can kill a wandering [[http://zeldawiki.org/Thief thief]] in the Lost Woods in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''.
* In many of the ''Zelda'' games, attacking the normally peaceful Cuccos [[VideoGameCrueltyPunishment will cause them to swarm and attack the player]]. Attacking one in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' earns you a brief [[BalefulPolymorph lapse of not being a Cucco]]. They're indestructible, with rare exceptions.[[note]]A quest in the [=GBA=] remake of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' temporarily lets you [[CessationOfExistence "erase" them]] by catching them in a one-slot basket and then catching something else. You can also kill them in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'' by way of the Magic Powder or Magic Rod.[[/note]]
* The giant black pig in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]'' is also immortal and also deals out more damage per hit than the final boss of the game. The other two pigs are only half-immortal; you can't kill them, but they die anyway.
* Razor traps appear in several Zelda games, and they're almost always invincible. In ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', Link temporarily takes control of a giant statue with a giant hammer that can smash the things, and it's glorious.

[[folder:Mega Man]]
* The archetypical "piece" of a character is the Metool/Met helmet from ''VideoGame/MegaMan''. Metools resemble a face wearing a construction helmet. While he could be beaten easily enough when he peeks out, with his helmet down he deflects ''all'' of Mega Man's attacks (except for latter Mega Man games starting in ''VideoGame/MegaManX 8'', where the characters have ways of getting through that defense and flip the Met over, exposing their vulnerable undersides.) Has led fans to wonder what the heck those helmets are made of, and why doesn't Dr. Wily just make a robot out of it?
** In ''VideoGame/MegaMan6'', using the Power Armor mode of Rush armor lets you use a charged up punch to destroy a hiding Metool.
** In ''Webcomic/MSPaintMasterpieces'', a webcomic retelling of Mega Man, he ''[[http://bobandgeorge.com/paint/archive.php?comic=237 did.]]'' It also goes on to say that the armor works by spreading the force of attacks and sending it around their body. Since Enker has multiple plates of armor, overloading him with energy while he has no way to get rid of it makes him ''[[http://bobandgeorge.com/paint/archive.php?comic=249 explode.]]''
*** Enker was actually a boss in the first GameBoy ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' game. Normally completely invulnerable to all weapons, one of his moves absorbs shots from Mega Man's standard ArmCannon into his sword and unleashes a wave of energy as a counter, and only then do they damage him.
* Gabyoalls/Spines are unaffected by all weapons save a couple. They're those low, disk things with two spikes that move faster when Mega Man's on the same platform. Also a [[TheSpiny spiny]].
* In ''3'' (DOS), there are turrets randomly placed around the levels, usually in platform-heavy sections. You can't destroy them, no matter how hard you try or with any of your special weapons. All you can do is stand in a safe place and memorize their patterns, and hope to dodge their insanely fast bullets/lasers. There is no "or".
* The concept arises again in ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'' with the Servbots, mostly incompetent flunkies to the game's GoldfishPoopGang. Completely invulnerable to all forms of damage. In the spinoff game ''The Misadventures of Tron Bonne'' you can exploit this by sending them into otherwise fatal dangers to retrieve treasure.
** They're not completely invulnerable though. You can knock them out. They will be back to normal once you return to the same room however.
* The Mets in the ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' series, while still impervious to most attacks while hidden under their helmets, can be destroyed with any of a number of attacks that can penetrate guards. The Appull viruses in the fifth game, however, are completely incapable of being harmed by direct attacks while closed up, even ones with the aforementioned property.

[[folder:Super Mario Bros.]]
* The original ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros''. It had the Fire Bars and Podoboos (fireballs), the latter being listed among the enemies in the manual (so not merely a trap).
** In ''[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBrosTheLostLevels The Lost Levels]]'', there is one castle where you have the opportunity to kick a Koopa shell at one. You get points for the kill, but a new one spawns immediately in the same spot.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand'' and ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' had the trap-enemy Rotodisc, which could be killed in the latter game by using the Tanooki suit to turn into a statue and fall on it at the right moment. ''Super Mario Bros. 3'' also had Jelectros and Munchers, which were truly invincible, but completely stationary.
** This game also is the first appearance of the Dry Bones, who will get up after most attacks. Only invincibility, or rare powerups (the Hammer Bros. suit or the Tanooki suit) could defeat them permanently. In later games, Dry Bones varies in how difficult it is to kill.
** Boo Diddly as well, although they can be taken out with a Starman or with the Hammer Bros. Suit.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'' has "Phanto", who begins chasing you as soon as you pick up a key. However, he stops chasing you once you put the key down. He'll start chasing you again when you pick it up, so it's mostly a game of either out-running him or drop-and-pick cycles.
** The GBA remake lets you kill off Phanto if you managed to snag a star.
** In the original you can kill him by throwing the key at him. He'll come back, though.
** Thanks to a [[GoodBadBugs glitch]], if you repeatedly throw vegetables or enemies at the stationary key you'll eventually hear the '[[BuffySpeak enemy made dead sound]]', and he'll be nowhere to be found when you pick it up.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand2SixGoldenCoins'' has invincible stars (not stars that turn you invincible, stars that are invincible and will kill you). Like Jelectros, they only appear in one stage, a frustrating auto-scroll. Unlike Jelectros, some can move. It also has [[VideoGame/{{Kirby}} Gordos,]] but they only shake a little when Mario comes near them and are not hostile.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'', Boos and Big Boos can be killed by sliding down a hill at them.
** It also has Ball 'N Chains and Bullet Bill's third cousin, [[PainfullySlowProjectile Torpedo Ted]], the course in which they appear is practically a PainfullySlowProjectile variant of BulletHell.
** In the GBA remake, you can defeat Torpedo Ted by playing as Luigi, bringing a Yoshi into the level, and having him eat other enemies and spit them at the Teds.
** Eeries (blue dinosaurs in ghost houses) can only be taken out by a starman.
** "Invincible" Koopa Troopas are claimed to be this in the manual, they result when a shelless koopa goes into a yellow shell and flashes like when Mario has a starman, and although they are fairly hard to kill, a starman easily takes them out, and they can even be taken out by a spin jump, a Yoshi jump, or when eaten by Yoshi he can gain all three shell powers, making them a FakeUltimateMook in reality.
* Whether they hop or march, Tap Taps from ''Super Mario World 2: VideoGame/YoshisIsland'' are virtually indestructible. The only way to get rid of them is to knock them into a bottomless pit or into lava or use a fire Watermelon or Ice Watermelon. Sure enough, when you face Tap Tap as a halfway boss, you have to knock it into the lava under the arena.
** If there are several, you can knock one into the others to kill them.
** Spitting or rolling a Pill Bug at them (like in 1-7) is one of the few ways to deal with them.
*** You'll face another one as a sub-boss in a scrolling level. Unlike the boss fight, there's no lava - only apparently bottomless pits. If you knock him in, ''he'll eventually jump out again''.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioKart'' had invincible Thwomps on Rainbow Road. Touching them made you spin out and lose coins. Even the Star item does nothing to them.
* ''VideoGame/MarioKart64'' had the same thing with Chain Chomps, although they only appear on Rainbow Road.
** In fact, Chain Chomps are this in every ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' or any ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' game for that matter, with the exception of the [=RPG=]s. Which has its own exception in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar''[[note]]They ''can'' be harmed by first strikes (as they pierce armor), however they have way more health than what a first strike can ever deal, and leaving and re-entering the battle only builds it up[[/note]]. However, you can sometimes get rid of them by stomping the post they are chained to into the ground and their original appearance in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' also has an EasterEgg where they eventually break their chains if they yank it enough times, but considering how long it takes for them to do so and the fact that all stages have time limits, it doesn't have any practical use.
* TheSpiny in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' can roll into a ball and make itself completely immune to damage. Its upgraded version uses the invulnerability time to boost its power then attack before uncurling itself.
* Gordos and Munchers in the ''VideoGame/{{Something}} series''. The Munchers even get a level, Hungry Vegetation, to themselves.
* Piranha Gabyoalls in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorldPiranhaIsland'' are immune to every attack in Mario's arsenal, but they only appear in Thorn Temple.

* The jumping and flying [[http://kidicarus.wikia.com/wiki/Pluton Pluton]] thieves in ''VideoGame/KidIcarus.''
** As of ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'', Plutons CAN be defeated, but they move so fast that it's rather hard to do so; plus they run away after a while, taking your stolen items with them. Instead, the newest Invincible Minor Minion is the Orne, which is not only invincible, but touching it is an [[OneHitKill instant death]]. Only the Three Sacred Treasures can kill them, and you use them only in one [[spoiler: okay, two]] chapter.
* ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}''
** Gordos are completely indestructible, even if you run into them with invincibility activated (which normally kills every other enemy in the game, including bosses). Thankfully, they just fly in set patterns or are thrown by another enemy making them easy to avoid. Gordos could be destroyed in ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand'', but the method for doing so was only available in the boss rush level and is unavailable in all later games, where the boss rush is separate from levels. ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand2'' featured Captain Stitch a mini-boss with the look and properties of a Gordo but it had to sacrifice it's invincibility to actually attack.
** Shotzo cannons are this as well. However, unlike Gordos they follow the rules of gravity, so you can drop one down a bottomless pit if it's standing on a breakable block. But that is less common than how often you can have a Gordo fly off-screen. Also, in ''Kirby's Dream Land'', it is possible to destroy them with invincibility, but it takes some time and Kirby must stand in them.
** Batamons in ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3'' are ''technically'' killable, but it's very hard to considering how little opportunities you have to do so. Mostly, they just happily march around behind solid walls.
** ''VideoGame/KirbyTripleDeluxe'' has the Tough Waddle Dee, a silver version of the Waddle Dee that is completely invincible and (mostly) immobile. However, it only shows up in the copy ability room [[TrainingDummy for training purposes.]] It also avoids CollisionDamage.
* ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'' had a couple, but the most remembered ones are probably the big brute cats in the Down the Tubes level. They can't be killed by anything except plasma, and there is typically a hanging ledge above the area they patrol. You usually have to hang onto said ledge and pull your body up to avoid detection from these guys.
* ''VideoGame/MediEvil2'' loves these, examples include the police officers, the vampire girls and the Mullocks.
* An archetypal enemy in ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' is the "blood" or "red" monster, usually a skeleton. These enemies never die permanently - they simply collapse into a pile of bones, much like Dry Bones above, and get back up a few seconds later. ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin'' actually gave two ways for the player to kill Red enemies... one a special spell with a casting time so long that the only time you'll ever cast it is when it's required by the plot, and another a special weapon obtained by a late-game quest, when you probably will never see such an enemy again and wouldn't really care about the damage from any you do chance to encounter. Oh, and they give mediocre experience if you do take them out. You could also kill them with Spyha's ice spell in ''VideoGame/{{Castlevania III|DraculasCurse}}''. Meanwhile, ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaCurseOfDarkness'' has an Innocent Devil that will randomly cast a spell that will destroy one undead monster onscreen, even the red skeletons.
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia'' also has red skeletons, which can be killed, but only by using the dominus glyph union, which kills you as well.
** The skeletons in ''Undying'' were the same way, they'd always get back up after being taken down with conventional weapons. The only way to lay them to rest was to cast Dispel on them while they were standing.
** The blood skeletons in ''VideoGame/{{Terranigma}}'' function the same way. However, if you dish out enough damage, they stay collapsed and vanish offscreen.
** The giant skulls in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight''[='=]s inverted castle have the standard "not phased by anything" invincibility, although you can use Soul Steal on them to heal yourself.
* The skeleton in level 3 of ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia1''. The only sure way to get rid of it was pushing it down a deep pit. The Super Nintendo port added reviving skeletons as in ''Prince of Persia 2'', and a [[SmashingHallwayTrapsOfDoom crushing trap]] to finish off the level 3 skeleton.
** The skeletons in ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2: The Shadow And The Flame'' could be defeated, but, like Dry Bones, they would get up a few seconds later. Two special enemies are completely invulnerable: the skeleton on the RopeBridge (which falls victim to a scripted event), and the floating FlamingSword.
* The bull from ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie''.
** The living pipes in Rusty Bucket Bay not only can't be killed, but they can hurt you ''when you're using Wonderwing'', which is supposed to make you invincible (though that part could just be game designer oversight.)
** Some of the enemies in ''Banjo-Tooie'' are impossible or all but impossible to kill. Being able to kill them wouldn't help much, given the speed with which enemies respawn in ''Banjo-Tooie''.
** [[WarmUpBoss Conga the Ape]] is technically this, as you can't completely defeat him, but three hits will make him give up his jiggy. Attack him again and it's a game of avoiding more and more oranges until you're knocked off the podium.
* The Rippers of ''VideoGame/{{Metroid|1}}'' can be frozen, but not destroyed. (Except with the Screw Attack or Shinespark.)
** Or super missiles, at least in ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' and ''[[VideoGame/MetroidZeroMission Zero Mission]]''.
* The shadow at the fireplace and the dancers in ''VideoGame/AloneInTheDark1992'' became this if you ever ''touched'' them.
** Since the first game was basically Creator/HPLovecraft brought to the computer screen, MOST enemies were either undefeatable menaces you had to avoid, or require so much ammo that you're generally supposed to trap or avoid them instead of defeating them.
*** An effect somewhat undermined by the substantial stunning effect of player melee attacks, which allowed a player with good timing to brutalize said abominations through repeated bitch slaps.
* ''VideoGame/{{Tyrian}}'' would make some of its later boss battles tougher by introducing a small but invincible enemy with good firepower but extremely poor targeting ability. Sounds pretty par for the course, but it ran around the bottom of the screen and shot upward, forcing you to evade fire from at least two directions.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has The Cleaner, a black demon who suddenly spawns (Sometimes in groups!) if someone besides the one undertaking one of two particular quests is interfering with the goals and mobs involved. This has lead to some very creative griefing.
** Wintergrasp was home to an invisible enemy that would sometimes attack players. While it dealt little damage, it would also cause the target to be stuck in combat while in the zone. It was actually possible to go back to Dalaran and get killed by the guards for being in combat... in a sanctuary zone! This was most likely a bug and removed soon after the introduction of Wintergrasp.
** Another bug-induced case of this trope has to do with how mobs react to damage. If they cannot reach the attacker, they'll start evading every attack. This, combined with mobs occasionally becoming stuck, can cause random enemies to be invincible to all damage until the next server reset (although they can't attack anyone, either).
*** There's also a version where they become able to attack from a distance but are always too far away for the player to attack.
** In the original Blasted Lands there were mobs specific to quests in the area. Without a specific quest item they could be damaged to near-zero health and then turn immortal. This was actually useful as it allowed high level players to level their weapon skills without the inconvenience of having their target die.
* ''VideoGame/SilentHill4: The Room'' has Victims, the lingering ghosts of people killed by "The Man in the Coat". They cannot be destroyed completely, and attacking them only stuns them for a few minutes at best before they get right back up and start chasing you again. Just being near them causes damage to Henry (he'll put a hand to his head and the screen will flash whenever he gets too close). While Saint Medallions and Holy Candles will temporarily ward them off, Saint Medallions eventually break and become unusable, and you'll need all the Holy Candles you can lay your hands on once [[spoiler:the Otherworld begins infecting Henry's apartment.]] The best line of defense provided to you are the Swords of Obedience -- there are only five in the entire game, and you're required to use one against a specific Victim in order to progress.
** The Rawshocks from ''[[VideoGame/SilentHillShatteredMemories Shattered Memories]]'' are a subversion in that they're literally the only enemies in the game.
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' and the Episodes have several cases.
** ''Half-Life 2'' has a map where you're near a lighthouse and the Combine is shuttling soldiers in on dropships. The dropships themselves are indestructible, though their troop carriers can be destroyed with enough hits from the RPG.
** The sentry turrets in the game can only be defeated by knocking them over either by throwing a grenade or shooting them from the side with enough force. You can't actually ''kill'' them. They will resume their function when placed upright.
*** You can also defeat them with either fire mode of the gravity gun.
* Schroedinger from ''VideoGame/{{Hellsing}}'' has the dubiously enviable ability to teleport into enemy headquarters, be thoroughly dispatched via {{BFG}}, and reappear next to the Major to report. He later seems to have redirected his abilities towards [[spoiler:causing existential crises in those who consume him.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'', there is one enemy in the Moria Gallery area, known as 'Urchin', that takes the form of a tiny green worm. However, the green worm is both practically indestructible and very dangerous-- it's able to deliver 9999 damage to any character it touches, killing them instantly.
** Except Arche, who flies. Sucks to be the party that decided not to include her.
** And even then, you would have to have packed a specific item, and be fast, to beat it; [[spoiler:the Mah Jong chip, which needs to be made out of yet ANOTHER item.]]
* In ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'''s adventure mode, Jyks move in a certain pattern, damage you when you touch them, and cannot be hurt. They still count as enemies, though.
** ''Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS'''s Smash Run mode also uses Ornes from ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'', and they are every bit as unkillable ([[OneHitKill and lethal]]) as before.
* In ''VideoGame/CaveStory'', Basil races back and forth across the bottom of the Egg Corridor and can kill you in one hit. You can't kill Basil.
** There's also [[spoiler: Rolling in the Sacred Grounds. Two of them accompany the Heavy Press during the fight with it.]]
* In ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', Cortana will summon invincible marines, and seal the doors, if you [[WhatTheHellPlayer kill Captain Keyes in the first mission]]. You can unload every round in your gun on them, and they'll still be fighting you. Strangely they still bleed, so you can have situations where the marine you're fighting has a gallon of blood at his feet, but strong as ever.
* ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'' has "Blits", feral chunks of {{nanomachines}} that eat other nanomachines. Only one weapon in the entire game ([[spoiler:the Null Driver]]) can kill them, although one log comments that it is possible to launch them into outer space and they'll eventually starve into... "whatever it is, it's not recyclable."
* The ''VideoGame/BubbleBobble'' video games have (up to two) Baron von Blubba/Skel-Monsta, an invincible whale skull which chases the protagonists when they cannot defeat all of the enemies in a level. He has been promoted to [[SequentialBoss Sequential]] TrueFinalBoss status in two games.
* ''[[VideoGame/MontyMole Impossamole]]'': Many of the GoddamnedBats and DemonicSpiders, including the sword guys in Orient, the swarms of {{ghost pirate}}s in the Bermuda Triangle, and any underwater enemy. The Amiga/C64 version has both killable and invincible variants of many {{mook}}s, such as bats and skeletons, and they're hard to tell apart.
* On the higher difficulties in the 3D ''VideoGame/{{Ys}}'' games, in addition to the [[ElementalRockPaperScissors color-coded enemies]], there are black enemies that are completely invincible.
* In the first ''VideoGame/CommanderKeen'' trilogy almost all robotic enemies were impervious to damage, even the ones that could only push you around. In the second, most unkillable enemies were the tough rather than minor ones, but the sneaky rocks might count for only being vulenrable when they were already jumping at you.
** The sneaky rocks were also vulnerable while they were walking around. To kill one, all you had to do was stand far away, shoot at him and immediately turn your back on him. He'll open his eyes just in time to see that neural stunner shot approaching [[OhCrap before it hits him square in the face]].
* ''VideoGame/TerraCresta'', in its later areas, has [[GoddamnedBats goddamned spiked balls]] that (temporarily) sorround you, slow you down, and prevent you from firing.
* The time-traveling FPS ''VideoGame/DarkestOfDays'' has Opposition Agents, enemy time travelers equipped with futuristic weapons and armor, not to mention energy shields that are completely impervious to the period Civil War and WWI era weapons you're equipped with. Whenever they show up, your only option is to run like hell. Killing "blue aura" characters also causes them to teleport in to kill you, as a sort of VideoGameCrueltyPunishment.
** Later in the story, [[spoiler: an upgrade becomes available that lets you kill them outright, even with Civil War-era weaponry.]] They're difficult to fight with period weapons, but doing so can be very helpful.
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry''
** The [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry1 original game]] has Stop and Go Station, a level designed entirely around invincible enemies. Rock-Crocs (Kremlings made of stone, with {{glowing|EyesOfDoom}} {{red eyes|TakeWarning}}) infest the mineshaft, pacing back and forth for all eternity. Get in their way, and you're toast. The only way to deal with them is to touch the floating barrels to get them to change from a green "GO" to a red "STOP", which causes the Rock-Crocs to fall asleep. This only lasts for a few seconds, so you must race from barrel to barrel to avoid getting hit. It's not really that difficult, but is infamous for being one of the scariest parts of the whole series.
*** In the Japanese version, these enemies can be defeated with Donkey Kong's handslap.
** In ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry2DiddysKongQuest'', red [[BeeAfraid Zingers]] can only be killed with [[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill barrels full of explosives]] or with the assistance of a "!" invincibility barrel. They can even survive [[GoombaSpringboard being jumped on by a rhino]]. Looks rather silly when the [[KingMook boss version]] of the Zinger can be defeated by a bird that spits eggs.
** Similarly so was the skeletal kremling phantom, Kackle, that you find in the mineshaft level of the haunted woods area. This guy is more or less invulnerable to any attack or thrown object you have (not that you could throw anything since you meet them in the middle of mine cart tracks) and ''will'' kill you if the [[StalkedByTheBell timer above you runs out]], which is easy since they chase you for portions of the time you're in the cart. The only way you can avoid being killed by them is by beating the time you get from the beginning of the phantom's chase portion (marked by a door you enter) and make it to that portion's "exit" (another door) before time runs out. If not, that phantom will automatically kill one of your Kongs.
*** The blood-red piranha. Most underwater enemies are unkillable unless you ride/are a certain animal buddy, but the blood-red piranha is both VERY fast and out for your blood.
** In a certain underwater stage in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3DixieKongsDoubleTrouble'', a snook, not unlike the aforementioned piranha follows you around, and it has a gimmick. It starts out blue, then as it gets hungrier, it will turn purple, pink, then red (which it then attacks you). It would stay full as long as you manipulated it to eat the clownfish in the level, and not the urchins. If it ate an urchin, it would suddenly get a level hungrier. Not that making it eat urchins is a completely bad idea, one blocks the route to a bonus stage.
* In ''VideoGame/TheGodfather: The Game'', you may occasionally encounter mooks who you can't touch at all even though their stated rank is below what you may be routinely slaughtering by then. Fortunately they almost never show up in real combat situations.
* ''VideoGame/ThunderForce IV'' had these in the [[LethalLavaLand lava cavern]] stage. Part of a larger mook, these things would break off once destroyed, and then orbit around the player character, blocking your shots. The only way to defeat it was to lure it into the walls, doing collision damage to them and eventually killing them.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Siren}}'' series of games, every enemy in the game (the "Shibito") are undead and cannot be killed by conventional means; at best you might pin one down by staking them to the ground under the right circumstances, bury them alive, or something similar; only a couple of characters ever gain access to anything paranormal that lets them destroy them for good. Every other time, you can only stun them. Shoot them as often as you like or smack them with a melee weapon, and they only temporarily go catatonic until they inevitably heal themselves minutes later.
* Wubbas in ''[[VideoGame/DeadlyRoomsOfDeath DROD]]: Journey to Rooted Hold''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Forsaken}}'' plays with this trope in the Space Station level. On your way out, there's a little [[StarWars mouse droid]] roaming one of the rooms. Mo matter how much you shoot it or what you shoot it with, it will not die. The game will display a message asking you if this little critter is really that annoying that you feel the need to kill it.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' had a glitch that would occasionally cause a random [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Common]] to become invincible. As if that wasn't bad enough, the AI teammates didn't even notice that Common anymore, and it could kill them. The only was to escape would be to shove the invincible zombie into a closet, and then run. Luckily, this glitch has been patched.
* ''VideoGame/{{Eversion}}'''s rock monsters are completely immune to any attack at all, and only pause for a second when you hop on them. [[spoiler: And in X-8 in the newer versions, the regular mooks can only be stopped for a short period of time before they regenerate. Not respawn, ''[[RevivingEnemy regenerate]]''.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Berzerk}}'', if you hang around on a level too long, Evil Otto (an invincible smiley face) shows up and homes in on you, forcing you to move on or die.
** Evil Otto becomes [[MetalSlime killable]] in the sequel ''Frenzy'' with three hits, but when you do, another even faster one immediately appears, and should you attempt this in the room featuring the GiantMook version of Otto, [[OhCrap you'll be immediately swarmed and killed by several lightning-fast Ottos]].
** ''VideoGame/SmashTV'' has faceless drones that behave basically the same way.
* In ''VideoGame/PathwaysIntoDarkness'', Banshees are impervious to physical attacks, while the Green Oozes and "Giant Purple Hellbeasts" encountered on "Earthquake Zone" are completely invincible. The Oozes avoid you if you consume a [[PoisonMushroom poison potion]].
* From ''VideoGame/{{Purple}}'', there is a family of rolling barrels, trashcan mooks and spikeballs in the sewers. Of them three, only barrels can be destroyed using the [[InvincibilityPowerUp moon item]].
* ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'' features looters that are only marginally tougher than zombies - except if they're behind the counter of their stores (which somehow makes them invincible.)
* ''VideoGame/{{Bug}}'' Only one that's actually an enemy as the other "invincible" enemies are traps of sorts. The spiny lizards of [[ShiftingSandLand Reptilia]] could not be killed via ''any'' means. Not even the [[ShockAndAwe Zap Cap]], or [[InvincibilityPowerUp Stunt Bug]] would even touch them. Your only option was to avoid them like the plague.
* ''VideoGame/DigimonWorld3'' has the Knightmon guarding Amaterasu City. To engage one in battle is effectively suicide, as you cannot win. Period. [[DevelopersForesight They are not even beatable via hacking]].
* ''VideoGame/TheTowerOfDruaga'' has the [[WillOTheWisp Will O'Wisps]], which [[StalkedByTheBell appear if you take too long on any floor]] and are present from the start on some floors. Incidentally, three items counter the Will-o-the-Wisps in question, [[GuideDangIt but if you miss even one of them]], [[{{Unwinnable}} you won't make it past floor 59]]. Oh, and the second of these three items [[MutuallyExclusivePowerups negates the effect of the first]] and is required for the third, which combines the effects of the first two.
* Bacura, the floating mirror panels from ''VideoGame/{{Xevious}}''. It is also invincible in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' except for its rare MetalSlime appearance outside the mines.
* The Skeletons in the Catacombs in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' can be killed, but they'll keep resurrecting until the nearby necromancer is slain. They can also be permanently destroyed if they are slain with a Divine weapon.
* The Knaaren in ''VideoGame/Rayman3HoodlumHavoc'' are invincible, but their champion Reflux can be defeated in the most [[SugarWiki/BestBossEver epic boss fight ever]]. And then again later after he becomes even more powerful.
* ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}'' for NES had the rubber ducky of doom, who could not be killed - just flipped over when defeated, coming to its senses a few seconds after. Oh, and you could attack it only from behind, otherwise it [[OneHitKill unleashed a vicious lightning-fast pecking assault which could send your toad crashing through the wall]].
** And then there's Scuzz, who you race in [[ThatOneLevel Rat Race]], and who can only be killed with a very-hard-to-pull-off glitch.
** The final level, "The Revolution", has Daddy Swellcheeks. When it appears, all you can do is hold onto a mast to avoid being blown away until it leaves. There's also the [[UniqueEnemy lone]] Yellow Swellcheeks, which cannot be hit, only be dodged.
* ''VideoGame/{{Snailiad}}'' has the [[ElectricJellyfish Jellyfish]] and the spikeballs, though this is subverted when you get the [[UpgradeArtifact Devastator.]]
* Some of the panels in ''VideoGame/{{Parodius}}'' have so many hit points, it's impossible to kill them before they leave the screen. ''Gokujyou Parodius'' takes this [[UpToEleven up to 65536]] by giving us the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45sbFbx_I3Y 16-Bit Block]].
* ''VideoGame/PerfectDarkZero'''s Spiderbots are invincible in the later levels, and will constantly pursue you if alerted, until their sensor is destroyed.
* ''VideoGame/MapleStory'' had one dungeon with two invincible monsters guarding a platform that do enough damage to OHKO any character three times over. The correct solution was to make a thief sneak past them. The OTHER solution was to make a knight and stuff all of their points into the otherwise useless HP stat so they could endure a hit from them, then use the defense-ignoring damage reflect skill to hurt them each time they damage you until they finally go down. There was absolutely no point in doing this beyond the novelty of it.
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas: Dead Money'' has Ghost People, who can only be temporarily knocked down unless decapitated, dismembered, or consumed by Dog, and Holograms, which are entirely invincible to physical attack, although some can be hacked or have their emitter disabled.
* In ''Gojira-kun'', Hedora is the only monster that can't be killed by Godzilla's MegatonPunch, only pushed back a little.
* In ''VideoGame/TheAngryVideoGameNerdAdventures'', the ghosts in the "[[BigBoosHaunt Boo! Haunted House]]" stage cannot be killed, but can be frozen by the [[SmartBomb Glitch Gremlin]].
* One type of creature in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' is characterized by being low power, low toughness, fairly cheap to play, and either hard to kill or easy to somehow return to the battlefield after being killed. [[DemBones Skeletons]] are particularly prone to this. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=376297 Darksteel Mutation]] is another example which can be used both offensively and defensively, turning some useless creature into an unkillable blocker, or turning an enemy's most powerful monster into a harmless bug.
* The Mollusks in ''VideoGame/ShovelKnight'' are the only enemy that cannot be killed, though if they are crawling on a block when it's destroyed they will be temporarily stunned.
** Ghosts are a half example. They cannot be killed in the Lich Yard, only stunned, but a special item allows you to kill them in the Hall of Champions.
* ''VideoGame/DarkCastle'' has many enemies that can be stunned or knocked down but not killed. In some cases this barely makes sense, such as the torturer whom you go after with a spiked mace.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Whizz}}'', the red-and-white enemies are impossible to kill.
* The manual to ''VideoGame/AlexKidd in Miracle World'' states: ''"Don't try to attack the FLAME. It's invincible. Just avoid it all costs."''
* In ''VideoGame/JusticeLeagueHeroesTheFlash'', Circe creates four stone warriors to attack Franchise/TheFlash during her boss fight. They can only be destroyed when Circe disposes of them, presumably because they haven't killed the player by that point.
* Squee-Gs in the single-player campaign of ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' can't be killed, only stunned momentarily. Since they also erase ink trails you make, often to get past a certain obstacle, [[GoddamnedBats this trope makes them very, very annoying to deal with]].
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsDroidworks'' takes this to extremes with the assassin droids in the last set of missions. It's not that they're indestructible themselves, just that ''your droid has no possible way to destroy them''. All you can do is run away and hope you don't get hit with their lightning guns. What's more, you can't save your progress, either.
* ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies2ItsAboutTime'' has the dinosaurs in Jurassic Marsh. None of them can be damaged or harmed at all by your plants, and they help the zombies by [[DungeonBypass pushing them further into the lawn]]. Thankfully, you can SetAMookToKillAMook by using the Perfume-Shroom, which [[MookFaceTurn turns the dinosaurs against the zombies]].
* ''VideoGame/OriAndTheBlindForest'' has Spiny-like enemies circling some platforms in the Ginso Tree that can't be killed.
* In ''VideoGame/MonkeyShines'', ALL the mooks are invincible. The best you can do is dodge them, jump over them, or pick up a shield to become temporarily immune to them.
* Mummies are this in both Creator/DataEast's ''Spinmaster'' and Krobon's ''VideoGame/PharaohRebirth''. No matter what you do, they always put themselves together.
* ''VideoGame/EnterTheGungeon'' has a few - Lead/[[spoiler:Flesh]] Cubes which charge at the player dealing [[CollisionDamage contact damage,]] Dead Blow hammers which periodically spawn in and strike the floor which sends out a spread of bullets, the Gunreaper who hurls a spread of homing bullets towards the player, and the Lord of the Jammed, an apparition that appears after accruing a high enough curse level who [[ImplacableMan relentlessly chases you between rooms]] and periodically fires bullets in all directions.
* ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'''s version of has the broodlings launched by Brood Lords (no longer via Spawn Broodling). They do initial impact damage, then stay around a while chomping and clawing everything in reach, but can't be shot at or controlled.
* ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'':
** The Shadow Hunter's Big Bad Voodoo makes every ally around him invulnerable. Sounds pretty broken, except that it's a chenneling spell, meaning he can't do anything else while casting, and it turns everyone ''but him'' invulnerable.
** In the expansion, the Death Knight's AnimateDead ability makes the revived corpses invulnerable, meaning they can't be targeted. Can lead to Invincible Major Minion depending on what fresh bodies are lying around.
** The Crypt Lord one-ups it with his own ultimate, Locust Swarm. It summons a bunch of locusts from his shell that zoom around biting enemies and restoring his health. Not only are they invulnerable, they're not even selectable.
* ''Videogame/DawnOfWar'': It's possible (thanks to a bug) for the Librarian's Word of the Emperor buff to become permanent. [[GoodBadBugs Word of the Emperor causes affected units to take damage without dying.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Starbound}}'' has the Erchius Ghost, which appears on moons when you try to plunder their precious resources. Cannot be killed, cannot be stopped, can float through solid objects, and will drain your health if you're too close and outright kill you if they can touch you. Their only weakness is that they're somewhat slow, so running is an option... as long as you're a fast digger.
* The fifth (haunted warehouse) level of ''VideoGame/ChipNDaleRescueRangers 2'' has a room where the lights turn on and off and the background portraits' faces turn to skulls it the dark. If, however, the lights turn off with a portrait onscreen, it will spawn a little cloud-like ghost which follows you and is completely invulnerable to any of your attacks.
* ''VideoGame/ArxFatalis'' suffers from a bug where attacking a zombie or a mummy with a weapon enchanted to Paralyze may make them completely invincible. The only thing you can do in such case is run away; mummies are arguably worse as they move faster and can cast Paralyze back at you, which is really annoying.