Weaksauce Weaknesses are great to exploit, but suck to have. However, clever and enterprising creatures of the night, aliens, mutants, robots or what-have-you's can create a limited resistance or immunity by counteracting its effects. Vulnerable to fire? Asbestos-fiber suit! Holy objects repel? Wear a Darwin-fish necklace! Does water dissolve you? Coat yourself in water-proof paste! This doesn't even need to be limited to clothing, a sun-blocking satellite and a Protective Charm are among many possibilities to counter their weaknesses. Usually this resistance is limited in some way, it may be bulky or conspicuous, only works once, or rubs off over time. It's also possible for an enemy to somehow nullify the resistance with a counter... unless they have a counter to that counter. Commonly used in response to the Kryptonite Factor when Kryptonite Is Everywhere. Speaking of Kryptonite, it certainly helps when you're trying to fight it off. Contrast Flaw Exploitation.
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Anime and Manga
- Pokémon: One episode had a girl cover her Onix (weak against water-elemental Pokemon) in water-repellent wax.
- "Waterproof soap" in Ranma ˝ protects the wearer from having their Jyuusenkyo curse triggered...until it wears off.
- Vampire Hazuki from Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase constructs a sun-protection suit (which is more like a big cat suit) in order to go outside during the day so she can visit Kouhei at the hospital. She thinks far enough ahead that she doesn't include eyeholes to avoid letting sunlight in, however it never occurred to her that not having eyeholes would make it impossible to see...
- Vampires and Pillar Men in Jojos Bizarre Adventure are killed by sunlight, but the latter are capable of using Voluntary Shapeshifting to crawl into people and use their bodies as sunlight-proof Living Bodysuits.
- Superman typically beats up Metallo and other Kryptonite-powered enemies by wearing a lead suit. Sadly, it tends to tear when he exerts his full Flying Brick package.
- Superman actually wore 'red sun block' when he went to Lexor in order to drag Luthor back to Earth and retain his powers (since he'd always gone and lost his powers prior to that) Pre-Crisis. It didn't end well.
- In the Heroic Fantasy Elseworld League of Justice, the Sovereign had golden armour to protect himself from the Crypton powerstone powering the Green Knight's ring - thereby combining "dense metal" (Kryptonite) with "yellow" (Green Lantern ring).
- Subverted in Justice, when the villains are tricked into thinking Superman is the one in the Kryptonite proof suit - nope, it's Captain Marvel.
- There's a pretty infamous scene in Blade where baddie Frost shows up in the sunlight because he put on sunblock (though it must be noted that he caked it on really thickly and stayed in the shade). In another scene, and again in the second and third movies, the vampires use full-body leather suits and motorcycle helmets when they want to go out in the sun.
- The vampires in Daybreakers have built a civilization around this with sun-proof cars, sub-walks, and UV-insulated excursion suits. One scene has a member of the human resistance standing guard in an open field in broad daylight, only to have a vampire soldier appear behind her in full body armour.
- The Strangers in Dark City have created a world where it's always night, so they can experiment on people without being injured by sunlight.
- The Twins Effect, a Hong Kong vampire action romance film, has a similar gag to the one in Vampires Suck, though in that film, the vampires evidently didn't know that sunblock existed, and ended up having to make their own. It worked for a while, and then smoke ensues.
- In Highlander: The Source, The Guardian wears a large piece of neck-armor that makes him immune to decapitation attacks, which is pretty useful seeing as how that's the only way to kill an immortal. The Spoony Experiment, in his review of the movie, admits that as ridiculous as the armor looks (making him look like a cross between Pyramid Head and a pelican), it's actually a very clever protective measure for the whole decapitation thing. Naturally, after defeating his first opponent using the advantage from the armor, the resulting Quickening inexplicably causes the armor to disappear and The Guardian never attempts to replace it.
- In Gremlins 2: The New Batch, the Brain Gremlin injects the Bat Gremlin with "Genetic Sunblock" which allows the latter to fly outside in the sunlight without dying.
- Another vampire example comes from the source of the page image (Seltzer and Friedberg's Vampires Suck, of all things).
- The vampires in We Are the Night have "safe cars" with heavily tinted sun-proof windows and windshields, allowing them to drive around during the day.
- The city-state of Tonzimmiel in The Quest of the Unaligned is surrounded by an energy field that rips the power from every mage that passes through it. It was created six hundred years before the book starts to insulate Tonzimmiel from The Magocracy that rules the surrounding country of Caederan, and it worked for a good long while. About a century ago, the Caederians figured out how to bypass the barrier's effects, and some of them have been living the masquerade in Tonzimmiel ever since.
Live Action TV
- In an early episode of Angel, there was a ring which gave the wearer immunity from sunlight. Angel wore it one day, then destroyed it. And in a much more DIY example, in Buffy, Spike had his car with all the windows blacked out. Complete with Spike squinting through the blacked out window to see where he is going. Later seasons had him covering himself in a blanket while running like hell while trailing smoke when he needed to get somewhere during the day.
- Raj in The Big Bang Theory can never get a girlfriend because he is unable to speak to women due to his selective mutism. He's able to get around this by getting drunk. Unfortunately, when he's drunk, he acts like a bit of a dick. In one episode, he signs up to try an experimental drug that would allow him to talk to women. The drug has strange side effects, like causing him to repeat actions over and over. In the end, it wears off just as a beautiful woman is expressing interest in him.
- One group in Werewolf: The Apocalypse used high-grade protective suits to survive in a lake of liquid silver (a place in the Umbra, usually used as "cure-or-kill" treatment for badly corrupted individuals, where they were sent as punishment). This was one of their many bright ideas.
- In Dungeons & Dragons there are a couple of spells and magic items that can shield creatures from sunlight. Useful for vampires and a number of other sun-vulnerable creatures.
- In the Punch-Out!! series, King Hippo is soundly beaten by Little Mac repeatedly punching him in the belly button. King Hippo learns from this the second time around and places a steel sewer grate over his belly button.
- In Valkyria Chronicles tanks and other vehicles run not on gasoline but on a Phlebotnium power source called Ragnite which requires special radiators usually fitted onto the back. These radiators glow bright blue and are so volatile that 1 or 2 hits from a tank shell will instantly blow them up. Nobody ever thinks to surround these with armour or deflecting plates leading to every single tank having a glowing weak spot on the back. All except one guy who actually does protect this weak spot in a mission late in the campaign.. but only after having learned the hard way about this himself. Note that the player's tanks are never protected this way either.
- Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver has a partial example, a vampiric empire that releases large amounts of smoke to reduce light levels.
- Bloodrayne 2 had something similar in the form of 'the shroud' a blood red cloud made up of ground up people that blocks out sunlight, allowing vampires to walk around in the day and seriously warping the natural world.
- Remilia Scarlet of Touhou is a vampire, and thus is vulnerable to sunlight. Her solution to this problem is to cover Gensokyo in a blood-red mist to block sunlight, triggering the events of the sixth game, Embodiment of Scarlet Devil. After being beaten by the heroines, she decided to simply use a parasol instead. Gets a Call Back in the fighting games: Remilia can't participate in the daytime stages unless she's equipped with a parasol.
- Dracula's Castle in Castlevania has the power to block out the sun in a large area around it, creating a pocket of eternal night. Pretty handy for a vampire like Dracula. In pre-Lords of Shadow continuity, Dracula gained this power by claiming the Ebony Stone, one of two stones created by alchemy during experiments to create the Philosopher's Stone.
- In Supernormal Step, a vampire wears a full-body, skin-tight suit in order to go out in the sun.
- The Kingfisher has the vampire Theodore combine Properly Paranoid and Crazy-Prepared by going to sleep in asbestos pajamas. Comes in real handy when he's shot with incendiary rounds during the day.
- In The Order of the Stick, vampiric Minister Malack has researched a Protection From Daylight spell, which he casts on himself every day to function in public by day, and keeps an extra cast prepared and a staff with charges of the same, just in case it gets dispelled. After Malack uses his spare prepared cast on the newly-converted Durkon, Nale disarms the staff and has Zz'dtri dispel the active spell, killing him.
- In The Incredible Hero, a continuing add-a-chapter-as-you-go story on a pre-HTTP message board, the eponymous hero was once attacked by Darth Vader. Luckily, he was wearing his dark-side-of-the-force-proof vest.
- In the first Carmilla stories of the Whateley Universe, she was vulnerable to sunlight. She went to Superhero School Whateley Academy and wore a full-body latex-looking suit with school clothes over it.
- An episode of The Powerpuff Girls involves the head honcho of thing that go bump in the night, The Boogie Man, launching a giant disco ball into space to block out the sun so all the monsters can come out during the day and party ALL NIGHT LONG!
- Invader Zim:
- Zim is burned by water, so he cooks up a paste-based film coating to protect himself.
- In another episode, Zim becomes paranoid that he'll become infected by Earthborn germs that he has no natural resistance to, so he creates a suit of germ-repellent SPACE MEAT!!!
- In the Futurama episode "A Tale Of Two Santas", Leela tries to destroy Robot Santa with a paradox. Unfortunately, Santa comes equipped with paradox-absorbing crumple zones.
- The plot of the Cuban animated feature Vampiros en la Habana revolves around the creation of a vampire sunscreen.
- Superman: The Animated Series introduced a lead-lined suit to protect Supes against Kryptonite radiation. It came in real handy during its debut episode against the Parasite. Thereafter it suffered The Worf Effect as every time it appeared it was torn or destroyed early into the battle (dipped in magma, ripped off by Krypto, freeze cracked, acid...) He had a much simpler (and weirder) solution to fighting Livewire and her electric powers along with Parasite. Supes pretty much just laminated himself in a thin layer of rubber, since it doesn't conduct electricity. It was a much better idea than wearing rubber gloves...
- In one episode of the Super Friends, both Robin and a Frankenstein's Monster absorb powers from the rest of the show's heroes, including Superman; after battling to a stalemate, Robin uses one of these suits, and a chunk of kryptonite, to defeat the creature.
- As part of a one-off gag in Scooby-Doo! and the Reluctant Werewolf, Count Dracula claims to no longer fear sunlight thanks to sunscreen. The bottle he uses has a SPF of one million.
- An episode of the Hercules animated series centers around Achilles. During the entire episode, he wears a piece of armor around his heel.
- Some people with over-active senses or who are overwhelmed easily by certain stimuli can "protect" themselves in Boring but Practical ways: Earplugs for hearing, noseplugs for smell, gloves for touch, and certain kinds of glasses or lenses for sight.
- Human life cannot go on in extremely cold temperatures. Guess what winter jackets do.
- Gas masks protect their wearers from all sorts of nasty chemicals, toxins, and substances in the air.
- Space suits guard against the vacuum of space.