The disadvantage that no smart {{minmax|ing}}er would ever take because it practically ensures a quick death or severe disruption of your plans.

Clear requirement: it should be presented as a disadvantage from the beginning. It should not just be a less smart option, it should clearly be labeled as an intentional handicap. You should get something in return for it. It has to be voluntarily chosen. And it has to be a completely disastrous option that is just plain not worth it. The only reason any remotely intelligent player would take it is as a SelfImposedChallenge, and even then it's borderline masochistic.

Opposite of MinmaxersDelight.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Roguelike]]
* ''VideoGame/RogueLegacy'':
** Vertigo, which flips the entire screen upside-down, including interface elements and dialog boxes. Apart from being headache-inducing, vertically-mirrored text makes menu options so unintelligible the Dyslexia trait could only wish it was that bad (don't bother trying to flip your monitor). God help you if ''all three'' characters in a generation get stuck with Vertigo.
** C.I.P., which hides your health bar. In a game where keeping track of your HP is what keeps you alive, this is a very bad thing. Unless you feel like using math during gameplay to figure out how much HP you might have, you won't know how hurt you are until it's far too late.
** Alzheimer's for Spelunkers. Alzheimer's prevents you from using the map, though it doesn't disable the minimap. For a class whose main ability involves using the map to seek out treasure chests, this is more than a little bad.
* Shieldless in FTLFasterThanLight. Only four ships (Stealth A through C, Zoltan B) don't start with laser and beam-repelling shield systems and while they have alternatives (a cloaking system in two cases and a special single-use shield for Zoltan B) they can be rapidly picked apart by anything with a beam drone (attack drones fire constantly for low damage which shields would normally absorb, but which adds up, and beams can't be dodged). Note you can buy a shield system but you are still vulnerable initially and have to spend a lot to get what normal ships begin with.
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[[folder:Role Playing Game]]
* Completely Inept and Cursed At Birth in ''VideoGame/{{Avernum}}''. Combine them for additional fun!
** Completely Inept reduces hit chance by 10% and reduces confusion resistance by 30%. The former is nastier than it looks, as damage for weapon skills (and the blademaster skill) is directly tied to hit rate.
** Cursed at Birth increases '''all''' forms of damage taken by 50%. For even more fun, combining it with Brittle Bones makes them stack for an extra 100% damage from all physical attacks.
* ''VideoGame/{{Exile}} III'' had the Pacifist disadvantage. While it was technically possible to give this to a magic user and still have a semi-viable party member, in a game that is basically a series of [[DungeonCrawler Dungeon Crawls]], a pacifist is of limited utility.
** Actually being a Pacifist made you able to take other nice benefits and retain a reasonable XP progression. This was the result of trade-offs: you advance slower or faster depending on your mix of edges and flaws. And it was certainly possible to keep one spellcaster busy doing nothing but healing and buffing, especially since buffs in ''Exile'' stack.
** The Sluggishness disadvantage makes a character get fewer action points every round. It wasn't worth much in XP savings, and a game like this requires perfect rationing of action points to succeed. A character with less-than-stellar action points will easily be left behind when everyone else advances on the enemy, and also left to be ganged up on and eaten alive when everyone else is fleeing. Furthermore, the Haste spells (critical in the late game) only multiply action points; someone who can barely move before Haste can still only move a ''little'' better after it.
* The Lord birthsign in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' gave your character a semi-decent healing spell in return for turning him or her into kindling (100% weakness to fire). Enjoy Vampirism (50% weakness to fire). God help you if you're also a High Elf. (25% weakness to magic, so a Vampire High Elf under The Lord has 175% weakness to fire. [[KillItWithFire Ouch.]]) Worse, the healing spell is immediately made useless by the infinitely superior 'Hearth Heal' spell that can be bought by almost any NPC that sells Restoration spells. The Lord's healing spell heals 2HP per second for 30 seconds while Hearth Heal heals 20-80HP immediately, making it quicker and able to heal more HP overall. Characters who major in Restoration even start with this spell, making The Lord birthsign even more useless.
* The Apprentice birthsign in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' is even worse than the Lord; you get 100 more magicka, but at the price of a 100% weakness to magic. If you're also a High Elf, then fire, frost, and shock damage spells are dealing ''125%'' more damage to you.
* One background option in ''VideoGame/{{Arcanum|Of Steamworks And Magick Obscura}}'' is "Nietzsche Poster Child", boosting EXP in exchange for increasing critical failure rate ("That which does not kill me can only make me stronger."). Given ''Arcanum'' has really annoying effects possible for critical failures (most are "deal damage to self", but also found are "receive injury that reduces stats and can only be healed by upper end healing items" and "your weapon breaks instantly", "Armor damaged", "get stunned and most likely die because the thing you were fighting now has a few turns of uninterrupted, unmissable attacks", and multiple of the above) and EXP is given like candy already, only a pure diplomat (who doesn't really make any rolls that can critically fail, plu s doesn't get the game's insane amount of combat EXP) can make any use of it, and even then, a background that boosts your persuasion stats (and the cap for them, as a stat's cap is based on its starting value) with a hit to combat stats may be better.
* The "Skilled" Trait in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout|1}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}},'' and ''VideoGame/{{Fallout Tactics|BrotherhoodOfSteel}}''. It makes you wait one extra level to gain a Perk, per Perk (you get them every 4, instead of every 3). In exchange, you get +5 skill points per level. The problem is, Perks are incredibly useful, and if you have a decent Intelligence (which you should, since Intelligence also determines your dialogue options), you'll be ''swimming'' in skill points by level 12 or so. For a comparison, the "Gifted" Trait grants +1 to each primary stat at a penalty of -10 to ''every'' skill ''and'' 5 fewer skill points per level, and is considered ''the best'', if not outright game-breaking Trait in the game, bar none.
* [[ElementalRockPaperScissors Weakness to Stealth Rock]] in ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''. Simply put, Stealth Rock is a semi-permanent trap move where Pokemon with typings weak to the rock type would get damaged for 25% (x2 weakness) or 50% (x4 weakness) of their maximum hit points. Per switch-in. This move redefined online competitive battling to the point that many bug, flying, fire or ice types that would otherwise be solid choices became disregarded.
** Stealth Rock has become such a mainstay in the Pokémon metagame that Rapid Spin, a rather weak move that involves the Pokémon rapidly spinning to hit the enemy has gone from "just another boring move" to "required to get rid of Stealth Rock".
** That said, there are a few mons that get past it despite their typing. Volcarona is so powerful that, in spite of it taking 50% damage from Stealth Rock, it managed to remain a great high-tier choice throughout all of Generation V. Ho-oh is another exception, due to having awesome moves like Sacred Fire alongside enough raw stats to stay a top threat in the banlist tier. In Generation VI, Talonflame has a powerful [[ActionInitiative priority move]], Mega Charizard Y holds the fabled [[WeatherControlMachine Drought]] ability, while Mega Pinsir has very powerful attacks boosted by Aerilate, making them all viable.
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[[folder:Survival Horror]]
* ''VideoGame/HellNight'' has this with the game leaving you to be a OneHitPointWonder. But it's not only that but some partners has this too: Naomi can see the monster's location on the map and compas, but is otherwise passive. Kamiya and Ivanoff can stun the monster for quite a while but that's it. Same with Rene, although she has limited ammo and is the last partner the player can recruit.
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[[folder:Simulation Game]]
* The Moronic trait in ''VideoGame/{{Tropico}}'' is not a good trait to have, as it bars you from getting colleges.
* The Imbecile (or to a ''lesser'' extent, Incapable) trait in ''[[VideoGame/CrusaderKings Crusader Kings II]]'' means that your character ''has'' to have a regent appointed to him/her, for rather obvious reasons. And this type of trait is (largely) random to acquire, so it can strike at any time.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' has a whole bunch of these. It's actually understandable once you realize that not all of them are necessarily designed to be taken by [=PCs=], and are instead better suited to [=NPCs=] and enemies.
** Combat Paralysis - you tend to randomly "freeze" in combat. Some particularly fiendish [=GMs=] reccomend having each PC start with it in realistic 'normal people' games. It's nothing in comparison to the Hemophila disadvantage, which makes ANY wound you suffer into either a royal pain in the ass, a life-threatening disaster, or a quick trip to the morgue.
** Woe on anyone who takes the disadvantages Cursed or Unluckiness - you're just begging the GM to be a dick towards you at the worst possible time. Here's the actual description for Cursed:
---> ''Like Unluckiness, but worse. Whenever anything goes wrong for your party, it happens to you, first and worst. If something goes right, it misses you. And any time the [=GM=] feels like hosing you, he can, and you have no gripe coming, because you are cursed.''
*** While the 75 free points you get for it are a massive advantage, especially for a low-level character, there's no way any GM worth the name isn't going to take a huge amount of pleasure in making you regret it. One of the jokes in the GURPS magazine, ''Pyramid'', revolved around a disadvantage called Spontaneous Human Combustion -- also probably a bad one to take.
** Klutz and Total Klutz likewise ''encourage'' the GM to screw with you in their description. "The [=GM=] should be creative in inventing minor torments."
** There is an Easy to Kill disadvantage. I repeat, there is an ''Easy to Kill'' disadvantage. While it can be offset with plenty of Hp, DR, etc., it's rarely taken because it's only worth -2 points per level.
** Unique sounds cool until you find out it means that if anything ever changes the time line significantly (and you can only take it in worlds where this is possible), you not only cease to exist, [[RetGone you cease to have ever existed, anywhere, with no chance of ever being remembered]]. You can also take it in parallel universe settings, where it's closer to MinmaxersDelight - not only do you get disadvantage points for taking it, it gives you the Zeroed advantage (i.e. your character is [[TheSpook not listed in any of the usual publicly-available records]]) for free.
** Slave Mentality requires you to make a rather difficult roll "before you can take any action that isn't either obeying a direct order or part of an established routine." And to do anything other than fold to social influence requires ''GM permission'' and another difficult roll. As the book says, "rarely appropriate for [=PCs=]"!
** Also, maximum point value Enemies are [[RuleOfCool really fun.]]
** At the highest level of Terminally Ill, your character will suddenly drop dead after a year or so; however, since that's its only effect, it can still be a MinMaxersDelight if you don't expect the campaign to last that long, though that's quite a real gamble if your GM hasn't let you know anything that could be used to gauge that at character creation.
** Reduced Time Rate makes it so a character takes twice as long to perform any non-combat tasks, and in combat you declare all your actions (like punching that guy in front of you), then wait a turn, then perform those actions (like punching the air where that guy was last round).
** The relatively obscure Anterograde Amnesia disadvantages (Cinematic and Regular) prevent your character from forming new memories. Have fun roleplaying that!
* Dark Fate in ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings''. Sure, it can save your bacon, but when the GM feels like it, you will betray everything your character holds dear, probably including the other players. Death is usually the result, although a FateWorseThanDeath is also a distinct possibility.
** [=L5R=] is rife with these. Momoku, which removes the ability to spend void, is not even close to worth the 10 Character Points you get. The creators have noted that disadvantages in their system are supposed to be deadly, not a minor handicap, and taking one is supposed to be handing the GM an excuse to ruin you.
* Dark Fate in the ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' games. The books try to make it sound appealing by pointing out your Dark Fate means you have an effectively open hand until it hits (unless it's your Dark Fate, what can the situation ''do'' to you?), but realistically, the Storyteller will hammer you with your Dark Fate as soon as you screw up one too many of his plans.
** Similarly, Life Saver in more than one of the TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness games, with the wrong group. Because isn't everyone a SociopathicHero who is alright with butchering people?
* Bleeder in ''[[Series/{{Firefly}} Serenity]]'' is like GURPS Hemophilia - any significant wound is death. "Things Don't Go Smooth" is another bad one (the GM can void any success he likes once or twice per game session, typically the "do or die" ones) - notable in that ''Mal'' has it. Although this shouldn't be too much of a surprise, considering it's named after one of his lines.
* The highest level of Coward in ''All Flesh Must Be Eaten''. Buy it and your character will never play any real role in the game ever again.
* ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' magazine
** Issue #325 has the Superstitious flaw. If you create a character with a crippling phobia of magic, maybe adventuring just isn't for you.
** Another issue of Dragon includes a selection of extremely crippling commoner-oriented flaws, up to and including Corpse. Oddly enough, creative interpretation of several of these ended up being a significant boon and turned what was originally a class with no abilities and bare minimum stats into a LethalJokeCharacter.
* ''DarkHeresy'' has the Nascent Psyker background package. Notable in that it is the ''only'' background package that costs 0xp (the game lacking a point-buy advantage/disadvantage system), Nascent Psyker gives your character spectacular powers (fuelled by Hell) which they can't control, and which have a definite chance of randomly [[YourHeadAsplode making you, or everyone around you explode]], or [[DemonicPossession sharing your head with a daemon]]. Oh, and you have to be under extreme stress before those powers will manifest, and if any other characters find out you have them, they are legally obliged to either kill you, or capture you and send you across the galaxy to learn how to control it over the next decade or so (both options effectively requiring you to retire the character). Even if you manage to hide it from the others (not particularly easy), or they are heretical/radical enough ''not'' to have you purged or sanctioned, it's only a matter of time before your magical mishaps kill you or worse... It is explicitly noted in the Splatbook it appears in that taking this package is effectively an open-ended death sentence.
* In a time travel-themed RPG, you'd ''better'' take the advantage to be conscious of shifts in the timeline. Otherwise, your character will spend forever trying to figure out ''what you already know''!
* ''Dependence'' is this in the ''HeroSystem''. While it was originally intended to replicate characters like Aquaman, who needed to dunk himself in water once a day, it turns into a bludgeon against the character, because all the GM has to do to screw over the guy is not allow access, storywise.
* "Palms Like Sieves" in ''HackMaster''. And Hemophilia, [[RuleOfThree again]].
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** The Bloodfeeder for the Chaos Lord. When used in melee, you roll 2 six-sided dice and get that many plus 4 attacks in that round (keep in mind that, for a character, you should usually get about ''five'' attacks). That is, unless you roll a 1 on ''either'' die, in which your Chaos Lord [[MemeticMutation goes into a wrist-slitting]] [[{{Wangst}} emo mode]], represented by him taking an armor-ignoring wound and forfeiting ''all'' of his attacks that round, which more-often-than-not coincides with him getting obliterated in whatever melee he was a part of. No surprise, the fluff clearly points out in many places that [[AxCrazy "Khorne cares not from whence the blood flows"]]. The Chaos Marines have a number of ConfusionFu options in their codex, but the Bloodfeeder is by far the most self-destructive.
** Anything with the ''Rage'' special rule, prior to 6th edition (2012). A unit with the old version of Rage ''must'' move directly towards the closest enemy as fast as possible. A unit is usually subject to ''Rage'' because of a bad roll on a certain test, or as a mechanical counterbalance to some other amazing ability (often ''Furious Charge'' or something of the like). Often the trademark of a particularly AxCrazy model/unit. While it's a rather negligible drawback against new and inexperienced players, who will almost instinctively park on objectives and never move, a veteran player with a fast vehicle or two can drag ''Rage'' units by the nose all over the table.
* Part of why ''deadEarth'' is [[DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible so reviled]] is that the player is forced to roll several random mutations for their character, some of which explicitly ''[[PressStartToGameOver kill your character during chargen]]'' (which is combined with the game only allowing you three characters ''ever''.)
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