Playing With / No Man of Woman Born

Basic Trope: A Prophecy Twist where a character's prophecized invincibility has an unforeseen loophole.
  • Straight: It is prophesied that Emperor Evulz will not die by the hand of man... so of course he's killed by Alice, a woman.
  • Exaggerated: No man can kill Emperor Evulz. He's killed by a succession of everything not covered by the prophecy, including women, eunuchs, and natural disasters.
  • Downplayed: It wasn't a prophecy, so much as a recognition that Evulz was so powerful that it was unlikely that any man (in a time when women didn't usually enter combat) could kill him. He ends up taken down by Alice being a Guile Hero.
  • Justified: Sybil, who made the prophecy in the first place, hates Evulz. She used Exact Words in the prophecy to goad Evulz into being overconfident and taking risks.
  • Inverted: The prophecy was entirely wrong, and Emperor Evulz can only be defeated by a man.
  • Subverted:
    • Turns out, the prophecy was made up by Emperor Evulz.
    • When the prophecy said "no man", it really did mean "no human" as expected.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: The prophecy says no man can kill the dark lord, so they get a woman to kill him, but then it turns out she's actually a man, but then he uses a spell to turn himself into a woman, but in the process of stabbing the dark lord the spell wears off...
  • Averted: There is no prophecy protecting Evulz. Let's get him!
  • Enforced: "Great, that invincibility-giving prophecy has made the villain too powerful. Quick, somebody find a loophole so we can kill him off!"
  • Lampshaded: "Right, so a prophecy is protecting Emperor Evulz. There's probably a loophole in there somewhere that can allow us to beat him."
  • Invoked:
    • The villain wants himself to be defeated only by someone clever, so he has the circumstances of his death worded so that someone who thinks about it real hard can figure out the loophole.
    • The dark lord wants a wife, but decides the only woman good enough for him is the one that dares meet him in battle.
  • Exploited:
    • The heroes, knowing the prophecy, send an Amazon Brigade to fight Evulz.
    • Alice has always wanted to be in the army, and uses the knowledge of the prophecy's loophole so that they'll let her in.
  • Defied: When hearing a prophecy about his death, the villain keeps leading on the prophet to alter his wording so that he is truly invincible.
  • Discussed:
    • "So what if no man can kill you? You can still be killed by women, children, animals, poisonous plants, disease, random accidents... Not to mention there's nothing that states they can't injure you or drive you off."
    • "This prophecy you're making for me better not be one of those annoying loopholes ones. I don't want to be like Lord Vortanok and his empire, who thought he was invincible and then was killed by a pigeon."
  • Conversed:

No non-troper can go back to No Man of Woman Born! (That's a terrible prophecy!)

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