: A defender fails to counterattack sufficiently to stop an aggressor.
- Straight: General Drake is hounding Bob. Eventually Bob manages to knock Drake out, but Drake recovers and manages to catch Bob again.
- Exaggerated: Bob barely dazes Drake with his counterattack before he tries to run. Drake shakes it off and continues his pursuit.
- Downplayed: Bob manages to knock out Drake, so Bob pokes his body a few times to make sure he isn't Playing Possum. Fortunately, Drake isn't. Unfortunately, Drake soon recovers and continues to pursue Bob.
- Bob's counter would have taken out a human. Unfortunately, Drake is anything but.
- Bob is from a society that is highly litigious, with a history of Crime of Self-Defense cases, and Lawful Stupidity has made him afraid to hurt Drake sufficiently out of fear that he will get sued for battery.
- Bob is not able to hurt Drake, but hitting him once will allow him to run away.
- Bob's one attack was to shoot Drake, expecting Instant Death Bullet. Unfortunately, he is Wrong Genre Savvy.
- Subverted: Bob starts running away after knocking Drake out, then turns back to ventilate his brainpan.
- Double Subverted: Except Bob missed and had no time to take another shot, so Drake still lives.
- Parodied: ???
- Zig Zagged: ???
- Averted: Bob decapitates Drake... then cuts off the rest of his limbs, shoots his heart multiple times, blows up his body, smothers his remains, and throws the ashes into some acid.
- Enforced: ???
- Lampshaded: ???
- Invoked: ???
- Exploited: ???
- Defied: See Inverted.
- Discussed: ???
- Conversed: "You can always count on slasher victims to be Genre Blind about the killer's durability."
- Deconstructed: Drake catches Bob and kills him.
- Reconstructed: It turns out that Drake only got a dummy that lead him right into Bob's trap.
- Played For Laughs: Drake is crushed by an anvil, (along with a whole lot of random events that just occur) and still manages to recover nicely in time for the next scene.
- Played For Drama:
- Just before he blanks out, Drake mutters how he failed to keep his promise to his sister/lover/friend, thinking he's going to die.
- Bob is relieved and thinks Drake is gone for good. He gets a nasty surprise when he shows up again, and means business.
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