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Basic Trope: 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.
  • Justified:
    • 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.
    • Drake has an impressive Healing Factor. No matter what Bob does to him, Drake will always get back up eventually.
  • Inverted:
  • 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: Bob wants Drake alive, but he wants him to think he survived on his own. So he hits him with a blow that hurts Drake just enough for him to think that Bob genuinely thought he was dead.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: See Inverted.
  • Discussed: "Are you sure he's dead? It's not like we're short on bullets here."
  • 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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