Playing With / Stone Wall

Basic Trope: A person with high defense but low attack.
  • Straight: Barry is known as a shield to block enemies, but his Shield Bash attack is very weak.
  • Exaggerated: Barry can block a huge onslaught of missiles, but he can't hurt a blade of grass.
  • Downplayed: Barry's defense is pretty strong, and while his offense is nothing special, it's still strong enough to wear down the enemy given enough time.
  • Justified:
    • Barry practices a combat discipline that is more concerned with keeping its practitioners alive than attacking opponents.
    • Barry is a Made of Iron Gentle Giant who doesn't like to hurt people, so he isn't very good at it.
    • He can do magic, but only one which creates deflector shields.
  • Inverted: Glass Cannon
  • Subverted: The preternaturally resilient Barry absorbs his enemies' attacks and never hits back, making them think that he can't; but when he's pushed too far, they find out that he can dish out the pain just fine, he just doesn't like to unless he has no choice.
  • Double Subverted: It turns out that Barry's enemies are just as tough as he is, and shrug off even his strongest attacks.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Barry is a Made of Iron Gentle Giant who doesn't like to hurt people, and so isn't very good at it. Except it turns out that he actually is good at it and is, in fact, a Lightning Bruiser, but he holds back when attacking. Also, he can shed his armor to increase his speed even more, but becomes a Glass Cannon instead. On the other hand he can cast a spell that causes all the enemies to aim at him, by sacrificing his attack power, but he's so fast he can dodge all their attacks anyway. But, he can again sacrifice his speed to create an impenetrable shield. Ending with the fact that all the attacks he absorbed (both physical and magical) can be shot out as a Wave Motion Gun of all the accumulated energy.
  • Averted: Barry (and everyone else) are either the Jack-of-All-Stats, Fragile Speedster, Lightning Bruiser, etc. but not the Stone Wall.
  • Enforced: The censors won't let the creators show death or serious injury, so no one's attacks are strong enough to cause them.
  • Lampshaded: "Why Won't You Die??"
  • Invoked: Barry skips classes on attacking in favor of mastering defence.
  • Exploited:
    • Barry uses his sheer toughness to distract the enemy, so the rest of his team can get into the secret facility.
    • Barry goes in first to draw out the enemy, allowing Tom to take them out without endangering himself.
  • Defied:
    • Barry decided to learn to use a bazooka so that he can dish out as much punishment as he can take.
    • Barry learns Shed Armour to become more relevant against piercing attacks.
  • Discussed: "Good luck killing Barry. That guy may as well be Made of Iron."
  • Deconstructed: The protagonists are Barry, Jack, Chim-Chim the Talking Ape, Richard, and Rin, but no one of real offensive capability. None of them die, but Emperor Evulz dismisses them and goes on to conquer the world without singling them out for punishment. Nothing he can do can hurt them, but they can't really affect his campaign of conquest in any meaningful way.
  • Reconstructed: Sure they can. With them guarding a critical chokepoint to the last free city, Emperor Evulz's supply train eventually wears thin and forces him to retreat, giving the forces of good time to regroup and reorganize.
  • Played For Laughs: Barry is The Comically Serious as applied to combat. He tanks some very stupid attacks while scheduling when his attacks will finally defeat the enemy.
  • Played For Drama: Barry confronts enemies that are able to pierce his considerable defence. He struggles to remain relevant in a fight while he designs a technique or armour that prevents defence-penetrating effects.
  • Untwisted: Barry is in a fighting film, game or series where the target audience expects characters to wear little armour to expose more of their figure and wield improbably large weapons because they are more impressive and can be more detailed than normal. Barry defies expectation by being equipped normally.

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