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Weaksauce Weaknesses are great to exploit, but suck to have. However, clever and enterprising creatures of the night, aliens, mutants, robots or what-have-you's can create a limited resistance or immunity by counteracting its effects. Vulnerable to fire? Asbestos-fiber suit! Holy objects repel? Wear a Darwin-fish necklace!note  Does water dissolve you? Coat yourself in water-proof paste! This doesn't even need to be limited to clothing, a sun-blocking satellite and a Protective Charm are among many possibilities to counter their weaknesses.

Usually this resistance is limited in some way, it may be bulky or conspicuous, only works once, or rubs off over time. It's also possible for an enemy to somehow nullify the resistance with a counter... unless they have a counter to that counter.

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Commonly used in response to the Kryptonite Factor when Kryptonite Is Everywhere. Speaking of Kryptonite, it certainly helps when you're trying to fight it off. Contrast Flaw Exploitation. Not to be confused with Removed Achilles' Heel, which involves someone developing a permanent way to rid themselves of a weakness rather than use an external protection.


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     Anime and Manga  
  • Pokémon: One episode had a girl cover her Onix (weak against water-elemental Pokémon) in water-repellent wax.
  • "Waterproof soap" in Ranma ½ protects the wearer from having their Jyuusenkyo curse triggered...until it wears off.
  • Vampire Hazuki from Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase constructs a sun-protection suit (which is more like a big cat suit) in order to go outside during the day so she can visit Kouhei at the hospital. She thinks far enough ahead that she doesn't include eyeholes to avoid letting sunlight in, however it never occurred to her that not having eyeholes would make it impossible to see...
  • Vampires and Pillar Men in Jojos Bizarre Adventure are killed by sunlight, but the latter are capable of using Voluntary Shapeshifting to crawl into people and use their bodies as sunlight-proof Living Bodysuits.
  • Daily Life with Monster Girl:
    • Suu can't enter large bodies of water because it would dilute her body by a dangerous degree. When the cast goes to the beach, she wears a waterproof wetsuit so she can play in the water.
    • Yukio the yuki onna wears a modified diving suit to protect herself from the heat of the onsen where she works.
  • Comes up early in My Monster Secret where Youko is trying to deal with the sun's rays. Asahi remarks that it's too bad she can't just used sunscreen...except it turns out she can, she just never thought of it before because, well...

     Comic Books  
  • Superman
    • Superman typically beats up Metallo and other Kryptonite-powered enemies by wearing a lead suit. Sadly, it tends to tear when he exerts his full Flying Brick package.
    • Superman actually wore 'red sun block' when he went to Lexor in order to drag Luthor back to Earth and retain his powers (since he'd always gone and lost his powers prior to that) Pre-Crisis. It didn't end well.
    • In the Heroic Fantasy Elseworld League of Justice, the Sovereign had golden armour to protect himself from the Crypton powerstone powering the Green Knight's ring - thereby combining "dense metal" (Kryptonite) with "yellow" (Green Lantern ring).
    • In Kryptonite Nevermore, a Kryptonite power engine is tested. In case that Professor Bolden couldn't control the kryptonite chain reaction, Superman made a lead-coated shield to fit over the energy unit.
    • In Justice, Superman wears one during the final battle. As a subversion, it turns out to be Captain Marvel in the Superman lead suit.
    • He also had a Supermobile, an enclosed craft that shielded him from kryptonite and red-sun radiation.
    • In Who Took the Super out of Superman?, villain Xviar gaslights Superman by chemically treating his Clark Kent clothes so that they nullify his powers. A little later, Superman has to fight Kryptonite Man. Since Pre-Crisis Kryptonians were immune to Kryptonite radiation while being depowered, he puts on a chemically-treated suit under his Superman costume and decks the radioactive villain via a good punch.
  • Supergirl also wears Kryptonite-proof suits every so often:
  • Wonder Woman (1987): As Daxamites are fatally vulnerable to lead when "Julia" of Daxam is next seen after helping abolish slavery in the Sangtee Empire she is wearing a power suit with a built in personal force field to protect her in addition to her status as a Kryptonian level Flying Brick.
  • X-Men:
    • The Juggernaut has the sole weakness of being vulnerable to telepathy (otherwise he's completely invincible). To negate this, he typically wears an enormous helmet to block telepathic attacks. When he got sick of that being knocked off constantly, he started wearing a smaller, more compact skullcap that was harder to remove.
    • Jubilee, when she became a vampire, used a special medallion to protect her from the sun.
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     Fan Works 
  • In Book One of The Last Son Superman creates a space suit made of nanomachines for outerspace missions. Starting on Book Two, he repurposes it so it can protect him from Kryptonite radiation.
  • In To Hell and Back (Arrowverse), Barry Allen designs Kryptonite-proof clothes for Kara which allow her to use Kryptonite weapons against her rogue kin.
  • The Warcrafter: At Christmas time, Adrian (shapeshifted into a reindeer) infiltrates Piggot's office and delivers enchanted Gnomish gadgets to the Protectorate and Wards that complement their parahuman powers.
    • Vista, who had incredible Space Master powers but is in trouble if someone gets too close, gets a Shrink Ray to incapacitate those that do.
    • Clockblocker has range issues with his Time Stop power, so he gets a Freeze Ray (charged by his power, no less) to mimic it at range.
    • Aegis can take a lot of damage before going down but doesn't actually heal any faster, so he gets a "Recombobulator belt" that can restore him to full health a few times a day. He also gets healing bandages and bracers to protect him from fire and ice (two of the most common sources of damage at the cellular level).
    • Browbeat, who can manipulate his biology to grow muscles, gets a Magic Costume to fit.
    • Gallant, under Adrian's assumption that his Emotion Bomb powers are based on the Intellect attribute, gets a pair of Intellect-boosting goggles. They not only enhance his emotion-sensing sight, but also increase the power of his emotion blasts.
    • Kid Win gets a box of parts to Tinker with and a note telling him to "Think Modular".
    • Velocity's strength and ability to affect the world decreases, the faster he goes, so he gets strength- and damage-boosting knuckle-dusters to boost his strength up to regular human levels at high speed... and superhuman levels at normal speed.
    • Battery's power relies on her staying still in order to charge up her speed and strength - so she gets an Invisibility and Force Field belt to protect her while she is stationary.
    • Miss Militia gets reusable effect grenades, as well as a mundane backup gun.
    • Armsmaster, who is normally limited to close quarters with his halberd, gets a pair of Rocket Boots (as well as the designs).
    • Dauntless, whose enhancement touch is limited to his stamina, gets a stamina-boosting belt.
    • Glory Girl also gets enhancements from Adrian - a headband to focus her Emotion Bomb aura into a spotlight, and a belt to fold her personal force field and give her more hits. Reverse-engineering the headband proves useful against the Simurgh.
  • Hellsister Trilogy: During The Apokolips Agenda, Superman and Supergirl have a run-in with Kryptonite Man, which prompts Kara to wear a lead suit for the rest of the Darkseid War just in case she runs into him again.
  • In Btvs: Seasons Rewrite, Willow enchants special talismans in the form of necklaces to allow Angel and Spike to be active during the day. She later does the same for Oz, in order to suppress his werewolf side.
  • In Kara of Rokyn, Kryptonian scientist and reformed villain Shyla Kor-Onn develops an armored space suit which filters specific waves of radiation, letting Kryptonians retain their powers in red star systems.
    About her, she wore a clear skin-tight armor that filtered out certain waves of radiation and let others through. It was something Shyla Kor-Onn had developed, and Kara was mighty glad she had. Because she saw the star which was the center of the system she was headed for, and its hue was red.
    If she wasn’t wearing the armor, she’d have been powerless and dead within seconds.
  • In The Unfantastic Adventures of Bizarro No. 1, the Blue-Kryptonite Men invade Bizarro World once again. In the past, Bizarros developed lead armors to fight and drive the Blue-K Men away. Of course, being Bizarros, they’ll not use it now PRECISELY because it’d be the smart thing to do.

     Film— Live Action 
  • There's a pretty infamous scene in Blade where baddie Frost shows up in the sunlight because he put on sunblock (though it must be noted that he caked it on really thickly and stayed in the shade). In another scene, and again in the second and third movies, the vampires use full-body leather suits and motorcycle helmets when they want to go out in the sun.
  • The vampires in Daybreakers have built a civilization around this with sun-proof cars, sub-walks, and UV-insulated excursion suits. One scene has a member of the human resistance standing guard in an open field in broad daylight, only to have a vampire soldier appear behind her in full body armour.
  • The vampiric villains in the 1996 Vampirella movie also used full body suits to go around in the daylight.
  • The Strangers in Dark City have created a world where it's always night, so they can experiment on people without being injured by sunlight.
  • The Twins Effect, a Hong Kong vampire/action/romance film, has a similar gag to the one in Vampires Suck, though in that film, the vampires evidently didn't know that sunblock existed, and ended up having to make their own. It worked for a while, and then smoke ensues.
  • In Highlander: The Source, The Guardian wears a large piece of neck-armor that makes him immune to decapitation attacks, which is pretty useful seeing as how that's the only way to kill an immortal. The Spoony Experiment, in his review of the movie, admits that as ridiculous as the armor looks (making him look like a cross between Pyramid Head and a pelican), it's actually a very clever protective measure for the whole decapitation thing. Naturally, after defeating his first opponent using the advantage from the armor, the resulting Quickening inexplicably causes the armor to disappear and The Guardian never attempts to replace it.
  • In Gremlins 2: The New Batch, the Brain Gremlin injects the Bat Gremlin with "Genetic Sunblock" which allows the latter to fly outside in the sunlight without dying.
  • Another vampire example comes from the source of the page image (Seltzer and Friedberg's Vampires Suck, of all things).
  • The vampires in We Are the Night have "safe cars" with heavily tinted sun-proof windows and windshields, allowing them to drive around during the day.
  • In Captain America: Civil War, this is the in-universe justification for Spider-Man's Expressive Mask — the eye windows have mechanical irises to help protect him from sensory overload when he goes into full "Spidey Mode".

     Literature  
  • The city-state of Tonzimmiel in The Quest of the Unaligned is surrounded by an energy field that rips the power from every mage that passes through it. It was created six hundred years before the book starts to insulate Tonzimmiel from The Magocracy that rules the surrounding country of Caederan, and it worked for a good long while. About a century ago, the Caederians figured out how to bypass the barrier's effects, and some of them have been living the masquerade in Tonzimmiel ever since.
  • Thud!: Sally (a Classical Movie Vampire)'s daylight travel precautions don't go much further than shades and a big hat. The ones in Carpe Jugulum could more or less handle sunlight, but it required decades of training and self-improvement.

     Live Action TV  
  • In an early episode of Angel, there was a ring which gave the wearer immunity from sunlight. Angel wore it one day, then destroyed it. And in a much more DIY example, in Buffy, Spike had his car with all the windows blacked out. Complete with Spike squinting through the blacked out window to see where he is going. Later seasons had him covering himself in a blanket while running like hell while trailing smoke when he needed to get somewhere during the day.
  • Raj in The Big Bang Theory can never get a girlfriend because he is unable to speak to women due to his selective mutism. He's able to get around this by getting drunk. Unfortunately, when he's drunk, he acts like a bit of a dick. In one episode, he signs up to try an experimental drug that would allow him to talk to women. The drug has strange side effects, like causing him to repeat actions over and over. In the end, it wears off just as a beautiful woman is expressing interest in him.
  • Kara's aunt Astra in Supergirl (2015) has a literal Kryptonite-Proof Suit. In season 2, Kara's allies pull it out of storage and modify it for use against Metallo.
  • In The Adventures of Superboy, Superboy hastily puts together a suit of lead armor for a fight against Metallo. Unfortunately it's not super-strength proof, so Metallo tears it to shreds in a matter of seconds. The gloves did prove useful once Superboy managed to rip his kryptonite chunk out.

     Tabletop Games  
  • One group in Werewolf: The Apocalypse used high-grade protective suits to survive in a lake of liquid silver (a place in the Umbra, usually used as "cure-or-kill" treatment for badly corrupted individuals, where they were sent as punishment). This was one of their many bright ideas. There are also various Gifts that allow Garou to soak damage from silver.
  • Vampire: The Masquerade has the Fortitude Discipline that allows Kindred to resist even their weaknesses of fire and sunlight.
  • In Mage: The Ascension, Mages can use Periapts to take a certain amount of Paradox in their stead, and sufficiently-skilled practitioners of Prime can "pay off" Paradox with Quintessence.
  • In Dungeons & Dragons there are a couple of spells and magic items that can shield creatures from sunlight. Useful for vampires and a number of other sun-vulnerable creatures.
    • d20 Modern sourcebook Urban Arcana has an even better one, due to its utter mundanity. So you're a drow elf and bright lights blind you because your eyes are so sensitive? Wear sunglasses or tinted visors!

     Video Games  
  • In the Punch-Out!! series, King Hippo is soundly beaten by Little Mac repeatedly punching him in the belly button. King Hippo learns from this the second time around and places a steel sewer grate over his belly button. However it doesn't help since he used probably the most realistic duct tape in video game history.
  • In Fire Emblem, many types of units are weak to certain types of weaponry (ex. fliers are weak to bows, cavalry are weak to ridersbanes, and so on). However, there are rare items and skills capable of nullifying these weaknesses.
    • The first and most famous one of these is Iote's Shield, primarily associated with King Michalis of Macedon. It's an item in Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, and Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem and a skill in Fire Emblem Awakening, Fire Emblem Heroes, and Fire Emblem Warriors. In Mystery and Warriors, it negates all of the bearer's weaknesses, while in the other games it only works for fliers.
    • In its first implementation, the Nihil skill in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. This skill has the same effect as other games, where it nullifies not just battle skills (though those skills like Astra, Luna, and Sol, are rare) but also negate critical hits. In that game, weaknesses like bows on fliers are considered critical hits, so when they have Nihil, they are no longer weak to bows. For example, Alec has Nihil so he is immune to the Knight Killer's anti-cavalry effect and he could pass it down to other children that are affected by their weaknesses. Like Michalis, Arion has Nihil to nullify his bow weakness.
    • Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade and Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade have the Delphi Shield, an accessory which protects fliers from bows and wind magic. You can steal it from Narcian in The Binding Blade and get another one when you recruit him in Trial Map mode, while you can find it in a chest during "Battle Before Dawn" in The Blazing Blade.
    • Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones has the Fili Shield, an accessory which also protects fliers from bows and wind magic. You can pry it off of Valter's corpse and get a second one when you recruit him during the Creature Campaign.
    • Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance has the Full Guard, an accessory which protects any unit who equips it from bonus damage. It's also Dummied Out as a skill in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.
    • Fire Emblem Awakening has the Conquest skill, which negates the wielder's armored and beast weaknesses. It is primarily associated with Walhart, and also wielded by SpotPass Zephiel and DLC Ephraim. Walhart also retains the skill when you recruit him in Paralogue 19, and he can pass it down to Morgan if he fathers him.
    • Fire Emblem Fates has the Winged Shield skill, which negates the wielder's flier weaknesses and allows them to benefit from terrain bonuses. It is primarily associated with Hinoka as an enemy on the Conquest route, who has the skill during both of her boss fights; it is also wielded by two generic Pegasus Knights in Chapter 11 on Lunatic. There's also the Dummied Out Armor Shield and Beast Shield skills, which respectively nullify the bearer's armored and beast weaknesses.
    • Fire Emblem Heroes introduces Grani's Shield, wielded by Camus and Walhart, and Svalinn Shield, wielded by Sheena. These two skills respectively nullify the user's cavalry and armored weaknesses. In addition, the Heroes incarnation of Dragonskin serves as an upgraded personal variant of Iote's Shield for the female version of Grima that both nullifies flying weaknesses and grants +4 Def/Res on the enemy phase.
    • Fire Emblem: Three Houses has the Lampos Shield, Aurora Shieldnote  and Kadmos Shield, which negate the weaknesses of cavalry, fliers and armored units respectively when equipped. Cindered Shadows adds the Chalice of Beginnings, obtainable as a clear bonus in the main game after completing the DLC sidestory, which nulls all weaknesses and allows the holder to counterattack regardless of range.
  • In Pokémon, Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors is a core element of the gameplay, and the battles are usually based around exploiting the enemy's type weaknesses; some of the items allow the fighters to bypass their weaknesses.
    • Air Balloon lifts the user up in the air (and pops immediately after the user is attacked), giving it a temporary immunity for widespread Ground-type moves and entry hazards, and Heavy-Duty Boots prevent their user from any entry hazard damage at all. Assault Vest, which increases a Pokemon's Special Defense stat in exchange for forbidding it to use non-attacking moves is also a good variety of this trope for fighters with weak Special Defense who specialize in brute force.
    • A variety of Berries can be used to weaken a single super-effective attack hitting a Pokemon. For fighters who have double weakness to a particular type, such as Whiscash, Togedemaru, Heatran or Aurorus, this might be a life saver.
    • In some way, abilities can be considered this trope, when they are passed to Pokemon temporarily by using Entrainment or Skill Swap. When such situation happens, fighters with originally obvious Kryptonite Factor in their double weaknesses or crippling original abilities become much more potent: Slaking stops taking rests between hits, Archeops loses its fatalism and retains its power to the end, Parasect starts eating up Fire-type moves, and any Stone Wall who gets Magic Guard or Magic Bounce becomes immune to crippling and/or damage over time.
  • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver has a partial example, a vampiric empire that releases large amounts of smoke to reduce light levels.
  • Bloodrayne 2 had something similar in the form of 'the shroud' a blood red cloud made up of ground up people that blocks out sunlight, allowing vampires to walk around in the day and seriously warping the natural world.
  • Remilia Scarlet of Touhou is a vampire, and thus is vulnerable to sunlight. Her solution to this problem is to cover Gensokyo in a blood-red mist to block sunlight, triggering the events of the sixth game, Embodiment of Scarlet Devil. After being beaten by the heroines, she decided to simply use a parasol instead. Gets a Call-Back in the fighting games: Remilia can't participate in the daytime stages unless she's equipped with a parasol.
  • Dracula's Castle in Castlevania has the power to block out the sun in a large area around it, creating a pocket of eternal night. Pretty handy for a vampire like Dracula. In pre-Lords of Shadow continuity, Dracula gained this power by claiming the Ebony Stone, one of two stones created by alchemy during experiments to create the Philosopher's Stone.
  • In Splatoon, walking on ink of a color other than their own damages Inklings and slows them to a crawl. To counteract this some shoes come equipped with the Ink Resistance ability, which lowers the damage Inklings receive while standing in enemy ink, and decreases the movement penalty while moving through it.
  • Rubicante, leader of the Four Fiends in Final Fantasy IV, has a cloak that lets him absorb the spells that would normally harm him, exploiting it in his boss battles. In Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, if certain requirements are met, he will give his cloak to his Worthy Opponent, Edge.
  • Zombies and skeletons in Minecraft are allergic to sunlight but if they're spawned wearing a helmet, they'll be immune to it.
  • In Lunar Knights, the vampires are protected from the sun's light by their "Casket Armor". In order to defeat them, Lucian and Aaron have to defeat them in battle and bring them to space to purify them with the Sunflower, a sun-powered Kill Sat, as the vampire's ParaSOL/Planet Eater Byron has rendered the sunlight on the surface too weak to purify a vampire.

     Webcomics  
  • In Supernormal Step, a vampire wears a full-body, skin-tight suit in order to go out in the sun.
  • The Kingfisher has the vampire Theodore combine Properly Paranoid and Crazy-Prepared by going to sleep in asbestos pajamas. Comes in real handy when he's shot with incendiary rounds during the day.
  • In The Order of the Stick, vampiric Minister Malack has researched a Protection From Daylight spell, which he casts on himself every day to function in public by day, and keeps an extra cast prepared and a staff with charges of the same, just in case it gets dispelled. After Malack uses his spare prepared cast on the newly-converted Durkon, Nale disarms the staff and has Zz'dtri dispel the active spell, killing him.

     Web Original  
  • In The Incredible Hero, a continuing add-a-chapter-as-you-go story on a pre-HTTP message board, the eponymous hero was once attacked by Darth Vader. Luckily, he was wearing his dark-side-of-the-force-proof vest.
  • In the first Carmilla stories of the Whateley Universe, she was vulnerable to sunlight. She went to Superhero School Whateley Academy and wore a full-body latex-looking suit with school clothes over it.
  • DC Super Hero Girls sees Bumblebee's drones outfit a fallen Supergirl with such a suit (made of lead).

     Western Animation  
  • An episode of The Powerpuff Girls involves the head honcho of thing that go bump in the night, The Boogie Man, launching a giant disco ball into space to block out the sun so all the monsters can come out during the day and party ALL NIGHT LONG!
  • Invader Zim:
    • Zim is burned by water, so he cooks up a paste-based film coating to protect himself.
    • In another episode, Zim becomes paranoid that he'll become infected by Earthborn germs that he has no natural resistance to, so he creates a suit of germ-repellent SPACE MEAT!!!
  • In the Futurama episode "A Tale Of Two Santas", Leela tries to destroy Robot Santa with a paradox. Unfortunately, Santa comes equipped with paradox-absorbing crumple zones.
  • The plot of the Cuban animated feature Vampiros en la Habana revolves around the creation of a vampire sunscreen.
  • Superman: The Animated Series introduced a lead-lined suit to protect Supes against Kryptonite radiation. It came in real handy during its debut episode against the Parasite. Thereafter it suffered The Worf Effect as every time it appeared it was torn or destroyed early into the battle (dipped in magma, ripped off by Krypto, freeze cracked, acid...) He had a much simpler (and weirder) solution to fighting Livewire and her electric powers along with Parasite. Supes pretty much just laminated himself in a thin layer of rubber, since it doesn't conduct electricity. It was a much better idea than wearing rubber gloves, but Livewire more or less compares it to wearing a giant condom.
  • In one episode of the Super Friends, both Robin and a Frankenstein's Monster absorb powers from the rest of the show's heroes, including Superman; after battling to a stalemate, Robin uses one of these suits, and a chunk of kryptonite, to defeat the creature.
  • As part of a one-off gag in Scooby-Doo! and the Reluctant Werewolf, Count Dracula claims to no longer fear sunlight thanks to sunscreen. The bottle he uses has a SPF of one million.
  • An episode of the Hercules animated series centers around Achilles. During the entire episode, he wears a piece of armor around his heel.

     Real Life 
  • Some people with over-active senses or who are overwhelmed easily by certain stimuli can "protect" themselves in Boring, but Practical ways: Earplugs for hearing, noseplugs for smell, gloves for touch, and certain kinds of glasses or lenses for sight.
  • Human life cannot go on in extremely cold temperatures. Guess what winter jackets do.
  • Gas masks protect their wearers from all sorts of nasty chemicals, toxins, and substances in the air.
  • Space suits guard against the vacuum of space.
  • Those who sunburn easily can protect themselves with sunblock—you could very well think of it as anti-kryptonite lotion—or, more traditionally, by covering up every inch of their skin with long-sleeved clothes and hoods or hats. This is part of why desert-dwelling cultures such as the Bedouin are well-known for their long, billowy clothes and masks: before sunblock was developed, it was the best way to prevent both sunburns and protect from the biting, sand-filled winds of the open desert.

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