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An index of tropes that are about a character's weakness, people being characterized as weaklings, or things seen as a weakness.

See also Fear Tropes, Allergic to Indexes, and Power at a Price. Contrast Power Tropes, Overpowered Tropes and Strength Index.

Physical weakness

Emotional or psychological weakness

Things or concepts considered to be weak or cause weakness

Character types

  • The Ditherer: A character who waffles or cannot make clear decisions, often because they lack the will to deal with the fall out or repercussions from those decisions
  • Faux Action Girl: A female character who is built up as an effective Action Girl, but proves to be too weak to fight real battles.
  • Fragile Flyer: Flying beings depicted as weaker or less durable than non-flying ones.
  • Fragile Speedster: Quick on their feet, but too weak to defend against attacks.
  • Glass Cannon: Effective attacker who is too weak to defend themselves.
  • Joke Character: A playable character in a video game who is deliberately programmed to be weak and insanely difficult to play the game as.
  • Lawful Pushover: A person in authority who is too weak and spineless to actually exercise that authority.
  • Master of None: Poor at everything, without being overwhelmingly weak in any particular stat.
  • Mighty Glacier: They're physically strong, but speed and mobility prove to be their Kryptonite.
  • Non-Action Guy: Male character who is too weak to fight.
  • Paper Tiger: A character who may look fierce, but is actually quite a pushover.
  • Squishy Wizard: Can use powerful magic but is too weak to fight physically.
  • Stone Wall: Has powerful defense, but is too weak to fight back.