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Achilles was a hero in Greek mythology who fought in the Trojan War, according to Homer's Iliad. His only vulnerable spot was his heel, leading to the idiom "Achilles heel".

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In the year 2267, Apollo said that Captain Kirk reminded him of the Greek heroes of old, including Achilles. (TOS novelization: Who Mourns for Adonais?)

In the mirror universe version of the Iliad, in the scene in which King Priam of Troy begged Achilles to return his son Hector's body to him for burial, Achilles killed him in cold blood rather than returning the body and allowing the funeral to take place. (TNG novel: Dark Mirror)

On Timshel, Leonard McCoy asked Kemal Marouk what the Joy Machine's Achilles heel was. (TOS novel: The Joy Machine)

McCoy later stated that Spock One's need to conceal his mirror nature was his Achilles heel. (TOS novel: Spock Must Die!)

In one timeline, Kathryn Janeway considered the Borg's predictability to be their Achilles heel. (ST short story: "A & Ω")

In one timeline, Alexander Rozhenko refused to be the Achilles heel of the Klingon Empire, but his father, Worf, did not get the reference. (TNG short story: "Staying the Course")

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