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4th Sep '16 1:28:19 PM nombretomado
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* In ''AnsemRetort'', Aeris gets a black eye from a moment of clumsiness, and her husband Axel tells her to make up a less embarrassing excuse.

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* In ''AnsemRetort'', ''Webcomic/AnsemRetort'', Aeris gets a black eye from a moment of clumsiness, and her husband Axel tells her to make up a less embarrassing excuse.
29th Aug '16 12:51:54 AM frogpatrol
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* Type A: Something not abusive is mistaken for abuse.
* Type B: Something actually abusive is mistaken for something that doesn't need worrying about.

In both cases, someone is likely to suffer because of the mistake.

When PlayedForLaughs, the mistake is almost always Type A, and quickly corrected. When PlayedForDrama, however, a real victim might be denied help (Type B), a innocent person might get his life ruined with unfair accusations of abuse by a WifeBasherBasher (Type A), or the designated "victim" (again Type A) gets stalked or outright oppressed by [[UnwantedRescue unwanted "rescuers"]]. These helpers might even go to great lengths [[ManufacturingVictims trying to force her to "realize" that she's a victim of abuse]]. And no, not the actual abuse that ''they'' are subjecting her to.

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* Type A: Something not abusive is mistaken for abuse.
''Type A'': It looks like abuse, but has an innocent cause.
* Type B: Something actually abusive is mistaken for something that doesn't need worrying about.

''Type B'': A sign of abuse only appears to have an innocent cause.

In both cases, someone is likely to suffer because of the mistake.

When
suffer.

If
PlayedForLaughs, the mistake is almost always Type A, and quickly corrected. When PlayedForDrama, however, a real victim might be denied help (Type B), a innocent person might get his life ruined with unfair accusations of abuse by a WifeBasherBasher (Type A), or the designated "victim" (again Type A) gets stalked or outright oppressed by [[UnwantedRescue unwanted "rescuers"]]. These helpers might even go to great lengths [[ManufacturingVictims trying to force her to "realize" that she's a victim of abuse]]. And no, not the actual abuse that ''they'' are subjecting her to.
26th Aug '16 1:19:18 AM Gowan
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* In the ''Literature/{{Hurog}}'' duology, Garranon is introduced as the evil king's courtesan, and an antagonist of the heroes. Later on we learn that he was sexually abused by the king ever since he was a child and hated the king all this time, but didn't dare fight back because the king would have killed all his friends and relatives if he had.
14th Aug '16 2:35:18 PM MetaFour
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* In ''Film/GIJane'', Jordan and her crew are out celebrating at a bar when she goes to use the restroom. As she washes her hands, another female customer pauses as she passes by and, spotting Jordan's badly bruised face, remarks "Ain't really none of my business, but I say 'leave the bastard'." before exiting, which causes Jordan to laugh. (The abuse really happened, but it was part of her special forces training.)

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* In ''Film/GIJane'', Jordan and her crew are out celebrating at a bar when she goes to use the restroom. As she washes her hands, another female customer pauses as she passes by and, spotting Jordan's badly bruised face, remarks "Ain't really none of my business, but I say 'leave the bastard'." bastard'," before exiting, which causes Jordan to laugh. (The abuse really happened, but it was part of her special forces training.)


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* Played for laughs in ''Film/TheManWhoKnewTooLittle''. Wallace is warned of an impending visit from TortureTechnician Dr. Ludmilla Kropotkin. He escapes before her arrival, then stumbles upon an elderly couple experimenting with BDSM on their anniversary--so he concludes that the dominatrix must be Dr. Kropotkin. So Wallace takes her hostage to escape from the bad guys (including the ''real'' Dr. Kropotkin).
31st Jul '16 1:10:40 PM PrincessGwen
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** This is used as something of an EstablishingCharacterMoment in the pilot episode. Marshall accidentally hits Lilly in the eye with a champagne cork while celebrating their engagement. When they get in a cab afterwards, with Marshall still apologizing profusely, the cab driver indignantly says "Wait, did you ''hit'' her?" Marshall and Lilly both stare at him blankly for a minute, then erupt into hysterical laughter at the very idea. Lilly even goes into how she can't get [[GentleGiant Marshall]] to spank her, before realizing she is talking to a complete stranger.

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** This is used as something of an EstablishingCharacterMoment in the pilot episode. Marshall accidentally hits Lilly Lily in the eye with a champagne cork while celebrating their engagement. When they get in a cab afterwards, with Marshall still apologizing profusely, the cab driver indignantly says "Wait, did you ''hit'' her?" Marshall and Lilly Lily both stare at him blankly for a minute, then erupt into hysterical laughter at the very idea. Lilly Lily even goes into how she can't get [[GentleGiant Marshall]] to spank her, before realizing she is talking to a complete stranger.



** In the episode "Let Me be Frank With You", Francine dresses as a man to spend more quality time with unknowing Stan. The two become best friends, but a suspicious Bullock gets jealous and finds out the real Frank is in another state. He then orders Stan to kill him. While Stan is about to, Francine/Frank lets something about Francine slip, and it causes Stan to think Frank did something with Francine. He then beats Francine/Frank mercilessly while Francine is more focused and romantisized by his loving monologue about her. Eventually he realses the truth and they share a romantic hug. Moments later, a man sees Stan hugging his beaten wife, apologizing for attacking her, and with a gun in his hand. He thinks something is up, and Stan threatens to shoot him. Jon Hamm then appears to give a very special message about butting into other peoples business and how something you think could be something entirely different.

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** In the episode "Let Me be Frank With You", Francine dresses as a man to spend more quality time with an unknowing Stan. The two become best friends, but a suspicious Bullock gets jealous and finds out the real Frank is in another state. He then orders Stan to kill him. While Stan is about to, Francine/Frank lets something about Francine slip, and it causes Stan to think Frank did something with Francine. He then beats Francine/Frank mercilessly while Francine is more focused and romantisized romanticized by his loving monologue about her. Eventually he realses realizes the truth and they share a romantic hug. Moments later, a man sees Stan hugging his beaten wife, apologizing for attacking her, and with a gun in his hand. He thinks something is up, and Stan threatens to shoot him. Jon Hamm then appears to give a very special message about butting into other peoples people's business and how something you think could be something is something entirely different.
25th Jul '16 6:35:31 AM ClatoLawa
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' fic ''battle wounds'', Adrien is horrified when he sees scars on a schoolmate's legs and she stubbornly refuses to tell him what caused them. They're actually from her fights as a costumed superhero.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' fic ''battle wounds'', ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/6818170/chapters/15563827 battle wounds]]'', Adrien is horrified when he sees scars on a schoolmate's Marinette's legs and she stubbornly refuses to tell him what caused them. They're actually from her fights as a costumed superhero.
3rd Jul '16 5:57:56 PM DesertDragon
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* Used hilariously in Creator/DanSavage's book ''The Committment'', which chronicles his getting legally married to his husband Terry. During a family vacation with their then-four-year-old son DJ, they stopped at a hotel in [[FlyoverCountry Billings, Montana]], a state not known for being the most queer-friendly. The long travel left poor DJ with a nasty case of "diaper rash" despite being 2 years out of diapers. So, he suddenly started screaming "MY BUTTHOLE HURTS DADDY!! IT HURTS IT HURTS!" He continues to scream as the two men take care of...that, all the while worried that the neighbors would overhear all this and [[PedoHunt send a SWAT team]] after [[AllGaysArePedophiles them]]. Once DJ was properly bathed and calmed down, Dan was relieved that the police weren't called...then thought about it and was vaguely disturbed that nobody did anything ''at all'' despite the fact that a child could have been getting raped for all they knew.

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* Used hilariously in Creator/DanSavage's book ''The Committment'', Comittment'', which chronicles his getting legally married to his husband Terry. During a family vacation with their then-four-year-old son DJ, they stopped at a hotel in [[FlyoverCountry Billings, Montana]], a state not known for being the most queer-friendly. The long travel left poor DJ with a nasty case of "diaper rash" despite being 2 years out of diapers. So, he suddenly started screaming "MY BUTTHOLE HURTS DADDY!! IT HURTS IT HURTS!" He continues to scream as the two men take care of...that, all the while Dan and Terry are worried that the neighbors would overhear all this it and [[PedoHunt send a SWAT team]] after [[AllGaysArePedophiles them]]. Once DJ was properly bathed and calmed down, Dan was relieved that the police weren't called...then thought about it and was vaguely disturbed that nobody did anything ''at all'' despite the fact that a child could have been getting raped for all they knew.
3rd Jul '16 5:50:04 PM DesertDragon
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* Used hilariously in Creator/DanSavage's book ''The Committment'', which chronicles his getting legally married to his husband Terry. During a family vacation with their then-four-year-old son DJ, they stopped at a hotel in [[FlyoverCountry Billings, Montana]], a state not known for being the most queer-friendly. The long travel left poor DJ with a nasty case of "diaper rash" despite being 2 years out of diapers. So, he suddenly started screaming "MY BUTTHOLE HURTS DADDY!! IT HURTS IT HURTS!" He continues to scream as the two men take care of...that, all the while worried that the neighbors would overhear all this and [[PedoHunt send a SWAT team]] after [[AllGaysArePedophiles them]]. Once DJ was properly bathed and calmed down, Dan was relieved that the police weren't called...then thought about it and was vaguely disturbed that nobody did anything ''at all'' despite the fact that a child could have been getting raped for all they knew.
15th Jun '16 4:30:15 PM Doug86
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* {{Invoked}} hard in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab2021}}'' episode "Bizarro," in which Captain Murphy reacts as though Bizarro Debbie were brutally torturing Quinn when it is obvious to absolutely everyone else that they're having enthusiastic sex.

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* {{Invoked}} hard in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab2021}}'' ''WesternAnimation/Sealab2021'' episode "Bizarro," in which Captain Murphy reacts as though Bizarro Debbie were brutally torturing Quinn when it is obvious to absolutely everyone else that they're having enthusiastic sex.
12th Jun '16 10:08:20 AM EditGirl
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* "Series/CalltheMidwife has an episode where a baby keeps getting broken bones all the time, and a doctor suspects that the baby is being abused. However, in the end, it is realized and revealed that the baby is not being abused; rather, he has a medical condition known as osteogenesis imperfecta, causing his bones to be brittle and fragile.
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