History Main / HenPeckedHusband

20th Jun '17 4:17:24 PM eroock
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A common feature in the AwfulWeddedLife DomCom genre. Originally, this trope was a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] of expectations -- a husband dominated by his wife was funny because it was the reverse of [[ValuesDissonance the normal, proper situation]] where the man was in charge of the household. After all, [[IWasBeatenByAGirl a real man could never be dominated by any mere woman]], so the Henpecked Husband must be a [[NonActionGuy wimp]] who [[WhatMeasureIsANonBadass deserves it]]. Today, the notion that the man must be the head of the family is mostly a DiscreditedTrope, but the idea that there's [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale something inherently hilarious about a woman dominating a man]] still lingers. While cries of HenpeckedHusband are sometimes raised at the slightest implication of a wife being in charge of anything, it's only very recently that it's started becoming common for the truly overpowering examples to be held up as [[AllAbusersAreMale abusive.]]

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A common feature in the AwfulWeddedLife DomCom genre. Originally, this trope was a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] of expectations -- a husband dominated by his wife was funny because it was the reverse of [[ValuesDissonance the normal, proper situation]] where the man was in charge of the household. After all, [[IWasBeatenByAGirl a real man could never be dominated by any mere woman]], so the Henpecked Husband must be a [[NonActionGuy wimp]] who [[WhatMeasureIsANonBadass deserves it]]. Today, the notion that the man must be the head of the family is mostly a DiscreditedTrope, but the idea that there's [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale something inherently hilarious about a woman dominating a man]] still lingers. While cries of HenpeckedHusband Henpecked Husband are sometimes raised at the slightest implication of a wife being in charge of anything, it's only very recently that it's started becoming common for the truly overpowering examples to be held up as [[AllAbusersAreMale abusive.]]
8th Jun '17 6:59:59 PM Troperr2016
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': Stan Smith sometimes fall under this status. Even though he is frequently portrayed as a domineering and tough man of the house, his wife Francine sometimes nags and lectures him whenever he does something stupid or impulsive. Stan obviously does not like being henpecked as in "Four Little Words", he frames Francine for a murder his boss Avery Bullock committed just so Francine wouldn't tell Stan "I told you so".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''
8th Jun '17 6:54:37 PM Troperr2016
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** Morbo, the alien news anchorman for Earth is hinted to be one such husband as when he appeared with his wife at a party in the episode "Three Hundred Big Boys" as she is seen constantly correcting Morbo's tie, making her and Morbo look just like the couple seen in this trope page's photo
** Lrrr, the ruler of Omicron Persei 8 is a textbook example of one. He is a wannabe alien overlord but his own wife, Ndnd not only constantly nags him like no tomorrow but doesn't hesitate to verbally abuse him frequently. The "Lrrenconcilable Ndndifferences" is where the tripe on Lrrr is most blatantly shown as that episode fladerized Ndnd into a shrew who went as far as hitting him over the head with a frying pan and kicking him out of the house all because he screwed up in an invasion and instead brought her a mask replica of J.J Abrams face as a gift.
31st May '17 8:22:37 PM libertydude
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* ''Film/IShotJesseJames'': ''UsefulNotes/JesseJames'' of all people ends up being this. His wife Zerelda spends most of her screentime complaining about his friend Robert Ford and urging him to quit the robbery business. Jesse even tries to hide the map of his next robbery, just so she won’t get on his case anymore.
29th May '17 1:40:37 AM sasagane_alan
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* Creator/ToshiroMifune's character in ''Film/ThroeOfBlood'' is not such a lucky example, especially considering who he was based off of.

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* Creator/ToshiroMifune's character in ''Film/ThroeOfBlood'' ''Film/ThroneOfBlood'' is not such a lucky example, especially considering who he was based off of.
20th May '17 8:20:36 PM DrOO7
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* Although we never see his wife, it's implied that Detective Barry Frost of the ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'' is this.


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* ''Series/{{ER}}'''s Mark Greene with ''both'' of his wives. First wife Jennifer spent nearly all of her scenes nagging him or complaining about something (adding insult to injury, she was a {{Hypocrite}} who was guilty of everything she bitched about, including having an affair despite giving him grief about being friends with another woman. Second wife Elizabeth was much the same.
21st Apr '17 1:21:04 PM Katsuhagi
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* Mary Todd Lincoln was reportedly rather abusive to UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln. She would throw potatoes at her husband and had once smacked him in the face with a piece of wood when he didn't build a fire quickly enough to please her. There was also at least one incident where she chased him outside with a kitchen knife, but when Abe saw a crowd of other people in town he picked her up and took her back inside, telling her not to do it in front of the neighbors. She suffered from severe mental illness (likely bipolar disorder) and was institutionalized by her own son later in life. The fact that Lincoln himself was killed by an assassin right in front of her probably [[UnderStatement didn't help]] her condition.

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* Mary Todd Lincoln was reportedly rather abusive to UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln. She would throw potatoes at her husband and had once smacked him in the face with a piece of wood when he didn't build a fire quickly enough to please her. There was also at least one documented incident where she chased him outside with a kitchen knife, but when Abe saw a crowd of other people in town he picked her up and took her back inside, telling her not to do it in front of the neighbors. She suffered from severe mental illness (likely bipolar disorder) and was institutionalized by her own son later in life. The fact that Lincoln himself was killed by an assassin right in front of her probably [[UnderStatement didn't help]] her condition.
15th Apr '17 6:37:07 PM nombretomado
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* Jon Gosselin from ''Series/JonAndKatePlusEight'' was frequently portrayed as this on ''TheSoup''. Once news broke of what their relationship was ''really'' like offscreen, Joel [=McHale=] noted that the show was "[[FunnyAneurysmMoment just kind of sad now]]."

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* Jon Gosselin from ''Series/JonAndKatePlusEight'' was frequently portrayed as this on ''TheSoup''.''Series/TheSoup''. Once news broke of what their relationship was ''really'' like offscreen, Joel [=McHale=] noted that the show was "[[FunnyAneurysmMoment just kind of sad now]]."
7th Apr '17 8:54:47 AM AnnieLeonhardts
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** This must be par for the course with men married to Lannisters: Tywin Lannister (yes, you read that right '''[[MagnificentBastard Tywin Lannister]]''' was said to be this to his wife (and [[KissingCousins cousin]]) Joanna Lannister.

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** This must be par for the course with men married to Lannisters: Tywin Lannister (yes, you read that right '''[[MagnificentBastard ''[[TheChessmaster Tywin Lannister]]''' Lannister]]'' was said to be this to "ruled" by his wife (and [[KissingCousins cousin]]) Joanna Lannister.
7th Apr '17 8:50:09 AM AnnieLeonhardts
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** This must be par for the course with men married to Lannisters: Tywin Lannister (yes, you read that right '''[[MagnificentBastard Tywin Lannister]]''' was said to be this to his wife (and [[KissingCousins cousin]]) Joanna Lannister.
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