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6th Jun '16 4:43:42 AM JackG
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* ''Film/BlackSunday''. A policeman grabs a nurse this way to stop her entering the hospital room where a wounded colleague lies. Unfortunately for him, she's a terrorist intent on committing a SickbedSlaying.
5th Jun '16 2:01:20 PM Ohio9
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* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica'': Claire Redfield is the main playable character for most of the game. During this time, she fights through countless hoards of enemies and enormous level bosses. However, near the end of the game she is captured by Albert Wesker, who captures her by simply putting his hands on her. That's it. He just grabs her and she puts up no resistance until her brother Chris comes to her rescue. It's possibly justified in that she was previously [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom back-handed across the room]] by him, caught a glimpse of his [[RedRightHand inhuman glowing eyes]], and watched him leap over a 20 foot wall. She's tough, but he's NighInvulnerable and SuperStrong and she knows it.

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* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica'': Claire Redfield is the main playable character for most of the game. During this time, she fights through countless hoards of enemies and enormous level bosses. However, near the end of the game she is captured by Albert Wesker, who captures her by simply putting his hands on her. That's it. He just grabs her and she puts up no resistance until her brother Chris comes to her rescue. It's possibly justified in that To be fair, she was previously [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom back-handed across the room]] by him, caught a glimpse of his [[RedRightHand inhuman glowing eyes]], and watched him leap over a 20 foot wall. She's tough, but he's NighInvulnerable and SuperStrong and However, this hardly seems like a valid justification, seeing as by this point in the game, she knows it.already defeated several T-virus mutated monstrosities that were as over-powered as Wesker, if not more so.
30th May '16 6:18:02 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Subverted in the ''VirtuaFighter'' anime: A thug wants to use a young ballerina who had befriended Akira, Jacky and Pai as a hostage and grabs her by the arms, but [[SheFu she actually wriggles her way out of his hold and manages to kick him away]]. She even says it's thanks to her dance training, which gave her extra flexibility.

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* Subverted in the ''VirtuaFighter'' ''VideoGame/VirtuaFighter'' anime: A thug wants to use a young ballerina who had befriended Akira, Jacky and Pai as a hostage and grabs her by the arms, but [[SheFu she actually wriggles her way out of his hold and manages to kick him away]]. She even says it's thanks to her dance training, which gave her extra flexibility.
30th May '16 1:14:32 AM gophergiggles
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* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica'': Claire Redfield is the main playable character for most of the game. During this time, she fights through countless hoards of enemies and enormous level bosses. However, near the end of the game she is captured by Albert Wesker, who captures her by simply putting his hands on her. That's it. He just grabs her and she puts up no resistance until her brother Chris comes to her rescue.

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* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica'': Claire Redfield is the main playable character for most of the game. During this time, she fights through countless hoards of enemies and enormous level bosses. However, near the end of the game she is captured by Albert Wesker, who captures her by simply putting his hands on her. That's it. He just grabs her and she puts up no resistance until her brother Chris comes to her rescue. It's possibly justified in that she was previously [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom back-handed across the room]] by him, caught a glimpse of his [[RedRightHand inhuman glowing eyes]], and watched him leap over a 20 foot wall. She's tough, but he's NighInvulnerable and SuperStrong and she knows it.
21st May '16 12:37:02 PM TVRulezAgain
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* ''{{Shrek}}'': After showing [[ActionGirl impeccable fighting skills]] early in the movie, at the end, Fiona can only call helplessly for Shrek when grabbed this way. Granted Farquaad does eventually put a knife to her throat but only after 20 seconds or so of her doing nothing while Shrek, who is also grabbed, actually fights back.
** And again at the climax of the third movie.

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* ''{{Shrek}}'': ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'': After showing [[ActionGirl impeccable fighting skills]] early in the movie, at the end, Fiona can only call helplessly for Shrek when grabbed this way. Granted Farquaad does eventually put a knife to her throat but only after 20 seconds or so of her doing nothing while Shrek, who is also grabbed, actually fights back.
** And again at the climax of the third movie.WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird''.
12th May '16 2:52:02 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', a shadowy assailant surprised [[CuteBruiser Akane]] from behind, and pulled her back while cupping [[PuttingAHandOverHisMouth his hand over her mouth]]. She paused just long enough to gather her thoughts before elbowing him ''hard'' in the gut and slapping him senseless. (Turned out it was just the [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Jusenkyo Guide]], who wanted her to be quiet due to all the [[WingedHumanoid Phoenix Soldiers flying around]], but he really could've picked a better approach.)

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* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', a shadowy assailant surprised [[CuteBruiser Akane]] from behind, and pulled her back while cupping [[PuttingAHandOverHisMouth [[HandGagging his hand over her mouth]]. She paused just long enough to gather her thoughts before elbowing him ''hard'' in the gut and slapping him senseless. (Turned out it was just the [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Jusenkyo Guide]], who wanted her to be quiet due to all the [[WingedHumanoid Phoenix Soldiers flying around]], but he really could've picked a better approach.)
11th May '16 3:06:28 PM Smeagol17
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Giving the benefit of the doubt, this trope exists to keep fights interesting. But since it doesn't happen near as often to guys, it's more likely that [[DoubleStandard gender stereotypes haven't changed as much as we're led to believe]]. Alternatively, when someone tries to calm or incapacitate a guy it's much more socially acceptable to use a believable amount of force -- such as punching him, [[TapOnTheHead knocking him out with a weapon]], or beating him senseless. Until the audience gets over its distaste for seeing female characters hurt -- and immediately seeing any man who uses force against a woman as a villain -- there will be a double standard. A third possibility is that of simple pragmatism: while animators these days have no problems lampshading how ridiculously sexist "chivalry" is, many real life holds on women can come off as perversely sexual (e.g. a full nelson from a strong opponent, while capable of incapacitating the character, also involves her assailant pressing himself behind her, forcing her head down, and spreading her arms from her chest). It doesn't excuse how ridiculous it is for an otherwise strong female to fold this easily, however. Another take from the [[MediaWatchdog Media Watchdogs]] is that males have a lot less [[UnusualEuphemism real estate]] that would not be offensive to grab, leaving few positions for women that would not be reminiscent of [[{{DoubleStandard}} sexual harassment.]] Therefore, a writer might use this as a less graphic shortcut to incur a plot development.

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Giving the benefit of the doubt, this trope exists to keep fights interesting. But since it doesn't happen near as often to guys, it's more likely that [[DoubleStandard gender stereotypes haven't changed as much as we're led to believe]]. Alternatively, when someone tries to calm or incapacitate a guy it's much more socially acceptable to use a believable amount of force -- such as punching him, [[TapOnTheHead knocking him out with a weapon]], or beating him senseless. Until the audience gets over its distaste for seeing female characters hurt -- and immediately seeing any man who uses force against a woman as a villain -- there will be a double standard. A third possibility is that of simple pragmatism: while animators these days have no problems lampshading how ridiculously sexist "chivalry" is, many real life holds on women can come off as perversely sexual (e.g. a full nelson from a strong opponent, while capable of incapacitating the character, also involves her assailant pressing himself behind her, forcing her head down, and spreading her arms from her chest). It doesn't excuse how ridiculous it is for an otherwise strong female to fold this easily, however. Another take from the [[MediaWatchdog Media Watchdogs]] is that males have a lot less more [[UnusualEuphemism real estate]] that would not be offensive to grab, leaving few positions for women that would not be reminiscent of [[{{DoubleStandard}} sexual harassment.]] Therefore, a writer might use this as a less graphic shortcut to incur a plot development.
8th May '16 7:52:55 PM JackG
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* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. Averted in "Year of Hell" when the Doctor tries to [[DoctorsOrders restrict Janeway to Sickbay]] by grabbing her arm. She responds with a DeathGlare and threatens to shut down his program.

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* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''.
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Averted in "Year of Hell" when the Doctor tries to [[DoctorsOrders restrict Janeway to Sickbay]] by grabbing her arm. She responds with a DeathGlare and threatens to shut down his program.


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** A GenderInvertedTrope in "Ex Post Facto" and "Initiations" where a male prisoner is hauled around this way, likely to show how their spirit has been broken if they let themselves be hauled about like a wuss.
6th May '16 8:58:42 AM Piando
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* The ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited,'' generally subverted:

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* The ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited,'' ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague,'' generally subverted:subverted this trope:



*** In [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague the original,]] Green Lantern grabs Wonder Woman by the wrist to stop her from talking to a reporter, and it works.

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*** ** In [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague the original,]] Green Lantern grabs Wonder Woman by the wrist to stop her from talking to a reporter, and it works.



* ''[[TheLegendOfKorra Korra]]'' actually falls victim to this once in a fight with Zaheer. The details are non-standard, and it's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it example, but the spirit is the same. Korra is held by the back of her shirt, not the arm. She is also shackled by the wrists and ankles, and had just taken a pretty serious beating. However, as she is being captured and put on an airship, she puts up ''zero'' resistance. One might argue that her injuries and shackles were just too much for her to overcome, but then her father comes to her rescue and the two of them proceed to fight Zaheer together, Korra still in shackles.

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* ''[[TheLegendOfKorra ''[[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Korra]]'' actually falls victim to this once in a fight with Zaheer. The details are non-standard, and it's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it example, but the spirit is the same. Korra is held by the back of her shirt, not the arm. She is also shackled by the wrists and ankles, and had just taken a pretty serious beating. However, as she is being captured and put on an airship, she puts up ''zero'' resistance. One might argue that her injuries and shackles were just too much for her to overcome, but then her father comes to her rescue and the two of them proceed to fight Zaheer together, Korra still in shackles.
4th May '16 3:44:06 PM WillKeaton
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Note that this trope does not apply if the female character is subjected to an actual combat move such as an armlock [[labelnote:definition]]a single or double joint lock that hyperextends, hyperflexes, or hyperrotates the elbow joint and/or shoulder joint[[/labelnote]] or a hammerlock [[labelnote:definition]]a shoulder lock where the opponent's arm is held bent against their back, and their hand forced upwards towards the neck, thereby applying pressure to the shoulder joint.[[/labelnote]]. Note also that not every instance of a man grabbing a woman by the arm counts as a use of the Standard Female Grab Area, as there really aren't a whole lot of other places that a man can grab a woman that don't carry UnfortunateImplications, especially on a family-oriented show. This trope only comes into play when use of the Standard Female Grab Area makes the woman unaccountably helpless or ineffective.

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Note that this trope does not apply if the female character is subjected to an actual combat move such as an armlock [[labelnote:definition]]a single or double joint lock that hyperextends, hyperflexes, or hyperrotates the elbow joint and/or shoulder joint[[/labelnote]] or a hammerlock [[labelnote:definition]]a hammerlock.[[labelnote:definition]]A shoulder lock where the opponent's arm is held bent against their back, and their hand forced upwards towards the neck, thereby applying pressure to the shoulder joint.[[/labelnote]]. [[/labelnote]] Note also that not every instance of a man grabbing a woman by the arm counts as a use of the Standard Female Grab Area, as there really aren't a whole lot of other places that a man can grab a woman that don't carry UnfortunateImplications, especially on a family-oriented show. This trope only comes into play when use of the Standard Female Grab Area makes the woman unaccountably helpless or ineffective.
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