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17th Feb '18 12:27:45 AM Chariset
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While some see this trope as a comment on how two men can't form a couple without one becoming the "woman," {{Wimpification}} and the female-centered {{Chickification}} show up about as often in fanfiction whether the central couple is gay or straight. This suggests that the tropes' prevalence has less to do with UnfortunateImplications regarding gay relationships and more to do with fetishistic fantasy-fulfillment centered around the sexual exploitation of a vulnerable character. ([[SarcasmMode Because that makes things SO much better]]).

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While some see this trope as a comment on how two men can't form a couple without one becoming the "woman," {{Wimpification}} and the female-centered in a same-sex pairing shows up about as frequently as {{Chickification}} show up about as often does in fanfiction whether fics where the central couple relationship is gay or straight. heterosexual. This suggests that the tropes' trope's prevalence has less to do with UnfortunateImplications regarding gay relationships and more to do with fetishistic fantasy-fulfillment centered around the sexual exploitation of a vulnerable character. ([[SarcasmMode Because that makes things SO much better]]).


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* Fics set in an "Omegaverse" pretty much do this by default -- make Bob an Omega to Charlie's Alpha and he'll not only be smaller and more vulnerable but he'll periodically go into heat (yes, really) and ''need'' Charlie to fix his problem. For bonus points, [[MisterSeahorse he can even get pregnant]] from the experience.
14th Feb '18 4:44:20 PM Arcana4th
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** Interestingly enough, this is inverted in the Eastern fandom. Bakugou, a headstrong and brutal guy, tends to be portrayed as a rude but easily subdued {{Tsundere}}, this is particularly true with Midoriya, who turns into an [[RatedMForManly incredibly macho mountain of muscles]] (an inverse wimpification) in some Japanese doujins.
8th Feb '18 4:54:26 PM Chariset
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So you like a television show which features a male character named Bob [[HomoeroticSubtext who has]] [[HoYay (or seems to have)]] subtle sexual tension with another male character, Charlie. Bob's a [[TheBigGuy Big Guy]] who takes no guff from anyone and will pull a gun on anyone who deserves it. You like the show, so you idly open up a FanFic by some author named {{Yaoi| Fan Girl}}[[MostFanFicWritersAreGirls Grrl33]] and--huh? The ass-kicking character you liked so much has consummated his sexual attraction with Charlie, but in the process he has somehow become a submissive NonActionGuy. Bob is now prone to {{Luminescent Blush}}es and shaky sighs whenever Charlie so much as looks at him, gives hesitant and protracted confessions about past traumas, and -- when he finally does shoot an attacker to save Charlie's life -- [[BleedEmAndWeep drops his gun and breaks down crying]].

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So you like a television show which features a male character named Bob [[HomoeroticSubtext who has]] [[HoYay (or seems to have)]] subtle sexual tension with another male character, Charlie. Bob's a [[TheBigGuy Big Guy]] who takes no guff from anyone and will pull a gun on anyone who deserves it. You like the show, so you idly open up a FanFic by some author named {{Yaoi| Fan Girl}}[[MostFanFicWritersAreGirls Grrl33]] and--huh? The ass-kicking character you liked so much has consummated his sexual attraction with Charlie, but in the process he has somehow become a submissive NonActionGuy. Bob is now prone to {{Luminescent Blush}}es and shaky sighs whenever Charlie so much as looks at him, gives hesitant and protracted confessions about past traumas, and -- and, when he finally does shoot an attacker someone -- to save Charlie's life -- [[BleedEmAndWeep drops his gun and breaks down crying]].



The fact that both {{Wimpification}} and {{Chickification}} seem to show up in similar proportions no matter whether used in Het or gay fanfic indicates that the tropes' prevalence has less to do with UnfortunateImplications regarding gay relationships and more to do with fetishistic fantasy-fulfillment centered around sexual exploitation of vulnerable characters ([[SarcasmMode Because that makes things SO much better]]).

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The fact that both While some see this trope as a comment on how two men can't form a couple without one becoming the "woman," {{Wimpification}} and the female-centered {{Chickification}} seem to show up about as often in similar proportions no matter fanfiction whether used in Het or the central couple is gay fanfic indicates or straight. This suggests that the tropes' prevalence has less to do with UnfortunateImplications regarding gay relationships and more to do with fetishistic fantasy-fulfillment centered around the sexual exploitation of a vulnerable characters character. ([[SarcasmMode Because that makes things SO much better]]).
31st Jan '18 7:33:59 AM Cryoclaste
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* Happens to [[GeniusBruiser Damon]] [[DeadpanSnarker Baird]] in ''GearsOfWar'' [[SlashFic slash fics]]. After all, who cares about being in character when it gets in the way of hot sex?

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* Happens to [[GeniusBruiser Damon]] [[DeadpanSnarker Baird]] in ''GearsOfWar'' ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' [[SlashFic slash fics]]. After all, who cares about being in character when it gets in the way of hot sex?
30th Jan '18 4:59:31 PM nombretomado
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** America himself gets this treatment more often than you'd probably expect, with a number of fics conveniently forgetting that he's capable of [[SuperStrength effortlessly swinging a full-grown buffalo around]] (and that was when he was just a ''[[BadassAdorable child]]'', mind you) so that he can be tortured by England or Russia (or, in one notorious series of fics, gangbanged by the entire cast) without being able to lift a single finger against them. Maybe some certain fans just find the idea of the strong, self-assured "hero" becoming TheWoobie fetishy. Or maybe it's a case of MisplacedNationalism demanding revenge upon {{Eagleland}}-- for instance, in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis, the ''Hetalia'' KinkMeme suddenly became filled with "Financial Crisis Gang Bang" fics, which were ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. YouFailEconomicsForever ''barely describes'' these works.

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** America himself gets this treatment more often than you'd probably expect, with a number of fics conveniently forgetting that he's capable of [[SuperStrength effortlessly swinging a full-grown buffalo around]] (and that was when he was just a ''[[BadassAdorable child]]'', mind you) so that he can be tortured by England or Russia (or, in one notorious series of fics, gangbanged by the entire cast) without being able to lift a single finger against them. Maybe some certain fans just find the idea of the strong, self-assured "hero" becoming TheWoobie fetishy. Or maybe it's a case of MisplacedNationalism UsefulNotes/MisplacedNationalism demanding revenge upon {{Eagleland}}-- for instance, in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis, the ''Hetalia'' KinkMeme suddenly became filled with "Financial Crisis Gang Bang" fics, which were ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. YouFailEconomicsForever ''barely describes'' these works.
29th Jan '18 10:59:41 AM lillolillo
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** Cyclops too, especially when paired with Wolverine, but it is also a big theme in the growing number of fanworks that pair him with Captain America. Although to the writers' credit they do mix it up with him; they tend to expand on the traits he shows in canon (read: AmbiguousDisorder) to try to make him seem more innocent, especially in the realm of sex, which normally takes the form of him not understanding that provoking the homophobic mutant haters by flirting is a bad idea. This stops making sense when in the narrative of the story he is outright mentioned as having slept with other men.

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** Cyclops ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} too, especially when paired with Wolverine, but it is also a big theme in the growing number of fanworks that pair him with Captain America. Although to the writers' credit they do mix it up with him; they tend to expand on the traits he shows in canon (read: AmbiguousDisorder) to try to make him seem more innocent, especially in the realm of sex, which normally takes the form of him not understanding that provoking the homophobic mutant haters by flirting is a bad idea. This stops making sense when in the narrative of the story he is outright mentioned as having slept with other men.men.
* Franchise/{{Superman}} in megamatt09 fanfic "Girl of Steel" is turned into a mopey ball of angst who becomes useless when loses his powers and whose whining gets on [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} Kara]], [[ComicBook/LoisLane Lois]] and [[Series/{{Smallville}} Chloe]]'s nerves.
24th Jan '18 4:56:58 AM lalaTKG
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** Makoto is affectionate with Haru, and ''Anime/HighSpeedFreeStartingDays'' does show him to be in love with him, but fanfic exaggerates this trait to the point where his whole life and well being is devoted to Haru. His niceness and submissiveness is turned up too.

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** Makoto is affectionate with Haru, and ''Anime/HighSpeedFreeStartingDays'' does show him play up his closeness to be in love with him, the boy, but fanfic exaggerates this trait to the point where his whole life and well being is devoted to Haru. His niceness and submissiveness is turned up too.too, no matter what pairing he's a part of.



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* Todoroki gets this too (despite being one of the strongest characters in the series), whenever he is paired with Bakugou. Hell, anyone who gets paired with [[HotBlooded Bakugou]] will suffer this (Kirishima, Kaminari, Tokoyami, etc.).
* Shota Aizawa sometimes goes through this as well, in particular when paired with All Might (in his skinny form, strangely enough).

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* ** Todoroki gets this too (despite being one of the strongest characters in the series), whenever he is paired with Bakugou. Hell, anyone who gets paired with [[HotBlooded Bakugou]] will suffer this (Kirishima, Kaminari, Tokoyami, etc.).
* ** Shota Aizawa sometimes goes through this as well, in particular when paired with All Might (in his skinny form, strangely enough). enough).
* Cinnabar of ''Manga/HousekiNoKuni'' is a lonely, isolated person a lot of the time (and for justified reasons), but in fanart you would think he does nothing but cry mercury, act tsundere, and wait to Phos to save him.
22nd Jan '18 10:22:37 PM Chariset
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This is a male equivalent to {{Chickification}} in which a FanFic writer depicts a character as more vulnerable (physically and emotionally) than he is in canon, usually in order to [[{{shipping}} facilitate a sexual relationship]] with another character of the same sex. This overlaps with HurtComfortFic, but unlike standard hurt/comfort, where the writer [[BreakTheCutie breaks]] Bob with trauma so that Charlie can comfort him, these fics give no justification for Bob's drastic [[CharacterizationTropes personality]] change, except perhaps a HandWave. Further, the change is done, ''by definition'', to make it easier to write his relationship with Charlie. Additionally, these fics omit or downplay the 'comfort' upward-trend of the Hurt-Comfort plot -- Bob never fully regains his independence and will always need Charlie to be his dominant, assertive {{Seme}}.

Of course, TropesAreTools and this may be done well (or at least subtly enough so as not to jar the reader). One way is to explore a character's existing, {{canon}}ically established flaws and foibles. Another way is to put Bob ''and'' Charlie through the emotional wringer, letting them build their relationship on more or less equal footing while keeping the vulnerability which drives this trope.

So readers generally agree that this is a trope best avoided. As with this trope's DistaffCounterpart, {{Chickification}}, when used in heterosexual and lesbian fanfic in a similar manner (i.e. to make one partner's character far more vulnerable in order to justify a certain fetish or relationship), it gets the desired relationship by making one party inexplicably ''need'' the other instead of taking the time to put them together plausibly. The fact that both {{Wimpification}} and {{Chickification}} seem to show up in similar proportions no matter whether used in Het or gay fanfic indicates that the tropes' prevalence has less to do with UnfortunateImplications regarding gay relationships and more to do with fetishistic fantasy-fulfillment centered around sexual exploitation of vulnerable characters ([[SarcasmMode Because that makes things so much better]]).

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This Similar to {{Chickification}}, this is a male equivalent to {{Chickification}} the trope in which a FanFic writer depicts a character as more vulnerable (physically and emotionally) than he is in canon, usually in order to [[{{shipping}} facilitate a sexual relationship]] with another character of the same sex. This overlaps with Unlike the HurtComfortFic, but unlike standard hurt/comfort, where the writer [[BreakTheCutie breaks]] Bob with trauma so that Charlie can comfort him, these fics give no justification for Bob's drastic [[CharacterizationTropes personality]] change, except perhaps a HandWave. Further, the change is done, ''by definition'', to make it easier to write his relationship with Charlie. Additionally, these fics omit or downplay the 'comfort' upward-trend of the Hurt-Comfort plot -- Bob never fully regains his independence and will always need Charlie to be his dominant, assertive {{Seme}}.

Of course, TropesAreTools and this may be done well (or at least subtly enough so as not to jar the reader). One way is to explore a character's existing, {{canon}}ically established flaws and foibles. Another way is to put Bob ''and'' Charlie through the emotional wringer, letting them build their relationship on more or less equal footing while keeping the vulnerability which drives this trope.

So readers generally agree that
trope. Unfortunately, most fics which deploy this is a trope best avoided. As with this trope's DistaffCounterpart, {{Chickification}}, when used in heterosexual and lesbian fanfic in a similar manner (i.e. play it similarly to make one partner's character far more vulnerable in order to justify a certain fetish or relationship), it gets {{Chickification}}: they get the desired relationship by making one party Bob inexplicably ''need'' the other Charlie instead of taking the time to put them together plausibly. plausibly.

The fact that both {{Wimpification}} and {{Chickification}} seem to show up in similar proportions no matter whether used in Het or gay fanfic indicates that the tropes' prevalence has less to do with UnfortunateImplications regarding gay relationships and more to do with fetishistic fantasy-fulfillment centered around sexual exploitation of vulnerable characters ([[SarcasmMode Because that makes things so SO much better]]).
17th Jan '18 10:42:02 AM solfieri
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* In ''Series/BreakingBad'' slash fanfiction this tends to happen to Jesse, who goes from a HotBlooded drug dealer who [[TookALevelInBadass took several levels in badass]] over the course of the series and had a love/hate relationship with his former teacher to a meek, weepy man child whose reliance on Walt borders on submissive codependency and even [[EasilyForgiven forgives him]] after everything Walt put him through. All because Jesse is one of the few criminals in the show who has a moral compass and shows remorse for his actions.
16th Jan '18 9:19:42 PM Monolaf317
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Subtrope of OutOfCharacter. See AdaptationalWimp for non SlashFic or gender related version of this. Compare BadassDecay, for when a character becomes a wimp within a single work.

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Subtrope of OutOfCharacter. See AdaptationalWimp for non SlashFic or gender related version of this. Compare BadassDecay, for when a character becomes a wimp within a single work.
work. Compare AggressiveSubmissive.
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