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20th Apr '17 9:07:08 PM CompletelyNormalGuy
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* Mostly averted in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''. Elliot refuses to go all out when sparring with Nanase but he claims it's only because he's afraid to go full out against anybody. Tedd becomes extremely upset when he learns that Damien used to hit Grace but that's probably because he loves her. However, the fact that the comic uses women hitting men with a hammer as humour and shows no real consequences when, for example, Susan slaps Tedd, does show that the double-standard is in play.
** Mr. Verres, however, follows this trope completely as shown [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2010-11-01 here.]] Even though he knows that the "girl" in question is [[GenderBender normally a guy]] he still won't deliver the much-deserved DopeSlap.

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* Mostly averted While most characters in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''. Elliot refuses ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' don't have this attitude, Mr. Verres very much does, to go all out when sparring with Nanase but he claims it's the point where the only because he's afraid thing keeping him from delivering a much-deserved DopeSlap to go full out against anybody. Tedd becomes extremely upset when he learns that Damien used to hit Grace but that's probably because he loves her. However, the fact that the comic uses women hitting men with a hammer as humour and shows no real consequences when, for example, Susan slaps Tedd, does show that the double-standard is in play.
** Mr. Verres, however, follows this trope completely as shown
[[http://egscomics.com/?date=2010-11-01 here.]] Even though he knows Elliot]] is the fact that the "girl" Elliot happens to be in question is [[GenderBender normally a guy]] he still won't deliver female form at the much-deserved DopeSlap.time.]]
13th Apr '17 6:45:53 AM Hyrin
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* In ''Fanfic/God Save The Esteem'', a riot breaks out in the wake of Daria revealing to the media how extensive the byes and grade fixing at Lawndale High was, with many of those exposed targeting Daria for retaliation. In the midst of the riot, Robert (a football player who was one of the ones revealed as part of the grade fixing) rushes to ''defend'' Daria from his fellow jocks on the grounds that, no matter what she's done to the team or him personally, he will not tolerate men hitting women.

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* In ''Fanfic/God Save The Esteem'', ''Fanfic/GodSaveTheEsteem'' a riot breaks out in the wake of Daria revealing to the media how extensive the byes and grade fixing at Lawndale High was, with many of those exposed targeting Daria for retaliation. In the midst of the riot, Robert (a football player who was one of the ones revealed as part of the grade fixing) rushes to ''defend'' Daria from his fellow jocks on the grounds that, no matter what she's done to the team or him personally, he will not tolerate men hitting women.
13th Apr '17 6:45:02 AM Hyrin
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* In ''[[Fanfic/God Save The Esteem]]'', a riot breaks out in the wake of Daria revealing to the media how extensive the byes and grade fixing at Lawndale High was, with many of those exposed targeting Daria for retaliation. In the midst of the riot, Robert (a football player who was one of the ones revealed as part of the grade fixing) rushes to ''defend'' Daria from his fellow jocks on the grounds that, no matter what she's done to the team or him personally, he will not tolerate men hitting women.

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* In ''[[Fanfic/God ''Fanfic/God Save The Esteem]]'', Esteem'', a riot breaks out in the wake of Daria revealing to the media how extensive the byes and grade fixing at Lawndale High was, with many of those exposed targeting Daria for retaliation. In the midst of the riot, Robert (a football player who was one of the ones revealed as part of the grade fixing) rushes to ''defend'' Daria from his fellow jocks on the grounds that, no matter what she's done to the team or him personally, he will not tolerate men hitting women.
13th Apr '17 6:44:29 AM Hyrin
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* In ''[[Fanfic/God Save The Esteem]]'', a riot breaks out in the wake of Daria revealing to the media how extensive the byes and grade fixing at Lawndale High was, with many of those exposed targeting Daria for retaliation. In the midst of the riot, Robert (a football player who was one of the ones revealed as part of the grade fixing) rushes to ''defend'' Daria from his fellow jocks on the grounds that, no matter what she's done to the team or him personally, he will not tolerate men hitting women.
8th Apr '17 12:54:09 AM CaptainPedant
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** Sergeant Jackrum, in ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', is perfectly willing to cold-cock a woman, when it's a brothel-keeper who's tried to drug and rob a drunken old sergeant. [[spoiler:Not actually an aversion though, since Jackrum is a woman too.]]
6th Apr '17 4:22:24 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Jon Snow wouldn't ''kill'' one, at least. That's quite much by the standards of the show. It's a combination of this and "Wouldn't kill a prisoner", perhaps with a touch of "Wow, that Chick's Hot".
20th Mar '17 5:21:38 PM DesertDragon
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* The Franchise/JamesBond movies provide a meta-example of this trope. It's not that he's unwilling to kill a woman, but the movies tend to be written in such a way to avoid putting him in that position in the first place. The majority of Bond's female villains are killed by some manner that doesn't directly and solely involve him, such as [[spoiler: [[Film/{{Thunderball}} dancing with Fiona Vulpe]] and using her as a bulletshield when her henchmen try to shoot him, or [[Film/AViewToAKill May Day]]'s HeroicSacrifice following her HeelFaceTurn]]. Others are killed by the BigBad for [[YouHaveFailedMe failure]] or by the Bond Girl. It wasn't until ''Film/{{GoldenEye}}'' in 1995 that Bond killed a woman in a fight to the death, which he has only done in one other movie since.

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* The Franchise/JamesBond movies provide a meta-example of this trope. It's not that he's unwilling to kill a woman, but the movies tend to be written in such a way to writers avoid putting him in that position in the first place. The majority of Bond's female villains are killed by some manner that doesn't directly and solely involve him, such as [[spoiler: [[Film/{{Thunderball}} dancing with Fiona Vulpe]] and using her as a bulletshield when her henchmen try to shoot him, or [[Film/AViewToAKill May Day]]'s HeroicSacrifice following her HeelFaceTurn]]. Others are killed by the BigBad for [[YouHaveFailedMe failure]] or [[DesignatedGirlFight by the Bond Girl. Girl]]. It wasn't until ''Film/{{GoldenEye}}'' in 1995 that Bond directly killed a woman in a fight to the death, which he has only done in one other movie since.woman.
18th Mar '17 1:57:29 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'''s Arthur, in stark contrast to his father. When he catches Gwen with Lancelot, he tries his damnedest to kill Lancelot right there but when he gets angry and grabs Gwen later on, he immediately lets her go and apologizes.

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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'''s ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'''s Arthur, in stark contrast to his father. When he catches Gwen with Lancelot, he tries his damnedest to kill Lancelot right there but when he gets angry and grabs Gwen later on, he immediately lets her go and apologizes.



* On Nickelodeon ''NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'', the all-wise janitor, Gordy, summed it up best:

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* On Nickelodeon ''NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'', Nickelodeon's ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'', the all-wise janitor, Gordy, summed it up best:
10th Mar '17 11:58:08 PM TomSFox
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When applied to ordinary [[BarBrawl bar fights]], schoolyard throwdowns, [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen duels of honor]] and so on, the trope is well-meaning if sexist (against both {{men|AreTheExpendableGender}} and [[StayInTheKitchen women]], albeit in different ways). However, when characters keep invoking it in situations where their female opponent poses a serious threat that might only be preventable by violence, [[HonorBeforeReason it quickly becomes absurd]]. The [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynical]] might point out that, rather than being motivated by pure nobility of spirit, this philosophy functions as a convenient way for the male character to avoid [[IWasBeatenByAGirl the humiliation of being beaten by a woman]]; if he refuses to fight against women, there's no way for a woman to ever prove she could defeat him at his full strength.

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When applied to ordinary [[BarBrawl bar fights]], schoolyard throwdowns, [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen duels of honor]] and so on, the trope is well-meaning if sexist (against both {{men|AreTheExpendableGender}} and [[StayInTheKitchen [[WomenAreDelicate women]], albeit in different ways). However, when characters keep invoking it in situations where their female opponent poses a serious threat that might only be preventable by violence, [[HonorBeforeReason it quickly becomes absurd]]. The [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynical]] might point out that, rather than being motivated by pure nobility of spirit, this philosophy functions as a convenient way for the male character to avoid [[IWasBeatenByAGirl the humiliation of being beaten by a woman]]; if he refuses to fight against women, there's no way for a woman to ever prove she could defeat him at his full strength.
10th Mar '17 11:52:14 PM TomSFox
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Action heroes (or villains) who invoke this trope even though they face female opponents find various ways to get around it. At minimum, they'll make a quip along the lines of "I normally hate hitting women, but in this case I'll make an exception" or "I don't hit ladies, [[NoTrueScotsman but you're no lady]]" before they start to strike back. They might try to find creative ways to [[ToWinWithoutFighting defeat her nonviolently]], perhaps through [[GuileHero trickery]]; they might try to [[MartialPacifist minimize the necessary violence]] by using grapples or pressure point attacks rather than actual blows; or [[DefeatByModesty tearing off their clothes]]; or they might [[TechnicalPacifist get off on a technicality]] by [[CombatPragmatist doing something that indirectly results in physical harm]] to the female opponent without actually striking or firing a weapon against her. In supernatural settings, the problem may be resolved by the male character temporarily [[GenderBender turning into a woman]], voluntarily or not, thus freeing him from a gentleman's obligations toward the fairer sex. In team stories, this often leads to the DesignatedGirlFight, where female members of heroic teams always seem to end up being the ones who take on the female villains.

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Action heroes (or villains) who invoke this trope even though they face female opponents find various ways to get around it. At minimum, they'll make a quip along the lines of "I normally hate hitting women, but in this case I'll make an exception" or "I don't hit ladies, [[NoTrueScotsman but you're no lady]]" lady" before they start to strike back. They might try to find creative ways to [[ToWinWithoutFighting defeat her nonviolently]], perhaps through [[GuileHero trickery]]; they might try to [[MartialPacifist minimize the necessary violence]] by using grapples or pressure point attacks rather than actual blows; or [[DefeatByModesty tearing off their clothes]]; or they might [[TechnicalPacifist get off on a technicality]] by [[CombatPragmatist doing something that indirectly results in physical harm]] to the female opponent without actually striking or firing a weapon against her. In supernatural settings, the problem may be resolved by the male character temporarily [[GenderBender turning into a woman]], voluntarily or not, thus freeing him from a gentleman's obligations toward the fairer sex. In team stories, this often leads to the DesignatedGirlFight, where female members of heroic teams always seem to end up being the ones who take on the female villains.



** In the original ''Thimble Theater'' comic strip Popeye felt conflicted about hitting the Sea Hag at first, but then decided it was okay because her mean nature makes her "[[NoTrueScotsman no lady]]."

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** In the original ''Thimble Theater'' comic strip Popeye felt conflicted about hitting the Sea Hag at first, but then decided it was okay because her mean nature makes her "[[NoTrueScotsman no lady]]."no lady."
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