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23rd Sep '16 6:09:10 AM LondonKdS
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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. The male character can also [[DesignatedGirlFight defer to a female ally]] who faces no such moral dilemma.

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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. The male character can also [[DesignatedGirlFight defer In team stories, this often leads to a the DesignatedGirlFight, where female ally]] members of heroic teams always seem to end up being the ones who faces no such moral dilemma.
take on the female villains.
21st Sep '16 8:28:41 PM merotoker
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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 [[SlidingScaleofCynicismVersusIdealism 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 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 [[SlidingScaleofCynicismVersusIdealism [[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.



* Played with in ''Manga/KidouSenshiGundamSan'' by [[http://kissmanga.com/Manga/Kidou-Senshi-Gundam-san/Vol-001-Ch-003--Newtype-Chapter?id=104554 Amuro]], at first he hesitated to shoot down a Zaku because he assumed the pilot was a girl, [[spoiler: as soon as he saw the ''incredibly vulgar kill count markers'' on the Zaku's head, he made sure the pilot was a man and shot him guilt free.]]

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* Played with in ''Manga/KidouSenshiGundamSan'' by [[http://kissmanga.com/Manga/Kidou-Senshi-Gundam-san/Vol-001-Ch-003--Newtype-Chapter?id=104554 Amuro]], at first he hesitated to shoot down a Zaku because he assumed the pilot was a girl, [[spoiler: as soon as he saw the ''incredibly vulgar kill count markers'' on the Zaku's head, he made sure the pilot was a man and shot him guilt free.]]free]].



** Arguably full-out [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] when someone asks him what he would do if he saw a girl beating up another girl (a very real possibility in this school), and he can't come up with an answer. "Unless you're saying it's all right for ''girls'' to beat up girls?"

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** Arguably full-out [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] {{deconstructed|Trope}} when someone asks him what he would do if he saw a girl beating up another girl (a very real possibility in this school), and he can't come up with an answer. "Unless you're saying it's all right for ''girls'' to beat up girls?"



*** For his case, it's {{Justified}} due to being ''raised'' in this life by the trope.

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*** For his case, it's {{Justified}} {{justified|Trope}} due to being ''raised'' in this life by the trope.



*** In chapter 687, Tashigi claims that Zoro was holding back on fighting [[spoiler: Monet]] because he held a dismissive attitude towards women. This is left vague as Zoro does say there are some things he doesn't like to cut and if he can avoid it he will, but he doesn't let that stop him from [[spoiler: cutting Monet in half when the latter was about to bite off Tashigi's shoulder.]] [[spoiler: On the other hand, Zoro [[KiAttacks was perfectly capable of bypassing]] Monet's NighInvulnerability and killing her outright, but deliberately chose not to, instead splitting her in a way that she could pull herself back together from. When Monet tries attacking him again, Tashigi has to deliver the finishing blow, though Zoro claims that he would have done it himself had it come to that.]]

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*** In chapter 687, Tashigi claims that Zoro was holding back on fighting [[spoiler: Monet]] because he held a dismissive attitude towards women. This is left vague as Zoro does say there are some things he doesn't like to cut and if he can avoid it he will, but he doesn't let that stop him from [[spoiler: cutting Monet in half when the latter was about to bite off Tashigi's shoulder.]] [[spoiler: On the other hand, Zoro [[KiAttacks [[KiManipulation was perfectly capable of bypassing]] Monet's NighInvulnerability and killing her outright, but deliberately chose not to, instead splitting her in a way that she could pull herself back together from. When Monet tries attacking him again, Tashigi has to deliver the finishing blow, though Zoro claims that he would have done it himself had it come to that.]]that]].






* ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'': The Thing explains [[http://www.comicvine.com/jean-grey/29-3552/earth-616-jeanphoenix/108-26/jean_grey1/105-1712956/ his predicament]] in a LetsYouAndHimFight with the Comicbook/{{X-Men}}.

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* ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'': The Thing explains [[http://www.comicvine.com/jean-grey/29-3552/earth-616-jeanphoenix/108-26/jean_grey1/105-1712956/ his predicament]] in a LetsYouAndHimFight with the Comicbook/{{X-Men}}.Comicbook/XMen.



* ''ComicBook/NewAvengers'', after [[DoubleAgent Victoria Hand]] has pissed off the Avengers, thanks to her actions nearly resulting in Comicbook/{{Mockingird}}'s death, we get this lovely dialogue.
-->'''{{Wolverine}}:''' If there's one thing I hate, its hittin' a dame.\\

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* ''ComicBook/NewAvengers'', after [[DoubleAgent Victoria Hand]] has pissed off the Avengers, thanks to her actions nearly resulting in Comicbook/{{Mockingird}}'s Comicbook/{{Mockingbird}}'s death, we get this lovely dialogue.
-->'''{{Wolverine}}:''' -->'''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}:''' If there's one thing I hate, its hittin' a dame.\\



* ''Film/{{Fighter}}'': the sensei orders one of the members of the ActionGirl lead's new kung fu club to fight her. He protests that he doesn't fight women. The sensei tells him to fight everyone, or leave.

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* ''Film/{{Fighter}}'': the The sensei orders one of the members of the ActionGirl lead's new kung fu club to fight her. He protests that he doesn't fight women. The sensei tells him to fight everyone, or leave.



* In ''Film/TheProfessional'', Leon has a "No women, [[WouldntHurtACHild no kids]]" policy as a hitman.

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* In ''Film/TheProfessional'', Leon has a "No women, [[WouldntHurtACHild [[WouldntHurtAChild no kids]]" policy as a hitman.



* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/PaladinOfSouls'', Arhys [[spoiler:kills seven enemy sorcerers before being defeated by the eighth. Ista tells the others that the last sorcerer was probably a young and beautiful woman, and Arhys couldn't overcome his chivalry in time to win the fight. His brother remarks sadly that it is an appropriate death for him.]]

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* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/PaladinOfSouls'', Arhys [[spoiler:kills seven enemy sorcerers before being defeated by the eighth. Ista tells the others that the last sorcerer was probably a young and beautiful woman, and Arhys couldn't overcome his chivalry in time to win the fight. His brother remarks sadly that it is an appropriate death for him.]]him]].



* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' Given a speech about 'shooting girls' Mal gives in the pilot, you'd think that this is alive and well in the Old West InSpace. [[spoiler:Right up to the end of 'Our Mrs Reynolds', when he corners would-be ship thief and title character Saffron. He asks her what her real name is in a moment that seems full of emotional tension. She pauses, starts to speak ... and he slugs her. Then again, this is well after she poisoned him and left him and his crew to die, so he's probably feeling a mite justified.]] The brawl at the start of 'The Train Job' suggests that this doesn't apply anyway. (And seeing what usually happens to people who so much as threaten Mal's crew, let alone put them in actual danger, [[spoiler: Saffron]] really got off lightly.)

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* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' Given a speech about 'shooting girls' Mal gives in the pilot, you'd think that this is alive and well in the Old West InSpace.[[RecycledInSpace In Space]]. [[spoiler:Right up to the end of 'Our Mrs Reynolds', when he corners would-be ship thief and title character Saffron. He asks her what her real name is in a moment that seems full of emotional tension. She pauses, starts to speak ... and he slugs her. Then again, this is well after she poisoned him and left him and his crew to die, so he's probably feeling a mite justified.]] The brawl at the start of 'The Train Job' suggests that this doesn't apply anyway. (And seeing what usually happens to people who so much as threaten Mal's crew, let alone put them in actual danger, [[spoiler: Saffron]] really got off lightly.)



** In the episode "Broken Rules", [[spoiler:Fiona and Michael get into a fight. While Michael hits back, he apologizes when he lands blows and is clearly being entirely defensive in his approach.]] There's the complicating factor that Michael and Fiona [[spoiler: are in love with each other.]]

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** In the episode "Broken Rules", [[spoiler:Fiona and Michael get into a fight. While Michael hits back, he apologizes when he lands blows and is clearly being entirely defensive in his approach.]] approach]]. There's the complicating factor that Michael and Fiona [[spoiler: are in love with each other.]]other]].



* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' In one episode Reese is terrorized by a four-year-old girl who loves to bite him, but when he can't bring himself to hit her, he concocts a ZanyScheme to run her and her family out of town.
* ''Series/TheATeam'' Face would never, ever hit a girl, but he once punched a girl in the jaw [[PlayingWithATrope on accident]] because he mistook her for one of the villain's {{Mooks}}. He felt bad about it.

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* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'': In one episode Reese is terrorized by a four-year-old girl who loves to bite him, but when he can't bring himself to hit her, he concocts a ZanyScheme to run her and her family out of town.
* ''Series/TheATeam'' ''Series/TheATeam'': Face would never, ever hit a girl, but he once punched a girl in the jaw [[PlayingWithATrope on accident]] because he mistook her for one of the villain's {{Mooks}}. He felt bad about it.



-->'''Raquel''':You wouldn't hit a girl, would you?

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-->'''Raquel''':You -->'''Raquel''' :You wouldn't hit a girl, would you?



--> '''Eliot''':That counts ''(fighting commences)''

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--> '''Eliot''':That '''Eliot''': That counts ''(fighting commences)''



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

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



* ''{{ComicStrip/Popeye}}'' pretty much lives by this trope. So whenever he has to deal with his nemesis, the Sea Hag, he usually lets a spinach fueled Olive handle the fighting.

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* ''{{ComicStrip/Popeye}}'' {{ComicStrip/Popeye}} pretty much lives by this trope. So whenever he has to deal with his nemesis, the Sea Hag, he usually lets a spinach fueled Olive handle the fighting.



* Hard as it is to believe, this is one of the lines Wrestling/JimCornette and Wrestling/TheMidnightExpress actually tried not to cross if they could help it, and it was hard not to with all the females ''fans'' out for their blood just as much as the male ones.f

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* Hard as it is to believe, this is one of the lines Wrestling/JimCornette and Wrestling/TheMidnightExpress actually tried not to cross if they could help it, and it was hard not to with all the females ''fans'' out for their blood just as much as the male ones.f



* On the other hand, in recent years it became common for some male wrestlers to rough up obviously weak or non-wrestler women just to show what Bastards, {{Badass}}es and/or {{Jerkass}}es they are. Usually the assailant will be a heel. Once, just to be a dick, Armando Alejandro Estrada got his wrestler Wrestling/{{Umaga}} booked to fight the tiny Maria Kanellis. [[CaptainObvious (Maria lost.)]] Then Charlie Haas and Viscera got into a feud over who would date ring announcer Lilian Garcia: after Haas raked Viscera's eyes, the giant, temporarily blinded, grabbed Garcia apparently mistaking her for Haas (absurd, Haas weighed twice as much) and Samoan Dropped her, nearly breaking her neck. At first Viscera appeared to feel chagrin of the MyGodWhatHaveIDone variety, but then both he and Haas laughed and explained that they'd set it up as a "hilarious" joke at Garcia's expense. But one incident with particularly UnfortunateImplications had Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin (a face at the time) hit Wrestling/StacyKeibler (also a face) in a skit that was supposed to be ''funny''. Austin kicked Keibler in the stomach and then knocked her out [[DisproportionateRetribution because she had declined his offer of a beer!]] [[DudeNotFunny (There are some things you just can't do, and beating up a woman half your size for comedy is one of them.)]] Keibler later was the victim of a similar assault (an RKO) from then-boyfriend Wrestling/RandyOrton, but that was meant to show that the face Orton was turning heel.

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* On the other hand, in recent years it became common for some male wrestlers to rough up obviously weak or non-wrestler women just to show what Bastards, {{Badass}}es and/or {{Jerkass}}es they are. Usually the assailant will be a heel. Once, just to be a dick, Armando Alejandro Estrada got his wrestler Wrestling/{{Umaga}} booked to fight the tiny Maria Kanellis.Wrestling/MariaKanellis. [[CaptainObvious (Maria lost.)]] Then Charlie Haas and Viscera got into a feud over who would date ring announcer Lilian Garcia: after Haas raked Viscera's eyes, the giant, temporarily blinded, grabbed Garcia apparently mistaking her for Haas (absurd, Haas weighed twice as much) and Samoan Dropped her, nearly breaking her neck. At first Viscera appeared to feel chagrin of the MyGodWhatHaveIDone variety, but then both he and Haas laughed and explained that they'd set it up as a "hilarious" joke at Garcia's expense. But one incident with particularly UnfortunateImplications had Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin (a face at the time) hit Wrestling/StacyKeibler (also a face) in a skit that was supposed to be ''funny''. Austin kicked Keibler in the stomach and then knocked her out [[DisproportionateRetribution because she had declined his offer of a beer!]] [[DudeNotFunny (There are some things you just can't do, and beating up a woman half your size for comedy is one of them.)]] Keibler later was the victim of a similar assault (an RKO) from then-boyfriend Wrestling/RandyOrton, but that was meant to show that the face Orton was turning heel.



* The rule of "never touch Elizabeth" began to be thrown out when Savage turned face at the end of the summer 1987, and while the heels never struck or punched her, Elizabeth was shoved and grabbed by both the wrist and ankle on many occasions, by such dastardly heels as The Wrestling/HonkyTonkMan, Wrestling/AndreTheGiant, Wrestling/BigBossman, and [[Wrestling/TheOneMangGang Akeem]]. Savage's other opponents during his face run -- Butch Reed, [[Wrestling/{{Meng}} Haku]], [[Wrestling/AllenCoage Bad News Brown]], and Dino Bravo -- were satisfied with simply trash-talking Elizabeth, while "Million Dollar Man" Wrestling/TedDiBiase rarely if ever acknowledged her at all; of all of Savage's opponents during his WWF World Heavyweight Championship/first face run, the fiercest of all the rivals ([=DiBiase=]) put his focus on winning the title. During Savage's second face run starting in 1991, [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts Jake "the Snake" Roberts]] completely threw out the trope by slapping Elizabeth across the face during a memorable match.

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* The rule of "never touch Elizabeth" began to be thrown out when Savage turned face at the end of the summer 1987, and while the heels never struck or punched her, Elizabeth was shoved and grabbed by both the wrist and ankle on many occasions, by such dastardly heels as The Wrestling/HonkyTonkMan, Wrestling/AndreTheGiant, Wrestling/BigBossman, and [[Wrestling/TheOneMangGang [[Wrestling/TheOneManGang Akeem]]. Savage's other opponents during his face run -- Butch Reed, [[Wrestling/{{Meng}} Haku]], [[Wrestling/AllenCoage Bad News Brown]], and Dino Bravo -- were satisfied with simply trash-talking Elizabeth, while "Million Dollar Man" Wrestling/TedDiBiase rarely if ever acknowledged her at all; of all of Savage's opponents during his WWF World Heavyweight Championship/first face run, the fiercest of all the rivals ([=DiBiase=]) put his focus on winning the title. During Savage's second face run starting in 1991, [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts Jake "the Snake" Roberts]] completely threw out the trope by slapping Elizabeth across the face during a memorable match.



* Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon abuses this trope to high heaven to get cheap shots at male wrestlers, knowing even the ones that don't snivel before the co manager of RAW wouldn't have the gall to strike her back. She goaded TheRock with this after slapping him hard at Wrestlemania and labelled him powerless. The Rock agreed with her, what she didn't expect however was him to bring in UFC Female Champion Creator/RondaRousey to [[OhCrap even the]] [[CurbstompBattle odds however...]]

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* Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon abuses this trope to high heaven to get cheap shots at male wrestlers, knowing even the ones that don't snivel before the co manager of RAW wouldn't have the gall to strike her back. She goaded TheRock Wrestling/TheRock with this after slapping him hard at Wrestlemania Wrestling/WrestleMania and labelled him powerless. The Rock agreed with her, what she didn't expect however was him to bring in UFC Female Champion Creator/RondaRousey to [[OhCrap even the]] [[CurbstompBattle odds however...]]



** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' Cloud can be taken as this, when Elena confronts you about allegedly doing in her boss, you can either dodge her punch or letting her clean your clock, leaving her to wonder why you just let it happen.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' Raijin. During the three boss fights with him, he will refuse to attack if there are only female characters left standing in the player's party, claiming "I don't hit girls, ya know?" His partner Fujin is female and has no such reservations.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' Zidane has an ability called 'Protect Girls', in which he will take the damage for the female characters in your party, and in VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy says when up against [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Terra]] 'A girl? This'll be tricky...', though this doesn't affect his gameplay. He also once picks fighting a man over fighting a woman in the storyline. In his own game he has no compunctions about fighting and killing the Alexandrian soldiers when they're invading Cleyra or trying to stop him from rescuing Dagger.

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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Cloud can be taken as this, when Elena confronts you about allegedly doing in her boss, you can either dodge her punch or letting her clean your clock, leaving her to wonder why you just let it happen.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'': Raijin. During the three boss fights with him, he will refuse to attack if there are only female characters left standing in the player's party, claiming "I don't hit girls, ya know?" His partner Fujin is female and has no such reservations.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'': Zidane has an ability called 'Protect Girls', in which he will take the damage for the female characters in your party, and in VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy says when up against [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Terra]] 'A girl? This'll be tricky...', though this doesn't affect his gameplay. He also once picks fighting a man over fighting a woman in the storyline. In his own game he has no compunctions about fighting and killing the Alexandrian soldiers when they're invading Cleyra or trying to stop him from rescuing Dagger.



* ''VideoGame/PuzzleQuest'' Optional party member Princess Serephine makes use of this trope as her support ability, improving the player's battle skill against good opponents that "wouldn't strike a lady." Which invokes a nice bit of FridgeLogic when you're playing ''as'' a female.
* ''VideoGame/ManiacMansionMania'' In episode 53, if you try to get Klaus to use brute force on a female character, he will refuse saying he does not beat women.
* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' During the first half of the game, Travis Touchdown has no problem with beating on his female opponents with his [[LaserBlade beam katana]] during the ranking match battles but chokes when it comes time to actually kill them. He gets called out on this by Holly Summers, the sixth ranking assassin, before she [[spoiler:eats one of her own grenades to spare Travis the experience of dispatching her]]. After this, Travis never shows any hesitation in finishing the job in subsequent fights against female assassins. Helps that the female combatants he encounters happen to be completely psychotic to some extent or another.

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* ''VideoGame/PuzzleQuest'' ''VideoGame/PuzzleQuest'': Optional party member Princess Serephine makes use of this trope as her support ability, improving the player's battle skill against good opponents that "wouldn't strike a lady." Which invokes a nice bit of FridgeLogic when you're playing ''as'' a female.
* ''VideoGame/ManiacMansionMania'' ''VideoGame/ManiacMansionMania'': In episode 53, if you try to get Klaus to use brute force on a female character, he will refuse saying he does not beat women.
* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'': During the first half of the game, Travis Touchdown has no problem with beating on his female opponents with his [[LaserBlade beam katana]] during the ranking match battles but chokes when it comes time to actually kill them. He gets called out on this by Holly Summers, the sixth ranking assassin, before she [[spoiler:eats one of her own grenades to spare Travis the experience of dispatching her]]. After this, Travis never shows any hesitation in finishing the job in subsequent fights against female assassins. Helps that the female combatants he encounters happen to be completely psychotic to some extent or another.



** Justice League heavily averts this in general though. Hawkgirl in particular tends to get beat up on quite a bit.

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** Justice League heavily averts this Heavily averted on the show in general though. Hawkgirl in particular tends to get beat up on quite a bit.



--> ''Popeye:'' I know it's wrong to hits a lady, but nobody says you can't '''spanks''' one!

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--> ''Popeye:'' '''Popeye:''' I know it's wrong to hits a lady, but nobody says you can't '''spanks''' one!



* Subverted on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' when Lisa has to deal with a bully and tries to hire Nelson, Jimbo, Kearney, and Dolph as bodyguards. They promptly decline as soon as they found out her bully is a girl, not because they don't believe in hitting girls, but because girls kick, bite, and scratch. Besides sometimes they fall in love.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
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Subverted on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' when Lisa has to deal with a bully and tries to hire Nelson, Jimbo, Kearney, and Dolph as bodyguards. They promptly decline as soon as they found out her bully is a girl, not because they don't believe in hitting girls, but because girls kick, bite, and scratch. Besides sometimes they fall in love.
16th Sep '16 5:19:25 PM trixus
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** Eddy also takes quite a lot of beatings from the Kankers and Sarah and he never fights back. Nazz also punches him in the face in episode- knocking out ''several'' teeth- and he just takes it.
13th Sep '16 8:23:56 PM whereismytea
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* In ''Manga/Brave10'', where most characters WouldHitAGirl, Kakei, not being a ninja and a [[GoodOldWays pretty old-fashioned samurai]], won't fight women. That doesn't prevent women from fighting him as seen in his fights with Okatsu and Kaio.
8th Sep '16 5:28:34 AM Gargoyle_Kid
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Since ideas about gender roles are in flux and tend to vary widely, modern media can be highly inconsistent about whether this trope is portrayed as a good or bad thing. If a villain refuses to fight a heroic ActionGirl on these grounds, it's a toss-up whether this will be portrayed as [[PetTheDog a sign]] that he has [[EvenEvilHasStandards at least a warped sense of honor]] after all, or as [[StayInTheKitchen profoundly insulting]]. If a hero can't bring himself to strike a [[DarkActionGirl villainess]], it either means that he's a [[IdealHero chivalrous guy]] or a [[FairForItsDay dated]], patronizing attitude toward women is [[NobleBigot one of his few character flaws]]. Occasionally you'll even see both at once, particularly in heroic cases; the character's reluctance to hit women may be portrayed as [[GoodFlawsBadFlaws a sympathetic flaw]] stupid and sexist, but ultimately born out of an admirable desire to behave ethically and avoid being a bully.

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Since ideas about gender roles are in flux and tend to vary widely, modern media can be highly inconsistent about whether this trope is portrayed as a good or bad thing. If a villain refuses to fight a heroic ActionGirl on these grounds, it's a toss-up whether this will be portrayed as [[PetTheDog a sign]] that he has [[EvenEvilHasStandards at least a warped sense of honor]] after all, or as [[StayInTheKitchen profoundly insulting]]. If a hero can't bring himself to strike a [[DarkActionGirl villainess]], it either means that he's a [[IdealHero chivalrous guy]] or has a [[FairForItsDay dated]], patronizing attitude toward women is as [[NobleBigot one of his few character flaws]]. Occasionally you'll even see both at once, particularly in heroic cases; the character's reluctance to hit women may be portrayed as [[GoodFlawsBadFlaws a sympathetic flaw]] stupid and sexist, but ultimately born out of an admirable desire to behave ethically and avoid being a bully.



* Literature/SisterhoodSeries by Creator/FernMichaels: Harry Wong in ''Lethal Justice'' apparently has this attitude towards Yoko Akia when they spar against each other. She unhesitatingly kicks his ass, but she is still willing to have a relationship with him anyway!

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* Literature/SisterhoodSeries by Creator/FernMichaels: Harry Wong in ''Lethal Justice'' apparently has this attitude towards Yoko Akia when they spar against each other. She unhesitatingly immediately kicks his ass, but she is still willing to have a relationship with him anyway!
13th Aug '16 7:12:53 PM TonyG
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* ''WesternAnimation/Ameri'' has an odd example where Hayley and Roger are continually trying to outdo each other by creating alternate personae. Roger, pretending to be a hitman with the Armenian Mafia, "kills" one of Hayley's characters. She responds by pretending to be the matriarch of the Armenian Mafia and condemning Roger's character for killing a woman, which is apparently against their code of honor. It just gets weirder from there.

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* ''WesternAnimation/Ameri'' ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' has an odd example where Hayley and Roger are continually trying to outdo each other by creating alternate personae. Roger, pretending to be a hitman with the Armenian Mafia, "kills" one of Hayley's characters. She responds by pretending to be the matriarch of the Armenian Mafia and condemning Roger's character for killing a woman, which is apparently against their code of honor. It just gets weirder from there.
7th Aug '16 10:56:16 AM eroock
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-->'''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''' mock summary [[http://www.dragonmount.com/forums/topic/77089-the-wheel-of-time-summaries-by-isam-spoilers-till-book-cot/ by ISAM]]

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-->'''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''' -->-- '''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''' mock summary [[http://www.dragonmount.com/forums/topic/77089-the-wheel-of-time-summaries-by-isam-spoilers-till-book-cot/ by ISAM]]
25th Jul '16 2:32:35 AM PaulA
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* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/{{Chalion}} Paladin of Souls]]'', Arhys [[spoiler: kills seven enemy sorcerers before being defeated by the eighth. Ista tells the others that the last sorcerer was probably a young and beautiful woman, and Arhys couldn't overcome his chivalry in time to win the fight. His brother remarks sadly that it is an appropriate death for him.]]

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* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/{{Chalion}} Paladin of Souls]]'', ''Literature/PaladinOfSouls'', Arhys [[spoiler: kills [[spoiler:kills seven enemy sorcerers before being defeated by the eighth. Ista tells the others that the last sorcerer was probably a young and beautiful woman, and Arhys couldn't overcome his chivalry in time to win the fight. His brother remarks sadly that it is an appropriate death for him.]]
12th Jun '16 6:34:18 AM erforce
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* In ''Film/LeonTheProfessional'', Leon has a "No women, [[WouldntHurtACHild no kids]]" policy as a hitman.

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* In ''Film/LeonTheProfessional'', ''Film/TheProfessional'', Leon has a "No women, [[WouldntHurtACHild no kids]]" policy as a hitman.
3rd Jun '16 4:46:46 PM comicwriter
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* In the 70's, ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' fought against the "Lion king", an African deity who wanted to capture the Black Panther. He defeated all the other Avengers, but refused to fight against the Comicbook/BlackWidow: instead, he summoned a pair of common lions to deal with her. The Widow pointed that she was glad that she did not belong to the tribe of such a sexist god.

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* In the 70's, ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' fought against the "Lion king", an African deity who wanted to capture the Black Panther.Comicbook/BlackPanther. He defeated all the other Avengers, but refused to fight against the Comicbook/BlackWidow: instead, he summoned a pair of common lions to deal with her. The Widow pointed that she was glad that she did not belong to the tribe of such a sexist god.



* ''ComicBook/NewAvengers'', after [[DoubleAgent Victoria Hand]] has pissed off the Avengers, thanks to her actions nearly resulting in Mockingird's death, we get this lovely dialogue.
-->'''Wolverine:''' If there's one thing I hate, its hittin' a dame.\\

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* ''ComicBook/NewAvengers'', after [[DoubleAgent Victoria Hand]] has pissed off the Avengers, thanks to her actions nearly resulting in Mockingird's Comicbook/{{Mockingird}}'s death, we get this lovely dialogue.
-->'''Wolverine:''' -->'''{{Wolverine}}:''' If there's one thing I hate, its hittin' a dame.\\
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