Created By: sgamer82 on December 12, 2009

One-Sided Arm Wrestling

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Somehow, in some over the top fashion, a situation has arisen that can only be solved by one character arm wrestling another. This will almost always result in a character who appears scrawny having to arm wrestle a man far larger than they are.

This never favors the big man, since almost as often, the character only appears scrawny, and is in fact a Not So Harmless Cute Bruiser, or otherwise ends up being more powerful than they look.
  • Gon, Killua, and Leorio actually make money doing this in Hunter Hunter, having Gon arm wrestle passerby and win. Also, the strongest person he arm-wrestled and forced him to use Nen to win: A Meganekko.
  • Little House with an Orange Roof has Natsumi in this situation in chapter 38. On a whim, she plays an arm wrestling game and beats it even when her youngest daughter sets it to the highest level. It's later revealed the machine was broken, but Natsumi doesn't know that when she has to arm wrestle a construction worker to get her house worked on. The intervention of the kids warms the hearts of the construction workers and the event is called off.
  • Episode 7 of The Irresponsible Captain Tylor has Bridge Bunny Yuriko facing off with big Marine Lt. Andressen to decide whether or not they clean up the Soyokaze. Yuriko holds out well, but is on the verge of losing until Captain Tylor cheers for Andressen. This gets Yuriko mad and, to everyone's shock, immediately pins down Andressen's arm.
  • An episode of Dexter's Laboratory has Dexter's dad being made to arm wrestle a trucker. Knowing the match is one sided, Dexter fits his dad with a super robotic arm that sends the trucker flying through the wall (if this troper remembers correctly).
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  • December 12, 2009
    • Superman II. Ursa challenges a human male to an arm wrestling contest. She appears to be totally outmatched (she weighs a hundred pounds soaking wet), but since she's from Krypton she easily beats him, injuring him in the process.
  • December 13, 2009
    • Probably the most disturbing example in film history is the bar scene in The Fly, in which a newly superpowered Jeff Goldblum snaps a mans wrist. With loud cracking sounds and NO gore discretion shot.
  • December 13, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    • In Disney's John Henry short, there is a montage of him arm wrestling progressively more men simultaneously and winning. When his much tinier wife challenges him, she wins, but only because she distracted him by kissing him.
  • December 13, 2009
    Done in Pretty Face where the deceptively waifish-looking main character does astonishingly well in such a contest.
  • December 13, 2009
    • Double Subverted in Ranma One Half because Akane is arm wrestling several arm wrestling machines, she's winning, but then loses to the Sumo wrestler (strongest machine)- turns out Shampoo was hiding inside.

    • Double Subverted in Fullmetal Alchemist. In Rush Valley, a big guy is challenging people to an automail arm wrestling contest. He keeps winning until Ed moves to challenge him. turns out he was cheating to win using Alchemy, but Al then cheats right back to win anyway.
  • December 13, 2009
    TB Tabby
    Thundercats: Lion-O is searching for some missing equipment, but finds that a caveman has claimed it. He has to beat the caveman at arm-wrestling to get it back.
  • December 13, 2009
    • My Secret Identity: A macho challenged Andrew Clemens to an arm wrestling match after he got super strength.
    • Cool Runnings had the strong person do arm wrestling matches to raise money for the bobsled team. The strong men failed, but the last contest, a large woman, succeeded.
  • December 13, 2009
    random surfer
    In an episode of Star Trek The Next Generation a guest Klingon challenged Data to B'aht Qul (a Klingon challenge similar to arm wrestling). Data won in under a second, then calmly went back to what he was doing.
  • December 13, 2009
    Full Metal Alchemist (the first anime, if I remember correctly) had Ed winning over a huge armwrestler with immense automail hands. Actually, they both used alchemy (obivously, against the rules), but still.