Created By: NateTheGreatJanuary 7, 2012 Last Edited By: NateTheGreatMarch 20, 2013
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Bandage Wince

Any character, no matter how tough or macho, will wince when their wound is treated.

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"A man will show no pain while taking the most ferocious beating but will wince when a woman tries to clean his wounds."

Maybe a soldier has shot his way through an entire army without complaint. Maybe an Adventure Archaeologist has been through a trap-filled tomb while constantly making wisecracks. It doesn't matter, when the action is over and their wounds must be treated, they will wince the instant a bandage or cotton swab soaked in antiseptic touches them.

Could be seen as Truth In Television, since the body becomes more sensitive to pain once the adrenaline rush (that would often accompany an Hollywood-style action situation) dries up.

Usually happens during an After Action Patchup. Often a Minor Injury Overreaction. A Sister Trope to Afraid Of Needles.

Anime And Manga
  • Rurouni Kenshin has Sanosuke beaten up, (and he gets beaten up pretty often,) but one episode has him wincing in pain when his wounds and being washed and cleansed.

Film
  • Subverted in The Fifth Element: Ruby Rhod is nothing approaching macho, but definitely winces when his wound is treated, and shrieks "What's the matter with you?! That hurts!"
  • Subverted in Hellboy II: The Golden Army when Liz treats the title character for a scratch on his cheek. He winces before she starts dabbing at it with cotton, at which point she tells him she hasn't started yet.
  • Marion gets frustrated trying to treat Indy's wounds in Raiders Of The Lost Ark thanks to this. This is after the poor guy got the crap beat out of him by a Giant Mook, shot in the shoulder, beat up again by a different mook including being punched in said shoulder repeatedly, dragged behind a truck, and then had Marion inadvertently hit him in the chin with a mirror.
  • Averted when Dalton goes to the ER to get his wounds treated in Road House. After all, "pain don't hurt".
  • Kyle Reese in The Terminator winces when Sarah binds up his gunshot wound.

Literature
  • Durarara subverts this hard with Heiwajima Shizuo. While he already was established at having such superhuman physical capabilities that almost nothing could actually endanger his life, the end to episode 22 makes it seem as though he actually has been seriously injured, by way of multiple gunshots. However, we find that in episode 23, he has walked all the way to Shinra's apartment unaided with little difficulty; he then claims that at first, he hadn't even noticed he'd been shot until he saw the blood, merely thinking he slipped and fell in the rain. The specific trope's subversion comes into play as Shinra is removing the bullets from his wounds and bandaging them up: he shows no indication of being affected by it at all, and in fact berates Shinra while he's operating on him, demanding that he hurry it up so he can go and get his revenge. That's just how he is...
  • Subverted in In Cryptid. Dominic winces before anybody touches his injury because it's worse than he thought. When the injury is actually touched, there's no wincing because of natural painkiller/anasthetic.
  • In the Warrior Cats series, a lot of characters tend to wince when herbs are applied - even if moments ago they claimed they're fine and don't need any.

Live Action TV
  • Family Matters: Eddie comes to Aunt Rachel's restaurant bruised and bloodied after being beaten on by a gang. Though unfazed by his wounds, he replies, "That stuff stings!"

Western Animation
Community Feedback Replies: 36
  • January 7, 2012
    Andygal
  • January 7, 2012
    Omeganian
    Like the old joke here?
  • January 7, 2012
    CaveCat
  • January 7, 2012
    Antigone3
    Alluded to in the description, but Marion gets frustrated trying to treat Indy's wounds in Raiders Of The Lost Ark thanks to this.
  • January 7, 2012
    LeeM
    Probably Truth In Television, since the body becomes more sensitive to pain once the adrenaline rush dries up.
  • January 24, 2012
    NateTheGreat
    Bump.
  • January 25, 2012
    Frank75
    We really don't have this?
  • January 25, 2012
    Unown
    I reckon this could count as the super-trope for Afraid Of Needles .
  • January 25, 2012
    NateTheGreat
    More like a sister trope.
  • January 25, 2012
    blueflame724
    Family Matters: Eddie comes to Aunt Rachel's restaurant bruised and bloodied after being beaten on by a gang. Though unfazed by his wounds, he replies, "That stuff stings!"
  • January 26, 2012
    Rognik
    Anime example: Rurouni Kenshin has Sanosuke beaten up, (and he gets beaten up pretty often,) but one episode has him wincing in pain when his wounds and being washed and cleansed.
  • February 14, 2012
    NateTheGreat
    Bump.
  • February 14, 2012
    32_Footsteps
    This reaction seems similar to Cuffs Off Rubs Wrists - I almost expect to see this in action when a wound is treated, but for the life of me, I couldn't explain why.
  • February 14, 2012
    randomsurfer
  • February 14, 2012
    Dawnwing
    • In the Warrior Cats series, a lot of characters tend to wince when herbs are applied - even if moments ago they claimed they're fine and don't need any.
  • March 3, 2012
    NateTheGreat
    Bump.
  • April 11, 2012
    NateTheGreat
    Sorry, but I can't think of any more examples.
  • April 11, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Subverted in In Cryptid. Dominic winces before anybody touches his injury because it's worse than he thought. When the injury is actually touched, there's no wincing because of natural painkiller/anasthetic.

    • Also subverted in The Fifth Element: Ruby Rhod is nothing approaching macho, but definitely winces when his wound is treated, and shrieks "What's the matter with you?! That hurts!"
  • June 13, 2012
    NateTheGreat
    Bump.
  • June 17, 2012
    Wii
    Durarara subverts this hard with Heiwajima Shizuo. While he already was established at having such superhuman physical capabilities that almost nothing could actually endanger his life, the end to episode 22 makes it seem as though he actually has been seriously injured, by way of multiple gunshots. However, we find that in episode 23, he has walked all the way to Shinra's apartment unaided with little difficulty; he then claims that at first, he hadn't even noticed he'd been shot until he saw the blood, merely thinking he slipped and fell in the rain. The specific trope's subversion comes into play as Shinra is removing the bullets from his wounds and bandaging them up: he shows no indication of being affected by it at all, and in fact berates Shinra while he's operating on him, demanding that he hurry it up so he can go and get his revenge. That's just how he is...
  • June 17, 2012
    JonnyB
    Indiana Jones does it in Raiders Of The Lost Ark, when Marion tries to treat his wounds.
  • October 20, 2012
    NateTheGreat
    Bump.
  • October 21, 2012
    WeAreAllKosh
    Reminds me of an old Herman cartoon. Possible trope image?
  • October 28, 2012
    spyergirl4
    Kyle Reese in The Terminator winces when Sarah binds up his gunshot wound.
  • October 28, 2012
    StarSword
    • Subverted in Hellboy II: The Golden Army when Liz treats the title character for a scratch on his cheek. He winces before she starts dabbing at it with cotton, at which point she tells him she hasn't started yet.
  • October 28, 2012
    KevinKlawitter
    Averted when Dalton goes to the ER to get his wounds treated in Road House. After all, "pain don't hurt".
  • October 29, 2012
    JonnyB
    I could have sworn we had this already. Or another YKTTW very much like this.

    Anyway, usually happens during an After Action Patchup. Often a Minor Injury Overreaction.
  • October 30, 2012
    Arivne
    ^ @Jonny B: "I could have sworn we had this already. Or another YKTTW very much like this."

    This trope was first added to YKTTW back in January, so you may be remembering its prior appearance.
  • December 9, 2012
    NateTheGreat
    Bump.
  • March 8, 2013
    NateTheGreat
    Do we have a better name?
  • March 8, 2013
    StarSword
    Expanded the Indiana Jones example.
  • March 8, 2013
    NateTheGreat
    http://beautybeast.enchanted-rose.org/library/displayimage.php?album=43&pid=3762#top_display_media

    Could someone combine images 36 and 37 from this gallery to use as the page image?

    Edit: I did it myself.
  • March 8, 2013
    NateTheGreat
    Added a possible page image to the main entry. I'd add it down here but it kept spilling over the blue border and getting chopped off.

  • March 8, 2013
    grenekni3t
    • In Lucky Starr and the Moons of Jupiter, Lucky winces as his sidekick applies cold water to a bruise.
  • March 15, 2013
    NateTheGreat
    That's weird.
  • March 20, 2013
    NateTheGreat
    In the Gargoyles episode "The Journey", Goliath does this when Elisa bandages his wing. And this is the guy who didn't flinch when he grasped a sword with his bare hands and cut himself.

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