Created By: justanotherrandomlurker on November 25, 2012 Last Edited By: justanotherrandomlurker on November 25, 2012
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Abuse to Women is Funny

Women enduring physical harm that is played for laughs

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Based on a Nostalgia Critic review, the movie Good Burger could be this proposed trope's codifier: in short, when a female character ends up enduring physical harm (mostly slapstick), and it's all Played for Laughs.

  • Good Burger: Roxanne ends up in a neckbrace, and on crutches, all as a result of going out on a date with Ed; he pulls her chair out from under her, he hits her in the face with a golf club, hits her head with a golf ball, flips her own his head and onto her back... and all of it unintentional.
  • In the Pink Panther cartoon, "Super Pink", Pink Panther decides to become a superhero, though his attempts to repeatedly assist an elderly have near-fatal results, including flattening her when trying to help her move a boulder, and her being struck by a train when he moves her car off one train track and over to another track.
  • In the Hey Arnold! episode, "Hall Monitor", Phoebe, at one point, is trampled on by other kids hustling through the hallway, even by kids smaller than she is. She even remarks, "A second grader just stepped on my glasses, while I was still wearing them!"

Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • November 25, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    Added some tags here.
  • November 25, 2012
    Oreochan
    I think this is Slapstick Knows No Gender.
  • November 25, 2012
    justanotherrandomlurker
    This is more specific than Slapstick Knows No Gender; we're also not talking about STRICTLY slapstick humor, or simple physical comedy, we're talking about actual harm/abuse, intentional or not, yet still played for laughs.
  • November 25, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    Unsupported motion to discard disagreed with.

    That said, the current name is a no-go since it sounds like we find abuse funny. Something akin to Black Comedy Abuse sounds better.
  • November 25, 2012
    CarrieVS
    None of the examples we have so far, including the one proposed as the trope codifier, sound like the victim's gender is relevant. It's just examples of abuse/injury played for laughs which happen to be female. People also laugh when a bloke gets hurt.

    Also, abuse implies it's more or less intentional, whereas you seem to be wanting to include accidental injuries, so I think the word abuse needs to be removed from the title.
  • November 25, 2012
    justanotherrandomlurker
    @Septimus Heap, although the name comes directly from a comment from Nostalgia Critic's respective Good Burger review, I do see the point you make.

    However, out of curiosity, how is this different from, say, an already-existing trope like Abuse Is Okay When It Is Female On Male? This seems to imply that abuse (well, certain forms of it) is... well, okay. Again, just curious.

    @Carrie VS, maybe not, however, there are plenty of separate tropes for each of the specific genders.
  • November 25, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    That trope was renamed, you notice. And you'll also notice a section with similar names in the Permanent Red Link Club.
  • November 25, 2012
    CarrieVS
    ^^ Even if there's a valid reason to make a female-specific trope, the title 'abuse to women is funny' kind of implies that the phenomenon of injury being funny is specific to women, or at least more common/more funny when the victim is female. Which to the best of my knowledge isn't the case.
  • November 25, 2012
    justanotherrandomlurker
    Okay, yeah, both of you do make compelling points. I actually wasn't aware that the aforementioned Abuse Is Okay When It Is Female On Male trope was renamed, I apologize for that mistake.

    Though I still wonder if this could still somehow be gender-specific... you know, it's almost kind of like Darby Conley's comment on the difference between misfortune to dogs and cats, such as a dog falling down the stairs warrants automatic sympathy, while a cat falling down the stairs is somehow funny.

    But again, I do see the point that both of you make. So Black Comedy Abuse then?
  • November 25, 2012
    CarrieVS
    If there's a reason for it to be gender specific, then we can make it gender specific. But is it really the case that there's a different response to women being hurt than men? In my experience, there rarely is, and if there is at all it's the other way around and it's more likely to be funny if it's a man, mainly because of Abuse Is Okay When It Is Female On Male. Not that I'm an expert on popular culture or anything, so I could be wrong.
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