Created By: Unknown Troper on March 15, 2010
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Violently Protective Girlfriend

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Seems harming that guy was a really bad idea. You just triggered the wrath of his girl friend (or in some cases girl who loves him yet isn't dating yet) and she's gonna kick your ass. Needs a Better Description.

Female trope only as its expected for a guy to lose it when his girlfriend comes under threat. Women in this trope essentially act like a much younger Mama Bear, a trope this is strongly related to as the Berserk Button is harming the mate rather than the kids (many of these examples got axed from the Mama Bear page). Very common if said woman is an Action Girl, Hot Amazon, or Lady of War. Common trait in a Tsundere. Likely to occur if the male is a Non-Action Guy Subtrope of Berserk Button.

Examples: Anime:
  • Black Lagoon: As far as Revy is concerned, harming Rock in any manner is punishable by a disproportionate beat down for a first offense, and death for a second (or even for a first if it's severe enough).

Film:
  • Avatar: Neytiri is vividly protective of Jake, crouching over him with knife drawn and teeth bared, hissing, in two scenes where he is unconscious and under threat.

Literature:
  • Sally Kimball of Encyclopedia Brown fame.
  • Explicitly used in the Shield, Sword, And Crown series, where Arisa declares herself both Weasel's and Edoran's bodyguard at various points in the book. Slightly subverted in that she isn't interested in them romantically at all, and thinks of them as best friends.

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Music
  • In the version of the folk song Stagger Lee recorded by the Grateful Dead, Stagger Lee murders Billy De Lion, and the police are too afraid of him to do anything about it. Then, along comes Billy's girlfriend Delia, who shoots Stagger Lee herself. In the balls.

Video Games:
  • In Disgaea3, causing harm (direct or indirect) to Almaz is the fastest way to piss Princess Sapphire off. Many of her Ax-Crazy thoughts are motivated by this trope.
  • One sided example in Sonic the Hedgehog with Amy Rose when Silver tried to kill Sonic. Becomes her Crowning Moment of Awesome and a pic of her Death Glare during this scene is a good pic candidate.
  • One of the girls in Psychonauts is like this.
  • Although she didn't like Oswald at first, Gwendolyn shows that she is capable of wrecking all sorts of havoc when he's in danger. One of the game's major Nice Job Breaking It, Hero incidents revolves around this trope.
  • This is why Rozalin in Disgaea2 willingly lets her Super-Powered Evil Side out in the end of the game. How this turns out depends on the ending you get.
  • The Mother Yeti in EVO attacks you because you killed her mate.

Web Comics:
  • [[{{www.superstupor.com/sust12272007.shtml}} This]] Super Stupor strip, proving that emotional harm is enough to induce this sort of rage.

Western Animation:
Community Feedback Replies: 23
  • February 11, 2010
    Roxolan
    Psychonauts. "Oh non, you didn't just hit my boyfriend.
  • February 11, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    • Subverted in Avatar The Last Air Bender with Katara. While harming Aang was a major Berserk Button for her (most prominently shown during the threat she gives to Zuko after his Heel Face Turn), there was no romantic involvement (not at the time anyway).
    • Although she didn't like Oswald at first, Gwendolyn shows that she is capable of wrecking all sorts of havoc when he's in danger. One of the game's major Nice Job Breaking It Hero incidents revolves around this trope.
  • February 11, 2010
    Sackett
    Not a Knight Templar- that would suggest a Well Intentioned Extremist or Over Protective girlfriend.

    Also, I think we could make this a female only trope as the depiction is different when a guy does it. (It's expected a man will go berserk if his girlfriend gets hit).

  • February 12, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Good point. Hard part's coming up with a better name.
  • February 13, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Thinking of naming it Protective Girl Friend or The Sapphire.

    Common trait with a Tsundere. Frequently seen if the boyfriend or husband is a Non Action Guy or is otherwise weaker in combat than her (like Sapphire)
  • February 14, 2010
    random surfer
    Girlfriend Bear? OK, that's bad, but something like that surely.
  • February 14, 2010
    Camacan
    (Must admit, the second time it happened I did feel like calling out "We did that bit!")

    Film
    • Avatar: Neytiri is vividly protective of Jake, crouching over him with knife drawn and teeth bared, hissing, in two scenes where he is unconscious and under threat.
  • February 17, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Changing the name to Lady Bear.
  • February 17, 2010
    SMARTALIENQT
    Sally Kimball of Encyclopedia Brown fame.

    Explicitly used in the Shield, Sword, And Crown series, where Arisa declares herself both Weasel's and Edoran's bodyguard at various points in the book. Slightly subverted in that she isn't interested in them romantically at all, and thinks of them as best friends.
  • February 17, 2010
    Camacan
    I worry Lady Bear will be actively misunderstood as being Richard Scarry territory. I think we'd be better off with Violently Protective Girlfriend or just Protective Girlfriend.
  • February 17, 2010
    lukebn
    I agree with Camacan-- the association with female bears is protecting their cubs, not their boyfriends, so another title might work better.
  • February 18, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    I like Violently Protective Girlfriend, personally. Sure, not exactly a clever pun, but hey; it's clear and descriptive.
  • February 18, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    I'm going to go with that one.
  • February 22, 2010
    Unknown Troper
  • March 9, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    • In Resident Evil The Darkside Chronicles, to say that there was hell to pay when Alexis Ashford killed Steve is just scratching the surface. The retribution involved a prototype high powered weapon.
  • March 9, 2010
    karstovich
  • March 9, 2010
    LeighSabio
    • In the version of the folk song Stagger Lee recorded by the Grateful Dead, Stagger Lee murders Billy DeLion, and the police are too afraid of him to do anything about it. Then, along comes Billy's girlfriend Delia, who shoots Stagger Lee herself. In the balls.
  • March 10, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    • This is why Rozalin in Disgaea2 willingly lets her Super Powered Evil Side out in the end of the game. How this turns out depends on the ending you get.
    • The Mother Yeti in EVO attacks you because you killed her mate.

    Do we have enough examples?
  • March 10, 2010
    Taelor
    Black Lagoon: As far as Revy is concerned, harming Rock in any manner is punishable by a disproportionate beat down for a first offense, and death for a second (or even for a first if it's severe enough).
  • March 11, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Another Avatar The Last Air Bender example. The reason for Mai's Heel Face Turn as she proceeds to pwn an entire squad of prison guards as she turns on Azula.
  • March 11, 2010
    TBTabby
    Starfire in "Fate With Destiny."
  • March 12, 2010
    Chabal2
  • March 13, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    That's a good one for examples of attempted emotional harm.
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