Created By: Haven on October 12, 2009
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I Have Boobs You Must Obey

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Ellen: Why rule through fear when you can rule through boners?

Do We Have This? Basically, a girl explicitly ordering guys around on the basis of sex appeal. This is almost always the genders in question.

  • In Casey and Andy, time-traveling Jenn gives this as the reason why the younger Casey and Andy have to agree to help her time-travel back home.
  • In Questionable Content, Ellen wears short-shorts to coerce Steve to help Marten move.
  • In Misfile, Missi dreams that she'd be able to do this if she had boobs. "The power of boobs compels you!"
  • Sinfest: Monique, frequently. (I seem to recall there was a "the power of ass compels you" but I haven't seen it in years)

(I know there are non-webcomic examples, but these are the ones that come to mind.)
Community Feedback Replies: 25
  • October 12, 2009
    foxley
    Jade sometimes does this to Brent in PvP. Her sister Miranda does it to anything male.
  • October 12, 2009
    Merlo
    Mai Valentine in Yu Gi Oh The Abridged Series. Lampshaded all the time.
  • October 13, 2009
    Chabal 2
    Jamie in Girls With Slingshots uses her... considerable assets to get free drinks.
  • October 13, 2009
    Unknown Troper
  • October 13, 2009
    henke37
    This would be Applied Most Common Superpower. This is not about the fact that they have it, it's what they use it for.
  • October 13, 2009
    Chabal 2
    A Cracked article said it best: "Guys don't have anything women want. Women, on the other hand, have vaginas."
  • October 13, 2009
    KJMackley
    Closely related to We Need A Distraction and Distracted By The Sexy.

    Elliot and Jordan on Scrubs both do this fairly frequently. Although Elliot would use this on J.D. at times she had some ethical dilemma because she didn't want to build a reputation on her sex appeal (with others telling her it is okay because as a female doctor she got the short end of the stick all the time anyway). Jordan, not being a doctor or even a real working woman, has no qualms about that.
  • October 13, 2009
    iwintheinternets?
    • Power Girl does this. Constantly.

    • Jessica Rabbit uses this to her advantage, as does that blonde gal in the piss-poor knock-off, Cool World.

    • Real Life: All the time. You'd think I'd learn the lesson (Nothing good ever comes from spending all your moolah on a great pair o' knockers) after a while but...
  • October 13, 2009
    Known Unknown
  • October 13, 2009
    Bisected8
    In Control Alt Delete Lilah uses this to get Ethan to drop his Everquest addiction. He later tries a similar thing with his own parts, but it doesn't work, obviously.
  • October 13, 2009
    Haven
    Known Unknown: Closely related, but this isn't necessarily between a couple (actually, maybe it should be restricted to non-couple examples to make the split more clear?). It's just "you must do as I say, because I have boobs"--no promise of being able to see or touch them in the future.
  • October 13, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Dr.Lind does it in Erast Fandorin novel series.
  • October 15, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    @Known Unknown, I'd agree with saying this is Lysistrata, but Haven raises an important point

    I saw a response to this idea (once upon a time, in the wilderness of the Internet), which was roughly "What the fuck! You think you ought to be treated as if you came out of a golden egg/ shat gold (you get the idea), just because you have a vagina?". It stuck out because the poster identified themselves as female.

    I didn't think this was real. I thought it was just one of those things, like drop bears. But then again, I'm a little oblivious to externalities.

  • October 15, 2009
    DaibhidC
    Julia tries this on Durkon in Order Of The Stick ("Don't you want to pay attention to the girl with the boobs?") When he doesn't react, she decides he's gay and catatonic.
  • October 15, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    "I agree with Mai's boobs"...I mean Merlo.
  • October 15, 2009
    Shrikesnest
    If we do have this and it's called Lysistrata Gambit, we need to rename that right now. Who the hell is Lysistrata?

    In Real Life this is a bit more complicated. There's proof that, for certain jobs, beautiful women are significantly more likely to be hired than men. Unfortunately, these aren't high-powered CEO jobs but something more along the line of receptionist or showroom clerk.

    Much more often than not, any real woman can attest that this isn't true; people aren't more likely to listen to you because you have a vagina. Quite the opposite in some cases. People are more likely to listen to you if you're pants-spoilingly beautiful, but that's regardless of gender. Perhaps we should change this to be a page about listening to the sexy instead of the smart, with a note in the introduction that in TV land the beauteous mastermind is almost always female?
  • October 15, 2009
    Duncan
    As it says on the Lysistrata Gambit page: "It is Older Than Feudalism; the Trope Namer comes from Lysistrata, a Greek comedy by Aristophanes."
  • October 15, 2009
    Haven
    Lysistrata Gambit deserves to keep its name, but this is really not-that--that takes place between two couples, and is about sex; this takes place between any woman and any man and is about the explicit declaration that secondary sexual characteristics are enough to compel obedience, no sex or even promise of sex involved. Just boobs = crown.
  • October 15, 2009
    bluepenguin
    @Chabal 2: So... no woman wants to have sex with a man, then? News to me.
  • October 15, 2009
    Chabal 2
    @bluepenguin: see this trope, as well as the entire works of Dave Barry for details. That said, I may have replaced "nerds" with "guys" in that particular quote, my memory is less than leakproof these days.
  • October 15, 2009
    Smokie
  • October 15, 2009
    Shrikesnest
    Obscure anime series = absolutely not.

    Obscure ancient Greek play = A-OK!

    I thought the whole point of these things was that they were supposed to be accessible, even to the plebians like myself who haven't read every classic and aren't familiar with every work ever made?
  • October 15, 2009
    bluepenguin
    @Chabal 2: Oh, I'm aware of the stereotypes -- I don't live under a rock. I just thought that quote was kind of ridiculous regardless (and having "nerds" in place of "guys" wouldn't make it much better, in my opinion).
  • October 15, 2009
    random surfer
    @Shrikesnet: depends on your definition of "obscure." Lysistrata is probably The Most Famous Ancient Greek comedy today, possibly the second most famous ancient Greek play overall (after Oedipus Rex).

    Anyway, Lysistrata Gambit isn't this, it's a subtrope IMO.
  • October 15, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    This Dilbert comic
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=5ms4qv1t4inhkfgekwvjww6r