Created By: Odon on November 11, 2011 Last Edited By: Odon on August 3, 2014

Vase Fu

When chicks cannot fight, they hit people on the head with an improvised weapon.

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During a fight while the hero is engaging in the Good Old Fisticuffs, The Chick (sometimes a Non-Action Guy) will pick up a nearby vase or other object and hit a mook over the head with it. Expect the annoyed mook to turn around and menace the lady before the hero takes advantage of the distraction to knock him down permanently.

This does not involve merely hitting people with vases. The idea of this trope is that while averting the Neutral Female trope, it is unseemly for a woman to engage in hand-to-hand combat. The modern Action Girl averts this entirely, but it is still not a Dead Horse Trope.

Subtrope of: Weapons and Wielding Tropes, Improvised Index, The Power of Index.

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  • November 11, 2011
    Odon
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  • November 12, 2011
    nitrokitty
    How Did We Miss This One? One variant would be the Frying Pan Of Doom.
  • November 12, 2011
    Odon
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  • November 12, 2011
    Odon
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  • November 12, 2011
    Odon
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  • November 12, 2011
    Odon
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  • November 12, 2011
    Odon
    I'm not talking about hitting people with vases though -- that's just Improvised Weapon. There has to be a fight in which the men are physically coming to blows, but The Chick (can be a Non Action Guy) instead picks up an object and hits someone over the head with it, rather than physically exchanging blows herself.
  • November 13, 2011
    Odon
  • November 13, 2011
    Arivne
    Live Action TV
  • November 13, 2011
    Odon
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  • November 13, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    I know I've seen something like this in Mac Gyver but I can't remember the details.
  • November 13, 2011
    Generality
    It looks like everyone is assuming this is about hitting people with vases. If that's not the trope you have in mind, I'd suggest you change the title and flesh out the body a bit. It sounds like you're thinking of the tendency of women (not necessarily The Chick) to use more improvised and generally weapons rather than more direct attacks.
  • November 13, 2011
    Odon
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  • November 14, 2011
    Odon
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  • November 16, 2011
    aurora369
    Inverted in Final Fantasy VII. Here The Hero uses Barrel Fu to stop mooks from threatening The Chick.
  • June 12, 2014
    Westrim
    bump
  • June 12, 2014
    DAN004
    Lol, using vase to avert Neutral Female seems horribly limiting.
  • August 1, 2014
    Westrim
    bump
  • August 1, 2014
    NemuruMaeNi
    "This does not involve merely hitting people with vases." and then an example that reads "Monique does this when Arnold Schwarzenegger is attacked by...". What is "this" in the example then?

    • Wrongfully Accused: Cass Lake incapacitates several guys over the course of the movie (including Ryan once) in very similar fashion of a single hit to the back of the head with heavy silvery-gray metal objects that conveniently happen to be around. It's a bedpan in the hospital scene.

    or maybe not once, needs to be checked on that part ~_~
  • August 1, 2014
    bejjinks
    Why are there so many deleted comments?

    Anyhow, this is Truth In Television to a certain extent. It is scientifically proven that men are naturally better in a fight. Women can become skilled in a fight, skilled enough to take on a man, but they have to work harder at it to get that good and often they have to make some sacrifices of their femininity. So to make up for their natural lack of fighting, women are more likely to use other means including fighting dirty. I'm not saying that women can't punch a man out. I'm saying that typically, women go for the mace or other weapon and if they don't happen to have a weapon, they improvise.
  • August 1, 2014
    StarSword
    This is basically covered by Grievous Bottley Harm.
  • August 1, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ So vase examples count there as well?
  • August 1, 2014
    StarSword
    ^I don't see why they can't be lumped in. Ceramic and glass aren't too far apart in a chemical sense.
  • August 1, 2014
    justanotherrandomlurker
    Western Animation
    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1987. In "The Turtle Terminator," the Turtles and Irma take on said Turtle Terminator - a robot that assumes Irma's appearance, but is programmed to terminate the Turtles - the Turtles proclaim, "Turtles fight with honor!" while Irma starts swinging her purse, adding, "And women fight with handbags!" which has become something of a Memetic Mutation.
  • August 1, 2014
    Antigone3
    So if I'm reading this correctly, it's meant to cover situations where male characters are exclusively using Good Old Fisticuffs and female characters are exclusively using an Improvised Weapon?
  • August 1, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ that's... rare.
  • August 3, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    In Lost In Space, Judy attempts to avoid being the Neutral Female by whacking a villain on the head with a harp (I don't know if that counts). She accidentally hits Don instead.

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