Created By: evilmonkey05 on December 5, 2012 Last Edited By: evilmonkey05 on December 5, 2012

Female crotch grapple

Using a testicle-less crotch as weapon, not a liability.

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Obviously, women do not have testicles. A woman who exposes her crotch while fighting is at significantly lower risk than a man in the same position. However, many video game designers take this knowledge to the extreme, creating impractical fighting moves for female characters that feature their crotch not as a liability, but instead as a sort of weapon. These female characters will go to extreme measures to force their crotch toward their opponent, which they will then use to grapple their opponents into submission.

This is possibly a form of fanservice, reminding the player of the character's female gender by having her perform moves that would be impossible or extremely painful for a man to do.


  • In one of the opening cutscenes of Bayonetta, she flies crotch-first into a Mook, grappling and incapacitating it with her unusually long legs.

  • Sophitia of Soul Calibur features a grapple in which she forces an opponent's face into her crotch, jumps up, and drives the opponent into the ground with her pelvis.

  • In a clear instance of fanservice, Taki of Soul Calibur features a grapple in which she grabs and pulls down an opponent's head with one leg (causing him/her to face her crotch, with corresponding camera focus), then slashes him/her with her sword.

  • The Assassin of Super Monday Night Combat has a grapple in which she flips forward, grabs an opponent's face with her crotch, then stabs him/her with her knife.
Community Feedback Replies: 9
  • December 5, 2012
    Unknown Troper
  • December 5, 2012
    I think the rule is that you can't just link to youtube to explain the examples. You need to at least describe it a bit.
  • December 5, 2012
    Ah. Thanks to Unknown Trooper, didn't know this already existed.
  • December 5, 2012
    Related to She Fu.
  • December 5, 2012
    Seems identical to Murderous Thighs
  • December 5, 2012
    Yup, I didn't know Murderous Thighs existed. Thanks to Cobra Prime and Unknown trooper for pointing this out.
  • December 5, 2012
    On the Murderous Thighs note, do we know what Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner finally settled on as Black Widow's trademark attack during that interview. You know, the one where Mr Renner says that Scarlett's legs wrapped round his neck would be the best way to die. Was it "Thigh Master Hold"? Or 'cruncher', or something along those lines?
  • December 5, 2012
    Murderous Thighs doesn't seem like the most intuitive name; how would you search for it if you'd never heard of that trope before?

    If I wanted to search for it, I'd type something like "attack enemy using crotch", but unfortunately Groin Attack already has that title taken. This is entirely different; the groin is not being attacked for comedic value, it is being used TO attack for fanservice value.

    In my opinion, "crotch grapple" is a more fitting title. It tells you exactly what it is in the name, while differentiating itself from Groin Attack. More intuitive name = easier to find, easier to find = more examples identified and contributed.
  • December 5, 2012
    Crotch Grapple is fine as a redirect. Redirects Are Free. As a main name it's fine though as the move also involves the thighs even if it's not the first thing you happen to think of. I wouldn't think of the name Crotch Grapple as the legs are what I notice about the move.

    Anything that doesn't focus on the legs would not be an intuitive name to me. Especially since the thighs always touch the enemy and the crotch doesn't. As illustrated by the page image on Murderous Thighs. Same move. No crotch.

    Either way, this should be discarded as a duplicate.