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* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' Francine frequently vents unstable violent tendencies on Stan, she once beat him mercilessly for forgetting their wedding anniversary, and once threatened to shoot his kneecaps off for another deception (which he only avoided by having her gun down his double by mistake). On both occasions they kiss and make up by the end. Granted however Stan ''is'' a JerkAss whose belittling treatment of Francine is also usually PlayedForLaughs (albeit in a verbal manner, the one time Stan was falsely implied to have beaten Francine, and at a much less brutal scale than the genuine occasions vise versa has happened, he was labelled a monster and jailed). There is also more than one episode where the couple have all-out bloody fights with both sides giving and getting, and at least one where he's implied to have been torturing her off camera. He also accidentally threw a javelin at her, although he was trying to hit a bear (ItMakesSenseInContext). Luckily, she's still fine... then Stan accidentally shoots her, which [[{{Crossover}} Peter]] laughs at.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', '''Triumvirate of Terror!''', shows this. [[spoiler:Lex Luthor, Cheetah and Joker decide to switch {{arch enem|y}}ies. Joker takes on Wonder Woman and subdues her using trickery and had earlier knocked out a heap of Amazons using laughing gas. Cheetah meanwhile takes on Superman and gives him a brutal beating (subverting StandardFemaleGrabArea in process). Joker is never seen hitting Wonder Woman and is stopped before he can, compared to Superman who is badly beaten and gets his costume torn in places. Wonder Woman is also the only one of the three heroes who is shown hitting Cheetah on screen.]]
** Subverted in '''Night of the Huntress!''' where Batman punches Mrs. Manface, saying, "The hammer of Justice is unisex!" Though given that the character in question has the face of a man, the extent to which this is a subversion is debatable.
* In ''WeternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'', it's revealed [[LovableRogue Kevin]] once got betrothed to a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Tetramand]] princess named Looma as part of an old deal. When she comes back looking for him, her method to have him marry her involves chasing him, beating him to a pulp and threatening to "break every single bone" of his body. Not only is this played for comedy, but Gwen, Kevin's ''[[OfficialCouple official girlfriend]]'', finds it "romantic".
* Janet Barch from ''{{Daria}}'' is the pure, [[KickChick unadulterated]], research-grade form of this trope. The show portrays her [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness as being violently unhinged in early episodes]], which is where most of the actual abuse is confined to. Later episodes portray her as something of a DefrostingIceQueen as she begins a [[PitbullDatesPuppy relationship]] with [[HippieTeacher Mr. O'Neill]], which is portrayed as being weird but not necessarily dysfunctional. ("The F Word" does seem to imply some ''consensual'' "abuse" in their sex life, though.)
* [[OlderThanTheyThink This goes all the way back]] to Disney's DonaldDuck cartoons. Whenever Donald and Daisy had any sort of argument, it would usually end in Daisy beating the living stuffing out of Donald. The worst he could ever do was insult or mock her, which usually just resulted in him getting more beatings.
* In ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', the Eds are commonly beaten up by Ed's sister Sarah, plus all the times they've been possibly [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale raped by the Kankers]], who are the walking definitions of Do Not Want. Not only are the Kankers beasts, but the cul-de-sac is ''scared'' of them. So while their [[AmusingInjuries treatment]] of the Eds and anyone who annoys them is usually played for laughs, there are times that it ''is'' wrong and quite likely illegal, but those moments are never actually on screen and only inferred or alluded to. It's to the point that when they drag [[spoiler:Eddy's brother]] away for 'mouth to mouth', it's viewed as his ''comeuppance''. Granted, he [[spoiler: a complete jerk who abuses Eddy,]] but ''still''...
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', this is somewhat subverted with Vicky's abuse of Timmy. While she's quite obviously a villain and many times her treatment of Timmy is PlayedForLaughs, it would probably not be as well received if it were a boy doing this to a girl. In addition, Vicky has stripped Timmy down to his underwear and many times she has forced him to wear a dress. Imagine a 16 year old boy doing this to a 10 year old girl.
* In the ''{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Butterjunk Effect," Amy and Leela become Butterfly Derby athletes by doping up on "Nectar", which is space steroids. Fry and Kif are the victims of their subsequent 'roid rage: Kif mentions being hit with "various chairs", and Fry gets sexually assaulted by both of them while in the throes of their Nectar-induced madness. All played for laughs, (Fry's kind of okay with it, actually), but if the sexes were reversed this whole situation wouldn't be funny ''at all''.
* Averted in ''TheClevelandShow''. Although it's PlayedForLaughs, the characters never act like it's okay that their friend is being beaten by his girlfriend or mock him about it, and the main plot of the episode is about trying to get her away from him.
** Played straight in that Donna is regularly shown assaulting Cleveland for gags.
** ''FamilyGuy'' did a similar episode, satirizing this.
** If it's a SethMacFarlane show, its going to have this. ''FamilyGuy'' is also never above using violence from either sex against the other as comedic fodder, finding dark humor in it.
** Shock value aside however, Lois and Meg are often portrayed far more sympathetically than the male cast, despite often being equally abusive and unhinged as they are, and tend to get dished Aesops about their callous treatment a lot less often. Though, Meg tends to be more justified, as she is subjected to [[ButtMonkey so much crap from her family]] that her abuses are often portrayed as her [[TheDogBitesBack snapping]], rather than some inherent right as a female.
* Zig-Zagged in ''HeyArnold''. Helga regularly harasses characters in the series, especially Arnold and Brainy (who [[RunningGag has a tendency to appear behind her and get punched after he breathes down her neck]]). Averted when a psychiatrist ''does'' visit PS 118, spots her behaviour, and immediately wishes to assess it. By the end of the episode, when Helga asks if she can still punch Brainy, she's told, "No, that's the reason why you're here". Granted, it's not a punishment, but she ''did'' get repercussions for her bully tendencies. Plus her harassment is showing the audience that she has a problem, and played for drama more than it is for laughs.
** Also, in one episode Arnold is fed up with Helga verbally abusing him in art class, and after she throws glue and feathers on him (and then laughs at him, shouting to the whole class "Arnold's a bird!"), he retaliates by throwing a cup of paint on her. The teacher, who never did ''anything'' when Helga abused him, is shocked at ''Arnold'' and sends him to the principal's office, and his grandparents are notified. [[KarmaHoudini Helga gets away with this]].
* ''HomeMovies'': Brendon is trying to stop an older kid from beating him up, and gets him to turn placid and mellowed out. Melissa, who was harboring a crush on the guy, angrily beats up Brendon for changing him.
* The way Gaz treats her older brother, Dib, on ''InvaderZim''. Early episodes just portrayed her as threatening him but never doing much, but by the second season she had been [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]] into beating him savagely for minor deeds, and FanFiction took ''that'' even farther and made her into a {{God Mode| Sue}} JerkSue. Though Dib is only a year older than her and Gaz is ''clearly'' stronger than any normal child her age could be, the idea of her beating him in ways as bad or worse than an adult could are rarely played for anything but laughs. There is a small but vocal {{Hatedom}} of Gaz for this very reason, which often produce a genre of {{Fix Fic}}s where Gaz suffers in some way for her actions. It also doesn't help that between their [[MissingMom lack of a mom]], [[DisappearedDad their dad being at the lab all the time and usually only communicating with his kids through a screen]], and [[AdultsAreUseless the authority figures at their school being worthless]], there really isn't anyone who seems willing to correct her behavior.
* June towards Henry on ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam''.
* Averted in the ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' episode "Leanne's Saga". When Luanne's mother, Leanne, is released from jail, she stays with the Hills. She starts dating Bill. Things aren't too bad at first, even though she does show some gold digger tendencies, with her getting him to spend all his money for her, but after she succumbs to her alcoholism again, she starts to abuse Bill both physically and verbally. Even if the audience may be amused, the characters in the show are appalled by her behavior and treatment towards Bill. Leanne was also originally in jail for stabbing Luanne's father with a fork, and that he subsequently moved to an oil rig, refusing to come back to the mainland until Hank faxes him Leanne's death certificate. (This was later {{Retcon}}ned to him being in jail too, but still applies to the episode in question.)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has [[TheHeart Bolin]] starting a relationship with Korra's cousin [[EmotionlessGirl Eska]] in season two. At first it just seems like Eska is an IceQueen unsure how to deal with liking an {{Adorkable}} guy, but by the third episode it's unabashedly abusive on her end with Bolin as little more than a servant for [[HalfIdenticalTwins her and her twin brother]]. The relationship is played for laughs, with Bolin firmly in his role as the ButtMonkey of the group, and none of his friends and family take the situation seriously, telling him that he should simply stand up for himself, despite Bolin having made it very clear that Eska threatened him with death should he break-up with her.
** It's also mentioned that when Tenzin broke up with Lin Bei Fong, she was so heartbroken and angry over it that she used her bending to trash his home. Lin apparently remembers the memory fondly and as with Eska above, it's played for laughs.
* ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'': Piggy does this to Gonzo in almost every episode. When Gonzo sweet talks Piggy into liking him, she gets very mad and beats him up in the most hilarious ways imaginable.
* Oddly played for laughs in ''PhineasAndFerb'' when a {{supervillain}} is hit by a chair thrown by his wife, who then demands they go shopping for more "throwing chairs."
* ''TheProudFamily'': Oscar is beaten up, sometimes twice an episode, and usually by his wife or mother. Most of the times it's because he flirts with other women, which is wrong, but if Trudy ever flirts with another man and Oscar says something about it,[[TheUnfairSex he is portrayed as over-reacting.]] One particularly {{Egregious}} example: Trudy makes a joke about leaving Oscar for DenzelWashington. Everyone laughs. Oscar makes a joke about leaving her for Creator/HalleBerry. Trudy and Penny glare at him before Trudy drops his foot, which was bandaged after an earlier accident.
* In the ''RenAndStimpy'' episode "Ren's Bitter Half" near the end Ren's evil side decides to replicate himself so that the world will be full of Evil Rens, the first clone turns out to be female and they fall in love, near the end after they get married they playfully get into a fight, you will notice that none of his punches are able to strike her and she is able to beat him up all she wants.
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. This is apparently so common, Springfield has a ''Men's'' Shelter. Bart and Lisa are a subversion, as the two of them have beaten up on each other repeatedly, and take as much as they dish out.
** On the other hand Bart's physical abuse of Lisa is usually more petty and harmless, akin to playful bullying. When the two truly get physical, Lisa usually overpowers him easily.
*** In the episode "The Great Wife Hope", Bart suggests Lisa to enter the octagon to to settle their lifelong rivalry and she accepts. As they approach each other to throw a punch, Lisa easily punching Bart to the ground. Bart is unconscious and Lisa walks away satisfied. This is frightening but Melissa and Randall Baker of TV Guide magazine said that the scene was a moment of "girl power."
** Psychological and verbal abuse from Lisa to Bart is more frequent and severe than psychological and verbal abuse from him to her. Lisa also usually underestimate him and she even talks badly behind his back.
** WordOfGod states that at one point writers suggested making a gag where Homer strangles Lisa, which was immediately rebuked, despite no one ever criticizing the often used gag of him strangling Bart.
* An early episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' revolves around Stan being beaten and everyone being sympathetic toward him over it...until they find out that the one beating him up is his sister. Then they mock him and call him a pussy. This is despite the fact that Stan's sister is older and bigger than he is, and is also a violent sociopath.
** Averted though when they find out Ike is sleeping with his teacher. The obvious message of the episode is that it's statutory rape and still terrible. The adults in South Park are oblivious, and seem ok with it, subscribing DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale. A ''policeman'' even said it wasn't a crime because "she's hot".
** Played with the [=McKormicks=]. While they are implied to both take as much as they dish out, only Mrs. [=McKormicks=] is shown hitting Mr. [=McKormicks=] onscreen (a preview for "Make Love Not Warcraft" showed Mr. [=McKormicks=] about to slug her but cuts off just beforehand, for the final episode this is edited to Mrs. [=McKormicks=] actually shown doing so to him uncut).
* Averted in StarWarsTheCloneWars. The Nightsisters' cruel abuse of the Nightbrothers, to the point of brainwashing and forcing one to ''murder his own brother'' is not portrayed as ok. Savage turns on Ventress rapidly for her abuse and tries to strangle her, and the whole scheme ends in [[spoiler: total failure and a subsequent vicious massacre of the Nightsisters by General Grievous]].
* A subtle example in ''TaleSpin'', though not used to excessively violent measures, the show took pleasure showing Rebecca kicking around Baloo, [[HugeGuyTinyGirl her comparatively large, hulking male employee]], for comical purposes. Though Baloo was at least sometimes savvy enough to get slapstick revenge via other methods (eg. setting a rambunctious boar on her), he never directly attacked her himself in the same manner as vice versa.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'': Elmyra Duff towards everyone she encounters, Beauty Pagent Contestants, Catwoman, Shirley the Loon, Etc, all towards Plucky the Mallard.
** Also Babs Bunny on Buster Bunny.
* Occurred on ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'', but ten times ''worse'' during ''[[SeasonalRot Total Drama Action]]'' as Courtney ascended to JerkSue status. She has kicked her love interest, Duncan, in the crotch numerous times just in order to win competitions, and sometimes just for flirting with her when she was in a bad mood.
** Ironically, after [[spoiler:he cheated on her and she began to hate him]], she only kicked him in the crotch once and blanked him for the rest of the series.
* In the animated adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/WaysideSchool'', Maurecia, an ActionGirl with a crush on OnlySaneMan (and ButtMonkey) Todd, hits her love interest with an unprovoked MegatonPunch every chance she gets. [[NeverMyFault She never gets in trouble for this, even when a teacher has seen what happened]] -- although ''Todd'' sometimes does. The punches are implied to be something like a sign of Maurecia's affection, or her confusion about her own feelings, and in either case, harmless. Although Todd always rebuffs Maurecia's romantic advances (the ''only'' way in which [[UnfortunateImplications he "provokes" the abuse]]), he still considers her a friend, spends a lot of time around her, and never, ''ever'' complains to a teacher about getting PunchedAcrossTheRoom. And this is all in a series [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop aimed at children]]...
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. [[spoiler:Superboy dumped Miss Martian when she tried to use her telepathy to make him forget he was mad at her.]]
** Also averted when it shows Superboy equally mad at Miss Martian for [[MindRape Mind Raping]] villains as he is at the enemy telepath doing the same. Possibly worse since she is a good guy.
* Somewhat averted in {{Metalocalypse}} with Nathan's relationship with Rebecca. While her blatant verbal abuse seems to be PlayedForLaughs at first, the other band members quickly convince him to break up with her ([[RefugeInAudacity albeit by behaving even more violently toward him]]).
* The episode that introduced Numbah One's girlfriend Lizzy in ''CodenameKidsNextDoor'' involved her tricking him into putting on a helmet known as the "Yes Dear 9000", which turns the boyfriend into a slave to their whims. Subverted in that despite it being ''mass produced and the helmet's effects becoming permanent over time'', the use of it is ''not'' portrayed as okay, and after Numbah One gets angry enough for it to break on its own he very firmly tells her ''never'' to use one of them on him again.
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