->'''Chris''': Barb eventually beats up enough people that one of them calls her “babe,” so she gets to slowly pick up a gun and shoot him six times while he stands there patiently waiting for her to do so.\\
'''Matt''': And it all ends with a joke about how she broke a nail. This movie.\\
'''Chris''': It’s very empowering.
-->--'''Chris Sims and Matt Wilson''' [[http://comicsalliance.com/barb-wire-pamela-anderson-movie-review-part-1/ on]] ''Film/BarbWire''

Female-on-male violence is viewed as more acceptable in life than male-on-female violence. Often, a woman using physical violence on a man will be PlayedForLaughs; sometimes it will be DisproportionateRetribution. The key is that in most works where this trope is in effect, it would be completely impossible to imagine the same violent situation play out with the participants' genders reversed without a large dose of drama getting added into the mix. The basic DoubleStandard at work in this trope is sexist on both sides: no woman is strong enough to harm a man, so any man weak enough to be harmed by a woman [[NoTrueScotsman isn't a real man, and that's funny]]; that way, also, you get AmusingInjuries instead of broken bones and cuts.

Alternatively, female-on-male violence is treated the same way as BatmanGrabsAGun. Women are often considered to be [[MenUseViolenceWomenUseCommunication inherently nonviolent]] as well as [[WomenAreWiser morally superior to men]], therefore any time a woman hits a man, [[TheUnfairSex he must have done something to deserve it]]; because how could a sweet, innocent woman ''ever'' be violent towards ''anyone'' unless they were seriously provoked?

The trouble is that because of stereotypes and double standards like these, often men don't fight back for reasons including that they are either afraid of hurting the woman, or they are afraid that if they fight back, they will be considered the aggressor by the authorities despite any retaliation being in self-defence.[[note]] In some areas, the policies assume women are acting in "preemptive" self-defense, meaning male victims can be arrested ''without actually laying a finger on the woman'', even if ''they'' were the ones who called the cops on ''her''. This also includes, in some cases, "defending" a child or pet.[[/note]] And if the woman actually ''is'' charged, her sentence will probably be ''far'' less severe than the other way around, statistically speaking. Conversely, since stereotypically MenAreTough, a man may be ashamed to admit [[IWasBeatenByAGirl he was hurt by a woman]], leading to victims not coming forward at all.

Note that this trope does ''not'' describe situations where violence is genuinely morally justified, such as Wonder Woman attacking Lex Luthor in defense of Metropolis. Nor does it apply in situations where universal humorous abuse is delivered to the ButtMonkey or TheChewToy by both men and women for equally flimsy reasons – that is just ComedicSociopathy. Obviously, it likewise doesn't apply in situations where female-on-male violence is treated as a serious subject. An exception to either case is when one or more of the female characters involved in dealing the violence actively {{invoke|d Trope}} this trope in an attempt to morally justify their own behavior, whether out loud or within the privacy of their mind.

Related to AllAbusersAreMale, AllWomenAreDomsAllMenAreSubs, DomesticAbuse, DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale, MenAreTheExpendableGender, and StalkingIsFunnyIfItIsFemaleAfterMale. BelligerentSexualTension often has elements of this trope. Compare/Contrast WouldHitAGirl. A very similar anime/manga trope that does not always include abuse, but typically often will involve a woman violently beating a man and is played for comedy is {{Tsundere}}. The female half of this trope is very often a JerkSue.
Domestic abuse is a horrible experience to go through, and all too often the victims are shamed by their attackers into silence. If this is you, you need not be afraid. There are people who can and will help you. Please read [[UsefulNotes/{{Abuse}} Useful Notes: Abuse]] for help and resources. YouAreNotAlone.
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[[folder: Standup Comedy ]]

* In his early routines Creator/GeorgeCarlin used to talk about his work for charities that were slight variations on real ones, like the Salvation Navy ("no one wants to sit in a boat and bang that huge bass drum"). One was battered husbands: "It happens when she is very big and he is very small and they ''both'' drink a quart of whiskey a day." Always killed.
* Later, Creator/EddieMurphy got [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood a lot of laughs]] recalling the way his mother would throw shoes at him, his brother and (once) his father when she was sufficiently annoyed.
* Creator/KevinHart speaks from experience, having been in an abusive relationship himself.
-->'''Hart''': Ever argue with a female and, in the middle of the argument, you no longer feel safe because of her actions? She may start pacing back and forth real fast, breathing out her nose. You know what my girl do? When she get mad, [[ThirdPersonPerson she start talking in the third person]]. That's scary as hell because that's her way of telling me that from this point on, she is not responsible for none of her actions.
* Creator/ChristopherTitus may be the reigning king of this trope, relating an experience where, after being punched five times in the face, [[WouldHitAGirl he smacked his then-girlfriend]] ''once'' in retaliation ([[TooKinkyToTorture and it didn't have]] the [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan intended effect]]), he was the one arrested for it.
-->'''Titus''': "Well she hit me first!" That didn't work in grade-school, so that didn't work now.


[[folder: Visual Novels ]]

* ''VisualNovel/TheLetter'':
** Isabella hits her friend Ashton when she becomes too annoyed with him, which is PlayedForLaughs.
** The player can invoke this by having Rebecca not apologize to Luke after she assaults him at the café because she [[MistakenForPedophile mistook him for abducting a child]].
* ''VisualNovel/ShuukakuNoJuunigatsu'': Masaki Konno's UnwantedHarem girlfriends is a {{Yandere}} who repeatedly attacks him with a naginata without consequence. When one of his old girlfriends meets up with him and makes an advance on him, he slaps her hand away and tells her it's over. Because said girl is a popular fashion model, half of the school ends up out for his blood because he "attacked" her.