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->''"You made me swallow my gum. It's going to be in my digestive tract for SEVEN YEARS!"''
-->-- '''Gideon Graves''', ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld''

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In dramatic settings no matter how much punishment a villain takes all that seems to really [[BerserkButton rile them up]] is [[ItsAllAboutMe deliberate, albeit minor, injury]]. Especially across their face. Extremely potent with [[ItsAllAboutMe egotists]]. This tends to send TheFightingNarcissist into a foaming rage. Sometimes occurs with characters who are NighInvulnerable, where the overreaction is because even inflicting a minor injury on them is supposed to be impossible; it might even be the first time that character has ''ever'' been injured.

Can (un)intentionally coincide with the RantInducingSlight or AfraidOfNeedles.

May lead to DisproportionateRetribution, IrrationalHatred and HouseOfBrokenMirrors.

Compare ComicalOverreacting and BloodUpgrade.

Contrast with MajorInjuryUnderreaction, and with AfterActionPatchup where the reaction tends to be humanizing.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/AyanesHighKick'': Ayane gets hammered for the majority of her bout with Sakurako, leaving her bloodied, bruised, and unable to stand without leaning against the ropes. Yet, the ref sees no problem with it and allows the fight to continue. But as soon as Sakurako gets a mere scratch on her forehead, the ref jumps in and decides the fight can't go on. [[AssPull So he declares Ayane the winner.]]
* In ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'''s second {{fanservice}} episode, Kurz Weber takes a small laser burn to his backside, and convinces Shinji Kazama to go on without him as if he were dying.
* In ''Ookami-san and her Seven Companions'' Shiro gets this. One moment it's smug fighting, bragging etc.... Then he actually gets hurt.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Kanokon}}'' this happens when an attack causes a slight rip in a villains jacket. "YOU WILL COMPENSATE WITH YOUR LIVES!"
* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', a Paras faints from the slightest attack, including a thundershock that is as dangerous as static electricity.
* ''Manga/DragonBall''
** Frequently happened with the villains and was most often prompted by outrage that Goku or whoever was fighting them actually managed to not only hit them, but do some damage. (In Frieza's case it made sense, as by the current scale he was so stupidly powerful that he hadn't had a decent fight in decades. When a 20-x-Kaioken Kamehameha actually burns his hand, he flips out.) Vegeta tried to ''destroy the Earth'' because Goku made him bleed a little.
** Surprisingly averted with Broly, after Goku kicks him in the jaw hard enough to draw blood. Broly barely reacts, even ''smirking'', and licks off the wound. In fact, the one who overreacted was Goku.
--> ''(Broly turns to Goku with his mouth bleeding, then smirks and licks off the wound)''
--> '''Goku''': Eew! That was completely unnecessary! Disgusting!
** Goku is routinely beaten within an inch of his life in battle, often as part of his TrainingFromHell, but in the anime, just put him in a room with a [[AfraidOfNeedles needle]] not to mention try to give him an injection and Goku will COMPLETELY flip out. The first time is implied that he never been given an injection in his whole life, so it's a bit more understandable. [[RuleOfFunny The others, though...]]
** While Frieza did have a serious moment earlier in the fight, another particularly memorable (and funny) example was when Goku bit Frieza's tail. He immediately goes from strangling Goku to clutching it and blowing on it, squirming and wincing all the while. The fight goes from "Serious battle to decide the fate of the cosmos" to "schoolyard sissyfight" in two seconds.
** Probably the first instance of this trope comes when Kuririn finally scores a hit on the strong- but campy and hammy- General Blue. Unfortunately, this also causes Blue to whip out his psychic powers and paralyze Kuririn.
** A particularly extreme example occurs when Mercenary Tao is enraged because Goku's Kamehameha [[ClothingDamage shredded his clothing]], even though he is completely unhurt. In response to this, he dispenses with his usual SelfImposedChallenge style of fighting and uses his most precise and powerful killing technique, which Goku only survives by dumb luck.
** During the fight with King Piccolo, Piccolo is holding Goku by the collar, mocking him. Goku bites his thumb, causing Piccolo to scream in pain and suck his thumb afterwards. It's the only injury he sustained in that fight.
** During the fight with [[spoiler: Merged Zamasu]], Vegeta and Future Trunks managed to reflect the ball in his face which does little to no harm as a result of his CompleteImmortality. [[spoiler: Merged Zamasu]], however, immediately flips out and decides to murder Goku, Vegeta and Trunks just because things didn't go his way.
* Dilandau in ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'' descends further and further into madness as the show goes on after receiving a wound from Van that resulted in a facial scar. Given that he ''started out'' an AxCrazy PsychoForHire...
* During the Baratie arc of ''Manga/OnePiece'', one of Don Krieg's crewmates, "Invincible" Pearl, boasted about never having spilled a single drop of blood... whereupon Luffy [[DeathFromAbove fell out of the sky]] and smacked Pearl's head into his armor, giving him a nosebleed. Pearl's response? Panicking and lighting his armor on fire. (Based on the crew's remarks, Pearl has in fact been injured a number of times - but he flips out the same way each time and apparently has no lasting memory of the episodes.)
** Subverted in the Arlong Park arc. After Zoro sliced off part of Hachi's hair, the Fishman decides to... forgive Zoro. It's only hair, after all.
** When Usopp manages to blast Arlong (Causing no damage, however) Arlong's tantrum isn't from being blasted...it's from being blasted by a ''[[FantasticRacism human]]''. He gets so mad that he has to be dragged back to Arlong Park by his mooks so he won't destroy the village in his rage.
-->'''Arlong:''' He's just a human!!! '''''A PUNY WORTHLESS HUMAN!!! AND HE DARED TO ATTACK ME!!!'''''
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Szayel Aporro's Fraccion, Medezeppi. Renji pokes the skin on his palm with his sword and Medezeppi (a man at least 16 feet tall) throws himself on his back and begins thrashing around and crying.
** Subverted with Nnoitra. Nnoitra constantly boasts that he cannot be harmed and demonstrates by letting opponents hit him to no avail. When Kenpachi finally manages to cut him, he's shocked, then orders Kenpachi not to get cocky and keeps fighting normally.
** Played straight with [[TheFightingNarcissist Charlotte]]. When a large lock of his hair is sliced off he goes [[BerserkButton berserk]].
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
** In the Chuunin Exam TournamentArc, Sasuke manages to land a blow on Gaara and manages to draw blood. Since Gaara has always been protected by his sand armor, this is the first time in his whole life that he's seen his own blood. He ''flips out.''
** Hidan [[LosingYourHead has his head chopped off]]? [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction No big]]. But being picked up by your hair ''fucking hurts''!
* In the ''Anime/RecordOfLodossWar'' {{OVA}}, Ashram -- who has gone through an entire battle untouched due to his skills -- gets very angry when Parn manages to scratch his cheek with his sword.
* In the ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' episode "Pierrot Le Fou", Tongpu is an [[PsychopathicManchild insane super soldier]] who's ImmuneToBullets. When someone manages to injure him for what's probably the first time since he snapped, he's so shocked from experiencing pain that he breaks down crying. Because he has the mind of a child, he reacts like a child would.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'''s Yugi had an extreme case of this. It didn't even have to be a corporeal wound; several times, when his opponents would take a chunk out of his Life Points, he'd act like he was having a heart attack. Semi justified when the games frequently became Shadow Games and the players could feel the attack as though it were real, which become pretty disturbing when teenagers of ambiguous age are taking sword slash and stab attacks. More often than not, it was just a means of building tension. An establishing character moment for Zane in GX is his first duel against Jaden. Jaden destroys some of his monsters and Zane gives no reaction, leading to Jaden comment that he is cool under pressure, because he didn't even flinch.
** Let's not forget Bakura's infamous "Check his pulse!" line in the dub.
** Of course some times it's a psychological impact (Kaiba's disks were designed for that effect in the anime) and other times damage to life points rips part of your soul out.
** And other times the common hologram is so realistic that it ''can'' cause heart attacks(see Yugi's grandfather, who was hospitalized after losing a duel).
--> [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries "For some reason playing a card game has caused me to become severely injured."]]
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' has two notable characters like this -- the fat man, Mr. Heart, is almost invulnerable to most attacks, but the mere slight of his own blood changes him from genial and polite into a bloodthirsty psychopath. Yuda, a narcissistic Nanto stylist and Rei's biggest rival, similarly goes berserk when his face gets some minor cuts.
** There's also Amiba, who swore to blacken the good name of Toki because he ''accidentally'' slapped him (more like a not-very-noticeable brush of his hand as he was running past, but villains will be villains).
* Schoen of ''Anime/WeissKreuz'' is an incredibly vain former model. She takes Ken trying to kill her in stride, right up until he scratches her cheek. She spends the rest of the series trying to kill him for it - though, since she was trying to do that anyway, Ken doesn't really notice the difference.
* While Vita of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' is naturally aggressive, she gets ''especially'' pissed off when one of Nanoha's attacks damages and knocks off her NiceHat. Cue Nanoha's "uh oh". [[ItWasAGift It has sentimental value]].
* Bambi from ''Bambi and her Pink Gun'' overreacts tremendously to any kind of injury or even ''possible'' injury that ''might'' be inflicted on her; she, at one point, nearly killed a man for smoking near her. Of course, here it isn't exactly vanity: Bambi's a health nut (and PsychopathicManchild) who is obsessed with keeping her body "perfect."
* In the ''Manga/GunsmithCats'' anime, Radinov the ChaoticEvil RenegadeRussian tries to torture Rally to death because our heroine shot her earring off. Then again, Radinov [[PsychoForHire isn't the sanest person around]].
** If someone had shot off a chunk of my ear, I'd be pretty pissed, too.
* Accelerator in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' has something of a berserker freak out when Touma manages to ''lightly slap his hand.'' Considering that his powers are utterly broken to the point of usually being untouchable, apparent flight and bending matter around him with vectors, it sort of makes sense. Plus he's not exactly the model of mental health.
* Played humorously in ''Manga/TheWallflower'', where Kyohei is the one whose face gets scratched but ''Sunako'' is the one who takes offense.
* [[EagleLand Merika]] from ''Afghanhis-tan'', a one volume manga based on the modern history of Afghanistan, went batshit on Afghanistan after a cat bit her hand. If you didn't notice, this was their depiction of 9/11.
* In the original version of ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', Yusei is impaled by a shard of debris after almost getting killed by Ccapac Apu (complete with landing on his head), knocked unconscious, bleeding pretty badly as a result and has to be rushed to an orphanage with one of probably few doctors in Satellite. In the dub of the same incident, he comes out of it with bruising on his abdomen.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' there's Yzak Joule, who takes HUGE issue with a big scar on his face given to him by Kira Yamato, during a battle in which shrapnel broke his visor. This in a setting where scar tissue can be easily fixed by cell regeneration technology, but he keeps it as memento of being harmed. [[spoiler: Subverted later, when he drops his grudge after getting some CharacterDevelopment and gets it healed eventually.]] The injury though not life threatening was a ''very'' painful one.
* Done in the Gali fight in ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' when Genki manages to chip Gali's mask in an attack. Gali goes ballistic and turns into a whirlwind while screaming he'll destroy everything.
* For a guy who has literally gone to Hell and back and has the scars to prove it, Guts from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' can't even stand being ''poked'' with [[AfraidOfNeedles pointy edges]] (like the ink quill that Schrieke uses to etch the seals over his brand, [[AcheyScars that burns like hell]] [[AllergicToEvil whenever he's close to demons]] by the way) let alone being sewn up with needles after a huge battle. Not even when [[LoveInterest Casca]] is doing the sewing.
** From a not-very-nice character, Guts' adoptive father, Gambino, got extremely pissed off when little Guts managed to cut him across the cheek while he was training him as a child. Gambino reacted by ''slashing Guts across the bridge of his nose'' incapacitating the kid for quite a while. [[ScarsAreForever The resulting scar never healed.]]
* In ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'', Mikoto throws a doll at Mugino hard enough to give her a cut on her temple. Mugino goes completely berserk, trying to beat her to death with her bare hands.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'', during the Duel Coaster event (which is a battle royale style duel), V aka Chris Arclight starts effortlessly defeating people without taking any damage. Then Yuma manages to inflict a mere 400 damage to him while he had 5000 lifepoints. V gets ''pissed''.
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', villain Jake completely loses it when [[spoiler: Kotetsu]], the hero he spent mocking for being worthless and pathetic during their entire fight, manages to be the ''only'' hero to land a hit on him - by ''accident'' no less.
* The ''VisualNovel/TearsToTiara'' anime features a BigBad who is fixated on perfection [[spoiler:and so are all the other 'regular' angels]], so when Arthur is the first mortal EVER to scratch him, he freaks out. Ironically, his second form is butt ugly.
* After having his knee sliced open near the beginning of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure: Stardust Crusaders'', Jotaro Kujo nonchalantly walks himself to the school nurse's office to get it patched up. However, when he learns that the nurse intends to cut open his pant leg so she can treat the wound, the normally unflappable Jotaro bolts from his seat like a scared child.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'', Yuya inflicts a mere 500 damage to Hokuto Shijima while he had 4000 lifepoints. Hokuto goes berserk and tries to injure/kill him with a card that summons a meteor shower.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', when Negi first manages to inflict damage on Fate, Fate momentarily exhibits an immense rage. He ultimately retreats later, but this act of inflicting minor damage against him sealed a major, long-term obsession.
** Toyed with during a two-on-sensei training bout when Asuna managed to get a hit on her instructor. While opening someone's cheek and narrowly missing their eye with a {{BFS}} would normally be considered a major injury over which a freak-out would border on justifiable; Evangeline 'The Undying Mage' [=McDowell=] merely licked a bit of blood before [[HealingFactor the wound closed]], ''then'' sealed Asuna in ice.
* ''LightNovel/OokamiSan'': when Ryoshi manages to draw FirstBlood on Hitsujikai, he goes absolutely insane.
* ''LightNovel/{{MM}}'': when Yuno accidentally put a small scratch on then-boyfriend Yoshioka's face (defending against his AttemptedRape), he beat her severely, and then while she was at home recuperating convinced the entire school that she was a slut, destroying her reputation and existing relationships. Two years later, his anger hasn't subsided at all.
* In episode 11 of ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'', Lillithmon flat out goes into a berserk rage when Akari slashes her face with a Code Crown, opening a small cut on her cheek. Taken up to eleven in the dubbed version as the blood is edited out alongside the cut, leading Laylamon to flip out for no real reason.
* In ''LightNovel/TheRisingOfTheShieldHero'' the Heroes barely manage to hit [[spoiler:the goddess Medea]] with an attack that leaves a small scratch on her hand. In response [[spoiler:Medea]], who had been taking her time savoring her success, [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill starts obliterating the Heroes]].
* ''Manga/SoreGaSeiyuu'': While on her way to a recording studio with Futaba, Konno trips and gets a bloody nose. She and Futaba treat it as if she was mortally wounded, leading to an IWillOnlySlowYouDown moment.
* Usagi of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' would cry after falling down on the sidewalk, whether it was on her face, knees or butt, in the early seasons of the 90's anime (keep in mind she's 14 years old).
* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'': Sugou/Oberon has a FreakOut and starts whining about the pain after Kirito gives him a little cut on the cheek; Kirito even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades it]], pointing out that it's [[spoiler: ''nothing'' compared to what Sugou [[AttemptedRape did to Asuna]]]]. Kirito proceeds to ''really'' give Sugou some wounds to cry about... by [[AnArmAndALeg slicing off his hand]], [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe cutting him clean in half]], and finally [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaling him]] [[EyeScream through the eye]], killing him in-game and [[WoundThatWillNotHeal leaving him with permanent injuries in real life]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Subverted in ''ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'': Johnny explodes regularly; when even slightly insulted he starts to scream and rant ([[AxCrazy and kill people]]) injuries don't interest him much.
* Xerxes from ''ComicBook/ThreeHundred''. Turns out that God-Kings ''do'' bleed after all, but he didn't believe it either.
* In UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} [[SuperMan Superboy]] storyline, Lex's resentment towards Superboy had been building for some time, but he didn't become Superboy's archnemesis until the accident that gave him his trademark baldness (which he blamed on Superboy). A later {{retcon}} would give Lex motivations that are simultaneously less petty and ''more'' petty.
* Doctor Doom was ''going'' to be a case of this at one stage of development, the 'horrible disfigurement' that led him to wear a mask at all times truly being a tiny scar. Doom saw it as worse than it was due to his ego; the slightest marring of his perfect features meant his face was ruined. However, there was nothing they could do about the many people who recoiled in horror from the times his face was shown, typically saying they'd heard it was bad but ''this'' was much ''worse,'' so nothing came of it.
** Some stories (such as Creator/JohnByrne's {{Retcon}} of Doom's origin, and the ''Triumph and Torment'' graphic novel) have said that Doom did, in fact, only receive a minor scar from the accident. His ''actual'' deformities came when he placed his iconic mask on his face immediately after forging, before it had time to cool, since he was so desperate to hide that scar from view.
* In the Creator/AlanMoore story "The Jungle Line", [[{{Franchise/Superman}} Clark Kent]] reacts to a paper cut in a way that makes him look like a total wimp to Lois Lane. Of course, the fact that he ''can'' get a paper cut indicates that something is seriously wrong -- specifically, he's been infected with a potentially fatal disease from Kryptonian spores that had hitched a ride on a meteorite.
* One issue of ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' had Archie's friends and students from Pembroke trying to sway a new muscular adonis to join their school and football team, while Chuck repeatedly insists they let Pembroke keep him. It's only after he ultimately joins Pembroke that it's revealed he completely falls apart at even the slightest injury, and Chuck could just tell from years of dealing with such types in sports.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Linus van Pelt, in an early ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' strip, panics big-time after bumping his head.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[Manga/DeathNote Light]] in ''FanFic/ThePrinceOfDeath'' Justified: because he is undead his wounds never heal and he has to be sewn back together.
* In ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', Rancor has a VillainousBreakdown when Spike figures out her weakness (she's immune to violence, but can be hurt by indirect methods) and manages to injure her. Since she's very difficult to hurt, she barely has any pain tolerance.
* ''Fanfic/TwoSidesOfACoin'': From Lieutenant Kate [=McMillan=] after being shot in the leg. The [[ArtificialLimbs prosthetic leg]].
-->'''[=McMillan=]:''' Sweet mother of holy ''fuck'', asswipe hobgoblin shot my goddamn ''leg''![[note]]It's usually ''Eleya'' dropping the ClusterFBomb, [=McMillan=] almost never swears.[[/note]]\\
'''Eleya:''' ''(looks her over)'' Wait a minute, Lieutenant, is that your--\\
'''[=McMillan=]:''' ''(starts laughing)'' Yeah, he shot my goddamn ''fake'' leg!

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'': Tuffnut reacts this way every time he's touched by a dragon before the climax.
--> [[RunningGag "Oh, I'm hurt! I am very much hurt!"]]
* Louis the alligator in ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' goes into death throes when he gets a single bur in his finger.
-->'''Louis''': OW! Pricker bush got me! Gator down! Gator down! (''Ray rolls his eyes'') The darkness is closing in! I'm so cold!\\
'''Ray''': Will you hold still, you big baby?!\\
'''Louis''': AAAAAAAAAAAH!\\
'''Ray''': I ain't touched it yet.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Played for laughs in ''Film/HotShotsPartDeux''. Ramada Thompson rips off a piece of clothing to patch up Topper Harley. The rest of the members of Harley's squad immediately start complaining about their minor injuries hoping to get her to rip off more clothing pieces.
* Occurs in ''Film/{{Lockout}}'' when Snow is hit in the head by Emilie (a 90 pound untrained girl) he whines and bleeds (and it is the only injury that stays visible through the entire film). Contrast to when he gets punched multiple times in the face by a 200-pound monster of a military man...he simply makes snide comments.
* A hair-related version in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'': After refusing to handle a gun, saying she hates them, Princess Vespa's hair is shot... the resulting reaction? "My hair! He shot my hair! Son of a bitch." Followed by her mowing down her opponents. Her 'droid-of-honor' calls the victory "pretty good for Rambo".
* In more ways than one, this Trope is a driving force behind the events of ''Film/DeathBecomesHer''. Helen Sharp's childhood "friend" Madeline Ashton is always ruining Helen's serious relationships by stealing her boyfriends, [[spoiler:including Helen's fiance near the film's beginning]], even though Madeline herself has no feelings for them. This prompts Helen to [[spoiler:hatch an elaborate plot to KILL Madeline, a goal she is still pursuing obsessively fourteen years later]]. As extreme as THAT may seem, it somehow manages to pale in comparison to Madeline's amazingly petty motive for repeatedly hurting Helen (arguably ruining her life multiple times) in the first place: [[spoiler:Helen thought Madeline was cheap, and by all indications merely in the sense of not being classy... BACK WHEN THEY WERE SCHOOLGIRLS!!!]]
* ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'': "They broke my watch!"
* In the B-Movie ''Film/TheHorrorOfPartyBeach'', the lead female Elaine, SCRATCHES HER LEG ON A ROCK, and begins moaning loudly in pain. Well, she moans, anyway; she doesn't moan like she's in pain.
* When ''Film/RedSonja'' accuses the evil queen Gedren of slaughtering Sonja's family, the regal bitch dismisses the accusations as the victims' lives are nothing in compare with a minor scar on her cheek.
* In ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'', Robin's first encounter with the Sheriff of Nottingham ends with the former cutting the latter's cheek for no other reason then to piss him off (oh, and to exert the first portion of vengeance for murdering his father, perhaps). Sheriff is (in)appropriately enraged, and utters the famous threat to CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon.
* ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory'': "Nobody makes me bleed my own blood!"
* During the raid on Mathilda's home in ''Film/TheProfessional,'' Mathilda's father manages to shoot [[PsychoForHire Norman Stansfield]] in the shoulder. Stansfield is pretty subdued about this until he has the time to notice the damage done to his suit, whereupon he follows the injured suspect through the apartment, shooting him in the back. He does this until he's out of ammunition... and then ''starts to reload so he can continue shooting the guy's corpse.''
* In ''Nothing to Lose'' Tim Robbins' character spends several minutes moaning and crying in agony after being shot in the arm, but once he finally gets his shirt off to inspect the wound, it turns out that the bullet barely grazed him.
* ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' Gideon has one, not to a cut along the cheek that would normally elicit this reaction, but to an earlier attack which left no visible mark. But of course, he did have reason...
--> '''Gideon''': You made me swallow my gum. That's going to be in my digestive tract for seven years!
* In ''Film/BestOfTheBest2'', the main character Tommy while trying to escape with his friend Alex manages to cut the cheek of the film's narcissistic villain, Brakus in a brawl. Brakus' response to that injury is sending Mooks to kill Tommy, Alex and [[AndYourLittleDogToo his son]]. [[DisproportionateRetribution Wow]].
* The TortureTechnician SerialKiller in ''Neighbor'' suffers a minor FreakOut when she cuts one of her fingers while making a sandwich.
* In the film version of ''Film/HeartsInAtlantis'', a teenage girl is attacked by bullies, leaving her with a broken arm. Not only does she scream and wail loudly enough to wake the dead, but she has to be carried away from the scene, since apparently her broken arm leaves her unable to walk. It doesn't help that during all this carry-on, Anthony Hopkins is telling us what a brave lion she is. Er, no.
* Craig in ''Film/ThisIsTheEnd'' has one after a huge piece of rubble flies right past him...and he cuts his finger.
-->[[CrowningMomentOfFunny "Fuck yo house, Franco!"]]
* In ''Film/BladesOfGlory'', Chad is given an oxygen mask for a ''sprained ankle''.
* Someone in ''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet'' plays this trope up to get Kris in trouble. For two out of the three incarnations, Sawyer the PsychoPsychologist reacts overly dramatic to Kris "attacking" him.
** For the original, Sawyer gets tapped on the head with Kris's cane. Once people enter the office, he pretends to be unconscious and lies through his teeth about the reason why he was hit.

* Soto, a History Monk in ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'' who believed in the sanctity of all life and the ultimate uselessness of violence, decided to kill three Auditors posing as humans when a wild axe swing [[CloseCallHaircut accidentally sliced off a thick lock of his hair]]. Somewhat justified as his hair is his BerserkButton.
* OlderThanFeudalism: In ''Literature/TheIliad'', Aphrodite gets cut by Diomedes. As a goddess, she cannot die, but she's completely unaccustomed to pain, causing her to run screaming to her lover Ares and plead with him to teach Diomedes a lesson. With the aid of Athena, Diomedes cuts Ares as well, and he has the same reaction, literally running home to cry to this mama.[[note]]though as Zeus had forbid the Olympians from interfering for either side of the human conflict Athena was technically breaking the rules while Ares had the loophole of fighting on behalf of another god, of course Ares is still the one ridiculed in this situation[[/note]]
* In Creator/GordonKorman's ''The Zucchini Warriors'', one of the Literature/MacdonaldHall football players (who has ironically given himself the nickname The Beast) gets a bruised elbow. He then insists that it's actually a compound fracture and walks around with his arm in a sling for nine weeks.
* In RobertMunch's children's book ''Zoom!'', the main character's older brother pricks himself with a fork, causing a small amount of blood to come out, and everyone freaks out and takes him to the hospital. PlayedForLaughs, of course.
* One of the Queens in ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' freaks out excessively over a small cut...''before'' she receives the "injury." Afterward, she pays little heed to it.
* In ''[[Literature/HonorHarrington Field of Dishonor]]'', a man insults Honor to the face of her boyfriend, and when he gets punched in the face, challenges said boyfriend to a duel. This was of course, all an act, as he was paid to kill both Honor and her boyfriend, using the legal dueling code as a cover.
* Justified in ''Literature/{{Angelfall}}''. Raffe is not used to walking long distances, so his feet become raw pretty quickly and he starts moaning.
* In ''[[Literature/TheQueensThief The King of Attolia]]'' Eugenides fakes doing this in order to get the court to overlook a very serious wound until he's in his private chambers because if it had been noticed in the throne room it would have started a very costly war. He knows that if he'd played down the injury his queen would have been suspicious so he hides it and complains loudly and dramatically instead.
* ''Literature/TheElderScrollsInUniverseBooks'': {{Exploited}} in ''Hope of the Redoran''. Andas was prophesied as a child to be invulnerable to blade or poison. Athyn duels him with a club, and Andas, having never felt the pain of an injury before, is reduced to a gibbering heap by a minor bruise. Athyn takes advantage and beats him to death.
* Justified in ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'' in the backstory of Favrielle nó Eglantine: being pushed over left her with a small scar on her face that disqualified her from service as a HighClassCallGirl of House Eglantine, which in turn made it nigh-impossible to buy her way out of IndenturedServitude to them and work independently as a dressmaker. Had [[spoiler:Phèdre not paid off her debt]], that scar could have scuppered her entire professional career.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Played with in a episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' where JD talks about the "Pain Chart", noting that gender can affect the perception of pain. Cut to a woman giving birth and her husband whining about how he just bit his finger out of nervosity.
* On ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Rachel accidentally head-butts Ross while giving birth, and he moans "you have ''no'' idea how much this hurts." All of the women in the room give him epic {{death glare}}s, and he shuts up.
* In ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'', Michael Scott burns his foot on a George Foreman grill and is dismayed when nobody takes his injury seriously. He even tries to monopolize the doctor's attention at the hospital when Dwight is taken there with a pretty serious concussion.
* Adam Savage tends to ham it up whenever he gets a minor injury on ''Series/MythBusters''.
* Variant: In ''Series/TopGearUK'', under hypnosis, presenter Richard Hammond was led to believe the tiny toy car he was riding was his new car, and that co-presenter Jeremy Clarkson had dinged it (by bumping it with another tiny car). He pitched a credible minor fit.
* In ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', the title character is dodging bullets on a regular basis, and actually sees many people get shot, but when pretending to be a doctor and kidnapped by the bad guys, he is accidentally cut in the hand with a scalpel and immediately freaks out and starts babbling about how he gets woozy at the sight of blood. Needless to say, the baddie is not amused. At least, not until they both inhale an almost lethal amount of Nitris Oxide, and start laughing about how they're both about to die. This is sort of reversed when Chuck ends up hurting his leg when a windowsill closes on it. He tells everyone that it is only sprained, but later learns that it is actually a hairline fracture. He openly objects to having it treated at first, and later expresses unhappiness at having to wear a cast.
* The short-lived sketch show ''Fridays'' had a sketch in which guest star Creator/WilliamShatner played a man at a disco who overreacted to minor pain. When his dance partner (played by cast member Brandis Kemp) accidentally steps on his foot, Shatner's character reacts so violently that he tosses Kemp onto the ground and accidentally exposes her butt [[ThongOfShielding clad only in thong underwear]] (when the episode that had that sketch reran, the shot of Kemp on the ground with her thong exposed was cut).
* In ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', BigBad Warz Gill freaks out when Gokai Red manages to graze his arm with a single bullet, and spends the rest of that episode (as well as the next one) whining about how much it hurts and how he'll make the Gokaigers pay. This is, of course, done to show how much of a SpoiledBrat Gill is. His ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'' counterpart Prince Vekar reacts the same way, except there it's a reaction to being shot in the face by Noah, which barely even left a mark on him.
* In ''Series/{{MASH}}'':
** Deliberately invoked by Klinger in "It Happened One Night". Klinger is accidentally shot by a nervous private who isn't used to night sentry duty. The resulting superficial graze wound prompts Hawkeye to say, "Could you at least bleed?" while examining him. Since Klinger is constantly trying to get discharged from the Army, he acts like he's just received a mortal wound and starts swooning all over the place and describing visions of his deceased relatives. Naturally, nobody buys it.
** Frank Burns applies for a Purple Heart twice, both times in response to minor injuries: After throwing out his back in "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet", and after his eye was injured by (egg) "shell fragments" in "The Kids". Both times, Hawkeye steals the medal and presents it to someone he considers more worthy of the honor.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. Sheldon cuts himself with a scalpel. He looks at the wound... and faints.
** And later on in the bar, he removes the band-aid to show his wound to Penny and faints again.
* In an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', a Creator/HowardStern expy gets shot by a MoralGuardian and acts like he's dying. One of the [=EMTs=] who's forced to deal with him tells the detectives that the injury is completely non-fatal.
** The beginning of "Informed" had a woman visiting the ER for a rash on her arm. "It itches! And burns!"
* ''Series/LoisAndClark'' has a scene, similar to the comics entry above, where Clark freaks out about a paper cut after his first brush with [[KryptoniteFactor kryptonite]].
* In the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Projections", the Doctor suffers a small cut and freaks out, justified because he's a ''hologram'' and it's supposed to be impossible for him to be injured.
* In ''Series/UglyBetty'', [[CampGay Justin Suarez]] had gotten into a fight with a boy over [[SlutShaming something the latter said]] [[YourMom about his Mom]] that got him sent home after school. The boy's mother later complains about a scratch that that was hidden by the boy's clothes.
* ''Series/MysteryDiagnosis'': Quite a few of the mysterious ailments are auto-immune disorders, meaning [[BodyHorror your own body is attacking itself]] in a misguided attempt to protect itself. An extreme version of this [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibrodysplasia_ossificans_progressiva is turning your muscles into bone after an injury]]. Oh, and these are RealLife illnesses.

* The five "Pain Series Poems" spread across Music/KingMissile's album ''The Psychopathology of Everyday Life.'' In short, they're ClusterFBomb rants about a minor injuries (e.g., a paper cut, stepping into a cold pool).

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* At one point in Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s history, Chris Jericho and Kane had a long and bloody feud over the fact that Jericho had accidentally spilled coffee on Kane at the catering table backstage. Seriously.
* Pretty much any move ever taken by Shawn Michaels, Marty Janetty, or Curt Hennig.
* A lot of the finishers are essentially sold to the crowd by doing this. The Stone Cold Stunner is a notable example (as is the hilarious way The Rock always flopped across the ring after receiving one).
* Almost anytime someone uses a grapple in pro wrestling, it's this. Grapples are usually applied lightly without using too much pressure, while the other wrestler screams and writhes as if it's agonizing. It's done for the {{kayfabe}}.
* In WWE, this was the basis for Cody Rhodes's former character. After [[Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr Rey Mysterio]] broke his nose, the narcissistic Rhodes believed his good looks were forever ruined, and went insane. He's no longer a smug pretty boy, but destructive and perpetually brooding (while a broken nose is no picnic, it's nothing big in pro wrestling terms). [[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The primary tactic involved in fighting ''[[VideoGame/PunchOut Super Punch-Out!!]]'' opponent Narcis Prince is first hitting him in the face, which enrages him and causes him to use a series of attacks that can be easily countered.
* The vain antagonist Balrog (Japan) / Vega (North America) from the ''StreetFighter'' series is so afraid of this happening to him that he wears a protective mask in the ring (the mask is shown shattered in his loss scenes). This becomes a plot point in ''Anime/StreetFighterIITheAnimatedMovie'' where the only thing that really saves Chun-Li is a good set of injuries to his face that send him into a [[BerserkButton berserker rage]] she can counter.
* Yaga-Shura the fire giant in ''VideoGame/BaldursGateIIThroneOfBhaal'' will run away for even more [[FlunkyBoss reinforcements]] (there's already a [[TheWarSequence small army fighting you]]) the first point of damage he receives. This perfectly demonstrates his lack of GenreBlindness and his understanding of the threat the [[OneManArmy player character]] poses, especially as the player succeeded has in removing his NighInvulnerability (of the instant regeneration kind).
* In the introductory video to ''VideoGame/SidMeiersPirates Live the Life'', the evil captain's slapping of the main character is what sets off mutiny. Of course, it's previously established that he's a complete bastard to his crew, so that was probably a Last Straw moment as much as anything else.
* Subverted with Kuja in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''. When [[spoiler:Queen Brahne]] summons Bahamut to blow him to atoms, Kuja simply steps protectively in front of his dragon and takes [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat the full blast]]. He is smirkingly uninjured, until a trickle of blood runs down his forehead, causing him to react in shock for a moment... then immediately sing the praises of the powerful summon monster.
-->'''Kuja:''' You even managed to hurt me!... a little.
** Vamp had a similar reaction to Kuja in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' when Raiden managed to have one shot graze him on the cheek with his SOCOM.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' Kefka gets lightly stabbed. He spends half a minute running around the screen, screaming: "I hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate HATE YOU!" in one translation, and an extremely long list of insults in the other translation. [[spoiler:Shortly afterward, he destroys the world. Though this probably had more to do with his general [[AxCrazy insanity]] than anger at that particular wound.]]
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenIV''. [[DirtyCoward "Ow, my arm!"]]
* Possibly the best example would be the Witch from ''VideoGame/Left4Dead''. All you need to do to flip her crazy switch is to get too far inside her personal bubble. Stay there for a second too long and you'll be wondering how the pale, weeping waif just tore out your entrails.
* In ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'', one of the Battlecruiser unit's off-screen, "I'm-under-fire"-voice alerts is "Abandon ship!", regardless of whether it is under attack by an enemy fleet of capital ships or a single, puny marine. Especially hilarious seeing as how the Battlecruiser is the Terran paramount of military power.
* Thanks to a programming quirk in the original ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'', PistolWhipping an enemy to death will trigger the exact same animations you'd see had you shot them with the gun. Naturally, HilarityEnsues when using any of your heavy weapons, since the impact of a smack on the jaw from a shotgun barrel or conk on the noggin from an empty bazooka will make hapless Jerrys backflip and fly through the air.
* Dwarves in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' will stay bedridden for years over broken toes or bruised fingers. This is, in fact, '''''more''''' likely with incredibly minor injuries -- dwarves will usually stay bedridden waiting for a doctor to diagnose them, but due to a glitch, if they heal before the doctor arrives, the doctor won't find anything to diagnose, causing the dwarf to stay bedridden indefinitely, waiting for the diagnosis of an injury they ''no longer have''. This leads many players to design their hospitals to include [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential magma-powered euthanasia devices]].
* The pedestrians in ''VideoGame/InFAMOUS'' will occasionally [[ArtificialStupidity trip on the sidewalk or other low obstacles]] and then ''lay there squirming in pain'' until the player heals them.
* In [[VideoGame/WildArms2 Wild ARMs: Second Ignition]], after you fight Judecca in his Devil Spire, he notes that he's bleeding and [[DriventoSuicide shoots himself]].
* The manga for ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' has [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Tohri]] try to sneak into the school, get scratched by a fence, and march to the infirmary with great wrath and indignation to point at the minor wound.
* In the reboot of ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal'', Dollface was a supermodel until she got one tiny scar on her face in a car accident. After that she went ''[[{{AxCrazy}} completely nutbars]]'', seeing the scar as a Comicbook/TwoFace-esque deformity. She donned a mask to hide her [[{{InformedFlaw}} "ugliness"]], and is willing to murder god knows how many people and trust [[{{JackassGenie}} Calypso]] to get rid of it. [[{{Word Of God}} David Jaffe]] stated that she's meant to be a satire of the extreme standards of the modelling industry.
* ''VideoGame/FreedomForce'' has the masked Shadow attacking the city, deforming people to join her in her quest to destroy "all beauty." After she's defeated, she's unmasked as former supermodel Amber Autumn, who howls that a minor facial scar has left her hideous. However, her minions, upset at seeing their leader as beautiful, beat her down just as her cavern headquarters collapses on her.
* In ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'', Fusou screams bloody murder, when she takes light damage. In contrast, her delivery of her moderate damage line is a lot more subdued.
* ''VideoGame/WolfensteinIITheNewColossus'': An actor involved in [[spoiler:the propaganda film about "Terror Billy"]] is made to perform a fight scene with a Nazi soldier, despite being a rather posh kind of guy. He takes a gun butt to the face and immediately insists on stopping the casting to go treat his bleeding nose. [[spoiler:Adolf Hitler, unimpressed by this "terrible" performance, [[MoodWhiplash promptly gives him a wound to really complain about.]] [[MultipleGunshotDeath Several in fact.]]]]

* ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'' and ''A Very Potter Sequel'' are rife with this. A RunningGag in both plays involves a character {usually Malfoy} being hit in the face by something and repeating this routine a few times before someone tells him to shut up: putting his hands to his nose, taking them away, looking at them in shock,and turning to someone else while constantly repeating "I'm bleeding! Look at this!" in an incredulous tone.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Starcross'd Destiny'' has Juno warning the cops not to scratch or dent her Shelby Daytona, or else...
* Hannelore from ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' once [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1207 ran down Main Street screaming terror because of a small cut on her head]]. {{Justified|Trope}}, since she suffers from SuperOCD. Blood is awful to wash off.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Chimneyspeak}}'', a small cut across the nose of wealthy heiress Chelsea Grinn caused her to go absolutely insane, and turn into an absolutely insane woman who is now covered in scars, is nigh unstoppable, and kills for basically no reason at all. The voice in her head representing what is left of her reason at one points gets angry and reminds her that they could have had a perfectly normal life if they just applied a small amount of makeup.
* ''Three Word Phrase'': [[http://threewordphrase.com/deathzone.htm Chapped lips while mountain climbing?]] [[CutTheSafetyRope Something must be done!]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Mokepon}}'': Dragonthing hits Serial Slasher with a fire attack, giving it a small burn on its hand. Elle, Serial Slasher's trainer, [[http://mokepon.smackjeeves.com/comics/1522158/chapter-5-page-30/ bursts into tears,]] chews out Atticus (Dragonthing's trainer), and sics the Gym Leader on them.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Pacificators}}'', when [[ProperLady Muneca Powell]] got hit in the eye with a grain of sand (which ''hurts,'' as we all know), she pretty much went crazy, lashing out indiscriminatingly with [[GravityMaster her power]], hitting both enemies and teammates alike. This has earned her the nickname "Berserk Doll" from [[FieryRedhead Cinna Grossul]].
** [[spoiler:However, there's a ''reason '' for that. When she was a small girl, she got caught into a fire and got burned up pretty badly. [[CoveredWithScars She hasn't forgotten this]].]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'': Throughout the comic from chapters 1-46, Snaydha'Rune prided herself on starting two wars without getting even a scratch. [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10304 Then on Chapter 46, page 128, she gets stabbed once]]. [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10325 And proceeds to freak out]].
* In ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', [[TheFightingNarcissist Androssi]] receives a kick in the face by [[MysteriousWoman Hwa Ryun]]. This taps her BerserkButton very hard.
* ''Webcomic/GuildedAge'': Played with.
-->'''Sundar:''' ''[getting a shot of truth serum]'' '''SHE'S TORTURING MEEEEEE!''' ''[after the shot takes effect]'' '''ACTUALLY, IT WAS ONLY A MINOR PINCHING SENSAAAAATION!'''

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Captain Hammer from ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' has a massive freak out, runs away screaming for his mother, and spends several months in therapy after suffering what appeared to be a fairly minor injury. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], since it is apparently the first time in his life that he's ever actually felt pain.
-->"I'm in pain! I think this is what pain feels like! ''Mommy!''"
* In ''WebAnimation/NekoSugarGirls'', Raku-chan screams and cries for ''45 seconds'' (out of a seven-minute video) after being bitten by a squirrel.
* In ''[[WebAnimation/AwesomeSeries PokeAwesome - Just a Pokemon Battle]]'', [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Ash's Pikachu]] is hit by a Solar Beam, causing him to hurt his knee. Half of the short is just Pikachu cussing out his opponent and Ash in his anger. This happening after [[HypocriticalHumor whaling on a Venusaur with his "Thunder Smash."]]
* In ''WebVideo/JojosBizarreAdventureAbridged'', Joseph was stabbed through the throat and bleeding to death. His complaint that was making him wail in pain? ''He sprained his ankle''.
* ''[[WebVideo/WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou "You shot me in the dick!"]]'' (It was a Nerf dart.)
* This happens a bit with LetsPlay/HatFilms due to the dissonance between real-life injury and virtual injury:
** In Skylands, the lads spend a lot of time falling off cliffs and screaming their heads off. Then at one point Smith screams yet again, and when the others ask if he died again, he replies, "No but I just jammed my knee into my desk!"
** Trott also gets his moment of this where he screams and when Ross and Smith assumed Trott fell out of the world again, Trott (off mic) says he fell out of his chair. Ross quickly makes fun of him for it.
* A heroic version in ''WebVideo/CriticalRole''. Vax is bitten by a vampire, [[spoiler: Silas Briarwood]], and he immediately starts acting woozy and begs to be taken to a temple. The priest there explains that vampires actually have to ''kill'' their victims to turn them with a bite, and so there's nothing wrong with Vax after all. Probably justified through shock, as Vax had a [[WhamEpisode hell of a night.]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': In "The More The Merrier", Cinder Fall toys around with Jaune Arc during their fight and [[UnknownRival doesn't take him seriously]]. Then he barely manages to graze her mask. She goes berserk, beats him into the ground, and yells that he has some nerve to try fighting her.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The original [[LegacyCharacter Hunter]] in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' was just someone that Demona scratched in the face when he was a kid. Granted, this was a ''major'' injury, with his face ending up deeply scarred for the rest of his life, but it still borders on a flimsy pretext for devoting your life to killing some random gargoyle.
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' when Xandir, while trying to escape from a Franchise/{{Terminator}} spoof, sprains his ankle, acting as if it were life threatening (despite the fact that over the course of the show Xandir has suffered some of the worst injuries to any of the main characters).
** Subverted in the episode "Orphan Hero", when Captain Hero during his childhood montage, falls off of his bike and scrapes his leg. When he reveals his scrape, it turns out that a large section of his leg is missing, [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction but his mother treat it as a minor injury anyway]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** In "[[Recap/SouthParkS7E15ItsChristmasInCanada It's Christmas in Canada]]", Cartman is angry that Kyle ruined his Christmas and tells him that he's going to really kick his ass. Kyle responds by very lightly slapping him and Cartman wails like he's in major pain.
** It happens once again in "[[Recap/SouthParkS11E2CartmanSucks Cartman Sucks]]", this time with Cartman believing Kyle has stole the photos he made with Butters' dick in his mouth and believing he's gonna show them at school to spite him. Kyle legitimately doesn't have the photos, though, but Cartman refuses to believe him and threatens to kick his ass if he doesn't confess. Kyle responds with a light slap, and Cartman goes back home bawling.
** Done many times by Cartman throughout the series. However as of lately it is suggested [[WoundedGazelleGambit he fakes it to gain sympathy]].
** In "[[Recap/SouthParkS4E2CartmansSillyHateCrime2000 Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000]]", Token is hit with a rock by Cartman upon "fat ass" being said, through it was Kyle who said after the warning. Token received a black eye, but cut to the scene where Cartman and Token was in the Mr. Mackey's office, with the latter in a sling.
* ''WesternAnimation/HulkVsWolverine'' has Deadpool trying to stop Hulk by sticking a grenade in Hulk's mouth. This naturally fails, Hulk being NighInvulnerable and having a HealingFactor, and makes him angrier than before. This is a minor injury because earlier Hulk was stabbed and slashed by Wolverine in several vital areas, and actually screamed in pain, despite the HealingFactor. The overreaction is justified because, well it's the friggin' ''[[UnstoppableRage Hulk]]''.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/NightmareNed'' revealed that Ned panicked every time he lost one of his baby teeth, despite his parents' reassurances.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', [=SpongeBob=] cries a fountain of tears simply because he stubbed his toe. This is the same character that [[HealingFactor repeatedly rips his own arms off]] for a sight gag.
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' I'll have you know I stubbed my toe last week while watering my spice garden, and I only cried for twenty minutes.
* Geoff did this in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Island'', while walking he suddenly fell over and grabbed his leg, screaming in pain. While all the other contestants rush to his side and agree he's way too injured to move on, the camera man zooms in on his leg and scans it over several times, confused that nothing's actually wrong. Finally, we see zoomed-in he has a tiny splinter. Needless to say, he's pampered for the rest of the episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'':
** Edd from tends to react this way at times.
--->'''Eddy:''' (''after the kids ambush them for quarters'') Double D! Tell me you saved some! Tell me we're okay!!\\
'''Edd:''' Eddy! It was ''horrible'' Eddy! LOOK WHAT THEY DID TO MY SHIRT!!
** It's almost the whole plot of the episode "Cry Ed", when Jimmy manages to hurt his foot with a ''clothespin'', and everybody in the Cul-de-sac starts fussing over him, leading Eddy to decide to get "injured" and sympathy, too.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'': Knock Out actually has this as his BerserkButton. He's very proud of his paint job and takes any damage to it very seriously.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow'' short "Help?", Jof the cat runs to the hospital because he ''pricked his finger while sewing''.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' starts with Bob cutting his "finger crotch" (the space between the bases of two of his fingers) slightly then passing out. Ironically, by the end of the episode he's lost a huge amount of blood yet manages to get through intentionally tearing open his stitches.
* Chemistro in ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' is brought into the Masters of Evil as a counter for the previously unexpected Hawkeye. Most of the Masters of Evil have a personal beef with one or more of the Avengers (usually their counterparts), and were possibly swayed into being recruited for revenge, Chemistro included. His beef? Hawkeye punched him in the face (during the breakout in the first episode). [[ButForMeItWasTuesday Hawkeye doesn't even remember it.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' pilot, "Meat Fuzzy Lumpkins" had Fuzzy manage to hit one of Bubbles pigtails with his meat gun, turning it into a drumstick. She gets ''pissed'' and goes ballistic on him.
* ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' episode "The Easter Ham" had Joanne overreacting after waiting for test results that confirm whether she has heart trouble or not after a tug of war between Lois for the last ham, it turned out she merely had esophageal hernia and merely needed to change her diet.
* Prince Wu from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' gets hit in the chest by a pie and thinks that he's bleeding to death. Mako has to assure him that it's a pie, not blood.
** Again in a later episode, when he asks Mako to teach him how to fight. Their sparring match consists of Wu collapsing to the floor screaming "WU DOWN! WU DOWN!" and requesting a breather after every punch. Mako was hitting him in the arm. Lightly.
* [[BigBad Sharptooth]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' gets ''very'' pissed off (well, [[UpToEleven even moreso]] [[HairTriggerTemper than]] [[AxCrazy usual]], that is) when Cera headbutts him while he is unconscious, even though he was previously shown to be able to headbutt ''stone'' into dust himself. Heck, he's not even ''injured'' so to speak, but it still sends him into murderous rage nonetheless.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Mr. Cat is capable of laughing off the pain of having a bunch of knives stuck in his body, but his reaction to having a whisker pulled off involves screaming and nursing the affected area for a long time.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The cast commentary of the first ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' film had a humorous example of this, with a story about Creator/DominicMonaghan getting a splinter and grossly exaggerating how bad it was.
** Although Dom gets Creator/OrlandoBloom back in the second film cast commentary. In the same film where Creator/ViggoMortensen broke two toes and Creator/SeanAstin got his wig accidentally ripped off his head, Orlando fell off his horse and apparently spent quite some time complaining about the pain and how he thought he might have broken something (when really he was likely just bruised). The hobbits take great delight in ripping on him through the behind the scenes footage.
* In UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball, players often try to draw free kicks, etc. by "diving" - falling to the ground and pretending to be much more seriously injured than they actually are. The trope is effectively {{lampshaded}} when, more often than not, said player gets up and runs off at full tilt when their pleas are ignored.
** Doubly so when the proper punishment (yellow card) is given, as it is now considered unsporting behaviour by the official FIFA rules.
** This is known as "flopping" in basketball circles. Former Laker and Hornet Vlade Divac was considered the best around at drawing fouls from fleeting or non-existent contact.
* Paper cuts. Compared to a knife, they sting like hell, mostly because the body doesn't release any natural painkillers due to it being such a small wound. They also stimulate a larger number of pain receptors (which cluster most heavily at the surface of the skin and at the fingertips). Because they generally don't bleed, the wound stays open, exposing nerves to the air.
* Most people's reaction to cat scratches would make you think they got mauled by a mountain lion. Granted, if given enough time, a cat can do some serious damage, but then again, so can [[DeathByAThousandCuts being hit repeatedly by a]] [[PaperFanOfDoom paper fan]]. Minor attacks from other small animals often fall under this. Subverted if the animal has rabies or if it doesn't just swipe or bite you a few times or if an allergy is present.
** And, like paper cuts, they tend to be very small and shallow wounds
** Besides which, housecats ''do'' ([[Film/MeetTheParents generally]]) use a litter box, so consider what's likely been on their claws sometime recently. Also {{subverted}} when it comes to feline ''bites'', as their teeth are designed to pierce (rather than crush, like canines), and the bacteria in their mouths is second only to [[ManBitesMan other humans]] when it comes to infection rates. So while the initial bite of a housecat tends to be far less damaging than one from a dog, it can also be far more harmful if left untreated.
* Young children are definitely the [[TropeCodifier codifiers]] for this trope. There's just no comparison. Minor scrapes can easily be brushed off by most people, but little kids? ''No way''. For example, if they received a scrape on the knee, watch as [[InelegantBlubbering the waterworks come down their faces]]. And as far as ''they're'' concerned, you're wicked for using medical disinfectant to clean that scrape, which makes them cry even more.
** Of course, this can be subverted when they're ''really'' young, as they take their cues from their parents about how to react. If the parent's hysterical over their bumping their head and drawing blood, the toddler's hysterical, and vice-versa.
* [[AfraidOfNeedles The fear of needles]]. In essence it's a tiny pinprick that lasts for ten to thirty seconds--but for sufferers of the phobia, the dread, nervousness, pain, and wooziness are very real.
* School nurses call this "status dramaticus". As in "Little Jimmy came into my office in full-blown status dramaticus, but he only had a hangnail."