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->''Your average female RPG character carries a variety of deadly weapons and can effortlessly hack or magic her way through armies of monsters, killer cyborgs, and mutated boss creatures without breaking a sweat. She may be an accomplished ninja, a super-powered secret agent, or the world's greatest adventurer. However, if one of the game's villains manages to sneak up and grab her by the Standard Female Character Grab Area (her upper arm) she will be rendered utterly helpless until rescued by the hero.''
-->-- '''The Grand List of Console Role Playing Game Cliches #148'''

So, the FauxActionGirl is busy slinging around multiple opponents with her seemingly competent style of WaifFu. In fact, she is doing so well that one has to wonder what the BigDamnHeroes are doing at all when they could leave the entire mission to her and she'd get it done and be back home in time to make dinner.

But suddenly, something unexpected happens - she gets grabbed by the arm! Shock horror, now she has suddenly become the DamselInDistress that needs to be saved.

No one is quite sure why, but it appears that any female lead's weak point in any given show happens to be on or around her upper arm (or alternatively the wrist). She could be absolutely dominating a fight, but the moment any old mook sneaks up behind her and say, grabs her shoulder, she suddenly [[FauxActionGirl loses all competency and is reduced to begging the hero to save her, or tries once and again to fight back but is completely useless]]. This trope would make more sense if the [[{{Mooks}} Mook]] also had, say, a gun to her back or something, but too frequently he runs at her unarmed and manages to reduce her to complete harmlessness. Maybe {{Faux Action Girl}}s come factory-equipped with an on/off switch in their upper arms.

Giving the benefit of the doubt, this trope exists to keep fights interesting. But since it doesn't happen near as often to guys, it's more likely that [[DoubleStandard gender stereotypes haven't changed as much as we're led to believe]]. Alternatively, when someone tries to calm or incapacitate a guy it's much more socially acceptable to use a believable amount of force--such as punching him, [[TapOnTheHead knocking him out with a weapon]], or beating him senseless. Until the audience gets over its distaste for seeing female characters hurt--and immediately seeing any man who uses force against a woman as a villain--there will be a double standard. A third possibility is that of simple pragmatism: while animators these days have no problems lampshading how ridiculously sexist "chivalry" is, many real life holds on women can come off as perversely sexual (e.g. a full nelson from a strong opponent, while capable of incapacitating the character, also involves her assailant pressing himself behind her, forcing her head down, and spreading her arms from her chest). It doesn't excuse how ridiculous it is for an otherwise strong female to fold this easily, however. Another take from the [[MediaWatchdog Media Watchdogs]] is that males have a lot less [[UnusualEuphemism real estate]] that would be offensive to grab, leaving few positions for women that would not be reminiscent of [[{{DoubleStandard}} sexual harassment.]] Therefore, a writer might use this as a less graphic shortcut to incur a plot development.

Note this ''never'' happens to a DarkActionGirl or a true ActionGirl, who can use it before a surprise attack. If a Mook were to attempt such a thing, well, expect someone to be on the business end of a nasty [[GroinAttack kick to the crotch]], aka: the standard ''male'' instant-incapacitation area (and ''this'' one is TruthInTelevision). And that's if he's lucky - modern Dark Action Girls are rather likely to opt for breaking his arm in three places instead of "lowering themselves" to a groin attack.

The arm is also the ideal location to grab a female character who's panicking or in the middle of a screaming freakout. No amount of verbal entreaties will get her to mellow out on her own, but punctuate a terse "calm down!" with both hands on her upper arms, and ''voila'', she's back on steady ground again.

Note that this trope does not apply if the female character is subjected to an actual combat move such as an armlock [[labelnote:definition]]a single or double joint lock that hyperextends, hyperflexes, or hyperrotates the elbow joint and/or shoulder joint[[/labelnote]] or a hammerlock [[labelnote:definition]]a shoulder lock where the opponent's arm is held bent against their back, and their hand forced upwards towards the neck, thereby applying pressure to the shoulder joint.[[/labelnote]]. Note also that not every instance of a man grabbing a woman by the arm counts as a use of the Standard Female Grab Area, as there really aren't a whole lot of other places that a man can grab a woman that don't carry UnfortunateImplications, especially on a family-oriented show. This trope only comes into play when use of the Standard Female Grab Area makes the woman unaccountably helpless or ineffective.

[[CaptainObvious It should go without saying]] that in RealLife, it will take more than just grabbing your opponent's upper arms or wrists and standing there to stop them, regardless of gender.

Note that this could often be justified if the one using the grab is more skilled, or more sufficiently armed. For example, Alice has a knife and is fighting Bob, who also has a knife. Charlie has a club, sword, electric spear and metal armor. He grabs Alice to make his presence known, and Alice knows not to resist or she'll get run through with something. Another common example is Charlie putting a gun to Alice's head to dissuade any attempts at breaking loose.

See also NeckLift and ByTheHair, which are far more plausible even though they may be just as unrealistically depicted.

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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Subverted in the ''VirtuaFighter'' anime: A thug wants to use a young ballerina who had befriended Akira, Jacky and Pai as a hostage and grabs her by the arms, but [[SheFu she actually wriggles her way out of his hold and manages to kick him away]]. She even says it's thanks to her dance training, which gave her extra flexibility.
* One scene in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' has Mouri Ran, a [[WaifFu Karate]] [[CuteBruiser expert]] being held by a criminal. Suffice to say, the mook didn't stand a chance, despite him actually ''holding a gun''. Arguably a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Ran.
** Another episode lampshades the probable cultural origin of the trope in showing Ran, after reading a fortune telling card that says "You must be more feminine to reach the heart of your lover", practically incapacitated. Luckily, the killer of the week later reads the real card for her - "no way you can deceive your lover, just be yourself and he will get your sentiments anyway" - and she merrily trashes the unfortunate guy and his knife.
* In ''Anime/SailorMoon'', Neptune uses it [[spoiler:on the main heroine when they fight]]. After a few seconds, though, [[spoiler: Moon powers up, and her BattleAura sends Neptune flying]].
* In a dark, personal scene in ''{{Rose of Versailles}}'', Oscar and André [[spoiler: are arguing, when André becomes very upset at her decision to live her entire life as a man. He has always seen her as a woman as well, and their fight takes them near Oscar's bed. As he becomes physical, Oscar (being the main character) keeps fighting him off until he grabs her and the shoulder of her shirt rips. Then she's just at his mercy, asking "what will you do?" very pitifully - but this of course [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone frightens André]], who stops and apologizes repeatedly]].
** It must be noted, though, that said scene is the tip of the iceberg concerning years of [[{{UST}} things untold and repressed feelings]] between Oscar and André (who was in the verge of an HeroicBSOD or maybe even the DespairEventHorizon, considering how he thinks that [[spoiler: her beloved Oscar is completely throwing her life away]]), so it's not much about [[spoiler: Oscar suddenly becoming failtastic at fighting]], but about her [[spoiler: [[DidntSeeThatComing breaking down when facing a truth she doesn't want to see]].]]
* [[TheIdiotFromOsaka Tora]] actually tries this with [[TheChick Maylu]] in the ''MegaManNTWarrior'' {{manga}} grabbing her by the wrist, [[GroinAttack guess what happens to him next]].
* In ''RanmaOneHalf'', a shadowy assailant surprised [[CuteBruiser Akane]] from behind, and pulled her back while cupping [[PuttingAHandOverHisMouth his hand over her mouth]]. She paused just long enough to gather her thoughts before elbowing him ''hard'' in the gut and slapping him senseless. (Turned out it was just the [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Jusenkyo Guide]], who wanted her to be quiet due to all the [[WingedHumanoid Phoenix Soldiers flying around]], but he really could've picked a better approach.)
** In the anime, Akane tries to defeat Ranma's [[LivingShadow Living Shadow]]. Due to his crush on her, the shadow simply grabs her wrists and keeps her in place. It isn't until Nabiki says that Akane will hate him if he doesn't stop holding her that he impulsively lets his grip go slack.
* Miu of ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' subverts this trope. She's trained herself to automatically flip anyone who approaches her from behind.
* This happens to ''Anime/CowboyBebop'''s Faye Valentine in the first ''Jupiter Jazz'' episode. She's in a bad mood and about to take it out on some thugs who [[MuggingTheMonster surround her in an alley]] when Gren appears, grabs her by the forearm and drags her away to the relative safety of his apartment.
* Subverted in ''[[FlunkPunkRumble Yankee-kun to Megane-chan]]''; Shinagawa grabs Adachi's arm to stop her from running away, so she grabs him and [[WaifFu throws him to the ground]].
* ''FairyMusketeers'' has this applied to the ''male'' main character (who, for what it's worth, knows little about combat.)
* Actually sorta justified in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', since being restrained in any way is among the limitations of [[spoiler: Homura Akemi]]'s [[spoiler: otherwise ''very'' versatile TimeTravel]]. The trope is then completely subverted when the 'victim' drops a live stun grenade on the floor and easily escapes in the panic.
* Subverted in ''KamichamaKarin'': Kirio tries this on Karin once and gets [[MegatonPunch punched in the face]] for his trouble.
* Episode twelve of ''TheyAreMyNobleMasters'', has [[spoiler: Ren's father]] use this on a couple of the servants...and it's played completely straight, despite all the female servants being proven asskickers. Apparently getting grabbed on the arm by a drunk, was their only weakness...
* A canine version of this appears in the GrandFinale of ''{{Ginga Densetsu Weed}}'', where Hougen kills one of Jerome's followers and holds the female follower hostage by grabbing her throat. He only drops her when Weed arrives in time for the final battle.
* Used in ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' against Kurumu by Hokuto.
--> '''Hokuto''': Although your attacks are sharp, it becomes weak once you're caught.
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Suzaku does this to Kallen, but this is also a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] due to the fact that [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy he suckerpunched her in the stomach]] first, and used the opportunity to twist her arm behind her and force her to sit down in a chair with such a high back that it blocked her other arm. Consequently the ActionGirl's helplessness is believable.
* Subverted in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', where Guts gets Casca to stop yelling on two occasions - once by slapping her ass, then grabbing her breast the second time. Played straighter - but soon subverted - earlier in the series when Guts grabs her by the wrist during an argument, but she slaps it away.
** Unfortunately, this trope has also been deconstructed as a result of Casca's [[spoiler: rape]], where she now panics whenever somebody grabs her.
* Subverted in ''Anime/DragonballZ'' when Dr. Gero grabs Android 18's upper arm. Of course, she was the DarkActionGirl half of a pair of BigBad CreepyTwins, so it no surprise when she effortlessly knocks him to the ground.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* In ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' #119 (Published in 1972) a planejacker takes a stewardess hostage by just lightly gripping her shoulder so that ''both her arms are still free!''
* Subverted in ''Franchise/MassEffect: Redemption''. A sleazy batarian grabs Liara by the arm, thinking that she's for sale. Liara subdues him and his volus companion with a single biotic blast, while Feron, her drell companion, [[FacePalm facepalms]].
* ''SinCity'': Manute does this to resident ActionGirl Gail. Considering he's MadeOfIron, it makes sense she's unable to do much against him.
* Becomes plain ridiculous in issue #14 of the original black-and-white ''[[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' comic -- the villain grabs April by the upper arm and then lets go for long enough to tie a cloth gag around her mouth, and then shoves her over to the mooks to take her away. Though one of her arms and both her legs are free, and nobody seems to have any weapons to threaten her with, that brief upper-arm grab seems to have made her so helpless that she doesn't even ''try'' to struggle or escape.
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[[folder:{{Fanfiction}}]]
* Justified example in [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10888701/2/Hunting-Monsters Hunting Monsters]] when Dominic restrains a woman by grabbing her wrist. She digs her heels in and hits him with her other hand, but he's [[SuperStrength so much stronger than her]] it doesn't make a difference.
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[[folder:Films - Animated]]
* In ''{{Mulan}} II'', one of the Mongolian emperor's guards successfully uses this on Mulan.
* ''{{Shrek}}'': After showing [[ActionGirl impeccable fighting skills]] early in the movie, at the end, Fiona can only call helplessly for Shrek when grabbed this way. Granted Farquaad does eventually put a knife to her throat but only after 20 seconds or so of her doing nothing while Shrek, who is also grabbed, actually fights back.
** And again at the climax of the third movie.
* A rare male example in Disney's ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}''. Earlier in the film, he successfully incapacitates a full grown silver back gorilla, but when he's grabbed by the upper arm by a man of average build, he can't break free.
* Justified in ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe2'' when agent Lucy Wilde is grabbed in this way due to her being in the middle of a party, with several civilians (mostly children) around, so Lucy, being a trained secret agent, probably wanted to avoid collateral damage from fighting back.
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[[folder:Films - Live Action]]
* While Lyra of ''Film/TheGoldenCompass'' can be forgiven for suffering from this weakness because she is so young, it's still almost hilariously obvious several times in {{The Film of the Book}}, especially in the FinalBattle.
* The commander in ''Film/TheHungerGamesCatchingFire'' does this when he takes Katniss away from the crowd in district 12.
* Subverted in ''Film/LastActionHero''. Slater's daughter gets grabbed by one of the Mooks and becomes little more than a screaming nuisance, but as soon as the mook takes her to another room she uses her screams to cover the sound of her [[CurbStompBattle dealing with him.]]
* Subverted in ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard''. Near the end of the flick, a henchman has Lucy firmly subdued via the Standard Female Grab Area while the BigBad, Gabriel, threatens [=McClane=]... but the second the BigBad's back is turned, Lucy smacks the henchman in the face, ''shoots him in the foot with his own gun'' and almost manages to finish out the whole flick by herself. When the henchman get her back under control, he grabs her by the throat and shoves a gun in her face.
-->'''Gabriel''': You got her?
-->'''Henchman''': Yeah.
-->'''Gabriel''': You're ''sure''?
** The same henchman also brings in Lucy when she's initially captured by this, although she's clearly struggling to break the larger man's grip. He mentions that "this bitch is a handful", and she proves him right as the moment he goes lax, she slips free and clocks him across the face. Gabriel snarks at his henchman's situation:
-->'''Gabriel''': [[SarcasmMode Are you all right?]]
* Aragorn does this to Éowyn in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' when she sees Gandalf performing his magic on a possessed Théoden. However, she stops fighting him when Aragorn tells her to wait and as soon as Théoden was back to normal, she pulls away from Aragorn to catch her uncle.
* ''Film/ManOfTheYear'': Eleanor is walking out of a mall when suddenly the BigBad's mook comes and grabs her under the armpit. She squeals and is dragged forcefully to his van. The moment she retaliates and manages to escape is the exact moment he lets go of her.
* ''Film/MissCongeniality'' absolutely destroys this trope by having Sandra Bullock's character demonstrate self-defense techniques against just such a grapple for the talent portion of the beauty contest.
--> "Hey, hey! It is not a beauty pageant, it is a scholarship program."
* The ''Film/MortalKombat'' film has the previously shown ActionGirl Sonya Blade being held by the BigBad Shang Tsung with her arm behind her back and gripped by her ponytail.
* A justified example comes in the ''Film/PercyJackson'' film. A terrified woman grabs onto Annabeth's hand and renders her unable to fight Medusa - because Medusa turns the woman to stone while she's still holding onto Annabeth's wrist.
* In the 1943 version of ''Film/PhantomOfTheOpera1943'', the Phantom manages to drag Christine all the way down to his underground lair against her will by grabbing her arm with one hand. Justified, as Erik is always described as having near-superhuman strength despite his frail appearance.
* ''Film/SecretWindow'', where the antagonist drags the conscious and struggling female lead along the ground, face-down, ''by one wrist''. No, the villain is not particularly strong; she was just TooDumbToLive.
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', where Jayne grabs River by the arm in the middle of her rampage through the bar. That fails, so he pins both her arms to her body with a bear hug, and leans on her to hold her down. It looks like she's been handily contained by Jayne's intervention... but then she [[GroinAttack attacks his weakpoint for massive damage]] and [[WaifFu the ninety-pound girl kicks the everliving crap out of him]].
* ''Film/TheWildWorldOfBatwoman'' has this used successfully on several girls in a row.
* Played with Mariko in ''Film/TheWolverine'', it seems mostly effective until she decided to fight against her [[spoiler:Yakuza kidnappers]], where she lands a few blows until she escapes with Logan.
* Used on Sara in ''Film/{{Red}}'', but justified: the attackers are ''armed CIA agents'', while Sara just works in a cubicle. Would ''you'' try to resist? (The grab would probably have a snowball's chance in hell at working on the movie's other female lead, [[TheDreaded Vic]][[{{Badass}} tor]][[ActionGirl ia]].)
* In the Turkish Film whose title translates to "Supermen Returns", a henchman escorts Turkish Lois Lane to Turkish Lex Luthor this way. She makes no attempt to break free.
* Subverted in ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' when Bones tries to take [[RobotGirl Ilia]] for a medical examination. Since she doesn't want to go, it's like trying to move a building.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* This happens in WheelOfTime when a girl is grabbed by a Warder in a Crown of Swords.
* In ''Literature/DoAndroidsDreamOfElectricSheep'' Deckard uses this on Luba Luft. When previously cornered by the bounty hunter, she outsmarted him and managed to hold him at laser point. However, once he puts his hand "laxly onto her upper arm" she ceases all struggle.
* ''Literature/TortallUniverse''
** In ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'', where the slender 5'4" Alanna is [[WeakButSkilled skilled]] and [[FragileSpeedster fast]], and rendered helpless once her arms are pinned by a larger man. When she realizes this weakness, she decides to learn hand-to-hand combat from the local ArrogantKungFuGuy so she doesn't get trapped again.
** But it's defied with a vengeance in the third ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' book when Raoul's standard-bearer tries to intimidate Squire Keladry this way--by this point, she's so built that all she has to do is ''flex her bicep'' and his hand pops off.
* ''Discworld/{{Feet of Clay}}'': Angua, a female cop, is grabbed in this method and does nothing while she is inside the bar her fellow coppers are in. The reason why [[spoiler: is she's a werewolf and more than capable of taking care of the fools taking her hostage. She just didn't want to damage the place or her co-workers.]]
* In ''TheDresdenFiles'', if you grab Lieutenant Murphy, prepare to have the crap beaten out of you. Unless she's pretending and you are stupid enough to believe it.
* Averted in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. A smitten suitor grabs [[PirateGirl Asha Greyjoy]] this way; she draws a dagger and makes it clear he's never to touch her without permission. During a BarBrawl a squire does the same to [[BadassPrincess Arya Stark]]; he's also holding a sword, so with both hands occupied there's nothing to stop Arya grabbing the dagger on the squire's belt and burying it in his belly. It is however played straight, but in a GenderInvertedTrope, when RoyalBrat PuppetKing Joffrey is hauled off to bed this way after annoying his DragonInChief Lord Tywin Lannister.

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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In {{Bones}}, Booth pulls Brennan out of a room by her upper arm on the first case they work. Despite being trained in multiple forms of self defense, she allows herself to be pulled, only smacking Booth across the face once he let go of her arm.
* Subverted (unsurprisingly) in ''Series/{{Buffy the Vampire Slayer}}''. Buffy gets grabbed like this almost once a fight. Her response is usually to use her attacker as leverage to bicycle kick some other guy in the face.
** However in "Into the Woods" her boyfriend Riley (whom she's discovered is cheating with vampire prostitutes) grabs Buffy this way [[TemptingFate three times]] during the course of their subsequent argument. Contrary to all expectations ([[HitMeDammit including Riley's own]]) she doesn't pummel him, eventually just walking out in disgust.
* Subverted in ''Series/RobinHood'' with Djaq. A {{Mook}} twists her arm behind her back and triumphantly shouts: "I've got the girl!" She head butts him, retrieves her sword and mutters: "A ''woman'', you'll find."
** Played straight with Djaq's [[ReplacementScrappy replacement]] Kate, who in her first episode is magically capable of overpowering grown, horse-backed, armoured men by poking them with her bare hands, and is then rendered [[FauxActionGirl utterly helpless]] in every other fight she participates in. Except the CatFight, of course.
* Reference in ''ShootingStars'' in a segment parodying ''Series/TheATeam'' - "Look, it's a woman being pushed and pulled about a bit by some communists!" (Two Fidel Castro lookalikes each holding on to the Standard Female Grab Area and pointlessly pushing her back and forth)
* Inverted in an episode of {{iCarly}}, where Sam incapacitates a [[GirlsHaveCooties girl-hating]] [[{{Nerd}} model train club member]] by squeezing his wrist.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. Kira, in the flashback episode "Necessary Evil", when she is grabbed by Dukat and submits to it silently.
** Justified though as that episode takes place during the Occupation -- laying hands on a Cardassian officer would be a death sentence. Kira was a member of LaResistance working undercover on Empok Nor, so couldn't afford to draw attention to herself.
** And in "Dax", where a mook calmly walks up to Dax from a distance of a few meters and grabs her by the arm, forcing her to submit immediately, rather than double axe-handle him.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. Averted in "Year of Hell" when the Doctor tries to [[DoctorsOrders restrict Janeway to Sickbay]] by grabbing her arm. She responds with a DeathGlare and threatens to shut down his program.
** Justified in "The Q and the Grey" when Chakotay grabs a female member of the Q Continuum. When you can change the gravitational constant of the universe with a BadassFingerSnap, it's difficult to get your head around physical violence after you've been BroughtDownToNormal.
-->'''Female Q:''' Let me go before I hurl this ship and everyone on it into the Therinian Ice Age.\\
'''Chakotay:''' I don't think you can.\\
'''Female Q:''' Don't be ridiculous. ''(BadassFingerSnap = NoSell)'' \\
'''Chakotay:''' I don't know how or why, but something's affected your powers. Otherwise, you wouldn't still be here and you wouldn't have a bruise on your forehead. Now start talking before I hurl you into the brig.
** In "Someone to Watch Over Me", Seven of Nine shows the correct way to respond when a drunken alien ambassador grabs you like this.
-->"Remove your hand or [[IWillTearYourArmsOff I shall remove your arm]]."
* In the season one finale of ''Series/TeenWolf'', Peter does this to Kate, rendering her pretty much helpless in seconds.
* In ''Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith'', the Series 4 finale of ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', Ruby first grabs Clyde's upper arm, and later Rani's. Their inability to react is justified by her SuperStrength.
* Rufus does this to Patricia in ''Series/HouseOfAnubis''. She does keep fighting in his grip, though, so it's possibly a subversion, and seemed like it was more of a matter of her just giving up than being subdued.
* Averted in the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode ''Cyberwoman''. Owen has to grab Gwen around the waist in order to prevent her from trying to help Jack, and even then she still tries to pull away.
* Though not a physical example, the spirit of the trope is still present in ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' when [[spoiler:the Governor threatens to rape Maggie and she makes no real attempt to resist,]] even though he put his gun belt down on the other side of the table. She goes from zombie-killing [[ActionGirl Action Girl]] doing risky supply runs to [[DamselInDistress giving into torture]] relatively quickly.
** Subverted in that they have Glen hostage in the other room and have made sure that Maggie knows this. Glen is also subdued from the knowledge that they have Maggie and only really fights back when they lock a walker in with him while he's still tied to a chair.
* Male example in ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Henry gets kidnapped, and even when his mother is running toward him, he doesn't bother to resist being taken through a portal to another world. It might have been understandable up until then, but Emma just needed a little time to reach them.
* [[HollywoodNerd Sloan Sabbith]] on ''TheNewsroom'' has a truly spectacular response to being treated this way by a male coworker:
-->"If you ever lead me by the wrist through that newsroom again, [[BadassBoast I'm gonna take out each of your goddamn knuckles with a ball-peen hammer.]]"
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[[folder:Professional wrestling]]
* Before inducting her into the Wrestling/{{TNA}} gathering, Wrestling/{{Raven}} dragged [[Wrestling/MickieJames Alexis Laree]] into the Sports Entertainment Xtreme office by her wrist. She was on the losing end of a lengthy match with Trinity, who a fresh Raven then attacked and gave the [[FinishingMove even flow DDT]] to, so she probably wasn't in any shape to fight him off and seemed more confused about the whole thing than distressed. It only looks like a straight example if you know ahead of time the mess Raven's Gathering turns out to be.
* The Giant Killer Mike Mondo does incapacitated Maria Kanellis this way on OVW television. However, it did him no good against Alexis Laree (yes, the same one). He did know his fair share of actual debilitating holds but subduing Laree was no trivial effort.
* After winning TNA's X Division Championship from Suicide, Homicide celebrates by kidnapping the locker room interviewer Lauren in this manner.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* Both subverted and played straight in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''. In the subversion, villain Xaldin attempts to force the Beast to [[SadisticChoice choose between his magical rose and Belle]], by holding both (with Belle held by the arm). While he's busy gloating, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBs0Qbj0Qgw&t=7m24s Belle elbows him, grabs the rose from him, and runs back over to the heroes.]] Played straight when Kairi is kidnapped by Axel when he simply grabs her wrist and drags her around like kleenex. Kairi just goes and follows her kidnapper while slightly squirming and only dragging her feet once; never does she consider using her free hand or kicking her abductor. One could chalk it up to an uncaring animator, though, or maybe her being a kid being dragged off by a HumanoidAbomination who's NOT busy gloating.
* ''TheBouncer'' features a kidnapping in the opening cutscene where the kidnapped girl, while trying to escape, is stunned so much by being grabbed on the upper arm that he can put her in a headlock easily.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/LastScenario'' when [[WhiteMage Lorenza]] is introduced. A group of soldiers is trying to capture her, and one of them grabs her arm... so she [[CutscenePowerToTheMax vaporizes him with a lightning bolt]].
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' involves Shepard intervening in a BeamOWar between two exceptionally powerful Asari biotics, by wading into the conflict and twisting the arm of his/her desired target. Alone, Shepard most likely would have been [[SubvertedTrope smushed into paste after this]], but here it serves to break their concentration and opens them up for a CoupDeGrace blast from the other biotic.
** Shepard does it again in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' to [[spoiler: Samara in the Ardat Yakshi monastery]]. Of course, it's mentioned that biotics need precise and exact muscle movements, and Shepard is a super-powered cyborg at both points, so this means that the SFGA is a perfect way to incapacitate biotics as long as they haven't learned how to channel their abilities through their legs. Of course, the only biotic we know of with that ability is male.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', whenever anyone wants to grab Isabela they grab her by both arms at once from behind, and she always manages to escape anyway if she wants to.
* Used in ''ProfessorLaytonAndTheUnwoundFuture'', when [[spoiler:the BigBad kidnaps Flora, Layton's ward, by dragging her out of a restaurant by one arm]]. Flora is a sweet little girl and can't do much to defend herself anyway.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'', Raymond Oswald manages to subdue ActionGirl Cheria using this technique. Granted, she probably ''would'' have kicked his ass into next week had ol' Raymond not been backed up by a bunch of his soldiers.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'', Angelo grabs Jessica by the arm and drags her off to sneak away from a bar brawl over his cheating at cards.
* An interesting version of this happens in the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series. Characters can grab each other, and, if someone grabs a male fighter, it'll be by the chest's clothes, or in the case of fighters that don't wear clothes... by grabbing their skin directly, supposedly. However, if one grabs one of the female characters (excluding Jigglypuff), it'll be by the arm. Of course, grabbing by the chest would lead to some UnfortunateImplications. This is, however, subverted by both the Miis and Mega Man. All Miis, even males, are grabbed in this area, and Mega Man uses the Super Arm for his grab, holding them up by their back.
* ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank Future: Quest for Booty''. Talwyn can shoot guns and jetpack around all she wants during gameplay, but once she's grabbed by the arm in a cutscene, she doesn't even struggle.
* In the opening cinematic for ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn]]''. Justified as mages have low strength stats [[spoiler: and the mage in question is descended from a race of very fragile pacifists]].
* The vampires dragging Willow around early in ''VideoGame/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' hold her this way.
** Though at this point Willow is a shy and (more importantly) normal high school girl who is being held by what is essentially a demon in a human body
* Double Subverted in the remake of ''VideoGame/{{Splatterhouse}}''. Dr. West, the main villain, grabs Jennifer by the arm and drags her through the mansion and across time to complete the ceremony. While Jennifer is no fighter, Dr. West looks to be a fairly frail old man, and Jennifer takes the initiative and stabs West through the temple with a jagged dagger. This turns out to be little more than a mild irritant for West, and as it dawns on Jennifer that he's more than human he easily drags her into the shadows by himself.
* Played quite straight in MurderedSoulSuspect (although in ghost form, but still...)
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* Lampshaded in ''Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy'', the antagonistic Lord Milligan is a CardCarryingVillain who [[ContractualGenreBlindness follows basically every trope in the book]], right down to having a lair inside a hollowed-out volcano, and insisting on explaining the villainous plot to the heroes before killing them. When one of the eponymous characters asks him if there's any ''advantage'' in following all those rules, Milligan demonstrates that there is by employing the "[[http://www.galactanet.com/comic/view.php?strip=381 Female Incapacitation Attack]]" on Mary, an ActionGirl with implanted, Wolverine-style claws.
* A blink and you'll miss it example in ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' during the fight between [[BadassPrincess Androssi]] and [[FieryRedhead Quant]]: in one panel, Quant manages to catch Androssi's arm, and tries to hit her. It takes [[TheHero Baam]] and his newly acquired [[TheParalyzer freezing technique]] to intervene and get Androssi out of this situation. Why Androssi didn't just swing her CoolSword that she held in her free hand at Quants neck is unclear, but the surprise effect or the fact that you need to land really strong attacks on Quant to even scratch him (even the SwordBeam wasn't enough to do that) might have played into that.
* Subverted in ''{{Darken}}''. Sure, Elia is mildly inconvenienced when Shard grabs her, but [[http://darkencomic.com/?webcomic_post=june-24th-2010 it doesn't last long.]]
* ''[[http://girlyyy.com/go/671 Girly]]'', most likely will be [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] later (it's not the first time ''{{Girly}}'' lampshaded something ''while'' playing it straight).
** [[http://girlyyy.com/go/673 Sure enough,]] subverted with a little TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou thrown in.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Underling}}'', this happens to Eshi on [[http://underlingcomic.com/page-one-hundred-seventy-one/ this]] page.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' had this (briefly) when [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100319 "Snapper" Boikov tried taking Sanaa hostage]]. ''After'' discovering she's a sister of the hero who did personally break half of the prisoners' or their bosses' operations and probably already knowing she was imprisoned for [[PirateGirl piracy]]. "Dibs on his boots!"
** Also happens with [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130424 Agatha]]. Even sparks are not immune.
* Subverted in ''LeftoverSoup'', Ellen's self-defense class was devoted solely to techniques to stop rapists grabbing one's wrist. When she asks Jamie to [[http://leftoversoup.com/archive.php?num=30 "give her his best shot"]] he kicks her in the kneecap.
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* Subverted in the WhateleyUniverse. In the second Boston Brawl, Generator (who looks like a ten year old girl) is grabbed as a hostage by Ironhawk (mutant in power armor). She slaps something on his armor, takes over his control system, and uses him as a missile for the rest of the battle.
* Subverted in RWBY. Ruby gets grabbed like this, but shrugs it off. She still gets captured, mind you...but she at least puts up a fight. It's not her fault that she's only 15 and the guard is therefore able to NoSell her punch before PistolWhipping her into submission.
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* Used heavily in ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'' to April O'Neil. Even to the point that Leonardo even uses it in the episode, "It Came from Beneath the Sewers".
* The ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' generally subverted:
** In the episode "The Cat and the Canary" Black Canary is forced to watch Green Arrow fight her mentor Wild Cat in a cage match while being held this way. She more or less allows Roulette's goons to grab her, but as soon as she decides to get involved, she essentially shrugs them off with no problem.
** Subverted earlier when she was flirting with Arrow while sparring with him, allowing him to grab and pin her this way. She then bets that if she can get out of that hold, he'll go with her on an off-the-books mission (that leads to the cage fight). GilliganCut to Arrow hitting the wall.
** If you grab Hawkgirl or Wonder Woman there, all you're doing is giving them leverage. Except sometimes when the enemy is also powerful enough to take out the male heroes in the same way.
* Not even Goldie Gold, of ''WesternAnimation/GoldieGoldAndActionJack'', has enough [[{{Fiction 500}} limitless wealth]] to buy her way [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/goldie_gold_captive_2332.jpg out of this trope]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "Haunted," when Robin is hallucinating visions of Slade, he grabs Starfire here angrily, and she exclaims that he's hurting her, despite the fact she seems to possess at least a degree of NighInvulnerability, and he has no superstrength to speak of. Fan consensus is that she was more emotionally hurt by her good friend grabbing her then any actual physical force. This makes sense when you consider that Starfire's powers are based on her emotions; thus her emotional distress can cause her invulnerability to weaken, allowing Robin (a CharlesAtlasSuperpower level martial artist) to physically harm her.
* Used in the classic ''The Shooting of Dan [=McGoo=]'' Creator/TexAvery short, featuring Droopy. Upon finishing her performance, [[HelloNurse Red]] is accosted by the Wolf, who proceeds to drag her across the room by the wrist, before switching to carrying her underarm.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'':
** After Katriana Moldoff pulls a FreakyFridayFlip on Batman, she is able to grab the now-female Batman by the arm and leave him helpless.
** Subverted later when Superman tries this on Cheetah. He grabs her arm and twists, she slashes his face with her Kryptonite-coated nails.
* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/WingCommanderAcademy'': [[TheSquadette Archer]] performs this hold on [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Maniac]], before [[SheFu tossing him]] halfway across the room. Worth noting, Maniac appears to be about twice her mass.
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* Used in Ancient Greek iconography: women get held by the wrist when kidnapped, or sometimes by her husband.

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