%% Image selected per Image Pickin' thread: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=piausl03i1s904aripu1ku1s
%% Please do not change or remove without starting a new thread.
[[quoteright:274:[[Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/female_incapacitation_edit2_1937.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:274:Oh no! He's got my arm! ...Sort of.]]

->''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 heroes 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 and 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 more [[UnusualEuphemism real estate]] that would not 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.

[[SubvertedTrope As a subversion, briefly controlling one elbow or upper arm can actually be extremely effective.]] [[CaptainObvious Standing still once you've grabbed hold, not so much.]]

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



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Subverted in the ''VideoGame/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.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' gives us an ''[[Awesome/AttackOnTitan awesome]]'' subversion when an enraged, fully grown man tries this on one of the smaller female leads. Instead of freezing up, she grabs him by the shirt collar and uses a ''judo throw'' to flip him tail-over-tea-kettle into the ground (which is why you should never, ''ever'', try this on a Military trained ActionGirl). [[spoiler: What makes the scene really stand out was that the man was ''her own father'', and was in the midst of her epic CallingTheOldManOut moment. For extra Irony, he was the one who forced her into the army in the first place]].
* 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 ''Manga/{{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 ''Anime/MegaManNTWarrior'' {{manga}} grabbing her by the wrist, [[GroinAttack guess what happens to him next]].
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', a shadowy assailant surprised [[CuteBruiser Akane]] from behind, and pulled her back while cupping [[HandGagging 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 ''Manga/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. Though she doesn't fight back not because she's incapacitated but because she's too confused by his actions.
* Subverted in ''[[Manga/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]].
* ''Anime/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 ''Manga/KamichamaKarin'': Kirio tries this on Karin once and gets [[MegatonPunch punched in the face]] for his trouble.
* Episode twelve of ''VisualNovel/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 ''Anime/{{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 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.
* In ''Manga/Brave10'', ActionGirl {{ninja}} Anastasia puzzlingly lets some joke villains [[AttemptedRape almost rape]] her during her first appearance in the series just because they caught her by her wrist?!

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* 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]].
* ''ComicBook/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.

* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': Subverted in chapter 48. A warlord grabbed Misato's upper arm and for a moment she seemed helpless and unable to wrench herself free, but in reality it was part of her plan.
* 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.
* In ''Fanfic/DreamingOfSunshine'', a competing genin does this on Shikako during the second chunin Exams. It does not work.

[[folder:Films - Animated]]
* In ''Disney/{{Mulan}} II'', one of the Mongolian emperor's guards successfully uses this on Mulan.
** In ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', this is how Chi Fu forcibly drags Mulan out of the medical tent [[spoiler: after her real gender is found out]]. Despite her established badassed-ness, it's justified because she was still recuperating from a cut across her stomach and the attendant blood loss and probably wasn't in any shape to fight back, even if she was being manhandled by the weakest man in the group.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{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 ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird''.
* 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''. Agent Lucy Wilde (who can actually fight) is grabbed in this way, in the middle of a party chock full of civilians, mostly kids. And the guy who grabbed her is known for being strong. She's even shown looking around at all the people who could potentially be collateral damage.

[[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.]]
* ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard'':
** Subverted near the end of the flick; [[spoiler: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''?
** [[spoiler: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:''' [[spoiler:[[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 is 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 Victoria]].)
* 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.
* Averted in a DeletedScene of ''Film/TheTerminator''. Sarah Connor finds the address of Cyberdyne Systems in the phone book, and gets into an argument with Kyle Reese over whether they should just destroy Cyberdyne before they develop Skynet. When Kyle says that's not his mission, Sarah declares she's going ahead anyway. Kyle tries to grab Sarah, only for her to break free and run off. He tackles Sarah and grabs her upper arm again, whereupon she slugs him in the face. The scene is meant to show how the [[TookALevelInBadass mild-mannered waitress is becoming more assertive]].
* Averted in ''Film/{{Suffragette}}''. Suffragettes are not this easily defeated, and the police doesn't [[PoliceBrutality feel bad about hitting them in the face]], anyway. Even the husband who just wants to keep his wife out of danger has to resort to [[spoiler: locking her in a closet where he lured her under false pretense]] to keep her from leaving.
* ''Film/BlackSunday''. A policeman grabs a nurse this way to stop her entering the hospital room where a wounded colleague lies. Unfortunately for him, she's a terrorist intent on committing a SickbedSlaying.
* ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''. Bruce Wayne grabs Diana Prince this way during a society fundraiser, and only gets an annoyed look in response. Subverted when we later discover that she's Wonder Woman, and more than capable of kicking his ass should she choose.

* This happens in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' 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'': 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 ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', if you grab Lieutenant Murphy, an experienced Aikido practitioner, 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 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.
* When [[spoiler:Orrin and his kids]] kidnap Annileen near the climax of ''Literature/StarWarsKenobi'', they hold her by the upper arm. She doesn't get a chance to escape until [[spoiler:Mullen]] lets her go in order to try and shoot her.
* Reba [=McClane=] in ''Literature/RedDragon'' mentions how annoying this is, as someone grabbing the upper arm of a blind person throws off their balance, not to mention how [[AllMenArePerverts men use their knuckles to cop a feel of her breast while doing so]].
* In ''Literature/TheClericQuintet'' Rufo grabs Danica this way, despite her being an extremely skilled fighter who specializes in unarmed combat. In this case she briefly reflects on how amateurish his hold is, but having become a vampire, he's now strong enough to [[UnskilledButStrong shatter the bones of her arm by squeezing]] if she tries to break it.
* ''Literature/TheTurkishGambit'': "Paladin had reached out his left hand, grasped her tightly by the elbow, and pulled her toward him, protecting himself with her like a shield."
* Downplayed in ''Avengers of the Moon'', by Creator/AllenSteele. Literature/CaptainFuture grabs IPS officer [[FairCop Joan Randall]] this way to stop her [[StayInTheKitchen leaving the rocketship for a risky EVA]], but hands her directly to his RobotBuddy, who holds Joan in place easily thanks to the robot's superior strength.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{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 ''Series/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 ''Series/{{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.
** Also in "Resurrection" when Kira is kidnapped by MirrorUniverse Bareil. At first Bareil is holding Kira in front of him as a HumanShield. By the time he grabs her this way, Kira has overcome her shock at seeing her long-dead lover and is a PlayAlongPrisoner, knowing that [[BrandishmentBluff Bareil's weapon doesn't work]] and he won't make it off the station anyway. When they do fight, she takes him down easily.
** Played straight 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.
--->'''Seven of Nine:''' Remove your hand or [[IWillTearYourArmsOff I shall remove your arm]].
** In "Bliss", Chakotay grabs Seven this way, but it's a sign he's NotHimself as he'd never manhandle a female crewmember. Seven plays along only because he has two armed security officers with him, and she needs to get them to let their guard down.
** A GenderInvertedTrope in "Ex Post Facto" and "Initiations" where a male prisoner is hauled around this way, likely to show how their spirit has been broken if they let themselves be hauled about like a wuss.
* 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 ''Series/TheNewsroom'' has a truly spectacular response to being treated this way by a male coworker:
-->'''Sabbith:''' 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.]]
* ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'': "The Tale of the Many Faces". When the two girls simply grab Madame Visage and she makes no attempt to break free, and they easily defeat her while she pathetically screams. So the girls have been working as slaves for her all this time and all they needed to do was simply hold her?
* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. In "Moloch", two mooks grab [[BigBad Servalan]] by the arms so she can be hauled off to be gang-raped. Servalan contemptuously pulls her arms free, utters a blatant death threat, then calmly strides off to her fate. She escapes of course, racking up quite a bodycount in the process.
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Since Matt Murdock is blind, he'll grasp a sighted person's arm by the elbow and let them guide him, such as with the real estate agent showing him and Foggy around the future space for Nelson & Murdock.
** PlayedForLaughs in ''Series/TheDefenders2017'' when Matt roughly grabs Series/JessicaJones2015 by the arm upon her entry into Midland Circle and drags her aside to try and warn her into leaving the place, since it's a trap set by the Hand, and it only works because she's just shocked he actually did it, since she has SuperStrength and he's a [[HandicappedBadass blind-but-maybe-not lawyer]].
-->'''Jessica Jones:''' Murdock! What-
-->'''Matt Murdock:''' You need to leave, ''now''.
-->'''Jessica Jones:''' If you grab me like that again, I'll punch you so hard you'll see.
-->'''Matt Murdock:''' Listen, I've been here before-
-->'''Jessica Jones:''' Why are you following me?
-->'''Matt Murdock:''' And you're in serious danger.
-->'''Jessica Jones:''' ''[scoffs]'' What kind of lawyer are you?
-->'''Matt Murdock:''' This case you took, it's leading you towards something truly sinister.
-->'''Jessica Jones:''' Okay, you are the most full-of-shit lawyer I've ever met, and I think we should stop and appreciate the magnitude of that statement.
-->'''Matt Murdock:''' Let's talk about this somewhere else-
-->'''Jessica Jones:''' Let's talk about it, never. ''[beat]'' Unless you want to tell me how a blind man moves the way you do.
-->'''Matt Murdock:''' ''[suddenly confused]'' [[FlatWhat Excuse me?]]
-->'''Jessica Jones:''' I have pictures, asshole. ''[Without missing a beat, Matt abruptly grabs Jessica's camera and smashes it]''
** Later on, Jessica's threat turns out to be all for naught since when they're brought in for questioning by the police, she lets Matt grip her elbow and allow her to guide him.
* Averted in ''Series/{{Westworld}}''. When Dolores [[OffTheRails wanders off her assigned area]], another android in the role of a sheriff tries to force her to return by grabbing her arm, but she refuses to budge and gives a KubrickStare in return.

[[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 incapacitate Wrestling/MariaKanellis 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 Title from Suicide, Homicide celebrates by kidnapping the locker room interviewer Lauren in this manner.

* In ''Theatre/TheFantasticks'', Luisa is grabbed by El Gallo around the wrist. She romanticizes it by tying a ribbon to the spot in the aftermath.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* When Snidley kidnaps Nell in ''Ride/DudleyDoRightsRipsawFalls'' at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's Islands of Adventure]], he can be seen grabbing her by her wrist.

* 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.
** The manga adaptation partly subverts this with Kairi ''[[CombatPragmatist biting Axel in the arm]]'' to escape, but by that point, they were no longer in Twilight Town.
* ''VideoGame/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'' [[spoiler: in a paragon interrupt to prevent Samara from committing suicide 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.
*** Additionally, it does not seem that at that time the female is incapacitated, but rather is simply refraining from fighting an ally while demanding to be released so she can finish [[spoiler: committing suicide]].
* 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 ''VideoGame/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 [[WaddlingHead 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 the rear (Though never in the case of females) or back instead.
* ''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]].
* ''Gender-Inverted'' in the case of Lon'qu of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''. If woman grabs his hand or arm, he freezes up.
-->'''Lon'qu''': That's my arm. You're touching my arm. ''Please stop touching my arm''.
* 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 ''VideoGame/MurderedSoulSuspect'' (although in ghost form, but still...)/

* 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 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 ''Webcomic/{{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 ''Webcomic/{{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 ''Webcomic/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.
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName''. Zombie tries to restrain Adelaide by grabbing her wrists. She being a vampire and thus having super strength, she's kept still for a panel or so before simply breaking off one of Zombie's arms and freeing herself.

[[folder: WebOriginal]]
* Subverted in the Literature/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 ''WebAnimation/{{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.
** Subverted again much later with her sister Yang. Mercury, one of the bad guy's minions, tries to grab her arm as she passes... her cybernetic arm, which she simply detaches without missing a beat.
* Discussed in an episode of ''WebVideo/BestOfTheWorst''. Josh "The Wizard" points this trope out to the others while watching ''High Voltage''. To demonstrate, Mike grabs Jessi by the upper arm and she immediately goes limp.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* 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 ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague,'' generally subverted this trope:
** 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.
** In [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague the original,]] Green Lantern grabs Wonder Woman by the wrist to stop her from talking to a reporter, and it works.
* 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]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
** In the episode "[[Recap/TeenTitansS3E5Haunted 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.
** Again during the beginning of Raven's arc: When Slade is forcing Raven to acknowledge the doomsday prophecy surrounding her SealedEvilInACan existence, he is holding her by both arms in the same spot. While Raven doesn't have super-strength, [[SquishyWizard compensated for by insanely powerful telekinesis and magic]], her powers, like Starfire's, are also rooted in emotion; specifically emotional control and detachment. She's too freaked out and mired in self-loathing and resignation to effectively defend herself. Unlike other examples on this page, there is a pretty disturbing sexual harassment subtext, given Slade is a zombified 30-something-year-old man and Raven is, at this point, 16 (the prophecy kicks in on her 17th birthday).
* 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'': Whenever the spies get captured or subdued by the enemy they'll end up a victim of this.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Korra]]'' actually falls victim to this once in a fight with Zaheer. The details are non-standard, and it's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it example, but the spirit is the same. Korra is held by the back of her shirt, not the arm. She is also shackled by the wrists and ankles, and had just taken a pretty serious beating. However, as she is being captured and put on an airship, she puts up ''zero'' resistance. One might argue that her injuries and shackles were just too much for her to overcome, but then her father comes to her rescue and the two of them proceed to fight Zaheer together, Korra still in shackles.
* In the extended opening for ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', [[TheBrute Jasper]] is shown restraining [[BrokenBird Lapis Lazuli]] in this manner.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* This [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petrov_Affair#/media/File:Petrova_taken_away.jpeg famous photograph]] of the [[IHaveYourWife wife]] of Soviet defector [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petrov_Affair Vladmir Petrov]] being forcibly taken back to the Soviet Union by two [[SecretPolice KGB agents]]. Evdokia Petrova [[AvertedTrope eventually broke free]] with the help of Australian officials and claimed political asylum.