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->''"You can attack me, you can send assassins after me, that's fine. But '''nobody''' messes with my boyfriend!"''
-->-- '''Buffy Anne Summers''', ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''

Seems harming that guy was a really bad idea. His girlfriend is gonna kick your ass.

A violently protective girlfriend essentially acts like a much younger MamaBear, except her BerserkButton is harm to her mate rather than to the kids; note that this inverts the ''usual'' expectation that the boyfriend is violently protective of the girlfriend.

This is common with an ActionGirl, AmazonianBeauty, CuteBruiser, or LadyOfWar. Sometimes a ButchLesbian will act this way about her girlfriend due to the stereotype of being [[BrawnHilda stronger]] and more "dominant", though a LipstickLesbian shouldn't be underestimated either. Personalities associated with it include PluckyGirl (who may or may not fight but is likely to be protective anyway), {{Tsundere}} (who is apt to go into rage mode when said lover is threatened despite not being able to stand them half the time) and {{Yandere}} (who is likely to bring out the AxCrazy in response to anyone threatening what she feels is hers). A NonActionGuy or dudes otherwise incompetent in combat seem to [[WeaknessTurnsHerOn attract]] these women. Most types of TheWoobie (except JerkassWoobie and WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds) also draw the attention of these types of women out of an instinct to ease their suffering.

Sometimes, if she herself doesn't treat her boyfriend exceptionally well, there can be a variant what can be summed up as, "Hey, [[HypocriticalHeartwarming nobody picks on him but me]]."

Not limited to romantic relationships, and outside of romantic relationships, seen mostly between friends and family members/siblings. It has much overlap with BerserkButton, and to a lesser extent, MamaBear.

Compare to UnderstandingBoyfriend for the [[InvertedTrope inverted variant]]. See also MoreDeadlyThanTheMale, ActionGirlfriend, and BodyguardCrush. Can overlap with BewareTheNiceOnes if she seems harmless until her mate is in danger. A mutually violently protective couple is a BattleCouple. An AmazonChaser may look for one of these.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Jormungand}}'': Valmet will put a foot up your ass, when you as much as look at Koko in a funny way (Koko doesn't reciprocate Valmet's [[LesYay romantic feelings towards her]], but it still counts).
* Though they never made it past first base through the entire course of ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Kallen will still gut you like a fish if you even glance at Lelouch the wrong way.
* Threatening or physically assaulting Eren from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' is a sure fire way to press Mikasa's BerserkButton. Not a good idea considering she's likely the second most powerful human in the world and, much more, she's perfectly willing to face down everything from a squad of cannon armed soldiers to entire hordes of Titans to the world's strongest man himself just to keep Eren safe. Somewhat subverted since Eren and Mikasa are step-siblings, but because they have no blood relation...
* Hurting Lawrence in ''SpiceAndWolf'' is the best way to get Holo mad. And as she's a PhysicalGod whose true form is of a [[CanisMajor wolf large enough to devour a man in a single bite]], and making her really mad brings out her predatory side... Not a bright move. Especially given the implications she's [[ImAHumanitarian eaten humans in the past]].
* ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'' features this relationship with {{Tsundere}} Anko Uehara and Noboru Yoshikawa (who plays the role of UnderstandingBoyfriend). You NEVER mess with Noboru in Anko's presence unless you want a thorough beating. Kinda ironic when you consider the fact Uehara actually started out as a LovingBully to Noboru.
* ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'': While they're not [[ShipTease yet]] a couple, [[LittleMissBadass Morgiana]] is this to [[{{Deuteragonist}} Alibaba]]. She is incredibly loyal to him and harming or insulting him is one of her [[BerserkButton berserk buttons]]... And ''[[OneWomanArmy Morgiana]]'' is not someone you would ''[[KickChick want as]] [[SuperStrength an enemy]]''.
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'': As far as [[SociopathicHero Revy]] is concerned, harming Rock in any manner is punishable by a disproportionate beat down for a first offense, and a bullet for a second (or even for a first if it's severe enough). When [[spoiler:Chaka]] wants to goad her into a gunfight, he does so by [[spoiler:wantonly beating Rock]] -- and, later on, he gets [[spoiler:what he had coming for it, as Revy trashes him for a bit and then leaves him at the mercy of his ''other'' victim's bodyguard: [[{{Badass}} Ginji Matsuzaki]], who is quick to give him a particularly horrible CruelAndUnusualDeath for the shit he pulled on his charge, YakuzaPrincess Yukio.]]
* The ''{{Mazinger}}'' saga:
** ''Anime/MazingerZ'': ''Really'' it is not a good idea hurting Kouji in front of prototypical {{Tsundere}} ActionGirl and BattleCouple Sayaka Yumi. Although her FemBot is a constant victim of TheWorfEffect, she still has TONS of righteous wrath to back her. Secondary character Saijyo found out about it the hard way in episode 26: shortly after beating up Kouji he found himself in the grip of a ''HumongousMecha'' while Sayaka gave him a furious TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
** In ''ShinMazingerZero'' Sayaka tears apart ''three'' [[{{Robeast}} Mechanical Beasts]] that were threatening Kouji in a matter of seconds, roaring the whole time. Even Kouji was frightened.
* ''Manga/OmamoriHimari'''s title character invokes this when she sees Amakawa Yuuto take a hit for her. Note that she's supposed to be his bodyguard. Violence ensues, and ends with a PillarOfLight.
** Himari "only" went into a murderous rage and sliced of the arm of a skyscraper-sized giant with one hit. The PillarOfLight was Yuuto's doing - to ''calm her down'' again. Yes, she was that pissed.
* A humorous example in ''Manga/KeroroGunsou'': Messing with Fuyuki is a great way to get Momoka to kick your ass, even though she isn't technically his girlfriend. [[StalkerWithACrush Yet.]]
* In a {{filler}} episode of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', a really horrible tutor decides to be cruel to Gohan, treating him like dirt, and daring to insult Goku in front of the kid... Gohan WOULD have kicked the guy to Namek and back, but he never got the chance -- his mother, [[MamaBear Chi]][[{{Tsundere}} chi]] [[BerserkButton didn't]] [[ActionMom take too kindly]] [[CurbStompBattle to hearing someone]] [[DestinationDefenestration insult her husband]].
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia''
** "Seize vital regions, seize vital regions... CRUSH PRUSSIA, CRUSH PRUSSIA!!" Really, people, don't mess with Austria unless you want his girlfriend/wife Hungary to pound you.
** HoYay version: in the [[HetaliaBloodbath2010 Christmas/New Years 2010 Special]], Finland snapped when his partner Sweden (who refers to him as "his wife") was hit with TheWorfEffect and managed to put up quite a fight against his attacker. [[spoiler: Too bad he got caught too.]]
* ''Manga/MiraiNikki'': Yuno Gasai. Never ever threaten or harm or ''even get within 10 feet'' of Yukki. Because [[{{Yandere}} Yuno]] [[AxeCrazy will]] [[MurderIsTheBestSolution be]] [[StalkerWithACrush watching]].
-->'''Yuno:''' All who stand between Yukki and me can just DIE!
* ''Manga/VampirePrincessMiyu'': While Larva is more of Miyu's BattleButler than boyfriend, do ''not'' think of harming him. Miyu will, in her own words, [[TranquilFury "turn you into ashes"]] for hurting her faithful and devoted companion.
** Similarly, her fellow "Vampire Princess" Yui was ''most pissed'' when the first Shinma she fought impaled her own companion Nagi with a spear. Notice that at such a particular point, Yui had ''just'' become a vampire and had next to no idea of how to use her newfound vampire skills -- ''she fought anyway'' and used both guile and raw power to win
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has [[BodyguardCrush Hawkeye and Lan Fan]], who are quite protective of both Mustang and Ling respectively. Note that while Hawkeye and Mustang [[spoiler:were confirmed to have [[WordOfGod marriage-worthy]] feelings for each other (though their ranks and positions don't let them fully act on such feels)]] and Ling and Lanfan [[ShipTease mean a lot to each other]], both girls also have professional duties as bodyguards.
* ''Manga/InuYasha''
** Kagome blasts Naraku apart just because he made fun of Inuyasha. She threatens the Peachman so much so that even Miroku and Shippou are amazed. Plus she blasts Kikyou's souls out of her TWICE for trying to kill him while she was in her {{Yandere}} days. She even shoots at Sesshoumaru and threatens him twice. Where would Inuyasha be without his girlfriend to protect him?
** Once Inuyasha's [[CameBackWrong revived]] ex-girlfriend Kikyou loses a part of her rage at the world and sets into {{Anti Hero}}ine territory, she also threatens the evil priestess Tsubaki and openly warns her not to kill him. ''To put it on perspective:'' post-{{Yandere}}-phase Kikyou is a very serious DarkMagicalGirl who almost always keeps what remains of [[BrokenBird her muddled emotions]] [[SourOutsideSadInside in check]] and rarely if ever [[TranquilFury shows open anger]]... but the moment her old RivalTurnedEvil tells her that she's gonna kill Inuyasha, she fires two arrows at Tsubaki (pining her robe sleeve to the wooden door), walks up to her ''and pulls on her hair while delivering her warning about Inuyasha''. Seriously, don't mess with Kikyou.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has a LesYay version: Setsuna, Konoka's [[ChildhoodFriendRomance childhood friend]] and personal bodyguard. Although as her bodyguard it's her duty to protect her, Setsuna is shown to be fiercely protective of Konoka and [[BodyguardCrush her feelings are clearly beyond a bodyguard's for her charge.]] After [[spoiler:entering a Pactio with Konoka]], she's even more of the real deal, and they become a BattleCouple.
* ''Manga/YandereKanojo'': Reina Ryuuzaki already has a violent temper, being a {{delinquent}} and all (though [[CharacterDevelopment she mellows out somewhat]]), but anybody threatening her boyfriend ([[{{Tsundere}} aside from her]]) is in for a world of hurt.
** [[GenerationXerox That trait comes from her mom.]] Anyone tried to bother [[ShrinkingViolet Kouichiro]] might as well as [[DisproportionateRetribution calling their undertaker to save time.]]
* Miyako from ''Anime/BambooBlade'' is overly protective of Dan... although it's at least in part because [[CuteAndPsycho she just likes having a reason to hurt people]].
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Although she's not his girlfriend anywhere but in her own mind (where she believes they are engaged), Boa Hancock gets VERY upset when someone threatens Luffy. [[http://read.mangashare.com/One-Piece/chapter-559/page013.html When Smoker attacks Luffy]], she threatens to rip him to pieces and feed him to wild dogs. Take in consideration that this woman is most likely the most powerful ActionGirl in the '''whole''' ''[[WorldOfBadass One Piece universe]]'', as a KickChick LadyOfWar who ''also'' has TakenForGranite powers, and...
* Senjougahara of ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' swore that if Araragi was killed she would [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge do everything in her power to destroy his killer]].
* Don't threaten (or even speak ill of) Keiichi from ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' lest you incur the wrath of his Goddess girlfriend. Several characters comment that Belldandy is terrifying when something threatens (or demeans) her boyfriend and the art work depicts her as looking unusually threatening (for her) when this happens. This was seen as early as in Urd's introductory episode, where Bell was ''pissed'' at her older sister for meddling with their relationship.
* Diane from the series ''Manga/NanatsuNoTaizai'' might not be Meliodas' girlfriend but she will beat the living hell out of you if you try to hurt him.
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh''
** In [[Anime/YuGiOh the original series]], Anzu was ''very'' protective of Yugi ever since they were kids. While she's not an ActionGirl or a big duelist, she ''is'' a determined PluckyGirl who does what she can to support him, and will stand up for Yugi's sake if he needs it.
** High Priest Akhenadin noticed that Kisara either wouldn't or couldn't summon her powerful Blue-Eyes White Dragon ''ka'' to protect herself, but when it comes to protecting Priest Seto...
** Mana and her ''ka'', the Black/Dark Magician Girl, are this to Yami Yugi/Pharaoh Atem and Mahaad/Black/Dark Magician.
** Aki Izayoi reminds Jack Atlas of this trope when Yusei Fudo is kidnapped on ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds''.
* RuleNumberOne when you are a character in ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko'' and particularly ''Manga/ZettaiShoujoSeiikiAmnesian'': don't lay a finger on Himeko. Otherwise, [[LipstickLesbian Chikane]] will ([[LadyOfWar albeit gracefully]]) kick your sorry ass from here to Orion.
* Considering that NiceGuy Kokuto Mikiya from ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'' is the LoveInterest and MoralityPet to {{Tsundere}} CuteAndPsycho KnifeNut RealityWarper [[MagicalEye with-eyes-capable-of-seeing-]][[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu how-to-kill-even-Cthulhu]] Ryougi Shiki, harming him is generally '''NOT''' [[TooDumbToLive a good idea]]. [[spoiler: Lio Shirazumi]] didn't listen... and well...
* ''Manga/FairyTail''
** Juvia. Threatening Gray in her presence pushes her BerserkButton that scares even Erza!
** Speaking of Erza, Erza herself became an example of this trope while trying to defend Jellal from both Midnight and Kagura.
* If you find yourself in one of the ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' universes, it doesn't matter which one; don't threaten Tenchi while Ryoko is around. Just don't. For that matter, Princess Ayeka will also be pretty pissed off at you. And the rest of his BattleHarem won't be happy either...
* [[spoiler:Elizabeth "Lizzie" Middleford]] in the ''Manga/BlackButler'' manga decides to stop hiding her LadyOfWar side when she and [[spoiler: her fiance Ciel]] were rodeated by zombies and he was unable to protect her. When this took place, the girl tearfully and fearlessly jumped to the guy's defense [[DualWielding with two rapiers in hand]]...
-->(paraphrased) "I will become the wife of [[spoiler: The Queen's Watchdog]]! BACK OFF HIM!"
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'': If you ever hurt Tsukune, Moka will make sure you [[CatchPhrase know your place]]. Unless Kurumu or Mizore beat her to it -- if Tsukune himself doesn't kill you first, that is. Unusually for this trope, the one Tsukune truly wants as a girlfriend, [[GenkiGirl Outer Moka]], isn't really much use until her Rosary is removed and [[SplitPersonality she becomes]] [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Inner Moka]], who will fight just as viciously as the others but does it for herself rather than for Tsukune ([[spoiler: at least at first]]).
* Saori from ''Manga/WanderingSon'' acts this way toward Shuuichi, however they aren't dating and Shu apparently doesn't have romantic feelings toward Saori.
* ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'': While they're not an item yet, Oscar Francois de Jarjays completely flips her shit out when André Grandier [[spoiler:is subjected to EyeScream by Bernard aka the BlackKnight]], and very nearly kills the culprit.
* Even though she gave him immortality, Saitohimea of ''LightNovel/ItsukaTenmaNoKuroUsagi'' still couldn't bear to see Taito get hurt for her sake, or when he undergoes TrainingFromHell under a DrillSergeantNasty.
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Akane becomes this whenever Ranma fails to properly defend himself against any real threat. If he's losing in a fight, she'll either help him kick your ass or she'll do it herself... or at least, she'll try to do it herself. It's not easy to defend your fiance when [[OvershadowedByAwesome everyone else is better than you.]] Thankfully, her temper has made up for her lack of skills more than once. One time, she easily [[BreakingTheBonds broke through thick bonds]] out of pure rage over someone threatening Ranma.
--> '''Akane:''' Let me go! If you hurt him, I swear that I'll...
* ''[[Anime/TsukuyomiMoonPhase Moon Phase]]'': Once upon a time, a group of thugs roughed up Kohei Morioka, the favorite servant / blood donor / toy of vampire princess Hazuki. They were never seen again.
* Both Usagi/Moon and Michiru/Neptune from ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' have put themselves at great risk to save their respective love interests, Mamoru/Tuxedo Kamen and [[LesYay Haruka/Uranus]].
* ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima'': [[{{Tsundere}} Louise]] is [[GroinAttack often violent]] to Saito but is protective of him as well.
* Seras Victoria from the ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' manga and ''Hellsing Ultimate'' OVA is most of time much more cheerful and human than her [[TheMentor Mentor]] [[SociopathicHero Alucard]] and slightly unwilling to accept that she is a vampire. When her LoveInterest [[TheCaptain Pip]] [[EyepatchOfPower Bernadotte]] [[spoiler:is murdered ''[[CruelAndUnusualDeath in a very unpleasant and terrible way]]'' ]] in front of her, however, the result was enough to scare the crap out of ''vampire Nazis''. And let's not even talk about [[CurbStompBattle what she did]] [[spoiler: [[{{Gorn}} with Pip's murderer]]...]] or maybe we should because [[TheKillerBecomesTheKilled the]] [[AssholeVictim murderer]] [[TheDogBitesBack had it]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome coming]]!
* In episode 10 of ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', a [[SlasherSmile gloating]] Kuradeel kills one of his guildmates, then starts to torture Kirito, who [[CurbStompBattle soundly defeated]] him in an earlier duel. Were it not for the timely arrival of Asuna who had been following them, its likely Kuradeel would have also killed Kirito, then made up some random excuse as to why the two guildmates were dead to their guild leader Heathcliff.
* Celty of ''{{Durarara}}'' develops this for Shinra after volume 8, after he [[spoiler: is tortured almost to the point of death.]]
* Jacuzzi Splot of ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', being the timid and [[AllLovingHero all-forgiving]] MartyrWithoutACause he is, puts absolutely no thought into fighting those intent on harming him. Thus, Nice Hollystone sees to the job herself, [[PyroManiac always through the liberal application of explosives to the problem]].
* ''Manga/AnatoliaStory'': Yuri Suzuki. When the concubines who are butthurt because Kail is going the LadykillerInLove way for her put scorpions in Yuri's bed ''in the same night that Kail was about to sleep in her bedroom'', Yuri gets so absolutely pissed off that she storms into the room the girls are in and shouts that they can treat her as badly as they want, '''but they better not endanger Kail'''. She then correctly identifies the one who came up with that shit and [[HumiliationConga throws the now-dead scorpions on her.]] And this isn't including the times she has ridden into battle to save him. [[spoiler:She even gave up a final chance to return back to her home time in Japan to ride to Kail's rescue.]]
* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'': If you mess with her "Mahiro-san", Nyarko ''will'' turn you into a greasy stain on the pavement. In this case it's pretty well [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], since it's [[BodyguardCrush literally her job]] to protect Mahiro and most of the things coming after him are horrible {{Eldritch Abomination}}s from space that either want to kill him or do things like sell him into slavery.
* [[MadLove Misa]] [[{{Yandere}} Amane]] of ''Anime/DeathNote'' is a particularly dark example, but killing for her beloved MagnificentBastard boyfriend is ''far'' from beneath her.
* In ''Kitsune no Yomeiri'' Ousuke, an unlucky everyman, ends up getting married to the kitsune princess Kyouka. Now, while she is a prankster and loves tricking her husband, with such things like drawing on his face as he sleeps, she does deeply care for him and his hard work ethic. When some thugs ruined all the potatoes he just finished peeling, she unleashed her fox fire on them.
* Jyubee in ''Manga/NejimakiKagyu'' is sorta like this. She's a childhood friend to her teacher, Kamo, and wants to be his girlfriend once she finishes high school. But since Kamo is an unwitting ChickMagnet and the female student body at his school are literally crazy for him. She opts to protect him with the training she recieved while abroad in China. [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-U690maWHxuc/Uou15RikfiI/AAAAAAAAOFA/Mntiq7EZc7c/012.png?imgmax=2000 This is]] [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1LC4brq5TiA/Uou16eCynmI/AAAAAAAAOFE/z3qcNVRZ6tk/013.png?imgmax=2000 usually the result]] of anyone who threaten him or tries to separate the two.
* The titular {{Human Alien}}s of ''{{Sekirei}}'' are this by default, being fiercely protective of their human partners. It's entirely justified, since [[spoiler: killing the Ashikabi will terminate all their Sekirei]] and most Ashikabi are simply PunyEarthlings caught up in battles between superhuman {{Action Girl}}s. The notable exception is Yukari Sahashi, who responds [[GroinAttack violently]] to anyone that dares to threaten her beloved {{Bishonen}}, Shiina. Her tendency to hospitalize rival Ashikabi results in her becoming TheDreaded, while SubmissiveBadass Shiina [[ShareTheMalePain winces]] in the background.
* In Manga/DetectiveConan, you do NOT harm/beat up/capture/[[spoiler: put inside DeathTrap]]/etc. [[ActionSurvivor Wataru Takagi]]. Because [[MasculineGirlFeminineBoy his]] ActionGirlfriend and police partner just ''happens'' to be Miwako Sato, one of the most powerful {{Action Girl}}s in the cast [[spoiler: and who once lost her FirstLove/former partner Matsuda to terrorists]], and she will '''NOT''' tolere anyone putting her Takagi in danger. [[spoiler: She has been on the verge of losing [[SecondLove Takagi]] at least ''thrice'', for worse, [[BerserkButton and oblviously was VERY unhappy about that]].]]
** A less physically active but ''very'' vocal example than most is Sonoko Suzuki. Sonoko completely proclaims to Inspector Yamamura that her GentleGiant boyfriend Makoto Kyougoku isn't the murderer in a case and continues to give him {{death glare}}s when he makes veiled comments that he ''does'' think Makoto is the culprit. [[spoiler: He isn't.]]
** Subverted with Ran Mouri, who has protected her "not-boyfriend" Shinichi Kudo many times from many danger... but ''she actually doesn't know it'' because he was shrunk into the titular Conan and she's completely LockedOutOfTheLoop in these regards. So she believes herself to be a MamaBear regarding the kid, but she's actually protecting her love interest...

* Pablo Francisco has speculated that this is the best part of having a Mexican girlfriend, because if you get in a fight, she will jump in and wipe the floor with the other guy.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/{{X 23}}, as Lady Deathstryke found out the hard way.
-->'''X-23:''' You were dead the second you touched Julian Keller.
* Susan Richards for Reed Richards, after she TookALevelInBadass and became the most powerful member of the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour''. (In fact, word to the wise: [[MamaBear Don't threaten her son,]] [[BigSisterInstinct her brother,]] or [[TrueCompanions any of her friends]] if you value your life.)
* The [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Pre-Crisis]] WonderWoman, for Steve Trevor.
* ''Both'' BettyAndVeronica can occasionally become this for {{Archie}}.
* In ''ComicBook/AmericanVampire'', Henry can usually take care of himself...but when he's outmatched, Pearl is more than willing to step up to the plate and deal with things. [[spoiler:As Skinner Sweet, among others, found out the hard way.]]
* [[TheNewGods Big Barda]] will destroy anyone who even ''looks'' at her husband Mister Miracle funny. That, or she'll teleport you to another galaxy...[[BadAss in the middle of space]]. To be fair, that's less her being a Violently Protective Girlfriend and more her being violent, period. Barda seems to believe all problems will go away if you beat them to an unrecognizable pulp... which admittedly is accurate most of the time.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/ScarTissue'':
** Shinji. Calling Asuka names is enough to make him losing control of himself. And when he does he is very frightening. Misato compared him once with a wolf defending his mate.
--->Of course, in the middle of the open war against Asuka's presence, everyone in the room failed to notice Shinji's change of mood. With every insult directed towards Asuka, he felt rage unlike any other build inside him like a deadly current threatening to consume him completely. He could stand anything people directed his way, as long as it was him who was offended. No-one, NO ONE had the right to insult Asuka, they had no idea what she had been through, what she had suffered. Such a thing would not stand.
** Asuka. After almost killing Shinji her behaviour completely changes and she becomes ''extremely'' protective of him. And she gets very angry whenever she perceives that someone has hurt him.
* In the ''{{Fanfic/Uplifted}}'' series, Hanala'Jarva having several... incidents. Most of them justified. The last incident involving [[spoiler: Hanala unloading a whole MP-40 clip into a starving runaway Jewish woman who was to be Joachim Hoch's sisters-in-law after he startles her into shooting him in the face.]] is more questionable.
* In the ''Anime/ShamanicPrincess'' fanfiction ''Divine Sorceress'', Graham remains viciously protective of Tiara, but now, Tiara would be just as fierce in protecting him as well. When Graham got attacked by a Ryami, and advanced Mihan demon, an enraged Tiara switched to her demon form and struck at the Ryami without warning, [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome and then she killed it]].
* In ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'' [[spoiler:Asuka]] is a Violently Protective Wife as well as a MamaBear. Threaten [[spoiler:Shinji]] or her daughter [[spoiler:Aki]] and she will go on a rampage, like [[spoiler:Zeruel]], [[spoiler:Kaworu]] and even [[spoiler:Gendo]] found out the hard way.
* [[BewareTheNiceOnes Nutsy]] from ''[[WesternAnimation/BlinkyBill The Adventures Of Blinky Bill]]'' fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7782580/1/Scars_Are_Forever Scars Are Forever]] is extremely protective of Shifty Dingo. When she finds out Jeromy [[spoiler: tortured him and he's in a coma in the hospital, she pulls a LeeroyJenkins on Jeromy and gets kidnapped but [[BigDamnHeroes Danny Dingo saves her just as she is about to get raped by him]] by shooting Jeromy in the head. Nutsy then goes ExtremeMeleeRevenge on Jeromy's corpse, beheading it, dismembering it, disemboweling it and tearing its eyes out before dousing it with gasoline and setting it on fire.]], hurting Shifty is practically Nutsy's BerserkButton in any of CanzetYote's ''WesternAnimation/BlinkyBill'' fics.
* In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' fic ''FanFic/GodsOfThisNewWorld'' [[spoiler: Mello]] [[NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow stabs Misa in the chest with a sword]]. When he threatens her Light, [[TheDeterminator Misa gets back up]] [[MomentOfAwesome and keeps fighting him anyway.]]
* In one continuum of ''Discworld'' fanfic, wizard Ponder Stibbons, the first to describe himself as weedy and ineffectual, ends up with a girlfriend who thinks the world of him. She is a sinewy, athletically graceful, hard as nails product of Filigree Street and her native Howondaland and she is prepared to deal a world of pain to anyone spoiling his day. In fact, she is a career Assassin. Ponder considers being with her is quite restful compared to the HEM and dealing with the Faculty. Ponder's love life with a trained killer may be found in the stories of A.A. Pessimal on FanFic.Net.
* While the relationship is more one of FriendsWithBenefits - ie, sex without too much emotional commitment - Sally von Humpeding is this to Philip Holtack in ''[[FanFic/SlippingBetweenWorlds Slipping Between Worlds]]''. Philip is suitably thankful on both counts.
* In Fanfic/TheWizardInTheShadows, Ginny is very much this trope, as those (very) few orcs and servants of evil who survived the Battle of the Black Gate can attest.
* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', a female Shepard can show some signs of this trope, but in ''[[Fanfic/WeightlessMassEffect Weightless]]'', it's turned UpToEleven. To demonstrate, when Garrus had a clue to find Sidonis, he decided to go alone (as opposed to [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 canon]]) so that Shepard would be safe. What did Shepard do? Used brute force on him (while they were naked and lying in his bed no less) and ''ordered'' Garrus to take her with him because it ''is'' her business to deal with the one who hurt what belonged to her (Garrus). Then she proceeded to [[LeaveNoWitnesses kill everyone]] who stood in her way because they ''may'' be traced back to Garrus. Even Garrus found her decidedly Renegade behavior a bit unsettling and compared her to Aria.
* Maria Aparicio in ''FanFic/PowerRangersGPX''. Summed up in four words: "[[PunctuatedPounding Don't! Touch! My! BOYFRIEND!]]"
* Rika in the ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries'' seems to treat Takato with contempt most of the time. but she will eviscerate anyone who even ''tries'' to hurt him.
** This eventually leads to her '''''Ultimate''''' [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment Of Awesome]].
* While Jack isn't her boyfriend (at this point in the story) in the ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8751000/1/Guardian-of-Light Guardian of Light]]'', Helen still shows this towards him and [[spoiler: almost kills her own father when said father almost kills Jack]].
* In the ''Film/StarTrek'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9694363/1/Safe-and-Sound Safe and Sound]]'' Khan's augment lover Victoria once saved him from thirty armed guards during the Eugenics Wars by ''killing them with her bare hands''. Khan admits this was when he fell in love with her.
** In the same fanfic, Uhura has shades of this towards Spock. Towards the beginning of the story it's revealed that she, according to Carol, threatened to put [[StalkerWithACrush Christine Chapel]] in medical "outside of her day job" if the nurse ever went near Spock again. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Spock is rather shocked when he hears about this]].
* Another ''Star Trek'' fic, ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9795158/1/Written-in-the-Stars Written in the Stars]]'' (written coincidently by the same author as the above), has Fem!Kirk be this to Spock in both the Prime timeline and the Alternate Reality.
* ''FanFic/BringMeAllYourElderly'': Mai, who has to fight off [[EstrogenBrigade a crowd of girls]] to save Zuko after he's had too much cactus juice.
** Also Katara. [[BerserkButton Big time.]]
* [[http://www.deviantart.com/art/Where-IS-He-341374822 Many]] ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' [[http://gemini-by-nature.deviantart.com/art/Serendipitous-357481422 fan]] [[http://liloandstitchfan.deviantart.com/art/Don-t-Mess-With-THIS-Little-Guy-410101648 works]] portray Calhoun as ready to beat the tar out of anyone who threatens Felix. Given that she's an ActionGirl who was previously WidowedAtTheWedding and he's a NonActionGuy, this makes sense.
* [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]] towards Spike in [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10359238/6/EOAM-One-shots this]] oneshot (set in an AU world where Drusilla dies in Prague and 'a single drop creates a thousand ripples'). Riley and some commandos corner the pair with the intention of taking Spike in, and at first the pair handle things well. Then Spike gets tazed. Buffy's reaction is... Yeah, you can probably guess that the commandos don't walk away from this without a trip to the hospital.
-->''And then they tazed him. They frickin’ tazed him. Spike dropped to a knee and Buffy stopped analyzing and started pulverizing. They wanted to know what she was? Oh, they were going to find out first hand. Nobody beat up her boyfriend.''
-->''It was frighteningly easy to knock them all out once she took the brakes off. And frighteningly difficult to restrict herself to only knocking them unconscious, when they were hurting her lover.''


[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'': Neytiri is vividly protective of Jake, crouching over him with knife drawn and teeth bared, hissing, in two scenes where he is unconscious and under threat. And when Quaritch is about to kill Jake, [[spoiler:she puts two arrows into his chest]].
* Uhura in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' when [[spoiler:[[TheSpock Spock]] is about to be killed by [[BigBad John Harrison,]] she immediately beams into the fight and blasts [[BigBad Harrison]] with her phaser multiple times, buying enough time for Spock to regain the upper hand.]]
** Basically, don't mess with Spock if Uhura has anything to say about it.
* Trinity from ''Film/TheMatrix'' will not hesitate to end you if you hurt Neo.
* ''Film/{{Underworld}}'': Hurting or killing Michael ''will'' result in Selene decapitating you or having your body ripped to shreds.
* In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' Indy tells Mutt to punch a college student wearing a letterman jacket to escape two armed KGB agents at a malt shop. His girlfriend yells "Hey! That's my boyfriend!" and punches Mutt causing a big fight between jocks and greasers.
* ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'': Ramona to Roxy when she knocks her down for attacking Scott: "Do that again, and I will ''END'' you!" Cue the catfight.
* The ''Film/IronMan'' franchise has Pepper Potts; Tony Stark's secretary who eventually becomes his girlfriend. She's sweet, she's professional, she gets things done, and most of the time she's keeping Tony from doing stupid things. [[spoiler: In the [[Film/IronMan3 third movie]], she ends up injected with the Extremis virus by the main villain, who hopes to keep her as a trophy to get back at Tony. As you can imagine, this ends badly for the villain when he threatens Tony, and ends up being taken down by an angry, super-powered Pepper with a combination of her new powers and Tony's armour. Let's just say the villain won't be bothering anyone again.]]
** Speaking of the MarvelCinematicUniverse, Bruce Banner's girlfriend Betty has a moment of this when she gets angry at a taxi driver for almost causing Bruce to Hulk out. She's not exactly pleasant when Bruce tells her to calm down.
-->'''Betty''': ''(kicks taxi door shut, causing the driver to put his foot down pretty fast)'' ASSHOLE!
-->'''Bruce''': You know, I know a few techniques that can help you [[HypocriticalHumor manage that anger very effectively...]]
-->'''Betty''': ''You'' zip it. We're walking.
* Vicki Vallencourt proves to be this for Bobby in ''Film/TheWaterboy'' when opposing linebacker Greg Meaney gets in his face. Vicki ends up putting a knife to Meaney's neck.

* Ixchel is this whenever Caspian is overwhelmed in Adam R. Brown's ''Literature/AstralDawn''. She saves his life on multiple occasions, starting with taking on an angry Tyr while keeping him hidden away in her dream realm.
* Vin from the ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}} Trilogy'', at least in the second book. Elend even complains about her being obsessive about keeping him safe, but he is worried more about her killing herself by [[ICanStillFight not sleeping for months]]. After the second book, Elend TookALevelInBadass and they become a BattleCouple.
* Sally Kimball of ''Literature/EncyclopediaBrown'' fame. Not quite played straight, however; Encyclopedia ''paid'' Sally to be his bodyguard. To what extent her affections eventually became engaged is less clear, and there is at least one mystery in which she defends another guy against Encyclopedia's (correct) accusations, although not physically.
* Explicitly used in the ''Shield, Sword, and Crown'' series, where Arisa declares herself both Weasel's and Edoran's bodyguard at various points in the book. Slightly subverted in that she isn't interested in them romantically at all, and thinks of them as best friends.
* In the third book of ''Literature/TheImmortals'', Daine [[spoiler: believes Numair has been executed by the Carthakis and proceeds to go on a rampage, reanimating a bunch of dinosaur skeletons, and razing the ''entire Imperial Palace''.]] When confronted later, she says "I thought you were dead. I lost my temper."
* Lord Byron's explanation in his ''Literature/DonJuan'' for why a WomanScorned is more dangerous than a MamaBear could also apply to a Violently Protective Girlfriend:
-->''For what is stealing young ones, few or many,\\
To cutting short their hopes of having any?''
* Una and Britomart of ''Literature/TheFaerieQueene'' won't let ''anyone'' harm their fiance, the Knight of the Red Cross and Artegall.
* Lisbeth Salander of ''TheMillenniumTrilogy'' is more of a Violently Protective Sexbuddy, but all the same, do not harm Mikael Blomkvist when she's nearby.
* Literature/HonorHarrington is an experienced starship captain and black-belt in ''coup de vitesse'', so is an active participant in all of the combat that occurs throughout the series. When her lover, Paul Tankerseley, was murdered as part of a revenge plot to torment her, she dueled and killed both the paid assassin who performed the killing and the villain who hired him. A later lover of hers, [[spoiler:Earl White Haven]], offers the GenreSavvy observation that if they were ever attacked, he would hold her coat while she dealt with the problem.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** While Carrot is no weakling, standing over 6ft and extremely strong, his girlfriend Angua [[spoiler:(a werewolf)]] is very protective of him nonetheless, sensing on an instinctual level when he is injured or in danger.
** From ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', we also have Glenda being very protective of Mr. Nutt.
** This is a classic Pratchett gambit: the weakly ineffectual male who acquires a tough and protective girlfriend. Nerdy Nijel, the would-be hero, ends up with killer hairdresser Conina fighting for his life.
** Rincewind, who at one point had Conina's favor, is similarly body-guarded by the ninja-trained Pretty Butterfly
** Even functioning males such as Moist von Lipwig benefit: Adora Belle Dearheart wins a fight for him in the Mended Drum, sending a bully away whimpering by driving her high heel's point into the man's foot with clearly telling him how easy it would be to push it all the way ''through'' his foot. As the bully would otherwise have ripped Moist's head off, and Adora Belle knew this, Moist is only too thankful, but takes note of what he has just witnessed.
* In Swedish fantasy novel ''Spiran och staven (The Sceptre and the Quarterstaff)'' Fox's overweight girlfriend Livneth turns out to be a cold-blooded and very skilled knife-wielder when Fox is threatened by a gang of hoods. The fact that Livneth originally belonged to a tribe of forest barbarians might have something to do with it.
* Rachel in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''. When Tobias is tortured by Taylor, Rachel is ready to literally rip her to pieces in grizzly morph, and it's only Tobias's pleading that stops her.
* Angelina, in Harry Harrison's ''StainlessSteelRat'' series: began as somewhat yandere for Slippery Jim di Griz, her personality integrated more after marrying him. But let anyone dare approach Jim with violence in mind when Angelina is nearby...
* ''Liteature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'': Annabeth towards Percy. She enters the series wielding a dagger, demanding to know who's kidnapped him and is scary enough that Jason thinks she might actually kill someone. Crosses into the HypocriticalHumour type, as [[spoiler: when she finds Percy again she responds by judo-flipping him for leaving her. Naturally [[{{UnderstandingBoyfriend}} Percy]] laughs and says he missed her too.]] Being a BadAss of his own, they also double as a BattleCouple.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'',
** Karrin Murphy may not necessarily be Harry's girlfriend (yet), but the lengths she will go to to protect him are unbelievable. Standing over his incapacitated form and shooting MacGuffin .22 calibre bullets at a half-ton of demon werewolf is only one of the many instances of this. In another, a [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]] is involved. And in ''Literature/ColdDays'', Karrin says specifically "If you're going to Hell and back, I'll be there by your side the entire way." in a [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming]]. In this book, this violence was taken into a gambit because [[spoiler:Mab knew of Karrin's feelings and knew she likely had back-up weapons on her. So when Maeve was about to kill Harry in front of Karrin, the woman didn't think. Karrin just reacted on instinct and shot Maeve in the head with a small back-up from her ankle holster]].
** In ''Skin Game'' this leads to tragedy when [[spoiler: Nicodemus manipulates her into a SadisticChoice of attacking him with the Sword of Faith (thereby unmaking it) or [[ForcedToWatch watching Harry die right in front of her.]] Though it gets better later, it's still an absolutely awful choice.]]
** The full extent of Lily and Fix's relationship isn't said, but with this LadyAndKnight pair, harm him and she will send waves of fire at perpetrator, or even just a tiny star-like attack that melted a Sidhe-made blade.
* The Princess Ren and her sisters in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' when their husband Jerin is kidnapped, though it's seen as rather normal in that world - men are [[GenderRarityValue rare, protected, seen as more tender]], and commonly abducted and raped by women despite that being illegal. Entire families of sisters and mothers are expected to be violently protective in order to protect their menfolk, and the princesses think that wiping out the entire family of Jerin's abductor(s) is a totally reasonable response to this offense.
* Arguably Katniss for Peeta in ''[[Literature/TheHungerGames Catching Fire]]''. She is more than ready to kill anyone who tries to harm him. [[spoiler:Still arguable though since their relationship is mostly for show. Emphasis on "mostly".]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Aricella Santos in part two of the two-part season finale of ''Series/LawAndOrder'' season 9. When NYPD Detectives Leonard Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) and Reynaldo Curtis (Benjamin Bratt) try to arrest Santos' boyfriend Leo Zamora for the murders of Tony Ricci and another woman, as well as the attempted murder of the second woman's ten-year-old son, after a visitor to the building where Miss Ricci was murdered identifies Zamora, Zamora takes off with Briscoe and Curtis chasing him on foot. Zamora runs into a building where Briscoe and Curtis finally catch Zamora, but not before Zamora calls out for Santos. As Briscoe is cuffing Zamora, he sees Santos charging down the stairs at Curtis with a knife in her hand and warns him. Curtis knocks the knife from her hand and pulls his Glock semi-automatic pistol, which makes that [[DramaticGunCock hammer-cocking sound]] despite not even having a hammer to cock in the first place, and Curtis threatens Santos with death if she moves. It turns out that Zamora and Santos are [[spoiler:wanted for a murder in Florida]] and that the [[TheMafiya Russian mobsters]] [[spoiler:hired Zamora and Santos to kill the ten-year-old because he was a witness the ruthless mobsters didn't know about until trial.]]
* Fiona from ''Series/BurnNotice''. And she's a TriggerHappy former IRA, so when she gets pissed off things explode. This comes back to bite her, when a [[spoiler:psychiatrist]] uses that knowledge to frame her for murder by causing her to explode [[spoiler:Michael's ex-mentor while he is inside a British consulate]].
* You might think that a crime lord would be immune from this trope, but no. Season I of ''Series/NYPDBlue'' had [[FairCop Janice Licalsi]], a corrupt New York Cop who just happened to fall in love with honest cop John Kelly. When mafia boss Angelo Marino (whose pad she's on) demands that she kill Kelly, Licalsi cold-bloodedly murders Marino and his driver.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** Willow Rosenberg, with regards to Tara. When Glory drove Tara insane, she only survived her battle with Willow because she was a PhysicalGod. When [[spoiler:Warren killed Tara]], Willow ''flayed him alive''.
*** Also doubles as a violently protective BFF. She threatens death on anyone who hurts Buffy.
** Tara gets her moment too. Even though her skills are on the research and magic side, so she otherwise never gets physically involved in battles, when Willow is threatened? Lack of weapons training is irrelevant, she's getting a one-blow instant kill with an axe.
** Buffy herself was like this with regards to Angel.
** In "Hush" a rioter is about to attack Riley from behind with a lead pipe. Buffy coldly breaks the man's wrist [[OffhandBackhand without even looking at him]].
** She never really got a chance to be this towards Spike (not including some minor occasions). Spuffy fanfiction, however, shows her willing to go against even her own friends if Spike is threatened by them. (See above for examples)
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** Amy Pond. Any time someone hurts her boyfriend Rory, she will '''end them'''. In one, she incinerates an alien fish disguised as a vampire. In another (which was all a dream), when Rory is hurt by a bunch of aliens disguised as old people, it creates the surreal image of Amy (at the end of a very large pregnancy) mowing down a group of elderly citizens in a van.
** The other way around is also true. The normally timid Rory can go berserk if something happens to Amy. Of course, he's had 2000 years of experience as an Auton/Roman legionnaire.
-->"''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis WHERE. IS. MY. WIFE.]]''"
** It's also not a good idea to injure the Doctor while River's around, even if you happen to be a [[spoiler:Dalek]].
"Say that again."\\
"One more time."
** She also once [[spoiler: ''destroyed time'' to stop him from dying.]]
** Rose. Hurt the Doctor (or Jack) and she will ascend to being a PhysicalGod and obliterate you with the raw power of time itself.
*** This once leads to an amusing situation where he allowed himself to be posessed by a [[BodySurf body surfing]] vilainess so she'd let Rose go, only for ''Rose'' to start threatening her into releasing ''him''.
** Leela tops the list for Violently Protective Companion, being originally a member of a primitive warrior tribe. The Doctor had to routinely keep her from killing everything that got in their way.
** Barbara Wright from the very beginning ended up marrying her fellow travel companion Ian. Before that, she held a higher headcount than the other protagonists combined and at one point mowed down a group of Daleks with a lorry. Note that Barbara was a history teacher.
* ''Series/TheXFiles''
** Dana Scully does not take kindly to anyone hurting her partner. She may be petite, but she's smart as a whip and has great aim. In "Beyond the Sea", after Mulder is shot:
-->'''Scully:''' This was a trap for Mulder because he helped put you away. Well, I came here to tell you that if he dies because of what you've done, four days from now, no-one will be able to stop me from being the one that will throw the switch and gas you out of this life for good, you ''son of a bitch!''
** The episode "Biogenesis" and the entire "Sixth Extinction" arc was pretty much Scully kicking ass because the Cigarette Smoking Man and Diana Fowley had caused Mulder's fatally unusual brain activity. The same happens in Season 8, despite the fact that she's pregnant at the time. And this totally works in reverse, as well. As noted on that page, Mulder and Scully are each other's BerserkButton.
** The [[Film/TheXFilesIWantToBelieve second movie]] has her bashing bad guys over the head with firewood to get to Mulder.
* Sarah from ''{{Chuck}}''. While she isn't exactly Chuck's girlfriend ("it's complicated"), [[spoiler:at least not in the first two seasons,]] she tends to get displeased when someone threatens or actually tries to hurt him.
** Just ask Michael Clarke Duncan. After he dropped Chuck off the roof of a high-rise, Sarah got understandably pissed, and the only reason he survived is because he's built like a tank.
** She actually murders a man in cold blood after disarming him, after he made the mistake of taunting her that he knows that Chuck is the Intersect and will tell his bosses. Chuck witnesses the murder, which doesn't make things better between them.
** She becomes all the more dangerous (and this is saying a lot) after she and Chuck became the OfficialCouple. The writers turned this UpToEleven in ''Chuck vs. Phase Three'' when Sarah tears apart Thailand looking for a kidnapped Chuck. Everyone from the lowest mook to the episode's BigBad was scared shitless of the "Giant Blonde She-Male."\\

* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' had this. Will starts dating a girl and brings her to a bowling alley, where they're harassed by some meat-head trying to woo her away. He knocks out Will with one punch, but then gets BODY-SLAMMED by the petite woman. When Will gets up and realizes what happened...
-->'''Girl:''' I'm sorry, Will. I meant to tell you, I... I'm a--
-->'''Will:''' A what, a [[MightyMorphinPowerRangers Power Ranger]]?!
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** Do not ''ever'' harm, or threaten to harm, Wash in front of Zoe. Not if you want to live.
** More of a [[BigBrotherInstinct violently protective little sister]], but basically the same thing goes for [[BadassAdorable River]] and [[TheCaretaker Simon.]] [[BadassAdorable River]] ''will'' [[MamaBear end you.]] Just ask [[spoiler:[[TooDumbToLive the Reavers]].]]
* Lily is like this towards Marshall in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', once even delivering a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown to a woman who forcibly kissed Marshall when she was drunk. It's rather hilarious though, because Marshall is burly, 6'4'', and a practiced fighter, while Lily is about a third of his size, small-boned, and very girly.
* Parker on ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' occasionally gets this way with Hardison. In the Grave Danger Job she draws fire from an Uzi and during the Experimental Job she [[spoiler: delivers a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown against the members of the secret society that had captured Hardison]]
* In ''{{Friends}}'' Monica has shades of this concerning Chandler. Notable in this exchange when they're having photos taken.
-->'''Monica:''' "Chandler, what is wrong with your face? Its meant to say Geller and Bing to be married, not local woman saves drowning moron!"
-->'''Photographer:''' *Laughs*
-->'''Monica:''' "DON'T LAUGH AT HIM! He's ''my'' drowning moron!"
** On another occasion she and Chandler were arguing with their neighbour [[{{BitchInSheepsClothing}} Janine]]; things were pretty aggressive before but its when Janine insults Chandler that Monica cracks and gets physically violent.
-->'''Janine:''' [to Chandler] "You know, I know you’re talking, but all I hear is, "Blah. Blah. Blah-blah-blah."
-->'''Monica:''' "All right, you and me! Let’s go! Right now!"
* Aeryn to John on ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. Once he [[TookALevelInBadass takes his badass levels]] he's perfectly capable of fending for himself (and saves her ass plenty of times), but you do not mess with John and get away with it, at any stage of their relationship.
-->'''Aeryn:''' ''(while holding two women by their necks up against a mirror)'' Now listen to me closely so that there's no misunderstanding. I don't know what game's being played on this little planet of yours, and I don't really care. What I care about is that a good friend of mine is not hurt -- in any sense of the word. And if he is, I will personally take revenge on both of your overly made-up faces.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Attempt to harm Odo, and Kira Nerys will visit untold amounts of pain and whoopass upon your unsuspecting self. And she will do it [[CombatPragmatist in the most efficient manner possible.]]
* Lindsay Messer on ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' fits into this-it was both her husband and child being threatened by Shane Casey, but she did shoot him. And probably would get physical again if she had to, considering the verbal confrontation with the rookie cop who lied and tried to get Danny in trouble to protect herself. No blows were exchanged, but it's obvious she'd go there again if it came to it.
* Temperance Brennan on ''{{Bones}}''. Though Booth usually stands up for her, even though she can handle herself, there's little reason to doubt she'd fight to save him. She might even have once or twice, hard to recall.
** Two occasion confirm this. In "The Wannabe in the Weeds", when a psycho stalker aims a gun at Brennan, Booth takes the bullet for her. Brennan's response is to, in one fluid motion, grab Booth's gun and shoot the stalker dead. And in "The Hero in the Hold", [[spoiler: when they confirm that Heather Taffet is the Gravedigger, a serial killer who had trapped Booth on a Naval vessel slated for demolition, before rushing to Booth's rescue, Brennan whacks her upside the head with a metal briefcase, hard enough to knock over her and the chair to which she is handcuffed.]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': Ambassador Delenn doesn't get involved in dust-ups most of the time to keep John Sheridan safe. She doesn't have to. She's got an entire space navy of {{Cool Starship}}s at her command, and she is ''not'' afraid to use them. However, when she ''does'' get into more personal fighting, that willowy, ladylike Minbari can proceed to kick ass with the rest of them. ''Don't'' hurt her boyfriend. ''Ever''.
--> "Why not? Only one human captain has ever survived battle with a Minbari fleet. He is behind me. You are in front of me. If you value your lives, be somewhere else."
* Carla has hints of this towards Turk in ''{{Scrubs}}'', at one point Turk has to physically pick her up and carry her off to stop her from beating up a fellow surgeon who was mocking him. She's also a SpicyLatina, for extra points.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'': Don't kill Bill Adama. [[IronLady Laura Roslin]] '''[[MemeticMutation WILL COME FOR ALL OF YOU]]'''.
** Harming [[MagnificentBastard Gaius Baltar]] is generally a bad idea considering [[ReallyGetsAround two Cylon women are madly in love with him]] and he has his own hot guardian angel (who is also in love with him).
* Deconstructed in an episode of ''SavedByTheBell''. Zack dates a female wrestler who saves him from an attack. He views this as a huge blow to his ego because he can't comprehend the girl saving the guy.
* As seen on ''{{Series/Castle}}'', do not attempt to harm Castle, because Beckett will ''hurt'' you.
* Although not really dating, Ziva fits this for her partner Tony in ''{{Series/NCIS}}''. The most obvious example comes in season 6's "Cloak" when Tony and Ziva break into a secure facility. When they are found out, they're approached by military security, but ordered (by Gibbs) not to engage. On a reflex, Ziva throws the first punch, while Tony rapidly tries to defuse the situation so neither of them get shot. It doesn't work, and Tony gets a rifle butt to the head for his trouble. As soon as Tony goes down, Ziva loses it. She plows her way through the soldiers like paper, and it takes three of them to take her down. As soon as she awakes, the first words out of her mouth are: "Where's Tony?"
* In ''EverybodyLovesRaymond'', Debra Barone intervenes when Ray is getting the worst of it from Peggy The Cookie Nazi. The scary Peggy backs down quickly, recognizing an even more powerful force of nature, while a floored Ray looks on admiringly.
* In a later episode of ''Series/StepByStep'', JT is feeling inferior to his girlfriend Sam because she is physically stronger and wins more often. When a jerk tries to steal her away and pushes him around, Sam punches the guy out.
* Emma from ''OnceUponATime'' spent most of Season 3 and 4 having trouble with her magic, but as soon as the Snow Queen tried to kill her boyfriend Hook, she immediately started busting it out left and right with perfect control. [[CartwrightCurse Considering her past]], she definitely has a good reason to be this way.

* In the version of the folk song Stagger Lee recorded by Music/TheGratefulDead, Stagger Lee murders Billy [=DeLion=], and the police are too afraid of him to do anything about it. Then, along comes Billy's girlfriend Delia, who shoots Stagger Lee herself. [[GroinAttack In the balls.]]
* Tijuana Sweetheart's single [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbMTvay5Di8 "Seven"]] (from back when they were called Vagiant) is all about this trope, as quoted on the quotes page.
* WithinTemptation's "The Promise" is about a woman who copes with her lover's death by [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge hunting down and murdering the ones who killed him]].
* Music/AshlyneHuff's "Run to You" treats this behavior as more romantic than anything else, as the singer describes herself as Supergirl and will "protect you from the world" at a moment's notice.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* River City Wrestling Champion Joey Spector had Wrestling/MercedesMartinez, who helped him retain his title and tried to help him regain it when he lost it [[Wrestling/CheerleaderMelissa Allissa Flash]]. When that did work she tried to win back the belt herself.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Miss Piggy. In ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'', when criminals threaten "her Frog", she likes to use violence, and a ''lot'' of it. '''HIIIII-YAHHHHH'''!

* In Creator/LudwigVanBeethoven's only opera, ''{{Fidelio}}'', PluckyGirl Leonore [[SweetPollyOliver disguises herself as a boy named Fidelio]] to release her unjustly jailed husband Florestan from prison. At some point, she threatens BigBad Pizarro to protect him.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'', causing harm (direct or indirect) to Almaz is the fastest way to piss Princess Sapphire off. Many of her AxCrazy thoughts are motivated by this trope.
* One-sided example in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' with Amy Rose when Silver tried to kill Sonic. Becomes her [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment Of Awesome]], and a pic of her DeathGlare during this scene is a good page image candidate.
* ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'': Although she didn't like Oswald at first, Gwendolyn shows that she is capable of wreaking all sorts of havoc when he's in danger. One of the game's major NiceJobBreakingItHero incidents revolves around this trope.
* This is why Rozalin in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|Cursed Memories}}'' willingly lets her SuperPoweredEvilSide out in the end of the game. How this turns out depends on the ending you get.
* [[ThatOneBoss The Mother Yeti]] in ''VideoGame/EVOSearchForEden'' attacks you because you killed her mate.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Liara]] apparently subscribes to this trope. [[spoiler: After Shepard was killed at the start of the second game and spent two years in a coma, she went on a one-woman crusade to recover the Commander's body from both the Shadow Broker and even the Collectors.]] She then went on a two year quest for revenge on the Shadow Broker (one of the most powerful individuals in the galaxy) for even [[BerserkButton THINKING about causing harm to him/her.]]
** [[ActionGirl Ashley Williams]] also skirts this line during the first game, [[spoiler: if you're unable to prevent Wrex from his FaceHeelTurn, she will kill him to prevent him from harming Shepard.]]
** A female Shepard can become this depending on the player.
*** Even more so if you romanced [[spoiler:Thane]] back in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. Watching her [[spoiler:gut his killer, Kai Leng, like a fish with her omniblade]] is very, ''very'' satisfying.
---->'''Shepard:''' ''That was for [[spoiler:Thane]], you son of a bitch!''
*** And if a female Shepard is romancing Liara, when she's talking to her "father", she echoes an earlier line when the possibility of an assassination on Liara comes up.
---->'''Shepard:''' ''Nobody messes with my girl!''
** Tali also gets hints of this in the third game. When [[spoiler:you find clips of the Illusive Man casually discussing the best ways to emotionally manipulate Shepard]], what is her ''[[TranquilFury very calm]]'' response?
-->'''Tali:''' He needs to die.
** A more disturbing example shows up in a sidequest in the first game. Shepard is called to investigate an abandoned ship. It turns out that [[spoiler:one of the crew members, a female biotic, flipped out and killed the crew when they attempted to shut off her comatose boyfriend's life support after determining he was brain-dead]].
** A male example in Garrus Vakarian if romanced by a female Shepard. While downplayed on the violence angle, he ''does'' upgrade Shepard's apartment via explosive gas, a weaponized coffee machine, cyanide-filled kitchen sinks, and a hot tub heated to solar temperatures. Admittedly, this also happens in playthroughs where you ''don't'' romance him - Garrus is apparently itching, deep-down, to overhaul an apartment into a trap-encrusted no-man's-land - but if there is a romance taking place, you get variant dialogue where Garrus begs you to indulge your crazy boyfriend and let him continue attaching microfilament explosives to your decor.
--> '''Garrus:''' Nobody better hurt you, is all I'm saying.
* Bobcat in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes''. In Issue 19, there's a task force that finishes with a battle between your team, and her and her boyfriend Neuron. If you manage to defeat Neuron first, Bobcat gets an *enormous buff* that makes her incredibly lethal. Defeating her in this state grants you a badge. The badge says "You saw Bobcat do something no one else has seen; fight with all her effort. Despite her best efforts, you still managed to put her down."
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', Kairi's only fight scene thus far in the series was in response to seeing Sora get ambushed by Heartless, drawing them to her so that they'll leave Sora alone.
* ''VideoGame/SenranKagura'' plays this for laughs as the normally-quiet Yagyū shows no hesitation in uttering death threats at Katsuragi when the latter tries to grope Hibari (Kat being the type of person for whom saying "hello" includes a SkinshipGrope). Katsuragi sees no reason to believe that she isn't being serious and quickly backs off.
* In ''Franchise/StarWars: VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed II'', hurting or threatening Juno Eclipse is Starkiller's BerserkButton, but it works in reverse as well. [[spoiler: When Darth Vader tries to turn Starkiller to the Dark Side, Juno grabs one of Starkiller's lightsabers and attacks Vader herself!]]
* [[LoveMakesYouDumb Louisa]] in ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' [[SubvertedTrope attempts]] this by [[TooDumbToLive charging a line of soldiers with a knife.]] [[ShootTheDog It goes about]] [[DownerEnding as well as expected.]]
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''
** The character Aveline is introduced as her husband Wesley is disarmed by Darkspawn, upon which she blindsides it, punches it silly and cuts its head off, all the while proclaiming, "You will not have him! They will not have you, not while I breathe."
** [[PlayerCharacter Female!Hawke]] has a moment like this if you're romancing Anders: you can tell him that, if the Templars come for him, they'll have to go through you first.
* Marble in the erotic game ''Corruption Of Champions'' does not like it when others mess with the PC after she has been romanced.
* Sarah Kerrigan in ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm''. She may not be the bitch [[StarCraft she used to be]] anymore, but never, ever, ''ever'' try to harm Jim Raynor, if you don't want [[HumanoidAbomination her]] and her [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Swarm]] to go after you.
-->'''Kerrigan''': "If Jim is alive, no force in the Universe is gonna stop me from saving him."
* Toko Fukawa becomes this is ''VideoGame/AbsoluteDespairGirls'', as her mission is to rescue her beloved Togami. The "violent" part comes from [[spoiler:her split personality Genocider Syo/Jill, Super High School Level Serial Killer]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Transistor}}'', the mere presence of the Spine enemy causes the Man in the Transistor to go all giggly and crazy, and not in a good way. Red, his maybe/maybe not girlfriend, goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge to save him.
-->'''Red:''' I'm going to find the thing that's doing this to you and '''break its heart'''.


[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Arcueid to Shiki Tohno from ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}''. The natural result when your love interest happens to be pretty much the most powerful thing on the whole freaking planet. Given how insanely scary and unstable Arc can be at times, its a real good thing that Shiki is [[{{Badass}} more than capable of taking care of himself.]]
* Two HoYay versions come from the BL VisualNovel ''VisualNovel/DramaticalMurder''. On one hand, if [[{{Yakuza}} Koujaku]] is the chosen LoveInterest for Aoba Seragaki not only he will be the VictoriousChildhoodFriend, but he'll become this to him ''and you better not threaten his boyfriend''. On the other, Clear is a huge CloudCuckooLander and even Aoba can barely keep up with him, but if his "Master" is in danger he '''will''' show you that BewareTheSillyOnes fits him ''like a glove''.
* [[spoiler:Peko Pekoyama]] in ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'', who will do anything to protect [[spoiler:Fuyuhiko Kuzuryuu]]. This includes murder.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[http://www.superstupor.com/sust12272007.shtml This]] ''Webcomic/SuperStupor'' strip, proving that emotional harm is enough to induce this sort of rage.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' Sarah is one peaceful [[StraightMan Straight Girl]] in the cast of martial artists and casual shapeshifters. An attempt to kidnap her boyfriend, however, provoked her to [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-10-27 act]] in a way [[GroinAttack very unpleasant]] for offender.
** Ellen and Nanase are this to each other, as Vlad and Abraham can attest. Grace probably counts for Tedd as well.
* ''Webcomic/{{Fans}}'': [[GoodBadGirl Ally]] is this way to Rikk, and later with [[TheWoobie Rumy]] when the three of them enter a triad marriage. [[http://www.faans.com/books1-6/index.php?p=1701 Witness her encounter with Fitz when he tried to forcibly body-swap with Rumy]]:
-->'''Ally:''' Listen hard, you cradle-rapin' [[PrecisionFStrike fuck!]] Hit "Undo" or I'm shovin' bone splinters from y'r nose straight into y'r precious brain!\\
'''Fitz:''' Technically it's not my nose.\\
'''Ally:''' Y'think this is '''open-mike night, corpse?''' This '''ain't''' a '''bluff!''' You are '''not''' fighting an '''idealist''' now! '''She moves or I end you!'''"
* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}''
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2012-04-22 When Fushcia realizes that the bullies are using demonic powers on Crimney, she pulls out the stops, and gets Tomey to weigh in too.]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2012-07-25 When a birthday cake brings back sad memories for Li'l E, Tangerine is ready to destroy it.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', this seems to be a trend. Terezi, Latula, and Vriska have all [[CallBack at some point]] defended their boyfriends by telling another girl 'if you touch him, I will [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] kill you!' As troll society considers gender largely irrelevant, and considering how aggressive trolls are in general, this would probably be seen as normal.
* ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' - NEVER threaten Leslie while Robin is around - even if you're ''functionally immortal''. She'll just [[spoiler: cut you up and throw your remains into different universes before you can regenerate]].
* Kira from ''Webcomic/{{Panthera}}'' embodies this trope, as one does when they work on a covert operations team with said boyfriend and can transform into a tiger at the drop of a hat.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius '': While the men in her life can usually take care of themselves, if things get to be too much for them, Agatha Heterodyne will. Take. Steps. And whatever was threatening ''her men'' will soon be very, very sorry...

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Will and Cornelia are both this towards their respective boyfriends Matt and Caleb in ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}''
* Flame Princess in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' as demonstrated in "Vault of Bones" when a giant Goo Skull made the mistake of capturing Finn.
* Katara of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Harming Aang was a major BerserkButton for Katara, as characters like Zuko and Hama learned the hard way.
** Mai is also this. Part of her motivation for [[spoiler:her HeelFaceTurn in "The Boiling Rock"]] was her love for Zuko, and she openly admits this when confronting the enemy.
-->"I love Zuko more than I fear you!"
* The SequelSeries, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', gave us Korra (the Avatar herself, well trained in physical martial arts as well as three schools of bending normally and basically a PhysicalGod when at full potential). She has a thing for Mako and tends to [[BattleCouple save his butt as often as he saves hers]]. She even [[spoiler:unlocks her airbending in order to protect Mako's bending from Amon]].
** And in Book 3, we have the [[UnholyMatrimony Red Lotus flagship]] that is Zaheer and P'Li. ''Heaven help'' anyone who threatens a [[HavingABlast combustionbender]]'s boyfriend.
** [[spoiler: It seems that Korra & Asami have both become the Violently Protective Girlfriend [[http://korrasami.tumblr.com/post/106741720540/an-interesting-development-seeing-the-ladies-at as pointed out by a fan.]]]]
* Starfire of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. See "Date With Destiny" for a particularly good example.
* [[LoonyFan Sierra]] from ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Total Drama World Tour]],'' except that her romance with [[DoggedNiceGuy Cody]] is pretty much [[StalkerWithACrush confined to her own fantasy world]].
-->'''Sierra:''' ''En garde!'' That's French for "leave my boyfriend alone!"
* WesternAnimation/KimPossible does this as for her best friend and later boyfriend [[PluckyComicRelief Ron]] as a matter of course.
** Works in reverse. Ron doesn't take too kindly to people threatening KP. Warmonga and Warhok had to find that one out [[TooDumbToLive the hard way.]]
* Harley Quinn is a villainous example on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. See also Catwoman in the episode "Almost Got 'Im".
* Lois gets this way about Peter on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cybersix}}'' is generally a calm person, but she still will kick ass five different ways if Lucas is in danger.
* Leela in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. You may be able to sell SchmuckBait to Fry with ease, but not with her around.
* Jean Grey in ''XMenEvolution''. When Scott is kidnapped by Mystique and dumped in Mexico without his protective glasses, Jean pulls of a BigDamnHeroes moment just as Mystique moves in for the kill.
--> '''Mystique:''' How sweet, girlfriend to the rescue.
--> '''Jean:''' [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome You got that right! Lady!]]
* Borderline case in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', episode "Dragon Quest": the ordinarily fussy and prim fashionista Rarity threatens to beat up a bunch of dragons if they so much as hurt a scale on her "Spikey-Wikey". (They're not a couple, but he's had a crush on her since they first met, and she knows about it.) Note that although Rarity is outclassed this time and forced to beat a retreat, she has faced off against multiple deadly threats in the past.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroes'' episode "Recap/OutOfTime", Susan attacks DrDoom when he wipes Reed out of existence. Technically, they aren't a couple in ''this'' series, but they're drifting that way.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'': The Kanker sisters towards the Eds. Especially prominent in TheMovie when they hear that the neighbourhood kids are out for their blood [[NoodleIncident due to their latest scam]], and proceed to take down each and every one of the kids before ''presenting'' them to the Eds. Also, when [[spoiler:Eddy's brother is beating him up]], you can see Lee trying to clobber him, but her sisters are holding her back.
* The cute, amorous, and normally sweet little she-squirrel from ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'' won't hesitate to attack a predator ten times her size to protect Arthur.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Music/GeorgeHarrison's wife Olivia saved him from being murdered by an insane intruder in 1999. When said intruder broke into their home, George initially went out to confront him in the hopes of diverting attention away from his wife. He was stabbed repeatedly in the process, at which point Olivia came out and beat the hell out of the fifteen-years-younger intruder with a fireplace poker, successfully disabling him.
** [[Music/TomPetty I bet you're glad you married a Mexican woman, eh?]]
* During the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisbon_Regicide assasination of King Carlos I of Portugal in 1908]], Queen Amelia [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome beat one of the rifle-armed assasins over the head with her bouquet of flowers]] while crying "Infamous bastard!".
* Watch an episode of ''Series/{{COPS}}'' sometime. Even if the woman is calling to report her boyfriend/husband is abusing her, if they attempt to arrest the boyfriend, often the woman will turn her rage against the ''cop''.
* Henriette Caillaux: In pre WorldWarOne France, a big feud erupted between her husband Joseph -- then the left-leaning minister of Finance and a proponent of progressive taxation -- and the conservative newspaper Le Figaro. In order to destroy Joseph Caillaux's reputation, Gaston Calmette, the Figaro's director, bribed the Caillauxs' maid to steal embarrassing letters Joseph had written (get your minds out of the gutter; the letters indicated he had secretly sunk a Senate bill on taxation he publicly supported as a political tactic). Henriette [[MemeticMutation did not approve]]: she made an appointment with Calmette, and once in his office, simply said, "You know why I am here," before [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill shooting him five times in the chest]].\\\
Then, because simply killing someone who attacked her husband's reputation was not enough, she and her lawyer [[MagnificentBastard took advantage]] of the [[DoubleStandard existing stereotypes]] of the time, pleaded the unpremeditated crime of passion despite the fact that premeditation was glaringly obvious, and eventually was [[KarmaHoudini acquitted]] a mere four months after the murder, before starting a career as an art historian while her husband stayed in politics until 1940.
* During the Leveson Inquiry, a man broke into Parliament's chambers to throw a plate of shaving cream in Rupert Murdoch's face. His wife Wendi responded by lunging for the attacker and slamming him in the face with her palm.
* It's awesome when wives/girlfriends fend off other men. It's even more awesome when a woman [[http://english.pravda.ru/news/society/14-02-2011/116893-tiger-0/ fights off a tiger.]]
** Another similar story: an elderly couple were walking in the woods when the husband was attacked by a cougar. His wife beat the hell out of this mountain lion with a branch about as big as she was and stabbed it in the eye with a pen, causing it to leave her husband alone and flee. Investigators later found the cougar's battered carcass.
* The Ukrainian woman [[http://www.badassoftheweek.com/index.cgi?id=64071327108 Mariya Oktyabrskaya]]. When the Nazis killed her husband she sold everything she owned, bought a tank with the money, and then [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge spent the next two years blowing up any Nazi she could find]].
* Sharon Osbourne. Messing with her husband, Ozzy, isn't a good idea when she's around (Louis Walsh has a glass of water thrown over him when he let slip a casual insult). And once, when Ozzy's former band members kept bothering him over claims of past due royalties, she responded by having their contributions in the songs ''wiped out and re-recorded by different musicians''. As Ozzy put it: "She just snapped."