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->''"Here's a radical idea; go old school. Challenge Stuart to a fight. Nothing makes the ladies hotter than two skinny white guys swatting at each other with their eyes closed."''
-->-- '''Howard Wolowitz''', ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''

A FightScene where the combatants have no fighting skill whatsoever, usually played for laughs, and often in slow-mo, for additional comedy.

Especially silly versions may consist of nothing but the two characters standing at arm's length and flailing their hands at each other. They may also have their faces averted, which protects them from the minute chance of their foe getting a hit in on their face, but also prevents them from aiming at all. This is almost invariably harmless.

This can also be [[PlayedForDrama played dramatically]]: when two combatants have no skill, no finesse, nothing but [[TheGlovesComeOff a determination to kill each other by any means possible]], it can make for a more realistic and compelling fight scene than the most choreographed kung-fu.

Compare FightSceneFailure, IKnowKungFaux and WhatTheFuAreYouDoing

If a character watching this fight ''actually'' thinks its cool, they're probably EasilyImpressed.

See also CombatBreakdown, when an initially-skillful fight devolves into this after going on too long. A {{Catfight}} can be this, but isn't if the women involved are {{Action Girl}}s. A DesignatedGirlFight, however, is never this trope, as by definition, at least one combatant is an ActionGirl.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Shippou and Sōten in ''Anime/InuYasha'' episode "Shippo Gets an Angry Challenge". First they "fight" by drawing caricatures of each other, then by aping stereotypical "ninja" fighting style (without much success), then by throwing mushrooms and acorns... both unable to do any real damage, they finally get exhausted and talk it out.
* ''Anime/MetalFightBeyblade'': In the episode "The Furious DJ Battle!?", the American DJ and Blader DJ both want to be the announcers for the upcoming Beyblade World Tournament and agree to decide the announcer through a Beyblade match. The gang thinks that the battle will be epic since they are announcers and all. But once the battle starts, they quickly see how wrong they are. The DJ's prove to have no skill at all with the tops barely spinning enough to move forward and making the tiniest of impact. What makes it more JustForFun/{{egregious}} is that even though the fight is clearly lame and the gang isn't impressed in the slightest, the [[LargeHamAnnouncer announcers exclaim as if it's the most intense battle ever.]] Needless to say, this was PlayedForLaughs.
* Nanoha's very first [[DefeatMeansFriendship befriending]] in the original ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', which she did way back in kindergarten, long before she gained any magical abilities. After the initial slap, it quickly degenerated into two little girls tugging and pushing at one another. In this case, it's played for [[RuleOfCute adorable.]]
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** In a very early episode, both Ash and his opponent try to battle using Metapod, a cocoon Pokémon that's pretty much incapable of attacking. Both Metapod just sit there and harden their shells while Misty and Pikachu relax and catch some sun.
** Subverted earlier in the episode when Metapod is able to beat a Pinsir only using Harden.
** Amusingly [[AvertedTrope averted]] in a Johto episode, where Gym Leader Bugsy uses a ''kung-fu Metapod'', much to Ash's surprise.
** Ash's Scraggy vs. Iris's Axew, both are very young and don't have much battling experience. [[spoiler:Once Axew masters Dragon Rage, he defeats Scraggy with it two episodes later.]]
** Ash's Hawlucha vs another Hawlucha, when the two have issues acting in a play.
* In ''LightNovel/WelcomeToTheNHK'', Satou and Yamazaki get into a fight while high. Both of them are scrawny {{hikikomori}} so they fail to do any serious damage.
* Early on in ''Manga/FairyTail'', Lucy's first real fight against Sherry is basically this. Both have magic that involves using summoned creatures (and Sherry can turn Lucy's against her) but once both of them are out of magic it basically becomes the two indirect mages pathetically pummeling at each other, until Lucy finally gets a good hit in, being a slightly better fighter, though not much. 400 chapters later Lucy fights a similar gimmicky villain, but once the tricks are out and it turns into a fist fight again, she clobbers her opponent in one punch, showing how she grew as a fighter.
* Early in ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'', Kanna tries to kill Kobayashi so Tohru can return to their original world...except that since she's a young dragon (currently in the form of a elementary school-age human) and low on mana, her "murder attempt" consists of ineffectively batting Kobayashi with her fists, stopping for breath, and then starting again.
* Porco's and Curtis' post-air-duel boxing match in ''Anime/PorcoRosso'' quickly devolves into this: by the end of six rounds both men are so tired they don't even try to block each other's punches. It's essentially the "dramatic" version of the trope described above... except still PlayedForLaughs.
* Miia and Centorea get into one of these in ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' when arguing about Kimihito. Papi joins in because she's TheDitz and thinks they're playing a game.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Alluded to in the ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' comic ''[[Film/{{Twister}} Twit-sters]]'': "When two feuding meteorologists get into it, stand back! They might start slapping each other with Doppler weather printouts!"
* ''ComicBook/XStatix'' #24 had a sequence in which Tony Stark and Guy Smith throw down... while both are stark naked. And [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman without their suits]], Tony is just an alcoholic with a weak heart, while Guy is an otherwise-skilled martial artist with [[BlessedWithSuck a staggeringly low pain threshold thanks to his]] SuperSenses. It doesn't go well.
-->'''Guy:''' MY SKIN!\\
'''Tony:''' MY HEART!

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} once watched "Collegiate Face-Slapping" on TV, which was exactly what it sounds like. One of the competitors was disqualified for poking the other guy in the eye, so he retaliated by poking the ''referee'' in the eye [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight (with the commentator describing all of this as if nothing were wrong)]]. [[BreakingTheFourthWall Garfield turns to the reader and remarks that he hates niche sports.]]
* In ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'', a fight between Julius and Rocky is shown as pretty hopeless fist-poking. That's understandable with Julius, who's one of the wimpiest characters around -- someone once remarked that if he and Lt. Fuzz were to fight, both would lose -- but it's odd for Rocky, an ex-gang member and PsychoForHire wannabe.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In Djy1991's version of ''Fanfic/HalfLifeFullLifeConsequences'', [[VideoGame/HalfLife Gordon Freeman's]] "fightin the final bosss" is pretty much the two flailing their arms at one another. John Freeman's fight against [[BigBad The Dark Man]]/[[spoiler:[[FallenHero Gordon Freeman]]]] in the fourth installment is also animated in this manner.
* The ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' version of ''Anime/DragonBallZBrolyTheLegendarySuperSaiyan'' emphasizes how futile the heroes' attempts to attack Broly are by replacing the standard battle foley in one scene with slapping noises.
* Most characters in ''WebVideo/StupidMarioBrothers'' such as UPS, Fed Ex, Luigi and Kamek fight using this. Kamek even referred to it as Slap Combat.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Played seriously in the fight between Muntz and Carl at the end of ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}''. A fight where two old men struggle as much against their arthritis as against each other. At one point, Carl gains the upper hand by spitting his dentures at Muntz.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', as part of an escape attempt, Rex and Hamm get into one of these fights to distract Buzz in the daycare toy-prison they've become trapped in. Justified, in that Rex has very short arms and neither are exactly built for a rumble.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' and ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe2'', arguments between Gru's Minions tend to degenerate into slap-fights, or childish brawls at worst.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', although both Manolo and Joaquin are established to be fairly skilled fighters, their argument over who will marry Maria quickly devolves into ineffectually flailing at each other. While PlayedForLaughs, it also showed that while the two considered each other rivals for Maria's affection [[HiddenDepths they won't seriously come to blows.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The final version of the [[SwordFight duel]] between the Samurai and the bandit in ''Film/{{Rashomon}}''. As portrayed by the Woodcutter, they are both cowardly and ineffective, and only engage in the fight at all after being shamed by the Samurai's wife. At one point they are reduced to crawling around on the ground (Not wrestling, ''crawling'') and literally throwing dirt at one another. As with the other three tellings of the story the implication is that this is not a wholly accurate representation, as each person recounting their tale wanted to portray themselves in the best possible light.
* The actual fight in the Kurosawa-penned film ''Film/VendettaForASamurai'' between Kazuya and Matagoro, who are so scared to fight each other that Mataemon actually has to shout encouragement at Kazuya to finish him off. The fight between Rokusuke and another man is just as awkward and clumsy.
* The fights between Colin Firth and Hugh Grant's characters in both of the ''Literature/BridgetJones'' movies.
* Simon Pegg and Dylan Moran in ''Film/RunFatboyRun'' go back and forth between [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeKsN-SNyxc fighting like little girls, and attempting pro-wrestling moves on each other.]]
* ''Film/NapoleonDynamite'' features the climactic "fight" between Uncle Rico and Napoleon... in which Napoleon threatens to throw oranges at Rico, eventually throws one, and falls on his face trying to jump a fence. There is also the scene where Napoleon makes Kip show off his "cage fighting skills".
* In the second act climax of ''Film/KidsInTheHallBrainCandy'', the wimpy Dr. Cooper and the effete Don Roritor engage in an childish brawl. First, Cooper slaps Roritor's accusatory finger out of his face about twenty times in a row. Finally the pair awkwardly grapple and push each other for a few moments. When they finally break away, they're humorously flustered and gasping for breath, as if they'd been through a war. In a later scene, Roritor wears an outlandish full-arm splint for his injured finger.
* The first fistfight between Tyler and Jack in ''Film/FightClub'' has elements of this, but they get better.
* Most of the title character's fight scenes in ''Film/KickAss'' consist of him flailing around a pair of sticks and [[MadeOfIron surviving serious beatdowns]]. The showdown at the end between [[spoiler:Kick-Ass and Red Mist]] has both combatants with very little skill. [[spoiler:And in fact, they finally simultaneously knock each other out.]]
* A bad guy and a protagonist in ''Film/ImGonnaGitYouSucka'' square off sans weapons, but the bad guy immediately confesses he doesn't know kung fu. The good guy admits neither does he. "Want to fake it?" "I don't care." Cue hilarious movements that look like involuntary muscle spasms.
* Most of the fights in ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'', particularly the one between Russell and Hawthorne, where they take turns running away from each other, and hurt themselves almost every time they throw an attack.
* In ''Film/TheBigLebowski'', the Dude finally confronts Da Fino, a PrivateDetective who's been tailing him in a blue Volkswagen, and things get physical. If by "physical" you mean "standing about a foot away from each other, arms outstretched, and sort of flinching ineptly at each other for a few seconds".
** The nihilists also turn out to be this; while they talk a good talk, they end up being completely outmatched by Walter, who single-handedly kicks their asses. The Dude's part in that particular fight consists of awkwardly flailing a bag in the other guy's general direction, while his opponent hops around kicking at nothing while making pseudo kung fu poses screaming "''I fuck you! I fuck you in the ass!''" repeatedly until Walter knocks him out with ease.
* In ''Film/TheWildHunt'', the [=LARPers=] don't actually know how to sword fight. Their in-game duels are just childish flailing, often followed by arguing. This is all subverted in the end, when things [[LetsGetDangerous get dangerous]].
* ''Film/HorseFeathers''. Chico and Harpo attempt to kidnap two big football players on the opposing team. Chico gets Harpo into fighting mode until he's puffed up, huffing and cross-eyed with rage - and then grinning as he gives them each a little slap on the face. He then gets hurled across the room onto a couch.
* Steven and Randy's scuffle in ''Film/JasonGoesToHellTheFinalFriday''.
* In ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'', two martial artist marionettes square off, and then are simply bumped into each other while their legs and arms flail about. DVD commentary reveals that this was done through an odd combination of RuleOfFunny and UncannyValley: the puppeteers were perfectly capable of having the puppets do more complex, realistic motions throughout the movie, but it was deliberately oversimplified because it's funny and realistic motion was actually a little creepy.
* The real-world fight between Neo and [[spoiler:Smith-possessed Bane]] is in stark contrast to their supernatural Kung-Fu feats inside Film/TheMatrix. Relatively, of course, since the fight itself is ''extremely'' brutal.
* ''Film/TheRoom'' has Mark and Johnny's "fight" on Johnny's birthday party. All they really do is slap each other limply and [[MakesAsMuchSenseInContext make chicken noises]], making what was supposed to be a dramatic revelation of [[spoiler: Mark sleeping with Lisa]] into {{Narm}}.
* There's a dead-serious example in ''Film/{{Chinatown}}'', where Hollis Mulwray is held under water in a backyard fish pond and drowned by [[spoiler: Noah Cross]]. Both men are pretty physically weak, especially [[spoiler: Cross]] (who is, after all, [[spoiler: a feeble old man]]), but in the end it's [[spoiler: Cross]] who triumphs, as he is the aggressor and has the superior position. Even so, Jake Gittes's detective work establishes that the fight was pretty inconclusive for a while: both men's eyeglasses fell off in the struggle.
* Played with at the climactic scene of ''Film/HerAlibi'': the protagonist, who is undercover at the circus as a clown, gets into a no-holds-barred fight with another clown...who is actually a Soviet agent who's been tracking the protagonist's Eastern European girlfriend and her family (likewise dressed as clowns) after learning they are trying to defect to the West. It ''seems'' like a Wimp Fight (and [[AllPartOfTheShow the other clowns treat it as if it is]], [[PassThePopcorn cheering on the combatants]]), but it's deadly serious.
* ''Film/JurassicWorld'' has this as a FunnyBackgroundEvent with two ''Parasaurolophus'' engaging in a comical "fight". Justified as ''Parasaurolophus'' are more docile, at least in comparison to the TyrannosaurusRex.

* Near the end of ''Literature/{{Lolita}}'', a pair of middle-age perverts engage in a deadly version of this.
* The climax of Robert J. Sawyer's novel ''Literature/{{Frameshift}}'' involves a fight between the scientist hero and a fugitive Nazi war criminal. The scientist is suffering from Huntington's disease, and the Nazi is nearly ninety years old, so at least it's even.
* The Creator/TomHolt novel ''Literature/FallingSideways'' has the main character get into a fight with another man on a UFO. Following both of them making asses of themselves and falling around, the non-protagonist one is defeated when he ''slides into the wall and knocks himself out''. The narration actually lampshades how balanced it was, with neither having any meaningful ability to hurt the other.
* In ''A Barrel of Laughs a Vale of Tears'' by Creator/JulesFeiffer, the hero and his enemy have a ridiculous "battle" in a forest of knee-high trees. The enemy is such a bad swordsman, the hero just moves from side to side, avoiding his blows, till he is too tired to fight anymore.
* Towards the end of ''[[Literature/TheSpaceTrilogy Perelandra]]'', Ransom -- an aging {{Oxbridge}} professor -- fights [[spoiler:the similarly unfit, but demon-possessed, Weston]]. It's the [[PlayedForDrama dramatic]] version of this trope, but that doesn't keep a few parts from being funny.
-->'''Ransom:''' In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, here goes -- I mean Amen.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Xander-vs-Harmony in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode 4.7, "The Initiative". Of course, even apart from the magic military skills, [[RuleOfFunny Xander was supposed to know how to fight]]. Harmony, naturally, was a moron even as a vampire. Notable for being one of the few times a vampire character ''averts'' EverybodyWasKungFuFighting. The slow-motion and dramatic combat music makes the whole scene even more awesome.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Joffrey's so called fight with Arya. As described by Robert: "You let a little girl disarm you?"
** When Sansa makes a threatening comment, Joffrey takes a step backwards. He retreats after a comment, made by someone who acted like an obedient puppy throughout the season.
* One utterly anticlimactic battle of the English ''Series/RobotWars'' series, no matter how much the announcer tried to play it up. Afterwards:
-->'''Craig Charles:''' I was going to say, "Let's look at the highlights of that battle"... but there weren't any.
* As stated in the audio commentary, any fights between the Bluth boys in ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' were staged to show that none of them had any idea what they were doing.
* In the 1989 ''Series/GetSmart'' TV movie, a sidekick and a {{Mook}} grab decorative swords to fight each other, but they can barely lift them above waist level.
* A sketch in ''Series/ImportantThingsWithDemetriMartin'' has two people attempt to break out fighting due to road rage, but neither is sure how to go about it, so they just keep yelling at each other to delay having to actually throw a punch or swing a tire iron.
* In ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'', Ned and Cookie had a spat over a "spelling bee" clique taking Cookie away from Ned and splitting them up. They even had fight announcers trying to do a play-by-play but they quickly realized that the fight consisted of mostly {{Ass Kicking Pose}}s and nothing else.
* In an episode of ''Series/BlackBooks'', Bernard and Fran decide to settle a dispute in the usual way, which is apparently by turning their faces away and childishly slapping at each other until Fran grabs Bernard's hair and forces him to say "Peanuts".
* In ''Series/TheITCrowd'', [[LargeHam Douglas']] first appearance at his father's funeral was marked by him knocking over the coffin and getting embroiled in a ridiculous slap-fight with the officiating vicar.
* In ''Series/NewTricks'', Gerry and Brian get into one of these fights after an argument about whether one gets paid more than the other spirals a bit out of control. Sandra and Jack, who walk in on them partway through, are greatly amused, particularly when they sheepishly try to pass it off as tripping over a chair once they realize they've been caught out.
* ''Series/YesDear'' has Greg and a recurring minor character do this twice.
* ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'' occasionally has the title characters get into slap fights.
* The Cha boys in ''Series/ProtectTheBoss''.
* Abe and Craig's CockFight in ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', mostly consisting of slapping and pushing.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''
** Howard and Raj engage in a wrestling match to decide [[ItMakesSenseInContext which of them would be the better superhero]]. They spend 45 minutes just circling each other, trading superhero-style insults, and never once make physical contact.
** In "Hofstader-Cooper Polarization" Leonard and Sheldon get into a fight at a physics lecture, which gets recorded and put on Website/YouTube by Howard. They are both embarrassed by how silly they look.
-->'''Leonard:''' Oh jeez, does that suit really look that bad?\\
'''Sheldon:''' Forget about your suit, look at my arms. I'm like a flamingo on Ritalin!
* In the fifth-season opener of ''Series/HeadOfTheClass'', Arvid and Dennis come to blows over the departure of Mr. Moore. For them, "coming to blows" involves a lot of weak slapping and nose-pulling.
* The dramatic version happens in ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga'': [[spoiler:During the final battle, Yusuke (Kuuga) and [[BigBad N-Daguva-Zeba]] damage each others' {{Transformation Trinket}}s, forcing them to revert to human form. At that point, the battle goes from {{Megaton Punch}}es and [[KillItWithFire pyrokinesis]] to two ordinary men stumbling wearily and throwing clumsy punches that spatter their blood on [[SnowMeansDeath the freshly-fallen snow]].]]
* ''Series/TheSlammer'': Happens when the Governor and the governor of the Russian version of the Slammer catch each other attempting to sabotage the props. It degenerates into them attempting to slap each other at arm's length.
* In ''Series/FreshMeat'', Howard gets into an argument with a big, tough-looking bloke over [[SeriousBusiness a library geology textbook]]. He agrees to meet outside the library for to fight it out, but manages to get it put off a week... and spends the week desperately trying to learn how to fight, beginning with finding out whether you keep your thumb in or out when making a fist. The fight finally comes along... and it's over in five seconds when the other bloke dislocates his thumb, and Howard takes him to hospital. Turns out he didn't know how to make a fist either.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': "Warriors of the Deep" has an interesting sequence where the Fifth Doctor defeats a whole platoon of guards in hand-to-hand combat while constantly making it look like he has no idea how to fight. Why the Doctor is projecting ObfuscatingStupidity while being in the process of kicking arse is unclear.
* In the Music/GarfunkelAndOates TV Series, Riki and Kate come to blows with their former bandmate. All three of them are stoned out of their minds at the time, so the fight is an awkward slow-motion shoving match that ends when they all pass out.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** Rachel and Monica have one in "The One After the Super Bowl" when they start fighting over Jean Claude Van-Damme's affections. Phoebe eventually steps in and gets both of them to stop by pulling their hair.
** Rachel gets in ''another'' slap fight with her sister Amy in ''TOW Rachel's Other Sister" when said sister acts like way too much of an AlphaBitch, going so far as to insult Rachel's baby daughter, which ends up [[BerserkButton setting her off]]. The two end up accidentally destroying one of Monica's fancy dinner plates, causing her to have a HeroicBSOD.

* Hockey fights in general usually consist of both combatants doing something along the lines of "stand relatively still and punch him in the face until he goes down".
** Very often there's no punching, just two guys grabbing each other by the jersey, trying to pull the other guy's over his head.
* Pretty much any "fight" in soccer matches is embarrassing. Generally players square up to each other and are dragged apart by team mates/officials before anything major can happen. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFLeTm46CqQ Sometimes even when they're on the same team.]]
* Almost any wrestling match where two comic relief wrestlers go against each other. Santino Marrella and Chavo Guerrero had an ongoing feud that mostly consisted of these.

* Viola vs. Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/TwelfthNight''.
* In general, it's a lot easier for a theater to stage one of these than an expert-caliber fight. Slow, looping attacks are easily countered, so they're less likely to seriously hurt one of the actors.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Tifa vs. Scarlet in ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVII''. Tifa has ''punched robots to death'' and [[CherryTapping she engages in a]] ''[[CatFight slap fight]].'' A bit ridiculous? Perhaps. Utterly satisfying? '''[[Awesome/FinalFantasyVII Yes!]]''' Of course given that Tifa ''can'' punch robots to death, it makes sense that she'd hold back on a completely normal human with no special training.
* Often happens for comedic effect in videos made in ''VideoGame/GarrysMod'' (using invisible thrusters attached to limbs).
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'', this is the fighting style of the Nerds. Goes without saying that they're the weakest enemies in the game.
* Ryu's default attack animation in ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'' at the start of the game. He holds his sword out at arm's length and turns away in panic as he waves it around. He does grow out of it pretty quickly, though.
* Given the wide array of combat options and the [[ArtificialStupidity quirky A.I.]], combat in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' tends to resemble this, unarmed combat in particular. The A.I. is especially prone to grabbing any part of their target in reach, only to let go upon realizing what they grabbed can't be put into a joint lock.
* ''VideoGame/LegoDimensions'' has LEGO Batman [[Funny/LegoDimensions doing this with]] WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie!Batman [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne over who's Batman.]]
* Fio Germi from ''VideoGame/MetalSlug'' is a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]]; she's a [[GirlyGirl girly]], [[note]][[AllThereInTheManual her favorite possession is her teddy bear and her hobbies include ballroom dancing and embroidery]] [[/note]] but [[BadassAdorable dangerous]] military officer with a [[OneManArmy huge body count]]. As such, her melee attacks include comical, timid slapping at enemies with her eyes closed... which is [[FingerPokeOfDoom as lethal as]] when she decides to just stab them.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In a [[http://www.floatinghandsstudios.com/xmen2.html Floating Hands Studios]] ''ComicBook/XMen'' parody, one of these culminates... between Emma Frost and Dark Phoenix!
* Hand-to-hand combat in the ''[[Fanfic/HalfLifeFullLifeConsequences Full Life Consequences]]'' machinima videos mostly consists of this if the fanfic itself doesn't go into specifics.
* The fight between Leslie and Marcus in ''WebAnimation/DoraleousAndAssociates''. Especially funny since it's CombatByChampion between the Wetalds and Callas (Neebs killed Callas' two best guys through a misunderstanding and suggested Worst vs. Worst).
* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oF5fIHhsHeM ScientLOLojyuuichi!!]]'', a satire of The ChurchOfHappyology, depicts the final battle between Creator/TomCruise and Anonymous this way.
* In ''Wither Skeleton Encounter'' by Creator/SlamacowCreations, Slamacow and the skeleton resort to the classing arm flailing slap fight after both of them end up dropping their swords into lava.
* In ''WebAnimation/XRayAndVav'' our titular heroes devolve into this after their frustrations towards each other reach their breaking point when X-Ray tries to zap Vav. Hilda says it's the most pathetic thing ever... until she sees Dragonface's fight with Dwayne. And for the record, Dwayne's a ''rock''.
* In ''WebAnimation/RWBYChibi'', Ruby and Weiss have a duel after they get tired of each other's shenanigans. They draw their weapons, charge at each other, leap into the air... then toss away their weapons and devolve into this.
* On ''WebAnimation/LesKassos'', the "Knights of the Horoscope" (parodying ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' characters) fight between themselves with light slaps -- fittingly, as they're very much CampGay.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'':
** [[ChivalrousPervert Tedd]] [[VitriolicBestBuds and]] [[StrawFeminist Susan]] finally ends up [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny coming to blows]]... over ''Franchise/StarTrek''. In the strip named [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2004-10-29 "Red Alert: Insert Original Series Duel Music Here"]] and referred to as a "sissy slap-fight" ever after.
** [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2011-03-16 Return of the sissy slap-fight!]] Over the same subject. This time complete with a {{facepalm}}ing witness.
** A sissy slap-fight [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2011-03-28 as a sign of friendship]] in one {{flashback}}.
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1970 It returns]] during this time involving cards from a {{Magic The Gathering}}/Duel Monsters {{Expy}}.
* When Dexter and Mandark finally square off in ''Webcomic/PowerpuffGirlsDoujinshi'', they start out with some dramatic poses and then end up in a sissy slap-fight, as a direct reference to the original show (see below). THEN they pull out all the stops for a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown with advanced combat technology.
* [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1731 In a strip]] of ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent''. "It's like a [[{{Deconstruction}} pathetic real life version]] of ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim''..."
* ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' has Ethan and Jacob getting into a [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2009/comic/book-9/11-nerdfight/hamsterfight/ nerd fight]] over who has the better rogues gallery, Batman or Spider-Man. [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2009/comic/book-9/11-nerdfight/touchme/ Robin]] still finds it [[GuyOnGuyIsHot erotic]].
* Justified in ''Webcomic/JL8'', as they're still kids having [[http://limbero.org/jl8/34 a tussle on the playground]]... even if it's [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce]] and ComicBook/{{Lex|Luthor}}.
* In ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'' this is [[http://satwcomic.com/epic-battle what happens]] when America and Sweden try to encourage Canada and Denmark to have a fight.
* In ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'', two talk show guests devolve into this after insulting each other. A third person present calls for a tazer.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses anniversary crossovers raise this to an art form. Though in ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'', the guy playing [[BigBad Malachite]] [[TheCastShowOff shows he actually knows karate.]]
** TheCinemaSnob on the other hand averts the trope and these usually end up brutal and violent. The punch he gave to WebVideo/ObscurusLupa was [[ThrowItIn accidentally a real one.]] Unless Kung Tai Ted is involved, at which point the trope is played straight.
%%* Billy in the SNES ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' game has to cover his head when he attacks, and generally fight like a wuss... at least until he morphs.
* WebVideo/{{Hadriex}} attempts to fight like that [[https://youtu.be/TvANZRUvmWM?t=3m47s in live action.]]
* The 2009 Halloween story line on ''Website/GaiaOnline'' featured a huge war between two gods. By the end, they had both lost all divinity and were nothing more than mortals, and all their followers had abandoned them, leaving the two pathetically struggling to kill eachother in the middle of an empty battlefield.
* ''WebVideo/KungTaiTed'' is about a paunchy martial arts fan who dissects cinematic fight scenes while showing off his own complete lack of skills. Any fight he gets into with his equally unskilled rivals invariably falls under this trope.
* Sadly, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SW33qFi28d0 this is what would actually happen]] if you gave untrained people [[Franchise/StarWars light]][[LaserBlade sabers]].
* ''WebVideo/EatYourKimchi'': In their ''TL;DR'' video explaining that they don't fight has Simon and Martina fake a slap fight.
* Turns out [[http://youtu.be/oee7DnWJSw0 this is how]] [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins penguins]] fight each other. As ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' puts it:
-->''When they fight, it is the greatest thing in the entire animal kingdom, because there is virtually no effort put into it at all. They just kind of stand around halfheartedly squawking at each other until one of them gets up the energy and motivation to swing a flipper. If it makes contact, so be it. It just bounces off with a soft, barely audible *pop*, while the other penguin looks on with a disinterested "How dare you?"''
* Speaking of ''Website/{{Cracked}}'', the "Worst Fight Club Ever" sketch sees Dan O'Brian and Cody Johnston called upon to fight each other as part of the titular fight club. When their fight eventually degenerates into the two of them chasing each other round ''trying'' to get into one of these, they defend themselves by pointing out that they've never been in an actual fight before and so, unlike the characters [[Film/FightClub in the movie]], have no idea what to do.
-->'''Dan:''' Yeah, I don't wanna... punch Cody.\\
'''Cody:''' (''horrified'') In the ''face?!''\\
'''Dan:''' Yeah, that's probably what I would have done.\\
'''Cody:''' No! I would have hated that!\\
'''Dan:''' I figured! That's why I didn't do it.
* The ''Podcast/{{Rifftrax}}'' version of ''Film/MatrixRevolutions'' briefly turns the climactic fight into one of these.
-->'''Mike:''' And -- ''fight!''\\
'''Kevin and Bill:''' ''[frantic, effete grunting]'' Enh! Enh! Enh! Enh! Enh!\\
'''Bill:''' ''[childish whining]'' Cut it out, you knob!\\
'''Kevin:''' ''[whining]'' No, ''you're'' the knob! MOM!\\
'''Bill:''' ''[whining]'' Ow...
* ''Film/NoobLaQueteLegendaire'' reaches a point where Sparadrap is trying to keep information away from his younger brother, who lives under the same roof as him in real life and really wants it. Sparadrap quickly gets tired of the harassement and decides the only solution is to "beat up" his brother. The combination of the "beating up" and his brother's self-defense ends up like this, to the point that when they start calming down and actually start talking about each other's reasons, they are still sluggishly hitting on each other with stuffed animals.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': In the episode "The Copycats", when the Wattersons fight their rip-offs (with identical habilities as theirs), only Nicole did fight her copycat seriously. Gumball and Chi-Chi were too cowardly too fight each other, Darwin and Ribbit slapped each other and then regretted it and cherished, Richard and his unnamed rip-off were too lazy and fell on the ground before starting to fight, and Anais did not have a rip-off to begin with.
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'':
** When Dexter and Mandark engaged in unarmed hand-to-hand combat, they would primarily stand there slapping ineffectually at each other. This comes to a head in "Ego Trip", when a massive fight breaks out between a bunch of Dexters and Mandarks from various points in time. The Dexter and Mandark from the episode's BadFuture are in a massive action hero fight, while regular Dexter and Mandark just flail awkwardly at each other, and Old Man Dexter and BrainInAJar Mandark are just hurling insults at each other until Mandark beats Dexter by just falling over on him.
** And in "If Memory Serves", it takes both Dexter and Mandark a moment to realize they are both merely slapping aimlessly at the air with their eyes closed during their fight, thus they simultaneously take a step closer to each other and end up knocking each others glasses off. The duo then wander around aimlessly and end up destroying a lamp and a potted planet respectively, thinking it is their opponent.
* Something similar happens whenever Ron Stoppable and Dr. Drakken get into a fight in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' (while [[ActionGirl Kim]] and [[DarkActionGirl Shego]] are engaging in a much more serious and skilled battle). Of course, since both have [[TookALevelInBadass taken a level in badass]], that may no longer be the case.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** In "Tweek vs. Craig", the boys engineer a brawl between Tweek and Craig, but are disappointed when the boys hopelessly slap and push each other, having no idea how to fight. The bout is postponed so the combatants can train.
** In "It's Christmas In Canada", Cartman challenges Kyle to a fist-fight for "ruining Christmas". Kyle lightly taps Cartman on the nose, and he begins crying.
** And then the EPIC SHOWDOWN in "Cartoon Wars, Part 1" ends with a teaser for a truly epic mano-e-mano fight. What we actually got... was a [[http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/155225/slap-fight bitch-slapping contest]] that took 5 minutes before they became exhausted. [[ThereWasADoor But they still manage to crash through walls.]] Featuring such gems of badass dialogue as "Time out! Time out! ...Time in!" and "No hitting in the balls!"
** This was subverted in "Breast Cancer Show Ever", where the entire episode led up to a fight between Wendy and Cartman, which was [[WouldntHitAGirl expected]] to be a WimpFight. Instead, Wendy beats Cartman down in a parody of the climactic boxing scene from ''Film/{{Snatch}}''.
** Also subverted in the eponymous scene in "Cripple Fight", which turns into a shot-for-shot remake of a scene from ''Film/TheyLive''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', Dean attacks Dermott for insultingly hitting-on his would-be love interest Triana. Dean fights like a total sissy, with tears in his eyes and snot coming out of his nose, ineffectually punching with his tiny little fists... and ''wins''. Dermott may talk a big game, but he sure as hell can't back it up. He later claims the only reason he won was because [[BlatantLies he was sick]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** Parodied and PlayedForLaughs in the episode "Student Starfish": Patrick and [=SpongeBob=] start a fight as a chanting crowd gathers around them. They soon stop chanting and disperse as the shot changes to show that [[CrowningMomentOfFunny the two are not even standing close enough to make contact.]]
--->'''Onlooker:''' ''[walking away]'' This is ''embarrassing''...
** Mermaid Man and his past counterpart in "Back to the Past" engage in one of these to prevent Patrick from screwing up history. They first try punching each other (which result in slowpoke punches) before getting into what the trope says.
* ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch'':
** The main event fight between Jerry Seinfeld and Tim Allen. The "fight" devolves into purple nurples, at which point the announcers and audience are happy when the cast of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' interferes to kill Jerry for canceling the show.
** This happens in a few matches where two comedic actors are placed against each other (matches with only one usually lead to a CurbstompBattle), with them exchanging childish blows until the referee threatens to off them both unless one of them kills the other. Ben Stiller vs. Adam Sandler is another standout example.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
** The fight in the episode "German Guy" between Herbert the elderly pedophile and a Nazi he knew Franz Gutentag who was holding Chris hostage, it results in an OverlyLongGag because they are both quite weak and elderly and at one point they stop to take their medications.
** One of the {{Cutaway Gag}}s in another episode has Peter musing on how the founding fathers would have solved their problems had guns not existed. Cue this trope.
** In the "Family Guy Viewer Mail #2" episode "Chap of the Manor", Neville (British Peter) gets into one of these with the Giant Pheasant (British giant chicken). This contrasts the normally colossal damage the American Peter and Giant Chicken would do.
** When Stewie engages in an epic dog fight with Bertram in "Sibling Rivalry", their entire army and their own fighter crafts explode, leading them to parachute right next to each other. They slap fight until they land in a tree.
** Another cutaway has Mort join a Jewish Fight Club. The first rule being that the fight ends when someone says 'ow'.
** In "Follow the Money", Lois has her own chicken fight against Ernie's wife Nicole, which only amounts to a brief slap fight.
* ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'' had Otto and his past self deciding to fight since their friends are fighting. They looked at each other, shrugged, and started slapping each other.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': Bat-Mite versus Joker-Mite in "Emperor Joker!".
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee Egg-tastic Easter Special'', the "war" between the chickens and rabbits quickly degenerates a series of multiple one-on-one Wimp Fights, including the requisite "sissy slap fight".
* Dudley and Kitty's occasional fights with each other in ''WesternAnimation/TUFFPuppy''.
* Most fights between Andy and Kevin in ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill'' dissolve rather quickly into a wimp fight. One even has Kevin dressed as a Jedi with a toy lightsaber and Andy 'dressed' as Darth Vader with a plastic candy cane set to epic music. HilarityEnsues.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
** In "The Hand that Rocks the Mabel", Dipper and Li'l Gideon manage to have a slap-fight ''while falling off a cliff''.
** Dipper ends up provoking one among his doppelgangers in "Double Dipper": "CLONE FIGHT!"
* In the ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} episode of ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'', Spider-Man and Deadpool have a brief slap fight [[FreeFallFight in mid-air]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', Edd and Jimmy go into a fight after the fisticuffs.
* At the end of the ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' episode "The Enemies", [[GalacticConqueror Lord Hater]] and [[FakeUltimateHero Brad Starlight]]'s episode-long bickering eventually degenerates into a slap-fight after [[spoiler: they break the pieces of the DismantledMacguffin they had been arguing over]].
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': After she regenerates [[spoiler:without her limb enhancers]], Peridot is reduced to ineffectual slapping when she tries to attack Steven. When she actually throws a punch, Steven just sidesteps and she falls flat on her face.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E25TheCutieRemarkPart1 The Cutie Re-Mark Part 1]]": During the battle sequence, we see a Royal Guard and a Crystal Soldier doing a slap fight, hard enough to make a BigBallOfViolence. [[ShownTheirWork That's actually how real horses fight]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' episode "Sleepover and Over", Chester and AJ get into a fight over which superhero is better and engage in a slap fight until they both fall out of Timmy's treehouse.