'''Basic Trope''': A man who submits to a domineering wife.
* '''Straight''': Alice makes all the major household decisions and runs the household with little or no input from Bob. For his part, Bob always caves to Alice's decisions, even if he doesn't agree with them.
* '''Exaggerated''': Alice outright [[DomesticAbuse abuses Bob]].
* '''Downplayed''':
** Generally, Alice make most the decisions in the house. But she does sometimes ask Bob, and reconsider her decisions if necessary.
** Alice and Bob divide up responsibility equally, though Alice decides who does which.
* '''Justified''':
** Bob is such a BumblingDad or LazyHusband that the household would fall apart if not for Alice.
** Alice is a {{Dominatrix}}, and she and Bob are in a [[SafeSaneAndConsensual controlled]] UsefulNotes/{{BDSM}} relationship.
** Alice is an enchantress. Bob is under an evil spell.
** Alice is a queen, Bob is a commoner. If Bob disobeys he will be decapitated.
** [[TheDulcineaEffect Bob simply adores Alice, will do anything for her, and doesn't care what anyone thinks]].
* '''Inverted''': Bob makes all the household decisions and runs the household with little or no input from Alice. As far as he's concerned, her only responsibilities are to [[StayInTheKitchen cook, clean the house, and have his babies]].
* '''Subverted''':
** Alice asks Bob what he thinks about going to Paris, and Bob states that [[HintDropping he'd rather go to Hawaii for their vacation]].
** Alice is quiet and submissive only makes requests not give orders.
** Alice seems to make most of the decisions simply because the things she desires are things that Bob either doesn't care about or agrees with Alice on. In return the few things Bob actually insists on he usually gets.
** Alice is a ManicPixieDreamGirl who leads Bob on a roller-coaster of a life. Bob is an easy-going fellow who is content to passively enjoy Alice's ideas. Bob does what Alice says not because she is domineering or he is weak willed, but because he thinks it ''fun.''
* '''Double Subverted''':
** Alice has already booked the trip to Paris.
** Alice controls Bob through passive-aggressive behavior (such as threatening to leave, threatening suicide, fake tears, or the LysistrataGambit) or through HintDropping.
* '''Parodied''': AwfulWeddedLife
* '''Zig Zagged''': Alice makes the decision, but Bob argues with her when he disagrees. Sometimes, he gives in, other times she is the one who relents.
* '''Averted''': AliceAndBob make decisions and spend money equally.
* '''Enforced''': AwfulWeddedLife
* '''Lampshaded''': "I always get the last word in any argument: 'Yes, dear.'"
* '''Invoked''': Bob is the DoggedNiceGuy to [[{{Tsundere}} Alice]].
* '''Exploited''': "Alice you tell Bob to straighten up!"
* '''Defied''':
** Alice refuses to date a wimpy guy like Bob, much less marry him.
** Bob doesn't let anyone walk all over him, especially Alice.
* '''Discussed''': "Poor Bob. Alice never lets him have any fun."
* '''Conversed''': "Alice may be a bitch, but Bob does need to grow a backbone. At least enough to get out of ''that'' crappy marriage."
* '''Deconstructed''': This is not grounds for being HappilyMarried in any true sense for very long. Eventually, Bob will start to feel unimportant and uncared for, and may get into PassiveAggressiveKombat or [[YourCheatingHeart be unfaithful to Alice]]. Also, Alice may think Bob is weak and pathetic.
* '''Reconstructed''':
** Alice gets Bob involved in decision-making and learns to [[TakeAThirdOption compromise]] and not be such a ControlFreak, and Bob learns to say "no" sometimes. The relationship grows healthy boundaries and improves.
** Or, if Alice is actually abusing Bob, Bob gets up the courage to leave her, because she isn't likely to change and could eventually do some ''real'' damage.
* '''Played For Laughs''': AwfulWeddedLife, [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale Abuse Is Okay When It's Female On Male]]
* '''Played For Drama''':
** Bob is being abused by Alice, but no one will take him seriously because [[DoubleStandard women never commit domestic violence, and only weak men get into abusive relationships.]]
** Alice berates Bob into doing something that gets him killed. She is distraught and considers it her fault.
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"Now go back to HenpeckedHusband!" "Yes, dear."
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