'''Basic Trope''': A female character is easily subdued and captured if her upper arm is grabbed by a mook or other villain.
* '''Straight''': Alice is kicking ass, until [[BigBad Emperor Evulz]] comes up from behind and grabs her arm. She starts screaming for Bob to save her.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** Evulz just pinches Alice's forearm and she goes down.
** Evulz grabs Alice's arm and she ends up completely paralyzed or TakenForGranite.
* '''Downplayed''': Evulz grabs Alice's arm with both hands, and clearly shows effort in not letting her go.
* '''Justified''':
** Alice had a horrible case of carpal tunnel syndrome as a child and never fully recovered from it, so squeezing her arm is a kind of KryptoniteFactor.
** Alternatively, the arm-grabber in question has a nasty bladed gauntlet ([[ChainsawGood chainsaw attachment]] optional) expressly for this purpose, and pretty much pulverizes Alice's arm, leaving her incapacitated.
** Alternately again: He doesn't just ''grab'' her arm -- he puts her in a painful hammerlock.
** Or deliberately went for a pressure point.
** Alternatively, AGAIN, the mook just has a really really strong grip.
** Alternatively, AGAIN again, the mook is an energy stealer, and drains Alice's energy by gripping her arm, thus subduing her.
** Alternatively yet again, this is Alice's first outing. When Emperor Evulz grabs her, she panics
** Alternatively, [[RunningGag YET AGAIN,]] picking a fight with the opponent isn't the best option in this case, and the grab makes Alice realize that she almost lost her temper when she shouldn't have
** Alternatively, [[RunningGag YET YET AGAIN,]] Emperor Evulz is a terrifying bad guy who just oozes menace, so just about ANYONE would be paralyzed by fear if he crept up behind them and grabbed them.
** Alternatively, [[OverlyLongGag YET YET YET AGAIN,]] Alice is a boxer and her other arm is broken.
* '''Inverted''':
** [[GenderInvertedTrope Alice grabs Evulz's arm, and he goes down in agony]].
** [[GenderInvertedTrope Evulz grabs Bob's arm, and causes him to go down in agony]].
** A Mook grabs Alice's wrist roughly, breaking the PowerLimiter bracelet she was wearing. OhCrap.
** [[BigBad Emperor Evulz]] comes up from behind and grabs Alice's arm. Since she is wearing an electric taser glove, Evulz ends up getting electrocuted and falls.
** Alice is an energy stealer, and can never be with Bob without killing him because she drains anyone who touches her. Evulz [[TheWorfEffect is used to demonstrate this.]]
* '''Gender Inverted''': Bob is kicking ass, until [[BigBad Emperor Evulz]] comes up from behind and grabs his arm. He starts screaming for Alice's help.
* '''Subverted''': As Evulz grabs Alice's arm, she judo flips him over. When he's on the ground, she stomps his groin and says, "You really thought that would work?"
* '''Double Subverted''': After Alice judo flips Evulz, he grabs the other arm and flips her over, pulling himself up at the same time. "Yes."
* '''Parodied''': All women have this weakness, and so they wear armor on their upper arms.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Emperor Evulz grabs Alice's upper arm and she becomes helpless. But as he starts dragging her to his helicopter, she knees him the groin and is able to make a mad dash for the battle field again. THEN, a Mook grabs both her arms and she is rendered helpless again.
* '''Averted''':
** Nobody ever tries to grab Alice by the arm.
** Whenever someone grabs Alice by the arm, she easily pulls away.
* '''Enforced''': The writers may feel- [[ExecutiveMeddling or may have been told]]- that other ways of subduing a female character (like a "full nelson") are too graphic or sexual to portray (as, for example, a man would have less latitude with what areas of a woman's body he can grab without it being considered sexual), so they resort to this move as a compromise.
* '''Lampshaded''': Alice is grabbed and complains of how she can never fight when that happens.
* '''Invoked''': As Alice and Evulz face off in a rather impressive fight scene, a Mook calls out "Grab her arm!"... and it works. Bob to the rescue!
* '''Exploited''': Alice lets herself be grabbed by a misogynist and WrongGenreSavvy villain in order to get inside his lair and destroy it from the inside.
* '''Defied''':
** She took up Judo for just such an occasion.
** "Why are you wearing spiked armbands?"
* '''Discussed''': "AH! Bob! Help me!" "What? You can fight a dozen ninjas with your hands tied, but you can't shake off a man who's grabbing your arm? Sheesh..."
* '''Conversed''': "Odd. Most villains would grab her by the arm instead of kicking her in the groin."
* '''Implied''': Alice has already been imprisoned. Her captor boasts on how easy he kidnapped Alice just by grabbing her arms.
* '''Deconstructed''': Due to this, women are not allowed to fight unattended or without a male escort no matter how tough they are.
* '''Reconstructed''': In the world the protagonists live in, 90% of the ostensibly female population are {{RobotGirl}}s who have a disabling switch on their arms.
* '''Played For Laughs''':
** Emperor Evulz knows no less than 56 methods of paralyzing a woman through just the nerves on her upper arm: All the better to capture princesses with!
** [[NonActionGuy Jake]] is grabbed in this spot by Evulz, and collapses into an exaggerated dead faint.
* '''Played For Drama''': Alice is riven with self-loathing due to the fact that for all her skill, she can never free herself from this maneuver.
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