Slapstick Knows No Gender

This is when a female character is regularly used for physical comedy. She might regularly suffer Amusing Injuries, get Covered in Gunge, receive a Pie in the Face, get Panty Shot for Comedic Underwear Exposure, and have other slapstick tropes done to her. She is usually the Butt Monkey or Chew Toy of the show and what happens to the girl is Played for Laughs.

It is rare to see women in these roles because of the Double Standard seen in things like Beauty Is Never Tarnished, Wouldn't Hit a Girl and Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male. Also, due to all of these things, the women who do fit this trope are more likely to be amusingly injured by other women or their own clumsiness than by men.

With the passage of time, we both already have seen and will continue to see increasingly fewer restrictions on the use of this trope. Even being physically attractive does not guarantee immunity, since the Brainless Beauty is always an Acceptable Target. If the character is an Iron Butt Monkey, however, she'll tend to be a lot tougher if she's a woman than if she's a man. A woman who gets poked in the eye with a sharp stick will likely experience only a (temporary) loss of dignity; a man who gets poked in the eye with a sharp stick will have to wear an eyepatch. And it's still quite rare to see a female character comedically killed, unless she's particularly repellent.

None of this is to suggest the men are getting away unscathed, by the way; if slapstick was only targeting the ladies then it would in fact know gender.

Exception: Instant Soprano always Knows Gender, except in blatant parodies of that trope.

Contrast is usually Immune To Slapstick.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt: Panty and Stocking go through lots of Amusing Injuries.
    • A perfect example would be in the first part of Episode 3, when the wolf ghost compresses the both of them into a ball shape and throws them through a basketball hoop, and then the two are briefly seen Squashed Flat afterwards.
    • Panty is hit by a barrage of different humiliating slapstick stunts at the beginning of Episode 13, all in a row, including struck by lightning (complete with X-Ray Sparks) and left with Ash Face.
  • All the girls of ACROSS in Excel Saga. Excel and Elgala mostly get Amusing Injuries, while Hyatt just dies a lot.
  • Tenchi Muyo!:
    • Kiyone from Tenchi Universe endures constant humiliation due to being partnered with Mihoshi, who is the personification of ditz.
    • Many female characters in this franchise are also qualified for this trope. Particularly Ryoko, Mihoshi and Sasami as Pretty Sammy.
  • A Certain Scientific Railgun actually has at least two: Psycho Lesbian Lovable Sex Maniac Kuroko and Alpha Bitch Kongo.
  • Mutsumune from Getsumen To Heiki Mina gets a lot of slapstick stuff happen to her
  • Shiina from The Secret of Haruka Nogizaka has a tendency to clumsily stumble into Fanservicey Panty Shot and Not What It Looks Like situations that are played for laughs at her expense.
  • Ryuubi, the Meganekko with Gag Boobs, from Ikki Tousen regularly finds herself in these situations. If she really is in danger, though, her dragon will come out.
  • In Yatterman, villainess Doronjo is punished for her failure in just about every episode. Punishments range from siccing a horde of pinching crabs on her to blasting her with meteorites and nuclear missiles. The 2008 remake keeps this tradition alive.
  • Pokémon loves this trope.
    • Jessie, amongst other female villains (and even protagonists), gets attacked by Pokémon on a regular basis.
    • Misty gets this from time to time. One noticeable example was in "Pokémon Fashion Flash." In the course of that episode, Misty got burned in the face by Vulpix's fire breath, got burned by Vulpix's huge Fire Spin at the climax, AND got a ridiculous face paint makeover that looked so bad, it had Ash and Brock (especially Ash) laughing themselves half to death when they saw it!
    • Zigzagged with May. Like the other female companions, she suffers occasional Amusing Injuries. However a lot of her Damsel in Distress moments seem to lampshade her lack of Toon Physics. Her almost falling down the exact same cliff Team Rocket passively shot down Wile E Coyote-style was completely Played for Drama.
  • In Genji Tsuushin Agedama, a 1991 parody anime, villainess Kuki Rei frequently catches fire, falls down pits and gets caught in explosions.
  • The Fairy Tail anime/manga doles out some humorous abuse to protagonist Lucy Heartfilia, including a pillow to the face that sends her through a door and into a rock outside, and various evil women like Angel, whose post-battle struggle for survival is a bit of a joke.
  • Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro absolutely champions this trope, as Neuro himself frequently abuses his female cohort Katsuragi Yako by stretching her body into unnatural positions, electrocuting her, making her eat grass, and just generally roughing her up. One omake is actually a long list of ways to humorously torture a recently-defeated female villain.
  • The 1973 manga Dororon Enma-kun placed the literal ice princess, Yukiko Hime, on the receiving end of a large amount of comical abuse from friends and foes alike. When a monster puts her into a deep sleep, Enma wastes no time attempting to wake her through outrageous beatings and whippings.
  • Dr. Slump has the various heroines and villainesses getting knocked around quite frequently. Even Slump's love interest, Midori, gets boulders dropped on her and temporarily loses a few teeth.
  • To a lesser degree with Dragon Ball, as it is not quite a gag series.
    • Chi-Chi in Dragon Ball Z, especially around Goku. Since she is not as strong as Goku yet strong enough to take physical harm; she has been slapped by Goku through the side of their house, through several boulders and a tree, and when he has healed from his heart disease and she went out to greet him, he accidentally threw her high into the air.
  • Guu from Haré+Guu is chopping vegetables in class and ends up cutting her Rubber Hose Limbs into pieces. Unfazed she gathers the pieces up and swallows them, quickly growing a new arm much to Haré's horror. In a much later OAV, Guu somehow shows up in a horror movie and her smirking head gets decapitated.
  • Mitsudomoe is, put simply, a series with lots of slapstick involving little girls. Mitsuba gets it the worst.
  • Nagasarete Airantou distributes the pain pretty fairly. Though male protagonist Ikuto gets hurt more consistently, girls Ayane, Rin and Mikoto get knocked around fairly often as well.
    • Ayane in particular gets it so bad that one chapter featured her picking up a broom that caused accidents to happen to whoever used it. She completely failed to notice its effects because they were no different from a regular day for her.
  • Achakura and Haruhi in Haruhi-chan. Others too (everyone's an Abusable Cutie) but they seem the most prone to it.
  • Azumanga Daioh has several scenes of this, Yomi and Tomo hit each other, Chiyo and Osaka get bonked a lot, and even Sakaki is always bit on the hand by cats. Of course, this is all girl-on-girl (or animal-on-girl) slapstick. Yukari-sensei is also placed on the receiving end of some physical comedy courtesy of Tomo. As punishment, Yukari spends the next several minutes slapping Tomo around with a lunch tray in each hand.
  • In Magikano, the main male character, Haruo, douse take some abuse especially in the form of a mind erasing hammer. But that pales in comparison to what the Yandears who are (unknowingly to him) fighting for his attention do to each other.
  • Kelly from Transformers: Robots in Disguise is most definitely the series' human Chew Toy. She's not stupid or clumsy, just incredibly unlucky. Usually the funny stuff happens to her property rather than her, but she's still been the victim of the occasional damage. She is almost always caught up in the conflicts of the (mostly male) Transformers. Not even running to the middle of the world's most remote desert moves her out of the way of the conflict!!
  • Hotori from Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru falls victim a large number of unfortunate mishaps. A little sneeze sends her face-first into a cup of coffee, and she trips while trying to clean it up, getting a bucket stuck on her head.
  • With its all-female cast, it's no surprise that this trope should apply to Strawberry Marshmallow. This is the main reason why the other girls keep Miu Matsuoka around; however, no-one in the show is immune to the slapstick.
  • Also happens with frequency in Urusei Yatsura, usually featuring Ryuunosuke, Benten, Ran and the Spice Girls (No, not THOSE Spice Girls).
  • One particularly well-done male-to-female example is in Toradora! when Ryuuji accidentally hits Taiga in the head with a broom. It's hilarious.
  • Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, absurd as it is, heaps slapstick on everybody, with the heroines getting it the hardest, though G4 (particularly Kokoro) get theirs too.
  • Kanako Miyamae from Maria†Holic takes some slapstick pain, including getting trampled by a schoolgirl stampede, which after provides her with the obligatory Amusing Injuries.
  • Slayers often subjects its female characters to slapstick, every semi-important woman that appears in the show, suffers it sooner or later (even Sylphiel was blasted by Lina in one occasion). Amelia is a notable one.
  • Nodame from Nodame Cantabile is part of a Boke and Tsukkomi Routine with other main character Chiaki, and the usual Tsundere slapstick violence is gender-inverted.
  • Happens in Dragon Half, where King Siva drops a huge weight on his own daughter Vina's head. The scene is funny, but it also shows that the two of them are utterly horrible people. Vina's half-slime, so she survives because she's Nigh Invulnerable. She then attempts to smother her father once she escapes.
  • The unlucky Chinese Girl protagonist of the weird anime Ippatsu Kikimusume gets involved in a whole lot of this.
  • Angel Beats! has Hinata's assaults on Yui be played just as much for laughs as hers on him.
  • Sanae from Shinryaku! Ika Musume gets bloody beaten up a lot by the eponymus protagonist, and she enjoys it.
  • Rune Soldier Louie: Merrill often suffers humiliation, due to the lengths she'll go to in order to satisfy her greed.
    • In episode 6, she tries attacking a clay golem with a flying kick in an attempt to save her money jar, but gets sucked into its body instead. Then it squats and shits her back out. She finally resorts to a combination of tears and doe eyes, which doesn't work either. The golem simply grabs her by her head and nonchalantly chucks her over its shoulder (seen from 14:27-16:31, here).
    • In another episode, she steals and eats a bunch of laxative-laced cookies that some of Louie's detractors had given him.
  • Sailor Moon frequently featured slapstick gags with the main female cast as the victims. Usagi was the most common victim, due to her extreme clumsiness getting her hurt and general You Suck nature as a character, but plenty of gags featured the rest of the cast as well. Ironically, Mamoru/Tuxedo Mask, the only male human in the regular cast, was the least likely to be on the receiving end of the show's physical comedy until the notably more serious and poised Outer Senshi were introduced, suggesting it had more to do with finesse and grace than anything.
  • In Mahou Sensei Negima!, main female protagonist Asuna regularly takes the chance to smack about one or two other girls in their sillier or more lecherous moments, but none so much as Elegant Gothic Lolita Vampire Evangeline. Although given her insane skill in martial arts, she probably lets it happen. This being Negima, it's promptly lampshaded:
    Chachamaru: Asuna-san's the only person who's ever been able to engage with Master in physical slapstick.
  • Literature Girl in Daily Lives of High School Boys had one moment in "High School Boys and the Way You are", when her clumsiness caused a long string of Epic Fail.
  • The premise of Kill Me Baby lies in Yasuna being physically abused by Sonya at least Once per Episode.
  • Happens a lot in Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth, there was actually two chapters dedicated to this trope.
  • Ritsu in K-On! is a frequent target for Mio's aggression, though some of the other girls have suffered a few bashes on the head (also see Cranial Eruption). No serious injury has yet occurred from this.
  • Amazing Nurse Nanako: all kinds of stuff happen to the eponymous character, not the least of which Dr. Kyouji Ogami is directly and indirectly responsible for.
  • Happens occasionally to girls in NEEDLESS, but slapstick happens more frequently to the males.
  • Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei has the scene where Meru (a Shrinking Violet who can only communicate through abusive text messages) ends up getting forced into a seat with no cell reception and starts spewing Black Speech. Kafuka's way to treat this problem is to bash her in the head with a crucifix.
    • There's also a Played for Laughs scene where Chiri ambushes Ai and is implied to brutally murder her, acting on jealousy over Itoshiki-sensei.
  • Haiyore! Nyarko-san has Nyarko and Cuuko (and more rarely Hasta) subject to Mahiro's punches and forks whenever they get too annoying. It helps that they're Lovecraftian gods and can take the punishment, but more than a few fans have expressed displeasure with Mahiro, feeling that he comes off as a short-tempered Jerkass. Worth noting, the "slapstick" label only really applies to the two TV series; in the original light novels (and the Nyaruani comedy shorts) Mahiro's forks produce fountains of High-Pressure Blood.
  • Happens a lot in Nichijou, whose protagonist Yuuko ends up on the recieving end of most of the slapstick-related gags in the series. It knows no species either, as the other main victim is Sakamoto the cat.
  • This is very prevalent in the Pretty Cure franchise. Kanade Minamino and Miyuki Hoshizora are the two most notable examples, but Love Momozono and Nozomi Yumehara have their fair share of slapstick too.
  • In The Girl Who Leapt Through Time protagonist Makoto gets hurt a lot crashing into things due to her clumsy landings doing time leaps. Usually it is Played for Laughs, except in one particular occasion when she is badly battered near the climax of the movie.
  • While Kero and Sayoran are the true Butt Monkeys of Cardcaptor Sakura, Sakura herself is frequently victim to cutesy slapstick.
  • During the first episode of Lucky Star, Miyuki describes some of the things that happen to her for spacing out, such as tripping on her own feet or cutting herself while slicing vegetables, things which Konata then describes as "moe points". The very next scene has her walking into a business sign while pacing back and forth.
    • During episode 6, Konata lays a bar of soap down for Miyuki to slip on while they are bathing at the sentou. It works, but she misses it while teasing Kagami.
    • There are also times when Nanako gives Konata a Cranial Eruption for sleeping in class. In the manga, this extends to other students she has after Konata and her friends graduate. Including the innocent and physically frail Yutaka.
    • Minami nailing Hiyori in dodgeball, anyone?
    • A late scene in episode 11 is all about the main four (and Soujiro) receiving electrical shocks from a doorknob.
  • Kill la Kill is full of this, with Nui, probably the most girly character, getting the worst of it.
  • In Aho Girl, Yoshiko's stupidity causes her to frequently be the victim of retaliatory Dope Slaps and the like. In one case male lead Akkun hits her with an Offhand Backhand when she calls him the idiot.
  • In Fushigi Yuugi, Taiitsukun is the Goddess (in a sense) of the trope. On one hand she's among those who send the Nyan-Nyans (who have the looks of little girls) flying when they screw up, and has hit Miaka (a 15-year-old girl) upside the head at least once. On the other, it's not like she's less harsh to guys: she's also seen beating up the 17-year-old boy Tamahome once or twice.
  • Gintama does not spare the female characters. Kagura is actually proud to be the first Jump heroine to vomit in an anime.

    Comic Strips 
  • Peanuts never seemed reluctant to have some of the girls take a shot. While Wouldn't Hit a Girl was invoked quite a few times (usually by a girl), there'd still be quite a few brawls and pratfalls for either gender. And not restricted to just Peppermint Patty taking her lumps in football, either.
  • Maggie in Bringing Up Father frequently ended up falling down stairs, tripping over something, or slipping on a polished floor.
  • Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes dishes it out to Susie Derkins on a regularly basis — water balloons, slush balls, etc. Of course, this is always a bad thing, and Calvin usually gets punished; when it happens to Calvin himself, it's comedy.

    Fan Works 
  • In the Discworld fics of A.A. Pessimal, the young Assassin Jocasta Wiggs follows her memorable canonical appearance by ending up - in every tale where she features - being liberally smothered in crap. It's now the Wiggs trademark.
  • In React Watch Believe Yikes, Ruby, Weiss, Blake and Yang go through a lot of abuse for the sake of comedy. It's rather justified, given that they're stuck in school with nothing to do but watch ten seasons of Red vs. Blue.
  • In Ultimate Spider-Woman: Change With The Light, Mary Jane is thinking about how well things are going for her. She's immediately drenched by a passing car, and ends up remembering that she's Mary Jane Watson.
  • The titular characters from the MLP fancomic Diamond and Dazzle are equally subject to physical comedy. One comic features Diamond getting yanked off-panel by her tail due to some device set up by Dazzle. She somehow came back into the panel to make sure Dazzle was yanked along with her.

    Films — Animation 
  • Notably averted with Lola Bunny from Space Jam. Granny on the other hand....
  • Disney movies are known for having their female characters avoid this sort of thing, which makes the subversions of the untouched beauty rule all that more noticeable.
    • Jane from Tarzan in spades. The movie makes quite a bit of comedic use out of her inexperience in the jungle, though this eventually dies down as she gets more used to things — still, chances are if there's a scene where she's in that huge, fancy looking dress, it's going to be ruined in some kind of slapstick scene.
    • Tiana of The Princess and the Frog doesn't run into any slapstick at all... when she's human. Almost as soon as she turns into a frog, she along with Naveen get tossed around for laughs, fall over, all kinds of the sort of goofy situations one could stick into a swamp setting.
    • Mulan, very much so. Just watch "I'll Make a Man Out of You" and you'll see. This is mostly played straight in the beginning when Mulan was a clumsy Butt Monkey, but toned down after she Took a Level in Badass.
    • The Emperor's New Groove's Yzma, though being unattractive and evil are already two strikes against her. "Pull the lever, Kronk." *Ka-chunk!* "WRONG LEVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!" Yzma is possibly Disney's best example of this trope, as much like the rest of the cast the character goes through constant screwball situations — especially when she's in the jungle. Case in point, there's a scene where she gets covered in grime, then attacked by bees (for no discernible reason) within a few seconds, running around in the background while her sidekick in the foreground pays no attention, and then she takes a pratfall into the mud again.
    • In The Little Mermaid Vanessa's wedding is played very comically for slapstick. Birds fly under her dress, pelicans dump water, dead fish and lobsters all over her, starfish cover her body from face to waist, seals bounce her like a ball, she gets thrown on top of her own wedding cake and covered in the frosting head to toe before being sprayed by water yet again. This is particularly notable for the inversion of the hyper-feminine beautiful woman as the target.
    • To some extent played straight with the female protagonists of the more recent animated movies. Rapunzel, Merida, and Anna, are more prone to suffering Amusing Injuries than their predecessors.
      • Anna's more slapstick-y moments were briefly an indirect source of controversy, not because nobody wanted to see a female character do physical comedy, but because her animator make a public statement that he found it difficult to animate women, who, as he said, have to go through a wide range of emotions while still looking pretty. A lot of women and artists of both gender were quite pissed.
  • Half the slapstick in Cats Don't Dance comes from Danny (and occasionally Pudge). The rest? Surprisingly enough, it comes from Sawyer, who despite being graceful, wise, and snarky is amusingly very accident-prone (though it should be noted that most of her accidents are in some way Danny's fault). Also, all that happens to the films' villainess, Darla Dimple, at the end of the movie.
  • Ruffnut in the How to Train Your Dragon films gets used for slapstick in near-perfect synchronization with her twin brother. The only reason Astrid doesn't is because she's too skilled a badass.
  • In The Incredibles, Elastigirl sucker-punches Mirage after she finds her embracing her husband.
  • Mittens the Cat from Bolt is subjected to lots of Amusing Injuries throughout her journey.
  • If you alter the trope slightly to Slapstick Knows No Species, Disney's The Jungle Book has a surprising subversion in the case of Bagheera. Being a black panther, he's a cat in a jungle full of dogs, elephants, bears and monkeys. Of course, those four other kinds of animals are regular fodder for humor, but cats are naturally refined and above that sort of thing, right? Especially because Bagheera speaks in that dapper, butler-like accent that makes you feel guilty about even thinking of trying to embarrass him. Leave that to the Disney animators: they have him fall in a stream and hit his head on a log when he tries to surface; get a huge door slammed in his face, leaving him with a swollen purple eye; and yowl in agony when a boulder flattens his tail. Sure, all the other characters get their share of slapstick too, but Bagheera does seem to be humiliated more often than necessary.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Scary Movie features a lot of this, from start to finish. It is a comedic parody series, and the lead character is Always Female.
  • Dirty Love does this to Jenny McCarthy, who wrote and produced it.
  • Drop Dead Gorgeous does this too, with one girl being hit in the head with a falling light, two getting blown up, and countless eating tainted shellfish and barfing everywhere. Tess however experiences the most slapstick.
  • Many Columbia short subject comedies (including those with The Three Stooges) did this. Vera Vague was on the business end of a lot of violent comedy in her shorts. Even the classiest female supporting players were not exempt; Christine McIntyre has been, in different shorts, hit over the head with a guitar, splashed with water, and smacked in the face with a loaded shaving brush.
  • Orin's middle aged female assistant gets hit several times (such as getting punched in the face and slammed by a door) in his Villain Song in Little Shop of Horrors.
  • The network censor in Scrooged is beaten throughout the film by falling sets, carelessly opened doors, and everything else that can get hurled her way. It's very effective at keeping her from doing her job and the smut gets right past her onto the airwaves.
  • In Babe: Pig in the City, Mrs. Hoggett gets dragged around in pretty undignified fashion.
  • Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear has then-First Lady Barbara Bush repeatedly on the receiving end of Drebbin's ineptitude.
  • Melissa McCarthy seems to be making a career out of this.
    • In Identity Thief Jason Bateman smashes a guitar over her head, among other incidents.
    • Her role in Bridesmaids was also fairly raunchy, since the movie isn't afraid to put women on the receiving end of slapstick, particularly at the bridal fitting where half the women puke in the bathroom (and on each other) and the other half experience explosive diarrhea.
    • The Heat features both her character and Sandra Bullock in these situations repeatedly.
    • Continues this in Spy, including a long Vomit Indiscretion Shot done in slow motion.
  • The Mexican comic actress and director María Elena Velasco (of La India Maria series fame) was made of this in her heyday. She's short and stocky, so when she gets knocked down she can bounce back up like a rubber ball.
  • Pitch Perfect has plenty of this, most notably the puking scenes.
  • Joss Whedon's adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing has, at one point, Beatrice very obviously spying on Hero and a maid, trying to listen in on whether or not they're saying that Benedick is in love with her. When she first heard their conversation, she suffered a pratfall down the steps. Her immediate move to hide under a nearby table then ended with her bonking her head on it.
  • In The Man with Two Brains, Steve Martin hurls Kathleen Turner face-first into a pool of mud.
  • In Bugsy Malone, it seems that the slapstick is going to be entirely confined to the male characters — until the end, whereupon nobody is safe.
  • In Home Alone 3, the crooks are victims of Alex's booby traps during their attempt to break in the house to steal the chip, and Alice, the only female of the foursome, is not an exception.
  • The lead female protagonist in the Fifty Shades Of Black trailer gets her far share of beating from a malfunctioning elevator.
  • In Good Burger Carmen Electra's character is sent by the evil restaurant conglomerate Mondo Burger to seduce and steal Ed's "secret sauce" recipe. Ed and Dexter absolutely adore her (but of course Dexter still doesn't trust her enough to actually give her the recipe.) During the mini-golf double date, she is accidentally injured multiple times by Ed's clumsiness, such as getting hit with the golf ball and having her hair set on fire from a candle. In the next scene, she angrily tells Mondo Burger's managers that she quits. She vanishes from the movie after those couple of scenes.
  • From the look of the Ghostbusters reboot trailer, it looks like these female Ghostbusters are going to be on the receiving end of some slapstick.

  • In Harry Potter, there are quite a few instances of female characters undergoing this:
    • In The Chamber of Secrets, Peeves chases Moaning Myrtle and pelts her with moldy peanuts. Later, a Funny Background Event involves a nameless female student being turned into a badger by mistake in a Transfiguration class (while she's human again when she appears, she still has a white stripe in her hair).
    • In The Goblet of Fire, while trying to stop Peeves from throwing water balloons on the newly-arrived students at the start of the year, McGonagall slips on the floor and only saves herself from falling by grabbing Hermione around the neck.
    • In The Half-Blood Prince, Hermione absentmindedly squeezes a telescope, forgetting it was something Fred and George invented for their joke shop, and it punches her in the face. This is Played for Laughs entirely. The same goes for Trelawny being tossed out of the Room of Requirement.
    • Poor Katie Bell gets this twice in one scene. Peeves shoots her in the ear with an ink pellet and, when she retaliates by throwing things at him, he empties an entire bottle of ink over her head.
  • In the Discworld novel Night Watch, trainee Assassin Jocasta Wiggs is sent on a mission to target Sam Vimes. She ends up treading what she hopes is mainly water in the Ramkin family cesspit, having been directed there by a cunning trap.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Probably the best known example is Lucy Ricardo from I Love Lucy. Really, any character Lucille Ball played counts. (This has been blamed for the failure of her attempted 1980s comeback Life With Lucy - seeing a woman in her seventies still doing slapstick physical humour made the audience seriously worry for her safety and sent the show into Dude, Not Funny! territory.)
  • Carol Burnett in The Carol Burnett Show, who was also a huge Lucy fan.
  • The title characters of Hope And Faith also regularly suffered slapstick misfortune.
  • That's So Raven: The main character, Raven, gets involved in a lot of slapstick, usually on the receiving end.
  • Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide features a lot of characters going through sometimes over-the-top Amusing Injuries in almost every episode. The female characters, even the beautiful ones, are not excluded either.
  • Dee from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is just as liable to have her leg broken by homeless people, or her face smashed in by a metal folding chair as the rest of the guys, and has been poisoned the most out of them all. Frank intentionally threw a match into a building full of kerosene while Dee was inside, intentionally setting her on fire for a fake news story.
  • The main female characters on Married... with Children also count. Peg has had both Al and a fat woman fall on her and been spun around on a game show wheel, Kelly has been bitten by poisonous insects, hit in the head with a frisbee and rollerskated into a door, Marcy's been running over with a shopping cart and bitten by a poisonous rodent that turned her into a hunchback. All three of them have gotten electrocuted and fallen down the basement stairs. They've also all beaten up various female extras in one episode or another.
  • Laverne and Shirley: Both Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams were made honorary members of the Hollywood Stuntman's Guild for all the slapstick and the beating that they took to do it.
  • In her eponymous sitcom, Miranda Hart subjects herself to copious amounts of slapstick.
  • My Name Is Earl has Joy constantly falling over when she drinks too much. Also, right after the second time Earl gets run over by a car, it turns out to be Billie (a girl). She proceeds to get run over by another car when she tries to help Earl, and it is no surprise that the paramedics take care of her first.
  • The Worst Witch has a lot of the girls affected with slapstick. 95% of the cast are female so it's justified.
  • CJ Cregg get this a lot in The West Wing.
  • There is also the "Oh my nose!" scene from The Brady Bunch, where Marcia (Marcia, Marcia!) gets struck in the nose with an errant football from when the guys are playing in the backyard. The resulting swelling drives the plot for the rest of that episode, ending with Marcia learning An Aesop about not being too self-conscious about her looks. The scene has also been parodied a few times since by other shows, including the Simspons during a Couch Gag where the family runs through the sets of a couple different classic TV shows.
  • The Nanny:
    • In a notable aversion to the "other women or their own clumsiness" rule, C.C. Babcock was the most abused character on the show, and most of it came at the hands of Niles, the butler. He would hand her a scalding hot teapot, squirt lemon juice in her eye, "forget" to tell her he just mopped with very slippery floor polish, slam a door on her head, the list goes on and on. The only way they really got away with it was that C.C. was such a Rich Bitch that treated everybody so horribly throughout the whole show, all of his slapstick abuse came across a little more like Kick the Son of a Bitch.
    • Fran Fine has her share of slapstick, too. Understandable since Fran Drescher has repeatedly cited Lucille Ball as a major influence upon her.
  • British Sitcom Bottom, which is known for it's cartoonish violence, once had Eddie Hitler knock out a lady going door to door asking for donations for Domestic Violence victims.
  • The Fast Show features a sketch about the fictional country of Republicca- a country that is based upon combining parodies of common Briton vacation spots, most notably Spain, Germany, Italy and Greece- where the plot of the soap opera, "El Amora Y El Passionna" had a wife discover her husband's transgressions. When the wife slaps him for his actions, his response is to punch her in the face, resulting in her instant forgiveness and rushing to the kitchen to fix the husband a sandwich, while the husband wears a very smug look on his face.
  • Incredible Crew: In one sketch, Shauna was whacked by an elephant's trunk and struck by lightning. In another, she breathed fire during a spelling bee and ran away. In one sketch, Chanelle had her tongue pinched by a lobster in a party. In another, and during the same spelling bee as Shauna's, Chanelle cartoonishly inflated like a balloon and flew away.
  • Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In had no reservations about targeting women in its "Sock it to me" segments.
  • The Ferals had no objection to Modi, Robbie or Mixy being hit in its slapstick segments; of course, all three were able to give as good as they got.
  • The title character in Jessie (played by Debby Ryan) probably ends up as a target for slapstick more than any other character, including the kids. Since, like many children's' shows, the series almost runs on slapstick, that's a lot.
  • Terrible things happen to the immaculately dressed police detective Sergeant Dori Doreau in Sledge Hammer!. Her tailored suit shrinks by three sizes after Sledge drags her into a sauna to interrogate a perp. In order to detain a perp whose day job is mud wrestler, Doreau is dragged into the arena - in her trademark business suit - and deluged in mud and indignity as she wrestles the woman into the mud. And wins.
  • You Can't Do That on Television didn't play gender-favorites with regards to who got slimed, drenched, pied, or otherwise humiliated, although cast members with seniority had some veto power over who got hit each episode. (And the same was true for most other shows on Nickelodeon where slime-based slapstick was used.)
  • Kwebbel and Smal from Flemish children's show Kabouter Plop by Studio100 are always involved in slapstick situations. But while Smal does avoids this most of the time, Kwebbel gets it the most throughout the series.
  • In the Saturday Night Live sketch "Hollywood Dish", co-host Brady Trunk (Bill Hader) would invariably ask the celebrity guest what she thought of the most recent episode of a reality TV show, whereupon he and co-host Anastasia Stix (Kristen Wiig) would sip beverages and await the answer. The guest would then reply "I don't really watch reality TV", at which Brady, goggle-eyed with shock, would turn and spit his mouthful of beverage directly into Anastasia's face.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in the sketch's final appearance with Creator/ScarlettJohansson: on being told by Johansson that she didn't watch reality TV, Hader spat his mouthful of smoothie into Wiig's face, took her smoothie and emptied it over her head, and finally picked up the cookie bowl, dumped the contents on Wiig's head and then put the bowl on her head as well like an oversized helmet.

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    Puppet Shows 
  • Sesame Street: For allegedly being the smartest girl in the world, Alice Braithwaite Goodyshoes gets it coming in spades.

    Video Games 
  • Every time the eponymous protagonist of Bayonetta gets squashed by anything round, we can see a nice slapstick animation, in which she gets flattened in the "paper leaf" type. However, the sequel does not offer any round objects or enemies to squash her, due to its Darker and Edgier approach.
  • BlazBlue doesn't shy away from female characters being caught in unfortunate, painful and embarrassing situations. Makoto (who is coincidentally tied with Bullet as the most boyish of all the girls) especially winds up in physical mishaps, including being blown up (twice), forced to eat Noel's cooking and being an unwilling participant in one of Relius' experiments note .
  • Violet and Dominique Trix from Cel Damage can get blown up, flattened, burnt, deflated like balloons (but only in the Gamecube and Xbox releases), and more.
  • Played with in Crash Bandicoot. Coco Bandicoot and Nina Cortex are subject to the odd Amusing Injuries, albeit not nearly as much as Crash and Neo. Coco even has her own ascending angel death animation in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex just like her brother, though she doesn't have anything near the more over the top deaths he gets from other things.
  • In Donkey Kong 64, Tiny Kong gets squashed to the ground as well as the other Kongs if you fall from high heights (and Mad Jack doesn't hesitate to stomp her).
  • Earthworm Jim: Princess Whatshername is crushed by a cow at the end of the game. And turns into a cow in the sequel.
  • Go Go Hypergrind is a cartoonish skateboarding game whose focus is trying to inflict as much pain on your skater as possible. Since some of the characters, such as Piggy Sue, Penny the Cat, and Sally, are female, this trope was inevitable.
  • Two of the animated shorts for Kid Icarus: Uprising feature the beautiful Goddess Palutena facing a variety of culinary mishaps from an oven exploding in her face to getting a giant pumpkin stuck on her head. Pit remains entirely unaffected by, and oblivious to, the harm that's befalling his beloved goddess throughout the skits.
  • Princess Rosella suffers from slapstick deaths in King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride, including falling off a railroad into lava and being squashed by a dragon's tail.
  • Laura Bow is a two-part Sierra adventure game with a female protagonist, and, in the same fashion as other games from the company, she is subjected to lots of deaths, averting also the Beauty Is Never Tarnished trope. Some of these includes hilariously falling from stairs and high places, being hit by a car, burned to ashes, stomped by a bell, crushed by an elevator and a chandelier... the poor girl even gets chopped in half by an axe onscreen. All of these are, of course, Played for Laughs, being a Sierra game after all.
  • Mass Effect gives us Khalisah bint Sinan al-Jilani, a tabloid reporter who tries to do a smear job on your character. One of the available dialogue options is to punch her in the face. In the second game you not only get to do it again (or do it if you didn't the first time around) but video clips show her getting similar treatment from members of the alien races, including the harmless-looking and generally comic-relief volus. By the third game, she's wised up a little; attacking her will result in her dodging the blow, and lamping Shepard to the floor with a counterattack unless you go on to headbutt her into a wall.
  • Quite a lot happens to Bandage Girl in Meat Boy series.
  • Metal Slug plays this trope straight with Eri, Fio and Nadia, getting slapsticky electrocuted, burned or even dissolved or eaten alive by aliens or man-eating plants. A notable one is in Metal Slug 4: if you get caught in the explosion at the end of the final level, your character, regardless of gender, ends up covered in Amusing Injuries. And there is also a notable aversion in the third game, played for Fanservice.
  • Lammy from the PaRappa the Rapper series goes through an admirable amount of Amusing Injuries.
  • Sakura Wars tends to have female characters on the receiving end of slapstick, usually from other female characters, tripping over stuff, or having things blow up in their faces.
  • Sega Superstars:
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • In Sonic Riders, each character has a different attack they can perform on someone, nearly all of which are comical and played for laughs. It's quite funny to see Amy, Rouge, and Wave get flattened, burnt in cartoon fashion, electrocuted, etc.
    • Sonic the Fighters is another Sonic game with lots of cartoon-style slapstick, and some of it can definitely happen to Amy (or the infamous Honey, who is now playable in the HD re-release).
    • One of Amy's attacks in the first Sonic Advance is basically a sliding pratfall on her face.
  • The female protagonist of the old Sega CD game Time Gal has tons of funny deaths.
  • In Wario Land: Shake It!, Wario has no qualms with grabbing Queen Merelda and nonchalantly throwing her off-screen (with an audible crash!) so he can get to taking the bottomless coin sack.
    • The same applies to Captain Syrup in the earlier Wario Land games.
  • The Super Mario Bros. series has this in spades and even applies whenever prim and properly dressed royalty characters like Princess Peach, Princess Daisy, and even the very deity-like and beautiful Rosalina get involved in the action unbefitting of royalty, being subjected to the exact same cartoony violence, hijinks, and silliness as the guys.
  • In The Wonderful 101, the irresistibly cute Wonder Pink can get flattened by enemies, and failing certain QTEs that require the use of her whip will result in all sorts of comical things happening to her, such as being poked in the butt by a spike, or getting smashed by a robot hand (followed by a tiny little angel floating away after the hand smashes her).
  • Fallout gives us a Black Comedy example. In this game, you can use VATS to specifically shoot people in the crotch. The game has a lot of fun if you use this on a female character.
    "Character's childbearing operations have been compromised"
    "She takes it like a man. That is to say, it hurts like a motherfucker."
  • Has a tendency to show up in the Tales Of Series. Of particular note:
    • Tales of Symphonia: Colette is a bit of a klutz, and has a tendency to trip and fall through walls, leaving a Colette-shaped hole in them. Sheena also has a habit of falling into deep holes, which is Played for Laughs, especially in the sequel.
    • Tales of the Abyss: Generally low on slapstick, but one early scene features an enemy, monster-tamer Arietta the Wild, sending her griffin to capture player characters Luke and Ion. Luke gets grabbed, but Ion's bodyguard Anise (whom Arietta heartily dislikes) shoves Ion out of the way, getting caught herself in the process. Arietta's response to this is to have the griffin drop Anise from high in the air, causing her to faceplant on the ground. Anise gets rather annoyed with Arietta for this but suffers no injury.
    • Tales of Graces: Pascal suffers more than her fair share of mishaps. In fact, she's introduced trying to hug Sophie and getting blasted into a cliff wall for her trouble. And one of her Mystic Artes involves riding a robot directly at the enemy she's firing upon, getting caught in the resulting explosion, and flying through the air and crashing into the ground.
    • Tales of Xillia: Two post-victory bits have Milla spinning around her sword in an impressive manner before striking a badass pose, and Leia seeing this and trying to imitate her with her staff. In the first one, she accidentally whacks herself on the back of the head. In the second one, she ends up hitting Milla in the ass.
  • Minecraft: Story Mode: Female Jesse is just as prone to Amusing Injuries as male Jesse is.

    Visual Novels 
  • Lux-Pain: Mika Nozaki is the only female among the main cast to consistently be abused by Rui. And it's funny.
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies has Athena Cykes, who falls down the stairs in her opening scene, gets attacked by the prosecutor's Razor Wind and hawk just as much as Phoenix and Apollo, and has expressions as exaggerated as the other protagonists. This is especially noticeable when compared to the last playable female character Mia Fey, who avoids comical injuries and still looks dignified despite being insulted in her playable appearances like every other playable character.
  • Type Moon in general doesn't shy away from putting its female characters in slapstick situations, especially if your name is Taiga Fujimura.

    Web Comics 
  • In Something*Positive, Davan comments several times that he "doesn't hit women," but has hit Aubrey or Peejee several times, and once "magically" slapped a pretentious witch on the head with a ruler.
  • In Narbonic, the cartoonist made it a point to have Helen and Mel do their share of physical gags, due to the mentioned double standard. Helen was the only character getting injured by her own ur-gerbils.
  • The only thing stopping the girls of Precocious joining in the Big Ball of Violence is a good enough excuse. One strip even featured a Mêlée à Trois where Bud, Roddy, and beauty pageant queen Dionne took turns doubleteaming each other or having a free-for-all.
  • Nin Wah from Commander Kitty is possibly a bigger Butt Monkey than CK himself.
  • Fruit Incest used this as a joke for The Rant in one comic.
    "You can tell Fruit Incest is a very progressive comic when you realize there are more female characters who get seriously injured than male."
  • Given that the series averts Men Are the Expendable Gender and is an example of Gender Is No Object it's little surprise Drowtales features this, especially in the end of chapter chibi parodies, where female characters are just as (if not more) likely to be on the receiving end of slapstick violence as male characters.
  • In Matchu Amber takes tons of physical punishment and humiliation, while Gina the Psychic has been smacked in the face with her own crystal ball twice.
  • Kimiko of MegaTokyo has a tendency to get caught up in slapstick jokes. One running gag in her earlier appearances was that she tended to trip while serving coffee, either hitting a hapless customer in the face or pouring the coffee on their lap. While trying to calm down a drunk and freaked out Largo, she also tripped while chasing him and then got puked on by him.

    Web Original 
  • That Guy with the Glasses:
    • The Nostalgia Chick will often get caught up in cartoonish violence, particularly in her joint review of Ferngully with The Nostalgia Critic and in Kickassia. This is most likely due to the site's views on gender equality and feminism.
    • In the Anniversary Brawl, the Chick, Marzgurl, and That Chick with the Goggles all were beat up plenty. Most notable was when the Critic asks Goggles if she was on his team or not and, when she said she wasn't, he promptly punched her in the face.
  • On Das Sporking, female sporkers are just as likely as male ones to take Amusing Injuries. Mervin, Hyde, and Ket are the most prominent - Mervin and Hyde smack each other up, and Mervin and Ket tend to get into brawls with occasional co-sporker Agent Sands.
  • Porkchop 'n Flatscreen! has the protagonists Mai and Ayane, as well as the resident Alpha Bitch Mina Kim, end up on the receiving end of many, many physical gags.

    Western Animation 
  • In Get Ed, the girls are physically injured and humiliated for the audience's amusement just as often as the boys are.
  • Phineas and Ferb: Candace seems to be the Chew Toy of the show. If someone is going to fall, be attacked, hit in the face, dropped in embarrassing goo, covered in hair, or have any other unfortunate yet hilarious thing happen to them, there's a good chance it's her.
  • Amy Wong from Futurama was created specifically to see whether audiences could laugh at a female victim of slapstick. Turns out the answer is a resounding "Yes". However, Leela also seemed to get her fair share of slapstick in later seasons. She's been hit on the head, electrocuted, sucked by a leech, attacked by an octopus and smashed into a wall by a door.
  • The Total Drama series has quite a few of them. Total Drama runs off of this; no contestant is immune.
  • Oblina from Aaahh!!! Real Monsters has suffered just as many Amusing Injuries as the male monsters.
  • The Fairly OddParents shows Cosmo accidentally slapsticking Wanda so often, including torching her with a flamethrower, that it's considered entirely possible that she would deliberately get him sent back to live with his mother.
    • Vicky, of course, is also on the receiving end of slapstick most of the times when she receives her comeuppance, which is in almost every episode.
  • Stacy Stickler on Stickin' Around sometimes had her fair share of Amusing Injuries.
  • Kitty Katswell from T.U.F.F. Puppy is arguably subjected to more abuse than Dudley Puppy himself, such as being charred from various situations, or being squashed or hit by cars and trains.
  • Frida on El Tigre received more harm and abuse than any other character in the series. And it was hilarious.
  • Muriel from Courage the Cowardly Dog is subjected to Amusing Injuries at times.
  • As the show's resident Butt Monkey, Meg Griffin has gotten quite a bit of this on Family Guy.
    • Meg's mother Lois doesn't get much easier. She's been shoved down the stairs by her husband Peter, fallen off the roof of the Griffin house when Peter's rickety balcony breaks, drenched in scalding cooking oil by Peter, and more.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic stars a nearly-all-female cast, so this was practically inevitable. Note that the one regular male character, Spike, is nevertheless not spared either, as he's the Plucky Comic Relief.
    • Most notable was the episode "Feeling Pinkie Keen", in which Twilight's repeated attempts to observe and document Pinkie Pie's alleged powers of clairvoyance resulted in a constant string of Looney Tunes-esque shenanigans, up to and including having a flower pot, an anvil, a hay wagon, and a piano fall on her in one scene. And it's undoubtedly the funniest moment of the entire show.
    • It's even more pronounced in "Castle Mane-ia", which subjects nearly the entire cast to a string of Scooby Doo-esque disasters. Naturally, Rarity, the girliest pony of the bunch, gets it the worst.
    • My Little Pony: Slapstick Is Epic
  • Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy involves the entire cast in over-the-top slapstick comedy, both male and female. This is most readily apparent with frequent cause and slightly less frequent recipients, the Kanker sisters. This trope is generally less apparent when distinguishing between the females (5 total) and Nazz, the closest the show gets to a regular chick. Nazz generally only suffers slapstick violence as a result of indiscriminate group damage. Similar to the Kankers, Sarah is also usually the one inflicting cartoon abuse, though Eddy submits her to revenge cheap shots at every opportunity, such as bumping her off frame or taking her mouth off.
  • While Heloise was rarely a victim of Amusing Injuries in season 1 of Jimmy Two-Shoes, she suffers more in season 2 than just about any other character. The episode "Heads Roll" practically centers around Heloise's head getting completely battered.
  • Batman: The Animated Series:
  • Zatanna magically hurls musical instruments and furniture at Circe multiple times during a fight in Justice League Unlimited, not even letting her finish her threats.
    Circe: Insolent trickster! You dare to stri-
    [hit in the back by a chair]
    Circe: You dare to stri-
    [smacked by a table]
    Circe: You dare to stri-
    [head covered by table cloth]
    Circe: QUIT IT! Oh No...
    [gets hit by a piano]
  • Mrs Puff from SpongeBob SquarePants is always victim of SpongeBob's stupidity. Sandy is also victim of slapstick in certain episodes.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball:
    • Nicole, the mother character, goes through quite a lot of this when chasing Gumball and Darwin in "The DVD".
    • On "The Responsible", Anais, along with Gumball and Darwin literally smack into the ground after falling from the sky.
  • Both the male and female characters get their share of slapstick comedy in Tiny Toon Adventures. This goes even for the more surreal, degrading gags — like a character turning into a diapered baby when he/she is not acting their age.
  • Not even Mandy from The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy is immune to this trope. She's been burnt to a crisp, got sneezed on by Grim twice, got swallowed and later spit out with hairballs by a giant cat, and so on.
  • Zigzagged with The Dreamstone. Amberley for the large part bumbled as much through missions as Rufus did. However this consisted mostly of tame pratfalls compared to the exaggerated Amusing Injuries the Urpneys suffered each episode.
  • Princess Clara from Drawn Together tends to be beaten up, sometimes randomly, by the housemates in several episodes.
    • Toot Braunstein frequently dies in humorously grusum and over the top ways such as chopping off her own head after Xander rejected her advances...
    • Foxxy Love also has her moments such as having a nail and a separate finger yanked off...
  • Neither Buena Girl nor the other female Masked Luchadors were spared the Amusing Injuries in ¡Mucha Lucha!.
  • The female zoologist from the Hip Hippos segments of Animaniacs falls in this trope.
  • Minnie Mouse in the House of Mouse short "Minnie Visits Daisy".
  • Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi: The duo goes through plenty of slapstick.
  • Duck Dodgers: The Episode "The New Cadet", the new cadet (a Hello, Nurse!-esque human woman) finds herself in the same Butt Monkey situations as the Porky Pig version (before she turns out to be a Stalker with a Crush) including getting blown up by Dodgers as a practical joke.
  • The girls in Totally Spies! — not surprising, since they are both Action Girls and comedy characters.
  • Tabitha from Slacker Cats is probably the most abused character in the show.
  • Daisy Duck takes some lumps, though not as much as the boys, in Quack Pack.
  • Francine and Hayley Smith from American Dad! become more and more on the receiving end of horrible beatings and misfortunes as the show progresses.
  • The female engines, especially Emily, are as prone to accidents as the male ones in Thomas the Tank Engine.
  • Wakfu pulls no punches when it comes to slapstick. Amalia has probably suffered more black eyes than any of the other cast members save Sadlygrove. The two Gobbowl arcs in particular are especially harsh for her. Evangelyne less often, although she's hardly immune, notably in the Ugly Princesses' abode, or in Ruel's house.
  • Frequently Lola Bunny in The Looney Tunes Show, in stark contrast with her Space Jam counterpart.
  • Despite being The Smart Guy, Lisa Simpson is not safe from slapstick. She has been punched in the face at least twice (one of those times by a man!), hit in the face multiple times with a basketball, strapped to an airplane propeller that was then turned on at full speed as part of a military academy hazing, and - probably her most humiliating moment - dared by Bart into drinking canal water from the "Little Land of Duff" ride in Duff Gardens which turned her into a hallucinating, naked "Lizard Queen". Marge also takes pratfalls, although far less often.
  • Wander over Yonder: Sylvia may be the show's resident asskicker, but she gets dealt Amusing Injuries almost as often as her counterparts, mostly in her attempts to be the Cloudcuckoolander's Minder. See "The Egg", "The Pet", and "The Day" for examples.
  • Amethyst of Steven Universe is a frequent victim of slapstick. Pearl and Garnet get it occasionally as well, though not as much as Amethyst.
  • The Legend of Korra is no stranger to physical comedy, and Korra's personality makes her as good a target as anyone for it. For example, an airbending test early in the series tasks her with weaving between a series of quickly-spinning wooden planks, counter to the physical bending she's more adept at. The first couple scenes featuring the test boil down to Korra getting comically slapped around by the planks.