Playing With / Cherry Tapping

Basic Trope: Someone is defeated by a weak attack to humiliate them.
  • Straight: Alice and Bob are fighting, and the latter passes out with a light smack to the forehead.
  • Exaggerated: Bob explodes when Alice accidentally bumps into him.
  • Downplayed: Bob is knocked out with a punch, as one would expect realistically, though the punch is relatively weak.
  • Justified:
    • Alice is stronger than she looks.
    • Unless programmed otherwise, any attack does some form of damage at any point in the battle in fighting games; it's just math.
    • Bob's skull is pretty weak in the forehead area. That light smack which would barely hurt a normal person actually caused some pretty serious brain damage.
  • Inverted: There Is No Kill Like Overkill
  • Subverted: Bob appears to go down, but he was just making her lower her guard.
  • Double Subverted: He's then promptly taken care of with a foot to the face.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob freaks out and surrenders after being tapped on the shoulder.
    • Alice's method to deal the coup de grâce on Bob? Excessive amounts of tickling, which causes him to explode after his HP reaches zero. (Because the developers didn't bother to create a different death animation!)
    • Alice attempts to do this on a well-trained martial-art master.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice uses a weak, but swift finisher on Bob. It supposed to be efficient and not meant to be purely humiliating, but her style of the technique suggests otherwise.
  • Averted: The game is programmed to only allow more powerful attacks to finish opponents.
  • Enforced: The writer wants the battle to be more entertaining.
  • Lampshaded: "You don't get more experience points by being boring, Alice! Spice it up a bit!"
  • Invoked: Alice holds back throughout the whole fight to show Bob how inferior he is.
  • Exploited: Alice is fighting Bob, Charlie and Diane at the same time, and finds cherry tapping useful to avoid being attacked while she finishes one of them off.
  • Defied: Alice decides that it'll be much more satisfying to use a proper Finishing Move.
  • Implied: The battle was offscreen, and Bob did not want to talk about the ending.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice lost the fight due to not taking Bob seriously when she could have easily won if she actually treated him with some respect and went full force.
    • The cherry tap only defeated Bob because of a pre-existing condition which leaves Bob on the verge of death.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Bob was expecting Alice to fight more conventionally. This did him no favors when he blew all of his energy early in the fight, defending against big attacks that weren't going to happen, allowing Alice to win against him.
    • Alice was the one who gave him that condition earlier on in the fight as a curse.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob takes numerous powerful attacks during the course of the battle and is barely standing. Alice pushes him, and he keels over for the finish. Alice tells him to rest it off.
  • Played For Drama: Alice is fighting against a very frail opponent and must be careful to avoid killing them.

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