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 grāce 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: ???
  • 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 unsuccessfully finished Bob off and lost when she could have fight normally to win.
  • Reconstructed: Bob was expecting Alice to deliver a powerful move and was completely caught off-guard when she used a weaker move instead.

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