Playing With: Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!

Basic Trope: A character gets someone out of a Heroic BSOD by slapping them.
  • Straight: Danny has a breakdown, so Julia slaps him in the face to bring him to his senses.
  • Exaggerated: Julia gives Danny a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to snap him out of his Heroic BSOD.
  • Downplayed: Julia doesn't inflict physical violence on Danny, but she delivers a "verbal-slap" on him that manages to put him back together.
  • Justified:
    • Danny is being incredibly wangsty, and this is the only (fast) way to get through to him.
    • Julia is unsympathetic to others feeling down, and thinks that being harsh and physical with them is the best way.
  • Inverted:
    • Julia hugs Danny and tells him it'll be okay.
    • Alternatively, Julia slaps Danny while he's calm. It makes him angry.
    • Alternatively, Danny calms himself down by slapping Julia.
  • Subverted:
    • Julia marches angrily up to Danny, as if she's about to hit him. Then her face softens, and she gently consoles him instead.
    • Alternately, Julia slaps Danny, but that only pushes him even further into his breakdown.
  • Double Subverted:
    • She tells him she's going to get something that will help, and leaves. A few moments later she returns with a glass of cold water, splashes it all over him, and yells at him to get a grip.
    • So Julia slaps Danny again and it brought him to his senses.
  • Parodied: Danny hits back. He and Julia get into a fistfight.
  • Zig Zagged: Julia's mostly nice to Danny, helping him through his problems, but when things get really bad she resorts to this.
  • Averted: Danny snaps out of his BSOD by himself.
  • Enforced: "Julia's not the type to put up with Wangst, so it'd be in character for her to react like this."
  • Lampshaded: "Thanks, I needed that."
  • Invoked: Hit Me, Dammit!.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • Danny forces himself to calm down when he sees Julia gearing up to slap him.
    • Julia is an Actual Pacifist, so after considering slapping Danny, she gives him a Cool Down Hug instead.
  • Discussed: "I know he was being whiny, but you didn't have to hit him like that!"
  • Conversed: "So this episode teaches us that in order to help depressed people, you slap them across the face like a dog. Nice moral for children to learn."
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed: The suicide attempt fails, and Julia, determined to make amends, stops being harsh with him and instead helps him to overcome his problems. This results in Character Development for both.
  • Played For Laughs: Danny leers and says, "I kinda enjoyed that," so Julia slaps him again.

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