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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 being percussive and harsh with him.
  • 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: Julia is abusive towards Danny and uses this trope in effect to beat him while he's depressed.
  • 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!"
    • "So you helped Danny out of depression by slapping him?!"
  • 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 us 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.
  • Played For Drama: Julia slaps Bob and gives him a nasty speech about how he needs to end his self-pity, which makes Danny very angry slaps her right back, knocking her down the ground. Because of this, Danny is in very sour terms with Julia and the rest of his friends and doesn't want to be anywhere near them.

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