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Playing With: Minor Injury Overreaction
Basic Trope: A character reacts as if an injury they are receiving is much more severe than it actually is.
  • Straight: Bob takes several wounds in a fight, but then his opponent kicks his shin and he finally cries out in agony.
  • Exaggerated: Bob takes several wounds in a fight, then breaks his nail. He gives a Big "NO!", lets out an earpiercing shriek, and collapses, writhing in pain, before passing out shortly afterward.
  • Downplayed: Bob's able to take a large number of beatings, but once he gets any small cuts, he's noticeably uncomfortable.
  • Justified:
    • Bob isn't human, and the area where he was hit was his one weak point, extremely vulnerable to pain and damage.
    • Alternatively, Bob had good reason to believe he was immune to pain. He's not reacting because the attack hurt, per se; he's reacting because he shouldn't be feeling any pain at all.
    • Bob is hypersensitive to pain for some reason.
    • Bob is The Fighting Narcissist, and the attack in question marred his "perfect" features in some way.
    • Bob isn't exaggerating. The enemy is just that tough.
    • Bob is a Physical God with Nigh-Invulnerability, and is freaking out because it shouldn't be possible to hurt him at all.
    • Bob has been invulnerable from birth, and thus has no experience in dealing with pain.
    • Bob has a very high tolerance for pain, but is Afraid of Blood, so a papercut would affect him more than a brutal beatdown.
  • Inverted: Major Injury Underreaction
  • Subverted:
    • Bob gets a minor wound in a fight and starts writhing on the ground in pain, but it turns out he was doing it to trick the enemy into coming closer, and he jumps to his feet to continue the fight.
    • After being hit in the face, Bob takes a good look at the blood, sighs about needing yet more cosmetic surgery, and immediately jumps back in.
    • Bob is Made of Iron and he knows it. Any attack that would cause him even a minor injury would have devastated anyone else. Rather than cry out in horror, Bob praises his attacker for managing to land a scratch on him.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Bob gets a minor wound, but appears to be overreacting as a plan to lure the opponent closer. However, it turns out that the wound is much more severe than it first looks, and he's not faking his reaction after all.
    • The minor wound is left untreated and eventually develops into a massive infection.
  • Parodied: Bob gets a paper cut and is seen the next day wearing metal gauntlets. He stubs his toe, and is next seen with greaves and boots. Bob eventually wears a full suit of armor... and falls down a flight of stairs. He gets up laughing.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Bob gets a minor injury and acts as if it's much worse, except it turns out the injury really is more severe than it seems... wait, no it isn't, Bob was just messing around to fool his friends. And then Bob passes out, wait, the injury really was bad. But in reality it was something else that made him faint, so the injury is as minor as it first seemed...
    • See also: House
  • Averted: Bob gets a paper cut, places a little bandaid on it, and goes back to what he was doing before.
  • Enforced: "We need some way to show the viewers that Bob's not as experienced in battle as he seems, but there aren't any battles coming up in the plot. Let's have him freak out at a paper cut or something."
  • Lampshaded: "Oh, come on, Bob, that's hardly a wound at all!"
  • Invoked: Bob knows the paper cut isn't going to kill him, but acts as if it will in order to startle his friends who don't know it's just a little cut.
  • Exploited: The villain sees Bob's reaction, and spends the rest of the fight Cherry Tapping to torment him.
  • Defied: Bob wants to cry out at his wound at first, but stops himself because he doesn't want everyone else to think he's a weakling.
  • Discussed: "Bob, why are you always screaming about the stupid little injuries? Are you really that much of a weakling? This needs to stop."
  • Conversed: "Oh, come on! Bob was hardly scratched! The injuries he took earlier in the episode were so much worse, and this is the point where he has a panic attack?"
  • Deconstructed: Bob has a disorder that makes even minor injuries cause extreme pain, causing him much suffering.
  • Reconstructed: ...However, he's on medication which removes the symptoms. Still, he overreacts to minor injuries anyway, because he's used to it.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob responds to every single minor injury melodramatically.
  • Played For Drama: Bob has a very special condition, and even something as minor as a paper cut could threaten his life.

Can we go back to Minor Injury Overreaction, please? This page is making my eyes sore! Soon they'll start to bleed!

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