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Playing With: Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...
Basic Trope: No matter how many blows the hero delivers to the villain, he seems unharmed.
  • Straight: Bob, our hero, is punching David, our villain, with great power, but David seems unimpressed, even amused.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Bob punches Dave who gets hurt but not much.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • David seemingly shows no pain from those body blows of Bob's as he's about to attack back, but then he suddenly collapses from ruptured guts.
    • Bob punches David with great power, then quickly realizing that it's not going to work. He then pokes David's eyes out before David could punch back.
  • Double Subverted: David's faking the severity of his wounds to trick Bob into ceasing the attack, and then he'll give him an ultimatum.
  • Parodied: Bob practically kills David, but he comes back to life and says "Gotcha!".
  • Zig Zagged: Both Bob and David can't hurt each other, and settle for more and more over the top attacks that do little more than destroy the scenery.
  • Averted: David is hurt by Bob's attacks.
  • Enforced: "We need to show that the villain is a threat. Let's have him withstand any of Bob's attacks."
  • Lampshaded: Bob: "Oh hell! That was my most powerful attack, and he just brushes it off!"
  • Invoked: Bob expects David to show no pain so he can continue to thrash him.
  • Exploited: David pretends Bob's blows have no effect on him so Bob will be demoralized and stop punching him.
  • Defied: Bob keeps punching David until he's good and hurt.
  • Discussed: Bob: "I'm gonna have to use better attacks, I hear David's impervious to pain."
  • Conversed: "The villain's never hurt by stuff like that, he'll just wipe the floor with the hero afterwards."
  • Deconstructed:
    • David takes the punches without flinching, but is later shown to have suffered severe internal damage offscreen.
    • Bob notices David isn't being hurt, and flees at the earliest opportunity. He comes back with a chainsaw.
  • Reconstructed:
    • David does get hurt by Bob, but shows Determinator level willpower and turns the fight around.
    • Dave is not only tough but fast, he chases down Bob before he can get a weapon.
  • Played For Laughs: David looks at Bob with pity (or boredom) and offers him boxing lessons. Bob wearily accepts.

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