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Playing With: Standard Female Grab Area
Basic Trope: A female character is easily subdued and captured if her upper arm is grabbed by a mook or other villain.
  • Straight: Alice is kicking ass, until Emperor Evulz comes up from behind and grabs her arm. She starts screaming for Bob to save her.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Evulz just pinches Alice's forearm and she goes down.
    • Evulz grabs Alice's arm and she ends up completely paralyzed or Taken for Granite.
  • Downplayed: Evulz grabs Alice's arm with both hands, and clearly shows effort in not letting her go.
  • Justified:
    • Alice had a horrible case of carpal tunnel syndrome as a child and never fully recovered from it, so squeezing her arm is a kind of Kryptonite Factor.
    • Alternatively, the arm-grabber in question has a nasty bladed gauntlet (chainsaw attachment optional) expressly for this purpose, and pretty much pulverizes Alice's arm, leaving her incapacitated.
    • Alternately again: He doesn't just grab her arm — he puts her in a painful hammerlock.
    • Or deliberately went for a pressure point.
    • Alternatively, AGAIN, the mook just has a really really strong grip.
    • Alternatively, AGAIN again, the mook is an energy stealer, and drains Alice's energy by gripping her arm, thus subduing her.
    • Alternatively yet again, this is Alice's first outing. When Emperor Evulz grabs her, she panics
    • Alternatively, YET AGAIN, picking a fight with the opponent isn't the best option in this case, and the grab makes Alice realize that she almost lost her temper when she shouldn't have
    • Alternatively, YET YET AGAIN, Emperor Evulz is a terrifying bad guy who just oozes menace, so just about ANYONE would be paralyzed by fear if he crept up behind them and grabbed them.
    • Alternatively, YET YET YET AGAIN, Alice is a boxer and her other arm is broken.
  • Inverted:
  • Gender Inverted: Bob is kicking ass, until Emperor Evulz comes up from behind and grabs his arm. He starts screaming for Alice's help.
  • Subverted: As Evulz grabs Alice's arm, she judo flips him over. When he's on the ground, she stomps his groin and says, "You really thought that would work?"
  • Double Subverted: After Alice judo flips Evulz, he grabs the other arm and flips her over, pulling himself up at the same time. "Yes."
  • Parodied: All women have this weakness, and so they wear armor on their upper arms.
  • Zig Zagged: Emperor Evulz grabs Alice's upper arm and she becomes helpless. But as he starts dragging her to his helicopter, she knees him the groin and is able to make a mad dash for the battle field again. THEN, a Mook grabs both her arms and she is rendered helpless again.
  • Averted:
    • Nobody ever tries to grab Alice by the arm.
    • Whenever someone grabs Alice by the arm, she easily pulls away.
  • Enforced: The writers may feel- or may have been told- that other ways of subduing a female character (like a "full nelson") are too graphic or sexual to portray (as, for example, a man would have less latitude with what areas of a woman's body he can grab without it being considered sexual), so they resort to this move as a compromise.
  • Lampshaded: Alice is grabbed and complains of how she can never fight when that happens.
  • Invoked: As Alice and Evulz face off in a rather impressive fight scene, a Mook calls out "Grab her arm!"... and it works. Bob to the rescue!
  • Exploited: Alice lets herself be grabbed by a misogynist and Wrong Genre Savvy villain in order to get inside his lair and destroy it from the inside.
  • Defied:
    • She took up Judo for just such an occasion.
    • "Why are you wearing spiked armbands?"
  • Discussed: "AH! Bob! Help me!" "What? You can fight a dozen ninjas with your hands tied, but you can't shake off a man who's grabbing your arm? Sheesh..."
  • Conversed: "Odd. Most villains would grab her by the arm instead of kicking her in the groin."
  • Implied: Alice has already been imprisoned. Her captor boasts on how easy he kidnapped Alice just by grabbing her arms.
  • Deconstructed: Due to this, women are not allowed to fight unattended or without a male escort no matter how tough they are.
  • Reconstructed: In the world the protagonists live in, 90% of the ostensibly female population are RobotGirls who have a disabling switch on their arms.
  • Played For Laughs:
    • Emperor Evulz knows no less than 56 methods of paralyzing a woman through just the nerves on her upper arm: All the better to capture princesses with!
    • Jake is grabbed in this spot by Evulz, and collapses into an exaggerated dead faint.
  • Played For Drama: Alice is riven with self-loathing due to the fact that for all her skill, she can never free herself from this maneuver.

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