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Playing With / Violently Protective Girlfriend

Basic Trope: A girl who attacks those who threaten her love interest.
  • Straight: Charlie threatens Bob. Alice, Bob's girlfriend, beats Charlie up.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Charlie insults Bob's cooking. Alice throws Charlie down a flight of stairs.
    • Alice attacks Charlie despite the fact that Charlie was defending her from Bob.
  • Downplayed:
    • Charlie insults Bob. Alice insults Charlie back.
    • Alice and Bob are a Battle Couple who are both protective of each other.
  • Justified:
    • Alice is a superhero, and Charlie is a supervillain. Bob is a normal person.
    • Bob couldn't stand up for himself. If he doesn't he'll be arrested. Alice, on the other hand, could get away with it.
    • Bob would have done worse to Charlie if Alice didn't step in. Alice saw it previous times and decided leaving Bob to deal with own problems is a bad idea.
    • Alice just witnessed one of Bob's biggest tragedies in his life. She had a good reason to be protective as she is when he needs her.
  • Inverted:
    • Sally threatens Alice. Bob beats Sally up.
    • Alice encourages others to be mean to her boyfriend.
  • Subverted:
    • Charlie pushes Bob. Alice walks toward Charlie menacingly, only to turn to Bob and yell at him for being a wuss.
    • As soon as Alice moves toward Charlie threateningly, he pulls out a gun, forcing her to retreat.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
    • Alice carries a list of people that have wronged Bob, and schedules times for their beatings. She has a secretary to keep track of them for her.
    • Bob comes down with a mild cold. Alice comes up with an infallible cure to the common cold.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice is sometimes protective of Bob, sometimes antagonistic, and sometimes lets Bob fend for himself.
  • Averted: Alice is nonviolent. She tends to Bob's wounds, but does nothing to fight Charlie.
  • Enforced: "We need to show that Alice is an Action Girl. Have her beat up someone that threatens Bob."
  • Lampshaded: "Watch out Charlie. Touch Bob and Alice will beat you up. Again."
  • Invoked:
  • Exploited: Bob goads Charlie into shoving him specifically so Alice will beat him up.
  • Defied: "Seriously, Bob, fight your own battles."
  • Discussed: "Don't mess with Bob. Alice will kick your ass."
  • Conversed: "Uh-oh, someone pushed Bob while Alice is nearby. The fight scene's about to start."
  • Deconstructed: Bob feels emasculated by Alice's constant defending of him. Their relationship suffers.
  • Reconstructed: Bob and Alice have a talk about her defending him and Alice only steps in to help only when he is clearly in over his head.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob is a shameless coward who cringes behind Alice at the slightest hint of danger, to the disgust of friends and enemies alike.
  • Played For Drama:
    • Alice's protectiveness towards Bob is due to the fact that he is often bullied by others which severely damages his self-esteem. It motivates her to beat the crap out of anyone who bullies him while she's within proximity. Even when she's dating him.
    • Bob is The Woobie whose parents died in a car accident, causing him to have a bad case of Heroic BSOD. Alice then decides to be his girlfriend and beat up people who mocked him for it
    • Bob is terrified of her, but can't come up with the courage to talk it out because, Alice is a Yandere.
    • Alice beats up Charlie and succeeds in defending Bob....but what she wasn't counting on was for Charlie to return with a gang of friends, who proceed to surround her and jump her.

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