Playing With / Weakness Turns Her On

Basic Trope: A female liking a male weaker than her.
  • Straight: Bob is shown to be stronger than Charles, but Alice chose to date Charles instead.
  • Exaggerated: Charles is so weak, he can't squish a fly, but this makes Alice fall madly in love with him.
  • Downplayed: Charles is not in any sports, unlike Bob, but Alice likes this quality of him.
  • Justified:
    • Alice left an abusive relationship and feels safer with a guy she knows is too weak to beat her.
    • Alice wants someone she can take care of and protect because it makes her feel more confident, she wants people to like & respect her, and/or it gives her a sense of purpose.
    • Charles is a very sweet person all around, which is why he's weak.
    • Alice is actually evil and takes pleasure in the suffering of others, so she only dates guys she knows can't fight back.
  • Inverted:
  • Gender Inverted: Amazon Chaser
  • Subverted:
    • Bob is stronger than Charles, but Charles is smarter. Since Alice is already clever, she doesn't want to butt heads with Charles, so she chooses Bob.
    • Charles, as it turns out, is a master of Waif-Fu and came to Alice's attention after he kicked Bob's ass.
  • Double Subverted: Bob turns out to be Dumb Muscle and annoys Alice so much she goes back to Charles.
  • Parodied:
    • Charles was dumped for a weaker man, who was, in turn, dumped for yet another weaker man.
    • Alice masturbates to Charles's Wangst; like that time he was sobbing uncontrollably because he failed to open a pickle jar.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob is stronger than Charles, but Charles is smarter. Since Alice is already clever, she doesn't want to butt heads with Charles, so she chooses Bob. Bob turns out to be Dumb Muscle and annoys Alice so much she goes back to Charles. Charles is an Insufferable Genius, and Alice eventually gives up on both of them and stays single.
  • Averted: Alice dates neither of them.
  • Enforced: "That whole 'Women Prefer Strong Men' thing is getting a little old, don't you think? Pretty soon, it might develope Unfortunate Implications. Let's stay away from it.
  • Lampshaded: "Wow... Alice... wouldn't you prefer that hunk, Bob, over there?" "No, no I wouldn't."
  • Invoked: Charles started to act so weak and pathetic in a competition that Alice feels sorry for him and chose him over Bob.
  • Exploited: Knowing Alice's taste in man, Charles decided not to train up for a competition.
  • Defied: Charles decided that being weak in a strength competition just for Alice is not worth it.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "Sure, let's make her boyfriend weaker than her. Wouldn't want to risk angering some feminists, would we?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Charles is Troubled, but Cute, insecure, and feels like he needs someone to protect him, and looks to Alice, who happily obliges. Charles is harassed by Bob and his friends for it.
    • Meta: The board tries to enforce this trope in Alice and Charles in order to avoid the Unfortunate Implications of girls preferring strong guys. A ton of backlash is sent their way anyway, because it just implies that the only way a girl can have a fulfilling relationship is if she gets with a man weaker than her.
  • Reconstructed: And the next time Charles found them, they were hospitalized.

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