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Playing With: Would Hit a Girl

Basic Trope: A male character has no moral compunctions about hitting women.
  • Straight: Eric, an Action Hero, has to face Ramona and her Amazon Brigade. He doesn't hold back against them.
  • Exaggerated: Eric makes sure to avoid getting the men he fights too hurt but always does his best to disfigure and permanently disable the women he fights.
  • Downplayed:
    • Eric only jabs women with sleepy drugs.
    • Eric only hits women if there are attacking him.
  • Justified:
    • Eric simply doesn't believe in chivalry.
    • Romana is a much more competent fighter than Eric, and Eric knows this. Holding back against her would surely lead to his crushing defeat.
    • Eric doesn't hit women. Unfortunately, Ramona is a Dark Action Girl. She's going to make Eric fight her... whether he wants to or not.
    • Eric doesn't even understand the concept of gender!
    • Eric grew up in an all male society or was the only male in an all female society. As a result, he doesn't understand gender roles and may even not know that they exist.
    • Eric believes in equal-opportunity violence.
  • Inverted: Wouldn't Hit a Girl
  • Subverted: Eric confronts Ramona's crew and considers fighting them, but decides not to.
  • Double Subverted:
    • But when they knock him around awhile, he attacks them.
    • Instead, he chooses to lure them all into a corner for an ambush, one at a time.
  • Parodied:
    • 'Hitting' amounts to noogies, pantsying, and wet willies. Ramona and her minions are defeated all the same.
    • Eric says things like "Welcome to gender equality!" before laying the smack-down on Ramona and her crew.
  • Zig Zagged: Eric always evaluates his opponent's potential before entering a battle. Depending on their strength he either accepts or refuses the challenge.
  • Averted: Eric only fights women if necessary.
  • Enforced: "Male and female characters going all out makes for better fight scenes."
  • Lampshaded:
    • "Challenge me at your own risk, Ramona. I'm not going to hold back because of your ovaries."
    • "I'd hit anyone who'd hit me. No exceptions."
  • Invoked:
    • Eric is specifically assigned to bring down Ramona's brigade because of his attitude.
    • Ramona taunts Eric to goad him into fighting her.
  • Exploited: Interplay of Sex and Violence
  • Defied: "Ramona, you're a woman and I'm not going to abase myself with battling you. Surrender quietly or I'll call Marian to take care of you and your girls."
  • Discussed: "You wouldn't hit a girl would you?" (One Single-Stroke Battle later) "I would."
  • Conversed: "How could Eric hit Ramona?! I thought he was The Hero of this story!" "He is! Ramona's a villain!
  • Deconstructed: Even if it was self-defense, Eric is viewed In-Universe as a monster for daring to beat up a girl.
  • Reconstructed: Then they learn the hard way why he had no qualms in the first place.
  • Played For Laughs: Slapstick Knows No Gender
  • Played For Drama: Eric delivers a No Holds Barred Beat Down to Ramona and her minions, then his teammates wonder who real the villain is, allowing Ramona to deliver a scathing Hannibal Lecture.

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