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 they are attacking him.
    • Eric only disarms women by tearing off their clothes.
  • Justified:
    • Eric is an egalitarian and believes in equal-opportunity for both genders in all things, including violence.
    • Eric doesn't even understand the concept of gender!
    • Eric realizes that/believes women can be just as dangerous as men and reacts according.
    • Eric is a survivor of female-on-male abuse.
    • Eric believes that not fighting men is sexist and degrading towards men. Logically, the same reasoning applies to women.
    • Ramona killed someone Eric loved and now he seeks revenge.
    • It's Personal with Ramona.
    • Eric is a He-Man Woman Hater.
    • Eric doesn't hit women. Unfortunately, Ramona is The Baroness. She's going to make Eric fight her... whether he wants to or not.
    • 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 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 not know that they even exist.
    • Eric is a Proud Warrior Race Guy who doesn't see men or women on the battlefield, only allies and enemies, and holding back against the ones trying to defeat you is more than just a fatal mistake: it's downright insulting to your foe.
    • Eric is a Combat Pragmatist who doesn't question anything, he does everything as long as it gets his job done.
    • Eric's mom was a strong role model for him his entire life, so he considers the notion of women being weak to be outright laughable.
  • 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, pantsing, 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, regardless of gender, 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:
  • 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!
  • Implied: Eric is sent to take down Ramona's base, which is crawling with Bodyguard Babes. The aftermath shows the base in ruins, with everyone in it, save for Eric, lying unconscious on the ground.
  • 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 Beatdown to Ramona and her minions, then his teammates wonder who real the villain is, allowing Ramona to deliver a scathing Hannibal Lecture. Eric calls his team out for not minding that sort of violence being used on a male villain, causing more tension which escalates in a civil war between the heroes, much to Ramona's satisfaction.

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