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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Eric is a He-Man Woman Hater.
  • 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."
    • "That was with all your might..." "You think I'd hold back against such a splendid fighter?"
  • 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 Beatdown 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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