23rd Oct: It's time for the Second TV Tropes Halloween Avatar Contest! Details here
"A captain capable of commanding his troops well (see: slapping the fail out of them) is essential to any mecha team's success."
"My God! PULL! YOURSELF! TOGETHER!"
— Edna Mode (whacking Elastigirl with a rolled-up newspaper), The Incredibles
Captain Kirk: Never seen that in a medical book.
"When a man strays from the right path, a kind man needs the courage to raise his fist and correct him."
— Jamil Neate, After War Gundam X
Rydia: Coward. You're a man, aren't you? A grown man! Stop crying. I have.
Edward: You're right. I'm nothing but a coward, just as you say! That's why I'm just going to stay at Anna's side! It doesn't matter anymore, nothing does!
Cecil: *SLAP* You're not the only one who's grieving. Anna would not wish to see you fawning like a fool.
— Final Fantasy IV DS
"Let's see you GRIT THOSE TEETH!"
— Kamina, as he punches his brother in the face. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann''
"ROSSIU!!! LET'S SEE YA GRIT THOSE TEETH!"
— Simon (who happened to be previously on the receiving end of the above), Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
You see? There are people who would punch you. I used to be lost. But I got punched and awoke from it!
"When your spirit is floating down that tunnel towards the light, you know what's behind the light? It's not God. It's me. And I'm going to kick your poncey soul all the way back down the tunnel til you choke on your own fucked up ribs. Now... Wake. The Fuck. Up."
— Rusko, opening lyrics of the song Cockney Thug.
Severed Head: Oh god, Professor! Where is my body? What have you done with my body? Aaaaaugh!
Mad Scientist: *slap*
Severed Head: Thanks, I needed that.
Basil: Oh, how could I have been so blind? Ratigan's proved he's more clever than I. He would never have walked into such an obvious trap.
Dawson: Oh, pull yourself together! You can stop that villain!
Basil: Oh, it's finally happened, I've been outwitted! Beaten! Duped! Made a fool of! Ridiculed! Belittled...
Dawson: That's enough! Dash it, all Basil! The queen's in danger, Olivia's counting on us, we're about to be horribly splatted, and all you can do is lie there feeling sorry for yourself! Now I know you can save us! But if you've given up, then why don't we just set it off now and be done with it?!
—Disney's The Great Mouse Detective
Amuro Ray: Y-you hit me...!
Bright Noah: So what if I hit you!? Maybe that'll give you something to complain about and make you feel better!
Amuro Ray: Do you really think I'm that petty!?
Amuro Ray: That's twice...! Not even my father hit me!
Bright Noah: Well, it just means that your father is too soft on you! You can't be a man, if you can't even take a few hits!
Amuro Ray: No, I won't do it! Who wants to ride a Gundam again anyway!? Ugh...!
Frau Bow: Stop whining, Amuro! That's pathetic!
*Ship is shaking*
Bright Noah: I'm going to the bridge! Amuro, as of now you're nothing but a coward! I thought you had what it takes to defeat Char... looks like I was mistaken!
Amuro Ray: Bright-san...
Frau Bow: Amuro, the Gundam has a piloting manual, right? I'll pilot the Gundam. I hate men who can't take credits of what he's done! If you can't admit that up until now, you're the one who protected the White Base, then you're not a man! I...
Amuro Ray: Frau-san, you can't pilot the Gundam. It pains me to do this, but... I am a man, after all.
—The Bright Slap scene from Mobile Suit Gundam, with volleys of volleys of the trope until Amuro gets a hold of himself.
"They have a weapon that turns soldier's brains to mush," said Kotay. "An army of beautiful naked cyborg girls."
"Well, tell your men to pull themselves together!"
"That's what they're doing. Half the division has already gone blind."
— Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space
Leo: I'm hysterical! I'm having hysteria 'cuz I'm hysterical! I can't stop when I get like this! I can't stop! I'm hysterical! (Max splashes water on him.)
I'm wet! I'm wet! I'm hysterical and I'm wet! (Max slaps him)
I'm in pain! And I'm wet! And I'm still hysterical! No, no, no, don't hit, don't hit, it doesn't help! It only increases my sense of danger.
Max: What can I do? What can I do? You're getting me hysterical!