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av8r1
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10:07:04 PM Nov 12th 2013
I wonder if this is related to a trope I've noticed. A fight scene. The hero and the villain are tangling. A female (of any stripe, be she Damsel in Distress or Action Girl) rushes over to help the hero, but only manages to pound her fist on the villain's arm a couple times before he throws her away. She lightly bounces off the wall, and is out for the count. Would that be the Standard Female Disabling Maneuver? I could imagine if she had hit her head or was otherwise slammed with enough force, but usually she's just pushed away, and she staggers backward until her back touches a wall. A male character put through the same maneuver would jump up swinging, a female lays there wincing, if not knocked out cold.
Stoogebie
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02:27:07 PM Sep 3rd 2013
Would it be a Black Comedy-style subversion if there's a better reason the Action Girl was incapacitated?
Girl: So then he grabbed my arm.
Friend: Oh, I see.
tracer
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07:44:32 AM May 14th 2013
I'm wondering if there's a tasteful way to say "No, the standard female grab area is NOT the boobies. You perv."
Candi
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10:13:24 PM Nov 1st 2012
Angua from Discworld... if some idiot crook attacks her (and knows it's her), his death/injuries are considered 'self-inflicted.
illegalcheese
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09:44:08 PM Feb 29th 2012
I seem to recall a couple of links to videos on how to get out of similar holds etc., in the real life section. Any idea where those went?
Erebus
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02:52:58 PM Jul 12th 2010
Isn't it kind of a problem that most of the examples on this pages are aversions, justified examples, etc. ?
GirlwithAPlot
07:34:29 PM Apr 19th 2011
edited by GirlwithAPlot
I guess that would make it a Dead Horse Trope, yes? In any case, I ended up giving this to one of my original characters as a sort of Achilles' Heel to avoid making her a God Mode Villain Sue. For her it was justified because due to a Noodle Incident in her past, she goes catatonic when she's picked up by her wrist and lifted in the air. I'm actually wondering if this counts, since the details are rather specific.
GirlwithAPlot
07:34:45 PM Apr 19th 2011
edited by GirlwithAPlot
I guess that would make it a Dead Horse Trope, yes? In any case, I ended up giving this to one of my original characters as a sort of Achilles' Heel to avoid making her a God Mode Villain Sue. For her it was justified because due to a Noodle Incident in her past, she goes catatonic when she's picked up by her wrist and lifted in the air. I'm actually wondering if this counts, since the details are rather specific.
Candi
10:16:00 PM Nov 1st 2012
I think part of the problem is that the trope only applies to action girls who wilt the instant they're grabbed. Non-action girls of various types are also grabbed there in various media. Another problem might be that a lot of the examples are reasonably recent time-wise, and reflect a more modern outlook. Older films and such have a lot of the villain grabbing the (non-warrior) girl by the arm or wrist and hauling her around without her fighting back -or sometimes stomping on his foot, upon which his buddy or mooks will grab her.
Timeman
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01:16:42 PM Jun 9th 2010
I think this could be averted if women just kicked mooks who grab them. As I said when I saw this on batman "if you can't use your arms,use your legs."
75.73.70.113
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02:50:27 PM Apr 26th 2010
This Troper's mom is built like a rugby player, yet will grow scared and helpless if a man grabs her arm (like, to get her to pay attention and stop being hysterical or something). Maybe it's instinctual?
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