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A slap to the face meant to humiliate or assert one's dominance over one's opponent.

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Proposed By:
xxlogos on Apr 19th 2017 at 11:48:21 PM
Last Edited By:
Miss_Desperado on Jul 12th 2018 at 11:44:12 AM
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That one slap.

When somebody wants to humiliate or show someone else who's the boss, they give them a bitch slap. Someone being cheeky? Slap! A Snarker failed to get a jab passed the radar? Slap! Someone is pissed and wants total ownage of their enemy! Slap! A villain is gloating and sending him a message with a fist is too unsophisticated, SLAP!!! As one can tell, this is the one slap that people do NOT want to be on the receiving end of, because it hurts their ego/feelings far more than anything. Most of the time it's done with the palm of ones hand, but it can also be done with the back of ones hand (which is called a pimp slap).

This is often a favorite move done by villains and cocky fighters to disgrace others. It gets less awesome and more creepy if the villain does it to a bound victim, especially if there are sexual undertones. On the flipside, The Hero will most likely deliver one if they are royally pissed and want to bring the villain or resident Jerkass down a notch. Trolls and other pranksters will just do it for shits 'n giggles.

Expect a lot of hype when someone successfully pulls it off at the right moment. Even more so if a weaker person managed to bitch slap someone who is above them in terms of power as they just slapped Cthulhu in the face. Regardless if they live to tell the tale or not. But on the other hand, it can be an utterly disrespectful move when it's done to the undeserving as it's a degrading action.

Compare Armor-Piercing Slap when someone who is far weaker managed to turn the head of a superhuman. Compare/Contrast to Dope Slap when the victim is being a moron, ditz or just plain silly and gets a slap to the back of the head to reel them in.


Examples

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     Anime and Manga 
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • After Frieza kills Krillin and angers Goku enough to turn Super Saiyan. Part of the Humiliation Conga package is getting a rapid fire bitch/pimp slap combo. Since Goku wants to break Frieza mentally and manages to do so to the point where he is far less sane after he was revived by the dragon balls, it's safe to say it got the job done.
    • Goku himself is on the receiving end of one after he gets bound to a mountain by Majin Vegeta, since Vegeta wanted to make Goku understand the humiliation he feels from being in his shadow.
  • Berserk. Doubles as a Armor-Piercing Slap as well. But after Rickert realizes that Guts was right about all the shit Griffith pulled, he angrily slaps him over the atrocities he committed for the sake of his ambitions. Regardless of how graceful he may be, that is still something that will leave a mark on his ego.
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena: Anthy is on the receiving end of this multiple times during the story, typically courtesy of Nanami and her posse. Her close relationship to the student council (particularly Nanami's brother, Touga) and Extreme Doormat tendencies made her an easy target.

     Comic Books 
  • Marvel. Hank Pym, during a moment when he was Not Himself, infamously slapped his wife (at the time) Janet Van Dyne like this.
  • There's a picture of Batman slapping his protege Robin in mid-conversation. Taken from a comic book published in 1965, the single-panel illustration has inspired a series of parodies featuring custom-captioned speech bubbles on 4chan, Reddit and elsewhere since 2008, explained with details by Know Your Meme here.

    Animated Films 
  • In the first sequel of The Swan Princess, Big Bad Clavius violently slaps his henchman Knuckles for having failed to kill Prince Derek with his traps. While Knuckles is much younger and bulkier than his boss, it is heavily implied the latter raised the former this way, so it is kinda justified to see a brawny fully grown man covering and shivering in front of an old and still powerless villain.
  • In Aladdin, Jafar slaps Al just before he exiles him to the "ends of the earth".

    Live-Action Films 
  • Power Rangers (2017). During his first day in detention, Jason stops the resident bully from further picking on Billy by slapping him silly in front of the whole class. Later on, he has the Megazord backhand Rita Repulsa into space after Goldar's destruction.

     Live-Action TV 

    Literature 

     Sports 

     Video Games 
  • Mortal Kombat X:
    • One of Cassie Cage's brutalities is a slap done as a mocking salute that spins her opponents head 180 degrees.
    • Shinnok's first attack in his X-ray move is a backhand that dislocates his opponent's jaw.
  • In Deadpool, the titular character bitch slaps an unconscious Wolverine after he crashed the Blackbird. At first, Deadpool did it to wake Wolverine up, but after Deadpool realized that Wolverine was not gonna wake up for a while, the player then has the choice to either slap Wolverine for a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time or just get back to playing the game immediately.
  • In League of Legends, Rakan mainly attacks his enemies with his wing but if he gets within melee range, he will slap his target instead.
  • In Elsword: In Eve's opening story, she was awakened from her long slumber and found herself being found by Elsword and company. He reaches his hand to her, wanting them to be friends. She bitch-slaps him instead, which shocks his teammates. (She does join, though.)

    Theater 
  • In The Little Foxes, Oscar overhears his wife Birdie warning Alexandra about the Arranged Marriage planned between her and Oscar's son (and Alexandra's cousin) Leo. As Alexandra heads off to bed and Birdie, about to leave with Oscar, passes him near the doorway, he cruelly slaps her across the face. Alexandra tries to approach Birdie to see what happened to her, but she dismisses her and tells her that she only twisted her ankle.

    Western Animation 
  • In the Family Guy episode "Tiegs For Two", Brian and Quagmire get into a furious brawl after their arch rivalry reaches boiling point. While both are slugging each other, Quagmire gets in one of these to demonstrate his exceptional hatred of Brian.
  • In Justice League: Downpour attempts to blow out Aquaman with a torrent of water. After Aquaman points out this follynote  Downpour rushes him with a few punches that do absolutely nothing to the far more physically powerful Aquaman - After an Oh, Crap! from Downpour, Aquaman finishes the fight by way of this trope; a bitchslap so hard it knocks Downpour out cold.
  • Looney Tunes
    • In the cartoons featuring the mice Hubie and Bertie, Hubie would repeatedly slap Bertie's face back and forth whenever he did something stupid. Often, Bertie's face would continue to go back and forth even after Hubie stopped.

Feedback: 36 replies

Apr 20th 2017 at 2:07:36 AM

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    • Italicized work names as per How To Write An Example - Emphasis For Work Names.
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    • Corrected spelling (is one the receiving end, bounded, he slap him in angry, slap to).
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    • De-capitalized (Infamous).

Apr 21st 2017 at 8:54:49 AM

Theatre

  • In The Little Foxes, Oscar overhears his wife Birdie warning Alexandra about the Arranged Marriage planned between her and Oscar's son (and Alexandra's cousin) Leo. As Alexandra heads off to bed and Birdie, about to leave with Oscar, passes him near the doorway, he cruelly slaps her across the face. Alexandra tries to approach Birdie to see what happened to her, but she dismisses her and tells her that she only twisted her ankle.

Apr 21st 2017 at 12:06:30 PM

Animated Films

  • In Aladdin, Jafar slaps Al just before he exiles him to the "ends of the earth".

Western Animation

  • Looney Tunes
    • In the cartoons featuring the mice Hubie and Bertie, Hubie would repeatedly slap Bertie's face back and forth whenever he did something stupid. Often, Bertie's face would continue to go back and forth even after Hubie stopped.
    • A Running Gag on "Wackiki Wabbit" is the tall castaway slapping the short one across the face with the back of the hand. The camera would always zoom in on the tall one's face to keep the slap off screen.

Apr 21st 2017 at 2:59:00 PM

  • Elsword: In Eve's opening story, she was awakened from her long slumber and found herself being found by Elsword and company. He reaches his hand to her, wanting them to be friends. She bitch-slaps him instead, which shocks his teammates. (She does join, though.)

Apr 22nd 2017 at 4:54:21 PM

The Wackiki Rabbit example probably counts more as a Dope Slap.

  • In the Family Guy episode "Tiegs For Two", Brian and Quagmire get into a furious brawl after their Arch Rivalry reaches boiling point. While both are slugging each other, Quagmire gets in one of these to demonstrate his exceptional hatred of Brian.

Apr 23rd 2017 at 10:30:55 AM

Hey thanks for the examples. Appreciate it.

Apr 23rd 2017 at 4:27:49 PM

Comic Books:

  • There's a picture of Batman slapping his protégé Robin in mid-conversation. Taken from a comic book published in 1965, the single-panel illustration has inspired a series of parodies featuring custom-captioned speech bubbles on 4chan, Reddit and elsewhere since 2008, explained with details by Know Your Meme here.

Apr 25th 2017 at 7:11:38 PM

Nearly every single example is zero context.

Apr 26th 2017 at 1:59:39 AM

Aug 8th 2017 at 9:06:25 AM

Stephanie Mc Mahon is very fond of dishing these out. After delivering a nasty one to The Rock, she gloated her ability to always get away with this cheap shot because most of the male roster Wouldnt Hit A Girl, let alone the wife of the WWE chairman. The Rock agrees, before bringing in Ronda Rousey, who promptly kicks her ass when she tries the same move on her.

Aug 8th 2017 at 9:01:44 AM

EDIT: Post error. Sorry.

Aug 8th 2017 at 9:02:11 AM

EDIT: Again. Sorry.

Aug 10th 2017 at 6:12:22 AM

Animated Films

Aug 10th 2017 at 7:14:38 AM

In The Unholy Alliance, Wai Lui does this to one of his men when he finds out that he's behind the op to steal drugs from the coffers of Ling Hung, the most powerful woman in her Triad group in Hong Kong. He also left him at the mercy of his men.

Oct 2nd 2017 at 9:33:39 PM

PS - Is this good to go?

Oct 3rd 2017 at 11:00:37 PM

Live Action TV

  • In The Last Ship, Dr. Vellek tests out his new aggression-eliminating drug by repeatedly slapping his giant, muscular test subject in the face.

Oct 11th 2017 at 7:54:12 PM

Added some entries on the list.

Oct 11th 2017 at 9:03:10 PM

Anime and Manga

  • Revolutionary Girl Utena: Anthy is on the receiving end of this multiple times during the story, typically courtesy of Nanami and her posse. Her close relationship to the student council (particularly Nanami's brother, Touga) and Extreme Doormat tendencies made her an easy target.

Oct 12th 2017 at 3:20:17 AM

Oct 12th 2017 at 6:57:19 PM

Added a hat from yours truly.

PS - Is OP still around?

Oct 12th 2017 at 8:05:04 PM

Nov 8th 2017 at 9:10:44 PM

I can probably get this up before the end of the day.

Jan 16th 2018 at 10:39:47 AM

Added hat a while ago, I'm surprised this isn't up yet

Jan 16th 2018 at 11:18:22 AM

Tossing in a hat. This is good to go.

  • Better Off Ted: When confronted by Ted, Veronica's boyfriend completely humiliates Ted using an obscure slap-based martial art that apparently works via Death Of A Thousand Cuts.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged: Goku's fight with Freiza retains the bitch/pimp slap combo from the original series, even exaggerating it further to emphasize how completely Frieza is being dominated by Goku.

Jan 17th 2018 at 11:50:50 PM

  • Back To The Future Part II: In Alternate!1985, Biff slaps Lorraine when tries to mouth off at him, causing her to admit defeat with an almost hypnotic flair.

Jan 18th 2018 at 4:30:39 PM

Live action TV:

Jul 10th 2018 at 12:36:25 AM

Anyone agree to a name change?

Jul 10th 2018 at 5:47:05 AM

I'm actually fine with the name. What would you suggest and why does it need a change?

Jul 11th 2018 at 5:01:49 AM

Honestly, I only know of this trope by the current name. Is there another term for this that others are familiar with?

Jul 13th 2018 at 1:29:29 AM

This trope can sometimes occur with a Glove Slap that is intended to demean someone else without challenging them to a Duel To The Death.

For example, in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, Colonel Vogel slaps Henry Jones with a glove as a way of humiliating him.

Jul 12th 2018 at 9:28:35 AM

I tweaked some grammar to make more sense, the main thing that needed to happen was fixing overuse of pronouns.

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