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"Ow! My boobs! I need those for seducing!"

Breast Attack is the Distaff Counterpart to Groin Attack, since receiving blunt trauma to the breasts is painful for women, though maybe not as painful as Groin Attack is for men (not that many people can be a proper judge of that). The nipples are also rather sensitive, though this is also true for men to a lesser extent.

In reality, a Groin Attack is much more dangerous and painful for women than a Breast Attack, not even so much because of genitalia but more because of being a site of most major vital nerves and blood vessels to the lower extremities. However, in a fight, breasts are a much easier target, which is why the Breast Attack is much more common than a female Groin Attack.

A Breast Attack is sometimes intended to show that the male attacker is playing dirty (and against a woman too, how reprehensible!). Even worse if done in a sexual way to show dominance against a weaker girl. You're supposed to wince at this one, but this trope is occasionally Played for Laughs. If the victim is already a Butt-Monkey, it's okay to laugh. Or if it's a woman doing it to another woman. Or a man getting a purple nurple.


Note that in Real Life this attack is, no matter who does it, almost always considered a low blow (so to speak) and can cause minor injury, which is why we recommend that you Don't Try This at Home (unless of course a female attacker is threatening your safety).

Contrast Female Groin Invincibility (when women take no damage from a Groin Attack even though they should) and Torpedo Tits (when breasts attack you). Also contrast Primal Chest-Pound, when a character hits his own chest (usually a male, as it's a lot less painful for them).

If you thought of a certain Woody Allen film, that's kinda an example (when the rogue boob gets captured) and for Torpedo Tits...but definitely not what we intended.



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  • The Discworld of A.A. Pessimal sees the Air Watch of Ankh-Morpork in a Cold War confrontation with the Klatchian Air Force. When the Klatchian prince who is facing down Olga Romanoff has lost patience with hearing the word "Nyet!" from Olga, he nods to his own flight wizard, who fires a destructive spell intended to burn out her technomantic comms device. note . This is in her top breast pocket for easy use and takes the full force of the spell from several yards away. What he does not know is that after the successful first use of this spell, the Omnicons have had makeshift protection added, in the form of soratorium and octiron. Most of the magical force is either harmlessly dissipated or else blown straight back as a counter-spell. But enough gets through to heat the metal casing of Olga's comms unit to such a degree that it leaves an Omnicon-shaped burn on her left breast.
  • In The Legend of Total Drama Island, when a challenge pits the alpha females against each other in gladiatorial combat, the winner shows her vicious streak by "finishing" the loser with a sustained shock to each breast from cattle prods.
  • Megami no Hanabira: Mai does this to herself in her frantic efforts to dodge attacks raining down on her during an ambush: she takes a diving leap behind cover and pretty much does a belly flop, and she takes a moment to bite her knuckle and fight back tears once her safety is assured.
    Mai: (thinking) YEOWW! Owowowowow...oh, my boobs...that dive was NOT a good idea!
  • Miguel does this to Anna in Chapter 15 of Tekken: Kings And Queens. She retaliates by hitting him in the groin.
    Anna: You kicked my girls, I kick your little boys. Consider us even.
  • Orange Rose Gathering: Chloe slaps Lita's breasts after the larger girl says she's hotter than she thinks she is. She immediately realizes what she did and feels extremely embarrassed.

    Films — Animated 
  • In Batman and Harley Quinn, when Harley and Ivy are fighting, Ivy punches Harley in the breast, so Harley retaliates with a deliberate breast attack of her own.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • During the party fight scene in 21 Jump Street, Scott accidentally punches Molly in her breast, leading her to slap him.
  • In Austin Powers in Goldmember, Austin pinches Fat Bastard's bare nipples in a fight, much to the latter's agony.
  • Played for laughs in Jackie Chan's Armor of God when a large woman is double-punched in the chest and her breasts bounce with a sound effect better suited to something much heavier. She is rendered incapable of fighting until she stops them bouncing. Jackie at least has the decency to apologize.
  • The Babysitter (2017)
    • Allison gets shot in the breast by a cop. She seems more concerned about the fact the bullet disfigured her breast than she is about the fact that she got shot in the chest.
      Oh my God, he shot me in the boob! What kind of dick shoots a girl in the boob?!
    • Allison attacks Cole, and to get her to stop Cole punches her several times in the breasts. It works, but she only shames the adolescent boy for wanting to touch her breasts.
  • In the original The Bad News Bears, Tatum O'Neal's character has to be removed from the big game when she is spiked in the chest area by a player on the other team.
  • The Battle Wizard has the heroine being clawed above her breasts by The Dragon, although she survives when the hero comes to her aid. Which is followed by one of the most awkward Suck Out the Poison moments ever put on film...
  • Birds of Prey: When officer Renee Montoya fights Harley Quinn at the amusement park, she punches Harley’s breast, who doubles back and groans.
    Harley: Ow! Right in the tit…
  • In the trashy 1981 zombie movie Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror, a woman gets her nipple bitten off by her zombified son.
  • One of the female leads in Cannibal Ferox gets strung up by metal hooks that have been drive through her breasts.
  • Clown Motel: Casey gets impaled through one of her breasts with a crowbar by one of the clowns.
  • In Crank: High Voltage, a prostitute is shot in the breasts, though it only causes her implants to leak.
  • A very sleazy 1992 Hong Kong film, Faa gaai kwong ban (aka "Escape from Brothel"), has a kung-fu fight between Billy Chow (a Chinese man) and Sophia Crawford, a completely naked (white, blonde) woman. While she manages to deliver a Murderous Thighs hold and a Groin Attack on the guy, he strikes back with a fist hit to her breasts, a hit to her crotch, and finally a kick to the breasts, and then has her pinned down and starts to rape her.
  • Invoked in the borderline Torture Porn-slash-Exploitation Film, Dr Lamb, in a way that the victims subjected to this trope are dead. The titular doctor, a necrophiliac Serial Killer obsessed with the bodies of women would abduct drunk prostitutes, strangle them, smuggle their bodies back to his apartment to have sex with them, and once he's done with it, slice off their boobies as a Creepy Souvenir before dumping their corpses into a nearby waterfront.
  • In an unfilmed scene from an early draft of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Jeanie Bueller is talking with one of her friends; her friend pisses her off, and Jeannie responds, "I'll sock your tits."
  • In Grease, Danny elbows Sandy in the breast at the drive-in movie theater. She turns the tables on him by slamming the car door against his junk after he attempts to date rape her.
  • Sawney Bean is shown drinking blood out of a severed breast in Hillside Cannibals.
  • House on the Edge of the Park: When the villain gets his hands on the most innocent character who arrives late to the party.
  • The Alpha Bitch from the rival sorority in The House Bunny has a habit of punching her best friend in the boob when she's in a bad mood.
  • How To Be Single: Robin (Rebel Wilson) is trying to instruct Alice (Dakota Johnson) in text message etiquette:
    If you use an emoji, I will tit-punch you.
  • In Ichi the Killer, Saburo tortures Myu-Myu by stretching her nipples with crocodile clips and then severs them both with a single pull of the scalpel.
  • In Kill Bill volume 2, when the Bride goes after Budd, she's taken down when Budd unloads two barrels worth of rock salt from his shotgun into her breasts.
    Budd: That gentled ya down some. Ain't nobody a badass with a double dose of rock salt that deep in their tits. Not havin' tits as fine or big as yours, I can't even imagine how bad that shit must sting... yet I don't want to, neither.
  • In Roger Avary's Killing Zoe the eponymous Zoe slaps the (male) main character's nipple for calling her a prostitute. In fairness, he had just paid her for sex.
  • In the film Kingpin, the male and female leads get into a fistfight. The female delivers a few shots between the legs so the male delivers several Breast Attacks.
  • In Kung Pow! Enter the Fist, The Chosen One defeats a cow he is fighting by milking it. This is after the cow attacks him by milking itself and using the jets of milk as a distraction.
  • In Mallrats, Gwen sneaks up on her old boyfriend TS, who jumps and "elbows [her] right in the freakin' tit!" She responds by giving TS an upward double axe handle to the groin. (Brodie uses the opportunity to explain his opinion of karmic justice to TS.)
  • Million Dollar Baby: "I want you to jab that kraut right in the tits until they turn blue and fall off!"
  • After seducing another character, Angela rips the skin off her breasts in the Night of the Demons (2009) remake.
  • Pulp Fiction has the famous scene where Vincent has to stab Mia in the heart with syringe full of adrenaline after she overdoses. It saves her life but she wakes up with howl at the pain of having her breast impaled.
  • In the original Scary Movie, Ghostface stabs Drew Decker in the breast, only to pull the knife out with the implant impaled on it.
  • Scary Movie 4: A torture device that's a parody of the death traps from Saw does purple nurples.
  • At one point in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Scott is attacked by a cloaked figure. When he strikes back, the figure yells: "You punched me in the boob! Prepare to die, obviously!"
  • In a 1990 Hong Kong action film She Shoots Straight, there is a climactic fight at the end between Joyce Godenzi and the villainess played by Agnes Aurelio. Godenzi kicks the villainess in her groin to gain the upper hand and then finishes her off by kicking her squarely in the breasts.
  • When the sex-having couple in the airplane lavatory is attacked at the beginning of Snakes on a Plane, the woman is bitten right on the nipple by a milk snake.
  • In Sudden Impact Jennifer Spencer is on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge on a group of people who had raped her and her sister years before. Before she kills them she shoots them in the groin. One woman was involved - she shoots her in the breast.
  • Superstar (1999): Mary punches Evian's breasts during their fight.
  • A horrible, stomach-turning example shows up during the village massacre sequence in Tears of the Sun, when the team stumbles across a woman bleeding to death after a rebel cut off both her breasts (explained as a common practice to prevent mothers, should they survive, from feeding their babies). Zee is so horrified and enraged that he forces the culprit to look her in the eyes before Zee pulls his knife and stabs the young militiaman, while making sure he dies as painfully as possible
  • Karl hacks off and eats a breast in Violent Shit.
  • In the 1983 remake of The Wicked Lady, the eponymous Wicked Lady, played by Faye Dunaway, takes vengeance for a slight made by a peasant girl (Marina Sirtis) by expertly whipping her until she is stripped to the waist; the whip targets her breasts as well as her back. NSFW picture here.

  • From the Ian Fleming novel Dr. No, describing the murder of a female MI6 agent: "The man smiled broadly. Slowly, lovingly, he lifted the gun and shot her three times in and around the left breast." The film of the book strongly suggests this in the early scene of the MI6 secretary shot to death.
  • J.T. Edson's novels often feature Cat Fights. These frequently involve a Breast Attack.
  • In Book 5 of The Faerie Queene, during Britomart's Combat by Champion with Radigund, the narrator notes that the two women did not "spare each other's most tender parts," or something like that, despite both being women and therefore knowing how much it would hurt. I guess we have here the logic behind Cat Fight and Designated Girl Fight.
  • One short story set in the world of The First Law has Javre, the Lioness of Hoskopp, and Whirrun of Bligh set out to fight a duel over who gets to cross a bridge first after they met in the middle. note  Javre politely requests that he abstain from using this trope on her, and Whirrun agrees if she likewise promises to not try any Groin Attacks.
  • In an early chapter of Friday, the heroine is tortured by having one of her nipples cut off. This being science fiction, her doctor is able to regrow the body part, but it is good for a guilt trip later in the novel when she meets one of her captors.
  • In the novelization of the movie Highlander, there is a flashback scene where the Kurgan is with a prostitute whose nipples had been cut off.
  • In The Iliad, after Athena K.O.'s Ares with a boulder, Aphrodite goes to help him. Well, Athena is still angry: "She charged at Aphrodite, overtook her and beat her breasts with clenched fists." As one would expect from the wimpy Aphrodite, "Down she sank with Ares, resistance quite dissolved."
  • In Lisey’s Story, the psycho stalker takes a can opener to one of Lisey's breasts.
  • Vin gets stabbed in the side of one breast in the Mistborn trilogy by Zane, in a rage after she rejects him; he then gives her a Forceful Kiss, making it even clearer that it's a show of sexual dominance.
  • In On a Pale Horse, the hero's girlfriend, Luna, is tortured by being stripped to her waist, and her breasts being touched by active electrodes.
  • In the fourth book of A Song of Ice and Fire, The Blue Bard is being tortured by the Mad Doctor Qyburn on Cersei's orders under the Red Keep. During said torture scene, he remarks about men's nipples sometimes being as sensitive as women's nipples, then removes the Bard's nipples.
  • A particular magic-user in the Sword of Truth series controls people (women and men alike) by cutting off a nipple to use in Sympathetic Magic.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Charlie Runkle's unfortunate nipple mishap in Californication constitutes a rare male example of this trope.
  • During a Thanksgiving episode of Friends, the gang is having a game of American football for the Gellar Cup. Monica throws the ball to the inexperienced Phoebe, who catches it, but it strikes her in the chest hard and she squeals: "Oh! Broken boobs!"
  • New Girl had the "boob fight" between Jess and Cece.
  • The Shake it Up episode "Party It Up" had a scene where it did happen, when CeCe and Rocky body bumped copying the boys... but in turn, both girls groan from the pain.
  • Super Sentai
    • In one episode of Dengeki Sentai Changeman, the Monster of the Week employs fishes with huge mouths to attack/bite the team. While each team member got bitten, poor Sayaka/Change Mermaid got bitten on her breasts, with her knocking them down while yelling "PERVERT!". Fun fact is that since she's attacked while morphed, the Changeman female suits offer no visible breasts.
    • Male on female variation in Seijuu Sentai Gingaman, the villainess Shelinda was slashed across her breasts (to specify, chest-armor) by Hayate. She happened to kill Yuuta just a moment before. (Yuuta survived.)
    • Frequently happens in Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger courtesy to the villainess Malshina, who often target the female ranger's breasts this way.
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Wayne Brady apparently thinks that purple nurples are part and parcel of a female prison riot (the "persona" he got saddled with in Let's Make a Date).
  • The Wilds: Nora does this to Rachel when they fight.
    Fatin: "That was a knee to the tit, ladies and gentlemen."
  • In The Wire, the Barksdale Organization tries to deal with the sociopathic rising drug lord Marlo by using a Honey Trap to lure him into an ambush. Marlo, being a little bastard, investigates the girl doing so and finds her connection to the Barksdales. Instead he ambushes her, shoots her in both breasts and then again in the head as she's lying dead on the ground, to send a message.
  • Yes, Dear
    • An episode has Kim accidentally doing this to the then-wife of her husband's boss while playing tennis. Good thing her husband didn't get punished for this.
    • Another one involving Christine boxing Jimmy's boss. (A female security guard)
      Christine: Ow...she punched me in the boob. Can you do that?
      Jimmy's Boss: *annoyed* Yeah.
      Christine: Oh. (punches Jimmy's boss in the boob)

  • Pearl Jam, "Jeremy": "He gnashed his teeth and bit the recess lady's breast!"
  • Shakira: In the video for "Objection (Tango)," Shakira pokes at the breasts of the woman her boyfriend has been cheating on her with, deflating them.
    Shakira: Next to her cheap silicone I look minimal. That's why in front of your eyes, I'm invisible. But you gotta know small things also count!

    Professional Wrestling 
  • In intergender wrestling, attacking the female opponent's breasts is a surprisingly common tactic, especially when the male competitor is a bad guy. Pulling a dirty move like that is bad enough, but the squicky sexual notion of him touching and attacking somewhere as private and senstitive as her breasts just pushes it even further into him being obviously evil, much to the chagrin of the crowd that will let him know their disapproval.
  • Awesome Kong uses a move where she hoists her opponent up in a chicken wing hold, pulling their arms behind her, and then dropping her face and breast first on the mat, calling it the "Implant Buster."
  • In TNA, ODB proved her toughness by letting Cody Deaner use her breasts as speed bags while she was training him.
  • Before she turned evil, The World Famous Kana was on the wrong end of a running gag where she would fly into a rage whenever someone touched her breasts. This mostly happened in matches in against chauvinist or perverted male wrestlers but Police Wo~man and Lin "Bitch" Bairon did it too (Bairon's case wasn't played for laughs, but Kana's revenge was).
  • A running gag in Wonder Ring STARDOM revolving around Yuzuki Aikawa. She was a swimsuit model before becoming a professional wrestler and was the promotion's first doubles champion within two years, main eventing on Bull Nakano's retirement show. Many other Joshi show resent for this by attacking what they believe to be the source of her success but Aikawa also did taekwondo for ten years, so she can take it.
  • Joey Ryan often ends up facing women. One of his moves is the "Boobplex", where he gives a German suplex while grabbing the breasts instead of the waist. However, he is willing to substitute man boobs, as Greg Excellent discovered in CZW.
  • Pentagon Jr. is famous for slapping the chest of his opponent while they are leaned against the ropes. Unfortunately for his female opponents, his slap knows no gender, and he will strike a female's breast no less hard than he would a man.
  • An unintentional example happened between a match of Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair. While Sasha Banks was attempting a chop, she hit at a lower angle that Divas aim for, and visibly hit Charlotte right in one of her breast. In the prime of Dawn Marie, Molly Holly and Trish Stratus's runs, however, cops to the breasts were to be expected, even by the baby face Stratus as a hold over from her heel run.

  • Played for Laughs in Ride the Cyclone, as it's the only real on-stage violence in a show about six teenagers who die in a horrific roller coaster accident. Extreme Doormat Constance, the "nicest girl in town," punches her best friend Ocean in the breast when she can no longer put up with her Ocean's self-centered attitude and backhanded compliments.
    Ocean: Ouch! You punched me! In the friggin' boob!

    Video Games 

  • In Baked Goods Bunnie's choice of Avatar The Last Air Bender-style power would be boobie-bending. Which she then demonstrates by having Dawnie's own breast hit her in the face.
  • Some of the anthro insects in Dreamwalk Journal get stung right in their Non-Mammal Mammaries (amongst other places), but it's a subversion because (being an erotic comic) the stings inflict pleasure rather than pain.
  • Exiern has a classic one: The main character Tiffany is a male barbarian hero who has been trapped in female form by an evil wizard. She wants to be a man again but since she's a barbarian she absolutely hates the local priesthood. So her sidekick Peonie ties her to the altar—for her own good, of course—and orders the priests to attempt the ritual. After the inevitable failure, Peonie admits in trepidation that she'd been counting on Wouldn't Hit a Girl to stave off retribution. Cut to the next page, where Peonie can't get over her shock that Tiffany "punched me in the boob"!
  • This is a common attack in Furry Fight Chronicles when the matches get violent or dramatic.
  • In Girl Genius, Agatha gets stabbed in the breast. Ouch! Luckily for her, her corset is heavily reinforced. A close look shows the injury uncomfortably close to the nipple, not that the boys are complaining.
  • Misho inflicts one upon Nova in this Keychain of Creation strip, causing the female onlookers to wince in sympathy.
  • In Sword Princess Amaltea, Amaltea is getting choked by Herodun, a huge woman with equally imposing strength. Her solution is kicking one of her breasts to force her to let go of her neck.
  • There's a Running Gag in Venus Envy where Zoe is hit in her growing breasts and vestigial testes in quick succession.

    Web Original 
  • Dr. Havoc's Diary:
    • Ally mentions this in Episode 10 by saying that she'd rather cut off her tits than wear an embarrassing Fun T-Shirt.
    • Kim and Nadia give each other titty twisters during their Cat Fight in Episode 21.
  • Vista laments this several times over the course of Worm, having a scar from a laceration across her chest that she stitched up poorly, causing it to show once her breasts developed.
  • Backyard Birds Of Australia has Boob Bitey, a kookaburra named for having bitten the human woman’s boob.
  • After one disparaging comment too many in Twig, Lillian learns that she can shut Sylvester up by giving him a purple nurple, which she does with great glee.

    Western Animation 
  • American Dad!:
    • A stripper accidentally gets her breasts pierced by hypodermic needles, causing her implants to deflate. As soon as that happens, her mind clears and she says, "I remember now! I was going to be a civil engineer!"
    • Happens to Francine when she and Roger attempt to spice up their mundane lives by attending a party at the French consulate.
      "Roger, that was terrible. We were the only people in period dress and your fake French accent got me punched in the boob."
    • An episode features a brief gag where Stan accidentally elbows Francine, causing her to complain "You elbowed my boobie!"
  • In Archer Lana occasionally has her Boobs of Steel subjected to this, in "The Honeymooners" a North Korean agent kicks her in the bosom, hurting her so much that she has to sit out of the fight to rub her breasts. Earlier in "Space Race: Part II", Lana does this to herself, squeezing through a mostly closed spacestation door while topless crushing her poor breasts in the process, she worries about them sagging as a result.
  • In Family Guy, when Peter started kicking everything after seeing Road House (1989), Lois asked him not to kick her, unless it was her nipple.
  • In an episode of Gargoyles, while engaging in a hand-to-hand catfight, Elisa kicked Demona square in her breasts.
  • In one episode of Gravity Falls, Wendy fights a shapeshifting creature that appears exactly like her. In the scuffle, either the monster or the real Wendy gets a nasty kick right in her boobs.
  • Subtle example in The Legend of Korra. In a blink and you miss it moment during a fight with Equalist mooks, Asami hits a female Equalist in the chest with her electrified glove.
  • In one of the many Robot Chicken sketches, a PMS-ing She-Ra attacks a trio of villainesses. Two get standard deaths. The third has her breasts squeezed till they popped.
  • Stroker and Hoop: Hoop's mom is sent to women's prison for a crime she didn't commit. She consoles herself by claiming that a prison for elderly ladies can't be that bad and takes it all in stride, likening it to being roommates in college ... until her "roommate" threatens to cut her tits off.
  • Rare male example: In the penultimate episode of The Venture Bros. season 3, Brock Samson's nipple gets cut off.

    Real Life 
  • There is a report on the infamous rape case of Filipina actress Maggie de la Riva. According to an interview with the actress, during her ordeal, she was incapacitated by her captors by means of punching her in several areas of her body, including one of her breasts, before they proceeded to rape her. During the filming of the movie The Maggie de la Riva Story which was based on the incident, actress Dawn Zulueta who played de la Riva reported that when that horrible scene was recreated, it actually led to real injuries and she actually had to be hospitalized.
  • In addition to having her throat slashed, rumors abounded that Nicole Brown Simpson's breasts were deliberately slashed off in the attack as well — however, the coroner's report refutes these rumors entirely.
  • The Breast Ripper torture device.
  • The legend of Saint Agatha of Sicily is infamous for stating that her breasts were cut off during her martyrdom. Unsurprisingly, she's the patron saint of breast cancer patients and wet nurses.
  • It is suggested that breast implants kept a woman from being killed when she was shot. It is certainly the case that the underwiring in one lucky woman's bra deflected the path of a bullet that would otherwise have killed her. Fortean Times reported on a case in England. A second case happened in South America. Another case: Germany, this time.
  • Boob tag. Which is like regular tag, but the only legal tag is tagging another participant's breast. Typically only played by women.
  • After the Swiss cult leaderess Margaretta Peter murdered her older sister Elisabeth to offer her as a sacrifice and beat her brother severely for a similar reason, she demanded to be crucified by her followers and promised that she and her dead sister would be resurrected in three days. She was nailed to an improvised cross not just by her hands and feet, but also by her breasts. Naturally, she croaked.
  • Numerous MRI technicians have stories about patients who went in for a scan and forgot to remove their nipple piercings beforehand.
  • The 2021 assassination of Alma Barragán: when she was giving a speech, she was shot through her right breast. The video actually shows a spray of saline: unlike the fortunate women noted above, her implant did not save her from the bullet.


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Alternative Title(s): Broken Boobs, Boob Punch


How Boob Bitey got her name

There ain't no milk in there!

How well does it match the trope?

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Main / BreastAttack

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