For whatever reason, one character has to convince another to try to strike them. Perhaps it is in order to show the avoidance skills of the hittee, to teach the hitter how to hit, or to intentionally hurt the hittee. Occasionally, it's to make up for the hittee previously attacking the hitter. One common use is when the hittee is an Action Girl, and the hitter Wouldn't Hit a Girl. Standing close together, the hittee taunts the hitter with ever-escalating demands of "Hit me, dammit!", countered with demurrings of "I can't/won't!"
This continues for several volleys until the hitter strikes the hittee. If it's for comic effect, the hittee is actually surprised and may be knocked out. They may deliver a line of surprise such as, "You hit me!"
Sometimes crosses over with My Fist Forgives You or with Self-Mutilation Demonstration ('cause you might ask someone else); frequently shows up in Make It Look Like a Struggle. Strike Me Down with All of Your Hatred is when someone wants to be hit so that the hitter will break their moral code and fall from grace. Another variant of this trope is when someone asks to be hit because it turns them on, although that usually will have negative consequences.
- In Neon Genesis Evangelion, Touji tells Shinji to hit him as a "macho" way of apologizing.
- Dragon Ball:
- Vegeta tries to get Krillin to mortally wound him during the battle against Frieza in Dragon Ball Z in a last-ditch attempt to raise his power (since as a Saiyan, Vegeta receives a power boost from recovering from the brink of death and one of their allies has healing abilities). Krillin's reluctance, however, is more from paralyzing fear (and the fear of actually killing) of Vegeta than anything else.
- Much earlier, in Dragon Ball, Kami blocked a punch from Piccolo, and after convincing Kami to stay out of his fight, Goku said he owed Piccolo a punch for the one Kami blocked and took one in the face that sent him flying halfway through a concrete wall. Head first. His response? "Good thing they put a wall there." Of course, it they hadn't, he would have landed out of bounds and lost, but still....
- Though he does not explicitly request Goku to strike him, Tien grants Goku several minutes of uninterrupted punching during their first match in the World's Martial Arts Tournament. This is "payback" for Chiatzou paralyzing Goku earlier in the match against Tien's wishes allowing him to get in some powerful blows while Goku was unable to defend himself.
- In the Abridged Series, Perfect Cell asks Vegeta to hit him as hard as he can.
Cell: Now hold on. You might have misheard me. Not half as hard. Not some arbitrary percentage. I want you. To hit me. As hard. As. You. Can.
- In Ranma ½, Shampoo would only reverse the Laser-Guided Amnesia she gave Akane if male-Ranma would kill girl-Ranma. At the time Shampoo thought girl-Ranma to be a separate person and was honor-bound to kill her. He bargains her down to "half-kill" and he begs for Ryoga (who doesn't want Akane regaining her memory) to half-kill him. After he then goes to insults, they fight and Ranma accidentally knocks Ryoga out, but luckily Soun and Genma are happy to fill in. Actually, Soun is so touched that he cries, congratulates Ranma for wanting to help Akane and beats the shit out of him while yelling "THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!"
- When Ryoga and Ranma subject Akane to a Traumatic Haircut in the middle of their first big fight, they tell her to punch them. She does. Hard. (This is a girl who can shatter cinder blocks with her bare hands.)
- Mai-Otome Zwei uses this in its fourth episode. Arika and Mashiro, after having a petty argument and separated for a while in the first episode, Mashiro asks Arika to hit her, then returns the favor, telling her that when one of them gets stubborn, the other should hit her.
- After an episode of Digimon Adventure where he had mostly been a total ass, Tai offered Izzy, who had been the main target of Tai's aggression, a free shot as a way of apologizing. Izzy shook his head and explained that he understood what Tai was going through and that there was no need for violence, leading to Izzy's not-so-forgiving companions offering to do it for him.
Agumon: Can I hit ya then?
Tentomon: I wouldn't mind a whack, myself...
- In Endless Waltz, The Movie of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Heero pulls this with Duo as enemy soldiers close in - and then KOs Duo immediately afterwards. Heero's rationale? "One for one - now we're even." This little trick allows both of them to escape individually when they would likely not have been able to do so otherwise.
- In the TV series, after being tricked into killing a plane full of world leaders, he gets a pistol and seeks out every single member of all their families... and offers them the chance to shoot him. They all end up forgiving him instead.
- Reversed in the very beginning. Since Relena saw him first engage in his mission, he very ominously tells her, "I will kill you." Several times, she ends up with his gun pointed at her. By episode 6, however, she defies him to shoot...and he can't. He agonizes over why.
- Soul Eater:
- After Maka punches Black☆Star during an argument, she insists that he punch her back so they'll be even. He's not particularly hesitant, but asks if she's sure all the same. Maka asks him to give it all he's got, and despite the fact that he agrees, everyone expects him to go easy on her. Black☆Star ends up punching her so hard in the face she goes flying into a pile of garbage.
- Black☆Star himself tells this to Kid after challenging him to a fight because he was mad at losing several previous fights. Kid obliges by literally stomping Black☆Star's head into a crater.
- A line in the English dub of YuYu Hakusho has Yusuke asking Keiko to hit him as an apology for his work as Spirit Detective getting her dragged into a potentially fatal situation.
- in Eyeshield 21, near the end of the Devil Bats' match against the White Knights in the Fall Tournament, Monta asked Sena to slap him and fire him up, since Monta's too worn-out to do it to himself. This is quickly followed by every member of the Devil Bats slapping each other to get pumped up (though some get a little carried away).
- In The Prince of Tennis, the standard punishment in Rikkaidai is a slap to the face from Not So Stoic sub-captain Sanada. At least two players have specifically told him to bitchslap them in front of everyone if they lose their match. And so does Sanada, in the finals.
- Parodied in Mahou Sensei Negima! when Jack Rakan tells Negi to give him his best shot to see if he's strong enough to be worth training. Negi reluctantly does so, and after a dramatic Smoke Shield moment, Jack coughs up a bunch of blood and smacks Negi into the stratosphere for hitting too hard.
- Used in Himechan No Ribon - after the fiasco that establishes Sei Arei as a Jerk, Himeko wants Daichi to hit her. He refuses. She forces him.
- In the early seasons of Pokémon, whenever Misty was forced to use her Psyduck in battle, she would actively encourage her opponents to aim for Psyduck's head (as, though normally ineffectual, it was able to use potent psychic attacks when its headache was strong enough). She once tried this on Ash, but he wasn't having any.
- Tsubaki, nice-guy protagonist of Mysterious Girlfriend X, insists his girl Urabe give him a nice hard slap to make up for, in a moment of weakness, trying to take advantage of her the previous day. (She does.)
- Being a Shonen series, Hunter × Hunter is bound to have these, but a notable subversion comes in the Chimaera Ant arc. Morau tells Gon to imagine him as Neferpitou and hit him with the Jajanken as a fake test of determination. This causes Gon to be filled with so much killing intent that it forces Killua to call the whole thing off before things get ugly.
- Alucard from Hellsing allows his opponents to try to invoke the Chunky Salsa Rule on him before fighting back, because they'll be even more terrified when he does eventually activate his Healing Factor/Lovecraftian Superpower.
- In Chapter 112 of Bakuman。, Mashiro asks Takagi to punch him as his way of atoning for doubting Takagi in the last few chapters. Takagi eventually relents, but goes easy on Mashiro. This eventually leads to an all-out brawl between the two as a way of "indulging in youth".
- A rare non-physical variant of this trope occurs in Bakugan's fourth season. Due to visions of him and Drago being connected to Mag Mel and Razenoid, Dan begins keeping it to himself and things start going south. From Drago losing control to the two of them leaving for New Vestoria without letting Marucho and Shun know beforehand causes a rift in the group. This only gets worse when they head to Gundalia to assist in driving Mag Mel's forces away from the planet where Dan disobeys orders from Marucho (who had elected himself as the new leader as the Brawlers) to not involve himself. After finding Rafe and Wolfurio after the Brawlers got separated, Dan learns that the reason why his comrades acted the way they did towards him is because they were worried he was taking most of the burden for himself. Once Dan gets the message, he realizes how inconsiderate and arrogant he has been. After the initial battle has ended, he pleads to his friends to yell at him for giving them so much trouble. The Brawlers just stare at him in surrpise, but Shun walks towards him, and seeing how he's been with him long enough, Dan expects the most brutal lecture he believes he deserves. What subverts this trope is that instead of busting his grill, Shun offers his hand to Dan, not only welcoming back him back into the Brawlers, but recognizing him as their leader once more.
- A minor example happens in Kiznaiver. In Episode 3, Takeshiro asked to be slapped in the face by Tenga to try and stop Hisomu. However, all three of them along with four other characters are Kiznaivers, meaning any sort of pain one of them receives is collectively felt by the others. This is played for laughs when the local neighborhood patrol stop Tenga from hitting Takeshiro, mistaking it for physical abuse.
- Doraemon: Occurs in "Soap Bubbles". Big G asks Noby to hit him for the graffiti he drew on the wall, but Noby doesn't want to hit Big G. Big G hits himself with a frying pan instead.
- A fairly extreme version occurred in Runaways, where Nico asked Gert to have her pet raptor bite her, as she has a magical staff that only comes out when she is bleeding. When Gert refused, she stuck her hand in the dinosaur's mouth and told it she was going to choke Gert to death. It bit her.
- Supergirl: In Many Happy Returns, Kara believes—mistakenly—her X-Ray Vision disrupted a woman's pacemaker. She feels so guilty and distraught that when a super-villain shows up, looking for Supergirl, she asks him to beat her up.
- In the Marvel Civil War series, Captain America started beating the living tar out of The Punisher—who simply let it happen. When Cap practically ordered him to fight back, Castle responded: "Not against you." For context: This happened during a flashback of the time the Punisher remembered meeting Cap, but Cap not recalling. Cap didn't remember because at the time, The Punisher was in combat training, and was just any other grunt. Before he actually became The Punisher. He also didn't remember because it wasn't him, just a guy the military dressed up as Captain America; the original was on ice at the time.
- Deadpool spent the better part of an issue trying to get Wolverine to stab him. When Wolverine ignores him, he Shoryuken'd Kitty Pryde to get him to do it.
- The mutant Multiple Man actually needs to be attacked to activate his powers. So he either has to provoke someone, or outright beg to be attacked. Well, he needs to be hit, but the trigger is sufficiently sensitive that punching his own hand would do it. He only actually needs someone else to punch him if he is very tightly restrained. Of course, sometimes he might let someone hit him for the intimidation factor or for laughs.
- In Marvel Zombies, after a group of superhero zombies eat Magneto, Bruce begs someone to hit him so he can turn into the Hulk as a large bone will come out of his stomach otherwise (as the Hulk's stomach is large enough to hold the bone). Thor does wallop him with the hammer fairly quickly, although it doesn't really work.
- In Usagi Yojimbo, Usagi talks about how he struck his sensei during sparring exercise and began to profusely apologize. However, his sensei waves it off noting that he was waiting for his student to get good enough to connect in a fight.
- One issue of Nodwick opens with Yeagar trying to get Nodwick to whack him with a mallet. Nodwick only hesitates to confirm that Yeagar is sober and won't be getting back at him for it later, but that's still enough time for Piffany to stumble on them and chastise Nodwick for violence. Yeagar responds to the confusion by grabbing the mallet, and clubbing himself. The reason? So he can show off his new favorite swear word, "Krutz!"
- A more gruesome version occurs at the end, where Rorschach eggs Dr. Manhattan on to murder him to maintain the masquerade.
- Also, when Laurie and Daniel (two retired costumed heroes) reminisce about past supervillains, they talk about a crazy wacko named Captain Carnage who seemed to commit crimes solely so he could be physically beaten by heroes. He encouraged this, until he pulled it on Rorschach and was thrown down an elevator shaft for his trouble. This causes Dan and Laurie to crack up, and then stop as they unconvincingly agree that it's really not funny.
- In one Knights of the Dinner Table story, Newt Forager insists on giving only an in-universe description of his character, refusing to provide any game-mechanics stats. Stevil decides to scope out this information by getting Newt's character to attack his. It ends with Stevil's character getting knocked out with one blow.
- In Karma In Retrograde, Touya screams at Bakugou to blast him as much as he wants after getting one too many tongue lashings, reasoning that it doesn't even matter since he'll go back to being the horribly scarred Dabi anyways.
Touya: Forget it. I dont even care anymore. Fucking explode me. Because guess what: Im gonna end up scarred as shit anyways. It doesnt matter! None of it matters!
- In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic "Fallout: Equestria", Little Pip goes through an interaction much like this, while trying to get into the Single Pegasus Project. She has to resort to angering Spike, in order to make him angry enough to burn her to death.
- In this nameless fic by Kioskstuck, Vriska attempts to invoke this trope with her abuse of Tavros. She wants him to attack her so that she'll be able to justify- however thinly- her own cruelty.
- In The Service has a particular interaction between the main character and Signum in which she misjudges just how much of a funk he's currently in and essentially dares him to hit her. He does hit her, but immediately afterwards says it was undeserved and requests Signum hit him back to make it fair. She does.
- In Intrepid, this is Emma's response to Taylor already hitting her once when they meet again out of costume in 13-03. She feels like she deserves it after what she did.
- In Evangelion fanfic "Hand Cannot Erase", Shinji feels guilty for nearly destroying the world twice and failing Asuka, so he asks her to punch him. She refuses to, though.
- In the Discworld of A.A. Pessimal, Johanna Smith-Rhodes is a walking fighting Action Girl. On becoming a mother, one of the loving caring maternal things she does is to teach her daughters to fight and use weapons. Her younger daughter is right alongside the idea and eventually follows Mummy to the Assassins' Guild. Her older daughter, however, has no problems at all with blocking, parrying and defending. Rebecka just cannot bring herself to hit her friends, even in a practice bout with a blunted sword. She can also put crossbow bolts with precision into a standard competition target, the one with the rings. She just cannot bear firing at a human-shaped target. Her mother quietly despairs. Until a friend comes up with life-size iconographs of Parsifal Venturi, a young man Rebecka absolutely loathes. And if her opponent in a practice sword-bout is wearing a Parsifal Venturi face-mask... then a whole lot of agression comes out. All at once.
- In Time Anomaly the Doctor uses a variation of this when he claims that hell give Kang the Conqueror the chance to destroy New York to prove his belief that Kang cant actually do it.
- Glory has a scene early on when Sergeant Mulcahy is teaching the troops the proper use of a bayonet. He singles out the rather bad soldier, Thomas and tells him to stab him. After some hesitation, he makes two attempts, the blows turned away each time ("I said stab, not tickle!"). The third time, after the sergeant delivers a rant specifically designed to provoke the poor kid ("You're the worst soldier in this whole company, now hit me!"), he finally gives it his all - and the drill sergeant gives him a lesson in hand-to-hand that he never forgets (seriously).
- Another Edward Norton movie 25th Hour, where Norton's character has his best friend hit him so that he won't look too attractive in prison, where he is going.
- Dragonheart: Draco (voiced by Sean Connery) begs the hero to strike him in order to kill him, as this will kill the villain as well.
Draco: Then as my friend, strike please!!
- Hellboy, when Liz Sherman needs to get her flame on.
Liz: You should be running.
- The Matrix: While in the training room, Morpheus tells Neo "Stop trying to hit me and hit me!" to try and inspire/goad him into fighting without the rules of real-world physics.
- Dog Soldiers, in the upstairs bedroom, when they're stitching Sarge up:
Sarge: Cooper, knock me out! Hit me!Cooper smacks Sarge in the head.Sarge (not missing a beat): I said knock me out, you f** kin' pussy!Cooper punches him again, and Sarge immediately goes limp. Megan and Cooper look at each other, then shrug and go back to stitching Sarge up.
- Sean Pertwee was actually drunk for this scene; the first punch was a stage punch, the second was an actual punch that actually did drop him. That little pause after it connects is everyone wondering if he's alright...
- In Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Louie, believing that Ghost Dog's actions have doomed him to being killed by his own Crime Family, tells Ghost Dog to just shoot him and get it over with. After Ghost Dog initially refuses, Louie just demands it again and louder so Ghost Dog shoots Louie in the shoulder, then justifies it after the fact by saying that Louie will now have a cover story and can claim that Ghost Dog attacked him. This buys Ghost Dog and Louie just enough time for Ghost Dog to wipe out the entire crime family.
- Jake LaMotta makes his brother hit him early on in Raging Bull.
- Variation in The Dark Knight. Batman is bearing down on the Joker in the Batpod, and the Joker simply stands there, shooting any vehicle that gets in the way, and muttering (eventually shouting) "Come on. Hit me." in order to test Batman's resolve. Naturally he is unable to run down the defenseless Joker and swerves to the side at the last second and crashes. The Joker simply turns around, mildly amused, before advancing on the disabled Batman.
- Force 10 from Navarone. Maritza demands that Barnsby hit her to make it appear that he and Mallory attacked her and got away. Barnsby apologizes and hits her weakly. She berates him and orders him to hit her harder. Mallory suddenly punches her hard and knocks her out. Amusingly, that last hit was real. The actress was actually knocked unconscious, which delayed the filming of the next scene until she woke up.
- Lisa Edelstein and Ben Stiller's characters have this conversation in Keeping the Faith. She wants to prove her abs can take it. They can't.
- Spoofed in Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare. Believing one character to be in danger from Freddy, another character asks the tomboy of the group to knock him out so he can go into the dream world to help. She tries to tell him another way, but impatient, he punches her and she lays him out. A few seconds later, she joins him in the dream world. What she was trying to tell him was that she knew a technique that would allow them to put themselves in a trance and induce sleep.
- In the John Woo film Once A Thief, the father figure of the family of thieves, a cop, closes his eyes and begs them to punch him out so he won't have to arrest them. The two brothers argue about who should do it, but while they're talking they walk away, leaving the cop unharmed.
- A variant occurs in Watchmen, where Nite Owl II doesn't feel particularly heroic beating up Ozymandias who isn't fighting back anymore. Subverted after The Comedian almost rapes Sally Jupiter. Hooded Justice is beating The Comedian down, while The Comedian taunts him with allegations of sadomasochistic homosexuality. Hooded Justice stops when he says The Comedian "isn't worth it".
- Masochist Isabella Rossellini repeatedly demands that wholesome boy-next-door Kyle McLachlan hit her in Blue Velvet. Eventually, he does, and it kinda destroys a piece of his soul.
- In the 1954 version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Ned Land demands that Conseil punch him in payback for an incident where Ned hit Conseil earlier. He even sticks out his chin so Conseil will have a good target to hit. Conseil promptly punches him in the gut.
- In Rocky III, Rocky taunts Clubber Lang into hitting him repeatedly during the match to get Lang angry so he would lose control. Of course, unlike a real boxer, Rocky is Made of Iron, so it works and he wins. Note that the Rocky fight is based on a real bout. Muhammad Ali suspected that stamina was a weakness for George Foreman, so in their 1974 bout Ali taunted Foreman, blocked most of Foreman's blows, then taunted him some more. Foreman tired quickly, and Ali knocked Big George out for the only time in Foreman's career. Similarly, Rocky is trying to defend against all of Clubber's big punches, although just like with Ali-Foreman, some get through.
- Played disturbingly straight in Closer when Alice and Dan are breaking up and she tells him she slept with Larry. She ends up spitting in his face, and when he raises his hand to her, she says "Go on, hit me. It's what you want. Come on, hit me, fucker!" He does.
- Not exactly "hit me" in the sense of punching, but in Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Yosemite Sam and D.J. Drake are playing blackjack at a casino. Yosemite Sam keeps pestering the dealer (Foghorn Leghorn) to "hit me" (play a card) — and gets a sock in the face because it's not his turn.
- In Police Academy, Tackleberry wants Barbara to hit him in the gut. Barbara doesn't want to do it. When finally egged on by Tackleberry, he slaps him on the face.
- In The Last Samurai, Tom Cruise's character is a US Army officer who has been assigned to train Japanese soldiers. In one scene, he repeatedly fires very close to a Japanese soldier, all while yelling at the soldier to shoot him (he doesn't actually expect to get shot, he's doing it to prove the Japanese aren't ready to perform under fire).
- In Dogma, Azrael dares Silent Bob to hit him with a golf club. He is surprised that it defeated a demon. It turns out the golf club was a Holy Hand Grenade since the cardinal blessed it to get a better game.
- In The Breakfast Club, the principal challenges Bender to slug him, going so far as to close his eyes and point to his jaw.
- In Stripes, Sgt. Hulka challenges Winger (Bill Murray) to take a shot at him, and keeps insulting him until he does. When Winger finally does try to punch him, Hulka blocks it and lays him out with only a few punches.
- Lil from Red-Headed Woman is a shameless Gold Digger out to seduce Bill, a married man. After Lil taunts Bill, saying that he's afraid to be alone with her because he's attracted to her, Bill slaps her. She smiles broadly and says "Oh, do it again, I like it!"
- Hellbound: In his first scene, Shatter establishes his asskicking credentials by challenging a thug to take a swing at them, then effortlessly kicking him into next week when he does.
- Smarty: Vicki's desire to be struck in the face and dominated is her sole motive for constantly needling Tony until he finally does it. She even says "If he'd really loved me, he'd have hit me long ago" to Anita. The film ends with Vicki straight up asking "Tony...hit me again."
- In an early scene in Enter the Dragon, Bruce Lee teaches a younger student to kick with feeling.
- In Dragon Bones, Ward has to ask an ally to hit him over the head with a chamber pot, as part of a plan to make himself look like he had nothing to do with the escape of some prisoners. He doesn't have to ask twice, as said ally is a bit angry at him at the moment.
- Perhaps the original is from The Man Who Was Thursday, by G. K. Chesterton. A police infiltrator to an anarchic society whose members are named after the days of the week (hence the title) has challenged Wednesday to a duel by threatening to pull his nose. At the end of the duel, Wednesday (for reasons unrelated to Thursday's superior skill) attempts to escape and still salvage some honor by demanding that Thursday complete his threat. The nose comes completely off, revealing that Wednesday is disguised.
- An amusing variant in the Djinn series. One stuffy British man is trying to convince another stuffy British man to punch him, causing lots of "but that's just not fair play!" The local Tsundere rolls her eyes, says "for God's sakes," hauls off, and punches him across the face.
- In Isaac Asimov's short story "Evidence!", a politician is the victim of a rumor campaign that claims that he's actually a robot that was built to look like a human. Because robots can't hurt humans, the politician is eventually challenged to hit someone in order to prove he's human. He does, which disproves the rumor and guarantees him the election. However, the story suggests that there is still a possibility that the rumor was true—the man that was struck could have been a second disguised robot!
- Yukio from Eric van Lustbader's The Ninja asks the protagonist to "Hit me, darling!" during a Shower of Love...because she can't climax until he does.
- In Unseen Academicals, Trev asks Nutt to give him a playful punch in the arm. When Nutt does, and Trev says the punch was too weak, Nutt's "real" punch nearly knocks Trev over.
- Used in Sharpe's Tiger when Sharpe and Lawford go undercover. Mary asks Sharpe to hit her so that if they're captured she won't get raped because she would look less hot.
- In The Princess Bride, five-year-old Fezzik's father has a hard time teaching him to defend himself. But when Fezzik finally does hit him, he breaks his jaw.
- Said word-for-word in Song in the Silence, when Rella is helping Lanen to escape but doesn't want it to look like Lanen escaped without a fight. Eventually Lanen does comply and gives her a black eye... and the authority who needs to be fooled, is, though he does black her other eye so that she matches.
- Starship Troopers. Mobile Infantry trooper Johnnie Rico is promoted to a position higher than several other troopers who have more seniority than he does, and they don't accept him as their commanding officer. To establish his authority over them he fights one of them (named Ace). He impresses Ace with his combat ability so much that after Ace knocks him out, he tells Johnnie to "Hit me!". After Johnnie does so they become friends.
- In the Wild Cards novel Inside Straight, The Amazing Bubbles has the power to store and release the force of any impact on her person. Before going into battle, Bubbles asks her allies to beat her. Some of the men need to be asked twice.
- Joe Pickett: In Stone Cold, Latta instructs Joe to beat him up in order to make the story of Joe jumping him and escaping seem plausible. Although reluctant, Joe winds up smashing him the face with the butt of a shotgun hard enough to break his jaw.
- Gilan orders Horace to do this in Ranger's Apprentice, so that he can continue training him in swordsmanship. Horace is reluctant, worrying that he'll hurt the other man. When he finally does, Gilan effortlessly shows him just why he's regarded by those in the know as a Master Swordsman.
- A dark example in Smallville, "Legion". Chloe is being possessed by Brainiac.
Chloe: (to Clark) Go on... kill me.
- In the Xena: Warrior Princess episode, "Coming Home", (Season 6, Episode 1) there's a particularly brutal (and literal!) fight to restore Ares' sanity that invokes this. Also a few between Xena and Gabrielle in other episodes...
- In a fifth-season Babylon 5 episode, Byron managed to actually be somewhat cool by taunting a bullying lurker to punch him in the face. The lurker obliges, so Byron asks him to hit him again. And again.
Byron: Was one the same as two? Was two the same as three? No? Then what do you expect to get out of four, five, and six that you didn't get from one, two, and three? Your pain has nothing to do with me. What will ease your pain can never come from me, or any of my people.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- A dramatic version of this trope occurs in the two-part Season 3 Finale. Faith shoots Angel with a poisoned arrow, that can only be cured by drinking the blood of a slayer. After failing to capture Faith, Buffy tries to get Angel to drink from her. Angel refuses, so Buffy punches him until he vamps out and bites her.
- Used for Foe Romance Subtext in "Fool for Love", when Spike urges Buffy to give him one good swing. "You know you want to."
- After being caught cheating with a vampire prostitute, Riley Finn asks Buffy to take a swing, wanting to feel any strong emotion from her. Buffy just walks out the door.
- In the episode "Billy" Gunn tells Fred to knock him out so he doesn't hurt her while he's under a magical Hate Plague. It takes a couple of tries.
- Subverted in "That Old Gang of Mine". Angel encourages Merle to take a swing at him in revenge for dunking his head in water. Merle swings a bottle at his head, giving Angel something to smirk over when Merle is zapped by the protection spell enforcing the Truce Zone.
- In the finale Cyvus Vail mockingly offers Illyria a free punch after having killed Wesley. As Illyria's an (albeit severely weakened) Eldritch Abomination that had taken on a human appearance, she hits a bit harder than he anticipated and smashes his head into little pieces.
- Seen on Cheers when Carla hires a tutor for her kids.
- Friends, when Joey wants Ross to forgive him for the proposal fiasco. Ross is reluctant at first, but after much goading from Joey he finally swings... and Joey instinctively ducks, causing Ross to punch a metal pole. Joey tries to explain that "when you see a fist coming at you, you duck!" and ends up punching Ross in the face to prove his point. In the final scene he tries to demonstrate this by swinging at Chandler, who ducks, causing him to hit Ross again!
- In Gilligan's Island, "Hi-Fi Gilligan", Gilligan asks the Skipper to hit him "as hard as he can" so that his teeth will jolt back into radio position. The Skipper, however, cannot make himself do it. Gilligan taunts him to force him to do it, but the Skipper sees through him. Eventually, Gilligan gets his teeth jolted back by accident.
- Three's Company when Jack's blind old Navy buddy visits. The buddy punched Jack in the face immediately upon him answering the door, believing Jack was the one who got him drummed out of the Navy. When finding out he wasn't, the guy insisted Jack slug him to make things even between them. Jack couldn't bring himself to punch a blind man, so the guy kept insulting Janet, Chrissy and the Ropers until Jack agreed to punch him.
- Slightly subverted in Stargate Atlantis where Dr. McKay asks another character to hit him to test his personal shield. The other character immediately obliges, causing McKay to comment unhappily that he didn't even hesitate.
- Used on Monty Python's Flying Circus in the "Self-Defense Against Fresh Fruit" sketch. The instructor would encourage his students to attack him with fruit, so that he could demonstrate the proper method of self-defense. Unfortunately for the students, it always involved a fatal counterattack with a pistol, a falling weight, or the release of a man-eating tiger.
- Star Trek:
- In the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "A Private Little War", Spock goes into a Vulcan healing trance after being shot. As he begins to come out of it, he asks Nurse Chapel to strike him to help him fully regain consciousness.
- In Deep Space Nine Q goads Sisko on with a version of this phrase, and is surprised (well, as surprised as a Sufficiently Advanced Alien Trickster God can be) when Sisko actually takes him up on the offer.
Q: You hit me... Picard never hit me.Sisko: I'm not Picard!Q: Indeed not. You're much easier to provoke. How fortunate for me.
- Star Trek: Voyager: The EMH asks Tom to hit him. Of course, Tom's fist goes straight through. This was after the EMH successfully slapped Tom. This was done so the EMH could demonstrate a point - that the holographic tech in play can adjust its density from solid (EMH slaps Tom with a solid hand) to intangible (Tom's failed counterattack), with any point in between - needed for a medical plan the EMH had just thought up that Tom couldn't wrap his head around.
- NCIS — on one occasion, after punching McGee for wasting Gibbs' time, Abby repeatedly tells him to hit her back so they'll be even, but he keeps refusing until she insults him. The other occasion was where Tony, after working out a lot, tells Ziva to hit him to test his new abs, as hard as she can. She pretends to scare him (which it does).
- During an argument in a second-season episode, Dean punches Sam. At the end of the episode, Dean offers this to Sam:
Dean: Clock me one.
Dean: Come on. I won't even hit you back. Let's go.
Dean: Let's go. You get a freebie. Hit me. Come on.
Sam: You look like you just went 12 rounds with a block of cement, Dean. I'll take a rain check.
- it also happens in the season 4 episode Death Takes a Holiday; when the little boy asks Dean to hit him as hard as he can, in order to teach the boys how to fight while they're ghosts.
- During an argument in a second-season episode, Dean punches Sam. At the end of the episode, Dean offers this to Sam:
- Taxi - Jim starts dating Tony's sister; Tony breaks it up. Later he tells Jim he understands if he's sore and invites him to "lay one on me" pointing to his face. Jim declines but Tony insists, so finally Jim shrugs and kisses him.
- Skins - Season 3. In the episode "Effy" when the group go camping Effy shouts at Freddy to hit her when high on recently harvested shrooms. He doesn't. instead he does the opposite and kisses her, prompting their first night together.
- Sherlock - In "Scandal in Belgravia", this exchange occurs.
Sherlock: Punch me in the face.John: Punch you?Sherlock: Yes, punch me in the face. Didn't you hear me?John: I always hear "punch me in the face" when you're speaking, but it's usually subtext.
- Doctor Who, during the Jon Pertwee arc "The Invasion of the Dinosaurs", the Doctor is falsely arrested by a traitorous general. When the Doctor realizes that Yates is the general's mole in UNIT, Benton orders the other guards to leave him alone with the Doctor. Not certain who to trust himself, Benton tells the Doctor, "You'd better get busy then. You'd better start overpowering me. Y'know, a little of that Venusian hoojoo?"
- In the episode "The Name Of The Doctor", several characters meet up with each other in a shared dream. While most of them arrive by drugging themselves, Strax puts himself to sleep by asking a Violent Glaswegian to knock him out. With a shovel.
- Same episode: River has to slap Madam Vastra to get her out of that aforementioned dream.
- In the episode "The Name Of The Doctor", several characters meet up with each other in a shared dream. While most of them arrive by drugging themselves, Strax puts himself to sleep by asking a Violent Glaswegian to knock him out. With a shovel.
- Merlin: In "Lancelot", Arthur tells the titular character "I'd like you to kill me" (i.e., I want you to fight me and prove you're knight material.) Lancelot obliges and engages in a fight with Arthur, but doesn't give it his all, prompting Arthur to say "Come on, Lancelot, you're not beating a carpet!"
- Leverage: After arresting members of the team, a colonel tells Elliot to knock him out so that he can claim they overpowered him and escaped. Being a retired badass, it takes three attempts before he goes down.
- Burn Notice: Michael explains to a client that the plan requires Michael to get hit in the face (so he'll be visibly injured). He further explains that he's not expecting the client, a pacifist doctor, to do this and is about to go get Sam for it—but by this point in the episode the client is so aggravated at Michael that he immediately punches him. Hard.
- New Girl: Jess drives up to Schmidt, who is on his way to break up Cece and Coach's date. Schmidt asks Jess to hit him with her car, as he thinks it's the only way to stop him. Jess is naturally reluctant, but Schmidt is insistent and puts himself in front of the car, so she lightly taps him. Schmidt is upset that Jess actually tried to do it... and then Jess is startled by a police siren and rams him for real.
- Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Scenes From a Hat, "Refreshingly honest statements that will earn you a black eye."
Brad: I want you to punch me hard in the eye.(Ryan punches Brad somewhere else)
- On the old show My Favorite Martian, Uncle Martin is somehow causing things he dreams about while asleep to appear in real life. Late in the episode, he asks Tim to punch him to knock him unconscious so he can dream the items away. Tim can't bring himself to do it.
- Longmire: In "8 Seconds", Walt walks into the Red Pony and asks Henry to shock him with a cattle prod. Walt claims to be doing this so he can check if the mark left by the prod matches the marks he found on the victim, but Henry suspects he is doing it to punish himself. After some provocation, Henry obliges.
- Murdoch Mysteries:
- At the end of "Murdoch.com", Inspector Brackenreid attempts to get Crabtree to punch him to make up for his manhandling of Crabtree while he was unwittingly suffering from cocaine withdrawal. Crabtree, understandably reluctant to strike his commanding officer, eventually just lightly taps Brackenreid on the shoulder and says that they can call it even.
- Murdoch goes undercover with anarchists and needs to talk to Inspector Brackenreid. When they are both on the street after a second bombing, Murdoch tells the inspector, "Shove me!" Brackenreid takes the hint and shoves Murdoch against a nearby wall a few times to cover their quick chat, then Brackenreid sends Murdoch on his way with a threat to arrest him.
- At WWF In Your House 27: St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Ken Shamrock was having a fight with (an actress playing) his sister. He called for her to slap him but inadvertently did it very loudly and the mics picked it up. She slapped him and he reacted as if he was surprised she did it.
- When "Stone Cold" Steve Austin was named Co-General Manager of WWE Raw in 2003, he wasn't allowed to attack anyone unless physically provoked. He would invoke this trope but it didn't work all the time. Most famously was the night he repeatedly yelled at Scott Steiner to hit him. When Steiner finally did hit him, Austin smiled for a long time before he then beat up Steiner. The segment is better remembered for its finish. After beating up Steiner, Austin invited Stacy Keibler (Steiner's now-former manager) to have a beer with him. Stacy refused as she didn't like the taste of beer. For this, Austin then gave her a Stone Cold Stunner.
- Two opponents for an upcoming match have to sign a contract that they cannot touch each other until the big event, with the provision that violating it will cause them to lose their opportunity or be fired. The heel will try to goad the face into hitting him. The face will usually find some type of Loophole Abuse like pushing another person into his foe.
- In the canonical ending of Drakengard, the Big Bad Manah begs Caim to kill her. Caim refrains, thinking up a more suitable punishment.
- In Persona 4, the last event to max out Yosuke's Social Link is pretty much this.
- Sort of done in Halo 3. The scene where Miranda Keyes has just crashed a Pelican through Truth's tower on the Ark. Johnson tells her that she has to shoot him, then herself in order to stop Truth from using either of them to activate the rings. She aims at him for a moment, hesitating, then lowering her gun. Johnson responds by reiterating his point with a "Now!", to which she responds by aiming at him again, but still not shooting... Of course, her hesitance earns her seven Spiker rounds to the back and a chastising monologue from the Prophet, who then proceeds to use Johnson to activate the rings. Nice Job Being Merciful And Compassionate Hero.
- Done in Metal Gear Solid, in the fight against Gray Fox. "Hurt me more, Snake..."
- Sword Of Jade: As part of extreme training, used against Johan.
- After a joking attempt to feel up Shannon gets a little too close to reality for his comfort in Legend of the Golden Witch, Battler starts begging for somebody to beat him senseless before anything actually happens (and thanks Jessica when she elbows him in the head). After the fact, Battler insists that Shannon has the right to smack him if he gets within 10cm of her breasts — and the obligation to if he gets within 2cm.
- Grim does this to stage Sam's escape in Splinter Cell: Conviction. Sam is reluctant to do it until she brings up his daughter.
- In Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken Lyn asks Hector to punch her for how she misjudged him earlier, with Hector refusing. Lyn says not to hold back because she's a girl, only to discover that he's holding back because she is THE girl.
- In Mortal Kombat 9 Johnny Cage has to be hit to activate his X-Ray move. Otherwise nothing happens and the entire special bar is wasted.
- Near the end of case 5 Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Dual Destinies, Apollo asks Athena to hit him as payback for believing she could have murdered Apollo's childhood friend Clay Terran. Athena opts for a Dope Slap instead.
- In The Wonderful 101, Wonder-Blue asks the team to hit him for the way he'd been acting. After some discussion, Wonder-Red obliges... with a Unite Hand.
- Done in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, by a random mouse during a Trouble Center quest who asks Mario to hit him so he can remember a tip. Although he doesn't say "dammit", (this is an E rated game after all) instead he says "Hit me, please!".
- If you play a pacifist run in Undertale and try to befriend Undyne, the 'date' ends with you accidentally burning her house down. Undyne proclaims this means she's failed to befriend you, and as such she'll just have to settle with fighting you to the death. She demands you throw the first punch in your duel, and will continue to coax you to hit her until you resolve it one way or another.
- Face Mc Shooty in Borderlands 2:
"Not the KNEE, not the ARM, not the SPINE: FACE! IT HAS TO HAPPEN! Maybe you're weighing the moral pros and cons but let me assure you that OH MY GOD SHOOT ME IN THE FACE! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!"
- In Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures, Wildy demanded that Jyrras punch her after she published a book which made him look... Well, you'd know if you read the webcomic.
- The Order of the Stick's "Monster in the Darkness" does this here to some lantern archons in an attempt to finally escape the darkness he lives in.
- Played for Laughs in L's Empire. Geminiman tries to convince some Mooks to attack him while he's trapped in his Sitcom Arch-Nemesis' body (in hopes of figuring out how to get past his Nigh-Invulnerability). This attitude creeps out the mooks to the point that they leave.
- In episode 100 of Red vs. Blue, while in Caboose's mind, Church needs to be killed so that he can leave:
Church: Quick, somebody kill me. Quick, somebody, anybody, please, just kill me!
Church: Because I need to get out of here. Come on, please, hurry, just kill me, please, hurry it'll be fun, I'm a dick. Please just fucking kill me!
Simmons: But none of our guns work. We just have them for show.
Donut: Mine is just a purse.
Church: Ugh! You know never mind. [Kills himself with grenades]
- In the Ultra Fast Pony episode "Gelatin Swingsets", Apple Bloom says "I need you to hit me, Twist!" and Twist obliges. Of course, Twist is Apple Bloom's Imaginary Friend. We don't see the hit, but we do see Apple Bloom reeling from the punch.
- Seen on Ed, Edd n Eddy, in the episode "Cry Ed". After failing to win sympathy through feigned injury, Eddy decides to get injured for real, and tries to get Edd to punch him in the face. Completely ignoring much protest from Edd, Ed decides to save him the trouble and literally drops a house on Eddy.
- One well-known scene from the Family Guy movie features Stewie attempting to convince Brian to hit him so he can get money for a plane ticket from the tooth fairy:
Stewie: Brian, hit me in the mouth!
Brian: What? Why?
Stewie: I hear this tooth fairy gives you money for your teeth. Well, have at it!
Brian: Uh, okay. (raises his fist)
Stewie (flinching): No, no, no, don't, stop stop... Why did you stop? I said hit me!
Brian: You flinched.
Stewie: Well of course I flinched, you were going to hit me!
Brian: Well, make up your mind! What do you want me to do?
Stewie: Hit me!... Ah, no no no don't!
Stewie: I'm sorry, look, I know I'm being hard to read—
(Brian punches Stewie, knocking him out. He then realises what he's done, looks around, and backs out of the room.)
- In the Camp Lazlo episode "Valentine's Day", Patsy's father is trying to find out which Bean Scout Patsy likes by having her beat them all up, since she won't beat up the one she likes. That way, he can do something infinitely worse to him. As fate would have it, Patsy can't bring herself to beat up Lazlo, who begs her to beat him up out of fear of her father.
- South Park :
- In "Damien", Satan fights Jesus Christ in a boxing match. Since Satan is almost 200 pounds heavier, two heads taller, and in a lot better shape than Jesus, everyone in the town has bet on Satan to win. The Prince of Darkness, despite winning for most of the match, kept taunting Jesus "Come on, hit me, you wuss!". And hit him he did. KO'd with just one weak punch, much to everyone's shock. Of course, it all was just Satan's Evil Plan to fool everyone in town and returning to Hell even richer.
- In "A Ladder to Heaven", the boys need to find their ticket stub for a candy shopping spree and remember Kenny had it on him when he died. Cartman drinks Kenny's ashes and as a result is possessed by his spirit and starts seeing Kenny's memories. Cartman explains that he knows Kenny locked it away somewhere and awaits another vision. Since the last vision came when a rock hit him in the head, Kyle hits him there with a piece of lumber. Realizing that It's the Only Way to get the ticket stub for the candy shopping spree, Cartman tells Kyle to continue.
- In Around the World with Willy Fog, when Inspector Dix finds out that he imprisoned Fog under a false accusation and caused him to lose his bet, he is overcome by guilt and asks his put-upon sidekick Bully to punch him. Bully hits him twice—once for Mr. Fog, and once for himself.
- In the season four premiere of The Venture Bros., Sgt. Hatred demanded that Hank shoot him. He did (after missing several times), and Hatred took it without a flinch.
- Beavis and Butt-Head:
- Coach Buzzcut proclaims the duo are weak.
Buzzcut: You wanna see a MAN, boy?
* stands with his legs spread out*
Buzzcut: Kick me in the Jimmy!
- Another episode had Butt-Head ask Beavis to hit him so he could see that hot chick in the nurse's office again. He agreed to hit Beavis too so he could also see her. It didn't go over as well as planned.
- One Radiohead video had Beavis wanting Butt-Head to hit him to remember someone's name. Once he does, he is able to remember. However, once Butt-Head says he should hit him more often, Beavis forgets what had happened and kicks Butt-Head in retaliation.
- Coach Buzzcut proclaims the duo are weak.
- In Moral Orel, Clay ends up going into a massive "The Reason You Suck" Speech directed at both the people around him and at the world at large in order to get a negative reaction. However, they just ignore him. Clay wanted them to hit him; his father only ever showed him attention when he was hitting him.
- When Doug talks about a fight he was in, his father tells him that violence is not the answer. Mr. Dink points out that a boy has to protect himself and asks Doug to hit him. Doug reluctantly does so, and with the punch knocks the wind out of him.
- In Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Ironhide asks Mirage to hit him as payback for doing the same to him when he thought he was a traitor. Mirage makes to hit him... and playfully flicks his forehead.
- The Raging Bull example is reenacted in a Celebrity Deathmatch between Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, only this time, Pacino ends up wearing his fist down to the wrist.
- The Popeye cartoon "The Natural Thing To Do" has Popeye, Bluto and Olive finding out that their attempts to be refined and cultured (as per a telegram from a Popeye fan club) was a waste of time, Popeye and Bluto entreat each other to sock him in the jaw, leading to the same mayhem with which the cartoon started.
- Subverted in The Powerpuff Girls episode "Moral Decay." After Buttercup accidentally knocks out one of Bubbles' teeth, she finds out that it becomes money when it's left under a pillow. Buttercup spends the next several scenes trying to knock out another of Bubbles' teeth.
- The 1941 Warner Bros. cartoon "The Wacky Worm" (a cartoonization of Jerry Cologna as a worm) has the title character facing the crow that's chasing him after getting drunk on apple cider. He allows the crow to sock him on the chin, which he does. And the worm immediately concedes the confrontation to the crow.
- In Wreck-It Ralph, Felix and Calhoun are sinking in Nesquik-sand and their only hope of escape is to attract vines of Laffy Taffy towards them so they can climb out. Laffy Taffy are apparently attracted to what makes them laugh, and they happen to like slapstick. Felix outright demands that Calhoun hit him repeatedly in the face, assuring her that he can use his hammer to fix his injuries, so no harm done.
- Ambush Bug does this to Batman in the incredibly meta final episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, because he knows that the show is losing viewers and that some random violence will attract them back. Batman is confused by this but ultimately obliges.
- Subversion: In the Heckle and Jeckle cartoon "Log Rollers," Heckle taunts Powerful Pierre:
Heckle: You're not so tough, chum. You're muscle-bound. Why, you couldn't punch your way out of a paper bag! (Pierre socks Heckle in the face; Heckle is unfazed) What'd I tell ya? I didn't even feel it! (Heckle goes stunned suddenly and collapses to the ground)
- In an early Bugs Bunny cartoon, Bugs feels sorry about all the things he's done to Elmer and asks him to kick him in the butt. Elmer is reluctant to do so, but eventually gives him a halfhearted punt. Bugs then turns swiftly around and declares "Of course you know this means war!"
- In the Animaniacs parody of Raging Bull, "Raging Bird," Bobby and Pesto spoof the scene originally enacted by their human inspirations.
- In the Bobby's World episode "Karate Bobby", near the end of the episode Bobby repeatedly asks his friend Jackie to hit him, when she finally does hit him, it's hard enough that he's nearly knocked unconscious.
- This happens all the time in any martial art that involves sparring. One of the earliest mental blocks many students need to overcome is the conditioned urge not to attack.
- Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle John Henderson is famous because he used to demand this of one of the team's trainers before every game, as can be seen here.
- A non-dominant individual who has a submissive or masochistic partner almost has it worse than a dominant with a non-sub partner: most people will put up with a certain amount of non-extreme discomfort to make their partners happy, but it can be extremely difficult to talk your partner into inflicting pain or humiliation on you when they're not into it.
Masochist: Hit me, dammit!
- A related joke: