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"Nooooooooo! Impossible! I can't be beaten by a little girl! I'm a warrior!"
Vikke (upon being killed by Juliet Starling), Lollipop Chainsaw

The instituted rules of masculinity say that a man cannot be beaten by a woman. Of course, any such man who is beaten by a woman is pretty unhappy.

Rationale for No Guy Wants an Amazon. Waif-Fu may be in evidence. Related to Samus Is a Girl, if the man wasn't aware his opponent was female before losing. May be the punishment of the Straw Misogynist, whose sole purpose is to be beaten by the woman- especially in Fan Fic, where an all too common a way to demonstrate the "awesomeness" of a Mary Sue and/or Jerk Sue is allowing her to beat up a villainized male character. Also expect this to be said by a He-Man Woman Hater before an Anvilicious aesop about girls being as good as boys.

This trope doesn't cover all situations where the girl wins the fight — the guy has to feel a particular injury to his pride because of the situation, especially if it bothers him above and beyond simply gets his ass kicked by a supposedly weaker foe. Sometimes may be invoked by an Arrogant Kung-Fu Girl if she wants to insult him (i.e. "How strong are you really if I could beat you?").


Truth in Television: there are some men that really feel this, especially considering the societal gender belief about men being stronger than women.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Averted in Attack on Titan. Eren is soundly trounced by Annie during combat training, and is immediately impressed with her skill. This leads to them becoming close friends, with her teaching him how to fight.
  • In Berserk, Adon Coborlwitz has this reaction right before Casca lands a fatal blow on him.
    (Casca vaults over Adon's head with her sword. In slow motion, Adon thrusts at her with his ranseur, only to miss.)
    Adon: What...?!
    (As Adon turns to face her, Casca pulls her sword back behind her head in mid-air.)
    Adon: Impossible...!
    (Casca lands, then swipes her sword at Adon's head, leaving a bloody hairline underneath his eyes and above his nose.)
    Casca: You were a fairly interesting man... in addition to being a vile, revolting BASTARD.
    (Adon stands frozen, then stumbles backwards screaming, falling flat on his back, dead.)
  • In Codename: Sailor V Takurō Ōtaku refuses to believe his high scores have been trounced by a girl, even accusing Minako of being a man in disguise. It ends with her kicking him to the curb after he lifted her skirt.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Averted when Vegeta is thoroughly defeated by Android 18, he was more concerned with the fact that he could be beaten at all despite finally becoming a Super Saiyan. He was actually angrier that it was a "machine" that did it than a girl.
    • Interestingly, Piccolo at least thinks Vegeta has this attitude, if he doesn't have it himself.
      Piccolo: "He was soundly beaten, by a female at that! I can't imagine what that could have done to his pride.
  • Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple: In Kisara's backstory, it's revealed that she once won a Tae Kwon Do tournament, and her opponent (a boy) claimed to his friend that he let her win because she was a girl, though it's heavily implied he was saying this to save face at the humiliation.
  • Little House with an Orange Roof has Rina bragging that she beat all the boys in her class at arm wrestling. Youta is shown looking humiliated with a note indicating he was one of the losers.
  • One episode of Lucky Star happens in an arcade, where Konata beats several people in succession. When her opponents try to see who it is that beat them and realize it's a very young-looking girl, they quickly leave.
  • In Phoenix, Oguna's men are visibly upset when Kajika beats them in a fight. She even invokes this, mocking them for letting a woman win.
  • Samurai High School: One of the guys Tsukiko defeated had this reaction upon learning it was her and not her brother who defeated him.
  • Episode 46 of the first season of You're Under Arrest! follows a boy who decides to quit a kendo class because he was defeated by a girl. Although in this case, it has more to do with the fact it's a girl he likes, but refuses to admit it.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, Rio quickly had the boys at school fawning over her after she got out of the hospital... Until she beat them all at soccer by herself. After that, everyone learned to avoid her.

    Comic Books 
  • Comes up a few times in Birds of Prey, most notably when Black Canary trounces a group of religious extremist terrorists. Because dying honorably in battle is believed to be a guaranteed ticket into Heaven, the man Dinah has at her mercy refuses to talk— until she questions whether being killed by a woman counts.
  • In Polish comic book series Lil i Put (Lil and Put) Miksja beat the crap out of Ivan and his band of dwarves with her magic during their first clash, which led Ivan to several revenge attempts trying to kill Miksja… But to be fair Ivan's pride wasn’t hurt as much due to Miksja's gender and more the fact she’s an elf.
  • One Lucky Luke story has all the bankers refusing to report that they have been attacked by Ma Dalton, because if a Miniature Senior Citizen can rob you you're not a really good bank. It's only when it becomes a clear case of Never Mess with Granny people are more open about her crime spree.
  • During a storyline, The Punisher went after the Runaways after The Kingpin hired them to steal a hyperdrive device. This ended up as one of the most humiliating moments in Castle's life, as Molly "Princess Powerful" Hayes defeated him with a single punch.
  • In one Spider-Man comic, the Chameleon seemed to be on cloud nine; he had broken out of Ravencroft Asylum, discovered Spider-Man's identity, and on top of it all, learned that he was his old partner Kraven the Hunter's half-brother, not just some lowly servant that Kraven had been bullying. (Sure, that made him a younger brother that Kraven had been bullying, but still...) He was so full of himself that he decided to pay a visit to Mary Jane disguised as Peter... Only for her to see through his disguise quickly and beat him senseless on her own, with a baseball bat. His lofty rush of confidence fell pretty quickly and only went downhill from there.
  • Superman:
    • In the Superboy story introducing the Legion of Super-Heroes, Superboy's first task in order to join the team is to compete against Saturn Girl (part of the main Power Trio of the Legion) in retrieving a sunken statue from the ocean. However, Superboy is just barely on his way when he gets sidetracked by a crisis involving the local school's robot Superboy. By the time he resolves it, Saturn Girl has completed the task. When both returned to the clubhouse, Cosmic Boy takes the opportunity to rub it in:
      Cosmic Boy: You lost out on your first task... and to a girl! Is this the great Superboy we learned about in school? What's your excuse?note 
    • In Superboy #80, Supergirl time-travels to the past to meet her teen cousin. Superboy is happy to have someone to play with, but when his cousin wins their first game he's surprised that "a mere girl" can best him. Kara states he'll have to get used to the idea that a girl can be a match for him.
      Superboy: How did you, a mere girl, ever get here ahead of me?
      Supergirl: You'll just have to get used to the idea that a Supergirl can be just as super-duper as a Superboy!
  • In The Flash storyline Terminal Velocity, the super villain Kobra manages to (temporarily) kill Wally West, resulting in Wally's girlfriend Linda going on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge that very nearly takes down Kobra himself, though he manages to gain the upper hand and is only defeated when Wally returns from the dead. When Kobra returned years later during Wally and Linda's honeymoon, he revealed that he was seeking revenge on Linda, not Wally, because he can't bear that he was nearly thwarted by a woman.

    Comic Strips 
  • FoxTrot:
  • Garfield: Jon while arm-wrestling.
    Jon: My arm is killing me!
    Garfield: What happened?
    Jon: I arm-wrestled my old gym teacher and lost badly!
    Garfield: Hey, it's not like it's the end of the world.
    Jon: And I had Miss Bryant right to there!
    Garfield: Okay, it's the end of the world.
  • Wallace The Brave: This trope was subverted when Wallace lost a bet to a female classmate. While he was upset he lost, he made it clear to Amelia it was not because of this trope.

    Fan Works 
  • In Power Girl story A Force of Four, everything U-Ban can think about when he's being savagely pummelled by Kara is "I'm being beaten by a girl!"
    Kara didn't stop pounding. The knuckles of her right hand acquainted themselves with U-Ban's face again and again and again. Through main effort and determination, he struggled to bring his own hand up. She slapped it away and kept pounding and pounding and pounding. When her right got tired, she took hold of him with that hand and let her left get in some work. There was no time lost in any of these operations. To U-Ban, it was just the same fist hitting him in the face over and over, like a piston from a top-notch but antique Kryptonian motor.
    A girl. A girl was beating the crap out of him.
  • Midway through the Azula Trilogy, Azula has a run-in with a homicidal waterbending pirate. He comes back as The Dragon in the third part, itching for revenge after being beaten by a teenage girl. Fittingly, he just gets his ass kicked by Katara this time.
  • Mega Man Reawakened has this. In Arc 4, Bass is humiliated after Roll defeats him.
  • In Takamachi Nanoha Of 2814, Superman loses a fight to Vita due to his weakness to magic. Everybody makes fun of him, even Batman.
  • In Emergence, Yang beats Darryl in arm wrestling. He gets so pissed that he attacks her. He didn't know she's a superpowered warrior, and she would have killed him if she hadn't been drunk and if their friends hadn't separated them.
  • In one chapter of Red Jewel Diaries, Vivio and Corona rescue Rio from some mobsters. It's mentioned that their therapy sessions lasted far longer than their prison sentences. Although, given the world they live in, it might of had more to do with the fact that they were nine years old.
  • In Yugioh EQG: Shadow Gates, Comet Tail duels Twilight in the first round of the Celestic Cup finals and makes several sexist comments before and during their match. Twilight ends up beating him, much to his anger, and tells him to grow up and stop looking down on girls.
  • Fates Collide: Archer makes fun of Cu Chulainn for losing a fight to a little girl like Ruby Rose. He protests he was winning until he got blindsided by her flying locker, but Archer tells him not to make excuses.
  • In a web game featuring Edd versus one of the Kanker sisters, players who lose are scolded for being "trashed by a girl".
  • In their first year at the Assassins' Guild School, the would-be School Bully goes to her two older brothers to complain about the girl in her dorm who not only refuses to be bullied, she expresses pretty firm views on that sort of thing. The older brothers are chastened, humilated and damaged somewhat in their encounter with Famke Smith-Rhodes-Stibbons, who, along with a friend, delivers a fairly conclusive beat-down, despite not even being twelve. One of the Venturi brothers is a slow learner; as a pre-schooler, Famke's older sister was once incensed enough with him to punch him in the face, this ending a three-year-olds' battle over a desired toy. This is in the Discworld tale Strandpiel, by A.A. Pessimal.

    Films — Animated 
  • In Hoodwinked!, the Wolf relates his side of the humiliating story of getting beaten up by Red Puckett. Altough in this case, the humiliation mostly comes from the fact that Red is younger than Wolf, rather than her being a girl.
    Nicky Flippers: So! You really took a beating, from a little girl? [Cuts to Red standing next to a picture of herself as the "Forest Regional Karate Champion"]
  • In The Lion King (1994), Simba gets pinned by his friend-turned-eventual-girlfriend Nala on three separate occasions. The first two times were when they were just cubs, arguing over who deserves credit for their plan on losing Zazu. Simba pounces on Nala to make her admit he deserves the credit, only for her to easily flip and pin him, and playfully tease him. Simba pushes her off him and glares at her, clearly annoyed at being beaten so easily, and pounces on her from behind while she's distracted. Unfortunately, he accidentally sends them both tumbling down a hill, and Nala once again flips and pins him, now smugly rubbing her win in his face. The third time is when they are now adults, having not seen each other in years, with Simba attacking Nala when she tries hunting his friends. Though Simba does much better this time, he is still beaten by the same move Nala used on him in their first to fights, but he also recognizes her thanks to this. Though in his case he eventually returns the favor, but on much more playful and romantic terms.
  • Averted in Mulan. Though Shan-Yu is understandably furious with Mulan for destroying his army, he doesn't seem to care that she is a woman. In fact, he's one of the few male characters in the whole film who never outright says anything sexist towards Mulan. This is either Fridge Brilliance or Accidentally Correct Writing, as many nomadic tribes (including both the actual Huns and the Xiongnu, who were the ones that actually attacked China but whose name wasn't used, probably because it doesn't rhyme with "sons") did have warrior women. So even though we don't see any in Shan-Yu's army, he may have been familiar with them.
  • In Monsters vs. Aliens, Doctor Cockroach mocks the Missing Link for being "out-monstered by a girl."

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Uttered (in almost exactly the same words, no less) by one of the heroes of Polish cult sci-fi film Sex Mission, after, well... It (like many other quotes from this film) has since entered Memetic Mutation.
  • When the Dragon/Brute from Dragonheart is mortally wounded by an Action Girl, his response is to incredulously repeat "A girl?!" several times before dying.
  • Implied and barely subverted in Deep Red, the protagonist scoffs when his female counterpart claims that a woman can be just as strong as a man. She challenges him to an arm wrestling contest in which he begins to lose. He stops and claims she is cheating somehow and gives it another time before almost losing again and stopping to make similar complaints. It's obvious he did not want to invoke this trope or expect this to become Foreshadowing for a future encounter where it wouldn't just be his ego that would be at peril.
  • In Serenity: "Start with the part where Jayne gets knocked out by a 90 pound girl, cause I don't think that's ever gettin' old."
  • Ryan Dunn knows this is going to happen to him in the Jackass: The Movie segment "Ass Kicked by Girl." He gives it the old college try, but still gets the stuffing knocked out of him by female kickboxer Naoko Kumagai.
    "Seriously, my jaw is, like, two inches to the left."
  • An Invoked Trope in Strange Days. Lenny is beaten up by Gant's thugs, one of whom is a muscular woman who does the hitting while the men hold Lenny and taunt him over this trope. This turns out to be Tempting Fate when Action Girl Mace appears and beats up the thugs.
  • True Grit (1969). Chaney's fellow gang members mock him mercilessly after he's wounded by 14 year-old Mattie.
  • Cool Runnings. During the montage showing the team trying to raise money to go to the Olympics, the strongest and most muscular of the four is shown participating in arm-wrestling contests. He beats every opponent with ease—until he's finally shown struggling and being completely overwhelmed by a large woman who isn't phased in the slightest.
  • After his apparent death in Revenge of the Pink Panther, Clouseau returns home and finds his manservant Cato has turned his apartment into a Chinese themed brothel. Under the assumption that Clouseau is a masochist, the brothel madam introduces him to... Lotus, the Fire Eater.
    "And another Round-Eye bites the dust..."
  • Cited in the movie Pride when a ragtag swim team takes on that from an elite private school. The wealthy team's coach blasts one of his swimmers who loses a race—"You let a girl beat you!" (Undoubtedly adding insult to injury for this Jerkass, the girl in question was African-American).
  • The Art of Self-Defense (2019). Anna (Imogen Poots) viciously beats up Thomas (Steven Terada) out of rage at not being promoted to black belt.

  • In The Bible, we have the story of Abimelech, who was mortally wounded when a woman dropped a millstone on his head. He had one of his men kill him so that people wouldn't say that a woman killed him. This is referenced later on and unfortunately for him, they still say a woman killed him.
  • Gerald Tarrant, Villain Protagonist of Coldfire Trilogy is not remotely pleased to learn that the Evil Sorcerer who defeated him in the first book is actually a woman using a masculine title. Of course, the fact that he's a vampire who normally prefers to feed on young women makes it a particularly galling role reversal for him.
  • Discworld: Comes up a few times in Monstrous Regiment. After one of Polly Perks's fellow girls-disguised-as-boys clobbers one of a pair of guards (while disguised as a washerwoman no less), the other guard asks if they could knock him out too, so it doesn't look like he didn't put up a fight against a bunch of women. When asked why he doesn't put up a fight, he simply states that he's not stupid.
  • Earth's Children: Clan of the Cave Bear had this as a running subplot. Justified in that to the Clan, what Ayla does and is able to do is literally inconceivable.
  • In the Encyclopedia Brown series it is a constant source of embarrassment for Bugs Meany that he got beat up by Sally Kimball.
  • In Edward Eager's Half Magic, Katharine wishes to beat Sir Lancelot in a joust, and then has to unwish it when Lancelot is mocked by the other knights because he was beaten by a girl. Though in this case it's more that she wished to be five times better than Sir Lancelot at fighting without also wishing to not be, to all appearances, an untrained child.
  • Hurog: Averted in Dragon Bones: After he is beaten by his aunt Stala, Ward is proud that he lasted so long. As Stala is the head of the guard and taught Ward everything he knows about fighting, that's hardly surprising.
  • Mistborn: The reason why Elend refuses to spar with Vin. Though this has less to do with Elend being macho (he's not, particularly) and more to do with the fact that he's king and Vin is tiny. Knowing full well that she'd beat him, he'd rather not get curbstomped in front of his subjects by someone who's barely five feet... and his girlfriend.
  • Arthur Conan Doyle averts this in "A Scandal in Bohemia" when Sherlock Holmes finds out that the adversary who managed to tail him home and escape from him is a woman named Irene Adler. Despite his Victorian chauvinism, Holmes considers her quite the Worthy Opponent.
  • In Silicon Wolfpack, Murgatroyd gets KO'd by an Action Girl because she thinks he's trying to steal her car. His friends naturally think this is hilarious, and one of them points out that speed and flexibility count for more than power.
  • When Margo and Malcolm spar in Time Scout, their first two bouts go to Malcolm. The last two go to Margo. That he, an experienced guide twice her age, got manhandled convinces him he hasn't been spending enough time at the gym. That she, too, is spending time there is just a bonus.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire. An Invoked Trope by Brienne of Tarth. The Old Soldier who taught her combat knew that her male opponents would try for a quick victory so no-one could say they found it hard to defeat a woman. So Brienne has been trained to fight defensively and wait for her opponent to exhaust himself first, then attack.
  • Chronicles of the Kencyrath. In an undeclared trade war, a rival tavern owner is provoking the staff of the tavern Jame is staying in. Jame finally loses her temper and knocks out the teeth of the tavern owner's son, who eagerly rushes to get his dad with evidence of this 'unprovoked' assault. His dad returns with the city guard, catches sight of Jame and storms off in a rage that his 'spineless' son let a girl beat him up, knowing this trope would hardly make a good Pretext for War.
  • In The Overloaded Ark by Gerald Durrell, local boys whom Durrell was paying for catching animals often brought them badly wounded. It took a lot of lecturing to teach them better, but the case that finally worked was when, right in the middle of such a lecture, a girl brought him three birds in pristine condition. Durrell then proceeded to invoke the trope by explaining this girl is a better hunter than the boys, since these are birds he would buy, and at a very good price. Once they saw how much he paid the girl, wounded catches became a rare exception.

    Live-Action TV 
  • This comes up several times in Agent Carter, as in The '40s villains are understandably reluctant to admit they were beaten up by a gorgeous dame.
    Thug: He didn't come by himself! He brought a girl! (beat) A-and five guys! Or six! Yeah, six or seven guys!
  • On All That a dummy of a character would often be used to indicate he or she was being tossed around. In an old west sketch Nasty Nancy (Kenan Thompson) and Dusty Pants (Josh Server) fought the Slappy Brothers (Kel Mitchell and Leon Frierson). Kenan hits them with a dummy of Christy Knowings. Leon remarked that he can't believe they were beat by a woman. Kel notes they weren't just beat by a woman, but beat "with" a woman.
  • On The Amazing Race 17, men from two different teams made a number of comments about how they felt of the possibility of losing to either of the female teams, Nat & Kat or Brook & Clair. Thomas, who finished third behind the two female teams in the finale, averted this, as he admitted that the female teams were the two best teams.
    • Harlem Globetrotters Flight Time & Big Easy begrudgingly acknowledged sisters Kisha & Jen's racing skills in the Season 18 finale, though their hyper-competitiveness meant they probably would have had this reaction to any team beating them.
    • Chip (Season 5) had this reaction after getting smoked by the Bowling Moms in what he described as "putting together a car", but was really just decorating it by attaching a bunch of pieces to it.
  • Angel. In "Five By Five", Wesley is kidnapped and tortured by rogue vampire slayer Faith. In the following episode Cordelia examines his injuries and says, "If it's any consolation, it really does look like you were tortured by a much larger woman."
  • Blake's 7. In "City at the Edge of the World", our heroes capture Bayban the Butcher, a criminal obsessed with his own notoriety. He tells Avon to Get It Over With as he'll go down in history as "The man who killed Bayban!" Cally promptly offers to shoot him instead. "I'd like to be famous too. How about the woman who killed Bayban?" The younger Dayna chimes in with: "Or better still, the girl who killed Bayban."
  • An episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer had Xander react with annoyance when Buffy rescued him from a school bully, which is distinctly different and more ego-deflating than the times she saves him from demons.
  • On Cold Case, Scotty and Lily are transporting a prisoner wanted for the presumed murder of a woman who disappeared several months earlier. Scotty taunts him about the fact that it was HIS blood found at the scene rather than the victim's, meaning that she'd managed to put up a decent fight—"You get your ass handed to you by a woman, Johnny-boy?"
  • One episode of Cybergirl had a bully who had the misfortune of encountering Cy. Jackson later used this for Shaming the Mob — particularly Emerald and Sapphire Buxton.
  • Doctor Who: In "Utopia", the Master utters his anger at having been fatally wounded by Chantho. His next self is killed in a similar fashion by Lucy in "Last of the Time Lords" and jokes that women often do that. To add insult to injury, the Master is then brought back from the dead only to die from a literal backstabbing from his future self who has regenerated as a woman. That time, at least, he actually compliments her on the skillful murder, relieved to see his future self has still got it.
  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: In "The Star-Spangled Man", Sam Wilson makes fun of Bucky Barnes when he loses to Karli Morgenthau in a fight, saying, "The girl whooped your ass!"
  • John Crichton of Farscape, so very much. The first episode features him getting his ass handed to him by Aeryn; it doesn't really stop. Doubly amusing as John's a pretty buff guy, all things considered.
  • In The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, everyone mocks Will after he loses a fight against a female boxing trainer. When he decides to arrange a rematch, Hilary is shocked that he Would Hit a Girl. A similar case happens in an earlier episode, when Will is made fun of because his martial arts-trained girlfriend defended him from a man who attacked him.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • King Robert shows his contempt when his son Joffrey has his sword taken off him and thrown into the river by Arya Stark. "You let that slip of a girl disarm you?" Of course, it has just as much to do with the fact Joffrey is much older, larger, and has had years of formal sword training, unlike Arya who could only secretly spar with friends.
    • Brienne of Tarth can't resist trolling Jaime Lannister about this in their Snark-to-Snark Combat after their Sword Fight.
    • The Hound has a morbid chuckle at the realization he's been fatally injured by a woman (also Brienne of Tarth). In a further irony, it's Arya Stark that he asks to finish him off.
  • In Horrible Histories' Boudicca song, a Roman soldier says this.
  • Law & Order. Detective Ed Green is thoroughly impressed when his partner Nina Cassady is the one to beat up a combative suspect and taunts the guy about it afterwards.
  • Legends of Tomorrow: Nate's father Hank finds it hilarious when Nate gets punched by Charlie. Unfortunately for him, he brings this up in front of Sarah Lance, the biggest Badass Normal in the world.
    Hank: I'm not the one who got sucker-punched by a girl.
    Sarah: [amused] Have you ever been hit by a woman, Hank?
    Hank: [suddenly worried], ma'am.
  • Lucifer. When Lucifer is being throttled to death by a Brawn Hilda wielding a fire poker, his (almost) Famous Last Words are "Don't...tell anyone...I died like this!" After Chloe saves his ass, she makes it clear she's going to get payback for all the snarky comments Lucifer has been making about her.
    Lucifer: I'm never going to live this down, aren't I?
    Chloe: Not if I have anything to say about it.
  • In Malcolm in the Middle, Reese gets his ass kicked by a female wrestler in a match (though this was mainly due to him not wanting to hit a girl), which demoralizes him and causes him to try and be nice, which in turn creates the bully power vacuum that later arises.
  • Married... with Children. After Peggy beats Al at bowling, not only beating his score, but bowling a perfect game, Al is seen curled up on a bench in the Troubled Fetal Position in a total Heroic BSoD. In another episode, he's thoroughly humiliated when Peggy rescues him from a mugger.
  • Prince Arthur from Merlin really doesn't want to fight Morgause but can't back out without losing face. He ends up incredibly embarrassed anyway when she beats him. Arthur rationalizes the situation to himself by saying that he let her win because she's a woman; Merlin is unconvinced.
  • In an episode of Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, Mose beats Ned in gym during a martial arts class, causing the local bullies to give him grief that he was beaten up by a girl. Ned seeks the help of Gordy, who simply tells him fighting a girl is a no win situation, as if you lose, you just got beat by a girl, and if you win, you just beat up a girl. In the end, this is resolved by Ned and Mose flipping said bullies to show them how wrong they are.
  • Exploited in an episode of Roseanne when DJ's answer to a bully at school is to hire a bigger, female bully to protect him.
  • The Sontaran Kaagh from series 2 of The Sarah Jane Adventures is humiliated at being beaten by "a female and half-forms". He survives his first appearance, but feels unable to return to Sontar out of shame, and ends up working for the main villain in the series finale.
  • Stargate SG-1: A tribal chieftain, Turghan, gets owned by Carter. And she had a much smaller knife, too.
  • Supernatural: The Winchesters are hunting a monster who assumes the form of its victim's idol. Its most recent victim was a teenage girl. The fight ends with Sam cutting its head off and a beat-up Dean on the ground.
    Dean: Not a word.
    Sam: Dude. You just got whaled on by Paris Hilton.
    Dean:...Shut up.
  • The whole basis for the "Battle of the Sexists" episode from season 1 of That '70s Show is that Eric can't take being worse at sports than Donna.
  • The West Wing: An intellectual version — When facing off on Sunday morning talk-show "Capitol Beat", Blonde Republican Sex Kitten Ainsley Hayes takes Sam Seaborn apart rhetorically.
    Josh: Toby, come quick! Sam's getting his ass kicked by a girl!
    Toby: Ginger, get the popcorn!
  • In an episode of Wonder Woman (1975), Diana's younger sister Drusilla (Debra Winger) befriends a shell-shocked soldier; during their date at a diner, she sees the soldier being pushed around by two punks; she immediately "does the twirl" and in her own Amazon guise beats the crap out of the two punks (it should be pointed out that Drusilla is half Diana's size and weighs in at about 80 pounds) leaving them to moan, "Man, we just got made... by a CHICK!!"

  • One song by Phil X and The Drills contains the choice lyric "I'm the air hockey champion of the world, of the world ... except for the time I got beat by a girl!"
  • Joe Jackson's "Real Men" contains the lines:
    Time to admit
    What you call defeat
    'cause there's women running past you now,
    And you just drag your feet

    Mythology and Religion 
  • In Norse Mythology, Thor once lost a wrestling match to an elderly woman, and everybody makes fun of him. Learning that she was Elli, the Anthropomorphic Personification of Old Age, who cannot be defeated because nothing is immune to aging, not even the Gods, doesn't cheer him up.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • El Profe went ballistic after losing to Monster Ripper at WWC's 18th Aniversario show. While it's true he was tripped up by her manager before getting pinned, his had tripped her up first to give Profe that advantage.
  • This happened to MANY guys who faced Miss Texas (Jacqueline) in Memphis, as she got over by beating up both men AND women. At WCW Halloween Havoc 97, she defeated Disco Inferno (who was WCW World Television Champion at the time) in a non-title matchnote . (because WCW wouldn't/couldn't sanction an intergender match for the title). She defeated Harvey Wippleman for the WWE Women's Title.note  Right before being pushed out the door in 2004, she defeated WWE World Cruiserweight Champion Chavo Guerrero Jr. for the title, who was so incensed he tied one hand behind his back during their rematch to "prove" he could beat a woman.
  • On the September 16, 2000 ECW Hardcore TV, the Musketeer threw out an open challenge to anyone...and "The Female Fighting Phenom" Jazz ran in and kicked his ass in 49 seconds. After the match, announcer Joey Styles mocked him by saying, "Good night, d'Artagnan!"
  • MsChif started her career in Missouri, particularly in Gateway Championship Wrestling, this way, going on an undefeated streak that saw her usually defeating men. And no man took it harder than Sean Vincent.
  • Raven tried to get this reaction out of CM Punk by sending out Trinity with the mission to beat Punk down. Punk retaliated by having Lucy beat down Raven.
  • While Alexis Laree had pinned three members of Bolin Services, it was Mike Mondo who took it personally, to the point he tried to force one of OVW's bookers, Maria Kanellis, into a match to prove he could beat a woman.
  • Moxley Moxx didn't take to losing to girls too well. His most infamous instance wasn't even a loss when he gave a referee a stunner for awarding one fall out of three to Traci Brooks but his most high profile case was a definite loss to then rookie teen wrestler La Amazona in the IWA Puerto Rico Cruiserweight Title Tournament.
  • Santino Marella has lost to a lot of women. Maria Kanellis, Mickie James, Beth Phoenix...and this had an odd affect on his psyche, as he would try to prove his manliness by beating divas at traditionally girly tasks. The divas are wearing bikinis? Behold, the mankini! Nothing says manly like a Battle Royal to determine Miss Wrestlemania!
  • After Ken Oka lost the SGP title belt to Mio Shirai as Dramatic Dream Team was reviving Union Pro, primarily as a Joshi(read:women's) fed, he fought the DDT wrestlers for the right to join Union himself, defeating Masao Orihara but then failing to win the belt back from Shirai in the rematch. Mio herself went on to lose it to Cherry, meaning he was defeated by a girl indirectly too and proved it wasn't just about the belt as he continued to face and lose to Shirai, though by the anniversary show they had formed a Tag Team, one good enough to defeat the Evil Russians KGB48 (Ivan Markov and Bonnie). He'd eventually manage to beat Shirai toward the end of the next year but then continued to lose to her.
  • Rachel Summerlyn has done this a few times. At ACW From Innocence To Insanity 5, July 17, 2011, she defeated Scott Summers for the ACW (Texas) Televised Title. She defeated Evan Gelistico for the ACW (Texas) Heavyweight Title at ACW Lone Star Classic 2012, November 11, 2012, in the final of the Lone Star Classic 2012 Tournament.
  • Sara Del Rey pinned her ex-BDK stablemate Tim Donst to win the Torneo Cibernetico at CHIKARA Cibernetico: The Animated Series, November 12, 2011, making her the first and so far only woman to do so. Earlier in the match, she had eliminated the BDK's monster Tursas. However, the man who took losing to her the hardest was Claudio Castagnoli.
  • Seen at Wrestling Is Heart's October 19, 2013, show, Heidi Lovelace defeated Eddie Kingston.
  • Miyako Matsumoto defeated Survival Tobita at Ice Ribbon New Aisuhiro #493 - Muscle Venus 5th Anniversary, August 25, 2013.
  • AIW Women's Champion "The AK-47" Allysin Kay defeated Kobald at AIW The End of the World, December 21, 2012.
  • Mike Bennett clocked Kimber Lee after their match and tried to give her a package pile driver on the edge of the ring when he became the latest person to fail to stop her 2014 undefeated streak in Beyond Wrestling when she pinned him out of a piledriver attempt with an alligator clutch, of all things.
  • Until 2018, there was only a male Royal Rumble match. Each time a woman entered the match, she eliminated a competitor (Mark Henry by Chyna in 1999, The Great Khali by Beth Phoenix in 2010, and Hunico by Kharma in 2012. Then in 2019 Nia Jax entered the men's match after competing in the women's and eliminated Mustafa Ali.
  • The first match on Night I of CHIKARA JoshiMania, December 2, 2011, was the JWP team of Tsubasa Kuragaki, Kaori Yoneyama and Hanako Nakamori vs. Archibald Peck and Los Ice Creams, which the JWP team won via Kuragaki forcing both Peck AND El Hijo del Ice Cream to submit to a Torture Rack at the same time! Kuragaki is only 5'4", and Peck and Hijo are each over 6 feet tall, thus qualifying her for Pint-Sized Powerhouse. Commentator and then-CHIKARA Grand Champion Eddie Kingston totally put her over, saying, "I would have tapped out too!"
  • Luna Vachon squashed the debuting Gillberg on the January 11, 1999 RAW in a brisk 1:04.
  • In Blind Rage's final match, Deonna Purrazzo defeated him at Excellence Scaredy Cat on October 8, 2016.
  • Has happened to Jaka twice:
    • Marti Bell defeated him at WSU vs. Beyond, October 13, 2012.
    • Saturyne defeated him at WiF! Feliz Bananavidad, December 29, 2012.
  • ODB defeated Shawn Daivari for the MPW Cruiserweight Title.
  • Happened a couple of times to Missile Assault Ant:
    • Saturyne defeated MAA at CHIKARA Battle Not With Monsters on May 3, 2013.
    • Heidi Lovelace defeated him on the "Pre-Show-A-Go-Go" before Tomorrow Never Dies in the final of the CHIKARA Young Lions Cup Tournament.
  • Tessa Blanchard defeated George South for the EWA Heavyweight Title, and for the EWA Florida Heavyweight Title (with South as the masked "Mr. Florida").
  • Happened a few times to Joey Ryan:
  • Kimber Lee squashed Pinkie Sanchez at Beyond Scorned, April 26, 2015.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Munchkin, the Amazon's "Bad Stuff" says: "You have had your butt kicked by a woman. Your macho pride is lost." (They won't attack female players.)

  • In Puccini's Tosca, the female protagonists stabs the complete monster Scarpia in the gut; "that was Tosca's kiss". Realizing the wound is fatal his reaction is: "Oh killed by a woman, what a disgrace."
  • In A Very Potter Musical, after Hermione uses the Jelly-Legs Jinx to get past him, Goyle laments "that was royal hypogriff. Beaten by a girl... who's a nerd."

  • In BIONICLE Hakann gets beaten by Lariska (much to his surprise).

    Video Games 
  • In The Magic Circle, Maze Evalyn has her "chorus of the damned", which is a collection of recordings of people raging at being beaten by her. Many of them became even more angry and embarrassed when they realized that she was a girl.
  • In Advance Wars, Eagle expresses his surprise when Sami, who has just beaten his whole army, turns out to be female.
  • Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles:
  • Seedle from Makai Kingdom was a famous samurai in life, and died when a woman stabbed him while he was trying to rape her. He really hasn't gotten over it, especially since said woman was burned as a witch for killing him and ended up in the Netherworld alongside him, eventually becoming one of his rivals.
  • One of the pre-recorded taunts in Age of Empires II is "Oh, you just got beaten by a girl."
  • In BioWare's original Neverwinter Nights game series, one of the female player character's voice options says, in a stentorian fashion, "Prepare to be beaten by a girl!"
  • In Lollipop Chainsaw, when Juliet Starling defeats Vikke in a boss battle, Vikke has a Villainous Breakdown and screams, "Impossible! I can't be beaten by a little girl! I'm a warrior!"
  • League of Legends: Annie's taunt invokes this: "Beaten by a little girl... Hah!"
  • Inverted by Zeena in one of the last stages of Sonic Lost World, given her gender. "I can't believe I lost to a boy!"
  • Princess Maker: In Refine, for some of the competition in the Martial Arts Tournament, although, that might be also because, depending on what year the tournament takes place, they lost to a 10-year-old:
    • Von Mantoifel:
      Damn it! Losing to a girl?
    • Johen Piper:
      Losing to a girl...


    Web Original 
  • In The Antithesis, the first episode of the story (I. The Encounter) recounts Alezair Czynri nearly getting killed by Leid Koseling in the battle of Jerusalem circa 1180. Alezair's ego is significantly damaged by this, and this initiates the entire story, making him want to pursue her and perhaps fight her again. Later in Decus, Qaira Eltruan gets his ass beat by Leid on numerous occasions after losing his temper (or after she makes him lose his temper), and often he becomes so impossible to deal with that she must smack some sense into him. This is also ego-damaging to Qaira, since he is what we would deem a "manly-man", also a chauvinist, and also a misogynist. Although the readers find Qaira's beat-downs rather funny, Qaira, in fact, does not.
  • In the Whateley Universe, huge Montana (who looks like a Sasquatch) gets challenged to a fight by petite Sassy Black Girl Chaka, who proceeds to utterly pwn him. In front of a big portion of the school. This does eventually lower his jerk quotient.

    Web Videos 
  • Omega Zell from Noob gets a few interactions with this trope. The tournament from the comic has him fight against Golgotha and he gets genuine fear of losing against her due to the fact that he has shown hints of not entirely considering her a woman (he considers all his other female peers as unable to overpower him). In the webseries, he lets his loss of a Curb-Stomp Battle with Saphir pass due to her being a much higher level player than he is, but doesn't take loosing his first real duel against Gaea well at all.

    Western Animation 
  • This happens in an episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender when the Kyoshi Warriors jump and tie up the trio, and it turns out they are all female. Sokka refuses to believe that a "bunch of girls" captured them, and tries to argue that "sneaking up" doesn't count as a fair fight. Confronting them later only confirms that they can, in fact, best him in a fair fight. Not only does he ask them for martial-arts lessons, he ends up dating one of them.
  • Duncan from Total Drama was demolished by his own girlfriend, despite mentioning early that he wasn't going to let her win.
  • Inverted in Futurama, Zapp Brannigan is actually happy when he finds out that the guy who just beat him was actually Leela in disguise. Relieved because he was starting to have... feelings for "him".
  • In Hey Arnold!, everyone mocks Harold when he loses to Patty at arm-wrestling. After getting to know her, he stops being ashamed and beats up the bullies mocking him. They were mocking him even after he got second place, and the girl who beat him became the city's champion by also defeating several grown men. Really, this plot could have been avoided early in the episode by having her challenge the guys who were mocking him.
    Harold: So what if I lost to a girl? (grabs both Sid and Stinky) Patty's my friend and a great arm wrestler, and if anybody says anything bad about her, I'll pound 'em! (knocks their heads together and drops them to the ground)
  • South Park:
    • Cartman gets beaten up by Wendy, which causes Cartman to despair that the other kids won't think he's cool anymore. All the other kids tell him that it's OK...they never thought he was cool to begin with! Of course, this being Cartman, he takes that as meaning they still think he's cool because they're trying to "humor him".
    • Stan gets mocked for getting beaten up by his big sister Shelly in the latter's first episode.
      Mr. Garrison: Stanley, can I talk to you for a minute?
      Stan: Okay.
      Mr. Garrison: I couldn't help but notice that black eye you have. Are there problems at home?
      Stan: Yes...
      Mr. Garrison: Oh dear. Here Stanley, sit down, have some cocoa, and tell your friend Mr. Hat all about it.
      Mr. Hat: I'm your friend, Mr. Hat, Stan. You can tell me anything. Now, who hits you, is it your father, or your mother?
      Stan: Oh, neither. It's my sister.
      Mr. Garrison: Your sister?! Oh for Pete's sake, don't be such a little wuss. Stop wasting Mr. Hat's time with pansy little foo-foo problems, and, give me back my cocoa!
  • Imagine the shame of being a muscle-bound henchman who just got your butt handed to you by a cheerleader, even Kim Possible.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987), Shredder, Rocksteady, and Beebop are really upset when Lotus beats them up, especially when she decides to humiliate them further by tarring and feathering them as a finishing move. (Well, throwing them into a pipe that breaks, spilling tar on them; she likely thought up the feather part on a whim.)
  • She-Ra: Princess of Power Skeletor responds like this when She-Ra makes her first appearance, and knocks the stuffing out of him: "A female He-Man! This is the worst day of my life!"
  • This also happens in an episode of Adventures of the Gummi Bears in which Princess Calla defeats every man in a tournament before losing to a masked challenger... who turns out to be a girl as well.
  • While this could qualify for any villain beaten by The Powerpuff Girls, this explicitly comes up in "Members Only". The girls are not allowed to join the Association of World Super Men because they're girls despite besting the heroes at all the initiation tests. "Mascumax" then pummels the heroes, but the girls defeat him. He leaves crying that he lost to little girls. The association members state that the girls are now their heroes.
  • In Aladdin: The Series, Mozenrath implies this, after being defeated by Princess Jasmine, though he doesn't say it. The look on his face as he's trapped inside a giant crystal says everything. Especially after he spends the majority of the episode being a sexist douche.


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Patty beats Greg at wrestling

When facing off against Patty Farrell in wrestling, Greg Heffley gets utterly decimated, which deals a major blow to his popularity and his pride.

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