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How dare you let her teenage self flirt with you!

"She beats everybody up for literally no reason. At least in some of these shows, there's a pretense, like, he may have accidentally peeked on her in the bathroom. There was no intent there, but he did peek on her in the bathroom. I'm not excusing that, but it was like in this show if they were walking down the same side of the street and she was like, 'Did you peek at me in the bathroom?!' and he would be like, 'Wh-who are you?!' "
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Closely related to — and generally intended to follow — the Accidental Pervert, the Unprovoked Pervert Payback is a violent maneuver in which an offended girl screams "PERVERT!" and pounds the crap out of a guy for... smiling at her, or any of a hundred other things that are meant to be accidental perviness, but just aren't. Hell, chances are that nothing dirty happened, at all, or even close to it. Tough luck for that poor guy; he's suddenly an Accidental Pervert and ground-zero for the (self-)righteous bitchslap of his life!

Note: This staple of Harem Series is closely related to Pervert Revenge Mode, but has the twist of being completely unwarranted, rather than just undeserved. This is where the producers intended to have an Accidental Pervert joke but failed to include anything remotely identifiable as perversion (boob grab, getting a faceful of female chest, etc.). Often this moment is so badly constructed that the slap comes after everyone concerned knows that nothing perverted happened.

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This trope can also be Invoked by any girl causing the innocent man (generally quite some distance away and in full view) to get jumped and beaten up for no reason. Tsunderes who engage in this behavior too often are sometimes classified by fans as "failed tsunderes".

Not to be confused with False Rape Accusation, where no attempt of abuse (accidental or otherwise) was underway in the first place.

See also: Abomination Accusation Attack, No Sympathy, Hyperspace Mallet, Double Standard, and Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male.


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Examples:

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  • There was a commercial not too long back in which, through a convoluted series of misfortunes, a man ends up falling out of his bedroom window, rolling down a hill, plowing through a hedge, and landing at the feet of a female jogger. She promptly sprays him with mace for absolutely no reason other than he was within range.
  • One commercial had a guy with a map walk up to a woman waiting for the bus. He is about to ask for directions when she immediately maces him, emptying the entire can into his face. And then, while he is lying on the ground in agony, she blows a rape whistle while repeatedly tazering him. It was an ad for a hand held GPS.

    Comic Books 
  • In one issue of Futurama comics, Leela has been split into her baby, teen, and elderly selves. Her teen form gains a crush on Fry and starts flirting with him, causing Leela to hit him even though he's clearly uncomfortable with a teen flirting with him.
  • Played with in Red Ears in a particular strip. A beautiful woman is eating at a bistro when a young man takes notice and asks her if he can offer her some coffee. She reacts incredibly outraged as if he treated her like a hooker, causing much embarrassment to the guy. She takes a few notes, then gets up and approaches him to apologize and explain that she's a student who was using him for a social experiment on shame in a public setting. He angrily shouts at her so everyone can hear him say "1000 bucks for an hour?! Are you flipping mental?!"

    Films — Live-Action 

    Jokes 
  • A train is taking a general, a private, an old lady and a very comely young lady somewhere. The train goes into a tunnel where it gets pitch black for a few seconds. There is a loud scream, an obvious slap, and when the train comes out of the darkness, the general has a hand-shaped red mark on his face. The old lady is thinking "It was good that young woman showed that she doesn't allow herself to be felt up." The young lady is wondering why the general felt up the old lady. The general is thinking how it's a damn shame that private felt up the young lady, and he got slapped for it. The private is thinking how it's perfect: he screams like a girl, gets to slap a general and got away with it.

    Literature 
  • A Played for Drama version in the Doctor Who New Adventures novel Original Sin, when a Hate Plague leads to a woman beating a man to death because he accidentally brushed against her while practicing tai chi.
  • P. G. Wodehouse's short story "A Sea of Troubles" features austere secretary Miss Pillenger, always ready to swing a fist at any man who might try anything—despite, of course, the fact that no man ever has. When her employer—who, unbeknownst to her, is about to commit suicide—gives her a kiss goodbye on the forehead, she nearly knocks him unconscious.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Golden Girls had a case of this, where after a break-in Rose doesn't feel safe or secure anymore. It reaches a pitch when a strange man comes running after her in the parking lot and she kicks him in the groin, re-establishing her confidence and sense of security. Dorothy and Blanche are initially happy for her... until she sheepishly reveals the guy was only running after her because she had dropped her purse and is probably going to file an assault charge.
  • Used in NewsRadio when Lisa loses her shirt in the office and slaps Bill as she's walking to get it back.
    Bill: What was that for?! I didn't say anything!
    Lisa: You were thinking it.
    Bill: lecherous grin Fair enough.

    Web Animation 
  • FreedomToons: In "Ben Shapiro REKS Ocasio-Cortez", AOC accuses Ben Shapiro of cat-calling and even attacks him with mace after he takes her up on her claim that Republicans aren't willing to debate her ideas by offering her money for a public debate. Ben responds that she's just proving his point without costing him a dime. And gives her the Eye Beams treatment.

    Web Video 
  • In ProZD's skit "when an anime is clearly padding for filler time", one of the techniques the anime uses to drag the episode out is to have Tomoko slap Sosuke Bosuke for supposedly looking up her skirt even though he clearly didn't.

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    Western Animation 
  • In an episode of Family Guy, Brian asks a woman in the college class he's taking if he's in the right room, and she immediately freaks out and hoses him down with pepper spray. When he calls her out on this, she apologizes and says she's on edge due to a date rape seminar she'd attended earlier.
  • In an episode of Kaeloo, there was a Rare Male Example. Mr. Cat hits Stumpy with a baseball bat and accuses him of voyeurism just for being outside the door when he was in the bathroom.
  • King of the Hill had an extremely rare male case of this. An over-protective, coddling Scoutmaster (voiced by Andy Richter) was walking down the driveway to his car when Bill, Dale, and Boomhauer needed to distract him. They walk up to claim their car broke down, but before they can even get out the first sentence, he maces them. Repeatedly.

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