A guy (good or evil) has no problems with violence against women.
If he's good, it's either because he's just not sexist and he believes in beating people up equally, or because he knows that holding back against female opponents is a good way to get his ass kicked or killed or endanger his friends/allies/muggles. In earlier works, the usual formula for invoking this was to say that he would "never hit a lady"— but "you're no lady" after the woman in question attacked him first or otherwise showed herself to be of low character.note Either way he stops as soon as she's no longer a threat.
If he's evil, it could be done in a multitude of ways. On the best end of the scale it could just be Equal-Opportunity Evil, like fighting Batgirl because she's a threat, and makes her look stronger when she beats him. More unpleasantly, it shows a Dirty Coward, attacking those weaker than him, and/or he's a bully who likes to make people afraid of him, or at the worst end of the scale, he's a sick monster who gets his kicks from hurting women. Ultimately, for it to be played as a villainous deed, it is necessary that the woman in question is not a threat to start with.
Naturally, modern female characters tend to go into battle fully expecting to be hit. If anything, many of them would probably be insulted if a male opponent went easy on them because of their sex. That said, an unprovoked attack on a girl, especially one who can't fight back, is still often played as a Kick the Dog moment, more so than if the genders were reversed. In milder works it is perfect as a Moral Event Horizon without the need for gore, torture, rape or death - it shows the villain will even hurt those who pose no threat.
In terms of censorship and editing on TV, any scene of male physical violence on females sometimes vary, including flashes, cutaways, or even trimming or cutting out the scene all together, to maintain a tasteful image. Even if it's the bad guy doing it. In unedited works, you tend to see this more often than its inversion simply because times have changed.
The opposite trope is, of course, Wouldn't Hit a Girl. When hitting girls is Played for Laughs it can be a case of Slapstick Knows No Gender. Obviously not present when a woman hits a woman. If the circumstance is designed so that women are only hit by other women than it is a Designated Girl Fight.
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- In Justice League #4 (1987), time-traveling new recruit Booster Gold defeats the four human members of the Royal Flush Gang. Ten of Spades is female and tries to pull chivalry on him. He points out that such an attitude is outdated in his time after punching her out◊: "Where I come from, equality of the sexes is a given, so we can pretty much hit whoever we want."
- Dwight McCarthy from Sin City, though he's quite violently protective of them, has no problems with hitting or shooting a woman. Marv is usually the type that Wouldn't Hit a Girl, but he'll do it if he has to such as punching out Wendy, Goldie's sister, in order to spare her from watching him torture Goldie's killer, Kevin, to death, or mercilessly executing a madam who has taken to exploiting underage girls (in Silent Night).
- The Punisher does not take gender into account when putting people on his list.
- He's killed cannibalistic backwoods country girls, sniped a woman who killed her own children, a mobster's wife after she'd just given birth because she killed several people during her rise to the top and he wasn't going to let the baby be raised by a sociopath like her, and once took a woman who was leader of a sexual slavery ring (kidnapping girls and addicting them to drugs to force them into prostitution, as well as other monstrous crimes) and bashed her face against an unbreakable skyscraper window until the window popped out of its frame, then he tossed her out of the building.
- This is also depicted in The Punisher MAX with Frank's regular UK secret services contact Yorkie Mitchell in the Afghanistan arc, when he has no hesitation when ordered to execute rogue CIA agent Kathryn O'Brien. (Although he later changes his mind when Frank asks him to let her go as a favour.) When one of his men expresses misgivings about killing a woman in cold blood, Mitchell tells him that her gender doesn't change the fact that O'Brien is a cold-blooded professional killer like the rest of them, who doesn't deserve any special mercy because of it.
- Lex Luthor dislikes hitting women but he is not above it. In Supergirl story arc Girl Power, Luthor goes on about hating to hit women as he's laying a beat-down◊ on Supergirl:
Lex Luthor: There was a time when I wouldn't sully my hands with the pedestrian art of fisticuffs. Striking a woman— worse, a girl— reduces me to the level of some thug— a hooligan— on the street. Then, I see that "S" that you so brazenly decided to wear on your less than impressive chest. And I can almost forgive myself.
- Edward Blake in Watchmen hits women. And then tries to rape them. He may even kill a woman that he left pregnant. Ozymandias also kicks people in the stomach when they try to shoot him. Schoolboy heroics are redundant in his new world.
- The Incredible Hulk has no qualms with your gender at all. If you've wronged him or pissed him off, you are to be smashed. Hence, Moonstone, Vapor, Mercy and Animus are treated accordingly.
- The Mighty Thor may be a god, but he does not treat kindly females that have gone against him, lovers or not, as Hela and The Enchantress have found out.
- In Ultimate Spider-Man, Spidey beats up a mother-daughter team of mutants who rob banks with their powers. Later in issue 8, Spidey, Human Torch, Iceman, and the newly empowered Rick Jones encounter a quintet of lizard/girl hybrids stealing items from the Pegasus facility and don't even think twice about attacking them head-on, including full punches to the face. Although Johnny does keep trying to get that Lizard girl's phone number...
- Classic Spider-Man, meanwhile, started out as a Wouldn't Hit a Girl type back in The '60s, which caused him some problems with Princess Python of the Circus of Crime. He eventually shed this viewpoint, best highlighted in Secret Wars in The '80s, when he simultaneously gives a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown and a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to villainess Titania.
- Scott Pilgrim:
- Spider-Girl's enemies don't pull their punches when they fight her. If they did, she'd probably be insulted.
- Venom's first confrontation with the Black Cat was, to many, his Establishing Character Moment as a villain; the brief fight ended with him slamming poor Felicia's face into a wall, breaking it and her nose in a blow that all of fandom must have felt; he didn't hesitate to remind her of that later, during the Maximum Carnage storyline. Future stories show he really doesn't care what gender an enemy is, gleefully slugging Shriek, Ghost Rider's foe Hag, and any female symbiotes that he encounters. (Of course, most of those characters had it coming.)
- In Power Pack, when Katie Power is bullying the (younger) Franklin Richards, Katie's brother Alex tells Franklin to hit her back if she hits him. Franklin follows the advice.
- A female terrorist tries the "You wouldn't hit a lady, would you?" line on Superman. He knocks her out with a flick of his finger, saying something like "No, but then again no lady I know would carry C4 in her purse."
- Depending on the writer Batman may show varying degrees of reluctance or distaste for fighting female villains. However if they care to test him on this matter, they soon find he'll still take them down regardless. That said some portrayals of the Dark Knight show him making zero distinction between male and female criminals.
"Mitzi... You've been misinformed."
- Poison Ivy found this out the hard way against Batman. Knowing that he was reluctant to strike her, Ivy dealt Batman a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown until she had him pinned to the ground. She then urged him to kiss her - which, this being Poison Ivy we're talking about, would be immediately fatal - and taunted that there was no use resisting, because "I know you don't want to hit a woman." Batman confessed that, yes, that was true - but it wasn't going to stop him, and so he knocked Ivy unconscious with a single head-butt.
- The Batman: Arkham City tie-in comic, has a paranoid Jenna Duffy lash out at Batman when she believes he's following her; he swiftly ends the match with a head-butt.
- A scene in an 80s Batman comic has a hulking female coming at Batman with a knife, while gloating that everyone knows that the Bat won't hit a woman. batman casually punches her in the face with the line:
- To the shock of no-one, Batman's nemesis The Joker inflicts frequent horrors upon men and women alike.
- His partner Harley Quinn is often harmed physically and mentally by Joker with their entire relationship dynamic being considered incredibly abusive. For instance in Death of the Family the Joker punches Harley Quinn in the face, because... she had hubris on her face.
- The Joker infamously crippled and tormented Barbara Gordon.
- Deadpool. Street Fighter. Shadowcat all up in his face. Do the math.
- In New Avengers #27, while fighting Elektra, Luke Cage promptly gives her a swift kick courtesy of Daredevil.◊
- Dick Tracy often punched out female villains, sometimes after cautioning them "Don't make me forget you're a lady!"
- Cassidy has a history of striking women. This is not excused at all and is treated as an absolutely unforgivable sin. When Jesse discovers this, it fully cements Cassidy's FaceHeel Turn.
- In Starr's first appearance, he is instructing an anti-terrorist unit. He is introduced as saying to always kill the women first, as the female terrorists they encounter will invariably be far more competent and dangerous than the men.
- In an issue of Young Justice, students from an all-girls school held down Red Tornado's adopted daughter (and former heroine Arrowette, who tried to intervene) and cut off some of the girl's hair. Superboy knocked the whole crowd down with the sonic boom of his landing and then threatened to break backs and/or jaws if they didn't back off and shut up.
- Robin: Tim Drake is accused of going easy on girls by a thief who reminds him of Stephanie after Stephanie's "death" who he was going easy on. In general though he has no problem or hesitation fighting women, which is a good thing considering women make up a large percentage of his rogues gallery.
- In the French comic Alpha, after heavily insulting him, the acting director of the CIA ask Alpha if he would hit a woman. He answers that she shouldn't talk about sex equality right now.
- A terrorist once said to Captain America, "Patriotic fool — you would not hit a lady!" He decked her while saying, "Lady, you're no lady!"
- "Ambush Bug": Lampshaded. But then he is a) Ambush Bug and b) no hero anyway.
- In AvX, Hawkeye does a brutal one to Magma. He's held in a prison and she brings him dinner. Suddenly Clint starts yelling out that there's glass in his baked potato and he's cut himself really bad. Amara doesn't believe it, but she's a bit on edge and so she peeks through the open food slot to see if he's okay. For that she gets a metal tray tossed into her throat and while she's keeling over, Clint grabs Amara's arm and pulls it through the slot. He then threatens to break her arm if she doesn't open the door. When she refuses, he goes through with it and breaks her arm, threatening to keep working her over until he does. Luckily another X-Man is nearby and knocks Clint off of her. As punishment, Clint and other escapees are put in a Virtual World that keeps replaying them trying to escape and failing.
- In the 2007 Union Jack miniseries, the titular hero clocks Ecstasy after depowering her. He had to step over a lot of bodies to get to her.
- One of X-23's main abusers at the Facility was Zander Rice, who had no compunctions against ripping out her claws without anesthesia to coat them in adamantium, while the man who kidnapped her cousin Megan was a serial killer who intended to make both girls his victims. In a twist on this, Wolverine tried not to fight her in their first encounter, but ultimately gave in when he realized she wouldn't give him any choice and that it was the only way to get through to her. His hesitation also had nothing to do with her being a girl, but the fact he was trying to help her, and recognized she was a victim of the things that had been done to her and not an enemy. Captain America's first response when he cornered her and she tried to run was to smack her with his shield. Daken didn't hesitate to attack her in their first encounter, and Sinister had no reservations against snapping her neck. Her ex-pimp, Zebra Daddy, roughed her up early in the series, and later guns her down (fortunately she could heal from it).
- In Polish fantasy-comedy comic book series "Lil i Put" ( Lil and Put ) there is a group of barbaric dwarvish warriors whose main goal appears to be beat the living crap out of elven sorceress Miksja, for the sake of her being an elf (and to wash the humiliation of preview failed attempts, either when she was saved by pure luck or defended herself whooping their asses with her magic )
- Mr. A's Black and White Morality makes no distinction for gender. When confronting a female kidnapper, he first engaged her in a physical fight, then after she broke away from him and threatened her victim, Mr. A put a bullet in her head with no hesitation.
- In Power Girl fanfic A Force of Four, the Kryptonian outlaws' leader Mala doesn't enjoy hitting or killing women, but he'll do. He knows Power Girl is too dangerous to be allowed to live.
- Ashton from New World is a borderline psychopath who thinks he has the right to treat people under his station like tools for his pleasure and has no problem with savagely attacking Maddie when she rejects his advances.
- A rare Good vs. Good moment from The Bridge. Having fought kaiju of both sexes for over a decade, the transformed Godzilla Jr. has no qualms against fighting back when Princess Luna attacked him due to a misunderstanding. They wreck half the palace in a hours long fight.
- Evangelion 303: Touji would do. He does not mind fighting with a woman, and he started a fistfight with Asuka in chapter 17.
- Ultimate Spider Woman: Spider-Woman's enemies don't have any problem going after her with everything they've got, up to and including laying into her with No Holds Barred Beatdowns if they win.
- In the Firefly fic Forward, Mal shows he is perfectly willing to punch River in the face when she goes berserk and starts shooting up the scenery.
- In the Harry Potter fanfic Geoffrey Hunter and the Secret Society the main character breaks at least one rib in a witch who tries to kill him.
- In Origins, a Mass Effect/Star Wars/Borderlands/Halo Massive Multiplayer Crossover, none of the heroes have any qualms about hitting Jackie Jakobs, since she's trying to capture them (she succeeds). Nobody hesitates or holds back against Samantha Shepard, and the Athena clones die by the shipfull.
- Mr. Evil's Original Character Fredi Heat. Be it a man, woman, child, pretty much anything. Get in his way, you will be brutally slaughtered. Our hero everybody.
- Action Pack: Kira has no qualms about fighting women as seen by how he electrocutes Snapdragon and fights Quake. He even tells Naruto that you can't hold back on the enemy just because they're women or you end up dead.
- In Ponyfall: Rainbows, Cody has little hesitation about hitting the humanised Rainbow Dash in self-defence, to the point of knocking her unconscious. Garrett, from Ponyfall: Mile High Apple Pie, calls him out on it later.
- Sleepwalker has a few female enemies, and he has no compunctions about giving them the exact same treatment he does to his male enemies.
- TD of The Non-Bronyverse has no problems with hitting Celestia, though this does come right after she inadvertently traps him in Equestria. He does it a few more times throughout the various stories, but is well aware that as a Physical God he can't harm her in the slightest.
- In My Brave Pony III Starfleet Magic Ace Ray beats up his own sister while threatening to kill her.
- Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness: Despite being a Wife-Basher Basher, Dark Kuyumaya doesn't pull his punches when fighting women, and his solution to getting Felucia Sonsta to shut up is by blasting her head off with a shotgun (though Felucia can regenerate).
- In The Fairly OddParents! fanfiction, Never Had A Friend Like Me, Francis claims to be an "equal opportunity bully" when he's about to hit Amanda.
- In the very first pages of Uplifted SS officer Joachim Hoch's first act is to beat the ever loving life out of quarian Captain Hanala'Jarva. To be fair she 'does' stab him No matter how close the two of them get, he doesn't mind smacking her around, and she isn't afraid to reciprocate the abuse.
- Later in the series, Hoch literally throws a young Ukrainian woman out of his car and carjacks an Italian woman, and threatens to smack a Rabbi's wife...
- In This Bites!, Cross has no qualms about giving Vivi a conk on the head if she gets too generous with the Groin Attacks.
- In Girls und Panzer - International War Games, after Edo bumps into Suzuki, and she tells him off, he punches her in the face, starting a fight. His superior officer, Kenji, is furious that Edo would attack a girl who also is Edo's senpai, and removes Edo from the team.
- Peeking Through The Fourth Wall once did a fic where an OOC Lincoln remorselessly punched Lola in the face, just because she read his secrets at the show and tell.
- Near the start of the third Chapter of Where Talent Goes To Die, a heated argument breaks out between Hoshino and Sugiura, respectively a boy and a girl. While the two don't quite come to blows, Miura notes that Hoshino probably wouldn't hold back against Sugiura merely because she's a girl. Miura's proven right when Hoshino later kills two girls, stabbing one and shooting the other.
- In My Huntsman Academia, Izuku resorts to a Suplex Finisher followed by a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown when pitted against Weiss in a spar. This is especially surprising to Weiss, who didn't think that her quivering mess of a leader would be able to resort to such tactics.
- Loved And Lost:
- Prince Jewelius injures his cousin Princess Cadance by blasting her in the chest, smacks his fiancée/pawn Twilight Sparkle in the face for pushing his Berserk Button, and comes close to decapitating his bound aunt Princess Celestia with a sword. All of this without a shred of remorse.
- Shining Armor has no trouble trying to exchange hoofs with his brutal rival Commander Hildread.
- The Love Song "Say it with a Slap," in Disney's Bongo. A Justified Trope that surprisingly goes both ways because according to the film, when male and female bears slap the crap out of each other, it's their way of saying "I Love You."
- In Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Superman fights Superwoman of the Crime Syndicate, a ruthless villainess every bit as powerful as he is, and he doesn't hesitate to fight her the same way he would a male villain. Green Lantern fights and knocks out Aurora.
- The main protagonist of Zootopia is Judy Hopps, a rookie police officer. As a result, a lot of the criminals she meets have no qualms about hurting her. This trope also gives rise to Judy's Freudian Excuse for her subconscious anti-fox biases; when she was nine, a vicious fox bully beat her up and clawed her left cheek for trying to stand up to him.
- The Lion King:
- Simba is willing to tackle his best friend Nala and start play fights with her, and later gets into a much more serious fight with her to protect Timon and Pumbaa from her. Downplayed somewhat because even though he is willing to pick fights with her, he's never actually beaten her in a fight, except for one time when they rolled down a hill together romantically and he finally managed to pin her, but that doesn't really count as a "fight".
- Scar also hits Sarabi when she compares him to Mufasa.
- Prince Hans from Frozen has no compunctions in leaving a weakened Anna to die through being frozen solid and later on, he is fully willing to slash Elsa in half just so he can make himself look good in front of everyone in Arendelle by killing her and ending the winter.
- Jenner in The Secret of NIMH attacks the female protagonist, Mrs. Brisby, when she tries to warn the rats about the coming of NIMH. Also, when he sees that Mrs. Brisby has the amulet with the stone that Nicodemus originally had, he tries to take it by force.
- In Pocahontas when Kocoum attacks John Smith, Pocahontas tries to pull him off. Kocoum responds by whacking her with the back of his hand and knocking her to the ground.
- In The Hunchback of Notre Dame Frollo's soldiers have no problem attempting to subdue Esmerelda by force.
- Played with in Mulan. Shan Yu initially believes Mulan is a man but still tries to kill her after it's revealed that a woman destroyed most of his army.
- In Atlantis: The Lost Empire Roark and Helga get into a fight on top of the zeppelin. Helga throws the first blows but Roark knocks her down.
- Clayton from Tarzan slaps Jane aside when she tries to stop him from shooting Tarzan with his gun.
- Mr. Incredible from The Incredibles grabs Mirage and threatened to crush her to death if Syndrome doesn't release her. Later on upon hitting his Despair Event Horizon when he gets informed that his family are killed, he promptly grabs an approaching Mirage upon being freed and nearly strangles her to death in rage over what happened to his wife and children.
- Ernesto from Coco slaps Imelda away when she tries to stop him from throwing Miguel to his death.
- In The Nightmare Before Christmas, Lock has no problem tackling Shock and punching her. Barrel tries to get a hit in at her and fails. To be fair, Shock choked Lock first and knocked him into Barrel, thus starting the fight to begin with. Earlier, Barrel drained the bathtub right before both of his cohorts jumped in, causing Lock and Shock to both suffer similar pain. The trio's willingness to fight amongst each other without hesitation makes this a case of Slapstick Knows No Gender.
- In Veritas, Gangryong WILL hit a girl or at least tries to, if she pisses him off.
- Jin-Ho Myung, the protagonist of the manhwa, Unbalance × Unbalance. He has no objections to hitting a girl, and will in fact beat the crap out of them should it be provoked (which it was in one occasion). He even rants about the double standard of not hitting girls.
- The music video for Garth Brooks' "The Thunder Rolls" includes a graphic domestic violence scene, where a young family man — returning home after a rendevous with a stripper at a local hotel — is confronted by his wife about where he's been. When he realizes she knows he's been cheating on her, he beats her senseless. (Most of the actual strikes take place in between lightning strikes, as the house loses power just as he loses patience with his wife.) When the man sees that his daughter has been awakened by the commotion and begs her daddy to stop beating mommy, he begins to go after her ... until she grabs her gun and shoots him dead.
- Brooks — who in addition to performing the song onstage with his band as omniscient observers, plays the wife-beating, philandering husband in the action scenes — used the "wife-beating" scenes as a response to Capitol Records' reluctance to include the song's third verse (with the domestic violence themes) in the studio recording. Brooks would later peform the song with the "wife beating" third verse in concert. Critics and many others (including women's advocates) have given virtually unanimous praise to the video and the full version of the song as a powerful statement about the prevalence of male-on-female domestic violence, and it would win the Country Music Association's Video of the Year award in 1991.
- "Independence Day" by Martina McBride. Like "The Thunder Rolls," the video to "Independence Day" contains graphic depictions of a drunken husband beating up his wife (for questioning his behavior), said scenes being intertwined with clips from a Fourth of July parade where two clowns engage in comic mock fighting. The lyrics are also quite frank ("She tried to pretend he wasn't drinkin' again/but daddy left the proof on her cheek").
- Much like "The Thunder Rolls," "Independence Day" (both the video and song) won universal acclaim for its statement against domestic violence.
- "Gunpowder & Lead" by Miranda Lambert — the lyrics in the song indicate that the female main character was physically abused by her much-larger boyfriend (Slapped my face and shook me like a rag doll); the brute was sent to prison as a result. (Just like "The Thunder Rolls" and "Independence Day," the song ends with a death — this time, of the antagonist, as the woman is standing ready to greet her bloodthirsty ex-boyfriend with a gun.)
- From "Getting Better" by The Beatles:
I used to be cruel to my woman
I beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved.Man, I was mean but I'm changing my sceneAnd I'm doing the best that I can.
- Façade by Disturbed is about domestic violence.
Broken down, hurt again, it never endsFrightened and tremblingDid she fall again? An accident?Her eyes encircled in black againI can't believe that she's still with him
- Never Again by Nickelback from their third album was supposed to have a music video but their record label put a stop to it, due to the violent nature of the lyrics.
He's drunk again, it's time to fightShe must have done something wrong tonightThe living room becomes a boxing ringIt's time to run when you see himClenching his handsShe's just a womanNever Again
- "Madam, I Challenge You To A Duel" by They Might Be Giants. Quoth John Flansburgh, " "The entire conceit of the song is that its about an extremely formal person, like the kind of person that would challenge someone to a duel only that the twist is that they are challenging a lady to a duel, which breaks every code of behavior in the world of dueling."
- The original 1986 version of DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's "Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble" was a bit more risqué than the more well-known 1988 re-recording. When Prince's date starts getting too touchy feely during their resturant date, Prince, not cool with the sudden heavy petting, chin checks her to get her off. When she screams rape afterwards, a scared Prince cold clocks her with a trashcan, and takes off, leading to him getting caught and given a nasty beatdown by cops. The 1988 re-recording tones this down to a simple shove to make Prince more sympathetic.
- "She started grabbing all over me
Kissin' and huggin'
So I punched her in the chin and said You better stop buggin'!
She got mad, looked me dead in the face,
Threw her hands in the air and yelled out, "RAPE!"
"I got scared when she started to yell,
So I hit her with a trash can, and ran like hell!"
- Funky Winkerbean: Averted — barely — in the ongoing 2013 storyline centering on Frankie Pierce (Lisa's one-time boyfriend) as he returns to Westview to cause trouble for Lisa's family and friends. An informant tells Les and Darin (Frankie's biological son) of a confrontation between Frankie and Lisa. One of the panels showed, in flashback to their dating years, Frankie — upon learning that Lisa had become pregnant — raising his fist and preparing to swing at Lisa (who is also wearing glasses), before a passerby (the informant) and his girlfriend run Frankie off.
- One early Garfield strip featured Garfield inviting a female cat over for dinner after he falls in love with her. She then starts eating from his bowl. This makes him angry and he punches her sending her flying sky high.
- A Sunday Peanuts strip has Lucy challenging Charlie Brown to fight - she'd done it before, leaving him slinking away and humiliated, but this time he was so annoyed he gave her the smallest tap on the nose. She naturally runs off yelling that he'd hit a girl.
- Popeye: Poopdeck Pappy slugged Olive Oyl when they first met. Olive never forgave him for it and the two have been at odds ever since.
- The Legend of the Five Rings rulebook explicitly mentions that Rokugan has far less rigid gender roles as Japan- it's entirely acceptable for women to be bushi, fight on the front lines, duel for their honour and so on.
- Anyone engaging in Close Combat with the Sisters of Battle in Warhammer 40,000, Eldar Banshees, or Dark Eldar Wyches.
- Pretty much the default in the BattleTech universe where female combatants have been a simple fact of life for centuries and mixed-gender units are effectively the norm without anyone batting an eye.
- The stage adaptation of "Oliver Twist," called Oliver! features the abusive behavior of Bill Sikes toward his girlfriend, Nancy. Throughout the play, Nancy is a punching bag and the beatings grow progressively worse. In the end, Nancy tries to leave with Oliver, but Bill follows them and confronts them by London Bridge. Oliver tries to stop Bill from trying to grab Nancy, but is unsuccessful; Bill in an unprecedented display of barbaric savagery brutally clubs Nancy to death (in the original stage play; she has also been strangled, stabbed and/or had her throat slit). Bill takes Oliver hostage and uses the lad as a bargaining tool to ensure his freedom, but Bill is still caught and killed.
- Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew:
"I swear I'll cuff you if you strike again."
- In The Moon Is Blue, David says that his wife divorced him for extreme cruelty after he hit her across the behind with a skillet. "Matter of fact, I rarely strike anyone but a woman," he explains.
- In Meyerbeer's opera Les Huguenots, Raoul's Grumpy Old Man of a servant Marcel admits to combining this trope with He-Man Woman Hater in the second verse of his song "Piff, paff", which is presented as a Huguenot anti-Catholic song and whose second verse translates as follows:
"My arm will never falter
at the cries of women!
Woe betide those Dalilas
who damn their own souls;
We'll break their infernal charms
with the blade of the sword!"
- A rather horrific variation of this occurs in Florida's version of Revenge of the Mummy, when Imhotep disintegrates a female ride operator into a skeleton.
- The victims in Ace Attorney vary from game to game, but quite a few of the murder victims are women. Two important members of the Fey clan die at the hands of men: Mia Fey dies at the hands of Redd White after being struck with a Thinker statue/clock, and Misty Fey is killed by Godot with a sword.
- Manfred von Karma apparently didn't have any problem using a taser on Maya in the fourth case of the first game when she went with Nick to an evidence locker. It's Nick who takes the blow, but von Karma was clearly threatening the both of them.
- Much like Ace Attorney, many of the cases involve guys killing girls. In the first game, Leon stabs Sayaka with a knife after she tries to kill him, although the manga suggests that this is an Accidental Murder. In the third game, Kiyo kills both Angie and Tenko, specifically because they are girls, while Kokichi manipulates Gonta into strangling Miu to death when Miu tries to kill Kokichi.
- In the second game, Akane repeatedly challenges Nekomaru to fights, resulting in Nekomaru sometimes injuring her. There isn't anything particularly malicious about it on either side, though, and they become close friends with a bit of Ship Tease.
- Izuru Kamukura is shown in the anime to be more than willing to slam a woman to the ground and step on her for the crime of merely annoying him. She is a mass murderer, and this doesnt stop him from dispassionately hanging out with her as a kinda-ally later and her from fawning over him.
- Kaine in A Profile at one point assumes that Masayuki refuses to hit girls. He's very wrong, as is proved approximately five seconds later. It's not that he doesn't hit girls, he just never felt like hitting the girl in question until then.
- The protagonist of Dra Koi gets in a fight with the dragon early on, at which point he apparently blows a hole through her neck and goes home. She shows up the next day in love with him.
- In War: 13th Day, Grant most certainly won't go easy on a warrioress just because she's a woman. He tries to take on Wildfire the Valkyrie, fully aware that he must Best Her to Bed Her, but fails pitifully.
- The Amazing Adventures Of Bill, a Journal Comic, explains the principle of chivalry involved.
- Girl Genius:
- Airman Higgs has no problem going up against Zola in a vicious fistfight after she stabs Zeetha through the torso with one of her own swords. And now Tarvek has gotten into the act.
- Higgs also took on Bang Dupree when she attacked him, broke her jaw, and put her down twice.
- Ardsley Wooster seems to be okay with the concept, too.
- Tweedle has no problem manhandling, knifing, poisoning, and otherwise getting physically rough with women.
- In Two Weeks Notice, the hero Adrian sucker punched a blind girl. Twice.
- Questionable Content: A rare female subversion with The Vespavenger's lack of a Double Standard on the subject in this strip.
- Max is probably the only one who Wouldn't Hit a Girl in Precocious, and that's more from not wanting to hit anyone. The rest? An early strip shows one detail of the Big Ball of Violence as Bud popping Autumn in the jaw with an uppercut. Even the beauty pageant queen Dionne will dive in when sufficiently angered.
- Every supublic in Sidekicks. Justified in that most villains actively try to kill superheroes (and their sidekicks) and vice-versa, regardless of gender, so not hitting a female back would just be plain stupid.
- Lightning seems to have no problems with physically abusing his most recent sidekick Succubus.
- Played completely straight in Tower of God. In the Tower, everyone is trying to kill everybody just to climb to the top. Thinking about an opponent's gender is the least of a Regular's concerns.
- Danced around in Gunnerkrigg Court once; in an earlyish storyline, Eglamore says he doesn't want to fight Jones, even just as a quick demonstration for some students. Antimony gives him a Look and asks if it's because Jones is A Woman. "No, because in an enclosed space like this, Jones would wipe the floor with me." Note the implication that he'd be totally down with it if they were outside.
- Almost all the evil guys in Union of Heroes: Manero, Ahres and The Wittener.
- In Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic, Yapp the gnoll boy punches a troll girl who boasts about how women rule the mountain. "Women may rule, but braggarts always go down."
- Cucumber Quest: Tomato threatens this, but Almond doesn't give him the chance to follow through.
Tomato: I should warn you, kid, I'm not too chivalrous to hit a girl. In the face. With a sword.
- Sire: Emile, descendant of the famous Inspector Javert does not hesitate to slam a teenage woman in the stomach.
- The Order of the Stick:
- Goes without saying in Homestuck, which manages to be remarkably equal gender-wise. For example, in Act 6 Act 3 at one point Jake decides that Meenah is basically fish Hitler and decides to beat her up, because that's what you do when you go back in time and meet Hitler. Of all the many, many problems with this idea, the fact that he's hitting a girl never even seems to occur to anyone. (For what it's worth, Meenah was so blinded by awe over her genocidal alternate counterpart that she barely noticed.)
- Morris of Domain Tnemrot is perfectly willing to not only set his female slaves' hair on fire, he sucker punches children.
- In Nodwick, striking Piffany (by anyone, male or female) is considered an Act of Ultimate Evil, but there are a few villains who have been vile enough to do it; this always brings down the wrath of the other three protagonists on said villain, and often that of the Powers That Be themselves.
- Implied but not shown in Modern Day Treasure Seekers. Sam tells Cade that she was "knocked out" by the bad guys, but doesn't specify whether it was physical.
- In Plume, Corrick implies this pretty heavily when Tegan tries to flirt with him.
Tegan: You have very striking eyes...
Corrick: You'll find my hand striking too if you don't back up.
- The Adventures of Dr. McNinja: As the Doctor's sidekick, Gordito is excellently prepared for fights with dangerous opponents, but not for when he actually has to go to (middle) school for a while. When a girl slams his fingers with a locker door on purpose, he immediately punches her down. The other boys keep mocking him about it afterwards.
- Wash of Red vs. Blue has absolutely no problem with hitting a girl if it's necessary. Or shooting one in the face. In both cases, however, the women he's fighting are also Freelancers (so very skilled, very dangerous fighters), and in one case, she's undeniably a better fighter than him anyway. And also not technically human.
- Given a mention in dialogue when the Reds and Tucker are being curb-stomped by Tex. Each of them is perfectly willing to punch, kick, shoot, slash, drop heavy things on, or launch heat-seeking rockets at her. The problem is making the connection.
Grif: What do we do, Sarge?Sarge: I don't know. I've never hit a girl in my life!Simmons: Yeah, I noticed. (Beat) Try harder!
- Given a mention in dialogue when the Reds and Tucker are being curb-stomped by Tex. Each of them is perfectly willing to punch, kick, shoot, slash, drop heavy things on, or launch heat-seeking rockets at her. The problem is making the connection.
- The Nostalgia Critic punched the Chick once in Kickassia. In fairness, this was after she repeatedly hit him with a baseball bat and even then he apologized.
- The two fought in their Ferngully review, kicking the shit out of each other, breaking off to have a pillow fight, then fighting each other again. Though the Chick started it by throttling him.
- That Dude in the Suede decks the Good Witch in the middle of the big battle towards the end of Suburban Knights.
- Todd in the Shadows attacks Lupa after he is Mind Raped by Mechakara in To Boldly Flee, but stops as soon as he comes to his senses.
- After a crossover review of the Asylum's Sherlock Holmes, The Cinema Snob punched Obscurus Lupa in the face when she asked him if he wanted to watch another movie with her. An after the credits outtake shows Brad accidentally not pulling his punch, and hitting Lupa in the face; causing him to immediately start apologizing profusely.
- Somewhat less apologetic than the last two is Ask That Guy with the Glasses, who'll hit, torture and rape men and women without prejudice.
- Phase of the Whateley Universe. He doesn't like hitting people, but he has no qualms about hitting a girl if he needs to, because there are lots of girls who are far stronger than he is, including some of his team.
- Described in great detail in Unforgivable. The character, Ricky, is a misogynist and extremely violent towards men and women.
- Monster Island Buddies is willing to do this, considering that the entire cast mostly consists of Monsters (whose natural instincts are to beat the crap out of each other,) though unsurprisingly, the women monsters are no pushovers themselves. Prime examples include the L.E.S.B.I.A.N.S. and the Ghidorahs willing to kill Mothra on several occasions, as well as Rodan getting into a fight with Biollante during a big party (though this case can be justifiable since she was evil for a while).
- AFK: Clint has no problem with hitting Amy, and not when she's armed or free, but tied up as he's trying to get information from her.
- Chris Brown retains an infamous reputation to this day thanks to his battery assault on his ex-girlfriend Rihanna in March 2009. He eventually pleaded guilty to felony assault and was forced to do 6 years of community service as a penalty.
- Chris Jericho once punched a woman who attacked him in the face.
- Sean Connery is fine with hitting a woman, if she won't shut her mouth.
- This bus driver in Cleveland who uppercuts a rowdy 25-year old woman after she hits him in the face.
Bystander: That's a fuckin' female!
Busdriver: I don't care! She wanna be a man, I'ma treat her like a man!
- Fanfic writer Monica Gilbey Bieber for the exact same reason of the good guy.
- Dr. Dre infamously assaulted Dee Barnes after she interviewed a former member of N.W.A. who gave unflattering statements about the group.
- This bouncer (Jorge Peña) had subsequent assault charges against him dropped by reason of self defense (she had hit him with her shoes and he had to get some medical attention for minor cuts) for, as put so eloquently, "smacking the soul out out of girl on NY Subway."
- Musician Rick James went to jail a couple times for assaulting a woman. Although in one case he claimed he only did it because said woman tried to harm his pregnant wife.