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Basic Trope: Two girls fighting, played for Fanservice.

  • Straight: The Ms. Fanservice characters, Alice and Betty are fighting against each other.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: The fight is portrayed seriously, possibly dangerous even. But there's enough Clothing Damage, Homoerotic Subtext/Les Yay, She-Fu, etc. for it to function more as fanservice than a fight scene.
  • Justified:
    • Fighting in this universe is considered a mating dance, particularly the same style of fighting as cat-fights, hair-pulling and such. So to see two women do it is considered hot for the same reason two women kissing is.
    • It’s a Fanservice Faux Fight.
  • Inverted:
    • The two fighting are intentionally played as Fan Disservice.
    • Alice helping Betty is played for fanservice.
    • Alternatively, Alice and Betty fighting back to back is used for fanservice.
  • Gender Flipped: For the sake of Female Gaze, Andy wrestles against Bob.
  • Subverted: The fight escalates and becomes more disturbing and less sexy.
  • Double Subverted: ...but the escalation only serves to appeal to certain fetishes.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice and Betty are in a formal debate discussing current events. The audience consists of men whistle-blowing and oogling over the two.
    • Alice and Betty are in a regular Wimp Fight, no hair pulling, no wrestling, nothing. Just them slapping each other and maybe throwing some limp-wristed punches. For some reason, people find this sexy.
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    • Alice and Betty's "fight" consists of them making out. When one guy says to his friend "Hey, look at those two hot lesbians going at it!", they "correct" him by saying they're just "tongue wrestling" because "What do [they] look like a bunch of queers?"
  • Zig Zagged: The fight was played for Gorn.
  • Averted: The fight was clearly portrayed in a serious manner, not as a sexual moment.
  • Enforced: Rule of Sexy
  • Lampshaded: "Are they making their fight this sexy on purpose?"
  • Invoked:
  • Advertisement:
  • Exploited: The fight was filmed and sold as an erotic video.
  • Defied:
    • Alice and Betty refuse to hold back against each other for the sake of fanservice, resulting in a fight scene just as intense and/or gruesome as the others in the series (if not more so.)
    • Alice and Betty anticipate that their showdown may be played for fanservice, so they face each other in full body armor.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • Little did the guys know that the battle was one sided and Alice was seriously injured by Betty.
    • The guys don't take the fight seriously because Betty and Alice aren't seen as good fighters. But Alice and Betty, being the ones fighting, take the fight very seriously. And they see them sexualizing it as opposed to helping out or at least, being concerned as a sign that they don't really care about them.
  • Reconstructed: For Deconstructed #2, the guys make it up to them by showing that they do care about them and their well being.
  • Implied: The fight wasn't shown. Guys staring towards the direction to the battle with great interest was.
  • Played For Drama: Alice and Betty are secretly in love with each other, but can only express it through sensual fights because they're on the opposite sides of a conflict.

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