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Basic Trope: A man is offended when a woman beats him at something.

  • Straight: Bob is upset when Alice beats him at shooting.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Bob is upset when Alice beats him, but still acts like a good sport and congratulates her.
  • Justified:
    • Alice is more skilled or more experienced than Bob at the games they play.
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    • Bob is an 8 year old boy. Alice is a highly trained adult woman.
    • Bob comes from a town where he was indoctrinated with the belief that a male losing to a female is the hallmark of shame and embarrassment.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice, member of an Amazon Brigade, is upset when Bob beats her at arm wrestling.
    • Alice is offended that the Bobbi is more feminine and a better dancer than she is.
    • Bob only respects a woman who can beat him in a sport.
  • Subverted: Alice comes close to beating Bob, but Bob comes out on top in the end.
  • Double Subverted: Alice reveals that she let Bob win.
  • Parodied: Tomboy Action Girl Alice has this reaction when another girl beats her at a sport.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice wins some games but Bob wins others, some of which Alice lets him when, but at times Bob lets Alice win, and times where Bob wins on skill alone.
  • Averted:
    • A female and a male never compete together.
    • A male and female compete together, but the issue of gender is never brought up.
    • The male wins, and this doesn't lead to an inversion wherein the girl is upset at being beaten.
    • Bob is upset that he lost to Alice, not because she's a girl, but because he just doesn't like losing period.
  • Enforced: "We need to teach An Aesop that some girls can be good at sports."
  • Lampshaded:
  • Invoked: "There's nothing more humiliating to a man than losing a competition to a woman."
  • Exploited:
    • Charlie always places bets on Alice winning the competitions.
    • Alice, a Straw Feminist, mocks Bob for losing to a girl, just to humiliate him in front of the crowd.
  • Defied:
    • Bob trains extra hard so that no one can beat him at anything.
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    • Bob decides there's no reason to be upset just because he was beaten by a girl.
  • Discussed: "You ever notice how some guys get so upset over a girl beating them at something?"
  • Conversed: "This is the part where Alice humiliates Bob."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Bob's defeat of Alice has made him a laughing stock to everyone, even his friends and family. Now, he's thinking of taking his own life as a means escape from this great humiliation.
    • Bob's defeat of Alice has made him into a Straw Misogynist.
  • Reconstructed: Being defeated by Alice, Bob (and possibly his friends) realizes that gender stereotypes depicting girls as inherently weaker than men are bogus, becoming a better and less bigoted person as a result.
  • Played For Drama: Alice has been snide and arrogant towards Bob throughout the game, and after she defeats Bob, she mercilessly ridicules him for losing to a girl. Tired of Alice's mockery of him, Bob snaps and savagely beats her with of an inch of her life.

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