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Basic Trope: Chivalrous man defends women from men who hit them.

  • Straight: When Bob hits Alice, Charles steps in to defend her.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: When Bob hits Alice, Charles asks him What the Hell, Hero?.
  • Justified:
    • Charles is The Fettered following a code of honor and chivalry.
    • Charles is Alice's older brother. Woe betide the man who messes with Alice.
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    • Charles grew up seeing his father beat and abuse his mother, and vowed to never become that kind of man.
  • Inverted: When Bob hits Alice, Charles steps in to cheer for him... Or even join "the fun"!
  • Gender Inverted:
    • When Alice hits Bob, Charles steps in to defend him.
    • When Charles hits Bob, Dan steps in to defend him.
    • When Alice hits Bob, Claire steps in to defend him.
    • When Bob hits Alice, Diana steps in to defend her.
    • When Claire hits Alice, Bob steps in to defend her.
  • Subverted: Bob hits Alice. We see Charles Hulking Out, raising his fist... and then joining Bob in beating Alice.
  • Double Subverted: He pretends to hit Alice. He's actually setting up for Ass Kicks You.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Alice and Bob are fighting, and Charles joins in the fight, first hitting Bob, then hitting Alice, and then trying to break it up.
  • Averted:
    • Bob does not hit Alice.
    • Bob hits Alice, but nobody defends her.
    • Bob hits Alice, and she defends herself.
  • Enforced: Used to show that Charles respects women so that the female audience will like him.
  • Lampshaded: "Hitting a woman in front of me? Bad idea."
  • Invoked: Alice makes friends with some strong men who can protect her from people who try to hit her.
  • Exploited:
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  • Defied: Bob only abuses Alice when the two of them are alone.
  • Discussed: “Alice, I don’t want your little boyfriend coming to hit me, so I’ll just take us somewhere else, okay?”
  • Conversed: “It seems like some people get so defensive when a woman is hit.”
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
    • Charles understands the difference between BDSM and abuse, and only goes after Doms who don't play Safe, Sane, and Consensual.
    • Charles decides that he will defend victims from abusers, no matter the gender.
  • Played For Laughs:
    • Bob calls Alice a rude name and Charles steps in to defend her.
    • Charles, who is 100 pounds of skin and bone, steps in to protect Alice, who is 200 pounds of sheer muscle and a hand-to-hand combat expert to boot.
  • Played For Drama: Charles is much weaker or less well-armed than Bob, and if he helps Alice, his childhood friend, he risks getting beat up by Bob too.

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