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  • Eren from Attack on Titan has no problems with headbutting Mikasa when she shows willingness to disobey her superiors' orders and later doesn't pull any punches while fighting the Female Titan he knows to be Annie. Much later on, he kills Lady Tybur in order to steal the power of the War Hammer Titan.
  • In the third Rebuild of Evangelion movie, a situation arises where Shinji (male) and Asuka (female) are forced to fight each other, both thinking that the fate of the world depends on their victory. After he's defeated her and her mecha running out of power prevents her from pursuing him further, she exclaims "You're the worst, you'd actually raise your hand against a girl!" Given that he was willing to talk and explain what he was doing and really agonized over having to hurt a former comrade, begging her to stop, and that she's the one who a) has actual combat experience and b) charged him from behind with a polearm without bothering to hear him out. One might wonder wether being male gave him any sort of advantage at all, especially since they were fighting with mechas, not their physical bodies.
  • Danganronpa 3 Despair Arc:
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    • Nekomaru Nidai fights Akane when ordered by Chisa Yukizome in episode 1.
    • In episode 6 Izuru Kamakura knocked Junko Enoshima to the floor and stepped on her while he backhanded Mukuro Ikusaba which sent her flying and hitting a wall. Justified since he was defending himself from both their attacks, but as the universe’s closest thing to a Physical God, he still used extreme overkill. He also stomped on Junko's head to knock her out after she urged him to join up with her in turning the world into despair. It’s implied he legitimately just finds them to be annoying, and that they may have just woken him up from his sleep.
    • In the Future arc, the male members of the radical faction don't hesitate to attack Asahina and Kirigiri for being Naegi's allies.
  • In Haiyore! Nyarko-san, Mahiro Yasaka often hits Nyarko and sometimes Cuuko with mostly his forks although he has used other methods like his fists or throwing objects. Treated as humor since Haiyore! Nyarko-san is a comedy.
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  • In Maria†Holic, Mariya has stepped on Kanako a few times. Kanako initially enjoyed it until she remembered that Mariya is actually a boy.
  • In Future Diary Yukiteru Amano gives Yuno a well-deserved slap to her face once he frees himself from her captivity. He did it to not only save himself but also his friends from Yuno.
  • Done without lampshading in Excel Saga. Il Palazzo shoots Excel with a pistol and a bazooka. This is a rare example of man-on-woman violence being (very) funny, perhaps because Excel herself doesn't make a big deal of it.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Edward Elric has no qualms about hitting girls, much to his younger brother's horror. He's one of the only people who can make the sentence "I'm not sexist" sound like a threat.
    • Not to mention Roy Mustang when he burns Lust repeatedly until she dies.
    • All of the villains except for Greed. What would you expect from the Seven Deadly Sins, Father, and Kimblee?
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    • In Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Dorothy Catalonia tries to Invoke Wouldn't Hit a Girl against Heero Yuy during a fencing match. He quickly proves her wrong with a thrust that snaps his foil like a twig and embeds it in Dorothy's mask about an inch away from her face.
    • In Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Kira Yamato slugs Cagalli after she gets a bunch of her friends killed, and then tries to belt him when he calls her out on it. Muruta Azrael has no problems with slapping a girl (Flay) for not obeying his orders. Or shooting her a half-dozen times in the gut (Natarle). Neither does Rau Le Creuset, who kills Flay as well as others.
    • In Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, Kira ends of the being the one who kills Stella, though whether he was aware of her gender is up in the air. During the finale, neither Neo nor Athrun has a particular problem with tossing Lunamaria Hawke around like a ragdoll, and Anti-Villain Shinn Asuka makes a determined effort to kill Cagalli Yula Atha during their one fight.
    • In Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, The entire Tekkadan crews wouldn't question about hitting women as long as it's necessary. Among them, Mikazuki Augus takes the cake. In the battle against the Turbines, when the rest were trying to defeat the Turbines without bloodshed, Mika fully intended to kill Lafter when battling against her, it was fortunately halted by Naze admitting his defeat and befriending the group. However, in the ensuring battle against Carta Issue, the Gjallarhorn officer who killed Biscuit, Mika immediately went for a Roaring Rampage of Revenge and shredded every last one of Carta's bodyguard and Carta herself with a wrench mace without negotiation when the later was asking for a fair duel. And later on, Ein filpped the table and defeated both Azee and Lafter with his gruesome weaponry to exact his revenge, he even attempt to go after Kudelia, only to be halted by Mikazuki on time.
  • Mazinger Z: Kouji would definitely hit one girl if he was angry enough -and the girl usually hit back-. Baron Ashura also did, although it can or can not count when he hit himself/herself/itself. If it counts, then Dr. Hell also did.
  • Saint Seiya:
    • Ikki does not care for his adversary's gender, and he is perfectly willing hitting his enemy is that person is a woman. It doesn't mean he's happy when someone else hits a girl in his vicinity, and specially if they're bystanders: he was pissed when Esmeralda was fatally struck down by Guilty, and later in the anime filler when little Helen, a 12-year-old girl, was tossed alive into a volcano by Agora and Shiva.
    • Both Shaina and Marin (specially Marin) get beaten up more or less frequently by villains and anti villains . In fact, Hypnos and Thanatos's biggest Kick the Dog act ever was attacking Serika, Seiya's Waif Prophet older sister, just to spite him. Thank God Jabu stepped in her defense.
  • For Guts in Berserk, there is no such thing as chivalry when he deals with most of female opponents. But then again, holding back against "women" like Rosine or Slan would be plain suicidal. His first on-screen kill is a female demon after getting it on with her, sticking his Arm Cannon straight down her throat before blowing her brains out when she transforms to eat him alive like she previously did to Corkus during the Eclipse.
    • It's played straight, then averted during the Golden Age in regards to Guts and Casca. When she first attacked him he fought her savagely, only hesitating for a moment when he discovered she was a woman and continuing to attack her and almost killed her before Griffith intervened. Years later after finding out he had to strip her naked to treat her wounds, and he tells her that he'd knock her on her ass if she wasn't a woman. Of course, Casca's far less of a threat to him than demons, and it can't be forgotten Guts is in love with her.
    • Also zig-zagged later as Guts does knock out Farnese with a chop to the neck, though considering only a chapter earlier Guts smashed a man's skull with his hand what he did to Farnese was ridiculously gentle in comparison. Guts also bites Casca on the breast at one point though that was thanks to him falling under the influence of his Enemy Within.
    • The Golden Age movies had a horrific example of this with Casca as in the Flash Back where the nobleman who tried to rape her as young girl, the movies make it worse by having beat her bloody as well.
    • Zepek, Jill’s father frequently physically abuses her which one of the many reasons why she wants to leave home and travel with Guts.
  • Katanagatari: Shichika have no problem fighting seriousely against women, especially at the begining of the serie before Character Development kick-in. Part of it is due to having too little social skills to discriminate, the rest is because he was trained to consider himself as a Katana, and a Katana does'nt discuss who he have to cut.
  • My Hero Academia:
    • This is almost deconstructed in Bakugo's fight against Uraraka in the Sports Festival Arc. A lot of the audience boos him for being so okay with fighting a girl who seems so sweet and weak when compared to him, and his friends even call him out for it. Eraserhead though, says that it was a sign of respect, and Bakugou even states that there was nothing fragile about her.
    • On a lesser level, Tokoyami and Shigaraki are also this. Tokoyami fights against Yaoyorozu in the Sports Festival and is a pretty one sided battle to his side, although the anime shows that he mainly aimed his attacks at Yaoyorozu's shield, resulting in her being pushed out of the arena but emerging from the match unharmed. Shigaraki, in his hatred for Dabi and Himiko, tried to kill both if not for Kurogiri interrupting.
    • Overhaul kills Magne, a male to female transgender person (although Overhaul callously refers to Magne as male after killing her), and uses his powers to take his ward Eri's blood in a very painful process.
  • Yu Yu Hakusho:
    • There is an instance in the anime where Yusuke reveals he holds this attitude, in contrast to Kuwabara, asking what gender has to do with fighting somebody who wants to fight and declaring there to be no purpose in treating an opponent differently because of their sex. The edited dub plays this straight, while the original Japanese/unedited dub implicitly averts it by revealing that the demon Miyuki, the cause of this, is actually a Creepy Crossdresser transsexual, though Yusuke's precise dialogue could be taken as him telling Kuwabara the truth about Miyuki's gender only to keep him from starting a pointless brawl due to being so outraged over how.
    • There's also the time that Keiko was suffering a Heroic BSoD and Yusuke's solution to bringing her back to her senses was slapping her in the face repeatedly.
    • There's even been a couple of times where he smacked Botan, once when she nearly blabbed everything about him being a Spirit Detective, and again much later after being mocked too much about his "Spirit Beast" Puu.
      • In this case, for every time he's hit Botan, there's three or four times Botan has hit him. And the receiver has usually done something to deserve it.
  • One Piece:
    • Monkey D. Luffy has a notable track record of this. As early as chapter two, he's attacking female pirate "Iron Mace" Alvida. In Whiskey Peak, he and Zoro give Miss Valentine and Mr. 5 an almost Offhand Backhand, and Luffy's the one who hits Valentine. In Alabasta, Luffy hits Vivi after Vivi gets angry at him for saying she was naive. In Amazon Lily, Luffy had to fight the Boa sisters, Sandersonia and Marigold and did so without holding back. He was also fully prepared to fight Hancock. He also fought Big Mom in Whole Cake though the “fight” ended quickly.
    • Most members of the Straw Hat crew don't seem to have any problem with female opponents. Usopp in particular has fought against several female opponents however it should be noted he subverts trope by the fact he’s actually never physically hurt a woman in the canon, defeating them with Combat Pragmatism. Zoro spent a large part of his childhood (unsuccessfully) trying to beat a girl, and even berated her for thinking that being a female made her any less capable a fighter. The only other member of the crew with reservations about fighting women is Chivalrous Pervert Sanji.
    • Inuppe, the zombie from Thriller Bark who holds Sanji’s shadow, shows how dangerous Sanji would be if he were to ever forgo his ethics. As at one point Inuppe takes down Robin with a single kick to the horror of Chopper, who had been counting on Sanji’s inverse of this trope to beat his shadow. It's pretty ironic as Inuppe had invoked Wouldn't Hit a Girl when protecting Nami earlier. The reason for this is shadows tend to forget their personalities quirks after being separated from their owners for long enough.
    • A particularly unpleasant example would be Spandam, who not only hits Robin, he beats the living hell out of her, first making sure that she was completely helpless to fight back, of course.
    • Enel is an nonchalant example, he almost vaporized Conis with a lightning sky beam and later fries the hell out of Laki (much to Wiper's fury). Enel will also hurt women completely out of nowhere and without provocation as when he realizes Robin tried to fool him; Enel didn't waste a second suddenly zapping her down with lightning. Zoro is the one who calls him out on it, and Enel is completely untroubled just says as "God" he is above such petty moral principles. Enel also tries to electrify Nami, but she uses her Weather Manipulation to protect herself.
    • Enel's minion Yama also had no qualms beating up Robin, though she managed to defeat him.
    • Absalom is another ugly example as he was very rough towards Nami whom he desires given shoved her against a wall when she was naked and then puts her in a headlock later. Absalom also had no qualms nearly blowing Nami apart with his invisible arm cannons, which particularly enraged Sanji (as well everything else Absalom did in regards to her). Absalom also hit Lola when she interrupted Absalom’s second attempt to marry Nami, which angered Nami herself and made her stand her ground against the Invisible Jerk Ass.
    • This was even used against an female opponent, Monet, during the Punk Hazard arc whom Zoro had to fight. She thought him not going all out against her meant he wasn't willing to fight a female. When Tashigi, a swordswoman who oddly looks like said childhood friend, berated him for this. He stepped aside and allowed Tashigi to fight her to show that she wasn't an easy opponent. Once his point had been made, he re-entered the fray by nicking Monet on the cheek and revealing to the both of that that yes while he doesn't like to fight females, it doesn't mean he won't, then proceeding unleash his killing intent and split Monet down the middle. Granted, he doesn't kill her (He didn't use Haki, so her snow powers weren't negated and kept her alive) but shows that if he was serious and Tashigi hadn't shown up, he would have. Monet, who had tried her hardest not to underestimate the Straw Hats, had a serious Oh, Crap! moment when she realizes her initial diagnosis of Zoro was wrong.
      • Played with as Zoro doesn’t actually cut his other Filler female opponents just knocking them out instead.
    • Another unpleasant example is Niji , Sanji's brother, who didn't like the food female cook Cosette had provided him and proceeded to throw a plate at her face at high speed when Sanji intervened. Later on, Sanji finds Cosette's beaten bloody and unconscious by Niji, all to get back at the latter for daring to oppose him.
      • It’s worth noting this scene was so violent and screwed up, that anime actually censored the amount of damage Cosette received from Niji compared to the manga.
    • Urashima, the Fat Bastard sumo of Wano shows he’s Not Good with Rejection as when Kiku avoids his embrace and cuts his topknot, he furiously tries to kill her before Luffy steps in. Subverted as it turns out Kiku is a man.
    • Also in Kaido is shown to have no qualms nearly killing a centaur woman or the little girl riding the woman’s back.
    • Kyoshiro in contrast to a swordsman like Zoro shows how much he doesn’t screw around when it comes to this trope as cut down Komurasaki with his katana mercilessly when she defied the Shogun. Everyone who witnessed it was horrified including the Shogun who seconds before was about to kill a little girl.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • In Dragon Ball, young Goku knocks out Launch, who is in her violent blonde mode, after she tries to shoot him with a Uzi for sharing a bed with her. Roshi being a Chivalrous Pervert unfairly admonished Goku and forbade Goku from ever hitting girls. He seems to have taken this to heart as Goku never hurts a female character outside Filler until Caulifla and Kale in Dragon Ball Super.
    • In Dragon Ball Z, Vegeta says he won’t hold back at all against Android 18 despite her being a woman and sticks to his words. He still loses badly.
    • Trunks destroys all of the future androids without mercy, killing Future Android 18 with an energy blast point-blank. Due to Future Android 18 being a huge threat to not only his life, but to others, Trunks is portrayed in the right for this and this is also portrayed seriously.
    • Super Buu couldn't care less about his opponent's gender; he turns Chichi into an egg and brutally crushes her, and also threatens to kill Videl when she provokes him. He does eventually turn Videl, Bulma, Android 18, and Marron into chocolate and eats them alive.
    • Spopovich is not only very willing to fight Videl in a World Tournament, but he brutally beats her senseless. He would have killed her, but he is forced to simply knock her out of the ring in the end.
    • Bojack from Movie 9 shoots a Ki blast though Zanyga (his own female team mate) to try and get the jump on Gohan.
    • The antagonist of the movie Battle of Gods, Beerus, got slapped by Bulma. His response? Slap her back. Hard. And he was holding back.
  • Naruto:
    • Naruto has no problem with this considering he challenged Tsunade to a fight after she insults the Hokage, and mocks his dream of becoming the Next Hokage. Granted, he doesn't manage to defeat her, but in their rematch he wins her over, and manages to get a kiss on the forehead from her, because she admits that his dream of becoming Hokage will eventually become reality. He also sucker punches Kaguya in the face, rips her arm off, and beats the crap out of her with multiple Rasengans.
    • Sasuke is an admittedly pretty ugly example of this regards to Sakura whose only crime is being smitten with him. Firstly he knocks her out when she tries to stop him leaving the village, then two years and a half later he tries to kill her with a Chidori; then when that fails he violently grabs her by the neck and tries slitting her throat with her own kunai. If that weren’t enough during the final chapters he pulls another Heel–Face Turn and knocks Sakura out again with genjutsu.
      • The fact that Sasuke and get married in spite of all the times he gave her physical abuse and attempted to kill her is either heartwarming or absolutely egregious depending on what kind of fan you ask.
    • Tobi also counts considering his fight with Konan, when he actually kills her at the end of it.
    • And then there's Neji, who almost kills Hinata during their fight after, with some help from Naruto, she shakes off his Breaking Her by Talking and fights him back. Oh and when Neji is about to give Hinata the killing blow, Kurenai, Kakashi, Might Guy and Hayate step in and physically stop Neji. The Jonin before that point did not make any attempt to intervene in the matches, but brutalising poor Hinita was simply too far for them.
    • It's quicker to point out that Shikamaru is the only character in the entire series with reservations about fighting women, and he does it anyway. (Though he sometimes uses his shadow powers to have the girls hit themselves, like he does to Kin Tsuchi.)
    • Of course, it makes sense that this trope applies to almost every Naruto character. There are plenty of female ninja in the Narutoverse, so anybody that really Wouldn't Hit a Girl would probably get themselves killed (or fired) fairly quickly. Hell, the Final Boss of the entire series, Kaguya, is a woman, so there's no real way around this trope, especially when the world is at stake.
  • Sagara Sousuke from Full Metal Panic!. Being a Heroic Comedic Sociopath Crazy Survivalist, he displays no reservations towards violence against women. Granted, he tends to prefer shooting at or bombing them instead of engaging in fist fights with them, but this appears to purely be his tactical preference more than anything else (seeing how he's rather physically underwhelming, and has the tendency to rely more on firearms instead of muscle). In one instance, he showed no hesitance in tackling Kaname's female teacher down a flight of stairs. And in another instance, he's shown to put a knife to the throat of an innocent old lady (though Kaname stopped him from doing anything).
  • Train Heartnet during the beginning of the Black Cat anime, while he was still emotionless and working for Chronos. Right in the beginning, he is shown beating down and assassinating a bunch of nuns (though...they apparently weren't actually nuns, considering that they pulled out a bunch of guns and tried to kill him) during a mission.
  • Tenjho Tenge. In the infamous 'Nothing But Fist' scene, Muscle Bound Aloof Older Brother Mitsuomi punches the Evil Bitch Priestess Inoue so hard in the mouth that teeth spray everywhere.
  • Elfen Lied:
    • Bandou, who proves himself an asshole by immediately back-handing a random female secretary for approaching him from behind, calling her a "stupid bitch" afterwards. In fact, the only people that the man has hit in the series are girls. He even lampshades it at one point, telling a girl that he is assaulting that he really doesn't give a crap whether she's a little girl or not. Though in the manga, he gets to deliver a Curb-Stomp Battle to a sadistic pedophile, rescuing Nana and Mayu. It's so hard to NOT like crazy old Bandou after he's done the Big Damn Heroes routine. That has to do with Mayu being Bandou's Morality Pet and the Unknown Man being pure evil. He may hit girls and all, but he won't rape or torture them. Hell yeah.
    • Kouta also does his fair share of slapping around any girls he thinks are unruly. In example, when he has a fight with a Yuka in Clingy Jealous Girl mode, he slaps her and then tells her that she's not being fair to him and others.
  • In one episode of Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, Ken punches a young girl in the stomach. He slaps her later in the same episode. In episode 40 he slaps Jun, the only female member of the superhero team.
  • In the Bamboo Blade manga, Toyama likes to Kick the Dog by beating up on new kendo club members, and Kirino mentions "Boys or girls, it doesn't matter to him. In fact, I think he picks on the girls even more." Of course, this makes the reader cheer that much harder when Tamaki beats his ass.
  • Rune Soldier Louie invokes this where Genie is concerned:
    • In episode 12, her patience with Louie reaches its breaking point when he comes back for her, after she had told him to go with the others. Which she took personally because it reminded her of the time when her former comrade, Hector, sacrificed himself by staying behind, when it should've been her. She assumed it was because she was a woman and accuses Louie of thinking the same thing. Louie gets up and hits back. At that point, the gloves come off and they duke it out (seen at 13:23-16:57, here).
    • The manga doesn't wait that long. Louie slugs her in the very first chapter and knocks her out cold, after she takes a swing at him. And hits her again while they're sparring in the following chapter.
  • Touma of A Certain Magical Index has no problem hitting women at all if their motivations involve the harming and murdering of decent human beings, and decks one female enemy (who was about to start a full scale war between Espers and Magicians that would result in the death of innocent millions) in the face at least twice in the same arc, knocking her out. In fact, almost nobody in the series has a problem with using extreme physical force against a female enemy, and to be fair the women in this series tend to be genuinely competent fighters that it would be downright stupid to hold back against. More than a few anime fans see this as a breath of fresh air.
    • From A Certain Magical Index-tan: Miracle of Endymion
      Touma: "Ladylee or Shutaura? Which should I punch? They're both girls! But that doesn't matter! I believe in gender equality!"
  • In Get Backers, Ginji of all people ends up doing this to Sakura when she gets in his way, electrocuting and torturing her. Of course, the only way that this happens is because he went berserk and reverted back to being the Lightning Lord. Even Akabane is surprised that Ginji would do something so ungentlemanly as to beat the shit out of a girl.
  • Tsukasa Domyouji from Boys over Flowers will hit a girl just like he'll hit anybody else, whether it's his Tsundere Love Interest for ticking him off or in the middle of a fight, his equally tsundere older sister for hitting him first, or some Rich Bitches who have abused others.
  • Hellsing:
    • Alucard in particular is a prime example. He does not hesitate to shoot Seras when she says that she is a virgin. However, the most notable example of this is the brutal murder of Rip Van Winkle: Alucard impales her on her own gun, drinks her blood, and finally absorbs her into his body. He also punches her in the face beforehand. In the TV series, Alucard kills a rogue female vampire without batting an eye and shoots Baobhan Sith to dispel her.
    • Jan Valentine intends on killing Integra when he and his brother storm the headquarters of the Hellsing Organization. He thinks nothing of it, and even claims that he may "skullfuck" Integra's corpse.
  • In Immortal Rain, resident Ax-Crazy Dora Folk is stated outright to be willing to do anything to win - even punch a woman or knock over a child. Which is kind of an understatement of exactly how far he's willing to go, considering that he was revealed shortly after to have forcefully impregnated a woman with demon spawn from hell, which caused her to go insane and die.
  • Hei of Darker Than Black is a coll-out, whether she's in her demure human form or in her psychotic Ashura form.
  • Fairy Tail characters in general seem not to see sex or gender as an obstacle to beating the crap out of people:nsummate Combat Pragmatist and has no problem fighting female opponents. Veering into the villain version of this (he's a pretty ruthless Anti-Hero), on several occasions, when sufficiently angered, he has also struck defenseless female characters.
  • In the manga of Higurashi: When They Cry, one of the village chiefs hits Rena when she hits him, after hitting Keiichi. Needless to say, everyone was being Hot-Blooded.
  • Black☆Star from Soul Eater appears to be this, since he had no problem with punching Maka in the face when she told him to Hit Me, Dammit!.
  • Ranma ½:
    • Despite widespread Fanon to the contrary, Ranma Saotome is quite willing to fight girls, though he does say once or twice that he doesn't like to do so and, for various reasons, goes easier on them then guys. For example, the whole mess with Shampoo started because he challenged her to a fight and then kicked her in the head off of the challenge log (and if he had been thinking to change back to his real form first, he wouldn't have gotten the Kiss of Death). He usually doesn't get to fight women particularly seriously because the matches he gets into opposing them tend to be goofy Martial Arts and Crafts stuff, and even if this contest involves physical combat he'd rather defeat them by ring-out or Defeat by Modesty than by actually hurting them. When push comes to shove, however, and the woman in question becomes a real threat to his or his friends' safety, he's perfectly willing to fight hand-to-hand with everything he's got —or bury them in a rock slide, whichever works.
    • Recurring opponent Pantyhose Taro outright says that he has no problem at all hitting girls. However, this means that he fights them exactly as he fights men —spending only as much energy and effort as necessary to defeat and subdue them. Therefore, after kidnapping Akane, he easily disarms and overpowers her with a few well-placed strikes; when fighting Rouge, he goes a
    • Occurs most notably when Psycho for Hire-turned-Sociopathic Hero Gajeel spends several gleeful minutes slapping a bound and helpless Lucy around just for the hell of it, but even then no one seems to care that Lucy is a girl so much as that she can't fight back.
    • In Chapter 239, Ultear tries to get a "Break Them by Talking" going against Gray. Gray punches her in the face and knocks her on her ass.
  • Done in the first chapter of High School Of The Dead by The Hero. To be fair, this was a Get a Hold of Yourself, Man! moment.
  • In Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro, Neuro is just fine hitting Yako, breaking her neck, throwing her out the window, using her as a chair, and just generally making her life hell.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!:
    • Most of the characters don't have a problem hitting women. Yes, most of the heroes are women, but their enemies are happy to fight back, and the main (male) character doesn't flinch at beating up female villains.The one exception is Koutaro, who is a bit of a Technical Pacifist when it comes to women (he'll knock a female opponent out of the ring with the air pressure from his punch, but he won't actually hit her), but everyone else treats him like an idiot for making such a stupid lifestyle choice.
    • Jack Rakan is a weird example. He'd rather steal the girls's panties and force them to claim Defeat by Modesty by flipping their skirts until they do, but if said girls keep challenging him, he will fight and defeat them. (Off-screen, though.)
    • In chapter 317, Fate Averruncus is shown slapping a bound Nodoka (because she made him regret he didn't gag her as well)
  • Touta Konoe from Negima's Stealth Sequel, UQ Holder!, was taught by his adoptive mother that gender makes no difference on the battlefield.
  • Umineko: When They Cry:
    • Both Battler and Hideyoshi, according to the third arc. To be fair, both girls (Beatrice and Eva-Beatrice, respectively) were being rather mean at the time.
    • The Furnitures have no real qualms about the genders of their rivals during their fights, either. i.e., the Goat Men from the second arc kill Rosa and Maria after the first goes Mama Bear against them.
  • Light from Death Note has no problem with killing women with the Death Note. However, when he gets glomped by Misa, he gets annoyed and feels compelled to hit her.
  • Ryuunosuke's dad from Urusei Yatsura strikes his daughter (quite hard) on many occasions. Then again, it's because he insists that she's a man and she will most certainly fight back due to how tough she's gotten from this treatment. The whole thing, amazingly, is Played for Laughs.
  • Sentou in Fight Ippatsu! clobbers Plug with a baseball bat on their first meeting. This becomes a casual Running Gag that develops when he starts headcracking Arresta with it...and she likes it so much she begins to look forward to it.
  • Slayers: Zelgadis more or less believes in this, more so before his Heel–Face Turn in season 1; he fights Lina for the Orihalcon Statue with little remorse. He even Dope Slaps Amelia for acting out once. Contrast Gourry, who isn't keen on sword-fighting a woman in season 4.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya: Kyon tried to punch Haruhi for going way too far in messing with the sensitive Mikuru.
  • Eyeshield 21: When Mamori turns down Agon's advances, he shoves her to the ground. Even in his first appearance when his personality of a borderline sociopath wasn't set he kicked a girl because she was blocking her view and hit his date when she tries interrupting his phone call. Gaou also encourages Kurita to sack a female quarterback with all his strength, which would probably cripple the girl (she's a 90lb aspiring artist drafted into the game, he's over 300lbs and second strongest lineman in Japan).
  • The world of Pokémon Adventures' has no gender issues as evil guys have no problem attacking heroic women and good guys have no problem attacking evil women. It helps that it's (usually) the Pokemon themselves that are doing the attacking, but it's worth noting that the girls take just as much damage as the guys.
  • Brock in the Pokémon anime actually hits Misty twice, and comically in the episode "Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village" when she's teasing him about having a crush on Melanie. She gets him back in the next episode, kicking him in the face after a fake bug scare.
  • Axis Powers Hetalia:
  • Baccano!'s Claire Stanfield considers himself an equal rights activist: he fights for the right of people of all genders to have their asses kicked by Claire Stanfield.
  • Bleach: In general, the warriors of the Shinigami, Hollows and Quincies are all trained for battle and will fight both men and women. However, much of the time, male characters do struggle with the concept of fighting women and hold back in ways they wouldn't against male opponents.
    • Ichigo saves Kenpachi from the female Sternritters by throwing them into the nearby ruins. He lampshades the trope by commenting that he had thought it would be weird to fight girls, but now realizes it's like any other fight.
    • Grimmjow is obsessed with testing the strength of his opponents, so he doesn't hesitate to challenge anyone who gets in his way. This is demonstrated when he stabs Rukia with his hand. He later ambushes Loly and Menoly when they are torturing Orihime, kicking Loly in the stomach and tearing her leg off while also incinerating Menoly's upper body with a cero. When Orihime questions him in the middle of his and Ichigo's fight, Grimmjow grabs her in a Neck Lift and almost chokes her; he also threatens to kick Nel if she interferes.
    • Nnoitra believes no woman should stand higher than a man on the battlefield; his loathing for Nel begins from that point, and he disrespects Harribel as well. He is willing to cheat to defeat Nel. When he later encounters her child form, he doesn't hesitate to try and kill her. He also makes unpleasant suggestions to Ulquiorra, implying Ulquiorra should take advantage of his access to the imprisoned Orihime. Normally emotionless, Ulquiorra is disgusted.
    • In Yammy's first appearance, he smacks Orihime so hard he sends her flying, and then aims a Cero at her and Yoruichi. When an arrancar nurse later restores his lost arm, he instantly kills her. He eventually attacks Loly and Menoly for no particular reason, first punching Menoly so hard she crashes through the wall and then beating Loly to near death.
    • Kenpachi murders a female Sternritter by tearing her throat out, and also battles (and ultimately kills) Unohana. Given that Kenpachi loves fighting more than anything, it's to be expected that he couldn't care less about his opponent's gender. What's more, his battle with Unohana ultimately needed her to wound and heal him in order to break the shackles on his power and thus kills her, and given that she was the first Kenpachi, it makes sense.
    • When Jackie asks Renji if her gender is a problem for him, Renji tells her that gender doesn't matter on the battlefield as he thrashes her. However, he then refuses to finish her off because that would mean killing a defenseless female.
  • Ayumu of Is This a Zombie? will have no problem Chainsawing you to death if you mess with his friends.
  • For Shu's arc in Princess Jellyfish, he finally stands up to Inori after she keeps using blackmail against him. She then makes it look like she was Spurned into Suicide, which made him increasingly more worried. He very understandably gets upset with her when she reveals it was a morbid "joke".
  • While Tooru from Princess Princess is a Nice Guy for the most part, he makes it clear that he has his limits. In the finale, his Yandere cousin threatens to kill herself if he won't be with her. In response, he slaps her and yells at her for even considering such an option.
  • Okabe Rintaro of Steins;Gate punches an emotionally disturbed Moeka right in the face in episode 19.
  • Discussed in the manga The King of Fighters: KYO (based on the KOF games). When Athena Asamiya explains Kyo's girlfriend Yuki that she lost in a fight to Kyo and that's why she transferred to their school, Yuki is pissed at Kyo for hitting a girl (and one appaently younger than both of them), which actually offends Athena since she thinks Yuki sees her as Just a Kid. Played more seriously later when Yuki tells Iori "Go Through Me" when he insists on fighting Kyo and he takes her hostage as a reply — but when Kyo says "You Wouldn't Hit a Girl who can't fight back!", he agrees and lets her go.
  • Detective Conan:
    • In the 13th movie, Ran gets beaten up by Irish, even being slammed against the wall, after losing the upperhand in the fight to protect Conan. And her opponent also beats the shit out of Conan himself.
    • More than a few cases involves women of all ages either being murder victims or getting hurt, whether they are Asshole Victims or not. Several cases stand out, one features a young girl named Minako got killed because she knew too much, as she found out that her 2 teachers were involved in a fraud and they strangled her to death to make it look like she committed suicide. Another case involves a man impersonating his dead friend and business partner stabbed his sister-in-law Machiko to death - though in this particular case it was self-defense, since Machiko tried to kill him so she could get her husband's insurance.
  • Black Butler:
    • Dark Action Girl Grell Sutcliffe kills Madam Red when she refuses to harm Ciel, stating that she is "disappointed in her" for being so soft. She also writes Matilda's name down on her 'death list' for sleeping with Sebastian.
    • Alois also has few qualms with physically punishing his maid Hannah, even taking out her eye.
  • Being a World of Action Girls, the few male battle aliens in Sekirei have absolutely no issue with fighting women seriously. On the other hand, two different Jerkasses are also shown to consider hitting women for annoying them to be perfectly acceptable. Both get what's coming to them courtesy of Yukari and Shiina.
  • Nako's manipulative uncle in Poor Poor Lips, who strikes Ren in the face when she stands up for Nako, with the entire sequence framed like a scene of domestic abuse.
  • Almost every male in High School D×D has no problem with hitting, slicing, stabbing, kicking them on the ground, or punching the girls through a wall or window. The hero Issei is usually quite content to spend time gawking at his female opponents, and has a technique designed to strip them (explicitly fueled by imagining them naked no less), but he won't hesitate to use his full strength against them when the chips are down.
  • Gintama. It's just not practical to treat the female characters differently than the male characters, mostly because they're just as powerful and crazy as everyone else in the world.
  • Yuuta from Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions will give whoever he thinks deserves it a whack on the head, regardless of their gender. It should be noted though that while most of the people he hits are girls, when it's time for a guy (namely Isshiki) to get smacked around, Yuuta pulls out all the stops and just wails on him. Getting chopped or slapped on the head is nothing compared to being comboed.
  • In Bokurano, Jun Ushiro has a habit of hitting his sister Kana, which greatly disturbs the other Zearth pilots, especially Maki (who believes that he's using their being related as license to treat Kana that way, not knowing that they're not related). Kana's gender is less of an issue than her being younger than Jun, being his sister, and not doing anything to deserve it.
  • In season 2, episode 7 of Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts, Yuji knocks out Psycho Lesbian Miharu, who's currently attacking Akihisa, with a karate chop to the head, though the chop didn't look strong at all.
  • In The Prince of Tennis, when An stands up for Sakuno against a Jerk Jock, said Jerk Jock either slaps her to the floor (manga) or first pushes her to the ground and then grabs her by the collar. Momoshiro is not pleased.
    • Almost played straight by Ryoma in the anime. At some point during the Jyousei arc, Ryoma is practisting his shots on his own; he then hears noises and sees that a local Alpha Bitch and her Girl Posse have not only pushed Ryoma's friend Sakuno to the ground, but are now threatening to do the same to Sakuno's best friend Tomoka. He then stops his practice and throws a tennis ball right at the Alpha Bitch so the group will stop harrassing the girls — had said Alpha Bitch not been fast enough to dodge, she would have been hit point blank.
    • In the flashbacks that tell us how Ryoma's parents met, his soon-to-be mom Rinko gets hit by her Sadist Teacher of a coach with tennis balls for trying to protect a kid. SEVERAL times, may we add. Nanjirou was not amused when he found out, either. It becomes a plot point in the anime, as said coach's son would become one of Ryoma's Unknown Rivals.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • In general, female duelists are always fair game for direct attacks, even by someone like Judai who states he Wouldn't Hit a Girl; exactly how much different hitting someone that way is from punching him depends on the situation and the interpretation. (It's clearly real in a Dark Duel, but whether the regular duels are Hard Light or simply work like some convincing rumble pack is debatable.)
    • In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, the Gravekeeper's Chief strikes Assailant after she holds back in her attack against Judai; he seriously calls him out on this, and he replies with the equivalent of "mind your own business". (This was cut from the dub.)
    • Manjyome was called out a little at the end of season one for being rough with Rei, but she was a girl and a kid. Then Rei started fighting back...
    • In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, the first clue to Rex Godwin's true nature was in the fourth episode; when Mikage told him Jack and Yusei were dueling, he got angry and started to strangle her. He calmed down and let go after she squeaked out a frightened apology. (Again, this was cut from the dub.)
    • Jack Atlas punched Barbara after she tried to hold two children hostage and threatened to kill them. He commented that anyone who would try something like that does not deserve chivalry.
  • In Lyrical Nanoha, every male character has no problem with fighting females. Justified, since it's a World of Action Girls, any male who would't try it is an idiot.
  • InuYasha:
    • Inuyasha himself fights female villains such as Kagura and Tsubaki just as seriously as he does any male foe. When he fought Princess Abi, he explicitly mentioned that he doesn't like fighting women, but Abi is such an evil bitch that he's making an exception with her.
    • Naraku certainly doesn't discriminate against hurting and killing women. He himself was directly responsible for Kikyo's death.
    • Gatenmaru doesn't just hit girls, he sucks their blood dry and leaves them shrunken husks.
  • Everyone in Mother Keeper is perfectly okay with hitting a girl, especially saying the strongest fighters for COSMOS and the Mother Keepers are both female.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann:
    • Kamina assaults a number of bunny-themed beastwomen in the Hot Springs Episode, after they were holding him at a point where they would kill him if he moved.
    • None of Team Dai-Gurren has any problems attacking Adiane. They treat her like any of the other Four Generals.
  • In elementary school, Shouya from A Silent Voice got into a bloody fist-fight with Shouko. He was an immature bully back then, but come high school and he tries to befriend her.
  • Umino from Satou Kashi no Dangan wa Uchinukenai gets completely beaten up by a boy who likes her after she kills the schools rabbits and accuses him of doing so. She doesn't fight back and he's horrified afterwards by what he did. He gets suspended from school and thrown off the baseball team afterwards.
  • Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o!:
  • Played for Drama early in the Wandering Son manga. Takatsuki is a closeted trans boy and he got into a fight with a boy in his elementary school. The boy's mother is especially mad at her son for getting into a fight with a girl. The mother saying this upsets Takatsuki.
  • In the second episode of the Explorer Woman Ray OVAs, the hired hands of bad guy Rieg Vader are not afraid of dealing with the heroine and her teenage girl sidekicks (all of whom give better than they get). Their leader on the other hand is ashamed of such behaviour and tells his men off. Rieg himself tries to pull a sword on Ray when she sabotages his plans.
  • In Brave10, ninjas are professional killers , after all, and none of the characters hesitate in hitting female opponents (or even old women as Hanzo did during his attack on Ueda), with the exception of Kakei.
  • In Black God female lead Kuro fights plenty of opponents that are pursuing her. Many of whom are male, and they don´t only hit, but also tend to beat her savagely. Fortunately, Kuro is a very capable Action Girl that is more than able to fight back and turn the tables at the end.
  • Crying Freeman zigzags on this a bit. If Freeman needs someone dead he'll carry through on it regardless of gender, but if it's a woman, he's (somewhat) more likely to hesitate or give her a chance to forget she saw him.
  • In the elementary school arc of Captain Tsubasa, Jun Misugi slaps his Cute Sports Club Manager Yayoi Aoba during the half-time of the Nankatsu vs. Musashi match. Mixes with What the Hell, Hero? because she went and told Tsubasa about Misugi's heart illness, and because of that he won't be playing at his best out of fear for him.
  • In Slam Dunk, during the Mitsui arc, one of the members of Mitsui's gang hits Ayako, knocking her to the floor. Miyagi immediately goes apeshit and proceeds to punch the living lights out of the guy.

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