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  • No Holds Barred:
    • Zeus, a brutal man monster who becomes main villain Brell's muscle, has no reservations about hurting women. At Spike's Bar, where Brell is taping underground fights for his network program "Battle Of the Tough Guys," Zeus makes his entrance and when a waitress tries to greet him, he simply grabs her face, twists it with a vise-like clawhold and drops her several feet over the balcony, drawing blood and causing major head injuries. Later, during the climatic fight with the main hero Rip, Zeus has Rip beaten down before he spots Rip's brother, Randy (whom he had severely injured weeks earlier) and knocks him to the ground, kicking him; the trope kicks in, literally, when Randy's girlfriend, Stephanie, tries to cover Randy but she, too, is kicked aside, and several other women are punched or shoved — hard — as Rip comes after him and follows him to the balcony.
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    • Brell has also put hits out for Samantha Moore, his former associate, after she tells Brell she's had enough of his underhanded tactics and sides with Rip. At least once Brell has his stooges attempt to kidnap and brutally rape Samanatha ... until Rip just happens to be coming around the corner to stop it.
  • Suicide Squad: Certainly averts Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male throughout; to list a few examples:
    • Batman knocks out Harley Quinn as she tries to use a knife against him.
    • Slipknot, within a second of his very first shot in the movie, punches out a female FBI agent.
    • In a blink-and-you-miss it moment, Harley Quinn gets a kick against her female parts; not so painful as a Groin Attack is for men, but not something as frequently shown in media as the latter.
    • Deadshot averts this trope, as he literally states that "I don't kill women or children" - even though he has killed countless of men before, as an assassin for hire note . However, he did say he intended to take out Katana when he and Harley planned an escape and later tells Harley he'll knock her out for calling him a pussy and states that he doesn't care that she's a girl.
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    • Ironically, the film famously removed any scenes involving Joker abusing Harley, though this trope is usually one of the most notable things about other iterations of these characters.
  • In Tim Burton's Batman Returns:
    • The Dark Knight chased after Catwoman when she blew up Max Shreck's department store. When he reached the top of the Gothic architecture building that Catwoman had climbed up, she came out of nowhere and violently attacked him with a flurry of kicks and punches, until Batman had enough and hit back.
    • Also, the Penguin kidnaps a young woman after throwing one of Batman's Batarangs into her face - and while we don't actually see the impact, we find out later that blood was spilled.
  • Subverted and played straight in The Boondock Saints. Il Duce will never kill a woman, but apparently has no problem hitting one over the head to knock them out (it was actually a male FBI Agent in disguise, but he didn't know this). Same goes for the McManus twins, as towards the beginning of the film Murphy punches a Straw Feminist in the face after she kicks Connor in the balls, and taser their target's wife.
  • In Brotherhood of the Wolf:
    • Mani will defend himself from a girl if she's attacking him, but he'll pull his punches (considering he's Mark Dacascos, that's probably a good idea).
    • Fronsac is not so courteous when he goes on his Roaring Rampage of Revenge after Mani is killed. No one is safe from his blades of doom.
  • Xenomorphs usually attack anything that moves; whether they can even understand gender as a concept, given how they reproduce, is unknown.
  • In the original Cape Fear, Max beats Peggy up so badly that the actress who played her sustained back injuries.
    • He also beats and rapes Diane, and at the beginning of the movie, he's just finished serving an eight-year stretch in prison for assault and rape. Immediately after getting out of prison, he beats and rapes his ex-wife.
    • In the remake he lures Sam's colleague Lori into some light S&M. Except it's not that at all.
  • In Cold Pursuit, Viking swings a punch at his ex-wife. He quickly regrets this.
  • Played for laughs in Con Air, when Nicolas Cage goes into something of a Foe-Tossing Charge towards the prison plane's cockpit. After pwning three or four burly inmates, he is accosted by the resident drag queen, pauses just as he's about to hit him... then just slaps him in the face.
  • In Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, Ashtray's grandmother dares him to hit her as hard as he can, which he naturally refuses at first. Then he suddenly hits her so hard that she flies over to the other side of a table.
  • In Don't Breathe, the Blind Man is just as vicious against Rocky as he is against Alex and Money.
  • Nathan from Ex Machina would hit a Robot Girl, anyway, and his treatment of robots implies that he has violence issues with women in general. On the other hand, it could simply be case of What Measure Is a Non-Human?.
  • Female Agents: The Nazi interrogators, unsurprisingly.
  • Chuck from Footloose is quite willing to hit Ariel.
  • There's a scene in Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai where two Mafioso are speeding down a road and trying to get to a hospital because one of them has been shot and is dying. They get pulled over by a Meddlesome Patrolwoman and one of them tries to convince her they need to get to the hospital, but to no avail. The second simply shoots her the moment she tries to talk to him. When his partner expresses shock about shooting a woman, he says something like "They want to be equal...I made her equal."
  • In the Clint Eastwood film, The Gauntlet, Clint deals with a bunch of guys in the boxcar of a train until only their lone female member is left. She asks, "You wouldn't hit a lady, would you?" Gilligan cut to her going flying out of the boxcar.
  • In Guardians of the Galaxy, nobody has a problem hitting Gamora; in fact, pretty much everyone in the prison is eager to do it, labeling her guilty by association for Ronan's atrocities (even though she had no part in them). Of course, Gamora hits back hard, so she barely cares.
    • There's also the Mêlée à Trois at the beginning between Starlord, Gamora, and Rocket/Groot. Suffice it to say, Gamora is the first and only combatant to have already been knocked out by the time the police show up.
  • In Gilda, Johnny slaps his wife Gilda across the face when she performs a striptease in his casino.
  • During the climactic fight in Godzilla: Final Wars, Commander Gordon is fighting a female alien cyborg who asks him, "Are you really going to hit a woman?" He pauses a moment to relax his fist into an open palm, says "Yeah" and breaks her neck.
  • In The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Angel Eyes, the titular Bad has no problem beating a hooker in order to extract information, and prove how evil he is. Despite the film being made decades ago, this still holds up rather well, as it is set in The American Civil War, a time period when hitting a girl would have been proof of just how bad you were.
  • In The Hateful 8, John Ruth has no issues with beating the ever loving crap out of his prisoner, Daisy, sometimes for no discernible reason other than "she's a mean bastard." Warren and Mannix don't even flinch when they decide to hang her to death, but by this time, she'd more than earned her fate.
  • In Heathers, J.D. knees Veronica in the head while fighting her in the boiler room.
  • In Hot Fuzz Nick Angel has no qualms about vaulting a stone wall and kicking an old woman in the face when she has a shotgun pointed at him.
  • Used to great effect in an Establishing Character Moment in Inter Mission - Colin Farrell's character is charmingly flirting with a shop girl when entirely out of the blue, he brutally punches her to the ground and robs the till.
  • Played for Laughs in It's a Wonderful World with Guy and Edwina.
  • James Bond:
  • Chozen, in The Karate Kid Part II, takes Kumiko hostage while she is onstage performing at the village's O-bon festival. When she tries to lend Daniel an assist in his fight with Chozen, Chozen strikes her across the face, knocking her unconscious.
  • In Kill Bill, none of the members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad have any qualms about hitting (or shooting, stabbing, or otherwise killing) a girl; the story is about the female protagonist's Roaring Rampage of Revenge after they attempted to murder her.
  • The Last House on the Left (both the original and the remake) apply this trope liberally, just to show how depraved the villains really are. The reverse happens as well since when the parents find out what happened to their daughter, the father has no qualms about killing Sadie along with her male cronies.
  • In Little Shop of Horrors dentist Orin Scrivello beats his girlfriend and tortures his dental patients regardless of gender. He gets his comeuppance though.
  • In Live Free or Die Hard, John McClane has no qualms about hitting a woman, just as long as she's a terrorist.
  • In Lockout this is used as Snow unceremoniously punches Emilie in the face, but it is only in order to give her a cut/bruise to make her look tough and more manly. He immediately holds her in his arms and apologizes profusely for doing it.
  • Mad Max, in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, is reluctant to hit Anna Goanna, teenage leader of the feral kids, but he does so anyway in an attempt to stop her going to Bartertown. She goes anyway.
  • In the film The Mad Miss Manton, this is used for a gag:
    Melsa Manton: [storms into the room and slaps the first man she sees] Are you Peter Ames?
    Peter's SecretaryNo...
    Peter Ames: But I am...
    Melsa Manton: [Slaps Peter]
    Peter Ames: [Slaps Melsa] To complete the circle.
  • In Midnight Mary, Mary's boyfriend has no problem hitting her around.
  • In Mortal Kombat, though combatants are likely to face opposite-gendered opponents in the tournament, Kano especially relishes in hitting and kicking Sonya before she turns the tables on him.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) has the eponymous couple fighting where both end up with cuts and bruises. Of course, for a pair of assassins who are still in love with each other, this is foreplay.
  • Leroy in Mystery Team.
  • Once Were Warriors features some pretty brutal instances of spousal abuse.
  • In The Other Guys Hoitz (one of the heroes) is involved in a brawl with several bad guys, including the ridiculously beautiful Brazilian Dark Action Girl. The audience doesn't actually see him hit her, but he obviously does so hard enough that she's still unconscious several minutes later when the scene ends.
  • In Out of the Past, gangster Whit slaps his moll, Kathie, after learning she murdered a man and lied to him about it.
  • In Paul Graeme punches the Big Bad played by Sigourney Weaver in the face; it's hilariously ineffective and she quickly shows she's much more badass than he is but Graeme certainly doesn't lose any audience sympathy for at least trying to deck her.
  • In The Phantom of the Opera (1962), when Christine says she is too tired to continue her singing lesson, the Phantom becomes frustrated and slaps her.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
    • The crew of The Flying Dutchman don't distinguish between Elizabeth and the male pirates whenever they fight.
    Davy Jones: HARRIDAN! You'll see nae mercy from me!
    • Also, Ian Mercer in At World's End coldly shoots both of Sao Feng's female attendants dead.
  • James Cagney, absolutely. Typecast as badass gangster with a heart of gold, he inflicts hurt on men and women in equal doses. Most famous example is smashing a grapefruit into Mae Clark's face in The Public Enemy. It happens in half his movies.
  • The Purge: When a psychopathic gang invades a home with intent to kill, you can bet that they will have no qualms about gender. (The good guys in the movie have no qualms about hitting female villains either.)
  • Robin and Marian: When she refuses to be rescued from the Sheriff, Robin knocks Marian out and carries her off himself. Earlier, Richard has the castle of Chalus burned down with only women and children still inside.
  • William from Saw VI has no qualms about hitting his female lawyer, especially because she's coming after him with a portable saw to cut him open because the key to unlock the device which is going to kill her is sewn in his side.
  • In Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Todd punches the highlights out of Knives's hair as his Kick the Dog moment (though it was Lynette Guycott who did this in the comic). Gideon beats on Ramona to establish himself as the Big Bad of the film. Whenever he hits a girl, a videogame voice says "Bad!" to lampshade it. This is all in direct contrast to Scott, who refuses to hit a girl even when she's trying to kill him.
  • In Suffragette, almost all men frequently hit women, and those who don't are shown to approve of others doing it. One protagonist is beaten up so badly by her husband that she is unfit to speak in public, and Police Brutality against women is commonplace.
  • Bryan Mills, Taken's resident badass, has no problem hitting a girl if it convinces her husband to help him find his daughter. Lucky for her it was Only a Flesh Wound.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014):
    • While the attacks aren't like full on punches to the face or anything, Raphael does slam Karai into a wall in their first encounter, and is the one that takes out the jeep she's in, and it's questionable if she survived the attack or not.
    • Likewise, Shredder clearly had no problem killing April and would have done so repeatedly if the Turtles hadn't kept distracting him.
    • Additionally, Sacks, having killed April's father, has no qualms about killing April when she shows up to foil his plans in the climax.
  • Terminator
  • In The Thin Man, Nick decks his wife Nora to get her out of the field of fire when a gun-wielding man bursts into the room. Later, while rubbing her jaw, she criticizes his tactics but accepts his intentions.
  • Played with in Thor. When Thor wakes up and freaks out in the hospital, he rampages against the male and female staff with no real hesitation. However, the female doctor was only knocked to the ground, while the men were thrown into and through things.
  • In Total Recall (1990), Quaid has no qualms about killing Lori, after she triumphs in a Designated Girl Fight and sneakily starts to reach for her gun.
    Lori: Honey, you wouldn't hurt me, after all, we are married.
  • After discovering Charlotte Rampling's betrayal in The Verdict, Paul Newman slugs her in the face.
  • What's Love Got to Do with It is a Tina Turner biopic. Part of it covers her relationship with her abusive ex-husband.
  • In The Wicker Man (2006), Nicolas Cage's character punches one woman while wearing a suit and tie, punches another while wearing a bear costume, kicks Leelee Sobieski, and bikejacks another woman at gunpoint. Which has all been condensed here. To said character's defense, he thinks they're all conspiring to burn a little girl alive. That's what they want him to think.
  • X-Men Film Series
    • X-Men:
      • Magneto places Rogue into his machine, knowing full well that she will die from its effects.
      • Considering that Mystique is trying to kill Wolverine, he fights her as viciously as he would any man.
      • Toad has no qualms attacking Jean Grey and Storm.
      • Sabretooth wanted to cause Storm enough pain so that she would scream, but he failed twice.
    • X2: X-Men United:
      • After Lady Deathstrike attempts to sedate Cyclops, he hits her with an optic blast, but she recovers quickly due to her Healing Factor.
      • Pyro has no problem throwing a fireball at a female cop who has him at gunpoint.
      • The brutal confrontation between Wolverine and Lady Deathstrike is one of the most violent duels in the franchise.
      • With his Master of Illusion ability, Jason Stryker tricked his mother into committing suicide with a power-drill to her temple.
    • X-Men: The Last Stand:
      • Juggernaut is willing to murder Kitty Pryde.
      • Wolverine has no choice but to slay the Phoenix in order to end her catastrophic rampage.
      • Quill gives a Deadly Hug to Dr. Kavita Rao.
    • X-Men: First Class:
      • Sebastian Shaw heartlessly shoots Erik's mother dead in front of the boy's eyes.
      • Lehnsherr cracks Emma Frost's crystalline neck after she refuses to cooperate.
      • Angel Salvadore attacks Havok and Banshee with her highly acidic spit balls, so once they land safely on a beach, Alex Summers unleashes his power and burns her wings.
      • Magneto nearly strangles Agent Moira MacTaggert to death with her own military dog tags, although Xavier manages to talk him out of it.
    • The Wolverine:
      • Shingen slaps his daughter Mariko in the face when they get into an argument.
      • Shingen attacks Yukio and a katana duel ensues. He is about to stab her after he knocks her unconscious, but a revived Logan stops Shingen in the nick of time.
    • X-Men: Days of Future Past:
      • Major Stryker successfully tasered Mystique, but he failed to shoot her in Saigon and inside The White House's underground bunker.
      • Magneto would have murdered Mystique if it weren't for Beast's timely intervention.
    • Deadpool (2016):
      • While on the hunt for Ajax, Deadpool tracks down and assaults two women, wondering aloud whether not hitting them would be more sexist after one tried to attack him. He does so, while clearly preparing to shoot them at point blank.
      • Colossus doesn't hesitate fighting Angel Dust once she shows that she's as strong as he is. Amusingly though, Colossus remains a gentleman in spite of hitting her; when one of Angel Dusts' breasts comes out of her shirt he stops the fight so she can fix it, even covering his eyes.
    • X-Men: Apocalypse:
      • Apocalypse chokes Mystique while lifting her off the ground.
      • Beast performs a Catch and Return with a car that Storm had launched at the X-Men, and he goes on the offensive when the homicidal Psylocke fights him.
      • Cyclops attempts to target Storm with his Eye Beam, and she barely manages to get out of the way.
    • Logan:
      • Rice, Pierce, and the Reavers have no qualms against trying to kill Laura. It helps she's a Tyke Bomb Human Weapon with a powerful Healing Factor, and is completely willing and able to kill them in turn.
      • There are several girls among the other mutants escaping Transigen, whom the Reavers attack in the climax. One loses his arm when he seizes the girl who can breathe ice by the throat. Transigen fully intended to murder the kids once they were recovered.
      • Pierce kills Laura's nurse, Gabriella. He had previously tried to kill her before she contracted Logan, seriously injuring her arm in the process.
      • Another nurse, Maria, is interrogated in a deleted scene over the escape of the kids. Her face had been bloodied, indicating she had been beaten.
      • X-24 will kill anyone he's ordered to, or who sets off his Berserk Button, regardless of gender. He fights Laura just as viciously as he does Logan (though as noted above, Laura is incredibly dangerous in her own right). He also murders Kathryn Munson — along with the rest of the Munson family — in the process of his attempt to capture Laura (Kathryn did have a shotgun, but still).
  • Zartan in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
  • In Star Trek Into Darkness, Khan creates a very loud crunch as he breaks Carol's leg.
  • In Man of Steel, Superman has no problem fighting enemy Kryptonian Faora. Justified as either male or female Kryptonians pretty much seem to pose serious threats quite equally.
  • Julian from The Heat.
  • Alpha Dog. During the fight at the house party, Jake decks a girl who was charging at him straight in the face, making her fall to the floor.
  • Saturday Night Fever. During the Barracuda Club fight, Joey pulls the girl bashing Tony's face into the floor off him and knocks her out with a single punch.
  • Wild Things: Ray Duquette certainly would. Underneath the surface he's actually a person who beats hookers and happily agrees to the murder of at least two teenage girls, killing one by breaking into her home and shooting her in cold blood.
  • In Timecop, Max Walker tells Sarah Fielding that he won't hit a girl, but changes his mind when he's sick of her kicking the shit out of him and knocks her out with a single punch.
  • Darius in xXx: State of the Union is willing to hit a girl but hesitates to kill one, Gibbons does not hesitate.
    Gibbons: I told you to kill that bitch.
  • The fight between Shemp and his suitors in The Three Stooges' Brideless Groom. Larry raises the butt of a pistol, but Moe stops him.
    Moe: Wait a minute! You wouldn't hit a lady with that. (hands him a rifle) Use this - it's bigger.
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service:
    • Eggsy has no problem fighting, hitting and ultimately killing Gazelle during the final showdown, but then she is trying to cut him to pieces with her leg blades. Unsurprising, considering he trained alongside two women and thus knows just how dangerous they are.
    • Harry also kills several women in the church melee but was not in control of his actions at the time.
  • Memento: Leonard punches a woman in the face when she insults his dead wife.
  • Sudden Impact: While Harry's trying to subdue Mick, Ray Parkins starts beating on his back and shoulders. Harry turns around and delivers a hard jab to her face. Also, Jennifer takes a few brutal punches from Mick and Kruger's brothers-in-law later on.
  • In Run Man Run, Spaghetti Western by Sergio Sollima, the woman actually seems to enjoy it.
  • Sweetwater: Josiah, after coaxing Sarah into putting down her gun, punches her in the head and then rapes her.
  • Erik Killmonger in Black Panther (2018) does not hesitate to harm anyone who gets in his way regardless of their gender. He shot his girlfriend when Klaue holds her hostage, he choked a Wakandan priestess when she objects to burning herb gardens that gave them Black Panther powers, and he tries to murder T'Challa's younger sister after disarming her.
  • During the hijacking of the cruise ship at the beginning of Ghost Ship, the pirates kill numerous female passengers, often in brutal ways (including a high-tension cable that slices at high speed through a crowded dance floor, literally cutting the revelers in half), sneaking rat poison into their food, and machine-gunning them. A lounge singer (Francesca Rettondini) who assists the gang is double-crossed by them and gets a cargo hook through her neck.
  • In Assassins, Miguel Bain, the psychopathic rival to protagonist Robert Rath, kills at least four women in his attempt to get at (and kill) the female hacker Electra; a female police officer, a female Dutch Interpol agent, a hotel maid, and Electra's downstairs neighbor
  • In the late-1980's Andy Sidaris B-movie Guns, two male assassins in drag shoot a young newlywed woman in the head as she sits with her new husband in a posh Hawaii restaurant, under the mistaken impression that she's one of the (female) protagonist pair they've been sent to take out, then fatally shoot the restaurant's sexy redheaded owner when she pulls her own gun and attempts to stop them.
  • Bit of a zigzag in Czechoslovak fairytale "Frau Holle", after the same-named Grimm fairytale. After our hero has worked for Frau Holle in heaven, he can see Aunt Scythe, AKA Death. She's portraited as a killer with evil plans of her own, and when she's after the life of his princess, she gets a good beating from him. She turns into a young girl (which is a standard Slavic image of Death, which is female there) to save her skin, correctly assuming he wouldn't hit a sexy young girl. It works but he breaks her scythe over his knee. And they lived happily ever after.
  • Alfie Alperin, the Big Bad of Sunset, is a clinical sadist who takes out his urges on any who attract his ire. His favourite targets include his wife and his sister. He eventually beats his wife to death, and it is implied that he permanently crippled his sister's leg.
  • The House That Dripped Blood: In "Sweets for the Sweet", John slaps his daughter across the face while her teacher stands by; shocked, but doing nothing. (This is possibly a case of Values Dissonance as it might have been seen at the time as a parent disciplining his child.)
  • In Avengers: Infinity War:
    • Thanos does not show any hesitation when it comes to throwing Gamora to her death (aka someone that he loved the most) just to attain the Soul Stone needed for his own goals.
    • The Children of Thanos attack both Black Widow and Scarlet Witch in Scotland.
    • Likewise the male Avengers have no problem defending themselves against Proxima Midnight when she attacks.
  • In Ant-Man and the Wasp the villain Ghost is female. Although her gender is a bit of a mystery in her first fight, Scott learns she is a woman early on. Afterwards he has no problems hitting her - or at least trying to hit her, since she's able to faze through solid matter.
  • Leviathan (1989) has a Corrupt Corporate Executive who nearly gets the team killed. Upon making it to safety, she attempts to invoke Never My Fault to the male hero. He responds with a casual punch and walks off.
  • In A Gunfight, Will slaps his wife Nora when she calls him a liar.
  • In Black Zoo, Michael slaps his wife Edna across the face during their quarrel in the kitchen. The casual ease with which he does it indicates it is not the first time he has done it.
  • The Butchers: Simon, a trained soldier, drops Jill the Ripper with the same ruthless efficiency he shows in disposing of the male serial killers.
  • The Room hints a couple of times that Mark might be a domestic abuser - his story about a woman who was beaten up so badly she ended up in hospital is hinted to be about his own break-up with 'Betty' (who is never seen). In the end of the film after Johnny's suicide, he hits Lisa in the face.
  • Firestorm (1998): Twice Shaye backhands Jennifer across the face, hitting her hard enough to knock her to the ground.
  • Bad Samaritan: Cale always targets women. He also beats up Riley to get at Sean, her boyfriend.


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