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The poor guy; he squirms under the thumb of a domineering wife, very likely a Grande Dame. Her word is law, and he can only obey, with a meek and humble, "Yes, dear. Frequently, he will be a small figure, literally overshadowed by his behemoth of a wife. Bigger than he is, she nevertheless expects him to carry all her packages when out shopping, to run all her errands, and to care for whatever snarling pet she dotes on.
All the while his own hobbies and sources of personal enjoyment will fall by the wayside "No, honey, you can't watch the game Sunday, we're going antiquing! Some of these men are reed to the horror of their lives; others try to escape, oftentimes to their regret.
After all, a real man could never be dominated by any mere womanso the Henpecked Husband must be a wimp who deserves it. Today, the notion that the man must be the head of the family is mostly a Discredited Tropebut the idea that there's something inherently hilarious about a woman dominating a man still lingers.
While cries of Henpecked Husband are sometimes raised at the slightest implication of a wife being in charge of anything, it's only very recently that it's started becoming common for the truly overpowering examples to be held up as abusive. If it's a relationship where the two of them really love each otherthis will be played even more for laughswith the joke more likely to be not that the husband is suffering, but that he's delusional.
Maybe the husband starts talking about how he "wears the pants in the family". The wife will then make a comment or suggestion, and he'll immediately cave. Yeah, he's whipped. See also No ing for Taste. In the process of slowly becoming a Discredited Trope in favor of Parenting the Husband. In which the viewer gets a possible insight into David and Victoria's marriage.
Community Showcase More. Follow TV Tropes. You need to to do this. Get Known if you don't have an. Howard: Your wife pushes you around? But you're a big scary cop! Rostenkowski: [Howard's father-in-law] Well, you're an astronaut and your wife pushes you around. And she's only four feet tall! I want everything clean and dry! Her: Oh babe look, sunset heart-hands!
Him: Why don't we just enjoy the moment? Bleach plays with this by having every member of the Gotei 13 henpecked by Captain Unohana Retsu who le the meek and submissive 4th division who needs only give a simple glare to make any of the other captains and Ichigo fall in line. Later becomes less funny when it's revealed she was the first Kenpachi, the most notorious criminal and murderer in the history of Soul Society.
Japanese manga later turned into a short-lived anime Dame Oyaji takes this to the next level, by having the wife and kids beat the snot out of the dad solely because they hate him. For those who don't know Japanese, the title translates to "Useless Dad".
Doraemon : Nobita's father, Nobisuke, is more submissive compared to his short-tempered wife, Tamako, who can be bossy with him as well. Dragon Ball : Goku is a zigzagged example.
Even though his Tsundere wife Chi-Chi usually seems completely in control of him when he really wants to defy her wishes which is usually for world-saving business he proves to be entirely capable of ignoring her. Normally, his easygoing personality just makes him happy to defer to Chi-Chi's more forceful nature. Dragon Ball Super gives another angle to their relationship.
When Goku wants to go off and train with Whis for no particular reason other than that he wants toChi-Chi is infuriated that he would spend so much time away from his family and does her best to stop him. He basically ignores her and goes anyway, at which point she simply smiles and says it was unavoidable, suggesting her behavior isn't necessarily an effort to absolutely control Goku so much as to temper his enthusiasm with some degree of familial responsibility. Krillin also qualifies, it's just that unlike Goku, it's more downplayed.
He's shown to be very submissive to his wife, Android 18, but that seems to be half this trope and half him being a blatant Amazon Chaser who enjoys getting bossed around by her. Though he is more prone to ignoring her, he is terrified of actually offending her, and will concede to her wishes when push comes to shove. Super even has him note that Saiyan men really have a thing for strong-willed women ; Bulma may not be an Action Girlbut she has plenty of pluck. Being a sentient space colony, he and Tsutsuji aren't technically husband and wife, but they fit In Haruka Nogizaka's SecretHaruka's dad is this.
In one situation, another girl, Shiina, confesses to whom she thinks is a sleeping Yuuto, only to find out it was Haruka's dad. Although he's completely innocent, his wife still retaliates by accusing him of cheating on her.
Asahi: So What did she do, yesterday? Genjirou: She just sat smiling without saying a word This is a staple of French cartoonist Albert Dubout's illustrations. He especially pushed the size difference to Exaggerated Trope level, having the husbands being midgets compared to their huge, heavyset battleaxe wives with Gag Boobs.
Asian Animation. In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolfthe main villain Wolffy is constantly pestered by his wife Wolnie to capture the goats so that they can eat them. Wolffy listens because if he fails to catch the goats, Wolnie hits him with her Frying Pan of Doom. Ralphie May comments on this in quite a few of his shows, bringing it down to you having the choice of either being "happy or right, gentlemen. Comic Books. Chief Vitalstatistix in Asterix might be a veteran warrior, admired and respected by all, but he lives in perpetual fear of his tiny but ferocious wife, Impedimenta.
He may be a Jerkass who fired adventurer-turned-duck Cliff Carlson and afterwards stole Cliff's map to the Temple of Mongombo, but Nuskle's own wife is extremely abusive of him. Several couples in Lucky Luke fall under this. One particularly amusing example is in "The Stagecoach", where the poor guy can barely open his mouth without his wife telling him that's enough out of him.
She also proves far more competent than he is at shooting. But, surprisingly enough, winning several poker games makes him far more assertive. Their relationship is even described as "loveless" and one of the reasons for Overman's betrayal. A one-shot side story from Will Eisner 's The Spirit has a man running away from his overbearing and possibly abusive wife just as a criminal Identical Stranger is escaping from prison.
The two agree to switch clothes, and the henpecked man is arrested and sent to solitary confinement — which suits him just fine because at least he's got some peace and quiet. The criminal, meanwhile, is found by the police and sent back to "his" wife, which apparently turns out to be a pretty severe punishment in its own right. The Great Phantom Peril has Mr. Jackson Porter, who moves out of his house and reluctantly trespasses on Clark Kent's apartment to steal an artifact just because he believes his wife's ghost so commands it. General Alcazar from Tintin.
He's a ruthless dictator and revolutionary but is completely submissive to his wife, whose temper is just as bad as his. The dissonance between his macho persona and his role in his marriage is Played for Laughs. This trope was made a central part of the Silver Age reimagining of Archie Comics ' The Web as a superhero who constantly has to deal with his wife's constantly disapproving haranguing of being a superhero behind her back.
His wife, hotel heiress Berlin Holiday, is a domineering shrew who rants and raves at him day and night. Bohdgi, it should be mentioned, is an infamous supervillain. After their marriage, his actions become wild, destructive, and unpredictable — because he wants to be captured so he'll be taken away from his wife. Upon detaining him and learning all this, Yank Wilson has good news for the happy couple: they'll be sharing a cell in Fort Leavenworth. Comic Strips. Beetle Bailey : General Halftrack le the regiment but is no match for his stout wife; she can't stop him from being an annoying drunk and a Dirty Old Man — after all, he's usually not at home when he does those things — but she can certainly make him miserable for it.
The long-ago retired character Private Pop felt less bossed around in the army than back home with his wife. Nero : Meneer Pheip is literally chained to his wife and not allowed to go anywhere without her permission. He even has her last name instead of the other way around! Sherman from Sherman's Lagoondespite being a great white shark, is one to his wife Megan. One storyline even has her making a voodoo doll of him. Acres : There's one strip about a worm who's brave enough to fight Booker, but cowers when his wife scolds him for being late for dinner.
When a hole-to-hole salesworm shows up at a hole and asks if the worm who answered is "the man of the house", said worm responds, "I'll get her. Fairy Tales. In Boys und Sensha-do! The Child of Love : Shinji is this to Asuka even before getting married. Whatever she wanted, she eventually got it because he went along with everything. Touji lampshades it in the fifth chapter: Toji: [to Shinji] Not yet married, and she's already henpecking you He at least tries.
King: Consider, my dear. Queen: Oh, very well. But get on with it! One of these is a supporting character in 7 Faces of Dr. Lao ; his wife becomes nicer after surviving being turned into stone by Medusa.
George Putnam in Amelia is more than a little like this. They remain Happily Married despite what the title character puts him through because he is something of a Fool for Love. In Assassin In Love a. The Bakera fat slob of a woman constantly insults her meek husband, who doesn't have enough of a spine to defend himself. He turns out to be not so meek after all when he hires an assassin to have her dealt with. An Autumn Afternoon : Koichi's wife Akiko runs their household, and when Koichi tries to buy golf clubs that they can't really afford, she gives him an earful.
She belittles him in front of her friends, refuses to let him make decisions to help their troubled teen son, Ethan, and then blames him for the of her actions. The fourth story of Creepshow"The Crate", has this in the form of Henry Northrup and his alcoholic wife Wilma but call her Billy, everyone does to the point where he imagines killing her several times.
He eventually does kill by feeding her to monster in the title crate. Crooked House : The emotionally-immature Roger was not only under the thumb of his father but also that of his domineering wife Clemency. Pretty much every decision he makes in the film is shown being dictated to him by Clemency. And he is the managing director of a major corporation.
Ernest Menville from Death Becomes Herat least until he starts developing a spine. In fact, he prefers suffering a near-fatal fall to being with his bothersome wife for the rest of his life. However, he is fairly tall and athletic, in contrast to the physically weak part of the trope. Also, he's played by Bruce Willis. In the second installment of the Dr. Dolittle movies, John is trying to teach Archie the bear and Lucky the dog how to be Alpha.
As he's demonstrating the "confident" strut and telling them how important it is to be strong and dominant to attract women, Lisa interrupts and orders him to line the garbage cans. Momentarily carried away by the lesson, he barks back, "You line them your damn self, woman! Massive butt-kissing ensues. Andrea constantly belittles her husband and also rubs in his face the fact that she is a businesswoman and he is a construction worker. From Beyond the Grave : In "An Act of Kindness", Christopher Lowe is completely under the thumb of his wife Mabel, who nags him from the moment he gets home and mocks him for his life not turning out the way she thinks it should have.
He responds either passive-aggressively or with tantrum-like outbursts. His desire to be free of her le him down a destructive path. Mac, Eddie's best friend in The Heartbreak Kidis a rather hypocritical version of this, as he constantly pressures Eddie to take the plunge and talks about how great married life is when he's clearly as whipped as a race horse. His Wicked Witch of the West ringtone for his wife is especially funny.
Hard Rain : Henry is one to Doreen. He finally decides he has had enough and puts her in her place with a Precision F-Strike. Nick starts out as this in Hot Tub Time Machinebecoming a hyphenate taking his wife's last namegiving up his dream of being a musician to please her, and putting up with his wife cheating on him because he doesn't have the courage to confront her about it. Beth: So, Ned.Wife away want to play
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