Created By: Autarch on August 10, 2010 Last Edited By: Autarch on August 10, 2010
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The man's leg kicks towards the hero's groin. It hits him, hard, enough to take down a lesser man. But not this hero! This hero has BALLS OF STEEL and won't crumple even if a truck drives into his groin.

This is a subversion of Groin Attack, which is where a character gets hit in his Primary Sexual Characteristic and goes down.

Typical subversions of this trope include it turning out the attacked is wearing a codpiece or doesn't have genitalia where they are being hit (the latter is especially common in Speculative Fiction).


Examples

  • In You Only Live Twice, a martial artist is hit in the testicles only for it to be revealed he had drawn them into his body.
  • Moonraker. James Bond knees Jaws in the groin while fighting him in the space station. There's a "clang" sound when he does so, indicating that Jaws has Balls Of Steel just like his teeth.
  • In a subversion, in Black Lagoon Rotton the Wizard survived a groin attacked by Roberta due to groin protection.
  • In Kung Pow! Enter the Fist, this is one of Master Pain's / Betty's powers.
  • In Men In Black 2, K is trying to fight off an alien with little success until J points out that particular alien is impervious to groin attacks.
  • In an episode of The A-Team, a bad guy slams his rifle into BA's crotch with no effect.
  • In a Robot Chicken short entitled "Ode to the Nut-shot" we see two instances of this, one straight one played with; in one case, a lumberjack repeatedly punches himself in the nuts to no effect, and in another, one robot kicks another in the groin, at which the victim simply stands there and shrugs.
  • Pai Mei from Kill Bill Volume 2 has these, as the Bride finds out the hard way during her battle with him.
  • [[Tekken Tekken Tag Tournament]] featured a number of special intros/outros from combining certain pairs of fighters on your team. Several outros involving Nina Williams features her delivering her signature Groin Attack to her partner, causing him to crumble to the ground. If you pair her with Bryan Fury, however, she'll deliver the groin attack - only for him to laugh at it and do one of his taunts in response.
  • In the Secret Six comics, Ragdoll is at one point the victim of a Groin Attack, but he simply takes it and replies, "I had those removed for getting in the way." Catman compliments him on how devoted he is to being a freak.
  • Painfully subverted in The Oblongs, where Mayor Bledsoe, whilst doing a number of macho exercises, dares Mr. Klimer to hit him in the testicles with his golf club. Once the blow is made, he stands perfectly still before saying, in an even voice, "That hurts more then I thought it would."
  • In Mirror's Edge, a slide kick in the groin is a very effective method of dispatching armed enemies (disabling them for just enough time for a disarm)... except the heavy troopers who explicitly wear groin protection with their armor and therefore only receive normal damage from such kicks. Also, the groin kicks don't work on the Parkour Killer, an early indication that it's a girl.
  • In Alien Nation Sykes groin-kicks an alien, who laughs it off. Later, George tells him that he'll get the result he was looking for by hitting an alien in the side of the torso. Sykes tries this out later, and it proves as effective as a groin shot.
  • In The Jerk, the protagonist makes the mistake of kicking the crotch of "Iron Balls" McGinty.
  • Played with in the [[Discworld Discworld]] novel [[Discworld Monstrous Regiment]] - our heroine is bitten in the crotch by a horse when disguised as a man, and only the horrified reaction of a male onlooker makes her realise she should be bent double in agony.
  • Played with in She's The Man. Viola gets hit in the crotch with a soccer ball and belatedly remembers to cry in agony, making it momentarily appear that she he has balls of steel.
  • Least I Could Do has this. CRACK! "The Emperor protects his soldiers." "Where once I had a knee, I now have thousands of tiny floating bones."
  • Occurs in one of the flashback chapters of Bleach when recently appointed Captain Kisuke Urahara is kicked by then-lieutenant Hiyori Sarugaki with seemingly no effect. After she stormed out the barracks though, Hiyori was clutching at her foot asking herself "What are they made of, brass?!"
  • In the Black Canary/Green Arrow wedding issue Canary manages to land a kick on Deathstroke, but this trope is used as he angrily says that he's wearing over 50 pounds of body armor, so of course he's wearing a cup.
  • In professional wrestling, Chyna used the low blow continually. It never seemed to get her disqualified. This trope was used once when she was wrestling Road Dogg and he wore a cup.
  • Used in Series 3, Episode 7 of Primeval where Danny tricks a knight with the old Look Up routine, only to discover out his groin is armour protected.
  • Used in the Farscape episode "Hot to Katratzi", where Chiana confronts a Scarran who had captured her earlier. After verifying his identity, she asks him if Scarrans have mivonks, and abruptly knees him in the groin before he has a chance to respond. As she lies on the floor clutching her knee in pain, the Scarran informs her that they do have them, but they're not external.
  • Truth in television. Shaolin monks often perfect the method of drawing their testicles inside their bodies to prevent Groin Attacks. Picture.
    • And a video for those curious few.
Community Feedback Replies: 29
  • August 8, 2010
    Fanra
    According to You Only Live Twice, a Japanese martial art enables men to move their testes inside their bodies so they are immune to a Groin Attack. Considering Ian Fleming's general looseness with the truth in his James Bond novels, I wouldn't assume offhand it has anything to do with Real Life.
  • August 8, 2010
    Stratadrake
    Not sure about the name... but:

    In the sequel to Men In Black, J is attempting to fight off an alien, with no luck until K points out that the particular alien is impervios to Groin Attacks.
  • August 8, 2010
    JonnyB
    The creature Kirk gets into a fight with in the Rura Penthe mines in Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country. Turns out his genitals weren't located there...
  • August 8, 2010
    KZN02
    What about groin protection?

    In Black Lagoon, Rotton the Wizard survives a Groin Attack by Roberta because he had one. Still, it was severely dented.
  • August 8, 2010
    STUART
    I think the name is fine. Maybe Bronze Balls.

  • August 8, 2010
    HawktureShorts155
    While trying (unsuccesfully) to get the two main characters in shape on an episode of Beavis And Butthead, the gym instructor claims to have these and orders Butthead to "kick me in the jimmy!" Butthead does so, and the Badass trainer rides out the pain fairly easily (although his face does briefly turn red).
  • August 8, 2010
    AdmiralMemo
    Two words: Duke Nukem. It's his catchphrase.
  • August 8, 2010
    randomsurfer
    @Fanara: actually from what I've read there is a martial arts manouver (for lack of a better word) which draws the testicles in to make them less susceptible to harm, although it is exaggerated in You Only Live Twice.
  • August 8, 2010
    Game_Fan
    In one episode of The A Team a bad guy slams the butt of his rifle into BA's crotch to no effect.
  • August 8, 2010
    JonnyB
    This is an aversion or subversion of Groin Attack (as noted in that trope's description).
  • August 8, 2010
    PAL25E
    In a Robot Chicken short entitled "Ode to the Nut-shot" we see two instances of this, one straight one played with; in one case, a lumberjack repeatedly punches himself in the nuts to no effect, and in another, one robot kicks another in the groin, at which the victim simply stands there and shrugs.
  • August 8, 2010
    Autarch
    @Fanra: Yep, I also read it in a fiction book on the Yakuza. A particularly large, meaty character ends up drawing his testicles into his body. Well, either that or he just did not care about someone hitting him there.

    @Jonny B: I think it's common enough and different enough to deserve it's own trope. And, come on, Balls Of Steel.
  • August 8, 2010
    TwoGunAngel
    Pai Mei from Kill Bill Volume 2 has these, as the Bride finds out the hard way during her battle with him.
  • August 8, 2010
    BlackDragon
    Tekken Tag Tournament featured a number of special intros/outros from combining certain pairs of fighters on your team. Several outros involving Nina Williams features her delivering her signature Groin Attack to her partner, causing him to crumble to the ground. If you pair her with Bryan Fury, however, she'll deliver the groin attack - only for him to laugh at it and do one of his taunts in response.

    (Bryan Fury is basically a Psycho Zombie Cyborg SWAT-Cop, so... well, decide for yourself which of those grants him immunity.
  • August 9, 2010
    Arivne
    Should this include aliens and other non-human creatures that don't have testicles either in the groin area or at all?

    From Groin Attack:

    Film
    • In Alien Nation Sykes groin-kicks an alien, who laughs it off. Later, George tells him that he'll get the result he was looking for by hitting an alien in the side of the torso. Sykes tries this out later, and it proves as effective as a groin shot.

    I just recently added this one to Groin Attack:

    Film
    • Moonraker. James Bond knees Jaws in the groin while fighting him in the space station. There's a "clang" sound when he does so, indicating that Jaws has Balls Of Steel just like his teeth.
  • August 9, 2010
    Autarch
    "Should this include aliens and other non-human creatures that don't have testicles either in the groin area or at all?"

    I think so. Or that should at least count as a subversion (I think, right?).

    So, no major problems with this trope?
  • August 9, 2010
    Vree
    picture

    Also, there IS apparently a real-life Shaolin conditioning for this. The training is called "Iron Egg".
  • August 9, 2010
    Autarch
  • August 9, 2010
    MrTom
    Literature Subverted in 's Discworld novel Monstrous Regiment - our heroine is bitten in the crotch by a horse when disguised as a man, and only the horrified reaction of a male onlooker makes her realise she should be bent double in agony.

    ( coincidentally, precisely the same episode (and others) detailed here .)
  • August 9, 2010
    randomsurfer
    Also often Played With (if not Subverted) by the kickee revealing they're wearing some kind of protection - a cup or something similar.
  • August 9, 2010
    SeanMurrayI
    The Men In Black 2 example is backwards. K was kicking the alien between the legs, and J had to point out that the alien was a "Ballchinian."
  • August 9, 2010
    callsignecho
    Played with (hehe) in Shes The Man. Viola gets hit in the crotch with a soccer ball and belatedly remembers to cry in agony, making it momentarily appear that she he has balls of steel.
  • August 9, 2010
    Narsil
    In The Jerk, the protagonist makes the mistake of kicking the crotch of "Iron Balls" McGinty.
  • August 9, 2010
    STUART
    @randomsurfer: That's a justification.
  • August 9, 2010
    AdamC
    In the Secret Six comics, Ragdoll is at one point the victim of a Groin Attack, but he simply takes it and replies, "I had those removed for getting in the way." Catman compliments him on how devoted he is to being a freak.
  • August 9, 2010
    AdamC
    Painfully subverted in The Oblongs, where Mayor Bledsoe, whilst doing a number of macho exercises, dares Mr. Klimer to hit him in the testicles with his golf club. Once the blow is made, he stands perfectly still before saying, in an even voice, "That hurts more then I thought it would."
  • August 9, 2010
    Koveras
    If external protection examples count: In Mirror's Edge, a slide kick in the groin is a very effective method of dispatching armed enemies (disabling them for just enough time for a disarm)... except the heavy troopers who explicitly wear groin protection with their armor and therefore only receive normal damage from such kicks. Also, the groin kicks don't work on the Parkour Killer, an early indication that it's a girl.
  • August 10, 2010
    Autarch
    Okay, I'm ready to launch this, I've got a replacement Groin Attack page ready and this has a considerable amount of examples already.

    I was just wondering, though, might it be a good idea to split it into "Played Straight", "No 'Nads There" and "Groin Protection"?
  • August 10, 2010
    Autarch
    Launching... 3... 2... 1!

    BLAST OFF BALLS

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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