Created By: Lirodon on July 6, 2011 Last Edited By: Lirodon on September 27, 2012

Balls Gag

Double-meanings involving the Family Jewels

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The word "ball" can have several innocent meanings (such as a spherical object used for amusement or athletics, a formal dance, having guts, etc.), but in its plural form, it can also be a slang term for a certain part of the male anatomy. Hence, there is a form of humor surrounding dialogue involving these items that could accidentally (or purposely) be misinterpreted to apply to the latter. Essentially, you could call it a "balls gag."

  • Wipeout: This show's most famous obstacle is the "Big Balls", a set of 4 giant red inflated balls that are meant to be bounced across. Hence, once a contestant gets to them, ball related jokes often get thrown right at them.
  • AC/DC has a song called "Big Balls". However, it is not about groins or Wipeout, but ballroom dances.
  • South Park: Chef's Image Song "Chocolate Salty Balls (P.S. I Love You)" runs on this.
  • Saturday Night Live also did a food-related variant: in perhaps the most famous edition of the "Delicious Dish" sketch (which parodies dull NPR radio shows with equally dull hosts), Alec Baldwin played a baker named Pete Schweddy, who came on the show to talk about his Christmas dish, "Schweddy Balls"
    • On a somewhat unrelated note, Baldwin returned for another Delicious Dish sketch, this time with his "Schweddy Wiener"
  • Ray William Johnson (as his animated alter-ego Your Favorite Martian) did a song about "My Balls"
  • Pokémon: In the Japanese versions, the "Nugget" item (a piece of gold with a high selling price) was known as the "Kin no Tama", literally "golden ball." Unfortunate implications arise when you become aware that "golden ball" is a Japanese slang for the testicles, and the thought of a stranger giving a 10 year old their "golden balls" becomes quite hilarious.
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  • July 6, 2011
    Xena Warrior Princess: the bandits are stealing the family jewels.
  • July 6, 2011


    • Tenchi Muyo gives us the following gag, concerning the gems on Tenchi's sword:
      Ryoko: (extends hand expectantly) "Now. I'd like your balls, please."
      Tenchi: (covers crotch) "What?! No way! They're mine and I'm gonna hang on to them!"
  • July 6, 2011
  • July 6, 2011
    Chef from South Park singing about "Chocolate Salty Balls" would seem to come in here.
  • July 6, 2011
    Is this really a necessary distinction from Double Entendre and Getting Crap Past The Radar?
  • July 6, 2011
    The problem with ball gag is that it sounds like it's about, well, ball-gagging someone. "Balls gag" is a little better, but ideally this would use something more descriptive.
  • July 6, 2011
    @neoYTPism Intended, since that title is a double-meaning too. A gag in this case, something funny.

    The trope namer was supposed to be Wipeout, since John did say something in an episode (the, well, one that was on last night actually!) to the effect of "Oh, you and your ball gags."
  • July 6, 2011
    That Incredibly Lame Pun is not worth the potential for confusion.
  • July 6, 2011
    I really thought this was about actual ball gags until I read further.

    This will be misused left and right under this name. Change, or TRS will do it for you. :)
  • July 6, 2011
    • Space Jam: as Michael Jordan is shown the Looney Tunes' dilapidated gym, the characters point out the equipment they have. When Sylvester says "We've got balls", Jordan inevitably answers "You sure do!"
    • Futurama episode "War is the H-Word" has a whole pletora of them, as the main opponents are ball-shaped aliens.
      Zapp Brannigan: You'll be negotiating with the balls' mysterious leaders, the Brain Balls. They've got a lot of brains, and they've got a lot of chutzpah.
  • July 6, 2011
    • Sports commentator Brian Johnston notes this as an occupational hazard in his memoirs, and gives several famous examples, including the one about the cricket commentator who, in the lull before the start of a game, announced that there were some small boys out on the field playing with their balls.
  • July 6, 2011
    Saturday Night Live: an infamous sketch with Alec Baldwin has him on the "Delicious Dish" NPR show talking about a confection he makes. His name is Pete Schweddy and he makes cheese balls. aka, "Schweddy balls."
  • July 6, 2011
    Duke Nukem series is choke full with these, such as a Duke-themed pinball machine with "Balls of Steel" written on it in Duke Nukem Forever.
  • July 6, 2011
  • July 11, 2011
    I was thinking about expanding the scope to include any jokes that use the word "nuts" to signify this too, talking to you Slap Chop.
  • July 11, 2011
  • July 11, 2011
    One Piece has a nice one in the Amazon Lily arc. It's bound to happen on an island where men... don't happen.
  • July 11, 2011
    ^^^A Stock Reference on The Late Show with David Letterman The straight version would be "You know how I can tell it's autumn in New York - in Central Park I saw a squirrel gathering nuts." Leading to:
    You know how I can tell it's autumn in New York - in Central Park I saw a nut gathering squirrels.
    Sunny today, isn't it? You won't believe this, in Central Park I saw a squirrel putting sunblock on his nuts.
    You've got to protect yourself from catching the flu. They say the best way to do this is to wash your hands frequently and use plenty of hand sanitizer. In fact, today in Central Park I saw a squirrel putting sanitizer on his nuts.
    It was so hot today I saw a squirrel using barbecue tongs just to handle his nuts.
  • July 12, 2011
    Instead of "Ball Gags", call this "Balls Gag".
  • July 12, 2011
    There's an episode of The Simpsons where the kids have mutinied and tied Skinner in a bag that held basketballs. Cue him ordering the class pet to "chew through my ball sack".
  • July 13, 2011
    What Fanra said.

    Look, it's a kind of clever pun, but is not worth the potential for confusion. Not by a longshot.
  • July 14, 2011
    This is also related to Freud Was Right.
  • July 15, 2011
    The hell with waiting, I'm changing the title. If Lirodon has a problem with that then he/she can address the arguments we've been making.
  • July 15, 2011
    In a segment from Cartoon Network's MAD called Poke Park, James tells his boss, "I got the (Poke) balls...Stop laughing!"
  • July 16, 2011
    Did he say poke-balls or did it just sound like he was saying "I got the balls"? If the latter it might be an idea to put Poke in square brackets rather than round brackets.
  • July 19, 2011
    I love the Ball Gags name. How many tropers actually think just "Ball Gags" as pertaining to the BDSM device would be a valid trope?
  • July 19, 2011
    I like the idea of renaming it again. Family Jewels would be better I think.
  • July 19, 2011
    This quote from Psych:
    Shawn Spencer: Good morning detectives, collecting money for the Policeman's ball?
    Carlton Lassiter: We don't have balls.
    Shawn Spencer: I honestly have no response to that.
  • July 19, 2011
    Why do we need this? All of the examples are already listed on Getting Crap Past The Radar.
  • July 21, 2011
    ^ This is a specific subtrope of it, though, just as other forms of Getting Crap Past The Radar are listed on it.
  • September 9, 2011
    Goku and Bulma have a bit of trouble with this trope during the first major saga of Dragon Ball. When Bulma first mentions the Dragon Balls, Goku says, "You mean some poor dragon...?" Later, when Goku tries to use Bulma as a pillow and finds out that she has no balls like Grandpa did, Bulma mistakes this to mean that the Dragon Balls are gone.
  • September 9, 2011
    In Yaiba, there's an arc dedicated to a quest for the "Legendary Orbs" (And before you ask, they're not orange). The heroes are mugged by the revived monk Benkei who shouts "If you want to proceed, give me your balls!!" Cue to embarassed looks and Sayaka says "Oh No!! I don't have balls!!". Not amused, Benkei corrects them.
  • September 27, 2012
    Wipeout's gigantic ball-shaped obstacles may have been inspired by a set of obstacles on Takeshis Castle that were referred to in the MXC dub as the Nards of Doom.