Created By: CaveCat on May 24, 2014 Last Edited By: CaveCat on June 25, 2014
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Wet Willy

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There isn't really much to say about the Wet Willy. What it is, is when you stick your finger into your mouth then stick your saliva-covered finger into the ear of an unfortunate victim. Often a staple of The Bully.

Compare Wedgie and Swirlie.

Sub-Trope to Kick the Dog.

Not to be confused with anything to do with penises, or Free Willy for that matter.


Examples:

Comic Books
  • This happens in two different ways in Cerebus the Aardvark during the Jaka's Story Story Arc:
    • This is one of Jaka's best techniques to get her husband Rick out of bed in a hurry, to the point that even when he's completely drowsed out, the sound of her putting her finger in her mouth is enough to have him instantly awake.
    • One of Lord Julius' like-a-looks tricks the poet Oscar into giving one to himself.

Film
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III has the turtles giving one of the guards a wet willie multiple times. Eventually, that guard decides to just give himself the wet willie before they can.

Live-Action TV
  • In the episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Andy Samberg (a former cast member), one of the sketches they bring back is of a very affectionate family who constantly kiss each other (and more!), squicking out a newcomer. In this particular episode, the older brother character, who comes across as a bit of a bully, sets up to give his younger brother a Wet Willy - but in this case he licks his finger and then french kisses his brother's ear.

Western Animation
  • The Codename: Kids Next Door episode "Operation: B.U.L.L.I.E.S" featured, among the bullies on Bully Island, what was known as a Wet Willy Mammoth, whose name was self-explanatory.
  • In the Dexter's Laboratory short "The Big Sister", after Deedee became a giant after eating one of Dexter's chemically-enhanced chocolate chip cookies and Dexter confronts her in his giant robot, Deedee does this to the robot, which causes some parts of it to short-circuit.
    • In another episode, Dexter is fighting pirates and the captain calls on a minion named Wet Willie.
  • Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy. In, "Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show," the Kankers do this to Sarah as a means of torture to get her to reveal that she and Jimmy are on a hunt to find the Eds; the entire ordeal is portrayed as rather traumatic for Sarah, and the fact that the animation is exaggerated for emphasis really didn't help either.
  • The episode of The Simpsons which introduces Ruth Powers has her and her teenage daughter, Laura, move in next door (the latter of whom Bart develops a Precocious Crush on). Amongst other things, Laura gives Bart one of these as part of her Establishing Character Moment as a Cool Big Sis.
    Bart: Do you know what a 'Wet Willie' is?
    Crush: Is it...this!? [sticks her finger in Bart's ear]
  • In one episode of Teen Titans, Beast Boy gains a condition that causes him to pass out and can only be revived if he laughs. During one attempt, Cyborg makes him laugh by licking his finger and shoving it up Raven's ear, electrocuting her from the saliva conducting his robotic hand.
  • In Jackie Chan Adventures. There was a Set Right What Once Went Wrong plot where Jade goes back in time to help Jackie on something. They were fighting some bullies and Jackie straddles one of the bigger ones and gives him this treatment as a Special Attack complete with Calling Your Attacks.

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Community Feedback Replies: 53
  • Western Animation
    • Ed Edd N Eddy. In, "Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show," the Kankers do this to Sarah as a means of torture to get her to reveal that she and Jimmy are on a hunt to find the Eds; the entire ordeal is portrayed as rather traumatic for Sarah, and the fact that the animation is exaggerated for emphasis really didn't help either.
  • May 24, 2014
    TonyG
    In another episode of Dexters Laboratory, Dexter is fighting pirates and the captain calls on a minion named Wet Willie.
  • May 24, 2014
    Bisected8
  • May 24, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    so... nothing to do with penises?
  • May 24, 2014
    randomsurfer
    In the episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Andy Samberg (a former cast member), one of the sketches they bring back is of a very affectionate family who constantly kiss each other (and more!), squicking out a newcomer. In this particular episode, the older brother character, who comes across as a bit of a bully, sets up to give his younger brother a Wet Willy - but in this case he licks his finger and then french kisses his brother's ear.
  • ^^ I take it either you don't get out much, or you don't have an older sibling.
  • May 24, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^ No. I'm just not from Eagle Land.

    And our flavor of bullying were plain Good Old Fisticuffs inspired by Dragon Ball Z thank you. we were too cool for immature crap like this.
  • May 24, 2014
    Tuckerscreator
    • In one episode of Teen Titans, Beast Boy gains a condition that causes him to pass out and can only be revived if he laughs. During one attempt, Cyborg makes him laugh by licking his finger and shoving it up Raven's ear, electrocuting her from the saliva conducting his robotic hand.
  • May 25, 2014
    Snicka
    ^^ Actually, this way of bullying is rather obscure outside the USA. I also thought this has something to do with penises.
  • May 25, 2014
    TheHandle
    ^ So did I. I only opened this page with dread.
  • May 25, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^&^^ Hahahaha!

    I knew it. The name's not bad. but it needs a name non-Eagle Landers would recognize.

    Wet Inside The Ears Prank?

    EDIT: considering other similarly named pranks are not given a generic name. guess not.

    I've actually seen this in western media, but had no clue it's named this.

    Western Animation
  • May 25, 2014
    Bisected8
    ^^^ Indeed. I only knew about it because of The Simpsons.
  • May 25, 2014
    Snicka
    The name can stay, but the description should end with an I Thought It Meant line.
  • May 25, 2014
    ropertroper
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III has the turtles giving one of the guards a wet willie multiple times. Eventually, that guard decides to just give himself the wet willie before they can.
  • May 26, 2014
    Snicka
    "Not to be confused with anything to do with penises."

    Or Free Willy, for that matter.
  • May 26, 2014
    DAN004
    I dunno why ppl associate this with penises...
  • May 26, 2014
    Snicka
    ^ Because in the UK, "willy" is a slang word for penis.
  • May 26, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^ Lolwut. that's Brit Eng? And all this time I though "willy" was American.

    Curse you, bloody language barrier.
  • May 27, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ now you know that Brit slangs have their own brand of weird. :P
  • May 27, 2014
    Snicka
    ^ Thanks to this, British audiences found the title of Free Willy hilarious.
  • May 27, 2014
    lakingsif
    ^ Unless through Pop Culture Osmosis they already knew it was about a whale before they'd even heard of it. (In the same manner as everyone just knows what Homer Simpson looks like, somehow).

    Now, um, this isn't tropeable. What? Someone gets a wet willy? Why? For what narrative purpose?
  • May 27, 2014
    Snicka
    ^ Knowing that it's about a whale doesn's stop a dirty-minded Brit from noticing the Accidental Innuendo. (What is it with fictional whales and phallic names anyway? There's also Moby Dick, as well as Willie the Whale from Disney's Make Mine Music - both are sperm whales...)

    I guess the narrative purpose is to show that the character giving it is The Bully, and the one recieving it is a wimp.
  • May 27, 2014
    lakingsif
    ^ yeah, I know *snickers immaturely*

    Okay, but only if it is a character establishment moment. If it happens way after we know who The Bully is, it can't count. Also, needs a better name to suggest this, like Bullies Give Wet Willies but better.
  • May 27, 2014
    Omrega
    Is this a Practical Joke trope?
  • May 27, 2014
    lakingsif
    ^ I think it's meant to be more malicious than that. I knew a guy who went deaf in that ear because of a wet willy.
  • June 5, 2014
    Willbyr
    Here's an example.

    Comic Books

  • June 14, 2014
    lakingsif
    MTD. Chairs, and going nowhere as is.
  • June 14, 2014
    xanderiskander
    ^I'm inclined to agree. MTD
  • June 15, 2014
    CaveCat
    ^This is not People Sit On Chairs. This has been used a lot in fiction as much as it has in Real Life. Say what you want, but this trope is staying.
  • June 15, 2014
    lakingsif
    ^ what for, dude? Because People sitting on chairs happens a lot in fiction. Give me the narrative reason - how does it further the plot? This is a consistent issue with your "tropes".
  • June 15, 2014
    xanderiskander
    It's also not Cavecat's place to say this is staying. You don't own the YKTTW Cavecat you're it's sponsor. It's your job to show why your YKTTW is tropeworthy, and if you can't do that it's going to get discarded.

    And just being "commonly used" isn't tropeworthy. It has to have a narrative purpose.
  • June 15, 2014
    CaveCat
    ^I explained what the narrative purpose is, it's supposed to be a staple of a character who is The Bully or acts somewhat like a bully.
  • June 15, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ Much like Kick The Dog then?
  • June 15, 2014
    CaveCat
    ^A little like that, yeah.
  • June 15, 2014
    Snicka
    So it's a Sub Trope to Kick The Dog, as in it's a specific form of bullying?
  • June 16, 2014
    CaveCat
    ^Supposedly, yes.
  • June 16, 2014
    Willbyr
    The example I suggested needs to be reworked:

    Comic Books
    • This happens in two different ways in Cerebus The Aardvark during the Jaka's Story Story Arc:
      • This is one of Jaka's best techniques to get her husband Rick out of bed in a hurry, to the point that even when he's completely drowsed out, the sound of her putting her finger in her mouth is enough to have him instantly awake.
      • One of Lord Julius' like-a-looks tricks the poet Oscar into giving one to himself.
  • June 16, 2014
    lakingsif
    Bullies Give Wet Willies doesn't sound like enough of a trope. Why we have Wedgie and Swirlie I don't know.

    As I said before, if it's a character establishing moment, that's acceptable.
  • June 16, 2014
    Paradisesnake
    ^ Well, they are subtropes of Amusing Injuries which is a trope...
  • June 16, 2014
    lakingsif
    ^ Visit TRS, there are so many not-tropes which passed as subtropes of an actual thing for a while.
  • June 21, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    lakingsif

    What can you say about Plumbers Crack?


    Also, we need not discard the examples here if we have a consensus that this is Not A Trope.

    We only need to make Stock Bullying Tactics and we can solve this "too insignificant to trope" problem.
  • June 21, 2014
    lakingsif
    ^ I can say there's a very good reason it's in TRS, and I didn't put it there. Doesn't seem much like a trope. however.... Plumbers show their arse crack? It's a stereotype, so maybe stick it on a page for that, but just working the pipes shows you they're a plumber, so not necessary except for maybe aversions when someone who lives there walks in and starts talking to the plumber like they're a parent/ friend/ at least acquaintance and then discover they're not... maybe

    Like the Stock Bullying Tactics idea, stick Wedgie and Swirlie in there, too, and justify by saying that one or a combination will reveal someone as The Bully, as there aren't really any other popular media devices for doing so.
  • June 21, 2014
    lakingsif
    I added to your TRS, Shanghai Slave. Gotcha!
  • June 21, 2014
    CaveCat
    ^^Actually, Stock Bullying Tactics sounds like a good idea for an index.
  • June 21, 2014
    lakingsif
    Yup. Little thing, though, Cave Cat; once you bring an idea to yk, it's fleshed out and made into a trope by other Tropers. As the sponsor, you should know exactly how it's a narrative device in the first instance. Asserting that "this trope is staying" doesn't work when A. not a trope, B. still in YKTTW, anyway, C. majority rules, and D. your view on what makes a trope seems distorted enough that any such statement holds little strength.

    And, here, you need to cut the examples which aren't establishing moments. And ZC Es.
  • June 22, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^^ and indices were also supposedly supposed to be tropes themselves, not just list of tropes.
  • June 24, 2014
    tryrar
    Chairs to me, so MTD as well. As there are no less than 6 MT Ds(including mine) I feel safe in discarding this unless everyone objects....
  • June 24, 2014
    lakingsif
    ^ discard. I expect Cave Cat will reject the idea, though.
  • June 24, 2014
    DAN004
    So what, should we make Stock Bullying Tactics?
  • June 24, 2014
    Larkmarn
    Wouldn't that just be part of The Bully?
  • June 24, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ Wouldn't Kick The Dog just be a part of Vil Lain?
  • June 24, 2014
    Snicka
    ^ Fair point. I also think Stock Bullying Tactics is a good idea, and we should merge this, Swirlie and Wedgie in that (along with others?)
  • June 25, 2014
    tryrar
    Yeah, Stock Bulling Tactics sound like an actual trope, compare to just this. Speaking of, I'll go ahead and chuck this then
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=nsn6rrais9der0cb5tzo8xwi&trope=DiscardedYKTTW