Created By: Rolf on April 14, 2011 Last Edited By: Rolf on April 24, 2011
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Two Steel Spheres

You got brass balls to do that!

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Final title: Brass Balls

More examples needed.. any quote/pic ideas?


Sometimes a person does something that's very brave or dangerous, this or one of many variants of this statment is said. For example, "Insulting his boss like that... man he got balls of steel!".

Once a while said for female characters even with lack of such parts.

Not to be confused with attack on those parts... like Balls of Steel or Groin Attack.

Examples:

Anime
  • In The Slayers, a bandit says to Lina: "You have some balls, kiddie! Oh wait, you don't, you're a girl".

Films
  • In Speed when Jack Traven survives one of the many death defying moments he encounters over the course of the film a passenger cheerfully informs him:
    Ortiz: "You're not too bright, man, but you got some big, round, hairy cojones."
  • The centerpiece of Alec Baldwin's epic speech in Glengarry Glen Ross is his use of a visual aid to demonstrate what a real estate seller needs.
  • There's a great scene in the movie LA Story where Harris (Steve Martin) is walking on the beach with arrogant bastard Roland (Richard E. Grant) and there's this metallic clanging noise. Harris asks what it was and Roland says " It's a nuisance. It's my damn testicles."
  • When Wayne kicks Cassandra's father in the nuts in a kung-fu duel, a pair of two Chinese medicine balls (made of metal, of course) fall out.
  • Heard in Who Framed Roger Rabbit when Eddie confronts R.K. Maroon.
    R.K. Maroon: You got a lot of brass coming in here by yourself.

Literature
  • Hemingway's 1932 book on bullfighting, Death in the Afternoon.
    "It takes more cojones," he wrote, "to be a sportsman where death is a closer party to the game."

Live Action TV
  • During the WWF Attitude Era Mankind practically made a company-wide Catch Phrase out of "Testicular Fortitude" (a play on "intestinal fortitude" - i.e., guts). Vince McMahon is the one who ran with it the most, such as,
    I've got the brass [balls], to fire your ass!

Tabletop Games

:Video Games
  • Brass Balls achievement for BioShock 2.
    • Must complete Hard level without dying or using Vita Chambers.
  • The Krogan race in the Mass Effect universe have four testicles, so whenever they feel the need to display recognition of a particularly badass individual, they say "he has got a quad". Commander Shepard earns it after you defeat the Thresher Maw on Tuchanka.
    • Yes, even if you play as Female!Shepard.

Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • April 15, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    Maybe just name it The Mans Got Balls, since steel isn't always mentioned.
  • April 15, 2011
    Nuxx
    In Speed when Jack Traven survives one of the many death defying moments he encounters over the course of the film a passenger cheerfully informs him:
    Ortiz: "You're not too bright, man, but you got some big, round, hairy cojones."

    Which coincidently made me think maybe "You've Got Cojones" as an alternative title. But I personally think "Two Steel Spheres" does have a nice ring to it.
  • April 15, 2011
    Deboss
    I've heard Big Balls as a reference to this.
  • April 16, 2011
    randomsurfer
    During the WWF Attitude Era Mankind practically made a company-wide Catch Phrase out of "Testicular Fortitude" (a play on "intestinal fortitude" - i.e., guts). Vince Mc Mahon is the one who ran with it the most, such as,
    I've got the brass [balls], to fire your ass!
  • April 16, 2011
    TonyG
    Brass Balls is the phrase I've heard most often.
  • April 16, 2011
    JimCambias
    The centerpiece of Alec Baldwin's epic speech in Glengarry Glen Ross is his use of a visual aid to demonstrate what a real estate seller needs.
  • April 18, 2011
    jbrecken
    There's a great scene in the movie LA Story where Harris (Steve Martin) is walking on the beach with arrogant bastard Roland (Richard E. Grant) and there's this metallic clanging noise. Harris asks what it was and Roland says " It's a nuisance. It's my damn testicles."

  • April 19, 2011
    Chabal2
    One common saying (in fanon) about the Imperial Guard (the Redshirt Army) is that on the first day, each recruit is handed a flashlight (a lasgun, one of the weakest possible weapons), and a pair of giant steel balls.
  • April 19, 2011
    aurora369
    In The Slayers, a bandit says to Lina: "You have some balls, kiddie! Oh wait, you don't, you're a girl".
  • April 19, 2011
    Rolf
    ^ Added

    ^^Is that fan works or video game? I added it to fan works for now...
  • April 20, 2011
    LoopyChew
    When Wayne kicks Cassandra's father in the nuts in a kung-fu duel, a pair of two Chinese medicine balls (made of metal, of course) fall out.
  • April 20, 2011
    Rolf
    Didn't expect an cross between Brass Balls and Groin Attack. :P nice example!
  • April 21, 2011
    Arivne
    @Rolf/OP: So is this going to be a Stock Phrase?
  • April 21, 2011
    Rolf
    I'm not sure as its so varied, from big hairy conjones to brass balls. but then maybe yeah will put it in that index too.
  • April 22, 2011
    Koveras
    The Krogan race in the Mass Effect universe have four testicles, so whenever they feel the need to display recognition of a particularly badass individual, they say "he has got a quad". Commander Shepard earns it after you defeat the Thresher Maw on Tuchanka. Yes, even if you play as Female!Shepard.
  • April 22, 2011
    TonyG
    Heard in Who Framed Roger Rabbit when Eddie confronts R.K. Maroon.
    R.K. Maroon: You got a lot of brass coming in here by yourself.
  • April 22, 2011
    Chabal2
    Imperial Guard should be under Tabletop Games, as it's in the Warhammer 40 K universe.
  • April 22, 2011
    Rolf
    Ok added and fixed.
  • April 22, 2011
    Ronka87
    I suggest a different name, something simple like "Brass Balls" or just "You Got Balls"-- "Two Steel Spheres" is unnecessarily complicated.
  • April 22, 2011
    Rolf
    That reply shows that you didn't read the trope at all.
  • April 24, 2011
    Rolf
    This seems ready so I'll launch in couple days if theres no problems.
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