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-> ''"Testiculos habet et bene pendentes."''[[labelnote:translation]]He has testicles and they hang nicely.[[/labelnote]]
-->-- According to urban legend, what the College of Cardinals must inspect and affirm for all newly elected popes in order to avert another [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Joan Pope Joan]] fiasco.

Let's say you've got someone with an AmbiguousGender on your hands. Either the DudeLooksLikeALady or the LadyLooksLikeADude. The mystery is driving you [[JustForPun nuts]], so what's the fastest way to figure it out?

Grab a handful of "the merchandise".

When it's done to one's own self after a GenderBender, it's ManIFeelLikeAWoman.

DoNotTryThisAtHome. It's one of the class of acts that are known as 'sexual assault' in the real world.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': Yusuke figures that there's something a little off about a certain FemmeFatale opponent, so he pulls a reach-around mid-fight and finds that she's biologically male.
** In the EditedForSyndication American dub, all the references to the [[DudeLooksLikeALady female fighter actually being a man]] were changed to the fighter being a ManipulativeBitch who fakes her injuries so she can make her male fighters feel guilty about beating up a woman -- and uses that moment of weakness to strike back.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'':
** The young Goku had difficulty with the concept of males and females, so when meeting someone, he goes up and slaps his hand in the person's crotchular area, then triumphantly exclaims, "You're a boy/girl!" Notably, this causes Chi-Chi, his future wife, to ''push him off the Flying Nimbus in fright.''
** He first discovered this connection in the first place by pulling the panties off of a sleeping Bulma and realising that she's missing some parts that he has. Bulma did ''not'' take it well when she found out -- namely because it led to her inadvertently flashing notoriously DirtyOldMan Master Roshi, who had wanted to see her panties in exchange for his Dragon Ball.
** Krillin managed to escape this treatment by telling Goku beforehand that he's male.
* In season 2, episode 6 of ''Manga/GirlsBravo'' an accidental version occurs where Fukuyama doesn't realize a cross-dressing Yukinari is actually a guy until after he grabs his crotch when trying to seduce what he thinks is a beautiful girl.
* This happens to Takatsuki, a male-transitioning-from-female {{Transsexual}}, in ''Manga/WanderingSon'' once. It's {{Squick}}y being that he was around ''eleven'' then and the person who did it was an adult male (who later became his friend) who thought he was having an affair with his girlfriend. Takatsuki just puts on a brave front afterwards and holds in his tears.
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''
** Miaka rubs Hotohori's chest after finding out that Hotohori [[DudeLooksLikeALady was not a girl]]. She wonders if she should 'check lower' just to be sure, but Tamahome quickly tells her to knock it off!
** Even funnier, the second time she does this is to a woman who doesn't look even remotely masculine. Despite the fact that they had literally just met only seconds before, Miaka gropes her breasts purely on the basis that Hotohori and Nuriko have already fooled her before, and she "figures I have to check these days."
* ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'': Okabe does this to Ruka some time after [[spoiler: she changes her [[GenderBender sex]] with a D Mail]].
%%* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'': Gintoki pulls this off in the most badass way possible in chapter 375.
* In ''Manga/OtomeNoIroha'', Ryou checks Iroha's gender ([[GenderBender now male]]) this way the moment they first meet.
* Done with Tetsuo, a transman, in ''Manga/{{Yuureitou}}''. Marube, a criminal prosecutor, overheard him talking to Taichi about his body earlier and questions him. Tetsuo isn't aware that Marube knows he is [[spoiler:Reiko, a woman who killed her mom and supposedly died two years ago]], and tells him he meant he has a [[TeenyWeenie micropenis]]. Marube does the crotch grab to check and (obviously) doesn't feel anything. Tetsuo keeps to his statement and says he's just small.
%%* In ''Anime/CrossAnge'', Hilda does this to Tusk to confirm that he's male.
* Sullivan does this to [[DudeLooksLikeALady Ciel]] in chapter 89 of ''Manga/BlackButler'', grabbing his crotch while asking him which one he is.
** Before that, during the circus arc, Freckle makes Ciel grab her chest in order to prove she's a girl - and then ''offers'' to let him touch her down there as confirmation. Ciel promptly refuses.
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'': Torso discovers Mutsuki is biologically female while choosing to live as a man when he tears open Mutsuki's shirt revealing a bound chest with scars after asking him which gender he was. Unfortunately for Mutsuki this leads to Torso becoming his StalkerWithACrush.
* ''Manga/LoveStage'': Izumi is harassed by three guys who ask what gender he is due to his [[DudeLooksLikeALady feminine looks]]. They pin him down and pull up his shirt to show his chest revealing that he's a guy. They act disappointed but then notice that Izumi is a particularly beautiful looking boy and decide to [[IfItsYouItsOkay make an exception for him]]. They attempt to rape him but he fights them off.
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'': Dr. Shamal feels [[DudeLooksLikeALady Tsuna's]] chest who’s come to him for medical help because of a curse and then promptly tells him that he doesn't treat men.
* An accidental version happens in the first episode of ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld'', where Makoto has been forced into an EmergencyImpersonation of Princess Fatora that's so good it even fools her lesbian lover Aliellie until she gets frisky and puts her hands down his pants. Cue TheScream.
* ''Anime/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'': Titus is so girly-looking that Aladdin actually gropes his chest to confirm if he's really a guy when they first meet.
* ''LightNovel/{{Shimoneta}}'': Done by accident in chapter 10, after Tanukichi mistakes Oboro for a panty thief and wrestles her to the floor. His foot ends up on her crotch, which is when he realizes [[UnsettlingGenderReveal something is 'off']] and decides to double-check. It [[DudeLooksLikeALady confirms his suspicion]], but also inadvertently causes Oboro to [[spoiler: [[TheModestOrgasm get off from it]]]].
* ''Manga/OkaneGaNai'': [[DudeLooksLikeALady Ayase’s effeminate and beautiful features]] have [[EvenTheGuysWantHim guys falling for him left and right]], some even after they discover he’s a guy. One notable example of this occurs in episode 3 of the OVA where Gion (Kanou’s brother) makes an appearance to help Kanou find a part time job for Ayase. When Gion looks at Ayase he assumes he’s a woman and Kanou’s new girlfriend. He says it’s an unexpected type for Kanou going on to say that Kanou usually prefers voluptuous women before adruptly grabbing Ayase’s crotch and shouting “Wait just a second! It’s small but he’s a male?!”

[[folder: Comic Book]]
* ''ComicBook/NinjaHighschool'': Sammi lives with her uncle, Yama-san, but is forced to pretend to be a boy, [[ItMakesSenseInContext because of a wager her father made.]] So when Yama-san tells "him" to get ready for school, he startles Sammi by playfully pinching her crotch! Sammi kicks him and bolts out the door claiming [[BlatantLies she's "already late".]] Though the trope is {{subverted}}, since Yama fails to realize his "nephew" is really his niece. Instead, he assumes Sammi is a late bloomer.
-->'''Yama-san:''' ''(thinking to himself)'' "Ah well... [[TeenyWeenie it'll grow in no time!"]]

* ''Film/CrocodileDundee'' has Mick flirting with a veiled woman. The cab driver he's been getting drunk with informs him that she's a biologically male. Mick walks right up and checks the crotch for the frank and beans. She, offended, stalks off. Later in the movie, Mick sees another rather ...handsome... woman and does it again. To his chagrin (and her delight), she's the got the full female package.
** Bonus points for the first one being performed in the middle of a crowded bar, without so much as a "Hey, mind if I check something?" He literally just reaches across a good foot of separation space and does it, much to the hysterics of all the onlookers! "[[CaptainObvious She's a bloke!]]" indeed.
*** Extra bonus points for the character being portrayed by a biologically female actress.
* Occurs in two very different contexts in ''Film/TheKingAndTheClown''. One of the Seoul jesters gets groped by audience members for this reason whenever playing a eunuch or a woman. In a much more serious moment [[HotConsort Nok-su]] forcefully strips [[{{Bishonen}} Gong-gil]] in a fit of [[ClingyJealousGirl jealousy]], claiming she wants to find out whether he's really a man or not.
* A variant occurs in ''Film/{{Transamerica}}'' when pre-op transsexual Bree visits her mother. Her mother performs the grab in order to check that she's still physically male.
* Begbie in the film ''Film/{{Trainspotting}}'' chats up a woman at a club and takes her to his car to get to know her better. After 'inspecting the goods' he finds out she is a transvestite and kicks her out of his ride.
* In ''Film/EscapeFromLA'', Snake meets a female gang boss named Hershey who has an unusually deep voice. He immediately recognizes the voice as an old buddy of his. He proceeds to perform this trope. It's not clear what he finds. It's clear the buddy had a sex change. It's not clear how complete it was.
** When Snake pulls a small pistol out from between her legs, that he was searching her for the weapon.
-->'''Snake:''' "Still keeping a [[DoubleEntendre loaded gun]] between your legs, huh Carjack?"

* The ''sedes stercoraria'' are seats upon which a new pope is enthroned, which have a hole in seat. A popular rumor says that these are so that the college of cardinals can test if the new pope is in fact male, or if he has mangled genitals. Most historians now believe that they were just chairs that the Papacy used because they belonged to the Imperial family.
** The sex-check story is generally associated with the [[SweetPollyOliver "Pope Joan"]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Joan historical legend]] -- according to that story, the cardinals took this precaution against a recurrence.

* In the Aidan Chambers book ''Postcards from No-Man's Land'' the main character meets someone he assumes is a girl, and they have coffee. At the end of the meeting, the "girl" figures out that the main character thinks this, and grabs the main character's hand and puts it on his crotch before leaving.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In one episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', the investigators discover that the boyfriend of the perp [[UnsettlingGenderReveal didn't know she was a preop transsexual]] when they tell him why she killed his best friend. He rushes in, grabs her crotch to see if it's true, and then overdoses on pills.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2oqBO1K4pU This]] Party Quirks game of ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' has a humorous version, with Colin Mochrie fondling ''most'' of the cast because his quirk calls for him to personally ensure that each person is the gender he or she claims to be. This also includes groping Kathy Greenwood's breasts. Note, though, we said ''most'' of the cast:
-->'''Drew Carey:''' So 1000 points to everybody ''but'' Colin, because I was sitting the entire time... waiting for you to come over...\\
'''Mochrie:''' Oh, [[BackhandedCompliment there's no doubt about]] ''[[BackhandedCompliment you]]'', my friend!
* Less invasive variant in ''Series/{{Bones}}'' where the sex of an androgynous Japanese detective is determined by a firm hug.
* Pat from ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' narrowly averted this a few times.
* In ''Series/{{Casanova}}'', Casanova falls in love with Bellino, a male opera singer. He suspects that he's a girl and confronts him. He feels his chest and concludes that he's a girl. Bellino says it is a singer's condition. Casanova grabs his crotch and then runs off, he is a boy. Then later he comes back and tells him it doesn't matter and he still loves him. Turns out to be a false penis and [[SweetOnPollyOliver a woman in disguise]].
* Chiana uses the milder "rip open jacket to reveal breasts" version to a woman disguised as a man in an episode of ''Series/{{Farscape}}''.
* In an episode of ''Series/LostGirl'', Bo outs an incubus cross-dressing as an Amazon by grabbing the family jewels. The Amazons quickly set on tearing him to pieces.

* In some productions of ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}'', this is how the MC tells Victor and Bobby apart. (Maybe Bobby is really a girl?)

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'':
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', President James Johnson greets {{Bishounen}} hero Raiden this way to check his gender. The moment is parodied in Webcomic/{{Hiimdaisy}}'s "Let's Destroy Metal Gear Again" in a series of panels that provides the page image above.
** The moment was [[CallForward referenced]] in the prequel ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', although the moment itself is an aversion: The game's BigBad, Volgin grabs the crotch of [[PlayerCharacter Naked Snake]] (disguised as Volgin's subordinate Ivan, a clear parody of Raiden from the above example). However, the crotch grab is not to check Ivan/Snake's gender, but their identity. [[spoiler:Strange thing is, he is able to identify Snake as an impostor just from this moment, implying that this is a regular thing between him and Ivan. Considering he is also implied to have raped EVA, this isn't too out-of-character.]]
* ''[[VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten Disgaea 4]]'': Jokingly invoked and [[IWasJustJoking then]] defied by the same person, when you talk with the thief in the Campaign Board.
-->'''Thief:''' "[[AmbiguousGender My gender?]] Why don't you have a little poke and find out for yourself? ...Wah! I wasn't being serious! I'm [[AmbiguousGender tot]][[DefiedTrope ally]] a girl, I swear!"
* [[spoiler: Chihiro Fujisaki]] from ''{{VisualNovel/Danganronpa}}'' invokes this by moving Naegi's hand onto his crotch after he confesses his true gender to him. The official translation censors this into making Naegi feel his chest.

* An accidental example occurs in ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' when [[SweetPollyOliver Ariel]] is in a fighting class and another student goes for the groin, [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=208&overview=1&chibi=1&cover=1&extra=1&page=1&check=1 only to discover that what he expects to be there isn't.]] This alerts him that something is up and later outs her as a girl.
* In one of Kate's pre-''Webcomic/AwkwardZombie'' [[http://hail-nekoyasha.deviantart.com/gallery/#/de5sim strips,]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Link]] decides to try this on Sheik ForScience. Unfortunately, since he actually used a GroinAttack, it didn't prove anything.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Belkar attempts this on Vaarsuvius, by taking advantage of the wizard being turned into a lizard, to find out if the elf is male or female. He is foiled by his lack of knowledge in lizard anatomy.
* ''Webcomic/KarinDou4koma'': Aiina only knows Elza (a {{Hermaphrodite}}) as a standard for magicians, so when she first sits down with Seren, she checks if Seren is similarly equipped.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In a subversion, the leader of an all-girls gang does this to Steve (clearly male, if a bit over-sensitive) on ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''. She promptly concludes that he's more girl than boy, and offers to let him join. [[NoHoldsBarredBeatDown Initiation follows]].