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[[caption-width-right:224:You call me a cheeky monkey.]]

Mooning: The time-honored tradition of pulling down one's pants and displaying one's buttocks. The term "mooning" has been in the English language for [[OlderThanTheyThink over 400 years]], it wasn't until the late [[TheSixties 1960's]] that it gained its modern slang usage.

Mooning is typically done for sheer, [[DefiantToTheEnd pointless defiance]], to [[IShallTauntYou taunt an enemy]], or simply [[RuleOfFunny for laughs]]. The general idea is to do it within full view of people who don't expect or want to see a pair of bare buttocks. CheekCopy is a cousin of this trope that's less direct and can have the perpetrator be a safe distance from the victim with the same net result.

While this is often a male-oriented behavior, it's not unheard of for a woman to do the same. Of course, [[DoubleStandard when a woman does this]], it's often more for FanService than shock or offense, although for some people this can end up as FetishRetardant.

Performing the act from the window of a moving car is perhaps the most common form in modern America. This solves the problem of a quick getaway while one's pants are undone.

In more unfortunate situations, the act of mooning may be followed by an AssShove.

'''[[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs Don't try this in real life, particularly in public.]]''' The resulting charges can range from public indecency to second-degree sexual assault, especially if children are nearby, and there's nothing like being on a registered sex offender list.
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[[folder: Advertising]]
* An ill-advised [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JL8Nr3ET-lQ prank]] advertising the Melbourne Comedy Festival.
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[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/DragonBall Z'':
** Hercule threatens to do this to Cell in the manga, but it is never shown. In the anime, he smacks his butt at Cell.
** Kid Trunks to Broly in all of the ''Manga/DragonBall Z'' movies.
** It was also done by Kid Goku in GT, and his descendant Goku Jr. in his movie.
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[[folder: Comic Books]]
* A cartoon in ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' had a group of teenagers mooning a passerby who turned out to be a werewolf and who is transformed by his exposure to a '[[LiteralMetaphor full moon]]'.
* Would you believe that this [[http://comiccoverage.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8345158e369e200e55439add68833-450wi once happened]] to Franchise/{{Batman}}? [[ComicBook/GreenLantern Guy Gardner]] may have a glass jaw, but he still has balls of steel.
* ''TheFabulousFurryFreakBrothers'' have a '50s nostalgia party, but Franklin doesn't dress up, declaring the decade "a drag". Fat Freddy incredulously cries "Whadd'ya ''mean?'' Remember ''cruisin'?'' Chopped Deuce coupes? Submarine races? '''Moonin'?'''" (his emphasis)
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[[folder: Fanfiction]]
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' fanfic "[[http://www.whofic.com/viewstory.php?sid=27771 Why You Should Never Moon A Ninja]]" has [[ManInAKilt Jamie]] doing this, and suffering the consequences.
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[[folder: Film]]
* ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' has this with [[ExaggeratedTrope the entire Scottish army.]]
* There's a "we have to change our clothes while the car is in motion" sequence in ''JohnnyDangerously'' that results in a mooning.
* ''Film/TheGamers 2'': How do you worship a Moon God?
* In the film version of ''Film/{{Grease}}'', the Headmistress announces that the FBI had experts examining images of the young men who did this on live television. During Blue Moon, no less.
* The Alpha Beta fraternity in ''Film/RevengeOfTheNerds'' does this to the Tri-Lambs. Yes, the whole fraternity shows their hairy buttocks, among other things. [[ItMakesSenseInContext While singing "Old [=MacDonald=]"]].
* In ''Film/{{Zapped}}'', a group of guys from the rival high school do this to Scott Baio's character after he hit a home run to win the baseball game. They would regret it.
* In the final scene of the 80's movie ''Film/PrivateSchool'', the graduating class of the titular all-girl school do this.
* In ''Film/{{Slapshot}}'' the entire team and their followers do this out the windows of a bus in one town.
* A rare female example takes place in ''AmericanGraffiti'', when a high school girl flashes her backside at nerd character Toad.
* Vicki (Pita Oliver) moons the creepy school janitor in ''Film/PromNight1980''.
** Jeff in [[Film/PromNightIVDeliverUsFromEvil the fourth film]] moons the prom attendees as he and the other characters are on their way to their own party.
* In ''Film/TwelveMonkeys'', Jeffrey Goines (Creator/BradPitt) does this to the security staff at a mental institution while acting up.
* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', the good Captain gets mooned on stage by a soldier who was unimpressed with his USO performance.
* In the third ''AustinPowers'' movie, this is Mini-Me's statement to the World Council's sentencing him and Dr. Evil (who is quite amused by the display.)
* In ''Film/EasyVirtue'' Philip makes a joke about his performing the can-can naked to Larita and she responded that she would do anything for him. After hearing this her sister-in-law Hilda decided to perform the dance without panties, and the result was her reputedly mooning the audience during [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR8xe7txMuQ the dance]]
* In ''Film/WishYouWereHere'' when Lynda was reputedly [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EmWyw0KLJk yelling “up ya bum”]] her neighbor asked what she was doing. She replied that she was just looking for a cat. The girl then bent down and lifted her nightshirt giving the grouchy woman an eyeful.
* In ''Film/DirtyWork'' Mitch gets Sam to do [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZsEMl2je6M this]] to a waiting line-up at a movie theater. He then parked there, [[LampshadeHanging which Sam notes kinda misses the point]].
* ''Film/ForrestGump''. The title character, at one point, gets ShotInTheAss. Later, UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson [[IWasJustJoking jokingly expresses interest]] in seeing the wound. Forrest, of course, takes the request literally and ''moons the President of the United States''.
* In ''Film/TheSmurfs2'', when Patrick Winslow says, "Is a Smurf's butt blue", Grouchy is seen bending over and preparing to flash his own butt, saying "You tell me".
** And this is coming from the same Smurf who in [[Film/TheSmurfs the previous movie]] taunted Patrick Winslow with "[[ParentheticalSwearing kiss my smurf]]".
*** There would have been a "[[IncrediblyLamePun blue moon]]" in this film as well if Grouchy was allowed to pull it off.
* In ''Film/ProblemChild'', Ben Healy's father Big Ben moons his audience without realizing [[IsThisThingOn that the camera is on]].
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[[folder: Literature]]
* According to ''DaveBarry's Guide to Guys'', one of the immature activities which constitute the "business meetings" of the Arcola Broom Corn Festival involves
-->a man climbing up a ladder and, using props, presenting a dramatic rendition of a song while the Rangers attempt to guess the title, which is not difficult because the song always involves the word "moon"
** In the same book, he also states that mooning is one of the two things invented by guys, the other being Pez.
* Alison moons her unsuccessful suitor Absolon through a window in the dark in [[Literature/TheCanterburyTales "The Miller's Tale"]]. . .while leading him to believe she's sticking her face out the window for a kiss. He "kist her naked ers", and {{Squick}} ensues. He then comes back with a red-hot iron, asks for another kiss, and shoves the iron "amidde the ers" of Alison's lover.
* Mulch does this in the ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' series.
* In ''Literature/AngelasAshes'', Malachy Jr frequently moons Oliver and Eugene to try to make them laugh.
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[[folder: Live-Action TV]]
* The first instance of visible mooning on network U.S. TV was on ''StElsewhere'' where Dr. Westphall, who had quit in disgust, was offered a new job by his replacement. His response was to bare his backside and say "You can kiss my ass, pal." The action and the line were very risque for 1987.
* On an episode of ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'', Arnie laments that the only thing he and Nancy used to fight about was "who drives and who moons."
* Penny Marshall had a cameo in the ''Series/{{Taxi}}'' episode "Louie Moves Uptown", where she tries to get a nice apartment. However the application board rejected her because she was an actress, and she responded by hiking up her skirt and sticking her tongue out at them.
* In one episode of ''TheWonderYears'', Kevin goes out with his friends who moon an older couple in the next car at a stoplight, but Kevin himself ducks down upon realizing the couple is [[spoiler: his parents!]]
* On ''TheBobNewhartShow'', Bob's old college pal, nicknamed "The Peeper", reveals that Bob's nickname was "The Mooner." Bob hastily claims it was because he liked the "Moon Mullins" comic strip, but then smiles as he remembers an old Studebaker they used to drive...
* ''Series/NightCourt'' had a rare female version where Billie pulled her skirt up and mooned out the window of Harry's chamber.
* On ''Series/That70sShow'', Eric invents the "Moon & Trench" which involves him "trenching" his teacher's lawn with the Vista Cruiser after mooning him at the door
* On ''TheJeffFoxworthyShow'' Jeff is the king of mooning in his hometown since at a major ball game his mooning attempt got caught on the jumbo-tron. Later that episode he and his son moon a car with three women in it. It turns out the women were his wife, sister-in-law, and brother's girlfriend.
* In the ''Take me to the Ball Game'' episode of GoodLuckCharlie Uncle Ted moons the baseball players and is shown on the Jumbo screen. Of course, Teddy and Ivy cover him up with foam fingers, but don't forget this is a DisneyChannel show! Later:
-->'''Teddy:''' Then the police officer told us to please leave, then Uncle Mel told him to kiss something that was on the jumbo screen.
* In the ''BigBangTheory'' episode "The Pants Alternative", Sheldon gets drunk before his award acceptance speech and ends up mooning the audience and [[InstantHumiliationJustAddYouTube being put on YouTube]]:
-->Sheldon: Now, for the astronomers in the audience, get ready to see the dark side of the moon. [[UranusIsShowing And here’s Uranus.]]
* In a home video contest in the Chilean CultClassic show ''Maldita sea!'', one of the videos featured a guy hallucinating [[ItmakesSenseInContext after sniffing on]] [[GRatedDrug his smelly tennis shoes]]. One of his hallucinations features him facing a warrior who warns him about his "body power" and then moons him as an attack. [[spoiler: Then he kills him, but as said above it was AllJustADream.]]
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[[folder: Music]]
* The Toy Dolls song and album, "Bare Faced Cheek", the cover of which is shown above.
* Perhaps not too surprisingly, Music/{{Eminem}} is known to have done this at some of his concerts.
* The cover of Music/IronMaiden's "The Best of 'B' Sides" shows [[{{Mascot}} Eddie The Head]] mooning the viewer from behind a windshield of a bus.
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[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* [[http://api.ning.com/files/0j5KxYiq5N4GYPHoG5toNOBm9pOd4ehSCkaPFqPdcABQXLxJR3fLOLdHnsi1K3sowjpkgo91LhBHU6F6Ax-XkNeyC4J*BTGY/FarSidemooningsaxons.bmp?width=304&height=421 This]] ''FarSide'' cartoon shows us why it's a bad idea to moon people who are armed with projectile weapons.
** There is another one featuring sheep having a night on the town.
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[[folder: Pinball]]
* Done by the rowdy soccer crowd in Creator/CapcomPinball's ''Pinball/FlipperFootball''.
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* [[Wrestling/{{DGenerationX}} Mr. Ass [Billy Gunn]]] was well known for mooning the crowd as well as his opponents.
* In one 2002 match, Wrestling/TrishStratus dropped trou and spanked herself.
** [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Mr. McMahon]] had done this on several occasions for his Kiss My Ass Club.
*** Once followed by an AssShove by Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, shoving [[Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon Shane [=McMahon=]]]'s face up his father's ass.
** DX had done this several times.
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[[folder: Recorded And Stand-Up Comedy]]
* Creator/JeffFoxworthy claims he was an "all-state" mooner his senior year of high school.
--> "Wasn't mooning a great sport? Nobody ever got hurt, you didn't have to be in shape to play. Hell, the fatter you were the more you brought to the window!"
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[[folder: Theatre]]
* In ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'', during the lines "We raise our glass/You bet your ass" in "La Vie Boheme," Maureen gets up on the table and moons Benny and his associates.
* There's a character in the stage play ''{{Grease}}'' who is known for this. The song "Mooning" is a DoubleEntendre.
* The King's wives in ''Theatre/TheKingAndI'', who at one point wear {{Gorgeous Period Dress}}es that did not come with undergarments, accidentally did this to some visitors from England. One of the visitors unintentionally scares them with his monocle, causing them to lift up their skirts and run away.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* In the second entry of ''TheSpellcastingSeries'', Ernie Eaglebeak has to moon the Queen of Peloria as a fraternity initiation prank. HilarityEnsues.
* ''VideoGame/CommanderKeen'' does this as an IdleAnimation in the Temple of the Moons when you leave yourself standing on a [[VisualPun moon symbol]].
* In the very first ''[[VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon1998 Spyro the Dragon]]'' game, there are Gnorcs in the second hub who do this to you. Charge your big, pointy horns right at their big yellow posteriors!
** Likewise, in ''VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon'', the Rhynocs with hot coals in Frozen Altars can do this to you.
* Joe Higashi's infamous TauntButton animation from the ''FatalFury'' and ''TheKingOfFighters'' series. So infamous that it beame ''his winning portrait'' in KOF 2001, and the AlternateUniverse manga ''KOF: G'' showed him performing it in public too.
* A rather easy-to-miss example in ''FreeSpace''. If you look closely at the rear of the Ra-class Vasudan Escape Pod, you'll see a Vasudan's rear end in the window.
* In the VideoGame/DukeNukem spin-off game, ''VideoGame/DukeNukem: Time to Kill'', Duke wears a [[ManInAKilt kilt]] in the Medieval levels. An EasterEgg has him imitating ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' by mooning the camera.
* ''VideoGame/BrainDead13'': One of Lance's cool dance moves in the final confrontation. Except that his hairy butt is just... {{squick}}y.
* In ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'', Conker gets mooned by cavemen twice: first by the muggers on the hoverboards, and then by the soldiers in the arena (though the second one was removed from the XBox version).
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[[folder: Webcomics]]
* In one ''{{Nodwick}}'' comic, Yeagar decides on a gesture of defiance after proving unable to answer the RiddleOfTheSphinx. Fortunately, it turns out that the answer to the riddle is "Moon".
* An old ''GoblinHollow'' arc involved Ben and the gang mooning people from the back of his van. Sheldon, the turtle, refused, and was accused of being jealous "'cos you ain't got no butt". It ended with Ben explaining the never-seen resulting DisasterDominoes to Lily:
-->"So then it was my turn. I gave Sheldon the wheel, dropped my britches, and slapped my butt against the window. Naturally my belt got caught in the door handle just as we got stuck in traffic. Then that squad car pulled up ... You know, this confession would be a lot easier if you'd stop laughing."
-->"Tell her the bit about the bus full of Japanese tourists!"
* In ''{{Drowtales}}'', during his recounting of the previous council gathering, Phani'nath [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=5568 depicts this happening]] in an ImagineSpot. The actual mooning probably didn't occur, but Quain'tana's response is still very much in character.
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[[folder: Web Original]]
* ''[[WebAnimation/HowItShouldHaveEnded How Lord of the Rings Should Have Ended]]'' has Boromir mooning Sauron.
* The army of [[BrattyHalfPint Bratty Half Pints]] in ''KingsOfPowerFourBillionPercent'' are very fond of this. There's also a blink and you miss it one during the God Rush.
* [[TourettesGuy DOES THIS LOOK LIKE THE ASS OF SOMEONE WHO KNOWS IF BARGAIN MART IS OPEN ON SUNDAYS?!]]
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* This one of the many forms of torture that Eddy does to a grounded Kevin in ''WesternAnimation/EdEddnEddy'' ep "A case of Ed"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Bart does this to the Australian government, having written "Don't Tread On Me" on his cheeks, as they attempt to punish him with a booting.
-->'''Marge''': I'm glad you're all right, honey, but I wish you'd chosen a more tasteful way to be patriotic.\\
'''Lisa''': I'm impressed you were able to write so legibly on your own butt.
** Homer does this in an ill-considered comedy performance for Mr Burns' birthday. It doesn't go down well.
--->'''Homer''': I'll never bare my ass in public again.\\
'''Lisa''': [[OhNoNotAgain I'd like to believe that this time.]]
** Nelson does it as a distraction to allow Bart to steal the PA microphone from Skinner's office.
** Mel Gibson and Homer moon a group of studio executives in one episode, with disastrous results when Homer is hit by a car. Homer got the idea from ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', but mistakenly thought the mooning was how the heroes in the movie defeated their enemies.
** Another moment leads to Bart's accidental mooning on the US flag causing him and his family to be branded as traitors to the country. When actually his shorts were eaten by a donkey and bends over to cover his privates and a photo was taken with a large flag behind him.
** After egging his house, hoodlums Jimbo Jones, Dolph and Kearny moon Principal Skinner and his mother.
** In "Bart's Comet" Bart manages to rig a weather balloon to make it look like a mooning Principal Skinner.
** Homer dismisses Florida as "America's wang" and is told "They prefer the Sunshine State." It's a double meaning- a "sunshine" is a "moon" from the other side of the body.
** In probably one of the earliest examples in the series, the episode "The Way We Was" features a flashback to when Homer was on the debate team (trying to get Marge interested in him) in high school. His idea of a rebuttal involved showing off his butt.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** The boys plan to do this to their new teacher, Ms Choksondik. However, on the first lesson she appears to be a DrillSergeantNasty, which scares all of them except Cartman out of doing it.
** In the "Starvin' Marvin" episode, to keep with the Film/{{Braveheart}} parody in the scene, Kyle proceeds to moon the turkey army.
** When the parents visit the network headquarters to protest the ToiletHumor in ''Terrance and Phillip'', the network executive delivers a brief, defiant statement followed by a mooning.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' had a hilarious example followed immediately by Hit the Retaliate Button
* Used in ''[[WallaceAndGromit Wallace & Gromit The Curse of the Were-Rabbit]]'': Victor's pants get caught when stuck on the weathervane, and the vicar cries out, "[[Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon Beware the moon!]]"
* Occurred in ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' when Bill, Dale, and Boomhauer tricked Hank into mooning the lobby from the hotel glass elevator (by saying they were all going to do it). Worse when former governor Ann Richards was in the lobby. Bill took the blame and apologized in front of her which leads to the plot of the episode.
** Dale moons out the window of a moving truck, but quickly regrets it when he sideswipes a bunch of shrubbery.
* ''BeavisAndButthead'' do this a few times in their movie.
** In the back of a school field trip bus they moon the cars behind them while slowly going up a mountain road.
* In ''HeyArnold'', Sid, Stinky and Harold moon their principal. This leads to drama when Arnold, who knows they did it, refuses to rat them out and instead does 30 days of hard time in detention.
* Done literally on ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' when the Sun gets mooned by... the Moon. With 3D butt cheeks.
* Another quite literal example in WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory. Dexter accidentally pulls the moon out of orbit, which causes it to fall on his house and crush his lab, burning his clothes in the process. Deedee comes in a few seconds later and sees her brother's backside, and tells her mother that Dexter is mooning her. All the while the moon itself is still clearly visible in the background.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' {{elseworld}} episode "Doof Dynasty", during the song "The Way of the Platypus" Bufford moons the audience to show he has no beaver tail. Fortunately for the viewer, Perry the Platypus quickly covers it with a a fan.
* In season 2 finale of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Twilight Sparkle meets her old foalsitter Cadence and tries to greet her with their SecretHandshake that ended with both participants shaking their rumps together. Since Cadence doesn't join her, however, Twilight ends up [[EpicFail waving her backside right in Cadence's face]].
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[[folder: Real Life]]
* In Music/TheBeatles song ''Maxwell's Silver Hammer'', Paul [=McCartney=] laughs for no reason during a lyric. Rumour has it that John Lennon was mooning him from the studio.
* There's a similar story about Music/BobDylan, who laughs for no reason at the start of "Bob Dylan's 115th Dream" allegedly due to Allen Ginsberg mooning him from the studio. Officially the laughter was because Dylan started playing before the rest of the band, but it's become a piece of song lore.
* A very common technique used in [[FunnyBackgroundEvent Photo Bombing]].
* During the week leading up to Super Bowl XX, Bears quarterback Jim [=McMahon=] got tired of being asked about his rear end which had been injured earlier in the season and decided to literally show one reporter that it was okay.
* In 2003, the Minnesota Vikings' receiver Randy Moss "fake mooned" Green Bay fans after scoring a touchdown against the Packers. Moss claimed it was in retaliation for a group of Packers fans who mooned the Vikings team bus the last time they came to Green Bay.
* During the Vietnam War, when U.S. troops were forbidden to fire upon Vietcong soldiers until being shot at first, a Marine Lieutenant named Gordon Evans tried to provoke an attack (so he could take out a group of soldiers he saw) by flying his plane extremely low to the ground, making a good target. The Vietcong response? They dropped their pants and mooned him as he flew by.
* When ''Music/GunsNRoses'' went to Chile in Thenineties, Slash "greeted" the fans who came to the band's hotel via jokingly mooning them from his hotel room's window.
* For whatever reason in Laguna Niguel, California, mooning Amtrak passenger trains has been a tradition every year on the second Saturday of July since 1979.
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