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->''"In the era in which this fight took place, turning a man's junk into cube steak was ''[[LoopholeAbuse technically]]'' allowed in [[MixedMartialArts MMA]] rules. The referee practically had a nervous breakdown as he struggled against his instincts to stop this inhuman basket strangling. There was so much testicle damage being done [[HitYouSoHardYourXWillFeelIt that 20 years in the future]], The Pedro's son was [[Film/BackToTheFuture shrieking at his own hand while he faded from existence]]. The crowd booed and whistled and sometimes threw garbage because no one could agree on the proper social etiquette for watching a man legally kill a penis."''
-->--'''{{Creator/Seanbaby}}''', [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-6-least-sportsmanlike-moments-in-mma/ "The 6 Least Sportsmanlike Moments in MMA"]]

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Commonly used in comedy series/movies, this is any instance where other male characters seem to sympathetically feel it whenever another male character has found himself to be the victim of a GroinAttack. Usually complimented by a loud groan and the cradling of their testicles, as if they had been hit there themselves.

If the one delivering the kicks is an ActionGirl, {{Tsundere}} or all of the above part of the reaction probably comes from wondering if they're next.

Like GroinAttack, this is rarely applied to females in pain except comedically, but there are a few exceptions.
The closest female equivalent is for mothers to wince during scenes of other women giving birth.

Contrast InstantSoprano, in which it's the ''victim'' of the GroinAttack whose reaction emphasizes its painfulness. Related to the same emotions present in EyeScream.



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cV8a3zyzZc This Whiskey commercial]] lampshades the fact that, like Whiskey itself, getting hoofed in the nuts is something well understood by different cultures.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', when the Dai-Gurren is attacked in its crotch, all men (except [[CampGay Leeron]]) do this trope.
* In ''[[{{Slayers}} Slayers Next]]'' Lina gets cursed to feel all the pain she inflicts on others; naturally, Xellos gets her to invoke this trope in the course of the explanation.
* In ''OnePiece'' upon seeing Franky subjected to severe testicular torture [[IncrediblyLamePun at the hands]] of Nico Robin to convince him to join the crew, a good chunk of the present male cast immediately break out in screams of painful protest. On top of that, even ''Nami'' finds it in herself to speak up about the poor man's agony. Even a few members of the crowd, who had earlier yelled at Franky to PleasePutSomeClothesOn, found this to be just a little much.
** Probably the ''audience'' felt the pain when the anime gave Robin's grab move a [[RepeatCut quintuple take]].
* Occurs during a manga episode of ''RanmaOneHalf'' when Akane and Shampoo are trying to get Ranma to be their partner through an obstacle course. Shampoo grabs one leg and starts dragging, Akane grabs the other and starts dragging... until the hallway splits and Ranma gets slammed against the corner in a most unfortunate position. Mousse, a romantic rival who hates Ranma and has been more or less trying to kill him all series, winces and remarks that even ''he'' wouldn't have wished that on Ranma.
* In one episode of CrayonShinChan, Misae and Shinnosuke [[FreakyFridayFlip switch bodies]]. So as Misae (in Shin's body) chases after Shin to get him to stop doing weird stuff in her body, she accidentally trips against a short table, and of course, hits herself in the nads. Then she screams in pain and wails, "Why didn't you guys tell me it hurt this badly!? Oh ''God'', I never knew! I've never KNOWN a pain this bad! Well, except for wracking period cramps for two out of five days in a month, and popping out two kids out of the (beep) after several excruciating hours and ''(more examples)'' and...!!"
* In ''[[{{MAR}} MÄR]]'', the men in the public do this when Jack gets defeated with a GroinAttack by Pano in their first match.
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' Lovelace maid ([[spoiler:and protege to the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Bloodhound of Florencia A.K.A. Roberta]]]]) Fabiola Iglesias comes to the Yellow Flag. A TooDumbToLive cartel gangster grabs her by the collar and she proceeds to ''knife'' him in the groin. The entire bar winces.
* During a fight in ''{{Change123}}'', Motoko (at that moment [[SplitPersonality Hibiki]]) jumps into a fight with a {{Yakuza}} member by stepping on his sword, which flips around and slices him right in his...man area. All the other yakuza's, the group leader, Kousukegawa, and Motoko's own adoptive father (and by now, probably ''you'') all grimace, and chastise her for the move.
* During episode 6 of ''MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'', Momoyo and the girls demonstrate the proper way to [[EroticEating erotically eat]] a mushroom shaped lolipop at a festival. Every male in the vicinity is totally mesmerized...and then they all aggressively bite the heads off the treats, causing every one of them to collapse in pain.
* In ''Anime/ProfessorLaytonAndTheEternalDiva'' Emmy Altava uses a groin attack on one of [[spoiler: Descole]]'s troops. Clamp Grosky sees this and proceeds to hold his groin.
* In episode 2 of ''Anime/OnegaiMyMelody'', the MonsterOfTheWeek gets bitten on the crotch by a mouse. While the girls laugh, the guys are horrified.
* Episode 10 of ''Anime/GundamBuildFightersTry'' has Mirai's petite Beargguy unleashing a Jigen Haoh-style {{Shoryuken}} on an opponent's Gunpla. Considering where she hit it, its pilot, Sekai, Yuuma, and ''the rest of the male audience'' [[ColorFailure went white with shock.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In [[OriginsIssue issue #0]] of ''GreenArrow'' ({{New 52}}), Oliver Queen is showing off his archery skills to two of his friends. Instead of [[WilliamTelling hitting the apple on the dummy's head]], the arrow lands right in the dummy's crotch. His male friend winces at the sight of it.
-->'''Oliver Queen''': [[BlatantLies I meant to do that]].

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In the IronMan fan fic, [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6030668/1/Lets_Dance_Buttercup Let's Dance Buttercup]], Tony accidentally kicked CaptainAmerica in the nuts and every man promptly winced at the pain.
* In ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', when As'taris slices off the penis-sword of the living statue he's battling, the four wince as one.
* Shirou in his RageAgainstTheHeavens rant in ''Fanfic/TheHillOfSwords''.
-->'''Shirou:''' I've decided that I shall slaughter the innocent. I shall murder all who stand in my way, sparing none, until my name is synonymous with fear itself, thus cementing my status as an Anti-Hero. Then, once my reign of terror is finally ended, I shall wait patiently at the Throne of Heroes for however how long it takes until one of the infinite realities that exist that still performs the ritual of the Holy Grail War summons me forth. Then, I shall resume killing all around me until my bloodstained hands hold the Holy Grail itself. Once I have the all-powerful artifact, I shall use it to force the Root of the World, the wellspring of all creation, to assume a human male form in my presence. And then I'm going to kick it in the balls so hard that all of reality will simultaneously feel it.
* In ''Fanfic/AFrogInArkhamAsylum'', Jackie feels some sympathy for Drago after an accidental GroinAttack by Jade.
* Near the end of the WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fan fic ''FanFic/AVoiceAmongTheStrangers'', a goat is munching on a pillow, angering the owner of said pillow. We never get to see what the goat experiences, but at the end of the train ride the goat is clearly in… distress. The guard stallion, looking over the token human Jessica, moves his hind legs together a bit more than usual. Jessica is confused by the action.
* In ''FanFic/AFathersWrath'' The entire male half of the audience at The Chunin Exams exchange sympathy winces after Shikamaru suffers a GroinAttack at the end of his match.
* An Inversion of this can be found in the comments for a lemon fic that involved molten gold being used as lubricant.
--> ''"Ow my penis! I don't even HAVE a penis, but OW! MY PENIS!!"''

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/ShesTheMan'', the entire soccer team reacts in this form when Amanda Bynes' character is hit in the crotch with a soccer ball. Bynes (who is impersonating a guy) reacts last after seeing the other guys do it.
* ''Film/HotShotsPartDeux'' has this trope to the nines. Spoofing on ''Film/BloodSport'', Charlie Sheen's character and his opponent rush at each other and collide, with the implication being that they drove their knees [[GroinAttack into each other's tender spots]]. The crowd winces en masse before cutting back to the opponent's face, whose cheeks are puffed out... before ''[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything spitting out two walnuts]]'' and saying "You Win" in falsetto and [[ThePratfall falling backwards]].
* In ''Film/{{Bananas}}'', Fielding Melish cringes at the mention of the word "Castration."
* In ''Film/{{Clue}}'', when Mrs. White mentions what besides her husband's head was cut off, the seated men cross their legs protectively.
* In ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', the bridge crew of Spaceball One have come to learn the hard way what [[AgonyBeam pissing off]] Dark Helmet [[GroinAttack means]]. When he insists that nobody saw his latest faux pas, they all cover up in anticipatory terror.
-->'''Dark Helmet''': "I always drink coffee when I watch radar!" [...] "Everybody knows that!"\\
'''Crew''': "Of course we do, sir!"
* Curiously averted in ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'', where the incredibly popular ShowWithinAShow "Ow, My Balls" features a man continuously taking blows to the crotch. Everyone thinks the show is hilarious, and his fans even pay "tribute" when he's making public appearances. Perhaps the people of the future are too dumb to recognize sympathy?
* In ''Film/KickAss2'', Colonel Stars and Stripes demonstrates his dog Eisenhower's training to bite people's dicks on command. Kick-Ass gasps and covers himself.
* In ''Krippendorf's Tribe'', both male and female audience members respond like this to video footage of a (faked) circumcision ritual.
* Z-grade horror ''Hell's Highway'' features Ron Jeremy (yes, the Ron Jeremy) being castrated by the devil, except he [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYpzLTzm3NM doesn't even notice for a while, and when he does, he crashes into a gas station that then explodes.]] The ridiculousness makes it less painful but still, what a way to die.
* In ''Film/PulpFiction'', Marsellus Wallace tells Butch to "step aside" and proceeds to fire a round of buckshot into Zed's crotch. Butch awkwardly covers his genitals while looking on.
* In the film ''RealSteel'', Midas delivers a GroinAttack to Noisy Boy. Since both are non-sentient robots operated by humans with controllers, Noisy Boy feels no pain. However, the males in the audience visibly wince when this happens. Like RealLife boxing, it's implied that this move would have been illegal in an official match.
* Early in ''Film/YouDontMessWithTheZohan'', the titular character (a BadassIsraeli) and his Palestinian archnemesis [[SpellMyNameWithAThe The Phantom]] are engaged in a FeelNoPain contest. The Phantom grabs a piranha and sticks it to his cheek, while smiling. Zohan grabs the piranha and drops it down his shorts and looking nonchalant as it does its thing in there. The Phantom, meanwhile, is visibly pained looking at this.
* The infamous scene in ''Film/TheresSomethingAboutMary'' where BenStiller tries to zip up too quickly [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzRuKnb2uuY and gets stuck]]. This is the reaction of every man that sees the predicament he got himself in - until it gives way to NoSympathy and WhatAnIdiot for managing to get the zipper all the way to the top.

* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', main character [[SweetPollyOliver Polly]], who is pretending to be male to get into the army, gets bitten in the crotch by her lieutenant's horse. She's not hurt, since all she keeps down there is a rolled-up pair of socks, but her lieutenant faints.
** He almost does so again immediately after, when he comes to and and asks her if she's all right. She cheerfully replies "Oh, it'll just need a few stitches," meaning her trousers.
* In ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga A Civil Campaign]]'', Lord Dono ([[spoiler:who was ''Lady'' Donna prior to the sex change]]) invokes the trope [[GenderBender retroactively]] after having been kicked there himself.
-->"Ivan, all those time I laughed at you or your friends when you were playing and got hit between the legs... I am so, '''so''' sorry."
* In Varley's Literature/GaeaTrilogy, Robin the witch was raised in an all-female space colony. After having ignorantly inflicted a GroinAttack on a male companion, and witnessed the results, she spends the rest of the day marveling that he doesn't keep his hands over his groin all the time, to protect his vulnerable privates.
* In ''[[RiversOfLondon Moon Over Soho]]'', when Stephanopolis calls Peter to the scene of a VaginaDentata killing, he muses that she didn't give him a hard time because she was impressed he ''hadn't'' retreated from the room, whimpering from the sight of its literally dis-membered victim.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In an episode of ''{{Frasier}}'', Eddie the dog is taken to the vet to be neutered. Frasier, Niles, and Martin are seen crossing their legs in response to the operation.
--> '''Frasier:''' A guy should never have do that to another guy.
--> '''Martin:''' Amen to that.
* Referenced and explained in the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Legion", where the titular Legion explains that any pain he feels is conveyed to the rest of the crew. He stabs his hand to show them and then tells them not to anger him, or "it'll be ''there''".
* Lampshaded in ''Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'', during the Daisy Fuentes season, where she gives a little speech about the three primary audience reactions to the videos - this trope, the usual LOL, and '[[WhatWereYouThinking What Were They Thinking]]'.
* In the Animal Planet series ''Series/PitBullsAndParolees'' the parolees working at a pit bull rescue center are brought along to a neuter and spay clinic for the dogs and watch a dog get neutered. Their expressions alone constitute a CrowningMomentOfFunny as you can tell they're thinking this trope.
** Similar moments have been seen on ''DirtyJobs'', most notably when Mike had to assist in castrating a horse.
*** Another instance from ''DirtyJobs'' is when Mike was assisting a family of goat farmers castrate the young male goats they didn't want reproducing. WITH. THEIR. TEETH. The goat farmers then had to spend the next five minutes (likely much, much longer was left out of the episode) trying to convince Mike this was very standard procedure for all goat farmers and that they were not raving sociopaths.
* [[{{Scrubs}} Man]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlKwuPpUeGo Check!]]
* In an episode of ''DesigningWomen'', Anthony recommends that a woman being assaulted by a man should execute a GroinAttack against the nearest male even if he's not the attacker, because this trope will come into play.
* It's frequent on [=TruTV=]'s ''Series/TheSmokingGunPresentsWorldsDumbest'' for male commentators to be shown wincing, cupping themselves, or otherwise expressing this trope in response to clips showing [[GroinAttack groin injuries]] (self-inflicted or otherwise), and not unusual for female commentators to at least verbally express sympathy pains of their own.
--> '''Judy Gold:''' I don't ''have'' balls, and my balls hurt.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEV1ORgvxcg For example.]] The first guy to comment even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades the trope directly.]]
* Averted in one episode of ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'', when the camera cuts from Tory reacting to a groin impact to Grant laughing his head off, with no apparent sympathy. Considering how often Tory is a victim of a groin impact himself, he could probably be forgiven for being amused when it finally happens to someone else for a change.
* ''Series/{{Backup}}'' - when a dog bites a child abuser in the groin even the intended victim's father feels some sympathy.
* This is what happens when a Japanese comedy troupe takes the concept and runs with it. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dS3tjP6Yh1w How good are you at tongue twisters?]]
* In one episode of WhoseLineIsItAnyway, during the Newsflash game, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Riof3CoMtfY wait for it...]]
* Invoked in ''{{CSI}}'', the episode 'Ending Happy'. Doc Robbins has an autospy under way and is explaining some things to Warrick and possibly Catherine. Doc wants to examine the guy's privates because they were enlarged, and Warrick asks Doc to wait until he leaves the room.
* On ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', when Quinn suggests putting a shock collar on [[ICallHimMisterHappy little Barney]], all the men in the room wince and cross their legs.
* Averted in one ColdOpening of ''Series/TheOfficeUS'', in which Dwight dumps a mug of hot coffee on his crotch due to [[ItMakesSenseInContext trying to pick it up with his feet]]. Only Pam and Phyllis are shown to wince in sympathy.
* In ''TheWonderYears'', when Kevin has to explain that the family dog has to be neutered, both Jack and Wayne cross their legs simultaneously.
* After Rick Santorum compares contraception laws to the French Revolution, Colbert of ''Series/TheColbertReport'' pulls out a banana, puts a condom on the banana, then [[http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/408347/february-14-2012/contraception-crusade pulls out a miniature guillotine]]. When the blade comes down the entire audience screams. One male audience member even shouts "No!" before he drops the blade.
* ''Series/LALaw'' had a case involving a rabbi who nicked a baby boy's penis while performing a bris, leaving a scar. When the case was discussed at the meeting at the beginning of the episode, the male lawyers all winced.

* The unofficial ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' sourcebook ''The Book of Unlawful Carnal Knowledge'' has rules for a [[GroinAttack called shot to the nuts]]: every male within visual range must make a Fortitude save or be disabled briefly as they reflexively wince and cover their groin.
* Ogres in the ''Tabletop/{{Warhammer}}'' universe have a similar reaction to disembowelment. Simple reason is that their gut is so huge that any Ogre who has it happen to them invariably dies a drawn-out, messy, and agonising death. Ogres are immoral, cannibalistic bastards, though, so don't feel too much sympathy for them.

* In the play ''Sheik, Rattle and Roll'', there is a scene set in the harem where the thieves, the harem girls and the eunuchs all reveal that they are members of {{Weird Trade Union}}s. They immediately exchange cards for the Amalgamated Thieves and Rogues union, the Amalgamated Harem Girls and Dockers, and the Amalgamated Eunuchs and Bacon Slicers. At this point, every male on stage winces and crosses his leg.

* This happens in ''HeavenlySword'' if Nariko executes a GroinAttack, causing nearby soldiers to fall over crutching their groins.
* When [[TrueCompanions the group]] is huddled together at the end of ''[[JakAndDaxter Jak X]]'' and [[ActionGirl Ashelin]] suggests a GroinAttack as a means of dealing with the BigBad, [[TheHunter Sig]] covers his crotch with his hand.
* One Fatality in the MortalKombat reboot involves Kung Lao sawing his opponent in half from bottom to top with his [[ChainsawGood chainsaw hat]]. A commercial used to promote this game featured males everywhere reacting to the attack, while a ''female'' bystander looked on in surprise.
** Johnny's Cage's infamous "Nut Punch" elicits this reaction from most male players in general. Spamming this attack will likely produce wails of "WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU!?" from real-life male spectators.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', during his loyalty mission Archangel [[spoiler: AKA Garrus]] [[GroinAttack kicks]] the bad guy, [[spoiler: Fade]], in the [[UnusualEuphemism family jewels]]. Shepard acknowledges the man's pain, but does not seem to share it. Especially funny with Fem!Shep:
--> '''Shepard:''' ''(rather cheerfully)'' That had to hurt.
* ''VideoGame/{{Outlast}}'' has Edward Gluskin ceaselessly seek a bride, even when there's only males. No matter, for he has [[GroinAttack a solution.]] Rest assured, a lot of gamers will have crossed their legs at [[ControllableHelplessness one]] [[EstablishingCharacterMoment particular]] [[DeathMontage moment.]]

* Inverted in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' by a [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=178 hypothetical]].
* Trope DistaffCounterpart: In ''KeychainOfCreation'', Misho, piloting a mech, kicks giant robot CatGirl Nova in the breasts. Cut to Marena and Blossom holding their breasts sympathetically, and Karen looking not too pleased either.
* ''Webcomic/CaptainSNES'', with added MySignificanceSenseIsTingling: [[spoiler: Alex]] punches [[spoiler: Boogerman]] in the 'nads and ''[[UpToEleven every male sprite in Videoland]]'' [[UpToEleven reacts to it]].
* The first monster ''Webcomic/SparklingGenerationValkyrieYuuki'' fights is a giant bull, who she first incapacitates via...well, a hammer to the balls. And immediately sympathizes. "[[GenderBender I don't even have them right now]], and I can feel that...!"
* [[TheStoic Taffe's]] favorite method of [[GroinAttack attacking guys]] in ''Webcomic/{{Pacificators}}''. Her sister [[TheDitz Larima]] gives us a [[http://www.sailorenergy.net/MangaPacificators2/MangaPacisV04n107.html nice wince]] when Taffe takes down the guy [[BerserkButton threatening Larima]].
* In a preview for one of the pornographic "Working Girls" Penny Dreadfuls on ''Webcomic/{{Chimneyspeak}}'', an attractive new girl named [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Gnasher]] is brought to the brothel, strips naked, and gets examined by Alice. At first, the girl seems perfect, with a gorgeous body and a pretty face. When Alice asks what's the catch, Gnasher gives a sheepish grin....and reveals a mouth full of razor-sharp fangs. A visibly-disturbed Alice remarks...
-->'''Alice:''' I don't even ''have'' a dick, and looking at those teeth hurts my dick.

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* ''LoadingReadyRun'' tried to give ''Film/CasinoRoyale'' the 'Sympathetic Pain in Film Award', but the presenter was too busy wincing.
* One of the ''MissDynamite'' webtoons ends with Eva torturing one of the Backstreet Boys tied to a chair by hammering a nail into one of his testicles until it pops. It even has a warning screen come up before the scene and the scene won't play until you press the button to continue.
* In the WhateleyUniverse, Phase's birthday party in Boston turns into not one, not two, but four separate superhero battles. One has a super-strong girl with goat legs being held hostage by a man in body armor standing behind her. But she's super strong ''and has goat legs''. She kicks him so hard his helmet ends up embedded in the ceiling. Even though it's a battle between armored mercenaries and superpowered mutants, every guy in the room cringes. Even Samantha Everheart, Mega-Girl, and Delta Spike do the cringe, but they all used to be male.
* At the Illinois State Fair of 2011, Creator/BradJones and several of his friends [[WebVideo/BradTries tried]] deep fried turkey testicles, crotch grabbing and groans of pain abound with almost every bite.
* Mentioned by {{Welshy}} when [[spoiler: Jill shoots Trevor in the crotch]] in his review of ''Film/{{Scream 4}}''. He even mentions a male patron that was sitting near him actually screaming during that scene, leading him to believe something similar had happened to the man in real life.
* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' article "[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-baffling-uses-sex-toys-that-prove-humanity-doomed/ 5 Baffling Uses of Sex Toys That Prove Humanity Is Doomed]]" features an example of share the female pain when describing number five, where a young couple decided to attach a dildo to a saber saw blade with predictable results.
--> Did you just make an uncomfortable face when you read that? Yeah. Imagine what her expression was like.
* Any time you hear Nash say [[WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou Gentlemen, BRACE YOURSELVES.]] Or, rarely, "Ladies, Brace yourselves." And then, there was that one [[BrainBleach memorable]] time when he said "EVERYBODY BRACE YOURSELVES." He's never kidding.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* "Ike's Wee Wee" counts, given the fact that the WesternAnimation/SouthPark boys were concerned about the welfare of Ike's penis.
* ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'' involved an episode where Apache Chief had burned himself with coffee and was suing the coffee company over it due to losing his...er, "growing powers". When he comes to meet Harvey and tell him what happened, Harvey takes a while to understand his plight. Once he does, Harvey instinctively cross his legs.
--> '''Harvey''': Oh OOOOH hehe, let's all go to the mountains.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Any mention of circumcision will often result in this. Which is apropos, since African circumcisions are typically communal affairs, hence sharing the male pain.
* Somewhat TruthInTelevision, though other men clearly won't actually feel the pain, pretending they do shows sympathy toward the... situation with the other man. Whether men did this before the trope was played for humour, is similar to the chicken and the egg.
** From personal experience, Men aren't cupping out of sympathy, it's because A) If one guy gets hit in the crotch, you don't know if you're next B) You feel a VERY sharp phantom pain C) It's terrifying to watch D) for those that have gotten hit before it's a reminder of the pain. It's sometimes jokingly referenced as a self-defense move. If you're ever surrounded by a group of men, pick out the smallest one and kick him in the crotch, they'll ''all'' go down.
*** There are also cases of females who also react to this as well, but only if the hit was one of the really heavy ones, along with the standard "I'm a girl and even I felt that one" statement.
*** Or, of course, if the woman in question is aware of (or can imagine) what being on the receiving end of a GroinAttack feels like. Both sexes have nerve endings down there, after all.
** Recent research has shown that when you see someone else doing something, the brain fires the same parts that it would if you were doing it yourself, and that includes when you see someone in pain. So when you see someone get nailed in the nads, the brain of a man watching fires in a similar manner.
** It is kind of like why people get freaked out over EyeScream. Just seeing, reading or hearing about the pain for some reason causes a fraction of that pain to be felt.
*** ... and sometimes even being reminded of the trope. Thanks. Thanks a lot.
*** [[TemptingFate Could be worse]], [[SchmuckBait they could have made you picture]] {{Fingore}}.
** This entire main point is pretty much how the word "empathy" is defined.
* It's a rare case in introductory anatomy classes when the task of dissecting the genitalia of a male specimen ''isn't'' delegated to a female student. When a male med student does dare volunteer to undertake such a task, he's usually complimented by his classmates for having nerves of steel.
** Don't you mean [[IncrediblyLamePun BALLS OF STEEL?!]]
* Judging by the comments, [[http://weepingcock.livejournal.com/642991.html this]] ('''NSFW''') entry on the Livejournal community Weepingcock for female readers.
* WebSite/TextsFromLastNight is just full of little gems like [[http://textsfromlastnight.com/Text-Replies-4632.html these]] from the female side. NSFW, obviously.
* Women can very easily sympathize with the "male pain." Despite popular belief and lack of testicles, it's still extremely painful for women to get hit between the legs.
* Male owners of male pets are sometimes reluctant to have them neutered due to the empathy entailed by this trope.
* While it isn't as common (since it can't be played for laughs,) the gender flip can happen as well. Men can fell similar sympathy pains when women experience pain involving the groin, ranging from a bikini wax to childbirth (especially if the birth is unique, such as a record-sized baby or a multiple birth.)