Brass Balls

When someone does something that's very brave, or at least very risky, it is said that they have Brass Balls, even if they are female. No reason has ever been given for why brass balls are either braver or more foolish than meat balls or billiard balls or... any kind of ball at all, really.note  The balls part we get, though. Evidently there is a direct correlation between them and boldness.

Elemental Crafting may come into play; superior to brass balls are balls of iron, beaten out only by balls of steel.

See Testosterone Poisoning for more information.

Not to be confused with Balls of Steel, where one has balls tough enough to withstand a Groin Attack.


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  • In Slayers, a bandit says to Lina: "You have some balls, kiddie! Oh wait, you don't, you're a girl."
  • In the Hetalia Bloodbath 2010, China utters this immortal line to Hong Kong:
    China: Choosing to go naked rather than wear a maid outfit? ...YOU'VE GOT BALLS-ARU!!
  • The English Dub of Rosario + Vampire plays this nearly word for word when Kou accidentally looks up Inner Moka's and Kokoa's skirts.
    Inner Moka: Well, you've got some big, brass ones, I'll give ya that much.

  • Micronauts: The Micronaut once stated that it has literal brass balls.

  • In The Ballad of Twilight Sparkle, two cops are described this way for requesting an audience with the local resident Physical God Emperor: 'the sheer atomic weight of [their] solid plutonium reproductive organs would make escape velocity all but impossible.'
  • In Flight: Due to the multiple stunts Shirou pulled, Uzume had described him this way. Start with "Bowling balls" and it's currently at "Giant brass beach balls".

  • 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.
    Jack: That... is really, really gross, Ortiz.
  • 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 salesman needs.
  • There's a great scene in 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."
  • Wayne's World: 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.
  • In Police Academy 4, Callahan (a female instructor) informs a nervous female recruit that, "Soon, you'll have abs of steel, ice in your veins and a set of brass balls like this!", indicating the size of two basketballs.
  • The Jackie Chan movie Mr Nice Guy has a scene where Jackie's Friend on the Force confronts the Big Bad for harming his father, but to no avail, leading to this immortal line:
    Big Bad: That boy's got some big brass ones... He'd better be careful or he'll find them hanging on his Christmas tree!
  • Said of the biker in The Mist who volunteers to leave the supermarket and brave unknown peril to attempt to retrieve a rifle from a pickup in the parking lot.

  • Ernest 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."
  • The Dresden Files:
    • "You can say what you like about Gentleman Johnny Marcone, but he has a set of brass balls that drag the ground when he walks."
    • Harry is also accused of such in Dead Beat when Thomas blackmails the head of the White Court in his name.
      Dresden: So you're saying that I blackmailed the White Court. By proxy.
      Thomas: Yeah. You've gotta have some great big brass balls to do something like that, Harry.
  • Special Agent D'Agustino on the USSS's Protection Detail is described this way in Tom Clancy's Ryanverse novels: if she did have them, 'they'd be heavy, brass ones'.
  • In Daniel Keys Moran's books The Long Run, The Last Dancer, and The Big Boost the Elite are a group of special soldiers who have been surgically altered to become cyborgs with subdural armor, laser weapons in their fingers, accelerated reaction time and great strength. Their enemies ironically call them Brass Balls.

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  • During the WWE 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!
  • MythBusters: After Jamie traverses their (increasingly wobbly) duct tape bridge, Adam says to the camera: "Ladies and gentlemen, they are made of brass, James Hyneman!" Note that the bridge spans a very deep dry dock and Mr. Hyneman is very afraid of heights.
  • Stephen Colbert talks about his brass balls quite often. They're the only thing that give him the guts to speak the truth.
  • While executing a painful squeeze on a rival, Elisabeth Rohm's character on Bull informs him that "9 times out 10, brass balls will get you anything you want ... I've got them; you don't. Too bad for you."
  • Dr. Brennan is credited with these, at which point she immediately replies that she has ovaries.
  • In Angel, Lindsay calls Angel a vampire "with big brass testes" after he reveals his plan to go after The Circle of the Black Thorn.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Buffy's mother Joyce is being held prisoner by evil Slayer Faith.
    Faith: You're thinking "You'll never get away with this!"
    Joyce: Actually I was thinking "My daughter is going to kill you soon."
    Faith: That a fact?
    Joyce: More like a bet.
    Faith: Whoa. You got a pair on you, Joyce.
  • The entire point behind the Channel Four series Balls of Steel in which contestants (male or female) demonstrate their Balls of Steel by going out in public and pulling horrible schemes on the unknowing public.
  • In Sliders, "The Exodus, Part 1." Quinn said to Maggie that he could hear her "brass balls" clink.

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  • The first two BioShock games uses this as a name for an achievement in some way. The first game has 'Brass Balls' which requires you to finish the game on Hard difficulty without using any Vita-Chambers. The second game has 'Big Brass Balls' which only requires you to complete the game without using any 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. Just goes to show the sheer manliness of that deed. Then there's Wrex's reaction to Grunt, a Super Soldier even by krogan standards:
    "Next you'll tell me he's a quint and craps dark matter."
  • The boiler boss in Conkers Bad Fur Day has a pair of literal brass balls. They're his weak point.
  • One of Duke Nukem's catchphrase: "I've got balls of steel!"
    • The company that made Duke Nukem, 3D Realms, later released a pinball game named Balls of Steel.
  • In Suikoden II, when Jowy tells Luca Blight that he intends to marry Jillia, Luca responds with an Evil Laugh and shouts, "You've got balls, I'll give you that!"
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare can have the player character be regarded as this: during a mission to eliminate the Big Bad of the game, the player character has the opportunity to slip into an area guarded by three Mooks to retrieve a collectible. If the player succeeds, MacMillan notes that they have "the minerals".
  • In a bit of Getting Crap Past the Radar, when you challenge Lt. Surge in Pokémon Yellow he notes you must have "big and brassy nerves" to take him on.


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    Western Animation 
  • Bait and Switch'd in Futurama, when Zapp Brannigan is talking about the Brain Balls, the rulers of Spheron I:
    Brannigan: They've got a lotta brains, and a lotta...chutzpah!
  • The pilot episode of Beast Wars features Dinobot challenging Optimus Primal for the leadership of the Maximals. Rhinox's response?
    Rhinox: This guy's got bearings of chrome steel.