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Sometimes a person does something that's very brave or dangerous, this or one of many variants of this statement is said. For example, "Insulting his boss like that... man he got balls of steel!".
Once in a while said for female characters even with lack of such parts. Or adapted into "brass ovaries" or something similar
Not to be confused with attack on those parts... like Balls of Steel
or 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:
"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.
- 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"
- 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'.
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