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->'''Bug''': My father? Very strict. It didn't matter that I was the youngest, when I would act up, he gave me his belt.\\
'''Dick''': You wore the same size?\\
'''Bug''': No, as punishment he would put me over his knee and give me a whooping.\\
'''Dick''': He gave a "whoopin" and a belt?\\
'''Bug''': ''With'' a belt.\\
'''Dick''': And then he gave you the belt?\\
'''Bug''': Um... yeah.
-->-- ''[[Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun 3rd Rock From The Sun]]''

LittleJimmy's done it now. His dad is angry, and this is a crime worthy of far more than a TimeOut. And Daddy's getting out the belt. This ain't gonna be pretty.

TruthInTelevision. CorporalPunishment has been around since practically the beginning of time. More and more parents are considering it barbaric these days, but it still goes on. ValuesDissonance tends not to be called out, (like other forms of punishment/abuse) because of how ''common'' an occurrence this trope was in RealLife for anyone born before the last couple of decades, and how common it is in certain cultures. Heck, many parents still use spanking today, despite the current culture drifting against it.

Of course, in the [[ComedicSpanking comedic version]], the father takes his belt off, raises his arm to apply some pain, and [[RealityEnsues his pants immediately fall down for want of a belt to hold them up.]]

Sometimes this trope is inverted when the father, after realizing he has been unfair with his son, hands his son the belt at the last minute and tells him to spank ''him.''

"You're not too big to turn over my knee" is a common variation. A variation of this trope in a Southern US setting is "Do you want me to cut a switch"?

A common and rather peculiar feature of this trope is that the son or sometimes daughter who is threatened with the belt is often high school or even college-aged, but no one on the show seems to find it odd that they are still being spanked as if they were children. A possible explanation is that young kids may make up a large part of the shows' viewers and hence may find this sort of punishment relatable.

Related in spirit to GetAHoldOfYourselfMan, but different in application.

It is often treated like an explicit child abuse or an older form of discipline in period pieces. Can be coupled with (and the result of) CallingTheOldManOut. Depending how it's portrayed, this can occur in many places along the SlidingScaleOfParentShamingInFiction; it could be anything from genuine ToughLove to a misguided OverprotectiveDad to outright AbusiveParents.

Subtrope of CorporalPunishment; compare ATasteOfTheLash. Compare and contrast the {{Sister Trope}}s ComedicSpanking and KinkySpanking.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Kogoro Mouri from ''Manga/DetectiveConan''.
* Misae Nohara from ''Manga/CrayonShinChan''.

* Cited by many Black stand-up comedians. {{Sinbad}} even had a routine wherein his mother turned into a superhero for the express purpose of catching him and giving him a whupping. It was for talking back to her (which you ''did not do'' with your parents back in the day) during lawn cutting day, and then turning around while she was reprimanding him. She beat him so bad, it was Monday when he woke up.
** In the aforementioned superhero bit, his mother smacked him so hard that his butt fell off, which prompted this legendary quip from his friends: "It's [[RocketPunch yo momma's hand]]! Drop yo butt and '''run'''!"
* Creator/BillCosby referred to this in many of his stand-up routines, including his mother's threat to "knock the black off of him".
** His infamous routine "To My Brother Russell, Whom I Slept With" has him detail their father threatening Bill and his brother with '[[NoodleImplements The Belt]].' Subverted in that Cosby notes that he and his brother "had never seen this belt", but they knew what it was like: it was "nine feet long, eight feet wide, and it had hooks on it that would rip the meat off your body if it ever hit you".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn5jlrxcpkI Here's]] one from a comedian named Russell Peters. "Somebody's gonna get a hurt real bad," indeed.
* DoubleSubverted by comedian Katt Williams:
-->''"Look, I know all comics come on stage and say you need to beat your kids, but as a father, let me just say publicly that maybe we should stop beating our kids... [[CrossesTheLineTwice publicly]]."''
* Pretty common with a lot of ethnic groups, especially Irish. Creator/DenisLeary:
-->''"Hey, my dad used to beat the shit out of me, and looking back I'm glad he did. And I'm looking forward to beating the shit out my kids. Aren't you?"''
** (Leary's routines from ''after'' he became a father make it clear his kids have got him totally wrapped around their fingers.)
* Rex Navarette would fondly recall the usage of his mother's '''toe''' on him in Church.
* Steve Geyer recalled how his mother would tell him to bring her something to spank him with. At first, he would bring "a ''belt'' with a ''buckle'' on it", but eventually wised up and started bringing her sheets of notebook paper (don't laugh, he still has paper cut scars back there). Then she moved on to Hot Wheels tracks.
-->'''Steve:''' And then, one day, I thought to myself, "Steve, get a clue, she's spanking you... with your own toys?!" Yeah, glad I never got that wood-burning set I wanted, though.
* One black comic mentioned that her mom once spanked her with a wet towel for lack of anything better. "My ass said 'Motel 6' for a week."
* It also happens with redneck stand-up comics. Creator/JeffFoxworthy stated that getting a "time out" in his family meant that "our dad would take time out of his busy day to blister our butts!"
* Creator/BillEngvall, who states that there's nothing like "the sound of a belt clearing belt loops".
* Russell Peters did a routine about the time he tried to defy this trope. He'd gone over to a friend's house and seen how he talked back to his parents. When asked, the boy told him that they couldn't touch him because of child services. The comedian then imitates the boy upon returning home (responding to being nagged about chores with "fuck you dad"). His father, naturally, is less than impressed, and demands he front up for punishment. The comedian then tells his father that if he touches him he'll call child services. His dad's response? "Let me get you the phone." The father points out that there's a 23 minute gap between the call being made and someone arriving at the house, and that in that time, "somebody gonna get a hurt real bad."
* Christian comedian Mark Lowry said that when you heard the sound of his dad's belt flying through belt loops "you knew ''JUDGEMENT had come!!''
* DoubleSubverted by Creator/LouisCK in a routine where he rants about how ridiculous corporal punishment is. "Kids are the only people it's okay to hit! They're the most defenseless, and they're the only people it's okay to hit!."
* Dylan Moran once quipped about his disappointment in the corporal punishment laws, saying how that there are only so many ways you can say things to a child before going over to "have an encounter."
--> "And I was rather saddened by this, I used to '''bound''' home from work to strike my children!"

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Nick Fury does this to a corrupt military general in an issue of ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX''. To explain why, the general had put together a cell of middle eastern terrorists and sent them on a plane, which they were to hijack. The plane was then blown up by the Russians, killing the US funded terrorists and the innocent people aboard. Don't worry, he and his associates get a better punishment for it later.
* Any issue of ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' in days gone by would have included at least two instances of this.[[note]]Corporal punishment in the Beano lasted long after its abolition in schools and was [[OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope only really confronted]] when Scotland, home of the comic, passed laws to make physical punishment of children into illegal child abuse. It was well into the 1990s when the father of ComicStrip/{{Dennis the Menace|UK}} kept his slippers exclusively for wear on his feet, and the long-suffering teacher of the Bash Street Kids hung up his cane for the last time.[[/note]]
* WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck in the [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse comics]] doesn't have a belt, but he'd often chase his nephews with a stick. Used to, anyway. This is practically nonexistent in the modern strips, and these days the boys aren't in need of this kind of treatment anyway, being usually more competent and mature than their uncle.
* The comic ''ComicBook/LoveAndRockets'' have several kinky references to Hot Wheel tracks.
* ''ComicBook/ZipiYZape''. But using a mattress beater, a good ol' spanking or the dreaded "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Mice Room]]"

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'': There's a reason why Granddad's CatchPhrase is "Boy, where's my belt?!" Although he also uses his belt as a bonus weapon against pimps and hustlers.
-->'''Granddad:''' Riley, your granddad is from a very small town. Do you know what the name of the town is?\\
'''Riley:''' Whuppin Riley's Narrow Behind.\\
'''Granddad:''' And you're making me what?\\
'''Riley:''' Homesick.
* Calvin has been spanked on at least two occasions in ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''.
** Subtly implied in a Sunday strip where Calvin chokes his bedroom with bug spray and then his father walks into the room.
* In ''ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUS'', Dennis once protests to his mother about always being sent to time-out every time he misbehaves. She reminds him that she could spank him instead and he quickly decides to go with the time-out.
* A RunningGag in the early days of ''ComicStrip/TheKatzenjammerKids''. The strip would usually end with [[BrattyHalfPint Hans and Fritz]] getting spanked for whatever prank they pulled.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Scrooge [=McDuck=] in the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' fanfic, [[Fanfic/MotherDearest Mother Dearest]] takes his nephew's school performance very seriously. While he won't literally chase him with a belt or a stick, fans of this [[BadAssGrandpa badass grandpa]] know that you do not want to cross him.
* In ''[[FanFic/NewLookSeries Link's New Look]]'', what's the thing that [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Young]] [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Link]] fears the most in the world? A spanking from Princess Zelda. Apparently a Falcon Punch to the face is nothing compared to getting spanked by her.
* John Gage got it a lot as a kid in the slightly AU ''{{Series/Emergency}}'' fic [[http://tbillingsemergencyfanfic.com/remembrancesofthingspastpart1.htm "Remembrances of Things Past"]]. To the point where he has a major panic attack in the locker room when Roy, who's a bit angry at him about something, quickly pulls his belt off as he's changing. Roy has to reassure John he isn't going to hit him with it.
* ''Fanfic/{{Domoverse}}'': Issac is spanked for fighting by his Amish father.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' fanfic ''{{Fanfic/Syngenesophobia}}'', after the sisters hospitalize Lincoln, Mr. Loud severely disciplines all of his daughters, topping it off with the threat to use this trope if they try to get out of the punishments he inflicted on them, though he hates himself for having to resort to such drastic measures.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/PootieTang'' has a ''magic'' +5 belt of whoopass which is the Source Of His Power.
* In one Creator/TylerPerry film, Madea turns a young hooligan girl into a proper young lady... by repeatedly beating her with a belt. [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop Violence makes right, folks!]]
* In ''Film/CurseOfTheGoldenFlower'' the Emperor beats one of his (adult) sons to death with a huge gem-encrusted belt, as the kid had just killed one of his older brothers and attempted a coup. Pretty much every person in that movie pulls something like that on a family member.
* In ''Film/AntwoneFisher'', this is the favorite form of punishment for the title character's mother. Unfortunately, she goes [[AbusiveParents way too far]].
* Allegedly PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/MrDeeds'' when quarterback Kevin calls Deeds to apologize for his earlier behavior and Kevin's dad decides to talk to Deeds. When Deeds points out that Kevin's misdeed was using foul language in front of ladies, daddy takes the belt off; however, [[AbusiveParents it's clear from the scene that Kevin is beaten *in the face*]]
* In ''Film/TenaciousDInThePickOfDestiny'', a young J.B. gets the belt for singing a rock song about fucking the devil at the dinner table.
* In ''Film/GoodWillHunting'', Will describes how his father would add a layer of psychological torment by making him choose what he would be beaten with. He always chose a wrench, the worst of the three options, "Because fuck him, that's why."
* Treated humorously in Creator/JohnWaters' black comedy ''Film/FemaleTrouble.'' Dawn Davenport, played by Divine, threatens to whip her daughter Taffy with a car aerial for jumping rope.
* Spoofed in ''Film/{{Troll 2}}'', where the dad fumbles with his belt while yelling at his son for ruining their food... and tightens it to deal with the hunger pains.
* In ''Film/TheGodfather'' Carlo threatening and attacking Connie with a belt after she confronts him about his affairs is the thing that drives Sonny over the edge, on purpose of course, so that Sonny is lured to his death at the tollbooth.
* In ''Film/GetOnTheBus'', Flip tells a story about the time he tried out for his school's track team against his mother's wishes. She showed up at the tryouts with a belt so thick nobody could actually wear it, and, well... let's just say Flip hates wearing belts to this day.
* ''Film/IVitelloni'': Francesco, Fausto’s father, loses his patience with his son by the end of the film.
* In ''Film/RockNRolla'', in a flashback, we briefly see Lenny Cole getting ready to take his belt to his rebellious son, the future [[TitleDrop rock'n'rolla]] Johnny Quid.
* In ''Film/StandByMe'', the boys point out that if they go to find the dead body, their parents will know they snuck out of town to do so, and will "get hidings," but rationalize that nobody will care. Save for Chris, who casually admits that his AbusiveParents will "Hide him anyway" but admits that it would be worth it.
* In ''Film/BastardOutOfCarolina,'' Bone's stepfather Glen frequently whips her savagely with a belt. When her uncles find out about this they give Glen a beating with his own belt.
* In ''Film/TalkRadio'', Barry Champlain takes a call from a listener who tells him, "My kids give me any trouble, I take off m'belt. They see the belt, that's it." Barry proceeds to berate him for hitting his kids.
* In ''Film/TheyMadeMeAFugitive'', it's PlayedForDrama: Narcy uses his henchman to find the whereabouts of a man they want from his girlfriend. He threatens her with the belt (which also has badges on it for maximum pain) if she doesn't give away the hiding place. After a few brutal whips, she gives in.
* ''Film/TheThief'': Toljan telling Sanya to get Toljan's belt causes Sanya to wet himself in fright. As it turns out, Toljan, somewhat surprisingly, never does beat the boy.
* In ''Film/YouthInRevolt'', Ray Liotta's character apparently dealt with Nick this way before the start of the movie. Subverted in the movie itself.
** "You done tough guy?"
* A variant in ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'': the {{abusive|Parents}} Mary Lou Barebone orders her son to take his ''own'' belt off and hand it over to her. [[spoiler:When she does it during the movie and threatens his sister Modesty, it's the last straw that causes him to lose control of his EnemyWithin and [[PayEvilUntoEvil kill her]].]]

* The Headmaster, form masters and prefects of Literature/{{Greyfriars}} school can all dispense corporal punishment and do with (to a modern reader, at least) incredible frequency and little regret. A poor or obnoxious student, like the notorious Billy Bunter, can expect 'six' for offences as minor as 'lounging'. "Yaroooooh!", indeed.
* In Richard Wright's ''Literature/BlackBoy'', Richard offends his visiting uncle without understanding why. He had offended his uncle when, after being woken up in the middle of the night because his uncle wanted to know what time it was, his perfectly civil response is somehow perceived as insolent. The uncle declares that he'll give Richard (who is around 11) the beating of a lifetime. The uncle makes a big show of ripping a branch off a hickory tree in the yard to whip him. Only to discover that Richard, in the meantime, has [[CrazyAwesome snatched up two razor blades between his fingers, one on each fist, and told his uncle that he'd fight him off]]. After a standoff, the uncle looks very weary, and gives up while sighing. Then the uncle tells everybody in Richard's life that the boy is a menace and is not to be given any help whatsoever in anything...including school.
* Miss Trunchbull threatens to punish ''Literature/{{Matilda}}'' with the ''buckle'' end of her belt.
* Subverted in the short story ''The Pudding Like a Night on the Sea'' from ''The Stories Julian Tells''. Julian's father warns him and his little brother to not, under any circumstances, eat the pudding he's just made for their mother when she gets home. Of course, Julian dares his brother into eating it. The father snarls, "There's going to be some beating and some whipping!" What happens next? You guessed it. Their punishment is [[spoiler:to make a new pudding, and they have to beat the eggs and whip the cream]].
* Happens to Menolly in the ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern''. When she starts improvising, her sexist father, who is ashamed that a mere daughter has the skills of a Harper, ominously dismisses the class she's teaching and signals to her to lift up her tunic (not what it sounds like, but unpleasant in a totally different way) before belting her savagely. Even Menolly's mother, who's not a great help to the girl at the best of times, is shocked by the injuries inflicted on her [[TheUnfavourite unfavourite]] daughter.
* ''Literature/TheBible'' has a verse or two about physical punishment, for example Proverbs 23:13-14: "Withhold not discipline from the child, for if you strike and punish him with the rod, he will not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell." Elsewhere, though, it warns fathers not to drive their children to anger.
** The Halachic codex ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shulchan_Aruch Shulkhan ‘Arukh]]'' subverts this by saying that if you ''must'' hit your child to discipline him, use nothing worse than a ''shoelace''.
* This is used as punishment by Liza's father in ''Literature/BonesOfFaerie''.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': Verence II of Lancre was beaten by his grandfather with a belt often when a child. Since said grandfather was a retired court jester, it was a belt with bells on, which made it more painful.
* Nimbalo The Slayer's father in the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' book ''Taggerung'' frequently did this, until he finally stood up to the scumbag and ran off. Despite this, Nimbalo's still heartbroken when he discovers that his father was murdered by the vermin they're chasing with his own battle axe.
* In ''Me and My Little Brain'', part of Literature/TheGreatBrain series, John finally gets fed up with his adopted brother attacking him in mute silence, so he takes his little brother behind the woodshed and delivers an intense spanking. He expects to be whipped even worse by his parents for it, but the discipline breaks through the trauma his little brother had earlier experienced and caused him to open up to humanity again.
* Literature/PurpleHibiscus: Kambili (a girl) pushes her deranged father over the edge and he beats her. [[spoiler: She nearly dies.]]
* In ''Literature/SummerOfMyGermanSoldier'', Patty Bergen's [[AbusiveParents Abusive Father]] doles out several savage beatings with his belt.
* Inverted in an allegorical story where the much-loved father of a naughty boy forces the ''boy'' to beat ''him'' for the boy's misdeeds instead of the other way around. The boy cries throughout the process since he does love his father and hates hurting him. This helps the boy realise that by misbehaving, he's hurting his father as much as a beating hurts and causes the boy to try to behave better.
* Uncle Hoyt is prone to this in ''Literature/{{Bruiser}}'' and it's played for drama as seen by the numerous scars Brewster bears on his body.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Supernanny}}'':
** The Mann family falls under this before Jo's intervention; Mom Melissa is especially guilty. They spank their children forcefully with wooden spoons, wooden forks, and their hands. Melissa explains their church advocates this, and constantly says, "Trust and obey" before spanking a child (while simultaneously saying "I forgive you" and spanking more). Melissa also has some disturbing things to say about Naomi in particular, such as, "I want to smack her across the mouth" and "I don't want her in my house."
** Jo actually called CPS on the Spivey family after the camera footage showed the father appearing to beat one of his children with a belt. The actual discipline took place off-camera, but the belt is seen beforehand and the child can be heard screaming.
* In the 1950s sitcom ''Series/MakeRoomForDaddy'' with Danny Thomas, the three children were frequently threatened with belt spankings. In one the father warns the oldest daughter, who is snootily correcting his grammar, that he will dangle his belt over her "double negative" if she doesn't shut up. In an inversion of this trope, he hands his belt to his son Rusty, who has resigned himself to a whipping and, admitting he was in the wrong, tells Rusty to spank him.
* Don Ramon threatened to do this to [[LittleMissSnarker La Chilindrina]] in ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho''. It was usually followed with a snarky comment from her. For example, there was one occasion where he asked her if she knew what'd happen if he took off his belt and she told him his pants would fall down. He unwittingly proves her right.
* Subverted and parodied in an Episode of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', when Lily and Marshall are comparing which of their friends would make the best ParentalSubstitute for their child Marvin if they died. They ask their friends what they would use as a punishment for Marvin, and when Barney is asked an ImagineSpot is shown of Barney pulling out a belt... and announcing to Marvin that this fine belt the kid would usually wear is going to be confiscated as punishment, and he has to wear a common leather belt instead.
%%* Nikki from ''Series/TheParkers''.
* ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris''.
** Rochelle.
** Julius [[UpToEleven has a different belt for different offenses.]] The list goes; lying, stealing, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs lying & stealing]], [[TwerpSweating getting somebody pregnant]], and doing drugs. [[RefugeInAudacity The drugs belt has a gun holster on it.]]
* On ''Series/AreYouBeingServed Again'', Mavis often says that her father will "give her the strap" if she gets caught doing something.
* On ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' Lynette once threatens to spank her rambunctious sons with an assortment of spanking implements, including a belt which she describes as "a classic" before cracking it. She ends up not spanking them, but in a later episode Bree turns one of boys over her knee, leading to a rift with Lynette.
* On one episode of ''Series/WhatsHappening'', Raj went to a party instead of watching Dee like he was supposed to. As punishment, his mother asked him for belt. When Raj replied he wasn't wearing one, [[BigFun Rerun]] offered his, prompting:
-->'''Mabel''': "Rerun, I want to whip him, not hang him!"
* Arnold in ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'' gets spanked [[spoiler: by Willis]].
%%* Bernie from ''Series/TheBernieMacShow''
%%* Pops from ''Series/TheWayansBros''
* Alf Stewart in ''Series/HomeandAway'' when Duncan pushed him too far in a 2001 episode.
* Parodied in ''Series/{{Blackadder}} the Third''. Edmund tells Mr. Hardcastle that the Prince wants his daughter for his wife. Hardcastle, misunderstanding, responds:
-->''"Well his wife can't have her! Back, sir! Or I shall take off me belt, and by thunder [[RealityEnsues me trousers will fall down!]]"''
* Logan from ''Series/VeronicaMars'' even has to get the belt himself, at his age!
* ''Series/GoodTimes'':
** James usually to youngest son Michael (to get him off his soapbox).
** Played with in one episode where Michael would rather take the belt than apologize for what he said to his teacher. James was reluctant to hit him too.
* Done between adults in ''Series/TheSopranos'' when Tony uses his belt to hit his corrupt congressman lackey for sleeping with his mistress. Even though he had (apparently) okayed it earlier.
* In at least one episode of ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'', specifically, "Mr. Mc Beevee." Opie is accused of stealing a quarter, and refuses to concede that Mr. Mc Beevee (a telephone lineman, who gave the coin to Opie) is imaginary, and Andy makes an implied threat that if Opie doesn't bend, he could face a whipping. The incident is averted when Andy decides he needs to believe his son.
* In ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' cousins Bo and Luke, despite being in their twenties, were sometimes threatened with strappings by Uncle Jesse.
* ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'': Set in an era where whippings as parental punishment were common. Although a few episodes featured abusive parents mercilessly whipping their children (including one where orphans James and Cassandra Cooper ultimately come to live with the Ingalls), two episodes included incidences where whippings are depicted as proper fatherly discipline. When Nels Olesen grabs a belt to punish his spoiled daughter, Nellie (usually, after Nellie committed a particularly humiliating prank on Laura), the whippings are not depicted onscreen, but Nellie's screaming can be heard off-screen as she is being lashed .
* A sketch from ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'' had the mother (Ruth Buzzi) tell the father (Dave Madden) that their son (Henry Gibson) was misbehaving and to punish him. Dad takes Junior into the next room and sounds of spanking are heard. When they come out, Mom coddles Junior and says Dad was so mean to hit him. Outraged, Dad takes his belt off and takes ''Mom'' into the next room for a spanking while Junior tries told the laughter in.
* Subverted in ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle''. Lois calmly asserts that she will spank Malcolm if he does not remain grounded and stay on his cot, who was objecting as they were having to sleep in cots in a school gym (the neighborhood was evacuated because of a chemical spill) and the punishment was not really applicable. When Malcolm disobeys her, she puts him over her knee, everybody else in the gym watching...And she gives him a light tap. The purpose of the "spanking" was not to punish him with pain, but with ''embarrassment''. This ends up backfiring as the soldiers overlooking the whole evacuation throw her out, because the other families thought she was going crazy.
* A flashback scene in ''Series/{{Roswell}}'' shows a young Michael running away from his foster father, who can be seen in the background with his belt in his hands.
* In ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', Bud often offers to fetch Al's belt when Kelly is in trouble. Al however never actually punishes either of the kids in this manner.
* ''Series/ByTheSwordDivided'': In the first episode, Sir Martin canes his daughter Lucinda for refusing to meet Lord Edward, her arranged husband-to-be. Much later in the series, having fallen in love with him, Lucinda tells Edward about her punishment and [[ValuesDissonance says that she deserved much worse.]]
* It's implied that Jack Arnold was about to do this to Kevin in the pilot episode of ''Series/TheWonderYears'' for getting called to the principal's office. Kevin reflected that his dad had never spanked him before, but he had seen him do it to Wayne and he recognized that look. The punishment was quickly forgotten however when they got home to find out that [[spoiler:[[WhamLine Winnie Cooper's older brother was killed in Vietnam]].]]
* In ''Series/TheMiddle'', we learn that Mike's father had a belt [[ICallItVera he called "the Enforcer"]] that he used frequently on his sons. It is implied that this is the reason Mike never even considers CorporalPunishment for his children.
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Wilson Fisk bashed his father's head in with a hammer while he was attacking his mother with the belt.
* ''Series/IronFist2017'': Harold Meachum's meek assistant Kyle is [[ApologizesALot constantly apologetic]]. So much so that at one point, Harold points out that after living under his abusive father and having to apologize every time he was whipped with a belt for making him exert himself, [[TheUnapologetic he refuses to apologize for anything.]]
* ''Series/TrueBlood'': Before Jessica Hamby got turned into a vampire, she had put up with her deeply religious and oppressive father, who often beat her with his belt to punish her for her faults.
* One (long forgotten) Australian sketch show parodied this. The strict father ordered his son to eat his sausages; the son repeatedly refused. The father began to take off his belt to hit the son with it, [[OverlyLongGag but the belt was so long]] that the show cut to other sketches before cutting back, and the father was ''still'' [[BrickJoke taking off his belt]].
* ''MidsomerMurders'': In "Blood Will Out", the VictimOfTheWeek is a bully who thrashes his stepdaughter with his belt. [[spoiler:Of all his transgressions, it is ultimately this one that gets him murdered]].

* Regina Spektor's "Belt", from the perspective of a woman trapped in an abusive relationship, features a chorus that goes "Yo girl, don't make me take off my belt / Don't make me take off my belt / And smack you right side up".
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic's "WhenIWasYourAge":
-->Dad would whoop us every night 'til a quarter after twelve\\
[[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood Then he'd get too tired, and he'd make us whoop ourselves]]\\
[[UpToEleven Then he'd chop me into pieces, and played frisbee with my brain]]\\
And lemme tell ya, Junior... ya never heard ''me'' complain!

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* A common match type is a "whipping" match, or a "(whip/belt/other weapon of the promoter's choice) on a pole," where the objective is for one wrestler to whip his opponent into bloody and bruised submission. Various adjustments to the rules apply.
* In 1987, when Wrestling/KenPatera was released from prison (he had served time on a vandalism charge), he turned against former ally [[Wrestling/BobbyHeenan Bobby "the Brain" Heenan]] and renounced his former rule-breaking ways, sealing the deal when Patera whipped Heenan before tying the belt around his neck and whipping him across the screen. A week later, Heenan's minions got revenge by ganging up on Patera and whipping him until he lost consciousness.
* The belt is the second favorite and less serious weapon of Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys, the first obviously being the table.
* Polly Star undid her belt to spank her student, Alicia, in LLF.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', after Pokey and his brother Picky arrive late at home, his father takes them both upstairs and a repeating smacking sound is heard. Afterward, when Ness talks to him, he says "I was really scolded by my father. Aa, my butt hurts." The American localization replaced the smacking sound with something more comical (though, from context, it's still obviously a hit) and Pokey replies with "My dad really got after me. He said I get no dessert for the rest of the decade..."
* In the old school learning adventure game ''VideoGame/PeppersAdventuresInTime'', Pepper meets a young Ben Franklin and chats with him. However, at one point his father calls from upstairs for Ben to bring the candle wick that he'd (forgotten to) pick up at the general store. If you don't give him the bit of string you have in your inventory, Ben eventually goes upstairs to face the music and a smacking sound ensues.
* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', Sgt. Johnson will occasionally yell out in the middle of combat "Don't make me take off my belt!"
* A caller on [[Radio/GTARadio Chatterbox]] in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' mentions that he was disciplined as such by his nanny when he was a boy. Now he's seeking a nanny because "Freddie's been a very naughty boy". About a minute later, it's revealed that the caller himself is Freddie and he now gets sexual satisfaction from spanking.
* In ''VideoGame/BatmanTheTelltaleSeries'', Batman discovers three belts caked in blood in the secret TortureCellar of an abusive foster parent couple. [[spoiler:Said foster parents, the Vales, were already dead by the time Batman arrived, killed by their former ward Vicki Vale, a.k.a. Victoria Arkham, a.k.a. the villain Lady Arkham.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Princess Raeka has a moment of this to Itchyknee-san in ''Webcomic/SamuraiPrincess'' during their battle in the tower.
* ''Webcomic/ForestHill'': Benni's [[AbusiveParents abusive]] father takes his belt off to punish Benni [[http://www.foresthillcomic.org/comics/1855241/a-lesson/ on this page,]] although it is heavily implied that he may have actually done so to rape Benni.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leUTlgVrEOo "WHOOP YO KIDS!!"]]
* Lurking Dragon's ''Rejuve Universe'' is all about this trope. To wit, humanity finds some alien technology that allows them to be immortal by "rejuvenating" their bodies.But because aliens were asexual beings, machines doing it can't handle human puberty, so the people have to be sent to childhood. Guess what happens to criminals? Yeah, that's right. They get turned into children and given to strict "spanko" parents that spank them on the slightest provocation, then again and again, for decades of punishment (because everybody is practically immortal, years mean nothing to them). You can find more explanations on [[http://www.professor-bob.net/rejuveg.html this page]] as well as original stories [[http://boyzbeingboyz.com/roguebfl/MS00.php here]] (Warning, NSFW link)
* In WebVideo/SuburbanKnights, WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob was unable to use a whip for his Franchise/IndianaJones costume, due to customs officers taking it off him on the way there. He ends up using a belt to compensate.
-->'''The Cinema Snob:''' I could whip a dozen schoolchildren's asses with this!
-->'''Creator/JewWario:''' You mean like your son, Shia [=LeBouf=]?
* In the {{Website/Newgrounds}} unlockable game "The Last Piece of Cake", a father gets into a fight to the death with his son over the last piece of cake. One of his random taunts is "Don't make me take my belt off".
* Ghost of Radio/TrueCapitalist Radio does a segment where he pretends to take his many trolls to a woodshed and whip them with his belt, claiming he's the "fatherly influence" they never had. The trolls just laugh it off, until they get bored when he takes several minutes to do it.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Typically happens at the end of an episode of ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel''. This eventually developed into a RunningGag of Clay's pants falling down because he forgot to put his belt back on after the beating. After the CerebusSyndrome kicked in, it became ''much'' HarsherInHindsight.
** Usually it's only suggested; at the end of "Grounded", Clay [[TearJerker visibly beats Orel's religious epiphany out of him]] because it threatened their Protestant beliefs.
* Just like in the comics version, Granddad of ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' does/threatens this often... Seeing his ''Franchise/IndianaJones''-esque skills with a belt, you can't blame Riley for freaking and running like hell.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Grampa Simpson tries and fails this trope in "War of the Simpsons". This elicits Nelson's first ever "[[CatchPhrase Ha-ha!]]"
-->'''Grampa''': You want me to take off my belt?
-->'''Nelson''': Yeah.
-->'''Grampa''': All right, I'll show you. [pants fall down] Doggone it!
** In "Bart the Genius", Homer is briefly seen loosening his belt while meeting with Principal Skinner about Bart's bad behavior, but no damage is done.
** In "Pranksta Rap", Bart returns home from sneaking out to a rap concert his parents didn't want him to go to. He looks in the window and sees them angry that he disobeyed them, with Homer taking off his belt and saying Bart's going to be like "N.W.A.: Not Without Asswelts". This prompts Bart to fake his own kidnapping.
* ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch'': Naomi Campbell belts Rebecca Romijn with a riding crop (while both are in their underwear) during their match, after Creator/GilbertGottfried "accidentally" drops it into the ring.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': Near the end of the episode "Grounded Vindaloop", the boys visit a grounded Butters in his room seeking his help [[spoiler: getting out of virtual reality.]] Stephen then walks in and angrily yells at Butters believing he was having friends over while grounded, starts taking off his belt and prepares to beat him with it. [[spoiler: Luckily, the boys manage to exit out of virtual reality before any harm can be done.]]
* In the Disney short ''Goliath II'', the titular tiny elephant is punished for deserting the herd (which is considered treasonous) by being spanked with a stout blade of grass.