Flirtatious Smack on the Ass

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Bob walks by Alice when Alice suddenly hops in place—she felt something grab her butt for a moment and Bob just smirks to himself.

The mid-air light-spank is a customary ritual of flirtation between two (or more) mammals of mating probability since fish first crawled from the ocean onto dry land. How the person who got smacked on the ass reacts differs, either with violence or embarrassed indifference.

This can be subject to some Values Dissonance when coming from older works, as nowadays it can be a form of sexual harassment.

This trope isn't just relegated to an open-palm. Variations like pinching and finger-brushing are included. Unlike Someone's Touching My Butt, the smack presented in this trope is usually done completely on purpose, though the tropes could be confused by the person who gets the smackin'.

Also note that it's not uncommon for guys to do this to each other in various male-dominated occupations like sports and the armed forces, displaying something between Gay Bravado and an implicit close trust between them. Or an attempt to establish dominance, depending on the people involved. In the US, this is known as a "Good Game." With increasing numbers of women serving in the armed forces, the acceptability of this practice has begun to come under scrutiny, for reasons mentioned above already.

Not to be confused with Shot in the Ass, Ass Pull and Ass Shove. Compare Kinky Spanking for more than one swat.

Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Miroku from Inuyasha is a serial butt groper, who is met mostly with giggles (with the notable exceptions of Kagome and Sango).

    Comic Books 
  • Empowered has the titular heroine repeatedly subjected to this by the superhero Phallik (wielder of the Mighty Phallospear,) with him justifying it as a gesture of "comradely affection". She gives him the benefit of the doubt at first, but as soon as it becomes obvious that he doesn't do this to anyone except her, and is just a sexist pervert taking advantage of her reputation as a helpless bondage-prone Damsel in Distress, she calls him out for it. It turns out this habit is so deeply ingrained into him that even after he's killed and comes back as a zombie, his reanimated corpse still tries to do it, and even when the corpse is out of the picture the semi-sentient spear can be charged up to its full destructive power when she slaps her own ass with it.

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    Films — Animated 
  • During the Good Times Montage in The Incredibles, Bob gives Ellen a pat on the butt as he walks by her in the hallway, only to receive a pat right-back from across the hall.
  • In Brave, Fergus does this to Elinor in the first scene just as Elinor is berating him on giving Merida her first bow, causing her to jump briefly in surprise.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • When the Boisterous Bruiser Prince Vultan in Flash Gordon is near Dale Arden he pats her on the bottom, startling her.
  • Baby Herman from Who Framed Roger Rabbit dispatches his nursemaid / handler with a smack on her ass, as well as sending her to get a racing form. Baby Herman does this in order to have a private and serious conversation with detective Eddie Valiant.
  • In Goldfinger, James Bond does this to a woman giving him a massage after the titles after asking her to leave so he can talk shop with Felix Leiter.
  • In Bull Durham, Crash does this to Nuke when the latter is trying on a pair of Annie's garters in the locker room before a game.
  • Local hoodlum Johnny C from Flashdance both spanks and fondles Alex's derriere, because he thinks he can do as he pleases in Mawby's bar. Johnny C gets his drink poured in his lap as a comeuppance.
  • The Way of the Gun: When Parker and Longbaugh enter the Mexican bordello with guns, the prostitutes all file out and Longbaugh gives one of them a smack on the rear as she passes by. This was ad-libbbed by Benicio del Toro. The actress was reportedly not at all pleased by his improvisation.
  • Robot Jox has the "male-dominated sports/military" non-flirtatious variant, with one of the technicians helping Achilles prepare for battle giving him a smack on the ass before he enters his Humongous Mecha. Before the final fight, the same technician accidentally spots Athena when she reacts in shock to the same gesture after stealing Achilles's uniform to take his place in the match.
  • Sucker Punch: During the Storming the Castle fantasy sequence, the girls stack up before going through a doorway (a practice used by police and military in Real Life before entering a potentially hostile room). Rather than signaling her readiness to go through the door with the customary tap on the shoulder, Rocket instead elects to give Sweet Pea a very tactical smack on the butt. Given that they're sisters, this probably fits under "close camaraderie" rather than "flirtatious."

    Literature 
  • When the heroes in Everworld run into the Amazons, it's mentioned they play grab-ass with David and Christopher (Jalil having already been claimed by April, to his surprise).
  • One part of CARDINAL's chain of couriers in The Cardinal of the Kremlin is a woman who meets with a man who comes up behind her so she can't identify him to make their hand off. They have been doing this for several years and lately, he has been making a number of amorous physical touches (such as gently pinching her rear end), making her wonder what kind of lover her mysterious contact would be.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Leverage episode "The Bank Shot Job" opens with the team on a job targeting a corrupt judge who is introduced by slapping the rear of a young woman. Upon finding out she's nineteen, he jokingly asks if she has a younger sister.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • In "Second Sons" (season 3, episode 8), Queen Daenerys meets with three officers of Second Sons, mercenaries hired by Yunkai, and she tries to bribe them to her side. One of the captains makes lewd comments, says he and the Second Sons will all rape her and generally behaves like an asshole. When they leave the tent, he smacks Missandei on her butt.
    • In season six finale, Walder Frey asks a serving girl, who is Arya Stark in a Faceless Men mask, if she's from his castle, to which she says no. Walder then remarks "You pretty," then smacks her in the bum.

    Western Animation 
  • In Bob's Burgers, Tina watches how baseball players smack one another's asses to encourage one another. She then decides to become their water boy, so she can smack them on the asses as well. At one point she says that she is in love with all of them at the same time.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil has Janna do this to Marco in "Bon-Bon the Birthday Clown".
  • Kaeloo: One season 3 episode has Mr. Cat do this to Kaeloo. She, of course, gets angry and starts yelling at him.
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