So, there's this really cool organization, and you've known for years that you want to be part of it. You've asked the leader really nicely. You've passed their tests, you've won or bought the respect of all the members, maybe you've even accompanied them on a few adventures. Now, you're finally going to get in. You'll have access to all the secret weapons, knowledge, and connections that they've been concealing from you. You're going to be one of the gang.

But first, you're going to be initiated.

This will be in one of several basic forms:
* Rather pleasant and jolly, in front of all your family and friends.
* Solemn and dignified.
* Disgustingly humiliating.
* Disturbingly horrific.

Rituals, as social scientists will tell you, are tools for dealing with the "[[LiminalTime liminal state]]:" the area between one standardized role and another. You were one person before you joined the group; you'll be a different one once you're inside the group. The initiation will mark the place where your status officially changes.

Trope-wise, initiation ceremonies are a well of both comedy and drama since they show, perhaps for the first time, what the group is really all about -- usually at a point where it's too late for the initiate to back out. What if the High Holy Order of Sacred Wisdom makes initiates tread grapes in their underwear while singing "Happy Birthday"? What if Taffy's Tattlers require a blood sacrifice?

See also RiteOfPassage, a catalog of initiation ceremonies into adulthood. IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten is a "disturbingly horrific" version of this trope cranked UpToEleven. Gangs may use the GangInitiationFight as their ceremony.



* {{Knighting}}, of course.
** Mostly pleasant. There is the Vigil, which is at least intensely ''uncomfortable.''
*** And god help you if you want to become a Knight in [[Literature/TortallUniverse Tortall]]. The Chamber of Ordeal is not nice.

* The [[RiteOfPassage "Ritual of Opening"]] in ''TheRedTent''. At a girl's first period, the girl is bathed, dressed up, and ritually body-painted, and there is a party involving consumption of ''large'' volumes of alcohol and sweets, plus music and dancing. After sunset, the girl is [[spoiler: taken outside [[SexAsRiteOfPassage and stripped naked, so she can masturbate with a fertility doll]] until she orgasms while all her female relatives cheer her on.]] The scene is described as nothing but enjoyable and deeply spiritual, and marks her as a fully-fledged member of the society of women.
* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', becoming an apprentice has the leader give a speech while you are surrounded by your Clanmates. Becoming a warrior requires a vigil.
* ''Literature/TheLostFleet'' series features a line-crossing ceremony similar to the RealLife one for crossing the International Date Line, which takes place as the protagonist's ship enters the gravitational influence of Sol. It ''could'' have become the humiliating version, but [[DefiedTrope Captain Desjani lays down the law about that early on]] and the whole event remains in good fun throughout.
* In Jeramey Kraatz's ''Literature/TheCloakSociety'', Alex remembers his: he was formally inducted in the Cloak Society when ten years old. This included Phantom's marking him, so she could find him in the Gloom.

* In order to join the Midnight Society from ''AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'', an initiate must tell a sufficiently scary story, then receive approval to join from all the current members. The vote to allow a new member must be unanimous, or the member is rejected.

* Being initiated as a [[Franchise/MassEffect Spectre]] is pretty nice, you just get a vote of confidence from the Citadel Council followed by a speech. With [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome kickass music]], of course.

* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', being initiated into a clergy is a memorable moment. [[TheLadette Axikasha]] [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife Keiran]] experiences this first-hand when she joins the Clergy of Hephaestus with the blessing of none other than the clergy's patron deity himself, Hephaestus the God of Smithing:
-->'''Axikhasa Keiran''': Pawn or not, I won't sit by and let the world drown in darkness. I accept my responsibilities as your cleric, Hephaestus. I pledge myself to you and the people.
-->'''Hephaestus''': Go forth with all the strength of the Forge behind you, my High Cleric, and do not forget who you are. You are a worthy champion of the Light, a protector of those in need, a beacon of hope amidst the darkness of War and Chaos.

* ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'': When Gill invites Nemo to join the Tank Gang, Nemo must first swim through the "Ring of Fire" (a stream of bubbles over a fake volcano). Initially scary, but ultimately pleasant.


* ''Film/AnimalHouse''
-->''"Thank you, sir! May I have another?"''

* In the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', Moist von Lipwig has to undergo "The Postman's Walk" before the other postmen will accept him as the new Postmaster. Also overlaps a little with Horrific, as it involves navigating hazards like [[RakeTake carelessly-laid gardening tools]] and a razor-sharp mail slot with a hood over his head, followed by the postman's natural enemy: {{Angry Guard Dog}}s.
* "A Look at Organized Crime" by Creator/WoodyAllen describes initiation into TheMafia:
-->A proposed member is blindfolded and led into a dark room. Pieces of Cranshaw melon are placed in his pockets, and he is required to hop around on one foot and cry out, "Toodles! Toodles!" Next, his lower lip is pulled out and snapped back by all the members of the board, or ''commissione''; some may even wish to do it twice. Following this, some oats are put on his head. If he complains, he is disqualified. If, however, he says "Good, I like oats on my head," he is welcomed into the brotherhood. This is done by kissing him on the cheek and shaking his hand.
* A crewmember in one of the HonorHarrington muses on the fact that crossing the Hyper wall for the first time tends to bring about the same kind of ceremonies as crossing the international date line on old earth. Since she is from another star system and has thus already done this, she gets to be on the bridge rather than with her friends being shoved into a zero-g module blindfolded and in their skivvies and told to complete various disgusting but ultimately harmless tasks.

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* In ''AshesToAshes'', Alex is initiated into CID by having her rear stamped with their official stamp. This is TruthInTelevision for that period, by the way.
* ''Series/FamilyMatters'': In the Season 6 episode "Beta Chi Guy," Eddie is invited to join a prestigious fraternity ... but must humiliate Urkel by breaking off the friendship forever as a condition of joining. Eddie -- seeing two hot, ''HOT'', '''''SMOKIN' WHITE NOVA HOT''''' girls in the room when told the terms of acceptance -- agrees!!! Laura finds out, is pissed and tells Eddie that his friendship with Urkel is more important than some stupid fraternity with a bunch of jerks. Eddie wises up and in the end quits the fraternity.
* ''Series/FamilyTies'': In the Season 5 episode "My Brother's Keeper," Alex gets his awkward friend, Skippy, an interview with his fraternity, one of the most prestigious. It looks like Skippy is sure to be accepted and finally have the friends he long looked for, but then Alex learns that Skippy is going to be subjected to a humiliating joke and hasn't got a prayer of being actually initiated ... they just want a ButtMonkey to subject to progressively more humiliating (and possibly illegal) jokes, thinking Skippy is [[IdiotBall too stupid]] to realize these guys aren't his friends. Alex is so disgusted that he quits the fraternity and tells the guys to take a hike. (And yes, as the fraternity president found out, Skippy was much smarter than they realized, as he tells them he sees them for who they are.)
* Kind of something similar happened in {{Series/The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air}}, where Will and Carlton are trying to join an all-black fraternity and were made to perform a number of pledges... [[spoiler: only Carlton was never even going to be a pledge, despite being given the worst hazing, because he was considered [[TheWhitestBlackGuy not black enough]].]] Will, who got in, angrily quits and Carlton gives the pledge master a massive TheReasonYouSuckSpeech about how [[spoiler: the pledge master is a BoomerangBigot who assumes Carlton got it easy for being rich and calling him out on tripping Carlton up at any opportunity.]] It's so effective that the pledge master was kicked from the fraternity!
* The show ''Phantom Investigators'' had an episode with an abandoned fraternity, where the two remaining members did all sorts of humiliating things in order to be accepted, such as drinking tea brewed with their own sweat socks... yuck.
* An episode of ''{{Series/JAG}}'', titled "Crossing the Line", centered around a female aviator filing sexual harassment charges after going through a "Line-Crossing ceremony" (see RealLife below). For contrast, [[TheLadette another female aviator]] going through the same thing at the same time thought it was all great fun.
* In a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch, [[{{Film/Superstar}} Mary Katherine Gallagher]] is told that to join a gang of bad girls at her school, she has to drink water from the girls' room toilet. [[spoiler: It was no big deal, she'd done it before.]]
* On ''Series/ADifferentWorld'' there were two different episodes about the main characters rushing fraternities/sororities. The first one featured Dwayne and Ron trying to rush [[BlandNameProduct Kappa Lambda Nu]] and in the process testing their friendship. Dwayne ends up quitting although Ron sticks with it. A few seasons later, Ron is the pledge master and enjoys messing with the pledges. Meanwhile, Whitley gets criticized for being too hard on her pledges.

* Most of the story in ''[[VideoGame/TheSpellcastingSeries Spellcasting 201]]'' is trying to get through pledge week with the [[IncrediblyLamePun Hu Delta Phart]] fraternity. In addition to the daily flogging of the pledges with a rubber chicken, each pledge has to do a task every day to prove their worthiness. The tasks given to most of the pledges are fairly simple (and amusing to watch), but the ones assigned to the player get increasingly dangerous as the week goes on (Mainly because the Pledgemaster doesn't like you).

* [[ Line-crossing ceremonies]] are conducted in a fair number of navies when one crosses the Equator, Arctic Circle, UsefulNotes/InternationalDateLine or whatever for the first time. Historically a bit brutal, but they've been reined in recently after several reports of things going, to use the naval term, [[IncrediblyLamePun overboard]]
** A tamer version is done on cruise ships.
** A fictional one is depicted in the Larry Bond novel ''Dangerous Ground''.
** Happens in ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'' where it's still going even in the distant future in human controlled submarines.
*** Russian submariners have one when you first must drink a whole emergency lantern of seawater (that's about a liter BTW), and then kiss a sledgehammer suspended from the ceiling. It's usually calm under the surface... theoretically. So broken teeth and torn lips aren't really uncommon.
** The Royal Navy version involves batter, a tank of water and a mixture involving chilli sauce. In 1953, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip watched one of these. Her Majesty did not take part. Prince Philip, though, having been a sailor in the UsefulNotes/SecondWorldWar, did. There's one shown on the second series of the documentary series ''Warship''.
** A big part of the Line Crossing ceremony is that the sailors who ''have'' crossed the Equator initiate the sailors who have ''not''. So what do you do when you are in a brand new navy and nobody has done it yet? In the case of the first US Navy Line Crossing, the crew of a Royal Navy warship that just so happened to be in the same part of the ocean turned up to help.
* Check out the gimmicks from [[ this]] 1930 "Fraternal Supply Catalog."

* The way to become a member of a hobgoblin tribe in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' involves dancing, uncomfortable piercings, beatings, and doing the same things over again but slower, while singing. [[CuttingTheKnot Or, you can]] [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt kill]] [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim their leader]].
* The Omega fraternity in ''Webcomic/TalesofGnosisCollege'' has one that features both nudity and humiliation. [[spoiler:And that's ''before'' things spin out of control.]]

* These were parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' during the initiation for the Stonecutters. First, there was "Crossing the Desert" (where a blindfolded Homer was struck repeatedly in the behind with wooden paddles) and then, "The Unblinking Eye"...
-->'''Homer:''' Hey, did you ever notice that Crossing the Desert is a lot like The Unblinking Eye? And it's ''exactly'' like The Wreck of the Hesperus.
** And then the final trial: "The Paddling of the Swollen Ass... with '''Paddles'''!"
*** Ten times as funny when Number One is played by ''Sir Creator/PatrickStewart''.
** There was also a five-story plunge, which was really only supposed to be a laugh when the new initiate fell about two feet, but Homer of course went through five stories, breaking through the floor each time.
-->'''Homer:''' I think I have to do it again... my blindfold came off.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Undergrads}}'', where there is no hazing ritual. Rocko refuses to believe and so hazes ''himself''.
* Done in ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron'' where the title character was attending college and tried getting into a secret club. He was disappointed at first when the initiation ceremony turned out to be just swearing allegiance. Until the president of said club explained that he would then have to streak through the science lab, which he does. [[spoiler: It was actually a ploy for the principle to see Jimmy and get him expelled.]]

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* The Rite of the Covenant in ''Anime/LastExile'' is pretty [[MindRape mind-raping]]--just ask Dio.

* ''Film/OnceWereWarriors'' has a young Maori gangster getting his ass kicked in the ''worst'' way possible. Afterwards? "Congratulations man, you're now one of us!".
** In criminal gangs, this is known as being "beat in" or "jumped in", and it is not uncommon for prospective initiates to die after such beatings.

* In TamoraPierce's Tortall books, aspiring knights (usually teenagers) and kings have to spend a night in the [[TortureCellar Chamber of the Ordeal]], which is a room inhabited by some kind of godlike spirit that [[MindRape gives you very realistic halluciations of your worst fears]]. As one character describes it, it's "like a cutter of gemstones. It finds your flaws and hammers them." With people who aren't ready for hardcore introspection, it can permanently damage or kill them. In one special case, a guy who likes to beat and rape women is forced to feel the physical effects of every assault he ever committed. Our main characters see more typical things, like their loved ones being slaughtered because they're too incompetent to protect them. Oh, and ''they're also not allowed to scream or make any sound at all.''
* In the ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'', getting your first battle scar is an initiation rite for Axumite warriors.
* In the novel ''Stinger'', by Robert R. McCammon, a group of boys initiate the only girl into their circle by chewing tobacco and spitting it into a cup. She drinks it.
* In ''Literature/AkataWitch'', the ceremony for becoming a Leopard (a person with magical powers) is extremely painful. It also crosses over with the "Humiliating" cateory.

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* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'', when Angel joins the Circle of the Black Thorn, he has to leap through a flaming doorway (he's a vampire) and feed off of Drogyn, a friend of his. Afterwards, the members have a friendly cocktail party.
* ''''Series/{{Bonanza}}'': From the final season, "The Initiation" involves a non-horrifying initiation ritual -- having a piece of ice touched to one's chest while blindfolded, but being told initially that it was a hot branding iron -- that ends horrifyingly. A young boy, a friend of Jamie's and the son of one of the Cartwrights' friends, pledged to join the club (its president was played by Creator/RonHoward) dies of a heart attack just as the ice is being touched to his skin, and the rest of the episode has the Cartwrights trying to stop a lynch mob from getting revenge on the club's president.
* In ''Series/LostGirl'' every Fae must undergo a test which is a fight to the death against one or more opponents. If you live, you get to choose whether you get initiated into the Light Fae or Dark Fae factions.
** When Kenzi infiltrates a sorority she comes to belief that the final initiation is going to be some sort of HumanSacrifice with her the likely victim. Turns out [[spoiler:it's just a surprise party for the new members and the sorority is actually treats their pledges quite nicely]].
* Going insane is a fairly common side effect of the revelations given to a candidate in a ''Series/{{Millennium}}'' Group initiation ceremony. [[ Recurring character Laura Means completely loses her shit... and to Patti Smith, no less.]]
* In ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'' Patricia's fake initiation ceremony for Nina included both having to steal from their house father, to sneaking into the forbidden (and rumored to be haunted) attic at midnight, with the goals of getting Nina scared, humiliated, and into trouble. In the end she even locked Nina up there.
** Of course, Nina passed with flying colors (but was indeed terrified.)
* The Klingon in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' "bachelor party" is a horrific introduction into marriage where the groom is accompanied by three groomsmen for four days of MachoMasochism. There is plenty of compensation though. On the wedding night the bride and groom get to gleefully beat each other to a pulp! (Though it must be said that this is virtually indistinguishable from regular Klingon foreplay.)
* In Doctor Who it is explained, after many decades apparently, that 10 year olds on Gallifrey must go to look into the heart of the Singularity that gives them their power. Some turn and run and keep running (like The Doctor) while others go mad (like The Master).
* No matter what the intent is, if the pledgee ends up as the BodyOfTheWeek on a {{Series/CSI}} episode, then things went horribly wrong.

* Some high school and college hazings have a nasty habit of turning into sexual assault, such as [[ this Las Vegas (New Mexico, not Nevada) high school football incident.]]
** If this ''Rolling Stone'' [[ story]] on Dartmouth hazing is to be believed, it's less sexual assault and more NauseaFuel. (One word: vomlet.)
* Criminal gang initiations usually involve the prospective member having to fight or endure a vicious beating by other members of the gang ("beat in" or "jumped in"), being required to have sex with multiple members of the gang ("sex in"), or committing some form of violent crime for the gang, up to and including raping or murdering an innocent victim. Prison gangs in particular have a "blood in, blood out" system -- in order to join, one has to kill someone, [[ResignationsNotAccepted and the only way to leave is in a bodybag]].

* The initiation rite known as "The Blooding" for Clan [=MechWarriors=] in ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' involves a cadet in his/her [[HumongousMecha BattleMechs]] dueling with ''live weapons, against active duty warriors,'' with their initial rank depending on how many (usually a maximum of three, if they fail to defeat even one they are demoted to a civilian caste) they defeat. These battles usually end with the Cadet's Mech disabled (achieving three kills is a rare occurrence and the Trial goes until the Cadet is unable to fight on) and in many cases the cadet and/or the opponent(s) dies, and no one cares.
* The various Vampire covenants in White Wolf's ''VampireTheRequiem'' have initiation ceremonies that are both solemn and horrific. Since the ritual involves the applicant, well, ''dying'' and then feeding off of his first human, y'know...
** In ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'', the Baali bloodline initated its childer by draining them, then throwing them in a pit of human hearts. The dying human was expected to find the one heart with Vitae in it and drink it, completing the Embrace themselves. In the same game, the Sabbat were notorious for knocking would-be childer out with a shovel, Embracing them, and burying them alive to dig their own way out... but in a subversion, that's ''not'' the initiation rite, it's just a quick way to break a subject's humanity. The actual initiation is much more solemn (and only given if the "shovelhead" survives whatever siege they needed cannon fodder for).
** The Sabbat version can get even worse: occasionally they'll bury your dead relatives over you, forcing you to dig through their corpses.
** The Via Hyron Baali would embrace their childer, not by the organ pit methodoloy of the 'normal' Baali, but by force-feeding them blood-fed insects.
* Initiation into the Space Marines in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. Initiation into the more formal Chaos Legions and the Grey Knights goes beyond horrific.
** Especially so in the former case because you've already been initiated as a Space Marine.

* In the original ''VideoGame/{{Saints Row|1}}'', the Playa is initiated into the 3rd Street Saints by being "jumped in" (see Real Life above), which also doubles as [[JustifiedTutorial a tutorial for melee combat]].
* In the ''SwordOfTheStars'' backstory, Liir who become Black Swimmers go through a twofold initiation of horrid. First, a funeral arranged by their friends and family, as becoming a Black Swimmer means [[ThatManIsDead abandoning whoever you were before]]. The actual initiation involves the recruit being held down and 'drowned' in liquid oxygen by their peers until they stop struggling and abandon all hope, which prepares them for an existence of being able to kill other beings -- this being basically the [[AxCrazy worst sort of insanity]] to the pacifistic Liir, who nonetheless recognize that some of them must be able to kill for the species to survive.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', becoming a Grey Warden involves [[spoiler:drinking a mixture including the blood of darkspawn and of an Archdemon]]. Most people who do this do not survive. [[spoiler:They're arguably the ''lucky'' ones.]]
** Mages must undergo the Harrowing, which basically tests their ability to resist demonic possession by throwing them unprepared right into the Fade.
** And all Dalish Elves must be tattooed all over their faces to be considered adults. Screaming, crying, or otherwise expressing pain during the process is considered a sign that you're a wimp. [[spoiler:To add insult to injury, ''vallaslin'' is actually a ''SlaveBrand'' that the nobles of the Elven empire used on their slaves, who were lower class Elves.]]
* The story of the original ''VideoGame/AoOni'' has Takuro and his GangOfBullies forcing new students Hiroshi and Kazuya to visit the [[HauntedHouse manor]] with them as part of a 'welcoming ceremony' to their new school. While they just intended to scare them, things start going wrong when they all find themselves locked inside...
* Becoming a member of the Templar Order in ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' involves being chained to a wall and beaten and starved for three days, then whipped. The inquisitors who carry out this ColdBloodedTorture tell the initiate that he is reliving his transgressions and everything that brought him tainted joy (since according to Kormac, your Templar follower, every Templar was once a convicted criminal) and that the whip removes the joy and his sin, leaving him "pure", then he is thoroughly indoctrinated into forgetting his former life so he can have a single-minded focus on his mission. The player characters all express disgust at the idea upon hearing the tale from Kormac. [[spoiler:As it turns out, the Templars don't really give a blessed damn about the guilt or innocence of an initiate, and will readily pile false sins upon an innocent if it means recruiting a good warrior into the Order, as happened to both Kormac and Jondar]].
* During an escort mission in ''VideoGame/DyingLight'', it's revealed that Rais' men [[spoiler: are forced to eat human eyes as part of their induction into the group]].

* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', joining the Death-worshipping [[ReligionOfEvil Totenkopfs]] is a horrific experience, not only because the initiate has been prepared for the joining beforehand by breaking their spirit utterly in the [[DespairEventHorizon worst possible moment]] for the initiate until they're so hopeless and lost that joining the cult seems like the only option. The ritual involves sacrifices and blood oaths, and the initiate swears to carry out atrocities in order to let everyone and everything feel Death's embrace in the end. An even more horrific version comes when the Master of the Totenkopfs turns someone, often a prominent Totenkopf but sometimes an outsider whose dark aura shows promise, into his Blessed.

* In ''TransformersAnimated'', joining the Decepticons involves being branded (literally) with their sigil; it's apparently ''very'' painful.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' episode "Joyride", a gang of Jokerz takes a new member to a mineshaft containing [[PeekABooCorpse a skeleton]] dressed in the remains of a purple suit and boutonniere, implying that it is the corpse of the original Joker.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E1TheCutieMapPart1 Season 5]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E2TheCutieMapPart2 premiere]], there is a town of "Equal Ponies" who had their distinguishing marks and talents ''removed'' as a condition of joining the community. As demonstrated when this was forcibly done to the Mane Six, this is an excruciating process, and the resulting CreativeSterility is as horrific as it sounds.

* ''Film/{{Accepted}}'' brings a guy wearing a hot-dog costume shouting "Ask me about my wiener!"

* Played for laughs in at least one of Creator/KeithLaumer's ''Literature/{{Retief}}'' short stories, "Ballots and Bandits". To join an alien organization Interstellar Diplomat Retief must perform various tasks that the aliens find almost impossible.
** Hold his breath for ''very quick'' count of ten.
** Smell various inoffensive odors.
*** "I believe what you have there is the authentic smell of sanctity."
*** His alien companion nearly gives in, but takes heart from Retief's example.
** Jump over an obstacle less than a six inches tall for the final test.
*** After jumping he grandstands by turning and jumping it again, to a standing ovation.
* When Mallory and Jessi join the ''BabySittersClub,'' Kristy makes them swear on the club notebook with an oath that Dawn suspects she's made up on the spot. Mary Anne cries. Dawn and Claudia both think it's ridiculous, but that doesn't stop Dawn from wondering why ''she'' didn't get an initiation ceremony. (Answer: Kristy is massively jealous of her friendship with Mary Anne.)

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* ''Series/TheLegendOfDickAndDom'': a fight with jam-soaked sticks while standing in a trough of custard; followed by a promise to kick yourself up the bum every day before breakfast; then a kiss on both cheeks from a guy who dribbles so much, a man with a sponge follows him around. Congratulations! You are initiated into the [[WackyWaysideTribe Loopy Tribe]]!
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': graduating village idiots receive a diploma, a handful of mud and a kick on the head.
* ''{{Wiseguy}}''. When Vinnie Terranova becomes a made man, all the old [[TheMafia mafioso]] get into an argument over the correct initiation. "I've done this a hundred times!" "Then you're done it wrong a hundred times!"
* In an episode of ''MyNameIsEarl'', Randy decides to pledge a college fraternity (even though he's not actually a student). Part of the initiation involves paddling a la ''AnimalHouse'', but Randy convinces the frat brothers to paddle each other instead of the new pledges. HilarityEnsues.

* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Apparently, if you want to become a Supreme Court Justice, you have to stick a cherry in between your buttcheeks, run through a set of cones, and drop the cherry in a beer.
** Judge Souter even drinks the beer when he finishes the obstacle course!
* On the ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' show, you, the viewer, can gain the trust of the two by putting your hand on the TV screen and reciting the secret oath: "I do hereby promise only to watch the Ren and Stimpy show, to make underleg noises during the good scenes, and to wear unwashed Lederhosen every single day of the rest of my life!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', apparently the initiation for the H.I.V.E. academy is eating a unicycle and carrying a female student's books while wearing a pink tutu.
** The end of episode gag implies that the Titans have some form of initiation too. It apparently involves [[NoodleImplements a rubber chicken and another tutu]].
* At the end of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "One Bad Apple", [[spoiler: the Cutie Mark Crusaders make amends with Apple Bloom's cousin Babs Seed, and even swear her in as a member of their club. The ceremony is fairly mundane, but it involves Scootaloo playing an overly-dramatic bongo solo and Sweetie Belle reciting a LongList of synonyms for "friend", most of which she mispronounces: "We, the Cutie Mark Crusaders, elect Babs Seed to join us as a sister, friend, confidant, ally, bosom buddy, gal pal, compadre, chum of chums, home girl, amiga..."]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBrothersGrunt'', all initiates into the Brotherhood of the Grunt go through an initiation rite presided over by the Poobah. Initiates are anointed with the Salve of Roid to protect them from sins of the flesh, the Water of Brut to protect them from embarassing situations and social faux pas, and the Tablet of Retsin to keep their breath fresh. Finally, the Poobah rubs each initiate's head with a duck, and if the duck flies away, it signifies that the Chosen One has been found.

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* In ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', the class president [[NamedAfterSomebodyFamous Takashi Yamazaki]] makes Syaoran do AfterSchoolCleaningDuty.

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* Getting initiated into ''TheUnit'' involves a TrainingAccident scenario. One case involved a ManOnFire.
* According to one of the ExpandedUniverse novels of ''BabylonFive'', a medical school had a hazing practice where first year students were required to research a non-topic and write a paper on their results with the same level of rigor that one would expect from a research paper that one is trying to publish in a real medical journal. A group of students decided to research telepathy, actually found some telepaths, and from there ended up setting in motion the creation of [=PsiCorps=].

* The MaxAndDaveFleischer cartoon ''Bimbo's Initiation'' plays with several of these, ending happily with Bimbo dancing with a proto-BettyBoop.
-->''Wanna be a member? Wanna be a member?''
* According to ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', joining their fan club requires prospects to swear a solemn oath to, among other things, watch every single episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', "make underleg noises at the good parts", and wear unwashed lederhosen every single day for the rest of one's life (the other details vary from episode to episode).

* The initiation into the Israeli Paratroop Corps involves "ascending to Jerusalem"-that is doing a forced march up the Temple Mount to the spot where they receive their berets.
* The Kirkkojärvi March of the Finnish Army Reserve Officers' Academy: an all-day platoon-wise forced march competition in the cross country, with various combat-related tasks, in full combat gear. The finish line is traditionally on top of a local skiing hill.
** The Kirkkojärvi March, ''Kirkkis'' colloquially, falls on both the "solemn and dignified" and "disturbingly horrifying" categories. The length of the march is usually 25 to 35 km, and it is ''run in close formation with full combat gear''. Usually there are five combat-related action points along the route. The reserve officer cadets consider it as a honour to be able to participate and the sign of a true Finnish reserve officer; even if one completes the course but does not participate, he is looked upon amongst his peers. As it is a competition, everyone will do their best. It is not uncommon that exhausted, dehydrated or heat stricken cadets are taken to hospital after the march.
* Basic training for any branch of the armed forces probably covers all four bases; a long period of extreme physical and mental exhaustion with occasional bouts of ritual humiliation by your instructors if you screw up, relieved by the odd moment of comedy as you and everyone else in the same predicament bands together to make the best of it, with a solemn and dignified ceremony at the end when you join your unit.
* The US Army has two initiations similar to the Kirkkojärvi March above, the "prop blast" (for paratroopers in the 82nd Airborne) and the "spur ride" (for Cavalry soldiers). Both consist of grueling physical tasks, combat-related tasks, and answering questions about unit history in front of a board of senior officers (though the board can quickly devolve into humiliation of the participants). The prop blast ceremony was banned briefly in the late 1990s when it became apparent the ceremonies had crossed the line from hazing into out-right abuse. It is, however, coming back quietly under heavy supervision in both the 82nd Airborne and the 101st Airborne Divisions.
* Joining the Order of the Arrow, a Boy Scouts subgroup, involves taking the Ordeal - a day spent performing manual labor with minimal food, not being allowed to speak unless the OA members in charge permit it. A feast takes place at the day's end.