You call me a cheeky monkey.
Mooning: The time-honored tradition of pulling down one's pants and displaying one's buttocks. The term "mooning" has been in the English language for over 400 years
, it wasn't until the late 1960's
that it gained its modern slang usage.
Mooning is typically done for sheer, pointless defiance
, to taunt an enemy
, or simply for laughs
. The general idea is to do it within full view of people who don't expect or want to see a pair of bare buttocks. Cheek Copy
is a cousin of this trope that's less direct and can have the perpetrator be a safe distance from the victim with the same net result.
While this is often a male-oriented behavior, it's not unheard of for a woman to do the same. Of course, when a woman does this
, it's often more for Fanservice
than shock or offense, although for some people this can end up as Fetish Retardant
Performing the act from the window of a moving car is perhaps the most common form in modern America. This solves the problem of a quick getaway while one's pants are undone.
In more unfortunate situations, the act of mooning may be followed by an Ass Shove
Don't try this in real life, particularly in public.
The resulting charges can range from public indecency to second-degree sexual assault, especially if children are nearby, and there's nothing like being on a registered sex offender list.
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- An ill-advised prank advertising the Melbourne Comedy Festival.
Anime & Manga
- Dragon Ball Z:
- Hercule threatens to do this to Cell in the manga, but it is never shown. In the anime, he smacks his butt at Cell.
- Kid Trunks to Broly in all of the Dragon Ball Z movies.
- It was also done by Kid Goku in GT, and his descendant Goku Jr. in his movie.
- A cartoon in MAD had a group of teenagers mooning a passerby who turned out to be a werewolf and who is transformed by his exposure to a 'full moon'.
- Would you believe that this once happened to Batman? Guy Gardner may have a glass jaw, but he still has balls of steel.
- The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers have a '50s nostalgia party, but Franklin doesn't dress up, declaring the decade "a drag". Fat Freddy incredulously cries "Whadd'ya mean? Remember cruisin'? Chopped Deuce coupes? Submarine races? Moonin'?" (his emphasis)
- In Hack Slash Vs. Army of Darkness, Ash convinces Cassie to take part in a great American tradition: Mooning passing motorists.
Film - Animated
- Used in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit: Victor's pants get caught when stuck on the weathervane, and the vicar cries out, "Beware the moon!"
- In Brave, when Lord Dingwall's son hit the bull's-eye in the archery competition, Lord Dingwall does a victory dance that ends with him mooning the other lords. Made easier by the fact that he's wearing a kilt.
Film - Live-Action
- Braveheart has this with the entire Scottish army.
- There's a "we have to change our clothes while the car is in motion" sequence in Johnny Dangerously that results in a mooning.
- The Gamers: Dorkness Rising: How do you worship a Moon God?
- In the film version of Grease, the Headmistress announces that the FBI had experts examining images of the young men who did this on live television. During Blue Moon, no less.
- The Alpha Beta fraternity in Revenge of the Nerds does this to the Tri-Lambs. Yes, the whole fraternity shows their hairy buttocks, among other things. While singing "Old MacDonald".
- In Zapped, a group of guys from the rival high school do this to Scott Baio's character after he hit a home run to win the baseball game. They would regret it.
- In the final scene of the 80's movie Private School, the graduating class of the titular all-girl school do this.
- In Slapshot the entire team and their followers do this out the windows of a bus in one town.
- A rare female example takes place in American Graffiti, when a high school girl flashes her backside at nerd character Toad.
- Prom Night movies:
- Vicki (Pita Oliver) moons the creepy school janitor in Prom Night (1980), and gets scolded for it.
- Jeff in the fourth film moons the prom attendees as he and the other characters are on their way to their own party.
- In Twelve Monkeys, Jeffrey Goines (Brad Pitt) does this to the security staff at a mental institution while acting up.
- In Captain America: The First Avenger, the good Captain gets mooned on stage by a soldier who was unimpressed with his USO performance.
- In Austin Powers in Goldmember, this is Mini-Me's statement to the World Council's sentencing him and Dr. Evil (who is quite amused by the display.)
- In Easy Virtue Philip makes a joke about his performing the can-can naked to Larita and she responded that she would do anything for him. After hearing this her sister-in-law Hilda decided to perform the dance without panties, and the result was her reputedly mooning the audience during the dance
- In Wish You Were Here when Lynda was reputedly yelling “up ya bum” her neighbor asked what she was doing. She replied that she was just looking for a cat. The girl then bent down and lifted her nightshirt giving the grouchy woman an eyeful.
- In Dirty Work Mitch gets Sam to do this to a waiting line-up at a movie theater. He then parked there, which Sam notes kinda misses the point.
- Forrest Gump. The title character, at one point, gets Shot in the Ass. Later, Lyndon Johnson jokingly expresses interest in seeing the wound. Forrest, of course, takes the request literally and moons the President of the United States.
- In The Smurfs 2, when Patrick Winslow says, "Is a Smurf's butt blue", Grouchy is seen bending over and preparing to flash his own butt, saying "You tell me".
- And this is coming from the same Smurf who in the previous movie taunted Patrick Winslow with "kiss my smurf".
- There would have been a "blue moon" in this film as well if Grouchy was allowed to pull it off.
- In Problem Child, Ben Healy's father Big Ben moons his audience without realizing that the camera is on.
- According to Dave Barry's Guide to Guys, one of the immature activities which constitute the "business meetings" of the Arcola Broom Corn Festival involves
a man climbing up a ladder and, using props, presenting a dramatic rendition of a song while the Rangers attempt to guess the title, which is not difficult because the song always involves the word "moon"
- In the same book, he also states that mooning is one of the two things invented by guys, the other being Pez.
- Alison moons her unsuccessful suitor Absolon through a window in the dark in "The Miller's Tale". . .while leading him to believe she's sticking her face out the window for a kiss. He "kist her naked ers", and Squick ensues. He then comes back with a red-hot iron, asks for another kiss, and shoves the iron "amidde the ers" of Alison's lover.
- Mulch does this in the Artemis Fowl series.
- In Angela's Ashes, Malachy Jr frequently moons Oliver and Eugene to try to make them laugh.
- The Toy Dolls song and album, "Bare Faced Cheek", the cover of which is shown above.
- Perhaps not too surprisingly, Eminem is known to have done this at some of his concerts.
- Long before Eminem, DC guitarist Angus Young would moon the audience at the end of stripping down to just his schoolboy shorts. Nowadays, he wears boxers printed with the flag of the country they're performing in.
- The cover of Iron Maiden's "The Best of 'B' Sides" shows Eddie The Head mooning the viewer from behind a windshield of a bus.
- Keith Moon's solo album, "Two Sides Of The Moon" had a picture of Keith and a lady sitting in a limo on the cover photo, but inside there was an alternate picture of Keith mooning out the window of the limo.
- The title of Frank Zappa's instrumental composition "A Pound For A Brown On The Bus" from Uncle Meat was inspired by two of his band members who placed a bet for a pound on the tour bus that one of them wouldn't dare to show his behind on the bus. Before his words were cold one of them was already pulling down his pants and showed his behind, thus winning the bet.
- This Far Side cartoon shows us why it's a bad idea to moon people who are armed with projectile weapons.
- There is another one featuring sheep having a night on the town.
- Mr. Ass [Billy Gunn] was well known for mooning the crowd as well as his opponents.
- In one 2002 match, Trish Stratus dropped trou and spanked herself.
- Mr. McMahon had done this on several occasions for his Kiss My Ass Club.
- DX had done this several times.
Recorded And Stand-Up Comedy
- In RENT, during the lines "We raise our glass/You bet your ass" in "La Vie Boheme," Maureen gets up on the table and moons Benny and his associates.
- There's a character in the stage play Grease who is known for this. The song "Mooning" is a Double Entendre.
- The King's wives in The King and I, who at one point wear Gorgeous Period Dresses that did not come with undergarments, accidentally did this to some visitors from England. One of the visitors unintentionally scares them with his monocle, causing them to lift up their skirts and run away.
- In the second entry of The Spellcasting Series, Ernie Eaglebeak has to moon the Queen of Peloria as a fraternity initiation prank. Hilarity Ensues.
- Commander Keen does this as an Idle Animation in the Temple of the Moons when you leave yourself standing on a moon symbol.
- In the very first Spyro the Dragon game, there are Gnorcs in the second hub who do this to you. Charge your big, pointy horns right at their big yellow posteriors!
- Joe Higashi's infamous Taunt Button animation from the Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters series. So infamous that it beame his winning portrait in KOF 2001, and the Alternate Universe manga KOF: G showed him performing it in public too.
- A rather easy-to-miss example in FreeSpace. If you look closely at the rear of the Ra-class Vasudan Escape Pod, you'll see a Vasudan's rear end in the window.
- In the Duke Nukem spin-off game, Duke Nukem: Time to Kill, Duke wears a kilt in the Medieval levels. An Easter Egg has him imitating Braveheart by mooning the camera.
- Brain Dead 13: One of Lance's cool dance moves in the final confrontation. Except that his hairy butt is just... squicky.
- In Conkers Bad Fur Day, Conker gets mooned by cavemen twice: first by the muggers on the hoverboards, and then by the soldiers in the arena (though the second one was removed from the Xbox version).
- In one Nodwick comic, Yeagar decides on a gesture of defiance after proving unable to answer the Riddle of the Sphinx. Fortunately, it turns out that the answer to the riddle is "Moon".
- An old Goblin Hollow arc involved Ben and the gang mooning people from the back of his van. Sheldon, the turtle, refused, and was accused of being jealous "'cos you ain't got no butt". It ended with Ben explaining the never-seen resulting Disaster Dominoes to Lily:
"So then it was my turn. I gave Sheldon the wheel, dropped my britches, and slapped my butt against the window. Naturally my belt got caught in the door handle just as we got stuck in traffic. Then that squad car pulled up ... You know, this confession would be a lot easier if you'd stop laughing."
"Tell her the bit about the bus full of Japanese tourists!"
- In Drowtales, during his recounting of the previous council gathering, Phani'nath depicts this happening in an Imagine Spot. The actual mooning probably didn't occur, but Quain'tana's response is still very much in character.
- In The Beatles song Maxwell's Silver Hammer, Paul McCartney laughs for no reason during a lyric. Rumour has it that John Lennon was mooning him from the studio.
- There's a similar story about Bob Dylan, who laughs for no reason at the start of "Bob Dylan's 115th Dream" allegedly due to Allen Ginsberg mooning him from the studio. Officially the laughter was because Dylan started playing before the rest of the band, but it's become a piece of song lore.
- A very common technique used in Photo Bombing.
- During the week leading up to Super Bowl XX, Bears quarterback Jim McMahon got tired of being asked about his rear end which had been injured earlier in the season and decided to literally show one reporter that it was okay.
- In 2003, the Minnesota Vikings' receiver Randy Moss "fake mooned" Green Bay fans after scoring a touchdown against the Packers. Moss claimed it was in retaliation for a group of Packers fans who mooned the Vikings team bus the last time they came to Green Bay.
- During the Vietnam War, when U.S. troops were forbidden to fire upon Vietcong soldiers until being shot at first, a Marine Lieutenant named Gordon Evans tried to provoke an attack (so he could take out a group of soldiers he saw) by flying his plane extremely low to the ground, making a good target. The Vietcong response? They dropped their pants and mooned him as he flew by.
- When Guns N' Roses went to Chile in The Nineties, Slash "greeted" the fans who came to the band's hotel via jokingly mooning them from his hotel room's window.
- For whatever reason in Laguna Niguel, California, mooning Amtrak passenger trains has been a tradition every year on the second Saturday of July since 1979.