Not Really a Birth Scene

"Okay- now push! PUSH! Keep pushing... and... we're good! Life signs are holding steady. He's going to be fine. Congratulations, Megatron— It's a superwarrior.
Rossum creating a Phase-Sixer, Transformers: More than Meets the Eye

A sub-trope of Does This Remind You of Anything?, this is a scene where someone (usually a man, though cases of Mr. Seahorse don't count) goes through all the motions of a Screaming Birth, complete with screams of "you did this to me" and someone on hand to give encouragement being common. But what's really going on is something much more mundane or ridiculous.

Occasionally the victim will simply be the Panicky Expectant Father himself, struggling to get through the agony of his wife crushing his hand to cope with her own pain.


Anime and Manga

Fan Works
  • In The Lion King Fan Fic Pride Lands: Generations, although there is no intercut with the actual birth scene, this trope is implied—the expectant mother begins giving birth, the lionesses are quickly summoned to take her to the birthing den...only to switch to Dhahabu and his elephant friend helping break down the river dam created by the Big Bad, complete with "One, two, three, PUSH!" Then the real birth scene is shown (albeit mostly off-screen and without graphic detail).

  • In Evolution, when the doctors have to get the alien insect that cut its way into Harry's body by going in through the colon and pulling it out, and the scene plays out in this way.
  • In Blankman, Blankman and his cousin Kevin help a woman trapped in an elevator to give birth. All three are screaming loudly as this happens, though. The woman, for obvious reasons, Kevin, because when he offered his hand to the woman, she grabbed his crotch instead and squeezed as hard as she could, and Blankman because, well... he's a bit of a dork who doesn't really know what's going on.

Live-Action TV
  • In one episode of The IT Crowd, Moss climbs into a crane machine to get an iPhone that was dropped in but gets stuck. Jen manages to use the crane to get the iPhone, but Moss has to try moving to the side to let the iPhone slip through. When it finally gets out Moss exclaims "it's beautiful."
  • Friends rather justifiably does this with Joey's passing a kidney stone, and for extra laughs directly juxtaposes it with Phoebe's actual labour in the same hospital.
    • Truth in Television in this case. Many women who have given birth and also passed a kidney stone will tell you, the kidney stone is the more painful experience.
  • In True Blood, the scene where Jason has to get blood drained from his dangerously engorged penis is staged very much like a scene of a woman in a hospital giving birth.
  • In Parks and Recreation, this happens when Ben gets kidney stones. When Leslie and his sister ask what's wrong, he says that he's giving birth.
  • In an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, Dr. Phlox is putting Malcolm through some physical therapy for a leg injury, and it looks a lot like a birth scene, including Dr. Phlox telling Malcolm to push.
  • In an episode of Bones, Hodgins is host to a larve in his neck, which eventually needs to come out... screaming, controlled breathing, and all. Earlier in the episode, Wendell even asked if he needed to boil some water. The whole thing played out like a pregnancy.
  • In Eve, unplugging Project Eternity involves removing a thick blueish cord connected to her stomach. Swaps abruptly to the other end of the metaphor when the teenage boy realises it's hurting her and, to save her life, thrusts the phallic plug at the end back into her middle...

Western Animation
  • In the episode of Futurama when the Planet Express crew brew some beer inside of Bender, the whole thing is an extended pregnancy metaphor (right down to the fermentation process causing his belly to expand). So naturally, the scene where they bottle the beer is just like this.
    Bender: I think I'll call it Benderbrau if it's an ale, or Botweiser if it's a lager...
  • In the Pinky and the Brain episode "Brinky", The Brain attempts to clone himself, which almost works until Pinky's DNA (from a clipped toenail) accidentally gets combined with Brain's, thus essentially making them parents of the resulting clone (and Pinky calling himself the clone's "mommy"). Most of the dialogue during the cloning process is scripted like an actual birth: for example, when the door on the cloning machine won't close (which is the reason Pinky's DNA is even in there), the Brain tells Pinky to help him "push", complete with Pinky doing Lamaze breathing.
  • In Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs, Ellie is giving birth while Diego fights off some raptors trying to kill her. At one point Diego is the one appearing to go through labor pains, and then the camera pulls back to show him pushing a raptor off a ledge. She's telling him to push, he claims that she has no idea what he's going through, and then there's a moment of silence as he processes what he just said before sheepishly apologizing.
  • On The Cleveland Show, Junior accidentally drinks a glass of water containing Rallo's pet goldfish, swallowing it whole. The two expect him to eventually "pass" it without incident and spend the next few days acting like he's pregnant. When he actually goes to the bathroom, Reality Ensues and the fish is metaphorically stillborn.
  • A second-season episode of Ugly Americans presents Mark's oversized soul in this manner, complete with Randall acting like a Panicky Expectant Father.