Pinching Pain

An innocent bystander is enjoying a day at the beach without a care in the world. Suddenly, you feel searing pain as you scream in great pain and agony, sometimes even screaming like a little girl. You then discover that a crab pinched you either on the finger, foot, groin, rear, or any other body part. If this happens to a sexy woman, expect someone, somewhere, to be unable to refrain from making the "she's got crabs" double entendre.

Oftentimes when you're at a beach or river or any body of water, you get pinched by a crab, a lobster, or any kind of pincered crustacean. It is even more painful when it happens in Real Life... God forbid.

Subtrope of Amusing Injuries.


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  • This Bud Light commercial.

    Anime And Manga 
  • Happens to JP in Digimon Frontier in the Beach Episode.
  • Pokémon:
    • Ash Ketchum fell victim to this trope with Krabby in one of the earlier episodes, before catching it.
    • And in a later episode May's brother, Max, gets pinched in the butt by a Corphish that may or may not be the one Ash catches in a future episode.
  • In the Beach Episode of Zoids: New Century, one of the pilots, Jamie, falls victim to a Beach Bury, and had his nose nipped by a very opportunistic sand crab!
  • In the Beach Episode of Bleach, Yachiru uses a crab to pinch Ikkaku's butt after he ends up buried under a mound of sand.
  • Commonly in Anpanman, if a character dunks their head into the river, a crayfish will pinch them on the nose. An unfortunate example happened to Baikinman in an edutainment special: he dunked his head into the lake to ease the pain of getting stung by a bee on his nose...and gets pinched as soon as the bee sting had healed!

    Comic Strips 
  • Hawthorne did this lots of times to the hairless beach apes in Sherman's Lagoon.

    Films — Animation 
  • The Genie in Aladdin briefly gets pinched by a crab that looks suspiciously like Sebastian.
  • In The Little Mermaid, the original Sebastian pinches Louie in the nose to keep from being eaten. He also mimes doing this when King Triton asks him to make sure that Ariel didn't get into any trouble, suggesting that he wasn't above doing it to Ariel if necessary.
  • In Fantasia 2000, Donald Duck is pinched by a whole mess of crabs.

    Films — Live-Action 

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    Western Animation 
  • Happens to Pluto in the Classic Disney Short Hawaiian Holiday.
  • A crab goes after both Tom and Jerry in Salt Water Tabby.
  • The Garfield and Friends episode "Maine Course" had Jon receive a lobster from a seafood company. The minute the lobster is released, he promptly pinches Jon, Garfield, and Odie. When they've successfully had the lobster subdued, they realize, however, that they don't have the heart to cook him. Instead, they keep him as a pet and name him Therm. After that, however, they have to take him back to his natural habitat after discovering that he was very sick.
  • Hanna-Barbera's Moby Dick. In the episode "The Crab Creatures", Moby has his tail pinched by a Giant Enemy Crab under the title creatures' control.
  • Rolf from Ed, Edd n Eddy is at one point set upon by lobsters that were running loose in his garden (long story), and positively flips out.
    Rolf: Scourge of the sea, release Rolf! Nana, find the pliers!!
  • In Deputy Droopy, Tex Avery's last Droopy cartoon, a pair of crooks are constantly thwarted by Droopy inflicting pain on them when they're trying to be silent — at one point, a crook sits in a chair where a strategically placed lobster repeatedly snaps into him with a sound effect like heavy-duty shears.
  • Dr. Zoidberg rarely uses his pinchers defensively, but he does chop off Fry's arm in "Why Must I Be A Crustacean In Love", cuts Bender's legs at the feet on "Anthology Of Interest I", and literally disarms robot gangster Clamps in "Silence Of The Clamps".
  • An episode of Alvin and the Chipmunks had Alvin putting a crab down Britney's swimsuit.
  • The Pink Panther: One cartoon has a crab disrupt Pink's fishing trip.
  • The Simpsons
    • An episode has Homer deciding to keep a lobster he fattened up, whom he names Mr. Pinchy. (Later, when he accidentally cooks Pinchy while giving him a warm bath, he sobs in anguish while repeatedly eating him.) At one point, Mr. Pinchy snaps Marge on the nose.
    • An animated commercial for the Butterfinger candy bar featuring the Simpson family has Homer trying to steal Bart's Butterfinger at the beach, but then suffers this trope repeatedly after hysterically screaming "Crabs!"
  • This is one of several problems that arises in the VeggieTales in the House episode "Sorry, We're Closed Today", in which Larry the Cucumber and Jerry Gourd, after getting into an argument, end up knocking over a lobster tank during a scuffle before the two end up getting pinched by the lobsters that were kept in the tank. Later, during the "Cooperation" song, Larry ends up getting pinched by one of the lobsters again, before Jimmy Gourd is able to remove the lobster.
  • In an episode of The Tick, Arthur, the Tick, and Sewer Urchin must venture into the sewers of The City. One of the hazards they encounter there are sewer lobsters; fortunately, they can be repelled with lemons and butter.

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