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Plumber's Crack
The Plumber Crack gag is a classic comedy staple. It is a situation in which a plumber or other blue-collar worker of similar ilk bends to do some task and exposes their butt crack in the process to onlookers.

Common stereotypes of the Blue-Collar worker are their apparent lack of hygiene and personal fitness. Keeping in mind the principle of Show, Don't Tell, the (usually) overweight and hirsute character bends down to take a look at something, and their pants fall or get pulled below their waistline.

The Reaction Shot of the other characters is typically Played for Laughs. Characters are often far more disgusted by the sight than similarly being "mooned". Compare Wardrobe Malfunction.


Examples:

Film
  • Straight out example in the beginning of Happy Gilmore showing one of the titular character's jobs as a plumber.

Live-Action TV
  • In an episode of Married... with Children, Al hires a beautiful woman to fix the refrigerator so he can ogle her butt as she is bending over. When the fridge breaks again, he is forced to hire an overweight man with prominent plumber's crack to fix it properly.
  • A Saturday Night Live sketch had nerds Todd and Lisa cracking jokes over the Norge repairman (Dan Aykroyd.)
  • This happens when Dan Aykroyd (again) makes a Cameo appearance on The Nanny as a refrigerator repairman, leading to this exchange:
    Niles: I think these people all shop at the same place.
    Fran: Yeah... The Gap.
  • One game on Whose Line Is It Anyway? involved guessing a character's former occupation. This trope came into play when the character had previously been a builder.
  • In an episode of The X-Files, one of these becomes a major plot point after Mulder sees a plumber with a spot where a tail once was, while investigating an epidemic of babies in a town being born with tails.

Video Games
  • Averted with Mario: he wears overalls!
  • The Plumber from Ratchet & Clank is a good example of this.

Web Original

Western Animation
  • In the Rocko's Modern Life episode "Canned," Rocko takes on a new job as a plumber's assistant. He is dismayed, however, to find out that his sole responsibility is to pull up the plumber's pants.
  • Seen on the Rugrats after Cynthia gets flushed down the toilet.
  • In the Recess episode "To Finster with Love," Hank the Janitor displays one while fixing a door hinge, much to Ms. Finster's delight.
  • Phineas and Ferb: Perry once disguised himself as a plumber wearing nothing but a plumber's hat and a plumber's belt. Doof felt the natural disgust during the few seconds Perry actually did some plumbing.
  • The Simpsons: Marge once became a carpenter but nobody would hire a woman to do that kind of job. As she commented to Homer that it seemed people expected carpenters to be overweight people with visible buttcracks, she immediately thought about using Homer as a facade.
  • The Fairly Oddparents: In "That Old Black Magic", Timmy's Dad was so afraid of the bad luck associated to stepping on cracks on the floor he dedicated himself to sealing all cracks at the amusement park he took his family to. That included the crack of a repairman working at the park.


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