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->'''Ramos:''' The pipes in our bathroom froze again. Why don't you deal with that?\\
'''Luschek:''' I'm not a plumber!\\
'''Ruiz:''' Our mistake. You've got that whole ass-crack thing going on, so...\\
''(Luschek self-consciously pulls up his pants)''

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 (in British English it is more often called a "builder's bum") 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 ReactionShot of the other characters is typically PlayedForLaughs. Characters are often far more disgusted by the sight than similarly being "mooned". Compare WardrobeMalfunction.



* Liquid Plumr's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3GZq53S0ng "Plumber in All of Us" commercial]]

* In ''Comicbook/GarfieldHis9Lives'' "The Vikings", when the Vikings end up in Minnesota, Smitty gets a job as a plumber. The scene of him at work shows this. (In addition, his Viking outfit comprises a loincloth that slips down enough to show some crack even when he ''isn't'' bending over.)

* Straight out example in the beginning of ''Film/HappyGilmore'' showing one of the titular character's jobs as a plumber.
* ''Film/DeckTheHalls'' uses a subversion this trope as an EstablishingCharacterMoment for the chief of police. Steve goes to report Buddy to the police for one of his tit-for-tat crimes. The police chief is revealed to be a WholesomeCrossdresser when he crouches down to pick up fresh police files and his pink thong is exposed. Steve runs out of the building awkwardly.

* One of the bits in a BobRivers song "The Buttcracker Suite" (parodying music from The Nutcracker) is about a customer grossed out by the plumber showing his arse while hunched over the sink.

* In an episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', 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 ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch had nerds Todd and Lisa [[{{Pun}} cracking]] jokes over the Norge repairman (Creator/DanAykroyd.)
* This happens when Creator/DanAykroyd (again) makes a {{Cameo}} appearance on ''Series/TheNanny'' 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 ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' involved guessing a character's former occupation. This trope came into play when the character had previously been a builder.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheXFiles'', 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.
* One task on ''The [[CelebrityEdition Celebrity]] [[Series/TheApprentice Apprentice]]'' involved recording radio spots for a maintenance company. They specifically asked the teams not to make any jokes about plumbers and especially to avoid this trope. Instead:
-->'''[[Music/{{Poison}} Brett Michaels]]:''' We know there's been a lot of [[{{Pun}} cracks]] about plumbers.
* A subverted running gag for Adam on ''Series/FridayNightDinner''. He never wears a belt and whenever he bends over, his boxers are exposed. It often comes to an advantage for others whenever they are angry with him; his uncle once drags him across the floor by his trouser legs and taunts him about his underwear showing. There was also an entire episode with a running gag of Johnny giving Adam a wedgie whenever Adam bent over and his jeans sagged down.
* A ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' episode once opened with a scene of Uncle Phil trying to fix a sink. He defies the trope because he's wearing higher jeans with a belt but it doesn't stop Will making jokes.

* ''Theatre/TheCompleteHistoryOfAmericaAbridged'' brings this up in Creator/BenjaminFranklin's proposed Bill of Wrongs:
-->"Article Two could forbid plumbers from wearing their trousers in such a manner that their crack shows."

* Averted with [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]: he wears overalls!
* [[RecurringTraveller The Plumber]] from ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'', like Mario, technically averts this. Didn't stop Ratchet from commenting on it though, or [[LameRhymeDodge "the plumber's back"]] from becoming a RunningGag in the series for a period of time.
* Several of the plumbers in ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfWillyBeamish'' have this.
* In ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombiesGardenWarfare'', the Engineer zombie's pants are hanging down low enough to show off a distinct amount of butt-cleavage, which is particularly noticeable to the Engineer's player when they use his Jackhammer Attack.

* Featured in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOgzQusMYqA this]] parody of those infamous late-night ''GirlsGoneWild'' commercials.
* Yes, there actually has a been a genuine porno based on this premise, with the amply-bottomed Caroline Pierce as the plumber.

* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'':
** In the 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 whenever they fall over due to his position.
** This gag also appears with the plumber who appears in "Pipe Dreams" to fix Rocko's clogged toilet.
* [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Seen on]] the ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' after Cynthia gets [[FunWithFlushing flushed down the toilet]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' episode "To Finster with Love," Hank the Janitor displays one while fixing a door hinge, much to Ms. Finster's delight.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'': 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.
* [[GrossoutShow Being the kind of cartoon]] that turns FatSlob into an art form, it's easier to count the amount of men in WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow who DON'T have an entire grand canyon's worth of crack exposed at a given moment. This trope reaches it's [[PerfectlyCromulentWord butt-cracktastic]] peak whenever a [[GiantMook Lummox]] is around.