"In the era in which this fight took place, turning a man's junk into cube steak was technically allowed in MMA rules. The referee practically had a nervous breakdown as he struggled against his instincts to stop this inhuman basket strangling. There was so much testicle damage being done that 20 years in the future, The Pedro's son was shrieking at his own hand while he faded from existence. The crowd booed and whistled and sometimes threw garbage because no one could agree on the proper social etiquette for watching a man legally kill a penis."
Commonly used in comedy series/movies, this is any instance where other male characters seem to sympathetically feel it whenever another male character has found himself to be the victim of a Groin Attack. Usually complimented by a loud groan and the cradling of their testicles, as if they had been hit there themselves.
If the one delivering the kicks is an Action Girl, Tsundere or all of the above part of the reaction probably comes from wondering if they're next.
Like Groin Attack, this is rarely applied to females in pain except comedically, but there are a few exceptions.
The closest female equivalent is for mothers to wince during scenes of other women giving birth.
Contrast Instant Soprano, in which it's the victim of the Groin Attack whose reaction emphasizes its painfulness. Related to the same emotions present in Eye Scream.
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Media in General
Any mention of circumcision will often result in this. Which is apropos, since African circumcisions are typically communal affairs, hence sharing the male pain.
In Slayers Next Lina gets cursed to feel all the pain she inflicts on others; naturally, Xellos gets her to invoke this trope in the course of the explanation.
In One Piece upon seeing Franky subjected to severe testicular torture at the hands of Nico Robin to convince him to join the crew, a good chunk of the present male cast immediately break out in screams of painful protest. On top of that, even Nami finds it in herself to speak up about the poor man's agony.
Probably the audience felt the pain when the anime gave Robin's grab move a quintuple take.
Occurs during a manga episode of Ranma ½ when Akane and Shampoo are trying to get Ranma to be their partner through an obstacle course. Shampoo grabs one leg and starts dragging, Akane grabs the other and starts dragging... until the hallway splits and Ranma gets slammed against the corner in a most unfortunate position. Mousse, a romantic rival who hates Ranma and has been more or less trying to kill him all series, winces and remarks that even he wouldn't have wished that on Ranma.
In one episode of Crayon Shin Chan, Misae and Shinnosuke switch bodies. So as Misae (in Shin's body) chases after Shin to get him to stop doing weird stuff in her body, she accidentally trips against a short table, and of course, hits herself in the nads. Then she screams in pain and wails, "Why didn't you guys tell me it hurt this badly!? Oh God, I never knew! I've never KNOWN a pain this bad! Well, except for wracking period cramps for two out of five days in a month, and popping out two kids out of the (beep) after several excruciating hours and (more examples) and...!!"
In MÄR, the men in the public do this when Jack gets defeated with a Groin Attack by Pano in their first match.
During a fight in Change123, Motoko (at that moment Hibiki) jumps into a fight with a Yakuza member by stepping on his sword, which flips around and slices him right in his...man area. All the other yakuza's, the group leader, Kousukegawa, and Motoko's own adoptive father (and by now, probably you) all grimace, and chastise her for the move.
During episode 6 of Maji De Watashi Ni Koi Shinasai, Momoyo and the girls demonstrate the proper way to erotically eat a mushroom shaped lolipop at a festival. Every male in the vicinity is totally mesmerized...and then they all aggressively bite the heads off the treats, causing every one of them to collapse in pain.
Shirou: I've decided that I shall slaughter the innocent. I shall murder all who stand in my way, sparing none, until my name is synonymous with fear itself, thus cementing my status as an Anti-Hero. Then, once my reign of terror is finally ended, I shall wait patiently at the Throne of Heroes for however how long it takes until one of the infinite realities that exist that still performs the ritual of the Holy Grail War summons me forth. Then, I shall resume killing all around me until my bloodstained hands hold the Holy Grail itself. Once I have the all-powerful artifact, I shall use it to force the Root of the World, the wellspring of all creation, to assume a human male form in my presence. And then I'm going to kick it in the balls so hard that all of reality will simultaneously feel it.
Near the end of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fan fic A Voice Among The Strangers, a goat is munching on a pillow, angering the owner of said pillow. We never get to see what the goat experiences, but at the end of the train ride the goat is clearly in… distress. The guard stallion, looking over the token human Jessica, moves his hind legs together a bit more than usual. Jessica is confused by the action.
In A Fathers Wrath The entire male half of the audience at The Chunin Exams exchange sympathy winces after Shikamaru suffers a Groin Attack at the end of his match.
Films — Live-Action
In She's The Man, the entire soccer team reacts in this form when Amanda Bynes' character is hit in the crotch with a soccer ball. Bynes (who is impersonating a guy) reacts last after seeing the other guys do it.
In Bananas, Fielding Melish cringes at the mention of the word "Castration."
In Clue, when Mrs. White mentions what besides her husband's head was cut off, the seated men cross their legs protectively.
In Spaceballs, the bridge crew of Spaceball One have come to learn the hard way what pissing off Dark Helmet means. When he insists that nobody saw his latest faux pas, they all cover up in anticipatory terror.
Dark Helmet: "I always drink coffee when I watch radar!" [...] "Everybody knows that!" Crew: "Of course we do, sir!"
In Krippendorf's Tribe, both male and female audience members respond like this to video footage of a (faked) circumcision ritual.
Curiously averted in Idiocracy, where the incredibly popular Show Within a Show "Ow, My Balls" features a man continuously taking blows to the crotch. Everyone thinks the show is hilarious, and his fans even pay "tribute" when he's making public appearances. Perhaps the people of the future are too dumb to recognize sympathy?
In the film Real Steel, Midas delivers a Groin Attack to Noisy Boy. Since both are non-sentient robots operated by humans with controllers, Noisy Boy feels no pain. However, the males in the audience visibly wince when this happens. Like Real Life boxing, it's implied that this move would have been illegal in an official match.
In Terry Pratchett's Monstrous Regiment, main character Polly, who is pretending to be male to get into the army, gets bitten in the crotch by her lieutenant's horse. She's not hurt, since all she keeps down there is a rolled-up pair of socks, but her lieutenant faints.
He almost does so again immediately after, when he comes to and and asks her if she's all right. She cheerfully replies "Oh, it'll just need a few stitches," meaning her trousers.
In A Civil Campaign, Lord Dono (who was Lady Donna prior to the sex change) invokes the trope retroactively after having been kicked there himself.
"Ivan, all those time I laughed at you or your friends when you were playing and got hit between the legs... I am so, so sorry."
In Varley's Gaea Trilogy, Robin the witch was raised in an all-female space colony. After having ignorantly inflicted a Groin Attack on a male companion, and witnessed the results, she spends the rest of the day marveling that he doesn't keep his hands over his groin all the time, to protect his vulnerable privates.
In Moon Over Soho, when Stephanopolis calls Peter to the scene of a Vagina Dentata killing, he muses that she didn't give him a hard time because she was impressed he hadn't retreated from the room, whimpering from the sight of its literally dis-membered victim.
In an episode of Frasier, Eddie the dog is taken to the vet to be neutered. Frasier, Niles, and Martin are seen crossing their legs in response to the operation.
Frasier: A guy should never have do that to another guy.
Martin: Amen to that.
Referenced and explained in the Red Dwarf episode "Legion", where the titular Legion explains that any pain he feels is conveyed to the rest of the crew. He stabs his hand to show them and then tells them not to anger him, or "it'll be there".
Lampshaded in America's Funniest Home Videos, during the Daisy Fuentes season, where she gives a little speech about the three primary audience reactions to the videos - this trope, the usual LOL, and 'What Were They Thinking'.
In the Animal Planet series Pit Bulls And Parolees the parolees working at a pit bull rescue center are brought along to a neuter and spay clinic for the dogs and watch a dog get neutered. Their expressions alone constitute a Crowning Moment of Funny as you can tell they're thinking this trope.
Similar moments have been seen on Dirty Jobs, most notably when Mike had to assist in castrating a horse.
Another instance from Dirty Jobs is when Mike was assisting a family of goat farmers castrate the young male goats they didn't want reproducing. WITH. THEIR. TEETH. The goat farmers then had to spend the next five minutes (likely much, much longer was left out of the episode) trying to convince Mike this was very standard procedure for all goat farmers and that they were not raving sociopaths.
In an episode of Designing Women, Anthony recommends that a woman being assaulted by a man should execute a Groin Attack against the nearest male even if he's not the attacker, because this trope will come into play.
It's frequent on TruTV's The Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest for male commentators to be shown wincing, cupping themselves, or otherwise expressing this trope in response to clips showing groin injuries (self-inflicted or otherwise), and not unusual for female commentators to at least verbally express sympathy pains of their own.
Averted in one episode of Mythbusters, when the camera cuts from Tory reacting to a groin impact to Grant laughing his head off, with no apparent sympathy. Considering how often Tory is a victim of a groin impact himself, he could probably be forgiven for being amused when it finally happens to someone else for a change.
Backup - when a dog bites a child abuser in the groin even the intended victim's father feels some sympathy.
Invoked in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, the episode 'Ending Happy'. Doc Robbins has an autospy under way and is explaining some things to Warrick and possibly Catherine. Doc wants to examine the guy's privates because they were enlarged, and Warrick asks Doc to wait until he leaves the room.
In The Wonder Years, when Kevin has to explain that the family dog has to be neutered, both Jack and Wayne cross their legs simultaneously.
After Rick Santorum compares contraception laws to the French Revolution, Colbert of The Colbert Report pulls out a banana, puts a condom on the banana, then pulls out a miniature guillotine. When the blade comes down the entire audience screams. One male audience member even shouts "No!" before he drops the blade.
L.A. Law had a case involving a rabbi who nicked a baby boy's penis while performing a bris, leaving a scar. When the case was discussed at the meeting at the beginning of the episode, the male lawyers all winced.
The unofficial Dungeons & Dragons sourcebook The Book of Unlawful Carnal Knowledge has rules for a called shot to the nuts: every male within visual range must make a Fortitude save or be disabled briefly as they reflexively wince and cover their groin.
One Fatality in the Mortal Kombat reboot involves Kung Lao sawing his opponent in half from bottom to top with his chainsaw hat. A commercial used to promote this game featured males everywhere reacting to the attack, while a female bystander looked on in surprise.
Johnny's Cage's infamous "Nut Punch" elicits this reaction from most male players in general. Spamming this attack will likely produce wails of "WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU!?" from real-life male spectators.
In a preview for one of the pornographic "Working Girls" Penny Dreadfuls on Chimneyspeak, an attractive new girl named Gnasher is brought to the brothel, strips naked, and gets examined by Alice. At first, the girl seems perfect, with a gorgeous body and a pretty face. When Alice asks what's the catch, Gnasher gives a sheepish grin....and reveals a mouth full of razor-sharp fangs. A visibly-disturbed Alice remarks...
Alice: I don't even have a dick, and looking at those teeth hurts my dick.
One of the Miss Dynamite webtoons ends with Eva torturing one of the Backstreet Boys tied to a chair by hammering a nail into one of his testicles until it pops. It even has a warning screen come up before the scene and the scene won't play until you press the button to continue.
In the Whateley Universe, Phase's birthday party in Boston turns into not one, not two, but four separate superhero battles. One has a super-strong girl with goat legs being held hostage by a man in body armor standing behind her. But she's super strong and has goat legs. She kicks him so hard his helmet ends up embedded in the ceiling. Even though it's a battle between armored mercenaries and superpowered mutants, every guy in the room cringes. Even Samantha Everheart, Mega-Girl, and Delta Spike do the cringe, but they all used to be male.
At the Illinois State Fair of 2011, Brad Jones and several of his friends tried deep fried turkey testicles, crotch grabbing and groans of pain abound with almost every bite.
Mentioned by Welshy when Jill shoots Trevor in the crotch in his review of Scream 4. He even mentions a male patron that was sitting near him actually screaming during that scene, leading him to believe something similar had happened to the man in real life.
Did you just make an uncomfortable face when you read that? Yeah. Imagine what her expression was like.
Any time you hear Nash say Gentlemen, BRACE YOURSELVES. Or, rarely, "Ladies, Brace yourselves." And then, there was that one memorable time when he said "EVERYBODY BRACE YOURSELVES." He's never kidding.
"Ike's Wee Wee" counts, given the fact that the South Park boys were concerned about the welfare of Ike's penis.
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law involved an episode where Apache Chief had burned himself with coffee and was suing the coffee company over it due to losing his...er, "growing powers". When he comes to meet Harvey and tell him what happened, Harvey takes a while to understand his plight. Once he does, Harvey instinctively cross his legs.
Harvey: Oh OOOOH hehe, let's all go to the mountains.
Somewhat Truth in Television, though other men clearly won't actually feel the pain, pretending they do shows sympathy toward the... situation with the other man. Whether men did this before the trope was played for humour, is similar to the chicken and the egg.
From personal experience, Men aren't cupping out of sympathy, it's because A) If one guy gets hit in the crotch, you don't know if you're next B) You feel a VERY sharp phantom pain C) It's terrifying to watch D) for those that have gotten hit before it's a reminder of the pain. It's sometimes jokingly referenced as a self-defense move. If you're ever surrounded by a group of men, pick out the smallest one and kick him in the crotch, they'll all go down.
There are also cases of females who also react to this as well, but only if the hit was one of the really heavy ones, along with the standard "I'm a girl and even I felt that one" statement.
Or, of course, if the woman in question is aware of (or can imagine) what being on the receiving end of a Groin Attack feels like. Both sexes have nerve endings down there, after all.
Recent research has shown that when you see someone else doing something, the brain fires the same parts that it would if you were doing it yourself, and that includes when you see someone in pain. So when you see someone get nailed in the nads, the brain of a man watching fires in a similar manner.
It is kind of like why people get freaked out over Eye Scream. Just seeing, reading or hearing about the pain for some reason causes a fraction of that pain to be felt.
... and sometimes even being reminded of the trope. Thanks. Thanks a lot.
This entire main point is pretty much how the word "empathy" is defined.
It's a rare case in introductory anatomy classes when the task of dissecting the genitalia of a male specimen isn't delegated to a female student. When a male med student does dare volunteer to undertake such a task, he's usually complimented by his classmates for having nerves of steel.