Exactly What It Says on the Tin - a character takes a bullet to the hindquarters. The ultimate in Amusing Injuries which, as well as being Only a Flesh Wound, is an assisted Literal Ass Kicking by a bullet to the buttocks. Or an arrow. Or a bolt of lightning. Or anything. Usually Played for Laughs because, seriously, a bullet to the ass?
In Real Life, any gunshot can kill, especially if left alone long enough to get horribly infected. But of all the places on the body where one can get shot, the butt has the greatest chance of not being life-threatening and causing any permanent damage when treated properly.
In several wars, being shot in the ass was known as a "million-dollar wound", because it was serious enough to get you medically discharged and shipped home but not in any way debilitating once it had healed, and, as such, worth a million dollars to a war-weary grunt.
If you happen to deliver one of these, a "turn the other cheek" one-liner is always good form.
In Full Metal Panic!, Gauron disguised himself as a member of Mithril and made his way to his Arm Slave (Mecha). When Mardukas sent people to stop him, he turned around and opened fire on them. All of them managed to run away safely, except for one poor sap that was crouching in a corner. He, literally, got shot in the ass.
Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu: The trope is Played for Laughs. The boys are trying to spy on the girls while they are in the hot spring, Kurz is shot in the buttocks with a laser and loses the ability to to go on and must leave it to Shinji to protect the male honor.
Lutz from Jormungand constantly getting shot in the ass becomes a Running Gag - to the point that even he openly expresses his irritation over it.
Jonah was shot in the ass at one point in his past. The bullet is still there, in fact. The only reason he doesn't have it removed is because he's Afraid of Needles.
In Yaiba this happens to Musashi who was trying to hide from Yaiba using a ninja technique, and getting an arrowgram in the ass by error.
In The Smurfs comic book story "The Smurf Threat", Farmer receives an Arrowgram for Papa Smurf from the Grey Smurfs right in the behind.
In the Sin City volume Family Values, this happens to the owner of a Greek restaurant during a drive-by shooting.
Forrest Gump: Forrest gets shot in "the but-toxs" in Vietnam, and then shows the wound to LBJ. LBJ laughs—which is exactly the sort of thing LBJ would do.
Easy Money. Just when Rodney Dangerfield has given up on his effort to quit drinking/smoking/carousing (in order to inherit ten million dollars), his daughter's estranged husband shows up with a gun, and this happens — putting Dangerfield in the hospital and saving the inheritance.
Doctor: It looks like trauma to the gluteus maximus.
Dangerfield: Ha, you're wrong, Doc, he shot me in the ass!!
Blazing Saddles: After being in a whole series of gunfights against a bunch of wannabe gunfighters, the Waco Kid hears a voice from behind him shout "Reach for it, mister!" and turns around with his guns drawn to see his challenger: a six year old with a set of revolvers. At this point Waco goes to throw down his guns and walk away, but the "little bastard shot me in the ass."
At the end of the first shootout of Bad Boys II, Mike, who was using two guns, accidentally shot his partner Marcus in the ass while trying to get the last KKK guy who had gotten the drop on him.
Shrek gets an arrow in his ass in the first film but doesn't even notice until it's pointed out to him (his reaction being a very mild "Oh, would you look at that"). Fiona forcefully yanks it out, much to his discomfort.
Who's the Man has Samuel Jackson getting shot in the ass, where in the next scene, he tries to get on a plane, but a metal detector prevents him from doing so because the bullet is permanently lodged.
In Mystery Men, the Spleen (whose superpower is farting) gets shot in the ass. He does a "systems check" afterward to make sure it hasn't affected his abilities.
The pilot in The Mummy Returns claims he's gotten shot every time he's worked with O'Connell — most recently in the ass.
In the movie New In Town one of the main characters gets shot in the rear when a gun goes off by accident while they are hunting crows.
In the old Russian movie The Caucasian Prisoner, when the main villain tries to escape from his house by the window, but is shot in the behind and falls to the ground. The shooter reveals he shot him with... salt. Cut to the court room where the man's hearing is in process. While everybody sits down, the man remains standing with a straight face, until someone points out he can't sit down and giggles.
The Pink Panther Strikes Again. While Clouseau is in England he accidentally causes a shotgun to shoot a Scotland Yard official in the behind. A later scene shows the official having the shotgun pellets painfully removed.
In Training Day, towards the end Jake Hoyt is holding Alonzo Harris at gunpoint after he survives Alonzo's betrayal. Alonzo, not believing Jake will shoot him, calmly and slowly turns his back to pick up the gun that he's dropped, and Jake shoots him in the ass as more or less a warning shot.
Alonzo Harris: Ooh you mooooootherfucker! Jake Hoyt: Yeah, and the next one will kill you. Alonzo Harris: You son of a bitch! You shot me in the ass!
In Crank, Chev catches a bullet in his ass during his visit to the hospital. It results in an amusing line, and is then swiftly forgotten. Clearly, it takes more than a butt-shot to even inconvenience a dedicated Bad Ass like Chev Chelios.
In Billy Madison when Eric threatens the audience at gunpoint when losing the decathlon to Billy, he gets shot in the ass by a man Billy called earlier, saving the day.
The premise of the film Protocol is that the main character saves a visiting Arab emir this way.
In Shoot 'em Up, Mr. Smith places a bullet in a goon's behind. When the goon mentions this as a reminder to take out bystanders first, Hertz shoots him in the other cheek as a reminder not to fail him.
In Dragonheart, with an arrow however instead of bullets as this was set during the medieval era; Brother Gilbert shoots one of the evil king's men in the ass; he even says "Turn the other cheek, brother".
One of the sheriff's men got shot in the ass in Black Christmas (1974) when he went on one old man's property.
This often happened to The Three Stooges, who reacted to it in about the same way a cartoon character would.
In the movie Gotcha!, after fighting a battle on his college campus against KGB agents armed with only a tranquilizer gun, Anthony Edwards shoots a blond college student in her ass with a dart.
Mulholland Drive: The heavy-set woman thinks she's bitten bad when it actually was a bullet penetrating her behind.
In the "Three Stooges" short film "Rusty Romeos", the Gold Digger who played the stooges gets her comeuppance when Joe Besser makes her bend over to pick up a $100 bill, then shoots her rear end full of carpet tacks. He finishs it up by spanking her as the short fades out.
In the Sherlock Holmes stories, Dr. Watson says in some stories that he was shot in the arm, and in others that he was shot in the leg. One of the sillier fan theories to explain the discrepancy is that he was really shot in the behind and was too embarrassed to say so.
In Sharpe, the titular protagonist shoots a particularly cowardly and incompetent Upper-Class Twit in the arse during a duel. It was nearly subverted, in that Sharpe was actually aiming for the man's belly (which would lead to a prolonged and agonizing death), but missed.
Honey West is shot in the butt in This Girl for Hire.
In Sir Thomas Malory's Morte d'Arthur, there's a completely ridiculous moment where Lancelot is accidentally shot in the behind by a woman out hunting. That Malory's narration is completely matter-of-fact throughout just makes it funnier.
And ... she put a brode arow in her bowe and shot at the hynde - and so she overshotte the hynde, and so by myssefortune the arow smote Sir Launcelot in the thycke of the buttok [...] And the wounde was passynge sore and unhappyly smytten, for hit was on such a place that he myght nat sytte in no sadyll.
In The New Rebellion, someone tries to shoot Han but misses, mostly. The blaster bolt grazes his buttocks.
"It's not funny, furball. It hurts."
In Danny, the Champion of the World Danny's father tells Danny of how keepers like to shoot poachers from behind — not to kill, but to wound. Danny switches between being amused and horrified at the descriptions:
"Many's the night when I was a boy, Danny, I've gone into the kitchen and seen my old dad lying face down on the table and Mum standing over him digging the gunshots pellets out of his backside with a potato-knife. [...] Towards the end, he was so covered in tiny little white scars he looked exactly like it was snowing."
"I don't know why I'm laughing," I said. "It's not funny, it's horrible."
"Poacher's bottom they used to call it," my father said. "And there wasn't a man in the whole village who didn't have a bit of it one way or another. But my dad was the champion ..."
Happens to Porthos's servant Mousqueton in The Three Musketeers. In the sequel Twenty Years After, when he's older and much more dignified, d'Artagnan suggests that he show the scar to a cowardly younger servant who could use an example of bravery. And in a fight scene some chapters later, Mousqueton is wounded "in the other".
Michel, Flick's French Resistance husband in Ken Follett's book Jackdaws gets shot in the buttocks in the first chapter and is embarrassed every time Flick tells anyone.
In Flash For Freedom!, Flashman is shot in the ass by slave hunters while crossing the Ohio river with a fugitive slave (and accidentally inspiring Uncle Tom's Cabin.) Most of Flashman's battle scars happen to be in the rear, for logical reasons.
Arrested Development: when Buster learns Gob was responsible for his loss of a hand, he sticks his hook in Gob's ass.
Let's not forget the time Tobias accidentally shot Lindsay in the ass with a tranquilizer.
Band of Brothers: This happens to two characters. Popeye Winn is shot in "Day of Days". Buck Compton is shot in "Replacements" — the infamous one bullet, four holes.
Penkala: Yeah, kind of an Easy Company tradition, getting shot in the ass.
Not to mention Perconte in "Breaking Point".
Beverly Hillbillies: During a visit to London, the Clampets are in the castle for an overnight stay with Mrs. Hathaway and Mr. Drysdale. Mr. Drysdale hatches a plan to scare the Clampets out of the castle by dressing up as a ghost. The banker found out the hard way that Granny keeps a loaded shotgun with rock-salt and discarded bacon rind pieces as ammo!
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Boyle jumps in front of a gun trained on Diaz and gets two to the ass for his trouble.
Buffy accidentally shoots Giles in the butt with a tranquilizer gun in the episode "Beauty and the Beasts."
Jenny Calendar also shoots him either in or very near the rear end with a crossbow bolt in "Ted".
In an episode of Cheers, Sam shoots himself in the butt with a pistol he took off an enraged husband. The situation spirals out of control when he attempts to explain the injury by claiming he got shot in an attempted hold-up.
In Chuck Versus the Frosted Tips, we see an ego-inflated Morgan (who has the Intersect in his head) getting tranquilized in the ass, right after Chuck pulls down his pants for a distraction.
ECW wrestler New Jack told a story of being stabbed in the ass, and the knife was left there for quite some time.
In the second episode of The Finder, Bullets, Walter is searching for a decades-old missing bullet which can clear a death row inmate, a former cop convicted of killing another cop. Walter ends up shooting a corrupt former internal affairs officer in the ass. The reason? The internal affairs officer was the real killer, but the wrongly convicted officer had gotten a shot off when the murdered officer was gunned down. That shot had ended up in the internal affairs officer's buttocks, and had never been removed, causing him to sit uncomfortably. And so, Walter 'finds' the bullet by shooting the man in the same cheek, so that when the new bullet is dug out, the old one will be as well.
Accidentally happens in the outtakes of Firefly; In one scene, an actor playing a bandit shot a blank round at Alan Tudyk (Wash), and the paper wad shot out and hit Alan in the buttock.
"How'd ya like a bite o' this green apple, America?"
In the first season episode of Friends, "The One Where The Monkey Gets Away", Phoebe is shot in the butt with a tranquilizer dart, as she dives to save Marcel (a monkey) from capture - in slow motion, to the theme of ''Shaft.
In Get Smart, Max is wounded by a KAOS officer in just such a location. He breaks the news to 99 rather delicately.
Max: What happens when you jump into a pool that's too shallow?
In an episode of Home Improvement, Tim accidentally shoots his old shop teacher Mr. Leonard (who's making a guest appearance on Tim's show Tool Time) in the butt with a nail gun. (In the next scene, Leonard, who is understandably upset, tells him, "I got shot in the butt in 'Nam and it didn't hurt this much...")
MythBusters When testing the myth that a penny dropped from the top of the Empire State Building would kill anyone it hits, Jamie adapted a staple gun to fire pennies at their terminal velocity. Adam volunteered for a butt shot. He wasn't injured, Myth Busted.
My Name Is Earl: Earl tried to make up for #147 on his karma list: "Shot Gwen Waters in the ass with a BB."
Nash Bridges: Nash was accidentally shot in the rear by Caitlin once. The episode's title? "Shoot The Moon".
He does the same to Tobias Fornell in the second episode of season 11. Fortunately, it was actually aimed PAST him: the real target was a cell phone, set to trigger a bomb. Fornell was just a little too close to the path of the bullet. He complains loudly about it afterward as they carry him away on a gurney.
NCIS: Los Angeles: Deeks presumes this happened to Kensi when she won't tell him where she was shot.
In an episode of NYPD Blue, Andy Sipowicz is shot several times by an enemy and left for dead; as a parting-shot, the enemy then shoots him once in each buttock as a final insult. Sipowicz lives, but he's forced to sit on an inflatable donut for some time.
In season two, during the detectives' hunt for the Dictionary Killer, they interview a male victim who escaped, but not before being shot in the ass. Sipowicz and Simone tell him that they need the bullet which is still lodged there. After the removal surgery, the guy complains about how much pain he's in, and Sipowicz hands him that inflatable blue donut, telling him, "This helped me."
In Series/Shameless season 3, Micky Milkovich gets shot by Neds' wife while robbing his house
In The Sopranos season 6, an aspiring rapper actually pays Bobby Baccalieri to shoot him non-fatally to increase his street cred. Bobby tells him he'll shoot him in the fleshy part of the thigh, but when the rapper shorts him on the pay for the hit, he decides to shoot a bit higher...
In the Stargate Atlantis episode "Sateda", McKay gets shot in the rear end with an arrow.
Rodney McKay: THAT DID NOT JUST HAPPEN!
[Later, in infirmary]Dr. Carson Becket: You have an arrow, Rodney, in your gluteus maximus.
Rodney McKay(on Morphine): Gluteus maximus... Gluuuteus maaaximus... Oh my god! That's my ass isn't it?
Happens to Tom Hanson in 21 Jump Street. They try to trace the bullet that hit Tom, and find out the culprit was his partner, Doug.
Discussed in The Wire while Omar's in court testifying against Bird.
Omar: That wasn't no attempt murder. ... I shot the boy Mike-Mike in his hind parts, that all. Fixed it so he couldn't sit right.
Levy: ...why'd you shoot Mike-Mike in his hind parts, Mister Little?
Omar: We had a disagreement. Mike-Mike thought he should keep that cocaine he was slinging, and the money he was making from slinging it. I thought otherwise.
On The Parent 'Hood, the father is involved in a mugging, shot, and in the hospital. The "will he live?" drama is cut short when an angel points out that nobody's going to die from being shot in the ass.
A Far Side cartoon depicts a medieval soldier being carried away on a stretcher with several arrows in his butt as another soldier tells his buddy "So then I says to Borg, 'You know, as long as we're under siege, one of us outa moon these Saxon dogs.'"
The eponymous Hägar of Hägar the Horrible occasionally shows up with an arrow in the rear as a comedic injury. Given his somewhat potato-like physique, it's lodged somewhere in the vicinity of his butt, though your guess is as good as any where it ended up precisely.
In Johnny Johnson, the title character, upon receiving a bullet wound in the rear, says, "Ain't that a hell of a place to get shot!"
This trope drives the entire plot of Mercenaries 2. Your former employer, instead of properly paying you, wants you dead and tries to kill you. You get shot in the ass. The enemy mooks even call you the mercenary who got shot in the ass. The theme song from the ads, "Oh No You Didn't", sings about it, too.
A similiar thing happens in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker if you shoot a foe right in between their cheeks. The poor soldier grabs his butt and instantly passes out or goes into critical condition, it's actually almost as effective as a headshot.
In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the owner of the "Drunken Huntsman" explains the name of his shop as coming from an incident when he and his brother had gone hunting after consuming "a bit too much mead." When they separated, his brother, in his inebriated state, mistook him for a deer...and shot him in the "rump" with an arrow.
In Board Game Online, if you get a bow, you can shoot other players five spaces back with an arrow up the butt.
In Sheep Happens, If you lose and choose not to continue, then one of Hermes' flying sheep will shoot Perseus in the buttcheeks with a huge arrow.
A ridiculously poorly-written story on a porn archive contains the rather implausible line "I shot his ass in the back of his head".
If you wanna know why, please refer to the chart I've been shot in the butt with a dart!
During the Lewis and Clark expedition, Lewis got hit in the buttocks by one member of the party while they were hunting. It got infected, but he recovered a few weeks later. Notable in that he actually used the words "shot me in the ass" in his journals.
In the Behind-the-Scenes for Shaun of the Dead, Nick Frost gets a shot in the ass. By shot, we mean a syringe, which, according to him, was for the cold. There's even footage and everything.
So was George Patton during one of the 1918 offensives, after he fell off the tank he was riding on.
U.S. soldier James Bumgarner (later actor James Garner) was wounded by friendly fire during the Korean War.
Lee Marvin was given a medical discharge from the US Marines after being wounded in the buttocks by machine gun during the battle for Saipan (June 1944).
George Canning in his duel with Lord Castlereigh. Standard histories say he was hit "in the fleshy part of the thigh". Natural Historian/essayist Steven Jay Gould claims he has it on good authority "he was shot in the ass". From which we get the title his essay "George Canning's Left Buttock", which notes how this minor duel (both participants survived) impacted both US (concerning the treaty of Ghent) and natural history (concerning Darwin's Beagle voyage).
One of the victims of the Kip Kinkel school shooting was hit in the ass by a stray bullet that ricocheted off the ground.
This is a common battlefield injury for infantrymen. When one is lying prone and starts to crawl the natural inclination is to raise one's butt. Soldiers are trained not to do this, but it's easy to forget when they're under fire.
On September 25, 2006 at the Mustang Motel in Los Angeles, a woman was shot in the ass after an attempted robbery. According to Sgt. Daniel Ellerson of the Los Angeles Police Department's Southwest Station, the woman ran away without handing over any money or property. As she ran, the suspect fired his gun about five times, once hitting her in the buttocks, Ellerson said. Paramedics treated the woman at the scene for her wound, which was not significant enough to require hospital treatment.
A stripper was shot in her ass on Feb 1st 2013 at a San Antonio club called Sugar's. A 24-year-old woman, Leticia Gonzalez, a dancer at the club, suffered a gunshot wound to the buttocks. News video shows her being loaded into an ambulance face down on a stretcher with a blood stain on her right buttock. It's kind of ironic that she took a bullet in the very thing that brings home the dollar bills.
Alan Tudyk gets hit in the ass with a blank during one of the outtakes for Firefly.
He knows what he did.
During World War II, George Patton's son-in-law, Lt. Col. John Waters, was shot in the ass during a botched raid on Oflag 13B, a German POW camp (he had been taken prisoner in Tunisia two years earlier). To add to the irony, Patton approved the raid in the first place specifically to rescue him.