Someone, usually a female, just said or did something stupid, kinky or childish, and someone else, usually male, has to correct and punish them. However, instead of doing it with words or with a Dope Slap he suddenly gives her a good, old-fashioned spanking, a controversial parenting technique and a comedy goldmine. Hilarity Ensues. Most of the time Fetish Fuel also ensues. Often used for Fanservice. (Both are definitely the case if the Cutie wants to be spanked.)
Bonus points earned by different ways, such as:
The show has this as an ending. It was the Big Bad who suffers from this, no less... The best Pay Evil unto Evil in the known universe.
Happened a bit earlier in the same season, though less for the Fetish Fuel and more for comic relief.
In the third Tenchi Muyo! OVA, Mashisu spanks Misao for calling her a lowly servant.
Happens twice in Sailor Moon with Usagi spanking Chibi-Usa, but that's not the funny part. No, the funny part is when Chibi-Usa, later in the episode, has a daydream where the situations are reversed and she is spanking Usagi. And the first time it happened, it actually was plot-important: Chibi-Usa started crying when Usagi spanked her, then lost control of her powers and released a powerful ray of light coming from the Ginzishou stuck inside of her, which tipped the bad guys on her whereabouts. Usagi also spanks her in the third movie to wake her out of a hypnotized trance.
In the Berserk manga at one point, Casca, upon reuniting with Griffith after having slowed down the whole band for having gone into the fight while on her period, says that she understands that she has made a huge mistake as a commander and that she would accept ANY form of punishment for this. For Guts, that was too tempting. Hence, he playfully spanks her in front of everyone present.
Later, when a minor female character has joined up with some particularly deranged cultists she is spanked back to her senses by her Hooker with a Heart of GoldCool Big Sis figure. Different from the first scene because in-story it is treated totally seriously.
In Dennou Coil Fumie gives her brother Akira an offscreen spanking for collecting pictures of his different harassments, including other spankings done by her. Hell, she once spanks him on screen, complete with pulling down his pants first.
In Black Jack, Pinoko gets this treatment at least once. She REALLY deserved it, and is pretty much a kid in mind and body. She seems to take it happily as evidence that the doctor loves her.
Five whole chapters in Nana To Kaoru are devoted to Nana getting a spanking. So much for Kaoru's promises to never ever hurt her. Well, after two chapters about nipple clips... raise your hand if you didn't see it coming. Apply the lotion first. Although the spanking was consensual on her part.
In Dragon Ball Z, Goten gets a spanking from ChiChi for rushing into battle against Majin Buu. Though considering he was in Gotenks form, it was also Trunks' fault.
The title character of Detective Conan suffers this at the end of episode 90.
In episode of 7 Haré+Guu, Poor young Haré gets an absolutely brutal spanking from the village women after just recovering from a Freaky Friday Flip with the local Handsome Lech. Afterwards you can see his bruises while he lies out in the rain.
In the manga, when Female!Ranma disguises as Ryôga's (non-existent) little sister Yoiko, she once falls out of character and makes a rude comment to her "brother" before Akane. Ryôga doesn't approve of such language for a young lady, and thus give his "sister" a spanking. Note that Ryôga is super-strong, and as tough Ranma is, the ass-warming clearly hurts.
In another chapter, Ranma and Ryôga are age-regressed due to magical mushrooms. Ranma, the older at the moment, pushes Ryôga, and gets a spanking from Akane.
In Fairy Tail, Lucy says that Aquarius spanks her when Aquarius gets really mad at her.
In episode 1 of Season 2's Boku Wa Tomodachi Ga Sukunai, Sena's father does this to her after she comes home with a ridiculous hairstyle that Yozora and Rika did to her.
In Kotoura-san, Manabe fantasized about that in episode 4, if he found Haruka who ran away from him at the end of episode 3.
One scene in an Anime involves a Nurse spanking a younger Nurse after she complained her outfit she was given was too small. Claims to be doing it to help her become a Great nurse but its revealed in her thoughts she did this on purpose and is spanking her as revenge for her gaining the affection of Doctor she had her sights on and is doing it to show her she's his. It was on Youtube but has been taken off.
Poor Emp. Count: Dream Sequence (twice, brought to you by Caged Demonwolf); from villains (implied); from ThugBoy (appears to be her fetish); from Ocelotina (for underestimating duct tape, no less). Well, what did you expect from a comic running on Fetish Fuel (specifically Bound and Gagged)?
Golden Age Batman issue #10 features Bruce pulling Dick out of bed in the dark of night, laying the boy over his lap, and spanking him while the pajama-clad boy writhed and cried out "Owoo!" This is how every crime-fighter celebrates his crime-fighting partner's birthday, right?
Archie Comics has a particularly bizarre example. Veronica wants to take her father to a father-daughter dance, but he's unavailable. Hilarity Ensues when she gets Archie to fill in for him (in a surprisingly good disguise), and he overacts the part, annoying Veronica all evening. Towards the end Mr. Lodge shows up at the dance, replacing Archie without Veronica's knowledge. She acts disrespectful towards him, thinking he's still Archie. So he spanks her. In reprint, this was changed to putting her in a corner for time out.
Slightly subverted in the Archie Sonic the Hedgehog comics during the very start of the Mobius: 25 Years Later storyline, where Knuckles threatens his daughter Lara-su, telling her that he's perfectly willing to revive ancient Echidna traditions, such as spanking bratty daughters. Julie-Su seems less than pleased by his threat.
In City Of Dreams during one of her masochistic dreams the protagonist doesn't agree to give her owner a blowjob, so he spanks her until she does.
Don Rosa has let Donald Duck be the receiver of spanking at least twice. Once in the story A Letter From Home, wherein he gets spanked by his aunt Matilda. (Keep in mind that Donald is already an adult in this story!) The other occasion is in the story Escape From Forbidden Valley wherein he gets spanked by a dinosaur.
Little Nemo in Slumberland has a naughty schoolboy subjected to an automatic spanking machine.
This is extremely popular in Buffy the Vampire SlayerLemons. Just about everyone female, from Faith to Dawn to Buffy to Willow, seems to be into spanking in fanfic. At least Willow and Anya were both confirmed to be into it by offhand remarks in "The I in Team".
One Western where this happened was True Grit. The female protagonist insisted on coming along on a bounty hunt for the murderer of her father, and one of the bounty hunters spanked her to make her give up.
The other famous one is McLintock! — pretty much the entire final third of the movie leads up to it. In this one John Wayne uses a shovel on Maureen O'Hara.
Also in Donovans Reef, John Wayne ends up spanking Elizabeth Allen (she starts kicking her feet) at the end of the movie, right before kissing her (her feet stop kicking).
Normal Adolescent Behavior. Wendy earned some bonus points for having a fetish and begging Sean to do this. The scene was a blatant Fetish Fuel and Big Lipped Alligator Moment (the movie has a lot of them, though).
So Bad, It's GoodSorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama is remarkable only for such scene.
Elvis Presley's character does this to a girl who tries to commit suicide in the movie Blue Hawaii. The next morning she was at the table... sitting on a pillow.
Secretary had Lee Holloway's boss, Mr. Grey, originally spanking Lee for typos.
Project Moonbase (a 1953 film that Robert A. Heinlein co-wrote) had the bratty female astronaut (a colonel no less!) being threatened with this by her superior officer. It doesn't help that she's wearing tight shorts over a great ass.
A teacher does this to one of his pupils in a memorable scene in Debbie Does Dallas, though the roles are inverted in the modern theatre production of this most famous porn movie.
5ive Girls, a film about Catholic schoolgirls fighting a demon. One girl being seen investigating the staff's secret pact with a demon is sentenced to a spanking with a yardstick for her trouble. The high point of the scene is right afterwards when one of the girls reveals herself to be a faith healer and lays on hands.
The Golden Rendevous (1977). The hero, played by Richard Harris, threatens to do this to Ann Turkel, playing the high society heroine. She replies that she might enjoy it.
National Lampoon's Animal House. "Thank you, sir, may I have another?" The humor here derives from a male being spanked by another male. The illustrated novelization of the film strongly implies that Neidermeyer, who was doing the spanking honors for the initiation, was turned on by the proceedings.
The 1956 film version of The Bad Seed ends with a "curtain call" sequence in which Rhoda's mother takes her over her knee.
In the Soviet comedy gold Operation"Y" one segment deals with Fedya, a huge 40-something bully sentenced to community service at the same construction site where the hero, Shurik, works part-time. After a slapstick-filled wild goose chase around the site Shurik finally traps Fedya in a wallpaper roll. He then sets the roll with Fedya inside upright, soaks the birch, makes an appropriately shaped cutout, while increasingly distressed Fedya asks whether that's really necessary. Shurik's answer "Really, Fedya, really", as he swings the rod and Fedya mutters "Mama!" into the fadeout, has since became a go-to answer for justifying something unpleasant, but really necessary.
Shoot 'Em Up. Mr Smith does this to a mother who slaps her own child, much to the kid's delight. According to the DVD commentary the actress concerned was quite looking forward to being spanked by Clive Owen.
Exit to Eden has a Rare Female Example. Dana Delany ties up Paul Mercurio, feels up up his naked body, pinches and squeezes his butt and then spanks him. After the spanking, she gives him a hand job.
Gets mentioned in two sentences in Terry Pratchett's Equal Rites. In the story, Esk's magical powers awaken on the day when her father slaps her. He regrets it immediately, but it is mentioned that her seven brothers often feel the back of his belt when they deserve it.
Among other oddities, the series seems to have an unwritten rule: every all-female organization is filled with whippings, paddlings, canings and birchings. The books tend towards more bondage-oriented punishments, though. The Aiel stick with humiliating useless labor for their own, as the entire race is trained to be able to ignore pain. They have no qualms about whipping other people who deserve it, though.
For a male-female example, at one point Perrin has enough of Faile's baseline-abusive crap, and proceeds to take her over his knee and lay down the law, to the delight of her Aiel companions (and the fans), who thought the whole thing was hilarious.
Also, during Mat's journey away from Ebou Dar, he finally gets fed up with the three Aes Sedai behaving like spoiled brats and spanks Joline. Her Warders are not amused.
The Vampire Armand has a scene where Armand first has his legs whipped by Marius as a punishment, then is healed with some vampire saliva. Armand makes the mistake of commenting on the irony and smack.
Dirk Struan does this to his Asian Babymama Mei-Mei in James Clavell's Tai Pan. She warns him afterward that if he ever does it to her when she hasn't done anything to deserve it, she'll kill him in his sleep.
Later on he does it again, hoping that the pain will snap her out of a state of shock.
And again, due to a particularly serious case of their clashing cultures, when she feels that she has disgraced herself by angering him and (since she is technically his slave,) needs to be punished for it. He deliberately chooses to whip her buttocks because it hurts and sounds bad enough to restore her face and pride, but will not actually cause any serious damage.
In another Clavell book, Whirlwind another female character has gone into trauma-induced shock and needs to be snapped out of it through pain, and again the man chooses spanking because it will hurt without causing damage.
In the Redwall book The Sable Queen, the incompetent stoat thief Globby is caught stealing food by Skipper of Otters and spanked with an oven paddle.
Happens to Arya Stark at least twice, in A Clash of Kings of A Song of Ice and Fire fame. The first one is a punishment from Yorren for beating the crud out of two boys twice her age. The second one is the punishment by her sadistic overseer in Harrenhall for forgetting his orders. Also happens to her sister Sansa in the same book, when a knight of the King's Guard, supposedly one of the best knights in the realm, beats her with the flat side of his sword on King Joffrey's orders.
YMMV on whether the latter example really counts as this trope, since the knight also punches her in the stomach (while wearing his metal gauntlet), and the blows with the flat of his sword are not specifically focussed on her buttocks. This is more like a particularly severe case of Corporal Punishment, and had it gone on for longer, (and it might well have had they not been interrupted) it might even count as a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. Also notable is that she had done absolutely nothing to deserve the punishment, and she is only being beaten because Joffrey is angry and wants someone to take it out on (and because he enjoys it.)
Near the end of The Warlock In Spite Of Himself, Queen Catharine insisted she'd ride into battle with her troops. Catharine having no weapons training to speak of, no one else was happy about this. So Rod Gallowglass suggested her long-estranged childhood sweetheart Tuan should spank her so hard that she'd be unable to sit on pillows, much less a horse. The spanking actually took place offscreen, except for the sound effects; a couple of guards wondered if the queen needed assistance, but she was apparently too embarrassed about being spanked to let them rescue her from being spanked.
Scout, from To Kill A Mockingbird, winds up on the receiving end of this trope after ending up in a fight with a relative. Little attention is paid to the spanking itself, although she does describe surveying the damage afterwards...
This showed up in Kamen Rider Kiva with male characters. Otoya is Wataru's father and normally appears in flashback segments to 22 years ago. They met via time travel once, and Otoya ended up spanking Wataru, despite them both being in their 20's. It was utterly bizarre and seemed to have been there solely for the female audience (which modern Kamen Riders are aimed at).
Though this hasn't happened so far in Doctor Who, it very nearly did. "The Prison in Space" (cancelled at the last minute and replaced by "The Krotons") would have ended with Zoe being spanked in order to cure her of her misandrist brainwashing by the agressively matriarchal society they'd landed in (note that Jamie didn't actually know this was the cure). Many years later, a copy of the script turned up and was adapted as an audiobook by Big Finish. Note that the episode was canceled not because of the scene in question, but because Frazer Hines was going to quit.
River Song asks if an angry Doctor is going to spank her for teasing some Sontarans in First Night/Last Night...
In "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship", Riddell threatens to spank Queen Nefertiti when she snarks at him. Predictably, they end up together at the end.
The pilot of How I Met Your Mother reveals that Marshall and Lily engage in spank play, though he's reluctant while she eagerly eggs him on.
Lily: (laughs): Hit me? Please! This guy can barely spank me in bed for fun. He's all like "Oh honey did that hurt?" and I'm all like "C'mon let me have it ya pansy!" :Beat: Wow, complete stranger.
NCIS. Gibbs has a tendency to Dope Slap anyone on his team that annoys him, except Perky Goth Abby (who, though played by an actress in her forties, often dresses in schoolgirl-like skirts). He does threaten to on one occasion however, "and it won't be on the head."
Subverted in the "Evacuation" episode of Malcolm in the Middle. They've been evacuated to a gym due to a chemical spill and Malcolm is forced to sit on a cot by Lois because he was grounded (back at the house), and eventually he gets fed up with it and tries to stand up to his mom. She promptly grabs him, turns him over, winds up for a big hit, and then cherry taps him lightly on the back of his jeans, indicating that until she can't do that he doesn't get to determine the terms of their relationship. The entire gymnasium watches and is horrified after she is done, and then it cuts to outside the gymnasium where some soldiers are throwing her out because people think she's dangerous.
Trying to teach Troy a lesson about respecting and "cherishing" family, Britta on Community says something she would consider complimentary but which "Nana" considers offensive. Nana orders her to get a switch, which Britta does. Britta seems to think that the switch was for striking her hand (she seems to have gone to Catholic school), Nana quickly corrects her. She bends over—even though Troy tells her she doesn't have to—and pulls down her pants. She realizes very quickly she doesn't know what she's gotten herself into.
Scrubs has a whole lot of spanking going on. J.D. spanking Turk. Turk spanking J.D. Turk spanking Elliot. Elliot spanking J.D. Various characters spanking themselves. You name it. In fact, the only main character who hasn't been a spanker or a spankee is The Janitor.
Elliot: Harder, dammit! I've been bad.
iCarly: In "iSell Penny Tees", Freddie makes a mildly sarcastic remark to Sam. Sam then runs over to him, throws him onto a nearby couch, then starts spanking him.
They were antlers, actually. . . Joffrey of "House Baratheon" having a Stag as his heraldry.
On Criminal Minds, a couple of exchanges stand out when Morgan and Garcia were engaging in their usual playful banter.
In the conference room in "Children of the Dark":
Morgan: (answers phone) Hey girl, you're on speaker. Behave. Garcia: Or what, you'll spank me?
On the plane back home in "True Night":
Morgan: (on the phone with Garcia) Just leave it alone until I get there. Hey, hey, hardhead. Don't make me spank you when I get back. Reid: Don't listen to him Garcia, he's all talk. (gets dope slapped by Morgan) Aah! JJ, he just hit me! JJ: (not looking up from file) Boys, behave or I will ground you both.
André the Giant once did this to Sensational Sherri during a skit aired in the spring of 1991. Sherri was trying to soften up the big guy and get hired to be his manager ... but he decided to show his rejection by bending her over his knee and swatting her five times on the butt! This was a comedy skit, compared to the outright brutal beatings she had taken just months earlier.
Done in one of Tyler Perry's Madea plays, where the titular character spanks a smart-alec teenager she's looking after, and then passes her off to her friend and encourages her to spank her. She does so, trying to copy Madea's enthusiasm, but is told "You ain't supposed to enjoy it!"
The 1936 Vaudeville French play La Fessée by Jean de Létraz is all about the consequences of an irate husband giving his wife a bare-assed spanking — and this being accidentaly photographed through a window.
Raine gives her brother Genis a spanking for skipping class. Lloyd screws his eyes shut during this, thinking he'll be next; when Raine asks him if he's ready, he begs off... and Raine gives him a side-kick instead that sends him flying.
And then in the sequel, she asks Emil and Marta to help her find a kid that wandered into the abandoned human ranch. Guess what happens once she finds him?
In Super Robot WarsOG Saga: Endless Frontier, in addition to the above quote we have Xiaomu, who happens to be a spanking magnet. There's even a cute sprite of her rubbing her sore tush.
Keiko of the Pretty Fighter series uses this as an attack. Also a counterpoint to the series extensive Ass Kicks You.
Iceberg's Blazin' Move in Def Jam Vendetta (in Def Jam: Fight for NY, this Blazin' Move belongs to Baxter) has him kick his opponent to the ground. He goes up to them and smack him them across the face. He then bends them over his knee and inflicting several spanks. It ends with him giving the opponent a back breaker.
In Mother 2, this was how Pokey (Porky)'s father punished him at the beginning of the game. In EarthBound, this was Bowdlerized into a lecture and "no desserts for the rest of the decade". Of course, Porky hardly qualifies as a "cutie".
Slightly weird version of this in Magical Diary. During one of the detentions, the (cute female) player character can ask the snarky male professor to give her a spanking instead. What results will probably embarrass both of them, but is Fetish Fuel to a lot of the players...
In Street Fighter X Tekken, Hwaorang states in his victory line to Poison that he "likes to spank girls, not get spanked by them."
In Shining in the Darkness, Pyra's mother isn't too thrilled with how Pyra ran off to go dungeon-diving with you and Milo, so she throws Pyra over her shoulder and spanks her until you convince her she and Milo are your True Companions.
Being a BDSM-themed comic, Sunstone has this as part of the game for Ally and Lisa.
Lurking Dragon's Rejuve Universe is all about this trope. To wit, humanity finds some alien technology that allows them to be immortal by "rejuvenating" their bodies. But because aliens were asexual beings, machines doing it can't handle human puberty, so the people have to be sent to childhood. Guess what happens to criminals? Yeah, that's right. They get turned to children and given to strict "spanko" parents that spank them on the slightest provocation, then again and again, for decades of punishment (because everybody is practically immortal, years mean nothing to them). You can find more explanations on this page as well as original stories here (Warning, NSFW link)
At the end of Practical Pig (the fourth Disney "Three Little Pigs" cartoon), the two younger pigs tell a lie. Practical Pig's lie-detecting and punishing invention begins spanking them for the lie. Practical Pig tells the others, "This hurts me more than it does you." The machine reaches out, grabs him by his throat, spanks him and washes his mouth out with soap.
The Simpsons has been known to mine humor out of Bart (who is voiced by a squeaky-voiced woman, so it arguably fits this trope) being spanked by Homer — or, rather, being threatened with a spanking by Homer. One particularly kinky scene had Homer gleefully telling his son: "It's spanking season — and I've got a hankerin' for some spankerin'!"
Bart was spanked twice in the series, but not by anyone that was expected: the first time was at hands of former president George Bush and the second one by Otto.
Especially funny in an early episode when Homer called Bart over for a father-son talk: Bart, assuming he was in trouble, immediately pulled down his shorts and underpants and threw himself across Homer's knees!
There sure seemed to be a lot of spanking in Tom And Jerry. Usually as a result of the cat getting his head or torso caught in something and waiting oh so helplessly for the mouse to swaggeringly walk behind him, pick up a conveniently placed piece of wood, take a few practice swings....
At the end of the short "Touche Pussy Cat" Nibbles accidentally pokes Jerry in the rear end with his sword. Nibbles shrugs nonchalently to the audience as Jerry spanks him stupid.
Mentioned sometimes in The Penguins of Madagascar. According to Maurice, Julien is likely to personally administer canings to anyone who forgets King Julien Day.
In an episode of King of the Hill, Peggy gets her unruly class in order by spanking them, but gets in trouble with the school.
In the Classic Disney Short "Bellboy Donald", the temperamental duck is forced to tend to a sadistic little brat staying at the hotel, with threats of unemployment if he lashes out so much as once. Eventually after being put through hell, he drags the child kicking and screaming to reception, enquiring whether he's fired yet, which is immediately comfirmed. Content, he takes the child offscreen and spanks him merciless, complete with an Evil Laugh.