Because it's considered that Bigger Is Better in Bed
, those men that have smaller genitalia are considered Acceptable Hard Luck Targets
. This is almost always Played for Laughs
, since Naked People Are Funny
It is often implied that people with a small penis are Compensating for Something
It is one of the few body image tropes that is Always Male
Possibly one of the reasons that Male Frontal Nudity
is not common, since Most Writers Are Male
. This is mostly a Take Our Word for It
trope. Can be a part of a Humiliation Conga
or Shameful Strip
. "It's cold in here!" may be invoked as a (Truth in Television
Inverse of Gag Penis
. Contrast Biggus Dickus
. A-Cup Angst
could be considered a Distaff Counterpart
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- It is implied that 14-year-old Shinji has a small penis in Neon Genesis Evangelion. He runs out of the bathroom completely naked, having been scared by Misato's pet penguin while in the bath. As he runs out, his genitalia is covered by a small carton of toothpicks in the foreground. Misato asks him to "cover that up" and he quickly does so.
- While deliberately low-res, the final battle of Rebuild of Evangelion 1.0 does give us a brief monochrome shot of a naked Shinji that confirms his equipment is indeed unremarkable.
- Japan in Axis Powers Hetalia, according to Italy. In the Gag Dub, he says "... Japanese people grower, not shower."
- Apparently, Takamura from Hajime No Ippo. It would certainly explain why he and the other boxers tease and bully Ippo, as well as his penchant for pranking people in the shower. (Which hilariously backfires when his victim is Takeshi Sendoh of all people.)
- Kip McDowell of Green Blood. An entire arc is started after he kills a prostitute for calling him "cute."
- As Sanageyama challenges Ryuko to a rematch despite his present lack of clothing in the sixth episode of Kill la Kill, Mako decides to take measurements. She does not find impressive results◊.
- Invoked by Akira Takizawa in Eden of the East. It lets him get away with running around naked in front of the White House earlier that episode.
- However, later in the episode, he claims it was due to the cold and his subsequent showing of it to a policewoman implies he has the opposite.
- Masataka Takayanagi of Tenjho Tenge is confirmed to be this early in the series, which he is shown to be very self-conscious about.
- Adam Sandler's album Shh... Don't Tell features the skit "The Boss and the Secretary," a five-minute-and-eight-second small penis joke. At one point, The Boss instructs The Secretary to tell him that his penis is bigger than objects such as a Tic-Tac and half a grape. When she says that it's bigger than "all of those things put together," he stops her and tells her to keep her exaggerations within the realm of reality.
- Jim Gaffigan's "Mr. Universe" remarks on how Extenze has a foolproof business plan: In order for one to complain about their product's lack of effectiveness, one must admit to having a tiny penis.
- The producer who takes over Cherry Comics in "Cherry Gets It in the End (And Mom Does Too!)" is portrayed as having a comically small penis.
- There's one Underground Comics strip parodying ElfQuest. "Fluffer Nutter" lives with his family in the modern world, spends most of his time boozing and abuses his family. When Treestump's expy calls him out why he's so pissed despite being rich and famous, he shouts what the whole strip has been a build-up for, it seems: "I've got a teeny weeny pini!"
- In the furry comic Cruelty, Tobias is said to be pretty small—even for a feline! Whether or not that's true is not confirmed.
- In an 80's issue of Spider-Man, a supervillain called The Foreigner fights Spidey while gloating about dating Spidey's ex-girlfriend Black Cat. During the fight, we get this exchange.
Foreigner: I'm disappointed Felicia [Black Cat] said you were formidable.
Spider Man: Yeah? What else did she say about me?
Foreigner: Oh, she made other comparisons between you and I. You came up a bit short, I'm afraid.
- A man was trying to come up with a computer password, so he typed in "mypenis". The password creation failed, saying "Error: too small"
- A joke that involves knowing the name of a male member of your audience - let's use John Smith here:
Three Irish midgets were sitting in a bar, trying to figure out a way to make money. The first said "I have small hands - I'll write to the Guinness Book of World Records and see if I have the smallest hands!" The second said "I have small feet - I'll write to the Guinness Book of World Records and see if I have the smallest feet!" The third said "I have a small penis - I'll write to the Guinness Book of World Records and see if I have the smallest penis!" So they all wrote in. A week later they all received letters and they gathered at the bar to open them together. The first opened up his envelope and pulled out a big check exclaiming "I have the smallest hands!" The second opened up his envelope and pulled out a big check exclaiming "I have the smallest feet!" The third opened up his envelope and pulled out a letter. As he read it he got more and more red-faced and finally exclaimed "WHO THE HELL IS JOHN SMITH????"
- A man at a bar asks out a woman after buying her a few drinks. They go back to her apartment, start passionately making out, and fumble into the bedroom, which is completely dark. They tear off their clothes, and the man whips his penis out and puts it into the woman's hand. She replies "Thanks for the cigarette, but I don't smoke, before or after sex."
- One good Stealth Insult is to claim a guy's member is so big, it goes from A to Z. Okay, now look at your keyboard...
- Dancer from the Dance: Sutherland's small penis is mentioned a few times.
- In Anne Lamott's Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, she recommends that in order to avoid lawsuits when writing a Captain Ersatz of a real man who might want to sue, give the character a tiny penis and the real man will never step forward and claim that's him.
- In Behaving Bradley, one character acquires the nickname "Microdick" after the boys have to strip for swim class in the locker room. Later on, innocent Brainless Beauty Hopie asks Bradley what the nickname means, and he tells her that it's because the boy in question wants to become a disc jockey and use a microphone. Hopie responds, "Oh. I thought it had something to do with his penis."
- Played for tragedy in the gay romance Gottes Bodenpersonal ("God's ground crew"), where one of the main characters thinks he suffers from this. It is heavily implied that part of the sexual abuse in his childhood was convincing him that he should have been a girl. His partner tries to convince him that it's average, with limited success.
- Sisterhood Series by Fern Michaels: John Chai in the book Vendetta, who is being used to represent Yellow Peril, is revealed to have this. Nikki and Alexis ask Yoko if it is true that Chinese men have a Teeny Weenie, and Yoko, giggling, confirms this.
- The working title of Piers Anthony's Pornucopia was 3.97 Erect for a reason.
- In Angry Lead Skies, when Garrett and his allies take some of the "silver elves" prisoner and remove their clothing to hinder them from escaping, the captured males are found to have extremely shrunken genitals, "like mummies". It's implied that the "silver elves" are aliens that reproduce by cloning, and restrict their reproductive systems' development to suppress sexual impulses which they consider atavistic.
- While most of his male characters were well-hung, Sidney Sheldon liked to make his pitiful ones suffer from this—the cuckolded husband of Eve, Keith (in Master of the Game) is said to have one.
- Howard Stern bemoans his small member throughout his books Private Parts and Miss America. In actuality, years later on his radio show, it was measured and turned out to be quite normal, just perspectively small compared to his 6"5' frame.
- Stated of Conal by Robin in the Gaea Trilogy. She means it as a compliment.
- A one hit wonder artist known as Gillette did a song called Short Dick Man. It has a remix-Answer Song with a male singer named Machito Ponce where his parts were so dedicated to rebuff Gillete's "accusations" that it bounced back into Compensating for Something territory.
- At the end of the Hollywood Undead video "Everywhere I Go", the chorus of which repeatedly mentions Charlie Scene's "weenie" and how he loves to show it off, Mr. Scene is actually shown whipping it out. Similar to his face in the opening of the video, it's censored with a drawing of his mask which appears to take up just enough space to cover up a nickel.
- Slipped into the end of Kesha's "Thinking Of You," verbatim.
- Bob Rivers recorded "Three Inch Tool", a parody of Hootie & the Blowfish's "Only Wanna Be With You".
- The humor group "El Takititá" made a Spanish parody of the song "Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer", only that instead of the red nose the problem of Rodolfo was having a cheese-poof sized dick. Santa Claus helped with his problem by gifting Rodoldo a corncob to use as a replacement, but then Rodolfo engages in a passionate affair and the cob becomes popcorn.
- Bill Engvall has a segment about surfing. The instructor, a typical Surfer Dude, tells him "We'll have you hanging ten in no time." "Not without elective surgery. Because the word 'hung' has never been associated with Engvall men." Later on, he says that when he puts on the wet suit, it looks like he's trying to smuggle a Slim Jim and two cherries.
- The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) opens with the three players wearing nothing more than a fig leaf each. One of the fig leaves is noticeably smaller than the other two.
- The play The Irish Curse dealt with a support group for the condition.
- Madame Thenardier on her husband in her verse of "Master of the House": "Thinks he's quite a lover, but there's not much there!"
- In Conkers Bad Fur Day, Buga the Knut is defeated when he loses his Loin Cloth, exposing his "very small willy" and causing him to flee in shame.
- Yaksa and Gaka in Shin Megami Tensei. Given how grotesque they are already, these are only really visible in artwork.
- In Grand Theft Auto:Vice City the cutscene with the stolen police uniforms somewhat hints that Lance Vance is underdeveloped (at least in relation to Tommy).
- In The Bare Pit, a male invites women over to his pool to skinny dip, while he's secretly recording them in order to upload the footage and sell it on the Internet. However the video is intercepted by someone else who splices the footage to remove all traces of the woman and leaves only the shots of him naked, and releases it over the Internet. The next day at school he's humiliated when not only is his reputation as a romantic playboy completely shot, he also has to deal with his new nickname "Inchworm."
- Subverted by many webcomics by Humon, there are supernatural beings with rather tiny genitals who aren't at all worried about it - and there is a (human) guy who is rather ashamed that his is too big and hurt his girlfriend when they first tried vaginal intercourse.
- In Mac Hall, Micah's ex-girlfriend posts something embarrassing about his penis in her blog. His current girlfriend Helen tries to console him by saying "I think it's cute." (It doesn't help.)
- In Rabbitual Offender, they successfully subvert the trope as Charlie proudly struts around with his exposed tiny penis as if it was a giant GagPenis.
- Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal:
- Cuthwald of NSFW Comix, two and a half inches when erect, orders every penis enlargement remedy he's e-mailed on 4Chan, mixes them together in a bathtub, summarily drinks it all and becomes so large it exits the universe, kills God, and skull fucks the reader. It's back to being tiny again later.
- According to Thor in this Brathalla, Balder has one.
- Probably averted. In God olympics Balder dominated Swimwear Beauty Competition (True swimwear is nothing at all). Audience lost their tongues, some condoled Frigg about "Oedipus complex" and the Jury of Greek men gave him unanimous vote, despite all the bribes they took from opposition.
- Or maybe NOT averted— the ancient Greek male beauty standard was a small penis.
- Subverted in one Oglaf strip, when a woman is relieved that her partner has been lying about being a centaur, and really has a small-to-average sized human penis, instead of a large horses' penis.
- It is complicated - he hasn't been lying. He's an actual centaur who can ... step out of his hindquarters and shoo them away. (At least the comic looks nothing like there's a person in a horse costume involved.)
- South Park has done this a few times:
- In one episode, Osama bin Laden is shown to have an absurdly microscopic penis.
Cartman: So that's what this is all about!
- "T.M.I." has the idea of compensating for a small penis as its entire premise. It turns out that all of the angry people in the world are just pissed off because they're below the average length. To fix the problem, the "average length" is shortened (although, ironically, Cartman still doesn't make the cut).
- In an early Pokémon-centric episode, the Japanese creators keep talking about how small their penises are as opposed the well-endowed Americans. One woman calls them out on this, saying that they're only saying this to distract the male Americans. While this is true, one of the creators proves that he's not lying about the size of his penis, either. One of said creators also uses the "your penis so big" line on a woman, causing the other creator to smack him upside the head for the screw up.
- In the episode "Ginger Cow", the appearance of a red cow leads to peace in the Middle East. To keep Cartman from revealing the truth that the cow is a fake and ruin everything, Kyle agrees to do whatever he asks. When Stan tries to maintain the charade by saying that it really was a miracle, a rabbi notes that the prophecy actually stated a fat child with a small penis would decorate a cow to look ginger, not that one would miraculously just fall from the sky. As everyone is ready to return to fighting, Kyle tells them that the prophecy really was fulfilled. When he tries to get Cartman to back him up, Cartman says he can't lie: he has a huge dick.
- Robot Chicken
- In the Beavis and Butt-Head episode "Sporting Goods," the duo tried to buy protective cups, but the smallest ones were still too big. The sporting goods owner gave them a couple of racquetball eyepatches for free, which fit them perfectly. Daria walked in, saw them walking out of the dressing rooms wearing the patches, did a double take, and snapped a photo for the school newspaper.
Daria: Wow! Even smaller than I thought!
- In the Futurama episode "Benderama", the crew has to deliver personal hygiene supplies to an ugly giant. He is 50 feet tall, and while most of his body parts are enormous, one part...isn't.
Amy: Colossal tooth whitener, mega deodorant, humungous acne cream...awwww...and one regular size condom.
Bender: All that and a small weiner? This guy's got it goin' on!
- Steroid abuse by bodybuilders will invariantly lead to this trope (and if not in Real Life, then at least in countless jokes).