"Because it was funny."
—Ryan Dunn's explanation for stabbing Bam in the ass with a hot iron brandnote ... or, more accurately, the reason this show exists.
And so begins Jackass
(2000-2002), either the most horrifying thing ever put on American television, the most awesome thing ever put on American television, the gayest (in more ways than one) thing ever put on American television, or a combination of all three. It all depends on who you ask.Jackass
has roots in skateboard culture and the skateboard magazine Big Brother
, as well as Bam Margera's humor/stunt video series "Camp Kill Yourself" (or CKY
). One of Big Brother
's writers, struggling actor Johnny Knoxville, pitched an article for Big Brother
about becoming a human guinea pig for various self-defense weapons — which culminated in Knoxville getting shot in the chest to test out a bulletproof vest. His editors decided to film the test, and they found it so funny, they decided to commission several additional masochist-themed videos involving the rest of the staff (including Dave England and Chris Pontius) and ex-Ringling Brothers clown Steve-O contributing material. Around the same time, Margera and his group of skater friends filmed similar material involving themselves and Bam's family members; this material would make up the first CKY video, Landspeed: CKY
The two separate groups ultimately decided to combine forces when Big Brother
began talks with Spike Jonze
to create a pilot for MTV
. After recruiting ex-snowboarder Ehren McGhehey into the mix, the conglomeration of Jonze, Margera, Knoxville, and their friends created Jackass
and Moral Guardians
more or less had panic-induced heart attacks at the very thought of their kids watching this show, and their outrage resulted in a huge movement to get the show canned (which, ironically, may have increased its popularity
The format proved popular enough to spawn three movies
— the third in 3D
— that allowed the gang to perform stunts and skits not possible on MTV. Several cast members received spin-off shows, ranging from Bam Margeras's Viva La Bam
to the And Now For Something Completely Different
, which featured Chris Pontius and Steve-O traveling to exotic locations and performing stunts, getting hurt by wildlife, and trying bizarre local customs.
Not to be confused with Jerkass
Hi, we're TV tropes, and we associate the following tropes with Jackass:
- The Ace: Manny Puig, the in-house wildlife expert. This comes through most in Wildboyz.
- Ace Custom: Knoxville's hydraulic scooter, from the Old Man segment in Jackass 3D. He can pop wheelies with the thing for extended amounts of time and drives around blaring rap.
- Actually Pretty Funny: Bam's reaction to the "Valentine" prank in the second movie: the "valentine" covered up a hole in the wall, which concealed a boxing glove on a stick sticking out of an air compressor; the Jackass guys were goaded into getting hit by it when they had to lean in to read it because the writing suddenly got really really small. Eventually everyone got a kick out of it when they were subjected to it.
- In addition, the entire crew's reaction to the "High Five" in Jackass 3D: walking towards him will get a gigantic hand to pimp-slap you out of nowhere: even Ehren, who got hot soup splashed all over him, found it funny.
- April Margera in "The Switcheroo", after they freaked her out by swapping Phil for Preston Lacy in her bed while she slept.
- Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Steve-O was the living embodiment of this trope before he kicked his alcoholism.
- all lowercase letters: the credits, actor names when they're introduced, and skit title cards
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: Ehren McGhehey is supposedly one and is constantly the Butt Monkey of the group.
- Amusing Injuries: Probably the whole point of the show.
- And Now For Something Completely Different: The hour long "Gumball Rally" episode, which features the crew going through a relatively prank-free marathon dcrace from Britain to Moscow and back.
- Arch-Enemy: Snapping turtles for Steve-O. He dreads all stunts involving them.
- Ass Shove: Hot Wheels + Ryan Dunn's anus, noted below.
- And then in the sequel, the Strongman challenge. High-speed golden dildo + Bam Margera's ass. It barely misses his anus.)
"Is it wrong to be strong? You be the judge."
- Then Bam flies a kite out of his ass with anal beads... and then has one flown into his ass.
- The Butt Billows of 2.5, which was part of a production Running Gag of trying to make farts visible (the successful product can be shown in Jackass Number Two). This WAS successful, but for some reason taken out: Lacy farts on Steve-O, who was blowing into Lacy's ass. Yes, it makes sense in context.
- "The Apple of My Ass"... which is what it says on the tin. Then they bring out the pig.
- The second film has the Butt Chug.
Bam: (to the subject of the stunt, who happens to be Steve-O, before literally using a plunger on his ass to get out the beer he "chugged") You better shit piss, ass-wipe!
- Bad Santa: Who promptly gets slammed from a giant tree.
- Bait and Switch: In one skit, Bam thinks he's going to be doing "The Wind Tunnel", only to get locked in a cage with a (de-venomized) cobra.
- Berserk Button: Preston doesn't like being covered in a hat full of egg-nog vomit or getting his fear of heights exploited. He's walked off the set several times before.
- Rake Yohn really hates mustard.
- Bam for pretty much everyone... especially his parents. For Bam himself, snakes.
- Body Horror: Steve-O gets his buttcheeks pierced together for one stunt, and puts a fishing hook through his cheek for another, fishing-related stunt.
- By Wall That Is Holey: At the end of Jackass Number Two. Unfortunately for Knoxville, the wall fell because of a wrecking ball...
- The "Diamond Robbers" prank played on office workers has two crew members falling out of the ceiling with a bag of, uh, diamonds. Someone actually called the cops.
- The Valentine prank in the beginning of Jackass Number Two (see Actually Pretty Funny above).
- Bowdlerize: The Self-Defense Test sketch; after the taser test, Johnny dons a cheap bulletproof vest and has a friend shoot him in order to see if the vest will protect him (it does). Filmed for a Big Brother magazine video, the gun/vest test was cut from the sketch when it was incorporated into the pilot and thanks to MTV being obstinate bastards, one of the reasons why it took six years for a season one DVD to come out, as MTV refused and WON its struggle to keep Knoxville from including the full sketch on a Jackass DVD.
- Butt Monkey: Danger Ehren, who is constantly mocked for the fact that no one recognizes him and because of his virginity.
- In Jackass Number Two, he got an entire skit dedicated to humiliating his ass: Terror Taxi, which involved a taxi driver tricking Ehren into believing the Jackass team had been shot and that he was being kidnapped with a real gun.
- Ryan Dunn was also a Butt Monkey of sorts. As Bam exclaims in Jackass Number 2:
Bam: What rhymes with Dunn? Fun!
- And he's promptly slammed into a garage wall at high speed.
- April Margera. All three movies have at least one skit dedicated to terrifying the shit out of her.
- And Phil. Poor Phil. Seriously.
- In fact, ALL of the Jackasses are Butt Monkeys. But Steve-O has it the worst of them all, eg. Sticking his face into jellyfish, paper cut in the mouth, and let us not forget the Poo Cocktail Supreme.
Steve-O (during his intro for "Tee Ball" from 3D): Ohhhhh, why do I have to be Steve-O?
- Cash Lure: "Street Fishing".
- Clip Show: The very first episode of the series is one; essentially a compilation of all of the best clips from Landspeed and the Big Brother videos.
- Candid Camera Prank: What would you do if a half-naked man jumped out of a car's trunk and ran away, bound and gagged?
- There are several. Here's just a sampling:
- The guys putting on gorilla costumes and hitting the streets at night. During the Japan trip, they did it again with panda costumes.
- Skateboarding in panda mascot suits, beating each other up (again), and getting wasted in a karaoke bar.
- Preston Lacy chasing Wee Man down the street, clad in only undershirts and underwear.
- In the first movie, through Tokyo in sumo costumes.
- "Party Boy" exposing himself to random people or simply violating personal space already exposed.
- Johnny Knoxville bending to tie his shoe and shoving his ass into people.
- The elderly shoplifter scheme, and wheelchair racing — or demolition derby.
- Johnny and Jeff Tremaine fighting in a boxing sports store.
- Preston Lacy enters a port-a-potty. Wee Man leaves it.
- Pontius dressed as Satan and waving around a sign that says "Keep God out of California." He got beaten up for his troubles.
- The infamous "toy car in bum" prank.
- Brad Pitt (Yes, the real one) being "kidnapped" in full view of a packed movie line.
- Spike Jonze (Yes, the real one) and someone totally not Johnny Knoxville put in old people makeup and pulling off sexual acts (the former walking around partially topless or having "her" clothes ripped off, the latter having fake testicles dangling out of his shorts as he walks around: often to the point where you really have no choice but to stare at his balls). They do it in all three films.
- Johnny Knoxville as the old grandpa again riding a scooter out of a scooter store. How? Via the glass front, that's how.
- Making out with his supposed "granddaughter" and having his "wife" come up and yell at him.
- Also the midget bar fight. You think it's a regular "midget people beating each other" skit, but then a midget cop comes in out of nowhere and clubs on of them in the head, and then midget paramedics rush in with miniature stretchers to cart out the wounded. Needless to say, the stares were well deserved.
- And, finally, the Terror Taxi. The usual humiliation of Danger Ehren, combined with the Kansas City Shuffle: Ehren thinks the prank is on the driver. Ehren is the real target.
- Catchphrase: "I'm X, and this is [the] Y."
- "This Is Gonna Suck..."
- The shows (and the second movie) opened with the phrase, "Hi, I'm Johnny Knoxville. Welcome to Jackass!". And it wasn't always Knoxville who said it, either.
- Comedic Sociopathy: If it were higher-brow, it could be called "Schadenfreude - The Series".
- Cross Over: A special had the Jackass guys appearing with the stars of the wheelchair-rugby movie Murderball. Yes, there was plentiful Lampshade Hanging about how easily the Jackass guys could become disabled; why do you ask?
- Mark Zupan, the star of Murderball, also shows up twice in two skits of Jackass Number Two, and shows up once more in the third film.
- The Jackasses' homes were the subject of an episode of Cribs. Steve-O's apartment had an entire wall blocked by a stack of empty beer cans, a skate ramp in the kitchen, and he bragged about (and showed off) a pile of noise and ordinance violations. Chris Pontius' "crib" was a Toyota Tacoma.
- The Dudesons, Finnish boys whose show is in the same vein as Jackass's, show up for one skit in Jackass 3D, but before that, Bam, Steve-O and Knoxville have shown up on the Dudeson shows.
- Dave, Bam, Chris, and Johnny have all shown up on Loiter Squad, OFWGKTA's show that shares its production crew with Jackass. Loiter Squad has also featured numerous Jackass parodies - three "Blackass" sketches (a parody of Bam beating Phil on the toilet in the first movie, a parody of The Cup Test skit, and a "Pig's Feet Suck Off" competition in the vein of the egg, eggnog, and milk challenges from the TV show) as well as a parody of Wildboyz called "Jungle Brothers."
- Determinator: Johnny Knoxville has been punched by boxers (one was a heavyweight, and we do mean heavy) several times, shot by riot control devices, rammed by bulls, nearly been killed by stunts gone wrong, hit with a hundred different kinds of projectiles, a destroyed by wrecking balls, and he keeps on going!
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Knoxville's boxing "match" with Butterbean. Knoxville winds up with a concussion and has to get eight stitches in his head.
Knoxville: So, what's the record for fastest knockout?
Butterbean: Um...the California state record is 18 seconds—and that includes the ten-count.
Knoxville: (timidly) I think you're gonna break that record today...
- Also, Ryan Dunn's match with the women's kickboxing champion.
- Don't Try This at Home: As the quote above shows. This warning was modified later on to be more serious.
- It still shows up on the DVD covers, and has shown up in the Jackass 3D trailer.
- Everything's Worse with Bees: The Beehive Limo in the second movie, which gets warped into Beehive Tetherball in the third.
- Don't forget the Bee-Kini.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The skit titles tend to be this in general, but this is especially evident on the DVD boxset's segment selection screens, where a title is given to everything. The TV show included lots of short, fairly pointless unnamed skits, which results in titles like "Dog Humping Skateboard," "Bam and Brandon Slapping Each Other," "Steve-O Staples Ass," and "Preston Punches Jeff."
- Eye Scream: The leech scene in the second movie, wherein Steve-O manages to attach a leech to his eye at an Indian Leech Healer's booth. Sweet dreams.
- Fan Disservice: Any scene with Preston naked or semi-naked.
- Wee-Man getting crushed by an enormous prostitute.note
- Phil Margera perpetually in tighty-whiteys, so much so that it's his outfit in Tony Hawk's Underground 2.
- Five-Man Band:
- Follow the Leader: Jackass spawned many shows in the same vein, including Crazy Monkey, and Rad Girls. Sometimes, MTV itself did this (with Dirty Sanchez and Rob Drydek's Ridiculousness). Ironically, Jackass itself is derived at least in part by SuperDave Osborne, a parody of daredevil stuntmen like Evel Kneivel, played by comedian Bob Einstein. Einstein himself doesn't like the comparison, pointing out in this interview that his antics as Super Dave were almost impossible to emulate.
- Fruit Cart: The cast of Jackass: The Movie go flying into a fruitcart at the end of the opening credits.
- Gag Penis: Working out in a gym with tented pants.
- Getting branded on the ass with one.
- Dressing in a man-sized penis costume and thrusting into an equally large sand vagina on a public beach.
- Playing baseball with Pontius's dick. In slo-mo 3D.
- Knoxville really has an obsession with throwing giant dildos.
- Steve-O in his leopard-print Speedo. Nothing more needs to be said.
"It looks like you've got Jimmy Durante's nose in your pants!"
- In the big finale in 3D, Knoxville holds an exploding bowl of dildos. (Behind the scenes, one actually knocked out his tooth.)
- Grand Finale: The first movie was intended as such, with the team reuniting to perform the skits that MTV had told them that they couldn't film, as they wouldn't be allowed on TV.
- Gratuitous Spanish: In Jackass 2.5:
Wee Man: Hola, amigos! Me llamo Wee-Man, y soy un matador... pequeno...
Chris Pontius: ...y muerte. (everyone else laughs)
- Groin Attack: Happens too many times to count. Sometimes self-inflicted.
- Actually invoked: Bam would rather take a dildo up the ass than a weight to his balls. (Hint: he still takes the weight to his balls in the deleted scenes.)
- The worst of the worst: One of the crew members (boom operator Seamus Frawley) having his balls slammed in a dictionary.
- In the opener for one episode, Johnny Knoxville tests a cup by getting kicked in the groin by several kids, having his it used as a croquet target, getting hit by a sledgehammer swinging on a rope, attempting to have pool balls dropped on his crotch from a 2-storey building (wasn't successful), and shot with a paintball gun from just 2-3 feet away. Of course, even a Jackass has some common sense, so he was wearing a cup.
- One involved Steve-O and a stapler even got him arrested on obscenity and assault charges.
- Gross-Up Close-Up: In Jackass 2.5, Preston was shot point-blank in his saggy ass by a non-lethal grenade round. Naturally, the camera zooms in on his infected, saggy, obese buttocks three days later.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Pontius and Steve-O.
- Humiliation Conga: "Terror Taxi." Gluing pubic hair to Ehren's face is just the start of it. Go Google it.
- Bam's punishment for the Rocky pranks (he would splash a random crew member and then punch them to the Rocky theme), which involved a fake floor, rubber snakes, and real snakes. For an added bonus, Bam happens to have a crippling fear of snakes.
- Hurricane of Puns: The crew visit Mianus, Connecticut. Hilarity Ensues.
Wee Man: Check it out, there's a map to Mianus.
Chris Pontius: I don't need a map. I know Mianus better than any man, woman or child.
Johnny Knoxville: Look, Rick (Kosick)'s pumping in Mianus. (cut to cameraman Rick Kosick using a water pump)
- I Have What Glued to My Face?: The fake facial hair Ehren wore in "Terror Taxi" turned out to be the Jackass crew and a few of its friends' pubic hair. Some of it got in Ehren's mouth, which he unwittingly swallowed.
- Idiot Hero: The whole cast.
Manny Puig: Most people believe Chris and Steve-O are idiots. I believe they are scientists, but they're not very smart.
- Ironic Nickname: Ehren McGhehey is the only Jackass member who insists on using proper safety equipment for his stunts. This got him the nickname Danger Ehren.
- It Amused Me: Pretty much why the show exists. Because watching these guys do this shit to each other is just plain funny.
- Jerk Jock: The football segments of Jackass 3D, each of which has Jared Allen in it, just for laughs. "What's your role?" "MURDER. KNOXVILLE'S. FACE."
- "And what's your role, Johnny?" "Catch the ball."
- Large Ham:
- For a show with little acting, Ham Margera.
- Brandon DiCamillo. Look up "BMX Joust" and watch him spectacularly outdo Bam in hamminess.
- Everyone during stunts involving jumping into a lake with rockets attached. "LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MARK ZUPAN IS GOING TO JUMP THE ENTIRE LAKE!!!!!"
- Motorcycle Jousting: "BMX Joust," natch.
- The Movie: Three even more outrageous movies involved stunts like Ehren peeing, eating, and then vomiting up a snow cone, all in one shot. (And then eating it again). Probably the most extreme thing to ever be shown on basic cable (at one AM on a Sunday morning with A LOT of pixellation but still).
- Ironically, even the unrated DVDs are censored. The unreleased trailer hidden in Jackass Number Two reveals Dave England taking a watery shit after the "Firehouse Rodeo" incident in which he scraped his rectum. It gets worse.
- No Ending: Knoxville opted to not film a finale for the series; partly because Bam Margera and his crew had left the series midway through season three (as they were starting work on their spin-off) and to leave the door open for possible reunion specials.
- No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: Invoked in the advertisements for Jackass Number Two.
[Negative reviews of
Jackass: The Movie appear] Unfortunately for [the critics], we just made Number Two.
promptly flashes the camera, dressed as an old lady)
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Subverted in Jackass 2.5 when Bam informs his mother they were able to get a permit to fly a kite out of his ass on a public beach. His mother is... uncharacteristically happy about it.
- Oh, Crap: Everyone's face when staring down the "Electric Avenue" hallway of tasers and cattle prods in the third film; they really have to summon up the courage to go through with it.
- Bam, whenever anything involving a snake happens.
- In the second movie, during the "Fish Hook" skit (Chris Pontius is fishing for sharks with Steve-O as the bait), a mako shark swims up to Steve-O. He ends up kicking it in the face (accidentally).
- Everyone, when the stunts go wrong.
- Once an Episode: "Hi I'm Johnny Knoxville, welcome to Jackass!"
- Painful Body Waxing: One episode has Steve-O getting a bikini wax. He gets one of his eyebrows waxed too.
- Post-Concussedly Missing The Point: After getting his ass completely and utterly kicked (he had a concussion and needed several stitches), Johnny Knoxville's first question: "Is Butterbean okay?"
- Precision F-Strike: During the first film, Bam notes that since they don't have to bleep any language, he promises to get Only Sane Man April to say "fuck" on camera. A few scenes later, a prank involving an alligator on her kitchen floor does the trick.
April: That is the scariest FUCKING thing I've seen in my life!
- Production Foreshadowing: In the cast commentary for Jackass: The Movie, Steve-O comments (during the 90-year-old shoplifter prank) that "There should be a whole movie with nothing but this." As of this writing, Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa is set to be released on Oct. 25th, 2013.
- Real Song Theme Tune: The jangly polka of Jackass is "Corona" by Eighties punk rockers The Minutemen.
- Wildboyz has "The Age of Pamparius" by Turbonegro.
- Safe Word: Knoxville's is "Oklahoma".
- This becomes a Brick Joke for dedicated fans. It's first brought up in the TV show (used by Preston Lacy in the dominatrix-laden bit of the same name)... then isn't used until Jackass 3D.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Bam and Dunn's initial and totally reasonable response to the less-lethal claymore they're supposed to be shot with. They drop a tandem Precision F-Strike on the way out of the room. Knoxville is right behind them: "That is great!"
- Dave England was originally meant to be part of the stunt as well, but he adamantly refused to go through with it. Dunn had the same reaction, but ended up doing it anyway.
- This ends up being a common sentiment for half of the stunts on Jackass 2.5. Preston even says this after his botched "King Kong" stunt.
- In the "Toro Totter" skit, once Dunn falls off the teeter totter, Bam (who was on the other end of his totter) almost immediately gets off and runs away, shouting "I am not doing that, fuck that!"
- Sexier Alter Ego: Bunny the Lifeguard, Chris Pontius' alter ego.
- Sequel Snark: The first movie pulls out a final skit after the credits, a future sequel dubbed "Son of Jackass" that involves the elderly cast dying horrible flaming deaths. While there was a sequel, it wasn't called Son of Jackass.
- Serial Escalation: They couldn't possibly think up of a crazier, more insanely dangerous/disgusting stunt... right?
- Shmuck Bait: A porta potty on the Jackass set. If you use it, they will hold the door shut and tip it over with you in it. Or rig it with paint bombs to cover you in paint as you sit down. Or push it down a hill. Or hit it with a car. Or God knows what else.
- Spin-Off: This show has had quite a few, the most popular being Viva La Bam (starring Bam Margera, who tormented his family) and Wildboyz (starring Steve-O and Chris Pontius, and basically Jackass meets the Discovery Channel).
- Unofficial spin-offs: Dirty Sanchez, Tokyo Shock Boys, and Extreme Dudsonit. It should be noted Dirty Sanchez was deemed Too Hot For Television and Extreme Dudsonit came before, though is now popular in the States and has its own America-based TV show.
- The sadly short-lived Rad Girls was almost exactly like Jackass. The biggest difference was that it had an all-female cast.
- Take That, Audience!: Practically every cast commentary track will include a few remarks about how anyone who actually listens to the commentary is a loser. On one of the discs in the TV show's boxset, one of the cast members plugs Ehren's skate shop, saying that everyone still listening to the commentary should go visit it and buy something, and Ehren immediately replies that he doesn't want the types of creeps who listen to commentary at his shop.
- Tar and Feathers: Ryan Dunn was tarred and feathered by Bam Margera and Brandon DiCamillo.
- Team Mom: Bam's mother, April, is usually the only person to care when they get hurt. They thank her by turning her staircase into a ski slope, sneaking in Preston to replace her husband in bed while she's asleep, launching rockets at her in the kitchen, and placing a live alligator in her home to scare her. The last one was done because Bam insisted that they had to get April to say "fuck" on camera.
- Tears of Fear: Bam, when confronted by the cobra in the second movie.
- The victims of the anti-riot mine also shed a tear in the same film. Except Johnny, per usual.
- And the victims of the "Electric Avenue" in "3D" too, they really didn't wanna do it, but were made to. Did I mention they had to run, crawl and go over huddles in a hallway full of planted and hanging active cattle prods and tazers?!
- Ryan Dunn in the first film after watching his opponent, a woman, training for their match. Not just any woman - a championship fighter who was known for being absolutely vicious in fights.
- Third Is 3D: The third move: Jackass 3D. Lampshaded everywhere.
- This Is Gonna Suck: Johnny's reaction to riding penny-farthing bicycles (ones with huge front wheels). He faceplants after riding into a pile of snow.
- This was also Bam's reaction to "The Brand," for very good reason.
Bam: Here we are at some random-ass ranch, and this is "The Brand." And it's gonna suck...
- The Tee-Ball in the 3rd movie. Steve-O couldn't even bring himself to finish the intro, knowing full well that Ryan Dunn was going to hit a tee-ball ball directly into his unprotected nuts.
Steve-O: (hesitant) I'm Steve-O...(whimpering) Why do I have to be Steve-O? I really don't wanna be Steve-O right now...
- The Poo Cocktail Supreme, wherein Steve-O is launched skywards in a Port-A-Potty: "You don't look very happy about it." "Yeah..."
Bam: Hey, Steve-O! You ready in there?
Steve-O: (downtrodden) No...
- Said word for word by Ehren, right before he gets his tooth pulled out by a Lamborghini.
- You know it's going to be bad when Steve-O apologizes to his father before a stunt. Ever wanted to know if someone's actually used a plunger on someone's butthole to get beer out? Now you know.
- Tongue on the Flagpole: In Jackass 2 one of the guys freezes his balls to a block of ice.
- Too Dumb to Live: Between the cast of the show and the people who tried to recreate the stunts, there's gotta be more than a few in there.
- Too Kinky to Torture: Johnny Knoxville seems genuinely excited at most stunts even when his fellow cast is terrified.
- In one particular stunt in the second movie - getting blown to bits by an anti-riot claymore - Bam and Dunn are on the floor (Bam is crying, rather predictably) and Knoxville? He's happy.
- Not only is he happy, but unlike the other two, he's the only one STILL STANDING. Jittering around in pain most likely, but still standing.
- Also notice how both Bam and Dunn are wearing full face masks, but Knoxville? All he had was a pair of goggles. Granted, he wasn't hit in the face, but still...
- The Tooth Hurts: Ehren gets his tooth pulled... by a Lamborghini. Needless to say, there was a fair amount of blood coming out of his mouth afterward. And Ehren was almost completely incoherent due to the intense pain.
- Trailers Always Lie: The most recent trailer shows director Spike Jonze jumping over a speeding Lamborghini. This does occur in the film, but only during the closing credits montage. No other footage with the Lambo is in the film, besides the tooth pull.
- Trilogy Creep: The first movie was intended as a Grand Finale, with the crew doing stunts they weren't allowed to do on TV. Then they made the second movie, after a guest spot on Wildboyz led to Knoxville realizing he wanted to make more Jackass. And then they made the third film - in 3D. To quote Bam: "Please, God, don't let there be a Jackass 3!"
- Visual Pun: Done in 3D:
Johnny Knoxville: That's the story of Jackass right there! That's pissing in the wind! (which Bam had just attempted in front of a roaring jet engine)
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?
- Bam Margera is terrified of snakes. Obviously, they had to stick him in a trailer with a (devenomized) cobra in the second movie. He cried like a baby.
- And then they threw a rubber hose on his back. And that's after they chase him around with the snake.
- Oh, yeah, the third movie gets even worse for him. They dump him into a pit full of snakes as revenge for his punching-glove pranks. Granted they were rubber snakes, but then they threw an boa constrictor in there.
- Preston Lacy is deathly afraid of heights. A scene in 2.5 had him on top of a couple of portapotties, recreating King Kong with RC aircraft.
- Don't forget the stunt where Wee-Man bungee jumped off of a bridge, pulling Preston down with him. Before the stunt even starts, you can see Preston shaking with fear.
- Knoxville hates needles and is visibly afraid of them when he needs to get shots after stunts.
- With Friends Like These... - Bam, Lacy, and Steve-O have walked off the set before due to assholish pranks done by the other members.
- What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: After completing rehab, Steve-O said that his craziest stunts were actually the ones he did sober. Go ahead and take a minute to let that sink in. We'll wait.
- To support Steve-O's rehabilitation, the cast made sure that no beer was available on set during the filming of Jackass 3D, so everyone performed sober. Which may explain why they appear to be noticeably more miserable.