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Greetings, Hellboy. We have traveled millions of light years to explore new planets, and now we seek to explore Uranus!

Alien 1: Couldn't we, at least, abduct their political and religious leaders, instead of just any idiot in a pickup truck?
Alien 2: I'm sure the Great Leader has his reasons.
Alien 1: Well, I'm sure the Great Leader is just some sort of twisted ASS FREAK!

More often than not, humans taken on board a spaceship against their will are subjected to grueling tests and experiments by their Strange Captors for intended purposes ranging from studying foreign biology, researching the prospects of interbreeding, and monitoring for long periods of time via tracking chip implants.

Fortunately for the abductors, all three of those things can be achieved through a single method which involves inserting vaguely described alien technological instruments into the rectal cavity of the victim. If the audience learns anything about the probing tech itself, it's usually never much more than just what it looks like, which is typically either an insanely large torture device with pincers and needles and spinning blades mounted on a rotating head or a dildo.

Naturally, the trope can be used to great effect to either showcase the sheer horror of or, more frequently, use Vulgar Humor to explore the total absurdity of the nature of Alien Abductions; it can also be a novel way of fitting jokes about gay sex (abductees depicted as being subjected to this are much more frequently male) and rape into a story or work.

Anal Probing is a Dead Unicorn Trope. This trope is rarely, if ever, taken seriously in fiction, and even when it's supposed to be seen as something truly horrible and undesirable, there's usually enough room to interpret the trope's use as Comedic Sociopathy. Real Life UFO abduction communities, which would seem like the most likely place to hear straight-forward examples, don't even discuss probing as something that exclusively involves the rectal cavity (if they do at all).

The Science Fiction equivalent to a cavity search.

Be on the lookout as well for puns about space programs launching probes to Uranus.

See Also: Ass Shove, Vulgar Humor, Double Standard: Rape, Male on Male; Half-Human Hybrid and Mars Needs Women which are both popular motivations for one kind of alien probing or another. This trope is practically synonymous with The Greys and is often evident whenever Aliens Are Bastards, especially if the probing doesn't appear to have any real significance apart from torturing the abductee.


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  • There's an old joke where a group of aliens is having a conference about Earth. The keynote speaker gets up and informs the gathered scientists that, "We have now been performing our rectal probe study on the inhabitants of Sol 3 for 60 of their years. So far, the only information we have reliably obtained is that one in six likes it."
  • One of the Things Mr. Welch Is No Longer Allowed to Do in an RPG involves the Star Trek Federation finding those "little grey butt-probe aliens to return the favor".

    Comic Books 
  • Pierre from the 2000 AD strip Bec & Kawl was abducted in the prologue to "Attack Of The Cones." Explaining his experience, "Whatever their desseines impenetrable, the temple of my body was violated," showing one panel with two Greys producing increasingly larger probing apparatuses with diagrams instructing to insert them in Pierre's anus.
  • Aliens do this to Cherry during The X-Files parody in Cherry Comics. Cherry, naturally, enthusiastically enjoys it and is disappointed when it ends.
  • Almost happens to Hellboy the time he is abducted by aliens. He decides he doesn't like the idea and proceeds to kick all their asses.
  • The Gagwallers from the "Spacehack" strip in Knights of the Dinner Table:
    Captain Queaze: After all these experiments... over all these centuries, what have you learned?
    Gagwaller 1: We have learned... that most of... them don't like the... probing.
    Gagwaller 2: Well... most... of them.
  • Lampshaded in Maxwell Strangewell, where the Moon Man complains to a Martian, "All you Martians care about is probing people up the bum and slaughtering cattle!" The Martian's response: "Hey, it's a living."
  • The trope is played horrifyingly straight in Saucer Country. As part of the abduction of the lead and her ex-husband, both are probed by aliens. Their reactions make it very clear that there was nothing funny about it.
  • In "Overkill: Witchblade/Aliens/Darkness/Predator Issue 2" Jackie Estacado gets dazed and abducted by the Predator. When he wakes up, he finds himself tied to a table with a large piece of machinery hanging above him. He warns the Predator not to do it, but the Predator ignores him and puts the probe in his butt.
  • In Squee, when the wheelchair-bound aliens try to abduct Squee for a second time, one of the two aliens goes to his parents' room and subjects Mr. Casil to this.
  • Discussed in Superboy (1994) when a depowered Kon-El and a couple of other Project Cadmus personnel are abducted by aliens with Kon stating that he is not going to put up with any probing. The alien who abducted them enslaves them instead, though Kon escapes into the bowels of the ship before he can be fitted with a collar and manages to free all the slaves.

    Comic Strips 
  • In Bubba the Redneck Werewolf Super Sci-fi Special, Bubba starts to beat up an alien spaceship and gets bound and zapped by a security device and passes out. After he is waken up by his wife inside the spaceship he asks where they are and why his butt hurts to which she replies that he doesn't want to know the answer and that they should get out of here before the alien doctors get back (just outside their cell is even a table with a pointy device above it). Bubba is not very pleased that the aliens have violated his nether regions.
  • Knights of the Dinner Table: The "Black Hands 2011 Special" ends with the Black Hands characters being anally probed by aliens after Weird Pete decides to combine his Cattlepunk campaign with Scream of Kachoolu.

    Fan Works 
  • A Running Gag in Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space
    • A Martian says this trope was due to a biological misunderstanding. It was supposed to be a Mind Probe but "we assumed from human behavior that your brains were located in your behinds."
    • Captain Proton explains that the Stealth Mode on their helicopter makes it look like a Flying Saucer so that "no-one dares go near you in case you stick a probe up their behind."
    • There's mention of a supervillain called The Bugger Being From Galaxy Five, who looks like a Grey alien wielding a well-lubricated rectal probe.
    • As part of his Cultural Posturing, D'Ork of the Thorkoth claims that his species "abducted the entire Mayan civilization solely to further our studies into the anal regions." Earlier, witnesses accuse D'Ork of having probed them.
    "I thought if these beings were more advanced than us, they should be nearer the Creator," babbled a pasty-faced pastor. "But the alien said the only creator it worshipped was Ray Harryhausen. Then it stuck a PROBE up my behind! IT'S EVIL!"
    "Sometimes we would find our cattle mutilated, and our men with probes up their behinds," muttered a hot Hispanic babe. "The old women, they crossed themselves and whispered crazy things: The Beast That Makes Queers Out Of Men."
  • The following exchange takes place between Paul and the alien Varx in the Prologue of With Strings Attached when Varx is trying to convince Paul to go on a "great adventure":
    Paul: Is this one of those alien abductions where you're gonna probe me, then?
    Varx: [snorting] Gods, you Earthians are masochists. Believe me, if we really wanted that info, which we don't, we could do a deep scan right from our own universe and you'd never know it happened.
  • With Pearl and Ruby Glowing: In "Conspiracy Buddies", Dib, Dipper, and Huey theorize that aliens stick probes up people's butts to take their temperature.

    Films — Animation 
  • Boss Skua in Happy Feet tells the story of how he got abducted by "aliens". He mentions that they probed him, although it's not certain if he meant anal probing.
  • In Journey to Saturn the Danish astronauts (all of them male) have been captured by the Saturnians, who subjects them to this procedure. They all scream in pain as it happens, and anguish over their lost dignity and manhood afterwards, except for Ole who genuinely enjoys the whole experience and acts as if he just got a massive itch scratched.
  • Planet 51: Skiff gives Lem a cork to put it in certain place on his body in order to defend against the "alien's favorite form of research, the probe".
  • Hilariously subverted in Titan A.E. when Cale is in the sick bay and he thinks Akima is gonna do this to him.
    Akima: Hand me the probe.
    Cale: The probe? Uh, where does the probe go? Ya'know, I'm really feeling much better. [Akima jams the probe into a wound on Cale's thigh.]

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Christopher Walken's character reports this in the film adaptation of Communion (see Literature).
  • There's a bit in Eight Legged Freaks where Harlan goes on a tirade about aliens and this very subject. "...I mean, what do they expect to find there? It's just wrong!"
  • Happened in the beginning of the Alien Invasion Horror Comedy Evil Aliens. Including a close-up of the probe getting inserted into the anus.
  • Extraterrestrial (2014) suggests rectal probing. The film's social media promo campaign even uses the hashtag "#GetProbed".
  • Parodied in Galaxy Quest, where the cast of Star Trek actor expies, having been transported up to the alien ship, are approached by tentacled monsters carrying Cow Tools, one of which looks like a speculum. They tremble in fear until the aliens realize they haven't turned on their disguises yet, and do so, apologizing.
    • Comes back as a Brick Joke at the end of the movie, when Fred, the only person unbothered by the prospect of getting anally probed at the beginning, gets it on with his Thermian love interest Laliari and she puts one of her tentacles ... some place that makes the watching Guy react in disgust.
  • In Independence Day, Russel Casse attests to having been abducted by aliens. Those who don't believe him crack jokes and ask if he was ever sexually abused on the flying saucer, suggesting this trope.
  • Justice League (2017). A woman is shown on the news insisting that her husband has been kidnapped by aliens (which is actually true) and goes off on a bleeped out rant regarding what she'll do to those probing aliens. The gag was added by Joss Whedon after he took over the film's post-production.
  • In Men in Black II, Sci-Fi nerd Newton, upon finding out what Jay and Kay actually do, raises the question, "What's up with Anal Probing?"
    Newton: I mean, do they really travel billions of lightyears just to...
    Agent J: Boy, move.
  • In Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie, Servo riffs on the practice a couple times.
    [Dr. Cal Meachem get pulled into a flying saucer by a beam of light.]
    Tom Servo: (As Dr. Meachem) Oh great. And I just know they're gonna probe my anus.
  • In Nope, Angel sarcastically comments that the aliens are just waiting for the perfect time to "shove metal probes up our asses." As it turns out, there's only one alien, and it's a non-sapient predatory animal whose only interest in humans is eating them.
  • In Paul, the eponymous alien appears to have assimilated human culture after 60 years on the planet, and is your average slacker-nerd. However, Clive isn't so sure and asks Graeme, "What if we wake up and find him inserting a probe into our anus?" Paul is annoyed by the suggestion. Wondering why people assume aliens do that, he asks, "Am I harvesting farts? What can I learn from an ass?!" Paul does, however, threaten a pair of homophobic hillbillies with probing, on the grounds that they would probably believe it. On Twitter, Simon Pegg mentioned that they did consider doing a joke about anal probing and repressed memories (of sexual abuse), but they ditched it because they couldn't find a punchline and felt that it might actually be true and not funny.
  • Anal Probing is Invoked by the Space Marines on occasion in Recon 2020 The Carpini Massacre. Anyone thought lost or gone missing is assumed to have been "either anal probed to death or turned into a cyborg."
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog (2020), after Sonic wakes up from being tranquilized by Tom, Tom presumes he is some kind of alien planning to abduct him. When they hear a vehicle approach, Tom asks, "What's happening? Is this your mother ship? I'm not in the mood to get probed." Sonic replies, "You think you're worried? I'm not even wearing pants!"
  • In the Mockumentary Waiting for Guffman, a supposed visit by a UFO is a significant part of the history of Blaine, Missouri. One abductee shares his story, in which he details being probed for "three to four hours" by "five or six" aliens—not all at once but individually. Every Sunday around the time of his abduction, the abductee finds that he has "no feeling in his buttocks."

  • "Angel Down, Sussex" by Kim Newman features alien visitors whose appearance and actions vary depending on the expectations of the people they encounter. That one of the characters gets his rectal cavity probed really says more about him than about the aliens.
  • A pastime of the eponymous The Ass Goblins of Auschwitz. No reason is given why they do it; it's just apparently something that they do.
  • Robert J. Sawyer’s Calculating God has a alien invoke this during first contact:
    Hollus: Of course, if you want, I could give you an anal probe... Sorry—just kidding. (...) Honestly, I will not hurt you—or your cattle.
  • Communion by Whitley Strieber, the allegedly true story of the author's experience of a UFO abduction helped establish this trope and has inspired just about every joke about rectal probes, much to Strieber's dismay, ever since. It's probably the closest thing to a straight example of this trope one can find. Even the Film of the Book, starring Christopher Walken as Strieber, made light of the probing with Walken's character trying to reason, "Can we talk this over? It looks like you're going to sing 'White Christmas'..."
  • Earth (The Book) mentions Anal Probing in the Foreword as one thing humans who believe aliens have already visited Earth think extra-terrestrials came here to perform. It then refers to the anus as "the orifice least likely to yield useful pedagogical results." Mykonos, Greece is described as the one place that would have been the most receptive to Anal Probing.
  • Piers Anthony's Firefly involves an alien who practices Orifice Invasion on his victims. One prospective victim muses during the attack that he's being "cornholed" by an alien and, worse, he was enjoying it.
  • Christopher Buckley's novel Little Green Men reveals alien abductions to be the work of a Government Conspiracy to manufacture evidence of alien activity. Rectal probing wasn't actually their doing but rather something that the abductees seemed to have demanded.
  • In the Nightside series a Grey is seen lying in the gutter with a "Will probe for food" sign.
  • In the erotic comedy Rock 'n' Roll Babes From Outer Space by Linda Jaivin, the Nufonians put a Tracking Device in Jake's behind that causes him to fart whenever it's activated.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun:
    • One episode began with the main characters watching an episode of The X-Files on television, groaning over how laughably inaccurate the show is. One scene, described by Tom as an alien inserting a probe through someone's ear, is met with the derisive comment from Dick, "Everyone knows the proper place to insert an alien probe is the butt!"
    • In another episode, Dick is captured by an insane alien hunter who accuses aliens like him of "probing the butt of the poor American farmer". Dick initially denies this, but after being pressed, he mentions a farmer near Akron "...but he was ASKING FOR IT!"
    • Dr. Albright's brother Roy claims that this happened to him.
  • A segment on The Colbert Report about an "Alien Hunter," Derrel Simms, sees Mr. Simms recount a story about him being probed by aliens in his youth. After describing the alien probe in very phallic terms, Colbert interrupts him in a voice over just before Simms was about to say where the probe was "jammed very painfully," exclaiming, "Okay, that's enough; I think we all know where the probe goes." Simms then reveals that it went into his nasal passage.
  • Invoked in The Finder, episode "Little Green Men". The lead character disappears for a couple of days while researching alleged alien activities, and one of the first questions when the Finder turns up back at his home is "Was there anal probing?" Naturally the one who asked it was the Required Spinoff Crossover guest character Jack Hodgins, the resident Conspiracy Theorist on Bones who’d love actual alien proof.
  • Discussed in the seventh episode of Volume One on Heroes, when Lyle discovers Claire's ability to heal herself after stumbling upon a tape that she and her friend Zach made to demonstrate her ability, this forces Claire and Zach to chase after him to retrieve the tape. A freaked out Lyle questions if they're both actually aliens to which Zach responds, "Yeah, and we're gonna anal probe you."
  • An episode of House featured a young boy who believed he'd been abducted by aliens, and he had the bleeding anus to prove it. This obviously led the team to believe he'd been sexually abused, which (predictably for House) turned out not to be true.
  • The The Kids in the Hall have a sketch about aliens (quoted at the top of this page) that hangs a lampshade on this trope. After doing this for over fifty years, one alien argues that they haven't learned anything from probing, except that one out of every ten "doesn't seem to mind". He wonders if his Great Leader is just some kind of weirdo with a disturbing fetish.
  • The Outer Limits (1995): Discussed in "Down to Earth". Dale LaRose steadfastly denies that he was probed in this manner when he was abducted by aliens. He claims that the aliens tried to do so but that he fought them off. Silverface enjoys mocking him about it.
  • When Alien Abductions were covered on Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, they covered a sex toy with silver spray paint to show people who claim to have been abducted. Upon seeing the sex toy, many claimed they were probed with a similar device. They made a game out of this where they paused the tape before one female abductee disclosed where in her body the aliens had inserted a probe and encouraged viewers at home to guess what part of the body it was. The correct answer was the abductee's nose.
  • Referenced a couple of times in the Psych episode "Not Even Close...Encounters". At one point, as they are fleeing in terror from a UFO, Shawn yells to Gus," I don't wanna get probed, Gus!"
  • On Resident Alien, according to Harry Vanderspeigle, this one of the things that The Greys do, true to their classic portrayal. While this may be the case, it is later revealed that they are much more sinister and are planning to desolate the Earth entirely and are abducting human children, then creating Grey-human hybrids.
  • Supernatural:
    • In the episode "Tall Tales" in which the Trickster forges LOTS of strange happenings in a college town, one of them involves a guy who's been abducted by "aliens." The victim's experience involved being repeatedly probed (a total of eight times according to the dialogue). This ordeal apparently paled in comparison to being forced to slow-dance with one of the aliens to "Lady in Red."
    • In the sixth season episode "Clap Your Hands If You Believe", when Dean informs Sam that he is fleeing from a pursuing UFO, Sam pronounces this a Close Encounter of the Third Kind and suggests that Dean keep running as he has "heard the Fourth Kind is a butt thing". Dean reminds him that he's supposed to be feigning empathy.
  • Referenced and Played With often on The X-Files. In "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space,'" for instance, it's Agent Scully's opinion that a young couple whom Mulder believes were abducted by aliens were only engaging in sexual activity before they're old enough to handle it. Mulder, not seeing how this could discredit the girl's interpretation of events as revealed under hypnosis (which resembles the typical Alien Abduction story), asks his partner, "So what if they had sex?" to which Scully responds, "So we know it wasn't an alien that probed her."

  • Anal Probes are mentioned in the Newton Faulkner song "U.F.O.".
  • The Great Luke Ski mentions anal probes in a filk song about Men in Black.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic refers to alien butt probing in the song "Foil".
    Wear a hat that's foil-lined,
    in case an alien's inclined,
    To probe your butt or read your mind.

  • The quasi-improv theater group Sound and Fury used this trope in "Cyranose," while Cyranose is trying to distract De Guiche by pretending to be a lunatic:
    Cyranose: They probed me—
    De Guiche: Eeew!
    Cyranose: For information.
    De Guiche: Oh.
    Cyranose: Anally. A few times. [beat] It's an acquired taste.
  • The second act of In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play introduces the Chatanooga anal vibrator.

  • This is Cartman's mode in Sega's South Park pinball.

    Video Games 
  • In Beneath a Steel Sky, in order to restart a broken-down loader robot, Joey has to jump-start it from behind with his extendable probe. He even complains on how embarrassing it is, and calls the Player Character a voyeur.
  • Coffee Crisis, a game dealing with humanity facing an Alien Invasion, have one of these in the backstory which reveals an abducted punk rocker was probed by The Greys who kidnapped him during a concert.
  • Destroy All Humans! has this being weaponized by the Furons. In the first game, the anal probe is a Charged Attack that can make the victim's head explode. It returns in the second game without the need for charging, though it now requires ammo. Alternatively, it could be employed in a less-than-lethal manner without charging it, which would simply cause the humans to run about in a panic as their bowels are violently and involuntarily evacuated. In the remake's Furon Handbook, it's explained that Furons found sphincters to be a common feature of almost all lifeforms they've encountered... so they figured that a weapon which rips the victim's brain out through their ass would be broadly effective.
  • In Disgaea: Hour of Darkness human Jennifer asks Laharl and co. if the demons (who basically are aliens in the Disgaea universe) anal probed them. It's a Subversion because Laharl and Etna are young demons and no demon in the series are interested in probing either them or Jennifer.
  • Fallout 3 downloadable quest package "Mothership Zeta" sees the Lone Wanderer abducted on board a spaceship and probed.
  • Mass Effect:
    • Referenced in Mass Effect 2 - you can probe the planet Uranus, and EDI is not amused when you do. The planet is even considered 'depleted' (...of minerals, although there are a few small pockets of resources to mine) on the scanner to logically discourage you to scan it aside from Just For Laughs.
      EDI: Really, Commander?
      EDI: Probing Uranus.
    • In Mass Effect 3, Joker says he suspects Mordin planted a probe in his elbow. Shepard tells him to be glad it's just his elbow that got probed.
  • Saints Row IV features an alien anal probe as a weapon to be wielded by the player. The player can approach a target from behind and thrust the weapon between the victim's legs, before pulling a trigger which launches the victim into the air.
  • The Simpsons Game during the Alien Invasion level, while Kang and Kodos's mooks are raiding the mall, Cletus complains that he spend all day cutting out coupons for a new flat screen TV and this exchange happens between two of them:
    Alien 1: This human has tiny pieces of paper which gives him big, big savings. We must study him!
    Alien 2: Study him with Anal Probing?
    Alien 1: Of course with Anal Probing! What else would we do?! Talk to him?! (They then beam him up and one of the mooks follows him after doing a glove snap with his tentacle.)
  • In the sequel games in The Sims series—The Sims 2, The Sims 3, The Sims 4—the (actually light green) Greys have pollination technicians, who abduct, probe, and impregnate Sim men.
  • In South Park: The Stick of Truth, the New Kid gets abducted on the first night in South Park and winds up getting probed, but his ass muscles are so powerful that he winds up breaking all the probes they pull out. The last one sucks itself further up his ass and then becomes a satellite dish that you can use as a short-ranged teleporter to alien receivers all over the town.
  • In Super Scribblenauts, creating an alien and a probe will result in the alien making a '?' bubble and going to pick up the probe. The probe doesn't do anything.

    Web Comics 

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    Web Videos 
  • Neil's Puppet Dreams: In "Alien Abduction", Neil is abducted by aliens. He is very excited about everything, but once the aliens discover his identity they refuse to probe him as they are not allowed to probe famous people. However, Neil begs them to probe him. In the end, they probe him with some spinning device.

    Western Animation 
  • In American Dad!, Roger's alien race can acquire a person's memories through probing.
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force indirectly offered an interesting theory as to why aliens anally probe. While dealing with a Puppeteer Parasite alien that was controlling Shake, Frylock said he probably recycles his waste (he didn't). Therefore, one reason for anal probing may be that aliens lack anuses and are curious as to their purpose.
  • In one episode of Code Monkeys Todd and Dean get abducted by aliens. Probes are inserted and a meter shows how far up their butts the probes are.
  • In the pilot episode of Dan Vs., when Dan and Chris are abducted by what he thinks are aliens, he says if they're gonna probe anyone, they should probe Chris.
  • In a Family Guy Cutaway Gag, Quagmire has been abducted by aliens and is inquiring about anal probing. They reply that they don't do it anymore. After a short pause, he asks if they still have the device.
  • In Futurama, Fry is abducted by a flying saucer whose vanity plate reads "PROBE #1." They steal his nose.
  • Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law. Phil Ken Sebben mistakenly believes The Jetsons are Greys—not time travelers—and that they're out to give him an anal probe. "Ha HA! Third Kind."
  • Life's a Zoo. When Ray believes he's been abducted by aliens he thought it was awesome, until he figured that: Alien Abduction = Anal Probe.
  • Robot Chicken:
    • Inverted. A group of flannel-wearing, toothless rednecks in a pickup truck abduct an alien on his home planet. Then later, in a simultaneous parody of this trope and Deliverance, the hicks gleefully surround the alien, bent over and tied to a tree stump, and bluntly announce how they're going to perform "scientific experiments deep inside Uranus".
      "Now SQUEAL like a pig!"
    • Another episode had the aliens wondering how the story of them doing that got started.
      "This is gonna be a PR nightmare, you know that?"
  • During the 'Uh-oh!' sequence in Sealab 2021 a redneck is seen being probed by aliens. During the second 'Uh-oh!' sequence they take the probe out, but the redneck demands it be put back in his butt.
  • The Simpsons:
    • The Halloween Episode short "Citizen Kang" from "Treehouse Of Horror VII" saw Homer abducted by Kang and Kodos. Homer's reaction to this is to say, "I suppose you want to probe me. Well, might as well get it over with..." immediately dropping his pants and mooning his alien captors. Kang and Kodos respond to this with horror, begging, "Stop! We have reached the limits of what rectal probing can teach us!"
    • In another episode, whilst searching an Air Force base for Sideshow Bob, an airman opens the door to Hangar 18 before quickly closing it again after seeing a Grey with a glowstick. The airman proclaims, "Watch out! He's got his probe!"
    • When Homer and Flanders marry floozies in Vegas while drunk, Homer decides they should tell their wives they were abducted by aliens, who "gang-probed" Ned.
      Ned: Do we really have to tell them I was "gang probed"?
      Homer: Would you rather tell them the truth?
      Ned: [sigh] What did the aliens look like?
      Homer: Well, I only saw them from the back, since they were so busy gang probing you.
    • In "The Springfield Files", Homer tells a story how he met an alien on Friday night. He says they sat him on a cold, metal table and prodded him with humiliating probes, only to realise he was confusing his encounter with his physical at the hospital.
  • South Park:
    • Eric Cartman was probed by The Greys in the Pilot episode, appropriately titled "Cartman Gets An Anal Probe".
    • It was later revealed in "Cancelled" that Earth is actually an alien reality TV show, and that the device up Cartman's ass (and several other devices in over 50,000 peoples' asses) is tasked with the TV transmission.
  • Subverted in The Tick: when the Tick is abducted, he is enthusiastic about being probed to expand interstellar knowledge, but it turns out the aliens actually want him to help defeat their enemies. The thought of probing him never crossed their minds. Eventually, they concede to probe him... by tapping him on the head with a stick. Tick seems disappointed.
  • On TripTank, a sketch reveals that aliens' fascination with probing came when they abducted a drug trafficker and tried to implant a probing device inside his anus, only to find that there was already something up there—a bag of cocaine that he was smuggling. Every subsequent probing has been part of a quest for more cocaine.
  • In The Venture Bros. episode "Tears of a Sea Cow", Hank and Dermott mistake the Monarch's cocoon for a UFO and his henchmen for aliens. Dermott shoves a lighter up his butt so that if the aliens try to probe him, they'll get a "face full of fire."

Waldorf: You know, this isn't a bad trope these kids have here.
Statler: Well, I think it's a real pain in the ass!
Both: Doh-ho-ho-ho-hoh!


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