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Salario: Why, I am sure, if he forfeit, thou wilt not take his flesh: what's that good for?
Shylock: To bait fish withal.

A threat intended to make someone sexually uncomfortable; more often than not, a character threatens (sometimes subtly) to castrate someone.

Compare Groin Attack. Crippling Castration may result if the threat is actually carried out. See also Phallic Weapon, when it's the weapon itself that has Freudian overtones. Can be paired with Psychosexual Horror.


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  • A Generic Evil Villain with a lawnmower is threatening a tied-up and pants-less Secret Agent. Fortunately, our hero convinces him there are easier ways to shave his Double-0's using the advertised manscaping device.

    Anime & Manga 
  • In Akame ga Kill!, Chelsea catches Tatsumi attempting to peep at her bathing. She says she'll forgive him, but if he ever tries it again, she won't hesitate to cut it off, much to Tatsumi's horror.
    Tatsumi: "Uhh, Did you say cut it off? Cut what off?"
  • In the manga version of Berserk, as part of his Insult Friendly Fire, Guts replies to General Adon's threats of capturing Casca and making her his troop's Sex Slave by warning him that she would "bite it right off". Casca elbows Guts in the back of the head.
  • Bleach:
    • In an anime-only episode showcasing the backstory of Harribel and her Fracción, Apache threatens to bite the crotch off of a Hollow after causing it to flee.
    • In the manga, Senjumaru tells Renji to cooperate with her or she'll cut off "little Renji" if he doesn't. What exactly did she ask of him? To remove his fundoshi so that she can take his measurements for a new robe.
      Renji: Wait, wait. We're taking measurements for a shihakushō, right? Why can't we do that with my loincloth on?
      Senjumaru: I see... Alright. I understand. I'll take your measurements after I remove your jewels.
  • Ange in Cross Ange threatens Tusk with this when she bites a mushroom so violently that he cringed.
  • In the English Dub of Fairy Tail, Happy — who has just met Carla — goes over to Lucy and tells her that she'll give her his fish if she tells the female cat that he's not neutered. Since Happy is grabbing her leg, Lucy warns him to stop looking up her skirt, or he will be neutered.
  • In Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA, Shirou's mother Irisviel playfully threatens to do this to him, making scissor motions with her fingers, if she catches him trying to make a move on his sisters Illya and Kuro/Chloe. He repeatedly protests that he would never do that to his own sisters, to no avail.
  • A rare female vs. female example in Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka: in the final episode during a flashback scene, Francine makes a joking (or not so joking) advance on Kurumi. She retorts that she'll inject Francine with a drug that will destroy her sex drive.
  • In the My-Otome manga Natsuki says that if the public finds out "Mashiro" is actually a boy pretending to be the princess, in addition to banishment they'll also cut his penis off.
  • One Piece: Back when he still worked at the Baratie as a child, Sanji demanded to know why Zeff wouldn't hire women to work at his kitchen, with Patty and Carne wanting to have women in the kitchen as well. Zeff explained that he could never hire a woman because he corrected people by kicking them, and he would sooner be caught dead than ever lay a finger on a woman. Sanji deemed his argument ridiculous and told Zeff to just kick them like he did everyone else; Zeff retorted by giving Sanji several head bumps and threatening to castrate him if he ever dared to hit a woman, which instilled Sanji's characteristic chivalry in him all the way to the present day.

    Comic Books 
  • Sin City: During the opening scene of the story "The Big Fat Kill," Dwight McCarthy, having dropped in on an asshole by the name of Jackie-Boy who's been abusing his ex, issues this vicious threat:
    Dwight: You ever so much as talk to Shellie again — you even think her name — and I'll cut you in ways that'll make you useless to a woman.
  • The Wicked + The Divine: The Morrigan's War Goddess aspect Badb is unsettlingly fond of these, once threatening to rip a man's shinbone out to use as a dildo. (This man being her boyfriend, for added Squick or Fetish).
  • Wonder Woman: In Wonder Woman (2011) #19, Diana implicitly threatens to castrate Orion if he doesn't stop making innuendos towards her.

    Fan Works 
  • In RONMAN THE BARBARIAN! (a Kim Possible fanfic in a Conan the Barbarian-esque setting), Ronman was sold as a slave to Bonya at one point. She threatens to have him castrated if he does anything to get her mad.
  • In Never Betray a Fox, Sirius threatens to castrate Fred and George if they go further than kissing with Harry.
  • In Came Out of the Darkness, Narcissa Malfoy threatens Harry after he and Hermione initiate their soul bond by kissing after the Second Task.
    Narcissa: If you get her pregnant before you wed her, I will remove your manhood with a rusty spoon.
  • In Fate/Long Night, to get Brandon to stop teasing her, Rin threatens to use a Command Spell to make him rip off his own genitals.
  • Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space. When an army of cyborg women threaten to castrate our heroes, Buster Kincaid Screams Like a Little Girl, causing Proton to think they've started already.
  • A favorite of Astrid's in Prodigal Son, who has claimed that she would castrate Snotlout if he ever tried having sex with her and Hiccup if he runs away a second time.
  • Ultra Fast Pony. In the first episode, Applejack apparently mistakes Twilight for a stallion, because she threatens, "Don't even think about telling the law! I'll cut your nuts off!"
  • Hellsing Ultimate Abridged:
    Integra: You're going to spill every single thing you know or I'm going to have Walter here peel your dick like a banana!
  • A fic in A.A. Pessimal's Discworld has two young Assassin students, spending school hols on a farm run by one girl's parents, discovering what a handy working tool a set of bloodless castrators can be. In the opinion of male farm workers watching, they are enjoying this necessary task of animal husbandry (gelding surplus males) far too much, and lots of male thighs clang shut in self-protection. They then take souvenir castrators back to school with them, where their (female) teachers approve of them as useful tools in the Assassin armoury. Although only to be used if the contract calls for extreme prejudice.
  • In Fate/Sunny Order, Ritsuka tells Lancer not to think lewd thoughts about newcomer Jeanne D'arc unless he wants God to cut off his dick. When Lancer dismisses his threat, Ritsuka prepares both a knife and a Command Seal, while Saber approaches the spearman with Excalibur.
    Lancer: Saber NO!
    Saber: Saber yes. EN GARDE, LANCER!
  • In the Alternate Tail Series, Mira order Kage to dispel the Wind Barrier surrounding Oshibana Station or she'll personally remove his family jewels. Her male teammates wince in sympathy.
  • In The Emerald Phoenix, one villain Mook is so disgusted by another villain asking whether he should kidnap and rape a teenage hero-in-training that he threatens to chop the pedophile's dick off if he continues to make comments like that.
  • Guys Being Dudes: Candela threatens to rip Arlo's balls off if he ever does anything to hurt Spark. Seeing as the intended recipient of the threat is transgender and thus lacking in that body part at the time the threat was made, it doesn't quite land.

    Films — Animation 
  • Batman: Under the Red Hood. The Joker is babbling away as usual while the Red Hood is giving his Motive Rant, so he threatens the Joker with his pistol.
    Red Hood: You be as quiet as possible, or I'll put one in your lap first.
    Joker: Party pooper. No cake for you.
  • In Freaknik: The Musical, Jesse Jackson really wants to cut Freaknik's nuts off.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In DOA: Dead or Alive, Christie snatches a pistol off a policeman. When he goes to grab hold of her, she gets him to back off by pointing the pistol at his groin.
  • Fatal Instinct. In the Backstory, Max Shady threatened to cut off his lawyer Ned Ravine's penis after Ravine lost Shady's case.
  • Men in Black:
    • "I want you on the next transport off this rock or I'm going to shoot you where it don't grow back."
    • In the sequel, we get this exchange: "You got kids?" "No." "You want 'em?" between an MIB guard and Frank the Pug.
  • In The Three Musketeers (1993) when Cardinal Richelieu starts making advances on Lady DeWinter she pulls a knife and holds it to his crotch. Richelieu warns that he can have her executed with "a snap of [his] fingers" to which she replies, "And with a flick of my wrist I could change your religion"; he backs off.
  • Fight Club. The threat to cut off someone's balls happens a few times. This is, after all, a movie about men who are deeply insecure about their masculinity.
  • 9 to 5. Finally losing her temper at her Bad Boss, Doralee (Dolly Parton) threatens to "get that gun of mine, and turn you from a rooster to a hen in one shot!"
  • A Clockwork Orange: Mr. Deltoid, a truancy officer, grabs protagonist Alex's crotch while warning him of the dangers of his skipping school. However, his extremely creepy actions throughout this scene suggest he did this more because he's a pervert than because he was trying to frighten Alex.
  • After kicking ass on the abusive new boyfriend of his ex-girlfriend and all of his buddies on a basketball court, Lee Christmas of The Expendables slams the boyfriend with the basketball they've been playing with and deflates it with a knife right on top of him. Before then threatening to deflate both of his balls.
  • Batman Returns. A rare female example occurs when Catwoman is clearly disgusted by The Penguin's advances to which he responds with "You lousy minx! I ought to have you spayed!"
  • And who can forget The Big Lebowski and the three German nihilists who corner the Dude in his Candlelit Bath and threaten to cut off his "johnson?"
  • Happens very darkly in the backstory of Frances Dolarhyde in Red Dragon. His abusive grandmother would threaten to "cut it off" just for wetting the bed.
  • Sergeant Mullins in The Heat is fond of playing False Roulette with a gun aimed at the interrogatee's groin.
  • In Transporter 2, Lola holds a gun to Frank's groin and comments that she hates kids, but if he ever plans on having any, he'll cooperate. He reluctantly does.
  • James Bond
    • In Live and Let Die, Dr. Kananga suspects that Bond has slept with Solitaire. Apart from the usual male jealousy reasons, this would negate her fortune-telling powers. When Bond refuses to discuss the matter, Kananga threatens to have his minion Tee Hee use his Hook Hand to cut off Bond's fingers, with this trope implied if he continues to be stubborn.
    • In The Man with the Golden Gun, Bond interrogates an illegal arms manufacturer by pointing one of his own weapons at his groin and saying, "Speak now or forever hold your piece."
    • In Die Another Day, while in Cuba, Bond witnesses his target pointing a gun at a waiter's crotch and threatening him to do as he's told, "unless you want to change your name to Fidel Castrata!"
  • Hoffa (1992). An Intrepid Reporter is looking into the corrupt activities of the Teamsters Union, so Hoffa's men hack the testicles off a corpse in the morgue and send it to the reporter in a jar of formaldehyde. He decides to stop his investigation.
  • In Holiday on the Buses, after being tricked into believing that Stan has had it off with Maria, her brother Luigi threatens him by violently chopping a long, phallic piece of meat with a cleaver to scare him off the idea of trying it again:
    Blakey: Oh, lovely. 'E's cuttin' 'im short!
  • Kevin McCallister from the Home Alone movies finds himself on the receiving end of a few of these.
    • In the first movie, Harry is pissed after taking a paint can to the face.
      Harry: You bomb me with one more can, kid, and I'll snap off your cojones and boil them in motor oil!
    • In the second movie, Uncle Frank warns that if Kevin sees him in the shower, he'll "grow up never feeling like a real man".
  • In This Is the End, Danny McBride masturbates using one of James Franco's Penthouse magazines, leading to a long, ridiculous argument between the two. At the end, James threatens to shoot off Danny's dick if he sees it again and Danny retorts that he doesn't have enough bullets.
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom heavily implies this once happened to the protagonist on a previous adventure:
    Chattar Lal: Dr. Jones, wasn't it the Sultan of Madagascar who threatened to cut off your head if you ever returned to his country?
    Indiana Jones: No, it wasn't my head.
    Chattar Lal: Then your hands, perhaps?
    Indiana Jones: No, it wasn't my hands. It was my...
    [looks down at his groin]
    Indiana Jones: ... misunderstanding.
  • Kopps: How Agneta makes Göran tell her and Benny that Jacob and Lasse forced him to steal something in the local supermarket.
    Göran: No, I will say nothing.
    Agneta: Shall we pierce the ball sack, Göran?
  • In the famous Grammar Correction Gag scene from Monty Python's Life of Brian, the irascible Grammar Nazi Roman centurion threatens Brian with this if he doesn't write out the correct grammar a hundred times.
    If it's not done by sunrise, I'll cut your balls off.
  • Reefer Madness: The Musical: Jesus warns Jimmy that if he goes to hell for smoking marijuana, he might be forced to endure "separation from your family jewels".
  • In the Hong Kong gangster movie To Be Number One, a member of Ho's gang forces a fisherman to reveal where the drugs he's smuggling are hidden by shoving a pistol barrel inside the fisherman's shorts.
  • In George of the Jungle, Ursula's mother Beatrice threatens to "remove [George's] reason for wearing a loincloth" unless he leaves Ursula so her wedding to her fiancé can proceed as planned—regardless of what Ursula wants.
  • In the climax of Brannigan (1975), the Big Bad is furious that the title character has outsmarted him, but his Let Me at Him! is cut short by John Wayne aiming a Hand Cannon at his groin. "I wouldn't unless you want to sing soprano."
  • Code of Silence. A criminal being held at gunpoint makes a snarky comment about the Cowboy Cop being John Wayne, only to be warned, "You'll be Jane Wayne if you don't shut up."
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: This accidentally happens to Roger Rabbit in the Show Within a Show Somethin’s Cookin. As a result of a Zany Cartoon Knife Outline, Roger barely avoids a Crippling Castration when a meat cleaver hits the wall in between his legs just below his crotch.
  • The Usual Suspects: When the main characters try to threaten Amoral Attorney Mr. Kobayashi over his connections to the Big Bad, he calmly describes the gruesome deaths in store for them and their loved ones if they don't back off. He offers "merely" to castrate the young nephew of one of the suspects as a small mercy.
  • In The Great White Hype, after his last few fights have been financial flops, boxing promoter Fred Sultan comes to believe that white Americans have largely given up on boxing because it is dominated by black men, and so recruits a white guy who knocked the heavyweight champion out when they were amateurs, and gives the guy a title shot. The rightful #1 contender Marvin Shabazz is furious at being passed over, so he and his manager Hassan try to ambush Sultan at his mansion, intending to force Sultan to give Shabazz a title shot at gunpoint. They get into a Mexican Standoff with Sultan's bodyguards, which lasts until the Laser Sights from the guns of the bodyguards all start pointing at Hassan's crotch. Suddenly he is far more willing to resolve things peacefully than he was just a minute earlier.
  • Jennifer's Body. "DO YOU HEAR ME YOU BASTARD?! I'L CUT OFF YOUR NUTSACK, AND NAIL IT TO MY DOOR! Like, one of those... lion doorknockers rich folks got. THAT WILL BE YOUR BALLS!!!"
  • Prisoners of the Ghostland. Hero is a Boxed Crook who is strapped into a suit with bombs that will explode in five days unless he rescues the granddaughter of the Governor, who makes a point of indicating the pair of bombs over the groin area.
  • The black partner of Samurai Cop is worried Da Chief will cut his dick off. A blonde female cop suggests he come round to her place and put it to good use before he loses it.
  • In Van Helsing, after capturing and interrogating The Igor, Van Helsing leaves the henchman in Anna's custody. To ensure the prisoner will cooperate, Van Helsing hands Anna a scary-looking cutting implement and tells her to clip off one of Igor's fingers if he gives her any trouble. Accepting the tool, Anna replies "I'll clip off something".
  • In Up Pompeii, to ensure that Lurcio kills Nero, Prosperus Maximus warns him that if he doesn't, then he'll cut off his gizzard and fling it to the crows.

  • Books of the Raksura: In The Cloud Roads, when the Raksura daughter-queen Jade finally confronts the Fell progenitor who has been tormenting her court and kidnapping Breeding Slaves, Jade swears to "rip your womb out and eat it" as she joins the battle. (No self-respecting Raksura would actually consume Fell, but they do kill the progenitor.)
  • Diamond Dogs. The team is not amused to wake up and find their leader has had them cybernetically augmented without their consent to increase their maths skills and pattern recognition.
    ‘Well, that’ll come in handy,’ Hirz said.
    ‘It will?’
    ‘Yeah. When you try and fit the pieces of your dick back together.’ She lunged for him.
  • Unsurprisingly, the Discworld has a few examples:
    • In Guards! Guards!, the night watchmen ask a prisoner if he wants his "figgin" toasted ... which is actually a small pastry, not any part of someone's anatomy like he had been lead to believe. Too bad they didn't get the chance to explain before he ran off screaming.
    • Cohen the Barbarian's explanation of psychological warfare in Interesting Times: "It's where you bang your shield all night before the fight so's the enemy can't get any sleep and you sing, 'We're gonna cut yer tonkers off!' and stuff like that."
    • Witches work, but they don't accept money, just gifts (such as old clothes or spare food). In Maskerade, when Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg want to take a coach ride back home from the big city, the coachman tells them they need to pay. They offer to remove any embarrassing diseases in exchange. When he tells them he has no diseases, they reply "How many would you like?" They get a free coach ride.
    • In The Fifth Elephant, Commander Vimes corners a suspect who tells him to "look down" at the knife he's holding to Vimes' stomach. Vimes' reply? "Look down further."
      Suspect: You, sir, are no gentleman, hmm.
      Vimes: Make a wrong move, and neither are you.
    • In Going Postal, Adora Belle Dearheart deals with some unwanted advances from a strange man by stomping on the lech's foot with her high heel, then casually notes that she has very strong legs from a childhood of ballet lessons, "you are sitting in front of me, and I have another shoe." The guy gets the hint and leaves her alone.
  • Roots has Kunta Kinte—after being caught attempting to escape from slavery for a fourth time— given a Sadistic Choice by his master: have his foot chopped off, or be castrated. He chooses the foot (as being castrated would mean he'd be unable to father children) and the master has [[Amputative Sentencing half of his right foot removed]]. He never runs away again.
  • In Yellow Blue Tibia, the protagonist is threatened by a cop, who is using a tape recorder to record everything but the threats, and who goes on and on about cutting that off and, while any hospital can transfuse blood, "there is no hospital in the world that can transfuse you a new set of balls!" The protagonist (inwardly) chuckles at this one-note attempt at intimidation, made worse when the cop realizes he's been recording only the threats.
  • In Elizabeth Vaughan's Epic Of Palins series, particularly White Star, the mage Marlon is fond of threatening to make people's balls rot off.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • Grand Master Pycelle finds himself on the receiving end of a threat from a mountain clansman to cut off his "manhood" and feed it to a goat. Turns out this refers to his beard. When he makes good on it Pycelle is sufficiently traumatized... but still probably glad it wasn't what he thought.
    • Tyrion threatens to geld King Joffrey after one too many Kick the Dog moments aimed at Sansa Stark, specifically a threat to rape her.
    • During pre-battle negotiations, a mercenary commander lewdly boasts of having a large penis and threatens to rape Queen Daenerys after they win. The fifteen year-old queen calmly replies that she'll have her soldiers geld him so she can examine his cock at her leisure.
    • Brienne of Tarth when Ser Hyle Hunt offers to slip into her room at night and make a woman out of an Action Girl. "Do that and you'll be a eunuch when you leave."
    • When Depraved Dwarf Bonobo keeps trying to grope her before their play, Mercy threatens to tear off his Gag Penis and use it to Dope Slap him.
  • The Terror. When Dr. Goodsir refuses to help mutineer Cornelius Hickey dissect a man so they can eat him, or participate in their cannibalism, he has various appendages cut off. Despite repeated threats to castrate him, however, Goodsir suspects that Hickey is too clever to do so as the shock would likely kill him, and he's their only doctor.
  • African Revenge by Andrew McCoy. The protagonist is convinced to go on a risky but potentially profitable crocodile hunt because if he doesn't pay his gambling debts, he won't need a jockstrap the next time he plays football.
  • Flood by Andrew Vachss. Burke comes across Flood facing down several muggers in an alley. He produces a firearm and tells them to take a walk. To encourage them to comply, Flood unzips the trouser fly of a man she's just knocked unconscious, takes out his testicles and holds a knife to them.
  • Running Blind by Desmond Bagley. In the protagonist's Back Story, he was an undercover British agent who accidentally castrated a KGB spymaster during a shootout. He now finds himself up against the same man in Iceland and has to worry that he might decide to inflict some Laser-Guided Karma.
  • John Taylor of the Nightside series has the supernatural ability to "find" things. Although his more usual threat is to do this to an aggressor's internal organs, in one case he warned off a band of hostile mercenaries by suggesting he'll perform a trick involving "your testicles and a whole bunch of buckets".
  • The Amtrak Wars. Steve Brickman is captured by an intelligence agent for the Iron Masters, who starts his interrogation by producing a glass jar and threatening to put Steve's testicles in it. Steve thinks that with this guy, it's unlikely to be an idle threat.
  • In the John Rain novel The Killer Ascendant, Dox antagonizes a mercenary holding him hostage to give himself an opportunity to escape, including unzipping his fly and exposing himself to him. Unfortunately the escape fails, and the mercenary announces he's going to cut Dox's dick off seeing as Dox likes waving it about so much. Fortunately, a Big Damn Heroes ensues before he can carry out this threat.
  • In Card Force Infection Theodore, one of the villains, threatens to cook Fletcher's testicles.
  • In Stephen King's Misery, Annie Wilkes cuts off various body parts of Paul's, including his thumb and his foot. Later, she tells him that she considered cutting off his penis. Paul admits he suspected that she'd thought about it.
  • Retribution Falls. Captain Frey is questioning a man with an Artificial Limb and threatens Knee-capping if he doesn't talk. "And after that I’m going for something you can’t replace with a mechanical substitute."

    Live-Action TV 
  • Arrow
    • In "Honor Thy Father", the Arrow pins the Villain of the Week to a wall with arrows to encourage him to confess, at least one of them coming perilously close to a tender place.
    • In "The Fallen", Tatsu holds a soldier at sword point and tries to force him to talk with it at his throat. He won't talk. She moves it lower to his chest and he still won't. Then she aims it at his groin. He sings like a canary.
  • On The Big Bang Theory, when a large internet bully won't give Sheldon his things back, Penny hunts him down and says (cheerfully), "I've got good news. Today's the day a girl is finally going to touch you in your little special place!" Then she kicks him in the balls.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • In "Hells Bells", Buffy gets hit on by Xander's drunken father.
      Mr. Harris: Hey, what do you say we slip in the back room and I show you my—
      Buffy: You finish that sentence and I guarantee you won't have anything to show.
    • In "Into the Woods", Buffy isn't happy when she wakes up in her bedroom to find Spike standing over her.
      Buffy: Spike, every time you show up like this, you risk all your parts.
  • Cowboy Bebop (2021). Santiago is infamous because he once cut off the testicles of an enemy and ate them. While negotiating with Vicious, he makes a point of using his knife to dine on juicy tomatoes. Small red ones the size of human testicles.
  • Criminal Minds. Elle has an UnSub at gunpoint while he's lying on the floor, and demands to know where he's keeping his kidnapping victim. He refuses to say, so she puts one foot on his crotch and starts putting her weight on it. Cut to the girl being rescued shortly thereafter.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • In "The Climb" Ygritte tells her lover Jon Snow that if he ever betrays her, she will chop off his cock and wear it on a necklace.
    • Played for Laughs when Shagga warns Tyrion that Shagga will cut off his manhood if he betrays the hill tribes. Tyrion is familiar enough with the threat to interrupt him and complete the phrase "...and feed it to the goats, yes". Later in King's Landing, Tyrion tells Timett to cut off Pycelle's manhood and feed it to the goats. Timett protests that there are no goats, so Tyrion tells him to "make do." As in the novel, it's actually his beard that gets cut off.
    • Played Straight when Tyrion threatens Joffrey with this to stop him harassing Sansa in "Second Sons". Though the shock comes from him threatening the King, not from the threat itself.
  • Odyssey 5. Hedonistic scientist Kurt Mendel has an attack of paranoia and is convinced that his friends are Synthetics (artificial humans). His former lover, Angela Perry, gets Kurt to swallow the medicine that will cure him by pointing a Beretta 9mm at his testicles.
    Angela: I will do it, Kurt!
    Kurt: Oh God, even as a Synthetic, you're a ballbuster...
  • Person of Interest
    • "In Extremis", the Victim of the Week has discovered he was poisoned, so he encourages a conspirator to reveal Who Dunnit To Me by firing a few bullets past his feet. He then says that the poison has made his vision increasingly blurred, and starts waving the gun at the man's groin.
    • In "The Contingency", the threat involves an Angry Guard Dog and a pair of hedge clippers. Ironically the dog in question becomes the Team Pet.
  • Phoenix. The Major Crime squad's analyst discovers her computer has crashed and threatens to handcuff the balls of whoever did it to a moving train. The culprit is a macho SOG officer who promptly vanishes from the room.
  • In the 1983 Australian mini-series Scales of Justice, corrupt police force a crime boss who knows too much about them to commit suicide or be tortured by having various body parts cut off with bolt cutters. This trope is implied when a cop threatens, "We will cut off everything that sticks out."
  • In the 1991 mini-series Son of the Morning Star, General Custer is furious when his Indian scouts refuse to reconnoitre towards the Little Big Horn, knowing full well (along with everyone except Custer) what they're up against. Custer says, "If any man of you is not brave, I will take away his weapons and make a woman of him!" The Indians just laugh at him. "If you do the same thing to all your frightened soldiers, it's going to take a long time."
  • Comes up on The Thick of It when Malcolm is castigating hapless press aide John Duggan.
    Duggan: Malcolm, you're really scaring me now.
    Tucker: I'm scaring you? I'm so sorry I'm fucking scaring you. I mustn't scare you, must I? I won't scare you, okay? I'm just gonna explain to you what I'm gonna fuckin' do to you. I'm gonna take your fuckin' bollocks, I'm gonna rip them off, I'm gonna paint eyeballs on 'em. And I'm gonna stitch them onto a fuckin' soap and use THAT as our new mouthpiece.
  • Daredevil (2015). Stick cuts off a Yakuza guy's hand, then threatens to cut off "other parts that a man does not want to lose" unless he gets the information he needs.
  • Scoundrels (2010):
  • The Sopranos. In Season One, Tony Soprano is trying to muscle a Jewish businessman who refuses to fold no matter how much he's beaten. Tony rings Hesh for advice and is told to try this trope instead, which works. So we have a Soprano threatening to make someone else a soprano.
  • Titans (2018)
    • Masked vigilante Hawk is introduced as a captive of criminals who threaten to cut off his genitals with clippers. The man doing the threatening gets some Laser-Guided Karma when Dick stabs him in the dick during his Big Damn Heroes.
    • When Starfire rescues her evil sister Blackfire, the lone scientist monitoring her Tailor-Made Prison objects. Starfire tells him to get out of her way "or I'll burn your damn dick off." He suspects that Starfire's power might not be at full strength yet, but isn't willing to call her bluff.
  • On The X-Files, Mulder switches bodies with an Area 51 agent. The agent takes a liking to Scully and attempts to seduce her. She figures out that Mulder is Not Himself pretty quickly and— playing along to gain the upper hand—suggests handcuffs as foreplay, which the agent eagerly agrees to, only to find himself anchored to the bedframe. He tries to placate her by calling her "baby," and Scully warns him at gunpoint if he does it again, he'll be "peeing through a catheter."

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Manager Yamaguchi-san threatened wrestling pornstar Val Venis, on the occasion of Venis making time with Yamaguchi's wife: "I CHOPPY-CHOPPY YOUR PEE-PEE!!"

  • The legendary exchange between Salario and Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, quoted above.
  • Actually carried through in In Extremis. Poor Abelard.

    Video Games 
  • In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, you can come across a note in the Ragged Flagon in which Vex threatens to cut off Delvin Mallory's "most valuable asset" if she ever catches him trying to spy on her bathing in the lake again.
  • One level in Far Cry 3 has Vaas offer a tidy sum to whichever Mook brings him Jason's scrotum.
  • A well-known part in Final Fantasy VII where Cloud, Aeris, and Tifa threaten the resident pimp Don Corneo while likewise interrogating him by telling him they'll "cut 'em off", "rip 'em off", and "smash 'em" in turn. The remake keeps this intact, with the bonus of hearing Corneo squirm every time a threat is issued. Rebirth has its own version where, after the initial three are repeated, Barrett offers to "fill 'em with lead" while Red XIII wants to cut to the chase and "bite 'em off".
  • Friday Night Funkin': In Week 6, Senpai invokes this trope by threatening to "rip [Boyfriend's] nuts off right after [his] girlfriend finishes gargling [Senpai's]" before "Roses". Ouch.
  • During an interrogation during Thane's loyalty mission in Mass Effect 2, a Renegade Shepard can choose to rough up the suspect and wrap things up like so:
    Elias Kelham: Are we done here? Because I got people to see.
    [Shepard slams his/her forearm against the guy's throat]
    Shepard: I'm done being patient. Give me a name, or I'll cut your balls off and sell them to a krogan! note 
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda: Drack's loyalty mission begins when a krogan botanist's assistant accidentally causes the theft of a ship of vital importance to the krogan colony. As Drack puts it to the unfortunate schmuck, if Nakmor Morda finds out what's happened, she'd roast his quads over a low fire.
  • In No More Heroes, Sylvia says to Travis: "If I ever hear you mumble another woman's name in your sleep, you'll wake up the next morning with your joystick missing."
  • In Grand Theft Auto V, if you choose the "Roof" option for The Bureau Raid and pick Taliana Martinez as your getaway driver, she'll threaten to do this to any crew member that blows their cover while they're making their getaway in the ambulance.
  • Saints Row: The Third: In "Return to Steelport", you head to a BDSM club owned by the Morningstar in order to rescue Zimos, a potential ally. You have to shake down some of the clientele to get a lead as to Zimos' location.
    Boss (Female 1): Zimos, where is he?
    Customer: If I say anything, the DeWynter sisters will cut me off!
    Boss: Funny, I was thinking of cutting something off too...
  • In Red Dead Redemption 2, Kieran Duffy is threatened with "gelding" if he won't tell Dutch where O'Driscoll is hiding, as Dutch thinks Kieran is working for him.

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  • In X-Men: Evolution, Rogue catches Spyke videotaping her without her permission. She tells him that, if she sees herself in his video when he presents it to their class, "They're going to call [him] Spyke-less."
  • The Boondocks:
    • In Granddad's tale of "The Story of Catcher Freeman", after the other slaves trick Masta Colonel into condensing his efforts at intimidation onto solely his Butt-Monkey house slave Tobias, Masta Colonel states that if their work isn't done when he next comes out, "I'm cutting both [Tobias'] balls off."
    • In another episode, Riley enlists Ed III's help in getting back a chain a bully stole from him. Ed hangs the kid upside down and places two grapes in front of him. He tells him to imagine that the grapes are his testicles, right before he smashes them with a sledgehammer. Ed threatens to do the same to him if he doesn't give back the chain. Ed being Ed, it turns out he got the wrong kid. Even though Riley gave him a picture.
  • Archer:
    • In the episode "Placebo Effect", Archer threatens to slide a knife into a terrified pharmacist's urethra unless he gives him information regarding Irish mobsters selling fake chemo drugs. Needless to say, he spills the beans so fast that Archer can barely keep up.
    • Malory combines this trope with Forced to Watch and Noodle Implements in truly spectacular fashion when she threatens to "literally emasculate" Krieger:
      Malory: Woodhouse, dear, I need some more ice. Oh, and a small bowl, a mirror, a needle and thread, and a straight razor.
      Krieger: What the hell was the mirror for?
      Malory: So you could watch.
      Krieger: Eep.
  • A bizarre train-equivalent example occurs in Thomas & Friends where Sir Topham Hatt threatens to "cut Duncan down to size" if he acts up again. It's shown that he's referring to Duncan's rather long funnel, and Duncan immediately behaves upon hearing said threat.
  • In The Simpsons, Bart tries to avoid getting beaten up in juvie by hanging on the fence separating the girl and boy side of the yard, but that just leads the leader of a girl's gang to threaten him with a "very uneventful puberty".
  • In Rick and Morty by the family dog, Snowball, manages to gain sapience, and threatens to do this to Jerry in retaliation for his own castration back when he was a normal dog. Jerry, being, well, Jerry, doesn't get it.
    Snowball: You're being very aggressive, Jerry. Perhaps tomorrow, Dr. Scrabbs will solve that problem with a bit of surgery.
    Dr. Scrabbs: (menacingly holds up a pair of surgical scissors)
    Jerry: Hah! You think you can control me with a haircut?


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Jonas's grieving father makes a rather... colorful threat to his son's killer.

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