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Ah, Panic... a pain in Pain's ass.

"His mother [...] told him, before his little milk tusks had dropped out, that elephants who were afraid always got hurt. Kala Nag knew that that advice was good, for the first time that he saw a shell burst he backed, screaming, into a stand of piled rifles, and the bayonets pricked him in all his softest places."

Even though it hurts, pain can be funny. Butts can also be funny. So combining the two is hilarious!

This trope is pretty straight forward. A character receives some sort of trauma to their backside. As mentioned above this trope often appears in slapstick or otherwise humorous context. This is because in addition to the fact that butts, particularly large ones, are often seen as inherently humorous and because butts are naturally padded, so if something or someone strikes it there's less likely to be any serious injury involved.

This tends to happen to plumper characters more often since their butts are naturally bigger targets.

Subtrope of Joke of the Butt. A super trope to Rump Roast, Butt Biter, Literal Ass-Kicking, Anal Probing, Thumbtack on the Chair, Shot in the Ass, Ass Shove, and Comedic Spanking. Compare Attack the Tail (where the target is even further beyond the rear end), contrast Butt Sticker and Ass Kicks You (where it's the butt that hurts someone else) and see also Flirtatious Smack on the Ass (where it's not meant to be painful so much as sexy).


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    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • The page image is from Disney's Hercules, where the introduction to Pain and Panic has the two bumbling henchmen tripping down a flight of stairs and Panic landing horns first onto Pain's butt.
  • Lampshaded in Disney's Moana. Maui is in the middle of a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Moana, while denying her the ability to sail the boat they are both on. Moana just takes it, but the Ocean intervenes by sticking a blowdart (from an earlier encounter) into Maui's backside, paralyzing him. Moana then takes control of the boat. (It makes way more sense in context.)
    Maui: Blowdart. In my buttcheek. You are a bad, bad person.
  • In Shrek, after a fight with Robin Hood and his Merry Men, Shrek ends up with an arrow in his butt. He doesn't even notice it until Fiona points it out and removes it.
  • In The Rescuers, Luke uses his pitchfork to prod Madame Medusa in the butt.
  • In The Lion King (1994), "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" ends with an elephant falling on an antelope's horns butt-first, eliciting a pain-induced Wild Take.
    • When Shenzi, Banzai and Ed are chasing Simba, Banzai ends up falling in a thorny bush, and Shenzi even calls him "cactus butt".
  • During the Training Montage of "I'll Make a Man Out of You" in Mulan, Yao gets his buttock pierced by a burning arrow.
  • In Cinderella, Gus ties his tail to the spout of a teapot and tries to reach for the key to Cinderella's room, which Jaq is handing to him from the stepmother's pocket. However, the pot tips and a drop of piping hot tea drips onto Gus' bottom, causing both mice and the key to fall onto the villain's dress and slide safely onto the floor.
  • Beauty and the Beast: LeFou comes close to melting Lumiere with a torch. Cogsworth saves him by sliding down a bannister and jabbing a pair of scissors in LeFou's butt.
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: While getting a lift back to Bikini Bottom on the back of David Hasselhoff, SpongeBob and Patrick are ambushed by Dennis, the hitman Plankton hired. When SpongeBob dodged one of Dennis' knife attacks, it struck the Hoff in his right buttcheek. Fortunately, because Dennis and his knife are quite tiny in comparison to Hasselhoff, it wasn't enough to stop his swimming, or even slow him down.
    David Hasselhoff: Ooh! Take it easy back there, fellas.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In the prologue of City Slickers, the three main characters are in Spain for the Running of the Bulls. The segment concludes with Billy Crystal's character Mitch getting gored in the behind.
  • Moonraker: This is downplayed, as Bond tests his wrist dart gun in M's office by firing a dart into a painting of William III and his horse.
  • In Smokin' Aces, Jeeves Tremor is killed when Sir Ivy forces him to sit down on his running chainsaw.
  • Space Jam: During the Tune Squad's retaliation against the Monstars, Daffy Duck paints the ass of one of their members red, getting the attention of Toro the Bull, who is in the audience. He predictably skewers said Monstar in the behind.
  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York: Kevin sets up a staple gun booby trap at Uncle Rob's townhouse. One of the staples punctures Marv's ass complete with a scream of "YEOW!"
  • The Bold Caballero: While trying to escape over the fence during the bullfight, the Commandante gets gored in the ass by the bull.
  • Transylvania 6-5000: While attempting to grab a rope in the stables, Lupi accidentally stabs the Frankenstein Monster in the butt with a pitchfork.
  • Cocaine Bear: Park Ranger Liz takes a serious wound to her rear end in the initial confrontation with the bear, forcing her to retreat to the welcome center to get help.

  • The Parasol Protectorate: Although details are somewhat lacking, the first meeting between Alexia Tarabotti and Lord Conall Maccon involved the latter accidentally sitting on a hedgehog, which Alexia insists she didn't deliberately leave on a chair.
  • The Back Story of Bit Character Merrett Frey from A Song of Ice and Fire includes being captured by an infamous outlaw band, (think a major deconstruction/Darker and Edgier version of Robin Hood and his Merry Men) and a female member of the outlaws branded him on the ass during his captivity.
  • In Toomai of the Elephants, a young Indian elephant jabs himself in the rear when he backs into a pile of bayonets.
  • Roys Bedoys: In “What Does Mommy Want for Mother’s Day, Roys Bedoys?”, Roys accidentally sits on a lego piece, hurting himself.
  • Hop On Pop'':
    • One of the yellow creatures gets stung by a bee on its butt.
    • Defied when the little yellow creature tells Pat not to sit on a cactus.
  • Lockwood & Co. reveals the origin of the rivalry between Lockwood and Kipps: during a fencing competition several years ago, the two were pitted against each other in the semi-finals. Lockwood won the bout by stabbing Kipps in the backside with a rapier.

    Live-Action TV 
  • A mini-arc in Everybody Loves Raymond featured Robert's injury in the line of duty when he was gored in the Upper Thigh Region by a bull that escaped from an illegal rodeo. Certainly made for a memorable arc because of the nature of how a police officer was downed and partially the embarrassment Robert faced when it was revealed that the by-standard footage went viral.
  • Farscape. In "Thanks for Sharing", Crichton is alarmed when Jool, wielding a long and sinister tool, tells him to turn and drop his pants. Turns out she wants a skin sample that hasn't been exposed to sunlight. When Crichton tries to quibble, she yanks out the sample while his back is turned.
  • How I Met Your Father: When Sophie met Robin, she told her what a big fan she was and mentioned a story in which Robin was gored by a bull.
    Sophie: It was badass.
    Robin: It was definitely bad for my ass.
  • SAS: Rogue Heroes. Major David Stirling walks gingerly into a reception for Winston Churchill because he's covered in desert sores, including one four inches up his ass, as he doesn't hesitate to tell the assorted bigwigs.
  • Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators: In "Exit, Pursued by a Bear", Frank is interviewing a suspect when he sits down heavily on a pin cushion and jumps immediately to his feet. The pincushion later turns out to be a vital clue in solving the mystery.
  • Ultraman Z's first episode features Captain Shota Hebikura/Jugglus Juggler crushing our hero Haruki's ass with a tight grip to make him look tearful and apologetic to Directer Kuriyama after Haruki's insistence of saving a dog from a Gomess attack resulted in massive collateral damage STORAGE had to pay for.

  • The German "Stimmungslied" "Da sprach der alte Häuptling der Indianer" ("Thus Spake the Old Indian Chief") by Gus Backus. His squaw pokes him in the butt with an arrow to hinder him going on war path against the new railway. He gets better. And a job as train conductor.
  • The climax of The Lonely Island's "Threw It On The Ground" has the narrator being tased in the anus by "two Hollywood phonies" as the consequence of him throwing their table to the ground after falsely accusing them of trying to give him their autograph.
    I was screaming, and squirming,
    My butthole was on fire!
    The moral of the story is,
    You can't trust the system, man!
  • "It's Still Billy Joel to Me", an early "Weird Al" Yankovic parody, has this stanza:
    Maybe he should dye his hair bright pink and stick a safety pin through his cheeks
    Then he'll really fit the new wave image but he couldn't sit down for weeks

    Music Videos 
  • Bubble Butt: The video has at least two examples:
    • At the start, after Buttzilla lands next to a brownstone building, she summons bike pumps from her mouth that slither into an apartment inside and shove themselves up three women's butts and inflate their butts to ridiculous size.
    • Later on, a female acrobat who is dancing on aerial silks starts twerking. As she twerks, her butt cheeks start rapidly swelling up, and she explodes ass-first into confetti that rains down on the other dancers.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • During an intergender match pitting Edge and Lita against John Cena and Maria, Lita was being portrayed as more experienced than Maria, as a way to mock Maria Lita would target Maria's butt throughout the time they were in the ring together. This included doing things like slapping it over and over again, kicking and even stomping on her ass.
  • The Atomic Drop is this to the unfortunate opponent.
  • As described by Jim Cornette, a common way for a face male to get revenge on a heel valet or other female assuming he doesn't have a face woman who would stand up for him would be a "butt bump". Usually this would be the face doing something that targets said female's butt such as the aforementioned Atomic Drop or other methods such as spanking. As the butt is a rather sensitive area and very little risk of injury of hitting the area (though the atomic drop notably targets the lower tailbone of the victim) it usually bypasses the audience sense of men shouldn't hit women and can be both satisfying and funny to the people watching.
    • Two of the most notable examples of this was Hulk Hogan who gave a well deserved Atomic Drop to Sensational Sherri after she has been a thorn on his and many of his allies side for years. The audience ate it up, later when Miss Elizabeth in WCW turned evil herself her formally innocent butt wasn't safe from Hogan's knee either.

    Video Games 
  • Deadpool: DP ends up finishing the clone of Mister Sinister with a sword into his anus.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom: If horribilins are knocked down from a cave's ceiling via a headshot or Dazzle Fruit, they'll hit the ground butt-first while taking Fall Damage and spend a while howling in pain while clutching their behinds.
  • Mario Party loves this, when considering the sheer frequency in which even someone like Rosalina, can get her butt burned, stung or otherwise comically injured.
  • There are several butt related injuries that Crash Bandicoot (and later Coco) can suffer from in the series, such as burning their butts from falling in lava, having them stung by bees, poked by spikes, or an explosive blast from a land mine.
  • In Tatsunoko vs. Capcom every character can suffer a little butt pain at the hands of Roll thanks to Roll setting said butt on fire. Fortunately for them Roll also puts it out by sending a giant tidal wave of water to them.
  • In the arcade game of Sailor Moon some of the mooks do a kick attack that if it hits either Moon or Venus from behind both are shown tending to their sailor butts momentarily before being controllable again. Though in this case all senshi flinch but only said two tend to said area.
  • Bass from the Dead or Alive fighting games has access to an atomic drop where his opponents after landing on his muscular knee his opponent jumps up off his knee tending to their aching backsides. Bonus points to Marie Rose as seeing a hulking 6'5 346 monster drop a pint sized 4'10 86 girl with such force on her tailbone is quite amusing.
  • Going into Street Fighter V, Zangief lost his brutal looking forward throw for an even more brutal looking atomic drop. When the victim falls seated into his knee a loud "crunch" is heard. Seeing Zangief do this to the barely over 100 pound Ibuki makes one wonder how her spine didn't split in two upon impact.
  • Due to being a fanservice game with (mostly) female characters, Rumble Roses features many girls attacking each other in ways that hurt their butts, such as getting roughly thrown down onto the ring. Some damage animations have the victimized girl rubbing her behind in pain.
  • Should Raffina get hit with a particularly powerful attack in Puyo Puyo, an animation will play of her getting struck in the backside with a Garbage Puyo. How humiliating...
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2: Defeating Peewee Pirahna requires smashing open his egg diaper and then jumping onto his large exposed rump.
  • Super Smash Bros.
    • Mega Man appears to lift his female opponents by their butts over his head in his throw. His pummel attack involves him squeezing the grabbed area very hard.
    • Diddy Kong has access to the banana item as part of his natural kit. This can easily mean lots of hard rump landings.
    • Princess Peach can do this to herself with her Peach Bomber. She thrust her princess butt forward and if she doesn't make contact when she lands on the floor one can see visible discomfort on her face when her butt makes contact with the hard floor. This can't be good for Peach's long term spinal health.
  • Spyro in Ripto’s Rage and Year of the Dragon as well as the Reignited Trilogy versions of them, whenever he is hit by fire attacks or lands in lava, the little purple dragon jumps up into the air holding his painfully burnt butt with his front paws.
  • Yoshi can be subject to this in the Yoshi's Island series of games if he either touches spikes or falls in lava.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • This comedy mechanism has been discussed in the Big Cartoon Forum, here: [1]. Granted, it's all Western Animation stuff, but posteriors get poked nonetheless.
  • Baysa gits a pin stuck into his butt via Peter in part 15 of Minecraft For Noobs, after he teleports directly onto him attempting to do voodoo on Baysa.

    Western Animation 
  • At the beginning of the Animaniacs (1993) episode "Hot, Bothered and Bedeviled", we are introduced to three singers that welcome the damned into hell with a cheerful swing performance in which they speak of the torments they’ll be subjected to for eternity. During the musical number, one unlucky fellow gets an unpleasant surprise poke with a pitchfork from behind. It still isn’t as bad as the other more gruesome fates in hell, like being thrown into the hot lava or being forced to watch re-runs of The Facts Of Life. The three singers finish the musical number by dropping it low as we get a shot from behind where, right below each one of them, stands a short demon with a pitchfork at hand. The three demons deliver one firm jab of their pitchforks to the unsuspecting rear-ends right above them, making all three singers jump off screen out of the pain.
  • Futurama: In "The Deep South", when the Planet Express crew goes on a fishing expedition, Leela brings out a harpoon. Bender scoffs:
    Bender: Harpoon, my ass! Heh heh heh heh...
    Leela: Okay. (and she does)
  • Ren & Stimpy has featured a couple of examples in their time usually happening to Stimpy (one of the perils of having a big butt). One very infamous one is from the episode "Son of Stimpy" when Stimpy tries to fart for Ren. Stimpy's butt cheeks strain so hard they actually wind up deflating like a couple of balloons. Then Ren kicks at the deflated remains.
  • Loonatics Unleashed: Lexi Bunny has on three separate occasions delivered a low-level psionic zap to Danger Duck's tail, each time in response to some calumny uttered by Duck. It's a superpowered equivalent of a spank upon rude youngster. "Hey! Easy on the tail feathers!"
  • When the villain captures the dune buggy of Josie and the Pussycats with a claw lowered from a helicopter, Alan, Josie and Alexandra fall out of the vehicle onto the ground. Alan and Josie are fine, but Alexandra, as the Token Evil Teammate and Butt-Monkey of the group, finds herself sitting on a cactus. The Team Pet Sebastian amuses himself by extracting the needles from Alexandra's tender tissues.
    • In fact, throughout the series, whether it's getting poked in the rear by a drill, landing ass-first on a cactus, or getting her butt cheeks pinched by a crab's claw, Alexandra tends to receive a lot of rump-targeted pain.
  • This happens to Dick Dastardly as well in Wacky Races when one of his plans to stop the other racers ends up with him in a bushel of cacti. Muttley uses a wrench to pluck the needles from Dastardly's keister.
    Dastardly: And're not plucking a chicken!
  • Disney's theatrical short cartoons seemed unusually interested in Walt's cartoon animals' rear ends—and in particular, administering physical punishment to them when their owner is incapable of escape:
    • In The Flying Mouse (1934) The mouse boy tries to fly with 2 leaves and falls in the mud pit. He then tries again only to have the the wind gust blow him backwards and his exposed furry rear end gets poked by a tree thorn, he then falls in the tub and gets his sisters dress wet and shrinks her dress. His mother gets mad at him, the mouse boy tries to escape but his mother grabs his tail and spanks his furry rear end until it turns pink. He runs off and rubs his bottom and cries.
    • In The Band Concert (1935), a passing tornado leaves Donald Duck trapped between two intertwined trees, his arms, legs, and head facing one direction and his butt prominently pointed in the other. The tornado sends the band members, their instruments and assorted debris spinning in the air, and a particularly obese pig’s butt sliding along a picket fence, breaking off their pointed tops as he goes.
    • In The Practical Pig (1939), the titular character catches his brothers lying. His elaborate mechanical lie detector scoops them up, firmly straps them in butt-upwards and paddles their exposed fannies glowing red. Earlier in the cartoon, the camera (viewing from a low angle that suggests it’s eavesdropping on them) lingers on their butts as they squeeze into tight bathing trunks. (The shot is particularly curious in the fact they normally run about bare-assed to begin with.)
    • Donald Duck seemed particularly prone to wind up in this sort of situation. In Modern Inventions (1937) an automated barber’s chair turns Donald upside-down, ties a towel around his feathery fanny and tries to give his tail feathers an unwanted trim.
    • In Donald's Vacation (1940) while Donald Duck is taking a nap while the chipmunks raid and steal Donald's food, one chipmunk holds up a pineapple and accidently pokes Donald's exposed rear end hanging from the chair and he leaps in pain and gets stuck in his folding chair.
    • In Window Cleaners (1940), while being hoisted upwards on a scaffold, Donald’s tail feathers are clipped clean off by someone trimming their window plants, leaving the tip of his tail pink and featherless. (His feathers replenish themselves by the following shot.) The entire last half of the eight-minute cartoon is devoted to Donald’s battle with a bumble bee that he pisses off by trying to drown him in a tulip, which culminates with the duck completely tangled in the scaffold’s ropes, his butt fully exposed to the vengeful bee. The bee, himself exhausted by the battle, slowly summons his remaining energy to attack the helpless duck exposed rear end, allowing Donald plenty of time to fearfully await his impending punishment, Spike stings Donalds rear end hard which gets causes a pain powered leap to Donald as he gets unraveled and Donald dives in the drainpipe where he is stuck in it and Pluto shoves Donalds head back into the drainpipe and goes to sleep, it ends on a cliffhanger.
    • In Donald's Snow Fight (1942) in a standoff between Donald on the ice ship and his nephews in their ice fort. Donald duck attacks Hewey Duey and Louie with snowballs and splits the flagpole which spanks 3 of his nephew on their rear end. His nephews retaliate and they start off with making snow bomb missiles with mousetraps which they rain and bombarded Donald's head and his rear end. The last snow bomb hits Donald's tail feather and the mousetrap gets stuck on his tail feathers, Donald Duck throws a temper tantrum after getting mousetraps stuck on his hands and beak.
    • In Chip an' Dale Chip and Dale rolls the snowball which Donald opens and the snowball crashes into Donald and breaks the back door open. Donald Duck is stuck helpless in the snow and Dale opens the door and sees Donalds exposed rear end which he kicks him and Donald screams.
    • In Inferior Decorator (1948) after tormenting Spike the bee, the bee gets revenge and goes in the keyhole and tries to dive unsuccessfully at Donald's rear end which he gets stuck on the wallpaper glue. Donald Duck gets into a tug of war and tries unsuccessfully to get the bee off the wallpaper. The bee gets free but launches Donald into the ceiling with his hands glued on the wallpaper. The bee then begins to try many times to sting Donalds exposed feathery butt but fails, then Donald somehow got his body hidden inside the wallpaper on the ceiling and the Bee tears open the ceiling and exposes Donald's butt and he invites his bee friends to sting Donalds butt one by one off screen and Donald screams and it ends on a cliffhanger. It's unknown how he survived multiple stings to his rear end.
    • In Three for Breakfast (1948) While Chip and Dale tries to pull the rubber pancake, he places the fork behind Chip and he walks backwards and gets his furry rear end stabbed and leaps in pain.
    • In Slide Donald Slide (1949) Donald Duck fights over the radio with Spike the Bee who is trying to listen to the classical music on the radio, while Donald wants to listen to a baseball game. Donald plays baseball and runs around the bases but Spike the bee gets revenge and Donald's butt slides into the stinger and does a pain powered leap. The bee sends Donald in the shower and locks him in the shower and finishes listening to the classical song on the radio.
  • In "Goldringer" from Special Agent Oso, Oso finds a boomerang and is told by a girl that "If you throw it, it comes back to you." He throws it and comes back... and bonks him on the butt.
  • TaleSpin: In "Baloo Thunder", Baloo tries to sneak into Shere Khan Industries by hiding in a cardboard box to pass off as a delivery. Ms. Snarley, Shere Khan's secretary, believes the package to be the giant pincushion that Khan ordered, so she decides to see if it works. She pulls out a giant bobby pin and pokes it through the box. She pokes Baloo in the butt, and he leaps out in pain.


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Cat Hairballs

End of the Cat Hairballs music video, where Stimpy passes out and gets stamped on the ass.

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