Exactly What It Says on the Tin — a character takes a bullet to the hindquarters. The ultimate in Amusing Injuries which, as well as being Only a Flesh Wound, is an assisted Literal Ass-Kicking by a bullet to the buttocks. Or an arrow. Or a bolt of lightning. Or anything. Usually Played for Laughs because, seriously, a bullet to the ass?
In Real Life, any gunshot can kill, especially if left alone long enough to get horribly infected. But of all the places on the body where one can get shot, the butt has the greatest chance of not being life-threatening and causing any permanent damage when treated properly. In fact, survival experts often (semi-seriously) advise people confronted by guns to stick out their butts to offer them as the least risky targets.
In several wars, being shot in the ass was known as a "million-dollar wound", because it was serious enough to get you medically discharged and shipped home but not permanently debilitating in any way once it had healed, and, as such, worth a million dollars to a war-weary grunt.
If you happen to deliver one of these, a "turn the other cheek" one-liner is always good form.
- Full Metal Panic!:
- In Full Metal Panic!, Gauron disguised himself as a member of Mithril and made his way to his Arm Slave (Mecha). When Mardukas sent people to stop him, he turned around and opened fire on them. All of them managed to run away safely, except for one poor sap that was crouching in a corner. He, literally, got shot in the ass.
- Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu: The trope is Played for Laughs. The boys are trying to spy on the girls while they are in the hot spring, Kurz is shot in the buttocks with a laser and loses the ability to to go on and must leave it to Shinji to protect the male honor.
- Mad Bull 34: Happens to Sleepy during a gunfight, just when he mentions how it's fortunate that he's wearing a bulletproof vest.
- A running gag in Gintama, where every so many episodes the bad guy (Zenzo or Gintoki) is disabled by a poke or shot in the ass from a kendo sword or projectile weapon.
- Happens to Amata in Aquarion Evol a few times to stop him from floating/his emotions getting out of control.
- In one City Hunter story, Ryo gets shot in the rear with several arrows by the person targeting the Idol Singer he's been hired to protect.
- Lutz from Jormungand constantly getting shot in the ass becomes a Running Gag - to the point that even he openly expresses his irritation over it.
- Jonah was shot in the ass at one point in his past. The bullet is still there, in fact. The only reason he doesn't have it removed is because he's Afraid of Needles.
- In Yaiba this happens to Musashi who was trying to hide from Yaiba using a ninja technique, and getting an arrowgram in the ass by error.
- In Kannazuki no Miko, when Chikane takes out the Necks of Orochi, Nekoko ends up getting an arrow in her ass.
- In The Smurfs comic book story "The Smurf Menace", Farmer receives an Arrowgram for Papa Smurf from the Grey Smurfs right in the behind.
- In a four-page comic book story regarding Smurfette's visit to the Smurfs, one Smurf fires an arrow with a rope attached to it to literally fulfill Smurfette's desire for one of her fellow Smurfs to "bring her the moon" — only to accidentally shoot another fellow Smurf in the behind.
- In "The Smurfs And The Magic Flute" from the Johan and Peewit series, Johan accidentally shoots an arrow into somebody's ass when Peewit messes up his aim by playing the magic flute.
- In the Sin City volume Family Values, this happens to the owner of a Greek restaurant during a drive-by shooting.
- In one album of Les Tuniques Bleues, Chesterfield takes one of these, with Blutch insinuating that it might be reported to high command that such a wound implies the victim wasn't facing the enemy...
- Someone getting shot with salt in the ass (usually by Scrooge) is almost a Running Gag in the Disney Ducks Comic Universe. This is also how a furious Donald Duck once crushed an army-and he shot most of them from their front: the first two shots, directed at their leader to keep him from forcefully marrying Reginella, were indeed from behind, but everything else was as the enemy was charging him.
- A The Far Side cartoon depicts a medieval soldier being carried away on a stretcher with several arrows in his butt as another soldier tells his buddy "So then I says to Borg, 'You know, as long as we're under siege, one of us outa moon these Saxon dogs.'"
- The eponymous Hägar of Hägar the Horrible occasionally shows up with an arrow in the rear as a comedic injury. Given his somewhat potato-like physique, it's lodged somewhere in the vicinity of his butt, though your guess is as good as any where it ended up precisely.
- In the Blake's 7 fanfic "On the Up," Avon is shot in the bum; both Vila and (uncharacteristically) Avon find this hilarious and collapse into a cackling fit. This becomes immediate mood whiplash when they realise that a) the laughter is a symptom of hypoxia, because they're trapped in a lift with no ventilation, and b) Avon's bleeding both ends.
- The Bonanza fanfic "A Prickly Problem" features Little Joe in the unfortunate position of, while not having been shot in the ass, having been bucked off of a bronco onto this,◊ which is just about as painful (and leaving Adam in the arguably just as unfortunate position of having to remove all of the spines).
- In Harry Potter, the Forgotten Brother, Snape receives one of these after trespassing on Harry’s farm. While Pomfrey and Snape insist he was shot in the upper thigh, Hermione is more than glad to explain where he was shot...
- In Harry Potter and the Muggle Who Lived (a crossover with Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Tonks complains about Xander shooting her in the arse with a paintball gun. Xander counters that she shot him back in the same place, and has five paintball splatters to prove it.
- Robin Hood: The little rabbit Skippy shoots Prince John in the rear with an arrow (it bounces off) during the big battle at the archery tournament. (Luckily for Skippy, it goes unnoticed as to just where the arrow came from, otherwise he would have been in serious trouble considering Prince John's general attitude at that point.)
- Shrek gets an arrow in his ass in the first film but doesn't even notice until it's pointed out to him (his reaction being a very mild "Oh, would you look at that"). Fiona forcefully yanks it out, much to his discomfort.
- In Moana, the Ocean convinces Maui to train Moana in way-finding by stabbing him in the butt with one of the Kakamora's paralyzing darts.
Maui: Really? Blow dart in my butt-cheek...
- In Despicable Me 2, Gru is saved from a bad date (who's about to humiliate him by taking his toupee off in public) when Lucy shoots the woman in the butt with a tranquilizer dart.
- Forrest Gump: Forrest gets shot in "the but-toxs" in Vietnam, and then shows the wound to Lyndon Johnson . LBJ laughs — which is exactly the sort of thing LBJ would do. He even mentions the "million-dollar wound" bit:
Forrest: They said it was a million-dollar wound, but the army must keep that money 'cause I still haven't seen a nickel of that million dollars.
- Because everyone with a gun in Delta Farce had attended the Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy, Bill is the only one to actually get shot.
- Easy Money. Just when Rodney Dangerfield has given up on his effort to quit drinking/smoking/carousing (in order to inherit ten million dollars), his daughter's estranged husband shows up with a gun, and this happens — putting Dangerfield in the hospital and saving the inheritance.
Doctor: It looks like trauma to the gluteus maximus.
Dangerfield: Ha, you're wrong, Doc, he shot me in the ass!!
- Blazing Saddles: After being in a whole series of gunfights against a bunch of wannabe gunfighters, the Waco Kid hears a voice from behind him shout "Reach for it, mister!" and turns around with his guns drawn to see his challenger: a six year old with a set of revolvers. At this point Waco goes to throw down his guns and walk away, but the "little bastard shot me in the ass."
- At the end of the first shootout of Bad Boys II, Mike, who is using two guns, accidentally shoots his partner Marcus in the ass while trying to get the last KKK guy who had gotten the drop on him. Marcus suffers problems in the bedroom as a result of the ass-shot, and is only cured of his dysfunction accidentally ingesting some X (the drug whose traffic the two are trying to fight) during a trip to the morgue, leading to one of the most hilarious scenes in the movie.
- The Man has Samuel Jackson (as Agent Derrick Vann) getting shot in the ass, where in the next scene, he tries to get on a plane, but a metal detector prevents him from doing so because the bullet is permanently lodged.
- Cradle 2 the Grave, Anthony Anderson congratulates someone for shooting a Helicopter in the rear via "YEAH! YOU SHOT HIM IN THE ASS!!!"
- Dances with Wolves: Timmons is shot in the butt by an arrow from the Pawnee.
- The Interview: Kim Jong-un shoots one of his men in the butt.
Kim Jong-un: Your butthole is ironic!
- In Mystery Men, the Spleen (whose superpower is farting) gets shot in the ass. He does a "systems check" afterward to make sure it hasn't affected his abilities.
- The pilot in The Mummy Returns claims he's gotten shot every time he's worked with O'Connell — most recently in the ass. He's actually quite upset about this because he brings it up at least three times after the page quote is spoken.
- In the movie New in Town one of the main characters gets shot in the rear when a gun goes off by accident while they are hunting crows.
- In the classic Russian movie Kidnapping, Caucasian Style, the main villain tries to escape from his house by the window, but is shot in the behind and falls to the ground. The shooter reveals he shot him with... salt. Cut to the court room where the man's hearing is in process. While everybody sits down, the man remains standing with a straight face, until someone points out he can't sit down and giggles.
- The Pink Panther Strikes Again. While Clouseau is in England he accidentally causes a shotgun to shoot a Scotland Yard official in the behind. A later scene shows the official having the shotgun pellets painfully removed.
- In Training Day, towards the end Jake is holding Alonzo at gunpoint after he survives Alonzo's betrayal. Alonzo, not believing Jake will shoot him, calmly and slowly turns his back to pick up the gun that he's dropped, and Jake shoots him in the ass as more or less a warning shot.
Alonzo Harris: Shit! Ooh you mooooootherfucker!
Jake Hoyt: The next one will kill you.
Alonzo Harris: Ohhhh, son of a bitch! You shot me in the ass!
- A Scottish pikeman gets this treatment in Braveheart. Turns out mooning the English archers wasn't such a good idea after all. (As well as being one of many of the violations of historical fact depicted in that film.)
- In Crank, Chev catches a bullet in his ass during his visit to the hospital. It results in an amusing line, and is then swiftly forgotten. Clearly, it takes more than a butt-shot to even inconvenience a dedicated badass like Chev Chelios.
- In Billy Madison when Eric threatens the audience at gunpoint when losing the decathlon to Billy, he gets shot in the ass by a man Billy called earlier, saving the day.
- The protagonist of The 51st State is shot in the arse by a suddenly less dangerous high velocity rifle. It appears to be about as damaging as an airgun, despite having killed a bunch of guys moments before. Even Improbable Aiming Skills couldn't really pull that one off.
- Spaceballs: Princess Vespa shoots a trooper in the arse.
- In the western That Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend, the heroine continually shoots at her no-good boyfriend— only to perpetually hit the town judge in the butt.
- In Bird on a Wire, Mel Gibson takes a bullet to the behind, which makes it necessary for him to visit his veterinarian ex-girlfriend for extraction.
- Used as a joke in Good Morning, Vietnam when Garlick is telling Robin Williams's character about a Comically Serious NCO he'll be working with:
Garlick: Plus, I think he got shot in the ass, but I can't confirm that.
- In A Christmas Story, during Ralphie's daydream where he runs off Black Bart and his minions, he shoots all of them in their asses.
- Not bullets, but in the movie version of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Mandras gets hit in the ass by rocks shot from a cannon. Leads to a funny moment with John Hurt as the village doctor.
- Two unfortunate townspeople take some buckshot to their derrieres in a scene from Lightning Jack.
- In Jumpin' Jack Flash Terry Dolittle (Whoopi Goldberg's character) gets shot with a tranquilizer by the bad guys in one scene.
- The premise of the film Protocol is that the main character saves a visiting Arab emir this way.
- In Shoot 'em Up, Mr. Smith places a bullet in a goon's behind. When the goon mentions this as a reminder to take out bystanders first, Hertz shoots him in the other cheek as a reminder not to fail him.
- In Dragonheart, with an arrow however instead of bullets as this was set during the medieval era; Brother Gilbert shoots one of the evil king's men in the ass; he even says "Turn the other cheek, brother".
- One of the sheriff's men got shot in the ass in Black Christmas (1974) when he went on one old man's property.
- This often happened to The Three Stooges, who reacted to it in about the same way a cartoon character would.
- In the movie Gotcha!, after fighting a battle on his college campus against KGB agents armed with only a tranquilizer gun, Anthony Edwards shoots a blond college student in her ass with a dart.
- Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back:
- One only threatened:
Whillenholly: Fire a warning shot into his bulbous ass.
Sheriff: One rectal breach comin' up.
- And one much later that is successful, by a monkey no less:
Willenholly: Oh my God. I'm paralyzed! That monkey shot me in the ass and paralyzed me! Oh sweet irony!
Justice: You're not paralyzed. It was just a tranquilizer.
- One only threatened:
- Used (hilariously) as a Trust Password of sorts in Money Talks. Not the best Trust Password if "everyone knows", but still funny.
Franklin: Tell him I was there when he shot Baby Bro at MacArthur Park.
Bodyguard: Where'd he shoot Baby Bro?
Franklin: At MacArthur Park, you big dumb mother—
Bodyguard: Nah! Where'd he shoot him?
Franklin: In the ass! Everybody know he got shot in the ass!
- In Scary Movie 4, Tom puts his gun in the waistband of his pants. It accidentally goes off, resulting in a self-inflicted example of this trope.
- In Her Alibi, Nina accidentally shoots Phil there with a bow and arrow while practicing archery. (Conveniently while he's on the phone with a detective who has doubts about the ruse they're using.) After some rather hilarious attempts to extract it herself, she manages to drive him to the hospital. (He says he plans to tell them he did it himself, but that would be quite a tough sell...)
- In Wedding Crashers, Jeremy takes a shotgun blast in the ass, and Gloria has to painfully pick out the buckshot.
- In The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story, Rumors of Shere Khan's Death Were Greatly Exaggerated as a result of this happening at the film's beginning.
- Mulholland Dr.: The heavy-set woman thinks she's bitten bad when it actually was a bullet penetrating her behind.
- In the "Three Stooges" short film "Rusty Romeos", the Gold Digger who played the stooges gets her comeuppance when Joe Besser makes her bend over to pick up a $100 bill, then shoots her rear end full of carpet tacks. He finishs it up by spanking her as the short fades out.
- In the climax of The Great Outdoors Chet defeats the "Bald-Headed Bear" by doing this with a shotgun. Since the shotgun was doing double-duty as a lamp the damage was superficial leading to:
Raccoon: She's bald on both ends now.
- In Saving Private Ryan, one of the medics helping Wade takes a bullet through the canteen hanging from his hip. The canteen begins leaking water... and then it begins leaking bloody water. The medic jolts up and begins frantically reaching around for bandages to stuff down his trousers.
- Deadpool: At one point Deadpool is shot there by a gunman. He promptly falls to the ground, but the shooter is lured close to his seemingly dead body before Deadpool shoots him back with his gun held between his legs. Having a healing factor, the shot didn't kill him, but he does limp for a while, remarking that the bullet went "right up Main Street".
- One of Jacob McCandles' sons takes a load of buckshot in the nether regions in Big Jake.
- In the film "Fluttering Hearts,'' a 1927 comedy, a man shoots a pistol at a mannequin. After the shot goes though his intended target, a woman dancing a short distance away reacts in pain after receiving the bullet in her ass.
- In the Sherlock Holmes stories, Dr. Watson says in some stories that he was shot in the arm, and in others that he was shot in the leg. One of the sillier fan theories to explain the discrepancy is that he was really shot in the behind and was too embarrassed to say so.
- In Sharpe, the titular protagonist shoots a particularly cowardly and incompetent Upper-Class Twit in the arse during a duel. It was nearly subverted, in that Sharpe was actually aiming for the man's belly (which would lead to a prolonged and agonizing death), but missed.
- In Carl Hiassen's Skinny Dipping.
- Honey West is shot in the butt in This Girl for Hire.
- In Sir Thomas Malory's Morte d'Arthur, there's a completely ridiculous moment where Lancelot is accidentally shot in the behind by a woman out hunting. That Malory's narration is completely matter-of-fact throughout just makes it funnier.
And ... she put a brode arow in her bowe and shot at the hynde — and so she overshotte the hynde, and so by myssefortune the arow smote Sir Launcelot in the thycke of the buttok [...] And the wounde was passynge sore and unhappyly smytten, for hit was on such a place that he myght nat sytte in no sadyll.
- In The New Rebellion, someone tries to shoot Han but misses, mostly. The blaster bolt grazes his buttocks.
Chewie chuckled."It's not funny, furball. It hurts."
- In Danny, the Champion of the World Danny's father tells Danny of how keepers like to shoot poachers from behind — not to kill, but to wound. Danny switches between being amused and horrified at the descriptions:
"Many's the night when I was a boy, Danny, I've gone into the kitchen and seen my old dad lying face down on the table and Mum standing over him digging the gunshots pellets out of his backside with a potato-knife. [...] Towards the end, he was so covered in tiny little white scars he looked exactly like it was snowing."
"I don't know why I'm laughing," I said. "It's not funny, it's horrible."
"Poacher's bottom they used to call it," my father said. "And there wasn't a man in the whole village who didn't have a bit of it one way or another. But my dad was the champion ..."
- Happens to Porthos's servant Mousqueton in The Three Musketeers. In the sequel 20 Years After, when he's older and much more dignified, d'Artagnan suggests that he show the scar to a cowardly younger servant who could use an example of bravery. And in a fight scene some chapters later, Mousqueton is wounded "in the other". Later still he's driving a carriage, and doing so upright for reasons known only to himself.
- Michel, Flick's French Resistance husband in Ken Follett's book Jackdaws gets shot in the buttocks in the first chapter and is embarrassed every time Flick tells anyone. Given that at the beginning of the book she discovered he was cheating on her, this happens a lot.
- In Flash For Freedom!, Flashman is shot in the ass by slave hunters while crossing the Ohio river with a fugitive slave (and accidentally inspiring Uncle Tom's Cabin.) Most of Flashman's battle scars happen to be in the rear, for logical reasons.
- City of Thieves, where it's not played for laughs.
- Jason gets shot in the butt (and groin) quite a few times Friday the 13th: Hell Lake.
- In a Vince Flynn novel, Mitch Rapp suffered this trope while fighting terrorists, and trying to hide his job from his wife. It backfired when she discovered the injury during an intimate moment.
- In the Robert A. Heinlein novel To Sail Beyond the Sunset, it is stated in jest that Lazarus Long was "shot in the ass" in World War I. He actually got cut nearly in half by a machine gun, but was rescued by some of his time-and-space traveling relatives.
- In the comic neo-noir City of Devils and its sequel, the hero was shot in the ass during World War II.
- In "Small Favor" of The Dresden Files, a bit thug named Bart accidentally gets shot in the ass by one of his associates. Harry's sidenotes in the RPG gleefully point this out.
- In the Spenser novel The Judas Goat Spenser's narration mentions he was hit with a small caliber handgun in the "upper thigh" while the doctor who treats him flatly states he was actually shot in the ass.
- The Fifth Horseman: A Sleepy Hollow Legend (by Gregg Gonzalez) has one of the protagonists, Patrick Higgins, get shot in the butt by the Headless Horseman itself, while he's part of a group trying to follow the horse that the demon is using. Fortunately, it's just a flesh wound.
- Jim from According to Jim got shot in the backside by an arrow fired by a TURKEY.
- All in the Family: Archie has shrapnel in his "kiester" from WW2.
- Arrested Development: when Buster learns Gob was responsible for his loss of a hand, he sticks his hook in Gob's ass.
- Let's not forget the time Tobias accidentally shot Lindsay in the ass with a tranquilizer.
- Band of Brothers: This happens to at least three characters. Popeye Wynn is shot in "Day of Days". Buck Compton is shot in "Replacements" — the infamous one bullet, four holes. Perconte gets it in "The Breaking Point". Since the series is Based on a True Story, all of these double as Real Life examples
Penkala: Yeah, kind of an Easy Company tradition, getting shot in the ass.
- In the Barney Miller episode "Ambush", Barney is informed that Nick has been shot in the 'cheek'. Barney voices concern while running a finger along his face. Chano replies, smiling, "Not that cheek." Later, Nick has to sit on an inflatable ring.
- The Beverly Hillbillies: During a visit to London, the Clampetts are in the castle for an overnight stay with Mrs. Hathaway and Mr. Drysdale. Mr. Drysdale hatches a plan to scare the Clampets out of the castle by dressing up as a ghost. The banker found out the hard way that Granny keeps a loaded shotgun with rock-salt and discarded bacon rind pieces as ammo!
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Boyle jumps in front of a gun trained on Diaz and gets two to the ass for his trouble. Played realistically: he's in bandages and has a cane for a few episodes and receives a medal for valor for being injured in the line of duty. Which does not stop everyone making fun of him, because it's Boyle.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- Buffy accidentally shoots Giles in the butt with a tranquilizer gun in the episode "Beauty and the Beasts."
- Jenny Calendar also shoots him either in or very near the rear end with a crossbow bolt in "Ted".
- During one of Tim Conway's "Old Man" sketches on The Carol Burnett Show the Old Man is an old west sheriff whose "quick" draw ricochets several times before hitting him in the rump.
- In an episode of Cheers, Sam shoots himself in the butt with a pistol he took off an enraged husband. The situation spirals out of control when he attempts to explain the injury by claiming he got shot in an attempted hold-up.
- In Chuck Versus the Frosted Tips, we see an ego-inflated Morgan (who has the Intersect in his head) getting tranquilized in the ass, right after Chuck pulls down his pants for a distraction.
- An episode of Family Matters featured Carl getting Shot In The Ass, forcing him to share a hospital room with Urkel.
- In the second episode of The Finder, Bullets, Walter is searching for a decades-old missing bullet which can clear a death row inmate, a former cop convicted of killing another cop. Walter ends up shooting a corrupt former internal affairs officer in the ass. The reason? The internal affairs officer was the real killer, but the wrongly convicted officer had gotten a shot off when the murdered officer was gunned down. That shot had ended up in the internal affairs officer's buttocks, and had never been removed, causing him to sit uncomfortably. And so, Walter 'finds' the bullet by shooting the man in the same cheek, so that when the new bullet is dug out, the old one will be as well.
- Accidentally happens in the outtakes of Firefly; In one scene (part of "House of Gold"), an actor playing a bandit shot a blank round at Alan Tudyk (Wash), and the paper wad shot out and hit Alan in the buttock. Cue Alan limping back into the shot a few seconds later and everybody on the set cracking up.
"How'd ya like a bite o' this green apple, America?"
- In the first season episode of Friends, "The One Where The Monkey Gets Away", Phoebe is shot in the butt with a tranquilizer dart, as she dives to save Marcel (a monkey) from capture - in slow motion, to the theme of Shaft.
- In Get Smart, Max is wounded by a KAOS officer in just such a location. He breaks the news to 99 rather delicately.
Max: What happens when you jump into a pool that's too shallow?
99: You hit bottom.
Max: So did they.
- Grey's Anatomy: "You shot Dad in the ass, are you happy now?!"
- In an episode of Home Improvement, Tim accidentally shoots his old shop teacher Mr. Leonard (who's making a guest appearance on Tim's show Tool Time) in the butt with a nail gun. (In the next scene, Leonard, who is understandably upset, tells him, "I got shot in the butt in 'Nam and it didn't hurt this much...")
- In the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Raw", after the courtroom is shot up by Neo-Nazis, Munch tells Tutuola he suffered this trope.
- Leverage: In "The Nigerian Job," a flashback sequence shows Sophie attempting to steal a picture. Nate spots her, orders her to "Freeze!" and gets a bullet in the shoulder. As soon as Sophie turns around, he unloads a cap of his own in her behind.
- Malcolm in the Middle: While visiting the dude ranch Francis works at, Otto and Hal go into the desert to get drunk. They start firing their guns into the air, too drunk to remember that the bullets have to come back down eventually. Reality Ensues, and a bullet falling at terminal velocity ricochets off a rock and hits Otto in the butt cheek.
- Kelly from Married... with Children was practicing her archery in one episode and shot a "bird" this way — her father dressed as an owl.
- M*A*S*H: Happens to a couple of people, including Colonel Potter. In one episode Hawkeye is operating on a soldier who ponders what he should do when people back home ask to see his war wound, as it's an example of this trope.
- One of the best lines from the MSTing of The Final Sacrifice: "Ow. You shot my butt. What the hell, you shot me in the butt!"
- MythBusters When testing the myth that a penny dropped from the top of the Empire State Building would kill anyone it hits, Jamie adapted a staple gun to fire pennies at their terminal velocity. Adam volunteered for a butt shot. He wasn't injured, Myth Busted.
- My Name Is Earl: Earl tried to make up for #147 on his karma list: "Shot Gwen Waters in the ass with a BB."
- Nash Bridges: Nash was accidentally shot in the rear by Caitlin once. The episode's title? "Shoot The Moon".
- NCIS: Gibbs inflicts this on a Serial Killer. It's strongly implied it's on purpose.
- He does the same to Tobias Fornell in the second episode of season 11. Fortunately, it was actually aimed PAST him: the real target was a cell phone, set to trigger a bomb. Fornell was just a little too close to the path of the bullet. He complains loudly about it afterward as they carry him away on a gurney.
- NCIS: Los Angeles: Deeks presumes this happened to Kensi when she won't tell him where she was shot.
- In an episode of NYPD Blue, Andy Sipowicz is shot several times by an enemy and left for dead; as a parting-shot, the enemy then shoots him once in each buttock as a final insult. Sipowicz lives, but he's forced to sit on an inflatable donut for some time.
- In season two, during the detectives' hunt for the Dictionary Killer, they interview a male victim who escaped, but not before being shot in the ass. Sipowicz and Simone tell him that they need the bullet which is still lodged there. After the removal surgery, the guy complains about how much pain he's in, and Sipowicz hands him that inflatable blue donut, telling him, "This helped me."
- At the tail end of one Person of Interest episode, Detective Fusco dives in front of a gunshot to protect the POI of the Week. He survives; as the paramedics wheel him into the ambulance he tells John he can already hear the guys back at the precinct laughing at him for having this happen.
- In Shameless season 3, Micky Milkovich gets shot by Ned's wife while robbing his house
- In The Sopranos season 6, an aspiring rapper actually pays Bobby Baccalieri to shoot him non-fatally to increase his street cred. Bobby tells him he'll shoot him in the fleshy part of the thigh, but when the rapper shorts him on the pay for the hit, he decides to shoot a bit higher...
- In the Stargate Atlantis episode "Sateda", McKay gets shot in the rear end with an arrow.
Rodney McKay: THAT DID NOT JUST HAPPEN!
[later, in infirmary]
Dr. Carson Becket: You have an arrow, Rodney, in your gluteus maximus.
Rodney McKay: [on Morphine] Gluteus maximus... Gluuuteus maaaximus... Oh my god! That's my ass isn't it?
- Ricky from Trailer Park Boys gets shot in his by Trinity, who accidently pulled the trigger while the gun was pointed at his ass.
- Happens to Tom Hanson in 21 Jump Street. They try to trace the bullet that hit Tom, and find out the culprit was his partner, Doug.
- Discussed in The Wire while Omar's in court testifying against Bird.
Omar: That wasn't no attempt murder.... I shot the boy Mike-Mike in his hind parts, that all. Fixed it so he couldn't sit right.
Levy: ...why'd you shoot Mike-Mike in his hind parts, Mister Little?
Omar: We had a disagreement. Mike-Mike thought he should keep that cocaine he was slinging, and the money he was making from slinging it. I thought otherwise.
- On The Parent 'Hood, the father is involved in a mugging, shot, and in the hospital. The "will he live?" drama is cut short when an angel points out that nobody's going to die from being shot in the ass.
- In the opening of one episode of Mike & Molly, Mike disarms a convenience store robber by throwing a can of Diet Coke which hits the robber in the head; the robber drops the gun, which through some weird ricochet (based on how the characters were facing) fires a shot into Mike's behind. The entire rest of the episode is rife with butt-shot jokes.
- Heartbeat. A policeman gets an injury on his backside after falling on a sharp object, and tries to claim it was in the line of duty later on. The sardonic response is: "Came from behind, did they?"
- ECW wrestler New Jack told a story of being stabbed in the ass, and the knife was left there for quite some time.
- In Johnny Johnson, the title character, upon receiving a bullet wound in the rear, says, "Ain't that a hell of a place to get shot!"
- This trope drives the entire plot of Mercenaries 2. Your former employer, instead of properly paying you, wants you dead and tries to kill you. You get shot in the ass. The enemy mooks even call you the mercenary who got shot in the ass. The theme song from the ads, "Oh No You Didn't", sings about it, too.
- If you managed to land a shot on an enemy's buttocks in Perfect Dark, they'd do this awesome little hop and stagger about awkwardly for a few seconds.
- The same thing happens to mooks you shoot in the ass in GoldenEye (1997) and Medal of Honor.
- A similiar thing happens in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker if you shoot a foe right in between their cheeks. The poor soldier grabs his butt and instantly passes out or goes into critical condition, it's actually almost as effective as a headshot.
- The same thing happens to mooks you shoot in the ass in GoldenEye (1997) and Medal of Honor.
- In Kingdom of Loathing, the creators gave a unique arse-shooting crossbow to a player. Strangely, the "Shot in the Arse" effect it bestows is beneficial. It even comes complete with a Braveheart reference:
This crossbow looks like it'd be perfect for shooting people in the arse. Y'know, like that one scene in Braveheart where that guy gets shot in the arse? Like that.
- Bulletstorm has doing this to a stunned mini-boss as one of the many skillshots you can perform. It causes flames to shoot out said mini-boss' ass. Funny, but worth less points and harder to set up than just leashing the mini-boss' head off.
- You can also do this to ordinary mooks for a "Rear Entry" skillshot. Doing it to Burnouts with growths on their ass earns you an "Assplosion".
- In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the owner of the "Drunken Huntsman" explains the name of his shop as coming from an incident when he and his brother had gone hunting after consuming "a bit too much mead." When they separated, his brother, in his inebriated state, mistook him for a deer and shot him in the "rump" with an arrow.
- In Board Game Online, if you get a bow, you can shoot other players five spaces back with an arrow up the butt.
- In Sheep Happens, If you lose and choose not to continue, then one of Hermes' flying sheep will shoot Perseus in the buttcheeks with a huge arrow.
- In Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, shooting any enemy either in the head or between the buttocks with the tranquilizer pistol will cause them to fall asleep from a single shot.
- In the opening cutscene of Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Morrigan Aensland launches a flurry of tentacles at Iron Man. They miss, and instead hit Deadpool in the butt.
- In Red vs. Blue, Tucker finally gets to use the sniper rifle and immediately uses it to check out Tex's ass. And accidentally pulls the trigger.
Church: I knew there was a reason I didn't let you use this thing after all these ye— Oh hey, Tex. Back already? What's up?
[Tex punches Church]
Church: OW!! What the fuck did I do?!
- A ridiculously poorly-written story on a porn archive contains the rather implausible line "I shot his ass in the back of his head."
- Danny Phantom: Danny is the unfortunate victim of this trope in two separate episodes.
- Boris gets shot in the rear more than once in Rocky and Bullwinkle.
- 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!
Leela: Okay. (and she does)
- Daffy Duck has his tail feathers blown off more than once, à la the above picture.
- In the Dexter's Laboratory episode "Blackfoot and Slim", Dexter takes a tranquilizer dart in the butt.
- The Veteran's Day special of Hey Arnold!. In a flashback, Gerald's father is demoted when he hits a superior officer in the ass during target practice.
- Family Guy: One episode had Joe Swanson get a leg surgery, but he grew to be a jerk. At one point his wife tries to re-paralyze him but is a terrible shot. One them ended up hitting "his perfect ass".
- Thanks to a Coincidental Accidental Disguise, Doctor Doofenshmirtz gets shot in the butt with a tranquilizer dart in the Phineas and Ferb episode "Bad Hair Day". He even closes out the episode by singing a song about it.
If you wanna know why, please refer to the chart
I've been shot in the butt with a dart!
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In the season 6 episode "Dungeons and Discords", the second time that Discord transports himself, Spike and Big Macintosh into their role-playing game world, he and Spike shoot the villain the Sqwizard in the rear with a magically flaming arrow (Discord — the Archer — fires the arrow, while Spike — the Magician — uses magic to set it on fire at Discord's request).
- DuckTales (2017): Implied the episode "Daytrip of Doom", where Webby does this to Huey with a dart gun offscreen.
Huey: Ow, my tailbone!
- According to a legend (depicted most prominently in Gesta Danorum) King Harald Bluetooth of Denmark died during an ambush from getting hit with an arrow in his ass. The story is more a bit questionable though, and most likely a later attempt to smear and ridicule the King by depicting his demise as an Undignified Death.
- During the Lewis and Clark expedition, Lewis got hit in the buttocks by one member of the party while they were hunting. It got infected, but he recovered a few weeks later. Notable in that he actually used the words "shot me in the ass" in his journals.
- In the Behind-the-Scenes for Shaun of the Dead, Nick Frost gets a shot in the ass. By shot, we mean a syringe, which, according to him, was for the cold. There's even footage and everything.
- In To Hell And Back the Real Life story of Medal of Honor recipient Audie Murphy, Audie's friend asks him where he got shot.
Audie: In... the hip.
Friend: Yeah, but where'd it come out?
Audie: [pause, then laughs] You know where it came out!
- A surviving victim of the Copycat Zodiac was shot in the ass.
- Sometimes doctors have to administer a vaccine in the buttocks area. And if you really act up and you have to be sedated a common place to administer intramuscular Haloperidol (often part of a "B52" consisting of the former as well as Ativan and Benadryl) is right in the buttock, especially if someone being held face down on the floor by security since it's the most convenient area to reach. In other words, they give you a shot in the ass.
- Benito Mussolini was shot in the ass during World War I.
- So was George Patton during one of the 1918 offensives, after he fell off the tank he was riding on.
- U.S. soldier James Bumgarner (later actor James Garner) was wounded by friendly fire during the Korean War.
- Lee Marvin was given a medical discharge from the US Marines after being wounded in the buttocks by machine gun during the battle for Saipan (June 1944).
- George Canning in his duel with Lord Castlereigh. Standard histories say he was hit "in the fleshy part of the thigh". Natural historian/paleontologist/essayist Stephen Jay Gould claimed he had it on good authority "he was shot in the ass". From which we get the title his essay "George Canning's Left Buttock" (later collected in Gould's 1991 book Bully for Brontosaurus), which notes how this minor duel (both participants survived) impacted both US (concerning the treaty of Ghent) and natural history (concerning Darwin's Beagle voyage).
- One of the victims of the Kip Kinkel school shooting was hit in the ass by a stray bullet that ricocheted off the ground.
- This is a common battlefield injury for infantrymen. When one is lying prone and starts to crawl the natural inclination is to raise one's butt. Soldiers are trained not to do this, but it's easy to forget when they're under fire.
- Referenced in All Quiet on the Western Front when one of the protagonists places the helmet of a fear-stricken recruit over the recruit's backside, on the grounds that this is his highest point (they are all sheltering from a bombardment as best they can)
- Referenced in a few of Bill Mauldin's earlier WWII cartoons. In one, a sergeant claps a soldier's helmet over his raised ass, saying to put it where it'll do the most good. In another, the sergeant demonstrates the consequences of improper crawling by going down the line with a spiked board.
- During World War II, George Patton's son-in-law, Lt. Col. John Waters, was shot in the ass during a botched raid on Oflag 13B, a German POW camp (he had been taken prisoner in Tunisia two years earlier). To add to the irony, Patton approved the raid in the first place specifically to rescue him.
- In Chicago, this has become so common that heyjackass.com has created the Shot in the Ass-O-Meter. There is also the Shot in the Junk-O-Meter.
- Joey Porter, American football linebacker best known for his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers, was shot in the ass as a bystander of a shooting outside a Denver nightclub shortly before the 2003 season. While he missed the first two games while recovering from the injury, and had a sub par season by his standards, he continued to play until 2011, including 3 season where he made the Pro Bowl.
- Commonly done to tranquilize large wild animals via dart gun, as approaching them from behind is safer for the shooter and less likely to scare the animal off. With cheetahs, it's even necessity; they're such Fragile Speedsters that the muscle of the upper leg is the only part of them thick enough to be darted without the risk of literally breaking a bone.
- In Finnish, saying that someone is "like a bear that's been shot in the ass" is a metaphor for describing someone who is as angry as, well, a bear that's been Shot in the Ass.