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I'm getting married in the morning
Ding dong, the bells are gonna chime
Pull out the stopper, let's have a whopper
But get me to the church on time

A guy has a wedding, and they usually throw a wild party as their last day as a bachelor before the wedding day. Often, it gets wild, often having a lot of beer and smoking. Sometimes, they'll also go to a strip club or hire a stripper for the party. Occasionally, the bride-to-be (or the wife of one of the invited, in some cases) will walk in on the party and be horrified at this aspect. Known as a Bachelor Party in the United States.

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Recently, it's been increasingly popular in comedy to show the guys trying to have a wild stag party, only to have it fall apart in a disappointing fashion. The stripper is over the hill, or a guy. The stripper dressed up as a police officer is an actual policewoman. The car breaks down. The stripper calls the best man to explain that she can't make it due to an illness/family emergency/flat tire/whatever else, and he doesn't have anything else planned. The entire party comes down with food poisoning from eating some bad shrimp cocktails. Etc. Often, while the guys expect that the women are having something akin to a bridal shower or a Tupperware party, or that his fiancee is at home watching TV in her sweatpants by herself, they're having a bachelorette party as wild as what the men were hoping for.

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Somewhat of a Truth in Television, although it rarely ever gets as serious as above. Also note that its Distaff Counterpart, alternatively called a Hen Party or Bachelorette Party, has also become common. Compare Wild Teen Party. See Jumping Out of a Cake for the stripper in the cake which is often included.


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     Comic Books 
  • Luke Skywalker's in Star Wars: Union erupts into a Bar Brawl when some disgruntled moffs try to crash it. It's also kinda expected when Han Solo and another friend set it up at a seedy bar. It's G-rated, also.

    Fanfiction 
  • A G-rated version of this appears in the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf story "Empath's Wedding", where it starts off as the Smurfs' one last adventure with Gargamel in an Imaginarium fantasy setting, and then it turns into a beach dance party that most of Empath's fellow Smurfs (except for Tapper and Hefty) attend. The one that was thrown for Woody the woodelf prior to his marriage to Laconia, as recalled in "A Wedding To Remember", was more of a typical party where Duncan McSmurf had to carry Woody back to his house to rest when he got drunk on sarsaparilla ale.
  • Hero and his fellow male Smurfs have one on the night before his wedding to Wonder Smurfette in the Hero: The Guardian Smurf story "Hero's Wedding". It's also G-rated, and it consists basically of a dance party.
  • Since Batman and Catwoman getting married is the secondary focus, Batman: Melody for a Mockingbird naturally has this. Newsfeed of Selina's bachelorette party is shown in the first chapter. Planned by Harley Quinn, it involves her and the gal pals knocking over a toy store and going wild at a carnival. Meanwhile, three different parties for Bruce are planned by his work colleagues, Clark and the league, and Dick the wedding plannerzilla, which are all put a stop to by Scarecrow and Hush's Evil Plan. In the end, Bruce decides a quiet moment on the shores of a private beach minutes before the ceremony is all the party he needs.
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     Film 
  • The film Bachelor Party, which is about Tom Hanks' character trying to keep his fidelity to his future wife intact while enjoying the hell out of himself at the party with his sex-crazed friends. And, of course, dealing with his future wife's unwanted suitor.
  • In Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Johnny convinces Reed to have a bachelor party (which Reed insists doesn't have strippers). They go to a club and Reed winds up dancing with some (clothed) women, which is mostly just an excuse for silly-looking use of his superpowers before Sue arrives with the movie's plot. He winds up quelling any anger she feels toward him by refusing to postpone their wedding for the possible danger, and she jokes(?) that she had a wilder bachelorette party anyway.
  • The Hangover is about a groom, his two best friends, and his brother-in-law going to Las Vegas for one of these. The next morning, the groom is missing, the room is trashed, there's a tiger in the bathroom and a baby in the closet, their valet ticket comes back to a police car, and no one remembers what happened. The first sequel has the same setup.
  • Last Vegas is all about Billy's friends trying to stage an epic bachelor party for him at the age of 70.
  • The premise of Psycho Cop Returns is that the eponymous Killer Cop learns about a debaucherous bachelor party that's going to be held at an office building after the place closes down. To him, such lawlessness simply does not do and he goes there to kill people.
  • The Irish film The Stag is about a stag weekend in the country. The groom and his friends decide to have a relatively quiet hiking weekend, until the bride's brother turns up, causing hilarity to ensue.
  • Watson has his Stag Party planned by Sherlock in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Sherlock really chose the location so he could find a fortune teller with ties to his latest case. He didn't even invite any of Watson's other friends and colleagues. While Sherlock is fighting off assassins, the only craziness that happens to Watson is getting drunk and brawling with other patrons over some gambling winnings that fell on the floor (curtesy of Holmes).
  • Stagknight is a Slasher Movie that has a killer in medieval armour killing people who are affliated with a paintball-themed bachelor party.
  • Very Bad Things features a stag party that goes horribly wrong and results in the death of a stripper.
  • Discussed in Jurassic World when Zara refuses to let her fiance have a bachelor party because "all his friends are animals."
  • In Deadly Advice, Beth goes out on a hen night for one of the girls at the bank where she works. They go to a strip club in Bristol. By the end of the night, everyone is drunk, one girl is throwing up in her handbag, and the bride-to-be is in tears and wondering why she is getting married. Meanwhile, Beth has met Bunny, the stripper who will later move in with her.
  • A Guy Thing starts with a bachelor party for Paul. Things get a little too wild for him, so he gives his "groom" hat to the best man and ends up chatting up an attractive dancer. The next morning, he wakes up and is shocked to find her in his bed. His fiancée Karen is on her way, so he kicks the girl out without even learning her name. Then he learns that the girl is Karen't cousin. Whoops.

     Literature 
  • In Twilight, Edward has a "bachelor party" which really just consists of him and his brothers going hunting the night before his wedding (to offset the chance any of them would go crazy and eat the guests).
  • Conversational Troping in the secton on weddings in the Discworld spinoff Nanny Ogg's Cookbook. Nanny points out that the best man has a difficult job, since part of it is to ensure that the groom turns up, looks smart, and is vertical, whereas the other part is to hold a party which guarantees none of these things will happen.
    • In I Shall Wear Midnight, Roland is treated/subjected to his own stag night, where the only criteria for success appears to be that the groom-to-be wakes up in a pig sty with no trousers on.

     Live Action TV 
  • Inverted in the Monk episode "Mr. Monk Goes to a Wedding," where it's the bachelorette party for Natalie's brother's fiancée. Basically, the party has the women hiring a male stripper (in cop uniform), where he asks the hostess if she has been a bad girl. However, it's cut short by Monk having to come to remove Natalie to handle a crime scene investigation elsewhere in the hotel. He also takes the stripper along, too, having mistook him for an actual cop.
    • Played straight and deconstructed in "Mr. Monk Is the Best Man," where Stottlemeyer let Monk plan the bachelor's party, and it was exceptionally bland, even leading to an inversion of the Designated Driver trope due to Monk only supplying one 12 oz. beer bottle to each guest (making 144 oz. total, as there were 12 people in attendance). The closest it got to being a serious party is when someone firebombed Stottlemeyer's car, something that an extremely drunk Disher reported to Stottlemeyer about someone illegally parking a charcoal-black car with "flames painted on the windows."
  • In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "You Are Cordially Invited", Bashir and O'Brien find out that a traditional Klingon "bachelor party" is about as much fun as you can expect from anything Worf suggests. Jadzia's party is more in line with the trope: the entire station seems to have been invited, there's a shirtless fire-dancing guy, the neighbors call security about the noise, and everyone goes home hung over.
  • Friends,
    • In "The One With The Stripper" Phoebe lets it slip that Monica had a secret bachelorette party (in which she untied a G-string with her mouth) even though her and Chandler had agreed not to have one. To make up for it, she throws a bachelor party for him, and pays for a stripper. Unfortunately, the only other person who shows up is Joey, and the "stripper" is actually a prostitute.
    • Pheobe's own bachelorette party doesn't go well either. Monica arranges a refined party with people drinking tea, and when she learns that this isn't what Pheobe wanted hires a male stripper at the last minute. He's played by Danny DeVito. The title of the episode is "The One Where The Stripper Cries".
    • In "The One With The Worst Best Man Ever", during the lead-up to Ross's marriage to Emily, he tells Joey he wants a low-key affair with no strippers.
      Chandler: Have fun planning your "mellow" bachelor party.
      Joey: There's gonna be strippers there. He didn't say anything about no strippers.
      Chandler: He just said "No strippers"!
      Joey: Huh. I chose not to hear that.
  • Doctor Who: The Doctor sneaks into Rory's Stag Party and jumps out of the cardboard cake. Hilarity Ensues.
  • In the "The Sign of Three" episode of Sherlock, Sherlock and John go on a pub crawl as this. Both get drunk in a couple of hours. Sherlock had been pre-planning his alcohol assumption but John accidentally screwed up his plan by adding shots to their drinks.
  • The final scene of the Murdoch Mysteries episode "Glory Days" is Murdoch's stag night (the following episode being the one where They Do). The normally teetotal Murdoch actually has a drink and, to his embarrassment, Bat Masterson arranges for an exotic dancer (but not a stripper since it's 1902).
  • On NCIS, Jimmy Palmer's stag party gets used as part of a sting operation. All the drinks are watered down; unfortunately, Palmer Can't Hold His Liquor.
  • In Chicago Fire, Mouch is forced by Trudy to have her brother Larry be his best man over his best friend Herrmann, who then starts planning what appears to be the most boring bachelor party ever (at least, to a non-nerd). Everyone goes along with this to support Mouch, except for Herrmann, who constantly complains. In fact, Herrmann claims that this is probably Trudy's idea to keep the bachelor party from getting too crazy. When everyone arrives to the hotel room, it turns out that Larry has actually thrown a crazy party with bikini-clad girls, music, and drinks. Not only was Herrmann in on the whole thing, but it was Trudy's idea.
  • Parks and Recreation gives us "Two Parties" which show Leslie's and Ben's before their wedding. Ann throws Leslie a typical bachelorette party with alcohol, lewd games, and a stripper dressed like Abraham Lincoln. It gets derailed when Leslie finds out Councilman Jamm has allowed a burger franchise to develop land she wants designated for a park and tries to stop construction by planting fake Native American artifacts in the ground while it's raining. Meanwhile, Chris throws Ben a more low-key bachelor party which consists of the guys playing board games and drinking beer. Once they're done, Tom suggests going to a trendy bar specializing in "molecular mixology" (they serve cotton candy that's beer, lotion that's scotch, etc.) It eventually transpires that none of the guys got to have a bachelor party before they got married so Chris decides to give them all one that night. Jerry gets a trip to his favorite ice cream parlor, Andy gets to practice with the Indianapolis Colts, and Ron gets to have an expensive steak dinner where they all meet Newt Gingrich. They thank Chris for the great night by giving him a "Best Best Man" trophy.
  • The final season of How I Met Your Mother has one for Barney that goes hilariously wrong - they have to stay in a small hotel in Atlantic City, watch An Inconvenient Truth, hire a clown for entertainment, the stripper is Barney's ex-girlfriend, get "the wrong Karate Kid" (a running joke in the series is that Barney considers Billy Zabka to be the true karate kid and the hero of the film), Barney goes gambling and gives Marshall to Chinese mobsters as collateral, and Robin breaks up with him. At the end, they reveal that it had all been prearranged by the gang, up to and including Marshall's (fake) hand being cut off by the mobsters, in order to check everything off of Barney's Bachelor Party Checklist while also making the night unforgettable (since, as Barney admits, the average guy's great bachelor party is just a normal night for him). Also, the clown was Billy Zabka, who stays for several more episodes afterwards.
    • Barney is notorious for throwing these. Ted attempts to arrange a more sedate affair, seeing a boxing match and having a steak dinner, for Marshall's bachelor party and even lies to Barney about their actual destination to keep him from meddling. Despite his efforts Barney is still able to hijack the weekend and arranges for a stripper to meet them at the hotel. The stripper breaks her ankle just after starting her act but, after a trip to the hospital, she and Barney insist on finishing. We don't see the performance but by the time she's done nobody wants their steak dinner anymore. They're ultimately kicked out of the hotel after Barney leaves a lit cigar lying around which sets the room on fire.
  • On Mash, when Margaret marries Lieutenant-Colonel Donald Penobscot (of West Point!), the doctors hold a bachelor party for him in the Swamp. Father Mulcahy regales them with a story of the other "stag smoker" he attended - complete with a nun jumping out of an angel food cake.

     Music Video 
  • In the video for Jagged Edge's "Let's Get Married" (the original, not the remix), a man named Trent proposes to his girlfriend Sarah, who expresses some concerns that he's not really ready just yet, because he has a habit of putting his friends and fun stuff before her. One of his friends throws him a wild bachelor party the night before the wedding, and Sarah is picking out her wedding dress.note . Sarah finally picks out the dress she wants, and calls Trent to let him know and get some emotional support, but at that moment one of the strippers gets on his lap and hangs up his phone. Sarah, feeling very hurt, breaks off the engagement, leaving Trent looking at the ring and contemplating What Could Have Been on the steps of the church. The video rewinds back to the bachelor party, only this time Trent takes the call despite his friends' teasing, and gives Sarah the reassurance she's looking for, and the wedding goes off without a hitch.

     Newspaper Comics 
  • In one FoxTrot cartoon, Roger remarks reluctantly that he brought home a souvenir from a bachelor's party that he earlier claimed was boring where they drank and told jokes. It was strongly implied that Roger actually went to the Playboy Mansion and that he took one of the Playboy Bunny's rabbit ears, to which Jason, obviously not knowing what the ears were originally for, wore them to celebrate Easter.

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     Western Animation 
  • The Simpsons had Homer Simpson attending a stag party where he, while drunk, danced with Princess Kashmir, an exotic dancer, an action that Bart stumbled upon while making his way back from the bathroom in the restaurant (It Makes Sense in Context) and photographed. It's technically a deconstruction, however, as a.) the host and his father clearly did not want that kind of party, and b.) the rest of the episode is about Homer trying to teach Bart that treating women that way is wrong.
    • In "My Big Fat Geek Wedding", Edna has a wild bachelorette party at the Simpson house, consisting of Marge and many other Springfield wives with Duffman as a hired stripper. Skinner's bachelor party is less than wild as it only consist of him, Homer, Lenny, and Carl sitting at Moe's.
    • In the Flash Forward episode "Lisa's Wedding," Bart comments that he met a woman at Lisa's fiancé's bachelor party.
    Lisa: Hugh didn't have a bachelor party.
    Bart: We had one in his honor. (Lisa stares) I had one in his honor. (Lisa continues to stare) I went to a strip club.
  • A Stag Party was a pretty big part of the premise of Family Guy's pilot episode "Death Has A Shadow." Unlike most examples, the major consequence of his going to a Stag Party doesn't involve losing his marriage or having a strained soon-to-be-marriage, as it is that Peter loses his job thanks to negligence via sleeping on the job.
  • On King of the Hill, Hank, Dale and Bill all apparently had the same bachelor's party: they sat around and played cards, and at some point managed to secretly put a ball and chain around the groom's ankle, which they thought was hilarious. They try to throw the same kind of party for Boomhauer's brother, but he winds up hiring strippers.
  • On Rocko's Modern Life, Filburt's friends throw him a bachelor party at an ice cream parlor. There's a (fully-clothed) woman dancing on top of the "bar," and everyone ends up with an ice cream hangover.
  • A G-rated children's version of such was held for Snoopy prior to his wedding to Genevieve in the cartoon special Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown.

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