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A character catches an anvil with their face or finds themselves under a piano that has just fallen twenty stories or at the receiving end of the biggest can of whupass ever opened. Count on an observer somewhere piping up with "Oooh! That's gotta hurt!"

A favorite stock phrase indicating a character has absorbed a hit so hard that the people watching it felt the pain. Used in live action, animation, color commentary and frequently in Real Life. Used especially often following a Groin Attack AKA Share the Male Pain.

Alternate phrases with the same idea are: "That's going to leave a mark!" or "He'll be feeling that in the morning!" This Is Gonna Suck is the expression of the victim before it happens.



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    Fan Fic 

  • In Tarzan, when young Tarzan hits his body hard against the water, one of the gorilla comments "That one hurt him."
  • In Balto while the title character is fighting Steel, one of the Mooks comments "He'll be feeling that in the morning" when our hero takes a particularly hard hit, to which another says "I think he's feeling it now".
  • In Chicken Run, after Rocky's Disaster Dominoes-fueled entry culminates in the feed trough falling on his head, one of the hens can be heard saying, "Ouch!"


  • The Phantom Menace: a particularly nasty crash during the pod racing prompts the two-headed commentator to exclaim, "Oh! I don't care what universe you're from, that's gotta hurt!"note 
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End: when the crew are rocking the ship, a Chinese sailor looses his grip and falls onto a net and is crushed by a cannon. Quartermaster Gibbs winces as to say the troper.
  • Meet the Spartans, during the dance off Leonidas slides on his head only to split it open. Everyone groans troper-like, but Leonidas simply gets back up, snaps his neck in place and says to his opponent, "You got served!"
  • Reggie Hammond (Eddie Murphy) hit a criminal with a Toyota Tripwire in 48 Hrs.. Then he hits him with this: "What's happening, Luther? I'm sorry about the door man. Did that hurt? It looked real painful when you slammed into it."
  • In the live action version of George of the Jungle, the chimpanzee hoots and winces with sympathetic pain during George's failed entrance. Ditto all the humans on the tugboat after a para-sailing George slams into one of the tug's windows.
    • This trope is built into the theme song of the series, in the movie and in the various animated versions.
      • "George, George, George of the Jungle... Watch out for that- Ow, Ah- ...tree..."
  • In the blooper reel of Rush Hour 2, Chris Tucker's character comments on the Big Bad having fallen out of a window onto a cab several stories down.
    James Carter: DAMN! He ain't gonna be in Rush Hour 3.
  • Hellboy - "I'm gonna be sore in the morning!" After blowing up the Space Cthulu monster by getting it to swallow him and the explosives.
  • Ash invokes this trope word for word after seeing a skeletal warrior get smashed in Army of Darkness.
  • In The Mask, The Mask says this after repeatedly slapping police officers Kellway and Doyle.
  • Spaceballs: When Barf tries to get up way too fast while his seat belt is still buckled: "OW! That's gonna leave a mark!"
  • Kick-Ass. Sporty Goon says this as he narrates the live-on-the-internet beating of Kick Ass and Big Daddy. Kick Ass then meta-narrates the fact that yes, it does indeed hurt.
  • In Flubber, during the first half of the basketball game, one of the Medfield Squirrels runs smack into one of the Rutland Rangers, and falls to the floor with a thud. The Rangers coach says this line, and Coach Barker calls foul over it.
    Rangers coach: Oof! Ooh, baby, that's gotta hurt.
    Coach Barker: He fouled him! He threw his hip into that!


  • Paris is a Bitch. John Rain thinks this while inflicting the damage himself on a mook who wanted to kidnap and rape his Love Interest. On that occasion however there's a distinct lack of empathy involved.

    Live Action TV 

  • In an episode of Seinfeld, George yelled this out while watching a movie about the Hindenburg, after the vessel exploded, getting a big laugh. His attempts to repeat this are foiled when the audience laughs at the guy who brought a laser pointer to the theatre instead.
  • Stephen Fry said it in the "England" episode of QI, in reference to the myth of Prometheus having his liver pecked out by eagles every day. Funnier than normal, just because it's him.
  • Angel gets run over by a pick-up truck in "Epiphany". He survives, but we immediately Smash Cut to Gunn examining Cordelia who's been infected by demon spawn yet again. Gunn of course is saying the trope line.

    Video Games 

  • Erik Stream says it when the player character falls in Backyard Skateboarding.
  • Arena matches in the third and fourth Ratchet & Clank games were punctuated with the commentators saying things like "He's gonna feel that tomorrow!"
  • One of the stock phrases blurted by the announcer after a player gets a headshot in TimeSplitters.
  • Played straight in Duke Nukem 3D: you can sometimes trigger this when you overkill an enemy.
  • Several of the Have a Nice Death messages in the Space Quest series had lines like "That had to hurt!" or "Now this is a pain that'll linger!"
  • One of the phrases that the commentator in Pokémon Stadium is prone to saying.
  • This is one of the quotes that Bug may say when he successfully kills an enemy. "OW! That's gotta hurt!"
  • In the multiplayer mode on Conker's Bad Fur Day the squirrel soldiers say this after doing something particularly gruesome to the Tediz.
  • BloodBowl gives us two sports commentators and upon witnessing a random takedown that knocks down a player, one of them will go: "Wow! I can tell you straight, that hurts."

    Web Animation 
  • In RWBY, during the first battle we see of the Tournament Arc, Reese slips on the ice and lands on her butt hard enough to make the entire audience (and Blake) wince.

    Western Animation 
  • Referenced in Donkey Kong Country by DK himself.
    Donkey Kong: (groaning) That had to hurt... and it did. [faints]
  • Often shouted out by Bob Babble whenever a player gets injured in a gross way in Mutant League.
  • Despite being a Maximal, Rattrap couldn't help but comment on Predacon Tarantulus literally getting caught between a rock and a hard place (a cave wall) with these Exact Words.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003), the Turtles are forced to fight in Gladiator Games by the Triceratons, while the fight is broadcast by two guys named Zed and Raz. When the Turtles are put up against a huge monster called a Spasmosaur and fool it into crashing head-first into a statue:
    Zed: Ooh, that's gotta hurt!
    (Statue topples over and crashes on top of the Spasmosaur.)
    Raz: No, Zed, that's gotta hurt!
  • Taken Up To Eleven in the Total Drama series with the Show Within a Show Total Drama Aftermath that has a montage of these moments appropriately titled "That's Gonna Leave A Mark".
  • In the Kaeloo episode "Let's Play Red Light, Green Light", Bad Kaeloo beats Mr. Cat up into the shape of a frisbee and throws him in the air. He crashes into Quack Quack, causing Stumpy to remark "That's got to hurt." (though it isn't clear whether he was talking about Quack Quack or Mr. Cat).
  • In the Rocko's Modern Life episode "Unbalanced Load", the washing machine in the laundromat comes to life and starts hopping down the street, so Rocko follows it. It comes to an oil spill and Rocko gets burned and the construction worker says, in a Brooklyn accent, "Dat's gotta hoit."
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: In "I Had an Accident", Sandy has this reaction when SpongeBob literally shatters his butt.
    Sandy: Ooh, that's gotta hurt.
    Patrick: Do it again! I wasn't looking!


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