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A wedgie (also known as a snuggie, grundie", gotch pull, or mervin.) is having one's underwear or other garments "wedged" between the buttocks. This can occur naturally, due to tight garments or physical activity; this is referred to as the underwear "riding up". It can also be performed as a prank or as a form of bullying; this is referred to as "giving (a person) a wedgie".Wedgies, when performed by bullies, can cause incredible pain due to the position of the underpants.[1] Wedgies are commonly seen in popular culture for example on the popular American animated TV show The Simpsons.

Wedgies in popular culture

Television

  • The Seinfeld episode "The Library" contains a conversation about wedgies:[2]
Elaine: Why do they call it a "wedgie"?
George: Because the underwear is pulled up from the back until ... it wedges in.
Jerry: They also have an Atomic Wedgie. Now the goal there is to actually get the waistband on top of the head. It's very rare.
Elaine: Boys are sick.
Jerry: Well what do girls do?
Elaine: We just tease someone until they develop an eating disorder.
  • In the animated show, The Mask, the main hero used "atomic wedgies" as a weapon against his enemies, especially on Police Lt. Kellaway and his partner Doyle. This was taken from a scene in the movie where he did it to a gang leader.
  • In Ed, Edd, n' Eddy episode, If It Smells Like an Ed, Jimmy receives the atomic wedgie by Eddy. In the episode Brother, Can You Spare An Ed?, Eddy decides to pay Sarah back her money by offering a wedgie service. This includes Kevin giving Ed and Edd hanging wedgies from a tree, and at the end, Eddy receives the same fate. In another episode, Eddy and Edd get atomic wedgies with Ed getting his pants shoved up from all around, and yet in another episode Eddy gives Jimmy 3 atomic wedgies. In An Ed is Born episode, Kevin giving Eddy a bicycle wedgie. In To The Eds-treme flash game, Edd is given himself a wedgie.
  • The Nickelodeon show Salute Your Shorts used the word "Melvin" regularly to refer to a wedgie wherein the underwear is pulled from the front.
  • On Teletoon.com, there is a game called Edgy Wedgy, which the object of the game is to wedgie as many people as you can without wedging Granny.
  • During the Eek! The Cat episode entitled RockEek VI, Eek! receives a wedgie from the referee.
  • In The Simpsons, bullies Nelson, Jimbo, Kearney and Dolph usually give wedgies to smaller and nerdier kids, like Martin and Milhouse as well as Bart, who also uses the term 'Rear Admiral.'
  • Also in The Simpsons episode A Star Is Burns, critic Jay Sherman is given a hanging wedgie by Marge's sisters Patty and Selma for saying that MacGuyver is gay.
  • In the Malcolm in the Middle episode "Krelboyne Picnic", Reese (Justin Berfield) is hung by his boxers on a wire fence by Eraserhead's older brother and also Malcolm and Reese torture Dewy with a hanging melvin to get the car keys
  • In the Nickelodeon TeenNick show iCarly, wedgies feature frequently: Freddie (Nathan Kress) receives a wedgie from Sam (Jennette McCurdy)and shows his briefs ; Jonah (Sam's boyfriend) is given a hanging wedgie; and in the episode "iGot Detention", Gibby receives at least two "Texas" wedgies. The humor is found in the fact that his pants are smoking in the scene where he walks through the hallway, implying that the wedgie occurred quickly and frequently enough to create a great amount of friction (and therefore pain and smoke).
  • In the Scrubs episode My Missed Perception, Todd gets a "four story atomic wedgie" from "The Janitor",and in My Kingdom JD receives a hanging wedgie from employees.
  • In the animated TV series Ben 10, in the episodes "And Then There Were 10", "The Unnaturals", "Goodbye and Good Riddance", bullies JT and Cash give Ben a hanging wedgie and Ben gives the two bullies hanging wedgies as XLR8 for revenge. Grampa Max also received two wedgies. He got his first wedgie when he got his underpants wedgied by an electric creature. He got another wedgie by having his undies wedgied by a nightmarish JT and Cash.
  • In The Replacements, Todd is given many hanging wedgies and regular wedgies by the bully, Buzz.
  • In The George Lopez Show episode "George Nieces a New Media Room, George gives Max a wedgie when he is hitting on Veronica.
  • In the Two and a Half Men episode "Back Off Mary Poppins", Charlie hugs Alan, and then reaches down and gives him a wedgie. Also, in the episode "I Have Always Wanted a Shaved Monkey", Alan claims that his brother gave him an atomic wedgie every day when they were kids.
  • In Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get A Clue!, Shaggy and Scooby sneak up on Dr. Pribes and give him an atomic wedgie.
  • In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode The Battle of Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob received an atomic wedgie by Patrick at the beach. In No Weenies Allowed, Patrick gives himself a wedgie. In Hooky episode, Mr. Krabs gives a fish a wedgie. In another part of the episode, SpongeBob receives the dangling wedgie. In Survival of the Idiots episode, Sandy gives SpongeBob and Patrick extreme wedgies.
  • In The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Cody says that Zack gives him a wedgie every day at lunch and on the bus. Also in one episode Zack is given three hanging wedgies in summer school.
  • In the Danny Phantom episode "Splitting Images", Danny gives Dash an atomic wedgie and dumps frogs down his pants, while in another dimension in another ghost's body, Danny is given an atomic wedgie by a greaser. In Reign Storm, Dash hangs Danny on the Nasty Burger flagpole by his briefs.
  • In Drake And Josh, Josh gets a wedgie at a local jail from a "lowlife scum".
  • In Total Drama Island, DJ states that he got a wedgie flop from landing butt first after jumping from a big diving board into the local pool. In "Basic Straining", Geoff gives Harold a ripping wedgie with a fishing pole.
  • In Family Matters episode The Psycho Twins, Waldo gives himself a melvin and Steve Urkel receive two wedgies one from a bootcamp sergant and in Wedding Bell Blues one by Carl to save him from falling off the church bell.
  • In Even Stevens, Louis received an accidental wedgie from Beans,and in the Hall Monitor episode two bullies are giving a kid a wedgie,Louis gives them wedgies as punishment for bullying.
  • In Step by Step, Franks steals Brendan's bike to find his wedding ring which gives him a major wedgie. In a Halloween episode Lily puts her tights on backwards giving her a major wedgie. Later, Frank reveals his arch nemesis challenged him to arm wrestle and he lossed after that the team had ran his jock strap up the flagpole.
  • In The Secret Saturdays, Zak gets a power wedgie from 6,000 feet, as he states.
  • In Friends, Monica tells Phoebie about wedgies she and Ross used to give to each other as children.
  • In Fairly Odd Parents episode "Dream Goat", Vicky gives Timmy a normal wedgie, and an atomic wedgie. Near the end of the same episode, Chompy the goat gives Vicky a wedgie, exposing her pink panties. In the pilot episode, Timmy imagines giving Francis a fork lift wedgie as an adult. In another episode, Timmy tries to hide in his pants from Vicky, Vicky gets him out by giving him a fork lift wedgie. In another episode, a substitute teacher rewards gold stars for everything, including Francis giving Chester a huge wedgie. In another episode, Francis gives both Chester and AJ wedgies to hear them scream, but in this episode there is no sound, so he tries it again and again. Timmy gets revenge for them by giving Francis hanging wedgie from the flagpole. In yet another episode, Francis gives Mr. Crocker, who is in Timmy's body, a hanging wedgie from a flagpole. When Crocker gets down, he states "Wow, that was a super wedgie! I still have time to waddle home uncomfortably."
  • In the 6Teen episode, The Swami, Nikki gives Jude a wedgie for giving Caitlin advice , which she passed on to Wyatt, causing to be "motivated" to face his fear of heights on the ladder, only to find himself still acrophobic and can not get down.
  • In the Wayside episode, Pull My Ponytail, Myron states that a bird carrying him was giving him a wedgie.
  • In Rocko's Modern Life episode Canned, Rocko whispers Spunky that Ed Bighead had a permeated wedgie. In Seat to Stardom episode, Rocko received a wedgie by the boss.
  • In My Dad the Rockstar, episode High Infidelity, Buzz sneaks behind Willy and gives him a lifting wedgie. Buzz removes a plant from its plant holder and lifts Willy’s underwear to hang in its place, in which Buzz gave Willy a hanging wedgie.
  • In The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Local bully Sperg is feared for his "deadly" wedgies.
  • In Invader Zim episode A Room With A Moose episode, Rob gives Dib a wedgie. In Tak: The Hideous New Girl episode, Carl gives Melvin an atomic wedgie. In Dibship Rising episode, Dib asks Robodib for remembering the time when he is given a wedgie by the kids.
  • In Phineas and Ferb episode Bully Bromance Breakup, Baljeet received a wedgie by Buford. In another part of the episode, Baljeet gives Buford a massive wedgie and the kids gives Buford a parachute wedgie. In Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation! episode, Buford gives Baljeet a wedgie. In Wizard of Odd episode, Baljett (who is Nerdcrow) gets a hanging wedgie.
  • In Yvon of the Yukon episode Call of the Mild, Yvon remembered back in the earlier years when he is given a massive wedgie for three yards away by the guardsman. In second part of the episode, Tommy accidentally gives Yvon a ripping wedgie while fishing. In the third part of the episode, Yvon fell over the cliff and suddenly, he gets his underwear hung by the stick at the cliff. In another episode, Yvon is given a dangling wedgie by the leader of the corp in the island. In Mad Dog Ducharme episode, Bill puts terrier bombs in Yvon's briefs and grab his briefs up. In Special Duh-livery episode, Yvon gives himself an atomic wedgie. In Daddy Dumbest episode, Dil and Chuck gives Specs Cranium an atomic wedgie. In Officer and the Frenchman episode, Yvon and Harland gives each other atomic wedgies in the fight. In another part of the episode, Dil and Chuck running around while they get atomic wedgied. They bumped to the Major Sweetly and they are given wedgies by him.
  • In Regular Show episode Go Viral, the ninja gives the guy a wedgie. Another part of the episode, the ninja gives the thug a huge wedgie and then, the thug punches the ninja. Third part where the ninja gives the Warden of the Internet a ripping wedgie. In Starter Pack episode, Thomas received an atomic wedgie by Muscle Man.
  • In The Amazing World of Gumball episode The Ghost, Gumball received a ripping wedgie by Darwin. In The Fridge episode, Gumball gets small a hanging wedgie and loses his trunks. In The Plan episode, Gumball has got a wedgie. In The Best, Gumball accidentally gives himself a hanging wedgie from the ceiling when he and Darwin try and break into Principal Brown's office.
  • In The Angry Beavers episode Muscular Beaver, Daggett (as Muscular Beaver) gives himself a melvin. In Muscular Beaver 3 episode, Treeflower gives Daggett (as his alter-ego, Muscular Beaver) a dangling wedgie for saving his life. In Muscular Beaver 5 episode, Daggett (as Muscular Beaver) and Norbert (as Baron Bad Beaver) received wedgies.
  • In Johnny Bravo episode Get Stinky, Johnny gives himself a wedgie. In episode Freudian Dip, Carl gives a young Johnny a wedgie from the flashback. At the another part of the episode, Johnny gets revenge on Carl and gives him a wedgie. In Run, Johnny, Run episode, a lady gives Johnny an atomic wedgie and she hits on him. In Buffoon Lagoon episode, Johnny gets the hanging wedgie from the narwhal. In Galaxy Boy Johnny episode, Kharlok received a galactic wedgie and a noogie by Johnny Bravo.
  • In Beavis and Butt-head episode Stewart's House, Stewart Stevenson received the hanging wedgie by Beavis and Butt-head. In Sick episode, Beavis received a melvin by himself.
  • In Yin, Yang, Yo! episode A Case of Evils, Yang puts on the Adult Diapers of Doom and gives himself a wedgie which activates them granting the user enhanced physical strength and musculature. In Dave Master episode, Dave is getting a wedgie. In Enter the Ant episode, Yang received a wedgie by Yin. In An Oldie but a Goodie episode, Coop is given an atomic wedgie.
  • In Johnny Test episode Johnny Long Legs, Bumper received an atomic wedgie by Johnny. In Johnny on the Spot episode, Johnny, who is from the black hole, gives Bumper a ripping wedgie at the end of the episode. In Spotless Johnny episode, Johnny turns invisible and gave the bullies atomic wedgies. In Dolly Johnny episode, Susan and Mary makes Johnny to give himself a wedgie. In Dial J for Johnny episode, Johnny received the hanging wedgie by famous peoples from history for getting revenge on them.
  • In Xiaolin Showdown episode The Evil Within, a evil Clay Bailey gives Jack Spicer a wedgie. In another part of the episode, during a mock battle between Omi and Chase Young, where Chase's staff catches on Omi's pants causing to get a dangling wedgie. In Pandatown episode, Kimiko Tohomiko's beltsrap gives a bad guy a wedgie.
  • In South Park episode Cat Orgy, Shelly gives Cartman two atomic wedgies and another scene, Shelly's older boyfriend shows up at the Cartman house and gives Eric Cartman an atomic wedgie. In another episode, Butters gets a hanging wedgie.
  • In What's with Andy? episode Gooey Chewies, Andy gives a guy a wedgie. In The Great American Lock-In episode, Andy and Danny received hanging and atomic wedgies by Peter and Andrew. In The Passing Prank episode, the jock gets a ripping wedgie. In Pranks a Lot episode, Peter and Andrew gives Andy and Danny hanging wedgies while they talked about wrestling. In Weight to Go episode, Danny has given a wedgie by Peter. In Prank Watch episode, Andy gets a ripping wedgie in a fence at near of the end. In The Answers episode, Andy and Danny are given hanging wedgies.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot: In the episode Return of the Raggedy Android, Brad receives an atomic wedgie from space biker Letta. The gang's pet later gives himself an atomic wedgie in an attempt to escape Jenny. In Price of Love, Sheldon's underwear gets stuck on teh door cuasing to get a ripping wedgie.
  • In Being Ian episode Cyrano de Mille, Kyle gives Korey a wedgie for explaning. In Dorkbusters episode, Ian, Korey and Dennis are given wedgies by the other bullies. In Show Me The Bunny episode, Korey gives Ian a wedgie. In Bad Day at the White Rock episode, Kyle gives Korey a flipping wedgie and in another part episode, Korey and the beach girl will give Ian a wicked wedgie. In Out of Focus Group episode, Ian mind controls Korey and he gives himself an atomic wedgie. In Joust Kidding Around episode, Ian's dad gives himself a melvin. In O Brother, Where Art Thou? episode, Korey gives Ian a wedgie in Ian's flashback. In another episode, Ian tries to cheer Sandri up and gives himself an atomic wedgie.
  • In Camp Lakebottom episode Afternoon of the Living Gitch, Gretchen gives Squirt a ripping wedgie. In the second part of the same episode, Gretchen received a hanging wedgie from Squirt's posessed underwear. In Pranks for Nothing episode, the master prankster guy received a wedgie by Armond. In Terror from the Toybox episode, McGee gives himself an atomic wedgie. In Slimeball Run episode, McGee gives himself a ripping wedgie. In Monkey See, Monkey Kung Fu episode, Squirt gives himself a Melvin. In Pandora's Jock episode, McGee stopped by a painful wedgie.
  • In Ren and Stimpy episode A Littlest Giant, Stimpy is given a wedgie by the big bullies. In No Pants Today! episode, Victor the bully gives himself a Melvin. In another part of the episode, Victor's dad gives himself a ripping wedgie and gives his briefs to Stimpy. Stimpy who is in Victor dad's briefs and he is happy to give himself a wedgie. In Lair of the Lummox episode, Kowalski gives himself a ripping wedgie. In Space Dogged episode, Ren gives himself a Melvin.
  • In The Looney Tunes Show episode Bugs & Daffy Get A Job, Daffy Duck gives himself a huge "jockstrap" wedgie.

Film

  • In Zoolander, Ben Stiller (as Derek Zoolander) tries to win a modeling competition by removing his briefs without removing his pants. He fails, and in the process gives himself a Melvin.
  • In An Extremely Goofy Movie, Tank gives PJ a power wedgie after he makes fun of their fraternity name. PJ's underpants are pulled from both the front and the back over his head, and he is lifted off the ground.
  • In Scary Movie 2, Anna Faris (as Cindy Campbell) gets a wedgie by Buddy in the school's hallway. The same Buddy receives a wedgie from a ghost later in the movie.
  • In Scary Movie 3, Jenny McCarthy receives a wedgie from Pamela Anderson in the beginning of the movie.
  • In Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, Bill & Ted give the Grim Reaper a melvin, who gives the main villain, Chuck De Nomolos, a melvin as well near the conclusion of the film.
  • In Superhero Movie, Drake Bell gives a villain a wedgie while fighting him.
  • In Treehouse Hostage, 10 year old Buddy gives escaped convict Carl Banks (Jim Varney) a wedgie while tied up. Carl then escapes and gives Buddy a hanging, atomic wedgie for information/revenge.
  • In Jackass: The Movie, Raab Himself gives himself a hanging wedgie by jumping out of a tree while his underwear is secured to its branches.
  • In The Ant Bully (film), Lucas has his underwear ripped off by a neighborhood bully.
  • In The Benchwarmers a coach has his boxers hung on a fence.
  • In Nacho Libre Ramses gets his gold briefs in a atomic wedgie.
  • In Meet the Spartans one of the Persians has his briefs wedgied by a spartan.
  • In "George of the Jungle (film)" George gives Thor's, one of the villains, underpants an atomic wedgie.
  • In Eight Crazy Nights Adam Sandler's character gives himself a ripping wedgie.
  • In Casper: A Spirited Beginning, a construction worker gets an atomic wedgie (his underwear is pulled over his head) by a ghost and the Bullies got hanging wedgies from the ghosts.
  • In the movie Punks a character recives a atomic wedgie.
  • In the movie Dog Gone two men recieve a wedgie.
  • In Anger Management, the local bully gives a kid several wedgies while wearing roller skates.
  • In The Simpsons Movie, the bullies gave Martin Prince a hanging wedgie from the intro. In another part of the movie, Bart gives Homer a dangling wedgie.

Print

  • Author Joe Borgenicht wrote a children's book How to Give a Wedgie, containing advice on how to give a wedgie as well as several other "tricks, tips, and skills no adult will teach you".[3]
  • In the Dilbert comics wedgies are frequently used.
  • In Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman there is one villain that gives wedgies, known as Wedgie Woman.[4]
  • In an issue of X-Men, Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat) states she has a wedgie after being thrown up in the air.

Live

  • In The Young Ones Comic Relief live, Rik receiving himself a wedgie at the audience.

Other

  • In 2007, eight-year-old second graders Jared and Justin Serovich came up with "wedgie-proof" underwear — with a tear-away waistband — at the Central Ohio Invention Competition 2007 where their invention got them into the finals.
  • In April 6, 2006, Fox News reported on an Albany, New York teacher who was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child for giving a10-year-old pupil a wedgie.
  • In 2007, eight-year-old second graders Jared and Justin Serovich came up with "wedgie-proof" underwear — with a tear-away waistband — at the Central Ohio Invention Competition 2007 where their invention got them into the finals.

Video Games:

  • In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the main character CJ finds the tech-geek Zero hung on a hook by his underwear in a closet of his RC Shop. He had been put there by thugs hired by his nemesis, Berkley.
  • In Bully, Jimmy Hopkins, the player's character, can perform wedgies on unsuspecting characters.

See also

  • Cameltoe

References


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