A wedgie (also known as a "snuggie" or "gotch pull") 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. Wedgies are commonly seen in popular culture for example on the popular American animated TV show The Simpsons and in Dilbert comics
Types of wedgie
- The Melvin is a variant of the wedgie in which the victim's underwear is pulled up from the front. This wedgie was demonstrated in the 2001 movie Zoolander where Ben Stiller (as Derek Zoolander) tries to win a modeling competition by removing his underwear without removing his trousers. He fails, and in the process gives himself a Melvin.
- The atomic wedgie entails hoisting the rear waistband of the receiver's underwear up and over their head. When executed from the front, this procedure is known as the atomic melvin. Besides the nutblaster wedgie, the atomic melvin is the most painful type of wedgie for men. This is demonstrated in the animated show The Mask where 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.
- The hanging wedgie is a variant in which the victim is hung from his underwear, elevated above the ground.
Wedgies in popular culture
- 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 the Ed, Edd, n' Eddy episode, "If It Smells Like an Ed, Eddy gives Jimmy an atomic wedgie. 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.
- 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.'
- 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 wedgie 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", Patrick gives SpongeBob a wedgie at the beach. In "No Weenies Allowed, Patrick gives himself a wedgie. In "Pranks a Lot", Mr. Krabs had his briefs in a melvin knot.
- 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 Frank reveals his arch nemesis challenged him to arm wrestle and he lossed after that the team had rand his jock strap up the flagpole.
- In The Secret Saturdays, Zak gets a power wedgie from 6,000 feet, as he states.
- 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 villians, 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 2007, eight year old Jared and Justin Serovich came up with "wedgie-proof" underwear at the Central Ohio Invention Competition 2007 where their invention got them into the finals.
- In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the main character CJ finds the tech-geek _San_Andreas#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.