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11th Jul '16 7:26:01 PM DVB
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* ''Film/SpaceJam'' and ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction''. In fact, in the former, [[spoiler:it turns out to work on normal humans as well, setting up an awesome moment for Michael Jordan]].

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* ''Film/SpaceJam'' and ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction''. In fact, Special note in the former, [[spoiler:it [[spoiler: as it turns out to work on that normal humans as well, can also use ToonPhysics in "Looney Tunes Land", setting up an awesome moment for Michael Jordan]].
6th Jul '16 9:14:55 PM merotoker
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* ''ComicBook/TheAwesomeSlapstick'', a.k.a. Steve Harmon. After being transformed into "living electroplasm" from an accident with an alien portal, Slapstick is essentially a {{Toon}} -- he is able to freely abuse ToonPhysics, making him a NighInvulnerable minor RealityWarper. He can recover from all injuries almost instantly with no damage, and has performed otherwise impossible feats, such as swallowing a box of bullets and rapidly firing them by [[BulletSeed spitting them out]] like a machine gun. Specifically, Slapstick is a character in the 616 MarvelUniverse, just like Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four. However, he has super powers that ''just happen'' to make him resemble a cartoon. He has a normal human form, but when he transforms to his Slapstick form, he has RubberMan powers, meaning that he can be stretched harmlessly and turn into an accordion when crushed, and a very powerful HealingFactor, meaning that he can be riddled with bullets, and burned to ash and leave his eyes unharmed long enough for a few blinks. He also has gloves which can access a "sub-spacial storage pocket," or, in layman's terms, {{Hammerspace}}. Finally, he has the personality of a practical joker. Put it together, and he's a cartoon character who could reasonably interact with the X-Men.

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* ''ComicBook/TheAwesomeSlapstick'', a.k.a. Steve Harmon. After being transformed into "living electroplasm" from an accident with an alien portal, Slapstick is essentially a {{Toon}} -- he is able to freely abuse ToonPhysics, Toon Physics, making him a NighInvulnerable {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le minor RealityWarper. He can recover from all injuries almost instantly with no damage, and has performed otherwise impossible feats, such as swallowing a box of bullets and rapidly firing them by [[BulletSeed spitting them out]] like a machine gun. Specifically, Slapstick is a character in the 616 MarvelUniverse, Franchise/MarvelUniverse, just like Spider-Man Franchise/SpiderMan and the Fantastic Four.ComicBook/FantasticFour. However, he has super powers that ''just happen'' to make him resemble a cartoon. He has a normal human form, but when he transforms to his Slapstick form, he has RubberMan powers, meaning that he can be stretched harmlessly and turn into an accordion when crushed, and a very powerful HealingFactor, meaning that he can be riddled with bullets, and burned to ash and leave his eyes unharmed long enough for a few blinks. He also has gloves which can access a "sub-spacial storage pocket," or, in layman's terms, {{Hammerspace}}. Finally, he has the personality of a practical joker. Put it together, and he's a cartoon character who could reasonably interact with the X-Men.



* In one of the first appearances of Mr. Mxyzptlk after the John Byrne reboot, he makes cartoon characters real and attacks Franchise/{{Superman}} with them. The creatures ([[{{Expy}} expies]] of, among others, Fred Flintstone, the Smurfs, and WesternAnimation/MightyMouse) obey ToonPhysics and are thus somewhat of a chore, but when Superman ''himself'' is turned toony by Mxy, he exploits it (pulling a cat from {{Hammerspace}} in his cloak to scare the Mighty Mouse expy, for instance).
* Like the film it inspired, ''ComicBook/TheMask'' grants its wearer the use of toon physics. Unlike the film, though, victims of The Mask's shenanigans are ''not'' subject to the same, so things like SquashedFlat and TorsoWithAView end up as brutally gory deaths instead of AmusingInjuries.

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* In one of the first appearances of Mr. Mxyzptlk after the John Byrne reboot, he makes cartoon characters real and attacks Franchise/{{Superman}} with them. The creatures ([[{{Expy}} expies]] of, among others, Fred Flintstone, the Smurfs, and WesternAnimation/MightyMouse) obey ToonPhysics this and are thus somewhat of a chore, but when Superman ''himself'' is turned toony by Mxy, he exploits it (pulling a cat from {{Hammerspace}} in his cloak to scare the Mighty Mouse expy, for instance).
* Like the film it inspired, ''ComicBook/TheMask'' grants its wearer the use of toon physics.Toon Physics. Unlike the film, though, victims of The Mask's shenanigans are ''not'' subject to the same, so things like SquashedFlat and TorsoWithAView end up as brutally gory deaths instead of AmusingInjuries.



* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', the toons naturally have this power, but live humans do not outside of Toon Town, which means even though the vast majority of them are benign and friendly, it's entirely possible for a toon to kill a human using cartoon rules. This is what makes [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] so scary, because he can and ''does'' kill people with toon physics, and also found a way to kill toons with paint thinner, which he calls the Dip.

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* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', the toons naturally have this power, but live humans do not outside of Toon Town, which means even though the vast majority of them are benign and friendly, it's entirely possible for a toon to kill a human using cartoon rules. This is what makes [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] so scary, because he can and ''does'' kill people with toon physics, Toon Physics, and also found a way to kill toons with paint thinner, which he calls the Dip.



* ''Film/SpaceJam'' and ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction''. In fact, in the former, [[spoiler:it turns out to work on normal humans as well, setting up an awesome moment for Michael Jordan.]]

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* ''Film/SpaceJam'' and ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction''. In fact, in the former, [[spoiler:it turns out to work on normal humans as well, setting up an awesome moment for Michael Jordan.]]Jordan]].



* ''Film/KungFuHustle'' is a rare live-action example that doesn't involve the RogerRabbitEffect. The back cover of the DVD aptly describes the film as [[XMeetsY Looney Tunes meets Quentin Tarantino]].

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* ''Film/KungFuHustle'' is a rare live-action example that doesn't involve the RogerRabbitEffect. The back cover of the DVD aptly describes the film as [[XMeetsY [[JustForFun/XMeetsY Looney Tunes meets Quentin Tarantino]].



* The basis of the season 8 ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Hunteri Heroici". A powerful telekinetic loses his grip on reality and retreats into a dream-world made up of his childhood cartoons. His abilities go full-on RealityWarper and apply toon physics to everything in his vicinity.

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* The basis of the season 8 ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Hunteri Heroici". A powerful telekinetic loses his grip on reality and retreats into a dream-world made up of his childhood cartoons. His abilities go full-on RealityWarper and apply toon physics Toon Physics to everything in his vicinity.



* ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' characters all operate under some degree of cartoon physics due to it being a fighting game, but none moreso than Peacock. Peacock's entire gimmick is being a superpowered cyborg whose appearance and abilities are all heavily based off of Golden Age cartoons. She is explicitly described as being able to [[RealityWarper bend reality]] to fit her cartoonish fighting style. Peacock pulls a plethora of weapons out of Hammerspace, summons [[ShadowOfImpendingDoom Shadows of Impending Doom]] to drop random objects such as [[PianoDrop pianos]] and [[AnvilOnHead other hefty objects]] on her opponents' heads, shoots AbnormalAmmo from her comically oversized revolver, pulls opponents into a BigBallOfViolence, can summon an entire [[AssistCharacter backup squad]] of cartoon cronies including a multitude of [[CartoonBomb walking bombs]], and utilises many other playfully painful fighting techniques that operate under ToonPhysics rules.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' characters all operate under some degree of cartoon physics due to it being a fighting game, but none moreso than Peacock. Peacock's entire gimmick is being a superpowered cyborg whose appearance and abilities are all heavily based off of Golden Age cartoons. She is explicitly described as being able to [[RealityWarper bend reality]] to fit her cartoonish fighting style. Peacock pulls a plethora of weapons out of Hammerspace, summons [[ShadowOfImpendingDoom Shadows of Impending Doom]] to drop random objects such as [[PianoDrop pianos]] and [[AnvilOnHead other hefty objects]] on her opponents' heads, shoots AbnormalAmmo from her comically oversized revolver, pulls opponents into a BigBallOfViolence, can summon an entire [[AssistCharacter backup squad]] of cartoon cronies including a multitude of [[CartoonBomb walking bombs]], and utilises many other playfully painful fighting techniques that operate under ToonPhysics these rules.



* After being transformed into human cartoon characters, the (live action) characters in ''WebVideo/TheCartoonMan'' begin operating on toon physics.

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* After being transformed into human cartoon characters, the (live action) characters in ''WebVideo/TheCartoonMan'' begin operating on toon physics.Toon Physics.



* WaltDisney himself referred to this phenomenon as "The Plausible Impossible", i.e. animating actions that would be physically impossible (a character walks off a cliff and still stands in mid-air) and making them seem plausible in the animated setting (said character then looks down, [[GravityIsAHarshMistress realizes his predicament and starts falling]]).

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* WaltDisney Creator/WaltDisney himself referred to this phenomenon as "The Plausible Impossible", i.e. animating actions that would be physically impossible (a character walks off a cliff and still stands in mid-air) and making them seem plausible in the animated setting (said character then looks down, [[GravityIsAHarshMistress realizes his predicament and starts falling]]).



** Fanfic writer D. G. D. Davidson [[http://www.fimfiction.net/blog/116909 points out]] that one of the reasons ''My Little Pony'' fanfiction tends to seem grittier than the show is that the loony, ubiquitous ToonPhysics that work seamlessly in animation don't translate very well to writing, and so the setting has to be made more realistic and less cartoony and carefree. This particularly hits Pinkie, since her toon gags are a large part of her portrayal in the show, and she's not easy to write without them.

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** Fanfic writer D. G. D. Davidson [[http://www.fimfiction.net/blog/116909 points out]] that one of the reasons ''My Little Pony'' fanfiction tends to seem grittier than the show is that the loony, ubiquitous ToonPhysics version that work seamlessly in animation don't translate very well to writing, and so the setting has to be made more realistic and less cartoony and carefree. This particularly hits Pinkie, since her toon gags are a large part of her portrayal in the show, and she's not easy to write without them.



* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' had a pair of cartoon characters transported into the "real world" and cause havoc. They were virtually unstoppable due to ToonPhysics, as they were functionally invulnerable.

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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' had a pair of cartoon characters transported into the "real world" and cause havoc. They were virtually unstoppable due to ToonPhysics, this, as they were functionally invulnerable.
15th Jun '16 3:29:04 PM TheTownsend
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* Sergeant Acme of ''Webcomic/KongTower'' has this as a Superpower, complete with {{Hammerspace}} and WheelOFeet.
19th Apr '16 4:01:47 PM Andyroid
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* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' has a lot of this, seeing as it takes place at a school for young Toons to learn how to do what Toons do best. An episode from the second season of the show was titled "Toon Physics", and featured {{cutaway gag}]s with [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Orson Whales]] explaining to the viewers how Toon Physics differ from Real World Physics.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' has a lot of this, seeing as it takes place at a school for young Toons to learn how to do what Toons do best. An episode from the second season of the show was titled "Toon Physics", and featured {{cutaway gag}]s gag}}s with [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Orson Whales]] explaining to the viewers how Toon Physics differ from Real World Physics.
19th Apr '16 4:01:18 PM Andyroid
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* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' has a lot of this, seeing as it takes place at a school for young Toons to learn how to do what Toons do best. An episode from the second season of the show was titled "Toon Physics", and featured Orson Whales, a whale expy of Creator/OrsonWelles, who explained to the viewers how Toon Physics differ from Real World Physics.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' has a lot of this, seeing as it takes place at a school for young Toons to learn how to do what Toons do best. An episode from the second season of the show was titled "Toon Physics", and featured {{cutaway gag}]s with [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Orson Whales, a whale expy of Creator/OrsonWelles, who explained Whales]] explaining to the viewers how Toon Physics differ from Real World Physics.
12th Mar '16 7:50:38 AM narm00
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** In ''The Multiversity #1'', Captain Carrot invokes this in a fight with a Hulk {{Expy}} on Earth-8, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome a fight he won by the way.]] Being squashed flat doesn't do anything to him, because he can just pop back up again.

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** In ''The Multiversity #1'', [[ComicBook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew Captain Carrot Carrot]] invokes this in a fight with a Hulk {{Expy}} on Earth-8, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome a fight he won by the way.]] Being squashed flat doesn't do anything to him, because he can just pop back up again.



** ''The Multiversity Guidebook #1'' notes that this is true for [[UpToEleven all of]] Earth-26. Being destroyed apparently isn't much of a problem for it, either.

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** ''The Multiversity Guidebook #1'' notes that this is true for [[UpToEleven all of]] Earth-26.[[AlternateTooniverse Earth-26]]. Being destroyed apparently isn't much of a problem for it, either.



* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', the toons naturally have this power, but live humans do not outside of Toon Town, which means even though the vast majority of them are benign and friendly, it's entirely possible for a toon to kill a human using cartoon rules. This is what makes [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] so scary, because he can and ''does'' kill people with toon physics, and also found a way to kill toons with paint thinner, which he calls the Dip.

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* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', the toons naturally have this power, but live humans do not outside of Toon Town, which means even though the vast majority of them are benign and friendly, it's entirely possible for a toon to kill a human using cartoon rules. This is what makes [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] so scary, because he can and ''does'' kill people with toon physics, and also found a way to kill toons with paint thinner, which he calls the Dip.



* TheMovie of ''TheTwilightZone'' includes a sequence where the Omnipotent Child both brings a cartoon character into real life, and sends Nancy Cartwright into a cartoon.
* ''Film/SpaceJam'' and ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'' In fact, in the former, [[spoiler:it turns out to work on normal humans as well, setting up an awesome moment for Michael Jordan.]]

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* TheMovie of ''TheTwilightZone'' ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie'' includes a sequence where the Omnipotent Child both brings a cartoon character into real life, and sends Nancy Cartwright into a cartoon.
* ''Film/SpaceJam'' and ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'' ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction''. In fact, in the former, [[spoiler:it turns out to work on normal humans as well, setting up an awesome moment for Michael Jordan.]]



* In a ''Webcomic/TheHeroOfThreeFaces'' strip, when discussing how ''Franchise/StarTrek'' unverse physics makes perfect sense to ''Trek'' characters, even though from [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]]'s perspective it's total nonsense, Data points out that physics are bound to be consistant within a fictional plane, and offers the analogy that, were they to visit the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes universe, Wile E. Coyote physics would apply to them. Cut to the Doctor blindfolding Data on top of a cliff.

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* In a ''Webcomic/TheHeroOfThreeFaces'' strip, when discussing how ''Franchise/StarTrek'' unverse universe physics makes perfect sense to ''Trek'' characters, even though from [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]]'s perspective it's total nonsense, Data points out that physics are bound to be consistant within a fictional plane, and offers the analogy that, were they to visit the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes universe, Wile E. Coyote physics would apply to them. Cut to the Doctor blindfolding Data on top of a cliff.



*** Sometimes non Toons can use Toon Physics, if the person is willing. Lucky walking on thin air and Miranda changing into a disguise outfit instantly as examples. They arguably have the advantage here, as Toons seem compelled to finish the gag and make it funny, over making Toon Physics useful, as seen when Lucky is able to resist looking down and breaking the "walking on thin air" joke, while Bonkers and the villain have to look down and fall.

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*** Sometimes non Toons non-Toons can use Toon Physics, if the person is willing. willing, with Lucky walking on thin air and Miranda changing into a disguise outfit instantly as examples. They arguably have the advantage here, as Toons seem compelled to finish the gag and make it funny, funny over making Toon Physics useful, as seen when Lucky is able to resist looking down and breaking the "walking on thin air" joke, while Bonkers and the villain have to look down and fall.



** Pinkie Pie from has many toony abilities no other pony is capable of. These almost never amount to any practical effect, however, and are generally accepted as "Weird things that Pinkie Pie does, just ignore it" by anyone around to witness them. Among other things, she's able to pass through walls by ducking out and into frame, abruptly pop out of things far too small to hold her (including Rarity's ''hat''), chase ponies à la Pepe Le Pew, stretch like she's made of rubber, and devour a cake several times her size (an act which even shocked Princess Celestia, the kingdom's ruler and ''PhysicalGoddess'' who is well over 1000 years old).

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** Pinkie Pie from has many toony abilities no other pony is capable of. These almost never amount to any practical effect, however, and are generally accepted as "Weird things that Pinkie Pie does, just ignore it" by anyone around to witness them. Among other things, she's able to pass through walls by ducking out and into frame, abruptly pop out of things far too small to hold her (including Rarity's ''hat''), chase ponies à la Pepe Le Pew, stretch like she's made of rubber, and devour a cake several times her size (an act which even shocked Princess Celestia, the kingdom's ruler and ''PhysicalGoddess'' ''PhysicalGoddess'', who is well over 1000 years old).



** Fanfic writer D. G. D. Davidson [[http://www.fimfiction.net/blog/116909 points out]] that one of the reason ''My Little Pony'' fanfiction tends to seem grittier than the show is that the loony, ubiquitous ToonPhysics that work seamlessly in animation don't translate very well to writing, and so the setting has to be made more realistic and less cartoony and carefree.
** The characters are often startled by her antics, but seldom actually comment on them, shrugging them off as Pinkie Pie being Pinkie Pie. Rainbow Dash does, however, call her on it in "Too Many Pinkie Pies", when she slows down her fall in midair in order to slip into a lake quietly. However, Pinkie's explanation of how she did it, as per usual, is completely unhelpful.

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** Fanfic writer D. G. D. Davidson [[http://www.fimfiction.net/blog/116909 points out]] that one of the reason reasons ''My Little Pony'' fanfiction tends to seem grittier than the show is that the loony, ubiquitous ToonPhysics that work seamlessly in animation don't translate very well to writing, and so the setting has to be made more realistic and less cartoony and carefree.
carefree. This particularly hits Pinkie, since her toon gags are a large part of her portrayal in the show, and she's not easy to write without them.
** The characters are often startled by her Pinkie's antics, but seldom actually comment on them, shrugging them off as Pinkie Pie being Pinkie Pie. Rainbow Dash does, however, call her on it in "Too Many Pinkie Pies", when she slows down her fall in midair in order to slip into a lake quietly. However, Pinkie's explanation of how she did it, as per usual, is completely unhelpful.



* In the ''HeckleAndJeckle'' short "The Power of Thought", Jeckle tells Heckle that he has realized that as cartoon characters, they can do anything they can think of. They then proceed to make a bulldog policeman's life a living hell, until he realizes that he, too, is a cartoon character.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' has a lot of this, seeing as it takes place at a school for young Toons to learn how to do what Toons do best. An episode from the second season of the show was titled, "Toon Physics", and featured Orson Whales, a whale expy of Creator/OrsonWelles, who explained to the viewers how Toon Physics differ from Real World Physics.

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* In the ''HeckleAndJeckle'' ''WesternAnimation/HeckleAndJeckle'' short "The Power of Thought", Jeckle tells Heckle that he has realized that as cartoon characters, they can do anything they can think of. They then proceed to make a bulldog policeman's life a living hell, until he realizes that he, too, is a cartoon character.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' has a lot of this, seeing as it takes place at a school for young Toons to learn how to do what Toons do best. An episode from the second season of the show was titled, titled "Toon Physics", and featured Orson Whales, a whale expy of Creator/OrsonWelles, who explained to the viewers how Toon Physics differ from Real World Physics.
10th Mar '16 7:48:24 AM Ambaryerno
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* Minor Marvel character Slapstick's powers effectively run on a combination of this and RuleOfFunny.
10th Mar '16 7:47:16 AM Ambaryerno
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* Minor Marvel character Slapstick's powers effectively run on a combination of this and RuleOfFunny.
9th Mar '16 7:16:22 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', the toons naturally have this power, but live humans do not outside of Toon Town, which means even though the vast majority of them are benign and friendly, it's entirely possible for a toon to kill a human using cartoon rules. This is what makes Judge Doom so scary, because he can and ''does'' kill people with toon physics, and also found a way to kill toons with paint thinner, which he calls the Dip.

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* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', the toons naturally have this power, but live humans do not outside of Toon Town, which means even though the vast majority of them are benign and friendly, it's entirely possible for a toon to kill a human using cartoon rules. This is what makes Judge Doom [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] so scary, because he can and ''does'' kill people with toon physics, and also found a way to kill toons with paint thinner, which he calls the Dip.
26th Feb '16 1:42:38 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* Like the film it inspired, ''ComicBook/TheMask'' grants its wearer the use of toon physics. Unlike the film, though, victims of The Mask's shenanigans are ''not'' subject to the same, so things like SquishedFlat and TorsoWithAView end up as brutally gory deaths instead of AmusingInjuries.

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* Like the film it inspired, ''ComicBook/TheMask'' grants its wearer the use of toon physics. Unlike the film, though, victims of The Mask's shenanigans are ''not'' subject to the same, so things like SquishedFlat SquashedFlat and TorsoWithAView end up as brutally gory deaths instead of AmusingInjuries.
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