Created By: VyroPDragonIIISeptember 5, 2012 Last Edited By: BerrentaOctober 30, 2015

Really Quick-Drying Cement

When freshly poured cement dries in an incredibly short amount of time

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Cement, as you may know, is a mostly sand and gravel based substance that eventually hardens into the equivalent of rock. You know, like sidewalks, roads, and a lot of other stuff. This process takes a long time, even with the quick-drying variety. Unless you're in a cartoon, in which case you should avoid this stuff like the plague, because if you step in it, it'll harden instantly and probably trap you in it.

FOREVER. (Unless you get yourself out}

Regardless, Quick-Drying Cement is NOT instantaneous, real or fiction, so don't plan on using it to trap your Jerk Ass neighbor any time soon. But if you're in one of the following examples, go crazy. Results can resemble Taken For Granite.

Sister Trope to Quicksand Sucks. Related to Sticky Situation.


Examples

  • A frequent trope used in Looney Tunes, mostly in Road Runner segments and some Bugs Bunny cartoons, most notably Compressed Hare.
    • Foghorn Leghorn. In "All Fowled Up", Foghorn tries to pour concrete over the Dog's doghouse and seal him in. He ends up pouring the concrete on himself, and it hardens on him in seconds.
    • Happens twice in "It's Hummer Time". A dog gives a cat a series of punishments. One is "The Thinker", in which the cat is put into a cement mixer and pops out covered in solid cement in the pose of the art work "The Thinker". At the end both the cat and the dog end up in the mixer and pop out in the form of a birdbath.
  • Averted in Oliver And Company, where both Oliver and Dodger end up in wet cement and manage to get out without much trouble.
  • The Scooby Doo Where Are You episode Scooby-Doo and A Mummy, Too features the titular mummy, who kidnaps people and makes cement statues of them to make them look like they turned to stone. He can pump out one statue in like, 10 minutes or less.
    • The Scooby Doo movie Where's My Mummy? had a mummy do the EXACT SAME THING.
  • The Simpsons: When Sideshow Bob's brother Cecil is building Springfield Dam he hires Cletus and some other yokel-types as the crew. Their dog Geech gets in the cement mixer and becomes a cement statue.
  • Naruto: Kurotsuchi's Quicklime Congealing Technique is a Lava Release technique that causes corrosive damage. By combining this with another technique, Water Release: Water Trumpet, she can cause the quicklime to harden, creating quick cement.
  • Torchwood had Jack sealed in a prison cell that was filled with concrete. In less than a day (before the sun had even set) it had hardened all the way through.
  • In The Flintstones movie the villain gets encased in an instant-drying mixture of powdered rock and water, and cement is invented at the same moment.
  • In The Three Stooges episode "The Sitter-Downers", Curly stands in cement and gets hit over the head with a rock. When he comes to a few minutes later, his feet are stuck.
  • In Gremlins 2, one of the genetically engineered (more specifically to fly and be able to resist sunlight) gremlins escapes the tower block, but promptly ends up coated in concrete from a freshly laid pavement and comes to rest on a rooftop as it sets, becoming a statue.
  • Used often in Cattivik, usually with the titular character ending up as a statue of some kind, as part of his eternal Humiliation Conga.
Community Feedback Replies: 49
  • September 5, 2012
    spacemarine50
    Might broaden this to include anything that dries ridiculously fast. Do we have that already?
  • September 5, 2012
    randomsurfer
    You're actually describing concrete, not cement. Cement is the gluelike substance in concrete that makes it hard and binds it together, but the sand and gravel (technically called "aggregate") is what makes it useful to walk/drive on or build stuff out of. Mix cement & aggregate, you've got concrete. Add water and you've got wet concrete to pour.

    But admittedly the product you're describing is called "cement" in media more than it's called "concrete."

    • The Simpsons: When Sideshow Bob's brother Cecil is building Springfield Dam he hires Cletus and some other yokel-types as the crew. Their dog Geech gets in the cement mixer and becomes a cement statue.
  • September 6, 2012
    spacemarine50
    ^ Bad case of Coconut Effect.

    Another simpons examples: Bart rides on a skateboard and gets stopped by this. The board is stuck.
    • Later in the same episode, it happens again.
  • September 6, 2012
    Rognik
    Seen It A Million Times, especially in cartoons or bad Kid Coms, but I can't think of any offhand. I'd hat this, but there aren't enough examples yet. Message me when you get to about 10, at least.
  • September 6, 2012
    Routerie
    Why "stupidly"?
  • September 6, 2012
    Nazetrime
    Averted in Oliver And Company, where both Oliver and Dodger end up in wet cement and manage to get out without much trouble.
  • September 6, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Agree with Routerie; Tropes Are Not Bad and neither should their names be.

    Instant Drying Cement, or even Really Quick Drying Cement.
  • December 23, 2012
    JasonTank
    Torchwood had Jack sealed in a prison cell that was filled with concrete. In less than a day (before the sun had even set) it had hardened all the way through.
  • December 23, 2012
    robinjohnson
    Seconding Instant Drying Cement.
    • In The Flintstones movie the villain gets encased in an instant-drying mixture of powdered rock and water, and cement is invented at the same moment.
  • December 23, 2012
    Bisected8
    Non animated example;

    • In Gremlins 2, one of the genetically engineered (more specifically to fly and be able to resist sunlight) gremlins escapes the tower block, but promptly ends up coated in concrete from a freshly laid pavement and comes to rest on a rooftop as it sets, becoming a statue.
  • December 23, 2012
    justanotherrandomlurker
    • In the Pink Panther cartoon, "Prefabricated Pink", one of the Little Men ends up falling into a vat of freshly mixed cement, but completely dries up as he gets out and tries to walk away. A mallet then drops on him, causing him to crumble into little pieces.
    • In an episode of Mike Lu And Og, Mike oversees the construction of an apartment building on the Island; Lu accidentally places her foot in a hole where cement was just poured, Mike tells her she'll want to move because it dries quick, she asks how quick, then notices that it just dried around her foot. "Ooh, that's quick."
  • December 24, 2012
    Arivne
    Western Animation
    • Looney Tunes
      • Foghorn Leghorn. In "All Fowled Up", Foghorn tries to pour concrete over the Dog's doghouse and seal him in. He ends up pouring the concrete on himself, and it hardens on him in seconds.
      • Happens twice in "It's Hummer Time". A dog gives a cat a series of punishments. One is "The Thinker", in which the cat is put into a cement mixer and pops out covered in solid cement in the pose of the art work "The Thinker". At the end both the cat and the dog end up in the mixer and pop out in the form of a birdbath.
  • December 24, 2012
    Surenity
    In The Three Stooges episode "The Sitter-Downers", Curly stands in cement and gets hit over the head with a rock. When he comes to a few minutes later, his feet are stuck.
  • December 24, 2012
    Tuckerscreator

    It could serve as the trope image.
  • December 25, 2012
    Onitatsu
    Used often in Cattivik, usually with the titular character ending up as a statue of some kind, as part of his eternal Humiliation Conga.
  • March 19, 2013
    spacemarine50
    Bump. Should I take this one on?
  • March 20, 2013
    Arivne
    ^ The OP Vyro P Dragon III hasn't posted to or edited this since September 7th 2012. According to the "two month" rule on that page, this is Up For Grabs.

    In other words, go ahead.
  • March 20, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Anime And Manga
    • Naruto: Kurotsuchi's Quicklime Congealing Technique is a Lava Release technique that causes corrosive damage. By combining this with another technique, Water Release: Water Trumpet, she can cause the quicklime to harden, creating quick cement.
  • March 20, 2013
    StarSword
  • March 20, 2013
    DracMonster
    I manage a hardware store. We sell a brand of quick-drying cement called Rockite which hardens in 15 minutes (I always warn customers to be ready to apply it as soon as they mix it.) Still not "instant" and its for small patching jobs, an amount required to "trap" someone would probably take a good while longer.

    Flash Freezing Cement for a title?
  • March 20, 2013
    spacemarine50
    Thinking about doing a Trope Co thing with this one.
  • March 25, 2013
    AgProv
    Literature

    The central plot point of Tom Sharpe's farcical novel Wilt concerns fed-up college lecturer Henry Wilt fantasising about murdering his wife. When a blow-up sex doll comes to him in un-usual and slightly humiliating circumstances, he takes advantage of it by using it as the central prop in a dry-run for murder. He dresses it in his wife's clothes and intends to bury it in quick-setting concrete being used to build foundations to an extention to his college. After another humiliating failure on a Friday night, he manages to get it only half-buried in concrete. (being full of air, it keeps surfacing). By Monday, the concrete is astonishingly fully set...
  • March 10, 2014
    spacemarine50
    YKTTW Bump, and okay if I take this to launch?
  • March 10, 2014
    Larkmarn
    I think Artistic License Concrete would be better, since ridiculously quick drying is one common thing, as is people ignoring the fact that exposure to it causes chemical burns (IE people caught in it are fine once they're released... basically a concrete-based version of Harmless Freezing).
  • March 10, 2014
    spacemarine50
    ^That would require expanding the trope, and adding the concrete=cement one mentioned early in the replies. Maybe also a soft-split.
  • March 10, 2014
    zarpaulus
    • Darkwing Duck in his first appearance the Liquidator was defeated by dumping a bag of concrete in him, it set in seconds.
  • March 11, 2014
    daefaroth
    Otto in A Fish Called Wanda steps onto concrete wet enough to sink to his ankles in it. Played Straight less than 30 seconds later it is dry enough for him to be stuck. Averted moments later when it is wet again for him to be pressed into the concrete when Ken runs him over with a steamroller. Finally Subverted when Otto is shown again moments later covered in wet cement because he got himself loose.

    (I keep changing my mind with all the Playing With Tropes tags. With all the flipflopping done in about two minutes regarding how the movie wants to handle this trope I can't figure it out. If someone else can figure out the right mix of invert avert subvert etc please fix it)
  • March 11, 2014
    Koveras
    Quick Dry Cement (not to be confused with Quick Time Event)... I'm going to hell.
  • March 11, 2014
    Arivne
  • March 11, 2014
    daefaroth
    Trope Co. Instant Rock "Just add Water"
  • March 11, 2014
    Koveras
    ^ Suddenly, I am thinking of a rock concert spliced with wet T-shirt contest.
  • March 11, 2014
    CaveCat
    • A Mr Bogus claymation short shown after the second act of the episode "Totally Bogus Video" showed Bogus attempting to make some cement, but no matter how many times he tries adding more gravel mixture and water, it is still not quite right, so he ends up losing his temper, which leads to him falling into the vat of cement, which then hardens and leaves him trapped as a cement sculpture.
  • March 11, 2014
    Larkmarn
    @ Space Marine 50: Yes, you're correct. But they're so intrinsically tied that it's silly to do one without the other.
  • March 11, 2014
    justanotherrandomlurker
    ^^^^^^^^^^^ No. It doesn't have enough hats to launch, not to mention half of the examples that have been posted in the comments haven't even been added yet.
  • March 11, 2014
    spacemarine50
    I'm not even sure to keep the definition as is, or expanded it to everything fiction gets wrong about concrete (including the name). Also should do a title crowner.
  • March 11, 2014
    DAN004
    Compare Cement Shoes.
  • March 12, 2014
    spacemarine50
    Leave the definition of this trope or expand to Artistic License Concrete? (everything fiction gets wrong about concrete/cement)
  • March 13, 2014
    arbiter099
    Artistic Licence X is a dull snowclone family in my opinion. Super Quick Dry Cement to distinguish it from chairsy regular fast cement?
  • March 13, 2014
    Paradisesnake
    ^ It's true that it doesn't sound very snappy, but the change is necessary if the trope gets expanded to cover all kinds of unrealistic portrayal of concrete.
  • March 13, 2014
    daefaroth
    Is the fact that people (or perhaps just those in the U.S.) don't know the difference between concrete and cement relevant? I think Super Quick Dry Cement is perfectly tropable without including "people use cement and concrete as synonyms when they don't mean the same thing".
  • March 13, 2014
    StarSword
    ^That. Even though they are different materials, there's not enough difference in their use to merit a split.

    TV:
    • The Nova episodes "Engineering Ground Zero" and "Ground Zero Supertower" both talk about one of the engineering issues in building One World Trade Center, namely that the super-strong concrete used in its construction also dries a lot faster than usual. It's a race against time to get it pumped up the side of the building and poured before it sets up.
  • March 14, 2014
    Lakija
  • March 14, 2014
    MetaFour
    Webcomics:
    • In Bob And George, Wave Man and Stone Man perform a Fusion Dance in hopes of defeating Mega Man and Bass. This proves to be a mistake: they form Concrete Man, who hardens completely in mere seconds.
  • August 31, 2015
    HeroGal2347
    In the Darkwing Duck episode "Dry Hard", Darkwing defeats Liquidator with a bag of concrete. It dries in less than a minute.
  • August 31, 2015
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • The 1956 Popeye cartoon "Nearlyweds" by Famous Studios has Bluto add Quick Drying Cement to Popeye's bathwater, where it congeals in seconds. Popeye emerges from the tub wearing an enormous concrete diaper.

    An image from that Public Domain cartoon is here:
  • August 31, 2015
    Berrenta
    Noticed that Looney Tunes was listed twice. It's been rectified now.

    Also, I may consider dealing with all the not-added-yet examples if no one steps in.
  • October 30, 2015
    AgProv
    Literature
    • In Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's novel A Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovitch, Ivan is sent out from his labour camp as part of a detail tasked with building what will become a factory plant in a new Siberian town. In the freezing winter cold, his labour gang are forced to mix cement with near-boiling water. But they have to work extremely fast at laying courses of bricks, because in sub-zero temperatures their mortar will freeze solid within twenty minutes. Essentially the Siberian winter is responsible for extremely quick-setting cement. The gang can only mix small quantities of cement at a time but have to have men permanently on this job.
  • October 30, 2015
    NoirGrimoir
    The name is okay as is, but consider Implausably Quick Drying Cement.
  • October 30, 2015
    DAN004
    Plz sort examples by medium.

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