Created By: MsPandaRosa on June 12, 2012 Last Edited By: CaveCat on December 31, 2012
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Shameful Shrinking

character caught doing something really embarrassing/humilating, physically shrinks

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1) Character's been bragging how he got one over on his boss. Boss calls him into the office and begins repeating characters's words verbatim, often with the character shrinking at every sentence. Oops. 2) Character thinks his wife/kids/friends doing something wrong behind his back. He jumps up with a Gotcha! just as they are going to present him with something, food/tickets/car/party he always wanted. It's usually ruined, and character shrivels in response. Oops. 3) Character is trying to calm a crying/fussing child, begins talking and acting like a baby. He soon gets into the role, forgetting the child is there, is spotted by friends/public, tries in vain to hide by shrinking. Oops. Often seen on The Flintstones and Donald Duck.

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  • June 12, 2012
    Bisected8
    • In Breath Of Fire IV, some of the cast attempt to hijack a vehicle (long story). The merchant who owned it gave them a dressing down (before deciding to loan them the money to buy their own), causing the members of the party who did it to shrink.
  • June 12, 2012
    TonyG
    Good idea for a trope, but Needs A Better Description.
  • October 18, 2012
    CaveCat
    I'm Bumping this thread, but I agree that this Needs A Better Description, and you could stand to organize the examples you've already got up there. I do have some examples, though:

    Newspaper Comics

    Western Animation
    • Cassie from Dragon Tales had a tendency to shrink when she felt upset or ashamed about something.
    • Believe it or not, this actually happened to the already-tiny Mr Bogus once.
  • October 18, 2012
    Tuckerscreator
    • Once on Xiaolin Showdown, when Raimundo's most recent joke fell flat, his entire head literally deflated and sank into his neck.
  • October 18, 2012
    DRCEQ
    • In Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, in the Detective Noir world, anyone who gets shot with a gun doesn't die, but turns in a Chibi version of themselves, thereby cementing themselves a the shameful comic relief character who will never be taken seriously again. Others shun those who become this.
  • October 18, 2012
    BlueGuy
    • A Donald Duck cartoon has him cast as a truancy officer, out to catch Huey, Dewie, and Louie skipping school. When he finally captures them, it turns out school was out for summer. Donald shrinks in shame as a result.
  • October 18, 2012
    TonyG
    ^* In another cartoon, Donald catches his nephews with cigars and makes them smoke the whole box as punishment. When he realizes the cigars were his birthday present, he shrinks down until he falls through a knothole on the floor.
    • Goofy shrinks after being caught outside in his nightgown in the cartoon "Father's Week End".
    • On The Flintstones, Fred goes to Mr. Slate's office after attending a masquerade party where he thinks he was schmoozing up to Slate, expecting a pay raise. Instead he discovers that Slate was the guy at the party to whom he was bad-mouthing the boss, and as Slate hurls back the insults he gave him, Fred gets smaller and smaller. This after he had told Barney to "Think big and be big."
  • October 19, 2012
    BearyScary
    • Clefairy does this in the Magical Pokemon Journey manga when someone criticizes it for running as fast as they can to deliver a message, which still took them all morning long.
  • October 19, 2012
    CaveCat
    I've got a feeling that this is going to go under Emotion Tropes, Comedy Tropes, and Index Of Shame, once it gets launched.
  • October 23, 2012
    CaveCat
    Bump. Can someone please think of a better description for this trope?
  • October 23, 2012
    TonyG
    Would also go under Stock Visual Metaphors.
    • Played with in a Mafalda strip. When Felipe is called to talk in front of the class, he gets smaller as he walks down the aisle. After the teacher congratulates him on a good job, he walks back to his desk as a giant.
  • October 25, 2012
    elwoz
    I can't find it right now, but I'm pretty sure we have a closely-related anime trope where characters' instantaneous emotional reactions are emphasized by cranking up the stylization and/or superdeformedness for a few moments. (Fullmetal Alchemist does this a lot, for instance.)
  • October 25, 2012
    PsiPaula4
    Also would go under Anime Tropes.

    EDIT: I just found out that they're going to remove that index.
  • October 25, 2012
    aurora369
    I thought that was about psychotherapists.
  • October 25, 2012
    CaveCat
    ^Not only does this need a better description, but it also Needs A Better Name too. Maybe Shameful Shrinking for a better name?
  • October 25, 2012
    LeeM
    Happens to Benny Hill (via bluescreen) in an 80s sketch where a girl chews him out for being sexist - obviously intended as a Take That to RL critics who claimed he was.
  • October 26, 2012
    TonyG
    On The Muppet Show, guest star Madeline Khan is in a park talking about how beautiful everything is, when a monster comes and starts destroying whatever she mentions as being beautiful. She turns to the monster and tells him how horrible he is... and how that makes him beautiful, and as she goes on how beautiful his horribleness is, the monster shrinks down to the size of a crochet ball. She tells the audiences how "sometimes you have to talk your problems down to size" before hitting the monster away with her umbrella.
  • October 26, 2012
    DRCEQ
    So... Anyone going to take over this one? It seems to have been abandoned, judging by the lack of updates and organizing the examples.
  • October 26, 2012
    CaveCat
    ^I'll take over, since the original proprietor of this trope apparently decided to abandon it (No offense, Ms Panda Rosa). Besides, when it comes to working with a trope, I don't ever mess around and I'm much more organized too.
  • December 31, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In an anti-sexual harrasment PSA a man talks to a woman at work, and as he tells her she should Show Some Leg etc. she shrinks smaller and smaller; until she says "that's sexual harrasement and I don't have to take it" she regrows back up to full size. [1]
  • December 31, 2012
    justanotherrandomlurker
    Another example from The Flintstones: after Fred and Barney go behind Wilma and Betty's backs, quitting their jobs, opening their own drive-in restaurant, and hiring cute waitresses, neither Wilma nor Betty let them live it down, and embarrass them by re-enacting the waitress' song-and-dance routine at dinner, causing Fred and Barney to shrink in humiliation.
    Fred: Well, Barney, it's like you said, some wives will find a way to make a guy feel small.
    Barney: Yeah, ain't it the truth.
  • December 31, 2012
    TonyG
    We already have Shameful Shrinking launched. Check it and move any example not already there.
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