Created By: allnaturaltrans4 on December 3, 2012 Last Edited By: Monolaf317 on March 6, 2016
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Sleep Squashing

A big character rolls over a small character while sleeping

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While two or more people are sleeping, a big character sometimes rolls and turns. And even crushing someone else. Mostly done in cartoons. A variation is when someone sleeps with another in one bed (whether or not this is romantic doesn't matter). and they get kicked in the face (or drop-kicked in the stomach, hugged tightly, etc) by the other one who moves a lot when asleep. same usage/gag, different execution.

See also: Squashed Flat, Butt Sticker.


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • Pokémon
    • In the first movie short, Pikachu's Vacation, after Charizard blows a feuding Pikachu and Raichu off a cliff, they bounce off a sleeping Snorlax's belly before landing on the floor next to it... it then rolls over.
    • In the third movie short, Pikachu and Pichu, Pikachu and the Pichu brothers are being chased by a Houndour. Pikachu and the Pichu brothers jump over a fence and bounce off a sleeping Snorlax's belly, and when Houndour follows, Snorlax rolls over, causing Houndour instead to crash on the concrete. Snorlax then rolls back over, crushing Houndour.
    • This same thing also happens to Houndour in the Pokémon Channel exclusive short, The Pichu Bros. In Party Panic! minus Pikachu. making it a Running Gag.
    • Anime episode 41, "Wake Up Snorlax!" The exhausted Team Rocket trio crashes to the ground, complaining about missing their chance to steal a Snorlax. That Snorlax happens to be sleeping nearby, and it rolls over on top of them.
  • Potemayo has an episode where the titular character is sleeping with her bird on top of her head. She nods (whilst asleep) and the bird falls off. She then rolls over and the bird gets squished.

Comic Books
  • Horribly used in one Punisher story: a morbidly obese woman suffers a heart attack and falls on her eight-year-old son. He eats his way out before the cops find him. In the present, he's living in a pile of dead bodies brought to him by the city's homeless.

Film - Animated
  • The Rescuers Down Under: Wilbur is asleep on the wheelwell of a plane, with Bernard and Bianca sitting on the seats on his back. When Bernard tries to wake him up, Wilbur just rolls over, lying on top of his passengers.

Live-Action TV
  • Played for Drama in CSI, when a morbidly obese woman accidentally suffocates her partner, and pretends it was murder because she can't stand the humiliation of the potential jokes.
  • In Picket Fences episode "Squatter's Rights", a 500-pound woman confesses to murdering her husband by sitting on him. The cops figure out that the husband actually died accidentally after she rolled over on him in bed, and she was too embarrassed to admit it.

Mythology And Religion
  • Played for Drama in The Bible: The story that ends with Solomon proclaiming that he'll just cut the living child in half to determine who the true mother is starts with two prostitutes with one baby each who live together and one of them rolling over on her baby and killing it.

Western Animation
  • The Amazing World of Gumball episode "The Treasure". While Gumball is sleeping in his parents' bed, Richard grabs him in his sleep. Gumball shrugs it off, but Richard starts moving again, and starts pushing Gumball with his hands. Eventually, Richard just rolls over him.
  • Inversion on The Simpsons: When Homer gains weight in order to get on workers' comp, he weighs his side of the bed down so much that Marge is rolled on top of him. He thinks she's there to "cuddle".
  • Family Guy
    • "Emission Impossible" When Stewie is sleeping in Lois and Peter's bed. Stewie tells Peter to roll over; but he rolls over him.
    • "Mr. & Mrs. Stewie" has Peter accidentally crushing Lois in his sleep, which leads to Sleeping Single, which leads to Peter going to Quagmire for cuddling and later crushing him as well.
  • Looney Tunes
    • "What's Brewin', Bruin?" Junyer Bear breaks his bed, so he goes to sleep with Papa Bear. Junyer keeps rolling over Papa, flattening him. Papa tries holding up a hat pin to stop Junyer, but it just gets bent, so Papa just nails some planks to keep Junyer on his side of the bed.
  • The 1944 Tom and Jerry cartoon "Puttin' On The Dog" has Tom Cat attempt to capture Jerry Mouse within a dog pound. At one point, Tom ends up underneath a large Saint Bernard, which promptly lies down for a nap. The sound of cat bones going crunch is heard. This happens twice.

Real Life
Community Feedback Replies: 26
  • December 3, 2012
    TonyG
    • Looney Tunes'':
      • "What's Brewin', Bruin?" Junyer Bear breaks his bed, so he goes to sleep with Papa Bear. Junyer keeps rolling over Papa, flattening him. Papa tries holding up a hat pin to stop Junyer, but it just gets bent, so Papa just nails some planks to keep Junyer on his side of the bed.
    • The Rescuers Down Under: Wilbur is asleep on the wheelwell of a plane, with Bernard and Bianca sitting on the seats on his back. When Bernard tries to wake him up, Wilbur just rolls over, lying on top of his passengers.
  • December 3, 2012
    Generality
    Played for drama in CSI, when a morbidly obese woman accidentally suffocates her partner, and pretends it was murder because she can't stand the humiliation of the potential jokes.
  • December 4, 2012
    PsiPaula4
    • In the Pokemon third movie short, Pikachu and Pichu, Pikachu and the Pichu brothers are being chased by a Houndour. Pikachu and the Pichu brothers jump over a fence and bounce off a sleeping Snorlax's belly, and when Houndour follows, Snorlax rolls over, causing Houndour instead to crash on the concrete. Snorlax then rolls back over, crushing Houndour.
      • This same thing also happens to Houndour in the Pokemon Channel exclusive short, The Pichu Bros. In Party Panic! minus Pikachu. making it a Running Gag.
  • December 4, 2012
    Crowqueen
    Real Life
    • An early Soviet propaganda poster (when they were about education rather than exhortation) actually warned women not to sleep with their babies beside them in bed - because, despite saving space in crowded living spaces, it was extremely dangerous.
  • December 5, 2012
    Duncan
    Another Family Guy "Mr. & Mrs. Stewie" has Peter accidentally crushing Lois in his sleep, which leads to Sleeping Single, which leads to Peter going to Quagmire for cuddling and later crushing him as well.
  • December 15, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Inversion on The Simpsons: When Homer gains weight in order to get on workers' comp, he weighs his side of the bed down so much that Marge is rolled on top of him. He thinks she's there to "cuddle."
  • December 15, 2012
    Unknown Troper
  • December 15, 2012
    Chabal2
    Horribly used in one Punisher story: a morbidly obese woman suffers a heart attack and falls on her eight-year-old son. He eats his way out before the cops find him. In the present, he's living in a pile of dead bodies brought to him by the city's homeless.
  • December 22, 2012
    ArcadesSabboth
    There was a holiday greeting card (intended for birthdays of middle-aged or elderly people) which stated that many years ago, when you (dear recipient) were sleeping, the Birthday Fairy waved her wand over you and declared that you would be young and beautiful for ever. "But you rolled over and squished her."
  • December 31, 2012
    octopedingenue
    Real Life: This is why co-sleeping with babies and young children is controversial in the United States.
  • February 13, 2013
    SneakySquirrel
    • Also in the first Pokemon movie short, Pikachu's Vacation, after Charizard blows a feuding Pikachu and Raichu off a cliff, they bounce off a sleeping Snorlax's belly before landing on the floor next to it... it then rolls over.
  • February 15, 2013
    IsaacSapphire
    Played for drama in the Bible: The story that ends with Solomon proclaiming that he'll just cut the living child in half to determine who the true mother is starts with two prostitutes with one baby each who live together and one of them rolling over on her baby and killing it.
  • March 25, 2013
    UltramarineAlizarin
    Yet another Pokemon anime example in episode 41, "Wake Up Snorlax!" The exhausted Team Rocket trio crashes to the ground, complaining about missing their chance to steal a Snorlax. That Snorlax happens to be sleeping nearby, and it rolls over on top of them.
  • April 8, 2013
    Tuckerscreator
    Gump.
  • April 9, 2013
    McKathlin
    Fatty and Skinny went to bed. Fatty rolled over and Skinny was dead. The end.
    (Recited in elementary school music class to teach the appearance and meaning of the ending double bar line.)
  • May 10, 2013
    triassicranger
    Anime

    Potemayo has an episode where the titular character is sleeping with her bird on top of her head. She nods (whilst asleep) and the bird falls off. She then rolls over and the bird gets squished.
  • February 19, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    a variation is when someone sleeps with another in one bed (whether or not this is romatic doesn't matter). and they get kicked in the face (or drop-kicked in the stomach, hugged tightly, etc) by the other one who moves a lot when asleep. same usage/gag, different execution.
  • February 19, 2014
    HellKillUsAll
    • A Robot Chicken sketch has a sleeping fat man crushing his cat to death this way.
  • February 19, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • The 1944 Tom And Jerry cartoon "Puttin' On The Dog" has Tom Cat attempt to capture Jerry Mouse within a dog pound. At one point, Tom ends up underneath a large Saint Bernard, which promptly lies down for a nap. The sound of cat bones going crunch is heard. This happens twice.
  • February 19, 2014
    DAN004
    Kinda wanting "Slept Over" for the title, but it'd be too jokey.
  • February 19, 2014
    xanderiskander
    The description... could use some expanding. It only talks about what happens and doesn't say how it's used in fiction. The description should at least say that this is a comedy trope. Although it could also kill someone potentially too.
  • February 13, 2016
    allnaturaltrans4
    bump
  • February 14, 2016
    DAN004
    Who's managing this?
  • February 14, 2016
    PsiPaula4
    This would be ready to launch, all that has to be done is the description needs to be expanded.(badly)
  • February 14, 2016
    Arivne
  • February 14, 2016
    gallium
    "Created By: allnaturaltrans4 December 3, 2012"

    Awesome.

    Anyway, it appears that the CSI example listed above is a direct ripoff of a 1994 episode of Picket Fences. To wit:

    L Ive-Action Television

    • In Picket Fences episode "Squatter's Rights", a 500-pound woman confesses to murdering her husband by sitting on him. The cops figure out that the husband actually died accidentally after she rolled over on him in bed, and she was too embarrassed to admit it.
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