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->'''Yakko:''' It's made of solid iron...
->'''Dot:''' It weighs a ton or two...
->'''Wakko:''' We know you'd like to meet it...
->'''All Together:''' It wants to meet you too!
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', "The Anvil Song"

While in a cartoon, always beware of falling anvils! These large solid metal objects weigh a ton, are invariably dropped from great height and are used to crush heads, though hands, feet and rib cages sometimes create soft landing spots. Sometimes used to create AccordionMan. They may drop without warning, or they may be heralded by the ShadowOfImpendingDoom and the BombWhistle. The victim usually just has time to [[DeathByLookingUp look up]] and see the falling object before it lands on him. Thankfully for the victim, as a {{slapstick}} trope, [[HardHead this is rarely ever fatal]].

In some cases, especially if full-body crushing is desired, an ''n''-ton weight may be substituted for the anvil. This is a metal weight shaped like a pyramid with the top cut off, a ring at the top for attaching a rope, and the exact weight (usually 1, 10, or 16 tons) painted in white on the front.[[note]]16 tons was the heaviest weight commonly used for weighing things. Why 16? Because it had 8, 4, 2, and 1 junior brothers which allowed you to, between them, get any tonnage up to 31 tons with as few weights as possible, and weigh something up to 31 tons in as few rounds of moving those weights around as possible (neither being a trivial concern when dealing with objects weighing that much).[[/note]] The 16-ton weight was favored by ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''. In cartoons, if the toon is driven completely out of sight, often a CranialEruption will shove the weight out of the way. Or, if the cartoon is very zany, the victim might have either [[WingdingEyes the "NO SALE" eyes]], or the CirclingBirdies.

And once in a while, it's a safe. In those, occasionally the safe's lock whirls open and the character, who has somehow [[IllogicalSafe wound up inside the safe]], falls out. [[PianoDrop Grand pianos]] are used as well, in which case the character will either end up inside where the strings are, or with a mouth full of piano keys for teeth. Another sometimes used option is for a tree or telephone pole to fall over on top of the character, repeatedly bouncing on their head and driving them into the ground like a piledriver. In {{anime}}, it's usually a [[DropTheWashtub washbasin]].

Often results in an AccordionMan, a SquashedFlat or a HammeredIntoTheGround.

May have its origins in the real life practice of "anvil firing", which was used in America to celebrate the fourth of July: one anvil was laid upside down on the ground, a charge of gunpowder was placed in the hollow in the base, a fuse was laid leading out of it, and a second anvil was placed right-side-up atop the first. After everybody got far away and someone lit the fuse, they would watch the second anvil be launched high into the air, from which it necessarily had to fall back to earth. Obviously the real-life consequences of this trope place this FIRMLY in the category of DontTryThisAtHome, as a falling anvil could easily kill a person in real life.

Not to be confused with DroppedABridgeOnHim or {{Anvilicious}}. The {{anime}} equivalent is DropTheWashtub. If something more surreal than an anvil is used for the purpose, that's DropTheCow.



* The [[http://www.impsec.org/~jhardin/OADS/anvil_chorus.html Orbital Anvil Delivery System,]] for all your spammer-flattening and clue delivery needs!
* TV ads for Ditzo car insurances would often end with a CorruptCorporateExecutive being flattened by a car dropping inexplicably from the sky. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvXsO80Jk0o See for yourself. (Dutch)]]
* The Creator/KidsWB [[SaturdayMorningCartoon Saturday Morning line up]] did an ad that ended with characters from their shows getting flattened by anvils. Since [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Superman]] was, well, ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'', the anvil bounced harmlessly off his head.
* In a commercial for Geico, the Geico gecko is in an unusual place, what appears to be Monument National Park, where he narrowly avoids getting nailed by a dropping Acme anvil and [[PianoDrop a grand piano]]. Cue Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote appearing. When Wile E. stops to ponder having the gecko for a meal, he has an Acme safe drop on him while, once again, narrowly avoiding the gecko.
* One example that's most certainly '''''not''''' PlayedForLaughs comes from the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRB384gTvtM 2005 commercial]] for [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's]] Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights. "The Storyteller" has a man strapped on top of a bed of nails, with a tied-up anvil hanging above him. After dropping a couple of quips, she cuts the line for the anvil, sending it plummeting towards him as he lets out a horrific scream. The subsequent GoryDiscretionShot leaves the clear implication that the impact of the anvil forced him down into said bed of nails.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The Americaphilic author of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' included a semi-serious version of this in ''Phantom Blood''. Johnathan, during a gritty seinen action/adventure story, drop an anvil on a zombie's head. Of course, the results are realistically gory. And of course, [[MemeticMutation there's also the steamroller]].
* Another semi-serious version: In the anime version of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'''s fight against the Deva Path, which bears an odd resemblance to WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes in general, this happens to the Deva Path.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The first issue of ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'''s third page has a weight marked "100" that was apparently dropped by Bulk Biceps, prompting an "OUCH!" from the pony underneath and laughter from a pony in a doorway nearby.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* A ''[[ComicStrip/TheFarSide Far Side]]'' cartoon had children being warned not to play under the Anvil Tree.
* Ignatz Mouse's pastime is dropping bricks on the head of ComicStrip/KrazyKat, who seems to take it as a sign of affection.
* From 2001/10/21 to 2001/10/27 of ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' had every strip ended with a dog in a superhero cape and appropriate shirt crushing the title character.
* A cartoon from the ''National Enquirer'' depicts a man standing on a fortune-telling scale while a safe is plummeting down from overhead. His fortune is "You're going to die a wealthy man."

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfiction/MakeAWish'' Harry encounters a member of a group of high school students who decided to create an ''actual'' Acme Inc. Their specialty is, of course, the "Acme" spell, which causes an anvil to drop on the intended victim. He later mentions that they're working on an improved version which includes a ten-ton weight and a grand piano as alternate choices.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'': Interestingly, an anvil may be the only stereotypical cartoon flattening device that ''isn't'' dropped on someone during the film.
** The movie opens with a cartoon short that ends with a refrigerator being dropped on Roger. Later, toon prop magnate Marvin Acme is killed by a safe falling on his head. Halfway through the film, Eddie Valiant reveals that his grudge against toons stems from his brother Teddy's death, which was caused by a rogue toon dropping a piano on him.
** Related is, in the final confrontation scene, Roger Rabbit's "Come down on you like a ton of bricks" being made literal.
* Occurs, out of nowhere, in ''Film/DragMeToHell''.
* Used, quite horribly, and even '''literally''', in ''Film/HotFuzz''. Ewww.
* Also played for drama with realistic results in ''Film/LethalWeapon2'' when Riggs dispatches TheDragon by dropping a shipping crate on him.
* Dr. Meinheimer gets this several times in ''Film/TheNakedGun 2½''. Actually includes [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D19nGdtF-Xk a real anvil]].
* In ''Film/EasyStreet'', The Bully isn't stopped till The Tramp drops a metal stove on top of him from a second storey window.

* Creator/TerryPratchett uses that frequently to deal with minor characters in his ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books. One petty thug dies when he's hit with an armadillo, another one - falling bed, and the alternate universe Carrot dies when he's hit with an aardvark. A [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] in bat form was stunned by a thrown (garlic) sausage and then eaten by a cat.
** Of course, the cat in question was ''Greebo'', whom Nanny Ogg still sees as a tiny, adorable kitten, and everyone else sees as death on four legs who will attempt to fight or rape anything up to and including a four-draft-horse logging wagon, the local equivalent of a Mack Truck.
*** Usually successfully.
** In ''Discworld/SmallGods'' a villain is killed when a tortoise is dropped on his head. The tortoise [[spoiler: is actually the god Om]] and in addition to saving the life of the hero it is his way of sending an Anvilicious message to the citizens of Omnia.
* ''Literature/TheEyreAffair'' pays homage to the anvil tradition in the subplot involving the Minotaur who has been tagged with a slapstick marker.
* In Edmond Rostand's play ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'', Cyrano is assassinated by someone throwing a log off a tall building on him.
* A CrowningMomentOfFunny in one ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Dresden Files]]'' book is when [[spoiler:Harry redirects a curse, causing a frozen turkey to fall out of a passing plane and impale a vampire. Quoth Harry: "For my next trick, anvils!"]]
** Really powerful wizards like to drop old communication satellites on their enemies from orbit.
* It's (probably) not played for comedy, but in the 13th century ''Literature/SagaOfTheJomsvikings'', a berserker who is [[NighInvulnerability immune to regular weapons]] gets killed by an anvil thrown on his head.
* ''Literature/IDidNOTGiveThatSpiderSuperhumanIntelligence'': She'll do it with anything heavy, but this is Goodnight's SignatureMove. She uses the [[MindOverMatter Push Rod]] to telekinetically toss something up, then just lets it fall onto people.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' and ''Series/YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'' favored the X-ton weight.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** In season 3's "Mystery Spot", there's a GroundhogDayLoop where each day Dean dies a different death. The beginning of the day always starts the same way, and when he and Sam go outside, one of the things they see is movers trying to get a desk into a building from the ground floor. At the end of one Tuesday, out of nowhere it drops on our hero and [[BlackComedy kills him.]] Turns out the movers had spent the rest of the day trying to get it in the window.
** In the eighth season episode "Hunteri Heroici", the villain, who is using a senile RealityWarper to inflict cartoon physics on selected portions of the world in order to facilitate burglary, drops a literal anvil on an unfortunate security guard. Dean later tries to drop one on the villain.
* ''Series/LazyTown'' - literally. Robbie attempts to knock Sportacus out by putting a small anvil on one side of a seesaw and catapulting it at him, but misjudges it. HilarityEnsues.
* ''Series/TheSlammer'': Gimbert rigs up a 'burglar alarm' that consists of a 10 ton weight that drops on the burglar's head. Naturally it ends up falling on the Governor's head, giving him EasyAmnesia.
* Discussed over a Friday dinner conversation in an episode of ''Series/GilmoreGirls''. Lorelai continues that anvils must have been plentiful in days of old cartoons, enough so that children would instantly recognize them for their tremendous weight and toughness. Which raised the question, if there were so many anvils back then, and they were really so tough, was there some sort of secret storage facility filled with indestructible anvils? Lorelai's mother quickly asks to change the subject.
* ''Series/{{Timecop}}'': In the "Stalker" episode, the villain kidnaps a Hollywood actress under the guise of a late stage shoot so he can drop a safe on her head.
* ''Series/TheGrandTour'''s very cartoony promo, "James May is Alive," in which James obliviously just misses being hit on the head by an anvil coming out of his workshop.

* An EasterEgg in Creator/SegaPinball's ''Pinball/GoldenEye'' has Bond get crushed by a falling pinball machine.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The aptly named homebrew [[http://www.giantitp.com/forums/printthread.php?t=122824 Falling Anvil]] discipline for ''TabletopGame/{{Dungeons and Dragons}}' (versions 3.X) includes this in varying degrees, starting with flowerpots, and ranging upwards through anvils, safes, and finally Viking longboats. Of course, it also includes a wide variety of other toon-like attacks and defenses.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Toon}}'' mentions that an anvil is about the limit of what you can viably carry in your Back Pockets. Given that ''Toon'' is one long love letter to slapstick animation, it can be taken as read that you are ''not'' expected to use it to make horseshoes.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''Videogame/DwarfFortress'' it's possible to construct a trap to drop any heavy object onto whoever is underneath it at the right (or frequently wrong) moment. Anvils are preferred by some players. Due to the peculiarities of the game's physics, they have about the same effect as in a cartoon, stunning the victim, but not generally doing serious damage.
* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'', Roger Retinz asks Apollo to come to his filming studio so they can animate cartoon anvils dropping on his head.
* ''Literally'' done with anvils in ''[[VideoGame/TwoWorlds Two Worlds II]]'': the game uses numerous schools of magic, which allow for the creation of hundreds of spells. Among those is a spell that drops tons of iron anvils on the enemies. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=vjt4QpJSBIs#t=13s Demonstrated in this Youtube clip.]]
* In the opera house scene in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', Ultros tries to kill Celes by dropping a [[FourIsDeath four-ton]] weight on her while she is on stage.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', the enemy skill [[MyNameIsQuestionMarks "????"]] takes the form of a falling weight.
*** Rarely when using the Chocobo Summon Materia, instead of the charging Chocobo, the enemy is hit with a "Fat Chocobo" which drops from the sky. The attack name is listed as ''???''.
* The skill "Press" in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'' drops a weight on an enemy, with the upgraded "Gravity Press" dropping a whole bunch of them.
* In ''VideoGame/DiscworldII'', one of the puzzles requires you to smash in a wall. At a different point in the game, you steal a prop 1 ton weight. If you try to swing this at the wall, it bounces off and clobbers you. Once you add a 0 to make it a 10 ton weight, puzzle solved.
* The SNES game ''VideoGame/YoshisSafari'' got a boss where you need to shoot a flying (wings included) anvil so that it falls on the boss.
* ''VideoGame/{{Lemmings}}'' (the first one) had the 10-ton weight version as one of the many traps that could eviscerate the green-haired critters.
* ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryI: So You Want to Be a Hero?'', breaking into the wrong room drops a guard Antwerp on your head. (They're basically very large creatures said to be nearly impossible to defeat, much less capture.)
* The 16-ton weight version occurs in ''VideoGame/DarkCastle'', [[BoobyTrap should you take the wrong key in the dungeon]].
* In the online flash game, ''Jelly Battle'', the "Random Drop" attack will make an anvil, heavy weights, or a piano fall on an opponent.
* This is often the primary attack method of the Stone copy ability in most ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' games. ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'' and its remake in particular allows the user of the ability to transform into various heavy objects, including a heavy weight. The ability to change into a weight is also seen in the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' games as one of Kirby's special moves.
* ''VideoGame/BanjoTooie'''s obligatory end of the game game show segment has massive anvils hovering over the contestants which Gruntilda will drop on the loser of the round. She seems to have little concern for the fact that two of the contestants are her sisters, or the fact that she could just drop the anvil over Banjo and Kazooie without any reason besides the fact that she's evil. In fact, it's not until after she flees the room that she actually considers this. Fortunately Banjo is already gone when the weight drops.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** In ''VideoGame/SonicShuffle'', Eggman would drop a 16t weight on the character who was unfortunate enough to be the furthest away from the Precioustone after it has been collected, causing the victim to lose half his/her rings.
** In ''VideoGame/SonicRiders'', attacking someone whilst riding the [[VideoGame/FantasyZone OpaOpa]] Machine resulted in the victim [[ShoutOut getting a weight dropped on them.]]
* ''Sid & Al's Incredible Toons'', and its successor, ''The Incredible Toon Machine'', use the traditional cartoon anvils, and also rolling boulders and pianos. Unsurprisingly, when a piano lands on Al E. Cat, he pokes his head out of the rubble with a mouthful of keys.
* In the Wii version of ''VideoGame/ABoyAndHisBlob'', the Anvil transformation is not only handy as a stepping stone, but, if you push it on to most enemies' heads... They go "splat" ''very'' quickly. The ones which don't can be used for CraniumRide.
* In the 'Polar Push' and 'Crate Crush' subsections of the minigames in ''Videogame/CrashBash'', one of the hazards that the player can pick up is an icon resembling a weight (as described on top of this page). If picked up, the icon appears over the player's head, who now has a limited time to [[HotPotato pass it onto another player]] by touching them. When this time (roughly 8 seconds) elapses, a weight marked as being 16 tonnes heavy will drop on the head of the poor sap who's left with it, {{O|neHitKill}}HKOing them.
* A whole line of attacks from ''VideoGame/ToontownOnline'' focuses on this trope. Starting from a flower pot, to a sandbag, to an anvil, to a big weight, to a safe, then a grand piano, and finally, an [[ColonyDrop ocean liner]]
* In the [[VideoGameRemake VGA remake]] of ''VideoGame/SpaceQuestITheSarienEncounter'', the droid in the weapons room would sometimes kill Roger by dropping an anvil on him instead of just vaporizing him with a blaster.
* Throwing an anvil is possible in the roguelike ''[[VideoGame/AncientDomainsOfMystery ADOM]]''. In case of hitting a small enough monster, it could count as hitting from above...
* Used as one of the sketch items you can use in ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'', you can crush [=NPCs=] or enemies with it its also used as something to trigger switches that mostly involve you pressing one switch while the anvil holds the other one down to trigger whatever the switches do. It can also be used as something to help you climb to reach stuff but its not really used for that purpose all that much with the exception of one pin you can get in the very definite final dugeon.
* ''{{VideoGame/Pokemon}}'' has Bounce, Body Slam, Sky Drop and Flying Press. For a more literal version: [[RocksFallEveryoneDies Flying Golurks]]
** To expand on the Golurk thing: If the fact that this hulking Pokémon could use Fly wasn't humorous enough as it was in the previous generation, this generation makes it even funnier. In X,Y, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, it's taken even further by its animation for the move. Where the anime explained it by giving him jets for arms and legs, the games make it look like it manages to hurl itself up there with no rhyme or reason. Then, in the next turn, it just comes plummeting down face first onto the opponent. It's like if, while it was in the air, it remembered it couldn't fly, fell out of the sky, and decided to make the most of it by [[GoombaStomp landing on the opposing Pokémon]]. It's just too hilarious not to think about it.
* If you stay too long in the ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}'' room in ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy'', a giant capsule from ''VideoGame/DrMario'' crushes you. There's also the falling error message box in a dead-end room.
* ''Franchise/MortalKombat''
** Liu Kang in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'' drops an arcade machine on his opponent as one of his [[FinishingMove Fatalities]].
** One of Shinnok's moves in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' is a falling bone hand. It even invokes the trope even further as it's also his {{Necromancer}} brutality.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Exile}}'' and its remake ''Avernum'', a mage named X is obsessed with researching a spell which would teleport an anvil above somebody's head. [[spoiler: By Avernum 6, he perfects it.]]
* In ''VideoGame/FantasyZone'', Opa-Opa's "Heavy Bomb" is a falling 16-ton weight. One of the humorous illustrations in the Japanese manual for the UsefulNotes/PCEngine version showed Opa-Opa being squashed under one, though this doesn't actually happen in the game. The tonnage was increased to 100 in ''Fantasy Zone II''.
* ''16t'' is a UsefulNotes/MegaDrive game entirely about dropping 16-ton weights on enemies.
* In the ''VideoGame/OfficeJerk'' SpinOff ''Office Zombie'', every so often an anvil will lower from the top of the screen which you can drop on the Zombie's head.
* ''VideoGame/{{Rayman}}: VideoGame/RavingRabbids'' has a mini-game where you have to lead a blindfolded Rabbid into painful objects in order to score points. The mini-game ends with a '''huge-ass''' weight landing on him.
* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' has craftable anvils that are mostly used to repair enchanted weapons and tools. As an homage to this trope, anvils can also be used in AwesomeButImpractical traps to crush enemies, dealing damage roughly proportional to the distance the anvil falls.
** They also sound like a ton of iron hitting the ground even if you're just dropping it down for the repair function.
* In the North American and European releases of ''VideoGame/AlexKidd in the Enchanted Castle'', whoever loses a [[RockPaperScissors Janken]] match will have a giant weight dropped on them. Their eyes and feet pop out of the weight, and they scramble around using their feet. This got a ShoutOut in ''VideoGame/SegaSuperstars Tennis'', in which Alex Kidd's All-Star move involves him playing Janken, then dropping weights on the opponent(s).
* Peacock in ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' has this as one of her special attacks, in which she summons an object to fall on her opponent. These objects range from a flower pot or a teacup to Andy Anvil or Tommy Ten Tons ({{Assist Character}}s who are an anthropomorphic anvil and 10t weight, respectively) to a {{piano|Drop}}, an elephant or [[ShoutOut Dio's]] [[AnimeAndMange/JojosBizarreAdventure Steam Roller]], among others.
* "Taxman" is a clone of Pac-Man. It has different cutscenes than the original, and the second one features the 16-ton weight falling on a ghost's head.
* ''VideoGame/StayTooned'' has a few that nudge towards ''Looney Toons'' as much as possible, given the obvious references. There's even a fun shooting gallery-style minigame which has a crossbow with either plunger darts, bombs, or anvils that you can fire at the passing characters.
* Clown Man's stage in ''VideoGame/MegaMan8'' has boxes that trigger booby traps if you're standing on them when the bell goes off. One possible effect of them is for an object to fall on Mega Man's head.
* This was basically required to beat Juggernaut in ''VideoGame/SpiderManAndTheXMenInArcadesRevenge''.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' for 3DS and UsefulNotes/WiiU, [[VideoGame/AnimalCrossing Villager's]] forward Smash has him/her dropping a bowling ball in front, which makes it a good move for edgeguarding.
* ''Pillage the Village'' has a number of spells you can buy, depending on whether you want to be an antagonist, a pacifist or neutral. One of the ones on the antagonist menu is the "Acme Anvil" spell, described thusly:
-->Brought to you by the good people at Acme, this anvil is guaranteed to satisfy your cartoon-fueled fantasies of squishing your victims into pasty, pinkish jelly. Great with toast! (Piano not included.)
* In ''VideoGame/PlaystationAllStarsBattleRoyale'', [[VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet Sackboy's]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPv4mQ3Wf9E&t=1m51s down grab]] has him pull an anvil sticker out of his Popit above whoever he's grabbed. Despite the fact that it is a sticker, it apparently is as heavy as a real anvil.
* ''VideoGame/HauntingStarringPolterguy'': In the GainaxEnding, shortly after Polterguy [[spoiler:transformed into his human form again]], a huge anvil, presumably produced by Vito Sardini's company, [[spoiler: lands on Polterguy's head and makes him a ghost again.]]
* In ''[[https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiXk621ru3ZAhWKv1MKHcE7BKAQFggpMAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.kongregate.com%2Fgames%2FEpicLLama%2Fvampire-scent&usg=AOvVaw1rVYxnJxIFECuesv2CQMAk Vampire Scent]]'', one of the spells that [[CombatMedic Genoveve]] can cast summons an anvil and drops it on an enemy. For certain boss fights, you can get more precise and have Genoveve aim the anvil at the boss's head.
* Detective Orson Bolibar from ''VideoGame/CosmicStarHeroine'' can learn an ability which drops on an anvil on an enemy, dealing physical damage to them and any other foe [[AreaOfEffect within a small radius]].

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' favors the "Heavy Lourde", a weight of indeterminate mass. Oddly (for a cartoon), we're initially led to believe that Homsar was ''killed'' in this manner, but it is later revealed that he was merely hospitalized.
* The end of Music/{{Savlonic}}'s [[http://www.weebls-stuff.com/songs/Electro+Gypsy/ "Electro Gypsy"]] music video has a giant synthesizer fall on the drummer (and a smaller one bounce off the singer's head.)

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/StickmanAndCube'' has been known to drop quite a few weights on characters. Some of them weigh "infinity tonnes" and others weigh "''N'' tonnes". At one point, a dropped weight was so heavy it smashed through the bottom of Panel 3 into Panel 6. It must have pretty cheap panels.
* Used brilliantly by Deux Ex Machina Man in this [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20071209 strip.]]
* [[http://www.bmoviecomic.com/?cid=368 This strip]] of ''Webcomic/TheBMovieComic'', and the associated [[TheRant rant]].
** And [[http://www.bmoviecomic.com/?cid=451 this strip]], which combines AnvilOnHead with {{Anvilicious}}.
* Picking up a coin? Why, it's perfectly ... [[http://www.goodtimescomic.com/?p=466 safe.]]
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' once had Black Mage get the entire continent of Australia dropped on him.
* In [[http://grrlpowercomic.com/archives/1500 this]] ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'' strip, Sydney drops her teammate (named [[JustForPun Anvil]]) on a villain. She then does a [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Road Runner]] [[InvokedTrope impression]], bemusing Harem, who [[DontExplainTheJoke doesn't get it]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''[[WebVideo/TheCartoonMan Return of the Cartoon Man]]'', Roy and Simon bash each other on the head with anvils during the climactic chase scene.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Warner Brothers animation]], in its [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 40-year odyssey]] of cartoon violence, not only perfected the anvil drop, but most of the associated reactions and results, including but not limited to:
** Producing and opening a very tiny umbrella
** [[TalkingWithSigns Producing a sign]] reading "Yipe!" or "Eek!" (favored by mute coyotes and hunting dogs)
** Saying a quick, murmuring prayer
** Taking a step to the side out of the path of the falling object (only to have it fall on the victim anyway)
** In ''WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck'', Daffy Duck is falling with a parachute when the cruel animator erases it and replaces it with an anvil. Daffy is then seen pounding with a hammer on the anvil, which the animator proceeds to replace with a bomb.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' provides the page image ''and'' the page quote, which should suggest a certain anvil-oriented mode of thought.
** The episode "King Yakko" made it a JustifiedTrope, introducing the fictitious nation of "Anvilania" as a worldwide exporter of anvils. They ended the episode by crushing an enemy country under one.
** The page quote is from the episode "Baloney and Kids," a parody of Series/BarneyAndFriends in which they ended up singing a song about anvils while dropping them on the eponymous Baloney. Also noteworthy as one of the only episodes where they actually asked the question, "Where do the anvils come from?"
** In the Slappy Squirrel episode "I Got Yer Can!", Slappy's argument with Candace Chipmunk is interrupted when Skippy drops an anvil on Candace. When Slappy asks what this has to do with the plot, Skippy says "Who cares? [[RuleOfFunny Anvils are funny]]."
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' parodied the song ''Raindrops Keep Fallin' on my Head'' replacing "Raindrops" with (what else?) anvils, and in another, they had a [[ThreeShorts mini-episode]] of anvils falling on Plucky Duck's head, scored to the ''[[Theatre/IlTrovatore Anvil Chorus]]''. In the sequence, Plucky demands to know [[WhoWritesThisCrap who wrote it]], and when the scene cuts to [[AuthorAppeal a giggling]] [[AnimateInanimateObject anvil]] doing it, Plucky yells, "Rewrite!". After it was over, the audience loved it and demanded more. Plucky, enjoying the spotlight, agrees to do more. Unfortunately for him, the next sequence consisted of Plucky being blasted repeatedly by cannons, scored to the ''[[Music/PyotrIlyichTchaikovsky 1812 Overture]]''.
** Another episode had Buster made a deal with an impish anvil to write a script for Plucky, "Ducklahoma", where all the songs were anvilised showtunes. "Duuuuuucklahoma, where the anvils come screaming from the sky!"
** Also, the episode where characters were dressed in lab coats and running experiments, dropping ever heavier weights on Plucky's head in front of a focus group to gauge which weight was the optimum for comedic effect.
** And in "Thirteensomething", Plucky (facing unemployment as part of the episode's story) holds up a sign citing "Will take falling anvils for laughs." 'Ah ... that actually felt ''good''.'
* WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry pretty much used all of these for random humour. And pretty often used grand pianos and trees/poles in place of falling anvils whenever something different was needed.
* Creator/TexAvery's MGM shorts often had these as well. In ''WesternAnimation/BadLuckBlackie'', for instance, an anvil is but one of a series of hilariously improbable objects that fall on an unfortunate dog from above throughout the cartoon: flowerpots, a cash register, a piano, a safe, various large and heavy modes of transportation, and...[[KitchenSinkIncluded well, you know]].
* Disney seems to have originated the trope, with anvils crowning a hapless ape in ''Alice the Whaler'' (1927) and Pegleg Pete in ''Building a Building'' (1933).
* Roy Rooster of ''ComicStrip/USAcres'' has safes (complete with [[IllogicalSafe safe illogic]]) and weights dropped on him in the almost-literally {{Anvilicious}} Buddy Bears ShowWithinAShow.
** In another episode, he thwarts Orson's brothers by triggering his new rain-dancing robot's "27 pianos" dance.
* WesternAnimation/{{Garfield And Friends}}, too, has an IllogicalSafe and some other heavy object dropped on him during his Mondaymare. Later in the episode, a piano falls on him while he believes himself safe out in the open.
* There was a ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'' episode where they research the optimal heaviness of an x-ton weight by dropping several weights on Bush Rats and gauging the reaction of the audience. The audience is silent for the 5, 10, and even 15.99999999 ton weights (though they "briefly crack smiles, and then fall into a deep depression".), but laugh hysterically when the 16 ton weight drops.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'' had an episode during the Miranda season in which Bonkers told her nephew an old-west style story in which claim-jumpers are stealing valuable "Anvil Fields" and it was up to a Western version of the Bobcat to prevent the theft. This is rather curious, since ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'' is a [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney license]], which tends to as a rule to not embrace the [[AmusingInjuries funny violence favored by other Animation studios]].
** ''Bonkers'' was a bit of an exception to that. So was ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', actually. And most recent things involving Donald Duck.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' has the following exchange during a ChaseScene with Megavolt:
-->'''Launchpad''': He's heading into Andy's Anvil Factory!
-->'''Darkwing''': I've got a bad feeling about this...
** Another ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' variation, where DW got the drop on Negaduck:
--->'''Darkwing''' (ringing a doorbell): Flowers for Negaduck.
--->'''Negaduck''': I hate flowers!
--->'''Darkwing''': Did I say "flowers"? I meant "skulls".
--->(Negaduck answers the door, only to find himself facing a huge slingshot.)
--->'''Darkwing''': Oh, did I say "skulls"? I meant, "ANVILS"!
--->KLANG. '''Darkwing''': Oh dear, I dented my anvil.
*** And, of course, the HumiliationConga at the end of that particular episode, which includes Negaduck getting propelled upward into several such objects, each heavier and more painful than the last. They are, in order: a [[PieInTheFace pie]], [[FlowerPotDrop a flowerpot with plant]], a small anvil, a safe, and a 100-pound weight.
* CGI/Live-Action combination show ''Series/AceLightning'' has a [[BigGuy villain]] by the ''name'' of Anvil. Who is basically a giant, mutant rhino, ''with'' an actual anvil in place of one hand. He's usually brought into play when they want to bash the characters about a bit and not much else. It's almost a LampshadeHanging, when you think about it...
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** In the episode "The Day The Violence Died", Itchy & Scratchy creator Chester J. Lampwick tells Bart and Lisa the story of how Roger Myers Sr dropped an anvil on him after he requested royalties for his creation. (Luckily, he says, he was carrying an umbrella at the time.)
** Another episode has Homer paying a visit to Mr. Burns' office, resulting in a 1,000 gram weight dropping on his head. [[UnitConfusion Burns thought it sounded heavier when he ordered it.]]
** Another episode had Chief Wiggum believing a giant rat was infesting Springfield Mall. He then set a trap to make an anvil fall on said rat. Another plan was releasing a puma which fell into the trap. Wiggum then released another one.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}'' cartoon "Shoein' Hosses", while fighting over a position at Olive Oyl's blacksmith shop, Bluto throws an anvil at Popeye's head. This is perhaps the only time in this trope, ever, that having an anvil around was logical.
* ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' - the falling cow OnceAnEpisode.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' had a cutaway gag where Peter attempted to set up such a trap. He ended up hitting himself with it.
* Happened twice on ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam!''. They probably didn't want to do it too often, or it'd look like Nick was trying to [[FollowTheLeader make their own]] ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''/''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''.
* Independent animator Patrick Smith did a film called ''Delivery'', which featured two brothers beating each other up over a package. In this case, the beatings were animated realistically, with visible blood, injuries, and subsequent [[spoiler: NeckSnap]]. [[WordOfGod According to Smith]] it was meant to subvert this trope (and slapstick cartoons in general), saying that if an anvil falls on his character, he will die and the person who dropped it will feel remorse.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', [[EnfantTerrible Heloise]] has taken over a show by dropping a safe on the original host, then popping out of it.
* [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] ''hideously'' on ''WesternAnimation/MonkeyDust''. An ordinary human being (as in, not a wacky cartoon character) has an anvil dropped on his head by an actual cartoon rabbit. The results are bloody, and the reactions of everyone nearby are harrowing.
* Even ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' isn't safe. While investigating [[CloudCuckooLander Pinkie Pie's]] supposedly premonitory tics in the clear outdoors, Twilight observes the sign linked with something falling, and makes a valiant attempt at [[TemptingFate skeptical defiance]] before being buried under [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfgKb7qjd2Q a flower pot, an anvil, a hay cart, and a piano]] from (literally) out of the blue. The camera pans up to reveal they [[JustifiedTrope fell out of a pegasus delivery truck]]. [[AscendedMeme Derpy]] [[TheKlutz Hooves]] being among the delivery crew may have had something to do with it.
* ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'' once parodied this mercilessly in "I Am Cliched".
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'':
** In "Urban Ed", as Ed and Eddy sit on top of a skyscraper pretending to be pigeons and dropping yogurt on Nazz and Edd below, Ed produces an anvil out of nowhere and drops it on them.
--->'''Ed:''' Quack quack!\\
'''Eddy:''' Ed, you're gonna hurt someone! [[ThisIsReality This ain't a cartoon!]]
** In "Don't Rain on My Ed", Kevin [[PianoDrop drops a piano]] on Eddy's head as DisproportionateRetribution for [[ItMakesSenseInContext accidentally swallowing him in an earlier scene]].
--->'''Kevin:''' That's for gobbin' all over my bike, ''dork!''
* ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'': In the ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes'' parody ''Sheerluck Holmes and the Golden Ruler'', one of Watson's maids drops an anvil out the window onto Sheerluck's head.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': In "The Safety", Darwin sees a Wile E. Coyote parody on the TV, and calls the character to complain about it. One of the complaints is about the anvils being used to hurt others; when the character points out children can't imitate that, because they can't lift anvils, Darwin says they still can get hurt trying to lift it.