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->''"That guy got hit in the head with a coconut!"''
-->-- '''Patrick''', ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''

BONK!!! '''Ouch.'''

A character who is stranded on a DesertedIsland will often fall victim to getting hit on the head with a coconut, if the island has one or two coconut trees. This can take place in any location you're likely to find coconut trees in, such as the jungle.

In Hawaii and other tropical areas there are 'Do not stand under the coconuts!' signs for this very reason. In real life, having a 10-pound nut fall 20 feet onto your head is quite likely to kill you.

Of course, coconuts are not the only fruits that can hit you on the head, apples are also most likely to bean you on the head in an homage to Sir Isaac Newton's discovery of gravity. In Southeast Asia, it is possible sometimes for durians to be substituted for the coconuts - given their spiky shape, their potential for causing pain when falling off trees is quite comparable.

Bowling balls can also have a tendency to hit people on the head, even if they are not actually fruit.

Should be a note that this supposes a HardHead.

Subtrope of AmusingInjuries. Compare PianoDrop, AnvilOnHead, DropTheWashtub, FlowerPotDrop, and TapOnTheHead.

Not to be confused with TheCoconutEffect. See also PutTheirHeadsTogether, which often has a similar sound effect.



* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDDP9OXF354 this commercial]] for Honey Nut Cheerios, Buzz gets sucked into the ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' video game, and challenges Sonic to a race for Honey Nut Cheerios. Sonic wins the race, while Buzz crashes into a palm tree, causing several coconuts from it to fall and hit him on the head.

* In episode 9 of ''Anime/SonicX'' (Amy On The Beach if your watching the original Japanese version or The Last Resort if your watching 4Kids English version) while Amy Rose is daydreaming about dating Sonic a Coconut falls and hits her on the head stopping her train of thought. She gets annoyed by the coconut so she picks it up and throws it while kicking off the antagonist's plot of the story by accident without knowing.
* An early chapter of ''Ganso! Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku'' had the kids stranded in a small island. They throw coconuts on Akane's head to be hydrated and was a shoutout to her having a HardHead in a previous chapter of the predecessor series.
* A RunningGag in ''Manga/KyouKaraOreWa'' is that of Mitsuhashi dropping coconuts on the heads of teachers that piss him off. In one case [[ItMakesSenseInContext the target, the science teacher, had hired a large former Yakuza as assistant]] before going mad with the power of such protection, and the Yakuza could break them in flight... So he next threw one filled with ''pepper''.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', Mr. Incredible takes out a guard with a perfect head shot from over a hundred yards away.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the 1966 Creator/{{Disney}} film ''Film/LtRobinCrusoeUSN'', the title character (played by Creator/DickVanDyke) gets hit by a bunch of coconuts during a rainstorm.
* In the Creator/AbbottAndCostello film, ''Film/PardonMySarong'' Lou Costello gets hit repeatedly by cocoanuts while sitting under the "Tree of Truth" (a cocoanut tree lie detector)
* Jack Sparrow throws a coconut at the head of one of Davy Jones' crew in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest''.
* ''Film/{{Help}}'' - in the Bahamas, one of Clang's mooks waits up in a tree and hurls a coconut at Ringo (actually Paul in a [[LatexPerfection Ringo mask]]), knocking him out.
* One hilarious example of the Bowling Ball variety happens in ''Film/TheAdventuresOfMiloAndOtis'' when a Bear is trying to catch and eat Milo in an abandoned shack by the beach.
* The hero of ''Film/TheNavigator'' gets incapacitates for a few moments when a monkey drops a coconut from a palm tree onto his head.

[[folder: LiveActionTV]]
* Happened a bunch of times on ''Series/GilligansIsland''.
* Creator/LeeMack on ''Series/WouldILieToYou'' claims that he was nearly killed when a coconut fell on his shoulder. [[spoiler: It's a lie.]]
* In ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'', Howard and Vince are trapped on a desert island and have no food. As Howard chases Vince in an attempt to eat him, Vince backs into a coconut tree, knocking a coconut down onto Howard's head. He knocks several more down in his delight, all of which hit Howard.
* In ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'', Mr Rumbold removes his hat in "By Appointment" to reveal bandages for injuries from a coconut falling on his head in [[MeaningfulName Coconut Island]].
* In ''Series/Zoey101'', when the main cast gets stranded on a deserted beach away from the end of semester beach party courtesy of Logan, Zoey considers hitting Logan on the head with a coconut as punishment for getting them into the situation.

[[folder: {{Music}}]]
* The song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjkOHVVjCuA Killed by a Coconut]]" by Bob Gibson and Creator/ShelSilverstein is about, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a series of guys suffering fatal coconut-related injuries]], but only in the first example does the coconut fall out of a tree. ("Just when things were lookin' up, he happened to be lookin' down!")

[[folder: NewspaperComics]]
* ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty''. Opus is watching an episode of ''Series/GilligansIsland''. The Skipper says "Gilligan! Drop those coconuts!" Gilligan does so and they bonk the Skipper on the head.

[[folder: PuppetShows]]
* For whatever reason, the children's show ''SugarWiki/CandleCove'' had this as a small RunningGag. They once actually defeated a recurring villain with this method. Like many things in the show, [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment it went unexplained.]]
* In the ''Series/SesameStreet'' episode, "Birdie and the Beast", whenever the Beast loses his temper, he backs into the coconut tree that takes the place of the rose from [[Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast the source material]] and causes one of the coconuts from it to fall and hit him on the head.

[[folder: VideoGames]]
* ''VideoGame/JollyRover'' even has an achievement for dispatching the guard with a coconut three times.
* Papa Doc in ''VideoGame/GhostPiratesOfVoojuIsland'' throws coconuts at two zombie workers to manipulate them into fighting each other.
* In ''VideoGame/EscapeFromMonkeyIsland'', Herman Toothrot suffers this and [[EasyAmnesia loses his memory for a while]]. [[spoiler: You have to hit him with another coconut (along with other items he mentions) in order to get him to recover his memory.]]
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' games:
** In ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'', the Coconuts enemy tosses coconuts at Sonic. If Sonic isn't careful, said coconuts can hit him on the head.
** The same goes for Coconuts' successor, Monkey Dude, in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog3''.
** In ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'', in an exclusive cutscene of Sonic and Chip at Adabat, Sonic gets clocked in the head by a bunch of Coconuts due a mishaps by Chip's appetite.
* Sing it with me now! [[VideoGame/DonkeyKong64 His coconut gun can fire in spurts! If he shoots ya, it's gonna hurt!]]
* It's possible to knock out or possibly kill someone with coconuts (individually or in clusters, respectively) in the Bangkok levels of ''VideoGame/{{Hitman 2016}}''.
* One of the mini-games in ''[[WesternAnimation/SylvesterTheCatAndTweetyBird Tweety]] and the Magic Gems'' for the UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance involves WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck, WesternAnimation/PorkyPig, Sylvester, WesternAnimation/YosemiteSam, and Marc Antony in coconut trees, tossing coconuts at crabs.

[[folder: WesternAnimation]]
* Referenced by the page quote in the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Rock-A-Bye Bivalve", on a TV show that Patrick was watching. In the end, Patrick himself falls victim to this.
* This gag also shows up in the ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus'' episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS2E6TotallyBogusVideo Totally Bogus Video]]", during a sequence that parodied ''Film/{{Casablanca}}''. Ratty is the poor victim of this trope.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' cartoons:
** Mouser got hit with a coconut in ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' episode "The Ten Koopmandments".
** This also happened to Yoshi in the ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld'' episode, "Party Line". This gave Mario the inspiration to make a telephone line from coconuts and vines.
* This was Sappy Stanley's schtick in his ShowWithinAShow cartoons from ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''.
* Both WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry got hit by coconuts in the short "Surf-Bored Cat".
* Happened to Debbie in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys''.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "WesternAnimation/GorillaMyDreams", a gorilla gets hit by a coconut after WesternAnimation/BugsBunny shakes it loose, the shell forming a football helmet on his head.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PacMan'' short "The Abominable Pac-Man", this happens to Inky, but with [[RuleOfFunny a bowling ball]]: "I didn't think they bloomed in winter."
* Happens occasionally to [[WesternAnimation/ZigAndSharko Zig]].
* During a camping trip, ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' gets hit with five in a row. And a sixth for good measure. Diplomacy is definitely not Gosalyn's string suit. (It happens a ''second'' time!)
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' episode "Chipwrecked Shipmunks", Chip gets coconuts to the head. Now add to this the fact that one coconut is both bigger and heavier than a chipmunk, and that Chip is standing on sand.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' cartoons:
** In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' episode, "Big Daddy", when Coconuts first meets Boom-Boom, the son of the titular ape, he tosses a coconut at his head, much like his video game counterpart does to Sonic in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2''.
** At the beginning of the episode of ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' titled ''Cowbot'', when Knuckles throws Sonic into the tree to make coconuts drop down, one of the coconuts falls on Amy's head.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' episode "Broadcast Nuisance", the Warner siblings get revenge on a rude TV anchor and towards the end, use the TV station's editing room to get him TrappedInTVLand. The first TV show he goes into is Series/GilligansIsland.
-->'''Skipper:''' Hey, Little Buddy, where did this guy come from?
-->'''Gilligan:''' He's a space alien! Hit him with a coconut! ''(They proceed to do so)''
* ''WesternAnimation/ActionMan'': At one point in a later season when Team Extreme was on a tropical island, Rikki had ''several'' coconuts fall on his head.
* The qualifies-for-the-WesternAnimation/CensoredEleven [[WesternAnimation/TexAveryMGMCartoons Tex Avery [=MGM=] cartoon]] ''Half-Pint Pygmy'''s climax had the titular character set up a trap using one of these to bonk the heads of his pursuing hunters, followed by many gags with the coconut hitting more jungle animals (not usually on the head) until it comes back [[HoistByHisOwnPetard and hits]] ''[[HoistByHisOwnPetard him]]'' [[HoistByHisOwnPetard in the end]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'', after a coconut hits Courtney in the head she complains to the camera:
-->'''Courtney:''' This is a coconut, we're in Muskoka, people! If your gonna drop props on my head at least let them be geographically correct!
-->''(large pile of snow falls on her)''
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LittleGoldenBookLand'' special, after Saggy Baggy Elephant pulls Poky Little Puppy out of a bush, he backs into a coconut tree, causing coconuts to land on them and Scuffy.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' episode "Stranded", after he and Cindy get stranded on a deserted island, Jimmy gets conked on the head by several coconuts while trying to make his own camp.
!!Examples of the apple variant


[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'', the Bonkers are extremely tall Blue Meanie minions who attack people by dropping large apples on the targets' heads.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Referenced by Sir Isaac Newton himself on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' when Data plays poker with holograms of Newton, Albert Einstein, and Stephen Hawking.
--> '''Newton:''' The day that apple fell on my head was the most momentous day in the history of science.\\
'''Hawking:''' [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Not the apple story again! ]]
'''Data:''' That story is generally considered to be apocryphal.\\
'''Newton:''' What? How ''dare'' you...

[[folder: {{Music}}]]
* In Music/TheRutles' MusicVideo for "Ouch!", an island native girl [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVFRgoQe86U#t=1m21s knocks over an apple cart]] and we see an apple bounce on each of their heads.

* In ''VideoGame/TinyToonAdventuresBustersHiddenTreasure'', if Buster isn't careful, a raven enemy can drop an apple on his head. This is also played straight in the Game Over screen, where Montana Max throws an apple at Buster, hitting him in the back of the head.

[[folder: WesternAnimation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' episode "Francine Frensky, Superstar", when Arthur is recounting all of the difficult roles that Francine had when in a play, one of the roles mentioned was when she played Sir Isaac Newton. [[ItMakesSenseInContext The results were predictable]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Fall-Weather Friends", after Applejack shows up Rainbow Dash in a test of strength, AJ kicks the tree Dash is standing under, causing some apples to fall out of the tree and land on Dash's head (to the tune of ShaveAndAHairCut, no less).