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A dislocated joint, usually a shoulder, is a fabulous dramatic device. It's (usually) non-lethal, it hurts a lot, it severely disables their range of motion, and the character is usually forced to reduce (relocate) the joint without the convenience of proper medical attention or anesthetics, meaning it will almost always hurt. A lot.

The injured person will often have to coax someone nearby into assisting with the reduction, which they will be reluctant to do because of the {{Squick}}iness of the procedure. The opposite of this is when the injured person is assisted by a more experienced individual who lulls them into a more relaxed frame of mind before surprising them by deftly snapping the joint back into place. If you want to show someone as a total badass, have them relocate their own shoulder by slamming it into a wall, etc.

This trope has some elements of TruthInTelevision; while it is always better to seek proper medical attention, people in remote locations such as hikers and skiers sometimes have to reduce dislocated joints on their own. Where this trope starts to break from reality is the method used to pop the bone back into place. There are procedures that, while not as quick and dramatic as those shown in media, can put a shoulder back into joint with minimal pain, and most people with experience dealing with injuries would know this.



[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]

* Alex Armstrong in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has his shoulder dislocated by the homunculus Sloth. After taking a beating due to having only one working arm, he uses Sloth's attempt at a finishing blow to pop it back into place, turning the tide of the fight dramatically.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', Heero Yuy dislocates his knee after failing to open his parachute in time after jumping out of a building. He later pops it back in place with considerable pain, given his established badassery, and with an exasperated remark from Duo who is disgusted by the act.
* In the last episode of the ''Anime/UltimateMuscle'' anime, Kid Muscle/Mantaro's shoulders are dislocated by Kevin Mask during their encounter in the finals of the Chojin Olympics. While he's eventually able to pop them back into place simply by ''flexing his arms'' (that's how muscular he is), he later dislocates them again intentionally to escape Kevin's Big Ben Bash.
* Clare from the ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' manga dislocates a shoulder during her training, and pops it back in by ramming her shoulder into a wall.
* Ginji of ''Manga/GetBackers'' fame once had both arms and legs dislocated as a form of non-lethal restraint. He proceeded to pop one shoulder back in by ''hurling himself on the ground'' hoping it would hit right. Somehow, it did, and he then leaped out the window of the boat. [[HilarityEnsues Cue comically trying to swim with only one limb]].
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': When fighting Moe Shishigawara, Ikkaku Madarame gets his shoulder dislocated and resets it just by flexing his muscles.
* The M.O. of the martial artist A.I. Iron Schwartz in ''Anime/RealDrive'' is to dislocate the joints of his defeated opponents both to humiliate them, and to prevent them from continuing fighting reliably without putting their lives in danger, since it's implied that androids can't kill.
* Rin from ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal'' has her shoulders dislocated after being whipped with a wooden sword. They are reset by Doa, but then she gets involved in several strenuous situations that cause them to become dislocated '''again''', and is rendered immobile until someone comes to help.
* In the ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara: Samurai Legends'' manga, Hideyoshi dislocates Masamune's shoulder with his bare hands. Masamune then has to fight one-armed until he pulls himself together and reduces it. Badass though he may be, it looks incredibly painful.
* In ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', Domon '''intentionally''' dislocates his own right shoulder while caught up in the [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent Cobra Gundam's]] coils; because this series' Gundams are MotionCaptureMecha, God Gundam's shoulder also dislocates, which gives Domon enough wiggle room to escape Cobra's clutches and perform his FinishingMove left-handed.
* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'': In the Tournament of Power, after being badly beaten by Jiren, Goku pops his own shoulder back into place after retreating to a safe location.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' once did this in order to put a ''dislocated jaw'' back into place after battling Hammerhead. Proportionate strength of a spider + metal garbage bin = ''ow''.


[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''Film/PrinceCaspian'', Edmund does the surprise pop-in after Peter dislocates his arm.
* Martin Riggs in ''Lethal Weapon'' films can dislocate his shoulder at will, and uses it to escape from a straitjacket and ropes in ''Film/LethalWeapon2''. Of course, afterward he has to pop it back in place (by himself). The fact that he does both of these things without doing more than grimacing serves to underscore how utterly badass (or [[TheBerserker crazy]]) he is. He does cry out in pain when he reduces it, and he cringes and curls up into a standing fetal position when he's not in combat.
* Creator/JetLi's character manages to pull off a relocation in mid kung fu battle in ''Film/FistOfLegend''. After fighting one-handed for a couple of minutes, and still holding his own. When he finally pops the arm back in, his opponent gets a mild OhCrap moment.
* Tiger also relocates his shoulder in a fight in ''Film/ManOfTaiChi''.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* After Dr. Gorner in ''Literature/DevilMayCare'' tells Literature/JamesBond that it is he who is going to fly the stolen airjet to [[spoiler:destroy Trekhgorniy, the place where Soviets manifacture their nuclear bombs]], Bond points out that he is unable to do so due to dislocating his shoulder in Gorner's "test run" for him. Dr. Gorner then orders his enforcer Chagrin to fix it, which he does. Painfully.
* In ''Literature/TheSeventhTower'', Tal's arm is dislocated during the retrieval of the Codex. Milla puts it back in after.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* At least three times on ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Charlie reluctantly helps Jack, and Kate reluctantly helps Juliet. Libby goes for the surprise version in "The Other 48 Days" while telling the injured RedShirt a story about skiing.
* [[Series/{{House}} Dr. House]] once instructed a non-doctor in resetting Mira Sorvino's toe in "Frozen".
* How George and Callie meet on ''Series/GreysAnatomy''.
* [[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess Xena]] gets commented on a dislocated shoulder, and rams it against a wall to pop it right back in.
* In one episode of ''Series/BurnNotice'', Michael ''lets'' the bad guy dislocate his shoulder (which Fiona chides him for later) to maintain his cover, then, after the bad guy leaves, slams his shoulder against a post to pop it back in. In the next scene, it's clearly still sore, and not helped much when the same bad guy threatens to dislocate it again.
** In a later episode, Fiona dislocates ''her'' shoulder to get out of being cuffed to a chair, popping it back a minute later by herself.
* [[GoodThingYouCanHeal Claire]] of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', has done this of course, due to her tendency to go get fatally injured at the slightest provocation. A particularly gruesome scene showed her popping in her shoulder joint -- and also pushing her ribs back inside her chest.
* Martha Jones in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Doctor's Daughter" popped in the shoulder of a Hath (a fish-like alien) immediately after it had been injured while trying to kill her. This [[AndroclesLion earns her the respect and friendship]] of all the other Hath.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. In "The Zeppo", [[DarkActionGirl Faith]] uses a shoulder relocation as a segue into sex; notable because she uses the mild-mannered Xander merely as a counterweight, saying "Hold Me", and when he goes to give her a SecurityCling, snaps it back into place.
* ''Series/ThePretender'':
** In the episode "Keys", Miss Parker dislocates her own thumb in order to escape a set of handcuffs.
** Another episode had Jarod pop back his own shoulder after it'd dislocated in a plane crash.
* Ronon Dex from ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', after dislocating his shoulder in an explosion that caused the space station they were on to start falling out of orbit, slams his shoulder into a wall to get it back into place. This despite Sheppard being right there, telling him to calm down and offering to help.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Farscape}},'' having had his shoulder dislocated in a fight, Crichton "pops" it back in by pushing it against a wall. A nearby villain, apparently omniscient due to hazily-defined "magic" powers, notes that Crichton did the same when it got dislocated after a motorcycle crash when he was in his teens.
* On ''Series/{{Angel}}'', [[spoiler: Doyle]] can do this with his ''[[NeckSnap neck]]''. Being half demon helps.
* In a comedic version, on ''Series/{{iCarly}}'', Spencer is first introduced in the apartment hanging one of his art pieces from the ceiling, when he falls onto the living room floor, dislocating his shoulder. He gets up and promptly falls down in the opposite direction to pop it back into place.
* ''{{Series/ER}}'': In the season 5 episode "The Good Fight", Carter and Lucy are searching downtown Chicago for a patient's father (they need him for a blood transfusion, because [[ABNegative he and his daughter share a rare blood type]]) when Carter falls and dislocates his shoulder trying to scale a fence. He coaches Lucy through popping his arm back into socket (an evidently very painful process). By the end of the episode ([[ContinuityNod and for the next few episodes after]]), Carter has his arm in a sling.


[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]
* Japanese wrestler [[Wrestling/DragonGate K-ness]] once got his elbow dislocated for real after a botched spot with Masato Yoshino, but he just relocated it again in order to keep on with the match.
* During a training session in Wrestling/UniversalWrestlingFederation, Mark Fleming went for a takedown and popped Wrestling/GaryAlbright's knee out of the socket. The UWF-i staff was about have a fit when Albright just popped it back and continued training.
* Wrestling/DeanAmbrose seems to have a loose shoulder, as he has been forced to set it back in several matches.


[[folder: Video Games ]]
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfBerseria'', Velvet jumps down a cliff, using her [[RedRightHand daemonblight-infected arm]] to slow her fall. She dislocates her shoulder on the way down, but pops it back into place against the cliff wall once she lands. GuestStarPartyMember Seres does the rest by using healing artes to dull the pain.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' features Naked Snake getting, among other injuries, a dislocated elbow after he falls from a bridge. After using the proper medical tools on him, the player gets to watch him reduce the joint, complete with nerve-wracking sound effects.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Be Careful What You Fish For", Stewie has his arm dislocated by his negligent preschool teacher, whom Brian is dating. To keep Lois from finding out, Brian forcibly relocates Stewie's arm, with Stewie making a nod to his sadomasochistic side.
-->'''Stewie:''' I'm not saying I liked it, but I didn't like it either.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* In 2000, Danny Williams and Mark Potter fought in a boxing match for the vacant British Heavyweight title. Williams' right shoulder was dislocated in the 3rd round, and reduced in his corner between rounds. Early in the 6th, the shoulder was once again dislocated, and Williams spent two whole minutes trying to survive with his arm hanging limp while Potter pressed the attack. With Potter coming in somewhat recklessly, Williams managed to perfectly time a left handed blow, knocking Potter out. It doesn't get any more dramatic than that.
* December 10, 2016: In a bout between Paata Tschapelia and Arkadiusz Wroblewski in Germany, Wroblewski ends up dislocating his shoulder throwing a massive overhand left at the very start of the fight. As the referee looks to the sidelines for help, Tschapelia steps forward instead and pulls on Wroblewski’s arm until it pops back into place, allowing the two to continue fighting. [[http://uproxx.com/sports/mma-fighter-fixes-opponents-dislocated-shoulder-during-fight/ Source]]