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Most frequently seen in WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoons, this is a visual gag which reproduces the look and action of a {{Pinball}} game. A ball or other spherical object (sometimes a character forced to curl into a ball) caroms wildly about, rebounding off of numerous objects and/or persons, producing glowing "scores" over each one. The gag ends when either it leaves the "playing field" (often by dropping into a hole) or one specific target lights up with a "TILT!" indicator.

"TILT!" -- the indication that an attempt to cheat at pinball by lifting or shaking the machine has been detected -- is a subtrope in its own right. Tilted machines shut down immediately, ignoring player input and ending the current game, sort of an early-to-mid-20th century BSOD, with the added element of [[NoFairCheating "you brought this on yourself, cheater!"]] In a similar manner, a character subject to "TILT!" is usually stunned or unconscious, although whether this is because of or simply indicated by the "TILT!" varies from instance to instance.

Also see BeTheBall and BouncingBattler.

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* This happens in ''WebAnimation/DoubleRainboom'' when Rainbow Dash drinks the potion that allows her to fly faster. There is even a scoreboard adding up points.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* This animated trope actually showed up in the live-action film ''Film/FreddyVsJason''. When Freddy and Jason are in the dream world, Freddy causes Jason's body to fly through the air around his boiler room, bouncing off of various pipes and tanks with pinball-machine sound effects accompanying every carom. Eventually, the action stops, causing Jason to drop straight back down to the floor and Freddy to say "Aw. Tilt."
* ''TheManWithTwoBrains''. They specifically set up the whole MadScientist lab just so Steve Martin can do the pinball routine near the end of the movie.
* During the car chase scenes in ''Film/THX1138'', where the titular character is pursued by the robotic police officers on motorcycles. In the scene immediately following the wipe-out of the first officer, "TILT//" can be seen flashing on a mainframe panel.
* Done for laughs in the climax of ''Film/KungFuHustle'', complete with electro-mechaniccal pinball sounds and chimes.

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* In the dodgeball episode of NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide, [[spoiler: Moze]] takes out four people with one throw of a ball, including pinball sound effects.
* The [[CouchGag "It's" Man]] in episode 12 of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' in no way resembles a ball, but produces the characteristic sounds bouncing off trees.
* One playing of Party Quirks on WhoseLineIsItAnyway had Wayne Brady acting like he was a pinball in a machine.

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[[folder: Pinball ]]

* ''VideoGame/MarioPinballLand'' is a [[DigitalPinballTable pinball video game]] built around this trope.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* A variation of this is found in ''FamilyGuy'', in one of their random referential gags: In "The Father, the Son, and the Holy Fonz", Stewie has been forced to live in a bubble for a while, and at one point complains about the morning he's had: Somehow getting caught in ''Series/SesameStreet''s Funky classic [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZshZp-cxKg "Pinball Number Count"]] short (123 '''4 5''' 678 '''9 10''' 11 12!).
* The ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' chibi shorts [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bw2Ye46CvOM Bending Battle]] has [[CuteBruiser Toph]] demonstrating Earthbending by turning a cliff face into a pinball machine, complete with [[ChewToy Sokka]] as the ball.
* Happens on ''{{Jimmy Two-Shoes}}'', when Jimmy and Beezy are [[BeTheBall knocking themselves around]].
* Several ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts have some variation of it, including "WesternAnimation/BaseballBugs" when Bugs hits a line drive that bounces off of all the outfielders.
* In the elephant race event of ''WesternAnimation/LaffALympics'' from India, Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy's elephant bounces off city pillars with accompanying pinball noises after getting a trunk full of curry (thanks to the Really Rottens).
* Literal: The opening titles of ''InchHighPrivateEye'' has the title character on the surface of a pinball machine chased around by a pinball.
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