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->'''Kevyn:''' Define "funny."\\
'''Doctor Bunnigus:''' When it happens to you, rather than happening to me?\\
'''Kevyn:''' So... [[{{Nanomachines}} My bloodstream]] is [[AIIsACrapshoot full of slapstick.]]
-->-- ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary''

Slapstick is the essence of physical comedy--people getting hurt or embarrassed in hilarious ways (e.g. slipping and landing face first in dog crap). The defining feature of slapstick is its highly exaggerated nature, combined with a lack of serious physical consequences. ThePratfall is a staple of slapstick humor.

The name comes from a prop in the ''CommediaDellArte'': the ''battacchio'', or "Slap Stick", is two pieces of wood that [[TheCoconutEffect sound more like punching than punching does]], without causing any physical damage; making this OlderThanSteam. It has been a staple of {{Vaudeville}} and {{Burlesque}}; and a consistent thread in many types of comedy, most notably the {{Farce}}. Exemplified in the modern era by artists like Creator/CharlieChaplin, Creator/BusterKeaton, and Creator/LaurelAndHardy; and continued by recent performers such as the British comedy team of Rik Mayall and Ade Edmonson, and Canadian actor Creator/JimCarrey.

While slapstick is present to some degree in many comedic works; examples should be works that depend entirely or predominantly on this form of exaggerated physical comedy for their humour.

An interesting bit of neurological trivia: finding slapstick funny is ''very'' deeply seated in the brain. A study was done of patients who had previously sustained head trauma who were shown comedy clips of varying types. It was found that while many had lost the capacity to "get" puns and higher humor, almost all still found slapstick funny. So while some people still complain that a show like ''Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'' where people repeatedly fall and get hit in the crotch is not amusing, it's not really surprising that the show still continues to be popular across all demographics for well over 20 years.

For the Marvel Comics superhero character, [[ComicBook/TheAwesomeSlapstick click here]].


* AgonyOfTheFeet
* AnvilOnHead
* AssShove
* BananaPeel
* BellyFlopCrushing
* BlindShoulderToss (sometimes)
* BlownAcrossTheRoom
* BoomerangComeback
* ButtBiter
* ButtSticker
* ByWallThatIsHoley
* CoconutMeetsCranium
* ComedicUnderwearExposure
* TheDoorSlamsYou
* DopeSlap
* DropTheWashtub
* ExplodingCloset
* ExtendoBoxingGlove
* FaceFault
* FacePlant
* FailuresOnIce
* FlowerPotDrop
* ForgotToMindTheirHead
* GardenHoseSquirtSurprise
* GettingTheBoot
* GlassSmackAndSlide
* GroinAttack
* HardHead
* HammeredIntoTheGround
* {{Headdesk}}
* HumiliationConga
* ImmuneToSlapstick
* ImpactSilhouette
* JawDrop
* KickMePrank
* KitchenSinkIncluded
* KneelPushTrip
* LadderTipping
* TheLastStraw
* LiteralAssKicking
* MegatonPunch
* MetronomicManMashing
* NonSequiturThud
* NoseShove
* OwMyBodyPart
* PainfulBodyWaxing
* PainPoweredLeap
* PeopleFallOffChairs
* PercussiveMaintenance
* PianoDrop
* PieInTheFace
* PinballGag
* PlankGag
* ThePratfall
* PullingTheRugOut
* PunchedAcrossTheRoom
* RakeTake
* RightOutOfMyClothes
* RunningIntoTheWindow
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender
* SlipperySkid
* SquashedFlat
* SpitTake
* SprayingDrinkFromNose
* StickySituation
* SurpriseJump
* ThereWasADoor
* ThumbtackOnTheChair
* TiedTogetherShoelaceTrip
* TongueOnTheFlagpole
* TreeBuchet
* UnraveledEntanglement
* WatchOutForThatTree



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
%%* Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume
* The first season of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''. Which has a lot of people being electrocuted, burnt with flame breath, caught in explosions, subject to physical violence for awkwardly hitting on older women (Brock, mainly)... Which makes it [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness really weird in comparison to the other seasons]].
** ''Manga/PocketMonsters'' has a ''lot'' of this. In one infamous scene, Charmander attempts to grab Red's Master Ball, but ends up grabbing one of his ''[[GroinAttack testicles.]]''
* The ComedicSociopathy of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' is, in large part, defined by the ''sheer'' amount of [[AmusingInjuries physical punishment]] the [[MadeOfIron characters]] can withstand. And almost all of it would be a lot harder to stomach if not for the fact that the majority of them are selfish and petty {{jerk|ass}}s who, more often than not, have it coming.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
%%* ''TheAwesomeSlapstick''
* Spanish comic book series ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon''. Arguably the king of the trope in the entire medium.
* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' is about about a couple of overpowered separatist terrorists defeating hundreds upon hundreds of [[UsefulNotes/TheGloryThatWasRome notoriously powerful soldiers]], but keeps it all child-friendly and cute due to how all the violence is slapstick (such as the iconic scenes of the Gauls punching Romans [[SmolderingShoes out of their sandals]]). The Gauls also pick on [[DreadfulMusician Cacofonix]] like this a hell of a lot.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The oldest surviving slapstick film is ''Film/TheCurtainPole'' (1909), in which Mack Sennett's character attempts to obtain and bring back a very long curtain pole. A curtain pole that is way too long to fit inside the carriage he's riding, thus sticking out both sides. Sticking out both sides of a carriage moving at high speeds. HilarityEnsues as Sennett and his pole strike or antagonize everyone and everything they pass.
* Creator/KeystoneStudios, the silent-film studio created and ruled by the above-mentioned Mr. Sennett, pioneered most of the listed sub-tropes in motion pictures.
* Film/TheThreeStooges, which pretty much perfected this art in the '30s. Perhaps most famous for the comedic EyePoke.
* Creator/LaurelAndHardy also had their share of AmusingInjuries, pratfalls, [[EscalatingWar Escalating Wars]], etc. This is one of the things the duo is primarily remembered for -- even after they switched to sound and slapstick began to make way for verbal humor, they still used lots and lots of slapstick in their shorts and features, which is why they are still funny with modern-day audiences today.
* Creator/BusterKeaton's and most of Creator/CharlieChaplin's works are built on this trope.
* ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'' films, particularly the later '70s ones.
* Creator/JerryLewis in all of his most famous films, both solo and with Creator/DeanMartin.
%%* Creator/JimCarrey.
%%* ''Film/TheMask''.
%%* ''Film/SonOfTheMask''.
* ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'': the "Ow, my balls!" ShowWithinAShow
%%* Creator/BruceCampbell.
* ''Film/HomeAlone'': A movie with several sequels about a Kid (played by Macaulay Culkin in the first two movies) who is left at home by himself while his parents are on vacation. Two criminals try to break in. The kid sets up [[HomeAloneAntics traps that cause pratfalls, taking out the floors, setting them up with remote control cars, ropes, etc]]. Dropping buckets on them from above. There's even some electrocution as slapstick. By the end the criminals are usually CoveredInGunge, scratched up, battered and bruised, and either completely humiliated or arrested.
%%* ''Film/TheMasterOfDisguise''
%%** ''Creator/DanaCarvey''.
%%* ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle''
%%** Also crosses over into TV.
* ''Film/StrangePsychokineticStrategy'' uses slaptick comedy to keep itself entertaining. Watch it in the mind of a series of slapstick scenes held together by a larger (and largely irrelevant) plot, and you'll wet yourself laughing at the cast's loony antics.

* In Literature/{{Discworld}}, the Fools' Guild has actually ''weaponised'' slapstick in the form of a martial art called ''sloshi'', as seen in ''Discworld/MakingMoney''. One historical practitioner famously killed seventeen men with just a ladder and two buckets of paste.
* Almost everything in ''Literature/HowToSurviveAZombieApocalypse'', which parodies tropes commonly used in zombie apocalypse scenarios and takes it UpToEleven.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
%%* ''Series/{{Jackass}}''.
%%* "Tool Time" and other handyman segments on ''Series/HomeImprovement''.
* ''Series/TheYoungOnes'', as well as its Spiritual Successors ''Series/FilthyRichAndCatflap'' and ''Series/{{Bottom}}'', all featured healthy amounts of (mostly) Creator/RikMayall getting punched, stabbed, mutilated, electrocuted, falling down stairs, dropped off rooftops, set on fire, having all his teeth punched out and getting killed in funny ways. Notable for pushing the envelope even on British TV and getting some ire from MoralGuardians.
%%* Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer engage in moments of grotesque slapstick in ''Series/TheSmellOfReevesAndMortimer'' and ''Series/ShootingStars''
* ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'' loves exaggerated comedy violence, usually directed at Howard, who is often hit with something equivalent to a stick.
* One of the other more common kinds of videos on ''AFV'', usually a GroinAttack.
%%* Series/TheGoodies.
%%* Series/TheBennyHillShow.
%%* ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie''
%%* Michael Richard's as Kramer in ''Series/Seinfeld'' often employs physical slapstick humour
%%* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' and ''Series/Hercules'' also use this technique often, mixing fight scenes with classic slapstick.
* The Creator/{{Studio100}} series ''Series/KabouterPlop'' is mostly focused on slapstick with each of the characters. Mainly from Klus's pranks.
* Creator/LucilleBall in many of the classic ''Series/ILoveLucy'' episodes, for example Lucy and Ethel in the chocolate factory.

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* The videos for Music/TwistedSister's "I Wanna Rock" and "We're Not Gonna Take It".

* In ''Pinball/{{Hurricane}},'' making key shots during Clown Time frenzy will show clowns performing assorted slapstick antics.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* A "Punch and Judy Show" is a very old (dating back to at least the 17th century, and with roots in 16th century Italian live theatre) type of puppet show that ''lives'' on grotesquely exaggerated violence for the sake of humor.
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'': A deliberate homage to the days of vaudeville. Jim Henson also famously opined that if you couldn't think of an ending for a sketch, have a character [[StuffBlowingUp blow up]] or [[ImAHumanitarian eat the other.]]

* A staple of circuses, from Ringling Brothers to Creator/CirqueDuSoleil, via their clowns.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series contains are great deal of slapstick which has been refined over the course of the series. Some fighters such as Villager and Bowser Jr. have a number of moves based on slapstick, while the more serious fighters act better as StraightMan {{Foil}}s for them. Items include [[VideoGame/MarioKart banana peels]], [[VideoGame/AnimalCrossing hives that cause a swarm of bees to pursue whoever they're thrown at]] and [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} curry so spicy it makes anyone who eats it run around uncontrollably while breathing fire]]. Opponents are sent flying through the air when hit, and you score knockouts by making them fly [[ATwinkleInTheSky all the way off]], or [[CameraAbuse into]], the screen. Older games in the series also included a PaperFanOfDoom, which is a staple of Japanese slapstick comedy.
* The ''VideoGame/RavingRabbids'' franchise is practically ''programmed'' around the word slapstick, since much of the games' humor revolves around the [[AmusingInjuries cartoonish, physical abuse the titular Rabbids receive]] as a cause of either a punishment from other characters or objects in the game, the player himself, or sometimes even from each other.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' Is generally devoid of this, having a subject matter that leans more towards seriousness, with the occasional comic relief being more [[SurrealHumor surreal in nature]]. However, ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]'' uses slapstick generously, which goes well with its cartoony aesthetic. At one point, a group of pirates attempt to sneak Link into the BigBad 's compound via ''catapult''. It goes about as well as you'd expect, with Link smashing against a wall and losing his sword. This Link in particular is very prone to falling and getting in all sorts of funny accidents.
** In the same game, you have to solve a few puzzles involving picking up [[BirdPeople Medli]] and throwing her so she can glide to otherwise unreachable spots. If you accidentally (or [[VideogameCrueltyPotential on purpose]]) throw her against a wall, she'll get dazed for a moment and occasionally [[NonSequiturThud say nonsense]].
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' features [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Yeto]]. He's a [[GentleGiant very nice, generous guy]], really, but he also has a habit of [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength knocking Link on his ass]] whenever he takes something from him.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Spoof video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8h7N2mVWjk Rorschach's Plight]]
* {{Deconstructed}} by ''Website/TheOnion'' [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/man-gets-into-mess-usually-reserved-for-stars-of-s,2639/ here.]]
%%* WebAnimation/EddsWorld

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'': A lot of the humor comes from Jerry's abuse of Tom, by causing Tom's schemes to catch him to backfire. On occasions Jerry and other characters will fall victim to it as well.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' similarly is a TropeCodifier for AmusingInjuries, usually with the cartoon's antagonist falling victim to cartoon abuse from either their opponent or their own stupidity.
** Possibly the purest example: the "plot" of every Road Runner cartoon is, essentially, "Wile E. Coyote tries to catch the Road Runner and hurts himself in hilarious ways". This happens to other characters also, but it's the ''only'' thing that ever happens to Wile E. (except for a couple of cartoons that replace "the Road Runner" with "Bugs Bunny").
* ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat'': [[WesternAnimation/FelixTheCatClassic The B&W shorts]] featured a lot of slapstick in the vein of Creator/CharlieChaplin movies along with a hefty load of urban surrealism.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck''.
%%* Goofy's 'how-to' cartoons.
* ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' turns it UpToEleven and accidentally hits the button marked [[{{Gorn}} "Blood Spray"]].
%%* ''WesternAnimation/OggyAndTheCockroaches''
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'': There's a lot of the slapstick humor in this show, usually because one of Eddy's {{Get Rich Quick Scheme}}s either fails spectacularly and causes them to get beaten up during the episode, or the things they build for their schemes cause them to get hurt. The Eds will inflict slapstick on each other a lot too.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy''
* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' is replete with ''a lot'' of these, thanks to numerous AmusingInjuries any character suffers and surreal humor.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumChum''
* Sokka in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is the common victim which involves being the practice dummy, the one who always gets beaten up, always lands face first, getting hopped up on cactus juice, getting hit in the head (especially by Katara when he says Kyoshi has an alibi when Chin the Conquer was killed in the ''Clear My Name'' Episode), the one who always gets Chi-blocked by Ty-Lee, etc.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''
%%* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''
* There was a lot of slapstick in ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'': since the creator of the show, John Dilworth, is a big fan of classic Warner Bros and Creator/TexAvery animation. Much of the gags in the episodes are a result of Courage outsmarting the MonsterOfTheWeek to save his family.