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Real {{Vaudeville}} shows would DropTheCow on bad or overly long acts with [[HooksAndCrooks "the hook", a shepherd's crook]] extended from offstage to pull away the performer. But in cartoons, you don't even need to be on a stage to get the hook. Any bad performance can get the hook, even if you're performing on top of a fence - it just reaches out from BehindTheBlack and drags you offscreen. Wearing a red-and-white vertically striped shirt and a straw boater makes you especially susceptible to this, as does dancing while holding a cane. Spending a while dodging the hook, continuing to perform all the while, before eventually getting snared is a common feature.

Though he didn't originate it, the hook is forever associated with Howard "Sandman" Sims, a tap dancer who would use the hook on bad acts at the Apollo Theatre.
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[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', this happens to DonaldDuck and DaffyDuck in the Ink-n-Paint Club. After several minutes of trying to sabotage one another's piano playing, Donald [[RefugeInAudacity fires a cannon at Daffy's piano]], flooring his own and destroying Daffy's. Both of them, along with their pianos, are dragged off-stage with hooks.
* In the new ''Franchise/TheMuppets'' movie. One of these is used to grab most of the other Muppets during the montage.
* Used in one of Hal Roach's ''[[Film/TheLittleRascals Our Gang]]'' comedies, in which one of the mothers tried to drag her boy offstage with the hook... but kept missing him, first popping a couple of stage lights, then badly electrocuting herself when the metal crook got caught in the live socket.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* A vaudeville performer (complete with fez and revolving bowtie) gets pulled off of an illustration by a vaudeville hook in the ''Literature/MurderousMaths'' book ''Desperate Measures'' for the joke "Why isn't my nose twelve inches long? Because if it was it would be a foot.".

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/TheGongShow'': One of several methods for ejecting horrendously bad acts from the stage. These were, of course, non-scoring, comedy relief acts that performed in between scoring acts.
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'': Deployed in several episodes, including multiple times during the episode that showed the audition process for the show. [[http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Vaudeville Listed on the Muppet Wiki]].
* Referred to on ''Series/TheDailyShow'' in 2004 when, after winning the Oklahoma primary, Wesley Clark said, [[IncrediblyLamePun "Oklahoma is OK by me!"]]
-->'''Jon Stewart:''' Clark then added, "Idaho, Alaska!" before becoming the first candidate in history to be yanked off stage with a cane.
* ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' (the American version) has a slight RunningGag of Colin Mochrie carrying a joke for "Scenes from a Hat" [[OverlyLongGag a little too long]] (generally because Drew "forgets" to [[DropTheCow buzz him out]]), at which point Ryan Stiles, or occasionally Brad Sherwood, will come over and gently usher him off center stage.

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'': Garfield sometimes gets the hook when he's doing his fence act.
** Once, when he gave a ChristmasSpecial, a candy cane was used.
* One ''Farley'' strip, when Bruin Hilda was running for mayor of San Francisco, had the beaver sing a campaign song (to the tune of "[[Music/TheBeatles Saw Her Standing There]]". Hilda is thinking "Get the hook".
* The page image comes from a political cartoon, where Uncle Sam is obliviously showing off America's status as a world power while [[ChinaTakesOverTheWorld China]] calmly watches in the shadows, with a "Your [[FifteenMinutesOfFame fifteen minutes]] are almost up, Sammy..."

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The fan game ''Franchise/MegaMan: Rock Force'' uses these in Charade Man's stage to try and pull the player into spikes.
* ''Fiendish Freddy's Big Top O'Fun'', when five objects are dropped during the juggling act.
* Peacock from ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' exits the stage this way when switching out characters.

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* Referenced in ''Webcomic/BasicInstructions'', when Mullet Boss says that his great-aunt was a professional vaudeville "hook-dodger" -- "she started as [[HollywoodToneDeaf a bad singer]], and the act evolved from there".
* Other uses of this trope are discussed in [[http://www.bugmartini.com/comic/hooked-on-a-reeling/ this]] ''Webcomic/BugMartini'' strip.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In extras of ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}'', there's a [[Series/AmericanIdol American Idol-esque]] singing contest, and [[PeterPan Captain Hook]], [[JustForPun while playing "Hooked on a Feeling"]], is [[VisualPun removed from the stage in this manner]].
* Happens to WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck in [[ClassicDisneyShorts shorts]] like "Orphans' Benefit" and "Mickey's Amateurs".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Zoidberg is doing stand up at the Apollo and gets the hook. He breaks it with his claw, only to have another one whack him in the head and pull him away while he's groggy from the blow.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', a disguised [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker Joker]] shows up on stage and starts performing at a stand-up comedy competition - right as the judges are about to announce the winner. He gets pulled off stage with one of these on the grounds that since he hadn't registered as a participant, he had no business being there. A year later, [[DisproportionateRetribution Joker steals some mind control chips from the Mad Hatter, uses them to turn the judges into third-rate supervillains, and arranges for himself to be the only contestant in that year's competition - with his henchmen as the new judges]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'''s [[DisneyAcidSequence If I Didn't Have You]] song, there's a part where a line of eggs with dragon feet sticking out dance across the screen. They are promptly yanked off-screen.
* Happens to Batman(!) in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' just when he's about to be caught and brought to "justice" for the crimes committed by [[spoiler:his evil alternate-Earth doppelganger]], courtesy of [[spoiler:the Joker]].
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', Wilt is making a spectacular mess of his introductory speech to a talent show, and gets pulled off in this manner when he's so flustered he can no longer even apologise for his mistakes coherently. Madame Foster then comments how he was much better than [[NoodleIncident last year]].
* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes MerrieMelodies]]'' short ''Hamateur Night'', Egghead gets pulled away by a hook. When he comes back again, two hooks are used. Later, when he comes back a third time, [[RuleOfThree three hooks]] are used, with an extra hook coming in to get his hat.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' episode "You're Fired!", ComicBook/{{Vixen}} gets this treatment during the TerribleIntervieweesMontage.
* A Creator/TexAvery short, ''The Flea Circus'' (1954), has a SadClown flea performer upset the audience and get yanked offstage by a ''full-sized'' hook.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3'': In "7 Continents for 7 Koopas", Luigi ends Hip's Koopathon by yanking him with a hook.

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