Vinyl LP records in media break easily if thrown or manhandled. When they do break, they tend to shatter into small pieces just like breaking glass. They even sound like glass when they break.

This is TheCoconutEffect for most of its run. Vinyl records don't break ''that'' easily, they generally don't shatter, and they definitely don't sound like glass when they break. This is a carryover from when those big round discs were shellac 78s, which do shatter dramatically (though they still don't quite sound like glass). Shellac records and vinyl [=LP=]s look almost alike, and they coexisted for a few years; by the time most of the big round discs were vinyl, people (or maybe just execs) kept expecting them to act like shellac in films and TV, at least as far as durability went.

If a work was written or produced before about 1948, a large-diameter record shattering is almost certainly ''not'' an example of this trope, as it would be shellac, not vinyl. By 1952, vinyl records were roughly even with shellac in percentage of records sold; By 1958, new 12-inch diameter discs were virtually always vinyl. The smaller, 7-inch diameter records, were ''never'' shellac and therefore, one shattering is always an example of this trope.



[[folder: Advertising ]]

* This [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUYY3VsTuxU Tang/Honeycomb sweepstakes commercial]] from 2001 shows kids throwing out "obsolete" music formats (but strangely not compact discs) in favor of MP3 players instead. When a whole box of records is dumped into a dumpster, they all shatter like glass, and then they dump the ''record player'' and let it break too.


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/YouthInRevolt''. Francois breaks his vinyls apart.
* Downplayed in ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead''. At least it doesn't sound like glass, though, and they are thrown with quite a bit of force.
* When Sharon and Susan are fighting at the camp dance in ''Film/TheParentTrap''.
* Mr. Moses from ''Film/TheMeteorMan'' would rather give up his own hand than his prize records. A poignant trumpet solo accompanies the shot of one of those records shattering when thrown at a mobster's hand, disarming him and saving an imperiled Meteor Man.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV5jdjrsVRU early '80s titles]] to ''Series/TopOfThePops'' end with a vinyl record exploding into fragments in mid air. (Although this clearly wasn't dramatic enough, as the titles were later updated to have an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEgK1uNzEpY exploding TV instead]]).
* The modern ''Series/NevermindTheBuzzcocks'' opening has vinyl records fall and shatter on the ground. Different record covers are occasionally shown. This is probably in homage to the ''Series/TopOfThePops'' example above.
* In ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'', on a dare, Vince bites into one of Howard's records and breaks it into pieces. It infects him with the Spirit of Jazz and Howard and his blind jazz master have to [[FantasticVoyagePlot go inside]] Vince to get rid of it.
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' had a few of these.
** In the finale, Major Winchester breaks the classical record he was listening to after [[spoiler:he finds out the band he had formed got killed in an ambush.]] This may or may not be an example of the trope; in 1953, when the Korean War ended, large-diameter shellac records were still quite common.
** One episode had Hawkeye and BJ breaking all of Winchester's records by smashing them against their heads.
** Another episode ended with Klinger opening the jukebox in the Officer's Club and smashing a record. He had spent the episode devastated at finding out his ex-wife (who he still had feelings for) was marrying his best friend, and felt he had nothing to go home to. He repeatedly played "their song" on the jukebox during the episode and his smashing the record symbolized he had finally gotten over her.
* The ''Series/BarneyAndFriends'' episode "Practice Makes Music" has a scene where Tina accidentally drops three 45-RPM records onto the ground, and they shatter into many pieces as if they were shellac. Barney then uses his magic to restore things, by turning the three destroyed 45s into one large LP! "Ta-da! Good as new!" he announces, and when the record is played, it switches between the three former discs' tracks in the middle of each song.
** The Hebrew version is [[UpToEleven even worse]]. Not only do the shattered pieces [[SpecialEffectFailure look like they're made of paper]], but the records themselves land [[ArtisticLicensePhysics on a carpet]], no less!
* A realistic variant is seen on ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'' in the episode "Dance Contest." Fed up with Theodore and Larry dancing and fooling around to his cha-cha instructional record, Wally attempts to remove it from his phonograph, only he forgot to remove the record changer arm, so he winds up breaking the vinyl LP in half.
* A running gag on ''Series/TheGoodies'' was Tim making patriotic speeches with "Land of Hope and Glory" playing. At one point, Bill gets fed up with his pontificating and [[SorryILeftTheBGMOn tries to smash the record]]. Apparently, they'd been given a prop record that wouldn't shatter, so (as can be seen in the HilariousOuttakes) after a few tries Tim snatched it off Bill and tried to break it over his head.
* In the last scene of the ''Radio/HancocksHalfHour'' episode "The Missing Page", Tony Hancock, having spent the episode frustrated over the missing final page of a murder mystery, tries to relax by listening to the gramophone, and he sends his flatmate, Sid James, to look for a record of Music/LudwigVanBeethoven's Fifth Symphony. Sid returns and announces he couldn't find Beethoven's Fifth, but he found something similar: Music/FranzSchubert's "Unfinished" Symphony. The unamused Tony says "I know how ''this'' one's going to end!" and smashes the record over Sid's head.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'', you can throw vinyl at zombies, which shatters. May be a hat-tip to ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead''.


[[folder: Web Animation ]]

* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': In [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail175.html concert]], Strong Bad breaks a Sloshy record over Strong Sad's head.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* The Golden Disc at the end of "[[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Code of Hero]]" may count.
* ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', "Jukebox Jon": When Garfield bowls Odie into the table where Jon's record player is playing self-hypnosis records to help him stop biting his nails, the records come off the turntable and break, each in two large pieces and a bunch of little pieces.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "The Itchy And Scratchy Movie" has Bart breaking records for kicks.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "I Dream of Jesus", Brian and Stewie break Peter's Surfin' Bird record (in a parody of the printer destruction sequence from ''Film/OfficeSpace''); Stewie stomps on it with his foot and Brian smashes it further with a baseball bat, and Stewie even ''punches'' the record even further to pieces.
* Played straight on the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episode "A Pinch to Grow an Ed," where Eddy attempts to play an LP, but he can't reach the turntable on his cabinet, and an attempt to reach it on a chair causes his record to go flying and shatter into many pieces, complete with sounding like glass as it breaks.
* Seen in ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold TheMovie'', during the block party, when Suzie and Grandpa Phil are the deejaying, Phil is annoyed with Suzie's vinyl-spinning techniques, and grabs the LP record she was playing and smashes it easily.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeanyAndCecil'' took this UpToEleven in the episode "D.J. the D.J." when Dishonest John gets Cecil to produce his song as a record. He sings "Kid, your records are going to sell like hotcakes!" and stuffs a huge stack of [=LPs=] into Cecil's mouth and [[VisualPun pours syrup over the records]]. Then he adds, "I think that you're [[HurricaneOfPuns going to be a smash!]]" and hits Cecil on the head with a huge mallet, shattering the records.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMeetsTheBooBrothers'', Shaggy is fed up with the ghosts' song and dance number at one point, swipes the record off their record player, and smashes it on the ground as if it were made of glass.
* In the ''{{WesternAnimation/Rugrats}}'' episode "Give and Take," Angelica hurls a few of Chuckie's records onto the floor and lets them break, ''just for kicks''. However, they don't sound like glass when they break.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'', a psychotic woman smashes a rare record belonging to Duckman.
* Averted in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales'' episode "Roll Around the Clocks"; when Bright Eyes falls while carrying a huge stack of records at the roller rink, they stay in one piece, and are still perfectly usable.
* The ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Go Go Amigo" has a scene where Speedy turns on several turntables to play dance music, but Daffy, not wanting him to listen to his music for free, takes them and breaks them over his knee. Speedy then places a stick of dynamite on one of the turntables and, well...
** Hubie and Bertie sabotage a robot cleaner in "House Hunting Mice" by boarding up a record machine, causing a servo throwing records to it to smash the records against the wall. The robot cleans up so many busted records it quits.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'', Mr. Van Driessen rewards Beavis and Butt-Head with LPs from his own collection. The duo end up using the records like Frisbees, and one of them shatters noisily.
* In a "Mr. Know-It-All" segment from ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'', Bullwinkle tries to get disc-jockey Boris to play his hit record.
-->'''Boris:''' I'd like you to hear ''my'' latest hit! ''(hits the record with a hammer)''
-->'''Bullwinkle:''' Sounds more like a hit-and-run.
* A mid-50s ''WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker'' cartoon had Woody and Buzz Buzzard as teenagers trying to court Winnie Woodpecker at a sock hop. Buzz gets Winnie to himself and puts on a selection in a jukebox, which plays "Auld Lang Syne." Buzz ("Oh, no! Not [[PunnyName Lumbago!]] [[note]] a reference to Guy Lombardo, who was famed for playing "Auld Lang Syne" at New Year's [[/note]]) pushes the eject button after which a hammer comes out and smashes the record (which was square) to pieces, a broom sweeps the turntable clean, and another record comes out to be played.