A character crushed by an Anvil On Head
or other large object (e.g. piano) will often stumble away, being squashed into a pleated and flexing shape like an accordion, frequently accompanied by accordion music.
Compare to Squashed Flat
And no, it's not a new and bizarre Robot Master
- Chester Cheetah of Cheetos fame got that way from falling into a sewer.
- Wario, when he gets slammed by a massive hammer, turns into one of these; it gives him super bouncing powers.
- Space Quest, in the falling death pictures in the third and fifth episodes.
- In Rayman Origins, Globox can flatten himself into an accordion shape when ducking.
- One of Bubsy's death animations is this.
- Happens to Monterey Jack in the third part of the Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers Five-Episode Pilot "To the Rescue". When Fat Cat accidentally steps on him while running, he turns into an Accordion Mouse for a second before stumbling on along his way.
- Happens to Peter in Family Guy when, true to form, a piano falls on him.
- The Mickey Mouse cartoon The Cactus Kid (happens to Pegleg Pete) and others.
- Frequented a lot of Tex Avery cartoons.
- Several Tom and Jerry cartoons, one time in which the Italian dog that gave Tom that injury promptly proceeded to play Tom like an actual accordion.
- And plenty of Looney Tunes shorts. A certain Coyote, Wile E. is occasionally subject to this, with appropriate sounds. On a couple of occasions, a crashing piano gives him piano keys for teeth which began spontaneously playing a song, instead of turning his body into an accordion.
- Oggy and the Cockroaches: It's accordion cat, not accordion man.
- It happened a couple of times in Rocko's Modern Life, most notably after Rocko and Heffer crash into the ground on a cheaply made roller coaster (as pictured above).
- It happened to Eddy in the Ed, Edd n Eddy episode "Tag, Yer Ed", after Lee Kanker slammed him head first into a wrestling mat. She then starts playing him like an actual accordion.
- Edd suffers a similar gag in "Laugh, Ed, Laugh", getting smacked into a street lamp while trying to subdue a scam-deprived Eddy. When Ed picks him up off the ground, he's scrunched flat and has a hilarious dazed look on his face.
- An episode of KaBlam!! had Henry and June bring in the guy who invented it, but then his thank-you list was too long, so June sent down an anvil on him...and he performed the trope.
- Happened to Lucius on Jimmy Two-Shoes.
- Ned's Newt, episode "New Improved Zippo": One of the forms Newton can't get control of is that of an accordion.
- The Jungle Book featured a variation of this: whenever Kaa gets his tail caught in some bamboo, when he frees it his tail flies back at him causing himself to recoil instantly (he is a snake), making an accordion noise as he does so.
- In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Naughty Nautical Neighbors," Patrick angrily slams his rock house closed, hitting his head in the progress. All to Squidward's joy and complete with accordion sound effects.