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Accordion Man

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.


Examples:

Advertising
  • Chester Cheetah of Cheetos fame got that way from falling into a sewer.

Newspaper Comics

Video Games
  • 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.

Western Animation
  • 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.


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