Primarily an Animation Trope, but has been known to turn up in other places, Agony of the Feet is a trope particular to Amusing Injuries
A character is minding his own business and someone (or himself) drops something heavy on his foot, or he's angry about something and kicks the source of his frustration a little too hard. Or she's angered a cute kid and the kid kicks her
(in the shins/stomps on her foot). Or there's a misstep, resulting in a stubbed toe... you get the idea. A common live-action variant is a character buying shoes too small for their feet, either through foolish pride of refusing to admit that they have large feet or being too cheap to buy full price, insisting that their low-price leather shoes will extend with wear.
Whatever the situation, the result is the same. The character in question ends up hopping on one foot while clutching the other one, shouting in Angrish
for a few seconds to indicate their pain.
Variants can occur with other body parts, but some part of the foot or leg is most common. For situations in which the knee itself is injured, see Knee-capping
Not to be confused with the agony of defeat
or "Agony of Defeet
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- Calvin and Hobbes has a strip where the title characters hear a crashing noise on Christmas Eve and assume it's Santa. They listen to see if they can hear what he's saying. Cut to the living room:
- Calvin and Hobbes: The Series
- Calvin does this after attempting to kick a door down.
- Socrates later does it in "Surge" while tripping over stuff in the dark.
- In Ditzy Doo's Dismally Derpy Day , Ditzy is kicking clumps of dirt and mistakes a half-buried rock for one. She cracks a hoof up to the quick.
- Dirty Sympathy Machi tries to get Klavier to release his arm by stomping on the man's foot. It doesn't work as Klavier is wearing motorcycle boots and ends up hurting his own feet.
- In GrailQuest 4: Voyage of Terror, when Pip is given the option to pick a lock or kicking the door open, kicking is a bad choice:
That hasn't done your foot any good. Didn't you remember you were only wearing light little sandals? Deduct 3 from your current LIFE POINTS and limp a little.
- Although it can't be seen in the finished video, the behind-the-scenes for Lindsey Stirling's "Elements" shows it was rather painful to make; she wore thin sandals in a forest full of prickly plants, and had to dance and spin barefoot on a salt flat.
- Train's music video for "50 Ways to Say Goodbye" sees this happen to Taryn Manning. After stepping on a pin, she clutches her foot and hops in pain, causing her to trip and falls down some stairs.
- White Water has the Bigfoot Hot Foot, where a lit match between Bigfoot's toes is used to distract him, allowing the player to sneak into his cave.
- A quick comedic moment came on the third Ring of Honor show Low Ki and then new comer AJ Styles tried to kick each other at the same time and instead sent each other's ankles together, causing them both to stagger.
- In February 1995, there was a battle royal on WWF TV. During the match, Jerry Lawler went over the top rope and landed on one foot (the rule is a wrestler has to go over the top rope and have both feet touch the ground to be eliminated. Lawler hopped around ringside on one foot avoiding the other wrestlers until Bret Hart came down to ringside and stomped on Lawler's foot, causing him to put his other foot down and officially be eliminated. For weeks afterwards, when Lawler was appearing on commentary, he was shown with his one foot bandaged.
- On Saturday Nights Main Event, Jake "the Snake" Roberts faced Kamala. During the match, Jake repeatedly stomped on Kamala's bare feet.
- Just missing the hop in Bleak Expectations: Protagonist Pip Bin is meeting with the King of England and having a nice conversation when the king suddenly yells out in pain.
King: Arrgghh, the pain, the damnable pain! Sorry, it's just this gout, it feels exactly like a child stabbing me in the foot with a fork.
Pip Bin: Umm... Sire, you do have a small child stabbing you in the foot with a fork.
King: Yes, I know that. The gout is in the other foot. The child is to equalize the pain across both feet.
King: Arrrgggh, the pain, the damnable pain! Sorry, it's just this child stabbing me in the foot with a fork. Feels just like gout. Aaaaggghhhh, the gout! Aaagggh the child!
- A gag in the stage version of Animal Crackers (not included in the movie version) involves this during the scene where Chico and Harpo plan to steal the painting, and Harpo has the fold-up latter set upside-down.
Chico: You gotta put in on da feet first.
(Harpo slams the ladder down on Chico's foot)
Chico: AAUGH! Not my feet!
(Harpo slams the ladder down on his own foot and hops in pain)
Chico: Not your feet, the ladder's feet.
- The Atari 5200 episode in The Angry Video Game Nerd has James picking up an old TV. The cord for the plug gets caught in the radiator valve and as soon as he pulls it away from the window...
- In Smosh "Playing With Guns" Ian shoots Anthony's foot by accident, Ian tries to stop the bleeding by hammering it with a chisel. Then the whole thing was just a theoretical tale by Anthony to which he would only let Ian give him a piggyback ride if it happened. Ian then does it.
- In Worm, Skitter cuts off several of Bakuda's toes, as she was using toe rings to set off her bombs.
- In the Strong Bad Email "the process", the Cheat not only gives Bubs a hotfoot ("Ow! Hot mama!"), he stick Bubs' other foot in a nest of angry bees. ("Yeow! Hot bees!")