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:
- 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.
- 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.