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Appliance Defenestration

If ever you're not satisfied with one of our tires, please feel free to bring it back.
[old woman throws tire through window]

A Comedy Trope. There are few visual images that better convey a character's explosive anger with an alarm clock, videogame, phone call or TV set than said character hurling said object through a closed window. Crash!

Said action is most always viewed from the outside, only indirectly showing the violent pitch or punt that launches the object. It's funnier that way, especially if the appliance is illogically heavy. (See Offscreen Crash.)

While it usually applies to household appliances, other objects can also be featured, as long as someone is propelling them through the window.

Keep in note that throwing broken appliances like TV, video game consoles, laptops, etc out of the window in Real Life may cause injuries or deaths into bystanders and pedestrians or damage vehicles below (along with broken shards of glass that follow); and the thrower of the said appliance may hold legally accountable for any injuries and damages because of the said thrown appliance. So Don't Try This at Home if you have a broken appliance.

Doesn't count if the character's main intention was to break the window. See Window Pain for that. The focus of the destruction must be on the object.

Sister trope to Ring... Ring... CRUNCH.


Examples:

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    Advertising 
  • Used in a commercial for Shout, in which an angry housewife somehow manages to pitch her washer and dryer out a second story window to the driveway below.
    "I hate set-in stains!"
    • Her across the street neighbor one-ups her by throwing the washer THROUGH THE ROOF!
  • Tossing the washing machine out the window. Think it was a Maytag or Sears commercial. Having bought the right kind of washing machine, the woman and her mate are happy again... then see a washing machine fly out of a neighbor's house and say they better go tell Sue (or whatever the name was) about the brand they just bought.
  • The Discount Tire Co. commercial quoted above, featuring a disgruntled old lady hurling a tire through their shop window.
  • Happens in an ISP commercial when a computer is implied to spend an entire day near 40% and actually jumps back a small percentage.
  • This Gamefly commercial shows a man hurling a TV out of his bedroom window after he discovered that he had bought a bad game.
  • An ad for Compaq computers shows people walking in the streets wearing helmets, because people throw away all the stuff that their brand-new Compaq computer replaces: typewriters, filing cabinets, older computers...
  • An Ad for Snickers shows a car alarm going off loudly at night. Without warning a massive sofa easily the size of the car falls into the shot, completely crushing it and silencing the alarm. We then see a woman looking outside of her window dusting off her hands in satisfaction. Fridge Logic sets in as to just HOW she threw the sofa out the too-small window without damaging either.
  • A Bud Light commercial had an office meeting, with the workers being asked for suggestions on how to save money. A guy suggests they stop serving Bud Light at the meetings. Cut to outside as a chair goes flying through the window - with the guy who made the suggestion in it - and landing on the ground outside the building.

    Fan Fiction 
  • Parodied in an NCIS parody. Gibbs goes storming into Vance's office (as per usual), but Vance's weary resignation towards the interruption leaves Gibbs unable to express how angry and passionate he is. So he opens a window and chucks a random appliance out.
    "Vance counted it as a win that the window had been open."

    Film 
  • A scene in A Streetcar Named Desire involved Stanley dunking a radio through a window.
  • Played seriously in Pink Floyd's The Wall, where Bob Geldof a) throws a TV out the window of his hotel room and b) smashes another one in with an electric guitar.
  • In the Rolling Stones' never-to-be-released-until-everybody-in-it-is-dead movie, Cocksucker Blues, a chronicle of their infamous 1972 American Tour, Keith Richards and sax player Bobby Keys are shown, to much hilarity, throwing a hotel's TV out the window to an alley below.
  • During Johnny's rampage at the end of The Room, he throws a television out of a window. The scene is not meant to be comedic, but is because of Narm. He lifts the television with little effort, making no attempt to handle it as a real television and not a lightweight prop.
  • In Kung Fu Panda 2, Lord Shen wistfully regards the throne promised to him by his parents before his exile. The next shot is of said throne flying out the window.

    Literature 
  • The War Against the Chtorr. The protagonist finds himself imprisoned on a Missing Floor by the mysterious Uncle Ira group. To protest he throws all the furniture out the window.
    "Ceramic lamps are very nice. So are beer kegs. And almost any liquid-filled bottle. Chairs and mattresses are impressive, but dull."
  • Dave Barry and his roommate once pitched a guitar amplifier out their dorm window while shouting "The Who! The Who!", just to see how it would sound.
  • In the sequel to Peeps , The Last Days , people infected with the Vampire-like parasite go crazy and start throwing things they used love out windows all over New York City. The book begins with two of the protagonists saving a classic Stratocaster from hitting the ground.
  • In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Harry mentions in a letter to Sirius Black that in the course of a tantrum over being put on a diet by his parents, Dudley Dursley threw his PlayStation out the window. "Bit stupid, really. Now he's on a diet and has nothing to take his mind off it."

    Live Action TV 
  • Happens in the title sequence to Charlie Brookers Screenwipe.
  • On Scrubs, Dr.Cox does this when an old hospital computer is giving him trouble.
  • The opening credits for SCTV include a montage of people defenestrating their TVs in rage because the station is on the air. Buildings the TVs were thrown out of include high-rises, suburban tract houses, mansions, and a grass hut (probably referencing the African nation of Togo, a running joke on the show).
  • Inverted in The Young Ones: Vyvyan attempts to throw the TV out the window... only for it to bounce off the glass.
    Mike: That I did not expect.
  • The short-lived UPN show, The Watcher (an anthology show hosted by Sir Mix-A-Lot) had an episode with a band called Pandemonium (played by the members of Cheap Trick) doing a run of shows in Las Vegas. The singer complained that the other band members had gone soft, unable to party down like they used to, and vowed to replace them all with other musicians. To show they could still "live it up", the other band members threw a TV out the window - only for it to land on the singer!
  • M*A*S*H had a variation of this. One episode had Winchester turning into a total slob, leading to a scene where he, Hawkeye and BJ trash oneanother's areas in the Swamp. During the scene, Winchester threw Hawkeye's mattress through the wall of the tent.
  • Kitchen Nightmares featured an episode where a chef was cooking all of the meals in a microwave. Guess what Ramsay did when he took "Chef Mike" to the second floor window overlooking an alleyway?

    Multiple Media 

    Music 
  • As they were leaving a hotel, Keith Moon of The Who demanded that he return to the hotel because he had forgotten something. What he had forgotten to do was to throw the TV out the window.
    • Keith Moon probably could have been the Trope Namer for this category. His destruction of hotel rooms was legendary. Supposedly, one hotel the Who was staying in was undergoing renovations, so they put the band in the area to be renovated and told Keith to do whatever he wanted to.
  • The Big & Rich song "Six Foot Town":
    You know from two stories up, a Zenith makes a big boom!

    Music Videos 
  • Happens in the music video for Green Day's "Basket Case."
  • Also see P!nk's music video for "There You Go," in which a motorbike goes crashing through the window.
    • Which is funny, and awesome, but is not focused on wrecking the bike, but on blasting the bike into her Jerk Ass ex's apartment and trashing the place. So it may not be this trope, but rather a Super Window Jump.
  • Played hilariously in Kelly Price's video for "Should Have Told Me," where she's dating a man who wishes she were thinner. The video ends with her throwing a '''treadmill''' out the window where it lands on his car.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • One episode of The Far Side, where a scientist is launched out of the window of the Stress Institute. From inside: "Hey... I feel better already."
  • Played straight in page 1 and page 2 of the What's New? with Phil and Dixie comic in Dragon magazine #63 (July 1982), in which computers are hurled through open windows by owners frustrated with fantasy RPG programs.
  • In one Dilbert strip, Dogbert gives a variety of strange solutions to problems with everyday life. For the problem of television evangelists, he suggests throwing your television out the window. His theory is that if everyone does it, someone will get lucky and brain a passing evangelist.
    • Alice is prone to this. A lot.

    Other 
  • Dave Barry wrote of how his college band, the Federal Duck, ended. He and his roommate threw his amplifier out the dormitory window while chanting "The Who! The Who!" As much as he'd love to believe it was a meaningful gesture, he really just wanted to know what it would sound like. It sounded OK.

    Web Comics 
  • An adding machine is defenestrated in this Lackadaisy Cats strip twice.
  • One Penny Arcade strip has someone throw his computer out the window just as Gabe and Tycho are walking by. Gabe finds a CD in the ruins and remarks "Myst V. Yeah, that's about right."
  • In Homestuck, this is actually a science called Dark Fenestrology. However, in this universe, Appliance Defenestration can be used, in special coniditions, to send objects across dimensions.

    Web Original 
  • This quote from BashOrg.
  • Dragonbored has Karl hurl a witche's head he found in his oven (Jimbroth said that is has some mystical abilities and mistook the stove for a chest to store it in) from his apartment balcony into the nearby fishing pond.

    Western Animation 
  • In The Simpsons, a bedside lamp suffers this fate when Homer is flummoxed by its inability to respond to his clapping, immediately after his claim that fighting a nuclear war is as easy as turning off a light.
  • Handy's window vision in The Smurfs episode of the same name gets thrown out of a few Smurf houses because they can't turn off the show with its most annoying host — Brainy!
  • In Gravity Falls, Grunkle Stan throws his TV out of the window at the end of "The Inconveniencing" when he gets... a little over-invested in the soap opera he's watching.
  • In The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy episode "Everything Breaks", when Billy is served cereal at breakfast instead of pancakes he throws the bowl out the window, after which the bowl explodes.

    Real Life 
  • Pranksters in Whitehorse, Yukon managed to convince a guy to throw the TV and the fridge in his hotel room out the window - in the middle of the winter.
  • Rock stars in general tend do this. Most notably:
    • According to The Other Wiki Who drummer Keith Moon was leaving a hotel then he told the limo driver, "I forgot something. We've got to go back!" Back at the hotel, Moon went to the room and hucked the TV out the window into the pool. As he got back into the limo, he told the driver, "I nearly forgot."
    • As mentioned in the Film section above, Keith Richards dropped a TV from a balcony at the Andaz West Hollywood in 1972.
    • Ozzy Osbourne pushed a hotel TV out the window simply because he had never done it before.

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