If ever you're not satisfied with one of our tires, please feel free to bring it back.
[old woman throws tire through window]
Thank you. Discount Tire Company.
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
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
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- 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.
- 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 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.
Films — Animation
- 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.
Films — Live-Action
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- In The Fairly OddParents, Timmy throws his computer through his window after having difficulties with homework.
- 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.
- 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.