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->''"That guy got hit in the head with a coconut!"''
-->--'''Patrick''', ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''

BONK!!! Ouch. A character who is stranded on a DesertedIsland will often fall victim to getting hit on the head with a coconut, if the island has one or two coconut trees. This can take place in any location you're likely to find coconut trees in, such as the jungle.

In Hawaii and other tropical areas there are 'Do not stand under the coconuts!' signs for this very reason. In real life, having a 10-pound nut fall 20 feet onto your head is quite likely to kill you.

Of course, coconuts are not the only fruits that can hit you on the head, apples are also most likely to bean you on the head in an homage to Sir Isaac Newton's discovery of gravity.

Bowling balls can also have a tendency to hit people on the head, even if they are not actually fruit.

Should be a note that this supposes a HardHead.

Subtrope of AmusingInjuries. Compare PianoDrop, AnvilOnHead, DropTheWashtub, FlowerPotDrop, and TapOnTheHead.

Not to be confused with TheCoconutEffect. See also PutTheirHeadsTogether, which often has a similar sound effect.


[[AC:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', Mr. Incredible takes out a guard with a perfect head shot from over a hundred yards away.

[[AC:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the 1966 Creator/{{Disney}} film ''Film/LtRobinCrusoeUSN'', the title character (played by Creator/DickVanDyke) gets hit by a bunch of coconuts during a rainstorm.
* In the Creator/AbbottAndCostello film, "Pardon My Sarong" Lou Costello gets hit repeatedly by cocoanuts while sitting under the "Tree of Truth" (a cocoanut tree lie detector)
* Jack Sparrow throws a coconut at the head of one of Davy Jones' crew in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest''.
* ''Film/{{Help}}'' - in the Bahamas, one of Clang's mooks waits up in a tree and hurls a coconut at Ringo (actually Paul in a [[LatexPerfection Ringo mask]]), knocking him out.
* One hilarious example of the Bowling Ball variety happens in ''Film/TheAdventuresOfMiloAndOtis'' when a Bear is trying to catch and eat Milo in an abandoned shack by the beach.

[[AC: LiveActionTV]]
* Happened a bunch of times on ''Series/GilligansIsland''.
* Creator/LeeMack on ''Series/WouldILieToYou'' claims that he was nearly killed when a coconut fell on his shoulder. [[spoiler: It's a lie.]]
* In ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'', Howard and Vince are trapped on a desert island and have no food. As Howard chases Vince in an attempt to eat him, Vince backs into a coconut tree, knocking a coconut down onto Howard's head. He knocks several more down in his delight, all of which hit Howard.

[[AC: {{Music}}]]
* The song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjkOHVVjCuA Killed by a Coconut]]" by Bob Gibson and Creator/ShelSilverstein is about, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a series of guys suffering fatal coconut-related injuries]], but only in the first example does the coconut fall out of a tree. ("Just when things were lookin' up, he happened to be lookin' down!")

[[AC: NewspaperComics]]
* ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty''. Opus is watching an episode of ''Series/GilligansIsland''. The Skipper says "Gilligan! Drop those coconuts!" Gilligan does so and they bonk the Skipper on the head.

[[AC: PuppetShows]]
* For whatever reason, the children's show ''CandleCove'' had this as a small RunningGag. They once actually defeated a recurring villain with this method. Like many things in the show, [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment it went unexplained.]]

[[AC: VideoGames]]
* ''VideoGame/JollyRover'' even has an achievement for dispatching the guard with a coconut three times.
* Papa Doc in ''VideoGame/GhostPiratesOfVoojuIsland'' throws coconuts at two zombie workers to manipulate them into fighting each other.
* In ''VideoGame/EscapeFromMonkeyIsland'', Herman Toothrot suffers this and [[EasyAmnesia loses his memory for a while]]. [[spoiler: You have to hit him with another coconut (along with other items he mentions) in order to get him to recover his memory.]]
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' games:
** In ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'', the Coconuts enemy tosses coconuts at Sonic. If Sonic isn't careful, said coconuts can hit him on the head.
** The same goes for Coconuts' successor, Monkey Dude, in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog3''.
** In ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'', in an exclusive cutscene of Sonic and Chip at Adabat, Sonic gets clocked in the head by a bunch of Coconuts due a mishaps by Chip's appetite.

[[AC: WesternAnimation]]
* Referenced by the page quote in the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Rock-A-Bye Bivalve", on a TV show that Patrick was watching. In the end, Patrick himself falls victim to this.
* This gag also shows up in the ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus'' episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS2E6TotallyBogusVideo Totally Bogus Video]]", during a sequence that parodied ''Film/{{Casablanca}}''. Ratty is the poor victim of this trope.
* Mouser got hit with a coconut in ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' episode "The Ten Koopmandments".
* Happened to Yoshi in the ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld'' cartoon.
* This was Sappy Stanley's schtick in his ShowWithinAShow cartoons from ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''.
* Both WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry got hit by coconuts in the short "Surf-Bored Cat".
* Happened to Debbie in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys''.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Gorilla My Dreams", a gorilla gets hit by a coconut after WesternAnimation/BugsBunny shakes it loose, the shell forming a football helmet on his head.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PacMan'' short "The Abominable Pac-Man", this happens to Inky, but with [[RuleOfFunny a bowling ball]]: "I didn't think they bloomed in winter."
* Happens occasionally to [[WesternAnimation/ZigAndSharko Zig]].
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' gets hit with five in a row. And a sixth for good measure. Diplomacy is definitely not Gosalyn's string suit.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' episode "Chipwrecked Shipmunks", Chip gets coconuts to the head. Now add to this the fact that one coconut is both bigger and heavier than a chipmunk, and that Chip is standing on sand.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' episode, "Big Daddy", when Coconuts first meets Boom-Boom, the son of the titular ape, he tosses a coconut at his head, much like his video game counterpart does to Sonic in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2''.

!!Examples of the apple variant

[[AC: {{Music}}]]
* In Music/TheRutles' MusicVideo for "Ouch!", an island native girl [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVFRgoQe86U#t=1m21s knocks over an apple cart]] and we see an apple bounce on each of their heads.

* In ''VideoGame/TinyToonAdventuresBustersHiddenTreasure'', if Buster isn't careful, a raven enemy can drop an apple on his head. This is also played straight in the Game Over screen, where Montana Max throws an apple at Buster, hitting him in the back of the head.

[[AC: WesternAnimation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' episode "Francine Frensky, Superstar", when Arthur is recounting all of the difficult roles that Francine had when in a play, one of the roles mentioned was when she played Sir Isaac Newton. [[ItMakesSenseInContext The results were predictable]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Fall-Weather Friends", after Applejack shows up Rainbow Dash in a test of strength, AJ kicks the tree Dash is standing under, causing some apples to fall out of the tree and land on Dash's head (to the tune of ShaveAndAHairCut, no less).