Cone of Shame
"I do not like the Cone of Shame."Tropey, stop biting that! You're going to pull out the stitches! I mean it! C'mere you! ...much better! In veterinary practice, the Elizabethan Collar (known colloquially as a "cone") has the purpose of promoting healing of a wound by preventing the animal from messing with it. It's effective enough. However, there is one big problem with this device... It looks absolutely ridiculous. It often appears as a large, white, plastic cone. Though a variety of alternatives to this design are on the market (the last one even calls the Elizabethan collar the "cone of shame"), this is the most recognizable. It makes the wearer look pathetic. Though the reason for it is usually medical, the result is a silly appearance and reduced line of sight. It is not abnormal to see a dog or cat with it on to run into walls or get stuck in a tight space. For this, it makes an appearance repeatedly in fiction. If it's a show with talking animals or funny animals, expect this to pop up at least once. The Trope Namer is the movie Up, which uses the collar as a punishment rather than for medical purposes. Not to be confused with Dunce Cap. Occasionally used in conjunction with Animals Fear Neutering. And yes, actual veterinary professionals do call it "the cone of shame".
— Dug, Up
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- In an Audi commercial that aired during Superbowl 2014, one of the "Doberhuahuas" wears one. Since it has a big head on a small body, it topples forward, landing on the cone and staying stuck.
- Get Fuzzy uses this a few times. It's called "cone of shame" by name.
- In Zits, Pierce wears one to try to cut down his mobile phone usage.
- In Dilbert, Wally arrives at work wearing one, having injured himself pressing two buttons at once on his TV remote.
- Worn by Grimmy in some stories of Mother Goose and Grimm. At times, he's tried to keep people from recognizing him with it by wearing a black cloak, only for him to be mistaken for a nun.
- Off The Mark: One strip features a dog who wears a cone on his butt. He doesn't want to talk about it.
- Chewbacca wears one in a strip from◊ Mother Goose and Grimm.
- In Liberty Meadows Oscar wears one briefly after being neutered. Though when he first came out of anaesthesia Leslie couldn't find any so he improvised. And Dean gets a collar too after making fun of him in front of Brandy, to stop him from smoking.
- A piece of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fan-art sums up best one of the risks with this trope:
Rarity: (to Fluttershy) Which do you think will heal first: Opal's injuries or the one she will no doubt be giving me for making her wear that dreadful cone?
- In Super Therapy!, Catwoman wears one in the teaser preceding her dedicated episode. She explains that she got into another fight with Batman.
Films — Animation
- Up is the Trope Namer. The quote comes from when Dug is forced to wear it as punishment for losing the bird he was ordered to capture. Eventually Alpha gets a loudspeaker funnel stuffed onto his head that causes him to look like he's wearing one too. Subsequently he loses control of the pack.
- On Monsters, Inc., monsters who undergo decontamination by the CDA end up wearing one.
- Grandsanta's reindeer in Arthur Christmas wears one.
- In the Lascars movie, the judge's dog wears a cone about as big as itself.
Films — Live-Action
- Stephen Colbert did this on The Colbert Report while recovering from a broken wrist. He attempts to pour drugs into his mouth.
- Played for Laughs during a MythBusters build — after cutting down a large metal funnel, the leftover piece (which looked just like one of these cones) was plopped on Scottie's head.
Scottie: I can't gnaw on my arm!
- One of the new interns in Scrubs tries putting one of these on a mentally ill patient to stop him biting the bandages on his hands. She is told to stop it. She did this because she considered it more humane than tying the man down, which she eventually resorts too.
- The Cone of Shame makes an appearance in the second season of Frasier, after Eddie gets into a dogfight.
Martin: Aw, look at him! He's humiliated!
Daphne: True. Although I've noticed that if you put him on top of the telly, Channel 5 comes in clear as a bell.
- One of the joke gifts available as DLC for Dragon Age: Origins is one of these. It's the only thing that will lower the Mabari hound's approval rating for the Warden, and lowers his morale when equipped.
- C'est la Vie: A human character, Michael, is forced to wear one as he cannot help picking at an operation site... Michael, we should add, is a little bit "strange" anyway; the author may be building him up into somebody asocial and undersocialized.
- Two Lumps: Snooch had to wear a cone, and was using it as a megaphone.
- Something*Positive features the Cone on the catgirl in the "Spay your catgirl" poster.
- Appears in a couple of gags in Kevin & Kell after a character lives through Amusing Injuries.
- Cricket, one of the cats in Johnny Wander, once had to wear one after getting spayed. The Alt Text even reads "but seriously, the thing is bright pink and covered in glitter."
- Breaking Cat News: "The People Dressed Elvis Up Like a Lamp." This causes the other two cats great hilarity. Elvis is really not amused.
- Family Guy:
- The episode "Brian Sings and Swings" has Brian wearing one after being hit by Peter's car.
- Quagmire has to wear one around his crotch to ease his sexual urges.
- A Cutaway Gag has Brian wear one of these after he got neutered. Stewie uses it as a mock basketball hoop.
Brian: God, I feel like biting my crotch.
- In an episode of Martha Speaks, the main character has to wear one of these to prevent her from scratching her ear mites. She hates it, as it makes things "sound funny", and scares away Baby Jake.
- The Simpsons: When Mr. Burns' slant oil drill ruins Bart's treehouse (with him & Santa's Little Helper inside), SLH is reduced to wearing one of these while in a doggie-wheelchair. Grampa mistakes him for a lamp.
- Cleo gets to wear one in the Clifford the Big Red Dog episode "Cleo Gets a Cone".
- T.U.F.F. Puppy: Dudley has to wear one so he won't scratch at the horrible red rash on his butt.
- In The Secret Files of The Spy Dogs it is revealed that the device was designed by dogs themselves — it is used by the communication teams for voice amplification.
- Lucky in 101 Dalmatians: The Series has to wear a cone after falling from a high tree branch and getting stitches. Cue humiliation from the other dogs (especially Mooch, who dared him in the first place). At the end of the episode, Lucky decides it's not so bad, compared to the doggie-wheelchair Mooch is put in after getting Laser-Guided Karma from daring Lucky again.
- Phineas and Ferb: Even platypuses aren't immune. Perry has to wear one for most of the morning, which is so big that it keeps him from entering his lair, and subsequently, from thwarting Doofenschmirtz.
- King of the Hill: Dale gets one of these after going berserk from head lice, even falling on the ground and scratching his head like a dog in a circle.
Hank: Dang it, Dale, don't make me get the plastic cone again.
- In an episode of The Powerpuff Girls, Bubbles is reduced to having to wear one of these after being stung in the throat by a bee.
- In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "A Bird in the Hoof", Celestia's pet bird Philomena gets one to stop her from plucking her feathers.
- In Tupu, Shoobz's bulldog Dandruff wears a Cone of Shame at all time to prevent him from scratching himself and gnawing at his fur.
- In the CatDog episode "Cone Dog," Dog gets one of these, and Cat discovers that he can hear people at a distance due to it. He uses this ability to outsmart Winslow at first, but is soon blackmailing everyone in Nearburg about their secrets, and then getting Drunk with Power and becoming emperor of Nearburg, then the world, using the citizens of Nearburg as slaves to build his empire under the threat of revealing their secrets. All the while, Dog is put into cones of ever-increasing size, and by the end of the episode, the cone around his neck is gigantic. He eventually gets out of the cone when he can take no more and joins the people of Nearburg in an uprising against Cat (which involves revealing their secrets - they all wear pink bunny suits. Yes, it's a bizarre episode).
- In Father of the Pride Hunter wore one all the time. Why isn't explained aside from one throwaway line in the unaired pilot about a rash.