[[caption-width-right:250:No one likes the cone of shame. [[note]][[https://secure.flickr.com/photos/mtellin/3054205586/ Photo by mtellin]][[/note]]]]

->''"I do not like the Cone of Shame."''
-->-- '''Dug''', ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}''

[[TropeyTheWonderDog 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 takes the form of a large, white, plastic cone. Though a [[http://www.allfourpaws.com/ variety]] [[http://www.dogsupplies.com/products/Kong-Cloud-Inflatable-Soft-E-Collar.html of]] [[http://www.provizorinternational.com/dogs.html 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. It is also not abnormal for a dog or cat to get revenge by using the cone to batter their owners' shins. For this, it makes an appearance repeatedly in fiction. If it's a show with [[TalkingAnimal talking animals]] or [[FunnyAnimal funny animals]], expect this to pop up at least once.

Not to be confused with DunceCap.

Occasionally used in conjunction with AnimalsFearNeutering.

And yes, actual veterinary professionals ''do'' call it "the cone of shame" (although its official name is the "Elizabethan collar").

If you are looking for actual Elizabethan collars (i.e. those worn by nobility in the 16th century), see RegalRuff.



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khJhA70Guv4 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.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}} Sun and Moon'' [=SM007=] has Litten end up in a Cone of Shame after a fight with an Alolan Persian. InUniverse, it is referred to as a "Heliolisk Collar" (Heliolisk being a lizard-like Pokemon with an expandable frill on its neck). When it tries to escape still wearing the cone, it's foiled by a fence which has bars the cone cannot fit through.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'' uses this a few times. It's called "cone of shame" by name.
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'', Pierce wears one to try to cut down his mobile phone usage.
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'', Wally arrives at work wearing one, having injured himself [[http://dilbert.com/fast/2002-11-29/ pressing two buttons at once on his TV remote]].
* ''ComicStrip/MotherGooseAndGrimm'':
** Worn by Grimmy in some stories of. 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.
** [[Franchise/StarWars Chewbacca]] wears one in [[http://www.grimmy.com/images/MGG_Archive/MGG_2014/MGG-2014-04-25.gif another strip.]]
--->'''Han Solo:''' Stop complaining, the vet said to keep your collar on and don't ride with your head out the window anymore.
* ''ComicStrip/OffTheMark'': One strip features a dog who wears a cone ''on his butt''. [[DontAsk He doesn't want to talk about it]].
* In ''ComicStrip/LibertyMeadows'' Oscar wears one briefly after being neutered. Though when he first came out of anaesthesia Leslie couldn't find any so he [[http://www.gocomics.com/libertymeadows/2008/06/04 improvised]]. And [[http://www.gocomics.com/libertymeadows/2008/06/09 Dean gets a collar]] too after making fun of him in front of Brandy, to stop him from smoking.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* A piece of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' [[http://fluttershy-fans.deviantart.com/gallery/?set=30804150&offset=24#/d5e3dbj 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 ''WebVideo/SuperTherapy'', ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} wears one in the teaser preceding her dedicated episode. She explains that she got into another fight with Batman.
* One ''Manga/InuYasha'' [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6154630/1/Ear-Mites fanfiction]] has Inu-Yasha getting ear mites and being forced to wear a cone collar. [[http://inumaru101.deviantart.com/art/The-Cone-of-Shame-499074842 With illustration.]]

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' is the TropeNamer.
** The quote comes from when Dug is forced to wear it as punishment for losing the bird he was ordered to capture.
** Eventually, Alpha [[spoiler: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 ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'', monsters who undergo decontamination by the CDA end up wearing one.
* Grandsanta's reindeer in ''WesternAnimation/ArthurChristmas'' wears one.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Lascars}}'' movie, the judge's dog wears a cone about as big as itself.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'': The first time we see Melman the Giraffe, he's wearing a cone and claims to be sick. It's just the first sign that he's a big hypochondriac.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/OneCrazySummer'', Squid Calamari's deformed dog, who wears the Cone of Shame, ends up having puppies wearing the same thing.
* In ''Film/{{Underdog}}'', Shoeshine is forced to wear one in order to prevent people from recognizing him as the title superhero.
* A deleted scene from ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'' shows one of the heads of a runespoor, a three-headed snake, wearing one of these.
-->'''Newt:''' You know exactly why you're wearing it. You stop biting the others and it'll come off.

* Timmy the Dog had to wear one of these in the ''Famous Five'' adventure ''Five on a Secret Trail''.
* The protagonist of ''Literature/ADogsPurpose'' is put into one several times during his several lives. He finds it very embarrassing.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Stephen Colbert does this on ''Series/TheColbertReport'' while recovering from a broken wrist. He attempts to pour drugs into his mouth.
* Stephen Colbert again in ''Series/TheLateShowWithStephenColbert''. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnQoE3s7J7g During the 2016 presidential campaign,]] he complains that Donald Trump's constant reversals are making him suffer for whiplash, demonstrating it first with a neck brace, and then with a cone of shame.
-->'''Stephen Colbert:''' Doctor says I have to wear this till election's over, so I, hu... so I don't claw my eyes out.
* PlayedForLaughs during a ''Series/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 ''Series/{{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 ''Series/{{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.
* In "The Cone Ranger" on ''Series/CutthroatKitchen'', the final challenge is to make ice cream cones and one of the sabotages involves making the opposing chef wear this. It sells for only $500 because the other chef is determined to leave with $25,000, even though he's already been sabotaged by having to mix his ice cream in traffic cones. [[spoiler:He, Kyle, wins and becomes the first ever to leave with $25,000!]]
* In the ''[[Series/HenryDanger Henry Danger]]'' and ''[[Series/TheThundermans The Thundermans]]'' {{Crossover}} "Danger & Thunder", Piper gets "Text Neck" from staring down at her phone for too long, requiring her to wear a cone around her head. Since she can't text with it on, she gets [[ButtMonkey Jasper]] to do it. Unfortunately, when she asks him to invite a boy named Steven to a party being hosted by her friend Emily, Jasper sends an invite to [[OneSteveLimit "Booger Steven" instead of "Super Cute Steven"]] by mistake, which causes all of Piper's friends to hate her.

* Music/FaithNoMore have a song called "Cone of Shame" in reference to this trope.
* The dog in the video for [[Music/TheOffspring The Offspring's]] "Hit That" ends up in one of these, presumably after being neutered.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Rowlf wears one in his first appearance in ''Series/TheMuppets'' (Episode 3 "Bear Left Then Bear Right"). Since he has hands, he's later shown having removed it so he can bite his stitches.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The ''Exploding Kittens'' expansion introduces changing the direction of play...and includes a full size cone with arrows to depict turn rotation, called the ''Exploding Kittens Cone of Shame.''

[[folder:Video Games]]
* One of the joke gifts available as DLC for ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' 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.
* One of the items sold at the Kimbara Outback medical center in ''VideoGame/AnimalJam'' is a cone. Though in this case, it's worn as a cosmetic accessory.
* ''VideoGame/RockOfAges'' has the sequel's Sphinx boss. Getting in a couple of hits to the face breaks off the boss's nose, causing Cleopatra to slap a cone onto it, to its dismay. This actually works against you by acting as a shield of sorts, blocking attacks from all but the very front and giving the sphinx a few new moves to work with.
* Relius Clover of ''VideoGame/{{Blazblue}}'' will subject Jubei to wearing one of these in his Astral Heat. It should be noted that Jubei is not only an anthropomorphic house cat but also FamedInStory as possibly ''the strongest warrior in the entire world''.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* WebAnimation/SimonsCat dons one in the "Pug Life" short.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/CestLaVie'': 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.
* ''Webcomic/TwoLumps'': Snooch had to wear a cone, and was using it as a megaphone.
* ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' features the Cone on the catgirl in the "Spay your catgirl" poster.
* Appears in a couple of gags in ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'' after a character lives through AmusingInjuries.
* Cricket, one of the cats in ''Webcomic/JohnnyWander'', once [[http://www.johnnywander.com/comic/party-cone had to wear one]] after getting spayed. The AltText even reads "but seriously, the thing is bright pink and covered in glitter."
* ''Webcomic/BreakingCatNews'': "[[http://www.breakingcatnews.com/comic/the-people-dressed-elvis-up-like-a-lamp/ The People Dressed Elvis Up Like a Lamp.]]" This causes the other two cats great hilarity. Elvis is really not amused.
* ''Webcomic/{{Mohagen}}'' has the title character (a goldfish) [[http://mohagencomic.com/2011/08/22/137-hes-from-france/ forced to wear such a cone]] for a few strips because of ichthyophthirius (it's kind of like a rash). He encounters problem like reduced vision field, sneezing propelling him backward, the cone working as a receiver from a nearby Xbox chatter, and getting feedback on his phone.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** 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 CutawayGag 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 ''WesternAnimation/MarthaSpeaks'', 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': 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 ''WesternAnimation/CliffordTheBigRedDog'' episode "Cleo Gets a Cone".
* ''WesternAnimation/TUFFPuppy'': Dudley has to wear one so he won't scratch at the [[GrossUpCloseUp horrible red rash]] on his butt.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretFilesOfTheSpyDogs'' it is revealed that the device was designed by dogs themselves -- it is used by the communication teams for voice amplification.
* Lucky in ''WesternAnimation/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansTheSeries'' 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 LaserGuidedKarma from daring Lucky again.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'': 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 ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', Bubbles is reduced to having to wear one of these after being stung in the throat by a bee.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PAWPatrol'' episode 'Pups Save Skye', when Marshall tells Skye she only hurt her paw, Skye asks, "Can you please take off the cone of shame now?"
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** In the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E22ABirdInTheHoof A Bird in the Hoof]]", Celestia's pet bird Philomena gets one to stop her from plucking her feathers.
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E21LeapOfFaith Leap of Faith]]" shows the [[EnsembleDarkhorse/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic background pony]] [[AllThereInTheScript Sea Swirl]] wearing a Cone of Shame.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{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 ''WesternAnimation/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 DrunkWithPower 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 ''WesternAnimation/FatherOfThePride'' Hunter wore one all the time. Why isn't explained aside from one throwaway line in the unaired pilot about a rash.
* The ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse2013'' short "[[Recap/MickeyMouseS3E1Coned Coned!]]" has Pluto being forced to wear one as well as Mickey attempting to make Pluto feel better about it by wearing one himself.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'', Mr. Peanutbutter wears one at the beginning of season 2, due to drunkenly punching a mirror thinking it was another dog.
* In "Take Your Pet to the Vet" on ''WesternAnimation/DocMcStuffins'', a dog in the vet's office can be seen wearing one of these. Additionally, in "Liv Long and Pawsper," Doc puts Luna's RobotDog rover, Liv, in one of these after he starts scratching when she glues his antenna back on. She also mentions that her friend Emmy's dog had wear one once for a few days.
* In "I Want My Plaster" on ''Literature/LittlePrincess'', Scruff is seen in the cone of shame after hurting his foot. Puss takes it as an opportunity for an amusing game, throwing various colored balls inside the cone. At the end of the episode, he gets a cone too after he and Princess have an accident.
* On ''WesternAnimation/ToddWorld'', Todd's friend Sophie places Benny in this in "Itchy Itch" after both he and Todd get the titular itchy itch from itchy itch plants, a FantasticFlora version of poison ivy.