Commonly used in Anime
, a washtub falls on a character for Rule of Funny
. Compare Anvil on Head
, the western equivalent.
Compare Washtub Throw
Anime and Manga
- An episode of Kamen Rider Gaim used this gag: Jonouchi tries transforming into Guridon, but his Lock Seed had been replaced by Oren, so instead of a fruit dropping onto him to form his armor, a metallic washtub dropped onto his head, knocking him out.
- In the net movies for the movie of Kamen Rider OOO, Ankh gets a tub dropped on his head out of nowhere (indoors even), which gives him memory loss, and turns him into a kansai-accented demure guy. Chiyoko exploits this for comedic purposes.
- It's a regular trap in the Deception series - doesn't do a lot of damage (generally), but enrages the victim, forcing him to charge towards you, even if he would otherwise act cautiously and run away/keep his distance. Useful for luring such cautious foes into the REALLY nasty traps...
- Happens in Sonic Adventure if you fail at inputting the correct password in the Egg Carrier. It usually drops normal-sized ones, but occasionally drop a gigantic one that's several times bigger than your character.
- In Animal Crossing City Folk, when you visit the fortune-teller Katrina, she reads the stars... specifically, the ones that circle your head after she makes a washtub fall on it.
- In Suikoden IV, your hero can listen to characters' confessions and decide whether to 'forgive' or 'punish' them. Forgiveness entails dumping confetti on them from a hidden door; punishment results in either water, buckets, or a washtub falling instead.
- During some of the boss battles in the 1994 Game Boy Donkey Kong game, Donkey Kong would make heavy objects fall from the sky, including barbells, 16t weights, and washtubs.
- This randomly happens to Chibi-Robo after recharging and trying to unplug. His sidekick Telly Vision keeps a count of how many times this happens.
- In the Mario Party 6 mini-game Seer Terror, this is one of many misfortunes that can befall your character.
- In the Snowboard Kids games, one of the items you can use drops washtubs (or "frying pans", as they're called in the U.S. versions' manuals) on all your opponents, squashing them flat for a short time.
- In the Disgaea series, the Prinny's Priver Dance attack drops one of these on the target's head. Etna's Prinny Raid also drops a flaming one in addition to the expected Prinnies.
- God Hand has a God Reel/Roulette with customizable outcomes, but two constant choices; one of those two choices sends a Washtub falling on top of Gene's head and damaging him. This is ridiculous since it actually deals some damage, not to mention the God Reel/Roulette is NOT random, so you would have to actively scroll to this outcome and CHOOSE it for it to happen. Though, it's in Japan only; it's absent in the US version.
- It has some use; dropping the washtub gives you a brief invincibility frame.
- A common trap in the Izuna Legend Of The Unemployed Ninja series. It resets your map for the floor you're on, forcing players to explore the level again.
- In Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite!, jarring the broken television in the Ruins (actually a garbage dump) will cause an unusually small washtub, albeit one referred to as a "sink" by the game, to fall off of it and bonk Hamtaro on the head.
- This happens to you if you get a 'dud' when using the Lady Luck dressphere's reels ability in Final Fantasy X-2. Like the God Hand example, duds do damage. In fact, it knocks off three-quarters of your remaining health, which makes using reels a pain; however, this can be curbed by another ability you can get later.
- Sitting in one of the chairs in Castlevania: Curse of Darkness causes one to fall on you, complete with canned laughter.
- Rpg Maker 2003 comes pre-loaded with generic "RTP" graphic files that you can use in your game. One of the files in the "Battle" folder (for graphics used in attacks and such), called "Strike", consists mostly of graphics for a punching attack, but also includes a wash tub. Strangely enough, when you start a new project, the pre-made animation for the Instant Kill spell shows the wash tub falling on the enemy.
- In the Japanese version of Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, this happens to Luigi in one scene. The English localisation turned it into a bucket.
- In Mana Khemia, one of the effects of Jess's Sky Present spell can be a washtub dropping on the enemy, dealing mediocre damage but leaving the enemy immediately stunned.
- In Project X Zone, at the end of Frank West and Hsien-Ko's multi-attack, Hsien-Ko ends up accidentally dropping one on Frank's head.
- This is most likely a Call Back to Namco X Capcom, where during the Combination Attack with Hsien-Ko, Regina, Bruce and Fongling, Hsien-Ko ends up accidentally causing bunch of spike balls to fall onto the other three, plus causing a washtub to fall on Bruce's head.
- In Metal Gear Solid Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance, one of the ways to defeat the bonus boss Mechagenola is by tricking him into destroying shelf beams, dropping a giant washtub on his head.
- Several of these try to crush the heroine in Eryi's Action on the very first game screen. Yes, while she's still in her own home.
- In Vanguard Princess, the game's token Magical Girl Kanae can summon washtubs to help assist your fighter.