: Whoa, the Big Guy
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: Please don't flip the table, Brian. Please don't flip the table. Brian
: I'm... trying really hard not to, Sara, but... RAAAAAARRRGH!
When, out of anger or frustration, one character flips over a table that another character is sitting at, doing something on, or eating from.
In Western uses, it's almost always a sign of a hot-tempered or violent character, and is done in anger, but as an alternative to hitting a person; while in a Boke and Tsukkomi Routine
, it's more likely to be caused by frustration. Sometimes, the character is drunk
and filled with rage, which is more often used in Japanese media. This may also be used in action movies as a form of diversion when fighting breaks out. In either case, the table may be covered with countless small objects which go flying everywhere when it is flipped.
See also Tantrum Throwing
. If the action taking place at the table is a game of some sort, Flipping The Table often accompanies a Rage Quit
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Anime & Manga
- In the first episode of Bleach, Ichigo flips a table after hearing Rukia's explanation of Soul Reapers. The manga lampshades this: a note taped to the table reads "CAUTION: For use in sight gags only!"
- In Star Of The Giants, an old-fashioned father would flip over the family dinner table whenever he was morally outraged, while they were eating; the dinner would be subsequently ruined. Several subsequent occurrences of Flipping the Table were direct references to this scene, which appeared in the series' closing-credits montage; after undergoing Memetic Mutation, Flipping the Table became part of the visual meme-pool of Japanese comedy in general.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! GX has a card called "Flipping the Table". In one episode, used by Hayato's (Chumley in the dub) father who (in the Japanese version, at least) was a substantial drunkard and owns a sake company (in the dub, he just owns a hot sauce company). When played, a giant table does invariably appear and Hayato's father does overturn it fairly violently.
- Referred to in two of the Slayers Non Serial Movies. In Slayers: Gorgeous", Lina and Naga are engaged in yet another duel of spells, and Lina has cast a spell that, by way of a side effect, froze the surface of a nearby pond; Naga retaliates by summoning up an earth golem and having it perform a chabudai-gaeshi with the sheet of ice — it flips through the air and almost crushes Lina. In "Slayers: Great", while engaged in a battle that parodies the Super Robot genre, Naga purposely freezes a river the two are duelling near and uses her giant golem to flip the ice sheet to knock Lina's giant golem off of her feet.
- One Piece: Franky does this during Luffy's fight with the Galley-La company, due to him being denied battling Luffy, since they were the ones fighting in the first place. Also done in Unlimited Adventure, where Franky actually builds a table from scratch, only to flip it mere seconds after finishing it. He also flips another table during the ending cinematic.
- Ranma ½
- Ranma, trying to scare someone away, flips a dinner table over. It didn't have the right effect as everyone at the table grabbed a plate and saved the meal and he got kicked into low earth orbit.
- Subverted in the first episode, where instead of flipping the table over, Akane picks it up and smacks Ranma with it.
- Genma has actually developed this as a martial arts technique, Wrath of the Father, which he uses against Nodoka (yeah, he's scum).
- In Naruto, Shikamaru Nara gets mentally and verbally probed by his father Shikaku during a game of shogi after Shikamaru's sensei, Asuma, is killed. Shikamaru finally snaps and flips the shogi board with a well-placed backhand.
- In Mamotte Shugogetten, Tasuke does this in one episode in order to get Shao to think of him as a jerk in order to help her.
- In the Mazinkaiser movie, Boss insists on Flipping the Table before revealing where he hid the Kaiser Pilder, much to Kouji's confusion.
- Kyouya flips the table on Tamaki (amoung other things) on Ouran High School Host Club when Tamaki jokes that losing claim to his father's company would give him time for more interesting things. As third in line in his family, Kyouya is disgusted Tamaki is so close to having it all and is not willing to fight for it. Tamaki counters that Kyouya is just projecting his frustrations on Tamaki and is mad that he isn't fighting for his father's company.
- The second episode of Panda Z is made entirely of Talon, the main character, and his aged grandfather sitting down to a healthy meal of batteries (let's all use them properly). Talon tries various utensils to eat the batteries (fork, knife, screwdriver, scissors, etc.), but fails each time, and himself gets frustrated and angrily knocks the table over. After several of these, Panjii gets up, picks up another fully set table from offscreen, sets it down where the original table was, and flips the new one over himself.
- Early in Fruits Basket Kyo upends a table during a heated exchange with Yuki... and unintentionally hits Tohru in the head with it. Then we find out why you don't anger Yuki...
- Used seriously in Mahou Sensei Negima!, against Big Bad Fate Averruncus.
- Seitokai no Ichizon: Ken upon hearing Kurumi say she didn't do anything wrong on the exams. She got two 25s and a 27.
- In Heaven's Lost Property, Tomoki sometimes does this when he's frustrated with the angeloids shenanigans (usually Ikaros'), such as when Ikaros failed to affect a smile or when the angeloids decided to make an entrance in the roof of his house.
- Referenced by Death in the final episodes of Soul Eater when he flips over Arachnia's fortress while piloting Death City transformed into a Giant Mecha!
- Axis Powers Hetalia Egypt flips tables.◊
- Stocking of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt has this reaction to the Demon Sisters calling her fat. She surprises even her usually more hot-blooded sister, Panty.
- Shizuo Heiwajima of Durarara!! has an infamous habit of flipping and tossing the nearest 400-pound object whenever he gets angry. Tables are not excluded.
- In Zettai Karen Children, BABEL has different interview rooms specially designed for different situations. The "Gift of Children" arc shows one for talking to an esper-hater if their child awakens as an esper. It includes a tea table specifically so the parent can flip it if they get angry.
- Done hilariously in magico by a samurai when he finds out that her wife had been lying about her BWH measurements.
- Haruhi-chan had this in episode 3, which is Achakura's first episode. When Achakura is given a doggie dish, the doggie dish appears to contain dog food. Nagato thinks it's a joke and proceeds to give real food to Achakura in said doggie dish. Achakura's response? She flips the dish. Achakura acually does this with every other food Nagato gives her.
- Flipping the (traditional) mahjong table seems to be a Running Gag in Legendary Gambler Tetsuya. Tetsuya does it the first time he is pwned by Boshu, then when Tetsuya get rid of the bamboo-backed mahjong tiles and change the set to plastic ones to deny Innami's heightened sense, and then when Danchi is pwned by Tetsuya. Everytime it happens, it's epic.
- A slightly drunk Itsuwa does this in A Certain Magical Index. To Tatemiya, who had just played a prank on her regarding her crush on Touma. She flipped it so hard it struck him in the face and sent him flying out of the room. Everyone else wisely decides to stay out of Itsuwa's way after this.
- One of the later chapters of Baki the Grappler (Baki: Son of Ogre) the protagonist Hanma Baki is engaging his father in a battle of minds where both try to catch the other in their illusions. This goes as far as the two of them having an imaginary dinner at an imaginary table. Baki eventually wins this battle when he flips the table and gets his father to try to catch it thus proving that the latter was deceived by the vividness of Baki’s illusion.
- Samurai Champloo episode, 'War of the Worlds' has one rough-tough teacher insult and aggravate Mugen into learning how to read. In a semi-quiz, Mugen gets a character wrong, and gets slapped and yelled at - as a result of which, Mugen flips the table sitting between him and his teacher, shouting, "This sucks!!"
- Downplayed in the Lupin III Pilot Film, but when Lupin "beats" Inspector Zenigata in Shogi, the detective knocks everything off his desk.
- Invoked in Assassination Classroom, when Koro-sensei volunteers to coach his students for an upcoming baseball exhibition match. He brings along a miniature table stocked with food for the express purpose of flipping it over, thus achieving his dream of acting like one of those "hot-blooded coaches you find in sports series".
- Levi in Trinity Seven has a skill specifically for flipping a table. She's however not someone who easily gives in to frustration, and the one time she uses it is to flip a bed, for the purpose of exposing what's on the underside of it.
- In the world of Go, a common act of violently sore losers is referred to as the "nuclear tesuji", AKA "Throwing The Board Against The Wall, Denting The Wall And Board Prior To Uppercutting Your Opponent". See the page image for Rage Quit for an example.
- Is rather common in ANY board game, to the point where jokes are made that it's often the only way to end a game.
- Brian from Knights of the Dinner Table flips the table he and his friends play Hackmaster at when the other players drive him into an Unstoppable Rage somehow. Bob sometimes attempts it but usually can't lift the table.
- Prowl in IDW's Transformers comics has a tendency to do this, according to Rewind and Chromedome, to the point of it being a meme both in the fandom and in-universe.
- Happens once or twice in Mafalda, but with chess boards instead of tables.
- In The List a terminally-ill Harry was upset by Hermione's badgering and flipped over his table in the library.
- In Tealove's Steamy Adventure, Libra ends a tea party by calmly asking everyone to step away from the table, then flipping it across the room, roaring as she does so. Then she retrieves her baseball bat from a hole where the table had been standing a second ago.
- Films about Jesus often have him doing this in the Temple (see Religion below). The King Of Kings is just one of these.
- In Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, the newly married Milly flips the table her uncivilized brothers-in-law are sitting at after witnessing their disgusting table manners.
- You will see this once in a while in American sports movies; usually the coach of a losing team flipping a table or bench loaded with Gatorade in order to shock his team into being serious.
- In Beauty and the Beast, Gaston flips over a table in the middle of a chess game he's playing during his Villain Song. Probably because he was losing. That, and nobody flips tables like Gaston.
- Jules does this early in Pulp Fiction, at the beginning of the famous "what?" exchange.
- In the Thor film, Odin berates Thor for his belligerence and withholds his Kingship. Thor does not take this well. The scene them immediately cuts to him flipping over an entire banquet table in frustration.
- Bean from Fantastic Mr. Fox does this as part of his Villainous Breakdown.
- Happens in Take Shelterduring a fight between the hero and his fellow colleague.
- Captain Hook in Peter Pan does this when he reminds Smee about the time Peter chopped off his hand.
Live Action TV
- Last in Bloodline does this a ton in the Tomato Land side story volume.
- The video for Duran Duran's Hungry Like The Wolf has the lead singer flip over a table in a restaurant. This is due mostly to sexual urges than anger, however.
- Also done in the video for "We Didn't Start The Fire" by Billy Joel, and quite appropriately, at the line "I can't take it anymore!"
- In one live performance (one of the concerts he did in the USSR in 1987) he noticed that audience members who were enjoying themselves became uncomfortable when the lights fell on them, as the film crew documenting the show kept turning on the lights so they could get film of the audience. He lost his temper, and ended up flipping over his electric piano.
- In the video for "Mr. Brightside" by The Killers, during the scene when frontman Brandon Flowers is playing checkers with Eric Roberts.
- About 2:25 into the music video for Rihanna's song "Hard", she flips the table during a card game.
- This is also done to the boardgame "Mouse Trap" in a parody of OK GO's "This too shall pass".
- At 2:00 in the Bruno Mars "It Will Rain" music video.
- Andy Samberg does this to a couple of "Hollywood Phonies" during Threw It On The Ground of The Lonely Island fame. Unfortunately for him, the phonies (Ryan Reynolds and Elijah Wood) happen to have a taser, and they proceed to give him a hefty dose of Taser-Guided Karma.
- In the DVD performance of "Not In Our House" from !HERO: The Rock Opera, the lead character Hero turns over tables at the synagogue that Chief Rabbi Kai is in charge of.
- Whenever there's a contract signing for a huge match in WWE, expect this to happen at some point as the tension between the two wrestlers boils over, and they either glare at each other with their faces inches apart, or just start brawling.
- The Bible: Jesus did it in the temple with the moneychangers, making this trope Older Than Feudalism.
- Made even more badass when you realize those tables were probably made of marble.
- Tabletop Simulator features this as a game play mechanic.
- One of Kliff's opening poses in Guilty Gear involves angrily flipping a table.
- Meta example: Nintendo producer Shigeru Miyamoto is known within the company for (metaphorically) "upending the table" on projects which he was unsatisfied with, like the father in Star Of The Giants. The phrase has since become a minor meme to the fanbase.
- During the development of The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures, Eiji Aonuma described Miyamoto as "upending the tea table" in the story development, leaving the plot rather... messy. He felt it was too complicated.
- One of the sillier Finishing Moves in Tech Romancer involves one of the Mecha flipping the table on the other mech.
- Referenced in Super Robot Wars. One of Masaaki's possible spoof-Calling Your Attacks for his Psybuster's basic Discutter is "Magic Blade: Ether Table Flip Attack! ...just kidding."
- In Final Fantasy VII in the snowboarding minigame where you're weaving through igloos, one of them has a Moogle at a table. Crash into it and the Moogle will throw the table at you, imitating this trope.
- One of Zangief's attacks in Super Gem Fighter, complete with him reading a newspaper before getting angry at the opponent and ripping it in half before flipping the table at them.
- Chaos Code's resident Chef of Iron Bravo Peperoncine has a super attack called "Getting Angry! Evil Course Fast Food", during which a table with McDonald's food and a microwave oven appears before him. Enraged, he flips it at the opponent.
- In the game One Piece: Unlimited Adventure, Franky flips a table as part of his animation when creating a new invention in his workshop.
- Team Fortress 2's The Heavy in Poker Night at the Inventory does this when he loses a large hand—he follows this up by spinning his minigun, which thankfully, has no ammo.
- Cho Chabudai Gaeshi is a arcade game from Taito that allow players to do this, with the goal being to cause as much property damage as possible from all the flying debris. No, we are not kidding. Unfortunately, like a lot of Japanese-developed arcade games, it's Japan-only.
- In the Mass Effect 2 DLC Lair of the Shadow Broker, the Shadow Broker is revealed to be a 4 meter tall space gorilla. When Liara responds to his Breaking Speech by pushing his Berserk Button, he hurls his entire desk at the party before charging them. While Shepard and Liara dodge, whoever's filling the third party slot isn't so lucky and is knocked out for the fight.
- High level cooks in World of Warcraft can aquire a "flippable table" as a reward item in Mists of Pandaria. The icon for this item looks like an extremely enraged face.
- If you're willing to accept the Earth, or at least Sumaru City as the "table" in question, then Nyarlathotep's actions just after the final boss fight in Persona 2: Innocent Sin are basically one huge table-flip, but one he had carefully set up just in case he was beat. Yes, Nyarlathotep is such a Chessmaster that table-flipping is one of his stratagems - he doesn't care about playing, he cares about ruining the game for everyone else.
- The Adventure Time episode What Have You Done? has Princess Bubblegum flipping a table in both the title card and in the episode itself.
- On Jimmy Two-Shoes, Jimmy attempts to do this when subjecting Beezy to some Perp Sweating. He ends up being too weak to do so, and asks Beezy to help him. He does.
- Averted in Metalocalypse. The band's manager has their tables bolted down since Nathan does this so often.
- Muscle Man on Regular Show flips the table out of anger of being splashed with a soda twice.
- On one episode of Family Guy, Cleveland was living with the Griffins, and in the midst of a messy divorce. While watching tv with Stewie, he finally snaps and says "I hate Bewitched!" when it comes on, and flips the couch over. While Stewie was sitting on it. Stewie responds "Yeah, that was totally reasonable reaction..."
- Another possible instance is in the episode, where Stewie and Brian are playing Chess in the back of Quagmire's RV, while he is having sex while driving. When their chess pieces get knocked off due to the reckless driving, they argue when they try to put the pieces back, causing Stewie to snap and knock the pieces off the table again.
- When Korra is upset with Mako in Book 2 of The Legend of Korra, she kicks over his desk with airbending... in the middle of the police station where he worked.
- An episode of Dan Vs. sees Dan and his best friend's wife Elise trapped together in a cabin, where Elise tries to pass the time in a game of "Conglomerate". Dan makes himself banker, gives himself fifteen times the usual starting amount, insists that it's how he always plays with his sidekick Chris...
Dan: I think you'll find the game is more realistic with a little corruption.
Elise: ...Just roll the dice.
[Dan abruptly puts his bare feet onto the table.]
Dan: Not until you rub my feet! ... Just another perk of being the banker.
[Elise, equally abruptly, flips the table (and Dan) over.]
- In the The Amazing World of Gumball episode "The Joy", Miss Simian rages out and flips over a desk from the side, completely flipping it over and landing back on its legs, not disturbing anything sitting on the table either. Realizing this, she then moves behind the desk and flips it over that way.
- Referenced in Gravity Falls; in "Soos and the Real Girl", someone left a note on the box for the in-universe dating simulator Romance Academy 7 instructing someone to destroy it, and they included a flipping-the-table emoticon.
- Jackson Pollock did this to the dinner table in November of 1950. He was angry at Hans Namuth for ordering him around so much for the colour film they had been shooting and just finished, and also had his first drink of alcohol after two years of being sober (followed by several more). Drunk and angry, he eventually flipped the table much to the shock of the dinner guests. Bonus points for Thanksgiving dinner being on said table at the time he flipped it.
- Reportedly happened in real life when Ed O'Brien of Radiohead lost his patience at a restaurant. "He thought he was Jesus in the temple of the moneychangers," fellow bandmember Colin Greenwood commented.
- This can be done with any Board Game as a method of Rage Quitting, as seen on the image for that page.
- Stories about players flipping tables are very common in competitive Magic: The Gathering.
- Football player Jim Everett did this to sports reporter Jim Rome when Rome called Everett "Chris" right after Everett asked him to stop doing so.note
- While King Canute and the Danish Earl Ulf were playing chess, the latter overturned the chessboard out of anger over the former taking back a move. The king's courtman executed the Earl in church shortly after.
- Magfest 11 featured a Table Flipping For Charity event.
- A Japanese arcade game exists, where the sole gameplay element is to slam the table to get people gathered in front of you, and to finally flip the table and let physics do the rest. The game features a wide cast of characters to choose, changing the venue. For example: A ghost attending his own wake. Slamming the table makes the attendee think the place in haunted and investigate. The table you're flipping is actually your own open casket. Hilarity Ensues.
- Now in emoticon form, for those who can see Asian characters.
(屮ಠДಠ)屮 彡 ┻━┻ , (ﾉಥ益ಥ)ﾉ ┻━┻ , (ﾉ・_・)ﾉ 彡 ┻━┻ , (ﾉ｡◕‿‿◕｡)ﾉ 彡 ┻━┻
(ﾉ*'д`*)ﾉ ~ ┻━┻ , ( ﾉ♉︵♉ )ﾉ 彡 ┻━┻ , (ﾉﾟдﾟ)ﾉ 彡┻━┻ , (屮ಥДಥ)屮 彡 ┻━┻
(屮ಥ益ಥ)屮彡 ┻━┻ , (屮≖益≖)屮 彡 ┻━┻ , (屮≖Д≖)屮彡 ┻━┻ , (┛◉///////◉)┛彡┻━┻
( ﾉ⊙Д⊙)ﾉ 彡 ┻━┻ , (屮=益=)屮 彡 ┻━┻ , (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ , ┬──┬ ¯\_(ツ)
- In Soviet Russia, ┳━┳ ︵╯(.□.╯)
- (ノ ಠ益ಠ)ノ~ (;｡▽｡)ヽ
You done? Good. Now put it back.
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