Minion Maracas

"Wocketawocketawocketa" is exactly the sound minions make when you shake them like this.

"WHAT KIND OF STUPID NAME IS SHAKEN-UNFAIRLY??"

Falling between the Neck Lift and Metronomic Man Mashing in terms of forcefulness (and physical improbability), the Minion Maracas occurs when Alice lifts Bob and shakes him in mid-air, whether for emphasis or from an excess of emotion. Generally applied only in animation and comedic works, due to issues of leverage.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • In K-On!'s Beach Episode, Ritsu shows Mio some pictures at the end. One of which happens to be rather embarrassing to Mio. Cue this trope, with Mio demanding that Ritsu delete the photos.

    Comic Books 
  • In the Tintin album Tintin Destination Moon, an enraged Professor Calculus lifts a security guard easily twice his size and suspends him off a coat rack.
  • Astérix:
    • Obelix briefly but cheerfully takes to this technique in Asterix the Gladiator:
      Obelix: Look, I shake them instead of punching them! They last longer this way!
    • He also uses this as an interrogation technique on a Gaul who sold Asterix to the Romans, in Asterix and the Banquet.
    • Toward the end of Obelix and Co., Julius Caesar angrily shakes Caius Preposterus harder and harder while explaining to him that his schemes have nearly ruined Rome and that he now needs to clean his own mess.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • Happens repeatedly to Pain and Panic in Disney's Hercules.
  • Scar does this to Shenzi in The Lion King.
  • The Horned King from The Black Cauldron shakes to The Creeper repeatedly after one of his plans fail.

    Literature 
  • In the Discworld novel Guards! Guards!, after finding out that Sybil is in danger, Vimes picks up the Librarian and shakes him — asking him where they took her. The Librarian helpfully points him in the right direction, while quietly musing about the strong emotions it would take for a man to pick up and shake a 300 lb orangutan without even realizing.
  • Redwall:
    • At one point Captain Plugg of the book Triss picks up two crewbeasts who've done something stupid and actually bangs their heads together.
    • In the original Redwall book, Cluny the Scourge does the same to two of his lieutenants whose foraging expedition failed pretty miserably. Slightly unusual for this trope, in that Cluny is explicitly shown to be considerably larger and stronger than his subordinates, so the feat of strength is not so surprising.
  • In The Hobbit, Thorin Oakenshield picks up Bilbo Baggins and "shakes him like a rabbit" when he learns that the Hobbit has stolen the Arkenstone and given it to the men and elves besieging the mountain. At least, Gandalf manages to convince Thorin to not throw Bilbo down the wall.

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    Web Comics 
  • In Girl Genius, after Violetta and Moloch mercilessly tease her about her romantic prospects, Agatha Heterodyne gets upset and violently shakes the both of them together, making "Wocketa wocketa wocketa" sound, while scolding them for their childishness.
  • Narbonic:
    • Dave lifts human!Artie off the ground in joy, freaking the latter.
    • In the earlier story "Professor Madblood and the Doppelganger Gambit", Artie, who has turned into a copy of Dave, shakes Mell.
  • Goblins

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • Terriers, Dachshunds, and generally any dog that hunts smaller animals, famously do this to kill their prey, grabbing them around the neck with their extremely strong jaws and shaking them around until they stop moving. Partly because it works, and partly because it keeps their prey from biting back.
  • Can be the source of the aptly-named Shaken Baby Syndrome. In short, NEVER do this to a small child (or at all, preferably).