The hero gets cornered by a group of thugs that want to steal whatever he has on him. One thug grabs up the hero by the ankles and starts shaking him so hard, causing a plethora of items to fall from his person
. Bonus points if the items would be completely impossible to conceal, such as a cannon, a ladder, or maybe even an elephant.
This is a comedy
trope in which the above happens to the unfortunate character. Expect to see this trope show up in comedy
or Western Animation
Justified if the shaken character has a Bag of Holding
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- In an ad for T-Mobile cell phone service a Brand X customer is having his "monthly mugging" for his bill. At the end the two mugger guys are holding the customer upside-down, shaking him. "I sent too many emails."
Films — Animation
- A gorilla actually does this to Professor Porter in Tarzan, causing several objects to fall out of his pockets, including a stuffed Little Brother toy.
- Adventure was subjected to this treatment by one of the pirates in The Pagemaster.
Films — Live-Action
- Used in Thud!, whenever something goes missing from Pseudopolis Yard, SOP is to shake Nobby up-side-down.
- A major example here, the entire game is based around this possible trope. Mischief Makers. You can shake objects/people and sometimes they will drop items, mostly crystals, that you pick up. The game is based around this system.
- Wario Land: Shake It! has a similar mechanic. By grabbing enemies and shaking the Wii remote, things will fly around. Garlic, money, or even the armor they're wearing.
- Rather morbid example in Duke Nukem Forever: when exploring alien-infested areas, you'll find cocooned EDF soldiers hanging from the ceiling. If you punch or shoot them, they always drop useful stuff like guns, ammo and grenades.
- Used in Escape from Monkey Island. The fallen items are all things you picked up earlier in the game.
- In the Metal Gear series, after Metal Gear Solid 2, picking up (dragging) and dropping a KO'd/Sleeping/Corpsey soldier will drop 2 or 3 Items (like a Book, or Ration).
- Sam & Max Hit the Road has Sam and Max go on the carnival ride "Cone of Tragedy", which first suspends them upside-down, then shakes and twirls them around in a very unpleasant way. Once the torture is over, Sam realizes that all his inventory items fell out during the ride and he must recover them from a Lost-and-Found office.