->''Any body suspended in space will remain in space until made aware of its situation. WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck steps off a cliff, expecting further pastureland. He loiters in midair, soliloquizing flippantly, until he chances to look down. At this point, the familiar principle of 32 feet per second per second takes over.''
-->-- ''First Law of [[http://funnies.paco.to/cartoon.html Cartoon Thermodynamics]]''

AnimationTropes, of course, occur in most Western cartoons of the classic era. Like any genre trope, they became consistent enough to be considered the "natural laws" of that setting.

Toon Physics [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on those tropes, by explicitly and consistently pointing out how creatures of ink and paint operate under different rules from those of flesh and blood, ''while coexisting in the same setting''. Toons living in or visiting a flesh-and-blood world will still operate under their own unique laws of nature.

''Humans'' visiting a ''cartoon'' world may operate according to the local laws -- or may not. This doesn't have to be consistent even within a given work. In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', for example, Eddie experiences many AnimationTropes first hand -- but his brother was killed by [[PianoDrop a falling piano]] (admittedly this may have been a real piano that was dropped by a toon; it was also presumably dropped outside of ToonTown, onto a normal human).

Seen in any TrappedInTVLand tale that includes a jaunt into a cartoon.

Contrast RefugeeFromTVLand and RealWorldEpisode, where characters from a "fictional" milieu enter the "real" world and, more often than not, find that the world ''doesn't'' work the same way anymore.

SisterTrope to ArtisticLicensePhysics, when things in the "real" world seemingly obey Toon Physics laws (ostensibly for the RuleOfCool).



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The Toon World theme from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' takes this and runs with it. In the anime, they're made nigh-unkillable by it, with Toon Mermaid's armless clam ''[[BarehandedBladeBlock catching a sword]]'', and Blue-Eyes Toon Dragon taking the opportunity in-manga to contort its body to dodge its normal counterpart's [[WaveMotionGun Burst Stream of Destruction]].
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' occasionally takes advantage of this. Mostly in the anime, though.
* ''Anime/HareGuu'' does this almost all the time.
* ''Anime/KillLaKill'' has Mako Mankanshoku and Nui Harime, who operate by this while everybody else uses standard shonen anime physics. The former of the two uses them for their traditional comic relief purpose, while the latter weaponizes them.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': The Team Rocket trio seem to operate on Toon Physics more then other characters. Especially when they put up with abuse that would grievously harm other characters like being electrocuted and "Blasting Off". Ash himself may also counts as he's also been shocked by Pikachu many times over the course of the anime.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/TheAwesomeSlapstick'', a.k.a. Steve Harmon. After being transformed into "living electroplasm" from an accident with an alien portal, Slapstick is essentially a {{Toon}} -- he is able to freely abuse Toon Physics, making him a {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le minor RealityWarper. He can recover from all injuries almost instantly with no damage, and has performed otherwise impossible feats, such as swallowing a box of bullets and rapidly firing them by [[BulletSeed spitting them out]] like a machine gun. Specifically, Slapstick is a character in the 616 Franchise/MarvelUniverse, just like Franchise/SpiderMan and the ComicBook/FantasticFour. However, he has super powers that ''just happen'' to make him resemble a cartoon. He has a normal human form, but when he transforms to his Slapstick form, he has RubberMan powers, meaning that he can be stretched harmlessly and turn into an accordion when crushed, and a very powerful HealingFactor, meaning that he can be riddled with bullets, and burned to ash and leave his eyes unharmed long enough for a few blinks. He also has gloves which can access a "sub-spacial storage pocket," or, in layman's terms, {{Hammerspace}}. Finally, he has the personality of a practical joker. Put it together, and he's a cartoon character who could reasonably interact with the X-Men.
* ''ComicBook/TheMultiversity'':
** In ''The Multiversity #1'', [[ComicBook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew Captain Carrot]] invokes this in a fight with a Hulk {{Expy}} on Earth-8, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome a fight he won by the way.]] Being squashed flat doesn't do anything to him, because he can just pop back up again.
--->'''Captain Carrot:''' [[BadassBoast Who else wants to argue with cartoon physics?]]
** ''The Multiversity Guidebook #1'' notes that this is true for [[UpToEleven all of]] [[AlternateTooniverse Earth-26]]. Being destroyed apparently isn't much of a problem for it, either.
* In one of the first appearances of Mr. Mxyzptlk after the John Byrne reboot, he makes cartoon characters real and attacks Franchise/{{Superman}} with them. The creatures ([[{{Expy}} expies]] of, among others, Fred Flintstone, the Smurfs, and WesternAnimation/MightyMouse) obey this and are thus somewhat of a chore, but when Superman ''himself'' is turned toony by Mxy, he exploits it (pulling a cat from {{Hammerspace}} in his cloak to scare the Mighty Mouse expy, for instance).
* Like the film it inspired, ''ComicBook/TheMask'' grants its wearer the use of Toon Physics. Unlike the film, though, victims of The Mask's shenanigans are ''not'' subject to the same, so things like SquashedFlat and TorsoWithAView end up as brutally gory deaths instead of AmusingInjuries.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* The lead characters in ''ComicStrip/SamsStrip'' had almost Seinfeldian conversations about the physical laws in their comic strip world.

* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', the toons naturally have this power, but live humans do not outside of Toon Town, which means even though the vast majority of them are benign and friendly, it's entirely possible for a toon to kill a human using cartoon rules. This is what makes [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] so scary, because he can and ''does'' kill people with Toon Physics. Furthermore, he found a way to ''kill'' the supposedly immortal toons with the Dip, made out of turpentine, acetone and benzene (i.e. oil remover, paint thinner and film dissolver).
* ''Film/CoolWorld'' has a comic character emerging into the real world and alternating between the two, with all the associated physical effects.
* ''Film/TheMask'' invokes magical powers to give those who wear the mask superpowers that amount to classic cartoon physics. Some justification is given in that the first wearer is a fan of them.
* ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie'' includes a sequence where the Omnipotent Child both brings a cartoon character into real life, and sends Nancy Cartwright into a cartoon.
* ''Film/SpaceJam'' and ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction''. Special note in the former, [[spoiler: as it turns out that normal humans can also use Toon Physics in "Looney Tunes Land", setting up an awesome moment for Michael Jordan]].
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRockyAndBullwinkle'' showed this as the characters [[RefugeeFromTVLand were in the real world]] with a ShoutOut to ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''.
* ''Film/KungFuHustle'' is a rare live-action example that doesn't involve the RogerRabbitEffect. The back cover of the DVD aptly describes the film as [[JustForFun/XMeetsY Looney Tunes meets Quentin Tarantino]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The basis of the season 8 ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Hunteri Heroici". A powerful telekinetic loses his grip on reality and retreats into a dream-world made up of his childhood cartoons. His abilities go full-on RealityWarper and apply Toon Physics to everything in his vicinity.
-->'''Dean:''' In toon-town, a pretty girl can [[CardiovascularLove make your heart leap outta your chest.]] [[AnvilOnHead Anvils fall from the sky]]. And if you draw a door or a black hole on the wall, you can stroll right through it.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' had stuff like a cartoon bomb going off in one cast member's face.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Steve Jackson Games published a roleplaying system ''called'' ''TabletopGame/{{Toon}}''. It obeys this trope to the letter; characters are unkillable (though they can Fall Down for a few rounds), [[AchievementsInIgnorance failing an intelligence roll]] can allow one to [[GravityIsAHarshMistress ignore gravity]], and sawing through a tree branch has a fifty percent chance of causing the tree to fall with the branch suspended in midair. The entire point of the game is to be as [[RuleOfFunny funny]] as possible.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' is a rather unique example. The game's physics are very consistent with real life, due to using the Havok physics engine, however:
** The Pyro's Flamethrower comes equipped with an air compressor that can reflect rockets.
** Scout can [[DoubleJump jump in midair]] (common in video games, but also common in cartoon physics as well).
** Soldier can shoot explosives at people's feet, which propels them upward (including [[RocketJump his own feet]]).
*** As can the Demoman.
** The recoil from one of the Scout's weapons is so strong that he can propel himself in mid-air with it.
** The Heavy can shoot people by [[FingerGun making his hand into a gun-shape]] and shouting "POW!".
** Saxton Hale from the self-named mod can jump 100 feet in the air on a whim.
** EVERYONE stores their weapons in HammerSpace.
** Engineers fix their stuff by [[PercussiveMaintenance nonsensically whacking it with a wrench]].
** One can die by being hit with a fish four to five times from full health.
** A [[LethalJokeItem bomb on a stick is a viable weapon outside of suicidal charges]], leaving the Demoman using it still alive.
** The Scout can send someone flying across the map with the swing of a bat. Bear in mind he has normal human strength. [[MusclesAreMeaningless Mostly]].
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' is also like ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', in that it mixes Toon Physics with realistic physics done in Nintendo's own proprietary physics engine. In fact, all ''in-game'' physics is realistic, with impressive simulation of rope bridges, string, hair, and cloth, and generic Newtonian dynamics, while Toon Physics only appears during cutscenes, which have scripted animations that are rendered within the game engine. Small enemies can be squashed flat by a giant hammer in regular gameplay, though.
* ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' characters all operate under some degree of cartoon physics due to it being a fighting game, but none moreso than Peacock. Peacock's entire gimmick is being a superpowered cyborg whose appearance and abilities are all heavily based off of Golden Age cartoons. She is explicitly described as being able to [[RealityWarper bend reality]] to fit her cartoonish fighting style. Peacock pulls a plethora of weapons out of Hammerspace, summons [[ShadowOfImpendingDoom Shadows of Impending Doom]] to drop random objects such as [[PianoDrop pianos]] and [[AnvilOnHead other hefty objects]] on her opponents' heads, shoots AbnormalAmmo from her comically oversized revolver, pulls opponents into a BigBallOfViolence, can summon an entire [[AssistCharacter backup squad]] of cartoon cronies including a multitude of [[CartoonBomb walking bombs]], and utilises many other playfully painful fighting techniques that operate under these rules.
* The ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'' series uses these rules more aggressively than almost any other Mario franchise. They're mostly used for travel purposes... such as Luigi slamming Mario on the head with a hammer to squash him short so he can walk under a doorway. Its sister series, ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', also uses this pretty liberally, though in those games it doubles as LeaningOnTheFourthWall, as most examples of Toon Physics are mostly just toying with the games art style which resembles 2-D paper-craft characters in a 3D setting.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Project 0}}'': One of the powers afforded by [[http://www.centralcitytower.com/search/label/Modding modding.]] It's only been used sparsely.
* ''Webcomic/TheCartoonChroniclesOfConroyCat'' breaks up cartoon physics into two factors: [[http://dtoons.com/conroy/2010/09/shonen-lump/ the Funny Bone]], where toons can withstand things like AmusingInjuries, and the FourthWall, as seen [[http://dtoons.com/conroy/2010/09/the-4th-wall/ here]].
* It happens in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' when Vaarsuvius [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0437.html disintegrates the horse of the death knight]]. The usual lampshade is hung.
--> '''Vaarsuvius:''' W. E. Coyote's Law of Cartoon Inertia: "Objects in motion tend to stay at the same altitude until gravity is noticed.".
* In a ''Webcomic/TheHeroOfThreeFaces'' strip, when discussing how ''Franchise/StarTrek'' universe physics makes perfect sense to ''Trek'' characters, even though from [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]]'s perspective it's total nonsense, Data points out that physics are bound to be consistant within a fictional plane, and offers the analogy that, were they to visit the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes universe, Wile E. Coyote physics would apply to them. Cut to the Doctor blindfolding Data on top of a cliff.
-->'''Data:''' I fail to understand why I have been selected for this experiment.\\
'''Doctor:''' Because it was your idea!
* Sergeant Acme of ''Webcomic/KongTower'' has this as a Superpower, complete with {{Hammerspace}} and WheelOFeet.
* In ''Webcomic/TheBirdFeeder'' [[http://thebirdfeeder.com/comic/224 #224]], "Rain protection," it's used by Josh to torment Lewis. The bill of his cap extends to stop the rain from hitting Lewis, though the effect only works due to the perspective.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* After being transformed into human cartoon characters, the (live action) characters in ''WebVideo/TheCartoonMan'' begin operating on Toon Physics.
* A good bit of ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' comes from playing with this trope all over the place for the sake of {{Gorn}}. Cartoon Physics will be played straight, subverted, averted, and exploited by the animators to try and make the outcome as cruel and darkly funny as possible.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episode "One Plus One Equals Ed", the Eds explore Toon Physics, which ''don't'' (overtly) apply in the Show, and end up tearing the Universe apart (which then goes back to normal near the end (Sort of)).
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'' -- in which the humans, while animated, aren't considered "toons", and don't get the benefit of Toon Physics.
** Although Toon Physics aren't necessarily aware of this. In one episode, a chase through Toontown leads Lucky and Bonkers to the intersection of Squash and Stretch Streets. Their influence forces Bonkers through some pretty bizarre contortions, much to Lucky's amusement -- until they start trying to make him do the same thing.
*** Sometimes non-Toons can use Toon Physics, if the person is willing, with Lucky walking on thin air and Miranda changing into a disguise outfit instantly as examples. They arguably have the advantage here, as Toons seem compelled to finish the gag and make it funny over making Toon Physics useful, as seen when Lucky is able to resist looking down and breaking the "walking on thin air" joke, while Bonkers and the villain have to look down and fall.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' -- Ditto.
* Creator/WaltDisney himself referred to this phenomenon as "The Plausible Impossible", i.e. animating actions that would be physically impossible (a character walks off a cliff and still stands in mid-air) and making them seem plausible in the animated setting (said character then looks down, [[GravityIsAHarshMistress realizes his predicament and starts falling]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Pinkie Pie has many toony abilities no other pony is capable of. These almost never amount to any practical effect, however, and are generally accepted as "Weird things that Pinkie Pie does, just ignore it" by anyone around to witness them. Among other things, she's able to pass through walls by ducking out and into frame, abruptly pop out of things far too small to hold her (including Rarity's ''hat''), chase ponies à la Pepe Le Pew, stretch like she's made of rubber, and devour a cake several times her size (an act which even shocked Princess Celestia, the kingdom's ruler and ''PhysicalGoddess'', who is well over 1000 years old).
** The wiki [[http://mlp.wikia.com/wiki/Pinkie_Pie/Gallery/Pinkie_Pie_being_cartoonish has a gallery]] dedicated to "Pinkie Pie being cartoonish."
** "Winter Wrap-Up" shows that other ponies are capable of Pinkie's antics (much to Dash's confusion) but only during elaborate musical sequences.
** Fanfic writer D. G. D. Davidson [[http://www.fimfiction.net/blog/116909 points out]] that one of the reasons ''My Little Pony'' fanfiction tends to seem grittier than the show is that the loony, ubiquitous version that work seamlessly in animation don't translate very well to writing, and so the setting has to be made more realistic and less cartoony and carefree. This particularly hits Pinkie, since her toon gags are a large part of her portrayal in the show, and she's not easy to write without them.
** The characters are often startled by Pinkie's antics, but seldom actually comment on them, shrugging them off as Pinkie Pie being Pinkie Pie. Rainbow Dash does, however, call her on it in "Too Many Pinkie Pies", when she slows down her fall in midair in order to slip into a lake quietly. However, Pinkie's explanation of how she did it, as per usual, is completely unhelpful.
* The trope was collectively codified in ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' and Creator/TexAvery shorts. WesternAnimation/BugsBunny lampshaded it once:
-->'''Bugs:''' I know 'dis defies da laws of gravity, but I never studied law.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' does not only lampshade these "Physics" -- he also (ab)uses them to his advantage! Like by slipping under a door just after being SquashedFlat.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' had a pair of cartoon characters transported into the "real world" and cause havoc. They were virtually unstoppable due to this, as they were functionally invulnerable.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/HeckleAndJeckle'' short "The Power of Thought", Jeckle tells Heckle that he has realized that as cartoon characters, they can do anything they can think of. They then proceed to make a bulldog policeman's life a living hell, until he realizes that he, too, is a cartoon character.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' has a lot of this, seeing as it takes place at a school for young Toons to learn how to do what Toons do best. An episode from the second season of the show was titled "Toon Physics", and featured {{cutaway gag}}s with [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Orson Whales]] explaining to the viewers how Toon Physics differ from Real World Physics.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' utilizes this frequently, typically with a LampshadeHanging.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTwistedTalesOfFelixTheCat''.
* The Saturday morning cartoon of ''WesternAnimation/TheMask''. Ace Ventura even lampshades this in the crossover episode "The Aceman Cometh."
* Played with ''WesternAnimation/KappaMikey''. The title character himself has this, but the anime (Japanese) characters are more into this than himself.
* This subject is explored in the ''WesternAnimation/Ben102016'' episode, "Xingo." In it, Ben accidentally [[RefugeeFromTVLand brings the titular character into his reality]] when he goes Upgrade to fix the TV and lightning strikes the satellite dish. Xingo, despite no longer being in his own reality, still operates ''entirely'' on cartoon logic. He's [[NighInvulnerability nigh-invulnerable]], capable of seemingly unlimited [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifting]], can [[RealityWarper materialize any object out of thin air]], and is at the very least Type Two [[TheOmnipotent omnipotent]]. He's also completely incapable of distinguishing between what is harmless fun and actually ''harmful'' outside of his normal cartoon reality.
* In "Lucky Pajamas" on ''Literature/LlamaLlama'', when Mama Llama agrees to let Llama Llama wear his "lucky pajamas" for the whole day, he gives a leap in the air that is rather too high, too slow and too sustained to be realistic.
* The Series/CornerGas animated series tries to be as grounded as it was when it was originally a live action series. But one episode has Wanda build a caged fighting arena in little time, which surprised Lacey. Wanda explains that she feels like she's no longer bound by the limitations of real life.