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While in a cartoon, always beware of falling anvils! These large solid metal objects weigh a ton, are invariably dropped from great height and are used to crush heads, though hands, feet and rib cages sometimes create soft landing spots. They may drop without warning, or they may be heralded by the ShadowOfImpendingDoom and the BombWhistle. The victim usually just has time to [[DeathByLookingUp look up]] and see the falling object before it lands on him. Thankfully for the victim, as a {{slapstick}} trope, [[HardHead this is rarely ever fatal]].

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While in a cartoon, always beware of falling anvils! When we said SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped, we didn't mean it ''literally!'' These large solid metal objects weigh a ton, are invariably dropped from great height and are used to crush heads, though hands, feet and rib cages sometimes create soft landing spots. They may drop without warning, or they may be heralded by the ShadowOfImpendingDoom and the BombWhistle. The victim usually just has time to [[DeathByLookingUp look up]] and see the falling object before it lands on him. Thankfully for the victim, as a {{slapstick}} trope, [[HardHead this is rarely ever fatal]].



Not to be confused with DroppedABridgeOnHim or {{Anvilicious}} (though it's up for debate with SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped). The {{anime}} equivalent is DropTheWashtub. If something more surreal than an anvil is used for the purpose, that's DropTheCow.

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Not to be confused with DroppedABridgeOnHim or {{Anvilicious}} (though it's up for debate with SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped).{{Anvilicious}}. The {{anime}} equivalent is DropTheWashtub. If something more surreal than an anvil is used for the purpose, that's DropTheCow.


Not to be confused with DroppedABridgeOnHim or {{Anvilicious}}. The {{anime}} equivalent is DropTheWashtub. If something more surreal than an anvil is used for the purpose, that's DropTheCow.

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Not to be confused with DroppedABridgeOnHim or {{Anvilicious}}.{{Anvilicious}} (though it's up for debate with SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped). The {{anime}} equivalent is DropTheWashtub. If something more surreal than an anvil is used for the purpose, that's DropTheCow.


* The aptly named homebrew [[http://www.giantitp.com/forums/printthread.php?t=122824 Falling Anvil]] homebrew discipline for ''TabletopGame/{{Dungeons and Dragons}}' (versions 3.X) includes this in varying degrees, starting with flowerpots, and ranging upwards through anvils, safes, and finally Viking longboats. Of course, it also includes a wide variety of other toon-like attacks and defenses.

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* The aptly named homebrew [[http://www.[[https://forums.giantitp.com/forums/printthread.php?t=122824 com/showthread.php?122824-(3-5)-Discipline-Falling-Anvil-v-2-(P-E-A-C-H-) Falling Anvil]] homebrew discipline for ''TabletopGame/{{Dungeons and Dragons}}' (versions 3.X) includes this in varying degrees, starting with flowerpots, and ranging upwards through anvils, safes, and finally Viking longboats. Of course, it also includes a wide variety of other toon-like attacks and defenses.


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* ''Series/TheWeather'': One skit has Robby standing under where a talking piano is going to fall...and it's invoked, as this is what Robby's character ''wants'' to have happen, and he and the piano get real excited over finally doing it correctly. Ultimately subverted, as the scene changes before the actual collision occurs.


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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverseTheMovie'': After getting [[IdentityAmnesia rejuvenated]], [[spoiler:Ruby]] is nearly shattered when a giant pizza cutter [[spoiler:an equally-rejuvenated [[AmnesiacVillainJoinsTheHeroes Spinel]]]] set loose cuts a rope holding up Bismuth's anvil from a crane. [[spoiler:This proves the catalyst for [[OfficialCouple her and Sapphire]], who ''also'' has amnesia, to re-fuse, as the latter pushes her out of the way.]]



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* The aptly named homebrew [[http://www.giantitp.com/forums/printthread.php?t=122824 Falling Anvil]] discipline for ''TabletopGame/{{Dungeons and Dragons}}' (versions 3.X) includes this in varying degrees, starting with flowerpots, and ranging upwards through anvils, safes, and finally Viking longboats. Of course, it also includes a wide variety of other toon-like attacks and defenses.

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* The aptly named homebrew [[http://www.giantitp.com/forums/printthread.php?t=122824 Falling Anvil]] homebrew discipline for ''TabletopGame/{{Dungeons and Dragons}}' (versions 3.X) includes this in varying degrees, starting with flowerpots, and ranging upwards through anvils, safes, and finally Viking longboats. Of course, it also includes a wide variety of other toon-like attacks and defenses.


* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':

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* In ''ComicBook/SoulsearchersAndCompany'' #3, Barak stops the bickering Dweeb and Sleepwanker by using the rules of the DreamLand to conjure up a pair of anvils that then fall on their heads.


* ''Film/NowYouSeeIt'': Played as an actual threat; Max tries to kill Danny by levitating a weight above his head for the crowd, then having it "suddenly" fall on him. He only avoids the attempt due to Allison's quick reaction time. In fact, this was how Max had killed his old mentor, Antonio [=DiMilo.=]

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* ''Film/NowYouSeeIt'': ''Film/NowYouSeeIt2005'': Played as an actual threat; Max tries to kill Danny by levitating a weight above his head for the crowd, then having it "suddenly" fall on him. He only avoids the attempt due to Allison's quick reaction time. In fact, this was how Max had killed his old mentor, Antonio [=DiMilo.=]


* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'': Interestingly, an anvil may be the only stereotypical cartoon flattening device that ''isn't'' dropped on someone during the film.

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* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'': ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'':
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Interestingly, an anvil may be the only stereotypical cartoon flattening device that ''isn't'' dropped on someone during the film.



* Occurs, out of nowhere, in ''Film/DragMeToHell''.
* Used, quite horribly, and even '''literally''', in ''Film/HotFuzz''. Ewww.

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%% * Occurs, out of nowhere, in ''Film/DragMeToHell''.
%% * Used, quite horribly, and even '''literally''', in ''Film/HotFuzz''. Ewww.



* ''Film/NowYouSeeIt'': Played as an actual threat; Max tries to kill Danny levitating a weight above his head for the crowd, then having it "suddenly" fall on him. He only avoids the attempt due to Allison's quick reaction time. In fact, this was how Max had killed his old mentor, Antonio [=DiMilo.=]

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* ''Film/NowYouSeeIt'': Played as an actual threat; Max tries to kill Danny by levitating a weight above his head for the crowd, then having it "suddenly" fall on him. He only avoids the attempt due to Allison's quick reaction time. In fact, this was how Max had killed his old mentor, Antonio [=DiMilo.=]



* Creator/TerryPratchett uses that frequently to deal with minor characters in his ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books. One petty thug dies when he's hit with an armadillo, another one - falling bed, and the alternate universe Carrot dies when he's hit with an aardvark. A [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] in bat form was stunned by a thrown (garlic) sausage and then eaten by a cat.
** Of course, the cat in question was ''Greebo'', whom Nanny Ogg still sees as a tiny, adorable kitten, and everyone else sees as death on four legs who will attempt to fight or rape anything up to and including a four-draft-horse logging wagon, the local equivalent of a Mack Truck.
*** Usually successfully.

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* Creator/TerryPratchett uses that frequently to deal with minor characters in his ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books.
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One petty thug dies when he's hit with an armadillo, another one - falling bed, and the alternate universe Carrot dies when he's hit with an aardvark. A [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] in bat form was stunned by a thrown (garlic) sausage and then eaten by a cat.
** Of course, the cat in question was ''Greebo'', whom Nanny Ogg still sees as a tiny, adorable kitten, and everyone else sees as death on four legs who will attempt to fight or rape anything up to and including a four-draft-horse logging wagon, the local equivalent of a Mack Truck.
*** Usually successfully.
cat.



* A SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}} in one ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Dresden Files]]'' book is when [[spoiler:Harry redirects a curse, causing a frozen turkey to fall out of a passing plane and impale a vampire. Quoth Harry: "For my next trick, anvils!"]]

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* A SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}} in one * ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Dresden Files]]'' Files]]'':
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book is when [[spoiler:Harry redirects a curse, causing a frozen turkey to fall out of a passing plane and impale a vampire. Quoth Harry: "For my next trick, anvils!"]]



* In the opera house scene in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', Ultros tries to kill Celes by dropping a [[FourIsDeath four-ton]] weight on her while she is on stage.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', the enemy skill [[MyNameIsQuestionMarks "????"]] takes the form of a falling weight.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasy'':
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In the opera house scene in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', Ultros tries to kill Celes by dropping a [[FourIsDeath four-ton]] weight on her while she is on stage.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'':
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enemy skill [[MyNameIsQuestionMarks "????"]] takes the form of a falling weight.



* ''{{VideoGame/Pokemon}}'' has Bounce, Body Slam, Sky Drop and Flying Press. For a more literal version: [[RocksFallEveryoneDies Flying Golurks]]
** To expand on the Golurk thing: If the fact that this hulking Pokémon could use Fly wasn't humorous enough as it was in the previous generation, this generation makes it even funnier. In X,Y, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, it's taken even further by its animation for the move. Where the anime explained it by giving him jets for arms and legs, the games make it look like it manages to hurl itself up there with no rhyme or reason. Then, in the next turn, it just comes plummeting down face first onto the opponent. It's like if, while it was in the air, it remembered it couldn't fly, fell out of the sky, and decided to make the most of it by [[GoombaStomp landing on the opposing Pokémon]]. It's just too hilarious not to think about it.

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* ''{{VideoGame/Pokemon}}'' has ''{{VideoGame/Pokemon}}'':
** The games have the moves
Bounce, Body Slam, Sky Drop and Flying Press. Press, all of which involve the enemy being squashed.
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For a more literal version: [[RocksFallEveryoneDies Flying Golurks]]
** To expand on the Golurk thing: If the fact that this hulking Pokémon could use Fly wasn't humorous enough as it was in the previous generation, this generation makes it even funnier.
Golurks]] In X,Y, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, it's taken even further by its Golurk gets an animation for the move.when he uses Fly. Where the anime explained it by giving him jets for arms and legs, the games make it look like it manages to hurl itself up there with no rhyme or reason. Then, in the next turn, it just comes plummeting down face first onto the opponent. It's like if, while it was in the air, it remembered it couldn't fly, fell out of the sky, and decided to make the most of it by [[GoombaStomp landing on the opposing Pokémon]]. It's just too hilarious not to think about it.The implications are...pretty hilarious.



* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' has craftable anvils that are mostly used to repair enchanted weapons and tools. As an homage to this trope, anvils can also be used in AwesomeButImpractical traps to crush enemies, dealing damage roughly proportional to the distance the anvil falls.
** They also sound like a ton of iron hitting the ground even if you're just dropping it down for the repair function.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' has craftable anvils that are mostly used to repair enchanted weapons and tools. As an homage to this trope, anvils can also be used in AwesomeButImpractical traps to crush enemies, dealing damage roughly proportional to the distance the anvil falls.
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falls. They also sound like a ton of iron hitting the ground even if you're just dropping it down for the repair function.



* This was basically required to beat Juggernaut in ''VideoGame/SpiderManAndTheXMenInArcadesRevenge''.

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%% * This was basically required to beat Juggernaut in ''VideoGame/SpiderManAndTheXMenInArcadesRevenge''.



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* Used brilliantly by Deux Ex Machina Man in this [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20071209 strip.]]
* [[http://www.bmoviecomic.com/?cid=368 This strip]] of ''Webcomic/TheBMovieComic'', and the associated [[TheRant rant]].
** And [[http://www.bmoviecomic.com/?cid=451 this strip]], which combines AnvilOnHead with {{Anvilicious}}.

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%% * Used brilliantly by Deux Ex Machina Man in this [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20071209 strip.]]
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[[http://www.bmoviecomic.com/?cid=368 This strip]] of ''Webcomic/TheBMovieComic'', strip]] and the associated [[TheRant rant]].
%% ** And [[http://www.bmoviecomic.com/?cid=451 this strip]], which combines AnvilOnHead with {{Anvilicious}}.



* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' parodied the song ''Raindrops Keep Fallin' on my Head'' replacing "Raindrops" with (what else?) anvils, and in another, they had a [[ThreeShorts mini-episode]] of anvils falling on Plucky Duck's head, scored to the ''[[Theatre/IlTrovatore Anvil Chorus]]''. In the sequence, Plucky demands to know [[WhoWritesThisCrap who wrote it]], and when the scene cuts to [[AuthorAppeal a giggling]] [[AnimateInanimateObject anvil]] doing it, Plucky yells, "Rewrite!". After it was over, the audience loved it and demanded more. Plucky, enjoying the spotlight, agrees to do more. Unfortunately for him, the next sequence consisted of Plucky being blasted repeatedly by cannons, scored to the ''[[Music/PyotrIlyichTchaikovsky 1812 Overture]]''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'':
** They
parodied the song ''Raindrops Keep Fallin' on my Head'' replacing "Raindrops" with (what else?) anvils, and in another, they had a [[ThreeShorts mini-episode]] of anvils falling on Plucky Duck's head, scored to the ''[[Theatre/IlTrovatore Anvil Chorus]]''. In the sequence, Plucky demands to know [[WhoWritesThisCrap who wrote it]], and when the scene cuts to [[AuthorAppeal a giggling]] [[AnimateInanimateObject anvil]] doing it, Plucky yells, "Rewrite!". After it was over, the audience loved it and demanded more. Plucky, enjoying the spotlight, agrees to do more. Unfortunately for him, the next sequence consisted of Plucky being blasted repeatedly by cannons, scored to the ''[[Music/PyotrIlyichTchaikovsky 1812 Overture]]''.



* Roy Rooster of ''ComicStrip/USAcres'' has safes (complete with [[IllogicalSafe safe illogic]]) and weights dropped on him in the almost-literally {{Anvilicious}} Buddy Bears ShowWithinAShow.

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* ''ComicStrip/USAcres'':
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Roy Rooster of ''ComicStrip/USAcres'' has safes (complete with [[IllogicalSafe safe illogic]]) and weights dropped on him in the almost-literally {{Anvilicious}} Buddy Bears ShowWithinAShow.



** ''Bonkers'' was a bit of an exception to that. So was ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', actually. And most recent things involving Donald Duck.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' has the following exchange during a ChaseScene with Megavolt:

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* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'':
** ''Bonkers'' was a bit of an exception to that. So was ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', actually. And most recent things involving Donald Duck.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''
One episode has the following exchange during a ChaseScene with Megavolt:



*** And, of course, the HumiliationConga at the end of that particular episode, which includes Negaduck getting propelled upward into several such objects, each heavier and more painful than the last. They are, in order: a [[PieInTheFace pie]], [[FlowerPotDrop a flowerpot with plant]], a small anvil, a safe, and a 100-pound weight.

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*** ** And, of course, the HumiliationConga at the end of that particular episode, which includes Negaduck getting propelled upward into several such objects, each heavier and more painful than the last. They are, in order: a [[PieInTheFace pie]], [[FlowerPotDrop a flowerpot with plant]], a small anvil, a safe, and a 100-pound weight.



* ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' - the falling cow OnceAnEpisode.

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* ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' - had the falling cow OnceAnEpisode.



* ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'' once parodied this mercilessly in "I Am Cliched".

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* In ''Film/EasyStreet'', The Bully isn't stopped till The Tramp drops a metal stove on top of him from a second storey window.

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* In ''Film/EasyStreet'', The Bully isn't stopped till The Tramp drops a metal stove on top of him from a second storey window.story window.
* ''Film/NowYouSeeIt'': Played as an actual threat; Max tries to kill Danny levitating a weight above his head for the crowd, then having it "suddenly" fall on him. He only avoids the attempt due to Allison's quick reaction time. In fact, this was how Max had killed his old mentor, Antonio [=DiMilo.=]

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* In episode 5 of ''Animation/PleasantGoatAndBigBigWolf'', Wolffy eavesdrops on Weslie mentioning the password to the Goat Village gate's lock to Sparky. It's actually the wrong password, causing him to get hit by a falling weight.
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* Shows up in ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002'', of all places. In the episode "The Deep End", a giant monster fish is on a rampage and is about to attack some civilians. Orko uses his magic to save them...by dropping an anvil on the monster's head. And while it does no lasting damage, it's enough to distract the monster.

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