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A villain is launched high into the air and falls into a jail cell in a prison

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KZN02 on Aug 8th 2017 at 7:12:22 PM
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KZN02 on Aug 18th 2017 at 7:50:31 AM
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In cartoons, the hero finishes off the villain with a powerful blow that send the latter flying in the air and crashing through the ceiling of a prison and conveniently in a jail cell. How precise or lucky the hero was in doing this, how the villain doesn't suffer any injuries in the process, or if the hole in the roof is going to be addressed are usually not addressed.

Alternatively, a hero with flight will carry and drop the villain into the jail.

Compare Disney Villain Death.


Examples:

Film
  • Subverted in Hoodwinked when Boingo and his henchmen slide inside a police truck, taking them to jail for their crimes.

Video Games

  • In the true ending of SPY Fox in: Dry Cereal, Spy Fox reprograms William the Kid's robot pilot to send his blimp to Spy Corps. Jail and sets of William's pilot ejector seat. Spy Fox escapes safely on the blimp's only parachute, while William falls and lands in a cell at Spy Corps Jail.
  • In Escaping the Complex, one of the choices when Henry is cornered by the Warden and his guards in a falling truck is the Warp Star and it takes him back to the jail in Escaping the Prison.
    "This place seems familiar."

Western Animation

  • One of the bridging sequences from Total Television's The Underdog Show shows, The Villain Riff Raff shake down a citizen for money. Literally, Riff holds the man by his ankles and shakes out money. The Hero Underdog arrives on scene to deliver a flying jab to Riff's midsection, which makes Riff drop his victim. Underdog then delivers a fearsome left hook that sends Riff through a brick wall and into the city jail. It even says "Jail" on the wall.
  • The 1930 Mickey Mouse cartoon The Chain Gang involves Mickey making an escape from prison. After attempting to make a getaway with a pair of cart horses, Mickey is thrown off a cliff and falls straight down into a prison cell.
  • In the 1935 Popeye short Choose Yer Weppins, a crook slips out of officer Wimpy's handcuffs while he's distracted and heads into Olive's pawn shop across the street. After Popeye deals with him with help from his spinach, he punches the crook out of the store and right back into the cuffs, with the bewildered Wimpy oblivious to everything that had just transpired.
  • The episode of Josie and the Pussycats titled "Never Mind A Mastermind" concludes with the Pussycats hoisting The Villain and his henchman aloft using an anti-gravity ray. They then stop the ray, dropping the evil duo through the roof of Amsterdam's police constabulary.
  • In Fairly OddParents, the episode "The Masked Magician" has the Crimson Chin throwing the Bronze Kneecap out of a diner and into jail.
  • OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes: Parodied; Mr Gar grabs a customer who was only reading magazines in his store for a long period of time and places him in a cannon, which launches him in the air. The next shot pans to a prison, but the customer flies over that and crashes into a library nearby.
  • In Spongebob Squarepants, the Tattletale Strangler falls into jail, relieved that he's away from that "yellow idiot." Then it later shows that Patrick is in the cell with him.
  • In Teen Titans Go!, a Running Gag is Raven using her magic to teleport villains to jail cell by creating portals underneath their feet. She has done so for Dr. Light and Mumbo Jumbo.

Feedback: 17 replies

Aug 9th 2017 at 8:00:27 AM

Western Animation

  • One of the bridging sequences from Total Television's The Underdog Show shows The Villain Riff Raff shake down a citizen for money. Literally, Riff holds the man by his ankles and shakes out money. The Hero Underdog arrives on scene to deliver a flying jab to Riff's midsection, which makes Riff drop his victim. Underdog then delivers a fearsome left hook that sends Riff through a brick wall and into the city jail. It even says "Jail" on the wall.

  • The episode of Josie And The Pussycats titled "Never Mind A Mastermind" concludes with the Pussycats hoisting The Villain and his henchman aloft using an anti-gravity ray. They then stop the ray, dropping the evil duo through the roof of Amsterdam's police constabulary.

Aug 9th 2017 at 2:03:36 PM

Can we include instances of the villain accidentally entering jail? If so, I have a couple of examples.

  • In the Looney Tunes short "The Hole Idea", a robber steals some Portable Holes and uses them to go on a robbing spree. When the cops are on his tail, he puts a hole on a wall and jumps in, not knowing that the wall is of the local prison. A cop tears off the wall, leaving the robber inside.
  • The Droopy Dog cartoon "Northwestern Hounded Police" ends with the Wolf running into a hotel room to escape from Sergeant McPoodle (Droopy), which was actually a cleverly disguised prison cell.

Aug 9th 2017 at 2:13:54 PM

Video Games

  • In the true ending of Spy Fox in: Dry Cereal, Spy Fox reprograms William the Kid's robot pilot to send his blimp to Spy Corps. Jail and sets of William's pilot ejector seat. Spy Fox escapes safely on the blimp's only parachute, while William falls and lands in a cell at Spy Corps. Jail.

Aug 9th 2017 at 5:27:15 PM

Western Animation

  • In Fairly Odd Parents, the episode "The Masked Magician" has the Crimson Chin throwing the Bronze Kneecap out of a diner and into jail.

Aug 9th 2017 at 7:40:12 PM

@Tony G Never thought of that, but I'm inclined to think it's a different YKTTW.

Aug 9th 2017 at 9:04:04 PM

  • The 1930 Mickey Mouse cartoon The Chain Gang involves Mickey making an escape from prison. After attempting to make a getaway with a pair of cart horses, Mickey is thrown off a cliff and falls straight down into a prison cell.
  • The 1935 Popeye short, a crook slips out of officer Wimpy's handcuffs while he's distracted and heads into Olive's pawn shop across the street. After Popeye deals with him with help from his spinach, he punches the crook out of the store and right back into the cuffs, with the bewildered Wimpy oblivious to everything that had just transpired.

Aug 10th 2017 at 9:27:43 AM

Is there any general falling through a roof trope we can link this to?

Aug 10th 2017 at 1:37:50 PM

In Escaping the Complex, one of the choices when Henry is cornered by the Warden and his guards in a falling truck is the Warp Star and it takes him back to the jail in Escaping the Prison.

"This place seems familiar."

Aug 10th 2017 at 5:14:00 PM

@ Malady The closest trope I could find is Dynamic Entry, but nothing specific to a roof.

Aug 14th 2017 at 10:32:34 AM

In Spongebob Squarepants, the Tattletale Strangler falls into jail, relieved that he's away from that "yellow idiot." Then it later shows that Patrick is in the cell with him.

Aug 16th 2017 at 1:09:27 AM

  • In Teen Titans Go, a Running Gag is Raven using her magic to teleport a villain to jail cell. She has done so for Dr. Light and Mumbo Jumbo.

Aug 16th 2017 at 5:42:06 AM

@ I don't think I had teleportation in mind for this trope. A general "Hero takes Villain to Jail" seems too People Sit On Chairs.

Aug 16th 2017 at 6:44:07 AM

Well she basically opens up a portal underneath them, they fall through and into the jail cell.

Aug 16th 2017 at 12:17:20 PM

  • Subverted in Hoodwinked when Boingo and his henchmen slide inside a police truck, taking them to jail for their crimes.

Aug 17th 2017 at 4:06:27 PM

Looking good, anyone have an alternative names for the trope before I launch?

Aug 18th 2017 at 7:50:31 AM

I think the name is fine the way it is.

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