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  • Hanna-Barbera loves this trope to pieces.
  • Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog: In "Hedgehog of the Hound Table", the second part of the "Quest for the Chaos Emeralds" saga, Merlynx turns Sonic's Atomic Relativity Boots to stone, rendering Sonic unable to run fast. While wearing the Stone Boots, Sonic first accidentally steps on Tails' foot, then when the two escape from King Arfur's dungeon to find Merlynx and get him to reverse the spell, Sonic purposely steps on Scratch's foot when Scratch and Grounder try to bring him and Tails back to the dungeon.
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  • Aladdin: The Series: In "Shadow of a Doubt", Genie attempts to destroy Mirage's black obelisk, each time to no avail. At one point, he tries do a karate kick on it, which causes his foot (and the rest of him) to disintegrate.
  • At the beginning of "Working on the Railroad", musical segment of The Alvin Show, Simon (of all people) does this to Dave with a sledgehammer.
  • Animaniacs has a shoe related version of this, as the Warners show up in the 1970s at a disco contest.
  • Taken to an extreme on Archer; while fleeing the KGB in Russia, Archer loses his shoes and has to go barefoot, and ends up stepping in broken glass. Then he gets new shoes, loses them again, and steps in more broken glass. He spends the whole chase screaming in pain with every step.
  • On Arthur, in The Teaser of "Prunella Gets it Twice", Arthur and Buster carry a giant crate to Prunella, when Arthur sets the crate down, and accidentally on Buster's foot, breaking his big toe
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  • This happens to Kumi in "Tomorrow Never Knows" from Beat Bugs when she tries to kick the rainbow brooch as a means of moving it. It happens again in "Hello Goodbye" when she kicks a phone, frustrating at not being able to figure out what it does. It happens to start ringing at that moment, leading her to think at first that it's a kickstarted music machine, at least until she starts hearing a voice on it. Later, when she brings the other bugs to see it, she kicks it again, this time with no results except hurting her foot.
  • The Beatles:
    • The episode "Help!" has Paul getting a hotfoot thanks to a misplaced blowtorch.
    • In a series of bumpers, the boys are lost in a desert. The hot sand is scorching George's feet, as it is Ringo's. It causes Ringo to hop around madly, and it turns out that he had done a rain dance to make it rain.
  • Beetlejuice:
    • Beetlejuice has his feet go on strike in the aptly named episode "Sore Feet".
    • Lydia's foot is injured at the start of "Generally Hysterical Hospital". It isn't until the end when it is finally in a cast.
  • Ben 10
    • Ben Tennyson's first transformation into a fire-based alien results in a wildfire. During the chaos of trying to tame the inferno, his cousin, Gwen, not recognizing him and spraying him with a fire extinguisher, then slams the fire extinguisher in Ben's face out of fright when she realized the "fire" she sprayed coughed out the foam. The best response Ben can come up with after years of verbal abuse from his cousin is to set her shoe on fire.
    • Happens again to Gwen when a transformed Ben runs into her leg while attempting to flee from the Forever Knights.
    • In one episode Ben breaks his pinky toe by stubbing it on his bedpost. The broken toe stops him from being able to transform properly through out the episode, and causes Ben mass discomfort
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog:
    • In the episode, "The Mask," Courage locks Muriel and Eustace in their bedroom while he tries to reunite Kitty and Bunny, but when they are unable to open the door, Eustace attempts to kick it down, but hurts his foot in doing so.
    • In, "Robot Randy," while Courage, Muriel, and Eustace are subjected to picking rocks, a dazed and exhausted Courage accidentally jabs Eustace's foot with his pick, causing it to swell greatly.
    • In, "Courage vs. Mecha-Courage", Eustace is missing one of his boots - for which he blames Courage - then ends up stubbing his toe on a chair - for which he again blames Courage.
  • Darkwing Duck runs on Amusing Injuries, but one particular mention goes out to Gizmo Duck landing from the top of a hospital straight onto Megavolt's foot. It crushed the sidewalk.
  • Deputy Dawg offered his boss, the Sheriff, what he thought was a watermelon. Actually, it was a painted river rock. DD lifted it, found it remarkably heavy, and then dropped it on the Sheriff's feet! The reaction was one of the greatest of this trope...the Sheriff's mouth stretched to the size of his body and a loud howl was heard throughout the land!
  • This happens to Sidney the Karate Kangaroo in "Black Belt Kangaroos" from Doc McStuffins after he kicks a LEGO-like wall trying a karate move that he wasn't ready for.
  • The Donald Duck short "Up a Tree" does it after one of Chip n Dale's tricks of making Donald fall off the tree he's attempting to saw in half. Not only does Donald land right on his feet (causing him considerable pain), but he then kicks the trunk of the tree in anger, which only intensifies the pain.
  • Doug
    • In "Doug Pumps Up", Doug goes to the gym to work out for the imminent fitness program and attempts to lift a barbell. But it's so heavy that he falls over and crushes his foot with the barbell.
    • In "Doug Clobbers Patti", when Doug is about to bowl by the end of the episode, he drops a bowling ball on his foot.
  • Duckman, in the episode "Days of Whining and Neurosis": when he finds that Fluffy and Uranus switched his lemonade with ground chalk because they thought it was healthier, he responds by stomping on Fluffy's foot and shoving Uranus down her/their throat before setting them both on fire with a blowtorch and kicking them.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • In the episode with the Evil Tim curse, Edd gets saddled with lugging around a sizable rock and place it on the "X". However, all Edd sees are Q's laid on the ground by Ed. He gawks in shock when Ed randomly eats a doggy treat and asks "What's with the rock, Double D?", and the rock he carried for much of the episode ends up slamming into his foot.
    • Happened in the episode "If It Smells Like an Ed". Ed is carrying a block from a sidewalk, and when he stops to get a handkerchief out of his pocket for Jimmy he drops it on his feet. He's motionless for about five seconds, but right before the show cuts to a commercial, it shows him walking on his hands with his feet bandaged.
    • In the episode where the Eds lead the other kids to believe there are "Mucky Boys" on the loose in the cul-de-sac, Eddy gets the idea to have them follow Mucky footprints, by smashing Ed's feet with a mallet, causing them to swell to roughly the size of a car.
    • In "A Fistful of Ed", Edd accidentally drops a book he was holding on Lee Kanker's foot, unwillingly making him the toughest kid in school. Nazz even states that Lee's foot was swollen so badly it took the entire refrigerator to heal it.
  • This happens to Ella from Ella the Elephant in "Tiki's Moving Day" when she stubs her foot on a desk after overhearing about Tiki moving.
  • Family Guy
    • Parodied with an Overly Long Gag involving Peter injuring his calf and then hissing in pain multiple times.
    • This has also happened to Lois at least once.
    • It even happens to an AT-AT walker, during the battle of Hoth, in the Family Guy version of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends:
    • This was a Running Gag in the episode "Store Wars". Bloo kicks several people in the shin before running away and calling them a "rip-off artist." He later suffers this fate from Coco at the end of the episode.
    • Towards the end of the episode "Imposter's Home for Um... Make 'Em Up Pals" Frankie becomes furious with Goofball and chases him around the house. When she grabs his arm, Goofball stomps on Frankie's foot to make his escape.
  • Garfield and Friends: In "Robodie", Garfield injures his foot trying to kick the robotic Odie clone off the table.
  • In Garfield's Halloween Adventure, Garfield and Odie come across an Old, Dark House after getting lost. Garfield decides to kick down the front door so Odie can scope the place out. The door doesn't budge, and Garfield ends up with an injured foot.
  • In Hey Arnold!, while there are tensions between Arnold's family and neighbors.
    Ernie: Gramps stepped on my toe!
    Grandpa Phil: I did not! This is stepping on your toe! (STOMP)
    Ernie: OW!
  • In one Season 4 episode of Jackie Chan Adventures, Hak Foo tries to use a jumping attack on Jackie, whose head is fortunately protected by a cow skull with very sharp horns. The result? "CRYING PUPPY FEET! CRYING PUPPY FEET!"
  • Justice League / Justice League Unlimited:
    • In one battle Darkseid gains the upper hand and begins to stomp Superman's head into the ground. To counter this, Supes uses his eyebeams, through Darkseid's foot.
    • Mordred turns into a giant and tries to stomp on the heroes. Superman fires heat vision through his foot. Mordred presumably heals it with magic.
    • When three of the heroes find themselves stranded in The Wild West, they switch to less conspicuous local outfits taken from some mooks who'd tried to rob them:
      Wonder Woman: These shoes are killing me.
      Batman: You fight crime wearing high heels.
      Wonder Woman: High heels that fit!
    • Not even superheroines are safe from kids, as Stargirl found out when in Japan and attending a Supergirl convention. After she complains about the attention Kara is getting, a chubby little Fangirl goes over and kicks her in she shins for insulting the better-known heroine.
  • Kaeloo: In Episode 101, Kaeloo distracts Stumpy when he's trying to lift weights, and he accidentally drops the weight on his foot.
    • In the episode "Let's Play Danger Island Survivor", Stumpy's feet catch on fire.
  • It's probably easier to name a Looney Tunes that doesn't use this trope. Among those that do:
    • In A Feather in His Hare, an Indian reaches into Bugs Bunny's hole and Bugs hands him a mouse trap, causing it to snap on his finger and inducing great pain; as he's running by trying to shake it off, Bugs places two more mousetraps, causing him to step on one, then the other, and to scream even louder.
    • The gremlin in Falling Hare twice smashes Bugs Bunny's foot.
  • The Loud House: In "A Fridge Too Far", Luan attempts to steal some of the mac 'n' cheese bites Lincoln had saved, only to find he'd booby-trapped them, causing a watermelon to fall on her foot and break it. She is next seen with her foot in a cast, only for Lisa to accidentally run over the foot with her mobile whiteboard.
  • In the beginning of the Madballs episode "Escape from Orb", Screamin' Meemie and Freakella are carrying a block to be used in building a monument of Commander Wolfbreath, and Freakella accidentally drops the block on Screamin' Meemie's foot.
  • Maggie and the Ferocious Beast: In the episode Hamilton the Ham, Hamilton while trying to dance, accidentally steps on poor Maggie's foot. Maggie starts hopping up and down in pain but then they continue dancing. Hamilton however not being the best dancer messes up again and steps on Maggie's other foot. Maggie screams and then hops up and down again holding her foot in pain.
  • An episode of The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack was focused on this where Flapjack and Knuckles fall asleep in a barrel only to wake up with their feet horribly burned by the sun.
  • Near the end of the M.A.S.K. episode "Disappearing Act", Miles Mayhem and Vanessa Warfield get zapped in the feet by shrunken M.A.S.K. operatives.
  • Mike, Lu & Og:
    • In the pilot "Crash Lancelot", Mike and Og try to carry a large, heavy log to use for the body of their homemade car; Mike drops her end on her foot.
    • In "Roller Madness", Lancelot's bout with a pair of roller-skates ends with him flying through the air and falling straight down onto Lu's foot, creating a small crater in the process. The next scene shows her toe wrapped in bandages.
  • Mr. Bogus:
    • This also happens to Bogus in the first act of the episode "Et Tu, Brattus?" after kicking the inside of the box trap that he was confined in.
    • Happens twice to Bogus in the episode "Good Sport Bogus"; the first time in the second act, when Bogus ends up hurting his foot after attempting to kick a metal shotput, and the second time in the third act when Bogus winds up with his feet on fire after running really fast, before he blows out the flames.
    • Ratty also falls victim to this in the third act of the episode "Bad Luck Bogus", after a mallet that got thrown up into the air by Bogus earlier falls back down and lands on Ratty's foot, causing Ratty to jump up into the air in pain before coming back down while holding his foot in pain.
    • This was inverted in the second act of the episode "Bogus To The Rescue", as while Bogus does get his foot smashed by a mallet, there isn't any hopping around on one foot in pain as he just jumps up into the air in response.
  • My Little Pony 'n Friends: In "Woe is Me", Woebegone's foot is injured when the giant alligatorsaur steps on it, and it remains hurt and bandaged for the rest of the episode.
  • Peanuts:
    • In one of the TV specials, Snoopy taps a baseball bat on his foot, and as he's not wearing cleats, it hurts him quite a bit.
    • In another, he and Woodstock are acting as officials at a football game. Woodstock is handling the down counter that marks the line of scrimmage: basically, it's a pole with a sign that can be changed from 1 to 4. Guess where it goes.
    • In yet another, Snoopy shows off by tossing a shot put. Guess where that lands...
  • On Peter Rabbit, this happens to Mr. Tod at the end of "The Tale of Mr. Tod's Trap" after he kicks a tree out of frustration from having been once again out-witted by Peter and the others.
  • In the episode "What's The Big Idea" of The Powerpuff Girls, the title heroines are turned into giants by Mojo Jojo. While trying to catch him, Buttercup steps on a power line, reacting predictably.
  • In the Ready Jet Go! episode "Astronaut Ellen Ochoa", Dr. Bergs hurts his foot after Beep the rover runs it over.
  • Robot Chicken's Built with LEGO parody of Children of Men subjects Theo to the second-most obnoxious consequence of stepping on LEGO pieces barefoot, when the bricks stick to his soles. The further he trudges, the more bricks stick to his feet, eventually tripping him.
  • Rubbadubbers: Tubb hurts his toe by stubbing it with a hammer in "The House That Tubb Built".
  • In an episode of Rugrats, while at the park, Chuckie steals Angelica's shoes. Angelica angrily tries to chase him, but steps on some thorny weeds and hurts her feet. She then puts on Chuckie's shoes and continues the chase.
  • In the Samurai Jack episode Jack's Sandals (XXVI), Jack's first attempt at fighting the Biker Robots after they crush his geta involve him stubbing his toes on their bodies when trying to kick them, burning his feet from landing on a nearby furnace, and finding himself unable to fight after stepping on glass shards from a window broken earlier that episode.
  • Scooby-Doo
    • Fred tries skiing on a mysterious mountain side, but just manages to break his foot, and ends up in a cast for the episode
  • The Simpsons:
    • This becomes a major plot point in "Krusty Gets Busted", in which footage is shown of "Krusty" robbing the Kwik-E-Mart and howling in pain when Homer steps on the end of his foot. Krusty may wear big, floppy shoes, but his feet aren't actually big enough to fill them; Sideshow Bob's, however, do.
    • In "Bart the Lover", Homer, while trying to control his temper while building a doghouse, steps on a nail that goes right through his foot.
      Homer: Fiddle-dee-dee. That will require a tetanus shot.
    • Bart breaks his pinky toe twice, once after being hit by a car, and once kicking a sofa stand
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • The infamous scene in "House Fancy" where SpongeBob crushes Squidward's foot with a table and rips off his toenail, which he had grew just for that scene.
    • In "Pineapple Fever", when SpongeBob is boarding up his house to prepare for a storm he steps on a nail.
    • In "SpongeBob LongPants", when Squidward is ordered to work the grill he accidentally drops a burnt patty on his foot.
    • In "Squeaky Boots", Mr. Krabs breaks both his feet when he gets out of bed to close his window.
  • Star Wars Resistance: In "Station Theta-Black", BB-8 rolls over Kaz's foot while in a hurry to tell Kaz and Poe that the First Order has arrived.
  • Teen Titans:
    • Robin seeks training from "The True Master". He is ordered to change into martial arts gi and remove his shoes. He hurts his feet on the rocky ground and complains, "The next time some crazy old woman tells you to leave your shoes behind, bring them anyway."
    • In "Only Human" Starfire tries to escape a forcefield by kicking it, resulting in her only hurting her foot.
  • Total Drama:
    • This gag is used in the very first episode of Island, when Eva arrives on the island she drops her bag of dumbbells onto Cody's feet.
    • In a later episode, Owen gets his foot stabbed by the tines on a rake.
    • Set up but then surprisingly averted in the Action special. Non-Action Snarker Noah kicks a bulky television set, but instead of the expected result the television is flung off screen and Noah remains uninjured.
  • Wakfu:
    • A good one in season 1 episode 22: Sadlygrove is suffering from heat stroke in the desert, and is convinced the ruin he's stumbling toward is just another mirage. So he gives a good kick to its stone wall — barefoot. Cue the one-legged dance and a broken big toe.
    • Shortly happens to Yugo in season 2 episode 1, from a gerbil's bite.
    • In season 2 episode 5, Sadlygrove gets bitten in the leg by Evangelyne turned into a pig.
    • Ruel gets his foot stomped by his grandmother in season 2 episode 7.
  • Wander over Yonder: In "The Night", Wander goes off somewhere to eat his midnight snack without waking Sylvia. But first he takes off his shoes so their squeakiness won't wake her. But as he walks away, he steps on a sharp rock.
  • In Wat's Pig, the dark rider hits the king in the foot for seemingly no reason during their first meeting. A servant rubs it in concern while the king lets out a loud scream heard by his unknown brother in the countryside.
  • We Bare Bears: Charlie gets a broken foot as a result from falling off the roof in "Charlie's Big Foot".
  • W.I.T.C.H.: In "N is for Narcissist", a barefoot Cornelia gets her toes stepped on, causing her to hop around in pain.
  • Wunschpunsch: In one episode, Bubonic's feet suffered several Amusing Injuries before he and Tyrannia cast the Spell of the Week. Tyrannia planned to turn everyone into giants but Bubonic's whining about his feet during the spellcasting altered it so the victims only had their feet turned into giant sized ones.


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