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Electric Joybuzzer

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Even Liu Kang falls for it.

Antoine Rotelli: What if we say no?
The Joker: Well, Tony, nobody wants a war. If we can't do business, why, we'll just shake hands and that'll be it.

From clowns to big kids to kids with big brains, you can count on them pulling out one of these eventually. Usually made by Acme Products or a competitor, these seem to appear everywhere in media.

Note that until recently, a true electric joy buzzer was just a thing of fancy; the traditional joy buzzer is actually a vibrating device that you wind up. However, there is now a gag device that will deliver a small, harmless shock (albeit at nowhere near the power of the device used by various villains).



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Ranma ½: Ranma uses a magical one on Mousse in the manga.

    Comic Books 

    Fan Works 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Featured prominently in Who Framed Roger Rabbit: "The hand buzzer. Still our biggest seller." Marvin Acme's joy buzzer was designed to look like a fancy jeweled ring befitting a millionaire businessman/prankster.

  • In Sourcery a former Seriph of Klatch with an odd sense of humour has created a Death Course based on lame practical jokes. One of the traps is an unrealistic hand that pops out of the wall and waggles invitingly. Following the obvious wires from the back of it reveals a ceramic jar filled with acid to make a crude battery.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Supernatural a confused kid with Reality Warping powers turned a normal joybuzzer into this. It not only electrocuted a man, it was later used to cook a ham. "That'll do, pig," indeed.
  • On The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon rigs one up to use on Howard, powerful enough to nearly knock himself out when he tested it. When he uses it on Howard, however, he appears to collapse from a heart attack and is forced to administer a syringe of adrenaline straight to the heart, Pulp Fiction style. Of course, Howard was faking it and it was all an elaborate counter-prank. Sheldon facepalms himself... and knocks himself out with his own buzzer.

    Puppet Shows 
  • In one Sesame Street Muppet sketch, the prankster Harvey Kneeslapper intends to use one of these for a gag involving the number 5.

    Video Games 
  • No More Heroes:
    • Destroyman uses this during the pre-battle on Travis. He seriously thought he was going to die laughing from how Travis fell into it.
    • He tries the same trick in the sequel against Shinobu, but she senses something's wrong and cuts his hand off mid-shake.
  • This is one of the pranks Sims can pull on each other in The Sims 2. It makes the camera shake if it happens on-screen.
  • You can get one in Kingdom of Loathing from the skill Summon Hilarious Objects. When equipped, it provides a skill that deals damage if your foe falls for it. they never fall for it.

    Web Animation 
  • In Arfenhouse: Teh Movie, Piakchu uses one of these on Joe. The buzzer then flies off shouting "SO LONGG, SUCKKKREZA!" Yeah, it's a weird movie.
  • Death Battle: In "The Joker vs. Sweet Tooth", The Joker uses his lethal joybuzzer to shock Needles Kane in the fight but it's only a minor inconvenience since Needles has survived the electric chair before.

    Web Comics 

    Western Animation 
  • Daffy Duck — specifically, "Daffy Dilly" and The Stupor Salesman.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
    • One of the pranks pulled by Pinkie Pie in the episode "Griffon the Brush-Off".
    • In "The Last Laugh", One of the gag item produced by Cheese Sandwich's factory is an electric joybuzzer. Pinkie uses it on Sans Smirk among her attempts to make Cheese Sandwich laugh, to no avail.
  • The Mickey Mouse short "Mickey's Rival" has a variation. After Mortimer plucks the buttons off Mickey's shorts, Mickey tries to do the same. He gets shocked, as Mortimer's buttons are connected to batteries hidden in his pockets.
  • In Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, Monkey tries to get Tigress with a "joy luck buzzer". Tigress doesn't fall for it, and doubts anyone is stupid enough to do so. But Po does. Repeatedly.
  • Krusty does this in The Simpsons episode Homie the Clown when handing diplomas and shaking hands to the clown college graduates. Homer avoids this and runs off, but Krusty tackles and buzzes him several times.
  • In SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick is a victim of this when he and Spongebob enter a prank store, and the buzzer looked like it really shocked Patrick.
  • The Flintstone Kids had a prehistoric version of this. One episode has Barney's bratty younger brother Dusty "shock" Freddy with a primitive joybuzzer (a bee tied to his hand).
  • In the Darkwing Duck episode "The Haunting of Mr. Banana Brain" Darkwing gets sneaked up on from behind and buzzed on the keister with an electric joy buzzer twice. First by Goselyn, later by a possessed Mr. Banana Brain.
  • Becomes a Chekhov's Gun in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker when the Joker's buzzer is thrown loose in his struggle with Batman, only for Batman to get his hands on it and use it to immobilize the Joker as he was being strangled. Earlier it also dropped into the circuits of the Joker's Kill Sat control circuits, fusing them out.
  • On The Ren & Stimpy Show episode "Circus Midgets", Stimpy falls victim to one. It leaves his nose glowing like a light bulb.

  • Danger Mouse: One of the multitude of practical jokes DM and Penfold have to endure while attempting to get direction from The Prankster Funny Bone in "The Invasion of Colonel K".
  • The Loud House: When Lincoln first meets Giggles at the Sadie Hawkins Dance.

    Real Life 
  • Truth in Television: You asked for it?.. There, first item (#13). If you'll look at others, you may need Brain Bleach, though. (NSFW)
  • Here's one from the 1930 DeMoulin Bros. & Co. Fraternal Supply Catalog— one of many shock-inducing items available for those initiation ceremonies.
  • There is also a working pen, which causes an electric shock when you push the button on top of the pen. The harder the push, the more shock. (Something similar is featured during the end credits once on World's Dumbest.... The commentators are not amused.)
  • A similar gag item is a toy pistol that contains a laser pointer, but pulling the trigger shocks you, because the laser is actually turned on by pressing the pistol's hammer. That way, when somebody sees you playing with it and asks to borrow it, they will shock themselves when you give it to them.


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