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"I never want to see you again! You either!"
Homer Simpson after throwing Patty and Selma Bouvier out of his house, The Simpsons episode "Homer vs. Patty and Selma"

A sort of scene transition that usually involves a door. Usually done for laughs in animation, where the victim is lifted by the collar (and sometimes the back of his pants), taken outside and then dropped, thrown or kicked into the curb (for extra comedy, the victim can also skid along the ground or land in the garbage). Older works sometimes called this "getting the bum's rush". Can also be done for drama in live-action shows, where the victim is dragged outside by two or more people and thrown into the mud or the pouring rain, or just simply beaten up afterward. See Destination Defenestration for when a window is involved. May or may not involve Literal Ass-Kicking.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Keiichi and Belldandy get thrown out of the men's dormitory this way in Ah! My Goddess. Also happens when they are both looking for an apartment in the TV adaptation, complete with bouncing off the pavement.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, Yoki is shown getting this treatment twice during the flashback of his Humiliation Conga following his disgrace at the hands of the Elric brothers.
  • Combined with a Gilligan Cut, Mio gives Ritsu a Cranial Eruption before booting her off Yui's room in K-On!.
  • A young Chiaki gets thrown out of the music room this way in the Nodame Cantabile anime.

    Comic Books 
  • In Archie Comics, Mr. Lodge does this routinely to Archie and less often to Jughead.
  • Tintin
    • Pictured above as the page image, Thomson and Thompson both get kicked out of a mosque for not paying attention to the sign requiring visitors to remove their shoes.
    • In the Blue Lotus, Tintin subjects Mitsuhirato to this from his prison cell when the man tries to bribe him.

    Films — Animation 
  • Meet the Robinsons: Bowler Hat Guy is thrown out after a disastrous demonstration of the machine he stole from Louis and tried to pass for his own.
  • Done in Beauty and the Beast to Maurice, Belle's father, when he's trying to get the townsfolk to help rescue Belle from the Beast. Unfortunately they all think he's crazy, so after telling Maurice "We'll help you out," Gaston has his followers pick Maurice up and throw him outside.
  • Shrek:
    • Shrek does this to the Big Bad Wolf them he finds him in his bed.
    • He also does this to Donkey in Shrek the Halls.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • At the beginning of UHF, "Weird Al" Yankovic and Bob get thrown out of Burger World after Al insults the owner, "Big Edna". They go up... then down onto the street across from the parking lot.
  • Happens to Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) in the first Beverly Hills Cop movie—through a plate-glass window, to boot.
  • A rare comedic live-action example happens in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, when Sean Boswell is pushed out of a public bathhouse (half-naked, to boot) by a sumo wrestler.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: After trying to eavesdrop on Jessica Rabbit's dressing room, Eddie Valiant gets thrown out of the Ink and Paint Club into a pile of garbage. Eddie also tries to throw Roger out of his office later on.
  • After making a ruckus inside an ancient cave, Skids and Mudflap get beat up and thrown outside by Bumblebee in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
  • After King Théoden gets better, he gets Wormtongue thrown out of Rohan's palace (and down the stairs) in The Two Towers.
  • The Muppet Movie: As Kermit approaches the El Sleazo bar, a man gets thrown out the front door. When Kermit suggests he talk to the owner, he replies "I am the owner."
  • In Flying Down to Rio Fred attempts to talk to Belinha in a pastry shop, but her aunt starts screaming at him and he's picked up by the shop staff and thrown out.
  • In The Mask, Charlie takes Stanley to a nightclub. Unfortunately he goes in without making sure Stanley comes with him, and when Stanley tries to get past the bouncer, he picks him up, takes him to the curb and drops him on the pavement.
  • In A Night at the Opera, Otis B. Driftwood (Groucho Marx) has been fired from his post with an opera company. Upon leaving, he is denied access to the building elevator and protests that it's four flights down. The elevator operator "helps" him by kicking him in the butt, and he tumbles down the steps, out a door and into the street.

  • A Fantasy Attraction has a kobold being tossed out the window, and a hippogriff and a manticore being teleported away.
  • Tortall Universe: Not at all comedic in Terrier, the first Beka Cooper book. Lord Gershom bodily throws Hilyard out of a funeral for two Dogs killed on duty when Hilyard turns up out of uniform to rave about how horrible it is to be a Dog.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Realistically done in Community when Jeff drags Buddy kicking and screaming from the study room.
  • A Running Gag in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is Jazz getting thrown out of the Banks' house.
    • One episode had Jazz piss off Uncle Phil while they were already outside the house. So we get a cut of him being thrown into the house!
    • Another episode involves Will & company getting cursed after he insults a medium. After Jazz and Hilary are caught kissing, Uncle Phil grabs Jazz by the collar and brings him to the front door. Cut to the porch as we see Uncle Phil get sent flying out the door instead. It later turns out it was just a dream... Or Was It a Dream?
  • In an I Love Lucy episode, Mario, their gondolier from Venice, stops by to see them on his way to meet his brother and tries to get a job to work in an Italian restaurant in New York. He tells Lucy that he got fired, but Lucy says he must have misunderstood them. He tells her that, while his English "issa not so good, when two men take you under da arms, shuffle you to the door, and (bloop!)[imitates a kicking action], I issa fired!"
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus "Cycling Tour" sketch. When Mr. Pither bothers a man in a pub, the man throws him out the front door.
  • My Wife and Kids "Letting Go". Micheal Kyle threw his daughter's (Claire) boyfriend, Tony out the front door after catching him sneaking into the Kyles' house.
  • In Our Miss Brooks, Walter Denton complains about his dates with Harriet ending with Mr. Conklin kicking him down the porch steps.

    Music Videos 
  • At the end of the music video for "Weird Al" Yankovic's "I Lost on Jeopardy", Al is given the old heave-ho out of the studio where the game show Jeopardy! is being filmed. He lands in the back of Greg Kihn's convertible.

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    Western Animation 
  • During the ending credits of The Flintstones, when Fred takes the family's humongous cat out for the night. The cat then simply jumps into an open window and does the same thing to Fred, locking him out.
  • On The Smurfs TV series, Brainy gets tossed out of the village at least Once an Episode. This was done as a "safer" alternative to what happened in the original comics, where he was hit on the head with a mallet, although it would take more violence to toss him far enough to land on the outskirts of the village.
    • He still gets the boot in the film series, just not as often or as far.
  • Tom and Jerry:
    • At the end of Tom's Photo Finish, Jerry photographed Tom getting a foot planted to his backside!
    • This also happens to Tom in the earlier short The Lonesome Mouse.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In an episode where Marge is working at Moe's bar, she learns how to do this properly, and enthusiastically shows off the skill to Homer by throwing him out of a doorway in their house.
    • Also, when Moe was in the Beer-tender of the Year competition, one of the contests (which makes up 98% of the score, "making the previous rounds a complete waste") was the "Drunk Toss". Subverted in that Moe's drunk is Barney, who's too heavy for him to Moe charges him with a board with a nail through it, causing Barney to jump in terror.
    • In "Homer vs. Patty and Selma", Homer has to act as a lackey for Marge's sisters to keep them from telling her that he lost their money on a bad investment. When she finds out anyway, Homer decides he's no longer obligated to be nice to them. Cut to the front door; he throws out Patty, throws out Marge (then realizes what he did, runs out and brings her back in while apologizing profusely), and finally throws out Selma.
  • Numerous Looney Tunes examples. Here are some notable ones:
    • In one Bugs Bunny cartoon, Bugs and a dog take turns kicking each other out of a house. The lady of the house sees them fighting and orders them to stop, but they end up throwing her out into the cold instead.
    • "Kitty Cornered" is all about what happens when Porky takes the cats out for the night when they don't want to go. The cartoon begins with a montage of cats being taken out unceremoniously. At one fancy home, a red carpet is rolled out with a cushion at the end. The butler carries the cat out in a dignified manner... then punts him into the cushion.
    • In "Little Red Riding Rabbit", The Big Bad Wolf gives Red Riding Hood the bum's rush, while Bugs Bunny simultaneously gives him the bum's rush, throwing both out at once.
    • In "Designs for Leaving", Elmer orders a robot that kicks out pesky salesmen, like Daffy.
    • In Dog Gone South, Charlie Dog tries aggressively talking his way into being faithful dog to a southern colonel - then when the colonel's bulldog shows up, Charlie is offended and huffs "Well, suh, either he goes, or either I go!" And gets booted off the property, not for the last time.
    • This happens to Owl Jolson in "I Love to Singa" after his father catches him singing jazz behind his back.
  • Animaniacs:
    • A running gag involves the antagonist of the episode picking up the Warner siblings by the scruffs of their necks and get ready to throw them out. The scene would then cut some distance away, and the person getting ready to throw them would instead come hurling toward the screen.
    • Although on one occasion, the Warners LITERALLY got the boot when they became antagonistic during the International Friendship Song (as in, he kicked them like a football outside of the village).

Alternative Title(s): Ejection Cut


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