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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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    Advertising 
  • A commercial for Foster's Lager, part of the "How to Speak Australian" series, has a man unceremoniously thrown out of a pub. Standing outside the door was the thrower—a girl. Translation: "No."

    Anime & Manga 
  • Keiichi Morisato 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.
  • Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi: "Superstar Kaz" has the girls' manager Kaz entering an American Idol-type show. He's so bad that all three judges unceremoniously boot him out of the studio. (The story goes on to pastiche William Hung's performance as Kaz becomes a star because of his terrible singing voice.)

    Fan Works 
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    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.
  • In Robots, Rodney Copperbottom presents his Wonderbot invention to Phineas T. Ratchet during a meeting in the Bigweld Industries boardroom. Unfortunately for Rodney, Ratchet kicks Wonderbot out of the window and has a magnet truck escort Rodney back to the main gate.

    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.
  • In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Eddie Valiant attempts to eavesdrop on Jessica Rabbit's dressing room. Unfortunately for him, Bongo kicks him 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 Lord of the Rings: 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 Schumaker takes Stanley Ipkiss to the Coco Bongo. 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.

    Literature 
  • 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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    Video Games 
  • Happens in Quest for Glory I if you drink too much at the tavern (or if you drink just one Troll's Sweat). You pass out, get booted outside, spend the night passed out in the street, and wake up with no money.
  • At the end of Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, Dilan throws Lea and Isa out of the castle in Radiant Garden for trespassing.
    • Kingdom Hearts III brings this Up to Eleven. Sulley throws Vanitas into Arendelle through one of the closet doors, then proceeds to toss the door through another door, and then that door through another, repeating several times before shredding the last door.
  • In Cuphead, after the Devil suggests to spare Cuphead and Mugman for losing their souls in a game of craps on condition that they will recollect the soul contracts of his every other debtor, he kicks them out of his casino, threatening to collect their souls if they won't succeed in time.

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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.
    • Tom does it to Jerry (called El Magnifico here) in "Mucho Mouse," but Jerry simply returns unfazed each time.
  • 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 lift...so 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.
  • Eustace in Courage the Cowardly Dog would occasionally do this to Courage whenever the latter would do something to upset him (or as Eustace thinks).
    • In "Dr. Le Quack: Amnesia Specialist", when Muriel loses her memory, Eustace takes advantage of this by having Muriel do whatever he wants her to do and tosses Courage out of the house.
    • In "The Precious, Wonderful, Adorable, Lovable Duckling", Courage tries to stop the titular troublemaker from trying to destroy Muriel and Eustace, who saw this, throws Courage out of the house.
    • In "Revenge of the Chicken From Outer Space", Courage screams his head off after a terrible nightmare, which wakes Eustace and Muriel and prompts the former to kick Courage out of the bedroom.
    • In "Nowhere TV", Courage comes across a piece of the antenna that Le Quack cut off the roof and shows his owners the damage. Eustace thinks Courage was the one who broke it and throws him out of the house.
    • In "Record Deal", Courage stops the music Eustace was playing after witnessing Velvet Vick emerging out of the record player, which only gets him kicked out of the house.
    • Ironically, Eustace himself is on the receiving end of this in "The Curse of Shirley" when he is booted out of the movie theater by a manager for disturbing the guests watching a film.
  • 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).

 
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