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Hurt Foot Hop is a trope particular to Amusing Injuries.

A character is minding his own business and someone (or himself) drops something heavy on his foot, or he's angry about something and kicks the source of his frustration a little too hard. Or she's angered a cute kid and the kid kicks her (in the shins/stomps on her foot). Or there's a misstep, resulting in a stubbed toe... Or you stepped on Caltrops or something else sharp on the floor... you get the idea.

Whatever the situation, the result is the same. The character in question ends up hopping on one foot while clutching the other one, shouting in Angrish for a few seconds to indicate their pain.

The foot is considered one of the body's more vulnerable areas and foot injuries happen often enough in real life to be relateable in fiction, and while they can be extremely painful, they're hardly ever life threatening. Can occur before, while, after, directly as a cause for, or as a result of Losing a Shoe in the Struggle.

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Primarily an Animation Trope, but has been known to turn up in other places. A standard element of innumerable silent-era comedies, and classic sound-era comedies.

This is a specific Subtrope of Agony of the Feet. Agony of the Feet deals with foot injuries in general.

Compare Bullet Dancing.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Dragonball GT: In the World Martial Arts Tournament, one of Goku's opponents kicks him when he's distracted. However, the power gap between them is so great, the poor dude may have well kicked an iron safe - he's soon seen crying and clutching his foot in agony afterwards, and Goku wins by default.
  • In Chapter 37 of Gunsmith Cats, Bean Bandit's heavy, armored jacket falls on and breaks poor Misty's foot. Cue Symbol Swearing Angrish while hopping.
  • In episode 2 of the Little Lulu anime; Tubby, upset that Plan A in discouraging Lulu from her babysitting duties did not work, runs up to his room and kicks the dresser drawer in his room, a little bit too hard, which causes him to hop around in pain while holding one foot.
  • In one chapter of Squid Girl, the titular protagonist gets one of her sandals stolen by a stray dog. When she gets tired of hopping after it, she decides to try and run with both feet; bad idea when the summer heat makes the pavement scorching hot.
  • Michiko & Hatchin: In episode 7, Hatchin stamps on Michiko's foot, causing her to scream and hop in pain.

    Comic Books 
  • In Asterix, Vercingetorix surrendered to Julius Caesar not by dropping his weapons at Caesar's feet... but on his toes. And then Caesar "went away to other conquests"... by hopping on one foot.
  • In Avengers Academy, Hazmat once attempted to kick Rockslide in the groin. Rockslide is a mutant whose body built out of solid rock. Hazmat is a mere human girl in a suit. Hazmat ended up hopping up and down while clutching her foot in pain.
  • Gaston Lagaffe: Gaston Lagaffe once tries to crack an especially hard nut (a Running Gag) by stepping on it... while wearing his usual soft shoes. Cue the "OULALALALA!!", hopping, and Fantasio laughing.
  • In The Red Sea Sharks, Captain Haddock, after accidentally breaking and then failing to fix the steering wheel on the Ramona, fumes in Angrish and lets the "confounded rattletrap... tin-can contraption" have it with his right foot. The next panel has him clutching his foot while howling in pain.
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    Comic Strips 
  • Calvin and Hobbes has a strip where the title characters hear a crashing noise on Christmas Eve and assume it's Santa. They listen to see if they can hear what he's saying. Cut to the living room:
    Calvin's Dad: (stands on one leg, clutching his foot after dropping a heavy present on it) Slippin'-rippin'-dang-fang-rotten-zarg-barg-a-ding-dong!
    Calvin's Mom: Quiet dear! Calvin will hear you!
  • In this Luann strip, a bowling ball is dropped on Luann's foot and the jumping ensues.

    Fan Works 
  • Calvin and Hobbes: The Series:
    • Tracer jumps up and down when he hurts his foot after attempting to kick a door down.
    • Socrates hops in pain in "Surge" while tripping over stuff in the dark.
  • This parody of Steven Universe, posted around the final episodes of Season 5, has Pink Diamond stubbing her toes against a dresser and crying in pain while hopping. Said dresser ends up becoming sentient because of her magic tears.

    Films — Animation 
  • In 9, 2 kicks the Cat Beast's corpse in a sort of "Ha-ha, take that!"/celebratory manner, and then hops around holding his foot.
  • Big Hero 6: A piece of Hiro's fighting robot falls off and lands squarely on his foot, with the usual result of jumping in pain.
  • Poor Olivia from The Great Mouse Detective becomes the hostage of The Villain Ratigan. His bumbling accomplice, Fidget, tries to keep Olivia still, but she stomps on Fidget's foot, eliciting a yelp of pain and the requisite hopping. Bonus points to Fidget, as his other leg is a peg leg.
    Fidget: Ow! My foot! My only foot!
  • This happens to Chef Louis in The Little Mermaid, after a pan falls onto his foot while he is chasing after Sebastian. He briefly hops in pain, clutching his other foot in both hands.
  • On the DVD release of The Lorax, there's a special feature in which the viewer can watch the characters playing with objects from the Once-ler's cart. If you select the cart to get more items, the Lorax kicks it and then hops off the screen clutching his foot.
  • In Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket does the hurt foot hopping after he kicks a billiard ball.
  • Near the beginning of The Thief and the Cobbler, Zigzag hops in pain after stepping on one of Tack's tacks.
  • Winnie-the-Pooh: In My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Super Duper Super Sleuths, Tigger lifts a rock using super-strength that he's gained, but then drops it on his foot when the super-strength disappears. He manages to free his foot and then says that it's okay because it only hurts when he hops.... "Owie, owie, owie! Why am I hopping?"

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 21 Jump Street: On his way out of being dismissed from the principal's office, Jenko kicks a waste bucket. Schmidt, viewing all this and tries the same only to end up failing to kick the "right place", hopping and howling in pain.
  • Blazing Saddles: Hedley shoots Taggart in the foot for using a stupid cliche. Taggart grabs his foot and starts hopping.
  • In the George of the Jungle movie, Ursula kicks Lyle in the shins to escape and he hops around for a bit before grabbing her again.
  • This gag is used in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Russell and Hawthorne fight each other after crashing the car that they were riding together in, but when Russell attempts to kick Hawthorne after knocking him to the ground, he hits his foot against a rock, causing him to hop in pain while holding his foot.
  • In Spaceballs, Barf gets his foot crushed under a massive statue. When he removes his foot, not only does he hop about in pain, but his foot is comically flattened.
  • While trying to get breakfast going over the morning campfire, Dr. Steyn of The Gods Must Be Crazy steps on a hot coal with bare feet and twirls in place hopping and clutching his foot. A confused Kate returns and asks what the hell he's doing:
    Steyn: ...I'm making coffee.
  • In Innerspace, Tuck shuts a cab door with his foot. The pain makes him jump around while clutching his foot.

    Literature 
  • In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, after he tries to enter the Headmaster's office without knowing the password, Harry kicks a wall out of frustration and hops on his other foot in pain.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Horatio Hornblower, "Mutiny": Rowdy seaman Randall blocks Matthews and Styles who run to rescue the arrested lieutenants from a drowning pit amidst a battle when the Renown is aground and under gunfire from the Spanish. Styles loses his patience and shoots Randall in his foot. Randall promptly hops aside in pain and makes way.
  • In The IT Crowd, Jen forces on shoes that are several sizes too small for her, despite a shoe store employee's warnings that this would cripple her. To compound this issue, a Japanese businessman accidentally jumps on her foot, causing her to clutch her foot and hop, and many swearing gags.
  • In an episode of Sledge Hammer!, the title detective drops a bowling ball on his partner's foot, causing her to clutch it and hop around.
  • Starsky & Hutch:
    • Starsky does this in "Foxy Lady" after kicking a trash can.
    • In "Starsky vs. Hutch," a girl Starsky is dancing with hops up and down after he accidentally steps on her foot.

    Music 
  • Duran Duran: In the music video for "Rio", a crab claws Roger Taylor's foot, causing him to hop in pain, and embarrass himself in front of the titular woman.
  • Train's music video for "50 Ways to Say Goodbye" sees this happen to Taryn Manning. After stepping on a pin, she clutches her foot and hops in pain, causing her to trip and falls down some stairs.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • At Payback 2015, Rusev tried to stomp on John Cena, but Cena rolled out of the way and Rusev's foot hit the steel steps, making him stagger and clutch it.

    Theater 
  • A gag in the stage version of Animal Crackers (not included in the movie version) involves this during the scene where Chico and Harpo plan to steal the painting, and Harpo has the fold-up latter set upside-down.
    Chico: You gotta put in on da feet first.
    [Harpo slams the ladder down on Chico's foot]
    Chico: AAUGH! Not my feet!
    [Harpo slams the ladder down on his own foot and hops in pain]
    Chico: Not your feet, the ladder's feet.

    Video Games 
  • In the Genesis version of the Aladdin video game, guards running across hot coals will grab their feet and hop in pain, leaving them open to attack from Aladdin. Aladdin himself can land on the coals without damage, but flames will almost immediately sprout up when he does, meaning he has to move quick or take damage.
  • In Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal, upon seeing the enchanted Rune Hammer the imp Cespenar relates how his former boss Bhaal the Lord of Murder once dropped a warhammer on his foot and "jumped around and swore for days", kicking Cespenar "all the way to Baator". Cespenar remembers it as a very bad week, all in all.
  • Appears in Battle Chess when a pawn captures an enemy pawn. The former stomps the butt of his spear on the latter's foot, and after he hops around for a few seconds, gets stabbed through the visor.
  • Characters in Soul Calibur II react by hopping after being attacked in the foot.
  • Sometimes, if you take too long but still manage to get to a person's destination in Crazy Taxi, they'll kick your taxi then hold their wounded foot.
  • DC Universe Online: One of Harley Quinn's attacks during her boss fight is to run at the player while smashing her wooden mallet repeatedly on the ground in front of her. Eventually she will bring the hammer down on her own foot, which results in the usual reaction and leaves her open to attack.
  • The Giants in Dragon Age: Inquisition hop on one foot if you do enough damage to the other. If you then do enough damage to the second leg, they fall down on their knees, allowing you to target their upper body and head.
  • Powerwilds in Kingdom Hearts will often hop around when you block their kicking attacks.
  • During the boss fight against Zant in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, at one point he becomes a giant, and in order to defeat him, you must swing the iron ball and chain into his foot. As he hops around holding his foot in pain, he shrinks back down to regular size, which is when you attack him.
  • In the Pikmin animated short "Occupational Hazard", A red bulborb tries to get the titular critters out from under a wheel by kicking it. The problem is that a bulborb's feet are not that strong (not to mention the wheel being buried partially underground), so it ends up hurting its own foot instead, causing it to jump in pain.
  • When knocking off the manhole cover over King Hippo's belly in the Wii Punch-Out!! game, it lands on his foot, causing him to hop up and down while holding it.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Mario and Luigi in the Mario & Luigi series, if you jump on a spiky or flame covered enemy. Interestingly, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team can have this happen to Dreamy Luigi when you jump on a horde of enemies (half of which have spikes) in the Dream World. Cue half the clones safely bashing enemy heads in and the other half hopping away in pain.
    • This hurt hoot hopping appears in the Paper Mario series when you attempt to jump on a spiked enemy without the Spike Shield badge.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time, if you run over spikes (while riding your jetboard!), your character does the hurt foot hop while saying "My toes! My toes!"

    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 

    Western Animation 
  • Tummi Gummi falls victim to this trope in the Adventures of the Gummi Bears episode "Someday My Prints Will Come". He blames the machine that he found for causing all the trouble then kicks it, causing him to hop around in pain while holding his foot.
  • A giantess drops a club on her foot and hops in an episode of American Dragon: Jake Long.
  • In "D.W. Blows the Whistle" on Arthur, Arthur is astounded to hear about D.W. being a hero for having stopped a little kid from crossing the street without looking both ways first. "D.W., a hero?" he questions and then he drops a wrench he was holding onto his foot and starts hopping up and down.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door makes use of this gag in Knightbrace's debut episode, "Operation: T.E.E.T.H." Numbuh Three accidentally shines her teeth in Numbuh Four's face. Numbuh Four previously got his mouth saddled with humongous braces, so he falls over and drops his giant braces set on Numbuh One's foot. Numbuh One reacts predictably.
  • Code Lyoko has Mr. Delmas hop on one foot when a ball lands on his other.
  • "Oh, my toe bone!" is a Catch-Phrase of the title character in Deputy Dawg.
  • Di-Gata Defenders: Happens to Mel when a heavy rope is dropped on her foot.
  • In the pilot episode of Doug, when Roger (dressed as a hammer) fell on Doug's foot at the school dance, it causes him to hop around in pain. Patti manages to cover it by claiming Doug invented a new dance, calling it "The Slug Hop"note .
  • In "Calling Dr. Zak" on Dragon Tales, this happens to Zak after he steps on a spinypine thorn, though it's his sister Wheezie's foot (they're a two-headed dragon) that hops up and down while his foot, with the thorn in it, stays off the ground.
  • The Flintstones: After Barney accidentally drops a bowling ball on Fred's foot, he varies his usual Catch-Phrase shout to "Yabba-dabba-di-yi-yi-yi-ee-hee!" and inadvertently creates a new dance craze among Bedrock teenagers with his hopping.
  • In "Franklin's Mom" on Franklin, Mr. Turtle drops a heavy frying pan on his foot and does this. His injury is what results in the story's plot of Mrs. Turtle leading Franklin and Bear's camping trip instead of him.
  • In "Franklin and the Pinecone Pass" on Franklin and Friends, Franklin gets so frustrated and upset that Bear wants to play Rabbit's new game (Pinecone Pass) instead of playing with him that he kicks a rock, hard. (Too bad he doesn't wear the shoes described in the books' traditional opening.) He hops up and down, clutching his foot, and a just-arriving Beaver reminds him that it's balls that are good for kicking, not rocks.
  • Garfield: His 9 Lives — Cave Cat runs into the Caveman's ankle at high speed:
    Caveman: CAT! [hops around, clutching his foot]
    Narrator: "Cat" was caveman-talk for "Darn it!"
  • Mr. Bogus: In the third act of the episode "Meet Mr. Bogus", this happens to one of the plumbers, when his partner inadvertently sets his toolbox on his foot, which causes him to hop up and down in pain.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot: Sheldon kicks the Silver Shell and ends up hopping around his garage.
  • On Nature Cat, Ronald gets a disco ball dropped on his foot in "Winter Dance Party". He hops up and down clutching it, but has no problem chasing after the ball with the rest of the gang afterwards.
  • In "Ducking Out on Valentine's Day" on PB&J Otter, after claiming he's glad there's apparently no Valentine for him from the Snooties, Flick kicks one of the Valentine crates, hops while clutching his foot, and then claims he's late for his foot doctor's appointment.
  • In Phineas and Ferb, Doofenshmirtz has concocted an Evil Plan to get revenge on an ice cream man who ran over his foot the previous day, resulting in him having to wear a cast. In the ensuing fight with Perry The Platypus, he injured the other foot, causing him to hop up and down holding his foot, only to have to switch which foot he was holding because the act of hopping caused his already injured foot to hurt again. Once he started doing this, his newly injured foot started to hurt because he was hopping on it, and so on and so forth.
  • In the premiere of The Secret Saturdays, Zak whacks Argost in the ankle with his weapon, resulting in the hopping and moaning.
  • In the Star Wars Resistance episode "The Doza Dilemma", BB-8 rolls over Kaz's foot as they are covertly following a couple of pirates. Kaz stifles his scream of pain until after the pirates have walked out of hearing range. He then hops around clutching his foot while scolding BB-8.
  • Happens with great regularity on Tom and Jerry when Jerry hurts Tom's foot (usually drops something on it or smashes him with something) and Tom does the dance of pain, clutching his poor hurt paw. In one memorable instance, Tom is about to hit Jerry with a hammer when Jerry offers him a much bigger mallet. As Tom takes the mallet, Jerry picks up the first hammer and whacks Tom's foot with it. Cue Stock Scream from Tom and hopping.
  • Totally Spies!: Alex in the Season 6 opening titles, and Clover in the episode "Toying Around" after a toy truck runs over her foot.
  • In Ultimate Spider-Man, Spidey jumps around a bit while holding his foot after trying to kick the Juggernaut. Yeah, bad idea.
  • 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 an X-ray shot of his poor foot bones, followed by the one-legged dance.
  • 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.

 
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Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up or Slip Out!

Larry can attempt to pick up a dumbbell, but it ends up landing on his foot and he hops from the pain.

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