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Instantly Defeathered Bird

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Now that's what I call Mongolian Barbecue.
A subtrope of Amusing Injuries reserved specifically for birds. When taking (lethal) damage, a bird will instantly lose all of its feathers, leaving it completely bald (and by extension unable to fly), but otherwise no worse for the wear.

The featherless bird may even end up looking like a cooked chicken, though not to the same sevirity as Instant Roast since they survive.

If Fur Is Clothing is also in effect, expect the bird in question to react as if they have just been rendered naked, often resorting to Hand-or-Object Underwear. Contrast Perpetual Molt, when feathers fly, but the bird is still intact. May also come with Goofy Print Underwear if the setting is a World of Funny Animals.



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    Comic Books 
  • Asterix: In the short story "Chanticleerix", the large eagle terrorizing the chickens of the Gaulish village ends up completely bald and grounded after a mid-air collision with the Magic Potion-empowered Chanticleerix, the village rooster.

    Films — Animation 
  • Mulan: Shan-Yu's pet falcon Hayabusa suffers this fate after Mushu burns all of his feathers off (see page image). He even starts acting like a chicken afterwards, including clucking sounds.
    Mushu: Now that's what I call Mongolian barbecue.
  • Space Jam: During the basketball game, Foghorn Leghorn is incinerated by Monstar Bang's fire breath, leaving him as a pile of ashes with eyes and a beak that speaks the Non Sequitur, *Thud* "Did you order original recipe, or extra crispy?" Later, Foghorn is seen on the team bench as a plucked and cooked chicken on a platter, receiving an IV drip.
  • The Spongebob Movie Sponge Out Of Water: Burger-Beard scares off most of the seagulls by making them believe he had cooked Kyle, who comes out of a porta-potty shortly after. Burger-Beard then says "Boo!" to him through a megaphone and scares his feathers off, so he has to call a cab.

    Video Games 
  • The Lion King: One of the enemies encountered in the third stage, Elephant Graveyard, are vultures. Simba can defeat them with a Goomba Stomp, after which they lose all of their feathers and fall offscreen.
  • Aladdin (Virgin Games): Besides being a boss in the second last stage, Iago is also encountered as a regular enemy in several other stages. Here, one hit from Aladdin's sword or apples is enough to render him bald, and defeated.
  • The Smurfs (1994) has some birds that "die" naked when stomped or hit with a thrown cake.
  • Cuphead: One of the bosses in the game is a giant bird named Wally Warbles. After you deal significant damage to him, he ends up losing all his feathers and falls off his birdhouse (that he wears as armor). That still doesn't stop him from fighting you, as, after you defeat his son, he returns being carried by two paramedic songbirds. And only after you defeat him in this phase, the fight will be over as he'll be knocked out while his own paramedics decide to eat him alive.

    Western Animation 
  • Looney Tunes: In the Foghorn Leghorn cartoon "Little Boy Boo", Foghorn Leghorn shakes up a test tube full of chemicals, which explodes and blows all of his feathers off.
  • Classic Disney Shorts:
    • In The Skeleton Dance: a skeleton throws his skull at an owl, instantly rendering the bird completely bald (except for the head).
    • In the 1930 short Night, an owl flirts with a female and gives her a smooch, resulting in her socking him and knocking his feathers off.
  • House of Mouse: In the short "Shell Shots", Donald tries getting Baby Shelby out of his shell by pouring pepper down it, causing the turtle to sneeze and blow Donald's feathers (and clothes) off.
  • The closing gag from Duck! Rabbit! Duck! has Daffy Duck admit to Bugs Bunny that "everybody knows it's really duck season." A moment later, a dozen hunters break cover and rain bullets upon Daffy. What's left of this duck is denuded pink skin with sparse patches of feathers that crawls back to Bugs Bunny to deliver the line, "You're despicable."
  • Pixar Shorts: In For the Birds, the mean smaller birds are slingshot from the telephone wire after trying to push off the big bird. Their feathers are all slung off their bodies in the process, and they drop back to earth completely plucked.
  • In the short, "Born to Be Riled" from the Tiny Toon Adventures episode, "The Buster Bunny Bunch", when Babs Bunny does an accurate but unflattering impression of Plucky Duck, Plucky throws a tantrum that causes him to lose all of his feathers. In a later scene, where he is complaining about Babs to Fifi La Fume and Shirley the Loon over the phone, he can be seen gluing his feathers back on.


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