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A common Amusing Injury in cartoons is for a character who receives an injury to the posterior to jump impossibly high into the air, usually accompanied by a drawn-out YEEEEEOOOOOWWWWW. Occasionally happens in live-action wacky comedy as well.

Though it was used in other cartoons, Looney Tunes is the one that most people recognize as the source of the popularity of this trope, as well as the reason that perhaps its most common method of execution is needle pricks to the hindquarters.

A character just jumping away from the source of pain is not this trope - the leap has to be something he or she never could have achieved if not for the painful experience. Also, it doesn't have to involve needles or cactus spines or that sort of thing - it also often coincides with a Rump Roast or a Literal Ass-Kicking, or perhaps a Butt Biter. May cause secondary effects such as Right Out of My Clothes.

Contrast with Surprise Jump and Death Throws.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Naruto, Team 7's bell test challenge against Kakashi involved the unveiling of his super secret technique, "One Thousand Years of Death". The move actually isn't what it sounds like - Kakashi simply kanchos Naruto (striking him in the rectum) propelling him several feet away into air (with much hollering from Naruto). It turns out later that the skill has a much more practical application beyond comedy. During his climactic battle with Gaara, Naruto realizes that the technique's goal is to target the blind spot of the user's opponent; Naruto decides to get behind Gaara, substitute exploding tags for his fingers, and Stuff Blowing Up ensues.
  • Near the end of the Kirby of the Stars episode with the Dedede dolls in it, Tiff buries one of the said Dedede dolls in the ground to prevent it from menacing anyone, since the doll's movements are actually based on King Dedede's own movements. This results in King Dedede nosediving into the ground as well, but then a mole shows up and bites the doll, causing King Dedede to leap back out screaming in pain, and starts menacing other people one last time using the doll as a pawn. Kirby then stops the doll once and for all by swallowing it up, and this causes King Dedede to for some reason get shot up into space and orbit a planet shaped like him.
  • In the Hot Springs Episode of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Kamina is trying to look into the lady side of the bathhouse through the impossibly tall wall that separates both sides. While he tries to see while riding on Simon's shoulders, he asks Gimmy to "find a hole". Gimmy ends up finding Simon's..." personal hole" and sticks his finger in it, which causes Simon to jump in pain high enough to get a glimpse of the other side. When Kamina finds out what he managed, he asks Gimmy to poke him as well.
  • Near the end of Jack to Mame no Ki, Tulip the giant has caught Jack and prepares to smash him with his fist, at the last second Jack's dog Crosby pulls him out of Tulip's hand and replaces him with a tack, as he brings his fist down on the tack, he slowly reacts to the pain and leaps up into the air and disappears into the sky.
  • Ultimate Muscle in an episode when Wally Tusket was reluctant to fight Pumpinator Kid Muscle pokes him in the butt which causes him to leap into the ring.

    Comic Strips 
  • In Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin does this moments after Hobbes assures him that there isn't a bee about to sting him—it's Opposite Day, and there was one.
    • Basically, anytime a bee lands on Calvin's back, this results. There was another time when Hobbes reassured Calvin that a bee didn't land on his back... it was a hornet. Then there was the time Hobbes told Calvin not to imagine the bee very well crawling down his shirt and into his pants, with expected results.
    • Hobbes was once on the receiving end of one of these - Calvin told him that a "big hairy caterpillar" was about to bite him, and then stomped on it for him. Given that the "caterpillar" was Hobbes's own tail, of course, the resulting leap isn't quite as extreme as the other examples in the strip.

    Fan Fiction 
  • Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Duo: In chapter 6, Hippo has this reaction when Taki yanks out two of his feathers in order to tell a fortune, jumping high enough to hit the ceiling.

    Films — Animation 
  • In the Disney film version of Beauty and the Beast, Cogsworth slides down the stair banister and jabs Lefou in the butt with a sword, causing this to happen. Less than 20 seconds later, Lumiere spews a blast of fire from the top of his head at one of the nameless villagers (who also gets launched into the air), saving the feather duster who was getting her "skirt" ripped out.
  • Banzai the hyena in Disney's The Lion King jumps about 30 feet into the air after he is knocked into a bramble thicket by the other hyenas.
  • This is a plot point in the animated version of The Phantom Tollbooth. King Azaz is asking if there are any volunteers to help Milo on his quest, and at first no one comes forth. However, the Spelling Bee sneaks up and stings the Humbug in the butt, causing the Humbug to stand up suddenly and making everyone think he was volunteering. Later on, in Milo's car Humbug exhibits a delayed reaction and finally leaps up in the air with a scream (and apparently lands right back in the car).
  • In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Yosemite Sam jumps all the way from Toontown to LA when his butt is lit on fire.
  • An American Tail: Fievel Goes West:
    • Cat R. Waul jumps straight through the ceiling after Fievel stabs him in the behind with a fork.
    • Earlier, Fievel does this as well when he hugs a mirage of his parents, which turns out to be a cactus.
  • In The Chipmunk Adventure during the "Wooley Bully" musical number when the Native Chief dances around with torches to the song he accidentally sets his butt on fire, once he realizes he leaps up into the sky howling in pain.
  • This happens to Captain Hook in Peter Pan when Mr. Smee accidentally lets the water Hook is soaking his feet in get too hot while Hook is unconscious from Smee unwittingly knocking him out earlier.

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    Western Animation 
  • Happens to Donald Duck in Disney shorts with Spike the Bee especially when Donald Duck doesn't wear pants.
    • In "Window Cleaners" 1940 Donald Duck gets himself tied up on the platform with his feathery butt sticking out. Donald Duck tries everything to keep the bee stinging his exposed butt by blowing really hard. But he gets tired out but the bee manages to stick up his stinger at Donald Ducks feathery butt which causes Donald Duck to scream in pain and he gets untangled and dives right into the drainpipe but gets stuck at the bottom. He tries to call Pluto the dog for help but Pluto ignores him and shoves his foot right in Donald Ducks face trapping him in the drainpipe.
    • In "Slide Donald Slide" 1949 Donald Duck plays baseball and runs around the 4 bases. As Donald Duck slides for home, Spike the bee sticks out his stinger at Donald Ducks butt. As Donald Duck slides for home his butt gets poked by Spikes stinger and jumps in pain as the radio announcer tells him he's out and Spike the bee makes him go to the shower.
    • In "Let's Stick Together" 1952 Donald Duck gets angry at Spike the bees girlfriend and is searching for her. So Spike the bee decides to dive right into Donald Ducks butt and this causes Donald Duck to literally jump out of the greenhouse screaming in pain and putting his hands on his behind.
  • Happens to Wile E. Coyote in a few of the Looney Tunes shorts. For example:
    • In "To Beep Or Not To Beep", the Road Runner's speed burst causes telephone poles and cactus plants beside the road to be uprooted and causes a bridge to contract just after he passes over it. When Wile E. falls through where said bridge used to be, one of the cacti falls as well. The standard top-down view of Wile E. falling is reversed with Wile E. coming back up all the way back up to the top of the cliff howling in pain.
    • In "Tired and Feathered," the Coyote attaches a motor and propeller to his back to fly, but the propeller chops his tail and causes him to jump out of the shot.
    • "Highway Runnery" has him standing behind a cactus as he prepares to dash off. Bonus: we get to hear a real coyote yowl.
    • Daffy Duck as The Scarlet Pumpernickel scales a high wall by pinching himself with a needle in the butt.
    • In the Looney Tunes short "A Tale Of Two Kitties", Babbitt gets his partner Catstello up a ladder by pricking him in the butt with a needle.
    • "Napoleon Bunny-Parte" has a number of these. One such example is on the bannister Bugs slides down with Nappy in hot pursuit.
    • Tweety And Sylvester? Try "Tweet Tweet Tweety."
  • In "Hare Splitter" Bugs launches romantic rival Casbah a couple of times, first with a mousetrap to the fingers, then a well-aimed arrow to the butt.
  • On the Andy Panda cartoon "Fish Fry", a fish bites a cat on the finger, who reacts by jumping up hundreds of feet in the air.
  • In Red Hot Riding Hood, Wolfie sticks Grandma in the butt with a needle and she jumps through the roof of her penthouse, leaving an Impact Silhouette behind. The sticking is usually edited out when shown on television, so you just see Wolfie holding the needle and then it cuts straight to the jump.
  • Many was the time in Tom and Jerry when Tom would get his butt pricked with a pin by Jerry or have something heavy fall on his tail, always resulting in one of two hilarious Stock Screams.
  • Happened in an episode of Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats when Heathcliff jumps on a potted cactus placed by some mice. After he leaps off, the mice shove another cactus underneath where he lands, causing him the jump off again.
  • In the What A Cartoon short Longhair and Dumbledome, the latter falls off a cliff, and out of sight. He then promptly jumps aaaaall the way back up, and attributes the sudden burst of strength to a cactus that he landed on.
  • Subverted in Adventure Time in the episode "Up a Tree." The porcupine invokes this trope for Finn as a way of trying to get the latter's frisbee from the former's tree, but Finn doesn't think that would actually work. The porcupine does it anyway and fails, but it does provide Finn with convenient climbing tools in the form of the porcupine's spines.
  • Mr. Bogus:
    • The second act of the episode "Bogus to the Rescue" combined this with an inversion of Agony of the Feet, when Bogus gets his foot smashed by a mallet that pops out from the back of a toy train.
    • Bogus does this again near the end of the episode "Waterboy Bogus", due to the pain of getting his fingers smashed by the treasure chest lid, when Ratty closes up the treasure chest.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: In "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?", while combing her fur, Rarity accidentally stings Opalescence with the comb, making the kitty cat jump almost to the ceiling.
  • In the 3-2-1 Penguins! episode "Practical Hoax", Midgel lets out a yelp of pain and leaps into the air the minute he fell for the old thumbtack on the chair prank.
  • Kaeloo: In "Let's Play Figurines", Mr. Cat does this after Stumpy uses a sharp object to poke a voodoo doll of him.
  • Samurai Jack: In "Jack, the Woolies, and the Chritchellites", Jack deliberately invokes this trope to get the Woolie he's trying to free from slavery to jump to the top of the tower where the Magitek that controls the Woolies is so Jack can destroy it. The Woolie claimed he was too weak to make the climb after his mistreatment, at which point Jack cringes apologetically before poking the Woolie's haunch with his katana.
  • In the 1962 Noveltoon short The Sheepish Wolf, a wolf tries to pass himself of as a sheepdog and prepares a stewpot to cook sheep in. When the shepherd catches him in the act, the wolf claims that he's actually fixing up a bath for himself, so the shepherd decides to light a fire to warm up the water, causing the wolf to get Stewed Alive and blast off into the air. As the shepherd tries to shoot at the mid-air wolf, he says to the audience "The best way is to get them on the rise."

    Real Life 
  • Some of the humor of medical students and professionals references this trope. The "ceiling sign" and "chandelier sign" are what you see when you poke a patient where it hurts and suddenly need to patch your ceiling or rehang a chandelier afterward.
  • This is the source of the myth behind "jumping" cacti.
    What Kinda Cactus Izzat?: When the victim comes to earth, he may be some distance from the offending plant... and, invariably, he will swear that the piece sticking to him JUMPED across the intervening space to make the attack.