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The hero gets cornered by a group of thugs that want to steal whatever he has on him. One thug grabs up the hero by the ankles and starts shaking him so hard, causing a plethora of items to fall from his person. Bonus points if the items would be completely impossible to conceal, such as a cannon, a ladder, or maybe even an elephant.

This is a comedy trope in which the above happens to the unfortunate character. Expect to see this trope show up in comedy or Western Animation.

Justified if the shaken character has a Bag of Holding.



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  • In an ad for T-Mobile cell phone service a Brand X customer is having his "monthly mugging" for his bill. At the end the two mugger guys are holding the customer upside-down, shaking him. "I sent too many emails."

    Anime and Manga 
  • The Grenadier manga had an Omake comic where Mikan decided to test the secret of Rushuna's Unorthodox Reload by grabbing the latter's breasts (while she's undressed) and shaking. Cue bullets spilling out of an embarrassed Rushuna's cleavage and forming a pile up to about her knees; afterwards, she insists that they're just ordinary breasts.

    Comic Books 
  • In The Spirit Satin the thief hides a stolen medallion down her shirt. Unfortunately for her, the title character chooses to turn her upside-down and shake it out, rather than reach in.

    Films — Animation 
  • A gorilla actually does this to Professor Porter in Tarzan, causing several objects to fall out of his pockets, including a stuffed Little Brother toy.
  • Adventure and Richard were subjected to this treatment by the pirates in The Pagemaster. A bunch of swords and an accordion fall out of Adventure's pages, Richard temporarily loses his all-important library card.
  • Occurs in The Three Caballeros when Panchito stakes Donald and Jose's hands, causing stuff to fall from their shirts.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • Used in Thud!, whenever something small and semi-valuable goes missing from Pseudopolis Yard, SOP is to hold Nobby up-side-down and give him a shake.

    Video Games 
  • A major example here, the entire game is based around this possible trope. Mischief Makers. You can shake objects/people and sometimes they will drop items, mostly crystals, that you pick up. The game is based around this system.
  • Wario Land: Shake It! has a similar mechanic. By grabbing enemies and shaking the Wii remote, things will fly around. Garlic, money, or even the armor they're wearing.
  • Rather morbid example in Duke Nukem Forever: when exploring alien-infested areas, you'll find cocooned EDF soldiers hanging from the ceiling. If you punch or shoot them, they always drop useful stuff like guns, ammo and grenades.
  • Used in Escape from Monkey Island. The fallen items are all things you picked up earlier in the game.
  • In the Metal Gear series, after Metal Gear Solid 2, picking up (dragging) and dropping a KO'd/Sleeping/Corpsey soldier will drop 2 or 3 Items (like a Book, or Ration).
  • Sam & Max Hit the Road has Sam and Max go on the carnival ride "Cone of Tragedy", which first suspends them upside-down, then shakes and twirls them around in a very unpleasant way. Once the torture is over, Sam realizes that all his inventory items fell out during the ride and he must recover them from a Lost-and-Found office.

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    Western Animation 
  • VeggieTales: Larry-Boy does this to a bandit by capturing him with his Super-Suction Ear then shaking him so hard, causing the milk money that he stole from some kids to fall off of him.
  • In The Band Concert, Donald Duck is disrupting Mickey's orchestra with his flute playing — every time Mickey snatches his flute away, he produces another and continues. At one point the trombonist grabs him by the neck with the slide of his horn and shakes him rapidly — dozens of flutes fly out of his coat.
  • In SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Can You Spare a Dime", SpongeBob violently shakes Mr. Krabs begging him to hire Squidward back. Then the lost first dime that kicked off the plot (and which is actually a huge stone coin) falls from Mr. Krabs' back pocket.
    Spongebob: THIS is a dime?!
    Mr. Krabs: I been in this business a long time, boy.
  • In Popeye Meets Sindbad the Sailor, Sindbad (Bluto) pummels Popeye like a punching bag and all sorts of things fall out of his pockets — assorted ship fittings, binoculars, a life preserver, an anchor...
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: In "Brother Can You Spare An Ed", Ed and Edd are hanging from a tree as pinatas in a desperate attempt to get the money to pay Sarah back. Jonny hits Edd three times; only a shoe falls. Jonny hits Ed once; a boatload of junk lands on him.
    Jonny: Check it out, Plank! Coconut earmuffs!
  • Rocko's Modern Life: This happens to Rocko in the episode "Carnival Knowledge", when he gets on a carnival ride run by a crooked slug.


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