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Flora: Uncle Greeny, where are you?
Greensleeves: I'm under the door, ya twits!
Rod Rescueman: That's a pretty stupid place to be when people are knocking doors down.

Alice is approaching a door, or is standing beside or in front of a door, when abruptly the door is thrown open from the other side by Bob. Alice is then revealed to have been squished against the wall by the door when it was smashed open.

While this is a type of Slapstick that is very common in animation, being hit by a door happens in live-action media also (not to mention real life). Definitely a case of Truth in Television: if you've ever seen a sign on a door warning you to open it slowly, chances are that sign was put up after someone got clobbered by that particular door.

There's also a second variant, where someone is rushing at an open doorway for whatever reasons he or she may have... only to have someone else close the door. This trope applies when the runner ends up splatted on the door; if they make it through, it's normally Impact Silhouette, and if the runner dives through a narrowing gap, you have an Indy Hat Roll variant.

Compare with Door Judo, Door Fu, and Automatic Door Malfunction. Sister trope to Tae Kwon Door — for when this is weaponized during a fight. See also Toyota Tripwire for the car variant. Might be the deed of a Ghost Butler, or a side effect of Tactical Door Use. Can also overlap with Face Plant. Not to Be Confused with Heel–Face Door-Slam, although one might slam a reformed villain to death with a literal door. Also, not exclusively happening in Soviet Russia.


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  • A Running Gag in The Naked Gun-type ads for Red Rock cider.
  • In another Leslie Nielsen ad, Japanese tourists are photographing a Dutch windmill when Nielsen suddenly opens the windmill's door, knocking the miller into the path of the sails. Nielsen then proceeds to explain the benefits of Dutchtone, unaware that the tourists gasps of amazement are over the miller traveling round and round on the windmill sails.

  • There's at least one episode of Happy Heroes where Headmaster Tele is accidentally slammed by a door that was opened by one of the heroes.
  • In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Mighty Little Defenders episode 2, Wolffy is hit by the same door twice — once when Wolnie and General Wolf enter the room, and again a few seconds later when the other wolves enter the room.
  • Simple Samosa: In "Tutti Frutti", Tutti Frutti inadvertently hits Samosa and Vada by opening the doors of Amma Spa on them as she is leaving the building with Jalebi and Dhokla.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Ai Yori Aoshi: When Tina buys a pet ferret, she tries to sneak quietly through the house, only for the attempt to be ruined when Kaoru and Aoi open a door and nail her in the face with it.
  • An episode of the Black Cat anime has this happen to Sven as he's going out for a walk and Rinslet slams the door open just as he reaches it.
  • Black Lagoon: Rock has been kidnapped by terrorists but his Action Girlfriend Revy has turned up to rescue him. Rock is pounding on the door to let Revy know where he is when the door is smashed open in his face and a dead mook lands on top of him for good measure.
  • A Certain Scientific Railgun: Wallslam, thanks to a door thrown open by dorm mistress infuriated with the late-evening ruckus, ends Kuroko's rowdy chase in the end of episode 6 of anime first season (it was Kuroko's one-sided decision to consummate the newfound appreciation her roommate eponymous character showed after having tried out the same part-time job earlier same episode).
  • In Dragon Ball Z, Krillin gets slammed by the door to Goku's house by Chi-Chi when he and Trunks arrive to move Goku before the Androids get there.
  • Emma: A Victorian Romance: Emma and William first meet when the former opens the door right into William's face as he's raising his hand to knock.
  • In book 4 of Futaba-kun Change!, Principal Hiroin in one of his silly "Justice Maker" costumes is about to make the usual corny speech, when his daughter Takane slams open the door he is standing next to and sends him down a flight of stairs (she doesn't notice anything except the broken stairwell her father left behind as he fell down a few stories). And then Futaba-chan comes by in a hurry and slams the door against Takane as she is starting her own speech.
  • Hanaukyō Maid Team La Vérité episode 7. As Konoe Tsurugi is waiting on one side of a door, her lieutenant Yashima Sanae slams open the door from the other side and smashes her in the face, giving her a temporary bloody nose.
  • Lupin III: Operation: Return the Treasure has Goemon take up a position behind a door, ready to strike with his legendary sword, after hearing a noise in the hall outside. Instead of getting to use his Implausible Fencing Powers though, an angry Fujiko barges in, opening the door with such force it smashes Goemon behind it.
  • Happens regularly in Monster Musume to main character Kimihito Kurusu. Still played for comedy, but more justified than some examples given that it's super-strong monster girls who do it, almost always by hitting so hard that instead of slamming open and squishing him onto a wall, the door instead breaks off its hinges and pushes him into the floor using the greater weight of the girls' monster bodies.
  • Nagasarete Airantou: The first time Ikuto visits Chikage's house, he wasn't expecting an elephant to open the door with enough strength to slam him into the wall.
  • Done in Naruto, when Suigetsu goes towards a door to try and find where Karin went... right as she gets back from finding there's a Leaf Village party headed their way — and kicks down the sliding door on his face.
  • An early chapter of Negima! Magister Negi Magi has Asuna kicking the library door off its hinges, and into Negi.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Asuka does this to Shinji (who's outside the bathroom door trying to hold his water) during their comic montage sequence in "Both of You, Dance Like You Want to Win".
  • One Piece has this happen to Apis, who tries to escape the custody of the Marines by tricking the guard into opening the door by not being in plain sight of the door. Problem is, her hiding place is the side of the door that it opens into.
  • Pokémon:
    • In the episode "Here Comes the Squirtle Squad", Ash is trying to buy some Super Potion for an injured Pikachu, and as he's running into the store, Gary opens the door and squishes Ash against the wall.
    • Hilarious variant in "Berry, Berry Interesting" where Pikachu slams into an electronic sliding door as it shuts close.
  • Pecola: This happens twice to the mysterious alligator in "Hide n' Go Sleep", once when Mr. and Mrs. Bernard slam their bakery's door on him and once when Hillary slams the art museum's door on him. The second time, the alligator is also Squashed Flat, mistaken by Hillary for being a poster that doesn't fit with the museum, and thrown away in a nearby trash can.
  • Both Daichi and Mii gets slammed into the wall by Mai opening the front door at the wrong moment in the first episode of Popotan.
  • Ranma ˝:
    • One of the few times that Shampoo uses the door to enter the Tendō house, she flattens Akane behind it.
    • Happens again to Akane when Ranma bursts into the bathroom to say that he wants to see her breasts. Too bad Akane has come out several minutes before and is slammed quite painfully between the door and the wall... and hearing that Ranma wants to see her naked does not improve her day.
    • And Ranma also does it to Kodachi in her own intro story just as the latter is about to attack Akane. She just twitches and spasms behind the door for a while.
    • Sort of happens in the anime when Dr. Tōfū is introduced; startled by the good doctor appearing behind "her", Ranma leaps up onto the door. Akane comes barging in and slams the door shut, catching Ranma's fingers painfully between the door and the edge of the wall due to Ranma not having enough time to let go before being knocked out of the room.
  • Happens in Sailor Moon to Usagi in the manga, '90s anime and 2014 reboot when she is teased by her brother so she tries to kick him, but he closes the door and she ends kicking that instead. Ouch!
  • In an episode of Urusei Yatsura, Ataru is trying to get out of his house and away from Lum, and slams the door in her face (literally) as he's exiting. An upset Lum pushes the door forcefully open and flies out to catch up to Ataru, but can't see him anywhere. A zoom in then shows that Ataru is flattened behind the door, his face ground into the wall.

    Comic Books 
  • Asterix: In Asterix and Cleopatra, Obelix does warn an Egyptian prison guard that he and his fellow Gauls are about to come out of their cell, but the guard just laughs it off, thinking he's safe sitting behind the heavy reinforced door. Not so, which result in him being slammed against the floor when said door is torn of its hinges, and Obelix grumbling he should have listened. Repeated faithfully both in the Animated Adaptation Asterix and Cleopatra and the Live-Action Adaptation Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra.
  • Gaston Lagaffe once invented a system that would slam all other doors shut as soon as one was opened. Queue Prunelle, Lebrac and De Mesmaeker all getting a door to the face. A number of other gags also feature door antics.
  • The Powerpuff Girls have a de facto race after Bubbles is taunted by her sisters as being a slowpoke in a game of tag ("Big Fish Story", DC issue #21). When Bubbles tags Blossom , she does so with such force that they both crash into the home's front door, just as the Professor is about to open it.
  • Supergirl storyline Starfire's Revenge: As fleeing from Supergirl, the titular villain slams one door shut and is instantly slammed by the same door into a wall when Kara punches it off its hinges.
  • Superlópez:
    • Superlópez once hit Captain Hispania by accident when he was trying to watch through the spyhole.
    • Done on purpose by Monina Papino to knock out Katiusko on El caserón fantasma.

    Comic Strips 
  • The Garfield comics and cartoons. Notably, one Quickie has Garfield hanging on the door when Jon opens it...
  • Pooch Café for 26 May 2011: Chaz warns Carmen to not stand near the door because Poncho will be coming through like a train. She doesn't believe him, and gets smashed behind the door when Poncho slams the door open and charges through with a "Choo Choo" sound effect.

    Fan Works 
  • Fractured Fates: Played for laughs. Hana ends up on the receiving end of this during the prologue when Kaneki, not realizing there was someone standing outside, hits her in the face with the door to the furnace room.
  • In My Huntsman Academia, Izuku gets a face full of door after he makes the mistake of walking up to his dorm room while Weiss is about to leave from the other side. It's treated more seriously than most examples, as the story explicitly states that he probably would have broken and bloodied his nose if not for his Aura.

    Films — Animation 
  • 101 Dalmatians:
    • As Cruella comes to visit the Radcliffes, Nanny walks over to open the door for her. Cruella manages to open it on her own.
    • Cruella is in her car in the street, and yells for Jasper and Horace, who are inside a wooden building with a locked barn-style door that leads out to the street. They try to break down the door, and they knock it down right into her face, as it turns out she was parked right outside.
  • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad: While Ichabod is wooing Katrina van Tassel in her home, her would-be boyfriend Brom Bones is seething with anger outside. As Ichabod is about to leave, Brom hides behind a double door waiting to attack him. Ichabod swings out the upper half of the door, slamming Brom into the wall and squashing him.
  • Aladdin:
    • Happens to Iago when he and Jafar are walking out of their secret lair. Iago is about to cross the door/wall when Jafar has to shut it when Jasmine pops out of nowhere, smashing Iago in the process.
    • This happens to Jafar and Iago both after Jafar tries to hold the palace doors shut to keep "Prince Ali" from entering the Sultan's throne room. Abu (in elephant form) smashes the door open and squashes them into the wall.
  • Seen in the Dragon Hunters CGI movie. Fleeing from a dangerous forest where spikes spontaneously grow, the group see a house, which Gwizdo reach first and close the door behind him (making Hector splats into it). It is bad idea, however, since when Lian-Chu comes in too, he slams Gwizdo between the door and the wall.
  • In the (still animated) beginning of Enchanted, Nathaniel goes to open Giselle's coach, and gets slammed by the door as she bursts through.
  • Happy Heroes: The Stones: After landing in the desert, Big M. gets repeatedly squashed by the door on his and Little M.'s spaceship due to Little M. going to look for him. Little M. keeps emerging from the spacecraft and doesn't notice Big M. until he points himself out.
  • In The Jungle Book, while Bagheera is beside a door in King Louie's ruins and trying to grab Mowgli so they can escape, Baloo slams the door open and smashes Bagheera into a wall, giving him a black eye.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls:
  • Ratatouille: As Mustafa bursts back into the kitchen to let everyone know that Linguini's dish is a great success, he rams the door right into Skinner's face.
  • Happens in Titanic: The Legend Goes On, where Geoffrey the cat is Squashed Flat as the owner arrives.
  • Done in The Transformers: The Movie to a Quintesson. The Dinobots knock the door to the execution room down on top of him. And then as Slag (the Triceratops) and Sludge (the Apatosaurus) walk across the door, they stop for Slag to say, "Excuse me."
  • In Twice Upon a Time, Greensleeves gets pinned under the door to his prison cell when Rod Rescueman knocks it down.
  • In Winnie the Pooh, Tigger opens the top part of Owl's front door and hits Rabbit.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • A variation in Act of Valor when a cartel member runs to a door only for an explosive entry charge to blast the door right into his face.
  • Ask a Policeman: While standing outside the garage where the Headless Horseman vanished, the three coppers are knocked over when the door swings open suddenly.
  • Avengers: Endgame: In 2012, the time-traveling Tony Stark gets a door in the face thanks to the Hulk, very annoyed that he had to walk down the stairs from the top of the Stark Tower.
  • In Back to the Future Part II, one time-traveling Marty (from the first movie) slams a door in the face of another time-traveling Marty (the "present" one).
  • Bullshot. The villainous Otto von Bruno knocks down his henchman Crouch as he opens the door whilst carrying the Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter he's just kidnapped.
  • When the Final Girl tries to open the door of a truck in Bunnyman, she gets knocked on her ass by it.
  • In Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, Kitty's henchman Paws gets a door in the face from their owner and rolls into a cupboard.
  • In Clerks II, Jay twice gets hit while trying to take a leak next to the back door.
  • In Drive Angry, the Accountant gets trapped in a wrecked police car. Two stoners stop to gawk at the wreck. The Accountant kicks the door off its hinges and it flies straight into the face of one of the stoners.
  • The F Word: Wallace is invited to dinner with Chantry and her boyfriend Ben at their apartment. Ben warns him not to try to get into Chantry's pants all while chopping up some jalapeños. He rubs his eyes without washing his hands and ends up in complete pain and, Wallace, wanting to help, runs gets some contact lens solution in the bathroom. However, when he opens the door, he ends up accidentally slamming it in Ben's face, causing him to fall through an open window and onto the sidewalk below.
  • The first God of Gamblers movie had this happening to Little Knife (Andy Lau), who's rushing after the amnesiac Ko Chun (Chow Yun-fat, the titular God of Gamblers) while being pursued by enemy hitmen himself. Knife, in his haste, ends up running through a glass door and smashes through, although said door is very obviously made of sugar glass given how easily it breaks and that Lau doesn't seem to have any visible injuries soon after.
  • In Grease, this overlaps with Groin Attack as Sandy scrambled out of Danny’s car when he gets too amorous with her at the drive-in, slamming the door on him, and he reacts as if the door hit him in the crotch.
  • In Henry's Crime, Henry and Max are inspecting the bank wall to work out where the tunnel runs when Julie comes storming out of the theatre and slams Henry with the stage door.
  • In Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, Shadow the dog does this to the vet at the pound to allow Chase to escape.
  • In Jane Austen's Mafia!, when Vincenzo Cortino gets a job promotion he happily rushes home to tell his family the good news, as he opens the door he accidentally squishes his son Tiny Anthony comically flattening him.
  • In the first Johnny English movie, this happens twice to the eponymous hero.
    • First when Johnny is about to ambush a henchman in the Big Bad's tower, and gets hit in the nose by the door.
    • And again when tied up and locked in a cell, while trying to open the lock by whistling. His Hypercompetent Sidekick Bough opens the door to free him, as Johnny is leaning right behind it.
  • In Little Shop of Horrors, Orin the dentist slams a door open into the dental nurse, on the line "you have a talent for causing pain".
  • The Martian: When Commander Lewis opens the airlock door during a Martian storm, it slams her against the wall and the airlock instantly fills with wind-blown sand.
  • The Mermaid has this as one of the many, many, many Amusing Injuries inflicted on Shan, the titular character. When her attempts to hurl a sea urchin towards Liu-Xuan didn't quite work, she tries sneaking behind him with another urchin... only for a nearby door to swing open and bash her face in, as a repairman on the other side informs Liu he's done fixing the door. Cue Shan falling over with two sea urchins embedded on her face.
  • This is a running gag in The Naked Gun series, with Frank Drebin doing it at least once per movie.
    • He tragically knocked his first girlfriend off a cliff (then never realized and thought she'd abandoned him).
    • He also does it to Barbara Bush when invited to the White House for a dinner.
    • He also does this to a gun nut who was holding the entirety of Police Squad at bay (and is totally oblivious once again).
    • Frank manages to do it to himself at one point, kicking in a door with such force that it rebounds and slams shut, whacking him in the face.
  • The Novices: While looking through the row of changing rooms at the beach to find some clothes to steal, Agnes is startled by the sight of a couple making out and runs down the row. A woman then comes out of her room and Agnes slams into the door.
  • The original The Nutty Professor opens with the title character blowing up his classroom. As another teacher anxiously looks for him in the wreckage, she hears a knock on the unhinged door she's standing on — and finds him underneath.
  • In Jackie Chan's Operation Condor, Jackie has a thug at gunpoint, only for an ally to knock the gun out of his hand when she opens the door.
  • In another Jackie Chan film, Project A (first 1), Chan is being pursued by a mook in a narrow alleyway. Both men are on bicycles, when a door in the middle suddenly opens. Which Chan dodges, but his pursuer gets knocked off his feet.
  • In The Return of the Pink Panther, Clouseau and a bellboy both get stuck in Lady Litton's room, and the bellboy runs and hides first. Clouseau then runs to hide in the same place and opens the door right into the bellboy.
  • Robin Hood: Men in Tights: Happens to four of the Sheriff's guards — in full armor — when Robin Hood throws open a double door.
  • In Sky Riders, a hang glider flings a door open, knocking over one of the terrorists.
  • The Terror of Tiny Town: When Nancy goes charging out of Buck's jail cell, the door hits Otto in the face, knocking him over.
  • The Three Musketeers: The Duke of Buckingham slams open a secret door, hitting Planchet who's standing behind it.
  • The Three Stooges often did this.
    • In one especially memorable example, a freestanding door the boys were installing fell on top of Moe and got jammed, and Larry and Curly had to saw it to get him out. The saw cut the floor and sent Moe falling 14 feet to the basement. Larry doesn't see why Moe is so miffed. On occasion they'd trap the villain's head in or through a door, and, once certain he couldn't extricate himself, proceed to add to his misery.
    • In The Outlaws IS Coming!, Curly Joe gets hit hit twice in face by the bat-wing doors of the saloon as he tries to enter: both times the door crumpling the cigar he is holding in his teeth. The third time he tries, he knowingly takes the cigar out of his mouth and tucks it away in his pocket, only to have the door slam him in the face.
  • During the climax of Toy Soldiers, Luis Cali, the Big Bad, rushes into the kitchen looking for the students, who have taken refuge in the hidden cellar beneath the kitchen. Billy, holding a submachine gun, hides behind the kitchen's swinging door, and for a moment it looks like it's worked. And then Cali abruptly grabs the door with one hand and slams it into Billy, crushing him against the wall and dazing him long enough for Cali to disarm him and take him prisoner.
  • In Trail of the Pink Panther, Inspector Clouseau is knocked out a window by a chambermaid opening the door. Three times in a row.

  • Discussed in Artemis Fowl, where a squad of magically invisible, child-sized fairies make a move on Fowl Manor, and one of them is sent flying by Artemis' giant-of-a-manservant, Butler. They're surprised, being as they're invisible, and work out a chain of events that doesn't mean they can be seen where Butler opened the door and hit one by accident. This assumption lasts until they get a good look at him looking directly back wearing unfamiliar goggles and a grin... Oh, Crap!.
  • Geronimo Stilton: It happens three times to the main character in book 17, Watch Your Whiskers, Stilton! By the end of the book, he manages to get out of the way just in time.
  • The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen: During a stay in St. Petersburg, the Baron sees through the windows of his bedroom a flock of wild ducks swimming in a nearby pond. Immediately he picks his gun and runs out of the house in such a hurry that he strikes his face against the door.
  • In the Underdogs novel Acceleration, Roth enters the secret passageway leading to the Underdogs' hideout. He sees a door disguised in the muddy wall and is about to open it when Simon flings it open from the other side, hitting him in the face. Before Roth can recover his senses, Simon grabs his gun and opens fire, hitting but not killing Roth.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 1960s' Batman series episode "King Tut's Coup". While Robin is waiting beside the door to Tut's hideout, two of Tut's henchmen slam the door open and smash Robin against the wall, knocking him silly. They then capture him and take him inside.
  • In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode, "Lovers Walk", Angel gets crushed under a door while attempting to defend Spike. A few mooks walk over him shortly thereafter.
  • The Cosby Show: In "Off to See the Wretched", Vanessa is brought home by her parents, furious that she lied to them and snuck off to a concert, and Clair slams the front door just as Cliff is walking in.
  • The Diagnosis: Murder episode "A Very Fatal Funeral" ends with Jack doing this to the episode's killer as they are ready to kill Norman. He was heading there to confront Norman over being scheduled for a double shift again, but still.
  • Doctor Who. In "The God Complex", Rory Williams tries to stop the Monster of the Week from entering the room, only to get pinned up against the wall.
  • The Goodies
    • In "The Movies", Graeme manages to inflict one of these to himself — he kicks open a door with enough force to have it bounce off the wall and slam in his face.
    • Another variation in "Rome Antics". Graham finds himself on the wrong side of the door with Attila the Hun, who throws a spear at him. Fortunately the spear hits the door instead, but then Bill and Graham open the door causing the spear's shaft to knock over first Graham, then the other two whenever someone opens or closes the door.
  • The Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Spring Awakening" has the cops do this with a hotel room door to a pimp robbing a top drawer.
  • One episode of M*A*S*H has Henry Blake walloped by the door to his office twice in one scene. Apparently, he was either so dazed by the first impact or so distracted by the news that followed that it didn't occur to him to move out of the way before someone else did the same thing.
  • Howard Moon gets this done to him by Mrs. Gideon in an episode of The Mighty Boosh. Then later he steps out from behind the door in a strange way that gets a second laugh out of the same joke.
  • Happens a few times in The Nanny to Niles, CC and Fran. Especially CC, since she was usually found sitting on a leather couch behind the door in Maxwell's office.
  • Our Miss Brooks: Miss Brooks does this to Mr. Conklin a few times, by accident of course. It usually results in Miss Brooks breaking Mr. Conklin's glasses.
  • The Partridge Family: At the beginning of "The Selling of the Partridges," Reuben is trying to repair the front doorknob. Shirley and Danny both walk into the house, hitting him with the door. Then Laurie walks through the open door and pushes it shut, away from Reuben. Just as Reuben's starting to get back to work, Keith flings the door open, knocking him into the wall.
  • One episode of Polizeiruf 110, "Kein Paradies für Elstern' has a department store worker named Klaus Schober getting smacked in the face with a door as another worker is rushing out to call the police.
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch. The title character Meet Cutes her Love Interest Harvey this way.
  • School of Rock: In "Total Eclipse of the Heart", Mr. Finn is attempting to open a door while he is covered in sheets of paper when he gets slammed by Tomika opening the door from the other side.
  • Stargate SG-1:
    • Teal'c gets a door in the face in the episode "Windows of Opportunity". Repeatedly, as he is stuck in a "Groundhog Day" Loop and this happens right at the beginning of it — he has no chance to avoid it, every time, for hundred of loops. And then he slams back.
    • In the season 10 episode "Family Ties", Sergeant Siler slams into an open door after turning around while being distracted by Vala and Sam in civilian clothes. The last of a great number of bruises he received over working at the SGC for 10 years.
  • Cindy in Three's Company constantly does this inadvertently to the rest of the cast; so much that Jack tries to teach her in one episode how to open a door slowly.
  • In one episode of The Thundermans named "You've Got Fail", Max tries to lock his sister Phoebe in a janitor's closet in order to sabotage her ballet show. Cue the janitor who comes by later on and hears her yelling for Max to let her out, and when he does—"SLAM!" Phoebe bursts through the door and runs back into the auditorium to try to save her show. Unfortunately she wasn't aware she had slammed the janitor in between the door and the adjacent wall. When she leaves, the poor janitor slumps to the floor against the wall in a dazed stupor and goes unconscious with his eyes rolled back, when the door slowly swings back closed from the wall again.
  • Happens to Erin a couple of times in the Titus episode, "The Visit", eventually leading to child-services officer to say, "Want a hint? Hold the door for her!"
  • The Two Ronnies. In a spoof of The Professionals, a gun-waving Doyle kicks open a door, searches an apartment and is surprised to find no-one there. As he closes the door behind him, a Squashed Flat villain falls out from behind it.

  • MAD's Super Special Fall 1980. In "The Moronic Woman" (a The Bionic Woman parody), Jammy Summons (Jaime Sommers) and Oscular (Oscar Goldman) have infiltrated the enemy palace. When they reach the office of the dictator, Jammy slams open the door with her moronic (bionic) strength. When Oscular asks where the dictator is, an officer says that he was behind the door, so he's now part of the wallpaper.

    Music Videos 
  • Happens in the music video for "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Eat It", when Al bursts into the diner and wallops a nearby bystander with the door.

  • In Monster Bash, the Mummy does this to one of the archaeologists standing in front of his sarcophagus.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • On WrestleMania X-8, Molly Holly lost the Hardcore Championship title that she had gained from The Hurricane earlier in the night to Christian through this way. She was running through the backstage area trying to escape potential Hardcore title challengers (seeing that the title was defended 24/7) when she failed to notice a split door that was initially open on both halves was then closed shut on its upper half by Christian just as Molly walked into it, knocking herself out and allowing Christian to pin her.

    Puppet Shows 
  • This happens to Bean Bunny during the breakfast scene in Muppets from Space. The culprit is Miss Piggy, who always has to make a huge entrance, Large Ham that she is.
  • Pierce Brosnan does this to an unnamed muppet in Muppets Tonight.
    The victim: [moments before] I finally got over my fear of standing next to closed doors! (WHAM!) Uhh!

  • Happens twice in British farce Cash On Delivery to the Uncle, setting up the comic misunderstanding first that he's crazy (due to him being dazed) and then dead (because he's been knocked unconscious).
  • The Play That Goes Wrong:
    • Happens to Sandra, the actress playing the Femme Fatale (and her impromptu replacements).
    • A variation is used in the sequel, Peter Pan Goes Wrong, as the actor playing Nana gets stuck in the door's dog-flap, and is repeatedly slammed headfirst into nearby props for the rest of the scene.

    Video Games 
  • Some early video games with hinged doors, rather than Doom-esque upside-down-elevator doors, can crush the player if they stand in the wrong place as it automatically closes. Build engine games are notoriously bad for that, especially Blood II: The Chosen and Redneck Rampage, has a possible Game-Breaking Bug where the player's position during a cutscene midway through the game is near one such door.
  • Weaponized in Dark Souls III with the Giant Door Shield, which is just two halves of a huge wooden door wielded as a pair of greatshields that can be used to Shield Bash enemies in different ways.
  • Deponia: In Chaos on Deponia, Rufus's "ring the doorbell and hide" prank always backfires because of this trope. In fact, the puzzle requires it. When Goal's in Spunky mode, she'll eventually swing the door so hard she'll end up leaving a Rufus-shaped dent in it, which Rufus then uses to make a wax mold of his face.
  • This happens to Donald Duck a couple of times in Kingdom Hearts for comedic effect.
  • The lethal version of this trope shows up in Machine Hunter, where alien soldiers can be squashed into a pile of red goop if they happen to be between two closing doors. This happens regularly during the laboratory and hospital levels, and players are known to, instead of shooting aliens like the norm, trick them into standing between shutting doors instead.
  • In Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures, one of the obstacles you have to guide Pac-Man past is a neighbor's door; if you fail to get Pac-Man to stop at the right time, the neighbor will slam the door in Pac's face every time. And it can go with either variant: either Pac-man can be running full-tilt, only for the neighbor to peek out the door and Pac-man smashes into it. Or you can shoot the door and when Pac-man comes walking by, the man slams it open, flattening Pac-man against the wall.
  • Quest for Glory I on two occasions. Standing in front of, or to the wrong side of Henry the Hermit's door when he opens it will send the hero flying off a cliff, or crush him between the door and a cliff face (he does warn you to stand clear).
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • In Paper Mario, the first time you go to see Merlon, he knocks you down when he opens it.
    • In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, when you're working your way to the top of the Glitz Pit rankings, you let the promoter know when you're ready for the next fight, then wait for security to come get you. If you're in front of the door, you flail about as you're pushed out of the way.
    • The falling doors in Yoshi's Island.
    • Doors that aren't part of the room (refrigerators and cabins) in Luigi's Mansion will slam into Luigi if you try to open it. If you do, Luigi lose some health. The worse has to be the fake doors, because not only that you'll lose health, but he'll also be squashed flat as a paper. The ghosts will laugh at you for falling into this trick.
  • A sidequest in The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky has you investigating an "assault case" that turns out to be the result of this trope. A man was found unconscious on a balcony with no sign of any assailant, turns out a door just clocked them on the back of the head.

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  • asdfmovie (specifically, asdfmovie6): "Knock knock!" "Who's there?" SLAM! "THE DOOR!"
  • In the Chimney Chickens episode "Date Envy", the High-School Hustler Blaze Hanson pushes the door marked "Student Records" open, right into the face of some poor nameless background chicken.


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    Western Animation 
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius: This happens to Jimmy when Carl exits his clubhouse in the episode "Love Potion 976/J".
  • Ben 10: Alien Force has Kevin getting the door slammed in his face by Mike Morningstar.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog: In "A Night at the Katz Motel", Courage ends up in a dark room, and when he turns on the lights, he sees a huge collection of spiders in jars. This terrifies him so badly that he freaks out and dashes out of the room, crushing Katz underneath the door just as the latter is about to open it.
    Katz: I wish you hadn't done that...
  • The title character of Dan Vs. gets one in "Dan vs. Canada" when, thanks to an unfortunate maple-syrup-related accident, he becomes stuck to his own apartment door. After calling Chris for help, Chris arrives and slams open the door along with Dan squashed by it.
  • Doug: In "Doug Can't Dance", this happens when Roger enters Doug's garage while he's looking into a mirror attached to the door.
    Doug: [narrating] Me and Porkchop were putting the finishing touches on our costume for the dance. And everything was going fine when, all of a sudden, it hit me.
    Roger: [slams the door on Doug] Hey, Funnie, where are ya?!
  • In an episode of The Fairly OddParents!, Timmy and Wanda are invited to lunch in fairy world by Mamma Cosmo, but the two are seated at a table situated between the kitchen and the bathrooms. Cue the two getting repeatedly smacked by the doors as fairies enter and leave.
  • Used twice in the first episode of Final Space: In a flashback, Gary crushes Tribore behind the door of a bar when he storms in. In the present, KVN tries to help Gary get out of the Commissary during the bounty hunter attack. He opens the door that HUE previously locked, but it slams shut again in Gary’s face before the latter can leave.
  • In the opening sequence of Flying Rhino Junior High, Principal Mulligan does this to Buford the janitor.
  • In Futurama's "Space Pilot 3000", Fry stares in awe of the automatic sliding doors that slide up. However, he's doing so directly under the door, so just as he says "Wow, just like in Star Trek" the door closes down on him. Then mere moments later, he goes through another door and looks up, expecting the door to come down again. Only this time, it closes on him from the side.
  • Occurs in an U.S. Acres quickie on Garfield and Friends. And some strips had it as well.
  • Hey Arnold!:
    • Happens to Helga in the episode "Beaned". Arnold is holding the door open for everyone to enter the cafeteria because they're holding their trays and Helga assumes he'll keep it open for her as well. Just as she's about to walk through, he slams it shut on her (unknowingly), slamming her tray and all its content into her face as she slowly slides down to the floor.
    • In the movie, while Arnold is infiltrating Future Tech Industries to find the security monitor room and retrieve a videotape that recorded Scheck burning the 'Tomato Incident' document in front of him and Gerald in order to stop his evil plan of illegally demolishing their neighborhood, one of Scheck's guards slams the door of the monitor room on his face while leaving the room. After the guard walks away, Arnold simply brushes off the pain on his nose and then enters the room to find the incriminating videotape.
  • Kaeloo: In one episode, Kaeloo knocks on the door and Pretty goes up to answer it. Before she can open the door, Kaeloo opens it from the outside, slamming it into Pretty's face.
  • Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness. Po is making a Badass Boast when tiny Master Shifu slams open the door, sending the huge panda flying across the room.
  • The Legend of Korra:
    • Korra is treated like a pinball within the confines of a 2000-year-old Airbending training device.
    • In Season 3, Mako goes to check on a lead about a man who suddenly started Airbending. The man has locked himself in his room, and Mako threatens to knock the door down if he won't open up. The man blasts the door off its hinges in fright, slamming Mako into a nearby wall.
  • One reoccurring gag in The Legend of Zelda cartoon is Link getting smacked when Zelda opens and closes a door.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • In Carrotblanca, The Crusher (as the doorman) is slammed by the door of the "Café au lait américain" nightclub when Yosemite Sam makes his Big Entrance... in a car.
    • It happens in "Red Riding Hoodwinked" when Big Bad Wolf and Sylvester are chasing Red Riding Hood and Tweety. Sylvester accidentally opens a door into Wolf right as he's about to catch Red.
    • In "From Hare to Heir", Yosemite Sam (as an impoverished prince trying to maintain his cool to win a million-pound award) bangs on the bathroom door as Bugs is in the bathroom. Bugs opens the door and slams Sam against the wall.
  • The Mr. Men Show:
    • In the online music video for "Bump in the Night", Mr. Scatterbrain slams the door onto Mr. Bump just as he was trying to open it.
    • Mr. Stubborn slammed the door onto Miss Sunshine in "Eyeglasses" when she was about to leave.
    • In the bumpers of "Supermarket", Miss Naughty slams the doors onto the third customer who tries to leaves the store. She did this to both Mr. Bump and Messy, but this backfires when Mr. Strong goes through.
  • This is a Running Gag in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, in both the main series and the Equestria Girls spin-off series, as mentioned in animated films above. Both Spike and Twilight Sparkle got the worst of it, but pretty much every pony in the mane cast gets hit by a door at one point or another.
    • In "Friendship Is Magic Part 1", Twilight Sparkle slams a door open into Spike in her hurry to get to the library. Twilight Sparkle accidentally hits Spike with a door again at the end of "The Crystal Empire Part 1" opener, possibly as a direct Call-Back to the aforementioned instance.
    • Happens to Twilight Sparkle twice in "Feeling Pinkie Keen", both of which Pinkie Pie predicted.
      Twilight Sparkle: [to Pinkie Pie and Spike, after getting slammed the second time] Did you two plan this?
    • She avoids getting slammed by a door a third time, only to end up falling down an open cellar door instead.
    • In "The Best Night Ever", Prince Blueblood does this to Rarity after making her get the door for him.
    • In "Luna Eclipsed", Fluttershy tries to flee back into her house after Twilight Sparkle tries to drag her into her attempts to help Princess Luna, only for Twilight Sparkle to casually slam the door shut on her, causing poor Flutters to run right into it.
    • At the start of "Three's a Crowd", Pinkie Pie barges in the Library by pushing the door from its hinges, slamming Spike underneath.
    • Happens again to Spike two episodes in a row: in "Princess Spike" when Cadance bursts into the room looking for him, and in "Party Pooped" he gets slammed into the wall when the yak delegation throws open the castle doors upon arriving in Ponyville.
    • Pinkie Pie gets an outhouse door to the face shortly after arriving in Dodge Junction... twice, in "The Last Roundup" and "Party Pooped".
    • In "Fame and Misfortune", when Applejack bursts into the Carousel Boutique, she slams Twilight with the door, then quickly apologizes. (The face Twilight makes afterward is hilarious.)
  • One The Pink Panther short has the inspector declaring, "All right, Pink Panther, I know you are in there; come out at once!" only to get a door in the face. And no matter where he stood, the door opened on him.... (Watch the hilarity here — starts at 3:27)
  • Happens to Olive Oyl in the Popeye short "Beware of Barnacle Bill"; she goes to let in the titular Barnacle Bill, Who is knocking rather loudly on her door, and he smashes the door open and smushes her against the wall.
  • The titular wallaby in Rocko's Modern Life falls victim to this in "Sailing the 7 Zzzz's" when he nails his door shut (to keep a sleepwalking Bighead from entering his house), only to get slammed against it on the wall when Heffer and Filburt spontaneously break in.
  • Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: In "A Clue for Scooby Doo," the gang is underwater trying to solve the mystery of a ghostly sea diver. Scooby bursts through the door of a ship's hold, knocking Shaggy against the wall behind it.
  • In the opening theme to Shaun the Sheep, the Farmer slams Bitzer with the front door when he opens it. The precise effect changes for each season.
  • The Simpsons:
    • "Treehouse of Horror III" uses this gag: Milhouse is playing Pin the tail on the donkey when gets hit by the door as Homer enters with Bart's birthday present.
    • In "Lisa the Vegetarian", just as Bart was explaining Lisa that cartoons are just about hilarious stuff like people getting hurt, he gets hit when Homer opens the door.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog:
      • At the beginning of the episode, "Birth of a Salesman", Grounder tries to answer the door, but Wes Weasley crushes him with it when he opens it.
      • In the episode, "Momma Robotnik's Birthday" from the same series, Robotnik orders Scratch and Grounder to stop whoever's invading his fortress. Just as they run up to the front door, Momma Robotnik kicks it open, and crushes them with it.
    • Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM): In "Ro-Becca", one of the comedy episodes, Sonic and Rotor knock over a door that Antoine was standing behind. When they leave, the door goes back up and the audience finds that Antoine got flattened, obviously.
  • From the Animated Adaptation of the Tintin adventure, The Crab with the Golden Claws:
    Thomson and Thompson: [together] We think you're smuggling drugs!
    [Ben Salaad's henchman, Allan, emerges from a hidden bookcase entrance leading to their opium cellar, and proceeds to crush Ben Salaad behind the bookcase in the process]
    Allan: RUN FOR IT, OMAR!
  • In the Tiny Toon Adventures episode "Europe in 30 Minutes", a door is slammed on Buster, Babs, Plucky, and Hampton, flattening them from the front.
  • VeggieTales:
    • In "Daniel and the Lions' Den", when the Wisemen catch Daniel praying to God instead of to King Darius, they quickly open the door before it closes again. When the door opens again, we see that Scallion # 3 got hit by the door.
  • In "Madame Blueberry", Larry isn't watching where he's going when they go to Stuff-Mart and a sliding door closes on his face.
  • In "King George and the Ducky", this happens to Louis (Bob) when King George (Larry) comes out from the bathroom while singing about how he loves his duck and slams the door into him.
  • The Venture Bros.: Dean is playing detective, sticking a hair onto a doorframe, when Dr. Orpheus dramatically swings the door open, knocking him over.
  • Wakfu:
    • Happens to Yugo in "The Ugly Pagent", when he's sneaking around Sadlygrove's cell and the huge Princess Lela slams the door open hard.
    • Happens to Ruel in "Ruel's Bag", when he's trying to stop anyone from coming into his house... and he gets bull-rushed by the rest of the gang opening the door.

Alternative Title(s): Door Slams You


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