Often used in disaster flicks, cartoons, or stories involving superpowers. Even works that are entirely mundane may show tourists playing with this trope, posing for pics as if "holding up" or "fleeing the collapse of" the Tower.
Examples which involve the tower getting straightened often forget one important fact: because the tower was build in 3 stages over a period of 200 years, and started leaning very early in construction, the upper floors were built with one side longer than the other (making the tower curved) to compensate. So basically, you can't ever straigthen the tower; even if the base two floors could be perfectly straightened, the tower would start to lean in the other direction due to the built-in curve, and possibly collapse at some point in the distant future.
Subtrope of Monumental Damage.
- Flint the Time Detective: In the episode "Plumella", the heroes travel back to Pisa during the time of the renaissance. Flint sees the leaning tower and, fearing that it might fall over, straightens it, despite his friends warning him that it's supposed to be leaning, and Flint is now altering history. Near the end of the episode, an explosion causes the tower to tilt back to its original position, thus restoring history.
- In one episode of Lupin III (Red Jacket), the villain's earthquake machine succeeds in straightening the Leaning Tower, but is disabled before it can damage it further.
- Superman III: As part of the montage of Superman's tainted Kryptonite-induced rampage of Superdickery, he straightens the Leaning Tower, pissing off a poor seller of tower replicas that witnesses it (see page image). Supes' final act before the credits roll is to go back to Pisa to re-lean the tower, pissing off the man (who had started to sell replicas of the straightened tower) again.
- Zombieland: Double Tap: One man in Pisa blows up the Leaning Tower to collapse it onto a few zombies.
- In The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke there is a passing reference to "that tower they used to have in Pisa, before it fell over."
- In one episode of Bewitched, it's revealed that Esmeralda was responsible for tilting the tower centuries ago. Regretting the mistake, Esmeralda decides to try and fix it. She succeeds, but ends up causing Italy to Freak Out! at seeing the tower straightened.
- In the Attack Phase of Attack from Mars, the Martians are seen destroying or altering various Earth monuments, including straightening the Leaning Tower.
- The Dinosaurs Attack! trading card game depicts the Leaning Tower being pushed over by one dinosaur onto another.
- Efteling: The Italy section of the Carnaval Festival ride features a model of the tower of Pisa wobbling back and forth a bit as someone pushes against it to keep it from falling over.
- Futurama: In "The Cryonic Woman", when Fry and Bender take the Planet Express ship on a joyride, they unknowingly drag the delivery service's building along behind them since the ship was anchored to it. When flying over Pisa, the ship collides with the Leaning Tower, straightening it. Then the building collides with it, which tips the tower the other way. Then the tower collapses on top of the people who've come to gawk at its new orientation.
- In the cartoon Little Johnny Jet, the backwash from the racing planes causes the Tower to tip in the opposite direction.
- In the Looney Tunes short "A Hound For Trouble", Charlie Dog's latest owner, a restaurant owner in Italy, gets rid of him by pretending that the Leaning Tower is falling and telling Charlie to hold it up while he goes for help. The cartoon ends with Charlie still pushing on the Tower, thinking he's the only thing keeping the structure from falling over.
- Inverted in the Phineas and Ferb episode "We Call It Maze", in which Dr. Doofenshmirtz's evil plan includes making every other building in the world tilt at a similar angle, leaving the Leaning Tower of Pisa as nothing special. He then plans to straighten his own building, making it unique.
- In ''Madballs: Gross Jokes'', the Madballs destroy or deface pretty much every monument they come across on their trip around the world. One of the things they do is straighten the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
- On April 1 1960, the Dutch news broadcast NOS Journaal reported that the tower of Pisa had toppled over as part of an elaborate April Fools' Day joke. It got quite some reactions from people who were saddened the famous tower was supposedly gone.