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Any time you see someone using a wood chipper for its intended purpose, you probably cringe in fear, because in movie and TV land, wood chippers are big 'ol murder machines that'll turn your body into an unidentifiable pulp. if you're unlucky enough to fall in. Alternatively, a wood chipper is also depicted as an excellent way of Disposing of a Body, albeit with a lot of gore and possible jamming of the mechanisms in the process.

This fear of wood chippers is very Truth in Television - people have gotten gravely injured or even killed by falling into wood chippers. Hell, some yahoos have even pulled a Houdini with a body Fargo-style (with various results).

This is a Death Trope, so beware of some unmarked spoilers.



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    Fan Works 
  • Total Drama: Pomewin Island (original draft) is a competition fic in which contestants are murdered upon their elimination. For the first boot, this entailed being thrown into a wood chipper by Chef.

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    Film — Live-Action 
  • In Dark Night of the Scarecrow, Harliss hears a noise in his barn. He is investigating up in the loft when a wood chipper below starts of its own accord. Startled, he topples over into the machine and is killed. Since the wood chipper had not run out of gasoline after Harliss had been killed but had been switched off, Otis, Philby, and Skeeter suspect that Harliss' death was not accidental.
  • In Deadpool 2, the Merc with a Mouth assembles his own superhero team to stop Cable from murdering a young pyrokinetic mutant named Russell. The group dramatically parachutes out of a plane to intercept a prison convoy transporting Russell, only to fly into various hazards due to strong winds, one of them being a wood chipper. This ends up not killing not only the guy that got sucked in (Zeitgeist) but also Peter, when the former accidentally upchucks on Peter with his acidic vomit.
  • Downtown: Joe Pantoliano's character is flung off the windscreen of a car into a wood chipper and turned into a bloody puree.
  • Perhaps the most infamous usage of this trope is in the movie Fargo, where psychopathic criminal Gaear Grimsrud murders Carl Showalter with an ax, chops the body up into little pieces, then shoves the pieces into a ridiculously small wood chipper, which has jammed by the time Marge Gunderson arrives at the scene, horrified by how sociopathic Grimsrud is.
  • Final Destination 3: The alternate ending from the DVD reveals that the Final Destination 2 survivors, Kimberly Corman and Thomas Burke, were both killed from a woodchipper accident in a newspaper. The canonicity of their death is questionable (even the director says that you could take it as canon), but since the survivors in the series died despite escaping Death's plans, it is possible that they might not live long.
  • Teased but averted in Friday the 13th (2009): In the final showdown, Clay wraps a chain around Jason's neck and throws it into a woodchipper's blades, strangling him; however, Jason's freakish strength keeps him from being pulled into the chipper too. Whitney then kills him with his own machete. She thinks.
  • The Irishman shows a dead body being disposed of using a wood chipper in Florida.
  • Rumble in the Bronx has a scene where one of the gang members gets forced into a woodchipper by the diamond-smuggling bad (well, badder) guys. And have his buddy bring the remains back in a garbage bag as a warning.
  • In Scarecrow Slayer, scarecrow Karl is destroyed when scarecrow Dave forces him into a threshing machine.
  • Silent Night (2012): When one of the actresses escapes from the porn set, the Bad Santa chases her into a nearby Christmas tree farm, where he cuts her leg off and feeds her into a woodchipper.
  • In Slaxx, it was a thresher rather than a wood chipper, but the same principle applies. The villain is the ghost of an Indian farm laborer who died in a workplace accident when her scarf got caught in a cotton thresher, pulling her in.
  • Stepfather III: At the end of the movie, the titular stepfather dies by being pushed into a wood chipper.
  • Superhero Movie: Rick tries to save an old lady and her dog from being hit by a truck by throwing them across the street to safety... only to realize he accidentally threw them into a nearby woodchipper.
  • In The Tooth Fairy (2006), the witch forces one victim feet first into a wood chipper.
  • Tucker & Dale vs. Evil: The titular duo are mistaken by a bunch of college students for insane backwoods killers who kidnapped their friend (who in reality, was saved from drowning by the guys while they were on a late-night fishing trip). The kids launch a rescue mission which goes horribly wrong when one of them impales himself on his own stake and another accidentally jumps into a wood chipper Tucker was using while trying to stab him with a pocket knife. Tucker then tries to save the guy by grabbing onto his legs, which looks to the other kids who arrive at the scene like he's pushing the kid into the machine.
  • Woodchipper Massacre: Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Three siblings begin to kill people with a woodchipper while their father is away.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 1000 Ways to Die: One story features two workers tasked with clearing brush away from a vacant lot using a wood chipper. When the chipper gets jammed, one worker decides to unclog it using his feet, which winds up getting him sucked into the chipper and ground up into a bloody mess.
  • An early episode of Bones has the team realize they only found a piece of bone from the victim because the perp fed the remains into a wood chipper and aimed the spray into a fast-flowing river nearby.
  • CSI-verse: No less than four episodes throughout the franchise ("What's Eating Gilbert Grissom?" and "A Family Affair" in CSI and "Chip/Tuck" and "Castle Vardulon" in CSI: Miami) had a wood chipper used to try to dispose of a body and leaving behind a humongous spray of blood and bite-sized human flesh crumbs spread all over, which had to be dug through to try to find evidence — and none of them worked effectively.
  • Played with in the Christmas Episode of Drake & Josh; Nobody (dead or alive) is ground up with a wood chipper, however, the titular step-brothers accidentally turn a wood chipper into a dangerous weapon when they put ice through it in an attempt to create snow for some orphans they were taking care of. Instead of snow, the wood chipper starts spitting out pieces of ice at high speeds, destroying the cul-de-sac and endangering the kids, forcing Drake and Josh to stop the malfunctioning machine, getting knocked out in the process. In the end, Crazy Steve is able to create snow by throwing in smelly but much safer cheese wheels into the chipper.
  • The Dukes of Hazzard: Season 4’s “Dear Diary” saw Rosco’s diary — a surprisingly-detailed accounting of Boss Hogg’s criminal activities through the years — bite the dust in a wood chipper, thrown in there by the Duke Boys during a game of “keep away” from two of Boss’ ex-associates (who learn of the diary and plan to extort money in exchange for not bringing the book to the FBI).
  • The Friday The 13th: The Series episode "Root of All Evil" features a cursed wood chipper used by a gardener to kill those who have wronged him. The curse also turns the remains of the "chipped" into money. In the end, the gardener himself gets sucked in when he tries to retrieve the money thrown into it. Unlike his victims, he's reduced to blood instead of money.
  • Played for laughs in the one episode of the recurring Mad TV sketch Paul Timberman's Workshop. Paul Timberman's grandfather, Grandpa Timberman, had an untimely fall into a woodchipper.
  • Subverted in the pilot of Smallville. During an argument with his father, Clark shoves his arm into a woodchipper. His father is appropriately horrified and runs over to him, only to see that Clark is completely unharmed. This seems to be the moment where he (and by extension Martha) realize that Clark isn't just superhumanly strong and fast, but completely indestructible.
  • Supernatural: The Okami can only be killed by a specially blessed bamboo dagger... or, as Bobby learns in a pinch, by throwing it into a wood chipper. Unfortunately, a lady friend of his is standing in the splatter zone.
    Rufus: Oh, okeydokey. Wood chipper, that... that pretty much trumps everything.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • On an episode of WCW Monday Nitro, Norman Smiley stole Chavo Guerrero Jr.'s hobbyhorse, Pepe (It's a Long Story), and threw Pepe into a wood chipper in the parking lot.

    Video Games 
  • In the Bloons Tower Defense series, one of the towers in the fifth game is the Bloonchipper, a mechanical device that sucks in Bloons, shreds them, and spits the remainders, which then can be sucked in again. Its upgrades allow it to suck in more Bloons or shred them faster, and the final upgrade allows it to suck in MOAB class Bloons, stalling and delaying their movement.
  • In Cel Damage, Sinder has this as his signature weapon, allowing him to suck up nearby opponents and spit them out the back. Given that it's in a more cartoony world than the rest of the examples here, it's much less gory and more on the Amusing Injuries side of things.
  • In Friday the 13th: The Game, one of the single-player scenarios has this as a challenge. Turn the chipper on, hide, wait for a counselor to come out and inspect it and then sneak from the shadows...
  • In Hitman: Absolution and the World of Assassination Trilogy, 47 can put either unconscious or dead bodies in a wood shredder and grind them up. Unfortunately for the Silent Assassin players, hiding the body without killing them is not an option. In 2016's "World of Tomorrow" level; a challenge called "Weeding the Garden" involves killing Silvio Caruso, one of your targets, then putting his body through the shredder.
  • In Saints Row 2 during the Crowd Control diversion, one of the random locations has a wood chipper you can toss deranged fans into for extra points.
  • In Viscera Cleanup Detail, the horror movie-themed level has you dispose of garbage and bodies with one of these instead of the usual incinerator. Lore-wise (not really in gameplay), it has the advantage of being able to fully destroy the seriously (really, insanely) cursed junk everywhere. It's also really good at making a mess shredding anything partially liquid or violently deflecting and hurling anything solid - and it's located outside at night in grass where it's hard to spot the details of this. And yes, you could end up in it if you're really, really careless going up the outside of the house or hedges.

  • In Undead Ed, Ed talks with some zombies brought back to life via an experimental project. They explain to him they have different scars due to the doctors replacing what was defective in their corpses related to how they died. One mentions his death was caused by a heart attack, but Ed notes he looks more banged up than the others, to which the zombie adds he was standing above a wood chipper when it happened.

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    Web Animation 
  • Happy Tree Friends: Happens to Cuddles on two separate occasions. Lumpy also narrowly avoids this fate in game cutscene.

    Western Animation 
  • The Fairly OddParents: This almost indirectly happens to Timmy in "You-Doo" where a voodoo doll of him lands on a branch being ground up in a nearby wood chipper. He barely gets out of it with only a Close-Call Haircut after wishing the doll away.
  • In Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law episode "The Dabba Don", Phil at one point tells Harvey not to question their client too much or he'll get them all whacked.
    Phil: Ha ha, body in a wood chipper.
  • King of the Hill: One episode had Dale destroy a puppet that Bobby had via a woodchipper since he's afraid of how it looks.
  • Rick and Morty: In "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind", one of the twenty-seven murdered Ricks was shown to be killed using a wood chipper with a nearby wall completely splattered with his blood.
  • The Simpsons: One "Treehouse of Horror" segment has Homer accidentally killing Krusty by making him fall into a nearby wood chipper, where Krusty gets ground up in a rather graphic fashion.

    Real Life 
  • In 1986, Richard Crafts murdered his wife Helle, ran her body through a woodchipper and threw the remains into a nearby riverbank. Searchers uncovered 59 bits of bone, part of a finger, 5 droplets of blood, 2 tooth caps, 2,660 strands of hair, 3 ounces of human tissue and 2 fingernails, all of which were matched to her via forensic testing. Her death led to Connecticut's first murder conviction without the victim's body.