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Basic Trope: A victim is comically hit by a falling anvil dropped by another person.

  • Straight: Alice drops an anvil on Bob.
  • Exaggerated: Alice drops ten anvils on Bob, with each one being larger than the last.
  • Downplayed: Alice drops an anvil, which barely misses Bob.
  • Justified: Alice and Bob are in a race, and Alice wants to win, so she drops the anvil on Bob.
  • Inverted: Alice drops Bob on the anvil.
  • Subverted: Alice tries to drop an anvil on Bob, but the anvil misses him.
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  • Double Subverted: The anvil lands on a trampoline, bounces back, and ends up hitting Bob. Alternatively, Bob gets hit by something else. Perhaps a brick?
  • Parodied: The anvil starts floating in the air, moves to above Bob's head, and falls on Bob. Alice is extremely amazed.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice drops multiple anvils throughout the cartoon, and the anvils vary in ability.
  • Averted: Alice doesn't have any anvils with her.
  • Enforced: The creators wanted to have an anvil somewhere in the cartoon, so they had Alice drop one on Bob.
  • Lampshaded: "This happens in almost every episode. Sooner or later it'll even have a theme song!"
  • Invoked: Alice and Bob's world is filled with anvils. Chances are Alice will take this to her advantage.
  • Exploited: Alice uses the anvil to stop Bob from cheating in a contest.
  • Defied:
    • Alice thinks about dropping the anvil on Bob, but decides not to.
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    • Bob successfully dodges the anvil.
    • Charlie snatches the anvil away from Alice and runs off with it.
  • Discussed: "I knew someone was going to drop an anvil sometime soon."
  • Conversed: "In these cartoons, anvils always fall on someone, don't you think?"
  • Implied: Alice runs offscreen to the right while carrying an anvil. Soon after, a bang is heard and Bob shows up from the right side of the screen with Circling Birdies around his head.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Bob is unharmed, but the anvil is stuck to his head.
    • Bob is severely harmed or even killed.
  • Reconstructed: Bob successfully removes the anvil from his head, and drops it on Alice.

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