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During the series, it happens quite often, where Naruto does something stupid (usually sexy jutsu related) and gets hit on the head, which follows by this huge bumps on his head. This happens quite often even in other series.

Naruto with bumps on head

What caught my eye is that objects also seem to be affected by this phenomenon:

Log with large bump

And in a earlier episode, this also seemed to happen to the chair Tsunade threw out of the window.

What is trope called, and why is it used?

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The giant head-bump thing is common in other anime (and media, at least in East Asia), and is used to indicate an injury to the head, as you've stated. For instance, a Chinese search for "撞头" on Google Image (literally "hitting head [on something]") gives images such as this one, which don't seem to be connected to any anime:

child with swollen bump on head

I am pretty sure I have seen this in other anime before (e.g. Keroro), but I'm having trouble locating similar screen-caps. In a sense, it has become something of a "convention", the same way sweat-drops are kind of a "convention", which explains the usage here.

Thus, the Naruto extension of this to inanimate objects appears to simply be an extension of this trope -- the objects have been "injured", and so like the heads of these individuals, swollen, overly stylized bumps form on them.

TV Tropes calls the head case a "cranial eruption". However, any searches for the term don't produce many results beyond sites like TV Tropes (and some similar site), and this small anime wikia doesn't seem to have a listing for the trope, despite it being a fairly prevalent thing. (Conversely, it doesn't have "ahoge".) So it seems that there's no real, generally accepted English term for this trope.

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