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25th Dec '17 1:26:16 PM SeptimusHeap
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* In the ''{{Spider-Man}}'' game for Playstation, you have to close several smokestacks with covers, to cause an effect "like a banana in a tailpipe". In the sillier What If? mode, the tops of the covers actually have bananas on them.

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* In the ''{{Spider-Man}}'' ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' game for Playstation, you have to close several smokestacks with covers, to cause an effect "like a banana in a tailpipe". In the sillier What If? mode, the tops of the covers actually have bananas on them.
25th Dec '17 1:23:39 PM SeptimusHeap
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17th Dec '17 6:17:19 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TreeFromMyYouth'', Salsa is able to destroy a Pig Mask tank by shoving what is implied to be his own feces in the tailpipe.

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* In ''TreeFromMyYouth'', ''Fanfic/TreeFromMyYouth'', Salsa is able to destroy a Pig Mask tank by shoving what is implied to be his own feces in the tailpipe.
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3rd Dec '17 6:19:03 AM Euan2000
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* In the first episode of ''Series/DadsArmy'', while having a discussion of how to take on a tank with improvised weapons, Jones suggests plugging the exhaust with spuds (potatoes). Mainwarrign points out that it wouldn't work because tanks have long, thin exhaust pipes. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Jones asks why they can't use long, thin spuds.]]

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* In the first episode of ''Series/DadsArmy'', while having a discussion of how to take on a tank with improvised weapons, Jones suggests plugging the exhaust with spuds (potatoes). Mainwarrign Mainwarring points out that it wouldn't work because tanks have long, thin exhaust pipes. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Jones asks why they can't use long, thin spuds.]]
20th Oct '17 10:09:43 AM BattleMaster
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* In a Creator/TomClancy's ''Ops Center'' novel [[note]] a series that licensed the use of Clancy's name but wasn't written by him[[/note]], a high-tech electronic surveillance vehicle is disabled and the entire crew is captured and taken hostage thanks to [[EpicFail a single rag being stuffed in the exhaust pipe]].
12th Oct '17 5:10:05 AM SAMAS
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Hey! Mind outta the gutter, please.
30th Sep '17 5:35:25 PM nombretomado
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', the family car was disabled by a toy rattle in the tailpipe. The family only figured it out after Arthur called ''CarTalk''.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', the family car was disabled by a toy rattle in the tailpipe. The family only figured it out after Arthur called ''CarTalk''.''Radio/CarTalk''.
7th Sep '17 1:41:30 AM alchixinren
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And [[HehHehYouSaidX stop snickering]] already!!

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And [[HehHehYouSaidX stop snickering]] already!!already! [[AccidentalInnuendo That's not what this trope means]]!!
4th Jul '17 4:44:55 PM BillWoods
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* The TropeNamer here is the film ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'', where Eddie Murphy's character used this technique to foil a group of bumbling police officers. Famous for a notorious editing screwup: the banana he holds is curved, but the one in the tailpipe is straight - they couldn't fit the bent one in the tailpipe. Filming mistakes aside, the movie does, surprisingly, play the trope more accurately than most: Axel uses multiple bananas to ensure an effective obstruction, and there is no fire or explosion.
* In the live-action version of ''Film/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'', raccoons put a large nut in the tailpipe of the bad guys' truck. The pressure does shoot the nut out eventually - when the bad guy is examining the tail pipe.

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* The TropeNamer here is the film ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'', where Eddie Murphy's character used this technique to foil a group of bumbling police officers. Famous for a notorious editing screwup: the banana he holds is curved, but the one in the tailpipe is straight - -- they couldn't fit the bent one in the tailpipe. Filming mistakes aside, the movie does, surprisingly, play the trope more accurately than most: Axel uses multiple bananas to ensure an effective obstruction, and there is no fire or explosion.
* In the live-action version of ''Film/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'', raccoons put a large nut in the tailpipe of the bad guys' truck. The pressure does shoot the nut out eventually - -- when the bad guy is examining the tail pipe.



** The same was used much earlier in an episode of ''Series/{{Ironside 1967}}''.

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** The same was used much earlier in an episode of ''Series/{{Ironside 1967}}''.''Series/{{Ironside|1967}}''.



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* There have been advertisements in the past for locking caps that fit over tailpipes to disable them.
* Try stretching an ordinary latex balloon across the pipe. Since it expands, it won't rocket off instantly, giving it time to smother the engine. Then, if you've done everything right, it will pop, making a loud noise and spooking your victim without actually causing damage to the car.
** Similarly, some joke stores sell tailpipe whistles. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin They fit over the pipe and partially obstruct air flow in a way that causes it to make a whistling sound]].
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYRDuOCKr2A The whistles go whoo whoo]]
* Works very well on two-stroke engines. Good luck finding a car with one, though.
* According to General Romeo Dallaire's memoir ''Shake Hands With the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda'', some Bangladeshi UN peacekeepers sabotaged their ''own'' armored personnel carriers by sticking rags in the tailpipe so that they could [[DirtyCoward avoid being sent on rescue missions in Kigali once the genocide had started.]]

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* The second case of ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' featured a car being disabled by - wait for it - [[spoiler:a pair of panties. MAGICAL panties]].

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* The second case of ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' featured a car being disabled by - -- wait for it - -- [[spoiler:a pair of panties. MAGICAL panties]].



* In Jet Fighters II on iPhone, there's an unlockable Taunt called Banana Plug. It depicts the exhaust of a jet filled with bananas.

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* In Jet ''Jet Fighters II II'' on iPhone, there's an unlockable Taunt called Banana Plug. It depicts the exhaust of a jet filled with bananas.


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* There have been advertisements in the past for locking caps that fit over tailpipes to disable them.
* Try stretching an ordinary latex balloon across the pipe. Since it expands, it won't rocket off instantly, giving it time to smother the engine. Then, if you've done everything right, it will pop, making a loud noise and spooking your victim without actually causing damage to the car.
** Similarly, some joke stores sell tailpipe whistles. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin They fit over the pipe and partially obstruct air flow in a way that causes it to make a whistling sound]].
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYRDuOCKr2A The whistles go whoo whoo]]
* Works very well on two-stroke engines. Good luck finding a car with one, though.
* According to General Romeo Dallaire's memoir ''Shake Hands With the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda'', some Bangladeshi UN peacekeepers sabotaged their ''own'' armored personnel carriers by sticking rags in the tailpipe so that they could [[DirtyCoward avoid being sent on rescue missions in Kigali once the genocide had started.]]

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30th Jun '17 1:41:20 PM Zyffyr
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** Parodied in the "Trial of the Century" episode of ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries''. Judge Reinhold (the actor, acting as the courtroom judge) is lured away from Dante's trial by Axel Foley, who "needs (his) help!" - and they spend the evening stuffing bananas in people's tailpipes and watching them stall, but the fun ends when the local grocer reveals that he's ran out of bananas. Then Judge Reinhold wakes up ("No! Axel! Come back!"). "I had that dream again!"
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