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11th Aug '17 1:16:59 AM Nadim
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* In an episode of ''Series/{{Wizards of Waverly Place}}'', Alex knocks off the books of another classmate named TJ Taylor and sarcastically says "Sorry I'm a clutz".

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* In an episode of ''Series/{{Wizards of Waverly Place}}'', Alex knocks off the books of another classmate named TJ Taylor in order to expose him as a wizard and sarcastically says "Sorry I'm a clutz".



** And in ''Series/{{The Suite Life on Deck}}'', London and Bailey (disguised as two Sweedish waitresses) spill fish soup on the mayor and while they are "cleaning" the stain off, they steal his key to the rare diary to prove the innocence of Zack and Cody's ancestors.

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** And in ''Series/{{The Suite Life on Deck}}'', London and Bailey (disguised as two Sweedish waitresses) spill fish soup on the mayor and while they are "cleaning" the stain off, they steal his key to the rare diary to prove the innocence of Zack and Cody's ancestors.
21st Jul '17 11:42:24 AM ngh93
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* ''Film/NotAnotherTeenMovie'' plays with this classic "teen movie" trope. Janie is in a dress, already wet from falling the pool, and the AlphaBitch, Priscilla, sarcastically feigning clumsiness, spills a glass of ''water'' on her. Janie reacts with humiliated tears, and other characters react similarly:

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* ''Film/NotAnotherTeenMovie'' plays with this classic "teen movie" trope. Janie Janey is in a dress, already wet from falling jumping the pool, and the AlphaBitch, Priscilla, sarcastically feigning clumsiness, spills a glass bottle of ''water'' on her. Janie Janey reacts with humiliated tears, and other characters react similarly:
15th Jun '17 1:48:50 AM Nadim
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* In an episode of ''Series/{{Wizards of Waverly Place}}'', Alex knocks off the books of another classmate named TJ Taylor and sarcastically says "Sorry I'm a clutz".
15th Jun '17 1:45:29 AM Nadim
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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Chandler "accidentally" pokes Janice in the eye while breaking up with her in her debut appearance.
15th Jun '17 1:41:54 AM Nadim
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** And in ''Series/{{The Suite Life on Deck}}'', London and Bailey (disguised as two Sweedish waitresses) spill fish soup on the mayor and while they are "cleaning" the stain off, they steal his key to the rare diary to prove the innocence of Zack and Cody's ancestors.







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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Phineas and Ferb}}'': It is shown in "Phineas and Ferb-Busters" that Norm usually trips on a rug while preparing coffee for Dr Doofenshmirtz resulting in the coffee being accidentally spilled on the latter. However, when a giant mecha tries to kill Doffenshmirtz and take over the Tri-State Area for itself, Norm deliberately spills the coffee this time to destroy the mecha and save Doofenshmirtz.
4th Apr '17 6:52:05 AM RandomnessUnlimited
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': In one episode, Stumpy trips Kaeloo by sticking out his leg during a game of musical chairs so he can reach the chair first.
30th Mar '17 6:13:14 AM SteveMB
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This type of deliberate accident is often motivated by spite or revenge, although not always. Sometimes it's a necessity to [[WeNeedADistraction divert someone's attention]], ''gain'' someone's attention, plant a TrackingDevice, or just get someone worked up. The key to this trope is that an action is being presented as a mistake on the part of the person doing it. Since there's no point in holding up such a pretense if alone, this is something that will be done in public, even if all that's available is an audience of one.

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This type of deliberate accident is often motivated by spite or revenge, although not always. Sometimes it's a necessity to [[WeNeedADistraction divert someone's attention]], ''gain'' someone's attention, plant a TrackingDevice, [[PercussivePickpocket steal something]], or just get someone worked up. The key to this trope is that an action is being presented as a mistake on the part of the person doing it. Since there's no point in holding up such a pretense if alone, this is something that will be done in public, even if all that's available is an audience of one.
4th Mar '17 9:18:17 AM AthenaBlue
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* The drink spill variant was used very overtly by Jackie Tyler in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Love and Monsters."
** Also used ([[IdiotBall not particularly convincingly]]) by [[spoiler: the Doctor]] against the eponymous ''Family of Blood'', when [[spoiler: he pretends he's still a clumsy human and stumbles around their ship triggering buttons that cause it to explode]].

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* The drink ''TwoBrokeGirls'': Caroline "accidentally" spills a bowl of borscht on a girl who took a shirt Max was interested in at Goodwill.
* A non-trivial one in ''Series/BreakingBad'': Walt "accidentally" swerves Hank's car into oncoming traffic to stop him from investigating a laundromat for meth operations.
** In ''Series/BetterCallSaul'', Mike hires Saul to
spill variant was used very overtly coffee on a detective so Mike can swipe his notes.
* In ''Series/BurnNotice'', this happens a lot. Usually it's done to create a distraction or plant a bug.
* Used [[RunningGag all the time]]
by ''ElChapulinColorado'', who claims "all of my moves are throughly thought!" whenever he gets hurt ([[SlapStick Which is often]]).
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E10LoveAndMonsters "Love & Monsters"]]:
Jackie Tyler in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Love and Monsters."
** Also
used ([[IdiotBall not particularly convincingly]]) by [[spoiler: the drink-spill variant rather overtly to try and get Elton to stay over for the night.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E9TheFamilyOfBlood "The Family of Blood"]]: [[spoiler:The
Doctor]] uses it against the eponymous ''Family of Blood'', when [[spoiler: he pretends he's titular Family, [[spoiler:pretending to still a clumsy be human and stumbles around while covertly setting their ship triggering buttons that cause to self-destruct.]] The Family fall for it to explode]].because they see all humans as idiots.



* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'': In the pilot episode, AlphaBitch performs the drink spill variant to Sabrina. Later, when she does it again, Sabrina uses her magic to make the drink tilt back towards her.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', Elliot was in a crabby mood and tossed her drink on the ground right in front of Janitor, sarcastically saying "oops" as she walked past.
* ''TwoBrokeGirls'': Caroline "accidentally" spills a bowl of borsht on a girl who took a shirt Max was interested in at Goodwill.
* Used [[RunningGag all the time]] by ''ElChapulinColorado'', who claims "all of my moves are throughly thought!" whenever he gets hurt ([[SlapStick Which is often]]).
* Parodied along with ShameIfSomethingHappened in one episode of Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus. A couple of [[TheMafia Mafia types]] try to shake down an army base commander, eventually leading to the famous [[BreakingTheFourthWall fourth-wall breaking]] line "Stop that! It's silly!"
* In ''Series/BurnNotice'', this happens a lot. Usually it's done to create a distraction or plant a bug.



* On ''Series/JustShootMe'', Jack gives Dennis an ugly vase he made in pottery class. To get rid of it, Dennis "accidentally" drops it, but the vase proves to be indestructible.



* Parodied along with ShameIfSomethingHappened in one episode of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''. A couple of [[TheMafia Mafia types]] try to shake down an army base commander, eventually leading to the famous [[BreakingTheFourthWall fourth-wall breaking]] line "Stop that! It's silly!"



* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'': In the pilot episode, AlphaBitch performs the drink spill variant to Sabrina. Later, when she does it again, Sabrina uses her magic to make the drink tilt back towards her.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', Elliot was in a crabby mood and tossed her drink on the ground right in front of Janitor, sarcastically saying "oops" as she walked past.



* A non-trivial one in ''Series/BreakingBad'': Walt "accidentally" swerves Hank's car into oncoming traffic to stop him from investigating a laundromat for meth operations.
* In ''Series/BetterCallSaul'', Mike hires Saul to spill coffee on a detective so Mike can swipe his notes.
* On ''Series/JustShootMe'', Jack gives Dennis an ugly vase he made in pottery class. To get rid of it, Dennis "accidentally" drops it, but the vase proves to be indestructible.

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* A non-trivial one in ''Series/BreakingBad'': Walt "accidentally" swerves Hank's car into oncoming traffic to stop him from investigating a laundromat for meth operations.
* In ''Series/BetterCallSaul'', Mike hires Saul to spill coffee on a detective so Mike can swipe his notes.
* On ''Series/JustShootMe'', Jack gives Dennis an ugly vase he made in pottery class. To get rid of it, Dennis "accidentally" drops it, but the vase proves to be indestructible.
18th Feb '17 2:37:06 PM ngh93
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* ''Film/NotAnotherTeenMovie'' plays with this classic "teen movie" trope. The heroine is in a dress, already wet from falling the pool, and the AlphaBitch, sarcastically feigning clumsiness, spills a glass of ''water'' on her. The heroine reacts with humiliated tears, and other characters react similarly:

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* ''Film/NotAnotherTeenMovie'' plays with this classic "teen movie" trope. The heroine Janie is in a dress, already wet from falling the pool, and the AlphaBitch, Priscilla, sarcastically feigning clumsiness, spills a glass of ''water'' on her. The heroine Janie reacts with humiliated tears, and other characters react similarly:
5th Feb '17 1:13:54 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[AuntDimity Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea]]'', "Harry Peters" [[spoiler: Peter Harris in disguise]] knocks over a table in an Erinskil pub, spilling Lori's tea into her lap [[spoiler: so she won't blurt out his real name when she recognizes him]].

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* In ''[[AuntDimity ''[[Literature/AuntDimity Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea]]'', "Harry Peters" [[spoiler: Peter Harris in disguise]] knocks over a table in an Erinskil pub, spilling Lori's tea into her lap [[spoiler: so she won't blurt out his real name when she recognizes him]].
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