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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."
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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]].
4th Jan '17 4:29:47 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Pycelle intentionally drops a message to force Tyrion to pick it up in "Mhysa".
** Arya drops a coin to catch an enemy off his guard when he stoops to get it in "Mhysa".
12th Jun '16 4:23:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', Shin weaponizes this sort of behavior, seemingly accidentally dodging everybody's attacks while inflicting damage through perceived incredible clumsiness, attributing his outcomes to amazing luck. He makes it to the last rounds of the World Martial Arts Tournament and defeats Yamcha but is then taken out in the semifinals by Piccolo, after breaking his façade by using a DangerousForbiddenTechnique--he entered the competition specifically to stop Piccolo because he knew Piccolo was a threat. [[spoiler:Shin is actually the deity Kami possessing an ordinary businessman as a disguise and is strong enough to not have to take any of his opponents seriously until Piccolo.]]

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* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', Shin weaponizes this sort of behavior, seemingly accidentally dodging everybody's attacks while inflicting damage through perceived incredible clumsiness, attributing his outcomes to amazing luck. He makes it to the last rounds of the World Martial Arts Tournament and defeats Yamcha but is then taken out in the semifinals by Piccolo, after breaking his façade by using a DangerousForbiddenTechnique--he entered the competition specifically to stop Piccolo because he knew Piccolo was a threat. [[spoiler:Shin is actually the deity Kami possessing an ordinary businessman as a disguise and is strong enough to not have to take any of his opponents seriously until Piccolo.]]



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* The "accidental" spill variant was used by Vicky the babysitter in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''. She doesn't just spill a drink, though. It is a significant amount of water, enough to drench the other girl. The reason for it was one of the little men in her brain, "Jealousy", was doing his job by being a petty asshole.

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* The "accidental" spill variant was used by Vicky the babysitter in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''. She doesn't just spill a drink, though. It is a significant amount of water, enough to drench the other girl. The reason for it was one of the little men in her brain, "Jealousy", was doing his job by being a petty asshole.


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12th Jun '16 3:27:08 AM Morgenthaler
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** Bart also uses the "My finger slipped" excuse in a "TreehouseOfHorror" episode, where Lisa's science experiment turns into a miniature civilization.
* ''{{Freakazoid}}'' had a villain named Arms Akimbo who ran an [[ProtectionRacket "Oops insurance"]], "accidentally" knocking things over with his elbows until the owners give in. The damage gets more and more ridiculous with each scene, until we see StockFootage of a building blowing up, followed by Akimbo saying "Oops!"

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** Bart also uses the "My finger slipped" excuse in a "TreehouseOfHorror" "WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror" episode, where Lisa's science experiment turns into a miniature civilization.
* ''{{Freakazoid}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' had a villain named Arms Akimbo who ran an [[ProtectionRacket "Oops insurance"]], "accidentally" knocking things over with his elbows until the owners give in. The damage gets more and more ridiculous with each scene, until we see StockFootage of a building blowing up, followed by Akimbo saying "Oops!"
11th Jun '16 12:51:19 PM nombretomado
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* on ''Series/TheSopranos'' Paulie Walnuts drops Valery's universal remote and gives a sarcastic oops after Valery tells him sternly (in his thick Russian accent) that "remote goes on docking station".
* ''TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' has one episode where the winner of Employee of the Month will get an all-expenses-paid trip to a Tipton hotel of their choice, anywhere in the world. This causes no end of trouble born from competing employees, including one instance where Maddie's cart collapses, spilling candy everywhere. Patrick, the waiter for the hotel restaurant, denies doing anything to sabotage an employee, and then (looking down to see where his feet (in the middle of the spilled candy) are positioned) begins stomping on the candy while screaming "Never! Never! Never!" Maddie, being one of the [[OnlySaneMan only sane people]] in the hotel, isn't fooled.

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* on On ''Series/TheSopranos'' Paulie Walnuts drops Valery's universal remote and gives a sarcastic oops after Valery tells him sternly (in his thick Russian accent) that "remote goes on docking station".
* ''TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' has one episode where the winner of Employee of the Month will get an all-expenses-paid trip to a Tipton hotel of their choice, anywhere in the world. This causes no end of trouble born from competing employees, including one instance where Maddie's cart collapses, spilling candy everywhere. Patrick, the waiter for the hotel restaurant, denies doing anything to sabotage an employee, and then (looking down to see where his feet (in the middle of the spilled candy) are positioned) begins stomping on the candy while screaming "Never! Never! Never!" Maddie, being one of the [[OnlySaneMan only sane people]] in the hotel, isn't fooled.
11th May '16 6:20:22 PM ecto8iologist
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* In {{Webcomic/Homestuck}}, Kanaya threatens Vriska with such an unfortunate accident of spilling a load gaper (their filthy commoner speak for "toilet") over Vriska's head if she doesn't make ramps for Tavros to travel around his house.
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