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6th Sep '16 7:51:06 AM ElodieHiras
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* From one of the Darvo Deals from ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}: ''I found this great merchandise after it fell off the back of a Corpus shuttle. Actually, to be more precise, the entire back of the shuttle fell off after it took a direct hit from a Formorian. So, not such a lucky day for those guys, heh. But good for you right?!''. Considering the Corpus and Grineer are actually pulling guns on each other more often than they are pulling guns on the [[PlayerCharacter Tennos]], Darvo probably wasn't lying about the origins of the goods.

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* From one of the Darvo Deals from ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}: ''I ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'': "''I found this great merchandise after it fell off the back of a Corpus shuttle. Actually, to be more precise, the entire back of the shuttle fell off after it took a direct hit from a Formorian. So, not such a lucky day for those guys, heh. But good for you right?!''.right?!''". Considering the Corpus and Grineer are actually pulling guns on each other more often than they are pulling guns on the [[PlayerCharacter Tennos]], Darvo probably wasn't lying about the origins of the goods.
6th Sep '16 7:50:33 AM ElodieHiras
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* From one of the Darvo Deals from ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}: ''I found this great merchandise after it fell off the back of a Corpus shuttle. Actually, to be more precise, the entire back of the shuttle fell off after it took a direct hit from a Formorian. So, not such a lucky day for those guys, heh. But good for you right?!''. Considering the Corpus and Grineer are actually pulling guns on each other more often than they are pulling guns on the [[PlayerCharacter Tennos]], Darvo probably wasn't lying about the origins of the goods.
3rd Sep '16 2:39:14 PM StFan
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->'''Rodney''': Come on, Sandra, you don't care about the little things that fall off the backs of trucks, do ya?
->'''Sandra''': No, Rodney. What I'm interested in is who pushed them and who picked them up.

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->'''Rodney''': ->'''Rodney:''' Come on, Sandra, you don't care about the little things that fall off the backs of trucks, do ya?
->'''Sandra''':
ya?\\
'''Sandra:'''
No, Rodney. What I'm interested in is who pushed them and who picked them up.






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* In the British comic ''Whizzer and Chips'', the character Sweet Tooth was once offered some cheap sweets that had "fallen off the back of a lorry".
-->'''Sweet Tooth''': You mean they're stolen?
-->'''Salesman''': No, they fell off the back of a lorry. And the cars behind drove over them. That's why they're so cheap.

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* In the British comic ''Whizzer and Chips'', the character Sweet Tooth was is once offered some cheap sweets that had "fallen off the back of a lorry".
-->'''Sweet Tooth''': Tooth:''' You mean they're stolen?
-->'''Salesman''':
stolen?\\
'''Salesman:'''
No, they fell off the back of a lorry. And the cars behind drove over them. That's why they're so cheap.
cheap.



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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}'', the crate carrying Blu really does fall off the back of a truck, and is found by Linda.
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--> '''Alan:''' What, you're telling me that, in all the time you've run deliveries, nothing has ever just... fallen off the back of the truck?
--> '''Joe:''' Hey, I don't like your tone.
--> '''Alan:''' S-sorry.
--> '''Joe:''' ''leans closer'' It's too loud.

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--> '''Alan:''' -->'''Alan:''' What, you're telling me that, in all the time you've run deliveries, nothing has ever just... fallen off the back of the truck?
-->
truck?\\
'''Joe:''' Hey, I don't like your tone.
-->
tone.\\
'''Alan:''' S-sorry.
-->
S-sorry.\\
'''Joe:''' ''leans closer'' ''[leans closer]'' It's too loud.



* In ''Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper'', a literal example occurs when Miss Piggy is trying to reach the Mallory Gallery to help Kermit and the others. The truck she's driving breaks down, and in despair, she wonders what she'll do...[[DeusExMachina and then a truck advertising motorcycle tricks drives by, and the motorcycle in question (as well as the spangly outfit that goes with it) literally falls out of the back of the truck and lands right next to her.]] She even lampshades it by remarking "What an unbelievable coincidence!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}'', the crate carrying Blu really does fall off the back of a truck, and is found by Linda.



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-->Here comes Christmas Bob
-->Selling cheap prezzies in the pub
-->If you've got the cash, then you're in luck
-->Get a VCR off the back of a truck.

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-->Here -->''Here comes Christmas Bob
-->Selling
Bob\\
Selling
cheap prezzies in the pub
-->If
pub\\
If
you've got the cash, then you're in luck
-->Get
luck\\
Get
a VCR off the back of a truck.''



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* In Transformation stories, this is typically how the main character gets hold of the body-warping device.
* ''OverheardInNewYork'', [[http://www.overheardinnewyork.com/archives/023706.html here]], with a dash of literal mindedness.

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* In Transformation stories, this is typically how the main character gets hold One of the body-warping device.
objectives in ''Pinball/TheSopranos'' is "Truck Heist", which plays this trope straight. Completing the heist awards suits, DVD players, and plasma [=TVs=].
* ''OverheardInNewYork'', [[http://www.overheardinnewyork.com/archives/023706.html here]], with a dash Creator/{{Capcom}}'s unreleased ''Pinball/{{Kingpin}}'' has "Deliver the Goods," which features large crates falling off the back of literal mindedness.a flatbed truck.



[[folder:Pinball]]
* One of the objectives in ''Pinball/TheSopranos'' is "Truck Heist", which plays this trope straight. Completing the heist awards suits, DVD players, and plasma [=TVs=].
* Creator/{{Capcom}}'s unreleased ''Pinball/{{Kingpin}}'' has "Deliver the Goods," which features large crates falling off the back of a flatbed truck.

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* One of During their stint on WCW, the objectives in ''Pinball/TheSopranos'' is "Truck Heist", which plays this trope straight. Completing bad boy tag team [[Wrestling/{{TPE}} the heist awards suits, DVD players, and plasma [=TVs=].
* Creator/{{Capcom}}'s unreleased ''Pinball/{{Kingpin}}'' has "Deliver the Goods," which features large crates falling
Public Enemy]] would show up in WCW merchandise promos by saying, "You won't believe what fell off the back of a flatbed truck.truck this week!"



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* During their stint on WCW, the bad boy tag team [[Wrestling/{{TPE}} the Public Enemy]] would show up in WCW merchandise promos by saying, "You won't believe what fell off the truck this week!"

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* During their stint on WCW, In ''Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper'', a literal example occurs when Miss Piggy is trying to reach the bad boy tag team [[Wrestling/{{TPE}} Mallory Gallery to help Kermit and the Public Enemy]] would show up others. The truck she's driving breaks down, and in WCW merchandise promos by saying, "You won't believe despair, she wonders what fell off she'll do...[[DeusExMachina and then a truck advertising motorcycle tricks drives by, and the motorcycle in question (as well as the spangly outfit that goes with it) literally falls out of the back of the truck this week!"and lands right next to her.]] She even lampshades it by remarking "What an unbelievable coincidence!"



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--> '''Rincewind:''' What's under your coat?
-->'''Sleazy Guy:''' ''(after a dramatic pause)'' Hourglasses! [[CoatFullOfContraband Care to buy an hourglass]]?
-->'''Rincewind:''' Where did you get all of those?
-->'''Sleazy Guy:''' Fell off a [[RunningGag donkey cart]], sir!
* In the Shadow Raid heist in ''VideoGame/{{PAYDAY 2}}'', Bain tells the crew that Gage acquires his merchandise this way and the crew will be picking it up for him from a Murkywater warehouse.

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--> '''Rincewind:''' What's under your coat?
-->'''Sleazy Guy:''' ''(after a dramatic pause)'' Hourglasses! [[CoatFullOfContraband Care to buy an hourglass]]?
-->'''Rincewind:''' What's under your coat?\\
'''Sleazy Guy:''' ''[after a dramatic pause]'' Hourglasses! [[CoatFullOfContraband Care to buy an hourglass]]?\\
'''Rincewind:'''
Where did you get all of those?
-->'''Sleazy
those?\\
'''Sleazy
Guy:''' Fell off a [[RunningGag donkey cart]], sir!
* In the Shadow Raid heist in ''VideoGame/{{PAYDAY 2}}'', ''VideoGame/PAYDAY2'', Bain tells the crew that Gage acquires his merchandise this way and the crew will be picking it up for him from a Murkywater warehouse.



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* ''Website/OverheardInNewYork'', [[http://www.overheardinnewyork.com/archives/023706.html here]], with a dash of literal mindedness.



-->'''[[FBIAgent Simon]]:''' Gosh, [[CodeName Specs]], those wouldn't be ''illegal'' explosives, would they?
-->'''[[FBIAgent Nate]]:''' Oh, no, never in a million years. I hear they fell off the back of a truck.
-->'''Simon:''' [[SarcasmMode Which is truly the hallmark of legality]].

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-->'''[[FBIAgent Simon]]:''' Gosh, [[CodeName Specs]], those wouldn't be ''illegal'' explosives, would they?
-->'''[[FBIAgent
they?\\
'''[[FBIAgent
Nate]]:''' Oh, no, never in a million years. I hear they fell off the back of a truck.
-->'''Simon:'''
truck.\\
'''Simon:'''
[[SarcasmMode Which is truly the hallmark of legality]].
legality]].



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-->'''Jimmy:''' Did it fall out of a truck?
-->'''Sarah:''' That's how my brother was born!

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-->'''Jimmy:''' Did it fall out of a truck?
-->'''Sarah:'''
truck?\\
'''Sarah:'''
That's how my brother was born!
born!



8th Aug '16 9:44:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''AmericaTheBook'' claims that this type of good is a major benefit of supporting organized labor in its section on lobbyists.
* In ''Film/WhiteOleander'', Rina's boyfriend Sergei offers Astrid a necklace that he found "lying in the street." She isn't fooled. [[spoiler:But she has sex with him anyway.]]
* In ''TheSilverCrown'', many of the objects in Otto's mother's house really did fall off the back of a truck, as there's a sharp turn nearby that often leads to trucks driving into a ditch. Of course, if someone wasn't covering up the warning sign, it probably wouldn't happen nearly as often...

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* ''AmericaTheBook'' ''Literature/AmericaTheBook'' claims that this type of good is a major benefit of supporting organized labor in its section on lobbyists.
* In ''Film/WhiteOleander'', ''Literature/WhiteOleander'', Rina's boyfriend Sergei offers Astrid a necklace that he found "lying in the street." She isn't fooled. [[spoiler:But she has sex with him anyway.]]
* In ''TheSilverCrown'', ''Literature/TheSilverCrown'', many of the objects in Otto's mother's house really did fall off the back of a truck, as there's a sharp turn nearby that often leads to trucks driving into a ditch. Of course, if someone wasn't covering up the warning sign, it probably wouldn't happen nearly as often...
2nd Aug '16 3:50:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''TheNamelessMod'': Winquman, the [=PDX=] quartermaster, is told by his supplier that the PHAT Rifle he got fell off the back of a truck. The World Corp storyline reveals it DID come off the back of a truck -- it was stolen from it.

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* ''TheNamelessMod'': ''VideoGame/TheNamelessMod'': Winquman, the [=PDX=] quartermaster, is told by his supplier that the PHAT Rifle he got fell off the back of a truck. The World Corp storyline reveals it DID come off the back of a truck -- it was stolen from it.



* The ''MechCommander 2'' manual (which is referred to in-universe as a "Tactical Data Display") was obtained by Sgt. Cash from his usual suppliers. Lt. Diaz tells you to say it "fell off the back of an armored personnel carrier" if anyone asks.

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* The ''MechCommander ''VideoGame/MechCommander 2'' manual (which is referred to in-universe as a "Tactical Data Display") was obtained by Sgt. Cash from his usual suppliers. Lt. Diaz tells you to say it "fell off the back of an armored personnel carrier" if anyone asks.



* In ''SecondEmpire'', a webcomic starring the [[Series/DoctorWho Daleks]] in one of their interminable internal wars, one of the characters notes the head scientist got excellent prices for some stuff that happened to "fall off the back of a cargo ship".
* That's how Lothar in ''ExterminatusNow'' acquired a VTOL battle aircraft of the Inquisition's model, at least [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2011-05-02/comic/the-cesspool/maintaining-a-reputation/ according to himself]].

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* In ''SecondEmpire'', ''Webcomic/SecondEmpire'', a webcomic starring the [[Series/DoctorWho Daleks]] in one of their interminable internal wars, one of the characters notes the head scientist got excellent prices for some stuff that happened to "fall off the back of a cargo ship".
* That's how Lothar in ''ExterminatusNow'' ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'' acquired a VTOL battle aircraft of the Inquisition's model, at least [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2011-05-02/comic/the-cesspool/maintaining-a-reputation/ according to himself]].



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': This trope is zanily parodied, as is usual in the show. When Homer is asked how he acquired a ''truck'', he answers, "It fell off a truck-truck." It is immediately used again in the same scene, where Bart drives a ''truck-truck'' and is asked where he got it. He answers, "It fell off a truck-truck... -truck." Maggie then drives onto the scene with a truck-truck-truck.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
**
This trope is zanily parodied, as is usual in the show. When Homer is asked how he acquired a ''truck'', he answers, "It fell off a truck-truck." It is immediately used again in the same scene, where Bart drives a ''truck-truck'' and is asked where he got it. He answers, "It fell off a truck-truck... -truck." Maggie then drives onto the scene with a truck-truck-truck.



* ''ClassOf3000'': "Where did you get that rocket?" "It fell off the back of a truck!"

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* ''ClassOf3000'': ''WesternAnimation/ClassOf3000'': "Where did you get that rocket?" "It fell off the back of a truck!"
12th Jun '16 12:37:41 AM JM1982
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** Another early episode had a slight variation when Hans Moleman crashes a cargo truck filled with sugar and Homer took it all. In this case, the sugar fell ''out'' of the truck. Not only that, but under Springfield law Homer acquired the sugar ''legally''-Springfield's town charter states that any foodstuffs that touch the ground belong to the village idiot...and who do you think fulfills that role?
7th Feb '16 7:14:57 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TheDrewCareyShow'', Lewis sells Mimi some experimental make-up from [=DrugCo=] saying, "Let's just say it fell off the back of a truck." When Mimi asks where he got it, he says "Like I said, it fell off the back of a truck!" implying that it ''really'' fell off the back of a truck.
* Occurs a lot in ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses''.
* ''{{Seinfeld}}'': Jerry buys his father a $200 organizer, but claims he got it for $50, hinting that it may have come from this source. His father is proud that Jerry made such a smart move (which is why Jerry claimed it).

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* In ''TheDrewCareyShow'', ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'', Lewis sells Mimi some experimental make-up from [=DrugCo=] saying, "Let's just say it fell off the back of a truck." When Mimi asks where he got it, he says "Like I said, it fell off the back of a truck!" implying that it ''really'' fell off the back of a truck.
* Occurs a lot in ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses''.
''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses''.
* ''{{Seinfeld}}'': ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'': Jerry buys his father a $200 organizer, but claims he got it for $50, hinting that it may have come from this source. His father is proud that Jerry made such a smart move (which is why Jerry claimed it).



* In ''EverybodyHatesChris'', Chris is able to sell truckloads of cookies by falsely saying they "fell off the truck this morning".
* On an episode of ''WhiteCollar,'' a career criminal caught with a briefcase full of gold coins claims they "fell off a truck." Subverted to some extent because he clearly is being sarcastic and his next line is, "I want to talk to my lawyer."

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* In ''EverybodyHatesChris'', ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris'', Chris is able to sell truckloads of cookies by falsely saying they "fell off the truck this morning".
* On an episode of ''WhiteCollar,'' ''Series/WhiteCollar,'' a career criminal caught with a briefcase full of gold coins claims they "fell off a truck." Subverted to some extent because he clearly is being sarcastic and his next line is, "I want to talk to my lawyer."



* ''MarriedWithChildren'': Bud and Kelly tried to give their parents a jukebox that literally fell off a truck.
* Taken UpToEleven on ''TheYoungOnes'', in which a truck carrying everything the boys might possibly have a use for just happens to ''back itself through their front windows'', then be abandoned to their care by its driver. It's implied Mike had actually arranged for this to happen, making it this trope.
* In ''{{Becker}}'', Linda states that her boyfriend (who throughout the series has been stated to do illegal things) found a big bag of money after it fell off the back of a truck. Linda, not believing him, leaves him believe he stole it. It later turns out it did fall out of an armored truck, and after returning it got a thanks from the city.
* On an episode of ''ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', Charlie and Dee find a set of speakers that literally fell off the back of a truck. Unknown to them, hidden inside the speakers was a package of cocaine belonging to some local mobsters.

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* ''MarriedWithChildren'': ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'': Bud and Kelly tried to give their parents a jukebox that literally fell off a truck.
* Taken UpToEleven on ''TheYoungOnes'', ''Series/TheYoungOnes'', in which a truck carrying everything the boys might possibly have a use for just happens to ''back itself through their front windows'', then be abandoned to their care by its driver. It's implied Mike had actually arranged for this to happen, making it this trope.
* In ''{{Becker}}'', ''Series/{{Becker}}'', Linda states that her boyfriend (who throughout the series has been stated to do illegal things) found a big bag of money after it fell off the back of a truck. Linda, not believing him, leaves him believe he stole it. It later turns out it did fall out of an armored truck, and after returning it got a thanks from the city.
* On an episode of ''ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', Charlie and Dee find a set of speakers that literally fell off the back of a truck. Unknown to them, hidden inside the speakers was a package of cocaine belonging to some local mobsters.
5th Jan '16 1:22:25 PM LentilSandEater
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-->'''Simon:''' [[LampshadeHanging Which is truly the hallmark of legality]].

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-->'''Simon:''' [[LampshadeHanging [[SarcasmMode Which is truly the hallmark of legality]].
5th Jan '16 1:18:14 PM LentilSandEater
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* This is the explanation Switch gives for the origin of the video camera he gives to Bob in ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable''. Bob actually believes it and comments that it is in excellent condition considering, not scratched or anything.
** The video camera did have one scratch on it. Funny how it only damaged the serial number beyond legibility.

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* This is the explanation Switch gives for the origin of the video camera he gives to Bob in ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable''. Bob actually believes it and comments that it is in excellent condition considering, not scratched or anything.
** The video camera did have
considering. That is, it's only got one scratch on it. Funny how it which funnily enough only damaged the serial number beyond legibility.
19th Nov '15 4:25:09 PM nombretomado
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* ''RugratsInParis'': Angelica's explanation for where she got Dill's new pacifier. She actually pulled it out of another baby's mouth.

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* ''RugratsInParis'': ''WesternAnimation/RugratsInParis'': Angelica's explanation for where she got Dill's new pacifier. She actually pulled it out of another baby's mouth.
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