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29th Oct '17 4:05:55 PM Sharlee
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* The "Dream Curse" plotline in ''Series/DarkShadows'' was an immaterial example: anyone suffering the curse would experience the same disturbing dream, and telling someone else about the dream caused the curse to jump to the person they told. Each time it was passed to a new host, the curse became more powerful and dangerous, such that the final transfer would make it fatal to the recipient.
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23rd Oct '17 5:42:50 PM ngh93
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* in ''Film/{{Benchwarmers}}'', Former baseballer Reggie Jackson trains Gus, Richie, and Clark. One of his drills (for catching and quick releasing) is a ''literal'' hot potato--''from the oven''! Reggie tosses it to Gus, who quickly tosses it to Richie. Richie quickly throws the potato to Clark--who still holds on, burning his hand. Eventually, Clark flings the smoldering spud out the window, where it hits a robot mowing the lawn, causing it to accidentally shave the fur off the side of a sleeping dog.

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* in In ''Film/{{Benchwarmers}}'', Former baseballer Reggie Jackson trains Gus, Richie, Richie and Clark. One of his drills (for catching and quick releasing) is a ''literal'' hot potato--''from the oven''! Reggie tosses it the potato to Gus, who quickly tosses passes it to Richie. Richie quickly throws the potato to Clark--who still holds on, burning his hand. Eventually, Clark flings the smoldering spud out the window, where it hits a robot mowing the lawn, causing it to accidentally shave the fur off the side of a sleeping dog.
12th Oct '17 1:42:49 PM Kartoonkid95
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* In ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'', Anna accidentally kicks Olaf's head off when she first meets him and her and Kristoff play a quick round of "toss the head" until it gets back on his body.

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* In ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'', Anna accidentally kicks Olaf's head off when she first meets him him, and her she and Kristoff play a quick round of "toss the head" until it gets back on his body.


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* In the WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck short ''Beezy Bear'', beekeeper Donald catches Humphrey the bear siphoning honey from one of his hives with a hose, so he sticks it into a faucet and tries to pull a GardenHoseSquirtSurprise on him. However, the Ranger appears and gives Donald back the hose, leading to a round of hot potato that ends with all three soaked.
7th Jun '17 10:33:52 AM ngh93
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* in ''Film/{{Benchwarmers}}'', Former baseballer Reggie Jackson trains Gus, Richie, and Clark. One of his drills (for catching and quick releasing) is a ''literal'' hot potato--''from the oven''! Reggie tosses it to Gus who quickly tosses it to Richie. Richie quickly tosses the potato to Clark--who won't let go, thus burning his hand. Eventually, Clark flings the smoldering spud out the window, where it hits a robot mowing the lawn, causing it to accidentally shave the fur off the side of a sleeping dog.

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* in ''Film/{{Benchwarmers}}'', Former baseballer Reggie Jackson trains Gus, Richie, and Clark. One of his drills (for catching and quick releasing) is a ''literal'' hot potato--''from the oven''! Reggie tosses it to Gus Gus, who quickly tosses it to Richie. Richie quickly tosses throws the potato to Clark--who won't let go, thus still holds on, burning his hand. Eventually, Clark flings the smoldering spud out the window, where it hits a robot mowing the lawn, causing it to accidentally shave the fur off the side of a sleeping dog.
24th Apr '17 6:19:32 AM ngh93
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* in ''Film/{{Benchwarmers}}'', Former baseballer Reggie Jackson trains Gus, Richie, and Clark. One of his drills (for catching and quick releasing) is a ''literal'' hot potato--''from the oven''! Reggie tosses it to Gus who quickly tosses it to Richie. Richie quickly tosses the potato to Clark--who won't let go, thus burning his hand. Eventually, Clark flings the hot spud out the window, where it hits a robot mowing the lawn, causing it to accidentally shave the fur off the side of a sleeping dog.

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* in ''Film/{{Benchwarmers}}'', Former baseballer Reggie Jackson trains Gus, Richie, and Clark. One of his drills (for catching and quick releasing) is a ''literal'' hot potato--''from the oven''! Reggie tosses it to Gus who quickly tosses it to Richie. Richie quickly tosses the potato to Clark--who won't let go, thus burning his hand. Eventually, Clark flings the hot smoldering spud out the window, where it hits a robot mowing the lawn, causing it to accidentally shave the fur off the side of a sleeping dog.
23rd Feb '17 5:34:22 PM gewunomox
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Not to be confused with the GameShow ''Series/HotPotato'', or with one of the earliest {{ear worm}}s by TheWiggles.

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Not to be confused with the GameShow ''Series/HotPotato'', or with one of the earliest {{ear worm}}s by TheWiggles.Music/TheWiggles.
14th Jan '17 11:24:10 AM Theatre_Maven_3695
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* The filmed broadcast of ''the Rocky Horror Show'' has the cast doing this during the dinner scene with [[spoiler:Eddie's gory remains in a bag.]]
18th Jul '16 7:44:25 AM REV6Pilot
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This happens a lot in fiction, where characters end up passing something they definitely ''don't'' want to be holding among themselves, sometimes even shoving it into each others hands. This is, surprisingly often, a bomb, but can also be a baby with a dirty diaper (handled ''gently'', of course), something sticky or gross, or any kind of unpleasantness. Can also occur with something intangible, like a responsibility, a leadership role, taking point on a patrol, or volunteering for a duty. In extreme cases, this may be a RefusalOfTheCall.

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This happens a lot in fiction, where characters end up passing something they definitely ''don't'' want to be holding among themselves, sometimes even shoving it into each others hands. This is, surprisingly often, a bomb, but can also be a baby with a dirty diaper (handled ''gently'', of course), something sticky or gross, or any kind of unpleasantness. Can also occur with something intangible, like a responsibility, a leadership role, taking point on a patrol, or volunteering for a duty. In extreme cases, this may be a RefusalOfTheCall.
RefusalOfTheCall. Surprisingly often, the hot potato is [[GrenadeHotPotato a bomb]].




See also GrenadeHotPotato.
20th Dec '15 2:19:56 PM thatother1dude
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* A special case in the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episode "Sorry, Wrong Ed" involving [[FunnyForeigner Rolf's]] [[ArtifactOfDoom cursed telephone]]. [[SmallNameBigEgo Eddy]] takes the phone off Rolf's hands, and gets cursed. After "testing" the phone, the Eds go back to Rolf's and try to give it back. [[CloudCuckoolander Ed]] says the trope's name, and then tosses the phone to [[TeenGenius Edd]], who decides ''not'' to throw the phone because [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions he doesn't believe it's cursed.]] The other then continue throwing around the phone ''and Edd with it''.
* The reverse situation occurs in the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Vanessesary Roughness" between Perry the Platypus, Vanessa Doofenshmirtz and Ferb, Baljeet and Buford, and Candace to get a tube of "pizzazium infinionite".
* Frequently in WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes and MGM cartoons (such as ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry''), usually with bombs or lit sticks of dynamite. Often, a character will pull a DuckSeasonRabbitSeason and trick his nemesis into giving the object to him or taking it away.
** There was an interesting variation in a ''Tom and Jerry'' cartoon, where a second item was introduced in this "game": a bowler hat which fell off the head of another cat (not Tom). Of course, eventually the bomb ended where the hat should be: on the second cat's head.
* On ''ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'', Skipper likes to play hot potato... with a live bomb.
* Since TheChainsOfCommanding are in full effect for Supreme Leader of the [[WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor Kids Next Door]], the leader is decided by a game of tag, and no one wants to be It when the game ends at noon.
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* A special case in the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episode "Sorry, Wrong Ed" involving [[FunnyForeigner Rolf's]] [[ArtifactOfDoom cursed telephone]]. [[SmallNameBigEgo Eddy]] takes the phone off Rolf's hands, and gets cursed. After "testing" the phone, the Eds go back to Rolf's and try to give it back. [[CloudCuckoolander Ed]] says the trope's name, and then tosses the phone to [[TeenGenius Edd]], who decides ''not'' to throw the phone because [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions he doesn't believe it's cursed.]] The other then continue throwing around the phone ''and Edd with it''.
* The reverse situation occurs in the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Vanessesary Roughness" between Perry the Platypus, Vanessa Doofenshmirtz and Ferb, Baljeet and Buford, and Candace to get a tube of "pizzazium infinionite".
* Frequently in WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes and MGM cartoons (such as ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry''), usually with bombs or lit sticks of dynamite. Often, a character will pull a DuckSeasonRabbitSeason and trick his nemesis into giving the object to him or taking it away.
** There was an interesting variation in a ''Tom and Jerry'' cartoon, where a second item was introduced in this "game": a bowler hat which fell off the head of another cat (not Tom). Of course, eventually the bomb ended where the hat should be: on the second cat's head.
* On ''ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'', Skipper likes to play hot potato... with a live bomb.
* Since TheChainsOfCommanding are in full effect for Supreme Leader of the [[WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor Kids Next Door]], the leader is decided by a game of tag, and no one wants to be It when the game ends at noon.
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20th Dec '15 2:19:33 PM thatother1dude
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* A special case in the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episode "Sorry, Wrong Ed" involving [[FunnyForeigner Rolf's]] [[ArtifactOfDoom cursed telephone]]. [[SmallNameBigEgo Eddy]] takes the phone off Rolf's hands, and gets cursed. After "testing" the phone, the Eds go back to Rolf's and try to give it back. [[CloudCuckoolander Ed]] says the trope's name, and then tosses the phone to [[TeenGenius Edd]], who decides ''not'' to throw the phone because [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions he doesn't believe it's cursed.]] He quickly gets tossed around along with the phone by the others though.

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* A special case in the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episode "Sorry, Wrong Ed" involving [[FunnyForeigner Rolf's]] [[ArtifactOfDoom cursed telephone]]. [[SmallNameBigEgo Eddy]] takes the phone off Rolf's hands, and gets cursed. After "testing" the phone, the Eds go back to Rolf's and try to give it back. [[CloudCuckoolander Ed]] says the trope's name, and then tosses the phone to [[TeenGenius Edd]], who decides ''not'' to throw the phone because [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions he doesn't believe it's cursed.]] He quickly gets tossed The other then continue throwing around along with the phone by the others though.''and Edd with it''.
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