History Main / PeelingPotatoes

23rd Aug '16 1:55:59 AM scooter
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* Shown as part of Jim's [[MiseryBuildsCharacter "character development through manual labor"]] maturation sequence in ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'', along with other related drudgery like [[PunishmentDetail a mountain of pots to wash]], barnacle scraping ([[RecycledINSPACE in space!]]), etc. In this case, the potatoes are actually all-purpose alien fruit-vegetable-things called "purps", but we still get the big pile to be peeled, the paring knife, the lonely corner, and Jim distracting himself from the mundanity with memories and fantasies, as well as the idea of mountains of work being piled on the lowest-ranked crew member in order to show him his place and keep him busy.

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* Shown as part of Jim's [[MiseryBuildsCharacter "character development through manual labor"]] maturation sequence in ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'', along with other related drudgery like [[PunishmentDetail a mountain of pots to wash]], barnacle scraping ([[RecycledINSPACE in space!]]), etc. In this case, the potatoes are actually all-purpose alien fruit-vegetable-things called "purps", but we still get the same imagery you normally get when this trope is played straight: the big pile to be peeled, the paring knife, the lonely corner, and Jim distracting himself from the mundanity of his task with memories and fantasies, as well as the idea of mountains huge amounts of work being piled on the lowest-ranked crew member in order to show him his place and keep him busy.
23rd Aug '16 1:53:12 AM scooter
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* Shown as part of Jim's [[MiseryBuildsCharacter "character development through manual labor"]] maturation sequence in ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'', along with other related drudgery like [[PunishmentDetail a mountain of pots to wash]], barnacle scraping ([[RecycledINSPACE in space!]]), etc. In this case, the potatoes are actually all-purpose alien fruit-vegetable-things called "purps", but we still get the big pile to be peeled, the paring knife, the lonely corner, and Jim distracting himself from the mundanity with memories and fantasies, as well as the idea of mountains of work being piled on the lowest-ranked crew member in order to show him his place and keep him busy.
30th Jul '16 9:49:04 AM JackG
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* ''Literature/BetweenPlanets''. The protagonist isn't allowed to join the Venusian guerillas unless he has useful skills. He says he's a good shot with a handgun, can speak the language of the native Venusians... and [[TheTriple knows how to wash lots of dishes]] (because he was working at a GreasySpoon until then). His officer quips that the last is indeed a useful skill for a soldier.
12th May '16 8:28:48 PM PaulA
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* Done by the DrillSergeantNasty to the trainees in the Creator/KimNewman novella ''Teddy Bear's Picnic''. In a particular sadistic twist, he changes his mind and then orders the recruits to glue the skins back on.

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* Done by the DrillSergeantNasty to the trainees in the Creator/KimNewman novella ''Teddy Bear's Picnic''.''Literature/TeddyBearsPicnic''. In a particular sadistic twist, he changes his mind and then orders the recruits to glue the skins back on.
24th Jan '16 9:57:25 AM nombretomado
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* A nonmilitary but definitely punishment version: one of the ''TenchiMuyo'' OVA episodes had Ryoko, Aeka, and Mihoshi doing this as their share of repairing the extensive damage to a hot spring resort, with varying results. Ryoko did a hack job on hers with questionable accuracy, Aeka primly carved each millimetre of skin with painstaking deliberation, and Mihoshi outstripped both easily (and boasted about it).
* In the second season of ''{{Strike Witches}}'', Gertrud gets sentenced to this for violating orders.
* In the second chapter of ''CrossboneGundam'', Kincaid tells Tobia that if he's going to be part of their group, he's going to have to earn his keep. Cut to them ''both'' in the mess, peeling potatoes (with a badly damaged blender in the background).

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* A nonmilitary but definitely punishment version: one of the ''TenchiMuyo'' ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' OVA episodes had Ryoko, Aeka, and Mihoshi doing this as their share of repairing the extensive damage to a hot spring resort, with varying results. Ryoko did a hack job on hers with questionable accuracy, Aeka primly carved each millimetre of skin with painstaking deliberation, and Mihoshi outstripped both easily (and boasted about it).
* In the second season of ''{{Strike Witches}}'', ''Anime/StrikeWitches'', Gertrud gets sentenced to this for violating orders.
* In the second chapter of ''CrossboneGundam'', ''Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam'', Kincaid tells Tobia that if he's going to be part of their group, he's going to have to earn his keep. Cut to them ''both'' in the mess, peeling potatoes (with a badly damaged blender in the background).
24th Jan '16 6:45:38 AM ladyofthelibrary
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* An episode of TaleSpin features Kit being forced by Colonel Spigget to peel ''turnips'' for rebelling at a Thembrian flying camp. Spigget is forced to take the task up after his bumbling is exposed.
12th Dec '15 8:41:42 PM nombretomado
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* As MildlyMilitary as [[XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]] could be, even they have punishment detail. The very first time all of the members of the new squadron were together at once, while Wedge was listing off their respective specialties, Face Loran decided to interrupt.

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* As MildlyMilitary as [[XWingSeries [[Literature/XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]] could be, even they have punishment detail. The very first time all of the members of the new squadron were together at once, while Wedge was listing off their respective specialties, Face Loran decided to interrupt.
31st Oct '15 8:16:53 PM nombretomado
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* Warrant Officer Oreldo in ''PumpkinScissors'' is ''very good'' at peeling potatoes, and references this trope as the reason why.

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* Warrant Officer Oreldo in ''PumpkinScissors'' ''Anime/PumpkinScissors'' is ''very good'' at peeling potatoes, and references this trope as the reason why.
4th Jul '15 8:49:42 PM Adept
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* BeetleBailey, of course, has this happen to him quite often.

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* BeetleBailey, ComicStrip/BeetleBailey, of course, has this happen to him quite often.



* In the ''RenAndStimpy'' army episode this is done straight the first time, the second time has them scraping potato-peelers over watermelons, and the third time has them scraping potato-peelers over nuclear bombs.

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* In the ''RenAndStimpy'' ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' army episode this is done straight the first time, the second time has them scraping potato-peelers over watermelons, and the third time has them scraping potato-peelers over nuclear bombs.



* The 1942 ''DonaldDuck'' cartoon [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sky_Trooper Sky Trooper]] where he joins the Army Air Corps, and has to peel potatoes after he nearly gets his [[DrillSergeantNasty training officer]] killed in a mishap.

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* The 1942 ''DonaldDuck'' ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck'' cartoon [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sky_Trooper Sky Trooper]] where he joins the Army Air Corps, and has to peel potatoes after he nearly gets his [[DrillSergeantNasty training officer]] killed in a mishap.



* In an episode of ''TheJetsons'' where George joins the army, he's assigned this. It involves pressing two buttons, one to peel an entire sack of potatoes in a second, and one to mash them. He spends both seconds complaining about how hard punishment detail is.
* In a Mister Know-It-All segment in ''RockyAndBullwinkle'' when Bullwinkle demonstrates how to escape from Devil's Island. Boris the warden demands Bullwinkle to peel potatoes which he didn't at all when potatoes are boiled.
* An episode of ''{{Chowder}}'' saw Mung and his titular apprentice in servitude to [[TheRival Endive]] in exchange for an exotic fruit necklace. Their final task was to peel "growtatoes", which are just like normal potatoes, except they grow exponentially until fully peeled and threatened to crush the two chefs.

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* In an episode of ''TheJetsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' where George joins the army, he's assigned this. It involves pressing two buttons, one to peel an entire sack of potatoes in a second, and one to mash them. He spends both seconds complaining about how hard punishment detail is.
* In a Mister Know-It-All segment in ''RockyAndBullwinkle'' ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' when Bullwinkle demonstrates how to escape from Devil's Island. Boris the warden demands Bullwinkle to peel potatoes which he didn't at all when potatoes are boiled.
* An episode of ''{{Chowder}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' saw Mung and his titular apprentice in servitude to [[TheRival Endive]] in exchange for an exotic fruit necklace. Their final task was to peel "growtatoes", which are just like normal potatoes, except they grow exponentially until fully peeled and threatened to crush the two chefs.
1st Jul '15 4:31:10 PM nombretomado
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* Kendra Shaw in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}: Razor''

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* Kendra Shaw in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}: Galactica|2003}}: Razor''
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