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19th Oct '17 10:26:22 PM marcoasalazarm
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* ''Film/PoliceAcademy'': [[TriggerHappy Eugene Tackleberry's]] EstablishingCharacterMoment is him doing his last patrol as a security guard before going to the academy, noticing that there is a room with the lights off, and charging in with his HandCannon blazing, scaring the living crap out of his co-workers that were going to surprise him with a farewell party.

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* ''Film/PoliceAcademy'': [[TriggerHappy Eugene Tackleberry's]] EstablishingCharacterMoment is him doing his last patrol as a security guard before going to the academy, noticing that there is a room with the lights off, and charging in with his HandCannon blazing, scaring the living crap out of his co-workers that were going to surprise him with a farewell party.
party and nearly got hit.
19th Oct '17 10:24:54 PM marcoasalazarm
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* ''Film/PoliceAcademy'': [[TriggerHappy Eugene Tackleberry's]] EstablishingCharacterMoment is him doing his last patrol as a security guard before going to the academy, noticing that there is a room with the lights off, and charging in with his HandCannon blazing, scaring the living crap out of his co-workers that were going to surprise him with a farewell party.
19th Oct '17 10:13:58 PM marcoasalazarm
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In TV-Land, parties are an occasion for [[WildTeenParty teenagers to go wild]] and SpinTheBottle, families to play ParlorGames, and [[NastyParty psychotic hosts to massacre their guests]]. Then there is the Surprise Party; and 90% of the time, surprise parties in fiction ''will'' end in disaster. This might vary from something as small as [[ItsACostumePartyISwear someone getting humiliated]] or [[BirthdaySuitSurpriseParty showing up naked]], to something as threatening as [[Film/{{Cloverfield}} your city getting invaded by a giant monster]] or the surprised man dropping dead from the shock. Can be PlayedForLaughs or for {{Drama}}.

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In TV-Land, parties are an occasion for [[WildTeenParty teenagers to go wild]] and SpinTheBottle, families to play ParlorGames, and [[NastyParty psychotic hosts to massacre their guests]]. Then there is the Surprise Party; and 90% of the time, surprise parties in fiction ''will'' end in disaster. This might vary from something as small as [[ItsACostumePartyISwear someone getting humiliated]] or [[BirthdaySuitSurpriseParty showing up naked]], to something as threatening as [[Film/{{Cloverfield}} your city getting invaded by a giant monster]] or [[DeadlyPrank the surprised man dropping dead from the shock.shock]]. Can be PlayedForLaughs or for {{Drama}}.
19th Oct '17 10:10:20 PM marcoasalazarm
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In TV-Land, parties are an occasion for [[WildTeenParty teenagers to go wild]] and SpinTheBottle, families to play ParlorGames, and [[NastyParty psychotic hosts to massacre their guests]]. Then there is the Surprise Party; and 90% of the time, surprise parties in fiction ''will'' end in disaster. This might vary from something as small as [[ItsACostumePartyISwear someone getting humiliated]] or [[BirthdaySuitSurpriseParty showing up naked]], to something as threatening as [[Film/{{Cloverfield}} your city getting invaded by a giant monster]] or the surprised man falling dead from the shock. Can be PlayedForLaughs or for {{Drama}}.

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In TV-Land, parties are an occasion for [[WildTeenParty teenagers to go wild]] and SpinTheBottle, families to play ParlorGames, and [[NastyParty psychotic hosts to massacre their guests]]. Then there is the Surprise Party; and 90% of the time, surprise parties in fiction ''will'' end in disaster. This might vary from something as small as [[ItsACostumePartyISwear someone getting humiliated]] or [[BirthdaySuitSurpriseParty showing up naked]], to something as threatening as [[Film/{{Cloverfield}} your city getting invaded by a giant monster]] or the surprised man falling dropping dead from the shock. Can be PlayedForLaughs or for {{Drama}}.
19th Oct '17 10:09:01 PM marcoasalazarm
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In TV-Land, parties are an occasion for [[WildTeenParty teenagers to go wild]] and SpinTheBottle, families to play ParlorGames, and [[NastyParty psychotic hosts to massacre their guests]]. Then there is the Surprise Party; and 90% of the time, surprise parties in fiction ''will'' end in disaster. This might vary from something as small as [[ItsACostumePartyISwear someone getting humiliated]] or [[BirthdaySuitSurpriseParty showing up naked]], to something as threatening as [[Film/{{Cloverfield}} your city getting invaded by a giant monster]]. Can be PlayedForLaughs or for {{Drama}}.

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In TV-Land, parties are an occasion for [[WildTeenParty teenagers to go wild]] and SpinTheBottle, families to play ParlorGames, and [[NastyParty psychotic hosts to massacre their guests]]. Then there is the Surprise Party; and 90% of the time, surprise parties in fiction ''will'' end in disaster. This might vary from something as small as [[ItsACostumePartyISwear someone getting humiliated]] or [[BirthdaySuitSurpriseParty showing up naked]], to something as threatening as [[Film/{{Cloverfield}} your city getting invaded by a giant monster]].monster]] or the surprised man falling dead from the shock. Can be PlayedForLaughs or for {{Drama}}.


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Another occasional variation is that the "surprised" part of the party mistakes the setup with a possible ambush and decides to strike back, meaning that the partygoers will be either 1) killed, 2) forced to duck for cover or 3) stand still in horror with a present/cake/balloon/other harmless artifact that took the full brunt of the "counter-attack" standing among them.
2nd Sep '16 11:40:48 AM CarrieVS
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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': in ''Cold Days'', Harry's recovery from [[spoiler:his mostly-death in ''Changes'']] ends with an invitation to a birthday party. He's lost track of the passage of time and is quite surprised to find out that it's ''his'' party. Though not as surprised as he is when the lights in a darkened room suddenly go up to reveal all manner of frightening faery beings. It turns out to be a setup by [[spoiler:Maeve, to trick him into breaking Mab's rule against bloodshed at court]]. He survives that, but that was only her opening gambit: she then [[spoiler:provokes him into a fight with one of her cronies in which he mustn't [[ExactWords draw blood]] or use magic]].

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': in ''Cold Days'', Harry's recovery from [[spoiler:his mostly-death in ''Changes'']] ends with an invitation to a birthday party. He's lost track of the passage of time and is quite surprised to find out that it's ''his'' party. Though not as surprised as he is when the lights in a darkened room suddenly go up to reveal all manner of frightening faery beings. It turns out to be a setup by [[spoiler:Maeve, to trick him into breaking Mab's rule against bloodshed at court]]. He survives that, but that was only her opening gambit: she then [[spoiler:provokes him into a fight to the death with one of her cronies in which he mustn't [[ExactWords draw blood]] or use magic]].
2nd Sep '16 11:40:06 AM CarrieVS
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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': in ''Cold Days'', Harry's recovery from [[spoiler:his mostly-death in ''Changes'']] ends with an invitation to a birthday party. He's lost track of the passage of time and is quite surprised to find out that it's ''his'' party. Though not as surprised as he is when the lights in a darkened room suddenly go up to reveal all manner of frightening faery beings. It turns out to be a setup by [[spoiler:Maeve, to trick him into breaking Mab's rule against bloodshed at court]]. He survives that, but that was only her opening gambit: she then [[spoiler:provokes him into a fight with one of her cronies in which he mustn't [[ExactWords draw blood]] or use magic]].
18th Mar '16 12:42:12 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Friends}}'' did this three times over the years:

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* ''{{Friends}}'' ''Series/{{Friends}}'' did this three times over the years:



* ''AccordingToJim'' has the organizing variation. Jim goes through hell and a series of hijinks trying to make sure Cheryl is surprised.

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* ''AccordingToJim'' ''Series/AccordingToJim'' has the organizing variation. Jim goes through hell and a series of hijinks trying to make sure Cheryl is surprised.



* ''PicketFences'' had a scene based on the urban legend about the guy who walks into his living room and takes a huge fart before turning the lights on... and seeing all the party guests turning green.

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* ''PicketFences'' ''Series/PicketFences'' had a scene based on the urban legend about the guy who walks into his living room and takes a huge fart before turning the lights on... and seeing all the party guests turning green.



* The ''TalesFromTheCrypt'' episode "Three's a Crowd" has the protagonist walk into one of these [[spoiler:after killing his wife and best friend because he'd mistaken their party planning for [[MistakenForCheating having an affair.]] ]]
* In an episode of ''MadAboutYou'', Jamie tells Lisa to keep Paul occupied while she sets up his surprise birthday party, resulting in Lisa [[NiceJobBreakingItHero giving him a sleeping pill.]] The rest of the scene involves Jamie and Lisa half-carrying Paul to the party, before he falls asleep face-first in the cake.

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* The ''TalesFromTheCrypt'' ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' episode "Three's a Crowd" has the protagonist walk into one of these [[spoiler:after killing his wife and best friend because he'd mistaken their party planning for [[MistakenForCheating having an affair.]] ]]
* In an episode of ''MadAboutYou'', ''Series/MadAboutYou'', Jamie tells Lisa to keep Paul occupied while she sets up his surprise birthday party, resulting in Lisa [[NiceJobBreakingItHero giving him a sleeping pill.]] The rest of the scene involves Jamie and Lisa half-carrying Paul to the party, before he falls asleep face-first in the cake.



* In ''{{Shadowgirls}}'', the AlphaBitch sets up [[CoolLoser Becca]] to get gang-raped at the party. [[spoiler: And the Deep Ones starts killing people]]

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* In ''{{Shadowgirls}}'', ''Webcomic/{{Shadowgirls}}'', the AlphaBitch sets up [[CoolLoser Becca]] to get gang-raped at the party. [[spoiler: And the Deep Ones starts killing people]]
21st Feb '16 6:05:39 PM LadyNorbert
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** Monica was thrown a party by Rachel and Phoebe, who regretfully inform her that none of her other friends where able to make it. Monica goes into a speech about how she'd rather spend the occasion with the two of them rather than a bunch of outsiders she doesn't care about. Cue everyone else coming out from their hiding places, murmuring "Surprise..."

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** Monica was is thrown a party by Rachel and Phoebe, who regretfully inform her that none of her other friends where were able to make it. Monica goes into a speech about how she'd rather spend the occasion with the two of them rather than a bunch of outsiders she doesn't care about. Cue everyone else coming out from their hiding places, murmuring "Surprise..."
24th Sep '15 10:32:28 AM Arivne
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* ''Webcomic/LeagueOfSuperRedundantHeroes'' in [[http://superredundant.com/wp-content/uploads/2012-05-29-strip-136.jpg this strip]]. Buckaress and Good Girl set up a surprise party for Laser Pony but forget that when startled his laser EyeBeams can go off. He ends up blowing a large hole in the wall of the house.
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