Created By: spacemarine50 on October 11, 2012 Last Edited By: spacemarine50 on March 12, 2013
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Vengeful Vending Machine(about to be launched

When a vending machine doesn't serve its normal purpose. Not in a good way, either.

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You put your change in a vending machine, you expect to get your candy, prize, or whatever you paid for. This trope is when the machine doesn't do that, or inflicts harm on you. This comes in several varieties: the machine gets jammed, and the buyer might get the candy, the hard way, the machine ruins you drink, if you get it, you tamper with the machine, and you pay for it (ie it hurts and embarrasses you), it doesn't take your money, it shows how much of a dummy you are, or it just hates you.

Coffee machines and replicators do count, and machines gaining sentience and attacking people is the Exaggerated Trope. My Car Hates Me is a sister trope. People usually apply Percussive Maintenance when they encounter an uncooperative vending machine. Your Television Hates You and Mocking Music are related.


Examples

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
  • Azumanga Daioh features Tomo trying to get a coffee drink from a vending machine, only for it to pour the drink but fail to dispense the cup. She's suitably outraged when the next person to step up gets two cups.
  • Nichijou has Sasahara get similar treatment when his vending machine dispenses the drink then the cup. Being a Cloud Cuckoo Lander, Sasahara merely admires the vending machine's gall.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
  • A Hellboy omake strip showed him dealing with one of these, but the ending reveals that a tiny imp was behind it, not the machine itself.
  • Luke Cage, Power Man, had a Running Gag feud with the coffee machine at the local police station based on its supposedly hostile behavior.
  • Garfield: The Soda Pop Quickie from the old cartoon.
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[[folder:Film]]
  • Inverted in Terminator 2: Judgement Day: A security guard orders a cup of coffee from a machine, and is pleased to have gotten a Full House, based on the cards printed on the cup (two Aces, two Jokers, and a "Wild Card"). He is killed by the T-1000 immediately afterwards.
  • Silent Movie. The three protagonists encounter a Coca Cola vending machine that fires out cans of soda like grenades. They later use it as a weapon against the villains.
  • In Dr. Strangelove, Col. Guano has to shoot a Coca-Cola vending machine to get change for a crucial phone call to the President. He gets Coke squirted in his face.
  • In the live-action Transformers film, the power of the Cube animates a soda machine, which sprouts limbs and goes berserk.
  • In Maximum Overdrive, a man is struck first in the nuts and then on the forehead by soda cans that shoot violently out of a vending machine. It's unclear, but likely, that he dies from the second blow.
    • On a related note, there's also the scene in the beginning where a cameoing Stephen King gets called an asshole by an ATM.
  • In another Stephen King movie "The Tommyknockers" (possibly in the novel it is based on as well), some guy tries to retrieve a soda can from a vending machine, which is possessed or powered by the Alien technology / greenish glow. His hand gets stuck in there and the whole thing blows up, killing him.
  • At the beginning of The X-Files: Fight the Future, Mulder goes to buy something to drink. He puts money in the machine, pushes a button, then next one, then all of them. He whacks the machine and then jiggles it angrily. He notices that the machine is not plugged... because there is a bomb. The bomb the FBI is looking for in another building.
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[[folder:Literature]]
  • There's a Ciaphas Cain fanfic where the commissariat's recaf machine is given the nickname "Little Horus" (think "Little Judas"). Eventually the protagonist shoots it, and the replacement works a lot better.
  • In Death: Eve Dallas hates vending machines, and the feeling seems to be mutual. They tend to malfunction whenever she attempts to use one. It's so bad that she habitually has someone else put her money in for her and press the button whenever she wants to buy something from one.
  • Nexus magazine #2, short story "Firepoint Five". The main computer of a starship has a tendency to malfunction. One example of its problems is was preparing Lieutenant Simms' breakfast. It scrambled his fried eggs, and his sausage came out burned - and was supposed to be bacon. His toast was buttered (he hated buttered toast) and the coffee nozzle missed his cup - but didn't miss his lap.
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[[folder:Live-Action Television]]
  • In Red Dwarf season 8 episode "Only The Good", Rimmer cheats a vending machine out of its money by attaching it to a string and yanking it out after receiving what he ordered from it. Later in the episode, the machine blasts a can at Rimmer in anger, knocking him over.
    • Another Red Dwarf example: in a Season 10 episode, a vending machine becomes romantically obsessed with Lister.
  • In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Arthur Dent, sick of getting bad tea from the Nutri-Matic machine, gives it a lengthy lecture on the nature and history of good tea. The machine hijacks the starship's entire computing power to work on the problem, leaving the ship defenceless against a missile attack. Arthur gets his tea in the end, though.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation has an episode where Picard orders tea from the replicator, only for it to produce a flower in a tea cup.
    • Another episode features Lwaxana ordering tea, only for the replicator to produce sausages.
    • A deleted scene from one episode has one of Wesley's friends get hurt after a blast of energy is fired from a malfunctioning replicator.
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Bugs in Data's programming cause various malfunctions aboard the Enterprise. One of them is that replicators only produce cat's supplements, meals for Data's cat Spot.
  • Star Trek: Voyager has an episode where Janeway orders coffee from the replicator, only first it replicates the coffee without the cup and then replicates the cup.
  • Brass on CSI once helped a witness's mother get a soda from the lab's vending machine, which had taken her for $2. He rattled its controls in the right way to get it to cough up the stuck can for her.
  • In 30 Rock, Pete Hornburger once spends an entire episode with his hand trapped in a vending machine.
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[[folder:Video Game]]
  • Early in Deus Ex, you overhear Gunther Hermann grumbling to Anna Navarre. The vending machines gives him the wrong soda so often he believes there is a conspiracy against him. In the sequel Deus Ex: Invisible War, it turns out he was right, the maintenance man was screwing with him.
  • There are grog machines featured in four out of the five Monkey Island games. Two of them act like this.
    • In The Secret of Monkey Island, you can put as many pieces of eight as you want in it, but it won't work. A single bottle of root beer later falls out of it when LeChuck punches Guybrush into the machine.
    • In Escape from Monkey Island, the machine still doesn't dispense any grog, but if you kick it enough, some empty cans eventually tumble out.
  • Vending Machine Champ by [adult swim] Games combines this trope with Punch-Out!!.
  • Mike Shadow: I paid for it! has you buying upgrades to beat the crap out of an uncooperative vending machine.
  • When you reach New Haven in Borderlands, you can find Dr. Zed's Claptrap assistant running around all over the place. He stops at the medical vending machine and pounds on it, frustrated that it isn't working. The vending machine works just fine for the player.
  • Early in Half Life Opposing Force, Shepard encounters a fat security guard with his hand stuck in a vending machine. The guard curses, going like "Stupid machines!".
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
  • The Simpsons:
    • In the Clip Show episode "So It's Come To This", Homer, who just woke up from a coma, walks to a vending machine. It crashed into Homer, putting him back into a coma.
    • In "Marge on the Lam", Homer puts his arm inside a vending machine to get a free "invisible cola" (actually a Crystal Buzz Cola). When he reaches into it Carl warns him, telling him that someone lost an arm doing that once. (We see the inside of the machine where there's a skeleton arm from the last guy who tried to get a free soda, still holding onto a can of Fresca.) Homer eventually grabs the soda, but his arm gets stuck and Lenny and Carl run off screaming. Then, Homer gets his other arm stuck inside a candy vending machine. (In a scene cut from syndication, he imagines himself at Maggie's wedding with his arms still stuck to the vending machines.) Just as the rescue workers are about cut off Homer's arms, it turns out this could've been avoided if he let go of the can in the first machine, and he had a note written up for Marge.
    • In "The Trouble With Trillions", Homer keeps trying to use Burns's (stolen) trillion dollar bill in the vending machine. This time, much to everyone's relief, the machine keeps spitting it back.
    • "'Tis the Fifteenth Season" had Homer at a Secret Santa exchange at work where, after receiving a DVD player from Carl and being asked by Lenny where his present was, he says to Lenny, "Your present is right in the other room." He then goes offscreen to the other room and is clearly heard saying "C'mon, machine, take my dollar! ... Fine, we'll play it your way!" He then tackles the machine (still offscreen) and returns with a tube of Certs breath mints.
  • An episode of Tiny Toon Adventures had Hamton get frustrated over such a vending machine.
  • In the animated special of Garfield: His 9 Lives, Garfield attempts to use a vending machine aboard his spaceship to order lunch, in the form of a cup of coffee and some pie, during his ninth and final life. The machine drops the pie, pours coffee on it, and then crushes it with the coffee mug.
  • Veggietales: Larry has gotten his candy stuck. In a vending machine.
  • Several times in Futurama:
    • "My Three Suns": a machine selling "Refreshing Crack" gets stuck, and the customer whines "Don't hold out on me, Man!"
    • "Mother's Day": All the machines rebel against humanity, including a vending machine that shoots cans at people.
    • "The Bots and The Bees": Bev, the new beverage vending machine at the office, hates Bender and insults him at every occasion. Soon the two start fighting, which then leads to lovemaking, which leads to Bev having a baby.
    • In the episode "Ghost in the Machines", one of Bender's methods in his attempt to kill Fry involved possessing a vending machine that serves pineapples and has them launch at Fry when he tries to make a purchase.
  • In the episode "Rock Bottom" in SpongeBob SquarePants, Spongebob is waiting for the bus so he can go home. He gets hungry and runs across the street to the vending machine to buy a candy bar. The machine itself works properly, but the bus showed up and drove off everytime he tried to put a dollar into the machine or to reach for the candy bar after it was dispensed. Keeping his eyes on the bus, he slowly moves to grab the candy bar, with the bus revving the engines everytime he gently touches the bar. He tries to run back across the street to catch the bus, but it drives off. A random stranger walks up to machine and just takes the candy bar.
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series episode "The Practical Joker".. After the Enterprise passes through a mysterious energy field the ship's computer starts playing practical jokes on the crew. When Mr. Scott tries to obtain a sandwich from the food synthesiser it sprays food all over him, including a custard pie in the face.
  • In Seven Little Monsters, Four tries his hardest to get a sheriff's badge from a prize machine, only for it to keep giving him princess crowns.
  • This Pink Panther clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzVhQG-c7SA See Real Life below for more.
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[[folder::Real Life]]
  • There's a Darwin Award (or urban legend) about a guy who tried to get a free drink by cramming his arm into the machine's slot. His efforts brought the machine crashing down on him.
  • Vending machines that dispensed soda/pop in cups, rather than cans or bottles, used to be fairly common. They were notorious for malfunctioning, for example by giving you only ice or having an AWOL cup.
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Community Feedback Replies: 97
  • October 11, 2012
    NESBoy
  • October 11, 2012
    sgamer82
    • Azumanga Daioh features Tomo trying to get a coffee drink from a vending machine, only for it to pour the drink but fail to dispense the cup. She's suitably outraged when the next person to step up gets two cups.
    • Nichijou has Sasahara get similar treatment when his vending machine dispenses the drink then the cup. Being a Cloud Cuckoo Lander, Sasahara merely admires the vending machine's gall.
  • October 11, 2012
    KZN02
    Can this be expanded to printers?
  • October 11, 2012
    Rotpar
    • Early in Deus Ex, you overhear Gunther Hermann grumbling to Anna Navarre. The vending machines gives him the wrong soda so often he believes there is a conspiracy against him. In the sequel Deus Ex Invisible War, it turns out he was right, the maintenance man was screwing with him.
  • October 12, 2012
    triassicranger
    Live Action Television

    • In Red Dwarf season 8 episode "Only The Good", Rimmer cheats a vending machine out of its money by attaching it to a string and yanking it out after receiving what he ordered from it. Later in the episode, the machine blasts a can at Rimmer in anger, knocking him over.

    Are we counting replicators from Star Trek? They're not vending machines of our era but they do dispense food and drink.

    • Star Trek The Next Generation has an episode where Picard orders tea from the replicator, only for it to produce a flower in a tea cup.
      • Another episode features Lwaxana ordering tea, only for the replicator to produce sausages.
      • A deleted scene from one episode has one of Wesley's friends get hurt after a blast of energy is fired from a malfunctioning replicator.
    • Star Trek Voyager has an episode where Janeway orders coffee from the replicator, only first it replicates the coffee without the cup and then replicates the cup.
  • October 12, 2012
    mew4ever23
    ^Don't forget the time it snarkily replied "Make it yourself"

    Do we want to add examples where the Bill Acceptor continually rejects bills, or is that it's own trope?
  • October 12, 2012
    AFP
    (I'm unsure if the book had this too)

  • October 12, 2012
    Chabal2
    • There's a Ciaphas Cain fanfic where the commissariat's recaf machine is given the nickname "Little Horus" (think "Little Judas"). Eventually the protagonist shoots it, and the replacement works a lot better.
    • There's a Darwin Award (or urban legend) about a guy who tried to get a free drink by cramming his arm into the machine's slot. His efforts brought the machine crashing down on him.
    • A Hellboy omake strip showed him dealing with one of these, but the ending reveals that a tiny imp was behind it, not the machine itself.
  • October 12, 2012
    DracMonster
    Off-Vending Machine? (say it aloud for the pun.)

    Hmm, not sure it works in print.

    Vengeful Vending Machine?

    Although the current title works too.
  • October 12, 2012
    spacemarine50
    Answering several posts:
    • Leave out printers; maybe a supertrope to this?
    • Include Bill Acceptor examples, if the bill isn't severely damaged; might be a subtrope, but will have to wait
    • ^1st idea might now work; 2nd sounds too active and discourages passive examples (ie machine jams unexpectedly and you never get your candy)
  • October 12, 2012
    bananasloth
    • There are grog machines featured in four out of the five Monkey Island games. Two of them act like this.
      • In The Secret Of Monkey Island, you can put as many pieces of eight as you want in it, but it won't work. A single bottle of root beer later falls out of it when LeChuck punches Guybrush into the machine.
      • In Escape From Monkey Island, the machine still doesn't dispense any grog, but if you kick it enough, some empty cans eventually tumble out.
  • October 12, 2012
    JoeG
    • In Death: Eve Dallas hates vending machines, and the feeling seems to be mutual. They tend to malfunction whenever she attempts to use one. It's so bad that she habitually has someone else put her money in for her and press the button whenever she wants to buy something from one.
  • October 13, 2012
    DracMonster
    ^^^Murphys Vending Machine?

    Only reason im advocating other titles is it might be viewed as a snowclone of Karl Marx Hates Your Guts and Adam Smith Hates Your Guts. (I may be overanalyzing though)

    Theres a few flash games with this:

  • October 13, 2012
    SKJAM
    I could swear we've had this one before. Anyhow...

    • Luke Cage, Power Man, had a Running Gag feud with the coffee machine at the local police station based on its supposedly hostile behavior.
  • October 13, 2012
    Derpplun57
    I've seen 2, though I dunno about the one with veggietales now...
    • Garfield: The Soda Pop Quickie from the old cartoon.
    • Veggietales: Larry has gotten his candy stuck. In a vending machine.
  • October 13, 2012
    spacemarine50
    I started this hasti;y so I wouldn't forget the idea. ^^Been here a while, and never seen a vending machine trope ever.
  • October 13, 2012
    AgProv
    And the Ur-Example in science fiction (radio, literature, TV and possibly film). That scene in The Hitch-Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy (tvtropes does not seem to have heard of the "h2g2" convention), where Athur Dent has a prolonged argument with the drinks vending machine on board the Heart of Gold; the one programmed by the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation to read every possible cultural, social, historical, biological and nutritional drive in the lifeform it is serving and will then still deliver a plastic cup two-thirds full of a beverage almost but not completely unlike tea.

    Arthur, a thirsty Englishman in space, has a prolonged row with the Nutrimatic Drinks Dispenser, Which ultimately results, through transmission down a freak wormhole in space, in a humanoid uprising against servitor robots of all kinds.

    Arthur eventually gets the best cup of tea of his life, but only after the Infinite Improbability of such an event ever happening has been calculated.

    This scene has been homaged at least twice in other SF - now twice in Red Dwarf (Rimmer versus the drinks dispenser in RDVIII, and the recent creation of useless-but-helpful dispensers in RDX) , and once in Star Trek TNG, where a malfunctioning replicator frustrates Captain Picard's desire for Earl Grey Tea, It eventually delivers a fine bone-china cup empty except for a single bergamot flower. (Bergamot is the flavouring essence in Earl Grey tea).
  • October 13, 2012
    SKJAM
    Are you sure that's absolutely the first time that trope was ever used in SF?
  • October 14, 2012
    AgProv
    Arthur Dent versus the malfunctioning drinks dispenser was first used in the very first radio series of "h2g2" in 1979. You are right - the fact this is the earliest usage I can trace does not mean there were not any earlier uses prior to BBC radio in 1979. Got any examples? (It certainly influenced Picard's spat with the replicator in ST:TNG, though. Doesn't Picard explain the concept of Earl Grey tea at length - only to get a sprig of bergamot blossom in a cup? - ref. the Heart of Gold solution to the paradox voiced by Eddie the Shipboard Computer... "Why does the Earthman like to drink leaves dissolved in boiling water - because he's an ignorant monkey who doesn't know any better" )
  • October 14, 2012
    squidlifecrisis
    ER pulls this gag at least once a season, and it's averted in Pokemon when you occasionally get a bonus drink.
  • October 14, 2012
    SharleeD
    People (usually young men) really do get themselves killed trying to shake a free drink or snack out of vending machines on a fairly regular basis. The things are a lot more top-heavy than the average person expects, so it's not hard to tip one over on yourself.
  • October 15, 2012
    Frank75
    In a short story by Axel Hacke. He is talking to his sentient fridge named Bosch about this trope. Some American soldiers who were crushed by vending machines are mentioned. Bosch thinks it's the soldiers' fault, since they shook up the machines. The narrator gets angry and mentions the many times he got nothing for his money.
  • October 15, 2012
    MattStriker
    This is very, very obscure, but in the austrian police procedural parody 'Kottan Ermittelt', one character has a long-running feud with the police department's coffee maker. Since the series is basically unknown outside of austria and parts of germany, it's not really suited as an example here, but it does illustrate how universal the idea is.
  • October 15, 2012
    Arivne
    Film
    • Silent Movie. The three protagonists encounter a Coca Cola vending machine that fires out cans of soda like grenades. They later use it as a weapon against the villains.
  • October 15, 2012
    TonyG
    • In Dr Strangelove, Col. Guano has to shoot a Coca-Cola vending machine to get change for a crucial phone call to the President. He gets Coke squirted in his face.
    • Several times in ''Futurama:
      • "My Three Suns": a machine selling "Refreshing Crack" gets stuck, and the customer whines "Don't hold out on me, Man!"
      • "Mother's Day": All the machines rebel against humanity, including a vending machine that shoots cans at people.
      • "The Bots and The Bees": Bev, the new beverage vending machine at the office, hates Bender and insults him at every occasion. Soon the two start fighting, which then leads to lovemaking, which leads to Bev having a baby.
  • October 15, 2012
    spacemarine50
    In at least a couple of instances, the hated rose to the level of direct violence...

    • In the live-action Transformers film, the power of the Cube animates a soda machine, which sprouts limbs and goes berserk.

    • In Maximum Overdrive, a man is struck first in the nuts and then on the forehead by soda cans that shoot violently out of a vending machine. It's unclear, but likely, that he dies from the second blow.
  • October 15, 2012
    SquirrelGuy
    This Pink Panther clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzVhQG-c7SA

    Vending machines that dispensed soda/pop in cups, rather than cans or bottles, used to be fairly common. They were notorious for malfunctioning, for example by giving you only ice or having an AWOL cup, but this one takes it up to eleven.
  • October 15, 2012
    SquirrelGuy
    Newspaper Comics: Inverted in this single-panel comic (The Far Side? Anyone know for sure?) where a predatory animal, probably a snake, is at one of those snack-vending machines that make use of rotating coils to release the goods. He pressed the button to purchase a rodent "snack" (rat/hamster/gerbil?) and says "An extra one fell. Alllll-right!"
  • October 15, 2012
    Chernoskill
    "In Maximum Overdrive, a man is struck first in the nuts and then on the forehead by soda cans that shoot violently out of a vending machine. It's unclear, but likely, that he dies from the second blow. "

    On a related note, there's also the scene in the beginning where a cameoing Stephen King gets called an asshole by an ATM.

    In another Stephen King movie "The Tommyknockers" (possibly in the novel it is based on as well), some guy tries to retrieve a soda can from a vending machine, which is possessed or powered by the Alien technology / greenish glow. His hand gets stuck in there and the whole thing blows up, killing him.
  • October 15, 2012
    Ogodei
    In 30Rock, Pete Hornburger once spends an entire episode with his hand trapped in a vending machine.
  • October 15, 2012
    IlVit
    This is both subverted and used in Bioshock. You can hack vending machines, which will give you cheaper items, a wider selection of items and the like, but if you fail, you will be shocked and if you're really unlucky, have flying turrets with machine guns sent after you. There's also a permanently hacked machine in one part of the game which will drop a bomb out of its dispenser whenever you try to use it.
  • October 16, 2012
    triassicranger
    @MattStriker: An example being from a series unknown outside of Austria does not negate it from being listed here. Just give some context to the feud (i.e. does the machine refuse to give him coffee, doesn't give the cup, gives him cold coffee?)

    I'm presuming Star Trek's replicators are being counted.
  • October 16, 2012
    spacemarine50
    I like the idea, I think it's definitely trope-worthy. When the description is expanded and the examples added, I'll be happy to give it my hat. I'd like to mention some of my ideas. However, bear in mind that I am still kind of a newbie on this wiki.

    It's probably a sister trope to My Car Hates Me. Also see Percussive Maintenance - I think characters genereally apply this when they encounter an uncooperative vending machine.

    Is there a supertrope to this? One page mentions Plot Driven Breakdown, but vending machine malfunctions are usually miner problems and not that important for the plot. Is there (should there be) a supertrope, something like Machines Hate People? This could include the office environment; things like printers, xerox machines etc, and also electronic devices, for example I noticed broken tv sets when characters try to switch programmes but they can't for some reason, or the ever popular broken cell phones (crushed, wet, no signal).

    Your Television Hates You is connected a bit, too, but it concerns the programs which seem to take the advantage of the characters' emotional state.

    EDIT: Mocking Music is probably a sister trope.


    Anyway, here is another example for the vending machines.

    • At the beginning of The X Files Fight The Future, Mulder goes to buy something to drink. He puts money in the machine, pushes a button, then next one, then all of them. He whacks the machine and then jiggles it angrily. He notices that the machine is not plugged... and he finds there a bomb. The bomb the FBI is looking for in another building.

  • October 16, 2012
    MattStriker
  • October 16, 2012
    m8e
    Homicide Machines is probably another sister trope.
  • October 16, 2012
    FunSunnyDayz
    Over The Hedge features RJ struggling with the chip machine at the beginning of the movie.
  • October 16, 2012
    FunSunnyDayz
    In the description, it could mentioned how the vending machine's "attacks" (for lack of a better word) range from simply not giving out the food, to chasing/attacking the customer. Also, do consider all of Drac Monster's proposed titles. One last thing: does this trope include those times when characters try several times to insert money into a vending machine, but it just doesn't take it? Or is that another trope? If it isn't either, I could ykttw it.
  • October 16, 2012
    FunSunnyDayz
    And "uncooperative" is misspelled in the laconic.
  • October 16, 2012
    JDogindy
    Another instance in ''Futurama:
    • In the episode "Ghost in the Machines", one of Bender's methods in his attempt to kill Fry involved possessing a vending machine that serves pineapples and has them launch at Fry when he tries to make a purchase.
  • October 16, 2012
    DRCEQ
    Not sure if this counts as an inversion or what, but here's an example that involves a vending machine:

    • In the episode "Rock Bottom" in Sponge Bob Square Pants, Spongebob is waiting for the bus so he can go home. He gets hungry and runs across the street to the vending machine to buy a candy bar. The machine itself works properly, but the bus showed up and drove off everytime he tried to put a dollar into the machine or to reach for the candy bar after it was dispensed. Keeping his eyes on the bus, he slowly moves to grab the candy bar, with the bus revving the engines everytime he gently touches the bar. He tries to run back across the street to catch the bus, but it drives off. A random stranger walks up to machine and just takes the candy bar.
  • October 17, 2012
    AgProv
    Live Action TV:- And do we have the example in Sledge Hammer! - where the soda dispenser in the police HQ goes on the fritz, takes money and fails to dispense soda. The member of the public involved, who must be from out of town, complains to the nearest policeman, Lieut. Hammer. Who obliges by un-holstering the Amigo, at which sign everyone runs for cover and Captain Trunk begins to bellow " No, Ham...". The dispenser gives in after several direct hits from Hammer's unfeasibly large weapon.

    In a different episode, Hammer does the same thing to a bank ATM that has swallowed his card and refused to give cash.
  • October 19, 2012
    SharleeD
    • Brass on CSI once helped a witness's mother get a soda from the lab's vending machine, which had taken her for $2. He rattled its controls in the right way to get it to cough up the stuck can for her.
  • October 21, 2012
    Arivne
    Literature
    • Nexus magazine #2, short story "Firepoint Five". The main computer of a starship has a tendency to malfunction. One example of its problems is was preparing Lieutenant Simms' breakfast. It scrambled his fried eggs, and his sausage came out burned - and was supposed to be bacon. His toast was buttered (he hated buttered toast) and the coffee nozzle missed his cup - but didn't miss his lap.

    Western Animation
    • Star Trek The Animated Series episode "The Practical Joker".. After the Enterprise passes through a mysterious energy field the ship's computer starts playing practical jokes on the crew. When Mr. Scott tries to obtain a sandwich from the food synthesiser it sprays food all over him, including a custard pie in the face.
  • November 12, 2012
    Whatever
    Live Action Television

    An episode of Red Dwarf from Series X has Lister attempt to ask for some food from one of the vending machines. But the machine refuses to serve him and basically tells him to go away, believing that he is having an affair with one of the other vending machines (earlier in the epiosde, Lister touched another machine's logo and the machine thought Lister was trying to be intimate).
  • November 12, 2012
    DRCEQ
    • When you reach New Haven in Borderlands, you can find Dr. Zed's Claptrap assistant running around all over the place. He stops at the medical vending machine and pounds on it, frustrated that it isn't working. The vending machine works just fine for the player.
  • November 12, 2012
    dyson88
    In Star Trek Deep Space Nine, someone accidently activates an old insurgency program left by the Cardassians. At one point it causes the replicator to create a device that vaporizes any non Cardassian who moves.
  • November 12, 2012
    NimmerStill
    One more Simpsons example: In "The Trouble With Trillions", Homer keeps trying to use Burns's (stolen) trillion dollar bill in the vending machine. This time, much to everyone's relief, the machine keeps spitting it back.
  • November 12, 2012
    Rainbow
    To add to the Azumanga Daioh example, the next person who got a drink with two cups (as opposed to Tomo's drink with no cup) was Yomi, who Tomo was already jealous of for getting to go to Hokkaido. Also in The Simpsons, in the story where Mr. Burns sells the nuclear plant to Germans, Homer tells them that one of his plans for improving the plant is to fix the vending machines so that they take beat-up dollar bills, since "a lot of workers really like candy." This then leads into the famous "Land of Chocolate" dream sequence.

  • November 12, 2012
    blueflame724
    To Aru Majutsu No Index: Touma puts in a 2000 yen bill into a vending machine to get a drink. When that doesn't work, Misaka comes and charges it with electricity, causing him to receive 2000 yen worth of drinks in return.
  • November 12, 2012
    MetaFour
    There was a Pepsi TV ad in which the vending machine wouldn't accept the customer's dollar bill. Rather than giving up or finding some other way to pay, the customer keeps trying to insert that one bill.
  • November 12, 2012
    Tuckerscreator
    • In Seven Little Monsters, Four tries his hardest to get a sheriff's badge from a prize machine, only for it to keep giving him princess crowns.
  • November 14, 2012
    Whatever
    In Here Comes The Boom Scott tries to buy a snack from a vending machine, but it gets stuck. He rams the vending machine causing several snacks to fall out. A student sees him do this and he tosses him one of the extra snacks telling him to keep quiet.
  • November 24, 2012
    m8e
    Moved the examples with "*". Might move the rest later.
  • November 24, 2012
    dvorak
    • In Bio Shock, one of the traps you can come across is a vending machine that dispenses a primed grenade whenever you try to use it. The bloody thing cackles at you when it does so too.
  • November 24, 2012
    HawkofBattle
    I wonder, would SCP-294 from the SCP Foundation fit this trope?
  • November 27, 2012
    triassicranger
    I don't think the Spongebob example with the bus counts on the grounds that the machine was working fine. It was the bus that was annoying Spongebob if anything (by approaching the bus stop when he was inserting the coin and leaving when he was moving the coin away from the slot).
  • November 27, 2012
    XFllo
    How come this ykttw has so many hats? The trope is fine, even great, but the description is by no means ready to be published.
  • November 27, 2012
    m8e
    ^Yeah, the description needs help.

    Replicators and coffee machines counts as Vending Machines and it should be added to the description(they count even if they are free right?). Something about they getting vengeful if you try to trick them.
  • November 27, 2012
    spacemarine50
    Sorry I have been out of this:

    ^Don't know about replicators (subtrope?) Maybe a subtrope when they become sentient and go after someone, or this Up To Eleven.
    • @m8e: Thank you for sorting the examples. There are a lot, and no easy way to learn how.

    ^^That was written so I wouldn't forget this. Any ideas to make it better?
  • November 27, 2012
    XFllo
    ^ I think replicators belong here just fine, because tropes are not that specific. For example Bag Of Holding does not cover only super spacious bags, but also pockets nd similar stuff with that property. I agree though that the sentience makes it Up To Eleven, good thinking. Or perhaps it would be Exaggerated Trope.

    As for the description, it would be great to find some good soul who has experience with writing the articles.
  • February 22, 2013
    Chernoskill
    Film

    • In The Tommyknockers, a man tries to retrieve a soda can from inside a vending machine powered by the alien technology, but a mechanism traps his arm and the machine blows up, killing him.
  • February 22, 2013
    Astaroth
    • Greeters in Oddworld are the result of an experiment in creating self-promoting vending machines, which was deemed a failure because they kept electrocuting their customers. The Magog Cartel decided to exploit their psychotic tendencies and had them redesigned as security guards for their factories.

    • Used as part of a puzzle in The Feeble Files. Feeble tries to buy an item from a vending machine, which takes his money and refuses to dispense. Do this three times and he'll kick the vending machine in frustration, then feel guilty about it, which opens access to the confession booth area.
  • February 22, 2013
    spacemarine50
    Just Launch It Already. after I get a professional on the description and examples.
  • February 22, 2013
    zarpaulus
    • The somewhat obscure webcomic The Kenny Chronicles has one strip where the protagonist really needs some caffeine but a vending machine instead gives him something caffeine-free. Which the author notes was an inversion of something that happened to him in real life (he ordered Sprite and got VAULT).
  • February 23, 2013
    XFllo
    It seems to me that the sponsor of this trope lost the interest.
  • February 23, 2013
    Noaqiyeum
    No mention of SCP-261, which dispenses products from other universes?
  • February 23, 2013
    XFllo
    ^ Why, Noaqiyeum, you have just mentioned it. :-) Be so kind and write it up. Any properly written example is appreciated.

    Also, ctr-f proved that Hawkof Battle actually mentioned it, too, although they were not sure whether it fits. I don't know the work, so I cannot be the judge of the issue but surely somebody can.
  • February 23, 2013
    spacemarine50
    ^^^What? I just don't know when I should launch it and how to do a good description.
  • February 23, 2013
    Noaqiyeum
    Actually, checking, Hawk Of Battle mentioned SCP-294, which is slightly different...

    SCP-261 is simply a vending machine that takes yen coins and spits out obscure or outright ridiculous snack products when used (including things like a fried rat on a stick, a chocolate bar containing nuts of an unknown species, hardtack, a package of three-legged crustaceans that cry EETMEE!, and, when the coin return was pressed without depositing money, an aluminum can of STOP THAT containing what sounded like an angrily buzzing insect).

    SCP-294, on the other hand, is a drink dispenser that actually allows the user to choose their drink via the attached keyboard. The problem is that the user can pick almost anything liquid, so long as it actually exists or its components actually exist, and it will be dispensed - hydrochloric acid, molten gold, liquid nitrogen, "the perfect drink", "surprise me" (it exploded), and in one unfortunate incident a "cup of joe".
  • February 24, 2013
    robinjohnson
    • Another Red Dwarf example: in a Season 10 episode, a vending machine becomes romantically obsessed with Lister.
    • In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Arthur Dent, sick of getting bad tea from the Nutri-Matic machine, gives it a lengthy lecture on the nature and history of good tea. The machine hijacks the starship's entire computing power to work on the problem, leaving the ship defenceless against a missile attack. Arthur gets his tea in the end, though.

    Edit: d'oh - I didn't notice someone already added both of these examples! Not sure the Dwarf one is really an homage to the HHGG one, though.
  • February 24, 2013
    robinjohnson
    Also, five hats though? With almost no description? Hats mean you think the article is ready to publish.
  • February 24, 2013
    XFllo
    @ the OP: spacemarine50, my most sincere apologies. I am truly sorry. But there has been little activity in this ykttw for quite a long time.

    There must be a specific forum for people to ask experienced tropers who would love to sum it up and write a good description. Personally I'd try Trope Talk or similar. And the safest would be asking at Ask the tropers.

    @robinjohnson: My sentiments exactly. It's as if people didn't know what a hat was. I love this concept; the trope is fun and obviously very popular and universal in media, but a hat tip is not a way to praise the concept.

  • February 25, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Addendum to the second Simpsons example: In the same scene where Homer gets both his arms stuck, when he reaches into the first (beverage) machine Carl warns him, telling him that someone lost an arm doing that once. We see the inside of the machine where there's a skeleton arm from the last guy who tried to get a free soda, still holding onto a can of Fresca.
  • February 25, 2013
    XFllo
    Any progress? Somebody might do Rolling Updates. Lots of the examples are not added and properly edited. It could use some improvement regarding Example Indentation.

    Just saying. I'm not going to do it since the OP claims he hasn't lost his interest.
    Another example though:

    Live Action TV
    • Star Trek The Next Generation: Bugs in Data's programming cause various malfunctions aboard the Enterprise. One of them is that replicators only produce cat's supplements, meals for Data's cat Spot.

  • February 25, 2013
    spacemarine50
    I'm still interested. Clearly enough examples; just need help with the description.
  • February 25, 2013
    XFllo
    I'm not trying to be a bitch here, but there are lot of relevant examples with good context in the discussion. And nobody bothered to add them into the draft. For example the Red Dwarf examples.

    Generally, it's the sponsor's work. Of course anyone can edit the draft but after that Flat What treatment... I am in a not-so-Heroic BSOD mode. Good to hear that you plan to take care of it. I am looking forward to the launch. It might be fun to make an Image Links Wiki or Playing With Wiki sub-pages.

    BWT, any ideas for the trope image? Anyone?
  • February 26, 2013
    spacemarine50
    Have to wait a night until I get started. And I need to find markup help, because there isn't any here. I have to go to TRS on another tab, "start" a post, and use the help there. Also, there seems to be no effect when I use markups.
  • February 26, 2013
    XFllo
    Yes, some of the examples added do not have a proper markup. You have to copy them as they are and write the asterisks for bullets and wiki-word and namespace the works' names yourself.

    All the info on writing, editing and formatting is in the Administrivia section. If you want the links or specific help, you can PM me (or somebody else) or write another post here. Also moderators are always most helpful.

    I don't know why you say that the markup doesn't work. It works just fine and the formatting is ok, only the examples are added kind of messily (for instance, the Simpsons do not have sub-bullets but examples are listed separately).

    Troper m8e was kind to move the examples with "*", but not those without it as he probably did not have time. And according to the tab, you were not the last one who tried to edit the draft. That would be me, if I see correctly, and that was a long, long time ago.

    New tropes do not go to Trope Repair shop. That is not a place where you get help with editing and formatting. It's for misused tropes or Trope Decay.
  • February 26, 2013
    aurora369
    Early in Half-Life: Opposing Force, Shepard encounters a fat security guard with his hand stuck in a vending machine. The guard curses, going like "Stupid machines!".
  • February 26, 2013
    spacemarine50
    I go to where I edit the YKTTW and no markup help there. Best way I see is to have markup help on another tab. Added some examples, but some are there already, and I'm choosing them by random (so many to go through)
  • February 27, 2013
    XFllo
    @OP Videos usually go under folder Web original or Web video. Don't forget that links are not examples, there should be a context for the link.

    [Sarcasm Mode] Choosing examples from this thread by random is by far the best method imaginable. [End Sarcasm Mode]
  • February 27, 2013
    grenekni3t
    • Mentioned in Phineas And Ferb The Movie Across The Second Dimension, in Dr. Doofenshmirtz's getting-to-know-you duet with his alternate-dimension counterpart:
      Doof-2: Do you collect coins?
      Doof-1: Yeah! Just in case -
      Both: - vending machines become the dominant race!
  • February 27, 2013
    DRCEQ
    Really, this just needs hats and it'll be good to launch.
  • February 27, 2013
    Noaqiyeum
    It still needs more of a description, I think.
  • February 27, 2013
    EternalPride
  • February 28, 2013
    reub2000
    • On Scrubs, Turk gets his hand caught in a vending machine.
      I paid for my Rolos! I'm getting my Rolos!
  • February 28, 2013
    spacemarine50
    Did something with the description. Also an idea for a page image: http://thesimpsonsforever.tumblr.com/post/6267004247/i-am-ginger-jesus-trapped-in-two-vending

    Nice if any of you find a version postable on this site.
  • March 1, 2013
    DRCEQ

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  • March 1, 2013
    spacemarine50
    ^Thank you. Any better images or edits in the description?
  • March 1, 2013
    XFllo
    ^I would remove the list in the description (I mean the formatting). It is too short a text to require that. I would mention replicators as a variation, and that sentient vending machines hating the character are exaggerated version of the trope.
  • March 5, 2013
    Frank75
  • March 5, 2013
    spacemarine50
    I just cannot think of any good related tropes and indexes to this.
  • March 5, 2013
    XFllo
    ^ I mentioned some some time ago (see my post above, cliff notes follow).

    My Car Hates Me is probably a sister trope. People usually apply Percussive Maintenance when they encounter an uncooperative vending machine.

    However, I don't think we have a supertrope to this yet. Perhaps someone might suggest something like Machines Hate People and try to go through a ykttw process. Your Television Hates You and Mocking Music are connected a bit, too.

    This thread deals with indexing: What index(es) should this go on?
  • March 5, 2013
    spacemarine50
    What about Plot Driven Breakdown as a possible supertrope? It is for My Car Hates Me. Maybe Finagles Law for an index.
  • March 9, 2013
    spacemarine50
    Last chance for comments. Launching in 18-30 hours.
  • March 10, 2013
    Noaqiyeum
    Just don't forget to add the examples from the comments when you launch it...
  • March 10, 2013
    XFllo
    ^nah, spacemarine was choosing the examples from the comments by random because they are so many to go through. Wiki Magic will have to take care of that, as well as correct the screwed up Example Indentation.
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