Created By: CaveCat on October 19, 2014 Last Edited By: Basara-kun on June 19, 2017
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Drench Celebration

Celebrating a character's victory by dumping liquid over his head.

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Truth in Television, when a character or a team are celebrating the victory of winning the Big Game of the season, whether it's baseball, football, soccer or any other game, there are tons of ways to celebrate your victory. You can either pick up the coach in a celebratory matter, or as a more popular alternate, dump a whole cooler of liquid over the coach's head, often water or Gatorade, as well over the winners themselves.

Sub-Trope of Sports Story Tropes and Victory and Defeat. Contrast Bucket Booby-Trap, which is mostly with prank objetives than just celebrating.


Examples:

Comic Strip
  • In this Mother Goose and Grimm strip, Grimm and Attila do this to Mother Goose, after she was able to finish her crossword puzzles in record time.
  • In one Peanuts strip, Lucy decides to drench Charlie Brown with water, despite their team never having won a game. When she does follow through with it, Linus screams "Are you out of your mind? Charlie Brown is gonna hate you for the rest of your life!"
    Charlie Brown: [in shock] Did we win?
  • One Pearls Before Swine strip had Rat doing this to Pig after the latter won a game of dominoes.

Film
  • Wrongfully Accused: At the end of Ryan's violin performance at the concert, two men dump Gatorade on him and then he manages to get dry by the time the camera returns to him.
  • Van Wilder: Freshman Year: After the football team finally win a game, they grab the Gatorade coolers, pass the coach and dump them on the scantily clad cheerleaders.
  • Subverted in Snow Dogs a pair of teenagers try to dump Gatorade on the Jerk Ass celebrity dogsledder after he wins the race, and he gets knocked out by a block of blue ice.

Film - Animated
  • In Chicken Little, Chicken Little gets soaked in sports drink after winning the baseball game. This gets lampshaded as being part and parcel with "the glory" by the sportscaster.

Live-Action TV
  • One episode of Seinfeld had this in retrospect. In Improv comedy club, a friend of Jerry's was on the softball team. They won a game and Kramer convinced him to pour a cooler full of Gatorade over the coach's head. The coach ended up dying of exposure and the friend developed a drug problem out of guilt.
  • An episode of Even Stevens has Louis help the school's baseball team's star pitcher, Twitty, improve his game. When Twitty strikes out the last hitter of an inning, Louis dumps a bucket of Gatorade on the coach, who angrily points out it's only the top of the sixth.
  • Go On "Go for the Gold Watch": While Ryan is celebrating that his show is the #1 rated radio show in LA, Terrell Owens pulls out a Gatorade cooler and dumps it on him.
    Terrell: We're celebrating NFL style!

Video Games
  • In The King of Fighters '98, one of Yashiro Nanakase's winposes is picking a bottle of water and get dumped with it as he yelling when it happens.

Web Original

Western Animation
  • This was a Running Gag in the Peanuts special You're In The Super Bowl, Charlie Brown, where after Snoopy's football team, the Birds, are triumphant in beating the other teams, the teammates dump a cooler of Chirpade over his head, except for the third and final game, where they do this to Lucy as well.
  • The Simpsons
    • "MoneyBART": After Lisa leads Bart's baseball team to victory using statistical analysis like the film, Moneyball, some of the players pour Gatorade over her laptop computer in celebration with obvious results.
    • "Moms I'd Like to Forget": When the fourth grade class think they have won a game of dodgeball, Nelson takes the opportunity to dump the drinks cooler on Krabappel.
      Krabappel: Hey! I'm not the coach! There is no coach!
      Nelson: I know... I just wanted to see if you were wearing a bra.
      (Krabappel puts a hand to her chest and smiles at Nelson)
  • Mojo Jojo gets Gatorade thrown on him in The Powerpuff Girls special Dance Pantsed after his softball team wins a game. He is then sent off to jail.

Real Life
  • Trope Maker if not Ur-Example was Lawrence Taylor, who took to dumping the leftover Gatorade cooler on coach Bill Parcells during the 1986 season including their Super Bowl championship.
  • A Cooler Drenching is the reward of the triumphant coach after the NRL Grand Final.
  • This happens a lot in Formula 1 racing events where the winner got splashed by booze. As Trope Codifier of racing sports, other racing competitions as NASCAR use the same kind of celebration for first places.
Community Feedback Replies: 69
  • October 19, 2014
    SpiderRider3
    Why a gallon? How would you measure this sort of thing?
  • October 19, 2014
    DAN004
  • October 19, 2014
    Daefaroth
    Surprise Celebratory Soaking is a rare case of Added Alliterative Appeal with non identical letters.

    And if the current name and laconic stand, this should apply.

    Live Action TV:
  • October 22, 2014
    randomsurfer
    Trope Maker if not Ur Example was Lawrence Taylor, who took to dumping the leftover Gatorade cooler on coach Bill Parcells during the 1986 season including their Super Bowl championship.
  • October 26, 2014
    Skylite
    another Real Life example:
    • The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge became a thing over the summer of 2014. In its earlier form, the choice was "donate $100, or pour a literal household bucket of icewater over your head and donate only $10". It went viral on The Internet. People would post You Tube videos of themselves dumping buckets over their head, still writing the check for $100 or more, then challenge one or more friends. People did incredible variations on it, including donating the amount of money it would cost to rent a helicopter firefighting bucket and fill it with ice. In October of 2014, ALS announced they believed they'd made a breakthrough in finding the cause of Alzheimer's disease.
  • October 28, 2014
    NateTheGreat
    I'd just use "bucket" instead of "gallon."
  • October 28, 2014
    Pichu-kun
    Would Carrie be an example?
  • October 29, 2014
    Chernoskill
    ^^I second Carrie.
  • October 29, 2014
    CaveCat
  • October 29, 2014
    randomsurfer
    ^^^^^ALS =/= Alzheimer's.
  • October 29, 2014
    jamespolk
    Will there be another trope for dumping a liter of water? How about a quart?
  • October 29, 2014
    Pichu-kun
    ^^^ You don't know about Carrie? The movie where these bullies dump pigs blood on a girl at the prom which causes her to murder everyone with her psychic powers.

    Also now that I think about it Nickelodeon has (had?) it's frequent slime dumping
  • October 29, 2014
    JonnyB
    A gallon's not very much. I second Bucket Drenching.

    Also third Carrie.

    • During the big fight scene in The Quiet Man, bystanders throw buckets of water at Thornton and Danaher to cool them off. Eventually a couple of men pick up a large tub of water and dump it on Thornton.
  • October 29, 2014
    JonnyB
    Fixed the Alzheimers mistake, it was bugging me.
  • October 29, 2014
    Skylite
    There's also the prank with a bucket of water suspended over a door so that the one who opens it gets drenched.
  • October 29, 2014
    jamespolk
  • October 29, 2014
    DAN004
    Description needs work.

    Currently it limits itself to cases of celebrations. Some examples are more about pranks than celebrations. And for Ice Bucket... I dunno what purpose it has (beyond wetting yourself and donating for ALS research, anyway).
  • October 29, 2014
    CaveCat
    Pichu-kun: That wasn't what I meant. I know about Carrie. I meant for you to elaborate about what happened that counts as an example.
  • October 29, 2014
    jamespolk
    How about a hogshead of drenching?
  • October 30, 2014
    randomsurfer
    Double Dare 1986: A regular stunt involves getting a bunch of slime dumped on the contestant. Possibly the origin of Nickelodian's sliming.
  • October 31, 2014
    Larkmarn
    Deeeeeeeeeeeeeefinitely needs a new Name and/or description.

    As is, the name and laconic is "People get drenched." But the description is a celebratory cooler drench, which is tropeable.
  • October 31, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ most of the examples are also incoherent i.e they all involve someone getting drenced with varying context.
  • November 4, 2014
    DashSpendar
    It's Cave Cat. They're not going to actually make any repairs to the YKTTW.
  • November 4, 2014
    CaveCat
    ^I fixed it, and don't say that I won't make any repairs to a YKKTW. I make repairs, it's just that I need to think of what repairs to make.
  • November 4, 2014
    daefaroth
    Re Double Dare. The origin of Nickelodian sliming is almost certainly You Cant Do That On Television. But in any case isn't that Covered In Gunge?
  • November 4, 2014
    DAN004
    Does it have to be Gatorade? I don't think so.
  • November 4, 2014
    CaveCat
    ^It's still the same thing.
  • November 4, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ "Same thing"?
  • November 4, 2014
    CaveCat
    ^Yes, Gatorade is liquid, so thusly, it's the same as other kinds of liquids.
  • November 4, 2014
    DAN004
    ...That is surely a certain kind of logic you have there...
  • November 4, 2014
    PacificGreen
    In one Peanuts strip, Lucy decides to drench Charlie Brown with water, despite their team never having won a game. When she does follow through with it, Linus screams "Are you out of your mind? Charlie Brown is gonna hate you for the rest of your life!"
    Charlie Brown: [in shock] Did we win?

  • November 5, 2014
    dalek955
    • In Mr Welch's list of 100 Ways to Annoy Wargamers, #48 is dumping a glass of Gatorage on your commander model when you win.
  • November 5, 2014
    BKelly95
    Live Action Television
    • One episode of Seinfeld had this in retrospect. In high school, a friend of Elaine's was on the football team. They won a game and poured a cooler full of Gatorade over the coach's head. The coach ended up dying of exposure and the friend developed a drug problem out of guilt.
  • November 6, 2014
    maxwellsilver
    In the Seinfeld example, it wasn't high school. It was the Improv comedy club's team, and Kramer convinced the friend to pour Gatorade on the elderly coach/owner, who developed pneumonia. Jerry notes that the friend was never the same afterwards; Kramer, however, is the same.

    • An episode of Even Stevens has Louis help the school's baseball team's star pitcher, Twitty, improve his game. When Twitty strikes out the last hitter of an inning, Louis dumps a bucket of Gatorade on the coach, who angrily points out it's only the top of the sixth.
  • November 7, 2014
    Larkmarn
    Still needs a new name/laconic or description.

    Well, it needs a new description anyway, because it's Example As Thesis.
  • November 8, 2014
    DAN004
    And the examples currently aren't limited to Gatorade or celebratory examples.
  • November 9, 2014
    maxwellsilver
    Another thing I forgot to mention: the Seinfeld example was softball, not football, and it was Jerry's friend who was convinced by Kramer.
  • November 15, 2014
    ShiningArmor87
    • One Pearls Before Swine strip had Rat doing this to Pig after the latter won a game of dominoes.
  • November 20, 2014
    Larkmarn
    Cat, if you don't want people saying you don't do the work, then please do the work.

    We've got several people telling you your Laconic, Title, Description, and Examples are at odds. I've personally had to rewrite some of your YKTT Ws because you don't bother doing so.
  • November 20, 2014
    CaveCat
    ^I've told you before, I have problems trying to think of how to fix my YKTT Ws.
  • November 20, 2014
    Larkmarn
    And we've told you. Repeatedly. And you ignore people asking you questions or giving suggestions.
  • November 24, 2014
    HeroGal2347
    In Chicken Little, Chicken Little gets soaked in sports drink after winning the baseball game. This gets lampshaded as being part and parcel with "the glory" by the sportscaster.
  • November 24, 2014
    jormis29
    • Wrongfully Accused: At the end of Ryan's violin performance at the concert, two men dump Gatorade on him and then he manages to get dry by the time the camera returns to him.
  • November 24, 2014
    SpiderRider3
    This nearly always accompanies the Triumphant Shoulder Lift.
  • November 26, 2014
    Omeganian
    An episode of Yeralash has two kids seeing a man using some magic words to wish for a breakfast. After he leaves, they use the same words to wish for a bucket of Coca-Cola. Cue screaming and wishing for a towel.
  • December 1, 2014
    dalek955
    • Some of Welch's spins on this trope are downright frightening.
      963. After critting with a cannon, we can't dump a barrel of gunpowder over the gunner's mate.
  • December 1, 2014
    dalek955
    ^that goes as a sub-bullet to the Mr Welch entry in Web Original.
  • December 1, 2014
    jormis29
    • Go On "Go for the Gold Watch": While Ryan is celebrating that his show is the #1 rated radio show in LA, Terrell Owens pulls out a Gatorade cooler and dumps it on him.
      Terrell: We're celebrating NFL style!

  • December 1, 2014
    jormis29
    • The Simpsons
      • "MoneyBART": After Lisa leads Bart's baseball team to victory using statistical analysis like the film, Moneyball, some of the players pour Gatorade over her laptop computer in celebration with obvious results.
      • "Moms I'd Like to Forget": When the fourth grade class think they have won a game of dodgeball, Nelson takes the opportunity to dump the drinks cooler on Krabappel.
        Krabappel: Hey! I'm not the coach! There is no coach!
        Nelson: I know... I just wanted to see if you were wearing a bra.
        (Krabappel puts a hand to her chest and smiles at Nelson)

  • December 7, 2014
    Az_Tech341
    • A Cooler Drenching is the reward of the triumphant coach after the NRL Grand Final.
  • December 12, 2014
    Chabal2
  • December 26, 2014
    jormis29
    • Van Wilder: Freshman Year: After the football team finally win a game, they grab the Gatorade coolers, pass the coach and dump them on the scantily clad cheerleaders.
  • December 26, 2014
    SeptimusHeap
    <Moderator headband on>

    I've removed a couple of duplicate tags. One tag of each issue is enough.

    That said, as-is the trope name, description and examples are at odds with each other. The trope can't be considered launch- (or even example-) ready until it is one coherent trope.
  • December 26, 2014
    DAN004
    Again, start with Celebrate By Drenching
  • December 27, 2014
    SeptimusHeap
    I think this one needs a complete reboot. Also, Cave Cat has just earned a YKTTW suspension because of all their problem YKTTWs.
  • December 27, 2014
    DAN004
    Hooray?

    (May gonna tag her ykttws so I can grab later)
  • December 30, 2014
    AgProv
    Live Action TV:
    • In a sketch performed on Smack The Pony, a group of women working in an office get embroiled in a bizarre contest as to whose water bottle is biggest. The sketch escalates from the smallest to the largest bottles of water available, with much quaffing of mineral water - often missing the mouth entirely and soaking clothing. Finally one woman gets the whole eight-gallon super-bottle from a water cooler, staggers back to her desk with it, lifts it with some difficulty - and drenches herself completely. The others nod and concede the battle to her. It Makes Sense In Context.
  • December 30, 2014
    Prfnoff
    I think this can be salvaged. I've removed the part about doing this "as a prank, or for no apparent reason at all" from the description, and removed a bunch of examples (The Quiet Man, You Cant Do That On Television, Double Dare 1986, Yeralash, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge) that had nothing to do with sports or celebrating victories.

    I also rewrote the laconic.
  • January 6, 2015
    Prfnoff
    Changed the title, given the approval of the OP (who was banned from YKTTW).
  • January 6, 2015
    randomsurfer
    re Seinfeld: Is "retrospect" the word we want here? I don't specifically remember that episode but I'd think that either "backstory" or "flashback" or something would be more appropriate.
  • April 17, 2016
    Pichu-kun
    • Mojo Jojo gets Gatorade thrown on him in The Powerpuff Girls special Dance Pantsed after his softball team wins a game. He is then sent off to jail.
  • April 17, 2016
    DAN004
    I think this happens a lot in F1 racing events where the winner got splashed by booze...
  • June 13, 2017
    Basara-kun
    Video Games:
    • In The King Of Fighters '98, one of Yashiro Nanakase's winposes is picking a bottle of water and get dumped with it as he yelling when it happens.

    I like this trope, it has potential, but seems very abandoned. Since the OP was banned and there's interest in recover this, can I get this Up For Grabs?
  • June 13, 2017
    zarpaulus
    • Subverted in Snow Dogs a pair of teenagers try to dump Gatorade on the Jerk Ass celebrity dogsledder after he wins the race, and he gets knocked out by a block of blue ice.
  • June 15, 2017
    Basara-kun
    OK, I got this Up For Grabs once for all. The trope will be limited to celebrations only and the name will be changed as well correct examples will be added. Any help with more examples (only referred to winning, pranks nor just drenching someone because of nothing won't be added) as well more things to add/correct to description will be welcome ;)
  • June 16, 2017
    Arivne

    Weblinks Are Not Examples have been marked as such. They need more information about how they fit the trope. Please don't remove the marking unless you add enough context.
  • June 16, 2017
    Basara-kun
    ^Got it, adding an explanation on that part ;)
  • June 16, 2017
    oneuglybunny
    Web Originals
    • One clip of "Funny Fails" on You Tube shows three young people celebrating a new flat-screen TV with champagne. The cork pops, and a fountain of fizz pours onto the new device ... which promptly goes dead. As does the celebration.
  • June 18, 2017
    Basara-kun
    Last bump before the release, this seems more than ready to be launched ;)
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