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->''"SUCK'' ''my'' ''POPSICLE!"''
-->-- Decal on Skids's/Mudflap's ice-cream truck mode in ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen''

Ah, the ice cream truck. That All-American, summertime staple of childhood.

But what's this? The truck's driver is a ChildHater who's doing this as a front to sell drugs. Or maybe he's a pedophile who can't keep his Mr. Softie in his pants. Or, worse yet, he's an uncaptured SerialKiller who's stashing the bodies away between the fudge pops and the Creamsicles. And his truck is either an [[TheAllegedCar Alleged Car]] (either played straight or exaggerated), redesigned from a paddy wagon or a discarded military vehicle, or looks as if it was featured on an episode of ''Series/PimpMyRide'' (TruthInTelevision: there really ''was'' an episode of ''Pimp My Ride'' in which an ice cream truck driver calls upon Xzibit and his ride-pimping crew to make his ride a [[{{Pun}} cool]] one). And that happy, tinkly music somehow [[SoundtrackDissonance only adds to the creepiness]].

For some reason, ice cream truck drivers in fiction are hardly ever as wholesome as one might expect. The trope is named after the Good Humor ice cream company. May overlap with MonsterClown.



* In one of the Red Rock Cider adds, [[Series/PoliceSquad Detective Drebin]] is manning an undercover police unit, [[PaperThinDisguise cunningly disguised as an ice cream van called MR POLICEY]].
-->'''Customer:''' Give me a couple of cones.
-->''Lt. Drebin hands him two [[VisualPun traffic cones]].''


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', the "Funny Bear" ice cream truck shows up in Central to hand out ammunition, mortars, and other materials. The enemy forces radio each other to watch out for the ice cream truck, so Mustang's team repaints it as the "Funny Bear" hot dog truck.
* Creator/JunjiIto[='s=] short story [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/itou_junji_kyoufu_manga_collection/v10/c001/1.html "Ice Cream Bus"]]. The bus looks normal and the driver is a typical handsome {{Bishonen}}, but [[spoiler: it lures children away and [[BodyHorror slowly transforms them into ice cream,]] [[AndIMustScream which/who they eat as they transform into ice cream]]]].

* Billy Kincaid, an early ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'' villain, uses an ice cream truck to get closer to children, whom he then kidnaps and murders.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' comics, Mr. Freeze has hijacked an ice cream truck on at least one occasion. Though he stole it mainly to survive, as he can only live in cold temperatures.
** It's also used sometimes by ComicBook/TheJoker.
* In ''[[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero]]'' #178, the Blue Ninjas launch an assault on Broca Beach. The head Blue Ninja masterminds the operation from a [[WeaponizedCar heavily armed ice cream truck]] that he uses to mow down Cobra forces.
* In ''ComicBook/SecretSix'', the villainous (albeit protagonist) [[BewareTheSillyOnes Ragdoll]] once stole an ice cream truck for the gang to escape in. This van is full of not creamy treats, but dangerous mercenaries. [[ByNoIMeanYes And creamy treats.]]
-->'''ComicBook/{{Bane}}:''' [[DarkActionGirl Scandal]], you are allowed ''one'' [[TrademarkFavouriteFood ice-cream]] of your choice.
* One of the minor villains from ''ComicBook/{{Chew}}'' had the ability to make ice cream, that would give anyone who ate it fatal brain freeze (meaning that it would [[VisualPun literally encase said person's head in a block of ice)]]. Naturally, he stole an ice cream truck in order to sell his ice cream to the unsuspecting civilians.

* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfElmoInGrouchland'', features the Bad Humor Man (Steve Whitmire), who is the TropeNamer.
* ''Film/IceCreamMan'', a horror film starring Creator/ClintHoward as a killer ice cream man.
** And there's also ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0323307/ Mr. Ice Cream Man]]''.
* The original version of ''[[Film/AssaultOnPrecinct131976 Assault on Precinct 13]]'' has a scene in which a violent street gang drives menacingly back and forth past a parked ice cream truck. After they've seemingly moved on, a little girl comes up and buys a cone while her father uses a phone booth up the street. [[spoiler:After she leaves, the gang ambushes the driver and knocks him unconscious; meanwhile, the little girl, unaware of all this and discovering she's been given the wrong flavor, returns to the truck and gets shot and killed point-blank]].
** Not to mention that the ice-cream vendor keeps a sizable revolver stashed in his cab. Presumably for self-defense, but you never know...
* ''Film/MaxKeeblesBigMove'' featured one of the antagonists as a rather maniacal ice cream driver who would love to torture the protagonist while on his newspaper route. He even modified his truck to have an ice cream cannon (at least in the opening dream sequence).
* The Creator/StephenKing-directed ''Film/MaximumOverdrive'' includes a blood-smeared ice cream truck among the [[AttackOfTheKillerWhatever killer machines]] that menace its human characters. It can be seen patrolling the suburbs, and later getting its [[{{Pun}} just desserts]] near the end.
* In ''Cheech and Chong's Nice Dreams'', they have an ice cream truck named "Happy Herb's Nice Dreams". Take the words, "Ice Creams" and add a "N" in front and make "Creams" into "Dreams". Naturally, they sell marijuana from the truck, along with ice cream. How "wholesome" this is depends on your views.
* The heroes of ''Film/KillerKlownsFromOuterSpace'' are "helped" by two idiots who "work" by driving an ice-cream truck.
* In Bill Forsyth's ''Comfort and Joy'', a radio personality is shaken from his post-breakup funk when he gets in the middle of a mob-grade territory war between rival ice-cream vendors (based on the Glasgow Ice Cream Wars -- see 'Real Life').
* ''Film/{{Help}}'' -- the Eastern death cult tails Ringo in a "Yippee! It's Mister Whippy!" ice-cream van. As thugs exit from the truck, one is eating a cone.
* A Mister Whippy van also appears in ''Film/TwentyEightWeeksLater''. The trope is teasingly hinted at and then averted.
** It should be noted that Mr. Whippy is a real company, that operates in the UK as well as Australia and New Zealand.
* Skids and Mudflap of ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' take this trope one step further, as they actually ''are'' the ice cream truck ([[CombiningMecha both of them]]). This doesn't stop them from being decidedly child-unfriendly, from yelling profanity-laced death threats through their bullhorn to posting offensive decals on their sides[[note]]i.e. ''SUCK MY POPSICLE''[[/note]]. It is, however, played for laughs.
* There's one in ''Film/{{Legion}}''. [[spoiler:The truck's completely normal. The driver however...]]
* Dr. Claw's henchmen Brick and [=McKible=] drive an ice-cream delivery truck in ''InspectorGadget 2.'' Oddly enough, its trunk is large enough to accommodate Claw's escape jet.
* In ''Film/{{Friday}}'', Smokey owes weed money to the drug dealer Big Worm which he uses an ice cream truck as a cover up. Big Worm takes one customer boy's money without giving his order saying he's closed.
* In ''Film/{{Borat}}'', Borat and Azamat acquire an ice cream truck for transportation, and after some thought they also acquire an animal to guard the truck. So naturally there is a scene where a bunch of kids run up expecting ice cream, and instead find a ''[[BearsAreBadNews black bear]]''.
* An ice cream truck is home to an illegal gun dealer in ''Film/SouthlandTales''. Website/TheAgonyBooth called this out, pointing out that an ice cream truck would bring attention that an illegal gun dealer would not want.
* Psychotic clown Javier in ''Film/TheLastCircus'' drives one.
* Detective Thorne's informant in ''Film/HellraiserInferno'' is a sleazy ex-con ice cream man who has covered the inside of his truck with pornographic images.
* In ''Killjoy'' the titular MonsterClown uses an ice cream truck that acts as a gateway to an AbandonedWarehouse.
* ''Film/PromNightIIITheLastKiss'' has Mary Lou Maloney appear as an ice cream vendor to a teacher, whom she kills with a pair of cones and an electric mixer.
* The beginning of ''Film/ActOfValor'' has the Chechen terrorist Abu Shabal driving what looks like an ice cream truck in the Philippines to a school. Said ice cream truck turns out to be a suicide car bomb, which kills the US Ambassador, his son, and several Filipino schoolchildren.
* The eponymous character in ''Some Guy Who Kills People'' works at an ice cream parlor.
* ''Film/TheIceman''. "Mr Freezy" Pronge is a hitman who gets his nickname from this trope, including using the freezer to store bodies to confuse the time of death.
* ''Film/AfterHours'': the only vehicle amongst the raging, lynch-happy crowd of [=SoHo=] New Yorkers chasing after Paul Hackett is Gail's "Mister Softee" truck, driven by what is probably the craziest member of the whole group (she's the one who made said angry lynching crowd ''hunt'' Hackett, after all, in an act of DisproportionateRetribution).

* There's a Wallace Stevens poem called "[[http://www.poetryfoundation.org/learning/guide/248396#poem The Emperor of Ice-Cream]]" that's sort of hard to interpret, but the first stanza is definitely talking about an ice cream man, and the second is definitely talking about a dead body. Whether the first is the cause of the second can't be determined, but it's all rather creepy. [[http://www.cummingsstudyguides.net/Guides4/emperor.html Critics]] seem to favor the theory that it's about the wake of the old lady who's lying dead in the second stanza. In which case, the partying in the first stanza might be seen as either life-affirming or callous.
** Creator/StephenKing is apparently a big fan of this poem, by the way; it's quoted in his ''Literature/SalemsLot'' as well as in ''Series/KingdomHospital''.
* Speaking of Stephen King, while it's not exactly an ice cream truck a couple of his short stories deal with a psychopathic milkman who plants poisonous spiders in his milk box, hands out all-purpose cream laced with highly corrosive acid and cartons of poisoned drinks, and was implied to have planted a bomb in one of his packages, which went off some time prior to the events of the story. All the stuff he needs is in his milk truck.
** The title character of ''Literature/MrMercedes'' drives this as well, though apart from spying on the protagonist, he doesn't do anything too horrible while behind the wheel because [[PragmaticVillainy it would be too easy to trace things back to him.]]
* In the novel ''Literature/TheClairvoyantCountess'' by Creator/DorothyGilman there is a significant ice cream truck company run by a very scary bad guy.
* Creator/GahanWilson wrote a short story called "Mr. Ice Cold". The ice cream truck and its driver look innocent enough at first. But then, a boy notices that there's one door on the truck that is never opened. One day he decides to take a quick peek inside the door and gets a nasty shock. Let's just say that Mr. Ice Cold prefers a different kind of treat besides ice cream.
* Subverted in an ''Literature/EncyclopediaBrown'' story, where a clown who drove an ice cream truck disappeared along with a young boy and was accused of kidnapping him. Turned out they'd both been kidnapped.
* A variation on this is seen in the Philip Jose Farmer classic ''ThePrePersons''. TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, abortion is not only legal, but children up to the age of twelve can be "aborted". Parents must get a license (known as a D-card, for "desirability"), if they can afford one -- or the kid gets picked up by the abortion truck, taken to the pound and euthanized. Parents can also turn kids in if they don't want them any more. The abortion truck cruises neighborhoods looking for "strays", playing tinkly ice-cream-truck music to lure them out.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The ''Series/MIHigh'' episode "Animal Spies" had a SKUL agent basing himself out of an ice cream truck.
* A ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' episode ("People Who Live In Brass Hearses") featured an ex-con trying to get revenge on an ice cream truck driver [[spoiler: who, unbeknownst to the ex-con and his brother, was actually Siamese twins joined at the back. By the end, one twin has been murdered and the other continues to drive around in the truck with his dead, decaying twin still attached]].
* One episode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' featured a cranky, sadistic ice cream man who refused to sell any ice cream to the kids despite all of them being stuck for hours on a blocked road in the desert... yet let the kids watch ''him'' eat an ice cream bar inside the refrigerated truck.
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'': One episode features an ice cream truck that puts kids into a hypnotic trance with its music, then sucks them into a PocketDimension where a shadowy being called the Nothing devours them. Turns out that the ice cream man is a good guy, while [[EnfantTerrible the children are demons]].
* ''{{Shameless}}'': the Maguires use an ice cream van as a front for dealing drugs and give Frank a job on it. ("If someone asks for a smartie...give them a pill. If someone asks for a polo...give them a pill.") Backfires somewhat when Frank takes some himself and ends up giving pills to an old woman who wanted some actual smarties.
* ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'':
** In the [[Series/LawAndOrder original show]], the pedophile celebrity in "Smoke" has an assistant drive an ice cream truck to playgrounds; he hides inside to scout out potential "playmates".
** In an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' the victim of the week is living in an ice cream truck, and using it as a base to sell bootleg [=DVDs=].
* The short-lived '80s sitcom ''Series/JenniferSleptHere'' starred Ann Jillian as the title character, an old movie actress who had been run over by an ice cream truck and haunts her former home as a ghost.
* In ''Series/VanPires'', an innocent looking ice cream truck is actually an evil vampire vehicle. Er, ItMakesSenseInContext.
* One of the specials for ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'', "What We Did On Our Summer Vacation", revolved around Mr. Tastee, an otherwise-amiable ice-cream man who always wore a mask in the shape of a grinning soft-serve cone and was hinted to have a shady past (it's implied he's [[spoiler: local eccentric rich lady Mrs. van de Vere's ex-husband Leonard]]). In fact, the episode implies that ''the entire ice cream man profession'', with its wandering routes and bright, happy masks, is actually an informal brotherhood for those seeking to escape and/or forget.
* The Showtime series ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' has an episode titled "We All Scream for Ice Cream". It's about a [[MonsterClown demonic, undead clown]] who works in an ice cream truck. His method is to sell ice cream to children, who then [[spoiler: cause their parents to melt into a colored mess not unlike that of melted ice cream]] as soon as they bite into it.
* An episode of ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'' has Doug buy an ice cream truck only to be stalked by another truck driven by [[Film/{{Duel}} an unseen driver with snakeskin boots who tries to kill him at every opportunity]]. [[spoiler:Eventually Doug sells the truck back to the original owner at a loss. We then see the owner talking to another prospective buyer while the camera zooms in on his boots...]]
* ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' has an old ice-cream truck being used to distribute Buzz Beer. Disappointing when kids find out they don't have any ice cream, and rude when they keep getting asked, but not actively evil.
* In the second episode of the original ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}},'' Sam Tyler drives a witness incognito in an ice cream truck, hoping to spot a suspect. Some little girls run up asking for ice cream, only to be confronted by Gene Hunt scoffing down a cone and FlippingTheBird, causing the girls to break down in tears.
* Freddy Krueger in ''Series/FreddysNightmares'' had one for luring in kids stored in his power plant base.
* In an episode of ''Series/HappyDays'', Fonzie quits his vehicle-repair job and must find a new way to make a living. He tries driving an ice cream truck, but he hates it because "Whenever I got it up to speed, some kid started chasin' after me wavin' a dime!"
* A ''Series/GetSmart'' episode has a KAOS agent driving an ice-cream truck -- he abducts Hymie the robot by asking him to reach way inside for a fudgesicle, then shoving him in. Hymie's first words when he's released -- "Here's your fudgesicle."
* The Hub series ''Series/TheHauntingHour'' has a story called "Catching Cold," about a fat boy who pursues an ice cream truck and how the ice cream truck seems to favor him. [[spoiler:Turns out the ice cream truck is haunted and traps those who are so obsessed with ice cream that they are willing to actively chase down the truck. It was also behind the disappearance of a boy in the late 1970s/early 1980s who did the same thing as the fat boy now and is now a fat, insane man who is more than willing to let the boy of 2011 trade places with him so the ice cream truck can feed off his soul]].
* ''Series/{{Tosh 0}}'': In [[http://tosh.comedycentral.com/video-clips/optimo-55-souf---i-m-gipper this music video]], Tosh plays an ice cream truck driver who drives recklessly even before he [[DrunkDriver starts drinking]].
* The villains of ''Series/AceLightning'' use Duff Kent's ice cream truck to get around. They even use it to stalk and kidnap the protagonist.
* In a segment of ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'', a drug dealer named Salvador uses an ice cream truck as a front to distribute drugs, but after escaping from the attempted holdup, Salvador takes a turn too fast, and the truck’s freezers suffer a freon leak that poisons him. Oh, and the truck crashes. The segment is named "Rocky Roadkill," and its nickname: "Ice Fiend Man."
* Yet another drug-dealing ice cream truck in "Find Your Happy Place" episode of ''Series/{{Life}}''. Crews' take-down isn't perfectly smooth:
-->'''Perp''' [''from gurney'']: You didn't say three! You didn't even ''get'' to three! You shot me on ''two''! You didn't get to three....\\
'''Reese''': He's right, you know -- you didn't get to three.\\
'''Crews''': I rounded up.
* Not involving an ice cream ''vendor'' per se, but [[Recap/BrooklynNineNineS2E19Sabotage in Season 2]] of ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'', [[spoiler:disgraced lawyer Geoffrey Hoytsman—former boss of Sophia Perez, onetime girlfriend of Detective Jake Peralta, who ''busted him for cocaine use''—kidnaps Peralta and keeps him in an ice cream truck]].
** Although Hoytsman mentions he got the truck from a former client whom he defended for, in his words, "a strangle-and-mangle".

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* An episode of ''Series/{{Sesame Street}}'' has an ice cream company called "Bad Humor", run by grouches. They sell ice cream flavors that appeal exclusively to grouches, such as chocolate-covered pickle and spinach vanilla crunch, and will not stop ringing their bell until someone buys their ice cream.

[[folder: Music]]
* Music/TheRutles' song "Doubleback Alley" has a line about ''the funny man in the ice cream van who [[HaveAGayOldTime talked so queer]]...''
* [[Music/DevinTownsend Strapping Young Lad's]] secret song from their album ''Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing'', "Satan's Ice Cream Truck" about ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
** The song was actualized into a real demonic ice cream truck by a fan of the band from Minnesota. The truck is referred to as Hell General. General because it is made from an AM General postal truck and Hell because of where it supposedly comes from.
* Music/SteveTaylor's "I Blew Up the Clinic Real Good" is about an ice cream truck driver who bombs an abortion clinic.
* In the 1940's, the Kay Kaiser Orchestra recorded a song called "The Bad Humor Man".
* Music/ProfessorElemental's "Animal Ice Cream", about selling your favorite ice cream mixed with bits of your favorite animal, from the back of a stolen ice cream truck.
* From "The Winker's Album (Misprint)" by Ivor Biggun:
--> Mr Fellatio, the ice-cream man
--> Goes jingle jangle int' ice cream van
--> Mr Fellatio... all the children say... "Hell-''o!''"
--> To Mr Fellatio, the ice... cream... maaaaan.
* The song "Ice Cream Man", by Sloppy Seconds, is all about this trope.
* In the storybook that goes along with the Music/MelanieMartinez ConceptAlbum ''Cry Baby'', Cry Baby is kidnapped by a wolf who is also an ice cream man (in the song "Tag, You're It"). Who she later kills ([[MurderBallad "Milk and Cookies"]]).
* Although this one doesn't operate out of a truck, Music/TomLehrer includes a sinister (if cheerful) ice cream vendor in "My Hometown":
--> I remember Dan, the druggist on the corner, 'e
--> Was never mean or ornery,
--> He was swell.
--> He killed his mother-in-law and ground her up real well,
--> And sprinkled just a bit
--> Over each banana split.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' plays with this several times.
** ''I cuss, you cuss, we all cuss for asparagus!''
** There's another strip with the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin self-explanatory]] Liver-And-Onions Truck. And kids are hiding from the truck, implying they'll get the treats whether they like it or not.
** There's also the "Vaccination Van", and the van's driver is actually ''hoping'' that kids mistake him for the usual ice cream truck.
** Another time, a starving man wandering a desert encounters a hilariously out-of-place ice cream truck, only for the driver to inform him he's sold out.
* A ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' comic has Pig getting hit by an ice cream truck.
* ''Creator/GahanWilson'' has an ice cream man opening the compartment to reveal a truckful of frozen child corpses. "Wrong door!"
* ''ComicStrip/{{Monty}}'' tries a job as an ice-cream truck driver, but terrifies kids when he unwittingly wears melted cherry popsicle stains all over his white suit.

[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* Music/TimMinchin did a routine on the jingles of ice cream vans, referring to them as "[[BlackComedy the mating call of the kiddy fiddler]]".
-->'''Tim Minchin:''' Sorry, sorry, that's totally inappropriate. It's awful what I just did there when you think about it; I just made the assumption that having an ice cream van makes you a pedophile. It's awful... It's probably the other way around.
* Creator/EddieMurphy had his own routine about the ice cream man:
--> And the ice cream man always drove an extra block! And I know he seen us! He probably had a friend in the truck and was telling him, "Watch how fast I make these little motherfuckers run." ''Vrooom!''

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Needles Kane from the ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal'' series (who in the most recent version, was a regular ice cream man before he turned evil) drives Sweet Tooth, perhaps the most famous video game example of this...except his truck serves up [[VehicularCombat missiles and other assorted armaments]]. He still hands out tasty kid's treats from it, just be prepared for the explosives and napalm packs in the cones and ice cream sandwiches.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' has a mission by El Burro called "[[{{Spoonerism}} I Scream]], You Scream", which the protagonist must park a Mr. Whoopee ice cream truck with a bomb inside (and the 'jeengle-jeengle music turned on) near a group of rival gang members, then run away and blow it up.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' has a campaign where it turns out the ice cream factory is owned by a nasty old woman who hates children, who only uses ice cream as a front for her cocaine trafficking operations, and the ice cream trucks sell drugs instead. When you actually get the factory and ice cream truck, both of them are horribly glitched and unusable (saving at the factory corrupts your save file), so really it's the factory and truck that are at fault. Taking one of the ice cream trucks to another business you own, a car dealership/chop shop, helps complete the main storyline. "We need you to steal...um....take...we need an ice cream truck, okay?" It's also impossible to sell ice cream to kids, even if you wanted to, considering [[HideYourChildren there are no kids in the game]].
** It's entirely possible to run people over with the truck...but that's possible with all vehicles.
** Bonus: A secondary mission ends with the player murdering about a dozen mysterious people on the rooftop of the ice cream business based on an intercepted call.
* In the flash game ''[[http://games.adultswim.com/cream-wolf-twitchy-online-game.html Cream Wolf]]'', the Ice Cream Truck driver is actually a Werewolf who's fattening kids up so that he can bait them back to his place when full moon arrives and proceed to "Make new flavors" out of them. It's even complete with a creepy jingle during midnight.
* One of the enemies in ''VideoGame/ToejamAndEarl'' is a phantom ice cream truck that randomly appears and disappears and tries to run down our alien heroes.

* From the webcomic ''Webcomic/ASofterWorld'' "[[http://www.asofterworld.com/index.php?id=223 Scoot Scoot Scoot]]"..
* Butch in ''Webcomic/ChoppingBlock'' once tried to do this, only to learn that you should probably turn the music off after you kill the driver.

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* [[http://icanhascheezburger.com/2010/06/12/funny-pictures-and-you-will-like-it/ This page]] at ''[[WebOriginal/{{Lolcats}} I Can Has Cheeseburger]]''.
* [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP-]][[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1386 1386]] becomes this if its products aren't paid for. Otherwise, it's a regular ice cream truck, aside from the fact that it is apparently sapient.
* [[http://www.stickdeath.com [=StickDeath=]]] has a feature with one of these, though the problem is mostly that the truck's jingle is too loud and [[MostAnnoyingSound really fucking annoying]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* One ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' episode is actually titled "The Ghost of the Bad Humor Man", and in fact contains an armored vehicle painted to act as an ice cream truck driven by wanted criminals.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', the ice cream truck driver has a grudge against Dexter because he once paid him with a heavy jar of pennies which caused him [[DisasterDominoes to trip and break his tooth]] which in turn made him lose his apartment, his car, his girlfriend and forced him to live under a bridge, effectively causing [[DiabolusExMachina his entire life to be ruined]]; [[DisproportionateRetribution and thus refuses to stop for him]].
-->'''Ice Cream Man:''' I can't even eat ice cream anymore, because of ''the pain!'' '''''All because of you and your stupid pennies!!!'''''
* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' has [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mr. Creepler]], a pedophile and serial rapist who also happens to be the local ice cream man. By season 3 however, it's stated that he died in prison, though he's left some lasting trauma on one of his victims.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' had an ice cream man named "The Jolly Olly Man" (voiced by [[TheSimpsons Dan Castellaneta]], using a voice that sounds like a mix between his normal voice and a bitter, insane take on Arnie Pie [the helicopter news reporter who hates Kent Brockman]) who hated kids and in one episode was on the verge of getting fired because his attitude was hurting sales. In another episode, he tried charging kids $20 for ice cream during a heat wave.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' had an entire organization of ice cream men that were keeping all the ice cream for the adults. Throughout the series, these ice cream men were often used as {{Mooks}} for various villains.
* An ice cream truck in the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' refuses to stop for Tuck, so Jenny uses a giant magnet to pull it back.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' [[TheMovie movie]] has one of the villains steal an ice cream cart and use it as his vehicle in the finale. There's even a shot from the cart's point of view of him [[MemeticMolester stalking towards it with an evil grin on his face]].
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB'', there's one of these: the driver gets pissed off at Bessie because she reports him to his manager [[spoiler:(just because he accidentally ran ''ONE'' stop sign in ten years of driving the truck)]].
** In Bessie's defense, she thought she was calling the actual driver; she didn't know it was the phone number of his manager's office.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' features a man in an ice cream truck prominently, and he does have a dark secret, although this example is more like the ''Charmed'' subversion listed above. By the end, we learn he's been driving that truck for [[spoiler: 40 years, give or take a few days]] and is glad to finally escape!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Bart of Darkness" opens with Springfield suffering a blistering heat wave. An ice cream truck comes down the street with the driver shouting, "''Ice cream! Ice cream!''" ...but, when the children run up to it, they hear his entire sentence: "I'm all outta ''ice cream!''" And then, right after that comes another, similar truck:
--> '''Truck driver:''' Chili! Red-hot Texas-style chili! And we got ginger ale; boiling hot Texas-style ginger ale!
* An early episode of ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' featured an ice cream truck that blared ominous-sounding propaganda from its speakers.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' has Crocker's van, which is often disguised as an ice cream truck.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''
** In "Yankee Doodle Bugs", an ice cream truck shows up during the [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution Continental Army's]] winter encampment at Valley Forge. [[RuleOfFunny The irked soldiers promptly shoot it full of holes]].
** ''Bugs Bunny Nips The Nips'' has Bugs in an ice cream truck selling ice cream bars loaded with hand grenades to Japanese soldiers.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'': The first opponent Tormentor (Mater's monster truck wrestler alter ego) had to face in ''[[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Monster Truck Mater]]'' is a modified ice cream monster truck named Ice Screamer.
* When [[TheBully Boog]] is behind the wheel of the Frosty Bus, there's no chance for WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumChum to get their Frosty Freezy Freeze.
* A common gag in most of the Creator/TexAvery cartoons would show the bad guy apparently holding up an armored car/stagecoach (or whatever was period-appropriate) only for the camera to pull back and show he's actually robbing an ice cream truck.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' set in Florida had Drakken staking out in an ice cream truck with the intent of tapping into the [=MP3=] players of all the teenagers on Spring Break, making them his mind-controlled slaves. [[spoiler:(He got the frequency wrong and ended up tapping into the hearing aids of all the retirees living there.)]]
* Hinted at on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''; local pedophile Herbert wanted an ice cream truck.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'', the villain Gatlocke has a fleet of vehicles, including an ice cream truck that's been given the Mad Max treatment.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The [[ViolentGlaswegian Glasgow]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glasgow_Ice_Cream_Wars Ice Cream Wars]] (or, more accurately, the Glascow Gangs Who Liked To Use Ice Cream Trucks As A Cover For Heroin and Stolen Goods Selling Wars):
-->The conflicts, in which vendors raided one another's vans and fired shotguns into one another's windscreens, were more violent than might typically be expected between ice-cream salesmen.
* Mafia hitman Robert Pronge drove a Mister Softee truck to appear inconspicuous.
* Richard "Iceman" Kuklinski froze his victims' bodies in an ice cream truck to skew the estimated time of their death [[http://www.nysun.com/new-york/meet-the-forrest-gump-of-mob-hits/35539/ Maybe.]]
* Kenneth Bianchi, one of the Hillside Stranglers, worked as an ice cream man. A suspected victim of his disappeared when she went out one day to buy a cone.
* Fred West, another serial killer, also worked as an ice cream man. While one, he accidentally ran over a kid.
* An ice cream truck was used as a [[http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/18/middleeast/iraq-violence/a suicide car bomb]].

* The Topps trading card series ''Weird Wheels'' had a card titled [[http://www.bubblegum-cards.com/Weird-Wheels/imagepages/image52.html Bad Humor Truck]].
* One of Creator/JeanShepherd's greatest stories on his radio show was about the price war that broke out between two stores directly across the street from one another. The group coming for the bargains kept growing and reversing direction with every competing penny drop in the price. Soon word got out and there was a rumbling on the horizon as hordes began arriving for the cheap ice cream.