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Where a character is given or is holding an item, considers it for a second and then dismisses it as worthless, unimportant, or irrelevant and subsequently rids themselves of it, frequently by tossing it over their shoulder without a glance. Sometimes results in item breaking or secondary character chasing after it as it may actually be important. Sometimes it is a part that was broken off of something else, and is accompanied by an 'Oh, well' or 'Whatever.' Can be PlayedForLaughs if discarded item unintentionally hits something, such as ThatPoorCat. If it's a disguised explosive, expect it to detonate on impact. When this trope is in action, don't expect any form of proper disposal to occur anytime soon as LitteringIsNoBigDeal.

The item may just not be what a character is looking for, especially if sought item is thought to be buried in a closet or other clothing storage place. Expect something similar to a toned-down RansackedRoom but usually done by a forgetful owner who can't remember where they hid something.

Often used to show an impatient or careless character trait, or a moment of frustration.

While this does happen in Real Life, sometimes intentionally like a BouquetToss or for a SuperstitionEpisode with salt, most people will simply put or hand an item back. If they do toss it, it usually isn't over the shoulder (a blind-spot). If it's actual garbage, might be used as a WastebasketBall. May come back later as a BrickJoke. Compare and contrast BillBillJunkBill.



* Creator/VinceOffer does this to a competitor's product in his ad for the [=SlapChop=], with the chopper cleanly landing in the sink to his back. Hilariously, the Spanish-language version has him almost miss the sink and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b86SOHZ0nIA accidentally rip the blinds off the window behind him while Offer continues his pitch undeterred]].

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* This is how Usagi initially meets Mamoru in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' -- she crumples up and tosses away a bad test paper, and hits him.
* In one episode of ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'', Urumi throws an empty bottle over her shoulder; it hits a Yakuza boss on the head.
* Done in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' by Iris, with an oversized Basculin. She has grabbed it out of a river with her bare hands during a fishing contest after getting bored with fishing the normal way, and throws it back after she is told she has broken the rules.

[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''Tabletopgame/MagicTheGathering'': [[http://magiccards.info/m13/en/146.html Rummaging Goblin]] is seen tossing a book over his shoulder.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In an ''Franchise/ArchieComics'', Jughead refuses to be superstitious on Friday the 13th. After bad luck following each attempt to disprove the notion, he finds a horseshoe, scoffs at the idea it's lucky, and casually throws it away. It hits a passing driver in the head -- who turns out to be tall, muscled, and none too pleased.
* In one Disney comic, a superstitious Donald Duck [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spilling_salt spills a salt shaker and declares it's bad luck, unless you toss some above your shoulder.]] He promptly does so, only for the salt to land in someone's ice cream. Cue angry customer.
* In the comic continuation of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', Broadway disarms the club-wielding clone Burbank. He then blindly tosses the club over his shoulder, to knock out the clone known as Malibu.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'': [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1995/ga950625.gif Garfield tosses a flower after sniffing it]]. A bee nearby him gets offended at this, so he grabs the flower, flies to Garfield, and hits him with it.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In a parody of Music/DaftPunk's "Get Lucky" ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43k7vWmMYmo "Get Loki"]] by Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}), at the beginning Loki picks up the sign "PROPERTY OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (please do not steal)" that's above the Tesseract and tosses it away.
* ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} tosses away the disembodied head of ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}} -- after having used it like a macabre hand puppet -- both at the conclusion of their ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'', and in episode 8 of ''WebVideo/SuperPowerBeatDown''. Hard to say if it's coincidental, of if the latter influenced the former, which is more recent.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/WallE'': While WALL•E is looking for treasure, he comes across a diamond ring in a hinged box. However, after pulling the ring out of the box, he tosses the ''ring'' over his shoulder, being fascinated with the box.
* ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'': At the end of Kuzco's funeral, all the "mourners" casually toss the candles they were holding behind them and go back to work, clearly not distraught in the least.
* In the "Wayne Manor" teaser for ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie'', Batman tosses the laptop he was using to check "The Website/{{Twitter}}sphere" straight over his head and into the background once he's done with it, at which point it snaps in half.
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', while rummaging inside Tapper's lost-and-found box, Ralph finds a ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' exclamation point and tosses it over his shoulder.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the 2008 ''Film/IronMan1'', while Tony Stark is in captivity and building a weapon, he carefully pulls apart a warhead for .13 grams of palladium and tosses the rest of it behind him with a comment of "Don't need that."
* ''Film/ThreeAmigos''. When the title characters are riding through the desert, Lucky Day and Ned Nederlander run out of water. Dusty Bottoms [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJmesqycoQU#t=3m11s takes a drink from his canteen and casually tosses it away]] ''even though it's still full of water'', to the stunned disbelief of Lucky and Ned.
* In the film adaptation of ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'', Scott buys an item from the internet for the sole purpose of talking to Ramona. When she delivers it, he casually tosses it into the trashcan behind him without looking. Notable because no special effects were involved: Michael Cera had to do about 40 some odd takes in order to get the package to land exactly in the trash can.
* ''Film/DumbAndDumber'':
** Lloyd tells Harry that, in order to get rid of bad luck, he should toss some salt over his left shoulder. Harry, without a thought, tosses an entire salt ''shaker'' [[YourOtherLeft over his right shoulder]]. This, of course, beans "Sea Bass", a very large and angry gentleman.
** In the end of the sequel ''Film/DumbAndDumberTo'', [[spoiler:they throw away their milkshakes because they get "wrong" flavors. Each one got the flavor the other wanted. They hit Sea Bass again]].
* In the remake of ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', Mr. Salt hands Wonka a business card, which Wonka promptly whips over his shoulder without even a glance at it.
* In ''Film/PoliceAcademy'', an apple core thrown over the shoulder hits a gangbanger and starts a chain reaction that results in huge riots.
* The 1960 Disney version of ''Film/SwissFamilyRobinson'', Francis tosses a lit-up coconut bomb at the pirates, where the pirate captain grabs hold of it looks at it for a second, then tosses it away. It hits another pirate on the head, and explodes.
* This often occurs in ''Film/TheThreeStooges'', whatever was being tossed aside would end up hitting Moe and giving him a reason to DopeSlap someone.
* In ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'', after [[spoiler:the Enterprise-D crash-landed]], Picard is seen in his ready room looking for his photo album, and he picks up a ceramic object, casually putting it back down in a dismissive manner. It was his [[PricelessMingVase priceless]] [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Kurlan_naiskos Kurlan naiskos]] from the show, used here as a random prop. Notable from the WebVideo/RedLetterMedia review, including dubbing a glass shatter over the discard.
* ''Film/AlienResurrection'' has one memorable scene where Ellen Ripley tosses a Basketball into a hoop as if it was no big deal. Sigourney Weaver actually got the ball in the hoop for the shot, but that doesn't mean the scene wasn't unedited: they had to edit out one of the actors exclaiming "Oh shit!" at the fact that she got it in the hoop, which would have been an OutOfCharacterMoment. Doubles as a RealLife example in this case.
* In ''Film/{{Deadpool|2016}}'', Negasonic Teenage Warhead types a tweet on her smartphone just as she is about to fight Angel Dust (who, along with Deadpool, politely wait for her to finish), then she tosses the phone aside. Partially justified, though, since as we see right afterward, using her power just vaporizes her clothes with the exception of her X-Men uniform underneath, so the phone would have likely been totaled too if she'd kept it on her.
* At the end of ''Franchise/StarWars'': ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Rey arrives on Ahch-To with Luke Skywalker's lightsaber and presents it to him. When this scene resumes in ''Film/TheLastJedi'', [[spoiler:the first thing he does is toss the lightsaber over his shoulder (and the cliff behind him) before stalking off.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Episode "Dalek":
*** An EstablishingCharacterMoment for the rich obstructor, van Staten, who confers with the Ninth Doctor on an alien device that turns out to be a delicate musical instrument. He plays a few notes, then, content that he knows all he needs about it, casually tosses it aside.
*** The Doctor tosses away items in this fashion while looking for a weapon to fight the Dalek with "[[BillBillJunkBill Broken, broken, hairdryer, broken]]...".
** In "Planet of the Dead", after the ClassyCatBurglar companion goes to great lengths to pilfer a big, expensive-looking crystal from an alien spaceship, the Doctor later offhandedly discards the crystal: all he needs is the piece of ArtificialGravity machinery that was stuck to it.
* During a ''Series/MythBusters'' build-off, [[NeatFreak Jamie]] pulled the outer shell off a radio and tossed it over his shoulder.
** Happens again, this time by Adam with a matchbook jacket, with the 1,000,000 match bomb Youtube special.
* Happens all the time in ''Series/BlackBooks''. That's probably why the bookshop is such a mess.
* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfBriscoCountyJr'': Bad Luck Betty, a superstitious deputy, managed to put the sheriff in a full body cast after tossing salt over her shoulder just as he came in, which made him lose his footing and a grandfather clock fall on him.
* Alan Davies occasionally does this on ''Series/{{QI}}'' when the guests are given cards to interact with. In particular, he disgustedly threw away his diagram of a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tongue_map tongue map]] after learning that its theory is now discredited, and did the same with a silhouette of an elephant after incorrectly labeling its knees (the joints of an elephant's front legs are considered elbows).
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''. In his first showdown with Moriarty, Sherlock presents him with the stolen submarine plans that were surely his objective all along. Moriarty casually chucks the flash drive in the swimming pool, saying he could get them any time.
* ''Series/TheProfessionals''. A KGB agent blackmails a politician into providing a top secret document. Later he reveals that he already delivered that document months ago to UsefulNotes/MoscowCentre, but by handing it over to a foreign agent the politician will be committing treason and thereafter be under the KGB's thumb.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. Root steals a HandcuffedBriefcase from an international courier containing a priceless Faberge egg. Which on the orders of the Machine she then smashes, as the objective was the indestructible Kevlar case.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* During a filmed ''Wrestling/{{WWE}}'' promo, Wrestling/CurtHennig in his "Mr. Perfect" character throws a basketball behind his back and gets nothing but net.

[[folder:Puppet shows]]
* The Swedish Chef from ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' tosses food over his shoulder almost every time he appears. The puppeteers had a SelfImposedChallenge to dislodge everything on the rear wall this way.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Characters in ''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}}'' do this with items they don't want.
* In ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 Battle'', If you try giving a Chao fruit and they don't finish it, they toss it away.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', no sooner have you gotten the three {{Plot Coupon}}s than the apparent BigBad Zant shows up, takes them, looks at them for a moment, and then tosses them away in disdain, leaving you to find four more {{Plot Coupon}}s to find him again.
* In ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadowMirrorOfFate'' Simon comes across a magical relic: a blue crystal ball. After picking up and staring at it for a bit, nothing happens, causing him to give a disappointed "Bah." and tossing it over his shoulder with a deadpan look, breaking it. After breaking however, the Spirit of Belnades appears from inside and starts to help him out.
* In the thirty-second ''VideoGame/{{WorldOfWarcraft}}'': Mists of Pandaria short [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jon4GV1u3uM Bottoms Up]], the human does this with an empty tankard. Surprisingly, he actually does look where he tosses it... but it still manages to trigger ThatPoorCat. Still follows trope in that tankards are not normally discarded in this manner.
* In ''VideoGame/LegoDimensions'', in the cut-screen after the battle with Karlof, while Master Chen triggers a TrapDoorFail, then another, then another, Gandalf munches an apple and then tosses it over his shoulder. It happens to be launched into one of the many misfired trapdoors, right as it's opened.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'': When he discovers the Any Mug in the poorly locked chest, Minmax declares the mug "lame", tosses it blindly behind his shoulder and hits Forgath on the helmet. It's not until a later scene that they realize the mug is a magical item.
* ''Webcomic/WeenieLicked'': Paul does this with the [[SkeletonKey Key to the Arg]].
* In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0032.html strip #32]] of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', a pair of lawyers for Creator/WizardsOfTheCoast show up to drag away the monster, as it isn't open ''D&D'' content and thus copyright infringement. As a result, on the next page Roy Greenhilt is seen tossing away the script for strip #33 while saying they're finding themselves with no plot for today.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Discord creates a glass of chocolate milk. He drinks ''the glass'', leaving the milk behind and suspended in air and then casually tossing it behind him. The milk ''explodes''. And the explosion creates ''darkness'' instead of light. Not a shadow -- actual darkness.
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS8E2SchoolDazePart2 School Daze – Part 2]]": While the Mane Six are explaining to the students that they're reopening the school, but this time teaching their own ways and not following the EEA's rules, Fluttershy blindly tosses the rulebook behind her... where it hits a straggler pukwudgie.
* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'', Jack Spicer opens a [[SealedEvilInACan puzzle box]] containing "A mask? Lame." and tosses them behind him.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "Two Bad Neighbors"
-->'''Homer:''' Good old Evergreen Terrace: the swankiest street in the classiest part of Pressboard Estates.\\
'''Bart:''' Well if you love it so much, why are you always littering?\\
'''Homer:''' ''[finishing a canned drink]'' It's easier, duh. ''[tosses can on ground]''
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DogCity'', Ace buys a newspaper, reads the headline, then disgustedly wads the paper and tosses it over his shoulder. [[FridgeLogic Makes you wonder why he bothered wasting a quarter]]....
* In the first season ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Mecha-Streisand", Cartman tosses aside a triangle that he digs up on a school excavation trip. Said triangle turns out to be an ancient artifact.
* Appears as a RunningGag in ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget''. At the beginning of each episode, Chief Quimby gives the title character a mission briefing written on [[ThisPageWillSelfDestruct self-destructing paper]]. After reading it, Gadget invariably crumples it up and obliviously throws it over his shoulder on his way out, where it blows up in Quimby's face.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' where [[TheDitz Stumpy]] is pretending to be a detective, he lights a pipe and carelessly tosses the lighter away. It lands on some poor guy offscreen who catches on fire.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[https://luxeadventuretraveler.com/legend-of-the-trevi-fountain/ The Trevi Fountain coin toss]] tradition in UsefulNotes/{{Rome}}.