A group of friends are outside playing a sport, most often baseball or soccer (since these are the games where the ball is most likely to leave the playing field unpredictably). A particularly unlucky character throws, hits, or kicks the ball and the ball breaks a window. This can branch off to a few different situations:

* '''A:''' The glass shatters and everyone begins to panic. They attempt to find a place to hide or just try to escape before the landlord comes to have a talk with them.
* '''B:''' The glass shatters, but the adult is already there. Can result in a {{You Are Grounded}} situation.
* '''C:''' No one comes out to inspect the damage, but then the one who lost the ball is forced to go retrieve it. See also ScareDare.
* '''D:''' After impact, the owner comes out of his/her house. (Holding the ball is optional.) Oblivious to the damage, the group asks for the ball back. The owner will either be a {{Grumpy Old Man}} and keep it, or give it back.

Of course, accidents do happen in RealLife and a broken window is hardly the end of the world. Young children who are scared of getting in trouble may fear the worst and play certain variations straight.

Compare with WindowPain, in which the window breaking is not accidental.
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* The [[UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}} Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNaHUxi6H-U released an all-singing PSA in which an elderly man angrily inquires who hit the baseball that broke his window.]] A young boy steps forward to confess, leading to the ad's "You told the truth/I told the truth" coda.
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* This happens twice in ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'', whilst the cast are playing baseball. It's Akio's fault both times.
* At one point in ''{{Manga/Yotsuba}}'', Yotsuba kicks a soccer ball through a window by accident. Her dad spanks her. Later, in a similar situation she breaks a couple of dishes by bouncing a yoga ball around. This time dad is more concerned about her lying about it, and when she claims it was the fault of a "lying bug", he takes her to a somewhat scary "lying bug eating statue" so that she'll tell the truth.
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* In ''Film/ThePoorLittleRichGirl'', the neighborhood kids hit a baseball into the greenhouse of the mansion where the titular poor little rich girl resides. She winds up having a mud fight with them before angry servants chase the kids away.
* Happens to Edmund in TheFilmOfTheBook of ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia: Film/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe''. The children's attempt to hide leads them into the Wardrobe, which sends them to Narnia. (In the book, they were hiding from the housekeeper conducting a tour of the BigFancyHouse).
* The plot of ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'' kicks off like this, with Ron Thompson hitting a baseball through the window of the Szalinskys' attic, which lands on the machine which Wayne Szalinsky has been working on. When Ron and Nick, Wayne's son, go to get the ball back, they are shrunk by the machine, followed by Russ and Amy when they go up to check on their siblings.
* In ''MonsterHouse'', DJ is expected (and forced) to retrieve the ball after it is lost on the [[spoiler: [[HeelFaceTurn then-]]]]villain's yard.
* Type C occurs in ''TheSandlot''. Of course, the "haunted house" the kid has to get into (past the "mean" dog) has many other treasures in store.
* Gomez enjoys hitting golf balls off the balcony of his house in the first ''Film/AddamsFamily'' movie, and he's rather nonchalant when some of them fly right through his next-door neighbor's window. This comes back to bite him later when said neighbor, a judge, is presiding over the case involving ownership of his house...
-->'''Judge:''' Mr. Addams, I believe ''these'' are yours! (''dumps a bucket of golf balls on the bench while laughing maniacally'')
* In ''Film/TheMightyDucks'', Fulton's slapshot breaks a window on Coach Bombay's van, leading to his recruitment to the Ducks.
** In the sequel, Fulton (again) breaks someone's car window during a pick-up game, but the guy cheerfully throws the puck back.
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* An ''Literature/EncyclopediaBrown'' chapter involves kids playing ball in the house and accidentally throwing the ball ''out'' the window. To avoid getting in trouble, they put a rock on the floor in the room and told their mother that someone had thrown the rock in; that's how the window got broken. The mother figured it out EB-style: [[spoiler:If the rock had been thrown in, there would be glass in the room, but there wasn't, only glass on the ground outside.]]
* Comes up in ''{{Soup}}'', when Rob and Soup are "whipping apples" -- spearing them on the ends of sticks and swinging them so they fly off. Soup bets Rob he can hit the bell in a church tower and make it ring, and instead he hits a window. "Breaking a pane of plain old glass wasn't stylish enough for Soup. It had to be stained glass. Even the sound of that stained glass shattering had color in it."
* Type B happens with a pair of commoner (i.e., non-wizard) teenagers in TheBartimaeusTrilogy, followed by ''extremely'' DisproportionateRetribution inflicted by the wizard victim of the accident and the legal system.
* ''HarryAndTheHauntedHouse'' starts as the titular character and his friends are playing baseball, but after the pitcher, Earl, throws an impressive curveball, Harry hits it, but the ball flies into a window in the distant haunted house, resulting in a type C scenario.
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* In an episode of ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' Peter is playing ball in the house and breaks Carol's vase. HilarityEnsues
* In the 8th ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode, "Justice", Wesley Crusher receives the ''death penalty'' for breaking a greenhouse on an idyllic planet while running for a ball, just as the local death-dispensing authority arrives for a checkup. Fortunately (or not, depending on your point of view), it doesn't stick.
* ''Series/{{The IT Crowd}}'': When Moss was a young child, he accidentally broke the patio window. His mother ''[[DisproportionateRetribution sued]]'' him, even holding a [[KangarooCourt mock trial]] in the kitchen with herself as [[HangingJudge both the prosecution and judge]] and a viewing gallery for the cats. Unsurprisingly, she won, and he's still paying her back. ...And that's why Moss hates courtrooms.
* ''{{Series/Yeralash}}'' has an episode where a boy is training another boy to be a goalkeeper "Brazilian style" - which involves catching a ball flying at a barber's window. At the end, the boy misses one goal, to which the trainer says (after a couple minutes of fleeing the barber and his client) "We won't make a goalkeeper out of you. We'll rather train you as a long distance runner. Brazilian style."
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* In the US ''{{ComicStrip/Dennis The Menace|US}}'', Dennis and his friends do this to Mr. Wilson's house sometimes, usually resulting in a Type B or D outcome.
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* This is the result of rathergood.com's attempt to [[http://www.rathergood.com/bacon_rocket build a rocket out of bacon]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* This happens in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. A few kids are playing with a ball, and a window is broken. Iroh appears and the following dialogue occurs:
-->'''Iroh:''' It is usually best to admit mistakes when they occur, and to seek to restore honor.\\
''A large man appears inside the house''\\
'''Large man:''' When I'm through with you kids, the window won't be the only thing that's broken!\\
'''Iroh:''' But not this time! ''Run!''
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' plays out like this - the girls throw their ball through the window of Mojo Jojo, who tries to use it as an excuse to destroy them while pretending to be looking for their ball. After the girls [[PricelessMingVase continue to do more damage in the house]], he instead just gives them the ball back [[GetOut so that they will leave]]. He receives the SoOnceAgainTheDayIsSaved credit because he returned their ball.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' and ''KidVSKat'' would be two C examples.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has a variation on Type C with a radio-controlled plane instead of a ball. Bart (although it was technically Nelson and Milhouse who crashed in) goes to get it and gets caught, setting off the episode's A plot of [[spoiler:[[ItMakesSenseInContext Bart working in a burlesque house]]]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' begins this way, as does the original pilot, "My Neighbor Is A Teenage Robot".
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' goes through all of these variants when he accidentally ticks off the [[CrazyCatLady crazy cat owner]] in one episode, and goes through a variety of completely pointless and ever more complex plots trying to get the ball back. Turns out all the man wanted was an apology, for the kids to turn the baseball diamond around, and to join in with the kids. Of course, when the diamond is turned around, the first thing that happens is the ball goes through a window of Johnny's house, prompting the only form of this trope that hadn't been seen up to that point (Type B).
* On ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' Chris breaks [[{{Shotacon}} Herbert's]] window playing baseball in the streets.
-->'''Peter''': Chris, you have damaged this man's property, and until you pay off the debt, you'll do whatever job he wants you to do. And if at the end of the day you're exhausted and your face is dripping wet, well that just means you did a good job.
-->'''Herbert''': That sounds just fine.
* On ''WesternAnimation/ShaunTheSheep'' a football is kicked through a farmhouse window. One of the sheep is delegated to retrieve the ball. Following various sounds of rummaging, the ball is kicked back out of the farmhouse, breaking ''another'' window.
* A variation on Type D is what kicks off the plot in the ''{{WesternAnimation/Ultimate Spider-Man}}'' episode "Not A Toy." While playing with Captain America's shield, Spider-Man loses it and ends up going after it. It ends up in the Latverian embassy where ''DoctorDoom happens to be.'' After a failed attempt of asking Doom to give it back (in which Doom responds with a missile), Spider-Man then teams up with Captain America in order to get Cap's shield back.
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