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->'''Gordon:''' Mount the curb!\\
'''Bill Corbett:''' We're gonna hit a fruit stand if it's the last thing we do!
-->-- '''''Podcast/RiffTrax''''' on '''''Film/TheDarkKnight'''''
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From Creator/RogerEbert's [[EbertsGlossaryOfMovieTerms dictionary of movie clichés]], fast chase scenes require a fruitcart being plowed into, preferably by a RedShirt in hot pursuit. Almost always pops up in "ethnic" neighborhoods (i.e. Chinatown, Little Italy, etc.). If a chase scene takes place in one, you're supposed to chant "Fruit Cart! Fruit Cart! Fruit Cart!" repeatedly until its [[ItsGoingDown inevitable destruction]] in a spray of melon rind.

Occasionally the fruit cart is replaced by a newspaper stand, a pile of garbage, or a row of garbage cans, but the fruit stand is still a favorite, mostly because the crash will create a very colorful explosion.

One of the TropesBustedByMythBusters: in real life, driving through a fruit stand would leave the car in no condition to continue the chase.

In a related trope, action movies with a gunfight in an outdoor market will inevitably result in the shooting of one or more [[MadeOfExplodium exploding melons]].

Also note: If the cart contains prominently placed [[Film/TheGodfather oranges]], you're probably doomed.

The SheetOfGlass and CardboardBoxes are often used in the same manner.

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!!Examples:
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[[folder:Advertising]]
* Two adverts for the Nissan Almera spoofed these sorts of shows, complete with FruitCart moment. The first one, [[{{Homage}} homaging]] ''Series/TheProfessionals'':
-->'''Bodie:''' Turn left!
-->'''Doyle:''' Why?
-->'''Bodie:''' Litter! Makes the car look good!
* And as for ''Series/TheSweeney''...
-->'''Regan:''' Market! ''*piles through fruit cart*''
-->'''Carter:''' Stop shouting!
-->'''Regan:''' I can't!
** "Market!" was a Mondegreen of the show's famous catchphrase "Mark it!"
* A commercial for Marvin Windows broadcast during March 2005 hit all the chase-scene tropes, which cars running through carts, crates of chickens, crowds on sidewalks -- only to come to a screeching halt so as not to damage a [[SheetOfGlass huge Marvin window]] being rolled slowly across the street.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In the ''{{Speed Racer}}'' episode "Race For Revenge, Part I", Melange drives clean through a fruit stand while being pursued by the police and the Mach 5.
* Batou pursues an optic-camo user through a market in the ''GhostInTheShell'' anime. His invisible quarry shoves customers aside and plows through a pile of melons, which Batou then shoots to disrupt his camo.
* A relatively recent example is the ''CowboyBebop'' episode "Cowboy Funk," where the FruitCart is destroyed by an incompetent rival of the heroes.
* Shows up in the 2004 ''{{Appleseed}}'' film of all places; while in pursuit of Deunan and Hitomi, the van being driven by the robot ninja ladies smashes a watermelon stand that seems to have been placed there just to be crashed into.
* On ''Pecola,'' this trope is the main reason for Mr. Saruyama the melon vendor's existence, even though he is a series regular.
* Lampshaded/mentioned in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' where a move of Jiraiya's involving [[SummonMagic summoning]] a giant toad to crush something by landing on it is called the "Food Cart Destroyer Technique".
* Played straight in ''GreatTeacherOnizuka'', with the Vice Principal's beloved Toyota Cresta.
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[[folder:Film]]
* In ''Film/GirlShy'', Creator/HaroldLloyd crashes into a farmer's cart, spilling fruit everywhere, as he races to stop his girlfriend's marriage.
* ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' (1981) features a chase scene at the market in Cairo, involving fruit carts and many other stalls.
* The 1977 film ''Grand Theft Auto'' [[note]]unrelated to the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' video game series [[/note]] featured a chase scene where a crazy hillbilly family attempts to stop the protagonists' car with thrown sticks of dynamite. Then one of them inexplicably yells ''"frickin' fruit stand!"'' and proceeds to detonate one that is just lying by the side of the road. Huh.
* In ''[[PoliceAcademy Police Academy 6]]'', Captain Harris and Lt. Proctor commandeer a bus and go chasing after the Mastermind. In a ShoutOut to Ebert and his co-reviewer Gene Siskel, the bus just manages to ''avoid'' hitting "Gene and Roger's Fruit Stand."
* ''[[WaynesWorld Wayne's World 2]]''. Wayne perform LampShadeHanging by wondering why some workers are setting up a display of watermelons, chickens and a SheetOfGlass.
-->'''Wayne Campbell:''' Excuse me, what are you guys doing here in the middle of the street?\\
'''Chicken-man:''' Well, I'm putting these chickens in crates, and stacking them right here. Jim's job is to make sure we always have plenty of watermelons.\\
'''Wayne Campbell:''' Oh, so you're selling watermelons.\\
'''Jim:''' No, no sir. We just have to make sure we have plenty of them stacked at all times, just like with these here chickens.\\
'''Garth Algar:''' What do these guys do?\\
'''Chicken-man:''' Well, their job is to walk back and forth with this big plate-glass window every couple of minutes.\\
'''Garth Algar:''' Weird.\\
'''Wayne Campbell:''' Yeah, you've got to wonder if this is gonna pay off later on.
** [[spoiler: [[BrickJoke When the audience has had just enough time to forget about this little encounter, it does indeed pay off.]]]]
* The cast of ''Series/{{Jackass}}: The Movie'' go flying into a fruitcart at the end of the opening credits.
* Played with in the movie ''ConspiracyTheory'': During a chase scene, a hotdog stand careens down a street, plowing into cars.
* Happens at least once in ''Film/{{Ronin}}'', although made more bearable because the fruit vendor is then shot. That movie has enormous collateral damage.
* The garbage-pile variant is used in ''Film/TheFrenchConnection''.
* In the JackieChan film ''Who Am I'', the protagonists, while being pursued, smash through a stall selling nothing but oranges. Some enter through the side windows, and others become embedded in the fender of the car, where they remain for the remaining duration of the chase. After the pursuit has ended, one of the characters that was in the car can be seen eating one of the oranges.
* This counts, at least as a play on the trope: in ''Film/MaximumRisk'', Jean-Claude Van Damme is in a chase scene where he's ''driving'' a fruit cart. It is, of course, destroyed at the end.
* Happens in the finale of ''Film/WhatsNewPussycat'', with a go-cart chase.
* Buster Keaton's ''Film/SevenChances'' uses this trope with, of all things, boxes of bees.
* In ''Film/TheMatrix'' features a ShoutOut to the scene in ''GhostInTheShell'' mentioned above, in which Agent Smith shoots the melons on the cart while pursuing Neo through a crowded market in the Matrix.
* ''Ski Patrol'' actually had a fruit cart with a sign reading "Siskel and Ebert's Fruit Cart" on it.
* ''Film/TheRock'' did this hilariously during the car chase through San Francisco.
** Along with damn near every ''other'' car chase cliché.
* In ''Film/{{The Mummy|1999}}'', some fruit and vegetable stands are knocked over when Rick is driving through Cairo to escape from Imhotep.
* Averted with ''Film/CopAndAHalf''. while we see one, it sadly never gets pulverized.
* In 2010's ''Film/TheTourist'', Johnny Depp's character's escape from the bad guys, ''on foot'', involves dropping into an open-air market from above, taking out a fruit stand in the process.
* In ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', when the crew is escaping on the Mule from the Reaver raiding party, they crash through a fruit cart on the way back to the ship. In a bit of unfortunate editing, the Reavers following them pass right by the same, undamaged, fruit cart.
* At one point in ''Film/PainAndGain'', Kershaw chased Daniel down in the middle of market, knocking over several carts.
* During the opening chase scene of ''Film/{{Colombiana}}'', a motorbike rider chasing the protagonist does a dramatic slide into bowls of spices at a covered market.
* In the final car chase of ''DeathProof'', the girls are amused when they drive through an old boat sitting out in the middle of a field for no apparent reason. "Did you just hit a ''boat?''"

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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/OnlyYouCanSaveMankind'' by Creator/TerryPratchett points out the related chase scene trope of marketplaces, where there are chickens and kamikaze rickshaws, and Johnny wonders if it's actually the same marketplace each time and what the stallholders must think.
* Literature/{{Discworld}}
** ''Discworld/MovingPictures''. Two wizards fly a broomstick into a barn as part of a high speed chase. The farmers, watching, observe that in the movies they would come out covered with panicked chickens. The owner of the barn comments that he'd like to see ''that'', because that barn is filled with cabbages. Thanks to the influence of "Holy Wood magic" and the TheoryOfNarrativeCausality, they do in fact [[RuleofFunny come out covered with chickens.]]
** ''Discworld/TheTruth'' in which a minor disaster in the city streets results in the destruction of several fruit vendors', hegglers' and flour carts, provoking Sacharissa Cripslock to describe the incident in a headline as "The City's Biggest [[IncrediblyLamePun Cake-Mix-Up]]."
** In ''Discworld/NightWatch'', the fleeing watchmen deliberately use this to slow down the men chasing them. One of them even apologizes to the cart driver. Also in Night Watch, the aforementioned fruit, egg, and flour carts are trampled by runaway oxen. One of the soldiers suggests making a [[ContinuityNod giant cake]].
** ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', while Commander Vimes is pursuing a fleeing suspect, he mentions getting close a few times before having to manuever around a large fruit cart that has just poked out of a convenient alley. The accompanying footnote suggests that the commonness of this occurance or ones like it are probably the [[AncientConspiracy work of a secret society]].
* OlderThanTelevision: Early in the climactic car chase in the short story ''Graft'' by Frederick Nebel, the heroes' car runs over a fruit cart. ''Graft'' was first published in the May 1929 issue of ''Black Mask''.
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', when Marco drives. "Do you just hate trash cans?"
* In Jean Merrill's ''The Pushcart War'', about two hundred pushcarts of all varieties were blocking the street as a protest to try to end the titular "war". A truck driver who had a grudge against one of the vendors deliberately drove through the blockade. Then, for bonus points, a pushcart axle went through his windshield and he lost control and plowed into a cafeteria window.
* DemitriMartin wrote a short story for his book from the point of view of a fruit vendor writing in his journal. Every time he fixes it, another high-speed chase destroys it. Eventually he gives up and sells the cart.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', a fruit stall at a market is knocked over during a ''dragon'' chase.
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in the story ''Fanfic/GarfieldInAlongCameASplut''; Garfield, while being chased in [[Film/BackToTheFuture the DeLorean]], runs down everything in his path ''except'' fruit carts "which Garfield adores more than anything in life itself".
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In many action-oriented TV programs of the 1970s and 1980s, the scriptwriters could barely restrain themselves from demolishing multiple fruit carts per episode. Examples: ''Series/TheATeam,'' ''Baretta,'' ''Hunter,'' ''TheDukesOfHazzard,'' ''BJ and the Bear,'' and ''KnightRider''.
* The first episode of the fourth season of ''{{Lost}}'' opens with a still shot of a pile of fruit against a blue sky backdrop. It's a very peaceful image... then Hurley plows through it in his Camaro.
* The pilot for ''BurnNotice'' uses this one before the first commercial: Michael is on a motorcycle in UsefulNotes/{{Nigeria}}, pursued by a car full of {{mooks}} with [=SMGs=]. He dodges around a cart, while the car plows into it. Michael's narration comments how, as the gun-running capitol of Africa, Nigeria is a bad place to drive a fast-moving car through a crowded market square. The {{mooks}} step out and wave their guns around, only to have fifty pistols aimed at their faces.
* ''Series/MythBusters'' covers this along with several other Hollywood car crash cliches on their Demolition Derby special. The resulting explosion of melons, tomatoes, bananas, carrots, etc. looked damn impressive (not to mention on highspeed camera), "just like the movies," but an actual car, it turns out, isn't likely to be driveable afterwards.
* Variant: ''TopGear'': in the "Car for a 17-Year-Old" challenge the presenters demolish a flower cart, a bus shelter, a row of bicycles, and a parked car or two while pretending to drive like teenagers.
** Also a bit of a subversion. While the impacts look just as exciting as in the movies, the cars did not escape unscathed - Clarkson's car started spraying washer fluid, obstructing his vision, and Hammond's run ended prematurely when he rammed a parked car the others had avoided. Only Captain Slow's car, which he'd driven the way his nickname implies, seemed to come out none the worse for wear.[[note]]At least until the end, when he tried to squeeze between two parked cars that the others had pushed even closer together.[[/note]]
** Also, in the episode where they go to Albania, the presenters [[ItMakesSenseInContext get into a high speed chase with the police after robbing a bank.]] During the chase, Clarkson and Hammond drive past a man carrying a crate of oranges, which promptly spill all over the road. The above mentioned symbolism for the oranges is prevalent here, as the episode was kicked-off by a request from an Albanian mob boss, and [[spoiler: while Jeremy and Richard make it safely to the getaway ferry, James isn't so fortunate...]].
* ''Series/{{Community}}'': In "Basic Rocket Science," as Annie pilots the Kentucky Fried Chicken Eleven Herbs and Space Simulator on its triumphant return to Greendale, it sideswipes a table with a crate of apples which are then scattered impressively.
* ''{{CSI NY}}'' 'Unspoken'. Foot chase variant: The suspect of the week runs after shooting at a politician during a stumping speech. He then runs like heck, pushing the cart out of the way and right into Lindsay, who ended up with a nasty concussion.
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[[folder:Music Videos]]
* Seen in the {{Bollywood}}-flavored video for "Romeo" by Basement Jaxx.
* A dog topples a fruit cart in the video to ''Who Let The Dogs Out'' by Baha Men.
* Soul Decision's "Ooh, It's Kinda Crazy" features the garbage can version of this trope.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In a ''{{Peanuts}}'' strip, Charlie Brown told Linus about a movie he saw in which this trope played out. He noted that "No one ever goes back to pick up the oranges...."
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* While not a FruitCart in the strictest of senses, any time a pro wrestling event has a backstage brawl, it's almost a given that it will eventually stumble on the craft services table or possible a concession stand, and yes, the same messy destruction will occur (usually with a wrestler instead of a car.)
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* Parodied in ''The Complete History of America (Abridged)'', where a fruit stand (represented by a bunch of plastic fruit thrown by one of the actors at the other two) is merely the first of many hilarious obstacles encountered on a motorcycle race to Berlin.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* One stage of the fighting game ''[[VideoGame/DeadOrAlive Dead Or Alive 4]]'' features a market with multiple fruitcarts. You can destroy them by throwing your opponents into them.
* During car chases in the {{Roguelike}} ''LiberalCrimeSquad'', various obstacles will appear, such as red lights and fruit stands. The "safe" option to choose when encountering one is to drive right through it.
* In ''ModernWarfare 3'', your van hits a fruit cart near the end of the ChaseScene in "Bag and Drag".
* A variation in ''VideoGame/{{Counter-Strike}}'': The map "Italy" contains at its center a small market, complete with [[WreakingHavok destroyable]] watermelons and oranges. You can bet that in a typical match, the rind will splatter everywhere.
* Not exactly fruit carts, but one mission in ''Wreckless: The Yakuza Missions'' requires the player to smash a certain number of Dim Sum stands by driving into them.
* Parodied in the {{Interactive Fiction}} game ''Jim Pond & the Agents of F.A.R.T.'' where the title character remarked that on his way to work to accept his latest assignment he paused to "drive my car through a market stall on screeching wheels (helps to keep my hand in)."
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the ''Film/PulpFiction'' D20 mini-RPG from ''Polyhedron'' magazine, one of the possible random events occuring in a car chase is "Fruitcart!"
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''ImpureBlood'', [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Chapter002/ib012.html the fruit cart stood between Roan and the gates when he had to be out, by dawn, to escape slavery.]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* An article in ''TheOnion'' included an interview with a FruitCart owner who, after having his fruit cart run over in many many chase scenes, was selling it and going into the [[SheetOfGlass plate glass delivery business.]]
* Stupid Plot Tricks on Things We Learned At The Movies, # "127. The most unstable object in creation is a roadside fruit seller's cart."
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The stars of Nickelodeon's ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' have run into a variation in the form of the same cabbage cart in ''three'' different cities, much to the despair of the salesman. This always results in an anguished cry of "my cabbages!" Near the end of the show's run, they mention (and watch) an in-universe play chronicling the events of the series (with... [[RuleOfFunny dubious accuracy]]). One of the sources? [[ContinuityNod "A surprisingly knowledgeable merchant of cabbages."]]
** In [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra the sequel,]] said cabbage vendor has expanded into a multination cabbage corporation. Said corporation is accused of funding the anti-Bender revolution in secret. They probably got tired of all the benders trashing their carts.
* ''FamilyGuy'' hangs a [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] on it by having Stewie plow into a FruitCart and wondering aloud why they always seem to appear in car chases. The scene then cuts to a garage where fruit carts are being dispatched like taxicabs to the scene of a reported police chase.
* The Mordhaus in ''{{Metalocalypse}}'' has everything, including Dethklok roadies running fruit stands and carrying sheets of glass when Toki and Doctor Rockzo go joyriding through the compound.
* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' episode "Vegetable Funfest," where one of the "channel flip" linking segments involves a near-miss with a fruit cart during a chase scene. Then the vendor is hit by a safe.
* The heroes of the short-lived ''The Adventures of T-Rex'' destroyed a newspaper stand every time they drove out of their secret base. As the series went on, the owner of this stand resorted to ever more elaborate methods to save his livelihood, all of which failed ever more spectacularly.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' had Dexter accidentally start driving a car. Due to him being so short, he can't see over the dashboard and as such runs not only through a fruit cart, but also a stack of empty CardboardBoxes.
* One of [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants Spongebob's]] many [[DrivesLikeCrazy failed driving tests]] had him hit a watermelon stand.
-->'''Vendor:''' Hey, what do you got against the melons?
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic,'' "Sleepless in Ponyville" inverts it. Scootaloo is zipping along on her scooter and she encounters a fruit cart, already turned over, in the middle of the street. She uses it as an impromptu ramp to get some major airtime.
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