The game of tossing an object around in a group to keep it away from someone else.

In one scenario, the heroes are trying to keep the {{MacGuffin}} away from the villain or villains. Said villain is so focused on the item that they're not fighting the heroes who don't have it.

The answer is to throw the {{MacGuffin}} from hero to hero, with the villain being frustrated as he barely misses it each time. If there's a group of villains, expect multiple "yoink!" moments as the groups intercept it from each other.

In another scenario, the protagonist might be quietly minding his own business on the schoolyard when a group of [[TheBully bullies]] come up and take something of his, then pass it around to another one whenever he gets close.

If he can make a plausible threat of getting them in trouble, expect them to transparently lie and claim that it was only a game; otherwise, they might just keep the {{MacGuffin}}. One way or another, the protagonist will need to find an effective way to deal with the bullies.

Polar opposite of the {{MacGuffin Delivery Service}} and HotPotato.
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* Luffy from ''OnePiece'', having extendable rubber arms is able to perform this trope all by himself to keep Usopp from drinking the group's water supply (and even ''names it'' as a technique: the "Gomu Gomu no Dame Da"; Dame Da roughly means "No Way" or "Stop That").
** Around the time the Straw Hats depart Water 7, as part of their plan to recruit an unwilling Franky into the crew, they lure him to where the Sunny is docked by having the Franky Family steal his speedo, and passing it from person to person. Franky only gets it back after he joins.
* In chapter 166 (the [[NoDialogueEpisode No Dialogue Chapter]]) of ''MahouSenseiNegima'', several of Negi's students play keep away with his ring-wand (They're 14/15, he's ten, teasing him is their favorite sport, [[strike:it seems]]) until Akira, who was helping him look for it in the first place, brings it to a [[BewareTheNiceOnes surprisingly abrupt end]].
** It is also done several chapters later with Negi's unconscious body at a sleep over. Boy's a deep sleeper.
* There is a ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' episode where the heroes and villains fight over the then unhatched Togepi egg while maneuvering through Weezing's smoke. Pikachu ultimately catches it before it could shatter, but Misty's the main [[TeamMom mom]] to it.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'', Jonouchi/Joey and Honda/Tristan throw around a piece of Yugi's Millennium Puzzle before Joey tosses it into a pool. Later on, when Yugi stands up for the two of them, Joey gives the piece back.
** [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries We're tormenting you!]]
* In one of the animated adaptations of ''VisualNovel/{{Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni}}'', Satako and a couple other students do this with one of Rika's books. [[{{Beware the Nice Ones}} Cue Rika beating the stuffing out of Satoko with a chair]].
* ''[[RanmaOneHalf Ranma 1/2]]'': In the manga, Ranma, Genma, and Soun toss [[DirtyOldMan Happosai]] between the three of them in order to keep him away from Pantyhose Taro. Ranma even says:
--> Keep passing the pervert around!

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[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]

* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', [[spoiler: the heroes do this with Syndrome's remote control, keeping it away from the Omnidroid it controls.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'' had a scene where some bat-like aliens do this with the protagonist as the "ball" to keep him safe. They're running away from the villains, and they're passing Cale to each other [[{{Heroic Sacrifice}} as they're shot down by the bad guys]].
* Mr. Toad and his friends Mole, Water Rat, and Angus [=MacBadger=] actually do this to the deed for Toad Hall at the end of ''Literature/TheWindInTheWillows'' segment of ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad'' in order to get rid of the evil innkeeper Mr. Winkie and his army of weasels, who have taken over the mansion after framing Toad for allegedly stealing a car.
* Baloo and Bagheera actually do this to Mowgli near the middle of ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' in order to rescue him from King Louie and the other monkeys. Curiously enough, the animation for this scene was actually taken from the above film.
* ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'' ends with Aladdin and his friends trying to get [[JackassGenie Jafar's]] lamp away from him and [[HarmlessVillain Abis]] [[PunnyName Mal]] in order to destroy it, because according to Genie, the only way to kill a genie is to destroy his lamp before his summoner can wish him free (at which the genie becomes invincible afterwards). Jafar finds out about this, and as a result he traps the heroes in a pit of lava, with the lamp just out of reach. Fortunately, [[HeelFaceTurn Iago the parrot]] shows up in time, grabs Jafar's lamp, and throws it into the lava. [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath Cue Jafar getting electrocuted, turning into a skeleton, screaming throughout, and exploding violently.]]
* The climax of ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}'' did this with the Fairy Godmother's magic wand.

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* ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles 2'' has the titular turtles playing keep-away from the Foot with the last canister of mutagenic ooze. It eventually finds its way into Tatsu's hands when one of the defeated Foot lays a staff across the floor, causing Donatello to wipe out.
* ''TheGreatMuppetCaper'' has loads of fun with this in the heist foil scene; once that diamond starts getting tossed around the muppets start bragging about their throwing skills, the host of The Wide World of Muppet Sports shows up, theme music starts playing...
* The climax to the second live-action ''[[Film/ScoobyDooMonstersUnleashed Scooby Doo]]'' movie features [[spoiler: the gang trying to keep a piece of machinery away from a group of monsters.]]
* The BlackComedy / BodyHorror movie ''Film/StreetTrash'' does this with a homeless guy's ''severed penis.''
* The bullies in ''{{Film/Beethoven}}'' do this to Ted with his glasses.
* In the altered present in ''Film/OOODenOAllRidersLetsGoKamenRiders'', [[Series/KamenRiderOOO Eiji and Ankh]] run into trouble with some kids, who proceed to steal Eiji's OOO Medals and pass them around in order to inconvenience poor Eiji. Later, in the climax of the film, those same kids steal the [[TransformationTrinket OOO Driver]] from the Shocker Greeed; the gathered crowd decide to help them out and join in the pass-around until the captive Riders are freed and the Driver is returned to Eiji.

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* In the ''BerensteinBears'' chapter books, this is just one of the ways the bullies pick on Ferdy.
* In ''Literature/TheEyesOfKidMidas'', the schoolyard bullies Bertram and Hal play keep away with the protagonist's glasses. They break. Luckily, he gets [[ArtifactOfDoom a new pair]].

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* The Doctor and [[ActionGirl Ace]] with the Bow of Nemesis in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''Silver Nemesis''.
* ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' has a memorable sequence of yoinks as the Wind and Thunder Rangers fight for the Wind Rangers' [[TheObiWan mentor]], currently [[ShapeshifterModeLock a guinea pig]] in a pet ball-sized force field.
* Apparently ''Series/{{Monk}}'' played this version right through College. [[ChekhovsSkill It becomes useful.]]
* Used as a spoof of Rugby in ''Series/MaidMarianAndHerMerryMen''. Just to add to the spoof, they're using an actual egg.
* ''Series/KenanAndKel'' try this with a remote control in "Foul Bull" when they attempt to stop the former's father from seeing that they have something to do with Ron Harper's injury. It ends quickly when Roger grabs on Kel to get the remote.

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* In the ''WebAnimation/GothamGirls'' [[WebAnimation web Flash animated series]], Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy tried to keep their loot from Batgirl in this manner. Unfortunately for the crooks, Batgirl took advantage of Harley's childish gullibility and called to her to throw the item to her. Harley, caught up in the tossing, did so and realized too late that she was suckered while Batgirl made her getaway.
* One {{Rifftrax}} short features a young {{Woobie}} falling victim to this, courtesy of some neighborhood bullies. Riffer Bill Corbett notes that a game of "Monkey in the Middle" can quickly be ended by a [[GroinAttack good, swift crotch punch]] from the Monkey.

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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' does this in the episode "Kid Stuff" to keep the "Amulet of First Magic" away from Mordred.
* Given the GottaCatchThemAll nature of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', it's little surprise this often happens. The second season opener subverted it: once the keep away session (with the Talismans) was completed, Uncle angrily revealed that the heroes had gone after the ''wrong'' MacGuffin.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' does it a few times. In "A Sitch In Time", it's the head of the Tempus Simia idol. In "Adventures In Rufus Sitting", everyone's after the microchip that the token naked mole rat has swallowed. They do the schoolyard version in A Sitch in Time, first TheMovie.
* This is directly used as a spoof of American Football in season 3 of ''TransformersGeneration1'' as Blurr, Wheelie and the others throw Metroplex's conveniently egg-shaped Transformation Cog to one another while running.
** Indeed, the term "yoink!" in these moments is a sort of inside gag for Transformers fans, as it pops up in a lot of fan works.
** In the pilot of ''TransformersAnimated'', the Autobots do this trying to keep the [=AllSpark=] away from Starscream.
* And the ''KidsNextDoor'' do this with a football-shaped bomb.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' has an episode where he and Batgirl keep getting snatched from them (or dropped) the antidote that will cure the three villains.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', the bullies do this with Bart's "Junior Campers" uniform. Bart actually wanted to quit so he started to walk away, telling them to keep it. Jimbo then tells him that he'd better ''pretend'' to want it back, or he'd be sorry. Bart complies.
-->"[[SarcasmMode Oh, woes me. My precious uniform.]]"
** Another episode has a group of girl bullies doing this with Lisa's shoes.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', The [[HarmlessVillain Beagle Boys]] and the [[BrattyHalfPint triplets Huey Dewey and Louie]] ended up doing this with a [[MacGuffin bag of form-changing powder]], while engaged in a {{Shapeshifter Showdown}} on top of that!
* Near the end of one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Cyberchase}}'', the kids toss the Sun-
* ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' does this several times.
** In "The Return of Harmony, Part 2", brainwashed Fluttershy leads this game to keep the Elements of Harmony Reference Guide away from Twilight.
** In ''WesternAnimation/EquestriaGirls'', the Humane Six attempt to keep the Element of Magic away from Sunset Shimmer, but she ulimately intercepts it and turns OneWingedAngel.
** In "Daring Don't", everypony but Rainbow Dash play this game to keep the Ring of Destiny away from the villains. Dash and [[spoiler: Daring Do]], meanwhile, use the distraction to sabotage the rest of the rings.
** In "For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils", the Cutie Mark Crusaders play keep away with the box containing the sabotaged headdress so Sweetie Belle can fix it before it ruins Rarity's reputation and career.