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A character is walking along the road when a car drives past through a puddle, splashing them big-style with water. Usually used as a comedic device which adds insult to injury in the events of an already bad day, perhaps after the character [[RockBottom wonders how it could get any worse]]. Often the number one cause of DoomedNewClothes, especially fancy, expensive clothes. May lead to a WardrobeWound.

As you might expect and several unfortunate saps can attest to, this is TruthInTelevision.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Advertising ]]

* Parodied in an advertisement for beer, where a man waiting at a bus stop realises to his horror that the driver of an approaching car is going to inflict this on him. The driver grins evilly and pushes the accelerator to the floor. The car reaches the puddle... and sinks.
* Another advert for a car plays with this trope. Earlier an elderly gent was on a massive yacht with two young attractive ladies, he sails by two people windsurfing and the wake knocks them off balance. Later one of the guys windsurfing driving home sees the gent a pair or lovely, erm, ladies walking by a massive puddle. They recognise each other and the gent looks on with horror as the car speeds up only for the man to avoid the puddle.
* In one of the Expedia ads where the guy is predicting everything that's going to happen while he's walking down the street on his trip, this is one of them. "Embarrassingly transparent."

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Ed in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. He gets soaked, so he uses alchemy to dry off, and is immediately arrested.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** A running gag involved Ryoga walking along and getting splashed by something. Could be a car going by, could be someone tossing used washwater out of a window, could be (and often was) an old woman watering her plants via ladle. Since cold water turns him into a pig, this was milked for all the humor value possible.
** [[GenderBender Ranma him, er, herself]] often gets this treatment.
* Mamimi in ''{{FLCL}}'' gets soaked by a passing motorbike in the final episode. She later gets revenge by having the terminal core eat the bike.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* One the 'peeves' confronted by Ali Babble in the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' story "Ali Babble and the Fourteen Peeves". He hauls the driver out of his car and hurls him bodily into a puddle.
* A ''ComicStrip/{{Scamp}}'' story has Scamp getting completely covered in mud by a car splash, which gets him confused for a puppy that looks exactly like him, but brown. After escaping, he promptly finds a water puddle and waits for another car to go by in order to wash off.
* In ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'' #200, Bob tries to persuade Shiela to give Brian a ride to Crutch's game. Shiela instead drives through a puddle, soaking Brian and leaving him standing on the side of the road.

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[[folder: Fan Fic ]]

* This happens to Susie exactly [[RuleOfThree three times]] in the ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' episode "Chains" after ripping up a ChainLetter. The last time, ''[[MindScrew there wasn't even any mud in the area.]]''

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[[folder: Film - Animated ]]

* Robin Hood and Little John actually do this to [[BigBad Prince]] [[KingofBeasts John]] at the very beginning of ''Disney/RobinHood'' shortly after stealing his carriage and clothes, leaving him only in underwear.
* Happens to Milo Thatch at the very beginning of ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' after Fenton Harcourt refuses his proposal and speeds away from the Smithsonian Institution in his car.

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[[folder: Film - Live Action ]]

* Happens to Creator/BobcatGoldthwait's character in ''Film/{{Scrooged}}''.
* ''Film/TheMask''. Outside the Coco Bongo club, right after he's been thrown (literally 'thrown') out of it.
* ''Film/CitizenKane'', when Kane meets Susan Alexander.
* Done as a MeetCute in the opening scene of ''ThatTouchOfMink'', with Doris Day getting splashed by a limo carrying Creator/CaryGrant.
* In Jacques Tati's ''Film/MonOncle'', a truck drives through a puddle, almost completely drenching a shopkeeper. However, the bottom of his pants are still dry... which changes when the main character, Hulot, rides by on his bicycle.
* In the Creator/DrewBarrymore movie ''Film/IrreconcilableDifferences'' most of the film is set in flashback, illustrating testimony during a courtroom drama. The father of Drew's character (Casey) is retelling how he met Casey's mother, and a roadside wave is freeze-framed as he interrupts himself and the shot returns to the courtroom, with his protest about retelling this detail. The attorney asks "When did you say you met miss Van Patten Brodsky?" - SPLASH!!!
* Happens to ''Film/{{Zoolander}}'' after he loses the Male Model of the Year award to Hansel (So Hot Right Now).
* And to Leslie Bibb's character in ''SeeSpotRun''.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Happens to Arthur early in ''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish''.
* Bert the Small Railway engine ends up on the receiving end of one of these in ''Literature/TheRailwaySeries''.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Opening credits to ''Series/{{Manimal}}''.
* In an episode of ''Series/KnightRider'' when an arrogant reporter at a dirt bike race dons some nice clothes to meet the winner at the finish line.
* ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' Had a skit called "Shower in a Briefcase", where you can clean yourself after this happens. Also available, "Blow Dryer in a Briefcase", which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* Dr. Kelso had a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when he exacted his vengeance on Carla with this in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''.
* Opening credits of ''Series/SexAndTheCity''. Quite satisfying, as the uber-selfish and vain central character is the recipient.
* ''Series/{{iCarly}}'': Happens to Carly, Sam, and Freddie in ''iGo To Japan''.
* Happens to Judy and Sandy in ''Series/AsTimeGoesBy'' when they're already having a rough time because of romantic woes; Lionel's unsympathetic reaction helps kick off the episode's plot.
* ''Series/TheMiddle'': Happens to Sue when she is walking home from a football game in the mascot costume in the episode where she breaks Axl's foot.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* Mentioned in one verse of The Streets' "It Was Supposed To Be So Easy," as the singer waits in line for the ATM.

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'': Happens to Jeremy and Sara in one strip as they discover that walking in the rain is not nearly as romantic as the songs make it sound.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Lois gets splashed on by [[NoNameGiven the woman that constantly beats her for the award for best piano student]]. What's worse, the street next to Lois is puddle-free, so her rival has to stop a few feet behind her, pull a bucket of water out of her car ([[CrazyPrepared which she apparently keeps just for these sorts of situations]]), and empty it into the gutter next to Lois, thereby producing a puddle through which she can drive.
* Skinner in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' gets hit by one right as his HumiliationConga is nearing its peak.
* In the TrappedInTVLand episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', some old dude is standing all peacefully-like in the middle of a river, fishing in the wilderness, minding his own business when a ''pimping red sports car streaks past from out of nowhere'', splashing him in the face and scaring away the fish, followed in hot pursuit by the Titans.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StreetSharks'', Slobster takes time out of delivering a squid to Dr. Paradigm to deliberately drive his motorcycle through a mud puddle when he spots the Street Sharks at an outdoor fast food restaurant, drenching them.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** In the episode "Feeling Pinkie Keen," Pinkie Pie's "Pinkie Sense" tells her that Twilight Sparkle's going to need a bath. Twilight laughs at her, then is splattered with mud by Mr. Greenhooves's passing cart.
** In "Hearts and Hooves Day", during the musical number where the Cutie Mark Crusaders look for a stallion to be Cheerilee's "very special somepony", [[FanNickname Doctor Whooves]] is seen doing this to Applebloom and Scootaloo.
--->''He might do!''\\
''(If he weren't so splashy!)''
* ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'': Happens to Lance and Ilana when they are hitchhiking in the rain in "The Steel Foe".
* Happens twice to Heloise on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', when the same car that did it to her backs up and splashes her again.
* This happens to ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' (and Spike) in one cartoon. The often-{{Bowdlerized}} results show the three in {{blackface}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'': Rex and Noah get splashed by the DrillSergeantNasty's jeep during the crosscountry run in "Basic".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': This happens to Moe as part of a HumiliationConga in "Moe'N'a Lisa". Immediately afterwards, the sprinklers turn on and then it starts to rain, but only on him.
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