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Two extras are shown carefully carrying a large pane of glass across a street. Cut to a chase. Cut back to the sheet of glass.

[[ItsGoingDown Inevitably]], a car is driven right through the glass, shattering it everywhere. The alternative is that a character walks into it, unaware that it's there. A standard gag is to have the extras see the first approaching car and scramble to get out of its way, only to have them relax and not notice the pursuer until he smashes through.

Alternately, anyone who gets shot is sure to have one of these placed handily behind them so they can be [[BlownAcrossTheRoom nonsensically blown through it]], [[http://www.intuitor.com/moviephysics/ Intuitor's]] ''Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics'' refers to this as "The Attractive Force of Glass".

Nowadays the car chase version is a DeadHorseTrope. Often accompanied by a FruitCart or CardboardBoxes. See also WindowPain. If it's a person going through a window, it's DestinationDefenestration.

See also SubvertedTrope, where this trope is used as an example to illustrate the variations of it.
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!!Examples

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* A commercial for Marvin Windows broadcast during March 2005 cleverly subverts this trope. In the commercial, there is a car chase which runs through [[FruitCart carts]], crates of chickens, crowds on sidewalks -- only to come to a screeching halt so as not to damage a huge Marvin window being rolled slowly across the street.
* Played dead straight in a 70s PublicServiceAnnouncement on British television, which showed somebody running down the street, oblivious to the two men carrying the sheet of glass. Ouch. Slogan: "[[DontTryThisAtHome For heaven's sake, don't run!]]"
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Handled with realism in ''Manga/HellTeacherNube''. [[{{Tsundere}} Kyoko]] and friends are walking down the street, oblivious, while discussing a [[{{Obake}} very ugly-looking man-faced dog]] that has grown attached to her. As the two workmen carrying the sheet of glass lose their grip, the sheet falls (edge-first) directly towards her neck... and the [[HeroicSacrifice poor dog]] [[DivingSave dives at her]], pushes her out of the way, and [[TakingTheBullet is beheaded]] by the glass.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/RunLolaRun'', a Sheet of Glass is used during all the three times the story repeats: the first and third time, an ambulance manages to brake before hitting the glass; the second time, though, the ambulance isn't so lucky and shatters it.
* In ''[[Film/WaynesWorld Wayne's World 2]]'', Wayne encounters a group of people whose sole purpose is to stack watermelons in the street, and a pair who walk back and forth with a huge pane of glass. When the inevitable ChaseScene ensues and the car drives through the fruit and glass, those involved congratulate themselves on a job well done.
* Variation: In ''Film/OngBak'', Tony Jaa's character runs through two guys carrying a pair of sheets parallel to each other (and the sidewalk). Tony then smoothly jumps between them without breaking stride.
* Averted then played straight immediately after in ''[[Film/TomYumGoong The Protector]]'', another Tony Jaa film. Tony's character is being chased (on foot) through an AbandonedWarehouse by a mook on a four-wheeler. He runs down a hallway that ends in a big window, and instead of crashing through it, ''runs vertically up it.'' The four wheeler then crashes through underneath him.
* In ''[[Film/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Identity]]'', during the Paris car chase, Jason Bourne drives through the glass door of a phone booth that just happened to be open at that moment.
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Taxi}} 3'', where a bank robber on rollerblades hits a pane of glass being carried across the street in a heated chase scene. Except it's Plexiglas, and the man bounces off without scratching it.
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''Film/{{Loaded Weapon|1}}'', during a fight in what appears to be a sheet glass warehouse. Naturally, mooks go flying through sheet glass left and right. In the middle of the fight, two guys walk by carrying a sheet of glass and the characters pause so they can get it in position before the mook gets sent through it.
* ''It's a Bikini World'': Semi-subverted in this '60s beach comedy: a group of skateboarders pass through what appears to be an empty frame. When one of the workmen sees this, he tries to run through it himself, and the glass shatters.
* Subverted in ''King Kung Fu'', where the car passes right through the glass without breaking it.
* The trailers for ''Film/TheSorcerersApprentice'' show Nick Cage's character drive through one, which reforms.
* ''Film/WhatsUpDoc'': The Sheet Of Glass appears in Peter Bogdanovich's affectionate homage to the Screwball Comedy. [[note]]Nothing to do with BugsBunny.[[/note]] [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that none of the cars smash it; it's another worker swinging from a broken banner who breaks it.
* Parodied in the climax of a really weird movie, that involved a fight in a factory. Two people would periodically walk in carrying a large sheet of glass, just in time for someone to fly through it. The one time someone regains their balance before hitting the glass, runs through it on purpose.
* Taken UpToEleven in the DramaticChaseOpening of the sci-fi BMovie ''The Hidden''. Two men are carrying a sheet of glass across a park for no apparent reason when the BodySurf alien comes roaring up in a stolen car. He not only drives through the glass, he also [[KickTheDog runs over the two men in the process]].
* Tim in ''Film/FinalDestination 2'' is killed when a sheet of glass falls on and crushes him.
* A character in ''Film/{{Pieces}}'' skateboarded through a sheet of glass.
* In the comedy ''Short Time'' during the chase scene a car drives up onto a loading dock and smashes through a truckload of window glass being unloaded.
* Jackie Chan's ''Armour of God'' doesn't use a sheet of glass, but rather a large painting instead which gets run over in a car chase.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', the {{narrator}} of this Literature/{{Discworld}} novel speculates that the people who block every chase in the multiverse with [[SheetOfGlass sheets of glass]], [[FruitCart heavily laden carts]] and long racks of clothes may be agents of a secret society.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Used extensively; characters would often be [[DestinationDefenestration thrown through a glass window in slow motion]]. Culminated in one episode where a character is thrown across the street through a large pane of glass being held vertically on a passing truck.
* ''Series/HaveGunWillTravel'': This classic 50s western series had an episode in which Paladin was hired by a shopkeeper to transport a large window pane across a county to his store, while a rival businessman hired someone else to destroy the glass and put his rival out of business. A memorable scene involved Paladin and a friend miming carrying the glass pane between them to throw off the rival, but in reality they were carrying nothing.
* ''Te Caché'' [[note]]Spanish for ''Gotcha!''[[/note]]: Invoked in this Mexican comedy show, which had a spoof about two men pretending to carry one of these and put it in the way of random folks on the street.
* DoubleSubverted in the ''Series/ForeverKnight'' PilotMovie ''Nick Knight'': A runaway car, barreling down the hill. Guys carrying pane of glass across the road. Drive yelling and trying to wave them off. Frightened face of car's helpless driver reflected in the glass. Guys make it out of the way in time, saving the glass...except they're so busy watching the car, they walk into a nearby tree, smashing the glass anyway.
* On a CandidCameraPrank show (but not ''Candid Camera'') a couple of workers walk across the sidewalk pretending to carry a sheet of glass. HilarityEnsues as pedestrians try to avoid the "glass." In at least one case the pedestrian doesn't avoid the glass at all and simply walks forward, but the workers were quick enough to raise the imaginary glass overhead.
* The TitleSequence of ''Series/TheProfessionals'' opens with a car driving through a plate glass window.
* A running gag during one chase scene of ''Series/TheBennyHillShow'' features a sheet of glass carried by two workers, narrowly escaping destruction several times... then the chasers finally just run through it, as if the glass wasn't there... and the two carriers drop the sheet.
* ''Series/TheGoodies'': In "Daylight Robbery on the Orient Express", the mimes wreak havoc with a mimed sheet of glass that has exactly the same effect that real sheet of glass would have had.
* Tested by the Series/MythBusters. While it's obviously possible to drive through such a sheet of glass, both regular and tempered glass would produce high-speed flying shards that would cause injury to the people actually carrying it. Laminated glass would be safer, but it wouldn't look anything like the spectacular shattering depicted in films, leaving this trope shattered...er, [[JustForFun/TropesExaminedByTheMythBusters Busted]].
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. In "This Years Girl" Buffy and Faith are [[KungShui demolishing Joyce's house during their fight]]. Faith throws open a French door into Buffy's path so she runs right through it.

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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Paperboy}}'': This kind of scenario is an obstacle, with the workers shuffling back and forth in the player character's path.
* ''VideoGame/BackToTheFuture'': The [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames videogame adaptation]] for the NES involved timed races from one checkpoint to another while dodging obstacles, with the SheetOfGlass as one of the more sensible enemies (why are ballerinas [[EverythingTryingToKillYou trying to kill us]] again?). Oddly, the pane itself is invisible until you crash into it.
* A chance card in the medical career track in ''VideoGame/TheSims'' poses the question to a paramedic Sim: Avoid a traffic jam by driving your ambulance on the sidewalk, or lug your gear on foot for several blocks to the scene you've been called to? Although there is no mention of pedestrians on the sidewalk in the question card, if you choose to drive on the sidewalk and get a bad result... the ambulance has to dodge, among other things, two men carrying a sheet of glass! The incident ends in the Sim getting stopped by the police and losing their job.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'': When [[ChaseScene being chased by the police]], Sam and Helix [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fc01270.htm wind up with one of these in their way.]] The last frame of the strip shows [[ImpactSilhouette the results]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Parodied more than once.
** One time the two men successfully dodge the speeding cars and then they chuck the glass pane into a recycling bin.
** Another time the glass hits the floor and remains intact, leaving one of the men to say, "Geez, tough glass!".
** Reverend Lovejoy's train set isn't so lucky: being carried just like a SheetOfGlass, it gets shredded as Homer's car drives through it, prompting Lovejoy to look at the heavens and say "Why do you hate my trains?!"
** The page picture shows that it even manages to happen during a boat chase.
** In "Treehouse of Horror XX", a sheet of glass is being carried by ''zombies'' during a chase through zombie-infested Springfield. After the glass breaks, the zombies moan "We need windows too..."
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' has an episode where Toki and Rockso are riding around Mordhaus courtyard and they crash through a stained glass window being carried by two Dethklok servants. They then proceed to the [[FruitCart fruit stand]].
* Subverted in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'', in which Spongebob is chasing a frisbee and destroying everything on the beach, and when he nears two guys carrying a sheet of glass the frisbee turns around and continues in the other direction.
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball''. Gumball and Darwin are chasing a senior citizen on a mobility scooter, and the two "crash" into a sheet of glass carried by construction workers. However, because the scooter is so slow Gumball and Darwin just lightly press their faces against it. Gumball asks [[LampshadeHanging why the workers are carrying the glass around in a park]], and they respond by asking him why they're chasing an octogenarian on a scooter.
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' features this, and it doubled as a ShoutOut, as the two guys carrying it looked ''exactly'' like [[SuperMarioBros Mario and Luigi]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' (Cancelled) during the Dukes of Hazzard style chase.
* ''WesternAnimation/PinkPanther'' features this in "Tickled Pink", with an out-of-control roller skates.
* A disturbing variant in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''. The moving men decide to hold the glass horizontally instead of vertically, and accidentally cut a running man in half as a result.
* Occurs in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', in Episode 2 when [[spoiler:Dipper, Mabel, and Soos were being chased by the Gobblewonker]], they crash through a SheetOfGlass. ''In the middle of a lake,'' creating an example not unlike the ''Simpson's'' image above.
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