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->Slide on the soap! (runs up soapy slope, slides back down)\\
Slide on the soap! (runs up soapy slope, slides back down)\\
Slide on the soap! (runs up soapy slope, slides back down)\\
Slide on the soap! (runs up soapy slope, slides back down)
-->-- '''Ed''', ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''

Something slick like oil, or slippery like a jar of marbles, is poured out on to a floor, and a targeted character or vehicle slips, skids and falls/crashes, typically backwards.

Seen often in [[{{Slapstick}} broad physical comedy]], as well as vehicular action sequences. In chase scenes, it is guaranteed that when small spherical objects are scattered, the enemy in chase will step on them and immediately fall down, giving the hero ample time to escape.

A standard cause of ThePratfall. In more cartoonish variations it's accompanied by a common StockSoundEffect.

BananaPeel is a subtrope of this. When done from a car against another car, it's usually an OilSlick.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/LupinIIICrisisInTokyo'': [[GentlemanThief Lupin]] uses ball bearings on [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Zenigata]] to prevent pursuit, and later uses them again on the trucks in the security convoy, causing a massive accident.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': In the manga, Ranma, after becoming annoyed by Ryōga [[TwoTimerDate trying to date Akari and Akane at the same time]], pretends to be Ryōga's maid. She intentionally waxes the floor so Ryoga will slip and Akane will discover what he's been up to.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'':
** Tintin cracks open an abacus in a chase scene from ''The Secret of the Unicorn''.
** He also does the same thing with a barrel of oil in ''Tintin and the Lake of Sharks''.
* There's one early-ish issue of ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'', before things got DarkerAndEdgier, where the floor gets covered in pool balls. DD, having the Radar Sense, is able to run and jump around anyway. His opponent, not so much. Daredevil remarks in thought caption that it's easier to recover from defeat than humiliation.
* Sexton sets up some marbles as a trap for his and Death/Didi's captor in ''[[ComicBook/TheSandman Death: The High Cost of Living]]'', hoping he'll slip and break his neck, but it ends up being sprung on the wrong person. (Nonlethally.)
* Averted in ''ComicBook/SinCity'' despite a few chase scenes happening in the snow.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' had a "Ball Bearings, Bananas, Roller Skates & Floor Wax" factory, where numerous people were suffering pratfalls and slippage.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The eponymous hero of ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'' uses transfigurated bearing balls during battles.
* During the climax of ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', John instantly coats the rooftop of the warehouse with wet ice, causing everyone except him to lose their footing and go crashing down, thus rendering them incapable of casting spells at him while he races to the trap door in the roof.
* ''Fanfic/DungeonKeeperAmi'': [[https://forums.sufficientvelocity.com/posts/6355736/ Here]]:
--> Marbles? CAREFUL!"
--> A moment after the warning, arms flailed and armour rattled as the tiny orbs got underfoot, causing soldiers to trip and fall, who in turn tripped up more of the pursuers. From one instant to another, the group of hunters was a mess of angry bodies sprawled over each other.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'':
** In the opening cartoon, Roger slips on both a rolling pin and a bar of soap.
** Judge Doom pours "the dip" on the road, causing Benny the Cab to skid. Although given that Benny screams and crashes and his tires look shredded, the dip is probably actually burning Benny's wheels off.
** Later, Judge Doom himself slips on some Toon "Eye Balls" and falls.
* In the film ''Anime/PokemonRangerAndTheTempleOfTheSea'', the Pokémon Ranger of the title causes several EvilMinions to slip and fall by overturning a basket of potatoes (yes, potatoes!) under their feet.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Robots}}'', Rodney fights Fender in a tug of war to get his foot back, with the pair of them fighting while trying to keep their balance on a large number of ball bearings. Fender eventually loses his balance and falls over, losing his head quite literally in the process.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/ThreeNinjas'' does this with an oiled wooden floor and jelly beans.
* In ''Film/AnimalHouse'', they used marbles during the end parade.
* The 2008 ''Film/GetSmart'' movie does this with a fallen hanging bead curtain.
-->'''Maxwell Smart:''' I set that up.
* Used with gumballs and basketballs in the 1998 ''Film/{{Godzilla|1998}}''.
* ''Film/TheGoonies''. Data's "Slick Shoes" lead to some nut-crunching acrobatics by the Fratelli brothers.
* ''Film/HomeAlone'':
** Kevin sprays water on the outside steps that froze into ice, in addition to placing VideoGame/MicroMachines in front of the inside stairway.
** In the sequel, he buys some cheap necklaces from a street vendor and spills their beads onto the sidewalk, which the bandits promptly slip on. Later, Marv steps onto a slippery floor (courtesy of Kevin), struggles to keep his balance, manages to stop himself for just a moment, and then ''finally'' loses his balance... [[RuleOfFunny propelling him forward into a shelf loaded with paint cans in spite of the laws of physics.]] Finally, Kevin ''himself'' slips on ice, getting himself caught.
* ''Film/{{Hook}}'' features an elaborate marble/bead-shooting apparatus.
* In ''Film/{{Jumanji}}'', it turns out the spilt detergent that almost sends Van Pelt into a skid is actually intended to allow a '''rocket-mounted canoe''' to slide across the floor.
* In ''Film/TheTransporter'', Frank pours motor oil onto the garage floor (and all over ''himself'') to fight a gang of {{Mooks}}, using cleats improvised from bicycle pedals to keep his footing.
* The first step of defeating the witch in the wraparound story of ''Film/TalesFromTheDarksideTheMovie'' is having her slip on marbles.
* In the film ''Film/{{Casper}}'', Carrigan tries to kill Dibs, who covers the floor with what appears to be oil. Sure enough, Carrigan slips on the oil and goes skidding across the floor before crashing out the window.
* In ''Film/TheMadAdventuresOfRabbiJacob'', Victor Pivert is chased by bad guys inside a bubblegum factory. When cornered, he opens up a huge holder of bubblegum beads, sending them rolling under his pursuers' feet. After doomed efforts at staying upright, they finally fall and skid down some stairs, and then down a chute to end up into a vat of green liquid gum.
* ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''. Film/JamesBond uses an oil slick device in his CoolCar to send a pursuing Mook car to its doom.
* The villains in the live-action ''Film/InspectorGadget'' film use this to make the protagonist's car slip, eventually making it flip over and tumble.
* In ''Film/DiamondsOnWheels'', Ashley goes charging into the fight only to trip on a broom and go sliding face first only the trail of slippery foam Bobby has sprayed on the floor.

* Subverted in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. Harry spreads marbles out in front of his supernatural enemy. It steps on them and crushes them underfoot rather than going slipsliding away. His ''ally'' badly hurts her ankle, and is not amused.
-->'''Murphy:''' That's not a plan, Harry, that's a Looney Tune.
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': Dustbringers and Edgedancers can both manipulate the Surge of Abrasion, which controls all forms of friction. We have seen it used to let a heavily-armored knight run through waist-deep water as easily as dry land, let a girl slide around a palace on her butt as if she was greased, and to run very very fast by ignoring air resistance.


[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Happens to Wesley on ''Series/{{Angel}}'' after the title character attempts -- and fails -- to use his superstrength to crush coffee beans still in the bag. Results in a classic [[ThePratfall pratfall]], something Wesley's actor is apparently quite fond of.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', "Graduation": When Angel tries to sneak into where Buffy is searching for clues, he slips and stumbles through the door. Buffy lampshades both his smooth moves and Angel's clumsiness as he feebly makes excuses.
* Subverted in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "Robot". The Doctor tosses ball bearings into the path of the title robot, only for it to squash them flat.
%%* ''Series/{{Jackass}}'' has done it a few times.
* ''Series/{{Wipeout 2008}}'' is a game show that pretty much entirely runs on this.
* Variant in the first season of ''Series/SweetValleyHigh'': Jessica ''removes'' a warning sign from a freshly waxed diner floor. Lila slips, twists her ankle ''inward,'' and plops on the ground. All for the sake of an appearance in what later turns out to be a local ''commercial.''
* Mr Mash and Mr Lucas staged one of these in ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'' in an attempt to get Mr Lucas off work for the day. Mash makes a big show of spilling cleaning fluid on the stairs, then loudly moans in Mr Lucas' direction that he hopes no one slips on it.
* KITT from ''Series/KnightRider'' does this regularly. One spectacular use of it involved causing a pursuing Armoured Assault Vehicle to slide out of control and unable to stop, and at the last minute turbo boosting over a storage depot while the pursuer plowed into it, blowing the depot and itself up in the process.
* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'' episode [[Recap/TheFlash2014S3E7KillerFrost "Killer Frost"]], [[AnIcePerson Killer Frost]] takes out Comicbook/TheFlash by freezing a wet road, causing him to slip.

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* In the video of Music/{{Pink}}'s "Please Don't Leave Me", it's those darn marbles again. Upstairs. Twice.
* In Music/WeirdAlYankovic's "Like a Surgeon", one of the surgery attendants slips on the still-beating heart that escapes from the clumsy surgeon's hands.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Because of the nature of {{Tabletop RPG}}s, smart players can use anything from grease to marbles to set traps.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** The first-level "Grease" spell exists for this purpose since ''AD&D1'' expansions and on.
** Also a dedicated magical item -- Oil of Slipperiness.
** ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' of AD&D2 era added "Grease Slick" that has greater area and duration, is cast silently, and instead of one surface sprays everything. Which sometimes is worth a spell of the same level as Fireball.
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' supplement ''C.L.O.W.N.'' has this twice. Merry Andrew's Banana Gun squirts out banana oil that causes opponents to go slip sliding away, and Marbles can throw her marbles into a character's path and send them skidding away down the street.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' does this twice.
** Adventure ''Vapors Don't Shoot Back''. During Mission 1, while the {{PC}}s are fighting in the warehouse boxes will break open and spill ball bearings all over the floor, which will make slipping and falling very likely.
** Adventure ''Send in the Clones''. During the Sewerworld segment, the {{PC}}s enter an old TV studio with boxes of ping pong balls. The boxes break open, spilling the ping pong balls all over the floor and tremendously increasing the {{PC}}s' chance of slipping and falling.
* The vehicles in Steve Jackson Games' ''TabletopGame/CarWars'' have this as an optional extra. For a little extra, it can be ON FIRE.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/DeadRising'' you can do this to zombies. Yes, it is as funny as it sounds.
* This is a method of escaping pursuers in ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}''.
* The vintage arcade game ''VideoGame/SpyHunter'' has a car that can deploy oil slicks (see below).
* A powerup in ''VideoGame/BackyardHockey'' causes the other team to do this.
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' character Hakan uses a fighting style based entirely on covering himself with oil and being slippery.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Machinarium}}'', one of the early puzzles involves throwing some duck shots on the floor so one of the bad guys could slip.
* In the backstory of ''VideoGame/OrcsMustDie'', the old master War Mage meets his end by slipping on monster blood and suffering a fatal head injury as a result, leaving the defense of the realms to his apprentice.
* Subverted by the ''VideoGame/{{Glider}}'' series, in which spilled jars of grease make it ''safe'' to land on surfaces, and while sliding in grease you can stop on a dime.
* In ''VideoGame/ScoobyDooNightOf100Frights'', there are areas which are covered in oil or are just generally slippery, which hinder Scooby's progress until he manages to find the professor's Plunger invention - after which walking on slippery surfaces becomes a cinch. Ruins going down the slide in the playground, mind you.
* Sub Zero could ice a patch of the ground in some of the ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' games. Typically the victim would slide forward.
* One of the options in the first VideoGame/WorldHeroes 'Death Match' matches was two spots of oil or grease.
* ThatOneLevel for some of the ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur'' campaign modes would have the floor act like this. Even worse when it's just you skidding all over, whereas the opponent is as solid as a rock.
* In ''VideoGame/CarriesOrderUp'', leaky pipes start leaving puddles on the diner floor. You can walk right through them with ease, but [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning trying to spin through them]], which normally lets you avoid colliding with customers, will leave you flat on your butt.
* You could install one in the second ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' game. Lay some slick down and watch the fun.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes:
** Done hilariously in a cartoon where Sylvester greases up Elmer Fudd's stairs and thumb-tacks his walkway in an attempt to deter him from interrupting his caterwauling. The hilarious part is that after having going through all that, Elmer then runs through it again to go inside and get his shotgun, and then runs through it a ''third'' time. (Funny how he doesn't bother to put on shoes.)
** Bugs uses grease in his ''coup de grace'' in ''WesternAnimation/BullyForBugs''.
** Wile E. Coyote uses grease either to immobilize the Road Runner or to generate speed for himself -- it never works out well.
** And, of course, the many shorts that have {{Banana Peel}}s.
* Franchise/{{DCAU}}:
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': Lampshaded by the Joker while making his escape from Arkham in "Joker's Wild":
--->'''Joker:''' Step right up and play everybody's favorite game: "What's the Joker got in the pail?" Maybe a deadly poison... or maybe just something to make the floor nice and slippery!
** Subverted in the first ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' crossover with ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. The Joker throws a bunch of marbles on the floor to make good on his escape from the pair. Superman thinks he must be kidding, but it's quickly revealed that these are exploding marbles, and the good guys are forced to make a hasty escape.
** Joker does it again in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', this time to the Flash. First he slips on the beads, and ''then'' they blow up, sending him flying.
** Used in TheMovie of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' to knock down the Didis.
* A subversion in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Homer attempt to injure himself in order to skip work, by slipping on some oil. Instead, he only manages to skid through the entire plant unharmed.
* Another subversion as ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' unleashes bowling balls onto the floor of a sporting goods store in an attempt to stop The Rhino. [[GenreSavvy "This always works in the cartoons!"]] It doesn't work.
* Creator/HannaBarbera's ''The Adventures of Gulliver''. In the episode where he takes on pirate captain Cutler, Gulliver uses a bar of soap on the ground to send a pirate careening on a long slide into a lifeboat.
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' TOS episode "Monster in the Monastery". Jonny shoots arrows to break oil bags hanging from the ceiling, and the chief yeti slips in the oil, rolls down some stairs and [[DisneyVillainDeath falls to his death]].
* In the WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShort ''Mickey's Service Station'', a hydraulic hoist pops out of its shaft with a car on it - Goofy grabs it, and while struggling to hold it up, gets caught on a puddle of spilled oil and goes into a slipping maladroit dance.
* ''WesternAnimation/TuffPuppy'': In the episode "Mind Trap" Snaptrap predicts Dudley and Kitty coming into the base with the mind reading helmet so he throws a bunch of marbles right where they're coming from and they trip.
* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 "The Return of Harmony"]], Discord turns all of the dirt roads in Ponyville into soap, leading to a lot of slipping and sliding.
-->'''Corrupted Pinkie Pie:''' [Skates by] This may look like fun, but it's ''not!''

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'': Lady Penelope's Rolls-Royce limousine, the FAB 1, is equipped with an oil slick. It also has some heavy weaponry if bad guys pursuing it proves too persistent to be deterred by this.