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''Suikawari'' in Japanese. A party game, usually in the BeachEpisode of Japanese media, where someone is blindfolded, given a large stick (possibly a wooden sword), and directed to smash/crack a watermelon.

Similar to hitting a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinata pinata]] in some western cultures, except without any goodies other than sandy watermelon.

One of the traditional summer beach activities in Japan, at least until environmental and economic concerns made it rather less popular.

Common variations:

#Someone else (usually the UnluckyEverydude) is buried up to his neck in sand, and [[OhCrap the watermelon is placed next to him.]]
#The people guiding the blindfolded one intentionally direct him/her towards the UnluckyEverydude.
#The watermelon smasher is a sword expert (KidSamurai, HeirToTheDojo), and [[CleanCut slices the watermelon perfectly]].
#The watermelon is destroyed by some other means, to the surprise and consternation of the other participants. This sort of twist plays with the fact that watermelons are freaking expensive in Japan, having a price range from 30 to 150 dollars.

Not to be confused with the band Music/TheSmashingPumpkins, or one of the staple bits of Creator/{{Gallagher}}'s comedy act.

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* ''{{Manga/Aiura}}'': Kanaka has a dream in which she pulls the fourth gag of this trope on her friend Saki. Dream-Saki is devastated by this.
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'': In the first BeachEpisode, they don't have a stick and Tomo tries to split it with a karate chop. She never manages to hit it. The second time around, Tomo ignores that they have a bat, and Kagura takes the bat and splits the watermelon before Tomo can put everyone through the karate chop debacle again. Tomo whines about it for a bit afterwards, and Kagura tells her to grow up. In the manga's third one, they don't have a watermelon, and Tomo hunts desperately for ''something'' to smash.
* An anime-original bit of episode 5A of ''Manga/CastleTownDandelion'' involves the Sakurada siblings (sans [[NonActionGuy Haruka]]) attempting to do this [[BeachEpisode on the beach]]. [[spoiler:Shiori succeeded in [[SpeaksFluentAnimal persuading the watermelon to split on its own]].]] This skit, strange, is to showcase Haruka's AwesomenessByAnalysis superpower.
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'': Done at the beach, and Tohru talks about how she used to do it with her mom.
** And then when they actually try it, martial artist Haru smashes one with his bare hands, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny so Tohru decides to try it that way as well...]]
* ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'': Sousuke's classmates try to set this up for him. He marches off some distance away, discards the wooden stick, and blows the watermelon away with a shotgun, [[ImprobableAimingSkills hitting it dead on]] but ComicallyMissingThePoint. As in, he not only complains that it's too simple, he also [[OhCrap sprays Kaname with watermelon juice even though she chose her swimsuit specifically to show off to him]]. She's [[BatterUp not]] [[SparklingStreamOfTears amused]].
** In the first ''FMP'' series HandsomeLech Kurz Weber starts hitting on Kaname at the beach whereupon Melissa Mao forcibly plants a watermelon on top of his head. Then Kyoko comes up and [[HumiliationConga hits it with a stick]].
* ''Manga/LuckyStar'': Konata mentions that only rich people would want to spend the money to do this, but rich people aren't usually the sort who would do it anyway. Sure enough, rich girl Miyuki's never done it. Konata also directly refers to the ''Fumoffu'' example above.
* ''{{Mahoraba}}'': Tamami ignores the shouted directions, walks right to the watermelon, and [[CleanCut slices it neatly]] (using a wooden bokken) into quarters.
* ''NogizakaHarukaNoHimitsu'': While Yuuto and Haruka try to teach Shiina to swim at the school pool, the side characters suddenly turn up for no reason and act like they're at the beach. A watermelon is produced, NinjaMaid Hazuki is blindfolded and given a baseball bat, and she promptly breaks the bat trying to hit Yuuto.
** Later, a straight version of the trope is used during the actual BeachEpisode.
* Done several times in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''.
** Ranma was once forced to participate in a [[MartialArtsAndCrafts Martial Arts Watermelon Splitting]] contest, in which the participants must race to the finish line with their watermelon intact to win, while trying to break each others watermelons with a bokken.
** Tatewaki Kuno once turned this game into TrainingFromHell. He stood under a waterfall on the originally named Watermelon Island, and smashed every watermelon that fell off the waterfall towards him. A watermelon to the head gave him EasyAmnesia, but the training worked - whenever he saw a watermelon, his speed and strength would increase tenfold, allowing him to easily defeat his rival Ranma, who was unfortunately wearing a watermelon-print bathing suit. His new watermelon-slicing skills also made him a hit with ladies. He retained the skill afterward, but his training is a subliminal conditioning to destroy ''watermelons''. It's absolutely useless unless his opponent is holding or otherwise resembling a watermelon, something that Ranma is well aware of. In fact, Kuno himself '''knows''' that the Watermelon Island training is useless for combat -- he never intended for it to be any use in combat (being so egotistic that he already considers himself unbeatable): he wanted to upgrade his talents at slicing watermelons in order to impress girls, particularly Ranma's girl-form.
* In ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' there is actually a story where Lum, Ataru, Mendo and Shinobu try to acquire a watermelon to play the game, only the townfolk of the town they are in refuses to sell them due to their fear of the wrath of the local Watermelon God. The group wind up pissing off the Melon God anyway, and it turns out that its terrible wrath is [[BulletSeed spitting watermelon seeds at the people who angered it]].
* Subverted in ''SchoolRumble'' because Mikoto almost drowned.
* Done in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', to show how utterly great PrincessClassic Nia is at everything.
** Also played with somewhat: the dark stripes on the melon are actually an octopus-like creature's tentacles and it tries to dodge out of the way.
* The ''Manga/ToLoveRu'' manga has the watermelon turning into a monster with tentacles. This is about par for the course.
* ''HidamariSketch'': No BeachEpisode in this series. However, Yuno finds an inflatable watermelon-like beachball in the shed and plays around with it in this manner, "just to get the feeling."
* In the BeachEpisode of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' (episode 228), everyone fights a monster with tentacles, but it turns out that the monster is made of watermelon, and was part of a surprise watermelon smashing game.
* In the manga of ''Manga/StrawberryMarshmallow'', Nobue calls it part of Matsuri's challenge, and spins her around... but Matsuri gets dizzy and falls down. Chika is somehow talked into giving it a go, but Miu guides her to a grilled corn vendor. In the anime, Miu is buried up to her neck as punishment for undoing Nobue's top, and an unwitting Ana is guided to her head... though Ana hears Miu and doesn't hit her.
* In ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' [[http://myanimelist.net/clubs.php?action=view&t=pic&id=1496&pid=35604 the watermelon]] says [[CatchPhrase "Don't open it!"]]
* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai'' episode 9. Taro and the maids forget to play this during their BeachEpisode, so they do it while most of the mansion's maids have gone home on vacation. Security chief Konoe does a #3 multiple times.
* Done in the BeachEpisode of ''VisualNovel/HoshizoraEKakaruHashi''. Ibuki repeatedly tries to smack Kazuma with the stick (leading him to accuse her of being able to see in spite of the blindfold), while Ui ''sniffs out'' the watermelon and hits it without needing guidance.
* In the manga of ''Manga/KOn'', a panel shows a blindfolded Mio chasing a terrified Ritsu as Yui points at the watermelon on the ground. In the anime adaptation of the same event, Mio's brought a watermelon over, and is saying that if they don't have fun, what was the point of coming... then she realizes why she had them go there in the first place.
* In the first ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' movie, Koenma is kidnapped while trying to smash a melon at the beach.
* A RunningGag in the SDGundam Musha Gundam shorts are the Zakus slicing a watermelon at parties.
* Done in ''Anime/ReKan'' during the BeachEpisode. [[ISeeDeadPeople Hibiki]], who gets to go first, gives the melon an aboslutely pathetic tap with the tip of her stick - only for the melon to suddenly fall apart into CleanCut segments, courtesy of the samurai FriendlyGhost following her around. Hibiki's friends, who immediately realize what happened, call him out on it.
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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/{{Zoey 101}}''.
* Gallagher and his Sledge-O-Matic may be the first that comes to the mind of American audiences. Of course, he wouldn't be blindfolded and would smash anything that would make a big splatter.
* ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' raises the scale quite a bit: Gaim's watermelon-themed Suika Arms starts off as an [[IndyEscape Indy-style giant ball]], to which [[BadassGay Kamen Rider Bravo]] responds by smashing it with a ''steel girder'' from a nearby construction site, causing it to split into nice, even slices...but it re-forms moments later, transforms into a MiniMecha, and lets Gaim [[CurbStompBattle utterly own]] Bravo.
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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/FruitNinja''
* ''VideoGame/KatamariDamacy'': You can roll up a kid trying to smash a watermelon on the beach. You can also roll up the watermelon. The watermelon is twice the size of the kid.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine''. In episode 8 of Gelato Beach, you can smash giant watermelons for coins.
* One of Sakura's power attacks in ''VideoGame/SuperGemFighter'' is to try this, with her opponent in the way.
* In the PAL version of ''VideoGame/{{Ico}}'', [[NewGamePlus in your second play-through]], there are watermelons growing at the edge of the beach at the very end. Ico can smash them by throwing them. And if he's carrying one of them [[spoiler:when he walks over to Yorda to trigger the final cut scene, then the shot of her waking up is followed by a shot of Ico and Yorda, sitting on the beach together, eating watermelon.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', your team is relaxing at your home in August when Dojima brings home a watermelon. Several members of your team, as well as Nanako, express disappointment they can't smash it themselves.
* A summer beach activity in ''VideoGame/RuneFactoryFrontier'', where only you and a few girls participate.
* [[WhenTreesAttack Hashi]] from ''VideoGame/TheBlackHeart'' has a special move in which he grows fruits from his body and tosses them at the opponent. The super version of that special throws a watermelon, which if left unblocked smashes to pieces against the opponent's body, dealing heavy damage.
* In the JustifiedTutorial in ''Call of Duty 4: VideoGame/ModernWarfare'', you must smash a watermelon with your knife as part of melee training.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/IronMan2''. Tony Stark does this with his chest cannon as a party trick. [[WhatTheHellHero His friends are not amused.]]
* At the end of ''{{Disney/Mulan}}'', Chien-Po actually uses a pair of watermelons for "breasts" to complete his disguise. He then takes the two watermelons out and smashes it against one of the Huns' faces.
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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Sinn Bodhi did this with a water melon placed on top of Jeckles The Jester at an Wrestling/{{N|ational Wrestling Alliance}}WA Vendetta Pro Show, managing to bisect the fruit without cutting Jeckles, who it was placed on top of.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/KarinDou4koma'': The Karin-dou four hold one at their PocketDimension beach after Tamaryu gives a watermelon to Seren as a peace offering. For some reason, they hand the bat to [[SuperStrongChild Tamaryu]], who promptly [[DoesNotKnowHerOwnStrength rends the watermelon into a fine pink mist]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* {{Hey Arnold}} Arnold's grandma smashs a watermelon to pieces to serve for dinner in one episode.
* WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs go smashing smurfmelons in Farmer's garden in the episode "Alarming Smurfs" when they accidentally set off all the alarm bugs that Brainy and Clumsy had placed around the village.
* Used in a StealthPun in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. A puffer fish-monster with a green and pink color scheme gets crushed in one episode during a beach party, and [[spoiler: WordOfGod says it [[WasOnceAMan was once a Crystal Gem]] named Watermelon Tourmaline]].

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* The [[http://www.melonfest.com.au/ Melon Fest]] in Chinchilla, Australia, includes a number of melon-related games, including melon smashing. A regular fixture is an attempt by a local to smash as many melons as he can with his head in a minute (he holds the Guinness World Record in this regard).

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