People (usually High Schoolers
during lunch period) start throwing food at each other. Expect someone to get a cream cake in the face
, someone to yell "Food Fight!" (either the school delinquent or a random background character), and the person who comes in and tries to stop it to get the last piece of food thrown at him. Also, if this school has a comedic fat kid
in the cast, he will invariably be tasting various stuff that got thrown at him. Expect food that isn't even served at the school or that particular lunch to be thrown.
Usually leads to one or more parties getting Covered in Gunge
. Not to be confused with Level Ate
, in which fighting is done on top of food, or the animated movie named after the trope.
A less chaotic variant is Produce Pelting
. Not always a case if Anthropomorphic Food
gets into a fight (but sometimes is). See also Edible Ammunition
Not to be confused with the film Foodfight!
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- At the end of episode 4 of Strawberry Marshmallow, Miu and Nobue's fight (while the latter is working part-time at a restaurant) degenerates into this.
- In episode 17 of Chitose Get You!!, Chitose and Fuji-sensei do this to each other, although they're stopped by the restaurant staff before going too far.
- The Star Trek novel How Much for Just the Planet?, by John M Ford, has one of these, with most of the main cast from the show involved in a pie-fight with a bunch of Klingons.
- In the third Percy Jackson and the Olympians book, one is started by Grover so they can escape from the skeletons in Hoover Dam (It Makes Sense in Context).
- The Doctor Who book The Monsters Inside has one, started deliberately by Rose to create a distraction. Rose credits a former boyfriend with teaching her the proper technique for starting a Food Fight: apparently, there's an art to it.
- In Twelve Sharp, a food fight breaks out at the bonds office when Joyce barges in looking for trouble while Stephanie, Connie, and Lula are eating lunch. It gets settled by new file clerk Melvin zapping Joyce with a stun gun.
- One happens in Dinosaurs Ate My Homework. Notably, all of the participants are superevolved carnivorous dinosaurs, and it takes place in a verse where they are the equivalent to humanity. And, somehow, they are throwing such things as mashed potatoes, milk, and spaghetti.
- One happens in one of the Cherub Series books.
- The members of P. G. Wodehouse's Drones Club frequently indulge in these, generally with rolls.
- In one of the Rainbow Magic books, Rachel and Kirsty start an ice cream food fight to get back Esme the Ice Cream Fairy's magic charm.
Live Action Television
- In the episode "Bros Before Bros" of Happy Endings, Dave attempts to make peace with the owner of a rival food truck by giving him a sandwich and asking to talk it out. The Brazilian accepts and offers to talk later. As Brad walks away, he chucks the sandwich at Dave, and soon Dave and his friends are engaged in a huge foodfight with the Brazilian and his employees.
- It's turned up in Basil Brush.
- Lizzie McGuire as well. In fact, this was the basis for an homage to The Breakfast Club.
- Brothers and Sisters features a food fight between Holly and Nora (since both women are probably in their late 50s/early 60s, this makes it one odd Cat Fight). The obligatory cream cake ends up in Holly's cleavage, since Nora wasn't a very good shot. Considering that the cake got mentioned frequently throughout the episode, it's a Chekhovs Gunge as well.
- Several episodes of Soap.
- NCIS has one, but it's only dry nuts involved.
- Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers
- An early episode was named "Food Fight" and featured... well, two food fights.The first was caused by Bulk throwing a pie at the school's principal, and missing, hitting his partner, Skull, who says "food fight". The second food fight is the Power Rangers trying to stop Rita's Pudgy Pig from eating all of the Earth's food.
- Another food fight breaks out in "Return of an Old Friend Part 2", after the parents are freed and returned to the Parents' Day party. A pie misfire by Bulk and Skull hits Jason's dad, which starts off a chain reaction of the parents throwing food at one another. Miss Appleby, after having taken a pie to the blouse, says to Principal Caplan, "Well, you know what they say. If you can't beat them... join them!" and pies him in the face, causing him to join in too.
- In the Sorority Forever episode "Sluts will be Pigs", a food fight gets out of hand.
- In Waterloo Road, pupil Janeece is left to supervise the school's "breakfast club" as Melissa Ryan has not fully got her head in gear after revising PSHE with Eddie. A food fight commences. Not only is she powerless to stop it- she eventually joins in. The head chef is not impressed.
- In an episode of Mr. Show, an angel and a demon participate in a Nickelodeon-style food fight game show.
- Nickelodeon's Salute Your Shorts had a couple, two involving cake, and one involving the whole camp.
- Wild And Crazy Kids also had one; originally intended to be a "camp kids vs. counselors" contest, it quickly turned into a free-for-all.
- In an episode of I Love Lucy Lucy and Ethel had taken jobs at a chocolate factory and eventually Lucy and another woman start throwing chocolate at each other.
- An episode of the current series of Let's Make a Deal featured a large pie as a Zonk; when it was revealed, Wayne Brady went down to the pie and pulled a real one out from behind it, with which he hit Jonathan Mangum. At the end of the Show Mangum got his revenge, at which point a curtain opened revealing an entire rack of pies, resulting in a pie fight among the entire cast.
- On Boy Meets World, Eric, Jack and Rachel have one in their apartment, complete with a Pie in the Face at the end.
- Happens at the end of Community episode The Art of Discourse. It's made funnier by the list of college experiences that Abed has been trying to complete throughout the episode. He stops trying to set them up and says they have to happen organically, and right afterwards the food fight, which was on the list, breaks out.
- A (probably incomplete) list of foodstuffs routinely thrown over the contestants in Dick & Dom in da Bungalow: tinned tomatoes, mushy peas, baked beans, tapioca, rice pudding, custard, chocolate custard, mashed potatoes, mango chutney, spaghetti hoops. Oh, and from time to time they might get put in a bowl and have the ingredients for some recipe added to them (flour, lard, eggs etc). As one of the hosts put it; "You'd still be finding dried bits in your hair until the next week's show."
- It's happened several times on Glee, along with frequent slushies to the faces of unpopular students. (Why Principal Figgins still allows them to be sold at the school is a mystery.)
- The Thick of It gives us Malcolm Tucker and Julius Nicholson getting involved in one of these. In a conference room. In Whitehall. Over government policy. "Have some fucking chow mein!"
- Cheers had a memorable one in their Thanksgiving Episode. Diane's attempt to get the last shot resulted in Vera remaining The Faceless.
- Max and Caroline in the 2 Broke Girls episode "And Too Little Sleep."
- In My Mad Fat Diary, Finn starts one in the chip shop in "Big Wide World."
- At the end of the 1999 Thanksgiving Episode of Smackdown!, DeGeneration X were pulverising Shane McMahon in the ring with Vince McMahon standing helpless on the stage due to D-X's restraining-order shenanigans. His solution? To call down not only other wrestlers who had beef with D-X, but most of the midcard roster to get some revenge. Of course, this being a Thanksgiving episode, tables of food had been placed all around ringside...
- In a 1999 episode of SmackDown, there was a triple threat women's hardcore match that went into the concession stand featuring Ivory, Luna Vachon and Jacqueline.
- In 2001, Trish Stratus and Stacy Keibler fought in a Thanksgiving Food Fight.
- The famous 1979 Tupelo Concession Stand Brawl with Jerry Lawler & Bill Dundee fighting Larry Latham & Wayne Farris (aka The Honky Tonk Man).
- Adventures in Odyssey: Liz and Heather start one at the end of a week of camp at the Timothy Center, just to annoy Connie.
- Dragon magazine #44 had a game called "Food Fight" which provided rules for staging one of these in a school cafeteria.
- "Food Fight" was the title of the sample mini-adventure in early editions of the Shadowrun game rules. Subverted in that, while it's set in a convenience store and lots of food gets blown to bits or tossed around, the scenario assumes that everybody's shooting guns.
- The 80's arcade game Charly Chuck's Food Fight in which the player, as Charly, had to eat an ice cream cone at the end of the stage before it completely melted. But four angry chefs wanted to stop you at any cost. There were finite piles of food that included pies and tomatoes, but some foods had special properties: Peas were like buckshot (they scattered if they didn't connect), bananas were like boomerangs, and hugh chunks of watermelon never ran out. You lost a life if the ice cream completely melted (you were out of time), you fell into one of many holes on the playing field, you got hit by something a chef threw at you, or worse, if a chef caught and touched you, in which case your eyes spun, you got an Oh, Crap look on your face and the food magically homed in on YOU, burying you in a messy pile!
- The Three Stooges videogame has the characters raising money for an orphanage. One dayjob minigame requires serving a large number of pies to three fussy customers, and you need to remain professional by not getting pie in your face.
- Invoked in the video game Bart Simpson's Escape from Camp Deadly. Surprisingly, this was also one of the more lethal cases of the trope (Bart has to defend himself from the other campers by throwing various food items that are strongly implied to be at best unappealing and at worst completely inedible without getting caught [if he does get caught, he's forced to eat all of the food he currently has on his person], and the other campers throw, not food, but knives and forks at Bart).
- There's one in the Whateley Universe. When Tennyo gets a job as a cafeteria worker on-campus, some people who don't like her start one with her as the (first) target.
- A Rooster Teeth short has two of the coworkers in a fight when an observer (who had just returned from getting lunch from a nearby restaurant) asks them what they're doing, and then they explain the rules like it's a sport. At a couple points a combatant will say in a deep, echoing voice, "FOOD WAR!".
- The first episode of RWBY's second volume has a truly impressive one. It starts with Nora throwing grapes for Yang to catch in her mouth but escalates to a tomato to the face after a particularly bad pun. Yang retaliates and it slowly builds up with larger fruit until Nora lobs a pie which hits Weiss instead of Yang. A quick scene change later and the rest of the student body is fleeing the now devastated dinner hall, and Team RWBY and Team JNPR get into a super powered brawl using foodstuffs instead of their normal weapons.
- Chakona Space has "Alternate Thursdays", which can happen any day of the week and normally involve pie or some other desert.
- Subverted in a PSA about nutrition: several junior high school students are seen grabbing fruits and vegetables and fondling them as if getting ready to throw them, interspersed with title cards: "Ready. Aim. Chew." And instead of throwing the food, they eat it, because their "food fight" is against poor eating habits.