I'd throw this mocha in your face, but it's not nearly scalding enough.
Somebody has said or done something that bothers someone else. In retaliation, that person will toss a drink at them, pour something over their head or launch a solid piece of food.
Can be considered the Super Trope
of Food Fight
, although when done by adults a fight usually won't break out, outside of comedies (or westerns).
Compare Edible Ammunition
, Pie in the Face
, Tantrum Throwing
. Edible Bludgeon
is the more extreme version of this.
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Anime and Manga
- This happens from time to time on Ranma 1/2, when characters dump or throw cups full of water at whoever they're annoyed with. Since the people they're aiming for have curses that change their form whenever they get splashed with cold water, it does more than just get them a little wet.
- Jack splashes a glass of water at Oswald in Pandora Hearts when the latter bluntly tells the former that he is impossible to read and thus untrustworthy. Jack becomes extremely embarrassed after doing this this, however.
- Gunslinger Girl. While Jean Croce was an officer in the Carabinieri, a female corporal fell in Love at First Sight with the handsome aloof officer. When she revealed this Jean responded by throwing an orange in her face. Her persistence eventually breaks down his Jerkass Façade however.
Films — Animated
- In Disney's Aladdin, Jasmine throws a glass of wine in Jafar's face.
Films — Live Action
- Occurs twice in the classic western Shane, once as mockery, once Played for Drama and indirectly leading into the epic Bar Brawl.
- In Cocktail, Tom Cruise's character goes to the restaurant Jordan works at, and she responds by offering him the "Daily Special" - right on his lap.
- In Hitch, after Sara finds out who Hitch really is, they argue and one of them throws a small piece of food at the other. He ends up tossing a salad on her.
- The title character of Leonard Part 6 ends up wearing most of the meal when he dines with his estranged wife - both times.
- In Freaks, a dwarf gets the remainder of a punchbowl thrown at him after offering it in the famous "One of us" chant.
- Played for Drama in a 1985 Filipino movie where a jealous actress splashes water right in front of the heroine's face, added with the most remarkable line in Filipino film history, "You're nothing but a second-rate, trying-hard, copycat!"
- Then in a later scene, the heroine food slaps her rival right in public as an act of revenge, added with the line, "A manos!"
- Can be seen here
- In Sherlock Holmes, when Sherlock implies that Mary is only in a relationship with Watson for his money, she pours a drink on him.
- In Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Helen eats a salad in front of Charles, knowing he can't get food for himself, and when she is almost done throws the plate at him.
- The Public Enemy's most iconic scene has Tom smashing a half grapefruit into his girlfriend's face.
- In Madea's Family Reunion, Lisa throws a plate of hot grits into her abusive husband's face before beating the shit out of him with a frying pan.
- The Other Guys, when Terry loses the battle of wits with Allen, he plays his trump card: throwing a coffee over him.
- In L.A. Confidential, Ed Exley thinks the woman with Johnny Stompanato is a hooker who has had plastic surgery to look like Lana Turner. It is the real Lana Turner. She tosses her drink in his face.
- Ayu in Deep Love pours hot coffee over Keiko, the girl who organised Reina's rape along with stabbing her in the leg.
- Pretty Little Liars: Ben spills his drink on Emily after finding out she cheated on him with Maya.
- A Song of Ice and Fire. Queen Cersei has a tendency to chuck wine in the face of members of her own family; so far Tyrion, Jaime and her uncle Kevan have copped it.
- In Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing, part of Judy Blume's Fudge book series, Fudge becomes so irritating with his food strike and his becoming "the family dog" that the father takes him into the bathroom, sits him in the tub, and dumps a whole bowl of cereal over Fudge's head. From there came Fudge's favorite expression, "eat it or wear it".
Live Action TV
- In the video for Pat Benatar's "Love Is A Battlefield", after Pat's character sees a fellow dancer at a nightclub she worked at get mishandled by their boss, she retaliates by throwing a drink into her boss' face before she and all the other workers leave the nightclub.
- Ace Attorney: Godot has thrown his coffee at Phoenix Wright three times. In the middle of court!
- Kisetsu o Dakishimete, the second game in the Yarudora series, has Tomoko throwing a plate full of sweets to the protagonist's face in the "Four Seasons" Café sequence, if you choose to surprise her and do a "Who is it?" hands-covering-eyes game (instead of calling her from afar), making her think it was a random pervert's doing. Especially ironic, since she loves to play that game on the protagonist herself.
- Welcome To Sanditon: Edward gets hit by ice cream when he and Clara have an argument over her ice cream shop which the Mayor wants to turn into a juice bar.
- February 4th (2010) Lindsay Lohan went to see her ex, Samantha Ronson spin at Crown Bar in West Hollywood. It was reported that "Lindsay was trying to get Sam's attention, but Sam was working and apparently ignored her...Lindsay began 'dirty dancing' with a girl in front of Sam, who then became infuriated and called Lindsay 'a disgrace," after which Lindsay picked up a drink and threw it straight in Sam's face."
- Waiter! Bring Me Water, Shania Twain directly calling on this trope.
- A live TV interview in 1995 with Vladimir Zhirinovsky and Boris Nemtsov ended in an orange juice fight.