Costello: You know...you know, they have hit me with everything but the kitchen sink.Every time someone refers to the expression "everything but the kitchen sink" in any way, shape or fashion, an actual, literal kitchen sink will inevitably appear. This trope is almost always Played for Laughs, especially in cartoons. The original expression is an idiom of unknown origin but originating in the early 20th century, meaning "everything that wasn't bolted down". Kitchen sinks are not only bolted down, but connected to the plumbing. Nothing to do with a Fantasy Kitchen Sink or a Sci-Fi Kitchen Sink, unless you somehow manage to incorporate them into the mythology as well. And that would just be silly. Also unrelated to the underground comix publisher Kitchen Sink Press (who probably rather wants to allude to "filth" than to this trope).
Abbott: Oh, well... we can fix that.
[pulls the sink out of the wall, breaks it over Costello's head]
Abbott: Oh, well... we can fix that.
[pulls the sink out of the wall, breaks it over Costello's head]
— Lost in Alaska
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- A Vonage commercial showed a couple discussing how their current phone company's fees are robbing them blind, while black-clad and domino-masked thieves steal everything they own, kitchen sink included.
- An old McDonald's commercial featuring Ronald McDonald and the McDonaldland gang featured them going on vacation; when they got home, Birdie exclaimed that they had "seen everything but the kitchen sink". Ronald said he'd "fix that", and pulled a lever that caused the kitchen in his house—what they were in—to "sink" about ten five feet into the ground. "Now we've seen the kitchen sink," chuckled Grimace. (The whole commercial had been a Hurricane of Puns.)
- A Disney Adventures comic featuring The Mighty Ducks used this line when a brainwashed hockey crowd was attacking the team. "They're throwing everything at us but... [clang] The kitchen sink?"
- Demon #25, one of the many, many origins of Etrigan. Advertised as including an unneeded Lobo poster. The Demon and Lobo were beating the tar out of each other with every single weapon imaginable, including said sink.
- Negaduck and Magica Da Spell spend 'Crisis on Infinite Darkwings', the second Darkwing Duck comic arc, 'recruiting' various Darkwings; all they can find. In one big splash panel showing off their work, you can see… Darkwing Sink.
- In a Carl Barks story, Uncle Scrooge and a Brutopian try to outbid each other at an auction. The competition escalates to the point where the Brutopian has to bid all the kitchen sinks of his country.
- One Scrooge McDuck story has him run into a convoy of prospectors, which he fails to sell anything to. As he comments that they seem to have everything but the kitchen sink, one of them points towards his mule... sure enough, he's got one.
- During the disturbance between dimensions in JLA: Another Nail, a kitchen sink is seen floating.
- From the parody "Marvel What The...": Wolverine to Punisher: "Aren't they still out of ammo yet?" A kitchen sink flies Wolverine straight into the face, and Punisher comments: "NOW they are out of ammo!"
- The Return of the Jedi parody has an unseen crewman on a spacecraft pointing out that the battle around the Death Star has everything but the kitchen sink. The person he's speaking to points out that there is indeed a kitchen sink in the battle (which you can even see in the panel) but not to worry because "The sink's on our side!"
- Their Lost in Space parody also featured this, although there the sink simply crashed nearby.
- The newspaper Comicbook Adaptation of Rugrats had Stu complaining about packing too much when they went on vacation. Didi says he's exaggerating. Cue Stu holding a kitchen sink in the last panel.
- Beetle Bailey: Cookie can't even get it right when he uses the kitchen sink expression about what's in his food, as Beetle finds a tap in his stew right after that.
- When Calvin becomes Batboy in Calvin and Hobbes: The Series, his Crazy-Prepared nature is described as thus:
Hobbes: He has everything in there except for the kitchen sink.
Calvin: Actually, I have the kitchen sink in the third pocket to the left of the right glove by spike number two in category five in subcategory ten in subsubcategory thirteen in compartment six.
- In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fandom, it's a common (and almost completely true) joke that Rainbow Dash has been shipped with everypony and everything, including the kitchen sink. And yes she has been shipped with a kitchen sink.
- The Danny Phantom / Gargoyles fanfic A Wish Your Heart Makes has this. After several characters have a shared dream, the four teens involved had to raid the Fenton's weapon's locker before they'd calm down.
Maddie Fenton: I think they have everything up there but the kitchen sink!
Jack Fenton: No, they have that, too. So go up there and show them you're okay, right, V-Man? We need that sink back.
- In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Abridged, Dio stops time and throws more and more knives at the frozen Jotaro until there are too many for him to block or avoid. Before starting time up again, he adds, "And for comedic effect..." and a kitchen sink gets photoshopped into the scene.
- In the Equestria Girls story, Always The Quiet Ones, after Sunset and the others become convinced that Fluttershy is secretly a killer who has done away with Rainbow Dash and is coming after them next, they quickly pile up everything in front of Sunset's door. Applejack is in the middle of making the analogue when Pinkie Pie throws the sink onto the pile for extra precaution.
Films — Animation
- In Inside Out, while emptying his Bag of Holding, Bing Bong has a kitchen sink in it.
- In the Mickey Mouse adaption of The Prince and the Pauper, When The Prince, Donald Duck and Goofy are escaping from the dungeon, the weasel guards throw various assorted weapons at Goofy, one of them being a kitchen sink.
- Yellow Submarine: Old Fred opens up a cupboard door and lots of unlikely objects fall out, including a kitchen sink.
- Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats: Humorously subverted, then played straight at one point, as the title cats wind up getting a bunch of junk dropped on them from above. One cat remarks that they've had everything thrown at them but the kitchen sink; the next object dropped is a grand piano. T.C. yells at them: "He said, the kitchen sink!", with predictable results.
- At the end of Aladdin, the newly-freed Genie starts packing for his trip around the world. One of the things to go in his suitcase: a kitchen sink.
Films — Live-Action
- The opening battle in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith was so complex one of the people on the team said they had put everything in it but the kitchen sink. They then proceeded to rectify that. Watch closely, specifically the shot where we fly by a CIS ship as it breaks apart and a piece of debris smashes into a nearby Republic ship. That's the kitchen sink.
- In Abbott and Costello: Lost in Alaska, while throwing things at the bad guys to keep them from advancing, Abbott says they've thrown everything but the kitchen sink. Guess what Costello does.
- The Spirit has one extended fight scene that involves various objects culminating with a Kitchen Sink smashed over someone's head.
- Similar gag happens in Hellzapoppin'.
- Similarly, the climactic battle of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice occurs in a derelict house. Batman uses everything in sight to bash on Superman, including a kitchen sink.
- During the fight between Rhodey and Tony in Iron Man 2, Rhodey actually uses the sink to beat Tony over the head with.
- During the climactic battle in Shin Godzilla Tokyo is throwing collapsing buildings against Godzilla in an effort to stop him. Buildings that have kitchens, and by extension, kitchen sinks.
- Occurs in Garfield's Pet Force. When Binky the magician declares "found it!" after a comment about the kitchen sink, it is the sink that he found, not the object he is looking for.
- In one of the Vlad Taltos novels, a barricade assembled by Easterners to seal off South Adrilankha incorporates all sorts of furnishings, including a kitchen washbasin. Actual sinks haven't been invented yet.
- In Aunt Dimity Slays the Dragon, Bill lifts the day pack Lori prepared for the family outing to the opening day of King Wilfrid's Faire and gives a low whistle:
"I hope you remembered to put the kitchen sink in here," he said. "We may have to wash King Wilfrid's dishes before the day is through."
"I knew I forgot something," I said, snapping my fingers. "Wait here. I'll run in and get the sink."
- In "Grandmaster" by David Klass the titular Grandmaster wins by first sacrificing a knight, then a rook and then a kitchen sink. (Wait, no, that's just what an unqualified spectator said in-universe.)
- Game Shows: Honestly, there were several shows were kitchen sinks were indeed prizes:
- Several Goodson-Todman shows of the mid-1970s—including The Price Is Right and Concentration—offered a kitchen sink from the H.R. Schriner Co. A legitimate prize worth about $450, this had a teakwood base with cabinet space below the sink basin, and counter space was included. (Schriner also had a burner base that was sometimes a prize.)
- Several other packagers offered similar "kitchen sinks" as legit prizes—either stand-alone or part of a "home remodeling" prize package. (Such as Wheel of Fortune, where AristoKraft's kitchen cabinetry and remodeling package was sometimes a prize in the 1980s and early 1990s.)
- High Rollers: One of the dice games—It Takes Two—literally had "the kitchen sink" as one of the prizes. Unlike G-T's shows, this was a gag prize (worth about $250).
- In the M*A*S*H episode "Sticky Wicket", Hawkeye is repeatedly disturbed while hiding in a tent. When two orderlies enter carrying a crate, he loses his temper:
Hawkeye: What's going on here? Just because I want some privacy there's everything in here but the kitchen sink! What's in there?
Orderly: Kitchen sink, sir.
Hawkeye: Out! Out!
- In the "April Fools" episode of Mama's Family, Thelma Harper plays a prank on her family by filling the front lawn with junk from the garage. Shocked at the sight, Vinton says, "Mama, you've got everything out here but the kitchen sink!" Just then, Iola wheels out said sink, asking Thelma, "Where do you want it?"
- The Red Green Show: Red attempts to show us how to build a perpetual-motion machine.
Red: So all you need is stuff you probably have lyin' around: A gas lawnmower, a downspout, a car alternator, 45-gallon drum, ceiling fan, chunk of garden hose, and some corn stalks. Now you're probably saying, "Geeze, Red, you're using everything but the kitchen sink!" Well, you're wrong! [reaches behind drum, pulls out kitchen sink]
- Invoked in a Dirty Jobs segment set in a scrapyard; since kitchen sinks are all stainless (and weigh several pounds), they're actually not all that rare in context.
- One time on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, as they were going about demolition Ty Pennington says "We're throwing out everything..." cue kitchen sink flying out the first floor window "…and the kitchen sink!"
- One time on Clean House, Niecy goes "We're throwing out everything but the kitchen sink!" Gilligan Cut to Trish Suhr throwing a kitchen sink to which Niecy responds "Well shut my mouth!"
- One episode of The Monkees had them under fire from a pack of rustic, gun-wielding maniacs. They do indeed throw the kitchen sink at the Monkees... or rather, they wheel over a sink with a lit stick of dynamite on it. One Monkee responds by turning on the faucet of the sink (which still works, somehow) to drown the dynamite.
- In an episode of The Big Comfy Couch Loonette decides to pull everything out of the couch to see how much is in it. The very last thing she pulls out? A kitchen sink!
- Used as a visual gag in the Mythbusters series 5 episode Kitchen Nightmares.
Robert Lee: With the errr, Hyneman seal of approval, it's time for the boys to pack up everything.
Adam: And. (holds up a kitchen sink)
- In the 1974 Saturday morning Husdon Brothers vehicle Razzle-Dazzle, Once per Episode they would have "The Razzle-Dazzle Wrap-Up of Everything, Including the Kitchen Sink."
- A rare but beloved Running Gag in WWE: When weapons are allowed, just once, occasionally...someone will come up from underneath the ring with a kitchen sink.
- The Legion of Doom/Ahmed Johnson vs. The Nation of Domination (Faarooq/Crush/Savio Vega) match at WrestleMania XIII was a "Chicago Street Fight". Among the weapons brought to the ring, with "everything but the kitchen sink" promised, was a kitchen sink.
- This Mozilla Firefox extension adds an ASCII art kitchen sink.
- Some versions of emacs — a text editor at heart that has gained a bewildering array of non-text-editing functions over the decades (notably Tetris) — use a picture of a kitchen sink as the program's icon.
- Some versions of the Super Nintendo emulator ZSNES include the KitchenSync, a VSync option specifically calibrated for monitors that refresh at 120 Hz.
- One issue of Dragon Magazine had for its cover a picture of a dragon's hoard, which contained gold, jewels, and many, many less conventional objects. A kitchen sink was among them.
- Used as a sight gag in Hellzapoppin', an anarchic precursor to Mel Brooks' Hurricane of Puns and the Muppets' "getting a Variety Show ready" format: After reciting the prop list, "...we've got everything here but the kitchen sink!" Cue sink, carried by Ole.
- One portion of The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad show at Universal Islands of Adventure has one character fighting a monster, with both fighters pulling out various objects. Eventually, one of them pulls out a kitchen sink, causing them both to stop for a moment out of sheer confusion. Predictably, the one holding the kitchen sink then clocks the other with said sink.
- The Beaches and Cream Soda Shop in Disney World's Beach Club Resort offers the famous "Kitchen Sink"◊ ice cream dish, which features every ice cream and topping that the shop sells served in a kitchen sink-shaped bowl. Other ice cream restaurants around Disney World offer similar dishes, though they come in smaller, plastic Mickey-shaped sink bowls◊ that guests can take home.
- This is present in one of the Timon and Pumbaa Spin-Off video games.
- Somebody somewhere must have incautiously described NetHack as possessing everything but the kitchen sink, because in the very next version... there was one.
- Breath of Fire III has the 'blitz' skill. It involves throwing a lot of seemingly random objects at the target, including a kitchen sink.
- Unsurprisingly, Scribblenauts includes the ability to summon a kitchen sink.
- Kingdom of Loathing provides. In a parody of Swiss Army knife.
- Skullgirls has Peacock who can complete her combo with a kitchen sink.
- The ghostly composers Mr. Passion and Lord Passion in MOTHER 3, being able to command Animate Inanimate Objects to attack the player, occasionally throw "everything but the kitchen sink" at the heroes.
- Used as a Visual Pun in Bart's Nightmare. When climbing a skyscraper, the tenants are throwing anything they can find at you, including the kitchen sink.
- In the Skylanders games, the items that Magna Charge can throw using his tertiary attack include a kitchen sink.
- In Spriggs: a Halo 3 Machinima, there's this exchange:
Triple M: I can't get a roll of toilet paper from HQ, and you get everything but the kitchen sink!
Willy: No, no, I get the kitchen sink, too. I told them it was padding for the hornet, or some crap like that.
- An Exploding Closet gag in Sequential Art includes a kitchen sink.
- A gag in this Powerpuff Girls Doujinshi strip includes everything from a kitchen sink and Captain America's shield with a D in it, to Wolverine's claws, to a pencil, a feather and a corkscrew.
- xkcd: Mentioned in "What If #44" — some guy named Roald Bradstock did a random object throwing contest. Of course this includes a kitchen sink.
- In the Looney Tunes cartoon "Hare Trimmed," Yosemite Sam makes an Aside Comment that Granny (actually Bugs in disguise) is taking everything but the kitchen sink, and the sink drops into his arms.
- The Screwy Squirrel cartoon The Screwy Truant:
Dog: Gee whiz! He hit me with everything but the kitchen sink.
Screwy: Well, don't want to disappoint ya, chum. (hits him with kitchen sink)
- That joke was the capper for a scene which featured Screwy hitting Meathead (the dog) with a bunch of items found in a steamer trunk labeled "Assorted Swell Things To Hit Dog On Head."
- In Bad Luck Blackie, the antagonist dog was cursed with bad luck to get hit on the head by items. He is hit by a kitchen sink from nowhere near the end of the cartoon (after all, he'd been hit with practically everything else...).
- Hey Arnold! has an episode in which the kids are in a tree and trying to prevent a bulldozer from cutting it down by throwing stuff in its way, without success. Sid comments that they've "thrown everything but the kitchen sink," then promptly throws the kitchen sink. Which also fails.
- One episode of the Beetlejuice cartoon series had the Ghost with the Most in an Escalating War of sight gags with washed-up cartoon star Bartholomew Bat, which boiled down in the end to the two of them facing each other and dropping larger and larger objects on each others' heads. After the final salvo includes, of course, a kitchen sink, Lydia remarks, "Guess that about covers it." (And then Beetlejuice added one more thing: a leaf, sufficient to make Bartholomew hit the floor.)
- In one episode when Baloo and the others are on the run from the law and being chased through the sewers, the police try to stop them by stuffing things from stop signs and lights to a tree down manholes. Baloo then comments that the police used everything but the kitchen sink. They then dodge a kitchen sink, after which Rebbecca comments on Baloo not giving them ideas. Baloo replies at least it wasn't a bathtub. One then falls on top of the Sea Duck and Rebecca yells at Baloo to stop talking.
- Another episode has pirate Don Karnage send his two main henchmen, Mad Dog and Dumptruck, into the city, telling them to plunder everything, including the kitchen sink. Later on, the heroes have a confrontation with a giant squid who accidentally rips a sink out of the kitchen, dropping it into their submarine. Don Karnage is not amused when they bring it to him.
- An episode of Aladdin: The Series features Genie fighting a magical demon named Aziz who was a Big Eater, eating everything Genie throws at him. Finally Genie comments "It's come to this" as he materializes a kitchen sink.
- In part 3 of The Fairly OddParents! trilogy Wishology, the Military Extraterrestrial Research Facility (MERF) comes in to stop the Destructinator. They can't. Among the many weapons they fire at it is a giant kitchen sink.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
- In "Suited for Success", bigwig fashion designer Hoity Toity calls the dresses at Rarity's first fashion show a "piled-on mishmash of everything but the kitchen sink". Cue a thoroughly-embarrassed Rarity hiding a kitchen sink behind the curtains.
- One of Spike's presents in "The Secret of My Excess" is a kitchen sink... for no reason other than this trope. (The entire hoard was full of props from previous episodes to begin with.)
- Sweetie Belle uses one among other things to build an emergency barricade in "Hearts and Hooves Day".
- The episode "The Contender" of The Adventures Of T-Rex had one of the titular T-Rexes in a boxing tournament. One of the villain's mooks begins to throw various objects at him, causing the referee to yell "Foul!" The mook's coach then runs in and says "My boy's hitting him with everything but the kitchen sink!" In the background, the mook then picks up a kitchen sink and tosses it at the T-Rex.
- In the episode of Rocko's Modern Life where Filburt is Mistaken for Aliens, Rocko and Heffer build a blockade in front of the door using every heavy object they can possibly find, including the kitchen sink.
- In the Rocky and Bullwinkle episode "Wossamatta U":
Narrator: Boy, we've had everything in this episode but the kitchen sink!
Bullwinkle: [pulling one out from behind him] What do you suppose this is?
- George of the Jungle: Dr. Chicago once created an army of plant monsters to loot the area. He commented they took everything except a kitchen sink. Then one falls from a loot bag and he commented "Spoke too soon".
- Variation in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) episode "The Maltese Hamster" where Donatello commentates like a Hardboiled Detective throughout the episode: He mentions that the gang they are in pursuit of "Took everything that wasn't nailed down — and even a few things that were."
- The Superhero Squad Show: After going mad with power, the Dark Surfer boasts that he can hit the squaddies with any element in the known universe, including fire, ice, elephants, and plumbing supplies. Cue volley of kitchen sinks hurtling through space.
- In the Phineas and Ferb episode "Live and Let Drive", Doof attempts to skid Perry off the race track by throwing everything from his car, including a wrench, a hammer, an elephant and a kitchen sink!
- In one episode of The Flintstones, Fred attempts to invent a new soft drink called 412 Up by mixing various ingredients together. After finishing, he comments that he threw in everything but the kitchen sink. When the mixture explodes, Fred says maybe he should've added it.