Often there is a row of motorcycles parked at a bar (or restaurant, or any other building, but usually it's a seedy biker bar
located on the edge of town). Naturally, someone's going to hit one, and it will fall and hit another, and that will fall and hit another and so on — like the old Disaster Dominoes
. That'll get a swarm
) bikers real angry
and desiring revenge on the offender. Oh Crap!
Used either for comedy or as a distraction.
See also The Precious, Precious Car
- Joke example: A small Norwegian truck driver walks into a Greasy Spoon, and a group of bikers pick on him: pushing him around, taunting him, etc. The truck driver does nothing, just eats his meal as if nothing were going on. Then he leaves, and one of the bikers says to the waitress, "That Norwegian isn't much of a man, is he?" The waitress replies, "No, and he's not much of a truck driver either. He just ran his truck into a row of motorcyles parked outside."
- In one of the New English Library pulp-alarmist shock novels about the Hell's Angels, a stereotypical left-liberal film director trying to make a sympathetic film about the hardest Angels chapter in Britain gets exasperated when the hard bikers refuse to act to the camera in the way he wants them to. In a strop, he kicks over an Angel's bike which sets off the domino chain... big mistake, as he is then on the receiving end of some fairly graphic and prolonged retribution for daring to damage Angel bikes. This sets off a chain of havoc and destruction, including the gang-rape of several members of the crew and cast, when the Angels decide they're tired of playing the game. Still, the leading actress was the sort of promiscuous Leftie who was assisting in dragging Britain into the moral mire, so that made it alright by the NEL's hidden agenda.
- Talked about in book series Agent of Hel. Daisy, the protagonist, has to visit a seedy bar that is run by a bunch of tough biker ghouls, a type of emotion-draining vampire. She makes a wide arc around all their bikes perfectly lined up in a row. When her partner, a werewolf cop named Cody, asks her what she's doing, she uses the Pee-wee's Big Adventure example of what mind happen if she gets too close.
Manga and Anime
- Turk does this in Scrubs, before JD arrives to heroically stop the bikers from pummeling Turk. The part about the bikers getting angry is then subverted, as JD makes up for the knocked-over bikes by buying them cappuccinos.
- TV Variation: in the first episode of the failed late 80s Van Patten project The Master (feature-lengthified and dubiously immortalized under the title Master Ninja), the guy the camera is pointed at most of the time is first shown being thrown bodily out of a bar by a biker gang. In retaliation, he hooks their bikes together with steel cable and baits them into chasing his van, so that when they speed off, the bikes pull themselves apart and send their riders flying onto the concrete.
- Happens in Higurashi: When They Cry. Keiichi trips and knocks over several motorcycles in the Watanagashi-hen question arc, and Shion comes to his rescue. In the Meakashi-hen answer arc, Shion gets in trouble with the same group of bikers two times like this, a year apart, and is aided first by Satoshi, and later by Keiichi.
- Tom Petty's music video for "Into the Great Wide Open" features Johnny Depp's character doing this after he's dropped by his record label.
- In Police Quest, you can knock over a bunch of motorcycles. Nothing happens, though the text says that "Someone has to answer to four angry people!"
- Space Quest IV: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers: You do this to distract a bunch of futuristic bikers (The Monochrome Boys) at a bar, all to steal some matches.
- Happens in Rocko's Modern Life, when Heffer knocks over the walkers of Senior citizens on a cruise line designed for the elderly.
- Subverted in an episode of American Dad! where Stan and Steve are on a road trip. Steve accidentally knocks over a line of motorcycles, but the owners (all badass, Hells Angels-looking types) are very understanding, saying it was just an accident and that there's nothing to get upset about.
- Generator Rex: Rex kicks over a row of motor scooters in "Breach".
- In the Mickey Mouse (2013) short "Road Hogs", Mickey's scooter, which is sentient, knocks over some also sentient motorcycles owned by a gang of hog bikers.
- Fillmore!: In "Play On, Maestro, Play On", a kite yanks over a pushbike triggering a domino chain of bicycles as part of the Rube Goldberg Device used in stealing the Ultrabox.