A displeased crowd is throwing stuff at speakers and artists according to the Rule of Funny
. Eggs, lettuce and vegetables are generally favored, with tomatoes an all-time favorite. Originates from way back in the 19th century, when audiences and working-class theatergoers would often carry these things into the (very rowdy by our standards) theaters, and chuck it (or chairs and such) at bad performances. Look for an Honest John
-type character to have a cart filled with said rotten vegetables for sale for this particular purpose.
See also Stock Punishment
. A subtrope of Food Fight
and Edible Ammunition
. See also Defiant Stone Throw
Anime and Manga
- A TV commercial for the radio duo of Steve Dahl & Garry Meier showed a billboard advertising them being hit with a giant tomato. There was also a real Steve & Garry billboard with a tomato attached, as well as Steve & Garry t-shirts.
- On the first episode or movie of any adaptation of Hana Yori Dango all the students gather around Tsukushi and nail her with rotten eggs and other stuff the Korean adaptation even added a flour Bucket Booby Trap to deliver some extra humiliation for the Plucky Girl
- This was also used in Episode 12 of the Little Lulu anime. Lulu and the others did this to a picture of Wilbur's butler that was drawn on the side of the clubhouse, after he snobbishly put them off the activities that they normally did.
- At one point in Urusei Yatsura, Ataru, grieving about how messed up his life has become since Lum decided they were married, asks the readers if he really deserves such torment. He is immediatly covered in a pile garbage as off-panel voices declare "NO, YOU IDIOT! you deserve more!"
- It's a running gag in Garfield. Once he was pelted with a pillow, an alarm clock and a flowerpot in short order. He took the stuff with him and was happy.
- In a Donald Duck comic, poor Donald was once at the receiving end of this. Various types of fruits were thrown at him - including a ridiculously huge watermelon!
- In one-page comic starring Scrooge McDuck, he gains some money with this. Step 1: Perform a purposely bad performance in a talent show. Step 2: Catch all vegetables thrown at him. Step 3: Sell them. Step 4: PROFIT!!.
- In an issue of The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, the audience entrance of a talent show has a barrel of free rotten vegetables.
- Happens to a political candidate in the Oklahoma album of Lucky Luke. He's actually happy getting so many vegetables for free.
- In Huckleberry Finn, the villagers take rotten veggies to the theater after realizing that the Duke and the King's play is a scam.
- In the Discworld book Soul Music, Glod tries to catch the fruit they throw at him. Musicians have got to eat, ya know.
- It's also discussed about the Mended Drum (The Librarian in particular has to be pleased).
- And in Small Gods, a character recalls a crowd working through a whole list of things with which to pelt a missionary from a neighboring nation led by a Corrupt Church.
- In Beyond The Western Sea, Horatio Drabble performs Shakespeare on the Liverpool streets and gets produce thrown at him.
- Happens several times in P. G. Wodehouse stories. One variation is in the Jeeves and Wooster story "The Metropolitan Touch", where the finale of a show is supposed to involve the chorus throwing balls of wool (representing oranges) to the audience. On the night, the villain of the piece substitutes real oranges, and the show promptly devolves into an all-out fruit fight with the audience caught in the middle.
- Played seriously in the Hand Of Thrawn duology - two men inciting a riot in an already-angry crowd start by screaming for justice and throwing produce. Once the mob is pelting the building with food, they introduce rocks. After that's been going on for a while, they throw a grenade into the crowd and get out of there.
- Mentioned in Starfighters of Adumar. When reflecting on their massive drop in popularity, one pilot of Red Flight says that at least the Adumari haven't erected statues of them to throw rotten produce at. Another pilot says to give them a couple days.
- In Callahan's Crosstime Saloon, a particularly Incredibly Lame Pun would be met with a shower of peanuts.
- A reversal happens in a P. G. Wodehouse novel when a friend of Bertie's is trying to woo a village girl by running a stage production in lieu of his rival. One of the scenes call for the kid performers to toss fake oranges made of velvet into the audience (the scene makes little sense, since Bertie's friend basically stole popular couplets from every production he knew and strung them together), but the rival has replaced them with real, rotten oranges. The kids naturally seize the opportunity and pelts the audience.
- The Beatles song "With A Little Help from my Friends" originally started "What would you do if I sang out of tune?/Would you stand up and throw tomatoes at me?". Despite their intention to not do any live concerts in the near future, Ringo (who sings the song) still requested that the line be changed lest fans take it as an cue to actually stand up and throw tomatoes at him.
- Toby Keith recreates the chicken-wire-as-pelting-preventer bar setup in "I Love This Bar".
- The Foo Fighters stopped playing "Big Me" for a while because because of this:
- Traditionally, the first band on at Monsters of Rock at Donnington Park gets pelted off the stage. Fans really go all out - one year, an entire stale Christmas cake was thrown.
- The Comic Strip made use of this, putting their fictional band Bad News on first and filming them getting pelted.
- In one fabled incident, someone threw a live chicken onto the stage at an Alice Cooper gig. Cooper picked it up and, thinking it would fly away, launched it back over the audience. It fluttered down into the crowd, which promptly tore it to pieces.
- Hulk Hogan got pelted with trash after his shocking heel turn at WCW Bash At The Beach 1996, wherein he turned into Hollywood Hogan of the New World Order.
- This incident touched off a trend of throwing stuff at the ring. Classless at the best of times, the fad arguably reached its nadir on the 1 December 1997 edition of WCW Monday Nitro, when referee Randy Anderson got hit in the eye with a golf ball during a match between Curt Hennig and Diamond Dallas Page.
- The fans threw garbage in the ring in protest at the end of the New Blood Rising PPV in August 2000.
- Ring Of Honor had this happen on a few occasions. Nigel McGuinness and the Age of the Fall frequently drew so much ire with their victories that fans threw empty bottles and whatever else was on hand into the ring.
- A radio broadcast from Glastonbury about an annoying girl duo Daphne & Celeste being pelted with absolutely everything that came to hand: fruit, vegetables, mud, bottles, refilled bottles. They didn't seem to mind, saying the audience had been lethargic before and "they woke up to hate us!"
- Tabletop RPG Stormbringer supplement Demon Magic: The Second Stormbringer Companion, adventure "The Velvet Circle". If the customers at the House of Melodac don't like the singer's performance, they end it in a shower of fruit and vegetables.
- In Paper Mario 2 the battles take place on a theater stage. If you're doing badly (or if the crowd is just feeling mean) then they start throwing rubbish at you. You can counter this by going into the crowd and smacking them with a hammer, but be careful as they can also give you helpful items.
- Or, you could wait until they throw the rubbish at you and switch characters. This will prevent damage done AND keeps your audience count the same, even though you would lose just 1 doing it otherwise (and usually that one is quickly replaced). This is a less viable option if a bunch of X-Nauts decide to throw rocks at you at once—and they do so often enough for it to be a concern. If your character up front has already went though, you'll have to finish selecting an attack or smack them.
- During the Title Defense match with Aran Ryan in Punch-Out!! Wii, he taunts you between rounds - and then gets pelted with garbage. He turns in his seat and starts threatening the crowd.
- Super Macho Man gets pelted as well, but he takes it in his stride and Pec Flexes the tomato stuck on his chest off.
- Rune Factory 3 allows the player to do this to monsters. As an attack. It's more useful if you throw status-effect-causing food, rather than ordinary crops, though.
- Random NPCs will throw rotten fruits at your character the first time you visit Stormwind or Orgrimmar as a Death Knight in Worldof Warcraft.
- In the Forest Stage section of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, depending on the mask Link wears at the stage, the Deku Scrubs will either adore it, have mixed reviews on it, or hate it. If it is the last one, they'll do their own variation on Produce Pelting... by spitting Deku Nuts at Link until he leaves.
- In The Sims Medieval, Sims in the stocks can have tomatoes and eggs thrown at them (if the Sim you're playing is on the receiving end of this treatment, it increases the negative buff they get from the stocks).
- In the Point-and-Click Game Pink Panther: Passport to Peril, Pink Panther has to give a performance in a Chinese opera. However, if the player makes him walk onto the stage without the required costume and/or make-up, the audience will start throwing tomatoes at him.
- One puzzle in Kings Quest VI requires you to get a minor character to throw a rotten tomato at another one.
- Future Cop LAPD intro: After a barrage or rockets and machine-gun fire a single ripe tomato is thrown.
- The term "peanut gallery" originates from audience members who heckled performers by throwing exactly that.
- Real life example: the journalist who said farewell to George W. Bush by throwing his shoes at him (Bush dodged both). He was arrested and tortured for that, but he was hailed all around the Arab world – indeed, all over the Western world – as a hero.
- The sources for the "torture" claims are questionable at best, however.
- His name is Muntadhar al-Zaidi, and his words were something along the lines of "This is a farewell kiss from the Iraqi people, you dog!" At the time of this edit, most of the videos have above 20,000 views, and the highest is around 1,800,000 views.
- Hey, he did give the President a boot to the head
- Justin Timberlake got water bottles, muffins and other random trash chucked at him during his performance at a 2003 benefit concert in Toronto.
- In Game 7 of the 1934 World Series, angry Detroit Tiger fans pelted St. Louis Cardinal outfielder Joe "Ducky" Medwick with food, bottles, seat cushions, etc., bringing the game to a halt and forcing the sport's then-commissioner to bench Medwick for his own safety. (At that point, the Tigers were losing 10-0 and Medwick had spiked one of their players sliding into a base the previous inning).
- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi had a statuette of Milan Cathedral thrown at his face, which broke his nose and two of his teeth.
- A heckler once threw a cabbage at US President William McKinley while he was giving a speech. McKinley caught it and said, "it seems that one of my detractors has lost his head," without missing a beat.
- Apparently (as per this table◊ in Portuguese), it's a tradition in music festivals set in Brazil - most notable case being True Art Is Incomprehensible musician Carlinhos Brown being pelted with water bottles at 2001's Rock in Rio III.
- Nickelback was stoned during a festival in Portugal, even cutting their performance short.
- Many renaissance faires feature a tomato-throwing game, where one can pay to throw squishy old tomatoes at an actor dressed like a medieval crook, typically in the stocks.
- The rivalry between Colgate University and Cornell University ice hockey teams often ends in this. Visiting Colgate ice hockey players are often pelted with toothpaste. Likewise, visiting Cornell ice hockey players often get Big Red gum thrown at them.