Playing With / Baby Carriage

Basic Trope: During a car chase scene, a baby carriage rolls into the path of the cars.
  • Straight: While Alice is pursuing Bob, a carriage holding baby Carol rolls out into the street
  • Exaggerated: Thousands of baby carriages roll out onto the streets, keeping both Alice and Bob from going anywhere.
  • Downplayed: A mother pushes her carriage quickly across the street; Alice can resume chasing Bob.
  • Justified:
    • The mother was distracted by Alice and Bob's cars rapidly approaching and stopped paying attention to her carriage while it was on a slight slope.
    • Alternatively, something happens to the mother during the chase, causing her to lose control of the baby carriage.
  • Inverted: A car gets in the way of a mother pushing a baby carriage.
  • Subverted:
    • We see a baby carriage begin to roll into the street, but the mother comes and takes it before it can get too far out.
    • Alternately, the carriage contains anything other than a baby inside.
  • Double Subverted: ...but then she pauses to catch her breath from the adrenaline spike on the other side of the road, where the baby carriage rolls back out into the street again.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: There are multiple chase scenes. In the first, no carriages are involved. However, in the second, a carriage carrying twins rolls directly towards the car. In the third, a mother loses control of her carriage, and Bob swerves automatically, but it ends up bumping a parked car and making the alarm go off.
  • Averted:
    • No baby carriages appear for the entire duration of the Chase Scene.
    • Alternately, one appears in the background, but isn't involved.
  • Enforced: "There aren't enough obstacles in your chase scene. Add something. Maybe a baby carriage; that's a classic..."
  • Lampshaded: "Why do I have the strange feeling that a carriage is going to show up?"
  • Invoked: Someone rolls an empty baby carraige into traffic in order to provoke an emotional response from drivers or passersby.
  • Exploited: Alice takes the mother and child hostage.
  • Defied: The baby carriage is ran over without a second thought.
  • Discussed: "Don't argue with me: I've been in a lot of car chases in my day. There's always a baby carriage."
  • Conversed: "How do people always manage to lose control of their carriages near speeding maniacs?"
  • Deconstructed: Because of the incident, Carol's mother is charged with negligence and endangering the welfare of a child.
  • Reconstructed: The charges are dropped due to the unsafe design of the carriage, and she invests in a baby carriage with design features that prevent it from rolling away when unattended to. She shows up in a later episode where her carriage starts to roll away but the safety features stop it before it goes far at all, as a Continuity Nod.
  • Played For Laughs: The baby in the carriage is playing chicken with the cars.
  • Played For Drama: It is too late for Alice to avoid the baby carriage, and she drives over it and kills the baby inside, which becomes a major subplot in the work.

Look out! Don't drive into that Baby Carriage!