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* In the live-action version of ''Film/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'', raccoons put a large nut in the tailpipe of the bad guys' truck. The pressure does shoot the nut out eventually -- when the bad guy is examining the tail pipe.

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* In the 1996 live-action version of ''Film/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'', ''[[Film/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians1996 101 Dalmatians]]'', raccoons put a large nut in the tailpipe of the bad guys' truck. The pressure does shoot the nut out eventually -- when the bad guy is examining the tail pipe.


* ''Anime/CrossAnge'': Hilda sabotages Ange's mecha by clogging the tailpipe with lingerie. This causes the mecha to underperform and almost get Ange killed when the engine eventually quits and it crashes.

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* ''Anime/CrossAnge'': Hilda sabotages Ange's mecha by clogging the tailpipe with lingerie. This causes the mecha to underperform and almost get Ange killed when the engine eventually quits and it crashes.quits, causing the mecha to crash.


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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'': In "Man Up 2: Still Man-ing", Buttercup stops Manboy's weaponized lawnmower by clogging the exhaust pipe with a bottle cap, which make the engine explode.


* ''Anime/CrossAnge'': Hilda sabotages Ange's mecha by clogging the tailpipe with lingerie. This causes the mecha to underperform and almost get Ange killed.

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* ''Anime/CrossAnge'': Hilda sabotages Ange's mecha by clogging the tailpipe with lingerie. This causes the mecha to underperform and almost get Ange killed.killed when the engine eventually quits and it crashes.

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* ''Anime/CrossAnge'': Hilda sabotages Ange's mecha by clogging the tailpipe with lingerie. This causes the mecha to underperform and almost get Ange killed.


A subtrope of VehicularSabotage.

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A subtrope of VehicularSabotage.
VehicularSabotage. Contrast WeaponizedExhaust, which this sort of thing should theoretically prevent.


* ''Series/DeathInParadise'': In "Written in Murder", DI stops a suspect by escaping by stuffing a banana up the tailpipe of his motor scooter. He comments that a potato would have been better, but he made do with what he had to hand.

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* ''Series/DeathInParadise'': In "Written in Murder", DI Mooney stops a suspect by from escaping by stuffing a banana up the tailpipe of his motor scooter. He comments that a potato would have been better, but he made do with what he had to hand.

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* ''Series/DeathInParadise'': In "Written in Murder", DI stops a suspect by escaping by stuffing a banana up the tailpipe of his motor scooter. He comments that a potato would have been better, but he made do with what he had to hand.


[[RealityIsUnrealistic If only it worked like that in real life]]. A banana or a single potato jammed into the tailpipe will probably be ejected at high speed. Completely blocking the tailpipe of a car with something that can't simply be blown out (which can be as simple as ''more'' bananas) ''will'' smother the engine, but will not set the car on fire.

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[[RealityIsUnrealistic If only it worked like that in real life]]. life.]] A banana or a single potato jammed into the tailpipe will probably be ejected at high speed. Completely blocking the tailpipe of a car with something that can't simply be blown out (which can be as simple as ''more'' bananas) ''will'' smother the engine, but will not set the car on fire.



* There was an episode of the ''Anime/LittleLulu'' anime where Wilbur's butler was replaced by a [[DrillSergeantNasty stricter butler]] who anticipated all of the tricks that Lulu and the others were going to pull on him. Finally, they come up with a plan to work together to get rid of the mean butler. One of the tricks involved Tubby stuffing a handkerchief in the tailpipe of the limosine, and when the mean butler checked the tailpipe, the handkerchief came loose and he wound up with a face full of smoke and soot from the tailpipe.

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* There was an episode of the ''Anime/LittleLulu'' anime where Wilbur's butler was replaced by a [[DrillSergeantNasty stricter butler]] who anticipated all of the tricks that Lulu and the others were going to pull on him. Finally, they come up with a plan to work together to get rid of the mean butler. One of the tricks involved Tubby stuffing a handkerchief in the tailpipe of the limosine, limousine, and when the mean butler checked the tailpipe, the handkerchief came loose and he wound up with a face full of smoke and soot from the tailpipe.



* The TropeNamer here is the film ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'', where Eddie Murphy's character used this technique to foil a group of bumbling police officers. Famous for a notorious editing screwup: the banana he holds is curved, but the one in the tailpipe is straight -- they couldn't fit the bent one in the tailpipe. Filming mistakes aside, the movie does, surprisingly, play the trope more accurately than most: Axel uses multiple bananas to ensure an effective obstruction, and there is no fire or explosion.

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* The TropeNamer {{Trope Namer|s}} here is the film ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'', where Eddie Murphy's character used this technique to foil a group of bumbling police officers. Famous for a notorious editing screwup: the banana he holds is curved, but the one in the tailpipe is straight -- they couldn't fit the bent one in the tailpipe. Filming mistakes aside, the movie does, surprisingly, play the trope more accurately than most: Axel uses multiple bananas to ensure an effective obstruction, and there is no fire or explosion.



* In Soviet comedy ''Dog Paced a Piano'' a high school girl and her preteen sister sabotage one of engines of a cropdusting Hoodlum helicopter with a beet. Because the older sister loves the pilot and doesn't want him to leave. The beet does not shoot from the pipe, but the exhaust goes to the cabin instead. The pilot lands the machine immediately after the takeoff and feels dizzy for a few minutes after. Then the girl's UnluckyChildhoodFriend surrenders himself to the police as the perpetrator, fearing that this accident may qualify as a murder attempt. The pilot pities him and insists that a helicopter cannot be harmed by beet and nothing happened.[[note]]The friend still gets 15 days of community service [[ItsALongStory for systematically misleading the police and being a general nuisance]]. The girl joins him and helps him sweep streets, finally leaving the pilot alone.[[/note]]

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* In Soviet comedy ''Dog Paced a Piano'' a high school girl and her preteen sister sabotage one of engines of a cropdusting Hoodlum helicopter with a beet. Because the older sister loves the pilot and doesn't want him to leave. The beet does not shoot from the pipe, but the exhaust goes to the cabin instead. The pilot lands the machine immediately after the takeoff and feels dizzy for a few minutes after. Then the girl's UnluckyChildhoodFriend [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Unlucky Childhood Friend]] surrenders himself to the police as the perpetrator, fearing that this accident may qualify as a murder attempt. The pilot pities him and insists that a helicopter cannot be harmed by beet and nothing happened.[[note]]The friend still gets 15 days of community service [[ItsALongStory for systematically misleading the police and being a general nuisance]]. The girl joins him and helps him sweep streets, finally leaving the pilot alone.[[/note]]



* In the ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' game for Playstation, you have to close several smokestacks with covers, to cause an effect "like a banana in a tailpipe". In the sillier What If? mode, the tops of the covers actually have bananas on them.

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* In the ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' game for Playstation, [=PlayStation=], you have to close several smokestacks with covers, to cause an effect "like a banana in a tailpipe". In the sillier What If? mode, the tops of the covers actually have bananas on them.



* A clear ShoutOut in the super-short-lived ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'': one episode revolved around spoofing courtroom dramas and featured actor Judge Reinhold as...well, an actual judge: the Honorable Judge Reinhold. The episode became a crazy patchwork of dream sequences, usually ending in a CatapultNightmare for the character having the dream. In Reinhold's dream, his final verdict is interrupted by Detective Axel Foley, the lead character of the ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'' series, bursting into the courtroom and telling "Billy" he needed his help. (Judge Reinhold played Detective William Rosewood in the 'Film/BeverlyHillsCop'' films). Reinhold eagerly drops his black robe and rushes to Axel's aid. The two spend many happy hours stuffing bananas in tailpipes and laughing as cars malfunction...until the fruit vendor runs out of bananas, at which point it's Reinhold's turn to catapult awake.

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* A clear ShoutOut in the super-short-lived ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'': one episode revolved around spoofing courtroom dramas and featured actor Judge Reinhold as...well, an actual judge: the Honorable Judge Reinhold. The episode became a crazy patchwork of dream sequences, usually ending in a CatapultNightmare for the character having the dream. In Reinhold's dream, his final verdict is interrupted by Detective Axel Foley, the lead character of the ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'' series, bursting into the courtroom and telling "Billy" he needed his help. (Judge Reinhold played Detective William Rosewood in the 'Film/BeverlyHillsCop'' films). films.) Reinhold eagerly drops his black robe and rushes to Axel's aid. The two spend many happy hours stuffing bananas in tailpipes and laughing as cars malfunction...until the fruit vendor runs out of bananas, at which point it's Reinhold's turn to catapult awake.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', Jack and Smokescreen return from a mission together laughing their heads off. Smokescreen asks what Jack put in his boss's exhaust pipe, and Jack responds with "Pizza". They specifically dump fast food on people's cars as a way of circumventing the fact that [[ThouShallNotKill they shouldn't be violently hurting people for petty reasons]]. Arcee is less than impressed.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', Jack and Smokescreen return from a mission together laughing their heads off. Smokescreen asks what Jack put in his boss's exhaust pipe, and Jack responds with "Pizza". They specifically dump fast food on people's cars as a way of circumventing the fact that [[ThouShallNotKill [[ThouShaltNotKill they shouldn't be violently hurting people for petty reasons]]. Arcee is less than impressed.



** Similarly, some joke stores sell tailpipe whistles. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin They fit over the pipe and partially obstruct air flow in a way that causes it to make a whistling sound]].

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** Similarly, some joke stores sell tailpipe whistles. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin They fit over the pipe and partially obstruct air flow in a way that causes it to make a whistling sound]]. sound.]]



And [[HehHehYouSaidX stop snickering]] already! [[AccidentalInnuendo That's not what this trope means]]!!

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And [[HehHehYouSaidX stop snickering]] already! [[AccidentalInnuendo That's not what this trope means]]!!means!!]]



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Hey! Mind outta the gutter, please.

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[[DoubleEntendre Hey! Mind outta the gutter, please.
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* Creator/GarrisonKeillor wrote in ''Lake Wobegon Days'' that he disliked his sister's boyfriend who addressed him as "Sport" so he put a potato in his tailpipe.


You've got someone on your tail. Could be a cop, [[TheBully the local bully]], or a ''[[ImplacableMan very]]'' [[ImplacableMan persistent]] {{loan shark}}. You could try to slow them down by shoving a banana (or potato, or similar sized object) in the tailpipe or muffler of their car. That way, you could give yourself time to escape and have a good laugh at the victim's expense as their car sputters and churns and fails to go anywhere. If the script calls for it, the car might even [[EveryCarIsAPinto explode]].

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You've got someone on your tail. Could be a cop, [[TheBully the local bully]], or a ''[[ImplacableMan very]]'' [[ImplacableMan persistent]] {{loan shark}}.LoanShark. You could try to slow them down by shoving a banana (or potato, or similar sized object) in the tailpipe or muffler of their car. That way, you could give yourself time to escape and have a good laugh at the victim's expense as their car sputters and churns and fails to go anywhere. If the script calls for it, the car might even [[EveryCarIsAPinto explode]].



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* Also subverted in ''{{Minder}}'', in which a potato was used in this manner to shoot out and smash the window of another car.

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* Also subverted Subverted in ''{{Minder}}'', ''Series/{{Minder}}'', in which a potato was used in this manner to shoot out and smash the window of another car.


* ''Series/MacGyver'': In "A Prisoner of Conscience", Mac stalls the car of the secret police who are tailing him by sticking a potato in the exhaust pipe.

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* ''Series/MacGyver'': ''Series/MacGyver1985'': In "A Prisoner of Conscience", Mac stalls the car of the secret police who are tailing him by sticking a potato in the exhaust pipe.

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