Guaranteed to send a character into a Slippery Skid (for which this is a Sub-Trope), a Banana Peel is one of the most dangerous things you can encounter in a cartoon. Just stepping on one will inevitably lead to a pratfall or some variety of injury, often capped by a case of Circling Birdies. Sometimes part of a Trash Landing.
Despite its status as a comic shorthand for Cartoon Physics, the use of a banana peel as an injurious prop is actually alarmingly realistic and a reference to its ubiquity on the streets of American cities in the early part of the 20th Century. Refrigeration and shipping speed had combined to make bananas the most popular fruit in the country, and in that age before anti-littering laws, people would just eat the fruit and discard the peels wherever they were. As they rotted, the peels would become quite slippery and thus dangerous to tread upon. Banana peels were in fact responsible for a large number of accidents and injuries, including several severely broken legs that eventually had to be amputated, according to period sources. The problem grew so bad that modern urban street sanitation systems were invented mostly to deal with the peel; in New York City, the banana peel actually became something of a symbol of modern sanitation. This is also frequently homaged, just about anytime a cartoon character ends up crashing into a trash can, garbage truck, or any other public-sanitation device, he's likely to find himself having at least one banana peel stuck to him.
Note, however, that the slippery banana peel trope is often used unrealistically — a fresh banana peel is hardly slippery at all. One episode of Jonathan Creek makes the point that you're more likely to slip on a dog turd. Even so, it is still not an inconsiderable risk — for example, in 2001 Great Britain recorded over 300 banana-related accidents, most of which were caused by slipping on a peel. Whether or not it was hilarious to onlookers is not recorded.
- Averted in one Domino's commercial where a man carrying one of their pizzas sees the peel before he can step on it and puts it in a garbage can - only to drop the pizza when a skunk pops out and startles him.
- In Arakawa Under the Bridge episode 5, this trope is averted by Kou but played straight for P-Ko. Kou does not slip on a banana peel even after deliberately stomping on it.
Ric: Sorry, but nowadays people don't even slip on these in comedies.
P-ko: No way! They're clearly just broken! Usually, as soon as I set foot on one... [sets off banana-peel Slippery Skid chain reaction]
- While Azumanga Daioh never showed a banana, much less a peel, Osaka mentions slipping on a banana peel as something she wants to try.
- One of Metaletemon's attacks, from Digimon. Yes, a mega-level move is to throw a banana peel.
- The Ouran High School Host Club anime uses banana peals as a running gag. At first the local Trickster Twins are seen eating them to set it up; then chimpanzees start appear out of nowhere right about the time the St. Lobelia Academy girls show up. Ten episodes in they stop trying to explain it, but the banana peels keep turning up anyway. This gag does not show up in the manga.
- In an episode of Sgt. Frog, Giroro distracts Keroro with a banana peel. Keroro being the big show-off that he is, he can't resist stepping and slipping on the peel. Keroro's inability to resist slipping on banana peels becomes a minor Running Gag.
- Axis Powers Hetalia:
- One strip has America tripping on one. He breaks his leg even though he landed on his face.
- It also happens to South Italy (Romano) in an old strip when he tries to charge at Germany. He trips on the peel, but winds up with a skinned arm and forehead from landing on his face.
- Happens in episode 7 of Season 2's Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts. Right after responding to a guy who sent him a text message about why he was so curious about peeping in the girl's bathroom, Akihisa sends a reply stating "Isn't it obvious? I like what I like." Unfortunately, he sent that message to one of the main girls of the show (so to her it would seem like a Love Confession from the Oblivious to Love character), and before he can correct his mistake, his friend Yuuji walks by to see what was wrong, and happens to slip on a banana peel. It causes him to slip, and he accidentally steps on Akihisa's cell phone before a reply can be made.
- Features in the opening theme animation (and song) to Excel Saga.
- Occurs in the beginning of the Eiken OVA, the male protagonist slipping on a banana peel for a Crash-Into Hello with the future love interest. More specifically, he ends up on top of her with both hands on her (enormous) breasts. (You can watch it on JesuOtaku's review.)
- The first training to make Sumika more clumsy in Sasameki Koto is this. Also lampshaded in its status as Discredited Trope.
- In the Pokémon episode "Beauty and the Beach" (initially banned in the West, and then aired with several edits), Meowth uses banana peels to slip up Bulbasaur and Misty, who are helping to serve customers at a restaurant.
- In one episode of Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, Itoshiki talks about wanting to die a "celebrity death", which he initially means dying by something owned by a celebrity. One example is "slipping on a celebrity's banana peel", which is immediately followed by the Rim Shot sound.
- It happens early on in Bakemonogatari, when the protagonist, Araragi, discovers Senjogahara's "condition"... Because she slipped on a banana peel and fell from the stairs into his arms. After their slightly later, slightly more traumatizing encounter, Araragi demands that Hanekawa never eat a banana in school, and if she does, to always throw it away properly.
- In an episode of the anime adaptation of Kochikame, a banana on the subway platform tracks caused a train to derail with hilarity reaction.
- In Revolutionary Girl Utena, Nanami slips on a banana peel discarded by Chu-Chu.
- Ranma from Ranma ½ slips on a banana peel, causing a chain reaction which results in the creation of a clone of his girl-side possessed by a ghost, stepping from a Magic Mirror. After much trouble, the twin (who wasn't so much evil than horny) is sealed again in the mirror, at which point Ranma slips on a banana peel in the exact same place, resulting in a clone of his male side.
- In a variation, when Shouma from Mawaru-Penguindrum steps on a discarded bottle in episode 15, it has the same effect as if he had stepped on a banana peel.
- A banana peel appeared in Nichijou during one episode, in which a karate person slipped on that banana peel.
- Su from Love Hina sometimes leaves these around. Sarah also tries to deliberately throw one in front of Keitarō once.
- Used in Humanity Has Declined to create a time slip.
- In The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, Sorata slips on a banana peel in the beginning of Episode 7, causing him to slip and fall down on top of Mashiro. Just in time for Yuuko to enter the door.
- Himouto! Umaru-chan has episode 6, in which one segment involving Umaru, Taihei, and Kirie playing a video game version of Game of Life while a narrator tells about all the events happening. At one point, the narrator mentions Kirie slipping on a banana peel, with the injury forcing Kirie to retire from swimming.
- At the end of the Doraemon episode "The Not So Lucky, Lucky Cards!", the person who winds up with the deck of cards, which now consists of only the joker card, ends up slipping on a banana peel and falling into a sewer.
- In Tamagotchi: Happiest Story in the Universe!, Kikitchi throws banana peels onto the ground to make Memetchi and Makiko slip due to him being jealous about their interest in the magical books.
- Happy Heroes: Smart S. trips over a banana peel in episode 7 of Season 2, hurting him to the point that he can't perform his role as the prince in the upcoming School Play. This gives Big M. the idea to make a machine that dispenses banana peels to make everyone slip and sabotage the play.
- Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: In Pleasant Goat Fun Class: Travel Around the World episode 20, Wolffy slips on a banana peel and only barely lands on his toes.
- A short bonus story at the end of V for Vendetta has V lock a secret police agent out onto an 18 inch ledge, where he slips on one of these (which V had dropped there).
- In the Marsupilami comic series, there is an evil businessman who wants to make profit out of banana plantations, and his henchmen try to find original product ideas. One suggests making lubricant out of the banana peels since its slippy factor would be of great advantage, but this idea is already heavily patented. Another henchman suggests making concrete out of the banana peels, but another one points out that the concrete would be very slippery.
- In the comedy comic series Nabuchodinosaure, there is an episode where the title character has to outrun another dinosaur and is carrying a lot of bananas. Therefore, he throws the banana peels at his pursuer so he keeps on slipping. The end of the story is him being bloated up because he ate all the bananas that he peeled since he doesn't like wasting food.
- Tintin - Tintin in the Land of the Soviets has one villain set a banana peel as a trap for Tintin. Snowy takes notice and moves the banana peel right next to the man's foot, and he gets Hoisted by His Own Petard.
- In Tintin: Cigars of the Pharaoh, Tintin attempts to foil security guards with banana peels. He manages to foil two of them, but the third finally turns the tables.
- During The Silver Age of Comic Books, The Flash found himself facing a villain who got him to slip on an atomic banana peel. Cue him◊ slipping into outer space.
- Even Batman himself can be laid low by a banana peel.
- Issue number five of The Batman And Robin Adventures (a tie-in comic to Batman: The Animated Series) features the story "Second Banana", which begins with The Joker trying to beat a man to death with bananas ("Bananas are funny. Death by bananas is a positive riot.") for welshing on a trivial bet over a baseball game, complains how long it took for him to do so, and states that he'll bring plantains next time. Cue about ten or so pages of him trying to kill The Riddler, who had been declared smarter than he was. After an old bait-and-switch, he comes to kill Riddler for real... with plantains this time. The peel itself comes in at the very end, where The Joker, about to shoot Batman with a Hand Cannon, slips on it and falls, allowing the Caped Crusader to haul him back to Arkham.
- A recent issue has The Joker facing off against the equally villainous Dr. Simon Hurt. He places a gun just out of his reach and they have a contest to see who can get to the gun first, but Hurt fails to notice the banana peel Joker had left on the stone steps; he ends up slipping on it and cracking open his skull, allowing The Joker to bury him alive.
- Used in The Smurfs comic book story about Baby Smurf's paper dolls, who play that trick on a hapless Greedy Smurf carrying a dessert with him.
- Doom Patrol. The cover of Doom Patrol #34◊ showed a heavily armed gorilla (Monsieur Mallah) walking along the street pushing a baby carriage and about to slip on a banana peel.
- Garfield provided the page quote.
- Taken up to eleven in this comic.
- Subverted in another strip. It could be argued it's Double Subverted, though, because after Jon picks up the peel and comments on how lame an attempt it was, he then falls into a hole that Garfield sawed into the ground.
- Anacleto agente secreto:
- Played with in this Spanish strip: in one gag, the main character slips on a banana peel... in the middle of a frozen river in the South Pole.
- Yet another strip shows the main character trying to infiltrate in one house by walking right up the façade. It works well, until he slips on a banana peel.
- One Far Side comic features a penguin slipping on a banana peel in the middle of a vast plane of ice.
- An old New Yorker cartoon by Charles Addams shows a banana peel lying innocently on a busy city sidewalk, cordoned off by "caution" signs.
- There is a humorous full-page cartoon in a magazine showing a monkey skating in the jungle by having its feet in banana peels. It would be very hard for banana peels to slide on jungle soil, not to mention that the peels had the "non-slippery" part on the outside.
- In Frazz, one girl tries to slip on a fresh banana peel. Much to her disappointment, she remains firmly in place... possibly because she tried it on carpet.
- In this Rugrats comic strip, Angelica uses a banana skin to make Tommy slip. The joke backfires when he likes it, and gets his friends to join in.
- One of Makoto's pranks that he tries to pull on Yuuko in Canon in G is leaving a banana peel; she can't believe he actually thought she would fall for it.
- In "I Kissed a Girl", a Rainbow Rocks fan animation, a banana peel discarded by Pinkie is the cause of an Accidental Kiss between Rarity and Adagio.
- In Fate Genesis Sonic the Hedgehog uses one to trip up Berserker when the Unskilled, but Strong Servant is chasing him. The tumble sends Berserker down a flight of stairs and into someone's car, and the narration notes that Sonic was Born Lucky for such a cartoonish ploy to work.
- In The Wizard of Speed and Time (both the short and the feature), the title character, after a minute of running hyperfast across the world, encounters a banana peel that trips him up.
- The Princess and the Frog gives an example of the real-life conditions causing this trope in the description. Tiana is negotiating a real estate deal with the Fenners, and the shorter of the two eats a banana peel and discards it carelessly on the ground. No-one slips on it, however.
- Parodied in Flushed Away. Spike and Whitey notice and carefully step around a banana peel despite it being bigger than they are. Immediately afterwards, they slip on a pair of much smaller slugs.
- In Anastasia, Sigmund Freud steps on one. That's right, a literal Freudian Slip.
- In The Powerpuff Girls Movie, Hacha Chacha's plan for world domination involves littering the city with banana peels so people will slip on them.
My name is Hacha Chacha, and here is my spiel,
A diabolical plan with lots of ap-peel,
Spreading out bananas far and wide,
And fixing up the folks for a slippery slide!
- Played straight in the 1917 Harold Lloyd short The Flirt.
- In Fatty's Tintype Tangle, a random passer-by drops a banana peel right in front of Fatty Arbuckle's porch just as Fatty is leaving home. Hilarity Ensues.
- In Sherlock, Jr. (1924), Buster Keaton sets a banana peel trap for his rival but ends up slipping on it himself.
- The opening of Wrongfully Accused has the prison bus slip on a banana peel while driving through the mountain road, causing it to fall off the cliff!
- Shaolin Soccer:
- Played straight and subverted. In an early scene, the main character and his coach watch a women trip on a banana peel, they then cut to a shaolin temple where a monk trips, catches himself and proceeds to jump across a field banana peels, landing on each one and using it as a jumping point.
- There's a callback to this at the end of the movie, when a woman slips on a banana peel and catches herself spectacularly, starting a chain of scenes showing that now the main character and his girlfriend are now world-famous and have started a craze for learning amazing martial arts skills.
- It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World has a banana peel joke in the final scene. Ethel Merman is the victim.
- Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl subverts the banana peel joke as part of the "Custard Pie Lecture" sketch. Rather than slipping on the skin, Michael Palin picks it up and stuffs it down Terry Jones's overalls.
- In Singin' in the Rain, Donald O'Connor sings that one of the ways to "Make 'em Laugh" is to slip on a banana peel.
- In Woody Allen's Sleeper, the future has produced giant-sized bananas. Naturally, two characters have lots of trouble staying upright when the peels are left on the ground.
- In the movie version of The Colour of Magic, the wizards try to kill Trymon by using a banana peel as a distraction so that he would die because of wet cement covering him; it fails. Later on, during the climactic battle atop the Tower of Art, Trymon slips on a banana peel and is hit by his own spell.
- In the football game of Horse Feathers, one of Chico and Harpo's plays involves the use of banana peels for offensive blocking — but Harpo is enjoying it so much, he tosses one under teammate Zeppo, who is running with the ball.
- In Billy Madison, a bus driver tosses a banana peel out of the window onto the highway. The banana peel slowly rots, forgotten, as the film goes on... until the end of the film when the Jerkass O'Doyle family's car drove onto and swirves around and ends up driving off the cliff.
- One of Sam Boga's men slips on a large bunch of them in The Gods Must Be Crazy. It was pretty much inevitable, considering the guerrillas were camped out in a forest of banana trees.
- Subverted in the French movie La vengeance du serpent à plumes. The protagonist is trailed by an assassin in the Parisian subway while eating a banana. You'd expect this trope to come into play, but the bad guy instead slips on a discarded metal can just as he's about to strike, and falls on his own blade. The clueless "hero" then blindly toss the banana peel behind him, which lands on the face of the dying assassin.
- An especially goofy example occurs in the Bob Hope movie, The Son of Paleface, when he tosses out handfuls of banana peels to trip up Red Indians, who are pursuing his old car on horseback!
- In the V for Vendetta movie, this is part of the Benny Hill-inspired skit on TV, with Gordon Dietrich (Stephen Fry) dropping a banana under the feet of the fake V, allowing the guards to catch him.
- In The Son of the Sheik, Pincher the mischievous vaudevillian deliberately chucks a banana peel under the strong man's feet during his act. The strong man falls down, and in the process reveals that his supposed heavy barbell is really hollow.
- Taken Up to Eleven in Chaplin's film The Circus when the Tramp slips on a banana peel on a tightrope, placed there by a monkey.
- A very old joke:
Q: What do you call two banana peels?
A: A pair of slippers!
- Mentioned in Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor, when Nick Rostu stalls a mob by firing into the floor and making the first meter or two turn into slippery goo, so that they all fall in heaps and struggle in vain to stand.
Nick Rostu: Not bad. Maybe not up there with slipping on a raballa peel, but still pretty funny.
- An outtake in one of the Tough Magic books has the main character dueling a clown. Unsurprisingly, one of the tricks the clown pulls is making a banana peel field. Which he himself falls prey to.
- In Miss Bindergarten Has a Wild Day in Kindergarten, Danny falls victim to this in the cafeteria.
- The Franny K. Stein book The Fran That Time Forgot had Franny wind up in a Bad Future where her teenage self was planning to terrorize everyone with an army of elephant monsters as a result of Franny's short-sighted effort in changing her Embarrassing Middle Name and telling her infant self that there is nothing worse than being laughed at when she time-traveled back to the day she was born. When restrained by one of the elephant monsters, Franny breaks free by shoving cheese from her voice-activated cheese cannon up the monster's trunk and having him tripped up by a banana peel that had been lying there all this time from her years of neglecting to clean her room.
- On an episode of America's Funniest Home Videos Tom Bergeron introduces a banana peel as "a great source of pratfalls" as he drops one at his feet. The series of clips that follows are pratfalls, but none involving banana peels.
- Acme School of Stuff had a Radio Shack Armatron try inserting a VCR cassette. One instance had the robot slip on a peel.
- In the pilot episode of Dead Like Me (called "Pilot"), George goes to collect a soul and the banana peel on the floor of the bank is the subject of debate, as she thinks she knows that this will be the cause of someone's death — and even after the bank is held hostage and shot up, she turns out to be right.
- Jonathan Creek:
- The first episode saw the title character experimenting with this after seeing a commercial making use of it; after taking a good run at it, he ended up slipping on dog muck instead.
- Another character complained about the use of this trope in an unaired TV commercial, especially since it depicted a bicycle slippping on the peel.
- The Goodies:
- In episode "Cunning Stunts", Bill is seen throwing several banana peels on the floor just so he can slip all over them as part of his entry in the Eurovision Loony Contest. Graeme and Tim also slip all over the skins.
- And a mimed banana peel causes a nasty accident in "Daylight Robbery on the Orient Express". It Makes Sense in Context (sort of).
- An episode of Good Eats featuring bananas and plantains spoofed this multiple times.
- The MythBusters tested this trope by building a field full of banana peels and running an obstacle course over it. For comparison, they also had a similar field coated in animal birthing lubricant (which Jamie happened to have in the shop). While the peels were definitely more slippery than solid ground, it was nowhere near as slick as the lubed ground and (assuming you know the peel is there) it was certainly not an automatic slip like you'd see in a cartoon.
- In Odd Squad, Nana Banana is a villain with the ability to fire bananas out of her hands. The floor of her lair is littered with banana peels, which causes Agent Olympia and the Stitcher to slide crazily when they race in an attempt to grab the Stitcher's notebook in "Who is Agent Otis?".
- Super Sentai:
- In the LazyTown episode "Robbie's Dream Team", Robbie Rotten demonstrates this to the titular dream-team of Robbie look-alikes as a potential plan to defeat Sportacus by dropping several banana peels on the ground. They promptly slip on them and fall to the ground.
Robbie: What are you doing?!
- "Nutrition" (a.k.a. "Good, Healthy Foods"), a 1981 season episode of You Can't Do That on Television:
Christine: [eating a banana] You know, bananas just might be nature's original "take-out" food. Get it? "Take out"? [silence] Anyway, you can still have a lot of fun with the skin. Watch this. [tosses the peel onto the floor in front of her; Ross walks by and slips on it, causing a gigantic offscreen crash]
- There was an episode of Castelo Rá-Tim-Bum where Caipora ate some bananas and kept throwing the peels everywhere. Pretty much everyone in the castle slips on them.
- "Fallin' Never Felt So Good" by Shawn Camp:
Now I'm a guy that does what he feels
But I never seem to spot that banana peel
With eyes shut tight and nerves of steel
I'm takin' the plunge, baby, head over heels
Fallin' never felt so good...
- Stan Ridgway has his "Salesman" slipping on a banana peel (it's only metaphoric, though).
- In the video for "Psycho" by Puddle of Mudd, a Banana Peel causes a lethal slip to happen in a shower similar to a famous scene from the movie the music video was based on.
- Happens to the female protagonist in the clip for White Town's "Your Woman".
- Chuckles the Clown, a superhero from the Global Guardians PBEM Universe is armed with (among other things) a gun that spits out banana peels, with predictable effects against his enemies.
- Referenced in the opening of the Welcome to Night Vale episode "Street Cleaning Day".
- On Magnificent Championship Wrestling's Fourth Anniversary show, Space Monkey defeated Kwan Chang when they latter held the former up for a power slam or something... and then slipped on a banana peel, pinning himself.
- During a Dramatic Dream Team match, Super Sasadango Machine put a banana peel on his face when Kazushi Sakuraba leaped to double stomp it, causing Sakuraba to slide off.
- In The Muppet Show this trope is in play when the Swedish Chef's demonstration of making a banana split by chopping a banana is continually interrupted by a Mexican musical conga line passing by at different times. At the end of his patience, he gets his revenge by throwing a (spotty!) peel on the ground in front of his counter and luring the conga line to make another pass, and they all fall on their faces.
- Sesame Street:
- In a segment, Grover returns from Jordan with a basket of banana peels. As he dumps them on the ground, he calls out the viewer's expectations that he'll slip on them ("Comedy 101!") and vows that won't happen. He still manages anyhow.
- On one of the recurring "Monster Clubhouse" segments, a Muppet comes into the clubhouse asking for the "National Slip-on-the-Banana-Peel Club".
- This is referenced in the song "Oops, I Goofed Again!" from Bear in the Big Blue House, in which Bear sings "If I slip and trip on a banana peel, I say 'oops, I goofed again'."
- Discussed by Ella in Bells Are Ringing:
Is it a crime to tell him or is it a crime not to?
Is it "you mustn't" or "you've got to?"
Should you say, "Hey watch out for that banana peel, Bud,"
Or just remain silent, then laugh as he crashes with a thud?
- In Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape, Krapp eats a banana, drops the peel on the floor, and later slips on it.
- The Mario Kart series features banana peels as an item; crashing into one causes you cart to spin out and possibly lose coins.
- The PC racing game Crazyracing Kartrider also features a banana peel item.
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl has banana peels as items, and also Diddy Kong can drop them any time. Oddly, they cause tripping just as effectively if you opt to throw them directly at your opponents instead of letting them step on them.
- Mother 3:
- Fassad is both very fond of bananas and rather careless about where he discards the peels. This bites him in the ass at the end of Chapter 5. Running over them will make you slip, even if you happen to be in a hovering Pork Bean.
- There is an item called an "Ancient Banana", which can be used in battle to make an enemy trip and lose about 50 HP. A pathetically weak item, unless you use them against the EXP-rich Soot Dumplings (assuming you can find them).
- Pipo Monkeys from Ape Escape occasionally drop these.
- In Kingdom of Loathing, if your character eats a banana and then continues adventuring in the same area, you will eventually trip over the peel. There is a trophy for doing this multiple times.
- In the adventure game Gobliiins, one of the player characters can make a werewolf novelist laugh by intentionally slipping on a banana... just a banana.
- Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon has Raidou slip on a peel early in the game while cornering a suspect with unbelievable luck. The banana peel is later used as the standard slip/tripping animation.
- Um Jammer Lammy involves a banana peel accident. After Lammy gets her new guitar and dashes off, in her haste she slips on PJ Berri's banana peel and dies. This leads to performing concerts in Hell. The U.S. version, however, significantly alters the accident and the result location to a/an (presumably more humid) island.
- There is a powerup called Banana Peel in Backyard Hockey which sends the opponent into a Slippery Skid, even though there is no actual banana peel in the powerup except for the icon.
- Kingdom Hearts:
- The Bouncywild enemies in Kingdom Hearts I occasionally toss banana peels. Should Sora step on one, he will slip, fall on his ass, and lose a ton of munny.
- In Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, they lost the banana peels, and in its PS2 remake, it was re-added, although Sora will now lose Moogle Points instead.
- Also, in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep during the Fruitball minigame, if your character gets hit by a bunch of bananas, banana peels will spead thoughout your side of the field. If you slip on one, your character is knocked out for several seconds.
- During one phase of the final boss in Donkey Kong 64, you have to make him slip on giant banana peels. There are also parts earlier in the game where running over a banana peel results in slipping on it.
- Water Warfare has banana peels as an item that make you slip if you run over them—rather difficult to distinguish from the pick-up-able item, too. Strangely, they make you unable to turn your head as well, which we're still working out.
- Subverted in Sam & Max: Freelance Police Season 3: The Penal Zone. Max's psychic visions hint very heavily that a thrown-away banana peel is important, and that the heavy they're trying to dispose of ends up falling down a manhole. If the player opens the manhole and places the banana peel in front of it, the heavy comes over to tell them "no littering", and while he's distracted, Max runs up behind him and bangs two dustbin lids together, stunning the heavy into the hole.
Sam: Oldest trick in the book!
- Luigi's Mansion has banana peels which can be sucked by your vacuum cleaner.
- The Last Story has prank bananas that can somehow be fired from Zael's crossbow at NPCs and party members, leading to much hilarity.
- Professor Layton and the Unwound Future features several maze puzzles based on the banana peel gag, usually triggered by Layton finding a discarded banana peel and expressing dismay at the careless littering.
- Banana peels are one of Octodad's biggest obstacles. Slipping on one will cause Octodad to flop over completely, greatly increasing the chance of him knocking something over and causing a spike in his Suspicion meter if anyone is watching.
- The first secret hot spring scene in Riviera: The Promised Land was a simple walk-in-and-witness scenario. The PSP remake, however, adds a very difficult quicktime event challenge by having an utterly badass Grim Angel struggle almost hopelessly over a randomly placed banana peel.
- Referenced in Jardinains! and the sequel Jardinains 2! with the powerup that looks like a banana peel and makes all the nains slip and fall off their bricks. You can go on a mad nain-bouncing spree, but have to watch out for the flowerpots that the nains were holding and dropped when they fell.
- In Space Station 13 the Clown starts with a banana that they can eat to produce a peel to be used in their pranks. The Botanist can grow bigger bananas that slip you for longer.
- In Carrie's Order Up!, these show up in later levels, dropped by littering customers. Walking over them provides predictable results, but you can spin right through them without consequence.
- Flood Runner 3 and 4 have an achievement for slipping on a certain number of banana peels.
- HuniePop: This art by the Character Designer features a Super-Deformed Audrey having slipped on one of these.
- Plants vs. Zombies: Heroes has "Banana Peel" as a Plant Trick. Using this allows the Plant Hero to move a Zombie teammate to another lane (aka making them "slip") while also drawing a Banana Tribe card for the Plant Hero.
- Moshi Monsters: In one of the magazines, Roary Scrawl accidentally trips on a banana peel and gets stew on his girlfriend Tyra Fangs's head.
- In the Darkwing Duck Licensed Game for the NES, if Darkwing steps on a banana peel, he will slip on it, stunning him. During the battle with Quackerjack, Mr. Banana Brain tosses banana peels at Darkwing, but these kind can actually take away his health.
- In the Competition mode of Sonic the Hedgehog 3, a banana peel is one of the items one player can use against another.
- Ace Attorney:
- Gumshoe slips on some of these in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations, in the stairs leading to the Heavenly hall. The peels were left in there by Larry, who advises to be careful when going back because the peels would still be there.
- Becomes one of Phoenix Wright's attacks in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
- Subverted in an episode of Happy Tree Friends. Lumpy notices he's about to step on one, and lifts his foot over it... only to see that the floor also has nails, a snake, spikes, a frayed cord and lava in various places. Then he falls over anyway back outside and onto a bike, breaking his spine.
- Bait and Switched in ASDF Movie 9. A banana peel lies on the ground, then a banana walks over and is shocked.
- Bad Days: The Joker takes out Batman with a well-placed banana peel (atop a building) in the season 3 premiere.
- Karate Bears totally do this
- In the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Strikers fan web-manga Atashi wa Docchi Da!, which Flanderizes all the characters it can and invents new traits for everyone else, Ginga Nakajima slips on a banana peel almost every time she appears.
- Odd inversion in Spanish webcomic Un millón de monos: see for yourself.
- This trope is a Running Gag in brazilian webcomic Ryot IRAS. The cover◊ for the Omnibus book even takes this Up to Eleven by showing the Author Avatar and many other characters about to make each other suffer a mass slippage.
- This image is made of this trope, Steampunk, and win.
- The Cracked article "5 Pop Culture References Nobody Got in Movies and TV Shows" states that the origin of the banana peel gag is how filthy 19th-century streets were.
- W3C markup validator displayed the banana peel◊ (actually half-eaten banana) at the bottom.
- One Funimation Update Quickie takes this to truly ridiculous extents in one of its funniest episodes by having a careless Scott drop a banana in frustration. Then, a man walking by who was a major character in the rest of the month's quickies slips on the banana, falls off the roof of the building from it, and dies. Turns out it was All Just a Dream... which in return was All Just a Dream Chris Sabat had before getting hired by Funimation.
- Joueur du Grenier:
- For the review of Drake of the 99 Dragons, to show how easy it is to die in the game, a sketch with Fred as the eponymous Drake has him slip on a banana peel... and die.
- The second Comics-Based Games episode start off with a parody of Barbara Gordon / Oracle's Origin Story, showing how Commissionner Magret's daughter got crippled following an attack by the villainous Banana-Man... who threw a banana peel at her, on which she slipped (which is shown in slow-motion and with dramatic music).
- Darkwing Duck villain Splatter Phoenix, who has the ability to call something into existence by painting it, makes a banana peel for Darkwing to slip on, and bemoans the necessity of painting such a mundane object.
- DuckTales (1987): In the episode "Allowance Day", the plane taxis across one as Launchpad brings it in for a landing, causing yet another crash.
- Garfield and Friends:
- Garfield engages in a little rapid-fire banana eating in order to slip up the "monster" he thinks have invaded his home. It is Jon, back from the store.
- Happens in the Orson's Farm segment, where aliens arrive to steal away the Earth's comedy. The animals try everything to convince them otherwise by trying to make them laugh, such as jokes, slapstick humor, and a singing segment about the joys of humor, but nothing works. Finally, with their time almost up, Roy the rooster accidentally slips on a banana peel he threw away seconds ago, making the aliens burst with laughter.
- Looney Tunes cartoons love this trope. It's probably easier to list those cartoons that don't use it than those that do (still not a short list, though).
- SpongeBob SquarePants:
- In the episode "Funny Pants", Patrick slips on the same banana peel several times.
- Exaggerated in the episode "The Bully", where Flats drives a truck trying to run over SpongeBob but the truck slips on a banana peel and flips over.
- In the episode, "Unreal Estate", Squidward tricks SpongeBob into thinking he is allergic to his pineapple house, and tries to help SpongeBob move into a new house. When Squidward shows SpongeBob a banana house, what follows is a cutaway that parodies the show's theme song, wherein SpongeBob slips on a banana peel.
- Ed, Edd n Eddy:
- Kevin slips on a banana peel in the episode "See No Ed".
Kevin: Man, that's old.
- And in the episode "If It Smells Like An Ed", after Jimmy successfully frames the Eds because Eddy gave him a wedgie, after the Eds are taken away by the Kankers, Jimmy walks away and slips on a banana peel.
Jimmy: Owie, Sarah!!
- Kevin slips on a banana peel in the episode "See No Ed".
- A subversion from Family Guy: After Cleveland found out Quagmire was sleeping with his wife, Mayor Adam West gives Quagmire a banana to protect him from an angry Cleveland, the implication being that Quagmire would use it to slip Cleveland up. When the big chase scene comes to use the fruit, Quagmire instead throws the entire banana at Cleveland. It does what it would do in real life.
- Robot Chicken:
- Subverted in a "Behind the scenes" of the original Battlestar Galactica: we see a montage of clips of the Cylon actors falling over in the costumes in a variety of interesting ways, culminating with a lone Cylon taking his time to walk down a hallway towards a banana peel on the floor. Just as he's about to reach it he's hit by a wrecking ball and sent flying through the hull into space.
- Played straight...er when Jesus slips on a banana peel while walking on water.
- Futurama. Fry gets tiny, tiny fruit as a gift. He throws a near-microscopic banana peel on the floor. Amy Wong who was Carrying a Cake, slips and falls on it. Of course, Amy IS a klutz....
- Inspector Gadget got turned into a cyborg super-investigator (sort of) after he seriously injured himself by... slipping on a banana peel. A surprisingly realistic depiction for a children's cartoon.
- Metalocalypse: The band gets an in-house therapist who reinforces good behavior with banana stickers (the sort of thing one would reward to preschool kids) — when they have enough of him and give him his notice, he rushes them in a fit of rage, but slips on a banana sticker, and plummets out a window.
- Occasionally used in Tom and Jerry; the Chuck Jones shorts featured this fairly often.
- The Popeye cartoon "Be Kind to Aminals" has him squaring off with Bluto, who owns a produce cart pulled by a mistreated horse. A bunch of bananas gets thrown to the pavement, and things go naturally from there.
- In the Eek! The Cat special "It's a Very Merry Eeks-mas", Santa Claus slips on a banana peel and gets severely injured after he complains about the mob of angry reindeer.
- The title character on Jimmy Two-Shoes manages to weaponize this in a fight against the Rodeo Clowns.
- Zelda defeats a dragon this way (while Link is trying to defeat it) in the The Legend of Zelda episode "Kiss N'Tell".
- Codename: Kids Next Door: In "Operation: S.N.O.W.I.N.G.", Numbuh One throws some banana peels before a quadruped Humongous Mecha (straight out of The Empire Strikes Back). The mecha pilots burst into laughter at this sight, but then their vehicle steps on a peel in the snow... and it immediately topples to the side.
- In Richard Scarry's Best Learning Songs Video Ever, Freddie Fox slips on one after his song about numbers. Epic Fail ensues.
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold:
- Batmite use this to take out Gorilla Grodd, while pretending to be Batman, in "Legends of the Dark Mite!" ("Irony' good.")
- Falseface slip on Detective Chimp's discarded banana peel in "The Golden Age of Justice!".
- One episode of Arthur has Brain slip on a banana peel resulting in a badly sprained ankle on one leg and a torn knee ligament in the other.
- In the Taz-Mania episode "Tazmanian Lullaby", during one scene Francis X Bushlad tries tons of things, but the screen keeps shaking. The camera then focuses on Francis to reveal that Francis slipped on a banana peel three times.
- Naturally, the Donkey Kong Country animated series has this happen more than once. In fact, one episode begins and ends with people slipping on banana peels!
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- In season 3 episode "One Bad Apple", this is one of the mean pranks done by Babs Seed to the Cutie Mark Crusaders during "The Villain Sucks" Song.
- In season 7 episode "Forever Filly", part of the puppet show Rarity and Sweetie Belle attend has a gag involving the puppets sliding around on a banana peel.
- In season 9 episode "The Last Laugh", one of Cheese Sandwich's comedy factory's projects is a banna peel that goes into a Slippery Skid all across the floor, tripping up everyone it slides under.
- True to its Looney Tunes roots, Duck Dodgers features this gag:
- In episode "Shiver Me Dodgers", incognito on a pirate spaceship, Dodgers slips on some banana peels on a staircase while trying to be "inconspicuous". He then angrily rants about how someone can be stupid enough to leaves banana peels on stair steps — to find out that the culprit is an enormous gorilla crewmate.
- In "The Six Wazillion Dollar Duck", Dodgers' first test of his new cybernetic legs is to run at Super Speed over a treadmill while eating a banana... and he lets the peel slip under his feet, naturally causing a crash.
- Skrawl uses this as a form of attack in ChalkZone. Snap laughs this off at first, saying it's one of the oldest gags ever, but he shortly falls for it just the same.
- The Powerpuff Girls: In "City of Frownsville" , when Hal Larious (a.k.a. Lou Gubrious) slips on a banana peel dropped by Bubbles, it causes the then-crying populace of Townsville to start laughing again.
- Used liberally in the Teen Titans Go! episode "Gorilla". Beast Boy (turned into a gorilla) throws them at Robin as a Running Gag. And Raven somehow slips on a peel while levitating above the floor.
- What A Cartoon! Show:
- In the short "Strange Things", the robot museum has on display "the most dangerous thing in the world", a banana peel. (At the end, the custodian decides to replace it with his assistant instead.)
- "Boid n' Woim" has Woim do this to Boid during a Rollercoaster Mine chase. Appropriately lampshaded by Woim...
Woim: [eating a banana, to the audience] You know what I'm gonna do with this banana peel, don't ya?
- A CGI ident for Nickelodeon's Nicktoons block had its orange blob mascot slip on one of these at the end.
- The Magic School Bus: During the "Producer" segment at the end of "Plays Ball", the producer slips on a banana peel towards the end of the phone call that makes up the segment. Liz slips on the same banana peel shortly after that.
- The two-part pilot episode of Bonkers has this as a plot point. Bonkers notes that no Toon can resist the urge to perform this gag, and it is later used to prove that the villain isn't really a Toon.
- The Hair Bear Bunch episode "The Bear Who Came to Dinner" has Square Bear slipping on a banana peel dropped by zookeeper Peevly and landing on his back. Hair Bear gets Square to fake a serious injury so he can threaten Peevly with an animal negligence suit if he doesn't nurse Square back to health. At the episode's climax, Botch slips on a banana peel Peevly errantly tosses, and Hair runs the threat again—this time in lieu of a promotion for Botch.
- The Pink Panther: As "Pinkfinger", the panther slinks along a high-rise ledge when an enemy agent places a peel in his path. Skids off the ledge, into a garbage can, and the peel lands full on his noggin.
- House of Mouse: In "Not So Goofy", Baloo tosses away a peel and Goofy slips on it. Because he was trained to be "un-Goofy", Goofy manages to keep the tray he is carrying put while he slips.
- On JoJo's Circus, JoJo's parents attend a club in which one of the things they do for fun is slipping on banana peels. They are clowns, after all.
- In The Loud House episode "The Green House", as part of Lincoln's plan to reduce his sisters' massive energy-wasting habits, he suggests to Luan that, rather than cook banana cream pies to throw, she use banana peels for comedy. She initially balks at the idea, saying that she's above that gag, but starts to see the a-peel when Lincoln slips on a peel.
- In the Toxic Crusaders episode "The Snail Must Go Through", a banana peel in middle of the road causes a race car driver Crash Shelby drive his vehicle into a barge full of snails, which turns him into a mutant superhero known as Snailman.
- The plot of one Future-Worm! short; Danny slips on a banana peel in the school cafeteria that results in his lunch splattering all over him and embarrassing him in front of everyone. His first two attempts to avoid this fate end up being Failure Is the Only Option, then when he and Future-Worm prepare to tie the banana peel to a rocket and fire it into the sun it turns out someone has to slip on the peel, because if it were to fly into the sun it would cause the sun to explode.
- Danger Mouse: DM deliberately slips on one during his fight against himself (It Makes Sense in Context) in "Attack of the Clown".
- In the "Me and My Guide" song from Doc McStuffins: "Toy Hospital: Mole Money, Mole Problems", this is averted. The guide dog Mountie navigates Hil the toy mole around one.
Doc McStuffins: Looks like you two are perfect together.
- Seeing as how The Amazing World of Gumball has the walking talking Banana Joe, this joke was going to happen. And it did with the largest kids in Elmore Jr. High: Tina Rex and Hector Jötunheim both slipping on Banana Joe, usually crushing him underfoot in the process.
- Banana Joe actually weaponizes this trope in "The Inquisition", taking off his peel and using it to trip up the villain, who was trying to escape.
- Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: In "Crime After Crime", Bloo deliberately tries to get punished by Mr. Herriman by filling the hallway with bananas, causing him to fall down a long flight of stairs. Unfortunately for Bloo, Herriman doesn't punish him (due to the prank serving his paranoia at the moment).
Bloo: What a slip-up, Mr. H! You should have kept your eyes peeled! Get it? 'Cause I made you slip on banana peels? Get it?Mr. Herriman: Why, I could have been killed... by that terrifying villain that was stalking me in the halls. Oh, you've saved my life, Master Blooregard! You have my eternal gratitude!
- Oh Yeah! Cartoons used this in the Super Santa short "Vegetation", where Santa grabs the peel off of a mutant banana and ends up slipping on the peel.
- Two episodes of Beany and Cecil featuring the little astronaut mouse Little Ace From Outer Space use the banana peel in a non-accidental fashion. Rockets launched from Cape Bananapeel have a giant mechanical hand come out and squeeze the rocket out of a banana peel.
- In the Muppet Babies (2018) episode, "No Laughing Matter", Kermit tries to prove to Fozzie that he can still be funny without his Great-Uncle Schnozzie's lucky joke book by having him slip on a banana peel. When Fozzie tries to do so, he ends up kicking it into Piggy's face.
- In "Upside-Down Frown Cake" from Butterbean's Cafe, Ms. Marmalady slips on one left lying around by Spork and Spatch.
- In the Ready Jet Go! episode "Mars Rock For Mom", Sunspot slips on a banana peel.
- The Toonsylvania episode "Baby Human" ends with Igor rushing off to dispose of the formula he made that created the titular Baby Human, only to trip on a banana peel tossed aside by Phil. This results in the formula being spilled over and created hundreds of Baby Humans that end up consuming the entire world.
- The Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa episode "Thoroughly Moodern Lily" had Cody slip on a banana peel.
- The Angry Beavers episode "Beavemaster" had a scene where Tor slipped on a banana peel and fell down a cliff.
- In "Eeyore's Sad Day" from My Friends Tigger & Pooh, Tigger tries this as a comedy gag to cheer up Eeyore, asking Pooh what kind of shoes you make out of a banana and saying "Slippers," but there is no response except the caw of a bird.
- Charlie Chaplin was once asked how to do a perfect banana peel gag. He replied that a woman should be walking along, see the banana peel, step over and continue walking until she falls down an open manhole.
- Bobby Leach did numerous death-defying stunts like swimming down Niagara in a barrel. One day, he slipped on an orange peel, fell, broke his leg so badly it was amputated, and eventually died (from gangrene complications). Bananas and oranges: the difference between hilarity and gruesome, horrible death. A related accident saw a French mountain climber, who had conquered most of the highest peaks in the world without injury, die in an accident at home. He fell off a chair in his kitchen whilst attempting to change a light bulb.
- Guy Delisle tells in Shenzeng when he saw, in real life, a man slipping on a banana peel and he was surprised because it was just like in "comics".
- Many marathons offer bananas to runners late in the race. Bananas are a tasty and digestible source of energy. And there's nothing like having dozens of discarded (and decaying) banana peels in the middle of a footrace.
- Yes, that really happens. Yes, it was studied. Yes, they got an Ig Nobel prize for it.
- The "Banana Peel Challenge" which appeared on the Internet in March 2016 has teens trying to exploit a banana peel slip to see if they can pull one off.
- There are multiple legal cases of people suing public places (stores, train stations, and so on) for slipping and falling on fruit, particularly banana peels.