Somebody has said or done something that offends someone else. In retaliation, that person will toss a drink at them, pour something over their head or launch a solid piece of food.
The Spiritual Predecessor to Food Shove Gag. Compare Edible Ammunition, Pie in the Face, Tantrum Throwing and Produce Pelting. Edible Bludgeon is the more extreme version of this. For the similar use of water (whether in a drinking vessel or some other container) specifically for the purpose of waking someone up, see Water Wake Up.
Don't Try This at Home, as in many jurisdictions this can be grounds for assault charges, particularly in the case of scalding liquids such as coffee which can cause severe burns through even brief exposure. Unless it's with a friend and all in good fun, trying this with someone you're already having words with could end far less comically than the fictional examples listed below.
- An ad for a "text us your names and we'll tell you whether you're soulmates" mobile phone service has the girl throw a drink in a guy's face just because her phone told her he wasn't her One True Love. Someone certainly dodged a bullet there, and it wasn't the girl.
- A rum commercial had a DJ sending a broadcast to his friend—who's leaving the island—about all the good things he'll leave behind.
"And you'll miss how we serve drinks over here..." (flashback of him having a drink tossed in his face by a beautiful woman)
- In Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, during a flashback, Zenitsu's fellow disciple Kaigaku is eating a peach while delivering a "The Reason You Suck" Speech about Zenitsu being unworthy of training under their master, a former Hashira. When Zenitsu tries to speak up, Kaigaku throws the half-eaten peach at his head before continuing to insult Zenitsu.
- Doraemon: Nobita's Dinosaur have Nobita making a Rash Promise to his friends that he will obtain a real-life dinosaur, else he'll eat spaghetti with his nose. Nobita did in fact end up getting a live dinosaur, which he have to send back in time to prevent the public from finding out, only to end up in trouble when Suneo and Gian refuse to let him go from his bet, dragging Nobita to their hangout and shoving a plateful of spaghetti into his face.
- Gunslinger Girl. While Jean Croce was an officer in the Carabinieri, a female soldier fell in Love at First Sight with the handsome aloof officer. On declaring her love she presents him with an orange, which promptly gets thrown back in her face. Her persistence eventually breaks down his Jerkass Façade however.
- Jack splashes a glass of water at Oswald in PandoraHearts when the latter bluntly tells the former that he is impossible to read and thus untrustworthy. Jack becomes extremely embarrassed after doing this this, however.
- This happens from time to time on Ranma ½, when characters dump or throw cups full of water at whoever they're annoyed with. Since the people they're aiming for have curses that change their form whenever they get splashed with cold water, it does more than just get them a little wet.
- One comic read off a list of apologies he had written to various friends and acquaintances, one of which read like so:
"Dear Kathy: You were right, Oprah is "Harpo" spelled backwards. I'm sorry I threw my milkshake in your face."
- In Angel Love, the title character deals with a customer hitting on her while upsetting the girl he's with by throwing a drink in his face.
- In a three-part Pakrat side story from the Atari Force second series, Pakrat's female partner Ferra dumps a whole bowl of Draconian loose juice on him at a party before she walks out in disgust.
- In The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones #22, Marion throws her glass of champagne in Ben Ali Ayoob's face; using the distraction to snatch the champagne bottle off the table to throw to Indy as an Improvised Weapon.
- In a Golden Age Green Lantern story, Alan Scott's associate Irene Miller gets so upset at somebody that she splashes a drink in his face, with him saying, "Ooooh, Donner-Blitzen!"
- In the first issue of Iron Man: Heroes Reborn, Pepper Potts caps off a blazing rant against pre-shrapnel Tony with one of these.
- In Thor (2014), Thor / Odinson and Lady Sif are drinking together when the former starts asking leading questions. Realizing he sought her out just to ask if she's the mystery woman holding Mjölnir, she gives him a drink in the face for his trouble and storms out. Thor tells the bartender that both their lives depend on him getting more mead, SOON.
- Laurie tosses her drink at the Comedian's face when she confronts him over his attempted rape of her mother and he states that it was the only time he's ever done something like that. Later in than same chapter, Laurie (and the reader) learns that the situation was much more complicated.
- A much nastier example: In prison, Rorschach uses hot frying oil as a weapon in the cafeteria. He burns the other guy badly enough to kill him.
- In one FoxTrot strip centered around Roger's college reunion, a woman confirms his identity from his involvement in a fraternity, and promptly throws her drink in his face and calls him a pig.
- In the Emergency! fic "A is for Arson", Chet and Marco gang up this way on a guy attacking a hospitalized Roy. Chet douses him with a pitcher of ice water and Marco slams him with the bag of food he was carrying.
Chet: And to think my Teacher told me that knowing how to food fight would never come in handy as an adult!
- Asylum of Doom: On her first day at the Burke Lunatic Asylum, Gaz gets a spoonful of oatmeal thrown at her by some teenage patients who make fun of her for claiming to be from the future. She gives them a taste of their own medicine by hurling an entire bowl of oatmeal at them.
- Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail: Chloe hits Goh in the face with a plate of hot currynote after he tells her that he cares about her. Mainly because she feels that his actions reveal otherwise; that she's long taken a backseet to Pokémon and his obsession with Mew. She then throws a glass of water at Ash's face when she reveals how she's sick of him essentially replacing her as Goh's BFF.
- In the WWE alternate universe story, Just When They Thought It Was Over, Seth Rollins "accidentally" dumps a plate of food all over Summer Rae for nearly ruining the relationship between Trina Conley and Steve Borden. The story is a Police Procedural and takes place in West Virginia. Seth and Trina are police officers in the small town of Davis, Steve is the county detective and Summer is a secretary working in the county sheriff's office. Steve and Trina began dating near the end of the previous story, [[www.fanfiction.net/s/11368588/1/Mountain-Murders Mountain Murders]] and she ended the relationship as one of his adult sons didn't approve and she didn't want to come between them. With Steve "available", Summer began throwing herself at him, including kissing him against his will - while Trina saw it.
- Karma Circle: Judgement: In Gaz's nightmare, Dib's anger at her for always stealing his food translates into him throwing a full bowl of milk and cereal at her, spraying a can of soda on her, and stuffing so many slices of pizza into her mouth that she nearly chokes on them.
- There's a The Magic School Bus fanfic where Carlos and DA have a Birds of a Feather tendency to do this when people say and/or do things that irritate them. The specific incidents mentioned are the time Ralphie gave up on teasing Carlos about his crush on DA after getting a milkshake dumped on his head and the time Wanda got a glass of wine dumped over her head for saying DA needed to get a larger wedding dress. Incidentally Ralphie and Wanda are also a couple in said story.
- In "Past Continuous", Bajoran nationalist protesters start throwing moba fruit outside Hathon's Bajoran Militia station. One hits Eleya's window when she bellows out at them to shut up, another hits Berat in the head for Being Cardassian in the First Degree.
- Ships Ahoy!: Todd approaches Olive and begins confessing her love to her, offering her an Oreo creme pie to sweeten the scene. She turns him down and makes it clear that she doesn't want to go out with a boy who constantly bullies her and doesn't assist her on cases when she needs it. This causes him to fly into a rage as he tells her that Oscar is constantly avoiding her and is never there for her, only for her to respond by listing off admirable qualities that Oscar has but Todd does not. She caps off her brief "The Reason You Suck" Speech by taking Todd's pie and returning it to sender with enough intensity to make him fall backwards and hit his head on the hard concrete floor. He then becomes hellbent on getting revenge and showing Precinct 13579 what she did to hurt him, giving Olive a couple warning threats to watch her back before leaving and causing her to realize exactly what she did out of desperation and fear.
- A Tale of Two Rulers: Zelda throws her drink in Vaati's face when he tries to flirt with her at her own wedding.
Vaati: [in pain] WAS SHE DRINKING GIN OR TURPENTINE?!?!
- In Naruto/One Piece crossover fic Tales From The Blue Sea, Naruto attempts to punish a mystery diner (Luffy) for stealing his ramen. Luffy retaliates by shooting him in the face with a high-pressure noodle beam. He doesn't avoid getting it in his mouth.
- The Killer Dame is a parody of the Star Trek: Voyager episode "The Killing Game". At the start of Part Two, Lethal Chef Neelix has been brainwashed into thinking he's a Gestapo agent and starts Perp Sweating Harry Kim by beating him up with the contents of his kitchen.
"I ASK THE QUESTIONS!" Neelix roared, picking up a bowl of sauerkraut with diced pork and breaking it over the ensign's head.
- Abominable: After CJ's Never Split the Party comment, Tracy (in an apparent Anger Born of Worry moment) accuses her of being a useless, self-centered Dirty Coward. CJ responds by throwing the contents of her wine glass at Tracy.
- A Better Tomorrow 2 have this happening during the scene in Ken's restaurant, when a mafia brute threatening Ken for protection money turns down Ken's gracious offer of allowing them to eat for free... by flinging a plate of fried rice in Ken's face. Ken then retaliates by scooping up the rice and suddenly pulling out a gun, demanding for the mafia brute to eat his rice at gunpoint.
- Played for Drama in the 1985 Filipino movie Bituing Walang Ningning where a jealous actress splashes water right in front of the heroine's face, added with the most remarkable line in Filipino film history, "You're nothing but a second-rate, trying-hard, copycat!" Then in a later scene, the heroine food slaps her rival right in public as an act of revenge, added with the line, "A manos!"
- Black Christmas (2019): When Phil makes a rape joke at Riley's expense in the cafe, Kris throws a glass of water in his face.
- In Black Patch, Hank tosses his whiskey in Holman's face to blind him, and then immediately follows it with a punch to the face.
- Cassanova Was A Woman: On the Telemundo soap opera she gets the lead in, Cassanova plays a woman who tells her boyfriend she's pregnant. She throws her drink in his face after he asks whether she's sure it's his.
- In Cocktail, Tom Cruise's character goes to the restaurant Jordan works at, and she responds by offering him the "Daily Special" - right on his lap.
- In Countess Dracula, Ilona throws a bowl of rice in the face in her captor when she attempts to escape.
- In Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Helen eats a salad in front of Charles, knowing he can't get food for himself, and when she is almost done throws the plate at him.
- Evil Breed: The Legend of Samhain: When Barbara gets sick of Steve teasing Shae, she dumps a glass of cold water in his crotch.
- In The Final, Jerk Jock Bernard throws a carton of milk at Ravi in the cafeteria.
- In Final Justice, one the patrons in the Smugglers' Tavern pours his beer over Geronimo's boots.
- In Freaks, a dwarf gets the remainder of a punch bowl thrown at him after offering it in the famous "One of us" chant.
- Fresh Meat: When Gigi is fighting with Officer Lance Nisbet, Rina repeatedly tosses the contents of a bottle of milk in her face, before explaining it is an antidote for the pepper spray she had been hit with.
- In Gooby, during Gooby and Willy’s bonding moment, Gooby throws a hot-dog at Willy, then the container the hot-dog was in.
- In The Hateful Eight, when John Ruth throws his bowl of stew in Daisy's face.
- In Hitch, after Sara finds out who Hitch really is, they argue and one of them throws a small piece of food at the other. He ends up tossing a salad on her.
- The Horse Soldiers: After Dunker dies, Marlowe makes one dig too many at Kendall and Kendall flings a cup full of whiskey in his face.
- In Joyful Noise, G. G. throws water, then bread rolls at Vi Rose during their fight at the restaurant where Vi Rose works as a waitress.
- In Jungle, Yossi's dream of being in the casino ends with Aime pouring two glasses of champagne in his face. He wakes to the torrential rain pouring down into his face.
- In L.A. Confidential, Ed Exley thinks the woman with Johnny Stompanato is a hooker who has had plastic surgery to look like Lana Turner. It is the real Lana Turner. She tosses her drink in his face.
- Last Train from Gun Hill: When Lee demands Linda buy him another drink, Linda replies "You can have mine" and tosses the contents of her glass in his face.
- The title character of Leonard Part 6 ends up wearing most of the meal when he dines with his estranged wife - both times.
- In Madea's Family Reunion, Lisa throws a plate of hot grits into her abusive husband's face before beating the shit out of him with a frying pan.
- In No Kidding, Cook often gets back at Matron for her criticisms of her by throwing things such as flour and pies at her.
- Spoofed, like everything else, in Not Another Teen Movie, when resident Alpha Bitch Priscilla "spills" her water on Janey... who'd just gotten out of the pool.
- The Other Guys, when Terry loses the battle of wits with Allen, he plays his trump card: throwing a coffee over him.
- The Public Enemy (1931)'s most iconic scene has Tom smashing a half grapefruit into his girlfriend's face.
- In The Ribald Tales of Robin Hood, Robin empties a wine skin into the Sheriff of Nottingham's face while he is a captive in Robin's camp.
- Fried shrimp is deadly in the eyes in RoboGeisha.
- In the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Dr. Frank N. Furter tosses a drink right into the camera during "Sweet Transvestite".
- In The Scavengers, Captain Harris throws a cup of scalding hot coffee in Lt. Nelson's face as part of his torture.
- The Sex Trip: Eddie tries to boost Jess's confidence by having her meet a man at the bar. This man brushes her off by insisting he's got a girlfriend and wants to be left alone. When Eddie goes over, he's able to get his attention immediately, and the man immediately offers her a drink. Eddie asks if he's single, and this time he claims to be, so he responds by throwing a drink in the man's face for being a scumbag.
- Occurs twice in the classic western Shane, once as mockery, once Played for Drama and indirectly leading into the epic Bar Brawl.
- In Sherlock Holmes (2009), when Sherlock implies that Mary is only in a relationship with Watson for his money, she pours a drink on him.
- In Sky Riders, Ellen demands that a guard give her and her children blankets and feed them something other than gray glop, saying her children have become sick. The guard replies that this is a people's prison and the prisoners live in the same conditions as everyone else. Ellen throws some of the glop at the guard through the bars. The guard responds by beating her until another terrorist intervenes.
- Discussed in Spies Like Us, when Fitz-Hume suggests to Boyer that they go Out with a Bang.
"If we were in a bar, I'd throw a drink in your face. But, under the circumstances, not such a bad idea."
- In Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, a man steps in Ricky's pee and gets revenge by dumping his drink on Ricky's head.
- The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men: During the fight against Midge the Miller, Robin upends a sack of flour on top of Midge's head.
- In Stripped to Kill, Cody tosses a cup of coffee into the killer's face during their figh in Roxanne's apartment.
- In A Study in Terror, the singer empties a glass of beer over the head of a soldier during "Ta-Ra-Ra Boom-De-Ay!" number.
- Sweet Hostage: Before Doris Mae's kidnapping, her parents get in a shouting match, during which her mom throws the contents of a pot of beans onto her dad.
- In Tootsie, Michael meets Julie at a party when he's out of his "Dorothy Michaels" drag. He comes on to her in pretty much the exact words she'd told "Dorothy" that she wanted to hear. After a few seconds' anticipation, she throws her drink in his face.
- Valentine: At the dance, the bullies dump a bowl of punch over Jeremy's head before beating him up.
- During the confrontation at the banquet in What's the Worst That Could Happen?, Max dumps a glass of red wine over Kevin's white jacket.
- The Epic Tracking Shot in Wings includes the drink version as the camera tracks through a Paris nightclub.
- In Youngblood (1986), fans of the Opposing Sports Team pelt the Mustangs with popcorn and drinks.
- In Zombie Nightmare, Jim throws a handful of cold spaghetti in his mother's face during an argument.
- In Are You Alone on Purpose? Alison flings a cup of soda in Harry's face after he insults her and Adam during lunch.
- In Born Behind Bars, Kabir is released from jail into the custody of his "uncle," who turns out to be a liar who sells children as slaves. Kabir escapes from him at a cafe by throwing hot coffee in his face and then making a break for it.
- Ayu in Deep Love pours hot coffee over Keiko, the girl who organised Reina's rape along with stabbing her in the leg.
- The Dragon Business: When orcs storm King Longjohn’s castle in the second book, a serving girl injures one orc by throwing hot chowder in his face. A second servant tries this with her dish, but the finger sandwiches she’s carrying are less effective.
- Harmonic Feedback: On the first day of seventh grade, two girls invited Drea to sit with them. A week later they asked her why she kept sitting with them after they only invited her once, called her a clingy freak, and laughed at her. She got so upset that she threw a handful of red Jell-O at them.
- At the very end of Have Spacesuit Will Travel, Kip returns to his job as a drugstore "soda jerk" (they had concession stands back in the 1950s) and throws the local bully's chocolate malt (it's like a milkshake) in the guy's face after he mocks him again after his extremely trying space adventure.
- In Night Watch, Downey throws an apple at Vetinari, though it isn't because Vetinari has done anything to bother him and is more because Downey is a Jerk Jock and wants to get the weird kid's attention. It doesn't hit him; Vetinari is quite adept at Fork Fencing.
- In Stephen Leacock's satire work Nonsense Novels, the Earl hits Gertrude across the face with a sausage when he was angry at a message she translated.
- Orange Clouds, Blue Sky: While the Pattersons are staying with relatives, Starr helps Uncle Pete and Aunt Nell bake an anniversary cake for her parents. Instead of thanking her, Mom tells off Pete and Nell for "making" her work for them, tells Starr "Enough about your stupid cake," and lectures her about how cake gives you cavities. Starr throws a large portion of the cake at Mom, who receives little sympathy from the family, since she'd already lashed out at so many other people that evening.
- Pretty Little Liars: Ben spills his drink on Emily after finding out she cheated on him with Maya.
- Prudence Penderhaus: In 17 Marigold Lane, The Bully Morgan Pennington throws his Big Gulp at her from a car. Her excuse for knocking on the Shoosters' door is that she needs to clean off in their bathroom.
- A Song of Ice and Fire. Queen Cersei has a tendency to chuck wine in the face of members of her own family; so far Tyrion, Jaime and her uncle Kevan have copped it. Averted with Tormund Giantsbane, who throws his drinking mug at Jon Snow but not before draining it first, as he's not a man to waste good mead.
- Stim: During Robert's hypomanic episode, he goes to a party and hits on Teena. He thinks he's doing pretty well until he decides to cut to the chase and ask, "Wanna fuck?" Teena throws her coke in his face.
- There are two instances of this in A Tale of Time City, both of which involve a dish called a butter-pie, which is widely beloved by Time City children. The heroine of the story has a habit of dumping gooey butter-pies down the shirts of naughty little kids. But only when she thinks they deserve it.
- In Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume, Fudge becomes so irritating with his food strike and his becoming "the family dog" that the father takes him into the bathroom, sits him in the tub, and dumps a whole bowl of cereal over Fudge's head. From there came Fudge's favorite expression, "eat it or wear it".
- In the first Trueman Bradley novel, Trueman throws chocolate liquor on a mobster's suit on the advice of one of his gadgets.
- One episode of Becker ends (and the next begins) with Chris throwing multiple drinks in Becker's face. Five, in fact, of which was provided by a woman at the next table.
Becker: (soaking wet) Why do you have to make this so difficult?
Woman at Next Table: I hate it when men say that. (hands Chris the glass) Here.
- Upon visiting Justin Timberlake in Bo! in the USA!, Avid Merrion invents a new board game, titled "Avid Meats Justin". The winner of the game gets to slap the loser with the contents of a packet of ham slices three times in the face, it just happened that Avid won.
- On an episode of Cheers, Sam throws a drink in Frasier's face. He blinks, and says, "Crème de menthe, Sam? You couldn't find a nice chablis?"
- Columbo: In "Publish or Perish", Miles Greenleaf throws his drink over a bartender as part of his attention attracting antics as he carefully establishes an alibi.
- Abed receives a drink in his face in the "Mixology Certification" episode of Community after he (kinda) leads on another man who was clearly attracted to him, so he could talk about Farscape.
- Cracker. Fitz finally convinces the beautiful DS Penhaligon to go out with him, only to take her to the same restaurant his estranged wife has taken her date in order to show her up. While the two are arguing, Penhaligon can be heard asking the waiter for a jug of water, which she calmly pours over Fitz's head before walking out.
Fitz: (dripping wet) Anglo-Saxon foreplay.
- The Dick Van Dyke Show: In the episode "Punch Thy Neighbor", Jerry keeps teasing Rob by insulting the latest episode of The Alan Brady Show (which Rob helps write). His wife Millie says that if she were Rob, she'd pour hot coffee on Jerry. Rob does end up pouring hot coffee on Jerry's lap, but only because he moves his cup at the last second. When Jerry takes the opportunity to slip in another zinger, Millie offers him sugar and then sprinkles it on his legs.
- Endeavour: In "Muse", High-Class Call Girl Eve Thorne throws a drink in Morse's face following a loaded conversation between the two of them.
- The Korean Drama Everybody Kimchi had one character literally slap another with kimchi, with Memetic Mutation ensuing instantly. This got parodied in a Saturday Night Live Korea sketch with Chloë Grace Moretz about K-Drama cliches.
- On Everybody Loves Raymond, Ray and Debra are eating ice-cream when Ray brags about how he got a higher score than Debra in an IQ test. Debra responds by dumping the ice-cream bowl on his crotch.
- Father Brown: In "The Kembleford Dragon", Mrs Webb tosses a glass of water in the face of the odious Buddy Arnold during a heated town meeting.
- Fawlty Towers: In "Communication Problems", Basil manically shakes a charity collection box upside down. Sybil yells at him, and then throws a cup of coffee over him (accidentally splashing the Major who is nearby), making Basil freeze.
- Frasier: In "Voyage of the Damned", Maris hires a waiter to throw champagne in Niles' face when she sees him apparently getting cosy with an acquaintance of theirs.
Niles: (after the second glass) Just out of curiosity, how much are these running her?
- On Friends, Joey has a Loony Fan who thinks he's his Days of Our Lives character, Dr. Drake Ramoray. When she gets angry at Ramoray and goes after Joey, the others save him by convincing her that he's actually Drake's Evil Twin, and splash glasses of water at him for various offences, most famously leaving the toilet seat up.
- Funky Squad: In "A Shot in the Dark", Driscoll throws a drink in Ponch's eyes to blind him.
- Game of Thrones: Joffrey pours wine over Tyrion's head in an attempt to escalate an argument. When Tyrion refuses to rise to the bait, Joffrey resorts to other tactics.
- The Goodies:
Bill: Alright, Graeme. (produces a fish) I want to see that cat eat that kipper.
- In "The Goodies and the Beanstalk", Bill has gone to sell the beloved trandem — however, it's rated as worthless by the bike buyers, who jokingly buy it for a tin of beans. When he comes back, Tim and Graeme inspect it, surprisingly calmly, before pouring all the beans over Bill's head.
- In "Punky Business", Graeme has gotten work as a waiter in a punk restaurant. When Tim orders the sauce, he gets it all over his head.
- In "Black And White Beauty", there's a literal food slap. Exposition: Graeme's running a place that takes care of old animals. Bill, after watching some of their behavior (nothing), starts doubting that they're alive. Bill watches a very unmoving cat, then this ensues:
Graeme: Er—yes—oh, look! (points) The hamster's doing a handstand!
(Tim and Bill look away for a bit — when they look back, the kipper bone is sticking out of Graeme's mouth. Tim slowly pulls it out)
Graeme: Er...(turns to the cat) I'm sorry, Kenneth, I was just so—(Tim slaps him with the kipper)
- Glee has the running gag of slushies to the face. It's mostly Played for Laughs, until Sebastian puts rock salt in a slushie, and Blaine gets it in his face.
- Happy Days:
- Chachi found himself eating in the kitchen (as there were not enough seats in the dining room). Richie has become mad at Chachi, and when Chachi asks for a roll, Richie throws it at him really hard. Chachi announces that he'll get his own gravy.
- In another episode, the Fonz dumps a lobster into an antagonist's lap, and Richie adds to this by pouring melted butter all over it.
- In the Honey West episode "Whatever Lola Wants..." Lola throws her drink in Sam's face so she can wrench free of his grip and escape.
- House of Anubis:
- Pouring a drink on someone Patricia's favorite ways of getting revenge- she does it at least once every season, and it's been lampshaded on a few occasions. To elaborate, she did it in the premier to Nina, when she was trying to get information out of her, and in another episode to Amber when they told on her for trying to take Nina's locket. She poured milk on Eddie in season two for only dancing with her on a bet, and then in Season 3 she threw juice at KT and finally, poured juice over Willow. (She was a sinner in the latter case, however.) In the finale movie, she TRIED to do it twice, but was stopped on both occasions. She also attacks Eddie with creamed carrot when he accidentally got some on her shirt. This started a food fight.
- KT once threw her cereal at Patricia, in response to Patricia throwing juice at her.
- How I Met Your Mother: Conversed and Invoked in the pilot episode. Played Straight with Barney quite often.
- Conversed: Ted meets Robin at his favourite bar, and it's one-way Love at First Sight. Robin likes him too, but she says she's with friends; one of whom has just been dumped, so every guy is an enemy. They joke about how women in movies spill their drinks in men's faces in cases like this, and that it always looks like great fun.
- Invoked: Ted suggests to Robin that she can do it to him to impress her broken-hearted, now-man-hating friend. She promptly spills her drink in his face, smiles and says that it really was fun.
- Drinks to the face are an occupational hazard for Barney Stinson. "Eventually, you'll be able to anticipate it, and when you do... free drink!"
- In the iCarly episode "iPromise Not to Tell", Sam mentions to Principal Franklin that she got kicked out of the school cafeteria because she slapped Gibby with a piece of pizza.
Principal Franklin: Why did you slap Gibby with a piece of pizza?Sam: I found it on the floor. I wasn't gonna eat it!
- In The Inbetweeners, Charlotte pours a drink on Will's head when she finds out that he has told his work experience co-workers that she is his girlfriend and a pornstar.
- The Kids in the Hall:
- One sketch had Dave Foley and Kevin Mac Donald as two ladies' men who fondly reminisce together on all the women who have thrown drinks in their faces.
- Another sketch has a salesman negotiating with a customer for a stereo (he wants $750, while the customer only wants to pay $1). At one point they take a break from arguing to have a drink. They then start negotiations again, leading them to simultaneously throw their drinks in each other's faces.
- Life with Boys: In "Wrestling with Boys", the two girls Gabe is two-timing both show up on his doorstep at the same time. When he can't remember their names, they toss their drinks in his face.
- The L Word: In Generation Q Shane gets Tess' drink in her face after she finds out she's cheated on her.
- The Magician: In "Shattered Image", Tony drops an ice cream cone in the lap of the thug who has been tailing him; using the distraction to steal his car keys.
- Mako Mermaids: An H₂O Adventure: Because they need a distraction, Nixie begins to loudly argue with Cam about their non-existent relationship. He catches on quick, and the two of them proceed to have an explosive "break up" in which Nixie grabs a milkshake from another table and dumps it on him.
- Midsomer Murders:
- "Not In My Back Yard" opens with a heated argument about an experimental design house being built in a traditional village where a woman hurls a glass of champagne in the architect's face. Needless to say, she becomes the first Victim of the Week.
- In "Death in Chorus", a dispute between two choir directors erupts into a brawl when one of them (played by Peter Capaldi) throws a drink in the other's face in the pub.
- Monty Python had the Fish Slapping Dance.
- New Tricks: In "Lottery Curse", Fiona dumps a drink over Danny's head after she finds out he bet on whether Sascha had sex.
- Odd Squad: In "Not So Splash", Oscar offers Oprah advice to help her cope with being unable to swim in her friend's pool, telling her to drink a glass of water. Her response is to throw the water right back at him, and then more water right after that.
- The Professionals
- In "Everest Was Also Conquered", Bodie and Doyle visit a Corrupt Corporate Executive to question him about his alleged involvement in several murders. He offers them a fine malt Scotch; later when he gets angry about their Perp Sweating, he chucks the Scotch in Bodie's face. Cowley is furious—not only because they were stupid enough to try strongarming a man connected to powerful members of the British government, but also at the waste of good Scotch! Eventually they come up with better evidence, and Brodie makes a point of returning the favour before slapping the handcuffs on him. "Have a whiskey on me."
- In "The Female Factor", Bodie fights a drunk without spilling the pint he's holding in one hand, except at the end when he pours it on the man's face. It's too much for him and he passes out.
- Psych: Juliet throws a drink in Shawn's face after finding out he was lying the whole time about being psychic.
- Relic Hunter: In "Diamond in the Rough", Sydney dumps a glass of water into the lap of Nigel's boorish friend Tony (having just flicked hot cigar ash on him).
- Scrubs: Elliot throws Keith's water in his face after he forgets to use a coaster on her coffee table.
- Samantha Jones, in an episode of Sex and the City, dresses in her finest and heads off to meet Richard, who's sitting at a table in very nice restaurant, waiting for her. As Samantha approaches him, he smiles and tells her how great she looks. She gives him a big smile back, tosses a drink in his face, turns on a dime, and triumphantly walks away.
- Sharpe: in Sharpe's Eagle, Richard Sharpe tosses two glasses of wine into faces of two jerkass officers who beat up a lady, and he wants them to ask him to duel.
- Eileen throwing a drink in her ex-husband Jerry's face becomes a Running Gag in Smash.
- In The Sopranos:
- Carmela is about to throw a glass at Tony's face when he is making a confession. Subverted as soon as she hears the topic is the start of his therapy.
- Junior breaks up with his talkative girlfriend with a dramatic Pie in the Face. A shoutout to The Public Enemy
- An enraged Gloria Trillo throws a steak against Tony.
- In the Star Trek: The Next Generation two-part episode "Unification", Commander Riker gets so irritated dealing with a fat Ferengi at the bar when he is so uncooperative with answering the commander's questions that Riker dumps a plate of fish unto the Ferengi's lap.
- In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Parturition", Neelix becomes so jealous with Tom Paris hanging around with Kes that he dumps a plate of Alfarian hair pasta on Tom's uniform. Tom responds in kind. Then Captain Janeway comms them to report to her Ready Room for a briefing, and they don't have time to clean up the evidence.
- In one The Swamp Fox episode, one of the guys thwarts an arrest attempt and starts a bar brawl by tossing his glass of booze in a Redcoat's face.
- An epic one happens to Jack at the end of a Three's Company episode when he secretly makes dates with two different women and his roommates, Janet and Chrissy on the same night and they all find out about it. They dump a bottle of wine and a bowl of soup on his head, smash a cake in his face, and stuff a hot dog in his mouth!
- One Cold Open of The Tom Green Show had a clip of Tom annoying a random man who's enjoying a soda and a cheese sandwich. Finally, the fed-up man tosses his soda in his face and runs off. Cue a surprised Tom standing around drenched in soda and the sounds of Glenn and Phil bursting out in laughter.
- Whodunnit? (UK): After one lewd comment too many, Miss Hampshire throws her drink over Gay Fortescue in "The Rajah's Ruby".
- Wings has an episode during Joe and Helen's tense "between relationships" phase where they're trying to be friendly and get into an argument in Joe's kitchen (while his current girlfriend, who Helen is trying to be friends with, is out of the room) which quickly devolves into repeatedly slapping each other in the face with flour coated beef. Which then devolves (evolves?) further into kissing.
Helen: Whoa. What the hell was that?
Joe: I don't know. One minute we were slapping each other with meat. The next minute things got weird.
- After a That Came Out Wrong moment, Samantha dumps a drink on Simon while he is the pool in the final episode of The Worst Year of My Life, Again.
- The X-Files, "Within": Dana Scully tosses water on Agent Doggett when they first meet. Doggett is assigned as a task force leader to find missing Agent Mulder. He tries to find out some information on him from Scully, Mulder's partner of seven years. He doesn't introduce himself and messes with her, telling her some fake or very old Bureau's gossip that Mulder never trusted her and might have had secrets. He also hands her a cup of water. She figures out who he is and what he's trying to do, and that earns him splashing of the water in his face.
- In a FoxTrot arc centered on Roger attending his college reunion, one strip opens with a woman confirming that he's Roger Fox, from the Delta Theta fraternity, at which point she says "After all these years, I can't believe I found you!" ...And then promptly throws her drink in his face, calling him a pig. And as this is happening, another woman walks up, asking "Roger Fox?"
- One Garfield comic had Garfield approaching Odie with a pie held above his head. He stops, then turns around, and walks back the way he came.
Garfield: I have more respect for food than that.
Jeremy: Maybe I'll come back when you're not eating.
- When Jeremy suggests to Sara that she go to prom by herself and they just meet up and make out afterwards, she responds by jamming her bagel into his face.
- In another strip, he tells his mom that during their anniversary dinner, Sara hit him in the face with the pizza. Connie asks why, and rather than admit he said they probably wouldn't be dating in college, he just says it was because she missed with the salad. In the following strip, he visits her and says he's ready to forget the whole thing if she is. He ends up with a soup bowl over his head.
- Bone Courtiers from Darkest Dungeon have the ability "Tempting Goblet", which involves throwing their cup of wine in a hero's face. Considering that this actually causes a bit of health damage on top of dealing quite a bit of stress damage, it must be some really bad wine (who knows how many centuries out of the bottle, on top of being irradiated by the concentrated awful pouring off the local Eldritch Abomination).
- Guild of Dungeoneering has a "shield" that is clearly a mug of tea. It grants a fireball attack, presumably by letting you do this to enemies.
- In The Sims 2 Nightlife expansion pack, Sims have the option to splash their drink into their date's face if the date goes badly, and is one of the selectable interactions under "Irritate".
- In Yakuza 0 a belligerent patron of a Cabaret Club attempts to provoke the serene, professional bouncer Majima by pouring a bottle of champagne over his head. Majima calmly thanks the man, saying he's often claimed that he loves the brand so much he wished he could bathe in it.
- Ace Attorney:
- Kisetsu o Dakishimete, the second game in the Yarudora series, has Tomoko throwing a plate full of sweets to the protagonist's face in the "Four Seasons" Café sequence, if you choose to surprise her and do a "Who is it?" hands-covering-eyes game (instead of calling her from afar), making her think it was a random pervert's doing. Especially ironic, since she loves to play that game on the protagonist herself.
- This comic from The Non-Adventures of Wonderella depicts Dana escaping a dull conversation with an ex-boyfriend by throwing her drink on him in the style of Pokémon.
- In Octopus Pie, Eve throws a drink in her ex-boyfriend Park's face after he casually reveals that he and the rest of her old friends have had several major life events (like marriage) without even thinking to tell her, and that he'd been in the city more than once before he casually called for Sex with the Ex. It actually causes him quite a bit of pain since he was wearing contacts.
- Sandra slaps her father, Richard, over the head with a bowl of soup after he somehow managed to spring for the worst of all possible replies in this comic from Sandra and Woo.
- Welcome to Sanditon: Edward gets hit by ice cream when he and Clara have an argument over her ice cream shop which the Mayor wants to turn into a juice bar.
- Played with in The Amazing World of Gumball when Teri splashes her cup of water in Tobias's face for hitting on her. Tobias says that was just because "She's knows I'm hot" and Penny, realizing he welcomes another splash to the face, simply pours her glass out in front of him.
- Archer, in a DVD extra, does a cooking show with guest Alton Brown, who quickly garners tension by criticizing Archer's eating and drinking habits. As Brown talks, Archer throws a piece of expensive pata negra ham on his face. Brown throws a stick of butter onto Archer's face, and a violent fight ensues, with a cut to a We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties card.
- American Dad!:
- In "Franny 911", Francine slaps Roger in the face with a bass after he (among other things) throws it at her shoes.
- In "Office Spaceman", a flashback shows nuns hitting Francine with a fish at her old orphanage (It was usually a head of beef, but this was on a Friday).
- From the episode The Boring Identity: Meat slap!
- Family Guy: In "Play It Again, Brian", when Peter calls Brian out on his inability to sustain a relationship Brian throws his drink at him.
- The Looney Tunes Show: Daffy remembers doing this to Porky at high school by pushing a plate of cake into his face. As it turns out, it was actually Big Man on Campus Porky who pushed the cake into Daffy's face.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, "The Best Night Ever": Prince Blueblood uses Rarity as a shield against a flying cake. For Rarity, who had been dealing with his rudeness to herself and others all night, its the final straw; she gives him a "Reason You Suck" Speech and shakes her own head, splattering him in cake.
Blueblood: Stay back! I just had myself groomed!
Rarity: Afraid to get dirty?!
- The Smurfs (1981):
- Greedy throws food at Brainy to get him to stop critiquing his cooking in "Gingerbread Smurfs". At the end of the episode, Brainy gets thrown out of the village along with his cookie, which lands on his head.
- Brainy gets ice cream thrown in his face at the end of "The Smurfwalk Cafe".
- Clumsy gets muffins thrown in his face at the end of "The Secret Of The Village Well".
- In "The Golden Smurf Award," Clumsy gets pelted with bits of Greedy's Gargamel cake after it collapses.
- Smurfette gives Farmer one by dumping a plate of fruit into his face in "Farmer's Genie".
- A different version of Greedy gives Brainy a food slap with a piece of cake in The Smurfs and the Magic Flute.
- T.U.F.F. Puppy episode "Freaky Spy-Day", Dudley does it to Jack by spilling water at him, and putting ketchup and butter to his face; all while being in Kitty's body.
- February 4th (2010) Lindsay Lohan went to see her ex, Samantha Ronson, spin at Crown Bar in West Hollywood. It was reported that "Lindsay was trying to get Sam's attention, but Sam was working and apparently ignored her...Lindsay began 'dirty dancing' with a girl in front of Sam, who then became infuriated and called Lindsay 'a disgrace," after which Lindsay picked up a drink and threw it straight in Sam's face."
- Waiter! Bring Me Water, Shania Twain directly calling on this trope.
- A live TV interview in 1995 with Vladimir Zhirinovsky and Boris Nemtsov ended in an orange juice fight.
- Mass shooter Elliot Rodger often did this to people he hated (e.g. men with girlfriends and women with boyfriends that weren't him). When they retaliated he'd cry over how mean everybody was to him.
- Protestors, left-wing protestors in particular, have thrown a variety of foods, particularly pies, eggs, and milkshakes, at controversial public figures such as politicians and activists. Other food items, such as yogurt, fries, or cabbages have also been hurled at politicians.
- Bernie Leadon of the Eagles left the band by pouring a beer over Glenn Frey's head.
- A police commissioner's wife did this to a reporter...and was arrested for assault and battery.
- The social media trend of slapping a slice of cheese on a kid's face and then posting a picture of the face with the cheese slice on it.
- A woman in Texas, unhappy with the hot temperature of her soup which partially melted the lid of its container, threw it into the face of the manager of the restaurant she bought it from. Thankfully, the soup had cooled down and didn't harm the other woman, the soup thrower was arrested and she eventually lost her job as a nurse.