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Mayor: Sam, I'm going to...
Sam: Hit me with a pie? Well, I suppose even the mayor deserves some fun now and then. Here you go. [hands her a pie] What? Waiting for an engraved invitation? Fine. Here you go. This is a direct order. Hit me with a pie.
Mayor: This is a trick, isn't it?

A classic gag, tossing a pie into another person's face. Usually, this is a cream pie to get the proper Covered in Gunge effect. For extra comedy value, the victim might take a taste of the pie and note it's not bad.

This Practical Joke was a staple of silent movie comedies, which came up with most of the variants. Often, a missed throw would result in an Escalating War pie fight. The all-out pie fight is a Forgotten Trope in movies, but still shows up elsewhere. A popular gag with this trope is where someone tempts fate by yelling "Let me have it!".

Real Life celebrities and politicians sometimes have this happen to them as a protest. For example, Anita Bryant and Bill Gates have been pied in public. note 


On TV, the pie is often just whipped cream or shaving cream sprayed into a pie pan, which gives a similar effect while being much cheaper than baking up a whole pie just to throw it. Shaving cream is often considered better aesthetically than whipped cream, as unlike whipped cream, shaving foam does not melt under hot studio lights.

See also: Edible Ammunition, Food Fight, Food Slap, Produce Pelting, as well as Carrying a Cake (this is one possible, but not inevitable, result of performing that trope badly).



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  • A Japanese commercial for the Xbox (which, had absolutely nothing to do with Xbox) shows a woman trying to avoid a mechanism that keeps launching pies. Pretty soon, the music starts to build up as the mechanism winds up, and then...
  • Throwing tiny pies at insects! Somehow it has to do with cell phones.
  • A couple of examples occurred in the commercials for Wilkins Coffee.
    • In one, Wontkins, who hates the coffee advertised, is hit by a regular pie by Wilkins the frog:
      Wilkins: Want some Wilkins coffee with your pie?
      Wontkins: Nah, just give me the pie.
      (Wontkins gets pied)
      Wilkins: Sure you wouldn't like a cup of Wilkins to wash it down?
    • And in another one, he is hit in the face by a strawberry shortcake:
      Wilkins the frog: Want some Wilkins coffee with your strawberry shortcake?
      Wontkins: Can't say that I do.
      (Wontkins gets... er, caked)
      Wilkins: (pouring Wilkins coffee on the smashed cake) You can't say that you don't, either.

    Anime & Manga 
  • The Daily Lives of High School Boys skit about Hidenori celebrating his birthday ends with one of these, although with a strawberry cake. Hidenori even says that he wants to get a pie thrown in the face as a birthday gift shortly before this.
  • There was an entire episode of Kirby: Right Back at Ya! dedicated to this after Dedede was seen getting pied on live television. Hilarity Ensues, and many of the pies thrown are simply eaten by Kirby. Dedede even had the Monster of the Week be a pie-throwing monster; its pies are so horrible that even Kirby won't eat them. Even Meta Knight is pied at one point.
  • Killua from Hunter × Hunter does this to Gon as a prank during one episode. When Gon tries to return the favor Killua outmaneuvers him and delivers another one pie to the face.
  • The opening sequence to the 1981 Time Bokan series Yattodetaman ends with one of the villains, Julie, being hit with a pie.
  • Dropkick on My Devil: Jashin starts tracking down and pieing people who troll her on Twitter. As her pies are homemade, a side effect is that she becomes very good at baking pies. (French victim: "Tres bien!")

    Comic Books 
  • Suicide Squad has a Running Gag subplot about a mysterious attacker pieing their personnel and visitors (in one issue, Lois Lane was pied!). It turns out to be Captain Boomerang, who'd earlier arranged to attack himself with a boomerang pie to divert suspicion.
  • British comics such as The Beano and The Dandy thrive on this trope, custard pies being the usual ammunition of choice. They can be thrown by hand or with a suitably elaborate Bamboo Technology device designed for the express purpose of leaving the target Covered in Gunge.
  • In Scott McCloud's Zot!, he conducted a poll for which character the reader most wanted to get a pie in the face. Unfortunately, it was won by 9-Jack-9, an electronic being previously established as not actually HAVING a face. At the New Year's party featuring the pie, it passed through 9-Jack-9 to hit the runner up, Zot, in the face.
  • There's a running gag of Prankster pieing Superman. Granted, on at least one occasion, the pie delivered an electric shock or other nasty surprise. Gotlib did the same gag on a U-Comix cover: Superman is Immune to Bullets, but his dignity is ruined by the pie.
  • The Joker, as befitting his chaotic nature, once concocted an elaborate scheme whose sole purpose was to hit Batman in the face with a pie.
  • In Teen Titans, it is revealed that during the one-year-later arc Miss Martian joined and left the team. The reason she left? She saw a Three Stooges short and decided to throw a pie in Rose Wilson's (Ravager) face. Rose apparently yelled at her enough to leave her crying.
  • X-Men #8. Gambit: "A plasma rifle 'gainst a boysenberry pie? Can you see the crazed psychopath in this picture?" Naturally, Rogue gets the pie in the face.
  • In The Punisher: Welcome Back, Frank story arc of The Punisher, Castle finally manages to stun The Russian by throwing hot pizza in his face.
  • R. Crumb did a comic depicting the wonders of the city of the future, ending with the method of regulating population growth — when you turn 65 a squad of clowns come looking for you with a pie — "not just any pie — a cyanide pie! What a way to go."
  • Fantastic Four: Ben Grimm once got a pie in the face from a spring-loaded box, courtesy of the Yancey Street Gang. Or, rather, Johnny Storm, who had been framing the Yanceys for his pranks for years.
  • In a Richie Rich story, Richie keeps coming up with ideas for keeping their money safe from burglars. One comes from an old slapstick comedy in which a police officer pies a criminal. Richie's implementation is to mount a spring-loaded giant hand in a safe, with a giant pie in front; when the burglar cracks the safe, the pie is launched at him.
  • In an old Scrooge McDuck comic, this is taken Up to Eleven during an incident where Scrooge, Donald, and the kids are trying to retrieve a rare coin from where it bounced into a custard pie in a bakery. The bakers misunderstand, and the whole situation devolves into a pie war.

    Comic Strips 
  • The Far Side: One strip shows a cowboy having received one and a clown lying dead in front of him.
    It was over. But the way the townsfolk called it, neither man was a clear winner.
  • Garfield:
  • Hägar the Horrible has this, as shown with the page image.
  • It also happened to Snoopy's brother Spike in one Peanuts comic strip.
  • Pie-ing is the signature prank of Kokopelli in the cartoons in Muse Magazine. His pie of choice is banana cream, and his victim of choice is Urania.
  • In Bloom County, Donald Trump (in Bill the Cat's body) gets a pie in the face from Opus after calling him a "little fat-nosed toad thing."
  • Happens in Tumbleweeds. Example include:
    • Local spinster Hildegard Hamhocker bakes a pie for Tumbleweeds. Tumbleweeds refuses the pie and insults her too. She responds by throwing the pie in his face.
    • Tumbleweeds praises the cook Greasy for baking a blueberry pie and calls Greasy one of the best pie bakers in the whole world. Cue Tumbleweeds getting a Pie in the Face.
    Greasy: "One of" don't cut it.

    Fan Works 
  • In Rarity is Forced to Take Multiple Pies to the Face., Rarity agrees to help with a fundraiser without finding out what's involved. She, Rainbow Dash, and Applejack are all pied, but Rarity appreciates it more after the fact.
  • Hope for the Heartless: As part of their scheme to alleviate tensions between the Horned King and Avalina, the Invisibles shove a cream pie straight to the Horned King's face. Avalina is unable to contain her laughter, and the lich grudgingly takes the humiliation with dignity, proving the plan a success.
  • In Harry Potter and the Dream Come True Harry talks the Potter house elves into throwing pies and other pastries at James, Sirius and Remus.
  • The Ice Queen Cometh: When Rio Kamishiro/Merag attempts to confront Vector, he defends himself against Merag's attempt to kill him by throwing a cake in her face that says Happy Death Day Merag. Later, when the two of them begin their duel, Vector interrupts Merag's turns by invoking this trope two more times.
  • In Path To Munchies, Taylor's first idea for using her power (she can make foolproof plans for anything as long as food is involved in the process) to be a hero is 'throw pies at Kaiser until he surrenders'. She decides not to go through with it when it turns out to be not only doable but rather sadistic, since it's months of him never being able to show his face without it getting pied. By the endgame, he's a broken shell of a man known by everyone as 'Pieser', and Taylor is thought of as a villain.
  • In the Twice Upon an Age series, the side volume Agents Acquired is said to have been inspired by a letter Varric receives from Sera. Said letter includes a drawing of what appears to be Seneschal Bran, who has taken a pie to the face that may or may not have been thrown by Varric himself. In his editor's note, Varric mentions that he's going to have the drawing framed.
  • The Disney Loops: It's Gargoyles canon that Goliath gets hit in the face with a banana cream pie (fired via bazooka). In the Loops, it's an unavoidable Running Gag that he gets shot in the face with it at least once a Loop. He finds it annoying, but ultimately harmless (especially compared to the Doctor getting shot by a Dalek and forcing a Regeneration), and is willing to let bygones be bygones... even when it happens multiple times in one Loop. To top it off, he's taken to collecting the abandoned pie-shooting bazookas.
  • In Harry Potter and the Alternative Tournament Harry casts a spell that hits Voldemort with a pie.

    Films — Animation 
  • Care Bears: Journey to Joke-A-Lot: The pie-in-the-face is one of the funny things that Funshine Bear sings about in the song "Make 'Em Laugh."
    Funshine: A pie in your face / A banana in your ear / Pull a chicken from your hat / And make him disappear.
  • A Bug's Life: While the circus bugs distract the grasshoppers, Francis and Heimlich do a routine where the former hits the latter with a pie.
    Heimlich: [playing a baby] Baba all gone! Baby wants PIIIIE!
    Francis: Pie? He asked for it. Should I give it to him?
    Molt: Yeah! Give him pie! Give him pie!
  • In Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, the faces of Mt. Rushmore get big ones—Except for Abe, who gets his in the back of the head, and the filling leaks out his nose.
  • Robin Hood: During the chaos at the archery tournament, Maid Marian throws a pie at Trigger. Then, a runaway tent crashes into the pie stand, resulting in Little John getting hit with nearly a dozen pies.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Blazing Saddles, during the "Great Pie Fight" scene in the studio commissary near the end. Everyone gets pied; villain Hedley Lemarr tries to avoid the carnage by ducking back into a restroom, but someone's waiting for him in there, and Lemarr comes out with his face completely covered by the pie he was hit with.
  • The climactic scene of Nanny McPhee has this with wedding cake.
  • Singin' in the Rain:
    • Lampshaded as a movie tradition, and possibly subverted: Don Lockwood dodges and the pie hits Lina Lamont.
    • Cosmo in his song "Make 'em Laugh":
      You start off by pretending you're a dancer with grace
      You wiggle 'till they're giggling all over the place
      And then you get a great big custard pie in the face
  • During the brawl at the climax of The Pirate Movie, a cart of pies is wheeled out and a character predicts a pie fight — turns out it's pizzas being thrown around instead.
  • In The Monkees' feature film Head, Peter winds up with a pie thrown in his face (while riding a cow, of all things) towards the end of the movie.
  • During the carnival at the end of Grease.
  • Pies being flung from homemade catapults are part of the Lost Boy's arsenal in Hook.
  • Fatty Arbuckle did this early and often — his short A Noise from the Deep is the earliest known instance of the joke, and it was repeated many times in his later films.
  • The Tony Hancock film The Punch And Judy Man features a climactic pie fight, but it escalates too quickly to generate the right comic effect.
  • In the Mega Race of Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, one of the racers has a giant pie-throwing arm as a weapon.
    Juni: Easy as pie.
  • Monty Python:
  • Carry On Loving combines this with a Running Gag: throughout the film, which is about a computer dating agency, there's a young couple who appear in various scenes just enthusiastically making out with each other. In the climactic food fight, the young woman stops kissing her man long enough to look up and see what's going on and gets a cream cake in the face. She doesn't even wipe it off but goes back to making out again.
  • Inverted in The Kentucky Fried Movie, during the "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble" segment; a woman's bare bottom is pied.
  • The Return of Captain Invincible: Captain Invincible does a rapid fire version of this. In a gun fight!
  • Killer Klowns from Outer Space: The Klowns throw acidic pies at a security guard, which reduces him to a pile of bones and whipped cream, ending with one of the Klowns sticking a giant cherry on top. Interesting to note that the pies used were not the traditional pie tin with whipped cream, but actual fruit pies that hit the guy with quite a bit of visible force.
  • A savory variant occurs in Valley Girl when, at the Valley High junior prom, Julie shoves a platter of guacamole into Tommy's face. This sets off a food fight, which Julie and Randy use as cover to escape the venue.
  • In The Muppet Movie, there's a variation on this trope — the heroes accidentally crash their car into a billboard for Aunt Amy's Custard Pies, sending the giant custard pie upon it flying right into the windshield of villain Doc Hopper's car.
  • In the faux trailer for the proposed feature film The Slapstick Killers, a group of young friends are stalked by a killer schoolgirl who uses pies as her weapons of choice, smashing them in the faces of her prey right before she offs them.
  • A Running Gag in Go West, Young Lady. Initially Bill throws her ruined pie at Killer Pete in anger at his destroying her Endangered Soufflé, only to miss and hit Tex in the face just as he was about to grab Pete. Later, she takes a second ruined pie and flings it over her shoulder—blaming it for everything that as gone wrong—only to hit Tex in the face as he comes in to propose (again).
  • The Con is On: When Gabriel announces Vivienne as his muse on national television, Gina faints and face plants in the cake she has in front of her.
  • Delusions of Grandeur: Blaze, as Don César, opens the fight against the nobles trying to kill him by sending the poisoned birthday cake in the faces of two of them, after cutting it in two with his sword.
  • The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob: Commissioner Andréani receives the cheesecake that was intended for David's Bar Mitzvah in the face, courtesy of Rabbi Samuel.
  • Beach Party: During the surfers' brawl with the bikers, Ava calls Von Zipper "my hero." Dolores says "That does it" and pies her. The brawl quickly devolves into a pie fight.
  • During the chase at the end of The Outlaws IS Coming!, the Stooges—who are in a chuck wagon—are reduced to hurling pies at their pursuers, which they do with devastating accuracy.

  • The Berenstain Bears: The Runamuck Dog Show has a banana cream pie hitting Dr. Hairball in the face while an angel food cake lands on Minister Jones' head while Hilarity Ensues.
  • Discworld:
    • Cream pies to the face are an occupational hazard of coming too close to the Fool's Guild.
    • In Making Money, they're also portrayed as the greatest threat to Lord Vetinari's tenure as Patrician. When Mr. Bent throws a pie at Vetinari during a big public meeting, Moist takes the metaphorical bullet to save Vetinari from being publicly humiliated.
    • "Bloody Stupid" Johnson once made an automatic pie-throwing machine for the Fools' Guild, but he screwed it up as always and it had to be mothballed after it was discovered pies to the face lose their humor when they fly at 300 miles per hour.
    • They're a staple of Ankh-Morpork theatre — the Librarian is a frequent visitor and has simple, defined tastes in entertainment and a really good throwing arm for displaying his displeasure with a play.
  • The Star Trek Expanded Universe novel How Much for Just the Planet?, by John M. Ford, ends with a pie fight between tuxedoed Enterprise officers and tuxedoed Klingons.
    "Blueberry," Kirk thought instead of ducking.
    Blueberry it was.
  • Who Censored Roger Rabbit?:
    • Roger reports having been pied by someone who was apparently trying to kill him. When Eddie Valiant asks why he believes it was anything besides a normal pieing, Roger explains in great detail the fine points of face-pieing.
    • In Who P-P-P-Plugged Roger Rabbit?, Roger, while disguised as a human with the effects of Toon Tonic, hits a well-known movie critic in the face with a pie, confident that he'll get away with it due to his altered appearance.
  • For a high-tech version of the traditional pie fight, see the butterbug butter battle near the end of Lois McMaster Bujold's A Civil Campaign.
  • This is what kicks of the events of Sonic the Hedgehog in Robotnik's Laboratory. Sonic and Tails are bored so they dress Tails up as a ghost, make a luminous custard pie, and attempt to lure Router out with a “special delivery”.
  • Robert Bloch puts a nasty spin on this in his short story "Sock Finish".
  • Them: Adventures with Extremists by Jon Ronson. This is done to David Icke during a press conference in the expectation of humiliating him (it's hoped he'll lose his temper on camera). But the pie misses and so the thrower ends up looking worse than Icke.
  • Monster of the Year: During the Food Fight at Chez Stadium, someone discovers the dessert cart and throws a lemon meringue pie, which hits the snooty maître d in the face, and he retaliates with the fire extinguisher. Others get hit with pies too, including Myrna Smud, who's so offended by the whole thing that she takes her campaign against anything imaginative in a new direction, targeting the monsters themselves.
  • Goosebumps: Slappy (in ghost form) does this to Shep in "the Ghost of Slappy" in the lunchroom at school after possessing a bowl of spaghetti to fall on him.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun, "Dick Learns About Comedy", an episode about where the aliens to figure what is funny, culminates in Mary and Nina slowly and methodically smashing pies over every inch of Dick's body.
  • In Adventures in Wonderland, pies in the face turn up in several episodes:
    • At the end of "That's All, Jokes," the Queen uses this as Restrained Revenge on all her subjects for the prank that was pulled on her, which no one will confess to.
    • In "Pie Noon," this is the bully Mike McNasty's specialty. The whole episode revolves around Hare's fear of getting pied when McNasty arrives in town. Everyone treats it as seriously as if it were real violence.
    • In "The Mirth of a Nation," the Queen has lost her sense of humor and tries to have a serious garden party where no one has any fun. But then the Rabbit trips and accidentally flings a cream tart into the Queen's face. Everyone bursts out laughing, much to the Queen's outrage.
    • In "Pizza de Resistance," the Hare accidentally knocks the slice of lemon meringue pie he and the Hatter brought for the Queen's pizza contest (It Makes Sense in Context) into the Hatter's face.
  • Subverted on All That when the cast get a bunch of pies from the bakery. Kevin expects they will throw the pies at him but is told they are not going to do that. The baker also made a cake for such a purpose.
  • A Season 14 Detour on The Amazing Race had teams pelt each other in the face with pies until they found one with a cherry filling.
  • Ant and Dec once had a show which, amongst much else, featured a slot called Pie of the Week in which someone brought in a pie. In one episode, Dec read the cue-card and discovered that today's Pie of the Week was brought in by Ant.
    Dec: Alright, Ant, what is it?
    Ant: It is... a custard pie!
    Dec: Hold on, this isn't going to be "Dec gets a custard pie in the face" is it?
    Ant: Now, would I do something as obvious as that?
    Dec: No, of course not. Sorry.
    Ant: Wrong again. *splat*
  • The Avengers (1960s): An episode has a pair of murderous music-hall clowns with an arsenal of weapons that included a pie filled with fast-setting glue, which nearly asphyxiated a would-be victim.
  • Ax Men: Craig Rygaard reconciles with the crew and especially rehired rigger, Dave Schroeder, in a recent episode using some lemon meringue humble pie. At least Dave sees the humor in the pie.
  • The Baby-Sitters Club (1990), with a school carnival. Mary Anne is next in line to dunk Mallory with said thrown pie...but then Marci decides to rub in that she (thinks she's) got Logan to herself. She then finds out that Mary Anne has surprisingly good aim.
  • Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters has a misfired Practical Joke.
  • Bewitched, during one of the Serena episodes, which included Elizabeth Montgomery pieing herself from across the room.
  • The Big Bang Theory has Sheldon demonstrate his sense of humor by suckering Leonard into thinking he's about to be a victim of the snake-in-a-can gag.
    Leonard: I don't get it, it's really peanut brittle in here. (Splut!)
  • The Bob Newhart Show, as part of a practical joke Bob plans to play on Peeper.
  • A staple of Chicago's The Bozo Show, usually with Cookie being on the receiving end. In the 25th anniversary special every person who had ever been a regular on the show, including both Bozos, get in an epic pie fight while posing for a commemorative picture.
  • On Boy Meets World, Eric hits Jack with one at the end of a food fight.
  • The Brady Bunch:
    • In the first Cousin Oliver episode, "Welcome Aboard".
    • The pilot episode where Mike and Carol marry has the former saving their wedding cake from falling off the table...only to lose his balance and have it hit him in the face.
  • A Candid Camera gag involved a worker in a pie factory trying to keep up with a conveyor belt that kept increasing speed. When Allen Funt reveals it's all a Candid Camera Prank, he asks the victim what he intends to do with the pie he's still holding, clearly expecting this trope. However, the man resists the temptation to get his revenge.
  • Captain and Tennille Show, during Masterjoke Theater sketches, primarily.
  • A Thanksgiving Day episode of Cheers. Notably, it's the first time Norm's wife Vera ever appears on screen, but it's after a pie has hit her, so the audience can't see her face.
  • Cybill, wedding episode.
  • A recurring theme on Dick & Dom's shows, from Dick & Dom in da Bungalow (hosts splatting contestants, contestants splatting hosts, or giant free-for-all) to Splatalot (with "Splat" written on the bottom of the pie plate).
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show, due to one of Rob's many pratfalls.
  • Diff'rent Strokes, when the cast visits Universal Studios.
  • In one episode of the 1970s Donny and Marie Show, Marie delivered one to Donny in retaliation for his tying her ice skate laces together.
  • Double Dare:
    • Pies in the face might not have been as iconic as the gak or memorable as pies in the pants. However physical challenges that required a contestant to get their face covered in whipped cream have been a part of the show's physical challenges since day one. However, the one that takes the cake (no pun intended) was the "Flying Trapeze" from the final season of Family Double Dare, where a person was put on a platform being moved back and forth by his family and had to throw four pies at his teammate's face while she sat in front of him.
    • This was not limited to the contestants. Sometimes, during the show's Ad Bumpers, when the camera zoomed in on the audience the operator would zero in on a particular person and smash a pie in the fan's face. Marc was also the occasional target of pie pranks by Harvey, Robin, or other members of the crew.
    • A subversion happened on the President's Day special when a contestant was told to make a pie by putting cherries on a plate, put a few handfuls of cream on it, and put it into his partner's face. Instead, with the clock nearing zero, he put the cherries in the big bowl of cream and smashed the whole thing in her face! (The judges declared this a rule violation, and the money went to the other team.
    • On a handful of occasions, Marc and Harvey would have a gentleman's bet before the obstacle course began: The team got to pie Marc in the face if they got through all eight obstacles and if they lost, Harvey would get the pie instead.
  • Ernie Kovacs may be best remembered for the surreal visual gags of his TV shows, but that didn't mean he was above pieing an attractive woman to get a laugh. One such target was actress/singer Edie Adams, who would become the second Mrs. Kovacs. Ironically, Adams recalled a live appearance where Kovacs himself took a pie in the face - and was knocked out cold because the stagehand hadn't removed the pie from the metal pan first!
  • Not surprisingly, pies were also heavily featured in The Family Channel's later Family Challenge, which was from the same producer (Woody Fraser).
  • The Facts of Life. At the end of season one episode "Dieting," Sue Ann shoves Blair's face into a dish of rice pudding. It's a Karmic Nod for Blair, because Sue Ann had gone on a crash diet and passed out because Blair had told her that a boy that she (Sue Ann) liked wouldn't like her back because of her weight.
  • Family Matters, the episode "Stop In the Name of Love."
  • On Far Out Space Nuts, Chuck McCann gets one during the opening credits.
  • The Good Wife: "The One Percent" episode begins with a cream pie being prepared and then thrown in the face of a CEO by a protestor who pretended to be one of the catering staff at a board meeting.
  • The Goodies. In "Lighthouse Loonies", Bill is driven nuts by the fact that everything in the lighthouse is round. Tim prepares a pie to cheer him up, which of course is also round so Bill grabs it with obvious intent. When he gets tired of chasing Tim round and round the lighthouse, Bill just turns and waits for Tim to run into it, then says calmly, "I feel better now."
  • Growing Pains, the "20th Anniversary" episode.
  • Happy Days: In the episode where Chachi tries to join the Leopards. At one point Chachi & Roger are about to pie the next person who walks in. It's Fonzie. They take one look at him and pie each other instead. But in a Blooper Reel gag, they get him.
  • Head of the Class, "Make Fun of the Teacher" episode.
  • Horrible Histories: A sketch on Victorian manners in which almost everything a gentleman does results in him being slapped by a lady, ends with him shoving an apple pie in her face. (She did say "There is nothing improper about apple pie".)
  • I Love Lucy has a couple of pie episodes, including "The Diner."
  • The Jackie Gleason Show at least twice.
  • On The Jerry Springer Show, any time a wedding cake is set up in the studio, you can guarantee that it's not going to get properly cut and eaten... it will end up in the face of the cheating fiancé.
  • In "Make Someone Laugh," one of the original Johnny and the Sprites shorts, Johnny tries pieing himself in order to get Basil, who's not feeling well, to laugh. It doesn't help.
  • Kularb Neua Mek: In the very first episode, Airin does this to her Anawin and Oranuch's little sister, Ornnich. With a Birthday Cake. His Birthday Cake meant for the Surprise Party!
  • On an episode of Late Night, Jimmy Fallon and Kelly Ripa played a game of rock, paper, scissors with a pie in the face as a penalty for losing.
  • On a late episode of the original version of Let's Make a Deal, one of the Zonks was an old pie wagon; after the reveal, Carol Merrill hit Jay Stewart with one of the pies.
  • An episode of the current series of Let's Make a Deal featured a large pie as a Zonk; when it was revealed, Wayne Brady went down to the pie and pulled a real one out from behind it, with which he hit Jonathan Mangum. At the end of the show, Mangum got his revenge, at which point a curtain opened revealing an entire rack of pies, resulting in a pie fight among the entire cast.
  • Love, American Style, the episode with Susan Howard.
  • Maude, where most of the cast — including Bea Arthur and Rue McClanahan — gets into a big pie fight at the end of the episode "Musical '78."
  • The newer version of The Mickey Mouse Club had a sketch in which 13-year-old Christina Aguilera and Ryan Gosling both get a pie to the face.
  • Modern Family: Cam is woken up with a pie in the face as a result of taking Lily to a clown camp.
  • The Monkees endured this when they appeared on Show Within a Show Captain Crocodile.
  • A Monty Python sketch at an Army recruiting office comes to a halt when the applicant complains that he hasn't got any funny lines. A couple of restarts later, the recruiting officer is dressed like a clown, pelting the applicant with a pie (after dumping a bucket of whitewash on him and dropping a large fish down his trousers.)
  • Moonlighting: David ducks a missile, which scores a bull's-eye on Maddie. He glances at her face, turns to face their attackers, and lets out an uproarious laugh. One guess as to where the next missile lands.
  • An episode of Night Court had a man being sued because he ran a business where he would take money to hit a target in the face with a pie, except he neglected to thaw one, and smashed a man's face with a frozen pie. Later in the episode, he gets Dan Fielding with a pie. Everyone wonders who paid the fee to throw the pie, and everyone taking credit for it. Then Dan reveals that it was all of them. They all paid to have a pie thrown at him. But he'd anticipated them doing so, and told the pie assailant that if he only hit him with one pie and forked over the extra cash to Dan for the rest, he wouldn't sue him..
  • Our Miss Brooks: Mr. Conklin finds himself the victim of this trope a couple times.
  • A staple of Brazilian game show Passa ou Repassa (at a certain point, a sound effect was added, making it even funnier). Two contestants put against each other answering a question. Get right, pie the other one. Get wrong, pie in your face. Then come the next two of the team. And due to rotativity, eventually the first two return, allowing for either revenge or getting the opponent even dirtier. (The same Speed Round was later used on Megamatch in Venezuela (rerun through out Latin America) and College Mad House in the USA. )
  • The Patty Duke Show, during a modeling photo shoot.
  • At the end of the Penn & Teller: Bullshit! episode on manners, Penn (who spent most of the episode at a fancy dinner as part of the framing device - and acting like his usual self because he can) wraps up the episode just as a waiter arrives and serves cream pies to the dinner guests. Penn tells the audience that no social event is complete without pie and that we should try not to take ourselves too seriously, and on that note, everyone at the table pies themselves.
  • Power Rangers:
  • On Press Your Luck, one of the Whammy animations has "Tammy Whammette" singing "It's good to have your money back again" as her guitar player takes a pie in the face. Another has a Mayoral candidate getting a pie in the face after announcing "If elected, I will raise your taxes!"
  • The Price Is Right:
  • In "Ludlow Laughs" on Reading Rainbow, LeVar Burton is given a "comedy makeover." The pie-in-the-face is part of his routine.
  • Route 66, during an episode with Guest Star Soupy Sales.
  • During an election episode of Salute Your Shorts.
  • Saturday Night Live:
    • The "Heavy-Wit Championship of the World" sketch.
    • Also, "Just Desserts!" from the 5/13/17 episode, a game show where a wrong answer means a pie in the face.
    • In the "Hidden Camera Commercials" sketch, when a customer (Chris Farley) is informed his coffee was in fact another brand's coffee, he gets so mad that he throws several pies in the direction of other diners in the restaurant.
  • Subverted in Secret Diary of a Call Girl when Belle gets a client who's into "sploshing;" her pie hit momentarily blinds her when the cream gets in her eye, then she twists her ankle and falls from all the glop on the floor.
  • The Soupy Sales Show has this as a trademark. This was extended to Soupy's appearances on TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes.
  • Starsky & Hutch: Hutch's ex-girlfriend aims one at him at the end of "Deckwatch," but he ducks and poor Starsky gets hit instead.
  • The Suite Life of Zack and Cody: There is a scene in which London and her friends start a book club, but the first meeting ends up in a pie fight, with the girls smashing small pies in each other's hair and later face.
  • Many Talk Show hosts and guests have been pied. Sometimes by themselves.
  • That Girl in a Show Within a Show sequence.
  • Moe Howard, of The Three Stooges, once demonstrated proper pie-throwing technique to Mike Douglas and Ted Knight during a 1973 episode of Douglas' daytime talk show.
  • Three's Company, the "bake-off" episode.
  • Tiswas has the Phantom Flan Flinger, a recurring character who pied people. Including a number of celebrities, mainly recording artists such as the Pretenders, Adam Ant, Phil Collins, and Annie Lennox (while still with The Tourists, pre-Eurythmics). One of the most memorable moments in the show's run had Sheena Easton covered from head to toe in shaving foam and multi-coloured slime — perhaps she should have titled her hit song "For Your Pies Only"?
  • Johnny Carson would often get hit with pies in a recurring The Tonight Show sketch theme.
  • Unfabulous, where a classroom presentation on the American Revolution turned into a Boston Cream Pie fight.
  • Treasure Hunt, several times.
  • In one gag of the Spanish sketch show ¡Vaya semanita!, they are asked to do more intelligent humor, so they decide to pie Stephen Hawking in the face.
  • Webster, but only during a Dream Sequence.
  • The Nickelodeon semi-game show What Would You Do? featured pieing as a penalty in nearly every episode; in fact, the show came up with a number of pieing devices involving multiple or giant pies or jets of whipped cream (the Pie Wash in season two). Sometimes, though, pieing was a prize or privilege. Most of the people who went down the Pie Slide did so willingly or because they wanted to. Also there were two episodes in the first season called "Pie-a-Thons" which pitted Kids vs. Adults, and being pied was a way to add "points" for your "team".
  • Even an episode of Wheel of Fortune, with Pat and Vanna pieing each other!
  • Wild and Crazy Kids:
    • Once featuring the fire department.
    • In an earlier episode (and season), an "organized" pie fight between camp kids and their counselors quickly spiraled into a free-for-all.
  • You Can't Do That on Television featured this in several episodes, most strikingly in "Drugs".
  • Zoey101 has Zoey do this to Chase after she catches him trying to steal back his valuable radio that he sold to her.
  • In The Love Boat episode "America's Sweetheart," Vicki acts as a double on a TV show. Her job is to do anything that's too messy or unpleasant for the bratty teen star, which includes having a pie thrown in her face.

  • Jonathan Coulton's song "Bozo's Lament" is about a clown who's grown weary of his job. Naturally, this trope is referred to in the course of the song.
  • The Beastie Boys in the video for "(You've Got to) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)", from Licensed to Ill.
  • Bette Midler's video of "Beast of Burden".
  • Alanis Morissette in the video of "You Learn"
  • British rock band Charlie's video for their 1983 Top 40 hit, "It's Inevitable."
  • Cobra Starship in the video of "The City is at War".
  • Elton John's frequent duet partner Kiki Dee, in his music video for "Wrap Her Up" (1985).
  • Japanese "rock band project" Cocoa Otoko in their debut video, "Amai Wana Nigai Uso...", with cakes.
  • The video for the Josh Groban/Lindsey Stirling/The Muppets cover of "Pure Imagination" ends with Groban, Stirling, and most of the Muppets with faces full of whipped cream from a catapulted cake.
  • From verse two of "Daydream" by The Lovin' Spoonful:
    Tomorrow I'll pay the dues for dropping my load,
    A pie in the face for being a sleepy bull toad
  • David Rovics' "Song for the BBB" is a musical tribute to the Biotic Baking Brigade: a loosely connected group of activists famous for throwing pies in the faces of such figures as Bill Gates, San Francisco mayors Willie Brown and Gavin Newsom, anti-gay preacher Fred Phelps, economist Milton Friedman, Swedish King Carl Gustaf, former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, conservative journalist William F. Buckley, right-wing Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn, former WTO head Renato Ruggiero, and Ann Coulter, among others.

    Print Media 
  • The cover of the January 1972 "Is Nothing Sacred?" issue of National Lampoon, giving one to Che Guevara.

    Pro Wrestling 

    Puppet Shows 
  • Sesame Street during the song "Surprise," with even the viewer getting pied.
  • The Muppet Show:
    • In the Sandy Duncan episode, she gets pied by Behemoth for calling him ugly. (She's trying to say he's beautiful inside.)
    • Fozzie gets one from a rival comedian bear in one episode, and from Paul Simon in another.
    • At the end of the Candice Bergen episode, Kermit appears with a "pie for Fozzie Bear" (the culmination of a Running Gag where Fozzie would call there was "[X] for Kermit the Frog"). When he pies Fozzie, some of it splatters onto Bergen, and Fozzie says "Look what you did!"
  • Fraggle Rock: In "Fraggle Wars," the World's Oldest Fraggle explains to Red that they're supposed to hate the Cave Fraggles because they have no sense of humor. He says that they think the best part of getting a pie in the face is cleaning up afterward.
  • A regular happenstance in Les Guignols de l'Info for French philosopher Bernard-Henry Lévy, following a pair of such incidents in Real Life. There was even a parody of the movie JFK, with BHL being pied in the face treated like JFK's assassination.
  • The Mr. Potato Head Show: Queenie Sweet Potato loves her sugar cream pies. At one point, she accidentally got some pie slapped onto her face, and when Mr. Potato Head's test audience loved it, he added a segment to his for-Toddlers episode where a large number of pies were thrown in Queenie's face.

  • At the climax of the Ninja arc of We Are Our Avatars, the Shredder was defeated with a Boston Cream Cake to the face.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In the RPG Toon, this is a surefire way to Boggle a character.
  • Netrunner gives us the ICE card "Pi in the 'Face". We assume the effect is virtual.
  • Shown on the "Humiliation" Consequence card in Kitsune: Of Foxes and Fools, not to be confused with the "Humiliated" Trick card which depicts a plunger to the face.
  • Hasbro's juvenile game Pie Face! has a mechanical device with an arm that holds a sponge that is covered with household whipped cream to simulate the pie. On his turn, a player places his face in the target area of the device, spins the spinner, and twists the handle that number of times. Much like a slot machine, players never can be sure when the payoff will come. The player then scores points for the number he spun if he doesn't get the pie in the face.
  • In Blood Bowl, one of the cards you can use to perform a sneak attack on opponents is called "Custard Pie", and it specifically involves this trope. For it, one of the players has snuck a pie into his jersey and throws it at another player. If it hits them, they get knocked down.

  • Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl. The sketch in question was originally written by Cleese and Chapman for a 1968 sketch show, We Have Ways of Making you Laugh. (It was of course only one of several recycled sketches the Pythons used on stage, most of the others being from At Last the 1948 Show.)

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    Video Games 
  • NetHack has a cream pie item, which causes blindness. On the one hand, stealing from shops will result in Keystone Kops showing up to pie you and beat you with rubber hoses until you die. On the other hand, pieing something does not count as an attack, and the pie takes up the weapon slot, which makes it very useful for characters attempting the pacifist conduct.
  • Makai Kingdom has these as weapons, though their basic purpose is to heal their targets.
  • The Pie Throw is a whole gag (weapon) track in the MMORPG Toontown Online. You start by throwing slices, then bigger pies, and then you start throwing cakes at your enemies.
    • The boss battle against the VP features this heavily in a real-time combat form, where you first throw a pie into a compartment in his body to stun him and then knock him back with more pies in the face until he reaches the edge of the arena and falls.
  • Johnathan from Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin can throw cream pies at enemies. When leveled up it's also arguably the most powerful Dark-element weapon in the game making it the perfect tool to take out Bonus Boss Richter Belmont.
  • The only way to defeat the terrifying, monstrous, bloodthirsty Yeti in King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder! is to throw a cream pie in its face. This was not one of its best puzzles.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Tag Force Games:
    • In the ones with the GX cast at least, you can play a Dodgeball-esque minigame. One of the things you can throw is a Pie. It disables whoever is hit by it for a couple of turns.
    • Also in the Third Tag Force Game there's a sandwich throwing minigame. One of the things that needs to be avoided is Pie.
  • In Dead Rising there's a few places with pies, which you can eat for one hit point or throw at zombies. Score a direct hit to their face and the pie will stick, leaving them unable to see you. If you attack them and knock off the pie, you can pick it up and throw it again.
    • This is also used as one of Frank West's attacks in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, where he throws a pie at the opponent's face. It only sticks for a second though.
  • Kingdom of Loathing "This is a cream pie, which has been expertly balanced for throwing." Other players can be targeted giving them the 'Hilarious!' effect of 'Pie in the Face'.
  • Peacock from Skullgirls has a pie in the face as one of her attacks, which fits into her repertoire of slapstick moves and cartoon references.
  • In Injustice: Gods Among Us, The Joker's super move starts by throwing a pie into his opponent's face, allowing him to move in for the rest of the attack.
  • Pet Society had a mystery box that could either give your virtual pet some random cool item or an apple cake to eat, or the cake ended up in the pet's face. The pet would laugh at the incident.
  • One of the scenarios in The Three Stooges video game is based on the The Sweet Pie and Pie short mentioned above. To get the best score in this scenario, you have to throw all your pies, and avoid getting hit by pies thrown by the opponents. Like all the scenarios, it gets harder each time you redo it, with more pies required and the opponents becoming faster, but the payoff becoming greater.
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition: If you agree to play pranks with Sera in the Trespasser DLC, what follows is a montage of the two of you gleefully pieing random people - and then each other. It's a Call-Back to a potential dialogue from the main game, in which Sera assures the Inquisitor that they're not evil enough to deserve any worse treatment than a pie in the face.
  • Power Pete: The clowns in the Magic Funhouse department are fond of doing this. Luckily, Pete can get them right back with the exact same weapon.
  • Rugrats: Royal Ransom: This is how the clown enemies attack you.
  • Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance has a Mystery Room in the Item World where a Fight Mistress will ask you if you want to use a pie. Say yes, and she'll use it to pie a Witch in the face (with animations ranging from using a whole stack of pies to one that explodes like a bomb!). Afterwards, the Fight Mistress will give the player a Pie (which counts as a Fist weapon; its Ambusher innocent ensures the target won't counter-attack the wearer).
  • Mario Party: Super Mario Party features a 2-vs-2 minigame where the players throw cream pies at one another, with more continually being restocked on the tables in the back of their respective zones. As the characters get hit, they get more and more of a Covered in Gunge look.

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    Web Comics 
  • It took more than a few tries for him to get it right, but Girl Genius has a minor Spark who's developed a special pie that calms people down when he tosses it in their face.
    "Yes! Extra butter! Less nutmeg! I'm a genius! Ha! Take that, Brillat-Savarin!note "
  • Sluggy Freelance played with the cream pie to the face in one strip.
  • UltraCar in Shortpacked!. It started out here and remains her (she body-swapped to a Robot Girl, long story) weapon of choice for humiliating meat-sacks.
    • This was also UC's defining characteristic in Willis's early Ultra Car comics (with "sweet pickle pies"), but they're almost certainly non-canon.
    • Carla, her counterpart in Dumbing of Age has only done it once, but it was an epic once.
  • In The Order of the Stick, Xykon is bribed into paying attention to a strategic discussion with Redcloak by the prospect of seeing one hobgoblin throw a pie in another one's face.
    Xykon: Eh, seems kind of tame...
    Redcloak: (sotto voice) They don't know that I infested the pie with acid-spitting beetles.
    Xykon: Let's talk tactics.
  • Schlock Mercenary opined that "a spontaneous celebration is really only one short hop away from being a riot." Then the chef made some pie.
    Kevyn: That could have been worse. I could have chosen that moment to issue new weapons.
    Tagon: I think I have pie crust in my spleen...
  • Freefall blatantly foreshadows it starting one strip. It only takes a few strips before the pies fly.
  • Sheldon: This strip has Dante throwing a mud pie in Arthur's face.
  • The Whiteboard:
  • In Scary Go Round Hugo gets hit in the face with an apple pie. It's so hot (one molecule away from magma!) that it grievously injures him, forcing him to drop out of the election.
  • The humorous comic Epic Battle makes pie fights Serious Business.
  • At the end of Ozy and Millie, Millie's father starts a pie fight during the wedding of Ozy's father and Millie's mother. Strangely, this is a sign that he approves of the match (Food fights are a traditional part of dragon weddings. This is why they had so many pies lying around in the first place).
  • In Rusty and Co., Mimic gets one from a bugbear channeling Fozzie Bear. And who doesn't know when to stop.
  • Pacificators: Aphrodite did this to Muneca.
  • This EGS:NP strip in El Goonish Shive features pies that, when thrown in a person's face, transform that person and their clothes.
  • In this PvP strip, fantasy LARP plus Civil War re-enactors plus Klingon LARP plus a broken-down catering truck equaled one rather bizarre pie-fight.
  • Happens a few times in Homestuck, mostly from Nanna, who loves to play tricks on people, even her own grandson and her Alternate Universe self.
  • Ennui GO!: Frequently done by Sarah as a mood lightener, and usually referred to as "creampies" with tongue firmly in cheek. The joke is taken to the extreme in one strip where Sarah jumps on Izzy and hits her in the face with a pie she's holding between her thighs.
  • A What's New? with Phil and Dixie strip about practical jokes in D&D says that since the point is loss of diginity, it's funnier to hit a paladin in the face with a pie than a tavern wench. The next panel shows a cheefully pied paladin saying "Mmm, pie!" and a caption saying "...Sometimes".

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    Web Videos 
  • Chuggaaconroy ended up on the receiving end of one during the 2010 Mario Marathon held by The Speed Gamers. He enjoyed it to the point where he forced himself into the pie, while the others speculated if he was just hungry, or he was simply shoving his face in it.
  • The Nostalgia Critic gets pied in the face by Linkara at the end of the BloodRayne review. Then it escalates into a full-on Three Stooges routine with Spoony.
  • Thomas Sanders gets one of his Pokémon Prank Vines turned on him when friend and fellow Viner Brittany Kelly nails him in the face with a pie as he comes up behind her.
  • Late in 2016, members of the Revelmode group participated in a series of 'Lie & Pie' videos that got released across the participating Youtubers' channels.
  • A variant: in this video, a guy and his girlfriend make a cake. When they are done, he (around 12 minutes in), shoves a piece of cake in her face. While she's a bit mad at first, she seems to forgive him pretty quickly, as the two of them start kissing while she still has cake all over her face.

    Western Animation 
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Simple Simpson", Homer becomes the Pieman, a costumed vigilante whose shtick is throwing pies at annoying people.
    • This is also the reason Sideshow Bob was selected as Krusty's assistant over his brother Cecil, as Bob's dignity made the take all the funnier.
      Cecil: Uh, I have prepared a pie-in-the-face take.
      Krusty: [groaning] Alright, knock yourself out, kid. Hal!
      [a pie flies in from offscreen and hits Cecil; Cecil vocalises a timid 'ta-da!']
      Krusty: Free comedy tip, slick: the pie gag's only funny when the sap's got dignity! [gesturing to Bob] Like that guy! Hey Hal! Pie job for Lord Autumn-Bottom there!
      [a pie hits Bob from offscreen, knocking off his hat and releasing his palm tree-like hair]
      Bob: ...Oh, dear.
    • In "Krusty Gets Busted", a behind-the-scenes footage reel shows Sideshow Bob doing this to Krusty. In response, Krusty punches Bob in the face.
    • In "Krusty Gets Kancelled", Krusty tries to practice for his comeback special by throwing pies at Homer but keeps missing, complaining that he's lost his aim. Then Bart hands him one fresh from the oven. Krusty yelps in pain from the hot tray, then throws it, finally hitting Homer. (Homer shouts in pain too, but then quickly says, "Mmm... Blueberry...")
    • In "Bart the Fink", the IRS seizes Krusty's assets and as a result, his show gets corners cut. The show can't even afford pies to throw, and neither someone to throw them at.
      Krusty: Well, throw something! (a briefcase gets thrown at him)
    • In "Homie the Clown", one of the lessons Krusty teaches is how to get laughs with a wealthy dowager in the room by throwing a pie at her so hard that she smashes her head against the wall and causes a crater.
      Homer: (taking notes) Kill wealthy dowager...
    • In "The Clown Stays in The Picture", Krusty admits he's afraid of pies and all "pies" thrown at his face were cakes made to look like pies.
  • The "Balmy Swami" episode of Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines includes an airborne pie fight among the Vulture Squadron members.
  • Tom and Jerry:
    • In the short "Quiet, Please", Tom catches Jerry on the kitchen counter. Jerry asks for a moment to draw up a last will and testament, in which he leaves a custard pie "to Tom, my favorite cat". Reading this, Tom eagerly tells Jerry to "Lemme have it!"
    • In Solid Serenade, Jerry hits Tom with two pies... the former of which has a steam iron hidden inside it.
    • Tom tag Jerry with a pie in the everything(he's a mouse, after all) at the end of Jerry's Diary.
    • In another cartoon, Jerry pelts tom with a cream puff. Tom gets wise and opens his mouth wide to catch Jerry's second throw and just gets a tasty treat. So Jerry loads the last one with a salt shaker...
  • Many instances in Looney Tunes:
    • 1942's "Case of the Missing Hare" starts with an argument between Bugs and a magician who put a flyer up over the tree hollow he was living in. The magician offers Bugs a pie to placate him— then smashes it in his face. "Of course you realize this means war." Hilarity (and a returned pie at the end of the cartoon) ensues.
    • Bugs Bunny repeatedly hits Elmer Fudd with these (after tricking Elmer into making them first) during a scene in "Slick Hare". "Your pie, sir!" Unfortunately for Elmer, he tries to retaliate and hits Humphrey Bogart. "Why did you hit me in the face with a coconut custard pie with whipped cream?" Bogie asks menacingly.
    • Vaudevillians Bugs and Elmer take turns with this in What's Up, Doc?
    • In Shishkabugs, Bugs releases a spring-loaded pie into the face of the king, causing royal cook Yosemite Sam to be led away to the dungeon.
    • In A Hare Grows in Brooklyn, Bugs pies a dog in the face, then wipes it out while apologizing profusely:
      Bugs: My goodness, I don't know what came over me! You wanted cherry pie! *splut*
    • In Leghorn Swoggled, Foghorn Leghorn rigs a toy train with a pie and sends it to the front door of the Barnyard Dawg's house, causing the latter to get pelted when he sticks his head out to see what's going on.
    • Daffy Dilly has Daffy Duck trying to cure a dying millionaire by getting him to laugh. After he achieves this accidentally, by landing in a cake, Daffy is hired as a sort of household jester and ends the cartoon getting repeatedly pelted with cakes and pies. ("It's a living!" says Daffy at the end.)
    • Tree-Cornered Tweety has Tweety seeking refuge from Sylvester in one of the food boxes at an automat. Sylvester inserts a coin to get Tweety out but is instead hit with a pie when the box opens.
    • A Ham in a Role opens with a dog getting a pie in the face — he turns out to be an Animated Actor who's sick of doing funny cartoons and goes off to study the Bard. At cartoon's end, he is given a choice part where he begins Hamlet's soliloquy... and gets a pie in the face.
  • In the opening of American Dragon: Jake Long, Annoying Younger Sibling Haley is hit in the face with a pie by her mother as Jake passes them on the way to school.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • The first of many indignities Candace receives in "Comet Kermillian" when she goes on a picnic with her crush's Enfant Terrible sister Suzy is a blueberry pie in the face. The others include being pushed down a hill in an ice cream cart and getting squirrels in her pants.
    • Candace also gets pelted with pies aplenty in "Let's Take a Quiz".
  • Adventure Time has Never-Ending-Pie-Throwing Robot, or NEPTR, a robot Finn built for the purpose of inflicting this practical joke upon Jake potentially infinitely.
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, practicing airbending aim with pie-throwing at meditating monks was shown in flashbacks to have been one of Monk Gyatso's training methods for a young Aang.
  • In Book Four of The Legend of Korra, the incompetent, foolish Prince Wu is making his way towards his waiting Satomobile when several sinister figures start making their way through the crowd. The music turns tense. Mako, Wu's bodyguard, sees what's going on, grabs Wu, and tosses him into the cover of the car... and the "assassins" start flinging fruit pies. It gets better after Wu mistakes the strawberry filling on his shirt for something else that's red.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog
    • In the episode "Dr. Le Quack: Amnesia Specialist", Dr. Le Quack feigns an amnesia specialist visiting the Bagge's house and attempts to interrogate Muriel, who has suffered amnesia due to a bump on the head earlier, by asking her where she is keeping the riches. When Muriel can't remember, Le Quack responds by torturing her in different ways, such as throwing a pie in her face.
    • Le Quack himself later on falls victim to this in "Nowhere TV" during a battle with Courage, only for his annoyance to alter to an Oh, Crap! expression when he finds that the pie has a hidden bomb inside. You can guess how this ends.
  • Ewoks: An Ewok gets one from an invisible Dulok in "The Haunted Village" (Them having stolen the invisibiliy soap that was to be used on the sunberry trees).
  • In the Gargoyles episode "Vendettas", Ascended Extra Vinnie — who'd filled the role of hapless mook in several past episodes — follows Goliath and Hudson around all night (while they're busy fighting a real enemy) with a humongous bazooka he calls "Mr. Carter", bent on revenge for his mishaps at the gargoyles' (mostly unwitting) hands. Eventually, he gets his chance... and shoots Goliath in the face with a pie. Now satisfied, Vinnie tells him they're even and walks away, humming the Theme Tune. They have no idea who he is.
    Hudson: Hmm, banana cream!
  • Happened several times in one episode of Clone High. Although with a rather dark twist in that they were actual hot pies fresh from an oven, and that it horribly burned and scalded the face of the screaming victim. Which is played for laughs, of course.
  • Darkwing Duck:
    • A running gag in the episode "Comic Book Capers", where the culprit is a funny-looking Native American named Running Gag.
    • Dr Sara Bellum invents a bazooka that fires expanding pies in "Just Us Justice Ducks".
  • Just as in the comics (see above section), in the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Christmas with the Joker", the Joker threatens hundreds of lives, on Christmas, no less, just to pie Batman in the face.
  • In Batman Beyond, the Jokerz member Spike threw pies. Later, in a crossover with Static Shock, he upgraded to pies filled with acid. Fortunately, Virgil dodged it, and it ate through a wall.
  • An episode of Bonkers features a Running Gag about which flavors of pie were appropriate for this gag.
  • In The Powerpuff Girls episode "Supper Villain", the next-door neighbor decides to become a villain, but he is not allowed to follow through with his evil scheme until after dinner is over. When dessert is served, Blossom throws a pie at him. This leads to a big pie fight, ruining dinner and leading to a Face–Heel Turn for his wife.
  • In the Super Mario World episode "Send in the Clown," the circus performers torture ringmaster Big Mouth, hitting him a pie at one point. Then, a pie-throwing machine is rolled out with the ammo hitting Rexes disguised as clowns and cave people in the audience. Yoshi saves the Mario Bros. from punishment by eating any pies that are launched in their direction.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes:
    • Heloise tries hitting one of the Things That Go "Bump" in the Night with one, who dodges it. She hits him with a trash bag instead.
    • The Rodeo Clowns love doing this, although they don't always get the intended results. The first time they tried to pie Jimmy, he just ate it and told them it was delicious, which only infuriated the clowns.
  • The plot of the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Dying for Pie" involves Squidward giving SpongeBob a pie which, unbeknownst to him, is actually a highly volatile explosive. Over the course of the episode, a guilt-ridden Squidward attempts to give Spongebob an enjoyable final day, thinking that he has eaten the pie, only to find out that he hasn't. SpongeBob then trips and accidentally throws the pie in Squidward's face, and the episode ends with a mushroom cloud (actually footage of the Bikini Atoll nuclear test) presumably where they stand.
  • In one Yogi Bear cartoon, a visitor to Jellystone Park is standing under a tree when a blueberry pie falls from the tree onto his head.
  • In an episode of Dennis the Menace, Dennis accidentally triggers a huge pie fight at a cafe when a woman sits on the pumpkin pie he planned on buying.
  • Family Guy:
    • The musical number "It's a Wonderful Day for Pie" in the episode "Road to the Multiverse", set in a Disney-esque alternate universe, concludes with Herbert (in the guise of the Wicked Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) pelted with pies by the rest of the cast (except Brian and Stewie).
    • In the episode "You Can't Do That On Television, Peter", Peter creates a puppet named "Saggy Naggy" (based on Lois, who has been nagging him constantly to help around the house) for his children's TV show, and throws a blueberry pie into Saggy Naggy's face - leading a child to do the same to the "real" Lois while she's out shopping.
    • A Cutaway Gag from "#JOLO" shows a dog-riding midget clown throwing a pie in Meg's face as one of the many bizarre things Peter planned to have at his funeral.
    • Referenced in an early episode when Peter attends a play that he finds to be rather dull. He calls out from the audience, "For crying out loud, somebody throw a pie!"
  • The Smurfs:
    • Jokey Smurf masquerades as the episode's eponymous Masked Pie Smurfer to attack his fellow Smurfs with pies, resulting in an Escalating War.
    • In "Reckless Smurfs", a few Smurfs go around pieing Smurfs in the face with plates full of pooka nut icing to cure them of the effects of Daredevil Dust. Even the camera gets pied.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In the episode "Over a Barrel", the settler ponies fight the buffalo with pies.
    • In "A Bird in the Hoof", an overexcited Pinkie Pie does this to herself at a party in honor of a visiting Princess Celestia.
    • In "The Best Night Ever", poor Rarity ends up getting hit with a flying layer cake which Prince Blueblood was using her to shield himself from.
    • In "Power Ponies", Pinkie Pie (as Filli-Second) hits one of the Mane-iac's mooks in the face with a banana split.
    • In "No Second Prances", Starlight Glimmer drops a huge cake she created onto Mrs. Cake.
  • In My Little Pony: The Movie (1986), the witch sisters Reeka and Draggle get covered in pies while attempting (and failing) to spoil the ponies' Spring Festival. Reeka then sticks another pie in Draggle's face after the chaos is over.
  • In an episode of Muppet Babies, Fozzie tries to bake blueberry muffins; however, Scooter tells him he's actually following the recipe for "comedy cream pie", at which point Fozzie gets hit in the face with one.
  • A Running Gag on Garfield and Friends. (In the original comic strip too.) The Written Sound Effect "SPLUT!" was carried over with a booming voice.
  • Also used in the U.S. Acres shorts, including the episode "Big Bad Buddy Bird", which had a holiday called "Don't-Mention-Meat-Or-Someone-Will-Hit-You-With-A-Banana-Cream-Pie Day".
  • The Garfield Show has a Game-Show-Within-a-Show called "Say a Type of Tree and Get Hit in the Face With a Pie". It is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • The 1980s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles introduced Usagi Yojimbo into the series when he defeats Raphael, Donatello, and Leonardo (who were using ninja weapons) but is bested when Michelangelo flings a pizza pie into his face. He licks the pie to find it tastes delicious. When Usagi asks what manner of fighting this is, Splinter comments, "I believe it is called, 'slapstick'."
  • Care Bears
    • In "Caring for Spring", Simple Simon (Beastly) lost his other pies before he can eat them. He throws his last pie at Wicked Witch of Winter (Shreeky). "It was my last pie, but it was worth it."
    • At the end of "Space Bubbles", Grumpy makes fun of himself by falling on his own pie. This covers his face.
  • An episode of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius has Jimmy's evil clone do this to a bystander. Lampshaded by the clone, who laughs and gives an Aside Glance to the audience while saying "You can't beat the classics".
  • The Hair Bear Bunch: In "Whatever Happened To Goldilocks And The Three Bears," The bears and Mr. Peevly are starring in a revisionist filming of the fairy tale. When Hair Bear steps on Twinkles Sunshine's (Goldilocks) line, she throws a bowl of porridge at him. It hits Peevly, leading to an on-set porridge fight.
  • The VeggieTales episode "King George And The Ducky" replaces the Biblical war that named The Uriah Gambit with a more kid-friendly Great Pie War, in which pies are flung into the enemy lines by catapults.
  • As one of the many pranks played by the Enterprise computer in the Star Trek: The Animated Series episode "The Practical Joker", a pie is shot out of a food replicator and straight into Scotty's face.
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle did this in a "Bullwinkle's Poetry Corner" segment. After an attempt at reciting "Simple Simon" is side-tracked by a Who's on First? routine, Boris Badenov (playing the pie-man) hits Bullwinkle (playing Simple Simon) in the face with some of his "wares". Bullwinkle doesn't mind, remarking "Now I'm getting some ware!"
  • In "Buster Bombs" from Arthur, Buster tries having Arthur throwing pies at him, desperate to find something that will make people laugh. Arthur is just grossed out.
  • In the Steven Universe episode "So Many Birthdays," Steven throws a birthday party for the Gems, who have no concept of birthdays, and tries to give himself a pie in the face. When he pretends to trip and fall onto it, Pearl catches him, so Steven just shoves it directly into his own face. She is upset at how wasteful it is but ends up doing it to herself to try and cheer him up when he accidentally ages himself to near-death.
  • In the 3-2-1 Penguins! episode "Practical Hoax", Fidgel receives one of these when he opens his laptop thanks to Jason and Midgel.
  • In Doc McStuffins: "Toy Hospital: Welcome to McStuffinsville, Stanley gets pied by his own trap that he set. He then gets ice cream on the head because it was set to "pie a la mode."
  • The Loud House: Luan Loud, being a comedian, is fond of using this, which is demonstrated in the shows opening where she tries to pie Lincoln but he dodges.
  • Heckle and Jeckle pull this on Chesty and Dimwit (who are bank robbers) in "The Hitch-Hikers." Jeckle poses a quiz show question to Chesty; when he doesn't answer in time, Heckle throws a pie in his face.
  • Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa: Dakota Dude gets hit in the face with a pie in "Circus Daze".
  • Danger Mouse: When DM and Penfold stop to ask The Prankster Funny Bone for directions in "The Invasion of Colonel K", they are initially greeted by a barrage of custard pies to the face.
  • Done in the pilot of The Fairly OddParents, with Cosmo pieing Vicky while wearing Groucho Marx glasses.
    Cosmo: That's the first time the baby ever sat on the sitter.
    Vicky: HELP!!
    Cosmo: Sorry, the secret word was "pie".
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: In "Oath to an Ed", Eddy tries to earn an Urban Rangers badge by being a "good neighbor" and offering a pie to Sarah. When he does, she throws it in his face, knowing he can't retaliate lest he fail his objective.
  • In DuckTales (2017), one of Gizmoduck's weapons is a hand that comes out of his chest and throws a pie (assorted flavours). Gizmoduck himself has no idea how his armor can store so many pies.
  • In the Donald Duck wartime short "The Vanishing Private", Donald gets dunked in invisible paint and spends the second half of the cartoon trolling Sergeant Pete. At one point, he passes a tray of pies cooling on a window sill and helps himself to one; when Pete peers curiously at the pie hovering in midair with a bite taken out of it, Donald smashes it into his face and runs off.

    Real Life 
  • The University of Victoria's Engineering Students' Society has an annual fundraiser on March 14, Pi Day (3.14 - get it?) One person makes a donation to have an individual of their choice pied; the victim can dodge the pastry by matching the donation. Some good-natured individuals allow themselves to be pied but donate as well.
  • Same with University of Calgary's own ESS. Oh, Crap!. This would be a Berserk Button had it happened outside of Engineering or if an informal restraining order was never made.
  • The Biotic Baking Brigade, a San Francisco-based left-wing activist group, specializes in throwing pies in the faces of those it regards as its political foes.
    • Former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien was once pied by a member of this group. (It also happened to Stephane Dion, one of his key ministers; the difference is that Dion launched a lawsuit against them.)
    • As mentioned at the top of this page, Bill Gates suffered a similar fate on a trip to Belgium.
  • Indeed The Other Wiki has a page devoted to people who have been "pied" at some point. It goes so far as to note, "This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it."
  • And then there are the organizations that are dedicated to pieing people. Like these people. Or this guy.
  • The King of Sweden was attacked by a Strawberry Tart in 2005 by a 16-year-old boy. The King was reportedly "Surprised, but unhurt". In a hilarious case of Over-reaction and Easily Forgiven, the Court then charged the boy with Lèse-majesté and Treason only to then sentence the boy with six months' probation. One assumes they wanted to put the fear of God into him.
  • In recent years, it's become common for a professional baseball player who gets a game-winning hit to be rewarded with a shaving-cream pie to the face from his teammates. Actually, it can apply to any player who does particularly well during a game, i.e. a pitcher who throws a no-hitter.
  • Skippy's List references one particular incident where pies, to be thrown at the unit CO, would be auctioned off for a charity fundraiser. The pies, however, would be "voluntarily" bought by individual soldiers. So Skippy, being The Loonie that he is, decides that a traditional cream pie would be too blasé, and goes with something a little nontraditional...
  • In the 70s, science fiction critic Charles Platt pied magazine editor Ted White in the face at a convention. Sadly, White didn't see the funny side.
  • Since 2010, the Furry Fandom convention Rainfurrest has featured the tradition of pieing staff members in the face if their charitable donation goals are reached.
  • The first time Fred Rogers ever turned on a television, he saw footage of people throwing pies in each other's faces. The violence disgusted him enough that he decided to devote his life to gentler television programming. Pies in the face are directly responsible for Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
  • A variant of this has been carried out in New Zealand with lamington cakes — twice.
  • Per Rule 34, it is also a niche sexual fetish.
  • The Belgian writer and anarchist Noel Godin specialises in pieing public figures who he thinks deserve it. After pieing Bill Gates, he supposedly said "My work is done here." Another target was Jean-Luc Godard, who found it Actually Pretty Funny, and a recurring target is French philosopher, socialite and TV windbag Bernard-Henri Lévy, who really, really doesn't find it funny at all (which is one of the reasons why Godin keeps doing it.)
  • An activist once threw a pie at anti-feminist Phyllis Schlafly, injuring her eye in the process.
  • In May 2017, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce was pied in the middle of speaking a business conference, by a local Christian farmer who was protesting Joyce's support for marriage equality.
  • As a variant, it's not that uncommon for newlyweds to shove wedding cake in each other's faces and the like. As they generally agree to it beforehand, it's not considered assault or the like.
    • There have been cases where it was not agreed on before hand, and some marriages have ended there and then.


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The Three Stooges

One minigame has the Stooges throw pies at customers while avoiding getting hit themselves.

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