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Tropes about practical jokes.

Compare Stock Jokes, Booby Trap.

Contrast Deadly Prank.


Tropes

  • Banana Peel: Someone slips on a banana peel and gets hurt.
  • Banana in the Tailpipe: Blowing up a car's engine by sticking something in the tailpipe.
  • Booby Trap: Can range from slapstick comedy as seen in the Home Alone movies, to downright lethal as seen in the climax of Skyfall
  • Bucket Booby-Trap: Placing a bucket filled with water (or any sort of liquid, depending on the character) atop the edge of a door slightly ajar, then tricking some unwitting schmuck to open the door. Subverted if the intended target closes the door before re-opening, therefore spilling the bucket and rendering the prank useless.
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  • Bunny Ears Picture Prank: During a group photo, one person raises their index and middle finger behind another person's head to give them bunny ears.
  • Burning Bag of Poop: Putting feces (dog's... hopefully) in a paper bag, set it alight, and watch some heroic, macho volunteer come over and stomp the fire out.
  • Candid Camera Prank
  • Cash Lure: The stray 10-dollar note on the pavement sure looks tempting, especially to some unfortunate schmuck who happens to be passing by and trying to pick it up.
  • Clock Tampering: What time is it?
  • Covered in Gunge: Someone gets covered in slime.
  • Deadly Prank: Practical jokes are fun until someone gets hurt.
  • Ding-Dong-Ditch Distraction: Ringing the doorbell and running away before someone answers.
  • Egging: Throwing eggs at other people's houses.
  • Electric Joybuzzer: How about a handshake?
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  • Explosive Cigar: You offer someone a cigar, but after it's lit, it makes a small explosion.
  • Eyepiece Prank: You trick someone into looking through an eyepiece that leaves a marking around their eye or eyes.
  • Fire-Breathing Diner: Making someone eat hot, spicy food so they end up breathing fire.
  • Friendly Scheming
  • I Ate WHAT?!: Tricking someone into eating something disgusting.
  • It's a Costume Party, I Swear!: Misleading a character into wearing a costume to a non-costume party.
  • "Kick Me" Prank: A prank where you put a sign on someone's back that says "Kick Me" or something similar.
  • Kneel, Push, Trip
  • Laxative Prank: A prank where you trick someone into consuming a laxative.
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  • Overturned Outhouse: Tipping over outhouses and port-a-potties as a joke.
  • Pants-Pulling Prank: A prank where you pull down someone's pants (pulling down the underwear as well is optional).
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  • Pie in the Face: Someone gets hit in the face with a pie.
  • Powder Gag: Powder is scattered or exploded all over the victim (and usually the room), entirely coating them.
  • Prank Call: A prank where you harass someone over the phone by tricking them into saying something ridiculous.
  • Prank Date: Asking someone out just to humiliate them.
  • Prank Gone Too Far: It isn't a Deadly Prank, but the victim definitely isn't laughing.
  • Prank Punishment: A punishment in the form of a practical joke.
  • Pranking Montage: A montage that shows multiple pranks being pulled.
  • Prince of Pranksters: The Prankster gone Up to Eleven.
  • Pulling the Rug Out: With someone standing on it, of course.
  • Prank Injuries: Someone uses prank items to imitate horrifying injuries.
  • Running into the Window: One that is obviously as tall as a person, whose frame is out of sight enough for someone to bump into.
  • Scary Surprise Party: A scary prank turns out to be a... surprise party. Like what the title states.
  • Screamer Prank: Scaring the daylights out of someone with a video containing a Jump Scare.
  • Soda Can Shakeup: Step 1). Give a can of soda a good shake. Step 2). Offer it to some poor sucker. Step 3). Showtime!
  • Stink Bomb: It's like a smoke grenade made of farts and leftover cauliflower cheese.
  • Thumbtack on the Chair: Putting a thumbtack on a chair before someone sits on it.
  • Tied-Together-Shoelace Trip: Tying a person's shoelaces together when they aren't looking so that they'll trip and fall over as soon as they try to walk.
  • Toilet Paper Prank: Wrapping toilet paper around stuff.
  • Trip Trap: Stretching a rope across a path to trip someone up.
  • Underwear Flag: Someone puts underwear on a flagpole, usually for laughs at the undie owner's expense.
  • Unraveled Entanglement
  • Unscrewed Salt Shaker: Loosening the top of a salt shaker so that the next person to use it ends up spilling out all the salt in the container.
  • Wacky Fratboy Hijinx: Really, really typical in high school dramas. But hey, college frats, right?
  • Warm Water Whiz: Putting a sleeping person's hand in warm water in order to make them wet themselves.
  • "Wash Me" Graffiti
  • Wedgie: Hurting someone by pulling up the back of their underwear.
  • Whoopee Cushion: A small balloon-like object that you inflate and put where someone will sit on it, whereupon the object will make it sound like the person farted.

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