A displeased crowd is throwing stuff at speakers and artists according to the Rule of Funny. Eggs, lettuce and vegetables are generally favored, with tomatoes an all-time favorite. Originates from way back in the 19th century, when audiences and working-class theatergoers would often carry these things into the (very rowdy by our standards) theaters, and chuck them (or chairs and such) at bad performances. Look for an Honest John-type character to have a cart filled with said rotten vegetables for sale for this particular purpose.
- A TV commercial for the radio duo of Steve Dahl & Garry Meier showed a billboard advertising them being hit with a giant tomato. There was also a real Steve & Garry billboard with a tomato attached, as well as Steve & Garry t-shirts.
- In the first episode or movie of any adaptation of Hana Yori Dango all the students gather around Tsukushi and nail her with rotten eggs and other stuff. The Korean adaptation even added a flour Bucket Booby-Trap to deliver some extra humiliation for the Plucky Girl
- This was also used in Episode 12 of the Little Lulu anime. Lulu and the others did this to a picture of Wilbur's butler that was drawn on the side of the clubhouse, after he snobbishly put them off the activities that they normally did.
- At one point in Urusei Yatsura Ataru, grieving about how messed up his life has become since Lum decided they were married, asks the readers if he really deserves such torment. He is immediately covered in a pile garbage as off-panel voices declare "NO, YOU IDIOT! You deserve more!"
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion (really): Homura's own familiars pelt her with tomatoes after she successfully imprisons Madoka in the universe. It's implied the familiars are acting out Homura's true desires...and at least some of the audience would want to do that to her, too.
- Shokugeki no Soma: During the Cooking Duel against Ikumi Mito, Soma reveals that to compete against her incredible expensive high-grade beef, he got some Brand X cutlets he bought from a common supermarket. The audience becomes so infuriated at his audacity that they begin to pelt him with litter, which he blocks with his frying pan.
- Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: In episode 184, the wolves are mad at Wolffy and throw several objects at him, including a few tomatoes.
- Lampshaded in a Mitch Hedburg comedy bit.
Mitch: I'm worried about doing bad on a performance, and people, throwing tomatoes. But then I think "Who'd bring a tomato?"
- Before they were stars, The Marx Brothers did a tour of England, where the tradition was to throw pennies at bad acts. After getting pelted Groucho said, "we came all the way from the United States to perform for you. Could you at least throw shillings?"
- Disney Ducks Comic Universe:
- In a Donald Duck comic, poor Donald was once at the receiving end of this. Various types of fruits were thrown at him - including a ridiculously huge watermelon!
- In one-page comic starring Scrooge McDuck, he gains some money with this. Step 1: Perform a purposely bad performance in a talent show. Step 2: Catch all vegetables thrown at him. Step 3: Sell them. Step 4: PROFIT!!.
- In an Italian story, Donald finds out that in one occasion he was at the receiving end of this because Scrooge was there selling rotten vegetables.
- Happens to a political candidate in the Oklahoma album of Lucky Luke. He's actually happy getting so many vegetables for free.
- In FF the Yancey Street Gang hack their way into getting all the tickets for Darla Deering's concert and pelt her with vegetables and eggs because they think she's trying to replace Ben Grimm.
- In an issue of Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog, Anti-Tails pelts a turtle with tomatoes. Later on, an angry Knothole Village mob scapegoats Sonic and the Freedom Fighters and proceeds to throw produce at them.
- In an issue of The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, the audience entrance of a talent show has a barrel of free rotten vegetables.
- A two page Fozzie Bear strip in The Muppet Show Comic Book with a Pictorial Speech Bubble gimmick:
Waldorf: <picture of tomatoes>?Statler: <picture of the bag he's holding>Fozzie: !
- Robin: In "Joker's Wild" the fans at the Gotham Giants football game start throwing their drinks and food at the Jumbotron when Joker has the hacker he kidnapped hack in so he can disrupt the game while delivering his demands to the city. (For the curious weather or not Gotham has a pro-football team is up to the writers whims, though they always have a baseball team, the Knights)
- Zipi y Zape: In one short history, Zipi y Zape become musicians to feed their family due to the eye-watering prices of the former. All goes well, until one of the chords of the violins they're playing brokes and everyone discovers they had a hidden casette player. Both are pelted with edible vegetables that carry back home, much to the happiness of their mother.
- It's a running gag in Garfield. Once he was pelted with a pillow, an alarm clock and a flowerpot in short order. He took the stuff with him and was happy.
- Other things that he's been pelted with include a watermelon, a basket (which is what they threw at him when they ran out of fruit), and a giant stone wheel (he told a scout troop from Booga-Booga that the only thing they were allowed to throw was money. Apparently, that's the only form of currency in Booga-Booga).
- Sherman's Lagoon: When Fillmore does a musical performance of his poetry, Thorton throws an olive at him because it's the only vegetable he had.
- Alex: Marceline (from Adventure Time) gets thrown with rotten tomatoes after her opponent, Alex, exposes what she did in "What Was Missing". She even lampshades it.
Marceline: Why is it that people have a tendency to throw tomatoes at anyone they're displeased at?
- Getting Back on Your Hooves has this happen to Trixie when she attempts to make a public apology to Ponyville for the Ursa incident. Justified, as the pelting was performed by the Big Bad, Trixie's sister Checker Monarch, who came with the expressed intention of publicly humiliating her. Checker tries again at Trixie's charity play, but is blocked by Twilight.
- In The Band Ron and Harry start a band. At their first and only school performance they're showered with conjured fruit.
- Hans Von Hozel:
- In It All Started With a Visit to Gringotts the Malfoys are hit with rotten eggs and tomatoes when they visit Diagon Alley after Voldemort's defeat.
- In Knowledge Is Power an irate crowd covers Minister Fudge in conjured tomatoes.
- In Jedi Potter people in Diagon Alley throw rotten fruit at Dumbledore after he's revealed as a dark lord in disguise.
- In Loved And Lost, Princess Celestia is overthrown when Prince Jewelius manipulates the entire Canterlot to blame her for the Changeling invasion. One week later, as Celestia waits for her Public Execution to commence, she gets an egg thrown in her face by a filly whose her parents are still in the hospital after they were attacked by the Changelings. Fortunately nothing else but insults are thrown even though the crowd is unsympathetic toward Celestia.
- In Nothing Stays The Same after Dumbledore's misdeeds are posthumously discovered, his portrait is set up in one magical area after another so that people can throw fruit and veggies at it.
- Played for Drama in the final episode of Princess Trixie Sparkle. When the stage musician Trixie is forced to experience nothing but insults and accusations by Astelle, one of the scenes shows her on stage. She's being pelted with tomatoes while being mocked with things like "Nopony likes you" and "You aren't even talented".
- The circus bugs in A Bug's Life are pretty bad performers, and receive this treatment.
- Happens to Tanya in An American Tail: Fievel Goes West movie. Mama just scoops the produce off the walls and into a skillet, and Papa jokes that she should keep singing so that the hecklers will literally throw in dessert as well.
- After the climactic Battle of the Bands of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks, once the Dazzlings have lost their magical voices, the Canterlot High students reward their last attempt at singing with booing and throwing fruits and sandwiches at them.
- A non-comedic example happens to an unlucky Quasimodo in Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
- The Great Mouse Detective. Done for a Rule of Threes in the Bad-Guy Bar, with the fruit being quickly followed by everything else they can get their hands on, including daggers. The villainous customers then ready more objects to throw at the next performer, but the curtains open to reveal a hot singer/stripper who quickly has them eating out of her hand.
- At the end of the final race in the first Cars movie, Chick Hicks gets hit with tires from the crowd for violently ramming The King and sending him into a horrible wreck.
- In Coco, Ernesto de la Cruz gets this reception after being outed as a murderous fraud via Engineered Public Confession.
- In Skippy, cute little kids Skippy and Sooky are putting on a little backyard variety show, but mean-spirited kid Sidney brings an array of produce which he starts flinging at the performers. Skippy takes care of this by getting his own tomato, throwing it from backstage, and nailing Sidney right in the face.
- This happens to Sylvester (Bob Hope) in The Princess and the Pirate when he performs his variety act at a Bad-Guy Bar.
- In the The Marx Brothers A Night at the Opera, the bad-guy opera singer tries to steal the good-guy opera singer's thunder and is pelted. When he angrily objects to apples thrown at him, Groucho explains "Well, watermelons are out of season!"
- At the end of Duck Soup, Firefly, Chicolino, and Pinky do this to Trentino after they capture him. After Trentino surrenders and Mrs. Teasdale triumphantly sings the Freedonia national anthem (again), they start throwing fruit at her.
- After Robin loses an archery contest in Robin Hood: Men in Tights, everyone gets pelted.
Blinkin: Oh, good. They opened up the salad bar.
- Young Frankenstein. During Frederick and the monster's performance. Definitely a parody of the trope, as the posh, well-to-do looking men pull the rotten cabbages straight out of their dress suits.
- The Penguin, the Villain with Good Publicity from Batman Returns, trots out the above quote (which is a pretty good question, in fact) when his former supporters start throwing eggs and tomatoes at him after Batman exposes him for what he is by means of an Engineered Public Confession. This example also comes with a rare retaliation as he opens fire on them with his umbrella machine gun.
- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial has the titular alien get drunk and toss one of his beer cans at the TV screen after seeing Jerry scorching Tom's tail in a cartoon.
- In Mel Gibson's The Patriot, Benjamin Martin tests the suitability of potential recruits by walking into a rough tavern and shouting "God Save King George!" The patrons immediately hurl things at him (including a giant knife). Martin says, "This is the place."
- Happens to a traveling opera company that makes a hash of Faust in Buster Keaton's The Haunted House.
- This is ultimately how the US soldiers stationed in Italy end up having to drive Captain America off stage in a USO tour gone sour in Captain America: The First Avenger (that, as well as a soldier mooning him). Fortunately he's got his shield to block the vegetables, but the humiliation is another matter, inspiring Cap to stop acting as a propaganda symbol and start being the One-Man Army he's meant to be.
- O Brother, Where Art Thou? had the audience, when becoming fed up with Stokes' interruption of their play due to their ruining a Klan rally and their being convicts, start pelting food at him after his microphone is shut off by the recording studio. It gets worse for him later when they decide to run him out of town on a rail.
- Gangs of New York does this, but with cabbage (the audience is too poor for fruit).
- Although technically a Food Fight, the fact that the uptight teacher was constantly being hit by food, almost a gang up, in the movie Max Keeble's Big Move makes it more comparable to this trope.
- In Mrs. Doubtfire, Daniel (as Mrs. Doubtfire) throws a lime at his ex-wife's new boyfriend when said boyfriend calls him a loser. When he turns around, Mrs. D claims to have witnessed the whole thing.
Mrs. Doubtfire: Oh sir! I saw it... some angry member of the kitchen staff, did you not tip them? Oh... the terrorist ran that way, it was a run-by fruiting!
- In The Blues Brothers, the Blues Brothers perform in a bar in the Deep South to a crowd that doesn't appreciate their normal style of music, which they express by throwing empty beer bottles at them and booing. The band then changes their style to something the crowd likes (the Rawhide theme and "Stand by Your Man"), which they express by cheering — and throwing more beer bottles. Thankfully, the band is protected by a chicken-wire fence.
- Implied in a song in Newsies:
And the world will know that this ain't no game
That we got a ton of rotten fruit and perfect aim
- In My Summer Story, Mrs. Parker goes to the movies every week, because they're giving away dishes, but there's a screw up, and all they ever have is gravy boats. Finally, as the MC is once again trying to assure the crowd the other dishes are coming, Mrs. Parker throws her gravy boat at him. Cue the other women in the audience following suit.
- In Braveheart, when the hero is rolled in for his execution, the raving crowd throws vegetables at him.
- In Tin Men, Tilley does this to BB, and BB has him arrested for assault. The cop typing out the complaint feels embarrassed when he has to enter "eggs and tomatoes" as the weapon used.
- In Regeneration, an unsatisfactory violinist is driven off a vaudeville stage by a hail of garbage from the audience.
- Tomatoes are used in Ayoy Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde London as means of cultural education.
Mother: (handing her son a tomato to chuck at Johann and Lolita) Good taste has to be taught during childhood.
- In Animal House, in the scene where the Deltas are vetting prospective pledges in a slide show, the members throw fruits or drinks at the screen when the socially-inept Kent "Flounder" Dorfman appears. When Otter stands up to defend him (with Dorfman being a legacy after all), the other Deltas pelt him with empty beer cans.
- In Mary Poppins Mrs. Banks, preparing for a suffragette meeting, has the maid pack rotten eggs in her bag for this purpose.
Mrs. Banks: After our meeting at the Albert Hall, we're all going down to Downing Street to throw things at the Prime Minister!
- In Colette, friends of Missy's ex-husband begin throwing peanuts at Colette and Missy during their performance at the Moulin Rouge. This then escalates to bottles and furniture.
- In Huckleberry Finn, the villagers take rotten veggies to the theater after realizing that the Duke and the King's play is a scam.
- In Soul Music, Glod tries to catch the fruit they throw at him. Musicians have got to eat, ya know.
- It's also discussed about the Mended Drum (The Librarian in particular has to be pleased).
- And in Small Gods, a character recalls a crowd working through a whole list of things with which to pelt a missionary from a neighboring nation led by a Corrupt Church.
- Lords And Ladies mentions Librarian has firm opinions about what makes good theatre, and a very accurate way with high-velocity peanuts, so it's generally agreed that putting a slapstick scene in a dramatic tragedy is better than your lead actor being deaf in one ear.
- In Beyond the Western Sea, Horatio Drabble performs Shakespeare on the Liverpool streets and gets produce thrown at him.
- Happens several times in P. G. Wodehouse stories.
- The Jeeves and Wooster story "The Metropolitan Touch", where the finale of a show is supposed to involve the chorus throwing balls of wool (representing oranges) to the audience. On the night, the villain of the piece substitutes real oranges, and the show promptly devolves into an all-out fruit fight with the audience caught in the middle.
- "Ukridge's Accident Syndicate" ends with the traitorous Teddy Weeks being at the receiving end of a perfectly-timed tomato to the face.
- Played seriously in the Hand of Thrawn duology — two men inciting a riot in an already-angry crowd start by screaming for justice and throwing produce. Once the mob is pelting the building with food, they introduce rocks. After that's been going on for a while, they throw a grenade into the crowd and get out of there.
- Mentioned in Starfighters of Adumar. When reflecting on their massive drop in popularity, one pilot of Red Flight says that at least the Adumari haven't erected statues of them to throw rotten produce at. Another pilot says to give them a couple days.
- In Callahan's Crosstime Saloon, a particularly bad pun would be met with a shower of peanuts.
- In the Rainbow Magic series, in Ellie the Electric Guitar Fairy's book Rachel and Kirsty pelt goblins with rotten fruit to make them drop the magic guitar.
- A Song of Ice and Fire: when the universally hated Queen Cersei Lannister is forced to walk through the streets naked as punishment for her crimes, the smallfolk of King's Landing Come to Gawk and pelt her with garbage, rotten food, human and animal refuse, and at least one dead cat.
- From A Farewell to Arms.
"Of course you've never heard me sing," he said."When will you sing here?""I'll be at the Scala in the fall.""I'll bet they throw the benches at you," Ettore said. "Did you hear how they threw the benches at him in Modena?""It's a damned lie.""They threw the benches at him," Ettore said. "I was there. I threw six benches myself."
- The Riftwar Cycle: Discussed in the novelization of Betrayal at Krondor: James explains to Gorath that this is done to speakers who the audience doesn't like, and being a dark elf Fish out of Water in human civilization, Gorath thinks it's insane.
- A bit character who brings Pel some useful information in Five Hundred Years After makes a living cleaning the footwear of stage actors who, being routinely cast as the villain, regularly get subjected to this trope. It's a disgusting dead-end job that pays starvation wages, but he lives for the theater and wouldn't dream of quitting.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- A flashback to the time before Anya became a vengeance demon shows a bunch of villagers attacking Olaf by throwing "fruits and various meats" at him.
- In the "Nightmares" episode, Willow, in her forced-to-sing nightmare, backs off a stage where the booing patrons are throwing tomatoes.
- In Blackadder the Third Edmund invites Prince George to star as the title character in his new play: Thick Jack Clot Sits in the Stocks and Gets Pelted with Rancid Tomatoes. George, of course, readily agrees.
- Doctor Who: In "The Woman Who Fell to Earth", a drunk decides to throw his salad at the alien hunter Tzim-Sha while telling him that Your Costume Needs Work. This ends badly for the drunk.
- In the "Everybody Hates Elections" episode of Everybody Hates Chris, Chris is running for class president and finds himself in a debate against his opponent (the biggest bully on campus). Chris is really liking how his opponent is winning over the crowd, so he starts emulating him. One line Chris likes is "_____ now, _____ tomorrow and _____ forever." Problem is, he fouls up and ends up saying "Detention now, detention tomorrow and detention forever.". Cue about 200 pounds of mainly lettuce and tomatoes, with lots of other fruit and veggies mixed in, being tossed right at him.
- The Goodies
- Happens to the xylophone player after he is tossed on to the scrap heap in the episode "Snow White 2".
- And in "Rome Antics" it becomes a Ho Yay moment when, among the other produce, an unseen heckler throws a suggestively shaped vegetable at the Emperor.
Emperor: WHO THREW THAT? Cheeky!
- The first episode of Get Krack!n with a live studio audience ends with the audience (and the warm-up guy) pelting the Kates with lollies and then storming out.
- In Honey, the Play's the Thingie, the audience are searched at the door in an unsuccessful attempt to prevent this.
- Jeeves and Wooster called this "getting the bird", presumably because it involved things flying at you. In one episode, Bertie is nervous to see people in the audience passing around produce while he's singing "Sonny Boy." One of his friends is able to calm them down, but the vegetables in question still fly for Tuppy Glossop and Cora Bellenger. In fact, the reason for this is that "Sonny Boy" was performed twice before Bertie arrived.
- Played with on an episode of Wayne Brady's version of Let's Make a Deal: A contestant got zonked with a ton of rotten tomatoes, and Brady offered the contestant cash if she could hit the announcer, Jonathan Mangum (who was standing onstage next to the Zonk) with a tomato.
- Lucifer. In "The One With The Baby Carrot", Lucifer comes to Dan's stand-up comedy routine armed with a bunch of tomatoes, which he gleefully—and unapologetically—throws at Dan, despite the whole thing being a set-up to lure out a killer.
- The Brazilian show Macho Man, about a gay man who becomes straight after being hit on the head by a shoe, has one episode in which he has to visit his birthtown, which openly approves of homosexuality. One Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today? moment later, all the townsfolk were pelting tomatoes at him.
- Merlin spends a lot of time in Camelot's stocks getting pelted by the local children with lettuces and anachronistic tomatoes. In something of a subversion, he takes it with remarkable cheer, and everyone else seems to view it as good clean (if slightly mean-spirited) family fun.
- Midsomer Murders: Jones gets pelted with tomatoes while he is is undercover in a cult in "The Oblong Murders".
- Monty Python's Flying Circus: In "The Bicycle Trip", Mr. Gulliver (Terry Jones), due to a head injury, assumes the personalities of singer Clodagh Rodgers, then Soviet revolutionary Leon Trotsky, and then chanteuse Eartha Kitt - while in a performance in post-revolutionary Russia, his personality abruptly changes to then-PM Edward Heath, angering the audience of commissars who pelt him with produce. Another blow to the head reverts him to his old self.
- Murdoch Mysteries: The vaudeville episode "The Keystone Constables" features this. Crabtree, Higgins and a young W.C. Fields are among the targets.
- Starsky & Hutch: In "The Golden Angel," the audience boos and throws lettuce at a heel when he walks into the arena.
- In a Running Gag on Svengoolie, whenever the horror host makes a particularly bad joke, he gets pelted with rubber chickens.
- A scene in the bio-pic VH1 did for Meat Loaf has Jim Steinman perusing the script to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Jim's reaction is "This movie's so terrible, people are gonna throw things at the screen!" Little did he know...
- In the You Can't Do That on Television episode on Generosity, Jill Stanley is pelted with tomatoes because the audience didn't like her solo.
- The Beatles song "With A Little Help from my Friends" originally started "What would you do if I sang out of tune?/Would you stand up and throw tomatoes at me?". Despite their intention to not do any live concerts in the near future, Ringo (who sings the song) still requested that the line be changed lest fans take it as an cue to actually stand up and throw tomatoes at him.
- Toby Keith recreates the chicken-wire-as-pelting-preventer bar setup in "I Love This Bar".
- The Foo Fighters stopped playing "Big Me" for a while because of this. And Hilarity Ensues when Dave Grohl has a desire to burn the Mentos...
- Barenaked Ladies had a similar problem in their live performances of "If I Had A Million Dollars"; during the line "We wouldn't have to eat Kraft dinners," audience members would throw boxes of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese at them.
- Traditionally, the first band on Monsters of Rock at Donnington Park gets pelted off the stage. Fans really go all out — one year, an entire stale Christmas cake was thrown. The Comic Strip made use of this, putting their fictional band Bad News on first and filming them getting pelted.
- Also in the UK, Reading Festival traditionally has lots of people tossing fruit or bottles, no matter who played. Brandon Urie was downright KO'd by a bottle once. A Twisted Sister documentary, which highlights their 1982 performance where people actually stopped for a while because Dee Snider called out on the pelting feeling the audience in the front would be hit rather than the stage, downright describes every Reading concert as "40,000 people, 10,000 rocking out and 30,000 throwing stuff".
- In one fabled incident, someone threw a live chicken onto the stage at an Alice Cooper gig. Cooper picked it up and, thinking it would fly away, launched it back over the audience. It fluttered down into the crowd, which promptly tore it to pieces.
- "The Night I Appeared as Macbeth":
They jeered me, they queered me
And half of them stoned me to death
They threw nuts and sultanas, fried eggs and bananas
The night I appeared as Macbeth.
- Before Weird Al's career took off, he opened for Missing Persons in 1982. He was pelted by "anything that wasn't nailed down" for 45 minutes.
- Akon was hit by a water bottle thrown by a teen while performing a concert. He retaliated by having the audience bring him to the stage where he physically picked him up and threw him off.
- Spooner (the band in which Butch Vig and Duke Erikson played in the 80s) was scheduled to precede the Greg Kihn Band in the 1981 Summerfest in Milwaukee. A cancellation put them before Iron Maiden. The metalhead audience was not receptive to the New Wave band and showered them with beer cups.
- Occurs in-universe in a German Volkslied. The other (i.e. not the children song) musicians from Swabia who are so inept that this treatment is actually mild: "Laurels were too costly, oak foliage we didn't get, they threw rotten eggs and tomatoes in our face."
- The Stooges live album ''Metallic K.O." has Iggy Pop being pelted with beer bottles thrown by the angry truckers he invited to the final Stooges show.
- Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman was so displeased with Hipgnosis' album art proposal for the upcoming Yes Tor album, that he threw a tomato at the artwork. The effect was incorporated into the artwork and the album was dubbed Tormato.
- Woodstock 99, one of the most troublesome festivals ever, had many cases of flying bottles - which were one of the things making people angry, given the place was scorching hot and yet water cost $4. Reportedly, it started with Kid Rock asking the crowd to start tossing anything "that can't hurt each other" as his show ended (says something that once things start flying, Joe C. yells "what the fuck?"), and are very visible in The Offspring's concert, as just after calling out how bad people are behaving, the singer is hit in his face!
- Fred Flintstone does this in the "Water Buffalo" mode of The Flintstones, although his weapon of choice is a bowling ball.
- Multi time champion of the North American divisions Sucio Dutch Mantel was so reviled in the Puerto Rican CSP\WWC promotion that random people would throw trash at him even when he wasn't at shows and was just walking the street. At the shows enterprising fans made a business of selling things to throw at him and similarly hated heels such as Ox Baker.
- Fans threw garbage at André the Giant and Bobby Heenan as they approached the ring at Wrestlemania 3.
- During their mask vs mask match in September 1990, EMLL's 57th Anniversary on "Super Friday", Cien Caras at one point gained an obvious advantage over Rayo de Jalisco Jr. and continued to press his attack as pieces of trash from the audience bounced off of him.
- Hulk Hogan got pelted with trash after his shocking heel turn at WCW Bash at he Beach 1996, wherein he turned into Hollywood Hogan of the New World Order.
- This incident touched off a trend of WCW fans throwing stuff at the ring. Classless at the best of times, the fad arguably reached its nadir on the 1 December 1997 edition of WCW Monday Nitro, when referee Randy Anderson got hit in the eye with a golf ball during a match between Curt Hennig and Diamond Dallas Page.
- The fans threw garbage in the ring in protest at the end of the New Blood Rising PPV in August 2000.
- Ivory got this after Tough Enough III during a bikini contest at a house show, which she competed in to show fans stripping wasn't anything special and that the hardworking kids from the contest deserved to be on shows more than the no talent "divas" who could only appeal to people by being half naked. Ironically, Ivory's HeelFace Turn would occur not long after she managed to get so much heel heat from an unexpected source.
- Ring of Honor had this happen on a few occasions. Nigel McGuinness and the Age of the Fall frequently drew so much ire with their victories that fans threw empty bottles and whatever else was on hand into the ring.
- Austin Aries started throwing his popcorn at the number one contender to his title belt, Tyler Black, when it looked like he was going to beat Aries's Generation Next stablemate Roderick Strong.
- Fighting Spirit trainee Kris Rex got trash thrown at him after his very first appearance in Valkyrie Women's Pro (the fans weren't too interested in seeing a man, much less one that wanted to hijack the show)
- Hijo del Dos Caras got hit with a paper towel the second time he interfered with the 2015 WWC Lockout match between Alberto Del Rio and Ray Gonzales.
- In The Muppet Show, in one episode, Statler and Waldorf bail quite early on and are replaced by Floyd and Janice from the Electric Mayhem. It's revealed that they were concealing a bag of vegetables, which are speculated to be part of a plan to throw a party.
Janice: Well they won't go very far.
Floyd: Only need to go as far as the stage!
- Played straight during one episode where the crowd was unruly, being riled up by Statler and Waldorf grading the acts (poorly, as usual)- they tossed rotten vegetables at Gonzo, cutting his act short.
- Strange Hill High: When Mitchell is accused of being a thief in "The Lost and Found Boy", he made is made to sit in the corridor with a sign around his neck inviting to the students to pelt him with produce. Naturally they do so.
- A radio broadcast from Glastonbury about an annoying girl duo Daphne & Celeste being pelted with absolutely everything that came to hand: fruit, vegetables, mud, bottles, refilled bottles. They didn't seem to mind, saying the audience had been lethargic before and "they woke up to hate us!"
- Used in The Goon Show episode "The Great Spon Plague" during a conversation between Neddie Seagoon and "Mate".
Mate: I saw you last week at Coventry. 'Ere, you do all right for fruit, don't you?
- Game 7 of the 1934 World Series. Angry Detroit Tigers fans pelted St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Joe "Ducky" Medwick with food, bottles, seat cushions, etc., bringing the game to a halt and forcing the sport's then-commissioner to bench Medwick for his own safety. (At that point, the Tigers were losing 10-0 and Medwick had spiked one of their players sliding into a base the previous inning).
- August 10, 1995, St. Louis Cardinals visiting the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers held a promotion that day where they gave away free souvenir baseballs to fans before the game. Some innings, lots of beer, and several close calls by the umpires going against the Dodgers later, fans show their displeasure by throwing thousands of said baseballs onto the field. Play was initially suspended so that the balls were cleaned up before being resumed, but then one fan threw another ball to center field and the umps immediately forfeited the game to the Cardinals - as of 2018 this was the last forfeit in Major League Baseball. (The Dodgers have given away baseballs since, but now it's after the game.)
- Week 14 of the 2001 NFL season, the 6-6 Cleveland Browns hosted the 4-8 Jacksonville Jaguars trying to stay alive for a playoff spot. Late in the 4th quarter, the Browns are down 15-10 but were driving for the go-ahead touchdown. On a 4th-and-2 at the Jacksonville 12, Browns QB Tim Couch throws a three-yard pass to WR Quincy Morgan for an apparent first down, then the Browns hurry to spike the ball and stop the clock as Morgan had been tackled in-bounds. Couch spikes the ball, but then the head referee Terry McAulay announces that the catch to Morgan was being reviewed by instant replay.note Upon further review the call was overturned, and the Browns turned the ball over on downs. The Dawg Pound was incensed by the apparent jobbing by the refs and threw plastic beer bottles and other objects onto the field, causing the refs to declare the game over for safety reasons with 48 seconds left - NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue overrode the decision and brought the teams back out for two Mark Brunell kneel-downs to make the game official about 20 minutes later, still under a hail of debris from angry Browns fans.
- Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series. The Chicago Cubs had not even made the World Series since 1945, a drought popularly attributed to the Curse of the Billy Goat, but in 2003 they were up in the best-of-seven series three games to two, and Cubs fans could smell their ticket to the World Series and the end of the curse that night after the Cubs were up 3-0 against the Florida Marlins with one out in the top of the 8th inning. Then came Luis Castillo's pop-up foul ball to the edge of left field, which Cubs fan Steve Bartman inadvertently knocked away from Cubs left fielder Moises Alou, who otherwise had a good chance of catching it for the second out of the inning. The Marlins proceeded to score eight runs that inning, and angry fans in the vicinity began chanting "Asshole!" and death threats, blaming him for the team's sudden collapse. They eventually graduated to throwing beer, bratwursts, pizza, pretzels, and other debris as Bartman had to be led away by security for his own safety. The Cubs lost the game 8-3, and lost Game 7 the next night as well - it wouldn't be until 2016 when the Cubs returned to (and won) the World Series.
- Subverted in general when it comes to ice hockey — hats are traditionally thrown onto the ice out of respect by fans after a player scores his third goal in a game (i.e. a hat-trick). And let's not forget the octopus in Detroit (which Nashville followed with catfish, given their logo is a sabretooth tiger). Though ever since the "Year of the Rat", where Florida Panthers fans used to throw toy mice on ice with each goal (since the opening game had a player killing a rat on the dressing room before scoring two winning goals) — reaching absurd levels on the finals — the NHL was forced to change the rules regarding debris onto the ice, which could even ensure in penalties for the home team.
- For cases of objects thrown in protest, there's always jerseys, while in 2010 the Toronto Maple Leafs warranted waffles.
- Fans throwing money has become a protest means if the grievance is over the millions, possibly billions, being sent around as sports has become such a massive industry.
- During The '90s there were a couple of incidents in the NHL with fans of the Quebec Nordiquesnote and later the Florida Panthers.
- The era of free agency and massive contracts means players following the money over other things like loyalty have become more common, though that didn't stop Johnny Damon from being intensely vilified by Boston Red Sox fans in 2006 after signing a four-year, $52 million contract with the New York Yankeesnote . When he went to take his position in center field on the Yankees' first trip to Boston that year, several fans threw paper currency onto the field - the TV commentators saw at least one $20 bill.
- In 2015, with FIFA President Sepp Blatter having to resign over the huge corruption and bribery scandal stemming from the bidding process of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup, one comedian managed to get into a FIFA press conference and threw money at him before security could intervene.
- During the 1960s and 1970s, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, fans would often throw oranges onto the football field after the first Nebraska touchdown of the game. Unlike most other examples on this page, this was a form of applause; at the time, Nebraska was part of the Big 8 conference, and the Big 8 champion always played in the Orange Bowl. Oranges on the field were a way of saying "We're going to the Orange Bowl!". Oranges on the field also caused a mess, especially after Nebraska installed artificial turf in 1970, and for at least half the season were likely to be frozen solid (thanks to Nebraska weather) before they were thrown, with obvious risks. The university finally managed to convince fans to just stick with the traditional balloon release to celebrate the first touchdown.
- Stormbringer supplement Demon Magic: The Second Stormbringer Companion, adventure "The Velvet Circle". If the customers at the House of Melodac don't like the singer's performance, they end it in a shower of fruit and vegetables.
- Gypsy references this in an extra verse of "Together Wherever We Go":
When the audience boos,
We don't drop our cues.
We always can use what they throw.
The fruit may fly, but why complain?
Tomato sauce goes great with chow mein.
- Alluded to in the song "The World Will Know" from Newsies:
And the world will know
That this ain't no game
That we got a ton of rotten fruit
And perfect aim.
- Hello Neighbor: The Neighbor will throw tomatoes at you, which will cause your vision to blur and turn red.
- In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, the battles take place on a theater stage. If you're doing badly (or if the crowd is just feeling mean), then they'll start throwing rubbish at you. You can counter this by going into the crowd and smacking them with a hammer, but be careful, since they can also give you helpful items. Or, you could wait until they throw the rubbish at you and switch characters. This will prevent damage done AND keeps your audience count the same, even though you would lose just 1 doing it otherwise (and usually that one is quickly replaced). This is a less viable option if a bunch of X-Nauts decide to throw rocks at you at once—and they do so often enough for it to be a concern. If your character up front has already went though, you'll have to finish selecting an attack or smack them. Luckily, you can find a badge to switch without losing a turn. The baby Yoshi qualifies with flinging eggs at those who chuck things on the stage.
- In ToeJam & Earl, the title characters can use tomatoes which can either be thrown or launched from a slingshot at Earthlings. Chickens can also shoot tomatoes at you and there is a present that can cause tomatoes to rain from the sky. There's even a spin-off game, "Ready, Aim, Tomatoes!", which is one of the six games included in the cartridge that comes with the Sega Menacer peripheral. This game involves using the peripheral to shoot tomatoes at the enemy Earthlings.
- During the Title Defense match with Aran Ryan in Punch-Out!! Wii, he taunts you between rounds — and then gets pelted with garbage. He turns in his seat and starts threatening the crowd. Super Macho Man gets pelted as well, but he takes it in his stride and Pec Flexes the tomato stuck on his chest off. It happens due to the former being a dirty cheater and the latter a weapons-grade douchebag.
- Rune Factory 3 allows the player to do this to monsters. As an attack. It's more useful if you throw status-effect-causing food, rather than ordinary crops, though.
- in World of Warcraft, random NPCs will throw rotten fruits at your character the first time you visit Stormwind or Orgrimmar as a Death Knight.
- The advent of the Brawler's Guild in Mists of Pandaria allowed players to become the pelters. Throwing cheap vendor bought objects at other players as they fought, or at NPC spectators, complete with achievements for pelting rowdy spectators.
- In the Forest Stage section of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, depending on the mask Link wears at the stage, the Deku Scrubs will either adore it, have mixed reviews on it, or hate it. If it is the last one, they'll do their own variation on Produce Pelting... by spitting Deku Nuts at Link until he leaves.
- In The Sims Medieval, Sims in the stocks can have tomatoes and eggs thrown at them (if the Sim you're playing is on the receiving end of this treatment, it increases the negative buff they get from the stocks).
- In the Point-and-Click Game Pink Panther's Passport to Peril, Pink Panther has to give a performance in a Chinese opera. However, if the player makes him walk onto the stage without the required costume and/or make-up, the audience will start throwing tomatoes at him.
- One puzzle in King's Quest VI requires you to get a minor character to throw a rotten tomato at another one.
- Future Cop: L.A.P.D. intro: After a barrage or rockets and machine-gun fire a single ripe tomato is thrown.
- Spelunky players can attempt to beat the game with The Eggplant: ridiculously fragile and weak against all enemies except Yama, whose head turns purple and dies instantly to one hit.
- The Gremlins 2: The New Batch Licensed Game for the NES had a genetically altered tomato as one of Gizmo's weapons.
- Virtual Bart has a level where Bart must throw tomatoes (and later eggs) at his classmates so he will look good in the class photo by comparison. The game ends when he runs out of tomatoes (or eggs), runs out of time, or hits one of the adults (though he can hit Principal Skinner when he is crouching).
- Tiny Toon Adventures games:
- In Babs' Big Break for the Game Boy, each playable character has their own unique food to throw. Buster tosses carrots in an arc, Plucky tosses pineapples that bounce off the floors and/or walls, and Hamton bowls using watermelons.
- In the western level of Buster Busts Loose for the SNES, the Coyote Kid (from the TV series episode, "High Toon") tosses tomatoes at Buster.
- In Buster's Hidden Treasure for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, there are several enemies that toss food at Buster, including Ravens that drop apples, and Trolls (from the short, "Day for Night" from the TV series episode, "Brave Tales of Real Rabbits") that toss tomatoes.
- In Kangaroo, the monkeys throw apples at your mother kangaroo, which you must avoid.
- Mega Man Rock Force has Charade Man's stage, with two areas that resemble a stage with performing mooks. The second of these has a constant stream of exploding fruit that is thrown on-screen at your character.
- One of the many silly weapons in Jets'n'Guns is the Tomator Deluxe, a cannon that fires tomatoes at a very high rate of fire. The Flavor Text states it was originally used by disgruntled ex-fans of an in-universe rock band to express their displeasure with the band's new sound.
- In the Pinocchio Licensed Game for the SNES and Sega Genesis, in the third level, Pinocchio must copy the dance moves of the puppets in Stromboli's puppet show by pressing the right button combinations. If he succeeds, the audience will cheer and throw money and power-ups, and if he doesn't, the audience will jeer and throw tomatoes, which drain his health.
- This happens in the Tiny battle in the remake of Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy; if you try hiding in the corner during the lion charge section, the audience pelts Crash with cheese, which can be hazardous if Crash slips on one and falls into a lion. After Tiny is defeated, the audience starts throwing tomatoes at him.
- In WarioWare Touched!, after thwarting a chase by her musical rival Vanessa, Mona performs at a concert only to run off when she remembers she has pizzas to deliver. Vanessa takes the opportunity to dress as Mona and get on stage claiming to be her, but the audience isn't fooled because of her green hair and purple outfit and throw garbage at her.
- RuneScape has several areas where you can throw rotten tomatoes at things. For example, in Botany Bay, while bot using players were on trial, other players could hurl tomatoes at them.
- Happens a few times to Johnny Cage in the Mortal Kombat series:
- In Mortal Kombat 4, a booing crowd throws fruit, bottles, and cans at him during his ending.
- One of his new Fatalities in Mortal Kombat 11 has him tear his opponent's torso off, then do a (bad) ventriloquist/stand-up comedy impression with it, with the end result being tomatoes being flung at him, with one of them hitting the corpse in the face.
- In the Strong Bad Email "alternate universe", Strong Bad interrupts Old-Timey Strong Bad's magic act at a bad time, resulting in both Strong Bads getting pelted with "shades of grey tomatoes".
- In the Volume 2 opener of RWBY, Team RWBY and JNPR are eating together and Nora Valkyrie is throwing grapes for Yang Xiao Long to catch in her mouth. After Yang gives the truly atrocious pun "I always start my semester off with a Yang!", Nora throws a tomato which hits her square on the nose. Things escalate from there. A lot.
- In Episode 70 of The Most Popular Girls in School, this happens to Deandra after her cringingly-bad singing performance. She actually takes it pretty well.
- Geminiman from L's Empire ends up getting hit with tomatoes when he puts on a concert to pay for the rent, leaving him to wonder where everyone got them. Turns out that Void was selling them, resulting in them making a net profit.
- When Malachi organizes a talent show in Camp Weedonwantcha, a group of "ropes course" campers bring along a bunch of tomatoes in preparation for this. Subverted in that the "tomatoes" are actually rocks that have been painted red. Also subverted in that all of the performances gain applause from the rest of the audience, so they leave dejectedly.
- Monique gets a heck of a lot of this in Sinfest.
- In one Arthur, King of Time and Space modern arc strip, Arthur tells Kay he's got a role in the church play. Kay says he'll be sure to bring tomatoes, and Arthur comments that the admission fee might actually be a donation to the food drive.
- In a El Goonish Shive filler strip, Dan, feeling sick, decides to phone-in a comic update. According to the very Long Title, the readers get enraged by the extremely low quality and throw fruits and vegetables at him. Ironically, this ends up providing him with the nutrition to recover but also some ends up going up his nose resulting in going on sick leave for 6 months.
- The SCP Foundation brings us SCP-504; tomatoes that launch themselves toward poor attempts at comedy. The amount of force used is proportional to how bad the joke is.
Item: One mature SCP-504 tomato
Subject: A portable computer playing a pre-recorded engineering joke.
Transcript: "2009 is going to be a complex year. We already know the real part; we still have to find the imaginary part".
Result: Supersonic blast detected; computer was completely vaporized by the tomato's kinetic energy. Sensor readings indicate an approximate speed of 3500 km/h (2174 mph).
- Rotten Tomatoes is named after this.
- Uncyclopedia reports that throwing produce is merely a more primitive version of the Staple Gun.
- In The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, this happens to Kootie Pie and Big Mouth during their song in "Dadzilla".
- Tummi Gummi actually fell victim to this at the end of the Adventures of the Gummi Bears episode, "The Fence Sitter". After the Gummis successfully got the Gummiberry-eating bird to switch its diet to blackberries, this leads to a brief discussion about what the fate of the bird's babies is going to be. Tummi even chimes in that they would have to let the baby birds vote too. This led to him getting pelted by blackberries from the other Gummis in response.
- The Amazing World of Gumball: In "The Nuisance", the Wattersons thwart the Mayor of Elmore's plan to sell the town by destroying most of it so its value goes down. The other citizens aren't aware of why they did this and are understandably upset with the town being destroyed, so the episode ends with them locked in stocks and having tomatoes thrown at them.
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold:
- Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen lead a mob that pelts Superman with tomatoes after he declares himself king in "Battle of The Superheroes!".
- Negative Man gets pelted with tomatoes while performing as a sideshow freak in "The Last Patrol!"
- Classic Disney Shorts:
- In Doug's realization that Patty is a terrible singer (yet can't bring himself to tell her the truth because he isn't willing to risk hurting her feelings), he imagines her attempt at singing in a theater, and then the audience members proceeding to pelt produce at her, and she's still singing even when she is up to her waist in a pile of rotten food.
- Happens to Davey in Eight Crazy Nights when the crowd disapproves of his officiating at a youth basketball game.
- In the episode "One False Movie" of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, this happens to Bloo at the screening for his movie when the film is interrupted by an episode of Lauren Is Explorin' that Eduardo taped over the end of the movie.
Bloo: No, please! I'm allergic to tomatoes! And rejection!
- Futurama's Zoidberg does a stand-up routine which sucks; Leila and Bender pelt him with tomatoes, which Zoidberg happily eats.
- In an episode of Garfield and Friends Garfield discusses and invokes this trope. He talks about going on the Comedy Diet where you can only eat what people throw at you. He then goes on stage and tells bad jokes until the audience hits him with vegetables.
- In the episode, "All About Odie", a man from the audience asks Garfield what Odie does with with a car he catches, Garfield responds that Odie buries it in the backyard (which turns out to be true as shown at the end), the audience think he's crazy and start to insult him. An irritated Garfield then makes a remark about the audience, which leaves everyone booing at him and throwing produce. It is done very comically though.
- One episode of Gravity Falls has an interesting version in an episode where the town celebrates their heritage by dressing and acting like pioneers. Grunkle Stan gets in trouble, and is promptly thrown in the stocks. Gideon then comes by, holding a bag of tomatoes...Guess what happens next.
- Heathcliff once got hit with tomatoes thrown by the neighborhood pets in an episode of Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats.
- The Heckle and Jeckle cartoon Sno' Fun has the magpies as mounties facing the outlaw Powerful Pierre. The boys hide inside a single overcoat and throw virtually every fruit and vegetable at Pierre, to no effect.
- On Jimmy Two-Shoes, when Samy tries to perform, he inevitably runs into this trope.
- Done in Kim Possible when Ron is on stage at Camp Wannaweep, lampshaded in typical Kim Possible fashion he wonders a few times where all this fruit is coming from.
- LarryBoy: The Cartoon Adventures: LarryBoy, in disguise as a yodeler (despite the fact he can't yodel), gets pelted with produce — and one of the projectiles is actually Bob the Tomato.
Bob: I don't CARE how bad he is, we do not throw tomatoes in this town!
- Looney Tunes:
- A similar gag in What's Cookin' Doc? has Bugs Bunny campaining for an Academy Award... at the awards banquet. The audience throws assorted fruit, burying Bugs, who emerges briefly wearing a Carmen Miranda fruit hat, before getting clobbered with what he thinks is an Oscar, but turns out to be a booby prize.
- One Froggy Evening: The poor protagonist offers Free Admission (and later Free Beer) to the debut of the Singing Frog (before he was known as Michigan J. Frog). All the crowd gets to see is the little green thing croaking in place. Cue the loud continuous booing... and, of course, the onslaught of fruits and vegetables in the man's face while the curtain is covering everything else.
- In "Daffy's Inn Trouble", Daffy disguises in drag as as a can-can girl to attract customers for his inn, complete with a record of "The Latin Quater", which he lip synches to. Unfortunately, the record experiences a Repetitive Audio Glitch, blowing Daffy's ruse and resulting in him experiencing this trope.
Daffy: Boy! What a bunch of soreheads! (A final tomato hits him in the face)
- In Tex Avery's "Hamuture Night", a fox is trying to dramatically recite Hamlet's soliloquy. Everytime he finishes the line someone throws a tomato.
MC: The balcony scene from "Romeo and Jule....t" (He gets hit by a tomato.)
- Done a lot in classic cartoons — notably in Tex Avery's Magical Maestro, where an opera singer's costume is repeatedly transformed by the magician/conductor. An irate audience member hurls a huge pile of fruit at the stage, just in time for the singer to get turned into Carmen Miranda.
- The Magic School Bus: In "Getting Energized", this happens to Carlos (twice) while attempting to entertain an impatient crowd.
- This shows up in the third act of the Mr. Bogus episode "Bogus to the Rescue", though the tomatoes were actually thrown at his superhero office rather than at him.
Bogus: Not nice to throw tomaties!
- Muppet Babies (1984):
- Muppet Babies (2018): In "Upside Down Day", the babies briefly have the tomatoes from the garden fall on them. Fozzie comments that he usually has to tell a joke for that to happen, alluding to the aforementioned Running Gag from the original 1984 series.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: During the song segment in "One Bad Apple", Babs Seed throws tomatoes and milkshakes at the Cutie Mark Crusaders while Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon roll with laughter.
- Phineas and Ferb, "Out of Toon": After the boys turn their older sister Candace into a villain for their cartoon, people began throwing tomatoes at her. The boys managed to cheer her up by telling her that it meant they liked her and she was a good villain.
Candace: Maybe I'll go feel the love! (gets hit by tomatoes) Love feels a lot like tomatoes.
- Recess: Randall is pelted with the rest of the student body's lunch contents in "Stand Up Randall" after he tattles on another kid at the beginning.
- The Simpsons:
- The Springfield baseball stadium has a "tomato day", when people are given free tomatoes with which to pelt a representative of the Springfield Communist Party.
"Oh well, this is better than Dart Day..."
- Used again in "Bart to the Future" where Bart and Ralph perform a cheap rip-off of "Margaritaville" and get pelted with beer bottles — which hit a laser grid force field.
- And earlier in a redneck bar, when the owner announces that drink service will be suspended for a few minutes, he has to duck several bottles, a chair and a live pig.
- Season eight's "The Twisted World of Marge Simpson" where Marge tries to sell her pretzels at a ballgame, but the sports fans end up hurling them at Whitey Ford.
- In the Season 9 episode "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace," the residents of Springfield throw food at the Simpsons' house when they discover they've been scammed by the family.
Lisa: They're running out of tomatoes.
Bart: (loud smash) But they still got plenty of pumpkins.
- In the season 21 episode "American History X-celent", Moe is selling throwing stuff at the crowd gathered to watch Mr. Burns being carted away to jail. "Get your throwing stuff here! Turn a protest into a riot!"
- In one episode, Krusty the Clown was doing a show at the Apollo Theater called "Krusty Komedy Klassics". When he sees the sign behind him, he realizes in shock that the first letters also spell out the acronym for the "Ku Klux Klan" in a theater filled primarily with a black audience before giggling nervously and saying "Not good...", which likewise resulted in the audience pelting things at him. They did something very similar later on in the (in-universe) show, where Krusty tries to do a skit called "Mad About Shoe" (where he makes out with an oversized shoe to the style of the sitcom Mad About You), obviously not finding the joke funny. Krusty also took note of this and warned them that they certainly won't like the NYPD Shoe skit, as it's overall the same thing.
- Happens to Bart in "The Boys of Bummer" when he is pelted with garbage and beer cans when he loses the Little League Championship.
- Nelson's long-missing father was trapped in a circus freakshow where people were told to continuously throw peanuts at him (so his allergic reaction wouldn't subside and show them he's completely normal and capable of speech).
- The Springfield baseball stadium has a "tomato day", when people are given free tomatoes with which to pelt a representative of the Springfield Communist Party.
- SpongeBob SquarePants:
- In the episode "Culture Shock", the audience boos Squidward during the talent show and throws tomatoes from the free salad bar. Mr. Krabs, spotting a business opportunity, immediately starts charging for the salad bar.
Fred: It's worth every penny.
- In the episode "The Smoking Peanut", Patrick is accused of throwing a peanut at a trained clam. He's tied up and pelted with peanuts as retribution. Patrick just catches them in his mouth.
- In "Sandy, SpongeBob and the Worm", when everyone at the Krusty Krab is arguing on how to protect themselves from the Alaskan bull worm, Mr. Krabs suggests that they all buy a Krabby Patty. They react by pelting him with bottles of ketchup and mustard.
- In the episode "Culture Shock", the audience boos Squidward during the talent show and throws tomatoes from the free salad bar. Mr. Krabs, spotting a business opportunity, immediately starts charging for the salad bar.
- Star Wars Resistance: In "The New Trooper", the Colossus residents protesting the First Order's presence in the marketplace pelt the stormtroopers with fruit. Kaz uses this to get away from the troopers twice (he happens to be disguised as one at the time).
- Steven Universe: In "Dewey Wins", Mayor Dewey's insensitive remarks about Lars being stranded in space leads to Mrs. Barriga (Lars' mother) throwing a tomato at him. Much to Dewey's chagrin, it ends up on TubeTube.
- Tiny Toon Adventures:
- In "A Ditch In Time", Plucky tricks the prehistoric ancestors of the show's cast into thinking he is their new leader. When Buster and Babs tell the truth about Plucky to them, they toss their fruit and vegetables at him when he returns.
Plucky: Yesterday's leader, today's tossed salad.
- Montana Max does this to Buster in "Animaniacs!" at the beginning of the Acme Looniversity Film Festival. Fortunately, Buster dodges the vegetables, grabs one of the carrots (obviously so he can eat it later), and catches a watermelon with his ears and tosses it back at Monty.
- In "A Ditch In Time", Plucky tricks the prehistoric ancestors of the show's cast into thinking he is their new leader. When Buster and Babs tell the truth about Plucky to them, they toss their fruit and vegetables at him when he returns.
- Has happened twice in Totally Spies!: Once in Sam's Imagine Spot (of herself doing the tango) in "Head Shrinker Much?", the second to Jazz Hands when he was playing the accordion in "Mime Your Own Business".
- The practice of throwing things at despised public figures dates back further than anyone can remember. According to the ancient Roman biographer and historian Suetonius, when Emperor Claudius had some trouble supplying Rome's granaries at one point (when famine and storms disrupted their supply lines), an angry mob of hungry Romans gathered and furiously pelted him with stale bread crusts. In response to this crisis, he immediately enacted laws insuring grain ships against loss and granting the suppliers with various tax advantages in order to keep the supply lines flowing. Suetonius goes on to say those laws remained in force forever afterward to his own time.
- The term "peanut gallery" originates from audience members who heckled performers by throwing exactly that.
- Muntadhar al-Zaidi, Iraqi journalist who expressed his hostile opinion of George W. Bush by throwing his shoes at him (Bush dodged both). He was arrested and tortured for that, though many of Bush's enemies in the Middle East and the West alike hailed him as one of their heroes (the sources for the "torture" claims are questionable at best, however).
- The practice of throwing shoes as a form of heckling (common in Arabic and similar Middle Eastern cultures, as the bottom of one's foot is considered the most ritually and physically unclean part of one's anatomy) preceded and followed him. Numerous people around the world have thrown shoes at people they despised from Israel to Taiwan. Perhaps somewhat fittingly, some of al-Zaidi's critics threw shoes at him too.
- Justin Timberlake got water bottles, muffins and other random trash chucked at him during his performance at a 2003 benefit concert in Toronto. Another Justin was also infamously pelted with water bottles.
- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi had a statuette of Milan Cathedral thrown at his face, which broke his nose and two of his teeth.
- A heckler once threw a cabbage at US President William McKinley while he was giving a speech. McKinley caught it and said, "it seems that one of my detractors has lost his head," without missing a beat.
- During the worst days of The Great Depression, President Herbert Hoover had to endure people aiming anything (often rotten fruits and vegetables) at him (or his vehicle) at almost a daily basis, especially during his re-election campaign in '32.
- For a while, it was a tradition in music festivals set in Brazil — most notable case being Carlinhos Brown being pelted with water bottles at 2001's Rock in Rio III, both for his music not pleasing the audience and Brown asking the organizers to stop spraying said audience with hoses (a solution to counter the scorching summer weather), leading to an increasingly disgruntled and sweaty crowd to take their rage on who made their experience worse.
- Nickelback was stoned (as in actual stones were thrown) during a festival in Portugal, forcing them to cut their performance short.
- Many renaissance faires feature a tomato-throwing game, where one can pay to throw squishy old tomatoes at an actor dressed like a medieval crook, typically in the stocks.
- The rivalry between Colgate University and Cornell University ice hockey teams often ends in this. Visiting Colgate ice hockey players are often pelted with toothpastenote . Likewise, visiting Cornell ice hockey players often get Big Red gum thrown at them.
- Two actors from cast of Lemonade Joe (1964) represented the film at a festival in Eastern Germany. The film was widely lauded and received several festival awards, but that particular German audience did not like it at all, and Kveta Fialova (The Chanteuse Tornado Lou) and Josef Hlinomaz (The Gunslinger Grimpo) reminisced how they had got empty bottles and cans thrown at them.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger had an egg thrown at him during one of his campaign speeches. He took it in good humor, saying that the person who threw the egg now also owes him bacon, because you cannot have eggs without bacon.
- The website "Tomato Casual" explores the history of pelting people with tomatoes.
- Allegedly, one Brazilian politician claimed that the economical situation has significantly improved during his term, because he used to be pelted with rotten tomatoes and eggs, but now his clothes were full of stains from considerably more expensive and fresh food.
- During France's 2017 Presidential Election, not one but two controversial candidates - Manuel Valls and François Fillon - had cups of flour thrown at them. A third, the ultimately successful Emmanuel Macron - had an egg thrown at him. John Oliver joked on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver that he doesn't know if the French people are any closer to picking a President, but they're halfway through making a decent crêpe.
- In the wake of the 2019 shootings in New Zealand, controversial Australian senator Fraser Anning stated that the victims "deserved it" for being Muslims. The following day, an upset teenager smashed an egg on Anning's head for his racist comment; Anning responded by punching the teen in the eye. Australians still shocked from the shootings came out in support of the teen for standing up to racism, leading to the hashtags #Eggboy and #EggANazi gaining popularity on Twitter. Anning would lose his seat two months later.
- got pelted with a whole, raw crab after a victory.