Slide on the soap! (runs up soapy slope, slides back down)
Slide on the soap! (runs up soapy slope, slides back down)
Slide on the soap! (runs up soapy slope, slides back down)"
Something slick like oil, or slippery like a jar of marbles, is poured out on to a floor, and a targeted character or vehicle slips, skids and falls/crashes, typically backwards.
Seen often in broad physical comedy, as well as vehicular action sequences. In chase scenes, it is guaranteed that when small spherical objects are scattered, the enemy in chase will step on them and immediately fall down, giving the hero ample time to escape.
- Lupin III: Crisis in Tokyo: Lupin uses ball bearings on Zenigata to prevent pursuit, and later uses them again on the trucks in the security convoy, causing a massive accident.
- Ranma ½: In the manga, Ranma, after becoming annoyed by Ryōga trying to date Akari and Akane at the same time, pretends to be Ryōga's maid. She intentionally waxes the floor so Ryoga will slip and Akane will discover what he's been up to.
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: JoJolion: Josuke's Stand "Soft And Wet" has the ability to "take" things and properties from anything that it can hit with a bubble. When fighting an enemy on the next floor up, Josuke "takes" the friction from the floor above him, sending the enemy sliding around the apartment.
- Ushio and Tora: weaponized by Ayakashi, whose hide and interiors are coated in oil so slippery it can deflect pretty much any single attack directed at it. Ushio has to remove the Power Limiter from the Spear to kill it.
- Oh, Suddenly Egyptian God has Set attempting to use a Banana Peel to slip up Horus. The trope ends up subverted when Otter arrives to the rescue wearing ice skates, turning Horus' mishap into an impromptu pair figure skating scene.
- Meat Or Die: In the episode "Naomi", Yans and Gans attempt to make the title character (a giant rabbit) slip on an oil slick so they can eat her while she's down. It works... but the pair get squashed under her because they got caught in the trap when she fell.
- Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: In the beginning of episode 495, Wolffy walks down a red carpet to head to a show. Another character drops their watermelon on the carpet and Wolffy trips on it and falls.
- Tintin cracks open an abacus in a chase scene from The Secret of the Unicorn.
- He also does the same thing with a barrel of oil in Tintin and the Lake of Sharks.
- There's one early-ish issue of Daredevil, before things got Darker and Edgier, where the floor gets covered in pool balls. DD, having the Radar Sense, is able to run and jump around anyway. His opponent, not so much. Daredevil remarks in thought caption that it's easier to recover from defeat than humiliation.
- Sexton sets up some marbles as a trap for his and Death/Didi's captor in Death: The High Cost of Living, hoping he'll slip and break his neck, but it ends up being sprung on the wrong person. (Nonlethally.)
- Averted in Sin City despite a few chase scenes happening in the snow.
- In Sonic the Hedgehog (IDW), this is how Eggman gets his comeuppance at the climax of the Metal Virus Saga. After causing so much trouble with his Metal Virus bioweapon, Eggman himself contracts it via slipping and falling on an infected Froggy.
- The Far Side had a "Ball Bearings, Bananas, Roller Skates & Floor Wax" factory, where numerous people were suffering pratfalls and slippage.
- The eponymous hero of Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality uses transfigurated bearing balls during battles.
- During the climax of With Strings Attached, John instantly coats the rooftop of the warehouse with wet ice, causing everyone except him to lose their footing and go crashing down, thus rendering them incapable of casting spells at him while he races to the trap door in the roof.
- Dungeon Keeper Ami: Here:
A moment after the warning, arms flailed and armour rattled as the tiny orbs got underfoot, causing soldiers to trip and fall, who in turn tripped up more of the pursuers. From one instant to another, the group of hunters was a mess of angry bodies sprawled over each other.
- In Brilliant Lights Will Cease To Burn, Izuku has Rain and Flower cover the ground with wet petals after being outmatched by Fight. When Fight tries to step forward, she slips, allowing Izuku to slam the pommel of his sword into her head to knock her out and let him seal her.
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit:
- In the opening cartoon, Roger slips on both a rolling pin and a bar of soap.
- Judge Doom pours "the dip" on the road, causing Benny the Cab to skid. Although given that Benny screams and crashes and his tires look shredded, the dip is probably actually burning Benny's wheels off.
- Later, Judge Doom himself slips on some Toon "Eye Balls" and falls.
- In the film Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, the Pokémon Ranger of the title causes several Evil Minions to slip and fall by overturning a basket of potatoes (yes, potatoes!) under their feet.
- In Robots, Rodney fights Fender in a tug of war to get his foot back, with the pair of them fighting while trying to keep their balance on a large number of ball bearings. Fender eventually loses his balance and falls over, losing his head quite literally in the process.
- Asterix in Britain has a Running Gag of messengers sent to General Motus always arriving at his headquarters after the floors have been waxed, resulting in slips, slides and crashes into various marble statues (explaining why so many Greco-Roman era statues in museums nowadays are broken).
- 3 Ninjas does this with an oiled wooden floor and jelly beans.
- In Animal House, they used marbles during the end parade.
- The 2008 Get Smart movie does this with a fallen hanging bead curtain.
Maxwell Smart: I set that up.
- Used with gumballs and basketballs in the 1998 Godzilla.
- The Goonies. Data's "Slick Shoes" lead to some nut-crunching acrobatics by the Fratelli brothers.
- Home Alone:
- Kevin sprays water on the outside steps that froze into ice, in addition to placing Micro Machines in front of the inside stairway.
- In the sequel, he buys some cheap necklaces from a street vendor and spills their beads onto the sidewalk, which the bandits promptly slip on. Later, Marv steps onto a slippery floor (courtesy of Kevin), struggles to keep his balance, manages to stop himself for just a moment, and then finally loses his balance... propelling him forward into a shelf loaded with paint cans in spite of the laws of physics. Finally, Kevin himself slips on ice, getting himself caught.
- Hook features an elaborate marble/bead-shooting apparatus.
- In Jumanji, it turns out the spilt detergent that almost sends Van Pelt into a skid is actually intended to allow a rocket-mounted canoe to slide across the floor.
- In The Transporter, Frank pours motor oil onto the garage floor (and all over himself) to fight a gang of Mooks, using cleats improvised from bicycle pedals to keep his footing.
- The first step of defeating the witch in the wraparound story of Tales from the Darkside: The Movie is having her slip on marbles.
- In the film Casper, Carrigan tries to kill Dibs, who covers the floor with what appears to be oil. Sure enough, Carrigan slips on the oil and goes skidding across the floor before crashing out the window.
- In The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob, Victor Pivert is chased by bad guys inside a bubblegum factory. When cornered, he opens up a huge holder of bubblegum beads, sending them rolling under his pursuers' feet. After doomed efforts at staying upright, they finally fall and skid down some stairs, and then down a chute to end up into a vat of green liquid gum.
- Goldfinger. James Bond uses an oil slick device in his Cool Car to send a pursuing Mook car to its doom.
- The villains in the live-action Inspector Gadget film use this to make the protagonist's car slip, eventually making it flip over and tumble.
- In Diamonds on Wheels, Ashley goes charging into the fight only to trip on a broom and go sliding face first only the trail of slippery foam Bobby has sprayed on the floor.
- In Spider-Man, Mary Jane Watson is walking through the school cafeteria but slips on some spilled juice - sending her and her tray of food flying. Luckily, Peter is there to not only catch her with his enhanced reflexes, but also catches her tray and all her food.
- Billion Dollar Brain. La Résistance in Latvia cause a Soviet military vehicle to crash by pouring hot water on a snow-covered road.
- Summer Knight: Subverted. Harry spreads marbles out in front of his supernatural enemy. It steps on them and crushes them underfoot rather than going slipsliding away. His ally badly hurts her ankle, and is not amused.
Murphy: That's not a plan, Harry, that's a Looney Tune.
- The Stormlight Archive: Dustbringers and Edgedancers can both manipulate the Surge of Abrasion, which controls all forms of friction. We have seen it used to let a heavily-armored knight run through waist-deep water as easily as dry land, let a girl slide around a palace on her butt as if she was greased, and to run very very fast by ignoring air resistance.
- Happens to Wesley on Angel after the title character attempts — and fails — to use his superstrength to crush coffee beans still in the bag. Results in a classic pratfall, something Wesley's actor is apparently quite fond of.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Graduation": When Angel tries to sneak into where Buffy is searching for clues, he slips and stumbles through the door. Buffy lampshades both his smooth moves and Angel's clumsiness as he feebly makes excuses.
- Subverted in the Doctor Who serial "Robot". The Doctor tosses ball bearings into the path of the title robot, only for it to squash them flat.
- Wipeout (2008) is a game show that pretty much entirely runs on this.
- Variant in the first season of Sweet Valley High: Jessica removes a warning sign from a freshly waxed diner floor. Lila slips, twists her ankle inward, and plops on the ground. All for the sake of an appearance in what later turns out to be a local commercial.
- Mr Mash and Mr Lucas staged one of these in Are You Being Served? in an attempt to get Mr Lucas off work for the day. Mash makes a big show of spilling cleaning fluid on the stairs, then loudly moans in Mr Lucas' direction that he hopes no one slips on it.
- KITT from Knight Rider does this regularly. One spectacular use of it involved causing a pursuing Armoured Assault Vehicle to slide out of control and unable to stop, and at the last minute turbo boosting over a storage depot while the pursuer plowed into it, blowing the depot and itself up in the process.
- In The Flash (2014) episode "Killer Frost", Killer Frost takes out The Flash by freezing a wet road, causing him to slip.
- A blooper in the Blake's 7 episode "Animals" has Avon running into a room waving a gun, only to slip on some papers scattered on the floor before quickly regaining his poise. Given the No Budget of the series, there wasn't a second take.
- The Magician: In "Nightmare in Steel", Tony is being chased through a ship when he causes his pursuers to skid and crash by spraying machine oil on the floor. Later in the same episode, he causes the leader of the pirates to trip and fall by tossing a handful of bullets under his foot.
- Because of the nature of Tabletop RPGs, smart players can use anything from grease to marbles to set traps.
- Dungeons & Dragons
- The first-level grease spell exists for this purpose since AD&D1 expansions and on.
- Also a dedicated magical item — Oil of Slipperiness.
- Forgotten Realms of AD&D2 era added grease slick that has greater area and duration, is cast silently, and instead of one surface sprays everything. Which sometimes is worth a spell of the same level as fireball.
- The Champions supplement C.L.O.W.N. has this twice. Merry Andrew's Banana Gun squirts out banana oil that causes opponents to go slip sliding away, and Marbles can throw her marbles into a character's path and send them skidding away down the street.
- Paranoia does this twice.
- Adventure Vapors Don't Shoot Back. During Mission 1, while the PCs are fighting in the warehouse boxes will break open and spill ball bearings all over the floor, which will make slipping and falling very likely.
- Adventure Send in the Clones. During the Sewerworld segment, the PCs enter an old TV studio with boxes of ping pong balls. The boxes break open, spilling the ping pong balls all over the floor and tremendously increasing the PCs' chance of slipping and falling.
- The vehicles in Steve Jackson Games' Car Wars have this as an optional extra. For a little extra, it can be ON FIRE.
- In Dead Rising you can do this to zombies. Yes, it is as funny as it sounds.
- This is a method of escaping pursuers in Bully.
- The vintage arcade game Spy Hunter has a car that can deploy oil slicks (see below).
- A powerup in Backyard Hockey causes the other team to do this.
- Street Fighter IV character Hakan uses a fighting style based entirely on covering himself with oil and being slippery.
- In Machinarium, one of the early puzzles involves throwing some duck shots on the floor so one of the bad guys could slip.
- In the backstory of Orcs Must Die!, the old master War Mage meets his end by slipping on monster blood and suffering a fatal head injury as a result, leaving the defense of the realms to his apprentice.
- Subverted by the Glider series, in which spilled jars of grease make it safe to land on surfaces, and while sliding in grease you can stop on a dime.
- In Scooby-Doo! Night of 100 Frights, there are areas which are covered in oil or are just generally slippery, which hinder Scooby's progress until he manages to find the professor's Plunger invention - after which walking on slippery surfaces becomes a cinch. Ruins going down the slide in the playground, mind you.
- Sub Zero could ice a patch of the ground in some of the Mortal Kombat games. Typically the victim would slide forward.
- One of the options in the first World Heroes 'Death Match' matches was two spots of oil or grease.
- That One Level for some of the SoulCalibur campaign modes would have the floor act like this. Even worse when it's just you skidding all over, whereas the opponent is as solid as a rock.
- In Carrie's Order Up!, leaky pipes start leaving puddles on the diner floor. You can walk right through them with ease, but trying to spin through them, which normally lets you avoid colliding with customers, will leave you flat on your butt.
- You could install one in the second Grand Theft Auto game. Lay some slick down and watch the fun.
- Rusty and Co.:
- Prestige Perkins uses a grease spell against their tantacallis pursuers, sending them sprawling. Although the usual material component calls for butter, she uses margarine instead because she's watching her weight.
- An upside-down cake, put judiciously in the path of a troll, produces a Face Plant.
- In TFS at the Table, the Natural Wonders manage to kill a hulking Vampire Paladin this way. At the start of the fight the Vampire Paladin charges at our heroes while wielding a ten-foot-long burning cross. In response, Ezra throws down a handful of ball bearings, hoping to make the terrain a little harder for the vampire to navigate. The vampire winds up slipping on the ball bearings, landing flat on his back, accidently tossing his weapon into the air which then crashes on top of him, sending him plummeting through the floor of the ship they're on and sending him to the bottom of the ocean where he gets torn apart by mako sharks. All without getting in a single swing at the Wonders. The icing on the cake to all this was the fact that, right before trying this, Ezra said that throwing down the ball bearings was probably a stupid idea.
- Looney Tunes:
- Done hilariously in a cartoon where Sylvester greases up Elmer Fudd's stairs and thumb-tacks his walkway in an attempt to deter him from interrupting his caterwauling. The hilarious part is that after having going through all that, Elmer then runs through it again to go inside and get his shotgun, and then runs through it a third time. (Funny how he doesn't bother to put on shoes.)
- Bugs uses grease in his coup de grace in Bully for Bugs.
- Wile E. Coyote uses grease either to immobilize the Road Runner or to generate speed for himself — it never works out well.
- And, of course, the many shorts that have Banana Peels.
- Batman: The Animated Series: Lampshaded by the Joker while making his escape from Arkham in "Joker's Wild":
Joker: Step right up and play everybody's favorite game: "What's the Joker got in the pail?" Maybe a deadly poison... or maybe just something to make the floor nice and slippery!
- Subverted in the first Superman: The Animated Series crossover with Batman: The Animated Series. The Joker throws a bunch of marbles on the floor to make good on his escape from the pair. Superman thinks he must be kidding, but it's quickly revealed that these are exploding marbles, and the good guys are forced to make a hasty escape.
- Joker does it again in Justice League, this time to the Flash. First he slips on the beads, and then they blow up, sending him flying.
- Used in The Movie of Batman Beyond to knock down the Didis.
- Batman: The Animated Series: Lampshaded by the Joker while making his escape from Arkham in "Joker's Wild":
- A subversion in The Simpsons: Homer attempt to injure himself in order to skip work, by slipping on some oil. Instead, he only manages to skid through the entire plant unharmed.
- Another subversion as The Spectacular Spider-Man unleashes bowling balls onto the floor of a sporting goods store in an attempt to stop The Rhino. "This always works in the cartoons!" It doesn't work.
- Hanna-Barbera's The Adventures of Gulliver. In the episode where he takes on pirate captain Cutler, Gulliver uses a bar of soap on the ground to send a pirate careening on a long slide into a lifeboat.
- Jonny Quest TOS episode "Monster in the Monastery". Jonny shoots arrows to break oil bags hanging from the ceiling, and the chief yeti slips in the oil, rolls down some stairs and falls to his death.
- In the Classic Disney Short Mickey's Service Station, a hydraulic hoist pops out of its shaft with a car on it - Goofy grabs it, and while struggling to hold it up, gets caught on a puddle of spilled oil and goes into a slipping maladroit dance.
- T.U.F.F. Puppy: In the episode "Mind Trap" Snaptrap predicts Dudley and Kitty coming into the base with the mind reading helmet so he throws a bunch of marbles right where they're coming from and they trip.
- In the episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "The Return of Harmony", Discord turns all of the dirt roads in Ponyville into soap, leading to a lot of slipping and sliding.
Corrupted Pinkie Pie: [Skates by] This may look like fun, but it's not!
- Rugrats: The episode "Crime and Punishment" has Chas meet a traffic cop named Naomi and invite her to the Pickles' house. Upon seeing the babies outside, he tries to bring them back in, only to slip in some mud.
- Thunderbirds: Lady Penelope's Rolls-Royce limousine, the FAB 1, is equipped with an oil slick. It also has some heavy weaponry if bad guys pursuing it proves too persistent to be deterred by this.