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A character is out in their yard, about to wash their car, or water their lawn. They grab the hose, turn it on, and are suddenly flung around like a ragdoll. That's what you call a Hose Rodeo.

This is incredibly common in cartoons. It's been featured in nearly every animated children's show to ever air on TV, from Looney Tunes, to Scooby-Doo. There are many variations on this, ranging from the hose simply being inexplicably powerful, to it being the fault of another charater, who rigged it to happen. Occasionally this can cross over with Garden-Hose Squirt Surprise, depending on the amount of characters in the scene.



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    Comic Strips 
  • FoxTrot: Jason says it best with "One day I'm going to put on weight and really enjoy watering the lawn" after one such rodeo.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In the 1994 film of The Little Rascals, when a child tries to use a hose to put out their burning clubhouse, he gets lifted up in the air and flung around.
  • Invoked by Maxwell Smart in Get Smart when defending CONTROL's offices from what he thinks are enemy assassins.

    Live-Action TV 
  • America's Funniest Home Videos has these clips in too many eps to count. Mostly involving children.
  • In one episode of Dead Gorgeous, Hazel uses her ghostly powers to cause a hose to go haywire, dragging the gardener around with it and soaking a gang of bullies.
  • In one episode of Malcolm in the Middle, Reese, when left unsupervised, attaches a fire hose to his back expecting it to propel him on his bike over a series of parked cars. He ends up crying and clinging to a tree after having been blasted around the front yard.
  • Happens to Louis in the claymation intro of Even Stevens.

    Video Games 
  • This happens in the second level of Um Jammer Lammy if you can get a Cool ranking.

    Western Animation 
  • In A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, "Sludge Monster from the Earth's Core", as a part of the gang's trap to capture the monster, Scooby was to spray the monster with a garden hose, but is tossed around when the hose is turned on and the plan fails.
  • Going back nineteen years, the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! episode "A Clue For Scooby Doo" has the gang on a barge setting a trap for the ghost of Captain Cutler using a fire hose and a container with soap. When it gets turned on, the hose slips out of Fred and Daphne's collective grips, leaving Shaggy riding it like a bucking mustang.
  • Happens quite frequently in Looney Tunes. Most of the characters have had this happen to them at one time or another. "Chaser on the Rocks" sees the Coyote smashed into the wall of a cliff as a result of one.
  • Classic Disney Short:
    • In "Fire Chief", this happens to Donald Duck, the fire chief, as he tries to put out a fire.
    • Happens to Mickey Mouse on the cartoon "Mickey's Fire Brigade".
  • Used on The Simpsons in "Last Exit to Springfield", when Mr. Burns tried to use a fire hose to break up striking workers.
  • One episode of King of the Hill features Hank working hard to get the local car wash back in order. This includes testing the water pressure, with an unfortunate Dale managing the hose at full blast.
  • This happened in the Mr. Bogus episode "Meet Mr. Bogus", though Bogus used it more as a tactic to get rid of the crafty lawn workers.
  • In the Family Guy episode "Da Boom", as mayor of New Quahog, Peter distributes jobs to the citizens. In one of them, he assigns an old woman to be part of the fire department, and this happens when the hose is turned on.
  • Happens in the Rugrats episode "Farewell, My Friend".
  • One running gag in "Rupert and the Water Works" was Rupert's father having trouble with the hose.

    Real Life 
  • There's a reason multiple firefighters have to hold the fire hose.


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