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Common in cartoons, an innocuous-looking rake (or hoe, or shovel...) is lying on the ground. A character steps on it the wrong way and gets a face full of the stick part. Ouch.

Obviously Truth in Television for anyone who tried that. In real life, however, it usually results in a nosebleed or, if bad enough, a trip to the emergency room - Looney Tunes jokes notwithstanding. And if an actual rake fails to rise and smack you, it may instead hurt your foot.

Examples of Rake Take include:



  • A humorous aside in the Ciaphas Cain novel The Traitor's Hand notes a group of monks injuring themselves stepping on discarded gardening tools while fleeing from an unexpectedly-landing shuttlecraft. Seems even in the 41st millennium, this joke still happens.

Live Action TV

  • Happens to the Skipper on the Gilligan's Island episode "Waiting for Watubi"; the "rake" was made of bamboo and coconuts.
  • Happens to Jack a couple of times on Three's Company.
  • On One Thousand Ways to Die, one young woman who gardened as a hobby died of suffocation by stepping on a rake with a zucchini in her mouth as she prepared for a date.
  • In The Late Show with David Letterman's Top Ten List of the most dangerous toys (from November 1997), Number 8 was "'Ouch!' The Step-On-A-Rake Game".

Newspaper Comics


Video Games

Web Comics

 Torg (thinking): Alone, surrounded by vampires. My only hope is to dive for the rake by my feet, breaking the shaft into a wooden stake. But how am I going to find it in this mist?

  • WAP!*

Western Animation

 Sideshow Bob: Rakes! My old arch enemy...

Bart: I thought I was your arch enemy?

Sideshow Bob: I have a life outside of you, you know.

  • In Ice Age, Sid the sloth walks on something in the abandoned human camp and gets whacked in the face.
  • Monster Allergy has it with Bombo in the opening theme of season 1.
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