You're walking along in the forest and see the most adorable flower you've ever laid eyes on. You reach down to pick it, thinking that your sweetheart would appreciate a bouquet. Unfortunately, you won't go home with a flower - you'll be going home with one less hand ...
The Happy Fun Ball - Any adorable, cute, or innocent looking object or creature that is dangerous or deadly. It can take on the form of anything, be it children's toys or an office pen. The use of this trope can be found in several genres, comedy or horror, and you can even find it in historical fiction. It completely depends on how realistic you want to be about it.
Tomatoes, for example, are among the most harmless fruits in the world, and make for great sauces (and contrary to popular belief, tomatoes are fruits, not veggies), but that didn't matter when all the world's tomatoes felt it was time to revolt against their #1 predator - a tragic day for supermarkets everywhere.
Or how about Chucky? You know, everyone's favorite alternative to the Cabbage Patch Kids doll, never mind the fact that this model in particular happens to be possessed by the spirit of a serial killer through voodoo magic.
Honestly, who would buy a toy like that for their kid?
Even words or songs can be Happy Fun Balls - just ask Sheeta from Laputa: Castle in the Sky. I bet she had no idea that a nursery rhyme could bring down the house ... literally. Man oh man, what a mess!
The Happy Fun Ball isn't necessarily a ball, but a trope to lower the guard of your audience, shocking them with the unexpected. Think of it as an author's prank or a sudden surprise to increase the tension.
When have you used The Happy Fun Ball? What form did it take? Was it funny, scary, or something else entirely?
I'm David, and this is no ordinary rabbit ...