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14th Jan '18 4:06:39 AM Arivne
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* Like the opening of season 1, the opening of season 2 of ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' is all about showing off the awesome skills of Section 9 while providing a reason for the unit's reactivation. The regular SWAT unit attempts an assault on the Chinese embassy through the air vents, but spectacularly fails with one officer dead and another being added to the terrorists' hostages. Seeing these poor results, his superiors immediately give Aramaki the green light to send in his team and get the job done.

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* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''
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Like the opening of season 1, the opening of season 2 of ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' is all about showing off the awesome skills of Section 9 while providing a reason for the unit's reactivation. The regular SWAT unit attempts an assault on the Chinese embassy through the air vents, but spectacularly fails with one officer dead and another being added to the terrorists' hostages. Seeing these poor results, his superiors immediately give Aramaki the green light to send in his team and get the job done.done.
** When Batou is snooping around in Zaitsev's office, he hides in the ducts when Zaitsev returns unexpectedly.
** 2nd GIG episode "Ambivalence". Major Kusanagi physically breaks into the Cabinet Intelligence Agency's building to cyberhack into its Decatonchire server. After the BigBad Goda discovers the breach and alerts security, she escapes the building by entering the air system via a opening in the ceiling.
24th Dec '17 7:16:39 AM JackG
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* ''Film/TenCloverfieldLane''. When Michelle wakes up trapped in the bunker, she doesn't try to use the air vent as the hatch is too small, though she does light a fire in there to get Howard to open the door. Later the air filtration system stops working, and Michelle is the only one small enough to crawl through the vent to fix it (the door to the room is jammed). It's extremely cramped; Michelle doesn't crawl through it so much as she inches her way into it. This is played for drama [[spoiler: when she makes her escape through the vent and Howard (who's much too big to fit in the vent himself, tries to kill her by stabbing a knife through the duct.]]

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* ''Film/TenCloverfieldLane''. When Michelle wakes up trapped in the bunker, she doesn't try to use the air vent as the hatch is too small, though she does light a fire in there to get Howard to open the door. Later the air filtration system stops working, and Michelle is the only one small enough to crawl through the vent to fix it (the door to it. There's a larger access hatch in the room living room, but the duct itself is jammed). It's extremely cramped; Michelle doesn't crawl through it so much as she inches her way into it. This is played for drama [[spoiler: when she makes her escape through the vent and Howard (who's much too big to fit in the vent himself, himself), tries to kill her by stabbing a knife through the duct.]]
24th Dec '17 7:15:07 AM JackG
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* ''Film/TenCloverfieldLane''. When Michelle wakes up trapped in the bunker, she doesn't try to use the air vent as the hatch is too small, though she does light a fire in there to get Howard to open the door. Later the air filtration system stops working, and Michelle is the only one small enough to crawl through the vent to fix it (the door to the room is jammed). It's extremely cramped; Michelle doesn't crawl through it so much as she inches her way into it. This is played for drama [[spoiler: when she makes her escape through the vent and Howard (who's much too big to fit in the vent himself, tries to kill her by stabbing a knife through the duct.]]
13th Dec '17 3:03:00 AM DarkPhoenix94
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* Lampshaded in ''FanFic/ChildOfTheStorm,'' wherein Clint (and later, Bucky) like to crawl around in them to get into HYDRA bases (or in Clint's case, just because he likes crawling around in the Avengers Tower ones). Tony freaked out the first time. Now, being [[TheGadfly Tony]], he still likes to pretend he has no idea of what's going on and send his robots to flush them out. Bucky notes that they'd be amazed at how many HYDRA bases he's broken into, a point he's apparently previously made to Harry. [[PersonOfMassDestruction Harry]], however, prefers [[DynamicEntry making his]] [[StuffBlowingUp own doorways]]. Or [[RefugeInAudacity using Doctor Strange as a chauffeur.]] As he loftily puts it, "One makes a statement, the other is economical.

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* Lampshaded in ''FanFic/ChildOfTheStorm,'' wherein Clint (and later, Bucky) like to crawl around in them to get into HYDRA bases (or in Clint's case, just because he likes crawling around in the Avengers Tower ones). Tony freaked out the first time. Now, being [[TheGadfly Tony]], he still likes to pretend he has no idea of what's going on and send his robots to flush them out.
** In the sequel,
Bucky notes that they'd be amazed at how many HYDRA bases he's broken into, a point he's apparently previously made to Harry. [[PersonOfMassDestruction Harry]], however, prefers [[DynamicEntry making his]] [[StuffBlowingUp own doorways]]. Or [[RefugeInAudacity using Doctor Strange as a chauffeur.]] As he loftily puts it, "One makes a statement, the other is economical.
13th Dec '17 2:26:02 AM FoxBluereaver
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* There are two instances in ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines''. Both of them are justified given that they involve relatively small Pokémon:
** The first, Ash's Aipom sneaks aboard the vents in Hunter J's airship, opening the doors for Ash and the others to get through to escape.
** The second, Ash's Snivy gets away from the Samurai by sneaking through the air vents of the battle club, and eventually seeing Ash and deciding to challenge him to see if he's the trainer she's looking for.
3rd Dec '17 11:03:11 AM DaibhidC
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' fanfic ''A Brief Moment of Culture'', Artie hides from [[spoiler: a mind-controlled Mell]] in the ventilation ducts. Justified because tiny little gerbil; it's made clear a human would have trouble fitting an ''arm'' in the ducts. And then subverted when [[spoiler: Mell begins methodically smashing the ducts from one side to the other, which admittedly isn't something you can do with human-sized ones]].
2nd Dec '17 12:41:37 AM bfunc
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* A number of people have discovered to their dismay that air ducts and suspended ceiling grids are intended to support air and suspended ceiling tiles respectively, both of which are ''much'' lighter than human beings. Whether this discovery led to injury/death, imprisonment, or just embarrassment depends on where they fell through at.
* Theatres not infrequently have "hidden passages" installed over the "house" (audience seating area) for maintenance and adjustment of lighting or sound equipment that would be difficult or awkward to reach in any other way. However, these generally don't "go" anywhere and you usually have to exit back out the same way you came in (A really enterprising person might rappel down from a catwalk, but anyone doing so would almost certainly be in full view of the audience and draw more attention than they would have had they just walked in the main door quietly.)
1st Dec '17 8:45:02 PM Alceister
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* Attempted by [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39820263 these students in Australia]] when stealing an exam paper. The air duct bit worked, but the tutor was working late.

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* Attempted by [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39820263 these a pair of students in Australia]] when stealing the US]] to steal an exam paper.paper in the middle of the night. The air duct bit worked, but the tutor was working late.
29th Nov '17 10:43:28 AM Jubileus57
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* Parodied in ''Series/LeCoeurASesRaisons'': in the third episode of the show, Ashley, Brett and Peter want to leave the hospital as fast as possible. Having to chose between the door ("simple, efficient, probably infallible") and the air-vent passageway ("complicated, completely inefficient and potentially dangerous") they chose the latter. Worst, after that escape, they find themselves at the starting point and chose the air-vent '''again'''.
25th Nov '17 4:19:03 PM DarkPhoenix94
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