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18th Jul '16 8:23:42 AM eroock
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17th Jul '16 7:07:01 AM eroock
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* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''. In the first episode of ''2nd Gig'', a terrorist has a look of surprise when the lift opens to reveal an empty elevator, only to be shot in the face by Batou who's wearing [[InvisibilityCloak thermoptic camouflage]]. Incidentally Batou isn't happy at being ordered to go up in the elevator; the only reason the Major told him to do so was because the terrorists were expecting the attack to come via the roof or stairs, and had the hostages there as a HumanShield, plus she used a ghost-hacked terrorist to kill most of the other terrorists waiting in ambush. The scene serves as BookEnds [[spoiler:when Batou and the Major use the empty elevator trope to assassinate the BigBad in the final episode, sniping him from an unexpected direction when he's surrounded by CIA bodyguards.]]

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* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''. In the first episode of ''2nd Gig'', a terrorist has a look of surprise when the lift opens to reveal an empty elevator, only to be shot in the face by Batou who's wearing [[InvisibilityCloak thermoptic camouflage]]. Incidentally Batou isn't happy at being ordered to go up in the elevator; the only reason the Major told him to do so was because the terrorists were expecting the attack to come via the roof or stairs, and had the hostages there as a HumanShield, plus she used a ghost-hacked terrorist to kill most of the other terrorists waiting in ambush. The scene serves as BookEnds {{Bookends}} [[spoiler:when Batou and the Major use the empty elevator trope to assassinate the BigBad in the final episode, sniping him from an unexpected direction when he's surrounded by CIA bodyguards.]]
17th Jul '16 6:52:21 AM eroock
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* Hitman: Blood Money has a specific mechanic whereby you can climb onto the roof of any lift in the game to achieve this effect, in probable homage to Leon/The Professional.

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* Hitman: Blood Money ''VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney'' has a specific mechanic whereby you can climb onto the roof of any lift in the game to achieve this effect, in probable homage to Leon/The Professional.
17th Jul '16 6:37:14 AM eroock
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* Played with in ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs''.

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* Played with in ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs''. In search for Lecter, the police find an already empty elevator.
17th Jul '16 6:32:47 AM eroock
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* In ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'', the ElevatorSnare ends with the door opening and Sam having escaped through an opening in the ceiling.

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12th Apr '16 1:00:24 AM Tahaneira
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** Batman also attempted this trick [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins earlier in his career]]; unfortunately, Bane was GenreSavvy enough to reach up through the ceiling and grab him.
7th Mar '16 7:08:53 PM thymeloop
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* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' episode "Five Years Gone," Matt Parkman and a group of guards wait with guns pointed for Hiro to come out of the elevator, but when the doors open, Hiro is nowhere to be found.
9th Oct '15 4:32:13 PM nombretomado
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* The opening cut-scene in ''PerfectDark'''s second mission shows a soldier guarding an elevator. Suddenly the door opens... but the guard doesn't see Joanna hiding on the ceiling, and when he goes to investigate, she knocks him out.

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* The opening cut-scene in ''PerfectDark'''s ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'''s second mission shows a soldier guarding an elevator. Suddenly the door opens... but the guard doesn't see Joanna hiding on the ceiling, and when he goes to investigate, she knocks him out.
4th Oct '15 4:01:16 PM nombretomado
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* In the second season finale of ''Series/BeingHuman'', Kemp and one of his men watch the elevator descend expecting Mitchell to be there for them to kill. The door opens to reveal a dead body while Mitchell reveals himself elsewhere in the compound.

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* In the second season finale of ''Series/BeingHuman'', ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'', Kemp and one of his men watch the elevator descend expecting Mitchell to be there for them to kill. The door opens to reveal a dead body while Mitchell reveals himself elsewhere in the compound.
15th Sep '15 5:32:39 AM Odon
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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. In "Last Call", a gang of kidnappers start shooting the moment the lift doors open to reveal a suit...on a coat hanger. Cue {{kneecapping}} by the [[PersonWithTheClothing Man in the Suit]], who apparently came up the stairs.

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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. ''Series/PersonOfInterest''.
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In "Last Call", a gang of kidnappers start shooting the moment the lift doors open to reveal a suit...on a coat hanger. Cue {{kneecapping}} by the [[PersonWithTheClothing Man in the Suit]], who apparently came up the stairs.
** In "Prophets", several mooks are waiting for Root in a hotel lobby. First the ''L'' appears in one lift indicator, then in all the others. After several lifts open at once a smoke grenade rolls out, eventually followed by Root when the lobby is full of smoke.
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