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18th Jan '17 1:37:02 AM Wilkovian
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* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Wesley's folding wrist blade/sword in later series. Could function as a short 'assassin' style retractable blade or could unfold with a 'swinging' motion into a full-blown long sword in one of the simpler yet cooler special effects to appear on the show.
17th Dec '16 8:42:33 AM FordPrefect
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* "Astronaut Blankets", or metallic Mylar sheets, come in a pack no bigger than say two of those tissue packs stacked on their side, and can fold out to cover about a 8'x4' area. considering these are normally meant for campers, it's better if they're tiny.
** On the other hand, any camper who has actually had a reason to open one has discovered the joys of trying to fold it back into that size (It's not possible, by the way, not without machines)
* A teacher of ''Creator/RoaldDahl'' proved to his class that a sheet of paper 1/4" thick, folded 50 times in half, would reach from the Earth to the Sun.

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* "Astronaut Blankets", or metallic Mylar sheets, come in a pack no bigger than say two of those tissue packs stacked on their side, and can fold out to cover about a 8'x4' area. considering Considering these are normally meant for campers, it's better if they're tiny.
** On the other hand, any camper who has actually had a reason to open one has discovered the joys of trying to fold it back into that size size. (It's not possible, by the way, not without machines)
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* A teacher One of ''Creator/RoaldDahl'' Creator/RoaldDahl's teachers proved to his class that a sheet of paper 1/4" thick, folded 50 times in half, would reach from the Earth to the Sun.
17th Dec '16 8:40:04 AM FordPrefect
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' adventure The Yellow Clearance Black Box Blues, Mission 4. In order to enter Troubleshooter Headquarters the {{PC}}s must enter a huge machine. If they do so (or if they refuse to do so), the machine folds in on itself repeatedly until it's the size of a suitcase.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' adventure The Yellow Clearance Black Box Blues, Mission 4. In order to enter Troubleshooter Headquarters Headquarters, the {{PC}}s must enter a huge machine. If they do so (or if they refuse stall, a NPC enters to do so), demonstrate how [[BlatantLies safe]] it is, and the machine folds in on itself repeatedly until it's the size of a suitcase.suitcase. If they don't stall, well, activate clones.
10th Dec '16 4:51:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare'': While the teens are cruising around the abandoned Springwood, Carlos unfolds a road map to see where they are. It just keeps unfolding and unfolding until it fills up the whole van, with a part of the map saying "You're fucked!" This is then revealed to be a nightmare.

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* ''Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare'': While the teens are cruising around the abandoned Springwood, Carlos unfolds a road map to see where they are. It just keeps unfolding and unfolding until it fills up the whole van, with a part of the map saying "You're fucked!" fucked!". This is then revealed to be a nightmare.
10th Dec '16 4:50:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare'': While the teens are cruising around the abandoned Springwood, Carlos unfolds a road map to see where they are. It just keeps unfolding and unfolding until it fills up the whole van, with a part of the map saying "You're fucked!" This is then revealed to be a nightmare.
9th Nov '16 11:10:37 AM nombretomado
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* A commercial for the [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]] featured a car folding into a briefcase. May be a ShoutOut to ''TheJetsons'' (see WesternAnimation entry below).

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* A commercial for the [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]] featured a car folding into a briefcase. May be a ShoutOut to ''TheJetsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' (see WesternAnimation entry below).



* [[TheJetsons George Jetson's]] car could fold up into a briefcase, which he can easily carry into his workplace in the show's intro.

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* [[TheJetsons [[WesternAnimation/TheJetsons George Jetson's]] car could fold up into a briefcase, which he can easily carry into his workplace in the show's intro.
18th Aug '16 1:14:23 PM Tre
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* A commercial for the SciFiChannel featured a car folding into a briefcase. May be a ShoutOut to ''TheJetsons'' (see WesternAnimation entry below).

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* A commercial for the SciFiChannel [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]] featured a car folding into a briefcase. May be a ShoutOut to ''TheJetsons'' (see WesternAnimation entry below).
5th Apr '16 1:21:13 PM Willbyr
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* The ''{{Pokemon}}'' games feature a bike that can be folded up small enough to fit into a backpack, although this may just be an example of BagOfHolding.

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* The ''{{Pokemon}}'' ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games feature a bike that can be folded up small enough to fit into a backpack, although this may just be an example of BagOfHolding.
12th Feb '16 10:01:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheFlash's entire costume is stored inside his ring, but the folding is aided with a special shrinking gas.

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* TheFlash's ComicBook/TheFlash's entire costume is stored inside his ring, but the folding is aided with a special shrinking gas.



* At one point in the original comic-book version of ''TheTick'', the Tick and Arthur take a road trip; the Tick insists that he knows how to fold up their (standard US-style) road map, but every time he tries, he produces an even larger wad of paper, until he's filled up the entire backseat of the car with it.

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* At one point in the original comic-book version of ''TheTick'', ''ComicBook/TheTick'', the Tick and Arthur take a road trip; the Tick insists that he knows how to fold up their (standard US-style) road map, but every time he tries, he produces an even larger wad of paper, until he's filled up the entire backseat of the car with it.



* In the 1970's and 80's Tony Stark routinely carried around his IronMan armour in a slim briefcase barely larger than a contemporary laptop case. "Depolarizing" the armour mesh supposedly rendered it ultra-super-mega-compressible, but a shot of the open case once clearly showed the mask alone taking up most of the interior space. In one instance Stark was thrown out of an aircraft in flight and, while in freefall, he was able to open the briefcase, don the modular pieces of the armour one by one, and ignite his boot jets seconds before hitting the ocean! Many, many laws of physics were harmed during this production. But so what? It was [[RuleOfAwesome awesome]]!

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* In the 1970's and 80's Tony Stark routinely carried around his IronMan ComicBook/IronMan armour in a slim briefcase barely larger than a contemporary laptop case. "Depolarizing" the armour mesh supposedly rendered it ultra-super-mega-compressible, but a shot of the open case once clearly showed the mask alone taking up most of the interior space. In one instance Stark was thrown out of an aircraft in flight and, while in freefall, he was able to open the briefcase, don the modular pieces of the armour one by one, and ignite his boot jets seconds before hitting the ocean! Many, many laws of physics were harmed during this production. But so what? It was [[RuleOfAwesome awesome]]!



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* In ''Film/{{Transformers}}'', the All Spark cube goes from the size of a house to the size of a basketball.
** It also, apparently, forgoes the conservation of mass by allowing a teenager to lift it without trouble.



* In ''Film/{{Iron Man 2}}'' the suitcase Iron Man suit. A full body powered armor suit all in a briefcase. It is however shown in that battle to not be nearly as durable as the regular suit nor is it seen if it can fly.






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* In ''Film/{{Transformers}}'', the All Spark cube goes from the size of a house to the size of a basketball.
** It also, apparently, forgoes the conservation of mass by allowing a teenager to lift it without trouble.
* In ''Film/{{Iron Man 2}}'' the suitcase Iron Man suit. A full body powered armor suit all in a briefcase. It is however shown in that battle to not be nearly as durable as the regular suit nor is it seen if it can fly.
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* ''InspectorGadget'': The Gadget Hat and Shoes are half-this and half {{Hammerspace}}, even more so in the live-action movies.

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* ''InspectorGadget'': ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'': The Gadget Hat and Shoes are half-this and half {{Hammerspace}}, even more so in the live-action movies.
12th Feb '16 9:54:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* On one ''PinkPanther'' cartoon, Pink is hungry, so he folds up the background to the size of an index card, sprinkles salt on it and eats it. [[DinnerDeformation It then unfolds inside him.]]

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* On one ''PinkPanther'' ''WesternAnimation/ThePinkPanther'' cartoon, Pink is hungry, so he folds up the background to the size of an index card, sprinkles salt on it and eats it. [[DinnerDeformation It then unfolds inside him.]]



* On ''HowToHookUpYourHomeTheater'', {{Goofy}} opens the "easy" instrctions for the home theater. Unfolded, they cover most of the room.

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* On ''HowToHookUpYourHomeTheater'', ''WesternAnimation/HowToHookUpYourHomeTheater'', {{Goofy}} opens the "easy" instrctions for the home theater. Unfolded, they cover most of the room.
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