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21st May '17 5:18:49 PM nombretomado
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* On ''WereAlive'', the Tower is stated to be 15 stories tall but its really only 14 because [[ThirteenIsUnlucky there is no thirteenth floor]].
* ''WhateleyUniverse'' likes this one; all the cottages have at least one hidden basement floor, where they keep the exercise equipment and cottage vaults that Muggles shouldn't see or have access to, and the required display is hidden as well (because, after all, you don't want people just walking in and seeing that you've got several tons of gold just sitting around). And that's not even counting the hidden tunnels, and laboratories and workshops, and the testing areas that are all buried underground, too. It's Lampshaded in mentions that they have to be very careful about where they tunnel these days, or risk sections of the school falling into a sinkhole.

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* On ''WereAlive'', ''AudioPlay/WereAlive'', the Tower is stated to be 15 stories tall but its really only 14 because [[ThirteenIsUnlucky there is no thirteenth floor]].
* ''WhateleyUniverse'' ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' likes this one; all the cottages have at least one hidden basement floor, where they keep the exercise equipment and cottage vaults that Muggles shouldn't see or have access to, and the required display is hidden as well (because, after all, you don't want people just walking in and seeing that you've got several tons of gold just sitting around). And that's not even counting the hidden tunnels, and laboratories and workshops, and the testing areas that are all buried underground, too. It's Lampshaded in mentions that they have to be very careful about where they tunnel these days, or risk sections of the school falling into a sinkhole.
27th Apr '17 4:33:10 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Series/ThePretender'' has sub-level 27, which became a major focal point for the series -- as it progressed, it became hard to find anything that ''wasn't'' a result of something that happened on SL-27.
** Although strictly speaking almost everything in the Centre took place on 'missing floors'....from the outside the Centre was just a few stories tall, but it had 27 floors underground. The part above ground was used for counseling and legit psychological testing, and the basement sublevels were used for all the illegal stuff. It's just that SL-27, the very bottom sub-level, was even secret from most of the people who worked there.
* On ''Series/BabylonFive'', all the levels in sector Grey beyond 16 are mislabled with Grey 17 actually being the 18th level and so on. The actual 17th level had been sealed off during construction of the station and the elevators programmed to stop according to the new numbering system. Since sector Grey consisted entirely of the station's industrial facilities that were only visisted by maintainance crews, it took four years before anyone noticed that the elevator takes twice as long to get from level 16 to 17 than between all other levels. [[spoiler:The hidden level was used as a hideout by a doomsday cult who sealed themselves in with an alien monster.]]



* In the eponymous ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' episode, the thirteenth floor exists, but its occupants have long since disappeared. Turns out that the former residents are aliens, and they're coming back for their daughter, Karin.



* In the eponymous ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' episode, the thirteenth floor exists, but its occupants have long since disappeared. Turns out that the former residents are aliens, and they're coming back for their daughter, Karin.
* ''Series/TheRockfordFiles'' episode "Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones, But Waterbury Will Bury You."
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'':
** The episode "The After Hours" has a 9th floor in a department store that's less than 9 stories high. [[spoiler:It's where the store mannequins hang out when they're waiting to have their month out among living people.]]
** The Devil has a travel agency on the 13th floor in "Of Late I Think of Cliffordville".
* One ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' episode has the main characters attempt to book a room in a a filled-up hotel, so Jeannie just magically creates a 13th story and books the room there, when the Bellows ''know'' that the hotel in question only has twelve floors. Cue much confusion from the hotel staff and the Bellows, while Tony and Jeannie simply denied that there was anything unusual about the floor at all.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' has a fertilizer plant with a hidden sub-level 3. The 3 button on the elevator is invisible. More specifically, its a black marble button in a black marble control panel.
* In ''Series/RedDwarf'', Floor 13 is believed not to exist by most of the crew. It houses the ship's brig and is accessed by using a key to reveal a secret panel in the lift.
* ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}''. Agent Ballard locates the building containing the Dollhouse, but after going on site can't find anything suspicious. So he does some research and discovers that in addition to the usual contractors the builders hired an environmental systems consultant, an expert in buildings that recycle their own air, water and power -- which you'd need for underground floors that you're trying to keep secret from anyone else in the building.
* In a rare example involving stairs instead of an elevator, in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Lodger", people who go up the stairs to the second floor loft above Craig's flat tend to disappear. When Craig's best friend/secret crush Sophie visits the second floor loft, Craig and the Doctor follow her. Meanwhile, Amy (who is stuck in the TARDIS outside of space and time) contacts the Doctor and informs him that she was able to find the plans for Craig's apartment building. "[[OhCrap There is no upstairs!]]" Turns out [[spoiler:there was a spaceship parked on top of the building, disguised as a second floor and using a PerceptionFilter so people wouldn't notice the building only used to have one floor]].



* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. In "Dead Reckoning", the 21st floor of a building can only be accessed by pressing a combination of buttons in a particular elevator. It turns out to be a secret Department of Defense facility for cyberwarfare.

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* On ''Series/BabylonFive'', all the levels in sector Grey beyond 16 are mislabelled, with Grey 17 actually being the 18th level and so on. The actual 17th level had been sealed off during construction of the station and the elevators programmed to stop according to the new numbering system. Since sector Grey consisted entirely of the station's industrial facilities that were only visited by maintenance crews, it took four years before anyone noticed that the elevator takes twice as long to get from level 16 to 17 than between all other levels. [[spoiler:The hidden level was used as a hideout by a doomsday cult who sealed themselves in with an alien monster.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[Recap/DoctorWho2006CSTheRunawayBride "The Runaway Bride"]]: The elevator of the H.C. Clements building has a button for the "Lower Basement", which is curiously absent on the official floor plans.
** In a rare example involving stairs instead of an elevator, in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger "The Lodger"]], people who go up the stairs to the second floor loft above Craig's flat tend to disappear. When Craig's best friend/secret crush Sophie visits the second floor loft, Craig and the Doctor follow her. Meanwhile, Amy (who is stuck in the TARDIS outside of space and time) contacts the Doctor and informs him that she was able to find the plans for Craig's apartment building. "[[OhCrap There is no upstairs!]]" Turns out [[spoiler:there was a spaceship parked on top of the building, disguised as a second floor and using a PerceptionFilter so people wouldn't notice the building only used to have one floor]].
* ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}''. Agent Ballard locates the building containing the Dollhouse, but after going on site can't find anything suspicious. So he does some research and discovers that in addition to the usual contractors the builders hired an environmental systems consultant, an expert in buildings that recycle their own air, water and power -- which you'd need for underground floors that you're trying to keep secret from anyone else in the building.
* One ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' episode has the main characters attempt to book a room in a filled-up hotel, so Jeannie just magically creates a 13th story and books the room there, when the Bellows ''know'' that the hotel in question only has twelve floors. Cue much confusion from the hotel staff and the Bellows, while Tony and Jeannie simply denied that there was anything unusual about the floor at all.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. In "Dead Reckoning", the 21st floor of a building can only be accessed by pressing a combination of buttons in a particular elevator. It turns out to be a secret Department of Defense facility for cyberwarfare.cyber warfare.
* ''Series/ThePretender'' has sub-level 27, which became a major focal point for the series -- as it progressed, it became hard to find anything that ''wasn't'' a result of something that happened on SL-27.
** Although strictly speaking almost everything in the Centre took place on 'missing floors'....from the outside the Centre was just a few stories tall, but it had 27 floors underground. The part above ground was used for counseling and legit psychological testing, and the basement sublevels were used for all the illegal stuff. It's just that SL-27, the very bottom sub-level, was even secret from most of the people who worked there.
* In ''Series/RedDwarf'', Floor 13 is believed not to exist by most of the crew. It houses the ship's brig and is accessed by using a key to reveal a secret panel in the lift.
* ''Series/TheRockfordFiles'' episode "Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones, But Waterbury Will Bury You".
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' has a fertilizer plant with a hidden sub-level 3. The 3 button on the elevator is invisible. More specifically, its a black marble button in a black marble control panel.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'':
** The episode "The After Hours" has a 9th floor in a department store that's less than 9 stories high. [[spoiler:It's where the store mannequins hang out when they're waiting to have their month out among living people.]]
** The Devil has a travel agency on the 13th floor in "Of Late I Think of Cliffordville".



* Box Hill train station in Victoria, Australia, has platforms 2,3 and 4. Platform 1 for whatever reason has been made inaccessible from the shopping center, and has had its tracks stripped.

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* Box Hill train station in Victoria, Australia, has platforms 2,3 2, 3 and 4. Platform 1 for whatever reason has been made inaccessible from the shopping center, and has had its tracks stripped.


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* The city of UsefulNotes/{{Vancouver}} is averting this trope. A law was passed in 2016 that bans new towers from omitting floor numbers so there's no floor 4, or 13, or what have you. However, existing buildings can keep their oddly numbered floors.
25th Mar '17 5:26:03 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/{{Red}}''. BruceWillis' character is sneaking into a CIA file room that's so secret most agents don't know it exists. He gets into the elevator and presses the bottom button marked P2, holding his finger there as the floor indicator goes past that number to P3, B1 and finally B2 before the doors open.

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* ''Film/{{Red}}''. BruceWillis' Creator/BruceWillis' character is sneaking into a CIA file room that's so secret most agents don't know it exists. He gets into the elevator and presses the bottom button marked P2, holding his finger there as the floor indicator goes past that number to P3, B1 and finally B2 before the doors open.
14th Mar '17 10:55:14 AM AgProv
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** for this reason, Edgeley Station in Stockport has a Platform Zero and not a Platform Five.
28th Dec '16 5:14:44 AM dmcreif
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30th Oct '16 3:00:07 PM dmcreif
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** Fixed grip chairlifts on Peak 9 are lettered. There are Lifts A, C, and E, but no B or D. Lift D[[note]]which ran from Beaver Run base area to a point near the start of the [=EpicMix=] race course on Sundown[[/note]] was replaced by the Beaver Run [=SuperChair=] in 1990, while Lift B[[note]]which ran from near the top of the original Quicksilver [=SuperChair=] to near the Patrol Hut on upper Peak 9[[/note]] was replaced by the Mercury [=SuperChair=] in 1997.
** Originally, fixed grip chairlifts on Peak 8 were numbered. There was a Lift 1, Lift 2, Lift 3, Lift 4, Lift 5, Lift 6, and Lift 7. Only the last three are still around: Lift 1[[note]]which ran from Peak 8 base to a point about halfway between the offloading points of the current superchairs[[/note]] was replaced by the Colorado [=SuperChair=] in 1986, Lift 2[[note]]which ran from around the junction of Spruce and Crescendo up to the Vista Haus[[/note]] was removed around 1997 due to lack of use, Lift 3[[note]]which ran up the Mach One trail from the bottom of Lift 4 to the top of Lift 5[[/note]] was removed in 1980, and Lift 4 was replaced by the Peak 8 [=SuperConnect=] in 2002.

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** Fixed grip chairlifts on Peak 9 are lettered. There are At one point, there were Lifts A, B, C, D, E, and E, but no B or D. F. Today, only Lifts A, C and E operate. Lift D[[note]]which F[[note]]a fixed grip quad built to service Peak 10 when it opened in 1985[[/note]] was converted into a high speed quad and renamed the Falcon [=SuperChair=] after just a year of operation, Lift D[[note]]a double chairlift which ran from Beaver Run base area to a point near the start of the [=EpicMix=] race course on Sundown[[/note]] was replaced by the Beaver Run [=SuperChair=] in 1990, while and Lift B[[note]]which B[[note]]a double chairlift which ran from near the top of the original Quicksilver [=SuperChair=] to near the Patrol Hut on upper Peak 9[[/note]] was replaced by the Mercury [=SuperChair=] in 1997.
** Originally, fixed grip chairlifts on Peak 8 were numbered. There was a Lift 1, Lift 2, Lift 3, Lift 4, Lift 5, Lift 6, and Lift 7. Only the last three are still around: Lift 1[[note]]which ran from Peak 8 base to a point about halfway between the offloading points of the current superchairs[[/note]] was replaced by the Colorado [=SuperChair=] in 1986, Lift 2[[note]]which ran from around the junction of Spruce and Crescendo up to the Vista Haus[[/note]] was removed around 1997 due to lack of use, Lift 3[[note]]which ran up the Mach One trail from the bottom of Lift 4 to the top of Lift 5[[/note]] was removed in around 1980, and Lift 4 was replaced by the Peak 8 [=SuperConnect=] in 2002.
25th Oct '16 6:19:09 PM dmcreif
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** The UsefulNotes/NewYorkSubway has ghost stations, too, including several that were closed due to the lengthening of platforms at adjacent stations. A number of them are also still intact, but trains don't stop there.
25th Oct '16 6:16:26 PM dmcreif
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* The protagonist of the film ''Film/BeingJohnMalkovich'' works on Floor 7 1/2. It isn't a secret or anything, it's just an [[{{Bizarrchitecture}} architectural oddity]], accessed by using the emergency stop on the elevator halfway between floors 7 and 8 and then using the supplied crowbar to pry the doors open.

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* The protagonist of the film ''Film/BeingJohnMalkovich'' In ''Film/BeingJohnMalkovich'', Craig Schwartz works on Floor the 7 1/2. 1/2 floor of the Mertin-Flemmer Building. It isn't a secret or anything, it's just an [[{{Bizarrchitecture}} architectural oddity]], oddity]] created to access the portal into John Malkovich. Without a button, it can only be accessed by using the emergency stop on the elevator halfway between floors 7 and 8 and then using the supplied crowbar to pry the doors open.



* Implied in ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen'' when ProfessionalKiller Carson Welles is talking to his employer (note that this doesn't stop [[TheGrimReaper Anton Chigurh]] from finding and killing Welles' employer later on).

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* Implied in ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen'' when ProfessionalKiller [[ProfessionalKiller Carson Welles Welles]] is talking to his employer (note that this doesn't stop [[TheGrimReaper Anton Chigurh]] from finding and killing Welles' employer later on).
25th Oct '16 6:12:04 PM dmcreif
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* Boston's Logan airport has terminals A, B, C, and E, but no D. Well... Terminal D technically exists, but to all intents and purposes it's a small, semi-abandoned, totally nondescript wing of Terminal C, so Massport took its letter away.

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* Boston's Logan airport International Airport has terminals A, B, C, and E, but no D. Well... Terminal D technically exists, existed, but to all intents and purposes it's it was just a small, semi-abandoned, totally set of three gates in a nondescript wing of Terminal C, so Massport took its letter away.in March 2006, they were renumbered and labeled as part of Terminal E ([=E1C, E1D & E1E=]) on February 28, 2006. In 2016, following construction of an airside connector between Terminals E and C, these three gates were renumbered again to become the present gates [=C8-C10=] (as part of Terminal C).
* During their initial expansions in the 1970s, Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado used letters and numbers for their chairlifts. Skips in the numbers/letters exist due to some of these lifts getting replaced, as the replacement lifts have used names.
**Fixed grip chairlifts on Peak 9 are lettered. There are Lifts A, C, and E, but no B or D. Lift D[[note]]which ran from Beaver Run base area to a point near the start of the [=EpicMix=] race course on Sundown[[/note]] was replaced by the Beaver Run [=SuperChair=] in 1990, while Lift B[[note]]which ran from near the top of the original Quicksilver [=SuperChair=] to near the Patrol Hut on upper Peak 9[[/note]] was replaced by the Mercury [=SuperChair=] in 1997.
**Originally, fixed grip chairlifts on Peak 8 were numbered. There was a Lift 1, Lift 2, Lift 3, Lift 4, Lift 5, Lift 6, and Lift 7. Only the last three are still around: Lift 1[[note]]which ran from Peak 8 base to a point about halfway between the offloading points of the current superchairs[[/note]] was replaced by the Colorado [=SuperChair=] in 1986, Lift 2[[note]]which ran from around the junction of Spruce and Crescendo up to the Vista Haus[[/note]] was removed around 1997 due to lack of use, Lift 3[[note]]which ran up the Mach One trail from the bottom of Lift 4 to the top of Lift 5[[/note]] was removed in 1980, and Lift 4 was replaced by the Peak 8 [=SuperConnect=] in 2002.
30th Aug '16 4:10:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''TheWarAgainstTheChtorr''. The [[GovernmentAgencyOfFiction Uncle Ira Group]] is located on the 13th floor of a hotel in Denver, reached by a private elevator. The first-person protagonist mentions that "controlled-access architecture" is nothing unusual in this TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture world, as hotels use them for guests who need extra security and privacy. You'd only realise it was there if you walked the fire stairs, and if asked the hotel would claim it was a service floor. They just wouldn't mention what service.

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* ''TheWarAgainstTheChtorr''.''Literature/TheWarAgainstTheChtorr''. The [[GovernmentAgencyOfFiction Uncle Ira Group]] is located on the 13th floor of a hotel in Denver, reached by a private elevator. The first-person protagonist mentions that "controlled-access architecture" is nothing unusual in this TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture world, as hotels use them for guests who need extra security and privacy. You'd only realise it was there if you walked the fire stairs, and if asked the hotel would claim it was a service floor. They just wouldn't mention what service.
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