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9th Aug '17 11:08:21 AM Kartoonkid95
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* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Peter uses such a van to spy on Lois.

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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', "Stuck Together, Torn Apart", Peter uses such a van to and his friends spy on Lois.Lois with a high-tech police van.



* 1973/74 ''{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}'' episode "The Balloon People". Dr. Noah Tall and Twisty use one called the "Snoop Wagon" to spy on the title characters. Bonus points for having an exterior radar dish and extendable telescope.
* Crocker in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' used a fairy tracking van disguised as an ice cream truck at least once. This proved horribly ineffective since he was immediately mobbed by kids. To drive them away, he converted the van into a spinach truck... and was immediately mobbed by [[{{Popeye}} sailors]] instead.

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* 1973/74 In the ''{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}'' episode "The Balloon People". Dr. Noah Tall and Twisty use one called the "Snoop Wagon" to spy on the title characters. Bonus points for having an exterior radar dish and extendable telescope.
* Mr. Crocker in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' used a fairy tracking fairy-tracking van disguised as an ice cream truck at least once. This proved horribly ineffective since he was immediately mobbed by kids. To drive them away, he converted the van into a spinach truck... and was immediately mobbed by [[{{Popeye}} [[ComicStrip/{{Popeye}} sailors]] instead.
21st Jun '17 8:38:29 PM Rotpar
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* ''Literature/TheBadPlace'' begins with the Dakotas staking out the Decodyne Corporation, waiting for a crooked night watchman to steal the company's latest program for a competitor. Julie is well behind the building in a car to provide backup for her husband--Bobby is in a van filled with surveillance equipment doing the actual watching and recording of the crime. Unfortunately, the thief spotted Bobby despite the Dakotas using multiple vans and trucks for the stake-out and hired goons to try and kill him.
3rd May '17 7:15:00 PM PaulA
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* Milgrim from WilliamGibson's ''Spook Country'' serves as a translator in an ordinary one of these. Late in ''Zero History'' he gets to ride in a cooler one for a different reason.

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* Milgrim from WilliamGibson's ''Spook Country'' Creator/WilliamGibson's ''Literature/SpookCountry'' serves as a translator in an ordinary one of these. Late in ''Zero History'' ''Literature/ZeroHistory'' he gets to ride in a cooler one for a different reason.
11th Dec '16 12:33:48 AM JackG
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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. Sam and Dean have to use this trope in Season 7, because every Leviathan knows their face on sight, so just sitting in a car or ImpersonatingAnOfficer (their usual tactics) to gather information could get them killed.
5th Dec '16 3:52:25 AM jeez
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* In ''Film/TheSiege'', it's the ''FBI'' protagonists who get themselves bugged by military intelligence officers hiding in a van (New York's placed under martial law at that time). The FBI promptly turns tables and arrests the officers for obstructing a federal investigation.
13th Oct '16 8:00:08 PM Willbyr
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* In ''GunsmithCats'', ATF agent Bill Collins uses one of these to spy on Rally. The girls aren't fooled.
* In ''PokemonSpecial'', the Shadow Triad has one decked with spy equipment.

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* In ''GunsmithCats'', ''Manga/GunsmithCats'', ATF agent Bill Collins uses one of these to spy on Rally. The girls aren't fooled.
* In ''PokemonSpecial'', ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', the Shadow Triad has one decked with spy equipment.
24th Jul '16 3:46:05 PM WillKeaton
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* Used in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''. Stan and a fellow agent camp out in a van, spying on a house full of terrorists. Unfortunately, the terrorists notice the van parked ''right outside'' and take them both hostage.

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* Used in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''. ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' Stan and a fellow agent camp out in a van, spying on a house full of terrorists. Unfortunately, the terrorists notice the van parked ''right outside'' and take them both hostage.
21st May '16 11:11:01 PM FredTheFourth
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* The Bug Van from ''Series/MiamiVice''.
26th Apr '16 12:17:52 PM Katsuhagi
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* ''Series/TheWire'' does this a lot, both by the cops and by Omar (a stick-up artist - he only uses a ''van'' in season one and briefly in season four, though). Featuring such antics as Detective Sydnor complaining that the van is full of Detective Carver's empties, and the fact that Carver is eating such a variety of junk food while on stakeout outside a mini-mart, Omar looking out the van window and watching for hints of where the stash-house is (and Bailey taking notes based on what Omar observed, on a sheet of notebook paper on which they were clearly playing hangman before), Omar and Renaldo watching a convenience store they suspect is a drug front, and getting distracted watching Detective Kima Greggs watching the same convenience store from her own vehicle, and so on. And though no one's actually in it, season 2 features a subplot where the Stevedores Union steals the valuable surveillance van from Commander Valcheck as part of their [[EscalatingWar series of petty revenges on each other]] and begin shipping it around the world, sending Valcheck taunting photos of it from each new location.

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* ''Series/TheWire'' does this a lot, both by the cops and by Omar (a stick-up artist - he only uses a ''van'' in season one and briefly in season four, though). Featuring such antics as Detective Sydnor complaining that the van is full of Detective Carver's empties, and the fact that Carver is eating such a variety of junk food while on stakeout outside a mini-mart, Omar looking out the van window and watching for hints of where the stash-house is (and Bailey taking notes based on what Omar observed, on a sheet of notebook paper on which they were clearly playing hangman before), Omar and Renaldo watching a convenience store they suspect is a drug front, and getting distracted watching Detective Kima Greggs watching the same convenience store from her own vehicle, and so on. And though no one's actually in it, season 2 features a subplot where the Stevedores Union steals the valuable surveillance van from Commander Valcheck as part of their [[EscalatingWar series of petty revenges on each other]] and begin shipping it around the world, sending Valcheck taunting photos of it from each new location.location, which continues even after [[spoiler:Sobotka is killed]].
12th Apr '16 3:22:30 AM hoodiecrow
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* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': The Trio set up a stake-out van to monitor Buffy's activities and coordinate their attacks. There is a brief dispute over whether the very conspicuous Death Star decal added by Andrew really is appropriate on a vehicle that's supposed to be low-key.
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