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16th Jan '17 5:18:20 PM Geoduck
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* In ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'', Dogbert recommends trap doors as a method of disposing of disgruntled employees who take advantage of "open door" policies. One strip shows him activating one from a desk, and another has him presenting one that drops the employee into rush-hour traffic to the PointyHairedBoss, who's dumb enough to fall into it himself.
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* In ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'', Dogbert recommends trap doors as a method of disposing of disgruntled employees who take advantage of "open door" policies. One strip shows him activating one from a desk, and another has him presenting one that drops the employee into rush-hour traffic to the PointyHairedBoss, who's dumb enough to fall into it himself.
16th Jan '17 5:17:19 PM Geoduck
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* One ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' strip had a family visiting a store that sells trap-doors, and their son has just fallen through one of them, with the salesman assuring them the kid's safe in the maintenance department and ushering them onto the next model.
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* One ''WesternAnimcation/{{Superfriends}}'' episode did essentially the same thing with its version of Batman and Robin, with the Riddler being the one constructing the trap; the duo find themselves in a room with a plainly-visible trap-door built into the floor, and just as Batman comments [[TemptingFate how obvious]] the trap is, the entire floor ''except'' the "door" falls away.
10th Dec '16 6:30:31 PM nombretomado
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/TheSlitheringShadow," ConanTheBarbarian runs from soldiers into a woman's room. She uses this on him.

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/TheSlitheringShadow," ConanTheBarbarian Literature/ConanTheBarbarian runs from soldiers into a woman's room. She uses this on him.
13th Nov '16 4:57:16 PM SteveMB
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Mostly spoofed these days, often with a pun so old it creaks; "Nice of you to drop in!" Also often subverted by TrapDoorFail -- having the would-be victim end up standing ''next'' to the trapdoor when it opens.

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Mostly spoofed these days, often with a pun so old it creaks; [[ObligatoryJoke "Nice of you to drop in!" in!"]] Also often subverted by TrapDoorFail -- having the would-be victim end up standing ''next'' to the trapdoor when it opens.
31st Oct '16 10:48:53 PM JackG
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. Zapp Brannigan shows you don't need a DropShip to invade a planet.
-->'''Captain Zapp Brannigan:''' As you know, the key to victory is the element of surprise. ''[presses BigRedButton]'' Surprise!
-->''[bay doors open under soldiers, dumping them onto the planet below.]''
30th Oct '16 7:23:38 AM JackG
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* The levitation version is also used in ''Literature/{{Swellhead}}''. In that case the hero deliberately [[LevitatingLotusPosition sits on the trapdoor]] in order to shake the confidence of the villain.
4th Sep '16 10:09:06 PM Tre
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* The SyFy game show ''Series/TotalBlackout'' uses trap doors in a slightly different way. After each round, the remaining contestants stand in front of trap doors and, on Jaleel White's command, are told to jump onto them. The contestant with the least amount of points in the round [[EjectTheLoser drops out of the game]], while the other contestants' doors stay shut.

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* The SyFy Creator/{{Syfy}} game show ''Series/TotalBlackout'' uses trap doors in a slightly different way. After each round, the remaining contestants stand in front of trap doors and, on Jaleel White's command, are told to jump onto them. The contestant with the least amount of points in the round [[EjectTheLoser drops out of the game]], while the other contestants' doors stay shut.
23rd Aug '16 11:28:44 PM ZombieAladdin
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* A Skittles commercial has three people sitting on a rainbow. The moment one of them starts questioning if the rainbow they're sitting on even exists, the rainbow folds over beneath him, trap door style, causing him to fall.


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* Used in the Chunin Exams in ''Manga/{{Boruto}}''. [[spoiler:ALL of the examinees fall through it. To pass the test, an examinee has to avoid coming in contact with any of the ink pooled at the bottom.]]
29th Jun '16 7:35:06 AM Clare
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* ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' includes a rare example of the heroic team setting this kind of trap. Monitor's security system includes a trap door which opens to reveal an energy mesh which instantly incinerates anything which touches it. This trap is first deployed onscreen when Ming takes control of Dynak-X and turns her against the Defenders. Mandrake nearly falls to his death when the rope he and three of his fellow Defenders are using to cross the pit over the energy mesh breaks, but Lothar pulls him up just in time.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' includes a rare example an inversion of the heroic team setting this kind of trap.trope. Monitor's security system includes a trap door which opens to reveal an energy mesh which instantly incinerates anything which touches it. This trap is first deployed onscreen when Ming takes control of Dynak-X and turns her against the Defenders. Mandrake nearly falls to his death when the rope he and three of his fellow Defenders are using to cross the pit over the energy mesh breaks, but Lothar pulls him up just in time.
24th Jun '16 8:57:01 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'', when Bandit Keith confronts Pegasus at gunpoint (in the dub, he [[FourKidsEntertainment merely points at Pegasus]]) in a last-ditch effort to get revenge. Pegasus nonchalantly opens a TrapDoor that dumps Keith into the ocean. In the manga, he uses his MacGuffin to WELD THE GUN to Keith's hand, and have Keith shoot himself. (Keith in the anime, even in the original Japanese, survives the fall.)

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* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'', when Bandit Keith confronts Pegasus at gunpoint (in the dub, he [[FourKidsEntertainment [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment merely points at Pegasus]]) in a last-ditch effort to get revenge. Pegasus nonchalantly opens a TrapDoor that dumps Keith into the ocean. In the manga, he uses his MacGuffin to WELD THE GUN to Keith's hand, and have Keith shoot himself. (Keith in the anime, even in the original Japanese, survives the fall.)
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