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** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'': Happens between the just-freed [[SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} Erik]], [[ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} Peter]], and [[CrowningMomentOfFunny the duct-taped guard]] in UsefulNotes/ThePentagon's elevator. Erik feels dizzy as the result of being carried by Peter in his SuperSpeed mode. Then Peter asks Erik whether he's done a serious crime, asks what crime he's done in annoying tone (which after Erik sheepishly answered, Peter expresses his awe to the duct-taped guard who responds in kind with his eyebrows as if he wanted to say "Told ya this guy is a bad news" to Peter), asks whether Erik know karate (which Erik sheepishly responds with [[Music/JamesBrown "I don't know karate but I know crazy"]]), asks whether Erik can control metal, and finally he tells Erik that [[MythologyGag his mom once knew a guy who could control metal]] (which Erik seems to [[OhCrap realize that this annoying boy might be his son]]).

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** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'': Happens between the just-freed [[SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} [[ComicBook/{{Magneto}} Erik]], [[ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} Peter]], and [[CrowningMomentOfFunny the duct-taped guard]] in UsefulNotes/ThePentagon's elevator. Erik feels dizzy as the result of being carried by Peter in his SuperSpeed mode. Then Peter asks Erik whether he's done a serious crime, asks what crime he's done in annoying tone (which after Erik sheepishly answered, Peter expresses his awe to the duct-taped guard who responds in kind with his eyebrows as if he wanted to say "Told ya this guy is a bad news" to Peter), asks whether Erik know karate (which Erik sheepishly responds with [[Music/JamesBrown "I don't know karate but I know crazy"]]), asks whether Erik can control metal, and finally he tells Erik that [[MythologyGag his mom once knew a guy who could control metal]] (which Erik seems to [[OhCrap realize that this annoying boy might be his son]]).
4th Sep '17 7:57:11 PM TargetOnMyBack
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** One episode featured an old women trying to do her laundry who kept managing to be in the elevator as soon as the plot went there, by the end of the episode she was the only one who new everything that was happening.

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** One episode featured an old women trying to do her laundry who kept managing to be in the elevator as soon as the plot went there, by the end of the episode she was the only one who new knew everything that was happening.
23rd Jul '17 6:28:28 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/TheDefenders2017'': The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ostYFNFjhJ4 second teaser]] is surveillance camera footage of Matt Murdock, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Danny Rand scrambling into an elevator at Midland Circle. While the guys catch their breath, Jessica looks around, spots the camera, then comes over to break it.

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* ''Series/TheDefenders2017'': The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ostYFNFjhJ4 second teaser]] is surveillance camera footage of ''Series/TheDefenders2017'':
**[[Series/Daredevil2015
Matt Murdock, Jessica Jones, Murdock]], Series/JessicaJones2015, Series/LukeCage2016, and [[Series/IronFist2017 Danny Rand]] have just found themselves under attack [[WorkingTheSameCase when their separate investigations into the Hand lead to them all converging on Midland Circle Financials at the same time]]. After [[HallwayFight fighting off Elektra and a bunch of Alexandra's henchmen in the corridors]], they manage to all make it to the elevator to escape. While Matt, Luke Cage and Danny Rand scrambling into an elevator at Midland Circle. While the guys catch are all catching their breath, Jessica looks around, spots around and quickly smashes the camera, then comes over to break it.security camera in the ceiling.
**A non-elevator variant: later on, Matt, Luke and Jessica are riding the subway. Jessica pulls out a can of beer and chugs the entire thing down while Matt and Luke give her silent looks of confused amusement.
-->'''Jessica Jones:''' [[INeedAFreakingDrink ...It's been a long week]].
6th Jun '17 7:57:50 AM thatother1dude
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-->'''Peter:''' Uh... it was you.

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-->'''Peter:''' Uh... [[ImplausibleDeniability it was you.you]].
13th May '17 2:12:09 PM AthenaBlue
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'', Roxanne and Megamind (disguised as Bernard) share an elevator in the [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Metro Man Museum]]... just before it's going to blow up, thanks to actions by the latter of the pair.



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'', Roxanne and Megamind (disguised as Bernard) share an elevator in the [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Metro Man Museum]]... just before it's going to blow up, thanks to actions by the latter of the pair.



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* Inverted for ''Film/BigAssSpider'', where Alex and Jose use the ride to psych themselves up for the coming fight.



* In a DeletedScene from ''Film/TheDevilWearsPrada'', Miranda allows Andy to ride in the elevator with her, something she does not typically allow. Andy tries to break the ice by chatting awkwardly, before almost immediately realizing that ''this'' is why Miranda doesn't like to share the elevator with anyone.



* The Ben Carson movie, ''Gifted Hands'', has this. On his first day at work, he is the only colored person in the elevator, and the only one to give a cheery good morning to the other doctors. This doesn't stop him from saying good morning the next time, though.



* In ''Film/TheHungerGamesCatchingFire'', in contrast with the book (see ''Catching Fire'' below), it's clearly PlayedForLaughs. Johanna (played with BoisterousBruiser gusto) enters the elevator, compliments District 12's clothes while complaining about her own, starts stripping while asking Peeta to [[ZipMeUp zip her down]], and the duo's mentor Haymitch is on the scene as well to get impressed by her. That being said, only Katniss finds it uncomfortable. Peeta and Haymitch seem to enjoy it.



* Subverted in ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014''. When the Turtles board an elevator to take them to the top of Eric Sach's tower, they stare ahead awkwardly at first, but then loosen up a when [[https://youtu.be/CTcy51kHDTM?t=38s Mikey starts beatboxing.]]



* In ''Film/{{Victoria 2015}}'', Sonne mentions this when he and Victoria enter an elevator.
-->'''Sonne''': Now you have to be very silent, you know, because nobody talks in Germany in an elevator. It's forbidden.



* In a DeletedScene from ''Film/TheDevilWearsPrada'', Miranda allows Andy to ride in the elevator with her, something she does not typically allow. Andy tries to break the ice by chatting awkwardly, before almost immediately realizing that ''this'' is why Miranda doesn't like to share the elevator with anyone.
* The Ben Carson movie, ''Gifted Hands'', has this. On his first day at work, he is the only colored person in the elevator, and the only one to give a cheery good morning to the other doctors. This doesn't stop him from saying good morning the next time, though.
* In ''Film/TheHungerGamesCatchingFire'', in contrast with the book (see ''Catching Fire'' below), it's clearly PlayedForLaughs. Johanna (played with BoisterousBruiser gusto) enters the elevator, compliments District 12's clothes while complaining about her own, starts stripping while asking Peeta to [[ZipMeUp zip her down]], and the duo's mentor Haymitch is on the scene as well to get impressed by her. That being said, only Katniss finds it uncomfortable. Peeta and Haymitch seem to enjoy it.
* Inverted for ''Film/BigAssSpider'', where Alex and Jose use the ride to psych themselves up for the coming fight.
* In ''Film/{{Victoria 2015}}'', Sonne mentions this when he and Victoria enter an elevator.
-->'''Sonne''': Now you have to be very silent, you know, because nobody talks in Germany in an elevator. It's forbidden.
* Subverted in ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014''. When the Turtles board an elevator to take them to the top of Eric Sach's tower, they stare ahead awkwardly at first, but then loosen up a when [[https://youtu.be/CTcy51kHDTM?t=38s Mikey starts beatboxing.]]



* Defied in the LightNovel version of ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]''. Kyon notes that Haruhi ignores "normal elevator etiquette" by talking to him while they wait. Knowing Haruhi, this is to be expected.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': In ''Catching Fire'', the uninhibited Johanna Mason complains of the heat, [[NakedOnArrival strips]] [[NakedPeopleAreFunny naked]], and gets on an elevator with Peeta and Katniss. It turns out later that she was deliberately [[InvokedTrope invoking]] this trope to make Katniss uncomfortable.



* In ''[[Literature/TheHungerGames Catching Fire]]'', the uninhibited Johanna Mason complains of the heat, [[NakedOnArrival strips]] [[NakedPeopleAreFunny naked]], and gets on an elevator with Peeta and Katniss. It turns out later that she was deliberately [[InvokedTrope invoking]] this trope to make Katniss uncomfortable.
* Defied in the LightNovel version of ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]''. Kyon notes that Haruhi ignores "normal elevator etiquette" by talking to him while they wait. Knowing Haruhi, this is to be expected.



* ''Series/TheDefenders2017'': The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ostYFNFjhJ4 second teaser]] is surveillance camera footage of Matt Murdock, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Danny Rand scrambling into an elevator at Midland Circle. While the guys catch their breaths, Jessica looks around, spots the camera, then comes over to break it.

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* ''Series/TheDefenders2017'': The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ostYFNFjhJ4 second teaser]] is surveillance camera footage of Matt Murdock, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Danny Rand scrambling into an elevator at Midland Circle. While the guys catch their breaths, breath, Jessica looks around, spots the camera, then comes over to break it. it.


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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': In [[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS5E16TheLawless "The Lawless"]], Obi-Wan, [[DressingAsTheEnemy disguised]] as a Mandalorian warrior, is breaking his not-girlfriend Duchess Satine out of prison. They wind up in the lift with a loyal Death Watch soldier, who asks what's going on. Obi-Wan claims it's a "prisoner transfer". The guy eventually asks for the authorization code, however, so Obi-Wan has to knock him out.
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** One episode featured an old women trying to do her laundry who kept managing to be in the elevator as soon as the plot went there, by the end of the episode she was the only one who new everything that was happening.
5th Apr '17 9:57:59 AM AthenaBlue
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* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** Jimmy and Chloe are alone in an elevator once not long after they broke up. [[spoiler:[[FromBadToWorse Then they find out there is a bomb on Chloe.]] They had a NowOrNeverKiss, though.]]
** Dinah Lance and Lois Lane gets one in "Siren".
** [[MythologyGag Lois & Clark]] in "Committed".
* In ''Series/{{Nashville}}'', a running gag in one episode has long-time, on again off again lovers Deacon and Rayna continually running into one another in an elevator, with her trying to make chit-chat and him ignoring her. It ends with [[spoiler: Deacon giving Rayna a [[ShutUpKiss surprise kiss]] and saying he's done with talking.]]

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* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** Jimmy
Hilariously played with on ''Series/{{Angel}}'', as (the very drunk) Fred and Chloe are alone Wesley need to catch an elevator quickly.
-->'''Wesley:''' Come on, come on, come on...\\
'''Fred:''' Did you press--\\
'''Wesley:''' Oh. (''presses call button'')\\
(''uncomfortable waiting'')\\
'''Wesley:''' Come on, come on, come on...
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Londo and G'Kar, ambassadors of two warring alien powers, find themselves waiting for the same lift and begin trading insults in the meantime, to the great discomfort of the human extra caught in between them. They get into such a heated argument that they don't even notice that the elevator's arrived.
** In "Convictions", Londo decides not to share an elevator with G'Kar at all... until a nearby explosion forces Londo to jump in. The explosion disables the elevator forcing the two to spend several hours together. G'Kar is firmly opposed to acting in any way that would get them rescued, as he [[TakingYouWithMe wants to watch Londo die]], but can't actually kill him himself for fear of reprisals against his family. Awkward.
--->'''Londo:''' I hate my life.\\
'''G'Kar:''' As do I.
** Throughout the first season there were several between Talia and Garibaldi. They get more ridiculous when Talia realizes that ''every single time'' she takes the elevator, Garibaldi is already in it. Sinclair thinks that this is just coincidence, until the elevator arrives and Garibaldi is inside. Talia takes the stairs. Sinclair joins her.
** There's also one where Sheridan gets on the lift with Lennier after the latter had observed the pleasure ritual between the Captain and Delenn. In a purely religious capacity, of course.
--->'''Lennier:''' [[CallingYourOrgasms Woo hoo?]]
** The fifth season episode "[[LowerDeckEpisode A View From The Gallery]]" had Garibaldi and Captain Lochley having a heated plot-specific discussion about the episode's conflict, all while lowly technicians Bo and Mack quietly stand in the elevator and try to stay out from between them.
** G'kar and Vir share an elevator briefly in "Comes the Inquisitor", shortly after the Centauri subjugated the Narn. It starts out incredibly awkward and gets worse when Vir attempts to apologize.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': The elevator's been broken for the entire series, so there's an Uncomfortable Stairwell Moment instead. This occurs as an uncomfortably long silence between Penny (who previously dated Leonard, and still lives across the hall from him) and Raj's sister Priya (who is currently dating Leonard, and on her way to see him) once in Season 4.
* In one episode of ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', ManChild Eric makes his former mentor Mr. Feeny his ImaginaryFriend to help him with his college work. At one point in the episode he gets
in an elevator once not long after they broke up. [[spoiler:[[FromBadToWorse Then they find out there is with a bomb stranger and starts talking to the imaginary Feeny. The other guy is, understandibly, very creeped out.
* In a skit
on Chloe.]] ''Series/ChappellesShow'' parodying the film ''Film/WhatWomenWant'', a woman enters an elevator full of horny middle-aged men. They had don't say anything to her, but she knows exactly what's on their mind (and almost every lewd detail within, since she can read their thoughts). She manages to get away from the situation when the elevator arrives at her floor when a NowOrNeverKiss, though.]]
** Dinah Lance
young boy in the elevator thinks to himself, "I'd put a hurtin' on that bitch!"
* ''Series/TheDefenders2017'': The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ostYFNFjhJ4 second teaser]] is surveillance camera footage of Matt Murdock, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage
and Lois Lane gets one Danny Rand scrambling into an elevator at Midland Circle. While the guys catch their breaths, Jessica looks around, spots the camera, then comes over to break it.
* Twice
in "Siren".
** [[MythologyGag Lois & Clark]] in "Committed".
* In ''Series/{{Nashville}}'', a running gag in one
an episode has long-time, on again off again lovers Deacon of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' have recently-hooked-up Angel and Rayna continually running Laguerta about to use the elevator alone together when Masuka joins them.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E8TheChase "The Chase"]], the Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki amusingly have this reaction to being invited
into one another in an elevator, a lift by a Mechanoid, a round robot the size of a garden shed.
* On ''Series/{{ER}}'', Doug chases after Carol to apologize for showing up drunk at her apartment the previous night, uninvited and unannounced and disrupting her evening
with her trying to make chit-chat and him ignoring her. It boyfriend. Carol slyly manipulates things so that he ends up on the elevator with [[spoiler: Deacon giving Rayna her boyfriend... who proceeds to ''pleasantly'' tell him that he understands that he isn't over Carol. Doug, who was clearly expecting to be verbally, if not physically eviscerated, is left looking completely gobsmacked by this turn of events.
* In the pilot of ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}''
a [[ShutUpKiss surprise kiss]] police sniper in full tactical gear steps into a crowded elevator in an office building and saying asks if someone could press the button for the top floor. The other passengers try their best to ignore him on the ride up.
* Toyed with in an episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}''; Daphne and Martin whisper urgently to each other about how no one could recognize her after the plastic surgery, "the woodchuck and his ways" and the best way to get "stuff" through customs, just for the delight of the awkward response from other tenants. Played straight in a few other episodes.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Jon is visibly uneasy on his way to the top of the Wall with Melisandre. After he breaks the ice, she gives him a hint about her powers and asks him if
he's done a virgin. After a long pause, Jon replies no, to which she creepily adds a simple "good".
* ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' has several elevator scenes, but the one that deserves mention is when Addison, Mer and Derek are riding the elevator together and you could cut the sexual tension
with talking.]]a ''knife''. It's so obvious that Addison later asks Meredith if she's still sleeping with Derek.
* The 2010 ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' has an example when a couple of tourists with a little boy find themselves in the same elevator as the Five-0 police officers, fully geared in bulletproof vests and guns out, as they are pursuing a wounded suspect hiJimmding in a grand hotel. Complete with Hawaiian elevator music.



* ''Series/SexAndTheCity'': Miranda and Steve share an incredibly awkward elevator ride with Miranda's ex Robert who is also a fellow tenant. Seeing as Steve just moved in, they discuss afterward who gets "custody" of the elevator.
* A gag in ''Series/TriggerHappyTV'' is to fill an elevator with people in animal suits, taking up all of the room except for the unsuspecting person either already in the elevator, or trying to enter.

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* ''Series/SexAndTheCity'': Miranda and Steve share an incredibly awkward elevator ride ''Series/{{House}}'' usually has at least [[OncePerEpisode one per episode]]. The standard is: House having conversation/catfight with Miranda's ex Robert who is also person; *ding* lift arrives; doors open; House finishes with a fellow tenant. Seeing as Steve just moved in, they discuss afterward who gets "custody" witty/cutting/[[PoliticallyIncorrectHero entirely inappropriate]] remark and steps into lift -- doors close, with last glimpse of the elevator.
* A gag
other passengers eyeing him in ''Series/TriggerHappyTV'' is to fill an elevator alarm. (Because they are now ''trapped with people in animal suits, taking up all of the room except for the unsuspecting person either already in the elevator, or trying to enter.a raving lunatic.'')



* The point of one challenge on ''Series/ImpracticalJokers'': Sal had to make an annoying noise, Q had to ask a pretty woman to pop a pimple on his back, Murr had to act as though he was having a PottyEmergency...
* Used in ''Series/KyleXY'' by the protagonist, when he enters an elevator for the first time and notes that all the people face forward in silence and evade his gaze when he looks at them. It promptly becomes even ''more'' awkward when Stephen tells a colleague to lie to a client over the phone, causing Kyle to question him over it and prompting looks from the other elevator patrons.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' manages to combine several elevator tropes into one incident, in which Nate, Nate's ex-wife Maggie, and her boyfriend are handcuffed to one wall of an elevator going down while a ticking bomb is just beyond their reach. While Maggie's boyfriend breaks down crying, Maggie and Nate have a NowOrNeverKiss as he watches. Then, out of nowhere, Parker drops down from the ceiling, says hi, grabs the bomb, and climbs back up out of the elevator. Cue an Incredibly Uncomfortable Elevator Moment.
* In an episode of ''Series/MadAboutYou'', as Paul goes to visit Jamie at her office, they end up on the elevator with her handsome co-worker Doug... who Jamie just confessed to kissing the night before. During the ride, Paul brings up this this trope by explicitly stating, "Could anything be more awkward?". The tension genuinely ratchets up when Paul asks Jamie to leave him and Doug alone, then proceeds to tell him off, finishing by asking him, "Did you think I was going to hit you?" When Doug confirms that this was indeed his fear, Paul snaps, "Good."
* These are sometimes used as office-sexism-scene-setting moments on ''Series/MadMen''.
** In one of them, Don is on the elevator with a couple of younger guys who start talking in fairly graphic detail about a sexual conquest. The elevator stops and an older woman, presumably a secretary, gets on... and the guys don't stop. Don, ever the ChivalrousPervert, gives them a few sideways glares and finally intervenes by telling the one guy to take his hat off, before reaching over and physically removing it for him, with the obvious overtone of "pay attention to your surroundings, you little prick."
** Bizarrely subverted by the scene in which Pete Campbell goes about expressing what he (in his upper-crust [=WASPy=] ignorance) thinks are more or less enlightened views on race to the elevator operator (who is of course black in this [[PoliticallyCorrectHistory Politically Incorrect History]]) while actually having rather condescending UnfortunateImplications. Neither he nor most white people--including a lot of white supporters of civil rights--would have recognized it at the time, but the viewers at home were certainly meant to be wincing at least as much as the operator.
* In the pilot of ''Series/TheMentalist'', Patrick Jane takes the liberty of creating one between Van Pelt and Rigsby by mercilessly bringing up their UnresolvedSexualTension beforehand.
* A truly uncomfortable elevator scene took place in a later episode of ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}''. Maddie had just suffered a miscarriage and chose to bury her emotions and get back to work, until she and Dave end up stuck in an elevator together. After several minutes of elevator music, Dave rips out the elevator's speaker while Maddie finally breaks down crying. Dave ends up comforting Maddie and by the time the elevator door opens again, they exit singing, "Oh What a Friend We Have in Jesus".
* In ''Series/{{Nashville}}'', a running gag in one episode has long-time, on again off again lovers Deacon and Rayna continually running into one another in an elevator, with her trying to make chit-chat and him ignoring her. It ends with [[spoiler: Deacon giving Rayna a [[ShutUpKiss surprise kiss]] and saying he's done with talking.]]



** Pulled on Gibbs himself by several other characters--even a ''kid'' does this at one point--much to his slight amusement.

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** Pulled on Gibbs himself by several other characters--even characters -- even a ''kid'' does this at one point--much point -- much to his slight amusement.amusement.
* An episode of ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' has Del and Rodney stuck in a lift for several hours.
* ''Series/ThePractice'': In one episode, a company hires Lindsay to represent them when a potential customer sues them for discriminating against Arabs. Lindsay and the plaintiff find themselves alone in an elevator and remain silent.



* Used in ''Series/KyleXY'' by the protagonist, when he enters an elevator for the first time and notes that all the people face forward in silence and evade his gaze when he looks at them. It promptly becomes even ''more'' awkward when Stephen tells a colleague to lie to a client over the phone, causing Kyle to question him over it and prompting looks from the other elevator patrons.
* In a skit on ''Series/ChappellesShow'' parodying the film ''Film/WhatWomenWant'', a woman enters an elevator full of horny middle-aged men. They don't say anything to her, but she knows exactly what's on their mind (and almost every lewd detail within, since she can read their thoughts). She manages to get away from the situation when the elevator arrives at her floor when a young boy in the elevator thinks to himself, "I'd put a hurtin' on that bitch!"
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Londo and G'Kar, ambassadors of two warring alien powers, find themselves waiting for the same lift and begin trading insults in the meantime, to the great discomfort of the human extra caught in between them. They get into such a heated argument that they don't even notice that the elevator's arrived.
** In "Convictions", Londo decides not to share an elevator with G'Kar at all... until a nearby explosion forces Londo to jump in. The explosion disables the elevator forcing the two to spend several hours together. G'Kar is firmly opposed to acting in any way that would get them rescued, as he [[TakingYouWithMe wants to watch Londo die]], but can't actually kill him himself for fear of reprisals against his family. Awkward.
--->'''Londo:''' I hate my life.\\
'''G'Kar:''' As do I.
** Throughout the first season there were several between Talia and Garibaldi. They get more ridiculous when Talia realizes that ''every single time'' she takes the elevator, Garibaldi is already in it. Sinclair thinks that this is just coincidence, until the elevator arrives and Garibaldi is inside. Talia takes the stairs. Sinclair joins her.
** There's also one where Sheridan gets on the lift with Lennier after the latter had observed the pleasure ritual between the Captain and Delenn. In a purely religious capacity, of course.
--->'''Lennier:''' [[CallingYourOrgasms Woo hoo?]]
** The fifth season episode "[[LowerDeckEpisode A View From The Gallery]]" had Garibaldi and Captain Lochley having a heated plot-specific discussion about the episode's conflict, all while lowly technicians Bo and Mack quietly stand in the elevator and try to stay out from between them.
** G'kar and Vir share an elevator briefly in "Comes the Inquisitor", shortly after the Centauri subjugated the Narn. It starts out incredibly awkward and gets worse when Vir attempts to apologise.

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* Used in ''Series/KyleXY'' by the protagonist, when he enters an elevator for the first time ''Series/SexAndTheCity'': Miranda and notes that all the people face forward in silence and evade his gaze when he looks at them. It promptly becomes even ''more'' awkward when Stephen tells a colleague to lie to a client over the phone, causing Kyle to question him over it and prompting looks from the other elevator patrons.
* In a skit on ''Series/ChappellesShow'' parodying the film ''Film/WhatWomenWant'', a woman enters an elevator full of horny middle-aged men. They don't say anything to her, but she knows exactly what's on their mind (and almost every lewd detail within, since she can read their thoughts). She manages to get away from the situation when the elevator arrives at her floor when a young boy in the elevator thinks to himself, "I'd put a hurtin' on that bitch!"
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Londo and G'Kar, ambassadors of two warring alien powers, find themselves waiting for the same lift and begin trading insults in the meantime, to the great discomfort of the human extra caught in between them. They get into such a heated argument that they don't even notice that the elevator's arrived.
** In "Convictions", Londo decides not to
Steve share an elevator with G'Kar at all... until a nearby explosion forces Londo to jump in. The explosion disables the elevator forcing the two to spend several hours together. G'Kar is firmly opposed to acting in any way that would get them rescued, as he [[TakingYouWithMe wants to watch Londo die]], but can't actually kill him himself for fear of reprisals against his family. Awkward.
--->'''Londo:''' I hate my life.\\
'''G'Kar:''' As do I.
** Throughout the first season there were several between Talia and Garibaldi. They get more ridiculous when Talia realizes that ''every single time'' she takes the elevator, Garibaldi is already in it. Sinclair thinks that this is just coincidence, until the elevator arrives and Garibaldi is inside. Talia takes the stairs. Sinclair joins her.
** There's also one where Sheridan gets on the lift with Lennier after the latter had observed the pleasure ritual between the Captain and Delenn. In a purely religious capacity, of course.
--->'''Lennier:''' [[CallingYourOrgasms Woo hoo?]]
** The fifth season episode "[[LowerDeckEpisode A View From The Gallery]]" had Garibaldi and Captain Lochley having a heated plot-specific discussion about the episode's conflict, all while lowly technicians Bo and Mack quietly stand in the elevator and try to stay out from between them.
** G'kar and Vir share an elevator briefly in "Comes the Inquisitor", shortly after the Centauri subjugated the Narn. It starts out
incredibly awkward and elevator ride with Miranda's ex Robert who is also a fellow tenant. Seeing as Steve just moved in, they discuss afterward who gets worse when Vir attempts to apologise."custody" of the elevator.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** Jimmy and Chloe are alone in an elevator once not long after they broke up. [[spoiler:[[FromBadToWorse Then they find out there is a bomb on Chloe.]] They had a NowOrNeverKiss, though.]]
** Dinah Lance and Lois Lane gets one in "Siren".
** [[MythologyGag Lois & Clark]] in "Committed".



* An episode of ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' has Del and Rodney stuck in a lift for several hours.
* Toyed with in an episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}''; Daphne and Martin whisper urgently to each other about how no one could recognize her after the plastic surgery, "the woodchuck and his ways" and the best way to get "stuff" through customs, just for the delight of the awkward response from other tenants. Played straight in a few other episodes.
* Twice in an episode of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' have recently-hooked-up Angel and Laguerta about to use the elevator alone together when Masuka joins them.
* Hilariously played with on ''Series/{{Angel}}'', as (the very drunk) Fred and Wesley need to catch an elevator quickly.
-->'''Wesley:''' Come on, come on, come on...\\
'''Fred:''' Did you press--\\
'''Wesley:''' Oh. (''presses call button'')\\
(''uncomfortable waiting'')\\
'''Wesley:''' Come on, come on, come on...
* ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' has several elevator scenes, but the one that deserves mention is when Addison, Mer and Derek are riding the elevator together and you could cut the sexual tension with a fucking ''knife''. It's so obvious that Addison later asks Meredith if she's still sleeping with Derek.
* In the pilot of ''Series/TheMentalist'', Patrick Jane takes the liberty of creating one between Van Pelt and Rigsby by mercilessly bringing up their UnresolvedSexualTension beforehand.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' manages to combine several elevator tropes into one incident, in which Nate, Nate's ex-wife Maggie, and her boyfriend are handcuffed to one wall of an elevator going down while a ticking bomb is just beyond their reach. While Maggie's boyfriend breaks down crying, Maggie and Nate have a NowOrNeverKiss as he watches. Then, out of nowhere, Parker drops down from the ceiling, says hi, grabs the bomb, and climbs back up out of the elevator. Cue an Incredibly UncomfortableElevatorMoment.

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* An episode of ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' has Del and Rodney stuck A gag in a lift for several hours.
* Toyed with in an episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}''; Daphne and Martin whisper urgently
''Series/TriggerHappyTV'' is to each other about how no one could recognize her after the plastic surgery, "the woodchuck and his ways" and the best way to get "stuff" through customs, just for the delight of the awkward response from other tenants. Played straight in a few other episodes.
* Twice in an episode of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' have recently-hooked-up Angel and Laguerta about to use the elevator alone together when Masuka joins them.
* Hilariously played with on ''Series/{{Angel}}'', as (the very drunk) Fred and Wesley need to catch
fill an elevator quickly.
-->'''Wesley:''' Come on, come on, come on...\\
'''Fred:''' Did you press--\\
'''Wesley:''' Oh. (''presses call button'')\\
(''uncomfortable waiting'')\\
'''Wesley:''' Come on, come on, come on...
* ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' has several elevator scenes, but the one that deserves mention is when Addison, Mer and Derek are riding the elevator together and you could cut the sexual tension
with a fucking ''knife''. It's so obvious that Addison later asks Meredith if she's still sleeping with Derek.
* In the pilot of ''Series/TheMentalist'', Patrick Jane takes the liberty of creating one between Van Pelt and Rigsby by mercilessly bringing
people in animal suits, taking up their UnresolvedSexualTension beforehand.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' manages to combine several elevator tropes into one incident, in which Nate, Nate's ex-wife Maggie, and her boyfriend are handcuffed to one wall of an elevator going down while a ticking bomb is just beyond their reach. While Maggie's boyfriend breaks down crying, Maggie and Nate have a NowOrNeverKiss as he watches. Then, out of nowhere, Parker drops down from the ceiling, says hi, grabs the bomb, and climbs back up out
all of the elevator. Cue an Incredibly UncomfortableElevatorMoment.room except for the unsuspecting person either already in the elevator, or trying to enter.



* These are sometimes used as office-sexism-scene-setting moments on ''Series/MadMen''.
** In one of them, Don is on the elevator with a couple of younger guys who start talking in fairly graphic detail about a sexual conquest. The elevator stops and an older woman, presumably a secretary, gets on... and the guys don't stop. Don, ever the ChivalrousPervert, gives them a few sideways glares and finally intervenes by telling the one guy to take his hat off, before reaching over and physically removing it for him, with the obvious overtone of "pay attention to your surroundings, you little prick."
** Bizarrely subverted by the scene in which Pete Campbell goes about expressing what he (in his upper-crust [=WASPy=] ignorance) thinks are more or less enlightened views on race to the elevator operator (who is of course black in this [[PoliticallyCorrectHistory Politically Incorrect History]]) while actually having rather condescending UnfortunateImplications. Neither he nor most white people--including a lot of white supporters of civil rights--would have recognized it at the time, but the viewers at home were certainly meant to be wincing at least as much as the operator.
* ''Series/{{House}}'' usually has at least [[OncePerEpisode one per episode]]. The standard is: House having conversation/catfight with person; *ding* lift arrives; doors open; House finishes with a witty/cutting/[[PoliticallyIncorrectHero entirely inappropriate]] remark and steps into lift -- doors close, with last glimpse of the other passengers eyeing him in alarm. (Because they are now ''trapped with a raving lunatic.'')
* A truly uncomfortable elevator scene took place in a later episode of ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}''. Maddie had just suffered a miscarriage and chose to bury her emotions and get back to work, until she and Dave end up stuck in an elevator together. After several minutes of elevator music, Dave rips out the elevator's speaker while Maddie finally breaks down crying. Dave ends up comforting Maddie and by the time the elevator door opens again, they exit singing, "Oh What a Friend We Have in Jesus".
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': The elevator's been broken for the entire series, so there's an Uncomfortable Stairwell Moment instead. This occurs as an uncomfortably long silence between Penny (who previously dated Leonard, and still lives across the hall from him) and Raj's sister Priya (who is currently dating Leonard, and on her way to see him) once in Season 4.
* In one episode of ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', ManChild Eric makes his former mentor Mr. Feeny his ImaginaryFriend to help him with his college work. At one point in the episode he gets in an elevator with a stranger and starts talking to the imaginary Feeny. The other guy is, understandibly, very creeped out.
* In an episode of ''Series/MadAboutYou'', as Paul goes to visit Jamie at her office, they end up on the elevator with her handsome co-worker Doug... who Jamie just confessed to kissing the night before. During the ride, Paul brings up this this trope by explicitly stating, "Could anything be more awkward?". The tension genuinely ratchets up when Paul asks Jamie to leave him and Doug alone, then proceeds to tell him off, finishing by asking him, "Did you think I was going to hit you?" When Doug confirms that this was indeed his fear, Paul snaps, "Good."
* On ''Series/{{ER}}'', Doug chases after Carol to apologize for showing up drunk at her apartment the previous night, uninvited and unannounced and disrupting her evening with her boyfriend. Carol slyly manipulates things so that he ends up on the elevator with her boyfriend... who proceeds to ''pleasantly'' tell him that he understands that he isn't over Carol. Doug, who was clearly expecting to be verbally, if not physically eviscerated, is left looking completely gobsmacked by this turn of events.
* The 2010 ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' has an example when a couple of tourists with a little boy find themselves in the same elevator as the Five-0 police officers, fully geared in bulletproof vests and guns out, as they are pursuing a wounded suspect hiJimmding in a grand hotel. Complete with Hawaiian elevator music.
* In the pilot of ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'' a police sniper in full tactical gear steps into a crowded elevator in an office building and asks if someone could press the button for the top floor. The other passengers try their best to ignore him on the ride up.
* In Season 5 of ''Series/TheWire'' after Cedric Daniels knows about Jimmy [=McNulty=] [[spoiler: faking the serial murders]], the two men share an elevator. They ride in silence for what seems like forever. The doors open and Daniels exits, turns, and locks eyes with [=McNulty=] and seethes "To be continued."



* The point of one challenge on ''Series/ImpracticalJokers'': Sal had to make an annoying noise, Q had to ask a pretty woman to pop a pimple on his back, Murr had to act as though he was having a PottyEmergency...
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "The Chase", the Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki amusingly have this reaction to being invited into a lift by a Mechonoid, a round robot the size of a garden shed.
* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Jon is visibly uneasy on his way to the top of the Wall with Melisandre. After he breaks the ice, she gives him a hint about her powers and asks him if he's a virgin. After a long pause, Jon replies no, to which she creepily adds a simple "good".
* ''Series/ThePractice'': In one episode, a company hires Lindsay to represent them when a potential customer sues them for discriminating against Arabs. Lindsay and the plaintiff find themselves alone in an elevator and remain silent.
* ''Series/TheDefenders2017'': The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ostYFNFjhJ4 second teaser]] is surveillance camera footage of Matt Murdock, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Danny Rand scrambling into an elevator at Midland Circle. While the guys catch their breaths, Jessica looks around, spots the camera, then comes over to break it.

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* The point of one challenge on ''Series/ImpracticalJokers'': Sal had to make an annoying noise, Q had to ask a pretty woman to pop a pimple on his back, Murr had to act as though he was having a PottyEmergency...
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "The Chase", the Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki amusingly have this reaction to being invited into a lift by a Mechonoid, a round robot the size Season 5 of a garden shed.
* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Jon is visibly uneasy on his way to the top of the Wall with Melisandre. After he breaks the ice, she gives him a hint
''Series/TheWire'' after Cedric Daniels knows about her powers Jimmy [=McNulty=] [[spoiler: faking the serial murders]], the two men share an elevator. They ride in silence for what seems like forever. The doors open and asks him if he's a virgin. After a long pause, Jon replies no, to which she creepily adds a simple "good".
* ''Series/ThePractice'': In one episode, a company hires Lindsay to represent them when a potential customer sues them for discriminating against Arabs. Lindsay
Daniels exits, turns, and the plaintiff find themselves alone in an elevator locks eyes with [=McNulty=] and remain silent.
* ''Series/TheDefenders2017'': The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ostYFNFjhJ4 second teaser]] is surveillance camera footage of Matt Murdock, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Danny Rand scrambling into an elevator at Midland Circle. While the guys catch their breaths, Jessica looks around, spots the camera, then comes over to break it.
seethes "To be continued."



* Inverted in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' episode "The Man from Jupiter". Sterling Archer and his hero, Burt Reynolds, are in what's deemed the "world's slowest elevator" inside Archer's co-op building. Burt suggests that Archer "get a Batpole" as a joke. Archer, to Burt's surprise, replies "Nine thousand bucks. Lowest quote I got..." indicating that Archer had already looked into it.



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Homer is stuck in an elevator with Mindy Simmons, a co-worker he finds himself attracted to. He ends the awkwardness by stopping the elevator between floors and getting out... into thin air, sliding down one of the power plant's smokestacks.
-->'''Homer:''' ''See you tomorrow!''
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', the humongous supervillain Rhino steps into an elevator where a meek-looking man is already inside, and tells the man to take him to the top floor. After a moment of awkward silence, Rhino explains that his fingers are too big to push the buttons.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' manages to have such a moment with a {{Magitek}} elevator in season 2 episode 4 -- complete with an elevator music remix [[ThemeTuneCameo of the opening theme]].
* Inverted in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' episode "The Man from Jupiter". Sterling Archer and his hero, Burt Reynolds, are in what's deemed the "world's slowest elevator" inside Archer's co-op building. Burt suggests that Archer "get a Batpole" as a joke. Archer, to Burt's surprise, replies "Nine thousand bucks. Lowest quote I got..." indicating that Archer had already looked into it.



* A ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeooQcSd-8g sketch]] has [[WesternAnimation/ThunderCats Snarf]] and [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 Orko]] in the same elevator, thinking about how they can't stand each other. That is, until [[WesternAnimation/SuperFriends Gleek]] shows up....



* In the ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' episode "The Day," when Sylvia attempts to escape Hater's ship with a [[HeavySleeper completely passed-out Wander]]. In a burst of inspiration she dresses him up as one of Hater's minions and pretends he's leading her to the prison. Everything goes pretty smoothly until she gets to the elevator and finds herself joined by [[TheDragon Commander Peepers]], who starts a conversation with the disguised Wander, forcing her to puppet him like a ventriloquist's dummy.

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* A ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeooQcSd-8g sketch]] has [[WesternAnimation/ThunderCats Snarf]] and [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 Orko]] in the same elevator, thinking about how they can't stand each other. That is, until [[WesternAnimation/SuperFriends Gleek]] shows up....
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Homer is stuck in an elevator with Mindy Simmons, a co-worker he finds himself attracted to. He ends the awkwardness by stopping the elevator between floors and getting out... into thin air, sliding down one of the power plant's smokestacks.
-->'''Homer:''' ''See you tomorrow!''
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', the humongous supervillain Rhino steps into an elevator where a meek-looking man is already inside, and tells the man to take him to the top floor. After a moment of awkward silence, Rhino explains that his fingers are too big to push the buttons.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E07StealthStrike "Stealth Strike"]], a [[DressingAsTheEnemy disguised]] Kanan and Rex, accompanied by Chopper, wind up on an elevator with an Imperial officer who comments that Rex's armour is looking a little tight on him. Things swiftly get ''quite'' awkward.
-->'''Officer:''' Your armour's looking a little tight, trooper.\\
'''Rex:''' ''[under his breath]'' I'll tighten your ... face ... a little ... tighter.\\
'''Officer:''' What was that?\\
'''Kanan:''' ''[laughs nervously]'' Possible hyper-sickness. I'm taking 565 here ... to the ... [[PoliceCodeForEverything 267]].\\
'''Officer:''' ''[derisive snort]'' The commissary? That's the last place he needs.\\
''[The elevator stops and the officer gets off, while Rex grumbles under his breath.]''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' manages to have such a moment with a {{Magitek}} elevator in season 2 episode 4 -- complete with an elevator music remix [[ThemeTuneCameo of the opening theme]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' episode "The Day," Day", when Sylvia attempts to escape Hater's ship with a [[HeavySleeper completely passed-out Wander]]. In a burst of inspiration she dresses him up as one of Hater's minions and pretends he's leading her to the prison. Everything goes pretty smoothly until she gets to the elevator and finds herself joined by [[TheDragon Commander Peepers]], who starts a conversation with the disguised Wander, forcing her to puppet him like a ventriloquist's dummy.


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* The 2010 ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' has an example when a couple of tourists with a little boy find themselves in the same elevator as the Five-0 police officers, fully geared in bulletproof vests and guns out, as they are pursuing a wounded suspect hiding in a grand hotel. Complete with Hawaiian elevator music.

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* The 2010 ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' has an example when a couple of tourists with a little boy find themselves in the same elevator as the Five-0 police officers, fully geared in bulletproof vests and guns out, as they are pursuing a wounded suspect hiding hiJimmding in a grand hotel. Complete with Hawaiian elevator music.



* In Season 5 of ''Series/TheWire'' after Daniels knows about [=McNulty=] [[spoiler: faking the serial murders]], the two men share an elevator. They ride in silence for what seems like forever. The doors open and Daniels exits, turns, and locks eyes with [=McNulty=] and seethes "To be continued."

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* In Season 5 of ''Series/TheWire'' after Cedric Daniels knows about Jimmy [=McNulty=] [[spoiler: faking the serial murders]], the two men share an elevator. They ride in silence for what seems like forever. The doors open and Daniels exits, turns, and locks eyes with [=McNulty=] and seethes "To be continued."


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* ''Series/TheDefenders2017'': The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ostYFNFjhJ4 second teaser]] is surveillance camera footage of Matt Murdock, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Danny Rand scrambling into an elevator at Midland Circle. While the guys catch their breaths, Jessica looks around, spots the camera, then comes over to break it.
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* ''VideoGame/HitmanAbsolution'': Fodder for some black humor in "Blackwater Park". As 47 presses the elevator panel to go up, a gasping delivery boy carrying a big tray of sushi dives in the elevator at the last minute. His attempts at small-talk fall flat on the mute Mister 47. When the elevator doors open, he gets shot to pieces by Layla's guards while 47 zips up the emergency hatch unharmed.
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'''Pride:''' You stole that move from me! ''I'' used to be the one who stopped elevators!\\

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'''Pride:''' You stole that move from me! ''I'' '''''I''''' used to be the one who stopped elevators!\\


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** Pulled on Gibbs himself by several other characters--even a ''kid'' does this at one point--much to his slight amusement.
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