History Main / VanInBlack

4th May '16 10:02:03 PM sacundim
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* The Actives from ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' were ferried to and from their engagements in black vans. In keeping with the [[SpiesInAVan surveillance van motif]], the vans would remain nearby during the engagement so that handlers could monitor their assigned Active.

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* The Actives from ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' were ferried to and from their engagements in black vans. In keeping with the [[SpiesInAVan surveillance van motif]], the vans would remain nearby during the engagement so that handlers could monitor their assigned Active. And the sinister connotations of black vans are repeatedly [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] or [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] by characters, or even [[InvokedTrope invoked]] as a motive for their actions.
2nd May '16 2:24:36 PM maxwellsilver
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->''"How do you know [[TheMenInBlack they're]] watching us?"''\\

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->''"How do you know [[TheMenInBlack they're]] they're watching us?"''\\
4th Feb '16 6:55:09 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* This is how Wrestling/SamoaJoe disappeared when he was abducted by ninjas.

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* This is how A ''white'' van with tented windows was the vehicle the ninjas who abducted Wrestling/SamoaJoe on February 8th of 2010 disappeared when he was abducted by ninjas.in.
* During 2010 former Wrestling/{{AAA}} luchadors Cuije, El Alebrije, Psicosis II, Histeria and Maniaco began trailing Wrestling/{{CMLL}} luchadors on the road in a black SUV and attacked La Sombra, El Hijo del Fantasma and La Máscara during the April 12th 2010 Puebla show to send the message that even though they had ended up on the independent circuit they were still better than CMLL's roster.
3rd Jan '16 8:51:04 PM eroock
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* One credit card commercial stars a woman lamenting how her father and his "associates" would find things that FellOffTheBackOfATruck, and as a result, ''she'' gets stalked when she's out on her own. Thanks to her new card, and that everything comes with a receipt, she likes to hold the invoice up in plain view of the not-so-inconspicuous van and shout at them, "You've got nothing!"



* {{Mooks}} driving around in a black van sedate Wallace and capture Esther in ''ComicBook/SinCity''.
* A Van of Undercover Cops appears in several scenes in ''Film/LuckyNumberSlevin''. They even (briefly) abduct the main character.
* In ''Film/{{Matilda}}'', the title character notices a car is always parked on the street outside their house. [[spoiler:The car turns out to belong to cops who are trying to arrest Matilda's father for selling cars with faulty car parts]].
* Combined with PaperThinDisguise & FunWithAcronyms in the British parody ''The Hooligan Factory'', involving a white van marked '''C'''opper '''I'''nstallation '''D'''elivery, with a huge 'satellite' dish pointing directly at the protagonists.



* The weird black vans throughout the first levels of ''TheSimpsonsHitAndRun''. [[spoiler: It turns out they're only pizza vans.]]

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* The weird In ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsHitAndRun'', Homer gets paranoid about these strange black vans throughout around Springfield. While expecting them to be under the first levels control of ''TheSimpsonsHitAndRun''. [[spoiler: It turns Mr. Burns, they later turn out they're only to be [[SubvertedTrope pizza delivery vans.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':

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** In episode "The Trouble With Trillions", the 'Two Guys from Quantico Pizza' van comes into play when Homer is press-ganged into helping an investigation of Mr Burns.
** Another episode has an otherwise nondescript van, with [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial "ORDINARY VAN"]] on the side.
3rd Jan '16 8:42:48 PM eroock
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* Such vans can also be used by protagonists, generally in police/covert military shows. Section 9 in ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', for example, regularly uses one for undercover surveillance.



* {{Mooks}} driving around in a black van sedate Wallace and capture Esther in ''ComicBook/SinCity''.



* The van used by the bank robbers in ''InsideMan''.
* The Zap 'Em Pest Control van in ''Film/MenInBlack'' ironically serves as transportation for a [[BigCreepyCrawlies big bad bug]]. Somewhat {{Lampshaded}} because half of his spaceship stuck out of the back and top.



* In ''Film/ETTheExtraterrestrial'', the government forces use a van with surveillance equipment to find E.T.
* Played for laughs in ''Film/OldSchool'', when the protagonists use one of these to kidnap their fraternity pledges, complete with Metallica soundtrack.

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* In ''Film/ETTheExtraterrestrial'', ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'', the government forces use a van with surveillance equipment to find E.T.
* Played for laughs in ''Film/OldSchool'', when the protagonists use one of these to kidnap their fraternity pledges, complete with Metallica soundtrack.
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* In a deliberate parody (just like every other trope invoked in the film), the heroes of the first ''Film/AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes'' movie traveled in a car with the words "F.I.A. Unmarked Car Pool" painted on it.



* ''Film/BestSeller'' (1987) opens with a long sequence of the robbers driving through the streets of Los Angeles in a black van. However they're not trying to be inconspicuous at all, [[HiddenInPlainSight as the van is fitted with loudspeakers broadcasting political slogans]].



* The short story [[http://www.stanleythewhale.com/StW/index.php/issue-1/issue-1-short-stories/45-the-van-on-atlantic-street "The Van on Atlantic Street"]] by Desmond Warzel. Though the van is white, it is in other respects an example of this trope.

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* The short story [[http://www.stanleythewhale.com/StW/index.php/issue-1/issue-1-short-stories/45-the-van-on-atlantic-street "The Van on Atlantic Street"]] Street" by Desmond Warzel. Though the van is white, it is in other respects an example of this trope.



-->Some 2,347 miles away in East Berlin, a man and a woman, walked briskly eastward on [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign Volkswagenkindergarten-pumpernikelstrasse]]. Talking intently, they did not notice the sleek black Mercedes sedan, its windows tinted almost black, as it turned off [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign Hamburgerfrankfurterwienerschnitzelstrasse]] and came toward them from behind, picking up speed until, traveling at [[UnitConfusion 130 kilometers per microgram]], it roared into a parked garbage truck.\\

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-->Some 2,347 miles away in East Berlin, a man and a woman, walked briskly eastward on [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign Volkswagenkindergarten-pumpernikelstrasse]]. Talking intently, they did not notice the sleek black Mercedes sedan, its windows tinted almost black, as it turned off [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign [[Film/TheGreatDictator Hamburgerfrankfurterwienerschnitzelstrasse]] and came toward them from behind, picking up speed until, traveling at [[UnitConfusion 130 kilometers per microgram]], it roared into a parked garbage truck.\\



* 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.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}} 1973''/74 episode "The Balloon People". Dr. Noah Tall uses his spy van the "Snoop Wagon" to perform surveillance before he attempts to kidnap the Balloonians.
25th Sep '15 5:39:06 PM nombretomado
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* [[{{Hawkeye}} Clint Barton]] thinks he sees one outside his apartment window:

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* [[{{Hawkeye}} [[ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} Clint Barton]] thinks he sees one outside his apartment window:
11th Sep '15 2:14:23 PM Kakai
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Godslave}}'', the black car the two Blacksmiths use to tail Edith just screams "we're spying on you!" She fails to notice, though.
24th Aug '15 12:14:29 PM Willbyr
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* Such vans can also be used by protagonists, generally in police/covert military shows. Section 9 in ''GhostInTheShell: Stand Alone Complex'', for example, regularly uses one for undercover surveillance.
* The Yamainu's vans in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi''.

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* Such vans can also be used by protagonists, generally in police/covert military shows. Section 9 in ''GhostInTheShell: Stand Alone Complex'', ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', for example, regularly uses one for undercover surveillance.
* The Yamainu's vans in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi''.''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''.



--> Chase: Remember those two sniper dudes last year? When everyone in Virginia was looking for one white van? The cops couldn't find it 'cause every plumber and electrician and whatever drives one of these things. [..] That's why I asked my parents for one. I get in this bad boy, and I totally drop off The Man's radar.

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--> Chase: '''Chase''': Remember those two sniper dudes last year? When everyone in Virginia was looking for one white van? The cops couldn't find it 'cause every plumber and electrician and whatever drives one of these things. [..] That's why I asked my parents for one. I get in this bad boy, and I totally drop off The Man's radar.
25th May '15 2:05:34 PM FF32
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* The "[[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Definitely Flowers: A totally normal flower delivery service]]" featured in [[http://www.ispot.tv/ad/7hlr/johnsonville-brats-family-favor this]] Johnsonville hot dogs commercial.

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* The "[[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Definitely Flowers: A totally normal flower delivery service]]" van featured in [[http://www.ispot.tv/ad/7hlr/johnsonville-brats-family-favor this]] Johnsonville hot dogs commercial.
25th May '15 2:04:36 PM FF32
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* The "[[SuspiciousSpecificDenial Definitely Flowers: A totally normal flower delivery service]]" featured in [[http://www.ispot.tv/ad/7hlr/johnsonville-brats-family-favor this]] Johnsonville hot dogs commercial.

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* The "[[SuspiciousSpecificDenial "[[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Definitely Flowers: A totally normal flower delivery service]]" featured in [[http://www.ispot.tv/ad/7hlr/johnsonville-brats-family-favor this]] Johnsonville hot dogs commercial.
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