Stopped At The Ticket Booth
A character, or group, wishes to enter a place, and the one thing standing in the way is a ticket taker who takes his job seriously.
A modern twist on the Troll Bridge trope. A character, or group of characters, wants to enter a building. A movie theater, a concert hall, basically any place where you have to pay to come in. The door is in sight, mere inches away. The only thing keeping you out is a single person who asks you for a ticket or some other Plot Coupon to get in. Unlike a bouncer, the ticket taker does not have to be physically imposing, but they must blindly follow the rules of their establishment. But they will, without fail, reject any wannabe entrants who don't have a ticket, can't afford a ticket, or are prohibited from purchasing a ticket. And if tickets sell out, they will slam the door in the face of any poor soul who comes just a bit too late. Compare and Contrast Bouncer, Troll Bridge and NPC Roadblock.
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- In one chapter of Blue Monday, Bleu wins a ticket to an Adam Ant show. She goes to the concert venue, but the ticket woman blocks her from entry because she doesn't have proper identification. She refuses to accept her student ID, and Bleu misses the show.
Film - Animated
- Anastasia: When Anya asks for a train ticket to Paris, the ticket man asks for her exit visa, then closes the window on her when she says she doesn't have one.
- Frosty the Snowman - Frosty goes to the train station and asks for a ticket to the North Pole. The ticket attendant is at first happy to oblige, but then he learns that Frosty has no money and closes the window on him.
- South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (AKA South Park The Movie), begins with Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny trying to get tickets to see Terrence and Philip: Asses of Fire. However, the ticket taker refuses to let them in to see the movie because of its "R" rating. The boys get around the restriction my recruiting a homeless man to pose as a legal guardian to the boys.
- Edna & Harvey: The Breakout- One puzzle involves getting past a ticket collector for a laundry lift. Since the game takes place in a mental hospital, part of the puzzle is figuring out what even counts as a ticket in the first place.
- Simon the Sorcerer has the ticket booth operator at the Fiery Pits of Rondor, who will not let Simon in no matter how much he pleads that the Evil Sorceror Sordid is already in the pits and the fate of the world may depend on Simon going in to stop him. To get past him, you must craft the items in the area around the booth into a slingshot and fire a pebble at the alarm bell behind him, tricking him into thinking the ticket booth is on fire and making him leave his post.
- SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab - When Plankton becomes giant and goes on a rampage, he eventually makes his way over to a Drive-In theater, where the ticket taker stops Plankton to ask for his ticket. Plankton points out that he's a giant atomic monster, but the ticket taker, being the NPC Roadblock that he is, still asserts that Plankton needs a ticket. And, true to his word, the ticket booth guy will block Plankton's path until he acquires a ticket, at which point Plankton can easily crush the ticket booth. Possibly justified by the whole game being a dream.
Plankton: Confound you! With your ticket booth and your unbending rules!
- Gravity Falls - In the episode Boyz Crazy, Mabel, Grenda and Candy are going to a concert for the boy band "Sev'ral Timez", but by the time they reach the concert, the ticket taker tells them tickets are sold out, laughs maniacally, and slams down the shutter of the booth.
- House of Mouse - In the short "Donald's Rocket Ruckus", Donald is a ride operator at an amusement park who refuses to let his nephews ride the Rocket Ruckus for being too short.
- The Simpsons - In "Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie", Bart is grounded from seeing the titular movie and attempts to see it in secret, but it turns out Homer anticipated this and let the ticket-taker know beforehand not to let him in.
- SheZow - In "In She-D", Guy and Maz try various schemes to sneak past an officious ticket taker to see the Buttwipe 3D movie, which is rated to old for them. Guy later uses expired vanishing cream to sneak in and see the movie alone. When the cream causes him to start to disappear, Maz and Kelly have to sneak past the same ticket teller into the movie to cure him.
- Sponge Bob Squarepants - In the episode Best Day Ever, Spongebob is trying to enter a music hall to hear Squidward's clarinet concert. The ticket taker refuses to let Spongebob in without a ticket, so Spongebob tries in vain to trick the doorman so he can get in without a ticket. Turns out Spongebob was on the VIP list, so the ticket taker does happily let him in without a ticket. However, Spongebob spent so long trying to get in that he missed the entire concert.
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