Created By: StrongBrush1 on November 1, 2017 Last Edited By: randomtroper89 on January 5, 2018

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.

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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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    Comics 
  • 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.

    Video Games 
  • 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!

    Western Animation 
  • 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.

Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • November 2, 2017
    Arivne
  • November 2, 2017
    GirlofMassDeconstruction
    • 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.
  • November 2, 2017
    TonyG
    • 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.
  • November 2, 2017
    henke37
    • Edna And Harvey The Breakout one puzzle is getting past a ticket collector for a laundry lift. It's a mental hospital, so naturally part of the puzzle is figuring out what even counts as a ticket in the first place.
  • November 3, 2017
    Astaroth
    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.
  • November 3, 2017
    foxley
    She Zow: 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.
  • January 3, 2018
    Kartoonkid95
    • 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.
  • January 4, 2018
    bitemytail
    In an episode of Futurama, Bender and Hermes are attempting to enter Mexico. Bender attempts to smooth talk his way in, but is hit over the head by the border guard instead. Hermes pulls out their passports and other relevant documentation. The guard suggests afterwards that he also would have accepted a bribe.
  • January 4, 2018
    CelestiaCadenceLuna
    • Invoked and Subverted in several episodes of Midnight Screenings, where ticket takers sometimes try to warn Brad against watching a particularly bad movie. Brad always brushes off their warnings and demands to see the movie anyway (mostly because it's his job to do so).
  • January 4, 2018
    Kartoonkid95
    Advertising
    • A late-1990s Cartoon Network ad had Yogi Bear going to work without his ID card. Not only did the guards not let him in, but they acted like they had no idea who he was.
  • January 5, 2018
    merely1man
    • Codename Kids Next Door: In "Operation M.O.V.I.E.", Numbuh 4 disguises himself as an adult to get into an R-rated screening. He's nearly discovered when he drops his ticket, but another friendly theatergoer picks it up for him. (Then it turns out the "movie" is just a cover for a secret anti-kid villain meeting, and his new "friend" is none other than the Toilenator.)
  • January 5, 2018
    merely1man
    Themepark-related examples are probably better suited to You Must Be This Tall To Ride.
  • January 5, 2018
    Basara-kun
    Real Life examples count?? Because I had one from my country:
    • In Chile, there're various infamous cases about fire bombers being stopped by tolls in the middle of an emergency call just because they'd to pay to pass. Even when this was entered into an agreement in 2011 where fire bombers have freepass since then, they still have problems with tolls even in 2017.
  • January 5, 2018
    StarSword
    Film:
  • January 5, 2018
    Lawman592
    Compare with Obstructive Bureaucrat?
  • January 5, 2018
    Prfnoff
    Literature
    • In Bored Of The Rings, the nine Nozdrul, immediately after Briar Patching Frito, are stopped in their rush to recapture him on the other side of the Gallowine River by the contrived presence of a tollbooth on the bridge which levies a exorbitant special rate on Black Riders, which the attendant insists on being paid in the gold standard.
      "Listen," [the Nozdrul's leader] stormed, "what kind of dough do you think we make, anyhow? Ain't there some sorta special discount for civil servants?"
      "I'm sorry—" smiled the attendant.
      "How 'bout a Wayfarer's Letter of Credit? They're as good as bullion anywhere."
      "Sorry, this is a bridge, not a countinghouse," replied the figure impassively.
      "My personal check? It's backed up by the treasure rooms of Fordor."
      "No money, no crossee, my friend."
  • January 5, 2018
    Skylite
    • Subverted in Avatar The Last Airbender: The Gang gets to the boat that will take them to Ba Sing Se. The ticket woman is harsh and unrelenting. To make matters worse, when Aang tries to get her to soften up by revealing he's the Avatar, she's unimpressed by dozens of cosplayers who tried to convince her of the same thing, They only get tickets because Toph is from a rich and important family, and claims Aang, Sokka and Katara as her valets.
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