Created By: Stephenw32768January 2, 2011 Last Edited By: Stephenw32768January 9, 2011
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Container Maze

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Our heroes find themselves at the docks. The baddie or monster is lurking somewhere nearby; unfortunately, there's a whole mess of shipping containers piled up everywhere, forming an environment like a maze. The containers all look similar, so searching for the target is confusing for both the heroes and the audience. There could be anything lurking around any corner, or in any of the containers...

Any setting with stacked containers qualifies for this trope, e.g. packing crates in a warehouse, cardboard boxes in a storeroom etc.

Examples:
  • Primeval episode 4x02.
  • One of the later levels on Resident Evil 5 is like this.
  • Future War features this with cardboard boxes. Subverted when one character just smashes through the wall of empty boxes.
  • At the end of Heavy Rain, the Origami Killer can chase Madison through one of these.
  • One of the BMW Films The Hire short films features a brief car chase in one of these. The hero tries first to hide in between the containers by turning off his engine and lights (presumably to demonstrate how easy it is to turn on and off the headlights), only for the bad guys to spot them and a chase to re-ensue.
  • Torchwood once had to find an incapacitated Gwen in one of these.
  • Generator Rex in his fight against Cane.
  • This Island Earth isn't an example, but the Mystery Science Theater 3000 crew treat it like it is:
Tom Servo: Joe, I'm in one of these boxes. Find me!
  • In The Pendragon Adventure book The Quillian Games Bobby is attacked by quigs and chased by Dados through one of these.
  • In Metal Gear the fight versus Raven, you have to hide in the crates that all look alike and take him down firing his back
  • Max Payne, there's also the giant cranes and forklifts to contend with, making it somewhat mobile in spots.
  • LOTS of the levels in the original Half Life (and its expansions) are this trope. Warehouses full of crates, yards full of shipping containers...
  • The second level of episode two of Doom, "Containment Area", has a rather famous crate maze filled with imps.
  • The cargohold of Red Dwarf is portrayed as such.
Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • January 2, 2011
    c0pp3rf3ild
    One of the later levels on Resident Evil 5 is like this.
  • January 2, 2011
    Scooter007
    Maybe expand it to not just shipping containers at the docks, but any kind of stacked, arranged items like boxes, crates or whatever (in whatever setting these would be found) arranged into a makeshift maze.

    FutureWar features this with cardboard boxes. Subverted when one charracter just smashes through the wall of empty boxes.
  • January 2, 2011
    KTera
    At the end of Heavy Rain, the Origami Killer can chase Madison through one of these.
  • January 2, 2011
    AFP
    One of the BMW Films The Hire short films features a brief car chase in one of these. The hero tries first to hide in between the containers by turning off his engine and lights (presumably to demonstrate how easy it is to turn on and off the headligths), only for the bad guys to spot them and a chase to re-ensue.
  • January 2, 2011
    Hadri
    Torchwood once had to find an incapacitated Gwen in one of these.
  • January 2, 2011
    Chronix
    Generatorrex in his fight against Cane.
  • January 2, 2011
    MetaFour
  • January 3, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In The Pendragon Adventure book The Quillian Games Bobby is attacked by quigs and chased by Dados through one of these.
  • January 3, 2011
    Stephenw32768
    Nice examples, everyone! @Scooter007: good call, I've dropped "Shipping" from the title. (Since "shipping" has another meaning in trope-land, this is probably for the best anyway).
  • January 3, 2011
    EricDVH
    Max Payne, there's also the giant cranes and forklifts to contend with, making it somewhat mobile in spots.
  • January 4, 2011
    Camacan
    One common instance of these mazes is the crate-maze, as mentioned in Crate Expectations.
  • January 6, 2011
    Scooter007
    There's one of these in a warehouse/dock level of Jedi Outcast. You have to run through the crate-maze and find a couple of Imperial officers before they sound the alarm or you get captured and lose.

    Seriously, this looks good to g.o.
  • January 6, 2011
    JonnyB
    LOTS of the levels in the original Half Life (and its expansions) are this trope. Warehouses full of crates, yards full of shipping containers...
  • January 6, 2011
    KTera
    Half Life 2 has at least one.
  • January 6, 2011
    WoolieWool
    The second level of episode two of Doom, "Containment Area", has a rather famous crate maze filled with imps.
  • January 7, 2011
    Arutema
    The cargohold of Red Dwarf is portrayed as such.

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