Created By: Sylizar1 on October 2, 2010 Last Edited By: Sylizar1 on October 21, 2010

Trap Door Fail

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Do We Have This? if not, How Do We Not Have This?

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The villain sits in his lair, awaiting eagerly to hear how his most recent plan was a success. Suddenly, a Mook comes running in. He looks rightened, and upset; He's got bad news. The Mook delivers the news and winces.

The Big Bad sits a moment to comprehend this recent update, before bursting into rage. He angrily berates how the Mook has "Failed me for the last time!" Convient Trap Door time! The Big Bad pushes the button, the Trap Door opens...and it just happens to be right next to the Mook who was suposed to fall in. This is usually followed by a moment of awkard silence before the villain asks, "Do you Mind?" The Mook will promptly jump into the Trap Door after this.

Always found in Comedy.

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  • October 2, 2010
    Sometimes the joke is that the person that was supposed to fall in the trapdoor is too fat. Seen on The Simpsons or Family Guy
  • October 3, 2010
    Another Simpsons one was when the painters moved the trapdoor, so when Burns sprang it it opened but not underneath its would-be victim.
  • October 3, 2010
    In this case the trap door dumps the mook into it correctly, however:

    Mustafa: But Dr. Evil we were unable to anticipate feline complications due to the reanimation process-
    Dr. Evil: Silence! [Presses a button and Mustafa's chair tilts back dropping him into a pit of fire] Let this be a reminder to you all that this organization will not tolerate failure. [Mustafa can be heard moaning from an air vent] Gentlemen, lets get down to business. [Mustafa's moans continue] We've got a lot of work to do.
    Mustafa: Someone help me. I'm still alive only I'm very badly burned.
    Dr. Evil: Some of you I know, some of you I'm meeting for the first time.
    Mustafa: Hello out there. Anyone. Can someone call an ambulance, I'm in quite a lot of pain.
    Dr. Evil: Okay, you've all been gathered here to form my evil cabinet [Mustafa starts again] - excuse me. [Dr. Evil picks up a phone and talks to a henchmen on the other line] Yes, he's down there.
    Henchman: [almost inaudible] Is he dead yet?
    Dr. Evil: No, not dead. Burnt, badly.
    Henchman: Would you like me to take care of him, possibly with a gun?
    Dr. Evil: Yes.
    Henchman: Kill him?
    Dr. Evil: Right. [hangs up the phone]
    Mustafa: If somebody could open the retrieval hatch down here I could get out. See I designed this device myself [a hatch is heard opening] - Oh, hi, good. I'm glad you found me, listen I'm very badly burned, so if you could just- [a gunshot fires] You shot me!
    Dr. Evil: Okay, moving on-
    Mustafa: You shot me right in the arm! Why did- [another gunshot fires, all is silent for a moment, then the hatch is heard closing]
    Dr. Evil: Right.
    -- Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
  • October 3, 2010
    In the Homestar Runner cartoon "Pay Plus," Strong Bad and The Cheat drop Homestar through a trap door -- only to find that he does not plunge into a bottomless pit.
  • October 5, 2010
  • October 6, 2010
    Unknown Troper

    • In League Of Super Evil, when Skullossus loses his suit of armor (due to his soldiers misplacing it at the drycleaners), he angrily yells at his minions for "FAILING ME FOR THE LAST TIME!". It even goes so far as to show a flashback of him yelling this numerous times, and the results, one of which was a classic Trap Door Fail. Ironically enough, since he's just a skull in a jar without his suit, the minions toss him in a chute that leads out to space.
  • October 6, 2010
    There was a live action commercial for...something...that I saw where a Corrupt Corporate Executive's trap door had been incorrectly installed so that the doors opened up instead of down, so the would-be victim was launched through the ceiling instead of being dropped into a pit.

    EDIT: It was actually an SNL Parody Commercial for a trap door company.
  • October 10, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    In I Love To Singa, auditioners for a talent show are sent down a trap door when they fail the audition. One of them is a fat pigeon, who has to be hit on the head with a mallet for her to make it all the way through.
  • October 10, 2010
    • The simpsons episode where the trapdoor defies the laws of physics and somehow managed to get the victim falling from the roof of the very same room.
    • The mastermind has some issues too
  • October 10, 2010
    Pretty sure this was done in The Emperors New Groove.
  • October 10, 2010
    • A rare benevolent version in Wallace And Gromit Curse of the Were Rabbit. Wallace has a device in his bedroom that causes the bed to dump him through a trapdoor into the dining room. He gets stuck due to his pudgy gut, and requests "Assistance", which is provided in the form of a large mallet.

    • A variation in the Star Wars novel Dark Saber. One of the henchmen fails his boss for the first last time, and a button is pushed to electrocute him in his seat. The wrong button is pushed and someone else gets electrocuted instead Fridge Brilliance: It was the right button, but it was wired incorrectly, an early symptom of how shoddily put together the entire place proves to be later on.
  • October 10, 2010
  • October 16, 2010
    I'll probably launch this in a day. Any objections?
  • October 21, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Does this happen in Excel Saga? I don't recall it.