Created By: JMQwilleran on January 29, 2013

Body Pocket

A character pulls something out of a "pocket" that is nothing more than an opening on their body.

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This was launched recently by an enthusiastic contributor without being put through YKTTW. I think there may be something here, but we'll see. Possibly a form of Hammerspace.

A Body Pocket is whenever a character finds something in his pocket (or puts it there), which is really an otherwise unseen opening in his body. Often applies to a Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal.

Only a couple of examples so far:

  • PB&J Otter:
    • In "Trading Places", Ernest finds a missing walkie-talkie in his so-called pocket.
    • Pinch turns her pockets inside out in "Forgive Me Not" when she tells Jelly she has no money. Later in that episode, Peanut and Jelly transfer gum from each other's pockets.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • In "Lost Mattress", Squidward puts a wooden spoon into his back pocket for "safe keeping".
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  • January 29, 2013
    Western Animation
    • Courage The Cowardly Dog: Courage seemed to always have an assortment of odd objects hidden in such pockets, and sometimes these objects were much larger than him (such as anchors and whales).
  • January 29, 2013
    • Calvin And Hobbes: In one strip, Hobbes feels himself to check if he's carrying money, but has nothing there where he's feeling.
    • In many video games, the character either has nowhere it to put his gear or can fit an absurdly large amount in the pouch.
    • Played straight with ammo and grenades in most Halo games, but averted in Halo Combat Evolved and Halo Reach, where the player has visible ammo pouches.
  • January 29, 2013
    • Justified in Genome, since widespread use of genetic engineering allows people to modify their bodies so that "unused" cavities become small pockets to store weapons and important objects.
  • January 30, 2013
    This has been on YKTTW before as Skin Pocket.

    It has more examples you could copy over.
  • January 30, 2013
    Not to be confused with an Ass Shove, where the pocket in question is anatomically correct.
  • January 30, 2013
    • Robocop has an internal weapon holster for his service pistol in his thigh that can slide out.

    Also, something about Kangaroohs :D
  • January 30, 2013
    In Robert Heinline's Friday, this is actually the heroine's special ability. Getting stuff in and out of the pocket is actually pretty complicated, it's very small, and she can't do it herself.
  • January 30, 2013
    Newspaper Comics
    • A one-time accomplice to a murderer in the Dick Tracy comics was "The Pouch," who had been a circus fat-man until the circus folded. "The Pouch" subsequently lost a lot of body weight, which left many folds of excess skin around his neck. By adding snaps to the folds near his larynx, "Pouch" was able to conceal a handgun that a hitman had used to kill a snitch.
  • January 31, 2013
    Happens in an episode of Family Guy when Brian and Stewie go back in time to the first episode.
  • January 31, 2013
    Well, this all looks excellent. Seeing as we already an existing article and a good write-up at the other YKTTW, I'm going to go ahead and just transfer all of this over.
  • January 31, 2013
  • January 31, 2013
    I think the Dick Tracy example is Treasure Chest Cavity.

    The YKTTW post seems to be about the Funny Animal visual gimmick, where a creature who doesn't wear clothes suddenly has a pocket materialize in his skin. This is not done to show that the character has a secret compartment in his body, like a Treasure Chest Cavity; it's just a cartoon gag to supply a pocket when the joke calls for a pocket.

    I think I saw Bugs Bunny do this with a pocketwatch once, to provide wordless commentary on timing something that was about to happen. He reached into his leg, which had grown a pocket like in a pair of trousers, and pulled out a watch. It had a chain and everything that led back into the pocket.