Created By: arromdee on March 31, 2008
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I just saw an animated Spider-Man episode where Peter hides junk from Aunt May by webbing it to the ceiling.

Spider-Man uses this a lot, of course, but I could swear I've seen it elsewhere too.

Related to Behind the Black, but in this case we don't pretend the audience can't see it.

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  • March 31, 2008
    Pague
    In the movie of Matilda (maybe the book tooI havn't read it in a longtime), the title character hides by clinging to the top of a table from below it.

    (possibly justified in this case because if you're looking for a kid under a table you're not about to look up)

    I think it's used a buttload of times in the Beano, too, especially by Rodger the Dodger where he hides by sitting in a tree, commenting that his parents never look up (I can recall at least three different comics in my collection where he does this)
  • March 31, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    Any time anyone hides on the ceiling - such as in Kill Bill 1.

    Stroker & Hoop subverted it nicely in one episode.
  • March 31, 2008
    Kaybor
    Peter hid on the ceiling in Spider-man 2 in a room full of people. In one of the comics for Heroes, West (Claire's flying boyfriend) mentions that it's easy to fly around town unseen because people simply don't look up. And in the commentary for Portal the developers say that gamers don't usually look up either- they had to put in visual cues like broken ladders to draw the player's attention upward.
  • March 31, 2008
    Octal
    Superman hid on the ceiling in an episode of Lois And Clark. I think it was a higher-than-average ceiling though.
  • March 31, 2008
    Caswin
    Home Alone 3 had the burglars do this to avoid police.
  • March 31, 2008
    Mewtarthio
    Speaking of Heroes, Monica tries this to avoid some gangsters. It only fails when she drops something.
  • March 31, 2008
    EponymousKid
    Lampshaded in an episode of Spider-Man Unlimited

    -->Green Goblin: "This is crazy, they'll see us." -->Spider-Man: "You'd be surprised how rarely people look up."
  • March 31, 2008
    arromdee
    Gamers not looking up is a case of Gameplay And Story Segregation. Your character in most games should logically have peripheral vision, even if the view drawn on the screen doesn't, forcing the player to explicitly look up to see the ceiling. Even trying to explain it as restrictive helmets doesn't really work--the ceiling 10 feet away from you needs a lot less peripheral vision to see than the ceiling right on top of you.
  • March 31, 2008
    Carnildo
    Works just fine in real life. This troper is very fond of hiding "secret" passages in Descent II levels by simply placing the entrance in the ceiling. You'd be amazed at how long people will spend re-checking the same stretch of wall for a secret door before thinking to look up.
  • March 31, 2008
    buttbutt
    uh, that's not real life. Unless you somehow LARP Descent II. See arromdee's reply above.
  • April 1, 2008
    FireWalk
    Related to the Ceiling Cling, which always works.
  • April 1, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    Somewhat Lampshaded in Megatokyo: Miho tells Yuki: 'They are as afraid to look up as you are to look down'.
  • April 1, 2008
    Heliomance
    Elastigirl does it a fair bit in The Incredibles.
  • April 1, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    I think it happens on the horizontal plane as well -- I'm thinking of those cases when someone (or a lot of someones) hide in an open doorway as a pair of guards walk by... it's not like they're hiding *behind* anything; the guards (with their unblinking, undeviating dead-ahead stare, of course) just can't seem to notice them.

  • April 1, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    Technically the game example is Real Life in that it's the way unscripted people act. It doesn't matter what the medium. If they don't think to look up, and it's not forced by a writer, then that's real life.
  • April 1, 2008
    Time-Machine
    It is definitely Truth in Television. I can't tell you how many games of hide and seek I won as a kid by shuffling myself up to the top of the family's shower stall or a walk-in closet. People would open the door, walk in, look around, and leave. And meanwhile I'd be there hanging out above, and no one would notice. No one ever looked up.
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