Black Tie Infiltration YKTTW Discussion

Black Tie Infiltration
The Infiltration takes place during a large social event
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The McGuffin you need is securely under lock and key in the vault of the Natural History Museum. Lucky for you, they are having a black tie gala to celebrate the archeological find of the century. Security will have their hands full dealing with all the guests, so it's time to don your tuxedo, tuck away your tool kit into your Hammerspace Hideaway, and smile pretty for guards checking invitations. You're about to attempt a Black Tie Infiltration. Hopefully you'll get in Right Under Their Noses.

The defining aspect of this trope is that The Infiltration takes place during a large, formal social event.

Despite the name, the event doesn't need to be a black tie affair. Any sort of exclusive or "by-invitation-only" event with a sufficiently large number of guests, a dress code, and a need for security would qualify.

This is a Sub-Trope of The Infiltration. May be an example of Truth in Television since large social events are usually security nightmares, and they rarely, if ever, go off without a hitch.



  • In National Treasure, Nicolas Cage's character sneaks in to the Library of Congress during a gala event to steal the Declaration of Independence which is believed to contain a treasure map to a lost Templar Treasure.
  • Marginally involved in Ocean's Eleven since Danny Ocean makes an appearance at the Fight Night event before excusing himself to join the rest of the crew in the heist. -ZCE. How is fighting black tie?
  • In Robots, Rodney and Fender infiltrate the Bigweld Ball by pretending to be Count Roderick Von Zipper (formerly Count Velcro) and his valet, respectively.
  • In Jumpin' Jack Flash, Whoopi Goldberg's character breaks into the British Consulate during a party, claiming to be the entertainment (dressed in a spangly gown and lipsyncing to The Supremes). She's really there to hack the computer.
  • The Get Smart movie has Maxwell Smart and Agent 99 attempt this. -ZCE
  • True Lies
    • The film opens with this. -ZCE
    • Closes with it too, as I recall. Bookended. -ZCE. No first person allowed.
  • Done often in James Bond films. In Goldfinger we see a shot of a duck swimming across a pond - but it's not a duck, it's Bond with a duck decoy attached to the top of his wetsuit. Once he gets on land he strips off his wetsuit revealing a perfectly dry, perfectly pressed tuxedo which he uses to blend in to the party going on.

  • Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet has Romeo sneaking into the party at the Capulets' castle.

Live-Action TV
  • In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Apocalypse Rising", Captain Sisko, Commander Worf, Chief O'Brien, and a temporarily human Odo were cosmetically altered to appear Klingon so they could infiltrate the overnight reverie taking place before the ceremony to induct all the invitees into the Order of the Bat'leth. The goal is to assassinate Gowron, leader of the Klingon High Council who was suspected of being a Changeling. Ultimately, it was revealed the Changeling was impersonating General Martok, and was killed at the event.
  • It's happened on Chuck on several occasions, including the fifth season opener.

Video Games
  • The embassy level in Hitman 2: Silent Assassin uses this trope. Agent 47 has to secure a black tie and infiltrate a party at an embassy, posing as either a waiter or a guest.
  • One of the levels in Super Scribblenauts involves one of these. You have to give Maxwell a fancy suit so he can infiltrate a ball, followed by bits of spy gear to steal some intelligence and make his escape.
  • In the Mass Effect 2 DLC "Kasumi: Stolen Memory", Shepard helps the eponymous thief steal a personal item from a crime lord who's throwing a party.
  • The Dragon Age II DLC "Mark of the Assassin" has the same premise, but a few more twists along the way and the stakes are much higher. -ZCE. Same premise as what?
  • In the first Syphon Filter game, Gabriel Logan's group in The Agency infiltrate an exposition to discover more information on the titular series' virus MacGuffin.

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