Created By: NateTheGreat on January 14, 2014 Last Edited By: CaveCat on February 25, 2014
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Container Cling

Clinging to the interior of a container to avoid getting caught.

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Stealthy like a cowboy

The Hero is hiding under a box. The villain is coming closer and closer. He's going to get caught. The villain lifts up the box and... huh? Where'd he go?

Then the camera shifts. The hero is actually wedging himself inside the box to avoid detection. Usually an Animated Trope. Up for Grabs. Of course, there's Fridge Logic involved. The character lifting the box should notice that it is a whole person heavier than it was, but doesn't. Behind the Black is in there somewhere too.

Compare: Shell Game, Gone Behind the Bend, Behind a Stick, Ceiling Cling, and Underside Ride


Examples:

Animated Films
  • Woody does this in Toy Story (pictured above) to avoid being tied to a rocket by Sid.
  • In An American Tail, Fievel escapes the Cossack cats by clinging to the lid of a teapot. He narrowly avoids detection when a cat looks under the lid, but he moves to the other side just in time.
  • In Megamind, the titular character clings to the door that Titan ripped off while searching for him.

Live-Action Films
  • In the film version of Matilda, Matilda is hiding under a table from the wicked Principal Trunchbull. When the Trunchbull gets near the table, she lifts up the tablecloth, but doesnn't see Matilda. It turns out Matilda was clinging to the underside of the table.

Western Animation
Community Feedback Replies: 27
  • January 14, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Sticking In Box?

    Woody does this in Toy Story to avoid being tied to a rocket by Sid.
  • January 14, 2014
    CaveCat
    I like that one! Seconding Sticking In Box. The description could stand to be tweaked though, but I do have an example.

    Western Animation
  • January 14, 2014
    arbiter099
    Seems related to Ceiling Cling on a smaller scale
  • January 14, 2014
    Lakija
    ^Agreed.
  • January 14, 2014
    arbiter099
    Could we snowclone it off of there, Container Cling?
  • January 14, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ Either could work.
  • January 14, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^^ seconding this one.
  • January 15, 2014
    Snicka
    • Donald Duck does this in one if his wartime cartoons, hiding from Sergeant Pete. (I can't recall the title of the cartoon)
  • January 15, 2014
    NateTheGreat
    Sorry, but I mucked up the page image. Could someone fix that caption, please?

  • January 15, 2014
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    I second the "Container Cling" name.
  • January 15, 2014
    Snicka
    Container Cling could work as a name.
  • January 15, 2014
    CaveCat
    I said it before, the description needs to be reworked.
  • January 15, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    How about this:

    The Hero is hiding under a box. The villain is coming closer and closer. He's going to get caught. The villain lifts up the box and... huh? Where'd he go?

    Then the camera shifts. The hero is actually wedging himself inside the box to avoid detection.

    I think an example occurred in Scooby Doo Where Are You, only with a table rather than a box.
  • January 15, 2014
    NateTheGreat
    You're more than welcome to edit the description.
  • January 15, 2014
    NateTheGreat
    That "Stealthy like a cowboy" was supposed to be the caption for the image.
  • January 15, 2014
    CaveCat
    ^It is the caption, but the problem is that when creating a YKTTW, the caption of an image cannot stay under the picture until the YKTTW is launched.
  • January 15, 2014
    TonyG
    In An American Tail, Fievel escapes the Cossack cats by clinging to the lid of a teapot. He narrowly avoids detection when a cat looks under the lid, but he moves to the other side just in time.
  • January 15, 2014
    DennisDunjinman
    Variant:

  • January 16, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    I don't know whether this example counts; it's not a container, but otherwise it fits. You decide.

    In Mega mind, the titular character clings to the door that Titan ripped off while searching for him.
  • January 16, 2014
    NateTheGreat
    Don't forget to add this to the Box Tropes index.
  • January 29, 2014
    NateTheGreat
    More input?
  • January 30, 2014
    CaveCat
    Anyone got any more examples and hats?
  • January 30, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    I know this happened in Scooby Doo, but I don't know the episode.
  • February 9, 2014
    NateTheGreat
    In the Donald Duck short "The Autograph Hound" our favorite duck hides himself in a serving tray cover this way, but soon reveals himself.
  • February 14, 2014
    randomsurfer
    I can't quite formulate in coherent complete sentences the thought I have, but there's Fridge Logic involved. The character lifting the box should notice that it is a whole person heavier than it was, but doesn't. Behind The Black is in there somewhere too.
  • February 15, 2014
    frosty
    I don't know if this counts, but in the film Matilda, Matilda is hiding under a table from the wicked Principal Trunchbull. When the Trunchbull gets near the table, she lifts up the tablecloth, but doesnn't see Matilda. It turns out Matilda was clinging to the underside of the table.
  • February 24, 2014
    DAN004
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