Created By: Bryce Bryans on May 2, 2008
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Hiding Junk in the Trunk (?)

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Here's the thing. I was watching "Sweeny Todd" with some friends an one girl commented when Ms. Lovett hid the victim's purse down the front of her corset/between her breasts. My friend said "That's actually a great place to hide things" That got me thinking...

Couldn't find a trope that fit these lines but I know I've seen it before. Likely related to the Double Standard, since a man can't reach down there without Hilarity Ensuing.

If we have this one and I just missed it, just tell me what's called because I wasn't sure what to look for.
Community Feedback Replies: 55
  • May 2, 2008
    maxmordon
    Subverted on Will&Grace when Grace hids something from Karen here and she goes and seek it. Grace enjoys this
  • May 2, 2008
    Jordan
    In Code Geass, Kallen keeps the control to her Humongous Mecha there
  • May 3, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    Metal Gear Solid.

    "Women have more hiding places than men"
  • May 3, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    In Runway One a woman hides a significant floppy disc. "Yes, I hid it down my knickers, alright?"
  • May 3, 2008
    Scooter007
    Holy crap, Seen It A Million Times! XD

    From Who Framed Roger Rabbit: "Nice Booby Trap". (except it's not descriptive of this particular trope, AND already exists)

    Everybody Loves Raymond: Whilst trying to keep the car keys from Frank, Marie drops them down her blouse. Frank: "I'll walk!!"
  • May 3, 2008
    Kizor
    What the generic expletive is a trunk? Booby Trap is a good name.
  • May 3, 2008
    Coriander
    'Cept there's a stump there already. That should probably go, actually, I think it's covered elsewhere.
  • May 3, 2008
    Stinkoman87
    The current Booby Trap sounds like Death Course to me.

    • In one Treehouse of horror, they have a parody of A space Oddesy. The HAL-9000 expy is given to Patty and Selma. Selma hes his self-destruct switch down her shirt, leading to the comment "No, don't put it there."

  • May 3, 2008
    Darktalon
    I think "trunk" was used in the sense of "torso". I'd support Booby Trap if we can lump the stub with something.
  • May 3, 2008
    BlackDragon
    The Running Man - the movie, that is - also has the main girl successfully hide a Mc Guffin in spite of being searched - I actually think she also used the "Women have more hiding-places than men" line.
  • May 3, 2008
    Bryce Bryans
    I only chose the Name "Junk in the Trunk" on the fly. Hence the (?). "Booby Trap" Sounds a much better.

    Perhaps "A Woman's Hiding Place"?
  • May 3, 2008
    Silent_Hunter
    Don't forget money as well.
  • May 3, 2008
    GracieLizzie
    We have cases of bra and knickers being mentioned here...

    ...what about wherever it was Captain Jack hid that pistol in "Bad Wolf"? :S
  • May 3, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    What about that scene at the beginning of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, where what's-her-face has the antidote in the front of her dress, and as soon as they're safe in the car, Indy goes diving for it?

    "This no time for love, Docta Jones!"
  • May 3, 2008
    Fanra
    I'm sorry but this trope seems to be about hiding something in a woman's bra or panties.

    Not what I would expect from the title. Also, it seems to be adding in the fact that items can be hidden inside someone's rectum (a real Hiding Junk in the Trunk) or vagina.

    As far as the second meaning: Truth In Television: The book Papillon about a man at the Devil's Island penal colony. Convicts there use a 'Plan (a hollow, metal cylinder containing money that is lodged in the colon. It has also been called a charger). Also, in A Man Called Intrepid, it is mentioned that the British organization SOE during WWII trained their female agents on how to carry items in their vaginas.
  • May 3, 2008
    Fanra
    In Futurama the corporate tycoon "Mom" hides the controlling device of the world's robots in her bra.
  • May 3, 2008
    VampireBuddha
    In an episode of Family Guy, Chris' substitute teacher hid ''everything in her boobs. She even had a sword in there.
  • May 3, 2008
    BobbyG
    Booby Trap would be an absolutely terrible yet absolutely brilliant name for this if it were just about hiding items in cleavage, which the OP seems to be about, but this seems to have been expanded to cover items hidden in bodily orifices, which that title doesn't fit at all. Personally, I think they sound like different tropes anyway (apart from anything else, the latter is gross), but I expect they'll be lumped together, in which case this needs a better title.
  • May 3, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    I personally think Boobie Trap should be the spelling, but more than that, I think it's find to cover more... extreme versions. Just list the pure boobie moments up top and the more creative ones at the bottom. Oh, and would this cover hiding things up your... um... 'cuz I recall Brock Samson playing tricks on some guys who held him captive....
  • May 3, 2008
    GracieLizzie
  • May 3, 2008
    UnknownTroper
  • May 3, 2008
    Tabby
  • May 3, 2008
    phantomreader42
    I've heard of an unofficial D&D supplement that includes a Bra Of Holding and Codpiece Of Holding.

    But yes, Victorias Secret Compartment is Made Of Win. And has now been listed on that page.
  • May 3, 2008
    Jordan
  • May 3, 2008
    foxley
    Victorias Secret Compartment for the win.

    I'm sure there's a Loony Tunes cartoon where Bugs Bunny (in drag) has a bear trap hidden down there.

    In the awful Thunderbirds movie, the Hood's female assistant stuffs some of the stolen jewellery down her cleavage when no one is looking.
  • May 3, 2008
    JapaneseTeeth
    Truth In Television in everyday life: A girl stole a frisbee from me and my friends and stuffed it down the front of her shirt. We didn't even bother trying to get it back.
  • May 3, 2008
    Bisected8
    Another Truth In Television, in secondary (High) school some random chavvette who liked to think she was The Libby shoved my pencil case there. It didn't stop me taking it back but she seemed to think no one would notice the fact she went from flat chested to square shaped C cups. The teacher didn't find it too funny and it got her some pretty interesting lines (two pages, continuous): "Pencil cases are not to be used to expand cleavage".
  • May 3, 2008
    Meiriona
    Who needs a purse, that's where I keep my dollar bills half the time.
  • May 3, 2008
    SinisterTeddybear
    Gracie, you're a genius
  • May 3, 2008
    Scooter007
    What the generic expletive is a trunk?

    "Trunk" is a reference to the hind end of a person. Taken from the term used in the U.S. for what Brits, Australians, et al call the "boot" of a car.

    BTW, totally my bad for suggesting a title that already exists, THEN misspelling it so that I didn't catch on.
  • May 4, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    In period pieces, this can be done with garter belts. Maggie did this with the sliding device in a Wild West chapter of Sliders when she was forced to play piano in a softcore brothel.

    Also, I saw a production of An Ideal Husband where Mrs. Cheveley keeps the first incriminating note in her garter strap, and the second in her cleavage; Hilariy Ensues as Lord Goring hikes up her skirt to attempt to retrieve Lady Chiltern's note and his butler comes in and catches him in the act.
  • May 4, 2008
    foxley
    The under-the-skirt version occurs in The Quick and the Dead. Ellen hangs a derringer off her garter so it hangs between her legs under her full skirt. Even if the guards pat down her legs, they won't feel the gun.
  • May 4, 2008
    ShayGuy
    Takada Kiyomi keeps a page from the Death Note in her bra.
  • May 4, 2008
    Silent_Hunter
  • May 4, 2008
    BlackDragon
    In 'The Long Kiss Goodnight', a (male) agent mentions that he's carrying 3 guns: One in a breast pocket, one up his sleeve, and one next to his junk, since "males rarely feel like patting you up there", or words to that effect. Later, the female protagonist's life is saved by this, when she finds his corpse, and retrieves the third gun - which, indeed, had been left unnoticed. (Yeah, I know, I'm terrible with names...)
  • May 4, 2008
    GracieLizzie
    @Sinister Teddybear: Aww, thanks ::blush::
  • May 4, 2008
    Silent_Hunter
    It is a great title.
  • May 4, 2008
    Otempora
    This can be Truth In Television: dollar bills and things are usually OK. But can you imagine how much it would hurt to keep jewels and stuff like that down there for extended amounts of time?
  • May 4, 2008
    Fawriel
    Hmm, it's probably too late to bring this up now, but I really think we should keep cleavage and other stuff separate. That is because... keeping stuff in one's cleavage is quite a common thing in anime for the overtly sexy type of character. It's practically a character trait. Meanwhile, keeping stuff in those... other places... for smuggling or the like, is a whole different can of beans.

    Basically, keeping stuff in their enormous cleavages is a funny thing for anime ladies to do, prisoners smuggling drugs in their arse is a depressing thing to talk about, thus, different tropes.
  • May 4, 2008
    BobbyG
    Maybe split this into Booby Trap for the cleavage variant and Junk In The Trunk for the other?
  • May 4, 2008
    Otempora
    I like Victorias Secret Compartment for the cleavage one. And, actually, they probably are different. The cleavage one is more Fan Service-y, wheras the other... isn't.
  • May 4, 2008
    GracieLizzie
  • May 4, 2008
    BlackDragon
    In Magnum Force, one of the Dirty Harry sequels, the intro features a hooker hiding part of her profits in her panties and bra, so her Pimp won't find 'em. He does, however.
  • May 4, 2008
    Desertopa
    I might be getting this wrong, but I believe Ariel Sharon's daughter did this with a pistol in her cleavage. Fired some shots off a balcony. I forget at whom, if anyone. Or was it someone else's daughter? It's been a while, and I can no longer remember for sure.
  • May 4, 2008
    GracieLizzie
    In a Dream Sequence/Flashback episode of Sister Sister about Jazz (or was it Swing?), Lisa (or the woman Lisa is standing in for in someone elses imagination) hides money in her bra.
  • May 4, 2008
    GracieLizzie
    Is someone gonna launch this then?
  • May 4, 2008
    GracieLizzie
    bump
  • May 4, 2008
    Scooter007
    From 'The Venture Brothers'':

    • Pirate Mook: Where's the key?
    • Brock: It's up my ass.
    • Pirate Mook: Are you kidding?
    • Brock: Why don't you find out?

    So Brock gets a cavity search. Ew.

    Victorias Secret Compartment is the Winner! But I'm not so sure about splitting; I think they both convey pretty much the same idea, just one is (WARNING:pun) titillating and the other is Squicky. Definitely split the examples, at least. Further, in U.S. (and lord knows we're the only nation in the world) "Junk In The Trunk" is a euphemism for a large rump.
  • May 5, 2008
    Fawriel
    I'd say that the sexiness and squickiness extend far enough into the core of the idea to justify splitting. Or we can have a trope for all the necessary uses of hiding stuff in weird places on your body, and have a separate one for unnecessary fanservice. Hiding stuff in your cleavage, much less your rectum, out of necessity, goes here. Stuffing your mobile phone between your breasts so you can look hawt while taking it out of there, goes into fanservice.
  • May 5, 2008
    GracieLizzie
    Bumping again. Just so it doesn't get lost.
  • May 5, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    The Ass Pull article has some examples of literal Ass Pulls.
  • May 5, 2008
    ilikejawbreaker
    I don't think another Truth In Television is really necessary, but a friend of mine takes her camera to rock concerts this way.

    But I'd disagree with the squicky/fanservicey distinction because, (unfortunately or not) one person's squick is another person's fetish. And both are just plain USEFUL.
  • May 5, 2008
    GracieLizzie
    Personally I think this should be two tropes, even with the "one persons squick is anothers fetish" due in part to the cleavage thing being far more "mainstream" and also due this being a pretty gendersplit trope (though a woman could have an Anus Of Holding it seems to be more done with men... of course (spoiler for squick potential she could have a Vagina Of Holding ...ew).

    How about: Victorias Secret Compartment for the bra one and Bum Bag for the other? A bum bag is the British term for what Americans call a Fanny Pack, but that sounds really wrong to my British ears.
  • May 5, 2008
    phantomreader42
    Has Matsumoto Rangiku of Bleach been mentioned? Also see the Grenadier example in Unorthodox Reload.

    This should be organized and launched, under Victorias Secret Compartment. And Bum Bag appeals too.
  • May 6, 2008
    GracieLizzie
    Does someone want to launch this? I'd do it myself, but I find it a bit intimidating.
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