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->''"Who wants to put on some blindfolds and get into my car?"''
-->-- Grunkle Stan, ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''

A point in a story where a character is blindfolded and taken somewhere.

A blindfold is not even necessary. Being shoved and [[PunkInTheTrunk driven somewhere in a locked car truck]] is pretty much blindfolded, for all intents and purposes - so long as the protagonist doesn't know where they are being taken.

Sometimes used in initiation ceremonies. Sometimes used in [[TrustBuildingBlunder trust-building exercises]]. Sometimes used to hide the location of where a prisoner is being taken. Sometimes a character will sit down and try to figure out where they were taken [[BlindfoldedVision by other senses than their vision]].


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/{{Batman}} usually does this when bringing visitors to the Batcave, for SecretIdentity reasons.
* ComicBook/BuckDanny was once captured by Lady X's goons and driven into her headquarters that way.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''FanFic/WinterWar'', this is how Grimmjow is brought to the temporary headquarters of LaResistance, after his [[NotInThisForYourRevolution sort-of]] HeelFaceTurn.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* At the end of ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', Anna leads a blind-folded Kristoff through the streets of Arendelle to show him a surprise. She accidentally leads him into a pole along the way.
* Minion in ''{{WesternAnimation/Megamind}}'' kidnaps Roxanne with KnockoutGas, then puts a bag over her head when she starts to wake up, so she won't know where she is. Since this [[SeenItAll isn't the first time this has happened]], she's more concerned with Megamind failing to wash the bag between kidnappings than with actually being kidnapped.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009'' movie, Sherlock Holmes has a bag slipped over his head, and is taken to a secret location... however [[SherlockScan being Sherlock Holmes]], he easily provides a turn-by-turn recap of the route they took.
-->'''Sir Thomas:''' Mr. Holmes, apologies for summoning you like this. I'm sure it's quite a mystery as to where you are, and who I am...
-->'''Sherlock Holmes:''' As to where I am, I was, admittedly, lost for a moment, between Charing Cross and Holborn, but I was saved by the bread shop on Saffron Hill. The only baker to use a certain French glaze on their loaves - a Brittany sage. After that, the carriage forked left, then right, and then the tell-tale bump at the Fleet Conduit. And as to who you are, that took every ounce of my not-inconsiderable experience. The letters on your desk were addressed to a Sir Thomas Rotherham. Lord Chief Justice, that would be the official title. Who you ''really'' are is, of course, another matter entirely. Judging by the sacred ox on your ring, you're the secret head of the Temple of the Four Orders in whose headquarters we now sit, located on the northwest corner of St. James Square, I think. As to the mystery, the only mystery is why you bothered to blindfold me at all.
* In the movie ''Film/{{Sneakers}}'', a man is blindfolded and kidnapped but a blind member of the team is eventually able to make out where he was taken by asking how far apart the seams sounded in the bridge that the car crossed. Subverted when the kidnap victim says he passed near what sounded like a cocktail party -- it turns out to be a gaggle of geese.
* In ''Film/TimeBandits'', Kevin is blindfolded and taken to the king's room to be initiated as the king's son.
* A variation happens in ''Film/BeverlyHillsNinja'', [[Creator/ChrisFarley Haru]] is blindfolded when he is first taken to the BigBad's warehouse. Later, he blindfolds himself and tries to use his "ninja skills" to remember the route. He is completely clueless, of course. Luckily, his clan brother [[RobinShou Gobei]] knows the route well and takes the wheel without Haru knowing.
* In ''Film/{{Legend 1985}}'' Jack blindfolds Lily before taking her to see the unicorns.
* In the first ''Film/MissionImpossible'' film, Ethan Hunt is told to put on a mask before he's taken to see the mysterious Max, being told that it's "the price of admission".
* In ''Film/{{Taken 2}}'', when Liam Neeson's character and his ex-wife are captured. During the trip, he counts time in seconds and notes any and all turns they make along with any sounds he hears.
* At the beginning of ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' a group of Bane's mercenaries are captured and put on the CIA plane with bags over their heads so that the CIA interrogator is [[PlayAlongPrisoner unaware until it's too late]] that one of them ''is'' Bane.
* ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''. Lois Lane and her photographer are black-hooded when going to interview a rebel leader. [[spoiler:Turns out the photographer is a CIA agent carrying a TrackingDevice. And later when Lois is kidnapped by Lex Luthor's men, they make no attempt at this trope, ferrying her by helicopter directly to the Lexcorp building, as the plan is that Superman will turn up and save her anyway.]]
* ''Film/RogueOne''. Saw Gerrara's forces take Jyn, Cassian, Baze, and Chirrut to their base but put bags over their head. Chirrut, already blind himself, is exasperated.
-->'''Chirrut''': Are you kidding me? ''[[LampshadeHanging I'm blind!]]''
* Although we don't see it, Marian and Sarah (her maid) ask for this to be done when they're taken to ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves''' hideaway so as not to endanger him or the other outlaws hiding there.
* In ''Film/MurderAtTheBaskervilles'', Stanford is blindfolded when being brought to or taken from Moriarty's hideout.

* ''Discworld/SmallGods'' - Brutha and Vorbis, while being led through the trap-filled labyrinth of Ephebe, which protects the inner city from people like...well, Vorbis. Unfortunately, the labyrinth keepers never counted on someone with a memory as perfect as Brutha's. When he's ordered to lead Vorbis through the maze so the Omnians can take over, Brutha realises that he ''could'' just make a run for it or lead Vorbis into a trap, but can't [[WhatYouAreInTheDark bring himself to do it]], even knowing what Vorbis has planned.
* ''Discworld/NightWatch'' has the History Monks blindfold Vimes to bring him to his temple so they can explain just [[TimeTravel what happened to him.]] [[spoiler:Vimes gets around it by "reading" the street through his feet, since he is so familiar with the city that he can tell the difference between the different types of paving, which lets him find his way back to the temple.]] Lu-Tze actually bets that this would happen.
* Happens twice in ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'':
** In ''The Fellowship of the Ring'' the elves of Lothlórien insist on blindfolding Gimli's eyes before the fellowship is taken to the elf village. When he objects to being singled out that way, Aragorn says that all of them shall be blindfolded.
** In ''The Two Towers'' Faramir blindfolds Frodo and Sam before leading them to the refuge of Henneth Annûn.
* In ''Geheimen van het Wilde Woud''[[note]]Secrets of the Wild Forest[[/note]] by Tonke Dragt, [[TheHero Tiuri]] and [[CloudCuckoolander the Fool]] are captured, blindfolded and led to [[spoiler:the [[SupervillainLair Taren Castle]]]]. As the Fool has however been there before (and escaped), the trope is mildly deconstructed at the end:
--> '''Fool:''' I know where we are! I hear it, I smell it, I feel it, friend! I don't need to see it.\\
'''Fool:''' (continues with an extremely detailed and lengthy description of the landscape)\\
'''[[spoiler:[[BigBad Viridian]]]]''': You can take off their blindfolds, they shall see everything. [[DeadpanSnarker One of them can apparently see through the rag anyway]], and [[KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade neither of them will be able]] [[HeKnowsTooMuch to tell anyone about this]].
* Used in at least two Literature/SherlockHolmes stories. In both "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb" and "The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter", Holmes' client was bundled into a carriage that they could not see out of and driven to an unknown destination. Holmes, of course, figures out where they had been taken or at least the general area from clues.
* This is what happens with the cobbler is brought in to sew Kasim's body back together (he was drawn and quartered by the thieves, and if he were buried like that it'd make him look like a crook) in ''Literature/AliBabaAndTheFortyThieves'': He is blindfolded and spun around before being brought to the room where the body is kept. Interestingly, the thieves find the place in spite of this by taking advantage of the cobbler's muscle memory - one of them blindfolds him and spins him around the same number of times, then has him lead the way.
* This happens to Literature/NancyDrew in the book ''The Captive Witness'', set in communist East Germany, when she is taken to a viewing a film that has been banned by the country's government. Of course, being Nancy Drew, she is still able to get a general idea of where she's been taken by making note of how long they've been driving, the sounds she hears, and the number of stairs at their destination.
* Happen in one of the ''Literature/JudgeDee'' stories, where the victim thinks he was taken somewhere in the mountains in a closed palanquin. Tao Gan, however, thinks it's a ruse- he thinks it more likely that they carriers simply tilted the palanquin and walked around the inner courtyard of a large house, with the occasional "Watch the cliff!" for effect.
* In the ''Literature/ModestyBlaise'' books, Modesty occasionally gets the blindfold treatment -- which doesn't help, as she seems to have an unerring sense of location.
* ''Literature/CharlieWilsonsWar''. A Pakistani official is blindfolded when taken to the CIA's SpySchool. He takes offense, given that he's already running the CIA's proxy war in Afghanistan for them.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' has Garibaldi end up having to deal with this in the episode ''The Exercise Of Vital Powers''. As he has [[ProperlyParanoid well-founded trust issues]], he's not excited about the prospect, and ends up discussing it at length with Wade, his mysterious employer's agent.
* On ''Series/{{Jericho}}'', Mrs. Green is taken to a secret location where Jake Green is being held prisoner. When she returns they are able to identify it as a pig farm from her saying there was a horrible smell.
* ''Series/GetSmart'' had Max being taken by Ziegfried to a secret location. Not only was Max and Ziegfried are blindfolded but the driver is blindfolded too.
** Another episode had Max and 99 blindfolded and made to feel they were being put on a long plane trip ([[FauxtasticVoyage without leaving a room in Washington]]) to let them deduce they were taken to a secret headquarters in Buenos Aires.
* In one ''Series/MythBusters'' episode, Jamie heads out to "a secret location" to [[ItMakesSenseInContext shoot a fish]] [[MoreDakka with a minigun]]. When he arrives, he pulls a blindfolded Adam out of the back of the car.
* Used in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. Of course the boys are trained to memorize twists and turns...
* In the pilot of ''Series/FallingSkies'', Tom and his team are taken prisoner by a gang of outlaws, who have set up in a school auditorium. The prisoners are, of course, taken to the location wearing black bags over their heads. Later, when Tom's son Hal is taken back to bring the kidnappers' demands to Captain Weaver, he is also wearing a bag.
* [[Series/DirtyJobs Mike Rowe]] is blindfolded on the trip to the source of the mud used to dirty MLB baseballs (pristine balls are difficult to grip). He says it reminds him of "that time I interviewed that sheik."
* One episode of ''Series/TheSaint'' had Simon Templar made prisoner and driven around a city. Too bad they passed some locations that made very characteristic sounds.
* ''Series/TheBill''. The police doubt the story of a bank manager who was held captive overnight, then forced to empty his vaults, because he said they drove over a couple of humpbacked bridges and stayed in a room near a combine harvester, none of which matches anything near Sun Hill. While the detectives are driving around checking out clues however they drive over two humps on an unpaved road and realise that the hostage, scared and locked in a trunk, could easily have mistaken them for the bridges. Working from that clue they soon find the room, which is near a factory whose machinery produces the 'harvester' sound.
* Used in ''Series/TheAmazingRace'' Family Edition, where teams were put onto a bus to be taken to a mystery location (Huntsville, Alabama).
* Used occasionally on ''Series/BurnNotice.'' Michael's narration discusses how this is somewhat of an occupational hazard for spies, but wearing a sack on your head is still very unpleasant. Not necessarily because you're being kept in the dark - sometimes people don't bother to ''wash'' the head bags.
* The LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek ''The Last Mafia Marriage'' is the story of a young woman married to a mafioso. While he was in hiding, she would drive to a local restaurant where she would be met by his associates in the mafia and blindfolded before being driven to his secret location. The explanation for this was "if you don't know where you're going, you can't tell anyone", namely the cops looking to interrogate her in order to find out where her husband was.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Sandor Clegane is hooded after he's captured by the Brotherhood without Banners, along with Arya and Gendry.
-->'''Audrey:''' Apologies, but you're one ugly fucker, and I'd rather not see you no more. (Sandor can't see where he's going, so his head slams into the top bar of the wagon) Watch your head.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. Any VictimOfTheWeek who has to be taken to the disused library that's the headquarters of Team Machine gets this. Usually though when someone gets a black hood over their head, it's a sign they're about to be carted off by assassins to be interrogated and murdered.
-->'''Elias:''' [[FacingTheBulletsOneLiner Oh,]] ''[[FacingTheBulletsOneLiner that]]'' [[FacingTheBulletsOneLiner sort of prisoner transfer.]]

[[folder:Tabletop RPG]]
* Basic ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' module B8 ''Journey to the Rock''. If the {{PC}}s surrender to the chameleon men they're blindfolded and taken to a secret mountain cavern.

[[folder:Video games]]
* The "Mike Toreno" mission in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', where you have to track down a stolen van, based on Toreno telling T-bone Mendez what he can hear from his surroundings outside the van.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Fantastic Easter Special" Stan's dad Randy puts a bag over his head when they drive to the secret location for The Hare Club For Men, but he takes it off when he finds out he already knows where it is.
* In an early episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy,'' Peter is blindfolded on the way to his birthday surprise. The camera pulls back to reveal he's the one driving there.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', Steven has a habit of doing this to Lapis Lazuli when he wants to surprise her with a present. As she's twice as tall as he is, she helps him out by blindfolding herself with her (translucent) wings. It's as adorable as it is silly.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Often used as a trust-building exercise.
** Which can lead to a [[TrustBuildingBlunder completely different]] [[OhCrap trip]].
* The blind only technically go everywhere like this. They tend to pick up on more things than the sighted give them credit for, though.