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->"''You can get ''anywhere'' with a pizza box.''"
-->-- ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris''

It seems that the default ruse for getting past guards or having the villain open his door, is to pretend one is a delivery guy. The most frequent item being delivered is pizza, but others are occasionally seen as well. FacePalm when only [[UnguidedLabTour AFTER the person is let in]] when someone observes [[TooDumbToLive "Hey, we didn't order pizza."]]

Not to be confused with PizzaBoySpecialDelivery. Ever. Compare JanitorImpersonationInfiltration which uses a janitor or maid disguise similarly, and with BavarianFireDrill, another case in which the uniform is given much more notice than the person wearing it. May overlap with MuggedForDisguise if there really was a delivery boy arriving. DeadlyDelivery is when this technique is used by a ProfessionalKiller or other such criminal.


[[folder: Advertising ]]

* Done for laughs in a [=DiGiorno=] frozen pizza commercial.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In the second season of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', the AntiHero, Hei, kidnaps someone after disguising himself as a delivery guy. In fact, this is kind of a stock-in-trade, as he frequently does infiltrations by going undercover doing some kind of menial labor--job changing has become a RunningGag among fans and in the series itself.
* ''Manga/{{Akira}}'': The underground activists infiltrate the military research compound where Tetsuo is being held by pretending to come for cable repair service.
* Nagisa tried this three times in the space of five minutes in ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure''. It didn't really work.
* ''Anime/{{K}}'': Homra's search for the person who killed their member starts like this.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* In ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' the guy who tries to kill Veidt infiltrates as a deliveryman. 'Course, it helps that his day job is being a deliveryman for that same delivery company.
* The ''Comicbook/SuperMarioAdventures'' comic had Luigi (in disguise) 'order' pizza for the Koopalings to give Yoshi, Toad and Peach a chance to enter Bowser's Castle armed with a ton of bombs.
* Variation used in ''Comicbook/{{Deadpool}}'' - Deadpool actually HAD ordered a pizza, but Comicbook/ThePunisher, who was looking to kill him, was listening in, intercepted the actual delivery guy, and paid him a thousand bucks for his hat, coat, and pizza.
* In Creator/GregRucka's ''Comicbook/ThePunisher'' run, Rachel (the Punisher's DistaffCounterpart) assassinates some crooked business tycoons by bribing a bellboy into giving her his uniform. She claims the uniform is meant to be a romantic surprise for her husband, and the clueless bellboy walks away believing he's helped her love life.
* Detective Walsh does this in ''ComicBook/StrangersInParadise'' in order to make contact with Katchoo while she's working for Darcy. Of course, he's delivering pizza.


[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/OliverAndCompany'', combined with TotemPoleTrench.
* On ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', the gang consider this as a way to enter Al's apartment. Hamm suggests "a ham sandwich (himself) with fries (Mr. Potato Head) and a hot dog (Slinky Dog)", and Rex as the free toy.


[[folder: Films -- Live-Action ]]

* Parodied in the film version of ''Film/JudgeDredd''. When the title character and his SideKick are trying to get back into Mega City:
-->'''Fergie:''' C'mon, Dredd, there is no way in, are you even listening to me? We can't just knock on the wall and say "Hello, Cursed Earth Pizza!"
* In the movie ''Film/MiamiVice'', Rico gets the drug dealers to open their door by calling out "Milano's Pizza!"
* In ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'', Bruce Banner gets past the guard ([[TheCameo played by Lou Ferrigno]]) in the laboratory by showing up with pizzas and leaving him one for free.
-->'''Banner''' (dressed as a pizza delivery man): Tell you what, I have an extra medium. Take it on the house. (Guard takes the pizza and waves him through)
* In ''Film/TheItalianJob2003'', Charlie's crew gets into Steve's house in this way. They tamper with Steve's cable box, then send Stella into Steve's house disguised as a cable repair girl. To help the illusion, Handsome Rob steals a cable company van for Stella by flirting with an actual cable girl and asking her for her shirt and her truck in a hilarious InstantSeduction scene.
* In ''Film/BlueStreak'', Miles Logan (Martin Lawrence) attempts to get into the police station with this trick. He fails, as the cop tells him that only two kinds of people get through that door: cops and criminals. Miles tries the next best thing - steal a detective's entry card and have a forger make a copy for him, as well as documents proving that Miles is a kick-ass detective from another precinct.
* In the movie ''Film/TheLastDragon'', Leroy gets the idea to infiltrate a fortune cookie factory using this device. He gets the idea after he sees a clip of Bruce Lee doing the same thing in another movie.
* Tak's first onscreen kill in ''Film/FulltimeKillers'' starts out like this, with him posing as a flower deliveryman. The twist being that the flowers are just a way to disguise his shotgun, and he just shoots his way to the target's cell before throwing dozens of hand grenades at him and riding off.
* Done in the movie ''Film/DetroitRockCity'' to rescue one of the four main characters out of sunday school. The pizza is laced with [[MushroomSamba 'Shrooms.]]
* In ''Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper'', Kermit and Fozzie pretend to be pizza delivery men to break into the National Gallery. Unfortunately, the guard hates pepperoni.
* In the documentary ''Film/ManOnWire'', tightrope walker Phillipe Petit explains how he was posing as a delivery man to get inside the buildings he wanted to climb. He thought his ruse would be foiled when he happened to injure his foot. It was the opposite however, and by entering buildings as an injured person on crutches, he found he was able to slip inside even more easily (thanks to people's sympathy).
* In the ''Film/JamesBond'' movie ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'', the kidnapping of General Koskov is initiated by an assassin disguised as a milkman, to enter the MI6 safehouse.
* In the beginning of ''Film/{{Airheads}}'', Chazz sneaks into Palatine Records this way to try and show his band's demo tape to the executives. Judging by the reactions of the security guards and a secretary, this isn't the first time he's done this.
* ''Film/{{Machete}}:'' Except in this case, the title character uses Mexican gardener infiltration technique. Lampshaded by the guards who let him pass.
* In ''Film/{{Sneakers}}'' the delivery boy isn't the infiltrator, he's the distraction (trying to get the guard to sign for a huge shipment of drain cleaner) while the real infiltrator slips by his desk.
* ''Film/{{Eraser}}'':
** [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger John Kruger]] is a top Witness Protection agent whose new assignment is to secure a witness in a high-profile case involving the sale of experimental weapons to Russian terrorists. The witness refuses to abandon her life, although she promises to testify. Kruger "borrows" a balloon delivery van and pretends to be a deliveryman partly in order to obscure his identity (she has already met him) and to use the balloons to block the view of any potential sniper. This works, temporarily. Unfortunately, the sniper is using one of the experimental weapons (a railgun with an X-ray scope), but Kruger is able to get close enough to the witness to protect her. Her JerkAss ex-boyfriend isn't so lucky, though.
** A more straight example later, when a friend of Kruger's tries the traditional "pizza delivery" trick. However, they know that it won't work and the goal is to distract the security and have the guy take some pills that cause foam to come out of his mouth. He's taken to the company's medical room. Meanwhile, Kruger and the witness pretend to be paramedics and use the opportunity to sneak in this way.
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', [[BigBad Bane]] gets into the Stock Exchange by posing as a motorcycle delivery man, wearing a helmet to hide his gas mask. The trope actually appears twice in that heist as Petrov, one of Bane's henchmen, poses as a food delivery man to get a pistol onto the trading floor.
* In the film version of ''Film/TheLosers'', Jensen impersonates a courier to sneak into the security company.
* In the Canadian comedy ''Film/{{Starbuck}}'', the main character impersonates a pizza delivery man in order to get in his biological daughter's flat. She lets him in as a matter of course.
* Used in the opening scene of ''Film/AceVentura'' to infiltrate the apartment of a man who has stolen a puppy from his ex-girlfriend.
* There's a BaitAndSwitch in ''Film/TheArtOfWar'' (2000) when Wesley Snipes appears to be using Marie Matiko's character to infiltrate a Triad brothel, which is hidden behind a FrontOrganisation of a restaurant. Instead he handcuffs her to the steering wheel, grabs a crate of groceries which are being unloaded from a truck, and walks in that way.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* In the ''Literature/AlexRider'' novel Scorpia, Alex uses this trick to infiltrate a safehouse.
* In ''[[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire A Storm of Swords]]'', [[BloodKnight the Hound]] pretends to be delivering vegetables and a horse to get into the Twins. [[FreudWasRight As in the fortress made up of two towers, not what you were thinking]]. The horse comes in handy for distracting the attention of a nobleman who's encountered the Hound before.
* Variant: In the final story of a TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}} anthology, attacks by street gangs leave Wolf and a woman he's escorting without transportation. They enter an all-night pizza shop to catch their breath, and Wolf has a quick word with the employees. Next scene, they're arriving safely at their destination, where Wolf hands over both the woman and some pizzas from the delivery van he'd bribed the shop's staff into lending them.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels, Moist von Lipwig uses this one frequently, and it's cropped up in a number of Creator/TerryPratchett's books.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Harry Dresden once got into a dead guy's apartment by dressing up as a flower delivery guy. He ''almost'' got away with it...
* Happens in David Eddings Tamuli series with wine and beer.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Ted needs to get a sulky Lily to talk to him so that he can apologize. He knocks on her apartment door:
-->'''Lily''': Who is it?\\
'''Ted''': Pizza delivery.\\
''Lily opens the door''.\\
'''Ted''': Did you really think it was the pizza guy?\\
'''Lily''': Nah, I was just hoping you at least had a pizza.
* Gwen attempts this to enter Torchwood in the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "Everything Changes". Subverted in that the only reason she was let in was because they wanted her to get in. Anyone else delivering a pizza (for real or not) would not have gotten in past the first room.
* Played straight in ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay''. Oswald Danes infiltrates Gwen's house by posing as a delivery man from a local grocery store. The real delivery man is briefly shown tied up and gagged in the back of his van, [[MuggedForDisguise divested of his uniform and hat]].
* In an episode of ''Series/TheThinBlueLine'', to get into a bank robbery that has turned into a hostage situation.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'': One of the Land Shark's [[NPCAmnesia many gambits]].
* In an episode of ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris'', Chris uses this (with a pizza box) to sneak into the hotel Wayne Gretzky is staying at so his brother can meet him. "You can get ''anywhere'' with a pizza box", he says; Narrator-Chris then comments that's how George Bush got into the White House.
* Used by a female assassin in an episode of ''Series/{{VIP}}'' She gets close to her target by disguising herself as a pizza delivery girl (with the real delivery girl supposedly disposed of offscreen).
* In ''Series/TrueJackson'', True, Lulu, and Ryan disguise themselves as pizza delivery men to get into the recording booth with Justin Bieber.
* In ''Series/{{Spaced}}'', Tim uses an actual delivery man to distract the security guard so that he can sneak into the offices of a Dark Star Comics to retrieve an insulting image he drew of the man about to view his portfolio.
* ''Series/BurnNotice''
** In one episode, Jesse pretends to be a delivery guy in order to gain access to the security room of a bank. At the same time, Madeline, who's just opened a new account, goes into the vault to access a safety deposit box and lights up a cigarette, setting off the alarm. The whole point of the ploy was for Jesse to be in the security room to see how the security team reacted to situation, since he was planning to ''rob'' the bank later and needed to know how quick they would react to a break-in.
** In an earlier episode, Michael points out that a common way for spies to break into a place is as a delivery man. As a result, most spies know to be suspicious of delivery people. Cue the bad guys grabbing the completely innocent delivery man Michael sent.
* On ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' this occurs during "The Top Hat Job" as Eliot attempts to recon their target company by posing as a pizza man. While he is chatting with the receptionist, the security guards xray his pizza and he is forced to fight his way out.
* Used in an episode of ''Series/WonderWoman''. The villainess Formicida has her mook deliver a box of killer ants to an intended victim by posing as a delivery boy. The real delivery boy is left bound and gagged in a crate, stripped down to his undies.
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'': Marcia & Greg sneak into Davy Jones' hotel room pretending to be bellhops delivering lunch.
* ''{{Series/Soap}}'': Sally has ruined Burt's marraige by telling his wife that he'd been sleeping with her and an 18 year old. Burt goes to Sally's apartment and rings the bell, when she asks who it is he calls out in a not-very-convincing fake voice, "United Parcel."
* An episode of ''Series/FirstWave'' involves a young woman (played by SarahChalke of later ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' fame) being hit by a car and becoming the conduit for the spirit of Nostradamus thanks to her near-death experience. Since [[TheChosenOne Cade]]'s actions are guided by the lost quatrains of Nostradamus predicting an AlienInvasion, he is eager to meet her. Unfortunately, the girl's prophetic powers attract media attention, and dozens of reporters camp outside her house. Her roommate orders a pizza. Cade pretends to be her boyfriend and picks up the pizza, intending to deliver it in order to sneak in (he's a wanted fugitive and, understandably, camera-shy). Using this trick, he's even able to sneak past the roommate's cop boyfriend, who is busy keeping the reporters away. The girl sees Cade and immediately recognizes him from her visions.
* D'Argo in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' has some trouble with the intricacies of this trope. In "Scratch 'N Sniff" he has to get into a BigFancyHouse to find out if Chiana and Jool are being held prisoner there. He hammers on the door and it's opened by a [[FacelessMooks Faceless Mook]].
-->'''Mook:''' Deliveries are round the back.\\
'''D'Argo:''' Oh, oh, round the back?\\
'''Mook:''' Yeah.\\
'''D'Argo:''' OK, thanks. ''(punches mook in the face)''
* On ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', Jerry is perplexed when his apartment is buzzed and the personal identifies themselves as "Federal Express", as he didn't order anything. Kramer is immediately convinced that the person is posing as a delivery man in order to get into the building and rob or kill someone. Luckily, this turns out to be a benign example of this trope--it's Elaine, back from her European vacation (and the actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, back from her maternity leave), resulting in a genuinely enthusiastic several minutes while she and the guys scream and laugh and hug each other.
* On an early episode of ''Series/TheATeam'', the team gets captured by Col. Lynch. Murdock gets onto the military base the team is held at by stealing a truck and posing as a delivery guy for a bakery. He even tells Amy, "Security is always weakest through the kitchen."
* The same tactic is used in ''Series/KnightRider''. Michael Knight has to get on an army base, and so bribes the cook to let him borrow his vehicle. The cook says that for an additional payment, Knight can be his cousin. Which is fortunate as Knight is caught snooping around, but the cook verifies that his 'cousin' is handing the delivery today when the CO rings him.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. Jaime and Bronn (already [[DressingAsTheEnemy dressed as Dornish cavalrymen]]) get inside the Water Gardens by riding in at the rear of a supply column, pretending to be part of their escort.


[[folder: Music ]]

* The Coup's "Pizza Man Skit" from ''Steal This Album'' features a repo man who gets in an old lady's house this way, and then takes her TV away. Followed by the song "The Repo Man Sings for You"


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Toward the end of ''VideoGame/{{XIII}}'', you slip into the evil conspiracy's mansion from a fake catering van.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has this. Depending on which party members are chosen for the infiltration, they might pretend to be priests or circus performers, but the default is to be delivering rather odd things such as "items of a personal nature" or "several hundred lovely knitted... scarves."
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', [[spoiler:Namatame]] uses his job as a delivery man to get close to people shown on the Midnight Channel without arousing suspicion.[[spoiler: and throw them into a TV he hides in the back of his delivery-truck.]]
* A possible tactic in many levels of the ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}'' series.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''VideoGame/BlazBlueCalamityTrigger'', where Ragna calls out that he's delivering pizza. The funny comes from the fact that [A] all the guards are gone (likely liquidated to fuel Nu's smelting) and [B] he first said that he's come to kill them all.
* ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney'': April breaks into [[spoiler:the Vanguard headquarters]] by pretending to deliver pizza.
** In [[VideoGame/DreamfallTheLongestJourney Dreamfall]], she breaks into [[spoiler:Friar's Keep]] by pretending to deliver a sandwich.
* VideoGame/MaxPayne tries to do this early on in the first game. [[SubvertedTrope The mobster at the door buzzes him off and he has to look for another way to get in]].


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Virus and Rogue tried this one in ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow''. It almost works until Eastwood blows it by refusing to take part in such an [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2005-07-22/comic/facilitating-your-demise/ruh-roh/ obvious ploy.]]
* Done as [[http://achewood.com/index.php?date=01132004 part of Roast Beef's hack of Yahoo! Personals]] in ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}''.
* In one ''Webcomic/{{Nukees}}'' strip, Gav claims he can break into a military base using a piece of cardboard. The piece of cardboard is placed on the roof of his car with the words "Gav's Pizza" written on it. It works.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Played for laughs in the {{Film/Transformers}} AlternateRealityGame, where a pizza delivery man breached the facility due to a door being left open and nearly getting to where Megatron was stored.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', the prank delivery that gets Fry frozen was planned out by [[spoiler: Nibbler]].
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' once tried to infiltrate the Fearsome Five's headquarters by pretending to be a flower delivery guy. Of course Negaduck hates flowers, so DW had to backpedal and change it to delivering skulls.
* As one might expect, it happened a couple of times in ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'':
** In one episode, Shredder uses this trope as the basis of the plot. In a rare case of being DangerouslyGenreSavvy, Shredder opens a pizza joint that specializes in weird pizzas, planning to stay in business until he gets an order for a pizza that only a mutant turtle could love. Then, he would follow the pizza to the Turtles' lair through a tracking device. The plan falls apart when he a) hires a disguised Michelangelo, and b) the Rat King steals the tracking pizza.
** The Turtles themselves do it in another episode to infiltrate the warehouse where Shredder is holding April hostage. Shredder knows he didn't order pizza, but Rocksteady and Bebop are more gullible.
%% * [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEq_Fz3bBO8 Does Michael the Terrible Boyfriend count? :p]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Trash of the Titans", Homer gets backstage at a {{U2}} gig by pretending to perform a potato delivery.
-->'''Guard:''' Can I help you?
-->'''Homer:''' ''(Irish accent)'' Potato man.
-->'''Guard:''' Where the hell have you been?
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Make Em Laugh", SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker kidnaps Lisa Lorraine this way. Lisa knows se didn't order pizza, but offers to buy it anyway, which is when the Joker opens the box, which contains knock-out gas.
* The Joker uses a variation of the strategy in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' to kidnap Yin. He first slips a flyer for a pizza place under the door to her apartment (with a coupon); when she comes home from work, she's too tired to cook and decides to use it. She's suspicious when the operator says there's a "fifteen-seconds or it's free" offer, especially when it seems he actually gets there on time. Unfortunately, by then he has the jump on her.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', Terry pretends to be a pizza delivery boy in order to infiltrate Shreeve's laboratory. Although Shreeve is initially suspicious - the classic "I didn't order any pizza," - Terry manages to smooth it over by pretending that he got the address wrong and now the price of the pizza has to come out of his own paycheck, appealing to Shreeve's sympathy (Shreeve is desperate for funding for his work and can understand a minor act of rebellion against an unsympathetic corporate overseer) and offering to split the extra-large pie. They manage to have a very cordial conversation for a while over the pizza, until Terry pushes his luck with one too many probing questions about Shreeve's technology and rouses his suspicions again.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'', Courage uses this trick to get in a villain's lair, convincing Eustace to act as the delivery man while he hides in the pizza box. The villain is smart enough to know he didn't order pizza, but his dimwitted assistant who answers the door does not. Eustace doesn't know what's going on, but he doesn't complain; as he says, it'd the easiest twenty bucks he's ever made.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'':
** In one episode, Dale enters Bill's army base as an exterminator, then dresses as an officer, then back to an exterminator in order to check on Bill's medical records.
** Stood on its head in another episode: in order to rescue his friends from a RightWingMilitiaFanatic named "Mad Dog", Dale orders a large number of flower bouquets to be delivered to Mad Dog's address. Mad Dog sees the delivery people carrying long, rectangular boxes just the right size to hide machine guns, assumes the FBI has finally caught up with him and [[KansasCityShuffle is trying to pull this trick]], and runs away.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretShow'', the alternate dimension protagonists use this to get into the villain's base.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'', Sonic and Amy try to infiltrate the Lightning Bolt Society to get Tails back, only to argue on which method to use: Sonic preferring straight BigDamnHeroes, while Amy insists on this trope.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien'', our heroes need to get into a super villain's locked and guarded lair, so Julien knocks on the door claiming to have a special delivery. The guard refuses to open citing specific instructions not to open unless it's an emergency, so Julien claims it's an emergency and the guard opens the door.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', when Launchpad finds out the entrance to the villain’s lair is trough a deli, he tries to get in by disguising himself as a bread delivery man; but the clerk isn’t expecting bread. Launchpad finds out he ''is'' expecting a delivery of pickles, but when he comes back to try that, he’s interrupted by the ''real'' pickle delivery man. Not willing to give up, he manages to get in by hiding in one of the guy’s pickle barrels which works for a while – until the smell of pickles gives him away.
* In the two-part ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' short "Mickey Foils the Phantom Blot", Donald and Goofy disguise themselves as delivery men ([[PaperThinDisguise wearing only fake mustaches]]) to distract the Phantom Blot by having him his name on clipboards, while Mickey (who was hiding in their cardboard box) sneaks past him to obtain Professor Von Drake's unlimited credit card, which the Blot stole.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Mike Meyers claims to have pulled something like this off in his A+ Certification textbook's chapter on computer security; a friend of his in another firm asked him to help test his fancy new firewall, so our intrepid author dug out an old jumpsuit and ID badge, bluffed his way past the receptionist and walked out the door with their server on a parcel trolley.
* Terry Sweeney (a former writer and cast member of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''[[note]]notable for being the first and, so far, only one to be an openly gay man[[/note]]) actually posed as a sandwich delivery man (complete with buying the sandwiches out of pocket) in order to get Jean Doumanian (who was setting up her now ill-fated era of ''SNL'' in 1980) to hire him as a show writer.