->'''Agent Smoulder:''' Sore Throat, my {{mysterious informant}}. Why are you always meeting me in the parking garage?
->'''Sore Throat:''' I parked my station wagon here in í89 and canít remember where I left it.
-->-- '''The X Fools'''

In any given movie or TV show, anytime there is a scene set in a parking garage, something bad is about to happen or has happened. Indeed, '''Nothing Good Ever Happens in a Parking Garage'''.

The reasons for this are many. A parking garage is an inherently boring place. There is ''nothing'' to do there but park one's car or drive it out of the garage. Since in a time-sensitive movie or TV show this is padding, no scene taking place in a parking garage will consist of a single character getting into a single car and driving away.

Typical events in the parking garage:
* Gunfight
* Fist fight
* Car chase (bonus points if it involves a gunfight as well; extra bonus points if the car chase requires the cars to drive up the parking garage spiral ramp, culminating in a standoff on the roof or driving ''off'' the top level)
* Kidnapping
* Assassination
* Shady business/drug deals/other covert ops (not a good place for this, logically, as most parking garages IRL have security cameras)
* Waiting for elevators up to the building above (especially if a character is getting ready to assault the building)
* Taking long enough to get to the car for the goldfish to die.

Related: Any scene set under an elevated section of highway.

While a person should always be alert of their surroundings while on their own alone in a public place, in RealLife a parking garage is just as safe as any of the other places you have to walk through to get to said parking garage. Walking through one alone at night, however, is scary because [[NothingIsScarier nothing is scarier than your imagination cooking up what ''could'' happen.]]

!!'''Examples''':
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[[folder: Anime ]]

* Becomes a plot point in TheMovie of ''GhostInTheShell''. Togusa is on stakeout in his car when he notices that the automatic doors for the parking garage take longer to close than they normally would. He then finds out that the pressure-sensitive floor picked up far more weight than the two people he saw walking in. [[spoiler: The reason is because mooks with optical camouflage snuck in behind them.]]
* A crucial battle in ''Anime/SailorMoon'' happens in one.
* In ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' [[spoiler:TheMenInBlack]] meet their end in one.
* Early on in ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}!!'' a few thugs stop in one of these only to meet the infamous Black Rider. Things don't go well for them.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* The basis of the movie ''Film/{{P2}}''.
* Scarecrow's drug deal at the beginning of ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' takes place in a parking garage.
* In ''Film/FantasticFour'', Doom [[spoiler:kills Ned Cecil]] in a parking garage.
* In ''Film/{{Fargo}}'', this is where the [[spoiler: BribeBackfire that kills Jerry's father-in-law]] takes place.
* ''Film/{{Frantic}}''. A HostageForMacGuffin exchange is set up in a multilevel parking garage; unfortunately it's gatecrashed by Mossad agents who turn it into a shootout.
* Christine in ''Film/DragMeToHell'' is confronted and assaulted by a vengeful gypsy in an isolated parking garage.
* ''DeathWish4TheCrackdown'' opens with three guys trying to rape a woman in a parking garage, and Paul Kersey intervening in his trademark lethal fashion. [[spoiler:It's actually a dream he's having]].
* ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'' has a climatic battle with the BigBad in an automated multi-level parking garage.
* Noah's true intentions are revealed after a suspenseful parking garage moment in ''Film/SilentNightDeadlyNight5TheToymaker''
* In the 2012 movie ''Film/JackReacher'', a gunman guns down 5 people from the inside of a parking garage. This is actually a plot point, [[spoiler: since the person being accused of the massacre would not have chosen that spot since it would be hard to accurately shoot from that range.]]
* No one dies in ''Film/{{Skyline}}'' until they pass through the parking garage. That's when things start to go south for our protagonists. That death is actually [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil the one spoiled in the trailer]].
* In ''BadBoys 2'', Syd's undercover meeting takes place at the top of a parking garage. Things quickly turn sour and it develops into a shootout and car chase.
* The Hummer stolen in ''Film/GoneInSixtySeconds2000'' is in a parking garage. The crew encounters police resistance for the first time while stealing it.
* The shootout that prompted the plot of ''Film/USMarshals'' takes place in a parking garage.
* A parking garage is the primary venue for the (illegal) drift competitions in ''TheFastAndTheFurious Tokyo Drift''.
* In ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'', Bond has a car chase/gunfight inside a parking garage in Hamburg. It culminates in Bond driving his car (via remote control) off the roof, sending it crashing into the front of a rental car office.
* ''Film/TrainingDay'' has the dirty cops meeting on the roof of a parking garage to plan a raid on the home of an ex-cop.
* Inverted in ''Film/TheBourneIdentity''. An exciting CarChase ends with Bourne driving the Mini Cooper into a multilevel garage and telling Marie to take everything she needs because they're never coming back to this car.
* The Call: The victim is abducted from a mall parking garage.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In the comic noir ''Literature/MrBlank'', our hero goes to meet with the Hermetic Secret Service in a parking garage, which promptly transforms into a shootout that ends with an [[AlienAbduction alien abduction]].
* Parodied in ''Smirkey's Game'', a parody of ''Literature/TheQuestForKarla'' in an ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' spin-off book, in which the Circus ''built'' a multi-storey car park specifically to meet double agents in, but people keep parking cars in it. So they closed it down. It remained empty for many years, until someone pointed out that a disused car park would be perfect for clandestine meetings. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint So they built another one]].

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Much of the season 6 finale of ''Series/{{House}}'' takes place in a collapsed and collapsing parking garage.
* An episode of ''{{Seinfeld}}'' takes place in a mall parking garage.
* The Grave Digger, one of the scariest antagonists on ''Series/{{Bones}}'', kidnapped Bones and Hodgins from a parking garage.
* ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'': The bad guys in the final story arc make ''three separate attempts'' to kill our heroes in various parking garages.
* In the pilot of ''Series/{{Alias}}'', SD-6 has decided that the risk of Sydney Bristow and all she knows leaving the organization are too great and send assassins after her. They come after her in a parking garage. This is only the first of many such scenes in ''Alias''.
* [[spoiler:Doctor Melfi]] is sexually assaulted in a parking garage on ''Series/TheSopranos'' in the episode "Employee of the Month".
* In one episode of ''GilmoreGirls'', Rory has a clandestine meeting with the season's AlphaBitch in a parking garage, in a parody of the FilmNoir use of this trope.
* On an episode of ''TopGear'', a "road test" of a Ford Fiesta includes a car chase through a shopping mall and its associated parking structure.
* ''TheXFiles''. Fox Mulder meets his MysteriousInformant in the parking garage of the Watergate Hotel, and lampshades the historical symbolism.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': At least one episode featured cars parked in a parking garage as major plot points.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The "Lowlife" chapter of ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}: Episode One'' has the player racing through crumbling underground parking garages which are also swarming with zombies, headcrabs and antlions.
* A Prohibition-era mission in ''MafiaTheCityOfLostHeaven'' has the player assisting a shady deal to purchase illegal Canadian whiskey in an Art Deco parking garage. Naturally, the deal is interrupted by an ambushing rival mob, degenerating into a floor-by-floor firefight.
* The showdown with BB in the original ''VideoGame/MaxPayne''.
* The Chicago mission in ''PerfectDark'' involves sneaking into a corporate headquarters through the parking garage, where you're ambushed by armed guards.
* The ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series is fond of using parking garages in various missions:
** In "Waka-Gashira Wipeout" in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'', the player kills one of the two heads of Yakuza during a Yakuza-Colombian Cartel meeting on top of a parking garage while driving a Cartel gang car, in order to frame the Cartel for the murder of a prominent Yakuza member.
** In "Guardian Angels" in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'', Colonel Cortez stashes a gun for use in the mission in a parking garage, where the player is also joined by Lance Vance.
** In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'':
*** "Ran Fa Li" has the player tasked in retrieving a car in San Fierro International's massive underground carpark for the Triads, which leads to the player being ambushed by gang members from the rival Da Nang Boys.
*** Players in ''San Andreas'' may also stumble across a scene reminiscent of the Rodney King beating in the parking garage of the Los Santos headquarters.
** The second encounter with Jeff in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' involves the player meeting him in the an underground parking garage...revealing that Jeff has stabbed his wife to death, stuffed her into the back of a car, and is pleading the player to dump the car and her body.
** The same underground parking garage is a flashpoint "Going Deep" in ''TheBalladOfGayTony'', when the player aids Ray Bulgarin in eliminating a large group of law enforcers intent on planting evidence in one of Ray's cars in the garage.
** ''GrandTheftAutoV'' has you planning an assassination and then executing it from the parking garage across the street from a large hotel, which will eventually turn into a garage gunfight if you're not quick enough in leaving.
* During the return to Earth in {{VideoGame/Mass Effect 3}}, Commander Shepard and company pass through one of these. They're attacked by a swarm of Husks and two Brutes, but by this point that's not too big a deal.
* There's a parking garage in the second hub level of ''[[VideoGame/{{VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines}} Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines]]'', which the player can visit for a side quest to rob two gangs in the midst of a trade.
* The first two games in the SaintsRow series had some of these. The first game in particular had an entire Vice King stronghold set in one.
* A parking garage is one of several vanilla maps in ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2''. There's a very violent confrontation with Jikokuten there should you pursue a certain storyline.
* In the intro to ''Emergency Call Ambulance''[='=]s second stage, a police officer chases some criminals into a parking garage, only to get wounded. The stage itself begins with you driving the ambulance out of the garage you found him in.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* In PawDugan's Top 11 Video Game Composers video, the final confrontation with [[EvilCounterpart Dark Paw]] takes place on top of a parking garage.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Parodied in the episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' when the Griffins become a reality TV show and Meg Griffin is kicked off the show for being boring; she later has to meet her parents in a parking garage, where they're wearing trenchcoats, fedoras, and sunglasses (and Peter offers her a cigarette).
* Parodied in an episode of ''TheSimpsons'' where the Simpson kids go to meet an informant (who turns out to be Mr. Smithers) in a garage. He goes to great lengths to conceal his identity (wearing a trench coat, smoking, standing in the shadows, etc.) but the effect is ruined when Homer drives up and turns on his headlights.
-->'''Smithers''': Well, you might as well give me a ride home...
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