[[quoteright:240:[[Franchise/ScoobyDoo http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/scoobystack_flipped.png]] ]]
[[caption-width-right:240:[[ToonPhysics How did Shaggy get up there?]]]]

When your characters need to see what's going on in that room over there, but they don't quite wanna risk coming all the way out into the open...

...when your characters ''all'' want to see rather than just sending one person to check so they can come back and tell the others, what do you do?

The Scooby Stack! We've all seen it in cartoons and comedies: one head pops out from behind a corner or doorframe. Another head pops out above the first. And one more above that.

Because CartoonPhysics works differently, you can even get a Scooby Stack of people popping out from [[BehindAStick behind a tree or other item too thin for the thinnest person to hide behind.]]

Though Franchise/ScoobyDoo's [[YouMeddlingKids Meddling Kids]] gets credit for TropeNamer, this trope may be OlderThanYouThink.

Occasionally thwarted by someone surprising them by opening the door so they all fall on top of each other.

Not to be confused with the [[DagwoodSandwich tall, stacked sandwiches]] enjoyed by Scooby and Shaggy.


* Done by a four-member gospel choir in a video ad for Gain Flings laundry additive.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Done in episode 19 of ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]]''.
* At least once on ''Anime/EurekaSeven'', with the crew snooping on Renton and Eureka. [[ButtMonkey Moondoggie is always on the bottom]].
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/nanohascoobystack.jpg This scene]] from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers''.
* When investigating Mugen Academy in ''Anime/SailorMoon'', the "Inner Senshi" [[http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/3774/sailorstackon8.jpg get a Sailor Stack]], but they get discovered by a security guard and their resulting panic causes them to fall over (except Makoto, who was standing in back, being the tallest of them, and not leaning on anyone else).
* [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v20/c179/8.html Here]] in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''. With the inevitable conclusion [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v20/c179/13.html here]].
* Comes up every now and then in ''Anime/NerimaDaikonBrothers'', and lampshaded in episode 5, where the main characters pop up from behind a door, stacked ''horizontally'', and stay in place until [[GravityIsAHarshMistress Hideki points out what they're doing]].
* Occurs in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' anime episode 138. While Captain Ukitake is talking to Rukia in the Soul society, his two lieutenants and Orihime Inoue perform one of these at the side of the doorway.
* Ash and two Pokémon form one in a sewer during the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' episode "Leading a Stray!"
* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' episode "Full Swing": Haruko, Naota's father and the robot Canti look through the center of a door.
* Yui, Mio and Ritsu from ''[[Manga/KOn K-On!]]'' [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/k_on/v04/c005/7.html do it to spy on Tsumugi and Azusa]]. Then Azusa makes them fall.
* In the final episode of ''Manga/OmamoriHimari'', we get a Scooby Stack featuring the entire Extended [[HaremGenre Harem]]. It's so tall, the camera has to pan up to have room for them all, and even then, the Ojou has to walk out into plain view since there's no more room along the doorframe.
* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai''
** Original series episode 7. While Taro is in the hot springs changing room his 3 personal maids form one around the corner of the door.
** ''La Verite'' episode 8. Three of the security maids protecting Taro during a trip to the city do this behind a vending machine while following him.
* Happens twice in ''Anime/Persona4TheAnimation''. Once when Chie and Yosuke spy on Kanji and Naoto and again when the rest of the group spies on Kanji and Hanako on the camping trip.
* ''Anime/MarsDaybreak'' has one in Episode 13 where Clara, Poipoider, Milch, Grahms, Enora and [[AndZoidberg a robot]] were watching a lovely scene between Aki and Selina.
* In ''Anime/GhostStories'', the group does this and Hajime (in the [[GagDub English Dub]]) points out how he's "on top".
* The entire FiveManBand of ''Anime/MajesticPrince'' does this when checking out the arrival of the SixthRanger.
* Played with in episode 28 of ''Anime/CombatMechaXabungle'', where we see a modest stack of two (Jiron and Rag), but then the camera switches to show behind the corner of the wall, and it turns out Rag was practically laying over Jiron's back to attain the effect.
* ''Anime/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls''[='=] sixth episode has six characters stacking up behind a door to listen in on an interview.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* Used in [[Franchise/TheDCU DC]]'s ''[[ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} Legionnaires]]'' #44 with Sensor, Umbra, and Magno.
* Often used in ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' with the Daltons. Considering their relative sizes, it is a JustifiedTrope.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* Used in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWdFrw5DoJU this]] fan-made [=YouTube=] video featuring five of the Disney Dudes forming a boy band after Cinderella, Belle, Mulan, Ariel, and Jasmine break up with them.

* At least as old as 1922 and the Creator/HaroldLloyd film ''Film/GrandmasBoy1922''. Seen briefly from some villagers astonished to see Harold carrying the dangerous hobo into town in a baby's stroller.
* ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' did this all the time.
* ''Film/TheLittleRascals'' may also have done it a few times.
* ''Film/CharliesAngels''
* The film adaptation of the musical ''Theatre/OnTheTown'' has this when Ozzie, Claire, Chip, Hildy and Gabey are hiding behind a corner on top of the Empire State Building.
* Happens in ''Film/TheSpanishApartment'' when the tenants want to find out how the negotiation between Xavier and the landlord is going, but don't dare get involved themselves.
* In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', Beast, Angel, Darwin, Banshee and Mystique do one despite Havok's warning for them to keep back because of how unpredictable his powers are.
* Done in ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix''.
* Happens in the animated version of ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and Cleopatra''. Caesar sends three triplet Egyptian mercenaries to capture Getafix on the building site. They stack at the corner of a tent.
* Done in ''Film/GhostbustersII'' when the Scoleri brothers wreak havoc in the courtroom.
* The French guards do this in ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' upon investigating the Trojan Rabbit. Creator/JohnCleese admits on the commentary that it's actually really hard to get that kind of shot in real life.
* Done in some promotional artwork for ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc''
* ''Film/FuneralParadeOfRoses'': Some of the other girls in the bar do this when watching Eddie and Leda's CatFight.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* A Thanksgiving episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'' had half the cast looking around a bolted door like this for most of the episode. It was lampshaded by [[DeadpanSnarker Chandler]], who referred to them as "the floating heads".
* The kids in ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'' did it when spying on Doña Clotilde's house.
* ''Series/PushingDaisies'' episode "Dim Sum Lose Sum".
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' S3 episode "Our Father".
* Once in ''Series/SaluteYourShorts''.
* Done a lot on ''Series/WelcomeBackKotter''.
* ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'' has the three main characters look around the corner like this in one episode.
* Done in an episode of ''Series/HannahMontana'' where Oliver, Lilly and Miley are stacked up like this watching Jackson fail to persuade Robbie Ray to up his curfew.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}''
* The 2000 [[MadeForTVMovie TNT Original]] version of ''Literature/DonQuixote'' did this at one point, with Don, Sancho Panza, and Sancho's donkey all peering around a boulder.
* ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' has one with Curtis, Simon, and Rudy pondering the presence of Seth the Power Broker in the Community Centre.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' used this in the episode "What's My Line, Part II." When Xander and Cordelia are leaving Buffy's house they peek around a corner Scooby-Stack-style. This episode also features the first labeling of the Buffy crew as the "Scooby Gang."
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Doctor, Clara, Angie, and Artie stick their heads out of the TARDIS door in the episode "Nightmare In Silver".
** The Second Doctor and his companions while they are peeking out of a London Underground tunnel in "The Web of Fear".
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': Agents Mulder and Scully look this way into Izzy Berkowitz's room in "Post-modern Prometheus". Mrs Berkowitz is looking directly, standing in front of the door.
* ''Series/UltramanMebius'' episode "An Old Friend's Visit". Complete with anime sound effects.
* Often used in promotional shots for sitcoms. ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' has a promo photo where the cast, including Eddie the wonder-dog, are stacked around the doorframe of Frasier's apartment, with Frasier at the bottom looking rather put-upon. ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'' used a similar promo photo, with Ray at the bottom trying vainly to shoo them out of his house.
* In one episode of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', the entire gang are trapped in Barney's apartment and don't wish to be spotted by him, but they peek at him and his date through a door and their stacked heads form the stock pose.
* ''Series/AllyMcBeal'': When Ally is breaking up with Larry, the entire office spy on her and try to learn the latest gossip or see how she's coping. At one point, they all (minus Richard who is in LA) stick their heads in her door and immediately pull them out when Ally notices them.
* In ''Series/StepByStep'', Cody, JT and Mark peek into their kitchen, all at once, to spy on their new neighbour who asked them to use their phone and who they believe is a thief hiding from the police.
* Kids' show ''Series/BigBarnFarm'' on the UK channel Creator/CBeebies has the farmyard animal characters do this on occasion. Unintentionally hilarious given the vast difference in the animals' sizes (small pig to full-grown donkey). [[ConspicuousCG Also, the special effects look like they was edited with]] UsefulNotes/AdobeFlash, making it even more hilarious.

* Music/TheBeatles posed this way several times. The shot used for the [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a9/10_ladymadonna.jpg picture sleeve]] for the American "Lady Madonna" single is one example; another can be seen [[http://shard4.1stdibs.us.com/archivesE/art/upload/75/3097/beatles-porterouge.jpg here]].
* Although it only has two people, one of these is featured in the ''Film/MissionImpossible'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDsfou6UfjU cover]] by Music/LindseyStirling and Music/ThePianoGuys, with her and Steven peering around the corner of a deserted corridor when trying to infiltrate the building to steal music.
* [[Music/{{NCT}} NCT Dream]] poses in a Scooby Stack on the album cover and music video of "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pUc7SD0PmU My First and Last]]."

* [[http://www.musical-in.de/grafiken/musical-tanz-der-vampire-4.jpg Alfred and the Professor]] in ''Theatre/TanzDerVampire''.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/GoldenSun: The Lost Age'', the characters are fairly realistically trying to organize one [[http://www.theicecave.org/damage_control/multimedia/goldensuntlapic_120510.png in this shot]].
* While the main couple in ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts'' are having their penultimate Sweet Moment, the rest of the party spies on them this way from behind a nearby pillar. They fall over on their own.
* Happens frequently in VideoGame/{{LEGO adaptation game}}s, such as those based on ''Franchise/StarWars''.
* The [[http://vc.nintendolife.com/games/nes/ufouria_the_saga/cover cover artwork]] for ''VideoGame/{{Ufouria}}''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' does one with Yosuke and Chie while spying on Kanji. [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything And Chie's on all fours.]]
* ''VideoGame/MinecraftStoryMode'': The group does an overcrowded version while peering into Ivor's hideout. Reuben somehow ends up at the top.

* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' once, [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=676 here]].
* [[http://shortpacked.com/comic/book-8/08-heroic-bsod/officespace/ This]] ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' strip.
* ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'': The squirrel girls express their fear of open spaces by hugging a doorway in a [[http://www.collectedcurios.com/sequentialart.php?s=490 Stack.]]
* In ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'', Jane, Joan, and Dot [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/2136326/for-the-spin/ keep an eye on a suspicious shopper.]]
* In ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'', Rhea, Kieri, and Buwari all [[http://www.sdamned.com/comic/10292011/ peeked out of the Sinclair Family's caravan]] to look at Blossom Valley in a stack. Buwari quickly ducked back inside when reminded that he wasn't supposed to show his face to the general public.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Done in episode 9 of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' by team JNPR and three of the four members of RWBY as Wiess realises they're late for class and rushes off. Lampshaded when JNPR all fall on top of each other.
* ''College University'' did this once - with Parks, Jay, and "Macho Man" Wrestling/RandySavage.
* ''[[WebVideo/HardlyWorking Hardly]] [[Website/CollegeHumor Working]]'' deconstructs this in its sketch "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcOz_75CDjI Snooping]]": Each consecutive person on top crushes the bottom guy more and more [[spoiler:until his head explodes]].
* In the "Gay Chicken" episode of ''WebVideo/CommodoreHustle'', Alex, Kathleen and Kathleen's cat do this when Morgan asks whether he can stay with them for a few days.
-->'''Graham''': ...we're full.
* [[http://s3-ak.buzzfed.com/static/enhanced/terminal01/2012/4/19/13/enhanced-buzz-23625-1334857347-2.jpg The kittens in this photo]].
* The otters in [[http://dailyotter.org/2012/11/23/curious-otter-pile-up/ this photo]].

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'', as the TropeNamer naturally.
* You can also spot the Scooby Stack on every one of the Creator/HannaBarbera teenage sleuth cartoons:
** ''WesternAnimation/SpeedBuggy''
** ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan''
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Jabberjaw}}''
** ''WesternAnimation/ClueClub''
** ''WesternAnimation/CaptainCavemanAndTheTeenAngels''
** ''WesternAnimation/JosieAndThePussycats'' displays the version in which the door is opened and the whole gang falls down.
* Fellow H-B creation ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' has Judy, Jane and Elroy form this in "Rosey the Robot."
* Happens in the title sequence and in-show on ''WesternAnimation/JakersTheAdventuresOfPiggleyWinks.''
* Jimmy, Sheen and Carl do it in a mystery-solving episode of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron''.
* Used many, many times in ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' in "Mama Drama" has the BehindAStick example.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'':
** Izzy, Eva and Noah perform one in the season one finale while waiting for [[ArchEnemy Justin]].
** Bridgette and Courtney do it in "Not Quite Famous" from behind a curtain.
* PlayedWith in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' that focuses on [=SpongeBob=] trying to train Gary, his pet snail, for the coming snail race. After unsuccessfully trying to get Gary to practice sprints a couple of times, but Gary immediately goes to watch the television, Squidward leans in a nearby window to taunt Spongebob and boast about his purebred snail's chances of success. Cue Patrick leaning in the window above, boasting about ''his'' "snail"(it's actually a rock). Squidward lampshades when he asks what Patrick is standing on, cutting to the outside of the windows to see Patrick actually standing on Squidward's back. When Squidward later leaves, Patrick falls out of the window he's in and then pops back in Squidward's window.
* Jay, Cole and Zane do it behind a column in the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ninjago}}: The Way of the Ninja''.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Rarity and Pinkie Pie do this when they watch Twilight enter the cave in "Dragonshy".
** Big Macintosh, Applejack and Granny Smith in "The Cutie Pox". It's been turned into [[http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/198883-my-little-pony-friendship-is-magic a macro]].
** Pinkie Pie, Carrot Cake and Cup Cake peek in on the sleeping Pound Cake and Pumpkin Cake in "Baby Cakes".
** The Cutie Mark Crusaders peer on top of each other from a train door in "Just for Sidekicks". They also assume this formation in the ColdOpen for "The Show Stoppers," following Applejack's collapse into the wall of the clubhouse they inherit.
** In "Castle Mane-ia", this happens when the [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal ponies peer at Pinkie Pie, the Pony of Shadows playing the organ]].
* Done in [[Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer Max Fleischer's]] ''WesternAnimation/GulliversTravels'' with the goofy spies Sneak, Snoop and Snitch.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld'', Mario and Luigi peer behind a wall to spy on Cheatsy with Yoshi sticking his head vertically in between them.
* The WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry short "WesternAnimation/JohannMouse" has five people popping their heads through a door in order to see who's playing the piano in the maestro's absence.
* ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake Berry Bitty Adventures'' has Lemon, Raspberry, Blueberry and Plum all Scooby Stacking in Lemon's doorway doing the "after you; no, after you" schtick to avoid being the first to say something they fear will hurt Lemon's feelings.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has one in "The Guide". The adult and child halves of Tenzin's family each peep in on opposite sides of a doorway.
* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' called "Sokka's Master", Aang and Katara do this while watching Sokka create his space sword.
* WesternAnimation/TheBeatles do this in the first-season opening of their ABC cartoon show. They do it a couple of times in some episodes as well ("There's a Place" is one).
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleRascals'' episode "The Zero Hero", Spanky, Buckwheat and Porky do this as they watch Darla and Captain Muscles' encounter with the bank robbers.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': In Episode 135, the main four are all called to the show's director's office. Feeling nervous, they all poke their heads through the door at the same time, creating a Scooby Stack.