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(''For the proper reading experience, run the music from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJsURbVhrWc this video]] while reading this page.'')

[[TruthInTelevision In several European cultures, there is an unspoken code of behavior that applies inside elevators,]] and also sometimes on trains and other modes of public transportation: when someone enters an elevator, the custom is to face the front and stand in silence whilst absentmindedly watching the floor numbers change. If there ''is'' any conversation, it amounts only to small talk. An individual who breaks with this custom, for example facing the other passengers, is often a source of considerable unease to the other individuals in the elevator with you. The protocol does vary a lot between cultures, even between neighboring countries; for example, England has the elevator protocol, while almost none of Europe does. Depending on where you are, you might be expected to greet the other people in the elevator and/or make light conversation, or to completely ignore them. [[JustifiedTrope This is apparently a part of basic animal behavior, too]]: primates in small enclosed spaces instinctively avoid drawing attention to themselves. The cultural differences in elevator protocol reflect differences in what behaviour is inconspicuous. And yes, primates -- monkeys go quiet too, but rats tend to [[ElevatorActionSequence fight]].

Particularly in visual fiction, the Western "protocol" is often milked to generate ironic, uncomfortable silences from characters inside the elevator, when some other reaction might well be expected or justified. In short: an Uncomfortable Elevator Moment.

Uncomfortable Elevator Moments traditionally take place inside TheElevatorFromIpanema. The elevator "music" itself often forms part of the humor and/or tension in the scene, but will get cut off abruptly when the scene ends. It can also take the form of a MidBattleTeaBreak in a fight.

For added discomfort, cue the [[ToiletHumor fart]], with an elevator filled with many, many people.

If it becomes [[OverlyLongGag overly long]], it may overlap with LeaveTheCameraRunning.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* Seen in a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UOK4LqIKNI McDonald's commercial.]]
* Subverted in a Hallmark commercial. It starts with several apartment tenants standing in an elevator minding their own business, staring straight ahead -- then the elevator breaks down. A short time skip later, they're bonding about old friendships and asking the bewildered repairman to let them have another minute.
* Subverted differently in [[http://youtu.be/08jjzrtZuIU this]] ad for an insurance company that seems to now be defunct.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/FutariEcchi'' features an Uncomfortable Elevator Moment that is crossing the line with ElevatorGoingDown. It happens when Makoto is sharing a ride with the Kubotas, a young couple of InsatiableNewlyweds whom recently moved in the building. As they start getting fresh right in the elevator, not minding their neighbor at all, Makoto is nearly dying of embarrassment.
* ''LightNovel/MirageOfBlaze'': More so for Kagetora than Naoe.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' had several of these, the most famous of which [[LeaveTheCameraRunning was stretched out just about as far as it could be]] (about a ''minute''). Then to show it wasn't just StockFootage they re-animated a shortened-but-equally-awkward version scene in TheMovie (or rather the second movie... it's complicated).
* The first episode of ''Manga/FutureDiary'' when [[{{Yandere}} Yuno]] pulls an ElevatorSnare on Yuki and gives him a [[ForcefulKiss Forceful]] FirstKiss certainly qualifies. On Yuki's part, anyway.
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[[folder:Comedy]]
* Dara O'Briain built a whole bit about the phenomenon into one of his shows. The video is sadly no longer available online, but he suggests not walking into your usual spot at the back, but instead standing with your back to the doors, just ''staring'' into the lift at everyone else in it. He also recommends the handrails as a means of indulging your Olympic-Gymnast daydreams.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* There was one of these in a ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' comic: a small, nebbishly kind of fellow gets onto the elevator complaining audibly about his lot in life. Darkseid is impassively standing inside. The civilian rambles on for a few more seconds until he realizes who he's actually in the lift with, at which point an Uncomfortable Elevator Moment comes about.
* Never get on an elevator with ''WesternAnimation/TheTick''. For one, he takes half the elevator due to sheer size. He also hums along with the elevator music.
* ''ComicBook/UltimateMarvel'': Ultimate Elektra escorts Franchise/SpiderMan up ComicBook/TheKingpin's private elevator.
-->(''{{beat panel}}'')\\
'''Spider-Man:''' What was your name again?\\
'''Elektra:''' [[MyEyesAreUpHere Stop staring at them.]]\\
(''{{beat panel}}'')
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The moment in ''Anime/SpiritedAway'' when Chihiro is on the elevator with the Radish Spirit. ''Awkward''.
* ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' has one between the title character and EVE. They happen to be on the run at the time and the two see a [[WantedPoster "wanted" picture]] of them on the screen in the elevator. WALL•E is amused. [[TriggerHappy EVE]]... [[ShootTheTelevision isn't]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'', Roxanne and Megamind (disguised as Bernard) share an elevator in the [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Metro Man Museum]]... just before it's going to blow up, thanks to actions by the latter of the pair.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Parodied for all it is worth in the movie ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra''. Otis has conceived a primitive lift (powered by the enslaved Pirates) for the new Palace, and when Caesar, Cleopatra and Edifis try it for the first time, they instinctively follow the modern protocol despite the complete anachronism of it.[[note]]"Otis" is the brand of a major present-day elevator manufacturer. Look around the lift next time you're having an Uncomfortable Elevator Moment. Even more than that, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elisha_Otis Elisha Otis]] made lifts carrying people practical.[[/note]]
* In the movie version of ''Film/BeingThere'', a RunningGag takes place in the elevator at the Rand mansion. Chance, wheelchair-bound at the time due to a minor leg injury, has never been in an elevator, and his attendant is at first confused by his comments/questions about it ("Does it have a television?"). Following the RuleOfThree, the third time around the attendant just breaks out laughing during the ride, explaining that he expected Chance to make another joke about the elevator. Beyond the gag, later in the film, Chance and Eve are going to their respective rooms after a party and Eve tries to explain how she feels about him, while both face the door; as he responds, they turn to each other.
* Played for serious NightmareFuel in ''Film/{{Blade}}''. Karen Jensen gets into a lift with two sinister-looking types. When she averts the protocol, turning to look directly at one of the two, his response is a chilling but polite "How ya doin'."
* ''Film/{{Borat}}'' plays this trope to a tee when Borat [[BerserkButton discovers Azamat masturbating to his picture of Pamela Anderson]] and chases Azamat around the hotel naked -- while threatening him with an enormous dildo and shouting in [[BiLingualBonus Hebrew]]. Both men, still naked, one of whom is still holding a large rubber penis, enter an elevator. Cue the [[TheElevatorFromIpanema elevator music]] as Borat and Azamat stare directly ahead in perfect silence, until the elevator stops -- then it's back to running and screaming.
* ''Film/BridgetJonesDiary'' contains one of these... although Daniel Cleever takes advantage of the protocol to deliver what is implied as a ''less'' than Uncomfortable Elevator Moment to Bridget Jones.
* [[spoiler:After the zombies get into the mall]] in the 2004 remake of ''Film/{{Dawn of the Dead|2004}}'', the survivors are stuck in one of these on the way to the garage. Not helped by C.J.
-->'''C.J.:''' Hey, I like this song.
* In ''Franchise/DeadOrAlive'' TheMovie, [[InNameOnly Christie]] gets into an elevator wearing nothing except a bra, panties, and high heels, unsettling the poor old guy already in the elevator. Then the moment is interrupted when she ties him up, ''stuffs him into his own briefcase'', and steals his trenchcoat.
* ''Film/TheDeparted'' has a [[MoodWhiplash hilariously]] awkward elevator ride with Costigan and Sullivan as the former is bringing the latter in at the end of the movie. Of course, [[spoiler: massive MoodWhiplash ensues]].
* ''Film/DieHard'':
** In the first movie, when Hans Gruber compliments Takagi's choice of suit whilst they are riding up in an elevator together.
** Subverted in ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance''. [=McClane=] gets into an elevator to go down to the Federal Reserve's vault with three security guards and Detective "Otto", and just at the point where uncomfortable silence begins, [=McClane=] catches a reflection of Otto's badge and the number "6991", allowing him to suddenly deduce that Otto killed NYPD detective Ricky Walsh and stole his badge, [[OhCrap and he's surrounded by a group of Simon's men]]. Also, he notices that one of them [[SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay accidentally calls the elevator a "lift"]]. The answer: [=McClane=] makes some petty small talk about the lottery, [[ElevatorActionSequence and then]] when he says he's got the "tickets", a gunfight ensues that ends with Otto [[BoomHeadshot getting his head blown off]].
* From ''Film/{{Dogma}}'', as Bartleby and Loki enter an elevator:
-->'''Loki:''' Last four days on Earth. [[OurAngelsAreDifferent If I had a dick I'd go get laid]].\\
(''no response from other elevator passengers, bar a silent, irritated look from a woman holding a coffee'')\\
'''Loki:''' We can do the next best thing.\\
'''Bartleby:''' What's that?\\
'''Loki:''' (''as doors of elevator close'') Let's kill people.\\
(''the woman [[SpitTake sprays her coffee everywhere]]'')\\
'''Loki:''' (''cheerily'') No, not ''you!''
* In ''Film/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas'', [[HeroicComedicSociopath Doctor Gonzo]] threatens someone with a ''nine-inch blade'' in an elevator, in a haze of drug-fueled paranoia. (Everyone else tries to ignore him.) Comes complete with the doors opening, a horrified couple staring at the knife-wielding Gonzo, and the doors closing again.
* In the beginning of ''Film/{{Ghost}}'', Carl and Sam pull what's clearly an often-practiced joke where they discuss what communicable diseases they've picked up, whilst in a crowded elevator.
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'': The hotel elevator scene during their very first outing. Although their dialogue is completely ordinary, their Proton Packs -- backpack-mounted nuclear accelerators -- do the job for them.
-->'''Ray:''' Going up?\\
'''Hotel Guest:''' I'll take the next one.
* This one is awkward in ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'' because Harold really likes Maria but is too shy to talk to her.
* In ''Film/{{Killers}}'', Jen is flustered because Spencer is shirtless.
* ''Film/LiarLiar'':
** The main character has an awkward moment where he farts in the elevator and can't lie about it. Which is itself part of the protocol.
** And the scene earlier in the film where he tells a new tenant that she's only popular because of her cup size. (Well, it's Krista Allen.)
* Played with in ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'': Trinity, Neo, and Morpheus have entered an elevator, and another civilian is about to get into the lift. Morpheus gives the individual a meaningful shake of the head, which dissuades him from getting aboard. On the other hand, while they're ''in'' the elevator, the three characters still don't face each other when speaking, and they all follow the protocol despite the seriousness of the conversation.
* ''Film/MercuryRising'' takes the trope UpToEleven with an [[UncomfortableElevatorMoment Uncomfortable Elevator]] MexicanStandoff.
* ''Film/NorthByNorthwest''. Roger and his mother are on a crowded elevator with two guys who are trying to kill him. Awkward...
-->'''Clara Thornhill:''' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny You gentlemen aren't]] ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny really]]'' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny trying to kill my son, are you]]?
* The Australian crime drama ''Phoenix'' has so many of these. People wrote in asking if the Major Crime Squad was doing an ad for Otis elevators.
* ''Revenge of Franchise/ThePinkPanther'' does this when Clouseau is under cover with The Mob and they're all sizing each other up in the lift. And then the director decided that somebody should break wind. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny It apparently took 58 takes to get it right.]]
* ''Film/SpiderMan2'', where Peter Parker suddenly looses his powers at the top of a building, and can't get out by web swinging or sticking to the walls. Thus, he is forced to use an elevator whilst in full costume when another individual is present. Small talk follows, culminating in some observations about the way the suit tends to ride up, since it's assumed he's just [[YourCostumeNeedsWork a guy in a Spider-Man costume]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CHuRJXZ718 An alternate take]] occurs in the extended cut, where the individual does think that he is the real thing, and starts suggesting ways he could improve his public image.
* A threefer in ''Film/TrueLies''. Tasker (on a horse) chases a terrorist (on a dirtbike) into the lobby of a hotel. The terrorist rides right into a glass-walled elevator and takes a hostage. Tasker rides into the next elevator, with a well-to-do couple who wind up pressed against the glass with the horse's butt in their face. And the whole ride up, Tasker and the bad guy are glaring daggers at each other.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' has this at the very beginning when a black ops group of mutants cram into an elevator. And then the bad guys cut the power. DeadpanSnarker [[{{Deadpool}} Wade Wilson]] makes a comment about it, of course.
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'': Happens between the just-freed [[SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} Erik]], [[ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} Peter]], and [[CrowningMomentOfFunny the duct-taped guard]] in UsefulNotes/ThePentagon's elevator. Erik feels dizzy as the result of being carried by Peter in his SuperSpeed mode. Then Peter asks Erik whether he's done a serious crime, asks what crime he's done in annoying tone (which after Erik sheepishly answered, Peter expresses his awe to the duct-taped guard who responds in kind with his eyebrows as if he wanted to say "Told ya this guy is a bad news" to Peter), asks whether Erik know karate (which Erik sheepishly responds with [[Music/JamesBrown "I don't know karate but I know crazy"]]), asks whether Erik can control metal, and finally he tells Erik that [[MythologyGag his mom once knew a guy who could control metal]] (which Erik seems to [[OhCrap realize that this annoying boy might be his son]]).
* In a DeletedScene from ''Film/TheDevilWearsPrada'', Miranda allows Andy to ride in the elevator with her, something she does not typically allow. Andy tries to break the ice by chatting awkwardly, before almost immediately realizing that ''this'' is why Miranda doesn't like to share the elevator with anyone.
* The Ben Carson movie, ''Gifted Hands'', has this. On his first day at work, he is the only colored person in the elevator, and the only one to give a cheery good morning to the other doctors. This doesn't stop him from saying good morning the next time, though.
* In ''Film/TheHungerGamesCatchingFire'', in contrast with the book (see ''Catching Fire'' below), it's clearly PlayedForLaughs. Johanna (played with BoisterousBruiser gusto) enters the elevator, compliments District 12's clothes while complaining about her own, starts stripping while asking Peeta to [[ZipMeUp zip her down]], and the duo's mentor Haymitch is on the scene as well to get impressed by her. That being said, only Katniss finds it uncomfortable. Peeta and Haymitch seem to enjoy it.
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[[folder:Jokes]]
* In a culture where elevator silence is expected, you walk into a crowded elevator, face the others and say: "You're probably wondering why I gathered you all here." For extra points, wrap up by calling for a group hug.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the book version of ''Literature/AmericanPsycho'', Patrick Bateman makes small talk with Creator/TomCruise in an elevator. It even ''reads'' awkwardly in the novel.
* There's a whole chapter in ''Literature/ThePaleKing'' devoted to three IRS employees that are stuck in an elevator. Their resulting debates include the future of American society, presidential politics, democracy, tax law, psychology, film, and existential dread.
* In ''[[Literature/TheHungerGames Catching Fire]]'', the uninhibited Johanna Mason complains of the heat, [[NakedOnArrival strips]] [[NakedPeopleAreFunny naked]], and gets on an elevator with Peeta and Katniss. It turns out later that she was deliberately [[InvokedTrope invoking]] this trope to make Katniss uncomfortable.
* Defied in the LightNovel version of ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]''. Kyon notes that Haruhi ignores "normal elevator etiquette" by talking to him while they wait. Knowing Haruhi, this is to be expected.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** Jimmy and Chloe are alone in an elevator once not long after they broke up. [[spoiler:[[FromBadToWorse Then they find out there is a bomb on Chloe.]] They had a NowOrNeverKiss, though.]]
** Dinah Lance and Lois Lane gets one in "Siren".
** [[MythologyGag Lois & Clark]] in "Committed".
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
** Sylar is riding in a lift with another individual. Sylar is utterly casual and generally following the elevator protocol; his fellow passenger also does so, but is doing so out of fear more than anything else -- Sylar's clothes are drenched in blood. Sylar asks the other man if there's something wrong, and when he stammers out "No, of course not," his newly obtained LivingLieDetector ability goes off. "Heh, it really ''does'' tingle..."
** There's also the scene near the end of the first season where Matt, Bennet, Jessica, and D.L. are riding the elevator together. After some awkward silence, [[PsychoForHire Jessica]] says, casually, "Hey, didn't I throw you out a window one time?"
* ''Series/SexAndTheCity'': Miranda and Steve share an incredibly awkward elevator ride with Miranda's ex Robert who is also a fellow tenant. Seeing as Steve just moved in, they discuss afterward who gets "custody" of the elevator.
* A gag in ''Series/TriggerHappyTV'' is to fill an elevator with people in animal suits, taking up all of the room except for the unsuspecting person either already in the elevator, or trying to enter.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Ted meets one of his dates this way. They have several awkward elevator rides due to working in the same building until he finally breaks the ice -- by spilling his guts about how horrible he still feels after having been left at the altar several months ago.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'':
** Gibbs holds a lot of private conversations in the elevator, often hitting the emergency stop switch in order to better use it as an impromptu private conference room. Needless to say, many of these little conferences get distinctly uncomfortable. You'd think building security would, at some point, tell Gibbs to stop setting off alarms just so he can talk to people, but if you're really thinking that, you haven't met Gibbs. Turns out Gibbs learned it from Franks. It is also a subversion; his elevator talks with Fornell are rather cordial.
** Other characters also have their own Uncomfortable Elevator Moments. A humorous example appears in the Season 4 episode "Cover Story" with Tony and Ziva discussing their [[WriteWhoYouKnow counterparts]] in [=McGee's=] novel: "Totally unrealistic." "Would never happen." With both of them looking hilariously awkward the entire time.
** Not to mention the episode where we see Ziva put a particularly irritating suspect into the elevator, the doors close... then the doors open on the next floor and he's ''dead''. Bet that was awkward as ''Hell''.
** Later, when there was a massive power outage, [=McGee=] and Ziva were stuck in the elevator all night and a good part of the morning.
* Referenced in an episode of ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'', in which Roseanne is [[SweetPollyOliver disguised as a man]] to get into Dan's lodge. She starts chatting with the guy next to her in the urinals, and when he doesn't respond says, "Oh ''I'' get it! It's like when you're in an elevator!"
* Used in ''Series/KyleXY'' by the protagonist, when he enters an elevator for the first time and notes that all the people face forward in silence and evade his gaze when he looks at them. It promptly becomes even ''more'' awkward when Stephen tells a colleague to lie to a client over the phone, causing Kyle to question him over it and prompting looks from the other elevator patrons.
* In a skit on ''Series/ChappellesShow'' parodying the film ''Film/WhatWomenWant'', a woman enters an elevator full of horny middle-aged men. They don't say anything to her, but she knows exactly what's on their mind (and almost every lewd detail within, since she can read their thoughts). She manages to get away from the situation when the elevator arrives at her floor when a young boy in the elevator thinks to himself, "I'd put a hurtin' on that bitch!"
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Slight variation in one episode: Londo and G'Kar, ambassadors of two warring alien powers, find themselves waiting for the same lift and begin trading insults in the meantime, to the great discomfort of the small, human extra caught in between them.
** In "Convictions", Londo and G'Kar decide not to share an elevator... until a nearby explosion forces Londo to jump in. The elevator becomes disabled. G'Kar is firmly opposed to acting in any way that would get them rescued, as he wants to watch Londo die. Awkward.
--->'''Londo:''' I hate my life.\\
'''G'Kar:''' As do I.
** ''Babylon 5'' loves this trope. Throughout the first season there were several between Talia and Garibaldi, and later one where Sheridan gets on the lift with Lennier after the latter had observed the pleasure ritual between the Captain and Delenn, in a purely religious capacity, of course.
--->'''Lennier:''' Woo hoo?
** The moments with Talia and Garibaldi get more ridiculous when halfway through the season Talia realizes that ''every single time'' she takes the elevator, Garibaldi is already in it. Sinclair thinks that this is just coincidence, until the elevator arrives and Garibaldi is inside. Talia takes the stairs. Sinclair joins her.
** Mind you, Talia is a telepath, and thus knows ''exactly'' [[AllMenArePerverts Garibaldi is thinking about]] when he sees her. The first time, we see Garibaldi EatingTheEyeCandy behind her, before she rolls her eyes and elbows him in the gut as she leaves. The only explanation for Garibaldi always knowing when to be in which lift is that he's just [[MemeticBadass that good]] and predicting others' actions.
** The fifth season LowerDeckEpisode "A View From The Gallery" had Garibaldi and Captain Lochley having a heated plot-specific discussion about the episode's conflict, all while lowly technicians Bo and Mack quietly stand in the elevator and try to stay out from betwen them.
** G'kar and Vir share an elevator briefly in "Comes the Inquisitor", shortly after the Centauri subjugated the Narn. It starts out incredibly awkward and gets worse when Vir attempts to apologise.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'':
** After an AliensMadeThemDoIt episode (which [[AboveTheInfluence fortunately was not consummated]]), the officers concerned (HalfHumanHybrid B'Elanna Torres and HandsomeLech Tom Paris) run into each other in the turbolift. Awkward small talk ensues, until an annoyed Tom stops the lift to give a heartfelt speech on how they have to face up to what happened... plus he wasn't that scared by seeing her [[DestructoNookie aggressive Klingon side]], and wouldn't mind seeing more of it some day. They go the rest of the way in silence, but as B'Elanna exits at her floor, she says, "Be careful what you wish for, Lieutenant."
** In "Waking Moments", all of the crew have had strange nightmares which end with a strange alien watching them. After waking up they all share their dreams, but Tuvok is notably reluctant to share as his dream, shown at the beginning of the episode, was that he went to the bridge, only to realize when the entire crew begin to laugh hysterically that he had neglected to put on any form of clothing. Janeway takes a turbolift with Tuvok and takes the opportunity to investigate further. Clearly uncomfortable, Tuvok admits he dreamed he was in the turbolift and the alien seemed to be "scrutinizing his appearance" before following him back to his quarters. His short, evasive answers seem to pique Janeway's interest further.
--->'''Janeway:''' And then?\\
'''Tuvok:''' He watched me.\\
'''Janeway:''' Doing what?\\
'''Tuvok:''' ... Getting dressed.\\
'''Janeway:''' ''Getting'' dressed? (''pause'') I don't suppose I should ask why you were ''un''dressed.\\
'''Tuvok:''' I would prefer that you didn't.\\
(''there follows a very awkward silence and when they leave the turbolift, Janeway sneaks a glance at Tuvok with a barely smothered grin'')
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** There's such a moment in "Trials and Tribble-ations". Time-travelers Bashir and O'Brien try to take a turbolift in [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries TOS's]] ''Enterprise'', but them being unused to 23rd century technology, it doesn't react to their verbal commands. They're about to tamper with the mechanism when a woman steps in and starts the turbolift properly, by holding one of the handles before giving her command. Bashir then whispers to O'Brien, "I won't tell anyone if you won't."
** Subverted in "The Dogs of War". When Ezri and Bashir have decided they should be JustFriends, they discuss how awkward the ride would be if they hadn't discussed their feelings, with a lot of staring at the feet and awkward mumbling, but now that they'd decided not to act on those feelings, they should be fine. By the time they reach Ops, [[RelationshipUpgrade they're making out]].
* ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'' episode "The Tower Is Tall but the Fall Is Short" has an ElevatorActionSequence between Cameron and an unnamed female Terminator that turns ''into'' an Uncomfortable Elevator Moment when a family steps onto the elevator in the middle of their duel. As soon as the family steps off, they resume beating the crap out of each other.
* An episode of ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' has Del and Rodney stuck in a lift for several hours.
* Toyed with in an episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}''; Daphne and Martin whisper urgently to each other about how no one could recognize her after the plastic surgery, "the woodchuck and his ways" and the best way to get "stuff" through customs, just for the delight of the awkward response from other tenants. Played straight in a few other episodes.
* Twice in an episode of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' have recently-hooked-up Angel and Laguerta about to use the elevator alone together when Masuka joins them.
* Hilariously played with on ''Series/{{Angel}}'', as (the very drunk) Fred and Wesley need to catch an elevator quickly.
-->'''Wesley:''' Come on, come on, come on...\\
'''Fred:''' Did you press--\\
'''Wesley:''' Oh. (''presses call button'')\\
(''uncomfortable waiting'')\\
'''Wesley:''' Come on, come on, come on...
* ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' has several elevator scenes, but the one that deserves mention is when Addison, Mer and Derek are riding the elevator together and you could cut the sexual tension with a fucking ''knife''. It's so obvious that Addison later asks Meredith if she's still sleeping with Derek.
* In the pilot of ''Series/TheMentalist'', Patrick Jane takes the liberty of creating one between Van Pelt and Rigsby by mercilessly bringing up their UnresolvedSexualTension beforehand.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' manages to combine several elevator tropes into one incident, in which Nate, Nate's ex-wife Maggie, and her boyfriend are handcuffed to one wall of an elevator going down while a ticking bomb is just beyond their reach. While Maggie's boyfriend breaks down crying, Maggie and Nate have a NowOrNeverKiss as he watches. Then, out of nowhere, Parker drops down from the ceiling, says hi, grabs the bomb, and climbs back up out of the elevator. Cue an Incredibly UncomfortableElevatorMoment.
* ''Series/VeronicaMars'': In season two, in the episode best known for its ''Epic Love'' moment, Veronica, Mac, Vincent, Corny, Dick, Madison, Jackie, Wallace and others take a long uncomfortable ride up to the Alterna Prom thrown by Logan.
-->'''Madison:''' God, longest elevator ride ever.\\
'''Butters:''' Wait for the SpaceElevator. They're designing it now. A huge elevator on a hundred-mile carbon polymer cable that goes all the way to space. That'll be a long elevator ride.\\
'''Mac:''' Still not as long as this one.
* These are sometimes used as office-sexism-scene-setting moments on ''Series/MadMen''.
** In one of them, Don is on the elevator with a couple of younger guys who start talking in fairly graphic detail about a sexual conquest. The elevator stops and an older woman, presumably a secretary, gets on... and the guys don't stop. Don, ever the ChivalrousPervert, gives them a few sideways glares and finally intervenes by telling the one guy to take his hat off, before reaching over and physically removing it for him, with the obvious overtone of "pay attention to your surroundings, you little prick."
** Bizarrely subverted by the scene in which Pete Campbell goes about expressing what he (in his upper-crust [=WASPy=] ignorance) thinks are more or less enlightened views on race to the elevator operator (who is of course black in this [[PoliticallyCorrectHistory Politically Incorrect History]]) while actually having rather condescending UnfortunateImplications. Neither he nor most white people--including a lot of white supporters of civil rights--would have recognized it at the time, but the viewers at home were certainly meant to be wincing at least as much as the operator.
* ''Series/{{House}}'' usually has at least [[OncePerEpisode one per episode]]. The standard is: House having conversation/catfight with person; *ding* lift arrives; doors open; House finishes with a witty/cutting/[[PoliticallyIncorrectHero entirely innapropriate]] remark and steps into lift -- doors close, with last glimpse of the other passengers eyeing him in alarm. (Because they are now ''trapped with a raving lunatic.'')
* A truly uncomfortable elevator scene took place in a later episode of ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}''. Maddie had just suffered a miscarriage and chose to bury her emotions and get back to work, until she and Dave end up stuck in an elevator together. After several minutes of elevator music, Dave rips out the elevator's speaker while Maddie finally breaks down crying. Dave ends up comforting Maddie and by the time the elevator door opens again, they exit singing, "Oh What a Friend We Have in Jesus".
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': The elevator's been broken for the entire series, so there's an Uncomfortable Stairwell Moment instead. This occurs as an uncomfortably long silence between Penny (who previously dated Leonard, and still lives across the hall from him) and Raj's sister Priya (who is currently dating Leonard, and on her way to see him) once in Season 4.
* In one episode of ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', ManChild Eric makes his former mentor Mr. Feeny his ImaginaryFriend to help him with his college work. At one point in the episode he gets in an elevator with a stranger and starts talking to the imaginary Feeny. The other guy is, understandibly, very creeped out.
* In an episode of ''Series/MadAboutYou'', as Paul goes to visit Jamie at her office, they end up on the elevator with her handsome co-worker Doug... who Jamie just confessed to kissing the night before. During the ride, Paul brings up this this trope by explicitly stating, "Could anything be more awkward?". The tension genuinely ratchets up when Paul asks Jamie to leave him and Doug alone, then proceeds to tell him off, finishing by asking him, "Did you think I was going to hit you?" When Doug confirms that this was indeed his fear, Paul snaps, "Good."
* On ''Series/{{ER}}'', Doug chases after Carol to apologize for showing up drunk at her apartment the previous night, uninvited and unannounced and disrupting her evening with her boyfriend. Carol slyly manipulates things so that he ends up on the elevator with her boyfriend... who proceeds to ''pleasantly'' tell him that he understands that he isn't over Carol. Doug, who was clearly expecting to be verbally, if not physically eviscerated, is left looking completely gobsmacked by this turn of events.
* The 2010 ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' has an example when a couple of tourists with a little boy find themselves in the same elevator as the Five-0 police officers, fully geared in bulletproof vests and guns out, as they are pursuing a wounded suspect hiding in a grand hotel. Complete with Hawaiian elevator music.
* In the pilot of ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'' a police sniper in full tactical gear steps into a crowded elevator in an office building and asks if someone could press the button for the top floor. The other passengers try their best to ignore him on the ride up.
* In Season 5 of ''Series/TheWire'' after Daniels knows about [=McNulty=] [[spoiler: faking the serial murders]], the two men share an elevator. They ride in silence for what seems like forever. The doors open and Daniels exits, turns, and locks eyes with [=McNulty=] and seethes "To be continued."
* Josh and Donna share one in season six of ''Series/TheWestWing'' when they end up staying at the same hotel during the primaries. A few episodes earlier she quit her job after being his assistant for eight years and now they're working on different campaigns. It makes the run-in awkward to say the least.
* The point of one challenge on ''Series/ImpracticalJokers'': Sal had to make an annoying noise, Q had to ask a pretty woman to pop a pimple on his back, Murr had to act as though he was having a PottyEmergency...
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'', James' pocket radio randomly turns on and plays a demonic quiz show while he travels in an elevator with Maria. Moreover, it turns out the contestant is James himself. It ends with Maria commenting, "What was that?" and James shrugging. Then the elevator doors finally open.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** Used during assorted loading screens in. Most of the time the main character and sidekicks just stand there with news playing over the PA system, but from time to time one of the characters starts making commentary on things that are going on in the game.
** This gets perhaps the single greatest ShoutOut in a video game ever though, when in the second game, having Tali and Garrus in your team while running up and down ''stairs'' in the Citadel Wards causes Garrus to comment on how he [[CrowningMomentOfFunny misses the conversations]] they used to have in the elevators. Tali threatens him with a shotgun. Gets lampshaded by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tAcIGhh5Yo another character]].
** Most conversations other characters have with [[BloodKnight Wrex]] in the elevator end with an awkward silence.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TV6A602QreE The elevator conversations]] during the siege of the ''[[CoolShip Normandy]]'' in ''Mass Effect 3''[='s=] [[DownloadableContent "Citadel DLC"]] drives the trope even further. Extra points for [[spoiler:Tali (if paired with Liara), Garrus, and Javik's dialogues...]]
* Happens in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'', where you're attempting a biking mission. You have to drive through an office and then take the elevator up to one of the top floors. Keep in mind you have to take your motorcycle with you.
* The first map in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' has a quiet elevator sequence, as does Mercy Hospital in ''1'' and the Sugar Mill in ''2''. The first map in ''[=L4D2=]'' is notable and particularly awkward as the survivors have just met and need to introduce themselves. The Mercy Hospital sequence can also get awkward if the Survivors decide to debate on how to classify their foes.
* In ''VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame'', there is a scene where Ray and the Rookie are in an elevator with a couple of businessmen arguing about staying in for lunch, though rightfully so since the building is being attacked by the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
* ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters: Future Perfect'' features an Uncomfortable ''Waiting for the'' Elevator Moment as Cortez and his partner from the time period involved in one of the missions have to wait for the elevator to a corporation's secret lab.
-->'''Cortez:''' So... Been in the agency long?\\
'''Partner:''' Uh... Yeah... Three years in May.\\
(''beat'')\\
'''Cortez:''' You get dental?\\
'''Partner:''' Yeah... Yeah...\\
'''Cortez:''' That's good...
* The elevators in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'''s Library. "But I Don't Want to Ride the Elevator!"
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', where there is one elevator that [=NPCs=] know how to use. If the target they want to attack is on a different floor, they will wait for the elevator, step on it, wait for it to get to the top/bottom and then continue chasing their target. If another player, who they don't like, is also on the elevator they will simply ignore them unless their primary target leaves the dungeon, in which case they will punch your face in.
* ''VideoGame/LANoire'' has one in "The Naked City" DLC, where you and your partner are riding up with a woman whose fiancee you just accused of burglary. Your partner finds it funny anyway:
-->'''Roy Earle:''' Well... Isn't this just awkward.
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* ''Webcomic/BoyMeetsBoy'' features a moment where Harley and Mik are about to get intimate, only for the frame to pan out, revealing they're in the middle of an elevator with a group of uncomfortable passengers.
* ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'' has a couple of superheroes [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=80198 riding the elevator]] up to the office, while the Muzak is playing [[spoiler:"Did I ever tell you you're my hero?" from the song "Wind Beneath My Wings".]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' Defies its usual practice of having large plot-altering events every hundredth strip by throwing in one of these for [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0600.html comic #600]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Subnormality}}'' illustrates the effect [[http://www.viruscomix.com/page538.html here]].
* [[{{Tsundere}} Yeon]] from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' causes this when she thinks about Viole too much and freaks out, letting her flames loose. All played for laughs, naturally.
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* In the ''WebVideo/TGWTGYearOneBrawl'' between the WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic and WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd, the two keep fighting throughout a hotel, even while the are waiting for an elevator to arrive. When it does they simply stand inside, apparently ignoring each other. The fight continues once they reach their intended floor.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's review of ''Film/{{Devil}}'' starts out like that, with the Critic stuck in an elevator with [[Franchise/PowerRangers Rita Repulsa]], Santa Christ and the Devil, and doing the whole review from there.
* In ''Series/FlandersCompany'', episode "Projet Damien", the protagonists are dragging a drugged Dr. Parker in an elevator. They stay silent the whole ride, but when they hear a fart, Caleb points out to the unconscious doctor.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'': The protagonists and generic villains tend to get into elevators together and then just stand there as the elevator descends.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'', since reaching the lab room and scanners by elevator is at least an OncePerEpisode event, a few Uncomfortable Elevator Moments are unavoidable. Usually, when two of the heroes are having a dissension and are pointedly ignoring each other. (That is, when it doesn't turn into an ElevatorActionSequence sequence because of XANA's attack.) Such a tense moment happens in episode "Image Problem", when Ulrich and Odd ride with a Yumi impostor, the first clone created by XANA.
* A gag on an early episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' has Peter step into an elevator with one other occupant. The other guy starts sniffing with a disgusted look on his face. Peter's response?
-->'''Peter:''' Uh... it was you.
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'':
** Done in the season 1 finale:
--->'''Ratso:''' Too bad about the lost treasure of... y'know, whatcha call it.\\
'''Finn:''' Uh, will this affect our bonuses?\\
'''Ratso:''' You get a bonus?\\
'''Valmont:''' Shut it!
** A rather inspired one: Jackie and his EvilTwin get into an elevator, and [[TheElevatorFromIpanema the "Theme from a Summer Place" starts playing]]. Good!Jackie smiles and enjoys the music. Evil!Jackie scowls and waits.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Homer is stuck in an elevator with Mindy Simmons, a co-worker he finds himself attracted to. He ends the awkwardness by stopping the elevator between floors and getting out... into thin air, sliding down one of the power plant's smokestacks.
-->'''Homer:''' ''See you tomorrow!''
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', the humongous supervillain Rhino steps into an elevator where a meek-looking man is already inside, and tells the man to take him to the top floor. After a moment of awkward silence, Rhino explains that his fingers are too big to push the buttons.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' manages to have such a moment with a {{Magitek}} elevator in season 2 episode 4 -- complete with an elevator music remix [[ThemeTuneCameo of the opening theme]].
* Inverted in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' episode "The Man from Jupiter". Sterling Archer and his hero, Burt Reynolds, are in what's deemed the "world's slowest elevator" inside Archer's co-op building. Burt suggests that Archer "get a Batpole" as a joke. Archer, to Burt's surprise, replies "Nine thousand bucks. Lowest quote I got..." indicating that Archer had already looked into it.
* Tonraq (Korra's father) has one such moment in Season 3 of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', when he's on an elevator with Zuko, Eska and Desna, the reason being that the ensuing conversation reveals that he's the only person on that elevator that has not tried to kill the Avatar in the past.
* A ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeooQcSd-8g sketch]] has [[WesternAnimation/ThunderCats Snarf]] and [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 Orko]] in the same elevator, thinking about how they can't stand each other. That is, until [[WesternAnimation/SuperFriends Gleek]] shows up....
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* There's a story about how when Paul Wolfowitz was president of the World Bank, he found himself in an elevator with a woman wearing a blue ribbon and asked her what it meant. She told him it was being worn by World Bank employees petitioning for his resignation.
-->[[HaveIGotNewsForYou "The lift continued in silence."]]
* Jonah Hill tells a story on the Jimmy Kimmel show of partying with P Diddy in Vegas and being in a crowded elevator with his entourage and Jermaine Dupree. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtw9JjZK7Tc Jonah while drunk decided to make a joke.]]
* In mid-2011, Rebecca Watson, known for writing on the popular science blog Skepchick, had one at an atheist conference in Dublin. A man asked her if she'd like to have coffee with him... in his bedroom. It was four in the morning and they'd never met before. She made [[http://skepchick.org/2011/06/about-mythbusters-robot-eyes-feminism-and-jokes/ a video]] about it, and how uncomfortable she felt. Various people suggested that she was overreacting, and a great deal of InternetBackdraft occurred as people with opposing viewpoints began clashing over it. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement And that's as much needs to be said on the subject.]]
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