The Great Night Sack Trick, demonstrated by Ture Sventon
Penelope: Boy, am I sleepy.
: Good, it's time you hit the sack... (Evil Laugh
A tactic mostly seen in Western Animation
: The villain usually sneaks up behind the target and throws a large burlap sack over her head and carries her off to his hideout; this usually happens to a Distressed Damsel
or Snooping Little Kid
. The target is typically female, but it can happen to male characters, just not as often.
Not to be confused with Beat Bag
and Bag of Holding
. Somewhat related to Thief Bag
, Carpet-Rolled Corpse
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Anime and Manga
- Lupin III:
- This has happened to Fujiko Mine on a few occasions. Lupin once did it to her to prevent her from escaping with a rare diamond in a blizzard.
- Lupon III Red Jacket: Lupin and Zenigata are abducted by a training camp in Morocco. Zenigata catches on to the fact that Lupin is next to him and tries to arrest him through the sack.
- Fuu is captured this way in one of the last episodes of Samurai Champloo for a prostitute smuggling ring.
- In Bleach, Grimmjow transports Orihime this way so he can use her to heal Ichigo. Rurichiyo Kasumiōji is also captured this way.
- In the Pokémon episode "A Friend in Deed", Jessie and James capture Pikachu this way.
- They also do this to a Sandshrew in "The Path to the Pokémon League".
- Government agents try to do this Robin in One Piece. Little do they know, that they actually caught her fake.
- Their mermaid friend Keimi is also captured this way by bounty hunter Peterman so he could sell her to an auction house.
- In the seventh episode of Vision of Escaflowne, Hitomi is kidnapped in this fashion by some Gekkos so that their king could have her for his bride.
- In the second episode of Sherlock Hound Professor Moriarty does this to Polly a girl who had stolen a rare jewel from him earlier.
- In the first episode of .hack//Quantum Sakuya is captured this way by a rival team.
- In episode 59 of Sonic X Vector the crocodile kidnaps Cream the rabbit this way after misunderstanding her mother's orders, Cosmo is also captured in the process because she wanted to see what he was up to.
- In chapter 24 of Natsume's Book Of Friends, Matoba's youkai attempt this to do this to Natsume, but fails when Natsume kicks them and Natori interferes.
- In one chapter of the Ranma ˝ manga Genma Satome does this to his wife Nodoka to prevent her from seeing Ranma turn into a girl.
- In Flash Comics #87, both Johnny Thunder and the original Black Canary (Diana Lance) are captured this way by gangsters. Johnny is thrown off a cliff while Black Canary is thrown into a dungeon.
- In G.I. Joe issue #21, "Silent Interlude", Storm Shadow kidnaps Scarlett this way.
- In one issue of The Spirit Ellen Dolan is kidnapped by gangsters with this method.
- This happens to a teenage Selina Kyle in Catwoman Vol 2 #0 "Cat Shadows" after she had discovered information about faked inspection reports, the school administer then tries to drown her after tying her in the bag but she manages to break free.
- In the first story of Comic Cavalcade #1 Wonder Woman is captured this way by Nazis while in her civilian garb.
- In Borat, the title character attempts to marry Pamela Anderson by shoving her into a bag and trying to run off with her, an example of "marriage by capture". He doesn't get far, but hey, he tried.
- In Casino Royale (1967), Vesper (Ursula Andress) steps out of the casino and two waiting thugs throw a bag over her and carry her off. Evelyn (Peter Sellers) steps out a moment later looking for her.
Evelyn [to doorman]: You haven't by chance seen a young lady in a green dress, have you?
Doorman: Now let me see, sir...would that be a lady with a black bag over her head being manhandled by two unsavory gentlemen?
- In Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Kate Houghton (Jenna Elfman) is kidnapped this way by Bob Smith (Goldberg) while in France.
- In the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Drayton Sawyer kidnaps Sally this way after knocking her out and brings her to their house.
- In The Mangler Reborn Hadley under the influence of the mangler kidnaps Jamie this way intending to feed her to said mangler.
- In Ruthless People Barbra (Bette Midler) is kidnapped in this manner by Ken and Sandy Kessler for ransom money while wearing Donald Duck masks, little does Barbra know her husband doesn't want to rescue her because he's having an affair.
- In the first X-Men film after Magneto renders Rogue unconscious by throwing an object at her with his powers, Toad then does this to her.
- This is how Captain Hook brings Jane to Never Land in Return to Never Land, by gagging her and stuffing her in a sack. She manages to break free on her own, but is instantly caught and put back in.
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit. A Deleted Scene has private eye Eddie Valiant "taken downtown" by the weasels. The next day they throw him out of Toontown with a sack over his head. When Eddie removes it, he finds to his horror that a toon pig has been painted on his head.
- The Aristocats
Rougefort: LOOK OUT FOR THE—(Edgar captures the cats)—sack.
- In The Hobbit, the dwarves are caught by the trolls this way, and then are stacked by the fire as the trolls argue about what to do to them.
- In Sidhe Devil, Swana Weiss is captured this way, while disguised as Teleri Obeldon.
- In the Swedish childrens' mystery Ture Sventon i Stockholm (published as Tam Sventon and the Silver Plate Gang in English), Ture Sventon and his assistant Omar capture several members of the criminal gang using their "night sacks", which are noted as invaluable tools of private investigators.
- In a non-villainous example, the TunFaire police from the Garrett, P.I. series use large sacks to restrain violent criminals, probably because the straitjacket hasn't been invented there yet.
Live Action Television
- Castle: During a CIA-related episode, the CIA keeps doing this to the good guys. Apparently, the location of their underground headquarters are classified. God only knows why the CIA isn't going through normal, legal channels instead of randomly kidnapping cops of the street at gunpoint. Seriously.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Happens to Dawn when she is abducted by the Puppet Minions in the Musical Episode. We don't see her actually in the sack, though, as she wakes up on a pool table completely sackless.
- In the Titus episode "Deprogramming Erin", Christopher Titus and his brother Dave do this to his girlfriend Erin after luring her outside in an attempt to bring them back together after she broke up with him.
- In the McMillan and Wife episode "The Fine Art of Staying Alive" Sally Mc Millan is kidnapped this way by two thugs after being knocked out with chloroform.
- In the Supernatural episode "Devil May Care" (S09, Ep02), a demon sneaks up behind Tracy and puts a bag over her head. And in "The Devil You Know" Crowley captures another demon by throwing a bag marked with a devil's trap over his head, then whaling on him with a crowbar.
- Inverted in the old '60's Batman series, where the Joker's henchmen break the Penguin out of prison this way, and for some reason, didn't let him out until they got back to their hideout. (Think the Joker was mad at them? The Penguin wasn't very happy either.)
- In Pokémon Colosseum you first meet your sidekick, Rui, when you rescue her from two thugs who have kidnapped her in this fashion.
- In Tomb Raider (2013) Lara Croft is captured this way by a hermit after washing up on an island and your first actual gameplay is breaking out of the bag.
- Happens in a What If episode of The Simpsons, where Willie declares himself the greatest hero in English history for capturing a wee girl (played by Lisa)
- On The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, the Hooded Claw does this to Penelope in at least one episode.
- This has happened to Daphne of Scooby-Doo a couple of times, most notably in the 1976 episode "A Menace in Venice".
- April O'Neil was captured this way in at least one episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987).
- A U.S. Acres segment of Garfield and Friends, "The Bo Show", has Orson's brothers capture the entire cast except for Bo this way.
- Also in the Garfield segment "The Cactus Saga" in Jon's Uncle Cactus Jake's story of his grandfather Cactus Jack, his partner The Lasagna Kid's (Garfield's grandfather) girlfriend, Miss Kitty (an Arlene expy), is kidnapped in this fashion by the Leftkowitz Brothers.
- The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 has a rare villain example. In one episode, King Koopa opens a dollar-sign bag and discovers the Koopalings bound and gagged, courtesy of the Mario Bros.
- In Gay Purr-ee, Meowrice's henchcats capture Mewsette this way after she attempts suicide by jumping off a bridge.
- Both Babs and Buster Bunny have this done to them in the Tiny Toon Adventures episode "Europe in 30 Minutes".
- In Futurama, Zap Brannigan uses this method to transport President McNeal to the Omicronians.
- Captain Hook and Smee do this to Wendy's daughter Jane in Return to Neverland.
- In Classic Disney Shorts, Pete has kidnapped Minnie Mouse many times this way, including the movie Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers.
- Bluto has captured Olive Oyl a few times this way in Popeye.
- Lock, Shock, and Barrel do this to the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus in The Nightmare Before Christmas.
- In the Total Drama World Tour episode "Aftermath Aftermayhem" Blainley captures Bridgette this way and mails her to Siberia so she can take over hosting duty.
- In the Donkey Kong Junior cartoon "Double or Nothing" on Saturday Supercade, Bones' cousin Lucy Belle is kidnapped this way so she won't inherit her deceased uncle's mansion. Later, the same guys do this to Junior and Bones to prevent them from saving her.
- In the American Dad! episode "Stan Knows Best", Stan is tired of his daughter Hayley dating Jeff, so Stan arranges a group of mercenaries to abduct her from a party he's throwing, and they capture her with this method.
- In Megamind, Minion throws a bag of kidnapping over Roxanne's face.
- In The Great Mouse Detective, Fidget captures Olivia this way in the toy store while hiding in a baby cradle.
- In The Legend of Prince Valiant, Rowanne is kidnapped a few times this way.
- In the Adventures of the Gummi Bears episode "A Gummi by Any Other Name", Sunni Gummi is kidnapped this way by Duke Igthorn because he thought she was Princess Calla, because she was wearing a magic hat that could assume other characters' forms. Meanwhile, the real Calla and her friend Cavin are captured by Igthorn's ogres with the same method.
- In the Droopy and Dripple segments of Tom And Jerry Kids, McWolf kidnapped Miss Vavoom a couple of times with this method.
- In one episode of Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats, Heathcliff's girlfriend Sonia is abducted by some corrupt animal shelter owners, naturally when Heathcliff finds out he is not too happy about it.
- In a couple of episodes of Peter Pan & the Pirates, Captain Hook and crew captured Peter, Wendy and the rest of the gang this way, in one he thought he caught Peter and presented him to the others as an offering, it turns out he caught Smee instead.
- In Rise of the Guardians, Jack Frost is kidnapped this way by Santa's yetis.
- As mentioned above, in The Aristocats, Duchess and her kittens Marie, Toulouse, and Berlioz are captured with this method by their mistress' butler Edgar after they make their way back home, so they won't inherit her fortune.
- In the Power Puff Girls episode "Abracadaver" the title villain does this to Bubbles, he then locks her in a tank filled with water, she later escapes on her own somehow.
- In the ˇMucha Lucha! episode "The Anger of Cindy Slam", Richocet, Buena Girl, and The Flea capture Cindy Slam this way so they can restrain her because they wanted to bring her to an amusement park they think she wants to go to without her beating them up in the process.
- In the DuckTales episode "My Mother The Psychic" the Beagle Boys kidnap Fenton Crackshell's mother this way after learning from Flintheart Glomgold that she's using her new gained ability to look into the future to make Scrooge's financial decisions which is making him a lot of money.
- In The Flintstones tv special "Hollyrock-A-Bye Baby" mobster Big Rock's henchmen Slick and Rocky kidnap Wilma's mother this way after mistaking her for Fred but not without her putting up a fight first, because Fred had taken a rare pearl from him that he thought was a bowling ball.
- In an episode of Invader Zim, two (very stupid) aliens throw Zim in a sack, and say he fell for their cunning plan.
- In the Police Academy The Animated Series episode "A Blue Knight At The Opera" opera singer Mademoiselle Diva is kidnapped this way by a stalker who is bossed with her and dressed as the Phantom after he catches her through a trap door.
- In the Hanna-Barbera tv special "Robin Hoodnik" Maid Marian (who's an anthropomorphic fox) is kidnapped twice this way, first after the Sheriff of Nottingham's men make her drink a love potion to make sure the Sheriff was the first person she saw, then later after Robin and his Merry Men rescue her and Oxx the Dumb Muscle of the Sheriff's men catches her as they carry her off in her bed.
- In "Ketchup Vampires" Huberta and her cousins kidnap Bella this way so that their master can have her for his bride.