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-> ''"I need space! Above me, and below me, and all around me, and I don't ''have'' space all around me, and that's bad, because...''[yelling] I'M A SPACE MONKEY!''"''
-->-- '''Minka Mark''', ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012''

Small or enclosed spaces and having no escape. Like bee stings and heights, this is one of those things that [[PrimalFear unnerve essentially everybody]], but, like those two, it also affects some people much more than others. Some people are deathly afraid of enclosed spaces, and anything from being trapped in a stuck elevator to being shut in a closet could cause them to FreakOut and make being LockedInARoom and LockedInAFreezer ever so much more fun for all involved.
Studies show that around 1 in 20 people in the world have severe claustrophobia. For fictional characters, the number is more like 1 in 3. Expect visions of small places getting smaller and smaller until there's no place to breathe, and expect anyone who is revealed to be claustrophobic before the fact to be put into a tight situation eventually.

If this is TheHero's debilitating weakness, then it's also an example of WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes, though it is a phobia that can and will occur in any kind of character, since it's so easy to give situations where it would come into play.

[[InvertedTrope The opposite, rarer]] (in reality and in fiction) phobia - where the character is afraid of wide-open spaces - is called ''agoraphobia'',

TruthInTelevision, of course, as it's a common fear many Tropers reading this may know someone who is claustrophobic or even ''be'' claustrophobic. Wiki/TheOtherWiki explains it in depth [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claustrophobia here.]]



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Mendo from ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' suffers from both this and a fear of darkness... unless any women are watching, in which case his desire to look cool and suave trumps it. It's later revealed that he developed these phobias as a child from the actions of [[spoiler:himself as a teen, travelling back in time to attempt to ''prevent'' the phobias from developing in the first place. After getting fed up with the bratty, borderline abusive (who are we kidding? -- ''actually'' abusive) behavior of his younger self, Mendou snapped and was about to take himself out of the timeline by chopping the kid into tiny bits with his katana. Kid Mendou hid out in a room full of large clay jars, scared for his life, as he heard Mendou smashing them trying to find him. Lum knocked Mendou out just as he found Kid Mendou, leaving a traumatized toddler]].
* The normally [[{{Pollyanna}} cheerful]] Tanpopo in ''[[Creator/YuuWatase Imadoki!]]'' freaks out when [[EvilElevator trapped in an elevator by a hacker]]. She later reveals that her fear of dark, small spaces is due to [[spoiler:traumatic memories of the car crash that killed her parents]].
%%* ''Manga/TheEnigmaOfAmigaraFault'' will give you this.
* Ash Ketchum's Pikachu from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' is actually implied to be claustrophobic because of his dislike of being contained within a Pokeball like all of the other Pokemon. The only time we ''ever'' see him come out of a Pokeball was at the very beginning of the first episode where Ash chooses him as his starter Pokemon, and the only time we ''ever'' see him go inside a Pokeball is about halfway through ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie'' during the scene where Mewtwo captures all of the trainers' Pokemon using several sinister-looking Pokeballs (which for some reason, also capture Pokemon that are already ''inside'' their own Pokeballs), so he can create an army of cloned Pokemon to help him rule the world. When the aforementioned [[FanNickname "Clone Balls"]] come back to release all of the captured Pokemon, Pikachu, as a result of this, is apparently now extremely ''pissed...''
* In ''Franchise/OnePiece'', it was hinted that Magellan, the BigBad of the Impel Down arc, had the opposite problem -- agoraphobia, the fear of open spaces -- making him well-suited to his job as warden of the facility.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/{{Storm}} of the ''ComicBook/XMen'' is traditionally claustrophobic, dating back to Creator/ChrisClaremont's work on the comic. A plane crash that killed her parents also left her buried in rubble for hours, right next to her mother's body. She keeps it under control except in similarly extreme situations. She also has this phobia in certain adaptations, particularly ''WesternAnimation/XMen: The Animated Series'' and ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution''. It's generally a bad idea to try to exploit this in battle nowadays, since it just makes her ''[[BerserkButton angry]]''. You don't want to make a person who is essentially a FisherKing everywhere she goes angry, something Doctor Doom can attest to.
* ''ComicBook/AtariForce''. "[[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Okay, what genius decided to put a claustrophobic man in space?]]"
* ''ComicBook/{{Jinty}}'' - the heroine of "Waves of Fear" suffers from this, and her fear starts ruining her life, as she gets bullied and receives NoSympathy from her parents, who are disgusted at having a "coward" for a daughter.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In the ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' fanfic [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/109481 "four titles"]], John [[BlowYouAway air and wind powers]] have a side-effect of giving him claustrophobia--he detests anything but open air.
* Shows up quite a bit in ''Series/TinMan'' fanfic. Justified there because the Tin Suit was pure hell for Cain, [=DG=] was trapped in a coffin during the series and came close to not surviving it, and Raw was about to face a nasty end trapped in a Papay cocoon.
* In ''Fanfic/NeonExodusEvangelion'', DJ Croft is afflicted with this. It proves debilitating when he's trapped in the elevator with Misato, and downright crippling when he's stuck in the Dirac Sea.
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4096894/1/YuGiOh_Soul_of_Silicon Yu-Gi-Oh! Soul of Silicon]]'', Ebon Magician Curran has this, leading to her wanting revenge on her owner for keeping her card in a box.
* One of the [[BlessedWithSuck less good things]] that happens to John after he's transformed into a WingedHumanoid in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'' is that he's rendered claustrophobic. It's really only an issue early on, just after he's been transformed and is miserably hiding in Lyndess's windowless spare room. Though he wants to stay there forever, he's driven out into the night by his feelings.
** John's claustrophobia becomes a ''much'' bigger issue in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World''. At least once it prevents him from pulling off a heist—though ironically he'd taken a magical drug to subdue his claustrophobia, but it failed at the wrong moment.
* In the ''FanFic/HorseshoesAndHandGrenades'' sidestory ''[[=SplitxEnd=]]'', Yayoi Tokuda reveals to have this due to an experience of bullies trapping her in a dark warehouse when she was younger. However, she's able to ignore her fear with enough focus.
* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'':
** Rodan is a pterodactyl-like Kaiju turned into a Griffon. He can barely handle being inside a building or a train, preferring the wide open spaces of Appleloosa. While comforting him, Applejack comments that it is a common problem for beings who can fly; many Pegasi have it too.
** Irys, a member of the pterodactyl/bat-like Gyaos, also has this. When in human form, she has a panic attack when she has to ride a car.
* [=SpongeTron=] of ''Fanfic/TimeFixersNicktoonsOfTheFuture'' has this, stemmed from being deactivated and locked in a basement for nine years. He freaks out at the thought of being deactivated and when trapped in a closet or box, he starts to hyperventilate.

* Indie film ''{{Film/Chariot}}'' takes place on an airplane that can not land anywhere due to the United States being under attack, invoking claustrophobia on the passengers.
* Creator/WoodyAllen in ''Film/ManhattanMurderMystery'' gets trapped with his wife in an elevator, and cries out in panic: "I'm a world-renowned claustrophobic!" Then trying to escape they discover a murdered corpse on top of the elevator's roof: "Claustrophobia and a dead body - this is a neurotic's jackpot!"
* In ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1990'', Casey Jones is revealed to be claustrophobic when taken to the turtles' lair in the sewers.
* The tunnel-digger in ''Film/TheGreatEscape'' was claustrophobic. At first it seems sort of weird or funny, but then we see this [[GentleGiant big tough guy]] curled up in the fetal position in a business suit, waiting for some Nazis to pass by... [[spoiler:so that he can hop a boat to Sweden.]]
* ''Film/TheDescent'' is all about invoking this in its viewers.
* In ''Film/{{Poseidon}}'', the survivors have to scramble through a flooding air vent, and one of them has severe claustrophobia, to the point where she has to be physically dragged inside, and has a panic attack when one of the others gets stuck. The music score for the sequence is, fittingly enough, titled, "Claustrophobia."
* Ridley Scott, the director of ''Film/{{Alien}}'', states that the sets on that film were supposed to create claustrophobia in the audience.
* ''Film/{{Elevated}}'': Ben is quite claustrophobic and quickly panics when the elevator breaks down. [[spoiler:This leads to his death when he goes outside the elevator.]]
* In Creator/DonBluth's ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'', Snipes is shown to be this when he and the others are closed into Edmin's toy box. Unfortunately, this drives him to peck air holes while the toy box is ''underwater''.

* The sixth ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' book gives Holly Short claustrophobia tied to some newly revealed backstory, although she never seemed to have a problem with small spaces in previous books. This is explained away as that she had overcome this claustrophobia long before the events of the books, but her body had become that of an adolescent due to unforeseen side effects of the time traveling, so she had gotten back her claustrophobia.
* Main character Robert Langdon from ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'' and ''Literature/AngelsAndDemons'', due to being trapped in a well in his childhood.
* In ''Literature/RowanOfRin'' by Emily Rodda, weak and cowardly Rowan is fated to accompany six big, strong, brave villagers up the forbidden mountain to find out what has stopped up the village's stream. The big, strong, brave villagers get picked off one at a time due to phobias and fears. One of the last to go is Marlie, the stout little weaver, who tries valiantly to fight past her claustrophobia, but can't do it. She's forced to turn back. Lucky, too, because the last leg of the journey is a three-day stretch inside a winding tunnel so tiny that even little Rowan is crawling on his stomach the whole way, and Strong Jonn can barely fit. And they can't take any supplies.
* [[SmugSnake Yago]] from ''Literature/{{Remnants}}''. He fell into a construction hole in his backyard during a rainstorm, and wasn't rescued until the next morning.
* Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/TheBelgariad''
** Silk develops a pronounced case of claustrophobia after Relg rescues him from a pit by carrying him through--as in, [[{{Intangibility}} right through]]--the rock it's carved out of. Up to that point he had only minor difficulties with it when he was in the cave system of the Ulgos. This remains an issue for Silk in the follow-up series, ''The Mallorean''.
** Relg himself suffers from the opposite fear -- agoraphobia, the fear of open spaces -- at first. He had lived his entire life in the caves of Ulgoland, and had not only had never seen the sky, he had no real ''concept'' of "sky", "sun", "clouds", or "stars". Garion spends several days just trying to keep him vaguely functional.
* In ''Literature/TheTalisman'' by Creator/StephenKing and Peter Straub, Wolf, the [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Territories werewolf]] who has befriended the hero, is violently claustrophobic, to the point that he refuses to ride in a small car.
* Phase, of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse has some degree of claustrophobia. This is pretty reasonable, since he's: been experimented on (i.e. tortured) by a MadScientist while trapped in a box the size of a coffin; nearly suffocated underground; been trapped in a pitch-dark sewer with no flashlight while being attacked by a [[ZombieApocalypse zombie army]]; and his own powers mean he can pass through solid objects ''but he can't see or breathe while he's doing it''. Ouch.
* Inverted in Creator/IsaacAsimov's Robot Trilogy. In ''Literature/TheCavesOfSteel'' Protagonist Elijah Baley and all of the Earthlings raised in the crowded, claustrophobic Cities, have ''agoraphobia'' -- a fear of open spaces, in this case the outdoors in general. Baley starts confronting this fear in the second novel, and is largely successful, although [[FearOfThunder being caught in a thunderstorm doesn't help]].
** Played straight in ''Literature/{{Nightfall}}''. The people there are so afraid of dark that 15 minutes without light are enough for a 10% chance of becoming extremely claustrophobic.
** Asimov himself was a claustra''phile'' - he worked best in small, enclosed spaces.
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', the entire Andalite race is claustrophobic. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that Andalites are descended from herd animals that lived in grasslands.
** Since Animorphs can't demorph while they're in enclosed spaces (since they would get [[CruelAndUnusualDeath crushed if they tried that]]}, it can give the reader this vibe whenever they decide to enter one.
** In The Ellimist Chronicles (a distant prequel to the main Animorphs series), the Ketrans have a similar species-wide claustrophobia. This is seen when they are forced to enter and fly an alien ship of opaque metal. Ketrans are a winged species which live on massive transparent crystals that float in the sky.
* Literature/TheWheelOfTime: Rand Al'Thor develops claustrophobia after being abducted, stuffed in a trunk, cut off from channeling, and shipped off on a trip of hundreds of miles, only being allowed out for minutes at a time for weeks.
* In Creator/MargaretMahy's ''Maddigan's Fantasia'' and ''Series/MaddigansQuest'', the TV series written by the same author, Eden the boy magician has this fear, which is useful to the plot because he is the only magical character and his absence in some scenes forces the other characters to think for themselves and get out of sticky situations without magic.
* Allie in Creator/DevonMonk's ''Literature/AllieBeckstrom'' series.
* Zak shows some signs of this in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', especially after he's BuriedAlive.
* Four from ''Literature/{{Divergent}}'' is afraid of small spaces, [[spoiler:which is from a childhood punishment]].
* Valkyrie from Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant, especially after book six, but can you blame her?
* In Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Summoned to Tourney'', one of the characters is claustrophobic due to a childhood trauma; the bad guys find this out and put her in a decompression chamber to break her. She's rescued, but spends the remainder of the book struggling with PTSD.
* The Doctor develops a bad case of this in the ''Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures'', along with other symptoms of PTSD, after being imprisoned for a very long time.
* Inverted in ''Literature/SeekerBears''. Being a black bear, Lusa is most at home amongst the trees. She hates wide-open spaces.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The ''Series/{{UFO}}'' episode "Sub-Smash" has a female Shado crewmember who's morbidly claustrophobic. She's none too happy when she has to try escaping from the crashed submarine of the title through a narrow missile tube. She's even less happy when it fails to open, leaving her trapped inside. Her commanding officer also suffered from claustrophobia, and originally thought her crying for help was his own mind starting to crack up.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': [[MagnificentBastard Garak]] suffers from claustrophobia to a debilitating degree. It's hinted at earlier in the show, and sometimes even crops up as a SarcasticConfession before the show eventually reveals that he genuinely does have the condition and it hasn't been one of his many [[ConsummateLiar tall tales]]. As a result, it's been used as a plot point several times in the show (both before and after the reveal). This is a case of WrittenInInfirmity due to RealLifeWritesThePlot. Garak's actor is so claustrophobic that even wearing the Cardassian make-up could be a problem for him.
** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': Tom Paris apparently suffers from this subconsciously, causing him to frequently crawl out of a HumanPopsicle tube in one episode, much to the annoyance of Seven of Nine who had to keep putting him back in.
** ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'': Hoshi Sato suffers from this, making her very uncomfortable in her EV suit.
* Lister in ''Series/RedDwarf'' had a bout of this when performing an AirVentPassageway escape. Lampshaded the fact that it was the first time this had ever come up. He explains that he's fine so long as he knows he can get out. He developed the phobia [[spoiler: when the husband of a co-worker with whom he was having an affair locked him in a box and threatened to throw him into a river, then let him out on stage in the middle of a production of ''The Importance of Being Earnest'' (he was naked at the time)]].
* One of the many phobias of ''Series/{{Monk}}''. Subverted in the episode where he was [[spoiler: BuriedAlive, as the memory of Trudy kept him calm]].
* Barbara Bain's real life claustrophobia was written into an episode of ''Series/MissionImpossible'' in which her character (also claustrophobic) is tortured by being drugged and held in a small, enclosed space.
* In one episode of ''Series/NightCourt'', [[HandsomeLech Dan Fielding]] reveals his claustrophobia while trapped in a stuck elevator with two sumo wrestlers and bailiff Roz. She helps calm him by having his close his eyes and imagine he is standing in the middle of a football stadium, with lots of room all around him, and it's filled with happy, cheering people who are all looking at him... [[spoiler:and he's naked. That last detail elicits a grin from him.]]
* In season 10 of ''Series/{{ER}}'', it's revealed that Neela suffers from claustrophobia when she has to spend a few hours in a hyperbaric chamber with a baby with carbon monoxide poisoning.
* The ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episode "C*A*V*E" has Hawkeye having to deal with this when enemy shelling forces the 4077th to relocate to a nearby cave. The same episode has normally tough-as-nails Margaret Houlihan admitting to a deathly fear of [[FearOfThunder loud noises]].
* Anya from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' was revealed as claustrophobic in the Season Six episode when the cast were trapped in Buffy's house.
* In ''Series/StargateUniverse'', the normally tough-as-nails Greer turns out to be claustrophobic, just before going into an underground tunnel network [[spoiler:which he ends up trapped in]].
* Doctor Reid Oliver from ''Series/AsTheWorldTurns'' showed signs of severe claustrophobia when the elevator he and Luke were in got stuck, going so far as to risk damaging his hands in an attempt to escape and manhandling Luke in fear that Luke's jumping could genuinely get them killed. Seeing as all he had to do to escape death by train was wiggle out of his seatbelt, open his door (possibly break the window and exit that way if the door also refused to open), and sprint, this could have been an AuthorsSavingThrow. However, the actor played the scene as calmly frantic rather than as if claustrophobia was severely impairing his judgment.
* Sonny Corinthos from ''Series/GeneralHospital'' has severe claustrophobia; its origin is because his [[AbusiveParents abusive stepfather]] Zeke used to lock him in a closet, and it has been used to excuse Sonny getting away with his litany of crimes because prison would be too much for him to take.
* Mike Cannon in ''Series/LasVegas'' has claustrophobia(he even says that it's part of the reason he's a valet; he can spend most of his time outside). When a power outage seals Mike, Ed and Mitch in the security room, he begins to lose it, leading to Ed being confused because Mike has by this point begun to spend a lot of time in the security room; Mike explains that as long as he knows he can leave, he can control it, then this happens:
--> '''Ed:''' *slap*
--> '''Mike:''' Mr. D...you slapped me.
--> '''Ed:''' Well, Mike, I had to do something, you were freaking out.
--> '''Mike:''' Well, I'm still freaking out, and now my face hurts.
* Vila Restal of ''Series/BlakesSeven'', though IIRC this was never mentioned again. As a thief he must have seen plenty of small hidey-holes, so let's just assume that Vila is [[CowerPower scared of everything.]]
-->'''Vila:''' I'd be glad to [crawl through the service shaft], it's just I've got this problem with enclosed spaces. There's a medical name for it.
-->'''Jenna:''' Cowardice?
* In the second ''Series/{{JAG}}'' episode ("Shadow"), Meg complains about this when [[SubStory aboard a submarine]].
* In ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', Justin has it. Although he's never shown any signs of it, especially when he was in the caves of the Stone of Dreams.
* In ''Series/TheThickOfIt'', Nicola Murray (like actress Rebecca Front) is claustrophobic. Judging by his reaction to being locked in Peter Mannion's bathroom as the result of a prank in the Opposition special, Stewart Pearson may also be.
* ''Series/ICarly'' has Carly develop this when she, Sam, and Freddie are locked in a space pod to see how well they can handle space travel. Carly freaks out so much she breaks the glass to get out of the pod. This returns in a later episode when she is locked in a padded room with Sam and her mother.
* {{Exploited|Trope}} once on ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''. When the detectives learn that a kidnapping suspect is acutely claustrophobic, they lock him in a closet until he tells them where he hid his victim.
* ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'': This is Alfie's big fear in the second season, revealed when he has to crawl through the tiny tunnel and gets panicked. He gets over it by hiding under his bed for hours at a time.

* Evoked by the song "City With No Children" on Music/ArcadeFire's ''Music/TheSuburbs'':
-->''I dreamed I drove to Houston on a highway that was underground''\\
''There was no light that we could see as we listened to the sound''\\
''Of the engines failing.''

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''Comicstrip/{{Peanuts}}'':
** Snoopy experiences severe claustrophobia whenever he goes through tall weeds.
** In one strip the kids are discussing how they get claustrophobia in certain situation (in an elevator, in a crowd, etc.) Charlie Brown says "I get claustrophobia in the world."

* ''Podcast/TheMagnusArchives'': Martin, one of the archivist's assistants, is a sufferer, and therefore excuses himself from investigating a caving-related case. Later he has to endure [[spoiler:being trapped in his flat for two weeks by Jane Prentiss]].

[[folder:Roleplaying Games]]
* Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG has Andrea Jackson Orange, who has developed a form of this after being forced to spend an unspecified period of time trapped in a makeshift bunker. As a result (in a homage to ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''), when wearing a gas mask she has some... unusual hallucinations.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', Avariels (winged elves) and aarakocra (bird-like humanoids) are often depicted as suffering from claustrophobia as a racial trait.
* One of the ''many'' horror tropes invoked in Innistrad, such as the card actually called "[[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=235601 Claustrophobia]]".
* [[OurOgresAreHungrier Ogryns]] from ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' commonly suffer from extreme claustrophobia, with enclosed spaces making them very frightened and jumpy. In some editions of the rules, this claustrophobia was so bad that Ogryns were unable to enter a transport vehicle unless they were accompanied by a character as [[UndyingLoyalty no Ogryn would refuse a direct order]], no matter how uncomfortable it made them.

* Gums of the ''Werebears'' toy line is claustrophobic and transforms when he's in a small, dark space.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Carla Valenti in ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}}''. Notable because in two levels, you actually have to guide her through claustrophobic environments, simultaneously controlling her movement and her breath. If you fail the latter, she freaks out and the game's over.
* In ''Franchise/AceAttorney'', Edgeworth definitely has a fear of being stuck in elevators (justified in that his father was killed in one); {{Fanon}} is split on whether this is elevator-specific or if he doesn't like any small spaces. He seems to be okay with small spaces in general (in Ace Attorney Investigations, he rides an elevator without any problems), but he has a strong fear of earthquakes that's exponentially exacerbated by being in an elevator at the time.
* In ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'', French waiter Raoul is claustrophobic, and Manny has to lock him up inside a closet. Raoul starts to panic, and ends up accidentally knocking himself out.
** Later in the game, Manny locks himself up inside a vault, and discovers that he doesn't feel very comfortable in such places, either.
--->'''Manny:''' "Oh, Raoul... I'm so, so sorry!"
* It's never explicitly stated, but in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', Cloud freaks out whenever he's forced to go into a tight space, like when he goes into the hut to open the bridge on Mt. Corel or has to enter the submarine interior. Considering his [[PeopleJars history]], it would make sense for him to be a claustrophobe.
* Two unavoidable instances of this in ''VideoGame/EscapeFromHorrorland''. One is where you are crawling through incredibly cramped wooden tunnels while being chased by a mummy at high speed directly behind you, and it is very easy to get lost in the tunnels. The other time is when you have to shut yourself inside a coffin and use it as a boat down a sewer, while spiders enter the coffin and try to bite you.
* Charlie Cutter, in ''VideoGame/Uncharted3DrakesDeception'', is dangerously claustrophobic. [[spoiler: When he's affected by the mind-altering substance of the BigBad, his fear is much worse, and he responds with homicidal rage towards his friends, who he believes have betrayed him.]]
* ''Franchise/DragonAge''
** If you bring Anders to the Deep Roads in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'', he gets distracted by the miles and miles of rock over your heads. If he's telling the truth about spending a year in solitary confinement back at the Circle, that would explain it.
** Isabela from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' isn't fond of the Deep Roads either, nervously saying that she "really doesn't like tight spaces" if you take her with you on the expedition.
* The Franchise/PrinceOfPersia stated at the end of the [[VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime first game]] that he's claustrophobic.
* In ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'', Aerie gets extremely uncomfortable in dungeon environment, and nearly freaks out when the party finds themselves in the Underdark. And for good reason; Aerie is a member of the Avariel, a race of winged elves, all of whom are claustrophobic to a degree.
--> '''Aerie''' ''(when the Underdark is mentioned):'' "The... the Underdark? No... no! I cannot go there! You do not understand, it is death for my kind! No Avariel has ever traveled the depths!!"
--> '''Aerie''' ''(upon arrival in the Underdark):'' "This... this is the Underdark. Oooh, I don't want to be here, I don't! This place is death for my people! I, I feel as if I'm going to suffocate here!"
* There is an Oculus Rift game named ''[[MeaningfulName Squish]]'' where you simply watch the walls close in on you.[[note]]Unsurprisingly, it's not very long.[[/note]] Actually, lots of horror games utilize closed-up spaces... usually ''dark'' closed-up spaces.
* In Chapter 1 of ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights: Hordes of the Underdark'', a conversation you can randomly get with [[BarbarianHero Daelan Red Tiger]] reveals that he's claustrophobic: [[SarcasmMode great fun]] during a dungeon crawl. He's willing to keep going with you through the end of the chapter though, believing that by facing his fears, they lose their power over him.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/SpyroAHerosTail''. One of the playable characters is a mole who hates being above-ground.

* In ''WebComic/SluggyFreelance'' Zoe is able to give herself a panic attack in a dark tunnel through trying not to think about it.
--> "At least I'm not claustrophobic. Not that I should ''think'' about claustrophobia right now... oops."

[[folder:Web Videos]]
* In Entry #60 of ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'', Jay ventures into a tunnel under an abandoned hospital. [[spoiler:Guess who apparently fits into small confined spaces?]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Garrett on ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters'' is claustrophobic, and has to confront his fear when facing a ghost that makes people's phobias come to life.
* Sparks on ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}'' goes into panic attacks when he and most of the cast are trapped inside the janitor's closet.
* [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Hawkgirl]] in the Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse is claustrophobic, as shown in "Just A Dream." She hyperventilates when trapped in a [[HardLight holographic box]] by [[{{Hologram}} Luminus]], which foreshadows her nearly having a heart attack when Dr. Destiny traps her in a coffin [[YourWorstNightmare in an inescapable dream]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Appa is seen to have a great dislike for enclosed spaces, especially being underground. Makes sense, considering that he's a large animal who is used to flight.
* Chris from ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' is an interesting subversion. Instead of being afraid of small, enclosed spaces he's afraid of wide, open spaces...which is why he's terrified of prairies.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', Squidward tells [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick that he is claustrophobic. However, [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick think that means he was scared of SantaClaus. Complete with Patrick trying to "scare" him by saying "Ho ho ho!"
* Jessie Bannon from ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'' is claustrophobic, conveniently presented in an episode where her and Jonny end up stranded in an underwater laboratory with only a bunch of deadly mutant fish for company.
* Dizzy is revealed to suffer from this in ''WesternAnimation/RoughnecksStarshipTroopersChronicles''. [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes It becomes a problem]] when TheSquad has to recon a series of bug tunnels known as "Bug City".
* James Rhodes from ''WesternAnimation/IronMan'' developed claustrophobia as a result of drowning while wearing his War Machine armor.
* A pony the main characters are entertaining in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Games Ponies Play" is very skittish about being indoors and completely freaks out when a vase gets stuck on her head. Turns out to be a case of ShownTheirWork as the pony refers to herself as a mustang, a breed known for being claustrophobic.
* Minka Mark from ''LittlestPetShop2012'' is ''highly'' claustrophobic, referring to herself as a "space monkey" (it's ''not'' because she was part of the space program). Her claustrophobia is triggered in at least three episodes. See above quote for just how much SanitySlippage she might undergo if confined to small spaces.
* [[BigBad Josee]] of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'' has this as her AchillesHeel.
* Hefty in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' develops this when he is trapped in an elevator for hours with Brainy of all Smurfs.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* Many animals that normally live in wide open spaces do very poorly when they are confined. This trait is problematic if people wanted to domesticate it or put it on display in zoos or aquariums. Great white sharks are almost impossible to keep in captivity due to this reason.