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Container Cling
Stealthy like a cowboy

The Hero is hiding under a box. The villain is coming closer and closer. He's going to get caught. The villain lifts up the box and... huh? Where'd he go?

Then the camera shifts. The hero is actually wedging himself inside the box to avoid detection. Usually an Animated Trope. Of course, there's Fridge Logic involved. The character lifting the box should notice that it is a whole person heavier than it was, but doesn't. Behind the Black is in there somewhere too.

Compare: Shell Game, Gone Behind The Bend, Behind a Stick, Ceiling Cling, and Underside Ride


Animated Films
  • Woody does this in Toy Story (pictured above) to avoid being tied to a rocket by Sid.
  • In An American Tail, Fievel escapes the Cossack cats by clinging to the lid of a teapot. He narrowly avoids detection when a cat looks under the lid, but he moves to the other side just in time.
  • In Megamind, the titular character clings to the door that Titan ripped off while searching for him.

Live-Action Films
  • In the film version of Matilda, Matilda is hiding under a table from the wicked Principal Trunchbull. When the Trunchbull gets near the table, she lifts up the tablecloth, but doesnn't see Matilda. It turns out Matilda was clinging to the underside of the table.

Western Animation
Ceiling ClingA Safe Index To HideCome Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are
Comical OverreactingRule of FunnyCutaway Gag
Consummation CounterfeitAdded Alliterative AppealContemporary Caveman
PixarImageSource/Animated FilmsHolding Both Sides of the Conversation
Character DerailmentThis Index Is Highly ImprobableContrived Coincidence

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