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- Used at least twice in Suske en Wiske:
- In "De Gouden Locomotief", Lambik has bought an original cowboy hat and wants to surprise Sidonia, so he hides in the trashcan in the backyard and tells Wiske to send Sidonia outside. Sidonia is peeling potatoes at the time, so she dumps the peels in the trashcan without even noticing Lambik is inside.
- In "Tedere Tronica", the same thing happens to Jerom when he's hiding in a trash can to keep an eye on Professor Barabas (who is being targeted by criminals because of a his latest invention).
- When Archie from Archie Comics was told to clean the garage by his father, he disappeared with the father being angered that he'd disappear when chores are even suggested, and eventually finds Archie hiding in a trash can. Ironically, he found Archie when he himself planned on using the trash can to hide from his wife when she's suggesting he do some chores.
- Foxtrot: Jason pulls a prank on Paige and hides in a full trashcan, figuring she won't look for him in there. When Peter finds him, he explains his logic, leading to Peter later asking Paige "Isn't it great the way our brother punishes himself for us?".
- Beetle Bailey frequently uses this trope and its cousin Stuffed into a Trashcan when it comes to Bailey and the Sarge:
- Beetle hides in a trashcan, falls asleep, gets taken in with the trash, and is angry that Sarge won again without even knowing it.
- Beetle hides in one of three trash cans and, rather than trying to find out which, Sarge shuffles them around like a Shell Game.
- In Syngenesophobia, in chapter 23, Lola is forced to hide in a trash can to avoid Lincoln seeing her.
Films — Live-Action
- In Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, Rodrick hides in a dumpster while he waits for Greg to sneak him into the club. He gets trash dumped on him when Greg takes too long and is not amused.
- Star Wars
- A New Hope. When Imperial troops cut off their escape route, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo and Chewbacca are stuck shooting it out in the Death Star's cell bay. Leia takes a blaster from Luke, and obliterates a waste grate. "Into the garbage chute, flyboy." This move gets the party out of harm's way for a while. Then the Imperials start the trash compactor. Uh-oh.
- The Empire Strikes Back. The Millenium Falcon had been hiding from capture by clinging to the blindside of an Imperial cruiser's bridge section. When the Imperial cruiser dumps its garbage before going to lightspeed, Captain Solo releases the landing claw, and poses as one more hunk of junk. The cruiser departs, none the wiser.
- The Neverending Story. Near the beginning of the film, Bastian is stuffed into a dumpster by three school bullies chasing him. At the end of the film, he rides on Falcor and chases the bullies, forcing them to seek shelter in the same dumpster.
- In both versions of The Getaway, Doc and Carol jump into a dumpster to evade the police. It nearly gets them crushed by the compactor.
- In the season 6 episode "Irreconcilable Differences" of Arrow, Team Arrow infiltrates ARGUS by having Renee and Curtis dress up as custodians and sneaking Felicity in by rolling her in inside a trash can so that she can access and disable the closed circuit, landline security system to allow Oliver entry.
- M*A*S*H. In the episode "Rally 'Round the Flagg Boys", Colonel Flagg tries to persuade Charles into spying on Hawkeye for him to dig up proof that he's a Communist sympathizer. At one point Flagg takes cover in a garbage can, just before a corpsman leaves the mess tent and empties his tray of food into it.
- The not-so-Intrepid Reporter Miranda in Full Throttle hides in a dumpster to escape from Ripburger's goons. Ben leaves her there after getting the evidence of Corley's murder from her, so we never learn what happens to her later.
- Resident Evil 4: Leon can tell Ashley to hide in a dumpster while he takes out the zombies.
- Arthur: In the episode "D.W. Blows the Whistle", Arthur and his friends stake out D.W., hoping to catch her in the act of doing something unsafe, so they can call her out on it, after she had been doing the same to them, much to their annoyance; Arthur himself is hiding in a trashcan as D.W. walks by, finds an ice cream cone dropped on the sidewalk, and ultimately drops it in the trashcan, before going on her way.
- Hey Arnold!: In the episode "Suspended", Harold finds that his suspension isn't fun like he had hoped, and in both boredom and desperation, tries to sneak back into school, at one point, hiding in a dumpster in the playground, only to have a janitor toss a barrel of spoiled, melted cheese into it.
- Hiding in a Trash-Can is actually one of Randall's favorite spots to spy on people and then rat them out. Unfortunately, if someone's going to take out the trash, he'll sometimes have the trash dumped on him.
- In the episode "Parent's Night", the gang spies on Spinelli at her house to try to get an idea of what her parents are actually like; Spinelli takes out the garbage for the evening, only to discover Mikey hiding in the garbage can, much to her aggravation.
- SpongeBob SquarePants:
- In Naughty Nautical Neighbors, Squidward himself hides in his own trashcan outside to escape from SpongeBob and Patrick's bickering inside his house and to lament on his situation.
- In The Bully, SpongeBob hides in the trashcan to avoid Flatts the Flounder who wants to kick his butt. Unfortunately, Flatts finds him with his Garbage truck.
- The Wrong Trousers: Gromit is shown to be sleeping and waking up a trashcan in the streets after he left Wallace's house upon seeing Wallace and Feathers McGraw having a good time together.
- There was a Darwin Award winner who tried to escape prison by hiding in the trash bags, unfortunately he ended up in the trash compactor.