Jessie: HEGH MEH! MAH FAH IIH SUH! (Help me! My foot is stuck!)An instance when a character (let's call him Bob) gets stuck in a tight spot and cannot get loose without help. This can be played for humor, if Bob's predicament is more annoying or humiliating than dangerous; or it can be played for drama, if Bob is immobilized in the path of imminent danger or in an isolated area where he is unlikely to be rescued. If there are other characters nearby, expect them to either laugh at Bob's misfortune or try to help him get free, depending on the nature of the characters and the seriousness of the situation. This trope does not apply to instances where a character briefly slips or gets a foot caught but is able to pull free after a second or two. Those are just little beats to show that this trope could happen and thus increase the tension. Compare Cat Up a Tree, which may or may not involve this depending on the cat. Broken Heel is a situation where a fleeing character is crippled or slowed, with a similar need for rescue.
Cloud: I DON'T CARE IF YOU WANNA F**K! WE GOTTA GO!
Cloud: I DON'T CARE IF YOU WANNA F**K! WE GOTTA GO!
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- The commercial for Action 52 has the Cheetah Men coming out of a TV with Hercules getting stuck.
- This old ad for Fruit Gushers. Featuring Willa Holland and Daelan Kael, the latter gets his head stuck in his locker after it turns into an orange. Willa just rolls her eyes and leaves him when the bell rings and no one else bothers to help out. It goes as far in one version that he's still stuck at night after everyone except the janitor has left.
Anime & Manga
- In the episode, "The Case of the K-9 Caper", while Ash and Pikachu are running the obstacle course, Pikachu gets his tail stuck on barb wire. He responds by letting out his Thunder Shock, which electrocutes the whole wire.
- In another episode, Jigglypuff somehow gets stuck in a Blastoise’s cannon, and she sings while she’s in there causing the Blastoise to be asleep.
- In the episode "The Screen Actor's Guilt", while following Misty's Togepi and a Smoochum, who were in turn following a robotic Skiploom piloted by Team Rocket, Pikachu gets stuck in a hole in a wall that they go through. Jessie briefly taunts Pikachu for being too big to fit through, as well as saying that, since it's only halfway in, they're only 'getting a peek at you', before easily pulling it inside.
- In the episode "A Hole Lotta Trouble', Jessie ends up stuck in a hole in a cave ceiling when she winds up alone with May (which the latter considers payback for the former calling her 'heavy'). May is unable to get her unstuck by herself, but a Loudred comes storming in and makes Jessie's spot collapse in, freeing her.
- In yet another episode, Lyra's Marill gets wedged between two buildings; it is freed with the help of Pikachu, Piplup, and a Water Gun attack.
- In Pikachu's Vacation, Charizard getting his head stuck in a metal pipe is what eventually leads to Pikachu's group and the gang of bullies becoming friends.
- On an episode of Monster Rancher , Golem gets stuck in a hole in the ground.
- In Hamtaro, the character, Stucky, is this trope alone. He gets his name from the fact that he's always stuck in a piece of a hamster tunnel that he always rolls around in (but likes being in).
- Furthermore, in the episode 'Hannah is in Love', Dexter encounters the titular Hannah stuck in a hole in a wall, which she blames on 'too much Southern cooking' after he tugs her out.
- In one volume of Yotsuba&!, Fuuka ends up locked in a bathroom, and gets stuck trying to escape through the window.
- A similar incident happens to Mitsuba in Mitsudomoe when she's trapped in the bathroom and tries escaping out the window.
- In Sankarea, Ranko ends up stuck in some form of tunnel while trying to follow a cat.
- In Episode 14 of the Little Lulu anime, Tubby winds up stuck in a rabbit's burrow after getting dared by Lulu into climbing into said burrow in an attempt to flush out a rabbit.
- During the Stardust Crusaders arc of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Mariah's Stand Bastet causes Joseph and Avdol to become magnetized and wind up stuck together in several risque positions, to the point where an old woman that had been earlier smitten with Joseph's "daring" nature (the magnetism flipping her skirt) begins pummeling the two with her umbrella. In addition, it causes the two to become stuck to Railroad Tracks of Doom.
Joseph Joestar: (while getting pummeled by the old lady) HELP ME! OH MY GOD!!
- In Episode 17 of the anime adaptation of Amagami, weight-conscious Rihoko ends up stuck in a hole in a fence trying to take a shortcut, and is saved by her childhood friend Junichi. He later widens the hole for her when she tries again later, to give her the confidence to continue her diet.
- In Season 3, Episode 6 of Wakfu, Amalia gets stuck in a cat flap-like door due to her curvaceous hips, which Elely even lampshades as she and Yugo try to pull her free. Yugo eventually teleports outside and pushes her through from behind.
- In Episode 13 of Chocotto Sister, while playing hooky from her usual activities, Yurika gets stuck in the window of a public restroom. Choco happens by and helps pull her out.
- In one story of the Facing the Future Series, after Danny and Sam get coated in ghost bee honey, Jack attempts to use the Ghost Weasel to clean them up, only to end up sucking them into it. Sam looks on the bright side that it's cozier than making out in Danny's closet.
Films — Animation
- In The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, (or to be more precise, “Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree”) Pooh winds up getting stuck in Rabbit’s front door due to him overeating. He was stuck in that hole for months!
Rabbit: Well, it all comes from eating too much.Pooh: It all comes from not having front doors big enough!
- In The Little Mermaid, Flounder gets stuck twice in a porthole in a sunken ship.
- In The Little Mermaid III: Ariel's Beginning, Flounder gets stuck in a small hole in an underwater cave.
- In The Lion King, Pumbaa winds up getting stuck under a tree root while he’s being chased by Nala.
- In 101 Dalmatians, when Tibs is trying to secretly help the puppies escape Horace and Jasper, he squeezes them each through a little hole in the wall. The last one in line is Rolly, but since Rolly was so fat, he couldn’t fit through the hole as easily as the other puppies. Jasper caught this right at the instant when Tibs finally got him through.
- In Bolt, there’s an instance where Bolt gets his head stuck in between two metal poles.
- In The Brave Little Toaster, Blanky gets stuck twice.
- This occurred in Fun and Fancy Free when Mickey, Donald and Goofy were first entering the giant’s castle. Mickey and Donald manage to squeeze under the door, but Goofy got stuck. Mickey and Donald pulled him inside, but Goofy lost his pants in the process.
- In A Bug's Life, Heimlich gets stuck while luring away the bird. The ants, looking at a safe distance, comment on how brave he is offering himself as live bait.
- Nemo got stuck three times in Finding Nemo.
- In Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, Ellie gets stuck under a log because, having been raised by possums, she doesn't realize she's a mammoth and can simply lift the log out of the way.
- Throughout the Ice Age series, Scrat gets stuck in numerous places while trying to get that acorn.
- Happened to Gus in A Troll in Central Park while he was looking for Rosy
- In Chicken Run, Bunty gets stuck under the fence near the beginning of the movie when they're trying to escape.
- Happens frequently to Spike in The Land Before Time movies.
- And in the second movie, Littlefoot gets his foot stuck in a tree trunk.
- In Aladdin, Iago winds up getting stuck in a door when Jafar slams him into it.
- In Hercules, Herc assumed this was the case when he first met Phil. (all he saw was Phil's rear end coming out of a bush)
- Pegasus gets stuck trying to get into Phil's house.
- In Recess: School's Out, Miss Finster gets stuck when trying to enter the school via the basement window
Miss Finster: I'm stuck! Curse these bodacious hips of mine!
- Happens to Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story as a result of the fireworks rocket Sid Phillips strapped onto his back being caught between two fence pickets when he and Woody discover that the Davis family is moving to a new house.
- Employed at least three times in Toy Story 3:
- One of the three aliens gets stuck under the hatch of the garbage container when they want to get away from Sunnyside. Woody sees it and returns to help the little fellow. Cue the Ankle Drag by Lotso.
- Jessie is stuck between pieces of trash when the toys are dropped off at the junk yard. Buzz comes to save her.
- Lotso is stuck under a heavy piece of junk on the Conveyor Belt-O-Doom and cries out for help. Woody and Buzz come to his aid before Lotso could get shredded.
- Employed at least three times in Toy Story 3:
- In The Incredibles, Elastigirl winds up getting stuck in between two automatic doors. She gets herself out by snagging a key card from one of the guards.
- In Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, the main animals travel through vents to get into an attic of the Monte Carlo casino. Alex, Marty and Melman all come in from different vents and collide with each other tying themselves in a knot. They find themselves under another vent and hear Gloria coming down fast from it. The boys panic and try to get out of the way so she wouldn't crush them, but they couldn't because they're all tangled up. Fortunately, Gloria gets stuck as she's coming out of the vent giving the boys a chance to disassemble. While Alex and Marty prepare the next phase of Alex's plan, Melman pulls Gloria out of the vent.
- In Peter Pan, Tinker Bell's first attempt to get out of the drawer was through the keyhole, but she got stuck because her hips were too big.
- In My Little Pony: The Movie, the ponies get stuck on a giant spider web.
- In Dumbo, when we see the elephants getting loaded onto their car on Casey Jr., the last in line, Elephant Matriarch, ends up getting stuck forcing the roustabouts to push her in.
- In Once Upon a Forest, Russel, the fat hedgehog, gets stuck in between the sewer grates when the trio attempt to flee from a steamroller approaching their path. Abigail and Edgar budge him out hanging on his feet.
- In Sing, during the flood scene, Meena the elephant gets shoved into the ticket booth window, and the velocity of the water got her stuck inside it and caused the water inside the theater to build up. Rosita and Gunter tried to get her unplugged but they were mostly unsucessful until Johnny helped out; if it weren't for him Meena would have drowned.
Films — Live-Action
- In Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, when the three pets are escaping the pound, Sassy and Shadow manage to escape through the fence, but Chance gets his collar stuck on it. He manages to make it out eventually.
- This also happened on Homeward Bound: Lost In San Francisco when they were escaping the airport.
- In MouseHunt, Ernie gets stuck in a chimney trying to chase after the mouse.
- In Pete's Dragon (1977), Elliot gets himself stuck in the lighthouse when trying to light it.
- A prime example of this is in A Christmas Story, when Flick is triple dog dared to stick his tongue on the flagpole. Mrs. Shields had to call the fire department to release him.
- In Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Jar Jar gets his hand stuck in Anikan's pod racer.
- During the wingsuit scene in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, when Starscream tears the helicopters apart, one of the wingsuit pilots clearly screams "I'm stuck! I'm stuck!".
- 127 Hours has the dramatic version of this trope as its primary focus. It's the true story of Aron Ralston, whose arm got pinned by a boulder.
- In Resident Evil, several people get trapped in an elevator. When they manage to partially open the doors, one woman tries to squeeze through, but gets stuck and is decapitated.
- In The Horror of Party Beach, female lead Elaine is searching for evidence of the film's monsters in a flooded quarry when said monsters suddenly appear from the water. As she attempts to flee, Elaine stumbles and gets her foot caught between two rocks; while she does eventually get loose, the resulting Twisted Ankle prevents her from fleeing quickly enough to escape the monsters, and she only survives because the other characters show up in the nick of time.
- In Halloween (1978), Annie gets stuck in a window. After she gets freed, she tells Lindsay not to tell anyone about it, but she does anyway.
- In Home Alone 2, Kevin gets his foot stuck in between the rocks attempting to flee from the Homeless Pigeon Person. She dislodges his foot while Kevin is screaming. He runs away, but turns back realizing she's not scary at all
- In the 2000 monster flick Crocodile, blonde co-ed Sunny is making her way through the woods when she steps in a tangle of tree roots and her foot becomes trapped. Unfortunately for her, her screaming and struggling attracts the eponymous giant pissed-off reptile, and she's unable to free herself before the crocodile devours her.
- In Scream (1996), Tatum gets stuck in the pet door of Stu's garage while trying to escape from Ghostface, who proceeds to raise the garage door, crushing her head against the frame.
- In the Growing Pains movie Return of the Seavers, during a blackout, Carol gets stuck in a dog door due to her pregnant belly.
- In How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, the Grinch gets stuck "only once for a moment or two" when going down a chimney.
- On Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Alice gets stuck inside the White Rabbit's home after she grows too big while inside.
- In Winnie-the-Pooh, Pooh gets stuck halfway through Rabbit's "front door" (burrow) and has to go some days without eating before he loses enough weight to be pulled out successfully.
- In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Augustus Gloop winds up sucked into a glass pipe after falling into the Chocolate Room's river. He proceeds to get stuck in it, owing to his girth; his mother suggests they smash it as the other members of the tour group watch helplessly...until the pressure of the flowing chocolate building up behind him sends him shooting onwards towards a fudge-preparation room. Depending on the adaptation, he can be stuck for several minutes before he's "freed". (At the end of the novel, it's revealed that he was squeezed thin as a result of all this.) Later, Mr. Wonka suggests that this might be the case for Veruca Salt when she's tossed down the bad nut chute — otherwise she's headed for an incinerator — and her desperate parents go into the Nut Room to see if they can pull her out, but not only is it not the case, they wind up being tossed down it too!
- In Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great by Judy Blume, Sondra Van Arden gets stuck in the milk delivery chute when Sheila and her friends decide to sneak into Mouse Ellis' house to play hide-and-seek. Sondra's friends come to her rescue to get her unstuck and then tend to her wounds afterward.
- Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe combines this trope with Railroad Tracks of Doom, to tragic effect.
- Mystery Science Theater 3000:
- Servo once trapped Crow in a giant insect killing jar.
Servo: Watch this. [to Crow] Booga booga booga!
[Crow screams, rattling the jar]
Crow: Attica! Attica! Attica!
- Crow also once got himself caught in a double jock lock. Subverted in that Crow didn't want any help trying to get out of it.
Crow: This is gonna come up again.
- Servo once trapped Crow in a giant insect killing jar.
- Happened to Alan's friend on an episode of The Journey of Allen Strange.
- In an episode of Roseanne, Roseanne gets stuck in a vent in a kitchen at a restaurant.
- In the episode of Designing Women "Julia Gets Her Head Stuck In A Fence"... well...
- Norm got stuck trying to go through a window on an episode of Cheers. Everyone compared him to Winnie-the-Pooh.
- Adam-12 had a guy who got stuck in a sewer drain while going after his wallet.
- Emergency! had an episode where a thief got stuck in the ventilator shaft he was crawling through, and the guys from Station 51 were called in to get him out.
- There's an episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark? that's about the ghost of a prisoner who got stuck while trying to break out of prison. He never made it out and died while he was still stuck. Near the end of the episode, the two boy protagonists discover the body in the very spot where it happened, then later met the ghost again who explained it to them.
- On an episode of The Mr. Bill Show, Mr. Bill gets stuck between prison bars as Mr. Hands tries to break him out of prison. Mr. Hands then tries to blow the bars up by using dynamite, but Mr. Bill still remains stuck in the bars despite not being in the cell anymore.
- At the end of an episode of Flipper, Flipper gets stuck. This, of course, results in a cliffhanger.
- In an episode of Ocean Girl, Neri tries to use a shell to cut through an underwater net. In the process, however, her leg gets stuck and she accidentally drops the shell - leaving her trapped. Thankfully, she is saved by Jason - a boy she met earlier - who cuts her free.
- The Full House episode "Misadventures in Babysitting" involved DJ and Kimmy babysitting a neighbor's hyperactive young son Brian, who manages to get his head stuck in a banister. DJ tries to avoid getting help from Danny, so they attempt to do so themselves, including lathering Brian with butter.
- In the Good Luck Charlie episode, "Something's Fishy", Teddy gets a job at Otto's Grotto to pay the phone bill and get her phone back from Bob. At one point, a kid steals her car keys, and she chases him into the tubes, where her octopus costume gets her stuck. When Bob tries to get her out later in the episode, he also gets stuck. The tubes later collapse from their combined weight.
- In the Pushing Daisies episode, "The Fun in Funeral", Ned, Chuck, and Emerson attempt to sneak into the basement of the Schatz Brothers' Funeral Home through the window. Ned gets in no problem, but Emerson, due to his... largeness, gets stuck in the window. As a result, Chuck taunts him and compares him to Winnie-the-Pooh, and even says to him, "Remember, mind over matter makes Pooh unfatter."
- Emerson: I may be stuck, but I can still reach my gun.
- Blake's 7.
- In "Stardrive", Villa teleports down to the usual BBC Quarry only to find himself wedged between a couple of rocks, and struggles to free himself before an approaching enemy patrol spots him.
- In "The Harvest Of Kairos", a terrifying Giant Spider wobbles slowly towards Dayna, who's caught in a flimsy strand of spider web in the middle of an open field in broad daylight. Why she doesn't just unlace her boot and jump free is not revealed.
- In one episode of Evening Shade, Wood gets stuck in his bathroom window after trying to break into his own house. This results in having them cut the wall down (mentioned only).
- This topic was used for Ryan Stiles' plumber hoedown verse in the 12th season of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, but he has to make two attempts at it from laughing.
Ryan: I can see your bathroom, how it's really taken a toll
I can see your big, fat ass is stuck in that bowl
I'll spread your ass with butter, and pop you like a cork
And (goes into an utter meltdown)
Wayne: I wanna see where this is going!
- At the beginning of the music video to Weird Al Yankovic's "Eat It", it shows two guys coming out of a sewer. The second guy gets stuck.
- The Muppets:
- In The Great Muppet Caper, Gonzo gets his nose stuck in an elevator door, but after Fozzie pulls him free, he decides to put his nose back into it because he thought it was fun.
- At the end of The Muppets at Walt Disney World, after everyone returns from their Walt Disney World vacation, they notice that Miss Piggy is missing. One of the Muppets says the last time he saw her was in front of the Chinese Theater signing autographs. Cut to Miss Piggy in front of the Chinese Theater standing with her hoofs in the now dry cement. She continuously cries for help as the credits roll.
- In The Muppet Christmas Carol, Rizzo winds up falling down a chimney and getting stuck in it because he was overwhelmed by the smell of the goose that was arising from it.
Gonzo: I knew you weren't suited for literature!
- In an episode of Dumbo's Circus, Dumbo gets stuck in marshmallow sauce.
- Under the Umbrella Tree:
- The three puppets perform a play where they play as dinosaurs. At one point in the play, Iggy gets stuck in a bush, and Jacob and Gloria are forced to help him.
- In another episode, Holly gets her head stuck in Gloria's burrow.
- Sesame Street:
- There's an episode where everyone plans to have a big party in Hooper's Store. Snuffy gets stuck in the door trying to get in, so everyone had to work together and push him back out.
- Snuffy got stuck again twice in "Big Bird's Story Time."
- In the movie Elmo in Grouch Land, Big Bird gets stuck in Oscar's trash can trying to get into Grouch Land, but only until Gordon gives him a good push.
- In the Fraggle Rock episode, "A Friend In Need", Sprocket chases Gobo into the Fraggle hole and winds up getting stuck. Gobo spends the rest of the episode doing all he can to help him.
- In the early '90s sitcom Dinosaurs, Earl is known for frequently getting stuck in the front door of his own house.
Earl: I'm home! I'm hungry! I'm stuck in the door again!
- In Pokémon Live!, Jessie and James fall into their own pit trap and Meowth has to fetch a rope to rescue them.
- In World of Illusion, there are a few instances in the game where Donald can get stuck and Mickey has to pull him through.
- In Bowser's Inside Story, after fighting Midbus, Bowser is treated to a "victory feast" that results in him being stuck in the floor due to overindulging.
- Happens to Sonic twice in Sonic Unleashed when he crashes face-first into the ground, once in his Werehog form, another in his usual form. There are also a couple of shorts that involve Chip getting stuck in a vase and coconut, respectively.
- Near the end of Metal Gear Solid, Snake and Meryl/Otacon become trapped in their jeep after it crashes into Liquid's jeep. And Liquid survived the crash.
- In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Sayo the Kimono Girl gets stuck while trekking through the Ice Path, due to her sandals getting trapped in the ice, and needs your help to get her out.
- Final Fantasy VII has 2 instances. The first is when Jessie's foot gets stuck during the escape of the Mako Reactor in the game's beginning. Another occurs in Disc 2 when Cid's leg becomes pinned under a broken oxygen tank after it exploded.
- In Eye of the Beholder 2: The Temple of Darkmoon, there is a round hole in the ceiling allowing to rise up to the next level thanks to a "whirlwind" button. When found, a beholder happens to be stuck inside, with just its mouth, central eye and a few eyestalks peeking through. It asks the adventurers for their help to be unstuck — one of the rare times a beholder deign speaking to the party rather than attacking on sight.
- In The Simpsons: Virtual Bart, the water slide level has Homer get stuck in the tubes of first two wrong paths Bart takes. If Bart goes down the wrong path a third time, Homer is somehow dislodged, and Bart is either sent back to the beginning of the level, or loses a life.
- Homestar Runner
- In the Strong Bad Email "portrait", Strong Bad gets his head stuck in a photo cut-out when he discovers his head is too big for the hole.
Strong Bad: Uh-oh... how do I get out of this thing? How did I get INTO this thing?
- According to "4 branches", Homestar once managed to get stuck in an office water cooler.
Strong Bad: J-ju-just explain to me what you were trying to do when this happened.
Homestar: Well, I was in Barbados, hanging a picture on the wall...
Strong Bad: Okay, that tells me everything I need to know.
- In the Strong Bad Email "portrait", Strong Bad gets his head stuck in a photo cut-out when he discovers his head is too big for the hole.
- Happens to Emily in Misfile. Hilarity Ensues when she asks Ash to give her a push.
- One issue of VG Cats shows Leo in the Hundred Acre Woods portion of Kingdom Hearts. He sees that Winnie the Pooh is stuck in a tree due to eating too much honey, and Piglet begs Leo for help. Leo ponders how Pooh is able to eat honey and how he fits into evolution being that he's stuffed with fluff. He agrees to help Pooh, but only so he could dissect him!
Leo: So it was fluff AND blood! Fun times!
- In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fan-comic, Anon's Pie Adventure by Pencils, Marble Pie, here depicted as having a rather curvaceous rump (inherited, according to her mother Cloudy Quartz, from her grandmother), has so far gotten stuck twice due to it. The first time, her sister Pinkie Pie pulls her halfway through the tiny window in the farmhouse's front door, and needs to be pulled back out by her other sister, Limestone Pie. The second time, when Marble and Cloudy are exploring the underground caverns, the former gets wedged in a narrow gap, necessitating Cloudy to tug her out.
- Suburban Knights: Covered slides were not designed for the husky gentlemen!
- Happens a lot in Ted The Caver as it takes place in, well, caves.
- At the end of Caddicarus's review of Ape Escape, he sent a love letter to the creators of the game, but gets his hand stuck in the post box in the process. In the next episode, it's revealed that a postman cut his arm off with "the emergency circular saw that every postman carries for situations such as this", and the Ape Escape team enclosed a pill to regrow his hand....but now he has to play The Tweenies Game Time.
- Theodore got stuck a few times on Alvin and the Chipmunks.
- Clyde Crashcup gets stuck in a chimney once in an episode where he's doing a lecture on "Do It Yourself". After Leonardo frees him, he begins a lecture on help.
- Care Bears:
- In an episode, Cheer Bear gets stuck trying to escape through a window of a flying car that she and some other Care Bears are trapped in. Champ Bear tries to push her through.
- In "The Land Without Feelings", while on their way to Coldheart's Castle, several Care Bears fell into the water, which Coldheart froze, with one of them shouting that they're stuck but tells the rest to continue on. Later, while the remaining two try to float over sticky tar by balloons, Coldheart blows one out and he falls, struggling to get out he says this line.
- In an episode of The Wuzzles, Hoppo gets her head stuck in a billboard, and Moosle gets her out by sawing it.
- Happened to Bullwinkle a couple times on Rocky and Bullwinkle.
- There is a popular Fractured Fairy Tales about the Golden Goose. In this version, when someone touched the Golden Goose with his bare hands, he got stuck to it, and whoever touched him got his hands stuck to him. This resulted in a large chain of people with their hands stuck to each other's bodies.
- There’s an episode of Garfield and Friends where Garfield follows Arlene through a hole in a brick wall but gets stuck.
- Happens quite a few times in the series, mostly with Angelica. The most notable episode is the flashback episode to when the babies first met.
- A Rugrats episode was written early in the show's production, entitled "Chuckie Gets Trapped," involving Chuckie getting his head caught in a banister. It was eventually never produced, as co-creator Arlene Klasky felt it presented a danger issue.
- There's an episode of Goof Troop where PJ gets stuck in a washing machine.
- In a 2 Stupid Dogs episode, the big dog gets his head stuck in a hole in a fence, but both dogs fail to realize what’s going on.
- Happened a number of times to Sonic and Tails in both Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic SatAM.
- Ariel got stuck a couple times in the Little Mermaid TV series.
- Cow and Chicken:
- In "Black Sheep", Cow gets stuck in a mailbox, but nobody pays attention to her. She eventually gets out herself as Super Cow.
- In "Cow and Chicken Reclining", Cow and Chicken both get stuck in an old recliner that their dad got rid of. They remain stuck in it for the entire episode since everyone fails to realize that they need help and only view them as a piece of art.
- In "Free Inside!", The Red Guy gets stuck to a lamppost by a wad of gum. Everybody walks past him without noticing despite him screaming for help, and he is later shown an old man still stuck to the post.
- In "Bad Chicken", the Red Guy takes on the role of the Copy Fairy and ends up getting his eye stuck to a Copy Fairy strip.
- In 101 Dalmatians The Series, Rolly gets stuck several times, but most of the time, he manages to get himself unstuck by himself. Only a few times did he require help.
- In the TV special, A Chucklewood Easter, Buttons gets stuck entering the Easter Bunny’s burrow, so Rusty had to give him a little push.
- Sheep in the Big City:
- In a semi-Christmas special, Sheep gets stuck under an anvil.
- In another episode, Sheep gets himself stuck in an automatic door twice.
- SpongeBob SquarePants once got stuck in a wringer.
- In an episode of Kipper, Tiger gets stuck under a tree root. He continuously cries for help but nobody comes. Eventually, Kipper arrives and pulls him free.
- Pound Puppies
- Pound Puppies (2010)
- In the episode, "The Yipper Caper", Strudel tries to sabotage the new kibble machine, but after she does, she gets stuck inside it. The squirrels inside manage to push her out, though.
- In another episode, "My Fair Rebound", Lucky goes into a narrow spot to talk to Rebound. He didn't actually get stuck, but he told Cookie to pull on his tail just in case he did.
- In the episode, "The Watchdogs", the pup of the episode is first introduced with his paw stuck in a grate.
- In one episode of Pound Puppies (1980s), Cooler's no-named friend gets stuck during their escape. Cooler of course, helps him despite the fact that he told him not to worry about him.
- Pound Puppies (2010)
- The The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 episode "Do the Koopa": After the Marios pull the crank out of the Doom Dancer Music Box, Koopa puts his claw in the crank and it gets stuck. Cheatsy, Big Mouth and Bully pry it off, causing it to fall off the Doomship and break when it lands on top of a Goomba.
- Super Mario World:
- In the episode "Fire Sale", Kootie Pie Koopa becomes stuck in a block of ice on her throne in Ice Palace. She screams at her Koopa Troopa minion to come to her aid but he refuses.
- "The Night Before Cave Christmas": Mario tries to sneak into Neon Castle but gets stuck in between the window bars. Yoshi tries to shove him through and finally does when he sees a Boo Buddy.
- In "Rock TV", King Koopa becomes crushed by the remnants of his giant television after Yoshi eats the load-bearing blocks. Yoshi then agrees to help him but begins eating the rest of the blocks slowly.
- In Budgie The Little Helicopter, Pippa gets stuck in a snow drift when delivering fuel to Budgie.
- Similar to the above example, in a Christmas special of Thomas the Tank Engine, Thomas gets stuck in a snow drift.
- One episode of Dragon Tales was about Ord accidentally getting stuck in a Knucker Hole after eating too many Dragonberries. Max then tells him a story about a bear who got stuck in a hole because he ate too much honey before finally pulling him out of the Knucker Hole. Obviously, this is a Shout-Out to Winnie-the-Pooh.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- In "May the Best Pet Win", Rainbow Dash winds up getting stuck because a boulder landed on her wing.
- In "Spike at Your Service", Applejack gets her hoof stuck in a pile of rocks as she and Spike are escaping from a Timberwolf.
- In "Maud Pie", Pinkie Pie gets her hoof stuck in the rock slide she built. Of course, this happens just as it starts to collapse and the giant boulder on top starts descending down at Pinkie!
- In a flashback from "Amending Fences", Lemon Hearts somehow manages to get her head stuck inside an Erlenmeyer Flask.
- My Little Pony Tales:
- In "Stand by Me", Teddy gets his hooves stuck in a wastebasket and later falls into a lost and found box, requiring Sweetheart to pull him out both times.
- In "Blue Ribbon Blues" Teddy's cousin Corny becomes trapped underneath a tree branch in a rushing river. Teddy saves him after hearing his cries for help.
- In the Ed, Edd n Eddy episode, "Knock Knock, Who's Ed?", while the Eds are sneaking through a vent, Ed had to push Edd and Eddy because they got stuck. Strangely, Ed didn't consider he's larger than the other two.
- In "A Glass of Warm Ed", Ed becomes so bloated from his sleepwalking/sleep-eating that when Eddy and Double D finally catch him and pull him in through his bedroom window, he's too fat to fit through and remains wedged there for the remainder of the episode.
- Jonny often gets his large head stuck as a result of climbing trees.
- An entire episode of Beavis and Butt-Head is centered around this. Butt-head gets stuck in a pipe while the two are exploring a construction site, and Beavis can't get him out. A night patrolman finds them, and calls the news, the police and firefighters to get him out. After everyone else has left, Beavis crawls into the same pipe. He even says "Help, I'm stuck!" exactly.
- In the Gumby short "Stuck on Books", Gumby tries to talk his dog, Nopey, into going through books like him, but Nopey refuses fearing he might get stuck. On one book, Pokey pushes Nopey through it, but he winds up getting stuck. Gumby and Pokey try to push him through and pull him out but have no luck. Eventually, Gumby goes into the book to see what's up. It turned out Nopey had his mouth hooked onto a tree branch.
- In the Recess episode "The Terrifying Tales of Recess", Mikey gets stuck when trying to get out of a hole dug up by the diggers.
- An episode of C.O.P.S. has the crooks using a submarine, and the Big Boss gets stuck every time he tries to get in or out of it.
- There's an episode of The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries where a really large man gets stuck in a door frame and remains there for the entire episode. Everyone else in the office cannot use the door since it is totally blocked by the man's body.
- There's an episode of "The Goodfeathers" from Animaniacs where Pesto gets himself stuck in one of those plastic six-pack holders for sodas. Pesto winds up making the situation worse later on by getting Bobby and Squit stuck in it too after he gets into one of his fights with Squit.
- Mr. Bogus:
- Happens to Mole in the first act of the episode "Et Tu, Brattus?", while trying to follow Ratty into the garage of the bully.
- Happens to one of the Meteor Goons in the third act of the episode "Computer Intruder", after getting stuck in the hard drive of Tommy's computer.
- Heck, Bogus himself got stuck a few times.
- Happened at least twice to Jabberjaw.
- The Powerpuff Girls:
- In "Buttercrush", Grubber of the Gang Green Gang calls up Blossom and Bubbles to get them to think Buttercup is stuck (doing a poor impression of her) in order to lure them into a trap.
- In "Something's a Ms.", Bubbles gets stuck when Sedusa plasters her onto a window with her hair gel.
- "Paste Makes Waste" is prone to this trope after Elmer Sglue transforms into the Paste Monster.
- The Simpsons:
- In the episode, "Brush With Greatness", Homer gets stuck in a tube of the H2Whoa! water slide. Mt. Splashmore's staff try to dislodge him with some kids, but to no avail. Eventually, the tube Homer is in has to be unscrewed and lifted out by a crane, promting Homer to go on a diet.
- In another episode, the Simpson family goes on a nature hike through a cave. They all fall through a hole and slide down to an undiscovered part o f the cave. Homer gets stuck. While Marge takes Bart and Maggie to see if they can find help, Lisa decides to stay with Homer and tell him some stories.
- In an episode of The Berenstain Bears, the Bear Scouts sneak into the window of a museum to help Professor Actual Factual find a dinosaur bone. Papa gets stuck in the window tagging along for the case and the scouts have to pull him free.
- In the Muppet Babies episode "Masquerading Muppets", Skeeter gets a wig stuck on her head and Miss Piggy, Kermit, Fozzie and Scooter have to pull it off.
- Martha Speaks:
- In the episode, "Martha Plays a Part", Martha gets stuck in a window while trying to get to Helen's school play.
- In "Martha Fails the Course", due to attempting an obstacle course built for a smaller dog, Martha ends up stuck in a hoop, and then in a tunnel.
- In "The Puppy Tooth Fairy", while Martha takes on the role of the Puppy Tooth Fairy, she gets stuck in a doggy door at least twice due to her fairy costume giving her extra width. Fortunately, Skits was there to give her a paw.
- It also happens to Martha in the episode, "Too Much Martha". She gets stuck in the doggie door due to the fact that she had gotten much chubbier due to overeating.
- Bob's Burgers: In the episode "Crawl Space" Bob, fixing a roof leak, fakes getting stuck in the spaces between the walls to avoid being around his visiting in-laws. When his wife finds out about his deceit she's livid, and when he realizes he really is stuck she doesn't help him.
- In a Tiny Toon Adventures episode that parodies the classic Daffy Duck cartoon, "The Great Piggybank Robbery", Plucky dreams that he is a Dick Tracy knock-off in a showdown with various different villains. Plucky winds up getting himself stuck in a model train while taking on one of them.
- In a short of The Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Show, Shaggy gets stuck in his sleeping bag while being held captive in an alien spaceship.
Shaggy: Oh, brother! What a time to get stuck in a sleeping bag!
- One episode of Peppa Pig has Daddy Pig attempt to go down a slide with George, only to end up stuck halfway down. Peppa and her friends push him free by sliding down after him.
- In the PB&J Otter episode, "Lost and Found", Ernest gets stuck in a water slide and remains there throughout most of the rest of the episode. He eventually gets dislodged by some clowns, and in the end, he decides that next time he goes to the carnival, he should either lose some weight or stay off the water slide.
- Tom and Jerry:
- In The Bodyguard, Jerry, whose mouth has been glued shut to prevent himself from whistling to Spike for protection from Tom, gets stuck in the knothole of a fence. Spike passes by, unable to understand his plight, and Tom frees him by smacking him with a wooden plank.
- In Ah, Sweet Mouse Story of Life, Tom ends up stuck in a drain pipe, with his rear end wedged at the top, and his front end coming out all the way down at the other end. Jerry manages to free him by using an air horn he had discovered earlier, and the episode ends with Tom chasing Jerry again with his body extremely elongated.
- In Salt Water Tabby, Jerry gets stuck in the mouth of a soda bottle, which Tom maliciously shakes up, causing Jerry to pop out via the carbonation pressure. Tom also gets stuck inside a beach umbrella twice.
- The Little Mermaid:
- In the episode Message in a Bottle, Ariel, Flounder, and Sebastian end up under a giant clam shell while trying to escape from Simon the sea dragon. Flounder and Sebastian sneak away from under it, but Ariel is unable to fit through and follow them, forcing her to retreat back beneath it.
- In the episode Whale of a Tale, while escaping from a pair of sharks, Ariel, Flounder, and Sebastian swim through a hole in a glass-like coral wall. Ariel very briefly gets wedged by her hips in the hole, getting unstuck just before the sharks reach her.