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->''"Now, that's what I call a sticky situation."''
-->-- '''Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny''', ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''

A classic ComedyTrope: someone comes in contact with something sticky (flypaper, glue, gum, molasses, tape, tar, wallpaper paste, etc.) and HilarityEnsues.

If it's not actually [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin superglue]], the substance tends to act as a far stronger adhesive than it is in reality. Compare TongueOnTheFlagpole, where somebody licks something frozen...

If the character sheds footwear or other clothing to escape, this trope becomes GivingThemTheStrip. If two characters get stuck to ''each other'', it becomes a case of ChainedHeat.

[[http://stickypedia.wikia.com/wiki/The_Sticky_Wiki There's a wiki for this trope]]. It even has a list for the times that these [[http://stickypedia.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_sticky_scenes_in_popular_media happened in popular media]].


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The ''Anime/SailorMoon'' anime had several villains employ this as an attack, including one in the second season seemingly made of goo, Eudial in season 3, and the Amazoness Quartet in four. Strangely, they never seem to have trouble cleaning it out of their hair.
* Akihisa Yoshii of ''Anime/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts'' accidentally superglues his hand to a table. It remains there for the entire episode, until he shatters it by slamming it on the ground.
* One ''Anime/LupinIII'' movie had the title character using a bazooka loaded with a sticky bomb to immobilize several pursuing ships (gluing them to each-other, not the water).
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' has a story where Principal Kunō tries to force the students to prostrate themselves before him. One of his tricks is to coat the floor with glue, leaving several of the cast stuck on their hands and knees. Ranma, rather than let himself be humiliated in such a way, [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower rips the entire floor out of the ground]].
* The ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' manga had a pair of alien criminals breaking into the Masaki houehold to steal a priceless artifact nobody knew was valuable, easily bypassing [[MadScientist Washu's]] most ingenious security traps. When they try again the next day, she's augmented them with [[RockBeatsLaser tiger pit traps, swinging spiked balls, and a floor coated in glue, none of which the pair had gadgets to deal with]]. This is all in the Masaki's ''living room''.
* Sakuramochi-nesan from ''Franchise/{{Anpanman}}'' throws plain, uncoated mochi at her enemies. Thanks to having no coating, it's horribly sticky, sticking enemies (and sometimes others that attempt to copy her ability) to each other and gumming up Baikinman's robots. Since Sakuramochi-nesan's made out of mochi (and has very quick throwing reflexes), she can handle and launch it without any consequences.
* In ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}'', one of the Professor's backfiring inventions is a massive jar of glue that gets her, Nano, and Sakamoto all stuck in the hallway until someone can save them.
* In ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'', [[LoveableSexManiac Minoru Mineta's]] Quirk is [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything pulling sticky balls off his head and sticking them to things.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'':
** The Trapster, a.k.a. [[OldShame Paste Pot Pete]] centers his whole shtick around this trope. In one case he made a ''stairway'' out of glue to flee a building, daring Spider-Man to follow, who simply swung ''over'' the trap with his webbing.
** Not learning from PPP's failure, Mr Stone, one half of a B-List merc team, tries to slow down the wall-crawler by using his SwissArmyWeapon to coat the entire floor in glue so as to give his life-draining partner Mr. Styx a chance to use his touch of death. Spider-Man easily leaps out of his boots onto the ceiling.
** On the flip side, Spidey will occasionally use this on his foes, laying down sticky webbing in a spot to keep them where they are. He's more likely to do this if he has time to set up, and then generally on more street-level foes (as anyone with SuperStrength will be able to just pull away).
* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' has an {{Expy}} of the Trapster called Glue Gun.
* Proving there's more than one way [[{{Pun}} to take a girl out]], ComicBook/GreenArrow's first use of his glue arrow was in a battle against future wife ComicBook/BlackCanary.
* ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'' features Sistah Spooky coming upon the aftermath of the title character's disastrous encounter with Glue Gun Gil, considered to be the all-time lamest villain in the city next to Ladder Master.
* In a comic book story of ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'', Gargamel creates a treat that ends up trapping a Smurf that touches it, but as Gargamel runs over to where he has set the trap, he also gets stuck in the trap, and so do birds, a cow, and several other things on his way home. Papa Smurf makes a potion that frees everything that got stuck in the trap -- everything, that is, except for Gargamel, which Papa Smurf has no more potion for, but he does leave a recipe for the formula for Gargamel to make up.
* ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse: In a Creator/CarlBarks story, WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck and his nephews invent a glue and invite Uncle Scrooge for a celebration at a bar. Upset at them for spending money ''before'' knowing if they'll ever make any from marketing the glue, Scrooge used it to stick their money at their hands, which forced him to pay. Later on, taking advantage of the fact the glue only sticks things on people, spread some at Scrooge's money to catch the Beagle Boys.
* Two ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' books (''The Calculus Affair'' and ''Flight 714'') feature a line of people in succession trying to flick a strip of sticking plaster off their hand. Whenever they succeed, it flies onto the next person, and so on.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In one ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' strip, when trying to assemble a plastic model Calvin got glue on his hands while Hobbes obliviously mused about the tri-lingual instructions.
* A week long arc in ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' involved Paige and Jason having their faces stuck together by experimental bubblegum.
* For their pranks, ''ComicStrip/TheKatzenjammerKids'' tend to use an extremely effective superglue which will always get their victim stuck immediately and completely. However, the kids' rival Rollo often happens to be nearby with a kettle of hot water.

[[folder:Film -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' features this with [[spoiler:the Kragle (Krazy Glue with some of the letters faded), which is used to trap victims in permanent stasis so that Lord Business can have the orderly world he's always wanted.]] Unlike most examples, it's PlayedForDrama, even becoming a TearJerker when [[spoiler:Bad Cop is coerced into using it against his own parents.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'', Homer's hand gets temporarily stuck to his pants with super glue during a BadassBoast.
* One of the best-remembered segments in ''Film/SongOfTheSouth'' is about the Tar Baby. ([[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant You thought it meant something else?]])

[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* Creator/FattyArbuckle's short ''The Butcher Boy'' gets a lot of mileage from a pail of molasses.
* Creator/CharlieChaplin's ''A Day's Pleasure'' features fresh asphalt.
* Creator/BusterKeaton uses this gag a lot.
** He absentmindedly dips his hand in glue in ''Film/TheHauntedHouse''.
** In ''Film/SherlockJr'' he runs afoul of a sheet of flypaper.
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'': Judge Doom punches a container of glue and gets it on his fist. He then accidentally hits a steam roller and gets stuck to it. He steps in the glue and when he tries to push off the steamroller with his foot, gets that stuck to it as well. He's eventually run over by the steamroller, [[spoiler:but he survives because he's a toon]].
* In ''Film/DirtyRottenScoundrels'', Jamieson delivers Freddy to a party of sailors on shore leave who Freddy had earlier attempted to deceive. The next morning, we see that he has apparently gotten along with them just fine, casually leaning with his hand against a doorframe as the last of them leaves the room. He then asks Jamieson to get his hand un-superglued from the door frame.
* In ''Film/TheManWithTwoBrains,'' Dr. Hfuhruhurr consults with his boss, who spends the conversation with his index fingers placed pensively against his upper lip. At the end of the conversation, the doctor asks when the operation to separate his fingers from his lip will happen, and notes that superglue is something you have to be careful with.
* In ''Film/NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation,'' Clark and his wife go to bed after he just cut down a pine tree, coating his hands in sap.
* IIRC one of the [=GIs=] in ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' gets a sticky bomb stuck to his hand just before it's about to detonate. YMMV on how funny that is.
* ''Film/AmericanPie 2'' has this with Jim's hand and a pornography tape. Then again, since this happened when he mistook superglue for lubricant, he was more worried about what his '''other''' hand was glued to.
* Happens to Film/TheThreeStooges in the movie ''The Outlaws Is Coming''.
* ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster'' had Debbie, who is deathly afraid of roaches, being turned into one by Freddy, which led to her walking into a giant roach motel. Most definitely not played for laughs ([[ForTheEvulz unless you're Freddy]]).
* Cactus Jack does this in ''Film/TheVillain'' (which is, in places, basically a live-action ''Road Runner'' cartoon). He paints the railroad tracks with glue, and his targets roll over it in their wagon to no effect. Furious, he runs after them... only to be stuck in the glue and hit by a train.
* In ''Film/HoneyWeShrunkOurselves'', the direct-to-video sequel of ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'', Wayne manages to accidentally shrink himself, his brother, and their wives to the size of cockroaches. Of course, they end up fleeing from a real cockroach into a Roach Motel-like glue trap. [[MadScientist Wayne]] has made a hobby of disassembling these traps for [[ForScience some reason]], and knows there's a clear path through which they can safely pass to the other side. His wife, freaking out over being attacked by a giant cockroach, manages to step in the glue and get stuck, with the cockroach biting at her, until [[BigDamnHeroes Wayne comes back and pulls her free]].
* In ''Film/IntoTheWoods''' version of Cinderella's tale, she loses one of her slippers when she gets stuck in pitch that Prince Charming had spread on the palace stairs to prevent her escape. Later, [[spoiler:the survivors lure the woman giant into a sticky puddle as the first step in their plan]].
* ''Film/TheMadAdventuresOfRabbiJacob'': In a sequence inside a bubblegum factory, Victor Pivert falls into a huge vat of liquid bubblegum. Afterward, he has some trouble with stuff sticking to him, including the buttons of a phone or the chair he sits into.
* ''Creator/LaurelAndHardy'': In "Busy Bodies", Stan hits Ollie in the face with a glue-covered brush; it sticks permanently to his chin. Eventually Stan has to cut and then shave it, as if it were a beard.
* ''Film/BluesBrothers:'' "This is glue. ''Strong stuff.''" Elwood uses a canister of marine epoxy resin on the Good Old Boy's trailer, specifically the accelerator, meaning when they start chasing the brothers, they run into a "little problem": accelerating out of control and eventually crashing into a lake.

* Literature/AdrianMole ends up with a model aeroplane glued to his nose at one point, prompting accusations that he was trying to sniff it.
* ''Literature/DirkGently'': In ''Literature/TheLongDarkTeaTimeOfTheSoul'', the [[PhysicalGod Norse god Thor]] gets glued to the floor by an obnoxious demon who took one of Odin's orders literally. He has his hammer {{Mjolnir}} smash the floor apart to free himself, but is left with bits of floorboard stuck to his back.
* ''Literature/TheMartian''. Mark Watney, when repairing his space helmet's BrokenFaceplate, applies resin designed for suit repairs that solidifies in 60 seconds with his fingers, and holds the patch he uses to make the repair on with said fingers as it dries. HilarityEnsues.
* The title character of the Creator/RoaldDahl book ''Literature/{{Matilda}}'' glues her father's hat to his head. She also mentions the boy down the road who got Superglue on his finger and then tried to pick his nose, with disastrous results.
* In one story in the ''Literature/PaddingtonBear'' books, called: "A Sticky Time", has this as the end result of Paddington's disastrous at making toffee, getting the gunk all over the kitchen as well as all over Paddington himself. The situation gets serious when it appears that the toffee is wrecking havoc on Paddington's digestive system, but fortunately it turned out that it was just toffee that had dripped onto Paddington's stomach.
* Windrunner Radiants in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' have the ability to bind two objects together with a temporary but virtually unbreakable bond. Often used for comedy, especially when Kaladin is learning his powers and practices by gluing his squadmates to random walls.
* Played for horror in ''The Walker in the Cemetery'', a ''Literature/CthulhuMythos'' short story by Ian Watson. Cthulhu is stalking and killing a group of humans ForTheEvulz, with one victim caught by a transparent glue the same color as the ground he's walking on. Cthulhu comes for him as he's unlacing his sneaker to jump free.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* On ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', Cory, Shawn and Topanga get superglued to their classroom desks as part of an EscalatingWar.
* In ''Series/TheBugaloos'' episode #6 "If I Had the Wings of a Bugaloo", Benita Bizarre's well camouflaged flypaper glue disks traps Courage and Joy for a while.
* An episode of ''The Captain and Tennille'' (a '70s variety show) has a superglue salesman demonstrating his product then accidentally getting his hand stuck to the hand of a pretty housewife. Then her husband came home and his hands got stuck around the salesman's neck.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', Cliff wins the bar beard-growing competition by super-gluing a fake beard to his face. He then calls a doctor about getting the beard removed, and gets some very bad news: "...Can that be done on an out-patient basis?"
* In ''Series/GilligansIsland'' there are two episodes where this occurs:
** In the episode "Goodbye Island", the group accidentally discover a new glue when they attempt to use the sap of a local tree to create pancake syrup. They then try to use it to repair their boat. [[HilarityEnsues Very clumsily, of course.]]
** In the episode [[BeautyContest "Beauty Is as Beauty Does"]] the group holds a beauty contest between the three women. During the talent portion Mary Ann is to perform a dance routine, and Mr. Howell tries to sabotage it by pouring glue onto the stage. Mary Ann, of course, [[CaptainOblivious steps right in it]], becoming instantly stuck and loses her shoe ([[BrickJoke which is still stuck in place in a later scene]]).
* ''Series/HomeImprovement'':
** Tim gets his head stuck to a board while demonstrating Binford's Miracle Glue.
** In a different episode, he gets ''both'' of his hands stuck to a toilet tank's interior wall.
* ''Series/ILoveLucy'': In the episode "The Moustache", when Ricky grows a mustache that Lucy dislikes, she dons a false beard in protest. It's accidentally attached with Bulldog Cement ("Holds fast forever. Will not let go. Can only be removed with Bulldog Cement Remover Number Three") instead of spirit gum.
* In Creator/LucilleBall's later sitcom ''Life With Lucy'', her character ([[TheDanza yet again named Lucy]]) becomes stuck to Curtis after a mishap while trying to glue a lamp back together.
* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': In the episode "Living Statues", Mr. Conklin orders Miss Brooks to fix the cracks and scratches on his office walls. Joined by Walter and Mr. Boynton, Miss Brooks redoes his office using a clear paint invented by Walter in the school lab. [[HilarityEnsues Unfortunately, Walter unknowingly added liquid cement to his concoction . . .]]
* Happens in an episode of ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' when Chiaki and Ryuunosuke become glued together by the MonsterOfTheWeek. Which naturally carried over into the ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' version of the episode. Given the franchise's predilection for puns, it was naturally titled "A Sticky Situation".
* ''Series/TheSlammer'': In one episode, the Governer, Mr Burgess, Gimbert and Peter have to host the Freedom Show stuck together after Gimbert uses the 'Dangerously Sticky Glue' to repair the showtime lever.
* The main plot in the ''Series/SomeMothersDoAveEm'' episode "Wendy House". WalkingDisasterArea Frank Spencer has been using superglue to build furniture to replace the items that were destroyed when he and his wife Betty moved to their new house, and is waiting for a bus with a chair he has just made. Also waiting for a bus are an elderly woman who is feeling a bit giddy and her son, who helps her into the chair before Frank can point out that it is made with superglue; inevitably, she gets stuck to it, then the son gets stuck to the bus stop sign after handling the tube of superglue. Frank tries to enlist the help of the conductor of the bus when it arrives, but soon they are both stuck to the chair. When all four of them are taken to Accident and Emergency, they find Frank's DIY instructor, who got superglued to the classroom telephone.
* Deputy Andy Brennan runs afoul of a roll of Scotch tape in ''Series/TwinPeaks''.
* Done with a zombie mask on ''Series/{{Victorious}}'', when Tori's ditzy friend uses the wrong glue. She is supposed to be the lead in the play that night, and ends up performing her entire (serious) part wearing the zombie mask. With the author of the play in the audience.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* One of the stories about Anansi, spider trickster-spirit of Africa, involves an enemy of his using a "tar baby", a scarecrow-like moppet made of sticky, to catch the trickster. Anansi gets angry when the tar baby won't talk to him, tries to punch it, and gets stuck fast.\\\
African-Americans during the slavery period mixed this story with the [[RascallyRabbit Br'er Rabbit]] cycle, putting the title Rabbit in the starring role and making the tar baby a creation of Br'er Fox. Sadly, those tales are almost forgotten in modern America, especially because Disney's ''Film/SongOfTheSouth'' has been put into permanent storage due to ValuesDissonance and meddling from political correctness authorities. It's gotten to the point that even modern people who've heard of the tar baby story think it's some sort of [[GetTheeToANunnery archaic racist remark]], when it's nothing of the sort.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'': In the Gilda Radner episode, Dr. Honeydew's superglue spills all over the stage and characters keep getting glued to everything. By the end of the show, everyone is stuck in one big ball. In addition, during their closing scene, it's revealed the glue got onto Staler and Waldorf's balcony, and they get stuck, prompting them to say, "Oh, no!"

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** Among ''D&D'' monsters making good use of glue are the mimics, which pseudopods can stick very efficiently to immobilize their victims, and also un-stick at will.
** The sovereign glue is a classic magic item that creative [=PCs=] can put to multiple uses. Although it is safer to have another magic fluid, the universal solvent, at hand whenever you're using sovereign glue, to avoid embarrassing accidents.
** 3.0, 3.5 (and some other versions?) have Tanglefoot Bags, alchemical items that burst open when thrown, miring the target to a mild degree.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has a few monsters that can do this. The Adherants are mummy-like creatures wrapped in layers of extremely sticky fibers. Any melee weapon used on them risks becoming stuck to it, as any player using a bare-handed attack. Giant [[OurMonstersAreWeird Flail Snails]] can also leave behind a trail of glue-like mucus that can trap unwary [=PCs=].
* One ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' module has a bunch of [[spoiler:indestructible Commie pamphlets]] that [[ClingyMacGuffin keep showing up]], until the Troubleshooters finally get superglued to them (and [[ChainedHeat each other]]). [[spoiler:At least it lets them survive a laser cannon blast.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/MonsterMadness'': One of the myriad of weapons was the Glue Cannon, which fired a puddle of goop onto the ground in which ground-based enemies, as well as your fellow players, can get caught (though it mostly only slows them down). As long as the player has the weapon equipped, he/she [[RequiredSecondaryPower wears boots that makes him/her immune to becoming stuck in glue]].
* ''VideoGame/RedAlert3Paradox'': The GOOP, the Allies' other non-lethal weapon of choice after the FreezeRay, works by trapping enemies in sticky [[CherryTapping pink]] foam.
* ''VideoGame/Revolution1986'': Some levels contain adhesive surfaces, and touching them will cause the bouncing ball to stop bouncing.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland Chapter 1: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal'': Near the end, [[spoiler:when Guybrush's demonic hand acts up and prevents him from telling Winslow what to do,]] Guybrush cleverly devises a way to stop the situation by opening up the tar barrel and trapping his hand in sticky tar (he even says, "That's what I call a [[TropeNamer sticky situation]]!" while looking at the tar puddle again).
* ''VideoGame/ChexQuest'' is a game whose entire enemy roster are sticky slime creatures that try to cover you in sticky slime to defeat you.
* The ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' series has several enemies that use sticky substances to immobilize the player character. ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' had a bat/scorpion creature that shot sticky slime out of its tail, and ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'' has strong mutated enemies which spit sticky mucus. The player character has to fight to break free.
* ''VideoGame/{{Folklore}}'' has a class of enemies that releases sticky mucous. The stuff ensnares the player character, who has to fight to escape.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Home Alone|Sega}}'' LicensedGame for the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis, one of the traps Kevin can set in one of the five houses is tar, which can slow Harry and Marv down when they walk across it. He can also assemble a glue gun to use against Harry and Marv and temporarily stun them.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In a promotional web short for ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'', Russell has problems handling Band-Aids, which keep getting stuck to his fingers.
* Creator/HarveyRothman's "Foxy gets Hooked" suggests that the reason that the security guard in ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' can't move around is because someone put glue on his chair. He stays stuck to it for the whole video, forcing him to crawl home.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* From ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'', Mimic has the standard adhesive ability of a ''D&D'' mimic, but employs it very rarely since, as he puts out, "If a ragin' axe-wieldin' berzerker's comin' at ya... gluin' y'self TO him isn't your best strategy!" He puts it to good use during a Gnomish Baseball match, though, [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-8-48/ turning into the ball]] and [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-8-49/ getting the whole opposing troll team]] stuck together.
* The Wulfenbach Sentinels from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' can spray some kind of black super adhesive as a non-lethal restraining round. Agatha ends up cutting off the lower half of a pair of pants and leaving some boots behind to get out of some only to end up stuck to another character she doesn't care for who also got hit with the stuff. Luckily Violetta figures which solvent she's carrying works on it quickly.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode Lost Our Lisa, Bart decides to glue some novelty items to his face with industrial strength adhesive. Eventually Dr. Hibbert removes the items by [[spoiler:making Bart sweat, as apparently human sweat is great at dissolving glue]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' has an episode 'Glue For Two', Fred tries to invent a drink which instead turns into a very sticky goo. He and Barney mutually get their hand stuck to the same bowling ball and had to break it with a chisel. He later tries to invent a new batch, only to realize it only got sticky because he added 'Rockbaum's Steel Grip Glue'
* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' Stewie and Brian spent [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuck_Together,_Torn_Apart most of an episode glued together.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' episode "Stuck on You", Baloo and Don Karnage are stuck together by a very sticky glue. They had to work together to retrieve the solvent before the glue will set permanently.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SquirrelBoy'' episode "The Rod Squad," an escalating situation involving sticky buns ends up with most of the cast stuck together in a huge ball.
* ''WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner'' uses this many times. It may perhaps be Wile E. Coyote's most recurring trap.
** In 'Out and Out Rout', Wile E. Coyote sets up a glue trap which he gets stuck in and gets flattened by a steamroller.
** In 'Ready, Set, Zoom', He sets up even more glue, but the Road Runner runs right over the stuff and splashes him with it, which gets the dynamite he was holding stuck to his hands.
** In 'Zoom at the Top', He coats a boomerang with glue and gets it stuck to his hand.
** In 'Rushing Roulette', He sets another glue trap. The outcome is what you expect.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' uses this trope many times
** In 'Here Comes the Sun', the episode's villain amplifies the Sun's heat which melts the tar road and causes the spies' feet to get stuck.
** In 'I, Dude', Jerry gives the spies' a super sticky hair pomade as a gadget. Alex accidentally squirts it on him and he gets his hand stuck to his head. She later uses it on some henchmen as well.
** In 'Creepy Crawly Much?', the girls get trapped in a human-sized roach motel.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' Warner 65th Anniversary Special has Daffy Duck recounting an incident where the Warner Kids made a movie themselves where they use the flypaper gag, which he admitted was funny, but ran ''[[OverlyLongGag several hours]]'' too long.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode 'Fractured' has a minor villain getting hold of some RealityWarper powers, and Raven, having been knocked into the ocean, can't fly out because the water has turned into glue.
* Happens in the classic Creator/{{Disney}} short "Playful Pluto", when Pluto gets stuck on a sheet of fly paper and has a hard time getting it off. (This scene is used prominently in ''Film/SullivansTravels'', inspiring the main character's epiphany about the power of laughter.)
** The scene is remade in 'Beach Picnic', where Pluto's struggles are animated exactly the same but in colour and higher quality.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'':
** In "Hogatha's Hearth Throb", Gargamel tries to trap the Smurfs in a sticky glue trap, only to end up trapping Hogatha. She demands to be freed from the trap, but Gargamel tells her to get herself out. Hogatha does, but she uses her magic to put Gargamel into his own sticky trap.
** In the episode "Stuck On Smurfs", Gargamel casts a spell that causes the Smurfs to get stuck to each other, which Papa Smurf uses to his advantage by having the stuck Smurfs stick on Gargamel, forcing him to come up with a counter-spell that frees him and all the other Smurfs. They then trap Gargamel in an actual glue trap.
** In "Shamrock Smurfs", Brainy sets up a glue trap for a leprechaun but ends up trapping the other smurfs.
** In "The Smurfs That Time Forgot", the smurfs get stuck in a tar pit.
** In "Hefty's Heart", Gargamel traps the smurfs on the table by using glue.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'', the title cat...bear...thing gets some Grubble Gum. Unfortunately, it gets stuck on his face, then his body, then to Mung Dahl, Schnitzel, Truffles, a random bear, and eventually all of Marzipan City. Bonus points for playing the Katamari Damacy theme in the background.
* The plot of an entire episode of ''WesternAnimation/KickButtowski'' called "Hand in Hand" where the titular character gets stuck together with Kendall due to cave sap... the only way to get them unstuck is by using the anti-sticky agent in Kendall's boyfriends garage.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'', the heroes are superglued to a roller coaster of doom. HilarityEnsues when they describe to Colonel K how they escaped it.
* ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'':
** In "Gone to Pieces", Taz's attempts to mend a broken vase end up with the vase stuck to the table, and then Taz stuck to the vase.
** In "Bewitched Bob", Taz's little brother hallucinates Taz as an alien and shoots him with a glue gun, sticking him to the wall.
** In "Mutton For Nothing", Taz is glued to a target as punishment for trying to steal sheep.
* Happens to WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls in "A Sticky Situation" (their Whoopass Girls short), "Something's A Ms." and "Stray Bullet."
* ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus'':
** This happened to Ratty and his rottweiler accomplice, after getting squirted with a bottle of glue (thanks to Brattus), in the first act of the episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS2E6TotallyBogusVideo Totally Bogus Video]]".
** Ratty (again) and Mole both fall victim to this by the weasel mobster pair in the second act of the episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS2E7BogusPrivateEye Bogus Private Eye]]".
* Five of the Squirrel Scouts from the cartoon ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'' mistook Raj for a yeti [[spoiler: because he was covered in liquid marshmallow]] & start chasing after him. They later find out their little mistake & decide to return to their cabins... only to find their feet stuck in the same material that Raj used to be covered in.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** "[[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends Fall Weather Friends]]" features a scene where Applejack cheats by kicking down a bucket harvesting maple sap, causing it to spill onto the trail and gluing Rainbow Dash. It's unusually stretchy, requiring Rainbow to slingshot herself in order to snap the sticky sap.
** "[[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E23PonyvilleConfidential Ponyville Confidential]]" has Snips and Snails getting their rears stuck together by bubblegum. When this ends up on the newspaper, they ''willingly'' demonstrate it for their classmates (despite still having patches of fur missing from the earlier incident) because they are such class clowns.
--->'''Sweetie Belle:''' Snips and Snails and bubblegum [[EpicFail fail]].
** The Changelings in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 A Canterlot Wedding]]" have the ability to capture their victims in a sticky goop, trapping Celestia inside a cocoon, subduing the royal guards, and trapping Cadance to the floor.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E7MakeNewFriendsButKeepDiscord Make New Friends but Keep Discord]]", the Smooze's slime is (thankfully) not corrosive, but it is extremely adhesive. We see Rainbow Dash getting entirely unable to take flight once her hooves are glued to the floor by it, despite her efforts. Also, Fluttershy and Tree Hugger end up stuck against a glass window by the slime, Tree Hugger upside-down (not that she seems to care...).
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E20ItIsntTheManeThingAboutYou It Isn't the Mane Thing About You]]", Pinkie Pie kicks off the episode's plot by spraying the inside of Sugarcube Corner with super-sticky celebration string. Rarity gets a brush stuck in her mane, and Pinkie ends up using a ''crowbar'' to detach the Cake twins from the floor.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SheZow'', [[EvilDoppelganger SheZap]] coats the city with "Toxic Tangle Hair Gel", sticking dozens of cars to the road. When [[WholesomeCrossdresser SheZow]] and [[BumblingSidekick Maz]] arrive on-scene to assist, they both [[IdiotBall immediately manage to get their feet stuck in the stuff]].
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' has them as well.
** In the episode "Know it all Ed", after the Eds spent their Canadian Squirt Gun ammo, the Kankers retaliated by squirting a sticky concoction version of Crankshaft #5 at the Eds' feet, getting them stuck fast for [[BlackComedyRape the Kankers to kiss them at the end of the episode.]]
** "The Day The Ed Stood Still" has Ed sticking the other kids' to the wall Alien-style by chewed up cereal. Sara even gets stuck trying to peel Jimmy off the wall.
** "For Your Ed Only" has a furious Sara stick the Ed's to Johnny with gum
* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'':
** In the episode "[[Recap/MiraculousLadybugS01E11Horrificator Horrificator]]", the eponymous monster's goo can neutralize both Ladybug and Cat Noir by sticking them to walls on a direct hit. They're in a hurry to escape before it hardens. Cat Noir even calls the trope by name in the English dub.
** In the episode "Dark Cupid", Ladybug uses a sticky weapon to get Dark Cupid's hand stuck to his bow so he can't fire any more.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPussInBoots'': Jack Sprat steals the Seven League Boots and becomes untouchable thanks to the SuperSpeed they bestow... until Puss lays some glue down to trip him up.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Dinotrux}}'': In "Gluphosaurs", the Gluphosaurs can spit an extremely powerful glue that is nearly impossible to break. In a short fight with them they manage to stick all of the main cast together in one big pile.
* ''WesternAnimation/AtomicPuppet'': In the episode "Atomic Goo", AP accidentally glues himself to Joey's hand, resulting in the two getting stuck in superhero mode. HilarityEnsues as Joey has to hide his secret identity from his family and at school, while AP has to put up with the troubles of being stuck on Joey's hand all day (such as Joey grabbing a hot oven tray) and tries to act own his accord.
* ''WesternAnimation/LittleBear'' :
** The episode "Little Bear's Kite", Little Bear's grandfather is teaching him how to make a kite. Problems start to arise when they try to glue the frame of the kite to the paper.
** The episode "Balloon Heads" has Owl pop a huge bubble gum bubble and then get stuck between 2 trees by the mess.
* ''WesternAnimation/IlEtaitUneFois la Vie'': The episode about the polluant toxins shows the (anthropomorphized) enzyme responsible for gluing the RNA ribbons struggling with his big glue stick, ending up spreading the stuff everywhere and getting stuck in it.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZB7sO5ZoV8 This Krazy Glue ad]] is not an illusion -- but note the carefully prepared surfaces.
* Apparently, it's not unheard of for people to visit an emergency room after mistaking a tube of superglue for personal lubricant. [[ThatsGottaHurt (OW.)]]
* The StickyBomb was a real ally weapon in [=WW2=]. It resembled a German stick grenade but with the end coated in glue, to be tossed on the weak-parts on enemy tanks. Pulling the pin would pop the end off, revealing the sticky end and arming the device, and having one where the glue leaked onto the handle was a ''very'' real possibility.
* Police have experimented with a sticky foam gun as a method of non-lethal urban pacification. Besides the obvious cleanup issue is the risk of accidentally (or not) shooting someone in the face.
* Some predators create sticky traps to capture prey, or exploit pre-existing ones:
** Spider webs are an obvious example.
** Velvet worms, soft-bodied primitive cousins of arthropods, hunt by spraying streams of glue at smaller invertebrates to stick them to the ground.
** There is a hazard in nature called a predator trap, where animals can get hopelessly stuck in thick mud or sticky tar (or in some cases, {{quicksand|Sucks}}). Their corpses attract the attention of predators, whom also get mired while feasting on them. A paradise for future paleontologists.
* The Boston Molasses Disaster of 1919, when a molasses tank burst and a wave of molasses traveling at 35 mph covered a large portion of the city, killing 21 people. It's rumored that to this day, when it gets particularly warm, some can still smell the molasses, nearly 100 years after the disaster.
* Certain glues are used to capture pests.
* Victims of Parkinson's disease sometimes describe their inability to walk with ease by saying it's like having their feet glued to the floor.
* Creator/GeraldDurrell noted that African kids which caught birds for him employed a special glue cooked from various jungle plants. He noted that it was an amazing method of birdcatching as it was completely harmless: unlike various snares, the glue didn't risk breaking bird's bones, and it could be easily washed off or would just dry and fall off in a few hours. A larger, stronger birds would struggle free, though.
* In Danish, the expression "at hoppe på limpinden" (to jump on the glue-stick) means to be tricked, referencing the practice of poaching small birds through the use of gluetraps.