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The Trapdoor is an easily activated door in the floor of the SupervillainLair, activated by a convenient switch or lever. Though a favorite of the DiabolicalMastermind, it might also be installed in the office of a CorruptCorporateExecutive. Somehow the hero (or minion who [[YouHaveFailedMe has disappointed the]] BigBad) will ''always'' be sitting or standing exactly where the trap door opens, where it will usually lead to the DeathTrap. If generous, the trap door will include a slide, otherwise it's just a drop.

And somehow, the seams around the trap are always invisible before it opens and after it closes. This is easier to do in animation, of course, unless it's given away by a ConspicuouslyLightPatch.

Mostly spoofed these days, often with a pun so old it creaks; [[ObligatoryJoke "Nice of you to drop in!"]] Also often subverted by TrapDoorFail -- having the would-be victim end up standing ''next'' to the trapdoor when it opens.

For its intentional use on some [[GameShow game shows]], see some of the examples of EjectTheLoser.

[[WesternAnimation/TheTrapDoor Not to be confused with the series about one of these working in reverse]].



* One of Pepsi's Superbowl ads featured Elton John as a bored king who dropped various performers through a trap door in his throne room into the dungeon if they fail to entertain him. Naturally, the commercial ends with [[HoistByHisOwnPetard the king getting dropped through it himself]].
* A Skittles commercial has three people sitting on a rainbow. The moment one of them starts questioning if the rainbow they're sitting on even exists, the rainbow folds over beneath him, trap door style, causing him to fall.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Used straight/spoofed in ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro''; the title castle is rife with secret passages, {{Portrait Painting Peephole}}s and of ''course'' trap doors.
** When Lupin pays Clarisse a visit, the Count's men subtly herd him to the room's trap door and drop him like a bad habit.
** More laughable is one that's an actual ''trap'' in the main entrance hall: It's even hooked up to a fake bust that spits out pictures, Polaroid style, of whomever it drops into the dungeon -- Poor Zenigata gets to be the film's demonstration. Lupin, thus informed, manages to turn it on Jodo and one of his guards. The Count is merely amused when he sees the picture of them nearly falling in and commends Jodo for confirming that the trap works.
** On top of those, when Lupin and Zenigata team up to escape from the castle dungeon, they start a large fire as a distraction; this works out beautifully when smoke starts pouring out of all ''kinds'' of danged places, many of which all but scream the presence of even ''more'' chutes and trap doors.
* Spoofed and used as a RunningGag in ''Manga/ExcelSaga''. Excel is "trapdoor'ed" almost constantly by [[MeanBoss her employer]], Lord Il Palazzo, as punishment for being, well, herself. In one episode, the trap door is implemented as a form of transcontinental transportation.
* ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' uses this whenever the Nightmare Group wants to get rid of someone. They come back, though.
* Used straight by [[BigBad Dessler]]([[DubNameChange Desslok]]) in ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato''. One of the few comedic points of both the original and the [[Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato2199 remake]] is a Gamilas general who gets a trap door opened under his feet after annoying Dessler with inappropriate laughter.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'', when Bandit Keith confronts Pegasus at gunpoint (in the dub, he [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment merely points at Pegasus]]) in a last-ditch effort to get revenge. Pegasus nonchalantly opens a TrapDoor that dumps Keith into the ocean. In the manga, he uses his MacGuffin to WELD THE GUN to Keith's hand, and have Keith shoot himself. (Keith in the anime, even in the original Japanese, survives the fall.)
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' anime #159. Trap doors open up under Renji Abarai and Dondochakka Bilstin, sending them into an arena where they confront the Espada Szayel Aporro Granz.
* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai La Verite''. In episode 5 Ikyo Suzuki uses one to send Ryuuka down the garbage chute.
* In ''Anime/KillLaKill'', Ryuko is dropped through one by her StealthMentor into a hidden CreepyBasement under her house, where she encounters a ClingyMacGuffin.
* Used in the Chunin Exams in ''Manga/{{Boruto}}''. [[spoiler:ALL of the examinees fall through it. To pass the test, an examinee has to avoid coming in contact with any of the ink pooled at the bottom.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'':
** In ''Tintin in America'', gangster Bobby Smiles presses a button with his foot to make Tintin fall through the floor and into a room with some KnockoutGas.
** Later, when Tintin is being given a tour of a meatpacking plant, Smiles arranges for him to lean against a trick guardrail, in the hopes of turning him into HumanResources.
** In ''King Ottokar's Sceptre'', Tintin is involuntarily ejected from a private plane by the pilot opening a trap door underneath his seat.
* [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck]], of Disney ducks fame, has one of these in his office. He uses it quite often, be it to get rid of inconvenient salesmen or even of his own relatives.
** Exactly where people end up changes between stories, or even within the story. On one occasion, the first person dropped landed outside on a mattress with a sign "And stay out!" next to it. The second landed in a bramble-bush. "I warned you!"
** According to Don Rosa, Scrooge's trapdoor drops people in a tank filled with ''skunk oil''.
** In one of the stories of ''[[Comicbook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck Companion]]'', Scrooge [[spoiler: uses a stage trapdoor to drop Donald out of his dream so he can have some private dream time with Glittering Goldie]].
* ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'': in the one-shot special "The Jungle Adventure" (written by Walt Simonson, pencilled by Mike Mignola), Wolverine falls through a trap-door while investigating a high-tech lab in the Savage Land, run by Apocalypse who provides the lampshade: "Greetings, Wolverine. You'll forgive me, but I'm required by law to say this, how nice of you to drop in so unexpectedly."
* ''ComicBook/{{Thorgal}}'', "The Fall of Brek Zarith": In the villain's treasure room, the entire floor is one giant (and ''very'' deep) lever-activated trapdoor, as a particularly greedy and careless Viking finds out the hard way.
* In ''Comicbook/ActionComics'' #765, set shortly after Brainiac 13 has turned Metropolis into a 64th century city, Lex Luthor is informed that his control panel in the new Lexcorp building's conference room activates trapdoors beneath all the other chairs, leading to a AcidPool. He decides he loves the future.
* In ''{{ComicBook/Violine}}'', one appears at the front door of the mansion, leading to a RubeGoldbergDevice for cleaning visitors. There is also one in the President's room, leading to a moat filled with crocodiles. A third one appears in Muller's TortureCellar as part of his DeathTrap.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Examples from Fanfic/{{the Calvinverse}}:
** Calvin and Hobbes end up falling through one in Chapter 5 of ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheMovie''.
** Andy and Sherman [[{{Pun}} fall for this]] in one episode ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''.
* In ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', Marcus Vickers has a trap door in his office. Once he even ejected himself.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine''. After they pass through the Sea of Science a creature drops into the sub. Ringo pushes a button and a door opens under the creature, dropping it out into the Sea of Monsters.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MickeyDonaldGoofyTheThreeMusketeers'', Pete drops a few of his [[MinionWithAnFInEvil minions]] down "The Pit", followed by the required scream fading out... only to subvert it when the short one stands up on the floor to reveal that it's roughly two feet deep. They are later seen playing poker inside and hop out when Pete needs them again.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'' segment "Captain Sternn". After the title character pays Hannover Fiste the 35,000 zulaks, he pulls a lever that drops Fiste out of the space station and out of orbit, causing him to burn up on re-entry.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones The Man Called Flintstone]]'', the Green Goose uses one on Barney Rubble.
* There are two of them in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', both used to comedic effect. One apparently leads to a crocodile pit. The other leads to a random hole on the side of the palace.
* In ''{{WesternAnimation/Robots}}'': [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Ratchet]] tells his employees he doesn't wanna hear another word about former head of the company [[HonestCorporateExecutive Bigweld]].
-->'''Bigweld''': (on TV) ''So remember: whether a bot is made up of old parts, new parts or spare parts, you can shine no matter what yo-''
-->'''Ratchet''': My goodness. What a remarkable legacy. Concern for the common robot. You don't come across old-fashioned values like that anymore, friends. And for good reason. '''''[[SuddenlyShouting THERE'S NO MONEY IN IT!]]''''' Hello? Memo to Bigweld! We're not a charity! ''That's'' why old Fat-Face no longer sits in the Big Chair. He's a ''relic!'' So, I don't wanna hear another ''"Where's Bigweld?"'' [''imitates baby whining'']\\
'''Loud-mouthed Chairman''': We'll see him next month at the Bigweld Ball! He always goes to that!\\
(''Ratchet presses a button on a remote; the chairman falls into a hole that appears below him'')
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'': Right before the finals of the BattleOfTheBands, Trixie and her two bandmates trap the Rainbooms under the stage by pulling a lever and opening a trap door right under their feet.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Played with in ''[[Film/AustinPowers Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery]]'': During his introduction, Doctor Evil [[YouHaveFailedMe sends numerous minions into fiery pits]] with the push of a button, but when he reoccupies the [[SupervillainLair Evil Lair]] thirty years later, the mechanisms are a bit rusty and the goon he incinerates is NotQuiteDead. Although, same said henchman survived a fall off a cliff with two broken legs and a bear mauling him at the end credits, so you can't blame it on the mechanisms themselves.
-->'''Mook:''' I'm still alive, but I'm very badly burned.
* The vampire superhero film ''Film/{{Blade}}'' (1998) had a character named Dr. Karen Jensen fall down into a trap chute near the end of the film, where she found and killed her former research partner (who had been turned into a vampire slave), but climbed back out of the chute using an old bone for leverage.
* Ringo Starr falls through at least two trapdoors in ''Film/{{Help}}'' One of them is in a pub and uses a beer glass (glued to its coaster) as a switch; fortunately for those trying to rescue Ringo, its seams are just visible. Another one is inside the area covered by an electrified cage somewhere in the Bahamas...
* ''Franchise/JamesBond'':
** Used straight in the Film/JamesBond movie ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' where the villain had it set up in his elevator to drop into a SharkPool. Bond defeated it by straddling the walls.
** In an earlier film, ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'', Bond suspects the same trick, only to be felled by gas instead.
** Subverted in ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', when Japanese Secret Service chief -- and Bond ally -- Tiger Tanaka uses a TrapDoor with slide to bring Bond to their first face to face meeting.
* ''Film/StarWars VI: Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'': Jabba the Hutt uses one to have Luke Skywalker drop in on his pet rancor. Unique in that you DO see that he's standing on some kind of grill, and earlier Jabba's minions made sure Luke was standing on the middle of it.
* Kim Jong-Il had one in ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice''. It's not outside the realms of possibility that this is TruthInTelevision. UsefulNotes/NorthKorea is that kind of country.
* In one segment of Disney's ''Disney/MarsAndBeyond'', the Martian leader pulls a rope and a trap door opens under the kidnapped heroine.
* ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' does this [[RuleOfThree three times]]. First is when she gets past the guards with the riddle and says that the Labyrinth is "a piece of cake", the second is when Ludo is whisked right to the Bog of Eternal Stench, and then when Sarah gives Hoggle a kiss.
* ''Film/{{DEBS}}'' Lucy installs one inside a bank vault to bring Amy to her.
* At the end of ''Film/{{Charade}}'', the bad guy is killed off with one, on a theater stage with sections of floor designed to open with a switch.
* ''Film/WildWildWest''. Dr. Loveless has one installed on the command deck of his giant mechanical spider. He uses it to drop Jim West down to the engine deck for a "whuppin'".
* In ''Film/SinbadOfTheSevenSeas'', Sinbad is dropped into a pit with snakes in it by Jaffar, the wizard of all that is evil. You know him, don't you?
* Played with a couple of times in early Creator/HaroldLloyd short ''Film/AskFather''. Harold is trying to get into his girlfriend's father's office to ask for her hand, but the father has some radical security measures. The first is a variation on this trope, a hidden conveyor belt that sends Harold zooming out of the office. Then when Harold gets back in a played-straight Trap Door sends him falling down a chute and out of the building into the alley.
* ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory:'' At the tail end of her IWantSong, Veruca is standing on a chute which has this effect.

* Creator/LFrankBaum used this trope a few times in his ''Literature/LandOfOz''.
** For instance, ''Tik-Tok in Oz'' features a trapdoor used by the BigBad over a hole so deep it ''goes to the other side of the world''.
** ''Rinkitink in Oz'' contains a subversion, where the villain opens a trap door under one of the heroes, but, unknown to the villain, the hero has an artifact that protects him from harm, so he floats over the gap instead of falling through.
** Ruth Plumly Thompson used trapdoors frequently in her continuation of the Oz series. One notable example is in ''The Silver Princess in Oz''.
** ''The Muppet Wizard of Oz'' has the Wizard use a trapdoor to send the heroes out of his throneroom. The Muppet characters all fall through, but Dorothy is standing in the wrong place, and has to be asked to jump.
** Also used in the stage version of ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}''; saying more would spoil.
* Used by [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickens]] in ''Literature/OliverTwist''. Mr and Mrs Bumble go to meet Monks in a derelict warehouse overhanging a river. After their conversation Monks reveals that they'd been sitting on a trapdoor over the millrace. "I could have let you down quietly enough when you were seated over it, if that had been my game." He didn't, but he'd clearly planned for the possibility.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/TheSlitheringShadow," Literature/ConanTheBarbarian runs from soldiers into a woman's room. She uses this on him.
* In ''Literature/LiveAndLetDie'', one of Mr. Big's men has a trap door in his fish warehouse over a shark enclosure that he gets Felix Leiter to fall through - later on, he [[HoistByHisOwnPetard does so himself]] in a fight with Bond. The basic elements of this scene are used in the movie ''Film/LicenceToKill''.
* In the K.J. Parker short story [[http://subterraneanpress.com/magazine/winter_2014/i_met_a_man_who_wasnt_there_by_k_j_parker "I Met a Man Who Wasn't There"]], the narrating VillainProtagonist is a BoxedCrook [[PetRat police spy]], and has a carpenter build a trap door built under the place in which a suspect sits, as a safety measure should a suspect try to attack him. Unfortunately, the first person he tries it on has magical powers including [[NotQuiteFlight levitation]].
* The levitation version is also used in ''Literature/{{Swellhead}}''. In that case the hero deliberately [[LevitatingLotusPosition sits on the trapdoor]] in order to shake the confidence of the villain.
* When Fandorin sits down to confront the BigBad at the end of ''Literature/SheLoverOfDeath'', he notes that the heavy chair on a heavy rug that he sits down on won't move. That's because it's sitting on top of a Trap Door that the villain later triggers, sending Fandorin plunging into a death trap.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Spoofed in ''Recap/DoctorWhoTheCurseOfFatalDeath'', when the Master accidentally falls down the same trap door three times. The journey back up takes three hundred and twelve years apiece, though he re-appears mere moments later due to TimeTravel.
* ''Series/GetSmart'': Affectionately parodied in a scene where Maxwell Smart and 99 are breaking into the villain's lair.
-->'''Smart:''' (''picking the lock'') We'll be alright as long as this door isn't connected to a... to a...\\
'''99:''' To a what, Max?\\
(''they fall through a trapdoor, which drops them into two chairs directly in front of the villain'')\\
'''Smart:''' Trapdoor.\\
'''Villain:''' Mr Smart, nice of you to...\\
'''Smart & Villain:''' (''simultaneously)'' [[ObligatoryJoke Drop in, yes...]]
* The Merchant Banker in ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' gets rid of a charity collector this way (but keeps his collecting tin).
* Used as the gimmick for the game show ''Russian Roulette'', where contestants are eliminated by dropping through the door they're required to stand on (although, as the show's name suggests, whether or not a contestant is eliminated is a random process). To make the gimmick's usage even more {{Anvilicious}}, there's a lever to activate the TrapDoor in front of each player, essentially forcing them to eliminate themselves in this manner. Another {{Anvilicious}} aspect was the fact that the platform was designed to look like the chamber of a revolver, with the six contestants as the "bullets".
* On NBC's short-lived game show, ''Series/WhosStillStanding'', one contestant (the "Hero") stands on a trap door on the center of the stage and faces off against a circle of 10 competitors also standing on trap doors (the "Strangers") in a series of trivia duels. Eliminated contestants drop 10 feet into a padded room below the stage. If the Hero decides to walk away at one point and keep their winnings, they have the option of either walking out of the studio or by dropping through the floor. And at the end of each episode, Ben Bailey (of ''Series/CashCab'' fame), also drops through the Hero's trap door.
* The Creator/{{Syfy}} game show ''Series/TotalBlackout'' uses trap doors in a slightly different way. After each round, the remaining contestants stand in front of trap doors and, on Jaleel White's command, are told to jump onto them. The contestant with the least amount of points in the round [[EjectTheLoser drops out of the game]], while the other contestants' doors stay shut.
* One ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' parody commercial was for a trap-door company. It began with scenes of malfunctioning trap-doors, complete with the voiceover, "Don't you hate it when this happens to you?"
* Played straight in the second season ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'' episode "The Bat Cave Affair".
* The Grand Master in ''Series/MIHigh'' has one in his office for disposing of annoying underlings. It's not clear exactly what happens to those who fall through it, but the offscreen voice of one victim was heard complaining that it was uncomfortably warm in the cellar.
* The "Sock It To Me" bits on ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'' frequently showed a character (usually Judy Carne) falling through a trap door.
* Spoofed in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDedpreZH-0 a segment]] from ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' where the architect working for the EvilGenius has built the trap door compliant to safety requirements. That is, with a red light, an announcement warning to clear the area, and yellow signs. The guy in the chair escapes.
-->"Trap door? Is there a trap door?"
* A variant of this appeared on ''Survivor: Exile Island.'' It was an immunity challenge where each competitor knelt on a platform above the ocean. If they were unable to hold onto the ropes that held the weights, the trapdoor would open and drop them into the drink.
* ''Series/MacGyver1985'': In "Halloween Knights", Murdoc uses a trap door to drop Mac into a cage.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'', Dogbert recommends trap doors as a method of disposing of disgruntled employees who take advantage of "open door" policies. One strip shows him activating one from a desk, and another has him presenting one that drops the employee into rush-hour traffic to the PointyHairedBoss, who's dumb enough to fall into it himself.
* One ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' strip had a family visiting a store that sells trap-doors, and their son has just fallen through one of them, with the salesman assuring them the kid's safe in the maintenance department and ushering them onto the next model.

* Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''Pinball/HauntedHouse'' has one beneath the ramp; it can send pinballs into the Cellar.

[[folder:Table Top Games]]
* Pit traps, with or without accompanying trap doors, are among the more popular traps in role playing games.

* Many theaters are equipped with one or more trapdoors in the stage to aid getting a character onto or off the stage without it being clear where they came from, and occasionally as a way to bring in set pieces.
* ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' has a trap door built into the barber chair that often becomes a memorable part of every production.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The use of a trap door goes all the way back to InteractiveFiction text adventures of the late 1970s and early 1980s, including VideoGame/{{Zork}}[=/=]Dungeon that slams behind the player if the step down through it.
* Ryu Hayabusa is constantly punked by such pitfalls in the ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' games for the NES.
* Both played straight and inverted in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''. First, Crono and team are dropped down at least one trap door. Later in the game, Crono and team are the ones who force a villain down a trapdoor (in his own lair, no less). This becomes a running gag, as the protagonists use this against the same villain again, and can use this against mooks at several points in the game.
* In ''VideoGame/LesManley in: Search for the King'', the boss will drop you down a TrapDoor if you try to steal the keys while he's watching, and you can HaveANiceDeath.
* The Mill levels in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3DixieKongsDoubleTrouble'' feature trapdoors which buckle open when jumped upon. Sometimes these are locked and the monkeys have to unlock them first before proceeding trough them.
* Subverted by Leon Kennedy in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' where the villain pulls this on him; if the player successfully [[PressXToNotDie Presses X To Not Die]], he flings a [[GrapplingHookPistol Grappling Hook]] into the shaft wall to break his fall, stating that he "Won't fall for this old trick!" ...Leon, are you telling us that since ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'' you've seriously fallen victim to this so many times that you've taken preventative measures?
* In ''VideoGame/UltimaV'', the Sceptre of Lord British is being guarded by all three of the Shadowlords and a demon in their earthly fortress of Shadowkeep. Getting around ''that'' in bad enough. However, in addition, there are trap doors in the floor all around the sceptre itself; which leads to a lava pit and an instant TotalPartyKill. If you're paying attention, you ''might'' notice the small dot in the floor that is usually only present for secret doors in the walls.
* There's a TrapDoor in Castle Oztroja that you'll find when playing ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI''. It's right in front of a locked door that has a two switches in front of it. One opens the door, the other springs the trap. It changes randomly each game day. It's possible to hit the switch and run away before you fall down, but if you don't know that, this can be annoying(Or deadly, if you're low enough in level).
* A variation of this is present in ''VideoGame/OverlordII'', in which the VillainProtagonist proceeds to magically activate a hole underneath the TooDumbToLive civilians who add unreasonable demands to their notifications of rebellions in his village (borrowing the Minions, becoming Mayor of a town of his, borrowing his mistress, taking his EvilChancellor in as a pet) and dumps them into the sea of Lava at the bottom of his Netherworld. It's ineffective when used on [[spoiler:Rose]] however due to the character's [[PowerFloats magical hovering]].
* In the SNES adaptation of ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia1'', Jaffar drops you down a trap door after the BossRush in the penultimate level.
* In ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', this happens a couple of times.
** The first time is in the Koopa Bros. Fortress. When you enter one room, you (the player, not Mario) see the trap door being installed under a question block. [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption Yes, you have to hit it.]] It drops you into a dungeon where you meet your next party member...
** That same party member comes in handy later, as a Bowser-face shaped door in Bowser's castle drops you into a dungeon the first time you try to go through.
* VideoGame/NetHack. "A trap door opens up under you." Usually preceding [[EverythingTryingToKillYou some kind of death]].
* ''VideoGame/TombRaider'' is full of these, whether sprung by Lara's doing or her stumbling into them. The latter usually has instant death traps such as spikes.
* Becomes a RunningGag in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'': If there is a trap door, you can be sure that Sheena will fall into it.
* Used by you in ''VideoGame/MastermindWorldConquerer'' to dispose of your henchmen whose services [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness are no longer needed]].
* There's a number of these in a storage area in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''. They're pressure-activated, and you can hear them buckle just before they open. If Snake's too slow to get off them, he dies.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', after the crossdressing incident, Don Corneo uses a trapdoor to dump Cloud and friends into the Midgar sewers.
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} Tekken 5]]'', Panda's ending involves her dropping a lackey down a trap door, followed by falling through herself when a friend gets curious about the BigRedButton.
** Similarly in Kuma's ending, Kuma does this to Heihachi, who has left him in charge of Heihachi's corporation while he was participating in the tournament, only for Heihachi to somehow climb back up and press another button that opens a trapdoor underneath Kuma.
* ''VideoGame/NightTrap'' has this, and many other traps, and manipulating them is an essential part of the gameplay.
* ''VideoGame/DoubleSwitch''. A number of the traps are essentially this, but some of them are a little more complex than that.
* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' lets the player construct trapdoors out of either wood or iron; normally the wood versions are just doors that can be placed on floors or ceilings, but when hooked up to a Redstone signal they can function in the more traditional capacity.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'': You have 8 Power Stars, so that you can open the first door with the big Star on it. Upon opening it, you run towards the painting with Princess Peach's face on it. Suddenly, it morphs into Bowser's face, and as you jump towards it, you run into an invisible wall... and just as you land, you start falling again. Bowser had installed a trapdoor to the Dark World in that very room anticipating you'd go for the painting in there!
-->'''Bowser''': Bwa ha ha ha! You've stepped right into my trap, just as I knew you would! I warn you, "Friend", watch your step!
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel'' has Class VII's first day of class all fall off a trap door and they must find their way out while working together.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''WebAnimation/MysterySkullsAnimated'' after Arthur grabs Mystery and jumps into Vivi's arms in reaction to the [[SpookyPainting paintings]] around them coming to life one of the paintings smirks and tugs on a pull-string, dropping the trio through the hidden trap door they were standing on.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/MinionsAtWork'': [[http://www.minionsatwork.com/2007/04/minions-55-one-up.html One way for your annual review to end]]
* ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'' mocks the trapdoors found in the armory section of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=403 by having Sniper Wolf fall into one]] -- and barely hanging on, and the {{Mooks}} remarked that the only way they knew where the trapdoors were was because... "There used to be a lot more of us". It also mocks the other, stupidly impractical designs of the base.
-->'''Liquid:''' Why... Why, why, '''''why''''' do we have trapdoors in our base? Is ''Doctor Doom'' our fucking architectural consultant?
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'': Why are there [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=71#comic trap doors under our desks?]]
* Used and parodied very often in ''Webcomic/EvilInc'', a corporation of old-style super villains. [[http://www.evil-comic.com/archive/20050602.html Here]] [[http://www.evil-comic.com/archive/20050609.html are]] [[http://www.evil-comic.com/archive/20050610.html a]] [[http://www.evil-comic.com/archive/20050614.html few]] [[http://www.evil-comic.com/archive/20050615.html examples]] from just the first 3 weeks of this comic.
* ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'':
** [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-6-29/ A hipster vampire uses one on Madeline.]]
** [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-6-36/ Rusty falls through another,]] leading to a SuddenVideoGameMoment.
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/TheBMovieComic,'' where the trapdoor mentioned by Dutchman Fu is a [[http://www.bmoviecomic.com/?cid=935 complete fabrication]] meant to distract Snuka.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius:'' Unsurprisingly, Castle Heterodyne comes [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110304 eqiupped]] with these, for disposing (or is that testing?) of any visiting heroes.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Series/FlandersCompany'': Hippolyte Kurtzmann has one in front of his desk in the "Super Pouvoir" music video, to get rid quickly of pesky supervillain candidates. Not seen in the series proper, though.
* ''Podcast/RandomAssault'': Sometimes, a host will fall down a trap door and won't be able to get out until [[BreakingTheFourthWall their internet or Skype works aga-]]I MEAN until they climb out.
* [[Creator/RoosterTeeth Burnie Burns]] had a Henckman Bros. model 607 trap door installed in his office in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j54r37hyzNk Downstairs]] that he'd use to drop employees into the restaurant on the floor below. He also has one in the ceiling in the same spot that drops a 16 ton anvil.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Special mention goes to ''WesternAnimation/TheTrapDoor'', which is basically this in reverse. Instead of the heroes falling in, the bad things come out.
* Used plenty of times in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo.'' [[TheChick Daphne]] had a talent for finding them and getting stuck at the bottom...
* Used twice in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' when George W. Bush comes to their house for dinner. When Haley tries to confront him about his policies, Stan causes her to fall through a trapdoor. The second time, she puts her feet on the sides of the trapdoor, but then he widens the trapdoor with another button, causing her to fall in again.
** In another episode, Haley and Jeff are playing an {{MMORPG}} when they come across a place called "Castle Roodpart". Jeff starts to puzzle over its meaning within the game's lore when Haley interrupts with "[[OhCrap Crap]], it's [[SdrawkcabName 'Trapdoor' spelled backwards]]." No points for guessing what happens next.
* Spoofed in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', when Mayor Adam West tries to drop a protesting Peter through a trap door, except he's wider than the door and gets stuck. (The mayor apologises, "My malcontents are usually a lot skinnier.")
* Common in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
** The ''first thing'' Shego does "in person" (after having appeared only in security footage) is walk into Drakken's lair, drop through a trapdoor into a waiting chair, and ask Drakken, "Ever considered a ''normal'' door?"
** Another episode of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' features a gag where the bad guy used said devices on mooks that [[YouHaveFailedMe failed him]]. As the mooks begin to wise up and not sit in the rigged chair, he opens another door that the mooks were standing on. One instance even has said bad guy directing his mooks to the point before pressing the button.
* On the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "The Great Piggy Bank Robbery", Daffy (as detective Duck Twacy) finds the Gangster's Hideout and spots a welcome mat on the front door conveniently labeled "Trap Door". Daff catches on immediately, steps to one side of the door and rings the bell, when a trap door opens up ''underneath him'' and sends him to the basement.
* Creator/{{Filmation}}
** In the ''New Adventures of Franchise/{{Batman}}'', Batman and Robin are in a house owned by the Joker that has many trapdoors. They enter one room so equipped and Batman realizes that, although unaware of the exact danger, they have to exit the room now. As they race for a door, Joker starts opening trapdoors throughout the floor, but the Dynamic Duo manages to dodge them all. Unfortunately, the Joker is ready for that too, and suddenly the entire floor surface reveals itself to be a massive trapdoor itself and the Duo are captured.
** ''Justice League'' episode "Bad Day on Black Mountain". After Mastermind teleports Superman to his lair, he activates a trap door under him and drops him into a cell lined with kryptonite.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'':
** One episode used a version of the above ''New Adventures of Batman'' trick, with the Riddler setting the trap. The Dynamic Duo find themselves in a room with a plainly-visible trap-door built into the floor, and just as Batman comments [[TemptingFate how obvious]] the trap is, the entire floor ''except'' the "door" falls away.
** In "The Fairy Tale of Doom", several members of the Legion of Doom trap Black Vulcan, Green Lantern, Batman, and Robin in a trap door even though 1)two of them can fly and the other two carry grapple ropes as standard equipment and 2)they're ''in the Hall of Justice'' and ought to know where the trap doors are.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Mr. Burns has a trapdoor in his office, which he uses to get rid of anyone who bugs him. It's been spoofed a number of ways over the years, including Homer getting stuck due to his weight, or standing in the wrong position (and jumping down the hole when Burns asks him to), or the trap having been removed for [[NoOSHACompliance safety violations]]. In one memorable instance when the kids of Springfield Elementary came asking for donations, Burns dumped them out...only for them to fall back ''into'' the room through the ceiling.
--->'''Mr. Burns:''' Oh, it's doing that thing again!
** Then there's the Buzz Cola Trap Door: Fall into the flavor hole!
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' episode "Dragons of Ashida". The title character has a servant pull a rope, which drops the floor out from under the Quest party.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheHerculoids'':
** "Sarko the Arkman". Used by the title character to capture Dorno, Tundro and Gleep.
** "The Antidote". The Spider Men ruler pushes a button to open one under Dorno.
* Naturally, [[MeanBoss Lucius]] uses one of these on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''. He uses it to get rid of [[YesMan Samy's]] stuff, but it only takes one glare for Samy to drop himself down.
* ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'':
** Hordak had one to drop his [[SurroundedByIdiots hordsmen]] into. On the rare occasion one of them would avoid it, another trap would get them, some of which were far less pleasant. The mooks couldn't see it, since the whole throne room was paved in squares, and the danger spot was also the most respectful place to stand.
** At one point, Mantenna jumped off the trapdoor to the side. The neighboring tile tipped up and slid him down into the hole anyway.
* ''The Adventures of Young Gulliver'' episode "The Dark Sleep". One is used on Gulliver while he's in the witch's castle.
* An old ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}'' cartoon "The Dance Contest" has judge Wimpy dropping couples through trap doors if they're not good enough - or if they don't have any mustard handy.
* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoe'':
** "The Gamesmaster": Cobra Commander gets abducted this way.
** In one episode of the 1990 series, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNcy9YaYxkc The Baroness orders Destro to prove his loyalty by dumping Zarana. He immediately pushes a button, and Zarana's bed turns out to be a trap door.]]
--->'''Destro:''' Baroness, consider her dumped.
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'':
** In the first episode Scrooge uses one to cheer himself up:
--->'''Solicitor:''' Mr. [=McDuck=], would you like to tip to the Retired Hand Hawkers of America?\\
'''Scrooge:''' [[LittleNo No!]] (''pushes button'')\\
'''Solicitor:''' Ugh! (''falls down while Scrooge laughs'')
** The first time Scrooge met Fenton Crackshell, he dropped him down a trapdoor. Fenton's persistent, though.
* In the 1940s Fleischer & Famous ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' cartoons, Superman couldn't fly yet and wound up dropped down a trapdoor in one episode. Of course, he was ''still'' stronger then a locomotive and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound...
* In the always unintentionally awesome ''WesternAnimation/MisterT'' cartoon, there was an episode where a big New York Chinese restaurant has one of these near the door, with a big lever by the cash register. Naturally, it's there so that at one point it can swallow up our heroes as they try to flee, but you really have to wonder why it's there. To echo the Agony Booth recap, do they have that big a problem with customers who dine and dash? (Check it out [[http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/Mister_T/Fortune_Cookie_Caper.aspx?Page=7 here]].) Also, it opens on a hundred-foot drop into a warehouse full of stolen merchandise, which ... makes you wonder about the thinking behind this particular criminal syndicate. Not to mention the architecture of New York's Chinatown restaurants.
* ''Samson & Goliath'' episode "Operation Peril". After Samson and Goliath reach the ship's control room, the BigBad pushes a button and the floor slides open underneath them and they fall into a containment area.
* ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' includes an inversion of this trope. Monitor's security system includes a trap door which opens to reveal an energy mesh which instantly incinerates anything which touches it. This trap is first deployed onscreen when Ming takes control of Dynak-X and turns her against the Defenders. Mandrake nearly falls to his death when the rope he and three of his fellow Defenders are using to cross the pit over the energy mesh breaks, but Lothar pulls him up just in time.
* In ''Westernanimation/{{Visionaries}}'', Darkstorm has several lever-operated trap doors in his throne room. However, the episode "Honor Among Thieves" sees him (courtesy of Ectar) [[HoistByHisOwnPetard fall into one of these traps]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', Robotnik has used a few of these. Coconuts is a regular victim of one, sometimes multiple times in the same episode. The episode, "Boogey-Mania" had a mobile trap door with {{Hammerspace}} inside it.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Castle Mane-ia", the Castle of the Royal Pony Sisters has trap doors which are activated by pressing a pipe organ's keys.
* In the first opening sequence to ''WesternAnimation/DennisTheMenace'', Dennis and Joey fall through a trap door in a fun house which sends them onto a mine cart ride.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. Zapp Brannigan shows you don't need a DropShip to invade a planet.
-->'''Captain Zapp Brannigan:''' As you know, the key to victory is the element of surprise. ''[presses BigRedButton]'' Surprise!
-->''[bay doors open under soldiers, dumping them onto the planet below.]''