I always keep a spare pack in my pants. Some would say "pocket", I say "in my pants".
Some guy reaches right into his pants. Oh, God! He's pulling out
— Well the good news is that it's not that
. The bad news is that it's still something you'd rather not see.
Basically a Hammerspace
spot where the sun don't shine. Can be Nightmare Fuel
for some, usually for the characters watching more than the audience.
Women can pull this trick too, with their own... implications about it. Also can be done whether it's pants or a skirt.
When the Trouser Space
region is explicitly the character's rectum, then that's an Ass Shove
. When the item retrieved is a gun, then it's a Pants-Positive Safety
Not to be confused with Magic Pants
, or, despite being the trouser version of Hammerspace, Hammerpants
Compare Victoria's Secret Compartment
(the rough distaff equivalent), You Do NOT Want To Know
, and Treasure Chest Cavity
. Contrast Freud Was Right
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Anime and Manga
- In the first part of "The Tape" story, Hawkeye wound up stuffing his special "Amex Black" card (which has no credit limit) down the front of his pants. While interrogating him Madam Masque is disgusted to hear this and is the only one willing to reach in and get it especially since she's actually Clint's teenage sidekick Kate in disguise.
- In Ynyr's The Cult of Dionysus, Nymphadora Tonks smuggles prison-escape tools in her "You-Know-What" into Azkaban to spring Harry, Hermione and Luna. She uses her shapeshifting abilities to alter the position of her inner organs to make more room down there (it looked still rather painful). Watching her removing the bag from this orifice gave Harry nightmares til his last day and Hermione vomited from this scene.
Films — Animated
- The Emperor's New Groove: Yzma hikes up her skirt, saying "I bet you weren't expecting ... THIS!" Pacha and Kuzco are scared at first ... and then realize she's just pulling out a vicious-looking dagger, and sigh in relief.
- In Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Baby Brent sticks the giant ceremonial scissors for the unveiling of Sardineland down the back of his pants. You can even see the handles stick out as he turns around.
- In the FernGully sequel, a circus performer pulls a fishing pole out of his pants to save his granddaughter.
- At the end of Were Back A Dinosaurs Story, Stubbs the Clown hands in his props when he resigns from Prof. Screweyes' circus, and starts pulling a bunch of random stuff out of his pants. Among the things were a host of traditional pranks like a joy buzzer and a fake Overly Long Tongue, his backstage pass, his rabbit, the rabbit's back stage pass, "a few birds", a lucky whale tooth which was around his size, and "a giant clam that opens to reveal a mermaid holding the American flag and her normal brother Richard!"
Films — Live-Action
- From Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Gay Perry pulls a gun from here. It freaks Harry out.
- From Blazing Saddles:
Bart: Excuse me while I whip this out.
(reaches into waistline as crowd gasps and screams; Bart pulls out paper, they sigh with relief)
(Or was it disappointment?)
- Done with a not ridiculously large object in Snatch, but still lampshaded and spoofed. At one point two wannabe gangsters are going to turn over a huge diamond to a mob boss in order to get themselves out of trouble with said mob boss. When they're outside the mobster's headquarters, it turns out that the slightly ditzy one has hidden it in Trouser Space. The Following conversation takes place:
Sol: Well why did you put it down there?
Vince: In case we got mugged.
Sol: You're not from this planet are you, Vincent? Who is gonna mug two black fellas, who're holding pistols, while sitting in a car that's worth less than your shirt?!!
- And then right after this, a different gangster who is after the diamond taps on the window of their car with his Desert Eagle. It turns out Trouser Space actually keeps the diamond hidden a little longer.
- Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992). Watched by a wide-eyed Mina Harker, Lucy Westenra appears to be reaching into the trousers of her American suitor, saying "Let me touch it; it's so big!" only to remove a huge Bowie knife.
- Lampshaded and parodied in Lean on Me, where one high school character imitates the Principal's demeanor while unlocking a door. He reaches into his beltline, finds something, and says "ooh, thats not the key".
- The Sting. Johnny Hooker demonstrates trouser space when suggesting that a money courier should hide his money there. This was a trick. During the demonstration, Hooker switched the courier's money for a wad of plain paper.
- The Mask: When the Mask is searched by some policemen, they extract all kinds of crazy stuff from his trouser pockets, including a bazooka ("I have a permit for that") and a framed portrait of the lead detective's wife.
- In Tropic Thunder, Jeff Portnoy is in just his underpants during an intense firefight. He reaches into said underpants, and after struggling for a moment pulls out a pistol and fires a bunch of blanks.
- In 3 Dev Adam, El Santo never pulls an overly-large object out of his wrestling shorts. However, he does stuff much of Spider-Man's lair into the front of them during his search. Lampshaded in a review by website I-Mockery when El Santo carries around a corpse of Spider-Man, the reviewer comments that El Santo must have ran out of room to stuff him in.
- City Heat. In the final shootout Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds keep producing larger pistols in an attempt to both shoot the mooks and one-up each other. Clint naturally has the biggest gun, an absurdly long-barreled revolver which he pulls out of his trousers.
- Similarly, In Batman The Joker pulls an absurdly long-barreled revolver out of the front of his trousers. It's so long that he shouldn't have been able to walk with that thing down his trouser leg, at least not without a serious limp.
- Let's Get Harry (1986). A group of construction workers, financed by a gung-ho businessman and advised by a mercenary, go down to Columbia to rescue a colleague. The mercenary, who's given them strict instructions not to try bringing guns into the country, walks into their hotel room, grabs the businessman by the crotch and says, "I want you to give me this." While the others are gaping at this apparent Ho Yay, the businessman gives a shamefaced grin and produces a 9mm pistol from his underpants.
- The Magic Voyage: During Christopher Columbus' Dream Sequence, he pulls a spyglass out of his nuts.
- In Versus, one character (shorter than the others, wearing blue jeans, Yakuza) pulls a gun from trouserspace - specifically, from down the seat of his pants. However, the running gag is that his gun keeps getting taken away from him over the course of the movie - and he keeps pulling additional ones from the same spot.
- In Bowling for Columbine, there is a clip from a video made to sell school administrators on uniforms (and/or metal detectors) showing a teenager pulling about half a dozen pistols out of the pockets and waistband of his baggy jeans, what looks like a MAC-11 submachine gun and its separate mag, and finally a shotgun that was in his pants. It's not clear how the kid could walk without clanking, let alone nonchalantly with that much metal on him and the shotgun acting like a leg brace.
- In the Discworld novels, Nanny Ogg makes a habit of keeping her valuables in her knickers, causing her to turn away and emit all manner of strange twanging noises when she needs to retrieve something.
- In Vladimir Mayakovsky's "My Soviet Passport" the character gets a passport out of his trousers. The original poem actually said "out of my wide trouser-legs". The contents of the trousers eventually became a subject for lots of Memetic Mutation in Russia.
Live Action TV
- In an episode of The Goodies, Tim is shown to be keeping all manner of things in his boxers, including a wad of cash and a Union Jack tea mug.
- A running gag in 'Allo 'Allo! was putting things down people's trousers to hide them. This included sausages, money, and rolled-up valuable paintings.
- Also batteries, sticks of dynamite, rolled-up copies of valuable paintings, batteries disguised as sausages, sticks of dynamite disguised as sausages, valuable paintings and copies thereof rolled up and stored inside sausages, the same stored inside baguettes... Are we getting the idea, here?
- Gaius Baltar has done this in Battlestar Galactica. Played totally straight, even with a strip search.
- Played magnificently in an episode of All That, which featured Baggin' Saggin' Barry, a guy who could pull anything out of his comically oversized pants. When a similarly abilitied rival came into town, he was at first depressed. Then a Magical Negro told him to "reach down deep". The result? A Trouser Space contest with his rival, which he won by pulling out Abraham Lincoln.
- His crowning moment came when he missed a flight at the airport because he spent too long failing to get through the metal detector with all that stuff... so he pulled out a plane.
- Bill on The Red Green Show is a master of this trope, constantly pulling things out of "storage space" in his overalls, up to and including a whole bicycle.
- Bicycle, nothing! One time he retrieved an entire vaulting pole from out of there.
- Richie in Bottom fit a whole BBC camera in down there.
There's plenty of space in my trousers... sadly.
- The Doctor Who episode, "The Runaway Bride". Donna is forced to hang a lampshade on how The Doctor manages to carry around a large two-handed R/C controller complete with aerial in his trousers.
- In the first episode of Wiseguy, The Mafia is surprised to see an Arms Dealer bring his woman to their meeting. As things go badly we see her casually unbuttoning her skirt (how she does this without attracting attention is not explained), then she somehow produces an Ingram MAC-10 and starts blazing away. Now admittedly the MAC-10 is quite small for an SMG, but it's still a large chunk of metal to be hiding between your legs while wearing a tight skirt. It's worth noting that this scene was based on a real-life arms deal in which the narrator noticed the women at the meeting were concealing firearms between their legs just from the way they sat down.
- In the episode 6 of Al TV, during an interview with Ozzy Osbourne, "Weird Al" Yankovic recalls that it's just where he's put his bologna sandwich.
- In a season 3 episode of Due South, Fraser manages to smuggle files for Ray out of the police station by hiding them in the front of his trousers.
Ray Kowalski: You're empty handed.
Fraser: Yes, but I am not empty trouser-ed.
- Possibly justified, the jodhpurs probably have enough space for it at least.
- Late night comedian Craig Ferguson made this trope into a Running Gag on his show, first setting up the joke and then using a robotic sidekick named Geoffrey Peterson to deliver the punchline "In your pants!"
- Similarly, "In my pants!" became a running gag of Gilbert Gottfried's for a while on the remade Hollywood Squares.
- MST3K - Torgo delivers a pizza to Doctor F. and Frank. He starts to get their complimentary 'crazy bread', reaching into his trousers before they holler "NO!!!"
- In an episode of Babylon 5, Sheridan is going to negotiate with a Mad Bomber and wants to keep a com line open with Garibaldi. He knows that his com link will be visible if it's on his hand as usual, and that the bomber will likely think of checking if he hides it in his shirt. So he drops it down his pants. It works great until he sits on it.
- Casanova gets an Unsettling Gender-Reveal in more or less this way... when the young man who he was taking to bed appears to remove his own genitals and puts a prosthesis in Giacomo's hand. "Hmm. Mine doesn't do that."
- NCIS. Abby, Ziva and Lee have to infiltrate an exclusive nightclub by posing as McGee's groupies. Ziva tells Lee to get a move on and she snaps back, "I don't know where your SIG is, but I'm having trouble walking."
- The crew from Hustle pull the same trick from The Sting on a drug dealer at the beginning of the third season.
- Since wrestling tights don't have pockets, wrestlers will frequently hide small weapons in the front of their trunks to hide them from the referee. Brass knuckles and bags of "salt" to blind the opponent are the most common, but other things have been done, a lot of props besides weapons in fact. When Chris Masters was doing his "Masterlock Challenge" (offering money to anybody who could break his Finishing Move) he would keep the cash he was offering (and at least once, a plane ticket) in his trunks.
- When Chris Benoit stole Kurt Angle's Olympic medals, he kept them in the front of his tights. Partly for how much it annoyed Kurt Angle, partly for security (although Kurt did actually dive in for them once.)
- At one point, Eric Young was holding onto an important videotape. In order to prevent someone from stealing it, he once wrestled an entire match with the large VHS tape stuck down the front of his tights (and it was as distractingly odd as it sounds.)
- Sting has pulled his metal baseball bat out of his pants at times. It begs the question of how he was able to walk with it in.
- In the Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 edition game, there is a way for a character to not only develop immunity to poison but actually absorb them for healing and stat boosts. On the Character Optimization forum at the Wizards of the Coast message boards, a character called the Trouserfang Dwarf was developed who got twinked this ability to the max and would walk around with his trousers full of the most venomous snakes he could buy and monstrously overpowered stats.
- If anyone were to actually play this character, the suggested pre-combat threat was "Don't make me take off my pants".
- A Blackadder reference could've worked too: "Mind, sir, or I shall take off me belt and, by thunder, me trousers'll fall down!"
- Giants in Warhammer use random attacks in combat. At one point, these included "Stuff in Pants." The (very) unfortunate victim model was removed from the table permanently and counted as a casualty.
- The perk Natural Pocket in GURPS can represent this. To quote the rulebook, "Some interpretations have the potential to offend..."
- Lampshaded in Zork: Grand Inquisitor: From the beginning of the game, the player possesses a "permasuck machine" which is basically a canister vacuum. When he places it on the ground, Dalboz asks, "Just where were you keeping that?"
- The original Secret of Monkey Island game. Guybrush Threepwood stores his entire (Significant) inventory in his pants, with a particularly notable example involving the 'Key' to the Monkey-Cave (A gigantic cotton swab)... seeing him pull that out of his pants is vaguely disturbing. In LeChuck's Revenge, he acquires a jacket, and starts storing large objects in his inner pockets instead. Which is a real shame, since he picks up a living monkey at one point, and the sheer number of puns and bad jokes that could've resulted from him stuffing that in his pants would be terrifying.
- Played straight in another LucasArts adventure game - The Dig. Somewhat justified in that you're never carrying a great number of objects and none of them are particularly large - your shovel is a pocket shovel - but still beyond what anyone could realistically carry.
- Lampshaded in the computer game Space Quest III:
You put the ladder in your pocket. Ouch!
- And again in Space Quest VI, after trying to pick up a plank:
Narrator: Bet you can't fit that thing in your pants. Guess I was wrong, it does fit. There must be plenty of spare room in there.
- Speaking of Sierra, this trope is lampshaded Leisure Suit Larry 2: Looking for Love (In Several Wrong Places) where Larry has to collect a 36-gallon trashcan-sized Grotesque Gulp soda. The narrator wonders how Larry's going to carry it with him...and then remembers that this is an adventure game and lets Larry just stuff the drink in his pocket.
- Tex Murphy pulls a 4-foot long bamboo pole out of his in The Pandora Directive.
- All of the (bearded) freed prisoners in Metal Slug hide bonuses in their underwear. Including weapons. Is that a
Heavy Machine Gun Rocket Launcher Iron Lizard Flamethrower Super Grenade in your pocket or are you happy to... Aw, never mind. What makes it hilarious is the giant grin they give you as they shake the bonus out.
- The boxers are comically large and he manages to pull them out of his pants in one-piece and then put them back in easily.
- When becoming Calamity Jane in Wild ARMs 3, Maya has a chain gun drop out of her skirt.
- Trucy does it with her panties as a magic trick in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney. Fortunately for the sanity of us all, they aren't panties that she actually wears.
- When Johnny Cage wins a round in the original Mortal Kombat, where exactly does he pull his sunglasses from?
- Miyamoto Musashi from Sengoku Basara keeps some sort of giant broom/sword/thing don't the front of his trousers, which he pulls out whenever it's time to really kick some butt.
- In The Saboteur, Sean Devlin is always seen pulling out his guns somewhere inside his torso or pants.
- Lampshaded in ''Thy Dungeonman, who is constantly putting stuff into his "roomy loin-cheese cloth".
- Pajama Sam, who seems to have plenty of space in the dropseat of his pajamas.
- In The Sims series of games, people pull anything from an engagement ring to garden tools from their pants. Can be made interesting if they are doing that while in their underwear, or naked if you have certain Game Mods installed.
- With the Sims 2 inventory system, Sims could pull minivans out of their trousers.
- Lampshaded by Barney halfway through Heart of Evil, when he expresses concern over the fact that Percy might have accidently ejaculated on the Roasted Moose given to him at the beginning of the game.
- Later on, Barney himself yells in disgust after he apparently peed himself. It turns out that he had just spilled his glass of applejuice in his underpants. Needless to say, you stock up on the little food you can get during a war.
- At the end of Skullmonkeys, Klaymen pulls a potato out of his pants to plug the exhaust pipe of Evil Engine No. 9.
- In Darkstalkers, Lord Raptor whips his guitar out of his pants (neck first) for his victory pose.
- Our hero, Lee Everett, from The Walking Dead seems to be able to store just about anything he needs in his pants, from the realistic (a pistol) to the downright insane (a blowtorch).
- Lampshaded in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. Luigi occasionally needs to take large items (often being half of Luigi's size) back to the Bunker. One time, when you're taking three of them back to a level, E. Gadd chuckles and says "It's a good thing you have such deep pockets in those overalls!"
- Lampshaded in Death Note: The Abridged Series (kpts4tv):
Light: As for Misa's Death Note, I'll keep it in the only place I know it will be safe—my pants.
Misa: Oh, it'll be safe there! Light doesn't even let me in his pants!
Ryuk: You're not missing anything.
- In Orion's Arm, young Siberoos can be carried in their mothers’ pants long after they outgrow the pouch – but mainly for special occasions such as birthdays.
- Razor Ramon Hard Gay himself was once filmed visiting Harajuku to demand that the punk kids there do the right thing and call their dads on Father's Day...using a cell phone he drew suggestively from the front of his leather hotpants.
- ZP Theart, former lead singer of DragonForce, tends to stuff his wireless microphone down the front of his pants whenever he needs his hands free onstage.
- There is a video on YouTube (believed to be a "warning video" to highlight the dangers of letting teenagers wear baggy pants) that shows a teenager pulling an absolutely improbable amount of guns out of his pants... including a full-size shotgun.
- It first achieved notoriety when it was shown in Bowling for Columbine, long before jeans went from baggy to skinny (Fashion Marches On?).
- A notorious design of some school uniforms in Australia included a change purse in the front of the shorts ON THE INSIDE and no other pockets.
- Jennifer McCarthy was arrested after threatening her boyfriend with a pistol she pulled from a very specific place. A place you could only reasonably hide a weapon while wearing only lingerie.
- How a woman stole a tourist's Rolex watch