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Our heroes are patrolling around completely alert [[BehindTheBlack but]] [[NoPeripheralVision somehow]] [[FailedASpotCheck miss]] the monster on the [[CeilingCling Ceiling...]]

Cousin to NeckLift, this is where a character is lifted up by said monster. Usually the character will be unnaturally silent when this happens, and often they will be dropped moments later very dead, and possibly disemboweled. This often happens to the last person in a group while the main characters aren't paying attention.

It seems every monster worth its salt has SuperStrength and a knowledge of {{Pressure Point}}s.

For the more personal, intimidating version, see NeckLift. For a horizontal {{horror}} equivalent, see BarrierBustingBlow.

For reasons they may have missed the monster see BehindTheBlack, NoPeripheralVision and FailedASpotCheck. May also be preceded by a DroolHello.

If it's done by a NobleBirdOfPrey, presumably an eagle: it's KidnappingBirdOfPrey.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Kyouya of ''VisualNovel/TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever'' does this to a member of the special forces they're demonstrating against at the beginning of the {{OAV}}. With Piano Wire. He "tried not to kill him."
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': Roofzaku, a.k.a. Suzaku [[http://animearimasu.animeblogger.net/image/CodeGeassR2/21Pic14.gif dropping down]] [[BehindTheBlack from freaking nowhere]] to attack two Britannia guards going after [[spoiler:Lelouch when he announces himself Emperor.]]
* A heroic example in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': [[spoiler:Jerso, a frog-gecko-something/human chimera allied with the heroes, sneaks in via the ceiling in the middle of a hostage situation and yanks the current opponent, the gold-toothed doctor up into the air, enabling the heroes to regain control of their situation]].
* Sorta used in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': ''Big Trouble in Nekoron, China", when one of Kirin's henchmen uses his RazorFloss to grab Akane by the arm and pull her up to their airship.
* Subverted in ''Manga/TentaiSenshiSunred'': The ceiling monsters not only don't capture anyone, but insist on making their presence known by nagging everyone else in the house. Amusingly, instead of a monstrous voice, their voices are girls from a JPOP group.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhCapsuleMonsters'', Joey is carried off by a bird monster this way.
* Heroic example in ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'': in one episode, a crook is using the bathroom when the window above his urinal opens, Batou leans in and gives a shit-eating grin as the crook freaks out, then grabs him and pulls him out the window.

* This is one of Franchise/{{Batman}}'s standard methods for disabling and terrorizing bad guys.
* As well as Franchise/SpiderMan's, when he [[YouFightLikeACow can keep his mouth shut]].
* The first arc of the ''ComicBook/PowerGirl'' ongoing series involves Ultra-Humanite [[UpToEleven doing this to Manhattan]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Yamara}}'', while two heroes are listening at a door, the third is grabbed and carried off by a floating undead that slipped right over them via the open transom above the door.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''FanFic/OriginStory'', Alex Harris does this to Henry Peter Gyrich when she finds out that he's ultimately the one responsible for all the attacks against her and her girlfriend Louise. In order to keep Louise safe, Alex believes she has to do something drastic, so she grabs Gyrich from above right off his front stoop, carries him into outer space where he suffocates, and then pushes his corpse out of earth's orbit. It eventually collides with a Kuiper Belt object six million years later.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Bionicle}}'' film "The Mask of Light", the Matoran villager Hahli, while trying to hide from the BigBad's pets, is briefly grabbed from above, but lucky for her [[KidnappedByAnAlly she's grabbed by an ally]].

[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' series.
** In ''Film/{{Alien}}'', after a CatScare.
** ''Film/{{Aliens}}'': When the Colonial Marines are attacked by the aliens under the atmosphere processing plant, one of the aliens grabs Dietrich by the neck and lifts her up (and then takes her away, alive). As she is wielding a flamethrower at the time, she panics and shoots... hitting Frost, who was carrying all the ammunition.
** In ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'' the soon-to-be victim is denying that there are any aliens. He experiences vertical kidnapping by the non-existent alien [[KilledMidSentence mid-sentence]]. Cue [[OhCrap panic]] in everybody else in the room, and when all is quiet again, an AtomicFBomb.
* ''Film/DayOfTheDead2008'': A guy is lifted by a zombie in air vent; everyone else only notices when he is thrown down with part of his chest missing.
* Sort of happens in ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. Scarecrow laughs off the Cowardly Lion's suggestion that the woods are haunted, then is lifted into the air by an invisible force and dropped back down. Then the flying monkeys show up, make merry hell with Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion, and carry Dorothy and Toto off.
* ''Film/TerminatorSalvation''. A HumongousMecha reaches down through the roof of an abandoned gas station and starts grabbing people to put in cages.
* In ''Film/{{The Phantom|1996}}'', the Phantom evades some pursuing mooks by riding through the TreeTopTown of the Rope People, who snare the mooks and dangle them high above the ground.
* Leon, ''Film/TheProfessional'', does this to a mook riding the elevator with his strangling cord in a quite famous scene.
* Batman uses the exaggerated version of this trope in ''Film/BatmanBegins'' on a mobster.
** He uses it again in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''
* Used in ''Film/HollowMan''. Apparently being invisible also gives you super strength and grip.
* In ''Film/SpiderMan3'' Venom sneaks up on our hero, grabs him by the neck from above and throws him into a girder.

* [[Literature/TarzanOfTheApes Tarzan]] made this one of his favored tactics, once he learned how to use a rope. A whole village ended up convinced there was a supernatural force that would yank men up into the trees.
* ''Literature/BiteMe'' by Christopher Moore (third in the series that starts with ''Bloodsucking Fiends''), one of the Animals (the Safeway stock crew) is vertically kidnapped by Chet, the huge vampire kitty. He's pretty much eaten right away, but still.
* The first book of ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' has people being instantly [[QuicksandSucks sucked]] ''down'' into the ground, leaving no trace. Which is still on the vertical axis. Since [[{{Gaslighting}} their footprints in the dirt also vanished]], it raised the question of whether those people had been there at all.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In the first episode of ''Series/{{Lost}}'', the Oceanic 815 pilot is dragged out of the cabin by an off-screen monster [[spoiler:(which was later revealed to have a giant pillar of smoke as its default form)]].
* Series/{{Lexx}}: In the episode "Lyakka" a humanoid plant woman mesmerizes her victims, before having tentacles descend from the ceiling and devour them.
* In ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' episode "Dead Man's Switch", several people across the world are sealed in impenetrable bunkers to act as {{Dead Man Switch}}es for the global nuclear, biological, and chemical arsenal, when alien ships are detected in the Solar System. When all contact with the outside world is lost, the trapped people assume the worst. Then one of them notices her bunker's ceiling buckling and assumes it's the rescue. As she approaches the hole, black tentacles reach in and grab her.
* ''Literature/TheDayOfTheTriffids'' (2009). After Torrence [[TheStarscream launches his takeover bid]], Mason and Cocker are taken out to the woods to be fed to triffids. An armed mook is ordering them out of the back of the truck when [[DroolHello triffid venom]] drops on his shoulder, then one of the {{Man Eating Plant}}s yanks him screaming into the air.
* The werewolf from the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Tooth and Claw" uses this to punish someone for TemptingFate. The Ice Warrior in "Cold War" also uses it.
* In ''{{Series/Supernatural}}'' the wendigo kills a park ranger this way. Apparently, the monster was annoyed about being [[NighInvulnerable shot]].

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* The video for "The Night" by Music/{{Disturbed}} features a security guard inspecting a mysterious, inky black energy present throughout the video while the band plays in an underground parking lot. At the end he seems to be picked up and killed in this fashion by the dark [[WhatTheHellHero while the band leaves on an elevator]].

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Nightgaunts from ''TabletopGame/ArkhamHorror'' will swoop down on unsuspecting investigators, tickle them into submission, then deposit them into the nearest portal. This can occasionally be beneficial if they let you cross the board or kick you out of the Other World you're exploring.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/HalfLife'', enemies on the ceiling called barnacles perform this, grabbing you with their long, rope-like tongues and pulling you up to be eaten. However, they aren't too bright and will attempt this on anything you throw to them, up to and including ExplodingBarrels. And even though they never move, and their only means of catching their prey is to lazily just hang their tongue limply below them, you will run into one and get caught, and you ''will'' feel [[TooDumbToLive like a complete moron]] for it. And never mind how easy they are to kill--even while they're trying to eat you--they are terrifying
* ''VideoGame/TheHidden'' does a variation on this in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3X6ILmqi6k Tape 617]], a Hidden Source machinima. You can replicate this in the game by landing on someone, stabbing them in the back, then grabbing their body and launching off onto a railing or ledge above. Bonus points if the body is later found pinned to a light fixture being butchered and eaten.
* In the ''StreetFighter'' series, Rolento has the ''Take No Prisoner'' supermove. He ducks to pick up a [[RazorFloss thin wire]] hidden in the ground, and pulls on it; the wire can be seen "advancing" toward the opponent. After Rolento tugs the wire to hang it from a hook at the top of the screen, the target is then yanked toward Rolento, clutching at their throat. It stands out as a particularly violent move in a game built around beating people to near death in the street.
* Agent 47 can do this in ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}'', via creative use of his strangling cord and open elevator ceiling panels, in a ShoutOut to ''Film/TheProfessional''.
* [[spoiler:Nicholai]] in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis'' meets his end to Nemesis pulling one of these, during one of the branching end paths.
* Sam Fisher can do this to unwary guards in ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'' when moving via pipes in the ceiling. You can [[FiringOneHanded draw your pistol]] and [[RuleOfCool shoot while upside-down]]. In later games, you can choose between a nonlethal (midair choke hold) or lethal (NeckSnap) melee attack. There is also a subversion in the form of the "water snatch".
* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', and ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'', this is again one of the standard moves. Batman snatches a mook and leaves him hanging upside down and yelling for help. For an achievement, Batman can then use a Batarang to cut the rope, dropping the guy onto any friends who came to investigate.
* Happens to an NPC in ''VideoGame/StarTrekEliteForce 2''.
* The Smoker from ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'', although it can do this from beneath, behind, or in front.
* Its possible to kill mooks this way in ''[[VideoGame/{{Tenchu}} Tenchu: Shadow Assassins]]''.
* Bungee Zombies in ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies'' do this to your plants, resulting in a OneHitKill. Not a big threat, but [[GoddamnedBats truly annoying]].
** Also happens to Crazy Dave at the beginning of the [[BossBattle battle with Dr. Zomboss]]. He shows up again in the post-victory music video, though.
** Capsule Cages in ''VideoGame/MiniRobotWars'' do this to your Minirobots in a similar way and in even greater numbers, but stay much longer and are easy to handle.
* A variation plays in the first ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'' during a cutscene, a squad of Terran Marines are aboard the science vessel Amerigo on a mission to destroy it owing to the previous mission. Alongside their nuclear warhead, they also packed drinks in the ice surrounding the warhead. A quick dialogue exchange followed by the line "I got your Zerg riiight here!" is said by one of the Marines. Cue Hydralisk scythe going right through his face and then the rest of him being dragged into the ceiling.
* This is one of Noir Spidey's preferred tactics in ''VideoGame/SpiderManShatteredDimensions''.
* [[http://deadspace.wikia.com/wiki/Survivor_Encounters#Two_Security_Officers These]] Unfortunate security officers from ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2''.
* [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII Ezio]] [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood Auditore]] is capable of pulling these off ''[[DualWielding on two mooks at once]].'' From rooftops mainly, mind you, but there are segments where he gets to double-assassinate from crossbeams, so it's all good.
* You can do this in ''VideoGame/TotalAnnihilation'': aerial transports work by flying down and picking up your unit...[[HilarityEnsues and they can also do it to an enemy unit]].
* ''VideoGame/TransformersFallOfCybertron'' shows Jazz doing this to a Decepticon during Cliffjumper's level where they [[BashBrothers fighting their way]] through an Energon mine.
* True to its source material, this can happen to [[PlayerCharacter Amanda]] in ''VideoGame/AlienIsolation''. Spacecraft/station designers in this universe seem to ''love'' including tons of three-foot-square ventilation ducts, many of which lead to ceiling openings. Keep an eye on the ceiling vents; if you see a stream of drool coming from one, stepping under it is ill-advised, to say the least. [[FromBadToWorse It gets worse later on]], [[MalevolentArchitecture when rewire boxes and computer terminals turn out to be located precisely under these openings]].
* The enemies from the Umbloda family in several ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}'' games manage to pull that on the Pikmins. They use their OverlyLongTongue and snag the Pikmins from above and subsequently ingest them. It might not come as a shock to the player, who has plenty of time to see the Slurkers coming, but to the Pikmins themselves...
* Wallmasters from ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series, [[NonIndicativeName despite their names]], usually emerge from the ceilings instead of the walls. If one grabs hold of Link, he gets dragged back to the dungeon's entrance.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'', [=PeeJee=]'s {{Jerkass}} HR manager gets eaten by a Canadian Trapdoor Alligator, who emerges from behind a ceiling tile.
* Sandy from ''Webcomic/{{Concerned}}'' gets eaten by a barnacle. Frohman of course is [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2005-09-30 oblivious]].
* Played with in [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/08/28 this]] ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' comic.
* ''Webcomic/PeteristheWolf'' shows this happening to a [[http://www.peteristhewolf.com/general/omake024.html luckless(?)]] SpaceMarine in, of all things, a [[SexForProduct body spray commercial.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the second-season finale of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the [[SecretPolice Dai Li]] coup involves two of these from above and one from below a sewer grate.
* A non-lethal version happens to [[spoiler: Noah]] in an episode of WesternAnimation/TotalDramaWorldTour.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Spiders sometimes use this tactic to catch prey. The other wiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider#Methods_of_capturing_prey more]].
* Wading birds such as herons and egrets make a living by performing this trope on fish that don't pay enough attention to what's ''beyond'' the ceiling of their pond or river.

''[[SchmuckBait Bet you look up real quick just to be sure nothing's there after reading all that.]]''