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The Great Night Sack Trick, demonstrated by Ture Sventon

Penelope: Boy, am I sleepy.
Hooded Claw: Good, it's time you hit the sack... [evil laugh] literally!
The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, "Big Bagdad Danger"

A tactic mostly seen in Western Animation: The villain usually sneaks up behind the target and throws a large burlap sack over their head and carries them off to his hideout; this usually happens to a Damsel in Distress or Snooping Little Kid. The target is typically female, but it can happen to male characters, just not as often. This can sometimes be a problem involving Hollywood Density - adult humans typically weigh 150-200 pounds, so one has to be very strong to casually pick up a load like that by themselves, especially since the person in the bag is frequently not just 150-200 pounds of dead weight, but instead is actively struggling to get out of the bag and away from the person carrying it.

Not to be confused with Bag of Holding. Somewhat related to Thief Bag, Carpet-Rolled Corpse.


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  • In Season 8 episode 6 of Happy Heroes, though he's never actually shown doing it, Big M. suggests to Little M. that they kidnap the King by stuffing him into a big bag.
  • In the Lamput episode "Houdini", Fat Doc and Slim Doc are trying to figure out ways to capture Lamput. One of the ideas they exhaust is stuffing him into a bag, which fails since Lamput morphs into a pair of scissors and cuts his way out of the bag.
  • In episode 3 of Yamucha's-Kung Fu Academy, the leader of the squid thieves uses a sack to kidnap Jubby the baby.

    Anime & Manga 
  • In the first episode of Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero, Akatsuki brings Myuu to his world on the request of her father, the Demon King.
  • In Bleach, Grimmjow transports Orihime this way so he can use her to heal Ichigo. Rurichiyo Kasumiōji is also captured this way.
  • In Osamu Tezuka's Cleopatra (1970), Apollodoria delivers Cleopatra to Julius Caesar by rolling the Queen into a ball, stuffing her inside a sack, and ties a rope around the mouth to ensure she doesn't escape.
  • Deltora Quest:
    • In episode 24 the Grey Guards capture Prin the Kin, intending to eat her later.
    • In episode 63 two bandits kidnap Neridah with this method for ransom, thinking her to be a princess.
  • In the eighth episode of Fuuun Ishin Dai Shogun Ryouma's friends Verbeck and Glover do this to Kiriko after he wins her in a game of rock, paper, scissors.
  • In episode 6 of Future Boy Conan, Lana voluntarily goes into Captain Dyce's burlap sack smuggle her out of her prison cell at Industria and take her to her grandfather.
  • In the first episode of .hack//Quantum, Sakuya is captured by a rival team.
  • Lupin III:
    • In the 12th episode of Lupin III: Part 1 Lupin stuffs Fujiko in a sack after he ties her up and gags her for pulling a gun on him when she tries to keep him from taking a a tiny golden statue from her.
    • A Lupin III: Part II episode had Moroccan insurgents capture both Lupin and Zenigata by shoving bags over their entire bodies. While they're stuck in the bags and tossed into a truck to the training camp, Inspector Zenigata realizes that Lupin is next to him, and tries to arrest him through the two sacks.
  • In episode 26 of Megaman NT Warrior Axess, Anetta is abducted by Mrs.Yuri from her laboratory, she is later found by Lan and Chaud tied in a sack in a warehouse.
  • In chapter 24 of Natsume's Book of Friends, Matoba's youkai attempt this to Natsume, but fails when Natsume kicks them and Natori interferes.
  • One Piece:
    • Government agents try to capture crew member Robin. Little do they know, that they actually caught her fake.
    • Their mermaid friend Keimi is captured by bounty hunter Peterman so he could sell her to an auction house.
    • In episode 893 two Beasts Pirates kidnap O-Tama a little girl for the sins of her family by putting her in a sack, intending to sell her to a brothel or for slavery, she is freed when Luffy knocks one of the pirates off his lizard mount causing the sack to come open.
  • Pokémon: The Original Series: In the episode "A Friend in Deed", Jessie and James actually capture Pikachu with this method. Much earlier in "The Path to the Pokémon League", they capture a Sandshrew with a sack.
  • In episode 48 of Princess Knight, after saving Princess Sapphire from some pirates, Captain Blood knocks her out and stuffs her in a sack. He then delivers her to the X-Union for reward money.
  • Princess Minerva: Dynastar's henchwoman gag Blue Morris and stuff her, thinking her to be Minerva, in a sack per orders of their boss.
  • In chapter 28 of the Ranma ½ manga, Genma Satome prevents his wife Nodoka from seeing Ranma turn into a girl by knocking her unconscious and stuffing her in a sack.
  • Fuu is captured in one of the last episodes of Samurai Champloo for a prostitute smuggling ring.
  • In the second episode of Sherlock Hound, Professor Moriarty captures Polly, a girl who had stolen a rare jewel from him earlier.
  • In episode 59 of Sonic X, Vector the crocodile kidnaps Cream the rabbit because of misunderstanding her mother's orders. Cosmo is also captured because she wanted to see what he was up to.
  • In the 19th episode of Space☆Dandy, this is how Dr. Gel and his assistant Bea bring Boo Bies waitress Honey to his hideout.
  • In episode 35 of Urusei Yatsura Ran grabs and ties up Lum to get her out of the way so she can suck out Ataru's youth to get her revenge on Lum, later her cousin Jariten finds her locked up in the school's utility closet tied in a sack.
  • In the seventh episode of Vision of Escaflowne, Hitomi is kidnapped by some Gekkos so that their king could have her for his bride.

    Comic Books 
  • A teenage Selina Kyle in Catwoman Vol 2 #0 "Cat Shadows" is kidnapped after she discovers information about faked inspection reports. The school administrator then tries to drown her after tying her in the bag, but she manages to break free.
  • In Flash Comics #87, Diana Lance (from Black Canary) and Johnny Thunder are captured by gangsters. Johnny is thrown off a cliff while Black Canary is thrown into a dungeon.
  • In G.I. Joe issue #21, "Silent Interlude", Storm Shadow kidnaps Scarlett.
  • In Sonic X at the Christmas Comic, Sonic is forced to go into the bag.
  • In one issue of The Spirit, Ellen Dolan is kidnapped by gangsters.
  • In the first story of Comic Cavalcade #1, Wonder Woman is captured by Nazis while in her civilian garb.

    Fan Works 
  • In Calvin & Hobbes: The Series, the titular duo is captured by Dr. Brainstorm.
  • In A Certain Crazy Christmas Special, Bad Santa kidnaps girls with his sack. The sack also doubles as a Bag of Holding and Power Nullifier.
  • Dungeon Keeper Ami: In A Poor Plan, how Ami gets her first goblin minion, basically:
    the [imp] scuttled over to the unconscious [goblin] it had landed on, and unceremoniously stuffed him into its pack. With a high-pitched groan, it strained to lift the body, which was still hanging half out of the sack, and disappeared. [...] Back at the dungeon heart, the imp reappeared, and dumped the unconscious body on the ground as if it was garbage.
  • In Final Space: Little Cato gets kidnapped by bounty hunters. The bounty hunters stuffed him into a sack. They plan to use Little Cato to catch Gary Goodspeed. Little Cato spends most of the story in the sack until few hours later he eventually gets out of the sack.
  • In the Turning Red fanfic The Great Red Panda Rescue, someone covers Mei's head with a bag and kidnaps her.
  • In Lord Black's resurgence, redemption and revenge, Harry stops several men who were carrying Ragnok's granddaughter in a sack.
  • In Ma Fleur, Mon Ange, Mon Tout a Death Eater stuffs Fleur in a sack.
  • In Petunia Takes Charge, the paraphenalia found on a would-be kidnapper includes a sack big enough to stuff Harry into.
  • In the DiC-dub based fic Zoisite Is Kidnapped, Neflyte and Jedite teleport into Zoycite and Malachite's castle and take Zoycite this way just as she's coming out of the shower.
  • In the 101 Dalmatian Street fic story of "Dylan the Vampire" Dolly gets kidnapped and put in the sack so many times. In the sequel Dylan the Vampire II, Dolly turns to a vampire and enters the hideout only to get kidnap when she enters and gets put in sack immediately. Dylan and the others have to fight the vampires to rescue Delilah and Dolly.

    Films — Animation 
  • The 3 Little Pigs: The Movie: How Rublad transports Wally & Beemo back to his place from the inn, although when we see them, they are already bagged.
  • The Aristocats:
    Rougefort: LOOK OUT FOR THE— [Edgar captures the cats] —sack.
  • A fairly odd case is in Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation; the movie's villain is Dark Heart, a powerful, evil magical being with shapeshifting powers who aims to capture the Care Bears. However, despite his immense power, his preferred method of doing so is a fairly unremarkable brown sack. It's even sillier when he keeps using it throughout the whole movie.
  • Near the end of Fantastic Mr. Fox, Rat stuffs Ash in a bag, planning to take him to Boggis, Bunce, and Bean. He subsequently fights Mr. Fox one-handed, with the bag in his other hand.
  • In Gay Purr-ee, Meowrice's henchcats capture Mewsette this way after she attempts suicide by jumping off a bridge.
  • The Great Mouse Detective: Professor Rattigan sends his bat-henchman Fidget with a list of items he needs for his Evil Plan, including tools, uniforms, clockwork gears, and the daughter of the Kidnapped Scientist (to ensure his cooperation). Fidget ends up shoving all of them in the same bag.
  • Gulliver's Travels: When Gabby accidentally wanders into the spies' hideout, they stuff him into a tied sack, hanging it on a hook, with Gabby's hat.
  • In Megamind Minion throws a bag of kidnapping over Roxanne's face. Not for the first time.
    Roxanne: Would it kill you to wash the bag?
  • In The Mythical Ark: Adventures in Love & Happiness, Weslie, of all characters, grabs a bag and traps Brother Bill the snake in it so that they can shut him up and bring him to the Ark spaceship. Wolffy even says that it feels more like something he would do.
  • Lock, Shock, and Barrel do this to the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus in The Nightmare Before Christmas.
  • Peter Pan: Captain Hook brings Jane to Never Land in Return To Never Land by gagging her and stuffing her in a sack. She manages to break free on her own, but is instantly caught and put back in.
  • Pinocchio: Pinocchio lies to the Blue Fairy that he was kidnapped by monsters and that they tied him in a sack, causing his nose to grow.
  • In Rise of the Guardians Jack Frost is kidnapped this way by Santa's yetis.
  • In Tangled the Stabbington Brothers attempt to use a sack to kidnap Rapunzel when they hear how valuable her gift of magic hair is. However it doesn't go as well as planned when Mother Gothel intervenes.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In All Tied Up (1993), Brian (Zach Galligan) does this to Linda (Teri Hatcher) as revenge for when she and her friends abducted him and tied him to a bed for weeks.
  • In Borat the title character attempts to marry Pamela Anderson by shoving her into a bag and trying to run off with her, an example of "marriage by capture". He doesn't get far, but hey, he tried.
  • In Casino Royale (1967), Vesper (Ursula Andress) steps out of the casino and two waiting thugs throw a bag over her and carry her off. Evelyn (Peter Sellers) steps out a moment later, looking for her.
    Evelyn: [to doorman] You haven't by chance seen a young lady in a green dress, have you?
    Doorman: Now let me see, sir... would that be a lady with a black bag over her head being manhandled by two unsavory gentlemen?
  • In Ernest Goes to Africa, Ernest gets kidnapped and taken to Africa. He falls off the back of the jeep and he accidentally cut himself free.
  • In Iiya Muromets and Nightingale the Robber, Alyonuska is kidnapped this way by some bandits while walking in the woods.
  • In Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Kate Houghton (Jenna Elfman) is kidnapped by Bob Smith (Goldberg) while in France.
  • In The Mangler Reborn: Hadley, under the influence of "The Mangler", kidnaps Jamie, intending to feed her to the titular monster.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe: In Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), bounty hunters Rocket Raccoon and Groot throw a huge sack over Peter Quill despite all the high-tech sci-fi weaponry being used in their Mêlée à Trois.
  • In Ruthless People, Barbra (Bette Midler) is kidnapped by Ken and Sandy Kessler for ransom money while wearing Donald Duck masks. But Barbra doesn't know her husband doesn't want to rescue her because he's having an affair.
  • Star Wars, The Force Awakens: Unkar Plutt's thugs throw a sack over BB-8. Of course given that he's a very small droid, it's easier than other examples of this trope.
  • Spectre. James Bond gets black-hooded and his hands zip-tied by a couple of Spectre thugs, which doesn't stop him from killing them both, then removing the zipties and hood.
  • In the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Drayton Sawyer kidnaps Sally after knocking her out, then brings her back to their house in a sack.
  • Thir13en Ghosts while the movie does not have this in itself, but in the backstories the Dire Mother died as a result of this, with the kidnappers killed by her mentally handicapped son.
  • In X-Men, after Magneto renders Rogue unconscious by throwing an object at her with his powers, Toad kidnaps her.

  • The Sack Man is a figure similar to the boogeyman, portrayed as an ugly old man who kidnaps naughty children using the sack on its back for nefarious purposes. There are many variations of the myth across the world, especially in latin countries like Portugal, Spain and in Latin America.

  • A variation in Casino Royale. When Le Chiffre's men kidnap Vesper, they just pull her dress up over her head and tie it off with rope.
  • A lampshaded Running Gag in The Crew of the Copper-Colored Cupids; the protagonists both often use this tactic (with Larrikin noting that he always carries a burlap sack with him for just such an occasion) and on the receiving end of it from various villains.
  • The Famous Five: In Five Run Away Together, the little girl Jennifer Mary Armstrong is kidnapped in this way, by a man throwing a shawl over her head.
  • In a non-villainous example, the TunFaire police from the Garrett, P.I. series use large sacks to restrain violent criminals, probably because the straitjacket hasn't been invented there yet.
  • In the final novel of Planet of Adventure, our hero Adam Reith is immobilised with Knockout Gas, and placed into a sack so he can be lowered into the Underground City of the Pnume. His knife has been confiscated, but fortunately he's able to tear a hole in the sack with his belt buckle and escape before the Pnumekin arrive to pick him up. They're rather puzzled to find an empty sack with no-one in it.
  • A variant occurs in the historical romance Taming Charlotte by Linda Lael Miller. Charlotte has already been kidnapped by Arab slave traders in a more conventional manner (ambushed and drugged in a crowded marketplace) but after she's been held for three days, she's knocked out again, stripped naked, and then placed in a burlap sack and used as stakes in a card game. The American sailors who win her transport her in the sack to their captain.
  • In the Swedish childrens' mystery Ture Sventon i Stockholm (published as Tam Sventon And The Silver Plate Gang in English), Ture Sventon and his assistant Omar capture several members of the criminal gang using their "night sacks", which are noted as invaluable tools of private investigators.
  • Some versions of The Wolf and the Seven Young Kids have the wolf catch six of the seven kids in a sack rather than swallowing them whole when they let him in thinking he was their mother.
  • In the children's story Whats In Foxs Sack?'', it's a story where the fox kidnaps a bee and puts in the sack; however, the bee escape. The fox takes a rooster and put it in the sack. The rooster escape. He later puts the pig in the sack. After the pig escape. The fox kidnaps and put a human child in the sack. Later, the child gets rescue and put the dog in the sack to teach the fox a lesson. At the end the dog chase the fox away. There was another version at a different ending where the fox gets put the sack and force become sack pet.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Alex Rider: Part of the kidnapping in Episode 2. Alex is knocked off his bike by a van, chloroformed and stuffed in the van with a bag over his head.
  • The Arrangement: When Megan is taken to The Facility by the Church of Happyology, someone sneaks up behind her and puts a bag on her head.
  • Inverted in the old '60s Batman series, where the Joker's henchmen break the Penguin out of prison this way, and for some reason, didn't let him out until they got back to their hideout. (Think the Joker was mad at them? The Penguin wasn't very happy either.)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Happens to Dawn when she is abducted by the Puppet Minions in the Musical Episode. We don't see her actually in the sack, though, as she wakes up on a pool table completely sackless.
  • Castle: During a CIA-related episode, the CIA keeps doing this to the good guys. Apparently, the location of their underground headquarters are classified. God only knows why the CIA isn't going through normal, legal channels instead of randomly kidnapping cops of the street at gunpoint. Seriously.
  • Farscape. This happens to Rygel in "Throne for a Loss" when the Tavloids...err, Tavleks decide to kidnap him for ransom. Given that he's an alien less than two feet-high, this trope makes more sense than with someone more human-sized.
  • Henry Danger. Used consensually to prevent Mrs. Sharpen from knowing where the Mann Cave was located when Captain Mann reluctantly agreed to have a Valentine's Dinner with her in "My Phony Valentine".
  • The League of Gentlemen: The town’s vicar, Rev. Bernice Woodall, is kidnapped in this manner by Papa Lazarou and his minions at the end of the Christmas special.
  • In the McMillan & Wife episode "The Fine Art of Staying Alive", Sally McMillan is kidnapped this way by two thugs after being knocked out with chloroform.
  • Twice, Mr. Bean does something similar to this:
    • When a friendly passer-by steals Mr Bean's camera in the park, Mr Bean grabs a large meshed litter bin, plonks it upside down over the thief's head and upper body, and wrestles him to the ground. But the thief escapes and runs off, with the bin still on his head.
    • When an Snooping Little Kid is interfering in Mr Bean's fun on fairground slot machines, Mr Bean pulls the boy's own clothes over his head, and spins him round before shoving him away.
  • In Obi-Wan Kenobi, 10 year old Leia is kidnapped this way on Alderaan in order to lure Obi-Wan out of his hideout and into the clutches of Sister Inquisitor Reva.
  • Person of Interest has the black hood version, except the secret government agencies usually plan to make the victim disappear permanently after interrogation.
  • Star Trek: Picard
  • In the Supernatural episode "Devil May Care" (S09, Ep02), a demon sneaks up behind Tracy and puts a bag over her head. And in "The Devil You Know" Crowley captures another demon by throwing a bag marked with a devil's trap over his head, then whaling on him with a crowbar.
  • In the Titus episode "Deprogramming Erin", Christopher Titus and his brother Dave do this to his girlfriend Erin after luring her outside in an attempt to bring them back together after she broke up with him.


    Video Games 
  • In Anna's Quest, Joringel, if asked what he's doing in the witch's tower, mentions that she reportedly carried his wife Jorinde off in a sack and he was captured while looking for her.
  • In Bloodborne the player can be trapped in one by a certain enemy that will conveniently transport you to a new location.
  • In Mario Is Missing! at the opening of the game, Mario gets kidnapped when a Koopa puts him in a sack. The Koopa takes the sack back to the castle.
  • One of the victory animations for the Kollector in Mortal Kombat 11 has him somehow drag his opponent's unconscious body in the backpack and starts walking away with it. Given some of the threats and implications he gives in some of his dialogue (including turning Cassie into a Breeding Slave for his clients), this is a far worse fate than a fatality.
  • In The Other Side: Tower of Souls an illustration in a book depicts one of the two alchemists who built the tower in question carrying such a bag.
  • In Pokémon Colosseum you first meet your sidekick, Rui, when you rescue her from two thugs who have kidnapped her in this fashion.
  • In Skullgirls, Peacock's grab attack is inspired by this trope (all of her attacks are based off different animation tropes): she drops a burlap sack over her opponent's head, then stomps on it repeatedly. If she has 3 levels of Dramatic Tension, she can also summon her minions to join in on the stomping, after which they'll explode.
  • In Super Smash Brothers there is the Wii U Mushroom Kingdom stage. In it there is a stage hazard in the form of Nabbit, who literally attempts to bag a player character then fly away with them in tow. He notably appears in "Enough With The Kidnapping". In which the player as Princess Peach has to face Bowser and his son, her two common kidnappers, and they are aided by a Boss Galaga that aims for and only affects Peach and attempts to kidnap her if she gets caught in their beams. Nabbit also appears here more commonly and can also "kidnap" Peach by bagging her but unlike the other kidnapping elements he also affects Bowser and Jr in the exact same way.
  • In Tomb Raider (2013), Lara Croft is captured this way by a hermit after washing up on an island and your first actual gameplay is breaking out of the bag.
  • Vanish: The intro shows that the protagonist had a bag over their head before they were thrown into the tunnels.

    Web Animation 

  • Girl Genius: Sanaa tries to kidnap Gilgamesh Wulfenbach in this fashion, and gives the bag to Othar. Unfortunately she had never actually seen Gil, so, well...
    Boris: You found him?
    Othar: But of course! Allow me to present Gilgamesh Wulfenbach—
    [removes bag and sees Tarvek]
    Othar: —master of disguise!
    [resigned aside glance from Tarvek]
  • In Rescuing Dara, the eponymous Dara is kidnapped in this manner.
  • Clover Firelight of Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic gets kidnapped like this at least once. (She's a halfling, so it doesn't take that big a bag.)

    Web Videos 
  • In the ConBravo d20 Live session for 2012, the party stuffing people into a sack (usually after being knocked out by Mike "Birdman" Dodd's character Jarl the Mighty) ended up becoming a Running Gag.
  • The Nostalgia Critic:
    • We don't see the actual kidnapping, but the Critic has a bag kept over his head in this Hostage Video.
    • And we can't forget the villain from the Care Bears 2 movie, DARK HEAAAAAAART! And his evil plan to kidnap the Care Bears. "Oh my God, a bag!"

    Western Animation 
  • This has happened to Tails from Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog a couple of times, once by Coconuts and another time by Scratch and Grounder. One episode where Scratch and Grounder got captured that way.
  • In the Adventures of the Gummi Bears episode "A Gummi by Any Other Name", Sunni Gummi is kidnapped this way by Duke Igthorn because he thought she was Princess Calla, because she was wearing a magic hat that could assume other characters' forms. Meanwhile, the real Calla and her friend Cavin are captured by Igthorn's ogres with the same method. This also once again happens to Sunni along with Gruffy, Zummi, and Tummy Gummi in another episode of the series.
  • The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 has a rare villain example. In one episode, King Koopa opens a dollar-sign bag and discovers the Koopalings bound and gagged, courtesy of the Mario Bros.
  • In the American Dad! episode "Stan Knows Best", Stan is tired of his daughter Hayley dating Jeff, so Stan arranges a group of mercenaries to abduct her from a party he's throwing, and they capture her with this method.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra:
    • Momo gets captured that way a couple of times.
    • Bumi suggests using this trope when attempting to recruit airbenders to rebuild the Air Nation, but Tenzin rejects the idea, deciding it must be a voluntary choice.
    • Played straight when Team Avatar kidnaps Baatar Jr. from an Earth Empire airship to use as a hostage in a negotiation.
  • In Classic Disney Shorts, Pete has kidnapped Minnie Mouse many times this way, including the movie Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers.
  • In the DuckTales episode "My Mother the Psychic", the Beagle Boys kidnap Fenton Crackshell's mother this way after learning from Flintheart Glomgold that she's using her new gained ability to look into the future to make Scrooge's financial decisions which is making him a lot of money.
  • This happens to the heroes in one episode of the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon, courtesy of a bunch of snail-like creatures. They end up rescued — accidentally — by Lovable Coward Sir John, who panics at the sight of them and starts flailing with his torch; luckily, the snails who are very sensitive to light, drop their hostages and flee.
  • In The Flintstones TV special "Hollyrock-A-Bye Baby" mobster Big Rock's henchmen Slick and Rocky kidnap Wilma's mother this way after mistaking her for Fred but not without her putting up a fight first, because Fred had taken a rare pearl from him that he thought was a bowling ball.
  • Two of Flip the Frogs human girlfriends are kidnapped with this method in "The Phoney Express" and "Coo Coo the Magician".
  • In Futurama, Zap Brannigan uses this method to transport President McNeal to the Omicronians.
  • Garfield and Friends:
    • A U.S. Acres segment, "The Bo Show", has Orson's brothers capture the entire cast except for Bo this way.
    • In another US Acres segment, "Short Story", Gort, Wart, and Mort capture Orson and his friends this way, capturing Orson while the latter is reading a book about a hunter bagging his prey and Roy and Bo as they're playing a game of checkers, with the former saying he is about to get jumped. When Orson's brothers come across Wade, the cowardly duck decides to save them the trouble of stuffing him in their bag and puts it over himself.
    • Also in the Garfield segment "The Cactus Saga" in Jon's Uncle Cactus Jake's story of his grandfather Cactus Jack, his partner The Lasagna Kid's (Garfield's grandfather) girlfriend, Miss Kitty (an Arlene expy), is kidnapped in this fashion by the Leftkowitz Brothers.
  • In one episode of Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats, Heathcliff's girlfriend Sonia is abducted by some corrupt animal shelter owners this way, naturally when Heathcliff finds out he is not too happy about it.
  • In the episode of Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, a monster stuffs Yumi in a sack. Yumi spends most of the episode in the sack. Ami and Atchan spent most of the episode trying to rescue her.
  • In an episode of Invader Zim, two (very stupid) aliens throw Zim in a sack, and say he fell for their cunning plan.
  • Ketchup Vampires: Huberta and her cousins kidnap Bella this way so that their master can have her for his bride.
  • In The Legend of Prince Valiant, Rowanne is kidnapped a few times this way.
  • In The Life and Times of Juniper Lee episode 9 "The World According to LARP" 2 demon henchmen do this to Dennis after he puts a necklace on that allows him to see them, mistaking him for Juniper's brother Ray Ray, who has the natural ability to see monsters like Juniper.
  • In Mao Mao:Heroesof Pure Heart in the episode "Meet Tanya Keys" Tanya captures Badgerclops for the bounty. She puts him in the bag and she carries him over her shoulder displaying her super strength, agility, and ninja skills despite that she's smaller than Badgerclops.
  • In the ¡Mucha Lucha! episode "The Anger of Cindy Slam", Richocet, Buena Girl, and The Flea capture Cindy Slam this way so they can restrain her because they wanted to bring her to an amusement park they think she wants to go to without her beating them up in the process.
  • The Lonely Hearts Club Gang use this method to kidnap Sheldon in his debut appearance in My Life as a Teenage Robot. Even though he's just a Stalker with a Crush, they mistake him for Jenny's actual boyfriend and plan to use him as bait for her. She does not take this misunderstanding well.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In "Stranger Than Fan Fiction", Caballeron's goons captures Quibble Pants and Rainbow Dash by throwing burlap sacks over them, and carry them to the jungle.
  • On The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, the Hooded Claw does this to Penelope in at least one episode.
  • In a couple of episodes of Peter Pan & the Pirates, Captain Hook and crew captured Peter, Wendy and the rest of the gang this way, in one he thought he caught Peter and presented him to the others as an offering, it turns out he caught Smee instead.
  • Phineas and Ferb has an episode where this is used on Isabella during her birthday. Buford stuffs her in a sack and takes her from activity to activity. The Fireside Girls also do this to Irving when his presence threatens to ruin Isabella's time with Phineas( who is finally alone and unoccupied with projects). Neither Isabella nor Irving seem to mind. Irving is just elated that he was tied up and stuffed into a sack by beautiful ladies because it's obvious that Abduction Is Love.
  • In the The Pink Panther episode "All for Pink and Pink for All", the Queen is kidnapped by her advisor's men who were disguised as musketeers.
  • In Police Academy: The Animated Series episode "A Blue Knight at the Opera", opera singer Mademoiselle Diva is kidnapped this way by a stalker who is obsessed with her and dressed as the Phantom after he catches her through a trap door.
  • Bluto has captured Olive Oyl a few times this way in Popeye.
  • In The Powerpuff Girls (1998) episode "Abracadaver", the title villain does this to Bubbles. He then locks her in a tank filled with water, though she later escapes on her own somehow.
  • In the Hanna-Barbera TV special "Robin Hoodnik" Maid Marian (who's an anthropomorphic fox) is kidnapped twice this way, first after the Sheriff of Nottingham's men make her drink a love potion to make sure the Sheriff was the first person she saw, then later after Robin and his Merry Men rescue her and Oxx the Dumb Muscle of the Sheriff's men catches her as they carry her off in her bed.
  • In the Donkey Kong Junior cartoon "Double or Nothing" on Saturday Supercade, Bones' cousin Lucy Belle is kidnapped this way so she won't inherit her deceased uncle's mansion. Later, the same guys do this to Junior and Bones to prevent them from saving her.
  • This has happened to Daphne of Scooby-Doo a couple of times, most notably in the 1976 episode "A Menace in Venice". In "Long John Scrappy" Scrappy see a pirate at the beach and confronts him; however, the pirate puts Scrappy in the bag and takes him back to the ship to make Scrappy a new cabin boy. Scooby and Shaggy head out to rescue him.
  • In The Simpsons' interpretation of the Joan of Arc legend, Groundskeeper Willie stuffs Joan (Lisa) into a sack, after which he proclaims himself the greatest hero in English history for doing so.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: In "Cephalophod Lodge", SpongeBob and Patrick kidnap Squidward by knocking his door and putting a sack over him once he opens it.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil:
    • Played with in "Storm the Castle". After Marco goes missing, it cuts to Ludo bringing a sack with something moving in it to Buff Frog, but it turns out that the sack actually contains some tadpoles that Ludo wanted to give to him to get back on his good side, and Marco was actually kidnapped by Toffee. It's never revealed where the tadpoles originally came from, though it's likely that Ludo did kidnap them from their biological parents.
    • Happens briefly to Buff Frog in "Is Mystery" when he gets captured while investigating why Mewni's corn is going missing.
    • In "Is Another Mystery", Star and Tom get knocked out while investigating the abandoned monster village, and wake up with sacks tied over the top half of their bodies.
  • In the Stōked episode "The Captain, The Grom, His Job and Her Dream" Fin is kidnapped this way by Reef, Broseph, and Emma to cheer her up after finding out she doesn't like her new job, we never see her in the sack, we see from her point of view of her eyes in the darkness of the sack and the gang dumping her out.
  • April O'Neil was captured this way in at least one episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987). Also, Raphael gets kidnapped and stuffed in a sack in the episode "Raphael Knocks 'em Dead".
  • Both Babs and Buster Bunny have this done to them in the Tiny Toon Adventures episode "Europe in 30 Minutes".
  • In the Droopy and Dripple segments of Tom & Jerry Kids, McWolf kidnapped Miss Vavoom a couple of times with this method.
  • Total Drama:
    • The challenge in "I See London..." is to bring Chris Jack the Ripper. Each team gets a bag to capture and hold the Ripper in when they find him. Team Amazon loses track of the clues, but they do come across a punk club and find Duncan. Because they don't want to return empty-handed, they abduct him because at least he's a criminal. Meanwhile, Team CIRRRRH does get Jack the Ripper in their bag by following the clues properly and siccing a pack of corgis on him. In the end, Chris finds the fact that Team Amazon brought back Duncan too juicy to penalize and so he declares them the winners.
    • Courtney recalls the events in London in "The Ex-Files" and reimagines her and Gwen abducting Duncan in a bag as Gwen shoving her out of the way and abducting Duncan to keep for herself.
    • I order to prevent being sent to Siberia herself, Blaineley captures Bridgette in a bag in "Aftermath III: Aftermath Aftermayhem". She first tries to dump the bag in a mail truck, but when that idea shows holes, Blaineley drives over to the airport to personally get the bag on the mail plane to Siberia.
    • While Chris is preparing the 100th episode celebration challenge in "Zeek and Ye Shall Find", Ezekiel comes up from behind him, throws a bag over him, and abducts him to the mines to put him through a slow demise. Chris is oblivious to the danger he is in until the bag is removed and he sees it's Ezekiel who captured him and not Chef, whom he thought was pulling one over on him.
    • In the “Revenge of the Island episode “Backstabbers Ahoy!” When Dawn tries to warn the contestants about the traitor, Chef takes her sack she had been using to collect money for the mutant animal sanctuary and stuffs her inside it, he then launches her off a catapult off the island.
  • In Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers Gidget gets put in the sack by Fat Cat. In "Mind Your Cheese and Q's" when Gadget tries to escape from Rat Capone's hideout after she rejects his advances, his henchman Sugar Ray captures her with this method. In Flash the Wonder Dog, Fat Cat orders his henchmen to kidnap Flash. Flash goes into his dressing room where Fat Cat's goons were waiting for him. They stuff him in the sack and kidnapped the dog.
  • In the Totally Spies! episode "Mandy Doll Mania'' Seth Toyman uses the remote controlled Mandy dolls to tie Sam, Clover, and Alex up in a sack.
  • In the Yogi Bear TV special "Yogi & the Invasion of the Space Bears" Cindy Bear is caught this way by one of Ranger Smith's assistants Ranger Roubideux, mistaking her for Yogi, in an attempt to bring him to justice for his picnic basket theft.