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Refrigerator Ambush

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Basically, the fridge is the perfect place to hide, if you don't mind the cold. It muffles any noises you make, and whomever you're waiting for is bound to show up sooner or later. And they're guaranteed not to expect you, at least not in there. Plus, hey, there's food if you get hungry!

This trope is very different from It Came from the Fridge; that's about something that grew out of old and moldy food left in a fridge, whereas this is just someone hiding in the fridge. Similarly, it has nothing to do with being Stuffed into the Fridge or being a Body in a Breadbox. Also unrelated to Fridge Logic or Fridge Horror.


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  • One of the home invaders in Cthulhu Mansion gets snatched up by a demon hiding in a fridge.
  • Inspector Clouseau's manservant, Cato, hides in the fridge in The Return of the Pink Panther to ambush him, the conceit of his character being that Clouseau has hired Cato to attack him at every opportunity so Clouseau can keep his self-defence skills up.
  • The main character of xXx: State of the Union uses the fridge to chill himself so he can hide from the thermal imaging cameras of a SWAT team he's ambushing.

     Live Action TV 
  • Breaking Bad: "Bullet Points" opens with Mike riding in the back of a Los Pollos Hermanos refrigerator truck transporting Gus Fring's meth. The truck is ambushed by cartel gunmen, who kill the driver and shoot up the truck with machine guns. They then break into the cargo area of the truck...and are promptly shot by Mike.

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     Western Animation  
  • The Robot Devil hides in the fridge in the Futurama episode "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings" and leaps out at Bender when Bender opens the fridge.
  • Teen Titans Go!: I "Terra Ized", Robin repeatedly tries to sneak attack Terra to test if she's worthy of joining the Titans, including one instance in which he hides in the fridge when she goes to get a snack.