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Rapper: Now somebody, anybody, everybody, scream!
Candace: (screams) There's squirrels in my pants!
Rapper: That girl's got some serious squirrels in her pants!

A character somehow ends up with one or more small live animals (or even tiny people) inside their clothing. Naturally, it will cause the character to go crazy over it, twisting, squirming, and grabbing to get whatever's in their clothes out. This trope often appears as ants in one's pants.

Occasionally, their movement and gyrations to get rid of it makes people think that they're dancing. Sometimes, the onlookers join in.

In the North of England, people do this on purpose as performance art. No, we don't get this one either.

This trope is also commonly used in Fanfiction as a form of revenge or pranks against others, or in worst case scenarios, torture or fetish.

Compare to Accidental Tickle Torture, since some cases of this causes its victims to laugh. Compare Colossus Climb due to the similar nature of the trope. Also, expect some kind of Oh, Crap! reaction from the victim when they realize something or someone in their clothes. Also, compare Eek, a Mouse!! as such a scenario can lead to this trope occurring.

Sometimes this is used as a form of Humiliation Conga or as a way to keep a character occupied. Also sometimes overlaps with Groin Attack if the said animal is harming or used to harm the person. If a small animal is entering a person's clothing for the purpose of killing the character, then you're looking at an Animal Assassin. note 

It's also worth noting that it is not just animals and insects that can perpetrate this trope. As mentioned above, this trope can overlap with Incredible Shrinking Man or Lilliputians if a tiny or shrunken person enters a normal-sized person's clothing. Also, tiny humanoid characters (such as pixies or fairies) might do this to playfully or maliciously torment a character. This can also be done by child-sized characters (like certain elves or dwarves). Can also overlap with Colossus Climb or Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever if normal-sized characters invade a giant's clothes.

Can also occur with Trouser Space. May be an example of Victoria's Secret Compartment or Marshmallow Hell if a tiny character decides to use a woman's cleavage for this purpose.

Also, this trope applies to tiny animals or characters invading another character's clothing. For characters invading another character's body, see "Fantastic Voyage" Plot or Orifice Invasion.


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  • Averted in an Australian advert for Holeproof "Antz Pantz". A beautiful woman in the advertised underwear is reclining in bed when she realises that ants are crawling all over her. She calmly lets her pet echidna (an Australian spiny anteater) take care of them.
  • Farmer's Insurance as part of its "Hall of Claims" ad campaign showed this as "Rodent Ride Along" with a hamster escaping its cage, crawling up a hapless driver's pants, and causing a chain reaction fender-bender. Allegedly, this was a real-life claim sent to Farmers on December 14th, 2015.
  • A Motorola Cell Phone ad for the Super Bowl featured a man sitting in a jungle when a snake climbs up his pants. He rapidly scans through his phones internet to find out what kind of snake it is and if it is harmless. He gets the results of the harmless Milk Snake, or the dangerous constrictor.
  • A commercial starts with the Super Duper Party Troopers, a children's TV show band, singing about putting ants in someone's pants before changing into a PSA for brushing your teeth.
  • "Four out of five dentists surveyed recommend Trident for their patients who chew gum," one commercial says. The voiceover continues, "But what about the fifth dentist?", showing five dentists being asked about the recommendation. Four of them say yes, as a squirrel runs under the table and up the fifth dentist's pants leg. Suddenly, there's an audible *CHOMP*, and the fifth dentist lets out a Big "NO!"

    Anime & Manga 
  • Ai Yori Aoshi: In episode 8, Tina's new pet ferret manages to find its way up Taeko's dress and then Aoi's kimono in short order. Taeko doesn't show much reaction beyond shock, but Aoi starts squirming and saying that it tickles.
  • A variation occurs in the Hentai Alien from the Darkness. Hikari has a pet ferret that crawls into her shirt, making her fidget around saying that it tickles.
  • Ayakashi Triangle: Suzu "massages" Matsuri's body with ten small duplicates of herself that jump onto him and crawl under his clothes. Matsuri gets an Out-of-Clothes Experience showing them underneath, and several of the miniature Suzu are obscuring his private parts.
  • An episode of Bikini Warriors has the main cast getting covered in eels after falling for a fake treasure chest. During which, one of them gets stuck and wiggles around in Paladin's panties, which she enjoys a little too much...
  • In one of the earlier episodes of Fresh Pretty Cure!, Chiffon pulls a playful trick on the heroines by having magical erasers fly into their shirts. This tickles them.
  • In Fruits Basket, Tohru is making her way back to the house from Yuki's garden when she spots some clothes on the ground. She crouches down to examine them, and just as she realizes that they must belong to one of the Zodiac, said Zodiac — the snake a.k.a. Yuki's older brother Ayame — slithers up her dress...
  • In HeartCatch Pretty Cure!, when Tsubomi first meets her two Mentor Mascots, they end up hiding from the villains by diving into her shirt, making it look like she has... huge tracts of land.
  • A Little Snow Fairy Sugar has the Season Fairy Elder fall and land inside Greta's shirt after she repeatedly bangs on the object he's standing on. During the middle of a play she's acting in, at that.
  • Happen in few episodes of Miss Machiko, usually with little fish. The trope is always used as excuse to force the main character Machiko to stripping herself. Episode 84 also has a little eel jump from Machiko's dress to her female students, so the fanservice is doubled.
  • Mouse has one with Sorata accidentally sliding into Hazuki's panties, causing her to fidget around, giggling. Note that when this happens, Hazuki is a giantess that just took off a Godzilla suit and is clad in only a bra and panties.
  • The Alpha Bitch of Nobara no Julie has a deathly fear of squirrels. After she gets her Girl Posse to bully Tina out of being the lead singer in music class (so that she can take her place), Julie's pet squirrel Pepe pops up and deicdes to dance on her head, sending her into a frenzy. It's also implied that Pepe understands human speech as they're often seen playing together and he shows her pretty flowers, so this was a deliberate act to defend Julie's friend.
  • Pokémon: The Series:
    • Pokémon the Series: Black & White: In one episode, Scrafty kidnaps Iris' Axew by stuffing it down his skin pouch. Extra points because the skin pouch resembles pants.
    • Pokémon the Series: XY: In Squishy's debut episode, when trying to catch the slippery Pokémon at one point, it flies up and lands inside of Bonnie's shirt. When it starts squirming around, Bonnie burst out laughing from how ticklish it feels.
  • Queen's Blade:
    • The first episode of the OVA, Beautiful Fighters, features a scene of this, when Echidna uses her pet snake, Keltan to "play" inside of Elina's panties, purely for the sake of teasing her.
    • Later during the earlier episodes of Vanquished Queens, after Aldra loses her memories, Echidna goads her into trying to remember her abilities by torturing her. One of her methods is having Keltan slither into Aldra's panties too.
  • To Love Ru:
    • Once, in the first series, Lala use accidentally at school one of her invention (a sprays that give more energy) on some mice (for a lesson) and get's them riled up. The mice then jump into the girls' clothes and what not, causing chaos in the classroom.
    • The sequel "Darkness" has a very Ecchi version of this trope. Rito is transformed in a mouse and falls accidentally into Yami's clothes where he crawls around and out the skirt with her panties. After, he returns to normal and is caught by Yami.
      Yami: I thought it was a strangely ecchi mouse....
  • Watanuki from ×××HOLiC has had the pipe fox hide in his shirt on a few occasions.

    Comic Books 
  • During Adam Warren's run on Gen¹³, a telepathic C-List supervillain induces Let's You and Him Fight between the team and a similar Secret Project Refugee Family, the "Mongolian Barbecue Horde". After much property damage, Grunge and his counterpart Boisterous Bruiser decide to settle the matter by "Ferret-legging": sticking live ferrets into their pants and closing the legs and waist — first one to let their ferret out loses. Grunge wins by turning his naughty bits into metal to avoid damage. The supervillain retreats; this was too much for him to handle.
  • Fin Fang Foom tried to invoke this in Nextwave by putting Tabitha Smith in his pants. Take note: even if you are a gigantic monster, it's a very bad idea to put a person who can psionically create explosives in your pants.
  • Squirrel Girl is really good at invoking this trope on her enemies. Dr. Doom is one of most famous victim. She has an Imagine Spot in the first issue of her own series where she suggests doing this to Kraven.
  • Tintin:
    • In The Temple of the Sun, Captain Haddock is driven nearly mad when he's left Bound and Gagged for several hours, and it turns out a lizard had been running up and down his back the whole time.
    • In Tintin and the Picaros, he gets shocked by an electric eel that slides into his shirt when he fell into a swamp.
  • In an Usagi Yojimbo story, a hunted fox jumps into Usagi's clothes to escape some hunters. As a result, Usagi is wriggling about with the animal in his clothes as he talks to the hunters while Tomoe is laughing her head off at this silly situation.

    Comic Strips 
  • The Calvin and Hobbes strip quoted below has a subversion in which Calvin simply has a hole in his pocket, causing some of his pennies to drop down his leg.
    Calvin: You never know when some crazed rodent with cold feet might be running loose in your pants.
    Hobbes: Another reason not to wear 'em.
  • Garfield:
    • In one strip, Jon gets a gopher up his pants leg and runs around screaming.
      Liz: And there he goes headed for downtown. We're going to be on the news again, aren't we?
      Garfield: Wear your blue outfit this time.
    • In another strip, Jon assumes the buzzing sound coming from his pocket is his cell phone vibrating, until Garfield points out Jon's phone is on the table. Jon gets a pained look on his face before running away screaming.
      Garfield: Aren't you going to answer your bee?

    Fan Works 
  • In Remember How to Smile, one of the stories from the Mellon Chronicles series of Lord of the Rings fanfiction, something like this happens. Legolas's pet ketrals get loose in King Thranduil's throne room and make an unholy mess. Thranduil catches Aragorn and Legolas trying to round them up again, and one of the ketrals, in mortal fear of him, hides in Aragorn's pants. Obviously, uncomfortable squirming and embarrassment ensues.

    Films — Animation 
  • In The Amazing Maurice, the Pied Piper is distracted at the last moment by Mr. Clicky, a robot mouse moving around in his pants.
  • The exterminator from The Ant Bully is subjected to this trope when some flying insects slip up his pant leg during their defense of the anthill.
  • In Despicable Me 2, Gru gets attacked by a guard-chicken when he and Lucy break into El Macho's restaurant. It even does a Chest Burster through his sweater.
  • The Iron Giant: The protagonist's "pet" squirrel gets loose and ends up climbing inside the pants leg of another character. (In fact, the character in question actually says the trope name while he's at it, perhaps making this film the actual Trope Namer.)
    Dean McCoppin: Excuse me! I'd like to apologize to everyone in advance for this. [zips down his fly to let the squirrel out, which cause a loud commotion] Check, Please!
  • Max from A Goofy Movie, to his eventual embarrassment, gets a possum in his pants. By the time he gets it out, the dance is already in full swing.
  • In the climax of Home on the Range some chicks crawl up Alameda Slim's pants.
  • In Life's a Jungle: Africa's Most Wanted, when Pip does a poo in an anthill, ants crawl all over him.
  • Happens to Dubois in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted by Mort while the animals try to ditch her. However, she quickly shrugs him off.
  • Happens during the "I'll Make A Man Out Of You" musical number from Mulan, when Ling drops a beetle down Mulan's shirt, causing her to flail around smacking everyone with her staff.
  • In The Nut Job, at least one of the film's many rodent characters briefly ends up inside a bank robber's pants.
  • Happens briefly in Pinocchio. While looking for his father underwater, Pinocchio encounters a massive group of fish, following him and Jiminy. The first one he meets, swims into his shirt sleeve and out the other one, which tickles him.
  • Happens in The Princess and the Frog, when one of said frogs hops right into Charlotte La Bouff's dress — much to her dismay as she dances around.
  • Ratatouille: Linguini's first attempt to carry Rémy around in the kitchen results in the rat slipping in his uniform and the boy drawing lots of attention with his gyrations. It gets worse when Linguini starts slapping Rémy inside his clothes in frustration, and the latter retaliates by biting.
  • The Rugrats Movie:
    • Happens to Chuckie when a fish swims up his shorts.
    • Happens again in the sequel when a fish briefly gets stuck inside Tommy's diaper.
  • Puss in Boots's debut in Shrek 2 features a moment during his hired hit on Shrek where he sneaks into Shrek's shirt to claw him up. He also does a Chest Burster through his shirt.
  • While it technically doesn't involve pants, Woody from Toy Story has "There's a snake in my boot!" as one of his pull-string phrases.
  • The pet roach does this to robots in WALL•E. Apparently, it tickles.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In the Indian film Aata, while on a raft, Srikrishna notices something odd about the sleeping Sayata. She begins fidgeting and squirming, until an ant crawls out of her shirt. The ant continues to crawl all over her belly as Srikrishna tries talking the ant to leave her alone. The ant goes back into her shirt and causes a lot of drama once Sayata wakes up.
  • It happens in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me to Austin while fighting Mini-Me in Dr. Evil's moonbase. Mini-Me rips a hole in the crotch part of Austin's space suit (after a Groin Attack) and proceeds to climb inside. Austin initially panics when Mini-Me begins to crawl around inside his suit, but then begins to fidget around and giggle saying that it tickles. He then traps Mini-Me and then proceeds to eject him out the rear end of his suit through a nearby space toilet.
  • In the film Buried, a scene shows that the main character had a snake crawl up his pants while sleeping, and when he woke up, it came down and out of his pants leg
  • Happens in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, where Greg gets a rat in his shirt when he and Rodrick hide in a trash dumpster.
  • In Fandango, one of the guys gets a lizard up his pants when him and his friends slept out by an abandoned building in the middle of nowhere
  • In The Freshman the main character keeps a kitten in his shirt, while the kitten claws and the curtains open to reveal that he is standing in front of the whole school while this is all happening
  • Garfield:
    • Happens in the first movie when Garfield jumps into a fat lady's dress to escape a horde of dogs that are after him.
    • Also happens to Lord Dargis in Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, when Nigel the ferret crawls into Dargis's trouser leg, and comes out of his suit unharmed after Jon socks the latter right in the face.
  • In the Get Smart movie, Maxwell Smart ends up having a sewer rat crawl up his pants in one scene. It doesn't lead to anything resembling dancing, but the scene in question does take place in a room full of deadly, skin-destroying lasers...
  • Happens in Grind with a lizard when the group was left alone in the desert.
  • Occurs in Hannah Montana: The Movie twice, both times being during a fancy dinner party
    • Jackson was the first to invoke this trope by smuggling the family ferret into the dinner party in his shirt. Hilarity Ensues when the ferret starts moving around
    • The second time happened to the dinner host after the family ferret escaped from Jackson and crawled up his pants. Lets just say that almost everybody was laughing when he pulls down his pants revealing his underwear. Cue an odd look from some of the female guests
  • In the movie of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, when Barty Crouch Jr. transfigures Draco Malfoy into the Amazing Bouncing Ferret, he proceeds to slip Malfoy into Crabbe's pants, and then Goyle gets his finger bitten trying to pull Malfoy out. There is a song about this by the wizard rock group "Draco and the Malfoys" called "Goyle's Pants". (The song gets it wrong about whose pants ferret-Draco went into.)
  • Hobgoblins:
    • All right, the puppets never actually make it into the pants of the teens they're attacking, but they do dance and writhe to try and make it look like they're being attacked. It's probably better than the awful '80s dancing they were doing before.
      "That looks like a new dance! Kinky!"
    • Explicitly invoked by the phone-sex lady in Kyle's fantasy. It's every bit as sleazy as it sounds and it WILL inspire viewers to seek out a nice loofah to exfoliate their brain matter.
  • Occurs in the movie How To Eat Fried Worms, when Billy and Joe both had to put worms in their pants. Joe for losing a bet against Billy, and Billy for messing up on one worm that Joe did not know about.
  • In Identity Thief, Sandy Patterson (played by Jason Bateman) had a snake crawl up his pants while sleeping in a wooded area in Florida on the hunt for his identity thief
  • Teenage Indy gets this in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade when falling in a crate full of snakes. He pulls a snake out after escaping the train car and another eventually slithers out of his sleeve when one of the treasure hunters tries to take the Cross of Coronado from him.
  • In the Indian film Kellafate, Shibu is rowing a raft with a sleeping Pallabi on board when she begins squirming and fidgeting. He then notices the ant crawling all over her belly and navel. He tries talking the ant out of it but it then goes inside her shirt. Hilarity ensues when Pallabi wakes up.
  • The silent Laurel and Hardy short Liberty has a gag involving the duo stuck atop a skyscraper under construction and a live crab inside Ollie's pants.
  • The Little Rascals:
    • In the 1990s film, Alfalfa gets a frog stuck in his ballet outfit after hiding from bullies in a ballet recital.
    • In the original 1930s shorts, Alfalfa gets a frog stuck in his tuxedo while performing in a talent show.
  • Happens to the Principal in Max Keeble's Big Move.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe: Ant-Man naturally uses this trope during combat — both when shrunk to small size, and by using the ants that he can command.
  • In Mickey, Mickey gets an actual squirrel in her pants while out in the forest. Herbert tries to help her get it out, which leads to a Not What It Looks Like moment from Mickey's adoptive father Joe when he stumbles on Mickey and Herbert with his hand in her pants.
  • Occurs in the 2001 film Monkeybone when the title character dives into Miss Kitty's cleavage, causing her to briefly squirm around before he escapes from the back of it.
  • The film MouseHunt has two examples of this that happen back to back:
    • The first instance happens when the titular mouse dive bombs into a woman's dress during an auction, leading to one of the two main characters, Lars, sticking his hand down there to grab it. This does lead to her squirming around, though it's unclear if she is reacting to the mouse, his hand, or both.
    • The second instance is immediately after when Lars successfully catches the mouse, only for it to run down his sleeve and into his shirt, leading to some hilarious physical comedy.
  • In My Boss's Daughter, it is completely Played for Laughs. This occurs to Tom when accidentally releasing all of the feeder mice for the owl in his boss's house. One of the mice runs towards Lisa's room, with Tom following. The mouse climbs into Lisa's purse, and Tom goes in after it, leading the mouse to climb up Tom's sleeve and drop into his pants. Lisa walks in and sees Tom jerking around and conveniently holding a pair of her underwear until he explains what exactly happened
  • In the short film Night of the Hell Hamsters, A demonically possessed hamster darts up the pants of the male character and experiences a bloody Groin Attack and also gets his finger bit off by the hamster. The hamster is removed by his girlfriend when she kicks the man in the crotch, where the hamster was at the time
  • Near the beginning of The Nutty Professor (the one with Eddie Murphy), a lot of hamsters escape their laboratory custody, wreaking havoc on a university campus. For a short scene, perviness ensues when... well, let's just say that what it looks like is played for laughs.
  • In Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, after Calypso regains her powers and transform into an enormous swarm of crabs washing over the pirates, Ragetti ends up with a crab in his pants.
  • Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins. Our hero is trapped on a window ledge by three relentless dobermans, when a rat runs up his leg. Remo has to smash through the window to get enough leg room to remove the offending creature.
  • Brutally invoked in Rivers End, when Clay was held down by two other people while another puts a poisonous snake in his pants.
  • In the silent film Safety Last!, a mouse crawls up the pants of Harold Lloyd's character as he climbs up the a sixteen-story building. He dances on a ledge and nearly falls. The crowd below applauds, thinking he's showing off.
  • Simhadri; Ankitha is at the home of her crush’s grandparents. She is helping his grandmother Nookalu clean when she admits her feeling towards her grandson. They goof around until Ankitha asks Nookalu how to get Simhadri fall for her. Nookalu explains that to get a man to fall for you, you must scare the man or get scared. She asks Ankitha what she fears most and she says ants. Nookalu retrieves an ant off of some food and puts it into Ankithas top (mind you, Ankitha is in a bra and jeans). Ankitha freaks out and begins jumping and itching, causing Simhadri to rush to her. She explains the ant in her bra and he realizes he can’t reach into her top. The ant then come out her top and begins crawling down her stomach. Simhadri prepared to smack it until it crawls into Ankithas jeans. Both Ankitha and Simhadri freak out as Ankitha jumps all around the room. Simhadri shoved her onto the bed and begins tickling and swiping her navel. Ankitha starts laughing and squirming uncontrollably asking why he does this. He explains the ant will think her belly button is jaggery. The ant come out and onto Ankitha's belly. Simhadri finally smacks it.
  • The film Film/The First Turn On, uses this trope for an old-fashioned gag. While doing exercises at summer camp, the female instructor tells all the girls to do "exactly as I do." Of course, this is followed by a boy sticking a frog down the back of her shirt, leading to her to freak out, and the rest of the girls follow suit.
  • Happens in the The Smurfs 2011 movie when Patrick Winslow tries to sneak the Smurfs who followed him to work into his office and eventually runs into his female boss — and then starts squirming from them tickling him.
  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three has a scene of a sniper watching over a meeting in the subway, until his duty is botched by a rat up his pants leg, which causes him to shoot one of the hostages on the train.
  • Teen Wolf Too:
    • The protagonist, Todd Harper, is subject to this with ants as a prank by his other classmates
    • This also occurs later in the film when a bunch of students are having a frog fight in biology class and one of the male students puts a frog down the back of a female student's sweater. She squirms around in her seat a bit then gets up and runs through the classroom trying to get the frog out.
  • Several The Three Stooges shorts make use of this.
    • One of the earliest being "Ants in the Pantry" with a mouse down the back of somebody's shirt, leading the Stooges to start doing That Russian Squat Dance to the rhythm of the victim's hopping.
    • One instance was in "Hoi Polloi" when a dancer tries to teach the Stooges how to dance proper, until a bee flies down the back of her dress, leading to hilarity
    • "Loco Boy Makes Good" has an example where one of Curly's mice goes down the back of a woman's blouse. In this case her reaction does look like she's dancing.
    • Happens in the 2012 film of the same name, with a lobster. Let's just say Larry ends up becoming an Instant Soprano.
  • In We're the Millers Kenny unintentionally gets a tarantula up his shorts after his reckless driving in order to avoid the man they stole marijuana from. Kenny eventually gets bitten on his testicle.
  • At the the end of Wild Horse Phantom, Billy and Fuzzy are about to leave the bank when Fuzzy starts going berserk: leaping all over the room and howling. Billy eventually manages to pin him down and the reason for his distress is revealed; he has a baby bat trapped inside his shirt.

  • This is a legend often told to law students as a puzzle. A woman is driving her sick gerbil to the vet, but it gets out of its cage. While driving, she can feel it crawling up her leg inside of her pants. She pulls over to the side of the road, gets out of the car, and starts shaking and wiggling her leg frantically to dislodge the gerbil. A man driving behind her sees this and thinks she is having an epileptic seizure, so he stops, gets out of his car, and pushes her down to the ground in the mistaken belief that this will prevent her from injuring herself. Another man sees this, and he thinks thinks the first man is trying to rape the woman, so he stops, gets out of his car, and goes over and punches out the first man. The law students are then asked: who is legally responsible in this case?

  • In Animorphs, Cassie is once trapped by two idiots while in rat morph. She gets out of it by running up the pants leg of one of the boys, who panic and flee.
  • Discworld:
  • Dragaera: In Taltos, Vlad carries baby Loiosh around everywhere with him, tucked into his shirt where it's warm. Luckily, Loiosh is sentient and has the sense to subvert the "uncomfortable squirming" part of this trope.
  • The Eschaton Series: Ferret legging is popular in the People's Republic of West Yorkshire in Charles Stross' Singularity Sky. Owing to a certain amount of confusion as to which traditions belong to which parts of North Britain, they have to seal up their kilts with duct-tape first.
  • One of the ordeals Amanda from The Headless Cupid sets for the Stanley children is to carry a live reptile on their bodies for a day.
  • Journey to Chaos: Nueces Enaz, an elf over one thousand years old, suffers from hallucinations where he thinks squirrels are either chasing him or running through his pants.
  • In Pan Tadeusz Telimena's favourite spot in the forest is also ants' favourite spot. Hilarity Ensues, along with some romance with the ever helpful Tadeusz.
  • Railway Ghosts and Highway Horrors: Not played for laughs in the final chapter, a compilation of assorted short events. One section tells about a woman who bought a gerbil for her daughter. While she's driving home, the animal escapes its cage and climbs into her clothes, causing her to freak out; she pulls over, lays down on the ground and starts thrashing about, trying to get it out. One man, seeing this, thinks she's having a seizure and tries to help her so she won't hurt herself. Then another man sees this, thinks the first man is attacking the woman, stops, and punches him hard enough to break his jaw. All because of a little gerbil.
  • The Witches: The protagonist, having been turned into a mouse, ends up crawling up a chef's pants while spiking the witches' soup with the mouse potion.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 1000 Ways to Die has a few examples, which, given the nature of the series, are typically fatal:
    • "Pissed Off": An Irish golfer, while on the rough, gets a rat up his pant leg, which scratches him and pees on him; the rat's urine seeps into the open wound and causes a fatal case of leptospirosis.
    • "Eel Effects": After graduating from their sushi chef school, two students decide to stick a live eel down the head chef's pants after he passes out drunk as payback for his abusive punishments (one of which was threatening to shove an eel up their butts). The eel slithers up his ass and eats its way out, killing him.
    • "Critter in the S***er": A man in a ferret-legging contest starves the ferrets he uses so they'll become docile and not try to squirm or crawl out. In the process, however, an internal hemorrhoid pops in his rectum, with the resulting blood sending one of the ferrets into a feeding frenzy. The end result: the ferret burrows up the sap's bum and feasts on the hemorrhoid, killing him from blood loss.
  • 2 Broke Girls: In "And the Childhood Not Included", Caroline accidentally kills Han's fish and tries to replace it before Han finds out. She tries to sneak in the new fish by hiding it in her bra until the water bag bursts resulting in this trope and Caroline fearing she'll kill the fish again.
  • A.N.T. Farm: During a cooking challenge, Fletcher's eggs hatch releasing chicks all over the classroom and one of them crawls inside Prinipal Skidmore's dress.
  • In Austin & Ally, Dez accidentally hypnotized himself while trying to hypnotize Ally, and Trish states to him that whenever anybody says song, he has to jump around like there is a mouse in his pants. Dez also states to Ally that he used to carry rodents in his pants
  • Call of the Wildman:
    • During an attempt to clear a house of a large rat's nest, Turtleman causes the entire nest to fall on him when cutting a hole in the crawlspace where the rats were
    • Neil gets a squirrel up his pants in the Christmas Episode after Turtleman captures 2 out of the three squirrels
    • Turtleman gets a pigeon stuck in his coat after trying to clear a house of the flock of birds taking up residence
  • Series/Even Stevens:
    • In the episode "After Hours", Ren has a hamster crawl up her pant leg during detention, though she doesn't squirm or dance around as much as just freak out.
    • While not an animal, Ren is subjected to this trope again in the episode "My Best Friend's Girlfriend", where her brother pours a cup of ice down the back of her shirt.
  • El Chavo del ocho:
    • When Doña Florinda's restaurant became rat-infested, she and La Chilindrina each jumped into a chair for safety while El Chavo chased the rat with a broom. When El Chavo unwittingly touched La Chilindrina with the broom, she thought the rat went up her legs. Doña Florinda later experienced the same.
    • An earlier episode has a minor one at the end. Quico's mouse escapes during the havoc, and ends up climbing up Ñoño's leg while he's sitting on the fountain's edge eating cookies. Somehow Ñoño doesn't notice until the mouse is already inside his pants.
  • In Community episode "Environmental Science" Troy has a lab rat climb up his leg and proceeds to freak out.
  • Also occurs in the spin-off Cory in the House, when Lionel is shipped to the White House and Sophie lets him escape, leading to Lionel climbing up the president's pant leg during an important press conference. Hilarity Ensues
  • Dad's Army: In "Room at the Bottom", Corporal Jones gets ants in his pants and, while trying to remove them, accidentally signals the platoon to advance into an ambush.
  • The ant variety (red ants, to be specific) happened to Mike Rowe on Dirty Jobs when he was in Louisiana raiding alligator nests. Ants like to live in alligator nests. He ended up having to take off his pants on camera (behind the airboat, of course).
  • In one of the early episodes of Drake & Josh, a girl Josh liked left a snake for him in his jacket that he left behind at a restaurant, which leads to a "trouser snake" situation.
  • Eerie, Indiana: In "Scariest Home Videos", Marshall and Simon are stuck having to babysit Simon's younger brother Harley. Marshall plans to film Harley eating one of his pet lizards, Godzilla, until Simon scares him and Harley flings the lizard into the couch. Marshall bends over searching for Godzilla. As he does, Harley grabs the other lizard Mothra and opens Marshall's pants and drops it in. Marshall then proceeds to freak out, running upstairs and finally finding Mothra in his sock.
  • Played for drama in For All Mankind. While on the Moon base far longer than expected, Gordo Stevens starts to crack up from Cabin Fever and becomes obsessed with catching some ants which have escaped from their ant colony. While out walking on the Moon's surface, he starts to think there are ants crawling around inside his spacesuit and tries to remove it. Fortunately a fellow astronaut is able to calm him down before he kills himself.
  • Guy Court. One of the trials was for a man who plays too much World of Warcraft. He lost the trial and as an added punishment, he had to have a live mouse put into his underwear, with the kind of mouse random, either being a full blown Groin Attack from a mouse that bites alot, or one that just sits around.
  • Home Improvement: In "Wild Kingdom," Brad and Randy try to warn Tim that a snake is crawling out of the light fixture behind him. Because they had previously put fake snakes in his toolbox as a prank, he thinks they're joking around again, so he unbuttons his shirt and laughingly invites the snake to crawl in. Unfortunately for Tim, there really is a snake behind him ... and it accepts his invitation.
  • In the show Kenny vs. Spenny, the punishment for losing the challenge based on a rodent race was to put a rat in the loser's underwear
  • In the episode "Mischeif Mischief" of Series/Orange Is The New Black, a group of inmates are in the prison kitchen when a bunch of rats are let loose. One of the inmates has a rat run up her pant leg.
  • Power Rangers: In Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, there's an episode during which Bulk throws a book at Billy, causing him to drop the mouse he's holding in his hands at the time. The mouse quickly runs at Skull and gets into his pants, causing him to flail around until he jumps at Bulk's arms, allowing Billy to pull the mouse out of his back.
  • Murdoch Mysteries: During an investigation, Crabtree brings a ferret to follow a blood trail (as he couldn't find a bloodhound). It works, but not before the critter shortly slips inside the leg of Murdoch's pants.
  • Once Upon a Time: In a flashback of the Evil Queen's vendetta against Snow White, Cora offers Regina a beating heart as a "birthday gift", and they watch Snow White through the Magic Mirror as Regina is crushing the heart. At first it seems like Snow White is in distress... until Jiminy Cricket jumps out of her clothes, showing it was just a fake-out. A random guard then falls as Regina crushes the heart, as it had been switched beforehand.
  • Pee-wee's Playhouse: "Ants in Your Pants" — Pee-Wee's ants break out of the ant farm. He and the Playhouse Gang do this until Jambi magics them back into the ant farm.
  • The Red Green Show:
    • An entire episode revolves around an unseen character, Old Man Sedgewick, getting a badger caught in his pants, so the lodge members do everything they can (and then some) to get rid of it.
    • Two separate scenes of the same episode also revolve around this trope. First, Red shows how to trap animals using a pair of men's pants. Second, Bill tries to trap a snake, only to get it caught in his pants. In all cases, Hilarity Ensues.
  • One of the times Michael Palin hosted Saturday Night Live, he put cats down his pants during the monologue.
  • In an "Abby's Flying Fairy School" segment of Sesame Street, Niblet the class pet ends up flying through the air and he lands in Gonnigan's shirt, so Gonnigan wiggles around, which his teacher thinks is a dance, and he eventually makes a dance out of it.
  • In episode 5 of Still Open All Hours, Granville persuades Gastric to dress up in his great grandmother's wedding dress and pose as Old Mother Hemlock to help sell a load of herbal remedies. However, a mouse has taken up residence inside the dress which causes Gastric to go through some very odd gyrations, to the confusion of everyone watching.
  • Our Miss Brooks: In "Cure That Habit", Stretch Snodgrass carries two kittens, a frog and a snake in his jacket. The animals get loose in Mr. Conklin's office and Hilarity Ensues.
  • The Suite Life of Zack & Cody:
    • In "Footloser", Cody unintentionally creates magic tricks while dancing with Max in the competition, one of these acts involve not a bunny in the hat, but a bunny climbing out of his pants leg, scaring and surprising the judges and Max
    • In "Can You Dig It", Zack literally gets ants in his pants after a possessed Bailey buries him after finding the Crown of Zaria.
    • In "Snakes on a Boat", Zack had a snake crawl up his pants and bite him, knocking him unconscious.
      Zack: Ow! Yeah, something definitely just bit me.
  • Pip, a baby hedgehog on an exotic-pets episode of Too Cute, crawls up into peoples' trouser cuffs at every opportunity. (Bristle-side out, fortunately.)
  • In That's So Raven, a bloopers sequence is shown on the season 1 finale, with a goofup of Cory accidentally letting his rat Lionel climb down his shirt
    Cory: He's in my shirt!!! [offstage and Eddie laughing]
  • Tour of Duty. One of the soldiers is suffering from the runs, and has to keep going off into the bushes while on patrol to drop his pants. While he does so, a large toad jumps onto his dropped pants. At the same time, he happens to see some Vietcong slipping out of a tunnel to evade the American soldiers; the soldier quickly yanks up his pants and Hilarity Ensues.
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway?:
    • We give you one of the Greatest Hits from the "Songs of the Safari" collection, the Jamaican Rap "Ants, Ants, Ants In My Pants".
      Now everytime I get busy,
      Now everytime I want get down and dance,
      Because everytime I start moving like this,
      What that mean, got ants in me pants.
    • In one game of Crazy Newscasters, Ryan was the weather man who had rats in his pants. At first he howls in pain and fright, but then his vocalizations start to change...
  • Although not an animal, this trope was invoked in Wizards of Waverly Place when a trophyman was charmed with the Murrieta Animata spell uses this trope to escape from Max.
  • In Zoey 101, Zoey and the others get revenge on Logan for lying about dating her by putting a rat in his pants while he is asleep.

  • The Chenille Sisters, a contemporary folk band with no actual familial relations, has the "Ants-in-Your-Pants Dance", which is much more annoying once you outgrow it.
  • On his album "Late Last Night", which is full of songs designed for children to dance along to, Joe Scruggs has a song called "Ants in My Pants" about various dances brought on by difficult or dangerous situations (such as the "I-Can't-Move Boogaloo" and the "Up-To-Your-Chin Save-Yourself-Swim"), including, of course, the "I Got Ants in My Pants Dance".
  • The song "Mississippi Squirrel Revival" by Ray Stevens:
    The day the squirrel went berserk
    In the First Self-Righteous Church
    In that sleepy little town of Pascagoula
    It was a fight for survival
    That broke out in revival
    They were jumpin' pews and shoutin' Hallelujah!
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Everything You Know Is Wrong" starts out with this lovely bit:
    I was driving down the freeway in the fast lane
    With a rabid wolverine in my underwear

  • Eiffel (who is an arachnophobe) from Wolf 359 spends the episode "Extreme Danger Bug" with a hairy, slimy and very poisonous Giant Spider in his shirt. Because this is an audio-only show, we never get to see just how big the spider is.
    Minkowski: Eiffel, don't worry. Everything is going to be alright. This thing is probably more scared of you than you are of him!
    Eiffel: [whimpering] While I normally could get on board with that train, I assure you that in this case I am definitely the most terrified party!

    Puppet Shows 
  • In Muppet Treasure Island, Gonzo observes at one point that his pants are filled with starfish. This later becomes helpful when he whips out the starfish during a fight scene and uses them as shuriken, but at the time of the comment, it only serves to weird out Rizzo.
    Rizzo: You and your hobbies!


    Tabletop Games 
  • The point of Ants In The Pants is to launch ants into the plastic pants prop. No, the guy on the box doesn't seem to mind.
  • There exists a Game-Breaker Dungeons & Dragons build where a character that benefits from being poisoned purposefully puts snakes down his pants to grow stronger.

  • Sylvester McCoy got his stage name from a character he played in Ken Campbell's Road Show who stuffed ferrets down his trousers; before becoming The Doctor, his performing this act was his major claim to fame.
  • In Matilda, Matilda uses her telekinesis to knock Miss Trunchbull's water glass over, which Lavender had recently put a newt in, then the newt runs up Miss Trunchbull's leg.
    Trunchbull: Ah! It's heading north! There's a newt in my knickers!

    Video Games 
  • A part of Tiny Kong's battle with K. Rool in Donkey Kong 64 involves her going into his shoe and shooting his toes with her feather gun.
  • Fire Emblem: Awakening has Lissa and the Avatar's support involve this. Lissa offers to give the Avatar a massage... then dumps a frog in the back of their clothes. The Avatar reacts accordingly:
    "WhaAAAAUGH! Cold! Cold and slimy and coooooold! AUGH! IT MOVED!"
  • When Larry in Leisure Suit Larry 3: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals has sex with Tawni on the beach, he suddenly stands up after a while and squirms because a crab has climbed up his pants. Strangely, Tawni is not amused. Mostly because he announces that he's "got a terrible case of crabs".
  • Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment features a dialogue cutscene involving Strea (who has transformed into a pixie) flying into Kirito's shirt to "punish" him (by tickling him) for trying to drop her when she wanted to ride on his shoulder (despite that Kirito advised her from doing so to prevent falling off).
  • WarioWare: Touched!: In the outro for Jimmy's stage, a fly lands in Jimmy's afro, tickling him, and he begins shaking and hopping. The onlookers remark on how Jimmy sure is one hell of a devoted dancer.


    Web Original 
  • Whateley Universe:
    • In the origin story of Fey, ordinary high school frosh Nick Reilly is slowly turning against his will into a hot redheaded babe who also happens to be a powerful mage. He gets confronted by a school bully who rips Nick's shirt off, stressing out Nick so much that he accidentally unleashes dozens of hobgoblins who happen to appear as psychedelic-colored squirrels. Two of them go straight up the bully's pants legs. Hilarity Ensues.
      "Ohhh nuts!"
    • And of course there's Aquerna's combat final. The girl's power and personality have made her friends with every squirrel on campus, so it was practically inevitable.

    Web Videos 
  • There's quite a few videos on YouTube titled "Sneak Pets Into..." followed by something like plane, movies, school, etc. These occasionally feature this trope.
    • In the video ''Sneak Pets Into the Movies" by 123 GO! SCHOOL, a female character attempts to hide her pet lizard in her shirt. Unfortunately, the lizard starts running around, causing her to fidget and squirm. She does pass it off as dancing to the security guard.
    • In the video "CRAZY WAYS TO SNEAK PETS INTO JAIL" by KABOOM!, a female character keeps trying to sneak pets to a female inmate. At one point she brings a rat, which crawls up the inmates sleeve, making her squirm around.
  • In The Waiting Room episode 6 (a sub-series to Super Power Beatdown), once Ant-Man gets fed up with Deadpool's obnoxiousness, he summons some of his "little friends". Deadpool first laughs it off, but then he starts squirming and bouncing all over the place from ants in his pants.

    Western Animation 
  • Happens to Cruella with a jar of ants in 101 Dalmatians: The Series, soon turning into an improvised conga line as everyone joins in behind her.
  • In the 6teen episode "All Pets Are Off" Caitlin's pet ferret escapes into the mall's air ducts which Jude was crawling through and it ends up in Jude's clothes after it runs into him.
  • In Adventures of the Gummi Bears, a baby Griffon that Gruffi is watching ends up doing this to him as he put him in the back of his shirt so he can climb up a cliff to get to the griffon's nest.
  • Aladdin: The Series:
    • In "Do the Rat Thing", Jasmine (who got transformed into a rat) does this by climbing up the pants leg of a prince who's terrified of rats to save Iago (who got transformed into a lizard) from a certain doom.
    • This is Abu's stealing technique he uses in "To Cure a Thief", much to Aladdin's dismay.
  • In the Alvin and the Chipmunks episode "Sisters", an angry Alvin put a crab in Brittany's swimsuit.
  • In The Amazing World of Gumball episode "The Refund" the store manager, who turns out to be a tiny puppet does this to Richard while attacking him.
  • American Dragon: Jake Long: Jake is subjected to this trope while doing his test of wisdom in battle at the Isle of Draco. The chancellor assigning him his test of wisdom in battle chose brownies as the enemy. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Animaniacs: Happens to Dr. Scratchensniff twice in "The Monkey Song" first after Wakko pours a bucket of bugs down his pants, again when Pesto and Squit fall down into his clothes while fighting.
  • Happens to Carl in As Told by Ginger when a naked mole rat climbs up his pants leg.
  • In an episode of the original Ben 10, when Ben (as Fourarms) catches a cold and fights against bug tamer Clancy, he uses ants to battle Fourarms. The result is Fourarms scratching and throwing himself around an abandoned apartment, inevitably destroying it with ants in his pants.
  • In the "Baby Chipmunk" episode of the 2002 animated adaptation of the of The Berenstain Bears, the titular chipmunk runs around the Bear Family's house and goes up Papa's pant legging. He briefly stops at Papa's knee and bites Papa before climbing back down and out.
  • In the Catscratch episode "Go Gomez, Go!", Waffle's pet lizard gets loose, then Tad finds out he went into his pants.
  • In the ChalkZone episode "School of Destruction", Penny's mom has an iguana crawl into her shirt, leading to some inevitable giggling and squirming as it tickles her.
  • Classic Disney Shorts:
    • In the Mickey, Donald, and Goofy cartoon "Moose Hunters", Goofy and Donald are disguised as a female moose in order to lure one over to Mickey so he can shoot it, after they meet a male moose and Goofy pretends to flirt with it Donald who is in the bottom of the costume accidentally sits on a bee, this makes the bee mad and it dives into the bottom of the costume and stings Donald, while he hops around in pain and tries to get rid of the bee it makes it look like they are doing a Samba dance.
    • Despite that he doesn't wear pants, this happens to Donald Duck in 1942's "Donald Gets Drafted", in which he's standing over an ant hill, and the ants start climbing all over him. Despite his commanding officer, Pete, telling him not to move, he naturally squirms uncontrollably.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog:
    • Happens to Eustace in an episode when he tries to crush Courage (after the latter had been turned into a fly).
    • Happens again in "The Macpherson Phantom" when a ghost puts lobsters into Eustace's trousers.
  • In an episode of The Critic, an elderly man runs the New York Marathon with a ferret in his pants. He sadly laments to the camera that the ferret isn't in there by choice, raising a whole lot of questions for which we never get an answer.
  • Darkwing Duck: In the episode "Ghoul of My Dreams" a spider climbs up Darkwing's clothes which ends up tickling him.
  • In an episode of Dexter's Laboratory, Dexter becomes stupid from overloading his brain. One of the actions he does while acting stupid is strip down to his underwear and drop a fish inside of it, making do a mambo-like dance.
  • Series/Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz features an episode where Dorothy, having been turned into a mouse, gets inside the wicked witch's robe, causing her to laugh hysterically. The flying monkeys do think she's doing a dance.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • In "Flea Bitten Ed" Rolf's bunnies jump into Ed's jacket and squirm around.
    • Happens to Eddy in "Urban Ed" when Ed asks him to hold a worm he found, then puts it down Eddy's shirt.
    • In "Dueling Eds", after Rolf beats the living crap out of Eddy in a duel for insulting his cultural traditions, Rolf decides to celebrate with the Eds by dumping "the Eels of Forgiveness" in his and their pants.
  • Futurama: Fry once caught a badger in his "lucky pants" after tracking it down and then receiving them back from Zoidberg.
  • In the cartoon George Shrinks, this trope occurs in the episode "Can We Keep Him?" George finds an injured mouse and nurses back to health. At one point his little brother, Junior, tries to play with the mouse but accidentally throws it. The mouse lands on George's mom's shoulder and proceeds to crawl down her shirt, causing her to scream and dance around. And at the end of the episode the mouse crawls around inside Junior's overalls.
  • In the Goof Troop episode "Come Fly With Me" a bunch of flies attack Goofy by doing this.
  • In Gravity Falls, one of the gnomes is seen bathing in squirrels. The same gnome later whistles to his squirrel friends and lets them jump in his pants when running from Gideon
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy : In the episode "Tricycle of Terror" an evil tricycle goes up Grim's robe while attacking him.
  • In the British show Horrid Henry, Henry gets a frog put down his pants by his brother Peter to cure his hiccups
  • In Jackie Chan Adventures, Tohru gets attacked by the Rat Talisman controlled Gnomekop like this because of Jade sticking a rival toy to Gnomekop up his pants
  • On Jimmy Two-Shoes, Jimmy deliberately invokes this trope to help him win a dance contest in "Dance Jimmy Dance" (albeit with a lobster instead). An earlier short had Jimmy appear to be dancing, only to turn out a bee was stinging him.
  • In the episode "Enter the Chipmunk" of Johnny Bravo, Johnny accidentally invents a powerful fighting style which relies on the fighter letting a live chipmunk into his pants.
  • In Kid vs. Kat, Coop's dad was transformed into a rat due to a misfire of Kat's ray gun, and while in this state, he runs up Coop's pants to hide from stray alley cats
  • Happens sometimes in Kim Possible because of Rufus or any other factors.
    • In "Crush", this was invoked because Ron couldn't find Rufus until Rufus appeared in his clothes.
    • In "Mind Games", where it was useful because it unlocked an elevator door hidden behind a furnace.
  • Mickey and the Roadster Racers : In the episode "It's Wiki Wiki Time", Donald ends up getting Lizards in his hula skirt which ends up with him winning a hula dance off.
  • In Milo Murphy's Law pistachio protecting Time Cop Dakota gets squirrels in his pants after placing pistachios down them from losing a bet. Created by the same team as Phineas and Ferb (and set in the same town) it's complete with a lampshade, and a couple riffs of the original song.
  • Happens to Skye in the PAW Patrol episode "The Trouble with Turtles" when one turtle winds up in her jacket and tickles her.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • Named from the scene in the episode "Comet Kermillian", where Candace gets squirrels in her pants after a prank pulled by Suzy. The "Phineas and Ferb Musical Cliptastic Countdown!" special features an extended version of the scene, including extra verses that, among other things, mention the "Proletariat and bourgeoisie" just to keep the "P" rhymes going.
    • In the episode "The Fast and the Phineas", Perry slings a piece of cheese down the back of Doofenshmirtz's pants, causing a mouse to run up his pants leg.
  • The Pink Panther (in the series where he doesn't remain mute) becomes a baseball star because of a flea.
  • Rugrats (1991):
    • In the episode "Reptar on Ice", this trope occurs to three people. The first time, Tommy finds a lizard on his patio who he thinks is a baby Reptar, and when he hears his mom coming, he drops the lizard in his diaper, causing him to make very odd faces and fidget around. The second time is when they family was walking into the colesium where Reptar on Ice was playing. Chuckle had snuck in the lizard by hiding it in his clothing. This causes the same things that happened to Tommy. Chuckle even takes the lizard out and says, "He keeps going in my pants!" The final time was when the babies had gone on the ice rink during the show, and Stu races out to retrieve them. When he picks up Tommy, he hugs him. As the two are hugging, the lizard hops out of Tommy’s diaper and hops into Stu's pants. This causes him to fidget and fall in the Ice, and he tosses Tommy in the air, luckily catching him!
    • In the later seasons once Dil is introduced, he hides a duckling in his diaper. But his dancing is more like fidgeting since the duck is tickling him from inside it.
    • Chuckie at one point supplements this with actual lyrics: "I got sand in my pants! This is not a dance!"
    • In "Pre-School Daze", Angelica puts Fuzzbo, the pet guinea pig of Ms. Weemer's classroom, in Harold's clothes to move Harold out of the seat closest to Ms. Weemer (besides the one Susie is sitting in). This causes Harold to jump and squirm around, which Ms. Weemer mistakes for a Potty Emergency. Fuzzbo later finds his way out of Harold's pants and escapes from the classroom, spending the rest of the episode wandering through the school hallway.
  • Despite not wearing clothes, the Shaun the Sheep short, "Hide and Squeak," features a scene where a Mouse hides from Pidsley by hiding inside the fleeces of several Sheep in the flock. When its hiding inside of Shaun and Shirley's fleeces, it tickles them both.
  • The Simpsons:
    • "Cape Feare": Marge visits the police to get them to stop someone sending Bart threatening letters. Wiggum claims there's no law against it, at which point Lou hands him a book saying there is - and it's also illegal to put squirrels down your pants for the purpose of gambling. Cue Wiggum telling some cops in the next room to knock it off.
    • "Love Is a Many Strangled Thing": Bart places a rattlesnake in Homer's pants while in a therapy session. The therapist takes it out and tells it to go back where it belongs, cue the snake jumping back into Homer's pants.
    • "Homer Badman": When Homer and Marge come home from the Candy Convention; Bart, Lisa, and Maggie crawl around inside Marge's oversized coat to get to all the candy she has stuffed in it. Marge giggles a little while they do so until the coat finally bursts open with all the candy (and kids) flooding out onto the floor.
  • In Superjail!, an army of rats controlled by the rat that ate the birdman's larynx attack one of the inmates by doing this.
  • In the TaleSpin episode "Mommy for a Day", a flying creature Molly takes care of does this by hiding in her clothes from a villain that is after it.
  • Tom and Jerry:
    • In the short "Baby Puss," when Tom's friends harass him for dressing up like a baby and changing his diaper. Shortly after changing him, one of his friends tosses a fish into his diaper, forcing him to fidget around and lead everyone into doing a congo-like dance.
    • In the short "Carmen Get It!" While hiding from Tom at a live Orchestra performance, at one point, Jerry tries to hide in the Conductor's Jacket. The Conductor quickly finds out that Jerry's in there and proceeds to freak out, which also causes the entire Orchestra to freak out and play erratically too.
  • In The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Piglet has a habit of hiding himself in Pooh's shirt whenever he is frightened. This sometimes tickles Pooh.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: in the episode "Citizen Max" Buster and Babs, Disguised as dirty politicians try to get Montana Max to confess to what dirty trick he pulled on Buster by showing him examples of dirty cartoon tricks. One of those dirty tricks include Buster dropping a live piranha down Monty's pants.
  • Happens to Buzz Buzzard in the Woody Woodpecker short "Belle Boys" after putting a poodle in his pocket that he thought was a tip.
  • In a Freeze-Frame Bonus from Xiaolin Showdown, Omi gets a squirrel down the back of his shirt in "Mala Mala Jong".
  • Yogi Bear has a scene where Yogi is practicing ballet for an upcoming show. After a round of practice, Yogi sits down to rest. The dancer pulls him off the chair to continue dancing. A bee flies in and lands on Yogi's chair. Yogi then notices his shoe is untied and sits right back down. By the time he figures out there's a bee down there, he's stung and jumps around the room. The dancer takes this to be world class dancing. See here.

    Real Life 
  • Squirrel vs Motorcycle. Squirrel wins.
  • The story at the bottom of this page has a guy that this happened to, with a JELLYFISH.
  • Sans the squirming, tucking a small pet into one's shirt (not pants) can sometimes be the safest way to carry them, if it's cold out and you don't want to risk them escaping in transit.
  • There is a story that a construction worker found something in his shoe, and started kicking vigorously to shift it while leaning on electrical equipment. A coworker saw, him, though the jerking was due to electrocution, and hit him with a shovel to get him away, breaking his arm.
  • In areas where dangerous critters such as venomous snakes or scorpions might be encountered, it's prudent to take a look at one's clothes (particularly shoes/boots) before putting anything on.
  • The entertainment which periodically comes up in Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels has its real-life basis in "Ferret Legging", a largely extinct British sport in which the competitors stuff two ferrets into their trousers and attempt to keep them there for as long as they can, harkening back to the time ferrets would be secretly carried by poachers to catch rabbits. The world record is over five hours. Ouch. This is not as dangerous as jokers like to make out, as anyone who has ever owned a ferret can tell you that, as incredibly curious burrowing animals, among their favorite places to be is inside anything vaguely tunnel-like in size and shape. And they're just as happy to climb up your pants leg while you're still in them, as if they were lying in the dirty clothes pile on the floor. And women in low-cut tops is an open invitation to dive right in. As a metaphor, this is the origin of the UK journalistic phrase "a reverse ferret", meaning a news source totally changing its published opinion on a given issue. The story goes that Kelvin Mackenzie of The Sun believed journalists should be a constant source of annoyance to public figures, like a ferret up their trouser legs. If it turned out that public sympathy was with the figure being treated like this, however, Mackenzie would order his staff to reverse the ferret.

"Wow, she had actual squirrels in her pants!"
"We just got served."


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The Pied Piper

The Pied Piper uses his magic flute to control Keith and Malicia and force them into his oven. Fortunately, Mr. Clicky distracts him long enough to break his control.

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