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Stuck in the Doorway

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Rabbit begins to wonder if he'll ever be able to use his front door again.

In this modern day and age, people come in all shapes and sizes. However, the doorways in which they pass through on a daily basis has less of a variety. This can be a bit of a problem since a lot of life's doorways aren't designed for really plus-sized individuals or numerous people trying to go through at once. It's basically like one of those kids shape hole toys and you try to fit a certain shape into the wrong hole: very difficult.

It's a common joke where a person who is considered really large or overweight, or a small group of people, winds up getting wedged in a doorway that is thinner or smaller than they are. You can expect other people on one or both sides to start trying to push them through with varying levels of success. When it gets desperate, more extreme methods like breaking down the walls or getting the fire department to cut them out will occur, much to the stuck individual/s' embarrassment. So unless they got a stick of butter in their pockets, expect wacky hijinks and slapstick to occur.


Usually Played for Laughs. Sub-Trope of Help, I'm Stuck!. May result from a Balloon Belly or Temporary Bulk Change if the character is not normally that large. Compare with Low Clearance and Belly-Scraping Flight.


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  • In a Volkswagen Super Bowl commercial, an obese dog tries to chase after a car, but can't leave the house because he gets stuck in the doggy door. A Training Montage then follows, as the dog exercises to lose the weight, and the commercial ends with the dog skinny enough to once again chase cars to his heart's content.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Magical Hat: In one episode, Hat and Spin turn fat and round from eating a strange type of food from a town full of large people. Spin gets stuck twice trying to fit through tight passageways until she gets a shove from Hat.
  • Mysterious Joker:
    • In the second episode of Season 2, Queen and Roko (just Queen in the Manga version) become really fat and round from chef Millefuille's cooking which is very addictive and fattening. When Queen tries to exit the room she's in, she gets stuck firmly in the doorway until she eventually uses her sword to cut herself free.
    • Joker and Hachi experience this in another episode when their disguises start to fail and swell up like balloons before they explode.

    Asian Animation 
  • In the Simple Samosa episode "Dadi Ke Saath", Dhokla gets stuck in the door of a train due to how wide he is. Samosa tries to push him into the train, and ultimately resorts to poking him to make him deflate to a much thinner size, which works.

    Fan Works 
  • Dungeon Keeper Ami: Torian and a dragon can't get through a doorway together, since it's too small.

    Films — Animation 
  • Chicken Little: Runt gets stuck in the main entrance of the alien spaceship when the group try to escape the ship after rescuing Fish.
  • The Incredibles: When Mirage sends Bob out to fight the "Rogue" Omnidroid, they try slide him into a drop pod via a mechanical chair. But Bob's gained weight since his glory days, and his bigger gut gets stuck in the pod door. After a few failed attempts, the grunt cranks up the power on the mechanical chair and just holds the button down until Bob pops in. Then when the pod lands on the island, Bob has just as much trouble getting out of it. He gives up on trying to fit through the door, and simply breaks the pod into pieces from the inside.
  • In The Little Mermaid, the movie opens with Ariel and Flounder exploring a sunken ship. Flounder ends up getting stunk in a porthole twice, once in trying to get into the ship and again when Ariel and he are attacked by a shark and must flee, both times requiring Ariel too pull/push him through. Said shark is likewise prevented from pursuing them when it gets stuck in the hole of an anchor handle.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Enchanted, Giselle gets stuck in the doorway, although she's not fat, she's just wearing a lot of clothes.

  • In Dave, Dave the fat cat gets stuck in his cat flap.
  • Winnie-the-Pooh winds up getting stuck in Rabbit's den entrance a few times through the franchise.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch:
    • In the episode "Pancake Madness", Sabrina becomes extremely fat from eating a ton of pancakes and gets wedged in her front door trying to get inside.
    • Another episode has Salem get stuck in a pet door after he's been overeating.
  • In The Three Stooges, a Running Gag was for all 3 of them to try to go through the same door all at once, and them getting stuck as a result.
  • Sometimes used in Trigger Happy TV in the "fat guy" pranks, usually forcing bystanders to squeeze past them when not blocking them off outright. That Dom Joly and his cohorts made no effort to disguise that they were wearing obvious fat suits made it that much funnier.
  • iCarly In iQuit iCarly when Carly, Sam, Dave, and Fleck argue about who would leave the Groovie Smoothe first, all four of them go out the door at the same time and briefly get stuck.

    Puppet Shows 
  • "The Mighty Megalosaurus", the first episode of Dinosaurs has Earl begin the story of Baby's birth with Earl getting stuck in the doorway of his house on his way to dinner. Fortunately, he manages to free himself.
  • In Episode 2795 of Sesame Street, a big party is planned at Hooper's Store to celebrate its grand re-opening. Snuffy gets stuck in the front door when he tries to go inside the store, so everyone else has to get in through the back door so they can push him out.

    Video Games 
  • In the Club Penguin short "Never Wake A Sleeping Sensei", three of the four ninjas all get stuck in the dojo's doorway with the fourth one pushing them all out of the way as they pursue their supposedly sleepwalking Sensei.
  • Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon: In the Ditto Gang sidequest, a Cook mentions he was late for work because he got stuck in his front door after he "ate too much yummy food".
  • Spyro: Year of the Dragon: When Hunter first tried to enter the hole on the ground that the villains escaped into, he got stuck in it. An elder dragon smacks him with his tail to make him go down the hole.
  • The Walking Dead Arcade: Happens when the characters make their way through a kitchen area and have to get through a food conveyor slot due to the door being locked. One of them, a rather chubby fellow, ends up briefly stuck and you have to hold off the Walker horde until he finally manages to squeeze through.
  • This happens in-between phases for the Octo Samurai in Splatoon 2. He'll respawn from the hole within his Octocycle, but his girth prevents him from getting out immediately.

    Web Animation 
  • In RWBY, Cardin The Bully unfolds Jaune's shield at just the right moment to get the shield stuck in the door.

    Web Comics 
  • Rusty and Co.: In Level 8: 93, Madeline has trouble getting through a doorway with a stretcher, because the stretcher is not aligned with it.

    Western Animation 
  • In the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog episode, "Musta Been a Beautiful Baby", Tails swells up to the size of a parade float after he eats some dehydrated food at an instant food factory, then drinks a glass of water. When Sonic tries to get them away from Scratch and Grounder, Tails gets stuck in a doorway. He is soon freed when Scratch and Grounder accidentally de-age him into a baby rather than age him and Sonic into seniors as they intended.
  • ARPO The Robot For All Kids: Emma occasionally has this happen to her when she's fat. She even winds up getting stuck in a magic portal once.
  • In the Count Duckula episode, "Hi-Duck", Nanny gets stuck in the doorway of the airplane that she, Duckula, and Igor travel to Nice in. As Igor tries to push her through the doorway, he complains to Duckula that they never have this problem when they travel by their castle. When Nanny finally gets through, the flight attendant (whom she is sitting atop) tells her that she should have booked on a Jumbo Jet.
  • In The Fairly OddParents episode "Just Desserts!", this happens to an obese Timmy and his classmates when they try to exit their classroom all at once.
  • Family Guy:
    • In "Life of Brian", after Brian's death, Stewie asks if they can get rid of the doggie door so Chris won't keep getting stuck in it.
      Chris: Every day, I get a little further in.
    • In "Saturated Fat Guy", Peter winds up gaining a ton of weight from all the junk food on his food truck. When he is informed that the Bing car is passing by his house, Peter tries to leave the truck to get in the picture, only to get stuck in the truck door with the fire department having to cut him out. Its when this happens does the Bing car circle back around and takes a picture of him on a harness getting sprayed with a fire hose.
  • Jacob Two-Two: Principal Greedyguts has difficulty getting through normal-sized doorways when he tries to enter a room.
  • In the Martha Speaks episode "Too Much Martha", Martha gains weight and starts having trouble going through the pet door.
  • Producing Parker: This happens to Dee a few times when she becomes morbidly obese in order to gain ratings in "The Skinny on Parker."
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Brush with Greatness", Homer gets stuck in a tube slide at a water park. The staff sends several kids down at once in an attempt to dislodge him, but it doesn't work, so the tube has to be dismantled to free him.
    • In the episode "Pranksta Rap", Homer has trouble fitting through the cat flap.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: In "Library Cards," Patrick reads a bunch of books and becomes really smart, also making his head really big. He is unable to leave SpongeBob's library and his head gets stuck in the doorway. The rest of the episode is about SpongeBob trying to shrink Patrick's head so he can leave the room.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil: In "Royal Pain", Helios mentions the front door of the Diaz house is a tight squeeze before he smashes right through the wall.
  • Lilo & Stitch: The Series: The titular "French Fry" ends up making Lilo and Stitch fat due to his food being additicte and fatting to the point they can barely move. Naturally this happens a few times, especially when they're warned by Jumba that French Fry then proceed to cook those it fattens up and have to make a escape.
  • In A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, the gang gets wedged in a doorway trying to escape from "The Babysitter From Beyond" (episode title).


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