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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_3'); })A classic ploy of Heroes and Villains alike for getting close to their opponents is to pose as hotel room service. Naturally, this works best if their target actually ordered some; people tend to get suspicious, otherwise.
They may be delivering poison, a bug, or a bomb; launching a sneak attack; passing equipment or information to an inside man; freeing a hostage; or just performing reconnaissance.
Other kinds of delivery services may be substituted for hotel room service, depending on where they're staying and other circumstances. Apparently, half of all high-class call girls are actually assassins.
Also see Deadly Delivery, Sickbed Slaying, Ransacked Room, Janitor Impersonation Infiltration, Inn of No Return, and Delivery Guy Infiltration. Not to be confused with Fan Disservice
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Preacher. Played with in the episode "Sundowner". Fiore, DeBlanc and Jesse are hiding in a hotel room from the Seraphim. There's a knock on the door.
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Done on the spur of the moment in Notting Hill to cover up an affair. The hero explains his lack of uniform by saying he'd already changed to go home, then decided to take one last call.
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In the first episode of K, HOMRA does this to the gangsters' hotel room with a pizza delivery guy disguise.
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Alias: Sydney Bristow has done this on at least one occasion.
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In the Decoy episode "The Phoner," Casey orders groceries delivered to the apartment where she's staying. Unfortunately for her, the deliveryman turns out to be the rapist she's trying to catch.
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Heroes did it too, when Hiro and Ando infiltrate a hotel room in order to retrieve a woman's bag.
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An episode of The Fall Guy had Colt going after a bounty who will not leave his house for anything. After talking to the law enforcement official who had been watching the house and finding out the guy has been subsisting on takeout delivery, Colt goes up to the front door, posing as a pizza delivery guy (he just happened to have a pizza box in his truck). Subverted in that the guy loudly yells "I DIDN'T ORDER A PIZZA!" before charging out the house and attacking Colt. Fortunately for him, Colt won the fight because the pizza box contained a barbell weight.
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A random post-credits sequence in School Rumble (not quite The Tag in that it had absolutely nothing to do with the episode) had Akira foil just such a plan. The whole thing is rendered in a faux-3-D art style.
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In Kill Bill Vol. 2, a flower delivery woman comes to The Bride's hotel room. When The Bride goes to open the door, the florist shoots through the door, revealing herself to be an enemy assassin.
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At the very end of From Russia with Love, Rosa Klebb's last gambit to kill Bond and steal the McGuffin is to disguise herself as a hotel maid. (She fails.)
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Commando. Matrix has just killed Sully and is searching his room when badass villain Cooke arrives outside. Cindy answers the door with her shirt open and a coy smile, claiming she's "Room service" (implying she's an escort). Cooke is suspicious and makes her stand back from the door, but still misses Matrix hiding behind it.
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This scene was parodied in Austin Powers. Fails when Oddjob-parody Random Task's shoe-throwing is shown to be a completely ineffective means of fighting.
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In a benign example, in The Keys Stand Alone: The Soft World the anti-contract faction among the Svenjaya contact John and Paul by having one of them (who really is a hotel porter) go up to their hotel room with a welcome basket of fruit. Paul wonders if the porter is planning to wreak havoc once he gets into the room, but decides “he can handle havoc” and lets the fellow in.
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Archer:
Subverted in ''Training Day": Archer, while explaining the Chekhov Gun, gives Cyril a hypothetical scenario of being in a Caribbean bungalow, getting high with an exotic woman who may or may not be an assassin when room service arrives with champagne (implied to an incident in Archer's career).
In "Swiss Miss", Archer must guard a German billionaire's daughter, Anka (who keeps making sexual advances at him). A terrorist bursts in, disguised as room service. Archer uses an aerosol spray and a candle to set the terrorist on fire.
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The Bubblegum Crisis episode "Double Vision" did this three times. One was Nene, pretending to be a drinks stewardess to watch a boomer designer; then Linna posing as the laundry girl; and finally Reika/Vision who impersonated a call girl in order to poison him so that she and her allies could kidnap him using a fake ambulance.
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In Girl Genius, someone almost managed to assassinate an injured Baron Wulfenbach by pretending to be a nurse.
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Played with in an episode of NCIS where Tony and Ziva are required to go undercover as married assassins. Since they're being watched by the villains, their own agents surreptitiously drop off necessary surveillance equipment in the guise of room service.
In the same episode a pretty female FBI agent does the same thing disguised as a maid, much to Tony's appreciation.
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In the original French movie Nikita it's just a bug.
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In Grosse Pointe Blank Grocer refers to a couple of female assassins as "Queens of the hotel hit."
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Used with spectacular non-success by Weasel on an episode of Family Matters when Eddie, Weasel, and Waldo wanted to meet a pop star.
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Murder, She Wrote: In "Tinker, Tailor, Liar, Thief", a thuggish Loan Shark forces his way into Jessica's hotel room by posing as room service.
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In The Tournament, Tomoko poses as a bellboy and delivers room service to Lai Lai's hotel room. This is a distraction to allow him to sneak in via the balcony.
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Inversion: In an episode of Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Carl Kolchak is waiting nerve-wracked in his hotel room with a cross in one hand and a sharp oak stake in the other to jump the vampiress call-girl he's been hunting for days as she comes through the door (which has a cross drawn on its inside in lipstick!). It turns out that the pimp substituted another girl at the last minute, and Hilarity Ensues.
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Played with in Assassins. When room service calls at the room that Rath and Electra are staying in, he points his gun at the closed door, obviously well aware of this tactic, but Electra confirms that she did actually order room service.
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In the Get Smart episode "Survival of the Fattest", Arab Oil Sheikh Prince Sully is kidnapped by Mary Armstrong, a KAOS agent who is the world's strongest female secret agent. Disguised as a hotel chambermaid, she brings a refrigerator into his hotel room, knocks him unconscious, and smuggles him out in it.
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In Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle, Joe Higashi uses this approach to try and ambush Krauser, who has beat the living hell out of his best friend Terry Bogard and left him a psychological wreck. Krauser of course recognizes him.
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The Magician: Used by a hitman to gain access to Max's hotel room in "The Manhunters".
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Rather incompetently carried out by Rocco in The Boondock Saints: someone else got there first, he hid his gun in the most obvious place on the cart, he brought a six-shot .38 revolver because his bosses didn't tell him there were nine guys instead of the two he'd been told about (though you'd think he'd be smart enough to bring extra ammunition), and he didn't even bother to tie his hair back to make himself look respectably like a room service attendant. Not to mention, his name tag says Jaffar, and Rocco doesn't look remotely Middle Eastern.
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In the early '70's Saturday Night Live, a recurring sketch was the Landshark, a huge shark that tried to get into people's apartments by knocking on the door and saying, "Uh, candygram..."
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In Adele Hasn't Had Her Dinner Yet, two minions of the villain disguise themselves as room service in order to get access to the protagonist's room and the plant "Adele" therein.
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Two and a Half Men: Rose did this to Charlie once. Notable as she had to fly in from England to do it.
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This trope is used once in Gunslinger Girl, where some of the girls dress as room maids of a high-class hotel in order to kill a mark staying there. It works fine, until one of them bumps into actual employee, leading to a Shoot the Dog moment. This is quite odd, considering that the girls look far too young to work in such an environment in the first place.
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Lampshaded in Traffic when the breakfast service knocks on the door and, when prompted about who they are, respond with "The Mob." Subsequently played straight when it turns out to be a Sarcastic Confession, and the breakfast was poisoned. The real breakfast service shows up moments later, but too late.
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Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: In "Go Away, Ghost Ship," Scooby, Fred and Daphne hide in a service cart while Shaggy and Velma are dressed as a high rise penthouse room service so they can get in to see a troubled shipping magnate.
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Ciaphas Cain: In the short story The Little Things, a gang of kidnappers has targeted a young noblewoman and plans to get their hands on her by substituting for the room service waiters. Unfortunately for them, the "noblewoman" was one of Inquisitor Vail's undercover identities, and that room service order was for a romantic dinner between her and Cain. It didn't go well for them.
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This is how one of the hitman's assassination attempts goes in Bulworth.
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In I Love Lucy, Lucy does this several times on their trip to Hollywood to get close to celebrities.
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Played with in the Mission: Impossible episode "The Town"; a group of enemy agents plan to use this trope to assassinate an Iron Curtain defector but are stopped when the IMF impersonate their leader and call off the hit.
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In Die Another Day a Chinese agent poses as a Masseuse. (She fails but lives.)
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Layer Cake has a darkly amusing scene in which the protagonist has arranged a hotel room to have a sexual encounter with his love interest. Right before things "start off" he gets a knock on the door from room service, who turn out to be employees of the Magnificent Bastard of the film, who proceed to stuff him into a bag and kidnap him.
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