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12th Jan '17 5:43:36 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* A not very common, but not exactly unheard way to execute Christians, whose victims included: Saint Daria (who apparently was a former Vestal priestess) and her husband Saint Chrisanthus, Saint Paulina and her mother Saint Candida, Saint Irene of Egypt and her brother Saint Athanasius, Blessed Maria Dolorosa van Brabant, Saint Andronik of Perm etc.

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* A not very common, but not exactly unheard way to execute Christians, whose victims included: Saint Daria (who apparently was a former Vestal priestess) and her husband Saint Chrisanthus, Saint Paulina and her mother Saint Candida, Saint Irene of Egypt and her brother Saint Athanasius, Blessed Maria Dolorosa van Brabant, Saint Andronik of Perm Perm, [[https://orthodoxwiki.org/Elizabeth_the_New_Martyr Saint Elizabeth of Russia]], etc.
22nd Dec '16 5:26:01 AM LondonKdS
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*** Similarly, fears of accidental live burial in German-speaking countries led to the creation of "waiting mortuaries", where corpses were kept above ground until they showed clear signs of decomposition. Again, there is no recorded case of a person actually reviving in one.
10th Dec '16 9:06:10 AM Tron80
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* In ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 1982}} Volume 2]]'' #20 super-villain Parasite absorbs Supergirl's powers and throws her in a flying metal coffin which floats about a mile straight up from solid ground, using heat vision to seal her in.
13th Nov '16 12:01:00 AM Vir
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* Happens TWICE in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. First in the episode "Deep Freeze" to a villanous WaltDisney-expy who's obsessed with immortality and has Mr Freeze help him undergo the same cryogenic process Freeze had. By the end of the episode, he's been frozen inside an iceberg at the bottom of the ocean, trapped forever.

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* Happens TWICE in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. First in the episode "Deep Freeze" to a villanous WaltDisney-expy Creator/WaltDisney-[[MrAltDisney expy]] who's obsessed with immortality and has Mr Freeze help him undergo the same cryogenic process Freeze had. By the end of the episode, he's been frozen inside an iceberg at the bottom of the ocean, trapped forever.
12th Nov '16 11:54:37 PM Vir
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* Happens TWICE in ''BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. First in the episode "Deep Freeze" to a villanous WaltDisney-expy who's obsessed with immortality and has Mr Freeze help him undergo the same cryogenic process Freeze had. By the end of the episode, he's been frozen inside an iceberg at the bottom of the ocean, trapped forever.

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* Happens TWICE in ''BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''.''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. First in the episode "Deep Freeze" to a villanous WaltDisney-expy who's obsessed with immortality and has Mr Freeze help him undergo the same cryogenic process Freeze had. By the end of the episode, he's been frozen inside an iceberg at the bottom of the ocean, trapped forever.


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* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', the first time Hayley broke up with Jeff, Stan tried to help Jeff toughen up to win her back. Part of this involves burying Jeff in the backyard.
-->'''Jeff''': I can't breathe!\\
'''Stan''': Plenty of air out here, Jeff. I'm filling my lungs with it now.\\
'''Jeff''': Mr. Smith, please!\\
'''Stan''': Real men stay calm under pressure, Jeff. By the way, you only have five more minutes to learn that lesson. Two if you panic.
12th Nov '16 11:38:35 PM Vir
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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', had [[EnfanteTerrible Heloise]] about to do this to someone, only for her to be distracted by [[ClingyJealousGirl seeing Jimmy with Jez]].

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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' had [[EnfanteTerrible Heloise]] about to do this to someone, only for her to be distracted by [[ClingyJealousGirl seeing Jimmy with Jez]].
12th Nov '16 11:06:39 AM LordGro
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* ''Literature/EgilsSaga'': When King Herlaug of Namdal hears that Harald Finehair is preparing to conquer Namdal, he, together with eleven of his men, enters a newly-built gravemound, and "[t]he mound was closed after them." The End.
11th Nov '16 1:25:11 PM DustSnitch
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** Happens to [[ActionGirl Sango]] in her first appearance on, though not on purpose. She claws her way out by herself like the {{Badass}} that she is, though it certainly helped that it was a rather shallow grave because she was buried en masse with a bunch of slaughtered villagers.

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** Happens to [[ActionGirl Sango]] in her first appearance on, though not on purpose. She claws her way out by herself like the {{Badass}} badass that she is, though it certainly helped that it was a rather shallow grave because she was buried en masse with a bunch of slaughtered villagers.
11th Nov '16 7:47:13 AM rafi
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* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': TheDragon and TwoFaced {{Cyborg}} Baron Ashura were two persons buried alive for trying to break their StarCrossedLovers destinies. One half of each body was destroyed, so he stitched them together to create Ashura. In ''Manga/ShinMazingerZero'', the readers learn ''who'' these lovers were: [[spoiler: Tristan and Isolde. [[Literature/TristanAndIseult Yes, THOSE Tristan and Isolde]].]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** A {{filler}} episode has a villain who isn't satisfied just doing this -- he holds a funeral where all the attendants have to just stand there while the guy in the casket is screaming his lungs out and pleading for his life. Raiga would recall the "good memories" they shared and "forgive" them for betraying his trust... before proceeding with the burial.
** Gaara tried to do this to Kimimaro. It didn't take.
** Later on, in the second season, Shikamaru uses explosives to dismember Hidan and then buries him in the middle of a forest. Because Hidan's special power is immortality, his head is cursing Shikamaru as it's buried. [[FlipFlopOfGod Kishimoto swings back and forth]] over whether he's truly immortal or if he'll eventually die, but either way, he's out of the picture.

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* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': TheDragon and TwoFaced {{Cyborg}} Baron Ashura were two persons buried alive for trying to break their StarCrossedLovers destinies. One half later chapter/episode of each body was destroyed, so he stitched them together to create Ashura. In ''Manga/ShinMazingerZero'', the readers learn ''who'' these lovers were: [[spoiler: Tristan and Isolde. [[Literature/TristanAndIseult Yes, THOSE Tristan and Isolde]].]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** A {{filler}} episode
''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' has a villain who isn't satisfied just doing this -- he holds a funeral where all the attendants have to just stand there while the guy Sakura trapped in the casket is screaming his lungs out and pleading for his life. Raiga would recall the "good memories" they shared and "forgive" them for betraying his trust... before proceeding with the burial.
** Gaara tried
bottom of a magically-sealed pit (so no-one else can get to do this her). Then, plush sheep start to Kimimaro. It didn't take.
** Later on,
fill in the second season, Shikamaru uses explosives pit form above, threatening to dismember Hidan bury her alive. Thinking quickly, Sakura escapes the trap with relative ease [[spoiler:by adapting the Erase card to remove the sheep]]. [[spoiler:It was all just another test to hone her magic skills and then buries him in the middle of a forest. Because Hidan's special power is immortality, his head is cursing Shikamaru as it's buried. [[FlipFlopOfGod Kishimoto swings back and forth]] over whether he's truly immortal or if he'll eventually die, but either way, he's out of the picture.help her adapt more Clow Cards into Sakura Cards.]]



* In the manga ''Manga/{{Goth}}'', one of the chapters has [[spoiler: a murderer who buries his victims alive in his backyard with a bamboo pole connecting the coffin to the air above. Afer keeping them alive for a little while, he sticks a hose into the pole and floods the coffin, drowning the person below. As seen by the number of poles sticking out of the ground in his backyard, you can be sure he's been doing this for a while.]]
* In ''Anime/HellGirl'', this is how [[spoiler:Ai Enma and her parents died.]] More exactly, [[spoiler: Ai once was chosen to to be a HumanSacrifice but managed to escape, and when the villagers found out they captured her ''and'' her parents and then buried the three alive.]]



* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': TheDragon and TwoFaced {{Cyborg}} Baron Ashura were two persons buried alive for trying to break their StarCrossedLovers destinies. One half of each body was destroyed, so he stitched them together to create Ashura. In ''Manga/ShinMazingerZero'', the readers learn ''who'' these lovers were: [[spoiler: Tristan and Isolde. [[Literature/TristanAndIseult Yes, THOSE Tristan and Isolde]].]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** A {{filler}} episode has a villain who isn't satisfied just doing this -- he holds a funeral where all the attendants have to just stand there while the guy in the casket is screaming his lungs out and pleading for his life. Raiga would recall the "good memories" they shared and "forgive" them for betraying his trust... before proceeding with the burial.
** Gaara tried to do this to Kimimaro. It didn't take.
** Later on, in the second season, Shikamaru uses explosives to dismember Hidan and then buries him in the middle of a forest. Because Hidan's special power is immortality, his head is cursing Shikamaru as it's buried. [[FlipFlopOfGod Kishimoto swings back and forth]] over whether he's truly immortal or if he'll eventually die, but either way, he's out of the picture.



* In ''Anime/HellGirl'', this is how [[spoiler:Ai Enma and her parents died.]] More exactly, [[spoiler: Ai once was chosen to to be a HumanSacrifice but managed to escape, and when the villagers found out they captured her ''and'' her parents and then buried the three alive.]]
* One later chapter/episode of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' has Sakura trapped in the bottom of a magically-sealed pit (so no-one else can get to her). Then, plush sheep start to fill in the pit form above, threatening to bury her alive. Thinking quickly, Sakura escapes the trap with relative ease [[spoiler:by adapting the Erase card to remove the sheep]]. [[spoiler:It was all just another test to hone her magic skills and help her adapt more Clow Cards into Sakura Cards.]]
* In the manga ''Manga/{{Goth}}'', one of the chapters has [[spoiler: a murderer who buries his victims alive in his backyard with a bamboo pole connecting the coffin to the air above. Afer keeping them alive for a little while, he sticks a hose into the pole and floods the coffin, drowning the person below. As seen by the number of poles sticking out of the ground in his backyard, you can be sure he's been doing this for a while.]]



* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'': Several episodes have featured one of the main characters or an underage person, usually children buried by the villains, and Walker and the Rangers racing against time to stop the bad guys and locate the victim. Three such episodes aired within months of each other in 1996 alone:
** "Deadline": With the state facing a budget crisis, state senator vows to disband the Texas Rangers as a cost-cutting move... then won't allow Walker to help find his daughter when she is kidnapped and buried alive by a gang of bank robbers. Only when Walker does find her does the senator realize the value of the Rangers.
** "Miracle at Middle Creek": Walker and a young boy are trapped in an underground crevice forced there by a band of bank robbers. Why? To ensure cooperation by the boy's father when the heist does take place. This time, Trivette saves the day.
** "Cyclone": A sadistic extortionist and his band of thugs hijack a school bus full of children -- the bus just happened to be driven by C.D., and Alex was the chaperone -- after a trip to the museum. The bus is driven to a landfill, parked in a ditch and then buried with everyone inside in tons of dirt and fill. Walker and Trivette race against time and a threatening storm system to rescue the kids before the bus crumples under the weight of the fill and/or the air runs out.
* In an episode of ''Series/PacificBlue'', one of the heroes is buried in an RV with a phone that can only take incoming calls, and a time bomb/escape-rigged gas canister.
* An episode of the ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' TV series, which was adapted from a comic, has a magician do this as his final trick. A doctor had transplanted into him the organ that gives cats nine lives, so he could die and just come back. After using this to make a small fortune at a sideshow, his final stunt was to be buried alive in front of hundreds of witnesses. [[spoiler:Only once he's in the ground does he start reminiscing about what an interesting life he's had, before he realizes he didn't count the death of the cat among his lives. He's on his ninth, not his eight....]]
* Happens to Nick in ''Series/{{CSI}}''. He is rescued, though not until he's suffered quite a lot.
* This happens to Series/{{Monk}} on more than one occasion, with attendant freak-outs.
* This is darkly explored in ''The Casebook of Series/SherlockHolmes: The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax'' in which Holmes and Watson foil a con artist's attempts to bury a drugged woman alive. Unfortunately, the woman is so mentally scarred by the experience that she becomes a veritable vegetable.
* ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'': Alison's autopsy makes it clear she was buried alive after being knocked out by a blow to the head in the incident that kickstarts the series. [[spoiler:Eventually, it's revealed that Alison is actually alive, but she ''was'' buried alive after a blow to the head and escaped with help from a friend. Later that night, Bethany Young was knocked out and buried alive in the same grave Ali had been buried in; upon discovery, her body was misidentified as Alison's.]]
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** In "X-Ray", PsychoLesbian Tina Greer does this to Lana. Clark frees her after she passes out.
** In "Obscura", Chloe is also buried alive, but Clark manages to rescue her. She is later shown to be traumatized by the event. The man who did it [[spoiler:was a cop who wanted the credit of finding her. Whether he would have done so before or after she died is unclear.]]
** In "Harvest", an angry mob of crazed villagers do this to Clark, who has lost his powers from blue kryptonite exposure. Fortunately, the soil shields him enough from the kryptonite to give him back some of his strength, allowing him to break free.
* ''Series/BigWolfOnCampus''. When Merton discovers that Corey Haim is a real vampire, Corey knocks him out and buries him. Merton phones Tommy, whose werewolf senses are sharp enough to pick up where he is.
* In an episode of ''Good vs. Evil'', Chandler is buried alive by Morlocks, and spends most of the episode talking to Henry on his cell, going over the details of the previous night, hoping to figure out where he is. He's being used as a hostage, so that the Corps will release a Morlock prisoner: [[{{Webster}} Emmanuel Lewis]].

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* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'': This trope is often seen on soap operas. Several episodes examples have featured one of the main characters or an underage person, usually children buried by villain--or just plain bad luck--trapping the villains, and Walker and the Rangers racing against time to stop the bad guys and locate the victim. Three victim in certain situations such episodes aired within months of each other in 1996 alone:
** "Deadline": With the state facing a budget crisis, state senator vows to disband the Texas Rangers
as a cost-cutting move... then won't allow Walker building collapse, or a cave-in, rather than using a coffin.
** A rare example of a hero doing this
to help find his daughter when she is kidnapped and a villain on ''Series/AllMyChildren'', which had the evil Dr.Madden buried alive by a gang of bank robbers. Only when Walker does find her does while the senator realize voice of his unseen abductor tormented him, refusing to release him until he revealed the value location of the Rangers.
** "Miracle at Middle Creek": Walker and
a young boy are trapped in an underground crevice forced there by a band of bank robbers. Why? To ensure cooperation by the boy's father when the heist does take place. missing child. This time, Trivette saves the day.
** "Cyclone": A sadistic extortionist and his band of thugs hijack a school bus full of children -- the bus just happened to be driven by C.D., and Alex was the chaperone -- after a trip to the museum. The bus is driven to a landfill, parked in a ditch and then buried with everyone inside in tons of dirt and fill. Walker and Trivette race against time and a threatening storm system to rescue the kids
went on for several days before the bus crumples under man finally drowned when a rainstorm flooded the weight of the fill and/or the air runs out.
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vent that had been providing him with oxygen.
**
In 1993, on ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'', crazy Vivian hated Carly so much she injected Carly with some Chinese herbs, forcing her into a seemingly dead state, [[spoiler: had an episode of ''Series/PacificBlue'', one of the heroes is open casket funeral with all Carly's loved ones, buried in an RV her with a phone radio to taunt her, some water and enough oxygen to prolong the slow torture and the rolled over her grave, laughing. Carly was saved just in time, though she seems quite traumatized by it all to this day. Not that we can only take incoming calls, and a time bomb/escape-rigged gas canister.
* An episode of the ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' TV series, which was adapted
blame her]].
** ''Series/GeneralHospital'': Ryan Chamberlain faked his death to escape
from a comic, has a magician do this as his final trick. A doctor had transplanted into him the organ that gives cats nine lives, so he could die asylum.
** ''Series/{{Passions}}'': Sheridan Crane's death was faked (to escape criminals who were pursuing her)
and just come back. After using this to make a small fortune at a sideshow, his final stunt she was to be buried alive in front of hundreds of witnesses. [[spoiler:Only once he's in to continue the ground does he start reminiscing about what an interesting life he's had, before he realizes he ruse. Unfortunately, plans to rescue her immediately were hindered when the criminals in question kidnapped her would-be saviors, leaving her in considerable peril (Sheridan's claustrophobia didn't count help matters much). Although she was ultimately rescued at the death end of the cat among "day", the scenes played out for over a ''month''.
* Early in the seventh season of ''Series/TwentyFour'', Jack and Tony are working undercover with a mercenary organization to discover who hired them, but are found out by FBI Agent Walker. To keep their cover up, Jack fakes killing her, but they're still under watch and on orders to get rid of the body, so he and Tony have to do this to her to keep suspicions down.
* ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'': In "Dung For", this accidentally happens to a farm hand after he is caught having sex with the FarmersDaughter.
* ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents'':
** The classic episode, "Breakdown", has Joseph Cotton paralyzed in a car accident and taken for dead. [[spoiler:He is saved at the last minute when an alert coroner notices a tear glimmering in
his lives. He's on his ninth, not his eight....eye.]]
* Happens to Nick in ''Series/{{CSI}}''. He is rescued, though not until he's suffered quite a lot.
* This happens to Series/{{Monk}} on more than one occasion, with attendant freak-outs.
* This is darkly explored in ''The Casebook
** TheEighties version of Series/SherlockHolmes: The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax'' in which Holmes and Watson foil the show had an episode where a con artist's attempts to bury a drugged woman alive. tried to escape from prison by hiding in the coffin the next time someone at the prison dies. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:the next to die is the woman is so mentally scarred by the experience that she becomes a veritable vegetable.
* ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'': Alison's autopsy makes it clear she was buried alive after being knocked out by a blow to the head in the incident that kickstarts the series. [[spoiler:Eventually, it's revealed that Alison is actually alive, but she ''was'' buried alive after a blow to the head and escaped with help from a friend. Later that night, Bethany Young was knocked out and buried alive in the same grave Ali had been buried in; upon discovery, her body was misidentified as Alison's.]]
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** In "X-Ray", PsychoLesbian Tina Greer does this to Lana. Clark frees her after she passes out.
** In "Obscura", Chloe is also buried alive, but Clark manages to rescue her. She is later shown to be traumatized by the event. The
man who did it [[spoiler:was a cop who wanted the credit of finding her. Whether he would have done so before or after was supposed to dig her up. Worse yet, she died is unclear.]]
** In "Harvest", an angry mob of crazed villagers do this to Clark, who has lost his powers from blue kryptonite exposure. Fortunately, the soil shields him enough from the kryptonite to give him back some of his strength, allowing him to break free.
* ''Series/BigWolfOnCampus''. When Merton discovers that Corey Haim
doesn't find out until ''after they're buried''.]] This one is a real vampire, Corey knocks him out and buries him. Merton phones Tommy, whose werewolf senses are sharp enough to pick up where he is.
* In
remake of an episode of ''Good vs. Evil'', Chandler is buried alive by Morlocks, and spends most of from the episode talking to Henry on his cell, going over original series, with [=Roddy McDowall=] as the details of the previous night, hoping to figure out where he is. He's being used as a hostage, so that the Corps will release a Morlock prisoner: [[{{Webster}} Emmanuel Lewis]].prisoner.



* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', in the Season 1 episode "Nightmares", the residents of Sunnydale have their nightmares literally come true, so Buffy is buried alive. Rumor has it that this trope is one of Sarah Michelle Gellar's greatest fears. Apparently, Joss Whedon does not settle for merely tormenting his characters. [[spoiler: In season 6, Buffy is brought back to life after already being buried, but since her friends think the spell didn't work, they don't bother to dig her coffin up. She has to dig her way our, something she clearly finds traumatizing.]]
** Also, since vampires die when they are sired before they rise again, they are often buried and forced to dig themselves out when they wake up.



* In ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'', David Banner faced one of his most horrific situations when he is confused for a lookalike gangster and rival gangsters capture him, ignore his protests that they have the wrong man and take him to a construction site. There, they force him into a shallow grave, put a sheet of clear plastic on him and pour concrete on him to bury him alive. When you see that kind of murder method, you're on the edge of your seat until the very last image of Banner just before his head is covered is his eyes going green to start his change into the Hulk.
* ''Series/MythBusters'':
** They checked out if surviving this was possible and deemed it Busted. First, they found that human beings couldn't punch their way out of a cheap pine casket, much less a top of the line one. They found that even if a human could break out, there was no way a human being could dig their way up through six feet of dirt, especially within the half hour or so they'd have before they ran out of air. Basically, anyone buried alive would be crushed by the weight of the dirt or suffocate.
** A much earlier episode highlights how unlikely this is to occur accidentally. Undertaking practices include draining all of the blood from the deceased, ensuring that if you weren't dead when you came in, you most certainly were by the time you were buried.
* During a DreamSequence in the "Doppelganger" episode of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', Sheppard begins to bury Ronon alive. Ronon wakes up at that point.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
** In a rare example of a hero doing this, [[spoiler:Hiro assures the other heroes that the immortal Adam Monroe will never hurt another person. Cut to [[AndIMustScream Adam screaming in a coffin]], buried in the same cemetery where Hiro's father who Adam killed, was interred.]]
** Also, as retribution for all the crimes he had committed against not just the world, but [[spoiler:Parkman's wife]] only minutes before, [[spoiler: Parkman locks Sylar in his own mind, alone and powerless. Not only that, to prevent anyone from finding him and trying to help, he seals Sylar up behind a wall in his basement. Not only THAT, while Sylar was trapped in his own mind doomed to wander New York City alone forever, his super fast brain had an increased perception of time, making every second he spent in reality feel like days. Even though he got better and was really only buried alive for about half an hour, over three years had passed in his mind.]]
** In the final seasons, Samuel buries Claire and Noah together in an RV underground, so that Claire can watch Noah suffocate and die.

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* In ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'', David Banner faced ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'': "Tale of the Dream Machine" features this happening to one of his most horrific situations when he is confused for a lookalike gangster and rival gangsters capture him, ignore his protests that they have the wrong man and take him to a construction site. There, they force him into a shallow grave, put a sheet of clear plastic on him and pour concrete on him to bury him alive. When you see that kind of murder method, you're on the edge of your seat until the very last image of Banner just before his head is covered is his eyes going green to start his change into the Hulk.
* ''Series/MythBusters'':
** They checked out if surviving this was possible and deemed it Busted. First, they found that human beings couldn't punch their way out of a cheap pine casket, much less a top of the line one. They found that even if a human could break out, there was no way a human being could dig their way up through six feet of dirt, especially within the half hour or so they'd have before they ran out of air. Basically, anyone buried alive would be crushed by the weight of the dirt or suffocate.
** A much earlier episode highlights how unlikely this is to occur accidentally. Undertaking practices include draining all of the blood from the deceased, ensuring that if you weren't dead when you came in, you most certainly were by the time you were buried.
* During a DreamSequence in the "Doppelganger" episode of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', Sheppard begins to bury Ronon alive. Ronon wakes up at that point.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
** In a rare example of a hero doing this, [[spoiler:Hiro assures the other heroes that the immortal Adam Monroe will never hurt another person. Cut to [[AndIMustScream Adam screaming in a coffin]], buried in the same cemetery where Hiro's father who Adam killed, was interred.]]
** Also, as retribution for all the crimes he had committed against not just the world, but [[spoiler:Parkman's wife]] only minutes before, [[spoiler: Parkman locks Sylar in his own mind, alone and powerless. Not only that, to prevent anyone from finding him and trying to help, he seals Sylar up behind a wall in his basement. Not only THAT, while Sylar was trapped in his own mind doomed to wander New York City alone forever, his super fast brain had an increased perception of time, making every second he spent in reality feel like days. Even though he got better and was really only buried alive for about half an hour, over three years had passed in his mind.]]
** In the final seasons, Samuel buries Claire and Noah together in an RV underground, so that Claire can watch Noah suffocate and die.
characters.



* ''Series/BigWolfOnCampus''. When Merton discovers that Corey Haim is a real vampire, Corey knocks him out and buries him. Merton phones Tommy, whose werewolf senses are sharp enough to pick up where he is.



* In ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', similarly to the ''Angel'' example above, Silas locks [[spoiler: Stefan]] in a safe and dumps him down a river. His lungs explode but, being a vampire, they regenerate... so that they can explode again. He remains dying and regenerating for ''three months'' before he's rescued by [[spoiler: [[{{Yandere}} Qetsiyah]].]]

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* In ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', similarly to One episode of ''Series/{{Boomtown}}'' featured the ''Angel'' example above, Silas locks body of a dead fraternity pledge wrapped in plastic and hidden within the walls of a house. Investigation of former friends eventually reveals that he was knocked out dead during a hazing ritual and his freaked-out friends wrapped the body in plastic and hid him inside the walls. Only near the end of the episode is the awful truth revealed: The man was ''alive'' when they hid him inside the walls and the last shot of the episode shows a flashback from his POV, [[AndIMustScream waking up inside the walls, wrapped in plastic and unable to have his screams heard because of the loud rap music]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', in the Season 1 episode "Nightmares", the residents of Sunnydale have their nightmares literally come true, so Buffy is buried alive. Rumor has it that this trope is one of Sarah Michelle Gellar's greatest fears. Apparently, Joss Whedon does not settle for merely tormenting his characters.
[[spoiler: Stefan]] in a safe and dumps him down a river. His lungs explode but, In season 6, Buffy is brought back to life after already being a vampire, buried, but since her friends think the spell didn't work, they regenerate... so that don't bother to dig her coffin up. She has to dig her way our, something she clearly finds traumatizing.]]
** Also, since vampires die when
they can explode again. He remains dying and regenerating for ''three months'' are sired before they rise again, they are often buried and forced to dig themselves out when they wake up.
* Happens to Nick in ''Series/{{CSI}}''. He is rescued, though not until
he's rescued suffered quite a lot.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'' has this happen to Ben after he is robbed
by [[spoiler: [[{{Yandere}} Qetsiyah]].some backwoods hicks who turn out to be [[spoiler:his cousins]]. They hastily dig him up after realizing their error.
* ''Series/ColdCase'' had a similar episode where a teenage boy had been buried alive. The killer in question walks into the station 20-something years later to confess to the murder--and reveal that he has just buried another victim. The episode is spent trying to determine his motives for both attacks and find the second victim before he suffocates [[spoiler:(fortunately, they find him).
]]



* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'':
** In the finale episode of series two, [[spoiler:Jack's brother Gray has Jack buried alive sans coffin; bear in mind [[AndIMustScream Jack can't die]]. Or rather, he does die, but returns to life a few minutes later. So Jack spends ''2000 years'' choking to death on soil ''over and over again!'']].
** It sorta happens again in the ''Children of Earth'' story. [[spoiler:Under orders to neutralize Jack, and after proving he can survive being blown to smithereens, an arm of the government encases him in extremely quick-drying cement, where he presumably suffocates over and over again. Luckily, his team manages to rescue him before the day is out.]]
* A couple of implied instances in ''Series/{{Highlander}}'':
** Nefertiri took poison and was mummified after the death of Cleopatra. As far as the audience knows, she stayed unconscious for all 2000 years until set free by Duncan [=MacLeod=].
** Quentin Barnes was executed for murder 30 years ago and was accidentally freed by a construction project. [[spoiler:It turns out Barnes was the split personality of Duncan's friend Michael Moore. Moore experienced those years as a nightmare.]]
** Another Immortal was wrapped in chains and tossed into a river during World War II. It took him 50 some years to free himself and come back for revenge.
** Due to the nature of the show, there are several more where someone "died" and was buried, only to recover once they're in the ground.

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* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'':
** In the finale
One episode of series two, [[spoiler:Jack's brother Gray has Jack buried ''Series/CrossingJordan'' involved a serial killer who buries his victims alive sans coffin; bear in mind [[AndIMustScream Jack can't die]]. Or rather, he does die, but returns to life -- with a few minutes later. So Jack spends ''2000 years'' choking to death on soil ''over and over again!'']].
** It sorta happens again in the ''Children of Earth'' story. [[spoiler:Under orders to neutralize Jack, and after proving
''walkie-talkie so he can survive being blown to smithereens, an arm of hear their dying pleas''. Shudder.
* ''Series/DarkShadows'':
** FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Barnabas Collins bricks
the government encases witch-hunter Reverend Trask up in a wall a la "Literature/TheCaskOfAmontillado". This comes back to haunt him in extremely quick-drying cement, where he presumably suffocates over and over again. Luckily, (literally) a century later when his team manages to rescue him before the day is out.]]
* A couple of implied instances in ''Series/{{Highlander}}'':
ghost breaks free.
** Nefertiri took poison and was mummified after the death of Cleopatra. As far as the audience knows, she stayed unconscious for all 2000 years until set free by Duncan [=MacLeod=].
** Quentin Barnes was executed for murder 30 years ago and was accidentally freed by a construction project. [[spoiler:It turns out Barnes was the split personality of Duncan's friend Michael Moore. Moore experienced those years as a nightmare.]]
** Another Immortal was wrapped in chains and tossed into a river during World War II. It took him 50 some years to free
Barnabas himself and come was trapped in his chained-shut coffin back for revenge.
** Due
in colonial times by his father, who couldn't bring himself to drive a stake through his vampiric son's heart. Presumably Barnabas wasn't conscious during the nature of the show, there are several more where someone "died" and was buried, only to recover once they're in the ground.intervening centuries, as he ''isn't'' a raving basket case when a would-be tomb robber unchains him.



* ''Series/TheFollowing'': In the penultimate season 1 episode, [[spoiler: Debra Parker]] is tied up and thrown in a coffin by a couple of cultists, who proceed to bury it [[NightmareFuel while she screams for help.]]
* The "king" of Qarth in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' gets this ending. He is locked in a rather spacious treasure vault with his girlfriend, and no food or water. This is a rare heroic version of it. To be fair, her totally deserved it. [[spoiler: He sold out his honored guests to someone who not only killed the town leaders but tried to steal their dragons and either kill them or keep them there forever. He did all of this under the guise of trying to help them, when what he really wanted was money to put into said vault. Making this very much a KarmicDeath.]]
* In an episode of ''Good vs. Evil'', Chandler is buried alive by Morlocks, and spends most of the episode talking to Henry on his cell, going over the details of the previous night, hoping to figure out where he is. He's being used as a hostage, so that the Corps will release a Morlock prisoner: [[{{Webster}} Emmanuel Lewis]].
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
** In a rare example of a hero doing this, [[spoiler:Hiro assures the other heroes that the immortal Adam Monroe will never hurt another person. Cut to [[AndIMustScream Adam screaming in a coffin]], buried in the same cemetery where Hiro's father who Adam killed, was interred.]]
** Also, as retribution for all the crimes he had committed against not just the world, but [[spoiler:Parkman's wife]] only minutes before, [[spoiler: Parkman locks Sylar in his own mind, alone and powerless. Not only that, to prevent anyone from finding him and trying to help, he seals Sylar up behind a wall in his basement. Not only THAT, while Sylar was trapped in his own mind doomed to wander New York City alone forever, his super fast brain had an increased perception of time, making every second he spent in reality feel like days. Even though he got better and was really only buried alive for about half an hour, over three years had passed in his mind.]]
** In the final seasons, Samuel buries Claire and Noah together in an RV underground, so that Claire can watch Noah suffocate and die.
* A couple of implied instances in ''Series/{{Highlander}}'':
** Nefertiri took poison and was mummified after the death of Cleopatra. As far as the audience knows, she stayed unconscious for all 2000 years until set free by Duncan [=MacLeod=].
** Quentin Barnes was executed for murder 30 years ago and was accidentally freed by a construction project. [[spoiler:It turns out Barnes was the split personality of Duncan's friend Michael Moore. Moore experienced those years as a nightmare.]]
** Another Immortal was wrapped in chains and tossed into a river during World War II. It took him 50 some years to free himself and come back for revenge.
** Due to the nature of the show, there are several more where someone "died" and was buried, only to recover once they're in the ground.
* In ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'', David Banner faced one of his most horrific situations when he is confused for a lookalike gangster and rival gangsters capture him, ignore his protests that they have the wrong man and take him to a construction site. There, they force him into a shallow grave, put a sheet of clear plastic on him and pour concrete on him to bury him alive. When you see that kind of murder method, you're on the edge of your seat until the very last image of Banner just before his head is covered is his eyes going green to start his change into the Hulk.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Mentioned in the 3rd season episode "Vanished". The villain orders one of his underlings to kill the hostage and bury them in the woods. The underling seems to interpret this literally by asking if they are to be buried alive. The villain replies by saying hes not heartless and he can shoot them first.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'':
** A copycat serial killer kidnaps the only surviving victim of the original killer. He locks her in an old fridge with an air tank and holds her for his bargaining chip when the detectives finally caught him.
** In another episode, a pedophile buries the little girl he has kidnapped just before the SVU investigators catch up with him. They dig her up just in time.
* In ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'', Herr Lipp buried [[spoiler:Justin]] to stop him telling anyone about his peculiar habits. Don't worry, he left him a straw.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'':
** Parker did this to herself once as a child to cure herself of a fear. She thought it was a normal thing to do. The team told her it was not.
** Then in the season 4 episode, "The Grave Danger Job," as the Leverage crew investigates an embezzling funeral director, [[spoiler:Hardison is buried alive in a cemetery by a Mexican drug cartel to whom the funeral director has been selling ID information stolen from the deceased who go through her funeral parlor.]]



* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Happens to [[spoiler:Dean]], although to be fair, he ''was'' dead when they buried him. It being ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', though, [[BackFromTheDead he didn't stay that way]].
** Dean and Sam also earlier do this to an immortal murderer. He's also ''chained'' into his coffin.

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Happens
''Series/MidsomerMurders'': The VictimOfTheWeek in "Saints and Sinners" is buried alive in an archaeology trench.
* In the British sci-fi drama ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', we have a rare case of this trope being played (mostly) for ''laughs''. [[spoiler:And it happens
to [[spoiler:Dean]], although the main character, no less. Nathan, after suffering a [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice brutal death]] some days before, turns out to have the power of Resurrection. He's thrilled to find himself alive and starts gloating ridiculously about his newfound power, actually uttering the phrase: "Who's laughing now?!" When it sinks in that he's ''buried alive'' (yes, he's a bit of a dumbass) he gets furious and starts hurling hilariously futile abuse at no-one in particular. Then he just lies back and begins [[CosyCatastrophe casually listening to his ipod]]. [[CliffHanger And this happened in the season 1 finale]]. In the second season opener a telepath visiting his grave overhears him [[ADateWithRosiePalms masturbating]] and arranges for him to be fair, exhumed.]]
* Done twice in the ''Series/MissionImpossible'' episode "The Cardinal". Barney and Willie use an underground tunnel to enter a monastery, but a cave-in traps them in front of a vault door that must be opened from the inside. Meanwhile, Rollin has allowed himself to be captured by the BigBad, who plans to suffocate him in a sarcophagus sealed with a 600-pound lid.
* This happens to Series/{{Monk}} on more than one occasion, with attendant freak-outs.
* ''Series/MythBusters'':
** They checked out if surviving this was possible and deemed it Busted. First, they found that human beings couldn't punch their way out of a cheap pine casket, much less a top of the line one. They found that even if a human could break out, there was no way a human being could dig their way up through six feet of dirt, especially within the half hour or so they'd have before they ran out of air. Basically, anyone buried alive would be crushed by the weight of the dirt or suffocate.
** A much earlier episode highlights how unlikely this is to occur accidentally. Undertaking practices include draining all of the blood from the deceased, ensuring that if you weren't dead when you came in, you most certainly were by the time you were buried.
* The victim in the ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' episode "Left For Dead" was buried alive.
* ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' had Sam being buried alive in a prior mission, alongside with a partner of his, by Croatian soldiers. He was the only one who survived the event. Because of this, when a girl was buried alive by two boys whose uncle was an ex-con, Sam took up the mission without hesitation, focused on it with resolution like no other, and was fully ready to beat them up when demanding where she was, due to this being a very personal traumatic experience and a very huge BerserkButton for him. Luckily, she managed to be digged up before she ran out of air.
* There was an especially vindictive instance of this in ''Series/{{Oz}}'', where the preacher for the Christians was beaten, tied up, sealed behind a brick wall in the cafeteria and then there was an industrial sized freezer placed in front of it, and the whole deal was orchestrated by his former second in command. After being freed after an explosion (though as a charred, barely alive husk)
he was shown to have stood up, as if rising from his grave, still covered in 3rd degree burns, after seemingly appearing to other inmates and making them try to kill the one responsible, and then he disappeared. Guess where they found him a few episodes later? Sealed behind another wall, only this time dead for real.
* In an episode of ''Series/PacificBlue'', one of the heroes is buried in an RV with a phone that can only take incoming calls, and a time bomb/escape-rigged gas canister.
* ''Series/ThePretender'' used this twice.
** The victim in "Back From the Dead Again" was buried alive.
** In "Red Rock Jarod", the villain of the episode buries a hostage alive in a remote location -- with an air pump, but if he doesn't get what he wants before the pump runs out of fuel...
* ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'': Alison's autopsy makes it clear she was buried alive after being knocked out by a blow to the head in the incident that kickstarts the series. [[spoiler:Eventually, it's revealed that Alison is actually alive, but she
''was'' dead when they buried him. It being ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', though, [[BackFromTheDead he didn't stay alive after a blow to the head and escaped with help from a friend. Later that way]].
** Dean
night, Bethany Young was knocked out and Sam also earlier do this to an immortal murderer. He's also ''chained'' into his coffin.buried alive in the same grave Ali had been buried in; upon discovery, her body was misidentified as Alison's.]]



* One episode of ''Series/CrossingJordan'' involved a serial killer who buries his victims alive -- with a ''walkie-talkie so he can hear their dying pleas''. Shudder.
* ''Series/ColdCase'' had a similar episode where a teenage boy had been buried alive. The killer in question walks into the station 20-something years later to confess to the murder--and reveal that he has just buried another victim. The episode is spent trying to determine his motives for both attacks and find the second victim before he suffocates [[spoiler:(fortunately, they find him).]]
* ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents'':
** The classic episode, "Breakdown", has Joseph Cotton paralyzed in a car accident and taken for dead. [[spoiler:He is saved at the last minute when an alert coroner notices a tear glimmering in his eye.]]
** TheEighties version of the show had an episode where a woman tried to escape from prison by hiding in the coffin the next time someone at the prison dies. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:the next to die is the man who was supposed to dig her up. Worse yet, she doesn't find out until ''after they're buried''.]] This one is a remake of an episode from the original series, with [=Roddy McDowall=] as the prisoner.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'' has this happen to Ben after he is robbed by some backwoods hicks who turn out to be [[spoiler:his cousins]]. They hastily dig him up after realizing their error.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'':
** A copycat serial killer kidnaps the only surviving victim of the original killer. He locks her in an old fridge with an air tank and holds her for his bargaining chip when the detectives finally caught him.
** In another episode, a pedophile buries the little girl he has kidnapped just before the SVU investigators catch up with him. They dig her up just in time.
* ''Series/DarkShadows'':
** FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Barnabas Collins bricks the witch-hunter Reverend Trask up in a wall a la "Literature/TheCaskOfAmontillado". This comes back to haunt him (literally) a century later when his ghost breaks free.
** Barnabas himself was trapped in his chained-shut coffin back in colonial times by his father, who couldn't bring himself to drive a stake through his vampiric son's heart. Presumably Barnabas wasn't conscious during the intervening centuries, as he ''isn't'' a raving basket case when a would-be tomb robber unchains him.

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* One episode This is darkly explored in ''The Casebook of ''Series/CrossingJordan'' involved Series/SherlockHolmes: The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax'' in which Holmes and Watson foil a serial killer who buries his victims alive -- with con artist's attempts to bury a ''walkie-talkie drugged woman alive. Unfortunately, the woman is so he can hear their dying pleas''. Shudder.
mentally scarred by the experience that she becomes a veritable vegetable.
* ''Series/ColdCase'' had a similar episode where a teenage boy had been ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** In "X-Ray", PsychoLesbian Tina Greer does this to Lana. Clark frees her after she passes out.
** In "Obscura", Chloe is also
buried alive. The killer in question walks into the station 20-something years alive, but Clark manages to rescue her. She is later shown to confess to be traumatized by the murder--and reveal that he has just buried another victim. event. The episode is spent trying to determine his motives for both attacks and find man who did it [[spoiler:was a cop who wanted the second victim credit of finding her. Whether he would have done so before he suffocates [[spoiler:(fortunately, they find him).or after she died is unclear.]]
* ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents'':
** The classic episode, "Breakdown", In "Harvest", an angry mob of crazed villagers do this to Clark, who has Joseph Cotton paralyzed in a car accident and taken for dead. [[spoiler:He is saved at lost his powers from blue kryptonite exposure. Fortunately, the last minute soil shields him enough from the kryptonite to give him back some of his strength, allowing him to break free.
* During a DreamSequence in the "Doppelganger" episode of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', Sheppard begins to bury Ronon alive. Ronon wakes up at that point.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Happens to [[spoiler:Dean]], although to be fair, he ''was'' dead
when they buried him. It being ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', though, [[BackFromTheDead he didn't stay that way]].
** Dean and Sam also earlier do this to
an alert coroner notices a tear glimmering in immortal murderer. He's also ''chained'' into his eye.coffin.
* An episode of the ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' TV series, which was adapted from a comic, has a magician do this as his final trick. A doctor had transplanted into him the organ that gives cats nine lives, so he could die and just come back. After using this to make a small fortune at a sideshow, his final stunt was to be buried alive in front of hundreds of witnesses. [[spoiler:Only once he's in the ground does he start reminiscing about what an interesting life he's had, before he realizes he didn't count the death of the cat among his lives. He's on his ninth, not his eight....
]]
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'':
** TheEighties version of In the show had an episode where a woman tried to escape from prison by hiding in the coffin the next time someone at the prison dies. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:the next to die is the man who was supposed to dig her up. Worse yet, she doesn't find out until ''after they're buried''.]] This one is a remake of an episode from the original series, with [=Roddy McDowall=] as the prisoner.
* One
finale episode of ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'' series two, [[spoiler:Jack's brother Gray has this happen Jack buried alive sans coffin; bear in mind [[AndIMustScream Jack can't die]]. Or rather, he does die, but returns to Ben life a few minutes later. So Jack spends ''2000 years'' choking to death on soil ''over and over again!'']].
** It sorta happens again in the ''Children of Earth'' story. [[spoiler:Under orders to neutralize Jack, and
after proving he is robbed by some backwoods hicks who turn out can survive being blown to be [[spoiler:his cousins]]. They hastily dig him up after realizing their error.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'':
** A copycat serial killer kidnaps the only surviving victim
smithereens, an arm of the original killer. He locks her government encases him in an old fridge with an air tank extremely quick-drying cement, where he presumably suffocates over and holds her for over again. Luckily, his bargaining chip when the detectives finally caught him.
** In another episode, a pedophile buries the little girl he has kidnapped just
team manages to rescue him before the SVU investigators catch up with him. They dig her up just day is out.]]
* ''Series/TrueBlood'':
** [[spoiler:Russell Edgington]] is sealed
in time.
* ''Series/DarkShadows'':
** FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Barnabas Collins bricks
concrete at the witch-hunter Reverend Trask season 3 finale and [[spoiler:is dug up in the season 5 premiere]].
** Five years of live burial is also
a wall a la "Literature/TheCaskOfAmontillado". This comes back punishment dished out by the magister to haunt vampires who kill their own species [[spoiler:although he can sometimes be more creative]].
* In ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', similarly to the ''Angel'' example above, Silas locks [[spoiler: Stefan]] in a safe and dumps
him (literally) down a century later river. His lungs explode but, being a vampire, they regenerate... so that they can explode again. He remains dying and regenerating for ''three months'' before he's rescued by [[spoiler: [[{{Yandere}} Qetsiyah]].]]
* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'': Several episodes have featured one of the main characters or an underage person, usually children buried by the villains, and Walker and the Rangers racing against time to stop the bad guys and locate the victim. Three such episodes aired within months of each other in 1996 alone:
** "Deadline": With the state facing a budget crisis, state senator vows to disband the Texas Rangers as a cost-cutting move... then won't allow Walker to help find his daughter
when his ghost breaks free.
she is kidnapped and buried alive by a gang of bank robbers. Only when Walker does find her does the senator realize the value of the Rangers.
** Barnabas himself was "Miracle at Middle Creek": Walker and a young boy are trapped in his chained-shut coffin back in colonial times an underground crevice forced there by his father, who couldn't bring himself to drive a stake through his vampiric son's heart. Presumably Barnabas wasn't conscious during band of bank robbers. Why? To ensure cooperation by the intervening centuries, as he ''isn't'' a raving basket case boy's father when the heist does take place. This time, Trivette saves the day.
** "Cyclone": A sadistic extortionist and his band of thugs hijack
a would-be tomb robber unchains him.school bus full of children -- the bus just happened to be driven by C.D., and Alex was the chaperone -- after a trip to the museum. The bus is driven to a landfill, parked in a ditch and then buried with everyone inside in tons of dirt and fill. Walker and Trivette race against time and a threatening storm system to rescue the kids before the bus crumples under the weight of the fill and/or the air runs out.



* In the British sci-fi drama ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', we have a rare case of this trope being played (mostly) for ''laughs''. [[spoiler:And it happens to the main character, no less. Nathan, after suffering a [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice brutal death]] some days before, turns out to have the power of Resurrection. He's thrilled to find himself alive and starts gloating ridiculously about his newfound power, actually uttering the phrase: "Who's laughing now?!" When it sinks in that he's ''buried alive'' (yes, he's a bit of a dumbass) he gets furious and starts hurling hilariously futile abuse at no-one in particular. Then he just lies back and begins [[CosyCatastrophe casually listening to his ipod]]. [[CliffHanger And this happened in the season 1 finale]]. In the second season opener a telepath visiting his grave overhears him [[ADateWithRosiePalms masturbating]] and arranges for him to be exhumed.]]
* This trope is often seen on soap operas. Several examples have the villain--or just plain bad luck--trapping the victim in certain situations such as a building collapse, or a cave-in, rather than using a coffin.
** A rare example of a hero doing this to a villain on ''Series/AllMyChildren'', which had the evil Dr.Madden buried alive while the voice of his unseen abductor tormented him, refusing to release him until he revealed the location of a missing child. This went on for several days before the man finally drowned when a rainstorm flooded the vent that had been providing him with oxygen.
** In 1993, on ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'', crazy Vivian hated Carly so much she injected Carly with some Chinese herbs, forcing her into a seemingly dead state, [[spoiler: had an open casket funeral with all Carly's loved ones, buried her with a radio to taunt her, some water and enough oxygen to prolong the slow torture and the rolled over her grave, laughing. Carly was saved just in time, though she seems quite traumatized by it all to this day. Not that we can blame her]].
** ''Series/GeneralHospital'': Ryan Chamberlain faked his death to escape from the asylum.
** ''Series/{{Passions}}'': Sheridan Crane's death was faked (to escape criminals who were pursuing her) and she was buried to continue the ruse. Unfortunately, plans to rescue her immediately were hindered when the criminals in question kidnapped her would-be saviors, leaving her in considerable peril (Sheridan's claustrophobia didn't help matters much). Although she was ultimately rescued at the end of the "day", the scenes played out for over a ''month''.
* In ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'', Herr Lipp buried [[spoiler:Justin]] to stop him telling anyone about his peculiar habits. Don't worry, he left him a straw.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Boomtown}}'' featured the body of a dead fraternity pledge wrapped in plastic and hidden within the walls of a house. Investigation of former friends eventually reveals that he was knocked out dead during a hazing ritual and his freaked-out friends wrapped the body in plastic and hid him inside the walls. Only near the end of the episode is the awful truth revealed: The man was ''alive'' when they hid him inside the walls and the last shot of the episode shows a flashback from his POV, [[AndIMustScream waking up inside the walls, wrapped in plastic and unable to have his screams heard because of the loud rap music]]
* There was an especially vindictive instance of this in ''Series/{{Oz}}'', where the preacher for the Christians was beaten, tied up, sealed behind a brick wall in the cafeteria and then there was an industrial sized freezer placed in front of it, and the whole deal was orchestrated by his former second in command. After being freed after an explosion (though as a charred, barely alive husk) he was shown to have stood up, as if rising from his grave, still covered in 3rd degree burns, after seemingly appearing to other inmates and making them try to kill the one responsible, and then he disappeared. Guess where they found him a few episodes later? Sealed behind another wall, only this time dead for real.
* ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'': "Tale of the Dream Machine" features this happening to one of the characters.
* ''Series/ThePretender'' used this twice.
** The victim in "Back From the Dead Again" was buried alive.
** In "Red Rock Jarod", the villain of the episode buries a hostage alive in a remote location -- with an air pump, but if he doesn't get what he wants before the pump runs out of fuel...
* ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'': In "Dung For", this accidentally happens to a farm hand after he is caught having sex with the FarmersDaughter.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'':
** Parker did this to herself once as a child to cure herself of a fear. She thought it was a normal thing to do. The team told her it was not.
** Then in the season 4 episode, "The Grave Danger Job," as the Leverage crew investigates an embezzling funeral director, [[spoiler:Hardison is buried alive in a cemetery by a Mexican drug cartel to whom the funeral director has been selling ID information stolen from the deceased who go through her funeral parlor.]]
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Mentioned in the 3rd season episode "Vanished". The villain orders one of his underlings to kill the hostage and bury them in the woods. The underling seems to interpret this literally by asking if they are to be buried alive. The villain replies by saying hes not heartless and he can shoot them first.
* The victim in the ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' episode "Left For Dead" was buried alive.
* ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' had Sam being buried alive in a prior mission, alongside with a partner of his, by Croatian soldiers. He was the only one who survived the event. Because of this, when a girl was buried alive by two boys whose uncle was an ex-con, Sam took up the mission without hesitation, focused on it with resolution like no other, and was fully ready to beat them up when demanding where she was, due to this being a very personal traumatic experience and a very huge BerserkButton for him. Luckily, she managed to be digged up before she ran out of air.
* ''Series/TrueBlood'':
** [[spoiler:Russell Edgington]] is sealed in concrete at the season 3 finale and [[spoiler:is dug up in the season 5 premiere]].
** Five years of live burial is also a punishment dished out by the magister to vampires who kill their own species [[spoiler:although he can sometimes be more creative]].
* ''Series/TheFollowing'': In the penultimate season 1 episode, [[spoiler: Debra Parker]] is tied up and thrown in a coffin by a couple of cultists, who proceed to bury it [[NightmareFuel while she screams for help.]]
* Done twice in the ''Series/MissionImpossible'' episode "The Cardinal". Barney and Willie use an underground tunnel to enter a monastery, but a cave-in traps them in front of a vault door that must be opened from the inside. Meanwhile, Rollin has allowed himself to be captured by the BigBad, who plans to suffocate him in a sarcophagus sealed with a 600-pound lid.
* The "king" of Qarth in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' gets this ending. He is locked in a rather spacious treasure vault with his girlfriend, and no food or water. This is a rare heroic version of it. To be fair, her totally deserved it. [[spoiler: He sold out his honored guests to someone who not only killed the town leaders but tried to steal their dragons and either kill them or keep them there forever. He did all of this under the guise of trying to help them, when what he really wanted was money to put into said vault. Making this very much a KarmicDeath.]]
* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'': The VictimOfTheWeek in "Saints and Sinners" is buried alive in an archaeology trench.
* Early in the seventh season of ''Series/TwentyFour'', Jack and Tony are working undercover with a mercenary organization to discover who hired them, but are found out by FBI Agent Walker. To keep their cover up, Jack fakes killing her, but they're still under watch and on orders to get rid of the body, so he and Tony have to do this to her to keep suspicions down.
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* In the America soap opera ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'', some 16 years ago, crazy Vivian hated Carly so much she injected Carly with some Chinese herbs, forcing her into a seemingly dead state, [[spoiler: had an open casket funeral with all Carly's loved ones, buried her with a radio to taunt her, some water and enough oxygen to prolong the slow torture and the rolled over her grave, laughing. Carly was saved just in time, though she seems quite traumatized by it all to this day. Not that we can blame her]].
* This trope is often seen on soap operas. Several examples have the villain trapping his or victim in certain situations -- a building collapse, a cave-in -- rather than using a coffin.

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* In the America This trope is often seen on soap opera operas. Several examples have the villain--or just plain bad luck--trapping the victim in certain situations such as a building collapse, or a cave-in, rather than using a coffin.
** A rare example of a hero doing this to a villain on ''Series/AllMyChildren'', which had the evil Dr.Madden buried alive while the voice of his unseen abductor tormented him, refusing to release him until he revealed the location of a missing child. This went on for several days before the man finally drowned when a rainstorm flooded the vent that had been providing him with oxygen.
** In 1993, on
''Series/DaysOfOurLives'', some 16 years ago, crazy Vivian hated Carly so much she injected Carly with some Chinese herbs, forcing her into a seemingly dead state, [[spoiler: had an open casket funeral with all Carly's loved ones, buried her with a radio to taunt her, some water and enough oxygen to prolong the slow torture and the rolled over her grave, laughing. Carly was saved just in time, though she seems quite traumatized by it all to this day. Not that we can blame her]].
* This trope is often seen on soap operas. Several examples have the villain trapping his or victim in certain situations -- a building collapse, a cave-in -- rather than using a coffin.
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** A rather gruesome example on ''Series/AllMyChildren'', which had the evil Dr.Madden buried alive while the voice of his unseen abductor tormented him, refusing to release him until he revealed the location of a missing child. This went on for several days before the man finally drowned when a rainstorm flooded the vent that had been providing him with oxygen.



* One episode of ''Series/{{Boomtown}}'' featured the body of a dead gangbanger wrapped in plastic and hidden within the walls of a house. Investigation of former friends eventually reveals that he was knocked out dead during a hazing ritual and his freaked-out friends wrapped the body in plastic and hid him inside the walls. Only near the end of the episode is the awful truth revealed: The gangbanger was ''alive'' when they hid him inside the walls and the last shot of the episode shows a flashback from the gangbanger's POV, [[AndIMustScream waking up inside the walls, wrapped in plastic and unable to have his screams heard because of the loud rap music]]

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* One episode of ''Series/{{Boomtown}}'' featured the body of a dead gangbanger fraternity pledge wrapped in plastic and hidden within the walls of a house. Investigation of former friends eventually reveals that he was knocked out dead during a hazing ritual and his freaked-out friends wrapped the body in plastic and hid him inside the walls. Only near the end of the episode is the awful truth revealed: The gangbanger man was ''alive'' when they hid him inside the walls and the last shot of the episode shows a flashback from the gangbanger's his POV, [[AndIMustScream waking up inside the walls, wrapped in plastic and unable to have his screams heard because of the loud rap music]]
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