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16th Aug '17 1:34:16 AM foxley
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* [[ComicBook/SergioAragonesDestroysDC Sergio Aragones Destroys DC]] has one pair of tied damsels on the splash panel for his Superman story (keep magnifying glass handy).

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* [[ComicBook/SergioAragonesDestroysDC ''[[ComicBook/SergioAragonesDestroysDC Sergio Aragones Destroys DC]] DC]]'' has one pair of tied damsels on the splash panel for his Superman story (keep magnifying glass handy).handy).
* In ''Sensation Comics'' #26, ComicBook/WonderWoman is tied to the railway tracks with what she thinks is her magic lasso. It isn't as [[ItMakesSenseInContext her mother has stolen her lasso and replaced it with a copy]]. Once she realises it is a fake, she is able to break loose and [[{{Trainstopping}} stop the train by lifting the locomotive off the tracks]].
12th Aug '17 12:39:30 PM john_e
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* An [[http://www.bromley-coppard.com/Stoatsnest/ attempt]] to film such a scene in 1907 ended in disaster when [[FatalMethodActing the train didn't stop in time]].
28th Jul '17 2:46:11 PM jamespolk
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This familiar scenario first appeared in the 1867 short story "[[http://cdl.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/moa/pageviewer?frames=1&cite=http%3A%2F%2Fcdl.library.cornell.edu%2Fcgi-bin%2Fmoa%2Fmoa-cgi%3Fnotisid%3DACB8727-0003-99&coll=moa&view=50&root=%2Fmoa%2Fgala%2Fgala0003%2F&tif=00672.TIF&pagenum=653 Captain Tom's Fright]]", although a more rudimentary form of it was seen on stage in 1863 in the play ''The Engineer''. However, it really entered the meme pool as a result of its inclusion in the 1867 play ''[[http://www.josephhaworth.com/images/Producers%20&%20Managers/Augustin%20Daly/Under_the_Gaslight-Poster-cepia-Resized.jpg Under the Gaslight]]'', by Augustin Daly. (Interestingly, in ''Gaslight'' the victim is a male, not a fair maiden) By 1868, it reportedly could be found in five different London plays all running at the same time, and remained a theatre staple for decades. The earliest known use of this trope in movies was the 1913 Keystone Komedy film ''Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life'', where it was played for comedy. It's commonly associated with the 1914 film serial ''ThePerilsOfPauline'', but [[BeamMeUpScotty this is probably due to confusion]] (no one knows for sure, since neither the full serial nor the script have survived).

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This familiar scenario first appeared in the 1867 short story "[[http://cdl.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/moa/pageviewer?frames=1&cite=http%3A%2F%2Fcdl.library.cornell.edu%2Fcgi-bin%2Fmoa%2Fmoa-cgi%3Fnotisid%3DACB8727-0003-99&coll=moa&view=50&root=%2Fmoa%2Fgala%2Fgala0003%2F&tif=00672.TIF&pagenum=653 Captain Tom's Fright]]", although a more rudimentary form of it was seen on stage in 1863 in the play ''The Engineer''. However, it really entered the meme pool as a result of its inclusion in the 1867 play ''[[http://www.josephhaworth.com/images/Producers%20&%20Managers/Augustin%20Daly/Under_the_Gaslight-Poster-cepia-Resized.jpg Under the Gaslight]]'', by Augustin Daly. (Interestingly, in ''Gaslight'' the victim is a male, not a fair maiden) By 1868, it reportedly could be found in five different London plays all running at the same time, and remained a theatre staple for decades. The earliest known use of this trope in movies was the 1913 Keystone Komedy film ''Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life'', where it was played for comedy. It's commonly associated with the 1914 film serial ''ThePerilsOfPauline'', ''Film/ThePerilsOfPauline'', but [[BeamMeUpScotty this is probably due to confusion]] (no one knows for sure, since neither the full serial nor the script have survived).
21st Jun '17 11:26:26 AM nighttrainfm
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MarvelsSpiderMan'', Peter does this to himself accidentally. During a fight in the subway, he gets knocked into a tunnel wall - and the impact damages his web-shooter, pinning him there with webbing just as a train's coming. He uses the other shooter to throw a lever that makes the train change tracks.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MarvelsSpiderMan'', Peter does this to himself accidentally. During a fight in the subway, he gets knocked into a tunnel wall - and the impact damages his web-shooter, pinning him there with webbing just as a train's coming.train approaches. He uses the other shooter to throw a lever that makes the train change tracks.
21st Jun '17 11:26:14 AM nighttrainfm
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MarvelsSpiderMan'', Peter does this to himself accidentally. During a fight in the subway, he gets knocked into a tunnel wall - and the impact damages his web-shooter, pinning him there with webbing just as a train's coming. He uses the other shooter to throw a lever that makes the train change tracks.
28th May '17 1:39:40 AM Doug86
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** In a previous JSA story in ''All Star Comics'' #34, the Wizard shrinks Franchise/GreenLantern and ties him to the track of a model train set. The villain even Lampshades the trope.



* The villains do this to [[TheNthDoctor the Tenth Doctor ]] on the 1st issue ''Series/DoctorWho'' Ongoing Comics...then again the setting was Hollywood, 1926.

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* The villains do this to [[TheNthDoctor the Tenth Doctor ]] Doctor]] on the 1st issue ''Series/DoctorWho'' Ongoing Comics...then again the setting was Hollywood, 1926.
24th May '17 7:53:58 PM Andyroid
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* Played nearly straight in the film ''Film/StayTuned'', when Helen is both tied to the tracks in the path of an oncoming train that's going to crash into [[StuffBlowingUp a stockpile of explosives]]: "[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill He's going to hit me with a train AND blow me up?!]]" Then again, the movie sends up a ''lot'' of {{Dead Horse Trope}}s.

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* Played nearly straight in the film ''Film/StayTuned'', when Helen is both tied to the tracks in the path of an oncoming train that's going to crash into [[StuffBlowingUp a stockpile of explosives]]: "[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill He's going to hit me with a train AND blow me up?!]]" Then again, the movie sends up a ''lot'' of {{Dead Horse Trope}}s.
24th May '17 7:53:26 PM Andyroid
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* Played nearly straight in the film ''Film/StayTuned'', but then that movie sends up a ''lot'' of {{Dead Horse Trope}}s.

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* Played nearly straight in the film ''Film/StayTuned'', but then that when Helen is both tied to the tracks in the path of an oncoming train that's going to crash into [[StuffBlowingUp a stockpile of explosives]]: "[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill He's going to hit me with a train AND blow me up?!]]" Then again, the movie sends up a ''lot'' of {{Dead Horse Trope}}s.
24th May '17 12:57:45 PM Rubber_Lotus
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** Bane did this to at least one street-thug as an [[EnhancedInterrogationTechnique Enhanced Interrogation Technique]] (in a slight variation, the victim wasn't laid flat on the railway, but forced to kneel on it, with his arms chained to tunnel-walls to keep his torso upright). Since Bane's [[EvilCounterpart not]] Batman, he makes no move to free the poor guy even after he's got the info he wanted.

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** Bane did this to at least one street-thug as an [[EnhancedInterrogationTechnique [[EnhancedInterrogationTechniques Enhanced Interrogation Technique]] (in a slight variation, the victim wasn't laid flat on the railway, but forced to kneel on it, with his arms chained to tunnel-walls to keep his torso upright). Since Bane's [[EvilCounterpart not]] Batman, he makes no move to free the poor guy even after he's got the info he wanted.
24th May '17 12:57:24 PM Rubber_Lotus
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** Bane did this to at least one street-thug as an EnhancedInterrogationTechnique (in a slight variation, the victim wasn't laid flat on the railway, but forced to kneel on it, with his arms chained to tunnel-walls to keep his torso upright). Since he's [[EvilCounterpart not]] Batman, he makes no move to free the poor guy even after he's got the info he wanted.

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** Bane did this to at least one street-thug as an EnhancedInterrogationTechnique [[EnhancedInterrogationTechnique Enhanced Interrogation Technique]] (in a slight variation, the victim wasn't laid flat on the railway, but forced to kneel on it, with his arms chained to tunnel-walls to keep his torso upright). Since he's Bane's [[EvilCounterpart not]] Batman, he makes no move to free the poor guy even after he's got the info he wanted.
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