History Main / ChainedtoARailway

17th Apr '17 11:44:06 AM GenreSpooky
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* ''Film/StuartLittle'' features Stuart lampooning this trope by tying himself to a model railway.
5th Apr '17 3:31:27 PM MCanter89
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[[caption-width-right:300:[[DeadHorseTrope You don't see this much any more.]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:[[DeadHorseTrope You don't see this much any more.anymore.]]]]



The music is high tempo, the [[DamselInDistress damsel is in distress]], and the [[DastardlyWhiplash mustachioed villain]] is [[EvilIsHammy mugging to the camera]]. Yup, she's been chained to a railroad track, and the 7:10 express is running right on time.

Despite popular opinion, there are hardly any silent films in which you'll see this. And in the ones where it does happen, it's usually played for laughs, making fun of the already well known trope from the world of theater.

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The music is high tempo, high-tempo, the [[DamselInDistress damsel is in distress]], and the [[DastardlyWhiplash mustachioed villain]] is [[EvilIsHammy mugging to the camera]]. Yup, she's been chained to a railroad track, and the 7:10 express is running right on time.

Despite popular opinion, there are hardly any silent films in which you'll see this. And in the ones where it does happen, it's usually played for laughs, making fun of the already well known well-known trope from the world of theater.



Usually the trains used in this trope would be powered by old-time steam engines, but a few modern uses/parodies would use diesel locomotives instead. It's also a hazard for characters in a MouseWorld, who have enough difficulty with toy trains, let alone real ones.

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Usually Usually, the trains used in this trope would be powered by old-time steam engines, but a few modern uses/parodies would use diesel locomotives instead. It's also a hazard for characters in a MouseWorld, who have enough difficulty with toy trains, let alone real ones.
29th Mar '17 9:14:40 AM LegoLover58
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* Parodied in ''Ninjago:MastersofSpinjitzu'', when Jay poses as a damsel in distress to find out the identity of Samurai X, AKA [[spoiler: Nya]].

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* Parodied in ''Ninjago:MastersofSpinjitzu'', ''Ninjago'', when Jay poses as a damsel in distress to find out the identity of Samurai X, AKA [[spoiler: Nya]].
29th Mar '17 9:14:14 AM LegoLover58
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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/Ninjago'', when Jay poses as a damsel in distress to find out the identity of Samurai X, AKA [[spoiler: Nya]]

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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/Ninjago'', ''Ninjago:MastersofSpinjitzu'', when Jay poses as a damsel in distress to find out the identity of Samurai X, AKA [[spoiler: Nya]]Nya]].
29th Mar '17 9:13:21 AM LegoLover58
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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/Ninjago'', when Jay poses as a damsel in distress to find out the identity of Samurai X, AKA [[Spoiler:Nya]]

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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/Ninjago'', when Jay poses as a damsel in distress to find out the identity of Samurai X, AKA [[Spoiler:Nya]][[spoiler: Nya]]
29th Mar '17 9:12:33 AM LegoLover58
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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/Ninjago'', when Jay poses as a damsel in distress to find out the identity of Samurai X, AKA [[Spoiler:Nya]]
17th Mar '17 7:53:04 PM KoopaKid17
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* The traditional CallAndResponseSong "Bill Grogan's Goat" has Bill tying his goat to railroad tracks as punishment for eating shirts off his clothesline.
5th Feb '17 3:51:50 AM RavenWilder
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* ''Film/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents2004'' has Count Olaf attempt to kill the Baudelaire orphans by leaving them in a locked car parked on the railroad tracks.
1st Feb '17 8:36:22 PM Theatre_Maven_3695
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* The infamous case of the "Boys On The Tracks". In the early morning hours of August 23, 1987, Arkansas teenagers Don Henry and Kevin Ives were run over by a freight train. The initial autopsy report claimed that the boys had passed out on the tracks after smoking a large amount of marijuana. However, a second autopsy indicated that not only had the boys very little pot, but that one of them may have already been dead when the train hit him. The case remains unsolved and no specific suspect has ever been named, but it is believed that while out hunting, the boys stumbled upon a drug deal, were killed to ensure their silence about what they had seen, then placed on the tracks to cover up evidence of the murder. [[ConspiracyTheorist Some people]] say that UsefulNotes/BillClinton was somehow responsible, being the Governor of Arkansas at the time and whatnot...

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* The infamous case of the "Boys On The Tracks". In the early morning hours of August 23, 1987, Arkansas teenagers Don Henry and Kevin Ives were run over by a freight train. The initial autopsy report claimed that the boys had passed out on the tracks after smoking a large amount of marijuana. However, a second autopsy indicated that not only had the boys very little pot, but that one of them may have already been dead when the train hit him. The case remains unsolved and no specific suspect has ever been named, but it is believed that while out hunting, the boys stumbled upon a drug deal, were killed to ensure their silence about what they had seen, then placed on the tracks to cover up evidence of the murder. [[ConspiracyTheorist Some people]] say that UsefulNotes/BillClinton was somehow responsible, being the Governor of Arkansas at the time and whatnot...
8th Jan '17 11:37:30 AM nombretomado
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* A sci-fi variation (not to mention a rare heroic one) occurs in ''[[{{Marvel2099}} Spider-Man 2099]]'' where Spider-Man is clearly outmatched by a cybernetic bounty hunter, and uses his wits to get the cyborg caught by his metal parts on the intense magnetic field of a maglev track and then hit by an oncoming vehicle.

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* A sci-fi variation (not to mention a rare heroic one) occurs in ''[[{{Marvel2099}} Spider-Man 2099]]'' ''ComicBook/SpiderMan2099'' where Spider-Man is clearly outmatched by a cybernetic bounty hunter, and uses his wits to get the cyborg caught by his metal parts on the intense magnetic field of a maglev track and then hit by an oncoming vehicle.
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