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28th Jun '16 6:12:20 PM Adept
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* The final level on the path to the fourth ending of ''{{Drakengard}}'' involves having to fly your dragon in, around, and between legions of [[EldritchAbomination eldritch abominations.]] If you take three hits or so from their homing attacks, you fail.
* ''QuestForGloryI'' has two of these, the first played straight, the second played for laughs. In the first, there are brigand archers on either side of the room, a trap door hidden under a rug (with a "Walk here" sign on it, written kinda shakily as if the writer were laughing at the time), two tripwires, and a bridge that dumps you into a pit if you walk on it. The second death course is designed by the brigand warlock ([[spoiler:who is actually the old court jester following the cursed daughter of the baron, who leads the brigands]]), and considering his nature, it almost makes sense that the room completely and totally defies logic. Doors will fall off their hinges and dump you into pits, which causes you to roll through a hole in the wall on the other side of the room and into another pit... which then dumps you out of the same exact hole. It doesn't help that the warlock himself is throwing things at you the entire time, and laughs while you roll along. Additionally, the room has Escher Physics, and walking through a door on one end brings you out on the other side. It actually [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade on it]] with one of messages: "Creator/MCEscher would love this place."

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* The final level on the path to the fourth ending of ''{{Drakengard}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'' involves having to fly your dragon in, around, and between legions of [[EldritchAbomination eldritch abominations.]] If you take three hits or so from their homing attacks, you fail.
* ''QuestForGloryI'' ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryI'' has two of these, the first played straight, the second played for laughs. In the first, there are brigand archers on either side of the room, a trap door hidden under a rug (with a "Walk here" sign on it, written kinda shakily as if the writer were laughing at the time), two tripwires, and a bridge that dumps you into a pit if you walk on it. The second death course is designed by the brigand warlock ([[spoiler:who is actually the old court jester following the cursed daughter of the baron, who leads the brigands]]), and considering his nature, it almost makes sense that the room completely and totally defies logic. Doors will fall off their hinges and dump you into pits, which causes you to roll through a hole in the wall on the other side of the room and into another pit... which then dumps you out of the same exact hole. It doesn't help that the warlock himself is throwing things at you the entire time, and laughs while you roll along. Additionally, the room has Escher Physics, and walking through a door on one end brings you out on the other side. It actually [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade on it]] with one of messages: "Creator/MCEscher would love this place."
5th Jun '16 3:53:16 PM nombretomado
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* British game show ''TheCrystalMaze'' (hosted by Richard "Riff-Raff" O'Brien of ''RockyHorrorPictureShow'' fame) presented a much-toned down version as the central set piece of the program.

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* British game show ''TheCrystalMaze'' (hosted by Richard "Riff-Raff" O'Brien of ''RockyHorrorPictureShow'' ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' fame) presented a much-toned down version as the central set piece of the program.
14th May '16 2:22:47 AM GrammarNavi
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* The ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' games have a few, most often arranged as futuristic game-shows like "Annihilation Nation". One of these is literally called "Path of Death", another simply "Death Course." Lampshaded in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal'', where, upon being told that the only way to retrieve a mission-critical item is to run through the Annihilation Nation death course, Rachet responds nonchalantly with the quote at the top of this page, much to the surprise of his companions. [[SerialEscalation And that's only the third game.]]
* Most {{Platformer}} levels, in fact, including the ''SuperMarioBros'' and ''SonicTheHedgehog'' games.

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* The ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' games have a few, most often arranged as futuristic game-shows like "Annihilation Nation". One of these is literally called "Path of Death", another simply "Death Course." Lampshaded in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal'', where, upon being told that the only way to retrieve a mission-critical item is to run through the Annihilation Nation death course, Rachet Ratchet responds nonchalantly with the quote at the top of this page, much to the surprise of his companions. [[SerialEscalation And that's only the third game.]]
* Most {{Platformer}} levels, in fact, including the ''SuperMarioBros'' ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' and ''SonicTheHedgehog'' ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' games.
28th Apr '16 10:19:20 AM TheSinful
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11181910/47/Yet-Again-Still-Even-More-Fragments Minions]]'' Naruto's apartment building is a massive DeathCourse trapped to hell and back by the other tenants there who are all former Anbu. Naruto even admits part of why he wears orange (besides it being his favorite color) is because it makes him highly visible and thus makes them feel safer.
* Orochimaru's bases prove to be this in ''Fanfic/ATeachersGlory'' which is why Team Inferno simply [[DungeonBypass shoot fire and wind techniques down the air vents to turn said bases into giant ovens]].
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19th Apr '16 1:13:25 PM erforce
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* The [[IndyEscape giant rolling stone ball]], always an ''Franchise7IndianaJones'' {{homage}}.

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* The [[IndyEscape giant rolling stone ball]], always an ''Franchise7IndianaJones'' ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' {{homage}}.



* The opening of the "Weird Al" Yankovic movie ''Film/{{UHF}}'' is a loving parody of the famous IndianaJones sequence, right down to the giant rolling stone ball. However, this one can navigate and turn corners.

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* The opening of the "Weird Al" Yankovic movie ''Film/{{UHF}}'' is a loving parody of the famous IndianaJones ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' sequence, right down to the giant rolling stone ball. However, this one can navigate and turn corners.
19th Apr '16 8:56:47 AM erforce
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* The [[IndyEscape giant rolling stone ball]], always an IndianaJones {{homage}}.

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* The [[IndyEscape giant rolling stone ball]], always an IndianaJones ''Franchise7IndianaJones'' {{homage}}.



* The ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' films, but most notably the opening sequence of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' including a corridor with arrows shooting from the walls, SpikesOfDoom and a giant rolling stone ball.
** The Last Crusade: The grail temple is also a death course. There are three deadly traps leading up to the grailís chamber, which is full of fake grails that will age a drinker to death. Finally, the temple itself has SelfDestructingSecurity if the grail gets close to the exit. Elsa Schneider [[CataclysmClimax learns the hard way]], resulting in her permanently losing the grail and [[DeathByMaterialism her life trying to save it.]]

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The ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' films, but most notably the opening sequence of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' including set in a remote temple holding a golden idol, which includes a corridor with arrows shooting from the walls, SpikesOfDoom and a giant rolling stone ball.
** The Last Crusade: The grail temple in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' is also a death course. There are three deadly traps leading up to the grailís chamber, which is full of fake grails that will age a drinker to death. Finally, the temple itself has SelfDestructingSecurity if the grail gets close to the exit. Elsa Schneider [[CataclysmClimax learns the hard way]], resulting in her permanently losing the grail and [[DeathByMaterialism her life trying to save it.]]



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* In the later half of ''StarWars: FilM/AttackOfTheClones'', Anakin and Padme have to survive through what amounts to the unsafe Factory version.

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* In the later half of ''StarWars: FilM/AttackOfTheClones'', ''Star Wars: Film/AttackOfTheClones'', Anakin and Padme have to survive through what amounts to the unsafe Factory version.



** The Lost Jewelled Temple Of Doom Of Offler The Crocodile God (from ''Discworld/ReaperMan'') contains one of these, successfully traversed (for the first time) by Death. Hearing his progress, the priests note that "a [[IndianaJones chap with a whip]] got as far as the big spikes last week."

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** The Lost Jewelled Temple Of Doom Of Offler The Crocodile God (from ''Discworld/ReaperMan'') contains one of these, successfully traversed (for the first time) by Death. Hearing his progress, the priests note that "a [[IndianaJones [[Franchise/IndianaJones chap with a whip]] got as far as the big spikes last week."
17th Apr '16 1:12:04 PM Theriocephalus
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Read It and Weep", JustForFun/DaringDo faces two sets of these back to back, though we only ever see the first. Said course involves thrown axes, fire pits, crocodiles hanging from the ceiling, arrows, and spikes.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Read ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E16ReadItAndWeep Read
It and Weep", Weep]]", JustForFun/DaringDo faces two sets of these back to back, though we only ever see the first. Said course involves thrown axes, fire pits, crocodiles hanging from the ceiling, arrows, and spikes.spikes.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E5GauntletOfFire Gauntlet of Fire]]", the eponymous Gauntlet is a ridiculously dangerous course through an unstable "flamecano", complete with dangerous monsters, sharp stalagmite-y SpikesOfDoom, and maze-like caves, that numerous dragons run through to reach the Bloodstone Scepter at the end and become the new Dragon Lord.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E5GauntletOfFire Gauntlet of Fire]], the eponymous Gauntlet is a ridiculously dangerous course through an unstable "flamecano", complete with dangerous monsters, sharp stalagmite-y SpikesOfDoom, and maze-like caves, that numerous dragons run through to reach a bloodstone scepter at the end and become the new Dragon Lord.
16th Apr '16 11:06:41 AM Theriocephalus
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E5GauntletOfFire Gauntlet of Fire]], the eponymous Gauntlet is a ridiculously dangerous course through an unstable "flamecano", complete with dangerous monsters, sharp stalagmite-y SpikesOfDoom, and maze-like caves, that numerous dragons run through to reach a bloodstone scepter at the end and become the new Dragon Lord.
25th Mar '16 2:32:07 PM Morgenthaler
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* In 1972's anthology ''TalesFromTheCrypt'', the abusive manager of a home for the blind gets his comeuppance when the visually-impaired men he's been mistreating lock him in his office and construct a Death Course through which he must exit, with hundreds of razor blades set into the walls of a very narrow passage. They wait until he's squeezed his painful way through it once, then sic his own attack dog on him and turn out the lights.

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* In 1972's anthology ''TalesFromTheCrypt'', ''Film/ECComics'', the abusive manager of a home for the blind gets his comeuppance when the visually-impaired men he's been mistreating lock him in his office and construct a Death Course through which he must exit, with hundreds of razor blades set into the walls of a very narrow passage. They wait until he's squeezed his painful way through it once, then sic his own attack dog on him and turn out the lights.
4th Mar '16 7:33:13 PM gophergiggles
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* The ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Qq7754ZZlE You Bet Your Ass That's a Boulder]]'' shows you how the giant boulder death trap from ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' was made: by a CrazyAwesome contractor who passionately loves his job to absolute ''[[JustForPun death]]''. He works so hard to sell the GIANT ******* BOULDER that you almost wish it ''would'' squish Indy.
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