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12th May '17 11:27:19 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* The ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "The Runaway" starts with Toph Bei Fong -- {{Badass}}, fearless, unstoppable, justifiably self-appointed "greatest Earthbender in the world" -- being trapped in a net and hauled off to prison, apparently helpless to break out or put up a fight. [[spoiler:It was all an act.]]

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* The ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "The Runaway" starts with Toph Bei Fong -- {{Badass}}, badass, fearless, unstoppable, justifiably self-appointed "greatest Earthbender in the world" -- being trapped in a net and hauled off to prison, apparently helpless to break out or put up a fight. [[spoiler:It was all an act.]]
9th May '17 8:59:22 AM Julia1984
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* The ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "The Runaway" starts with Toph Bei Fong -- {{Badass}}, fearless, unstoppable, justifiably self-appointed "greatest Earthbender in the world" -- being trapped in a net and hauled off to prison, apparently helpless to break out or put up a fight. [[spoiler:It was all an act.]]
17th Apr '17 9:34:51 AM lalalei2001
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* Averted in a very early ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' comic featuring Kraven the Hunter's debut. Kraven catches Spidey in a net, but Spidey reasons that, just as a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, the net must have a weak joint in it, and he then tests the netting till he finds a part he can make big enough to escape through. All at super-spidey-speed, of course.

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* Averted in a very early ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' comic featuring Kraven the Hunter's debut. Kraven catches Spidey in a net, but Spidey reasons that, just as a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, the net must have a weak joint in it, and he then tests the netting till until he finds a part he can make big enough to escape through. All at super-spidey-speed, of course.through.
* One Silver Age ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' story had the Flash trapped in a net that would shrink around him and crush him to death.



* On ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971'', Spider-Man catches criminals this way.

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* On ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971'', Spider-Man catches criminals this way.way with his webbing.



** Done most blatantly in ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}''. These are characters with the ability to vibrate through walls, move entire planets, turn into lightning bolts -- but put them under a net and they have no idea what to do. If you're lucky, it'll be a kryptonite net, but that still doesn't explain that no-one else can escape.

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** Done most blatantly in ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}''. These are characters with the ability to vibrate through walls, move entire planets, turn into lightning bolts -- but put them under a net and they have no idea what to do. If you're lucky, it'll be a kryptonite net, but that still doesn't explain that no-one no one else can escape.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', fairies are literally incapable of escaping if trapped in a butterfly net. Not a special, fancy net -- an ordinary butterfly net. Talk about WeaksauceWeakness! [[AWizardDidIt Rules of magic.]] Handwaved the first time it's brought up, with Wanda stating that if it has wings and flies, a butterfly net will catch it.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "WesternAnimation/ElmersCandidCamera", Elmer puts a net over WesternAnimation/BugsBunny (or his prototype at any rate). Bugs then begins gasping for air and [[FakingTheDead pretends to die]], causing Elmer to [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone sob and call himself a murderer]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', fairies are literally incapable of escaping if trapped in a butterfly net. Not a special, fancy net -- an net--an ordinary butterfly net. Talk about WeaksauceWeakness! [[AWizardDidIt Rules of magic.]] Handwaved the first time it's brought up, with Wanda stating that if it has wings and flies, a butterfly net will catch it.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "WesternAnimation/ElmersCandidCamera", WesternAnimation/ElmersCandidCamera, Elmer puts a net over WesternAnimation/BugsBunny (or his prototype at any rate).WesternAnimation/BugsBunny. Bugs then begins gasping for air and [[FakingTheDead pretends to die]], causing Elmer to [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone sob and call himself a murderer]].
8th Apr '17 4:26:42 PM lalalei2001
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* Rue in ''Film/TheHungerGames is inescapably trapped under a net tied to tree trunks. A [[http://www.leavemethewhite.com/caps/displayimage.php?album=254&pos=718 freeze frame]] reveals the trap's poor set up which Rue should have had no problem escaping from.

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* Rue in ''Film/TheHungerGames ''Film/TheHungerGames'' is inescapably trapped under a net tied to tree trunks. A [[http://www.leavemethewhite.com/caps/displayimage.php?album=254&pos=718 freeze frame]] reveals the trap's poor set up which Rue should have had no problem escaping from.
8th Apr '17 4:26:06 PM lalalei2001
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* Ruby-Spears' ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' cartoon used this on occasion. Since Mega Man was a robot the nets were either metal or electrified, and one instance had him invoke this in order to get into where Dr. Light was being held prisoner.
8th Apr '17 2:16:18 AM lalalei2001
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* In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, Pokémon caught inside Team Rocket's nets will only rarely manage to free themselves, despite them usually being pretty powerful in battle. Usually handwaved as being electric/whatever proof nets.

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* In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, Pokémon caught inside Team Rocket's nets will only rarely manage to free themselves, despite them usually being pretty powerful in battle. Usually handwaved as being electric/whatever proof nets. The peak of this trope may be when Team Rocket captured Cresselia, a ''Legendary Pokemon'', with an ordinary net.


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* In ''WesternAnimation/LadyLovelyLocks'' dragon-hair nets are almost completely unbreakable and are resistant to most magic. Ravenwaves uses one to capture Shining Glory, while Maiden Fairhair uses one to stabilize the castle after a tunnel was dug underneath it.
29th Aug '16 9:31:53 AM dsneybuf
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* On ''Series/TheElectricCompany'', Spider-Man catches criminals this way.

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* On ''Series/TheElectricCompany'', ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971'', Spider-Man catches criminals this way.
15th Mar '16 10:42:47 AM StFan
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* Justified in ''OnePiece'', when the Marines use a net to trap Alvida and Buggy - it's a net specifically designed to counter Devil's Fruit powers, so they're screwed.

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
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Justified in ''OnePiece'', when the Marines use a net to trap Alvida and Buggy - -- it's a net specifically designed to counter Devil's Fruit powers, so they're screwed.




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* Averted in a very early {{Spider-Man}} comic featuring Kraven the Hunter's debut. Kraven catches Spidey in a net, but Spidey reasons that, just as a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, the net must have a weak joint in it, and he then tests the netting till he finds a part he can make big enough to escape through. All at super-spidey-speed, of course.

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* In ''ReturnOfTheJedi'', the protagonists find themselves suspended in snare-nets laid by the Ewoks. They are able to quickly escape, but not before the [[KillerRabbit Ewoks]] arrive in force to surround them.
** And Force Nets in the EU, which are actually a darkside method of executing someone by constricting the net.

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* Averted in a very early {{Spider-Man}} ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' comic featuring Kraven the Hunter's debut. Kraven catches Spidey in a net, but Spidey reasons that, just as a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, the net must have a weak joint in it, and he then tests the netting till he finds a part he can make big enough to escape through. All at super-spidey-speed, of course.

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* In ''ReturnOfTheJedi'', the ''Aasman Ko Chukar'' sequence in ''Animation/TheReturnOfHanuman'', Hanuman used a net to capture figures with a bad name such as terrorists and UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush.
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': In ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'',
the protagonists find themselves suspended in snare-nets laid by the Ewoks. They are able to quickly escape, but not before the [[KillerRabbit Ewoks]] arrive in force to surround them.
** And Force Nets in the EU, which are actually a darkside method of executing someone by constricting the net.
them.



-->'''Mayor''': Master Betty, my compliments! That tiny net was sure-fire!
-->'''Master Betty''': Mm, yes, a tiny net is a death sentence. It's a net and it's tiny!
* The nets in the ''Film/{{Predator}}'' film series are quite effective, but that's also because they automatically contract on the target and are apparently made out of something like piano wire, so targets are less incapacitated and more cubed.
** How well this works when the "prey" starts bleeding an insanely corrosive acid however...
* In the ''Aasman Ko Chukar'' sequence in ''Animation/TheReturnOfHanuman'', Hanuman used a net to capture figures with a bad name such as terrorists and UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush.

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-->'''Mayor''': -->'''Mayor:''' Master Betty, my compliments! That tiny net was sure-fire!
-->'''Master Betty''':
sure-fire!\\
'''Master Betty:'''
Mm, yes, a tiny net is a death sentence. It's a net and it's tiny!
* ''Film/{{Predator}}'':
** In the first movie, the mercenaries manage to catch the Predator hunting them in a net thanks to Dutch playing bait, but the alien promptly tears the net apart by firing his plasma caster.
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The Predator nets in the ''Film/{{Predator}}'' film series are quite effective, but that's also because they automatically contract on the target and are apparently made out of something like piano wire, so targets are less incapacitated and more cubed.
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cubed. How well this works when the "prey" starts bleeding an [[Franchise/{{Alien}} insanely corrosive acid however...
* In the ''Aasman Ko Chukar'' sequence in ''Animation/TheReturnOfHanuman'', Hanuman used a net to capture figures with a bad name such as terrorists and UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush.
acid]], however...




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* In ''Literature/LoneWolf'' #8, your traveling companion Paido is snagged by the bad guys in a net that is also studded with fish hooks, making it practically impossible to quickly free him before they drag him off. You see him again a couple of books later, alive but covered in scars from where the hooks were pulled out.

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* The StarWarsExpandedUniverse features 'Connor Nets', which are capable of doing this to ''starships''.
** Connor Nets are justified by them being EMP's in the form of a net to tangle stabilizers and shut down engines.

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* In ''Literature/LoneWolf'' #8, book 8, ''The Jungle of Horrors'', your traveling companion Paido is snagged by the bad guys in a net that is also studded with fish hooks, making it practically impossible to quickly free him before they drag him off. You see him again a couple of books later, alive but covered in scars from where the hooks were pulled out.

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* The StarWarsExpandedUniverse features 'Connor Nets', which Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse:
** "Connor Nets"
are capable of doing this to ''starships''.
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''starships''. Connor Nets are justified by them being EMP's in the form of a net to tangle stabilizers and shut down engines.



** Force Nets, which are actually a darkside method of executing someone by constricting the net.




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* On ''Series/TheElectricCompany'', Spider-Man caught criminals this way.

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* On ''Series/TheElectricCompany'', Spider-Man caught catches criminals this way.




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* The [[CombatPragmatist Brawler]] subclass from ''DungeonFighterOnline'' has a skill called Heaven's Net, where they throw a net forward and use it to pull enemies up to them, as well as immobilize them.
* ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' has the Ensnare ability, throwing a net on the unit to keep it from moving. While it makes sense when bringing down air units to ground level, why ground units never try to break out is anyone's guess.

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* The [[CombatPragmatist Brawler]] subclass from ''DungeonFighterOnline'' ''VideoGame/DungeonFighterOnline'' has a skill called Heaven's Net, where they throw a net forward and use it to pull enemies up to them, as well as immobilize them.
* ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' has the ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'':
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Ensnare ability, throwing a net on the unit to keep it from moving. While it makes sense when bringing down air units to ground level, why ground units never try to break out is anyone's guess.




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** Done most blatantly in ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}''. These are characters with the ability to vibrate through walls, move entire planets, turn into lightning bolts -- but put them under a net and they have no idea what to do. If you're lucky, it'll be a kryptonite net, but that still doesn't explain that no one else can escape.

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** Done most blatantly in ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}''. These are characters with the ability to vibrate through walls, move entire planets, turn into lightning bolts -- but put them under a net and they have no idea what to do. If you're lucky, it'll be a kryptonite net, but that still doesn't explain that no one no-one else can escape.




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15th Mar '16 5:27:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* On ''TheElectricCompany'', Spider-Man caught criminals this way.
* One episode in the second season of ''WhoWantsToBeASuperhero'' had this happen to the good guys early on to act as a lead-in to the supervillain death-trap challenge.

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* On ''TheElectricCompany'', ''Series/TheElectricCompany'', Spider-Man caught criminals this way.
* One episode in the second season of ''WhoWantsToBeASuperhero'' ''Series/WhoWantsToBeASuperhero'' had this happen to the good guys early on to act as a lead-in to the supervillain death-trap challenge.



* RiseOfTheTriad has troops that can fire nets at you. If you don't have a knife handy (a knife whose sole purpose it is to cut nets, apparently), your character is pinned down ''hard'' until you shake it off. No moving, no shooting, not even any turning. Though curiously, if you DO have a knife, you can still run around as usual until you cut the net off.

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* RiseOfTheTriad ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheTriad'' has troops that can fire nets at you. If you don't have a knife handy (a knife whose sole purpose it is to cut nets, apparently), your character is pinned down ''hard'' until you shake it off. No moving, no shooting, not even any turning. Though curiously, if you DO have a knife, you can still run around as usual until you cut the net off.
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