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8th Dec '16 6:07:34 AM Morgenthaler
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When it comes to fighting in some series, it's not enough to just simply land wounds on someone's body and restrain them using conventional means. No, sometimes you need to go one step farther than usual and show off how {{badass}} you are, and what better way than to use a non-physical part of someone's body to pin them like a fly on a wall -- mainly, their shadow.

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When it comes to fighting in some series, it's not enough to just simply land wounds on someone's body and restrain them using conventional means. No, sometimes you need to go one step farther than usual and show off how {{badass}} badass you are, and what better way than to use a non-physical part of someone's body to pin them like a fly on a wall -- mainly, their shadow.
29th Oct '16 12:11:08 PM MajinAkuma
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* The ''{{Pokemon}}'' Wobbuffet has an ability called Shadow Tag which prevents opposing Pokemon from fleeing or switching out.
** Baton Pass can bypass this effect, but the substitute takes the effect in turn. You cannot manually switch out until Wobbuffet is knocked out, and that might take a while. There are also moves that stop a Pokemon from leaving the battlefield as well, but the one that closest matches this trope is [[TheDarkSide Shadow Hold]].

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* The ''{{Pokemon}}'' ''{{Pokemon}}'':
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Wobbuffet has an ability called Shadow Tag which prevents opposing Pokemon from fleeing or switching out.
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out. Baton Pass can bypass this effect, but the substitute takes the effect in turn. You cannot manually switch out until Wobbuffet is knocked out, and that might take a while. There are also moves that stop a Pokemon from leaving the battlefield as well, but the one that closest matches this trope is [[TheDarkSide Shadow Hold]]. Since the sixth generation, Shadow Tag doesn't work on Ghost-Type Pokémon anymore.
** Decidueye's SignatureMove Spirit Shackle damages the opponent and prevents it from fleeing or switching out.
29th Oct '16 12:02:54 PM MajinAkuma
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* ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear'': Tsubasa's Shadow Weaving is a technique where she throws a dagger on the opponent's shadow to seal their movements. Interestingly, it's actually a {{Ninja}} technique taught by her manager Ogawa... who can perform this technique with a ''bullet''.
16th Oct '16 11:44:38 AM nombretomado
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* "Shadowbind" is a Ninja ability in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' and ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI XI]]'', as well as in ''FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance''.

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* "Shadowbind" is a Ninja ability in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' and ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI XI]]'', as well as in ''FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance''.''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance''.
28th Jul '16 5:41:46 AM KingLyger
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* ''[[http://jabootu.net/?p=11 Ator The Fighting Eagle]]''
* Disney's ''ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' has Dr. Facilier's shadow and later, his shadow army. They can take hold of someone, or even affect inanimate objects simply by touching or otherwise affecting their shadows.

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* %%* ''[[http://jabootu.net/?p=11 Ator The Fighting Eagle]]''
* Disney's ''ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' has Dr. Facilier's shadow act sentient from him. Both the doctor and later, his shadow army. They can take hold of someone, or even affect inanimate objects simply by touching or otherwise affecting their shadows.shadows. [[spoiler:This is turned around on Facilier at the movie's climax when his "friends on the other side" [[DraggedOffToHell come to collect on his debts]].]]
1st Dec '15 4:19:38 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Tsubasa Andou from ''Manga/GakuenAlice'' has this as his power.

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* Tsubasa Andou from ''Manga/GakuenAlice'' ''Manga/AliceAcademy'' has this as his power.
19th Aug '15 10:46:19 AM DeisTheAlcano
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* Disney's ThePrincessAndTheFrog has Dr. Facilier's shadow and later, his shadow army. They can take hold of someone, or even affect inanimate objects simply by touching or otherwise effecting their shadows.

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* Disney's ThePrincessAndTheFrog ''ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' has Dr. Facilier's shadow and later, his shadow army. They can take hold of someone, or even affect inanimate objects simply by touching or otherwise effecting affecting their shadows.
24th Jul '15 5:38:17 PM nombretomado
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* Vamp from ''{{Metal Gear Solid 2}}'' can immobilize you if he hits your shadow with a knife. [[spoiler:You can stop him by shooting the overhead lights]]. Unlike most abilities in the series, this has no scientific explanation, though Otacon and Snake do offer an alternative explanation for Vamp's shadow-pinning power. They think it's some kind of hypnotism: "The power of suggestion augmented by his speech and movements, coupled with the manipulation of the light reflecting off the blade of his knife". Raiden only ''thinks'' he's been immobilized.

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* Vamp from ''{{Metal Gear Solid 2}}'' ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' can immobilize you if he hits your shadow with a knife. [[spoiler:You can stop him by shooting the overhead lights]]. Unlike most abilities in the series, this has no scientific explanation, though Otacon and Snake do offer an alternative explanation for Vamp's shadow-pinning power. They think it's some kind of hypnotism: "The power of suggestion augmented by his speech and movements, coupled with the manipulation of the light reflecting off the blade of his knife". Raiden only ''thinks'' he's been immobilized.
8th Jul '15 8:41:17 PM Prfnoff
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* Maxim of ''AModestDestiny'' learns to control his shadow, and also learns that what his shadow does to another object or person's shadow also happens to that person. Thus, he can use his shadow to pick up another person via their shadow, or [[spoiler: throw a stick through the eye of the TheDragon while immobilized]].

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* Maxim of ''AModestDestiny'' ''Webcomic/AModestDestiny'' learns to control his shadow, and also learns that what his shadow does to another object or person's shadow also happens to that person. Thus, he can use his shadow to pick up another person via their shadow, or [[spoiler: throw a stick through the eye of the TheDragon while immobilized]].



* [[SCPFoundation SCP]]- [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-272 272]] is a nail that does this. There's an interesting list of experiments where the foundation tries to figure out what happens when you change the shape of the shadow. It was used in an attempt to kill [[EldritchAbomination SCP-682]] by combining it with a room full of strobe lights. It was [[MomentOfAwesome one of the more impressive and effective attempts]], but [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption naturally]], it didn't work, as 682 spontaneously started glowing, eventually so brightly that it no longer had a shadow to pin.

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* [[SCPFoundation [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP]]- [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-272 272]] is a nail that does this. There's an interesting list of experiments where the foundation tries to figure out what happens when you change the shape of the shadow. It was used in an attempt to kill [[EldritchAbomination SCP-682]] by combining it with a room full of strobe lights. It was [[MomentOfAwesome one of the more impressive and effective attempts]], but [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption naturally]], it didn't work, as 682 spontaneously started glowing, eventually so brightly that it no longer had a shadow to pin.
4th Jul '15 9:14:17 AM wootzits
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* The defeated BigBad of chapter 3 of ''MajinDevil'' is held in place by (his) demonic babies that emerge from his shadow.
* Yusuke's wannabe EvilCounterpart Asato Kido in ''{{Yu Yu Hakusho}}'' could paralyze people by stepping on their shadows, and managed to hand Yusuke an embarassing defeat by doing just that. He can also control his own shadow independently of the rest of his body.
* ''{{Vampire Hunter D}}: Bloodlust'' had a Benge, who himself was some sort of shadow being, able to kill people by striking their shadow.
* The Nara Clan in ''{{Naruto}}'' has this as their main shtick, and use it mostly to control someone puppet-style. Shikamaru has some other diverse shadow related abilities, including his [[CombatTentacles Shadow Sewing, Shadow Strangulation,]] and turning his chakra knives into the "pin-the-shadow" ability.

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* The defeated BigBad of chapter 3 of ''MajinDevil'' ''Manga/MajinDevil'' is held in place by (his) demonic babies that emerge from his shadow.
* Yusuke's wannabe EvilCounterpart Asato Kido in ''{{Yu Yu Hakusho}}'' ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' could paralyze people by stepping on their shadows, and managed to hand Yusuke an embarassing defeat by doing just that. He can also control his own shadow independently of the rest of his body.
* ''{{Vampire Hunter D}}: ''LightNovel/VampireHunterD: Bloodlust'' had a Benge, who himself was some sort of shadow being, able to kill people by striking their shadow.
* The Nara Clan in ''{{Naruto}}'' ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has this as their main shtick, and use it mostly to control someone puppet-style. Shikamaru has some other diverse shadow related abilities, including his [[CombatTentacles Shadow Sewing, Shadow Strangulation,]] and turning his chakra knives into the "pin-the-shadow" ability.



* In the ''{{Tsukihime}}'' manga, Ciel's Black Keys are able to do this to Akiha and pin her in place after Ciel tosses up a flare.

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* In the ''{{Tsukihime}}'' ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' manga, Ciel's Black Keys are able to do this to Akiha and pin her in place after Ciel tosses up a flare.



** In VisualNovel/FateStayNight, [[BigBad Kirei is also capable of this]], suggesting it's a common technique of the Church.
* In ''TheSlayers'', the Shadow Snap spell immobilizes someone by pinning their shadow to the ground with a knife.
* One episode of the Zorro anime featured a ninja who did this. In the end it turned out to be a hypnosis-related technique.
* Tsubasa Andou from ''{{Gakuen Alice}}'' has this as his power.
* [[YamiNoMatsuei Seiichirou Tatsumi's]] power as a Shinigami is basically this.
* Gecko Morria from ''OnePiece'' has this as one of his Shadow-Shadow fruit powers, called "Shadow Revolution". Merging his shadow with another person's, he can control a person's actions to the point of reshaping their body. He says this is possible because it's a law of nature that the shadow and its caster must always have the same shape.

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** In VisualNovel/FateStayNight, ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', [[BigBad Kirei is also capable of this]], suggesting it's a common technique of the Church.
* In ''TheSlayers'', ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', the Shadow Snap spell immobilizes someone by pinning their shadow to the ground with a knife.
* One episode of the Zorro ''Zorro'' anime featured a ninja who did this. In the end it turned out to be a hypnosis-related technique.
* Tsubasa Andou from ''{{Gakuen Alice}}'' ''Manga/GakuenAlice'' has this as his power.
* [[YamiNoMatsuei ''Manga/DescendantsOfDarkness'': Seiichirou Tatsumi's]] Tatsumi's power as a Shinigami is basically this.
* Gecko Morria from ''OnePiece'' ''Manga/OnePiece'' has this as one of his Shadow-Shadow fruit powers, called "Shadow Revolution". Merging his shadow with another person's, he can control a person's actions to the point of reshaping their body. He says this is possible because it's a law of nature that the shadow and its caster must always have the same shape.
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