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15th Jul '16 4:03:48 PM TrollMan
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** In one issue of ''Batman: Streets of Gotham'', The Carpenter (a criminal who specializes in building/fixing evil villain lairs) lampshades the prevalence of this trope while building some commissioned death-traps. However she decides not to fill the pit with alligators as planned, instead she uses [[spoiler: [[PsychoElectricEel electric eels]]]].
1st Jul '16 3:39:50 AM PaulA
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* The "slow death caused by being lowered into a pond full of killer fish" idea is OlderThanFeudalism. Seneca wrote about a wealthy Roman who was really pissed off at one of his slaves for breaking a glass when the emperor was visiting. So he decided to have the slave thrown into a pool full of famished moray eels, because that way it'd take longer for him to die. Good times! Thankfully, the story ends with the slave being spared because the emperor finds the idea barbaric.

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* The "slow death caused by being lowered into a pond full of killer fish" idea is OlderThanFeudalism. Seneca wrote about a wealthy Roman in the time of Augustus, Vedius Pollio, who was really pissed off at one of his slaves for breaking a glass when the emperor was visiting. So he decided to have the slave thrown into a pool full of famished moray eels, because that way it'd take longer for him to die. Good times! Thankfully, the story ends with the slave being spared because the emperor finds the idea barbaric.
15th May '16 10:18:01 PM PaulA
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* In ''Film/ThePhantom'', the Sengh Brotherhood has a Shark Pool in their ElaborateUndergroundBase. This is one of the parts of the film lifted directly from the very first ''[[ComicStrip/ThePhantom Phantom]]'' story, published way back in 1936, so the trope is at least that old.

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* In ''Film/ThePhantom'', ''Film/{{The Phantom|1996}}'', the Sengh Brotherhood has a Shark Pool in their ElaborateUndergroundBase. This is one of the parts of the film lifted directly from the very first ''[[ComicStrip/ThePhantom Phantom]]'' story, published way back in 1936, so the trope is at least that old.
25th Apr '16 12:32:45 PM LTR
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** BigBad Limey Louie drops Daffy into the basement of his tavern in ''China Jones'', and it's filled with alligators.
** BugsBunny in ''Half-Fare Hare'' is chased around a moving freight train by a pair of hungry hobos looking to make a meal of him. [[RuleOfFunny Improbably]], one of the cars is carrying alligators and has an open top.....
3rd Apr '16 11:45:55 PM erforce
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* In ''Film/AustinPowers'', Dr. Evil ''wanted'' a pool full of sharks (with laser beams attached to their heads), but had to settle for ill-tempered mutated seabass. In the third movie, Dr. Evil ''did'' get sharks with FrickinLaserBeams attached to their heads. as a gift from his newly evil son Scott.

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* In ''Film/AustinPowers'', ''Film/AustinPowersInternationalManOfMystery'', Dr. Evil ''wanted'' a pool full of sharks (with laser beams attached to their heads), but had to settle for ill-tempered mutated seabass. In the [[Film/AustinPowersInGoldmember third movie, movie]], Dr. Evil ''did'' get sharks with FrickinLaserBeams attached to their heads. as a gift from his newly evil son Scott.



** The original ''Bond'' books do this too. In the original ''Film/DrNo'', Bond was dropped into a pool with a giant squid.

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** The original ''Bond'' books do this too. In the original ''Film/DrNo'', ''Literature/DrNo'', Bond was dropped into a pool with a giant squid.



* Kim Jong-il has one in ''TeamAmericaWorldPolice'', which he drops Hans Blix into.

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* Kim Jong-il has one in ''TeamAmericaWorldPolice'', ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'', which he drops Hans Blix into.
6th Mar '16 5:51:32 PM Eddy1215
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* In ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' a pull on the wrong lever drops characters into a crocodile pit. Even the lever's creator questions the wisdom of this setup.

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* In ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' a pull on the wrong lever drops characters into a crocodile pit. Even the lever's creator [[InventionalWisdom questions the wisdom of this setup.setup]].



** A late-entry ''Wolf and Sheepdog'' cartoon has Ralph Wolf rigging up a can't-miss deathtrap for Sam Sheepdog, with an armory of weapons at point-blank range, the bluff he's on undercut and rigged to break off over a big tank full of hungry crocodiles -- just as he's throwing the master switch, the 5:00 whistle blows. He rolls his eyes and sighs "Pshaw!" and companionably heads home with Sam.

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** A late-entry The final ''Wolf and Sheepdog'' cartoon has Ralph Wolf rigging up a can't-miss deathtrap for Sam Sheepdog, with an armory of weapons at point-blank range, the bluff he's on undercut and rigged to break off over a big tank full of hungry crocodiles -- just as he's throwing the master switch, the 5:00 whistle blows. He rolls his eyes and sighs "Pshaw!" and companionably heads home with Sam.
28th Feb '16 7:36:18 AM Unityd3v
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* One issue of her solo series has ''[[ComicBook/{{X23}}X-23]]'' dive into one to save Gambit.

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* One issue of her solo series has ''[[ComicBook/{{X23}}X-23]]'' [[ComicBook/{{X23}} X-23]] dive into one to save Gambit.
28th Feb '16 7:35:36 AM Unityd3v
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* One issue of her solo series has ''[[ComicBook/X23 X-23]]'' dive into one to save Gambit.

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* One issue of her solo series has ''[[ComicBook/X23 X-23]]'' ''[[ComicBook/{{X23}}X-23]]'' dive into one to save Gambit.
23rd Feb '16 12:54:29 AM Unityd3v
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* One issue of her solo series has ''[[ComicBook/X23 X-23]]'' dive into one to save Gambit.
19th Feb '16 7:33:26 PM SteveMB
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