Created By: Techhead on June 3, 2011 Last Edited By: Techhead on November 4, 2011

Personnel-Pinning Projectiles

Projectile weaponry that pin bodies to walls

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Basically, the ability to staple dead bodies to walls using projectile weapons from across the room. This almost invariably takes the form of guns that shoot spikes, arrows, or other pointy objects, frequently a crossbow.

This can break suspension of disbelief where a handheld weapon fires a projectile that flings enemies across the room and embeds itself the wall behind them, without a clean through-and-through. This often has the potential to kill whatever is standing behind them as well. However, this can be overlooked in the name of both Rule of Fun and Rule of Cool.

Subtrope of Wreaking Havok and Impaled with Extreme Prejudice. See also Knife Outline, for non-lethal cases.

Examples:

Video Games

Film
  • Thunderball. James Bond fires a speargun at Largo's henchman Vargas, pinning him against a tree and killing him.
  • In Carrie, Carrie's mother was impaled against a doorframe with steak knives in a picture-perfect imitation of the Christ-on-the-Cross.
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  • June 3, 2011
    StarryEyed
    Does this include magical abilities?
  • June 3, 2011
    dalek955
  • June 3, 2011
    Techhead
    Knife outline explicitly says "without actually cutting the character" while this is almost entirely composed lethal examples. I can put a see also in there.

    I guess magical abilities would count if it fills the other criteria.
  • June 4, 2011
    Aspie
    Anime And Manga
    • A guy in Case Closed was killed this way. He was impaled to a wall with a sword from an antique suit of armor, in imitation of a famous painting.

    Literature
    • In the Roy Johansen novel Beyond Belief (no relation to the tv show), the murder victim is killed by being run through with a statue that had spikes coming out of it.

  • June 4, 2011
    Techhead
    I think those two fit better in Impaled With Extreme Prejudice, not here. This belongs to Weapons And Wielding Tropes, not Death Tropes. I'll put in a clarifying note.
  • June 14, 2011
    halfmillennium
    Does it include examples where the attack isn't supposed to be lethal, and just pins them by their clothes or something?
  • June 14, 2011
    KTera
  • June 14, 2011
    jaytee
    Would Spiderman count?
  • June 17, 2011
    yogyog
    From the ballard Matty Groves "he stabbed his wife right through the heart and pinned her against the wall"
  • June 17, 2011
    Techhead
    I made some clarifying edits to the description, as well as elaboration and croos-linking on some of the entries. I hope I didn't overdo it with the all-blue entry. Also, not having played two-thirds of the games listed here (Google web-search and other research), if other people could contribute information on the above, that would be helpful.
  • June 26, 2011
    Speedball
    One of the earliest weapons to do this in video games was the crossbow (or the underwater harpoon gun) in No One Lives Forever.
  • June 27, 2011
    Arivne
    Film
    • Thunderball. James Bond fires a speargun at Largo's henchman Vargas, pinning him against a tree and killing him.
  • June 27, 2011
    Lavalyte
    How Carries mother dies.
  • November 4, 2011
    Techhead
    Finally came up with a descriptive title that isn't large or unwieldy. Took a couple months, but was one of the main reasons I didn't launch this thing.
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