Bench Breaker YKTTW Discussion

Bench Breaker
A character breaks the chair they are tied to.
(permanent link) added: 2011-10-21 00:37:42 sponsor: nman (last reply: 2011-10-25 21:42:10)

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What title would you guys like? Chair cracker? Chair crusher? Seat smasher?

When a character is tied to a chair, bench, stool or other sitting device, they usually try to pick their handcuffs, rub their ropes against a conveniently placed shard of glass, or some other action that affects their bindings. Not so with the Bench Breaker; the character manages to break free by destroying the chair itself.

This is not Breaking the Bonds - it usually is done by a normal human who is desperate enough to ram themselves into a wall just to damage the chair, or nearly break a limb leveraging it.


  • Lennie Pike from It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World breaks the chair that he was tied to after breaking himself free from the pillar and duct tape that the gas station attendants tried tying up him to.

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Video Games:
  • In the intro scenes of Arkham City, Bruce Wayne rocks back and forth in a chair he's been tied to, and then escapes from his bonds once he (and it) topples to the ground.
  • Max Payne waits until Franky is out of the room, and then falls backwards on his chair in order to crack the wood.
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