Created By: nman on October 21, 2011 Last Edited By: nman on October 25, 2011
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Bench Breaker

A character breaks the chair they are tied to.

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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.

Examples

Film
  • 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.
Community Feedback Replies: 8
  • October 21, 2011
    UglyShirts
    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.
  • October 22, 2011
    CaveCat
    • Lennie Pike from Its 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.
  • October 22, 2011
    Utgardloki
    Why don't you call this Chair Breaker? Or maybe Escape By Breaking the Chair?

    My thought is maybe have a trope Escape From Chair, with different ways of doing so.
  • October 22, 2011
    nman
    I thought it would be funny to be alliterative. Chair cracker? Chair crusher? Seat smasher?
  • October 22, 2011
    randomsurfer
    From time to time in The Incredible Hulk TV series David Banner would get tied to a chair, only for him to Hulk Out; so Hulk breaks the chair.
  • October 24, 2011
    nman
    Anyone else got examples? If not, I'd say it's pretty much ready to launch, but I'd like a second opinion.
  • October 25, 2011
    Aruelle2
    In the episode of Burn Notice where Fiona gets abducted, she breaks the arms of the chair she's handcuffed to so that she can move around the room freely.
  • October 25, 2011
    randomsurfer
    I know I've seen this subverted, where they knock the chair over but now they're just on the floor, still securely roped/handcuffed to the chair. Don't remember specifics though.
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