Created By: MarcusImpudite on June 13, 2011 Last Edited By: Arivne on June 13, 2018

Unnecessarily Slow Moving Dipping Mechanism

Why are you lowering them into the Death Trap slowly? Just toss them in already!

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Dr. Evil, from Austin Powers

The Evil Doctor Von Gloom has captured Dudly Do-Gooder and his annoying sidekick. He smiles as he reveals the nasty fate he has in store for them: a large tank of water swimming with sharks, piranhas, aligators or crocodiles, or even a giant cephalopod. Alternatively, it may be a vat of acid or some deadly toxic chemicals. Hell, it may even be a big vat of boiling oil. In any case, the heroes are tied up good and they're good as dead once Von Gloom's henchmen toss them in, right?

Well, maybe not...

Von Gloom insists on dragging things out by attaching the duo to a crane or something similar and slowly lowering them into the tank/vat, giving them ample opportunity to come up with a way out of their predicament. Sigh. Way to demonstrate your Bond Villain Stupidity, Doc. *Palm meet face*

See Bond Villain Stupidity, of which this is a subtrope. Also see: Shark Pool, Death Trap, and Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?



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  • June 13, 2011
    Needs a better name. Teasing The Shark? Shark Pool Suspense?
  • June 13, 2011
    Could this trope also work with vats of deadly liquids (for example, molten metals)?
  • June 14, 2011
    I suggest expanding this to cover all Death Traps (or all forms of execution) that kill slowly, not just dipping mechanisms.

    The Live And Let Die example from Shark Pool not only fits here, it was the inspiration for the Austin Powers example.
  • June 14, 2011
    Bond Villain Stupidity?

    Honestly, this seems covered by Lava Pit, Drowning Pit, Shark Pool and Acid Pool, all of which mention that the hero is lowered slowly into them.
  • June 14, 2011
    This is Why Dont Ya Just Shoot Him. If there wasn't a slow dipping into a overly elaborate and exotic death, then they would just shoot them.
  • June 15, 2011
    ^Well, WDYJSH is the genre-savvy reaction to this, but we are in agreement that the concept is incredibly well-covered already.

  • June 16, 2011
    Why Dont Ya Just Shoot Him is a stock phrase.

    If we can get enough examples of acid pits specifically, I don't see why they couldn't be a separate trope. Besides, they aren't just for unnecessarily-slow deaths, acid pits can also be used to dispose of bodies!
  • June 17, 2011
  • June 17, 2011
    Video Games
    • Portal: At the end of Test 19, G La DOS lowers the platform you're standing on into a pit of fire. The platform goes slowly enough that you can escape.
  • June 17, 2011
    ^^^What? We already have Acid Pool.

    This topic is so well-covered in the wiki already.
  • July 3, 2017
    Love the name.
  • July 3, 2017
    Just out of curiosity, where do we classify the villain's mechanism from Hop?

    • The Villain from Hop has seized control of the Easter Bunny's Elaborate Underground Base, and aims to dispose of the Easter Bunny and The Hero by lowering them slowly into a vat of molten chocolate. The process is slow enough that The Hero can gnaw through his licorice bonds to free himself, then the Easter Bunny.

    Western Animation
    • Fleischer Studios produced the Superman cartoon "The Mechanical Monsters," in which the deranged inventor decides to dispose of Intrepid Reporter Lois Lane by lowering her into a huge cauldron of molten steel. Superman, of course, thwarts this effort.


    Film Animated
    • Averted by the villain Zartog from Space Chimps, who is not one bit slow about dipping both opponents and You Have Failed Me stooges in handy pools of "freznar." The stuff behaves like silver liquid chocolate, and solidifies around the victims, turning them into Living Statues.
  • July 8, 2017
    • In the book Faerie Wars, Beleth, the Prince of Demons, tries to kill Pyrgus by slowly lowering him into a vat of molten sulphur. Of course, this allows Holly Blue and Henry to rescue him Just In Time.

    Often involves Convection Schmonvection when substances such as lava or molten metal are used, as the victim(s) usually suffer no ill effects until they actually reach the pool.
  • June 11, 2018
    What about cases in the Bond films with the infamous "getting lasered while being strapped to a table", where the Laser Cutter moves really slowly?
  • June 12, 2018
    As was mentioned nearly 7 years ago, a slow moving potentially escapable death trap is Bond Villain Stupidity
  • June 12, 2018
    • Examples section

    All of the OP examples are Zero Context Examples and have been marked as such. They need more information to show how they fit the trope. Please don't remove the marking unless you add enough context. Warning: providing Zero Context Examples can result in being suspended from editing.
  • June 12, 2018