Unnecessarily Slow Moving Dipping Mechanism
Why are you lowering them into the Death Trap slowly? Just toss them in already!


(permanent link) added: 2011-06-13 22:53:51 sponsor: MarcusImpudite (last reply: 2011-06-17 11:29:56)

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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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  • The villains of the campy 60s version of Batman do this alot.

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