Created By: Indalecio on July 10, 2013 Last Edited By: Indalecio on July 15, 2013
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Strapped To A Rocket

Chained to a rocket.

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"It's a damsel for the space age!"

The Distressed Damsel (or Distressed Dude) is in the clutches of the Evil Villain. Now to dispose of them. A classic way is to strap them to a rocket just before shooting them off.

This, like most death traps piles on the drama and allows the hero to escape just in the nick of time.

A related trope is Strapped to a Bomb and occasionally overlaps. A favorite of evil mad scientists everywhere. Compared Rocket Ride and Riding the Bomb.


Examples:

[[folder:Comic Books]]
  • This how Captain America's side kick Bucky "dies" in the Marvel Universe (the first time).
  • The Human Torch ended up glued to a missile (that launched) during his first battle against Paste-Pot Pete in Strange Tales #104.
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[[folder:Literature]]
  • In the Takeshi Kovacs novels this is the Harlan's World equivalent of Cement Shoes, because the planet is orbited by a bunch of Kill Sats that vaporize any advanced technology above a certain altitude.
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[[folder:Film -- Live Action]]
  • In Captain America (1990), the Red Skull ties Captain America to a rocket and launches it towards the White House. Captain America kicks the flaps on it redirecting it to Antarctica.
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[[folder:Film -- Animation]]
  • In Toy Story Sid duct-tapes Buzz to a large firework, intending to launch him into the air to explode. Woody and Buzz eventually use the rocket to catch up to Andy's minivan.
  • In the climax of Despicable Me 2, El Macho straps Lucy (Gru's colleague and love interest) to a rocket which is also laden with explosives (and a shark) which he plans to fire into a volcano.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
  • In Genius: The Transgression there's a short snippet of one genius tying another to a rocket. The twist is, along with the rocket not having enough fuel, there are a number of other things wrong with it, and the genius strapped to the rocket is expected to fix those issues mid-flight if he doesn't want to go 'splat'.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
  • In Metalocalypse, the Dethklok band is offered to perform at a mass inmate execution. They couldn't refuse after being told they get to choose the method. Their choice: getting strapped to a rocket and exploding hundreds of meters in the sky, creating fireworks. Some of the prisoners are even glad to be part of such a "metal" way to go.
  • Batman and Steve Trevor are chained to rockets by Baroness Paula Von Gunther in the teaser to the Batman: The Brave and the Bold epsiode "Scorn of the Star Sapphire!".
  • Space Ghost episode "Zorak". The title villain ties Jan and Jace to the seats of his Flying Time Bomb (a spaceship with a Time Bomb inside) and sends it away. Space Ghost rescues them Just in Time.
  • Doofenshmirtz straps Perry to a giant firework rocket in the Phineas and Ferb episode, "Dude, We're Getting the Band Back Together!". Given Doof's Butt Monkey status, it's no surprise that a few minutes later, Doof has ended up Hoist by His Own Petard.
  • Tom Cat tries to tie Jerry Mouse to the anchoring rod of a fireworks rocket in the Tom and Jerry cartoon "Yankee Doodle Mouse." Holding Jerry in place while tying the knots is more than Tom can manage, so Jerry obligingly helps with the knots. Jerry then squirts free, leaving Tom's hands tied to the rod. The rocket ignites and launches Tom high into the sky, exploding in a perfect stars-and-stripes display.
  • Mad Scientist Doctor Strangemoon has built a rocket which will carry a capsule that can attract fiery comets toward the Earth in the Josie And The Pussy Cats cartoon "Strangemoon Over Miami." Believing the Pussy Cats are spies, Strangemoon captures them, and stows Melody, Alexander and Alexandra aboard the capsule. The rocket is then launched successfully.
  • When the Loonatics Unleashed launched missiles against three of Black Velvet's fighter craft, the fighters broke off their attack and returned to the Airborne Aircraft Carrier. Knowing that Tech Coyote had been taken there earlier, the Loonatics had to destroy their own missiles, because the "genius" coyote never put a destruct mechanism in them. Rev Runner takes out one and Lexi Bunny blasts another. Danger Duck teleports onto the third, rips off a service panel, and starts yanking wires. Duck gets pulled off the missile moments before it explodes.
  • In the opening of Goldie Gold and Action Jack, Goldie is shown strapped to a rocket in one of the clips.
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Community Feedback Replies: 29
  • July 10, 2013
    paycheckgurl
    This how Captain America's side kick Bucky "dies" in the Marvel Universe (the first time).
  • July 10, 2013
    TyeDyeWildebeest
    • At the end of Tekken 5, this is how Heihachi disposes of Jin, Kazuya and Jinpachi.
  • July 10, 2013
    zarpaulus
    • In the Takeshi Kovacs novels this is the Harlan's World equivalent of Cement Shoes, because the planet is orbited by a bunch of Kill Sats that vaporize any advanced technology above a certain altitude.
  • July 10, 2013
    randomtroper89
    • In Captain America 1990, the Red Skull ties Captain America to a rocket and launches it towards the white house. Captain America kicks the flaps on it redirecting it to Antarctica.
  • July 10, 2013
    QuantumReality
    Related: In Lucky Starr and the Pirates of the Asteroids, a giant catapult is used to shoot Lucky into space to get rid of him. It backfires, of course, since he figures a way out of the situation.
  • July 10, 2013
    Indalecio
    I'm not sure if thats related enough. Also where is Lucky Starr from? As in Comic, Film, Animation, etc..
  • July 10, 2013
    foxley
    • The Human Torch ended up glued to a missile (that launched) during his first battle against Paste-Pot Pete in Strange Tales #104.
    • Batman and Steve Trevor are chained to rockets by Baroness Paula Von Gunther in the teaser to the Batman The Brave And The Bold epsiode "Scorn of the Star Sapphire!".
  • July 10, 2013
    StarSword
    Can't believe nobody remembered this one. I'm working on getting an image.

    Western Animation:
    • In Toy Story Sid duct-tapes Buzz to a large firework, intending to launch him into the air to explode. Woody and Buzz eventually use the rocket to catch up to Andy's minivan.
  • July 10, 2013
    hevendor717
    In Metalocalypse, the Dethklok band is offered to perform at a mass inmate execution. They couldn't refuse after being told they get to choose the method. Their choice: getting strapped to a rocket and exploding hundreds of meters in the sky, creating fireworks. Some of the prisoners are even glad to be part of such a "metal" way to go.
  • July 11, 2013
    OlafMerchant
    Video Games
  • July 11, 2013
    Arivne
    One of the Strapped To A Bomb examples that also fits this trope:

    Western Animation
    • Space Ghost episode "Zorak". The title villain ties Jan and Jace to the seats of his Flying Time Bomb (a spaceship with a Time Bomb inside) and sends it away. Space Ghost rescues them Just In Time.
  • July 11, 2013
    foxley
  • July 11, 2013
    Trueman001
    ^Toy Story is also Western Animation. Film is for live-action movies. It's true that most live-action movies these days use CGI special effects, but that doesn't blur the line; live-action movies have been using animated SFX (even cartoon animation, as in the case of Mary Poppins) since the dawn of cinema.

    Another Western Animation example:
    • In the climax of Despicable Me 2, El Macho straps Lucy (Gru's colleague and love interest) to a rocket which is also laden with explosives (and a shark) which he plans to fire into a volcano.
  • July 11, 2013
    randomsurfer

  • July 11, 2013
    StarSword
  • July 11, 2013
    Indalecio
    Anyone know what I'm doing wrong with the image? Caption won't appear under it for some reason.
  • July 11, 2013
    robbulldog
    Western Animation

    Doofenshmirtz straps Perry to a giant firework rocket in the Phineas And Ferb episode, "Dude, We're Getting the Band Back Together!". Given Doof's Butt Monkey status, it's no surprise that a few minutes later, Doof has ended up Hoisted On His Own Petard.
  • July 12, 2013
    Trueman001
    ^^ I think the image-with-caption markup is [[quoteright:image-width:[[image-wick image-URL]][[caption-width-right:image-width:image-caption]]]]

    (edit) Added a caption for you. Since it's probably not the one you had in mind, feel free to change it.
  • July 12, 2013
    Indalecio
    Caption is fine. Just had a real hard time finding the template for that.
  • July 12, 2013
    StarSword
    The "-right" part of the caption markup doesn't work in YKTTW for some reason. But, @Trueman001, XD at the caption! I love that!
  • July 12, 2013
    StarSword
    Cleaned up namespaces and sorted Evil Genius into the right section (it's a game, not a cartoon).
  • July 12, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • Tom Cat tries to tie Jerry Mouse to the anchoring rod of a fireworks rocket in the Tom And Jerry cartoon "Yankee Doodle Mouse." Holding Jerry in place while tying the knots is more than Tom can manage, so Jerry obligingly helps with the knots. Jerry then squirts free, leaving Tom's hands tied to the rod. The rocket ignites and launches Tom high into the sky, exploding in a perfect stars-and-stripes display.
    • Mad Scientist Doctor Strangemoon has built a rocket which will carry a capsule that can attract fiery comets toward the Earth in the Josie And The Pussy Cats cartoon "Strangemoon Over Miami." Believing the Pussy Cats are spies, Strangemoon captures them, and stows Melody, Alexander and Alexandra aboard the capsule. The rocket is then launched successfully.
    • When the Loonatics Unleashed launched missiles against three of Black Velvet's fighter craft, the fighters broke off their attack and returned to the Airborne Aircraft Carrier. Knowing that Tech Coyote had been taken there earlier, the Loonatics had to destroy their own missiles, because the "genius" coyote never put a destruct mechanism in them. Rev Runner takes out one and Lexi Bunny blasts another. Danger Duck teleports onto the third, rips off a service panel, and starts yanking wires. Duck gets pulled off the missile moments before it explodes.
  • July 12, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
  • July 13, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    The picture makes the "strapped to" part hard to make out.
  • July 13, 2013
    Indalecio

    How's that? I'm personally thinking its a bit too small...
  • July 13, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    First of all, put a line under the picture, so that the text box shows it all.

    Secondly, that is a much better picture.
  • July 13, 2013
    Indalecio
    Anyone with a funny caption?
  • July 14, 2013
    paycheckgurl
    I know Bats fly, but this ridiculous (?)

    Batgirl Go Boom...but probably not (?)

  • July 14, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    "It's a damsel for the space age!"
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