Created By: Known Unknown on September 15, 2009
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Deer In The Headlights

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Danger approaches, death rushing towards you at a cruel and constant pace, but you can't get out of the way. Your feet won't move, your brain won't work, all you can do is stare in idle terror as doom approaches.

Seen It a Million Times
Examples:
  • That kid who almost gets crushed by the falling festival decorations in the first Spider-Man movie, standing transfixed under the falling wreckage long after everyone else has run away. Spider-Man even yells for the kid to move.
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  • September 15, 2009
    random surfer
    Clark Kent saved a kid like this in Smallville - as of last season it was in the Opening Credits Montage.
  • September 15, 2009
    dotchan
    Truth In Television with both deer and people.
  • September 15, 2009
    Shellsh0cker
    Whenever anybody in fiction pushes someone out of the way of an oncoming vehicle, there always ends up being this "take me instead" sort of feeling behind it; Bob will push Alice out of the way, then stand and watch as the semi hits him instead. If, say, Buffy is doing it, it's not such a big deal; she knows she can take the hit and still walk away. But in most situations it would be a much better option to tackle the person out of the way, rather than just shoving them, because then you're both out of danger. It's gotten to the point where I silently cheer every time the more sensible route is taken.
  • September 19, 2009
    Known Unknown
    Bump
  • September 19, 2009
    MetaFour
  • September 20, 2009
    Stormtroper
    Played with during an Invader Zim episode where a cute Godzilla-sized hamster is terrorizing the city; rather than stare in terror, they stare in awe at the monster's cuteness until they're crushed.
  • September 20, 2009
    STUART
    Parodied in Austin Powers with the guard who gets run over by a steamroller.
  • September 20, 2009
    thedreadednyondo
    TV: George watching the approach of the toilet seat on Dead Like Me.
  • September 20, 2009
    SKJAM
    Parodied in an issue of Radioactive Man with the innocent bystander saying, "That wall is falling towards me! No time to get out of the way, only to talk about it!"
  • September 26, 2009
    Known Unknown
    Bump
  • January 13, 2010
    DoomTay
    An addition to the Truth In Television prevalence note, while most people can say it's due to fear, others believe it's due to stupidity. A third factor says it's due to some kind of neurological issue, hence "your brain won't work" in the description.
  • January 13, 2010
    Fanra
    Sometimes this is an Oh Crap moment.
  • January 13, 2010
    SMARTALIENQT
    Referenced by That Guy With The Glasses in Top Eleven Dumbest Superman Moments. IIRC, it was something to the effect of, "WHY IS SHE SHIELDING THE BABY? SHE HAS PLENTY OF TIME TO RUN OUT FROM UNDER THE FALLING DEBRIS!"
  • January 14, 2010
    GewoonDaan
    I believe we have this, but the name escaped me
  • January 14, 2010
    Vree
    This is also a fairly common type of nightmare.
  • January 14, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Happens regularly to Wile E. Coyote, who is often too flabergasted or exhausted to move out of the way when his plans backfire on him badly. That little umbrella he often pulls out as a shield doesn't help things any.
  • January 16, 2010
    KnownUnknown
    Bump for a few more examples before launch
  • January 16, 2010
    macroscopic
    ^I don't think it's ready yet.

    Related to Heroic BSOD.
  • February 2, 2010
    KnownUnknown
    Bump again.
  • March 29, 2010
    KnownUnknown
    ^^ You sure? This is so omnipresent, all it needs is a few parodies and such listed (which we have)

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