Wall Pin Of Love
At the height of romantic tension, a person is physically cornered with a simple punch to the wall by a love interest.
Alice runs into Bob, but Bob is acting very strange today. He may have had a Green-Eyed Epiphany of some sort, is upset that Alice is avoiding him, or just at the breaking point of being repeatedly insisted that he's not a potential Love Interest. Regardless, his emotions have built up to the point he can't contain them. Alice may be Oblivious to Love, refusing to admit how she feels, or just simply unsure. The moment Alice tries to leave, Bob quickly slams his hand on the wall and traps her against it with his body, stopping her from running away. It's a way to intimidate her, but also a way for him to get physically close to her. It may not have been The Love Slap of Epiphany, but it does get the message out through and clear. Alice becomes more and more confused about how she sees Bob. Usually it results in a case of They Do. Originating in the Japanese Twitterverse as the "semi don" (cicada block) as a Memetic Mutation, it is now better known to the Japanese public as the "kabe don" (wall pound). It's when a character (usually Always Male) physically corners a Love Interest using the body to block any chance of escape. It's often accompanied with a "BAM!" sound effect from pounding the wall. The Wall Pin Of Love is often Played for Drama and increases tension between the characters. It may be given with an Anguished Declaration of Love or a Forceful Kiss from the person doing the Wall Pin. The Wall Pin of Love is a very popular staple in works of the shōjo and Yaoi genre. Many news outlets have reported that it is the "ideal" scenario for many Japanese women. Despite this, the Wall Pin of Love can lead to Unfortunate Implications because the emotional and physical intimidation is common in domestic abuse. Because of how frequent and popular it is in Eastern works, there may be Values Dissonance involved in how it's accepted. People in the West are more likely to see the Wall Pin of Love as anything but romantic. Outside of a romantic context, the Wall Pin can simply be used to intimidate people. A Loan Shark might use it when he doesn't get his money. However, if it's simply a Neck Lift applied to a wall or shoving a person into the wall, then it doesn't count. The Wall Pin has to involve someone trapping another with the body.
- Cup Noodle featured a commercial specifically about the kabe don. The manga featured in the commercial includes Ao Haru Ride, Re Re Hello, and Okami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji, with artwork drawn exclusively for the commercial.
- Ao Haru Ride has one in chapter 25 when Kou confronts Futaba for avoiding him.
- In Kyo Koi O Hajimemasu, Kyota corners Tsubaki after she cuts his hair in the first chapter. He does it again when she avoids him shortly after a Near-Rape Experience.
- In Strobe Edge, Ren traps Ninako in the classroom when he suspects she still reciprocates his feelings.
- Averted in Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Steve pins Natasha against the wall, but because he's genuinely angry at her. Despite the frequent Ship Tease between them, they don't go any farther than being friends.
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