Created By: starjewel on September 3, 2014 Last Edited By: starjewel on March 11, 2017
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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.

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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.


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Anime and Manga
  • 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.

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Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • September 3, 2014
    DAN004
    Call this Wall Pining Of Love.

    A pic would've been nice.
  • September 4, 2014
    foxley
    This is a completely meaningless title to anyone who does not speak Japanese.
  • September 4, 2014
    starjewel
    Would "wall pin" work?
  • September 4, 2014
    bitemytail
    I don't have anything meaningful to contribute, but I just wanted to say that the Cup Noodle commercial...

    How does anything that happens in that commercial relate to the product they are selling?

    It's like watching a Subaru commercial.
  • September 4, 2014
    foxley
    ^^ Wall Pin might be too general, but Wall Pin Of Love or Wall Pin Of Attraction might work.
  • September 4, 2014
    jamespolk
    ^I'd support either of those, but yeah, "Kabe Don" has to go.
  • September 4, 2014
    starjewel
    Cool, cool! Thanks. I changed the name to Wall Pin of Love unless someone has a much better name.
  • September 11, 2014
    starjewel
    Bumping for more examples/edits?
  • September 11, 2014
    Skylite
    Needs an Unfortunate Implications disclaimer, because the Wall Pin is a common thing in cases of Intimate Partner or Domestic Violence even though it is frequently portrayed as a romantic thing when used as a trope. The intimidation is already present as part of the trope even. And yes, a simple Google search would give multiple links to choose from to justify this.

  • September 11, 2014
    Tuckerscreator

    Might be worth pointing out that this trope can lead into Wall Bang Her.
  • September 24, 2014
    starjewel
    Yes, I thought of Unfortunate Implications! I'll be sure to add that. Also, thanks for the example!
  • September 25, 2014
    Arivne
    • Capitalized the title.
    • Added blank line(s) for readability.
    • Examples section formatting
  • September 25, 2014
    starjewel
    All right! Thank you so much!
  • September 25, 2014
    MorganWick
    Description and name need to make very clear that this isn't another common situation one may think of, basically a downplayed Wall Bang Her where a couple have a basic romantic moment against a wall.
  • September 26, 2014
    aradia22
    Is it still a wall pin if Alice is trying to open the door to leave and Bob does the wall pin against the door?
  • September 26, 2014
    alaman
    Can happen in Dragon Age II if you choose the rivalry romance path with Fenris: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEuFDI5drwE at 1:30. I think this is what you mean?
  • September 29, 2014
    starjewel
    I think I might change the name from "wall pin." The trope doesn't necessarily mean pinning someone to the wall, but more like surprising a person by slamming on the wall and then blocking with the body.
  • September 29, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ it's still a wall pin.
  • December 1, 2014
    starjewel
    I'm not sure if it's similar to Wall Bang Her though, since this is played for tension than anything sexual. Ideas?
  • March 11, 2017
    Getta
    Not to be confused with Pinned To The Wall
  • March 11, 2017
    Malady
    Swap the names of tbis and the Kabedon draft if it implements my suggstion in its comments, and/or use the Lets Speak English Pic: http://www.marycagle.com/letsspeakenglish/77-romance-101
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