A character gets stuck to the wall, ground, or ceiling by a sharp, pointy object. Either the character is Impaled with Extreme Prejudice
or his/her clothes are.
The reasons for this are:
- Target needs to be killed or incapacitated to keep from moving.
- Target needs to be saved from falling.
In modern shooter games, this is often an attribute of the crossbow-type weapons: if an enemy is standing next to a wall when he's killed with these weapons, his body remains pinned to it.
See also Knife Outline
and Cape Snag
. Not to be confused with Wall Bang Her
Anime and Manga
- When Aizen fakes his death in Bleach he makes an illusion so that he appears to be impaled on the side of a tower with his own zanpakto.
- Loly is left hanging up a tower, pinned by an arrow shot by Uryu.
- In Hellsing Alucard impales Rip van Winkle with her musket right before eating her.
- The Spirit, September 13, 1942 issue. A female villainess wants to play The Most Dangerous Game with the title character, but he refuses. She uses a bow and arrows to pin him to a door by his clothes so he can't get away. See it here◊.
- In Octopussy, an evil knife thrower pins James Bond by his clothes to a wall and prepares to throw the final knife to Bonds's heart. Bond being Bond, this does not end well for the knife thrower.
- Happens in Starship Troopers.
Ace Levy: Sir, I don't understand. Who needs a knife in a nuke fight anyway? All you gotta do is push a button, sir.
Career Sergeant Zim: Cease fire. Put your hand on that wall, trooper. PUT YOUR HAND ON THAT WALL!
[Zim throws a knife and hits Ace's hand, pinning it to the wall]
Zim: The enemy can not push a button... if you disable his hand. Medic!
- In The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Dorian Gray is run through with a sword so firmly he ends up pinned to the wall and unable to pull the sword out. Do to his near Complete Immortality, this doesn't do anything more than annoy him. Until Mina shows him his painting, that is.
- In The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, the White Witch sticks a sword through Peter's chain mail sleeve, pinning him to the ground so she can kill him.
- An alien device in Stargate SG-1 once pinned Jack O'Neill to the wall of the SGC through his shoulder.
- Another time, Baal pinned Jack to a wall with Artificial Gravity and tossed knives (or acid, depending on how he felt like torturing Jack to death that day) at his chest.
- In The Dresden Files: Turn Coat, the vampire Thomas pins his cousin Madeline to a table with a pair of chopsticks through her wrists, because she was threatening his lover. While she's immobilized, said lover brushes Madeline with her hair—which, since the vampires are Allergic to Love, gives Madeline horrible burns.
- In The Legend of Dragoon, Kongol in his second boss battle had a special attack where he'd create a wall behind one of your party-members and throw his metallic gauntlet (two sharp claws on each side) to stick them to said wall by their neck, where he'd then proceed to wail on them for a few seconds before punching them through the wall he just created. You can see it in action here.
- In No One Lives Forever 2, if you kill an enemy next to wall with a crossbow bolt, he will remained pinned to it. If you then search his body, you can almost always recover the bolt, and the body will slump onto the ground.
- Similarly, in Half-Life 2, killing an enemy with the crossbow will sometimes leave them pinned to a wall behind them, even though the projectile itself is no longer visible and cannot be recovered.
- Team Fortress 2: the Sniper's Huntsman can pin enemies to the wall. There is even an achievement called "William Tell Overkill" for pinning a Heavy's head to the wall.
- League of Legends: Vayne has an ability called "Condemn", where she shoots the target with a huge crossbow bolt that knocks them back. If the enemy collides with terrain, they are also impaled, which deals bonus damage and stuns them for 1.5 seconds.
- This happens to Cloud during Advent Children when Sephiroth is revived.
- In The Darkness II, you can pick up poles and throw them to pin enemies to walls. There is an achievement for doing that to two guys at once.
- RWBY: Jaune has this happened to him twice, both by Pyrrha's spear. Both are also nonlethal; she only hits his hood.
- Used in this strip of The Order of the Stick. To stop him from falling, Haley pins Roy to the wall of an earthquake created chasm by shooting an arrow into his groin. Roy's probably happy he was dead for that.
- In The Simpsons version of The Odyssey, when Odyssyus comes home he finds a bunch of suitors for his wife's hand and throws a spear through all of them, pinning them all to the wall.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: Mai pins one of the Kyoshi Warriors to a tree with throwing darts through her uniform when they fight in "Appa's Lost Days."
- The SL-1 nuclear reactor accident, occurred on January 3, 1961. A U.S. Army reactor operator was supposed to withdraw a control rod 4 inches while his supervisor, who was standing on top of the reactor, watched. For reasons unknown the operator withdrew the rod 26 inches. The reactor went prompt critical and instantly exploded. The reactor operator was found dead; a trainee who had been observing the operation was found unconscious and died soon after. The supervisor wasn't found for over an hour after response personnel entered the reactor compartment, not until someone looked up and saw him pinned to the ceiling. He had been skewered by a shield plug ejected from the exploding reactor.