Created By: Koveras on December 3, 2011 Last Edited By: Koveras on December 13, 2011
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Lodged Blade Recycling

Pulling the weapon you were stabbed with out of your body and using it to fight back.

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A character is stabbed with a knife or some other bladed weapon and left for dead. However, instead of just kicking the bucket, he suddenly pulls the weapon out of his body and uses it to fight back, firmly establishing himself as a Determinator and/or Made of Iron.

Note that in Real Life, this is a very bad idea because the knife sticking in the wound slows down the bleeding considerably. Pulling it out runs a high risk of bleeding yourself to death within minutes. Additionally, touching the lodged blade can result in you surviving the stab wound only to finish the job yourself by cutting off something important inside.

Compare Catch and Return and Human Pincushion.

Examples:

Anime & Manga
  • The regenerative immortal Rin does it in in episode three of Mnemosyne, after being vivisected to death, killing her torturer with the scalpel he accidentally dropped inside her stomach.
  • Final Fantasy VII: Last Order: After being run through by Sephiroth's sword and left dangling over a pit, a much younger Cloud somehow summons the strength to pull himself further onto the blade to regain his footing. Then uses it as a lever to fling Sephiroth across the room and into the wall! It should be noted that this is the Turk's recount of the event, since they didn't witness the actual battle; which has Cloud throw Sephiroth into the Mako pit itself rather than throwing him against the wall.
  • In Bleach Kenpatchi, in his fight against Tousen (who's Bankai blocks out all light and sound), realises that he's no longer affected when Tousen's blade is cutting him, so he allows himself to be impaled so that he can grab it (correctly guessing that someone holding the weapon is immune). While he doesn't attack Tousen with the blade, he does make use of it.
  • Shootfighter Tekken: actually played realistically with a fist-against-knife fight. Knife guy somehow ends up with the knife deep in his side, and proceeds to demonstrate his badassery by expulsing it using just his abdominal muscles. The other characters, including the Heir to the Dojo he's fighting, just stare at him (the viewer is led to think it's in fear or admiration, but...) like he's an idiot, because suddenly he starts spraying blood and faints very soon after.

Comic Books
  • Kate Kane does it in the final volume of 52, pulling a sacrificial knife out of her own chest to throw it at Bruno Mannheim, who (almost) performed the sacrifice. Note that she does recognize it as a stupid idea that almost costs her her life, but does it anyway because her lover Renee's life is more important to her.
  • In the graphic novel Jonah Hex: No Way Back, Jonah stabs el Papagayo with the same knife Papagayo just stabbed him with: while its still stuck through his arm!
  • The Savage Dragon once did this in a Crossover with Hell Boy. An undead pirate stabbed him in the back and he ended up with the blade stuck in him for almost an entire issue before he yanked it out in order to use it as a weapon against the animated brain of Adolph Hitler. Needless to say, it was one of the more memorable stories in the series.
  • The Suicide Squad has once wound up on Apokolips, and Count Vertigo is stabbed by Kanto (a minion of Darkseid who has kind of a Italian Renaissance Assassin thing going.) Some time later, Vertigo turns out to have been playing possum and stabs Kanto in the back with his own dagger. Darkseid approves of this. Note that Count Vertigo was a Death Seeker at that point in his history and wouldn't care about the potential lethal side effects of pulling out the knife.

Film
  • In Knight and Day, June accidentally impales an assassin with a knife, followed by the assassin pulling it out of himself to attack June with.
  • In Pirates of the Caribbean, Barbosa does this with the knife Elizabeth used on him. Also doubles as The Reveal of the Black Pearl's curse. He then does this again at the end of the movie. This is The Reveal for the fact that Jack is now cursed.
  • In Strange Days this is used at the climax of the movie when Big Bad Max is hanging on to hero Lenny's tie to stop from falling off of a balcony. Lenny (who had previously been stabbed by Max) then pulls the knife out of his own back and cuts his necktie off, sending Max plummeting to his death.
  • In House of Flying Daggers, near the end, Leo attempts to rape Mei and is punished by having a dagger embedded in his shoulder by the leader of La Résistance (who informs him that if he ever removes it he'll bleed to death). After murdering Mei he pulls it out as a last resort in his Duel to the Death with Jin leading to an Everyone Dies ending.
  • In the first Lord of the Rings film, Lurtz does this with Aragorn's dagger (throws it back at him).
  • Ironhide in Transformers: Dark of the Moon gets a barbed weapon (possibly a timed explosive) thrown into his shoulder during a Mexican Standoff against two Decepticons. He proceeded to pull it out and return the favor to the one who threw it at him, except through the head. He proceeded to slam the 'Con onto a car and punt him into a building, exploding soon after. "Class dismissed!"

Literature
  • Done by sheer accident in The Truth, when Mr. Pin knocks William back against his desk and William's arm is pierced by the newsman's spike. Aware only that his arm suddenly hurts a lot, William moves to shove the paid killer away from him, and the protruding tip of the spike cuts his attacker's throat.

Live-Action TV
  • In season 8 of 24, Jack kills one of Vladimir Laitanin's men using a knife that he'd just been stabbed in the stomach with.

Video Games
  • The Player Character Soap does it near the end of Modern Warfare 2 to kill General Shepherd with the same knife he stabbed him in the chest with. In MW3, he almost dies from it, flatlining during the prologue, and there's a level where you have to get him to safety before he bleeds out.
  • Early on in Saints Row: The Third, Gat gets stabbed by Loren during a tussle, but being a Made of Iron Bad Ass, he just pulls the knife out and throws it at a guard with a machine gun so the others can escape.
  • The sword Gannondorf uses in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is the one that was used for his execution. Thanks to the Triforce of Power, he survived, pulled it out, and slew one of the Sages holding him before the rest were able to seal him away.

Web Comics
  • In Schlock Mercenary, The Captain does this when he gets a knife thrown into his eye.
    Tagon: Thank you. Now I have a knife.
    • Note that he paid for it in surgery later.

Web Original
  • At the end of Ryan Vs. Dorkman 2, Dorkman is being cruelly stabbed by Ryan, but he manages to push Ryan back, pull out the lightsaber from his chest, and kill Ryan will a well-placed saber throw.

Needs a Better Name and a better Laconic. Will go under Fight Scene, I think.
Community Feedback Replies: 49
  • December 3, 2011
    dalek955
    • In Schlock Mercenary, The Captain does this when he gets a knife thrown into his eye.
      Tagon: Thank you. Now I have a knife.
      • Note that he paid for it in surgery later.
  • December 3, 2011
    EzzyAlpha
    I'm pretty sure you meant Kate Kane and not Kate Kate ;)
  • December 3, 2011
    MiinU

    Anime

    • Final Fantasy VII: Last Order - after being run through by Sephiroth's sword and left dangling over a pit, a much younger Cloud somehow summons the strength to pull himself further onto the blade to regain his footing. Then uses it as a lever to fling Sephiroth across the room and into the wall! It should be noted that this is the Turk's recount of the event, since they didn't witness the actual battle; which has Cloud throw Sephiroth into the Mako pit itself rather than throwing him against the wall.
  • December 3, 2011
    Koveras
    ^^^ Adding.

    ^^ I did, thanks. Typed it in a hurry. ^^;

    ^ Adding.
  • December 3, 2011
    MiinU
    A slight correction needs to be made to the Last Order example: I wrote munch instead of much.
  • December 3, 2011
    foxley
    In the graphic novel Jonah Hex: No Way Back, Jonah stabs el Papagayo with the same knife Papagayo just stabbed him with: while its still stuck through his arm!
  • December 3, 2011
    battosaijoe
    • In Knight And Day, June accidentally impales an assassin with a knife, followed by the assassin pulling it out of himself to attack June with.
  • December 3, 2011
    CharacterInWhite
    In Pirates Of The Caribbean Barbosa does this with the knife Elizabeth used on him. Also doubles as The Reveal of the Black Pearl's curse.
  • December 3, 2011
    Koveras
    @MiinU: Fixed.
  • December 3, 2011
    Taelor
    Homestuck's Jack Noir keeps his katana impaled through his abdomen when he's not using it.
  • December 3, 2011
    foxmccloud4387
    Added a Fan Works section.
  • December 3, 2011
    foxmccloud4387
    Looks good so far. We can always rename it later. You can has my hat.
  • December 4, 2011
    Koveras
    ^^^ Added.

    ^ Thank you for the example. However, can you please ask for permission before editing others' YKTTWs? While the articles on the wiki itself have no "editors-in-chief", YKTTW entries do, that's why there is a sponsor/last editor name on top of every one.
  • December 4, 2011
    AP
    Comics:

    • The Savage Dragon once did this in a Cross Over with Hell Boy. An undead pirate stabbed him in the back and he ended up with the blade stuck in him for almost an entire issue before he yanked it out in order to use it as a weapon against the animated brain of Adolph Hitler. Needless to say, it was one of the more memorable stories in the series.
  • December 4, 2011
    TheJackal
    Live Action TV
    • In season 8 of 24, Jack kills one of Vladimir Laitanin's men using a knife that he'd just been stabbed in the stomach with.
  • December 4, 2011
    Bisected8
    I'm not sure if it counts but;

    • In Bleach Kenpatchi, in his fight against Tousen (who's Bankai blocks out all light and sound), realises that he's no longer affected when Tousen's blade is cutting him, so he allows himself to be impaled so that he can grab it (correctly guessing that someone holding the weapon is immune). While he doesn't attack Tousen with the blade, he does make use of it.
  • December 4, 2011
    Koveras
    ^ Borderline example but hey, I included Cloud...

    @People giving me their hats: You do realize that the YKTTW cannot be launched with this title, do you? ^^;
  • December 4, 2011
    Haven
    Just a quick note, but I'm pretty sure the Homestuck example doesn't quite count, since Noir was never really stabbed with the sword. It just sort of grew out of his stomach.
  • December 4, 2011
    Koveras
    ^ Ah, OK. I'll remove that example, then.
  • December 4, 2011
    TheWanderer
    Small note in addition to why this isn't a good idea in real life: besides the blood loss, there's also the fact that moving around a knife or other object in your body will add to the chances of tissue and organ damage. Say, for example, if the knife narrowly missed an organ, the vibrations and tendency for it to move back and forth when an untrained person tries to remove it may make it slice right into that organ. Or, obvious, cut into it worse if it had already clipped an organ.

    Just thought that might be a useful note to throw in.
  • December 4, 2011
    KTera
    Also that MW 2 example should probably note that in MW 3, Soap almost dies from the stab wound. He flatlines during the prologue and there's a level where you have to get him to safety before he bleeds out.
  • December 4, 2011
    somerandomdude
    In Pirates Of The Caribbean, Barbossa does this again at the end of the movie. This is The Reveal for the fact that Jack is now cursed.
  • December 4, 2011
    KevinKlawitter
    In Strange Days this is used at the climax of the movie when Big Bad Max is hanging on to hero Lenny's tie to stop from falling off of a balcony. Lenny (who had previously been stabbed by Max) then pulls the knife out of his own back and cuts his necktie off, sending Max plummeting to his death.
  • December 5, 2011
    Koveras
    Added.

    Any suggestions for a better title?
  • December 5, 2011
    Nibbles2
    If I'm understanding the trope description right, then this seems like it is a more specific version of a Deliberate Injury Gambit. It may even be a subtrope. I'll let you decide, but it might be worth it to mention something about it in the description.
  • December 5, 2011
    BlackDragon
    It's not really THAT related to Deliberate Injury Gambit. Sure, in some few cases (like Kenpachi), the person deliberately let themselves get stabbed, but in most cases, they're merely capitalizing on an attack.

    Anyway, recent example: Early on in Saints Row: The Third, Gat gets stabbed by Loren during a tussle, but being a Made Of Iron Bad Ass, he just pulls the knife out and throws it at a guard with a machinegun so the others can escape.
  • December 5, 2011
    Koveras
    BlackDragon is right: while this may be played as a Deliberate Injury Gambit, in most cases, it's about the unwilling victim turning the tables around at the attacker with the latter's own weapon.
  • December 6, 2011
    SharleeD
    • Done by sheer accident in The Truth, when Mr. Pin knocks William back against his desk and William's arm is pierced by the newsman's spike. Aware only that his arm suddenly hurts a lot, William moves to shove the paid killer away from him, and the protruding tip of the spike cuts his attacker's throat.
  • December 6, 2011
    CelticKnot
  • December 6, 2011
    Bisected8
    • In House Of Flying Daggers, near the end, Leo attempts to rape Mei and is punished by having a dagger embedded in his shoulder by the leader of La Resistance (who informs him that if he ever removes it he'll bleed to death). After murdering Mei he pulls it out as a last resort in his Duel To The Death with Jin leading to an Everyone Dies ending.
  • December 6, 2011
    Koveras
    ^^ Thank you for the suggestions but they all fail to capture the essence of the trope, which is more or less "a character fights with a weapon lodged in their own body". I was thinking along the lines of Human Scabbard, but that doesn't cover the injury aspect (and would be more like the Homestuck example above). Is there a name for a device designed to disarm the opponent and give his weapon to you?
  • December 6, 2011
    SKJAM
    Another comic book example. The Suicide Squad has wound up on Apokolips, and Count Vertigo is stabbed by Kanto (a minion of Darkseid who has kind of a Italian Renaissance Assassin thing going.) Some time later, Vertigo turns out to have been playing possum and stabs Kanto in the back with his own dagger. Darkseid approves of this. Note that Count Vertigo was a Death Seeker at that point in his history and wouldn't care about the potential lethal side effects of pulling out the knife.
  • December 6, 2011
    Generality
    The sword Gannondorf uses in The Legend Of Zelda Twilight Princess is the one that was used for his execution. Thanks to the Triforce of Power, he survived, pulled it out, and slew one of the Sages holding him before the rest were able to seal him away.
  • December 6, 2011
    JohnDiFool
    Lurtz does this with Aragorn's dagger (throws it back at him) in the 1st Lord Of The Rings film.
  • December 7, 2011
    Chabal2
    Shootfighter Tekken: actually played realistically with a fist-against-knife fight. Knife guy somehow ends up with the knife deep in his side, and proceeds to demonstrate his badassery by expulsing it using just his abdominal muscles. The other characters, including the Heir To The Dojo he's fighting, just stare at him (the viewer is led to think it's in fear or admiration, but...) like he's an idiot, because suddenly he starts spraying blood and faints very soon after.
  • December 7, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    This trope is also the reason while knife-throwing is discouraged in real fights - even if your opponent hurts himself seriously by pulling out the knife, he may be too angry to notice until he returns the favour.
  • December 7, 2011
    ParkourPaisho
    The name's too long. How about: "Use the Fork" Of course, the weapon in question is not necessarily a fork, but can be any stabbing implement.
  • December 7, 2011
    Koveras
    ^ "The name's too long." No shit. Doesn't it say "Needs A Better Name" in bold in the write-up, too?

    Seriously, though, I don't think "Use the Fork" gets the message across, either.
  • December 7, 2011
    KJMackley
    Ironhide in Transformers Dark Of The Moon gets a barbed weapon (possibly a timed explosive) thrown into his shoulder during a Mexican Standoff against two Decepticons. He proceeded to pull it out and return the favor to the one who threw it at him, except through the head. He proceeded to slam the 'Con onto a car and punt him into a building, exploding soon after. "Class dismissed!"

    As for the name, I can't think of any already existing shorthand term for this, but maybe Reusing The Impaled Weapon. It's not perfect, but it's less clunky than the current title.
  • December 8, 2011
    Koveras
  • December 8, 2011
    Koveras
    Well, I have finally came up with something less cumbersome for a title (Wounding Weapon Retrieval), though I am still not happy about it. I feel like there is a medical term for when a weapon stays inside the wound, but my google fu is weak. :(
  • December 8, 2011
    vynsane
    Weapon Recycling?
  • December 9, 2011
    Koveras
    ^ "Recycling" is good, but the name doesn't capture the "sticking in the wound" part.
  • December 12, 2011
    Koveras
    OK, I have finally found the word I have been looking for all along: "Lodged". Please vote for the new title suggestion and I'll launch it.
  • December 12, 2011
    ChunkyDaddy
    Doesn't "recycling" imply that it's lodged? "Lodged" seems redundant to me
  • December 12, 2011
    Koveras
    ^ It does imply it but "Blade Recycling" and "Weapon Recycling" can refer to any number of other meanings which this trope isn't (e.g.: using the weapons the enemy left behind; using the weapons of soldiers fallen in a battlefield; etc.). "Lodged Blade" part makes it clear that we are talking about a wound here.
  • December 12, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Blade (or Weapon) Recycling could also mean "and they shall beat their swords into plowshares."
  • December 12, 2011
    Koveras
    ^ Heh, I forgot about that one. :D

    OK, I have five hats on this one. Gonna launch it later today.
  • December 13, 2011
    wanderlustwarrior
    Implemental Retaliation or Impalement Retaliation for a title suggestion. compare the related Infernal Retaliation.

    Also, for bleach, the name is Kenpachi, and being stabbed by the blade (that nullifies all sensory input within its range of effect, including spiritual pressure awareness) does not stop the effect. A smart fighter would know where the attacker is, though, since he couldn't stab from a range[[hottip:*:though Tosen could have with the projectiles he was too stupid to use]]. Kenpachi lucked into grabbing the hilt, which does suspend the effect. It's is a Deliberate Injury Gambit anyway.
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