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->''"The Earth is suffocating. Swear to cut me open, so that I will not be buried alive."''
-->-- '''Music/FryderykChopin'''

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The villain has the hero incapacitated. Does the bad guy [[JustShootHim shoot the good guy in the head]]? [[SlashedThroat Cut his throat?]] [[OffWithHisHead Decapitate him?]] Stick him in an elaborate, above ground DeathTrap? Nope. He's got something far worse planned: he's going to bury the hero. Alive.

Sometimes, he'll tie the hero up before dumping him/her in the coffin. If the villain's a sporting sort of fellow, he'll provide a flashlight or an air canister. If he's even more sadistic than usual, he may [[DigYourOwnGrave force them to dig the hole themselves]]. Regardless, the villain is going to kill the hero in one of the most appalling ways imaginable.

There's a wide range of reasons a bad guy does this. He might be [[FreudianExcuse righteously angry at the hero]] and is intent on making him suffer for past mis-deeds. [[DisproportionateRetribution ("37 years ago you stole my Froot Loops at recess. Now, it's payback time!")]] It could be a matter of security; there's no murder weapon and you don't have to worry about disposing of the body, since, hey, you just did. Often, however, it's just a matter of the villain [[KickTheDog being a sadistic prick.]]

Of course, as with most forms of killing the hero that [[ComplexityAddiction favor cruelty over efficiency]], the hero manages to dig their way out, or a sidekick will pop out of the bushes and dig him up the moment the villain leaves.

Heroes generally don't do this, even to bad guys. It's a pretty awful thing to do to another human being, no matter how evil they are. The exception to that comes when the hero blows up an ancient building or tomb while the villain remains inside. If the bad guy survives the blast and falling debris, he is technically buried alive. Usually this is a SealedEvilInACan situation. Another exception is when the villain has already done the same kind of thing to the hero or one of his friends, in that case it can be a form of KarmicDeath.

Very popular because it really does touch on something that just [[PrimalFear creeps the living hell out of human beings]]. Claustrophobia is widespread, and the specific fear of being buried alive is just slightly less so.

Occasionally, cases like these will actually pop up in [[TruthInTelevision real life]], though obviously not with the same frequency as they do in fiction. In the days before modern medicine, it would happen accidentally when the doctors made a mistake about whether someone was really dead.

Compare SandNecktie, where a character is buried vertically up to their neck, with the intention of death from the incoming tide, dehydration or nasty animal-related death.

Overlaps with SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere, and sometimes with QuicksandSucks. A beautiful example of NightmareFuel. If this is done to a character because he ''can't'' be killed, it's AndIMustScream. This isn't restricted to horror, as you can see in the examples.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': TheDragon and TwoFaced {{Cyborg}} Baron Ashura were two persons buried alive for trying to break their StarCrossedLovers destinies. One half of each body was destroyed, so he stitched them together to create Ashura. In ''Manga/ShinMazingerZero'', we learn ''who'' these lovers were. [[spoiler: Tristan and Isolde. Yes, THOSE Tristan and Isolde.]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** A {{filler}} episode has a villain who isn't satisfied just doing this -- he holds a funeral where all the attendants have to just stand there while the guy in the casket is screaming his lungs out and pleading for his life. Raiga would recall the "good memories" they shared and "forgive" them for betraying his trust... before proceeding with the burial.
** Gaara tried to do this to Kimimaro. It didn't take.
** Later on, in the second season, Shikamaru uses explosives to dismember Hidan and then buries him in the middle of a forest. Because Hidan's special power is immortality, his head is cursing Shikamaru as it's buried. [[FlipFlopOfGod Kishimoto swings back and forth]] over whether he's truly immortal or if he'll eventually die, but either way, he's out of the picture.
* In ''Manga/MiraiNikki'' (''Diary of the Future''), this trope is combined with DrowningPit when Yuki's friends, in their effort to [[spoiler:rescue Yuki from Yuno's lair, where she has him chained up]], find themselves in a DeathTrap room that's slowly filling with liquid concrete.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'':
** Happens to [[ActionGirl Sango]] in her first appearance on, though not on purpose. She claws her way out by herself like the {{Badass}} that she is, though it certainly helped that it was a rather shallow grave because she was buried en masse with a bunch of slaughtered villagers.
** Being through it as a HumanSacrifice is what drove [[spoiler:Saint Hakushin]] to fall in despair and then to join [[BigBad Naraku]].
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** Happōsai one time chained Ranma up, sealed him in concrete, and then buried him in the backyard. But it takes more than that to stop Ranma.
** Ryōga tried to do this to an [[LovePotion ensorcelled]] [[GenderBender Ranma-chan]] after drugging her with sleeping powder. She woke up just as he was digging the grave, though.
* In ''Anime/HellGirl'', this is how [[spoiler:Ai Enma and her parents died.]] More exactly, [[spoiler: Ai once was chosen to to be a HumanSacrifice but managed to escape, and when the villagers found out they captured her ''and'' her parents and then buried the three alive.]]
* One later chapter/episode of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' has Sakura trapped in the bottom of a magically-sealed pit (so no-one else can get to her). Then, plush sheep start to fill in the pit form above, threatening to bury her alive. Thinking quickly, Sakura escapes the trap with relative ease [[spoiler:by adapting the Erase card to remove the sheep]]. [[spoiler:It was all just another test to hone her magic skills and help her adapt more Clow Cards into Sakura Cards.]]
* In the manga ''Manga/{{Goth}}'', one of the chapters has [[spoiler: a murderer who buries his victims alive in his backyard with a bamboo pole connecting the coffin to the air above. Afer keeping them alive for a little while, he sticks a hose into the pole and floods the coffin, drowning the person below. As seen by the number of poles sticking out of the ground in his backyard, you can be sure he's been doing this for a while.]]

[[folder:Audio Play]]
* The GrandFinale of AudioPlay/WereAlive features Burt doing this to Scratch. He even made sure to reinforce the concrete around the coffin so it wouldn't crush her and installed a small ventilation fan to supply oxygen. Burt wanted Scratch to starve the way she starved him during his months of captivity.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Creator/ECComics stories:
** "Jury Duty!" (''Crime [=SuspenStories=]'' #6) is a tale of a man who was hanged and declared dead. The twist was that his neck was broken but his spinal cord was not severed -- so he was still very much alive. He went on to be a complete bastard to the town that had punished him, because it was impossible to prosecute a legally dead man for any crime. However, some of his enemies decided to use that loophole to their advantage as well, because there is nothing in the world wrong with burying a dead man, either....
** "Chatter-Boxed!" (''The Haunt of Fear'' #15), a story set in December 1941, features an elderly man who suffers from catalepsy, making him appear dead when he isn't. He leaves instructions to be buried with a telephone, allowing him to call for help lest he regain consciousness. Sure enough, he is buried after having an episode behind the wheel and does exactly that, only to find every phone line tied. After futilely trying to get a call through and finally running out of oxygen, the operator angrily snaps at the man's blue-faced corpse for being ignorant of what's just taken place: the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
** "The Thing From The Grave" (''Tales From the Crypt'' #22) has this occur when a LoveTriangle forms between a woman and two men, ostensibly all friends. One of the men becomes jealous when the woman starts to favor his rival more than him and elects to MurderTheHypotenuse, then bury him in a shallow grave (the murdered man is, however, very certainly dead and thus does not count for this trope). When the woman still refuses to marry the remaining man, the murderer goes into a jealous rage and decides that [[IfICantHaveYou he'll just leave her to burn to death in a cabin if she won't be with him]]. Her screaming actually ''[[RiseFromYourGrave wake the dead man]]'', who comes to the woman's rescue after she faints, then proceeds to pursue his murderer until they both fall into the open grave from which the dead man rose. The zombie proceeds to bury himself and his killer alive (or technically, undead and alive respectively).
* Clearly [[MoralEventHorizon the most evil]] thing Comicbook/SpiderMan's enemy Kraven the Hunter did was to inflict this on the hero during the "ComicBook/KravensLastHunt" storyline (also known as "Fearful Symmetry") the reason it's regarded as the definitive Kraven story. Having been driven completely AxeCrazy, Kraven confronts the hero, defeating him (using a gun, the weapon he has, up to this point, always hated, shooting the hero while helpless due to a tranquilizer dart) and believing him dead, buries him alive and then impersonates him. Spidey eventually digs his way out, but it takes ''a week'', due to Spidey having to recover from the paralysis that leaves him [[AndIMustScream still conscious and unable to move.]] Indeed, this experience clearly gave him nightmares for years to come, as ''every'' time Kraven was mentioned from that point on focuses on that story.
* Roderick "Digger" Krupp was a gravedigger gone bad who, as the HorrorHost of ''Tower of Shadows'' often told his macabre stories to victims while he was burying them alive. He softened a little after becoming a member of the Night Shift, switching to a version of the SandNecktie to ensure they survived (given that the comics he now appeared in were under Code rules) at least in all witnessed cases.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'':
** This happens in ''Batman R.I.P.'' Interestingly, they plan not to kill Batman, but merely wait for him to be permanently brain-damaged, believing killing Batman's mind is more important than killing his body. [[spoiler:Batman escapes. And he is ''PISSED''.]]
** Happens again in a ''Batman'' story arc, done by ComicBook/TheJoker to [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Dr. Hurt]]. The guy slips on a banana peel the Joker planted, breaks his neck and is paralyzed. He is injected with Joker Venom and buried alive while still under its effects. Oh, and [[WhoWantsToLiveForever Dr. Hurt is immortal]], [[AFateWorseThanDeath so he's stuck, paralyzed]] [[GoMadFromTheIsolation and laughing at himself forever]] [[AndIMustScream inside of a coffin six feet in the ground]]. [[spoiler:Though it's not like the Joker didn't WARN the guy first (see ''Batman: R.I.P.'')]], and to be fair Hurt ''did'' [[SealedEvilInACan kind of]] [[NiceJobFixingItVillain deserve it]].
** Also happens in ''[[YetAnotherChristmasCarol Batman: Noel]]'', when, after Batman gets knocked out unconscious by a blast from an explosive rigged in the Batmobile, the Joker (representing the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come) drags him to the graveyard and buries him alive. [[spoiler:It takes a vision of a BadFuture [[ScareEmStraight to make the Dark Knight realize]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone what a jerk he has been]] in losing the holiday spirit, and he digs himself out to save the day.]]
** Happened to ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} in the later run of his book. Instead of the usual version of going up, Nightwing went to the side, as the grave was near the edge of a cliff.
** In ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'', a group of thugs tried this on Poison Ivy. It didn't work, because she's a plant lady, and one can't kill a plant just by burying it![[note]]Although, when the plant is completely buried, it's deprived of sunlight, so it'll just wither away and die. If it's just the ''root'', though, it's fine.[[/note]] Being Ivy, it's perfectly possible she used nearby plants to help break her out, which makes this example also ShootingSuperman -- except not quite.
* In an issue of ''ComicBook/{{Dazzler}}'', Alison is hired to appear in a music video that was a thinly-veiled copy of ''Music/{{Thriller}}''. The preparation for one scene calls for the zombie dancers (including Alison) to be buried alive, so they can [[RiseFromYourGrave crawl out of their graves]] during the video. However, the director, [[FilmFelons having arranged a series of accidents to draw publicity to a "jinxed" production]], removed the air hose from Alison's plot, hoping to suffocate her. She was [[{{Understatement}} not amused]], and got a confession from him [[WhatAnIdiot in front of the news crew he'd invited for the "accident"]].
* In the first arc, "Public Enemies", of ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman'', Metallo shoots Franchise/{{Superman}} with a [[KryptoniteFactor kryptonite bullet]], and buries Superman and Franchise/{{Batman}} alive. [[spoiler:They escape, and [[BattleButler Alfred]] removes the bullet.]]
* Done in a ''ComicBook/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' comic.
-->"Buried alive?! I'm alarmed!"\\
"We're going to ''shoot you'' first."\\
"Oh, thank god."
* In ''ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel'', [[SuperSoldier Serpentor]], looking to usurp [[BigBad Cobra Commander]], let him and Destro lead the invasion of the Joes' headquarters, [[ElaborateUndergroundBase the Pit]], hoping they'd get themselves killed. Hawk sets the base to self-destruct, collapsing it upon itself, barely getting out in time, while the Commander and Destro were LeftForDead. The two managed to be in an area that didn't fully collapse, though, and managed to make it to a DrillTank that the Joes kept on hand for use as an EscapePod.
* A ''ComicBook/TheFabulousFurryFreakBrothers'' story centers around Fat Freddy dying. Turns out he was really under some very powerful drugs, and he bursts out of his grave, not at all happy.
* Michael Myers kills [[spoiler:Lisa the protagonist]] this way in the comic ''Comicbook/HalloweenNightdance'', putting her in a coffin and burying her in a graveyard.
* ComicBook/{{Magneto}} does this to ComicBook/RedSkull in the aftermath of ''[[VillainTeamUp Acts of Vengeance]]'', during which Loki had manipulated the two into working together. Given that Magneto is a Holocaust survivor and Red Skull was Hitler's right-hand man, this had been a rather ill-conceived partnership. Red Skull survives because his [[TheDragon Dragon]], Crossbones, rescues him from the tomb Magneto had created.
* [[AllYourPowersCombined Amazo]] does this to the Detroit-era ''Franchise/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}}'' at one point, leaving them BoundAndGagged in covered pit. Luckily, Comicbook/{{Vixen}} manages to break her bonds before she and her teammates suffocate.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Cavewoman}}: Rain'', Meriem is buried by the citizens of Marshville after she is knocked into a death-like coma in a fight with KillerGorilla Klyde. Of course, it turns out that she was OnlyMostlyDead.
* The French comic "Les Maitres de l'Orge" has a disturbing variant: Adrien Steenfort entombs his son's murderer Garcin on the spot of the murder, chaining him to a wall before bricking it up. Every evening, he returns to the wall and removes a brick, giving Garcin just enough food and water to live. This goes on for ''twelve years'', with Steenfort using Garcin as his confident, before Steenfort has a heart attack due to financial problems and ends up unconscious for several days. By the time he's out of the hospital, Garcin is dead, and Steenfort burns his body before shooting himself, expressly likening talking with him as a drug.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' fanfiction [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2221453/1/Buried "Buried"]], a two-bit hood kidnaps Kim and buries her alive in order to get a job working for Drakken. [[EvenEvilHasStandards Drakken is so disgusted by this action that he has Kim's abductor killed.]] This story starts dark and stays there as it deals with Kim dealing with the trauma of being buried alive in increasingly self-destructive ways. The sequel story [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2226958/1/The-Chrysanthemum-and-the-Sword "The Chrysanthemum and the Sword"]] deals with her recovery.
* In ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'', the immortal villain Shocker is buried alive by the Interceptor. This leaves him in a state of permanent death and resurrection.
* Naruto does this to the demon Doraku in ''Fanfic/AGrowingAffection''. Since humans cannot kill demons, Naruto instead pins him to a cave wall and collapses the tunnel on Doraku instead.
* Jack Scanlon endures this during TheGreenHornet fanfic ''The Hornet's Girl'' when she's hold hostage by a group of gangsters who want to eliminate the Green Hornet.
* The Hogan's Heroes fanfic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8661425/1/Darkness ''Darkness'']] has Peter Newkirk not only encounter ghost lights and [[Series/DoctorWho Weeping Angels]] but save a woman who was buried alive [[spoiler: by her husband after he got tired of her domineering ways.]] Even Hochstetter, the die-hard Nazi Gestapo major, is horrified at the thought of what would have happened if Newkirk hadn't been there.
* Variant in ''Fanfic/{{Quicken}}'': [[AntiHero Emma]] was already dead when she was buried, but her power brought her back to life when she was lying in her coffin, and she had to dig her way out of her own grave.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* This almost happened in ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''; the Queen figured that once Snow White was apparently dead, her protectors, the dwarves would accidentally ensure her real death by burying her alive. Fortunately, they didn't have the heart to do so.
* The title character of Tim Burton's ''Vincent'', in the throes of one of his Vincent Price/Roger Corman/Poe fantasies, believes he's buried his wife alive, and digs up his mother's flower bed trying to "retrieve" her.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Pretty much the whole point of the movie ''Film/TheVanishing'', and its Dutch original film and book, which are ''Spoorloos'' and ''Het Gouden Ei'', respectively.
* Possibly one of the most disturbing invocations of this trope in ''Film/MeganIsMissing''. [[spoiler:At the end of the film, Amy, who has been kidnapped and put through hell by a truly sick internet predator, is promised by her captor to be released and reunited with her family, only to be stuffed into a barrel with the decomposing corpse of her best friend Megan, taken out into the woods, thrown into a hole and buried alive, all while she screams and pleads for her life. [[WouldHurtAChild She's 14.]]]]
* Budd does this to the Bride in ''Film/KillBill: Volume 2''. She escapes, though not without difficulty. What makes it really creepy, however, is that ''the entire Buried Alive scene'' is shown from the The Bride's POV. Which means that several minutes of the movie consists of heavy breathing, the sound of sand falling onto the coffin, and total darkness. Interestingly, Budd gives her a flashlight when he does so, as both a sign of respect and knowing it could help her escape.
* Creator/RogerCorman's film adaptations of Poe's stories often played with this trope. ''His'' version of ''The Fall of the House of Usher'' had Roderick bury his sister alive, to keep her from marrying and perpetuating their cursed, criminal family line. Corman's version of ''The Pit and the Pendulum'' featured a character driven mad by the idea that he may have buried his wife alive accidentally. And his take on ''The Premature Burial'' ends with the main character seeing his worst fears realized.
** ''Film/ThePitAndThePendulum'' takes this into KarmicDeath territory when the wife who fooled her husband into thinking he'd entombed her prematurely ends up entombed prematurely for real, with all surviving cast believing she'd been dead all along.
* In the film ''Film/TheSerpentAndTheRainbow'', an anthropologist goes to Haiti to explore the phenomenon of real-life "zombies": people who have been drugged into catatonic states, buried, and then resurrected to work as slaves. He gets an uncomfortably up-close and personal lesson on what the experience is like.
* In ''Film/RomeoIsBleeding'', this is the fate of the mob boss. He's also forced to dig his own grave.
%%* The movie ''Guarding Tess''.
* In ''Film/ThePrestige'' Robert Angier does this to Alfred Borden's assistant both for revenge and to keep him busy digging, instead of going after him.
* There were two ''Buried Alive'' movies, each one beginning with one spouse near-death by poisoning. A subsequent rushed funeral apparently skips autopsy and embalming (the killers veto the autopsies to make sure no one discovers how they died). Later, the intended victim wakes up, digs their way out, and plots elaborate revenge.
** At the end of the first film, the male protagonist buries his cheating wife alive in his grave, alongside the body of her boyfriend and the money they were trying to steal. He avoided getting embalmed because his wife wanted him in the ground as soon as possible.
** In the second film, the female protagonist is saved from her grave by the first film's protagonist (who later dies for real due to health problems caused by the poisoning). Miraculously, she avoided getting embalmed because of a machine malfunction despite her husband's orders. She gets ''her'' revenge on her conniving husband and his girlfriend by entombing them in a boat and sinking it. [[spoiler: The film ends with the two, still trapped in the boat and ''still alive'', uselessly screaming for help]].
* In the movie ''Film/DirtyHarry'', Scorpio demands ransom from the city of San Francisco after he kidnaps a teenage girl. He claims his prisoner only has enough air to last until 3:00 a.m. the following morning. When he gets the ransom, he says "I changed my mind. I'm going to let her die." [[spoiler:When Harry Callahan catches up to Scorpio on a football field, he uses the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique to make him give up the girl's location, but when the police dig her up, it turns out the poor girl's already dead.]]
* The movie ''Ghost Story'' begins with characters telling a scary story about a man buried alive and scratching at the inside of his coffin, yelling out "Still aliiiive...".
* In ''Film/TheBurrowers'', the title monsters paralyze their victims and bury them up to their noses in dirt.
* ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'': "I've done far worse than kill you. I've hurt you. And I wish to go on hurting you. I shall leave you, as you left me... as you left her. Marooned for all eternity in the center of a dead planet -- buried alive!" [[spoiler: Little does Khan know that Kirk is [[BatmanGambit playing him]] and that leaving him there is the best way to guarantee that Kirk survives.]]
* The Creator/ValLewton Film ''Isle of the Dead''. There's a character who's greatest fear is being buried alive. At the end of the film, while she's in a cataleptic trance and is mistaken for dead, someone seals her in a coffin and sets it in an empty room. The camera pans away.
* At the end of ''The Candy Snatchers'', a woman is buried alive... [[spoiler:and a child with Down's Syndrome accidentally shoots her captors before they can either dig her up or inform anyone of where she is. Then the child walks away, quickly forgetting what just happened, condemning her to death.]] A rare ''effective'' DiabolusExMachina.
* In the movie ''Oxygen'' a kidnapper (played by Adrien Brody) buries a rich woman alive and demands ransom from her husband within 24 hours.
* In ''Film/BloodSimple'', Ray does this to Marty, more out of panic -- he's discovered that Marty's still alive after assuming Abby shot him to death -- than sadism.
* In ''Film/{{Casino}}'', Frank Marino and company do this to Dominic and Nicky after beating them senseless with [[BatterUp baseball bats]].
* The '70s MadeForTVMovie ''The Screaming Woman'' concerned a wealthy woman who hears screams emanating from beneath the grounds of her estate and realizes someone has been buried alive there, but cannot get anyone to believe her.
* Ashley Judd's duplicitous husband does this to her in ''Film/DoubleJeopardy''. As she tries to follow her "son" through a cemetery, her husband comes up behind her, knocks her out, and drags her into a mausoleum. When she comes to, she is horrified to realize that she's been placed in a coffin.
* The entire point of the film ''Film/{{Buried}}'', in which Ryan Reynolds plays a civilian contractor in Iraq who has been kidnapped by insurgents and, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin buried]]. The film follows his various attempts to secure a rescue via a cell phone with a dwindling battery.
* ''Film/HellraiserHellworld'' [[spoiler: A vengeful father has dosed the party-goers with a powerful hypnotic, and buried them in a row of coffins. He leaves them ventilation tubes so he can influence and listen in on their nightmarish hallucinations.]]
* One of the victims in ''Film/UncleSam'' is knocked unconscious with spray paint, has his leg broken, and is knocked into an empty grave, which is then filled in.
* Imhotep was wrapped up and buried alive in ''Film/{{The Mummy|1932}}'' (1932) for attempting to raise the dead Anck-Su-Namun. [[Film/TheMummy1999 The remake]] ups the ante by burying him alive with flesh-eating scarabs.
* This accidentally happens to the doctor's wife in ''Film/{{Tremors}}'' when one of the [[SandWorm Graboids]] drags the car she is hiding in underground.
* This is averted in ''What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?''. [[spoiler: Captain Cash is mistaken for a German Colonel who is believed to be dead, and while he is unconscious, he is put in a coffin for burial. But when the Germans bury the coffin, it falls through into the catacombs beneath the city, the coffin breaks, and Captain Cash wakes up and climbs out unharmed.]]
* Rawley, the main villain of ''Film/LoneWolfMcQuade'', orders his mooks to bury the badly beaten main character alive, using his own truck as his coffin. But [=McQuade=] manages to escape his earthly prison by showering himself with bear and engaging the NitroBoost in his car.
* [[PlayedForLaughs Played entirely for]] [[BlackComedy laughs]] in the South Korean romantic comedy ''Film/MySassyGirl''. When Gyeon-Woo mentions that Koreans like melodramas and brings up the classic short story "Sonagi" ("Rain Shower"), the girl comments that "the ending sucked" and suggests her own. In the original story, the female lover requests to be buried in the dress reminiscent of her love. In the girl's version, she requests to be buried "with her loving friend," and we are then treated to a scene in which [[TheChewToy the male lover]] is carried, kicking and screaming, to the grave before he's thrown on top of the coffin. [[ComedicSociopathy His attempts to crawl out are met with a shovel to the face.]] Can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gypjuk3TRWY here]].
* The Big Bad in the movie ''Film/{{Gunmen}}'' (played by Patrick Stewart) is shown having a woman buried alive at the beginning of the film, and he meets the same fate halfway through.
* In 1990, Creator/{{Universal}} produced the made-for-TV movie ''Buried Alive'', in which Clint Goodman (Tim Matheson of ''Film/AnimalHouse'' fame) is imperfectly murdered by his wife (Creator/JenniferJasonLeigh) and her doctor lover (''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}''' Creator/WilliamAtherton) and... He claws his way out of his coffin, only to turn the tables on her, by [[spoiler:burying her alive with her dead lover in his own grave]]. The film was successful enough to inspire a [[GenderFlip gender-flipped]] remake, ''Buried Alive II'' (1997) with Ally Sheedy as the unfortunate not-quite-a-corpse and Matheson both directing and reprising his role as Clint Goodman.
* In ''Film/HighlanderIIITheSorcerer'', the villain Kane and his two immortal companions are buried inside Nakano's cave when it collapses after his death, with only Connor escaping. Since they're immortal they don't die however, and are incredibly pissed off when they are released centuries later.
* In ''Film/CabinByTheLake'', the serial killer in the movie who drowned numerous women [[KarmaHoudini escapes the authorities unpunished for his crimes]] and implies that he wants to start another murder spree where he buries women alive. In the sequel ''Return to Cabin by the Lake'', he buries [[spoiler:the director Mike Helton]] in a coffin six feet under while he relaxes in a chair seated on the ground on top of his victim while lighting some fireworks.
* In ''Film/KissOfTheTarantula'', after Walter ends up paralyzed after a fall down the stairs, Susan (who pushed him down said stairs in self-defense) drags him into the basement and stuffs him into a sealed casket (she lives in a funeral home), which also turns out to be soundproof.
* In ''{{Film/Crackers}}'', Joey does this to himself after accidentally [[spoiler:getting Bomber killed]]. He gets out shortly after.
* In ''Film/TheLastWitchHunter'', this is what almost happens to [[spoiler:36th Dolan]]. Thankfully, Kaulder manages to realize that the man is cursed, not dead, before the funeral.

* In Book 15 of the ''Literature/LoneWolf'' series, ''The Darke Crusade'', High Warlord Magnaarn traps Lone Wolf inside an underground temple, which he then brings down on the hero. Lone Wolf isn't killed by the collapse but is buried alive and has to tunnel a way out during ''sixteen days'' with only the food and water he was carrying. He still survives thanks to his Magnakai powers and determination, but is severely weakened by the ordeal.

* Creator/EdgarAllanPoe was fond of this:
** "[[http://www.poestories.com/text.php?file=premature The Premature Burial]]", for one, published back in 1850. [[spoiler:In fact, it was so common in the bad horror literature of the time that this story is actually a ''parody''. It ends with the reveal that the narrator freaks out over waking up in a confined shipboard bunk, then stops reading horror stories "such as this" and gets a life. His catalepsy turns out to be [[YourMindMakesItReal all in his head]].]]
** "Literature/TheFallOfTheHouseOfUsher", which had the insane Roderick Usher accidentally entombing his sister alive in the family vaults.
** "Literature/TheCaskOfAmontillado", in which the narrator uses this method to exact a DisproportionateRetribution upon Fortunato.
** "Berenice", in which burial alive is ''not'' the worst thing which happens to the title character... considering [[spoiler:she is dug out and found to be alive, not consecutively.]]
* In the second novel of ''Radio/TheShadow'', one of The Shadow's helpers is buried alive by the villains despite the fact that the villains have killed and buried all previous visitors to their house. Harry is rescued by The Shadow, who tunnels sideways into the grave from a nearby tomb.
* David Eddings had his sorcerer Belgarath do this, near the end of the ''Literature/TheBelgariad'': [[spoiler:Zedar the apostate was Buried Alive ''[[AndIMustScream for eternity]]'' in the center of the earth for a millennia-long life of crimes, the last one being the brutal murder of Belgarath's daughter's beloved mate Durnik]]. Belgarath later said "Whenever I wonder if I went too far with him, I remember what that bastard did to [[spoiler:Queen Ilessa of Nyissa".]][[labelnote:what he did]]Knowing that Nyissian queens have a high fear of death and aging (because they're executed once they no longer look young), he bribed her with a false promise of immortality to have the King of Riva assassinated, knowing full well it would cause a retaliatory war that would devastate her country and get her killed.[[/labelnote]] He also mentions in his own spin-off books that details his origin that if he could ever confirm his suspicions that Zedar was involved in the suicides of two of their fellow Aldur followers, he would put him somewhere even less pleasant than where he is now.
* Creator/JackVance's ''Literature/DyingEarth'' novels mention the Spell of Forlorn Encystment, which keeps its victims alive indefinitely inside solid rock some sixty kilometers underground. A few victims are accidentally released and found to be in near-catatonic states.
* Exploited in the third ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' book. Mulch Diggums, a dwarf whose entire race can dig through the dirt using only their jaws and hands and breathe while doing so, convinces two [[DumbMuscle dumb henchmen]] to do this to him. Needless to say, he has a good laugh about it afterwards. Hell, he has a good laugh ''during'' the burial, which he passes off as "shaking in fear". Right, Mulch.
* This happens to the main character of ''What Happened to Cassie [=McBride=]'', though if it is meant to kill her or [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]] her is up to reader interpretation.
* The protagonist of the Creator/StephenKing story ''Dolan's Cadillac'' (found in ''Literature/NightmaresAndDreamscapes'') does this to the title character as revenge for the murder of the protagonist's wife. Directly inspired by Poe's "Literature/TheCaskOfAmontillado", to the point that the antagonist breaks down screaming "For the love of God!", which the protagonist then quietly repeats. Dolan, however, is ''far'' more deserving of his fate than Fortunato.
* In TanyaHuff's ''Literature/BloodBooks'' series, vampire Henry Fitzroy started his unlife buried alive for three days before his sire could dig him up. Several hundred years later, this is still a Very Unpleasant Memory.
* In ''Literature/TheSharingKnife: Horizon'', [[spoiler:Fawn Bluefield]] is buried alive when the talisman that protects her from malices burns through so much of her life energy that she appears dead to anyone without groundsense. (Less traumatic than most instances, since she's unconscious the whole time.) However, one person with groundsense [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation may have]] realized she was alive and allowed her to be buried out of jealousy. The others were just trying to give her a proper burial.
* In ''Literature/LesMiserables'', Jean Valjean arranges for ''himself'' to be buried alive in order to get out of the convent in which he's hiding. Due to unforeseen circumstances, it doesn't go as smoothly as planned; he passes out from lack of air and freaks out the gardener who's agreed to dig him up.
* In Creator/DavidGemmell's ''Literature/TheSwordsOfNightAndDay'', [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Jianna]] [[BadBoss buries an advisor alive]] inside a large stone chamber after he speaks his mind too freely. She later decides to reverse the decision, but by the time he's dug up he'd found a way to hang himself.
* The short story ''The Extension'' dealt with a man who was so afraid of being Buried Alive that his funeral arrangements include a phone line to his crypt in case the coroner misdiagnosed him. His worst fear comes true, and the whole story has him desperately calling everyone, trying in vain to convince them that he's NotQuiteDead. Ultimately, [[spoiler:FridgeLogic hits and he asks the operator how long they'll keep the line connected, and is assured the service will remain indefinitely. He realises this is probably his personal Hell, but also that he's ''got'' to keep calling and trying to get out...]]
* An interesting take on this trope came from ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' when Edmond makes his escape from the prison. He plans to switch places with the body of his friend and mentor and once he is buried in the shallow grave, dig himself out. He has to change his plans rather quickly when, instead of burying him, the guards proceed to chuck him over a cliff into the ocean.
* Part of the backstory of ''The Hollow Man''/''The Three Coffins'' by Creator/JohnDicksonCarr was a jailbreak by Buried Alive. There was a plague epidemic going on in that prison, and the escaper counted on the burial detail being in too big a hurry for little details like nailing the coffin lid tightly or shoveling very much dirt on top.
* The ''Series/CriminalMinds'' book ''Killer Profile'' mentions a serial killer whose MO was burying his victims in homemade coffins, which had pipes leading to the surface, so they could breathe. The guy also enjoyed giving his victims false hope by leaving them with a bit of water and hammer they could try and escape with.
* Used in the Mary Higgins Clark book ''Moonlight Becomes You'', which starts out with the protagonist buried alive and desperately pulling one of the aforementioned bells to signal for help. The story then flashes between the present and to several weeks earlier, showing how she came to this fate and leaving the reader to decipher who her would-be killer is, all the while inserting her frantic efforts to remain conscious until help arrives, which it does at the last minute.
* Dutch novel ''The Golden Egg'' has a girl undergo this treatment when travelling Europe. Her boyfriend spends the rest of the novel trying to find out where she is until at the end he meets his girlfriend's killer, and says he'd do anything to find out what happens to her. The killer proceeds to drug him and bury him ''as well''.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** A variation of the trope occurred in ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic''. One particularly old wizard was not at all interested in a close encounter with Death, so he'd holed himself up in a box that nobody and nothing could get into once it was shut. Including light and, more importantly, air.
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** Windle Poons from ''Discworld/ReaperMan'' got a taste of this trope, but only a small one, as he was a zombie when his University colleagues buried him. Lack of oxygen wasn't a bother, but he got so bored and fed up with the situation that he soon dug his way out again.
* In ''[[Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy The Girl Who Played with Fire]]'', this happens to Lisbeth Salander after she survives being shot in the head. She digs her way out with a cigarette case and then shoves an axe through the face of the man who put her there.
* In Creator/MichaelCrichton's ''Literature/TheGreatTrainRobbery'', the characters exploit the fear of being buried alive for their benefit. Because it was a serious concern at the time, coffins were rigged with bells and escape latches and such which would pop open if the person moved around inside the coffin. They fake a dead body and have the coffin open on the platform, grossing out the police inspector who otherwise would have searched it and found the hidden man.
* In one ''Literature/StephaniePlum'' book, Stephanie is trapped in a coffin by the bad guy. The coffin isn't actually buried but Stephanie doesn't know that and reacts as such.
* Ambrosio keeps Antonia in a tomb for a while in ''Literature/TheMonk'' to secret her away before he rapes her.
* The villain in the young adult novel ''Literature/TheExecutioner'' attempted this on the protagonist in revenge for his brother's death, but was stopped by his father before he could finish.
* In ''Literature/VolsungaSaga'', evil King Siggeir has Sigmund and Sinfjotli entombed alive in a gravemound.
* In ''[[Literature/TheAdversaryCycle Reprisal]]'', [[spoiler:Danny Gordon.]] In ''[[Literature/RepairmanJack Crisscross]]'', set in the same Verse, the [[spoiler: villainous upper echelons of the Dormentalist Church have been burying cult members alive worldwide at the Otherness's behest.]]
* It happens a few times in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear''. People are repeatedly killed in ''EatenAlive'' [[spoiler: by the [[QuicksandSucks ground swallowing them]]]]. In ''City of the Dead'' there's an interesting version of this trope - Dr. Evazam, experimenting with zombiemaking, injected a still very alive Zak with the revival serum and a poison designed to put him into a coma so deep it looked like death.
* ''Literature/TenSixtySixAndAllThat'' implies this happened somehow to Edward I, who "died of suffocation at a place called Burrow-in-the-Sands."
* ''Literature/{{Idlewild}}'' sees Maestro do this to Halloween. In Maestro's defense, he claimed that it was intended to break Halloween's problem with authority and that Maestro would release him later.
* In ''Literature/RogueMale'' it looks as if this will be the fate of the hunter-turned-hunted protagonist when he is tracked down and trapped in the secret den he dug as a last refuge, scarcely bigger than a coffin.
* In ''Trigger Mortis'', a villain with a knack for making people choose their fates with a deck of cards has Literature/JamesBond being put into a box and buried alive. Luckily, he managed to sneak a knife with him, which allows him to dig his way out of the slow suffocating death.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'' has quite a few:
** [[spoiler:Oakheart]] in ''Into the Wild''.
** [[spoiler:Hollyleaf]] in ''Sunrise'', though she is later revealed to have survived in ''The Forgotten Warrior''
** ''Tallstar's Revenge'' mentions, though never shows, the death of Leafshine in a collapsing tunnel, and later [[spoiler:Sandgorse]] is killed in a collapsing tunnel while [[spoiler:trying to save Sparrow]].

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* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'': Several episodes have featured one of the main characters or an underage person, usually children buried by the villains, and Walker and the Rangers racing against time to stop the bad guys and locate the victim. Three such episodes aired within months of each other in 1996 alone:
** "Deadline": With the state facing a budget crisis, state senator vows to disband the Texas Rangers as a cost-cutting move... then won't allow Walker to help find his daughter when she is kidnapped and buried alive by a gang of bank robbers. Only when Walker does find her does the senator realize the value of the Rangers.
** "Miracle at Middle Creek": Walker and a young boy are trapped in an underground crevice forced there by a band of bank robbers. Why? To ensure cooperation by the boy's father when the heist does take place. This time, Trivette saves the day.
** "Cyclone": A sadistic extortionist and his band of thugs hijack a school bus full of children -- the bus just happened to be driven by C.D., and Alex was the chaperone -- after a trip to the museum. The bus is driven to a landfill, parked in a ditch and then buried with everyone inside in tons of dirt and fill. Walker and Trivette race against time and a threatening storm system to rescue the kids before the bus crumples under the weight of the fill and/or the air runs out.
* In an episode of ''Series/PacificBlue'', one of the heroes is buried in an RV with a phone that can only take incoming calls, and a time bomb/escape-rigged gas canister.
* An episode of the ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' TV series, which was adapted from a comic, has a magician do this as his final trick. A doctor had transplanted into him the organ that gives cats nine lives, so he could die and just come back. After using this to make a small fortune at a sideshow, his final stunt was to be buried alive in front of hundreds of witnesses. [[spoiler:Only once he's in the ground does he start reminiscing about what an interesting life he's had, before he realizes he didn't count the death of the cat among his lives. He's on his ninth, not his eight....]]
* Happens to Nick in ''Series/{{CSI}}''. He is rescued, though not until he's suffered quite a lot.
* This happens to Series/{{Monk}} on more than one occasion, with attendant freak-outs.
* This is darkly explored in ''The Casebook of Series/SherlockHolmes: The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax'' in which Holmes and Watson foil a con artist's attempts to bury a drugged woman alive. Unfortunately, the woman is so mentally scarred by the experience that she becomes a veritable vegetable.
* ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'': This is how Alison was murdered (the incident that kick-starts the series). And beaten up with a hockey stick before that. Someone ''really'' did not like her.
** Although [[spoiler: it's revealed that she is still alive in season 4.]]
** [[spoiler: However, an unseen girl named Bethany was buried alive in her place.]]
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** In "X-Ray", PsychoLesbian Tina Greer does this to Lana. Clark frees her after she passes out.
** In "Obscura", Chloe is also buried alive, but Clark manages to rescue her. She is later shown to be traumatized by the event. The man who did it, [[spoiler:was a cop who wanted the credit of finding her. Whether he would have done so before or after she died is unclear.]]
** In "Harvest", an angry mob of crazed villagers do this to Clark, who has lost his powers from blue kryptonite exposure. Fortunately, the soil shields him enough from the kryptonite to give him back some of his strength, allowing him to break free.
* ''Series/BigWolfOnCampus''. When Merton discovers that Corey Haim is a real vampire, Corey knocks him out and buries him. Merton phones Tommy, whose werewolf senses are sharp enough to pick up where he is.
* In an episode of ''Good vs. Evil'', Chandler is buried alive by Morlocks, and spends most of the episode talking to Henry on his cell, going over the details of the previous night, hoping to figure out where he is. He's being used as a hostage, so that the Corps will release a Morlock prisoner: [[{{Webster}} Emmanuel Lewis]].
* ''Series/{{Alias}}'':
** In the final episode, [[spoiler:Sloane, who has become somewhat immortal due to a Rambaldi thingy, has this happen to him. He's trapped in a cave with his legs pinned after Jack (a good guy) blows himself up]].
** Sydney herself had this happen to her as well in a previous episode, [[AllUpToYou leaving Marshall to find out her location]] before she suffocates.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', in the Season 1 episode "Nightmares", the residents of Sunnydale have their nightmares literally come true, so Buffy is buried alive. Rumor has it that this trope is one of Sarah Michelle Gellar's greatest fears. Apparently, Joss Whedon does not settle for merely tormenting his characters. [[spoiler: In season 6, Buffy is brought back to life after already being buried, but since her friends think the spell didn't work, they don't bother to dig her coffin up. She has to dig her way our, something she clearly finds traumatizing.]]
** Also, since vampires die when they are sired before they rise again, they are often buried and forced to dig themselves out when they wake up.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** This was done to a previous occupant of Cordelia's apartment. ''In the apartment walls!''
** [[spoiler: Connor welds Angel into a metal box and drops him to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean at the end of season 3.]] [[spoiler: This doesn't kill Angel, since he's [[WhoWantsToLiveForever immortal]] [[AndIMustScream and doesn't need to breathe]], but instead makes him [[AFateWorseThanDeath weak and insane from hunger]]. Which was kind of the point.]]
* In ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'', David Banner faced one of his most horrific situations when he is confused for a lookalike gangster and rival gangsters capture him, ignore his protests that they have the wrong man and take him to a construction site. There, they force him into a shallow grave, put a sheet of clear plastic on him and pour concrete on him to bury him alive. When you see that kind of murder method, you're on the edge of your seat until the very last image of Banner just before his head is covered is his eyes going green to start his change into the Hulk.
* ''Series/MythBusters'':
** They checked out if surviving this was possible and deemed it Busted. First, they found that human beings couldn't punch their way out of a cheap pine casket, much less a top of the line one. They found that even if a human could break out, there was no way a human being could dig their way up through six feet of dirt, especially within the half hour or so they'd have before they ran out of air. Basically, anyone buried alive would be crushed by the weight of the dirt or suffocate.
** A much earlier episode highlights how unlikely this is to occur accidentally. Undertaking practices include draining all of the blood from the deceased, ensuring that if you weren't dead when you came in, you most certainly were by the time you were buried.
* During a DreamSequence in the "Doppelganger" episode of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', Sheppard begins to bury Ronon alive. Ronon wakes up at that point.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
** In a rare example of a hero doing this, [[spoiler:Hiro assures the other heroes that the immortal Adam Monroe will never hurt another person. Cut to [[AndIMustScream Adam screaming in a coffin]], buried in the same cemetery where Hiro's father who Adam killed, was interred.]]
** Also, as retribution for all the crimes he had committed against not just the world, but [[spoiler:Parkman's wife]] only minutes before, [[spoiler: Parkman locks Sylar in his own mind, alone and powerless. Not only that, to prevent anyone from finding him and trying to help, he seals Sylar up behind a wall in his basement. Not only THAT, while Sylar was trapped in his own mind doomed to wander New York City alone forever, his super fast brain had an increased perception of time, making every second he spent in reality feel like days. Even though he got better and was really only buried alive for about half an hour, over three years had passed in his mind.]]
** In the final seasons, Samuel buries Claire and Noah together in an RV underground, so that Claire can watch Noah suffocate and die.
* In ''Series/BeingHumanUS'', being buried alive is used as a form of punishment for vampires. Their nature means they won't suffocate or be crushed by the soil, but they will grow very weak and slowly go insane from hunger. Suren was buried alive for over ''[[AndIMustScream 80 years]]'', and Season 2 ends with [[spoiler: Aidan]] buried alive.
** The original series really takes this up to eleven. Ghost Alex is trapped in her own coffin by [[[spoiler: The Devil]] and buried alive as the cliff-hanger to the final episode. However, as it's her own coffin, she is trapped in their with her own body, which is in the state you'd expect given she died a year ago. Yikes.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'':
** Temperance Brennan and Jack Hodgins are buried alive in a car by a kidnapper/serial killer called the Gravedigger.
** They'd previously helped identify the remains of twin boys who'd died after the Gravedigger left them buried alive inside a metal tank. As the name implies, this villain's M.O. was to subject victims to this trope, then demand a ransom in return for information on where they were buried.
* In ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', similarly to the ''Angel'' example above, Silas locks [[spoiler: Stefan]] in a safe and dumps him down a river. His lungs explode but, being a vampire, they regenerate... so that they can explode again. He remains dying and regenerating for ''three months'' before he's rescued by [[spoiler: [[{{Yandere}} Qetsiyah]].]]
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'':
** In the episode "Scared to Death", there was a killer who, under guise of "getting you over your phobia," trapped you in your worst fear and then waited until you scared yourself to death. The final victim was a bit more direct cause of near-death -- and this was the trope to do it, too. Instead of the usual way of doing it (in a grave), he drops the victim down a shaft and then pours bags of potting soil down it. The soil eventually went over her head, leading to this.
** In the episode "Revelations", the killer [[spoiler:forced Reid to start digging his own grave so he could bury him alive.]] The BAU saves the day, though.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'':
** In the finale episode of series two, [[spoiler:Jack's brother Gray has Jack buried alive sans coffin; bear in mind [[AndIMustScream Jack can't die]]. Or rather, he does die, but returns to life a few minutes later. So Jack spends ''2000 years'' choking to death on soil ''over and over again!'']].
** It sorta happens again in the ''Children of Earth'' story. [[spoiler:Under orders to neutralize Jack, and after proving he can survive being blown to smithereens, an arm of the government encases him in extremely quick-drying cement, where he presumably suffocates over and over again. Luckily, his team manages to rescue him before the day is out.]]
* A couple of implied instances in ''Series/{{Highlander}}'':
** Nefertiri took poison and was mummified after the death of Cleopatra. As far as the audience knows, she stayed unconscious for all 2000 years until set free by Duncan [=MacLeod=].
** Quentin Barnes was executed for murder 30 years ago and was accidentally freed by a construction project. [[spoiler:It turns out Barnes was the split personality of Duncan's friend Michael Moore. Moore experienced those years as a nightmare.]]
** Another Immortal was wrapped in chains and tossed into a river during World War II. It took him 50 some years to free himself and come back for revenge.
** Due to the nature of the show, there are several more where someone "died" and was buried, only to recover once they're in the ground.
* Recently done in ''Series/EastEnders''. There were widespread complaints due to this going out pre-{{Watershed}}, which were upheld by [[MediaWatchdog Ofcom]].
* On ''Series/{{Lost}}'', [[spoiler:Nikki and Paolo are buried alive, but it's because the Losties think they're dead after being paralyzed by a poison.]]
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Happens to [[spoiler:Dean]], although to be fair, he ''was'' dead when they buried him. It being ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', though, [[BackFromTheDead he didn't stay that way]].
** Dean and Sam also earlier do this to an immortal murderer. He's also ''chained'' into his coffin.
* In ''Series/{{Roswell}}'', this happens to Laurie Dupree. Luckily for her, the attacker specifically wanted to keep her alive, so set it up that she could breathe.
* One episode of ''Series/CrossingJordan'' involved a serial killer who buries his victims alive -- with a ''walkie-talkie so he can hear their dying pleas''. Shudder.
* ''Series/ColdCase'' had a similar episode where a teenage boy had been buried alive. The killer in question walks into the station 20-something years later to confess to the murder--and reveal that he has just buried another victim. The episode is spent trying to determine his motives for both attacks and find the second victim before he suffocates [[spoiler:(fortunately, they find him).]]
* ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents'':
** The classic episode, "Breakdown", has Joseph Cotton paralyzed in a car accident and taken for dead. [[spoiler:He is saved at the last minute when an alert coroner notices a tear glimmering in his eye.]]
** TheEighties version of the show had an episode where a woman tried to escape from prison by hiding in the coffin the next time someone at the prison dies. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:the next to die is the man who was supposed to dig her up. Worse yet, she doesn't find out until ''after they're buried''.]] This one is a remake of an episode from the original series, with [=Roddy McDowall=] as the prisoner.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'' has this happen to Ben after he is robbed by some backwoods hicks who turn out to be [[spoiler:his cousins]]. They hastily dig him up after realizing their error.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'':
** A copycat serial killer kidnaps the only surviving victim of the original killer. He locks her in an old fridge with an air tank and holds her for his bargaining chip when the detectives finally caught him.
** In another episode, a pedophile buries the little girl he has kidnapped just before the SVU investigators catch up with him. They dig her up just in time.
* ''Series/DarkShadows'':
** FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Barnabas Collins bricks the witch-hunter Reverend Trask up in a wall a la "Literature/TheCaskOfAmontillado". This comes back to haunt him (literally) a century later when his ghost breaks free.
** Barnabas himself was trapped in his chained-shut coffin back in colonial times by his father, who couldn't bring himself to drive a stake through his vampiric son's heart. Presumably Barnabas wasn't conscious during the intervening centuries, as he ''isn't'' a raving basket case when a would-be tomb robber unchains him.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
** "Apocrypha". A BodySurf alien uses Alex Krychek to get back to its spacecraft which has been left in an abandoned missile silo. The episode ends with Krychek locked inside the silo eighty stories down, hammering on the door and screaming to be let out.
** Also happens in the end of the episode "Fresh Bones" to an evil Marine sergeant in charge of a Haitian refugee camp, who [[spoiler:turns out to be using the Haitian's native Voodoo to incapacitate/kill whistleblowers who were going to expose his ordered abuse of the refugees.]]
** And technically, even Mulder himself was buried alive during the episode "Deadalive".
* In the British sci-fi drama ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', we have a rare case of this trope being played (mostly) for ''laughs''. [[spoiler:And it happens to the main character, no less. Nathan, after suffering a [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice brutal death]] some days before, turns out to have the power of Resurrection. He's thrilled to find himself alive and starts gloating ridiculously about his newfound power, actually uttering the phrase: "Who's laughing now?!" When it sinks in that he's ''buried alive'' (yes, he's a bit of a dumbass) he gets furious and starts hurling hilariously futile abuse at no-one in particular. Then he just lies back and begins [[CosyCatastrophe casually listening to his ipod]]. [[CliffHanger And this happened in the season 1 finale]]. In the second season opener a telepath visiting his grave overhears him [[ADateWithRosiePalms masturbating]] and arranges for him to be exhumed.]]
* In the America soap opera ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'', some 16 years ago, crazy Vivian hated Carly so much she injected Carly with some Chinese herbs, forcing her into a seemly dead state, [[spoiler: had an open casket funeral with all Carly's loved ones, buried her with a radio to taunt her, some water and enough oxygen to prolong the slow torture and the rolled over her grave, laughing. Carly was saved just in time, though she seems quite traumatized by it all to this day]]. Not that we can blame her.
* This trope is often seen on soap operas. Several examples have the villain trapping his or victim in certain situations -- a building collapse, a cave-in -- rather than using a coffin.
** ''Series/GeneralHospital'': Ryan Chamberlain faked his death to escape from the asylum.
** ''Series/{{Passions}}'': Sheridan Crane's death was faked (to escape criminals who were pursuing her) and she was buried to continue the ruse. Unfortunately, plans to rescue her immediately were hindered when the criminals in question kidnapped her would-be saviors, leaving her in considerable peril (Sheridan's claustrophobia didn't help matters much). Although she was ultimately rescued at the end of the "day", the scenes played out for over a ''month''.
** A rather gruesome example on ''Series/AllMyChildren'', which had the evil Dr.Madden buried alive while the voice of his unseen abductor tormented him, refusing to release him until he revealed the location of a missing child. This went on for several days before the man finally drowned when a rainstorm flooded the vent that had been providing him with oxygen.
* In ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'', Herr Lipp buried [[spoiler:Justin]] to stop him telling anyone about his peculiar habits. Don't worry, he left him a straw.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Boomtown}}'' featured the body of a dead gangbanger wrapped in plastic and hidden within the walls of a house. Investigation of former friends eventually reveals that he was knocked out dead during a hazing ritual and his freaked-out friends wrapped the body in plastic and hid him inside the walls. Only near the end of the episode is the awful truth revealed: The gangbanger was ''alive'' when they hid him inside the walls and the last shot of the episode shows a flashback from the gangbanger's POV, [[AndIMustScream waking up inside the walls, wrapped in plastic and unable to have his screams heard because of the loud rap music]]
* There was an especially vindictive instance of this in ''Series/{{Oz}}'', where the preacher for the Christians was beaten, tied up, sealed behind a brick wall in the cafeteria and then there was an industrial sized freezer placed in front of it, and the whole deal was orchestrated by his former second in command. After being freed after an explosion (though as a charred, barely alive husk) he was shown to have stood up, as if rising from his grave, still covered in 3rd degree burns, after seemingly appearing to other inmates and making them try to kill the one responsible, and then he disappeared. Guess where they found him a few episodes later? Sealed behind another wall, only this time dead for real.
* ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'': "Tale of the Dream Machine" features this happening to one of the characters.
* ''Series/ThePretender'' used this twice.
** The victim in "Back From the Dead Again" was buried alive.
** In "Red Rock Jarod", the villain of the episode buries a hostage alive in a remote location -- with an air pump, but if he doesn't get what he wants before the pump runs out of fuel...
* ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'': In "Dung For", this accidentally happens to a farm hand after he is caught having sex with the FarmersDaughter.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'':
** Parker did this to herself once as a child to cure herself of a fear. She thought it was a normal thing to do. The team told her it was not.
** Then in the season 4 episode, "The Grave Danger Job," as the Leverage crew investigates an embezzling funeral director, [[spoiler:Hardison is buried alive in a cemetery by a Mexican drug cartel to whom the funeral director has been selling ID information stolen from the deceased who go through her funeral parlor.]]
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Mentioned in the 3rd season episode "Vanished". The villain orders one of his underlings to kill the hostage and bury them in the woods. The underling seems to interpret this literally by asking if they are to be buried alive. The villain replies by saying hes not heartless and he can shoot them first.
* The victim in the ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' episode "Left For Dead" was buried alive.
* ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' had Sam being buried alive in a prior mission, alongside with a partner of his, by Croatian soldiers. He was the only one who survived the event. Because of this, when a girl was buried alive by two boys whose uncle was an ex-con, Sam took up the mission without hesitation, focused on it with resolution like no other, and was fully ready to beat them up when demanding where she was, due to this being a very personal traumatic experience and a very huge BerserkButton for him. Luckily, she managed to be digged up before she ran out of air.
* ''Series/TrueBlood'':
** [[spoiler:Russell Edgington]] is sealed in concrete at the season 3 finale and [[spoiler:is dug up in the season 5 premiere]].
** Five years of live burial is also a punishment dished out by the magister to vampires who kill their own species [[spoiler:although he can sometimes be more creative]].
* ''Series/TheFollowing'': In the penultimate season 1 episode, [[spoiler: Debra Parker]] is tied up and thrown in a coffin by a couple of cultists, who proceed to bury it [[NightmareFuel while she screams for help.]]
* Done twice in the ''Series/MissionImpossible'' episode "The Cardinal". Barney and Willie use an underground tunnel to enter a monastery, but a cave-in traps them in front of a vault door that must be opened from the inside. Meanwhile, Rollin has allowed himself to be captured by the BigBad, who plans to suffocate him in a sarcophagus sealed with a 600-pound lid.
* The "king" of Qarth in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' gets this ending. He is locked in a rather spacious treasure vault with his girlfriend, and no food or water. This is a rare heroic version of it. To be fair, her totally deserved it. [[spoiler: He sold out his honored guests to someone who not only killed the town leaders but tried to steal their dragons and either kill them or keep them there forever. He did all of this under the guise of trying to help them, when what he really wanted was money to put into said vault. Making this very much a KarmicDeath.]]
* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'': The VictimOfTheWeek in "Saints and Sinners" is buried alive in an archaeology trench.

* Music/AvengedSevenfold has a song called "Buried Alive". Guess what it's about?
* Referenced in the Music/ScissorSisters song "I Can't Decide" (where what can't be decided is "whether you should live or die"): ''"Or I could bury you alive / But you might crawl out with a knife / And kill me when I'm sleeping"''.
* Referenced in "The Mariner's Revenge Song" by Music/TheDecemberists:
-->''Find him, bind him\\
tie him to a pole and break his fingers to splinters\\
drag him into a hole until he wakes up naked\\
clawing at the ceiling of his grave...''
* The Music/CreatureFeature song "Buried Alive", as a tribute to Edgar Allen Poe, is unsurprisingly about this concept. It isn't the only song that mentions this. They also have it on "Such Horrible Things" (My Brother Was Quite Dull/So With Laughter In My Skull/Pushed Him In A Hole/Then Buried Him Alive) and in "A Gorey Demise", a parody of Edward Gorey's poem "The Gashlycrumb Tinies" (E is for Erik who was buried alive).
* Music/LupeFiasco's "The Cool" has this happen to the main character in the first verse, and he digs himself out during the second.
* A subversion bearing the trope name: the traditional song "Buried Alive" as performed by musicians like the Dropkick Murphys is not about someone doing this to someone else deliberately, but the occupational hazard inherent in being a coalminer.
* "Dynamite Mine" by Murder By Death (the band), also about the occupational hazards of being a coal miner who pissed someone off in the past.
* Several Music/MyChemicalRomance songs off of ''Revenge'' and ''Bullets'' reference crawling out oh holes in the ground. Presumably buried alive, unless you're gonna run with the [[DealWithTheDevil story line involving a guy killing 1000 evil men for the devil in order to get his life back]].
* In the MusicVideo for the song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9jKI4W91S4 "Buried Myself Alive"]] by Music/TheUsed, Bert is on his way to being buried alive.
* The Creepshow have a song called "Buried Alive", which is about just that.
* The final disc of Thrice's ''The Alchemy Index'' has "Child of Dust", a funeral-like dirge which ends with the last two lines muffled and the sound gradually receding into unsettling silence. The group actually buried their microphones while recording the song, presumably to give the listener the sensation of being buried.
* The Blue October music video for their song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXEfa3JnPDU "Dirt Room"]] involves a woman coming home, realizing her house is being robbed, knocking the burglar unconscious and restraining him before pushing him into a freshly dug hole, and finally calling the police and presumably having him arrested.

* Done of a sort in ''Pinball/{{Metallica}}'' -- the game has a giant Hammer that hits captured pinballs into a coffin beneath the playfield.
* Though it isn't buried, the Attic in Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''Pinball/HauntedHouse'' has a Coffin with a person (or a ghost?) sleeping inside, stretching awake.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{WWE}} wrestler Wrestling/TheUndertaker has fought in several Buried Alive matches, where a grave site is created near the stage area of the arena, and the objective is to bury one's opponent alive. Usually these end with Undertaker buried, and disappearing for several months, only to come BackFromTheDead (hey, he's practically TheGrimReaper; he can do that) with a new look, thirsting for revenge.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'', the Sabbat use this as part of their embracing ritual when there's a need for a large surge of Sabbat shock troopers. They beat the would-be vampire senseless, turn them, bury them alive en masse with other candidates, and see which ones come up. The ones that don't? No need to waste time digging them back up, they weren't even worth the blood to embrace. A popular Sabbat pastime is to go out, find a grave with a ''failed'' inductee, dig them up and try to kill them. Since the released vampire is both insane and probably in [[UnstoppableRage frenzy]], this is not a safe form of entertainment.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** The "Imprisonment" spell, which was inspired by Creator/JackVance's "Spell of Forlorn Encystment" (see above). It buries a victim in suspended animation deep below the surface.
** This is how a Living Wall comes into being in the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' campaign; when an evil person walls up a victim and leaves him to die in such a manner, and the victim curses the one responsible in such a way that the Dark Powers hear him and respond, then when the victim dies, his spirit merges with the wall itself, turning it into an abomination that assimilates the bodies and souls of anyone who comes near.
** A non-official sourcebook introduced the "Entombment" spell, which buries alive a creature on the spot. If a saving throw is passed, the subject is only buried to the waist... but if the spellcaster memorized the spell twice and casts it a second time, then the victim [[NoSavingThrow no longer has a saving throw]].
* ''TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters'':
** There's mention of a geist, the Gravedigger, who in life did this to his murder victims (hit them with a shovel, bury them alive, listen to them scream). He met his end when he didn't hit one hard enough -- the man woke up, retrieved the shovel, knocked the Gravedigger out and buried ''him'' alive (upside down, to boot). Fortunately for everyone, although the Gravedigger came back as a geist and hooked up with a miner who'd eaten his coworkers to survive a cave-in, the first krewe they met instantly pegged them as bad news and destroyed them.
** This is also what's necessary to activate the Oracle Manifestation using the Grave-Dirt Key. It allows the user to astrally project, but they need to effectively be suffocating from their burial. Once they get back into their body, however, they erupt spectacularly from the ground with all the damage from suffocation healed up. At the highest understanding of the Oracle, a Sin-Eater can effectively wander freely as long as they want; the corebook makes reference to an urban legend amongst the Bound about a Mafioso who was buried in wet cement while knocked unconscious and has been using the Oracle for ''decades'' to keep his body in suspended animation.

* OlderThanFeudalism: According to Creator/{{Sophocles}}' ''Theatre/{{Antigone}}'', the eponymous heroine was walled up in a crypt to die after being sentenced to death. Her crime? Burying her dead brother so his soul could have an afterlife instead of suffering eternal unrest. Creon's a {{Jerkass}} like that.
* In ''Theatre/TheMikado'', this is the punishment for women whose husbands are beheaded. (It's such a ''stuffy'' death!)
* ''{{Theatre/Aida}}'': The titular character and her lover Radames fate at the end of the opera/musical. In the opera, she sneaks into the tomb to join him, in the musical, they're placed in there together, but in both instances, it's their punishment for treason.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* A portion of the ''[[Franchise/TheHauntedMansion Phantom Manor]]'' ride at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland Paris]] has the Doombuggies going underground, where the dead are rising from their graves.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Allied ending of ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert'' had [[spoiler:Stavros bury Josef Stalin in the rubble of his ruined Kremlin, after gagging him.]]
* ''Franchise/TombRaider''
** In the original ''VideoGame/TombRaider'' and [[VideoGame/TombRaider2013 its 2013 remake]], Natla is locked up and buried underground by the other two Atlantean rulers, Tihocan and Qualopec, as punishment for her betrayal. The events of the game are kicked off when a nuclear test unearths the pod, releasing her.
** In ''VideoGame/TombRaiderTheLastRevelation'', this occurs when Werner Von Croy attempts to steal the Isis and its death trap mechanism activates. An unspecified amount of time later he manages to escape with his prize and a leg injury. At the end of the game, Lara herself gets buried under the collapsing Tomb of Horus, leading to her memorial service in the sequel and her hardened personality in ''VideoGame/TombRaiderTheAngelOfDarkness''.
* In the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' mission "Deconstruction," you have to stop a nearby construction company from screwing with your newfound gains. Smashing up their portables would have been plenty, but C.J. goes the extra mile by also trapping the foreman in a porta-potty, pushing it into a hole, and filling it up with concrete, all while listening to him scream "OH GOD WHY!" Stone. Cold. And the reason C.J. did this? [[DisproportionateRetribution The guys who were working for the man called Kendl, C.J.'s sister, a hooker, and C.J. wanted to teach them some respect.]]
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'':
** There's an optional subplot about finding some evil criminals who are robbing guys and burying them alive.
** Not to mention the Protagonist is threatened with a magical version of his by a loony Harper -- Imprisonment is a spell which basically traps a person underneath the earth and rendered immortal during this time.
** And the various demiliches, mages and superpowered imps who show up in the expansion or as {{Bonus Boss}}es and who have "Imprisonment" as an ''at-will ability''. Whack 'em quick, or you've got a 1 in 6 chance of an instant game over per round.
* "Premature entombment of a non-dead individual" happens to Stan in ''VideoGame/{{Monkey Island 2|LeChucks Revenge}}'', where Guybrush has to get Stan to jump into one of his own coffins and nail the lid shut so he can steal a key from his office. Stan subsequently stays shut in the coffin until [[VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland the sequel]], where Guybrush can finally open Stan's casket after the two are shut in the same crypt together.
* Dwarves in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' have an [[TooDumbToLive amusing tendency to do this to themselves.]] Due to a quirk in how they build walls, they will always prefer to build them from the west side. This occasionally results in them walling themselves into an enclosed area and dying of dehydration.
* ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'':
** The game has the quicksand variant as a hallucination effect -- every so often, your character will sink into the ground, whether it's sand, dirt, or ''solid concrete''!
** [[spoiler:On a more serious note, Roberto Bianchi is commissioned to aid in the construction of a monument. At the end of the chapter, he and several other architects are chucked down into an oubliette-styled hole. And then the concrete pours in. The end of the chapter's final shot is Roberto's face and body as he tried, in futility, to escape his end.]]
* That's one of the ways to die in ''VideoGame/LodeRunner''. To be buried alive inside bricks.
* You survive this at the start of VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas thanks to a certain robot.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
** The "Buried Alive model" of creepypasta fame. According to one site, "the Buried Alive model appears to be a decaying human corpse attempting to crawl out of the ground". Even scarier? You're SUPPOSED to lose to this guy. And when he does, he [[spoiler:EATS you, and every time you turn on the Game Boy, the screen jumps to the scene of Buried Alive eating you.]] That's OK, I wasn't planning on sleeping, anyway.
** A ''canon'' example in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Pokemon X]]'': [[spoiler:Lysandre activates his DoomsdayDevice, which will grant everyone in the immediate area immortality but kill everyone outside of his ElaborateUndergroundBase. However, due to the PC and Xerneas, the base collapses instead. The PC and friends make it out; Team Flare doesn't. Professor Sycamore speculates, and it's implied, that everyone in Team Flare is still alive, immortal, and trapped under thousands of tons of rock [[AndIMustScream for all time]].]]
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'': After making the '''MASSIVE''' mistake of picking a fight with Gat during [[spoiler:Aisha's funeral]], [[spoiler:Ronin leader Shogo]] is given an utter [[CurbStompBattle ass beating]] by Gat. Gat then drags him to a coffin, ''dumps out the corpse already in it'', and tosses [[spoiler:Shogo]] inside, burying him alive, as he screams for mercy. Even The Boss is unnerved by this.
* Though this never happens in-game, the Nameless One in ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' is warned by one of his past incarnations of the extreme danger that being buried (alive or dead) held for him. Given his immortal nature, [[AndIMustScream he would be doomed to an eternity of terror, suffocation and amnesiac reawakening]].
* ''VideoGame/HeiankyoAlien'' revolves around digging holes to trap aliens in. Once an alien is trapped, the hole has to be filled back in.
* If you pursue the Light Fingers ambition in ''VideoGame/FallenLondon'', a villain will eventually threaten to do this to you if you continue, if you get caught continuing you will in fact end up buried alive in 'a small velvet lined box' from which the only escape is usually to kill yourself (but DeathIsCheap so it's just a temporary inconvenience).
* ''VideoGame/{{Pirate 101}}'' has a rare case of a hero doing this to a villain, although by accident. El Toro buries [[spoiler: Captain Blood]] he thinks that he had killed him in a duel. The problem was the "dead" man had literally cheated death and become immortal. This resulted in a an accidental creation of a SealedEvilInACan that gets opened many years later when the clockwork armada tries digging up the grave looking for a key that might be on the body. The broken bodies surrounding the now open grave indicate they did not expect to be greeted by a angry, powerful, and very much alive pirate.
* A mild example happens in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'' when [[PluckyGirl Bianca Whitaker]] is kidnapped by skeleton ghosts and is stuffed inside the queen's grave during your exploration at the Uptaten Tower. She's quickly freed and doesn't seem to be bothered at all.
* ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying'': An ancient warrior is buried alive at the Standing Stones to seal the Undying King. Also, [[spoiler: Lizbeth.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' has [[TheHero Neo]] do this to the Smiths during the alternate courtyard fight, instead of ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'''s DogPileOfDoom and Neo flies off ending.
* ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' ends with Gruntilda crushed under a boulder too heavy for her to lift. By the time her sisters succeed in lifting the boulder in the sequel, she's a skeleton.
* In the 2012 reboot of ''Videogame/TwistedMetal'', [[spoiler:this is Sweet Tooth's fate after his wish to find his daughter Sophie because she escaped him when he tried to kill her is granted by Calypso. Sophie had committed suicide ten years before the game began. Sweet Tooth ends up in trapped in his daughter's coffin face to face with her dessicated corpse. To add insult to injury, some time after Sweet Tooth suffocated to death, Calypso revives Sophie and gives her a MonsterClown makeover of her own.]]

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Happens to Yoshiki in one of ''VisualNovel/CorpseParty'''s Wrong Ends.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'':
** Sarge once allowed himself to be buried for his funeral when his obsessive dedication to orders caused him to think he'd died and been replaced. He survived due to the ground giving out beneath him and landing him in an underground cavern before he ran out of air.
** This happened earlier to him in an April Fool's Day episode when Grif mistook him for dead in a Warthog explosion. He survived because, as he put it, "I ate my way out! The soft earth was like a delicious butterscotch brownie to me."
* In the ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' "different town", one of the things Strong Bad would do to make his town different would be to bury the King of Town alive in a crate of peas.
-->'''King of Town:''' I ''hate'' peas!\\
'''Strong Bad:''' I know!

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* One ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' strip featured Gabe doing this to Tycho as his latest April Fool's joke. [[ComedicSociopathy The previous two were telling him his birth father wanted to meet him, and creating a billboard identifying him as a pedophile]].
* ''Webcomic/BugMartini'' tells us that if this happens to you, [[http://www.bugcomic.com/comics/old-age/ you may be getting older.]]
* This happens early on in ''Webcomic/TheFancyAdventuresOfJackCannon'', to the title character. He gets out of it.
-->'''Jack:''' Oh, what, that underground thing? I just punched my way out.\\
'''Craig:''' What? ''What?! That doesn't make sense!!!'' You were ''over there'' when I buried you!\\
'''Jack:''' Right, yeah, I punched in your direction.\\
'''Craig:''' ''In my direction?!''\\
'''Jack:''' It's not my fault if I can hear your incredibly nasal voice underground.
* A terrible incident in ''Webcomic/{{Daniel}}'' that leads to even more (vampire-related) terrible things.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Deus Ex Machina''. [[spoiler:Plague deliberately built a pipe to the surface so that he could still breath. He managed to stay down there for four days before he escaped. Lots of bad people died when he escaped.]]
* [[http://everything2.com/title/Why+there+is+no+moloch13 "Why there is no moloch13"]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Brock Samson from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', in the episode, "Dia de Los Dangerous!", is buried alive, after [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat being shot with at least 20 apparently lethal tranquilizer darts and hit by a van]], all while keeping a brutal death grip on a poor enemy soldier. Nonetheless, he still manages to dig himself out, with the only side effect of all of this being Brock's extreme rage and being really thirsty.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'':
** Done to Gwen on ''Total Drama Island'', as part of a challenge where the campers have to face their worst fears. Trent [[spoiler:forgot to dig her up on schedule, causing a rift in their budding relationship]].
** Chris, being the utter prick that he is, does it again in ''Total Drama: Revenge of the Island'' by having Gwen guest star and buried along with Sam as part of a challenge. Needless to say, she's not happy about this.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In episode "Make Room for Lisa", through a freak series of events, the sensory deprivation tank where Homer is floating is found by Flanders, who mistakes it for a coffin and buries it. Fortunately, it is right on top of a water pipe, and Homer's struggle causes it to fall through, being sucked into the sea and washing ashore where a vacationing Chief Wiggum finds it, mistaking it for litter, and sends it back to the New Age store.
** In "The Boys of Bummer", Bart asks Lisa if they're going to visit his pet bunny Fluffy. Lisa tells him that he died and Homer buried him in the backyard ("though not in that order").
** Happens to Hans Moleman in one episode where he points out to the gravedigger that he's still alive just as the casket is lowered into the grave. Apparently he didnt want to be a bother.
* A ''WesternAnimation/FreakyStories'' plot involved a man who was deathly afraid of being buried alive, a fact his wife learned when he had a panic attack from the rice being thrown at their wedding. She promises him that if he died, she'd install a hot line phone that linked directly to the house, where she would wait for a year so he can call her to get him out if he's still alive. The rest of the plot involves her actually going through with this promise after her husband dies suddenly. Her friends finally convince her to go out for the evening on the 365th day. Just after she leaves, [[spoiler:the phone rings]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "[[Recap/{{JusticeLeagueS2E5And6OnlyADream}} Only a Dream]]", telepathic psychopath Dr. Destiny (John Dee) does this via a nightmare to Hawkgirl (she's claustrophobic) while her friends get visions related to PowerIncontinence. While the others get over their fears, Hawkgirl doesn't and is rescued only when Batman kicks Dee's ass. Then again, you can't really blame her for being scared given the circumstances.
* In "The Boardwalk Booby Trap" episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'', the Ant Hill Mob buried Penelope in the sand at the beach. Unknown to any of them, the Hooded Claw had mixed cement into the sand, hoping that the Bully Brothers would flatten Penelope with a steamroller.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', had [[EnfanteTerrible Heloise]] about to do this to someone, only for her to be distracted by [[ClingyJealousGirl seeing Jimmy with Jez]].
* General Fong of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' decides the best way to induce [[SuperMode the Avatar State]] in Aang, to be used as a weapon against the Fire Nation, is to bury his [[TrueCompanions friends]] and make him fight to save them. Instead, this induces [[UnstoppableRage the Avatar State]] as a weapon against [[TooDumbToLive the dumbass who thought this was a good idea]].
* Villain Jambalaya Jake does this to WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck at one point, using a box and lots of see-ment.
* Occurs in ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'', for [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman some value of "alive"]]. After Henry refuses to budge from a tunnel, he gets bricked into it "for always and always and always", a fate that the narrator encourages us to believe that he thoroughly deserves. [[spoiler:Fortunately for him, "always and always" lasts only a few weeks.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman'', Magpie does this Katana in the episode "Attraction".
* This happens to Woldoor in the season 2 opener of ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'', after he hangs himself. However, he wasn't committing suicide but "taking his afternoon noose nap", and wakes up in a coffin. In a parody of ''Film/KillBill'', he proceeds to punch his way out, then cuts to him digging his way to the surface ala ''VideoGame/DigDug''.
* The WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes ''The Old Grey Hare'' takes us into the far distant future year of 2000 where a decrepit old Bugs and Elmer are still playing hunter and prey. As usual, Bugs puts on a fake dying scene and, having dug his own grave, stands in it as he exchanges tearful goodbyes with Elmer, manages to switch places with him, and quickly shovels the dirt over him, laughing manically. Then, just to rub it in a bit more, he pops into the ground and gives Elmer a big kiss on the face and a burning stick of dynamite!
* Happens TWICE in ''BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. First in the episode "Deep Freeze" to a villanous WaltDisney-expy who's obsessed with immortality and has Mr Freeze help him undergo the same cryogenic process Freeze had. By the end of the episode, he's been frozen inside an iceberg at the bottom of the ocean, trapped forever.
** Also happens at the end of "Avatar" to an immortal, undead sorceress. She was technically already buried alive, but by the end, her tomb caves in on top of her. Assuming her immortality kept her alive through that, she is now trapped in a FateWorseThanDeath.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* This was a very real fear in the 18th and 19th centuries. Back in those days, most civilizations had unreliable ways to identify death, and so stories of the recently buried screaming for help were not uncommon. We can't know how often people were in fact buried alive, but the sheer horrific quality of being buried prematurely led to the creation of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safety_coffin Safety coffins,]] which were essentially coffins with a bell or flag stuck above ground to give the recently buried a method of communication with the outside. One of these can be seen in the movie ''The First Great Train Robbery''.
** Mary Roach's ''Stiff'' includes a section on live burial, the bizarre methods doctors once used to try to distinguish death from mere unconsciousness (e.g. an automatic tongue-pulling device!), and so on. She notes that the "coffin bells" never once saved a person who'd been prematurely buried, although some were disinterred when the corpse's decomposition caused its weight to shift and sound a false alarm.
** These days, accidental live burial would only be possible if the person's body was neither autopsied nor embalmed. In most jurisdictions, one if not both procedures are required by law for the majority of human burials. If you were unlucky enough to get to the mortician or the coroner while still alive, the autopsy and/or embalming process will definitely kill you before you are buried.
** Alfred Nobel was so afraid of being buried alive that he left instructions that the doctor who pronounced him dead were to cut open his neck arteries as well, just to be safe.
* In 1968, the young [[TheOjou heiress]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Jane_Mackle Barbara Jane Mackle]] was kidnapped, drugged, placed in a coffin and buried alive as her captors demanded for a $500,000 ransom from her family. After three days, she was found weakened yet still alive. She wrote a book about it named ''83 Hours 'Til Dawn''.
* A gang of kidnappers in the American Southwest actually did this to an ''entire school bus full of children''. Thankfully, everyone escaped.
* On his deathbed, George Washington requested that his body be kept unburied for two days to make sure he was actually dead. This is actually ''still'' common practice in the form of the wake. A wake, for those who do not know, was when the family and friends of the deceased would place the corpse, in the coffin, in a prominent place in their home. The said family and friends would then sit up with the dead in case they woke up. This was done for 1 to 2 days before burial.
* Creator/HarryHoudini.
** He once tested an escape in which he was buried six feet deep without a coffin, and had to dig his way up. ''Once.'' He lost consciousness just after his hand broke the surface, and had to be pulled out.
** He also spent over an hour in a sealed, underwater coffin to demonstrate that it could be done, to disprove another performer who claimed to use mystical powers to accomplish the feat. There was another buried alive escape planned, but it's not clear if it was ever performed prior to his death. Although rather ghoulishly the coffin that was to be used in the escape was put to use transporting his remains.
* 33 Chilean miners buried alive for 69 days in 2010. Their rescue was watched by the world in awe at the things humans can achieve when properly motivated.
* Beaconsfield miners Todd Russell and Brant Webb did it first, gaining international fame after surviving for a month underground. There was a play planned for the event, ''[[DudeNotFunny A Symphony in a Flat Minor]]''.
* The "Baby Jessica" incident, when 18-month-old Jessica [=McClure=] fell down a 22' deep, 8" wide well shaft in 1987. Three days' efforts to rescue her constituted one of the first major around-the-clock news stories covered by then-fledgling network CNN. Jessica survived the experience relatively unscathed, and recently received full control of the trust fund to which thousands of people sent donations after viewing the story.
* There's a [[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/gruesome/buried.asp Snopes article about it]], which includes a story from 1994.
* In the wake of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in 2001, a number of rescue personnel were trapped for days in the rubble of the fallen towers. The plight of two trapped Port Authority Police officers was portrayed in the Oliver Stone film ''World Trade Center''.
* Subverted with Anthony Spilotro, on whom the character of Nicky Santoro from ''Film/{{Casino}}'' was based (see the entry in Film above), and his brother Michael. While sand was allegedly found in their lungs, indicating live burial, it was confirmed years later that they had been murdered in a basement before being buried in the cornfield.
* In an interview, Creator/JKRowling said that her own [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes boggart]] would be her being buried alive.
* In AncientRome, supposedly the punishment for a Vestal Virgin that had broken her vow of chastity was being walled up in a crypt and left to die. This was because it was forbidden to spill the blood of a Vestal Virgin. Why they didn't just strangle them is their own secret. However, it was also used a kind of trial: they were left with a small amount of bread and water so that the goddess Vesta could save them if they were truly innocent.\\\
In fact, one version of the story of Romulus and Remus claims that their mother was a Vestal Virgin seduced by Mars, and she was sentenced to this fate by her uncle, who also orders the death of the twins by exposure. Both means would avoid his direct blood-guilt, but her sons are luckier; the servant tasked with killing them can't bring himself to do so, and leaves them by the banks of the Thebes, where they are found by Lupa.
* And British statesman Lord Chesterfield wrote in ''Literature/LettersToHisSon'': "All I desire for my own burial is not to be buried alive; but how or where, I think must be entirely indifferent to every rational creature." (letter 311)
* In the First World War, the sheer ferocity of the artillery barrages was sufficient to dislodge large enough volumes of earth to cover over some of those it did not blow apart. Fortunately for quite a few soldiers thus buried, trench warfare being what it was meant that there was always an immediate and plentiful supply of willing hands to dig you out and shovels with which they could do so. Some people survived this treatment more than once.
* Then there was the underground war, where (predominantly but not exclusively) British and German diggers tunnelled under the battlefield to lay explosive charges and undermine each other's trenches. This sort of warfare was slow, laborious and terrifying, especially when Your Tunnel met Their Tunnel very suddenly.
* This was a common punishment [[StuffedIntoTheFridge for women]] in Medieval Sweden, usually for theft. Men were hanged instead. The reason for this was because women might kick and thrash about with their legs when hanged, and then onlookers might get to [[PantyShot see something inappropriate.]] This type of punishment was called "Kvick I Jord" which literally means "(Lying) Conscious In The Earth".
* Prairie dogs, gopher-like colonial rodents of the North American plains, have been known to fight back against burrowing predators such as black-footed ferrets by filling up the carnivores' tunnel entrances when they're sleeping or suckling young underground. The predator can normally dig itself out again, but wastes time and energy doing so while the prairie dogs can forage in safety.
* According to the Roman historian Tacitus, this was the punishment for men caught having sex with other men among the German tribes. ''Literally'' [[BuryYourGays burying your gays]]...