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When a bunch of tiny people need to restrain a (to them) giant one, a classic method is to bind the bigger creature to the ground while asleep. Waking up, the large person finds they've been tied down by string -- lots of it -- stretched over their body between stakes, allowing one of the mini-people to perform a ColossusClimb onto their chest and make demands.

Prone to FridgeLogic, as the amount of string used is often far more than a bunch of miniature people would logically have on hand. How they could pound stakes deep enough into the ground to be effective, ''without'' waking their intended captive, is likewise often Hand Waved.

A sister trope to AllWebbedUp, in which the binding is done by Big Creepy Crawlies (or sometimes SpiderPeople) rather than little people. Subtrope of BoundAndGagged, minus the gag.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Chapter 711 of ''Manga/OnePiece'' opens with Robin waking up in exactly this situation after she's captured by the Tontatta. Rather than simply being tied down, however, she's "stitched" to the ground with [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum specialized]] [[AppliedPhlebotinum phlebotinum]].


[[folder: Comic Books / Strips ]]

* Used twice in ''ComicStrip/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie'': once [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20070401 when Phil wakes up to find]] his lead miniatures have tied him to the bed and are demanding a raise, and again when [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20071230 a gamer appears tied down in his own prize-winning diorama]] at a game convention.
* Done to ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} by a band of miniature Odies in [[http://garfield.nfshost.com/1988/09/25/ this]] Sunday strip banner, with Garfield saying, "[[AcidRefluxNightmare Definitely no more pizzas with anchovies and chocolate syrup before bedtime.]]"
* ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'': Happens to the Doctor in "The Final Chapter" comic strip.


[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* This happens to Stealth Archaeologist Miss Alice Band when she isn't nearly stealthy enough, and makes the fundamental error of trying to excavate a burial mound in Lancre. The restraint is exercised by the [=NacMacFeegle=] in Creator/AAPessimal's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5007887/1/The-Lancre-Caper-or-The-Perils-of-OverConfidence The Lancre Caper (The Perils of Over-Confidence)]]''. Later in the story, student Assassin Deborah Rust thinks she can get away with gassing "little blue vermin" who are stealing sheep on her father's land. A tie-down and intense humiliation is delivered by the Feegle.


[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]

* Happens to Ginormica at the very beginning of ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'' shortly after being hit by a meteorite full of Quantonium and subsequently mutating into a giant.
* Happens to Mrs. Jumbo in ''{{Disney/Dumbo}}'' as a result of her attacking a mean boy that was threatening her title son, and consequently being locked up for this reason.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePagemaster'', Horror is tied down by Lilliputians this way.


[[folder: Films -- Live-Action ]]

* In ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'', the little Evil Ashes that spring from a broken mirror tie Ash to the floor with twine while he's knocked unconscious.
* In ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'', a tranquilized ''T. rex'' is seen lying on a transport pallet, bound heavily enough to immobilize it. In this case, the tiny (to it) humans had the sense to use metal braces rather than string.
* In ''Film/KingKong2005'', Denham has the ship's crew ''try'' to do this to capture Kong, but didn't get the ape tranquilized in time. Kong breaks loose and tosses a lot of crewmen around before finally being knocked out, via a chloroform bottle to the face.
* In ''Film/TheBabadook'', a seven-year-old boy manages to tie up his boogeyman-possessed mother this way.

[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/GulliversTravels'' is the TropeNamer.
* ''Literature/ProfessorMmaasLecture'' features a horde of termites catching a drunk human in a ditch and promptly tying him down ForScience, using miniature cement strings (presumably made with their advanced OrganicTechnology). This includes tying down every single of the man's hairs separately.
* Discussed in ''Literature/{{Truckers}}'' after one of the Nomes sees the illustration in a copy of ''Gulliver's Travels''. Masklin concludes that the most impressive thing about it is the amount of co-operation required; if a group of Nomes tried it, they'd start arguing and never get the job done.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'': In "Small Mercies", the first BodyOfTheWeek is found in a miniature village: staked down and tied to the ground like Gulliver.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': This is how the stunned ''T. rex'' is restrained in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E2InvasionOfTheDinosaurs Invasion of the Dinosaurs]]". Unfortunately for Sarah Jane, the chains don't hold it for long when her camera-flash rouses it.


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* In Bard Games' ''Atlantean Trilogy'' of fantasy RPG books, the bakru are a malicious race of foot-tall jungle faeries who are known to sneak into campsites and tie up sleeping travelers, then rob them blind.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* In ''The Adventures of Theatre/TheLeagueOfSTEAM'' episode, "Bitter Gnomes and Gardens", the gnomes tie up the League's zombie manservant Zed in this way, using a garden hose.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* On ''WesternAnimation/TheLittles'', a young Big girl has run away from home, and the Littles set up a ruse to convince her to return. They need to delay her long enough to prepare their trick, so one of them ties her clothing to the floor when she stops to nap in a barn.
* MickeyMouse was subjected to this trope in ''Gulliver Mickey'', and did something like it to a giant in ''The Brave Little Tailor''.
* Mabel is victim to this in the pilot episode of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''.
** Later happens to [[spoiler: Pacifica Northwest]] in "The Golf War," courtesy of the [[ShoutOut aptly]] [[PunnyName named]] Lilliputtians.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats1985'', a race of tiny people called the Micrits tie up Lion-O while he was sleeping, conjuring the strings with magic.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'' episode "Fairy Tales of Doom", Brainiac traps Superman in the story ''Gulliver's Travels'' and supplies the Lilliputians with a massive amount of Kryptonite, and they use Kryptonite ropes to tie Superman up. Superman struggles and manages to break free.
* The ''WesternAnimation/DinoBoy'' episode "The Ant Warriors" has the titular creatures tying Ugh down to the ground.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Dinotrux}}'' features the Slamtools: small, hammerlike creatures who seem to specialize in pretending to be friendly only to lash down their target overnight and run off with their ore. They're so good at it, they also manage to tie down the help that arrives, before he can even react or fight back.


[[folder: Other ]]

* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edueQOYDVlc this]] commercial for the Acura RDX Gulliver has been tied down by the Liliputians in order to give him a car.