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[[caption-width-right:170:[-For some reason, Western acupuncture never really worked out.-] ]]

->''"Masochism is a valuable job skill"''
-->-- '''Creator/ChuckPalahniuk'''

When characters, particularly tough [[TheBigGuy guys]] and [[ActionGirl girls]], get large amounts of projectiles or weapons stuck in their body. They continue on fighting with the blades and shafts eerily poking out of them at odd angles. Essentially, these become a new fashion accessory that testify to their exceptional prowess and stamina, and they [[ImplacableMan do very little to actually slow down]] the lumbering war machine. In fact, the character in question may [[CombatSadomasochist actually enjoy this situation.]] To take this even further, the impaled characters can [[LodgedBladeRecycling pull the weapons out of their bodies and use them to fight back]].

Alternatively, this trope can also be invoked through a character's particularly gruesome death, where the victim is pierced in a similar manner but does not quite fare as well as their seemingly-invincible counterpart. In this case, the odds and ends stuck in the victim's body underscore the brutal fate, along with adding unintentional NauseaFuel for those with weak stomachs.

Either way, having a character with multiple objects sticking out of them adds a touch of dramatic tension, while highlighting that character's BadAss qualities, even if they die. Note, however, that for this trope to have been truly invoked, the work must feature a character with a sufficient amount of projectiles/weapons stuck in their body, typically at least 4 or 5. Otherwise, the atmosphere created isn't quite the same.

Compare ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice for characters being viciously impaled by various implements, AnnoyingArrows for projectiles being treated untruthfully in fiction, OnlyAFleshWound for wounds that do little to slow an attacker down, and DeathByAThousandCuts for deaths involving a long repetition of small cuts or hits.

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* The subject of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YZcFrBKKCk&feature=related this]] very funny commercial.
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[[folder:Anime And Manga]]
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'': Hansel and Gretel do this to one of Balalaika's men after kidnapping him. It is implied that they did this while he was alive, and continued after he died because they found amusement in his spinal reflex's making him "twitch like a fish."
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Zabuza got a small army's worth of weapons deposited in his sides when he attacked Gatto for betraying him.
** Sasuke got six of Killer Bee's [[DualWielding seven swords]] stuck inside of him, though thanks to some IntimateHealing (and no apparent damage to vital organs) he lived.
* ''ShinMazingerZero'': In chapter two, [[spoiler:[[Anime/MazingerZ Sayaka Yumi]]]] died when her body was impaled by several dozens of iron rods.
* ''TheMelancholyOfHaruhiSuzumiya'': in Yuki's memorable battle with [[spoiler:Ryoko]], she is impaled by a large number of metal spikes, but doesn't seem concerned at all.
* Monkey D. Luffy ended up looking like an actual pincushion in the sixth ''OnePiece'' movie thanks to a RainOfArrows.
* ''BloodPlus'': In the anime, during a battle with the Schiff, Hagi returns to Saya's hiding spot with weapons still piercing him. He later becomes a human, er, chiropteran pincushion as he is impaled and pinned to a tree with just about every one of the Schiff's weapons, eventually walking the spear still in the tree through himself to escape.
** In the Blood+ Adagio manga, Hagi becomes a pincushion as multiple swords are driven into him to prove his immortality. Just because he's immortal, doesn't mean the poor guy can't feel pain.
* In ''VisionOfEscaflowne'', [[spoiler:King Duke Freid]] rises from safe cover to shout defiance at the invading Zaibach army... only to get struck with dozens of bolts simultaneously, from nearly every conceivable angle. [[spoiler:He dies immediately]].
* In ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion The End of Evangelion]]'', this is the Mass Production Eva's final insult to [[spoiler:[[CruelAndUnusualDeath Asuka's already]]-gnawed corpse.]] Happens because she hasn't given up [[GraspTheSun and is still trying to attack them.]]
* [[spoiler:Thors]] in ''Manga/VinlandSaga'' gets shots with about a dozen arrows. He then continues talking with the enemy leader and says goodbye to his men and his son, and only then falls over to die.
* The cause of death for [[spoiler: Ususama Wisdom King Mayuri]] from ''TenkuuSenkiShurato''.
* In ''RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', [[spoiler: Anthy was subjected to this at the hands of an angry mob for sealing Dios away long ago, and she still has to endure the pain of constantly being skewered by the Swords of Hate as a scapegoat for humanity's rage toward the Prince who lost his faith and then abandoned his people.]]
* In [[TheAnimeOfTheGame the anime of]] ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'', [[spoiler: [[http://i44.tinypic.com/e9hef5.jpg "Junko Enoshima's"]] original "ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice" death is turned UpToEleven and becomes this trope. The spears that go through her ''thighs'' look specially painful.]]
* In the ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' manga [[spoiler: those fighting Elendira usually end up like this with many massive nails impaled through their torsos. This made her potentially one of the most powerful characters in the series. Livio is victim to this several times.]]
* In the ''Anime/SailorMoon'' anime, this is how [[spoiler: Nephrite]] dies. At least ''four'' huge pointy roots go through [[spoiler: his]] torso, and when [[spoiler: Naru]] tries to pull one out, she's [[ElectricTorture hit with lightining]].
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* ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'': The following characters exhibit this trope:
** {{Wolverine}} invokes this every so often thanks to his HealingFactor. Ranges from things like arrows to multiple [[http://i.annihil.us/u/prod/marvel/i/content/69274comic_storystory_full-6284508..jpg swords]].
** Marrow had this as her superpower; she could grow bones out of her body, usually as outward jutting spines or claws.
** Spike from ''XForce'' had the same abilities and tended to use them in a similar fashion.
* Mr Croup in the comic version of ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}''.
* ''TheDemon'', as seen in [[http://www.comics.org/issue/88998/cover/4/ this cover]].
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'': The AlmostDeadGuy who rides hundreds of miles to deliver news of One Eye's army... while pierced in the back by about a dozen arrows.
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[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'': What else do you expect from a character with a name like "Pinhead"?
** Probably subverted, seeing as he enjoys it.
* ''Film/{{Hero}}'': The ending features this, though the result is only [[KnifeOutline implied]]. [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill Thankfully]].
* The villain of the 2007 film ''ThePromiseKeeper''.
* ''ReturnOfTheLivingDeadIII'': Julie Walker drives spikes into her ''own'' body after becoming a zombie, attempting to numb her bestial impulses with pain. By the end of the movie she's got rail spikes through her arms, along with nails and glass shards sticking out of her head.
* ''Film/Thir13enGhosts''The Hammer, though the event of having the nails hammered into him isn't shown on-screen, only how it looks when the Main Characters are viewing the ghosts.
* ''Film/ThreeHundred'': In the {{Bittersweet|Ending}} GrandFinale, where every remaining Spartan warrior is killed and outnumbered by the Persian army, many of the Spartans have arrows, swords, and other weapons encrusted in their bodies.
* Being pincushioned with arrows (by his own men) is how Washizu dies in ''Film/ThroneOfBlood''.
* In ''Film/TheWolverine'', Logan receives plenty of AnnoyingArrows by the ninjas... which, being poisoned, knock him out.
* ''The13thWarrior'': one of the vikings gets about a half dozen spears (!) stuck in his chest and back before finally keeling over
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Literature/{{Discworld}}: the first death of soon-to-be Zombie Reg Shoe, when the thwarted revolutionary is stuck with eight arrows but can still shout defiance at his attackers before dying. He soon recovers from this, and as a zombie proves it's impossible to kill him twice. In ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' he confounds the Klatchians by blithely fighting on even after losing an arm, devising a new form of unarmed combat by using his severed limb as a club to hit people with. As a policeman, he concludes arrests with arrows sticking out of him, often while complaining about the holes in his armour and uniform that he will have to make good himself.
* ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'': Boromir goes out in a fashion similar to Longinus of the SienkiewiczTrilogy while buying the hobbits time to get out of there. (The movie only shows three arrows, while the novel details many more)
* ''SienkiewiczTrilogy'': Both in the book and in the movie, Longinus dies from from being shot with multiple arrows after the enemy corner him but dare not approach within the range of his sword.
* King Edmund "the Martyr" of UsefulNotes/EastAnglia supposedly was killed by Viking invaders in this way in 869 AD, when his captors tied him to a tree and riddled him with arrows. Some 120 years later, his biographer Abbo of Fleury gives a particularly vivid description of the event:
-->They shot then with missiles, as if to amuse themselves, until he was all covered with their missiles as with bristles of a hedgehog, just as Sebastian was.
* In Literature/TheBalladOfTheWhiteHorse Eldred takes seven spears to the torso before he finally goes down, and that's only because the seventh spear was enchanted.
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* ''{{CSI}}'' had an episode with a victim where the cause of death was "gunshot wounds to everything".
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' / ''Series/{{Angel}}'' - vampires die from a stake to the heart, but other methods of impalement don't kill them. Spike got quite a few arrows stuck in him while Buffy was fighting a vengeful Native American spirit. He later took the opportunity to run Angel through with a sword to get to a monster.
--> '''Spike:''' Fuss, fuss. The thing was about to strike. It was on your back. What was I supposed to do?
--> '''Angel:''' Ask me to turn around.
--> '''Spike:''' Heat of battle. Wasn't time.
--> '''Angel:''' You just like stabbing me.
--> '''Spike:''' I - I'm shocked, SHOCKED, that you'd say that. I much prefer hitting you with blunt instruments.
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* ''HagarTheHorrible'': Returns home looking like this sometimes (usually axes, spears and arrows), showing that his last pillaging foray wasn't as successful as he'd hoped.
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* [[PatronSaint Saint Sebastian]]: Possibly the UrExample. His martyrdom consisted of being tied to a tree and pierced with multiple arrows. [[MadeOfIron He survived this ordeal]] and was later [[ATasteOfTheLash flogged to death.]] (Or [[OffWithHisHead decapitated]], according to other versions.) He became the patron saint of archers, which is highly ironic given his particular form of execution.
* Subverted by RebelliousPrincess [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philomena Saint Philomena of Mugnano]]. Her ([[YouFailhistoryForever almost surely false]]) myth says that she ''was'' to be executed just like Sebastian (after [[ATasteOfTheLash flogging her to almost death]] and [[KillItWithWater tossing her into a river]] didn't work), but God used His Powers to save her [[RuleOfThree by the third time]] and [[KarmicDeath shoot the arrows back to the archers, killing several of them.]] So Philomena "had" to [[OffWithHisHead be decapitated]] instead.
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' this tends to happen to Goblin Fanatics, extremely dangerous and totally crazy goblins with ludicrously large {{Epic Flail}}s. The reason for this is that they cannot be attacked in close combat, and most units are not allowed to split their fire between two target units (and each Goblin Fanatic counts as a unit).
* Due to AnnoyingArrows it's very possible for people in any number of games to take many, many attacks from a bow during a given fight
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* ''BrutalLegend'': The Tainted Coil's Punishing Party unit in Brutal Legend consists of several Dominatrices and the Slave. The Slave is a big demon with a truckload of arrows, swords, and other pointy objects stuck in his body. Punishing Party's basic attack is tearing out a projectile from the Slave's flesh and hurling it at the enemies.
* ''DungeonSiege'': Particularly visible throughout the series and downright ridiculous in "winter" areas, where opponents tend to use large ice shards instead of arrows.
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'': In the third installment, Dante is interrupted in eating a slice of pizza by a large group of scythe wielding demons warping in around him and turning him into an inhuman scythecushion. Up until Dante ''grins'', walks a few steps ''dragging the demons still holding onto their scythes'' and proceeds to kill every single one of his attackers '''with the scythe blades that are still stuck in him.'''
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': Archer is seen to have died this way in flashback. Then it happens in-game, but this time, ''[[NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow he sticks around for a day after.]]''
** In the fighting games based on the visual novel, this is the common fate of anyone caught in the final StormOfBlades attack of Archer's Unlimited Blade Works.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'': In the third game, you can be turned into one by The Fear. If you use the medical screen to heal your wounds ''except'' for pulling out the arrows, Snake will spend the entire game with arrows sticking out of his body.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': Arrows shot into a ragdoll will persist until they die and their bodies fade, so [[TheBigGuy Heavy Weapons Guys]] in particular will be seen having multiple arrows protruding from their bodies (and shooting non-fatal arrows thusly earns a Huntsman-wielding Sniper an achievement).
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': According to {{Fanon}}, this is the common fate of anyone who severely pisses off Sakuya Izayoi, the knife-throwing, time-stopping NinjaMaid of the Scarlet Devil Mansion, with [[TheChewToy Hong Meiling]] being her most common victim.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': Enemy projectiles such as arrows and spears remain in the PlayerCharacter's body for a short amount of time after making a hit, so coming under attack from multiple ranged units can easily invoke this trope.
* The cause of [[spoiler:Asch]]'s death/defeat (the ending waffled a little bit) in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. Buying time for the rest of the party he held of a force of replica knights as long as he could, eventually getting impaled with three swords. To cement his badassery though, he managed to pull one of them out of his torso and use it to kill a few knights before finally going down.
* In ''Duodecim'', the prequel to ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', this is part of [[spoiler:Desperado Chaos]]'s [[LimitBreak EX Burst]], and the impaling...elements happen to be measured in ''stories''. Distressingly, the impaling isn't even ''[[NothingIsScarier close]]'' [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown to being the scariest or most horrifying part of that particular attack]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' characters can be turned into human pincushions with literally dozens of arrows sticking out of them. If their health is high enough they can keep going.
** Ditto in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''. It's perfectly permissable to hear a guard whine about how his adventuring career was cut short after an archery-related knee injury while you yourself have an arrow stuck in your face. Or, in case you've had a run-in with a mage, an ice shard the size of a small log shoved through your neck. Guards have really wimped out since Oblivion.
* Ditto in ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade,'' extending to other throwing arms such as javelins and axes, as well. Anything that is both a projectile and has something that can be called a pointy end can and will lodge in both player characters and NPC troops, sharing models as they do. [[http://mountandblade.wikia.com/wiki/File:Mb_warband_2011-06-26_22-50-44-55.jpg There's quite the upper bound on the number of arrows that can remain visibly lodged in an object,]] though given how the game averts AnnoyingArrows completely, few players will catch nearly as many in one battle without a shield or high-quality armor.
* In ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', items can become impaled in a character. Mostly arrows shot from a bow/crossbow. This item will then be in your inventory. So, if after a battle, a character suddenly has a bunch of arrows added to their inventory but didn't pick any up then they have just become pincushions.
** It's Worth noting that these arrows must be pulled out of the body before they can be used, causing bleeding. There have been quite a few adventurers who have died this way.
* Any game with visible arrows/javelin/pointy/non-pointy impalement has a possibility of a character looking like this if the injections stay.
* In ''VideoGame/OddworldStrangersWrath'', this can easily happen to Stranger in if he gets hit with enough shots and doesn't [[WalkItOff shake them off]].
* The Iron Maidens in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' do this to Leon as a grab attack.
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* ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'': One scene has Richard in a torture chamber with various sharp objects stuck through his body, telling the torturer there's some room near his thigh. Justified in that Richard is a supremely overpowered undead warlock, for who this is a pleasant experience.
* In ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', Black Mage does this to his teammates on a fairly regular basis - i.e., whenever they really piss him off. They're all fine in the end, though.
* ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad'': Had this as one of the many possible deaths of the main characters.
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* One of the things actual fakirs can supposedly do is skewer various appendages of their body without feeling pain or bleeding. [[http://le-fakir-le-livre.allmyblog.com/ For example...]]
* Benkei, retainer of Minamoto Yoshitsune, died this way while pulling a YouShallNotPass. His body, riddled with arrows, was said to be still standing after his death.
* Being simultaneously pierced with multiple implements is actually FetishFuel for some.
* A common illusion in stage magic, usually involving a DisappearingBox.
* Blackbeard the pirate was supposedly stabbed over twenty times in his final battle and continued fighting on for several hours with the blades protruding from his body before finally succumbing to his wounds.
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