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A character has been stabbed with a knife or some other bladed weapon and left for dead. Then, however, instead of just kicking the bucket, he suddenly pulls the weapon out of his body and uses it to fight back, firmly establishing himself as MadeOfIron and a {{Determinator}}.

Note that in RealLife, this [[WorstAid is a very bad idea]] because the knife sticking in the wound slows down the bleeding considerably. Pulling it out runs a high risk of bleeding yourself to death within minutes. Additionally, touching the lodged blade can result in you surviving the stab wound only to finish the job yourself by cutting into something important inside. (Imagine, for example, someone stabs you in the chest but manages to miss anything vital. You start yanking on the blade to try removing it and it creates a back and forth sawing motion, cutting right through a lung or massive blood vessel. NiceJobBreakingItHero)

Compare CatchAndReturn and HumanPincushion.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The regenerative immortal Rin does it in in episode three of ''Anime/{{Mnemosyne}}'', after being ''vivisected to death'', killing her torturer with the scalpel he accidentally dropped inside her stomach.
* ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Final Fantasy VII: Last Order]]'': After being [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice run through]] by Sephiroth's sword and left dangling over a pit, a much younger Cloud somehow summons the strength to pull himself further onto the blade to regain his footing. Then uses it as a lever to fling Sephiroth across the room and into the wall! [[spoiler: It should be noted that this is [[UnreliableNarrator the Turk's recount]] of the event, since they didn't witness the actual battle; which has Cloud throw Sephiroth into the Mako pit itself rather than throwing him against the wall.]]
* ''Anime/ShootfighterTekken'': actually played realistically with a fist-against-knife fight. Knife guy somehow ends up with the knife deep in his side, and proceeds to demonstrate his badassery by expelling it using just his abdominal muscles. The other characters, including the HeirToTheDojo he's fighting, just stare at him (the viewer is led to think it's in fear or admiration, but...) like he's an idiot, because suddenly he starts [[HighPressureBlood spraying blood]] and faints very soon after.
* Nanashi pulls Luo-Lang's broken sword from his arm for a final attack in ''Anime/SwordOfTheStranger''.
* In the first volume of ''Manga/{{Akira}}'', a government agent stabs a rebel in the leg. Said rebel pulls the knife out and stabs the agent in the stomach.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Captain Buccaneer was stabbed by [[spoiler:Wrath]], but managed to yank the sword off his hand with his uber abs. Later on, he pulled this trope despite being warned not to and died shortly after. However, considering he managed to cripple [[spoiler:Wrath]] with said blade, it also counts as HeroicSacrifice

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Kate Kane, aka ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}, does it in the final volume of ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', [[spoiler:pulling a sacrificial knife out of her own chest to throw it at Bruno Mannheim, who (almost) performed the sacrifice]]. Note that she ''does'' recognize it as a stupid idea that almost costs her her life, but does it anyway because [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice her lover Renee's life is more important to her]]]].
* In the graphic novel ''ComicBook/JonahHex: No Way Back'', Jonah stabs el Papagayo with the same knife Papagayo just stabbed him with: while its still ''stuck through his arm!''
* The ComicBook/SavageDragon once did this in a CrossOver with ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}. An undead pirate stabbed him in the back and he ended up with the blade stuck in him for almost an entire issue before he yanked it out in order to use it as a weapon against the animated brain of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler. Needless to say, it was one of the more memorable stories in the series.
* The ''Comicbook/SuicideSquad'' has once wound up on Apokolips, and Count Vertigo is stabbed by Kanto (a minion of Darkseid who has kind of a Italian Renaissance Assassin thing going.) Some time later, Vertigo turns out to have been playing possum and stabs Kanto in the back with his own dagger. Darkseid approves of this. Note that Count Vertigo was a DeathSeeker at that point in his history and wouldn't care about the potential lethal side effects of pulling out the knife.
* The assassin Shrike averted this trope during an encounter with [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl2000}} Batgirl]], explicitly noting that that pulling the shuriken she threw ([[CatchAndReturn back]]) into his leg would incapacitate him almost instantly and he could still fight with it in. Not that doing so did much ''[[CurbStompBattle good]]'', but....
* ''ComicBook/HackSlash'': In ''Sons of Man'', Ava kills her attacker by stabbing him in the throat with an arrow that is lodged in her arm.
* In ''ComicBook/RobynHood: I Love NY'' #11, Robyn stabs Fuchs [[ImpaledPalm through the palm]] with a piece of splintered wood. This doesn't even slow Fuchs down, as he pulls the shard out of his hand and slashes Robyn with it.
* In ''The Transformers: Salvation'', the Dinobots end up fighting [[KnightTemplar Sandstorm]] in the belly of Trypticon when Snarl hurls his sword at Sandstorm. Sandstorm pulls it out [[spoiler: and [[KansasCityShuffle uses it to destroy the staff Bludgeon was using to control Trypticon]] as the two were actually pretending to fight each other just so they could do that]].

* In ''Film/KnightAndDay'', June accidentally impales an assassin with a knife, followed by the assassin pulling it out of himself to attack June with.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''
** In ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl The Curse of the Black Pearl]]'', Barbossa does this with the knife Elizabeth used on him. Also doubles as TheReveal of the ''Black Pearl'''s curse. He then does this ''again'' at the end of the movie. [[spoiler:This is TheReveal for the fact that ''Jack'' is now cursed.]]
** When a dying [[spoiler:James Norrington]] stabs Davy Jones through the shoulder as a final act of defiance in ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd At World's End]]'', Jones casually pulls the sword out and keeps it. All the examples are unusually justified because of the supernatural nature of the characters.
-->Jones: Hm. Nice sword.
* In ''Film/StrangeDays'' this is used at the climax of the movie when [[spoiler:BigBad Max is hanging on to hero Lenny's tie to stop from falling off of a balcony]]. Lenny (who had previously been stabbed [[spoiler:by Max]]) then [[spoiler:''pulls the knife out of his own back'' and cuts his necktie off, sending Max plummeting to his death.]]
* In ''Film/{{Ladyhawke}}'', a character gets hit with a crossbow bolt, pulls it out, rides up to his opponent, and stabs him in the stomach with the bolt.
* In ''Film/HouseOfFlyingDaggers'', near the end, [[spoiler: Leo attempts to rape Mei]] and is punished by having a dagger embedded in his shoulder by the leader of LaResistance. It remains there for the remainder of the film until he pulls it out as a last-ditch weapon to threaten another character, Jin. [[spoiler: Mei also pulls out a blade that Leo used to stab her, saying that if he uses his knife on Jin, she will mow him down, even though she will bleed to death]].
* In the first ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' film, Lurtz does this with Aragorn's knife (throws it back at him), but only after [[LickingTheBlade licking it]].
* Ironhide in ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' gets a barbed weapon (possibly a timed explosive) thrown into his shoulder during a MexicanStandoff against two Decepticons. He proceeded to pull it out and return the favor to the one who threw it at him, except [[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence through the head]]. He proceeded to slam the 'Con onto a car and punt him into a building, exploding soon after. "[[BondOneLiner Class dismissed!]]"
* ''Film/ShootEmUp'' has the hero Mr Smith use a scalpel he was stabbed with to fight back.
** Although this doesn't really do the scene justice... [[spoiler:After having all his fingers broken, his torturer decides that the next step is to cut out an eye. Smith waits until the knife is close before headbutting the guy and getting the scalpel lodged in his forehead. Since his hands are broken and he's unable to hold the knife, he stabs it through his hand to be able to use it to fight back.]] [[SerialEscalation The film is full of this kind of craziness.]]
* Malcolm Reynolds pulls this during his fight with the Operative in ''Film/{{Serenity}}''.
* ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'': During the fight on the Dark World, [[spoiler:Loki]] stabs [[spoiler:Kurse]] through the back with a sword. [[spoiler:Kurse]] turns around and impales him on the blade that is ''sticking out of his chest''.
* In ''Film/TheCrazies2010'', the main character at one point gets a knife stabbed through his hand. Shortly afterwards, he kills his assailant by stabbing them in the throat by thrusting his still-impaled hand into their neck.
* A very twisted variant appears in ''Film/ReturnOfTheLivingDead3'', where the CuteMonsterGirl zombie starts mutilating herself by embedding nails, chunks of glass, razor blades, sharp wire and other junk into her body to try and control her HorrorHunger. She promptly uses these implements to kill the gangsters who attack her and her boyfriend.
* In the climax of ''Film/UnderworldEvolution'', Marcus stabs Selene through the chest with his [[RazorWings wing]]. Being supercharged by [[spoiler: blood of Corvinus]], she recovers from pain, grabs the wing, snaps the sharp tip off, pulls it out of her body and impales Marcus's head through the jaw with it.
* In the final battle of ''Film/ResidentEvilAfterlife'', Alice gets stabbed in the hand with a scalpel by a henchman. She pulls it out and uses it to stab the BigBad.
* In the final chase of ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'', [[spoiler:Furiosa]] is stabbed in the abdomen and is eventually forced to remove the knife to chase the BigBad. Reconstructed in that the act nearly kills her, but she survives thanks to prompt medical attention. It's also pretty clear that everyone involved knew that removing the knife would kill her and the whole thing is treated as a barely averted HeroicSacrifice on her part.
* ''Film/JohnWick''. When confronting Viggo in the finale, Wick and TheMafiya boss agree to LetsFightLikeGentlemen. Wick throws away his gun and they trade some blows, but when it's clear Viggo can't win he draws a switchblade. Wick takes a stab to the chest, pushes Viggo off him, then fatally stabs Viggo in the neck with the switchblade.

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

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In season 8 of ''Series/TwentyFour'', Jack kills one of [[TheMafiya Vladimir Laitanin]]'s men using a knife that he'd just been stabbed in the stomach with. He eventually gets it bandaged, and being [[MadeOfIron Jack]] is fine.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': Overlapping with IAmNotLeftHanded, Bra'tac did this in "Lost City" after being stabbed in his empty symbiote sac (tretonin having taken the place of his symbiote). Teal'c did almost the exact same thing in "Talion".
** Unlike most examples, [[JustifiedTrope they may have an excuse for not bleeding to death]]. Jaffa heal much faster than normal humans. Also they both very nearly died anyway, and needed medical treatment for it.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': [[RubberForeheadAliens Nausicaans]] have a culture that revels in violence, moreso than even the [[ProudWarriorRace Klingons]]. One episode of ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]]'' features a pair of Nausicaans playing a game similar to darts, except using each other as targets. They don't even try to dodge, or anything, just casually removing the dart and returning the attack. Doubles as a FunnyBackgroundEvent.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' - Giles is fighting off a vampire in the park, Jenny aims a crossbow at it - and in the chaos, shoots Giles in the back. As he stands reeling in agony, the vampire laughs mockingly - until Giles [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome yanks the bolt from his back and stakes him with it]].
* Played realistically in the ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' episode "Epilogue". A security guard is stabbed and pulls the knife out and uses it to stab his attacker. He then bleeds to death from the wound he had suffered which he might have survived if he had left the knife in.
* In one episode of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', Agent Melinda May is tied up and hung from the ceiling. A man tries to torture her by stabbing her in the shoulder, whereupon she thanks him for the knife and uses it to cut herself free and kill everyone.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': In "Streets of Fire", [[spoiler: Malcolm]]'s fight with one of the Mirakuru {{Super Soldier}}s ends with a variant of this. [[spoiler: Malcolm]] has used up all his arrows on the soldier, who grabs him in a crushing bear grip; however, this allows [[spoiler: Malcolm]] to grab one of the arrows lodged in the soldier's back, rip it out, and stab it into his neck, taking him down.
* ''Series/MissionImpossible'': In "The Golden Serpent (Part 1)", Max gets hit in the leg by a shuriken while fighting atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Later he is dangling off the side of the bridge with TheDragon about to stomp on his hands. He pulls the shuriken out of his leg and throws it into TheDragon's chest, killing him.
* In the ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' episode "The Wrath of the Lamb", after Dolarhyde stabs Will in the shoulder, Will pulls the knife out and attacks Dolarhyde with it. [[spoiler: Since Will throws himself off a cliff shortly afterward, he might not care that pulling knives out of himself is horribly dangerous.]]
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': In "Sacred", the witch Isobel summons two magic swords and throws one into Clark Kent's shoulder, and as it is magical, it stabs him. When she attacks him with the other sword, he pulls out the first to defend himself. As Kryptonians have a HealingFactor, that solves the bleeding issue.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The PlayerCharacter Soap does it near the end of ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyModernWarfare2'' to [[spoiler:kill General Shepherd with the same knife he stabbed him in the chest with]]. However, this ends up being a thoroughly DeconstructedTrope. The game makes a point to have it come out slowly and agonizingly, and it was clearly a last resort. In fact, in the third game, he almost dies from it, flatlining during the prologue, and there's a level where you have to get him to safety before he bleeds out.
* Early on in ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'', Gat gets stabbed by Loren during a tussle, but being MadeOfIron, he just pulls the knife out and throws it at a guard with a machine gun so the others can escape.
* The sword Ganondorf uses in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' is the one that was used for his execution. Thanks to the Triforce of Power, he survived, pulled it out, and slew one of the Sages holding him before the rest were able to [[SealedEvilInACan seal him away]].
* Played with repeatedly in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' during [[spoiler:Raiden's]] fight with Vamp. Towards the end of the fight, [[spoiler: Raiden]] is pinned to the ground via a knife through the foot. He proceeds to [[spoiler: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome yank his foot out of the ground and stomp on Vamp repeatedly... with the knife still sticking out.]]]]
** Later on, he takes two knives to the forearms and nailed to his back. He extracts them and uses the knives as weapons ''while they're still in his arms.'' Finally, he [[spoiler: gets stuck with multiple knives, then flexes his cyber muscles to shoot them all out, sticking Vamp with them and allowing Raiden to make the killing blow.]]
* An actual gameplay mechanic in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, starting with ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]''. If you are struck by an enemy archer, there is a small chance that the arrow will appear in your inventory. You can then equip it and fire it back, with the implication being that you ''took it out of your own flesh''. Likewise, if an enemy archer is shot with a better quality arrow than what they possess, there's a chance they will send it straight back at you in the same fashion. This trope also appears in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', where the odds of the arrow showing up in your inventory are higher.
* In ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'', one of SolomonGrundy's moves is to attack with the knives stuck in his back, and then put them back. (Grundy is a zombie, you see)
* This is an actual gameplay mechanic in ''Videogame/DwarfFortress''. With the incredibly detailed combat system, blades or projectiles can be lodged in body parts. It is possible to remove these and throw them at enemies. This is usually a bad idea because it causes lots of blood loss. It is also possible to pull a lodged blade out of someone else's body.
** And occasionally the body part will remain attached if it's not their own.
* ''VideoGame/ZombieRevenge'' had a spectacular aversion in one boss fight. The undead boss had many of spikes and other sharp pieces of debris embedded in its back. With the right timing one could use the "pick up weapon" command to yank out a pipe from it. This not only does heavy damage to it but also gives you a decent melee weapon.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'', during ''The Second Dream'' quest, after the player's Warframe [[spoiler:is impaled with the Stalker's War sword, the Warframe [[BackFromTheDead reawakens,]] snaps the sword lengthwise, and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome pulls the sword straight out of its torso.]] Once the quest is over, you acquire the Broken-War Sword to use normally and to craft War, which is [[InfinityMinusOneSword quite a good sword itself.]]]]

* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', TheCaptain does this [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2010-08-15 when he gets a knife]] thrown into his ''[[EyeScream eye]]'', following a jam of his pistol leaving him unarmed until that point. Justified, as he's been [[SuperSoldier boosted]], then immediately Deconstructed, as he falls unconscious from internal bleeding after the fight is over and requires field brain surgery from another character.
-->'''Tagon''': Thank you. Now ''I'' have a knife.
* A rare double version occurs in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' when [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=061107 Oasis fights]] [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=061108 Nash Straw.]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Elan says that he found a free sword after being stabbed by [[GratuitousNinja Ninja Goblins]].
* Terezi of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is mind-controlled into stabbing herself with her own sword, but pulls it out and keeps using it without missing a beat. [[spoiler: Granted, she doesn't last much longer.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* At the end of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-is63goeBgc Ryan Vs. Dorkman 2,]]'' [[spoiler: Dorkman is being cruelly stabbed by Ryan, but he manages to push Ryan back, pull out the lightsaber from his chest, and kill Ryan with a well-placed [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks saber throw]]]].
* In Part V of ''WebVideo/DeadFantasy'', even after [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Tifa]] gets a katana lodged into her upper arm, she takes it out and continues fighting.
* The zombie from the ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' video series ''WebVideo/MonsterSchool'' does this.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAssaultOnArkham'': Deadshot uses the two knives the Joker had stabbed him with to [[PinnedToTheWall pin the Joker to the fuselage of the helicopter]].