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When it comes to fighting in some series, it's not enough to just simply land wounds on someone's body and restrain them using conventional means. No, sometimes you need to go one step farther than usual and show off how badass you are, and what better way than to use a non-physical part of someone's body to pin them like a fly on a wall -- mainly, their shadow.

Almost always supernatural in nature, a Shadow Pin generally means that you're dealing with a very dangerous person, and it seems to be a common foray of {{Ninja}}, probably due to their inherent relationship with shadow and darkness. In some cases it can also be used to form a MirrorRoutine between the controller and the controlled, and the entire process is often very humiliating for the one being controlled.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The defeated BigBad of chapter 3 of ''Manga/MajinDevil'' is held in place by (his) demonic babies that emerge from his shadow.
* Yusuke's wannabe EvilCounterpart Asato Kido in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' could paralyze people by stepping on their shadows, and managed to hand Yusuke an embarassing defeat by doing just that. He can also control his own shadow independently of the rest of his body.
* ''LightNovel/VampireHunterD: Bloodlust'' had a Benge, who himself was some sort of shadow being, able to kill people by striking their shadow.
* The Nara Clan in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has this as their main shtick, and use it mostly to control someone puppet-style. Shikamaru has some other diverse shadow related abilities, including his [[CombatTentacles Shadow Sewing, Shadow Strangulation,]] and turning his chakra knives into the "pin-the-shadow" ability.
** The basic technique, "Shadow Imitation" is mentioned to have previously called "Shadow Paralysis", implying it used to just hold them in place.
** Jiraiya has a similar move where his body becomes flat and merges with someone's shadow, giving him control over them as long as he can hold his breath.
* One of [[spoiler:Akira's]] abilities in ''Anime/MaiHime'' is to do the same thing, and the manga greatly expands these abilities, including the ability to walk through the shadows to get to her target.
* In the ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' manga, Ciel's Black Keys are able to do this to Akiha and pin her in place after Ciel tosses up a flare.
** Ciel does this against Shiki in the VisualNovel as well.
** In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', [[BigBad Kirei is also capable of this]], suggesting it's a common technique of the Church.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', the Shadow Snap spell immobilizes someone by pinning their shadow to the ground with a knife.
* One episode of the ''Zorro'' anime featured a ninja who did this. In the end it turned out to be a hypnosis-related technique.
* Tsubasa Andou from ''Manga/AliceAcademy'' has this as his power.
* ''Manga/DescendantsOfDarkness'': Seiichirou Tatsumi's power as a Shinigami is basically this.
* Gecko Morria from ''Manga/OnePiece'' has this as one of his Shadow-Shadow fruit powers, called "Shadow Revolution". Merging his shadow with another person's, he can control a person's actions to the point of reshaping their body. He says this is possible because it's a law of nature that the shadow and its caster must always have the same shape.
* In ''Anime/LupinIIIDragonOfDoom'', Genzai [[spoiler:and Kikyo]] use a technique like this to trap Lupin, Jigen and Goemon when the gang comes to rescue Fujiko.
* ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear'': Tsubasa's Shadow Weaving is a technique where she throws a dagger on the opponent's shadow to seal their movements. Interestingly, it's actually a {{Ninja}} technique taught by her manager Ogawa... who can perform this technique with a ''bullet''.

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* Disney's ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' has Dr. Facilier's shadow act sentient from him. Both the doctor and his shadow can take hold of someone, or affect inanimate objects by touching their shadows. [[spoiler:This is turned around on Facilier at the movie's climax when his "friends on the other side" [[DraggedOffToHell come to collect on his debts]].]]

* Interesting alternative use: In ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', in order to free King Verence of Vampyre mind control, the Nac Mac Feegles create a magic flash and then shoot his shadow, which ends up pinned to the wall and then dies, though presumably this is not his real shadow but the influence they put on him given physical form.
* Creator/JRRTolkien's macabre poem "Shadow-Bride" is about a man with no shadow who sits like a statue until a woman passes by. Then he wraps her shadow around them both and forces her to dance with him forever, casting a single shadow...
* In ''Literature/ANightInTheLonesomeOctober'' by Creator/RogerZelazny, Owen used druidic magic to make Cheeter the squirrel into his familiar, by ''literally'' pinning his shadow to a wall. Snuff and Greymalk undo the magic by pulling the seven silver pins loose, then dragging the shadow over the squirrel's body, allowing it to re-bind itself to seven scratches on Cheeter's hide.

[[folder:Live-action TV]]
* ''{{Series/Warehouse 13}}'' "All the Time in the World": The Folsom Prison Ball and Chain artifact attaches to the shadow of an object or person and traps them in one spot.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Vamp from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' can immobilize you if he hits your shadow with a knife. [[spoiler:You can stop him by shooting the overhead lights]]. Unlike most abilities in the series, this has no scientific explanation, though Otacon and Snake do offer an alternative explanation for Vamp's shadow-pinning power. They think it's some kind of hypnotism: "The power of suggestion augmented by his speech and movements, coupled with the manipulation of the light reflecting off the blade of his knife". Raiden only ''thinks'' he's been immobilized.
* "Shadowbind" is a Ninja ability in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' and ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI XI]]'', as well as in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance''.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Wobbuffet has an ability called Shadow Tag which prevents opposing Pokemon from fleeing or switching out. Baton Pass can bypass this effect, but the substitute takes the effect in turn. You cannot manually switch out until Wobbuffet is knocked out, and that might take a while. There are also moves that stop a Pokemon from leaving the battlefield as well, but the one that closest matches this trope is [[TheDarkSide Shadow Hold]]. Since the sixth generation, Shadow Tag doesn't work on Ghost-Type Pokémon anymore.
** Decidueye's SignatureMove Spirit Shackle damages the opponent and prevents it from fleeing or switching out.
* Jack of ''VideoGame/WildArms1'' can learn the Shadow Bind technique, where he paralyzes enemies by throwing swords at their shadows.
* A variation from GuiltyGearXrd: [[BilingualBonus Zato-1]] is bound with a shadow-beast named Eddie. For his Instant Kill, he sends Eddie to devour his opponent's shadow. Shadowless, they simply slump to the ground dead.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky'', [[spoiler:Phantom Thief B]] can trap his opponents by creating a flash and throwing darts at the new shadows.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* The Franchise/{{Nasuverse}} has the Black Keys, holy daggers made by the Catholic Church. While they are effective against zombies, vampires, ghosts, demons and the like, their flashiest skill is to pin somebody's shadow to the ground if the keys hit the shadows. Both [[VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}} Ciel]] and [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Kotomine Kirei]] make use of them, though only Ciel is seen using the latter ability onscreen.

* Maxim of ''Webcomic/AModestDestiny'' learns to control his shadow, and also learns that what his shadow does to another object or person's shadow also happens to that person. Thus, he can use his shadow to pick up another person via their shadow, or [[spoiler: throw a stick through the eye of the TheDragon while immobilized]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP]]- [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-272 272]] is a nail that does this. There's an interesting list of experiments where the foundation tries to figure out what happens when you change the shape of the shadow. It was used in an attempt to kill [[EldritchAbomination SCP-682]] by combining it with a room full of strobe lights. It was [[MomentOfAwesome one of the more impressive and effective attempts]], but [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption naturally]], it didn't work, as 682 spontaneously started glowing, eventually so brightly that it no longer had a shadow to pin.