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The DistressedDamsel (or DistressedDude) is in the clutches of the [[CardCarryingVillain Evil Villain]]. Now to dispose [[DeathTrap of them]]. A classic way is to strap them to a rocket just before shooting them off.

This, like most [[DeathTrap death traps]] piles on the drama and [[IndyPloy allows the hero to escape just in the nick of time.]]

A related trope is StrappedToABomb and occasionally overlaps. A favorite of evil [[MadScientist mad scientists]] everywhere. Compared RocketRide and RidingTheBomb.


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[[folder:ComicBooks]]
* This how ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's side kick Bucky [[DeathIsCheap "dies"]] in the Marvel Universe (the first time).
* The [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Human Torch]] ended up glued to a missile (that launched) during his first battle against Paste-Pot Pete in ''Strange Tales'' #104.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the ''Literature/TakeshiKovacs'' novels this is the Harlan's World equivalent of CementShoes, because the planet is orbited by a bunch of {{Kill Sat}}s that vaporize any advanced technology above a certain altitude.
* One of the [[EdmondHamilton Captain Future]] PulpMagazine covers involved the hero's LoveInterest strapped to a small RetroRocket while his RobotBuddy tries to cut her free. A later edition had her ''inside'' the one-woman rocket, peering out through a transparent plate as Captain Future fired his raygun at a villain about to pull a large lever, presumably to send her off.
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[[folder:Film -- Live Action]]
* In ''Film/CaptainAmerica1990'', the Red Skull ties Captain America to a rocket and launches it towards the White House. Captain America kicks the flaps on it redirecting it to Alaska.
* General Rancor's eventual fate in ''Film/SpyHard''.
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[[folder:Film -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' Sid duct-tapes Buzz to a large firework, intending to launch him into the air to explode. [[spoiler:Woody and Buzz eventually use the rocket to catch up to Andy's minivan.]]
* In the climax of ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe 2'', El Macho straps Lucy (Gru's colleague [[spoiler:and love interest]]) to a rocket which is also laden with explosives ([[ItMakesSenseInContext and a shark]]) which he plans to fire into a volcano.
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[[folder:TabletopGames]]
* In ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'' there's a short snippet of one genius tying another to a rocket. The twist is, along with the rocket not having enough fuel, there are a number of other things wrong with it, and the genius strapped to the rocket is expected to fix those issues mid-flight if he doesn't want to go 'splat'.
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[[folder:VideoGames]]
* At the end of ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 5'', this is how Heihachi disposes of Jin, Kazuya and Jinpachi. This later became Heihachi's Level 3 super in ''VideoGame/PlaystationAllStarsBattleRoyale''.
* ''VideoGame/EvilGenius'': Done to John Steele, the British super agent, at the game's climactic final mission where the titular Evil Genius is launching their DoomsdayDevice and the world's agencies pour an endless number of special agents unto the player's island in attempt to thwart your evil schemes. [[TheBadGuyWins It does not end well for Steele...or the world.]]
* In the final mission of ''VideoGame/SnoopyVsTheRedBaron'', Charlie Brown is strapped to a missile.
* In ''RatchetAndClankGoingCommando'', this is how the masked thief tries to get rid of the protopet.
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[[folder:WesternAnimation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'', the Dethklok band is offered to perform at a mass inmate execution. They couldn't refuse after being told they get to choose the method. Their choice: getting strapped to a rocket and exploding hundreds of meters in the sky, creating fireworks. Some of the prisoners are even glad to be part of such a "metal" way to go.
* Batman and Steve Trevor are chained to rockets by Baroness Paula Von Gunther in the teaser to the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' epsiode "Scorn of the Star Sapphire!".
* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost'' episode "Zorak". The title villain ties Jan and Jace to the seats of his Flying Time Bomb (a spaceship with a TimeBomb inside) and sends it away. Space Ghost rescues them JustInTime.
* Doofenshmirtz straps Perry to a giant firework rocket in the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode, "Dude, We're Getting the Band Back Together!". Given Doof's ButtMonkey status, it's no surprise that a few minutes later, Doof has ended up HoistByHisOwnPetard.
* Tom Cat tries to tie Jerry Mouse to the anchoring rod of a fireworks rocket in the ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' cartoon "Yankee Doodle Mouse." Holding Jerry in place while tying the knots is more than Tom can manage, so Jerry obligingly helps with the knots. Jerry then squirts free, leaving Tom's hands tied to the rod. The rocket ignites and launches Tom high into the sky, exploding in a perfect stars-and-stripes display.
* MadScientist Doctor Strangemoon has built a rocket which will carry a capsule that can attract fiery comets toward the Earth in the ''WesternAnimation/JosieAndThePussyCats'' cartoon "Strangemoon Over Miami." Believing the Pussy Cats are spies, Strangemoon captures them, and stows Melody, Alexander and Alexandra aboard the capsule. The rocket is then launched successfully.
* When the ''WesternAnimation/LoonaticsUnleashed'' launched missiles against three of Black Velvet's fighter craft, the fighters broke off their attack and returned to the AirborneAircraftCarrier. Knowing that Tech Coyote had been taken there earlier, the Loonatics had to destroy their own missiles, because the "genius" coyote never put a destruct mechanism in them. Rev Runner takes out one and Lexi Bunny blasts another. Danger Duck teleports onto the third, rips off a service panel, and starts yanking wires. Duck gets pulled off the missile moments before it explodes.
* In the opening of ''GoldieGoldAndActionJack'', Goldie is shown strapped to a rocket in one of the clips.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Bye, Bye Bluebeard", PorkyPig is tied to a rocket by the title character.
* TexAvery's ''Billy Boy'' is a goat who threatens to eat literally everything in front of him. His owner straps him to a big firework rocket which goes all the way to the moon - then his owner watches the moon getting munched out of existence.
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