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->''"It's not another party head, this time you cannot rise\\
Your hands are tied, your legs are strapped, a light shines in your eye\\
You faintly see a razor's edge, you open your mouth to cry\\
You know you can't, it's over now, blade is gonna ride"''
-->-- '''Music/TwistedSister''', "Under the Blade"
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Tip: When captured by a MadScientist, don't expect to be left alone in the dungeon. In fact, don't even expect to ''see'' the dungeon. Odds are, you'll be hauled into the lab for immediate experimentation and strapped to the operating table. Heaven help you if TheyWouldCutYouUp.

This is particularly popular with the EvilutionaryBiologist, and often occurs when people start PlayingWithSyringes.

Even if you're dealing with an EvilOverlord who merely wants to kill you, many a DeathTrap still involves strapping the victim down to a flat surface.

For some reason, the entire room is darkened except for a spot-lit circle around the table. You'd think working mad scientists would prefer better lighting.

More realistic settings involve victims bound to a chair instead. Speaking of reality, remember: the invention of surgery long preceded the existence of anesthetics, so... you and your surgeon needed those straps. Now hold still...

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!!Examples

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', Professor Stein ironically hallucinates ending up like this in a later arc while he is going insane.
** He did it a lot to Spirit in their backstory - he was operating on him for five years before Spirit found out after being told by the woman who would become Maka's mother. The hallucination mentioned above actually reverses their roles, with Stein as the 'patient' and Spirit the 'doctor'.
* Tetsuo from ''Manga/{{Akira}}''.
* ''Literature/{{Paprika}}'' is not strapped to an operating table per se, just a table, and she has butterfly wings behind her.
* Chidori Kaname of ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' is subjected to this in the first season.
* Sanji of ''Manga/OnePiece'' gets this as treatment from the sadistic (but with a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Heart of Gold]]) Dr. Kureha for spinal injuries when he didn't have the sense to not injure himself further by NOT fighting.
* Integra Hellsing from ''{{Hellsing}}'' is trapped by BigBad Incognito on a cross-shaped table in the last episode of the Gonzo anime series.
* ''GundamSEEDDestiny'' features a less villainous version of this: Stellar is bound to the operating table by her captors, but that's largely due to the fact that she's a chemotherapy-altered biological weapon engineered by her masters; not only is she dying from not being administered the highly-illegal chemicals that are keeping her alive, she's fighting tooth and nail to kill the doctors - technically her enemy - who are trying futilely to save her.
* ''GundamWing'': In Episode 2, Heero Yuy is strapped down after being captured. His response? He lowers his own pulse to make it seem like he's still unconscious and almost manages to break through his bonds, leaving a bloody mess. (Keep in mind, he's 15...)\\
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What's confusing is the fact that he's lying there for God-knows-how-long with an open bullet wound that's bleeding out, meaning the medics actively had to remove the bandage [[LonelyRichKid Relena]] [[ClothingDamage made from a scrap of her party dress]]. When Relena visits later, she even [[WhatTheHellHero demands to know why he's tied down like that]]; [[TheMedic Sally Po]] says they're trying to keep him from hurting himself further.
* Eve from ''Manga/BlackCat''.
* Vivio of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', after being recaptured by the BigBad. Agito as well, although ironically she's ''saved'' by the BigBad. Well, his minions, anyway.
* Tomoya of ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' finds himself strapped to an operating table (and attended by nurse Kyou) during an odd dream sequence that rapidly grows disturbing.
* Kei of the ''LightNovel/DirtyPair'' spends a good chunk of the penultimate TV episode doing a ''Goldfinger''. As Yuri notes, she's lucky she's a girl.
* ''TenchiMuyo'': Washuu gets Tenchi strapped down in her lab for at least a little while, early in one series. And proceeds to attempt to take "DNA samples" while dressed as a [[HospitalHottie naughty nurse]], no less. Lady has... issues.
* In ''{{Durarara}}'', Celty actually ''agrees'' to an autopsy in return for room and board from the doctor performing the dissection. She discovers a little too late that general anesthetic doesn't work very well in this case. While she doesn't feel nearly as much pain as human, it didn't look very comfortable.
* In ''CodeGeass'', Kallen is strapped to a table for no reason save {{Fanservice}} after being captured in the second season.
* In ''{{Escaflowne}}'' (more specifically, TheMovie), Dilandau is seen strapped to a table and screaming.
* ''HappyLesson'' - Chitose gets strapped to a table by Kisaragi for the worst EarCleaning ever.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': In a flashback, [[spoiler:the future Führer King Bradley]] is strapped to an operating table [[spoiler:to be injected with a Philosopher's Stone and turned into the homunculus Wrath]].
** In the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime]], Izumi finds Wrath strapped to an examination table by the military.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* In ''ComicBook/SwampThing'', this happens to a few hapless souls who fall foul of the Un-Men.
* ComicBook/DesolationJones goes through this as part of a horrifying experiment of which he is the sole survivor.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Cavewoman}}: Labyrinth'', Meriem is strapped to an operating table after being captured by a zombie cyborg guard in an abandoned military research facility. Because she is superhumanly strong, this situation does not last long.
* In the ''ComicBook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders'' ''ComicBook/{{Checkmate}}'' crossover Captain Boomerang II and Sasha Bordeaux are captured on a mission to Oolong Island and wake up strapped to operating tables in the lab of Chang Tzu.

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[[folder:Fan Works]]

* Most ''Literature/MaximumRide'' fanfics that involve characters being captured by the School and [[PlayingWithSyringes experimented on by the whitecoats]] will involve this.
* In the ''Manga/SoulEater'' fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6826941/1/When-I-Was-Young When I Was Young]], human!Ragnarok and Crona (who are nine and about five, respectively) are both strapped to operating tables in Medusa's lab before she forces Ragnarok to turn into his weapon form, melts him down, and injects him into Crona.
* Like the ''Literature/MaximumRide'' example above, most ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' fanfics featuring [[MadScientist Professor Hojo]] and his [[EvilutionaryBiologist experiments]] involve this at some point.
* In the dark fic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/618871?view_adult=true Show me what's in you,]]'' mad!Stein [[KickTheMoralityPet chains Marie to a lab table to gorily dissect her]].
* ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/774045 Dead Things Should Stay Dead]]'' has [[OriginalCharacter Dr. Jason Olsen]] strap [[CameBackWrong Agent Coulson]] to a table so he can kill him, as he believes Coulson should die as fate intended.
* Catwoman is strapped to a table in a warehouse by [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker the Joker]] in ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/689983 Captured.]]''
* In the ''StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' fanfic ''FanFic/{{Insontis}}'', [=McCoy=] straps Spock to a biobed as part of a game the two are playing with kid!Kirk, in which Spock's character has been strapped down by an evil doctor.
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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' has possibly the most famous operating table scene. Film/JamesBond gets strapped to an operating table with an industrial laser slowly moving towards his crotch. They did it a second time in ''Film/DieAnotherDay'', albeit it was the BondGirl instead of Bond himself (really, pretty much ''anything'' that happened in a previous Bond film turned up in that one). It's a favorite scene to rework as a Film/JamesBond parody. In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', a James Bond lookalike is subjected to this in "You Only Move Twice". It also happens to Plucky Duck in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''. Heck at this point, if you had a dollar for every James Bond parody that ''doesn't'' use this at some point, you'd be broke.
* Creator/EdWood's ''Film/BrideOfTheMonster''.
* ''Film/TheHumanCentipede'': creepy scientist does this to the hapless victims of his deranged surgical experiment, the "Siamese triplet''.
* ''Film/MarathonMan'': Horrifying variation -- strapped to the ''dentist's chair''.
-->"Is it safe?"
-->'''"Is it safe?"'''
** (This scene is parodied in ''Gremlins2TheNewBatch''.)
* Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000-classic ''Film/SpaceMutiny'' also uses a dentist's chair, but that was just silly.
--->'''Tom Servo:''' Ah yes, the laser that whirrs like a drill!"
* The SerialKiller in ''Film/FeardotCom'' does this.
* ''Film/{{Saw}}'' : A staple of the series. Applications of this trope are almost always followed by explosions of {{Gorn}}.
* ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' (2007) Bumblebee is chained down to a appropriately-sized table and tortured. It's never really explained why, besides the government agency needing to hold the VillainBall.
* ''UnderworldEvolution'': The hybrid is strapped to an upright operating table for some PlayingWithSyringes. [[spoiler:albeit by the good guys]].
* ''RepoTheGeneticOpera'': The Repo Man does this to one of his on-screen victims and stands it upright while he repossesses the guy's bowels.
* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'': Westley is strapped to a table in the Pit of Despair for Count Rugen's experiments in pain.
* ''Film/ReAnimator'' : Megan Halsey gets strapped to a lab slab in this 1980s horror pic. Whereupon [[spoiler: the movie puts a really {{Squick}}y spin on the term "giving head"]].
* In ''The President's Analyst'' the title character, quitting his job and running off under extreme stress, and pursued by agents of every country for the secrets in his head, ends up getting captured by [[spoiler:the Canadian Secret Service. Tired of being the 'silent bleeding partner in North America']], agents strap him down on a cot and intend to inject him with something that will make him talk.
* The villains in ''TheFinal'' do most of their torturing with their victims strapped to a chair [[ForcedToWatch in front of their classmates]].
* Let us not forget the incident with Santa Claus in ''TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''.
* In ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'', this happens to anyone when they're having the Doctor do anything that involves stick needles into them. [[spoiler:Including to Duke, though he escapes before anything bad happens.]]
* ''Film/{{District 9}}'' plays this trope horrifyingly straight. Wikus is strapped to a table and subjected to lots of very painful experiments for the better half of a day, non-stop. They were going to vivisect him, too, but he escaped when that part became obvious.
* Part of the opening scene in ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' features River strapped to a chair while a group of Alliance scientists experiment on her. Fortunately, [[BigDamnHeroes Simon is there to rescue her]], although [[BreakTheCutie substantial damage has already been done]].
* In ''JohnnyMnemonic'', a member of the {{Yakuza}} wants the information stored in Johnny's head. The best way of collecting that data (as well as everything else that's ever been stored in there) is, naturally, to strap Johnny to a table and try to cut his head off.
* ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' features Anakin Skywalker's EmergencyTransformation into Darth Vader. [[BodyHorror He is operated on while still conscious]], since he screams and writhes.
* Played straight in ''Film/FireInTheSky'' during the horrifying abduction scene.
* In one of [[BasilRathbone Basil Rathbone's]] SherlockHolmes films, he (as Holmes) is strapped to an operating table by Moriarty. Turns out to be Holmes's BatmanGambit.
* ''Film/{{Help}}'' - in an attempt to remove a stuck ring from his finger, Ringo goes to a MadScientist who straps him to a device that runs current through him to enlarge the molecules of metal objects. When it doesn't work the scientist opts for surgery, but is thwarted, then, toward movie's end, he has Ringo strapped down on a yacht, ready to try again.
* In ''Film/EscapeFromLA'' the plastic surgery freaks strap their victims to tables.
* In the 1967 spoof ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967'', archvillain Jimmy Bond (Creator/WoodyAllen) has the Detainer (Daliah Lavi) strapped naked to a cot (with wide, strategically placed metal straps). His intentions are strictly lustful.
-->'''Detainer''': And is ''this'' how you treat the women you desire?
-->'''Jimmy''': Yes! Yes, I remove their clothing and tie them up, yes. I learned that in the Boy Scouts.
* [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger Cap]] finds Bucky strapped to a table after being captured by HYDRA. Judging by his exhaustion and delirious rambling, as well as his pretty drastic change of character afterwards, ''[[NightmareFuel something]]'' happened to him that's never elaborated on. [[spoiler:WordOfGod says Zola injected him with some variation on the same SuperSoldier serum used on Steve, explaining how he [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier later survives his fall]]]].
** Speaking of which, [[spoiler:poor Bucky is StrappedToAnOperatingTable ''again'' when his mind is wiped and he's [[HumanPopsicle put in cryo freeze]] as the Winter Soldier]].
** When Zola himself is captured, he's put in an interrogation room with a hospital gurney, and is disturbed to see a patch of blood on the floor beneath it. It's possible this was set up just to mess with his head so he'd be more willing to co-operate.
* Angel in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''. Which he wanted at first, but once he saw the needle, he got panicky and quickly got out of there.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Literature/TheCityOfDreamingBooks'', one character wakes up to find his body strapped to the operating table. His head, on the other hand, is being held by the villain.
* Ditto for Phase, in the WhateleyUniverse. Except for the head thing. Trevor Goodkind gets darted when he turns into a mutant, and wakes up clamped down on a table under the 'care' of the notorious [[MadScientist Dr. Emil Hammond]].
* In ''MaximumRide'', [[spoiler:when the School captures them, Max and her flock are strapped to tilted tables.]]
* In ''[[Literature/TheCobraTrilogy Cobra]]'' by TimothyZahn, protagonist Jonny Moreau is strapped to one when he's captured by the Troft (invading aliens), and expects to be vivisected (live-dissected); however, as a Cobra [[OneManArmy supersoldier]], he has a bomb in his body. The Troft know about this from previous attempts at vivisection, so they just stick monitoring equipment on him and fill the place with video cameras so they can get information on his surgically-implanted equipment from how he uses it during his inevitable escape attempt.
* In ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', Count Olaf and {{mooks}} briefly capture Violet Baudelaire this way in Book the Seventh.
* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/FarnhamsFreehold'', [[spoiler:Hugh Farnham and his son, Duke]] are strapped to an operating table where [[spoiler:they're about to castrate both of them]] until Ponce decides not to have them do this. Later, [[spoiler: they actually end up doing this to Duke]].
* Typically in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, Doctor Evazam used straps to keep patients on operating tables. In ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: City of the Dead'' he doesn't bother; he just has his [[OurZombiesAreDifferent super-strong obedient zombie servant]] hold Zak Arrandar down while he [[PlayingWithSyringes injects him with things]].
* In ''Literature/AMacabreMythOfAMothMan'', poor [[spoiler:Brett]] spends ''an entire year'' more or less strapped to a table while [[MadScientist Dr. Wu]] turns him into a moth/human hybrid. Later on, he's strapped to the same table when Dante Eclipse tries to psychologically break him (this time though, the restraints are rigged to electrocute him if he tries to break free).
* In one book in the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series, the Animorphs are strapped to operating tables by creatures who want to kill and stuff them for display.
* Thomas in ''[[Literature/TheMazeRunner The Death Cure]]'' when [[spoiler: [[{{FunWithAcronyms}} WICKED]] is trying to [[{{Squick}} operate on his brain.]]]]
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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* River from ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' was strapped to a chair by the Hands of Blue at the Academy.
* Several of the heroes in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' were subjected to this by Mr Bennet.
* On ''{{Lost}}'', Sawyer is strapped to an operating table by Ben's henchmen in Season 3. Cue lots of Sawyer squirming and yelling while he gets an enormous fucking needle jabbed into his heart. Ben then brings out a bunny in a cage and induces the creature to have a heart attack. Except not.
* Happens to Martha Jones in the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "Reset".
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Happens to Polly as the first cliffhanger in "The Underwater Menace", as she is forcibly anaesthetised, about to be turned into a [[{{Cyborg}} fish-person]], while kicking and screaming. This scene was so brutal it got cut by the Australian censor board and is [[MissingEpisode some of the only footage of it that survives]].
** Sarah Jane gets strapped to a table by Davros in "Genesis of the Daleks", so he can torture her to force the Doctor to reveal the information of how he defeated the Daleks in every encounter in the past ([[TimeyWimeyBall in Davros's future]]).
** Sarah Jane gets tied down to an operating table by [[MadScientist Solon]] in "The Brain Of Morbius". He wasn't going to operate on her, thank goodness, he was too busy [[spoiler: trying to reanimate Morbius]]. Just needed to keep an eye on her as she kept running away and causing trouble. [[{{Badass}} Whilst]] [[BadassAdorable completely blind]].
** The Fourth Doctor experiences a hallucination of this in the {{Cyberspace}} NightmareSequence in "The Deadly Assassin", in a sequence inspired by the [[MedicalHorror common phobia of waking up in the middle of surgery]]. He also willingly submits to this in order to enter said Cyberspace world, complete with head nodes and agonised screaming.
** Leela in "Face of Evil", strapped to a table in her little leather leotard [[MsFanservice in her first story]].
** The robot "reprogramming" (actually just horrific, dangerous and sadistic MeatGrinderSurgery on a sentient being considered subhuman) in "The Robots of Death".
** In "The Androids of Tara", Romana I was strapped to a table [[spoiler:(after being mistaken for an android)]], and about to be cut up for parts.
** The Daleks did this to the Fifth Doctor as well.
** During the Sixth Doctor's run, this happens twice to Peri. This is one of the reasons many people feel his era is nasty and mean-spirited.
** The Ninth Doctor in "Dalek" gets strapped to a wall-based body scanner and unwillingly examined via AgonyBeam.
** Happens to Rose Tyler and Mickey Smith in the episode "The Girl In The Fireplace". There was a unintentional pan over Creator/BilliePiper's tightly-clad body. When the production team saw it in the edit, [[MaleGaze they kept it]].
** Subverted in the fifth season, where [[spoiler: the Silurian doctor doing the examination turns out to be perfectly well meaning, if a bit lacking in anesthetic techniques.]]
* Teyla Emmagan in ''Series/StargateAtlantis''.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Sam had this done to him by a Zombie Doctor who wanted his PuppyDogEyes.
** After being stripped and redressed in [[CrowningMomentOfFunny lederhosen]], Dean had his turn in ''Monster Movie''.
** And Ruby while being tortured by Alastair. [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic The table is shaped like a cross]].
* Happens to Chloe on ''{{Smallville}}'' when Lex Luthor discovers [[spoiler:she's a Meteor Freak]].
** Also happens to Kara in Season 7, when an [[{{MIB}} agent]] from the Department of Homeland Security finds out she broke into a secure location to retreive the blue crystal they took, putting two-and-two together and concluding she's not from Earth.
** Also happens to Tess in the series finale. [[spoiler: Earth-2 Lionel wants to [[OffingTheOffspring cut out her heart]] so that he can use it to bring Lex back to life.]]
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': "Schisms" includes a very creepy reveal as several people who were experimented on slowly regain their memories and describe them to the computer, which recreates them as holograms. Result: one sinister-looking operating table.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' ("Shattered"). After entering the Captain Proton holoprogram, Captain Janeway finds herself strapped to [[MadScientist Dr Chaotica's]] Cradle of Persuasion ("It's fully equipped: [[MindProbe Brain Probe]], Pain Modulator..."). Much to her annoyance, Janeway has to resort to the undignified method of [[TheVamp vamping]] her way out.
* In ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'', this happened to [=PhD=]-holding/high school teacher Tommy Oliver before his students saved him (and he became a Ranger ''again''). The evil villain, once friends with Tommy when he was human, was [[HoYay oddly gleeful]] about having him strapped down.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' is fond of securing his "playmates" to tables (or equivalent surfaces) with plastic wrap.
* In ''Series/{{Roswell}}'', Max is strapped to an operating table as [[TheMenInBlack Agent Pierce]] prepares to [[PlayingWithSyringes dissect him]].
* In one episode of ''Series/BigWolfOnCampus'', Tommy finds himself in another dimension where he never became a werewolf, but his much less responsible football teammate did. While trying to fight with said teammate, Tommy is bitten and passes out. Merton and Lori (who, in this dimension, aren't normally friends with Tommy) have him strapped to a table in Merton's lab until they can determine if he's safe or not. He promptly rips the (metal!!!) straps apart just by sitting up.
* A late-entry ''Series/GetSmart'' episode has Smart and Agent 99 in a MadScientist lair, strapped to tables. As the scientist and his Igor dementedly play organ and violin, Smart works to set them free. To give them more escape time, 99 cheerfully cries out "One more time!" and they obligingly play another verse.
* The climax of ''The Hunger'' episode "Sanctuary" has MadArtist Julian Priest (DavidBowie) strapping Eddie, a murderer on the run, to an operating table to turn him into a grisly piece of performance art. Worse, Eddie is conscious, but ''only'' from the neck up thanks to Julian's subsidiary skills with anesthetics. ''Even worse'', [[spoiler: Eddie does not exist, and the legless corpse the police discover is Julian's. What we saw was his Dying Dream: having committed the murder, he proceeded to kill himself by numbing his body, strapping ''himself'' to the table, and severing his own legs -- knowing he would gain artistic immortality this way]].
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', [[spoiler:the werewolf Oz]] is strapped naked to an operating table by [[TheGovernment The Initiative]], [[TheyWouldCutYouUp experimented on and tortured]] to find out [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting what makes him tick]].
* ''{{Sanctuary}}'': Henry is strapped to a chair several times. He manages to break free on one occasion, though that was [[spoiler:exactly the plan, as they intended him to go on a murderous rampage after he had transformed into his werewolf self]].
* ''KamenRider'': This is one of the iconic images, since many of the early Riders were turned into {{Cyborg}}s against their will by bio-terrorists.
* People keep doing this to Olivia Dunham of ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', and she keeps kicking their ass for it. Her alternate isn't too fond of it either.
* Recurring trope in ''[[AmericanHorrorStoryAsylum American Horror Story: Asylum]]''.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The music video to "Nightmare" by Music/AvengedSevenfold begins with such a situation happening to the lead singer M.Shadows[[note]]given the surreal imagery throughout the video while Shadows is wheeled down the halls of the institution and since the song is called "Nightmare", this probably isn't actually happening[[/note]].
* The music video to "Asylum" by Music/{{Disturbed}} has the delusional patient of the titular asylum being wheeled down a hallway in this manner then drowned as the doctors try to calm him down with cold water to the face.[[labelnote:*]][[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness Since the patient/protagonist is insane and all]], this probably wasn't actually happening.[[/labelnote]]
* The music video to "The Phoenix" by FallOutBoy has Patrick strapped to a table whilst his hand is chopped off and other various tortures inflicted upon him.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Pinball]]
* One of the spinners in Creator/DataEastPinball's ''Pinball/TalesFromTheCrypt'' shows a man strapped to it.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Radio]]
* Parodied in ''Radio/RoundTheHorne''.
-->'''Female Victim:''' Why have you strapped me to this operating table?
-->'''Mad Scientist:''' Call it an old man's whim.
-->'''Female Victim:''' All right -- why have you strapped me to this old man's whim?
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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* In Hazlan, a ''{{Ravenloft}}'' domain ruled by a wizard dark lord with an enquiring turn of mind, being sent to "the Tables" is a standard punishment for those convicted of sedition or other capital crimes. Or those who just piss him off, for that matter. This trope is just the beginning of one's problems if [[EvilutionaryBiologist Frantisek Markov]] gets a hold of you.
* ''MagicTheGathering'':
** The art of [[http://media.wizards.com/images/magic/daily/li/li136_Vedalken_Anatomist.jpg Vedalken Anatomist]] depicts a goblin restrained this way.
** In the ''Invasion'' tie-in novel, Metathran general Thaddeus is captured and Strapped To An Operating table by the sadistic Phyrexian general Tsabo Tavoc before being tortured and vivisected.
** The silver-bordered [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Discussion.aspx?multiverseid=74295 Goblin Secret Agent]] parodies James Bond straight up.
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[[folder: Video Games ]]
* Although ''ReturnToCastleWolfenstein'' starts you off in the dungeon, the first thing you see is your fellow spy strapped to the operating table. And you were going to be next...
* Early in ''VideoGame/QuakeIV'', the hero gets in a little over his head in a battle, and is subsequently knocked out and captured by the enemy aliens. When he wakes, he's strapped to the operating table/ConveyorBeltODoom for a rather nasty surgical procedure to turn him into one of them...and after watching most of the "[[PainfulTransformation Stroggification]]" procedure happen to yourself, the cavalry shows up.
* ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'':
** While you never get strapped down yourself, the first boss of is the deranged plastic surgeon Dr Steinman. When you show up at his operating room (with the ominous-sounding name "Aesthetic Ideals"), he's slashing away at some poor splicer strapped to the table, ranting that she's still not perfect. On the whole, you may want to think twice before you go to a plastic surgeon who loves Cubism.
** One bed in the Little Sister's orphanage/lab has straps...
** The crucifix like operating tables in the Big Daddy factory, head rests restraints bathed by spotlight, also Steinman's other failed works are suspended from these on his ceiling.
** In the prequel DLC Burial at Sea Episode 2, [[spoiler:Atlas does this to a helpless Elizabeth to get information out of her]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/StarTrekEliteForce Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force]]'', an officer is strapped to an assimilation table.
* Likewise, in ''SystemShock 2'', you come upon a ghostly reenactment of one of the ship's scientists about to perform a rather... radical cybernetics procedure on an unwilling female victim. Considering that you meet the results in the very next room, it's ever-so-slightly chilling.
* ''VideoGame/ChzoMythos'' ([[Creator/BenCroshaw Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw]]):
** In ''7 Days A Skeptic'' [[spoiler:Doctor William straps you to an operating table after you find out he was possessed by [=DeFoe=]]].
** In ''Art of Theft'' you are brainwashed like this, the tilted version.
* In the {{Infocom}} text-adventure ''VideoGame/LeatherGoddessesOfPhobos'', the player is strapped to an exam table by a mad scientist and turned into a Gorilla. It's also possible to observe other experiments of the Leather Goddesses, but the game won't tell you what they are. Whether that is a SexyDiscretionShot or a GoryDiscretionShot is entirely up to the player's imagination.
* The ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVII'' Compilation pulls this one on the endlessly-unlucky Vincent Valentine, though whatever eeriness or service-factor was intended vanishes rapidly down the commode on account of polygon chibi-sprites ([=FF7=] itself) or towering mounds of bad drama (Dirge of Cerberus).
* Happens a few times in ''VideoGame/{{Geist}}''. First, Raimi is strapped ''up'' in a gigantic, vaguely telescope-like thing to be separated from his body. Later this happens to his friend Bryson, and when that is interrupted Bryson is strapped down and left to die. There are also a few others who failed separation and got strapped ''and'' straightjacketed down.
* Dr. Loboto in ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' straps his victims into a dentist chair before removing their brains.
* Roger has flashbacks of when this happened to him in Jeanne D'Arc.
* In ''[[FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin]]'', Becket briefly wakes up after a city-shattering explosion to find himself strapped to an operating table and enduring a horrifyingly traumatic surgery, made all the worse by the fact that everytime he passes out, Beckett experienced hallucinatory dreams involving the operation, except the doctors are replaced by screaming demonic ghosts ripping into his guts. Before he passes out for the last time, the doctor in charge kindly says, "You'll feel a... little ''pinch''... now." Cue writhing in excruciating agony when the final hallucination shows one of the monstrous doctors slamming a blade into his heart. Later on, Becket learns what that surgery was all about: [[spoiler: Genevieve Aristide was surgically implanting Beckett to attune him to Alma in order to draw her attention after she was released.]]
** Redd Jankowski undergoes similar treatment, but doesn't survive, since the medical staff overseeing the automated surgery machines were killed.
* ''SilentHillHomecoming'': How you start off, complete with a bit of ControllableHelplessness. Then you hear [[spoiler: good old Pyramid Head lumbering towards you]]. Cue "OhCrap" and furious button mashing to break free.
* ''VideoGame/SilentHillOrigins'': One of the endings has the protagonist strapped to an operating table.
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'': A recurring theme is less "the protagonist comes to strapped to an operating table" and more "the protagonist comes to strapped to a torturing device", but it's not better.
* In ''[[VideoGame/ArmyMen Army Men II]]'', one of the GameOver videos (on the mad grey scientist's island) was of Sarge strapped to an operating table and torn apart by zombies.
* In ''Madou Souhei Kleinhasa'', one of the bad ending has Roze strapped to a gynecologist's chair as scientists perform various experiments on her. [[{{Squick}} It's implied that she doesn't survive.]]
** A similar fate awaits Munch in [[{{Oddworld}} Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee]] in the bad ending, if you didn't save enough [[SlaveRace Mudokon scrubs]] and [[KillerRabbit Fuzzles]]...
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland Chapter 1: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal'', Guybrush Threepwood gets strapped to an operating table by the Marquis De Singe, [[spoiler:who attempts to cut off Guybrush's Poxed hand,]] and our hero must use his limited movement ability (and the Marquis' helper monkey Jacques) to escape.
* Happens to [[spoiler: Madison]] in ''HeavyRain''.
* Occurs in ''EpicMickey'', as seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUHRhv718II here]].
* In TheForceUnleashed this is where Starkiller wakes up six months after being [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown stabbed, beaten]] and [[ThrownOutTheAirlock spaced.]]
* [[MadDoctor Faust]] from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' places his opponent in this condition with his instant kill. He proceeds to detonate the nuclear bomb planted under the table, which either goes off normally, or malfunctions and gives him and the victim a FunnyAfro. In ''Xrd'', he instead gives them [[MagicPlasticSurgery a swift facial]].
* In ''Videogame/BlazBlue'', Relius Clover's Astral Finish had his opponent in this condition. In a way, this varies between characters, such as Arakune's 'Operating Table' being a big flask. Regardless, knowing [[MadScientist what kind]] [[TortureTechnician of person Relius is]], rather than showing what happens to the character, [[GoryDiscretionShot the door closes in and a scream is heard]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4|A Promise Unforgotten}}'' all of the generic classes have introductory cutscenes which play when you create a new one to add to your team. The [[InfinityPlusOneSword cyborg]] class's cutscene shows a female fighter being subjected to AlienAbduction, followed by being restrained this way and undergoing UnwillingRoboticisation.
** At the end of ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice, [[spoiler:Mao declares Super Hero Aurum will be his guinea pig for his experiments. Cut to the credits where a very distressed Aurum is strapped down while Mao delightfully contemplates what he should do first.]]
* The intro of ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade'' shows Jak strapped to an operating table while undergoing [[PsychoSerum Dark Eco]] experiments at the hands of [[EvilOverlord Baron Praxis]]. He manages to break himself free apropos of his first transformation into [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Dark Jak]].
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': Look closely at the operating table in "Meet the Medic". The table has restraints, but they aren’t being used on the Heavy, who is currently being treated. It’s only natural to assume some of Medic’s other patients were... troublesome.
* Alcatraz in ''Crysis 2'' after [[spoiler:Hargreave]] captures him. The table has dozens of arms suspended above it with lasers for slicing.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bioforge}}'': Happens to Dane, to the hero in the opening cutscene, and presumably to all of [[MadScientist Dr. Mastaba's]] other cyborgization victims.
* ''VideoGame/{{Black Ops}}'': THE NUMBERS, MASON.
* In ''TheSecretWorld'', Illuminati characters are strapped to a table as part of their introduction to the organization.
* In the text-based ChooseYourOwnAdventure game ''Videogame/{{Cyberqueen}}'', the titular AI straps the protagonist down for experimental surgery. [[spoiler:Twice.]]
* Happens off-screen in ''VideoGame/DejaVu'': the amnesiac protagonist comes across a restraint chair which is later revealed to be where the bad guys strapped him down and gave him the drug that caused him to lose his memory prior to the start of the game.
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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
** Othar Tryggvassen, GentlemanAdventurer! in the [[MadScientist Baron's]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040105 laboratory]].
** Also from show within a show "Race to the West Pole".
-->'''Bill''': ''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050527 You! Minion!]]'' [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050530 Why am I tied to this table?]] And where are my ''pants?''
*** That's the family-friendly interpretation, to be sure.
** Castle Heterodyne is littered with [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090828 operating tables]] for subjects to be strapped to.
** Gil has a [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120316 secure operating table]] in his secret lab aboard Castle Wulfenbach that he uses to secure [[TheSociopath DuPree]]. She calls him pathetic because he ''only'' uses it for medicinal purposes.
* ''TheAdventuresOfWiglafAndMordred'': Gawain finds himself on [[AxCrazy Galen's]] [[http://liliy.net/wam/2009/10/07/he-needs-it-more/ exam table]] fairly quickly after she realizes his whole [[OurZombiesAreDifferent can't die thing.]]
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/RealLifeComics'', when the Film/JamesBond parody spy is captured trying to sneak into Tony's base. He gets strapped to a table, and asks Tony if he's going to put him in some overly elaborate DeathTrap and then leave. Tony denies it; he says he's going to point a gun in the spy's face. If the spy moves, he pulls the trigger. If the spy ''doesn't'' move, he pulls the trigger.
* ''{{Spectre}}'' does this. Interestingly, the operating chair has both straps and a row of needles that pierce the victim's back to hold them in place.
** Protagonist Callas is given [[SadisticChoice an option]]: either [[HeroicSacrifice he goes in the chair]] or his {{Woobie}} friend [[KickTheDog Alexi]] does. [[spoiler: Callas volunteers himself, only to find out that his opinion doesn't matter as they lock him in a cell and force Alexi into the chair anyway.]]
* In ''WebComic/CommanderKitty'', [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2010/12/05/dont-wait-up/ CK follows a group of androids into a room prominently marked "abattoir"]] [[EverythingsSexierInFrench apparently thinking it's something else]]. Predictably, [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2011/01/30/action-sequence-go/ he winds up on an operating table]].
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* The Whartons of ''{{lonelygirl15}}'' appear vulnerable to this; it happens to Emma in "Girl Tied Up" and Jonas in "Dangerous Injection!" and "Rooftop Brawl".
* Maggie of ''LG15TheResistance'' is shown to have spent a lot of time strapped to an operating table in {{Flashback}}s.
* In ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation's'' ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'' [[SarcasmMode review]], Yahtzee tells that ear-flailing buttons come in handy when Duke is strapped to an operating table and must activate a crossbow somewhere left of his head.
* In ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'', [[spoiler:after Linkara beats Mechakara, the robot is captured by Dr. Insano, who has him tied down and tortured with magnets.]]
* Happens to Veldron in ''SuperStories'' after being captured by the Ultimate Justice Squad.
* [[spoiler:Taylor]] in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', courtesy of [[MadDoctor Bonesaw]]. Well, paralysed on the operating table. It's [[NightmareFuel terrifying]].
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* Danielle [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on this in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''. Also occurs in another episode, when Danny himself is strapped to a table by [[spoiler:Maddie]], and, even earlier, by [[spoiler:Spectra]].
** [[spoiler:It happens to Danielle again in the ''FanFic/FacingTheFutureSeries'' by the Guys In White. Based on her previous experiences, she's not impressed.]]
* Whenever Tarantulas of ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' was able to get his hands on a "subject" he would gleefully strap them to a table and torment them with a variety of painful experiments while casually dismissing remarks about his sanity.
** And [[BountyHunter Lockdown]] in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', though his tables are used so he can steal his victim's mods as trophies. [[MemeticMolester Unless you read fanfiction.]]
** [[WesternAnimation/TransformersTransTech TransTech]] Shockwave straps some dimensional travelers to tables for analysis.
** In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', [[TheBrute Breakdown]] is strapped down by MECH, a human terrorist cell, who start to take him apart to find out how he works, just like with any machine. While he's still fully conscious.
*** This also crops up in Season 2 during a flashback episode, where Shockwave straps down Arcee and [[spoiler:Cliffjumper]] to [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind retrieve an Autobot code]] using a [[MindRape cortical psychic patch]].
* This happened in ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'', episode "The Treacherous Movie Lot Plot".
* Brother Blood did this to the [[WestCoastTeam Titans East]] in their ''debut two-parter'' (well, as a team—three of five have had guest spots) on ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''.
** A little earlier in the same season, the main Titans had to do this to Robin. (He was somewhat violently unstable and having hallucinations of fighting Slade at the time.)
* Dr. Wily straps Rock and Roll to two of these in the first episode of Ruby-Spears's ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' cartoon, so it'd be easier to reprogram them. By shoving an electric drill in their heads ''while they were still awake''.
* Just the start of the agony for [[spoiler:Tim Drake/Robin]] in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond: Return of the Joker''.
* Happens to King Cole in ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat in Bold King Cole''.
* Occurs several times in ''[[TMNT2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'': The season 1 episode "The Way of Invisibility" has this happen to Raphael after being captured by the Foot. "Notes from the Underground" parts 1 and 2, from the same season, show a video recording of a scientist turning a random guy strapped to a table into a digging monster. Later, in the season 3 episodes "Worlds Collide" part 2 and 3, the turtles are strapped to operating tables by Bishop, who plans to dissect them. Leatherhead is also shown strapped down to a table and possibly had similar procedures done to him.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StreetSharks'', the four protagonists are strapped to tables before being injected with stuff that should turn them into sharks, but just kills them...until they wake up and turn into sharks.
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' does this in its James Bond parody episode.
* Happens to poor WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse in a frankly horrifying short, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-JlevnccDk ''The Mad Doctor'']]. Pluto's not strapped to a table, but he is shackled to a chair-thing. [[spoiler:Luckily for both of them, it's AllJustADream]].
* The opening of ''WesternAnimation/{{Jimmy Two-Shoes}}'' has someone strapped onto [[EnfanteTerrible Heloise's]] operating table. He's saved when Jimmy slides into it, as he is TooKinkyToTorture.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury'' has Holmes strapped down by the episode's DeadlyDoctor... with invisible magnetic restraints.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''' Halloween special, this happens to Dean after sneaking into a spooky old house. [[spoiler: Subverted when it turns out that Ben only wants to give Dean a medical check-up, and soon releases him.]]
* Jokey and Clumsy in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "Jokey's Funny Bone" are strapped together on two adjoining tables when Brainy is about to do the funny bone transplant operation.
* In ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' while Saturn Girl was in Timber Wolf's mind, it was shown that [[GuineaPigFamily this happened to him when he got his powers]].
* Happens to Batman when the Joker starts to unscrew his head and destroy his mind in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'''s LighterAndSofter AnimatedAdaptation of ''ComicBook/EmperorJoker''.
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