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[[caption-width-right:330:See, I told you. She really helps the feng shui when she's dangling there.]]

A BoundAndGagged prisoner is suspended from the ceiling, usually by a rope.

This is not intended for [[ColdBloodedTorture torturing the prisoner]], but in reality, this could cause undue pressure on the body, and bad blood flow. Perhaps even dislocate something -- there's a ''reason'' why BDSM models engaging in suspension art tend towards the light-weight and extremely flexible end. In fiction, the prisoner does not appear to suffer any particular physical discomfort (If the viewer [[FridgeLogic thinks too much]] about this, it results in [[RussianReversal Disbelief]] [[IncrediblyLamePun of]] [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief Unwilling Suspension]]).

Hanging by the ''wrists'', a common variation, would in RealLife quickly cause permanent damage to the hands and within a few hours cause death by suffocation/"[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suspension_trauma Suspension Trauma]]", not quite unlike a crucifixion. Many a [[LockedInTheDungeon dungeon]] has a prior inhabitant still hanging by his wrists in skeletal form.

Reasons for doing this include:
* It provides for more effective immobilization of the prisoner. Tie somebody to a chair and they will be able to maneuver the chair toward a ConvenientlyPlacedSharpThing nine times out of ten. Hang them from the ceiling and they have nothing to get traction against. Also, enough rope to hold someone's weight will also be enough rope that it's hard to get out of, especially if the RealLife consequences kick in.
* The victim can be suspended above a chasm, [[SharkPool piranha pond]], SpikesOfDoom, or other DeathTrap, as a disincentive from struggling loose.
* AuthorAppeal and/or {{Fanservice}}.
* Simple RuleOfCool.
* In rare cases, the villain may ''actually'' be doing this to deliberately hurt the prisoner.

Favorite victims seem to be TheHero(es) or the DamselInDistress (especially [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses a princess]] and/or the President's daughter).

Compare ChainedToARock.

Not to be confused with [[TurnInYourBadge being suspended from the police force]], or [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief taking fantastical elements of a story or setting in stride]].


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Pictured above: In ''Anime/{{Voltron}}''/''Anime/GoLion'', Prince Lotor/Sincline ties up Princess Romelle/Amue this way.
* In ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere'', the DecoyProtagonist is suspended outside the massive death-ship for three continuous days... during which time they fire something we ''swear'' wasn't a nuke.
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}''
** The Digimon Emperor did this to the Digidestined aside from Daisuke in an episode of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', telling him that he could only save one. [[TakeAThirdOption Daisuke reply by offering himself to be kille]], but luckily, it turned out not to be the real Digidestined at all.
** In ''Anime/DigimonSavers'', the Digidestined are ambushed by a bunch of (spider-like) Dokugumon, which net the Digimon together while suspending the teens like this.
* ''Manga/SgtFrog''
** At the end of the "Wet King" episode, Sergeant Keroro ends up tied up like this outside the Hinata household, with bruises.
** Also in the series premiere, after Keroro is first discovered by Fuyuki and Natsumi. Attempting to escape by slipping out of the ropes only makes it worse as the ropes stop short at his oversized head ''and tighten around his neck''.
** We see a variant in one brief flashback -- as punishment for wetting the bed, young Fuyuki had a bamboo threaded through his pajamas ''to hang him up to dry alongside his bedding''.
* Mikura Suzuki of the ''[[Anime/MezzoForte Mezzo DSA]]'' series ends up in one episode tied up and suppended in the air.
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'':
** Sōsuke threatens a local gang leader who has kidnapped Kaname by holding the leader's younger brother and suspending him from a series of ropes that he then detonates in turn; once the opposition has surrendered, [[spoiler:Sōsuke reveals the whole thing was a setup and the boy was safe the whole time; the kid was in on it.]]
** In ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'', Kaname and the other students do the same to Sōsuke after he turns their art class into a battleground. They then use him as an abstract art piece.
* In a more light-hearted version of this trope, Episode 5 of ''Manga/MinamiKe'' has Kana roll up Chiaki in a sheet and suspend her from a clothes line to make a rain charm.
* Natsuki in ''Anime/MaiHime'' is knocked unconscious by a RobotGirl and wakes up like this.
* Commonly used in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''.
** When Principal Kunō tries to force Ranma into obedience by knocking Akane out, then [[CrucifiedHeroShot dangling her from the ceiling]]. Doesn't work -- she breaks free immediately when she wakes up and gives him a piece of her mind (and a footprint on his face).
** In the same story arc, Ranma later gets tied up and hanging from the ceiling. Unfortunately for Principal Kunō, he omits to secure Ranma's legs, and the martial artist is very adept at fighting with them, even holding a bamboo staff between his toes.
** Done to Ranma again to use him as bait for a [[CloningBlues mirror duplicate]] of his female side. Then they went off to have dinner. Hey, at least they left his meal out in a tray for him... just out of reach.
** Happōsai, more than once, as punishment for his [[PantyThief indiscretions]] and just to keep him out of the way.
** Akane is surprised to find herself tied up in a tree as the "prize" for Ranma's second major fight with Ryoga.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** [[http://randomc.maximum7.net/image/Bleach/Bleach%20-%20199%20-%20Large%2010.jpg Nemu Kurotsuchi]] got once tied up like this, courtesy of [[spoiler:Szayel Apollo Gantz]]. With ''tentacles'' [[spoiler:She got better in the end. Sorta.]]
** Also, Yumichika, Ikkaku, and Matsumoto when they fought Luppi.
* ''Manga/LoveHina'':
** In some of the final chapters, {{Tsundere}} female lead Naru Narusegawa is captured by one of her dorm mates Kaolla Su and left tied and suspended. Averted in that the bindings are tied in a way that they act as an impromptu [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/love_hina/v13/c000/148.html support harness]] (no, it's not a crotch rope), making this example a bit more plausible than others.
** Motoko is tied up and suspended in an earlier chapter as well.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'':
** In a season 1 episode, an impostor Sailor Moon is "captured" in a scheme to lure out Tuxedo Kamen. She is suspended by her wrists and dangled from a crane.
** In season 4, we see [[spoiler:Helios's human body]] like this, [[ShamefulStrip naked]] as well as bound by what seems to be spider webs. And ''upside down'', even.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'':
** Both Griffith and Guts are subject to this trope, in fact this is how the reader is introduced to Guts on the ''first page'' of the manga...
** Schierke also does this to Isidro as punishment for trying to peak at Farneze and Casca taking a bath.
** In a ''very'' {{fan disservice}}y example, it happens during the Eclipse to [[spoiler: an unconscious and [[ShamefulStrip forcibly stripped naked]] Casca, a few moments before Femto (Griffith reborn as a God Hand) violently rapes her.]]
* ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'' adaptation ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three_Musketeers_(1987_TV_series) San Jushi]]''. Milady invites a captured Constance to hang around.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''
** Fate is typically suspended from the ceiling in chains while [[AbusiveParents Precia]] whips her for failing or not succeeding well enough.
** Later on in ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaViVid'', this is played more comically when [[spoiler:Otto and Deed]] catch Chantez holding a sparring match with Vivio without their supervision, and [[spoiler:Otto]] punishes Chantez by restraining her using a ''tortoise shell bondage bind'', after which [[spoiler:Deed]] uses ropes tied to her wrists and ankles to suspend her from a tree, [[TheComicallySerious all while calmly explaining to Vivio that what she did was wrong]].
* The wrists variation is used on Death the Kid in ''Manga/SoulEater'', and played for all the FanDisservice it's worth in between Mood Whiplash moments. Kid's lack of reaction is arguably [[PhysicalGod justified]] but it still looks far more painful than it apparently is. Gopher beating him while he's tied up is especially horrible.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'', [[DistressedDude Mokuba]] was once seen in this position ''and being hung off from an helicopter'' to force Yugi and Kaiba into a duel with two of Dark Malik's henchmen.
* In the manga ''Torikago Gakyuu'' during the [[CreepyTwins twin]] arc, [[TheWoobie woobie protagonist]] [[AmnesiacHero Mikage]] is kidnapped by [[spoiler:the AxCrazy Yuikai]] and held in the school's clock tower. [[spoiler:Yuikai]] proceeds to [[BreaktheCutie tie him up and beat him]] in order to [[SadisticChoice encourage]] him into [[spoiler:willingly giving up his freedom and becoming Yuikai's slave and consequently having his ''ears cut off'' so that the last words he'll ever hear are from his ''master''... or ''dying''.]] When Mikage refuses, [[spoiler:Yuikai]] drops him out the window where [[spoiler:Yukan, Yuikai's elder twin sister]] grabs the rope on his foot. Consequently, this leaves Mikage dangling upside down ''by one foot'' with his hands tied behind his back and an enormous drop below him. He remains that way for an uncomfortably long time, ultimately to his advantage [[spoiler:thanks to his SplitPersonality]], but it must have been painful nonetheless.
* Happens to Kyo's girlfriend Yuki in the manga version of ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters KYO'', when a masked BadassBiker kidnaps her to force the recently depowered Kyo to a duel. [[spoiler:Subverted: the stranger is Saisyu, who's subjecting a borderline BrainwashedAndCrazy Kyo to a SecretTestOfCharacter. When Kyo "passes", wakes up from his state and recovers his flames, Saisyu is satisfied so he cuts the rope and Yuki falls down... [[FallingIntoHisArms and into]] [[BridalCarry Kyo's arms]].]]
* Happens to Fujiko in ''Anime/LupinIIITheSecretOfTwilightGemini''. Even worse, [[ShamefulStrip she's also naked.]]
* In ''Manga/SakuraGari'', at some point [[spoiler: Masataka]] finds a photograph in which he sees a girl subjected to this. [[spoiler: She is a former maid from the Saiki household, and Sakurako is the one who tied her up like that... to then subject her to ColdBloodedTorture for doubling as TheMistress to Souma.]]
* Makie and Renzaburou from ''Anime/WickedCity'' are seen like this [[spoiler: after the last fight with the Spider Woman]]. For worse, they're hanging upside down [[spoiler: and their bounds are made of the spider web that said Spider Woman shot ''from her VaginaDentata'']]. Augh.
* Happens to [[spoiler: Anna Stephanie]], [[spoiler: David Rutherford]] and several others during a particularly nasty soon-to-be public execution in Anime/BlueCometSPTLayzner. Fortunately, [[spoiler: Eiji Asuka]] [[BigDamnHeroes steps in and saves them.]]
* The [[ChurchMilitant X]]-[[KnightTemplar Laws]] from ''Manga/ShamanKing'' used the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibbeting iron gibbet cage]], a torture/execution method that includes this trope, on their enemies:
** First, a bunch of UsefulNotes/AncientEgypt-themed Shamans attacked the Laws in public. One of them had an eagle AnimalTheme and attacked the X-Law leader Jeanne from mid-air... then he suddenly found himself in a gibbet. He was still inside it as Jeanne used her Spirit companion to execute him and his partners.
** The X-Laws later captured Manta, put him inside another gibbet, then used him as a hostage to force Yoh and Co. meet with them. [[spoiler: Manta managed to break through with the help of Mosuke, then Ryu and Tokagero caught him mid-air safely. Then, a fight started. ''Then'', [[FromBadToWorse Hao stepped in]]...]]
* Happens to Winry in the ''Anime/FullMetalAlchemist'' first anime, when she and Edward are kidnapped by Barry the Chopper early in the series. Ed is stripped off his metal arm and tied up to a chair, while Winry is chained by her wrists to a pole and forced to stand up on a small wooden seat.
* In ''Manga/Brave10'', Isanami gets to hang over a precipice courtesy of Kamanosuke before he joins the Braves, and Anastasia gets hung up upside down while she's a prisoner of Date.
* ''Anime/LittleNemoAdventuresInSlumberland'' has King Morpheus appear tied up in this fashion. The whole thing turns out to be an illusion the Nightmare King projected to lure Nemo out of hiding because apparently the Nightmare King can't see very well in the dark despite having [[GlowingEyes Glowing]] [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]].
* In ''Kouryuu no Mimi'', this happens to [[TheHero Natsume]]'s [[DatingCatwoman forbidden]] LoveInterest [[DistressedDamsel Kanako]]. Even more, [[http://dezaki.tumblr.com/post/167822124321 she's tied up and hung in the middle of a construction site.]] Subverted since it's soon revealed [[spoiler: that it isn't actually her, but one of the villains Noriko in disguise, and Natsume ain't fooled for one second, though the real Kanako shows up after the battle is over to give Natsume a hug though]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In one of the stories within the ''ComicBook/TheLegendOfZelda'' comics done by Valiant, Link is suspended by his wrists when captured by Ganon's minions.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'', Cacofonix the bard ([[DreadfulMusician whose singing could curdle fresh milk]]) is almost always BoundAndGagged during the ending feast. Often, he's suspended as well.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId'', those who offend the king frequently end up hanging from the wall by their wrist chains.
* In ''ComicStrip/HagarTheHorrible'', tax cheats and other offenders frequently end up hanging from the wall by their wrist chains.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' AlternateUniverseFic ''Fanfic/TheUltimateEvil'': following Shendu's tampering on the [[RewritingReality Book of Ages]], the Book's guardian is left to the chamber this way.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Near the end of ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'', Penny gets "tied up" and suspended from the ceiling of the set (she's safe because a pulley harness is attached beneath the cocoon of ropes).
* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', Roger and Jessica are tied together and suspended from a rope, and are menaced by an out-of-control jet of Dip.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* This is done to the inflatable "Citizen" in the Save the Citizen game in ''Film/SkyHigh2005'', to simulate villains doing this to their captives. Will Stronghold mentions at the end how after they replaced the citizens with the actual villains no-one saved the Citizen anymore, but we're to assume that's a joke because [[DontExplainTheJoke he said as much]].
-->"[[NoodleIncident Remember when we used actual civilians?]]"\\
* The BadassBiker gang hung one of the ''Film/WildHogs'' from a tree this way. They tried to rescue him by driving their bikes under him and yanking as they went by. It didn't work.
* The women in the movie ''Film/NineToFive'' do this to their boss.
* From ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009'', this happens to Irene Alder when she tried to follow Holmes and got tied up to a ConveyorBeltODoom by her wrists by Blackwood. To compensate for the pressure, Watson had to put her up on his shoulders to lessen it.
* Happens to Velma in the 2002 ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' movie. She falls off a scaffold and gets her foot caught in the scaffold's chain. When the chain goes taut, Velma is seen hanging upside down.
* Happens to Django - upside down and naked - before he is sold to the mining company in ''Film/DjangoUnchained''.
* ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman'' are captured by the dwarves, who hang them upside down by their ankles (fortunately they don't pass out before convincing the dwarves to let them go).
-->'''Huntsman:''' Come on Beith, is this how you treat a friend?\\
'''Beith:''' Oh no-no-no, ya puttock. ''This'' is how I treat a friend. ''(whacks him with a pick handle)''
* The famous meat locker scene in ''Film/TheLongGoodFriday''. LondonGangster Harold Shand sends his men out to grab local hoods and haul them in for interrogation to find out who is bombing his businesses. They're pulled out of a truck and trundled along the pulley system hanging upside down. The actors had to keep being supported between takes to prevent them passing out.
* The 1925 Silent film adaptation of ''The Wizard of Oz'' has an odd variation, in which Dorothy is tied only by her waist, so her arms are still free and flailing.
* In ''Film/DressedToKill1946'', Holmes suspended by his wrists from a hook in the ceiling of a garage, and then left there to asphyxiate.
* ''Film/ThorRagnarok'': At the start of the movie, Thor is chained and held in a suspended cage in Muspelheim. Then the cage open and he falls down until the chain brutally stops him (a shock that would certainly have killed a human, but he's Asgardian). Hence Thor is left dangling before the realm's master, Surtur. The ensuing conversation is a bit impaired by the chain slowly spinning Thor away from facing Surtur, forcing the villain to stop monologuing until Thor turns around again.

* In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 Ultramarines'' novel ''The Killing Grounds'', the Grey Knights suspend Ventris by his manacles when he's their prisoner; his survival may be Justified by his being an inhuman supersoldier.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' story "Literature/TheSlitheringShadow", Thalis does to Natala before flogging her.
* In the VillainOpeningScene of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', Voldemort uses magic to suspend his prisoner in the air before eventually killing her.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** In the second book, MagnificentBastard Gentleman Johnny Marcone gets hogtied (which generally means the ankles and wrists are tied together behind the back) and suspended over a pit trap as werewolf bait. Even Dresden, who despises the man, acknowledges that it must be excruciatingly painful and sympathises.
** In a later book, Dresden himself is tied up with his wrists above his head for hours, but the only ill effects he suffers besides lots of wrist pain equating to carpal tunnel syndrome is a loss of his magic due to running water being poured over his head.
** Oddly enough, in that same book, Dresden's vampire-infected ex-girlfriend Susan is [[spoiler: tied up hanging from a magical rope ''by Dresden'' for a short time, to keep her from attacking and killing him in a blood-lust-driven fury. They then engage in a very ill-advised consensual sexual encounter with her in that state.]] This being the DF and Butcher, consequences from this bad judgement do eventually ensue.
* In Adrian Tchaikovsky's ''[[Literature/ShadowsOfTheApt Dragonfly Falling]]'', Salma is suspended like this before questioning.
* ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'': In the ''Law of Nines'', in keeping with its total deconstruction of any ideas anyone had that anything [=BDSM=]-like is good, goes into great detail about those dangers of being suspended by one's wrists at the top of the page.
* In the first story of ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', Count Olaf suspends Sunny in a cage.
* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', Morgoth takes Maedhros hostage and suspends him by his right wrist over a precipice of Thangorodrim. The rescue of Maedhros involves amputation.
* In the ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'', the MessianicArchetype character suffers the Circumfixion, in which he is lashed to a ring and hung upside down from a tree. Like Christianity's crucifix, the circumfix subsequently becomes a religious symbol.
* After Kappa manages to kick Literature/JamesBond unconscious during their fight at a train tunnel in ''Literature/TheManWithTheRedTattoo'', he ties him up and leaves him dangling from the ceiling, leaving him to die from the impact of the next locomotive on the tracks.
* In ''Literature/{{Relativity}},'' August Moon holds Melody hostage in this way as bait to lure-in her husband. At one point he threatens to release the chain and let her drop.
* In ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict'', Nikita's kept prisoner like this, with her hands chained to the ceiling and her toes just barely touching the ground so that she'd be unable to stand properly. It proves less than effective when she [[HulkingOut hulks out]] and becomes over a foot taller.
* In ''Literature/{{Everlost}},'' there's a monster known for "chiming" his captives--that is, hanging them upside down from the ceiling. Since the characters in Everlost are all ghosts, this doesn't cause them pain or put them at risk of death, but it does get very, very boring after a few centuries.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Xander is suspended above the Hellmouth by a demon. Really, Xander, you shouldn't have suggested that use for the rope yourself....
* In [[Recap/GothamS1E1Pilot pilot]] episode of ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' Gordon ends up suspended from the ceiling of the slaughterhouse after angering [[TheDon Fish Mooney]]. When his partner comes to negotiate freeing him, he joins him soon and only intervention of Fish's boss saves them.
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' shows that this trope isn't VERY effective when used in a room with fire NOT below the victim (and if the hands are not placed behind, usually).
** In ''Series/DaiSentaiGoggleFive'', Miki gets trapped into an evil picture diary and gets suspended with a spread-eagle position, then the picture diary gets burned, which in turn, surrounds her in flames. Instead, she makes a flip, then uses the fire to burn the ropes.
** In ''Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman'', Mai gets taken hostage and suspended with hands above her head, inside a room. Then, [[TheBrute Buuba]] blasts her room, putting fire inside it. Again, she flips around, burnt the ropes using the fire created.
** In ''Series/HikariSentaiMaskman'', both Momoko and Haruka are tied up this way in the episode where they are supposedly brainwashed by the Thief Knight Kyros to become bank robbers. This is more effective since Kiros did not use fire in any form, and instead uses spikes of doom, and both girls are only able to escape due to the boys' timely BigDamnHeroes.
** ''Film/KaizokuSentaiGokaigerVsSpaceSheriffGavanTheMovie'': the Gokaigers are going to be executed [[ShotAtDawn by firing squad]] by the Space Police, and are held in place this way.
* In ''Series/{{Bones}}'', Brennan is kidnapped by a crazy ex-agent, tied up and hung by her wrists, unable to move and leaving her at the mercy of her kidnapper. Fortunately, Booth came in just in time to stop him, leading to a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming between him and a crying Brennan.
* In ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'', [[http://img251.imageshack.us/img251/4489/107ric.jpg Richard]], [[http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/9558/40denna.jpg Denna]] and [[http://img529.imageshack.us/img529/1857/176r.jpg Cara]] were all hanged by their wrists and tortured (in the pure fetish fashion) when in possession of Mord-Sith under command of Darken Rahl. [[spoiler:And all of them were successfully punished and broken into submission, if only for a short time.]]
* One of the sets in ''Series/YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'' is a dungeon in which kids were chained up by the wrists. The facts that they were standing on a stepstool and the shackles were wide enough that they could easily slip out of them were quite obvious.
* Happens to Barnaby in the ''Series/MidsomerMurders'' episode "Death in the Slow Lane" after he is knocked out by the murderer. The killer plans to drop Barnaby on to a sharp set of ploughs at the end of their conversation.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E1TheMasqueOfMandragora "The Masque of Mandragora"]], Marco is hung by his wrists while he's being tortured.
** "The Witch's Familiar" begins with Clara tied up and hanging upside down due to Missy.
* {{Invoked}} in the ''Series/RobinHood'' episode Lardner's Ring. Marian [[DecoyDamsel pretends to be Robin's hostage]] in order to convince Guy to stop attacking Robin.
* Happens to a car thief in ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'' ("Car Jacked"). When he tried to steal a rich man's car and got into his garage via descending from the ceiling, his leg got tangled in a rope and he ended up hanging ''upside down'' for several hours, which killed him in the end.
* Happens to Frank and Jesse Colton when they are captured by Chinese gangsters in the ''Series/MacGyver1985'' episode "The Coltons".
* ''Series/{{Hustle}}'': "Picasso Finger Painting" opens with Ash hanging upside down by his ankles in a deserted warehouse. He proceeds to explain how he ended up in this predicament.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. PlayedForLaughs when Julian Bashir and Miles O'Brian get talked into joining Worf's pre-marriage ritual, assuming the rowdy Klingons will indulge in the usual drinking and feasting. It turns out to be several days of starvation and self-inflicted torture. Cue our heroes chained to a pole, hanging over hot coals.
-->'''Bashir:''' It's working... I'm having a vision... I can see the future... I can see it so clearly. I'm going to kill Worf!
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
** In [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E20WhatIsAndWhatShouldNeverBe "What Is And What Should Never Be" (S02, Ep20)]], the djinn strings up its victims by the wrists while it drains their blood.
** In "How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters", a camper wakes up to find himself hanging upside down from a tree while still in his sleeping bag. After he gets eaten, tabloid headlines refer to him as the "human burrito".
* ''Series/{{Justified}}'': In "Bloody Harlan", Dickie hangs Raylan up by one ankle and proceeds to [[BatterUp wale on him with a baseball bat]].

* In the video for Music/PetShopBoys's "It's a sin", Neil Tennant (playing the role of a man who's imprisoned by the Inquisition) is briefly seen inside what seems to be a ''gibbet'', a suspended cage used for ColdBloodedTorture. See below in "RealLife"

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* This is one of the tortures of Hell described in the Qu'ran.
* The mediaeval torture described in Real Life, below, is probably the origin of the Tarot card called the Hanged man, in which a bound man swings from a gibbet by one foot.

* The "Monkey Mayhem" table of ''VideoGame/ExtremePinball'' shows the protagonist hanging by a rope tied around her wrists over a pit of monkeys.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/TheUndertaker used to do this to his victims when he ran the Wrestling/MinistryOfDarkness PowerStable. He'd tie his "sacrifices" to a large T symbol and hang them above the stage.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Tails in ''[[VideoGame/SonicAdvanceTrilogy Sonic Advance 2]]''; prior to the beginning of the game, he is kidnapped by Eggman. When you fight the boss of Music Plant, he's swinging from a pole on the machine.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''
** Peach is tied up like this at the opening of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG''.
** As well as in ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' preceding the first phase of the final boss. Also in the commercial, she's dangled above a paper shredder.
** Also, in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'', Popple and Rookie are shown like this right before the [[LetsMeetTheMeat Chuckolator]] fight, but are (violently) released by their captor before it spins over to the Bros.
* Justin in the original ''VideoGame/{{Grandia}}''
* April O'Neil in the story mode of ''VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTournamentFighters'' for the UsefulNotes/SuperNES. Also happens to Splinter in the original ''[[VideoGame/TeenageMutanNinjaTurtlesTheArcadeGame TMNT]]'' arcade game when he's taken captive by Granitor.
* All the captive maidens in VideoGame/WizardsAndWarriors''.
* In the first ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe'', when you end up rescuing the king and the princess of the land, they're lowered this way. Except the king is ''upside down''.
* Ada is tied up like this near the end of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''.
* In ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge'', Guybrush and Wally are suspended by their wrists over a pit of boiling acid.
* Marian in most versions of the original ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon''. There's actually a close-up of her tied up this way before the final battle in the [=iOS=]/Android version.
* The [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]] sequence in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' had Snake hanging from a hook on a track, and the momentum of his swing was used to increase the force of the blows he was receiving.
* On occasion, prisoners are tied up like this in ''VideoGame/MetalSlug''. When you cut one down, he flaps his arms as he drops.
* [[http://youtu.be/u1gqbuV84bs Rena and Master Genryusai]] at the end of ''[[VideoGame/FinalFight Final Fight 2]]''.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum''
** Countless times, you can do this to terrified mooks. [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential Before dropping them on their head as their teammates patrol underneath.]]
** [[spoiler:This happens to Commissioner Gordon in the final level, bats thinking he'd already left the island]].
** Reprised in the sequel, where Two-Face does this to Catwoman at the beginning of the game, and Batman then does this to Two-Face afterwards.
* The final level of ''VideoGame/JungleHunt'', where the DamselInDistress is suspended over a cauldron.
* Some of the kidnapped [[NubileSavage "cavebabes"]] from ''VideoGame/JoeAndMac'' (specifically the raven-haired ones) are tied up this way.
* In the indie adventure game ''VideoGame/TheMarionette'', [[spoiler: the protagonist, at the end,]] is tied up by his arms from ropes suspended from the ceiling in a way that evokes the game's title.
* The kidnapped Franchise/DonkeyKong in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry2DiddysKongQuest'' appears like this twice before the final battle against K. Rool.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Vigilante}}'', [[DistressedDamsel Madonna]] can be seen before the final level and during the final battle hanging like this from a construction hook.
* Happens to Ada Wong of all people in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''. Leon shows up and cuts her down before the FinalBoss.
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlueChronophantasma'', if [[LadyOfWar Tsubaki Yayoi]] is hit by [[MadScientist Relius's]] Astral Heat, she's shown in this position ''and'' with [[BoobsAndButtPose her back turned as well as her butt at the viewer]]. Similarly, [[BloodKnight Azrael]] is seen bound upside down, [[HandsomeLech Kagura]] is tied up from what looks a LOT like a gallow (only he's bound rather than "properly hanged"), [[spoiler: Izayoi]] is restrained by a pillar "made" of mechanical hands, and Kagura's BattleButler Hibiki is strapped to a device that strongly reminds of a breaking wheel.
* GLADOS from ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' strongly resembles a bound woman, as shown in [[http://i.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/article/2/4/2/55242.jpg?v=1 this picture.]] It makes sense once you know her history.
* In ''[[VideoGame/GanbareGoemon The Legend of the Mystical Ninja]]'', Koban Cat is found tied up and suspended from a great height.
* Twice in ''VideoGame/EmeraldCityConfidential''. When the main character, Petra, is first captured by Lion during an investigation, he ties up her wrists and suspends her from a bridge. This later also happens to Anzel, a RunawayFiance Petra is tracking down, when he is chained up in the Phanfasm prison.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'':
** George spends the entire third game parody as one of these. Like [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/020603c here]]. [[WhatAnIdiot When reminded about his superpowers]] and asked why he didn't free himself that way, [[BewareTheNiceOnes he leveled the castle in a fit of rage]].
** [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/010902 Bob]] and [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/010919 Mike]] also ended up as {{Distressed Dude}}s like that.
** [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/021211c Blues]], with a LampShade on the dangers, plus [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/021214c joined by Rock Man]]. This seems to be The Thing To Do for {{Distressed Dude}}s in ''Bob and George''.
** So [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/031201c Mega Man]] gets it, too, and it's [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/031207c George]]'s FateWorseThanDeath.
** First of all, [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/000909c the Author was there.]]
** And then there was [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/010403c Nate]] -- where it's not only a robot, it's admitted to be torture.
* In ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'', Dark Pegasus accidentally reveals [[http://missmab.com/Comics/Vol_151.php Dan's fetishes]] (to his delight).
* In ''Killroy and Tina'', [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Brandon]] allowed Killroy to put him in one of these.
* ''Webcomic/MinionsAtWork'': [[http://www.minionsatwork.com/2010/09/minions-241-unwritten-fine-print.html They should have noticed what the boss was like.]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090921 The perils of being in Gil's vicinity.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'': [[http://xkcd.com/478/ The joys of a staple gun.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Pibgorn}}'' [[http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2002/10/07/ here]] and [[http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2004/03/26/ here]]
* In ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'', Sandra and Cloud do it to Larissa after she interrupts their long-delayed FirstKiss. The page tags even reference [[ComicBook/{{Asterix}} Cacofonix]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2007-12-02 Squigley gets this in Hell]].
* In earlier strips of ''Webcomic/TheWhiteboard'', [[ButtMonkey Swampy]] had a tendency to wind up [[DuctTapeForEverything duct taped]] or stapled to the ceiling that almost qualified for RunningGag status, until his girlfriend Sandy called Doc out on it. Roger has also been suspended from the ceiling via a staple gun a few times.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', the villains have a fondness for tying up the heroes and dangling them upside-down, usually by their feet.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' "The Wolf-Man", Dan catches what he thinks is the wolf-man (actually a kid in a costume) and hangs him upside down from his ceiling.
* Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse:
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
*** Robin is chained up this way above a rising pit of water after being kidnapped by the title character in the episode "Bane". For best effect, they added an equivalent of CementShoes to his feet.
*** The final episode of the same series has Raven and Lark (the Penguin's [[BodyguardBabes female bodyguards]]) hanging bound and gagged from the ceiling after being subdued by the Judge.
** The ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''/''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' animated series cross over, ''World's Finest'', has ComicBook/LoisLane tied up like this.
%%* Happens to Max in ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop''.
* The ThreeAmigos of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' get strung up this way by [[{{Satan}} Lucius]].
* The beginning of two ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse'' cartoons -- "The Perils of Pearl Pureheart" (1949) and "Sunny Italy" (1951) -- has Pearl Pureheart dangling upside down by one foot.
%%* This happened at least once on ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop''.
* In the "Treehouse of Horror X" episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Stretch Dude and Clobber Girl (a.k.a. Bart and Lisa) are tied up (using Stretch Dude's own arms, because they are stretchy) and dangled over a vat of lucite, which the Collector (Comic Book Guy) uses to turn real celebrities into life-size maquette figures.
* Shaak Ti gets bound up by electric wires by General Grievous in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars''.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E19ZeroHour "Zero Hour"]], after being outed as the ReverseMole and captured, [[spoiler:Kallus]] gets suspended from a ceiling beam [[spoiler:in Ezra's tower]] by his handcuffs while Thrawn explains to him how he's deduced the location of the rebel base.
* Koopa does this to [[WouldHurtAChild Oogtar]] in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld'', dangling him over a hungry dinosaur.
* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' We could cite a specific example, but [[http://fetishfuel.wikia.com/wiki/Totally_Spies! we're sure that's unnecessary]].
* ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1''
** Optimus Prime got this after his failed attempt to save Elita One.
** So did Blurr in "The Face of the Nijika".
* Happens to Jean early in the ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' series, but she quickly frees herself.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfSuperman'': In "The Ghost of Kilbane Castle", Lois and Jimmy are left suspended above razor sharp blades.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The ColdBloodedTorture method known as either [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibbet gibbet]] or "the gallows and the pit" involves suspending the victim upside down ''over hot coals, a fire, etc.'', often via either further injuring the victim or placing him/her inside a sort-of cage, the titular "gibbet". It's also named ''horca y hoya'' in Spanish and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsurushi tsurushi]] ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "reverse hanging"]]) in Japanese. It was frequently used against UsefulNotes/{{Japanese Christian}}s (''kirishitan'') and their allies in the isolation times, like in the cases of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magdalene_of_Nagasaki Saint Magdalene of Nagasaki]] (full-blooded ''kirishitan''), [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorenzo_Ruiz Saint Lorenzo Ruiz]] (Chinese-Filipino, associated with Jesuit missionaries and ''kirishitan''), [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacobo_Kyushei_Tomonaga Saint Jacobo Kyousei Tomonaga]] (''kirishitan''), [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martyrs_of_Japan#Petrus_Kibe_Kasui_and_187_Companion_Martyrs_of_Japan Blessed Petrus Kibe Kasui]] (''kirishitan'' Jesuit priest), and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giordano_Ansaloni Saint Giordano Ansaloni]] (Sicilian missionary stationed in Japan). In fact, the ''tsurushi'' is often seen in religious arts that feature Lorenzo Ruiz, [[http://www.vatican.va/news_services/liturgy/saints/img/19861018_lorenzo_ruiz.jpg like]] [[http://sjsm.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/san-lorenzo-ruiz-y-co.gif these]]. This is probably the origin of the Tarot Card, the Hanged Man, depicting a bound person swinging from a gibbet by one foot.