Basil has to keep the gears turning.
When a character enters a factory or, more often, a Clock Tower
, it usually results in the character riding on the moving gears and other machines to get through it.
May overlap with Clock Punk
and Eternal Engine
. May also be related to No OSHA Compliance
if it involves workers riding around on the gears.
Examples of this trope
Anime and Manga
- In The Castle of Cagliostro, during the Climbing Climax when the Count and his men pursue Lupin and Clarisse up the castle's clock tower. It leads to a fight amongst the clock-tower's gears which may be one of the most iconic in cinematic history.
- The climax of The Great Mouse Detective takes place inside of Big Ben, with Basil and Ratigan climbing through the gears to reach the top. It's incredibly dangerous for them, but it's justified by them being mice, not humans.
- Near the end of Cars 2, the Lemons all trap Mater, Finn McMissile, and Holly Shiftwell inside Big Bentley as an attempt to kill them all while they succeed in their evil plans. They eventually escape, however.
- In Witches Abroad, Nanny Ogg and the dwarf romeo Casanunder sabotage the clock tower to prevent "Cinderella" hearing the chimes of midnight. There is also the cat Greebo's memory of chasing a mouse into a working windmill and realising he is in a place of danger where one paw put in the wrong place will drag him to doom among all the turning gears and grinding wheels.
- Dungeons & Dragons has the Clockwork Nirvana of Mechanus, where everything is on an orderly array of gears. Here the gears are representing the efficiency and rigidness of law.
- Ultimecia's castle in Final Fantasy VIII, especially its Dissidia: Final Fantasy iteration.
- Batman (Sunsoft) game on NES has one of these as its final level. Players had to walljump between moving gears in order to ascend the bell tower of the Gotham City cathedral.
- Scrap Brain Zone from the original Sonic the Hedgehog game. Its Working Title was even "The Clockwork Zone" (or "Clock Ork" as the W wasn't programmed into the title card).
- Sonic Unleashed features Rooftop Run, which has a clock tower, but only the night stage has a major clockworks area, as the daytime stage is outside. This level returned in Sonic Generations, and both Sonics go up the outside of the tower this time.
- The final level of Clock Tower 3 is a climb up the titular Clock Tower, including the gears.
- Banjo-Kazooie had an area in Rusty Bucket Bay that involved a switch puzzle to control rotating gears. Falling off results in death by boiling oil.
- Tales of Vesperia has Ghasfrast: the Tower of Gears as one of its dungeons. The party must use the sorceror's ring to restore power to the non-moving gears in order to reach the top of the tower, where Barbros awaits.
- In Ragnarok Online, there is a dungeon which is actually called and is a Clock Tower, which features such gears as a motif in the entire dungeon.
- In Sands of Destruction, Lacertus Rex hangs out in a clockwork mansion. You have to literally cross a giant clock to get to Lacertus Rex himself.
- The level "The Shrunk Machine" in Duke Nukem Forever sees the Duke crawl through a electricity generator while shrunken to minuscule size.
- One episode of The Batman had Batman fighting Catwoman and Ragdoll in the gears of a giant clocktower.
- The climax of "The Dog and Piggy Show" in Jackie Chan Adventures features Jackie, Jade, Uncle, and Hak Foo climbing the gears in a clocktower to get the Pig Talisman.
- The Great Mouse Detective provides the page image, and has its climax in Big Ben.