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Lodged Blade Recycling

A character has been stabbed with a knife or some other bladed weapon and left for dead. Then, however, instead of just kicking the bucket, he suddenly pulls the weapon out of his body and uses it to fight back, firmly establishing himself as Made of Iron and a Determinator.

Note that in Real Life, this is a very bad idea because the knife sticking in the wound slows down the bleeding considerably. Pulling it out runs a high risk of bleeding yourself to death within minutes. Additionally, touching the lodged blade can result in you surviving the stab wound only to finish the job yourself by cutting into something important inside. (Imagine, for example, someone stabs you in the chest but manages to miss anything vital. You start yanking on the blade to try removing it and it creates a back and forth sawing motion, cutting right through a lung or massive blood vessel. Nice Job Breaking It, Hero.)

Compare Catch and Return and Human Pincushion.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • The regenerative immortal Rin does it in in episode three of Mnemosyne, after being vivisected to death, killing her torturer with the scalpel he accidentally dropped inside her stomach.
  • Final Fantasy VII: Last Order: After being run through by Sephiroth's sword and left dangling over a pit, a much younger Cloud somehow summons the strength to pull himself further onto the blade to regain his footing. Then uses it as a lever to fling Sephiroth across the room and into the wall! It should be noted that this is the Turk's recount of the event, since they didn't witness the actual battle; which has Cloud throw Sephiroth into the Mako pit itself rather than throwing him against the wall.
  • Shootfighter Tekken: actually played realistically with a fist-against-knife fight. Knife guy somehow ends up with the knife deep in his side, and proceeds to demonstrate his badassery by expelling it using just his abdominal muscles. The other characters, including the Heir to the Dojo he's fighting, just stare at him (the viewer is led to think it's in fear or admiration, but...) like he's an idiot, because suddenly he starts spraying blood and faints very soon after.
  • Nanashi pulls Luo-Lang's broken sword from his arm for a final attack in Sword of the Stranger.

    Comic Books 
  • Kate Kane does it in the final volume of 52, pulling a sacrificial knife out of her own chest to throw it at Bruno Mannheim, who (almost) performed the sacrifice. Note that she does recognize it as a stupid idea that almost costs her her life, but does it anyway because her lover Renee's life is more important to her.
  • In the graphic novel Jonah Hex: No Way Back, Jonah stabs el Papagayo with the same knife Papagayo just stabbed him with: while its still stuck through his arm!
  • The Savage Dragon once did this in a Cross Over with Hellboy. An undead pirate stabbed him in the back and he ended up with the blade stuck in him for almost an entire issue before he yanked it out in order to use it as a weapon against the animated brain of Adolf Hitler. Needless to say, it was one of the more memorable stories in the series.
  • The Suicide Squad has once wound up on Apokolips, and Count Vertigo is stabbed by Kanto (a minion of Darkseid who has kind of a Italian Renaissance Assassin thing going.) Some time later, Vertigo turns out to have been playing possum and stabs Kanto in the back with his own dagger. Darkseid approves of this. Note that Count Vertigo was a Death Seeker at that point in his history and wouldn't care about the potential lethal side effects of pulling out the knife.
  • The assassin Shrike averted this trope during an encounter with Batgirl, explicitly noting that that pulling the shuriken she threw (back) into his leg would incapacitate him almost instantly and he could still fight with it in. Not that doing so did much good, but....

    Film 
  • In Knight and Day, June accidentally impales an assassin with a knife, followed by the assassin pulling it out of himself to attack June with.
  • In Pirates of the Caribbean, Barbosa does this with the knife Elizabeth used on him. Also doubles as The Reveal of the Black Pearl's curse. He then does this again at the end of the movie. This is The Reveal for the fact that Jack is now cursed.
  • In Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the T-1000 takes a large metal pole and impales the T-800 through the back and leaves. A few minutes later, the T-800 reroutes its power to an auxillary battery pulls out the pole and goes after the T-1000. Justified as he's, you know, a robot.
    • The T-1000 had the metal pole through use of this trope also; he acquired it when the T-800 smashed it into him.
  • In Strange Days this is used at the climax of the movie when Big Bad Max is hanging on to hero Lenny's tie to stop from falling off of a balcony. Lenny (who had previously been stabbed by Max) then pulls the knife out of his own back and cuts his necktie off, sending Max plummeting to his death.
  • In Ladyhawke, a character gets hit with a crossbow bolt, pulls it out, rides up to his opponent, and stabs him in the stomach with the bolt.
  • In House of Flying Daggers, near the end, Leo attempts to rape Mei and is punished by having a dagger embedded in his shoulder by the leader of La Résistance (who informs him that if he ever removes it he'll bleed to death). After murdering Mei he pulls it out as a last resort in his Duel to the Death with Jin leading to an Everybody Dies ending.
  • In the first Lord of the Rings film, Lurtz does this with Aragorn's dagger (throws it back at him), but only after licking it.
  • Ironhide in Transformers: Dark of the Moon gets a barbed weapon (possibly a timed explosive) thrown into his shoulder during a Mexican Standoff against two Decepticons. He proceeded to pull it out and return the favor to the one who threw it at him, except through the head. He proceeded to slam the 'Con onto a car and punt him into a building, exploding soon after. "Class dismissed!"
  • Shoot 'em Up has the hero Mr Smith use a scalpel he was stabbed with to fight back.
    • Although this doesn't really do the scene justice... After having all his fingers broken, his torturer decides that the next step is to cut out an eye. Smith waits until the knife is close before headbutting the guy and getting the scalpel lodges in his forehead. Since his hands are broken and he's unable to hold the knife, he stabs it through his hand to be able to use it to fight back. The film is full of this kind of craziness.
  • Malcolm Reynolds pulls this during his fight with the Operative in Serenity.
  • Thor: The Dark World: During the fight on the Dark World, Loki stabs Kurse through the back with a sword that comes out his chest. Kurse turns around and impales him on the blade that is sticking out of his chest.

    Literature 
  • Done by sheer accident in The Truth, when Mr. Pin knocks William back against his desk and William's arm is pierced by the newsman's spike. Aware only that his arm suddenly hurts a lot, William moves to shove the paid killer away from him, and the protruding tip of the spike cuts his attacker's throat.

    Live Action TV 
  • In season 8 of 24, Jack kills one of Vladimir Laitanin's men using a knife that he'd just been stabbed in the stomach with. He eventually gets it bandaged, and being Jack is fine.
  • Stargate SG-1: Overlapping with I Am Not Left-Handed, Bra'tac did this in "Lost City" after being stabbed in his empty symbiote sac (tretonin having taken the place of his symbiote). Teal'c did almost the exact same thing in "Talion".
  • Star Trek: Nausicaans have a culture that revels in violence, moreso than even the Klingons. One episode of DS9 features a pair of Nausicaans playing a game similar to darts, except using each other as targets. They don't even try to dodge, or anything, just casually removing the dart and returning the attack. Doubles as a Funny Background Event.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Giles is fighting off a vampire in the park, Jenny aims a crossbow at it - and in the chaos, shoots Giles in the back. As he stands reeling in agony, the vampire laughs mockingly - until Giles yanks the bolt from his back and stakes him with it.
  • Played realistically in the CSI: NY episode "Epilogue". A security guard is stabbed and pulls the knife out and uses it to stab his attacker. He then bleeds to death from the wound he had suffered which he might have survived if he had left the knife in.
  • In one episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Melinda May is tied up and hung from the ceiling. A man tries to torture her by stabbing her in the shoulder, whereupon she thanks him for the knife and uses it to cut herself free and kill everyone.
  • Arrow: In "Streets of Fire", Malcolm's fight with one of the Mirakuru Super Soldiers ends with a variant of this. Malcolm has used up all his arrows on the soldier, who grabs him in a crushing bear grip; however, this allows Malcolm to grab one of the arrows lodged in the soldier's back, rip it out, and stab it into his neck, taking him down.

    Video Games 
  • The Player Character Soap does it near the end of Modern Warfare 2 to kill General Shepherd with the same knife he stabbed him in the chest with. However, this ends up being a thoroughly Deconstructed Trope. The game makes a point to have it come out slowly and agonizingly, and it was clearly a last resort. In fact, in the third game, he almost dies from it, flatlining during the prologue, and there's a level where you have to get him to safety before he bleeds out. The wound later reopens and ultimately kills him.
  • Early on in Saints Row: The Third, Gat gets stabbed by Loren during a tussle, but being a Made of Iron Bad Ass, he just pulls the knife out and throws it at a guard with a machine gun so the others can escape.
  • The sword Ganondorf uses in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is the one that was used for his execution. Thanks to the Triforce of Power, he survived, pulled it out, and slew one of the Sages holding him before the rest were able to seal him away.
  • Played with repeatedly in Metal Gear Solid 4 during Raiden's fight with Vamp. Towards the end of the fight, Raiden is pinned to the ground via a knife through the foot. He proceeds to yank his foot out of the ground and stomp on Vamp repeatedly... with the knife still sticking out.
    • Later on, he takes two knives to the forearms and nailed to his back. He extracts them and uses the knives as weapons while they're still in his arms. Finally, he gets stuck with multiple knives, then flexes his cyber muscles to shoot them all out, sticking Vamp with them and allowing Raiden to make the killing blow.
  • An actual gameplay mechanic in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, albeit understated: Not only do you have a chance of being able to pull used arrows out of your enemy's corpse and use them again, but you also have a chance, when being pelted by enemy archers, of finding a few new arrows in your inventory after the fight, presumably pulled from your own flesh. Likewise, if an enemy archer is shot with a better quality arrow than their own equipment there's a chance they will send it straight back at you.
  • In Injustice: Gods Among Us, one of Solomon Grundy's moves is to attack with the knives stuck in his back, and then put them back. (Grundy is a zombie, you see)
  • This is an actual gameplay mechanic in Dwarf Fortress. With the incredibly detailed combat system, blades or projectiles can be lodged in body parts. It is possible to remove these and throw them at enemies. This is usually a bad idea because it causes lots of blood loss. It is also possible to pull a lodged blade out of someone else's body.

    Webcomics 

    Web Original 
  • At the end of Ryan Vs. Dorkman 2, Dorkman is being cruelly stabbed by Ryan, but he manages to push Ryan back, pull out the lightsaber from his chest, and kill Ryan with a well-placed saber throw.
  • In Part V of Dead Fantasy, even after Tifa gets a katana lodged into her upper arm, she takes it out and continues fighting.
  • The zombie from the Minecraft video series Monster School does this.


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