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Pinned to the Wall
A character gets stuck to the wall, ground, or ceiling by a sharp, pointy object. Either the character is Impaled with Extreme Prejudice or his/her clothes are. Clothing Damage may occur for the latter, whether the character attempts to get free, falls due to gravity, etc.

The reasons for this are:
  • Target needs to be killed or incapacitated to keep from moving.
  • Target needs to be saved from falling.

In modern shooter games, this is often an attribute of the crossbow-type weapons: if an enemy is standing next to a wall when he's killed with these weapons, his body remains pinned to it.

See also Knife Outline and Cape Snag. Not to be confused with Wall Bang Her or Neck Lift.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Bleach
    • When Aizen fakes his death in Bleach he makes an illusion so that he appears to be impaled on the side of a tower with his own zanpakto.
    • Loly is left hanging up a tower, pinned by an arrow shot by Uryu.
  • In Hellsing Alucard impales Rip van Winkle with her musket right before eating her.
  • Towards the end of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex's second season, Kuze defeats Batou by driving a large metal pipe through his leg and into the concrete (they're both full body cyborgs, so this isn't fatal; it just holds him in place). The former claims Batou's combat knife as a trophy before leaving.
  • Happens to Rundelhaus in episode 12 when his group encounters some skeleton archers in Log Horizon.
  • In Rurouni Kenshin's Jinchuu arc, Kaoru Kamiya is found dead like this, with Enishi's BFS impaling her through the chest and pinning her to the wall of the Kamiya dojo. Subverted: that one was a fake doll, and Kaoru has been kidnapped by Enishi instead.
  • In Wolfs Rain, Darcia's servant Neige is impaled through her hands to a door when Jagara assassinates Hamona.

    Comic Books 
  • The Spirit, September 13, 1942 issue. A villainess wants to play The Most Dangerous Game with the title character, but he refuses. She uses a bow and arrows to pin him to a door by his clothes so he can't get away. See it here.
  • This is a common enough tactic by The Archer in comics. Most notably, Hawkeye and Green Arrow.
  • This was lampshaded and averted in an issue of The Savage Dragon. An ally of the Dragon's, known as Star, uses bladed stars to stab some criminals along their arms to disarm them. When they complain, he admits he can't do this trick.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 

  • In The Dresden Files: Turn Coat, the vampire Thomas pins his cousin Madeline to a table with a pair of chopsticks through her wrists, because she was threatening his lover. While she's immobilized, said lover brushes Madeline with her hair — which, since the vampires are Allergic to Love, gives Madeline horrible burns.
  • In The 39 Steps, When Richard Hannay discovers the dead spy whose murder he is later framed for, he finds that the knife has been stuck through his chest so deeply his body is pinned to the floor.
  • Believe it or not, The Bible. Judges 21: "But Jael wife of Heber took a tent-peg, and took a hammer in her hand, and went softly to him and drove the peg into his temple, until it went down into the ground —he was lying fast asleep from weariness—and he died."

    Live-Action TV 
  • Stargate SG-1
    • An alien device once pinned Jack O'Neill to the wall of the SGC through his shoulder.
    • Another time, Baal pinned Jack to a wall with Artificial Gravity and tossed knives (or acid, depending on how he felt like torturing Jack to death that day) at his chest.
  • In the first episode of Chuck, Sarah pins an NSA agent with a knife through the sleeve of his suit while she's dancing with Chuck.
  • Midsomer Murders: The first Victim of the Week in "Blood Wedding" is pinned to the wall with an antique sword.

    Video Games 
  • In The Legend of Dragoon, Kongol in his second boss battle had a special attack where he'd create a wall behind one of your party-members and throw his metallic gauntlet (two sharp claws on each side) to stick them to said wall by their neck, where he'd then proceed to wail on them for a few seconds before punching them through the wall he just created. You can see it in action here.
  • In No One Lives Forever 2, if you kill an enemy next to wall with a crossbow bolt, he will remained pinned to it. If you then search his body, you can almost always recover the bolt, and the body will slump onto the ground.
  • Similarly, in Half-Life 2, killing an enemy with the crossbow will sometimes leave them pinned to a wall behind them, even though the projectile itself is no longer visible and cannot be recovered.
  • Team Fortress 2: the Sniper's Huntsman can pin enemies to the wall. There is even an achievement called "William Tell Overkill" for pinning a Heavy's head to the wall.
  • League of Legends: Vayne has an ability called "Condemn", where she shoots the target with a huge crossbow bolt that knocks them back. If the enemy collides with terrain, they are also impaled, which deals bonus damage and stuns them for 1.5 seconds.
  • In The Darkness II, you can pick up poles and throw them to pin enemies to walls. There is an achievement for doing that to two guys at once.
  • The Hedgehog Grenade in Resistance is noted for its ability to impale victims multiple times to the point of sticking them to walls at its maximum kill-range.
  • In the First Encounter Assault Recon series, if you kill an enemy with a nailgun near a wall, he will get pinned to it.
  • In Marathon 2: Durandal, the Security Officer does this to a Pfhor in one of Terminal images.
  • It's possible to do this to your opponents using arrows in TowerFall.
  • You can do this to a zombie standing close to a wall with a harpoon gun in Dead Island: Riptide.
  • Dead Space 2 and Dead Space 3 allow you to pin enemies to walls with the Javelin Gun, metal bars and severed blade arms.
  • Happens during Grey Fox's death scene at the end of Metal Gear Solid.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY: Jaune has this happened to him twice, both by Pyrrha's spear. Both are also nonlethal; she only hits his hood.

    Web Comics 
  • Used in "Shock and Awwwwww", a strip of The Order of the Stick. To stop him from falling, Haley pins Roy to the wall of an earthquake-created chasm by shooting an arrow into his groin. Roy's probably happy he was dead for that.
  • In Serpamia Flare, Kylie gets pinned to the wall by one of Sho's sais in Chapter Three. He pins her dominant arm (the one wielding her Cool Sword) to the wall by piercing his sai through it, digging into the wall itself, and then attempts to finish her off while she cannot slice him.

    Web Original 
  • We Are All Pokémon Trainers: Ayame gets pinned to a wall by Revy during their fight.
  • This animated pic shows an anthropomorphic mantis girl impaled through the wings and chest as part of a purification ritual.

    Western Animation 
  • In The Simpsons version of The Odyssey, when Odyssyus comes home he finds a bunch of suitors for his wife's hand and throws a spear through all of them, pinning them all to the wall.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: This is Mai's primary combat tactic, due to the fact she's a specialist in throwing daggers in what is ostensibly a kid's show. Rather than hit the squishy humans, she usually pins their clothes to whatever is behind her victim (or the attack gets blocked altogether).
  • The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes: Hawkeye once did this to Black Widow. He wrapped her up in a bolo rope as she was flying through the air, the shot an arrow that hung her from a wall by it upside down.

    Real Life 
  • The SL-1 nuclear reactor accident, occurred on January 3, 1961. A U.S. Army reactor operator was supposed to withdraw a control rod 4 inches while his supervisor, who was standing on top of the reactor, watched. For reasons unknown the operator withdrew the rod 26 inches. The reactor went prompt critical and instantly exploded. The reactor operator was found dead; a trainee who had been observing the operation was found unconscious and died soon after. The supervisor wasn't found for over an hour after response personnel entered the reactor compartment, not until someone looked up and saw him pinned to the ceiling. He had been skewered by a shield plug ejected from the exploding reactor.

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