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- When Aizen fakes his death he makes an illusion so that he appears to be impaled on the side of a tower with his own zanpakuto.
- Loly is left hanging up a tower, pinned by an arrow shot by Uryu.
- As seen above, this happens once to Sui Feng. Quite a feat considering how fast she is.
- In Hellsing Alucard impales Rip van Winkle with her musket and pins her to the wall 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 Wolf's Rain, Darcia's servant Neige is impaled through her hands to a door when Jagara assassinates Hamona.
- In Naruto, Kakashi manages to do this with himself and Sakura by hanging from a scroll using a kunai he threw to avoid falling into lava. He does this with Obito as well, though he had to pin him by his hand.
- In the 2003 version of Fullmetal Alchemist, Pride leaves Roy skewered to the wall by his shoulder while he goes off to talk to his young son. When in a fit of rage he starts to strangle the child, Roy can't unpin himself in time to save him.
- The Spirit, September 13, 1942 issue. A villainess wants to go Hunting 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.
- A Growing Affection: After the demon Doraku boasts that Naruto cannot kill him, Naruto pins him to a cave wall with a stalactite through the chest. And then buries him under tons of rock for good measure.
- How Xephos is killed in Yognapped. After a grueling Sword Fight, he's run through with his own katana and pinned to the wall of the airship... which then crashes, drowning him in boiling water.
- In Ghosts of the Past, sequel of Child of the Storm, Gambit gets pinned to a wall by the Blob a.k.a. Dudley Dursley. To add insult to injury, the Blob used half of Gambit's own staff.
- In a Kung Fu Panda fanfic The Vow, Lord Shen does this to other people several times.
- He traps Haun by pinning him to the ground from the mongoose's pants.
- He stops Lord Juan's attempt to escape by pinning him to the wall through the pheasant's wing. While Shen removes the knife, he pins Juan to the ground from the other wing before killing him slowly and painfully.
- Shen also starts his duel with Lianne by pinning her to a desk from her left sleeve without harming her.
- This ends up happening to XR in Revenge Of The Energy Vampire. Well, pinned to an exam table. With bolts drilled through his arms.
- In the Sword Art Online AU fanfic, Souls Art Online, players that have gone completely Hollow are pinned to the walls using Sinon's spears to avoid hurting themselves or others further, since their humanity could be restored later on.
- In Thousand Shinji, when Shinji finds out what SEELE has done to his and his family's mothers, he nails a SEELE minion to the wall with whatever he could telekinetically lift and hurl.
Films — Animation
- This happens to Cloud in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children when Sephiroth is revived.
- How the huntress Danielle introduces herself during her Big Damn Heroes in The Flight of Dragons.
- Queen Elsa in Frozen does this to one of Duke Wesselton's guards with her ice powers when they charge her ice castle trying to kill her.
Films — Live-Action
- In Octopussy, an evil knife thrower pins James Bond by his clothes to a wall and prepares to throw the final knife to Bond's heart. Bond being Bond, this does not end well for the knife thrower.
- Happens in Starship Troopers.
Ace Levy: Sir, I don't understand. Who needs a knife in a nuke fight anyway? All you gotta do is push a button, sir.
Career Sergeant Zim: Cease fire. Put your hand on that wall, trooper. PUT YOUR HAND ON THAT WALL!
(Zim throws a knife and hits Ace's hand, pinning it to the wall)
Zim: The enemy can not push a button... if you disable his hand. Medic!
- In The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Dorian Gray is run through with a sword so firmly he ends up pinned to the wall and unable to pull the sword out. Do to his near Complete Immortality, this doesn't do anything more than annoy him. Until Mina shows him his painting, that is.
- In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Batman does this to a Mook. By stabbing the man through the shoulder with his own knife. Ouch.
- In The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the White Witch sticks a sword through Peter's chain mail sleeve, pinning him to the ground so she can kill him.
- In The Shadow, the (invisible) hero is pounding the tar out of some Mongol Warriors in a lab. One of them grabs a flashlight, scans the room, and finds him. A few well-placed arrows stick the Shadow to the wall... until the fully three-dimensional Shadow emerges from out of his own shadow, Guns Akimbo.
- Main character's Black Best Friend in Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering is pinned to a wall with syringes, which let her go just before a flying sickle buries itself in her skull.
- In Gladiator, during the first fight in the Roman Coliseum, Hagen lifts his opponent and impales him onto the spikes at the top of the arena walls.
- In The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Sinbad throws his scimitar when the evil wizard is about to drag the Princess through a door and escape with her as hostage. The blade staples the villain's sleeve to the door, which immobilizes the man just long enough for the Princess to slip away.
- In Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Robin at one point pins a guard to a tree with six arrows, fired all at once. The image of him drawing them all together is on the cover.
- In ˇThree Amigos!, Dusty Bottoms flings a Bowie knife at one of the German agents as he tries to draw his gun, pinning his sleeve to a post.
- 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."
- Sherlock Holmes: In "The Adventure of Black Peter", the eponymous Black Peter is found pinned to the wall of an outhouse by a harpoon.
- In the Joe Pickett novel Winterkill, the first murder victim is nailed to a tree by several broad-headed hunting arrows.
- Nick Velvet: In "The Theft of the Blue-Ribbon Bass", Nick finds Razor Fitch - a bow fisherman Nick had employed to help him in his latest theft - nailed to the wall of his loft with an arrow from one of his own bows.
- Parker: The Seventh opens with Parker arriving back at the apartment he is using as a hideout to find the girl he was sharing it with stabbed with a sword that has gone through her and the headboard of the bed to pin her to the wall.
- Young Sherlock Holmes: In Death Cloud, Baron Maupertuis pins Sherlock to the wall during their sword fight when he thrusts his sword through the shoulder of Sherlock's jacket and into the wall behind him.
- 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:
- Father Brown: In "The Lair of the Libertines", the killer prevents Father Brown from leaving the hotel grounds by using a crossbow bolt to pin his cassock to a target.
- A memorably bloody scene in Kamen Rider Kuuga has the title hero suddenly hit by one of the lances the Monster of the Week uses to kill its victims. He's shot right through his left shoulder and spends a few painful seconds pinned to a pillar structure, suspended in the air, trying to pull the lance out.
- In Scrapland, Doorkeepers are built directly into the walls next to the doors they guard. This is to ensure they never leave their posts.
- 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 a wall with a crossbow bolt, he will remain 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.
- In Dragon Age II, this is how the Hawke siblings first meet Varric: he uses his crossbow to pin a young pickpocket to a wall, stopping him from making off with their meagre savings.
- Warframe: the Puncture damage type can sometimes cause this to enemies.
- Painkiller has the Stake Launcher, which pins baddies to walls with entire trees. It's not very useful, however, due to it's painfully long reload time and the plentiful foes you face.
- In Evolve, this is the purpose of Glacial Behemoth's Ice Spear ability. Hitting a hunter hurls them backwards and freezes them to any surface they hit, setting them up for more damaging attacks.
- In Fallout 4, the Railway Rifle can do this to NPC's or their severed body parts.
- In Resident Evil 4, Garradors can pin Leon to a wall with their Wolverine Claws for a One-Hit Kill. If they miss, though, they themselves get temporarily stuck to the wall, leaving their weak point exposed.
- Resident Evil 2 let's you pin crows to the wall if you shoot them with the crossbow.
- RWBY: Jaune has this happened to him twice, both by Pyrrha's spear. Both are also nonlethal; she only hits his hood.
- 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.
- 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.
- Young Justice: Blue Beetle uses a staple gun to incapacitate enemies. The Scarab argues for the more violent version by firing the staples through bone.
- Batman: Assault on Arkham: Deadshot uses a pair of knives (that the Joker had just stabbed him with) to pin the Joker to fuselage of the helicopter.
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Dr. Weird's assistant Steve twice gets impaled and pinned to a wall by Weird's animated corn.
- South Park: In "Tom's Rhinoplasty", Miss Ellen fights with terrorists and tosses a sword aside, pinning Kenny to the wall.
- 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.