Smashing Hallway Traps of Doom
All that running through scenes like this in all his games and he hasn't lost a pound...
What is this thing? There's no useful purpose for there to be a bunch of chompy, crushy things in the middle of a hallway! Jason:
Gwen — Gwen:
No! I mean, we shouldn't have to do this! It makes no logical sense! Why is it here?! Jason:
Because it was on the show
Well, forget it! I'm not doing it! This episode was badly written!
This is a Booby Trap
in which big stone blocks, spiked walls or sharp blades repeatedly
ram into each other in a narrow hallway. The way past them is to either immediately run through when they separate or find a way to jam them. Multiple traps lined up may require some pattern memorization.
Extremely common in video games as a standard obstacle
, especially in medieval settings.
Having large items appear on a conveyor belt that crush down are also common... which makes one wonder what these factories are supposed to be making that require so much repeated crushing to make. It also sometimes appears in settings that are within giant monsters
, which could be justified because you're within the monster's digestive tract and that the smashing/pounding things are part of its pre-digestion chewing process. May be (part of) a Living Structure Monster
When devices commonly found in this trope are implemented as Death Traps
and won't retract, they're usually either a Descending Ceiling
or The Walls Are Closing In
A one-stop Death Course
Folklore and Mythology
- Part of the Death Course parody in Galaxy Quest.
- In Attack of the Clones the stamping presses on the conveyor belt of the droid factory qualifies. It also has the bladed kind later on. Also, one wonders how a machine designed to stamp metal plates into flat shapes actually molds said metal around his squishy squishy non-robotic arm.
- Contrived Coincidence. The plate was being stamped with a raised section that fortunately fit around the arm area.
- A non-lethal one appears in First Knight as an obstacle course for a prize.
- The Argonauts from Greek Mythology had to avoid a similar obstacle on their way to Colchis — the Symplegades, a pair of rocks clashing together to destroy ships attempting to cross the Hellespont. This, of course, makes this Older Than Feudalism.
- The Filipino Strong Man Bernardo Carpio was trapped for eternity between two mountains who had nothing else to do but bounce their bodies together.
- The Dresden Files novel Skin Game uses a magical version of this, with a giant field about 200 yards long filled with Smashing Ice Blocks of Doom. Making it even more insidious is the fact that the place is so cold it starts freezing up anyone who attempts to navigate it, or at least slows them down enough so the blocks can smash them. Said trap is one of three guarding Hades' treasure vault, and Harry Dresden was brought into the heist specifically to navigate this trap, since his Winter Knight powers let him resist the freezing better than anyone else. He manages to navigate the blocks by studying their movement pattern for about a half-hour; afterwards, Hades himself praises Harry for his foresight, saying very few would-be thieves even think of trying to find a pattern.
- In Transformers Animated, to stop Longarm/Shockwave's identity from being discovered, he kills Blurr in one of these.
- In the Adventure Time episode "Beautopia", Susan Strong has to guide the party's boat through two sets of "clashing gates".