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->'''The Doctor:''' A plank?\\
'''The Captain:''' The theory is very simple. You walk along it. At the end, you fall off.
-->-- ''Series/DoctorWho'', ''The Pirate Planet''

[[StockPhrases Standard]] {{Pirate}} [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment punishment]]: extending a wooden board or similar object over the side of a ship, and forcing the intended victim to step off the far end and presumably drown or [[SharkPool be eaten]].

This is a good scene for building suspense, if taken slowly. It is also an excellent opportunity for [[DefiantToTheEnd last-ditch-bravado]] and summing up antagonistic relationships. The plankee often tells the villain exactly what he [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech thinks of him]], and vice versa.

The victim is usually bound. An occasional twist is for an unbound victim to grab the plank on the way down or otherwise use it as a springboard into combat.

RealLife pirates executed people this way, but only rarely, as it was usually much more expedient to simply toss the victim overboard.

A related punishment is Keelhauling, where the victim thrown overboard with a rope tied to them, then hauled across(or if they're really unlucky, ''along'') the ship's keel and pulled up the other side. This wasn't necessarily fatal, but the barnacles that are usually found attached to the bottom of any ship made this a painfully unpleasant experience.

Since SpaceIsAnOcean, SpacePirates have a parallel punishment with a similar dramatic role: the victims are ThrownOutTheAirlock. SkyPirates seem to prefer the more old-fashioned plank--not surprising, since the airship's altitude would make it especially dangerous to the hero.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Chapter 268. This was how [[spoiler:Queen Arika]] was supposed to be executed, walking off a plank settled over a huge canyon full of monsters. [[spoiler:Luckily for her, Ala Alba (commanded by Nagi, who is able to catch her and drag her out ''[[BroughtDownToBadass without his powers]]'') is there to save her.]]
* In Hayao Miyazaki's ''Anime/FutureBoyConan'', PluckyGirl Lana has to go through it. She actually manages [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome to stand on said plank for quite a while and NOT fall off]]. [[spoiler: The SmugSnake grabs her and takes her away, then Conan has to fight him to free Lana]]
* Surprisingly averted in the pirate manga ''Manga/OnePiece''. It is especially noteworthy with how One Piece has a lot of so-called "Devil Fruit users" - people who have been granted superpowers by eating magical fruits but [[PowerAtAPrice paid for the powers]] by [[SuperDrowningSkills losing their ability to swim]] - so making them walk the plank would be quite the effective tactic against them.
* In ''LightNovel/AmagiBrilliantPark'', when real pirates show up and take over the theme park, they force a few people to walk the swimming pool's high dive board... after filling the pool with some tentacle monsters. The monsters molest but don't harm the victims; it's just for the pirates' amusement. Moffle has an IndulgentFantasySegue where he epically breaks free and defeats the pirates, but when he actually tries it he slips and falls into the water.

[[folder:Audio Play]]
* Used, along with just about every other pirate trope, in the ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' audio adventure ''[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho043DoctorWhoAndThePirates Doctor Who and the Pirates]]''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the {{Elseworlds}} story in ''[[Franchise/{{Batman}} Detective Comics Annual]]'' #7, the Laughing Man (SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker) has Capitana Felina (ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}) walk the plank as part of their plan to trap Leatherwing (Batman).
* In ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' Captain Plunder makes Tails WalkThePlank into a pit in issue 23; however, Sonic reminds Tails he can fly. In another story, Captain Plunder makes Proctor Speckle Walk The Plank for eating his Old Carribean chocolate bars; however, Speckle changes into Mr Fry.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In the Disney ''Disney/PeterPan'' movie, after capturing the Darling kids and the Lost Boys, Captain Hook offers them a choice -- join his crew and become pirates, or walk the plank. Wendy, the oldest of the Darlings, chooses the plank. Peter is able to rescue her before the big splash.
** One of the prequels, ''Disney Fairies'' ''The Pirate Fairy'' averts this. The pirates want to have Zarina walk 'a tiny little plank', but [[spoiler: Captain James Hook]] gives this remark.
--> '''[[spoiler: Captain James Hook]]:''' ''(Dryly)'' She can fly, you cretins.
* In ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2'', [[BigBad Drago Bludvist]] orders his [[YouHaveFailedMe failed minion]] Eret and Hiccup's friends to do this. Since the water is icy, this would undoubtedly kill them. Eret overpowers his guards and frees everybody.
* The pirates in ''WesternAnimation/IceAge4ContinentalDrift'' intend to get rid of Sid and his granny this way. However they don't succeed.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife''. In the ''The Crimson Permanent Assurance'' sketch, clerical workers force a captured executive to Walk The Plank. See it on Website/YouTube here, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecFBcpY9NHI starting at 3:10]].
* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'', Elizabeth and Jack are marooned in this way.
* In ''Film/DownPeriscope'', Dodge makes Pascal walk the plank -- into a net suspended above a helpful fishing boat. The fishermen and most of the crew of the ''Stingray'' have a lot of fun with this, playing up the pirate theme. [[spoiler: Pascal not so much, as he's blindfolded and unaware of the fishing boat's presence. So's the audience until the camera angle changes to watch his fall, and reveals the net.]]
* ''Film/{{Hook}}'' -- Peter takes the hike.
* Mama Fratelli makes Andi walk the plank off the pirate ship in ''Film/TheGoonies''.
* ''Film/StarTrekGenerations''. While on a sailing ship holodeck program, Lt. Worf has to leap from the tip of the plank and grab his commander's cap (suspended overhead) as part of the ceremony marking his promotion. When he does this without falling off, Riker decides to make things more interesting by making the plank disappear. Evidently that was an error. Picard: "Number One, it's ''retract'' the plank, not ''remove'' the plank." (or, judging from Riker's grin, it wasn't.)
** Data immediately wonders why everybody else thinks Worf's impromptu dive is hilarious. Beverly Crusher makes the mistake of telling him that humans find the misfortune of others [[ComedicSociopathy to be hilarious]]. Data immediately figures that if one is funny, two must be even better-and tosses the advice-giver overboard. Instead of more laughter, Data is met with horrified expressions, and Geordi must tell him that he has instead invoked [[DudeNotFunny an entirely different trope]] by applying it to the TheChick instead of [[IronButtMonkey the resident Klingon.]]
* ''[[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Star Wars: Episode VI -- Return of the Jedi]]'' - Jabba the Hutt's minions force Luke Skywalker to walk the plank extended from a hover skiff over the Sarlaac pit. Luke spins and grabs the plank as he falls, springboarding back to the skiff to fight while R2-D2 launches his lightsaber to him.
* In ''Film/ThePirateMovie'', Frederic is forced to walk the plank when he leaves the pirates.
* Douglas Fairbanks infiltrates the evil pirates in ''Film/TheBlackPirate'', in order to get his revenge after they killed his father. Unfortunately they catch him betraying them, specifically by letting the beautiful lady hostage go. After a brief court-martial they make him walk the plank. A pirate loyal to Fairbanks surreptitiously cuts the ropes binding his hands, allowing him to survive.
* Anne makes the British crew she captures at the start of ''Film/AnneOfTheIndies'' walk the plank.

* J.M. Barrie's ''PeterPan'' was probably the TropeCodifier in the public consciousness.
* Appears in Creator/GeorgeMacDonaldFraser's ''Literature/ThePyrates'', of course. [[TheHero Ben Avery]] immediately tells his pirate crew to knock it off, though, on the grounds that (see Real Life below) it's a-historical for [[TheCavalierYears their 17th century setting]]. [[HypocriticalHumor This is the same book that mentions a pirate radio station on Tortuga]].
* ''{{Literature/Redwall}}''; Vilu Daskar is fond of this, telling captives [[ExactWords they're free to leave his ship alive]].
* A poem by Shel Silverstein has the pirate captain Jim say this to a young boy, who responds, "But Captain Jim, I cannot swim." The pirate captain tries to come up with other suitable punishments for the boy until he decides to make him a captain.
* In ''Literature/SwallowsAndAmazons Captain Flint'' ([[CoolUncle Uncle Jim]]) is made to walk the plank after his houseboat is captured by the protagonists. [[PlayedForLaughs Or rather his diving board, but blindfolded]].

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Old-style ''Series/{{Batman}}'': [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe "By thunder, thee will walk the plank deck."]]
* In the appropriately named ''Series/DoctorWho'' story ''The Pirate Planet'', the Captain gives this description: "The theory is very simple. You walk along it. At the end, you fall off. Drop one thousand feet. Dead."
** The [[TheNthDoctor Eleventh]] Doctor almost does this in "The Curse of the Black Spot".
** Also seen in "Enlightenment", with the Eternals vanishing the moment they go over the side (the human bodies they inhabit, of course, would not be so unaffected).
* In ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' episode "May the Force Be With You", Del's school rival and police officer Roy Slater complains that he was always the one who had to walk the plank when they played pirates in the local park pond as kids. Del points out that they did let him play Bluebeard once. Slater responds that was the day that Bluebeard had to walk the plank.
** This was referenced in the pilot episode of the ''RockAndChips'' trilogy when after being told by the school gym teacher to buzz off, Del and his gang suggest heading to the park, and Slater protests that he doesn't want to walk the plank again. Del assures him that grown-ups don't play pirates. However, when the gang are seen hanging out in the Ritz Cinema (where Del's mother Joan works), Slater is soaking wet.
* A "fantasy" episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' was a pirate epic. Three lovely wenches were offered a choice: sleep with Bud, or walk the plank. Poor Bud can't get laid in a fantasy episode.
* On ''Series/OnceUponATime'', when Captain Hook retakes the ''Jolly Roger'' from Blackbeard, he forces Blackbeard to walk the plank and offers the rest of the crew two choices: accept him as the new captain or follow the old one. Ariel also walks the plank, but voluntarily. (She reassumes her natural mermaid form upon entering the water, so she's alright.)
* In an episode of ''Series/TheWiggles'', Captain Feathersword tries to teach Wags the Dog how to do this. Wags claims he already knows how, and shows him by tying a rope to the plank and walking it like a dog. Captain Feathersword is not amused.

* Cosmo Jarvis' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dysG12QCdTA Gay Pirates]] features this as the ultimate punishment (though in the video, at least, it seems [[UnexplainedRecovery they get better]].)
* Music/{{Alestorm}}, being a pirate metal band, features this in at least some of their songs, such as "Captain Morgan's Revenge" and "Keelhauled."

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Played with in ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''.
-->'''Hobbes:''' Our ship IS a plank.
-->'''Calvin:''' And you're going to walk it, wise guy!
* Happens in an issue of ''[[ComicStrip/LittleNemo Little Nemo in Slumberland]]''.
* Played with in ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'', where a pirate seems to be whistling and dancing off the plank, only for the captain to grab him by the ear and say "Oh no, you'll ''walk'' the plank like everyone else!"

* One VideoMode in ''Pinball/BlackRose'' has a crewmate doing this, then trying to outswim a ThreateningShark.
* In ''Pinball/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', one of the exits from the upper level is "Walk the Plank", which drops balls directly onto the main playfield.

* This is Growltiger's final fate in ''Theatre/{{Cats}}'', forced to walk the plank by Genghis and his crew of Siamese cats.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'', Guybrush is forced to walk the plank, but there's a dinghy directly underneath it, which he jumps into. When the pirates complain that they didn't hear a splash, Guybrush shouts "Splash!" to satisfy them. Later you have to saw off the plank in order to force the pirates to find an alternate means of torture. They promptly tar and feather you.
* In ''VideoGame/PuzzlePirates'', you can use the /plank command to eject other players from your ship (or any ship that you are, by virtue of your rank in a crew, authorized to command). If the pirate made to walk the plank is a jobber (that is, hired help rather than a member of the crew) then their employment with the crew is also automatically terminated so they can't just hop back on. Hilariously, a captain can inflict this on himself.
* One possible death sequence in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIII''.
* Referenced in ''VideoGame/WarpForce'', where Jayson (a SpacePirate) threatens to make the PlayerCharacter and Vogenvuld "walk the plank into the fusion coolant".
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Dizzy}} Bubble Dizzy]]'' begins with Dizzy being forced to walk the plank off a pirate ship. He catches the edge of the plank, but falls in after a pirate jumps on his hand a few times.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI'', Captain Hook and his crew force Sora and his friends to do this. Fortunately, Sora discovers his happy thought and flies, turning the tables on them.
* In ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'', Captain [=LeFwee=] and his crew force Sly to walk the plank during the "Operation: Reverse Double-Cross". Sly even chews out [=LeFwee=] for making him walk the plank. Fortunately, Murray was waiting for him right underneath.
* In ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFuckboys'' this is one of Foxy's attacks. Its low damage is compensated for by its high chance to inflict paralysis, making it a GameBreaker and a life-saver against most bosses (since ContractualBossImmunity is rare in this series). The absurdity of making someone walk the plank in a SuckECheeses is lampshaded in the move's description.

* Happens three times in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''.
** The first time is in an early arc where Bun-Bun decides to "play" pirate in North Virginia. He makes a rich, elderly couple walk the plank off their own yacht. Fortunately for them they were in the shallows, and for that bit of bad navigation Bun-Bun makes Kiki walk the plank as well, telling her to "roll those two lardasses into the deep end" when she gets down there.
** The second time is during the "Oceans Unmoving" story arc, where Calix and Honest Stu are forced to walk the plank by the pirates and leaf people combined. This is considered the worst fate possible in Timeless Space.
** The third time is during the sea voyage to Africa. The captain agrees to allow Riff to build one on his ship, after he learns that all the carrot cakes have been stolen. Of course, Riff adds explosives, which go off when a seagull lands on the plank, damaging the ship. The captain quickly creates a plank out of a folding deck chair and makes Riff walk it.
* In ''Webcomic/DubiousCompany'', after Walter [[TheMutiny takes over]] Barry's ship, he makes the former captain do this while the ship [[PokeThePoodle is beached]].
** Walter also has a policy of keelhauling enemies [[ModernMajorGeneral until]] he looks up the word in the dictionary. Once [[ValleyGirl Mary]] becomes the [[PaperThinDisguise mole]], the crew asks him to [[ColdBloodedTorture reinstitute]] the policy.
* After Greenbeard captures Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle while they are vacationing on a yacht in ''Webcomic/LilGotham'', he makes Bruce walk the plank.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoon ''WesternAnimation/HighDivingHare''. It's really a diving board but it's treated as if it's a "walk the plank" plank several times.
* Said in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' by a pi-rat.
* Featured in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' where the Kanker Sisters dressed as pirates force Jimmy and Johnny to walk the Plank. Yes, ''that'' [[CompanionCube Plank]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans'' plays this trope straight in "Pirate Treasure" and "Fly Girl", but surprisingly averts it in "Pirate Camp".
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' has babies fantasizing as pirates and Angelica puts Tommy on the plank.
* This was constantly threatened in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooPiratesAhoy'' probably because the pirates really can't do anything violent on Scooby Doo.
** Original series episode "Go Away, Ghost Ship" had Shaggy and Scooby aboard Redbeard's ship, hiding under a wooden washtub. They slide around the deck, actually unable to see ahead of them. They wander onto the plank and eventually tumble off.
* A WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker cartoon had Woody being forced to walk the plank several times by a pirate dog. Each time he did it, Woody would walk over the edge of the plank, upside-down along the underside of it and would then somehow come up behind the dog and jab him in the rear, causing ''him'' to jump into the water.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'' episode "Raphael Meets His Match", piratical villain Captain Filch holds the yacht crew hostage and force them to walk the plank (that goes for April) unless his ransom is received.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop''. The Hooded Claw attempts to force Penelope to walk the plank in the episode "Arabian Desert Danger". And, yes, the incongruity of forcing someone to walk the plank in the desert was {{Lampshaded}}. The cannonballs were an interesting addition, though.
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/TimeWarpTrio''. Some pirates hear them mention it and think it's a good idea. Later on, some British guy hears this and tells another British guy to write it down, as it's "a splendid idea".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'': In "Liar, Liar, You For Hire?", Captain Johnny makes K'nuckles walk the plank into a SharkPool.
* This is the result of a "Plankable Offense" in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}'' episode "On the Air and Out to Sea".
* In ''PocketDragons'' a group of sky pirates make the dragons walk the plank -- but don't know they're supposed to walk off it, so they end up walking up and down it.
* In the DarkerAndEdgier ''WesternAnimation/PeterPanAndThePirates'', Hook is GenreSavvy enough to strap a weight to Wendy's foot before trying this on her to ensure she drowns (she's still rescued).
* ''WesternAnimation/CampLakebottom'': GhostPirate [[CaptainColorbeard Captain Spitbeard]] tries to make [=McGee=] walk the plank (off a flying ship) in "Pirates of Ickygloomy". He ends up going off the plank himself.
* A pirate captain does this to Gargamel when he chases after a group of Smurfs sailing the seas in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "The Last Smurfberry."
* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'': In "Guitar Villain", the eponymous villain attempts to make an annoying pop star walk the plank...off the top of ''the Eiffel Tower''!
* Like the Woody Woodpecker example above, the ''[[WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines Magnificent Muttley]]'' segment "Muttley On The Bounty" has the snickering canine forced to walk the plank of the H.M.S. Bounty after biting Captain Bligh's (Dastardly's) hand when attempting to take a medal from him. Muttley walks to the edge then under the plank. When Blight wonders what went wrong and run onto the plank's edge, Muttley is on the deck sawing the plank off.
* WesternAnimation/DangerMouse and Penfold find themselves aboard a pirate ship in "The Hickory Dickory Dock Dilemma." The pirate king ("Cor...last time I picks up a crew in Penzance!") makes them walk the plank.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* OlderThanRadio example from Wiki/ThatOtherWiki: "The earliest known use of the phrase is the latter half of the 18th century... the phrase 'walking the plank' is recorded in Francis Grose's 'Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue', which was published in 1788... In 1769, mutineer George Wood confessed to his chaplain at Newgate Prison that he and his fellow mutineers had sent their officers to walk the plank."
* In 1822, William Smith, captain of the sloop ''Blessing'', was forced to walk the plank by the pirate crew of the schooner ''Emanuel''.
* In 1829, pirates intercepted the Dutch brig ''Vhan Fredericka'' in the Leeward Passage between the Virgin Islands, and murdered most of the crew by making them walk the plank with cannonballs tied to their feet.
* Averted in the actual Golden Age of Piracy, when superfluous captives who got dropped in the drink would simply be tossed overboard bodily, often with a slit throat. FridgeLogic supports this, as wooden planks on shipboard have better uses than cheap drama, and rigging up an impromptu diving board risks breakage to valuable hull-mending materials. Stede Bonnet the Gentleman Pirate in particular is one of the few pirates of the time said to do this, but even then there's no definitive evidence.
** Usually, pirates didn't do that - they usually just marooned them, instead.
** Another punishment that was much more gruesome and popular would be [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keelhauling keelhauling.]]