'''Basic Trope''': The villain ties a sympathetic character to the railroad tracks as torture or attempted murder.
* '''Straight''': The [[DastardlyWhiplash moustache-twirling]] Bob chains [[TheIngenue innocent barmaid]] Alice to the rails when she rejects him and threatens to leave her there unless she agrees to marry him.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** The evil Bob chains Alice to the rails for criticizing [[TheHero the hero's]] suit, feeling it's an EvenEvilHasStandards moment.
** Bob chains Alice to the rails alongside Carol, Diane, Eve, Francesca, Gillian and Hannah.
* '''Downplayed''': Bob dangles Alice from a tree over the tracks.
* '''Justified''': Alice has magic powers she could use to free herself but she cannot use them if she is touching cold iron.
* '''Inverted''':
** The virtuous Alice chains the evil Bob to the rails.
** The villain ties the protagonist's priceless toy train to a street right before a marathon.
* '''Subverted''':
** Bob chains Alice to the rails... but the train hasn't run on that line for at least a decade.
** The person operating the train sees Alice tied to the track and promptly brings the train to a grinding halt.
* '''Double Subverted''':
** ...but the disused line is next to a busy highway, and while Bob is distracted, he is run over by a car.
** ...but then the front end of the train breaks off and falls on top of Alice.
* '''Parodied''':
** Bob chains Alice to a miniature railway and little electric trains bump harmlessly into her body.
** On a train journey into town, the hero sees the track liberally strewn with helpless tied maidens.
** Bob can't find a spot to tie Alice to the tracks because other villains go there first with their victims.
** Announcements at the railway station say that the train will be delayed due to maidens tied to the track. Everyone acts as if this is a regular nuisance, like signalling failures.
* '''Zig Zagged''': The train gets put into reverse before reaching Alice. Then starts going forward again. Then backward again. Then forward again....
* '''Averted''': Bob does not tie Alice in such a way as to leave her in the path of something that could run her over.
* '''Enforced''': "[[MediumAwareness We're in an Old West cartoon]]. It's tradition."
* '''Lampshaded''': "I love tying people to the railway tracks; the classics are always the best, I tend to find..."
* '''Invoked''': Bob always wanted to be an evil enough villain to actually tie someone to the railroad track.
* '''Exploited''': Bob ties Alice to the tracks to distract the hero while he sets about on another evil scheme.
* '''Defied''': Bob glances at a railroad track and instantly decides against putting Alice to such an obvious and overly dramatic death.
* '''Discussed''': "Well, you're just a regular [[CardCarryingVillain Snidely Whiplash]], ain't ya? Whatcha gonna do next, [[TemptingFate tie me to some tracks somewhere]]?" [Cue GilliganCut.]
* '''Conversed''': "Railroad, maiden. Maiden, railroad. What else is he supposed to do in that sort of situation?"
* '''Deconstructed''': Bob is a {{Yandere}} who keeps the heroine tied to a disused rail line near his home so that she cannot run away from him.
* '''Reconstructed''': Alice is the daughter of a railroad baron who fired Bob and left him homeless, so he is murdering her in this way to symbolically injure her father.
* '''Played For Laughs:''' "I'm going to TIE you to the RAILROAD TRACK!!" "What, again?"
* '''Played For Drama:''' Used straight to make a murder look like a suicide, with full emphasis on how painful and frightening it would be to die that way.
Go back to ChainedToARailway, my pretty, or else!
%% Optional items, added after Conversed, at your discretion:
%%* '''Implied''': Only the engineer's cab is visible when the train passes through. A call from the conductor in the back mentions body parts trailing behind the train.
%%* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': ???