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  • Strider: Yggdrasil, the Heart of the ZAIN Mind Control Project, lets loose one of its cables and impales Matic, who desired control of it, in the heart.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure adores this trope.
    • Big Bad DIO has gotten this multiple times.
      • The first time is in part 1 when fighting Johnathan was fighting him in the burning mansion and struggling with DIO's Healing Factor as a Vampire, Jonathan plummets DIO with into the inferno and Jonathan impales him on a statue of the goddess Venus and leaves him in the burning building. This put DIO out of action for a good while.
      • In Part 3, DIO gets a hole punched through him, by Star Platinum (though once again his healing factor helps him survive it). He was also the one who, minutes before, killed Kakyoin in the exact same way. Revenge, anyone?
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    • The most famous example is Noriaki Kakyoin, in the end of Part 3, has a hole punched through his stomach, and dies a few minutes after (not before giving out his Dying Clue). As gruesome as the scene is, it's frequently mocked by fans.
    • Part 4 had a few examples of this.
      • First, Josuke punches a hole through a bandit's stomach with Crazy Diamond, fixing it right after, though not before putting a knife inside the hole.
      • Then, in order to protect his mother from Aqua Necklace, Josuke doesn't hesitate in doing the same to her.
      • Later,When Red Hot Chili Pepper tries to kill Okuyasu, his brother Keicho takes the hit and gets punched through the back and electrocuted.
      • Finally, Kira's beating of Koichi ends with Killer Queen impaling the latter. When Jotaro shows up to see the scene, one could say it brought back memories: a blond villain, that says the word "muda" and counts seconds, has just impaled a high school student that wears a green uniform and was a close friend of Jotaro's... though, contrary to Kakyoin's case, Koichi did survive this, because Josuke appeared to heal him.
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    • Part 5 has three examples as well.
    • Part 6 gets two examples, for the sake of the tradition:
      • Weather Report gets it first, when his own brother, Pucci, pierces his chest, in order to stop the effects of Heavy Weather.
      • Narciso Annasui's plan to give Jotaro an opening, in order to defeat Pucci, ends up with his sacrifice when he's punched through by Stone Free's fist.
  • Multiple occurrences of this in Freezing:
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    • Seeing Satellizer sexually abused and humiliated publicly by Miyabi Kannazuki, Kazuya responds by paralyzing everyone except Satellizer with his powerful freezing field. She proceeds to Curb-Stomp Battle the frozen Miyabi & her three Limiters. The battle ends when she buries her Nova Blood sword into the chest of Miyabi and continues twisting the blade until Kazuya intervienes (extreme prejudice indeed). Averted in the anime version when Kazuya Freezes Satellizer and talks her down.
    • A Brainwashed and Crazy Satellizer stabs Kazuya Aoi right through the chest, mortally wounding him. The shock of doing so is enough to let her shake off the brainwashing, only to Freakout seconds later when she realizes what she did.
  • This happens fairly often in Naruto:
    • Kakashi uses his Raikiri against an immobilized Zabuza, only for Haku to take the blow for him. In the anime this gave him a sizeable chest wound, but in the manga, Kakashi's forearm went most of the way through his chest, nearly touching Zabuza!
      • This happens again almost identically when Zabuza and Haku are revived as part of Kabuto's zombie army.
    • Sasuke does something similar to Naruto in their fight at the end of Part I, with a similar degree of censorship in the anime. He aims for the heart, but Naruto jolts his arm at the last second and it "only" takes out a lung. Good Thing He Can Heal.
    • Killer Bee turns Sasuke into a pincushion by impaling him with six swords at once.
    • In the Rescue Gaara arc, Sasori impales Sakura with a poisoned sword. Luckily, Chiyo is able to save her with a forbidden life-giving technique.
    • Hidan pretty much makes this trope his way of life. He does this to himself but, through a combination of immortality and a voodoo-like technique, he gets the pleasure of it happening to whoever he used for a ritual.
    • Pain does this quite brutally against both Jiraiya and Fukasaku, although it's unclear whether Hinata was actually impaled or just "poked". Later the same metal stakes nail Naruto to the ground.
    • A flashback shows Madara was impaled after fighting the first Hokage, and everyone assumed he must have died.
    • Jugo was partially impaled by the Raikage's arm, even after it went all the way through his shield. Luckily for Jugo, he can survive that.
    • In chapter 504, Minato and Kushina sacrifice themselves to save Naruto by letting the Kyuubi impale them on his claw.
    • A flashback to the 8-Tailed Beast before Killer Bee was its host showed impaling Motoi's father was the last thing it did with its left horn before A cut it off.
    • Konan was killed from impalement with a broken pipe.
    • Neji was impaled multiple times by Tobi/Obito's wood release technique. The next chapter reveals that many of his fellow ninja suffered the same fate.
      • Obito and Kakashi later impale themselves on each others' weapons. They both survive... kinda.
    • A certified past time for Tsunade, along with gambling and drinking. Good Thing She Can Heal indeed.
    • The anime version of the final fight between Naruto and Sasuke gives us a lovely shot of a Kurama clone being pierced through the roof of his mouth by a large lightning rod.
  • Mazinger Z:
    • One of the Mechanical Beasts, Toros D7, had a huge metallic spike on the front side to ramming the enemy and impaling it.
    • Great Mazinger: Big Booster -Great Mazinger's Mid-Season Upgrade- consisted of a Jet Pack with a huge, retractable metal spike. One of the Tetsuya's favorite moves was throwing the Big Booster suddenly and impaling his enemy when it was flying.
    • Shin Mazinger Zero gave a horrific example when in one of the first chapters Sayaka was impaled by several huge, metallic rods.
  • In Yu Yu Hakusho, The Movie: Poltergeist Report, Kurama grows an entire bamboo forest in the battlefield he's in, impaling one of the villains with several bamboo shoots. Pissing off Kurama is never a good idea.
    • Elder Toguro curb stomps three members of the Gorenja team by stretching out his body to impale them. One dies instantly, and Toguro offers to spare one of the other two. He impales the one who begs for his life through the head, then, despite claiming to respect the other one's warning him to kill him lest he take revenge, kills him too because he is not a man of his word.
  • Survived in Haruhi Suzumiya, when, during her chronologically first on-screen battle, Yuki was suddenly run through with a big collection of nasty-looking shards of metal. It is a testament to this character's awesomeness that she was undeterred by this development.
    • Played straight in the Disappearance film, where Asakura manages to stab Kyon as he's about to shoot alternate Nagato with a gun to fix the broken timeline. She nearly succeeds in killing him too, if not for the meddling of a future Kyon, robo-Nagato, and young Mikuru, who then successfully fix the timeline for the dying Kyon.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion does it twice: first with the Mind Raping Angel, where Rei throws the Spear of Longinus at it; then, in The End Of Evangelion, one of the vulture-esque Mass-produced EVAs attacks with a blade that turns into a replica of the Spear of Longinus and impales Asuka's EVA-02 right through the eye. When Asuka manages to move her powered down and crippled EVA with her sheer force of will/hatred, another one strikes, slicing the EVA's and Asuka's arm in two. And then they throw about a dozen more...
    • And then in Rebuild Of Evangelion 2.0, Kaworu shot Shinji's now God-level Unit 01 through with a lance that, curiously, does not seem to be the Spear of Longinus that featured so prominently in the original series.
    • And then in Rebuild of Evangelion 3.0, Unit 13 impales itself with two Spears of Longinus. For bonus points, both were pulled out of the Mark.06, which also impaled itself with them previously.
  • Both the Anime, the Manga and the OVAs of Hellsing shows this, mostly because of Alucard being Vlad the Impaler.
    • In the ending of the Hellsing TV series, Alucard manages to use a half broken gun and the molten silver from a cross to shoot a lance of molten metal into his opponent, thereby evoking the whole Vlad the Impaler thing. Never mind that guns don't work that way by any stretch of the imagination.
    • The manga and the OVAs also presents a few examples:
      • When Alucard confronts Rip Van Winkle he defeats her, disarms her and impales her with her own rifle through her left breast... The amount of rape imagery that's squeezed into this scene is likely one of the reasons why this scene is considered the undeniable proof that Alucard is a Villain Protagonist.
      • When he telekinetically impales an entire Brazilian police commando team on the flagpoles outside a Brazilian hotel.
      • And near the end when he impaled all citizens of London after they were turned into ghouls. He did this to Enrico Maxwell as well.
  • The ultimate villain of Saint Seiya, Hades, dies when Athena hurls her Staff of Nike through him. Quite a mean feat, considering the artwork depicts him run through with the staff portion (with a hole about one or two inches wide) even though the headpiece of the staff is a golden circle about two feet wide.
  • In Utawarerumono a villain is slowly impaled with a folded metal fan. While we don't actually see the impaling, we can definitely hear his ribs cracking under pressure. Ouch.
  • A sort-of good guy example in Kamen no Maid Guy episode 12. In a surprisingly serious moment, Kogarashi is paralyzed by a special whistle and impaled by several spikes, apparently killing him. Since he's Kogarashi, Maid Guy, he gets better.
  • In Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Scirocco is impaled by the titular Humongous Mecha. He manages to fry Kamille's brain before dying.
    • In Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, Shinn loves doing this. Too bad for him, he only stabs main characters who refuse to stay down.
      • He does it successfully a few times, such as against the Abyss, along with its pilot with a beam javelin, and later on against some Destroy Gundams.
    • In Stardust Memory, Kou Uraki stabs the Dendrobium Orchis's beam cannon into the Gerbera Tetra, then pulls the trigger.
  • Gemmu in the second Galaxy Fraulein Yuna OAV is impaled on one of the giant spikes she herself had raised throughout the city. Karmically appropriate, both for the irony, and for how she'd killed her sister.
  • One Piece
    • This is how Gold D. Roger was executed, through he died with a smile.
    • The first of Luffy's three battles with Crocodile ends with Crocodile impaling Luffy on his pirate hook. Crocodile soon does the same to Nico Robin after he realizes she won't tell him where Pluton is.
    • Nami gets impaled through the shoulder and through the foot by Miss Doublefinger while fighting her, it's first time Nami becomes officially becomes a Action Girl and takes injuries the males usually receive.
    • Robin uses her power to make it seem like she just put her hand through Vivi in Alabasta, it works as Pell goes into a blinding rage.
    • Blackbeard gets two lances made out of fire pierced through him by Ace which is also burns his insides. Blackbeard recovers however and defeats Ace with his black hole powers.
    • Sanji gets stabbed in the back with a knife long enough reach through his chest by Absalom, kudos to Sanji for just pulling it out like it's thumbtack.
      • But that's nothing compared to happens to Sanji in Sabaody where a Pacifista shoots through his chest with a laser beam, Sanji still shrugs it off.
    • In a Wham Episode, Whitebeard gets impaled with a BFS, wielded by one of his own allies, no less.
      • The rest of these are tame compared to Admiral Akainu punching a hole through Ace with his Lava powers, destroying most of his torso in the process. Ace actually dies because of this. He later pulls the same trick on Jinbei, managing to not only burn through his chest but hit Luffy, too. Both barely survive with medical attention.
    • Poor Hachi being attacked by a hail of arrows sent by Van Der Decken, almost killing him.
    • Luffy is unlucky enough to get this again, many arcs later in Whole Cake Island when Charlotte Katakuri shish kebabs him with his spear leaving a sizable chunk in his torso. Luffy could've dodged if not for outside interference, Katakuri seeing this impales himself to even the odds and be fair.
  • The revelation in Revolutionary Girl Utena of Anthy being a... goddess?... who put herself between a mob and her love, and thus got impaled (onscreen but in silhouette) with "The Million Swords of Humanity's Hatred". Of course, only some of them are actually visible in most of these scenes, but in the Grand Finale all one million are shown in their full glory, all seeking to impale poor Anthy simultaneously.
  • Inuyasha
    • Inuyasha gets impaled several times, the most extreme example being early in the manga when Sesshoumaru plunges his hand all the way through Inuyasha's torso, in what is Sesshoumaru's signature unarmed attack. Inuyasha is hard to kill, however.
    • Late in the story, this happens to Sesshoumaru, who gets impaled three times through his only arm, requiring him to be rescued by Inuyasha. He tries to claim he can still fight but Inuyasha doesn't buy it. When Inuyasha has no more luck against Magatsuhi, Sesshoumaru does keep fighting but is promptly impaled twice through the chest. Sesshoumaru, however, is even harder to kill than Inuyasha.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima! does a variation of this on a good-ish character. Of course, Evangeline is a vampire with regeneration powers, so when Fate impales her with a chunk of stone, she just gets pissed off at him. note 
    • Later on, Fate also impales Negi with a stone spear. Unlike Evangeline, Negi nearly dies of blood loss before Konoka heals him.
    • Negi has Jaculatio Fulgoris and Titanoktonon spells, both having shape of spears made of lightning. Titanoktonon is actually huge enough to leave the target hanging a few feet above ground.
    • It's also subverted in chapter 225. Dramatic use of black makes it look like Setsuna got impaled by a stone spike, but it really just ripped her suit.
  • As an unfortunate victim of The Worf Effect, poor Haji in Blood+ falls victim to impalement on a regular basis (read: pretty much every single fight), sometimes with actual weapons, but just as often with things like sharpened logs and people's arms.
    • Haji redeems this trope when he turns the tables on the villain Amshel in the penultimate episode by dramatically impaling him on the tip of a skyscraper. Which is then struck by lightning. It slows him down for about ten minutes.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, this is how Marcoh tries to kill Lust early on in the manga. Too bad she's immortal.
    • Lust manages to impale Havoc through the spine, paralyzing him.
    • During a fight aboard a train, Scar nails Kimblee to a wall with a pipe. It missed anything vital, though, so Kimblee is able to escape and receive medical attention.
    • This also happens when Edward got caught in an explosion causing the mine he was in to collapse. When he started to get up after the explosion, he found that he had a huge metal beam through his gut. It took a risky trick with alchemy that shortened his overall lifespan to heal himself.
    • This is how Sloth is finally killed. After already being impaled a dozen times in the preceding fight, so it fails to be really spectacular...
    • This is how Ed deals the final blow to Father: he rams his fist — and the rest of his arm — right through Father's chest, destroying his Philosopher's Stone. The whole fight had been in Ed's favor, anyway, so it was to be expected that Ed would be the one to finish Father off.
  • In the 2003 anime version of Fullmetal Alchemist, this is also how Ed (unintentionally) kills Greed.
    • Also in this version, Envy kills Ed in this manner with his fist after revealing that he was actually Ed's half brother, Hohenheim's son from a previous relationship. He got better, though.
    • Marcoh tries this on Lust in the anime version as well, in a slightly different scenario but with similar results.
  • Toward the end of the fight between Rukia and Aaroniero in Bleach, Rukia is impaled on Aaroniero's trident, but after a flashback, manages to gain enough of her resolve to use a technique to reform her blade and impale him through his head after he carelessly lowers his trident and brings her closer to him.
    • Rukia has been impaled many, many times. It's become a rather morbid running joke among fans.
    • Hinamori. For the second time, we must add. First, it was her Evil Mentor Aizen, who hugged and then stabbed her to kill her right before revealing his treachery. Later, Aizen himself uses his zanpakuto's shikai powers to fool Momo's childhood friend Hitsugaya into stabbing her. Poor kid DEFINITELY has no luck.
    • In the anime, Hiyori got impaled by Gin's shikai. It was to censor the more... gruesome version from the manga.
      • Gin does it again to Aizen but it failed
    • For no apparent reason other than the fact the captain was looking his way, Wonderweiss puts his arm through Ukitake's chest. He gets better.
    • Grimmjow/Ulquiorra does this to Luppi/Ichigo with his hand. The latter gets better.
      • Ichigo gets this A LOT.
    • Mayuri kills Szayel this way and gets bonus points for combining it with an Impaled Palm.
    • During the Training from Hell, Ichigo gets impaled by Ginjou. And then, in 457, Ginjou saves Ichigo from Tsukishima by jumping in front of the blade. In a subversion, that wasn't to save Ichigo, but to set out a part of a much bigger plan.
      • And this is how Byakuya defeats Tsukishima, with his bare hand - albeit full of Senbonzakura blades.
    • Sun-Sun jams one of her sai through a Quincy soldier's skull. OUCH.
    • As of 492, the most recent victim of this is Apacci, "thanks" to Quilge Opie.
    • And we have another victim in 549: Oomaeda's sister Mareyo, "courtesy" of BG9 from the Vandenreich.
  • Okoi dies in this way in Basilisk when Nenki's hair impales her all over her body. It's messy. Very messy.
    • Her brother Saemon dies this way too, but he's impaled with several lances after his cover is blown, gets mocked by the man he was impersonating (Tenzen) as he dies, and then his body is dumped into a river.
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Strikers has Vita's surprise impalement from behind by a Type IV Gadget Drone's massive, sickle-like arms immediately after Tempting Fate. Considering how the impalee had the body of a little girl, the blade punched through around half the length of her upper body. Cue Vita having to show just how much of a goddamn Determinator she really is.
    • All four of the Wolkenritter are impaled by the Book of Darkness' vines when they're absorbed in The Movie 2nd A's. Right in front of Hayate.
    • In Force, Signum and Hayate follow suit.
    • It's implied that Due was killed this way toward the end of StrikerS, after inflicting this on Regius.
  • In Fushigi Yuugi: Tamahome kills Nakago by running his fist riiiiiiight through the latter's chest. He did promise to kill him with his own bare hands, right?
  • Towards the end of Ayashi no Ceres, Shiso stabs Aya and by extension, her and Tooya's unborn child big time. And what's worse is the blade in the anime is much bigger than the one he used in the manga. She and her baby got better.
  • Gara in Bastard!! gets impaled on a bony spike extruded by an Eldritch Abomination, and does the pulling-himself-along-the-impaling-instrument trick. And then the Eldritch Abomination helps him the rest of the way along it.
  • This is the favorite tactic of the Zaibach soldiers in The Vision of Escaflowne
  • In Fairy Tail Gray gets impaled through the stomach with a sword while fighting Leon. This, of course, does not impede his fighting ability AT ALL.
    • He gets impaled yet again while fighting Silver countless times and manages to defeat him using a metal ball.
    • In the Albareth Empire Arc, Mest Mind rapes Brandish and tricks her into thinking August is her enemy, causing her to use her powers to impale him through the chest with a growing, expanding dagger. All this does is piss the old man off.
    • In Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry, Natsu Dragneel gets impaled by one of Animus's dragon spikes. Natsu survives his injury, gets back up and continues fighting Animus.
  • In King of Thorn, the "cyclops" monster which was partially blinded by Marco ends up dying after having its head impaled on a statue of the crucifixion. What Do You Mean It's Not Symbolic?
  • In the Soul Eater anime, Crona is impaled by Medusa's arrows which had been aimed at Maka (they got better). Maka, naturally, is not very pleased (as if she needed more of a reason to go after Medusa). Actually the second time Crona got run through with something sharp, poor thing.
    • Can't forget Asura impaling Death The Kid near the end of the anime.
    • Black Star kills Mifune in the manga this way.
    • Asura does this to Maka in the manga.
  • Happens often in various Kamen Rider manga. In Kamen Rider Spirits alone, we have Kazami Shiro getting impaled through the side with a giant spike, the replica of King Dark having a harpoon kicked through his head, Kamen Rider Stronger taking a grappling spike and chain shot through the chest, and... Needle. Needle's entire deal is that he can make spikes shoot from the ground. Anyone that pisses him off gets impaled. Many, many times. Hell, even the original Kamen Rider manga featured a scene with Rider 1 impaling a monster through the back with the cross of a church.
  • The hero-as-victim (and very Faux Symbolism) instance in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, when Kamina is fatally wounded by way of being impaled, both mech and body, by Thymilph.
    • Again in the finale, to a certain extent, after Simon's last bad-ass boast, the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and Granzeboma each create 2 drills and impale each other with them. Of course, this doesn't prevent Simon from launching in the smaller versions of Gurren Lagann.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • In the final great battle of his childhood, Son Goku punched a hole clean through Demon King Piccolo in Dragon Ball.
    • Goku himself is impaled in Dragon Ball Z when holding Raditz still so Piccolo Jr.'s Makankosappo (Special Beam Cannon) wouldn't miss.
    • Frieza runs Krillin through on one of his horns after his first transformation (good thing Dende was there). Unsurprisingly, most of the video games have this attack (called "HAIL Frieza!") as that form's ultimate move.
    • Frieza is fan of this, just ask his Mooks.
    • Yamcha gets nearly killed by Dr. Gero this way. He retired from fighting shortly after that.
    • Majin Buu gets a spear put through his torso by Dabura. Being gum-like, it merely tickles him.
    • Goku Black does this to Vegeta with his Ki-blade.
    • Goku does this with his fist to Android 13 and Broly in the movies. Gohan, following in the old man's footsteps, does the same to Bojack.
    • Happens to the Ginyu Force in a filler episode, when Pikkon impales them on spikes after they've been causing a ruckus in Hell. They are later shown with bandages covering their wounds.
  • In Mai-Otome, Fiar Grosse, the Otome of Cardair's emperor Argos, gets impaled when Midori's Gakutenou bursts through the castle roof beneath her.
  • In Karakuridouji Ultimo, Eko, on two occasions, gets impaled; the first time, by Rage, the second time, by Vice. This also happens to Iruma, who gets stabbed by Jealousy.
  • In Muhyo and Roji, Panza is mortally wounded this way while protecting Roji from Mick's thrust.
  • In Berserk, while rescuing Griffith, the Hawks get locked in Griffith's prison cell by the butt ugly warden and torturer, where he commences to brag about exactly how he tortured Griffith for a year, including showing off Griffith's severed tongue. The torturer does this under the impression that the door is solid and unbreakable and so he's protected during this Evil Gloating session. But, being Too Stupid To Live, he didn't take into account what Guts' Unstoppable Rage is capable of doing - like ramming his humongous sword straight through the door and impaling the warden right in the heart (keep in mind that Guts' sword isn't meant for piercing and impaling, but rather smashing, cleaving, and smashing). And before Guts lets the warden slowly slide off his sword into the pit below he takes the time to cut off the warden's own tongue.
    Casca: Chew on that, bastard.
  • Happens to Madoka Kaname in the Puella Magi Oriko Magica manga, when Oriko gets the last laugh before dying at Homura's hands by shooting a huge shard of the already dead Kirika's witch body and hitting Madoka in the torso from beyond the witch barrier.
    • And right before that, Oriko allowed herself to be impaled by Kyouko's spear to prevent her from destroying Kirika's body and breaking the barrier. Then Homura shot her Soul Gem and destroyed it, killing her... but she still wasn't able to stop Oriko from checkmating her and killing poor Madoka.
    • In the official manga adaption, Oktavia von Seckendorff impales Kyouko.
  • In Air Gear Mimasaka Ryou gets impaled with a helicopter rotor blade.
  • Happens at least once during the Elder Bairn's destruction of Saya's hometown in Blood-C.
  • Taimanin Asagi: Asagi kills off her Arch-Enemy Oboro in this way at the end.
  • This is how Shougo and Sayo's father was murdered in Rurouni Kenshin, during the annihilation of their Doomed Hometown for being Japanese Christians. And it happened in front of his kids.
  • The main villain, Mr. Burton, in Lupin III: The Columbus Files, meets his end this way; impaled on the hull of his submarine after he's become a giant monster.
  • This is the fate of Ususama Wisdom King Mayuri in Legend of Heavenly Sphere Shurato. Not only that, but he's also hit by several arrows into his body.
  • The entire group except for Carrot in episode 24 of the Sorcerer Hunters anime. They get better, though.
  • Happens once in a while in Detective Conan/Case Closed. The two most notorious examples are the deaths of Tokio Ebara from the Night Baron Virus case ( who is first thrown off a VERY high balcony and is impaled in a huge statue's sword thanks to a wind current and Mitsuaki Nagato from the Distinguished Family case ( who is tossed off a second floor one that is juuuust under the fence his body is found stuck into.)
  • In Narutaru, Tomonori Komori gets impaled with a plane strut and ludicrous amounts of blood start gushing from his mouth. A bit later, Aki Honda gets impaled through the vagina and out the stomach, before being ripped in half. It's not pretty.
  • Just like in the game Sephiroth is stabbed though the torso by Cloud's Buster Sword in Last Order: Final Fantasy VII as a sneak attack in the Nibleheim Reactor. However being the Big Bad Sephiroth manages to recover and — naturally pissed off — impales Cloud twice as payback, but Cloud being the The Hero (and Determinator) uses the second impalement to pull himself down Seph's blade and throw him into a nearby wall.
  • In The Seven Deadly Sins quite often happens to Ban, due to him being immortal. One particular time he was impaled by enemy tentacle, and he pulled himself closer so he could get in hitting distance.
  • Assassination Classroom:
    • In a flashback, this is how a certain character died: Aguri, who was in the middle of giving a rampaging soon-to-become-Koro-sensei a Cooldown Hug when she was fatally pierced by a tentacle mine. Koro-sensei blamed himself greatly for letting it happen.
    • In the present story, this happens to Kayano, who was pierced to death by the second Reaper's tentacles. This time however, Koro-sensei managed to save her by way of reattaching all of Kayano's blood and cells to her body, with insane speed and precision he developed precisely in the event that a situation like this happened again.
  • In the Side Despair part of Danganronpa 3, the real Chiaki Nanami got speared through the chest. Then it got even worse.
  • In Black Butler, in the Luxury Liner Arc, as well as in the movie Black Butler: Book Of The Atlantic, Sebastian Michaelis and Ciel Phantomhive attempt to reach for each other after The Undertaker throws Ciel away, knowing that Sebastian would come over to save Ciel. Sebastian only manages to grasp two of Ciel's fingers before he gets impaled by The Undertaker's Death Scythe, who then proceeds to view Sebastian's Record.
  • The most memorable example from the anime version of Akame ga Kill! is Kurome, Akame's little sister. In her final battle with aforementioned big sister, Akame solemnly runs her through with her Imperial Arm katana, Murasame. Kurome dies almost instantly from the cursed blade piercing her gut.
  • Sword Art Online:
    • Kirito kills Kuradeel this way by impaling him with a laser bladed spear-tip hand!
    • Kirito pulls a much more brutal impalememt on Sugou/Oberon as part of his Finishing Move combo on him; after having bisected him, Kirito tosses Sugou in the air before raising his sword; Sugou falls on the blade, which runs through his eye and kills him in-game. Sugou survives in the real world, but is left with the actual injury and scars from what Kirito did to him in the game. The eye he was stabbed through in-game is blind now in the real world.
  • In Nijigahara Holograph, Maki is saved from being raped or even killed by her boss when Kohta runs him through with an umbrella, causing enough damage that it's remarked by the police later that if he survives, he'll be essentially a vegetable.

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