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  • In American Horror Story: Coven, during a test of Transmutation (teleportation), one of the girls accidentally teleports herself on the spiked top of a steel fence, resulting in this.
  • Being Human (US) has Aidan being impaled on a metal stub by a guy seeking revenge for his father. Of course being a vampire, this just pisses him off.
    • Bishop's staking Aidan in the second-last episode of Season 1 deserves special mention. Though it's unsuccessful, Bishop jumps through a window into the house uninvited (burning himself as a result), impaling Aidan and just missing his heart. The "extreme prejudice" part is covered for sure.
  • Buffyverse:
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    • Cordelia Chase is impaled on rebar and subsequently lives. This was based on a similar incident that happened to Cordelia's actress, Charisma Carpenter.
    • The same thing happens to Angel on his own show. A Continuity Nod is made.
      Angel: Do you have any idea how hard it is to think straight when have a rebar through your torso?
      Cordelia: Actually, I do. Benefits of a Sunnydale education.
    • Another example is the MoTW in "Gingerbread", who is impaled on the stake on which they were going to burn Buffy, while Buffy is still strapped to it.
    • Also, most vampires, generally in a fairly perfunctory fashion. The Master and Kakistos got the more dramatic version. Angel also got repeatedly impaled, always non-fatally.
      • Well, except that one time, though in that case it wasn't the impalement that killed him. It was a metal sword after all. And probably not through his heart.
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    • This happens to Vampire Willow twice.
    • How Forrest was killed by Adam.
    • In the movie, Lothos stabs Merrick with his own stake.
  • On Criminal Minds, Agent Prentiss's Roaring Rampage of Revenge ends in her confronting her Irish Mafia nemesis, only to be impaled upon a broken table leg. (The whole thing had more to do with Executive Meddling than Character Development, but at least the fanbase prevailed and it turned into a case of Faking the Dead.)
  • CSI: In "The Chick Chop Flick Shop," the first Victim of the Week is impaled when she falls on to a movie prop consisting of sharpened lengths of steel pipe.
  • CSI: NY:
    • One Victim of the Week fell off a balcony and landed on a sharp ice sculpture.
    • Another fell off a balcony and landed on a spike in an awning.
    • Yet another was pushed over a railing and landed on a spiked piece of artwork in a hotel lobby.
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    • Another time, Mac & Flack worked a case with a runaway suspect who had scaled a high fence, only to land on a long piece of rebar sticking out of some concrete on the other side.
  • Spike TV's Deadliest Warrior:
  • On Desperate Housewives, Gabby's evil mayor husband ended up impaled by a white picket fence. Symbolism anyone?
  • The Doctor Blake Mysteries: In "Measure Twice," a suspect is driven so viciously down on to a star picket that it pierces his back and comes out his chest. Lucien and Charlie arrive in time to save his life, just.
  • Doctor Who goes even more extreme in its impaling in State of Decay when the Doctor impales the Great Vampire with a rocketship.
    • Rory Williams, the Last Centurion has one of his own in "The Pandorica Opens." To summarize, a view of the scene from the side: Tip of sword, gargantuan-and-thick-as-hell door, torso of a Cyberman hanging off the ground, hilt. "Extreme Prejudice" indeed, but then, that's what that Cyberman gets for messing with the woman he loves.
  • In The Flash (2014), this is the favorite method of execution of both the Reverse-Flash and Zoom. Done with their arms, no less. The same is true of Savitar, although unlike them he uses a blade.
  • Forever Knight had this, Nick did it to Lacroix with a burning rod after Lacroix came into his apartment in the pilot and the place caught fire. Somehow,despite what usually happens to vampires that catch fire, Lacroix survived, though, and came back to haunt Nick in season 2.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Ser Mandon Moore receives a spear through the head courtesy of Podrick in "Blackwater."
    • Dagmer jabs Maester Luwin in the guts with a spear for no other reason than to shut him up.
    • Jon Snow runs Longclaw right through Othor's wight, Qhorin Halfhand, Orell the warg, and Karl Tanner.
    • Ygritte, Ramsay, and Oberyn all do this to their victims in "The Mountain and the Viper."
    • During "The Watchers on the Wall," one black brother is unlucky enough to be hit with an arrow the size of a ballista bolt. The giant who shot him is later impaled by an actual ballista bolt.
    • Arya's sword Needle is specifically made to pierce opponents.
    • Rickon was killed by a fatal arrow to the heart that pierced through him. After he dies, his corpse was hit by a few of the Rain of Arrows that the Bolton army fired.
    • The Freys and Boltons shoot Grey Wind with arrows until he dies.
    • Obara Sand is fatally impaled with her own spear by Euron Greyjoy.
    • The Night's King manages to kill Viserion in a single throw with an ice spear.
  • In the Harper's Island episode "Sploosh," Madison's jerkass dad Richard is killed when he is impaled through the chest with a harpoon and pinned to a tree. Then again, he kind of had it coming with the affair.
  • Peter in Heroes. Good thing he can heal.
  • Into the Badlands: Sunny impales the River King on a mounted Narwhal's head at the end of "Dragonfly's Last Dance" in season 3.
  • Lost:
    • Phil gets a magnetically-thrown iron through his chest in the season 5 finale.
    • Bram gets impaled on a piece of wood. That guy never had a chance.
    • Sayid runs Flocke through with a sword. Flocke calmly pulls it out of his chest.
  • The A&E production of The Lost World has an allosaurus falling into a deep, spiky trap at the beginning of Episode 2. Toward the end of the episode, another allosaurus gets a spear through the upper jaw, but survives that. It later gets killed with an elephant gun.
  • Major Crimes: In "Dead Drop," the Victim of the Week is an obese man who is found impaled on a branch at the top of a tall tree. It turns out he was dropped out of a helicopter.
  • In the Masters of Horror episode "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road," the Young Woman is impaled through the thigh by one of Ellen's traps, which was intended for Moonface.
  • Midsomer Murders: The third Victim of the Week in "The Ballad of Misdsomer County" is killed by having a beach umbrella thrust through his chest.
  • In the superhero drama Misfits
    • A day after being unburied from previously dying by impalement on a metal spike, poor Nathan is impaled again- on a metal pipe by Simon's crazy stalker friend. He is immortal by now, but still. This time wasn't instant. Extra brutality points for the fact that this happens to one of the good guys.
    • In the season two finale, Daisy gets impaled on her own "Mother Teresa Young Humanitarian of the Year" award.
  • The short-lived Discovery Channel series More Than Human highlighted a few cases of survivors. Perhaps the most amazing of these, Neil Pearson of Scotland, was impaled in the armpit and out the neck by a metal garden stake. Not only did he survive, but the stake missed all of his vital organs, arteries, and veins, he drove himself to the hospital, and the removal consisted of merely pulling the damn thing out. The show's researchers chalked up his miraculous survival to the fact that the stake was planted in dirt, and therefore was able to move along with Neil's body as he fell onto it. If it were, for example, planted in concrete, it would have been more likely to puncture a lung or vein.
  • Motive: The Victim of the Week in "Interference" is shoved on to a jagged branch that stabs her in the back. In a fit of anger, the killer continues to push the victim till the branch comes all the way out her chest.
  • NCIS: New Orleans: In "Second Chances," the Victim of the Week is tossed into a pit on a construction site, where he is impaled on the rebar at the bottom of the pit.
  • In Orphan Black, Helena impales Sinister Minister Pastor Johannsen either anally or through the perineum (the show has the good taste not to show it) with a long artificial insemination tool before setting the building on fire and leaving him to die.
    • Sarah also impales Helena with a rebar in Season one. Helena pulls the rebar out herself, and lives.
  • In Agatha Christie's Poirot's 2008 adaptation of Cat Among the Pigeons, the murderer, Ann Shapland, kills Grace Springer this way by throwing a sports javelin through her chest. The second time the action is shown, Miss Springer spits out blood from her mouth as she is impaled. So sickening.
  • On Primeval, a Future Predator is killed by a Columbian Mammoth in this fashion, impaled on one of its tusks.
  • Rizzoli & Isles: In "There Be Ghosts," the first Victim of the Week is impaled on a length of rebar in a deserted hospital wing.
  • In the BBC's Robin Hood Maid Marian is impaled on Guy of Gisbourne's sword. He gets a Karmic Death at the end of the series in which he's likewise impaled on the Sheriff's sword.
  • Samurai Sentai Shinkenger: Shiba Takeru is impaled in the shoulder by Juzo's sword Muramasa in order to defeat Juzo.
  • Shaka Zulu: This is the worst form of execution available to the African tribes, and it's only used to punish particularly heinous crimes, such as political assassination. The pikes are injected from the bottom upwards, not through the torso.
  • In Sleuth 101, one of the victims is a rock star who was impaled on one of his own ARIA awards.
  • Many a Smallville character has died this way: it seems everyone is Made of Plasticine and metal rods (however blunt) will punch right through you as if you were made of tissue paper. This even extends to Jimmy Olsen, of all people, though he turns out to be the older brother of the Jimmy we know - James is his middle name. He and Davis killed each other this way. It is a pretty bad Retcon.
  • In the Stargate Atlantis series premiere "Rising", the Wraith Queen gets impaled on the rather large poky bit on the back of a Wraith Stunner rifle by Sheppard, killing her.
  • In season 8 of Stargate SG-1, RepliCarter's preferred way to kill is to turn her forearm into a sword and run the poor bastard through with it. It can be assumed that she got the idea from Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
  • It seems to happen a lot on Supernatural, although often because its literally the only way to kill something. They do it to Gabriel some four or five times before it actually works. And this is a character who's in a total of four episodes.
  • In Teen Wolf, Peter Hale literally slams his entire arm straight through Derek's chest and then flings him into a building.
  • In an episode of 24, this happens off-screen. As part of Jack's Roaring Rampage of Revenge, we are led to a display of the entire Russian Delegation massacred, only one survivor who makes a trail of blood trying to reach the phone of The Dragon Minister Novakovich... who is then shown to be dead, impaled with a FIRE POKER!!!
  • The Twilight Zone (1959):
    • In "The 7th is Made Up of Phantoms", Private Michael McCluskey is struck in the back with an arrow when he enters a Sioux encampment during the Battle of Little Bighorn on June 25, 1876.
    • In "The Encounter", when Arthur Takamori attempts to kill Fenton with the samurai sword for the second time, Fenton manages to subdue him and knock the sword out of his hand. He then bends down to pick it up and is impaled when Arthur pulls at his feet.
  • The Twilight Zone (1985): In "The Hunters", one of the prehistoric hunter ghosts impales Dr. Klein with a spear. The sheriff discovers her body lying face down with the spear still in her back.
  • Truth in Television examples of people who survive being impaled have been featured on Untold Stories of the E.R..
  • In the second season of Vikings, Rollo, under the influence of Berserker mushrooms, impales a former comrade of his on a spear during battle. Rollo then lifts the poor bastard up into the air until he dies, although it starts to cause Rollo to snap out of his berserker rage and do a My God, What Have I Done?. The scene communicates quite well what a horrifically painful and terrifying way to die it would be.

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