Follow TV Tropes

Following

Left Stuck After Attack

Go To

Say you're in a fist fight with an overgrown blob. You take a swing and hit it hard! Except it doesn't recoil, so you try to back away... except now your hand is stuck! Left Stuck After Attack is when a melee attack hits something or someone, and then whatever they used gets stuck on or in it. The attack could be a punch or a kick, it could be with a weapon or even a non-human appendage such as horns or a tail. Their opponent may now use the resulting spare time to reason, run away or just score a few free hits. Sometimes this results in the attacker giving an "Oh, Crap!" Smile, or the one who was attacked giving a Slasher Smile, sometimes both.

How long the character stays like that depends on their strength, general badassness and plot requirements. They may be immobilized long enough to be defeated, captured or killed, may struggle dramatically for several seconds and manage to free themselves just in time to divert their opponent's finishing strike and resume fighting, or may forcefully rip their fist/weapon out mere moments after getting stuck, sending chunks of the wall flying. Either way, the character is trapped, albeit temporary, while being simultaneously shown as considerably strong and/or pissed off.

Often makes for some Fridge Logic, specifically for weapons: if your weapon is lodged into something and you're under attack, why would you waste time to pull it out and not defend/escape instead? It may be justified if the weapon is really, really important somehow; or if the wielder is purely attacking and doesn't have a spare. On the other hand, if you use your limbs, or if your weapon is connected to your body in some way, if pulling them out isn't an option, another option is to cut them off, or at least break the weapon if it's possible. The latter can also happen with handheld weapons, but it's often more of an accident.

Related to Anchored Attack Stance, Blade Brake, Sword Plant and The Blade Always Lands Pointy End In.

Often the result of Deadly Dodging, and may be one way to beat a Bullfight Boss. Commonly caused by Cumbersome Claws. Can be an intended result of a character's Deliberate Injury Gambit or Pull Yourself Down the Spear where the weapon gets stuck inside the character. May overlap with Sticky Situation. Compare Hand in the Hole, contrast Barrier-Busting Blow, where it's done intentionally and the stuck part never happens.


Examples :

    open/close all folders 

    Anime & Manga 
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • Diamond is Unbreakable: During his fight with Otoishi, Josuke gets Chili Pepper trapped within a rebuilt rubber tire and thus the insulation prevented him from using his electricity. However, Chili Pepper is still a physical being with a decent amount of strength so he just punches through it, which leads to the compressed air launching Chili Pepper into the ocean, dispersing its electrical power as well as its body.
    • Golden Wind: In the battle with Carne's Notorious Big, Mista fires several shots into it, the Stand only managed to trap Mista's Sex Pistols instead and dealt critical damage.
  • One Piece
    • At the start of his battles in Arlong Park, Luffy slams his feet into the ground to anchor himself for an attack, in which he grabs Momoo and swings him around at the Mooks in the courtyard. He ends up realizing that he's stuck after the attack is finished, when he's unable to dodge Hachi's ink spray. Arlong then tears out a chunk of the ground with Luffy's feet still stuck in it and tosses it into the sea, forcing Luffy's teammates to save him.
    • At the start of the Enies Lobby arc, Sanji is fighting Wanze, who covers himself in an "armor" made of ramen; when Sanji tried to kick it, he got his leg stuck and then got slammed around for his troubles. He then gets wise and proceeds to cut the ramen to pieces with a pair of knives.
  • Ranma : After Saotome Ranma in girl form routinely dodges Tendo Akane's attacks, Akane throws a fierce jab. Ranma leaps over the blow, which continues into the dojo wall. Akane remains motionless with surprise rather than being stuck. Ranma simply taps Akane's head as an "I win" gesture. It is then Akane realizes that Saotome Ranma is a high-level martial artist.
  • Naruto:
    • The night before the Chunin Exam's final tournament starts, Hayate assaults Baki of the Sand Village with his sword. But then Hayate's blade gets stuck on Baki's shoulder, who, while ignoring his shoulder, says: "Would you like to know a kind of blade that will never get lodged to things?" Before he can realize it, Hayate is then killed by the answer to the riddle: a blade made of wind chakra.
    • During Naruto's fight with Kabuto, he lets Kabuto stab him in the hand with a kunai, then uses his free hand to form a Rasengan (with the help of a clone) and drives the Rasengan into Kabuto's chest.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Joey's Battle City duel with Mako Tsunami involves Joey countering one of Mako's attacks with a trap with a blade on a chain that, by anchoring itself to the walls of Mako's whale monster, allows Joey's monster to directly board and destroy, with help from an additional powerup, the otherwise protected by tornado monster.
  • In Fist of the North Star, Mr. Heart combines this with Kevlard to trap his enemies' limbs in his rolls of fat, which also act to insulate him against pressure point attacks.
  • Lampshaded in Blade of the Immortal when two Mugai-ryu assassins try to kill Magatsu Taito. He rams his sword through the palanquin he was sitting in right through the body of his first attacker killing him instantly. The second assassin, while intimidated, points out that ramming a sword that deep through someone causes the flesh and bone to close up around the blade, so there's no way Magatsu can work him weapon free in time to defend himself. While Magatsu freely acknowledges the guy's point, when the assassin attacks he simply pulls out the smaller sword concealed inside his main one and cuts him down.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, Wrath stabs Buccaneer with his sword, but it gets stuck when the latter flexes his abs, forcing Wrath to abandon his sword.
  • In Hunter Hunter, Killua stabs Machi with his hand, but can't retract it, because her pecs were keeping it in.
  • In Magi: Labyrinth of Magic, the monstrous giant ape Garda is able to land her attacks on Alibaba after the latter's sword got stuck in her pectorals.
  • Dragon Shiryu of Saint Seiya uses this in his battle against Capricorn Shura. First goading Shura into stabbing him in the chest with his Razor-Sharp Hand, resisting the attack and trapping the hand in his own chest with his power, to finally use the opportunity to cut his opponent's arm while they are both immobilized.
  • Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online: After Boss resorts to trying to Shield Bash LLENN to death, she tricks him into with striking a rock with his shield and getting it stuck, allowing her to finish him off.
  • Undead Unluck: One possible application of Yusai's power. Demonstrated when she traps an UMA in a pair of trees by its forearms during the 101st loop.

    Comic Books 
  • X-Men villain The Blob is a giant fat guy who literally absorbs punches into his massive belly, leaving his attackers stuck in him (in some incarnations).
  • Wonder Woman (1987): Diana takes advantage of this to disarm Medusa during the gorgon's attack on the White House, picking up an armchair like a shield and yanking Medusa's sword from her grip as soon as the blade was lodged in the furniture.

    Comic Strips 
  • Garfield: The titular cat once tried to stomp a spider but landed so forcefully that he broke the floorboards and ended up embedded up to his chin in the floor. And to add insult to injury, he missed.
    Garfield: I hate spiders! [CRACK] I hate hating spiders.

    Fairy Tales 
  • The French-Canadian fairy tale The Golden Phoenix has the hero combine this with Deadly Dodging. When he approaches the underground kingdom, Petit Jean encounters a unicorn, who challenges him to combat when he won't go back. Jean steps aside, leaving the unicorn to get stuck in the wall.

    Fan Works 
  • You Are (Not) At Fault: Asuka embeds her axe into Raziel during one fight, but then she cannot pull it out. Quickly she gives up her axe and draws her knife.
    Without missing a beat, Asuka continued the swing, turning her whole Unit around and adding momentum to her attack as the axe sunk into its right shoulder. The beast did not seem to notice, and Asuka's attempt to pull the axe out was thwarted as the wound appeared to close around the blade. The surface of Raziel's right arm began to writhe as it started pulling the axe into its mass. Realising that it was trying to trap her, the redhead let go of the handle, back-pedalling as she reached for her shoulder-mounted progressive knife.

    Films — Animation 
  • This is how Thrax in Osmosis Jones meets his end, having his poking finger of doom stuck in a false eyelash that falls into a vial of alcohol.
  • In the Soviet animated adaptation of Treasure Island, a drunken fight between Israel Hands and O'Brian starts with them angrily bashing on a table. Hands bashes through the table and O'Brian uses it to bitch-slap him, only to run away in terror when Hands lifts the table and chases him waving it over his head. He quickly gets stuck in a door and O'Brian again scores some free kicks, until Hands finally breaks the table.
  • In The Incredibles, the Omni Droid pulls a very temporary version. It misses a strike at Mr. Incredible and drives its claw into a cliff, then immediately yanks it out and flexes the claw to burst the chunk of rock that came with it.
  • This is how the Big Bad of Quest for Camelot meets his end. The wicked Ruber has used a magic potion to fuse the Excalibur sword onto his hand. With this, he tries to impale Kayley and Garrett but misses. The blow implants Excalibur firmly in its original stone where the ancient magic detects that Ruber is not the rightful ruler, and disintegrates him for such presumption.
  • Tarzan: During their final fight, Clayton comes after Tarzan with a machete, repeatedly stabbing into the cluster of vines where Tarzan's hiding. One of them gets stuck in the trunk of the tree, forcing Clayton to work it loose and giving Tarzan a chance to put some distance between them.
  • Peter Pan: When fighting with Peter Pan, Captain Hook gets his Hook Hand stuck in his ship's mast.
    Hook: Curse this hook!

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Alien vs. Predator, the titular foes are fighting when the Alien's tail becomes embedded in the stone floor when the Predator it was trying to impale rolls out of the way. The Predator helpfully relieves the Alien of the appendage in question using its Wolverine Claws.
  • The second Azumi film has the ninja leader who tries to attack the titular heroine using his set of Wolverine Claws. Unfortunately for him, a missed swing results in his claws being stuck in a wooden guardrail, and as the ninja leader tries to free himself he ends up being a sitting duck for Azumi to slice up via katana.
  • The Malay Chronicles: Bloodlines have the hero Merong's introduction as a pit fighter. His opponent is a hulking brute some five times his size, holding an equally huge scimitar, and Merong's currently handcuffed. The hero still wins nonetheless when the brute swings his sword, missed, and embeds it on a nearby wooden pole allowing Merong to jump on the brute and choke him via Handy Cuffs.
  • Jax in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, ripping his robotized arm out of a wall just in time to deflect an evil robot's acid attack.
  • Tony does this accidentally in the first Iron Man. As he is busy, a Mook tries to headshot him and kills himself with a ricochet.
  • The climax of Royal Warriors sees the last named villain, Bull, attacking the heroine Michelle (Michelle Yeoh) using a chainsaw. But he lost his weapon after accidentally shoving the saw into a vertical row of planks, where it's stuck allowing Michelle to hit back.
  • Spider-Man 3:
    • Harry Osborn briefly is stuck in the brick wall. Peter tries to negotiate, but Harry just yells "SHUT UP!!!" and topples part of the wall on him.
    • Later in the same film, Spider-Man gets his arm caught in Sandman's chest.
  • In Terminator 2: Judgment Day, T-800 punches T-1000's face and gets his fist stuck in its head. T-1000 then morphs around the fist, putting Arnie in an armlock.
  • In the comedy film Curse of the Pink Panther, the renowned martial artist Ed Parker plays an enforcer for the antagonists, who punches through a metal shed door and gets his arm stuck for a solid twenty seconds before managing to free himself.
  • In Judge Dredd, the titular hero tricks a body-horrific cannibal cyborg into driving his Swiss-Army Appendage into a wall, rips a power cable off, lets out a bunch of catchphrases and electrocutes him.
  • In Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Hellboy ducks under Mr.Wink's fist on a chain and it lands in some kind of ore grinder, eventually pulling Wink himself in.
  • The main villain of Heroes of Sung is a dangerous assassin whose Epic Flail ends in a set of bronze eagle claws, which he used to kill several heroes. But in the final battle against Tieh-hu and Tieh-long, he gets defeated as Tieh-long causes his weapon's bronze claw to be stuck into a ceiling just as he's struggling to retrieve it. The villain's momentary weakness allows an opening for Tieh-long to score a killing sword blow, that turns the villain into two vertically.
  • Shaolin Martial Arts: The fight between Shaolin Warrior He Lian and Big Bad Master Yu Pi seems to go in Lian's favour, siince Lian had mastered the deadly Eagle Claw skills that allows his fingers to pierce through solid wood. Alas, Lian accidentally embeds his fingers too deep into a nearby pillar, getting stuck in the process, and ends up unable to defend himself from Master Yu's comeback attack. Which kills him.
  • Happens in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. First, Judge Doom tries to punch Eddie Valiant, but Valiant blocks the blow with a cardboard tub of glue. Judge Doom shakes off the tub, then tries again to slug Valiant. Valiant dodges and Doom's fist strikes the roller of a moving steamroller, where it sticks. Doom eventually ends up rolled flat, though this doesn't finish him.
  • Dragonheart: During their first fight, Draco uses his bladed tail against Bowen, which slices through a standing tree with ease, but when he brings it down on a fallen log, it has just enough give that it doesn't cut through, and his tail gets stuck.
  • In the first Armor of God film, Jackie Chan is pitted against Action Girl quadruplets whose Combat Stilettos cause him a lot of pain. To counter that, he lures them onto a wooden plank balcony. The first lady to try and stomp him has her heel firmly lodged between the planks and is knocked out immediately. The others are forced to either remove their shoes or deal more attention to the floor than to the fight itself.
  • Minotaur: The hero tricks titular monster (not a classical minotaur, but a carnivorous mutant bull) into ramming its giant horns into the cave wall concealing a flammable gas deposit. The wall gets demolished but the right horn is stuck in the rubble and the gas floods the cave. Terrified by its smell, the creature snaps the horn off and flees.
  • The Young Rebel: One of the titular character's last fights is against a martial arts-trained opponent wearing shoes with hidden spikes underneath, who is giving him a hard time. But the opponent misses a kick and accidentally embeds his shoe into a tree stump, allowing the hero to retaliate with an upward kick fatally into the nuts.

    Literature 
  • The protagonist of Louis L'amour's Galloway does this intentionally. When trapped in a natural drowning pit, he notices a crack in a wall, but it's too shallow to scale. He leaps out of the water and jams his fist in it, then pulls himself up to the safety.
  • In the miniseries Shogun, Lord Buntaro once gets angry with Mariko, his wife, and takes a swing at her with his sword. He intentionally misses, as the swing is just for intimidation, but it gets stuck in a wooden pillar and he breaks it in half trying to remove it.
  • Done on purpose in Knights of the Borrowed Dark when The Opening Boy drives both claws straight through Grey's stomach. Grey grabs the claws and jams them further in, then allows the Cost to turn what's left of his stomach to iron, trapping his opponent long enough to use the last of his strength to force them both off a cliff.
  • Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio have a short story titled "The Blood-Drinking Corpse" where a civilian gets attacked by a Chinese Vampire. The civilian managed to trick said vampire into embedding her claws through a tree, where she gets stuck and remains on the spot until morning, at which point she reverts to a corpse after exposure to sunlight.
  • In Triss, when Captain Plugg and Princess Kurda get in a fight, Plugg rushes at Kurda, swinging his battleaxe so hard that it immediately disarms Kurda, sending her sword flying off into the bushes. However, his reckless charge and the force of the swing cause his battle axe to embed itself in a tree. Plugg tries to remove it, but he quickly finds that it's stuck fast, and opts to leave it there and instead chase down Kurda before she can retrieve her own weapon. The axe remains stuck in the tree, forgotten, for the rest of the fight and some time after that, until Sagax, the Big Guy of the heroes' group, happens upon it and finally pulls it out, claiming it for himself.
  • Discussed in one of the Gor books. A well-trained warrior knows to thrust his sword just far enough into his opponent in order to pierce the heart, then withdraw quickly. A brigand or other non-trained fighter tends to thrust deeply, which often causes his sword to be stuck in the other person's body, resulting in either losing the blade or else a waste of a few precious seconds removing the sword. Not good when there are many other enemy troops around who don't practice Mook Chivalry.
  • Similarly in The Malloreon, an assassin loses his blade in his target's servant, which allows the target to survive the assassination attempt.
  • In Casino Infernale, Eddie defeats the Dancing Fool in the fighting-pit by enduring a beating until he can predict the Fool's movements perfectly, then leaning against a wall as if he's about to collapse. The Fool throws what he expects to be a final punch, and Eddie ducks the blow, letting the Fool's fist sink deep into the pit's earthen wall, where he's stuck long enough for Eddie to hit him in the throat.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Xander does it on Buffy the Vampire Slayer but it isn't a superpower thing, just anger at Buffy's mom dying and bad construction. Willow helps him get it unstuck.
  • Saturday Night Live. In the recurring sketch "Top o' the Morning" has this as a regular segment.
    William Fitzpatrick: Now's the time on the show where I make Patrick so mad that he punches a hole in the wall! Let's go to the punching wall!
    [Irish music follows the boys to the punching wall, already filled with holes from prior episodes]
    William Fitzpatrick: So, Patrick.. your sister sure is stubborn, is she not?
    Patrick Fitzwilliam: And what do you mean by that?
    William Fitzpatrick: I had to ask her to take off her knickers four times before she did it!
    Patrick Fitzwilliam: [angry] That's my sister!! [punches a hole in the wall]
    William Fitzpatrick: [impressed] Good. Well done.
  • In the Supernatural episode "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part One", Jake, who has Super-Strength, is fighting Sam and punches through a water trough when Sam ducks.

    Myths & Religion 
  • In myth, the classic way for a non-virgin to capture a unicorn is to sucker it into charging you when you're standing in front of a tree, then dive to one side so it gets its horn lodged in the wood.
  • One of the Uncle Remus folktales (based on an old West African folktale) involves Br'er Fox trapping Br'er Rabbit by constructing a "Tar Baby", a doll made of tar, which Br'er Rabbit approaches and tries to make conversation with. When the doll wouldn't respond, the rabbit took that as a lack of manners and punched it, getting his paw stuck. He punched it with his other paw, then kicked it, and eventually got all his limbs stuck in the doll. A similar folk tale, with Anansi the spider as the victim, is told in Anansi Boys.
  • Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain: In the battle following the Romans' first invasion of Britain, King Cassivelaunus' younger brother Nennius comes face to face with Julius Caesar. Caesar gives Nennius a head wound but with his second blow his sword gets stuck in Nennius' shield, forcing him to leave it there as they are separated. Nennius pulls out Caesar's sword, which is superior to his own and is called the Yellow Death (Crocea Mors), and uses it to make a bloodbath of the Romans. The Britons win the battle, but since wounds by the Yellow Death never heal, Nennius dies fifteen days later from the wound Caesar gave him, and is buried with Caesar's sword at his side.
  • Singapore has a folk tale about schools of aggressive swordfish leaping out of the sea and impaling fishermen. The king of Singapura's guards are no match for the fish, but a clever boy instructs the king to build a barricade of banana tree trunks on the shore. The swordfish leap out, get their bills stuck in the banana tree trunks, and become sitting ducks for the king's guards to cut down.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Supplement Mystara Monstrous Compendium Appendix: The Iron variant of Living Statue can absorb metal. When a non-magical metal weapon hits one it sticks in the statue's body unless the attacker makes a successful saving throw. The weapon can only be removed if the statue is killed.
    • Baaz draconians from Dragonlance turn to stone when killed, trapping their killer's weapon unless they make a saving throw. It's their only special ability.
  • At least one edition of GURPS explicitly invoked this in a sidebar where the designers noted that "swing-to-impale" weapons like picks had the highest chance of dealing grievous wounds, but also had the potential to get stuck in the opponent after a blow.

    Video Games 
  • ANNO: Mutationem: In the battle with Melissa, she attempt to toss her spear at Ann and if its evaded, it'll get stuck far from Melissa, leaving her open to attack until she summons it back.
  • Battletoads: Fighting mechanical arms is waiting till they get suck in the floor, then attacking.
  • Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped:
    • The knight mobs in medieval stages get their sword stuck on a stone, try to pull it free, and as they manage to do it, they spin themselves because of the inertia, and then the blade gets lodged on the stone again. The sword swing during their spin is harmful to Crash.
    • In the first boss fight against Tiny Tiger, you'll have to avoid his jumping attacks until he decides to stab you with his trident; if you dodge it, he'll get stuck trying to dislodge his trident, leaving himself open to Crash's attack.
  • Dark Souls: Gaping Dragon's most prominent feature is its ribcage which turned into giant maw filled with More Teeth than the Osmond Family, and it loves to slam that on you from above. However, this attack leaves it with those teeth stuck in the ground, giving you some free time before the dragon finally struggles free and begins a Foe-Tossing Charge.
  • Donkey Kong:
    • Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest: Kutlass will sometimes get his swords stuck in the ground after attacking, giving you a brief period of time in which he can be Goomba Stomped.
    • Donkey Kong 64: If a Kosha tries to attack a Kong with its spiky club vertically, the club will be stuck in the floor and the Kosha will try to pull it. The attacked Kong can then use explosive oranges or a wave attack to defeat it.
  • Double Dragon: Fighting mechanical arms is waiting till they get suck in the floor, then attacking.
  • Dwarf Fortress: Weapons frequently get stuck in opponents during combat, requiring an extra turn to pull the weapon free... unless you choose to continue with a backup weapon, Good Old Fisticuffs, or biting your opponent. You can also choose to twist the weapon in the wound to inflict more damage.
  • Fable: Twinblade will sometimes perform a downward stab attack that leaves his blades stuck in the ground, giving the Hero a few seconds to get behind him and attack his back while he tries to pull them free.
  • Heroes of Might and Magic IV: In the opening cutscene, Kilgore swings the Sword of Frost at Gelu, but misses and strikes the ground instead, and the frost magic within the sword causes it to fuse with the earth. Kilgore lets go of the sword and shoulder-charges Gelu away before retrieving the sword.
  • Hey! Pikmin: In the first phase of its fight, the Berserk Leech Hydroe gets its head stuck in the dirt after attacking, leaving it open for a few seconds. It wises up for the second phase (where it doesn't bite) and the third phase (where it snaps downwards instead of slamming into the ground).
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker: One of the Helmaroc King's attacks is to peck at Link, after which he'll sometimes get his beak stuck in the ground. That's your cue to smash the crap out of his face with the Skull Hammer to crack his mask open and later attack him with sword slashes.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess: The Death Sword is a ghost wielding a monstrously huge sword. It's also invisible, so to beat it, you need to use wolf senses, wait for it to attack, dodge and then maul it while it tries to pull the sword out.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild:
      • Moblins holding two-handed weapons such as clubs, axes or claymores will often attack with a powerful overhead blow. If this attack misses, the weapon will embed itself in the ground and remain stuck there for a few seconds while the Moblin tries to pull it free, giving Link a brief window to attack them while they're immobilized and vulnerable.
      • Lizalfos armed with spears will occasionally leap high into the air and try to impale Link as they fall back down. If they miss, however, their spear will jam itself in the ground and leave them briefly vulnerable as they pull it back out.
  • Let It Die: Using a power attack with a cleaver causes it to stick into the ground, leaving the fighter stuck for a precious second.
  • Mega Man 8: In the intro, during Mega Man and Bass' duel, Bass gets blown into a building and finds his blaster stuck on wiring, allowing Mega Man to get away.
  • Monster Hunter: This can happen to several monsters in different ways, letting a hunter get in some free hits while they struggle to get free:
  • [PROTOTYPE] and [PROTOTYPE 2] both have an attack called Groundspike. PC slams his hand in the ground, his biomass travels some distance underground and erupts from beneath the surface as sharp, menacing spikes before retracting. The drawback is that it takes a while to perform, and most of the time you are literally rooted up to a place and vulnerable.
  • Resident Evil:
    • Resident Evil 4: Tricking Garradors into doing this with their claws is a viable tactic against them.
    • Resident Evil 5: Inversion. Wesker punches through a metal wall just after Chris opens the hatch of the plane they're in, depressurizing it. While heroes cling to the scenery, Wesker angrily rips his arm out and is immediately sucked out of the plane by decompression.
  • Scars Above sees you facing a Giant Spider as a boss, fought on a frozen pool. You can hurt it by tricking the monster to lash it's front claws at you, causing it to embed itself into the ice. You then have several seconds to shoot at the spider's weak spot as it struggles to break free, rinse and repeat until the boss' life is depleted.
  • Shank 2: The Doctor is left with his tonfa-blades stuck in the floor if he misses a leaping attack, and pulls them out with visible effort.
  • Spyro the Dragon:
    • The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night:
      • During Spyro's first fight with Skabb, Skabb will launch his pirate hook at Spyro as an attack. Every few times, it will get stuck if it misses and give Spyro a few seconds to attack him as he tries to struggle free.
      • In the first phase of his battle, Gaul attacks Spyro by trying to impale him with flying leaps. However, after five of these strikes, his scimitars will become stuck in the ground and he'll be left vulnerable to attacks while he strains to pull them free.
    • The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon: While chasing Spyro, Cynder and Hunter in the catacombs, the golem attempts to punch the dragons while they're climbing along a wall. It misses, and its fist punches into the solid rock and remains trapped there. It's eventually able to pull itself free after much straining, at the cost of leaving its harm behind.
    • Spyro: A Hero's Tail: Fighting with Gnasty Gnorc relies on this — he'll do a Ground Pound with his mace, and it will stick in the ground the third time, enabling Spyro to flame him from behind.
  • Wild Blood has a Cyclops boss who periodically tries smashing you with a hammer. However if you trick it into landing a heavy blow to the floor, its weapon gets stuck into the ground allowing you to damage it while the cyclops struggles to retrieve the weapon.

    Web Animation 

    Web Videos 
  • Atop the Fourth Wall: Linkara in his Doom comic review, whips out his "I AM A MAN!" punch and in context of the comic, after pulling the fist, he continues with "AND A HALF!" and punches again... only this time his fist is stuck, because it's a half-punch. "Help? Help! I'm stuck here!"
  • Critical Role: Guest character Thorbir (played by Wil Wheaton of the Wheaton Dice Curse) swings his axe at a monster and, owing to one of many, many natural 1s, gets it wedged in a wall. Game Master Matthew Mercer rules that the metaphorical soundtrack gets at least a minute and a half into Yakety Sax before he's able to pull it free.

    Western Animation 
  • Gargoyles: Jackal cybernetic claws can cut though cement, but his whole hand cannot. While fighting Brooklyn, he slashes a wall and hits a post; his hand gets stuck, letting Brooklyn hit him with a railroad tie.
  • ReBoot: During Matrix vs Megabyte climatic fight, Megabyte is briefly stuck in the wall. Enzo attacks him from behind, but then Megabyte frees his arm, sending Matrix flying in the process. Almost immediately after, Megabyte gets his Wolverine Claws lodged in the roof long enough for Matrix to recover.
  • In the Shadow Raiders finale, Graveheart finishes Blokk by shoving his powerglove into his abdomen, nearly resulting in unintentional Taking You with Me when Blokk falls off the ledge. Graveheart manages to hold them both with his other hand long enough to slip out the powerglove, letting Blokk fly.
  • In most animated versions of Batman, Clayface's gooshy makeup causes anyone who punches or kicks him to get stuck in him.
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars has an interesting version, where Obi-Wan gets his lightsaber stuck in his opponent. His opponent being Durge, it doesn't have much of an impact besides opening him up to a few punches to the face.

    Real Life 
  • Many kinds of bees have jagged stingers; when they sting, they'll often be stuck on something they're stung, and they have to sacrifice their abdomen to escape, which is often fatal.

Top

Ariel and the Shark

Ariel saves Flounder from a shark.

How well does it match the trope?

5 (10 votes)

Example of:

Main / ThreateningShark

Media sources:

Report