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Alice runs into Bob, but Bob is acting very strange today. He may have had a Green-Eyed Epiphany of some sort, is upset that Alice is avoiding him, or just at the breaking point of being repeatedly insisted that he's not a potential Love Interest. Regardless, his emotions have built up to the point he can't contain them. Alice may be Oblivious to Love, refusing to admit how she feels, or just simply unsure. The moment Alice tries to leave, Bob quickly slams his hand on the wall and traps her against it with his body, stopping her from running away. It's a way to intimidate her, but also a way for him to get physically close to her.

It may not have been The Love Slap of Epiphany, but it does get the message out through and clear. Alice becomes more and more confused about how she sees Bob. Usually it results in a case of They Do.

This trope is better known to the Japanese public as the "kabe don" (wall pound). It's when a character (usually Always Male) physically corners a Love Interest using the body to block any chance of escape. It's often accompanied with a "BAM!" sound effect from pounding the wall (the "don" in kabe don). The Wall Pin Of Love is often Played for Drama and increases tension between the characters. It may be given with an Anguished Declaration of Love or a Forceful Kiss from the person doing the Wall Pin. May also lead to Wall Bang Her. A well-known parody of this originating in the Japanese Twitterverse was known as the "semi don" (cicada block), and was subject to much Memetic Mutation.

The Wall Pin of Love is a very popular staple in Shojo and Yaoi romance. Many news outlets have reported that it is the "ideal" scenario for many Japanese women. Despite this, the Wall Pin of Love can lead to Unfortunate Implications because the emotional and physical intimidation is common in domestic abuse. Because of how frequent and popular it is in Eastern works, there may be Values Dissonance involved in how it's accepted. People in the West are more likely to see the Wall Pin of Love as anything but romantic.

Outside of a romantic context, the Wall Pin can simply be used to intimidate people. A Loan Shark might use it when he doesn't get his money. However, if it's simply a Neck Lift applied to a wall or shoving a person into the wall, then it doesn't count. The Wall Pin has to involve someone trapping another with the body. In less serious works, this may be Played for Laughs by having the victim assume they're being flirted with.

Unlike Pinned to the Wall, this generally involves no pointy objects.


Examples

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Anime and Manga

  • Ao Haru Ride has one in chapter 25 when Kou confronts Futaba for avoiding him.
  • In Kyo Koi O Hajimemasu, Kyota corners Tsubaki after she cuts his hair in the first chapter. He does it again when she avoids him shortly after a Near-Rape Experience.
  • In Strobe Edge, Ren traps Ninako in the classroom when he suspects she still reciprocates his feelings.
  • Discussed in episode 5 of Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, when a TV show Tohru watches claims this is thing that girls want their lovers to do the most.
  • Played with in the TV series of Little Witch Academia when Akko is pinned by Andrew (affected by a Love Potion), the Unfortunate Implications are highlighted: Instead of being charmed, Akko freaks out and runs away.
  • Pop Team Epic pokes fun at this with Pipimi pinning Popuko, her hand hitting the wall so hard that it sends them, the wall, and the floor beneath them flying. The anime version goes a step further by portraying the initial wall-pin via a Tokimeki Memorial-style visual novel interface, followed by the wall traversing a bunch of mining cart tracks ala Donkey Kong Country.
  • Gender inverted in chapter six of Omujo! Omutsu Joshi, titled "Morei's Kabe-don!!". Morei performs a wall pin on Shouta as she questions him about his feelings for Ichigo, which leads to her own attempt to confess her feelings for him.
  • Blend-S:
    • Episode 10 has Dino attempt to demonstrate this with Mafuyu, but it fails due to the height difference resulting from Dino being the tallest member of the cast and Mafuyu being the Token Mini-Moe.
    • Episode 11 is outright titled "Good at Tsundere, Bad at Kabedonnote ". It has Dino attempt to explain the concept to Maika. He is unable to explain it in a reasonable manner, so Hideri pushes him towards Maika to demonstrate it. The stinger of the episode then has Maika pin Dino to the wall and apologize for her earlier behavior.
  • Shirogane advise another student to do this in Kaguya-sama: Love Is War when they come to him for advice on how to ask out Kashiwagi. Shirogane doesn't really have any idea what he's talking about, but it works, and the two of them go on to become the Beta Couple.

Film

Literature

  • In The Youkai Computer Knows, the twentieth novel of the Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note series, Aya was given this by one of her classmates (which is not part of her Reverse Harem, mind you). The plot relevant point is that Mikado noticed the smell of synthetic cannabinoids that rubbed off from him to Aya.

Music

  • Taemin, who is featured in BoA's music video for "Disturbance", does this to her.
  • Kabe Don! SONGS ♪ is a whole series of albums that combine Serenade Your Lover and this trope. The premise for the series has the boys interact with the object of their affections until the Slam, and then the boys sing a song to them that conveys their feelings and is meant to seduce them. It has a naughtier sister series, the Yuka Don! SONGS ♪, which have the serenades take place as the singers pin their lover to the floor.

Video Games

  • Kin'iro no Corda, when ladies' man and flutist Azuma Yunoki shows his true colours to Kahoko Hino, he puts his hand against the wall beside her and tells her that she's been pestering him.
  • A substory in Yakuza 6 has Kiryu learning of the trope after first rescuing an actor known as the Kabedon Prince from jealous thugs, then having it explained and shown to him first hand to his annoyance. The thugs come back and after Kiryu sorts them out again, he gives the leader a kabedon of his own thatís more life threatening than romantic, making the guy piss himself, give Kiryu his money and leave. The actor considers Kiryu to be the Kabedon King, which he feels has a nice ring to it.

Web Comics

Web Original

  • As explained above, Japanese Twitter's version of the wall-pin originated from a simple chart drawn by Maki0046 about (mostly) standard examples of kabe-don.

Western Animation

  • Steven Universe: In "Alone Together", while showing Steven an example of a Fusion Dance, Garnet suggestively pins a madly blushing Pearl to the wall with both of her hands.

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