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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.

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This trope is better known to the Japanese public as the "kabe don" (wall pound). It's when a character (usually Always Male, at least in heterosexual pairings) 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), uses both arms and legs, 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, and even a bit rapey.

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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.


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  • Blue Spring 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 Little Witch Academia (2017) 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 advises 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.
  • A Polar Bear In Love: When Seal tries to escape from Polar Bear during his nap, Polar Bear immediately panics and violently slams his claw against the ice. It was unintentional, but it was enough to traumatize Seal.
  • Played with in Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online. When Karen/LLENN meets M in real life, he does this to her and asks if she has ever been so deeply in love with someone that she'd give her life for them. Karen says no, at which point M says she could never understand how he feels... about Pito.
    Karen: My first "wall-slamming"... and it's to hear someone confessing their love for another person.
  • Happens multiple times to Yuki in Namaikizakari. She often gets flustered when it comes to Sho, because the attraction there's mutual and he tends to do it anywhere and everywhere, but it gets a bit awkward for her when it comes from someone else like Suwa, because she has no idea how to react given that she's already in a committed relationship.
  • Invoked in Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku: Hirotaka Nifuji does this to Tarou Kabakura, but while it appears to play up the Yaoi aspect, it's Subverted as their respective girlfriends Narumi Momose and Hanako Koyanagi are rapidly taking pictures at every angle of the scene. It's implied the guys are forced to do this because their girls are explicit Yaoi Fangirls.
  • Invoked in Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove it: Main protagonists Himuro and Yukimura perform an experiment to examine the effects of this trope, using Himuro's heart rate as a metric. For consistency, the trial is repeated a hundred times in quick succession, but to their dismay, the effects slowly diminish and plateau out the more Yukimura repeats it. Kanade suggests that this is due to the wall pin's shock factor diminishing as Himuro got accustomed to it. Himuro notes that the wall pin goes from looking romantic to outright silly as it gets repeated to excess, and realizes that it starts to resemble a sumo slap at a certain point.

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  • 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.

     Live Action TV  

  • Played straight with Gomenne Seishun's main couple in the latter part of the series. Played for laughs behind the scenes by the actors Koseki Yuta, playing the Trans character, and actor playing his boyfriend.
  • Good Omens: Crowley attempts to do an intimidating version of this to Aziraphale to protest being called "quite a nice person". Instead of being intimidated, Aziraphale simply stares at Crowley while he rambles, until they're interrupted by Mary Loquacious, who identifies them as having an "intimate moment".

     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.
  • YeoJin gets cornered by the frog prince with a wall slam in the music video for "Kiss Later".

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  • Kin'iro no Corda, when ladies' man and flutist Azuma Yunoki shows his true colors to Kahoko Hino, he puts his hand against the wall beside her and tells her that she's been pestering him.
  • In the adult Bara Genre game Strange Flesh, the Game Over screen from the Garden of Vice level has a beefy version of Joe pinning a regular Joe against a tree in the background. Yes, it's that kind of game.
  • 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 that's 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.
  • In the World of Warcraft expansion Battle for Azeroth, the out-of-game cinematic Lost Honor includes the orc Varok Saurfang performing an intimidating wall punch beside the head of human King Anduin Wrynn, who has come to speak to him in his prison cell. Though Anduin is mostly nonplussed by the orc's behavior (which suitably impresses Saurfang) note . Although this relationship is not romantic or sexual, it still counts as "of love" because they very quickly develop a surrogate father-son dynamic.

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  • 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—then Pearl suddenly stops blushing and nonchalantly looks to Steven.
    • Steven tries to imitate Garnet while dancing with Pearl, which just looks ridiculous because he's barely as tall as her waist.
    • Kevin invades Stevonnie's space by boxing them against the wall with his body, though he only does it on one side.

 
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