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Basic Trope: One character grabs another through a wall and pulls them through.

  • Straight: Bob is being stalked by Alice, and hides in a shed. Suddenly, Alice tears her arms through it and pulls Bob to her.
  • Exaggerated:
    • She does this though several feet of concrete and a bank-vault door.
    • Every victim in the movie is pulled through something, to the monster.
  • Downplayed: Alice pulls Bob through a wall of plywood.
  • Justified:
    • The walls are made of paper, and thus problems like finding Bob behind the wall and busting through it in the first place is a non-issue.
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    • Among Alice's generic super-powers are super strength and x-ray vision: This was just a natural combination of the two.
  • Inverted: Bob busts through a wall in order to escape Alice.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice tries to bust through the shed to get at Bob, but cannot manage it, and mere thuds against it.
    • Alice can burst through the wall, but Bob isn’t close enough for her to reach
  • Double Subverted: …Some minutes later, she instead busts her hand through the FLOOR.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice uses this method to get a drink from the fridge.
    • Alice picks up a wall, puts it between Bob and herself, and busts through that instead. Bob is somehow still surprised by it.
    • Bob bust his hands through the wall to get at Alice, and ends up grabbing Alice’s Assets instead. He then sheepishly apologizes and lets her go.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice tries to get the drop on Bob by shoving her hand through the wall to grab him, but fails to actually grab him. Bob reverses the situation by pulling a Barrier-Busting Blow of his own, before both of them are grabbed by a third party.
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  • Averted: No-one busts through the walls in-series, for whatever reason.
  • Enforced: It’s an Establishing Character Moment: the author put it in to demonstrate that Alice is a) super strong, b) very perceptive, and c) NOT TO BE SCREWED WITH.
  • Lampshaded: “You Will Not Evade Me!”
  • Invoked: Alice does this in order to give Bob a fright for Halloween.
  • Exploited: Bob expects this to happen and had placed a dummy, filled with explosives in his place. Alice grabs this instead, and ends up exploding.
  • Defied: Alice considers this, then shakes her head and instead climbs atop the shed, in order to wait until Bob gains a false sense of security and walks out...
  • Discussed: "That murder doesn’t seem humanly possible." "Because it’s so brutal?" "Because the murderer had to plunge their arms through sheet metal."
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  • Conversed: "Movie serial killers just seem to have something against perfectly good doors."
  • Implied: We see a body, a massive hole in the wall, and bloodstains where the two met…
  • Deconstructed: Alice is strong enough to break through the wall, but Bob… isn’t. Her attempt at pulling a Bob-sized object through an arm-sized hole results in a spectacularly gory display.
  • Played For Laughs:

Back to Barrier-Busting Blow. But, stay away from the walls there. Trust me.

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