Spoofed in this ad for Coors light . Of course, Abdul could have just melted away the rail with his power over fire, but since it would derail the oncoming train, they had to be a bit more clever in their escape. In the fourth episode of the Gintama -anime, Shinpachi and Kagura who is "introduced" in said episode are pushed onto a train track while being stuck in a garbage can. They are saved by Gintoki Obscure Example and variation: The manga sequel to Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo , Shinsetsu Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, features a villian that captures both Beauty and Dengaku-man , and he chains them up to the end of a downward-spiraling train track; Bo-bobo and his group must defeat all of the enemies on each of the trains in order to stop them in time.
The ninja students do this to the teacher Hayato in the very first episode of Himawari! Arts Colmar railway station in France has an enormous stained glass window displaying one of these scenes. It is not clear why any railway company would think this was a good idea. Tintin is saved not by Snowy who had been driven off by Bobby and his friend moments earlier , but by a fussy old lady who demands that the conductor of the train do something about a puma chasing a stag , thereby stopping the train so that Tintin can get the conductor's attention.
This wouldn't be so ridiculous if Gladstone Gander was tied up in his place, but each of these events looks horribly out-of-place in Tintin books In the Justice Society of America story in All Star Comics 40 , a teenage gang ties one of their members to a stretch of disused railroad tracks as a prank the idea being to scare him. However, an explosion forces the railroad to reroute a train onto the 'disused' tracks The villain even Lampshades the trope.
The plot in one sentence: Joker ties Batman to a train and Vicki to the track; Batman breaks free and saves her. Bane did this to at least one street-thug as an Enhanced Interrogation Technique in a slight variation, the victim wasn't laid flat on the railway, but forced to kneel on it, with his arms chained to tunnel-walls to keep his torso upright.
Since Bane's not Batman, he makes no move to free the poor guy even after he's got the info he wanted. Jonah does this to a corrupt Pinkerton Detective who has just murdered a 13 year old boy in Jonah Hex 13 original series. A sci-fi variation not to mention a rare heroic one occurs in Spider-Man where Spider-Man is clearly outmatched by a cybernetic bounty hunter, and uses his wits to get the cyborg caught by his metal parts on the intense magnetic field of a maglev track and then hit by an oncoming vehicle.
In Sensation Comics 26, Wonder Woman is tied to the railway tracks with what she thinks is her magic lasso. It isn't as her mother has stolen her lasso and replaced it with a copy. Once she realises it is a fake, she is able to break loose and stop the train by lifting the locomotive off the tracks.
A pair of thugs are tying somebody to railroad tracks while a woman who lives alongside the tracks looks on and says "I don't mean to interrupt, but there hasn't been a train over that line in 18 years.
A cartoon in a magazine showed several early s suffragettes driving along and spotting a friend of theirs, an elegant lady who cheerfully waves her parasol at them The driver comments that this is one of their "more militant sisters. Played for Laughs in Footrot Flats. After the Dog misses the game-winning catch in a cricket match because he falls asleep, Wal ties him the track for the sight screen and attempts to run the screen over the top of him. Films — Live-Action As noted above, by the time this was first done in film for comedy Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life, it was already a subject for parody, and in fact might have already been a Discredited Trope or Dead Horse Trope.
Parodied in the movie Night at the Museum where the security guard is tied to toy train tracks by the miniature cowboys in a diorama. Played nearly straight in the film Stay Tuned , when Helen is tied to the tracks in the path of an oncoming train that's going to crash into a stockpile of explosives: Jill Tuck is tied to a tunnel in the trailer and teaser of Saw 3D.
Parodied in Gremlins 2: The New Batch , where one of the many tortures that is done to Gizmo has him tied to a miniature train track. A miniature train then painfully collides with him, but does no lasting damage. Played straight, probably for the first time in years, by The Matrix. Rather than tying Neo down, immortal Agent Smith just puts him in a chokehold and makes him watch the oncoming subway.
Smith, being an Agent , doesn't have to worry about dying himself. One of the oldest parodies of this trope was in the short silent film, Teddy at the Throttle. Gloria Swanson is chained to a railway, and a dog and an effeminate boy save her.
Part of the humor derives from the fact that Gloria Swanson's character was clearly badass, even breaking down a door earlier in the film. Her love interest is timid and emotional, and it seems that it would be more likely that she would be the one saving him. The train, after the conductors are alerted by the dog, Teddy, of the girl on the tracks, even stops a few seconds too late.
The girl actually has to dig herself a hole with her feet so that she can safely hide in it as the train moves over her. A job well done, supposedly.
The trailer for the film Trainspotting consists of a postscript scene not in either the book or the film itself of Renton Ewan McGregor tied to a railway line, and telling the audience how the other characters caught him and did this to punish him for the final events in the film itself.
Possibly done to relate the title to the film and avoid confusion. A variant of this trope is done in 3 Ninjas: High Noon on Mega Mountain where the bad guys tie Rocky's girlfriend to the tracks of a roller coaster.
Sabotage is a rare male example: This crops up in Kingsman: The Secret Service where the three candidates for the position of Lancelot end up drugged and Eggsy ends up tied to a track by a man demanding to know about Kingsman and Harry Hart. This ends up being a Secret Test of Character to see how devoted the candidates are. Eggsy and Roxy pass with flying colours. A Series of Unfortunate Events has Count Olaf attempt to kill the Baudelaire orphans by leaving them in a locked car parked on the railroad tracks.
Stuart Little features Stuart lampooning this trope by tying himself to a model railway. This trope is referenced in the song "The Happiest Home in These Hills" from Pete's Dragon , with the two sons in the Gogan family singing among the many awful things they plan to do to Pete for running away "Tie him screaming to a railroad track". Jokes Played with in an old joke involving a guy discussing how he found a girl tied to a railroad track and, after untying her, had all sorts of sex with her.
Upon being asked by the person he's talking with whether they had oral sex, the guy states, "Couldn't. Her head was missing. The goat ate three red shirts off the clothesline, prompting the man to tie the goat to the railroad track. Just as the train was approaching, the goat threw up the shirts, thus flagging down the train. We witness each excruciating second as the boy realizes they aren't joking and don't plan to untie him, anticipates his death, stops to calculate the necessary clearance, realizes he could possibly make it if his head were a bit lower, burrows the back of his head into the gravel, and then keeps his body still and taut as the train rushes over him.
And the train tracks aren't the last torment the bullies inflict on him, either; they end up shooting him in the leg with a rifle. In the Agent Angel formerly known as Angels Unlimited series, Miss Bloom is tied to the train tracks whilst filming a movie—with her brother crouching just out of shot with knife, in case a train really does come.
However, since the villain in question is the bored, sociopathic god of a virtual world the women end up run over, multiple times. James Bond is unable to save her only it turns out to be just a dummy on the tracks, to draw Bond out into the open. Used in Anthony Horowitz's Diamond Brothers books. The protagonist notes that for all the narrow escapes he's had, he's never going to write a book about how to free yourself when you're very securely tied to a train track, because it's just not gonna happen.
He's only saved by an outside party. The heroine of Charles Stross 's Saturn's Children is chained in front of a city that travels across Mercury's terminator on rails. The Discworld guidebook Mrs Bradshaw's Guide a tie-in with Raising Steam states that the railway abandoned plans for a route passing Holy Wood Hill due to a persistent hallucination among the workmen that there was a young woman chained to the tracks. Sabrina even does the scream-and-struggle seizure, but quickly stops as she realizes that screaming is pretty pointless if you're in a silent movie.
Wayne appears as the hero, but forgets about saving Piggy when he recognizes the villain as a fellow boy scout from his youth. Instead, Wayne advises the villain on how to tie knots restraining her properly and leave as friends.
Luckily, Piggy escapes by rising her to her feet and literally tearing off the section of track she is tied to. It is claimed that, in keeping with their different status hero vs sidekick Batman was chained to a larger gauge railway than Robin was. Subverted in an episode of MacGyver MacGyver and an old man he is protecting are knocked out and tied to a railroad track by the villain; however, the railroad track is just a film studio prop, and the purpose is to scare the old man who suffers from a heart condition into having a heart attack.
Parodied in a sketch on The Dave Allen Show: In this case, 'the Flying Scotsman' turns out to be a kilted Scotsman with wings strapped to his arms. The A-Team once did this to a perp in " Bullets and Bikinis ". In order to get Councilman Prescott to sign a paper they tied him to railway tracks at the end of a tunnel. He wouldn't talk at first, but soon he noticed a train approaching from the far end of the tunnel and signed it, only for Hannibal to leave him tied to the tracks. Of course it was then revealed that the oncoming train was just Murdock on a bike, complete with a high-powered lamp, a fake chimney and a tape player with train sound effects.
Victim was Lois Lane, natch. For bonus points, they also had Perry White tied to a log in a sawmill. This is done in a Thunderbirds episode titled 'The Perils of Penelope'. Penelope wasn't actually bound to any rails, but she was bound to a ladder that was stretched out right in the path of the approaching Anderbad Express Monotrain.
Played straight in the long-lost Bob Clampett -created childrens' puppet show Thunderbolt The Wondercolt a heroic horse , which featured an episode where Thunderbolt's friends Speedy Turtle and Chipper Chipmunk are tied to the railroad tracks by the villain Willy the Wolf, as a train approaches.
They try signaling with a mirror, which luckily grabs Thunderbolt's attention. The train is actually treated as a huge menace, complete with the locomotive designed to resemble a World War II fighter plane complete with the shark-style markings. Thunderbolt arrives at the last minute, stops the train cold presumably by derailing it , and frees his friends. In the Even Stevens episode "Louis in the Middle", Tawny pretends to be tied to a miniature railroad while Alan attempts to run her over with a train in an effort to shake Louis out of his 'hero syndrome' mindset.
In one episode of Brazilian show TV Colosso , a producer working for the fictional network had been tied to railroad tracks.
The reason her captors did it to her was to force the train out of the tracks. Casseta And Planeta has a sketch where they are tied to railroad tracks, but the train stops because of a railroad workers' strike. Done as a opening sketch on the Australian kids science show Scope on the episode devoted to trains. Unusual example appeared in 21 Jump Street - Hanson was handcuffed to a railroad track by the episode's Manic Pixie Dream Girl so that he could feel the "rush" of impending death.