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Zeke Sulastin: Moving this to the Soft Water page, as it is pretty much a textbook example of that trope:
  • The classic SNES survival game SOS. You can fall any distance, and as long as you land in water, you'll survive, even if the screen has already gone black before you cannonball. My brother was playing the game many years back when the ship turned from upside-down to pretty much perfectly vertical. He fell almost the entire length of the ship, managing to plummet right through at least a dozen doors between rooms, before the screen turned to black, the game apparently assuming along with us that he was dead. Seconds later, it came back on, with his character standing, unharmed, in a pool of water up to his knees at the far end of the ship.

Lale: Poor Gwen — Death-by-once-in-a-lifetime-applied-real-world-physics.

Shire Nomad: Pulled this one; having no falling damage whatsoever is another trope entirely, and one more due to the designers simply deciding not to include it. This trope about where the falling damage is applied inconsistently.
  • Perfect Dark allows characters to jump from any height whatsoever, with absolutely no damage... unless they fall into a Bottomless Pit.

Amadeus Windfall: The picture seems a bit too big. Should it be moved to a link in the page?

Shire Nomad: Yeah, it's a bit much... and more importantly, it's hotlinked. Pulling it.

Also pulled:

  • Somewhat justified in the Metroid series, as Samus doesn't take damage from huge falls - but she wears a highly armored suit which doesn't even let her move her neck freely.
    • Except for Metroid Prime Hunters, where she inexplicably takes fall damage. Though most Metroid fans ignore the game when discussing Samus's abilities (her own Missiles hurt her in Hunters for chrissakes).

Again, if there's no falling damage at all, it's not this trope. If they take falling damage normally and there's no cheap way to stop it, it's not this trope.

DJ Doena: Ironically, Sheldon was wrong in that case. [[Superman]] caught Lois halfway between top and ground, not "two inchs above the ground". It still counts since he flew in opposite direction of her falling and catched her that way.