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6th Apr '18 2:51:43 AM YeOldeLuke
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* The first level of ''VideoGame/Gamer2'' is set on rooftops, and failing a rooftop jump is an instant death.
3rd Apr '18 12:40:38 PM ironballs16
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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. In the Treehouse of Horror episode "Clown Without Pity", Homer, who is trying to get rid of the Krusty The Clown doll that is trying to murder him, stuffs the doll in a sack of stinky socks, and goes to the local bottomless pit tossing the sack in (though it doesn't work). Played for laughs in that shortly after Homer disposes of the doll, a man throws down a box of nude photos of Creator/WhoopiGoldberg only for the pit to reject it, the box flying back up into the man's arms.

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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. In the Treehouse of Horror episode "Clown Without Pity", Homer, who is trying to get rid of the Krusty The Clown doll that is trying to murder him, stuffs the doll in a sack of stinky socks, and goes to the local bottomless pit tossing the sack in (though it doesn't work). Played for laughs in that shortly after Homer disposes of the doll, a man throws down a box of nude photos of Creator/WhoopiGoldberg [[{{Squick}} only for the pit to reject it, it]], the box flying back up into the man's arms.
11th Mar '18 4:23:22 PM darkemyst
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* The literal-minded citizens of Lancre in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' have a tourist attraction called the Place Where The Sun Does Not Shine. This is implied to be a bottomless pit, but apparently lots of unusual things show up there, such as undesirable jobs, improbable excuses and things which imply a degree of physical pain and discomfort.
* In ''Literature/WhichWitch'', one of the witches creates a hole that is really bottomless, an admirable feat of dark magic. Of course, it is kind of impractical to have something like this in your garden. A LemonyNarrator tangent goes into some detail about how a bottomless pit is not the same as "a hole that [[DiggingToChina comes out in Australia]]."
* A strange variant occurs in the novel ''[[Literature/PriscillaHutchins Chindi]]'' aboard a massive alien space ship when a character falls into a deep shaft. The others think that he fell to his death until he suddenly flies back upwards past them, only to come back down again, repeat. They realize that the source of gravity onboard the ship is near the center and that he is flying through it only to slow enough before hitting the other side and be pulled back. They eventually devise a way to get him out of there safely.
* In ''Literature/ConsiderPhlebas'' these serve as launch tubes in an abandoned underground missile system. During a shoot-out someone falls inside and when the protagonist peeks over the edge, he can see the flare of their energy weapon getting smaller and smaller as the soldier is still falling. Later when he has to carry a prisoner down the same shaft (using an anti-gravity harness) she asks him to shoot her first if he's forced to drop her for any reason.

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* ''Series/ThePrisoner2009'': One shows up in the fourth episode and becomes a critical plot point later. [[spoiler: It's a sign that the dreamspace is falling apart.]]

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* Issue 4 of ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad'' has So-and-So falling into one of these[[labelnote:*]]named the "Fighting Growlbacks Bottomless Spirit Pit"[[/labelnote]], setting up the page quote. However, as the ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' wiki notes, you would actually die of thirst first, not starvation.

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* Issue 4 of ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad'' has So-and-So falling into one of these[[labelnote:*]]named the "Fighting Growlbacks Bottomless Spirit Pit"[[/labelnote]], setting up the page quote. However, as the ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' wiki notes, you would actually die of thirst first, not starvation.

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* Issue 4 of ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad'' has So-and-So falling into one of these[[labelnote:*]]named the "Fighting Growlbacks Bottomless Spirit Pit"[[/labelnote]], setting up the page quote. However, as the ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' wiki notes, you would actually die of thirst first, not starvation.
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* The literal-minded citizens of Lancre in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' have a tourist attraction called the Place Where The Sun Does Not Shine. This is implied to be a bottomless pit, but apparently lots of unusual things show up there, such as undesirable jobs, improbable excuses and things which imply a degree of physical pain and discomfort.
* In ''Literature/WhichWitch'', one of the witches creates a hole that is really bottomless, an admirable feat of dark magic. Of course, it is kind of impractical to have something like this in your garden. A LemonyNarrator tangent goes into some detail about how a bottomless pit is not the same as "a hole that [[DiggingToChina comes out in Australia]]."



* ''Series/ThePrisoner2009'': One shows up in the fourth episode and becomes a critical plot point later. [[spoiler: It's a sign that the dreamspace is falling apart.]]




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* A strange variant occurs in the novel ''[[Literature/PriscillaHutchins Chindi]]'' aboard a massive alien space ship when a character falls into a deep shaft. The others think that he fell to his death until he suddenly flies back upwards past them, only to come back down again, repeat. They realize that the source of gravity onboard the ship is near the center and that he is flying through it only to slow enough before hitting the other side and be pulled back. They eventually devise a way to get him out of there safely.
* In ''Literature/ConsiderPhlebas'' these serve as launch tubes in an abandoned underground missile system. During a shoot-out someone falls inside and when the protagonist peeks over the edge, he can see the flare of their energy weapon getting smaller and smaller as the soldier is still falling. Later when he has to carry a prisoner down the same shaft (using an anti-gravity harness) she asks him to shoot her first if he's forced to drop her for any reason.
11th Mar '18 4:08:32 PM darkemyst
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'''[[UnexplainedRecovery Othar]]:''' This ''is'' and annoying place, ''isn't it?''

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'''[[UnexplainedRecovery Othar]]:''' This ''is'' and an annoying place, ''isn't it?''
11th Mar '18 4:07:25 PM darkemyst
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* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' there is at least one pit that appears this way under a TrapDoor in Castle Heterodyne, the castle [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110304 drops Othar into it upon hearing that he's a hero:]]
-->'''Sanaa:''' What did you do ''that'' for?!\\
'''Castle:''' Eh. He is a '''''hero'''''. I don't need much of a reason.\\
'''Sanaa:''' But... but the ''Heterodyne Boys'' were heroes!\\
'''Castle:''' Yeeees... They didn't come ''home'', much.\\
'''Sanaa:''' No, Really?\\
'''Castle:''' Oh, but we had such ''fun'' when they did! Well ''I'' had fun... I rather miss having a hero about!\\
'''Sanaa:''' Well, if you drop them down ''bottomless pits'' every-\\
'''Castle:''' Oh, tosh. If he was a ''real'' hero-\\
'''[[UnexplainedRecovery Othar]]:''' This ''is'' and annoying place, ''isn't it?''
7th Mar '18 8:07:17 AM nombretomado
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If the player character [[JumpPhysics does not take damage from long falls]] so long as they [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou land on a non-damaging surface]] (as was common in the early days of VideoGames), this can be especially jarring. There may be certain levels where you fall many, many, ''many'' screens down, but hit bottom completely unharmed; yet a simple pit would end your life instantly. More {{egregious}}ly, bottomless pits are almost always instantly fatal, even in games where your character can take a point-blank explosion or a volley of bullets and only lose one point of health. However, the biggest threat to a player's WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief are the pits which are treated as being fatal, even when they are located above safe landing ground. The screen will simply refuse to scroll down if you fall into it.

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If the player character [[JumpPhysics does not take damage from long falls]] so long as they [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou land on a non-damaging surface]] (as was common in the early days of VideoGames), this can be especially jarring. There may be certain levels where you fall many, many, ''many'' screens down, but hit bottom completely unharmed; yet a simple pit would end your life instantly. More {{egregious}}ly, {{JustForFun/egregious}}ly, bottomless pits are almost always instantly fatal, even in games where your character can take a point-blank explosion or a volley of bullets and only lose one point of health. However, the biggest threat to a player's WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief are the pits which are treated as being fatal, even when they are located above safe landing ground. The screen will simply refuse to scroll down if you fall into it.



** Two {{egregious}} examples of the disappearing blocks: in Heat Man's stage, where you have to jump between them over a LavaPit and a Bottomless Pit, with [[TrialAndErrorGameplay no way of knowing on the first try]] whether the next block will be ahead or above you. And Magnet Man's stage, where you have to jump across them over a Bottomless Pit ''and'' have a magnet pulling on you.

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** Two {{egregious}} {{JustForFun/egregious}} examples of the disappearing blocks: in Heat Man's stage, where you have to jump between them over a LavaPit and a Bottomless Pit, with [[TrialAndErrorGameplay no way of knowing on the first try]] whether the next block will be ahead or above you. And Magnet Man's stage, where you have to jump across them over a Bottomless Pit ''and'' have a magnet pulling on you.
13th Jan '18 8:56:23 PM Angeldeb82
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* Present in ''VideoGame/{{Cuphead}}'', but instead of being a OneHitKO, they do damage like anything else and then shoot the boys back up to solid ground. They even respect MercyInvincibility.

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* Present in ''VideoGame/{{Cuphead}}'', but instead of being a OneHitKO, OneHitKill, they do damage like anything else and then shoot the boys back up to solid ground. They even respect MercyInvincibility.
4th Jan '18 10:13:04 PM ironcommando
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* ''VideoGame/{{Bug}}!'' has them ''all around you''. Your character is on a level suspended over mid-air, so falling off FloatingPlatforms or the terrain itself could spell certain death.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Bug}}!'' has them ''all around you''. Your character is on a level suspended over mid-air, so falling off FloatingPlatforms or the terrain itself could spell certain death. Thankfully, EdgeGravity is in play on most terrain with a "border" so as to prevent falling off via walking the wrong direction.
2nd Dec '17 1:03:45 AM JackG
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* A strange variant occurs in the novel ''Chindi'' aboard a massive alien space ship when a character fall into a deep shaft. The others think that he fell to his death until he suddenly flies back upwards past them, only to come back down again, repeat. They realize that the source of gravity onboard the ship is near the center and that he is flying through it only to slow enough before hitting the other side and be pulled back. They eventually devise a way to get him out of there safely.

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* A strange variant occurs in the novel ''Chindi'' ''[[Literature/PriscillaHutchins Chindi]]'' aboard a massive alien space ship when a character fall falls into a deep shaft. The others think that he fell to his death until he suddenly flies back upwards past them, only to come back down again, repeat. They realize that the source of gravity onboard the ship is near the center and that he is flying through it only to slow enough before hitting the other side and be pulled back. They eventually devise a way to get him out of there safely.safely.
* In ''Literature/ConsiderPhlebas'' these serve as launch tubes in an abandoned underground missile system. During a shoot-out someone falls inside and when the protagonist peeks over the edge, he can see the flare of their energy weapon getting smaller and smaller as the soldier is still falling. Later when he has to carry a prisoner down the same shaft (using an anti-gravity harness) she asks him to shoot her first if he's forced to drop her for any reason.
28th Oct '17 9:38:08 PM ZerroDefex
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* A strange variant occurs in the novel ''Chindi'' aboard a massive alien space ship when a character fall into a deep shaft. The others think that he fell to his death until he suddenly flies back upwards past them, only to come back down again, repeat. They realize that the source of gravity onboard the ship is near the center and that he is flying through it only to slow enough before hitting the other side and be pulled back. They eventually devise a way to get him out of there safely.
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