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18th Apr '18 6:32:19 PM Morgenthaler
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Compare with TakeMyHand. See also the InevitableWaterfall and NoOSHACompliance for places to fall from. When what's being dramatically caught in mid-plummet isn't a person, it's a DesperateObjectCatch.

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Compare with TakeMyHand. See also the InevitableWaterfall and NoOSHACompliance for places to fall from. When what's being dramatically caught in mid-plummet isn't a person, it's a DesperateObjectCatch. Sister trope to SavedByThePlatformBelow.
16th Apr '18 3:53:16 AM pvsage
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* WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic: Rainbow Dash pulls this off spectacularly in "Sonic Rainboom", not only catching Rarity inches off the ground but also scooping up the three Wonderbolts that had been knocked unconscious by Rarity's flailing limbs as they attempted to save her.

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* WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic: ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Rainbow Dash pulls this off spectacularly in "Sonic Rainboom", not only catching Rarity inches off the ground but also scooping up the three Wonderbolts that had been knocked unconscious by Rarity's flailing limbs as they attempted to save her.
16th Apr '18 3:52:50 AM pvsage
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** WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic: Rainbow Dash pulls this off spectacularly in "Sonic Rainboom", not only catching Rarity inches off the ground but also scooping up the three Wonderbolts that had been knocked unconscious by Rarity's flailing limbs as they attempted to save her.

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** * WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic: Rainbow Dash pulls this off spectacularly in "Sonic Rainboom", not only catching Rarity inches off the ground but also scooping up the three Wonderbolts that had been knocked unconscious by Rarity's flailing limbs as they attempted to save her.
16th Apr '18 3:39:55 AM pvsage
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** WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic: Rainbow Dash pulls this off spectacularly in "Sonic Rainboom", not only catching Rarity inches off the ground but also scooping up the three Wonderbolts that had been knocked unconscious by Rarity's flailing limbs as they attempted to save her.
13th Apr '18 6:27:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* Spock halting Kirk's fall from El Capitan in ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier''...[[BroadStrokes although much of that film is officially dubious as to its canon status....]]
** Kirk catching Sulu mid-air over Vulcan in [[Film/StarTrek XI]]. But at least they do take some physics into account and have Kirk's chute be unable to hold them both.

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
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Spock halting Kirk's fall from El Capitan in ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier''...[[BroadStrokes although much of that film is officially dubious as to its canon status....]]
** Kirk catching Sulu mid-air over Vulcan in [[Film/StarTrek XI]].''Film/StarTrek2009''. But at least they do take some physics into account and have Kirk's chute be unable to hold them both.
13th Apr '18 6:26:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* Used in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. They try to make it more reasonable by Batman unfolding his cape and gliding down with Rachel, but there's not nearly enough time with the way the film is edited for them not to have at least some kind of injury when they land.
** This is averted later on when a mobster says that he's too close to the ground to die, if dropped. Batman agrees and lets go, and both of the mobster's legs are broken when he hits the ground.

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* Used in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.''Film/TheDarkKnight'':
** Batman catches Rachel after the Joker shoves her out a window.
They try to make it more reasonable by Batman unfolding his cape and gliding down with Rachel, but there's not nearly enough time with the way the film is edited for them not to have at least some kind of injury when they land.
** This is averted inverted later on when a mobster says that he's too close to the ground to die, if dropped. Batman agrees and lets go, and both of the mobster's legs are broken when he hits the ground.
13th Apr '18 6:25:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* Used in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. They try to make it more reasonable by [[spoiler:Batman unfolding his cape and gliding down with Rachel, but there's not nearly enough time with the way the film is edited for them not to have at least some kind of injury when they land]].
** This is averted later on when a mobster [[spoiler: says that he's too close to the ground to die, if dropped. Batman agrees and lets go, and both of the mobster's legs are broken when he hits the ground.]]

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* Used in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. They try to make it more reasonable by [[spoiler:Batman Batman unfolding his cape and gliding down with Rachel, but there's not nearly enough time with the way the film is edited for them not to have at least some kind of injury when they land]].
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** This is averted later on when a mobster [[spoiler: says that he's too close to the ground to die, if dropped. Batman agrees and lets go, and both of the mobster's legs are broken when he hits the ground.]]
13th Apr '18 6:24:36 AM Morgenthaler
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** ''Literature/HandOfThrawn '': There's a variation in "Vision of the Future", when the Millennium Falcon is damaged, falling towards a planet's surface with the engines coming back online too slowly, and four [=TIE=] Interceptors carefully matched velocities around it before each one hit the Falcon with grappling mags, slowing the descent to the point where the [=TIEs=] could fly it to a small hangar inside a cave.


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* ''Literature/HandOfThrawn '': There's a variation in "Vision of the Future", when the Millennium Falcon is damaged, falling towards a planet's surface with the engines coming back online too slowly, and four [=TIE=] Interceptors carefully matched velocities around it before each one hit the Falcon with grappling mags, slowing the descent to the point where the [=TIEs=] could fly it to a small hangar inside a cave.
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13th Apr '18 6:22:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* Film/HarryPotter is saved by Dumbledore after falling off his broom in ''Prisoner of Azkaban''.
** Justified, as AWizardDidIt. In the book at least it's mentioned that Dumbledore used a spell to slow Harry's descent, and presumably cast it right after Harry fell.
*** Said spell was ''Arresto Momentum'', which presumably does ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin and slowed him down.

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* Film/HarryPotter ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'': Harry is saved by Dumbledore after falling off his broom in ''Prisoner of Azkaban''.
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broom. Justified, as AWizardDidIt. In the book at least it's mentioned that Dumbledore used a spell to slow Harry's descent, and presumably cast it right after Harry fell.
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fell. Said spell was ''Arresto Momentum'', which presumably does ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin and slowed him down.
13th Apr '18 6:21:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* In an unusual case of the craft doing the falling part, the second season finale of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', "Starcrossed", has Batman piloting the Watchtower (the League's orbital base) on a kamikaze descent to destroy an alien engine. He's pulled out of the collapsing wreckage by Superman seconds before impact.

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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
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In an unusual case of the craft doing the falling part, the second season finale of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', finale, "Starcrossed", has Batman piloting the Watchtower (the League's orbital base) on a kamikaze descent to destroy an alien engine. He's pulled out of the collapsing wreckage by Superman seconds before impact.



* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' where Danny rescues Sam from falling to her doom from atop a train passing a tall bridge. She's also rescued in a similar manner by a cop hanging from a chopper in another episode, though we don't see it dive to catch her in time.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' where ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'':
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Danny rescues Sam from falling to her doom from atop a train passing a tall bridge. She's also rescued in a similar manner by a cop hanging from a chopper in another episode, though we don't see it dive to catch her in time.



** This comes up no later than the second episode of [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 the Nickelodeon cartoon]], where Don saves April from falling out of a helicopter. It doesn't make quite as much sense as the above example, but it certainly ''is'' [[RuleOfCool cool]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Starfire has caught ComicBook/{{Robin}} this way more than once.

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** This comes up no later than the second episode of [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 the Nickelodeon cartoon]], ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'', where Don saves April from falling out of a helicopter. It doesn't make quite as much sense as the above example, but it certainly ''is'' [[RuleOfCool cool]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
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Starfire has caught ComicBook/{{Robin}} this way more than once.
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