History Main / JumpOffABridge

18th Dec '13 4:45:09 AM SeptimusHeap
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Our heroes/heroines are on the run, whether from the bad guys or misinformed agents of the law. They attempt to flee over a bridge or overpass, only to find that their pursuers have sealed the other end of it and are closing on them. They're cornered. What do they do? Surrender? Go down in a blaze of glory? Why no, they look off the bridge, spot an accommodating looking vehicle passing beneath it (depending on what's under the bridge, it could be a truck, train, boat, SoftWater or any number of other possibilities), and take a well-timed leap, landing safely on the back of it and escaping.

A very frequent type of stunt in action movies, it is sometimes subverted [[PlayedForLaughs humorously]] by having the character FacePlant painfully on the ground beneath the bridge, or dramatically by having him or her only ''pretend'' to take such a leap or otherwise mislead pursuers into thinking he or she has done so (by, for example, throwing a cell phone or other piece of trackable electronic equipment onto the back of a passing vehicle). It's just as often played straight, however.

Can (but doesn't have to) involve a NoEscapeButDown. Not related to JumpOffABridgeRebuttal, despite what you might think.

Variations:
* Can involve a jump from any high place, including buildings, cliffs, etc.
* Can involve falling off a high place instead of jumping.
* Can be carried away by something other than a vehicle (e.g. a river).

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!!Examples:

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* Comical variation in ''{{Change 123}}'': When one of the heroine's [[SplitPersonality Split Personalities]] is about to start a fight, she suddenly jumps off the footbridge -- not to ''escape'', but because she had recklessly put away her purse onto the railing and later pushed it down with her elbow, so she has to jump down (onto a truck) to fetch it.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' episode "Boogie Woogie Feng Shui". Jet and the girl jump off the top of a stone wall and land on a passing bus to avoid the two pursuing gunmen.

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* Just For Men hair coloring. A female neighbor asks to borrow some milk, which the guy doesn't have. He jumps out a window onto a truck passing by underneath.

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* In ''Film/{{Salt}}'', Evelyn Salt escapes from her pursuers by leaping off a highway overpass onto a truck.
* ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded''. Morpheus orders Trinity to get the Keymaker to safety, and she does so by jumping with him off the bridge and landing on a truck carrying motorcycles.
** Later on Morpheus is shown on top of a truck, implying that he did the same thing.
* ''Film/HudsonHawk''. While escaping from the Vatican, Eddie ends up on top of a light pole. He flips off of it and lands on a bus passing underneath him.
* Played with in ''Film/MenInBlack'' during the ColdOpening, when Jay is seen chasing a perp who jumps onto a tour bus full of {{Japanese Tourist}}s. Instead of watching the perp get away, Jay jumps down after said perp.
* ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid''. Butch and Sundance are forced to jump off a cliff to escape a pursuing posse: they land in a river and are carried away downstream.
* ''Film/TheFugitive'' (1993). In order to escape Deputy U.S. Marshal Gerard, Doctor Kimble does a Peter Pan off the side of a dam into the river below and is swept away by the current.
** He does it in the 2000 TV series remake as well, identical to the {{Salt}} tactic described above.
* ''Film/USMarshals''. Mark Sheridan jumps off the top of a building holding a rope, swings over and lands on top of a passing train.

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* ''The Bronze Horseman'' by Paullina Simons. Alexander escaped from the train taking him to TheGulag by jumping out while it was crossing a river 30 metres below. His chances of survival were so small the guards never even bothered stopping the train to look for him.

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* On ''{{Leverage}}'' team [[ClassyCatBurglar thief]] Parker does this when cornered by a security guard at a company they are infiltrating. She back flips off the balcony and hangs on below by her fingertips.
* In the ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' episode "Reasonable Doubt" the POI escapes Carter by jumping off a high-rise onto a dump truck full of garbage.

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* Done in ''FinalFantasyVII'' with a train after the characters blow the mako generator up.

[[AC:WebAnimation]]
* ''DeadFantasy 5''. Heavily wounded and surrounded by {{ninja}}s, Tifa jumps from the top of a building and lands on a passing train below.

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* Wolf attempts to pull it off in an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOjVeqTMn9k episode]] of ''NuPogodi'', jumping off a bridge to land on his runaway motorcycle. He just barely misses.
* Used by BugsBunny in the {{Anvilicious}} ''CartoonAllStarsToTheRescue'' when explaining that "My friends were doing it" is no excuse for getting into drugs; even if the others weren't being malicious, a bad idea is a bad idea.

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Our heroes/heroines are on the run, whether from the bad guys or misinformed agents of the law. They attempt to flee over a bridge or overpass, only to find that their pursuers have sealed the other end of it and are closing on them. They're cornered. What do they do? Surrender? Go down in a blaze of glory? Why no, they look off the bridge, spot an accommodating looking vehicle passing beneath it (depending on what's under the bridge, it could be a truck, train, boat, SoftWater or any number of other possibilities), and take a well-timed leap, landing safely on the back of it and escaping.

A very frequent type of stunt in action movies, it is sometimes subverted [[PlayedForLaughs humorously]] by having the character FacePlant painfully on the ground beneath the bridge, or dramatically by having him or her only ''pretend'' to take such a leap or otherwise mislead pursuers into thinking he or she has done so (by, for example, throwing a cell phone or other piece of trackable electronic equipment onto the back of a passing vehicle). It's just as often played straight, however.

Can (but doesn't have to) involve a NoEscapeButDown. Not related to JumpOffABridgeRebuttal, despite what you might think.

Variations:
* Can involve a jump from any high place, including buildings, cliffs, etc.
* Can involve falling off a high place instead of jumping.
* Can be carried away by something other than a vehicle (e.g. a river).

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!!Examples:

[[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* Comical variation in ''{{Change 123}}'': When one of the heroine's [[SplitPersonality Split Personalities]] is about to start a fight, she suddenly jumps off the footbridge -- not to ''escape'', but because she had recklessly put away her purse onto the railing and later pushed it down with her elbow, so she has to jump down (onto a truck) to fetch it.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' episode "Boogie Woogie Feng Shui". Jet and the girl jump off the top of a stone wall and land on a passing bus to avoid the two pursuing gunmen.

[[AC:{{Commercials}}]]
* Just For Men hair coloring. A female neighbor asks to borrow some milk, which the guy doesn't have. He jumps out a window onto a truck passing by underneath.

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* In ''Film/{{Salt}}'', Evelyn Salt escapes from her pursuers by leaping off a highway overpass onto a truck.
* ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded''. Morpheus orders Trinity to get the Keymaker to safety, and she does so by jumping with him off the bridge and landing on a truck carrying motorcycles.
** Later on Morpheus is shown on top of a truck, implying that he did the same thing.
* ''Film/HudsonHawk''. While escaping from the Vatican, Eddie ends up on top of a light pole. He flips off of it and lands on a bus passing underneath him.
* Played with in ''Film/MenInBlack'' during the ColdOpening, when Jay is seen chasing a perp who jumps onto a tour bus full of {{Japanese Tourist}}s. Instead of watching the perp get away, Jay jumps down after said perp.
* ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid''. Butch and Sundance are forced to jump off a cliff to escape a pursuing posse: they land in a river and are carried away downstream.
* ''Film/TheFugitive'' (1993). In order to escape Deputy U.S. Marshal Gerard, Doctor Kimble does a Peter Pan off the side of a dam into the river below and is swept away by the current.
** He does it in the 2000 TV series remake as well, identical to the {{Salt}} tactic described above.
* ''Film/USMarshals''. Mark Sheridan jumps off the top of a building holding a rope, swings over and lands on top of a passing train.

[[AC:Literature]]
* ''The Bronze Horseman'' by Paullina Simons. Alexander escaped from the train taking him to TheGulag by jumping out while it was crossing a river 30 metres below. His chances of survival were so small the guards never even bothered stopping the train to look for him.

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* On ''{{Leverage}}'' team [[ClassyCatBurglar thief]] Parker does this when cornered by a security guard at a company they are infiltrating. She back flips off the balcony and hangs on below by her fingertips.
* In the ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' episode "Reasonable Doubt" the POI escapes Carter by jumping off a high-rise onto a dump truck full of garbage.

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* Done in ''FinalFantasyVII'' with a train after the characters blow the mako generator up.

[[AC:WebAnimation]]
* ''DeadFantasy 5''. Heavily wounded and surrounded by {{ninja}}s, Tifa jumps from the top of a building and lands on a passing train below.

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* Wolf attempts to pull it off in an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOjVeqTMn9k episode]] of ''NuPogodi'', jumping off a bridge to land on his runaway motorcycle. He just barely misses.
* Used by BugsBunny in the {{Anvilicious}} ''CartoonAllStarsToTheRescue'' when explaining that "My friends were doing it" is no excuse for getting into drugs; even if the others weren't being malicious, a bad idea is a bad idea.

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17th Oct '13 8:48:48 PM StarSword
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* In the ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' episode "Reasonable Doubt" the POI escapes Carter by jumping off a high-rise onto a dump truck full of garbage.
3rd Oct '13 5:19:00 AM erforce
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* In ''{{Salt}}'', Evelyn Salt escapes from her pursuers by leaping off a highway overpass onto a truck.
* ''TheMatrixReloaded''. Morpheus orders Trinity to get the Keymaker to safety, and she does so by jumping with him off the bridge and landing on a truck carrying motorcycles.

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* In ''{{Salt}}'', ''Film/{{Salt}}'', Evelyn Salt escapes from her pursuers by leaping off a highway overpass onto a truck.
* ''TheMatrixReloaded''.''Film/TheMatrixReloaded''. Morpheus orders Trinity to get the Keymaker to safety, and she does so by jumping with him off the bridge and landing on a truck carrying motorcycles.



* ''HudsonHawk''. While escaping from the Vatican, Eddie ends up on top of a light pole. He flips off of it and lands on a bus passing underneath him.

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* ''HudsonHawk''.''Film/HudsonHawk''. While escaping from the Vatican, Eddie ends up on top of a light pole. He flips off of it and lands on a bus passing underneath him.



* ''ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid''. Butch and Sundance are forced to jump off a cliff to escape a pursuing posse: they land in a river and are carried away downstream.

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* ''ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid''.''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid''. Butch and Sundance are forced to jump off a cliff to escape a pursuing posse: they land in a river and are carried away downstream.



* ''USMarshals''. Mark Sheridan jumps off the top of a building holding a rope, swings over and lands on top of a passing train.

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* ''USMarshals''.''Film/USMarshals''. Mark Sheridan jumps off the top of a building holding a rope, swings over and lands on top of a passing train.
12th Aug '13 8:31:03 AM Odon
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* ''The Bronze Horseman'' by Paullina Simons. Alexander escaped from the train taking him to TheGulag by jumping out while it was crossing a river. His chances of survival were so small the guards never even bothered stopping the train to look for him.

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* ''The Bronze Horseman'' by Paullina Simons. Alexander escaped from the train taking him to TheGulag by jumping out while it was crossing a river.river 30 metres below. His chances of survival were so small the guards never even bothered stopping the train to look for him.
6th Aug '13 1:17:44 AM Odon
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* ''The Bronze Horseman'' by Paullina Simons. Alexander escaped from the train taking him to a Siberian gulag by jumping out while it was crossing a river. His chances of survival were so small the guards never even bothered stopping the train to look for him.

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* ''The Bronze Horseman'' by Paullina Simons. Alexander escaped from the train taking him to a Siberian gulag TheGulag by jumping out while it was crossing a river. His chances of survival were so small the guards never even bothered stopping the train to look for him.
1st Jun '13 11:34:50 AM fdsa1234567890
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* On ''{{Leverage}}'' team [[ClassyCatBurglar thief]] Parker does this when cornered by a security guard at a company they are infiltrating. She back flips off the balcony and hangs on below by her fingertips.
23rd May '13 7:15:54 PM cybertoy0
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* Used by BugsBunny in the {{Anvilicious}} ''CartoonAllStarsToTheRescue'' when explaining that "My friends were doing it" is no excuse for getting into drugs; even if the others weren't being malicious, a bad idea is a bad idea.
18th Mar '13 4:09:00 AM Odon
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18th Mar '13 4:00:48 AM Odon
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* ''The Bronze Horseman'' by Paullina Simons. Alexander escaped from the train taking him to a Siberian gulag by jumping out while it was crossing a river. His chances of survival were so small the guards never even bothered stopping the train to look for him.
28th Jan '12 5:30:16 PM Arivne
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