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18th Jun '18 7:07:23 PM FGHIK
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Even [[NoOSHACompliance OSHA compliance]] is no guarantee of safety. A {{mook|s}} (usually) standing behind a railing, usually about waist-height, on an elevated surface who is shot during a firefight will invariably fall forward and flip over the railing, falling to his (presumed) demise, probably [[StockScream Wilhelm]] screaming on the way down. Conversely, someone standing in front of a railing will flip ''backward'' over the railing. This occurs even if the mook was [[BlownAcrossTheRoom shot from the direction of the railing with a weapon that normally throws people violently backwards]]. The phenomenon that causes this is called ''Ledge Gravity'', and specifies that [[GravityIsAHarshMistress people will tend to fall]] in the direction they'll fall furthest because there's more gravity that way.

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Even [[NoOSHACompliance OSHA compliance]] is no guarantee of safety. A {{mook|s}} (usually) standing behind a railing, usually about waist-height, on an elevated surface who is shot during a firefight will invariably fall forward and flip over the railing, falling to his (presumed) demise, probably [[StockScream Wilhelm]] screaming on the way down. Conversely, someone standing in front of a railing will flip ''backward'' over the railing. This occurs even if the mook was [[BlownAcrossTheRoom shot from the direction of the railing with a weapon that normally throws people violently backwards]]. The phenomenon that causes this is called ''Ledge Gravity'', Gravity'' (not to be confused with EdgeGravity, which is basically the opposite), and specifies that [[GravityIsAHarshMistress people will tend to fall]] in the direction they'll fall furthest because there's more gravity that way.
29th May '18 1:34:37 AM SebastianGray
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}'' much of the terrain in the 1st and 2nd Editions of the game consisted of decaying and dilapidated catwalks, gangways, and bridges; all of which are decaying and unstable. Since characters could be pushed, shot, or otherwise induced to fall off these terrain features, there were rules for falling damage with falling more than one level generally resulting in instant death. While the basic rules for 3rd Edition set the game within tunnels and other close confines, the first ''Necromunda: Gang War'' supplement reintroduces rules for battling in three-dimensional environments including falling damage and rules for being knocked from terrain after suffering a hit.
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9th May '18 4:56:13 PM foxley
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* ''Film/{{Valentine}}'': After being hit by several arrows, Lily topples over a railing and falls into a dumpster.
7th May '18 7:19:10 PM foxley
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'': During the final showdown between Rango and Rattlesnake Jake, Wounded Bird attempts to shoot Jake from the clock tower. Jake shoots him and he topples over the railing and falls to the ground. Wounded Bird's comment?
-->"That was a bad idea."
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3rd Mar '18 10:19:55 PM foxley
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* During the climax of ''Film/KnifeForTheLadies'', Elizabeth and Travis are struggling for the knife on the stairs. Jarrod shoots Elizabeth and the pair of them crash through stair railing and on to the floor, where Travis is accidentally impaled on Elizabeth's knife.
6th Dec '17 2:42:18 AM JackG
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* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. A stuntman with the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuart_Fell appropriate name of Fell]] does this in "Death Watch". He lands on a conveniently placed sofa below.

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* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. ''Series/BlakesSeven''.
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A stuntman with the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuart_Fell appropriate name of Fell]] does this in "Death Watch". He lands on a conveniently placed sofa below.below.
** Whereas in "Redemption" a guard does this from a long way up (the inside of a real-life nuclear silo).
8th Nov '17 10:15:11 AM xcountryguy
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* ''Manga/{{Monster}}'': [[spoiler: Tenma shoots Roberto off of a balcony in a library. He survives]].

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* ''Manga/{{Monster}}'': [[spoiler: Tenma [[spoiler:Tenma shoots Roberto off of a balcony in a library. He survives]].



* In Tim Burton's ''Film/{{Batman}}'', gangster Jack Napier fires at Batman, who is intervening in the botched Axis Chemicals job. Batman deflects the bullet with his armored gloves; Napier gets hit by the deflected bullet (which goes through his face and ostensibly results in the nerve damage to his mouth that causes [[SlasherSmile his permanent "smile"]]), tumbles over the railing in the typical way (taking '''a lot''' of steps to do so), and falls into a vat of acid (which permanently bleaches his skin). One quick trip to a back-alley plastic surgeon later, and Jack's dead...but The Joker lives.

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* In Tim Burton's ''Film/{{Batman}}'', gangster Jack Napier fires at Batman, who is intervening in the botched Axis Chemicals job. Batman deflects the bullet with his armored gloves; Napier gets hit by the deflected bullet (which goes through his face and ostensibly results in the nerve damage to his mouth that causes [[SlasherSmile his permanent "smile"]]), tumbles over the railing in the typical way (taking '''a lot''' of steps to do so), and falls into a vat of acid (which permanently bleaches his skin). One quick trip to a back-alley plastic surgeon later, and Jack's dead... but The Joker lives.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'', "Planet of the Ood" - [[spoiler: Dr Ryder reveals he's a member of Friends of the Ood who infiltrated the slave trade and has been helping their HiveMind reassert itself. Mr Halpen promptly pushes him over a railing and into the enormous Ood Brain]].

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'', "Planet of the Ood" - [[spoiler: Dr [[spoiler:Dr Ryder reveals he's a member of Friends of the Ood who infiltrated the slave trade and has been helping their HiveMind reassert itself. Mr Halpen promptly pushes him over a railing and into the enormous Ood Brain]].



* A variation occurs in ''VideoGame/TimeSplittersFuturePerfect'' in the level aboard the [[spoiler: underwater base]]. At a certain point, the player finds a chasm with buildings and walkways built into the cliff walls. In one area, shooting an [[ExplodingBarrels explosive barrel]] causes a mook to be launched over the railing, over the chasm, and landing on his crotch on the railing next to the player, at which point he slides off to his doom.

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* A variation occurs in ''VideoGame/TimeSplittersFuturePerfect'' in the level aboard the [[spoiler: underwater [[spoiler:underwater base]]. At a certain point, the player finds a chasm with buildings and walkways built into the cliff walls. In one area, shooting an [[ExplodingBarrels explosive barrel]] causes a mook to be launched over the railing, over the chasm, and landing on his crotch on the railing next to the player, at which point he slides off to his doom.



* During the Ebony Devil mini-arc in ''WebVideo/VaguelyRecallingJoJo'', Silver Chariot rapidly stabs Cursed Devo nearby a Singapore Hotel balcony. Cursed Devo goes on a rant on how he managed to curse Polnareff and falls off the railing before yelling, "Damn you, Polnareff!" DIO saw that and looked concerned for Cursed Devo's health. [[spoiler: Devo survives and has lunch with DIO and [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney Franziska Von Karma]], which gets ruined because of Cursed Devo's synchronization with Ebony Devil.]]

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* During the Ebony Devil mini-arc in ''WebVideo/VaguelyRecallingJoJo'', Silver Chariot rapidly stabs Cursed Devo nearby a Singapore Hotel balcony. Cursed Devo goes on a rant on how he managed to curse Polnareff and falls off the railing before yelling, "Damn you, Polnareff!" DIO saw that and looked concerned for Cursed Devo's health. [[spoiler: Devo [[spoiler:Devo survives and has lunch with DIO and [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney Franziska Von Karma]], which gets ruined because of Cursed Devo's synchronization with Ebony Devil.]]
5th Nov '17 8:05:18 PM TravisLanceHawkins
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* Played with in ''[[Film/KillBill Kill Bill Vol. 1]]'': The leader of the Crazy 88, Johnny Mo, duels the Bride while standing ''on'' a balcony railing, only to fall into a small pool below when the Bride slices his leg off.
24th Oct '17 11:18:38 AM lalalei2001
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%%* ''WebVideo/LedgeFighters'' ''is'' this trope.

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%%* * ''WebVideo/LedgeFighters'' ''is'' this trope.is basically Railing Kill: The Movie, as the entire premise is people fighting near and ultimately being thrown over a railing.
18th Sep '17 8:26:13 PM wolftickets1969
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* In the 2013 remake of ''VideoGame/{{Flashback}}'', Conrad can lure an unwitting enemy to him while hanging from a ledge, then hurl them to their death ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'' style.
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