Created By: 1810072342 on May 24, 2013 Last Edited By: StarSword on May 24, 2013

The Wile E. Coyote Law of Gravity

Everything falls faster than a comically heavy object

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Whenever characters - particularly cartoon characters - fall through the air alongside some sort of extremely heavy object, they will inexplicably fall faster than it does, regardless of their own mass relative to that of the object in question. This is done so they can humorously crash into the the ground, leaving a character-shaped outline, then crawl out just in time for the object to fall on them.

The classic example object here is, of course, the humble anvil, but this also applies to boulders, falling structure work or the character's own mechanical device that got them in this position in the first place. Being in this position pretty much automatically qualifies the character for the term Butt-Monkey, probably Iron Butt Monkey given the inevitable consequences.

Why does this happen? Because Rule of Funny, and because Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress.

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  • May 24, 2013
    Fixed a typo in the title.
  • May 24, 2013
    We have a trope called Variable Terminal Velocity. It works not only for comedy but for drama as well.

    Summed up: don't try to jump after something. In Real Life, you wouldn't be able to fall faster than it. In cartoons, you can fall faster than the other object and can catch it or get crushed by it.
  • May 24, 2013
    Sorta-kinda an example: in the movie Stealth, after Lt. Wade's plane auto-destructs and she ejects, she can't deploy her parachute because she's surrounded by falling debris and her chute would be shredded if she tried to deploy.