Created By: TwentydragonAugust 15, 2011 Last Edited By: TwentydragonSeptember 6, 2011

Suspended Item

Someone leaves so quickly that the thing they were holding hasn't fallen yet.

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Often when a character who's holding something in their hands leaves suddenly and rapidly for whatever reason, whatever it was in their hands is left spinning and floating in midair. This can have a few common types:

1. The item simply falls after a few seconds.

2. The character returns for the item, snatches it out of the air, and leaves again in the same way with it.

3. Someone else takes the item out of the air.

Bonus Points for pulling off several types (or the same one several times) at once.

This can sometimes be Truth In Television, albeit a little more exaggerated. Sometimes when an object is dropped or spun in a certain way it does looking like it's failing to fall.

Compare and contrast Gravity Is A Harsh Mistress.

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WESTERN ANIMATION:

REAL LIFE:
  • Frisbees work rather like this.
  • Certain levitation tricks as performed by magicians revolve around making an object appear to do this.

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  • August 15, 2011
    Earnest
  • August 15, 2011
    Twentydragon
    Thank you, Earnest.
  • August 15, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    Wile E. Coyote's numerous time-delayed falls? Or would that not qualify as it's a character falling?

    Western animation is probably where this trope lives, I haven't quite Seen It A Million Times, but I have seen it to the point that I stop noticing it. I want to say Buggs and Daffy do this a lot, but I can't say for certain.

    ^, ^^, Shouldn't it be Contrast Gravity Is A Harsh Mistress?
  • August 15, 2011
    Twentydragon
    It has characteristics in common with that trope, but it's not the same. Harsh Mistress deals with gravity just generally screwing someone over in some way. This trope it much less malicious, as an object simply hovers in midair for a moment to accentuate a character's speed of exit.

    I agree. This is probably going to contain more Western animation examples than anything else, but some live-action stuff (can't think of it off the top of my head) has also pulled this off, and you can be sure at least two video games have, as well.
  • August 15, 2011
    JonnyB
    Isn't this just Toon Physics, only more specific?
  • August 15, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    Considering the whole movie was Lampshades and Played For Laughs, I'm willing to bet this happened at least once in The Emperors New Groove
  • August 15, 2011
    Twentydragon
    JonnyB: Not really, though this could be considered a subtrope.

    CommanderPanda: Can you find a specific scene, please?
  • August 15, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    ^ I'm not certain there is a specific scene, I mentioned it in the hopes that someone with a better memory can recall an instance. If I had to guess, I'd say "My Shrimp Puffs!"
  • August 16, 2011
    Stratadrake
    This is definitely related to whatever covers characters who leave a scene so quickly that the chair they were sitting in is left spinning/rocking/etc.
  • August 16, 2011
    jaytee
    Real Life: Inertia.
  • August 16, 2011
    Twentydragon
    Stratadrake: Yeah, I suppose it would be.

    Jaytee: What about it?
  • August 16, 2011
    Generality
    I know Bugs Bunny used to do this with his gloves. In fact, he would often come back in time to put them back on before they fell.
  • August 16, 2011
    dalek955
  • August 16, 2011
    Twentydragon
    Generality and Dalek955: Thanks for the example.

    Dalek955: So a character runs away so quickly that their diskarmor stays there, spins for a bit, and then falls? I suppose that might be useful, but I'll need more information, please.
  • August 17, 2011
    dalek955
    Actually, the diskarmor hovers there until you call it, them zips back to you. It really looks as though your character just dropped it and it forgot to fall, though.
  • August 17, 2011
    jaytee
    20dragon: My point is that this application of cartoon physics is an exaggeration of inertia. Therefore, it'd be worthwhile to list "inertia" under the real life section. There are plenty of illusions based on this visual trick, and they all use the principle of inertia.
  • August 20, 2011
    Twentydragon
    Jaytee: Thank you. My explanation could use a little Wiki Magic, though.
  • August 20, 2011
    nitrokitty
    I don't think this needs a whole new page. Just roll it into Gravity Is A Harsh Mistress.
  • August 30, 2011
    Twentydragon
    Nitrokitty: Except the only thing these two have in common is that there's gravity. Apart from that, it has little (if anything) to do with Harsh Mistress.

    If I'm wrong, please explain.
  • September 6, 2011
    Twentydragon
    Le Bump.

    I'm guessing at this point that we're not troping this one?

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