Created By: KZN02 on December 26, 2010 Last Edited By: KZN02 on December 31, 2010
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Stairs can be dangerous if you misstep and fall down, even worse depending on how long it is. Still, it can be funny, especially in cartoons.

This is one of the common ways a Fright Deathtrap is used to kill someone.

There's a list of movies where people get killed by falling down the stairs here.

Examples:

Film
  • In the movie Surf Ninjas, during the final epic battle, an enemy mook gets knocked down a flight of stairs that runs up the entire mountainside. He manages to climb back up before the battle ends but gets knocked down a second time. By the time he gets back up again the battle's ended and when told "It's over. Your side lost." He shrugs and willingly throws himself down the stairs again.
  • I'm Gonna Git You Sucka: as a Running Gag, each time Mr. Big's two mooks Leonard and Willie get captured by the good guys or screw up a mission they're given the option of going out the window or down the stairs. They almost always choose the stairs, after which the camera cuts to a scene of them tumbling painfully down the stairs.
  • Used as a recurring joke in Kung Fu Panda, in reference to actual stairs on ancient shrines, and how out of shape Po is.
  • A non-malicious example: in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Sam pushes Flint down the bouncy stairs in the Jell-O Castle.

Literature
  • The Book of Margery Kempe has the husband of the titular character fall down the stairs and getting heavily wounded by it, and potentially mentally challenged. He dies.

Live-Action TV

Music
  • Played for Laughs in Key of Awesome's parody of Ke$ha's "Tic-Toc" music video. The actress who played Kesha commented several times that the staircase scene was the hardest one she has ever done for the KOA.

Nursery Rhymes
  • "Goosey Goosey Gander":
    There I met an old man
    Who wouldn't say his prayers,
    So I took him by his left leg
    And threw him down the stairs.

Web Comics
  • Van Von Hunter: a technoleech shows Asimov, a humanoid robot that can climb stairs, to the evil prince. The prince, offended, climbs the stair after yelling "I can do that!" but trips near the top and tumbles down the stairs, disproving himself once again.
  • Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff: Link
Hella Jeff: "FUCK IM FALLING DOWN ALL THESE STAIRS........."
Sweet Bro: "I WARNED YOU ABOUT STAIRS!!!! I TOLD YOU DOG!"
Hella Jeff: "IT KEEPS HAPPENING"
Sweet Bro: "I TOLD YOU MAN"
Sweet Bro:"I TOLD YOU ABOUT STAIRS"

Web Comics
  • Used in Dr Mc Ninja; he gets scared by some cobwebs and then trips and falls down the strairs

Western Animation
  • In The Simpsons episode "My Sister, My Sitter," a major plot point is that Lisa accidentally causes Bart to tumble down the stairs in his house. The rest of the episode is about her trying to find medical help for Bart while everyone gets the wrong impression that she had beaten Bart.
  • In the ''Dexter's Laboratory" episode "SDRAWKCAB", Dexter gets manipulated into running up and down a flight of stairs, causing his father standing next to him to get dizzy and come tumbling down.
  • The episode "Girlfriendklok" in Metalocalypse has Nathan's girlfriend falling down several flights of stairs, placing her in a coma.
  • Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy: in episode "Dead Ed"
    Johnny: Wow, Ed, you go down the stairs just like Plank!

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Community Feedback Replies: 25
  • December 27, 2010
    Dcoetzee
    • The nursery rhyme "Goosey Goosey Gander":
      There I met an old man
      Who wouldn't say his prayers,
      So I took him by his left leg
      And threw him down the stairs.

  • December 27, 2010
    Arivne
    Film
    • I'm Gonna Git You Sucka. As a Running Gag, each time Mr. Big's two mooks Leonard and Willie get captured by the good guys or screw up a mission they're given the option of going out the window or down the stairs. They almost always choose the stairs, after which the camera cuts to a scene of them tumbling painfully down the stairs.
  • December 27, 2010
    ssfsx17
    One episode of The Simpsons has a scene where Homer falls down the stairs of an M.C. Escher drawing for a nice long time. Don't remember which one it was, unfortunately.
  • December 27, 2010
    Darthcaliber
    ^that was actually a Futurama episode and it was Bender who fell. (or maybe it was both)

    In the movie Surf Ninjas during the final epic battle an enemy mook gets knocked down a flight of stairs that runs up the entire mountainside. He manages to climb back up before the battle ends but gets knocked down a second time. By the time he gets back up again the battle's ended and when told "It's over. Your side lost." He shrugs and willingly throws himself down the stairs again.
  • December 27, 2010
    Shota
    Used as a recurring joke in Kung Fu Panda, in reference to actual stairs on ancient shrines, and how out of shape Po is.
  • December 27, 2010
    azul120
    A Running Gag in a first season episode with Tohru in Jackie Chan Adventures.
  • December 27, 2010
    rick777
    In the webcomic Van Von Hunter, a technoleech shows Asimov, a humanoid robot that can climb stairs, to the evil prince. The prince, offended, climbs the stair after yelling "I can do that!" but trips near the top and tumbles down the stairs, disproving himself once again.
  • December 27, 2010
    Earnest
    This is one of the common ways a Fright Deathtrap is used to kill someone.
  • December 27, 2010
    Evalana
  • December 27, 2010
    SweetMadness
    Hella Jeff: "FUCK IM FALLING DOWN ALL THESE STAIRS........."
    Sweet Bro: "I WARNED YOU ABOUT STAIRS!!!! I TOLD YOU DOG!"
    Hella Jeff: "IT KEEPS HAPPENING"
    Sweet Bro: "I TOLD YOU MAN"
    Sweet Bro:"I TOLD YOU ABOUT STAIRS"
  • December 27, 2010
    Taeraresh
    There's a list of movies where people get killed by falling down the stairs, here.
  • December 27, 2010
    elwoz
    A gag in (IIRC) a Pink Panther cartoon involved someone going into a magician's house. On the landing of his staircase was a picture of a staircase. Picture was hung crooked. Viewpoint character straightens picture, world tilts, character goes tumbling down the stairs. I wish I could be less vague.
  • December 27, 2010
    hodaza
    Used in Dr Mc Ninja.He gets scared by some cobwebs and then trips and falls down the strairs
  • December 28, 2010
    randomsurfer
    See also the ykttw Pushed Off the Stairs for when it wasn't an accident.
  • December 28, 2010
    Koveras
    Played For Laughs in Key Of Awesome's parody of Kesha's "Tic-Toc" music video. The actress who played Kesha commented several times that the staircase scene was the hardest one she has ever done for the KOA.
  • December 28, 2010
    ZombieAladdin
    There is an actual one used in The Simpsons though.

    In The Simpsons episode "My Sister, My Sitter," a major plot point is that Lisa accidentally causes Bart to tumble down the stairs in his house. The rest of the episode is about her trying to find medical help for Bart while everyone gets the wrong impression that she had beaten Bart.

    In the ''Dexters Laboratory" episode "SDRAWKCAB," Dexter gets manipulated into running up and down a flight of stairs, causing his father standing next to him to get dizzy and come tumbling down.
  • December 29, 2010
    KZN02
    Looking good, any better titles?
  • December 29, 2010
    SalFishFin
    A Running Gag in My Wife And Kids is Claire falling down the steps.
  • December 29, 2010
    SomeGuy
  • December 29, 2010
    KZN02
    Much shorter, I like it.
  • December 29, 2010
    troacctid
    "Stairfall" isn't actually a word though.
  • December 29, 2010
    KZN02
    So what title should we use instead?
  • December 31, 2010
    troacctid
    Staircase or just stairs would work.
  • December 31, 2010
    Sorator
    I like Staircase Tumble best, of the suggested options.
  • December 31, 2010
    Calculate900
    The episode "Girlfriendklok" in Metalocalypse has Nathan's girlfriend falling down several flights of stairs, placing her in a coma.

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