Created By: Pyroninja42September 19, 2011 Last Edited By: jormis29December 14, 2014

"Fall-And-Catch" Trust Exercise

I fall, and you catch me.

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Seriously folks, How Did We Miss This One. Is it because it might not be tropeable? Irregardless, in the name of science and literature, we must TROPEATIZE THIS AT ONCE. But first, we must give it a better description and a more catchy title. And give it more examples, pl0x.


A common trust exercise in fiction (and, probably, in real life) involves two individuals. One stands behind the other, and the person in front falls backwards expecting the person behind them to catch them. Often it is comically subverted when the person falls backwards to hit the floor, and the person behind them:


Examples:

Newspaper Comics
  • In the September 10, 1996 strip of Dilbert, during an Employee Trust seminar, the Pointy Haired Boss falls forwards to hit the floor.


Community Feedback Replies: 25
  • September 19, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Note we already have Trust Building Blunder which covers the (popular) case of the exercise failing to work.
  • September 19, 2011
    MorganWick
    Correction: the PHB fell forwards and hit the floor.
  • September 21, 2011
    NetMonster
    Seen in The Mentalist, where Lisbon falls and Jane catches her.
  • September 21, 2011
    SneakySquirrel
    A variation occured in an episode of The Sooty Show, where Soo took a flying leap as part of a dance routine, expecting Sweep to catch her. Of course, she ends up crashing into the floor.
  • September 21, 2011
    Koveras
    • Invoked by Kelly Chambers in Mass Effect 2, who says she could close her eyes, fall backwards, and be sure that Shepard will be there to catch her. Renegade!Shepard has the option to tell her s/he would let her fall.
  • September 21, 2011
    LoopyChew
    This exercise is introduced to a group of students who likely had never heard of it before and is used successfully in an episode of The Wire.
  • September 21, 2011
    BooleanEarth
    As someone already mentioned, we already have this one.
  • September 21, 2011
    TBeholder
  • September 21, 2011
    Pyroninja42
    ^^No, it's just a related/sister/subtrope/supertrope (whatever) to this one, where it covers when this fails. There are times when this trope is played straight.
  • September 21, 2011
    BooleanEarth
    Alright, that's true. I guess it would be a subtrope of this. It still feels like it might make this unnecessary, though.
  • September 21, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    "(and, probably, in real life)" Yes. Yes this does come from Real Life.

    These are called Trust Building Exercises.
  • September 21, 2011
    JoeG
    • Advertising: In one Geiko commercial, the Geiko gecko's human boss suggests one of these, with the boss doing the falling and the gecko doing the catching. The commercial ends with the boss leaning back and the gecko going "Oh dear!".

    This adds another case to the reasons the person falling doesn't get caught: the person who is supposed to do the catching is too small or weak.
  • September 21, 2011
    c0ry
    Trust Fall is a common name.
  • December 13, 2014
    Patachou
    • The Simpsons:
      • In Separate Vocations Marge and Homer go to an outdoor camp for marital troubles. Among the exercises they have to do is the "Fall-And-Catch" trust experience, but since Homer snuck out to go fishing Marge has nobody to do this exercise with. Her instructor tells her it's okay, because with Homer in mind "he wouldn't have advised it to her, anyway."
      • In "You Only Move Twice" Hank Scorpio does this with Homer, but suddenly the phone rings and as he picks it up, Homer naturally falls down flat on his back.
  • December 13, 2014
    Koveras
    • This is invoked metaphorically in Dark Rendezvous between Grand Master Yoda and his former apprentice Count Dooku. During the latter's training, Yoda promised to "catch him if he falls", i.e. to redeem him if he ever succumbed to The Dark Side. Much of the drama of the book revolves around whether the Sith Lord's trust towards his former master will suffice for redemption—though, of course, given the role he plays in the movies, that is kind of a moot point.
  • December 13, 2014
    HeroGal2347
    In Frozen, Anna lets herself fall from Elsa's ice wall. Kristoff catches her. Anna even calls it a "crazy trust exercise."
  • December 13, 2014
    SpiderRider3
  • December 13, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ that covers the blunder part. This is simply "Trust Building".
  • December 13, 2014
    HellKillUsAll
  • December 14, 2014
    jormis29
    • Robot Chicken "Day at the Circus": The "Tough Love" segment has Doctor Phil in a parody of Buddy Cop Shows.
      Crime Boss: Stay back! I don't trust you cops further than I could throw you.
      Phil: Well, then, let's try a trust exercise. You fall back into my arms. Trust me, I won't harm you.
      Crime Boss: OK. (falls back into Phil's arms)
      Phil: But they will. (group of police start beating him)

  • December 14, 2014
    jormis29
    • Seperated and italicized the orignial poster's comments
    • Removed ramdom j at the end of sentence.
    • Examples section formatting
      • Added a line separating the Description and Examples sections.
      • Formated the word, Examples
      • Added section title.
      • Linked and italicized work name.
  • December 14, 2014
    Ominae
    Is it to put in RL stuff? I know one documented by Johnny Young Bosch and Jason David Frank in a con years ago. Although that would probably be under Live-Action TV.
  • December 14, 2014
    lazybanshee
    In a Russian sketch show 6 kadrov (Six Frames) one skit involves a speaker at a training for businessmen start such an exercise. He doesn't catch the victim and says "The first rule of business is don't trust anyone"
  • December 14, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Live Action TV
    • While the waitress Alice Hyatt from Alice is taking psychology courses at the community college, she tries out her newly-learned principles of psychology on her coworkers, which results in animosity and recriminations. Seeking to repair the damage, Alice conducts this trust exercise in her apartment. She tips backward and begins falling to the floor. Vera is too neurotic to attempt a rescue, Flo still bears Alice a grudge, and Mel is too Jerk Ass to bother. Alice goes thud.
  • December 14, 2014
    MrFister
    Featured in a Nintendo trailer advertising Amiibo's and Super Smash Bros. A kid is training his Mario amiibo to compete with his friends, and in the midst of a training montage, he engages in a trust fall with the amiibo.

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