Created By: julyjack73 on September 14, 2011 Last Edited By: Alucard on November 1, 2015

Wall And Fall

Hitting a wall in mid-air and slowly sliding down

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A cartoon staple. You are launched into the air. Maybe due to a Megaton Punch, maybe because of being shot out of a cannon. Point is, you're flung airborne. Then suddenly *SMACK*, you collide facefirst into a wall. Somehow surviving this, you slowly slide down (usually with sound effects.)

A common variant of this involves windows and glass walls, which also includes the shot from the inside of the glass, of the poor schmuck sliding down, again with sound effects.

Sometimes combined with Camera Abuse when they're flung at the camera. Results on a Face Plant half the time.

Not to be confused with Wall Slump. Contrast Wall Jump and Pinned to the Wall, as well as Wall Bounce.


Examples

Fan Works
  • Text-only example in chapter 54 of Paper Mario X 2: Link finds a Bulky Bomb whom he mistakes for a giant Bombette, his partner from the previous story. Once he realizes who he is hugging, the bomb explodes, Link is sent flying across the room, collides into a wall, and slides into the water.

Film — Animation
  • Persnickety boss Gilbert Huph slams into a file cabinet and falls into a heap in Pixar's The Incredibles. Averted with the four plasterboard walls he went completely through, propelled by Bob Parr's Megaton Punch.
  • This happens to Jessie in Pixar's Toy Story 3, when the toddlers in the day care center fling her against one wall. This is one of a montage of horrible experiences that Andy's toys endure to show that Lotso Bear has consigned them to toydom's equivalent of a ghetto.
  • An insane pileup of police cruisers and aircraft occurs in The LEGO Movie when the portal between Bricksburg and The Old West closes behind Emmett and Wyldstyle. This leaves only solid wall for the pursuing vehicles to smash against, creating a ridiculous heap of flaming wreckage. Bad Cop is understandably upset at this development.

Film — Live-Action
  • Played seriously in The Cabin in the Woods. In an attempt to escape the titular location, Curt Vaughan tries to launch a motorcycle over a chasm. He slams into a force field in midair and bounces down it to his death.
  • Much like in the cartoon of the same name, in George of the Jungle, George frequently slams into rocks and trees when he tries to swing on a vine.
  • The guinea pig Blaster of Disney's G-Force thinks he can escape from the display case in Elia's Pet Shop by ramming through the glass. This trope happens when he learns the hard way that its not glass and that it doesn't break on impact.
  • Happens to an executive in The Hudsucker Proxy, who tries to commit suicide the same way as Mr. Hudsucker- turns out they replaced the glass at the end of the board meeting table with plexiglass after Hudsucker plummeted to his death- leaving the executive to smack into the glass and slowly slide down against it.
  • In Thor: The Dark World, during Thor and Malekith's fight, they're accidentally teleported onto the top of a building and then are seen skidding slowly down the bulding's windows.

Live-Action TV
  • Averted on Late Night with David Letterman when the titular host ran up to a trampoline and impacted against a plasterboard section covered with felt. At the time, Letterman was wearing a Velcro suit, so rather than sliding down the wall, he stuck in place to roaring laughter.

Music
  • The father (an Expy of Neidermeyer) in the video for Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" tries to get back into the house by swinging on a rope. He hits the wall and the trope happens.

Video Games
  • This happens to Link in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker after he gets shot out of a cannon from Terra's ship and into the Forsaken Fortress.
  • Pokémon Black and White. In the sixth gym, the final cannon you are launched out of is too powerful, causing this.
  • S4 League: Some sniper and melee weapons have attacks that throw target back upon a hit. The player characters will slap flat against walls which are close enough in the direction of the throw, for additional damage and inability to act until they slide down along it. The throw-back effect is avoided by timely animation cancel, so relying on the wall slap can backfire in hardcore games.
  • The fourth installment of Super Smash Bros. occasionally has characters that have been launched into the sky instead flung towards the screen with their face sliding down the fourth wall, overlapping with Camera Abuse. In the earlier games, characters simply bounced off the camera.
  • In Meet the Medic video of Team Fortress 2, the Scout is launched onto a window (when at first it's thought he flew onto the camera and broke it) and then slowly falls down.
  • In Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, Crash's death animation against the 2-headed lab assistant in the level Double Header is getting smacked towards the camera and then slides down the screen.
  • In the Water Slide level of The Simpsons: Virtual Bart, one of the death animations if Bart goes down the wrong tube involves him flying into a brick wall with an image of Krusty the Clown's head on it and sliding down it.
  • In the Talespin video game for the Sega Genesis, if Baloo or Kit loses a life, they will fly into the screen and slide down.

Web Animation
  • Super Mario Bros. Z has Bowser catapulted into the screen in the first episode, sliding down it.

Western Animation
  • George of the Jungle frequently showed the dangers of Vine Swinging and is the Trope Namer for Watch Out for That Tree! as a result.
  • In the first episode of The Legend of Korra, while chased by police, Korra makes an ice wall which one of the policemen hit, and slides down comically.
  • Occurs to Sylvester the cat while chasing Tweety through the canals of Venice, Italy in the Looney Tunes cartoon "A Pizza Tweety Pie". Sylvester is waterskiing behind a motorboat in his pursuit, and lifts himself by the tail to avoid collision with a mooring pole. This action, however, makes Sylvester exceed the clearance height of a pedestrian bridge. Sylvester smacks hard into its side, and slides off into the water. A sign of the bridge admonishes "Duck-a you head: Lowla Bridge-ada."
  • Happens to Spiderman in Robot Chicken when his spider senses distract him by reporting on the danger of being hundreds of feet above Manhattan.
  • The Caped Chameleon gets hit with this in The Tick, even changing colors when he hits the wall.
  • Rhino the hamster gets superpowers in the Pixar cartoon "Super Rhino" in order to rescue Penny and Bolt from the clutches of Doctor Calico. Arriving outside the madman's domed fortress, Rhino begins dispatching mooks, and from Penny and Bolt's viewpoint, they see the shapes of an aircraft, a vehicle and a helmeted mook appear as embossing on the inside of the steel dome. Clearly, Rhino is not feeling charitable toward villains that day.

Community Feedback Replies: 65
  • September 14, 2011
    13bronze
    This also happens in several old stlye cartoons, and don't forget a couple of modern CGI movies.
  • September 14, 2011
    Ronka87
    Related to Wall Slump?
  • September 14, 2011
    X2X
    There was one Robot Chicken sketch (one of their recurring "Bloopers" segments) that involved this happening to Tarzan, Spider-Man, and one other character whose name escapes me. This all happened to be interrupting a morning newscast. Does anyone else remember this?
  • September 15, 2011
    NetMonster
    There's another YKTTW on the subject: Zoom Crunch Squeak.
  • April 27, 2014
    DAN004
    • In Meet the Medic video of Team Fortress 2, the Scout is launched to a window and then slowly falls down.
  • April 27, 2014
    Chabal2
    Combines with Camera Abuse when the wall is the camera. Super Mario Bros Z had such a case.
  • April 27, 2014
    needsanewhobby
    Contrast with Wall Jump.
  • April 27, 2014
    olaf_merchant
    Film

    • Happens to an executive in The Hudsucker Proxy, who tries to commit suicide the same way as Mr. Hudsucker- turns out they replaced the glass at the end of the board meeting table with plexiglass after Hudsucker plummeted to his death- leaving the executive to smack into the glass and slowly slide down against it.
  • April 27, 2014
    Arivne
    • Capitalized the title.
    • Examples section formatting.
      • Added a line separating the Description and Examples sections.
      • Corrected formatting on Example media section title(s).
    • Namespaced and italicized work name(s).
    • Added blank line(s) for readability.
    • Blue Links: Changed double curly braces to Wiki Word(s).
    • Corrected spelling (to -> too).

    All of the OP examples except for Pokemon Black And White are Zero Context Examples. They need more information about how they're this trope.
  • April 28, 2014
    Alucard
    Fairly certain this happens to Link in The Legend Of Zelda The Wind Waker after he gets shot out of a cannon from Terra's ship and into the Forsaken Fortress.

    It'd be better if someone who's played it wrote that example.
  • July 12, 2014
    DAN004
    Bump
  • July 13, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • This happens to Jessie in Pixar's Toy Story 3, when the toddlers in the day care center fling her against one wall. This is one of a montage of horrible experiences that Andy's toys endure to show that Lotso Bear has consigned them to toydom's equivalent of a ghetto.
  • July 13, 2014
    KyleJacobs
    • Played seriously in The Cabin In The Woods. In an attempt to escape the titular location, Curt Vaughan tries to launch a motorcycle over a chasm. He slams into a force field in midair and bounces down it to his death.
  • July 13, 2014
    MiinU
    This sounds like a variation of Faceplant.
  • July 13, 2014
    Alucard
    ^ What if a character splats into a wall back-first?
  • July 13, 2014
    MiinU
    ^ I've never seen it happen that way, but I wouldn't be surprised if there's a few examples of it.
  • July 13, 2014
    Alucard
    Right, when a character cartoonishly splats on their back, it's usually Squashed Flat (meaning on the floor instead of the wall). I still think this trope is at least a Sister Trope to Face Plant.
  • July 13, 2014
    MiinU
  • July 13, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • The guinea pig Blaster of Disney's G Force thinks he can escape from the display case in Elia's Pet Shop by ramming through the glass. This trope happens when he learns the hard way that its not glass and that it doesn't break on impact.
  • July 13, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Live Action TV
    • Averted on Late Night With David Letterman when the titular host ran up to a trampoline and impacted against a plasterboard section covered with felt. At the time, Letterman was wearing a Velcro suit, so rather than sliding down the wall, he stuck in place to roaring laughter.
  • July 13, 2014
    NemuruMaeNi
    • S 4 League: Some sniper and melee weapons have attacks that throw target back upon a hit. The player characters will slap flat against walls which are close enough in the direction of the throw, for additional damage and inability to act until they slide down along it. The throw-back effect is avoided by timely animation cancel, so relying on the wall slap can backfire in hardcore games.
  • August 29, 2014
    DAN004
    Buuuuuuump
  • August 29, 2014
    DAN004
    In Thor The Dark World, during Thor and Malekith's fight, they're accidentally teleported onto the top of a building and then are seen skidding slowly down the bulding's windows.
  • August 29, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Seems to me that this is related to Glass Smack and Slide.
  • August 29, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ seems to me that the two are lumpable.
  • August 30, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    ^ Agreed, in that the action mechanism and the comedic context are very similar. The only differences are in the material (transparent versus opaque) and in the audience Point of View. Motion to Merge seconded.
  • August 31, 2014
    eroock
  • September 1, 2014
    Koveras
    This needs some Rolling Updates before I can hat it.
  • September 1, 2014
    DAN004
    Motion to merge, again
  • September 1, 2014
    eroock
    If you are waiting for people to agree, here's my go.
  • September 8, 2014
    StFan
    The Glass Smack And Slide YKTTW I started indeed seems to be a subtrope. The viewpoint and the noise are indeed specific, but it belongs to the same slapstick principle.

    I wouldn't be against merging, but this trope need a better description covering those cases, and the examples are rather ZCE for now.
  • September 8, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ I'll grab this for that.
  • September 8, 2014
    julyjack73
    I've pretty much abandoned it. Go ahead and merge.
  • September 15, 2014
    BKelly95
    Music Videos
    • The father in the video for Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" tries to get back into the house by swinging on a rope. He hits the wall and the trope happens.
  • September 20, 2014
    DAN004
    Bump
  • September 26, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • Occurs to Sylvester the cat while chasing Tweety through the canals of Venice, Italy in the Looney Tunes cartoon "A Pizza Tweety Pie". Sylvester is waterskiing behind a motorboat in his pursuit, and lifts himself by the tail to avoid collision with a mooring pole. This action, however, makes Sylvester exceed the clearance height of a pedestrian bridge. Sylvester smacks hard into its side, and slides off into the water. A sign of the bridge admonishes "Duck-a you head: Lowla Bridge-ada."
  • September 26, 2014
    Daefaroth
    Western Animation:

    Which is also the context for the movie version being a reference to the cartoon.

    Film:
    • Much like in the cartoon of the same name, in George Of The Jungle, George frequently slams into rocks and trees when he tries to swing on a vine.
  • October 9, 2014
    DAN004
    pmub
  • October 16, 2014
    MeerkatMario
    Web Animation
    • Super Mario Bros Z has Bowser catapulted into the screen in the first episode, sliding down it.

    Yes, it is already mentioned above. I just felt like adding this example to the list.
  • November 4, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • Persnickety boss Gilbert Huph slams into a file cabinet and falls into a heap in Pixar's The Incredibles. Averted with the four plasterboard walls he went completely through, propelled by Bob Parr's Megaton Punch.
  • November 19, 2014
    StellarBlitz
    I can't believe this hasn't been said, but no matter:

    Super Smash Bros., especially the fourth entry, occasionally has the characters launched into the sky will be flung towards the screen, causing this along with Camera Abuse.
  • November 21, 2014
    partner555
    In the first episode of The Legend Of Korra, while chased by police, Korra makes an ice wall which one of the policemen hit, and slides down comically.
  • November 21, 2014
    Alucard
    Alphabetized examples, and did a bit of name-spacing.
  • December 23, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Silly question: is the "sliding down" part mandatory? Or is the impact against unmoving surface sufficient, with detachment being a mere tangent?
  • December 23, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ The latter.

    When they don't slide down they're likely to be Pinned To The Wall anyway
  • January 13, 2015
    DAN004
    Bump
  • January 13, 2015
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • Rhino the hamster gets superpowers in the Pixar cartoon "Super Rhino" in order to rescue Penny and Bolt from the clutches of Doctor Calico. Arriving outside the madman's domed fortress, Rhino begins dispatching mooks, and from Penny and Bolt's viewpoint, they see the shapes of an aircraft, a vehicle and a helmeted mook appear as embossing on the inside of the steel dome. Clearly, Rhino is not feeling charitable toward villains that day.
  • January 19, 2015
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    Video Games
    • In the Water Slide level of The Simpsons: Virtual Bart, one of the death animations if Bart goes down the wrong tube involves him flying into a brick wall with an image of Krusty the Clown's head on it and sliding down it.
  • January 19, 2015
    oneuglybunny
    Film-Animation
    • An insane pileup of police cruisers and aircraft occurs in The LEGO Movie when the portal between Bricksburg and The Old West closes behind Emmett and Wyldstyle. This leaves only solid wall for the pursuing vehicles to smash against, creating a ridiculous heap of flaming wreckage. Bad Cop is understandably upset at this development.
  • January 20, 2015
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    Video Games
    • In the Talespin video game for the Sega Genesis, if Baloo or Kit loses a life, they will fly into the screen and slide down.
  • January 22, 2015
    sigh824
    Western Animation
    • Happens in just about every iteration of Ben10 whenever a character thrown or hit across a room, which happens fairly often.
  • January 22, 2015
    Gideoncrawle
    Trope potholes are not allowed in page quotes per wiki policy.
  • February 1, 2015
    Skylite
  • February 19, 2015
    DAN004
    ^^^, ^: context plz.
  • February 19, 2015
    SeaRover
    Some enemies' moves in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time will send a turtle flying diagonally backwards, after which they will slide down slowly if they hit a wall.
  • February 19, 2015
    dalek955
    • In the Minecraft short video Creeper Defense 2, the first creeper smacks into the camera and sticks there for a moment after being flung through the roof by a deathtrap.
  • February 19, 2015
    randomsurfer
    Toys: The Wacky WallWalker is an ocotpus shaped piece of semi-adhesive plastic; you throw it against a wall and it "crawls" its way down.
  • March 16, 2015
    FlawlessSky
    A random girl gets thrown against camera and slides down from it in Tokyo Ghoul episode 1
  • April 25, 2015
    DAN004
    Final bump.

    Needs indices
  • July 29, 2015
    Alucard
    ^ Slapstick would be a good place to start.

    Also, Glass Smack And Slide is currently under Comedy Tropes. I think I'll move the Danganronpa example over there, since it fits better. Someone may want to do the same.
  • September 21, 2015
    eroock
    Films - Animation:
    • In Inside Out, when Joy and Sadness are catapulted back to Headquarters, they are tossed against the window, remain there for two seconds before slowly sliding down.
  • September 22, 2015
    DAN004
    • Blaz Blue: Some attacks performed by the characters can cause this; i.e sending them to the far invisible wall, then they fall down from there. Sometimes they may even bounce off the wall, allowing for further combos.
  • September 23, 2015
    Alucard
  • September 23, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ Well, it fits both here and Wall Bounce ykttw.
  • November 1, 2015
    eroock
    Films - Animated
    • Nigel from Finding Nemo hit a window in flight. We don't see him sliding though as the scene cuts to the reactions of the characters inside the room.
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