Created By: Ronka87 on July 7, 2010 Last Edited By: Ronka87 on July 7, 2010
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Wall Slump

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Formerly "Sinking to the Ground," "Wall Slide"

Mount, mount, my soul! thy seat is up on high;
Whilst my gross flesh sinks downward, here to die.
--Richard II, V.v

A classic way to show someone is dying. They are shot, stabbed, poisoned, etc.. They back up, then hit a wall, and then sink slowly to the ground. A line of blood trailing down the wall is customary.

Can also be used just to show a character is in shock or depressed (generally without the trail of blood).

This is commonly used in theatre, because it's a good visual cue for the audience.

Compare Slow-Motion Fall.


Examples:

  • Page quote from Richard II, after the former king of England is stabbed by conspirators.
Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • June 2, 2010
    Arivne
    I was going to give The Matrix scene where Neo dies, but Agent Smith repeatedly shoots Neo after he backs up and hits the wall but before he sinks to the ground so it probably doesn't count.
  • June 2, 2010
    Ronka87
  • June 16, 2010
    shimaspawn
    This is commonly used in theatre even without the blood because it's a good visual cue for the audience.
  • June 19, 2010
    Arivne
    Film
    • Resident Evil. After Rain Ocampo becomes a zombie, she's shot in the head, moves back and hits the wall of the subway car she's in, then slumps down.
  • June 19, 2010
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Parodied in the original Buffy movie. One of the vampire minions backs up against the wall, sinks, and then moans and groans and says "ow ow ow" for ten minutes. The Easter Egg at the end of the credits shows him still bellyaching.
  • June 30, 2010
    Ronka87
  • June 30, 2010
    PaulA
    Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride, although he rallies afterward.
  • July 1, 2010
    Mozgwsloiku
    Might use a different title - there are many suopernatural characters who literally sink into the ground and ther emight be some confusion later.

  • July 1, 2010
    JonnyB
  • July 1, 2010
    Ronka87
    Name suggestions: Wall Fall? Wall Slide?
  • July 1, 2010
    JonnyB
    Is this just when someone hits a wall and then sinks to their knees? Or just sinking to the ground, wall optional?
  • July 1, 2010
    Ronka87
    I guess that's up for community discussion, but when I launched I was thinking specifically of people sliding down a wall.
  • July 1, 2010
    JonnyB
    The ones I was talking about with Kirk rarely ever involve a wall (although I think there was one, once or twice). But he's always dramatically sinking to his knees, either in exhaustion, or pleading for mercy, or crying about a lost love, or when he gets hit over the head, just before he passes out... sinking to his knees is one of his ham acting staples.
  • July 1, 2010
    Taeraresh
    I'm sure this happened at least once in V For Vendetta.
  • July 2, 2010
    Koveras
  • July 2, 2010
    Ronka87
    JonnyB, sounds different enough that I'll make a new YKTTW for sinking to one's knees. I think they're different enough to justify it. :)
  • July 2, 2010
    Duckling
  • July 2, 2010
    TooBah
    Seconding Wall Slide as a title.
  • July 3, 2010
    TJ
    There's a meme out of the Death Note fandom from the scene where Light is staggering away after being shot. He falls dramatically toward a wall, flattening himself against it as he struggles to stay upright. The meme: "I fucking LOVE this WALL!"
  • July 3, 2010
    Generality
    Wall Slide sounds like that thing in platformer games where you slide down vertical surfaces to avoid falling damage. I suggest Wall Slump.
  • July 4, 2010
    Lullabee
    @Taeraresh: In V For Vendetta, after V is shot at the end, he staggers and leans against a wall, leaving a V-shaped smear of blood. He still manages to walk a fair distance afterward, though.
  • July 5, 2010
    Cidolfas
    Seconding Wall Slump and agree with Wall Slide being confusing.
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