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-> "Looks like the Duke... [[QuipToBlack has fallen from grace.]]"
-->--'''[[DeadpanSnarker Hawke]]''', ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'': ''Mark of the Assassin''

It appears that villains in the DisneyAnimatedCanon have an especially curious tendency to exit the film by falling off or out of things. Unfortunately for them, even though they ''are'' animated characters, [[GravityIsAHarshMistress they cannot defy gravity]]. And they are no match for it.

The varied list of things to fall from includes cliffs, over [[InevitableWaterfall waterfalls]], out of trees, and off the tops of [[ClockTower buildings]]. There is at least one case of a Disney villain meeting his end by falling ''up'' ([[Disney/TreasurePlanet off a space ship and into space]]), once sideways ([[Disney/{{Mulan}} off the Chinese Imperial Palace by aid of a rocket]]), and another where a villain falls "out" by [[Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog being dragged to his doom by demons]]. Wait, actually that's [[{{Disney/Hercules}} two cases of a villain being dragged to his doom by demons]]. [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Or maybe even three.]] [[Disney/TheBlackCauldron Perhaps four.]]

Note that none of these cases have to involve a ClimbingClimax, though it may involve a OneWingedAngel transformation beforehand (which is by far the second-favorite trope of Disney villains).

Sometimes, a fatal wound will be inflicted upon the villain just before taking the plunge (whether caused by the hero or by [[HoistByHisOwnPetard the villain's own actions]]) just to ensure that he or she is definitely dead. Or, they could have a boulder or similar heavy object falling down with them, which will surely crush them when they land, or fall into a deadly environment like lava or molten metal, a pit of savage beasts, fire, Hell itself, or even [[HollywoodAcid flesh-eating green acid]], as [[SoftWater water alone won't always do it]].

As with other {{Karmic Death}}s, this is often invoked to [[ThouShaltNotKill conveniently relieve the hero of dispatching the villain himself]]. Heck, they may even cry "TakeMyHand!" as they fail to SaveTheVillain. Their hands left bloodless, the hero and heroine can get married and live happily ever after and whatnot.

This is usually invoked in order to dispatch the villain [[GoryDiscretionShot without resorting to a messier and more visible end]] which might upset the kids (or the MoralGuardians). Please ignore the [[FridgeLogic uncomfortable realization]] that having the villain meet his or her end as an unquestionably ghastly mess on the floor isn't any less violent than [[AndIMustScream any]] [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice of the]] [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath alternatives]].

Keep in mind that you don't have to be a Disney villain to meet your end this way -- many villains and other characters in action movies, cartoons, books and other works have also met with this fate, although it's fair to say that most heroes [[SoftWater have ways]] [[DisneyDeath to survive taking the long fall]].

Extremely apparent in Disney's "Bronze Age" (the string of late-80's early-90's hits). Not to be confused with DisneyDeath. It seems only good guys get to have those (there is a villainous variant, but Disney doesn't use it often).

There is also the non-villainous, non-conflict related variation of the trope, where a character decides to jump off a high ledge due to some stupid idea they have (eg, thinking they'd fly).

A subtrope of SelfDisposingVillain.

See Also: HighAltitudeInterrogation and UnhandThemVillain.

'''As a DeathTrope, all Spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.'''

'''Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease'''. We aren't judges to state who is "villain" in real life, and while it is TruthInTelevision that people fall to their deaths, that's covered under NotTheFallThatKillsYou.

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!Examples:

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* Here's an obscure early one. An old Sunday comic serial had a [[http://disneycomics.free.fr/Mickey/show.php?num=9&loc=ZM004 giant]] and his [[http://disneycomics.free.fr/Mickey/show.php?num=4&loc=ZM004 vulture]] get an early version of this!
* The Queen/Witch in ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' gets the ground she's standing on struck by lightning ''and'' falls off a cliff ''and'' the huge boulder she was trying to use to kill the Dwarfs instead falls down the cliff after her ''and'' she gets [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill eaten by vultures off-screen]].
* Though it did not happen in ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', [[KarmaHoudini The Coachman]] gets kicked down a cliff by Pinocchio in the SNES game.
* Subverted in ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' where Ronno actually survives being pushed off a cliff and into a river by Bambi while they are both fighting over Faline.
* In the "Mickey and the Beanstalk" part of ''Disney/FunAndFancyFree'', Willy the Giant falls to his death, just like in the original story. However, in its theatrical release (as part of ''Fun and Fancy Free'') and at least one television rebroadcast, Willy is shown to have survived... and made it to Los Angeles somehow...
* A strange thing happens in ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}''. Lady Tremaine and Cinderella's step sisters [[KarmaHoudini don't really get punished at all]] ([[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep unless you count Birth By Sleep]]). But their RightHandCat [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Lucifer]], who [[CatsAreMean is mean even by Disney cat standards]], terrorizing the [[EmpathyPet mice]] and doing horrible things when Lady Tremaine isn't available, falls from the window of Cinderella's tower. (The comics and sequels, however, show him still alive, [[CatsHaveNineLives minus one life]]).
** It's best to take the sequel's word for it. Cats (a) can right themselves in midair, and (b) go limp upon reaching terminal velocity, at which point their legs splay out and their skin stretches into a makeshift parachute. This means that they can actually survive very long falls.
* At the end of ''Disney/LambertTheSheepishLion'', the wolf actually ends up being bumped off a cliff by the titular lion. However, it's then revealed that the wolf actually survived the fall since he immediately grabbed onto a nearby branch with berries growing on it.
* Subverted in ''Disney/PeterPan''; Captain Hook does fall, directly into the jaws of a crocodile, but he bursts out [[ExitPursuedByABear and runs away yelling]]. He makes it into the sequel, too. Played straight with one of his henchmen, however, after he messes up Hook's song at one point.
* Maleficent in ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' pulls her OneWingedAngel act, is killed by Prince Philip with a [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks thrown sword]] ([[WhatMeasureIsANonhuman but it's okay because she's a dragon]]), and falls off a cliff that also is burning at the bottom.
** The burning cliff was rather clearly [[HoistByHisOwnPetard set ablaze by Maleficent's own dragonfire.]]
* ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'': Cruella de Vil crashes her CoolCar into her goons' truck, sending them both plummeting off the cliff they were on. Oddly, despite the fact that the cars are totaled at the bottom of the ravine, all three are alive and Cruella is in good enough shape to throw a hissy-fit. She survives in [[Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians the book]] as well.
* Although this has been debated, Barnaby in ''Film/BabesInToyland'' (the 1961 film) is stabbed by Tom during their swordfight, sending him falling over the edge of a stack of boxes (acting as a cliff) and into an empty toybox below, from which he never emerges and is presumed dead. The only reason this was even debated was because pubilicity stills show him being forced into and imprisoned in a birdcage at the fight's end in place of the stabbing, which really is an alternate ending and therefore means nothing to the plot of the film itself.
* At the end of ''[[Disney/TheJungleBook The Jungle Book 2]]'', [[KnightOfCerebus Shere Khan]] falls into a [[ConvectionSchmonvection volcanic crack]] below the entrance to an ancient temple, but lands on a small island. Then a giant stone tiger head falls directly on him, subverting this trope. [[spoiler:Seemingly subverting, that is. The stone head was hollow. And then the vultures show up to mock the inevitability of his doom ([[FridgeHorror the rock was melting under his feet]]).]]
* A very cool variation happens to the Horned King in ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron''. He was ''sucked into'' [[KarmicDeath the very same magical cauldron that he intended to use to conquer the world]]. Once inside, [[EverythingFades he disappears forever]]. Hey, no fuss, no muss. Of course, in the book, he ''melted''.
* ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'': Ratigan -- [[VillainSong oh, Ratigan]]. Of course, considering his direct inspiration, [[Franchise/SherlockHolmes Professor Moriarty]], also got taken out by a fall, it's not much of a surprise.
** Paired with KarmicDeath, as what causes him to fall is the vibrations from the Big Ben bell striking the hour shaking him off the clock tower, whereas before he would sentence his {{mooks}} to death by ringing his bell to summon his cat.
** Also happens to his sidekick Fidget, who is ironically a bat (with a crippled wing). That didn't stop ''Magazine/DisneyAdventures'' from doing a comic story where he had apparently survived and also did a HeelFaceTurn, though.
* Exceptions to this in the Disney movies tend to be very extreme. In one year, we got the {{Family Unfriendly Death}}s of both Judge Doom in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' (dissolved by his own Dip) and Sykes in ''OliverAndCompany'' (just saying he's run over by a subway train doesn't even cover it.) Sykes' henchdogs also get freakin' electrocuted on a third rail. That's not even going into how [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ursula]] checked out.
* This is [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice averted]] in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''. It's played straight in the sequel, though -- Ursula's sister is [[ArtisticLicensePhysics frozen in a block of ice and sinks into a watery abyss.]]
* Played straight in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp'' with Merlock as a result of him losing his talisman... while in [[AbsurdAltitude low earth orbit]]. Though he did wish to live forever and he would have hit the ground long before [[NoOntologicalInertia the genie was freed and all his wishes were undone]].
** [[FridgeBrilliance "Live forever" and being immortal can be two entirely different things. The former merely implies you'll never die of old age.]]
* Percival [=McLeach=] in ''Disney/TheRescuers Down Under'' escapes a group of crocodiles only to meet the InevitableWaterfall. This is followed immediately by a [[DisneyDeath fakeout]] when the heroes face the ''exact same chain of events''. (It helps to have a [[GiantFlyer whacking great eagle]] on your side).
* Beast initially goes out of his way to spare Gaston from this in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''... then Gaston goes and brings it on himself anyway. Some fans [[HesJustHiding actually questioned whether he actually died]], citing how there was a river at the bottom of the ravine, and citing how [=LeFou=] managed to survive much worse, such as being stuck in the snow for what was implied to be several months and being crushed by a chair/bench, and his voice actor expressed doubts about Gaston's death. It actually necessitated the Disney company to make it clear in the commentary that he died. It was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally intended in the earliest drafts]] to be subverted: Similar to Scar's death in Disney/TheLionKing,[[note]]As a matter of fact, Scar's death was actually reused from that concept[[/note]] he was to have survived the fall from a cliff after being knocked off by Belle with a rock, albeit with a broken leg, only to encounter the wolves from earlier in the film, [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath and is implied to have been finished off by them.]] Apparently it was revoked because it would have been far too gruesome even for a character like him.
** Forte, on the other hand, is smashed into bits in the midquel. And while he ''was'' a huge freaking organ at the time, he was also a transformed human. One shudders to think what he looked like when the curse was broken...
* A variation occurs in the live-action movie ''Film/TheRocketeer'': Neville Sinclair, [[spoiler:a Nazi agent]], voluntarily flies out of the zeppelin with the rocket pack, but its fuel leak causes it to burst into a massive fireball in which he becomes engulfed, causing Neville to crash into the Hollywoodland sign and explode spectacularly.
* An article titled "The ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' Drinking Game" instructed players to take a shot for every trope common to ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' (i.e. [[XanatosGambit every time Xanatos admitted to the failure of the plan being part of the plan]] or every time Elisa's CoolCar is seen). Disney Villain Death was ''not'' included because the sheer number would cause people to succumb to alcohol poisoning. Specific examples, for the curious:
** The Captain and Hakon, in the Middle Ages part of "[[FiveEpisodePilot Awakening]]". Demona, at the end of "Awakening", though she turned out to have survived. The Archmage, in "Long Way to Morning", who also later turned out to be alive because David Warner is just ''that'' awesome. Subverted in "The Journey" with John Castaway, who had a helicopter ready.
** In the "City of Stone" arc: In part one, a villain killed the hero's father by falling off a castle. In part two, the villain ''himself'' was killed by falling off the same castle. That could be justified as poetic justice, but the creators didn't want to have to do it again in part three for the other villain. So, Macbeth gets a magical ball of... something that causes the villain to be electrocuted. And after he's burned through, his body... falls off a cliff. Oh, well.
** And the modern Hunter's vendetta against Demona specifically? A fight between their father and the Gargoyle led to the Hunter falling off Notre Dame cathedral. To his death.
* In ''TheHandThatRocksTheCradle'' (from Disney's Hollywood Pictures), evil revenge-obsessed babysitter Peyton is shoved out of the attic window by Claire, and lands on the house's picket fence which Solomon had built earlier.
* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''. Jafar's defeat in the original plays with this a bit, since he technically ''does'' fall, sucked into his own lamp.
** Averted in the sequel ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'', however, where he [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath explodes]].
** Subverted with Saluk in ''Disney/AladdinAndTheKingOfThieves'', who seems to die after losing his footing and falling off a cliff, but [[NotQuiteDead he's still alive]] (even taking out a friggin' ''shark'' in the process). Later, he dies by [[TakenForGranite being turned into solid gold]], because he inadvertently touched the Hand of Midas without any protection.
* Subverted in ''Disney/TheLionKing''. Scar ''survives'' his fall off Pride Rock. He meets [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Shenzi's Hyena pack]] down there, and they're not too happy about being blamed for all his wrongdoings. Let's just say that Scar would probably have preferred the falling death... It is heavily suggested by shadowing that they maul him to death. In the novelization, it is worse, describing Scar as a 'king fit for a meal' and judging by the hyenas' ravenous appetites throughout, it is highly possible he was EatenAlive. The sequel further implies that he burned to death [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill as well]].
** Also inverted: The actual "death by falling" went to Mufasa, [[YouKilledMyFather the hero's father]]... [[JustBetweenYouAndMe a secret Scar just couldn't resist telling Simba before it was too late...]]
** Zira in ''The Lion King: Simba's Pride'' falls off a cliff into rapids and drowns. Note that, in the original DarkerAndEdgier ending, she was intended to be seen ''letting go'' (some argue that this is still the case in the release. It's a bit ambiguous), and laughing on the way down.
** Her son Nuka suffers a similar death, but it's [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou not just the fall]] that kills him: the logs that fall after him are definitely a factor as well.
* Since he's one of the most downright evil Disney villains of all (although he wasn't too bad in the book), [[SinisterMinister Judge Claude]] [[BigBad Frollo's]] demise in ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' is particularly spectacular. He stands atop a gargoyle and is about to kill Quasimodo and Esmeralda -- but the gargoyle's head cracks, causing him to lose his balance. As he grabs onto the gargoyle for dear life, it starts glowing and snarling at him, as if {{Satan}} himself was saying he deserved it. It finally breaks off and he plummets to his doom, landing in ''molten lead''. (Note that in the book, Quasimodo ''threw'' him off). Mere seconds before the gargoyle cracked, as he was about to slay Esmeralda and Quasimodo, Frollo gave some dramatic last words:
-->'''Frollo:''' And [[{{God}} He]] shall smite the wicked and [[KarmicDeath plunge them into the fiery pit!]]
** An article in the ''DisneyAdventures'' issue on the movie mentions some of the previous Disney Villain Deaths. When it comes to Frollo, they mention that would spoil the movie.
* Hades' defeat in ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', sorta. As a god, he [[FateWorseThanDeath can't]] [[AndIMustScream die]], but he was defeated by being [[MegatonPunch punched]] into the river Styx, where the souls of the dead dogpiled him. He couldn't fall to his death, so he fell ''into'' a bunch of other people's.
-->'''Panic:''' [[MeaningfulEcho He's not gonna be happy when he gets outta there...]]
-->'''Pain:''' [[MeaningfulEcho You mean "if" he gets outta there.]]
-->'''Panic:''' [[MeaningfulEcho "If". (grins) "If" is good.]]
* In ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', the writers shot Shan Yu with a giant firework (in a kid-friendly way) specifically because they didn't want to have ''another'' falling death in a Disney movie.
* [[BrianBlessed Clayton's]] death in ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath may be the most violent of all Disney Villain Deaths.]] Falling out of a tree and accidentally hanging oneself with jungle vines. We even get to hear his neck snap...The storm makes it possible to see the shadow of his dangling body for a second, just to drive the point home that [[NeverFoundTheBody yes, he died and the corpse is there if they want to check]].
** An alternate ending averts the trope. In this ending, Tarzan confronts Clayton on Clayton's junk. A small fire breaks out when Tarzan frees all the gorillas that the hunter had captured. Tarzan then pins Clayton's shirt sleeve to an oil barrel with a knife (after choosing not to simply cut out his heart) and leaves him there as the oil from the barrel seeps towards the flames. The last shot is of the ship exploding. (This ending was cut as the filmmakers felt it went against Tarzan telling Clayton "I'm not a man like you").
* Emperor Zurg falls down an elevator shaft in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', yet somehow survives to play catch with his son. [[ItMakesSenseInContext It's a long story...]]
* ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'' has Aladar ram one of the {{Carn|ivore Confusion}}otaurs (specifically, the one that's the film's BigBad) off a cliff. Under circumstances that are ''very'' similar to those in ''The Land Before Time'' (detailed below).
* Yzma falls in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' -- but there's a hilarious twist to that...
-->'''Guard:''' For the last time, we did not order a giant trampoline!\\
'''Delivery Man:''' You know, pal, you could have told me that before I set it up!\\
[=*=]'''BOING!'''*
* The Evil Jack-In-The-Box from the "Steadfast Tin Soldier" segment of ''Disney/{{Fantasia 2000}}'' is a half-example. He charges the soldier, and is flipped over by him off the table, falling into a hot stove.
* ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'': The main villain's death is surprisingly fall-free, especially given that the final struggle takes place on an airship. He crystallizes and ''EXPLODES''. It's played straight with Helga, although unlike most examples, we actually see her afterwards, and she lives long enough to [[TheDogBitesBack deliver the coup de grace shot on the airship]]. It's also heavily implied that, since Helga lay at the bottom of the chimney when the airship blew up, she would have been crushed by the flaming debris whether she had survived the fall or not.
-->'''Whitmore:''' What happened to Helga?\\
'''Cookie:''' Weeeeeell, we lost her after a flamin' zeppelin come down on her -- *WHACK* Uh, missin'.
* Averted in ''Disney/LiloAndStitch''; Gantu does fall after being tossed out of his own ship by Stitch, but he just lands on another one.
* A neat variation occurs in ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'': the truly nasty Scroop dies by falling ''[[GravitySucks upward]]'' when the ship's ArtificialGravity gets turned off. This is obvious [[KarmicDeath payoff]] for his murdering the [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold kindly-though-gruff]] First Mate Mr. Arrow (one of the few ''heroes'' who dies by falling -- [[DroppedABridgeOnHim into a black hole]], no less) through similar means.
* Syndrome of ''TheIncredibles'' subverts this by getting [[TurbineBlender sucked into a jet engine]]. Note that Mr. Incredible ''meant'' to kill him, as it was a result of ''chucking a car at him''... just not in that particular way. This is actually made somewhat humorous when [[BrickJoke one remembers earlier]] in the movie when Edna Mode was giving her reasons for refusing to give Mr. Incredible's new outfit a cape -- one super died when her cape got her pulled into a jet engine.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible: [[WesternAnimation/KimPossibleMovieSoTheDrama So The Drama]]'', where Kim kicks Shego into a building, where she gets electrically shocked and the entire thing falls on top of her. She survives, and is perfectly fine, though.
* And fitting an AffectionateParody of other Disney movies. In ''{{Enchanted}}'', Queen Narissa falls off New York City's Woolworth Building... after, yes, going OneWingedAngel. Into a dragon. She explodes into glitter on impact.
* In the ''KingdomHearts'' series, while there are a few falling villains (which [[Disney/PeterPan Captain Hook]] subverts by being thrown off into the ocean with the crocodile chasing him... only to survive the ordeal and return in the interquel ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 358/2 Days]]''), most Disney Villain Deaths are replaced with "Beaten to death with a [[ImprobableWeaponUser giant key]]". Amusingly, of all the Disney villains in the series, the three who did not fall off something in their source material (and they still don't in the games) technically originate from ''outside'' of the DisneyAnimatedCanon: [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Oogie Boogie]] (gets his skin ripped off and crumbles in the movie, beaten to death and crumbles in ''Kingdom Hearts''), [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Barbossa]] (shot as his curse of immortality is lifted), and [[{{Tron}} the MCP]] (it's an AI represented as a giant red cylinder with a face in {{Cyberspace}}. Go figure). This might be telling you something.
* [[AntiVillain Sympathetic villain Davy Jones]] dies after his heart is stabbed, and he falls into the Maelstrom in ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean: At World's End''. Averted with Cutler Beckett, who is blown up with the ship, and has his remains on the water.
* In ''NationalTreasure'', Shaw gets the distinction of being the ''only'' character to die in the entire movie by plummeting through an ancient staircase.
* In ''Film/TheThreeMusketeers1993'', we see three examples of this trope. D'Artagnan fights one of the Cardinal's men on top of some ruins, and knocks him off to his death. Lady De Winter, the femme fatale, chooses to fling herself off a cliff rather than suffer a beheading. Later in the film, D'Artagnan surprises the King's assassin on the palace roof, and the fight ends with the assassin getting a crossbow bolt to the heart and falling to the ground below.
** Averted with Rochefort's death; he is clearly stabbed and dies in full view of the audience.
** Cardinal Richelieu is only a partial example, as he could conceivably have survived falling into the waterway (and, indeed, must've if both history and the original story is taken into account).
* An early episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' actually has this happen with Dr. Doofenshmirtz. Of course, since he's the main villain, he subverts this by landing on a mattress (which then folds up).
** Played straighter in "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted", when this happens to [[VileVillainSaccharineShow the Drill]] [[DrillSergeantNasty Sergeant]]. However, [[spoiler:it was AllJustADream ([[DreamWithinADream Within A Dream]]).]]
* GO-4 gets a messy one (for a machine) in ''WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}}''.
* Charles Muntz in ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}''. Those balloons tangled to his feet don't seem to have helped him any.
* Averted in ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''. Dr. Facilier is very creepily dragged by the ankle of his shadow into the open mouth of a giant mask before it is closed to reveal his screaming and terrified face sealed up in a tombstone.
* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' gently plays with this trope. While Mother Gothel did fall from the tower, she was already dead from RapidAging and turned to dust by the time she (or rather, her cloak) hit the ground. Also, she didn't just cause her own fall, she was actually intentionally tripped by ''[[TeamPet Pascal]]''.
* Averted in ''Film/TronLegacy''. [[BigBad Clu 2]] does not lose grip and fall to his deresolution. Rather, his creator Kevin Flynn reabsorbs his program and [[HeroicSacrifice blows up]] as [[TheHero Sam]] and [[ActionGirl Quorra]] make it to Flynn's Arcade in the real world. A tragic inversion with Tron himself, who falls into the abyss after remembering who he is and his purpose. His HeroicSacrifice only managed to buy the party a little extra time.
* In one album of the Italian PaperinikNewAdventures comic series, Ethan dies this way by falling from the top of a dam. The man who is the closest thing he had to a father tries to extend his hand to him, but Ethan declines and says "Sorry pa, not this time."
* A blink-and-you'll-miss-it example actually happens during the first fight scene between Finn [=McMissile=] and the Lemons at the very beginning of ''{{Cars 2}}'': As [=McMissile=] is attempting to escape the Lemons' oil rig, a Gremlin can be seen being thrown off a balcony and into the ocean beneath.
* Averted in ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' when [[spoiler:King Candy/Turbo and the Cy-Bugs are killed by a geyser of boiling hot Diet Cola.]]
** Ralph himself is subject to this trope, being flung off a building's roof at the end of each level of the game he's a villain in.
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}'': "Red" has one of these after refusing to be rescued by Mike Chilton. [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that he survives]].
** [[spoiler:Mike himself]] has this happen in the finale when he's dropped off [=KaneCo=] Tower, though he survives.
* ''{{Film/Brave}}'' averts this; Mor'du gets crushed to death by one of the monoliths.
* In ''Film/TheLoneRanger'', [[spoiler:Tonto leaves Latham Cole to fall to his death along with all the silver his plan revolved around mining.]]
* Totally averted in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' when [[spoiler:Prince Hans and the Duke of Weselton not only do not die, but are simply sent back to their home countries -- the first to be judged by his brothers, and the second without the trade agreement he sought. Hans only just-barely escaped this fate, however, being saved at the last second from falling to his death during the assault on the IcePalace.]]
** [[spoiler:Marshmallow]], however, gets one of these, although [[TheStinger it doesn't stick.]]
** Although [[spoiler:Hans]] doesn't die, he does get punched out by [[spoiler:Anna]] at the end of the movie and falls down into the fjord.
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!!Non-Disney Examples:

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' featured an awesome variant in an early episode when Lady Une [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrahCm7UIa4dumps dumps a failed underling out from the bottom of an airborne transport plane]], then ''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill shoots him while he's falling]].''
* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', Presea Testarossa falls off a crumbling floor into the extradimensional void. It's left ambiguous whether she survived and managed to teleport somewhere else with the Jewel Seeds that fell with her.
* Though a more minor villain, Cytomander of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' gets rammed by the Dai-Gurren and ends up having not only his ship fall, but a large amount of his minions with him.
* Shion suffers this fate in the arcs of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' where she succumbs to the HatePlague.
* Averted in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' when Wrath is defeated in Episode 58 of Brotherhood. He manages to swim to safety, although he remains weak enough for Scar to quickly kill him a little while afterwards.
* Happens to the BigBad in ''Anime/{{Interstella 5555}}'' when he falls into a lake of lava under his castle.
* Captain Yellow from ''Manga/DragonBall'' suffered from this trope.
** TheDragon from the second DBZ movie subverts this trope, as he falls from a great height but explodes on the way down.
* In ''FistOfTheNorthStar'', some villains get this fate. The most famous was Amiba who was dropped from his tower after Kenshiro strikes his power points then blows up in midair.
* In ''[[Anime/YuGiOh Yu-Gi-Oh!]]'', during the [[{{Filler}} Doma]] arc, when Rex Raptor is defeated by Joey's Gearfried the Swordmaster, he falls screaming into a black void that symbolises his own despair before [[YourSoulIsMine the Orichalcos takes his soul]].
* This was the fate of Professor Cobra in the original ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', although in the dub he kind of...[[SpecialEffectsFailure exploded or something]].
** Prof. Satou/Stein also fell to his death. [[DeaderThanDead While on fire]].
* Grings Kodai, the BigBad of ''PokemonZoroarkMasterOfIllusions'', falls from a great height in both the anime and manga, but it's subverted in the anime, where he survives to endure a HumiliationConga. In the manga, however, Zoroark chases him off the top of the stadium wall (a much greater height) with illusionary vines, sending him falling to his death.
** Subverted with The Iron Masked Marauder from ''Pokemon4Ever'', who falls from thousands of feet in the air when Pikachu shocks him while he tries to fly away with Celebi on his jet pack, [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou but he lands in a tree and survives]].
** Always averted with Team Rocket, whose JokerImmunity enables them to survive virtually anything. Some of their "blasting off" scenes involve them falling into a gorge, and at least two falls were ones that they themselves thought would kill them (once in ''Haunter Versus Kadabra'', and again in the second movie). But the one that takes the cake for inverting this trope in the name of JokerImmunity is in the episode ''Shell Shock'', in which a boulder (which would have killed Ash and the gang) is thrown off a cliff by the Machoke, sending James falling into the gorge [[DroppedABridgeOnHim WITH THE BOULDER STILL ON TOP OF HIM]] (the same kind of fall that killed the BigBad of [[Disney/SnowWhite Disney's first animated film]]), yet [[UnexplainedRecovery he turns up unharmed in his next scene]].
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', {{Mook}} Crown gets this death by plummeting into Earth's gravity while piloting his Zaku. Ramba Ral also suffers this fate as he falls with a grenade in his hand onto the Gundam's hand.
* {{Averted}} in ''Manga/{{Life}}''. One of the antagonists appears to die from falling from several stories; however, it's a DisneyDeath, and he's just severely wounded and taken to a hospital.
* Naga in ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' is defeated by Mocchi, hanging onto the edge of his castle. Despite the Searchers' [[SaveTheVillain attempt to save him]], he [[SelfDisposingVillain lets go]] and falls to his death.
* In the second episode of ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'' (or "Kirby: Right Back at Ya!" as the dub was called), [[MonsterOfTheWeek Yokozuna Demon Beast Blocky]] carelessly breaks off a piece of the cliff that Stone Kirby is standing on to trick him and use his weight against him, causing them both to plunge into the sea. Kirby, of course, swims back up to the surface and everybody other than Dedede and Escargoon cheers for him. Blocky, on the other hand, is too heavy to swim and thus is stuck sinking to the bottom of the sea.
** Subverted with fellow Demon Beast Masher. In later episode ''"Monster Management"'', Masher walked off the ramparts and fell into the ground below. He survived the fall, of course, and got out of the pothole he made when he landed. He was still destroyed later by Fighter Kirby and Knuckle Joe later, of course.
** Also subverted with Demon Bonkers in much later episode ''"Goin' Bonkers"''. After Hammer Kirby lands one last whack from his hammer onto Bonkers' head, he falls off the tower of Dedede's castle that he was holding on to, and upon hitting the ground and making another pothole, he reverts back to his normal self, still alive and well.
** Wheelie, the transformed form of Beat / Fang, suffers this near the end of the two-parter ''"Born to Be Mild"'', falling as the Dedede Speedway racing stadium crumbles and getting buried in the rubble.
** Heavy Anaconda in the sixth-to-last episode, ''"Frog Wild"'', gets this by getting burned by Fire Kirby's Burning Attack and Fireball Spin moves and falling as he suffers from the flaming burns given by the pink spud himself.
* Tulip the giant in JackToMameNoKi, being an adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk and all if you're familiar with the story you expect this to happen.
* Eudial from the third season of {{Sailor Moon}} gets this when [[spoiler:her jealous co-worker Mimete [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder sabotages her car]], causing it to go off a cliff]].
** Oh, and said Mimete? [[AndIMustScream Probably wishes her fall into the void inside the TV she teleported into had killed her]]...
** And before that, Esmeraude from the previous season fell down a dark void. [[spoiler:Subverted, however, as she was already dead at the time.]]
* Sniper the Doberman Pinscher from ''GingaNagareboshiGin'' falls to his death in the anime when Ben [[TakingYouWithMe takes him down the cliff with him]]. He dies in the anime, but he survives in the SequelSeries ''GingaDensetsuWeed''.
** Speaking of ''Ginga Densetsu Weed'', Kaibutsu falls off a cliff after Weed headbutts him down. But it wasn't the fall that killed him; it was a [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice tree branch]].
* In the movie ''[[Manga/Golgo13 Golgo 13: The Professional]]'', [[spoiler: the BigBad, Leonard Dawson, commits suicide by falling out of his office window to his death. Golgo shoots him in the head before he hits the ground.]]
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* The first volume of ''TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' ends with this happening to the BigBad Moriarty, who it had already happened to before. Hmmm. Like the ''Treasure Planet'' example, he fell ''up''. In addition, after the book proper is over, there's a small splash page featuring the silhouette of his corpse continually floating, presumably in space.
** In the ''Minions of the Moon'' text story in ''Century: 1910'', during a trip through space, Mina comes across his corpse, still clutching the cavorite.
* The CaptainAmerica villain Baron Zemo has gone this way about five times in his various incarnations. He is also known as "Gravity's Bitch".
* In ''ComicBook/{{Amulet}}'', Luger dies this way.
* In the early Batman comics, the Joker did this at least four times, but always survived.
** In "Mad Love", he even says, [[LampshadeHanging "Not agaaaaaain--!"]] as he falls in a smokestack [[CallBack (a reference to his origin story falling in a vat of chemicals after a fight with Bats)]].
** Lampshaded in the PaulDini-written issue of Detective Comics 826, where Robin kicks the Joker out of a moving car off of a bridge. Neither he nor Batman think it likely that he's dead, but at least he'll be out of commission for a good couple of weeks, which is really the best you could've hoped for.
* In the ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' comics, [[BrainInAJar Herman von Klempt]] falls off a cliff, his jar exploding.
* Used in the beginning of ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', when The Comedian falls to his death, and we see the body wrecked and the blood spilled. The [[Film/{{Watchmen}} movie]] in particular treats it with much spectacle.
* Nicodemus West in ''Comicbook/DoctorStrange: The Oath'' slips and falls from the roof of a New York skyscraper. If he hadn't suspended Strange's ability to use magic three minutes earlier, he would have lived.
* ''{{Preacher}}'' has two examples:
** [[FatBastard Allfather D'Aronique]]. Realizing that [[TheStarscream Starr]] had rigged the entire base of Masada with explosives, the human wrecking ball tried to escape via his personal chopper. Sadly for him, Starr managed to intercept and hijack the helicopter in midair. During the struggle, Starr pushed the massive leader of the Grail to his death.
** [[TheDragon Eisenstein]]. The bureaucratic soul of the Grail knew that Starr had a hand - or rather a whole arm - in the demise of the Allfather. And Starr knew that as long as there was any kind of lead, [[TheDeterminator Eisenstein would be able to track him to the ends of the Earth]]. After trying everything to dispose of him, from car bombs to snipers and [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja ninjas]], Starr was able to corner Eisenstein in a building in San Francisco and successfully threw the little man off the rooftop.
* Issue 8 of Marvel's ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformers Transformers]]'' comic had Ratchet and the Dinobots defeat Megatron in this style. Ratchet manages to knock Megatron over a cliffside they're fighting on, sending Megatron tumbling down the cliff to his apparent demise. Subverted, however, as it later turns out he survived.
** Later, ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' had [[spoiler:Pharma]] meet this fate in issue 5. It's played with, though, as one of the heroes purposefully causes it to happen, something this trope was implicitly designed to avoid.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and the Cauldron'', Whosemoralsareelastix is defeated this way - he disarms Asterix in a sword fight, is about to go in for the killing blow, and the cliff edge collapses under him along with all of his money. Asterix decides to help him up, though, saying the loss of his money was enough of a punishment.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* This is how most {{Mooks}} meet their ends in the ''Fanfic/AceCombatEquestriaChronicles'' series, if not offed by NeckSnap or other methods. After being knocked out of the sky by the heroes, their injuries render them unable to recover flight, and they fall to their dooms.
* Occurs quite a few times in ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'':
** Hago falls into searing flames in ''Friends to the End''.
** In ''Mtumwa Strikes Back'', Mtumwa attempts to knock Nala from a cliff, but ends up sailing past her and falling himself.
** In ''The Royal Challenge'', Simba battles Hila and kicks him from a cliff.
** In ''Clone Wars'', the clones of the cubs are killed when Clone Nala finally accepts that [[CloningBlues she's not real]], crosses the DespairEventHorizon, and tackles the other clones off of a cliff.
** The Interceptor throws Shocker into boiling lava in ''The Master Plan''. Being immortal, he comes back.
** Virusi falls into the lava pit surrounding Pride Rock in ''The Final Task''.
** At the climax of ''The End'', Simba ends the FinalBattle with [[spoiler: [[UltimateEvil The Writer]]]] by grabbing him and jumping off of Pride Rock, mortally wounding them both. [[spoiler: The Writer dies first, allowing the universe to reboot, healing Simba in the process]].
* In FanFic/APikachuInLove, [[spoiler:this is how Pichi defeats the Ursaring that attacked her and Pikachu. Her attacks being too weak to do any real damage, she instead uses her thunder attack to cause a landslide on the hill it's on, sending it plummeting to the ground below. It's ambiguous as to whether the Ursaring survived or not.]]
* ''Fanfic/TheLegendOfSpyroANewDawn'' has the {{Disc One Final Boss}}es, Boss Kaze and Empress Tyrania, go out this way. Boss Kaze falls off the side of a mountain after his fight with Pyrus and Delilah and Tyrania falls out of the sky after her heart is destroyed by the heroes (so it technically wasn't what killed her). Delilah promptly lampshades all the ways Kaze's death could've killed him, grossing Pyrus out.
* ''FanFic/NightOfTheShy'': During the [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs Battle of Canterlot]], many of [[BigBad Nightmare's]] Diamond Dog {{Mooks}} end up getting thrown off the side of the mountain.
* ''FanFic/RiseOfTheGaleforces'': [[spoiler:[[RaptorAttack Veloci]][[MagnificentBastard ripper]] meets his end, complete with a BigNo, by being dropped by Adam and Violet off the edge of the harbor pier... [[FedToTheBeast directly into King Krok's waiting maw.]]]]
* ''FanFic/TheGodEmpressOfPonykind'': [[spoiler:Celestia cuts off Queen Metamorpha's wings, then drops her off the citadel in Fillydelphia]].
* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' side collection ''7 Dreams/Nightmare'' has this happen to the de facto BigBad of Clover's story: [[spoiler:the Diamond Dog FluffyTheTerrible (yes, really) is about to kill her in a shack atop the Canterhorn, when the dragon Bahamut [[AccidentalHero happens to land directly atop of them]], sending the whole shack, and Fluffy, tumbling off the side of the mountain]]. Clover later finds what's implied to be his remains at the bottom of the mountain.
** According to LooseCanon, the G1 villain [[spoiler:[[WickedWitch Somnambula]]]] ultimately met her end this way when [[spoiler:G1 Shady accidentally knocked her off of a opera theater balcony,]] sending her falling to her death.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Thankfully subverted for Tai Lung in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'': not only is he hurled upward, not down (courtesy of Po's massive belly), but his death ([[NeverFoundTheBody if it even happens]]) occurs due to the [[FinishingMove Wuxi Finger Hold]], not a fall or any other type of very final, DeaderThanDead denouement. [[SequelHook You know what this means...]]
** The [[WordOfGod director's commentary]] during this scene is particularly cagey: though they claim they had to 'get rid of' their villain and that he was 'wuxi-ed into oblivion', they also point out what happened to Tai Lung is never really explained and is 'one of the mysteries of the movie.' Covering their ass in case they want to bring him back, or just trying to be magical and mystical? You decide.
*** The holiday special opens with a dream sequence where a ''giant'' Tai Lung shows up, prompting Po to say "I thought you were d-" [[NeverSayDie before getting cut off]]. That only points to what Po ''thought'' was true...
* In the ending of ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'', General Mandible tackles Z, and they both have a huge fall. Z falls into water, and after being rescued, survives. Mandible falls into a branch and isn't so lucky.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'', when Korso seems to plunge to his death (and did in the original script), only to survive, have a last minute change of heart, and then nobly sacrifice himself to save the heroes he was just trying to kill ten minutes earlier.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}'', Steele falls off the side of a cliff while trying to kill Balto, hitting cliffs on the way down. However, he manages to survive and continue to cause Balto trouble.
* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' has a non-villainous, non-conflict related variation. One of the animals is asking where Fred (presumably a member of their herd) is, to which another states that he isn't coming along as he had an "evolutionary breakthrough." It then shows an animal of the same species (implied to be Fred) running full steam towards a cliff and he starts yelling "I'm FLYING!!" as he's falling before he lands and is implied to be killed, to which one of the herd says "Some breakthrough."
** In ''WesternAnimation/IceAge 3'', Rudy is shoved off a cliff by Momma. Rudy survives to see the end credits, however.
* In the DirectToVideo ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island'', two of the villain's underlings die by falling down an underground chasm ''and'' being drowned by a flood of water, being the only bad guys in any of the ''An American Tail'' movies that die. The three main villains of the movie, however, are the only villains in ''An American Tail'' who turn out to be {{Karma Houdini}}s.
* Creator/DonBluth is fond of these. This isn't surprising, actually, given that he worked for Disney for a while and that classic Disney films had a ''huge'' influence on him:
** Jenner has a surprisingly violent one in ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH''.
*** We DO see him land though, so it counts as on-screen.
** The Giant Mouse of Minsk chases Warren T. Rat's gang off a pier in ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail''. They don't die, but they're stranded clinging to the anchor of a boat bound all the way from New York City to Hong Kong. Ouch.
*** For anyone who hasn't gotten the problems with this, unless they could find a way to climb up the anchor onto the deck of the ship, they would have to resort to cannibalism to avoid starvation, and would very easily die of exposure. And that's assuming they don't have to drop anchor out at sea.
** Sharptooth's demise in ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' is actually quite an alarming variation (especially if the viewer is only familiar with the LighterAndSofter {{sequel|itis}}s): Littlefoot and his herd ''purposefully'' toss him off a cliff into a lake and [[DroppedABridgeOnHim drop a rock on him]], causing him to drown. And then, just to make the audience really weirded out, Petrie gets a DisneyDeath. Dude.
*** In the [[{{Sequelitis}} MANY sequels]], tossing the film's resident sharpteeth (Sharthoots?) down cliffs or pushing something to fall on their head (sometimes both) is a common way to dispatch them. It's almost a once-a-movie thing.
** Subverted in the 1995 flop ''ThePebbleAndThePenguin'', where [[TimCurry psychotic penguin Drake]] managed to escape his fall, but is then crushed by [[HoistByHisOwnPetard his own giant boulder]] and the entire tower. So he both fell and [[DroppedABridgeOnHim dropped a rock on ''himself'']].
** Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven''. Carface survives his considerably high fall into water below him. Unfortunately for him, this puts him [[OhCrap right in King Gator's sights]]. All things considered, he would've been better off dying from the fall...*
** Happens to Ludmilla at the end of ''WesternAnimation/BartokTheMagnificent'' where as a result of her being tricked by the titular bat into [[OneWingedAngel becoming a dragon]], actually goes on a rampage and is lured to the top of a water tower, which then collapses because of her weight, causing her to fall to her doom.
-->'''Bartok:''' [[PreMortemOneLiner See ya next fall!]]
* In the cult animated feature ''WesternAnimation/RockAndRule'', the MagnificentBastard Mok, an aging rock star with dark magical power, summons a demon with an evil song sung by the captive CatGirl Angel (this is another very kind of movie). Angel's repentant boyfriend shows up just in the nick of time and they banish both the demon and Mok down an interdimensional pit with [[ThePowerOfRock a good song]].
* Happens to Frog Lip at the end of ''Literature/ThePrincessAndTheGoblin''.
* In the ''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit'' short movie ''WesternAnimation/AMatterOfLoafAndDeath'', the [[AxCrazy psychotic]], baker-hating serial killer Piella Bakewell meets her end by trying to escape in a hot-air balloon only to find out too late she's too heavy, and ends up ''eaten alive by [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath crocodiles offscreen]]''.
* Ineptly used for the villain of ''TheAdventuresOfTheAmericanRabbit'' ...who's a bird. They do show that he's gotten very tired and his wings are covered with snow, but he falls/glides ''very slowly'' about twenty feet, lands in snow, and the sound effect when he hits is a gentle "puff". Um... I guess he's dead?
* The Mouse King in ''WesternAnimation/TheNutcrackerPrince'' fits the bill as he was struggling to almost kill Clara, but he loses strength and falls from the balcony into his watery doom in the waters below Gingerbread Castle. After a splash, his crown is seen floating before it sinks back into the waters.
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun'', where the villainess is defeated by falling off an airplane. She survives the fall itself, but is (possibly) killed by the effects of it; the fall triggers a massive explosion, which destroys a barn, which causes the door of said barn to fall on top of her.
* ''TheLastUnicorn'': King Haggard falls to his death from the balcony when the unicorns destroy his castle.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'': And not a [[KarmicDeath Karmic]] one either; while trying to stop an Egyptian guard [[ATasteOfTheLash cruelly whipping]] a Hebrew slave, [[spoiler:Moses]] accidentally pushes the guard off the scaffolding of the temple, and the guard falls to his death. This causes him to [[TheExile exile]] himself [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone out of guilt and shame]].
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' likes this trope:
** In Episode VI, ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', Darth Vader throws Emperor Palpatine down into a reactor pit to prevent him from electrocuting his son, Luke. And then Palpatine ''[[NoKillLikeOverkill explodes]]''.
** It's hard to count the number of guys who fall/are knocked into the Sarlaac Pit.
** In the ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', Darth Maul is [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe sliced in half]] and thrown down a handy pit.
** Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' Star Wars special, which turns this trend into a RunningGag. Robot Chicken is also a subversion of the trope, in that we actually see the result of the fall (let's just say that it gets a janitor irritated at having to clean up).
* ''Film/NoHoldsBarred'', the 1989 movie starring HulkHogan that became better known for being parlayed into a "[[{{Kayfabe}} real-life]]" feud between Hogan (as a wrestler named Rip) and his co-star Tiny Lister, in character as his movie character, Zeus, an UnstoppableMonster. In the movie's climatic scene, Rip and Zeus are brawling on a high balcony above the arena floor when Zeus shoves Rip down a stairwell, apparently defeating him. However, Rip recovers and finally wears down Zeus enough to knock him off the balcony; Zeus tumbles from the balcony, presumably falling to his death when he lands in the wrestling ring below with such force that the ring collapses.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' film ''Film/GhidorahTheThreeHeadedMonster'', the titular monster King Ghidorah kills the assassin Malmess this way when one of his random [[ShockAndAwe gravity beams]] destroys a cliff, causing Malmess to fall to his death (while hilariously catching a rock before falling).
* A particularly jarring example occurs in MichaelJackson's short film "[[Film/MichaelJacksonsGhosts Ghosts]]". A transcript of the film (which, sadly, has since evaporated along with Geocities) even called the mayor's demise a "presumably very messy Disney Villain Death".
* A weird subversion occurs to the ''hero'' of ''Film/{{Virtuosity}}''. Russel Crowe's sadistic villain (who happens to be a video game villain who has come to life through the magic of AppliedPhlebotinum) knocks Denzel Washington's hero off a roof. Denzel gets to have a very graphic Disney Villain Death ''and'' a DisneyDeath immediately afterward! Of course, both Russel and Denzel fall through a glass rooftop earlier. Russel gets to fall through a ''series'' of glass panels on the way down. The result [[BodyHorror is not pretty]].
* ''{{Franchise/Batman}}'':
** ''Film/{{Batman}}'' (1989)
*** Happens to one of the Joker's goons during the battle in the top floor of Gotham Cathedral. Batman bangs his head against a giant bell and sends him hurtling to his death down a shaft.
*** Subverted with the Joker. He takes a fall from Gotham Cathedral to his death after being pulled off the ladder to his chopper by a stone gargoyle tied to his foot by Batman's grappling cable. Why is that a subversion? We actually ''see his body on the ground''. There's even cracks around the corpse on the concrete and everything.
** In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', the Joker ''almost'' suffers this fate, but is saved by Batman.
** Two-Face has a similar demise in ''Film/BatmanForever''. As well as in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', but it's ambiguous enough that there's the possibility he survived. Alas, WordOfGod says he's dead; Aaron Eckhart actually asked Creator/ChristopherNolan about this!
** This is a very popular move in the Batman films. In Burton's ''Batman'', a {{mook}} got thrown over the side, while in ''Returns'', Catwoman falls more than once, though she survives each fall ([[CatsHaveNineLives due to having nine lives]]). The Penguin also falls through a window during his final fight with Batman. In ''Forever'', Edward Nygma throws his boss to his death. Finally, in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'', all three villains jump off the Arkham tower, yet miraculously survive.
** The entire climax of Burton's first ''Batman'' movie is a big {{homage}} to ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'', where Freder Frederson chases [[MadScientist Dr. Rotwang]] up into the cathedral and knocks him off the roof.
* In ''Film/SupermanII'', the Zod Gang gets this death. Superman throws General Zod into an icy abyss in a crevice, Lois punches Ursa into another crevice, and Non, while trying to fly, falls into another crevice, as the Zod Gang's powers have just been taken away. Although there is a deleted scene where they are arrested by Arctic police, it doesn't explain how they could have survived, so it could be taken as an alternate ending.
** In ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace'', after Superman neutralises Nuclear Man's powers, he drops Nuclear Man, where he falls to his doom into the core of a power plant.
* Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Film/{{Saboteur}}'' uses this.
-->"KAAAAAAAAANE!"
* In ''Film/FirstBlood'', sadistic head deputy Art Galt, ignoring Chief Teasle's orders to capture Rambo alive, tried to shoot him from a helicopter. After being cornered in a cliff, Rambo threw a rock at it, causing the helicopter to pitch heavily and drop Gault to his death into the gorge. Unlike Disney, we are shown proof-positive that Galt ain't coming back when Rambo picks him up to steal his gear and sees his face turned to hamburger.
** This also happens to the equally sadistic torturer Sergeant Yushin in ''Rambo: First Blood Part 2''. Rambo throws him out of a helicopter.
* In the ''Film/{{Casper}}'' LiveActionAdaptation, the villain is killed by falling off a cliff. Although, this being a movie about ghosts, that's not the last we see of her. In a twisted (uh) twist, Kat's dad is also killed by falling down a manhole, and comes BackFromTheDead in one of the most downright awkward ways imaginable immediately afterward.
* WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd commented on this when discussing Walker's death in ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIII'':
-->"Now, how many times have you seen this shot in a movie? TOO MANY FUCKING TIMES! This was one of the biggest cliches of the time. What happens at the end of ''Film/{{Batman}}''? The Joker falls! What happens at the end of ''Film/DickTracy''? Big Boy falls!"
** What makes this death even worse is that when he hits the water, [[SpecialEffectFailure there is no splash effect]]; he just "implodes".
*** Actually, he just sort of "disappears" before ever actually hitting the water. Apparently he fell into the blue screen instead....
** This also happens to Shredder in the original ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'' film, where he falls off a building after trying to kill Splinter, and lands in a garbage truck parked at the bottom by Casey. Casey then pulls the lever to activate the smasher. Yick.
*** And yet, Shredder [[NotQuiteDead somehow miraculously survived]] to appear in the second film.....
* In the Italian Sword and Sandal flick, ''Anthar L'Invincible'', it first appears as though this trope is going to be subverted. The hero corners the villain and gleefully describes how he's going to murder him. The villain then accidentally backs into and falls out of a nearby window to his death, fulfilling the trope.
* Though not a villain, William Shatner's character in ''Film/AmericanPsycho2AllAmericanGirl'' was blown out his office window onto his head by Mila Kunis' character.
* ''Film/{{Crank}}'': Chev Chelios and Verona die after falling out of a helicopter. Subverted for both: Chev breaks Verona's neck while in freefall, and not to spoil whether Chev makes it or anything, but there is a ''Crank 2''...
* The villain of ''StrangeDays'' dies this way at the exact turn of the millennium.
* Several ''Film/JamesBond'' villains have fallen to their deaths.
** The BigBad of ''Film/GoldenEye'' suffers a spectacularly gruesome version of this. Bond ''deliberately'' drops Alec Trevelyan from a giant satellite antenna, and we see him hit the ground and break every bone in his body. But he doesn't die until the antenna explodes and comes crashing down in flames right on top of him... ''[[DeathByLookingUp as he watches]], screaming the whole time.'' But considering who Trevelyan is, he [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves kinda has it coming]].
** In ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'', a {{mook}} is almost falling, if not for holding Bond's tie. After 007 gets useful info outta him, he causes the henchman to fall to his death. Who'd have thought the Roger Moore era would have one of the nastiest bits of cold-blooded murder committed by Bond in the series?
** In ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'', Bond throws Chang (the first [[TheDragon henchman]]) through a glass window and he falls to his death, by ''impaling a piano''.
** ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly''
*** At the beginning of the movie, Bond is in a helicopter with a villain sitting in a wheelchair dangling from one of the copter's skids. Bond dumps him down a tall industrial chimney to his death ("Mr. Bonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd!").
*** The hitman Locque is in his car dangling over the side of a cliff. Bond tells him "You forgot this" (he had just killed the Bond girl) and tosses him his own calling card, an ironic Dove of Peace pin. Locque breathes a sigh of relief when the expected [[TheLastStraw Last Straw]] reaction [[AvertedTrope doesn't occur]]. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Bond then KICKS the car hard, sending it tumbling off the cliff]].
*** Eric Kriegler is a better example, as he falls down, and we ''DON'T'' see his body. He is a perfect example of this trope.
** ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''. Kisch, who was thrown over a railing to his doom inside the Fort Knox gold vault by Oddjob to prevent him from turning off the nuclear device.
** ''Film/AViewToAKill'' has Max Zorin falling off the Golden Gate Bridge after fighting with 007.
** In ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''. Bond tries a HighAltitudeInterrogation on Patrice; he refuses to talk and falls, seemingly voluntarily, to his death.
* Happens to all three of the main villains in the ''Film/RushHour'' series of movies, though usually with a bit more proof they didn't survive the impact than at Disney. Lampshaded during the blooper reel of ''Rush Hour 2''.
-->'''Chris Tucker:''' Damn! He ain't gonna be in ''Rush Hour 3''!
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'':
** Both Gandalf and the Balrog fall off the Bridge of Khazad-dm, though it's revealed in ''The Two Towers'' that they both survive the fall. However, the Balrog actually takes a second tumble off the mountain tower.
** In ''Return of the King'', Denethor hurls himself off the top of Minas Tirith. [[DeaderThanDead While on fire]].
** In the extended edition, Saruman is stabbed in the back by Grma Wormtongue and falls backwards off the top of Orthanc and is impaled on a spiked wheel. Then, the machine begins to turn, sliding the body of Saruman down into the watery depths.
** Gollum actually gets this treatment twice. The first time, he slips and falls off the cliff outside Shelob's Lair. It's revealed he survived, and shows up for the final battle. He grapples with Frodo in Mount Doom, but then falls. The odd thing is that [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou the fall isn't really what kills him]]. Instead, we get to see Gollum sink into the lava with the Ring.[[note]]Originally Creator/PeterJackson was going to have Frodo "come to his senses" and ''push'' Gollum over the edge, which would have [[BrokenAesop messed with the story considerably]] since Gollum [[AntiVillain wasn't really the villain]], and hard-core villains don't usually get ''[[ThouShaltNotKill pushed off]]'' cliffs in adventure stories. However, this is actually closer to [[WordOfGod what Tolkien envisaged for an alternate ending]] if Gollum hadn't tripped, and what would have happened to Frodo if Gollum hadn't taken the Ring off him.[[/note]]
* In the Stephen Loncraine version of ''Theatre/RichardIII'', the title character (Ian [=McKellen=]) jumps off a building [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled just before Henry Tudor can shoot him]]. Into a fire. [[MoodDissonance While grinning maniacally]]. [[SoundtrackDissonance And Al Jolson plays]].
* "[[Film/KingKong Well, Denham, the airplanes got him]]."
* The girl in ''Film/{{Vertigo}}''. [[spoiler:Twice.]]
** Well... [[spoiler:two different girls, actually.]]
*** [[ItWasHisSled Shhhh!]]
* ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari'': Cesare. Or did he?
* The film adaptation of ''Film/TheNameOfTheRose'' features an example of this; the Dominican monk and inquisitor Bernardo Gui is chased by a peasant mob while trying to burn a girl as a witch at the end of the film. Gui attempts to escape in a cart, gets stuck, and is pushed over the edge of a cliff by the mob. It's not clear why the producers felt the need to include the scene, particularly since the real historical Bernardo Gui lived quite happily to a ripe old age before dying of natural causes.
** Also, a monk throws himself out of a high tower.
** Gui was tossed cliffside and impaled on spikes the same reason the girl was spared: the producers believed an American audience [[ViewersAreMorons couldn't handle a tragic ending]].
* Being a ClicheStorm, this is how the villainess in ''WesternAnimation/{{Delgo}}'' meets her end.
* All four ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' films:
** Gobler goes over a cliff in a car full of Nazi soldiers ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''.
** Mola Ram in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom''.
*** Slight subversion, we do see that he is eaten by crocodiles instead of just leaving it at the fall.
*** Technically, we saw his ''clothes'' being eaten by the crocodiles.
** Colonel Vogel goes over a cliff in a tank in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''.
*** Amusingly, [[BilingualBonus his name is the German word]] [[MeaningfulName for "bird"]].
*** Subverted, actually. One can see Vogel's body (or rather a stunt dummy) getting crushed under the tank repeatedly as it tumbles down the mountain.
** Dr. Elsa Schneider plummets into a smoky abyss when she tries reaching for the grail at the end of ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''.
** The Russians on the cliffs near the waterfalls in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''.
*** The two non-{{mook}} examples at least show what happens when they hit the bottom.
* The first ''Film/RoboCop1987'' film ends with the CorruptCorporateExecutive Dick Jones falling to his death -- ''after'' Robocop's shot him around half a dozen times. The edited for television version just has him getting blown out the window by Robocop with one burst after getting fired by the Old Man, which works equally as well.
* In ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'', the Klingon commander Kruge gets a Disney villain death when he is kicked off by Admiral Kirk.
** The Reman Viceroy gets a similar death when he is kicked by Commander Riker in ''Film/StarTrekNemesis''.
** As does the Borg Queen in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', although in her case, she falls into a cloud of corrosive gas that dissolves her organic flesh.
*** Though this doesnt kill her; Picard snapping her spine afterward does.
* Henry Evans from ''TheGoodSon''. It's made chilling when you take into account that the character was a ''kid'' played by Macaulay Culkin of HomeAlone fame. Additionally, his mother ''deliberately'' dropped him rather than just falling off. She could only keep hold of one of them, though (she was also holding onto his cousin with her other hand), and Henry honestly [[KarmicDeath had it coming]].
* In ''Film/DieHard'', Hans Gruber is shot in the chest and then falls out of a 30 story building. The Disney Villain Death itself, NOT THE MOVIE AS A WHOLE, won an award for having the best special effects of its time.
-->"Oh, I hope that's not a hostage..."
** Also from the ''Film/DieHard'' series, John took out a {{mook}} and TheDragon of ''Die Hard 4'' while fighting them in an elevator shaft. And again in ''A Good Day to Die Hard''; Jack kills [[spoiler:Komorov]] by throwing him off a building, before getting sliced by a chopper rotor.
* The villainess in ''Film/{{Catwoman}}'' not only falls (after a TakeMyHand exhortation from the heroine), but lands upon a lit-up sign for her company and is apparently, though not graphically, electrocuted as well.
* Near the end of ''Film/JudgeDredd'', Dredd is hanging from an edge over a long fall with Rico about to kill him. Dredd turns the tables on Rico and throws him over the edge to his doom.
** In the [[Film/{{Dredd}} 2012 version]], the villain suffers this from the top of a building taller than any that exist today (200 stories!). She, along with the audience, experiences this in slo-mo.
* ''Film/TotalRecall1990'' (1990). While fighting Quaid, TheDragon Richter has his arms ripped off by an elevator and falls to his death. His fall might be considered a good thing, given your opinion on bleeding to death.
* ''Film/{{Commando}}''. When interrogating a major {{mook}} (name of Sully), John Matrix holds him over a cliff. When he finishes, he just lets go.
** Cindy: "What did you do with Sully?" Matrix: "I let him go!"
* The BigBad Strack in ''Film/{{Darkman}}'' died the same way as Sully from ''Film/{{Commando}}''.
* At the end of ''ShanghaiNoon'', the villain, Lo Fong, is killed when a bell falls from a tower and its rope gets wrapped around his neck. The pulley effect drags Fong upward, in a sort of inverse hanging.
** Also in ''Shanghai Knights'', the Big Bad of the movie lures the heroes into a clock tower, where he and Chon Wang engage in a spectacular sword fight. Close to defeat, Wang cuts the support of a catwalk, sending both combatants hurling out of the clock tower window. Wang is saved by Roy, but the villain falls to his death, complete with a Wile E. Coyote puff of smoke when he hits the ground. Damn.
* Speaking of JackieChan, the two villains of ''TheForbiddenKingdom'' get taken out this way.
** Well, [[spoiler:the [[TheDragon Witch with White Hair]] does. The [[BigBad Jade Warlord]] gets stabbed in the heart with the jade dart (thus removing his immortality and causing him to begin [[RapidAging aging very rapidly]]), then falls into a stony well. [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill Full of lava.]]]]
* SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom sinks into the water in ''[[Film/FantasticFour Rise of the Silver Surfer]]''.
* In ''Film/SpiderMan2'', Doc Ock sinks into the water as well, as part of a HeroicSacrifice to save New York from his own creation.
* Also, [[Film/{{X-Men}} Sabretooth]] fell off the Statue of Liberty, though he may or may not have survived.
** Toad was electrocuted and ''then'' fell into the ocean.
* Bullseye was thrown out of the church window in ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' although he survived because the end credits shows him in a full body cast and he impales a fly on a syringe.
** The BigBad in ''Film/{{Elektra}}'' was thrown down a well after getting impaled.
* Obidiah Stane fell into the reactor in ''Film/IronMan1''.
* ''Film/CharliesAngelsFullThrottle'' actually had three villains fall to their deaths, with two Dragons falling off a rooftop and the BigBad suffering a fall into a fire (which she starts herself thanks to her falling through the floor and [[WhatAnIdiot firing her guns up at the Angels while in the midst of a lot of escaping gas]]). If you listen closely, you can hear her scream even after she's hit the bottom.
* In ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'', Storm Shadow is stabbed in the chest by Snake Eyes and falls off the [[NoOSHACompliance weird, electrical tower thingy...]] well, he falls off a platform and into the frosty waters. Rumor has it, though, that [[NotQuiteDead the sequels have him returning]].
* Though already dead, [[spoiler:Albus Dumbledore]] falls from the Astronomy Tower in ''Film/HarryPotter and the Half-Blood Prince''.
** Horntail gets a similar treatment in ''Goblet of Fire''.
** In ''Deathly Hallows Part 2'', Scabior falls to his death when Neville destroys the wooden bridge, Greyback is blasted over a cliff by Hermione, and Goyle falls into the Fiendfyre while trying to climb away from it.
* Nero's [[TheDragon dragon, Ayel]], is shot and falls to his death in the recent ''Film/StarTrek'' movie.
* Bishop in ''Juice''.
* ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' (2009 film) has the main villain, Lord Blackwood, start falling to his death via a piece of construction debris, before seemingly being saved by Sherlock, till another piece of debris knocks him off and into the chains where he is hung. It's like a mix between Gaston's death and Clayton's death.
** At the end of ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'' (the sequel to the 2009 film), [[spoiler:Moriarty is about to kill Holmes, who realizes that he can't take Moriarty in a fist fight. So he grabs Moriarty and throws himself off a ledge overlooking the Reichenbach Falls, taking Moriarty with him. Holmes is revealed to be FakingTheDead; Moriarty isn't.]]
* Falling is the most common way for villains in Franchise/SherlockHolmes films to go out, as Moriarty himself fell three different times in the Rathbone-Bruce films (thrown off a tower, fell 60 feet into the sewers, and plummeted off a high rise after the pipe he was hanging on to broke). However, in 1985's ''YoungSherlockHolmes'', Rathe falls into a frozen river only to survive, after which it was revealed that he was Moriarty the whole time.
* In ''Film/VanHelsing'', this occurs all over the place, and it varies between who it's most effective against. The final villain to fall is Igor, who also has the longest and most dramatic plummet.
* In ''Film/TheLovelyBones'' film, Harvey stumbles over a cliff to his death, possibly caused by the deceased protagonist.
* ''Film/WildWildWest''. Dr. Loveless falls to his doom at the bottom of a cliff.
* Averted in the movie version of ''AngelsAndDemons''. In DanBrown's book, the Hassassin is thrown off a balcony in the Castel Sant'Angelo by being overpowered by [[NonActionGuy non-combat scholar hero]] Robert Langdon and [[WaifFu Yoga Fu empowered]] Vittoria Vetra. In the movie, the Hassassin (now "Mr. Gray") makes a "you're not armed, and I wasn't paid to kill you, but don't follow me" speech. Free to leave, he locates his getaway car and final payment and is promptly [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness killed by a car bomb]].
* In ''TheScorpionKing'', the villain Memnon gets his Disney Villain Death only after getting shot in the chest with an arrow, falling backwards off a really high building, THEN getting engulfed in the flames of an explosion, and then finally crashing into the ground. Interesting to note that he's still alive and screaming up until he splats on the ground. [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill Talk about overkill]].
* Imhotep gets this in ''[[TheMummyTrilogy The Mummy Returns]]'', though he falls into the seemingly endless pit of Hell ([[HijackedByJesus or Duat if you'd rather]]).
* In the sequel ''The Snow Queen's Revenge'', the Snow Queen falls into the lava. Her body is still intact afterwards, but is turned to stone and presumably doomed, but apparently not quite dead yet, as her eyes glow before the credits roll. If she survived but remained a statue for eternity, then this fits more under AndIMustScream. Also of note, her staff was turned to stone as well, and she is still holding it in her hand; her staff being in her hand released her from her imprisonment at the beginning of this movie, while all she can do while turned to stone is make her eyes glow (much like when she was frozen). The eyes might be also a hint at her return in a sequel, but none has yet been made, and after 14 years without a third film, it is unlikely it will be made.
* Bailey's fate in ''Film/TheAvengers1998''.
* Happens to Dr. Caldicott in ''Film/DisturbingBehavior'', when Steve kicks him off a cliff.
* This is how the Persian messenger bites it in ''ThreeHundred''. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis I don't even have to say it]].
* ''Film/TopSecret''. Played for laughs when Chocolate Mousse throws a soldier off the top of a tower and he ''shatters'' like stone.
* Happens to the insane nun Sister Ruth at the end of ''BlackNarcissus'' when she tries to push Sister Clodagh off the cliff. Martin Scorsese even calls it a "Disney Death" in his DVD commentary appreciation of the film.
* In ''Film/MysteryMen'', the main villain, Casanova Frankenstein, meets his end when Mr. Furious throws him off a ledge into his own DoomsdayDevice. [[spoiler:It's not the fall itself that kills him but the machine, and in a rather graphic way.]]
* In the beginning of the first ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'', Rasputin (Yes, [[RasputinianDeath THAT]] Rasputin) is sucked through a portal into another dimension (so a sideways version of this), the collapsing portal happens to be smaller than his body... Ouch.
** Then again, this being [[BackFromTheDead Rasputin]] here...
* ''OurManFlint''. While fighting two Galaxy security guards, Flint knocks them off a catwalk to their deaths on the ground below.
* ''Film/{{Tremors}}''. Graboids are sensitive to loud noise and stampede away from them. Valentine detonates a bomb and sends the last Graboid over the edge of a cliff to its death.
* In the 2010 remake of ''TrueGrit'', Mattie [[spoiler:shoots Tom Chaney off the mountain campsite.]]
* In ''Film/DickTracy'', [[spoiler:Big Boy is thrown down an oddly deep pit in a drawbridge machine room.]]
* One scene from ''Literature/ThePlagueDogs'' shows a man attempting to gun down the titular dogs, but is then kicked off a cliff by a fox that was helping said dogs. The two dogs then proceed to eat the man's corpse.
* In the ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto'' movie ''[[TheMovie God Speed Love]]'', Kamen Riders Ketaros gets a rather spectacular one. During his fight with Kabuto on a spacestation, they both fall off. While Kabuto survives, Ketaros falls all the way to earth, dying on impact.
* At the end of the first movie of ''Film/TheNakedGun'' series, Dr. Vincent Ludwig is shot in the neck with a tranquilizer dart and he falls off a balcony into the pavement below, where he is then run over by a steamroller, a truck, and a marching band.
** The sequel has Quentin Hapsburg knocked out a window, and he falls off the balcony, but his fall is stopped by an awning; he gets up and brushes himself off, only to get killed by a random lion that escaped from the zoo.
* In ''Film/{{Fear}}'', after a long struggle, David (played by Mark Wahlberg) is eventually pushed out a window by Nicole's father, causing him to fall from the balcony, where he lands on the rocks below and his spine shatters upon impact.
* Duxton, the BigBad of ''Mr. Accident'', ultimately meets his end when he falls over the railing of the top floor of Roger's apartment building. We actually do see him hit the ground, and it's pretty dang messy.
* In ''Film/TheThreeMusketeers2011'', Milady de Winter seemingly jumps off an [[CoolAirship airship]] to her death upon realizing that Athos [[ItsPersonal will not spare her life]] anyway. [[spoiler:She's later revealed to be NotQuiteDead, as Buckingham's men rescued her before she drowned in the English Channel.]]
* Subverted in ''Film/DeadSilence''. As screaming in the presence of Mary Shaw's ghost results in a painful, gruesome death, it isn't the ''fall'' that kills [[BadCopIncompetentCop Detective James Lipton]] -- just the fact that he can't help but scream on the way down, resulting in him dying before he hits the ground.
* In the 2010 FilmOfTheBook of ''Literature/BrightonRock'', Pinkie suffers death by gravity from the Seven Sisters cliffs. He stumbles over the edge after acid is splashed onto his face and eyes, causing horrific burns. All this is true to the book - although the entirely [[SubvertedTrope un-Disney-death-detail]] of a shot of his broken body and mutilated face lying in the wash at the bottom of the cliff is a new addition.
* As the leader of Future Villain Band in ''Film/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'' is choking Billy Shears, the latter's sweetheart Strawberry Fields manages to pull him off -- resulting in the villain falling to his death from the multi-level stage. His body is seen on the ground. (Strawberry herself undergoes a DisneyDeath as a result of the struggle.)
* An assassin in ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'' is kicked through a window of the Burj Khalifa. For those not in the know, [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat that's the tallest building in the entire world.]]
** [[BigBad Kurt Hendricks]] does this intentionally in the final battle, when he [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled jumps off high platforms of the car factory that Ethan and Hendricks are fighting in to ensure the nuclear missile hits its target.]]
* Inverted in ''Film/SnowWhiteATaleofTerror''. It's Claudia who sends one of the heroes falling to his death.
* ''Film/TheLostSkeletonOfCadavra''. At the end of their fight, the mutant throws the Skeleton over a cliff. When it hits the ground, it breaks up into its component bones.
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Swordfish}}''. Marco (Vinnie Jones) falls out of the bus when it is hanging vertically under the transport helicopter carrying it, along with a hostage. They fall to their deaths, but halfway down, the bomb that was strapped to the hostage suddenly explodes, killing them both before they can hit the ground.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheCrow'' when Eric fills Top Dollar's head with [[MindRape "Thirty hours of pain!"]], causing him to reel backwards and fall off the roof of the cathedral they were fighting on -- only to be impaled on the huge curved horns of a gargoyle half-way down.
* In ''Film/JackTheGiantSlayer'', the giant with the helmet suffers this. Though we do get to see the result of the giant's fall.
* Seth Rogen, subverted, in his a-mock-alypse ''Film/ThisIsTheEnd'', although other similar B-list stars like Rihanna and Aziz Ansari fail precipitously in the first reel. [[spoiler:The very act of [[HeroicSacrifice submitting]] to a Disney Villain Death is what saves him.]]
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Legend}}''. After Blunder grabs the unicorn horn and challenges Darkness, a mummy (?) grabs him and drops them both into a pit. The last we hear is Blunder screaming "Aaaaaaah!" as he falls, presumably to his death. However, he later reappears unharmed as a prisoner in Darkness' dungeon.
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Elysium}}''. [[spoiler:While Kruger falls to his death in his final fight with Max, it's not the fall that kills him; It's the grenade that he intended to blow up himself and Max with.]]
* The title creature at the end of ''Film/TheHideousSunDemon''.
* In ''[[Film/UnderSiege Under Siege 2: Dark Territory]]'', Ryback closes the helicopter doors which ends up [[{{Fingore}} shredding the fingers]] of [[MadScientist Travis]] [[BigBad Dane]], causing him to fall to his death in the explosion below.
* How Joshua Foss is defeated in ''Film/SuddenDeath''. [[Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme Darren McCord]] shoots the helicopter Foss is in, killing the pilot and causing the helicopter to fall into the hockey arena and explode, all while Foss lets out a LONG scream.
* At the end of the climactic rooftop shootout between Eliot Ness and Frank Nitti in ''Film/TheUntouchables'', Nitti surrenders himself to Ness and as he is being arrested, he tells him that his friend died like a stuck Irish pig, and that he'll beat the rap. This causes Ness to throw Nitti off the rooftop to his death as Ness says, [[PreMortemOneLiner "Did he sound anything like that?"]]
* The Alien Queen from ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' is defeated by being ThrownOutTheAirlock and falling through space.
* Subverted in ''Garuda''. The eponymous monster is seemingly finished when one of its wings is crippled and it is tricked to fall from the roof of a skyscraper, but soon it is shown climbing back up for a last stab at the protagonists.
* The BigBad of ''Film/DeltaForce2TheColombianConnection'', Ramon Cota, falls to his death when the rope of the helicopter carrying him snaps.
* In ''Film/{{Passenger 57}}'', Rane is defeated when Cutter kicks him out of the plane to his death after a fistfight.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Literature/TheTrueConfessionsOfCharlotteDoyle'', [[spoiler:Captain Jaggery falls to his death off of the bowsprit after cornering Charlotte up there in an attempt to kill her.]]
* Middle-earth books:
** Gollum falls to his death in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. This is ''the'' essential part of the eucatastrophe ending, as the accident also takes the [[ArtifactOfDoom One Ring]] into the Cracks of Doom, destroying it.
** El gets executed this way in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', and for no particularly valid reason curses his son Maeglin to die the same way.
** Glorfindel and the Balrog fought and fell off a cliff together in ''The Silmarillion'' years before Creator/JRRTolkien decided to have Gandalf and another Balrog do the same (some 7,000 years before, in-universe).
* In the picture book ''Literature/KingCrow'', the evil king, Bregant, slips and falls from his tower as he tries to run.
* In the Franchise/SherlockHolmes story ''[[http://sherlock-holmes.classic-literature.co.uk/the-final-problem/ The Final Problem]]''[[labelnote:*]]link goes to the E-book)[[/labelnote]], Professor Moriarty falls off a cliff -- but he takes Sherlock Holmes down with him! Sir Arthur Conan Doyle intended for this to be the final Sherlock Holmes story until the fans pressured him to bring the detective back, inadvertently creating an early example of a DisneyDeath in the process.
* Magua dies this way at the end of ''Literature/LastOfTheMohicans''. Interestingly, in [[Film/LastOfTheMohicans the movie version]], Chingachgook will not dignify Magua's body with a Disney Villain Death, since the heroes are the ones who fall heroically off the cliff.
* In Creator/DianaWynneJones' fantasy parody[=/=]{{Deconstruction}} ''Literature/DarkLordOfDerkholm'', the main character is ''hired'' to play a dark lord for groups of people from another world (possibly our world) who get to act out the typical HighFantasy story. However, he runs out of time to come up with a interesting "death", so he simply creates a pit made to look bottomless and pretends to have a Disney Villain Death. Multiple times a day.
* In ''Literature/GrooshamGrange'', a school inspector is tortured by Miss Windergast's black voodoo magic (namely a VoodooDoll) in an attempt to [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow prevent him from discovering the truth about the school]] and he ultimately falls off a cliff to his death. This example of the trope is a subversion as the school inspector was '''not''' a villain.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' examples:
** At the end of ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'', after Duke Felmet has gone over the edge and started believing himself to be a ghost, he [[IncrediblyLamePun goes over the edge]] of a parapet while dramatically ranting to [[TheGrimReaper Death]] about how he plans to haunt Lancre Castle.
** Near the end of ''Discworld/GuardsGuards!'', the Night Watch has the bad guy cornered, and Captain Vimes orders Constable Carrot to "throw the book at him". Carrot, who was raised by dwarves and [[BluntMetaphorsTrauma has trouble with metaphors]], [[ThrowTheBookAtThem hurls his copy of "The Laws and Ordinances of the Cities of Ankh and Morpork"]] at the villain, knocking him over a ledge.
** In ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'', Teatime's first death comes about from a fall. However, it's one he suffered when hanging on to Susan's leg, who asked herself "Is this guy crazy enough to kill the person holding him?" and based on the obvious answer, kicked him.
* {{Literature/Redwall}} has a variation. So far, in 21 books, [[AncestralWeapon The Sword of Martin the Warrior]] has only been used ''twice'' to directly kill the BigBad, and once in the most recent book, ''The Sable Quean''. They still can get crushed under giant bells (Cluny, ''Redwall''), drown (Tsarmina, ''Mossflower''), fall down a hole (Slagar, ''Mattimeo''), etc.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', Mat Cauthon kills off [[spoiler:the ''gholam'']] using a Skimming gateway and this tactic. Bonus points for the fact that the emptiness inside a Skimming gateway is believed to be infinite. The victim should starve to death, assuming it ''can'' starve to death.
** Since it ''has'' to feed on [[spoiler:the blood of its victim]], we could assume it can starve to death
* From ''Literature/LesMiserables'', we have Inspector Javert, [[DrivenToSuicide who jumps off a bridge]]. The [[Film/LesMiserables2012 2012 film adaptation]] upped it by including a sickening ''CRACK'' as he hits a ledge in the river.
* An inversion in the {{Green-Sky Trilogy}} where [[TheMessiah Raamo]] accidentally falls over a cliff into the Bottomless Lake trying to destroy a weapon. Subverted in the {{Canon}} video game sequel.
* One villain from Creator/TimPowers' ''Literature/TheAnubisGates'', a sorcerer whose personal gravity is abnormal, dies by falling from the Earth's surface to the Moon.
* In ''SplinterOfTheMindsEye'', Luke and Leia hide in a great bottomless-seeming well from a monstrous wormlike wandrella, which finds them and tries to follow, but ends up falling down the well. At the end of the book, [[spoiler:Darth Vader]] ends up falling into another well, but Luke is immediately certain that while he's out of the fight, he's still alive.
* A space station in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: Ghost of the Jedi'' has a deep ventilation shaft whose bottom none of the local treasure hunters have seen. The titular ghost says there's a bottom, but it's a long, long way down. A shapeshifting villain, [[ShapeshifterSwanSong trying many forms but too wounded to be able to use them properly]], falls down it, and Tash actually says NoOneCouldSurviveThat. [[spoiler:He does.]]
* In JohnLeCarre's first novel, ''A Call for the Dead'', George Smiley kills [[spoiler:Dieter]] by knocking [[spoiler:him]] off a bridge. A combination of MyGodWhatHaveIDone and HeroicBSOD ensues.
* Subverted in ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'', since [=DomDaniel=] actually survives his jump from the Wizard Tower.
* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', minor character Smokepaw falls to his death when a ledge crumbles beneath him (that didn't stop him from [[SeriesContinuityError accidentally showing up in future books]]). Ancient cat Dark Whiskers also got blown off a cliff by the wind in the same mountains. Two [=ShadowClan=] cats get killed falling into the quarry where [=ThunderClan=] lives, and [[LiteralCliffHanger nearly knock Leafpool off with them, until Crowfeather pulls her to safety]].
* ''Literature/{{Abarat}}'': Mendelson Shape falls from a great height to his apparent death when he kidnaps Candy Quackenbush with a magically created giant moth and hostile hunters in air balloons fire at them. In the second book, [[spoiler:it is revealed that he survived his fall, and his true death happens when he is forced to enter the territory of the Sacbrood]].
* In ''TheStoneheartTrilogy'', Edie's stepfather falls to his doom when he tries to kill Edie and she retaliates by hitting him hard with a pebble, knocking him into a chasm.
* In ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber'', [[spoiler:Brand]] falls into the Abyss. In the second series, several members of Chaos royalty also "fall" off the edge.
* In ''ThePowerOfFive: Raven's Gate'', Mrs. Deverill falls to her doom when she is pushed by Richard off a railing into a tank of acid.
** Noah falls through a hole in the floor that Matt made by loosening nails and covered with a rug, where he lands on his sickle and dies.
* ''Literature/JaneEyre'': [[MadwomanInTheAttic Bertha]] commits suicide by throwing herself off the roof of Thornfield Hall--falling to her death--after setting the place on fire.
* In ''Literature/CiaphasCain: Cain's Last Stand'', Cain manages to get Chaos Warmaster Varan to fight him ''mano a mano'' near a cliff. Cain outmaneuvers Varan and kicks him over it.
* In ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'', [[spoiler:Doctor Armstrong]] is pushed off a cliff into a still-choppy sea.
* Sally Bones from ''Literature/VarjakPaw'' when she falls off of a building and onto the street below.
* Subverted in the zombie noir ''Literature/UndeadOnArrival'', as it's how the main character dies.
* In the ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' series, Jack Frost falls from his candy tower into a milkshake moat, and has to be saved by Rachel and Kirsty.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* A particularly chilling example with WickedStepmother Stella Crawford in ''EastEnders''. She utters "Watch me daddy" before leaping from a very high roof to her death.
** [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate Dr. Yusef Khan]] is trapped in a burning house when the floor collapses beneath him and he falls into the flames.
** Sadistic pimp Rob gets a Sherlock Holmes style death when he fights Ryan, the big brother of Whitney, whom Rob had tried to force into prostitution. Ryan throws himself at Rob and they fall from a pier into the ocean. Ryan lives, Rob doesn't.
* [[UltimateEvil Queen Bansheera]] in Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue is karate kicked through a portal into Hell, where she is set upon by her own minions.
* On ''Series/TwentyFour'', Habib Marwan, main baddie on Day 4, decides to go out this way, plummeting off a parking garage.
* In ''Series/{{Alias}}'', Sydney faces off against her mother, Irina Derevko, in the series finale. After a rather brutal showdown, the fight ends on a rooftop, where Irina ends up falling through a skylight to her death. Mmmm, closure.
** In an earlier episode, Sydney throws a foe out a plane. He doesn't get to hit the ground, however, as he is sucked into the wing turbine.
* In the second episode of ''Series/{{Batman}}'', "Smack In The Middle," the Riddler's moll and GirlOfTheWeek Molly tries to shoot the Caped Crusader in the Batcave, but winds up falling into the atomic reactor to her death ("What a way to go-go") - the ''only'' time a woman is killed in the entire series.
* On ''Series/{{Bones}}'', [[SerialKiller Howard Epps]] hangs off a balcony and [[SaveTheVillain Booth grabs his hand and tries to stop Epps from falling the 50 ft. to his death]]. It fails, however, and Bones and Booth watch Epps fall and hit the pavement, ridding them of a major antagonist.
* In the season five finale of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Buffy has a two second fight with [[TheDragon Doc]] that ends this way.
** Technically, Buffy ''herself'' gets this treatment at the end of the episode, as her DisneyDeath doesn't take place until the following season.
* The ''Series/ColdCase'' writing staff has this as the preferred method of killing off the VictimOfTheWeek.
* In ''CrossingJordan'', the title character's half-brother threw himself from a third story window into the Charleston River when cornered by the police, taking all his secrets about their mother's murder with him. Though his body was never recovered, he never appeared on the show again, so it's a pretty safe assumption he's good and gone.
* In ''Series/CSINewYork'', Mac is chasing a serial killer across a rooftop. The killer feigns surrender, then attacks Mac, steals his handcuffs, cuffs himself, and tosses himself off the building onto a police car below. Disney Villain Suicide?
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E2TheHandOfFear The Hand of Fear]]'', the villain falls down a deep black pit after being tripped up with the fourth Doctor's scarf. Being a being of stone, the Doctor suggests he may have survived.
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS2E6TheAgeOfSteel The Age of Steel]]'', Dr Lumic falls to his doom after Pete Tyler cuts the ladder he was climbing. [[LavaPit The place he's seen falling towards happens to be on fire]].
** Yet strangely averted in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS2E7TheIdiotsLantern The Idiot's Lantern]]'', despite the finale taking place on Alexandra Palace Radio Tower. Then again, the villain wasn't exactly physical to begin with.
** A heroic version in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E2TheDaleks The Daleks]]'' when a character brings it on himself as a HeroicSacrifice, as he's dangling over a ravine attached to a rope that's pulling his comrades over the edge too. The sight of him disappearing into blackness, coupled with the thunderous noise as he hits the bottom, is quite shocking for a young viewer.
** The Master suffers something similar in [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie the TV Movie]], when he falls into the Eye of Harmony. The Doctor's partly responsible, since he shines a light in the Master's face as he leaps at him and causes him to overshoot, but does offer him a hand. [[spoiler:(Of course, he's revived to fight again in the Time War, which he also survives.)]]
** The earliest villain example (or at least [[TheDragon Dragon]] example) comes in Season One's ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E6TheAztecs The Aztecs]]'', when Ixta gets kicked off the top of a temple whilst trying to kill Ian. First [[BigBad main villain]] example comes in Season Two's ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E3TheRescue The Rescue]]'', where Bennett is so shocked by the appearance of the people he thought he'd killed that he backs away over a cliff edge.
** The [[BigBad Sycorax Leader]] from ''[[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion The Christmas Invasion]]'' tries to underhandedly kill the Tenth Doctor, but he [[EdibleAmmunition throws a satsuma]] at a button on the Sycorax ship, which causes a part of the ship to open up. This part of the ship just ''happened'' to be right underneath where the Leader was standing, and so he falls to his {{epic fail}} death.
* ''TheDukesOfHazzard'': Averted several times:
** "Goodbye, General Lee": It almost is for the show's signature (and heroic) car, when Boss Hogg, tired of the Duke boys constantly foiling his schemes (and perceiving the General Lee's "sheer power" in always playing a key role), picks up on Luke's off-handed remark that the General Lee isn't what it used to be. At one point, the trope kicks into effect when Rosco having earlier locked up the Dukes on a minor traffic charge, and having impounded the General Lee has the car driven out to the country, places the car's transmission in neutral, and pushes it down the hill ... toward a cliff. Cooter is conveniently nearby, sees what's going on, and manages to stop the General Lee (by using his tow truck as a "brake") but then Cooter has his own hands full when he has trouble stopping the truck. (Not to worry, Cooter got his tow truck to stop just at the very edge of the cliff!)
** In "The Great Insurance Fraud," a pair of con artists out to take advantage of Boss Hogg's insurance scam stage an accident by having one of the accomplices drive his car over a cliff, after getting "fake Duke" Coy to engage him in a chase. Coy is led to believe that the other driver failed to escape his car before falling over the cliff, leading to his crushing (and fiery) death.
** "Sitting Dukes": Uncle Jesse and Daisy are forced to drive a stolen vehicle (a laundry truck, taken by two escaped convicts that were that week's villians of the week) to try to divert attention of authorities who are pursuing the criminals and the Duke boys; the authorities are unaware (or, in Sheriff Little's case, uncaring) that Bo and Luke have been taken hostage and made at gunpoint to cooperate. Jesse and Daisy eventually decide to drive the truck to a winding road and jump out before the vehicle plummets into a ravine and bursts into flames, in their own attempt to get the authorities off their trail. (It didn't work, as Sheriff Little still takes them in for questioning.) Meanwhile, Bo and Luke are told -- at gunpoint by their desperate captors -- to drive the General Lee through a raging forest fire to get the authorities off their trail, putting everyone's life in extreme danger.
** "When You Wish Upon a Hogg" begins with Hughie tricking Boss into believing in the power of an oil lamp ... and ends with Bo and Luke having their hands full trying to save Hughie from tumbling (in his van) over a cliff; Hughie initially balks, afraid of what he thinks the Duke boys will do to him and wanting to save all his ill-gotten money. In the end Bo is able to pull Hughie from the van, just as it begins to topple from the cliff. (BTW, the beautiful "genie" that was "in the lamp" – the shockingly beautiful Trixie, was not harmed; she was already being held in jail as Hughie's accomplice.)
* Also from JossWhedon, the torturer from the ''{{Firefly}}'' episode ''War Stories'' falls into the abyss after being shot to death.
* On ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Nathan falls off a rooftop in his final appearance on the show.
** Kaito Nakamura is tossed to his death off of the Deveaux rooftop by [[spoiler:Adam Monroe.]]
* In ''Series/{{Justified}}'', Raylan has to confront Coover in [[GrowingTheBeard Brother's Keeper]], leading to Coover's plunge down the mine shaft.
* Doctor Shinigami[=/=][[OneWingedAngel Ikadevil]] in the original ''Series/KamenRider''. Gets tossed off a cliff by Rider 1 ([[{{Narm}} all while EEEEEEIIIIIII'ing]]) then, when he recovers from the fall, he immediately [[MadeOfExplodium explodes]].
** Colonel Zol in his [[OneWingedAngel Gold Werewolf]] form is punched off a cliff by Kamen Rider 2 and explodes on impact.
* On ''Series/LasVegas'', Monica Mancuso [[note]]villain of a TyrantTakesTheHelm story arc[[/note]] stands on the rooftop of the Montecito in season three and rants about how, one day, she will own the entire Las Vegas strip. Then, in a bizarre twist, a huge gust of wind catches her ridiculous outfit and she flies off the roof and into a shoe store.
** And in the season five premiere, Sam's kidnapper falls out of his airplane to his death.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': [[spoiler:Ruthless investor Latimer and the team's first client/target fall off a ledge while fighting over a gun, which goes off before a splash is heard. Unlike the above, their bodies aren't seen but it's highly unlikely they survived... probably.]]
* Happens to the White Witch in the BBC version of ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe''... but not in the book or, ironically, the [[Film/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe Disney version]] where she gets mauled to death by Aslan (although we're spared the details). Apparently that was considered a bit strong for [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids Sunday tea time]] viewing, so Aslan simply roars at her, causing her, either through magic or simple fear, to fall to her death.
* Another good guy ([[HeelFaceTurn technically]]) example: in the season five finale of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' ([[Creator/{{ABC}} technically by Disney too]]), Juliet bows out in a way very similar to [[Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire Helga Sinclair]]. She falls down a deep pit -- and survives. In a final HeroicSacrifice, she triggers a bomb that was tossed in the pit earlier and then there's a [[CliffHanger fade to white]]... though she dies in the following episode from her fall-related injuries.
** In the SeriesFinale, [[spoiler:this is how The Man in Black goes out, when he is shot by Kate and kicked off the cliff by Jack.]]
** You know, we can't bring up ''Lost'' without mentioning [[DestinationDefenestration what Locke's father did to him]], can we? Although it doesn't qualify as "Death", it broke his spine.
* Murdoc in ''Series/MacGyver'' gets at least three of these: fell down a mountain, fell down a mine shaft, fell off a cliff. Naturally, they NeverFoundTheBody, and he survived all three times.
* In the finale of ''MaddigansQuest'', Ozul and Maska follow CircusBrat Garland out onto the high wire rather than waiting at either end to trap her there. The result is rather predictable.
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' - Aredian the Witchfinder dies by falling out a window rather than being killed by Merlin like most of the villains.
* In the season 2 finale of ''Series/{{Nikita}}'', [[spoiler:this is how Nikita and [[BigBad Percy]]'s final confrontation ends. As Percy's about to make his grand escape, he attempts to kill Nikita, and in their struggle, he falls over the edge of Division's missile silo. Nikita grabs him, but ultimately lets him drop. Ironically, when he hits the bottom, he crashes into the glass prison cell he spent the first half of the season locked up in.]]
* ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'': After being revealed as A, [[spoiler:Mona Vanderwaal]] falls off a ledge during a struggle with Spencer. Spencer even [[TakeMyHand reaches out to try and pull her back]], but isn't able to. In a {{subversion}}, [[spoiler:Mona]] lives through the fall and is eventually found criminally insane and confined to an insane asylum for treatment.
* Lionel Luthor is taken out of the show this way in ''{{Smallville}}'', also an example of KlingonPromotion and DyingToBeReplaced.
* In ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', Michael returns in the final season to kidnap Teyla's son. MamaBear instincts kick in, and she ultimately throws him off the top of Atlantis' central spire. And that is NOT a short drop by any stretch of the imagination.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' - Michael Jonas falls to plasma in engineering and dies in his attempt to kill Neelix.
* In season one of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', the Meg Masters demon is thrown out a seven story window. Being a demon, she survives. However, after the demon is purged from Meg's body, the girl dies from the wounds given to her from the fall that happened a few episodes ago.
* ''Series/ThirdWatch'': Though drug kingpin Donald Mann (played by Gene Simmons) went down in a pool after being shot three times, right before the confrontation that leads to his death, he chucks a subordinate off the building roof, and we see the sod embedded into the roof of a car on the street below as Yokas and Cruz arrive on scene.
* The NinetiesAdventureShow ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSinbad'' was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aFauWqEkl4 extremely]] fond of this trope.
* The third season finale of ''Series/{{Primeval}}'' has a double-villain death. Helen Cutter is pounced on by a Velociraptor while standing near the edge of a very high cliff, pushing her off and resulting in the deaths of both her and the raptor.
* In the ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' episode "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road", the villain Moonface meets his end after the heroine knocks him out of his mountain cabin and he falls into a ravine.
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* Muhammad Hassan fell victim to this trope after his match with TheUndertaker at The Great American Bash. After the match, Undertaker tore off several of the panels covering the stage and giving him a [[FinishingMove Last Ride]] through the hole, complete with a rather disturbing sounding crash a few seconds later. While other wrestlers have taken falls from high heights as part of their match, sometimes being put out of action, this was meant in storyline to kill off the character, as {{UPN}} [[ExecutiveMeddling/ProfessionalWrestling forced the]] Wrestling/{{WWE}} [[ExecutiveMeddling/ProfessionalWrestling to remove him from the air.]]
* A tragic non-villain example happened to OwenHart, who during his entrance when he rappeled in from the rafters, fell 78 feet to his death. It was only by luck that this didn't happen on national television, who saw only a backstage promo instead.
* Narrowly averted in the infamous "Hell in a Cell" match at the 1998 "King of the Ring" pay-per-view, where Mick Foley -- playing his Mankind gimmick -- not once but twice took severe falls. The first was the now-legendary one, where his opponent, TheUndertaker, threw him off the top of the cage, with Foley crashing through the SpanishAnnouncersTable and onto the arena floor. Foley, it was said, was knocked unconscious after taking the fall, and even JimRoss exclaimed, "Good God almighty! Good God almighty! That killed him! As God as my witness, he is broken in half!" Miraculously, Foley recovered, rallied to beat down Undertaker before Undertaker came back to give Mankind his second bump of the night -- being chokeslammed through the top of the Hell in a Cell structure and onto a pile of thumbtacks on the mat below; this fall also knocked Foley unconscious, leading the Undertaker to believe at first that Foley had been fatally injured.
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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' module I10 ''Ravenloft II: The House on Gryphon Hill''. At the climax of the adventure the evil Creature and the Alchemist Strahd topple over the edge of a cliff and fall to their deaths below.
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* ''Theatre/TheMasterBuilder'', written by Creator/HenrikIbsen. The main character, Hallvard Solness, falls from a high tower at the end of the play, promptly loosing his life when he cracks his scull against a rock. Doubles with FamilyUnfriendlyDeath. And as main characters go, he is not of the heroic type.
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* The ''VideoGame/AnotherCode'' series plays with this. The first game plays it straight with Bill falling into a large pit in a cavern, but the sequel subverts it by having Richard save Ryan from his suicide attempt.
* Disney's own ToontownOnline has a boss fight that ends with the Cog VP being pushed off the roof of his HQ building.
* Two more Disney games, the VideoGame/EpicMickey series, both get their chance to indulge in this in some surprisingly disturbing examples for Mickey Mouse games; the first game has the villain, the Blot, implode from the inside after having fireworks shot at him from the towers of a castle, while the second game's Mad Doctor is dragged to his death in a pit of acid by a load of green spirits after his evil robot vehicle topples over the edge of a platform. Oh, and then all this causes a huge acid geyser to blast everyone out of the cave and into the sky, where the robot promptly explodes, taking the Doc with it (while Mickey and Oswald casually glide to safety, no less.) Wow. Also ventures into {{Tear Jerker}} territory in that Oswald ACTUALLY TRIES TO SAVE HIM (despite the fact that he'd been playing them all for suckers and tried to kill them) but ultimately fails. The Blot's death can be seen here: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_icBzXMDF1U]], and the Mad Doctor's here: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIrfErfREl8]].
** The Mad Doctor's death is optional; there is an alternate version of the ending where Oswald actually ''does'' save the Doctor and he makes a genuine HeelFaceTurn.
* At the end of ''BanjoKazooie'', Gruntilda falls from a great height and a large rock falls on her. The extent to which this counts as a "death" is unclear, though. She immediately starts talking and trying unsuccessfully to move the rock, and she's back in action as a [[DemBones skeleton]] when it's removed in the sequel.
* There are quite a few level-specific ''MortalKombat'' Fatalities which allow you to finish your opponent with one of these. Usually upon a whole mess of SpikesOfDoom.
* The easiest way to defeat Bowser in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1'' involves a bridge, a lake of lava, some carefully-timed jumps, and an axe on the other side of the bridge that you can grab to destroy the bridge and send him into the lava. Same for ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'', where you have to resort to avoiding his stomps and fireballs long enough to make him stomp a hole all the way through the floor without taking you with him.
** Avoided in ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'': Trying to just push Bowser of the cliff makes him jump back up and create a shockwave in the process. You need to throw him into a bomb (or three, in the case of the final battle) to actually defeat him. You can't defeat King Bob-Omb by throwing him off the mountain, either, or he will react pretty similarly to Bowser.
** The final level of the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' Arcade uses this. Mario removes the rivets holding the platform Donkey Kong is on, causing him to fall down, and hit his head. Its sequel, ''Donkey Kong Jr.'' has a similar set up. After freeing Donkey Kong, the floor disappears, both Donkey Kong and Mario end up falling, but the former is caught by Jr. In a subversion of the trope, Mario immediately recovers from the fall, and runs away. Also subverted in the GameBoy ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'', where DK falls off the tower after being defeated by Mario, only to return powered up as a giant for the definite final battle. A similar thing happens in Mario vs. Donkey Kong, but DK ends up crashing onto a truck full of Mini-Marios. He survives and steals the Mini-Marios, again. "HereWeGoAgain!"
** Happens again with Bowser in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'', and par to the last few examples, he comes back up, eats the Grand Star, becomes massive, and starts the true final battle.
** At the end of ''[[VideoGame/SuperMario3DLand Super Mario 3D Land]]'' after defeating Bowser, in a pretty awesome cutscene, Bowser falls towards the pit of lava below [[SlowMotionFall in slow-motion]]. Then a rock hits him and Bowser falls to his doom at regular speed. [[UnexplainedRecovery He's back for the credits sequence]].
** Averted with Bowser in ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam Mario & Luigi: Dream Team]]''. Bowser jumps off a cliff, then reappears as Giant Bowser.
** In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'', Boomer cuts the chandelier he is standing on and falls to his death after he is defeated.
** Averted with Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings in ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii''. All of them fall over the edge once defeated, but are shown to survive - right before being crushed by Bowser's falling castle.
* [[StreetsOfRage]]: The seventh stage is in an elevator, and you can (and will) throw one mook after another to their doom (It's harder not to do!) So it's very commonplace in Two Player games to compete "Which one can throw away the most mooks.
* In ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresIII: The War Chiefs'', Billy Holme falls to his doom after Chayton shoots him and he backs into a mine shaft. And he takes several barrels of TNT down with him.
* In ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'', Kamos dies after being pushed out of a cliff.
* ''TrueCrimeStreetsOfLA'': General Kim throws himself off of a skyscraper in the bad ending. This can also happen to Nick Kang, if you lose to Kim.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** Inverted in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', as supposed BigBad Emperor Gestahl is betrayed by his [[TheDragon dragon]] Kefka, by being struck by lightning, before being kicked off a floating continent. This is given a ShoutOut in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', where Kuja kicks his creator Garland off the VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon to steal the position of BigBad back to himself.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'':
*** Played straight with Dyne. After Barret wins their duel, Dyne jumps off a cliff and mostly likely gets impaled on one of the large spikes in the background.
*** If you do the Wutai sidequest, Don Corneo will fall to his doom coutesy of Reno.
*** [[spoiler:Ba'Gamnan]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''. [[spoiler:Ends up being subverted, though. Ba'Gamnan is alive and well in the sequel, Revenant Wings, and in that game he also doesn't get anything worse than several bad beatings courtesy of the heroes.]]
* In the original ''PrinceOfPersia'', many of the {{Mooks}} can be forced off their platforms if you keep parrying their thrusts and advancing as they are knocked back. This will kill them if the drop at the platform's end is high enough or is over a [[SpikesOfDoom spiked pit]]. It's even possible to kill the FinalBoss in this manner.
* Arcade shooter game ''VideoGame/SilentScope 2'' does this, in a way; the last boss is fought atop the Palace of Westminster's Clock Tower, with a hostage handcuffed to him. After managing to shoot the boss (and not his hostage) enough times, he drops off the side, with the hostage barely hanging on at the top. Your last bullet has to hit the handcuff chain, thus saving the hostage's life. If you manage the shot, the game goes eerily silent as the BigBad drops... and the last thing you hear before credits roll is a dull thud, and the scattering of birds.
* ''VideoGame/GHOSTSquad'' also does this in the end of the second mission. Egregious since it is achieved by a headshot. This being a [[BloodlessCarnage Sega]] game...
* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony'' during the mission "High Dive", where [[spoiler:Ahmed]] falls off the spine of the Rotterdam Tower to his death after being cornered by Luis.
** And again in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' in the [[spoiler:Kill Michael ending. [[CaptainObvious Three guesses as to who takes the plunge.]]]]
* This trope nearly happened to Rouge in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2''. After a fight with Knuckles over the Master Emerald, she loses her footing and falls towards a pit of lava. Knuckles grabs her hand at the last minute, "saving her life", even though, as a bat, [[AcrophobicBird she could have just flown back up]]... She still could have used the updrafts to glide back up or glided to one of the girders. Most likely, she was exhausted from her fight with Knuckles. Another subversion occurs in ''SonicTheHedgehogSpinball'', with Dr. Eggman himself. Sonic falls with him, but is saved by Tails. Eggman survives, though.
** Also in ''Sonic Adventure 2'', Shadow himself falls to Earth and is presumed dead. It is revealed in ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'', however, that he survived, and if the fight with Devil Doom in ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'' goes on long enough, it's revealed Eggman had one of his robots save him from the fall, although he lost his memory in the process.
** In ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld'', this is subverted not once but twice with Eggman. The first, Zazz and Zomom send him, Orbot, and Cubot falling toward a lava pool miles below them, but the three later turn up, Eggman having faked his death and used a jet pack to survive. After his defeat, when Sonic takes a piece of his jet pack, Eggman falls off a cliff. Somehow he survives (presumably because he happened to land in a soft spot of dirt), but he loses half his mustache.
** Also in ''Sonic Lost World'', two of the main villains, Zor and the Zeti leader Zavok, actually do take a fall into lava, although Zavok's fall is considerably higher. Zor's final words suggest that Zeti are not immune to lava, thus Disney Villain Death is actually played straight this time.
* At the end of GBA RPG ''VideoGame/GoldenSun: The Lost Age'', primary villain Alex meets his end when he falls into the crack in the earth that destroyed Mt. Aleph. The main villains from the first game met a similar fate when they fell into the well of the Venus Lighthouse.
* ''FinalFight'' games have a tendency to end this way. In fact, the endboss' AI (at least in ''Final Fight II'', and the first, probably in the third as well) is set so that when he is at critically low health, he suddenly jumps to and stubbornly insists on staying on the side of the screen with the obvious window (complete with a [[TurnsRed special otherwise-unseen form of ass kicking]] [[BerserkButton if you attempt to get behind him]] -- you are ''not'' allowed to get between him and the window) ''specifically'' so that he can go flying through the window when you strike the final blow.
** ''FinalFight 3'''s last boss stubbonly stands next to a power switch on the roof of city hall. He is electrocuted when you land the final blow, and your character escapes off the roof as it explodes. But he doesn't fall.
* [[FatalFury Geese Howard]] gets his at the end of ''Real Bout'', complete with a rejection of Terry's outstretched hand and evil laughter as he plummets toward the ground. Geese also gets this at the end of FatalFury. Assuming you beat him. Otherwise, he sends YOUR character to a Disney Villain Death.
* In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4'' for Jax's ending, he drops Jarek to give him this fate. In the continuity, Jarek manages to indeed survive the fall with injuries.
* In one ending of VideoGame/ClockTower, the villain dies a KarmicDeath attempting to make you fall off a ladder when you shake free. This happens to Bobby in all of the good endings, and to his mother Mary in three of the good endings.
* In ''RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction'', Tachyon falls into a black hole after he is defeated in a boss battle.
** Also, in Crack in Time, Cassiopeia is sent falling to her death after Ratchet defeats her in a BossBattle.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'', Albert Wesker had this during the flashback when Jill Valentine grabbed him when they jumped out of a window. However, Albert Wesker survives. And so does Jill Valentine, who then became the host for Wesker's new mind-control parasite.
** In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'', Derek C. Simmons is killed when he falls and [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice gets impaled on a large pole]], his blood forming the Umbrella logo.
* Joker attempts to give HIMSELF a Disney Villain Death at the end of the ''BatmanVengeance'' videogame. You, as Batman, [[SaveTheVillain must save him]], or face a NonstandardGameOver as the game informs you that death is not the same thing as justice.
* At the end of ''[[DefJamSeries Def Jam: Fight For NY]]'', the easiest way to defeat the BigBad Crow is to slam him against his [[ExecutiveSuiteFight office windows]] until they shatter and he goes flying through them. You get a [[CosmeticAward trophy]] for pulling it off. You also have to watch out because he'll try to do the same to you, and he's [[FragileSpeedster one of the fastest fighters]] in the game and often beats you to the punch.
* In the video game of Spider-Man 3, Spider-Man and Venom have an aerial battle that ends after an ActionCommand sequence allows you to save yourself and allow Venom to plummet to the bottom of the construction site, getting [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaled on at least twelve giant steel bars]].
* Also through an ActionCommand, [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos]] rips the wings off Icarus midfall and uses them to fly to his destination. Icarus? Not so lucky...
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' can use this trope for Symbolism, depending on whether or not you're into viewing it that way. Whoever Yuri kills appears to have the symbolic fall from power...Ragou and Cumore were both politically powerful, and both fell off of a bridge after Yuri killed them and into a dry sandpit (respectively), Barbos had a powerful blastia under his control and fell off of the gear tower, and Zagi had a powerful blastia fused onto his body and fell off of a tower.
** Alexei meanwhile...wasn't entirely killed by Yuri. ([[FauxSymbolism His ambitions technically crushed him]].) And you'd assume that after ''four times'', that Duke would fall to his death or be crushed by his ambitions, right? Well... you wouldn't be further from the truth. He actually ''saves the day''.
* Averted and played straight in ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus''; Rosso the Crimson cuts away the chunk of masonry she's standing on and falls to her death rather than admit defeat, and Azul the Cerulean falls into an elevator shaft after having a double-barrelled cannon thrown through his stomach.
* Occurs in ''VideoGame/ChaosLegion'', but it was a willing leap from the villain ([[ManBehindTheMan which then summons]] the BigBad.
* Ridley, in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'', is pushed out of a balcony by statues with laser beams. Despite the shockwave of the explosion he creates when reaching the bottom, you know he will be back.
** The whole fight against Meta-Ridley at the start of Metroid Prime 3 is played entirely in free fall. As such, when you deliver the final blow, you're saved by a fellow bounty hunter, but Ridley isn't so lucky, plummeting to his death, though he eventually returns thanks to Phazon corruption.
* Two of the possible deaths for [[spoiler:Scott Shelby]] in ''VideoGame/HeavyRain''.
* [[spoiler:Ripburger]] in ''FullThrottle''. Despite being from LucasArts' beautifully cartoon-shaded era, there's nothing Disney about the tone of it.
* ''TheForceUnleashed'' calls it "Long fall" and gives you extra forcepoints for throwing {{mooks}} into pits.
** Rahm Kota gets this honor but returns later on. Also, Starkiller throws Shaak Ti in the Sarlacc and thinks he is done, but she's back out very fast.
* TK from ''VideoGame/DeadRising2''.
* The fate of Cesare in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood''. After insisting to Ezio [[NoManOfWomanBorn that no man could kill him]], Ezio decides to drop him off a castle wall and "[[LoopholeAbuse leave him in the hands of fate]]."
** Also, Ahmet in ''Revelations''.
* Shredder in ''VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTurtlesInTime'' and ''TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles: The Hyperstone Heist''.
* Averted with [[spoiler:Dutch van der Linde]] in VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption. [[spoiler:When you finally confront him, he gives a BreakingSpeech to Marston and falls off a very large cliff. The next scene is Marston and Ross catching up with his corpse. Ross shoots him in the head - dispelling any notion that Dutch wasn't dead - and attributes it to John, saying "it looks better on paper".]]
* Skabb from ''TheLegendOfSpyro: The Eternal Night''. He staggers back after being defeated in the boss battle and falls over the side of the ship to his death.
* In the FMV adventure game ''VideoGame/LostInTime'', the heroine's final confrontation with the BigBad takes place on a log above a canyon. Do nothing, and he'll push you off. However, a [[ChekhovsGun profile you read much earlier in the game]] said that he was [[WeaksauceWeakness allergic to flowers,]] and there's one in your inventory. Use it on him and he'll start sneezing, lose his balance, and fall.
* Played with in ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}} 2''. When you finally track down and face Lockhart, commander of the CELL mercenaries who's been out for your blood the entire game, the 'fight' with him is really a cutscene. Your character grabs him by the throat and tosses him out of a third-story window. The subversion comes in that the fall doesn't instantly kill him; he spends a minute pathetically whimpering and trying to crawl across the ground. You can put him out of his misery...[[VideoGameCrueltyPotential or let him suffer for everything he's done to you and your allies]].
* Subverted in ''BreathOfFire2''. After [[BigBad Deathevan]] forces Ryu to watch as he [[spoiler:kills his friends]], Ryu snaps, charges through a gauntlet of powerful explosive spells, and disembowels the would-be god in a single slash. Deathevan [[ThisCannotBe is stunned that a mortal could defeat him]] and falls into the abyss. [[spoiler:Seconds later, he ''rises up'' from said abyss [[OneWingedAngel as an enormous demonic monstrosity]].]]
* Done deliberately with ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'': The devs thought killing Wheatley was too harsh, but letting him go would be anti-climatic. Spacing him, they explained, was the best compromise.
* In the AGDInteractive version of ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIIRomancingTheThrone'', Hagatha is blinded by sun in her eyes and plunges out the crystal tower's window. However, [[NeverFoundTheBody Graham and Valanice never hear her land or see her corpse]].
* Happens to several villains in the ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' series.
** Ad Avis in ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryII'' dies this way, stumbling off a tower. A Thief player hits him with a thrown dagger, which makes him lose balance. A Wizard will bounce a force bolt off a pillar, hitting the brazier next to him, causing him to recoil from it (in the AGDInteractive, it ignites his robes) and fall to his death. A Fighter will do a slide and knock the brazier into him with his shield. [[spoiler:The fall does kill him; however, as we learn in the 4th game, Ad Avis was the servant of a vampire who fed him some of her own blood. When the fall killed him, he turned into a vampire himself and fled.]]
** The Demon Sorcerer of ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIII'' is similarly thrown into the closing demon gate. This is after he was stabbed with the spear of death (If by a fighter or paladin), a paladin's sword (Paladin hero), or a grapple hook (thief hero) - none of which kill him outright. If confronted by a wizard, he is first '''exploded''' (after stealing the Wizard hero's staff, which the wizard can detonate at will), and his (still living) head is kicked into the portal.
** Minos of ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryV'' commits suicide that way when cornered by the Hero and his allies, carrying the tablet of the prophecy with him as he knows his blood will constitute the final sacrifice that will release the dragon who will then burn Silmaria down. If he can't rule it, no one will.
* Kirk Dierker falls of the Eiffel tower after being shot by Sean in ''TheSaboteur''. The camera makes a point to show him hitting the first floor of the tower.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has a rare heroic example: [[spoiler:Riordan, an Orlesian Grey Warden rescued by the heroes late in the game,]] falls to his death after [[spoiler:leaping from a tower onto the Archdemon's back to fight it in midair, then hanging onto nothing but his sword as he gouges its wing.]] It is, however, a DyingMomentOfAwesome.
** The ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' [[DownloadableContent expansion]] "Mark of the Assassin" ends with this - except the bad guy bounces rather painfully off a rock on his way down. It also plays out slightly differently depending on the DialogueTree - diplomatic Hawke tries to save him, but he takes a swing with a knife and loses his grip. Snarky Hawke listens to him make threats while hanging by his fingers, points out begging for mercy might have been a better idea, and just walks away (with a QuipToBlack after the fall). Aggressive Hawke? Stamps on his fingers.
-->'''Isabela:''' You see that? He bounced!\\
'''Aveline:''' Well, I don't think he'll survive that.\\
'''Carver:''' Drop a sword on him!
* Scervo meets its end this way in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword''. Averted with Dreadfuse, its equal from the final dungeon, as it explodes in midair during the fall.
* Shows up from time to time in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' trilogy.
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', an Eclipse mercenary can meet this fate on [[HitmanWithAHeart Thane's]] recruitment mission.
** If Miranda Lawson is still alive [[spoiler:she does this to her father, Henry Lawson,]] after he releases her sister, Oriana, biotically throwing him through a glass window and down about two stories.
** In the Citadel DLC, [[spoiler:Shepard's clone]] meets this fate after a furious battle [[spoiler:on board the Normandy itself]].
* ''KirbysReturnToDreamLand'' has this happen to the fourth boss of the game, Goriath, after he is defeated by Kirby and his party. Goriath attempts to strike a pose, but then looks down and realizes he's not on solid ground anymore thanks to Kirby and friends having knocked him off the platform, then he gets an OhCrap and plummets to his doom below in a cartoony style, and as soon as he hits the ground, he explodes into many stars just like many other KRTDL bosses do after the end of their death animations.
* Piggsy's death in ManHunt; after defeating him, he retreats and steps on a heating vent that starts to collapse under his weight, dropping his chainsaw in the process. You take it from him and saw his arms off; he then falls from the staircase of the mansion and hits the pavement below.
* Ernesto Diaz from ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis II'' and Randy Garrett from ''Time Crisis 3''. Also Jake Hernandez in the Rescue Mission mode of the latter game.
** The BigBad of the spinoff ''Crisis Zone'', Derrick Lynch, is killed when the STF forces open fire on him, causing him to fall to his death.
* Revas dies this way in ''Franchise/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'': ''VideoGame/AssaultOnDarkAthena'', as she falls to her death in the elevator shaft of the Athena.
* Emilio Menendez in ''VideoGame/TheRiddleOfMasterLu'', a grave robber and a murderer, falls to his death offscreen when trying to cross a dangerous improvised bridge while injured [[spoiler:and carrying a cursed emerald]].
* This is how [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV Seth]] dies in ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone''.
* Tony Redwood does this in ''VisualNovel/{{Policenauts}}'', when he vows to Jonathan [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled that no one will take him out]], all while [[DieLaughing laughing as he falls to his death]].
* At the end of ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'': ''[[VideoGame/ModernWarfare Modern Warfare 3]]'', Price gives [[BigBad Makarov]] a vicious NoHoldsBarredBeatdown, ties a steel cord around his neck, then breaks the glass roof, causing both Price and Makarov to fall. As Makarov falls, he is hanged and killed instantly by the cord.
* [[BigBad Sigma]] is defeated like this in ''VideoGame/MegaManX7''.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[spoiler:Frans Rayner]] in ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja''. Doc hurls him off a cliff, and assumes NoOneCouldSurviveThat. [[spoiler:Rayner manages to survive, in a highly non-Disneyesque fashion, by [[{{Squick}} rearranging his vital organs so they wouldn't be in the parts of his body that were about to be impaled on pointy rocks.]]]]
* In ''{{Narbonic}}'', Helen Narbon ([[CloningBlues the original]]) winds up falling off a ledge into a [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/narbonic_plus/series.php?view=archive&chapter=50391 thousand-foot waterfall.]] [[spoiler:She's not really dead - the other cast members [[NeverFoundTheBody never saw the body.]] ]]
** The author cops to just liking this trope; near the end of the strip, Helen Narbon the second is [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/narbonic_plus/series.php?view=archive&chapter=52492 knocked off a floating island]]. [[spoiler:She's not dead either, but in an alternate timeline she was injured so badly she was reduced to a BrainInAJar.]] Foreshadowed beautifully [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/narbonic_plus/series.php?view=archive&chapter=51459 here]].
* ''[[http://shalonesk.deviantart.com/art/A-New-pt1-126830039 Zonoya's Revenge]]'' has [[http://shalonesk.deviantart.com/art/Resurrection-pg35-137997349 Malefor die this way]] after Spyro's daughter Nina enters her SuperMode and blasts him into a pit. Unlike most examples, we actually ''see'' the aftermath. It's [[http://shalonesk.deviantart.com/art/Death-of-the-King-138019688 not pretty.]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'''s action movie parody ''Dangeresque'', the title character entertains this idea but fails to follow through on it. What happens to Perducci is actually kind of [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse unclear]], but he survives to menace Dangeresque again in ''Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective''.
-->'''Dangeresque:''' Once we get to the top of this high-scraper, we'll hopefully be able to throw some people off. Maybe even Perducci.
* Waclaw, from ''WaterHuman'', falls from a cliff while running from his [[HeelFaceTurn former partner]].
* After a long battle at the very end of [[Machinima/RedVsBlue Red Vs. Blue: Revelations]], [[BigBad the Meta]] is dragged off a cliff by the Warthog's tow cable.
* Happens in an irregular fashion in ''SpoonysCampaign''. The heroes knock the villain [[spoiler:Lord Talbot]] out a window on purpose. They '''did''' [[NeverFoundTheBody find the body]], but the very next day, they learn that the villain's body was stolen while they slept.
* Like in the original film, Gaston met his end in this manner in the Kingdom Hearts fangame. Unlike the original film, however, the fangame also makes it especially clear that he's dead by Sora, in a manner very similar to Darth Maul in ''ThePhantomMenace'', [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe cutting him in half]] before he fell.
* {{Mary Sue}}s and {{Marty Stu}}s are sometimes subjected to this by the ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum.
* At the end of ''DoubleDragonNeon'', the Lee brothers knock Skullmageddon off a cliff, and he continues to fall while the credits roll. At the bottom, Marian delivers the coup de grace punch.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* LooneyTunes and MerrieMelodies: Countless animated shorts have featured the villains suffering their last defeat by tumbling over a cliff, crashing over a waterfall, getting mauled by lions, and an endless number of other indignities. The most famous victim: Wile E. Coyote, of course!
* ''TheSimpsons'': Several have been depicted:
** "The Otto Show," where -- due to Otto's reckless driving of the school bus, he runs a tour bus with the members of Spinal Tap off the road and over the side of a cliff, where it crashes into flames.
** Hans Moleman has also been involved in several accidents with cars he has driven going over the side of a cliff.
* One of the ComiColorCartoons, Balloon Land, features an almost proto-example for animation, as the villain of the picture, the Pincushion Man, is trapped in a ball of tree sap and is sent rolling to his doom, falling off a cliff into the lands tens of thousands of feet below...
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' TOS.
** "Monster in the Monastery". Jonny bursts some bags of oil with a bow and arrows. A villain wearing a yeti costume slips on the oil, rolls down some stairs, and then over the edge of a cliff to his death.
** "Dragons of Ashida". One of the dragons chases Race Bannon out of a cave mouth. Race jumps up and grabs a tree branch and the dragon falls to its death at the base of a cliff.
* Subversion in ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures''. During the episode "In the Realm of the Condor", the villain of the episode battles Johnny on a bridge and they ''both'' fall off. Johnny grabs onto the ledge and the villain grabs onto Jonny. As you would expect, she loses her hold and falls down into the gorge. However, '''we actually see her''', screaming all the way down, as she is seconds away from being splattered onto the sharp rocks below. (At least they didn't show the actual landing...)
** Another example. "Ndovu's Last Journey" had a fight in an elephant graveyard. A villain falls and we see (from his point of view, no less) him fall towards the business end of an elephant skeleton tusk. The view cuts away before impact, but we do hear a rather nasty sound effect and see other characters flinch.
** In the episode with the Philosopher's stone, the bad guy is attacked by a magical hawk (really) and is trapped inside the building with his two henchmen as his equipment is destroyed and the building explodes. Jonny, Jessie, and Hadji, meanwhile, escape just in time.
* Scorponok and Terrorsaur were removed from ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' this way. The last we see of them is Terrorsaur's outstretched hand sinking into lava. This death was originally intended for [[TheChewToy Waspinator]], whose [[EnsembleDarkHorse popularity]] saved him at the last minute.
** This may be a ShoutOut to the first season finale of ''Transformers'', where after the rest of the Decepticons fell into the magma, Megatron went out the same way. (For a minute, anyway).
** Speaking of which, this appears to happen to ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' Megatron when he takes the spark of G1 Megatron. Tarantulas and Quickstrike rebel against him and throw him into the lava and his apparent death, though he comes back, even better than before.
** And then in the sequel series Beast Machines, both Optimus Primal and Megatron are destroyed when they fall down a shaft in a slightly similar fashion to the main reactor of the Death Star.
* In the Season 3 Finale of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', ''Wookie Hunt'', Garnac meets his demise by being Force Pushed by Ahsoka Tano out a door and falling off a ledge and onto the deck of his floating fortress.
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': While stopping Chin the Conqueror and creating Kyoshi Island, Avatar Kyoshi causes Chin to fall to such a death when he stands on the newly-formed cliff, refusing to accept his defeat, and the rock crumbles. However, Kyoshi makes it very clear that she doesn't see the difference between a Disney Villain Death and killing him herself; the end result was that she was responsible for Chin's death.
** Azula looks like she is going to get one when she is knocked off her airship, complete with helpless rag doll flailing involved. So naturally, the Gaang is upset when she rockets to the nearby cliff by way of firebending, in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome way no less.
*** The final battle against Ozai could count as an aversion as well, given that it takes place upon a series of massive pillars that seem perfectly designed for [[BigBad Ozai]] to fall to his doom after attempting to backstab Aang. He does indeed attempt to backstab Aang after Aang spares his life... but Aang [[TakeAThirdOption finds another way to stop him]].
* The episode "Sneak Peek" in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' had a nifty variation. The episode introduced a muckraking journalist [[IntangibleMan who could control his tangibility]]; he could sneak into locked rooms and spy on people unseen. Sadly, he [[SuperpowerMeltdown lost the ability to control his powers]] and fell '''through''' the building! The sequence is brilliantly animated, though there's a bit of uncomfortable FridgeLogic when Bruce wonders aloud if the poor guy is doomed to fall to the Earth's core; kind of a harsh punishment for a relatively minor baddie.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' MusicalEpisode ''See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey'' has this happen to the title villain, who, in the only dialogue in the episode that isn't sung, makes a final speech on the way down.
** ''The Powerpuff Girls'' episode "Power-Noia" had Him battling the heroes in DreamLand, where he was defeated and thrown over a ledge into a bottomless abyss by Buttercup. Being a recurring villain who can exist AsLongAsThereIsEvil, he survived, but that did defeat him for the time being.
** Also in "Insect Inside", after the girls destroy his cockroach army, Roach Coach falls off a building into the streets below. The girl's are horrified and when they examine his body, they are relieved to discover that he was a robot controlled by a super intelligent cockroach, which ''did'' survive.
* In the GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', the last we see of the Delightful Children is them falling from a broken roller coaster and into a giant broken toilet, sure victims of this trope. Incidentally, [[TheManBehindTheMan Father]] seemingly meets his demise by also falling into a giant pit earlier in the same episode (but not before [[OneWingedAngel transforming into]] TheDragon), but in his case it is subverted by showing him to be alive and well in the framing story.
* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' pulled this on part of Courage's rogues' gallery at the end of a VillainTeamUp episode. Just as they have Courage cornered, Courage, at Muriel's urging, [[MakeMeWannaShout screams so loudly]] that the floor gives way and the affected villains (Katz, Cajun Fox, The Clutching Foot, and the Queen of the Black Puddle) all plummet into a chasm.
* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries New Batman Adventures]]'' episode "MadLove", SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker mock-subverts this trope. He jumps from one rooftop to another, but falls off and lets out a horrified scream as the camera cuts away. Cut back to him standing on the roof of a train that had been passing under him and yelling: "MADE YOU LOOK!" After a fist-fight with the dark knight atop the train, he does, however, fall into a normal false death.
** The Joker actually gets this a lot. He has fallen off trains, rooftops, roller coasters, and everything else that is more than ten feet off the ground. Besides him, most of the other Batman villains have suffered this fate at least once. Bane fell off a boat, Freeze fell in [[WesternAnimation/BatmanAndMisterFreezeSubZero SubZero]], and Two-Face nearly fell off a building to save his coin (but was saved by Batman). However, these villains were shown to have survived every single time.
** Inverted in "Over the Edge". Scarecrow knocks Comicbook/{{Batgirl}} off a building to her death, but we see her injuries and she has time to say her FinalSpeech. [[spoiler:Fortunately, it was AllJustADream.]]
* In ''SupermanDoomsday'', the Evil Superman drops Toyman to his death. In front of the whole city.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "North by North Quahog", Creator/MelGibson suffers this fate after falling off of George Washington's nose on Mount Rushmore, because Christians don't believe in gravity.
** In another episode, Michael Eisner is thrown to his death, parodying ''Franchise/IndianaJones''.
** An android version of Hannah Montana is taken out in the same manner as ''Film/KingKong''.
** [[spoiler:Diane Simmons]] in "And Then There Were Fewer". Just as [[spoiler:Lois is about to be shot, Diane is shot herself as she kneels, at first glance about to fall to the ground, but then falls off the cliff and screams, splashing into the waters below.]]
* Happens to the psychotic hitchhiker at the end of the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' movie ''[[WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventuresHowISpentMyVacation How I Spent My Summer Vacation]]''. But being a [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason Voorhees]] {{Expy}}, it doesn't stop him from reappearing in the finale.
* At the end of the fourth season of ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', the Winx fairies and the warrior fairy Nebula use coverage to freeze the three remaining fairy hunters in the Omega dimension. After being frozen, the three evil wizards fall into a hole as the cave starts collapsing.
* Double Subverted in the second season finale of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. [[TheDogBitesBack Terra]] throws [[BigBad Slade]] off a cliff and into a river of lava, but he catches himself on the rock, pulls himself back over the edge, and grabs her by the throat, at which point she ''blasts'' him over the edge with her full powers unleashed, and just so we know he's dead, we then see his mask dissolving in the lava. [[spoiler:He comes back from that too, courtesy of the show's {{Satan}}-{{Expy}}, but that's not for another season. He outright said he would've been dead if Trigon hadn't intervened though.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'', Anakin's fight with Asajj Ventress ends with Anakin pummelling on Ventress with a lightsaber[[note]] a scene quite reminiscent of a pummelling Anakin would later receive from his own son[[/note]], but instead of Ventress getting cut to ribbons, the cliff she's standing on breaks, sending her into the abyss below. The other Clone Wars cartoon, ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' makes it clear she survived. It takes place after the the previous one, and she is a main villain in it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', this happens to [[spoiler:Susan]] in "Benson Be Gone". [[spoiler:After she goes OneWingedAngel, a one shot character named Utopia performs a HeroicSacrifice to send her falling into a pit back into Hell.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/BlazingDragons'', [[BigBad Count Geoffrey]] is accidentally knocked out the tallest window in Camelhot by Sir Loungelot. Although it is debatable whether the fall kills him, we never see him again for the rest of the series.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', a tyrannosaurus rex falls off a cliff while trying to eat another dinosaur.
* {{Inverted}} and {{Subverted}} in the ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} [=ThunderCats (2011)=]]]'' episode "Old Friends" where heroic OldSoldier Panthro [[{{flashback}} flashes back]] to the battle where the BigBad and TheDragon presumed him dead. Panthro's [[AmbitionIsEvil power-hungry]] friend Grune, offered a position as SorcerousOverlord Mumm-Ra's right hand, begins to fight when Panthro declines his WeCanRuleTogether. Grune knocks Panthro off the edge of a platform in Mumm-Ra's lair, sending him falling into a dark pit. Later, when pursuing his EvilFormerFriend, Panthro sourly rants about how difficult it was to climb out.
* At the end of the season 2 finale of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Queen Chrysalis and her changelings are hit with a powerful magic spell and are sent flying over the edge into the distance. This seems fairly [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Team Rocket]] style, but the distance they must have fallen exceeds both distances Twilight nearly fell in the second and fifteenth episodes put together. Judging by the fact they don't bother putting the shield back up, it's fair to assume the heroes at least believe it took her out for now. While nothing in the show has confirmed whether or not she survives, the ExpandedUniverse IDW comics do depict her return (and explicitly show her [[NoOneShouldSurviveThat surviving her fall]]).
* In ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'', the sheen number of times Dick Dastardly ends up plummeting vertically downwards from substantial heights after the critical failure of yet another improbable aircraft - sometimes saved by Muttley, sometimes not.
* In an alternate future episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', the Joker once again falls off something tall, this time a bridge. He survives and returns years later, even lampshading his ludicrous survival rate, but the fall left him crippled and reduced to using a hover-chair to get around.
* ''{{Sym-Bionic Titan}}'': [[spoiler:The traitor during the invasion of Galaluna is stabbed through the gut by Lance and topples over the edge of a bridge to his death.]]
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!!Hero/Non-villain examples:

[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* Tsu'tey fell to his death in ''Film/{{Avatar}}''. His death is confirmed in the extended edition.
* Sarah, tragically at the beginning of ''Film/{{Cliffhanger}}''.
* In ''Star Wars'', Mace Windu is sent falling from a tall building by Palpatine after Anakin turns to the dark side in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheRiddleOfMasterLu'', some of the ways [[PlayerCharacter Ripley]] can die involve falling out of sight after trying to trust a method of crossing a chasm or climbing a wall that aren't reliable.
* In ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime'', [[spoiler:Ratchet falls off a platform after being shot in the chest by Alistar.]]
* People can be thrown out of Dio's hideouts and the Kennedy Space Center in ''VideoGame/JojosBizarreAdventureAllStarBattle'' as part of their Situation Finishes.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'':
** This is how [[spoiler:Tarquin Victus]] dies at the end of his mission.
** [[spoiler:Tali dies this way, too, if you fail to establish peace between the geth and quarians, and side with the geth in the resulting battle - [[CurbstompBattle the quarian fleet is wiped out]] and Tali commits suicide by throwing herself from a nearby cliff.]]
* In the bonus chapter of ''Videogame/{{Cursery}}: The Crooked Man'', this is a given since the villain of the chapter is Humpty Dumpty. [[spoiler:He falls to his death from a windmill after being sprayed in the face with a noxious perfume when a cat appears out of nowhere and blinds him with its claws.]]
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has many subversions. In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]'', Rarity, in a ShoutOut to Icarus, flies too close to the sun, burns her wings, and falls, inadvertently taking the Wonderbolts with her. Thanks to Rainbow Dash and her Sonic Rainboom, however, this ends a bit differently than the tale of Icarus.
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E10SecretOfMyExcess Secret of My Excess]]'', Rarity once again nearly falls to her doom, this time along with Spike after he, in his giant form capturing Rarity with his tail, returns to his original form. They are saved by Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy.
** And then in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E7WonderboltsAcademy Wonderbolts Academy]]'', Lightning Dust's tornado nearly sends Twilight, Applejack, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, and Rarity falling to their doom, but other pegasi save them.
** There's also two lesser instances of Twilight nearly falling to her doom. [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E2FriendshipIsMagicPart2 One]] has Nightmare Moon send her falling off a cliff, but Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy catch her; [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen the other]] has her jump off a cliff from a violent Hydra, and would have been killed if a bog bubble didn't appear under her to bounce her up to the other side of the cliff.


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