->''"It's my world, Hobbes! And I'll stand wherever I want! We have an entire planet here, and you're welcome to land anywhere on it but my head! Got it?"''
-->-- '''Calvin''', ranting about this trope in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''

One or more characters fall, usually into a dark hole. One of them calls out that they're OK, because something soft broke their fall. Cue another character answering that they were the "something soft" in question.

Compare CrashIntoHello, FunbagAirbag, PleaseGetOffMe
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Both in the manga and in the {{Anime}} adaptation of ''Manga/DNAngel'', Riku falls of a cliff with Daisuke Niwa, and Daisuke on the bottom when they hit the ground, cushioning the fall. In the English translation at least, the dialogue follows the model outlined in the trope description.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Happens in ComicBook/{{Cattivik}} twice in the same story. The first time he lands on something "bouncy" [[GagBoobs revealed to be the breasts of a prostitute]]. Later he's sent flying again and this time lands on something soft and hairy, revealed to be the back of a polar bear in the zoo.

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[[folder: Fan Fic ]]

* Hobbes ends up landing on Calvin when jumping a fence in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''. The latter's ensuing rant provides the page quote.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''JohnnyEnglish'', the title character falls on his flunky when investigating the hole in the floor of the crown jewel room.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series has multiple examples:
** In ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'', Magrat falls on "something soft" from a great height, which turns out to be the Fool.
** Vimes believes it doesn't really count as killing someone when you fall off a roof and it's even odds who ends up on bottom when you land.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', with BornLucky Mat Cauthon, it is [[WindsOfDestinyChange far better than even odds]] that he will end up on top in such a fall. He once killed an attacker by intentionally throwing himself off the roof while grabbing with them. He landed on top and the other person died in the impact.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In the ''{{Eureka}}'' episode "Invincible", this gets mixed with a healthy dose of GoodThingYouCanHeal.
-->'''Carter''': A hypothetical guy falls maybe fifty feet, lands flat on the ground, and then another guy weighing 180 falls, and lands on top of him. Okay, what is the chance of the hypothetical guy getting up and walking away? [...]
-->'''Henry''': Look, this hypothetical guy: is that you?
-->'''Carter''': No. I landed on the hypothetical guy, though.
* PlayedWith in ''Series/TheXFiles''
-->'''Agent Mulder:''' "It's ok - my ass broke the fall."
* Intentionally invoked by Parker from ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' when she jumped out of a window and used Eliot to break her fall.
* In an episode of ''{{QI}}'', discussing the [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou persistent myth that if you're in an elevator that's crashing, you can negate the effects by jumping into the air right before it hits the ground]], Stephen revealed the actual best survival method: "Basically, lie on a fat person." (As well as the information that elevators pretty much never break like that.)
* From ''Series/TheBasilBrushShow''
-->'''Mr Steven:''' "Why is it I land on my head and YOU land on my head too?
-->'''Basil Brush:''' "Do the words SOFT LANDING mean anything?

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' Hector finds himself in the "something soft" position to both Florina ''AND'' her Pegasus! Which is ironic in that he wears so much armor, you'd hardly expect a soft landing.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', Bowser and O'Chunks were last seen holding up a DescendingCeiling. The camera cuts to Mario and his friends in another room, and we hear the ceiling come down, suggesting Bowser and O'Chunks were crushed. Later, we see Princess Peach and Mimi fall down a hole in the floor, into their apparent doom. Eventually, Bowser and Peach return unscathed during the battle with Count Bleck.
-->'''Tippi:''' You're all here... But how?
-->'''Bowser:''' I fell through the floor before I got flattened by the ceiling.
-->'''Peach:''' I fell through, too, and landed right on Bowser! It was a surprisingly soft landing...
* In ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', a fall of any length can be broken if the faller lands on another creature, without damage to either party, ''even if falling through a hole that leads from as high in the sky as you can build down into a specially-prepared room in the magma sea''.
* ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2'''s protagonist ended up cushioning the fall of two of his female teammates due to a teleportation accident involving the three of them. He can respond with delight or frustration.
* Marin can use Link as a crashpad in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'' and it can all be preserved in a photo, too.

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', Jagers are ''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060512 polite]]'' about this.
* In ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'', Art "[[http://www.collectedcurios.com/sequentialart.php?s=512 landed]] on something ''soft''"
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', this becomes a RunningGag, but is then {{subverted}} - and {{lampshaded}} - when it fails to happen at a truly critical moment.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0168.html another]] ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' example.
* ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'' features a variation - the superpowered title character gets [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defenestration defenestrated]] by an angry friend, but the [[CarCushion friend's car]] breaks the fall.
* From ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'': "You're standing on my kidneys..."

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Oz_Kids The Oz Kids]]'', this happens to Scarecrow Jr. twice in the same episode.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey'', after Jake Spidermonkey gains a huge amount of weight, he falls through the floor, but later calls up to Adam that "Principal Pixiefrog broke my fall!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Bender has done this to Fry several times.
* FatAlbert serves as one of these in the Halloween episode, he was trying to catch the target regularly but it didn't go smoothly.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* There is one known case of a man from England who saved himself and his little daughter from a burning building by hugging her to his belly and jumping backwards out of a window. He spent weeks in hospital with a shattered pelvis, but his daughter was completely unharmed.
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