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->''"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, SuggestiveCollision.



[[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.
* In the ''Manga/SandsOfDestruction'' manga, DraconicHumanoid Rhi'a makes her entrance by landing feet-first on Morte's face (apparently landing is the most difficult part of flying). Luckily for Morte, Rhi'a is wearing cute little flats instead of her CombatStilettos in this adaptation.


[[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.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Noob}}'', a couple of occasions had other characters fall on Omega Zell. The first was his TheNotLoveInterest, so he didn't really mind.
* In the Marvel "What The..." parody, the whole Mutie (X-Factor) crew landed on poor Nonentity (Cypher).
* Used dramatically in ''ComicBook/{{Copperhead}}'' when Boo baits one of his captors into beating him, then hits the hovercar's emergency escape hatch. Boo twists his opponent down to land on top of him and bounces off running.


[[folder: Fan Fic ]]

* In ''Fanfic/CoOpMode'', ''Taylor'' becomes this for James on the very first chapter by catching his head from hitting the floor trying due to his attempts on escaping her locker - unknowingly saving his life by preventing his HP from [[CriticalExistenceFailure reaching zero]].
* Hobbes ends up landing on Calvin when jumping a fence in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''. The latter's ensuing rant provides the page quote.


[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''Film/JohnnyEnglish'', the title character falls on his flunky when investigating the hole in the floor of the crown jewel room.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}'', we get this exchange.
--> '''Nikki:''' I hit my head on ''something''.
--> '''Kaltag:''' Yeah. ''My'' head!


[[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.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In the ''{{Series/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 ''Series/{{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?
* Happens in an episode of ''LiveActionTV/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'':
-->'''Zack''': "Man; [[DoubleStandard good thing I landed on you or that could've hurt]]!"
-->'''Cody''': "[[SarcasmMode Yeah; lucky you!]]"
* ''Series/{{Voyagers}}'', "[[Recap/VoyagersS1E20JacksBack Jack's Back]": Bogg falls on top of Drake when he and Jeff omni in, although not for long as Drake uses him omni to time jump out.


[[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.


[[folder: Web Animation ]]

* In one episode of ''{{WebAnimation/RWBY}}'', Jaune tries to [[CatchAFallingStar catch Weiss mid-fall]], but it goes wrong and they both plummet to the ground, Weiss landing neatly and safely on top of Jaune.
-->'''Weiss:''' ''[sarcastically]'' [[DeadpanSnarker My hero]].
-->'''Jaune:''' My back...


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', Jagers are ''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060512 polite]]'' about this.
** British spies on the other hand are [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20150731 a bit more snarky]] about being landed on.
* 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..."


[[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.
** In one episode a falling Bender is heard yelling for "someone fat" to get in his way from off-screen while the camera focuses on an obese man and skinny blonde. Bender lands on the skinny blonde.
* WesternAnimation/{{Fat Albert|AndTheCosbyKids}} serves as one of these in the Halloween episode, he was trying to catch the target regularly but it didn't go smoothly.
* Happens once in ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents''.
-->'''[[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Timmy's Dad]]''': Good thing I landed on this nice soft mom!
* In ''WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'', Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snowmonster fall to their [[DisneyDeath apparent doom]]; however, both show up safe and sound later because "Bumbles bounce!"
* Invoked, but not actually used in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' when Meap and Doofenshmirtz are plummeting to Earth after falling out of the former's spaceship:
-->'''Meap:''' "Well, my little friend, it looks as if we are about to fall into our untimely demise."
-->'''Doofenshmirtz:''' "Yeah, speak for yourself! I'm gonna try to land on you so you'll break my fall!"


[[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.