A character has just encountered something so surprising, shocking, or hilarious that he falls off the chair on which he was sitting. Occasionally, the entire chair may tip over with him. BonusPoints if the character has just been told not to lean back in his chair.

May be a consequence of SwivelChairAntics. Compare FaceFault, BreakingBadNewsGently (when it involves saying "You better sit down"), and DramaticDrop, though in this case the thing being dropped is yourself. Sister Trope of SpitTake and DramaticSitDown. [[IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do with]] Administrivia/PeopleSitOnChairs.
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[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* When L finds out that shinigami might actually exist in ''Manga/DeathNote'', he falls out of his chair.
* Happens on [[http://www.anymanga.com/gokusen/008/007/009/ this]] page of ''{{Gokusen}}''.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* In the prologue of ''KillerCondom'', the student's mother falls off her chair from shock after hearing what her darling daughter did to her professor (supposedly bite of his ''bits''). Then goes the father. Played with in the general direction of JustifiedTrope, as both fainted, which in itself is quite an exaggeration of reaction, even if you were from Philadelphia.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Happens at the end of the early Creator/StephenChow movie ''All for the Winner'', where Stephen is blessed with psychic powers that he abuses on the gambling table. It's the big final fight, his HeroicBSOD is gone and he takes the one card that he needs to change to get four of a kind, forces all his powers into it... and it remains the same. Cue the FaceFault off his chair. [[spoiler:Turns out that what really changed was one of his ''opponent's'' cards, breaking his straight flush.]]
* In ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'', Captain Kirk's most famous line is delivered from the floor in front of his captain's chair.
** Interestingly, Kirk stumbling off the chair was entirely accidental. But director Creator/LeonardNimoy thought it suited the scene and [[ThrowItIn left it in]].
* Inverted in ''{{Inception}}''- pushing someone off a chair is used to trigger a huge shock (causing a sleeping person to wake up), rather than a huge shock causing someone to fall off a chair.
* In ''Film/WaynesWorld'', each time Garth sees his dream woman in Stan Mikita's.
* In the official ''Film/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' film, both Phoenix and Edgeworth each manage to cause the entire courtroom, including the witnesses, the gallery, the Judge, and ''Von Karma'', to FaceFault off their chairs due to how incredibly, blithely ''dense'' their statements sound.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Ted makes Stella laugh so hard she does this in an episode of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''.
* In ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', Michael is leaning back in his desk chair, proud to be running the Bluth Company finally. He tips back too far and the chair falls apart under him, being cheaply made specifically for model homes. Later in the episode, he is describing the situation to his family and tips back in the kitchen bar-height chair... but it, too, collapses under him (which Michael lampshades ''on his way down'').
* In ''Literature/TheConditionsOfGreatDetectives'' Tenkaichi sneaks his way into the back of a meeting within a police station while they discuss a murder. He sets up a dramatic moment, as he has something say and grabs everybody's attention, but only asks where the toilet is and all of the policemen fall off their chairs in response.
* In the {{ER}} episode "Motherhood", as Dr. Lewis rushes in with her laboring sister, screaming for assistance, perpetual ButtMonkey Carter does this.
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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* In a ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' SundayStrip from 1986, Charlie Brown tells Lucy at her psychiatric booth that he's afraid of falling off chairs. While she tries to convince him that it's an irrational fear, he falls off her stool twice.
* [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes Calvin's]] mother [[http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-ash1/v97/241/42/159101491/n159101491_30194056_5498.jpg here]].

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* It is a theatrical tradition that {{Hamlet}} is so shocked at the appearance of his father's ghost in his mother's bedchamber that he leaps from his chair, knocking it over.

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Grace [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-07-23 does this]] upon meeting the AlternateUniverse versions of Tedd and Elliot, who are dating.
** Done [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2011-05-27 here]] by the Child Left Behind, a.k.a [[spoiler:Noah]].
-->'''Greg:''' Are you okay?
-->'''Child Left Behind: I'm fine! I tripped!'''
-->'''Shade Tail:''' But you were sitting.
** Noah later does it on hearing that Grace is visiting Raven.
-->'''Raven:''' Your classmate Grace is going to be here, and it's best she doesn't--- *[[OffscreenCrash THWUMP]]*
-->'''Raven:''' What happened?
-->'''Noah:''' Nothing! I tripped!

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In the episode "The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace" from ''TheSimpsons'', when Homer is trying to think of an invention and Bart makes fun of Homer's lack of progress, Homer tips his chair far too back and he falls down. Later, as Homer laments that his inventing career was not working out after all, he once again leans back too far on his chair... but this time, he doesn't fall. He explains that he added hinged extra legs so he'll stop tipping over while trying to invent stuff. The family commends him for his idea, and Homer is satisfied... until he looks closely at his poster of Thomas Edison and sees hinged legs on Edison's own chair. Realising that his own inspiration had a secret invention, Homer decides to go to the Edison Museum and smash the chair, taking all credit for himself. In the end, Homer couldn't do it because Edison was inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci, just as Homer was inspired by Edison.
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