If you are reading this, you are very likely in an office environment or being schooled to enter one and wasting valuable work time.

That said, if you aren't familiar with Team Building Exercises, Trust Exercises, Capacitation Courses, and the dreaded Weekend Seminar, you will be before long. The most common example is an exercise in which participants are paired off and one person of each pair is instructed to fall over backwards, trusting that their partner will catch them.

Since we've already established you are reading this on TVTropes, we can assume these activities can and have been extensively lampooned, mocked, and generally made fun of quite a lot by people who have yet to be turned into soulless cogs and are rebelling through humor.

'''Here are a few commonly parodied office exercises:'''
* Trust Building Exercises: The catcher will not catch the faller, either because they're distracted or just don't like the person.
* Wilderness retreats: HilarityEnsues when the PointyHairedBoss fails miserably at surviving, and everyone snarks between escaping bears and mountain lions. A popular excuse for a PaintballEpisode or MachoDisasterExpedition.
* A BlindfoldedTrip: the person leading the blindfolded walker will probably get distracted and walk the person into or off of something.


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[[folder: Anime ]]

* In one of ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'''s Sports Fest episodes, Tomo and Chiyo-chan are impressed with the boys' cooperative gymnastics, so they decide to try a supported handstand. Unfortunately, [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny Tomo]] is the supporter...

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[[folder: Commercials ]]

* A Geico commercial has the CEO of Geico suggesting he do the "fall back and you catch me" exercise-- with the Gecko. [[OhCrap Naturally, the Gecko has deep misgivings]].
* An insurance company had a radio commercial involving actors doing the falling trust exercise. Cue falling, thump, muffled cry of pain, and the catcher saying, "Wait... what's my motivation?" At which the slogan of the commercial came in, "Life's better with a partner you can trust".
* A comical [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4ul6Nez0H8 online ad]] by Disney for a Samsung smartphone has film director Rich Moore blunder his way through his workplace, [[JerkassBall offending and endangering everyone in his path]]. In one scene Moore sets up the trust fall, only to be distracted by his phone before finishing the count to three.

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[[folder: Fanfiction ]]

* The blunder in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6717308/7/But_Who_IS_He But Who IS He?]]'' is that the workforce had to have training at all; once after ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' informed a woman that her husband was dead (most likely in his [[BrutalHonesty usual subtle manner]]), the police department was almost sued and had to undergo two days of sensitivity training, something which Lestrade looks back on with dread. John then [[FridgeHorror realizes in horror]] that the only thing worse than going through a sensitivity workshop would be going through it ''with Sherlock''.
* In [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3615438/8/Euphemisms this]] ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fanfic, Sai and Sakura are called upon to demonstrate a trust exercise to Academy students. Unfortunately, [[NoSocialSkills Sai]] has never done trust exercises before and thinks he's supposed to trust Sakura not to actually fall. [[HilarityEnsues Predictable results ensue]].

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[[folder: Film ]]

* The protagonists of the slasher movie ''Severance'' are a sales team out on a team building weekend in the Hungarian wilderness.
* ''Film/MeanGirls'' had a high-school version of the falling-backwards exercise: Everyone was supposed to admit a flaw, then fall backwards. One of the members of the AlphaBitch GirlPosse apologized for being so beautiful it made everyone jealous. After she turns around, everyone except for one girl walks away in disgust. You can probably guess the outcome.
** Played with when another girl falls and everyone catches her -- and her [[AmusingInjuries very heavy electric wheelchair]].
* In ''Film/BirthdayGirl'', the bank branch managers are doing the falling backwards exercise. The catchers fail at their role because they are stunned at the sight of their model employee [[spoiler:stuffing a couple of guitar cases full of money in the vault room]] across the hall.
* In ''Film/Trust'' one character jumps off a building so that another will catch her. Her love interest doesn't want to do the same since he is much larger than her.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''Literature/GoodOmens'', Crowley and Aziraphale end up in the middle of a corporate team-building paintball exercise. For fun, Crowley decides to use his powers to turn all the paintball guns into AK-47s. [[strike:Death]] HilarityEnsues. (Don't worry, they all have miraculous escapes.)
** Even before he made the switch, though, the narration mentions that most of the participants are trying to find a way to permanently injure and disable the other players (who are all naturally rivals for better jobs), such as trying to shoot their ears.
** He gave them all what they really, ''really'' wanted. All of them were wishing they had real guns. BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor.
* In Creator/SusanCooper's ''King of Shadows'', a JerkAss drops the hero in the falling-backward exercise... and is promptly bawled out by the director and kicked out of the group on the spot.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In ''ThirdRockFromTheSun'', the aliens teach a youth group a lesson on trust through one of these exercises, by not catching the faller, and delivering the {{Aesop}} "Don't trust anyone!", and then divide the group into two teams identified by different coloured bandanas, in a very [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Gangland fashion]].
* The second episode of ''{{Hippies}}'' has Simon Pegg's character do this with the lead of a musical he's directing. The lead falls just as Pegg is turning to the others to explain the exercise.
* ''{{Psych}}'': Shawn has to get Gus out of a weekend trust-building retreat to work a case.
* Both work- and family-related example; at one point in ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', after a week sharing a practice has completely frazzled their nerves to breaking point, Frasier and Niles are dragged into the office of a fellow psychiatrist for some impromptu couples counselling. He tries the standard 'fall into your partner's arms' exercise, but they're equally paranoid of each other and refuse to participate. Exasperated, the psychiatrist gets up on the box himself to show him how easy it is... but Niles and Frasier are too busy glowering at each other suspiciously to notice, and he falls flat on his ass.
* In ''Series/TheOfficeUS'', Ryan invites all the managers of the different Dunder Mifflin branches on a camping retreat type thing....except Michael. HilarityEnsues when Michael decides to go off into the forest by himself, Bear Grylls style.
** Also the blind egg race from the ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' style beach games Michael uses to pick his replacement. Dwight screams at Kelly so much she drops the egg out of frustration, Jim misleads Karen into the water as a prank and Stanley drops it right at the start so he can be disqualified and return to his crosswords.
* In the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' pre-movie sketch for ''Film/{{Gamera}}'', Tom Servo and Crow try the trust building exercise and Crow lets poor Servo fall.
* Daniel Tosh did "surprise trust falls" over a few episodes of ''Series/{{Tosh0}}''. Over numerous clips, only ''one'' person ever caught him...and it happened [[spoiler:in the shower of a gym with a primarily gay clientele (the guy who caught him was indeed gay)]].
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Detour" has the protagonists en-route to a "teamwork conference." Of course, they run into some trouble on the way and end up having their own wilderness retreat from hell.
* In the ''MurphyBrown'' episode "Retreat", the crew go to a camp to compete against a group of bankers in a series of teamwork exercises and fail miserably. For instance, in a simulated river crossing, all the bankers make it across but only one reporter does by actively sacrificing the others.
* An episode of UK newsroom comedy ''Series/DropTheDeadDonkey'' had the characters attend a weekend paintballing seminar. Naturally, given that they are all a bundle of collective neurosis and almost universally hate each other, it didn't turn out well.
* DCI Tom Barnaby's (predictable) contempt towards team building exercises is on display in the ''MidsomerMurders'' episode "Days of Misrule" when he is forced to go on one by the new chief superintendent. HilarityEnsues.
* In the ''Series/{{Bones}}'' episode "The Patriot In Purgatory", Brennan(inspired by watching a basketball game with Booth) gets several of the Squinterns together to identify various lost remains in a "team-building" exercise. Played for drama(and sudden MoodWhiplash) when Vasiri identifies the body of a homeless vet who was present at the Pentagon during the 9/11 attacks. Emotions ran high throughout the investigation, and by the end even Brennan was in tears, reflecting on her stint identifying remains at the WTC wreckage, and realizing that Booth might have easily been at Ground Zero, meaning he could have died before they met.
* One episode of ''[[Series/{{Tosh0}} Tosh.0]]'' has a web video that has a group of people try to catch a guy who is demonstrating a trust fall, and they end up dropping him.
* In the ''{{Series/Wings}}'' episode "One Flew Over the Cooper's Nest", psychotic Sandy ambushes Joe in his psychiatrist's office for some emergency couples therapy. (She's under the impression she and Joe are married.) Sandy decides to do the trust game with Joe, but since she's completely delusional and Joe is sick of dealing with her, he simply lets her fall.
* In an episode of ''Series/LostGirl'', Bo and Kenzi go undercover at a juvenile detention camp; Bo as a counselor, Kenzi as an inmate. Bo organizes a trust-falling exercise, choosing Kenzi as her partner. Kenzi deliberately lets Bo fall, figuring it will help her gain the trust of the other inmates. And also because it's funny.
* In the ''Series/MadeInCanada'' episode "Corporate Retreat", the staff at Pyramid Productions spend the day at Y.E.S., Canada's most irritating and least effective corporate teambuilding programme. Stuck for the day with a supremely annoying programme director, the staff are forced to take part in dressed up versions of school sports day events like egg-and-spoon races, and over the course of the day, production adviser Veronica gets covered in insect bites, film production head Victor gets severe burns on his forearms after dozing off by a campfire and falling into it, and CEO Alan gets so sick of the Y.E.S. director that he knocks him to the ground with one punch - and watches in disbelief as he springs back to his feet, none the worse for wear. Inevitably, the characters participate in the "fall backwards and your partner will catch you", and television production head Richard surprises Victor by actually catching him - only to immediately drop him after chiding him for his lack of trust.

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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* In ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'', Dogbert was making [[http://www.dilbert.com/strips/comic/1996-09-10/ one of his periodic appearances as a consultant]], leading such an exercise. During the "fall backward and your colleague catches you" exercise, PHB fell forward instead. Dogbert's comment: "Okay, maybe trust isn't your biggest problem here."
** They probably did it more than once. There was one where they were on a wilderness retreat where they used the counselor as a bridge over muddy ground and, given the option to save a coworker from a bear or eat a pile of donuts, got as far as "forming a committee to explore the donut option" before the coworker was eaten.
** In another strip, Dogbert decided to teach everyone about trust by having them all make out blank checks to him.
--->'''Dilbert''': What will this teach us about trust?\\
'''Dogbert''': It will teach you that trust is an excellent quality for others to have.
** In [[http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1993-11-11/ yet another]], they had a team building exercise involving walking barefoot over hot coals, insisting that they would learn something from and about one another as they did so. Wally went first.
--->'''Instructor''': What we learn from Wally's example is "Don't wear alcohol-based aftershave".
** In ''still'' another one (which took two days to finish), Dogbert challenged the workers to build a sundial using a donut and a pencil. Pointy Haired Boss ate the donut, and when a janitor says they could have just put the pencil in the donut, they stab him... making him a sundial!
** In [[http://www.dilbert.com/strips/comic/2013-04-21/ a new strip]], Wally instructs Asok to fall into his hands in order to learn about trust, then deliberately misses Asok, explaining, [[InsaneTrollLogic "It wouldn't be trust if it worked every time."]] The larger point Wally is making is that [[ComedicSociopathy messing with his co-workers]] like this makes them easier to tolerate.

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[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* An amusing inversion during some recent WWE sketches. DanielBryan and Wrestling/{{Kane}} have to attend anger management, during which time they're directed to catch another participant in a trust fall exercise. Neither of them do so, leading to them understanding each other a little better.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* [[Videogame/CrashTwinsanity "Oh, how I]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xYHOPDtxqE hate bandicoots."]]
* Subverted in one of ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'s'' trailers, specifically [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZMSAzZ76EU "Bot Trust"]]. The exhaustive regimen of trust-building exercises gets the robots to co-operate [[spoiler: for six whole seconds longer than people did]].

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[[folder: Web Animation ]]

* ''FriendshipIsWitchcraft'': "Cherry Bomb".
-->'''Pinkie Pie:''' Ugh! You know how I get about abandonment! I'll have to do lots of trust exercises to get over this.\\
''[Pinkie throws herself, backwards, off the moving wagon.]''\\
'''Pinkie Pie:''' Rarity catch me!!\\
'''Rarity:''' What? Why me?\\
''[Pinkie and Rarity both fall to the ground.]''

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* ''GeneralProtectionFault'' had a [[http://www.gpf-comics.com/archive.php?d=20000403 rather disastrous company hike]] early in its run. You would think Dwayne would realize making a bunch of geeks go out into the woods just isn't going to work out...
* ''Webcomic/PvPOnline'' has had two so far, paintball and a LARP.

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[[folder: Web Originals ]]

* The ''Cooking Comically'' blog features [[http://www.cookingcomically.com/?page_id=479 this recipe for "Trust-Fall Chicken"]]:
-->"It's time for some team building. See, this recipe is like a trust-fall. But instead of falling you'll be cooking. And instead of trusting me to catch you, you'll have to trust me to rock your face with slow-cooked chickeny deliciousness."

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In "War of the Simpsons", the trust-fall exercise is part of a marriage retreat run by Rev. Lovejoy, but Homer is out fishing instead. Lovejoy tells Marge, "Even if he were here, I wouldn't recommend it."
** In the episode "You Only Move Twice", where Homer works for a [[AffablyEvil goofy, friendly Bond villain]], Hank Scorpio, he is subject to the trust-fall exercise:
--->'''Scorpio:''' The key to motivation is trust. Let me show you what I mean. I want you to close your eyes and fall backwards, and I'll catch you. That's gonna show you what trust is all about. Ready?\\
'''Homer:''' Right.\\
'''Scorpio:''' Three... Two... ''(phone rings)'' One second...\\
''(Scorpio turns to answer the phone and Homer falls)''\\
'''Scorpio:''' Oh, my God, the guy's on the floor. ''(goes to help Homer)'' Uh, that was a phone call; don't chalk that up to mistrust, now.
** Another episode has Mr. Burns organizing a country in the mountains, where people worked in pairs racing towards a cabin. Mr. Burns, ditching Smithers for being overly chatty lately or something, randomly pairs himself with Homer and of course cheats by using a snowmobile. Later, when the cabin has been buried by an avalanche and nobody can find the actual finish point:
--->'''Carl:''' Maybe the 'Cabin' was just a symbol for the special place in our hearts that we use when we work together?\\
'''Lenny:''' Eh... but he said there'd be sandwiches...
* ''HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'': Phil Ken Sebben, Harvey's boss, tries to get him to participate in a trust fall. A RunningGag for the series is Phil's inability to place objects properly in space, due to his eyepatch; so, he tells Harvey to stand a few feet to his side, in front of an open window. Harvey refuses, despite Phil's increasing insistence ('''"FALL, YOU BASTARD!"''')
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' had the ''villains'' doing this to build trust before taking on The League. Grodd, the leader, also ramped it up, as the ones falling did so off a cliff about 30 feet up, and the "catcher" used his powers to bring them down; for example, Sinestro using his ring to let his partner fall slowly. When Giganta drops from the cliff toward a waiting Killer Frost, however, you just hear a loud offscreen thud, with Frost going "Ow."
** It was mostly done to avert the inevitable betrayal that ends most {{Villain Team Up}}s. Grodd was being DangerouslyGenreSavvy and because he did this, his villain team was one of the more successful, going so far as to cause a temporary disbanding of the Justice League.
* In a ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' skit, Dr. Phil does the "fall and I'll catch you" with a criminal. He catches him, says, "[[ExactWords I won't hurt you]], ({{beat}}) but they will," before throwing to a bunch of cops who proceed to beat the guy down.
* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead''. One episode features a substitute teacher who makes an effort to connect with the class. He assumes the titular duo are misguided youths who have never been given any encouragement. He tries to show that he trusts them by standing on his desk and falling backwards, but unfortunately, Beavis and Butt-head don't realize what they're supposed to do, and he ends up needing a substitute himself.
* ''ElTigre'''s Maria holds therapy sessions for his RoguesGallery. One of the sessions is the fall-catch trust-builder, but it fails when the faller, El Oso, is MUCH bigger than the catcher, El Cucharone, and squashes him flat. ("Hey, I trusted you, man!)
* ''WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk'': "In Dragons We Trust" opens with Hiccup trying to coax the other riders into a trust-building exercise with their dragons: deliberately fall off their back in mid-flight and let them catch up. Snotlout is the only one who leaps at the chance. Unfortunately, Hookfang doesn't even ''realize'' his rider just jumped off...
* In a ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode the Professor notices his crew having trouble trusting one another hires a guy to run the crew through a trust-building exercise. On their way he picks up a random hitchhiker to be his assistant, as they're demonstrating the falling exercise the hitchhiker turns out to be a shapeshifting alien monster and eats him. The crew run into the ship's panic room in alarm but some issues come up and the pairs who have the worst trust issues (Fry and Bender, Leela and Amy, Hermes and Zoidburg) are sent out to resolve them. They manage to succeed but then the monster gets into the panic room and starts assuming people's forms and eating others. The crew scrambles around in panic [[spoiler: and all are eaten until only Bender and Fry are left, and they put one another through a series of tests to confirm one another's identities and resolve not to trust anyone but the two of them. And then the organizer shows up and tells them that his partner only pretended to eat their friends and that the two of them had won. They shoot him until he's dust [[NoKillLikeOverkill and shoot some more]], then the rest of the crew shows up.]]

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