Most video game characters seem to have incredibly durable legs; they can survive just about any fall that isn't into a Bottomless Pit
This trope is about the ones that can't.
In some video games, characters will get hurt when falling from great heights. Granted, the damage they take is closer to having their foot stepped on than shattering all the bones in their legs
, but regardless, it hurts them.
of Jump Physics
Contrast Not the Fall That Kills You
- Super Mario 64 had this. In this case, Mario could Ground Pound before impact to avoid this.
- In Bioshock Infinite, falling from too high will damage you.
- In Minecraft, falls deal 1 point of damage for block (meter) fallen after the third, so a 23-block fall will kill you. However, landing in water, vines or spiderweb cancels the damage, and Feather Falling-enchanted boots will reduce it.
- 3DRealms games Duke Nukem 3D, Blood, Shadow Warrior and Redneck Rampage all had falling damage inflict death and other hazards, complete with the player character screaming his lungs out when falling from great heights.
- LucasArts game Outlaws also featured death by falling.
- Dead Rising predictably has this in effect. However, once you learn the knee drop and time it properly, you can negate all the fall damage.
- Driv3r implements this. Jumping off, say, an elevated train track in Miami will damage you, if not outright kill you.
- The Grand Theft Auto series has this as well.
- This goes at least as far back as the original Donkey Kong arcade game (1981). If Mario fell through a hole in the floor, went over the edge of a platform, or fell too far before hitting a surface while jumping onto or off an elevator in Screen 3, he died on impact.
- Sierra's King's Quest series had three descent scenarios: descending steps or something similar garnered no damage. A minor tumble totaling no more than the player character's height yielded some circling stars, but only nominal damage. A fall greater than the characters height, however, was always fatal. Princess Rosella was especially vulnerable to serious falls.
- In the video game based on Spy Kids 3D: Game Over, Juni falls several feet when he enters the virtual reality world he was assigned to infiltrate. Upon regaining consciousness, he loses a life.
- Played straight in Deus Ex: Human Revolution... unless you unlock the Icarus Landing System perk, which essentially grants you immunity to Falling Damage with some flashy special effects.
- In many The Legend of Zelda games, you can lose hearts if you fall/ jump too far, but none more than Skyward Sword, where you're given a magical sailcloth that acts like a parachute right near the start. If you don't use it on high enough drops then the Wii controller shakes to tell you ouch, as if Link clutching his chest wasn't enough. Bonus Points for disregarding Falling Damage when you fall off the Floating Continent of Skyloft and can't call your Loftwing, though justified as someone else will catch you. Every single time. note
- In The Lord of the Rings Online, player characters take a variable amount of fall damage based on how far they fell. A short fall leaves the character uninjured. A longer fall leaves the character limping and with most of their defensive skills disabled; the length this debuff lasts depends on the length of the fall. A fall over a great enough distance renders the character "incapacitated by misadventure" upon impact. The game averts Soft Water, so the character gets just as injured (or killed) from falling into water as from falling onto land.
- In Star Trek Online, players who fall a comparably high distance (about 12-15 feet at the lowest) will suffer a small but negligible amount of damage.
- In Prince of Persia, falling two levels will subtract one from your Life Meter, and falling three levels will kill you outright. The former becomes necessary in some levels of Prince of Persia 2.
- Bubsy had falling damage as well.
- Spelunker took this to ridiculous levels. If you fall less than your own height, you die.
- Rayman 3 is the first game in the series to implement this; if the main character falls for too long, he gets squished into a pancake for a brief period of time. The first two games avert this.
- Hexen has two thresholds based on falling speed: one where the player takes damage and one where the player automatically dies regardless of health. A fall between these two values can't kill but will reduce health to 1.
- Many of the platform games of Action 52 exaggerate this to an absurd degree where the One-Hit-Point Wonder characters die in midair. This even happens in Cheetahmen and its sequel despite providing a Life Meter.
- Team Fortress 2 includes fall damage, which is a concern when Rocket Jumping, since you also take damage from your rocket as well, so you better not be too low on health. The Scout's unlockable shotgun the Baby Facy Blaster negates all fall damage, in exchange for the Scout losing all his speed boost if he jumps.
- In Guild Wars 2, the player character takes fall damage - more damage the higher the fall is. This, however, can be negated by landing in deep water, and each profession has an optional trait that can reduce the damage taken (rangers, for example, can create muddy ground when they fall).
- Real Life plays it straight. Usually.