Trampolines are usually viewed as fun places to play in the backyard. They're used for stunts, slam dunks, and a guaranteed submission to Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos. Sometimes, however, in both RealLife and fiction, trampolines are used for a much more serious purpose. These fall into two main categories: a character is depressed and tries to commit suicide, or a character is in peril and needs to jump to safety.

See also InterruptedSuicide and HeroicFireRescue. In a comic setting, can be subverted with TheNotCatch.

* Subverted in a commercial for Glad garbage bags. A piano breaks loose from the rope used to pull it up to a third-story window. Two workers use a Glad bag to make a fireman's trampoline. The piano completely misses, it breaks into a hundred pieces, and the workers use the trash bag to deliver the pieces to the piano's owner.

[[AC:{{Film}} - Animated]]
* The clown firemen routine in ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'' ends with the clowns catching Dumbo with a trampoline, but he falls through it and into a vat of whitewash.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'', a trampoline is provided to catch Derek when he's dropped by the newly giant Susan. He bounces off it and hits the ground.
* ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService'' has a charming use of this trope at the end of the film. After Kiki saves Tombo, firefighters rush a safety tramp below the kids as they slowly descend, just as a safety precaution considering the weight Kiki had to manage with her flight power.

[[AC:Live Action TV]]
* An ''Series/{{Emergency}}'' episode, "Details," had the firefighters have to use a life net to evacuate John and Roy off a burning building. The Station 51 captain noted that was the only time he's ever seen that piece of equipment used.

* In the Music/{{Rammstein}} MusicVideo for "Benzin", the other band members (as firefighters) try saving Flake as he jumps off a building, using a trampoline. [[spoiler:It rips.]]

* The main premise of the Creator/{{Nintendo}} UsefulNotes/GameAndWatch game ''Fire'' was to save people jumping out of a flaming building into a waiting ambulance with a trampoline.
** In ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', this is Mr. Game and Watch's recovery move. Since ''Brawl'' the move is even followed by a [[HammerspaceParachute parachute]] from the eponymous game ''Parachute''.
* At the beginning of ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry: Love For Sail'', Larry jumps into one of these to escape a burning condo. He bounces out and ricochets around the scene before finally ending up on a cactus.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' has an event where you need to maneuver a straw-filled truck under a suicidal rapper to break his fall. An infamous bug led to UnwinnableByMistake where he jumps before you can get to him.

[[AC:Western Animation]]
* In ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'', Christopher Robin improvises one of these using his jacket to help Roo jump down from a tree. Tigger, on the other hand, is unwilling to use it.
** In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'', a fire drill fails when Pooh is not there to help hold up the trampoline.
* Used by ScrewySquirrel in one of his cartoons. At the last second he pulls it away, because that's just the way he is.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', "One Good Scare Ought to Do It!": The Fireside Girls save Phineas in this manner with an improvised trampoline made from their sashes when he falls out of the haunted house being lifted into the air.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Ned throws Homer from the second-story window of a burning building onto a mattress. When he lands, the mattress bounces him back into the house through the ground floor window.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle''. Boris Badenov persuades Bullwinkle to jump into a firemen's net (twice!) as a publicity stunt. The second time, the net is lying on the ground with no one holding it.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' involved the two working at a fire station. They end up manning the trampoline; Ren ends up getting crushed by everyone who jumps.
* This comes into play in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "Skyscraper Smurfs", when the Smurfs have to jump out of the burning smurfominium and Papa Smurf with a few other Smurfs come to their rescue.

[[AC:Real Life]]
* Life nets used to be standard equipment for fire rescues with a usual upper jump height limit of six storeys, although eight storey jumps have been noted. However, the life net was phased out by the 1980s since it was too dangerous with a real risk of jumpers landing on the hard rim or a firefighter holding it up or worse, missing the net altogether. Today, aerial apparatus fire trucks are used instead since they enable firefighters to simply reach up to victims to get them down.