Gee, you sure look pretty. The landing? We can think about that later.
Our heroes appear to be falling to their doom, from a very tall height, but they don't seem to be too worried because they are in LOVE. Instead of panicking, they will probably hold hands while falling and share a heartwarming moment. There may even be significant plot development.
They will usually be saved by an improbable occurrence, or an ally that was there all along swooping in to save them. In the latter case, the situation is treated as if the ally's appearance is an extremely lucky coincidence, even if they were Right There
in the moments leading up to The Fall. Or like in the Spirited Away
example, one of the characters knows how to fly, and was just temporarily shocked into falling.
This is very closely related to Flight of Romance
, with the difference that the heroes aren't in control of their "flight" at all, and the viewer is usually unsure whether they should be awed by the sweetness of the moment, or seriously concerned for the character's lives. Fortunately, it's Not the Fall That Kills You
Often there's some variation of Headbutt of Love
, and Almost Kiss
. May result in a Now or Never Kiss
, or a Dying Declaration of Love
, although in this trope the characters usually do NOT worry like someone really about to die, or just don't think about it much at all, because The Power of Love
will save them, obviously.
Related: Love Floats
Compare Free-Fall Fight
, for the less-lovey-more-fighty version of the trope.
Anime and Manga
- Shrek: "Shrek 4D" (14-minute special) Shrek and Fiona falling beside a waterfall, saved by lady dragon.
- Subverted in Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs where Scrat and Scratte both appear to be doing this... but then it turns out to be part of Scratte's plan to steal Scrat's acorn.
- Superhero Movie turns this into a Overly Long Gag. "This is a really tall building!"
- In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Secret of My Excess," Spike confesses his love for Rarity while they're both falling. She cuts him off and smiles to let him know that she knew all along.