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[[caption-width-right:300:[-"I have to remind you, Sully, this is my weak arm!"-] ]]

->''"My arm's getting tired."''
-->-- '''Franchise/{{Batman}}''', ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''

In fiction, just about everyone is [[PrimalFear afraid of heights]] so when the hardass cop or AntiHero finally corners one of the BigBad's buddies who refuses to spill the beans about his boss's EvilPlan on a very high balcony, at the top of a cliff, [[RuleOfThree in a helicopter]], or anywhere else that's high off the ground, that hapless {{mook|s}} is guaranteed to be dangled over the edge by our protagonist in an attempt to loosen his lips. With his life ''literally'' hanging in the balance, the mook finds himself in a position where he is forced to tell the badass hero whatever he wants to know or be dropped to his death.

In RealLife, however, this is perhaps the '''''single''' worst interrogation technique'' imaginable, taking the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique to new [[{{Pun}} heights]] of unreliability. Anyone with any bit of common sense should realize that an interrogator would need to keep his man alive if he's ever going to get some answers, but because this method relies on threatening to kill the person with the needed information, this means that in the event that a suspect remains uncooperative the interrogator would be put in a position where he has to either (1) not do it and lose all credibility and control of the situation, or (2) let his lead fall to his death and lose the information he would have had. [[CantKillYouStillNeedYou Dead men tell no tales]], after all. Furthermore, any death threats may give a potential informant the impression that his interrogator may just [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness kill him after he shares the information that is asked of him]], anyway, which doesn't give the potential informant any additional incentive to cooperate.

Regardless, this technique has an extraordinarily high success rate in all fictional formats. The {{mook|s}} will almost always be willing to comply and do whatever the hero asks, and the hero will always gain enough new information to move the story forward. Uncommon cases where someone is dropped from a height that wouldn't prove fatal but would still be pretty harmful would qualify as JackBauerInterrogationTechnique.

Compare JackBauerInterrogationTechnique, TortureAlwaysWorks, and DramaticGunCock, which also relies on making death threats during interrogations.

Watch out for UnhandThemVillain when a bad guy does this. Not to be confused with DramaticDangling.

A subtrope of EnhancedInterrogationTechniques.

See Also: DisneyVillainDeath


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' chapter 34, Hanji reaches RageBreakingPoint and pulls this on Pastor Nick, prompted by the latter's asking to [[UnhandThemVillain be let off the wall]], when [[spoiler: it turns out that there's a Titan inside the giant wall. Unfortunately, it doesn't work, as Nick is NotAfraidToDie, and she pulls him back to safety to interrogate him conventionally.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/{{Batman}} is famous for this. In both ''Batman'' and ''Superman'' comics, some mooks have pointed out that the hero is known for never killing, so the threat isn't very convincing. In both cases, the hero has pointed out that just means no-one's ever ''caught'' them killing someone...
** In Batman's case, sometimes he does acknowledge that he doesn't kill people... but points out that [[FateWorseThanDeath that doesn't stop him from making the mook beg for death from the unholy, savage hurting he's more than willing to lay on him while still keeping him alive]]. This includes letting him fall just enough for it to be survivable while crippling the mook, (which he's done, MANY times). ''Then'' the mook relents.
* ''Franchise/TheFlash'' once did this to a mook. The mook taunted that Flash was trying to copy Batman, but Flash drops him, uses his superspeed to catch him, and then continues dangling him.
%% * ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' occasionally does this.
* ComicBook/ThePunisher uses this among other interrogation techniques. Like most typical [[AntiHero Anti-Heroes]], he often does go through with the threat of letting them plummet to death.
** Probably the only time in which this trope was used sensibly was when [[MagnificentBastard General Zakharov]] in ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' was doing this to [[SmugSnake Rawlings]]; he had no intention of letting the latter live anyway unless Rawlings came up with an epic {{plan}} under fear of death -- if he wasn't able to, well, then no skin off the General's nose.
* Franchise/{{Superman}}, [[TheCape surprisingly]], has done this.
** [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness In his very first appearance]], in [[http://www.cgccomics.com/1134755001/#features/ Action Comics #1]], he interrogates a corrupt lobbyist by picking him up, running along an electric wire, and then making improbably large building-to-building leaps.
** On at least one occasion, he dropped a mook, used superspeed to catch him, and said, "Now, we can keep doing this until I get tired, or..."
** Back in the Golden Age, he ''threw'' the mook to a high altitude and then caught them on the way down (why being caught by Superman at five feet above ground level is safer than hitting the ground is never mentioned).
** He does it to a reporter who calls him a liar in ''Comicbook/SupermanGrounded''. Not to interrogate him, just to terrify him.
** A minor version called "Superman 2020" has Superman's grandson, who has a rougher style, doing a variant. He takes two suspects to a high altitude and demands they talk lest he drops them, but they naturally think he's bluffing. At that, Supes III ''drops'' one of them (to a hidden soft landing he prepared earlier) and threatens the other; that crook starts to sing.
* In the sister series to ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}'', ''Incorruptable'', the main character, Max Damage at one point needs to score information from Origin, a mad scientist who specializes in giving people super-powers. He does so by dangling him over a vat of chemicals containing a tentacled monster (in actuality his last client). After Damage gets his information, Origin attempts to blackmail him over some information involving his powers. Max responds by blowing up his hideout.
* In ''ComicBook/NemesisTheWarlock'', Book I, when [[HalfHumanHybrid Brother Gogol]] insists that he'd rather die than help Nemesis let every alien prisoner and human traitor escape Termight, Nemesis's response is to levitate Brother Gogol and hover him over a cliff until he changes his mind.
* In the ''ComicBook/NikolaiDante'' story arc "The Great Game," when a spy suggests to Jena Makarov the existence of a superweapon that the Makarov Dynasty does not know about as a means of raising his "bargaining power," Jena responds by hanging the spy over a high balcony ''by his nostrils'' and demanding he tell her everything he knows about the weapon or be dropped. The spy is killed by intervening assassination droids shortly after he begins spilling the beans.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Lucifer}}'', the title character {{invert|edTrope}}s this with Mahu. Since a fall won't kill Mahu, Lucifer threatens to throw him into orbit, from which re-entry ''will'' kill him .. eventually.
* Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} has been known to do a variation of this. Instead of simply threatening to drop the criminal/mobster/[[MonsterOfTheWeek what have you]] he is currently engaged with, he actually does drop them, and then catches them in the nick of time.
--> [[TheCowl Daredevil]]: I can keep this up all night. Can you?
* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} did this in the "[[ComicBook/Supergirl2011 Crucible Academy]]" story arc. After being abducted and taken to a weird, unknown place, she grabs the neck of one of her kidnappers and hovers over an abyss, demanding answers while reminding him that "It looks like a ''long way down''."
* In ''ComicBook/{{Copperhead}}'', when Boo is tracking down Floyd Sewell, he dangles an informant off the highest level of a fire escape staircase.
* In ''ComicBook/GothamCityGarage'', Batgirl grabs Harley Quinn, starts her JetPack up and takes her over the city to interrogate her.
* In a tie-in comic for the TV series ''Series/Supergirl2015'', Supergirl grabs villain Facet, takes her to the edge of the atmosphere and demands answers. When Facet fails to give them, Kara lets her drop (she was invulnerable so no real damage done).
-->'''Supergirl:''' But here's the thing about messing with people who can fly when you can't... They choose how you land.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, Sarah attempts this, but the person [[TortureIsIneffective refuses to talk]] and is dropped at least two hundred meters.
* In the ''Fanfic/HarmonyAndValor'' story ''Cultural Differences'', after the extremely sexist CasanovaWannabe Zephyr Breeze harasses Flash Sentry's little sister True Action, Flash becomes so pissed that he beats the crap out of him, then dangles him from the roof of the mall until he promises to never bother girls again. Flash and True then have a nice talk, and Sunset Shimmer has to remind him to pull Zephyr up before someone spots them or he loses his grip.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'', the title talking dog does this to a mook in [[ShowWithinAShow the TV show]], which, per the script, works perfectly. It doesn't work so well when he tries it with Mittens, who isn't part of [[ShowWithinAShow the TV show]], and just tells him what he wants to hear.
* This is Nigel's method of "negotiating" in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}''.
* Batman does this to a Mutant in ''WesternAnimation/TheDarkKnightReturns''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2'' [[spoiler:Astrid has Stormfly take Eret up into the sky and threatens to drop him if he doesn't lead them to Drago. When he refuses, she ''does'' have Stormfly drop him and lets him fall for a while before catching him. It works.]]
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretLifeOfPets'', when Tiberius interrogates the cat who stole Max's collar, in an attempt to find out Max's whereabouts. The cat isn't fazed in the slightest, since he's a cat and will just land on his feet, so Tiberius turns him over to Gidget, whose JackBauerInterrogationTechnique proves far more effective.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/TheWolfOfWallStreet'', Chester and Toby do this to Belfort's butler Nicholas after Belfort finds out that one of Nicholas' friends has stolen money from him.
* Film/JamesBond does this to a mook in ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' and then lets the mook plummet to death when he hears everything he needs.
** And he attempts it with Patrice in ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', but Patrice dies, rather than talk.
* The ''Film/FourBrothers'' do this to one of the bad guys they come across early on during their quest to find out who killed their adoptive mother. Like The Punisher above, they also let him fall, but then they continue the interrogation on the ground, since the roof they dropped him from wasn't high enough to kill him, but enough to fuck him up.
* Bud White interviewing Ellis Loew in ''Film/LAConfidential''.
* ''Film/{{Commando}}'': John Matrix (Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger) dangles one of the kidnappers of his daughter above a cliff to make him talk. This one is actually a lot more cold-blooded: while Sully made it perfectly clear that he would be willing to talk, Matrix had already found the necessary PlotCoupon in his coat pocket before holding him over the cliff's edge. He just brought him there solely to [[BondOneLiner let him go]].
-->'''Matrix:''' Remember, Sully, when I promised to kill you last?\\
'''Sully:''' That's right, Matrix! You did!\\
'''Matrix:''' ILied. ''(drops Sully)''
* In ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'' Kevin Kline's criminal does this to Creator/JohnCleese's barrister to extract an apology for Cleese calling Kline stupid (which Kline's character indubitably is).
* The fake helicopter drop was used in ''Film/TheGodsMustBeCrazy'', leaving the prisoner thrashing on the ground, screaming his head off. The helicopter is sitting on the ground with the engine running, and the questioner is threatening to chuck the blindfolded prisoner out (a one meter drop, tops). When the prisoner refuses, he's chucked out, and is screaming the location of his compatriots as he's thrashing on the ground, even when it should be clear to him that he's no longer falling and that the whole thing was a ruse. Immediately before he gives them information the Interrogator gleefully says "Next time we'll be a bit higher!", and the prisoner has no interest in going from an actually dangerous height.
* ''Batman'' movies:
** ''Film/BatmanBegins'' features the title character dangling and dropping Det. Flass almost as if he were bungee jumping until Batman is satisfied with what information he's given.
-->'''Batman''': '''''WHERE ARE THE OTHER DRUGS GOING????!!!'''''
** {{Subverted|Trope}} and {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''; Maroni casually tells Batman that a fall wouldn't kill him. Batman retorts that he's counting on it, then drops him and breaks his legs, making it JackBauerInterrogationTechnique. And Maroni doesn't tell him anything ''anyway'', because [[TheMobBossISScarier he's not going to rat out The Joker for anyone]], least of all Batman. "We're on to you," he says. "You've got rules. The Joker ''has'' no rules."
** ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' also subverted and lampshaded it in the opening scenes of the film. A CIA team has captured a group of Bane's minions and is trying to get Bane's location out of them; they have them all in hoods, bring one to the open door of the plane, and stick the mook's head out of it. The suspect refuses to talk, and the CIA interrogator ''pretends'' to have him killed (shooting his gun into open air before claiming to have thrown the mook from the plane) before moving him out of the way.
-->'''Interrogator:''' Lot of loyalty for a hired gun.\\
'''[[spoiler: Bane]]:''' Or perhaps he's wondering why someone would shoot a man before throwing him out of a plane.
** In Creator/TimBurton's original ''Film/{{Batman}}'' movie, Batman does this to a {{Bit Part Bad Guy|s}} at the beginning of the film. Interestingly for a trope that generally works as a death threat, just before Batman holds the guy over the edge of the building, he tells the mook, "I'm not going to kill you."
-->'''Batman:''' I want you to do me a favor. I want you to tell all your friends about me.\\
'''Mook:''' What are you?\\
'''Batman:''' I'm Batman.
* Subverted in ''Film/TangoAndCash'': the protagonists try this on a Mook. It doesn't work. Then Tango attaches a grenade to his head and starts to take the pin away slowly with [[GoodCopBadCop Cash trying to dissuade him]]. [[spoiler:It works. [[FalseRoulette The grenade turns out to be fake.]]]]
* In ''Film/BringingDownTheHouse'', Charlene (Queen Latifah) holds an (ex) boyfriend over a balcony until he apologizes to the girl.
* Subverted in ''Film/MissionImpossibleIII''. Ethan has the BigBad captive in an airplane and after initial interrogation fails, he opens a hatch in the floor and hangs his hostage down the hatch such that he feels the massive winds in his face, meanwhile cutting the zips holding him in his seat. The BigBad doesn't crack and worse, he learns Ethan's name from the others shouting at him to stop.
* In ''Film/BlackDynamite'', the title character holds Cream Corn upside down over the edge of a high roof. Cream Corn then tells Dynamite everything he knows.
* A bit of a variation in the French movie ''Une chance sur deux''. Jean-Paul Belmondo and Alain Delon's characters threaten a corrupt lawyer working for the [[TheMafiya Russian Mafia]] to push him from a high bridge above a river, but they have tied his legs to a bungee rope, so after he talks they ''do'' push him from the bridge, and watch it dangle, laughing. At least, the first time. The second time, they didn't tie the rope, just put it in the lawyer's hands... and they still push him from the bridge.
* John Robie (Creator/CaryGrant) does an impromptu one in ''Film/ToCatchAThief'' in order to press a confession out of the real jewel thief.
* Mick performs one on a hitman in ''[[Film/CrocodileDundee Crocodile Dundee 2]]''.
* Done in ''Film/BladeTrinity''. A mook is dangled in an attempt to lead the protagonists to the BigBad, but he refuses to talk. Then his cell phone rings. Blade answers, tells the mook it's for him, and lets go of the rope.
* The LiveActionAdaptation of ''Film/{{MW}}'' has Michio doing this to Yamashita, one of the corrupt politicians involved in the titular chemical warfare. When Yamashita refuses to tell Michio the location of the MW, Michio pushes him off the top of a building and threatens to make him fall to his death by cutting a rope. After Michio gets an answer, he cuts off the rope.
* ''Film/AnalyzeThat''
** Paul Vitti and Jelly hangs down a hitman who tried to kill them to make him say who sent him. Then Jelly lets him go from misunderstanding his boss, although the mobster falls into trash bags and survives [[spoiler:(well, not for long)]].
** Later, Doc Ben Sobel gets similarly hung upside-down for filming a scene in the ShowWithinAShow ''Little Caesar''. His screams are quite realistic, since he wasn't warned.
* In ''Film/UnderworldAwakening'', while Selene is escaping the lab, a scientist orders his troops not to fire on her, in the hopes of following her to "Subject 2". Later, Selene holds him out a window and interrogates him. After he reveals what he knows, he protests, "I was the one who let you go!" She replies, "[[PreMortemOneLiner I guess this makes us even]]," and [[UnhandThemVillain lets go]] of the scientist.
* Played with in ''Film/TheHeat''; Mullins and Ashburn aren't strong enough to pull the suspect back to safety when they attempt this and end up dropping him a couple stories onto the hood of his cherised car.
* In the 1990's movie ''Film/{{Gunmen}}'' Armor (Denis Leary) hangs Dani (Christopher Lambert) upside-down from a rope underneath a helicopter to get him to talk. For good measure, Armor had the pilot fly low so that Dani would hit the trees underneath.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'': Played with when Captain America and Natasha do this to a mole. He makes Cap admit that he'd never throw someone off a roof. So Natasha does it. [[spoiler: But as planned, Sam "Falcon" Wilson catches him and flies him back to the roof. THEN the guy talks, presumably not wanting to repeat the incident.]]
* In ''Film/BlankCheck'', Carl Quigley, Juice, and Edward Biederman do this to Butch to find out where Preston lives.

* The protagonist does this to the terrorist who killed his mother in ''Literature/{{Jumper}}'', but in a particularly nasty way. Davey can teleport, so he teleports the guy to the top of the World Trade Center, drops him, and teleports down to catch him just before he hits the ground. Then he does it again, and again, letting him get closer to the ground with each drop...
* In ''The Green Eagle'', Franchise/DocSavage captures a group of mooks. To make one talk he hangs him outside a window. When the mook refuses, he drops him. Being a TechnicalPacifist, he had Renny and Long Tom catch the mook in a net, but the other mooks don't know that.
* ''Literature/TheExecutioner''. In "Tiger War", Mack Bolan does the helicopter version, but also exploits the prisoner's religious beliefs, pointing out that when his body hits the ground from that height, it will break apart and be eaten by various animals, meaning his spirit will be divided and so never find rest.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} Kara]] [[spoiler: (Actually Brainiac at the time)]] does this to someone by smashing a hole in his plane and shoving his face out at 20,000 feet.
** ''Clark'' does this with Tess in order to find out what Checkmate was up to. He holds her over the edge of a building for a few seconds until she agrees to talk to him. He pulls her back before he starts asking questions, but given how she glances at the edge before she answers, it's pretty clear that this trope was still part of the situation.
* Happens frequently on ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' with Chuck himself the one being dangled.
** Chuck subverted the trope when he grabbed a Fulcrum agent who was about to fall from a building. When the agent asked Chuck if he would drop him if he didn't talk, Chuck told him no, noting it would be a terrible thing to do. The agent agreed to talk, but lost his grip before he could do so.
* The ''Series/LoisAndClark'' episode "That Old Gang Of Mine" sees Superman do this to John Dillinger (or his clone, anyway).
* In one episode of ''Series/TheCape'', Vince dangles a corrupt cop by dangling him over a bridge with his cape. [[SubvertedTrope It doesn't work.]]
* In ''Series/BurnNotice'', Michael and Sam use this technique on two men to try to find the boss of a medical scam ring. The interrogatees, however, were in no real danger as they were tied to the ground; Michael and Sam's plan was just to pretended they dropped one of them so the other would squeal from terror.
* The reimagined ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' has [=McGarret=] doing this to a Serbian Mafia criminal involved in a kidnapping from the roof of a grand hotel. Danno then [[WhatTheHellHero chew him out about the rights of the suspects]].
* Richie did this with the punk who shot Tessa in ''Series/{{Highlander}}''. He was really close to letting go, especially because Duncan was pressuring him to back off-the kid had been in a drug-induced haze and didn't even remember doing it, and he had cleaned up and had a family now. Fortunately, Richie settles for finally triggering the guy's memory and getting a confession;he doesn't kill him.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'':
** Where demons are capable of surviving a fall from high ground, Chris prefers to hang them over a flaming volcano. He also tends to kill them even if they talk.
** Phoebe did it once to a corrupt landlord in a episode where she was granted superpowers.
* ''Series/{{Luther}}'' does this in the first episode of his third series. When a suspect in a tower flat tries to make a break for it, he somehow ends up dangling over the edge. It's unclear if Luther actually ''pushed'' him, but he's certainly willing to milk the moment to get information. What he doesn't know is that InternalAffairs are gunning for him and his partner has been coerced into wearing a wire. There's too much noise for them to tell precisely what's going on, and Luther relents before they can actually lay eyes on the scene.
* On an episode of ''Series/TheATeam'', the team interrogate a mook by having BA hold him over a cliff above the carnivore pit at a zoo.
* An episode of ''Series/TheFallGuy'' had Colt interrogating a mook on a plane. When said mook wouldn't talk, Colt shoved him out of the plane and jumped after him. During their freefall, Colt showed the mook the altimeter on his wrist and said he had until they reached a certain height (when Colt would have open his chute) to talk. He talked.
* In episode 1x06 of ''Series/ByAnyMeans'', Jessica and Charlie persuade a drug dealer to talk by hanging him by his ankles from the top story of an apartment high-rise.
* ''Series/ForeverKnight''. In "Last Act" VampireDetective Nick Knight shoves a murderer through a high-rise window (without opening it), though the fact that he's wearing his NightmareFace also inspires the man to talk. Nick is planning to kill him anyway, but fortunately his partner shows up.
-->'''Schanke:''' Nick, it's over! Besides, think of the paperwork if you drop him.
* A variant in an ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' episode where Callen drags a second prisoner into interrogation when the first one won't talk, then opens a trap-door in the floor and drops him in the ocean. Prisoner #1 talks very fast. Cut to the next scene when Prisoner #2, who is really a one-shot NCIS agent, is in the boat shed toweling himself off as Callen thanks him for helping out.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'': In "The Killing Distance", Willie extracts information from an assassin by holding him over the edge of well.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''Cold War: On Your Own Behind the Iron Curtain'', this is used to get a part of the combination to a safe. However, it really only works because the interrogatee is afraid of heights.
* The ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' expansion ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony The Ballad of Gay Tony]]'' has a mission where the player has to intimidate a ShallowParody of Perez Hilton into not printing anything about Tony, anymore. Part of this involves throwing him out of a helicopter and catching him before he hits the ground, [[spoiler: effectively making him crap his pants in embarrassment.]]
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' during Thane's recruitment mission, Shepard happens upon a poor [[FacelessGoons mook]], standing too close to a window, in a skyscraper. Shepard asks about Thane, threatening to throw the guy out the window. Subverted in that the mook doesn't have vital information necessary for you to continue the mission, and a renegade Shepard knows it.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'':
** ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'':
*** The Hugo Strange promotional trailer shows Batman interrogating a {{Mook|s}} in such a manner as this, with Batman demanding to know who sent him and the mook promptly answering, "Hugo Strange."
*** In game, Batman can do this while interrogating Riddler's henchmen, provided that the player performs the interrogation command close enough to a ledge.
*** This is also Batman's chosen method for questioning [[spoiler:Quincy Sharp]] during a cutscene.
** Early on in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'', we get to see it from the mook's perspective as he wakes up while being dangled off a building.
* In one quest line in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''[='=]s ''Cataclysm'' expansion, a Twilight's Hammer higher-up is interrogated this way, with the added feature that he'll suffer [[TurbineBlender Propeller Blender]] if dropped. At the close, the shaman doing the interrogation reveals that she had several air elementals ready to catch him if he ''did'' come loose, so the problem of losing the information with his life was never actually there.
* Done by Beckett, the resident DeadpanSnarker in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''. We don't get to see it though.
-->'''PC:'''And you worked all that out by sniffing around?
-->'''Beckett:''' Actually, there were two hunters on the roof of the building opposite the hotel who were positively ''delighted'' to tell me everything they knew - provided I stop dangling them headfirst over the side.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': We see a flashback of Roy and Durkon dangling the kobold oracle upside-down by a window to get a third prediction, the first two being less than helpful.
** Specifically, the Oracle answered the question "Where is [[BigBad Xykon]]?" with the spectacularly useless "In his throne room."

[[folder:Web Original]]
* It's reported in the ''Website/TheOnion's'' web video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JjNh7L5jiE "Nation's Hardass Cops Finally Find Time to Play Games"]] that "hardass cops can be fucked with for two more hours, at which point they will resume dangling lowlifes from rooftops until they get the answers they want."

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** In a TimeTravel episode, "The Once and Future Thing, Part 2", young Batman does this to Ghoul and the older Bruce Wayne chides his younger self for being "that green" and shows him the [[EnhancedInterrogationTechniques proper way to interrogate someone]], which then leads to the two of them doing the 'Good Cop, Bad Cop' routine. The others are stunned at seeing ''Batman'' be the Good Cop.
** In another episode, the Flash tries interrogating someone this way. An unimpressed punk points out that [[PretenderDiss "[Flash is] no Batman,"]] at which point the Flash drops him, then runs down the side of the building to the street, where he creates enough of an air cushion to prevent him from splattering, and finds the man much more willing to talk.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' episode "Shear Strength," Gwen is being held hostage by The Master Planner, and Spidey attempts to get information out of the captured Tinkerer by dangling him off a building. Tinkerer unwisely calls his bluff, and Spidey really ''does'' drop him, only to save him with a webline at the last minute so he'll talk. The best part is Spidey realistically points out that his reflexes might not be enough to pull that trick off a second time.
* One ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch revolving around Ted Turner becoming WesternAnimation/{{Captain Planet|AndThePlaneteers}} sees him smash through the window of a corporate office while two [[CorruptCorporateExecutive executives]] are contemplating dumping polluted waste in the Grand Canyon. Turner then proceeds to hold one of the two men out the window until he agrees to sign a clause agreeing to not dump waste in the Grand Canyon, at which point Ted Turner would agree to [[UnhandThemVillain let the guy go]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'', Leonardo -- who by then is going through a "hard-core" phase -- attempts this once with an informant in order to get information on the Purple Dragons.
* In ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'', War Machine tosses a villain out of a transport helicopter to get him to reveal the whereabouts of Tony, Gene, and Pepper. The first time War Machine catches him, he refuses to crack, so he drops him a second time, this time catching him so the ground is actually in sight. With the prospect that War Machine will keep this up until they close the distance, he breaks.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays'': Doyle and Van Rook do this to Finster in "Into the Mouth of Darkness".
* ''[[WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk Dragons: Race to the Edge]]'': Heather uses this technique on a dragon hunter in "Stryke Out" to try to find out where Hiccup and Toothless are being held.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', following in his mentor's footsteps, Terry uses this technique on Inque's latest client.
-->'''Batman:''' Where. Is. Inque?!
-->'''Man:''' I don't know!
-->'''Batman:''' Wrong answer. ''(opens his fingers so the guy's just clinging to his wrist)''
* In ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', Taurus Bulba puts an effective spin on this by interrogating Darkwing while [[AdultFear threatening to drop Gosalyn]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* During UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, captured Viet Cong fighters would be loaded into a helicopter and interrogated in the air. If they didn't talk, they would be thrown out of the helicopter, one-by-one, until either they started talking or until they had all been pushed out. However, they were blindfolded and not aware that the pilot had actually lowered the chopper to a non-fatal level and the [=POWs=] only fell a few feet, but the other captives didn't know that -- all they could hear was the screams of their comrades. Some Vietcong actually died from the fall; they believed the scenario to the extent that falling out of the helicopter triggered a heart attack.
* Suge Knight of Death Row Records implied to Music/VanillaIce that his thugs would throw him over a balcony unless he signed over the rights to "Ice, Ice Baby". Tabloid rumors suggested that Knight actually held Ice over the balcony and threatened to drop him.
* The soprano Francesca Cuzzoni refused to sing her first aria in Georg Friedrich Händel's ''Ottone''; Händel replied, "Oh! Madame, I know well that you are a real she-devil, but I hereby give you notice, me, that I am Beelzebub, the Chief of Devils!" The historian continued: "With this, he took her up by the waist, and, if she made any more words, swore that he would fling her out of the window."