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->'''Pacha:''' Uh-oh.\\
'''Kuzco:''' ''(facing the other way, deadpan)'' Don't tell me. We're about to go over a huge waterfall.\\
'''Pacha:''' ''(also deadpan)'' Yep.\\
'''Kuzco:''' Sharp rocks at the bottom?\\
'''Pacha:''' Most likely.\\
'''Kuzco:''' ''({{beat}}) Bring it on.''
-->-- ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''

If the characters are rafting, swimming, or just floating down [[RiverOfInsanity a river]], then they will either go over a waterfall or narrowly avoid going over a waterfall. Always. No exceptions. You could take it to the bank.[[note]] But you actually can't, [[{{Metaphorgotten}} because you're going over a waterfall - you'd swim to the bank if you could... 'cause the side of a river is called a bank, and um... never mind]].[[/note]]

Despite the suspense or drama they may invoke, plunges over a waterfall will not always result in significant physical injury to the characters. This is true regardless of the height of the fall, or the shallowness/rockiness of the bottom.

Usually, this is a good way to stop the fact that in a lot of circumstances travel by river is actually one of the best options available.

May have a CaveBehindTheFalls. Compare MegaMaelstrom.


[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]

* The world of the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime is filled with these waterfalls. And just as it is inevitable that Ash will save the Pokémon of the week from going over at the last minute, Team Rocket always end up going down it at the end of the episode.
** In the episode "Pokemon Paparazzi", Team Rocket meets their defeat this time by going over a waterfall... but [[GravityIsAHarshMistress suddenly freeze as Jessie recites a poem before they fall.]]
-->'''Jessie''': But first, a poem: Team Rocket drifted down the stream... And now we SCREEEAAAM!!!!... (Splash!)
* ''Manga/AkazukinChaCha'': A school ''ice-skating'' race - naturally the river is frozen making the waterfall much more of an issue. Luckily Chacha's skirt turns into an impromptu parachute (though she's not too happy, especially with her two male friends [[PantyShot hanging onto her ankles]]).
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''
* Midway through ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', [[GenderBender Female-Ranma]] and [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Pantyhose Taro]] went over a waterfall while fighting on a drifting log. The thing is, nobody (not even the onlookers) even realized there was a waterfall there until the combatants went over the edge.
* In ''VideoGame/DinosaurKing'', The Alpha Gang has a tendency to fall over these, preceded by a "this feels familiar". In the UsefulNotes/NiagaraFalls episode, it occurred twice!
* In ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'', Team 7 has a mission cleaning up a river. During the entire episode, Naruto tries to prove that he's better than Sasuke. So, naturally, he gets too close to the giant waterfall, loses his footing, falls into the water, and goes screaming over the waterfall, only to be caught by an annoyed Sasuke.
* In ''Literature/ArashiNoYoruNi,'' Mei and Gabu tumble over a series of several waterfalls (culminating in one big one) when they attempt to escape from their clans' attempts to have them betray one another.
* The heroes of ''Monster Farm''/''Anime/MonsterRancher'' build a raft to float downstream but are diverted to a waterfall by the Baddies. This is a catalyst to get [[spoiler: Suezo to learn his Teleportation technique]].
* ''Anime/StrikeWitches:'' TheMovie: After Yoshika rescues a dog stranded on a rock in a river, she falls in and quickly heads towards one of these. [[spoiler: She goes over the falls, but is saved by a Witch cadet who [[ContrivedCoincidence happens to be flying by.]]]]
* In one episode of ''Anime/TheMysteriousCitiesOfGold'', some of the main characters are swept over a waterfall. Needless to say, none of them are badly hurt. (Though Zia is knocked unconscious, she quickly recovers).

[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* The main character in ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'' narrowly avoids going over one or two of these.
* Played with in ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'': As the Dalton brothers are about to fall into one, Jack ([[ThoseTwoGuys or is it William?]]) tells Joe not to worry, that in such situations the characters are always saved in the nick of time. In fact, nobody comes to the Daltons' rescue, and they fall over. Of course, they make it.
* In ''ComicBook/JonahHex'' #39 (original series), Jonah faces one in a flashback to Civil War days. {{Lampshaded}} by Jonah's internal monologue:
-->"'Cause the only worse predicament thet could happen tuh me right now would be if'n thar turned out tuh be some kind of obstacle on this here stretch of river thet wazn't marked on the general's campaign map! Like mebbe a - ''Gasp!'' - '''W-waterfall!'''"
* ''ComicBook/XMen Unlimited'' #4 features an inevitable waterfall... [[CriticalResearchFailure on the lower Mississippi!]]
* Emma narrowly avoids going over a waterfall early in the ''ComicBook/{{Ruse}}'' storyline featuring the [[ActuallyNotAVampire maybe-vampires]]. It turns out to be a Chekhov's Waterfall, and plays a significant role in the climax of the story.
* Last victim in ''[[Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Special]]'' escapes from the lunatic Hewitts and ends up floating down a river on a tree trunk. As she promises to herself to clean up her act, she suddenly starts screaming when she comes across a waterfall. But it's not the small drop that terrifies her, it's the chainsaw-toting Leatherface, who is waiting for her at the end of it.


[[folder:Fan Works]]

* Calvin and Hobbes go over several of these in the ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' episode "Two Loons and a Kid".
* Darrel ends up going over one in Chapter 18 of ''Fanfic/RWBYReckoning''. Complete with word-for-word ShoutOut from the page quote.
* In ''Fanfic/OliviaGoesWest'', a crossover between ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'' and ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'', the bad guys devise a plan to [[HeKnowsTooMuch get rid of]] the {{snooping little kid}}s Fievel Mousekewitz and Olivia Flaversham by trapping them on Fievel's secret raft, sending them down the dangerous currents of Green River without oars and [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident making it sound like they couldn't be saved in time]]. As the children go down the rapids, Fievel is too shocked to do anything because of his resurfaced [[ContinuityNod bad memories about being swept to the Atlantic Ocean]], forcing Olivia to keep the raft from hitting the rocks all by herself. Inevitably, they fall down a waterfall that's fifteen feet high (but for mice children like them, it might as well be fifty feet), but fortunately they survive. When [[GreatDetective Basil]] investigates the place and finds proof that the children survived, he concludes that their small size and light weight allowed them to avoid hitting the rocks below the water.
* When a bridge is blown up in chapter 9 of ''Fanfic/AnAstralDropInHeatherfield'', Susan, Peter and Hope wind up in the river. Inevitably there's a waterfall.
* In ''FanFic/ThisBites'', the Straw Hats encounter one in Chapter 9 as part of random Grand Line madness.
** The rescue team encounters one in Chapter 29 on the way to the Ordeal of Balls, as in canon. Cross sees it coming, of course.
-->'''Cross''': Oh, come on, don't tell me you didn't see the 'inevitable waterfall' cliché a mile off.
-->'''Su''': ''(whimpering)'' I hate you, Cross.
-->'''Everyone else''': ''JOIN THE CLUB!''
** The Straw Hats encounter the big drop on their way out of Skypiea. Cross, Conis and Su all see it coming.

[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge3DawnOfTheDinosaurs'' with a lavafall.
* [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney Films]]:
** ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'' features this when Jafar reveals Iago's betrayal, just as an added GutPunch for Iago, who was genuinely warming up to Aladdin.
** ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', with LampshadeHanging as outlined in the above quote. They go over, and Kuzco screams "BOOYA!" on the way [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhOrxkGlLDM down.]]
** ''Disney/TheRescuersDownUnder'': It was actually how the BigBad [[DisneyVillainDeath met his end]].
** In ''[[Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day]]'', Piglet and Owl end up heading toward one of these while [[ItMakesSenseInContext floating on a chair]]. Owl has his back to the waterfall, and is so busy [[OldWindbag telling Piglet a story]] that he's oblivious to the latter's attempts to warn him. (''He'' can fly and therefore has nothing to worry about.) Fortunately, the chair ends up catching on a tree root.
** In ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'', the title character willingly went over a cascading waterfall in her boat.
** In the first ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' film, the main characters are carried over an Inevitable Cliff by an avalanche. It's essentially identical to an Inevitable Waterfall scene.
** ''Disney/MulanII'' has a straight version, resulting in the most obvious DisneyDeath of all time.
** Occurs in ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'' with Max and Goofy [[MoodWhiplash after a long father-son talk]].
-->'''Goofy:''' Ah-hyuck. A waterfall. ({{Beat}}.) '''[[OhCrap A WATERFALL!]]'''
** ''Franchise/DisneyFairies'' ''The Great Fairy Rescue'' has this while Vidia is leading the other fairies to rescue Tinker Bell.
--> '''Fawn:''' Guys, we're heading straight for a waterfall!
--> '''Bobble:''' Great pollywogs! We have to make a turn. Ease the sheets and get ready to jibe.
--> '''Vidia, Rosetta, Silvermist, Iridessa, Fawn:''' (Confused) What?
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', Mr. Incredible gets thrown over a waterfall.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiritStallionOfTheCimarron''
* After Jane falls in the river in ''WesternAnimation/{{Tarzan 2013}}'', she is swept over one and Tarzan follows in an attempt to save her.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheGoodDinosaur'', [[spoiler: Arlo and Spot]] go over a waterfall [[spoiler: during the climax; [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt since this is a Disney/Pixar film]], they survive]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie1986'', at one point Baby Lickety Split, Spike the dragon, and the Grundles are riding down a river on a floating log. Naturally, they end up going over a waterfall.

[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
%%* ''Film/WithoutAPaddle''. Also in the sequel.
%%* ''Film/{{Bushwhacked}}''
%%* ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle''
%%* ''Film/TheWrongGuys''
%%* ''Film/LastOfTheMohicans''
%%* The ''Film/MrMagoo'' movie.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''. Originally, there was going to be a scene involving one, but it was deleted. You can still see it on the DVD. Removed with good reason, as ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0035.html points out]].
** ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' has a fall of ''lava'', though both Obi-Wan and Anakin manage to escape the piece of wreckage they're on before it goes over.
* ''Franchise/IndianaJones'':
** Averted in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'', probably because they'd already fallen off a ''mountain'' while in their raft moments before landing in the river.
** ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' actually has ''three'' of them, one right after another. Verges into an OverlyLongGag.
* ''Film/AceVenturaWhenNatureCalls''. Ace is tied, along with his Capuchin monkey Spike, to a log-raft that Ace deduces is going over said waterfall. The monkey escapes from the ropes and is about to free Ace, then changes his mind and jumps to shore while he still can, leaving Ace to go over the edge.
* In the first ''Film/HomewardBoundTheIncredibleJourney'', Sassy goes over the Inevitable Waterfall.
* At the end of a boat chase, Jaws falls afoul of one in TheAmazon in ''Film/{{Moonraker}}''.
%%* ''Literature/TheOdyssey''.
* Used tragically in ''Film/TheMission''. With the DistantReactionShot of the denouement providing the art for the {{Film Poster|s}} and the cover art for the Music/EnnioMorricone [[CultSoundtrack soundtrack album]].
* ''Film/AnacondasTheHuntForTheBloodOrchid'', where the boat somehow manages to go over a waterfall while heading ''up'' the river.
* As Dutch escapes the alien hunter in ''Film/{{Predator}}'', he ends up on a river which takes him to a waterfall.
* ''Film/GiveMyRegardsToBroadStreet'', during the "Eleanor's Dream" sequence.
%%* ''Film/CatCity''
%%* Creator/BusterKeaton's ''Film/OurHospitality''.
* Buster Keaton comedy "Film/TheBalloonatic", subverts it at the end. When the characters' canoe, newly outfitted with a simple canopy, reaches a waterfall's edge, it [[spoiler:continues moving in the same direction despite gravity. A long shot reveals that what looked like a canopy was just the bottom of a newly-repaired hot-air balloon]].
%%* ''Film/PoliceAcademy 4: Citizens On Patrol''.
* ''Film/EvanAlmighty''. A real trick, considering it involves an ark and a flood.
* Probably justified in ''Film/{{Apocalypto}}'', as Jaguar Paw knew it was there and could well have headed there intentionally.
%%* ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider''
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfMiloAndOtis'' is about a kitten who gets too curious for his own good and climbs in a box floating down the river, only to be washed away down into a waterfall and [[IWillFindYou the rest is history]].
* The ending of ''Film/PureLuck''. The missing heiress [[spoiler: and one of the guys sent to find her]] drift down river toward what looks like a ''huge'' waterfall.
* In ''Film/TheFellowshipOfTheRing'' this scene appears to pop up, [[AvertedTrope but it's okay, they're just banking at The Gates of Argonath]].
** When [[spoiler:Frodo and Samwise]] paddle across the lake, there doesn't even seem to be a current moving toward the falls! (Ignoring the text of [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings the book]], which specifically says they're fighting the current all the way.)
* The climax of the 1953 film ''Film/{{Niagara}}'', in which the heroine is stuck on a boat moving inexorably toward the lip of the titular waterfall with the mentally unstable AntiVillain. [[spoiler:He pulls a RedemptionEqualsDeath by helping her climb out onto a rock before he plunges lethally over the edge.]]

* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'': the witches end up heading for a waterfall. ("The dwarfs didn't say anything about a waterfall." "I expect they thought we'd find out for ourselves.") Magrat tries to use her Fairy Godmother wand to save them and, just as they're about to go over, manages to turn the boat into a pumpkin. This doesn't help.
** ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'': Vimes goes over one while he's on the run from the werewolf pack. Prior to going over he sees [[TheGrimReaper Death]] because he is having a near-death experience and thus Death must be having a near-Vimes experience (because of Quantum).
** ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'': The crowning champ for scale: Rincewind goes off the edge of the world, over the Rimfall.
*** Which makes him the only person who is smart about it during ''Discworld/TheLastHero''. There's actually a Discworld culture that built a giant net in front of the Rimfall and lives off what they catch, it's ''that'' inevitable.
* In William King's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' Literature/SpaceWolf novel ''Wolfblade'', when Ragnor and Haegr escape a {{Cult}} by swimming in an underground river, they go over a waterfall.
* The UsefulNotes/NiagaraFalls themselves show up in Creator/JulesVerne's novel ''Master Of The World''. Two torpedo ships chase a mysterious vehicle, called the ''Terror'', across Lake Erie, until they corner it before the falls. Instead of either letting the ships catch or sink the ''Terror'', or perishing by being dragged down the falls, the vehicle's inventor and captain [[TakeAThirdOption takes a third option]]: [[spoiler: The Terror spreads its wings and flies away.]]
* In ''Literature/TheBeyonders,'' Jason's first encounter in the world of Lyrian is with a band who are floating down a raft toward a waterfall... [[SuicidePact by their own choice.]] He attempts to save them anyway. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Things go downhill--in the most literal fashion--soon after.]]
* In ''Literature/JurassicPark'', with [[spoiler:a friggin' T-rex at the bottom]].
* In ''Literature/{{Patrimony}}'' by Alan Dean Foster, Flinx has to deal with one of these things.
* In ''[[Literature/{{Spellsinger}} The Hour Of The Gate]]'', also by Foster, Jon-Tom's party only survive the InevitableWaterfall because [[spoiler: the wizard Clothahump levitates their boat]] over the Helldrink. This was even more harrowing than most examples, as they were on a subterranean river with no way to change course or land, and were being pursued by an EldritchAbomination at the time.
* In ''Snakehead'', seventh installment in Anthony Horowitz's ''Literature/AlexRider'' series, Alex steals a float and oar from a seaplane, and uses them to form a kayak. He then navigates through treacherous rapids [[spoiler:and tries to avoid a marksman aiming at him from a helicopter,]] and only after getting through this does he tumble down the 50-yard high Bora Falls...and, being the protagonist, survives. This is not the first time that it is made blindingly obvious that the kid is BornLucky, nor is it the last.
* In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series, this happens in ''Moonrise''. The traveling Clan cats end up having trouble in bad weather, fall into a mountain stream, and go over a waterfall, landing in a pool of water at the bottom. Fortunately, there is a Tribe of cats that lives in a CaveBehindTheFalls, so even though the Clan cats are pretty battered, they are able to recover because the Tribe takes them in for a little while.
* Hera's Step, an enormous and well-known waterfall in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice''. [[NonActionGuy Jerin's]] kidnappers were planning to take the boat through a series of locks to go ''around'' said waterfall and continue downstream, but when he and [[ActionGirl Cira]] got loose and started wreaking havoc, well... Cira calculated that they couldn't swim to shore and it would be better to stay on the ship for the plunge. This would have killed him if there hadn't been people around to fish him out, though, and it does kill those of the kidnappers who hadn't died during the escape.
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' (both book and [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings movies]]), [[spoiler:Boromir]]'s funeral consists of putting him in a boat and letting it fall over the Falls of Rauros. "The River of Gondor will take care at least that no evil creature dishonors his bones."
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/StormOverWarlock'':
** Floating down to the sea in a raft is interrupted by a waterfall -- for once, one they know about in advance and avoid.
** Later, caught in an underground river, they go over one. Thorvald points it out to Shann and dryly asks whether he wants to backtrack.
* An outtake in ''Literature/ToughMagic'' {{lampshade|Hanging}}s the trope, with the Author himself commenting '...and who put a ''waterfall'' there!?'
* One pops up in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' novel ''Literature/{{IQ}}''. {{Lampshaded}}, of course, by Q.
* Happens repeatedly in ''{{Literature/Redwall}}''. In one case, a hare asks the shrews how often they go through that, only to learn that was the first time they'd done it.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* An episode of ''Series/{{Rentaghost}}'' had Mr. and Mrs. Meeker narrowly avoid going over UsefulNotes/NiagaraFalls. In ''[[CriticalResearchFailure England]]''.
* Seen in the opening credits of ''Series/LandOfTheLost''.
* On ''Series/AllMyChildren'', Julia and Noah fled to Jamaica to escape his false murder conviction, where they were pursued by the deranged Taylor, who wanted Noah for herself. Taylor chased Julia to the top of a waterfall, eventually shoving her over. Luckily, she was unharmed.
* Luke and Laura's 1993 return to ''Series/GeneralHospital'' was chock-full of adventure. The culmination of this was them leaping from a stalled plane into a raging river and nearly going over the falls before being rescued by a helicopter.

[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]
* ''ComicStrip/PoochCafe'': "We live in a flat, urban environment. Where did that waterfall come from?"
* In ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'', when Flash, Dale, and Thun are swept away in an underground river. To be sure, that was just after escaping a monster's open maw.

* ''Pinball/{{Paragon}}'' rewards the player for going over the Waterfall chute on the playfield.
* ''Pinball/CactusCanyon'' has DamselInDistress Miss Polly going over a waterfall while tied to a log.

* ''Theatre/TheLionKing'' Broadway musical.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' - In the first Homestead mission you have to save one of the woodcutters before he goes over.
* ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar 2'' - While underground and headed towards Nexus, Marcus and Dom are riding a commandeered Locus Gunboat. Of course, there's a waterfall, which prompts Marcus to shout "You've got to be kidding me!"
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', Sabin and Cyan jump down a waterfall in order to reach their destination. Cyan will hesitate and Shadow will calmly leave your party if he's still with you at that point, but there's still very little pause given before jumping off a waterfall so large you've got time for a few random encounters and a minor boss battle on the way down. The two do end up unconscious, but they float to shore and wake up in short order. [[GameplayAndStorySegregation You don't take any hp damage from this incident]].
** Well, of course they take no damage from the fall, [[TraumaInn being unconscious healed them completely]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' has an interactive challenge involving one of these on a log rushing towards a waterfall
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'' has one [[spoiler: at the finale, when you are chasing Gen Shepherd's helicopter in a Zodiac raft. Made doubly badass because you could have escaped going over, but you and Price deliberately stayed in order to take the killer shots.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Exile}}'': Warns you shortly before a '''long''' series of them. The final set is multiple in a row. You are pre-warned, but, by then, you've long since crossed the PointOfNoReturn. All they do is take away your food, though. The party remains unharmed.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Arcade Game'', this causes the unconsciousness that leads to level 6, Dreamland.
* Can potentially happen in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' if you decide to swim around in its rivers.
* In the ''VideoGame/SkyOdyssey'' level "Over the Falls" the player has to fly over a series waterfalls in order to find the hidden ruins at the source of the river. On the way back down the seaplanes engine catches on fire, forcing you to land on the river. Once there you get washed over the edge of all the waterfalls you just passed. The player has to pull up and glide over the rocks at the bottom of each fall. 
* In ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest II'', after TheMaze, you end up in an underground river. One fork leads to a waterfall, which kills you, the other to a [[MegaMaelstrom whirlpool]], which is the proper exit.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'': Despite the entire world being rimmed by a waterfall as the ocean pours into... whatever's below Weyard, your boat treats waterfalls as impassible barriers, [[spoiler:even once it gets wings.]] The closest thing to a literally InevitableWaterfall happens in the ice-floored levels, where your character tries running in place (then in midair) as they slide towards the drop.
* ''Videogame/TheBannerSaga2'' has one early on. Significant, because the waterfall wasn't there when they initially planned the route, but was a consequence of the world splitting apart, and thus preventing them from making easy sailing to the capital. You can get your boats to the bank just in time - a long as you aren't weighed down with refugees.
* ''VideoGame/{{Deadpool}}'' has a [[{{DoubleSubverted|Trope}} double subversion]]. Deadpool, floating in a small boat, sees one coming up and is ready for the inevitable... only for the boat to drop a couple of feet. Deadpool is immediately relieved that it was such a comically small drop... only to see the significantly larger waterfall he'll plummet down in a few moments.

[[folder: Web Animation ]]
* FanFilm ''WebAnimation/DeadFantasy II'' does this... ''with lava''. See also ConvectionSchmonvection.

* ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'': [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0035.html #35]] Qui-Gon, Obi-wan and Jar-jar, after traveling though the [[AlienGeometry underwater core of Naboo]], only to emerge right in front of one. It even links to this very page!
** [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0207.html Here]] it quotes the quote at the top.
* ''ComicStrip/ThePerryBibleFellowship'': comic [[http://www.pbfcomics.com/?cid=PBF057-Raft_Friends.jpg Raft Friends]] has one of these. It ends the way most [[ComicStrip/ThePerryBibleFellowship PBFs]] do.
* In ''Webcomic/RedsPlanet'', [[http://www.redsplanet.com/comic/rp/ch04/chapter-four-10/ Red falls over one just before meeting the fishing alien.]]
* In ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital'', it's a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin pusfall.]]

[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Ruby-Spears' ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' had one of these in the final episode. Thing is, Megaman and Protoman are fighting in the river when they notice this--and it doesn't stop them.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** "Simpson Tide": Homer joins the Naval Reserve. In one scene, Homer is tying a ship to the dock, but forgets to actually tie the rope to the ship. The ship then sails off into the ''ocean'' only to fall off a giant waterfall. At first, it looks like the ship is [[FlatWorld falling off the edge of the Earth]].
** Also in "Milhouse of Sand and Fog".
** In "Catch 'Em if You Can", Homer and Marge have sex while falling off Niagara Falls on one of those bouncy castles.
** There's also the season 1 episode where Homer and Bart go over one, lose their clothes, and Homer ends up being mistaken for Bigfoot.
%%* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Mars University".
%%* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''
%%* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. The boats in question had somehow traveled up the same river from the sea earlier, with no mention of how they got up the waterfall in the first place.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures: How I Spent My Vacation''.
-->'''Babs:''' Why, Buster Bunny, [[ShipTease are you falling for me]]?\\
(''Buster and Babs' raft goes over a waterfall'')\\
'''Buster:''' [[MomentKiller You might say that!]]
* Shana dealt with this trope in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' episode, 'Last Resorts'.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop''
* From a short on ''WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons'':
-->'''Jelly's Sister''': Hey big brother, what's that?
-->'''Jelly''': Oh, just a cliché waterfall that [[LampshadeHanging usually appears in these situations]].
* Shows up in the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episode "Gimme Gimme Never Ed".
* Shows up in ''WesternAnimation/RaceForYourLifeCharlieBrown''. Given that this is during a camp-sponsored raft race, the possibility of this happening to a bunch of young children who are rafting without adult supervision makes this an even more egregious example of AdultsAreUseless than is usually present in Peanuts cartoons.
* Occurs quite often on ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''. Usually, a character is in a motorboat that won't start until it goes over the falls. If it does and the character manages to escape, chances are there's ''another'' waterfall at the other end of the river.
* In the Hasty But Tasty episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAntAndTheAardvark'' this was averted and then inverted when the aardvark, on a motorcycle, falls over a cliff into a river. He restarted the bike at the last possible moment to do a miracle 180... only to fall off the other waterfall behind him.
* Happens on ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' on the episode where Timmy and the fairies visit Niagara Falls. The fact that they were visiting Niagara Falls made it even more inevitable than normal.
* In one sketch on ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow'', Mr. Stubborn goes over one, but he thinks he's going to a calm stream.
** In another sketch, Mr. Bump goes over one.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld'' cartoon had an inevitable LAVA waterfall. Kind of fits with the PlatformGame source.
* Candace encounters one in the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Phineas and Ferb's Hawaiian Vacation". [[IFellForHours She falls for at least ten seconds.]]
* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''. While on a cruise, the boat hits a waterfall...which is so small it just rocks the boat a little. Then there are two more just like it, so [[{{Satan}} Lucius]] doesn't worry about the fourth one...which is a big one.
%%* The ''Bongo'' segment of ''WesternAnimation/FunAndFancyFree''
* The WesternAnimation/{{Classic Disney Short|s}} featuring WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck as ''Commando Duck''. Unlike most of the examples in fiction, the waterfall's relevance doesn't end when Don falls through it. It immediately takes over the plot and leads to a glorious CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Donald. [[ItMakesSenseInContext Watch the short so it makes more sense.]]
* ''Literature/TheMagicSchoolBus'': Occasionally subverted. In a few episodes where the class finds themselves drifting down a river and you're expecting them to go over the waterfall, they actually come across rapids. Of course, that's not a whole lot better.
* ''Niagara Fools''. The famous ''WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker'' cartoon in which Woody deliberately tries to go down the Niagara Falls in a barrel for how [[RuleOfCool cool]] and [[RuleOfFun fun]] that would be. A guard keeps trying to stop him and succeeds, only to ironically end inside the barrel and fall down the waterfall [[RunningGag over and over again]].
* In the "It's a Wonderful Nine Lives" episode of ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat'', Eek is in the water with his blonde-haired pig friend during one of his AmusingInjuries. They go over a waterfall (much to Eek's cowardice) and the pig somehow disappears. Then Eek gets trapped inside a sewer and fortunately swims out of it.
* ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'': "Doubting Dingo" contains a ludicrously tall example, with Taz's fall almost veering into OverlyLongGag territory.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThomasAndFriends,'' this almost happened to Toby when a flood washed away the bridge he was on.
* Some Disney shorts, where a huge waterfall is just downstream of where a whole bunch of people are skating on a frozen river.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Pinkie Apple Pie", the Apple family's trip to Goldie Delicious' house ends up taking a detour down a river. Sure enough, one wrong turn sends their raft over a waterfall.
** In "Sleepless In Ponyville", Rainbow Dash saves Scootaloo from one of these.
* In the pilot episode of ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'', our heroes are ice-skating when Dr. Claw uses unseen technology to cut a small circle around them and then [[ComplexityAddiction remove all the ice except for the circle]], sending them adrift, towards a (perhaps somehow recently unfrozen) waterfall.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AroundTheWorldWithWillyFog'', the villainous Transfer gets swept over Niagara Falls. His last words before going over are: "No-one's ever survived Niagara Falls!" However, he turns up in a later episode, still very much alive.
* ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'': Parodied in "Tubin'". The Bears go over a waterfall after escaping a tribe of technology-hating hippies, but the waterfall turns out to only be about two feet high.

* Ride/UniversalStudios ' Back to the Future: The Ride had a lava falls at one point.
* Usually the climax of flume rides and shoot the chute rides, Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls from [[Ride/UniversalStudios Islands of Adventure]] and Splash Mountain from the [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Magic Kingdom]] are good examples.


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