Literally Falling In Love
When Alice and Bob both Cannot Spit It Out
or have had an Unresolved Sexual Tension
for a long time, it's not rare that fate helps a little
by making one of them trip for some reason (often a fight
) and fall on the other. In some cases, they will separate and apologize
, or Alice will scream and slap Bob
, calling him a pervert
But if this trope is in action, neither will happen. By the magic of the position they fell into, they will look intensely into each other's eyes
and their lips will slowly get closer, before locking into a True Love's Kiss
. If there is no immediate kiss, it will at least be a Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other
Compare Crash-Into Hello
, which has little chance to result in a kiss for obvious reasons.
A Sister Trope
to the less romantic and more comic Suggestive Collision
, which can result in Marshmallow Hell
or Thanks for the Mammary
but is much less likely to end well
. Compare Meet Cute
, which introduces a future relationship between two characters. Also see the logical conclusion, Official Couple
Also a Sub-Trope
of Rule of Romantic
and Falling in Love Montage
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Anime & Manga
- This happens to Erza and Jellal in Fairy Tail. Although it's unclear whether they actually kissed or not, it's the first time they express their mutual love so clearly.
- Tenzo Crossunite and Mary Stuart of Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon combine this with Love at First Sight. Notably, Mary fits Tenzo's criteria of the kind of woman he likes: blonde and buxomed.
- Jitsu wa Watashi wa: Akane tries to make a use of this trope when Youko and Asahi are locked in the former's room by sending a sleepy Youko onto Asahi with a spring, or literally tilting the entire house so that they fall on each other. All her efforts are in vain.
Films — Animation
- The Lion King does this during the "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" montage with Simba and Nala tumbling down a hill.
- In The 39 Clues, Ian Kabra rescues Amy Cahill and, in the process, somehow falls on top of her. This is quickly followed by a kiss, although the Relationship Upgrade doesn't last long.
- I.Q.: Thanks to a "helpful" Uncle Albert, Catherine winds up playing out this trope with Ed after repeatedly falling into his lap on a sailboat.
- In Smallville, Clark and Alicia have one of these, only to be interrupted by Alicia's psycho ex-doctor.
- During Buffy the Vampire Slayer's amnesia episode, "Tabula Rasa", Willow and Tara fall on each other and share a moment.
- The first overtly shippy moment between Arthur and Guinevere on Merlin involved Gwen throwing herself on Arthur in a bid to save him from a gargoyle swooping down from above.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has an example worth bonus points as it literally involves falling. Spike and Rarity are both falling to what they think will be their death and Spike tries to admit that he loves her, but Rarity tears up happily and shushes him.
- In Katawa Shoujo, Emi's route has this three times. First, Emi crashes into Hisao while running in the hallways - their first meeting. Second, Hisao and Emi have a pillow fight which ends with him on top of her in bed, and his inner monologue comes to realize he has feelings for her. Finally, after they've started dating, the same thing happens again, but with Emi straddling Hisao, which escalates into a relationship-solidifying h-scene.