Similar to a Slow Motion Drop
but instead of an inanimate object dropping, we see a person falling backwards (or, rarely, forwards) in slow-motion, usually, after being shot. Bonus points if their True Companions
are watching: it's the cue for an appropriately slowed down Big "NO!"
See also Disney Villain Death
of Death Is Dramatic
. If it goes on long enough for it to start being funny, it's I Fell for Hours
Be warned that this is frequently a Death Trope
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Anime and Manga
- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid when the title characters shot down the Bolivian bandits.
- Dumbledore's death leads to this in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
- Hans Gruber in Die Hard, though he actually falls at normal speed after the first twenty feet or so.
- Trinity in the second Matrix film.
- Star Wars
- Haldir's death in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers movie is an interesting take on this as we see it through his eyes. Followed promptly by a Foe-Tossing Charge by Aragorn.
- In Frequency, Dennis Quaid did a slo-mo fall out of a burning building into the Hudson River, followed by his helmet bouncing on the pavement.
- Aman's wife for good in Survive Style 5+.
- The Comedian being thrown through the glass in The Movie of Watchmen, as seen in the trailer.
- Happesn to Isabeau in Ladyhawke.
- Done for hilarity and/or cruelty in Shaolin Soccer when a woman slipping on a banana peel is stretched out to more than a minute with multiple camera angles for good measure. In the epilogue She slips on another peel, but has now learned Kung-fu, so she rights herself in mid-air and then performs a Slow Motion Pass By on the man who popularised Kung-fu for a new generation.
- Jack Slater's fall from the elevator in Last Action Hero.
- 300 had a scene in which a character's head gets chopped off and falls in slow motion.
- Parodied in Meet The Spartans, in which the character had time to do that pump chest peace out thing.
- Several in Inception, but everyone who does fall is alright since they're used as a method of waking a dreaming team member up or as a way for a dreaming person to quickly wake themselves up.
- The part where the van falls into the river, which takes half the movie to finish falling.
- The ending of Hitchcock's Saboteur, where the villain falls from the Statue of Liberty leaving the hero holding onto an empty jacket sleeve.
- Megamind begins his story by falling to his death.
- Léon: The Professional has a first-person POV example after Leon is shot in the back by the Big Bad.
- The Room: Johnny falls backwards in slow motion after eating his gun.
- In Seven Samurai, Kyuzo's first scene establishes him as a stoic Master Swordsman by showing him defeat a man in a duel with a single stroke. An early example of this trope is played to great effect as we see Kyuzo's opponent fall.
- Dredd (2012) has two of these, both P.O.V. Cam shots where the victim had their perception slowed down thanks to the drug Slo-Mo. They almost edge into I Fell for Hours.
Live Action TV
- SNL's Dear Sister. And the original scene from The O.C..
- Engine Sentai Go-onger had Sosuke collapses and turns into rust due to a device given to him by one of the villains. He gets better though.
- In Doctor Who, the parallel universe Cyber-controller falls to his doom after Pete Tyler cuts the ladder the Controller is climbing with the sonic screwdriver.
- In "Voyage of the Damned", four characters fall into the Titanic's nuclear storm drive this way. One of which were by forklift.
- The 4th season of Big Love featured lots of Slow Motion Falling in its teaser and new opening credits sequence, presumably reflecting the fears of the characters about being exiled from their church.
- Colin in the first season of Everwood. While he doesn't die, it's the beginning of the end for him.
- The Light in the Piazza has an indirect one- there's a song in which Margaret describes her daughter's slow motion fall, but we don't actually see it, which wouldn't work on stage anyway and is much more effective.
- Family Guy
- "Stewie Kills Lois", with Lois falling in slo-mo off the ship's railing.
- Nazi puppeteer Franz at the end of his battle with Herbert.
- Used in X-Men: Evolution when Rogue Pushes Mystique off a cliff. Nightcrawler tries to BAMF down to save her, but he can't get there in time. When she finally comes to a halt in pieces at the bottom of the cliff, he teleports down there and starts crying over her remains.
- Happens to Vakama in BIONICLE 3: Web of Shadows, with Nokama, who is one of his True Companions, watching in horror.
- Ben Ten Alien Force has a villain falling sideways, towards the gravitation pull of the Milky Way Galaxy's sun which he's trying to harvest for its resources, and setting up Kevin for a Save the Villain moment. Which winds up subverted, Kevin lets him continue being pulled into the sun and his death because he was the one that killed Kevin's father.