"Too bad. Juuuust missed him! Hahahahahahaha!"
— Screwy Squirrel, "Screwball Squirrel"
A classic comedy trope common in cartoons, where a character moves out of the way just as another falls from above and watches as the falling character humorously crashes into the ground
. Generally, comes in two variations.
- The character on the ground is apparently trying to catch the falling character, only to move out of the way at the very last second. Often a subversion of the Fireman's Safety Net.
- The character on the ground is standing right below the falling character and sees them falling towards them, but instead of making any motion to catch them just waits until the last second and moves just a step to the side.