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Someone's [[NoEscapeButDown long fall]] is broken by an open dumpster or an open heaping trash can. The trash will usually be [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou softer than anything else in the immediate vicinity]] - [[FridgeLogic you'd think]] there was a chance of broken glass in there, but this is hardly ever a problem... [[WildMassGuessing maybe fictional people are better at wrapping it in cardboard.]]

Sometimes the trash just happens to be there, which is a lucky break if the person falling wanted to live. People DrivenToSuicide who land in one of these will likely be unhappy about the UnwantedRescue.

Sometimes, the person doing the falling aimed for the trash.

When the character picks themselves up, there is a good chance they will stop to remove debris or food from their clothing. This will ''always'' include a banana peel. For large trash piles, they might not need to stop -- trash will fall off their clothes as they move. Bonus points if someone tries eating items from the trash.

Another common variation, limited solely to comic uses, generally to kids' shows and mostly to people who really deserve it, is the big-ol' pile of horsesh... er, manure.

May serve as a way for our heroes to end up DownInTheDumps.

Compare DumpsterDive, where the character deliberately enters a garbage pile to retrieve something.

'''Note:''' This is a very risky stunt, and unless the only alternative is certain death, it would be best to [[DoNotTryThisAtHome think twice about doing this in real life]]. (The manure pile, while disgusting, is also less likely to kill you, assuming you don't land wrong -- but still, don't try it unless there's no alternative.)



[[folder:Anime And Manga]]
* Purposely arranged in ''Manga/DeathNote'' so Matsuda can convincingly fake his death to escape from a cabal of {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s.
* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. Roberta Guellfi jumps out a window into a trash container in order to DitchTheBodyguards in "Hartmann's Letter".
* In ''Anime/PlasticMemories'', Isla does this inadvertently in the first episode when she attempts to jump from one building to another. Unfortunately, she slips just before getting a good footing and she falls down on top of a trash container.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The guards chasing Disney/{{Aladdin}} land on Crazy Hakim's Discount Fertilizer.
* In the trailers for the ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' CG Movie, three of the turtles land from a jump off a fire escape, and make badass poses, looking menacing and ninja-y... and then Michelangelo takes a header into a dumpster instead, prompting {{facepalm}}s from the other Turtles.
* During the chase at Tokyo Airport in ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'', both Mater and Finn [=McMissile=] escape from villains Grem and Acer by leading them through the fuselage of a Samairai plane, causing the two villains to fall into a waste disposal truck parked next to that plane. According to the novelization and comic, this happens to said villains again during the chase in London near the end, but such did not happen in the film (in the actual movie, both Grem and Acer meet their end when Holly Shiftwell knocks the two away from Mater and Lightning [=McQueen=], then luring them both into a pub called "Ye Left Turn Inn", where [[BarBrawl the two are immediately beaten up]] by several trucks inside, including [[MindScrew automobile]] [[EarlyBirdCameo versions]] of [[WesternAnimation/{{Brave}} King Fergus, Lord Dingwall, Lord MacGuffin, and Lord Macintosh)]].

[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* Done hilariously to Cady in ''Film/MeanGirls'' after parading down the hall with "The Plastics".
* Neo, while running from the three Agents in ''Film/TheMatrix'', jumps from a window and conveniently lands on a pile of cardboards and bags of trash.
* ''Film/FoulPlay'' with Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase has a scene like this.
* ''Film/{{Steel}}'' falls into the garbage (where he belongs) after trying to leap buildings. But is able to get away because the dumpster [[ContrivedCoincidence is also where he stored his bike.]]
* In a variation, Biff Tannen crash his car against a manure truck in each of the two first films of the ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' trilogy. (In the [[Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII third film]], it is his ancestor and a manure wheelbarrow.)
* ''Film/HotFuzz'': "Skip."
* One of Lane's amusingly pathetic suicide attempts in ''Film/BetterOffDead'' ends with him falling unharmed into a garbage truck. This result is witnessed in passing by a couple of black tree-trimmers:
-->"Now that's a real shame when folks be throwin' away a perfectly good white boy like that!"
* ''StarWars'': "Into the garbage chute, flyboy."
* ''AceVentura: Pet Detective'': Ace falls and land on his back on a pile of garbage from a roof of a two story building when trying to catch the rare albino pigeon.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThomasAndTheMagicRailroad'', Diesel 10 lands in a garbage barge after falling off the viaduct at the end of the chase scene. At which point he quips, "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny Oh well. Nice time of the year for a cruise.]]"
* Done rather painfully in ''LethalWeapon4'', as the person falling landed feet first rather than back-first to distribute the force of landing.
* Marv in ''Film/SinCity'' escapes the hotel this way. The same sequence is also included in the original comic.
* In ''Film/StuartLittle 2'', when Falcon drops Stuart from a tower to kill him, the mouse lands on a dumpster.
* A RunningGag in ''Film/TheFighter'' has Dickie constantly jumping out a second story window into a trash heap to avoid his family catching him in a crack house. They quickly learn to anticipate the move.
* Notably averted in ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol''. Russian cop Sidorov realises that Ethan Hunt has escaped from his hospital room, and looks out the window to find him standing on a ledge several stories above a garbage container. An amused Sidorov points out that it's not a good idea. Ethan agrees and starts edging back towards him.
* ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' has a variant where [[spoiler:Shredder]] falls into a garbage truck. [[spoiler:His (unlikely) survival is immediately rendered moot when Casey Jones activates the compactor. But then he somehow did survive to appear in the sequel.]]
* ''{{Film/Valentine}}'' has [[spoiler: Lily]] be shot by arrows until she falls off the balcony into a dumpster aka DeathByIrony.
* In ''Film/SouthlandTales'', an open dumpster is padding Taverner's fall from the rooftop.
* Hilariously subverted in ''Film/WereTheMillers''. David attempts this when fleeing from three thugs chasing after him. He drops his backpack down first, but it hits the trash can lid, causing it to close. He then lands on the lid instead, and due to the pain, he's unable to move, allowing the three thugs to steal his stuff.

* Spider Robinson's ''[[Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon Callahan's Lady]]'' includes a short story with a villainess with some AppliedPhlebotinum that forces the characters to do anything she asks them to. One of the orders she gives to the protagonist and another character is "don't go downstairs". They use ExactWords to turn that into "Do not descend a staircase" and the protagonist jumps into a dumpster from an upstairs window.
-->'''Maureen:''' "If you are able to arrange your life to avoid dropping into whorehouse garbage from a height, I suggest you do so."
* This is the fate of Veruca Salt and her parents in ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory''. The Nut Room's squirrels toss them down the bad nut chute, which is directly connected to the factory's rubbish pipe, and emerge from the building in the denouement completely covered in garbage. It could have been worse though -- the rubbish pipe ends at an incinerator, and had luck not been with them, they would have been burned alive!

[[folder:Live Action TV]]

* Used extensively in ''Series/TheATeam''.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': Ted accidentally falls off the hospital roof after being startled (while [[ButtMonkey contemplating suicide]]). He is saved by landing on a pile of garbage bags that the AlmightyJanitor and his sidekick had been hiding on a lower roof as part of a money-making scheme.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' has an episode where a liquor store robber jumped out a window and into a dumpster to escape the cops, but in a subversion of the SoftGlass trope the window glass cut into his neck and killed him.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' turned this into pure terror. While running from the police, a suspect jumps to safety in a garbage truck. Unfortunately at that moment the driver starts compacting the trash in the truck and could hear neither the screams of the victim nor the cops due to headphones he was wearing.
* In the ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' episode "Chuck Versus the Marlin", Sarah and a Fulcrom agent fight on a rooftop. Chuck arrives just in time to see them both go over the edge, but running to the edge he discovers that they landed safely in a dumpster.
* Like in ''L&O SVU'' above, in ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Essence" a foe falls off a roof while fighting Mulder and Scully. He seems to land safely in a garbage truck... but then the compactor is activated.
* Tested by the Series/MythBusters -- if you're ''certain'' there's nothing dangerous under that top layer of trash, it's doable. Their "best case" setup assumed a dumpster used by a mattress factory and thus full of foam scrap; it did a better job of cushioning Buster's (and later Adam's) fall than the regulation stunt airbag.
** However, on the flip side (and the main factor working against this trope's practicality), if you're ''not'' absolutely sure that the dumpster's safe, it probably isn't. When the Mythbusters went to a waste disposal facility to look through dumpsters, they noted that the three that they selected at random to look at had items like medical waste, rebar and wood slats, which would likely severely injure anyone jumping into the dumpster. The expert they talked to backed up those findings, noting that dumpsters filled only with soft material, such as the mattress factory example above, make up a very, very small percentage of the total garbage received.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Survival", the Doctor is thrown from the explosion when neither he nor the guy he's playing motorcycle-chicken with swerves in time. He lands face first (and arse up) in a pile of rubbish someone was nice enough to leave lying in an abandoned field.
* In the opening chase of the first episode of ''TheLastDetective'', a young thief jumps off a balcony into a pile of rubbish bags and hurts his leg. DC "Dangerous" Davies stops to [[NiceGuy ask if he's OK]] before following him.
* ''Series/MacGyver'': In "The Coltons", Frank and Jesse tackle a pair of bad guys out throw a second storey window and land in a dumpster which is miraculously full of bags of shredded paper.
* Subverted in ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' after Stevie goes flying through the air. The camera cuts to a man raking an extremely large pile of leaves, and Stevie smacks into a tree about 50 feet behind him.
* An episode of ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' has Hetty, of all people, sneak out of a locked-down building this way. After landing in the dumpster, she lays still for a few seconds, having the wind knocked out of her, but seems fine otherwise. She does mention that she's getting old.
* ''Series/{{Roswell}}'': In "The Morning After", this is the way Max and Michael get out of the Sheriff's office. Granted, it was a two stories fall and there was nowhere else to land but the dumpster.

* At the beginning of ''VideoGame/PerfectDark Zero'''s Rooftops Escape mission, Jack conveniently lands in a trash bin after being knocked off the rooftops.
* In ''[[VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry Leisure Suit Larry: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards]]'', Larry leaves a brothel by jumping out of the window and landing in a large dumpster, in which he even finds a hammer which he needs later in the game.
* In the video game adaptation of ''Franchise/MenInBlack'', near the beginning, you're being fired upon while descending a building's fire escape. You can't descend all the way down because you'll die before [[DenialOfDiagonalAttack the enemies get within the range of your weapons]], so your only choice is to leap down into the dumpster.
* During ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' this is averted during the chase level, you either jump off the balcony and land a few feet away or run down the stairs.
* In ''Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose'', if Buster loses a life, he will sometimes fall into a dumpster.
* Naegi in ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'' at the end of the fifth trial drops several stories (depending on how many levels down the trial room is) into the school's trash dump without any complication, despite falling headfirst next to a solidly-built desk and chair. Some hours later Kirigiri does the same thing, with a cup of ramen stuck to her head as the only consequence. Later on, the two of them make it back to the first floor on a ladder that takes them roughly half an hour to climb.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Although she didn't fall very far, Penny lands in the trash in ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog''
-->"Did you notice that he threw you in the garbage?"
* The ''BastardOperatorFromHell'' has caused this to happen to annoying lusers a few times, although more realistically, often not without injury.

[[folder:Web Comic]]
* Parodied and subverted in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. Rammer doesn't just fall on a dumpster, he falls on a dumpster full of pillows. Unfortunately it was closed at the time, so he busted up his ribs. Torg later points out the irony.
* ErrantStory protagonist and AntiHero Jon has a model of the genre, as a roof collapses under him as he's prowling the rooftops to sneak into Saus. This leads to a slightly uncomfortable reunion.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In the "TreehouseOfHorror" episode where Homer is sucked into the [[strike:fourth]] third dimension, when he escapes he lands in a dumpster.
** In "Marge on the Lam", Ruth with Marge brakes and stops in time before driving into the chasm, but Homer and Chief Wiggum fail to stop and fly over the cliff until they are saved by a landfill mountain.
--> '''Wiggum:''' And to think, those stupid environmentalists were protesting this landfill.
--> '''Homer:''' Solid waste. I could kiss you. [kisses it] Ewww... [kisses it] Ooh... [kisses it] Blech... [kisses it] Ooh, I think this was pizza...
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Luck of the Fryish", Fry falls headfirst into a garbage can after electrocuting himself on some power-lines. A fast-food clerk then comments "That is one unlucky guy!" as he dumps his bucketful of waste into the same can.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', Terry gets thrown into a dumptster, and flies out of it just as it's being picked up by a couple of garbagemen. While one is shocked, his companion just shrugs it off with, [[DumpsterDive "A guy's gotta eat."]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'' episode "Nemesis," Jonny and Hadji end up in a garbage dumpster while running away from some bad guys.
--> '''Hadji:''' Jonny, this was--
--> '''Jonny:''' [[IncrediblyLamePun ...A really rotten idea?]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', the "Just Us Justice Ducks" episode sees Darkwing falling out of a skyscraper and into a garbage truck. At the end, it looks like Negaduck is about to get the same treatment, but [[HumiliationConga Darkwing drives the truck out of the way at the last second, causing him to crash into the pavement instead.]]
* Regularly on ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey'', the title hero changes into his kung fu get-up in a file cabinet and goes down a chute from an ironing board cabinet into a dumpster where his Phooeymobile is housed.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': Batman punches the Joker through a window and across a street where he lands in a dumpster in "Joker: The Vile and The Villainous!".

[[folder:Real Life]]
* In the (Second) [[DestinationDefenestration Defenestration]] of Prague on May 23, 1618, two Catholic regents and a secretary were thrown from a third-story window at Prague Castle by a mob of Protestants. The three men fell one hundred feet but survived by landing in a large pile of manure in a dry moat outside the window. The Catholic Church proclaimed a miracle; the Protestants rebutted by pointing out the men landed in a big pile of crap.
* The traditional soft landing method for high stunt falls in film and TV was (very deeply stacked) piles of empty cardboard boxes, which progressively collapse and absorb the impact, allowing a landing without injury. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM3L2PxY7z0 Example]]. The boxes need to be unflattened, as it's the air inside them that provides most of the cushioning. Nowadays purpose-built airbags are usually used instead.
* [[http://nypost.com/2011/01/03/suicide-jumper-saved-by-pile-of-trash-bags/ A man in New York attempted to end his life]] by jumping from his ninth story apartment. Due to an incredibly lucky combination of a blizzard with massive snow buildup, which caused a delay in trash collection, he survived the fall when he landed on the snow and trash bags.
* ''The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook'' and spin-offs recommend that you always aim for a full dumpster - it's usually better than landing on concrete.