Mount, mount, my soul! thy seat is up on high;A classic way to show someone is dying. They have been shot, stabbed, poisoned, whatever, and then, recoiling from the wound, back into a wall and sink slowly to the ground. A smear of blood trailing down the wall is customary. Can also be used to show a character is in shock or depressed (generally without the blood). This is commonly used in theatre, because it's a good visual cue for the audience. It's also a reasonably cool death, combining Slow Motion Fall and Rebel Relaxation. Also see Headdesk and Face Palm, two variations of the "extremely frustrated" version. Unmarked Spoilers ahead, as this is a Death Trope.
Whilst my gross flesh sinks downward, here to die.
Whilst my gross flesh sinks downward, here to die.
— Richard II, V.v
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- There's a meme out of the Death Note fandom from the scene where Light is staggering away after being shot. He falls dramatically toward a wall, flattening himself against it as he struggles to stay upright. The meme: "I fucking LOVE this WALL!"
- Rin Tohsaka does this in Fate/stay night after failing to prevent Kotomine from taking Ilya away from Shirou's house. She gets better, though, because she is just that awesome.
- Happens in Psyren to Shao when he fought Junas. He got better.
- Misato's death in End of Evangelion.
- Tsume does this against a rock in Wolf's Rain. It's particularly shocking since the audience aren't aware until then just how badly he was hurt.
- The original Zest in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, after being killed by Cinque.
- In Baccano!, this is how one of the conductors on the train falls after being shot in the head.
- How Rocinante falls against a treasure chest in One Piece after being shot to death by his brother Doflamingo. It's not his final position though. Being a pirate, Doflamingo opts to take the chest, and he leaves Rocinante's body lying in the snow.
- In V for Vendetta, after V is shot at the end, he staggers and leans against a wall, leaving a V-shaped smear of blood. He still manages to walk a fair distance afterward, though.
- The Wall, naturally.
- A rather clever example in The Cheat (1915) in which the victim, who is Japanese, slumps against a wall in his apartment—but it's a Japanese-style translucent window, so the slump and the trail of blood are shown from the other side, in silhouette.
- Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride, although he rallies afterward.
- Resident Evil. After Rain Ocampo becomes a zombie, she's shot in the head, moves back and hits the wall of the subway car she's in, then slumps down.
- Parodied in the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie. One of the vampire minions backs up against the wall, sinks, and then moans and groans and says "ow ow ow" for ten minutes. The Easter Egg at the end of the credits shows him still bellyaching.
- Lee's death in The Magnificent Seven
- The Matrix scene where Neo dies, when Agent Smith repeatedly shoots Neo after he backs up and hits the wall but before sinking to the ground.
- Final Justice used this during the opening gunfight. As the Mystery Science Theater 3000 crew helpfully pointed out, you can tell that the filmmakers recycled footage because you can see the dying guy slide down the same wall twice.
- Ice Station Zebra features one when Ferraday shoots Anders.
- Mr. Blonde in Reservoir Dogs manages to hold himself half-up against a wall for a moment before slumping to the floor, having been shot multiple times by Mr. Orange.
- Psycho: Marion Crane does this against the wall of the shower after being fatally stabbed.
- In The Avengers, Agent Coulson immediately collapses against a nearby wall after being stabbed through the back by Loki and dies shortly after speaking to Director Fury.
- The 1971 version of The Omega Man has Charlton Heston expiring this way in a municipal fountain.
Live Action TV
- During a Halloween episode of Boy Meets World, Red Shirt Kenny gets stabbed through the head with a giant pencil and slumps to his death, leaving a pencil trail on the wall behind him. Cory points at where the trail begins and tearfully tells the others, "we'll always remember he was that tall."
- In the Doctor Who episode "Let's Kill Hitler", a poisoned Doctor slumps weakly against the wall of the TARDIS while talking to a Voice Interface hologram in the shape of a young Amy. He gets better - barely.
- In Top Gear, after the "Race to the North" challenge Clarkson slumps against the wall of the hotel bar they were racing to. Because he's been on the footplate of a steam locomotive, he leaves a trail of soot rather than blood.
- In the final episode of Forever Knight, Tracy Vetter has this after being shot.
- The Scarlet Pimpernel: Lord Tony Dewhurst dies this way in the first episode. He's shot and badly wounded, but he manages to stand up, and he leans on a wall. Chauvelin shoots him later in the head. He just slumps down and ends up half-sitting, half-lying, this time dead for good.
- On ER, unaware that she's been injured while diving for cover during a shoot-out, a pregnant Abby is gathering supplies when she realizes that she's bleeding. The loss of blood—from a placental abruption—rapidly becomes enough for her to slump against the wall and pass out
- The X-Files: Agent Scully is shot and falls down, slumping down against a wall, with the obligatory smear of her blood behind her. In happened in "Tithonus" of season 6. She got better.
- Misfits: This happens to the groups's second, third and fourth probation workers as they die horrible deaths.
- Page quote from Richard II, after the former king of England is stabbed by conspirators.
- In Mass Effect 1, Shepard slumps down after having his/her ship impounded and crew locked down right when they need them most. Shepard's love interest comes over and gives him/her a pep talk to keep fighting.
- Nia Lochlain's last moments in Infinite Space shows her leaning against the wall of Eremon's ship after telling Yuri that she will make her escape soon. Whether she actually managed to fulfill her words or simply said that to assure him, we will never know.
- Asch does this in Tales of the Abyss.
- This is the position that Mia is found in after her murder at the start of the second case of the first Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney game.
- The victim in the first case of Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth is also found in this position surrounded by bloody handprints, providing the page image.
- In the 'Missing Link' DLC for Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Netanya Keitner dies this way after Pieter Burke discovers her working with the player.
- On rare occasions in Left 4 Dead, you can observe Common Infected leaning against a wall, slowly sliding down it, and then just falling over dead.
- Golden Freddy does this in Five Nights at Freddy's, though it's more a symbol that YOU'RE going to die instead (or at least get booted out of the game). He returns in the sequel, though now he kills you by sending his disembodied head flying towards you. There's also Shadow Freddy, who crashes the game like Golden Freddy did.
- Bonnie starts out in this pose in the Parts and Service room in the second game. Shame he's Not Quite Dead...
- And the trailer to the third game shows the main antagonist, Springtrap, violently thrashing against the wall. The fifth night mini-game heavily implies that this is really the Murderer's death throws as he was being crushed/maimed to death in side the suit.