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* Played with in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', when Nanny Ogg remembers her youth, when she and Granny Weatherwax were being chased by men with...uh..."romantic" intentions across the fields: "She could outrun any man. Now ''me'', I just tripped over the first old branch I came up to. Took me ages to find one, sometimes."

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* Played with in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', ''Literature/LordsAndLadies'', when Nanny Ogg remembers her youth, when she and Granny Weatherwax were being chased by men with...uh..."romantic" intentions across the fields: "She could outrun any man. Now ''me'', I just tripped over the first old branch I came up to. Took me ages to find one, sometimes."


* Happens to [[ActionGirl Androssi]] from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' twice during fights, which always causes her a big disadvantage, and at one point, it was intended by her attacker. After that, she stopped wearing high-heels.

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* Happens to [[ActionGirl Androssi]] Endorsi]] from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' twice during fights, which always causes her a big disadvantage, and at one point, it was intended by her attacker. After that, she stopped wearing high-heels.

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* ''Literature/QueensOfGeek'': In the [[ShowWithinAShow in-universe film]] ''The Rising'', Charlie's character Ava breaks her heel while running from zombies, and Reese's character Will helps her up.


* Inverted and spoofed in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Buffy is retreating from Glory, an enemy who is stronger than Buffy and yet looks like a fashionable young woman. While pursing Glory breaks a heel, stomps her foot in anger and [[DoesNotKnowHerOwnStrength brings the entire building down on her head]], allowing Buffy the escape.

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* Inverted and spoofed in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Buffy is retreating from Glory, an enemy who is stronger than Buffy and yet looks like a fashionable young woman. While pursing in pursuit Glory breaks a heel, stomps her foot in anger and [[DoesNotKnowHerOwnStrength brings the entire building down on her head]], allowing Buffy the to escape.


* Inverted and spoofed in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Buffy is retreating from Glory, an enemy who is stronger than Buffy and yet looks like a fashionable young woman. Glory breaks a heel, thus allowing Buffy to escape. (And, in her annoyance at this development, Glory stamps her foot--and shakes the foundation of the building she is in, causing it to collapse on top of her.)

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* Inverted and spoofed in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Buffy is retreating from Glory, an enemy who is stronger than Buffy and yet looks like a fashionable young woman. While pursing Glory breaks a heel, thus stomps her foot in anger and [[DoesNotKnowHerOwnStrength brings the entire building down on her head]], allowing Buffy to escape. (And, in her annoyance at this development, Glory stamps her foot--and shakes the foundation of the building she is in, causing it to collapse on top of her.)escape.


* In the 2009 Creator/{{Syfy}} [[Film/SyfyChannelOriginalMovie Original]] BMovie ''Infestation'', while hiding from the giant insects in a mall, [[ActionGirl Sara]] finds some sneakers and hands them to [[AlphaBitch Cindy]]. Sara explains this trope and asks her to replace her high heels with the sneakers. Cindy [[UngratefulBastard refuses her advice]], but surprisingly, she doesn't suffer a problem related to this trope, later.

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* In the 2009 Creator/{{Syfy}} [[Film/SyfyChannelOriginalMovie Original]] BMovie ''Infestation'', ''Film/{{Infestation}}'', while hiding from the giant insects in a mall, [[ActionGirl Sara]] finds some sneakers and hands them to [[AlphaBitch Cindy]]. Sara explains this trope and asks her to replace her high heels with the sneakers. Cindy [[UngratefulBastard refuses her advice]], but surprisingly, she doesn't suffer a problem related to this trope, later.

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* In ''Film/ActOfVengeance'', Karen breaks a heel while the Squad are searching the zoo, causing her to become separated from the others and easy prey for Jack.


Specific variations: TwistedAnkle, MyCarHatesMe, DramaticSlip. HelpImStuck is a similar situation where a character (otherwise able-bodied) is trapped in place directly in the path of some hazard and must be rescued.

See also: OffscreenTeleportation

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Specific variations: TwistedAnkle, MyCarHatesMe, DramaticSlip. HelpImStuck is a similar situation where a character (otherwise able-bodied) is trapped in place directly in the path of some hazard and must be rescued.

rescued. Sometimes overlaps with HighHeelHurt.

See also: OffscreenTeleportation
OffscreenTeleportation.


* In the 2009 Creator/{{Syfy}} [[Film/SyfyChannelOriginalMovie Original]] BMovie ''Infestation'', while hiding from the giant insects in a mall, [[ActionGirl Sara]] finds some sneakers and hands them to [[AlphaBitch Cindy]]. Sara explains this trope and asks her to replace her high heels with the sneakers. Cindy [[UngratefulBastard refuses her advice]], but surprisingly, she doesn't suffer a BrokenHeel problem later.

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* In the 2009 Creator/{{Syfy}} [[Film/SyfyChannelOriginalMovie Original]] BMovie ''Infestation'', while hiding from the giant insects in a mall, [[ActionGirl Sara]] finds some sneakers and hands them to [[AlphaBitch Cindy]]. Sara explains this trope and asks her to replace her high heels with the sneakers. Cindy [[UngratefulBastard refuses her advice]], but surprisingly, she doesn't suffer a BrokenHeel problem related to this trope, later.



--> '''Joan''': Is nothing I own sacred to you? Those were ''Italian!''
--> '''Jack''': Now they're ''practical.''

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--> '''Joan''': Is nothing I own sacred to you? Those were ''Italian!''
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''Italian!''\\
'''Jack''': Now they're ''practical.''


* Lampshaded in ''Film/DiaryOfTheDead'' when they're filming a horror BMovie with a mummy chasing a DamselInDistress. Later the actress is being chased by a zombie and she stumbles after her heel breaks for real. However instead of being killed by the zombie she just gets angry, throws her shoes at the cameraman (who is filming instead of helping her) knocks out the zombie herself, then abandons the cameraman to his fate.

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* Lampshaded in ''Film/DiaryOfTheDead'' when they're filming a horror BMovie with a mummy chasing a DamselInDistress. Later the actress is being chased by a zombie and she stumbles after her heel breaks for real. However instead of being killed by the zombie she just gets angry, throws her shoes at the cameraman (who is filming instead of helping her) her), knocks out the zombie herself, then abandons the cameraman to his fate.


* Subverted in ''Film/DiaryOfTheDead'': in it, [[spoiler:a woman is running from a zombie when her heel breaks and she falls. Since the camera is being held by one of the characters, she gets furious when he keeps filming instead of helping her. She throws her shoes at him, knocks out the zombie herself, then abandons the cameraman to his fate]]. Not forgetting the lampshade at the start of the film questioning why women always seem to fall over in movies.

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* Subverted Lampshaded in ''Film/DiaryOfTheDead'': in it, [[spoiler:a woman ''Film/DiaryOfTheDead'' when they're filming a horror BMovie with a mummy chasing a DamselInDistress. Later the actress is running from being chased by a zombie when and she stumbles after her heel breaks and she falls. Since the camera is for real. However instead of being held killed by one of the characters, zombie she just gets furious when he keeps angry, throws her shoes at the cameraman (who is filming instead of helping her. She throws her shoes at him, her) knocks out the zombie herself, then abandons the cameraman to his fate]]. Not forgetting the lampshade at the start of the film questioning why women always seem to fall over in movies.fate.


* Apparently subverted then inverted quite neatly in ''Film/{{Batman}}'', when the Joker makes hostage Vicki Vale take off her high heels to subvert this as they both ascend to the eventual ClimbingClimax at the top of the very, ''very'' tall Gotham Cathedral. The inversion is that because her heels were slowing her down until the Joker got rid of them, it was ''the hero'' who gained ground.

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* Apparently subverted then inverted quite neatly in ''Film/{{Batman}}'', ''Film/Batman1989'', when the Joker makes hostage Vicki Vale take off her high heels to subvert this as they both ascend to the eventual ClimbingClimax at the top of the very, ''very'' tall Gotham Cathedral. The inversion is that because her heels were slowing her down until the Joker got rid of them, it was ''the hero'' who gained ground.


* Neatly defied in ''Film/TheRelic'' when the heroine, dressed for a fancy museum reception in a gown and heels, realizes she's been locked in a wing of the building with the monster and promptly removes her high-heeled shoes to go barefoot.

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* Neatly defied in ''Film/TheRelic'' when the heroine, dressed for a fancy museum reception in a gown and heels, realizes she's been locked in a wing of the building with the monster and promptly removes her high-heeled shoes to go barefoot.in just stockings.

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* The source of much derision in ''Film/JurassicWorld'', where it's possible to outrun a ''TRex'' in heels.

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