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"Pitfalls got ya down? Way down? This balloon will really lift your spirits!"

You're playing a game, make a jump, and you miss, falling down a Bottomless Pit. There goes one of your lives...

But wait, something is happening! Either you or someone else is pulling you up.

A type of Nonlethal Bottomless Pit, except that instead of respawning back on safe ground with no explanation, something automatically retrieves you from the pit first.

Note this doesn't count if this occurs during a cutscene due to Gameplay and Story Segregation, as those tend to work only when the plot demands it.

A Sister Trope to Edge Gravity.

Compare Suicidal "Gotcha!".


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  • The Outfoxies has two levels like this. On Dweeb's plane stage, a helicopter will rescue you and drop you back on the level at the cost of some health. The handcar on Bernard's train stage works the same way.

  • Batman: Arkham Series: While there are bottomless pits, if Batman falls into one of them, he just uses his grappling hook to launch himself to the nearest ledge, unharmed. The series also averts Super Drowning Skills if Batman falls into the water, having him do the same thing as if he fell into a pit.
  • Blasphemous: For most of the game, if the Penitent One falls into a pit, he's dead. Free enough Children of Moonlight and find Jocinero, however, and you'll receive the Linen of Golden Thread, which prevents you from dying when you fall into a pit. There are several hidden areas you can only reach by wearing the Linen of Golden Thread and intentionally jumping into a pit.
  • Bomberman 64:
    • If Bomberman falls through the cracks of the web made by the spider boss of the Slippy-Slidey Ice World, Sirius will swoop in and save him. This has its limits; fall too often, and Sirius won't appear, costing the player a life.
    • If you have collected 100 Gold Cards and are replaying the boss for fun, Sirius will actually not save you from falling at all as he was revealed to be evil all along, making this stage of the fight a little more challenging than before.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword offers this with patrolmen, but only near Skyloft. Elsewhere, the Nonlethal Bottomless Pits are unexplained, though Link does have a sailcloth that prevents falling damage.
  • LEGO Adaptation Game:
    • LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 has a Red Brick extra that levitates you back out of pits.
    • Fall Rescue is an available Red Brick in various other LEGO Adaptation Games as well. Also, if you fall off the Helicarrier in Lego Marvel Superheroes, a robot picks you back up.
    • LEGO Dimensions: If you fall down a pit as Superman, his flight ability automatically kicks in. Same happens with many other flight-capable characters in various LEGO games.
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time: The Prince's dagger/pendant allows him to reverse time, making him his own Bottomless Pit Rescue Service (at least until you run out of sand).
  • Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions:
    • If any of the Spideys fall into a bottomless pit, it'll switch to first person mode and you can fire a webline to save yourself.
    • Madame Web will teleport enemies that fall into bottomless platforms to safe locations so that the Spideys don't have to worry about accidentally killing people.
  • Star Control II: Running out of fuel would leave you stranded in deep space—except that the Melnorme (or the Druuge, if you're unlucky enough to be in their space) will show up to sell you fuel, in exchange for bits of your ship (or crewmen) if necessary.

    Action Games 
  • Astral Chain: The Sword Legion will automatically jump out and yank the player to safety (at the cost of some health) if they fall off an edge.
  • X-Men (1993): Jean Grey uses her Telekinesis to pull players up when they fall in a pit. You still take damage from falling into the pit, the amount of which increased each level. By the time you got to Asteroid M, falling into a pit was usually fatal anyway.

  • Soulcalibur III: Night Terror, a winged Optional Boss, cannot be defeated by a ring out, as he flies back into the arena.
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl: The second player in the Subspace Emissary can turn into a beam of light at any time and fly back to Player 1. They will only die if they are either smashed away by an enemy or if they touch an enemy when they are off the screen.

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  • Heretic 2: Corvus is inexplicably teleported back to safety if he falls while trying to jump across a broken bridge. No explanation is given and it only seems to happen in one place. Later you get a power that lets you do the same manually.

  • World of Warcraft: In the Molten Front daily questing area, the Druids of the Talon will do this for you once you recruit them.

  • Mario Party: This occurs in a few multi-player minigames in the franchise. Since many such minigames take place above in the skies or at least way above ground, a Lakitu will make sure to bring back a player should they fall (unless the objective for each player is to push away all others, in which case falling down results in a direct elimination).

  • Garfield: Caught in the Act: In the Game Gear version, a butterflynote  would rescue Garfield if he fell into a bottomless pit, at the cost of 2 health points. If he falls in with 2 or less health points, he's done for.
  • Kid Icarus: If you have at least one Angel Feather in your inventory when you fall to the bottom of the screen, Pit will fly back up. You have to get him to safety before the feather wears off, or else your next fall will be a fatal one. Its sequel Of Myth and Monsters does away with it because Ratchet Scrolling is gone, with angel feathers being more like a temporary flight power up.
  • Kirby:
    • Kirby's Epic Yarn has a character called Angie who carries Kirby out of bottomless pits but many beads are dropped in the process.
    • Kirby Super Star let Kirby's helpers (controlled either by the computer or player two) teleport back to Kirby at will, or if they went too far off-screen.
  • Falling off Skyloft in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will have a knight rescue you and lecture you for being careless. Once you're below the clouds though, you're on your own.
  • In Marchen Maze, the balloon item will bring Alice back if she falls off the edge of the level.
  • McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure: Ronald McDonald can collect balloons in the shop that have this function. Falling into a pit causes him to use the balloons to float back up to safety. He has full control over the balloons and can float to anywhere he wants as long as its active.
  • Mega Man:
    • Mega Man 3: A bug allows Player 2 to perform this service, rendering Mega Man invincible (but unable to shoot regular bullets) in the process.
    • In Mega Man 7, Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10, you can purchase a one-time use Beat Whistle that will save you from a bottomless pit. Unfortunately, it's not completely reliable, as the amount of time Beat will carry you for is not always sufficient to get you back to solid ground.
    • Rockman 4 Minus Infinity: Rescuing Beat in Skull Man's stage and Cossack Stage 1 lets the bird rescue Mega Man an unlimited amount of times at the cost of some of his health. In the same game, you have the option of sucking up a Balloon Adaptor (found in either Dive Man's stage or Dr. Cossack's first stage) with the Recycle Inhaler (Dust Man's weapon) to get the Trampoline, which works similar to Beat, except that it's effective for the entire game.
    • Mega Man Unlimited uses Beat in a similar fashion as above, except instead of it costing health it costs screws.
  • Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc: Falling down into the colorful void during one of the psychedelic skating mini-games will cause a flying robot to pick you up and bring you back to a checkpoint. In addition, during the second boss fight with Razoff, falling into a pit has a... strange tentacle monster thing gently pick you out and put you back onto the ledges.
  • Shantae: The Float Muffin makes you bounce off of bottomless pits. One of the items even requires Float Muffins to get, unless you wait until you get the Harpy transformation dance later in the game.
  • Shovel Knight: In the King of Cards expansion, King Knight gains this ability when equipping the Rodent Regalia; instead of dying instantly when falling into a pit, he will take damage and get lifted away by a group of Propeller Rats (falling down when low on health will still kill him). He retains this ability when you fight him in Specter of Torment, though this time he doesn't take any damage from it.
  • Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus: You can learn the ability to recover from falling into water, followed by falling into bottomless pits.
  • Spyro the Dragon:
  • Stimpy's Invention: Powdered Toast Man will rescue you if you fall into a pit.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Super Mario Bros. 3: In the GBA version, an e-reader card (not released in certain regions) will cause a flying platform to lift Mario out of bottomless pits- 3 times per level.
    • Super Mario Galaxy: Rosalina will pull Mario up in a bubble if he falls in the Hub Level. The Gate's appearance at the end of "The Perfect Run" in the sequel averts this.
    • In the "Assist Mode" of Super Mario Odyssey, if Mario falls into a bottomless pit, he will also be returned to the last place he jumped off via a bubble, and will only lose a single health point.
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D features Green Balloons, available only in New Mode. Upon buying at least one from Cranky's shop, it will carry Donkey and Diddy out of the bottom of the screen.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Sonic Adventure 2: In Radical Highway, Shadow can float his way across a gap bridge should he miss the pole swings. This is removed in the Hard Mode for the stage.
    • Sonic the Hedgehog 3:
      • The pits by the very first platform in Sky Sanctuary Zone, where you watch the Death Egg ascend into the clouds, have gusts of air that will keep you afloat if you jump into them. Most pits later in the stage are not so kind.
      • The Marble Garden Zone boss battle has Tails pick you up and fly you after the boss. If Sonic jumps and hits the boss and falls offscreen, Tails will fly back up with him moments later.
    • Sonic Colors Ultimate adds a feature where Tails can bail you out of falling into a pit provided you collected the Tails icons throughout the level.
  • Veggietales: The Licensed Game Minnesota Cuke and the Coconut Apes in normal play lacks this, but hitting the "Easyplay Button" in the options menu will cause Larry/Minnesota to simply go flying out of any Bottomless Pits he falls into with a comical bouncing noise.

  • Crash Team Racing: Your friendly mask spirit (Aku Aku for the good guys and Uka Uka for the baddies) will save you from bottomless pits. This is more complicated in Crash Nitro Kart, where Emperor Velo's team gets pulled back from a pit by a mask resembling his face. Very unexpected, yet very chilling.
  • Mario Kart: Lakitus pull players out of bottomless pits, water and lava. Of course, being a racing game, it still costs valuable time (and coins in the original game, Super Circuit, and 7).
  • F-Zero: A robot drone will pick you up with a tractor beam and put you back on the course, should you fall off it. But only as an optional feature in practice mode.

    Role Playing 
  • Beyond Oasis: Your summon spirit Shade will save you from falls as long as you have MP.
  • Breath of Fire II features this ONLY if Nina is in your party as the leader, and if she's NOT transformed into her angelic shaman-fused form. Most party members have special abilities either on the overworld map, or on the field map — Nina's field map ability includes flying your party out of pits you may have fallen into inside a dungeon (though this doesn't work in the Thieves' Tomb, most likely because the pits on the floors are moving).
  • Phantom Brave: Getting knocked out of the battle area will KO a phantom or minor enemy, but major enemies and Marona will just teleport back on the field; some fields also have a "no OOB" effect on either the entire field or particular items that you can confine phantoms to.

    Third-Person Shooter