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"Beware of fainting-fits; though at the time they may be refreshing and agreeable, yet believe me: they will, in the end, if too often repeated and at improper seasons, prove destructive to your constitution."

Some characters are naturally calm in highly emotional situations. Others keep a Stiff Upper Lip. And some... faint dead away!

Older works sometimes call this "Swooning". Romance period novels and Gothic Horror provide plenty of examples of feminine women or girls doing this, even if they are not a Hysterical Woman. If a man faints in such works, he might be painted as cowardly or weak. '50s era monster films loved to have the pretty young heroine to faint upon seeing whatever horror the filmmakers decided to unleash upon her. In Opera, it's less often a sign of weakness: Many strong, assertive characters, both men and women, faint in their moments of greatest stress.

More recent works tend to play the stereotypes for laughs. Sometimes induced in characters by a well-executed Jump Scare. note  More serious treatments will generally have a truly traumatic event to justify it, if not an outright Trauma Conga Line.


Partly Truth in Television: doctors tell you to sit down when they need to discuss bad news because your body's Fight-or-Flight response can overreact and reduce blood flow to your brain. This happens more often in fiction than in real life. The more stereotypical the circumstances, the longer the faint can last: Monster movie heroines sometimes remain unconscious for hours.note 

A downplayed similar reaction is Dramatic Sit-Down. Compare and contrast Fake Faint, where a character tries to make others think that this has happened.

Don't confuse with the hero falling over exhausted after battle. That's Post-Victory Collapse. A character with some vague medical condition such as "Anemia" or "Consumption" may be more susceptible to this trope, but more likely just faint due to their illness. Not a character fainting because of pregnancy either —unless the faint is due to the shock of finding out that they are pregnant!


Subtrope to Fainting


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  • Played for Comedy in a Christmastime television commercial for M&M's candies. While Red and Yellow discuss Santa Claus in someone's living room, they suddenly come upon the man himself. Red exclaims, "He does exist!" and faints from shock. Santa Claus also burbles, "They do exist!" and topples over supine. Poor Yellow is left to inquire "Santa?" uncomfortably.
  • A commercial in the late 1980s/early 1990s advertised a spread called Polaner All-Fruit, and featured a well-to-do family passing the jar back and forth between themselves on a silver platter. They repeatedly asked one another to "pass the All-Fruit." Finally, a more Country Mouse relation sitting at the table politely asked, "Would you please pass the jelly?" Cue the wealthy family reacting in horror, including the matriarch fainting dead away at the horror of the All-Fruit being mistaken for common jelly!

    Anime & Manga 
  • The anime version of Ace Attorney has Pearl faint in shock when she learns Maya has been kidnapped by de Killer, unlike the original game where she cries uncontrollably.
  • In Bokurano, Takami "Komo" Komoda faints after learning that she and the other pilots are doomed to die after their battles. Komo's mother also faints after learning that her daughter will be next to fight and die.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • Chi-Chi faints all the time, usually when something bad happens to Gohan.
    • Bulma faints at the sight of Raiti and Zaacro's true forms, and also when Vegeta kills several innocents while partially under Babidi's control.
  • Emma of Emma: A Victorian Romance faints at a ball, partly because her corset is laced too tightly and partly from seeing William with Eleanor.
  • In the 2003 version of Fullmetal Alchemist, Ed faints after seeing the corpse of a murdered woman, as it reminds him of his deceased mother, and of how she Came Back Wrong.
  • Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu:
    • In the "What Do They Fear?" Episode, Kaname is scared out of her wits by all the spooky stuff in the Abandoned Hospital that she takes Souske through. Most the scary things they encountered were actually tricks performed by a group of kids. However, Gen-san notes that the old lady Sousuke and Kaname spotted wasn't one of their tricks; she was probably the ghost of a woman who died in a fire years ago. Kaname turns blue and faints before he can even finish his sentence.
    • When Sousuke tells the teacher that a lethal bacteriological weapon has been released in class, she keels over and spends the rest of the episode unconscious. Which is just as well, given all the lunacy that happens.
  • Lady Isuzu, mother to Hana from Girls und Panzer, encounters the Anglerfish Team in a market square. After introductions, Yukari burbles about their latest match, which alerts Lady Isuzu that her daughter is doing something indelicate at school. When Hana admits that she's taking sensha-do (tankery) as an elective, Lady Isuzu is aghast that "my daughter's hands have touched a tank?" and promptly faints. Her servant takes her home to recover.
  • Irresponsible Captain Tylor. When the ship is haunted by a ghost, Yuriko Star forces her cowardly captain to search for his first officer, whom Tylor ordered to confront the ghost because he was too scared to do so himself. Yuriko ends up fainting when she's confronted by a skeleton, much to Tylor's surprise. The ship's nurse explains that Yuriko was suppressing her fear, and the sudden shock caused all her emotions to come out at once.
  • Tubby faints at the end of Episode 20 of the Little Lulu anime, in response to his mother telling him that he'll be spending extra time on his violin lessons.
  • The cold open of the very first episode of the anime adaptation of Love Live! sees the main characters learning from reading a typed poster on a bulletin board that the high school they're in, Otonokizaka Academy, is scheduled to close down. Honoka Kōsaka is most shocked by this, and collapses into her friends' arms in despair but not quite passing out… and cue the opening title sequence. When the opening's done playing, we see Honoka waking up on a bed in the school infirmary, not quite recalling what happened, and assuming that the notice she read was a dream, suggesting that the opening credits covered the span of Honoka's faint.
  • Played for laughs in Kengan Omega, where the usually composed Kaede goes limp and falls unconscious when she is unexpectedly approached by the supposedly dead Ohma.
  • My Hero Academia plays this for laughs when the students discover their new dorms; Ochaco is so shocked and impressed by how big and fancy they look compared to her old appartment that she passes out twice.
  • Naruto:
    • Hinata is often depicted as fainting whenever Naruto "surprises" her by randomly popping up inches away from her. In canon, she only did so once after seeing him for the first time in two years, and after that, it's made patently clear that she dropped all of her Shrinking Violet tendencies during the Time Skip, but filler episodes, spin-offs, and fanfic have her do it more.
    • Sakura faints during her academy graduation exam when her instructor Kakashi tricks her into seeing a hallucination of her teammate and crush Sasuke horrifically wounded and dying.
    • Soon after waking up from that faint, she runs into the real Sasuke, who was almost buried by Kakashi a little while ago, with only his head still left aboveground, mistakes this for Sasuke's severed head, and promptly faints dead away again right in front of him. By the time she wakes up from the second faint, Sasuke has already managed to un-bury himself on his own.
    • By the sequel Boruto, Sakura seems to have officially taken over from Hinata as the fainter of the franchise. She faints in shock when Sasuke returns home unannounced after a long absence, and also when she realizes that she has accidentally destroyed her house with her super-strength. In the latter case, Shizune (who is a skilled medical ninja) examines her and concludes that the shock has knocked her out so deep that there's no point trying to wake her up and that she'll stay totally out cold until tomorrow. Shizune then remarks that Sakura had been a frequent fainter during her teenage years, despite Sakura never being shown being "a frequent fainter", which usually was Hinata.
  • One Piece:
    • Chapter 742 of the series has an example that is both serious (due to being a plot point) and hilarious: Usopp is fed the fake grape that was intended to knock Sugar out. He screams so loudly and makes such a horrifying expression that it causes Sugar to scream her lungs out in return, and she faints as a result.
    • A few chapters later, Usopp shoots in front of her a projectile that expands into the same Nightmare Face, causing her to faint again.
  • A Running Gag in One Piece Film: Strong World is Xiao's tendency to faint whenever she's surprised. Since she is very easy to surprise, she faints all the time.
  • In Please Twins!, Karen fainting at any surprise or stress is a running gag, though like many such things, it tapers off as the series goes on. Becomes a bit less amusing when you consider the parent series, Please Teacher!, which had a condition called Standstill, in which a person can spend years in a coma-like condition (without aging) after too much extreme emotion. One of these days, Karen might not wake up for a long time...
  • In Prison School:
    • Kiyoshi and Hana hide under a bed in the school nurse's room, both naked from the waist down. The proximity to Hana causes Kiyoshi to get an involuntary erection that directly touches Hana's bare privates. Hana not only passes out from embarrassment right then and there but passes out so deep and hard that she wakes up on the bed much later on with zero recollection of the incident.
    • Hana later attempts revenge on Kiyoshi by stealing his first kiss so that he can't share it with Chiyo. Kiyoshi turns it around when he realizes that Hana is extremely innocent when it comes to romance, and deliberately deepens the kiss into full-on making out. The shock of being kissed with tongue for the first time in her life (by someone she secretly harbors feelings for, no less) straight-up scrambles her mind, shutting her brain down completely as she goes limp in his arms.
    • Meiko from the same series occasionally faints too, usually when accidentally subjected to the sights of other people's privates that she's not expecting to see, and sometimes stays unconscious for even longer than Hana.
    • Andre passes out when two different dommes command him to serve them at the same time and he can't decide which one to obey.
  • Death the Kid from Soul Eater has Super OCD and is absolutely obsessed with symmetry. This causes him to overreact when his symmetry is disrupted:
    • He faints after Soul cuts a couple of centimetres off one side of his hair, as this meant it was not perfectly symmetrical anymore.
    • He also has a complete breakdown and passes out after he erases too hard and tears his test paper.
    • This seems to happen any time he is not perfectly symmetrical. Liz mentions that if he tried to not use Guns Akimbo, "he'd get a Nosebleed and pass out". However, this only seems to apply to Kid himself. if he encounters an asymmetrical enemy, he's more likely to fight back with Unstoppable Rage.
  • Tamagotchi ""Tamagotchi! Yume Kira Dream" episode 3: Himespetchi faints after she sees Mametchi and Yumemitchi holding hands and thinks it's because they love each other. (Mametchi was just helping Yumemitchi when she was about to trip). Himespetchi stays unconscious for a part of the episode afterwards, and needs help from Yumemitchi and Kiraritchi to regain consciousness.
  • Barnaby in Tiger & Bunny faints in Episode 19: He's been plagued by recurring nightmares about his parents' death (which he thought he'd begun to put behind him after seemingly finding their killer). When trying to discuss his fears with Kotetsu, Barnaby breaks down in tears and then passes out (probably exacerbated by exhaustion and lack of food, as he hasn't been able to eat or sleep due to the nightmares).
  • In Tsukigasa, Azuma faints when Kuroe kills the robbers and it brings up trauma from when he hurt Kuroe.
  • The Wonderful World of Puss 'n Boots: The kidnapped Princess Rosa sees Lucifer, a powerful ogre sorcerer, transform into a three-headed dragon while facing off against her rescuers. It isn't the transformation itself that gets her, it's when one of his hideous, snake-like heads slowly starts approaching her. She faints before he can come any closer.

    Asian Animation 
  • Lamput:
    • Slim Doc faints upon seeing a muscular Fat Doc in "Diet Doc".
    • At the end of "Sleepwalking", Slim Doc and Lamput both faint after seeing a fainted Fat Doc with a drink resembling blood spilled all over him.
  • In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Joys of Seasons episode 15, some toys come to life in the middle of the night to save Tibbie from being cooked by Wolffy. As the toys leave their owners' houses, one crocodile kid sees his toy car moving on its own and faints a few seconds later.

    Comic Books 
  • In Black Science Sara faints when she is informed that Grant, blamed for multiple murders and kidnapping her children, was seen outside chasing her daughter Pia mere moments ago.
  • Papa Smurf in The Smurfs comic book story "The Smurfs And The Book That Tells Everything" gets so frustrated with his little Smurfs being so dependent on the titular book that he stamps his feet in anger collapses in a faint.
  • In the very first Superman story, a would-be tough guy faints after he attempts to stab Superman and his knife shatters on impact leaving Superman unscratched.
  • Tintin: In "The Castafiore Emerald", Bianca Castafiore and her assistant Irma faint when they hear that her jewels have been stolen.
  • In Violine, Violine faints when hearing that Muller is Marushka's brother, and her "mother" is actually Marushka, her father's former governess.
  • Uncanny X-Men:
    • Played painfully straight in issue 148, when Kitty Pryde (thirteen years old if even that at the time) faints when kidnapped by Caliban in his first appearance. He's much creepier than his later appearances would make him, but still...
    • Even more painful in issue 11, where after The Stranger walks on air and through a wall, someone utters these gentlemanish words:
      "Someone get a doctor! Women are faintin' like flies over here!!"

    Comic Strips 
  • Curtis decides to prank his class one day for Show-And-Tell by bringing in a bag of "zombie brains". The things certainly look like brains, because they are. Curtis soon admits that they're just cow brains left over from a meat-packing plant. Then Curtis discovers that his teacher, Mrs. Nelson, is lying prone. Curtis doesn't wait for her to regain consciousness, instead taking himself to the principal's office.
  • Garfield:
    • In one strip, Garfield passes out when Jon suggests that maybe he should go on a diet. Jon's response is to clap sarcastically.
    • In this strip, Jon wonders if he could've been a doctor. Garfield shows him a splinter in his finger, causing Jon to faint.
      Garfield: When you're done fainting, I'd like to know where you keep the tweezers, doc.
    • Garfield and Odie go outside during a snowy day. Snow falls off the roof and lands on them, making snowmen outlines of themselves. Odie goes back inside, unbeknownst to Garfield. The snowman of Odie falls apart, and Garfield screams and faints.
      Jon: Wimp.
    • In this strip, Garfield is talking about how cats get red eyes, longer claws, sharper teeth, and frizzy fur on Halloween night. He then looks in a mirror, turns white, screams, and faints.
    • Garfield passes out after Jon accidentally saws a button off his shirt in this comic.
    • In this comic, Garfield is about to whack a spider with a newspaper, only for the spider to pass out before he can do so.
  • Peanuts:
    • After the Little Red-Haired Girl moves away, Charlie Brown is devastated and faints... while still standing up.
      Charlie Brown: I just passed out. I'm still standing, but I've passed out.
    • In one strip, Charlie Brown is about to tell Snoopy who won the Daisy Hill Puppy Cup, leading to this:
      Snoopy: I think I'm going to faint...
      Charlie Brown: Don't faint!
      [Snoopy does exactly that]
      Charlie Brown: Didn't you hear me?
      Snoopy: Quiet, please! Never interrupt a good faint!
    • Snoopy passes out after he receives a letter from the Head Beagle. He even says that one always faints when they get a letter from the Head Beagle.
    • Linus tends to feel faint whenever his Security Blanket is lost. During the story arc where he agrees to give up his blanket if his grandmother gives up smoking, he faints several times on his way to school and ends up arriving late.
  • A Witney Darrow cartoon for The New Yorker depicts a woman sprawled unconscious on her floor after receiving some stunning/horrific news via phone. Meanwhile, the voice at the other end is saying "...And that's not the half of it! Wait until you hear this!"

    Fan Works 
  • In Aki-chan's Life, Asuka's parents faint when their fourteen-year-old daughter drops in unexpectedly, after spending half year abroad, to introduce her husband and four-year-old daughter (Time Travel was involved).
  • In And The Stars Were Shining Bright (link), a fanfic inspired by Khan from Star Trek Into Darkness, Maddie (exhausted from no sleep, hasn't eaten in a couple of days, not to mention worried sick for her captive father) faints when she sees that the man she's contracted to kill is the same man who helped her flee a dangerous situation some fifteen months previously.
  • Anger Management: Discussed. Clyde is described as looking like he might faint when he sees Lori, but he doesn't.
  • Anon's Pie Adventure:
    • Limestone faints when she realizes that Anon is bleeding after his encounter with a giant spider.
    • Priestess Padlock faints when Princess Celestia shows up at her church.
  • As Fate Would Have It: During Yancy's flashback to when she was training to become the Idol Singer she was in the present, Lisia ends up giving a Love Confession to her, followed by what is revealed to be her First Kiss. These two, combined with Yancy being exhausted from having just exerted herself in a Pokemon Contest not too long ago, cause her to pass out backstage. This incident causes Lisia to cut ties with her mentee, for fear of having gone too far.
  • Calvin faints in the Calvin and Hobbes: The Series episode "Pug" when his dad suggests getting a pug (after he'd spent the entire episode watching over one). In addition, Hobbes (a stuffed tiger to Dad) slumps over, and the MTM shuts itself off.
  • The Capitol Games: Britney faints on stage, causing her to miss her final goodbye to her family.
  • In Code Geass: Paladins of Voltron, when the Black Knights first witness the Lions merge at the Battle of Narita, Tamaki is described as fainting at the sight of Voltron in all of his majesty.
  • Crimson and Emerald: Izuku passes out when Hawks rescues him from nearly being abducted by a flying Noumu, right after fighting Stain.
  • Escape From the Moon: In the sequel The Mare From the Moon, this is Spliced's reaction when she finds out that, contrary to what she'd believed, that she can walk on clouds.
  • For a Diamond Is a Marveled Thing: Steven faints when Connie proposes to him in For theTax Benefits. Possibly exacerbated by all the alcohol Mr. Barriga has slipped him over the course of the party.
  • Full Circle:
    • In response to seeing The Big Damn Kiss between Oscar and Olive, Oona faints dead away. It takes the combined efforts of Otto, Oprah, and Olympia just to wake her up, and when they tell her how she passed out, she almost does so again before she's caught by Olympia.
    • Oona and Olympia later faint at the same time when they see another kiss between Olive and Oscar. Otis, meanwhile, tries to wake them up by taking two milkshakes from a waiter's tray and dumping them on his co-workers, much to their chagrin when the come to.
  • In Happy New Year, a Law & Order: UK fanfic, Alesha Philips faints in shock upon being greeted by the very much alive DS Matt Devlin, who she's been mourning for the past few months. The backstory reveals that he was spirited away to recover from his injuries while his loved ones were told he was dead in order to protect them.
  • In Home with the Fairies, Maddie faints when she first sees an elf, one of an Inhumanly Beautiful Race. Before she faints, she feels "a strange preternatural sense of both awe and fear"; the elf "looks so perfect it was painful". Someone picks up Maddie and moves her to a bed, where she either eventually falls into a normal sleep or remains completely unconscious until the next morning.
  • In Kyon: Big Damn Hero:
    • Kyon's mother, who at this point has mentioned several times that she doesn't want Kyon to become a delinquent, faints when she learns what the Tsuruya family business really is. Up to this point, she's been a strong supporter of his relationship with the family.
    • Sasaki's (quite polite) reaction in Chapter 62 to finding out and having it proven to her that Aliens, ESPers, and Time Travelers are all real:
      If you do not mind, I would like to faint now.
  • In Lincoln is Done, Clyde passes out when he sees or mentions his crush Lori. A bit character-exaggerated, as in The Loud House canon he's more likely to just act awkward and/or get a nosebleed.
  • Missing (Sherlock Holmes): Holmes has spent some time without properly eating or sleeping because he's worried about Watson. He passes out when a constable races into Lestrade's office, yelling that the police have found a corpse.
  • In Must Love Ned Flanders Naomi passes out when she meets Homer, then again when she meets Ned, and yet again when Ned proposes to her. She even lampshades it.
    Naomi: "And when you asked me to marry you I would have said yes if I hadn't passed out. But, really, what can you expect from me? I've probably been unconscious for at least half of this book."
    Naomi: I've probably been unconscious for at least half of this book.
  • My Huntsman Academia
    • Inko Midoriya passes out after learning that her son Izuku is the leader of a team with three other gorgeous women his age because she's terrified of becoming a grandmother too soon. When she finally meets them in person, she passes out again when Nora's vague wording brings Inko to the conclusion that Izuku is in a polygamous relationship with every member of Team MNVW.
    • Izuku himself has been on the verge of passing out from sheer embarrassment on several occasions.
      • When he and Yang start dating, his legs buckle out from underneath him when he realizes that he's clenching her hand.
      • Izuku proceeds to have a brief mental shutdown when Tenya starts accusing him of being a serial philanderer after Nora reveals to Team TABY that he has an entire box of condoms. note 
      • He passes out while standing up when Nora convinces Team MADE that he's some kind of Sex God when she tells them that he "finger-banged" (used Glenn Smash against) Yang ten times in the middle of sparring class. His team has to drag him back to their dorm room by the scruff of his hoodie.
    • Shoto has to undress Weiss to get her cold, wet clothes off of her when she is caught in a frigid blizzard and passes out. When Weiss learns this, the idea that he saw her naked leaves her so embarrassed that she faints on the spot.
  • In My Master Ed, Van passes out and falls flat on his face after seeing that Edward can create gold because he thinks he's been joking with and mocking a god in disguise. At this, his tolerance for weirdness is finally exhausted.
  • Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!:
    • Inko gets light-headed after learning that Izuku had unknowingly confronted and gained the respect of a member of the yakuza.
    • Izuku's first meeting with Lexi Luthor leaves him so unnerved and terrified that he passes out in the snow as soon as her limo drives away.
  • Pound and Pumpkin Cake's Adventures (and Misadventures) in Potty Training: In "Starlight the Foalsitter" Starlight Glimmer faints when the Cake twins prank her into thinking they've flushed themselves down the toilet. The twins regret their prank, since they weren't expecting her response to be that extreme.
  • In Reading Minds [1], a Teen Titans Crack Fic, Beast Boy faints from the strain of asking Raven out to a movie. He barely has time to think he managed to do it without fainting.
  • Role Playing Evangelion: Misato passes out in shock when she witnesses Shinji and Asuka enacting a moment of Nerv's history which culminates with Asuka abruptly kissing Shinji.
    A soft thump alerted her, and she went to investigate. She discovered the door about halfway open, and when she opened it the rest of the way...
    Misato was there, passed out in the hall. She must have witnessed the reenactment. Apparently, she was not impressed by it.
  • In the Lord of the Rings fanfic I Remember, Legolas faints from shock when he realises his new friend Erin is none other than a reimbodied Ereinion Gil-galad.
  • Nearly happens in "TMNT Turtles together and forever"; when the Turtles, April, Casey and Karai of the 2012 series are transported to the reality of the 2003 series, when 2012 Karai reveals that she is the daughter of Hamato Yoshi and Tang Shen, 2003 Splinter nearly falls over as he's overwhelmed with joy that, at least in one reality, Yoshi and Tang Shen had a family.
  • The Seven Misfortunes of Lady Fortune:
    • Adrien wrecks his room and almost commits suicide after learning the recently assassinated Marinette used to be Ladybug. Once Plagg reassures him she's still alive, he faints.
    • Later, Nino faints after being present when Alya gives birth to their daughter.
    • Tom faints after coming back home after a vacation and seeing his daughter alive.
  • Supermarioglitchy4's Super Mario 64 Bloopers has had Luigi faint from the shock of a Chain Chomp.
  • In What You Wish For, Lori (who is in a dream world where Lincoln is no longer her brother) passes out when she finds out that Lincoln isn't in the photo album.
  • John faints in With Strings Attached when he sees himself in the mirror for the first time and realizes that he's grown wings. He'd kind of worked himself up to it, given that he'd awakened in a strange bed, starving to death, with a growing panicky awareness that something was terribly, terribly wrong with him...

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: Bernadette faints in shock after discovering that Tick has a son. She later complains of having a bump on her head during the show, for which she blames Tick.
  • Animal Crackers: The film of this The Marx Brothers creation has Captain Spaulding fainting as Mrs. Rittenhouse is hailing him for fearlessly journeying through Darkest Africa.
  • A Place in the Sun has what is widely considered perhaps the best faint in film history: Angela is told that her Love Interest George is likely to be sentenced to the electric chair. She calmly thanks her mother for allowing her to hear this information before walking back into her room. There, she stands dazed for a few seconds, and crashes hard and limp onto the floor without even the tiniest movement to break her fall, as though already utterly out like a light before she began to plunge down.
  • Back to the Future Part II:
    • Marty's girlfriend Jennifer is accidentally brought into her future home. As she's about to leave, she comes across the 2015 version of herself:
      Jennifer (seventeen): [gasps] I'M OLD!!
      Jennifer (forty-seven): [gasps] I'M YOUNG!!
      [both faint simultaneously]note 
    • Doc Brown faints at the end, after Marty (whom he had just sent away in the time machine) reappears behind him.
      Doc: [screams upon seeing Marty]
      Marty: Doc, calm down, okay, it's me! It's Marty!
      Doc: It can't be! I just sent you back to the future!
      Marty: I know, Doc, you did send me back to the future, but I'm back. I'm back from the future.
      Doc: Great... Scott! [faints dead away]note 
  • Batman:
    • When Jack Napier's girlfriend Alicia Hunt comes home and discovers not only that he's not dead but that he's turned into the Joker, she faints dead away.
      Joker: Honey? You'll never believe what happened to me today!
    • The Joker goes to Vicki Vale's apartment and scares her out of her wits, including apparently killing Bruce Wayne. After the Joker leaves, Vicki Vale opens the box he left her. A hand holding a bunch of weeds pops out, and she collapses to the ground.
  • Beauty and the Beast: Belle faints upon seeing the Beast for the first time, and he tenderly carries her through the castle to a bed, her peasant garb magically changing to a princess-worthy gown along the way.
  • Blood Waters of Dr. Z: Contains probably the most egregious example of this trope, with the kidnapped heroine managing to remain unconscious while being roughly carried through a hot, noisy, fetid swamp for several miles.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Love interest Pike (not to be confused with Spike from the TV series) faints several times over the course of the movie, to the point where it becomes a running gag.
  • Casper:
    • Sassy teenager Kat faints from meeting the ghostly hero for the first time.
    • Kat's father James Harvey faints when Casper's trouble-making uncles pull a surprise Nightmare Face on the Dr.
  • Charlotte's Web:
  • The Climax: The soprano who is told that she is to replace Jarmila Vadek faints out of sheer excitement. Leads to a funny moment when everyone else storms out of the office for various reasons, leaving her still passed out on the floor.
  • Clue: Mrs Peacock begins to faint at the sight of a murder. The butler catches her... and then she slips through his arms and thuds to the floor.note 
  • The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course: After discovering that her rifle won't work thanks to being in the water, Brozzie faints at the thought of facing down the problem crocodile without it. Luckily, the croc just retreats into the river.
  • Death Bell: One of the girls faints in shock/fear when a body drops out of the ceiling in the auditorium.
  • The Devil and Miss Jones: Joe, when he finds out that Thomas Higgins is actually John P. Merrick.
  • Dick Tracy, Detective: Tess faints when she looks up and sees the Splitface looming over her; his deformed visage leering at her and a huge knife clutched in his hand.
  • Dracula vs. Frankenstein: Judith faints after Mike is struck by a blast from Dracula's ring and burns to ash in front of her eyes.
  • The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas:
    • Wilma's mother faints in shock twice during Fred and Wilma's wedding.
    • Fred imagines Wilma fainting at the sight of his giant engagement ring earlier in the movie.
  • Frankenstein 1970: Judy faints when she opens the door of her bedroom, expecting to see Mike, and is instead confronted by the monster. It is possible that she actually dies of fright at this point, as in the next scene she is lying dead in Victor's lab with no indication of how she died.
  • Galaxy Quest:
    • Guy passes out when he finally meets Sarris in person.
    • In the final moments, a Fangirl faints when she witnesses The Big Damn Kiss between Jason and Gwen on stage.
  • George of the Jungle: Ursula faints again and again.
    • First from seeing George's jungle residence for the first time.
    • Then from the shock of Ape being a Talking Animal. Repeated a third and fourth time immediately upon waking, as the shock is still too great.
    • In the sequel, the sight of an elephant wearing New Balance causes Ursula once more to faint dead away.
  • Home Alone 2: Kate faints at the airport upon realizing that her entire family has somehow neglected to bring her son Kevin along on their trip for a second time.
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: Diane faints once per film in the series (as well as in the theme park ride) upon learning of the latest shrink ray disaster. Several other characters in the series also contribute to the faint count upon witnessing examples of the machine's results.
  • The House On Skull Mountain: Thomas has to render Lorena unconscious first in order to possess her to join in a voodoo ritual. He does this by getting a snake (which has been planted under the bed on which she is sleeping) to slither onto the bed and over her sleeping body. The movement wakes Lorena from her sleep, upon which she sees the snake on top of her, inches away from her face. She stares in abject terror for a few seconds, and then noiselessly faints right there in her bed.
  • The Incredible Mr. Limpet: When George Stickle hears the supposedly drowned Henry Limpet's voice coming from the sea, he faints dead away—probably because he thinks he's hearing Henry's ghost.
  • Jumanji: Sarah faints upon seeing her childhood friend Alan on her doorstep —the last she'd seen of him was when he got sucked into a cursed board game twenty-six years before. She's spent all that time trying to convince herself that it was a hallucination.
  • Jurassic Park: Downplayed Alan Grant gets woozy and needs to sit down when Hammond's big reveal of living dinosaurs starts to sink in.
  • The Kid (2000): As Amy realizes Russ and Rusty are the same person, she notes "I wish I was standing on a carpet." before fainting.
  • Kit Kittredge: An American Girl: Stirling faints twice, both times after discovering hobos.
  • Legend (1985): When she first meets the terrifying villain Darkness, Lili faints and collapses to the ground. She wakes up a few seconds later and has a long conversation with him.
  • Liz & Dick: Liz faints in a no-nonsense manner upon hearing of Dick's death. Possibly pays homage to ElizabethTaylor's iconic faint in the role of Angela in A Place in the Sun.
  • Meet John Doe: At the climax of the movie, a distraught and guilt-ridden Ann pleads desperately to John on the roof of City Hall not to kill himself. At the height of her emotions, she confesses her love for him, and in the next instant, sinks in his arms in a dead faint. As a result, as John finally decides not to jump at the end of the film and Henry tells off a defeated Norton with a Take That!. Ann is thoroughly passed out throughout and misses all of this.
  • Men in Black: After the Bug gets into his new Edgar suit, Edgar's wife Beatrice tells him that "Your skin is hanging off your bones." The Bug pulls Edgar's face back into a horribly distorted mask and Beatrice faints dead away.
  • Miss Congeniality: During the climax, Gracie works out that the crown given to the pageant winner is rigged with explosives. She rips the crown off Cheryl's head and hurls it to the back of the stage just before it explodes. On seeing how close she came to death Cheryl immediately passes out and faints into Gracie's arms, who then crumples to the ground under their combined weight.
  • Murder by Death: Moments after her boss Sam Diamond is apparently crushed to death by a falling gargoyle (he gets better), Tess announces she's going to faint and orders the butler to catch her. The butler (who's blind), misses her completely and she thuds to the floor.
  • Mystery of the Wax Museum: When Charlotte is shown the truth behind the wax museum, she faints.
  • Nanny McPhee: Lady Adelaide Stitch learns that the young woman she has been fostering is in fact her nephew’s scullery maid, and when the two declare their intent to marry right in front of her, she gasps and faints at the impropriety of it all.
  • National Velvet: Velvet faints in joy when she receives her pet horse The Pie.
  • The Notebook: Allie faints during her wedding dress fitting when she sees Noah's picture in the newspaper. She thought that he was gone from her life forever.
  • Our Miss Brooks: In The Movie Grand Finale, Mr. Conklin faints dead away upon learning the position of "Coordinator of Education" pays only $500 a year. He had been campaigning for the position, essentially head of the public school board.
  • Paul: The general reaction to seeing Paul for the first time.
  • Paws: Zac faints upon seeing PC, a dog, talk to him using his computer. Later, Samantha does the same when PC talks to her, now using a Translator Collar.
  • Relative Fear: Linda collapses after she finds the housekeeper Margaret's body.
  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes: Mrs. Hudson faints in shock when Holmes returns from Faking the Dead.
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show:
    • Done by Janet Weiss (SLUT!) when she sees Frank N. Furter for the first time.
    • Parodied during "The Time Warp" and "Sweet Transvestite," when Janet Weiss faints three times during the songs. Perhaps all the pelvic thrusting was too scandalous for her.
  • Séance on a Wet Afternoon: Phony Psychic Myra Savage pretends to faint after becoming overwhelmed by the emotions of supposedly communicating with the spirit of kidnapping victim Amanda Clayton at a séance attended by Amanda's mother. Myra's husband Billy rushes in to attend to her and usher out the guests... but as he and Myra are the ones who kidnapped Amanda, and in his haste to attend to his wife, he accidentally leaves Amanda's door unlocked, Myra's fake fainting spell starts a chain reaction that causes their scheme to unravel.
  • Sense and Sensibility: Marianne nearly faints when she sees that her disappeared beau, Willoughby, is with another woman at a ball. Her sister Elinor and Mrs. Jennings catch her and keep her walking.
  • Singin' in the Rain: One of the spectators blacks out due to seeing all the celebrities.
  • Sleepy Hollow (1999): The 'cowardly' Ichabod Crane is the hero and can't very well show true cowardice, so he tends to stick out any dangerous situation (like, say, any time the Headless Horseman shows up and makes with the headchopping) and then pass out once it's over.
  • Soap Dish:
    • Celeste's eyes roll up into her head and she collapses when she learns that Jeffrey will be reprising his role as the Back from the Dead Rod Randall.
    • Later in the movie, Tawny, the costume designer, also faints briefly upon learning that Montana Moorehead used to be a man.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2020): Upon seeing Sonic for the first time, Maddie's sister Rachel barely has enough time to ask her young daughter to catch her before passing out.
  • Spaceballs:
    • Princess Vespa faints when she realizes that her reunion with her father was a sham and a trap.
    • Vespa again, when she is about to be mutilated as part of an extortion attempt on her father.
  • Star Wars: InA New Hope, while he probably didn't actually faint (being a droid and all), Threepio topples backwards when he first sees the Tusken Raider. He is found some time later just recovering the droid equivalent of consciousness. He seems to have slipped in surprise at the Raider, tumbled down a rough incline, and took damage that knocked him offline for a time. In presentation, it very much captures the feel of "weak character fainting when confronted with sudden, surprising danger."
  • Strippers Vs Werewolves: After Raven and Dani get the werewolves to leave, and then Dani has Raven explain her owning tanning lights, Dani asks to pass out. Raven gives her permission.
  • Superman: Superman deposits Lois on the top of a building after catching and saving both her and the helicopter that she fell from. She watches him fly away before collapsing atop the helipad in a dead faint.
  • Superman II: In the Director's Cut, Lois tries to force Clark to expose himself as Superman by jumping out of the window of her office right in front of him. He breaks her fall in a way that doesn't break his disguise, allowing her to land safely on top of a fruit vendor's stand on the street below. He appears back upstairs as Clark at the window by the time Lois looks up again. The (incorrect) realization that Clark isn't Superman after all, embarrassment, and the realization of how easily she could have killed herself cause Lois to pass out cold on the pile of watermelons and tomatoes.
  • Superman Returns: In an homage to the original faint scene from the 1978 film, an aircraft malfunction almost kills all of the passengers, including Lois. Superman makes his first public reappearance by saving the aircraft and landing it safely in a packed sports arena. He then personally speaks to Lois, echoing their conversation on the helipad in the original film. Completely overwhelmed, Lois follows him out of the aircraft's exit and once again watches speechlessly as he flies off into the sky before she drops and slides limply down the plane's inflated evacuation slide, unconscious.note 
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The franchise loves the trope:
    Donatello: You sure have a strange effect on people, don't you, Master?
    Splinter: Hmmmm... out cold.
    April: [hyperventilating, already in great shock from seeing the turtles]
    Michelangelo: [suddenly jumps to right behind her] No, no, no, no. Whoa. Whoa. Chill.
    April: [hyperventilates even harder]
    Michelangelo: It's just a mask. See? Don't freak out. [takes off bandana, making it even more undeniable that they're turtles] Right?
    April: … Haah. [eyes glaze over and roll back]
  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before: When Lara Jean learns that the secret love letters that she never intended anyone to read have all been sent out to their respective suitors, she faints in the middle of the school track.note 
  • Water: Baxter Thwaites threatens to blow up the Spenco well using dynamite strapped to a member of the Cascaran Liberation Front. He holds a cigarette lighter to the fuse until everyone else puts down their weapons, whereupon the bomb guy promptly faints.
  • Werewolves Within: Pete is so freaked out from having half his hand bitten off that he doesn't realize he's been shot until someone points it out. He passes out after seeing the bullet hole.
  • The Wizard of Oz: During the meeting with the Wizard, each member of Dorothy's group is called forward to face him. When it's the Cowardly Lion's turn, he faints dead away.

  • Grace Marks in Alias Grace faints frequently, at situations such as being sentenced to death or running for her life and hearing a gunshot that she mistakenly believes has hit her. Her most significant faint, however, is when she faints from the grief and shock over the traumatic death of her dearest friend Mary: she stays completely out cold for ten hours, during which no one could wake her, before briefly waking up, evidently possessed by Mary's soul, and promptly passing out yet again, staying gone for almost as long.
  • In the short —And He Built a Crooked House—, Mrs. Bailey repeatedly faints throughout the adventure in the tesseract house.
  • Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.: Nancy faints in panic when she gets her period for real. Margaret isn't amused, as Nancy has been claiming to have already dealt with this situation in a bid to brag about her own maturity.
  • Bark, George: When the vet pulls the cow out of George, the pup's mother faints dead away.
  • Discussed in The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Tales, the story "Steak for Supper" involves six strange creatures following a little boy home. He fears that his "mother would faint and [his] father would roar" if they saw the creatures. Thankfully, the creatures run away, so the mother remains conscious and the father keeps quiet.
  • In Charlotte's Web, Wilbur is prone to this:
  • Mary Jo Putney's The China Bride has Troth faint at the sight of a man who looks exactly like her deceased husband. It is not until she revives that she discovers that he is actually a twin that she never knew about.
  • Daisy-Head Mayzie: Downplayed. In the book, Mrs. McGrew says, "I'm going to faint" when she sees that her daughter has a daisy growing from her head, and she's illustrated looking woozy, but she remains conscious. In the Animated Adaptation, however, she does pass out.
  • In Death on the Nile, not even personally witnessing her mistress Linnet being presumably shot and killed by her own husband Simon can prepare Louise Bourget for actually seeing the gruesome sight of Linnet lying dead in her bed with a bloody wound in the head the following morning. The poor maid screams and runs out of her mistress's cabin before flopping unconscious into the arms of a steward on the deck.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: In the first book, Greg passes out when he realizes he accidentally put his thumb on snot that Fregley left on a letter for him.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever: In a flashback, Greg passes out (with X's for eyes) when he finds a puzzle box full of crickets.
  • Dante faints in The Divine Comedy a few times:
    • Near the beginning of Inferno when crossing the Acheron to the first circle of hell because he's so shocked by how horrible the first tortures are.
    • In the circle, for those who succumbed to Lust. There he meets a couple who are the Romeo and Juliet of his time. This one is triggered mainly by empathy, as he himself had loved a woman from afar his whole life.note 
    • He faints again towards the end of Paradiso as he approaches the end of all desires.
  • Ishmael from Don't Call Me Ishmael! faints during his first debate because he is so nervous. Everybody else thinks it's hilarious, as Ishmael also accidentally gropes his Love Interest Kelly as he faints.
  • Many, many characters faint in Don Quixote, but the most significant faint has to be Luscinda's. Already having agreed to marry her beloved Cardenio, Luscinda is placed under immense duress when her parents make her marry the nobleman Fernando instead. On the day of the wedding, Luscinda hides a dagger on her body, as well as a letter explaining that her loyalty belongs to Cardenio and that she plans to kill herself. During the wedding, however, Luscinda is unable to defy the pressure and ends up following through with the exchanging of vows and consents to the marriage in a weakened and dismayed voice. Realizing the finality of the situation, Luscinda faints on the spot. Not only does this cause Cardenio to storm out of the wedding feeling betrayed, but Luscinda's suicide plan is also foiled as both her suicide note and her dagger are discovered and removed from her unconscious body. Her despair is so great that she does not wake up from her faint until the following day.
  • In the book Double Star the heroine faints quietly and without fuss after an intense scene which probably means the ruin of all they've been working for. Later another character reveals precautions have been taken and they're safe - whereupon she faints again. Still, given what's at stake and the extended strain she's been under it's hard to blame her.
  • In Dracula Jonathan Harker pulling one of these fairly early on. He has just been overtly harassed by three beautiful vampire-ladies and apparently his own host.
  • In the Dragonlance novel, Dragons of Winter Night, the elven princess Laurana faints at a public banquet after her father calls her a whore, and her older brother gives her a "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • ''The Finishing School Series: Dimity faints for real every time she sees blood. —The girls are also taught to Fake Faint properly, so a habit of really fainting stands out.
  • Gesta Danorum: When Odin makes snakes appear on the eyes of the boy Sigurd Ragnarsson, Sigurd's nurse faints in terror at the sight.
  • Dr. Greta Helsing: Leonora van Dorne takes a Screw the Rules, I Have Money! attitude to life's problems, but collapses when she gets her first glimpse behind the Masquerade and sees a Mummy. Fortunately for her, the mummy is of the non-malicious stripe and catches her, though not without a bit of ironic lurching.
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban:
    • When the Dementors board the train, Harry faints when they search his compartment, due to him reliving the death of his mother (he even hears her screaming).
    • Later, when the Dementors attack him during the Quidditch match, he falls from his broom.
    • He also faints when trying to defend his godfather, Sirius Black, from them, and casts his first Patronum spell to ward them off.
  • In the Inheritance Cycle, Eragon faints when his mentor, Brom, is fatally stabbed. But then, he faints at the end of almost every chapter.
  • Jane Eyre:
    • As a child, Jane is locked inside a terrifying room alone one afternoon as punishment and comes to believe that she is being haunted by the ghost of her dead uncle. She is so frightened that she faints, and doesn't regain consciousness until midnight.
    • At Thornfield Hall, Jane, who has been wakeful in her bed, is approached by the terrifying figure of a strange veiled woman holding a candle deep in the middle of the night. The increasing terror and nervousness from seeing this causes Jane to sink into her bed in a dead faint, and when she regains consciousness it is already morning and the figure is gone.
    • Jane faints after she finds out that Mr Rochester, who she was going to marry, already has a wife.
  • H. P. Lovecraft's The Last Test Georgina overhears a conversation late at night that leads her to believe that her brother is involved in carrying out brutal human experiments and savage sacrifices. The thought of this increasingly terrifies her until eventually she faints while lying in her own bed, and remains in her dead faint until the next morning. After she awakens, she mistakenly believes that what she overheard and subsequently thought late last night was a dream (since they were the last things she remembers before waking up in the morning). It's not until noon, when she personally witnesses a subject being captured in front of her, that she realizes that the conversation last night was real, upon which she instantly faints once again and does not wake up until late into the afternoon.
  • In Little Women, Marmee faints when she receives the news that her husband has contracted pneumonia while serving as a chaplain in the American Civil War.
  • Parodied mercilessly by Jane Austen in Love and Freindship [sic], In it, Laura and Sophia repeatedly faint, which eventually proves fatal to Sophia when she faints and lies unconscious outside in the rain for more than an hour, catching a cold that soon worsens into deadly tuberculosis. The aftermath of this provides our page quote.
  • In The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs, King Leopold faints when he realizes that he's going to be executed as a traitor if he can't convince anyone that he's himself and not his fugitive Identical Stranger cousin. One of many repeated reminders that Leopold is not an admirable manly man like the novel's hero.
  • In The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, during the island getaway episode, the shy time-travelling Mikuru faints promptly upon seeing the stabbed body of the mansion owner, and stays out of the action for a while under Yuki's supervision, providing Haruhi and Kyon an excuse to go exploring alone together.
  • Judge Dee: A suspect infuriated by the accusations against him gets up to refute them... and collapses in a faint. His subordinates note that he suffers such crises on occasion.
  • Fantine faints in Les Misérables upon realizing that Mayor Madeleine is a genuinely kind man who is willing to help her reconnect with her estranged daughter Cosette.
  • Mr. Men: At the end of "Little Miss Shy", Mr. Quiet faints when Little Miss Shy asks him if he'd like to go to her house for tea.
  • Played for Laughs in My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!: Duchess Millidiana Claes, while accompanying Geordo in his marriage proposal to her daughter Catarina, finds her daughter farming. The Duchess immediately faints upon seeing such unladylike behavior from her daughter.
  • The Mysteries of Udolpho:
    • Emily faints no fewer than ten times throughout the story from either grief, fear, anxiety, or sudden joy, and also comes close to passing out almost as many times. The prose frequently emphasizes how deeply and thoroughly unconscious she is and how long it takes for her to wake up every time despite people's best efforts to revive her.
    • Annette, Blanche, and a few other characters also contribute to the total count with one faint from each at various points of the novel, but no one comes anywhere close to Emily.
  • Samuel Richardson's Pamela, or: Virtue Rewarded sees its title character faint whenever Mr. B attempts to force himself onto her, with each faint lasting progressively longer (the first time she stays out for two hours, the next time for three) as though the depth of her unconsciousness corresponds with the audacity of Mr. B's actions and the severity of her plight.
  • In The Phantom of the Opera:
    • Christine faints on stage after her splendid gala performance. Possibly exacerbated by exhaustion.
    • The first time the Phantom abducts her, Christine faints due to the smell of death on his hand.
    • When Raoul first comes face to face with Erik in the Perros graveyard, he faints. Understandable, as Erik has been trying to freak him out by playing the ghost and throwing skulls at him.
  • Invoked In The Quiller Memorandum, Quiller is faced with torture. He attempts to delay it by putting himself into syncope, through breathing heavily then holding his breath to drop his blood pressure. He is under massive stress, and he uses this to make his enemies believe he is weak.
  • The Railway Children: Bobbie Waterbury, via clever use of red petticoats, manages to prevent a train from careening into a landslide, but has to stand on the tracks to do so. The train finally manages to stop just inches in front of her, and she very understandably collapses in a dead faint. Jenny Agutter's rendition of the scene in the 1970 Film of the Book is iconic.
  • Sherlock Holmes:
    • In "The Adventure of the Empty House" in The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Watson falls down in a dead faint when Holmes suddenly appears in his study after having been thought dead for three years.
    • "The Naval Treaty" in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes ends with Trevelyan fainting when Holmes presents him with the missing treaty on a silver platter (literally).
  • Subverted in The Silver Chair: When Eustace falls off a cliff, Jill collapses to the ground and hopes she'll faint, but the author comments it's not that easy.
  • The revelation that Skulduggery Pleasant is a talking, sentient skeleton causes Stephanie to faint.
  • In The Sorrows of Young Werther, Charlotte, upon hearing of Werther's suicide, sinks into a faint so deep that others begin to fear for her life.
  • Cathy of Team Human faints upon being reunited with the boyfriend she thought had abandoned her, but it's pointed out that she also hadn't eaten much in the past week, what with her love-stricken distress and all.
  • The Poem "The Tummy Beast" by Roald Dahl ends with the eponymous beast speaking, then the protagonist saying, "Now do you believe me, mummy?", only to find his mother unconscious on the floor.
  • The Wandering Inn: When Jelaqua Ivirith, a Selphid, which are basically parasites that inhabit dead bodies, literally opens her stomach to show Erin her true form that is located in that region? Erin faints, when she sees Jelequa waving to her, inside of...well, Jelequa.
  • Tamaris faints at the height of her rescue in the Conan the Barbarian story A Witch Shall Be Born. After months of Cold-Blooded Torture and isolation, having your sister try to feed you to a monster and and then finding yourself in the middle of a battle do make a good excuse.
  • In the Warrior Cats book Veil of Shadows, a group of rebels tries to kill the false Bramblestar. Three of them are killed in the ensuing fight, and Bristlefrost faints when she sees that one of the dead cats is Stemleaf, who she had once wanted as her mate.
  • The Ordinary Princess: When the titular princess runs away, her letter causes her two ladies-in-waiting it to scream and/or faint, leaving only one standing to deliver the letter to the king and queen, then cry.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In The Addams Family, normal people have a habit of passing out in surprise when exposed to the family's antics.
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: Watson faints when Holmes reveals himself alive and well
  • All My Children's Maria Santos faints in elated shock when her presumed-dead husband Edmund walks into his own funeral.
  • 'Allo 'Allo!: Lieutenant Gruber faints after seeing what he thinks is the ghost of the "first" René.
  • Alma Gêmea:
    • A pregnant Dalila faints when she hears that Raul kissed Kátia in public.
    • Olívia faints when she discovers that Raul sold her house, and again when she finds out that he's the true father of Dalila's baby.
    • After constantly trying to avoid him, Generosa faints when Romeu finally finds her.
    • Crispim faints after seeing Kátia naked.
  • And Then There Were None (2015) has Ethel Rogers wail and faint right after hearing herself accused of a murder she'd hoped to hide. Later on, Vera Claythorne faints from the increasing stress and terror of the situation she finds herself in. Finally, after shooting Philip Lombard (whom she presumed was the murderous mastermind of the story) dead and finding herself the apparent sole survivor, the intensity of her emotions and relief cause Vera to faint once again. The show uses Vera's two faints as narrative framing devices, showing the viewers flashbacks to her past (that reveal progressively more details about her backstory) while she's out cold.
  • Any Day Now: Mrs. O'Brien faints upon being told that Johnny was killed in action in Vietnam.
  • Done on multiple occasions by Mr. Humphries in Are You Being Served?, typically as a silent collapse into the arms of his coworkers.
  • In the 1993 TV remake of the 1958 Attack of the 50-Foot Woman, Harry attempts to cause his wife Nancy to suffer a heart attack and die by deliberately insulting and angering her. Nancy only faints instead, but Harry believes himself to have succeeded in killing her and drives away from the scene. Nancy later comes back for revenge, but only after spending most of the night lying sprawled on top of the house she collapsed onto, completely passed out.
  • On The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon tends to faint when he can't process the stimulus his brain is receiving; for example, when his hero Steven Hawking points out an arithmetic error in a paper Sheldon wrote.
  • The Borgias: Lucrezia faints during a confrontation in season three where she discovers that all her plotting resulted in the crowning of a king who did not have her or her family's best interests at heart.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Beauty and the Beasts" When her werewolf boyfriend Oz is suspected of having killed someone, Willow goes to the mortuary at night to get samples from the victim. As Xander and Cordelia retch and express their disgust at what's been done to the body, Willow is completely focused on the task, but on finishing, faints in their arms.
  • Bunk'd: In "Zuri Had A Little Lamb", Emma first faints when Lou's sheep is in labor. She wakes up right after the lamb is born, but faints again at the sight of the afterbirth.
  • Castelo Rá-Tim-Bum: Gato Pintado faints when he sees three Pedros pass by the library in episode 8.
  • Chuck: When Casey shoots Bryce for breaking into in his house, Non-Action Guy Chuck faints at the same time that Bryce goes down.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "The Long Game": Adam Mitchell faints when he sees a view of the future Earth. The Doctor and Rose don't bother to look back and see what happened.
      The Doctor: He's your boyfriend.
      Rose: Not anymore.
    • "The Crimson Horror" has a Running Gag involving minor character Mr. Thursday coming face-to-face with things like Madame Vastra or Strax for the first time and immediately, noiselessly fainting. And he does it a third time when he sees the TARDIS dematerializing.
  • El Chavo del ocho: An episode centers around Patty giving kisses to Quico and El Chavo and causing them to faint, and whenever it happens, they're "revived" with buckets of water. At the end of the episode, Don Ramón ends up getting one from Patty's aunt Gloria and faints too. Chavo then calls dibs on him, but instead of a bucket of water, he grabs one full of bricks...
  • In the Enemy at the Door episode "The Polish Affaire", Lady Diana Prideux faints dead away on finding an escaped prisoner hiding in her garden shed. When she recovers, it turns out that he's not just any escaped prisoner, but a man she loved and lost before the war.
  • Father Ted, in the episode "Entertaining Father Stone":
    • Dougal drops to the floor like a puppet that's had its strings cut when Ted reveals - after a long, drawn-out preparation - that the guest in the next room is the excruciatingly dull Father Stone. He does get up immediately on command.
    • Dougal faints a second time when Father Stone indicates that he intends to stay a while:
    [Father Stone] Oh, I don't know. A few weeks, maybe.
    [Dougal hits the floor]
  • Fawlty Towers.
    • In "Communication Problems", Basil is robbed of his gambling winnings by Mrs Richards, then she's complaining it was "ten pounds short". When a man enters the hotel carrying a vase she bought the previous day and asks Basil if he knows her. He is so immensely frustrated that even the mention of her name makes him faint. (He does get straight back up though).
    • At the end of "Basil the Rat", he also faints from the pressure.
  • Flander's Company:
    • Hippolyte is overwhelmed by all the differences and faints in the alternate universe.
    • Kevin faints at the sight of Gladys' severed arm.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Sansa Stark's reaction to seeing her father, Lord Eddard, beheaded.
    • Jon Snow, (born of a noble family) tries to explain the concept of swooning to his wildling girlfriend Ygritte. She mocks the idea mercilessly, having come from a society where people have to be tough to survive.
  • Gilligan's Island:
    • In the episode "Ghost a Go-Go", Gilligan faints when he pulls up the window blind and sees the ghost outside the hut. The Skipper faints when he looks out the hut door and sees the ghost walking through the trees.
    • In the episode "The Hunter", Gilligan passes out from fear (and quite possibly exhaustion) after the Skipper tells him how narrowly he escaped being killed. He and his tree disguise fall on the Skipper's foot.
    • In "Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow," Ginger and Mary Ann both faint when they see Gilligan with white hair, then again when he becomes bald.
  • The Greatest American Hero: Pam faints when Ralph demonstrates the power of the alien-bestowed super-suit by casually picking up the front end of her car.
  • I Dream of Jeannie:
    • Roger in "The Richest Astronaut in the World", upon seeing Jeannie emerge from her bottle for the first time. He then faints again after being revived by Jeannie.
    • Tony in "My Wild-Eyed Master", upon being granted X-Ray Vision and seeing Jeannie and Roger as skeletons. Like Roger in "The Richest Astronaut in the World", he also faints a second time upon being revived.
  • I Hear Your Voice:
    • Hye Sung faints upon hearing of her mother's death.
    • Hye Sung also faints upon witnessing Soo Ha fall off a rooftop.
  • Janda Kembang: Salmah faints in Malik's arms when the odong-odong driver reveals that the kid who fell of his odong-odong (which she assumes to be her missing daughter Laila) was brought to a hospital.
  • Kaamelott tends to play this for laughs, mostly with the male characters.
    • Bohort is afraid of every animal as scary as rabbits and pheasants or worse. After Arthur spends half an hour trying to convince him there are no wild animals in or around the camp, Léodagan shows up saying he was just taking a leak and a bear came out of the bushes. Well...
    • Perceval once faints when Arthur, having guilt-tripped himself over his abusive treatment, gives him a compliment. Arthur has to bring him back by repeatedly slapping him while yelling "Wake up! You are a disgrace!"
    • Arthur once faints when Perceval claims he has successfully carried out a mission. This is the case, although he forgot what the medallion he'd recovered actually did. When kept in a locked room overnight, it turns everything else in the room into gas. Locked rooms like Kaamelott's treasury...
    • Father Blaise faints on hearing the tritone (diabolus in musica) in person.
  • Life of Riley: Anthony is prone to fainting, usually as a result of Maddy unintentionally scaring him.
  • Magnificent Century: After learning that she can marry the man she loves, Hatice passes out.
  • M*A*S*H
  • Mimpi Metropolitan:
    • While Alan and Prima just cringe when they see a goat being slaughtered in episode 3, Bambang outright faints.
    • In the ending of episode 26, Mami Bibir faints after finding out that not only Rio and Adul had left the dorm without telling her, but they had stolen many furnitures from the dorm.
  • Muppets Tonight: Clifford faints early in the first episode when he's told he's going to get the job of hosting a show and he has to be ready in 30 seconds.
  • My Three Sons: Miss Pitts faints when she sees what appears to be Chip beating his grandfather's dead body. (It Makes Sense in Context.)
  • In one episode of Night Court Dan keels over in relief after learning that he's just been the victim of Mac's elaborate prank, and hasn't literally sold his soul to the devil.
  • Northern Rescue: Taylor blacks out from the pressure while competing in a spelling bee. A little while later, a competitor spots a video of it online.
  • The Odd Squad: In the episode "6:00 to 6:05'', Octavia faints when she realizes that she forgot to feed the dinosaurs... four-and-a-half hours too late. Luckily, Otto manages to catch her before she can get a concussion as well from hitting the hard floor.
  • On One Tree Hill when Lucas angrily confronts Dan about his role in Keith's death, Karen, who is heavily pregnant with Keith's baby, is overwhelmed at the news and faints. In spite of going into shock and momentarily being reunited with Keith in Heaven, she and their little girl, Lily, survive.
  • The Outpost: After discovering Wren is pregnant and that he's going to be a father, the first thing he does is faint. Presumably out of shock.
  • Two occurrences happen on Passions:
    • Ivy faints when it's revealed that Sam is Ethan's father and not Julian: An angry Julian demands she awake.
    • A newly pregnant Grace faints and falls down a flight of stairs. Though she ultimately survives the ordeal, her and Sam's unborn son, who was to be named Jack, does not.
  • In The Phantom of the Opera Mini Series, Christine faints at the sight of Erik's unmasked face, much to his devastation (she'd promised to love him enough to overlook what he looked like, but to no avail).
  • Poirot: In The Murder on the Links, when Eloise Renauld sees her husband's body in the morgue, she gives off loud "No"s before fainting.
  • Olive faints in the Pushing Daisies episode Girth when she believes that a dead horse jockey's ghost is out to kill all the other jockeys from that race, which would include her. Later the "dead" jockey shows up, and he's really tall; because he was paralyzed the doctors cut off his dead horse's legs and put them on him.
  • The Forensic Drama Quincy, M.E. has an opening montage which includes Quincy conducting an autopsy while six police academy recruits observe. Three recruits whoop their cookies while the other three faint and collapse onto the floor. Quincy takes a moment to peer beyond the corpse to assess his "audience."
  • A recurring gag on Raising Hope as much of the show's comedy is based on secret revelations. In particular Jimmy faints several times in the 2-part season 2 finale upon hearing ludicrously illogical news about his baby's mother.
  • Red Dwarf has featured this in a couple of episodes:
    • Rimmer does it in "Psirens" after viewing a graphic demonstration of how and what the eponymous monsters eat.
    • In "Epideme" The Cat freezes up and keels over after seeing Kochanski apparently chop off her own arm. (Amusingly, he's just left lying on the floor, incredulous index finger still extended.)
  • In an early episode of Stargate Atlantis, Rodney learns that the city is in danger and responds by promptly keeling over. After a brief moment of panic, his teammates are only too happy to inform him that he pulled one of these.
  • Santa Clarita Diet:
    • Joel and Abby faint when they see Sheila's "blood", which has turned thick and almost black from decomposition.
    • Eric passes out when Sheila intentionally (and casually) breaks her own thumbs to escape a pair of handcuffs.
  • Stargate Universe: Episode "Awakening" has an amusing reversal of the classic 50's cinema "Monster Faint." When one of the aliens runs into a human, it's the alien that faints. To make it even funnier, the alien faints in front of Volker, probably the least combative character on the show.
  • In Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 1, Episode 25 The Neutral Zone Claire passes out when she sees Worf, because he's an alien and she's never seen one of his species before. Justified, since she's recently been in cryogenic stasis, which has made her a bit weak.
  • Tarzán (1991) has Jane fainting in Tarzan's arms from the relief of being saved from certain death after falling out of a tree.
  • The Twilight Zone (1959) episode "Hocus Pocus And Frisby". When Frisby punches one of the aliens in the face, the alien's human head is revealed to be a mask covering his true alien head. When he sees this, Frisby collapses. He wakes up five minutes before the aliens are scheduled to leave.
  • The X-Files:
    • Although Agent Scully is hardly the frail heroine, even she keels over when a ghost removes his hat to reveal a large shotgun hole through his head.
    • Played for laughs in 1947 Roswell in "The Unnatural" when Dales, the cop protagonist, sees Exley's true alien form for the first time. The alien keeps trying to wake him up to explain things, but as soon as the cop does so he passes out again. And again. And again.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Dinosaurs: In "Nature Calls", Roy passes out at the sight of Baby's soiled diaper while he and Earl are changing him.
  • The Muppet Show:
    • Miss Piggy faints after knocking out Kermit and then seeing a robot Kermit standing right there. Fortunately, there's a squishy frog to break her fall.
    • Kermit faints in the John Cleese episode, after nearly being hit by two heavy weights falling from the rafters.
  • Sesame Street: Grover, Bert, and Mr. Johnson have a tendency to keel over as if they were passing out (though it's hard to tell since, being played by puppets, their eyes remain open) when frustrated.
  • St. Bear's Dolls Hospital: In "The Forgetful Elephant", when the titular elephant (who thinks he's a rabbit), is told he's an elephant, he faints.

  • Astral Cabal:
    • In Astral Blue a combination of guilt and not sleeping for over a day causes Elara to faint after chapter 1's trial.
    • The aftermath of Astral Acedamia chapter 2's trial is too much for Jaz, so she faints.
    • Masayoshi faints after the culprit's execution in Astral Academia chapter 4, shouting to the class that this happened because they weren't willing to trust each other.
  • CDT University: Maxwell faints after reading a graphic page in a Yaoi Book.
  • Dangan Roleplay Round Two: Sycamore faints when he sees Lysandre fake his death. *It's Curtains: Eliza faints at the first body discovery.
  • Roulette Rampage: In Chapter 3, Etsuko Reiki faints when she opens the bag with the very much dead Oten Kouei inside that she was supposed to bring into the Cathedral.
  • Trustfell Round One: Blue faints when she finds the gory second crime scene.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Castle Falkenstein, being a game of Victorian period adventure, has rules for fainting from shock, paralleling those for damage from combat or magic, but with less long-term effects.
  • GURPS has a "Fright Check" system to represent the effect on people of overwhelmingly horrible experiences, and some of the results on the Fright Check Table do involve fainting dead away. The third edition supplement GURPS Screampunk and the fourth edition update supplement GURPS Steampunk 1 augment this with a secondary system of fright checks in response to horrifying revelations of social inappropriateness, to suit the 19th century, Victorian milieu that both cover. Both note that actual period fiction might make the sexist assumption that only ladies will faint away in shock, but modern games don't have to follow this.
  • In Gamelords Ltd.'s Thieves' Guild 8 adventure "Rescue from the Trolls' Hole", when the Player Characters show up to rescue the girl Constance from the trolls, she will faint from the relief of seeing them.
  • Trail of Cthulhu actually creates an incentive for characters to faint occasionally, in best gothic horror fashion. Adventurers are prone to suffer a prolonged process of sanity loss as the Cosmic Horror of reality presses on them, but those who faint dead away as a result of specific shocks may at least avoid even worse sights that could destroy their minds.

  • In Can-Can, hot-tempered but cowardly artist Boris is egged on by his friends to challenge the art critic Jussac to a duel after Jussac steals his girlfriend and writes a review trashing Boris's work. The moment the referee announces the beginning of the duel, he faints dead away. Theophile, the friend who had been most enthusiastic in egging him on, is informed that as Boris's second it is now his duty to pick up Boris's sword and fight in his place — and he faints too.
  • The Cat and the Canary:
    • Annabelle faints after being molested by the hand.
    • Annabelle faints a second time after discovering the corpse of the lawyer.
  • Santuzza and Mamma Lucia in Cavalleria Rusticana, when Turridu's death is announced.
  • Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, when she finds her father's corpse.
  • Fairview: Hearing that the birthday cake has burned causes Beverly to freak out and faint. This is when the comedy of Act One starts turning to something darker.
  • Faust: First Part of the Tragedy: Gretchen attempts to seek solace and forgiveness, but when confronted with the severity of her sins, she eventually cannot bear it any longer and faints dead away.
  • In The Magic Flute:
    • Tamino faints when chased by a giant snake in the opening scene.
    • Pamina as Monostatos is harassing her, paralleling her love interest Tamino's earlier incident with the snake.
  • Des Grieux in Manon When Manon dies in his arms.
  • Mom's Gift: Trish faints at the end of the first act when she accidentally overhears Dad telling his daughters that he wants to ask Trish to marry him. Mom faints at the same time.
  • Much Ado About Nothing sees Hero faint when she's falsely accused of unfaithfulness and publicly denounced and humiliated at her own wedding. She faints so deeply that others at the scene believe her to have died.
  • My Fair Lady: At the horse race, one lady faints after hearing Eliza shout "Come on Dover! Move yer bloomin' arse!"
  • The Phantom of the Opera. At the conclusion of "The Music Of The Night" number, Christine becomes completely overwhelmed by everything the Phantom has put her through, including presenting her with a mannequin replica of her wearing a wedding dress, and finally collapses.
  • A Raisin in the Sun: Ruth faints from stress in the first scene. [[spoiler:Her pregnancy also contributes.
  • The title character in Rigoletto, when he realizes his daughter has been kidnapped, and again in the end, after she dies in his arms. Although, for the latter event, whether Rigoletto faints or breaks down into Inelegant Blubbering depends on the baritone portraying him.
  • Faninal in Der Rosenkavalier, when he realizes Baron Och's true character. (He was mentioned early on to be in frail health).
  • Leonora in Il Trovatore, when Manrico rushes off to risk his life trying to save his mother.
  • Violetta in La Traviata, when Alfredo publicly insults her. (Understandable, since she's sick with tuberculosis).
  • Isolde in Tristan & Isolde after Tristan dies in her arms.
  • Sieglinde in Die Wälkure, first in guilt and fear over her Twincest with her brother Siegmund, and again after Siegmund is killed.
  • Charlotte in Werther When Werther dies in her arms.
  • The Yeomen of the Guard:
    • In the course of the first act, Elsie Maynard is thoroughly justified in fainting:
      1. She's been forced to marry a condemned criminal to buy medicine to save her mother. note 
      2. She witnesses the highly-charged leadup to his execution by beheading.
      3. She then finds out he's escaped, meaning she, as a poor woman in Tudor times, is now permanently a criminal's wife.
      4. Being a moral woman, love is now forbidden to her, because loving anyone else would be adultery. It is at this point she faints.
    • At the end of Act II, the jester Jack Point, who is in love with Elsie Maynard, faints because Fairfax is pardoned and is married to Elsie.
  • In Zone, Ciboulette faints during her interrogation when told that an American border patrol officer was killed, as she is afraid it was Tarzan who killed him.
  • In George Balanchine's classic choreography of The Nutcracker, Marie faints onto the Nutcracker's doll bed at the sight of the Nutcracker killing the Mouse King. The bed proceeds to magically fly out the window with Marie on it, and Marie revives to find herself in snow-covered forest, with the Nutcracker Prince standing before her, now changed back into human form.

    Video Games 
  • Borrowed Time: Bruce Light, being a very fragile man, flops unconscious to the floor from fear due to questioning.
  • Conker's Bad Fur Day: When Conker sees how huge Jugga's breasts are, he passes out.
    Conker: [gasps] Paradise...
  • In the Ork ending of Dawn of War II: Retribution, Kaptin Bluddflagg catches Inquisitor Adrastia and she loses consciousness as he swings his massive fist at her — but he stops short of actually hitting and killing her, since he prefers to leave her alive and with a grudge. She'll wake up without her Nice Hat.
  • Dark Tales: The player character's initial reaction to seeing the violent ghost in the graveyard is to faint.
  • Densetsu no Stafy: Moe faints when Dolfy (who he thought was a ghost) scares him in the Sunken Ship.
  • Densetsu no Stafy 4:
    • Moe faints when Akureima announces that he's captured and hidden away Ruby.
    • Moe also faints when the Mirage Fairy reveals her true form.
  • Fabulous:
    • Principal Morgan faints at the end of level 40 when it's revealed that Janet is pregnant.
    • The Warden of Snuggford Prison (Same person as Principal Morgan) when he finds out that his own daughter is a prisoner!
  • Forget Me Not: My Organic Garden: At the cutscene that ends Chapter 4, Irene thinks that Hamomoru would faint at seeing the bodiless organs at her shop.
  • Fiona in Haunting Ground upon learning that her pursuer, Riccardo, and her father, Ugo, are clones of the game's main antagonist and that Riccardo killed her father.
  • Killed Until Dead: Agatha faints if you correctly accuse her.
  • King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella: When Rosella is forced to marry Edgar, she faints after kissing him. The thought of Rosella's father dying, failing to save Genesta, being stranded in Tamir, being forcibly married to an ugly hunchback, having Lolotte as her mother-in-law and dooming the world by giving Lolotte Pandora's box probably took its emotional toll on the poor girl.
  • Living Books: Discussed in "The Cat in the Hat", when the boy says, "Mom would faint at this mess!".
  • Mario:
    • Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time: Luigi faints on seeing a purple mushroom covering Princess Peach's face. Seemingly Peach faints as well, but this is likely more of a Fake Faint as she is really Princess Shroob in disguise. Peach faints for real on seeing Elder Princess Shroob's One-Winged Angel form for the first time.
    • In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Luigi mentions fainting at the sight of Hizza and the second head on his tail. The book adaptation misinterprets this (or else Luigi told it differently) by saying he feinted.
  • Jennifer, the protagonist of Rule of Rose keeps fainting at the slightest provocation during the early cutscenes; they actually tend to mark the borders between chapters. But when she finds her inner courage in the last chapter, she can watch far more traumatizing sights than all the previous ones put together and keep her consciousness.
  • Trails Series: Alfin Riese Arnor ends up fainting twice in Cold Steel III. The first time happens when Ash shoots her father and the second time happens when the Courageous explodes in the sky just a day later.
  • Xenosaga, when Albedo intimidates the young Momo.
  • Yes, Your Grace: King Eryk has to deal with The Chains of Commanding on a daily basis. There are a few moments in the game where he gets really bad news on top of this. Those moments consistently knock him out.

    Visual Novels 
  • Ace Attorney:
    • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney:
      • In the case "Turnabout Sisters," Phoenix faints once he sees Mia, who is dead and is the victim in the case. It's really Maya channeling Mia for the first time. Upon waking up and seeing her once more, he faints again. Lampshaded by Mia: "'GACK?!' Is that any way to treat your boss, Nick?"
      • Miles Edgeworth loses consciousness a few times due to his extreme seismophobia. He developed a fear of earthquakes after a traumatic experience in his past that resulted in the murder of his father.
      • Happens twice to Ema Skye, once as she witnessed what she thought was a Serial Killer stabbing another man, and then two years later, when she realizes that she may have accidentally killed the aforementioned man.
    • In the final case of PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice, Rayfa faints while trying to perform the Divination Séance to show her father Inga's final moments.
  • Aoi Shiro: During Yasumi's route, Kohaku thinks Yasumi fainted out of fear. Turns out Yasumi was merely sending out her soul to save Syouko.
  • Blessing of the Campanella:
    • Carina faints in Episode 1 after Leicester holds her hand to "make up" for not being able to fulfill her earlier fetishes.
    • Carina in Episode 4 after everyone sees her in Funbag Airbag position with Leicester and she frantically tries to explain that it was Not What It Looks Like.
  • Muv-Luv Unlimited: After Takeru truly realizes that there's a serious possibility of him dying in combat against the BETA, he faints in relief upon learning that the BETA are not going to attack the base he's stationed at. He takes it as further proof of his weakness in comparison to the rest of his squad, and beats himself up over it. However, none of the military cast holds it against him. His Sergeant is uncharacteristically kind and supportive, stating that breakdowns like that are a very common reaction among recruits and no one blames him for it.
  • In Your Turn to Die, right before participating in the Main Game in chapter one part two, Sara comments that there is the sound of somebody fainting in a different room. Given the circumstances, this would likely be either Joe or Kai, who have at this point learned that the cards they received, the Sacrifice and Sage respectively, are likely to result in their deaths.

    Web Animation 
  • My Story Animated: The unfortunate nurse in "A Spider Has Been Living In My Ear For Years" hits the floor when she realizes that there's a spider inside the narrator's ear.
  • Zatanna: Trial of the Crystal Wand: The rabbit faints when he sees Zatanna fall from the pole supporting her escapeology act.

    Web Comics 
  • Furry Experience: As part of a "walk a mile" experiment, Kat and Ronnie change places and assignments at college. When Ronnie reports that she skipped out on Figure Drawing class because it had a live nude model, Kat faints in strip #137. Kat's teacher subtracts a grade for each missed class, which will gank her grade average. Any grade below 3.5 means Kat's parents will stop subsidizing Kat's tuition.
  • Fur Will Fly: Tammy faints on Brad's first night in the apartment when he pops his shoes off. She seems to think that he's removed part of his body, because this is a wold of BarefootCartoonAnimals that has apparently never invented footwear.
  • Happens quite frequently in Ménage à 3—characters often faint due to sheer embarrassment, sheer pleasure, or for other reasons.
  • Negative One: Meri Lin tends to faint when she's upset.
  • The Night Belongs to Us: Hank is prone to fainting when under a lot of stress (like faced with a werewolf who attacked her or vampires that attacked Ada).
  • Ozzie the Vampire: Kim faints when she first meets Grimsley, the talking book. The Jump Scare from the skeleton that he's forgotten to warn her about doesn't help.
  • Peanuts Untold: Charlie Brown faints for joy when Lila gives him a kiss for Valentine's Day.
  • Pinkie Pie Reads Cupcakes:
    • Rarity only makes it through two pages before fainting. Pinkie, Twilight and Applejack think that this is a mercy.
    • Fluttershy doesn't even open the book. The others stop her with a made-up alternate story line that is still too much for her:
    Twilight: um... Pinkie steps on a caterpillar. And kills it, I guess.
    Fluttershy: Wh.. What?? B-B-But who could write something so.. so.. !! [next frame: thud]
  • Roomies!, It's Walky!, Joyce and Walky!: Danny and Billie both faint when faced with the reality of D.J.'s existence for the first time.
  • Mr. Cake from Slice of Life faints periodically.
    Mrs. Cake: You get used to it, dear.
  • In a side story in Tales of the Questor, Arlen the biomancer suffers this when he discovers one field of his bauxite-purging plants is growing rubies and sapphires.
  • I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates from Outer Space: The first time anyone points a stun gun at Susie she just faints dead away, to the bemusement of the woman intending to achieve the same result by force.
  • Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic: Lucas drops like an empty armor the day he learns that he's not the baron's son, but the blacksmith's.
  • Zoophobia: Cameron faints very soon after arriving in Safe Haven. Admittedly, leaning back to find that you are being loomed over by giant cheetah in the previous frame could be traumatic. Luckily, Zech means her no harm.

    Web Original 

    Web Videos 
  • Kid Farm: Downplayed BJ is so nervous after proposing to Lizzy, that he nearly faints. Jean catches him before he can.
  • TheNostalgiaCritic, in his review of Judge Dredd: Parodied. The Critic pretends to do a whole overwrought, nail-biting reaction to the tension at the Judge's trial. When the verdict is read, he throws his hand up to his forehead, and collapses face down.
  • The Sanders Sides episode "Crofter's - The MUSICAL!" has Logic of all people doing this when he sees that there's a new flavor of Crofter's jam named after
  • SuperMarioLogan: Mario in "Jeffy's Sister!", over the stress of both Jeffy and his sister Feebee losing his house.

    Western Animation 
  • 3-2-1 Penguins!: In the episode ''The Green Eyed Monster'', Zidgel faints when he discovers just how big this grass-eating monster is.
  • Adventures in Odyssey: In "A Stranger Among Us", Eugene passes out from shock after finding that Connie is still alive.
  • Adventure Time:
  • American Dad!: Played for laughs when Stan outs Terry as a homosexual to his homophobic father. Terry faints into his lover's arms in the most girly way possible, and Stan, drunk off his ass, calls him out on it.
    Stan: That's not how a straight guy faints. This is how a straight guy faints! [faceplants]
  • Atomic Betty: In "The No-L 9" Betty's mom understandably faints upon seeing her dad for the first time in 30 years.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender :
    • In "The Serpent's Pass", Sokka faints upon seeing the pregnant woman give birth en route to Ba Sing Se.
    • In "The Awakening", Aang wakes up from a coma following a life-or-death situation... in a Fire Nation ship. With his friends disguised as Fire Nation soldiers, complete with Sokka in full armor. The shock of the situation (combined with him still feeling physically woozy to begin with) knocks him out cold for a couple more minutes, until his friends get him back up to speed when he wakes up again.
  • The Batman:
    • A Matter of Family. Completely justified for Tony Zucco. He's just had his ass handed to him by a very angry Batman, then fallen from the top of a trapeze, only to be caught by Robin before he hits the ground. Once he's back on solid ground, he understandably faints dead away.
  • Batman: The Animated Series:
    • In Two Face: Part 1, Grace faints when she sees Two-Face's face for the first time.
    • In Feat of Clay, Part 1, Raymond Bell faints while being questioned by Batman. Considering Batman's terrifying interrogation technique, it is not surprising.
  • Western Animation/Batman The Brave And The Bold: In the cold open of "Enter the Outsiders!", a bystander faints at the sight of Bwana Beast's Two Beings, One Body powers in action.
  • Bob's Burgers:
    • In "Sacred Cow", Bob faints after he witnesses Moolissa's death, resulting in him having a dream about talking to Moolissa on a cloud and kissing him.
    • In "The Kids Run the Restaurant", Bob passes out at the sight of his hand bleeding a bit.
  • Boy Girl Dog Cat Mouse Cheese: Boy helps an old lady feed the birds by ripping up her bread for her, and she's so impressed she swoons. We then see her being lifted into an ambulance on a stretcher.
  • Danger Mouse: DM himself, uncharacteristically, faints dead away at the prospect of confronting the world's largest spider in "The World Wide Spider".
  • Dennis the Menace (UK): In one episode of the 90s cartoon, Dennis wins a Blue Peter art competition, but when "his" winning painting is unveiled live on air, it turns out that the judges picked the abstract series of splodges that Gnasher painted on the other side of the canvas. When Dennis explains this, the campy art critic in charge of the contest is so shocked that a dog took first prize that he faints.
  • Dexter's Laboratory:
    • In "A Duck's Cartoon", Mandark thinks Dexter stole the former's duck and Dexter responds that Mandark's duck isn't in Dexter's laboratory. Then they both faint when they notice Dexter's monkey starting a family with Mandark's duck.
    • in the episode Dexter Detention Miss Wimple who is Dexter's teacher faints when Dexter yells out the answer to the first question in a test out of annoyance when a student bugs him for the answer.
  • Exchange Student Zero: Lucinda faints after seeing a large wave plunge down on John.
  • The Fairly OddParents: Timmy's dad faints from shock quite regularly, often preceded by a high-pitched scream. In one episode he does it three times in the space of about twenty seconds.
  • Family Guy: Before her marriage to Carter Pewterschmidt, Lois Griffin’s mother Barbara was courted by a highly effeminate dandy named Roginald. When she and Carter briefly separated many years later, Roginald reappeared on the scene and came face to face with Carter during a reconciliation attempt. Roginald threatened to fight him over Barbara, but Peter Griffin stepped in and simply uttered the word “penis”, making Roginald faint from the perceived vulgarity.
  • Fanboy and Chum Chum:
    • Chum Chum faints in the episode Wizboy when Fanboy does the cut-off finger trick, and again in "Speed Eraser" when he is shocked over what the magic eraser does when literally attached to Fanboy.
    • Lupe faints in "A Very Brrr-y Icemas" after Mr. Mufflin's Man-Arctica costume is shed.
  • Feed the Kitty: When Marc Anthony is witnessing (what looks like) Pussyfoot getting baked into cookies, he passes out several times.
  • Frosty the Snowman: A random orange-haired woman faints when she sees Frosty and the kids marching to the North Pole.
  • Fun and Fancy Free: Edgar faints when he sees Willie the giant lifting the roof off of the house.
  • Gravity Falls: Lampshaded at the end of the episode "Not What He Seems", when the Author of the journals comes out of the portal in Stan's secret lab, on top of him being Stan's long-lost twin brother.
    Mabel: Is this the part where one of us faints?
    Soos: Oh, I am so on it, dude. [faints]
  • Horrid Henry: Out of the fear of injections, Henry faints from his brother Perfect Peter's explanation about said injections.
  • It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: Linus passes out when he sees what he thinks is the Great Pumpkin (actually Snoopy).
  • Jelly Jamm:
    • In "Princess Smile", Rita faints after she sees Bello's failed attempt to fix Princess's mouth.
    • In "Flying Bathtub", Goomo is extremely nervous that the King will find out that Bello and Mina have gone out with the eponymous bathtub and force him to wash his socks. When Bello and Mina come back Just in Time, Goomo faints.
  • Josie and the Pussycats: The episode "The Secret Six Secret" has the villains loose a Bengal tiger in the girls' hotel room, because they know too much. Alan manages to trap the tiger in a Murphy bed. Upon hearing what the girls endured, Alexander faints. When his sister, Alexandra, tries to give Alan a Smooch of Victory, she trips over Alex's inert form.
    Alexandra: The next time you decide to faint, do it by an open window.
  • Kaeloo: In Episode 105, one of the show's animators faints when Stumpy enters the animation studio making the show and informs everyone that he is taking over the show and making his own episodes.
  • King of the Hill: In the episode "Revenge of the Lutefisk," Bobby accidentally starts a fire which destroys the community church. He spends an entire day consumed with shame and remorse, and the next day, upon hearing an official announcement that the police are on the trail of the "arsonist," the sheer terror on top of it all drives him into a faint.
  • The Little Rascals: In the short "The Zero Hero", Alfalfa faints after Darla tells him that the bank robbers are not his disguised friends.
  • ''Llan-ar-goll-en:
    • Tara does this in "Dirgelwch y Llythyr Coll" when it's revealed that Ceri stole her own letter.
    • Prys does this when he actually sees the real Siôn Corn for the first time. When he gets up, he thinks he was hallucinating; he wasn't, and he faints again.
    • In "O Na, Mrs Tomos!", Tara and Mia both faint once they smell Prys' smelly tuna egg sandwich, and it happens at the end of the episode when Prys himself sniffs the tuna that Sugar Lump ate.
  • The Loud House:
    • In "Fool Me Twice", the Louds (except Lily and Luan) faint in embarrassment when pranked by their stunt doubles.
    • In "Lynn-er Takes All", Lola passes out after Lynn wins a game of "Pretty, Pretty Pageant Queen".
    • Parodied in "A Star Is Scorned", when Lola tells her teddy bear Mr. Sprinkles that Lily is a finalist for a cuteness competition, and Mr. Sprinkles coincidentally flops over. Lola responds with, "I know, it's shocking!".
    • Clyde had a crush on Lori in early seasons, which would occasionally cause him to black out.
    • Lynn Sr. in particular has a habit of passing out when afraid, notably in "Tricked!" when he spends most of the episode unconscious due to his fear of Halloween, and "Not a Loud" where he and the President both black out at the prospect of delivering Lincoln. The First Lady ends up delivering him instead.
    • Howard, one of Clyde's fathers, faints out of worry for the safety of his cats in "Purrfect Gig".
    • "The Loudest Thanksgiving" has Bobby pass out upon seeing his mother covered in (what he thinks is) blood.
  • My Little Pony: In "The Runaway Rainbow", Rainbow Dash faints when Rarity says (after skating all around Ponyville and splashing Rainbow Dash with mud) that she wants to do it again.
    Rarity: That was fun! Let's do it again!
    Rainbow Dash: Again?! [faints]
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Rarity in-universe acknowledges that she faints all the time, to the point that she has a special couch to faint onto... Some standout occasions:
      • Twice during the episode "Bridle Gossip". First, when she hears that mysterious zebra Zecora's stripes are not a fashion choice, but something she was born with, and then again when the other ponies list the "horrors" of the Everfree Forest.
      • In "A Dog and Pony Show", when Sapphire Shores asks her to make five more dresses in addition to the one she just made.
    • Happens twice in "Applebuck Season".
      • Applejack ends up fainting after believing she's finished her apple-picking all by herself, only to be shown an acre that still needed to be picked. In the latter case, it's likely justified, as Applejack was suffering from severe sleep deprivation in addition to the shock, thus crossing over with the Exhaustion Faint.
      • In that same episode, this trope is parodied when a Flower Sister faints when faced with a bunny stampede (normal-sized bunnies, mind you, who are rather harmless).
    • Rainbow Dash faints twice in "Trade Ya", both times when the pony with the Daring Do book she is after refuses to trade it to her.
    • Pinkie Pie faints out of excitement when Coloratura makes her big entrance in "The Mane Attraction".
    • Fluttershy faints in "No Second Prances" when she thinks Starlight is eaten by a manticore.
    • Fluttershy faints again in "2, 4, 5, Greaaat" when Twilight tells her she will coach a Buckball team. Pinkie almost immediately wakes her up by throwing water on her face.
  • Ned's Newt: Ned faints when he finds out that the parents of a baby that he thinks will play at a New Year's pageant actually live in a town other than Friendly Falls.
  • The Octonauts:
    • It's a Running Gag for Tunip to faint almost every time he hears bad news.
    • In "The Emperor Penguins", Tweak passes out after Barnacles informs her that the GUP-S has fallen to the bottom of an ice chasm. She is pretty quick to wake up, though.
      Barnacles: Tweak! I didn't think you'd take it that hard.
  • Oggy and the Cockroaches: In the episode "Docu-Mentally", Oggy discovers Dee Dee removing the tape from his, well, video tape. He falls to the ground and passes out in shock. The cockroaches then proceed to film themselves playing around with Oggy's body and then send it to television. The result? Well, yeah...
  • PAW Patrol: In "Pups Save a Mer-Pup", Chase at the beginning of the episode insisted that mer-pups aren't real. When he sees Skye actually turning into one, he faints.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
  • Peppa Pig: Miss Rabbit gets so nervous when meeting The Queen that she faints twice.
  • Ready Jet Go!:
    • Carrot faints into Celery's arms when Jet mentions him in his song in "My Fair Jet".
    • Moonbeam faints after Sunspot flirtatiously winks at her in "Back to Bortron 7".
    • Jet faints after Zerk informs him that his parents will be assigned to another planet after their presentation in "Back to Bortron 7".
    • Mitchell faints at the very sight of Mindy in "What Goes Up...", after she sneaked up on him a second time.
  • Sausage Party: Some of the hot dog buns fall to the floor when they see a human woman eating the (sapient) baby carrots.
  • Schoolhouse Rock!: In "The Tale of Mr. Morton", the eponymous Mr. Morton faints after he reads a letter from his crush, Pearl.
  • Scooby-Doo: Shaggy and Scooby frequently faint when they're scared (which is often).
  • South Park:
    • Stan, in the episode "The Cissy" when his father Randy tells him that he is Lorde and proves to him that he's not making it up.
    • In "It's a Jersey Thing", Ike screams and passes out when he sees Kyle donning the Jersey look.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: In the episode "Krusty Dogs", Mr. Krabs takes away Krabby Patties from the Krusty Krab menu and puts hot dogs in their place. SpongeBob's reaction is to faint from shock, just as two paramedics immediately arrive and revive him. SpongeBob, however, faints again upon seeing Mr. Krabs take out the kitchen oven.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: In "Blue Shadow Virus", Jar Jar Binks faints when the last virus bomb is defused, causing Ahsoka, Padmé and Rex to turn and stare.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987): Upon encountering the turtles for the first time, April O'Neil mutters "I can't handle this" and sinks to the ground unconscious. She stays out cold throughout the time it takes for them to transport her to their hideout and onto a bed. On waking and sitting up, she then immediately sees ratlike Splinter offering her some tea. At the sight of this, she mechanically utters "I don't believe this" and flops right back onto the bed, gone a second time. Somehow, Donatello was able to wake her up easily this time by simply grabbing her hand, but not the previous time.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003): Just like her 1987 incarnation, April O'Neil faints upon meeting the turtles for the first time, and stays out cold all through them bringing her to the hideout and laying her down on a sofa. After waking up, she tries hard to convince herself that it was All a Dream and that she's still dreaming the conversations that she's having with the turtles at this very moment, leaving the turtles exasperated. On seeing Splinter's human-sized rat appearance, April is too shocked to even be able to continue telling herself that what she's seeing isn't real anymore, and goes limp right there on the sofa. Unlike her 1987 incarnation, this April stays in her second faint for much longer, to the point where Mikey straight-up gives up on trying to wake her up and goes to listen to music instead, telling the others to just notify him when she wakes up. The villain of the episode even manages to carry out an entire bank robbery in the meantime as April lies dead unconscious. When she wakes up from this faint, she's finally a bit more open to accepting that the turtles and Splinter might be real.
  • Total Drama:
    • Sadie throws her arm over her forehead and swoons when the hunky Justin joins the competition in "Not So Happy Campers - Part 1".
    • In "Aftermath IV: Who Wants to Pick a Millionare?", Chris flirts with the airport agent who makes no effort to hide that she's a fan of his. Once he calls her a "fine-looking lady", there's a moment in which she manages to stay upright, but then she throws her arm over her forehead and swoons.
    • Sugar is shaken to her core that her team voted off the wizard Leonard in "I Love You, Grease Pig!". She dramatically walks forward with her arm held over her forehead and then goes down.
  • Trolls: World Tour: A trio of flowers watching the dance off between the K-Pop and Reggaeton trolls faint from excitement watching the Reggaetons get down.
  • Ugly Dolls: A Perfection citizen faints when Lucky Bat screams at her —Lucky believes that screaming in terror is how the Perfection citizens greet each other.

  • Bobby Lashley: He faints out of fear when confronted by Boogeyman.
  • Mark Henry: He fainted when Chyna proposed that he get into a three-way with her and her friend Sammy who ended up not being exactly what she looked like.

Alternative Title(s): Emotional Fainting, Faints In Shock


Kwazii and Calico Jack

Kwazii is surprised to meet his grandfather after hyping him up for all of Season 1.

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