In situations involving Levels Take Flight or other fast moving environments, characters with a parachute or a parasol has said object open up and cause them to fly away, removing themselves from whatever was taking place. This can occur due to sabotage or negligence.
- In Cars 2, after Mater is outfitted with voice-activated technology and his cover is blown at the lemon meeting, his reflexive exclamations are misinterpreted as commands to deploy and shoot his gatling guns and then deploy his parachute.
Mater: Dad-gum!Computer: Gatling gun. Request acknowledged.Mater: Shoot, I didn't mean...Mater: Wait, wait! I didn't mean that kind of shoot!Computer: Correction acknowledged. Deploying chute.[Mater screams in surprise as the parachute catches the wind and yanks him away]
- In Octopussy, Bond is captured and sitting in the back of a truck being guarded by two soldiers wearing parachutes. As the truck is driving, Bond's accomplice drives alongside the truck and performs a Show Some Leg. While the guards are Distracted by the Sexy, Bond reaches out and yanks the ripcords on the soldiers' chutes. The chutes deploy and the soldiers go flying off the back of the truck.
- In Die Another Day, Bond kills Gustav Graves by pulling the cord on his chute, which yanks him out of the damaged plane and into the engine.
- Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
- Jetfire accidentally deploys his vehicle mode's parachute, causing him to fall on his back. This is played as the robot equivalent of flatulence.
- Galloway misinterprets protocols on how to deploy his parachute as actually instructing him to do so. He pulls the cord too early and gets sucked out of the plane as his parachute opens up.
- Spider-Man: Homecoming: When Spidey is dropped from high in the sky by the Vulture, his suit automatically triggers its emergency parachute. Unfortunately for him, he's facing upward with his back pointing towards the ground, meaning the parachute pops out from underneath him. Unable to catch air, it immediately envelops him, causing nearly to drown when he crashes in a lake but can't swim up to the surface through the chute. Also, he forgets to have it reinstalled, resulting in a later mission involving heights putting him in danger of a fatal fall.
- Terminal Velocity (1994): In the final confrontation, after parachuting into a wind farm, Ditch kills the Big Bad by pulling his backup chute, sucking him into a turbine.
- In Skyscraper, one of the Big Bad's goons gets taken out at the climax when Will Sawyer opens his parachute and he's dragged out of The Pearl through one of the holes the villains' indiscriminate use of grenades have opened up on the VR gallery penthouse.
- In his novel A Good Clean Fight, Derek Robinson has an RAF pilot realizing he must abandon his plane and bale out over the North African desert. The pilot quickly goes through all the drills to unfasten himself from his seat, which involves striking various quick-release buckles securing him in place. As he rolls out of the cockpit and into space, tugging for the ripcord, he realizes... he has also hit the quick-release buckle that was holding his parachute in place. The ripcord still pulls, but the parachute is no longer securely attached to him. As the weight of his body in freefall pulls him out of the harness, the last thing he sees is the parachute opening all by itself and getting further away.
- Kerbal Space Program: An unfortunately frequent occurrence when parachutes aren't properly staged or the player has triggered them at inappropriate times. For example, deploying main chute before deploying a drogue chute might cause the main chute to wrench off due to it being unable to handle the greater air forces at higher velocity.
- In the final act of the original Modern Warfare, when the joint UK/US task force parachutes onto the Russian missile silo, the US Marine Griggs deploys his parachute too early, getting blown off course by the wind and captured by the silo defenders. The first objective is thus to rescue him.