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Literally Falling in Love

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When Alice and Bob both Cannot Spit It Out or have had an Unresolved Sexual Tension for a long time, occasionally fate helps a little by making one of them trip for some reason (often a fight) and fall on the other. They may both lose their footing and fall to the ground, or the standing one might brace the impact against a wall. Either way, awk-ward.

In some cases, they will separate and apologize, or Alice will scream and slap Bob, calling him a pervert. But if this trope is in action, neither will happen. By the magic (and surprise) of their sudden proximity, they will fall silent. They'll look intensely into each other's eyes, forgetting their fight entirely. Everything around them will fade, and their lips will slowly get closer, before locking into a True Love's Kiss. If there is no immediate kiss, it will at least be a Near Kiss, and probably an Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other moment.


Compare Crash-Into Hello, which has little chance to result in a kiss for obvious reasons.

A Sister Trope to the less romantic and more comic Suggestive Collision, which can result in Marshmallow Hell or Thanks for the Mammary but is much less likely to end well. Compare Meet Cute, which introduces a future relationship between two characters. Also see the logical conclusion, Official Couple.

Also a Sub-Trope of Rule of Romantic. Compare to Failures on Ice.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • This happens to Erza and Jellal in Fairy Tail. Although it's unclear whether they actually kissed or not, it's the first time they express their mutual love so clearly.
  • My Monster Secret: Akane tries to make a use of this trope when Youko and Asahi are locked in the former's room by sending a sleepy Youko onto Asahi with a spring, or literally tilting the entire house so that they fall on each other. All her efforts are in vain.

    Films — Animation 
  • The Lion King does this during the "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" montage with Simba and Nala tumbling down a hill.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In While You Were Sleeping: Jack and Lucy slip, slide, and fall on the ice and into love.
  • In The Unknown, Nanon trips on a step and falls down the stairs to literally land in Malabar's arms as he catches her. This is the moment when Nanon discovers that she no longer Hates Being Touched.
  • When Evil Calls: This is what Samantha thinks is happening when she trips on a pothole and falls in the arms of her crush Daniel. Subverted when Daniel first of all doesn't have any idea who she is, and then literally tosses her aside.
  • Swashbuckler: When the pirates storm the fortress to free the prisoners, Lynch has to climb to rescue Jane from a cage that is hanging suspended from the ceiling. During the fight, the cage is set swinging, and when they jump out, Jane lands on top of Lynch who lying on his back. This is the moment when the UST between finally breaks, and they kiss. Nick finally has to interrupt them and tell they still have work to do.

  • In The 39 Clues, Ian Kabra rescues Amy Cahill and, in the process, somehow falls on top of her. This is quickly followed by a kiss, although the Relationship Upgrade doesn't last long.
  • I.Q.: Thanks to a "helpful" Uncle Albert, Catherine winds up playing out this trope with Ed after repeatedly falling into his lap on a sailboat.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Smallville, Clark and Alicia have one of these, only to be interrupted by Alicia's psycho ex-doctor.
  • During Buffy the Vampire Slayer's amnesia episode, "Tabula Rasa", Willow and Tara fall on each other and share a moment.
  • The first overtly shippy moment between Arthur and Guinevere on Merlin involved Gwen throwing herself on Arthur in a bid to save him from a gargoyle swooping down from above.
  • Batwoman (2019). The Near Kiss version occurs in the pilot episode when Kate Kane (disguised in her batsuit) grabs her former lesbian love interest Sophie Moore as she's falling from a building and breaks her fall with her cape. They crash into a foreman's trailer and end up on a bed, their faces inches from each other.

     Visual Novels 
  • In Katawa Shoujo, Emi's route has this three times. First, Emi crashes into Hisao while running in the hallways - their first meeting. Second, Hisao and Emi have a pillow fight which ends with him on top of her in bed, and his inner monologue comes to realize he has feelings for her. Finally, after they've started dating, the same thing happens again, but with Emi straddling Hisao, which escalates into a relationship-solidifying h-scene.


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