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Basic Trope: An illusion tricks a character into walking off a dangerous edge.

  • Straight: Alice is hypnotized to think that there is a bridge over a chasm, and falls while trying to cross it.
  • Exaggerated: Bob is hypnotized to think that the Eiffel Tower observation deck is at ground level, and falls while hopping up and down outside the guardrail trying to prove that it is at ground level.
  • Downplayed: Alice is tricked into walking over a trap door into a hidden dungeon, but the fall doesn't kill her.
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  • Justified: Death trap which uses optical illusion
  • Inverted: Leap of Faith
  • Subverted: The straight example, but Alice's Mind Makes It Real.
  • Double Subverted:
    • The subverted example, but Alice was also hypnotized into thinking she was on solid ground even as she falls to her doom.
    • Once Alice is half way across, she is woken from her hypnosis and falls when she no longer thinks there's a floor.
  • Parodied: Alice actually walks across the illusory bridge, due to gravitational cognizance. Then her hypnotizer tries to go after her and falls through the illusion.
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  • Discussed: "Bob, No! Evil McWizardington is a master of illusion, if you walk out that door you might fall hundreds of feet through an illusory floor!"
  • Conversed: "You know, Charlie, it always bothers me when heroes are locked in place by an illusory floor. I mean, you could feel along the floor with your hands instead of just walking off, y'know?"
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  • Played For Drama: Alice and Bob are on an island of solid floor, and only Evil McWizardington knows the moving pattern of real tiles to step on and get past the illusion.

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