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    The Niagara Falls in the USA and Canada from Skylon Tower on May 28, 2002. Panorama by Robert F. Tobler.

    Niagara Falls is a large and spectacular series of waterfalls located along the border of New York State in The United States and the Canadian province of Ontario. If you want all the fiddly technical details, go check out the relevant article on The Other Wiki, and if you want to know the sights to see, check out the article on Wikivoyage.

    In popular culture, the falls are best known for four things:

    • Being a destination for honeymooning couples, who dress up in full rain-gear, go out in tour boats and get drenched by the spray.
    • Being a destination for older couples to get away from people they know (hence the cities' nickname "Viagara Falls").
    • Idiots/Thrill-seekers going over them in some sort of reinforced barrel - and very, very occasionally surviving the trip.
    • Monumental Damage, where the falls are under (usually joking) threat of being destroyed/frozen/diverted.

    In a case of Truth in Television, they have a Cave Behind the Falls.

    If the Falls appear in any sort of comedy or adventure context, someone's going over them, with or without a barrel.

    Often suffers from Television Geography.

    And if you're wondering about going there as a tourist destination, please make sure you're on the Canadian side of the border. The American side is a Thriving Ghost Town, due to Canada having

    1. a much better view of the falls (as shown here), and
    2. high-rise casinos.

    Appearances of Niagara Falls in popular culture include:

    Anime and Manga

    Comic Books

    • In one EC Comic story, "Ulric the Undying" jumps over the Falls.
    • One of hero Tom Strong's enemies dies by falling off the Falls.
    • In some versions of the Buck Rogers franchise, Earth's capital city is located at Niagara and/or Buck has his headquarters behind the actual falls.
    • One Captain Marvel story has Dr. Sivana plot to destroy the Falls with a barrel full of explosives. He leaves the scene for a moment, when Ibac the Terrible rushes onto it, on the run from an Abhorrent Admirer. Ibac sees the barrel, dumps the explosives, and stuffs himself inside, at which point Sivana comes back and, unaware of the switch, dumps the barrel (and the unaware of the plot Ibac) into the water over the Falls. Ibac is rescued by the police, who think he's one of those daredevil nuts who try to go over the Falls in a barrel, to which Ibac dizzily responds, "Is that what I've been doing?"

    Film

    • Niagara, obviously.
    • In Superman 2, Lois Lane jumps into the falls in an attempt to force Clark Kent to prove he's Superman after he saves a kid from falling in.
    • In Falling Angels, one character's backstory involves dropping her baby off the falls.
    • John Candy's character in Canadian Bacon is a sheriff near the Falls.
    • In Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring the shot of Boromir's boat going over the Falls of Rauros is not CGI - it's actually a stock aerial shot of Niagara with a CGI boat added (over footage of a barrel, if the audio commentary is to be believed).

    Literature

    • Mark Twain's Excerpts From Adam's Diary has Eve naming the Falls "Niagara Falls" because they looked like Niagara Falls.
    • Charles Dickens goes there in his "American Notes".
    • Lake Erie and the Niagara Falls are the setting of a chase scene in Jules Verne's novel Master Of The World.

    Live Action TV

    Music

    Recorded and Stand Up Comedy

    Theater

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    When they get on the train for Niagara, and she can hear church bells chime...
    Then they get off at Saratoga for the fourteenth time!

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    Western Animation