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9th Jan '17 4:21:55 AM rjd1922
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* In the commentary of ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'', the developers talk about how hard it is to get players to look up. While this is effective when ''hiding'' baddies in the ceiling, it's not quite as effective when trying to solves puzzles in twisted three dimensions. Of course ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'' Veterans learned to always look up.
* Demons do this very occasionally in ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} 3''. Generally they just jump out of cupboards and from behind false walls.

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* In the commentary of ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'', the developers talk about how hard it is to get players to look up. While this is effective when ''hiding'' baddies in the ceiling, it's not quite as effective when trying to solves puzzles in twisted three dimensions. Of course ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'' Veterans veterans learned to always look up.
* Demons do this very occasionally in ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} 3''.''VideoGame/{{Doom 3}}''. Generally they just jump out of cupboards and from behind false walls.
22nd Dec '16 1:55:23 PM Silverblade2
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Boyz Crazy", Mabel, her friends Candy and Grenda ([[{{Acrofatic}} who's overweight]]) and the boy band Sev'ral Timez all cling to the ceiling in order not to be seen by Grunkle Stan.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk'', [[SixthRangerTraitor Heather]] does this in her cell to knock her guardian Bucket out and escape.
12th Dec '16 4:46:33 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* '' Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is good at reminding you to look upwards when trying to hunt dragons -- particularly gecko-green-and-bronze ones. No, not just in the sky: although, that's also probably wise with Drogon around and free. Look upwards ''at the ceiling'' where Rhaegal is probably about to jump down on you from his/her/its nest-hollow that has been painstakingly dug into the brickwork. You (and most of Meereen) have been warned. Viserion can also do this, but doesn't manage it with the same [[spoiler: deadly]] aplomb Rhaegal does.

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* '' Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is good at reminding you to look upwards when trying to hunt dragons -- particularly gecko-green-and-bronze ones. No, not just in the sky: although, that's also probably wise with Drogon around and free. Look upwards ''at the ceiling'' where Rhaegal is probably about to jump down on you from his/her/its nest-hollow that has been painstakingly dug into does this while living in the brickwork. You (and most of Meereen) have been warned. Viserion can also do this, but doesn't manage it with the same [[spoiler: deadly]] aplomb Rhaegal does.dragonpit in Meereen, much to Quentyn Martell's surprise.
2nd Dec '16 7:09:03 PM unluckyfrank
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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop''. Hoop was infiltrating a guy's office, when he suddenly hears him coming. He hides up between the rafters on the ceiling. The guy comes in, calmly sits down, picks up his telephone, and says, "Hello, Security? There's two guys up in my ceiling. I don't know why they think I can't see them." (Amusingly, when the guy comes in, Hoop almost drops his keys and catches them in an dramtic way, thinking he's safe).

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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop''. Hoop was infiltrating a guy's office, when he suddenly hears him coming. He hides up between the rafters on the ceiling. The guy comes in, calmly sits down, picks up his telephone, and says, "Hello, Security? There's two guys a guy up in on my ceiling. I don't know why they think he thinks I can't see them.him." (Amusingly, when the guy comes in, Hoop almost drops his keys and catches them in an dramtic way, thinking he's safe).
2nd Nov '16 6:29:14 PM BlazePfeff
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* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'': During a game of hide-and-seek/tag with Chef Hatchet being "it" (while wielding a water gun), [[CuteAndPsycho Izzy]] decides to employ this trope in the mess hall...then she sneezes. [[LetsYouAndHimFight Badassery Ensures]].
27th Aug '16 4:55:10 PM Temmere
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-->"My last hope, the 'ceiling cling'."



-->"My last hope, the 'ceiling cling'."
27th Aug '16 4:42:59 PM Temmere
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* ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} did this in an early issue of ''Uncanny X-Men'' when facing the Hellfire Club.
14th Aug '16 4:03:24 PM StFan
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-->-- '''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'''

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-->-- '''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'''
'''Kim Possible''', ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''



* Rider of VisualNovel/FateStayNight majors in adhesive acrobatics, with a minor in flight. She prefers to attack from impossible angles, since her actual combat ability leaves much to be desired. Her ceiling cling allows her to stab down into the base of Shirou's neck, from above ''and'' behind.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''

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* Rider of VisualNovel/FateStayNight ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' majors in adhesive acrobatics, with a minor in flight. She prefers to attack from impossible angles, since her actual combat ability leaves much to be desired. Her ceiling cling allows her to stab down into the base of Shirou's neck, from above ''and'' behind.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':



* Sōsuke in ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' almost gets away with this. It would have worked if the robots did not have the smarts to: TURN AROUND! Dun dun dun. It wasn't his fault: he hoisted himself up between some ceiling pipes and engaged his [[InvisibilityCloak ECS]], waited until his pursuers passed underneath then dropped down, disengaged ECS and started going in the opposite direction but not before reporting it to his superiors via radio. Unknown to him, the enemy was tapping their communications which means [[OhCrap he just gave away his position]].

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* Sōsuke in ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' almost gets away with this. It would have worked if the robots did not have the smarts to: TURN AROUND! Dun dun dun. It wasn't isn't his fault: he hoisted himself up between some ceiling pipes and engaged his [[InvisibilityCloak ECS]], waited until his pursuers passed underneath then dropped down, disengaged ECS and started going in the opposite direction but not before reporting it to his superiors via radio. Unknown to him, the enemy was tapping their communications which means [[OhCrap he just gave away his position]].



* Dragon magazine #4, ''Fineous Fingers'' comic strip. While Fineous and his friends are exploring a dungeon a monster attacks them and swallows both of Fineous' friends. Fineous escapes by quickly climbing a wall and holding onto the ceiling. He does this so quickly that the monster loses sight of him and can't find him. Unfortunately the part of the ceiling he's holding onto breaks off, dropping him to the floor right in front of the monster.



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* ''Dragon magazine'' #4, ''Fineous Fingers'' comic strip. While Fineous and his friends are exploring a dungeon, a monster attacks them and swallows both of Fineous' friends. Fineous escapes by quickly climbing a wall and holding onto the ceiling. He does this so quickly that the monster loses sight of him and can't find him. Unfortunately the part of the ceiling he's holding onto breaks off, dropping him to the floor right in front of the monster.
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* In ''WebVideo/SuperTherapy'', Spider-Man naturally does this, after a JumpScare from the doctor raising her voice.

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* In ''WebVideo/SuperTherapy'', Spider-Man naturally does this, clings to the ceiling, after a JumpScare from the doctor raising her voice.



* ''{{Hoodwinked}}'', complete with [[spoiler:a sweat drop]].

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* ''{{Hoodwinked}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'', complete with [[spoiler:a sweat drop]].



* Parodied in ''RushHour 2'', where [[Creator/JackieChan Lee]] tries to sneak into a casino's back rooms. He climbs on top of a large safe being wheeled in, and clings to the ceiling once he's inside, letting it move past... then sees he's staring right into a security camera.

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* Parodied in ''RushHour 2'', ''Film/RushHour2'', where [[Creator/JackieChan Lee]] tries to sneak into a casino's back rooms. He climbs on top of a large safe being wheeled in, and clings to the ceiling once he's inside, letting it move past... then sees he's staring right into a security camera.



* In ''[[ShanghaiNoon Shanghai Knights]]'', Chon's sister attempts to escape from jail this way.

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* In ''[[ShanghaiNoon Shanghai Knights]]'', ''Film/ShanghaiKnights'', Chon's sister attempts to escape from jail this way.



* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' is good at reminding you to look upwards when trying to hunt dragons -- particularly gecko-green-and-bronze ones. No, not just in the sky: although, that's also probably wise with Drogon around and free. Look upwards ''at the ceiling'' where Rhaegal is probably about to jump down on you from his/her/its nest-hollow that has been painstakingly dug into the brickwork. You (and most of Meereen) have been warned. Viserion can also do this, but doesn't manage it with the same [[spoiler: deadly]] aplomb Rhaegal does.

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* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' '' Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is good at reminding you to look upwards when trying to hunt dragons -- particularly gecko-green-and-bronze ones. No, not just in the sky: although, that's also probably wise with Drogon around and free. Look upwards ''at the ceiling'' where Rhaegal is probably about to jump down on you from his/her/its nest-hollow that has been painstakingly dug into the brickwork. You (and most of Meereen) have been warned. Viserion can also do this, but doesn't manage it with the same [[spoiler: deadly]] aplomb Rhaegal does.



* In the "Flight of the War Witch" two part episode of ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'', Buck, Princess Ardala and a Pendaran captive use this to get out of their cell. Well Buck and the third prisoner do, Princess Ardala simply hides under the bed.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}''

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* In the "Flight of the War Witch" two part episode of ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'', Buck, Princess Ardala and a Pendaran captive use this to get out of their cell. Well Well, Buck and the third prisoner do, Princess Ardala simply hides under the bed.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}''''Series/{{Heroes}}'':



* Oliver Queen/The Hood(Green Arrow) does this once in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' to hide from police when he broke into a police station.

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* Oliver Queen/The Hood(Green Hood (Green Arrow) does this once in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' to hide from police when he broke into a police station.


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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': A variant in "28 Pranks Later"; Rainbow Dash doesn't cling to a ceiling, but to the other side of Cheerilee's rotating blackboard, to prank her. Rainbow Dash is holding to the frame of the blackboard with both wings and all four hooves, in a pegasus version of the position that is usually envisioned for the trope.
11th Aug '16 1:57:24 AM PaulA
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* Lampshaded in Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Shards of Honor]]''.

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* Lampshaded in Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Shards of Honor]]''.''Literature/ShardsOfHonor''.
25th Jul '16 9:08:11 PM WanderingBrowser
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* Batman does this in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' to hide from the police who've caught him beating up a sex slave trafficker. When one cop spots him, he crawls along the roof and out of the room in a surprisingly creepy rapid-fire scene.
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