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11th Dec '17 8:13:23 PM Nakuyabi
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** In ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', it's subverted. Even though Darth Maul had the higher ground, Obi Wan won by leaping over Maul and using the Force to get Qui-Gon Jinn's lightsaber. It's probable that Obi-Wan realized one's vulnerability to such leaps and thought up a counterattack to his own trick when his battle with Anakin came.

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** In ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', it's subverted. Even though Darth Maul had has the higher ground, Obi Wan won Obi-Wan wins by leaping over Maul and using the Force to get Qui-Gon Jinn's lightsaber. It's probable that Obi-Wan realized one's vulnerability to such leaps and thought up a counterattack to his own trick when his battle with Anakin came. Also, Maul's double-bladed saber, [[AwesomeButImpractical awesome as it looked]], would tend to be more difficult for him to swing up over his head without accidentally lopping off one of his own limbs, whereas Obi-Wan's single blade was much more maneuverable in both duels.
20th Nov '17 10:43:50 AM Tractical_Chunder
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* {{Invoked|Trope}} but subverted in ''Film/IronMan2'', where Rhodey suggests one of them with the big guns gets to the high ground while another one distracts the drones. Unfortunately, their arguing over whose guns are bigger distracts them long enough for the HAMMER Drones to arrive. They win anyway.

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* {{Invoked|Trope}} but subverted in ''Film/IronMan2'', where Rhodey suggests one of them with the big guns gets to the high ground while another one distracts the drones. Unfortunately, their arguing over whose guns are bigger distracts them long enough for the HAMMER Drones to arrive.arrive and trap them in the "kill box". They win anyway.
7th Nov '17 2:48:11 PM Mukademaoh
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%%* Parvati in ''Manga/SazanEyes''.

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%%* * Parvati in ''Manga/SazanEyes''.''Manga/SazanEyes'' tend to do this a lot, usually helped by the flying familiar Fei E (Flying Maws) she can summon.
6th Nov '17 11:26:47 AM Cieloazul
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It also serves as a hint that the character doing it has some kind of supernatural or superhuman skills, given the obvious difficulty to climb up casually to the tall place without them.
16th Oct '17 8:47:50 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/LarryNiven's short story "[[Literature/KnownSpace Patchwork Girl]]", a Moon native leaps onto a spire of rock. Gil Hamilton, an Earth man, calls it "Graceful as all hell."

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* In Creator/LarryNiven's short story "[[Literature/KnownSpace Patchwork Girl]]", "Literature/ThePatchworkGirl", a Moon native leaps onto a spire of rock. Gil Hamilton, an Earth man, calls it "Graceful as all hell."
13th Oct '17 9:38:10 AM MyFinalEdits
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* Although ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' uses this line verbatim during the duel between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, it's only a mild example as Obi-Wan claims a realistic hilltop as his vantage point rather than a towering spire, for ostensibly [[GeoEffects strategic reasons]]. However, it does also symbolize his moral high ground and happens to give him an especially heroic appearance during the climax of the battle.
** Fan theory has it that Obi-Wan's position was not strategic at all, and he was deliberately goading Anakin into making a mistake. Indeed Anakin, driven by sheer rage, attempts to jump over Obi-Wan thus gaining higher ground to be presumably more strategic and/or look cooler. [[AnArmAndALeg It does not go well.]]
** In an earlier use in Episode I, it's subverted. Even though Darth Maul had the higher ground, Obi Wan won by leaping over Maul and using the Force to get Qui-Gon Jinn's lightsaber. It's probable that Obi-Wan realized one's vulnerability to such leaps and thought up a counterattack to his own trick when his battle with Anakin came.
** The one in ''Revenge of the Sith'' is possibly a CallForward to a similar scene in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', when Luke has the high ground on Darth Vader. Rather than jump up again, Vader elects to simply {{throw|ingYourSwordAlwaysWorks}} his lightsaber at the supports bringing the platform and Luke back to his level.
* Prior to the fight in ''Film/TheRock'', the antagonist exclaims 'Your unit is covered from an elevated position, Commander. I'm not gonna ask you again. Don't do anything stupid.' It would mean a lot more if both sides weren't armed with guns, making it a good example of this trope.
** While much closer to GeoEffects, this definitely fulfilled the purpose of the trope as Ed Harris's team of Marines definitely look imposing. And they also have a lot of cover and a much clearer line of fire on the [=SEALs=] (the [=SEALs=] really did have no cover at all).

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
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Although ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' uses this line verbatim during the duel between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, it's only a mild example as Obi-Wan claims a realistic hilltop as his vantage point rather than a towering spire, for ostensibly [[GeoEffects strategic reasons]]. However, it does also symbolize his moral high ground and happens to give him an especially heroic appearance during the climax of the battle.
** Fan theory has it that Obi-Wan's position was not strategic at all, and he was deliberately goading Anakin into making a mistake. Indeed Anakin, driven by sheer rage, attempts to jump over Obi-Wan thus gaining higher ground to be presumably more strategic and/or look cooler. [[AnArmAndALeg It does not go well.]]
** In an earlier use in Episode I, ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', it's subverted. Even though Darth Maul had the higher ground, Obi Wan won by leaping over Maul and using the Force to get Qui-Gon Jinn's lightsaber. It's probable that Obi-Wan realized one's vulnerability to such leaps and thought up a counterattack to his own trick when his battle with Anakin came.
** The one in ''Revenge of the Sith'' is possibly a CallForward to a similar scene in In ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', when Luke has the high ground on Darth Vader. Rather than jump up again, Vader elects to simply {{throw|ingYourSwordAlwaysWorks}} his lightsaber at the supports bringing the platform and Luke back to his level.
* Prior to the fight in ''Film/TheRock'', the antagonist exclaims 'Your unit is covered from an elevated position, Commander. I'm not gonna ask you again. Don't do anything stupid.' It would mean a lot more if both sides weren't armed with guns, making it a good example of this trope.
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trope. While much closer to GeoEffects, this definitely fulfilled the purpose of the trope as Ed Harris's team of Marines definitely look imposing. And they also have a lot of cover and a much clearer line of fire on the [=SEALs=] (the [=SEALs=] really did have no cover at all).



* Altair of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'' can climb most buildings, and on some of them, he can perch on a ledge to spot what is happening on the streets (thus revealing side missions). And then do an improbable somersault all the way to the ground into strategically placed hay carts. In the [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII second game]], you can then jump onto a guard (or two!) and stab them through the neck with your hidden blade(s).
** This is common in the entire ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' series; the "Leap of Faith" is a signature move of the Assassins.

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* Altair of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'' can climb most buildings, and on some of them, he can perch on a ledge to spot what is happening on the streets (thus revealing side missions). And then do an improbable somersault all the way to the ground into strategically placed hay carts. In the [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII second game]], you can then jump onto a guard (or two!) and stab them through the neck with your hidden blade(s).
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blade(s). This is common in the entire ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' series; the "Leap of Faith" is a signature move of the Assassins.



* Partially {{inverted|Trope}} in ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', where it's easier to hit in melee if your opponent is higher than you are (your attacks come from nearer the top of your hitbox with a spherical range).
** Played straight in ranged combat, as it's easier to hit a target with an arrow or potion from far above than far below.

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* Partially {{inverted|Trope}} Inverted in ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', where it's easier to hit in melee if your opponent is higher than you are (your attacks come from nearer the top of your hitbox with a spherical range).
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range). Played straight in ranged combat, as it's easier to hit a target with an arrow or potion from far above than far below.



* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' original is mocked in ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'', where Obi-Wan's Episode III speech is instead given by Darth Maul at the end of Episode I ''to'' Obi-Wan when he's hanging down the shaft. In ''this case'' Obi-Wan somehow manages to defeat Darth Maul anyway.
** In the climax of Episode III, it is used again, but instead is noted that he has the high ground "and a readied action".

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* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' original is mocked in ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'', where Obi-Wan's Episode III speech is instead given by Darth Maul at the end of Episode I ''to'' Obi-Wan when he's hanging down the shaft. In ''this case'' Obi-Wan somehow manages to defeat Darth Maul anyway.
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anyway. In the climax of Episode III, it is used again, but instead is noted that he has the high ground "and a readied action".
31st Aug '17 4:13:57 AM MM_Crusader
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* In ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'', units will gain additional Aim when they are against enemies at lower elevation or while they are flying. Sniper class has the "Damn Good Ground" ability which further improves their Aim as well as granting them additional Defense.
4th Jun '17 1:30:11 PM rafi
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* Tuxedo Kamen from ''Manga/SailorMoon'' was a master of this. That was all he ever did. Haruka and Michiru were fond of standing on high pillars as well, and the ''Sailor Moon S'' opening credits put ''all'' the senshi up there.
** The ''Stars'' anime actually parodies this: when Uranus and Neptune try the high ground trick by standing on the dining table in Usagi's house, Aluminium Siren actually remarks on how rude they are for doing so with shoes on, making them blush in embarrassment.
* Ciel from ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'', above. Lampshaded and mocked frequently in the {{Oddly Named Sequel|2ElectricBoogaloo}}.
** Arcueid in the MassiveMultiplayerCrossover ''VideoGame/BattleMoonWars'' was immensely fond of this, at one point revealing that she hadn't shown herself until then because there wasn't a cool lamppost that she could stand upon when making her entrance.
** And in both ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' and ''LightNovel/FateZero'', [[ItsAllAboutMe Gilgamesh]] makes his formal appearance in the war like this (the former on a wall, the latter on a lamppost), because even standing on the same ground as lesser heroes is an insult to him.
* First shot of Rukia in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has her standing on top of a powerline pole. When the other two [[TheGrimReaper Shinigami]] first appear, they too are standing on lampposts. A preference for high places is even listed on Rukia's character sheet.
** Rukia's [[EmpathicWeapon zanpakutou, Sode no Shirayuki,]] does the same when she appears in the real world, standing on top of the tower of a nearby bridge when facing Ichigo at the beginning of the recent filler arc.
** Vice-Captain Tetsuzaimon Iba seems to have an affinity for the high ground whenever he battles Ikkaku over who has to buy the next round of sake.
* Occurs constantly in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', related to the ninja's ability to channel [[KiAttacks chakra]] into their feet. Also used in the WalkOnWater combination with logs that balanced on the surface of a lake in a pivotal point during the climactic Naruto vs. Sasuke battle.
** Sasuke's first warning that his charming big bro Itachi has gone Ax Crazy is catching a glimpse of him doing this in blacked-out silhouette on a telephone pole, against a rising red moon, with only his crazy eyes visible. Shortly afterwards, Sasuke stumbles on the first of many, many bodies...

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* Tuxedo Kamen from ''Manga/SailorMoon'' All gímik anime feature this at least once. In ''Anime/KiddyGrade'' there was a master of this. That was all he ever did. Haruka Armbrust and Michiru were fond his habit of smoking atop skyscrapers; ''Anime/UtaKata'' has Saya standing on high pillars as well, clock towers, in trees, and on magic flying scythes; the ''Sailor Moon S'' opening credits put ''all'' the senshi up there.
** The ''Stars'' anime actually parodies this: when Uranus and Neptune try the high ground trick by
closing sequence of ''Gigantic Formula'' features Mana standing on the dining table a spire; in Usagi's house, Aluminium Siren actually remarks on how rude they are for doing so with shoes on, making them blush in embarrassment.
* Ciel from ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'', above. Lampshaded and mocked frequently in the {{Oddly Named Sequel|2ElectricBoogaloo}}.
** Arcueid in the MassiveMultiplayerCrossover ''VideoGame/BattleMoonWars'' was immensely fond of this, at one point revealing that she hadn't shown herself until then because there wasn't
''Anime/KiddyGirlAnd'' it is Shade spending a cool lamppost that she could stand upon when making her entrance.
** And in both ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' and ''LightNovel/FateZero'', [[ItsAllAboutMe Gilgamesh]] makes his formal appearance in the war like this (the former
week hanging around on a wall, the latter on a lamppost), because even standing on the same ground as lesser heroes is an insult to him.
* First shot of Rukia in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has her standing on top of a powerline pole. When the other two [[TheGrimReaper Shinigami]] first appear, they too are standing on lampposts. A preference for high places is even listed on Rukia's character sheet.
** Rukia's [[EmpathicWeapon zanpakutou, Sode no Shirayuki,]] does the same when she appears in the real world, standing on top of the
tower of a nearby bridge when facing Ichigo at the beginning of the recent filler arc.
** Vice-Captain Tetsuzaimon Iba seems to have an affinity for the high ground whenever he battles Ikkaku over who has to buy the next round of sake.
* Occurs constantly in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', related to the ninja's ability to channel [[KiAttacks chakra]] into their feet. Also used in the WalkOnWater combination with logs that balanced
spying on the surface of a lake in a pivotal point during the climactic Naruto vs. Sasuke battle.
** Sasuke's first warning that his charming big bro Itachi has gone Ax Crazy is catching a glimpse of him doing this in blacked-out silhouette on a telephone pole, against a rising red moon, with only his crazy eyes visible. Shortly afterwards, Sasuke stumbles on the first of many, many bodies...
dreams.



* Likewise various characters from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. At one point, Kurama is seen standing on ''the railing of a balcony'' in the manga. Why he just didn't stand on the balcony is a mystery; the anime corrected this, if memory serves.
* And the ''Anime/BakuenCampusGuardress''.

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%%* And the ''Anime/BakuenCampusGuardress''.
* Likewise various characters from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. At one point, Kurama is seen In the ''Manga/BattleRoyale'' manga, Kiriyama takes this to the extreme, standing on ''the railing edge of a balcony'' splinter'' sticking up from a broken wooden pole. To make it more ludicrous, he stands as if he were standing on solid ground, both feet spread wide apart..despite under a square millimeter of one foot (if that) actually having support.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** First shot of Rukia has her standing on top of a powerline pole. When the other two [[TheGrimReaper Shinigami]] first appear, they too are standing on lampposts. A preference for high places is even listed on Rukia's character sheet.
*** Rukia's [[EmpathicWeapon zanpakutou, Sode no Shirayuki,]] does the same when she appears
in the manga. Why he just didn't stand real world, standing on top of the balcony is tower of a mystery; nearby bridge when facing Ichigo at the anime corrected this, if memory serves.
* And
beginning of the ''Anime/BakuenCampusGuardress''.recent filler arc.
** Vice-Captain Tetsuzaimon Iba seems to have an affinity for the high ground whenever he battles Ikkaku over who has to buy the next round of sake.
* Happens occasionally in ''Manga/BusouRenkin''. At one point, Papillon and and Moonface have a conversation while standing on electric posts.



* The heroine of ''Anime/ShamanicPrincess'' and her [[TheRival rival]] can actually generate their own tall, thin objects to stand on whenever required. It's a handy backup for situations when a nice moon-silhouetted church steeple isn't available.
* Amelia is introduced in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' doing this as she confronts a bandit. She explains to Gourry later that as an "ally of justice", she is expected to make this sort of entrance. The problem is that she's still working on the dismount; every time she does a dramatic jump down to begin the battle, she crashes. One of the ''Slayers'' movies takes this even further, with two characters climbing stone precipices to hurl verbal abuse at each other (at a distance of less than fifty feet).
** At the beginning of the third season (Try), the joke had run its course and fallen into disuse. So they brought it back and flipped it. Amelia jumps from a ridiculously tall tower and scares everybody, but this time she casts the levitate spell right before landing. The kicker? She risked her life and limb just to heal a small bump on an old woman's head.
* Anju and Ren both do this in ''Manga/{{Karin}}''. Both are able to fly by various means but seem limited by the vampire creed to the RuleOfCool.
* Cyberdoll Sara leaps up onto a powerpole in ''Anime/HandMaidMay'', to aid her search of the city for May. Kotaro Nanbara, being mortal and far less cool, is forced to scramble up with normal climbing.
* Kuroh Yatogami in ''Anime/{{K}}'' is fond of this. He does it twice in the first two episodes. He doesn't seem to realize it's not quite normal in modern Tokyo, though...
* ''Manga/KaitouSaintTail'' does it at least OncePerEpisode, either when she reveals her presence or once she's secured the stolen goods.
* Used in a couple of Angel battles in ''Anime/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer''.

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* The heroine of ''Anime/ShamanicPrincess'' and her [[TheRival rival]] can actually generate their own tall, thin objects to stand on whenever required. It's a handy backup for situations when a nice moon-silhouetted church steeple isn't available.
* Amelia is introduced in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' doing this as she confronts a bandit. She explains to Gourry later
holy city guards that as an "ally of justice", fight Claire in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' don't remark how incredible she is expected to make this sort of entrance. The problem is that she's still working on the dismount; every time until she does a dramatic jump down to begin the battle, she crashes. One of the ''Slayers'' movies takes this even further, with two characters climbing stone precipices to hurl verbal abuse at each other (at a distance of less than fifty feet).
** At the beginning of the third season (Try), the joke had run its course and fallen into disuse. So they brought it back and flipped it. Amelia jumps from a ridiculously tall tower and scares everybody, but this time she casts the levitate spell right before landing. The kicker? She risked her life and limb just to heal a small bump on an old woman's head.
* Anju and Ren both do this in ''Manga/{{Karin}}''. Both are able to fly by various means but seem limited by the vampire creed to the RuleOfCool.
* Cyberdoll Sara
leaps up onto a powerpole in ''Anime/HandMaidMay'', to aid her search of the city for May. Kotaro Nanbara, being mortal and far less cool, is forced to scramble up with normal climbing.
* Kuroh Yatogami in ''Anime/{{K}}'' is fond of this. He does it twice in the first two episodes. He doesn't seem to realize it's not quite normal in modern Tokyo, though...
* ''Manga/KaitouSaintTail'' does it at least OncePerEpisode, either when she reveals her presence or once she's secured the stolen goods.
* Used in a couple of Angel battles in ''Anime/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer''.
steeple.



* Light of ''Manga/DeathNote'' visualizes himself and L doing this as imagery of their struggle against one another, using incredibly thin skyscrapers.
* ''LightNovel/{{Dokkoida}}'' villain Edelweiss attempted this in her first appearance, but a combination of her frilly dress and high winds caused it to [[PantyShot backfire]].
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** Ling is shown in a number of scenes looking from a higher elevation on a city below, alluding to his grand ambitions. [[spoiler:After Greed possess him, he also gets into the habit]].
** King Bradley also gets a brief shot standing atop Central Command in the first opening of Brotherhood, with a dramatic zoom-in to boot.
** In addition, [[SociopathicSoldier Kimblee]] does this in Ishval, standing on a high wall while blowing up Scar's entire village. Later, Scar {{lampshade|Hanging}}s the role reversal as he stands on top of a building before escaping from Kimblee.
* Polylina in ''VideoGame/GalaxyFrauleinYuna''. May be a spoof of Tuxedo Kamen, since she wears a mask and holds a rose, and seems to be the main character's crush.



* Meta Knight was quite fond of this pose in ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'', although this is rather understandable given his short stature.
* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', Fate is standing on a telephone pole firing magic when Nanoha first sees her. Justified insofar as Fate has true flight.
** Later, Hegemon Ingvalt of ''[=ViVid=]'' makes her first appearance standing on a street light as she challenges Nove to a fight.
** It's practically a RunningGag in ''Nanoha'' for every DarkMagicalGirl (the ones who can fly, anyways) to do this at least once.
* All of the cloaked Dragon Knights from ''{{Anime/Noein}}'' do this, it's an aspect of their otherworldliness.
* "Twilight Suzuka" in ''Manga/OutlawStar'' does this several times, usually as she's about to enter battle.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Ranma and his father trained by sparring atop bamboo poles... and were CursedWithAwesome by falling off into the Cursed Springs of Jusenkyō. Ranma also frequently runs along fence railings. And Kodachi Kunō does this as part of her MartialArtsAndCrafts.
* The holy city guards that fight Claire in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' don't remark how incredible she is until she leaps onto a steeple.
* Used constantly by Nagi in ''Anime/MaiHime'', with LampshadeHanging. Nagi (who is ''fond'' of having the high ground, to say the least) appears on top of Fuuka Gakuen's clock tower in a very cool and dramatic manner and starts delivering an important message to the main characters, and Midori tells him to step down because standing that high is dangerous. Nagi also ''falls'' from his high ground a time or two.
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'':
** In the first episode of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', Flame Wingman does this after the Skyscraper card is activated, glaring down at Ancient Gear Golem from one of the taller 'scrapers, despite being quite visibly capable of flight. It does [[RuleOfCool look cool]], though. The same happens later in the series, just before Jaden defeats another student who had stolen Yugi's deck and was imitating him.
** Also done in the [[Manga/YuGiOhGX manga]] of the same series, this time with young Jaden's Flame Wingman attacking one of Kyou Hibiki's Elemental Heroes.

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* Meta Knight was quite fond Raitei and the [[FourIsDeath Four Kings]] in ''Manga/GetBackers'' are often portrayed sitting or standing on large columns of this pose rubble. Two in ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'', although this particular seem to enjoy it: when Ban and Shido get into a fight on a sloped rooftop, Kazuki makes sure to be standing higher along when he steps in, and honestly? Sitting on a(nother) rooftop and making cryptic remarks is rather understandable given his short stature.
really about all Masaki does until the final arc of the manga.
* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', Fate ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''. Togusa has a conversation with Major Kusanagi on the roof of a skyscraper. The Major is standing on a telephone pole firing magic when Nanoha first sees her. Justified insofar as Fate has true flight.
** Later, Hegemon Ingvalt of ''[=ViVid=]'' makes her first appearance standing on a street light as she challenges Nove to a fight.
** It's practically a RunningGag in ''Nanoha'' for every DarkMagicalGirl (the ones who can fly, anyways) to do this at least once.
* All
the wrong side of the cloaked Dragon Knights from ''{{Anime/Noein}}'' do this, it's an aspect safety rail at the very edge of their otherworldliness.
the building, at one point casually turning to face Togusa and crossing her feet, as if to show off her NervesOfSteel and the perfect balance enabled by her cyborg body.
* "Twilight Suzuka" in ''Manga/OutlawStar'' does this several ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'':
** Spoofed many
times, usually as she's about to enter battle.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Ranma and his father trained by sparring atop bamboo poles... and were CursedWithAwesome by falling off into the Cursed Springs of Jusenkyō. Ranma also frequently runs along fence railings. And Kodachi Kunō does this as part of her MartialArtsAndCrafts.
* The holy city guards that fight Claire in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' don't remark how incredible she
though one memorable case is until she leaps onto a steeple.
* Used constantly by Nagi in ''Anime/MaiHime'', with LampshadeHanging. Nagi (who is ''fond'' of having the high ground, to say the least)
where an elderly lady appears on a rooftop to scold the people fighting below. Later, a character complains about how difficult it was to get her on top of Fuuka Gakuen's clock tower in a very cool and the roof.
** One of the few times it's used purely for
dramatic manner and starts delivering an important message effect is during TheMovie, when [[spoiler: Gintoki returns to the main characters, and Midori tells him past to step down because standing that high is dangerous. Nagi also ''falls'' from his high ground a time or two.
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'':
** In
eliminate himself to save the first episode of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', Flame Wingman does this after the Skyscraper card is activated, glaring down at Ancient Gear Golem from one of the taller 'scrapers, despite being quite visibly capable of flight. It does [[RuleOfCool look cool]], though. The same happens later in the series, just before Jaden defeats another student who had stolen Yugi's deck and was imitating him.
** Also done in the [[Manga/YuGiOhGX manga]] of the same series, this time with young Jaden's Flame Wingman attacking one of Kyou Hibiki's Elemental Heroes.
future.]]



* Reiri the vampire girl is doing this on the steeple of a church in the opening of ''Manga/PrincessResurrection''.
* Inumari does it on his first appearance in ''Manga/TheLawOfUeki''.
* Light of ''Manga/DeathNote'' visualizes himself and L doing this as imagery of their struggle against one another, using incredibly thin skyscrapers.

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* Reiri Cyberdoll Sara leaps up onto a powerpole in ''Anime/HandMaidMay'', to aid her search of the vampire girl city for May. Kotaro Nanbara, being mortal and far less cool, is doing this on the steeple forced to scramble up with normal climbing.
* Kuroh Yatogami in ''Anime/{{K}}'' is fond
of a church in the opening of ''Manga/PrincessResurrection''.
* Inumari
this. He does it on his twice in the first appearance two episodes. He doesn't seem to realize it's not quite normal in ''Manga/TheLawOfUeki''.
modern Tokyo, though...
* Light of ''Manga/DeathNote'' visualizes himself and L doing this as imagery of their struggle against one another, using incredibly thin skyscrapers.''Manga/KaitouSaintTail'' does it at least OncePerEpisode, either when she reveals her presence or once she's secured the stolen goods.



* Raitei and the [[FourIsDeath Four Kings]] in ''Manga/GetBackers'' are often portrayed sitting or standing on large columns of rubble. Two in particular seem to enjoy it: when Ban and Shido get into a fight on a sloped rooftop, Kazuki makes sure to be standing higher along when he steps in, and honestly? Sitting on a(nother) rooftop and making cryptic remarks is really about all Masaki does until the final arc of the manga.
* A recurring trope in ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' in which almost every character gets to pose dramatically in an absurdly high place at one time or another. (Sorata even comments on this when he first meets Yuuto standing on the top of a rather tall tree.) They always seem to prefer leaping from telephone pole to telephone pole at perilously high speeds rather than take the public transportation, and they're also often seen [[RoofHopping leaping from building roof to building roof]], among other tall things; it's implied that this is a power that all of the Dragons share.
* Franchise/{{Sonic|TheHedgehog}} does this a few times in ''Anime/SonicX''. There are also variations involving the nosecones of high-speed jets, and trees. He spends a lot of time very high up: balcony ''railings'', trees and roofs are common sleeping places, tall poles and skyscrapers are vantage points, jets are a good place to dive in on the action and he also has a thing for ''mountains''/
* Spoofed in ''Manga/SoulEater'' where Black*Star often does this; in one case he was so high up nobody could hear him, and the thing he was standing on broke.
* Polylina in ''VideoGame/GalaxyFrauleinYuna''. May be a spoof of Tuxedo Kamen, since she wears a mask and holds a rose, and seems to be the main character's crush.
* ''Manga/YokohamaKaidashiKikou'' combines this with Walking on Water. Achieved not for coolness but for a sense of serene surrealism (check out the main article on ''YKK'' for a picture)
* In the ''Manga/BattleRoyale'' manga, Kiriyama takes this to the extreme, standing on ''the edge of a splinter'' sticking up from a broken wooden pole. To make it more ludicrous, he stands as if he were standing on solid ground, both feet spread wide apart..despite under a square millimeter of one foot (if that) actually having support.
* Various characters do this in ''Manga/SilentMobius'', including both Cheyenne sisters, Katsumi Liqueur, and Ganossa Maximillian

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* Raitei Used in a couple of Angel battles in ''Anime/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer''.
* Anju
and Ren both do this in ''Manga/{{Karin}}''. Both are able to fly by various means but seem limited by the [[FourIsDeath Four Kings]] vampire creed to the RuleOfCool.
* Meta Knight was quite fond of this pose
in ''Manga/GetBackers'' are often portrayed sitting or ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'', although this is rather understandable given his short stature.
* Inumari does it on his first appearance in ''Manga/TheLawOfUeki''.
* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', Fate is
standing on large columns of rubble. Two in particular seem to enjoy it: when Ban and Shido get into a fight on a sloped rooftop, Kazuki makes sure to be standing higher along when he steps in, and honestly? Sitting on a(nother) rooftop and making cryptic remarks is really about all Masaki does until the final arc of the manga.
* A recurring trope in ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' in which almost every character gets to pose dramatically in an absurdly high place at one time or another. (Sorata even comments on this when he first meets Yuuto standing on the top of a rather tall tree.) They always seem to prefer leaping from
telephone pole to telephone pole at perilously high speeds rather than take the public transportation, and they're also often seen [[RoofHopping leaping from building roof to building roof]], among other tall things; it's implied that this is a power that all of the Dragons share.
* Franchise/{{Sonic|TheHedgehog}} does this a few times in ''Anime/SonicX''. There are also variations involving the nosecones of high-speed jets, and trees. He spends a lot of time very high up: balcony ''railings'', trees and roofs are common sleeping places, tall poles and skyscrapers are vantage points, jets are a good place to dive in on the action and he also
firing magic when Nanoha first sees her. Justified insofar as Fate has a thing for ''mountains''/
* Spoofed in ''Manga/SoulEater'' where Black*Star often does this; in one case he was so high up nobody could hear him, and the thing he was
true flight.
** Later, Hegemon Ingvalt of ''[=ViVid=]'' makes her first appearance
standing on broke.
* Polylina in ''VideoGame/GalaxyFrauleinYuna''. May be
a spoof of Tuxedo Kamen, since street light as she wears a mask and holds a rose, and seems challenges Nove to be the main character's crush.
* ''Manga/YokohamaKaidashiKikou'' combines this with Walking on Water. Achieved not
a fight.
** It's practically a RunningGag in ''Nanoha''
for coolness but for a sense of serene surrealism (check out the main article on ''YKK'' for a picture)
* In the ''Manga/BattleRoyale'' manga, Kiriyama takes this
every DarkMagicalGirl (the ones who can fly, anyways) to the extreme, standing on ''the edge of a splinter'' sticking up from a broken wooden pole. To make it more ludicrous, he stands as if he were standing on solid ground, both feet spread wide apart..despite under a square millimeter of one foot (if that) actually having support.
* Various characters
do this in ''Manga/SilentMobius'', including both Cheyenne sisters, Katsumi Liqueur, and Ganossa Maximillianat least once.



* Used constantly by Nagi in ''Anime/MaiHime'', with LampshadeHanging. Nagi (who is ''fond'' of having the high ground, to say the least) appears on top of Fuuka Gakuen's clock tower in a very cool and dramatic manner and starts delivering an important message to the main characters, and Midori tells him to step down because standing that high is dangerous. Nagi also ''falls'' from his high ground a time or two.



* Lucia from ''Manga/VenusVersusVirus'' does this quite often.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Ling is shown in a number of scenes looking from a higher elevation on a city below, alluding to his grand ambitions. [[spoiler:After Greed possess him, he also gets into the habit]]. King Bradley also gets a brief shot standing atop Central Command in the first opening of Brotherhood, with a dramatic zoom-in to boot.
** In addition, [[SociopathicSoldier Kimblee]] does this in Ishval, standing on a high wall while blowing up Scar's entire village. Later, Scar {{lampshade|Hanging}}s the role reversal as he stands on top of a building before escaping from Kimblee.
* The first time Himiko Se catches a glimpse of [[Manga/VampirePrincessMiyu Miyu and Larva]], they're sitting (Miyu) or standing up (Larva) on top of a ''torii'' gate.
* Not supernatural, but Sumire Kanou is overly fond of this in '' LightNovel/{{Toradora}}.'' In fact, in a flashback in episode 16, where she's standing on a roof speaking to Kitamura, there's a ladder present, implying she made a point of climbing up before even speaking.
* ''LightNovel/{{Dokkoida}}'' villain Edelweiss attempted this in her first appearance, but a combination of her frilly dress and high winds caused it to [[PantyShot backfire]].
* All gímik anime feature this at least once. In ''Anime/KiddyGrade'' there was Armbrust and his habit of smoking atop skyscrapers; ''Anime/UtaKata'' has Saya standing on clock towers, in trees, and on magic flying scythes; the closing sequence of ''Gigantic Formula'' features Mana standing on a spire; in ''Anime/KiddyGirlAnd'' it is Shade spending a week hanging around on a tower spying on dreams.



* Parvati in ''Manga/SazanEyes''.
* Happens occasionally in ''Manga/BusouRenkin''. At one point, Papillon and and Moonface have a conversation while standing on electric posts.
* Happens everytime when a new major character, mostly antagonists, appears in {{Noblesse}}.
* Lunatic from ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' has a habit of mixing this trope with DramaticEntrance.
* Meta Knight often stands on top of tall objects in Anime/KirbyOfTheStars. Fans conjecture that it's because he's short.
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', all the characters (but particularly Judas) spend time standing around on cliffs, trees, and other tall objects to add a sense of the dramatic. Zeus doesn't always have to even stand on anything when he can just float above everybody when he likes.

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* Parvati Occurs constantly in ''Manga/SazanEyes''.
* Happens occasionally
''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', related to the ninja's ability to channel [[KiAttacks chakra]] into their feet. Also used in ''Manga/BusouRenkin''. At one point, Papillon and and Moonface have the WalkOnWater combination with logs that balanced on the surface of a conversation while lake in a pivotal point during the climactic Naruto vs. Sasuke battle.
** Sasuke's first warning that his charming big bro Itachi has gone Ax Crazy is catching a glimpse of him doing this in blacked-out silhouette on a telephone pole, against a rising red moon, with only his crazy eyes visible. Shortly afterwards, Sasuke stumbles on the first of many, many bodies...
* Occurs in ''Anime/{{Nisemonogatari}}'': Yozuru Kagenui is constantly
standing atop some object or another. This includes sculptures, mailboxes, and even her humanoid familiar when nothing else is available. In fact, she refuses to stand on electric posts.
the ground at all. We eventually learn that the reason for this is because [[spoiler: she and her colleague are subject to a curse, though the details are not explained]]. This devotion to keeping the high ground is made all the more impressive when you consider she's doing it in heels.
* Happens everytime when a new major character, mostly antagonists, appears in {{Noblesse}}.
''Webcomic/{{Noblesse}}''.
* Lunatic All of the cloaked Dragon Knights from ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' has a habit of mixing this trope with DramaticEntrance.
* Meta Knight often stands on top of tall objects in Anime/KirbyOfTheStars. Fans conjecture that
''Anime/{{Noein}}'' do this, it's because an aspect of their otherworldliness.
* "Twilight Suzuka" in ''Manga/OutlawStar'' does this several times, usually as she's about to enter battle.
* James from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' pulls this stunt when [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext he think's
he's short.
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', all the characters (but particularly Judas) spend time standing around on cliffs, trees, and other tall objects to add
a sense of the dramatic. Zeus doesn't always have to even stand on anything when he can just float above everybody when he likes.Moltres]]. (DontAsk.)



* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'':
** Spoofed many times, though one memorable case is where an elderly lady appears on a rooftop to scold the people fighting below. Later, a character complains about how difficult it was to get her on top of the roof.
** One of the few times it's used purely for dramatic effect is during TheMovie, when [[spoiler: Gintoki returns to the past to eliminate himself to save the future.]]
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''. Togusa has a conversation with Major Kusanagi on the roof of a skyscraper. The Major is standing on the wrong side of the safety rail at the very edge of the building, at one point casually turning to face Togusa and crossing her feet, as if to show off her NervesOfSteel and the perfect balance enabled by her cyborg body.
* James from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' pulls this stunt when [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext he think's he's a Moltres]]. (DontAsk.)

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* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'':
** Spoofed many times, though one memorable case is where an elderly lady appears on a rooftop to scold
Reiri the people fighting below. Later, a character complains about how difficult it was to get her on top of the roof.
** One of the few times it's used purely for dramatic effect
vampire girl is during TheMovie, when [[spoiler: Gintoki returns to the past to eliminate himself to save the future.]]
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''. Togusa has a conversation with Major Kusanagi
doing this on the roof steeple of a skyscraper. church in the opening of ''Manga/PrincessResurrection''.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Ranma and his father trained by sparring atop bamboo poles... and were CursedWithAwesome by falling off into the Cursed Springs of Jusenkyō. Ranma also frequently runs along fence railings. And Kodachi Kunō does this as part of her MartialArtsAndCrafts.
* Tuxedo Kamen from ''Manga/SailorMoon'' was a master of this. That was all he ever did. Haruka and Michiru were fond of standing on high pillars as well, and the ''Sailor Moon S'' opening credits put ''all'' the senshi up there.
**
The Major is ''Stars'' anime actually parodies this: when Uranus and Neptune try the high ground trick by standing on the wrong side dining table in Usagi's house, Aluminium Siren actually remarks on how rude they are for doing so with shoes on, making them blush in embarrassment.
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', all the characters (but particularly Judas) spend time standing around on cliffs, trees, and other tall objects to add a sense
of the safety rail at dramatic. Zeus doesn't always have to even stand on anything when he can just float above everybody when he likes.
%%* Parvati in ''Manga/SazanEyes''.
* The heroine of ''Anime/ShamanicPrincess'' and her [[TheRival rival]] can actually generate their own tall, thin objects to stand on whenever required. It's a handy backup for situations when a nice moon-silhouetted church steeple isn't available.
* Various characters do this in ''Manga/SilentMobius'', including both Cheyenne sisters, Katsumi Liqueur, and Ganossa Maximillian.
* Amelia is introduced in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' doing this as she confronts a bandit. She explains to Gourry later that as an "ally of justice", she is expected to make this sort of entrance. The problem is that she's still working on
the very edge dismount; every time she does a dramatic jump down to begin the battle, she crashes. One of the building, ''Slayers'' movies takes this even further, with two characters climbing stone precipices to hurl verbal abuse at each other (at a distance of less than fifty feet).
** At the beginning of the third season (Try), the joke had run its course and fallen into disuse. So they brought it back and flipped it. Amelia jumps from a ridiculously tall tower and scares everybody, but this time she casts the levitate spell right before landing. The kicker? She risked her life and limb just to heal a small bump on an old woman's head.
* Franchise/{{Sonic|TheHedgehog}} does this a few times in ''Anime/SonicX''. There are also variations involving the nosecones of high-speed jets, and trees. He spends a lot of time very high up: balcony ''railings'', trees and roofs are common sleeping places, tall poles and skyscrapers are vantage points, jets are a good place to dive in on the action and he also has a thing for ''mountains''/
* Spoofed in ''Manga/SoulEater'' where Black*Star often does this; in one case he was so high up nobody could hear him, and the thing he was standing on broke.
* Lunatic from ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' has a habit of mixing this trope with DramaticEntrance.
* Not supernatural, but Sumire Kanou is overly fond of this in '' LightNovel/{{Toradora}}.'' In fact, in a flashback in episode 16, where she's standing on a roof speaking to Kitamura, there's a ladder present, implying she made a point of climbing up before even speaking.
* Ciel from ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'', above. Lampshaded and mocked frequently in the {{Oddly Named Sequel|2ElectricBoogaloo}}.
** Arcueid in the MassiveMultiplayerCrossover ''VideoGame/BattleMoonWars'' was immensely fond of this,
at one point casually turning to face Togusa revealing that she hadn't shown herself until then because there wasn't a cool lamppost that she could stand upon when making her entrance.
** And in both ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''
and crossing her feet, as if to show off her NervesOfSteel and ''LightNovel/FateZero'', [[ItsAllAboutMe Gilgamesh]] makes his formal appearance in the perfect balance enabled by her cyborg body.
* James from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' pulls
war like this stunt when [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext he think's he's (the former on a Moltres]]. (DontAsk.)wall, the latter on a lamppost), because even standing on the same ground as lesser heroes is an insult to him.



* Occurs in ''Anime/Nisemonogatari'': Yozuru Kagenui is constantly standing atop some object or another. This includes sculptures, mailboxes, and even her humanoid familiar when nothing else is available. In fact, she refuses to stand on the ground at all. We eventually learn that the reason for this is because [[spoiler: she and her colleague are subject to a curse, though the details are not explained]]. This devotion to keeping the high ground is made all the more impressive when you consider she's doing it in heels.

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* Occurs The first time Himiko Se catches a glimpse of Miyu and Larva in ''Anime/Nisemonogatari'': Yozuru Kagenui is constantly ''Manga/VampirePrincessMiyu'', they're sitting (Miyu) or standing atop some object up (Larva) on top of a ''torii'' gate.
* Lucia from ''Manga/VenusVersusVirus'' does this quite often.
* A recurring trope in ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' in which almost every character gets to pose dramatically in an absurdly high place at one time
or another. This includes sculptures, mailboxes, and (Sorata even her humanoid familiar comments on this when nothing else he first meets Yuuto standing on the top of a rather tall tree.) They always seem to prefer leaping from telephone pole to telephone pole at perilously high speeds rather than take the public transportation, and they're also often seen [[RoofHopping leaping from building roof to building roof]], among other tall things; it's implied that this is available. a power that all of the Dragons share.
* ''Manga/YokohamaKaidashiKikou'' combines this with Walking on Water. Achieved not for coolness but for a sense of serene surrealism (check out the main article on ''YKK'' for a picture)
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'':
**
In fact, she refuses to the first episode of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', Flame Wingman does this after the Skyscraper card is activated, glaring down at Ancient Gear Golem from one of the taller 'scrapers, despite being quite visibly capable of flight. It does [[RuleOfCool look cool]], though. The same happens later in the series, just before Jaden defeats another student who had stolen Yugi's deck and was imitating him.
** Also done in the [[Manga/YuGiOhGX manga]] of the same series, this time with young Jaden's Flame Wingman attacking one of Kyou Hibiki's Elemental Heroes.
* Likewise various characters from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. At one point, Kurama is seen standing on ''the railing of a balcony'' in the manga. Why he just didn't
stand on the ground at all. We eventually learn that balcony is a mystery; the reason for this is because [[spoiler: she and her colleague are subject to a curse, though the details are not explained]]. This devotion to keeping the high ground is made all the more impressive when you consider she's doing it in heels.anime corrected this, if memory serves.
31st May '17 10:29:47 PM LordNictus
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'''Anakin Skywalker:''' You underestimate my power!\\

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'''Anakin Skywalker:''' '''Darth Vader:''' You underestimate my power!\\



[''Anakin jumps and Obi-Wan slices off his arm and both legs in one circular swing'']

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[''Anakin [''Vader jumps and Obi-Wan slices off his arm and both legs in one circular swing'']
22nd May '17 10:48:56 AM TheRoguePenguin
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* The Star Wars scene is parodied on Robot Chicken where Obi-Wan declaring the high ground is a near verbal tic.

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* The Star Wars ''Star Wars'' scene is parodied on Robot Chicken ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' where Obi-Wan declaring the high ground is a near verbal tic.tic.
-->'''Obi-Wan:''' That's not the high ground wa--I mean the Jedi way!
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