Created By: SpiderRider3 on May 24, 2014 Last Edited By: Arivne on June 14, 2014
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Counter Jump

An employee working behind a counter jumps over the counter to respond to an urgent situation

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An urgent situation occurs and the character in question, who is working behind a counter, has to deal with it. Instead of simply walking around the counter, they instead elect to jump over it to deal with the situation faster. This is done in fiction to highlight the urgency of the situation.

I'm not sure if this is tropable, or if enough examples exist.


Examples

Live-Action TV
  • Roland does this in The Golden Palace. I can't remember what the situation was (I think it involves one of Rose's antics) but he received the news by telephone.

Film
  • In the 1980 film My Bodyguard, Clifford Peache (Chris Makepeace) lives in an upscale Chicago hotel with his father, who manages (but does not own) the hotel. During a visit from the hotel commissioner, Clifford's father is informed by the assistant manager that his mother, who has a history of upsetting guests, is harassing the commissioner. Mr. Peache jumps over the counter to stop her. Moments later, it's revealed that Mr. Peache's mother is getting along fine with the commissioner, and that the assistant manager exaggerated the previous stories about his mother's interactions with the other guests. The assistant manager is promptly fired.

Community Feedback Replies: 9
  • May 24, 2014
    partner555
    It is too specific. The trope could be expanded to include anytime a character jumps over the counter to highlight the seriousness of the situation.

    I'll give you an example of an alternative description. Whether you actually use it is up to you:

    An urgent situation occurs and the character in question has to deal with it. Instead of simply walking around the counter, they instead elect to jump over it to deal with the situation faster. This is done in fiction to highlight the urgency of the situation.
  • May 25, 2014
    DAN004
  • May 25, 2014
    Paradisesnake
  • May 25, 2014
    SpiderRider3
    @Paradisesnake: Which is why this trope is limited to the person responding to bad news in a hotel.
  • May 26, 2014
    Paradisesnake
    ^ And how is making it more specific supposed to make it tropable? People sitting on chairs in a church is still People Sit On Chairs.
  • May 26, 2014
    partner555
    Would the alternative description I provided make this trope worthy? It specifically mentions how this is done in fiction to help highlight the urgency of the situation.
  • May 26, 2014
    Koveras
    I don't think the current write-up is tropable, as is. However, there may be a way to tweak it into a trope. Something along the lines of a character suddenly gaining incredible acrobatics skills under stress, allowing him to basically parkour his way to wherever he is needed. Adrenaline Acrobatics, perhaps? I could see this being more of a comedy trope, though.
  • June 12, 2014
    SpiderRider3
    I have put in the alternate description. I do feel it may not be tropable after all, so I will discard this draft if there are no more examples.
  • June 14, 2014
    Koveras
    There has been a trope launched just recently called Uninhibited Muscle Power recently—I think it is related.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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