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Balcony Escape
(permanent link) added: 2010-11-01 03:33:47 sponsor: arks (last reply: 2010-11-21 20:05:18)

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I'm sure we have this, but I can't find it. A character needs to get out of a room with one door, but the door is blocked or guarded, so what does he do? He climbs out the window, and hops from balcony to balcony until he can enter another window, or just walks along the ledge on the outside of the building. This technique is also used to enter certain rooms that can't be accessed by using the door.

The entire point is exiting a window and moving along the outside of a building to enter another.

Note: for this to count, the hero needs to

  1. Climb out a window
  2. And use a ledge or balcony on the side of the building
  3. To get to another window.

If he doesn't do all three, it's not this trope.

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  • In Charade, Cary Grant's character follows an assailant out the window and across a few balconies
  • Silverstein does this in Tiempo De Valientes (an argentine film) to get into the restricted area of SIDE (the argentine intelligence agency).
  • Indy does this in Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade.
  • Subverted in The Matrix. Neo is told to do this, but chokes when he sees the skinny ledge and great height.
  • Maggie Carpenter does this in Runaway Bride to try and avoid getting caught snooping around the reporter's room.
  • In The Naked Gun, Frank Drebbin does this. He needs to grab hold of the carvings of naked men and women to maintain his balance. Hilarity Ensues.
  • A segment of the film Cat's Eye is based on Stephen King's "The Ledge" (listed below).
  • In The Man Who Knew Too Little, Lori escapes from Boris' hotel room this way. Wallace asks why they just don't use the hallway.

  • Alex Rider does this in Stormbreaker
  • The Stephen King short story "The Ledge" is a very slight variation on this, as the protagonist is forced to circumnavigate the building and return to the same window.

Video Games

  • In Left4Dead 2, the survivors are forced to go out on the ledge to get around a fire.
  • In Grim Fandango, You climb out the window to get into the office next door.
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent. You have to smash a window, then hop across balconies to reach an otherwise blocked-off room.
  • In Paper Mario, to get one of the badges, Mario has to enter one building, climb the stairs, exit through a window onto a ledge, go to the end of that ledge, hop to the next ledge, then enter through a ledge on that building... which has no visible street-level doors, even blocked or locked ones.
  • Required frequently in Splinter Cell.
  • In Assassin's Creed the only way to get into the local offices of the Assassins is to enter from the rooftop. Getting to that rooftop will often mandate some unconventional approaches.
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