Created By: CelestiaCadenceLuna on January 10, 2018 Last Edited By: CelestiaCadenceLuna on January 17, 2018
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Ceiling Breaker

Someone growing to giant size bump his/her head on the ceiling of the place he/she is in.

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"Many ranks, awards, or other achievements in life have traditionally been reserved for people of a privileged gender, race, or other such category. This trope is about characters from a non-favoured group who break through such "ceilings" - for example, the first woman to join a previously all-male military unit, or the only black guy on the town council. If they've already achieved their feat, it can be used to characterise them as tough, determined, and/or ambitious (depending on what they achieved and how they did it). If they're still aspiring, it can be used to give them motivation and drive the plot..."

...Well, This Is Not That Trope

This is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. A common instance of when someone grows to giant size is to bump his/her head on the ceiling of whatever building they are currently in.

How much the ceiling breaks can vary, from a small crack where the bump itself took place, to a head-shape hole, to the ceiling being completely demolished.


Examples

Comic Book
  • In Ms. Marvel (2014), Kamala bumps her head in the ceiling when she grows to giant size for the first time.

Literature
  • In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Alice bumps her head in the ceiling when she grows in both the Hallway of Doors and in the White Rabbit's House.
  • In one of the Sorcery! books from the Fighting Fantasy gamebook franchises, if you tried to summon a giant in a cramped cave (the spell caused the giant to grow from a giant's tooth thrown on the ground) the giant would be summoned but as it reached near it's full height it would hit it's head on the ceiling and collapse, knocked out, then vanish some time later.

Film
  • In the 1993 version of Attack Ofthe 50 Foot Woman, Nancy breaks the ceiling of the first floor of her house when she grows to giant size.
  • In Monsters vs. Aliens, Susan breaks the celing of the church with her last growth spurt.

Western Animation
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987), Shredder bumps his head on the ceiling of the Technodrome when he gets hit with Krang's growth ray. Later, after Irma gets hit by the same ray, she bumps her head in the ceiling of a room of the Channel 6 building when she starts growing.
  • In The 7D, Hildy breaks the ceiling of her castle with her last growth spurt.

Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • January 11, 2018
    alnair20aug93
  • January 11, 2018
    Arivne
    • Replaced garbage text characters (caused by a non-standard text character) with a standard text character.
    • Examples section
      • Added a line separating the Description and Examples section.
      • Corrected spelling (bump -> bumps).
  • January 12, 2018
    Snicka
    The Bait And Switch in the Description, while clever, is also completely misleading.

    Do examples where the character is already a giant compared to their surroundings, rather than growing to giant size, count? In that case: EDIT: In this particular example, the ceiling is not actually damaged, it's just Gandalf who groans in pain.

    EDIT 2: Forgot To Mind Their Head covers this example.
  • January 11, 2018
    FRizer
    Bait And Switch-ing for actual trope descriptions are my pet peeve. Can't it go straight to the point?
  • January 11, 2018
    Kartoonkid95
    • The Fairly Odd Parents: In "Odd Ball", Timmy bumps his head on a an hanging lamp after wishing to make himself taller to play basketball.
  • January 11, 2018
    FRizer
    Does it always have to be caused by a "growing" character? I've seen characters who jumps up and destroy the ceiling (and the roof) to get out of the room.
  • January 11, 2018
    HeroGal2347
    This is related to (if not precisely) Forgot To Mind Their Head.
  • January 12, 2018
    Snicka
    This one doesn't involve growing but qualifies for the rest:
    • In Wreck It Ralph, when Ralph arrives to the 30th anniversary party of Fix-It Felix Jr, he hits his head in the ceiling, breaking off large chunks of it. One chunk falls on Felix and "kills" him - he comes back to life because he's in his own game where he has infinite lives.
  • January 12, 2018
    Exxolon
    In one of the Sorcery! books from the Fighting Fantasy gamebook franchises, if you tried to summon a giant in a cramped cave (the spell caused the giant to grow from a giant's tooth thrown on the ground) the giant would be summoned but as it reached near it's full height it would hit it's head on the ceiling and collapse, knocked out, then vanish some time later.
  • January 12, 2018
    KZN02
    See also Low Clearance.
  • January 12, 2018
    MetaFour
    "I've seen characters who jumps up and destroy the ceiling (and the roof) to get out of the room."

    That would be a variation on There Was A Door.
  • January 12, 2018
    FRizer
    And even then I don't think the "growing up" part is strictly necessary.
  • January 13, 2018
    SquirrelGuy
    Would this count? Big Bird breaks through the ceiling. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y26DrpFvaLU
  • January 13, 2018
    FRizer
    The description still could use some polishing.
  • January 16, 2018
    lakingsif
    The description is almost entirely a quote about figurative ceiling breakers before you say Well This Is Not That and then proceed to describe what is literally just People Literally Break Ceilings. Discard. Not a trope, not even a funny riff on the Breaking a Ceiling draft you saw.
  • January 16, 2018
    FRizer
    ^ At least I can see this as a comedy trope...
  • January 17, 2018
    Larkmarn
    Discarding, as there's enough hats to do so and this was made by a ban-evader to boot.
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