Created By: eroock on November 21, 2015 Last Edited By: eroock on February 13, 2018
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Chimney Entry

A character uses the chimney to enter a building

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Sometimes, characters like to make a dramatic entrance, and the front door can be seen as rather boring and ordinary. Entering through the chimney might look like they're trying to channel Santa Claus but it's clear that delivering pleasant gifts to children is the last thing they want to do.

This method can be used as a Rule of Cool. Just watching the shocked and concerned looks of the characters inside the building as they hear the sounds of the ceiling creaking and watching ash drip out of the chimney mouth, followed by a cloud of smoke engulfing the room as the enemy appears through the ashes is enough to make any character seem Bad Ass.

However, this trope can be used for comedy. If a character is unfamiliar with how a house works, they might enter it like this. Expect them to receive a "There Was a Door" reaction by the house residents and they might react with "I didn't know" or "I couldn't find it." When Played for Laughs, this often leaves the entire room in Ash Face and coughing violently as the oblivious enterer dusts themselves off.

Compare Air-Vent Passageway.

Don't Try This at Home kids. Or anyone, for that matter.


Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • In Daisuki! BuBu ChaCha, this is Chacha's method of going in and out of house if the door is currently out of the question for some reason.

Fairy Tale
  • Father Christmas enters the house through the chimney. This is probably to not raise suspicion from the sleeping residents and disturb them, especially if he used the front door.

Fan Works
  • In Hyperemesis Gravidarum by A.A. Pessimal, two teenage student Assassins are caught in an upstairs room by a gang of killers who are attacking the house and who are battering down their bedroom door. They are stuck for a way to escape. Until one of the house goblins leads them down the chimneystack to the living room, where other members of the family are mounting a fierce defence.

Films -- Animated

Films -- Live-Action
  • The many chimney sweeps in the rooftop scene of Mary Poppins seem to have no trouble leaping into and popping out of London's chimneys, culminating in a soot-tracking parade through the Banks' living room.
  • In Gremlins, Kate's father tried to surprise his family this way one Christmas. Unfortunately, he broke his neck and died in the process.

Literature
  • In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Bill the lizard is sent down the chimney of the White Rabbit's house to get the monster inside (actually an enlarged Alice). Unfortunately, Alice's foot is blocking the fireplace. She gives it a swift kick and out comes Bill shooting into the sky.
  • Ron Weasley and his family enter the Dursley house like this in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which makes Harry point out that they could've entered the house normally to not raise suspicion in the neighbourhood.
  • Some adaptations of the Three Little Pigs has the Wolf terrorizing the third pig in the brick house and trying to enter his house like this, unintentionally falling into a cauldron full of boiling water that the pig had left at the bottom for him.

Live-Action TV
  • In the original series of Horrible Histories, a sketch from the Victorian era featured aristocrats hiring a child chimney sweeper to clean the chimney out, leading to him dislodging three teenagers who enter the room this way, and Santa Claus.
  • 1000 Ways to Die has as one of its Asshole Victim casualties an insane ex-girlfriend that kept stalking his boyfriend and his new beau, and that tried to get into the man's house via the chimney while they were away on vacation in order to live in and (probably) eventually catch them when they returned. Unfortunately she got stuck on said chimney and died of dehydration... and the corpse was found by the lovebirds when they came back home and turned on the chimney, setting the corpse on fire.
  • Doctor Who: In A Christmas Carol, the Doctor chooses a Chimney Entry because his TARDIS happened to have landed on the roof, and the temptation was just too much.
  • In Santa Sent Me to the ER, this is the basis for the Backdoor Santa segment. Egged on by his drunken idiot of a brother-in-law (his wife's younger brother), a man dresses as Santa Claus in the bid to give a pleasant surprise to his kids. He forgot to tell the Mrs. about his plans... and got a painful surprise in the behind for his troubles. In his fall, he landed butt-first on the poker she'd put in the fireplace (YOW!!!).

Music
  • Stan Freberg recorded the novelty song "Nuttin' for Christmas", about an incorrigible hellion recounting his many misdeeds, which will net him "nuttin' for Christmas." However, someone does descend the chimney of the kid's home: a burglar. He and the brat apparently have an arrangement in which the kid gets a cut of the fence for keeping mum about the theft. This song later gets an Animated Adaptation by Doug Compton that's viewable on Youtube.

Video Game
  • In Day of the Tentacle, the characters can cut corners by passing through the mansion's chimney.
  • In Glider PRO, the chimneys of the roof background are often made into transporters.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • In Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, Link has to learn a sword technique in one town, but the instructor's door doesn't open. What he has to do is activate his Jump spell, jump to the roof, and...well, guess.
    • In The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons, Link has to enter the chimney of a woman's house during the winter in order to gain access to the second dungeon. She initially mistakes him for Santa Clause (a chimney sweep in the European version).
  • In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Bobbery doesn't want to be disturbed so he locks himself inside. You naturally have to climb up on the roof and roll up into a tube so that you fit in the chimney.
  • In Tomb Raider III, Lara can climb the chimney in the library of her own home in order to access a secret section of the attic.

Web Video
  • Smosh pointed out in a holiday parody video that if Santa Claus tried this method of breaking and entering, he'd get stuck halfway down. The clip shows Santa's feet sticking out of the chimney mouth as he screams for help to get out as his feet are burned by the flames from the fireplace.
  • This is a recurring problem in What the Fuck Is Wrong with You?, where people will try to get into houses via the chimney and invariably get stuck, often necessitating the help of the local police and fire departments.
  • In the The Angry Video Game Nerd episode, "How the Nerd Stole Christmas", the Nerd plans to steal all the good video games in Gameville and replace them with bad ones. He enters the houses through the chimneys the way Mario travels through warp pipes.
    Narrator: Then he ducked down the chimney, a bit absurd, but if Mario could do it, then so could the Nerd.

Western Animation
  • In the Family Guy episode "Love Thy Trophy", Peter is on a rescue mission to free Stewie from his foster parents. He enters their home through the chimney and causes a bit of a racket, disturbing Stewie's new foster siblings.
  • Futurama:
    • The robotic Santa Claus usually enters houses through the chimney. However, due to a programming error, he does not bring gifts but kills everyone, except Zoidberg. So many houses have installed security systems that seal windows and the chimney (it is questionable why houses still have chimneys in the first place, when they could mean a gruesome death every Christmas).
    • In one episode the crew freezes Santa Clause and decides to replace him with Bender, who would bring gifts instead of death. He also enters houses through the chimney, but to his dismay, people confuse him with the old Santa and either attack him with military grade weapons, or commit suicide when seeing him.
  • In an episode of Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, the two main characters need to get into a house to do tooth fairy work. They try entering through the chimney, but are intercepted by the kid living there, who mistakes them for burglars and throws them out.
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Hearth's Warming Eve", Chancellor Puddinghead enters her own house via the chimney. Partly because the front door is snowed in, and partly because she's strange like that.
    Smart Cookie: Wouldn't it have been easier to use the door, Chancellor?
    Puddinghead: Maybe for you, Smart Cookie. But I am a chancellor. I was elected because I know how to think outside the box. Which means I can also think inside the chimney. Can you think inside a chimney?

Real Life
  • In the days of Victorian Britain, children were made to clean out chimneys for the rich and often got stuck up there, making them sometimes enter the room at random like this when they eventually dislodged themselves. Due to child labor laws over the years, this was later abolished due to this, as well as health and safety.

Community Feedback Replies: 35
  • November 21, 2015
    triassicranger
    • I don't know what genre this fits under, but it is said that Father Christmas/Santa Claus, enters houses to deliver presents through the chimney. How he gets down the chimney as he is often portrayed as being fat is another question. (Somehow, I think there are going to be mentions of parodies of Santa)
    • In some versions of The Three Little Pigs, after the Big Bad Wolf fails to blow down the third pig's house, he decides to enter the third pig's house through the chimney. Unfortunately, for him, the third pig was boiling a cauldron over the chimney's fireplace and the wolf gets cooked alive. (I mentioned this in another YKTTW that got launched and I forgot what the trope was called.)
  • November 21, 2015
    Kitchen90
    I've updated description and added a couple of examples of my own.
  • November 21, 2015
    eroock
    ^ Cool stuff.
  • November 21, 2015
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • Dream Works' feature Rise Of The Guardians shows North, the Santa Claus expy, and the other guardians substituting for the abducted tooth fairies. North can hop into chimneys and pop back out at eyeblink speed.
    • Chuck Jones' holiday cartoon How The Grinch Stole Christmas shows a cutaway view of a Whoville chimney with the Grinch attempting to descent it. His progress is problematic at first, but as his Whoville heists continue, it's clear the Grinch has gotten the hang of it.

    Film
    • The many chimney sweeps in the rooftop scene of Mary Poppins seem to have no trouble leaping into and popping out of London's chimneys, culminating in a soot-tracking parade through the Banks' living room.
  • November 22, 2015
    TonyG
    In Alices Adventures In Wonderland, Bill the lizard is sent down the chimney of the White Rabbit's house to get the monster inside (actually an enlarged Alice). Unfortunately, Alice's foot is blocking the fireplace. She gives it a swift kick and out comes Bill shooting into the sky.
  • November 22, 2015
    BKelly95
    Film
    • In Gremlins, Kate's father tried to surprise his family this way one Christmas. Unfortunately, he broke his neck and died in the process.
  • November 23, 2015
    Arivne
    Film
  • November 23, 2015
    Arivne
    • Blue Linked (badass).
    • Corrected spelling (oblious, commmon, caldron, descent -> descend).
  • November 23, 2015
    Prfnoff
    • In Glider PRO, the chimneys of the roof background are often made into transporters.
  • November 23, 2015
    BKelly95
    Video Games
    • Link from Zelda 2 The Adventure Of Link has to learn a sword technique in one town, but the instructor's door doesn't open. What he has to do is activate his Jump spell, jump to the roof, and...well, guess.
  • November 26, 2015
    Antigone3
    Doctor Who: In A Christmas Carol, the Doctor chooses a Chimney Entry because his TARDIS happened to have landed on the roof, and the temptation was just too much.
  • November 26, 2015
    Prfnoff
    Fixed some example sorting.
  • November 27, 2015
    henke37
    • Paper Mario The Thousand Year Door: Bobbery doesn't want to be disturbed so he locks himself inside. You naturally have to climb up on the roof and roll up into a tube so that you fit in the chimney.
  • July 8, 2016
    Twiddler
    In an episode of Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi, the two main characters need to get into a house to do tooth fairy work. They try entering through the chimney, but are intercepted by the kid living there, who mistakes them for burglars and throws them out.
  • August 5, 2016
    RAMChYLD
    In Daisuki! Bubu Chacha, Chacha's method of going in and out of house if the door is currently out of the question for some reason.
  • August 25, 2016
    JoeMudd123
    In Tomb Raider III, Lara can climb the chimney in the library of her own home in order to access a secret section of the attic.
  • December 18, 2016
    eroock
    Season Bump
  • December 18, 2016
    Malady
    The Harry Potter entry is the Floo Network, no? 'Cause that's by Fireplace Fires, not Chimneys?
  • December 18, 2016
    Tuckerscreator
  • December 19, 2016
    Chabal2
    The Santa Clause: When faced with houses that don't have a chimney, the new Santa ends up emerging from the central heating system.
  • December 19, 2016
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    Web Video
    • In the The Angry Video Game Nerd episode, "How the Nerd Stole Christmas", the Nerd plans to steal all the good video games in Gameville and replace them with bad ones. He enters the houses through the chimneys the way Mario travels through warp pipes.
      Narrator: Then he ducked down the chimney, a bit absurd, but if Mario could do it, then so could the Nerd.
  • April 13, 2017
    Getta
    I kinda remember the news of a burglar getting into a chimney to rob the house, only to get stuck and choked to death.
  • April 13, 2017
    oneuglybunny
    Music
    • Stan Freberg recorded the novelty song Nuttin For Christmas, about an incorrigible hellion recounting his many misdeeds, which will net him "nuttin' for Christmas." However, someone does descend the chimney of the kid's home: a burglar. He and the brat apparently have an arrangement in which the kid gets a cut of the fence for keeping mum about the theft. This song later gets an Animated Adaptation by Doug Compton that's viewable on You Tube: [1].
  • April 13, 2017
    Arivne
    Moved the animated film examples under Film - Animated.
  • April 13, 2017
    MetaFour
    • My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: In "Hearth's Warming Eve", Chancellor Puddinghead enters her own house via the chimney. Partly because the front door is snowed in, and partly because she's strange like that.
      Smart Cookie: Wouldn't it have been easier to use the door, Chancellor?
      Puddinghead: Maybe for you, Smart Cookie. But I am a chancellor. I was elected because I know how to think outside the box. Which means I can also think inside the chimney. Can you think inside a chimney?
  • April 15, 2017
    CactusFace
    • In Futurama the robotic Santa Claus usually enters houses through the chimney. However, due to a programming error he does not bring gifts, but kills everyone, except Zoidberg. So many houses have installed security systems that seal windows and the chimney (it is questionable why houses still have chimneys in the first place, when they could mean a gruesome death every christmas).
      • In one episode the crew freezes Santa Clause and decides to replace him with Bender, who would bring gifts instead of death. He also enters houses through the chimney, but to his dismay people confuse him with the old Santa and either attack him with military grade weapons, or commit suicide when seeing him.
  • April 15, 2017
    marcoasalazarm
    One Thousand Ways To Die has as one of its Asshole Victim casualties an insane ex-girlfriend that kept stalking his boyfriend and his new beau, and that tried to get into the man's house via the chimney while they were away on vacation in order to live in and (probably) eventually catch them when they returned. Unfortunately she got stuck on said chimney and died of dehydration... and the corpse was found by the lovebirds when they came back home and turned on the chimney, setting the corpse on fire.
  • January 7, 2018
    alnair20aug93
    This draft was launched without consensus. It had been unlaunched.
  • January 8, 2018
    eroock
    Just out of interest, what would constitute consensus in this case?
  • January 8, 2018
    Gamermaster
    • In The Legend Of Zelda Oracle Of Seasons, Link has to enter the chimney of a woman's house during the winter in order to gain access to the second dungeon. She initially mistakes him for Santa Clause (a chimney sweep in the European version).

    • This is a recurring problem in What The Fuck Is Wrong With You, where people will try to get into houses via the chimney and invariably get stuck, often necessitating the help of the local police and fire departments.
  • January 8, 2018
    AgProv
    Fan Works
    • In Hyperemesis Gravidarum by AA Pessimal, two teenage student Assassins are caught in an upstairs room by a gang of killers who are attacking the house and who are battering down their bedroom door. They are stuck for a way to escape. Until one of the house goblins leads them down the chimneystack to the living room, where other members of the family are mounting a fierce defence.
  • January 9, 2018
    ANTMuddle
    Live Action TV: In the one-off Santa Sent Me to the ER, this is the basis for the Backdoor Santa segment. Egged on by his drunken idiot of a brother-in-law (his wife's younger brother), a man dresses as Santa Claus in the bid to give a pleasant surprise to his kids. He forgot to tell the Mrs. about his plans... and got a painful surprise in the behind for his troubles. In his fall, he landed butt-first on the poker she'd put in the fireplace (YOW!!!).
  • January 9, 2018
    Tarhalindur
    This is ready. I can launch it if the creator gives me the go-ahead, or they can launch it.
  • February 12, 2018
    darkemyst
    Maybe change the last last paragraph which implies young climbing boys wedged in chimneys would "eventually dislodge" themselves and tumble randomly into a room as contemporary reports indicate that the longer they were wedged the more likely it would require another kid to climb in and try to help them or for the wall and chimney to be torn open in an a usually failed attempt to get them out before they died. Also the chimney sweep they were apprenticed to would have put up a sheet in front of the fireplace connected to the chimney they were working in.
  • February 13, 2018
    eroock
    Perhaps this paragraph should be worked into a RL example entry instead.
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