Created By: PaulA on July 17, 2011 Last Edited By: PaulA on August 26, 2012
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Chandelier Swing

During a swashbuckling fight scene, the hero swings from the chandelier.

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That prominent chandelier isn't always just waiting to fall on somebody. Sometimes it's there for the swashbuckling hero to swing from during the fight scene.

Examples

Film - Live Action

Film - Animated

Literature
  • Discworld:
    • A Discussed Trope in Guards! Guards!, where the tales the old guardsman tells young Carrot involve a lot of chandelier swinging, and later a group of guards ordered to arrest Sam Vimes worry that he'll turn out to be a swashbuckling hero and fight them all off while shouting "Ha!" and swinging from the chandelier.
    • Done in Maskerade, when Greebo is chasing The Phantom of the Opera around.

Live-Action TV
  • In-universe example: In The Lucy Show, Lucy poses as "Iron Man Carmichael", a stunt man. She's supposed to do a relatively simple stunt, but at the last minute it gets changed to a swing from a chandelier. Naturally, Hilarity Ensues.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Spike does this in order to kick Buffy in the face during their Destructo-Nookie in "Smashed".
  • The Wild Wild West: James West does this during a Bar Brawl. (The stunt went wrong and Robert Conrad about broke his neck. They had to shut down production for a year. After he recovered they took up filming again right where they left off, and the fall, but not the injury, is a part of the episode.)
  • Highlander, 'Song of the Executioner'.

Tabletop Games
  • Iron Crown Enterprises' At Rapier's Point. As a game based on the swashbuckling genre, it allowed (and even encouraged) PCs to swing on chandeliers for tactical advantage, such as to escape from enemies or drop on top of them.
  • The 3rd Edition GURPS supplement Swashbucklers had extensive rules on swinging from chandeliers.

Video Games
  • In Dragon Age II, Sandal will swing on the big chandelier at the Hawke Estate. And, if you romance Merrill and invite her to move in with you, she will participate, as well.
  • The Fancy Pants Adventure: World 3 allows Fancy Pants Man to jump from one swinging chandelier in the pirate ship level to another as jump-initiated moving platforms.
  • Leon uses several chandeliers to swing across indoor balconies in Resident Evil 4.
  • Epic Mickey has entire levels devoted to swinging from chandelier to chandelier.
  • One character does this during the Club 41 spar in Tales of Monkey Island, knocking down a bag of sugar that was sitting on the chandelier. Of course, Guybrush gets to use the sugar later.

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Community Feedback Replies: 31
  • July 17, 2011
    Shnakepup
    I think Super Mario RPG had a fight scene taking place on top of a swinging chandelier.
  • July 17, 2011
    cityofmist
    Jack in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
  • July 17, 2011
    Acebrock
    ^^Yep, and you're trying to break the chain Bowser's chandelier is hanging from, while he does the same to yours
  • July 17, 2011
    Michael
    Discussed at length in Guards Guards
  • July 19, 2011
    TooBah
    In-universe example: In The Lucy Show, Lucy poses as "Iron Man Carmichael", a stunt man. She's supposed to do a relatively simple stunt, but at the last minute it gets changed to a swing from a chandelier. Naturally, Hilarity Ensues.
  • July 19, 2011
    Rabbi106
    • Dungeons And Dragons: Due to its common use in swashbuckling films, players' first attempt at a big stunt will be some variation on this trope.
  • July 19, 2011
    KZN02
    Not related, but Chandelure swings in its animation.
  • July 19, 2011
    SonicLover
    I vaguely remember this happening during the fight at Club 41 in the fourth chapter of Tales Of Monkey Island.
  • December 22, 2011
    Odon
  • December 26, 2011
    Prfnoff
    Swinging from chandeliers is also used to depict someone as Life Of The Party.
  • December 26, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Sir Launcelot does this in Monty Python And The Holy Grail, except he gets stuck.
    Excuse me, could, uh, could somebody give me a push, please?
  • December 27, 2011
    Koveras
    • In Dragon Age II, Sandal will swing on the big chandelier at the Hawke Estate. And, if you romance Merrill and invite her to move in with you, she will participate, as well.
  • December 27, 2011
    Hello999
    • Marty McFly does it in Back To The Future Part III, while trying to escape from Buford Tannen in the saloon.
  • December 27, 2011
    Chabal2
    Done in Maskerade as well, when Greebo is chasing the Phantom Of The Opera around.
  • December 27, 2011
    TonyG
    The prince in the Mickey Mouse version of The Prince And The Pauper.
  • December 27, 2011
    Bisected8
    Also in Guards Guards, the discussion is something of a Running Gag (the stories the old watchman tells Carrot involve them a lot, apparently).
  • December 27, 2011
    AP
    • In the movie Punisher War Zone, Frank Castle dangles upside down from a chandelier while he opens fire on a room full of mobsters.
  • April 22, 2012
    Quanyails
    Givin' it a bump.

  • April 22, 2012
    chicagomel
    Highlander did this once, I believe in 'Song Of The Executioner'. (live action TV)
  • April 22, 2012
    randomsurfer
    • The Wild Wild West: James West (Robert Conrad) does this during a Bar Brawl. The stunt went wrong and Conrad about broke his neck. They had to shut down production for a year. After he recovered they took up filming again right where they left off, and the fall, but not the injury, is a part of the episode.
  • July 3, 2012
    GeminiSparkSP
    • Nero uses this to break open a new path in Devil May Cry 4.
    • Leon also uses several chandeliers to swing across indoor balconies in Resident Evil 4.
  • July 3, 2012
    ElCheViva
    If this doesn't just apply to fight scenes, Kurt Cobain can be seen swinging from a chandelier in the music video for Come As You Are.
  • July 4, 2012
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Iron Crown Enterprises' At Rapier's Point. As a game based on the swashbuckling genre, it allowed (and even encouraged) PCs to swing on chandeliers for tactical advantage, such as to escape from enemies or drop on top of them.
    • The 3rd Edition GURPS supplement Swashbucklers had extensive rules on swinging from chandeliers.
  • July 4, 2012
    DrRadon
    The video game "Epic Mickey" has entire levels devoted to swinging from chandelier to chandelier.
  • July 5, 2012
    PaulA
    Updated to here. (Not including the Devil May Cry 4 example, because there's a separate trope for dropping chandeliers to break open new paths.)
  • July 6, 2012
    SonicLover
    One character does this during the Club 41 spar in Tales Of Monkey Island, knocking down a bag of sugar that was sitting on the chandelier. Of course, Guybrush gets to use the sugar later.
  • July 8, 2012
    JonnyB
    Not a swashbuckling example, but Nick Rivers does it in Top Secret.
  • August 17, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    Most of the current examples need to elaborate on what happens while the Chandelier Swing.
  • August 17, 2012
    MrRuano
    Assassins Creed 2 has Ezio swing across a few chandeliers of his own, but not with any battling involved. It's mostly because of the Le Parkour elements involved in the gameplay.
  • August 17, 2012
    TwoGunAngel
    This is just one of the many stunts Tequila is able to do in the John Woo game Stranglehold.
  • August 26, 2012
    captainsandwich
    is Building Swing related?

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