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.
ExamplesFilm - Live Action
- During the climactic battle in Don't Lose Your Head, each of the three heroes takes a shot at swinging across the room on the chandelier. One of them misjudges the swing and ends up flying out a window.
- Jack Sparrow, during his escape from the palace in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
- Sir Launcelot does this in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, except he gets stuck.
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- Marty McFly does it in Back to the Future Part III, while trying to escape from Buford Tannen in the saloon.
- Singin' in the Rain has a Film Within a Film example, with Don Lockwood doing one during his climactic fight scene in The Royal Rascal.
- 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.
- 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'.
- 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.
- 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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