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Rope Running is when a sufficiently Badass character, whether it be through training
or from magic
, is able to walk, or even run, across impossibly thin surfaces.
The archetypal example is a ninja running on top of a single rope, no more than the width of a man's thumb.
Possibly part of a Super Trope
involving more general superhuman balance skills, such as those typically seen when a character takes the high ground
. Seen It a Million Times
Compare Electric Slide
for more "shocking" examples, and Grind Boots
for when skateboards are simply too expensive.
- The eponymous warriors in Claymore can do this, and one of them, Anastasia, has even weaponized this ability, using her super-strong and super-thin hair for Not Quite Flight. Other warriors can also use her hair to "float" in the air.
Film: Live Action
- Spirited Away, Chihiro has to attempt this once on a thin metal pipe to reach a far ladder. At the end, however, she is absolutely terrified when she actually makes it.
- In The Lord of the Rings, we see Legolas running along a chain to attack the cave troll.
- In Heroic Trio, one of the main heroines is introduced, running along powerlines, She even does the splits between two of them while throwing knives at a foe.
- A variation of this trope happened in a Disney Comics Donald Duck story, when Daisy Duck is on a building site and walks out onto a bouncy, springboard-like plank to retrieve a hammer left near one edge where it could fall on someone. She points out that (in this story) she's a ballet teacher and such perfect balance is nothing special for her.
Live Action TV
- Legolas in 'Lord Ofthe Rings: similar to the movie example, in Lorien, Legolas ran along a rope to get to the other side of a stream. It was mentioned that elves did this sort of thing a lot if a bridge was not available. He points out nobody else in the group is an Elf, so it is probably easy for them.
- In Final Fantasy X, Team Tidus doesn't so much run along wires as skitch down them. He and his posse have impressive Grind Boots.
- Averted in Twilight Princess, in that your human form can't move on ropes. Your wolf form is perfectly able to do so, do a jumping 180 on the spot, and even leap off as if he were on solid ground rather than a swaying rope no thicker than his leg.
- Averted in Skyward Sword, where you can only walk across them. So can your enemies, but they move even slower.
- In Assassin'sCreed games, Altaïr, Ezio, and Connor can all run on incredibly thin ropes, wires, and the like.
- In Mirror'sEdge Faith can run on thin pipes and planks if need be. She can also run on cranes, but this is not automatic and dependent on the skill of the player.
- Discussed in a dialogue option in Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir. When investigating the wreck of the trade ship Vigilant, if your party contains a rogue they can observe that they've stood on ropes thinner than the one that snapped in the storm. It broke because it had been partly cut through by a saboteur.
- This is often done by Le Parkour practicioners.
- Many acrobats have made a career of this trope in the way of Tight-Rope Walking. Dean Potter and Mustafa Danger are two such practitioners of Tight Rope Walking. There are many more.
- Jultagi, or Eoreum, is an ancient Korean tradition of rope-walking that still goes on today.