Created By: CaveCat on March 22, 2012 Last Edited By: CaveCat on December 22, 2012
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Ladder Tipping

A character pushes a ladder that another character was climbing, causing him to fall backwards.

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Seen It a Million Times, this is an occurrence that shows up very often in Comedy or Action films. A character chases after another, until the chase leads to climbing up a ladder. However, when The Hero gets to the top of the ladder and his enemy starts climbing, the good guy will then push the ladder back, causing it to fall backwards with his enemy still on the ladder.

Expect this to show up in Comedy.


Examples

Film
  • In the Richie Rich film, Richie does this to Lawrence Van Dough during the film's climax.
  • The Aristocats: O'Malley does this to Edgar, but it's subverted that while O'Malley does successfully push the ladder back, he winds up falling with Edgar.
  • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves: Will Scarlet does this to one of the Celts that invade Sherwood Forest.
  • There was a scene in Animal House wherein one frat boy climbs a ladder to peek in as the sorority girls undress. Suddenly, the ladder tips back (impliedly pushed away from the wall by a certain anatomical reaction on the part of the frat boy).
  • An obvious siege example occurs in the film of The Two Towers during the Battle of Helm's Deep, when Legolas shoots the rope that's being used to raise a ladder with dozens of orcs already on it, and it falls back onto dozens more orcs on the ground.

Literature
  • In A Darkness At Sethanon, Moredhel attackers who are climbing up the walls in ladders are simply pushed away.

Professional Wrestling

Video Games

Western Animation
  • Jonny Quest episode "The Curse of Anubis". A bad guy is climbing up a ladder to get to Hadji, who's on top of a building. Jonny appears at a window lower down and pushes the ladder, causing it (and the bad guy) to fall. The bad guy ends up in a water trough.


Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • March 22, 2012
    nman
    So... pretty much anything involving sieges would count.
    • In A Darkness At Sethanon, Moredhel attackers who are climbing up the walls in ladders are simply pushed away.
  • March 22, 2012
    KTera
    I think you can do this in Resident Evil 4.
  • March 23, 2012
    Arivne
    Western Animation
    • Jonny Quest episode "The Curse of Anubis". A bad guy is climbing up a ladder to get to Hadji, who's on top of a building. Jonny appears at a window lower down and pushes the ladder, causing it (and the bad guy) to fall. The bad guy ends up in a water trough.
  • March 31, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Title could be more descriptive. Maybe Tip The Ladder?
  • March 31, 2012
    CaveCat
    ^Changed it to Ladder Tipping.
  • March 31, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Even better.
  • March 31, 2012
    CaveCat
    ^Thanks
  • March 31, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Practically Omnipresent in Professional Wrestling "Ladder matches."
  • April 25, 2012
    Quatic
    I believe it was Animal House wherein one frat boy climbs a ladder to peek in as the sorority girls undress. Suddenly, the ladder tips back (impliedly pushed away from the wall by a certain anatomical reaction on the part of the frat boy).
  • April 26, 2012
    LeeM
    An obvious siege example occurs in the film of The Two Towers during the Battle of Helm's Deep, when Legolas shoots the rope that's being used to raise a ladder with dozens of orcs already on it, and it falls back onto dozens more orcs on the ground.

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