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->''For some reason Agnes's practical eye was drawn to the huge chandelier that hung over the auditorium like a fantastic sea monster. Its thick rope disappeared into the darkness near the ceiling.... \\
"[[GenreSavvy That looks like an accident waiting to happen if ever I saw one]]," she mumbled.''
-->-- ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}''

When in high-class surroundings, the standard way to create chaos or kill people is inevitably to drop the enormous chandelier hanging from the ceiling. This is usually intentional on the part of the character (and strongly indicative of {{Badass}}itude), but occasionally it happens by accident. A frequent comedic subversion is for the hero to accidentally drop the chandelier on his own allies.

This is most common in film and theater, since it exists mostly as a way to create a visually spectacular effect.

Generally it's a subtrope of DeathByLookingUp. Might overlap with ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice. Compare ChandelierSwing.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* In the original ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' commercial, a woman faced an animated chandelier [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOvwdVp8Fvo DRAGON!]] Years later, it made it into the games themselves as a summon in ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn''.
* In the trailers for ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' Stitch interrupted famous songs and scenes from previous {{Disney}} films. One was the ballroom dance from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' where Stitch causes [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twZJu9vb1z8 the chandelier to fall]] almost crushes the two dancing below.
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[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' does this straight, with Kirika machine-gunning a chandelier to down some mooks.
* Played with in ''Manga/{{Digimon V-Tamer|01}}'', where Taichi has his partner Zeromaru make a chandelier fall not for death and destruction, but so that the noise of it breaking breaks through a sonic attack in action.
* Happens to Ash and Pikachu in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' episode "The Tower of Terror". They die... [[OurSoulsAreDifferent sort of]].
** Well, since their souls were literally ''pulled out'' by a Haunter, it was probably a case of OnlyMostlyDead.
* Happens to [[spoiler:one of the Zahlen Scwhestern]] in the final episode of ''[[VisualNovel/PhantomOfInferno Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom]]''.
* In ''HaikaraSanGaTooru'', [[spoiler: local IllGirl Larissa dies as she pulls a DivingSave to rescue Shinobu from one and gets hit instead.]]
* [[Main/SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in episode 12 of ''Literature/{{Another}}'': a chandelier falls, trapping [[spoiler:Kawahori, Tsujii, Watanabe and Kakinuma.]] However, [[spoiler:Kawahori]] is the only character [[spoiler:to die]], and this is because [[spoiler:he freed himself, ran off without the others, and gets crushed by a falling pillar. Everybody else survives.]]
* In ''Anime/LupinIIIPilotFilm'', Jigen shoots down the chandelier to knock out the policemen hiding behind a table.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/JonahHex'' #68 (original series), Jonah stops a rowdy who was busting up a saloon by shooting out out the chain holding up the chandelier so it fall on him. Said chandelier was made out of a wagon wheel. Ouch!
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[[folder:{{Film}} -- Animated]]
* Subverted in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', where PunchClockVillain Kronk tries to drop a chandelier on his boss Yzma, but she's so skinny [[ByWallThatIsHoley she slips through a hole in it]] and emerges unscathed.
-->'''Kronk:''' Strange... that usually works.
-->'''Yzma:''' And so does this! (drops Kronk down a TrapDoor)
* In the first ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' movie, ''Bender's Big Score,'' [[spoiler:Hermes' time clone body is destroyed by a falling chandelier. This leads Lars (actually an aged time clone Fry) to realize that he is just as doomed as Hermes' body.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'': Rasputin sends a chandelier crashing to the ballroom floor in the party scene at the beginning of the movie, but everyone steps out of the way.
* ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'': [[{{Goofy}} "Yaahh-hoo-hoo-hoo-hooey!!!"]]
** Subverted, as the "victims" in question are sitting astride the chandelier before it falls. Both survive, though it is implied that it hurt. [[CaptainObvious A lot.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePrincessAndThePea'', Laird has his pet falcon cut a chandelier to fall on Rollo, but Heath pushes him out of the way in time to take the blow instead. [[spoiler: It doesn't kill him.]]
* In ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'', one of the Duke of Weselton's men cuts the suspension on the chandelier in Elsa's ice palace. Elsa barely avoids it and gets knocked unconscious.
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[[folder:{{Film}} -- Live Action]]
* In ''Film/DieAnotherDay'', Film/JamesBond casually shoots down a chandelier made of ice which lands on TheDragon after a long battle through a melting ice palace in cars, armed with stinger missiles and mounted machine guns. The water turns red almost immediately.
* In Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of ''{{Hamlet}}'', Hamlet (Branagh) drops a chandelier on Claudius (Derek Jacobi) during the final battle, in addition to poisoning and stabbing him. [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill Uh...]] [[RasputinianDeath Yeah]]
-->[[WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh "Oh I have to poison him? That's boring]] '''''[[WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh —EAT CHANDELIER, BITCH!"]]'''''
* ''Film/{{Clue}}'' has an accidentally-dropped chandelier--the maid accidentally shoots the rope holding it up while trying to shoot the lock on a door. One of the three endings drops the other chandelier in the hall in a similar, but even funnier, manner.
* In ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' (1939), the Scarecrow drops one onto the Wicked Witch of the West's Winkie soldiers.
* In ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'', Robin tries to drop a chandelier on the Sheriff's men, cuts the wrong rope, and drops a different chandelier on himself instead.
* In the movie of ''Film/{{Stardust}}'', Tristran goes through several different chandeliers before finding the one that will knock Zombie-Septimus out the window; he then uses the momentum from the cut rope as a way to quickly get up the stairs and knock down the witch Lamia.
* ''Film/TheScorpionKing'' features a dropped chandelier which its target slips through, but then Mathayus uses the rope to dispose of a new opponent, which raises the chandelier again, catching the first guy astride. Ouch.
* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'', Elizabeth is able to escape temporarily from the crew of the ''Pearl'' by taking advantage of a falling chandelier in her father's mansion.
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] and subverted in the Disney film ''Film/AKidInKingArthursCourt''. The title character cuts the rope attached to a chandelier, but it doesn't fall, causing him to comment that "this always works in the movies". How the chandelier isn't falling even though its support is cut is never explained.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheWarOfTheRoses'': Barbara (Kathleen Turner) prepares to drop a chandelier onto her husband, Oliver, but he moves out of the way before she can drop it. [[spoiler:It ends up killing them both when, during a later fight, they both get on top of it and the supporting cables snap. But since they're on ''top'', this may not count.]]
* In ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}'' the heroes clear a path through a host of baby Zillas by shooting down a succession of chandeliers.
* Cruelly parodied in ''Film/MarsAttacks!'', as this is how the First Lady (Creator/GlennClose) dies:
--> '''Marsha''': The Nancy Reagan chandelier! Woooooooh! *crash*
* ''Film/TheInternational''. The museum shootout is brought to an end by dropping a chandelier-like construction that suspends several projection screens on a couple of mooks.
* Non-fatal version in ''Film/DemolitionMan''. Phoenix is hiding behind an information terminal with a very large, cone shaped ceiling light overhead and a glass floor beneath (it was an underground exhibit). Spartan shoots the line holding the fixture up, causing it to land near Phoenix and drop him into the exhibit.
* ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'': when the lead hooker vampire gets the upper hand on George Clooney's character, Seth, and gloats turning him into her personal lap-dog, Seth's response? "No thanks, I already had a wife.", and shoots the rope holding the wooden chandelier, which impales her.
* ''Film/TheFallOfTheHouseOfUsher'' - The curse brought on the House of Usher in the form of tremors for the family's devil worship practices ends up in the death of the main character's sister by a falling chandelier.
* In ''Film/{{Killers}}'', Spencer shoots the rope for an antler decoration, causing it to swing and impale the hitwoman strangling him.
* Done in ''Film/TheThreeMusketeers1993'', with [[BoisterousBruiser Porthos]] riding the chandelier down:
-->''[after dropping a group of the Cardinal's guards with a chandelier]''
-->'''Porthos:''' Did I miss anyone?
-->'''Aramis:''' Congratulations, Porthos. You brought down the house.
-->'''Porthos:''' Oh, drat. I was trying to hit Rochefort.
* As in the book, Dobby drops a chandelier on Bellatrix (or tries to) in ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Part 1''. Being a house-elf, he doesn't mean to ''kill'' Bellatrix, only to maim...or seriously injure.
* In ''Film/WhatAGirlWants'', the chandelier at [[ThemeNaming Peach and Pear's]] coming out party crashes down from the thumping of the rock music and dancing after Daphne livens up the party.
** Made a little funnier when, earlier, Henry tells Daphne not to mention the chandelier within earshot of Peach & Pear's father, as he could tell you the whole story revolving around it. It seems to be a [[PricelessMingVase priceless artifact]].
* [[spoiler:The Phantom]] meets his end in ''Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera1962'' when he pushes Christine out of the way of one during the finale.
* ''Film/TheLegendOfHellHouse'' has three instances of ghostly forces dropping chandeliers on the characters, [[spoiler:and the second one makes its mark]].
* In ''Film/HotFuzz'', the BigBad uses this to make an escape once exposed by Angel and Danny, shooting the chandelier so that, as it falls, it blocks the officers from making a move.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' contains what is probably the most famous example of this trope.
** Gaston Leroux reportedly based this scene on [[TruthInTelevision an actual incident]] where one of the counterweights of the Palais Garnier's chandelier (not the chandelier itself) fell into the auditorium and killed a woman.
** In a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' parody of Broadway, the Phantom loses patience with his fellow Broadway characters, and uses his light fixture collapsing power on them. However since they are in a diner, the results are unimpressive.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Despite the above quote (and the fact that it's parodying ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''), ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'' subverts this--everyone keeps talking about how dangerous the Opera House chandelier is, and the villain plans on dropping it, [[BaitAndSwitch but it never actually falls]].
** In ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'', a chandelier is sent falling onto the Low-King-to-be. Detritus catches it.
** In ''Discworld/ReaperMan'', the extra life force caused by Death's downsizing results in the giant chandelier in Unseen University's Great Hall unscrewing itself. Luckily, it does so one screw at a time, giving the wizards ample warning to get away.
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' has Dobby dropping the Malfoy's chandelier over them and Bellatrix.
** And in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix book 5]], Peeves is trying to drop one at Hogwarts. Professor [=McGonagall=] quietly gives him some advice when he's not getting it:
-->'''[=McGonagall=]:''' It unscrews the other way.
* One gets pulled down intentionally during the ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce'' novels (''Exiles'' by AaronAllston, page 285). Of course, nobody dies, since there are two telekinetics in the room, but it was a good diversion.
* Much of the DeanKoontz novel ''Forever Odd'' takes place in the ruins of the Panamint Resort and Spa, which was severely damaged by an earthquake. Several people were killed in the ballroom when a massive chandelier fell on them during the quake; although this was an accident, it happened because the builders cut corners and suspended the chandelier from a wooden beam rather than a steel beam.
* The second ''Literature/WorldOfTiers'' book ends with the villain accidentally cutting down a giant chandelier and being crushed with it. [[spoiler: She]], however, is still alive and manages to struggle free and attack the protagonists who's trying to help [[spoiler:her]], only to be finished with [[spoiler:her]] own weapon.
* ''[[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Hop-Frog Hop-Frog]]'' by EdgarAllanPoe has an interesting variation. Instead of having the chandelier hanging overhead, it has been lowered to the floor at the beginning of the MasqueradeBall. The doom part comes in when the [[ManipulativeBastard protagonist]] [[spoiler:chains the [[AristocratsAreEvil antagonists]] to the chandelier during a seemingly ZanyScheme, and they are hoisted into the air after being [[KillItWithFire set aflame]].]]
* [[spoiler: Took care of Mrs. Dark quite nicely]] in ''Literature/InfernalDevices''.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' has a funny, non-combat-related version [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcW-IrZe6aI here]].
** This was based on a real-life incident, where a real team of workmen made the same mistake. The episode was written backwards to get there.
* In one episode of ''Series/TheAvengers'', "Death's Door", a potentially world-changing conference is put on hold when a key delegate pulls out, having had a bizarre recurring dream in which a chandelier falls on his head. He interprets this (with good reason) as a warning not to attend the conference, lest he meet his demise in this manner. The heroes inspect it and find nothing wrong, but [[HoistByHisOwnPetard the villain still ends up crushed by it]].
* This is how the VictimOfTheWeek Gustav Hoffer is killed in the ''PushingDaisies'' episode "Robbing Hood".
* In ''TheTwoRonnies'' serial ''The Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old London Town'', the Prime Minister and the leaders of the [[AnachronismStew Commonwealth]] are meeting to discuss the threat of the Phantom. Who drops in uninvited, and blows a raspberry at them that's powerful enough to make the Queen's portrait blush and bring the chandelier down.
* An episode of ''The Dingo Principle'' featured a parody of ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' where someone was killing members of the Liberal Party by dropping chandeliers on them, regardless of where they were at the time.
* ''HarpersIsland'', although it's not the chandelier per se, but a [[http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater/collection/1990.0018.102.html headspade]] concealed in it.
* In the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E9ThePuppetShow The Puppet Show]]", Buffy gets a chandelier dropped on her by Sid the [[DemonicDummy living ventriloquist dummy]], temporarily pinning her down as he attacks.
** In "Surprise" Angel does the modern version by dropping a multiscreen TV on the Judge's head. [[MadeOfIron It doesn't stop him.]]
** Averted in "Smashed". Spike weakens a chandelier while swinging from it to kick Buffy in the face, including a closeup showing how it's been pulled out of the ceiling. By the time it falls however neither of them notice, [[CoitusUninterruptus because they're too busy having passionate sex]] [[WallBangHer up against the wall]].
* In the ''Series/MacGyver'' episode "The Coltons", Jesse Colton takes out a gunman who has taken cover behind a table by shooting out the chandelier above him so that it falls on him.
* In the ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' episode "Lancelot and Guinevere", while he, Arthur and Lancelot are rescuing Guinevere from Hengist, Merlin drops a chandelier on one of Hengist's archers.
* ''{{Supernatural}}''. Dean is facing a ghost who naturally is ImmuneToBullets. He shoots the chain holding up an chandelier instead. Being literally MadeOfIron, the chandelier dissipates the ghost.
** Sam and Dean realise they're in a room with a bunch of pagan gods. They turn to flee and a chandelier crashes to the floor in front of them, warning that trying to leave is a bad idea.
* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'': [[NeverOneMurder The third]] VictimOfTheWeek in "Let Us Prey" is shackled to a bed and then impaled by a falling chandelier.
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[[folder:NewspaperComics]]
* [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2004&addr=040705 It was a monday]] and the screws on the chandelier above ''{{Garfield}}'' needed tightening.
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[[folder:Music]]
* One of Peter Schickele's Music/PDQBach performances was supposedly in a (fictitious) castle in an advanced state of disrepair.
-->"Unfortunately, due to the lack of funds for maintenance, there aren't as many chandeliers now as there used to be." CRASH!
* A scene in the MeatLoaf video "I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)" has a chandelier fall on the cops searching the castle. The Literal Video version has WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad type commentary "CHANDELIER'D!" "Ow! My only scene!"
* In KatyPerry's song ''Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)'' where she tries to figure out WhatDidIDoLastNight, one of the damages she notices is the chandelier on the floor.
-->Trying to connect the dots
-->Don't know what to tell my boss
-->Think the city [[ParkingProblems towed my car]]
-->'''Chandelier is on the floor'''
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[[folder:TabletopGames]]
* In the board game ''13 Dead End Drive'', one of the traps used to kill off the other heirs is a falling chandelier.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}: Blood Money'', setting a bomb on the rope of a chandelier is one of the ways you can make a 'hit' [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident look like an accident]]. Several missions practically invite you to drop chandeliers on people like this. In one mission, you actually got the chance to murder both a father and his son, by two separate chandeliers.
* In ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'', when the mansion is first entered, walking straight ahead (directly under the chandelier) results in it falling. However, the game gives you time to move, and only happens once.
* In ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheEmperorsTomb'', Indy sees below him Nazis discussing on a table, with an enormous chandelier above them. No need to describe what happens (BondOneLiner included).
* In ''James Bond: VideoGame/EverythingOrNothing'', you must drop a whole lighting rig on some bad guys during the second half of "The Kiss Kiss Club" level.
* In the fine {{Sierra}} tradition of EverythingTryingToKillYou, LauraBow in ''TheColonelsBequest'' can be killed by a falling chandelier if she steps on the wrong part of the hallway.
* ''VideoGame/{{Braid}}'' requires the player to [[spoiler:kill the game's Bosses]] by creatively manipulating such chandeliers. And drop a single chandelier on a boss several times.
** [[spoiler:The last level in the game features a broken chandelier that rises up and repairs itself due to the level working in reverse. Once you view the level in regular time, it turns out [[FridgeHorror the Princess tried to drop the chandelier on you to stop you from chasing her]]. In the game's secret ending, you can actually use the rising chandelier to get to the Princess, [[EarnYourBadEnding only to have her explode like an Atomic Bomb]].]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFight'''s last stage featured falling chandeliers. Which contained.. Turkeys, radios and two by fours..?
* In ''HouseOfTheDead: Overkill'' you can create one on a bunch of mutants as they break into Papa's house of Pain.
* ''VideoGame/YouHaveToBurnTheRope''. Doing that will means a OneHitKill on the boss.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'': Appears multiple times as an obstacle in richly-adorned environments. [[StalactiteSpite Tries to fall on you if you walk past them]].
** In ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaTheAdventureRebirth'' some of the chandeliers can be used to kill enemies.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' inverts it with the first fight against Bowser: You fight him ''on the chandeliers''. You win by severing the chain on his.
** In the following cutscene, Bowser cuts down Mario's chandelier, and they fall together long enough for Bowser to rant at you before Mario shows off his [[GoombaStomp incredible jumping skills]] yet again.
* In ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', opening a particular treasure chest in the Boo's Mansion will cause a chandelier to fall down on Mario, [[BaitAndSwitch but stop just before crushing him]]. The opened chest resets itself upon leaving the room, allowing the player to revisit the near-death experience at their leisure.
* These randomly appear in ''VideoGame/SweetHome'' as a hazard of walking through certain halls/rooms.
* In ResidentEvil:TheUmbrellaChronicles Wesker while escaping the Arkay mansion before it explodes is being stalked by the invincible Lisa Trevor. As he makes it to the front door she attacks him starting a boss fight which is unwinnable resulting in Wesker having to shoot down the chandelier pinning her under it, escaping seconds before the mansion explodes.
* ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'', particularly the manor house in ''Frontline''.
* The third ''VideoGame/NancyDrew'' game is actually won by dropping a chandelier on the villain. If you drop it at any other time than when he's directly below it, you get a NonstandardGameOver.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Magicka}}'', the first boss, Behold the Watcher can be instakilled by burning the rope of the chandelier above him.
* In ''ProfessorLaytonAndTheDiabolicalBox'', the falling chandelier doesn't kill anyone, but it does lead to the rickety old mansion [[CollapsingLair collapsing.]]
* During the course of ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', the player encounters one of these in the Ocean House Hotel quest, though it can be pretty easily avoided. And when compared to the ''elevator''...
--> [[LetsPlay/MarikPlaysBloodlines Why is that doing that?]] I do not like when that does that! Okay, I'm choosing to believe that this whole house is like that house from Beauty and the Beast and all furniture is going to start singing at me. Here, watch this - ''Be our guest, be our guest'' - (CRASH) - Oh my god, Lumiere tried to kill me!
* ''VideoGame/{{Splatterhouse}}'' had this happen at the end of one BossBattle, with said chandelier [[OneHitKill killing you instantly]] if you're under it when it drops.
* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' Batman can drop a chandelier at one point, although there it's a means to smash the glass floor of the room and save two hostages from [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker Joker]].
* ''VideoGame/MickeyMousecapade'' has these in the Fun House. They can take out enemies as well as you.
* In ''[[VideoGame/AnotherWorld Out of This World]]'', you have drop a chandelier on a guard at one point, and shoot down another chandelier to allow Buddy to proceed forward.
* In ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion'', you do this by playing the recording of the Tentacle's high-pitched screech, to obtain the Rusty Key.
* In the Arbiter's Grounds stage of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', you can drop a chandelier on ''yourself'' at one stage, if you're not careful. Later, you must ''actually'' drop a chandelier on yourself ([[ByWallThatIsHoley standing in a gap in the middle]] so as not to be reduced to a 2-dimensional object) in order to progress.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'': Yukiko's Shadow can attack with this.
* In one stage of ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'', you have to drop a chandelier on Emma, the bossy red-haired lady who lives next door to Lynne, so that she gets stuck and can't stop her daughter Amelia from calling her father. If you mistime the drop, Emma does a rather impressive dodge move.
* In ''VideoGame/SyphonFilter'', you have to drop an ''[[MadeOfExplodium exploding]]'' chandelier on a pair of guards in Rhoemer's stronghold.
* During the first visit to Beast's Castle in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', both the Shadow Stalker and Dark Thorn Heartless use the chandelier in the ballroom as a part of their attacks. Sora too can use it during the Dark Thorn fight in order to make him visible. Unlike most other chandeliers associated with this trope, this one has an extendable chain and returns to the ceiling once the attack is complete.
* In ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryI'', the hero neutralizes three brigands with a single falling chandelier.
* In ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance'', Nightcrawler's spectacular escape involve [[TeleportSpam teleporting]] and cutting several chandeliers on [[MechaMooks Doombots]].
* In ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'''s Cathedral, you can drop these on your enemies. The chandeliers project a shadow on the ground and are supported by a nearby chain. You even get an achievement if your characters kill [[NumberOfTheBeast 666]] enemies with these.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Batman|Sunsoft}}'' for the SegaGenesis, the chandeliers in Flugelheim Museum serve as SmashingHallwayTrapsOfDoom.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' has grenade cluster traps that drop from the ceiling when activated by a tripwire or pressure plate. In [[LotusEaterMachine Tranquility Lane]], one of the options when assassinating Mabel Henderson is to loosen the chandelier chain so it falls on her.
* In ''Dead Connection'', the first stage has a chandelier at the top of the screen that inevitably falls.
* One of the traps found in ''VideoGame/BeTrapped''. In rooms without a chandelier (and even in rooms with one), it can be a flower pot, broken glass, a Mills bomb, dynamite, or even an anchor. Yes, an ''anchor''.
* In ''VideoGame/RuneFactory4'', one room in Obsidian Mansion has a chandelier that falls when you pass under it, damaging you.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'' episode "The Treacherous Movie Lot Plot", the Bully Brothers cut the chandelier rope with a saw, hoping to drop it on Penelope.
* The climax of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Homer of Seville" takes place in an opera house with, as they say in France, ''freaking huuuuuuuge'' chandeliers and an assassin on the loose. To lessen the possibility for danger, the police decide to "pre-crash" them. However, they miss one and the assassin ''does'' get slightly smashed ultimately.
* Not quite a chandelier, but in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Butters ends up accidentally killing about 16 people by kicking down a fixture of stage lights.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'''s brothers try to drop the chandelier on the escaping villain, only to have the wrong chandelier drop on the stolen WaveMotionGun. They get it right the second time.
* The castle in ''WesternAnimation/CountDuckula'' come equipped with one. Too bad Igor relies on Nanny to trigger it.
* Happens to Mr. Botsford in the ''WordGirl'' episode where Nocan the Contrarian makes his first appearance.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** The Penguin traps chains an rich businessman who insulted him at the impact point of a big chandelier, and his wife who {{Prank Date}}d him to the chandelier itself... [[ILied after cashing in the wife's ransom]].
** A chandelier falls on a {{mook}} in [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries The New Batman Adventures]] in the episode "Joker's Millions".
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAndMisterFreezeSubZero'': Mr. Freeze uses his... uh, FreezeRay on a chandelier to cover his escape.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': Batwoman tries to use one to stop the Riddler in "The Criss-Cross Conspiracy!". She misses.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' has a variant with a giant disco ball. [[spoiler:Except that the ball drops too late and crushes Rusty Venture.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'': In "Pawn of Shadows", Angel Dynamite traps the Obliteratix beneath a falling chandelier.
* [[{{InvokedTrope}} Invoked]] in the AmericanDad episode "Family Affair" by Steve, who pulls it down in anger. Stan chides him as it was his grandmother's.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* At the Theatre-Lyrique in Paris (an opera house), some portions of the glass chandelier fell on the audience, but no one was killed. (Novello, 'The Musical World'). Then in October 1888, according to 'The Times', one of the chandeliers fell and did kill a man.
* [[http://www.musicandhistory.com/pdf/m/february.pdf On February 2, 1795]], Music/JosephHaydn was conducting the premiere of his newest symphony at the King's Theatre, London. At one point, several patrons left their seats to get a better view of Haydn. Not long thereafter, a chandelier crashed to the floor ''where they had just been sitting''. Very cinematic! There were no injuries, earning the piece the nickname "The Miracle Symphony."
* Norwegian author Jens Bjørneboe is supposed to have tried to kill his parents this way when he was 8 years old.
* In the former Soviet Union factories were assessed on how much material they used, which led to elaborate overweight chandeliers constantly on the verge of crashing onto everyone's heads.
* There's an [[UrbanLegends urban legend]] about a visitor to the Soviet Union who became paranoid that his room was being bugged. Looking under his bed he found a suspicious-looking metal box fixed to the floor so he unscrewed it, but didn't find a microphone. The next morning when he went down to the lobby he was told that a chandelier had fallen from the ballroom ceiling the previous night (just how much damage it caused depends on the version), and he realized to his horror that the box he dismantled had been the chandelier support.

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