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->'''Obi-Wan Kenobi:''' It's over, Anakin! I have the high ground!\\
'''Darth Vader:''' You underestimate my power!\\
'''Obi-Wan:''' Don't try it!\\
[''Vader jumps and Obi-Wan slices off his arm and both legs in one circular swing'']
-->-- ''Franchise/StarWars Episode III: Film/RevengeOfTheSith''

Supernatural, magical, or just plain awesome beings know there's no better place to be effortlessly standing on than tall and usually thin objects, be they pine trees, lampposts or the nearest available tall building. This is flying for people who cannot fly. Or even the ones who can.

Less about true strategy and more about [[RuleOfCool looking cool]]. Expect DramaticWind (actually, wind speed increases with altitude, so wind that seems dramatic to those on the ground [[JustifiedTrope is ''normal'' at high altitude]]). In anime and manga this has become a choice dramatic entrance for villains, introduced via a panning away of the camera from a completely every day scene, or the aftermath of a dramatic event, to reveal that said villain was watching all along, and provide a nice segue for the next part.

It also serves as a hint that the character doing it has some kind of supernatural or superhuman skills, given the obvious difficulty to climb up casually to the tall place without them.

This seems to have originated from training techniques that involved standing on bamboo; see, for example, the ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon'' and ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' examples. This is common in WireFu movies.

When [[JustForFun/BackstrokeOfTheWest the geography that you stands compares you superior]], you are playing with GeoEffects. See also SittingOnTheRoof.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* All gímik anime feature this at least once. In ''Anime/KiddyGrade'' there was Armbrust and his habit of smoking atop skyscrapers; ''Anime/UtaKata'' has Saya standing on clock towers, in trees, and on magic flying scythes; the closing sequence of ''Gigantic Formula'' features Mana standing on a spire; in ''Anime/KiddyGirlAnd'' it is Shade spending a week hanging around on a tower spying on dreams.
* In the original ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' {{OAV}}s, Belldandy watched Keiichi go to work while improbably on top of a thin willowy tree. (However, Belldandy gets a pass because she's both literally and figuratively a Goddess and she can ''fly''.)
** Belldandy and Urd do this a couple of times in the ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' manga too.
* Obi of ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'' prefers to enter fights from the trees or buildings above his opponents. In this case part of the reason for his approach is because he'd prefer not to be seen straight away since he's usually on his own fighting multiple opponents. In at least one case he used his altitude and position in a tree above them to try and intimidate a couple of thieves into giving up since he saw they were just kids once he'd caught up.
%%* And the ''Anime/BakuenCampusGuardress''.
* In the ''Manga/BattleRoyale'' manga, Kiriyama takes this to the extreme, standing on ''the edge of a splinter'' sticking up from a broken wooden pole. To make it more ludicrous, he stands as if he were standing on solid ground, both feet spread wide apart..despite under a square millimeter of one foot (if that) actually having support.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** First shot of Rukia has her standing on top of a powerline pole. When the other two [[TheGrimReaper Shinigami]] first appear, they too are standing on lampposts. A preference for high places is even listed on Rukia's character sheet.
*** Rukia's [[EmpathicWeapon zanpakutou, Sode no Shirayuki,]] does the same when she appears in the real world, standing on top of the tower of a nearby bridge when facing Ichigo at the beginning of the recent filler arc.
** Vice-Captain Tetsuzaimon Iba seems to have an affinity for the high ground whenever he battles Ikkaku over who has to buy the next round of sake.
* Happens occasionally in ''Manga/BusouRenkin''. At one point, Papillon and and Moonface have a conversation while standing on electric posts.
* Chii from ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'' does it too, with some impressive DramaticWind.
* The holy city guards that fight Claire in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' don't remark how incredible she is until she leaps onto a steeple.
* Lelouch is seen in the first OP of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' doing this. Given his utter lack of physical skills and his flair for the dramatic, what we didn't see was the 15 minutes he spent using his MindControlEyes on an army of people to get him up there.
* Light of ''Manga/DeathNote'' visualizes himself and L doing this as imagery of their struggle against one another, using incredibly thin skyscrapers.
* ''LightNovel/{{Dokkoida}}'' villain Edelweiss attempted this in her first appearance, but a combination of her frilly dress and high winds caused it to [[PantyShot backfire]].
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** Ling is shown in a number of scenes looking from a higher elevation on a city below, alluding to his grand ambitions. [[spoiler:After Greed possess him, he also gets into the habit]].
** King Bradley also gets a brief shot standing atop Central Command in the first opening of Brotherhood, with a dramatic zoom-in to boot.
** In addition, [[SociopathicSoldier Kimblee]] does this in Ishval, standing on a high wall while blowing up Scar's entire village. Later, Scar {{lampshade|Hanging}}s the role reversal as he stands on top of a building before escaping from Kimblee.
* Polylina in ''VideoGame/GalaxyFrauleinYuna''. May be a spoof of Tuxedo Kamen, since she wears a mask and holds a rose, and seems to be the main character's crush.
* Volfogg from ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'' is a {{transforming|Mecha}} {{ninja}} [[HumongousMecha giant robot]] who does this. And can become invisible (visually, and to most sensors), too.
* Raitei and the [[FourIsDeath Four Kings]] in ''Manga/GetBackers'' are often portrayed sitting or standing on large columns of rubble. Two in particular seem to enjoy it: when Ban and Shido get into a fight on a sloped rooftop, Kazuki makes sure to be standing higher along when he steps in, and honestly? Sitting on a(nother) rooftop and making cryptic remarks is really about all Masaki does until the final arc of the manga.
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''. Togusa has a conversation with Major Kusanagi on the roof of a skyscraper. The Major is standing on the wrong side of the safety rail at the very edge of the building, at one point casually turning to face Togusa and crossing her feet, as if to show off her NervesOfSteel and the perfect balance enabled by her cyborg body.
** The first ''Anime/GhostInTheShell'' movie opens with Kusanagi standing on top of a skyscraper while eavesdropping on the Net. Similar scenes in the various anime spin-offs are shown as a CallBack.
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'':
** Spoofed many times, though one memorable case is where an elderly lady appears on a rooftop to scold the people fighting below. Later, a character complains about how difficult it was to get her on top of the roof.
** One of the few times it's used purely for dramatic effect is during TheMovie, when [[spoiler: Gintoki returns to the past to eliminate himself to save the future.]]
* For a franchise about HumongousMecha, ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' has a few examples of this...
** Master Asia of ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'' clearly one-upped almost everyone at this trope when he once performed it by standing on the tip of ''his own martial arts belt twisted into a pole shape'' while balancing on top of the wreckage of the HumongousMecha that he'd just defeated with nothing but said cloth and ''his bare hands''. He also tended to do it in the traditional manner, and at times even did so ''while in his Gundam'', despite the fact that its weight ''should'' have caused the collapse of what he was balancing on.
*** ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'' being a SuperRobot series that runs on RuleOfCool, elite Gundam Fighters like Master Asia can simply tell the laws of physics to shut up and sit down.
*** The first opening also shows the FiveManBand's Gundams standing on the satellites that make up the [[EarthIsABattlefield giant ringposts around the planet]] (though only TheHero's Shining Gundam is obvious, because naturally he's front and center).
** Norris Packard did this with his Gouf Custom on top of an already bombed out Vietnamese office block in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam'', to scare the protagonists and give him a psychological edge.
** In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'' season 2, [[strike:Graham]] [[CharClone Mister Bushido]] tops the aforementioned two, at least in altitude, by posing his Masurao on top of an ''asteroid''.
** Yoshiyuki Tomino also does this in ''Manga/GundamSousei''.
* Cyberdoll Sara leaps up onto a powerpole in ''Anime/HandMaidMay'', to aid her search of the city for May. Kotaro Nanbara, being mortal and far less cool, is forced to scramble up with normal climbing.
* Kuroh Yatogami in ''Anime/{{K}}'' is fond of this. He does it twice in the first two episodes. He doesn't seem to realize it's not quite normal in modern Tokyo, though...
* ''Manga/KaitouSaintTail'' does it at least OncePerEpisode, either when she reveals her presence or once she's secured the stolen goods.
* Jeanne of ''Manga/KamikazeKaitouJeanne'' almost always begins her transformation sequence by jumping off a building, tower, etc. She enjoys attacking her adversaries this way as well.
* Used in a couple of Angel battles in ''Anime/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer''.
* Anju and Ren both do this in ''Manga/{{Karin}}''. Both are able to fly by various means but seem limited by the vampire creed to the RuleOfCool.
* Meta Knight was quite fond of this pose in ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'', although this is rather understandable given his short stature.
* Inumari does it on his first appearance in ''Manga/TheLawOfUeki''.
* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', Fate is standing on a telephone pole firing magic when Nanoha first sees her. Justified insofar as Fate has true flight.
** Later, Hegemon Ingvalt of ''[=ViVid=]'' makes her first appearance standing on a street light as she challenges Nove to a fight.
** It's practically a RunningGag in ''Nanoha'' for every DarkMagicalGirl (the ones who can fly, anyways) to do this at least once.
* Evangeline of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' does this when trying to look scary. It usually works.
* Used constantly by Nagi in ''Anime/MaiHime'', with LampshadeHanging. Nagi (who is ''fond'' of having the high ground, to say the least) appears on top of Fuuka Gakuen's clock tower in a very cool and dramatic manner and starts delivering an important message to the main characters, and Midori tells him to step down because standing that high is dangerous. Nagi also ''falls'' from his high ground a time or two.
* Elfriede in ''[[Anime/TsukuyomiMoonPhase Moon Phase]]'' stands atop a cross on the roof of a church, with wind, and reflective glasses in the moonlight.
* Lampshaded in ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid''. Sarutobi is playing the role of a wise old sage, so Nagasumi wonders why he's standing on a telephone pole.
* Occurs constantly in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', related to the ninja's ability to channel [[KiAttacks chakra]] into their feet. Also used in the WalkOnWater combination with logs that balanced on the surface of a lake in a pivotal point during the climactic Naruto vs. Sasuke battle.
** Sasuke's first warning that his charming big bro Itachi has gone Ax Crazy is catching a glimpse of him doing this in blacked-out silhouette on a telephone pole, against a rising red moon, with only his crazy eyes visible. Shortly afterwards, Sasuke stumbles on the first of many, many bodies...
* Occurs in ''Anime/{{Nisemonogatari}}'': Yozuru Kagenui is constantly standing atop some object or another. This includes sculptures, mailboxes, and even her humanoid familiar when nothing else is available. In fact, she refuses to stand on the ground at all. We eventually learn that the reason for this is because [[spoiler: she and her colleague are subject to a curse, though the details are not explained]]. This devotion to keeping the high ground is made all the more impressive when you consider she's doing it in heels.
* Happens everytime when a new major character, mostly antagonists, appears in ''Webcomic/{{Noblesse}}''.
* All of the cloaked Dragon Knights from ''Anime/{{Noein}}'' do this, it's an aspect of their otherworldliness.
* "Twilight Suzuka" in ''Manga/OutlawStar'' does this several times, usually as she's about to enter battle.
* James from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' pulls this stunt when [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext he think's he's a Moltres]]. (DontAsk.)
* The villains from the various ''Anime/PrettyCure'' series do this often. In an [[AntiHero anti-heroic]] example, [[Anime/SuitePrettyCure Cure Muse]] is also introduced this way.
* Reiri the vampire girl is doing this on the steeple of a church in the opening of ''Manga/PrincessResurrection''.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Ranma and his father trained by sparring atop bamboo poles... and were CursedWithAwesome by falling off into the Cursed Springs of Jusenkyō. Ranma also frequently runs along fence railings. And Kodachi Kunō does this as part of her MartialArtsAndCrafts.
* Tuxedo Kamen from ''Manga/SailorMoon'' was a master of this. That was all he ever did. Haruka and Michiru were fond of standing on high pillars as well, and the ''Sailor Moon S'' opening credits put ''all'' the senshi up there.
** The ''Stars'' anime actually parodies this: when Uranus and Neptune try the high ground trick by standing on the dining table in Usagi's house, Aluminium Siren actually remarks on how rude they are for doing so with shoes on, making them blush in embarrassment.
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', all the characters (but particularly Judas) spend time standing around on cliffs, trees, and other tall objects to add a sense of the dramatic. Zeus doesn't always have to even stand on anything when he can just float above everybody when he likes.
* Parvati in ''Manga/SazanEyes'' tend to do this a lot, usually helped by the flying familiar Fei E (Flying Maws) she can summon.
* The heroine of ''Anime/ShamanicPrincess'' and her [[TheRival rival]] can actually generate their own tall, thin objects to stand on whenever required. It's a handy backup for situations when a nice moon-silhouetted church steeple isn't available.
* Various characters do this in ''Manga/SilentMobius'', including both Cheyenne sisters, Katsumi Liqueur, and Ganossa Maximillian.
* Amelia is introduced in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' doing this as she confronts a bandit. She explains to Gourry later that as an "ally of justice", she is expected to make this sort of entrance. The problem is that she's still working on the dismount; every time she does a dramatic jump down to begin the battle, she crashes. One of the ''Slayers'' movies takes this even further, with two characters climbing stone precipices to hurl verbal abuse at each other (at a distance of less than fifty feet).
** At the beginning of the third season (Try), the joke had run its course and fallen into disuse. So they brought it back and flipped it. Amelia jumps from a ridiculously tall tower and scares everybody, but this time she casts the levitate spell right before landing. The kicker? She risked her life and limb just to heal a small bump on an old woman's head.
* Franchise/{{Sonic|TheHedgehog}} does this a few times in ''Anime/SonicX''. There are also variations involving the nosecones of high-speed jets, and trees. He spends a lot of time very high up: balcony ''railings'', trees and roofs are common sleeping places, tall poles and skyscrapers are vantage points, jets are a good place to dive in on the action and he also has a thing for ''mountains''/
* Spoofed in ''Manga/SoulEater'' where Black*Star often does this; in one case he was so high up nobody could hear him, and the thing he was standing on broke.
* Lunatic from ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' has a habit of mixing this trope with DramaticEntrance.
* Not supernatural, but Sumire Kanou is overly fond of this in '' LightNovel/{{Toradora}}.'' In fact, in a flashback in episode 16, where she's standing on a roof speaking to Kitamura, there's a ladder present, implying she made a point of climbing up before even speaking.
* Ciel from ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'', above. Lampshaded and mocked frequently in the {{Oddly Named Sequel|2ElectricBoogaloo}}.
** Arcueid in the MassiveMultiplayerCrossover ''VideoGame/BattleMoonWars'' was immensely fond of this, at one point revealing that she hadn't shown herself until then because there wasn't a cool lamppost that she could stand upon when making her entrance.
** And in both ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' and ''LightNovel/FateZero'', [[ItsAllAboutMe Gilgamesh]] makes his formal appearance in the war like this (the former on a wall, the latter on a lamppost), because even standing on the same ground as lesser heroes is an insult to him.
** Assassin in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' uses the stairs on Ryuudou Temple to give himself an advantage against other Servants attempting to enter.
* Parodied in ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' with Tobimaro Mizunokuji. This HotBlooded youth will often try to make a dramatic entrance from a high place, except to usually have some kind of misshap happening, like him pathetically falling from his perch, or having the ladder he used to reach the high spot in the first place being removed and him staying stuck. Yet, despite all this, he doesn't learn and keeps doing it (because he's a moron).
* The first time Himiko Se catches a glimpse of Miyu and Larva in ''Manga/VampirePrincessMiyu'', they're sitting (Miyu) or standing up (Larva) on top of a ''torii'' gate.
* Lucia from ''Manga/VenusVersusVirus'' does this quite often.
* A recurring trope in ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' in which almost every character gets to pose dramatically in an absurdly high place at one time or another. (Sorata even comments on this when he first meets Yuuto standing on the top of a rather tall tree.) They always seem to prefer leaping from telephone pole to telephone pole at perilously high speeds rather than take the public transportation, and they're also often seen [[RoofHopping leaping from building roof to building roof]], among other tall things; it's implied that this is a power that all of the Dragons share.
* ''Manga/YokohamaKaidashiKikou'' combines this with Walking on Water. Achieved not for coolness but for a sense of serene surrealism (check out the main article on ''YKK'' for a picture)
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'':
** In the first episode of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', Flame Wingman does this after the Skyscraper card is activated, glaring down at Ancient Gear Golem from one of the taller 'scrapers, despite being quite visibly capable of flight. It does [[RuleOfCool look cool]], though. The same happens later in the series, just before Jaden defeats another student who had stolen Yugi's deck and was imitating him.
** Also done in the [[Manga/YuGiOhGX manga]] of the same series, this time with young Jaden's Flame Wingman attacking one of Kyou Hibiki's Elemental Heroes.
* Likewise various characters from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. At one point, Kurama is seen standing on ''the railing of a balcony'' in the manga. Why he just didn't stand on the balcony is a mystery; the anime corrected this, if memory serves.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Recent incarnations of ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' have also got him doing doing this, which isn't too much of a stretch, due to his adhesive abilities and equilibrium. (His more usual trick is to hang from ''beneath'' a lamppost arch or flagpole.)
* Used to the point where it is considered an explicit sign of otherworldly skills or powers in the now-physically published {{webcomic}} ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}''. Many characters are observed walking on phone lines or on poles. It is even used by Miho (a possible DarkMagicalGirl, and definitely one of the comic's most powerful beings) to convince Yuki that she is a MagicalGirl by making her follow her up onto a power line without realizing it. Largo can also do it, but for ''Megatokyo'', being good at games also counts as [[{{Cyberspace}} otherworldly]] skills.
* The [[http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i212/Kerrah_photos/BatmanTDKR0_000_Introduction.jpg 10th Anniversary Edition cover]] for ''Comicbook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns''.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* A "manga-tized" Dee Dee from ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' performs on top of a fence pole in this [[http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l35/avatar_portal/mag/47_48.jpg comic]] done by artist Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons.
* Seen in ''FanFic/DungeonKeeperAmi'' on a number of occasions. Once, Ami battled a horned reaper on top of a temple to the light. In another instance she appeared in a monestary to rescue one of her minions. This was accompanied by dramatic wind despite being indoors (due to her flooding the room with fog). She was even observing the altercation the whole time, via scrying (she isn't a villain, but [[RunningGag don't tell the other heroes that]]). So this trope fits to a T.
* The ''Anime/SailorMoon'' fanfic ''Tacky Yellow No-Name'' has [[spoiler:Kunzite]] try to become a good guy, and once it's clear that he can't be a Sailor Scout, he decides to try out for Tuxedo Kamen's role. Thus ensues a battle between the two, where each leaps onto higher and more improbable locations, spouting words of wisdom as they go. It quickly devolves into stuff like "Never run with scissors!" - and ends in pain when [[spoiler:Kunzite impales his foot on a weathervane]].
* A lot of [[EvilSorcerer Wolfang]]'s appearances in ''Fanfic/KingdomHeartsNewEpicTheFirst'' have him on the high ground, such as perched on a tree, or standing on a table.
* ''WebVideo/YuyuHakushoAbridged'' takes Hiei's tendency to perch on tree tops, and Kurabawa's strength building exercise of punching down trees to it's logical conclusion. The two then bicker over who's behavior was more ridiculous (and thus was at fault).
* ''WebVideo/CodeMENT'' makes fun of this trope more than once.
-->'''Cornelia:''' This One character seems to be our most dangerous threat.\\
'''[[CrazyAwesome Lelouch:]]''' [[GilliganCut HOW DID I GET UP HERE?!]]

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Twice in ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'': first Cloud stands on a building ledge as Kadaj hangs by his fingertips, then Sephiroth poses at the top of the same building when he appears a couple minutes later.
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''. The short Master Shifu makes sure to leap onto a suitably high rock when declaring "THEN I AM YOUR MASTER!", upon finally taking on the responsibility he'd been shirking to train Po.
* The first ''Anime/GhostInTheShell'' movie opens with Kusanagi standing on top of a skyscraper while eavesdropping on the Net. Similar scenes in the various anime spin-offs are shown as a CallBack.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The fight along the tops of the bamboo grove in ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon''.
* The ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon'' scene is spoofed in a second ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' movie.
* In ''Film/IronMonkey'', the entire epic final battle occurs on top of poles, because [[spoiler:the ground below is covered in burning oil.]]
* Daniel [=LaRusso=] in ''Film/TheKarateKid'' practiced his FinishingMove on wooden posts.
* The angels in ''Film/TheProphecy'' have a fondness for standing on the backs of chairs, railings... anything that looks cool.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Although ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' uses this line verbatim during the duel between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, it's only a mild example as Obi-Wan claims a realistic hilltop as his vantage point rather than a towering spire, for ostensibly [[GeoEffects strategic reasons]]. However, it does also symbolize his moral high ground and happens to give him an especially heroic appearance during the climax of the battle. Hilariously, ''Film/RogueOne'' shows that after his defeat, Anakin builds his personal castle on an elevated cliff on that same planet. Who has the high ground now?
** In ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', it's subverted. Even though Darth Maul has the higher ground, Obi-Wan wins by leaping over Maul and using the Force to get Qui-Gon Jinn's lightsaber. It's probable that Obi-Wan realized one's vulnerability to such leaps and thought up a counterattack to his own trick when his battle with Anakin came. Also, Maul's double-bladed saber, [[AwesomeButImpractical awesome as it looked]], would tend to be more difficult for him to swing up over his head without accidentally lopping off one of his own limbs, whereas Obi-Wan's single blade was much more maneuverable in both duels. ExpandedUniverse actually ties the two together, as Anakin was shown to b fascinated by the duel and pester Obi-Wan nonstop about details, as well as fighting a simulation of Maul in the temple, meaning Obi-Wan also likely knew exactly what Anakin intended to do the moment he went to do it.
** In ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', Luke has the high ground on Darth Vader. Rather than jump up again, Vader elects to simply {{throw|ingYourSwordAlwaysWorks}} his lightsaber at the supports bringing the platform and Luke back to his level.
* Prior to the fight in ''Film/TheRock'', the antagonist exclaims 'Your unit is covered from an elevated position, Commander. I'm not gonna ask you again. Don't do anything stupid.' It would mean a lot more if both sides weren't armed with guns, making it a good example of this trope. While much closer to GeoEffects, this definitely fulfilled the purpose of the trope as Ed Harris's team of Marines definitely look imposing. And they also have a lot of cover and a much clearer line of fire on the [=SEALs=] (the [=SEALs=] really did have no cover at all).
* {{Invoked|Trope}} but subverted in ''Film/IronMan2'', where Rhodey suggests one of them with the big guns gets to the high ground while another one distracts the drones. Unfortunately, their arguing over whose guns are bigger distracts them long enough for the HAMMER Drones to arrive and trap them in the "kill box". They win anyway.
* At least once a film in ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' Batman observes the city like this. Combines with CueTheSun across the films: ''Film/BatmanBegins'' is at night, ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' is at dawn, and ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' is in morning twilight.
* ''Film/TheLoneRanger'': [[CoolHorse Silver]] [[RunningGag likes]] [[OffscreenTeleportation high places.]]
* In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', when Captain America throws his shield at Thor and Iron Man to get them to stop fighting and catch their attention, he does so from the top of a tree trunk.

* "Literature/ClockpunkAndTheVitalizer" features The Vitalizer floating several stories above ground level when we first see him. Given Clockpunk's inability to do anything about it, all it really does is serve as a way for him to further taunt her.
* In Creator/LarryNiven's short story "Literature/ThePatchworkGirl", a Moon native leaps onto a spire of rock. Gil Hamilton, an Earth man, calls it "Graceful as all hell."

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/DarkAngel'', Max frequently sits on top of the Seattle Space Needle, especially when she is brooding. Other characters, such as Ben and Logan, occasionally go up there as well.
* ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' first meets Angel by doing a handstand atop a streetlight, and then swinging down to ambush her stalker (slayers have superhuman strength and gymnastic skills).
* The MysteriousWatcher "[[FanNickname Superhoodie]]" in ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' is fond of surveying things dramatically from rooftops.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': Prior to losing the Green Ranger powers the first time, [[SixthRanger Tommy]] was fond of this, appearing atop a skyscraper to play the Dragon Dagger.
* Based on the dialog between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker atop of this page, this trope was tested on ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' to determine if Obi-Wan really did have an advantage. [[spoiler:Busted. Out of 50 "first hit wins" matches, the combatant on the higher ground won 26 times -- just barely above half.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' games, one of Sly's many moves is the "Ninja Spire Jump", which allows him to stand atop tall, narrow objects. In ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'', Sly does battle with General Tsao, a crime boss who fancies himself a Chinese warlord, in a BossBattle atop a bamboo grove, obviously inspired by ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon''.
* The [[http://www.theisozone.com/images/cover/ps2-1339985671.jpg cover]] of ''KingdomHearts 2 Final Mix+'' shows all the major characters either sitting or standing on poles (or in the case of Goofy, clinging to one).
* Altair of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'' can climb most buildings, and on some of them, he can perch on a ledge to spot what is happening on the streets (thus revealing side missions). And then do an improbable somersault all the way to the ground into strategically placed hay carts. In the [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII second game]], you can then jump onto a guard (or two!) and stab them through the neck with your hidden blade(s). This is common in the entire ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' series; the "Leap of Faith" is a signature move of the Assassins.
* Ryu Hayabusa of ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' fame likes doing this in the cutscenes of the Xbox remake series.
* The BigBad of ''VideoGame/MetalWolfChaos'', Richard Hawk, does this on a ''helicopter'' in a ''HumongousMecha'' at one point.
* The {{Ninja}} from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' do this a lot, in particular Sasuke who can often be found standing one-legged on the top of a tree, pole, or on the roof.
* Waka in ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' does this all the time. ''[[http://www.emploom.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Okami-waka.jpg Those shoes...]]''
* [[spoiler:Raiden]]'s entrance in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots''
* VideoGame/AgeOfEmpires gives attack bonuses to ranged united who fire from a hill on an enemy at a lower level and to units firing from up a cliff.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', where it's easier to hit in melee if your opponent is higher than you are (your attacks come from nearer the top of your hitbox with a spherical range). Played straight in ranged combat, as it's easier to hit a target with an arrow or potion from far above than far below.
* VideoGame/{{NiGHTS into Dreams}}: The most famous pose from the titular protagonist is to stand on the top of a clock tower by one feet,playing a invisible flute.
* [[spoiler:Wesker]] in the extension of the good ending of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilTheDarksideChronicles''.
* In ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' Neo does the building standing variety before doing a GroundShatteringLanding to rescue Morpheus and Trinity during 'The Captains' rescue missions.
* The opening movie of the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' expansion ''Heavensward'' has various Dragoons doing this as they battle dragons, perching on top of spires before or after attacking.
* In ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'', units will gain additional Aim when they are against enemies at lower elevation or while they are flying. Sniper class has the "Damn Good Ground" ability which further improves their Aim as well as granting them additional Defense.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/TheUndertaker has done this on numerous occasions. Easily the coolest was during the first Undertaker/Kane feud in which {{Wrestling/Kane}}, [=Undertaker=]'s "[[UnrelatedBrothers brother]]", is starting to menace [[Characters/WWEDivas female wrestler]] {{Wrestling/Sable}}. The Undertaker appears on top of the Titantron, proceeds to cut a promo on Kane for their upcoming Wrestling/WrestleMania XIV match, and ends it by summoning a bolt of lightning, which summons a standing casket with an effigy of Kane within it that then bursts into flames.
* Similarly, Wrestling/{{Sting}}, who started doing mind games similar to The Undertaker during his "Crow" phase, could often be found looking down on the rest of Wrestling/{{WCW}} from the rafters.
* The "high flyer" style incorporates wrestlers perching on the top rope before jumping off onto their opponent. While the UrExample, at least outside of Mexico, is most likely Edouard Carpentier, the TropeCodifier is definitely [[Wrestling/JimmySnuka Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka]]. Wrestlers that fit this include Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, Wrestling/JeffHardy, Wrestling/TooColdScorpio, Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr, Wrestling/EvanBourne, Wrestling/AJStyles, Wrestling/JohnMorrison, Wrestling/LowKi, and Wrestling/RobVanDam.
* The more extreme form involves jumping from the top of a steel cage or ladder in the appropriate [[GimmickMatches gimmick match]]. Wrestling/RingOfHonor's scramble cage has platforms designed specifically for this.
* Wrestling/{{CMLL}} has at least two tournaments specifically for high flyers, Reyes del Aire for men of multiple weight classes and Pequeños Reyes del Aire, which is usually limited to those 1.52 meters or shorter, sometimes as high as 1.72 meters when they're being more generous.
* The recurring Volador [[TheGimmick gimmick]] seen on the Mexican wrestling circuit is a reference to an ancient dance performed by several pre Hispanic American groups that involved a man dancing on top of a pillar or pole while several other men dived off of it. It substitutes ring posts for the usual setup.
* Jack Evans gained {{memetic|badass}} status for leaping off some compressed bleachers and disarming Juventud Guerrera of a chair in midair...because he did it in an actual fight, not a [[AllPartOfTheShow part of an]] Wrestling/{{AAA}} match.
* ''Wrestling/DramaticDreamTeam'': Special mention goes to Kota Ibushi and Wrestling/KennyOmega's synchronized 450 splashes from the same turnbuckle.
* Wrestling/{{Progress Wrestling}} Wrestling/WillOspreay, Mark Andrews, Flash Morgan Webster and El Ligero (before his Heel Turn) were the most notable high flyers in the company.
* The Magnificent Fireman Luther Black has been lowered into arenas by the aerial platform of a fire engine, and yes, he has dove off of it to at least one opponent too.
* Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon is famous for his willingness to ''jump off'' from a (very) high place, despite being not a regular in-ring performer and being the son of Wrestling/VinceMcMahon. This ranges from a simple turnbuckle, to the top of the big-ass screen used as WWE's set, the Titantron, to jump off from the top of Hell in a Cell[[note]]Mind you, the modern HIAC that Shane jumped off is ''several feet taller'' than the old HIAC, such as the one used during the (in)famous Mankind vs Undertaker match[[/note]]. He's considered the craziest badass of the [=McMahon=] family for a reason.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}'' is quite fond of this. It seems to be unique to {{Magical Girl}}s, but they enjoy showing it off.
* [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angels]] in ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' are fond of watching folks from rooftops… when they aren't [[{{Flight}} hovering in mid-air]].
* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' original is mocked in ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'', where Obi-Wan's Episode III speech is instead given by Darth Maul at the end of Episode I ''to'' Obi-Wan when he's hanging down the shaft. In ''this case'' Obi-Wan somehow manages to defeat Darth Maul anyway. In the climax of Episode III, it is used again, but instead is noted that he has the high ground "and a readied action".
* A LampshadeHanging in ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' where [[MediumAwareness Kiel'ndia]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8852 uses this when making her dramatic entrance]], only to be asked how she got up there. Her response?
-->"With difficulty."
* Burk of ''Webcomic/HeroOhHero'' watches the [[spoiler:real]] bandits (who he's agreed to defeat) enter the town from a [[http://www.neorice.com/hoh_52 vantage point on a roof]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Robin also fights atop a bamboo grove against an anthropomorphic monkey while journeying up a mountain to meet a martial arts master. He later perches on top of the bad guy's staff (really his which was stolen), and then leaps off, causing the staff to smack the bad guy.
* The ''Star Wars'' scene is parodied on ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' where Obi-Wan declaring the high ground is a near verbal tic.
-->'''Obi-Wan:''' That's not the high ground wa--I mean the Jedi way!