->''"I can jump roof-to-roof and get my friends free cable! It's badass."''
-->-- ''Series/TheSiflAndOllyShow'', "Ninja of the Night"

Rapid transit through an urban or suburban area by means of [[InASingleBound extraordinary leaps]] from housetop to housetop. Can be found in martial arts and {{Sentai}} series. Sometimes it's in live action movies.

Helps someone get across town quickly without running into obstacles on the ground and keep their destination in sight. Also a lot easier to draw than a busy street. For a reality check, the world record for running long jump is just under 30' (9m), while a typical two-lane street in America is 22' (6.5m). And that's not including sidewalks or setbacks between the street and the building's footprint, which may be required in some places. So while this trope would be easier in some countries and neighborhoods than in others, doing it in New York City would require a CharlesAtlasSuperpower at the very least.

A related trope common from American SuperHero stories is the BuildingSwing. Real-life roofhopping is an element of LeParkour. When performed on moving vehicles, it's HoodHopping.



* Subverted in a [=DirectTV=] ad, in which a guy trying to be a Real Life Superhero attempts this feat and falls through a skylight into a dinner party.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Roofhopping is the favorite mode of travel for many martial artists in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''.
* And from the same author, ''Manga/InuYasha''.
* Nuku-Nuku and Eimi both do a lot of roofhopping in ''Anime/AllPurposeCulturalCatGirlNukuNuku''.
* The ninjas in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' also make use of roofhopping whenever they're in a city, and treehopping whenever they're not.
* The first season of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' had several instances of ''implied'' roofhopping, in that the girls leapt off into the sky and vanished into the distance. As well, Zoisite also engaged in roofhopping in one anime episode, while he was disguised as Sailor Moon.
** [[WebVideo/SailorMoonAbridged "Jumping, jumping, jumping, jumping, even though I can teleport!"]]
** Also, Minako pulled it off on screen, once. Not Sailor Venus, ''[[BadassNormal Minako]]''. Just because walking from the road to Usagi's room the normal way was too slow. And [[DullSurprise Usagi's reaction]] implies she does it fairly often.
* Meimi, as ''Manga/KaitouSaintTail'', does quite a bit of roofhopping to get around.
* Kurumi does a fair amount of roofhopping in ''[[Anime/SteelAngelKurumi Steel Angel Kurumi 2]]''.
* Lupin the Third and Jigen, escaping the bad guys who attack their room at the inn in ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro''. And Lupin continues this trick as he breaks into the castle to speak with the Princess again.
* The few creatures who can't fly in ''Anime/BloodPlus'' -- like the Cif -- move around this way.
* ''Shinigami'' who have mastered flash steps roof hop in place of {{flight}} in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
* Most everyone with any power in ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}'' can do this. The Kekkaishi themselves, however, go Kekkai-hopping (leaping on magic airborne boxes).
* In ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'', Major Motoko Kusanagi is fond of roof-hopping, even roof-''diving'' off skyscrapers without a parachute. The [[SpiderTank Tachikomas]], who resemble mechanical spiders, can climb up and down walls or shoot sticky ropes, Spiderman-style, to lasso opponents and swing themselves around buildings, too.
* All the Seven Angels and the Seven Seals in ''Manga/{{X1999}}''. The series ''loves'' this one.
** Not to mention hopping off and [[IHaveTheHighGround standing on]] lampposts and such.
* ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis Tokyo 2040'' has the Knight Sabers using their PoweredArmor to do this
* Lime, Cherry, and all of the marionettes in ''Anime/SaberMarionetteJ''. Lime is also shown roofhopping while on her job as a delivery person in ''Saber Marionette J To X''.
* Renamon from ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' does this a fair bit in the first part of the series, before they go to the Digital World.
** Impmon's shown to travel this way a few times as well. Usually with Calumon following him.
* Kei Kurono enjoys a bit of Sky Scraper hopping in ''{{Manga/Gantz}}''.
* ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'': Belldandy -- yes, ''Belldandy'' -- did it once in the manga.
* Given the size of [[ElaborateUniversityHigh Mahora Academy]], this is standard for the magically-informed in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''. Since a mages are obligated to keep the {{Masquerade}}, an explanation about a spell in place to prevent the [[{{Muggle}} Muggles]] from seeing was once given - we later find out that environmental damage is still in effect, so dented lampposts and torn shingles aren't uncommon. Poor Muggles...
* Panther does this recreationally and for exercise in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' since the racist coach wouldn't let him train with the rest of the team and Panther isn't too well off, hopping off the roof of apartment buildings was just convenient.
* ''Manga/KamikazeKaitouJeanne'' and her rival Sinbad Roof Hop frequently. They ''are'' art thieves, after all, divine mission or no, and what better way to escape from the apparently almost completely incapable police and Maron's mildly obsessed best friend?
* Train from ''Manga/BlackCat''. Most notably when he was trying to rescue kidnapped Sven.
* Occurs in ''Anime/{{Noir}}'', in the midst of a battle, no less. Portrayed somewhat more realistically, in that the characters actually look before they leap and don't seem to be magically capable at it.
* Occurs in a flashback in ''Anime/KiddyGrade'', wherein Lumière piggybacks on Éclair while Éclair hops from rooftop to rooftop gracefully.
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' features Tamahome and Tasuki chasing [[spoiler:Amiboshi, who posed as Chiriko]] from roof to roof.
* Somewhat lampshaded in the ''Manga/OnePiece'' Water 7 arc, everyone (including the Straw Hat crew) is impressed by shipwright Kaku's ability to jump great distances to the point of nearly flying ([[spoiler:part byproduct of having undergone special martial arts training like the rest of [=CP9=]]]). Later, Chopper and Nami must awkwardly run across rooftops to free Luffy, who is stuck between two buildings, and Zoro, stuck in a chimney.
** In the Dressrosa arc, Robin, Rebecca and Bartolomeo use the "Tontatta airlines jumping service" to jump from roof to roof and get to the King's Plateau in time to meet up with Luffy's group there.
* Louis from the beginning of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack''.
* Arf does this in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' after [[spoiler: Bardiche and Raising Heart are damaged while clashing over a Jewel Seed]].
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' has the two mask duelists who constantly jump across buildings.
* Bulga in ''Anime/OkusamaWaMahouShoujo'' once hops between telephone poles. Otherwise, the girls usually to fly.
* In ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'' the knight Mitsuhide was introduced to his charge, the second prince of the kingdom, by being brought to the castle by the first prince, walking near a building and being told to look up as Zen leapt from the roof to a nearby tree in an attempt to escape his duties. It's a habit Zen never grew out of and early on he acquires an aide who also prefers to get around this way, to the point that he rarely ever uses doors or hallways without being ordered to.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' and ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'' generally use a mix of this and [[BuildingSwing building-swinging]] to get around New York.
* Ditto for ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' and his extended family getting around Gotham (when they're not using the CoolCar).
* In the last issue of ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' season eight, Buffy is seen leaping from rooftop to rooftop.
* Inverted in an issue of ''Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}''. During an adventure in Miami, she notes that the trick doesn't work so well in other cities when she runs out of rooftops.
* ''ComicBook/TheTick'' oh ho ho ho, ''The Tick''. Due to being NighInvulnerable, [[SuperStrength Super Strong]] and being built like a linebacker on steroids, he tends to leave footprints on the roofs during jumps. When he visits Europe for a superhero exchange program, he's forced to go pedestrian because his roof-hopping antics damaged historical buildings.
* In ''ComicBook/NineteenSixtyThree'', the Fury is a BadassNormal lacking any superpowers but possessing incredible agility. His standard form of transportation? Rapidly running and jumping across the roofs of buildings, leading to the nickname "Roofrunner".
* In ''ComicBook/AstroCity'', this is occasionally shown as transportation for the more acrobatic street-level heroes. At one point, Jack-in-the-Box is followed across the roofs by a hooting gang called The Rowdy Boys who chase him across roofs to build up their LeParkour skills.
* ''ComicBook/SinCity'' does this with Marv in the first comic (also in the [[Film/SinCity movie version]]). Miho is often shown doing this from time to time. In one story, she did it while wearing [[RollerbladeGood rollerblades.]]
* Done by Glenn and Rick in ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead''. Rick almost misses the first time, due to being weighed down by a bag of guns.
* In ''ComicBook/KickAss'', Dave decides against doing this, because the roofs are too far apart. Hit Girl and Big Daddy, on the other hand, do it with ease.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Persepolis}}'', after the police bust the illegal party Marjane was attending, many of the men try to escape by doing this. [[spoiler: One of them missed and falls to his death.]]

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'', Kyon had fun when he gained the ability to do this. It helped with a DynamicEntry later on.
* ''Fanfic/{{Wonderful}}'': In chapter 5, [[TheHero Taylor]] and her friend Emma make use of roofhopping to test Taylor's new [[PoweredArmor Sentinel Suits]]. Justified, since the Sentinel Suits enhance the wearer's physical capabilities.
-->Roof hopping WAS pretty fun. Sophia could grant her that much. She would never know.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' has roof-''pole-vaulting.''
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'' has Ginormica roofhopping to escape the alien robot. [[MST3KMantra (Don't ask how the roofs don't crumble under her feet.)]] She jumps to one tilted roof that's too far for her, scrambles to hold on as she slips down, loses her grip... and safely lands on the ground, since she's almost as tall as the building.
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2''. As he's about to be blasted by Lord Shen's cannons, Po avoids this by the simple method of jumping from one rooftop to another, as the [[AwesomeButImpractical cannons are too heavy and cumbersome to move quickly]]. It helps that he's on a Chinese multi-inclined roof, so all Po has to do is go down.
* The street kids' primary method of transportation in ''Anime/{{Tekkonkinkreet}}''. They are often seen covering impossible distances and jumping up entire buildings.
* In ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'', Ashitaka and San are doing this above the roofs of Irontown.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In musical comedy ''Film/LeMillion'', petty thief Grandpa Tulip is introduced doing this as he flees from police.
* A very silly Creator/FattyArbuckle film called ''Film/TheKnockout'' has this as part of a long ChaseScene, after Fatty's character, an amateur boxer, pulls a gun on his opponent and chases him out of the ring.
* Films set in Brazil will likely have at least one of these scenes, since the homes are tightly packed. Examples include ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' and ''Film/FastFive''.
* In the film of ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'', this is Hellboy's preferred method of tracking what Liz Sherman and John Myers are doing on their 'going out for coffee' walk. Here Del Toro shows the risky chance of encountering civilians on rooftops - milk-and-cookie-distributing-civilians, but still. Hellboy, even with his superman abilities, still nearly misses one of the jumps.
* A live-action version can be seen in ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon''.
* ''Film/TheMatrix'' had a ChaseScene that involved Agents RoofHopping after Trinity. Part way through, the whole thing is [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when a cop, seeing an agent jump an unbelievable distance following Trinity, says, "That's impossible!" This is also the first hint we get that the action is not, in fact, taking place in the real world.
** There's also the infamous "Whoa" scene, where Morpheus shows Neo how to do it. Neo fails the first time.
* The movie version of ''Film/SpiderMan1'' goes roofhopping before he learns how to use his web-shooters. The sequel also contain a memorable scene in which he attempts (and fails) roofhopping in order to revive his lost powers.
* Eric Draven of ''Film/TheCrow'' uses this to get around Detroit and get the drop on Tin Tin, and to escape from the cops after the big shootout with Top Dollar's men.
** That's because Cesare did it first in ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari''. It's one of the movie's most iconic shots, but due to the WeirdAlEffect, best known for all the homages and imitations that have followed. And Mr. Draven LooksLikeCesare.
* Dirty Harry in ''Film/TheEnforcer'' is chasing a suspect all over the roofs of half of San Francisco, while his partner, Inspector Moore, is trying to figure out where he is going by following along from the street, until she finds the church that they burst into and she does the same.
* Clint Eastwood chases John Malkovich over rooftops in ''Film/InTheLineOfFire'', though not as successfully.
* ''Film/TheBourneUltimatum'': One of the most impressive sequences, where the near superhuman Jason Bourne was leaping from rooftops to catch up to his ally Nicky and protect her from an assassin. Made believable in that it took place in Tangier, where the buildings are very crowded, and the fact that Nicky tries the same thing and barely makes it herself. (The only question is how Bourne and the assassin were able to follow her in the near labyrinth-like buildings)
* A similar chase occurs in ''Film/TheBourneLegacy''.
* ''Film/{{Vertigo}}'': Subverted in the opening scene. The main character tries going rooftop hopping to catch a criminal... but his policeman colleague falls to his death, causing the protagonist to develop the titular vertigo.
* In ''Film/{{Shoeshine}}'' the boys from the juvenile prison do this after breaking out of an upper window.
* ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' movie introduces Hyde in this way, in Paris.
* Batman does this in his CoolCar in ''Film/BatmanBegins''. It's quite amusing listening to a pursuing cop trying to explain that the mystery car they are chasing is on the roofs.
** He also tries it on foot, before developing his Batman persona. He learns it's not easy at all. Ouch!
* ''Film/{{Catwoman}}'' used this trope, but with [[SpecialEffectFailure noticeably unnatural movement ]] in the CGI.
* ''Film/ThirtyDaysOfNight'''s vampires are also big fans, though they mainly do it in the background of shots.
* ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' uses this in the opening scenes, with Film/JamesBond performing jumps that would have resulted in agony and likely broken legs for anyone else.
* ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'' has Bond in a rooftop escape from the police in Tangier.
* ''Film/RumbleInTheBronx'', where Creator/JackieChan jumped from a parking garage to a fire escape, breaking his ankle.
** The ankle breaking actually happened in a much "easier" jump. Onto a moving hovercraft!
* ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'': Rorschach does this early on, while breaking into Dr. Manhattan's facility. He leaps from one roof to another, a distance that looks about 17 feet long going by the 5'5" Jackie Earle Haley.
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Kickass}}''; the titular character initially tries to train himself to roof hop as a means of getting around the city, but quickly realises how unfeasable it is. He eventually settles for walking around at street level. Hit-Girl and Big Daddy are able to do this casually.
* ''Film/BladeRunner'': Rick Deckard tries to do this and just barely manages to catch onto a beam sticking out of the building on the other side, Roy Batty on the other hand (owing to his genetically engineered strength), does manage, and proceeds to [[HeelFaceTurn rescue Deckard from his predicament]].
* The chimney sweep scene in ''Film/MaryPoppins'' is a song and dance number on rooftops.
* ''Film/DarkCity'' has a few roof hopping scenes, in fact one of the sets used in Film/TheMatrix's roof hopping scenes was a left over from ''Dark City''.
* Averted in ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance''. A police officer and a couple of schoolkids climb up onto the roof of the locked building with the intent of jumping to an adjacent building to escape from the bomb, but when they get there, they realize the distance is too far.
* Optimus Prime in the first live-action ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' film.
* ''Film/SafetyLast'' leads up to Harold Lloyd selling a publicity stunt where he'll climb up the side of the multistory department store he works at, arranging with a professional climber friend to surreptitiously switch places at the second floor. His friend gets pursued by a policeman he's in bad with, though, and keeps having to head further up in the building, forcing Harold to keep climbing. The film ends with Harold successfully getting to the top, while his friend is several rooftops away, still being chased.
* Done werewolf style in ''Film/TheWolfman2010''!
* A pretty staggering scene in 1978's ''Film/KillerOfSheep''. The kids of Watts go roof hopping to amuse themselves. From the tops of three-story buildings. Between roofs that are at least eight feet apart.

* Toward the end of the first ''Literature/LoneWolf'' book, you can use the "Roofways" to reach the king's citadel while avoiding the crowded streets. It is mentioned the citizens of Holmgrad were familiar with this way of travel before a royal decree forbade it because of too many accidents. Indeed, an unlucky roll can result in [[TheManyDeathsOfYou yet another untimely death for Lone Wolf]].

* In ''God Stalk'', book one of P.C. Hodgell's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath'', the Cloudies of Tai-tastigon live their entire lives on the roofs of the city, which is their Cloud Kingdom, and refuse to allow ground-dwellers to climb up there. Many of them have never set foot on the ground. Jame, the books' protagonist, saves a prince of the Cloud Kingdom and is given the freedom of the skies; after that, she prefers the rooftops to the streets.
* ''Literature/DoorwaysInTheSand'' by Creator/RogerZelazny: The main character is a roof hopping building climber among other things.
* The whole setting for Christopher Fowler's ''Roofworld''. There's a whole subculture way above the streets of London, hopping over the roofs and ziplining on the telephone cables.
* ''Literature/UnLunDun'' by Creator/ChinaMieville: A roof-hopping subculture features, which makes it a point of pride never to leave the roofs. But all is not as it seems.
* In Felix Gilman's ''Thunderer'', Jack and his gang often use this to get around within Ararat.
* Jimmie Dale, the Gray Seal, did some roofhopping at least once. (Possibly the Burrage Spring-Heeled Jack did, too.)
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Assassins are expected to be able to do this. ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}'' in particular features the main character doing quite a bit of roof hopping.
** Sam Vimes engages in quite a few rooftop chases, most of them off-page. One of Death's [[NearDeathExperience near Vimes experiences]] happened when one of these ''stopped'' being a rooftop chase. (Another chase, in ''Discworld/NightWatch'', ended when both participants fell through the glass ceiling of Unseen University.)
* The killer in ''Literature/TheAlienist'' demonstrates remarkable abilities traveling roofs and other urban structures. Not surprising, as he feels best when he's away from society, and up on the rooftops he feels alone and powerful.
* This is a very common way of getting around for the titular extraordinarily empowered individuals of ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'', since they can telekinetically push and pull on metals.
* The climax of ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Changes]]'' is a roof-hopping race between Mags and two assassins.
* In ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth'' by Creator/HPLovecraft, the protagonist is trapped on the uppermost floor of the local HellHotel. He escapes by [[BedsheetLadder climbing down the drapes]] to the roof of the building next door, then [[NoEscapeButDown jumps through a skylight]] to the ground below.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The live action version of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'', made one attempt at showing roofhopping. It wasn't awful, but it wasn't anything to show to the Emmy committee, either.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Buffy does some roof hopping chasing after the last bus out of Sunnydale in the final episode.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'': Kramer does roof hopping while being chased by his cable guy.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'': An unsub tries (and fails) to do this in an attempt to escape arrest in the episode "Tabula Rasa". Morgan follows, with [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome considerably greater success]].
* Jim on ''Series/NoOrdinaryFamily ''uses this method to get around when he's patrolling the city. However he leaves small craters on the rooftops.
* In the ''Series/{{Southland}}'' season 3 finale, a suspect tries to do this with Officer Sherman pursuing. The suspect succeeds the first time, but he's not so lucky on the second.
* The one generally admired part of BBC One's much-derided 2002 presentation revamp was ''Rush Hour'', a 90-second short film of roofhopping that would be used either as a straight promo or sometimes as an extended ident into programmes. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAMAr8y-Vtw]
* Historical KoreanSeries are good for this, among them ''Series/SungkyunkwanScandal'' and ''Series/IlJiMae''.
* In the pilot of the short-lived sci-fi series ''Something Is Out There'', the first clue the cop protagonist has that the woman he's chasing is not of this Earth is when she leaps across to the next building.
* Done in several cop shows, with the kicker being that the person attempting this (usually the criminal being pursued), is unable to make it across.
* Randall, from ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' attempts this, and [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice fails spectacularly.]]
* This is one of the skills [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Young Master Bruce]] learns from Selina on ''Series/{{Gotham}}''. Because he's still in the learning process, she has to catch him at one point from falling to his death.
* In the episode "Hash" on ''Series/BarneyMiller'', this happens offscreen with Detective Fish, who is almost at mandatory retirement age--according to the suspect he jumped a ''twelve foot gap'', thanks to the hash brownies he'd unwittingly consumed.
* A turning point in John's life in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'''s first episode: Sherlock takes to the rooftops as a shortcut, and his route requires jumping a narrow alley. John has a psychosomatic limp, but this is a chase. He makes the jump and the rest is history.
* Used in ''Series/TheGetDown'' in the meeting scene between Ezekiel and Shaolin Fantastic.

* Almost any nimble martial artists in ''Manhwa/TheBreaker'' can do this.
* Webcomic/{{Noblesse}}s like to do this a lot, combined with IHaveTheHighGround.

* Podcast/DiceFunk: Marshmallow spends several episodes jumping from roof to roof in order to find Anne's friends.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Prodigious Leap fu schtick from ''TabletopGame/FengShui'' lends itself quite nicely to this and other uses.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/ThiefIITheMetalAge'', you use the "Thieves Highway" to get to Angelwatch.
* ''VideoGame/TheMatrixOnline'' enables characters to accomplish similar feats by means of the Hyper-Jump ability.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' allows players who take the "Super Jump" ability to duplicate this feat with ease, and those who take "Acrobatics" to a slightly lesser extent.
* Altaïr of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'' can use this to go pretty much anywhere he pleases.
** As can Ezio in the sequels.
** This also includes thieves, guards (except those in heavy armor), mercenaries, and witnesses.
*** In fact, running on roofs is the standard and quickest means of getting anywhere in the whole franchise.
** Slightly averted in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'', where buildings tend to be lower and farther apart from each other in colonial Boston and New York. You can still do it, but you'd have a hard time crossing the entire town without touching the ground.
** Even more averted in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'', where Edward spends most of his time away from big cities, either on ships, deserted islands, forts, or small port towns.
* The second ''Franchise/PrinceOfPersia'' trilogy (Sands of Time, Warrior Within and The Two Thrones), inspired by Parkour just like Assassin's Creed (and from the same development team), have some instances of this.
** The first level of ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2: The Shadow And The Flame'' has the Prince running over the palace roof.
* One of the most impressive abilities of high-level Agents in ''VideoGame/{{Crackdown}}''.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Possible in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]''.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', this is possible at higher levels of the Acrobatics skill, or by using a Jump spell. It is a perfectly reasonable way to get around towns, and is even recommended if you're trying to avoid the CityGuards.
** Once again possible (and VERY entertaining) in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]''.
* ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge'' is often all about this trope done with LeParkour on top of skyscrapers.
* The preferred method of travel for living humans in ''VideoGame/UrbanDead'' is roof-hopping. Preferred because the alternative involves running through the zombie-infested streets till you are lucky enough to find a building that ISN'T barricaded.
* One level in ''VideoGame/TheWarriors'' had you jumping across rooftops to flee from enemies chasing you.
* An effective way to avoid, or just sneak up on the general {{mook}} population in some of the ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}}'' villages.
* Exercised extensively in the ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' series to avoid mook patrols.
* Cole does this all the time in ''VideoGame/{{Infamous}}'' to get around the cities he finds himself in. The second game reveals that he enjoyed doing it even before he got superpowers.
* Suzu, in the opening of ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia''.
* Alex Mercer from ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' can both use LeParkour and InASingleBound. This is the natural extension.
* ''VideoGame/{{Canabalt}}'' plays it straight.
* The green boy teaches this to you in ''VideoGame/ButThatWasYesterday''.
* ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'': The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jy7DrxuW7rA chase sequence]].
* The Agent in ''VideoGame/{{Crackdown}}''. Build your [[EvolvingWeapon Agility Skill]] high enough, and you can make some truly vertigo-inducing leaps. This is arguably the better way to get around, as opposed to running or driving the streets.
* Recurring in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' and ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'', when the player pursues targets on foot.
* One level of ''VideoGame/DarkMessiah'' requires you to chase a ghoul across the rooftops of Stonehelm.
* ''VideoGame/BitTrip Runner'' has this in the last few levels. There was intended to be much more of this, but this game was still in development when ''VideoGame/{{Canabalt}}'' came out, so the roof emphasis was removed.
* Hudson, Clarke, and Weaver found themselves doing this in Kowloon in ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'', leading to Hudson's reaction of "YouHaveGOTToBeKiddingMe!" The difficulty of this is Lampshaded as the only reason the characters survive is because Clarke has pre-rigged their landing with a pile of mattresses.
* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', this can be done as strategy for most of the classes, but the Scout is especially adept in hopping around high places as shortcuts other classes can't reach and can only rake with withering sniper fire, rockets, nades, etc.
* ''VideoGame/TheSaboteur'' lets you do this in the unique rooftops of Paris.
* This was possible in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]''. ''Oblivion'' drastically nerfed jump height, leaving very few places where a rooftop could be reached at all, let alone from another.
* The ninja Oboromaru could do this during his introductory chapter in ''VideoGame/LiveALive''.
* As the name suggests, a large part of the level "Rooftop Run" from VideoGame/SonicUnleashed involves this.
* The main theme of the [[GraffitiTown Graffiti]] [[VideoGame/JetSetRadio City]] racetrack from [[VideoGame/SegaSuperstars Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed]] utilizes this trope.
* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed: The Run'' is forced to roofhop to escape from his pursuers. Rather predictably, it goes poorly when he misses a jump and falls painfully to the street below. He then [[{{Determinator}} beats up a cop and steals his police car]].
* The city of Klaipeda in ''VideoGame/TreeOfSavior'' has many an accessible rooftop for jumping.
* The first level of ''VideoGame/Gamer2'' is set on a series of city rooftops, and provides most of the jumping puzzles.
* In ''VideoGame/RavenswordShadowlands'', this is required in one sidequest where you chase a thief across rooftops.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The web fiction serial ''Literature/DimensionHeroes'' is rife with instances of this, usually committed by Rob and Wyn.
* Hilariously averted in the IMP/IMP XS/VVV crossover Christmas special "An IMP Crossmas"; when Talking Cactus and the former LSU girls engage in a "rooftop chase", it really consists of them driving buildings around like cars from the rooftop.
* In [[http://parahumans.wordpress.com/2012/04/07/sentinel-9-2/ Chapter 9.2]] of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', Flechette mentions that Brockton Bay isn't as well suited to this as her native New York because of the varying building heights. That doesn't stop both Shadow Stalker and the Undersiders from traveling this way on occasion, however, as both of them have the ability to perform superhuman jumps -- Shadow Stalker in her shadow form, and the Undersiders when riding Bitch's dogs.
* Parodied in ''Website/TheOnion'': "[[http://www.theonion.com/articles/pope-francis-pursues-sinner-across-vatican-city-ro,35923/ Pope Francis Pursues Sinner Across Vatican City Rooftops]]"
* Arachne and Eva travel this way on occasion in ''Literature/VoidDomain''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', Jackie does this whenever the enemies escape by car. Apparently, he can run 60 MPH at the right altitude.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' animated show both the heroes and the villains do quite a bit of Roof Hopping.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'': The Tick does this as his primary means of travel; however, he is so heavy he leaves footprints on everything he lands on. While visiting Europe he was forced to ride a scooter instead after damaging several historic buildings.
* ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'': Expertly executed by She-bang in her first appearance.
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' : The Turtles do this a lot. The [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 2003 series]] even [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1l-kcXEH78& does it to music]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': [[NotQuiteFlight Airbender Aang hops roofs (and everything else that is solid - horizontality not required)]] all the time. [[CircusBrat Acrobat Ty Lee]] has almost equally impressive jumping skills. To a lesser extent, several other characters were also seen travelling over roofs. Aang can [[BlowYouAway airbend]], and thus fly, in a pinch; Ty Lee and others are just [[BadassNormal that good]].
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' loves to do it while chasing criminals. Her Sidekick [[YouSuck Ron Stoppable]], not so much...
* Let's not forget ''WesternAnimation/{{Cybersix}}'', who roofhops across Meridiana while poor Lucas tries to keep up on the ground.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' episode "Lightsaber Lost" Ahsoka chases the thief who had stolen her lightsaber earlier on the rooftops of Coruscant. The thief is a very agile "Terrellian Jango Jumper" who manages to outrun and elude her.
* Matrix in a season 3 episode of ReBoot does this to follow a thief that made away with his keytool.
* Done in the musical of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "A Friend in Deed"
* Lance does this in the second episode of ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' while chasing/following Ilana.
* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'': Ladybug and Cat Noir get around Paris with a mix of this and [[BuildingSwing building-swinging]] (or [[TelescopingStaff pole-vaulting]] in Cat's case.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'':
-->'''Gentleman Wednesday''': Um, my dramatic exit seems to have been foiled by the lack of another rooftop on this side of the building.
-->'''Wonderella''': Nope! Just my side!
-->'''Gentleman Wednesday''': Ah. ''Well''. Thank God for ''that''.
* Junpei from ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' is adept of this.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': In "That Which Redeems", the [[BewareTheSillyOnes so far relatively harmless-seeming]] [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Demon Lord]] Horribus is shown to be capable of leaping across a city from rooftop to rooftop ([[InASingleBound and not just adjacent rooftops]]) in pursuit of his nemesis, probably by virtue of his SuperStrength. He does break the roof of the last building he lands on with his great weight, and humorously falls through all its stories after that.
* Mr. Hyde in ''Webcomic/TheGlassScientists'' likes to leap across the buildings of VictorianLondon to get around.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* In crowded parts of the world like parts of Europe and India, roof hopping is made much easier because the roofs may only be a metre apart. However, roof construction in some of these older buildings is mainly just light timber structure, roof tiles and... well, nothing else. You can also very easily go ''through'' the roof. Don't try this at a series of someone else's homes.
* Tony Hawk once cleared the gap between two buildings on a skateboard.
* One of the first cities ever built by humans was called [[https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Catalhoeyuek Çatalhöyük]], (roughly) pronounced "Cha-tal-her-yik". All the houses were clumped so closely together that the entrance was generally on the roof, and the rooftops acted as streets. Since then, humans invented [[BoringButPractical the front door]].