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->''"Attention mafia types. Stop hanging out in buildings with skylights. They'll only get broken."''
-->-- '''Chris Hastings''', ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/3p6 Issue 3 Page 6]] AltText

The modern spin on the SheetOfGlass. Simply put, to get to or from the scene in a hurry, they jump through a window; a closed window. [[DramaticShattering The shards of glass flying everywhere make it very dramatic.]]

Supernatural beings (especially [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]]) love doing this. Humans can do it too but usually have the benefit of a motorcycle taking the impact. {{Ninja}}s, certain dark superheroes, and Special Forces do it via skylights from the ceiling, the latter normally [[FastRoping using rope]].

The power of the supernatural, body armor, being MadeOfIron or {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le, or dramatic entrance/exit is required to prevent one's skin from being torn to ribbons by this maneuver. Wrapping a cape or [[BadassLongcoat long jacket]] around yourself in a tumble helps too. In television and film, this visual effect is achieved thanks to using [[SoftGlass carefully crystallized sugar to stand in for glass]]. Needless to say, trying this with a real-life window can get you killed, since not only is non-Hollywood window glass tougher than you'd think, there's also all the lacerations you'll get from large shards, no matter what protective clothing you may be wearing - DontTryThisAtHome.

Truly cool people never need to [[ThereWasADoor use the door]]. May cause an ImpactSilhouette. See also SoftGlass, compare DangerousWindows. Compare FastRoping. Contrast DestinationDefenestration, where someone is thrown through a window against their own will. A sub-trope of NoEscapeButDown (when used to exit the scene) or BigEntrance (when used to enter it). Not necessarily related to TheWindowOrTheStairs, despite the name.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Anime/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer'', the scene described below in Literature is quite dramatic. During Moff Potter's murder trial, Tom finally confesses to witnessing Injun Joe commit the murder. The villain tries to kill Tom, but is forced to flee by the sheriff and he leaps through the courthouse window, in slow-motion, with nary a scratch. But then, Injun Joe ''is'' pretty strong, not to mention ''huge''. [[MadeOfIron ...And therefore invulnerable.]]
* In ''Anime/AngelBeats'' this happens twice in the first episode. It's more played for laughs since the characters [[DestinationDefenestration didn't exactly do it on purpose]]. [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Or with a secure landing.]]
* In the CG-animated ''Manga/{{Appleseed}}'', several cyborgs bust through the stained glass windows of a church to surround Deunan. In the sequel film, Briareos does it. Twice.
* America from ''WebComic/AxisPowersHetalia'' did this twice in episode 13 of the fifth season. The first time he ended up with a shard of glass stuck in his forehead, although he was uninjured the second time. When a little kid asked him why he went through the window, he claimed it was because he had just gotten back from Hollywood.
* An immortal leaps out a window in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!'' to escape the one thing that can truly kill him.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'''s Skull Knight does this to [[spoiler: a ''solar eclipse'' when he rides in to save Guts and Casca during the Eclipse.]]
* Sebastian and Grell in episode 17 of ''Manga/BlackButler'', through stained glass, to rescue Ciel.
* Suzaku does this through stained glass in episode 16 of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' - as per Lelouch's plan, of course, since Suzaku isn't that flashy.
* In the ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' Movie, Spike jumps through a train window to get to the villain. He shoots the window first, so it'll shatter easily, and is apparently protected from injury by just being that badass.
* In a manga chapter in ''Manga/{{Doraemon}}'', the titular character does this at the sight of [[EekAMouse a mouse.]]
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''. Having a cyborg body helps.
* In their climatic fight scene in ''Manga/GunslingerGirl: Il Teatrino'' Pinnochio throws Triela through a (closed) window, only to have her smash through another window after him just moments later.
* Mori the NinjaMaid does this in ''Manga/HaruhiChan''. ''Just'' for this trope, she and her butler partner get out a trampoline so that she can do this on the second floor of the school. "I'm just a passing maid!" Kyon: LIAR! Given her later abilities, she probably didn't need the trampoline.
* In ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', Hayate jumps through (or is thrown through) windows without any protection, as just one of his near-superhuman abilities. Klaus does this later on, as well, but he was {{s|houtOut}}poofing [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure an immortal vampire]] at the time...
* In the first episode of ''Anime/{{K}}''- before the opening, even - Misaki Yata does this into a gangster's hotel suite, on his skateboard, ''from the roof of the building across the street'', establishing early on his views on the idea of practicality vs. ''awesome''.
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'' has many charactes doing variations on the trope. The titular thief has bailed through several windows, open and closed alike, in the course of his career. Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket had Jigen do it just before ''shooting down a helicopter with a revolver'' in the first opening sequence.
* Subaru of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' jumps through glass windows at times, but it is eventually justified since [[spoiler:she's revealed to be a cyborg]].
* [[CoatHatMask Phantom Renegade]] from ''VideoGame/{{Medabots}}'' pulls this off occasionally.
* In the first episode of ''Manga/MurderPrincess'', a group of bounty hunters burst through a palace window on a motorcycle with balls of fire for wheels.
* ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}'' - When Mio sees her crush walking arm-in-arm with another girl, the ''first'' thing she does is jump headlong out the window and start running. And that's only the beginning...
* In the anime version of ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' Nekozawa jumps through a second story window to save his little sister. Just from a cat, [[MundaneMadeAwesome but it was still cool.]]
* In the ''Anime/PandoraHearts'' anime, the Baskervilles make their first appearance by jumping through the windows in the church where Oz is having his coming-of-age ceremony. Given [[spoiler:the Baskervilles' near-invulnerability to physical injuries]], it makes sense that they are not shown to be injured as a result of this.
* Used totally straight in the ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' episode "Black Shoes", when Fakir jumps through a window to face the DarkMagicalGirl--and then proceeds to pick up a glass shard from the window to use as a weapon. He has no powers that would protect him from the glass, and he's only wearing his school uniform...he's just fond of being very dramatic and badass.
* B-Ko smashes a window in the palace section of the alien ship in ''Anime/ProjectAKo'' to get in. She's protected by her special (and skimpy) armour but somehow C-Ko, sitting motionless in the room, is unsliced.
* The various [[FanNickname MADMs]] from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' would indulge in this from time to time, but there was a subversion early in the story: after being tossed out an open (third-story) window, Ranma bounces back up from a tree branch to get back inside... only to smack solidly on the pane of glass when Akane closes the window on him.
* Anita does this to rescue Nenene in ''Anime/RODTheTV'', she does, however, cut a little "X" in the glass before impact.
* Spoofed in the "New Year's Cleaning" episode of ''Manga/SgtFrog'', where Keroro does a Super Window Jump into the bathroom to tell Natsumi she's not cleaning the bathtub properly... only to get knocked back ''out'' the window for getting broken glass all over the floor.
** In one episode, Keroro is watching a movie where a hero jumps through a window into the villains' lair. He actually thought it was open, though.
* Zelgadis in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' does this as his stylish return to the series, also providing some much-needed reinforcements for the heroes.
* Matsuri busts through a stained-glass window early on in ''Manga/{{Sola}}'', but she's immortal, so whatever.
* In ''Manga/SumomoMoMomoMo'', Uma Kamen bursts through a stained glass window in an outfit FAR too small to avoid the death of a thousand razors. None of the debris even reaches the ground to harm the non-martial artists in the wedding ceremony.
* [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Abel Nightroad]], from ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'' does this twice, and even [[LampshadeHanging says something about it]]. "This is becoming something of a habit for me, it seems.
* Otcho in ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys'' does a very impressive one, not in the least because he's [[BadassGrandpa over 55 years old]].
* In an early episode of ''Manga/YondemasuYoAzazelSan'', a {{Gonk}} {{NEET}} does this in an attempt to escape Akutabe. It goes as well as you'd expect.
* Seto Kaiba did this once in the ''Anime/YuGiOh'' anime; so did Edo Phoenix in ''[[Anime/YuGiOhGX GX]]''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/{{Batman}}. At least he typically has an armored costume to handle the glass.
** In one story in the ''BatmanBlackAndWhite'' collection one-shots, Batman comes crashing down through a glass ceiling while the Joker is mid-speech. It turns out [[AnimatedActors they're actors (...in a comic book)]], and as they head to the canteen after the shoot, Joker points out that Batman always gets the big dramatic splash pages, while Batman admits he wishes that he got to make speeches.
** Like his mentor, Robin usually plays this one straight, but in one of the last issues of [[ComicBook/RobinSeries his own comic]], the Boy Wonder tackles someone through a large window, and the internal monologue mentions, "I'm going to be picking glass out of my hair all night. Remind me why I just wear a domino mask again?" This becomes a FunnyAneurysmMoment later on, when [[spoiler:half of his head is horribly burned in an explosion because of the lack of protection.]]
* Lampshaded by Shiva in an issue of ''Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey'' when Cheshire jumps out of a window and Black Canary jumps out after her.
-->'''Shiva''': Perfectly good set of stairs...
* In ''ComicBook/{{Bookhunter}}'', the Library Police's SWAT teams regularly smash through windows during arrests, and Agent Bay does likewise when he needs to get to the roof via fire escape in a hurry.
* [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck]] did it with a horse. Twice.
* Subverted early on in Creator/GrantMorrison's ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'' - Crazy Jane telekinetically smashes through a plate glass window, then ends up with shards in her hair and blood streaming down her face. Cliff then gives the shop owner the Doom Patrol's address so he can send them the [[HeroInsurance repair bill]].
* This is how the protagonists enter and exit a rather badly damaged building in the [[http://www.indyplanet.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3429 first Gemini Storm issue]].
* Comicbook/IronMan once used this trope on a skylight when stopping a hostage situation, while using his repulsors to destroy the glass shards to make certain he didn't accidentally kill the hostages himself.
* In ''ComicBook/JustImagineStanLeeCreatingTheDCUniverse'', Superman jumps through a window to enter a building, leaves momentarily, then jumps through a different window when he comes back.
* Lampshaded by ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} in ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}''. Chased and outnumbered by enemy agents, she got into an empty room. She broke the window with a chair, hide behind the desk, and think "Let's see how stupid they are". The gunmen appear, saw the broken window, and understood that she jumped there. Hidden behind the desk, she thought "Very stupid!"
* Made explicit in Dynamite's ''Franchise/TheLoneRanger'' comic.
-->'''Tonto''': You could have used the stairs.
-->'''Lone Ranger''': No one ''talks'' about the people taking the stairs. They don't ''spread stories'' about them. They don't make them ''greater'' than what they are... or something to be ''feared.''
* ComicBook/LuckyLuke expects to have to get out this way when he enters a building, so he always parks his horse under the window. The only time it ever inconvenienced him in any way was when he did it through the ''wrong'' window and, instead of a dramatic horseback escape, got a painful stomach landing.
** Once, he landed on a horse that wasn't [[CoolHorse Jolly Jumper]]. When JJ arrived, he [[AsideGlance explained to readers]] he put friends in each of the saloon's windows as he couldn't know which one Luke would escape through.
* The minor [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel]] villain Mad Dog had what was largely considered his CrowningMomentOfAwesome when he attacked his ex-wife Hellcat's wedding; Just as they get to the part where the priest asks if anyone objects, he bursts through the stained glass of St. Patrick's Cathedral.
* ''ComicBook/MsMarvel2014'' has Kamala doing an undignified belly-flop version through a villain's skylight, with a comically dismayed expression. She lampshades it with [[GenreSavvy "Man. That is way harder than it looks in the movies."]]
* In ''ComicBook/RobynHood: I Love NY'' #11, Robyn jumps through a closed window as part of her HighDiveEscape to get away from Alina Rose. Robyn is already pretty badly wounded at this point, so it is hard to tell if jumping through the glass cut her up any worse.
* Ethan, Ashleigh & Skink do this from the Raven castle in ''ComicBook/{{Scion}}'' to escape from Bron. They land in water.
* ''ComicBook/SinCity'' windows are made of SoftGlass since Marv and other characters have jumped out of windows in order to escape multiple times. In fact, in at least one instance, Dwight escaped by being ''thrown'' through a window. They are always unharmed, of course.
* Various incarnations of ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' comics have Spidey regularly performing the trope as an entrance to shake up goons.
** Subverted in an issue of ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'', where Spidey attempts to enter Kingpin's skyline headquarters in this manner, only to discover the hard way that since his previous visit, Kingpin has had shatterproof glass installed. The three panels of Spidey hitting it then sliding down are tremendous.
** Miguel O'Hara, [[ComicBook/Marvel2099 the Spider-Man of 2099]] ''tries'' to just open a window to slip out of his high rise apartment, but the windows are "sealed for [his] safety".
* Characters from ''ComicBook/TheTriganEmpire'' used to get away with this, despite the bare arms and legs exposed by their pseudo-Roman outfits. Trigo, for example, once escaped a room full of baddies by leaping through a window with his bare arm covering his eyes and his sandaled foot leading and maybe kicking the glass. Not a drop of blood anywhere!
* Rorschach from ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' jumped through a window to escape a building he had set on fire. Of course, it ended up pretty badly for him because he landed in a trash can, preventing escape from his pursuers, but still, he didn't seem to have any injuries from actually jumping through the window.
** Although later we see that he has sustained some lasting damage to his ankle because he "landed on it badly" during the jump, and consequently injures it again when the Owlship crash lands in Antarctica.
* ComicBook/YokoTsuno has to do this in the "Devil's Organ" story, to make the BigBad believe that she was dead.
* Parodied in one issue of ''ComicBook/TalesDesignedToThrizzle'' where two perpetually-frightened kids keep having people barge into their room by jumping through the windows. The third jumper lampshades that there's a three-for-the-price-of-two sale on windows at the store, so by breaking the third window, she was saving money.
* ''ComicBook/{{Raptors}}'': The cover of the third album depicts Drago and Camilla bursting through a large plate glass ceiling window while looking down on their family's [[AncestralWeapon ancestral sword]]. The scene in the comic is somewhat different, in that it happens during a fight between the pair and Aznar, who is thrown ''up'' through the window onto the roof.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Eduardo Baretto raised ''ComicStrip/JudgeParker'' above the other soap-comics with his artwork, his rendering of misandrist killer/stripper Dixie Julep diving out a window being a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* In an old ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse'' comic strip, Mickey is so angry after an argument with Minnie he ''walks through a ground-floor window'' without even flinching.
-->'''Minnie:''' Mickey Mouse! You... you!\\
'''Mickey:''' If I've broken anything, I'll pay for it!
* In the Nixon years, the ''Franchise/NationalLampoon'' did a comic strip starring G. Gordon Liddy, Agent of C.R.E.E.P. as an Agent ''ComicBook/NickFury'' parody -- going through windows was the ''only'' way he entered or left a room.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the My Little Pony fanfic ''FanFic/{{Article2}}'' it is subverted and deconstructed at the same time. Shane shoots the glass panel first to only then dive through it, and the cuts he suffered are very frequently mentioned.
* In ''FanFic/DiariesOfAMadman'', Navarone does this in order to escape from an amorous in-heat Celestia, though his wings take the brunt of the impact.
* In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World''; John and George, and about half the patrons of the Border Crossroads Inn, escape the hideous stench of the overflowing toilets (created by John) by going out the windows (they're only on the second floor, but still) rather than fighting their way through the crowds trying to use the elevators or stairs. As he's weakened from his feat, John sprains his ankle dropping down, but puts it to rights with a HealingPotion.
* The skylight variation is used in ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'' [[spoiler: when Kyon interrupts a meeting whilst holding a spy.]]
* L does this at one point in ''Fanfic/LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami''. It is completely insane.
-->''"I will have to use stealth instead" said L [[WithCatlikeTread and jumped in the broken window screaming]].'' All this from the world's three greatest detectives.
* Calvin does this twice in ''Fanfic/ThePezDispenserAndTheReignOfTerror''.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' continuation fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6949110/1/A_Piece_Of_Glass A Piece Of Glass]]'' has OC Breech Loader throw a chair at a window, which only cracks. She uses the weakened glass and her running momentum to smash through it and drop three stories to the ground, to escape Arkham Asylum. SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, who was using her much louder escape as a diversion for his own, is very impressed.
* In the ''Anime/Blood+'' fic ''FanFic/WakingDream'', Reeve pulls this off to escape from Diva after she tries to drink his blood. He gets several shards of glass embedded in his body in the process.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Played straight in ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'', when Gomez comes back to the house to rescue Morticia. Justified in that, well, if you can survive electrocution and consider torture ''foreplay'', a little glass isn't gonna be much of an issue.
* In ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', after Hudson puts some holes into the pane to soften it up, Hicks jumps through a glass window, dives into the room where Newt and Riple are trapped and starts wrestling with a facehugger. A very badass moment.
* Done in ''Film/{{Batman}}'' to confront ComicBook/TheJoker who has taken over the museum and it about to do something to Vicki Vale.
* ''Film/BatmanForever'', Batman does this through a ceiling window to confront ComicBook/TwoFace after he crashes Edward's event.
** Edward to ComicBook/TwoFace "''Your entrance was good, his was better''."
* Used in the climax of ''Film/BlackMoonRising'', when Quint and Nina jump from a skyscraper to another with the eponymous super car.
* ''Film/TheBourneUltimatum'' is guilty of this, where Jason Bourne leaps across an alleyway, through a closed window, jumps up and immediately starts fighting the assassin sent to kill him.
* When Bragg exits Logan's hotel room via the window in ''Film/CanyonPassage'', he doesn't bother to open it first. He does not escape completely unscathed as the next time he is seen, he is limping.
* John Candy's character in ''Film/{{Delirious}}'' [[RealityWarper writes a stained-glass window into existence]] just so he can crash through it on horseback into the bad guys' lair to save the girl.
* In ''Film/DieHard'', John [=McClane=] does this and doesn't hurt himself, even though the rest of the movie realistically depicted him getting his feet horribly mangled due to the broken glass everywhere he had to walk on.
** The first kick didn't break the window, though, forcing him to shoot the glass.
* The 1979 Universal version of ''Film/{{Dracula|1979}}'' has Mina, now undead (Lucy and her roles were switched in this film) escaping from a insane asylum like this after [[EatsBabies feeding on a baby]] and being discovered by the horrified mother.
* Near the end of the movie ''Film/TheGame'', Nicholas, [[spoiler: who thinks he has just killed his brother]], decides to commit suicide by jumping off the roof of the skyscraper he's on and falling through a glass ceiling. However, [[spoiler:it's quickly revealed that the entire movie was a GambitRoulette and Nicholas' brother predicted that he would jump off the roof (another person later thanks him for jumping, since he was supposed to push him if he didn't). Thinking ahead, he places an airbag on the ground and replaces the glass ceiling with safety glass to keep Nicholas from hurting himself. He is even told to keep his eyes shut while they remove the glass from him because: "even if it's fake glass, it can still cut"]].
* Performed by Storm Shadow in ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' during the last parts of the Paris chase.
* ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' starts off with one. The introduction of Tuco (the ugly) consists of him crashing through a window to get outside after the building he's hiding in gets stormed by his enemies. In this case, he couldn't use the door because said enemies were blocking it.
* Miss Piggy via motorcycle in ''Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper''.
* In the original ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'', Billy jumped ''inside'' a window, because the door was locked and he needed to kill the last gremlin. First, however, he broke through the glass with a toy vacuum cleaner.
* ''Film/{{Help}}'' - the Beatles dive out the window in a pub to get away from bad guys.
** And earlier, bad guys dive ''in'' the window of the Beatles' flat, taking them by surprise.
* ''Film/{{Highlander}}''. Justified twice: Immortals are immune to most injuries, and often wear [[BadassLongcoat big trenchcoats]] too.
* Waring Hudsucker, in ''Film/TheHudsuckerProxy'', sets off the events of the film by impulsively leaping to a spectacular death through the window of his company's boardroom.
** Later subverted when a lesser executive panics about the company's future and attempts the same thing ''through the same window'', only to find the BigBad had the window replaced with Plexiglass.
* ''Film/JamesBond''
** Bond smashes through a window unaided in a highly dramatic fashion in ''Film/GoldenEye'' as he escapes interrogation.
** In ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', both Bond and one of the fellows from Quantum manage to fall ''through a skylight'' after scrapping with one another, fall onto some scaffolding, and scrap for a single pistol in order to shoot the other bastard.
** In ''Film/{{Spectre}}'', Bond smashes through a window in order to escape from the meeting place of the eponymous SPECTRE after he is identified by name.
* The [[RaptorAttack Velociraptors]] in ''Film/JurassicPark'' do this a few times.
* Averted in ''The Krays'' (1991). Jack the Hat tries to throw himself through a French door to escape being killed, but just gets stuck in it, easy prey for the gangsters who simply haul him out.
* Averted in ''Film/{{Lockout}}'' when Snow attempts to leap from one building rooftop to another, misses, slams into a window (which doesn't break) and falls to the street below.
* Taken UpToEleven in TheWestern ''The Long Riders'' (1980). An outlaw gang are trapped in a town's main street by a posse, so they escape by [[InvulnerableHorses riding their horses through the windows]] of a store, then out another set of windows at the back. [[ContrivedCoincidence Why a store would also have]] large plate glass windows (which would have been very expensive to make and transport) on the side facing ''away'' from the main street is not mentioned.
* ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven2016'': Chisolm rides his horse through the glass doors of a restaurant to ambush one of the fleeing Blackstone operatives. [[InvulnerableHorses His horse is unharmed]].
* Will Graham does this to rescue Reba in ''{{Film/Manhunter}}'' in a scene [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome very well-timed]] to a [[SourceMusic diegetic]] ''Music/InAGaddaDaVida''.
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** After running out of arrows in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', Hawkeye swings down and crashes right through a massive window. He isn't badly hurt, but his pained body language seems to imply that he got poked by a few pieces of glass.
** While running from [[DarkActionGirl Ellen Brandt]] in ''Film/IronMan3'', Tony Stark jumps through a store glass window. His expression afterwards implies that it was painful at least.
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'':
*** After the ElevatorActionSequence in S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ, Cap jumps through the glass of the elevator all the way to the lobby using his shield.
*** He does another version when chasing The Winter Soldier who had just shot [[spoiler: Fury]], jumping across the street and through a window. He does have the advantage of his shield to protect him compared to most examples.
*** And earlier, when Cap grabs Natasha and jumps through a window to escape a grenade that's about to explode; in a blink-and-you-miss-it-moment, it's Natasha who breaks the window with a pistol shot just before they crash through it.
* ''Franchise/TheMatrix'':
** Deconstructed in ''Film/TheMatrix''. Trinity jumps through a glass window and gets her face cut for it.
** Deconstructed again in ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded''. Bane and Malachi jump through a skylight simultaneously. Even though they have shades on, Bane waits until the glass has settled before looking back up.
* Done by the Bug to effect a dramatic escape in ''Film/MenInBlack''.
* Played straight in ''Film/MinorityReport'', though the people coming through the skylight were armored police officers who, impliedly, do this sort of thing on a regular basis. However, they were coming down into someone's bedroom, where they ''knew'' two people had just been having sex.
** Flying glass was also somewhat less of a concern than the cuckolded husband mere seconds from bursting in and [[UnstoppableRage stabbing them a dozen times each with a pair of scissors.]]
* Played for tension rather than DynamicEntry in ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol''. Ethan Hunt has to free-climb up the outside of the highest building in the world to get to its well-protected server room. He does so using adhesive gloves, but as he's cutting his way through the glass, one of the gloves malfunctions. Cue ClimbSlipHangClimb sequence, but Ethan's dropped his laser cutter so has to smash his way through the partly-cut window. It won't break, so he has to swing outwards (hanging by his one remaining glove) and kick his way through.
* In ''Film/{{Mortdecai}}'', Charlie escapes from the Russians by jumping out of their window and onto Jock's motorcycle.
* In ''Film/TheMummyReturns'' Rick and Jonathan jump through a window, land on an awning, roll off that awning onto another one, and finally jump to the ground.
* ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreetPart2FreddysRevenge'': Freddy jumps through the glass doors of Lisa's house and disappears briefly after confusion at his inability to kill Lisa (Jesse, whose body he is controlling, won't let him).
* In ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet3DreamWarriors'', Kristen dives through the closed window of her bedroom to escape Freddy. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] as it is a dream and she has mad acrobatic skills in her dreams.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheParoleOfficer'', when a character attempts to escape from a police officer in the bank he has just robbed by swinging out through a window, only to bounce off of it. He picks himself off the floor and sheepishly says "toughened glass" to which the officer replies ''[[WhereDoYouThinkYouAre "Its a bank!"]]''.
* Averted in the Tony Jaa movie ''[[Film/TomYumGoong The Protector]]''. Tony's character is being chased by a four-wheeler down a hallway with large window at the end. Instead of jumping through, Tony ''runs vertically up the glass,'' and the four-wheeler crashes through below him.
* In ''Film/RemoWilliamsTheAdventureBegins'', Remo scratches the window of a gas chamber with a henchman's diamond tooth before diving through the window. Ultimately subverted when the "glass" shatters a split-second ''before'' he contacts it.
* ''Film/ResidentEvilApocalypse'', Alice, into the church, with the motorcycle. Slightly justified in that Alice is supposed to have weird [[CanonSue uber-kick-ass]] powers.
* The trailer for the remake of ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' shows Eddie riding his motorcycle through a window.
* Done to humorous effect in ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld''. [[RefugeInAudacity And Scott reaches back through the open window to grab his coat.]] The scene alone is worth price of admission.
* 1994's ''Film/TheShadow'' does a variation on this. Villain Shiwan Khan jumps out a window, to be sure, but he first breaks the glass telekinetically.
** Farley Claymore later ends up diving through a window overlooking the lobby (three floors up) while trying to flee from the Shadow, notably after the Shadow [[PsychicAssistedSuicide used his powers to make him believe that it really was an exit]]. Well, at least the glass isn't gonna be an issue for long...
* Kane escapes from the Devil's Reaper by jumping thrpugh a stained glass window in ''Film/SolomonKane''.
* The eponymous character in ''Film/{{Spawn}}''. Justified with his costume and cape acting as armor and Spawn being undead and thus unharmed even by bullets. That, and the fact that the movie hardly takes itself seriously.
* Prince Septimus does this during his HighDiveEscape in ''Film/{{Stardust}}''.
* ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'': Harrison crashes through a large glass window while fleeing from Spock, and gives it about as much attention as the air he was running through a moment before. Justified in that [[spoiler: his genetic engineering makes him NighInvulnerable]].
* In ''[[Film/StarWarsEpisodeIIAttackOfTheClones Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones]]'', Obi-Wan jumps through the window to grab the killer-bug carrying droid. (although, as the ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' [[http://darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0226.html annotation points out]] you'd expect Anakin to do this instead of him)
* ''Film/SupermanII'', when the three Kryptonian criminals invade the ''Daily Planet'': "When are these people ever going to learn to use a doorknob?"
* ''Film/TotalRecall1990''. Richter jumps through the front window of The Last Resort brothel to escape the firefight going on inside.
* In ''Film/TheTournament'', Petrov enters the church by leaping through the window; immediately scattering a spray of grenades around him.
* Done during the climax of ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' Sam, his girlfriend Carly, and the marines they're with have to jump out of a window ''of a tilted building, hundreds of stories up'' to escape a Decepticon chasing them [[spoiler: they don't land on the ground per se but slide along the building till they're force to shoot the glass to drop to a lower floor or else fall to their deaths.]]
* ''Film/UndercoverBrother'', film version, uses this in place of a TransformationSequence.
%%* ''Film/{{Wanted}}'' LOVES this trope.
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'': When Roger leaves Mr. Maroon's office in a huff after finding his wife Jessica was [[LiteralMetaphor playing patty-cake]] with Marvin Acme, he goes ''out the window'', leaving [[ImpactSilhouette a Roger-shaped-hole]] in the blinds and glass.
* Subverted in the Made For TV ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' movie. After knocking down the British agent who had captured them, they try crashing through the window to escape. Unfortunately, the window features a new invention - bulletproof glass. They bounce.
** . . . and later on use a different trope to get away.
* In ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', Cowardly Lion turns away from the fake Wizard effect, sprints down a hallway screaming, and jumps out a glass window into some bushes.
* In ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', Mystique tried this to escape from Magneto. It did not work very well.
* ''Film/MaxManus''. Max tries to escape from the Gestapo by jumping out the window. RealityEnsues and he ends up in hospital instead. Fortunately he escapes with the help of sympathetic hospital staff, and when Max arrives in Scotland for training, he's become FamedInStory as the guy who jumped out the window.

* Injun Joe's running away from the Muff Potter's trial in ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer''.
* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'': Butler does something similar when [[TheJuggernaut he crashes through a (supposedly) impenetrable glass door.]]
* Interestingly, in light of the notes on vampires above, ''{{Dracula}}'', in the Bram Stoker [[Literature/{{Dracula}} novel]] of the same name, only does this once despite his preference for windows above doors. In other instances, he either slides into cracks between the window and frame, or he has something else break the glass for him. In the example of this trope, however, it's daytime and he can't change forms, but is still [[MadeOfIron tough enough]] to just leap through the pane.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', [[spoiler: believe it or not: Severus Snape]] does this. With an ImpactSilhouette, no less.
* Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy: The FinalBattle of the first book takes place at the top of a tower whose exterior wall is made entirely of a single, cylindrical sheet of multicoloured stained glass. Vin, whose Mistborn powers include NotQuiteFlight and [[ItMakesSenseInContext shooting coins]], enters by first piecing the glass with a series of coins, then crashing through the weakened section. The scene is written from the perspective of one of the villains, who first sees a single coin shoot through the glass and roll across the floor, then more coins, then ''POW''. Creator/BrandonSanderson knows how to write awesome.
* In ''The Sour Lemon Score'', Literature/{{Parker}} escapes from George Uhl's ambush by diving through the farmhouse window when Uhl shoots Bernie Weiss. The house is so dilapidated that he takes most of the most of the window frame with him.
* Used in ''[[Literature/RachelGriffin The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin]]'': the eponymous Rachel fails to open a window with magic and is forced to crash through it on her FlyingBroomstick. The result is not described directly, but Rachel has difficulty persuading the next person she talks to that ICanStillFight.
* Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant does this all the time. Museums, private houses, villas, evil lair... no window is safe. His lack of any wounds is justified, as he's a walking skeleton.
* ''[[Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge]]''. The Stainless Steel Rat does this the first time he's captured by the Grey Men. Only to find their leader has [[CrazyPrepared posted two guards outside the window]].
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** ''Literature/{{Allegiance}}'' has Mara Jade performing this trope, though she uses fancy Force-assisted acrobatics to cut a round hole before she actually hits it. She does this to both a stone wall and a window, and notes that the window was much easier.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* A ''Series/TwentyFour'' Day 8 episode deconstructed this; a suicide bomber broke out of the window when he was surrounded by Jack Bauer and his crew, but ended up limping as he walks into the oxygen chamber.
* In ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'', George Reeves as the title character wouldn't bother finding a window -- he'd just break through a ''wall''. (One, he's '''Superman''', dammit -- and two, foam and papier mache debris was cheaper and safer than stunt glass.)
* ''Series/AgentCarter'' has a tragic variation in the first season. Chief Dooley, trapped into a thermal suit that is building up toward an explosion, jumps out a window to avoid taking anybody else with him. He shoots the window first to weaken it, and injuries from the crash aren't an issue at this point.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': Combined with OutrunTheFireball in "Canaries" when Oliver and Roy do this to escape from a bomber by leaping through his apartment windows just after he presses the detonator.
* ''Series/TheATeam'' does this frequently. Usually by Murdock. One specific example occurs in "[[Recap/TheATeamS2E16SayItWithBullets Say It With Bullets]]", where, during the raid on one of the villains' hideout, Hannibal and B.A. jump through the window to go after the bad guys. As usual for television, shards of glass fly everywhere, [[SoftGlass but they're not hurt at all.]]
* Happens in the last episode of ''Series/BirdsOfPrey'' when Barbara and Dinah [[spoiler:swing into their villain-occupied headquarters through the gigantic clock tower window]].
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'' heroes and villains are fond of this (the original film had an especially good one-take example).
** Buffy and Faith actually use this as a weapon in "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E14BadGirls}} Bad Girls]]" when they burst into a vampire nest through a painted-over window in broad daylight, setting one vampire on fire and causing the rest to flee in panic.
** In "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E5Homecoming}} Homecoming]]" Buffy and Cordelia are fighting a demon inside an abandoned shack when someone fires a grenade into it. Buffy grabs Cordelia and jumps through one window. The demon jumps through another window...[[OhCrap only to bounce off the shutters, falling back onto the grenade]].
* Spoofed when Series/{{Angel}} does this and later complains about being billed for the broken window.
%%* ''Series/TheCrowStairwayToHeaven'' TV series.
* In ''Series/{{Danger 5}}'', this is done OncePerEpisode by no one other than ''Hitler''. The Danger 5 team, having fought their way through another slew of [[WidgetSeries improbably freakish bad guys]], will confront Hitler only for him to escape through the nearest window. Head first. Sometimes while he's duel-wielding machine guns. And in a RunningGag, it's always StockFootage from the first time he does this. Our heroes only succeed in killing him ([[NotQuiteDead or so they think]]) when they finally corner Hitler in an undersea base which doesn't have windows.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E4TheAndroidInvasion "The Android Invasion"]], the Fourth Doctor opened the door of a UNIT office to find his EvilKnockoff RobotMe, slammed the door shut, and then leapt sideways through the window down onto the carpark storeys below.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E6TheSeedsOfDoom "The Seeds of Doom"]], the Fourth Doctor crashed straight down through a ceiling skylight to ambush the enemies in the room, defeating them all in the confusion with only his bare hands, retrieving someone's gun, pointing it at the room and announcing "[[BondOneLiner I win.]]"
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E4TheGirlInTheFireplace "The Girl in the Fireplace"]], the Tenth Doctor crashes through a window -- on a horse, no less. Technically it was part TimePortal, part mirror, but 100% [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome awesome]]!
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]], the Tenth Doctor throws himself through a skylight. [[SubvertedTrope Only that time it actually hurt.]] And was [[PlayedForDrama horrible]].
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent "Heaven Sent"]], the Twelfth Doctor jumps out of a window and falls from a great height into the sea. The impact is enough to make him lose consciousness, but he isn't otherwise injured.
* Ray Kowalski on ''Series/DueSouth'' did this on a motorcycle once.
* In ''Series/FatherTed'', Father Jack repeatedly exits the parochial house by jumping through the window, whether it's fleeing in terror from a nun or just because he can't be bothered to use the door. Subverted when they install the Plexiglass. The window remains undamaged as Jack bounces to the floor.
%%* ''Series/ForeverKnight''
* Claire Bennett does this on ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' to get away from the Petrelli clan. And honestly, if Mama Petrelli cornered me in my real father's office, and he were on her side, and I ''knew'' I'd [[HealingFactor regenerate]] from any wounds I suffered anyway, I'd jump out a 10-story window, too.
* Done a couple of times in ''Series/{{Highlander}}: the Series''. It helps when you know you're immortal and will heal within minutes.
** Slan Quince both enters ''and'' leaves this way when he first introduces himself to Duncan. (Complete with rubber sword blade hilariously boinging around in the slow-mo exit after hitting the window frame.)
** Richie Ryan escapes out a second-story warehouse window on a motorcycle.
* In ''Series/TheITCrowd'', [[spoiler: Denholm Renholm]] nonchalantly steps out of a thirtieth-floor window during a board meeting to off himself when some "irregularities in the pension fund" are exposed.
* A RunningGag in "La Oficina" sketch of the Chilean show ''Jappening con Ja'' is having [[ProfessionalButtKisser Espina]] open one of the office building's windows (and the office itself is located in one of the top stores of a rather high building) and throw himself off it whenever his "beloved" boss lectured him, screaming [[CatchPhrase "Me castigo jefe, ME CASTIGO"]] ("I'm punishing myself, sir, I'm punishing myself!"). Then [[IronButtMonkey he would return to the office completely unharmed]].
* ''Series/MajorCrimes'': In "Hindsight, Part 4", Amy and Coop arrive a motel just as a suspect flees a shootout by diving through a closed window. He gets up still shooting.
* Col. Flagg tries this in an episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', after telling the others in the room to look away since he has to leave like the wind, traceless. Crash.
-->'''Hawkeye''': ''[Looks out the shattered window]'' "The Wind" just broke his leg.
* ''Series/MissionImpossible'': In "The Princess", the assassin twice escapes by jumping through a closed window. No reason is given why they do not open it first.
* Gambit was fond of doing this when he was racing to the rescue in ''Series/TheNewAvengers''. He comes crashing through the window of a folly in "Dead Men are Dangerous", and a health farm in "the Deadly Angels".
* ''Series/{{Poirot}}'': In ''The Veiled Lady'', when both Literature/HerculePoirot and Captain Hastings are cornered by the police for burglary, Poirot distracts them, allowing Hastings more time to run toward the windowed back door exit with the special Chinese fortune box in his hands. But by then the door is locked, so Hastings gets a SugarWiki/{{Moment of|Awesome}} CrazyAwesome by jumping out through the window, smashing the glass from inside.
* When Seth Green gets ''Series/{{Punkd}}'', the setup involves a supposed raid on an illegal casino, requiring at least one federal agent to enter by somersaulting through a window. In the post-prank interview Seth Green recalls thinking "that was really unnecessary".
* Season 2 Opener of ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'' has [[spoiler: Ashley and her squad of near-vampires entering sanctuaries throughout the world through their skylights and proceed to tear things apart.]]
* ''Series/TheScarletPimpernel'' (the 1999 miniseries): In the first episode, Pimpernel throws himself against a closed window in order to escape from Chauvelin after those two confronted each other in a French café.
* ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' - hippie tv show host Dr. Braino (John Candy) gets too high and does it - then does it again in the only other skit he's in.
* In ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', one of Anderson's theories about the Reichenbach Fall involves Sherlock crashing through a window after bungee-jumping off the roof.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', [[spoiler:Kyla Willowbrook]] ''[[RealityEnsues died]]'' attempting one of these. [[{{Franchise/Superman}} Clark]] does this all the time, but that's [[NighInvulnerability justified]].
* ''Series/{{Spaced}}'' had a brilliant moment with Simon Pegg and a surprise window exit.
* Daniel Jackson pulls this in an episode of ''Series/StargateSG1''. He has to shoot the glass ahead of time, but manages to get through without injury ([[spoiler:of course, the radiation on the other side was not so accommodating]]).
* Sam and Dean in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' do this to escape from the demon Alistair. Unfortunately for them, they aren't made of steel - the following scene has them pulling shards of glass out of their bodies, and Dean even having dislocated his shoulder from the fall. It's logically treated as a GodzillaThreshold sort of thing, with their options being "jump out the window and hopefully survive" or "stay inside with the angry psychopathic demon with skills in torture who just [[NoSell laughed off]] our magic demon-killing knife."
* John does this in the pilot of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles''. Granted, he's trying to get away from a Terminator.
** He does this again in the season 2 premiere, when he's trying to escape from [[spoiler:Cameron after she'd temporarily gone rogue]].
* In the second episode of ''Series/ThirdWatch'', Maurice "Bosco" Boscorelli tackles an armed felon and they both go through a ''second floor'' window.
* Myka, Pete, and Claudia of ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' all get trapped inside a house stored at the eponymous Warehouse. If they try to leave, the house simply warps space so that they are instead entering the house again. So Pete does the (semi) logical thing to do and jumps through a window instead. [[spoiler: ...Which causes him to jump ''in'' through the window [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments right next to it.]]]]
* ''Series/WhiteCollar'': Neal grabs a banner, cuts one end free, and dramatically swings across a courtyard and straight through the window on the other side.
* Omar Little did this to escape certain death on ''Series/TheWire''. Unusually for the trope he was badly injured by the move, but it was from a fourth-floor window. This was taken from Omar's real-life inspiration, Donnie Andrews, with one difference: Donnie jumped from the ''sixth'' floor. The TV show had to turn it down to make it believable, and even then...
-->'''Marlo Stanfield''': That's some Spider-Man shit there.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'', episode "Colony": One of the clones jumps through a closed window to escape the alien bounty hunter.
* [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness The original intro]] to ''Series/TheProfessionals'' had Cowley running a team of [=CI5=] agents (including Bodie and Doyle) through a battle course, including a scene where they have to simultaneously dive through four free-standing french doors, do an UnnecessaryCombatRoll and come up firing. It was replaced by the more familiar 'car smashing through a plate-glass window' sequence.
* ''Series/SWAT1975''. Rod Perry does this in the TitleSequence, [[RuleOfCool rising completely unharmed with his AR-15 in the fire position]].
* In ''Series/JackOfAllTrades''. During a ButNowIMustGo scene the masked hero tosses a coin to a flunky, saying it's for the broken window.
-->'''Flunky:''' What broken window?
-->''(Jack gives a boisterous laugh and jumps through the window, shutters and all)''

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* Music/ToriAmos executes a particularly random one a few seconds into the music video for "Pretty Good Year," jumping ''into'' a building. The scene replays in reverse at the end. Chalk it up to the 'supernatural creature' category.
* Music/BillyIdol rides a motorcycle through a stained glass window in the video for "White Wedding".
** HarsherInHindsight: While it didn't involve crashing through windows, he would later be injured in a motorcycle accident several years later.
* In the "I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)" video by Music/MeatLoaf, there's a scene where the Beast character drives through a window on a motorcycle and causes a chandelier to crash for good measure.
* Music/{{Metallica}} music video "I Disappear" has Danish drummer Lars Ulrich jumping through a window to escape an exploding building, ''Film/DieHard'' style.
* In Music/{{Yellowcard}}'s "Ocean Avenue", one guy jumps out a second-story window to escape a pair of pursuers. Repeatedly, because of a GroundhogDayLoop.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* At Ride/UniversalStudios:
** Yogi and Boo-Boo in ''Ride/TheFuntasticWorldOfHannaBarbera'' escape the haunted castle in the ''Scooby-Doo'' scene by going right through a window.
** In ''Ride/JimmyNeutronsNicktoonBlast'', during the Rugrats scene, Jimmy and Carl exit the characters' home by smashing right through an upstairs window.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations'': Altaïr crashes through the big window behind the Mentor's chair during his escape from Masyaf. It's a bit of a DespairEventHorizon since he's forced to leave the castle he called home in the hands of the BigBad, not to mention the fact that he's leaving [[spoiler: his wife's corpse in the garden]].
* Used as one of many possible takedowns in the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries''.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'': Double points here.
** Once during the campaign, while zip-lining INTO a window.
** In multi-player, diving through a window into a prone position, then offing an opponent within 2 seconds or so will get you a gamerscore achievement.
* In ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'', Serge [[spoiler:in Lynx form]] and co. smash through another stained glass window to escape a NighInvulnerable robot.
* Marle in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' does this (in slow motion) to rescue her father on trial. Bonus points, though a ''[[BloodstainedGlassWindows stained glass window]].''
* Doable in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRenegade''. Most windows that are big enough to jump through are breakable, which means if you get pinned down in the upper floors of that Hand of Nod you can make a hasty exit through the window.
* The first ''Videogame/{{Crash Bandicoot|1996}}'' pulls one of these off during its [[ExcusePlot minimal backstory.]]
* Possible in ''VideoGame/DeusEx'', but only with ceiling glass, and unless you have something soft to break your fall or the right augments it will likely result in broken legs.Impossible to do with windows, as they have to be shot or otherwise broken before making the jump.
** Also doable in ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', again only with ceiling glass, and only in one spot [[spoiler: while infiltrating the port in Hengsha.]] You do need augments to avoid killing yourself in the process, but it ''can'' be done completely stealthy (by activating your [[InvisibilityCloak cloak]] before breaking the glass).
* ''VideoGame/DieHard'' for the NES allows you to jump through a window, out of a building from thirty stories up. [[spoiler:This kills you]].
* Hilarious example in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': in the Heaven's Feel path, Shirou and Kotomine have to quickly escape from a castle. Kotomine jumps out the window, and Shirou, after a moment's hesitation, follows. Problem is: they're on the eighth floor, and Kotomine is a very experienced magus who knows how to soften his landing. Shirou barely avoids crippling physical damage (he notes it's a miracle he didn't break anything), and afterward all his companions are staring in wonder at what a colossal idiot he is.
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'': a scientist does this rather awesomely, only to die moments later. This is commented on in ''Machinima/FreemansMind''.
** It's entirely possible he'll run toward you, and even if he doesn't, you can save him by killing the zombies before they can hit him.
* The intro to ''VideoGame/JakXCombatRacing'' has [[BadassDriver Jak]] drive through [[ExplodingFishTanks an aquarium]] and into a bar in order to rescue [[DeadpanSnarker Daxter]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', Link, in wolf form, has to break through a window to get into one of the buildings. It's not particularly dramatic, but it ''is'' effective without being harmful to Link.
* ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' has a few examples. Notably, the SWAT teams on the skylight version, and Neo doing a normal window version to try and save somebody, being MadeOfIron Neo doesn't take any damage.
* Done with BulletTime at the beginning of ''MaxPayne 3'''s second level.
* Played to the hilt in ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge'', where Faith goes through windows just like she goes through doors: with a hefty kick or shoulder charge and nary a pause. This is a Dystopia with a giant nanny state and [[RepressiveButEfficient a very overworked janitorial staff]], so [[FridgeBrilliance presumably safety glass has been mandated by law ''everywhere'']].
* ''VideoGame/{{Nidhogg}}'' has the Wilds stage, which features buildings with glass windows that a player can break and/or dive kick out of.
* Averted with ''VideoGame/PAYDAYTheHeist''. SWAT will usually use explosives to destroy windows before rappelling inside. You can't jump through a glass window yourself; you have to shoot out the glass first.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': At the end of TheCaper that serves as the game's ActionPrologue, the protagonist escapes the casino he's robbing by jumping straight through a multi-story window and landing unscathed several stories below. His MissionControl calls him out for showing off and implies the only reason he did it was because it was "a stylish way to end a job." [[spoiler:After all, he was ''trying'' to be caught.]]
* Possible by crouch-jumping through a window in ''{{Postal}} 2'', though realistically you take a bit of damage. The police also tend to get very perturbed when you do it around them.
* ''Franchise/PrinceOfPersia'':
** In ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2: The Shadow and the Flame'', the Prince begins his escape from the palace by jumping through a window. The gameplay begins at the exact moment he breaks through the glass.
** Level 4 of ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia1'' had a Super ''Mirror'' Jump, which is how the Prince's LivingShadow gets away from him.
* The NES game ''Rescue: The Embassy Mission'' had your rescue operatives do this, as shown on the cover.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', Leon is capable of jumping through windows without injury, simply by covering his face, which is good, because he tends to exit buildings this way. He also almost never climbs ''down'' a ladder.
** Leon really takes it to the extreme in this game. Almost any window you can walk up to can be leapt through with no consequence (and thanks to the giant flashing button on the screen, it's encouraged). Leave a house through the door? NEVER; OUT THE SECOND FLOOR WINDOW! Climb down a ladder in the three story tower? NO, JUST JUMP STRAIGHT DOWN! It's worth noting you can break a window and still jump through it, but it often just has Leon hop over the windowsill instead of [[RuleOfCool diving through it]].
** Hell, even Ada, who's wearing a skin-bearing {{qipao}}, can pull it off exactly like Leon, without getting a scratch.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica'', Steve jumps through a window in BulletTime, a ShoutOut to the opening of ''Film/TheMatrix'', to save Claire from a Bandersnatch.
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshade hung]] in ''VideoGame/SaGa2'': The main character's father ''always'' leaves buildings through windows, leaving the other characters wondering aloud what the point is.
* ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'''s Speed Highway has a tall building with a glass structure jutting out the sides; Sonic breaks the glass by standing on it for a second. From there, he runs down the building without being injured by falling shards.
* The original ''VideoGame/SyphonFilter'' has Logan jump through the Expo Center lobby's glass ceiling 50 feet up. He jumps through another window to enter [[BloodstainedGlassWindows Rhoemer's cathedral stronghold]].
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': This is Saxton Hale's preferred way of entry. To top it all off, he manages to succeed doing this while ''jumping from a plane without a parachute''!
* The eternally [[NiceGuy cheerful and friendly]] Papyrus in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' tries to encourage the protagonist to make friends with his friends, including the HotBlooded HeroAntagonist Undyne. His idea of leaving the two of them alone to get acquainted is to [[BlatantLies blatantly]] [[INeedToGoIronMyDog lie about]] [[PottyEmergency needing to use the bathroom]] (not only do [[NobodyPoops monsters generally not have that function]][[note]]Specifically, monster ''food'' is made of magic and is digested completely, leaving nothing to, ah, pass through. If a monster were to eat human food, that would be different, but there's none of that available in the Underground anyway.[[/note]], ''Papyrus is a [[DemBones skeleton]]'') and then ''take a flying leap out the window'', leaving glass shards in the house. If you look out of the window, Undyne just mentions that Papyrus usually nails the landing... so not only does Papyrus ''regularly'' do this, apparently this time he failed in some unseen but comical manner.
* Averted in the old click and drag game ''VideoGame/{{Uninvited}}'', any attempt to break the windows to get out of the haunted house lead to you bleeding to death; no you can't clear the shards with a chair or something; it just doesn't work.
* All units in ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' can, and will, bash their way through glass windows when they need to get to point B. Justified, as your XCOM soldiers are wearing body armor (and later PowerArmor), the aliens are rather [[WeHaveReserves callous towards their infantry]] and most are strong enough anyway, and any surviving civilians during Terror missions are probably desperate/terrified enough that they won't care about the potential injuries.
** Taken UpToEleven in ''Videogame/XCOM2'', which records every single broken window and kicked-in door ''across all games'' and posts the total to the [[https://xcom.com/xcom-2-stats official website]]. As of June 2017, the total cost of repair stands at nearly ''$14 trillion'' for 21 million broken windows, amongst other damages.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Parodied in ''WebVideo/CodeMENT''. When Lelouch jumps out of a second story window, a corresponding clip from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' plays as a sort of "stunt double".
* One Website/{{DarwinAward|s}} was given to a banker who ran into a window to show how strong it was. When the window was installed on a skyscraper. However, it was subverted in that the window didn't break, the frame holding it did.
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' features its own take on this, with Strong Bad's action hero alter ego Dangeresque, who often goes out of his way to make this exit (preceded by his CatchPhrase "Looks like I'm gonna have to ''jump''!")
* The first and second seasons of ''WebAnimation/InternationalMoronPatrol'' featured Roger doing this... then falling flat on his face.
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' ran off-screen and did this upon learning that the kid in ''Film/JingleAllTheWay'' was played by Jake Lloyd, the same actor as [[Franchise/StarWars Anakin "Annie" Skywalker]]:
-->'''Critic''': * crash* Aaaaaahhhhh....! * thud* My God what a tall building!
* Adam Dodd in v3 of ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' escaped a grenade thrown into the barracks he was hiding in by jumping off a cot and through a window, somehow avoiding injury.
* In the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', Tennyo does this during the Halloween invasion of Whateley Academy, to get two students she's carrying out of the line of heavy machine gun fire aimed at her.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', Dr. [=McNinja=] gets the jump on some thugs by entering the warehouse via the skylight. This comes immediately after he asks himself "What would Franchise/{{Batman}} do?"
** A [[http://drmcninja.com/page.php?pageNum=30&issue=3 few pages]] later, Donald [=McBonald=] [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere pulls one]].
* The creator of ''{{Webcomic/Antics}}'' said "if I ever draw a window, you better believe something is about to bust through it".
* ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'': Dan did this [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_1205.php off-panel]].
* Webcomic/DominicDeegan ends up doing one [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2011-01-26 here]]. Sorry, haters, but it's just an ImagineSpot; he's not leaping to his death.
* Ellen tries this in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' shortly after her creation and subsequent CloningBlues, with added coolness from making her duplicate (or original?) throw her at the window. The coolness factor is negated when the window lacks any glass. And is a story up. THUMP.
* [[TheBerserker Byron]] in ''Webcomics/GuildedAge'' does this early in the story when the group comes to rescue Frigg. In his internal monologue, he mentions it's a good way to shake your opponents and build up your own confidence.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', Roxy's favorite means of transportation involves jumping through portal windows, though she tends to break them first. Dirk however, in the "[S] Dirk: Synchronize" animation, does several bona fide breakings through windows on his [[SkySurfing rocket board]].
* Plasma-Man has done this [[http://amazingplasmaman.com/comics/32 at least]] [[http://amazingplasmaman.com/comics/57/ twice]] in ''Webcomic/TheIncredibleAndAweInspiringSerialAdventureOfTheAmazingPlasmaMan''.
* Sal Walters, one of the [[SuperSoldier alien-enhanced abductees]] in ''Webcomic/ItsWalky'' jumps in and out through upper story windows more often than not, leading comments from her boyfriend about all the broken glass. The BigBad eventually gets to cause an excellent anticlimactic moment with Sal-proofed windows. (She then promptly bursts through the ''floor'', but it was a good try.)
* Invoked in [[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20081110 this]] ''Webcomic/LeastICouldDo'' strip ... and immediately subverted in the [[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20081111 next one]].
* In ''Webcomic/MagickChicks'', [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/something_something_avenger Tiffany pulls one on a glass door]] and is promptly informed that [[ThereWasADoor there was a doorbell]].
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}'': "[[Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka Great Teacher]] Largo" jumps through a window to escape Ping, and badly hurts his leg. It later bites him in the rear in a DDR match.
** Of course, he ''does'' heal astonishingly fast.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', this is one of the special abilities of the Dashing Swordsman prestige class, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0392.html which is demonstrated]] right after Elan [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in it]].
** The trope is discussed in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0471.html this strip]], where Elan explains that Dashing Swordsmen are immune to damage caused by broken glass for precisely this reason.
** This happens [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0589.html again]], but it's the third dramatic entrance on the whole page. (It's pointed out that ThereWasADoor, but it wouldn't have made for a suitably BigEntrance).
** Elan's mentor in Dashing Swordsmanship evidently performed this [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0937.html to enter a dentist's office]]. Luckily for the dentist, the window was left glass-free, reducing cleanup and replacement expenses.
** Happens to not just Elan, but to [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0284.html Belkar and Miko]] too. Given that they're already bloodied from their fight, it's impossible to tell whether any of the wounds are from the broken glass. And of course, being moderately-high level D&D-based characters, they're explicitly far more durable than real-life humans.
* ''Webcomic/{{Panthera}}'' uses this [[http://www.pantheracomic.com/?p=1353 here]] when [[spoiler: the Ovid building is collapsing because of Oosterhuis]] and they all need to get out ''immediately''.
* In ''Webcomic/TheRifters'' it's not very obvious, but this is how Jo gets into Carnby's tower (see [[http://www.indoorempire.com/4-take-me-with-you-leader here]])
* In ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'', Emil decides to set a building on fire upon escaping it along with Sigrun after finding out it's troll-infested, but in the heat of the moment forgets that Lalli may still be in it. Lalli escapes via doing this from a 2nd floor window. Lalli is later seen getting small glass shards out of his clothes.
* In ''Webcomic/StickManStickMan'', a CorruptCorporateExecutive [[http://qntm.org/files/stickmanstickman/comics.php?n=556 pulls one]] to escape. The height aspect is [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'', this is the [[http://xkcd.com/439/ logical conclusion]] to worrying about relationships.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Batman does this regularly in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''.
** Despite the Joker knowing enough about the silliness, he does a super window jump (from a considerable height) of his own in ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Mask of the Phantasm]]''. But then again he IS aware of his own JokerImmunity.
* Boldsteed, a horse, does this in episode 20 of ''WesternAnimation/BooBoomTheLongWayHome'' when rescuing his four friends from the industrial laundry they are being trapped in.
* Stewie does this in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''; when it happens he's replaced with a ''very'' noticeable StuntDouble.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Less Than Hero", the mayor attempts to summon the New Justice Team - [[spoiler: Actually Fry, Leela, and Bender]] - while they're right in front of him in his office. In order to not blow their identities they quickly make up excuses; [[spoiler: Fry]] declares that he can't take life anymore and jumps out through a window, and instantly returns in-costume through a ''different'' window.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', when Billy is scared by Grim and Mandy dressed as clowns, he throws himself out the window to escape, then immediately reenters the house, only to be scared again and jump out the ''other'' window. This continues until every window is broken. When Billy realizes he's run out of windows, he runs over to a neighbor's house, politely knocks, enters the house and [[OverlyLongGag jumps out ''their'' window.]]
* Jonny Quest does this in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'', a clip that's shown in the TitleSequence.
* Subverted for laughs at the start of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode, "Dragon Quest". Fluttershy rushes towards a closed window in panic, enters a "ready to jump" pose, and... gently opens the window in an exaggerated manner before continuing her jump.
* Mr. Slave does one of these in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "South Park Is Gay!". Unfortunately, because it wasn't safety glass [[LampshadeHanging he ends up a bleeding mess on the floor]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'', forbidden (among numerous [[MoralGuardians heavy restrictions]]) to depict anyone breaking through glass, caused Spidey to leap through always open or conspicuously, utterly windowless spaces.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E14LegacyOfMandalore "Legacy of Mandalore"]], Fenn Rau flies through the glass wall of the Clan Wren stronghold during his BigDamnHeroes moment.
* Casey Jones makes a dramatic entrance this way in one episode of the 2003 ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]''.