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- An ad for a sports drink has NASCAR driver Tony Stewart climbing a speedway fence in victory. And keep climbing. Disregarding the fact that no-one actually, you know, builds fences THAT high to begin with ...
- Another sports/energy drink ad has a basketball player jumping through Earth's atmosphere and space to make a slam dunk on the moon.
Anime & Manga
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: Rei Ayanami after merging wih the angel Lilith in End of Evangelion. For some context, she is seen standing (presumably) on the Earth and holding the Moon with her armsnote without needing to reach upward.
- In AKIRA, Tetsuo visits space for a couple of seconds to punch out a satellie laser weapon.
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has Simon, Yoko and Kamina do this as they break through to the surface in the first episode. They may not leave the atmosphere but the curvature of the world is quite clearly visible.
- In Pokémon, whenever Ash's Charizard uses Seismic Toss on his enemies, a globe will inexplicably appear as soon as Charizard starts to gain momentum so he can throw said enemy onto the ground.
- During the Unown meeting in the interim between the first Sinnoh Arc and the Unova Arc in We Are All Pokémon Trainers, the group gets teleported into space, being saved from dying due to the Unown's power. They end up seeing the planet in its entirety before being teleported to the Sinjoh Ruins.
- From the second film onward, this was the standard ending shot for Superman movies.
- In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Eddie Valiant falls off an incredibly high building in Toontown, so high only clouds are visible below and even an airplane flies underneath him.
- And in one of the Roger Rabbit shorts that were released with the movies as promos, Roger and Baby Herman go on a rollercoaster that goes this high.
- The Delivery Stork in Dumbo looks down from the clouds and sees the southern United States, with all the states clearly labeled and colored.
- The Blues Brothers contains a "live-action" example, where a car, full of pursuers of the main characters, run off the end of a bridge and suddenly find themselves plummeting onto downtown Chicago from a height of thousands of feet.
- In Over the Hedge, a propulsive propane tank sends Verne and R.J. over an airplane in flight.note
- Happens to Arthur Dent in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy when Slartibartfast takes him on a tour of Earth Two in a sort of hyperspeed elevator.
- The edge of Aslan's Country in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair overlooks Narnia in this fashion, with a sheer cliff face high enough up that giant storm clouds floating over the ocean look like sheep grazing on grass below. Naturally, one of the protagonists accidentally pushes a friend off the edge in the first chapter.
Myth and Religion
- The story of Daedaleus and Icarus from Classical Mythology. While attempting to escape King Minos' guards, Daedaleus and his son Icarus build fake wings as an attempt to fly off the island of Crete, but Icarus flies too high and as a result the sun (which is unusually very low in the sky) burns off his wings causing him to fall into the ocean and drown.
- Haphaestus was thrown from the top of Mount Olympus, and per the Iliad, fell for more than a day, although he did land in the ocean (or in other accounts, on an island; ouch).
- One Sunday strip of Calvin and Hobbes shows views of Calvin ascending the ladder for the 'big' slide in the playground, climbing higher and higher and finally reaching orbit from Calvin's POV.
- There was also the time they went to Mars. When they returned Calvin said he was pretty sure they lived in "a big purple country" and their house was "by the E in the word 'States' ".
- The Worlds of Synnibarr roleplaying game features an engineered mountain range that is impossible to climb for the simple reason that it extends beyond the planet's atmosphere.
- Avalon Code allows you to use a technique that literally combos an enemy into the sky, as the background shifts from the map you're on to the world map... then to the planet... then to the galaxy... and if you're really, really good (it's quite a feat even to get to this level, since the window gets smaller with each hit), you can make even the galaxy a small blue dot.
- Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica: When your party is going up the space elevator to the satellite. The floors are made of glass!
- Katamari Damacy games tend to do this towards the end, when the size of your katamari becomes comparable to the size of the Earth.
- Terraria lets you visit the uppermost layer of the world, named Space. Depending on your gear and the size of your world, you could reach it in a single leap.
- The Unreal Tournament map "Morpheus" is based on an absurdly tall triplet of skyscrapers, said to be 12 miles high. The version in the sequels takes this to even more ridiculous proportions.
- In the flash game Dolphin Olympics you can jump over the moon or reach the Restaurant at the End of the Universe".
- Whenever the Mushroom Planet is seen from outer space, there's always clouds above it, and clouds underneath.
- In World 5 of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Yoshi climbs from Death Mountain to Bubbly Clouds and eventually Space Zone.
- Parodied in Stinkoman 20X6, where Stinkoman jumps this high to get over a wall that is only just out of his normal jumping reach, spending the rest of the stage first flying upwards, then falling down.
- The La Costa Lotta hotel in Leisure Suit Larry 6 has a bungee jumping facility so high up that it reaches into space.
- In Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff, the Big Man (in a dream◊) gets some "unreal" air just by jumping. Well, this is only the background information to the example. In Homestuck, Dave creates a skateboard in the true SBAHJ style (i.e., composed of horrible JPEG artifact recombination), whose name is the "Unreal Air". It simply keeps going up and never comes back down.
It is RIDICULOUS what kind of air this thing is getting.
- The players' homes in Homestuck also reach absurd heights by the end of Act 5, being about as tall as the planets they're based on are wide.
- Rocko's Modern Life:
- Done with a roller coaster in the episode "Carnival Knowledge".
- "Who Gives A Buck" features an absurdly tall parking garage; Heffer gets a nosebleed on the way up, and a satellite is seen going by on the very top level.
- Done with an office building in "Magic Meatball".
- And on a diving board in The Fairly Oddparents.
- Then there was the time Francis got shot into space by going off a skateboard ramp.
- Shows up a few times in Ed, Edd n Eddy. In "A Pinch to Grow an Ed", the adjustable shoes Edd makes for Eddy extend into Earth orbit when they malfunction, this is what the page picture depicts. In "They Call Him Mr. Ed", Ed manages to build a space elevator from random junk.
- In the Clarence episode "Water Park", the top of a roller coaster at the titular setting is seen above flying airplanes.
- There is a bit of Lampshade Hanging in one episode of Family Guy when Brian and Stewie are flying over Europe in a balloon. Brian notes that he didn't know that borders and labels were actually visible from far up.
- This happens once in Johnny Test, when Johnny's sisters made an amusement park ride that literally went all the way into space just to scare him out of having an amusement park all around the house.
- Looney Tunes anyone? Especially in the early episodes where the sky was still blue and cloudy even though earth was getting smaller and smaller....
- The first Droopy cartoon "Dumb Hounded" has the Wolf jumping off a skyscraper that's so tall the view down shows all of the northeastern U.S., with state lines delineated!
- SpongeBob SquarePants uses the surface of the ocean for this, often times cutting to that little live-action island from the opening. Depending on whether basic physics feel like applying to the situation, a character going this high might fall back down as if through air, or float down gently.
- "Big Pink Loser": When Patrick believes he won an award, he shows it off to the island.
- At the end of "Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost", Spongebob blows a bubble that carries Squidward out of the water, and the island is seen when his bubble reaches the surface.
- In "Mrs. Puff, You're Fired", SpongeBob goes flying straight up from a ramp on a driving course (while crawling, no less) and pops up out of the water briefly.
- In "Rollercoaster", first episode of Phineas and Ferb
- Used seriously in Avatar: The Last Airbender in the episode "The Guru", when Aang is trying to induce the Avatar State. He is standing on a pathway in space, and looks down on his world before he comes crashing down when he realizes Katara's in danger.
- Occurs in the House of Mouse animated shorts "Donald's Pool" and "Mickey's Rival Returns."
- The ending of King Size Canary, which shows the Earth floating in the middle of an endless sky.
- One Animaniacs episode had a shopkeeper get an item from the highest shelf, first running into a mountain goat and then a floating astronaut.
- In the Adventure Time episode "The Tower", the plot revolves around Finn attempting to build a tower into space so that he can find and get revenge on his absent father. It actually touches on the altitude issue, as his plan stalls when he gets too high and passes out from lack of oxygen.
- The Steven Universe episode "Ocean Gem" features Lapis Lazuli trying to reach her Homeworld on a distant planet. Without a spaceship, she tries to leave Earth by hoisting the ocean's water into a tower that stretches far above the atmosphere.
- The Space Elevator, a proposed alternative to using shuttles to reach low earth orbit, would consist of a counterweight in geosynchronous orbit tethered to the surface with a super-strong cable which could then be "climbed" by the car. Sounds like something right out of one of these cartoons, but provided we're able to develop a strong enough material for the cable, it could become a reality in our lifetime.