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When a character needs to get from one room to another and the door is not an option, they will climb out the window and either [[ThePrecariousLedge shimmy along the ledge]] or jump from balcony to balcony until they can enter another window. Hotels and office buildings are common settings for this kind of stunt. It's also used a lot in stealth missions. The act adds an element of danger without actually requiring the character to be super fit or agile.

A sub trope of ThePrecariousLedge. Compare BathroomBreakOut and LoversLedge.

!! Examples:


* In ''Film/{{Charade}}'', Cary Grant's character follows an assailant out the window and across a few balconies.
* Silverstein does this in ''Tiempo De Valientes'' (an argentine film) to get into the restricted area of SIDE (the argentine intelligence agency).
* Indy does this in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''.
* Joe in ''Film/{{Looper}}'' tries this and ends up falling a couple stories.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheMatrix''. Neo is told to do this to escape the Agents looking for him near the beginning, but chokes when he sees the [[ThePrecariousLedge skinny ledge]] and great height.
* Maggie Carpenter does this in ''Film/RunawayBride'' to try and avoid getting caught snooping around the reporter's room.
* In ''Film/TheNakedGun'', Frank Drebin does this. He needs to grab hold of the carvings of naked men and women to maintain his balance. HilarityEnsues.
* A segment of the film ''Cat's Eye'' is based on Creator/StephenKing's "The Ledge" (listed below).
* In ''Film/TheManWhoKnewTooLittle'', Lori escapes from Boris' hotel room this way. Wallace asks why they just don't use the hallway.
* Attempted in ''Film/FourteenOhEight''. The protagonist attempts to escape from the cursed room by climbing out the window and going to an adjacent room. Unfortunately for him [[spoiler: all the other rooms disappear from the wall of the hotel]].
* In ''ThatManFromRio'', Adrian tracks his kidnapped girlfriend Agnes to a hotel, where she's kept in one room in a suite with a gunman in the front room. Adrian gets around him by climbing out a corridor window and creeping along a high, narrow ledge to her room.
* In ''Film/WickerPark'', Lisa escapes from her upset lover across balconies and ends up meeting Alex.
* In ''Film/{{Salt}}'', the title character escapes persecution by climbing from the window of her apartment to a neighbor's.
* In ''Film/GrandHotel'', [[GentlemanThief the Baron]] burgles a hotel room by climbing from balcony to balcony -- then finds his return path blocked when someone emerges onto an adjoining balcony, trapping him in the room at a plot-critical moment.

* In ''Fanfic/WhatAboutWitchQueen'' Hans' escape from Koenigsberg starts with him exiting his room through the window and climbing down the castle wall.

* Literature/AlexRider does this in ''Stormbreaker''
* The Creator/StephenKing short story "The Ledge" is a very slight variation on this, as the protagonist is forced to circumnavigate the building and return to the ''same'' window.
* Variation happens twice in the ''LosingChristina'' series. Book One Christina needs it to get out the Manor to rescue Anya. In Book three she and Val have to use the balcony to escape the fire.

* In ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'', the survivors are forced to go out on the ledges of the Vannah Hotel to get around the fires.
* In ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'', You climb out the window to get into the office next door.
* ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent''. You have to smash a window, then hop across balconies to reach an otherwise blocked-off room.
* In ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', to get one of the badges, Mario has to enter one building, climb the stairs, exit through a window onto a ledge, go to the end of that ledge, hop to the next ledge, then enter through a ledge on that building... which has no visible street-level doors, even blocked or locked ones.
* Required frequently in ''SplinterCell''.
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'' the only way to get into the local offices of the Assassins is to enter from the rooftop. Getting to that rooftop will often mandate some unconventional approaches.
* Franchise/JamesBond can sneak across a ledge to bypass most of the second mission in ''VideoGame/{{Nightfire}}''. Unfortunately, there are windows on the wall with guards on the other side, so he has to be careful.