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[[caption-width-right:280:A spoonful of sugar helps the nanny and kids go down.]]

->''"It is the fate of all banisters worth sliding down that there is something nasty waiting at the far end."''
-->-- ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}''

Any comedy whose set includes an elaborate staircase with a long, swooping banister will inevitably require someone to slide down[[note]]Or [[Film/MaryPoppins up]][[/note]] that banister. Such slides are always rear-end first.

Half of the time, the slider will [[OhCrap not realize until it's too late]] that there's a finial at the very bottom just waiting to [[GroinAttack hit them in the crotch]]. The other half of the time, either there is no finial (as is the case in the opening to ''WesternAnimation/WaitTillYourFatherGetsHome'') or it will break off harmlessly when the slider hits it. In either of these cases, the slider then ends up sprawled uninjured on the floor.


[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}'': Yotsuba does this while racing her dad down the stairs to a [[ShrinesAndTemples shrine]].

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* Magazine/{{MAD}}'s spoof of the 1991 ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'' movie had, in one panel, a disembodied bum sliding down a banister.
* In Volume 5 of ''Comicbook/ScottPilgrim'', the hero does this, ending with a flying kick to the face of his own brother, whom he had mistaken for Gideon. The panel even features the word "[[UnsoundEffect BUTT-SLIDE]]" in large text.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' does this facing forward, and has to deal with the finial problem the hard way. Fortunately, ogres are tough.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'': Tack and the Thief go down the banister of a labyrinthine staircase in the Sultan's palace.
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''. As Andy is playing with Woody near the beginning, he sends Woody on a banister.
* Disney's ''Disney/MakeMineMusic'' segment "All The Cats Join In". After the teenage girl walks down the stairs to her house, the animator draws a railing. The girl's AnnoyingYoungerSibling younger sister jumps up on the railing and slides down it.
* Maria does it a couple of times in ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', most notably when she meets Manolo after his serenade.
* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', Anna slides down the rail of a spiral staircase at the start of "For the First Time in Forever".
* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'': To save Lumiere who's being melted by [=LeFou=], Cogsworth slides down the stair banister and jabs [=LeFou=] in the butt with a pair of scissors!

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/MaryPoppins'': Mary Poppins does this effectively. Being a MagicalNanny, she also goes ''[[InvertedTrope up]]'' the banister this way.
* Magenta does this in ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' causing the famous AudienceParticipation line --
-->'''Magenta:''' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis You're lucky, he's lucky, I'm lucky, we're all lucky!]]
-->'''Audience:''' [[NoIndoorVoice THE BANISTER'S LUCKY!]]
* Utilised by multiple fraternity boys (admittedly, most likely drunk and stoned at the time) during a musical number in ''Film/AcrossTheUniverse''.
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'': Bond slides down a banister while firing a Kalashnikov rifle, saw the newel post at the end, and blew it off just in time to avoid a ballistic groin impairment.
** In ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' he and Silva slide down the separator between escalators in the London subway system during their chase sequence.
* Chow Yun-Fat's Tequila does a banister slide of his own with GunsAkimbo in a classic shot from the first shootout of Creator/JohnWoo's ''Film/HardBoiled''.
* ''Film/SisterAct II'': Whoopi Goldberg does this dressed as a nun.
* ''Film/TheAvengers1998''. Mrs. Peel does a short one during her sword duel with Steed.
* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}''. Colonel Sanders, Dark Helmet and President Skroob do this to get to the SelfDestructMechanism's cancellation button.
* In ''Film/StarshipTroopers'', Carmen Ibanez does a short one while running to a shuttle.
* In the 1982 film ''Film/{{Annie|1982}}'', Miss Hannigan, Rooster and Lily slide down a bannister during the Easy Street number.
* Provides an important plot point in ''Film/ThirteenGhosts'', as [[spoiler:it is the place where Cyrus's money is hidden]].
* ''Film/TheBourneLegacy''. Aaron Cross does this ''on a motorcycle'' during the final chase scene, because the stairway is blocked by pedestrians.
* ''Film/{{Bullshot}}''. ComedicHero Bullshot Crummond does this backwards -- thus he misses seeing the newel and ends up [[GroinAttack limping away in great pain]].
-->"Captain Crummond, are you shot?!"
* Mary attempts one in ''Film/AllAboutSteve'', but painfully slows to a halt due to too much friction.
* Done by Creator/ShirleyTemple in her 1936 film ''{{Film/Dimples}}''.
* In ''Film/{{Mickey}}'', Mickey the tomboy has a habit of doing this when she's supposed to be sweeping the floors of the Drake mansion.
* In ''Film/FatherOfTheBride1991'' the titular bride's little brother pretends he's going to do this, much to the horror of his parents and the wedding coordinator, as the banister has been decked out for the wedding. Earlier in the film, Annie had done this as her father came home, and a flashback of his establishes that she's been doing this since childhood.

* In ''Literature/EllaEnchanted'', Ella's father and new step mother walk in on her and the prince enjoying themselves sliding down the giant banister in the castle in which the wedding has just taken place. Her new family members are not amused.
* A much milder version shows up in the first novel of ''Literature/TheMalloreon''. Eriond and Prince Kheva set up piles of pillows at the end of their banisters ... but Polgara walks in on their game just as one pillow burst and sent feathers all over. Having had some two thousand years of experience raising little boys, all she does is laugh and tell them they need to clean up the feathers.
* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
** Miles Vorkosigan does one near the beginning of ''Literature/TheWarriorsApprentice'' because he's got two broken legs, and is supposed to stay off his feet. Fortunately his father was at the bottom of the stairs, and managed to catch him.
** In ''Literature/CaptainVorpatrilsAlliance'', Ivan mentions that some earlier point in his life, Miles ended up breaking a leg doing something similar.
* In ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Starfighters of Adumar]]'', the banister slide is weaponized in a fight, when one character uses it to gain momentum before launching himself at their foes.
* ''The Queen's Museum and Other Fanciful Tales'', short story "The Christmas Truants". The boy Tomtit does one of these while the title characters are trying to escape the castle of a band of robbers.
* In Helen Wells' ''Literature/CherryAmes: Private Duty Nurse'', the heroine does this, causing her mother to jokingly remark, "Shocking behavior for a graduate nurse!" Cherry says her brother Charlie used to do it without using his hands.
* A throwaway detail in ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' is that when the tour group reaches a flight of stairs that leads to the Nut Room, Willy Wonka chooses to slide down the banister and the three remaining kids in the tour group follow suit.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' has a variation: Marco, Ax and Tobias slide down several stories of banister ''as cockroaches''. From their perspective, it's like bobsledding with rockets strapped to your back. Once it's over, they spend a few seconds [[WasntThatFun exulting in how awesome it was]] before declaring they will '''never''' be doing it again.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* In ''[[Series/TheTenthKingdom The 10th Kingdom]]'', the false Prince Wendell enters his coronation party by jumping on a banister and sliding down into the crowd.
* ''Series/HomeImprovement'': when Tim's mother moves out of the house Tim grew up in, Tim reminisces about sliding down the bannister. His brothers comment that Tim was the only one brave enough to go down facing forward, to which Tim replies that he ''was'' able to have kids anyway. Later, he takes a "slide down memory lane," and answers the door with a [[InstantSoprano falsetto voice]].
* In ''Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou'', Paul Merton claimed that "sliding down the banister" was the appropriate method before toilet paper was invented. When it was pointed out that this would make the bannister unusable for its intended purpose, he retorted that "of course you had your shit bannister and then you had your hand bannister. You don't see them nowadays because they were all melted down during UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo to make Spitfires".
* Red Skelton told a story about his son Richard sliding down the banister. Richard says, "You know that vase with 'Whistler's Mother' on it? The old girl just had a nervous breakdown!" Red goes on to say that Richard told him he wouldn't do that again- "I was going south and I met a splinter going north!"
* On ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', Lorelai pretends to try/actually tries to persuade Rory to slide down the banister at her debutante ball. Rory doesn't do it.
* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] on ''Series/{{QI}}'' of course. And, of course, plenty of buzzers went off on the mention of the word 'bannister'. Apparently, the correct term is 'balustrade' for the top part, and 'baluster' for the uprights.
-->'''Jo Brand:''' When I was in college I slid down a ''barrister''.\\
'''Phill Jupitus:''' Did you hit yourself on the knob at the end?

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Otto Soglow's ''TheLittleKing'' once showed the title character doing this, taking care to have his servants place a cushion in front of the sharp-pointed finial sculpture.
* Nemo and Flip slide down a very long and winding banister in ''ComicStrip/LittleNemo in Slumberland'', which ends up going in zig-zags, wavy bumps, and cork screws. It was later also done in the movie.

[[folder: Tabletop RPG]]
* Among the LoadsAndLoadsOfRules in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' 3rd edition are rules for sliding down bannisters, including the [[GroinAttack consequences of colliding with the finial]].

* Alice in ''Theatre/YouCantTakeItWithYou''.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/MichaelJacksonsMoonwalker'': Done as an attack animation in the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis version.
* In ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'', Manny can do this in Year 2 at the Calavera Cafe, just for funsies.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''Machinima/FreemansMind'', episode 44, when Freeman sees a giant industrial pipe on the cliffs of Black Mesa:
-->'''Freeman:''' Hmm, I'm really tempted to [[TitleDrop slide down that pipe like a banister]], but [[RealityEnsues I think I'll regret it as soon as I get to the end of it]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The sharp object variant occurred in the ''WesternAnimation/QuickDrawMcGraw'' short "El Kabong": The villain Don Chilada waited at the bottom to jab the banister-sliding Quick Draw with the tip of his sword.
** Also done in at least one ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' short.
* The opening sequence to each episode of popular Czech bedtime story ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kZR15n191k Mach a Sebestova]]'' shows the boy sliding and blinking with his ear to signal turns.
* The opening sequence to the ''[[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUS Dennis the Menace]]'' cartoon showed Dennis doing this. He may have done it a time or two in the live-action TV series as well.
** Also the case for [[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK the other Dennis the Menace]], in this case before Dennis reached the bottom of the bannister Gnasher pulled a lever which made the knob at the end of the banister slide down into it allowing Dennis to fly off the end!.
*** He did this in a 1980s ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' strip, too, but Mum had sewn sandpaper into his shorts (Dennis hadn't noticed) thus sanding the banister down. This was one of several unwittingly helpful things he did in that issue, with a bemused Dennis getting rewarded instead of being punished at the end.
* ''WesternAnimation/ArabianKnights'' episode "Sky Raiders of the Desert". Both Turjan and Bez slide down a stair banister to attack some guards.
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' TOS
** "Monster in the Monastery". Performed by Jonny, Hadji and some yeti.
** "House of the Seven Gargoyles". Dietrich (Norway's greatest acrobatic dwarf, who's dressed as a gargoyle) does this while following the others to Professor Ericson's demonstration.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** In "The Wise-Quacking Duck", WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck comes down the banister just fine, but then turns a statue holding a spear so that the tip gets his pursuer.
** In "Napoleon Bunny-parte", WesternAnimation/BugsBunny is being chased by Napoleon (yes ''[[UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte that]]'' Napoleon) down a banister, while a guard is waiting at the bottom with a bayonet. Bugs gets off early, so it's "Nappy" who gets the point in the end.
** In "WesternAnimation/WhollySmoke", Porky speedily slides down the banister, only to stop suddenly just before he hits the vase at the end.
* In the WesternAnimation/{{Tex Avery MGM cartoon|s}} "One Ham's Family", a BrattyHalfPint slides down a banister with a pricey-looking vase on the finial. He comes to a ScreechingStop just millimeters from the vase, then tells the audience, "I've got me good brakes, haven't I, folks?"
** In "Dumb-Hounded", the Wolf is sliding down a banister to get away from Droopy. However, Droopy [[TheCatCameBack suddenly appears behind him]] and comments "Fun, isn't it?", causing the Wolf to do a WildTake and slide ''up'' the banister.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Bart occasionally slides down the banister.
** Homer and Marge comment that [[Film/MaryPoppins Shary Bobbins]] butt-waxed the banister, too.
* The ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'' episode "A Night of Fright Is No Delight". As the two green ghosts are fleeing Shaggy and Scooby, they jump on to a stair's banister and slide down in an attempt to escape.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CuriousGeorge'', the monkey does this while standing up. He jumps off before the end.
* In ''Disney/CinderellaIIIATwistInTime'', Cinderella and two of her mouse friends do this at the palace.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' does this in "Doug's on His Own".
* Used ''many'' times in ''WesternAnimation/{{Madeline}}''.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' episode "Adoptcalypse Now", Coco grinds down the banister, then jumps off. Later, in "Cuckoo for Coco Cards", Edwardo attempts to go down the banister backwards, going so slowly that the finial isn't an issue.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleRascals'' episode "Rascals' Revenge", all of the Rascals except Alfalfa exit the old house in a panic by sliding down the banister, leaving an ImpactSilhouette in the closed door.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The Vancouver, British Columbia, public transit system is full of plastic speed bumps on escalator dividers and other banisters specifically to avert this trope, or at least make any attempts painful and not worth it. (With good reason, considering how steep some of the ones downtown are.)
** The same things are also found on UsefulNotes/TheLondonUnderground, where they are usually seen as opportunities to put alternating advertising and safety/security messages.
* During a 2013 [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Buffalo Bills-New York Jets]] game, a man slid down a stair railing repeatedly before falling off the upper deck of Ralph Wilson Stadium onto a fan below. [[http://www.cbsnews.com/news/buffalo-bills-fan-who-fell-from-stadium-found-guilty/ He was later found guilty of assault.]]