"The dictionary defines defenestration as the act of throwing a person or thing out a window. (Spider-Man is thrown out the window of a skyscraper) Really not my favorite word."The sad fate of many a Mook... mostly because it looks really cool. A sufficiently badass character punches, throws, or in any other way applies the force necessary in order to toss someone else through a window. A loud clangy window with shards rippling everywhere, at least in fiction. In Real Life, the window might be opened first. How we see this trope typically depends on who is doing it. If a heroic character does it, we actually see them throw someone out the window, but typically not the very messy landing. With villains it's the other way around- to emphasize the cruelty. An ambiguously portrayed character may perform this feat, but you'll have to Take Our Word for It, since showing this trope usually inspires some sort of positive or negative feeling with whoever is doing it. Bar Brawl Variant: Cut to street view of the pub. A character comes flying through the window onto the sidewalk, picks themselves up, and wades back into the fray with much determined sleeve-pushing-up and angry muttering. A safety note: although fictional characters may be thrown through windows and get up again afterwards, in real life you can easily be killed by lacerations from large shards of broken glass, even when thrown through a ground-floor window. Live-action TV doesn't use glass for this at all, but specially-made panes of sugar, which is weaker and breaks into much less dangerous shards. Don't Try This at Home. Also see Glass Smack and Slide for the more comical subversion. When someone does this with an object that's Appliance Defenestration. See Super Window Jump for when someone does this to themselves. Compare Railing Kill. Might overlap with Disney Villain Death. Not necessarily related to The Window or the Stairs, despite the name. See here for a full 7 and a half minutes of compiled Defenestrations and Window Jumps. And remember: It's Not the Fall That Kills You.
— Spider-Man (describing this trope), The Spectacular Spider-Man
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- Happens to the main character and another cast member in Angel Beats!
- In Beelzebub, Kanzaki tells Oga to do this to Shiroyama. Oga punches Kanzaki through the window instead.
- In The Cat Returns, just.. don't irritate the Cat King, whether you're performing for him or breaking out in hysterical laughter from another act. (Both victims are tossed through high windows with no glass, but naturally, as cats, they're okay, and show up sitting against the wall in a later scene)
- Cowboy Bebop has a very memorable scene where Spike is thrown out of the window by Vicious. He then falls in slow motion with the glass raining down alongside him, as soft music plays and fragmented flashbacks reveals their past together... And he casually flips a grenade through the window as he falls, ensuring a world of hurt for his tormentor.
- Bellamy, on his first appearance in One Piece, does this to some powerful pirate after he "cheated" in a game of poker.
- In New Grappler Baki, an escaped villain who wants to fight Baki kidnaps his girlfriend at Yujiro's behest (way to go dad) to induce him to fight at his fiercest, but comes to regret being in a room so high up. He's only saved by some previously established improbable climbing skills.
- In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, during their duel Divine uses one of his monsters to pin Carly Nagisa to a large glass window, hurting her badly with electrical attacks before actually sending her through the glass. The impact kills the victim instantly. Although she recovers... Well, not entirely.
- Played for Laughs in Hetalia, when Austria freaks out when young Italy sneaks into his bed and ends up kicking him off a window. It's supposed to be an allusion to one of the Defenestrations of Prague mentioned below.
- Conan Edogawa from Detective Conan gets thrown off a burning house's window in the Moonlight Sonata arc. Good thing, it's a first floor window so the kid isn't that badly hurt. Bad thing? The one who threw him out, Seiji Asou aka Narumi Asai aka the Sympathetic Murderer, did that to save Conan from dying with him. Soon he dies in his burning home, playing the Moonlight Sonata in his dad's old piano until he either burns to death or fatally asphyxiates, as Conan and Ran can only sadly watch.
- Also, several murders have the victims being thrown off windows and balconies, or put in circumstances that will make them fall off. In fact, during the Night Baron case, Conan gets thrown off again by a killer of the week: this time it's a very high hotel balcony, but he lands in the pool of the place. Later, the victim of the week is killed in a similar way... plus being Impaled with Extreme Prejudice.
- Subverted in a case where it looked that a talented illustrator had commited suicide by jumping off her balcony... but it was a ruse from her killer who staged a complex scenario to trick the police into believing she has killed herself. Conan saw through his act soon, obviously.
- In a later case, Conan almost plummets from a Big Fancy House's balcony. The nearest person, however, cannot help because he is terrified by heights and about to panic, so the family butler rescues him. And this helps Conan and Heiji deduce how the murder of the case was done.
- A filler episode during the Trunks Saga of Dragon Ball Z had this: Chi-Chi hires a tutor named Mr. Shu for Gohan, who proves to be a Sadist Teacher who prides himself on beating his students with a whip when they don't do what he says, and who gets a sick kick out of openly and relentlessly mocking and insulting Goku. When Chi-Chi finds out his true colors, she's so pissed off that she calmly opens a window, throws him out of said window, and then jumps out the window and chases him off of her property while screaming at him to leave and never come back again.
- Rin Sohma from Fruits Basket, courtesy of Akito. She actually survives, though she is seriously wounded (and her cousin Hiro, who witnessed the incident, is totally traumatised). It helps that she was thrown from a "mere" second floor.
- In the opening sequence of the AKIRA movie, little guy Kaisuke knocks a rival gang member right through a window, reminding us that being Ambiguously Gay doesn't mean you can't kick major ass.
- In one early chapter of Chrono Crusade, Chrono deals with Rosette's not waking up no matter how hard Azmaria tries by picking her up and tossing her out the window. Rosette wakes up when she hits the pond, climbs back through the window, and spits a fish out onto the floor.
- Happens to Eudial in Sailor Moon S, when she attacks Super Sailor Moon and she merely deflects it. She actually lives to tell... just not for long.
- Happens to Ling Yao and Ranfan at least once.◊ It's hilarious due to how... nonchalant they look as they get kicked through the window itself.
- This is how Terry's first love Lily perishes in the Fatal Fury first anime special. To make it worse, Geese throws her off a third-story window... with a Reppuken.
- Happens to Watanuki in xxxHolic, due to his friend/crush Himawari's Doom Magnet aura affecting him. Poor Himawari decides to willingly take his resulting injuries onto her own body, and as a result she's soon Covered with Scars.
- Hilariously parodied in Bleach. When Ichigo kicks Ebern Azgiaro through his bedroom's window after he shows up out of nowhere standing on his bed (which seems to be kind-of a minor Berserk Button for him), Orihime goes Genre Savvy and actually opens said window so it won't break.
- Golgo 13 is targeted by cult members armed with hand grenades. He shoots one only to have a live grenade drop from his hand, so Golgo shoots into a nearby car window and dives through the broken glass so he's protected by the car's metal.
- Rosario + Vampire:
- Outer Moka defenestrates Kurumu after her other self warns her about the consequences of leaving Tsukune alone with a succubus. Also a case of Beware the Nice Ones, as unlike her other self, Outer Moka avoids getting into fights if she can help it.
- In the second serialization, Kurumu saves Mizore from an attempted suicide by autodefenestration during the Yuki-Onna arc.
- In the anime version of High School D×D, Issei punches Raynare through the glass and outside the church. In the light novels, it was through a wall instead.
- Subverted twice in Card Captor Sakura. First, Youko almost fell off a balcony... which was a part of a theatre scenario, and it was dissolving under the effects of a Clow Card. Later, Yukito almost falls from a real balcony... because he passed out while on it. Both times, Touya tries to save the victim via grabbing their arms; he holds on Youko until Sakura uses another Clow Card to rescue them both, and in Yukito's case he manages to pull him back into the balcony.
- Towards the end of Private Actress, a man named Yuuichirou tries to kill Satoka, The Rival to Shiho, because he blames her for the death of his girlfriend Misaki. Satoka, however, tricks him into falling off a window, and Yuuichirou is the one who dies instead. Shiho assists him in his last moments and he begs her to punish Satoka for her deeds in his Famous Last Words.
- Alisa does this to Xiaoyu in Tekken: Blood Vengeance.
- In Love Pistols, Yonekuni's mother Makio pushes her girlfriend Karen out of a four-store window. Karen only survives because she's a madararui, and yet she still breaks her legs.
- In Naru Taru, the bully Hiroka is grabbed by Oni, the Shadow Dragon controlled by a girl she and other girls pretty much tortured, and she's then thrown out of a window as a Karmic Death.
- In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable, an heroic example takes place when before being murdered by a Yoshikage Kira, the teenaged Reimi Sugimoto threw the toddler she was taking care of outta the nearest window, saving the child's life but falling victim to the murderer almost immediately afterwards. The boy survived and grew up to adulthood... and into the manga artist and Stand User Rohan Kishibe, one of the main characters. It's also lampshaded: an old monk who knew Rohan as a kiddo says that when little!Rohan was found alive after Reimi's death, he was so traumatized that he could only say "Reimi threw me out of the window!".
- In Heart of Empire by Bryan Talbot, a mook crashing a political meeting tries to throw a hand grenade. Victoria takes the live grenade from him, stuffs the grenade in his mouth, and throws him through a window.
- In the first issue of Alias, Jessica Jones deals with an unruly client by chucking him through the window on her office door. This scene is shown again in the first episode of the live-action series A.K.A. Jessica Jones.
- The DC Universe has Defenestrator, a member of Section Eight who is a loony superhero armed with a window frame. He throws criminals through it.
- Bane does this to hilarious effect in Secret Six #9: He gets a hold of a mook and is about to execute his Signature Move when the mook pleads with him "Don't crack my spine!" Bane, out of respect "for the man this city belonged to" - Batman - chucks him out the high-rise window instead.
- In one issue of The Punisher MAX, a Corrupt Corporate Executive presses Frank's Berserk Button by dealing in slave trade. Frank corners her in her office in a skyscraper. Since windows are made out of reinforced glass, Frank proceeds to methodically break the window using the woman until the frame gives and defenestration is achieved.
- The events of Watchmen are set off by somebody killing the Comedian by hurling him out a skyscraper's window with great force. The rest of the plot follows up on the "why".
- Spider-Man does this a lot. In a famous scene◊, he does it to Wolverine. Being Wolvie, he just stands up and walks back up...
- In an issue of Transmetropolitan, Spider Jerusalem threatens to have his bodyguard defenestrate someone. "And you wouldn't want anything to happen to your fenestrates, would you?"
- In the 2010 relaunch of Birds of Prey, White Canary has just finished her Evil Gloating and is starting to leave when this happens:
Black Canary: Hey Eggwhite. Guess... guess what I just noticed? Both your hands are occupied. <Canary Cries her through a window>
- Two instances occur in Sin City: Dwight is thrown out of a window by Manute in A Dame To Kill For. Manute is likewise tossed out of a window by Wallace in Hell And Back.
- Happens in Sandman: World's End when the corrupt Carnifex of Aurelia gets thrown throught the window of an attic crypt by his undead predeccessor into his Karmic Death.
- In Power Girl, villain Satanna goes to Dr. Sivanna to get a weapon to revenge herself on Power Girl and gives him her body as payment. Afterwards he attempts some minor small-talk and she, because she and he are villains, does not feel it is necessary to disguise the fact that she felt this was a heartily disgusting event which she did solely as part of a business exchange. He agrees with her, then points out that since they are bad guys he no longer cares about her desires since she gave him what he wanted, and throws her out the window.
- Superman has had to rescue people that have had this happen to them on multiple occasions.
- Daredevil does this to someone practically every time he visits Josie's Bar for information. Eventually, Josie relocates underground, so when Hornhead inevitably shows up to beat the Kingpin's whereabouts out of her patrons, at least he can't throw them through windows.
- Subverted in the Yoko Tsuno story The Devil's Organ. Yoko apparently gets thrown off a window by the "Black Knight" a.k.a. Karl Moebius, but a huge tree branch stops her fall enough for her, an accomplished Action Girl, to right herself off and fall safely.
- Doctor Professor claims that he shot Star Fighter in God Hates Astronauts out of a window in their headquarters, but...
Star Fighter: It's a secret underground headquarters! Underground, dammit!
- From the very first Robin miniseries: Tim Drake vs King Snake. Snake tells Tim that if he surrenders, he'll kill him quickly. Tim manages to trick Snake with a feint and swing down from the opposite side to kick Snake through a window.
- In Red Robin Tim himself gets kicked out the window of a skyscraper by Ra's Al Ghul after foiling the villain's plans.
- In the first issue of Prez, Boss Smiley pushes one of his own mooks out of a window for making a thoughtless comment. One of the remaining mooks calmly starts patching the window glass back together.
- Black Moon Chronicles: As the Baron of Moork, Wismerhill is badgered by the guild leaders who demand more rights of him. He eventually gets so annoyed that he throws the head of the guild through the castle window to his death. Two scared engineers then respectfully ask their lord if they should restore the window, given that they've already had to repair it twice that very week. Wismerhill is so amused that he promises them he'll just use a sword next time.
- In The Unbelievable Gwenpool, when his accountant fails to find any records on Gwen, M.O.D.O.K. throws him out the window to his death.
- The Far Side has a comic with a doctor being hurled through a window of a building signed "Institute for the Study of Emotional Stress."
"Hey... I feel better already."
- Garfield was once on the receiving end of this when he gave a particularly insulting "assessment" on one of Jon's trademark tacky outfits.
- Almost happens to Tsuruya in Kyon: Big Damn Hero, when she catches Yamane Jun and his group in their clubhouse and Yamane tries to "silence" her. Then Kyon shows up...
- In Tiberium Wars, a Nod soldier tries to rape a female GDI prisoner. In this story, the Brotherhood of Nod has declared rape a capital offense and anyone caught doing it can be summarily executed. Cue one of the Black Hand bursting into the room, beating the would-be rapist against the wall while listing off his offenses and then hurling him out a third story window.
- In All You Need Is Love Naomi gets fed up with Matsuda and throws him out the window, much to everyone's relief.
- The Mission Stays The Same: Jack blasts an Eclipse merc off the top of a building during the mission to recruit Thane.
"Have a pleasant flight, motherfucker!"
- In Thinking In Little Green Boxes the first act of the new Magic Avengers is to throw most of the Ministry of Magic people out of their office windows.
- In Chapter 17 of Origin Story, entitled “This Might Sting a Little”, Alex Harris tosses Sentry through the bedroom sliding glass door of of Hawkeye's old house. It actually turns into an involuntary Fastball Special, as she throws Sentry into Thor hard enough to knock them both out of the air.
- In Opening Dangerous Gates, Gajeel throws Gray and Natsu out the window when they try to join Lucy, Levy, and Erza in the bath.
- In Harry Potter fanfic Moratorium, Dolores Umbridge gets thrown out a window, courtesy of Harry.
- In Super Power Beat Down, Darth Maul throws Spider-Man out of the warehouse by a window with telekinesis after destroying his webshooters. Since Spidey can't fire a webline to stop his fall, he lands rather hard.
- At the end of the 18th chapter of Old West, this is done to Henry by his employer Dufayel and Ramirez Arvenga when Dufayel decides that Henry is too volatile to be trusted anymore. However, while Henry has a not-so-short fall (he was injured with a knife and bullets, no less), he remains alive thanks to his burning desire for vengeance and flees to fight another day.
- Rainbow Dash finds herself on the receiving end in the Triptych Continuum, but would like to get some clarification on events.
Rainbow Dash: Twilight? Come on, Twilight, let me back in! Just for a minute! You didn't tell me what "defenestration" meant before you threw me out the window! I need to use the dictionary!
- The Bridge:
- King Sombra sneaks into Princess Cadance's bedchambers and attempts to stab her in her sleep. Xenilla arrives in time to tackle him, sending them both through the window. They crash through a roof and land inside, mostly unhurt.
- During their fight in a hospital, Monster X throws Enjin out the window. Enjin gets up from the pavement immediately and reenters the building. A few minutes later, X gets knocked unconscious and blown out a window by an explosion.
- During a Noodle Incident in The Keys Stand Alone: The Soft World, the four dropped some people who burst into their tenth-floor hotel room out of the window. Because they're Actual Pacifists, though, Ringo caught them telekinetically before they hit the ground.
- Happens to Twilight Sparkle in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fan comic Twilight's First Day. After knocking her books into the bathroom sink, she magically powers up the clockwork hoof-dryer to try and get them dry again, causing a mini-tornado that flings her out of the bathroom window.
Film — Animated
- In Russian Stop Motion classic The Cameraman's Revenge, after the titular cameraman catches Mr. Beetle cheating on Mr. Beetle's wife with the cameraman's girlfriend, Mr. Beetle throws the cameraman out the front window of the hotel.
- Early on in The Emperor's New Groove, this is the fate of an elderly man who accidentally interrupts Emperor Kuzco's dance routine. Other Rule of Funny Anachronism Stew notwithstanding, this takes place before glass windows were invented, so there was no glass to break, and the old guy lands and gets tangled up in some banners. At the end of the film, when Kuzco (now much less of a jerk) apologizes, the old man responds with "It's not the first time I've been thrown out a window, and it won't be the last! What can I say, I'm a rebel!"
- In The LEGO Movie, Lord Business threatens Bad Cop with this as means of You Have Failed Me. Ultimately, he goes with a much crueler punishment... which he levies against Bad Cop's parents.
- Stitch actually throws Jumba out of a window near the end of Lilo & Stitch just right before hitting him with a VW Beetle.
- In the beginning of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, Squidward catches SpongeBob in the shower with him, and after a small conversation with SpongeBob, Squidward kicks SpongeBob out of his window.
- During the climax of WALL•E, just right before Captain McCrea finally shuts down AUTO for good, he actually punches GO-4 out of the cockpit window, causing him to get smashed to pieces upon hitting the floor just below it.
Film — Live-Action
- At the end of the forgettable Charles Bronson movie Assassination the Big Bad behind the attempted murder of the First Lady gets thrown through a window. We then hear a radio report saying he "died of a heart attack" despite the fact that any number of people must have seen the incident, and the injuries would be more consistent with a suicide or accidental fall.
- The Avengers:
- Loki hurls Tony through the window of the 80th-or-so floor of Stark Tower in a rage after his attempt to brainwash Tony fails. Tony saves himself by realizing what's about to happen and quickly calling for JARVIS to send the Mark VII armor (which can assemble itself around him even while he's plummeting towards the ground) through the window after him.
- In a later scene, Captain America gets blown through a window while blocking an explosive with his shield to save a group of civilians, subsequently landing onto a taxi on the streets below.
- Batman Returns:
- Max Shreck pushes his assistant Selina Kyle out a window in an attempt to murder her. It doesn't take, mainly due to Selina being revived by her cat Miss Kitty and her feline friends.
- Prior to that, when two clown gangsters leap onto the bonnet of the Batmobile and try to shoot Batman through the bulletproof windshield, Batman simply hits the brakes abruptly, sending them flying into a burning display window.
- In Beverly Hills Cop, a group of Victor Maitland's thugs throw Axel Foley through a window in the ground floor of a building. It shatters spectacularly. What makes it especially cruel is that There Was a Door right next to the window that they could have thrown Axel through, they just wanted to be asses about it.
- In Blade Runner, Zhora is dramatically defenestrated, though she was probably 'retired' by the preceding gunshots.
- Braveheart: King Edward grows annoyed with his son's male lover and tosses him out the window.
- This happens to Franklin Bean in Cadence. Humorously, if you watch closely, as the cameras change the POV, Franklin falls out the window facing one way, but ends up landing facing the opposite direction.
- Children of the Corn:
- The children in the second movie take over Mrs. West's electronic wheelchair with a RC controller and force it in the middle of road, where it is hit by a truck which sends it flying through the window of the local Bingo hall.
- A corn doll is thrown at Cole in the opening of the eight movie, which somehow sends him flying through a window that is on other side of his house.
- Curtains offers an odd example; thanks to cutting two separate scenes together, a character is shown falling outside through a second-story window, and then crashing back inside through a first-story window.
- Die Hard: Just ask John McClane what he did to Hans Gruber, or better yet, ask his brother Simon.
- In Dirty Work, parodied when Mitch is thrown through a bar window, then, as if unfazed by this, immediately pulls out his tape recorder, and says, "Note to self; learn to fight!"
- Eve of Destruction: EVE VIII hurls a bank robber out a window.
- This is how Nicole's evil boyfriend David is taken out in Fear.
- In Foxes, one of the main characters rides his skateboard by a bully, and pushes him (explosively) into the plate glass window of a supermarket so the kid he's picking on can escape.
- In Gremlins, this is the fate of Asshole Victim Mrs. Deagle when the gremlins mess with her stair lift to send her flying up and out the upstairs window.
- In Hancock, the titular character does this to several mooks who are attacking him in a hospital.
- In a deleted scene from Happy Gilmore after Happy finds out how cruelly an orderly (played by Ben Stiller) is treating his grandmother and the other residents he does this to him.
- Father Malius gets shot with a harpoon gun, and flies through a window in Happy Hell Night to his not-death.
- In The Haunted Mansion, the evil ghost can materialize enough to catch protagonist Jime Evers (Eddie Murphy) in a Neck Lift, then flies upward and sends him through a widow.
- In Hudson Hawk Hudson takes out the vicious fox terrier Bunny this way by shooting him in the mouth with a tennis ball launcher causing him to go flying out the window of the castle.
- The death of Wong Chi-shing in the first film of The Infernal Affairs Trilogy.
- Kick-Ass: Big Bad shot out the window. And then exploded. WITH A ROCKET-PROPELLED GRENADE.
- In Left Behind (2014), Chloe Steele witnesses somebody getting shotgun-blasted through a glass door window during the chaos that follows the Rapture taking place.
- Plot element in Minority Report, where the psychic precogs see visions of the hero shooting the villain, sending him flying out of a hotel window.
- Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol has an assassin being killed that way. It happened at the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world! It's also justified by the fact that the window was removed from the room.
- An accidentally self-inflicted version happens in Mystery Date when a martial artist hitman misses his target and gets the window...
- Mystery Science Theater 3000:
- Soultaker features this trope complete with Slow Motion. Unfortunately, this makes the fall looks more comical than a threatening show of force, and is riffed mercilessly as the guy slowly falls down.
- Not to mention Danger!! Death Ray, where a mook attempts to take out the hero by - wait for it - leaping at him as he stands in front of a window. The hero merely performs a Nonchalant Dodge, then says "What a shame." The guys, of course, have a field day with the leap, then express disappointment at the lack of a Bond One-Liner.
- In Puma Man, both the Big Bad and the sidekick start the movie by tracking down and defenestrating people who matched the biological profile of Puma Man (because his cat-like powers would allow him to survive the fall). The only difference is, the villain is the one who expresses something like remorse, saying that he hopes they've found the right one for the sake of the innocent men yet to be "tested". Vadinho, however, didn't throw anybody but Tony out a window and that was because he already knew he was the Puma Man. The Fridge Logic here should be readily apparent.
- Something of a signature move of Chuck Norris movies, through the late '80s (examples include Breaker! Breaker! and Forced Vengeance), usually executed via screaming jump kick.
- The eponymous protagonist of The Possession Of Michael King does it intentionally to himself to protect his daughter.
- Not shown, but there was much talk in Pulp Fiction about Marcellus Wallace throwing "Tony Rocky Horror" out of a fifth storey window - supposedly for giving his wife a foot massage, though Mia denied it.
- In The Raid: Redemption, Rama kills an Elite Mook by pulling him right out a window, bringing both of them crashing down the fire escape. Rama lives by using the other guy to break his fall, but emerges in worse shape than at any other point in the movie.
- Also in Ransom, by the most awesome Scottish person ever, Mel Gibson, Mel throws the bad guy trough a window pane. Subversion here is, it actually buggers him up!
- This is the fate of the corrupt bishop from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves courtesy of Friar Tuck, who is thoroughly fed up with the bishop's greed and corruption, and loads him up with enough gold (and thirty pieces of silver) to "pay the Devil ON YOUR WAY TO HELL!"
- This happens a lot in RoboCop (1987), to bad guys and Robo alike, the most famous example being Dick Jones. Another memorable one is when Robo tosses Clarence Boddicker through several glass windows while Mirandizing him.
- The Scribbler centers around a series of apparent jumper-suicides at a high-rise halfway house for mental patients. Turns out the deaths weren't suicides, but murders courtesy of a more-unhinged-than-usual patient. She later hurls the main character out the window; luckily, her Wall Crawl powers save her.
- Hilariously performed in The Shadow. Except in this case, the Shadow actually tries to save the Mongol warrior he's interrogating, but the Mongol throws himself off "to serve his Khan." Cut to Moe, the cab driver, reading a book called "Improving Your Psychic Abilities." He says, "I sense someone's coming" just as the Mongol lands right beside his cab!
- In Sha Po Lang, this happens to Inspector Ma Kwun at the end.
- One of the bad guys gets thrown out of a high-rise window by Burt Reynolds in Sharky's Machine. Notable in Real Life for the record-setting high-fall stunt performed by "King of the Stuntmen" Dar Robinson.
- Star Wars:
- In Revenge of the Sith Palpatine uses his Force Lightning to shoot Mace Windu out the window (and it's a rare case where the glass had already been broken).
- In The Empire Strikes Back, during their lightsaber duel in Cloud City Darth Vader sends Luke out through a window using heavy pieces of equipment shoved at him with the Force.
- In Steal, Frank is thrown through a high window, but survives because he lands in a swimming pool.
- Subverted in Stroker Ace as the window Stroker sends Aubrey through is actually dividing the hallway from a second-floor walkway over an indoor swimming pool, which Aubrey falls into instead.
- In The Terminator, this is what the Terminator does to nearly everyone it fights. Sometimes it picks someone up and looks around for a window to toss them through.
- Terminator 2: Judgment Day:
- The above is mocked in T2, where the Terminator attempts to throw someone through an unbreakable window in the asylum.
- The T-800 is pitched through a plate glass store window by the T-1000. It doesn't slow it for long.
- Also played straight at the beginning in the biker bar, where it throws one of the bikers through a window, and he lands on a parked car.
- The fate of Jerry Wang in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Laserbeak tosses him out the window after he discovers that "Deep Wang" gave Sam some information about their latest plan. That and he outlived his usefulness.
- In Watchmen, that's how the Comedian meets his death in the opening confrontation with the Hidden Villain as he gets hurled out a skyscraper's window with great force.
- 1632: In the novella The Wallenstein Gambit, Wallenstein does this to Emperor Ferdinand's man in Prague, in a second attempt at the 1618 Defenestration of Prague, this time making sure there's no miraculous survivor as happened in the 1618 event.
- Artemis Fowl: Jon Spiro wishes he could still do this, but if you throw an employee out a window these days, he'll phone his lawyer on the way down.
- One of The Many Deaths of You in the Choose Your Own Adventure books. And it's a plot point in Louise Munro Foley's The Mystery of the Highland Crest: the curse on The Clan was triggered after one of the old leaders, a beautiful Lady of War named Margaret, fell to her death from a tower's window during an attack on the family castle, apparently pushed down it by her treacherous twin sister Emily.
- Dragaera: In The Phoenix Guards, the main cast meet Mica when he becomes the victim of one of these.
- The Dresden Files: In book 8, Proven Guilty, Harry gets an apprentice in the form of Molly Carpenter, and her mother informs Harry that if the girl ends up coming to harm under his care, she'll come round to his office and throw him out the window. Harry replies "Death by defenestration. Got it."
- David Eddings enjoys playing with this trope in his works.
- In The Belgariad, this is the fate of Silk's nemesis Brill, after a short but ugly battle atop Rak Cthol (well, technically he was thrown over a parapet).
Garion: It was Brill.
Belgarath: Again?! What was he doing?
Silk: The last I saw of him, he was trying to learn how to fly.
Belgarath: [looking puzzled] Maybe it'll come to him in time.
Silk: He doesn't really have all that long. [sound of crashing from far below] Does bouncing count?
- Later, in The Malloreon, the sorcerer Senji relates to the protagonists how the Melcene University, upon learning that he appeared to be immortal, decided to test it by hiring someone to throw him out a window. This turned out very poorly for the defenestrator.
- Played with in The Tamuli. When a character is asked what she did with a mook, she replies that she defenestrated him. The character who asked looks ill until she explains that she threw him out the window.
- In The Belgariad, this is the fate of Silk's nemesis Brill, after a short but ugly battle atop Rak Cthol (well, technically he was thrown over a parapet).
- Into The Hinterlands: Councillor Rubicon, a politician who came up from the commoner class, takes a derisive attitude to the Non-Idle Rich Allenson, saying that he probably thinks he's beneath his status to duel. Allenson retorts that duels are "a stupid way of settling disagreements"... and instead throws him bodily out the nearest window. It's only a bit later that another councillor reminds him they're on the third floor.
Allenson: Oh dear. I hope I have not killed him.
- Land of Oz: In The Lost Princess of Oz, the main characters are consulting with the (ordinary-sized) ruler of a village during their search for the lost Ozma. A giant enters and interrupts them. The ruler throws the giant out of the window.
- In Max Barry's Machine Man, this happens to Better Future's Corrupt Corporate Executive Manager when he jokes about Lola's EMP Heart Trauma.
- Archer is introduced this way in Parellity. Not giving, nor receiving, but both.
- In the second book of Ranger's Apprentice, Alyss and Halt go on a diplomatic mission at a local baron's castle — who turns out to be an arrogant, sexist pig. When the baron in question makes the massive folly of insulting Alyss by ripping up her credentials, Halt throws him out the window into the moat. A pair of workers emptying privies into the moat don't even flinch.
- In See You in November a Rhodesian special forces operative ponders an assassination method where you knock on someone's hotel room door, club them on the head when they answer, drag the body to the window and throw them out. The coroner invariably concludes the death was "suicide while the balance of their mind was disturbed." Later a member of the Rhodesian negotiating team falls out the window while in England, and after the coroner gives this verdict despite no apparent signs of depression, he wonders if this trope was in play.
- This is what ultimately happens to Lysa Arryn in A Song of Ice and Fire. Made more ironic by how she threatened to do this to Sansa when she believed she was trying to seduce her second husband, Sansa's "tutor" Littlefinger. Who's the one who pushed Lysa to her death.
- Made even more ironic because Littlefinger was the one trying to seduce Sansa.
- And then there's what Jaime Lannister does to that Bran Stark at the tower due to him stumbling upon his affair with his sister Cersei. "The things I do for love," indeed.
- Star Wars Legends:
- Arthur C. Clarke's short story "The Defenestration of Ermintrude Inch". Collected in Tales from the White Hart, which are framed as tales heard but-not-quite-believed by an Expy of Clarke himself and told by the irascible and enigmatic Harry Purvis at The White Hart, a fictional pub near Fleet Street at which scientists, engineers, science writers, and science-fiction writers would congregate. "The Defenestration of Ermintrude Inch" is the story of a couple in 1950s Britain, in which the husband, Osbert, accuses his wife Ermintrude of talking too much — specifically 100 times as much as he does. Being a sound engineer for the BBC, Osbert sets up a word-counter, which works at first, but his wife figures out a way to make it so that Osbert has the higher count, which infuriates him, particularly after he figures out that she'd surreptitiously recorded his speech and had him playing on a loop while he was not at home. Ermintrude falls out a window shortly afterward, although it isn't clear if she's pushed. Shortly after the tale wraps up, a woman comes into the pub and chews Harry Purvis out — to which he replies meekly, "Yes, Ermintrude."
- This happens a couple of times in The Traitor Game:
- In the Evgard story line, Argent, in an attempt to get Columen and Iaspis to safety, pushes some Mereish soldiers out through some windows.
- Shitley pushes Michael through a window at one point. When Michael's mother see him, she is worried that he jumped deliberately. Michael points out that if he did, he would have at least opened the window first.
- Brazilian writer Luis Fernando Verissimo likes writing about weird-sounding words. One of his texts was about "defenestration", and he tries imagining how the word might actually be used in the everyday life (brutally injured man in the sidewalk points up: "I was defenestrated...", and a bystander: "Poor man! And then they threw him out the window!").
- The historical backstory of the Vorkosigan Saga includes Mad Emperor Yuri's Defenestration of the Privy Council. (Referred to by various characters but never actually portrayed or described in detail.)
- Agent Carter essentially Bookends its first season with fight scenes that end like this — in the first episode, Carter throws the Leviathan agent who broke into her apartment out the apartment's window, while the season finale has her kick Dottie out of the window of the hanger radio room she's confronted the villains in.
- Angel shoves a vamp out the window in the pilot episode. He bursts into flames from the sun, of course. No cleanup required!
- What about the poor chair? It was a good chair. Never did no harm to nobody...
- In Season Four the Beast throws Connor out a window.
- Happened to Angel himself in the fifth season. Illyria easily tossed him out of the window.
- And then she stops time, grabs her minion, and walks out of the building before he even hits the ground — they actually pass him, suspended in midair, while they're leaving.
- Spike gets tossed out of a fifth-floor window by a Slayer. At this point, he's almost jaded.
Spike: Just thought I'd see what it was like to bounce off the pavement. Pretty much what I expected.
- No sooner does a Senior Partner materialize in front of its employees than Angel lunges for its throat and tackles it through a window.
- Angel shoves a vamp out the window in the pilot episode. He bursts into flames from the sun, of course. No cleanup required!
- Arrow: When the Count returns in Season 2, he's able to deduce the titular hero's real identity and sets up a hostage situation for him, which ends with the Count taking three arrows to the chest and being knocked back through an already cracked window to fall what looks like a couple dozen floors.
- In the "I Was Made to Love You" episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Spike gets thrown out the window of a college house party by a robot looking for the man she is programmed to love. It's seen as funny in this case, since Spike is, at that point, a character that the audience loves to hate, and of course vampires generally can't be killed by glass unless they get a really bad cut around the neck region.
- CSI: In "Stalker", Nick gets shoved out of window when he is surprised by the guy whose apartment he's searching, and winds up being hospitalized.
- The Dark Angel episode "Art Attack" features this as a major plot point. It happens, it's threatened, and it's mentioned by name.
- Doctor Who:
- In "The Evil of the Daleks", Kemal throws himself at Jamie, misses and plunges out of a window.
- "The Day of the Doctor": Three incarnations of the Doctor sonic a Dalek through the plate glass enclosing a time-cube painting so that they could interrupt a nuclear holocaust and stop a Zygon plot. This, needless to say, was a hell of an entrance.
- In an episode of Everybody Hates Chris, Chris tries to decide if telling his father that he drove the car around town without permission is the best thing to do. He has an Imagine Spot of him doing this, prompting him to keep it a secret.
- In Firefly, Malcolm Reynolds gets thrown out of a bar window at the beginning of "The Train Job". Subverted that the "window" is actually a hologram, not glass, and doesn't shatter. How useful that would be for keeping the weather out was the subject of some debate (see the show's Headscratchers page), but one gets the impression that it's the kind of bar where people getting thrown through the window is a regular occurrence.
- In the Vampire Detective Series Forever Knight, Nick and his partner are faced by a hostage situation. Nick tells Schanke to keep the man talking while he "goes round the back", greatly puzzling his partner as they're several stories up. Nick them uses his vampire powers to float up to the window and yank the man through it.
- In Heroes, Peter Petrelli gets telekinetically thrown out of a window.
- Matt Parkman is tossed through a window by Jessica.
- In the second season finale of Hannibal, the eponymous character does this to Alana, who later remarks in "Aperitivo", "I’ve always enjoyed the word 'defenestration'. Now I get to use it in casual conversation."
- Hitler: The Rise of Evil: Fritz Gerlich is contacted by a man has inside information on Nazi Party collusion with shady foreign investors. This source is later pursued by a bunch of SA men at a train station, who throw him through a window to his death.
- Hollyoaks's Texas Longford dies on her wedding day when she's pushed out of a window by her new husband.
- In Jekyll, Benjamin Lennox and Christopher Browning find out the hard way that annoying Hyde is a very bad idea:
Hyde: I'm wondering about that wee window up there and if you'd fit through it at speed.
(Christopher stands to attention)
Benjamin: This is Christopher... and in the event of you attempting any violence on my person, Mr Hyde, Christopher's going to take an attitude, and believe me when I tell you when you don't wanna be there when Christopher takes an attitude. [...] Now, there's two things we can do, here: I can tell you what the hell I'm talkin' about, or you can try an throw Christopher out that itty-bitty window. I don't think Christopher'll fit.
(Gilligan Cut to Christopher, bloody and covered in bits of glass, hauling himself off the pavement)
- Pictured atop this image is Lost, when John Locke is spectacularly thrown out a window by his own father and becomes paralyzed as a result.
- Luke Cage:
Nothing humbles a man like gravity.
- Cottonmouth throws Tone off the roof of his nightclub after Tone fires into Pop's Barbershop with two submachine guns in a botched hit on Chico, and Pop is killed in the crossfire.
- Cottonmouth himself dies in this way. Mariah Dillard tosses him out of his private box at the nightclub, and then when that fails to kill him, she finishes him off with a microphone stand.
- In the MacGyver episode "Phoenix Under Siege", the villain of the week happens to be a martial arts expert and makes a jump-kick at our hero in a high-rise building, but misses and ends up crashing through the window instead.
- Max is physically introduced this way in The Master.
- Played for Laughs on Monty Python's Flying Circus.
- Two accountants are sitting in an office, and a body flies by the window. They posit upon who it was. Another falls by, and they remark how uncommon it is...then they start betting on who'll jump next, leading to them goading and imploring someone to jump.
- You might also find the unsuccessful encyclopedia salesmen making rapidly descending trips from high apartment windows.
- In the first episode, Mozart announces a re-enactment of Horatio Nelson's death. Cut to Nelson being thrown from a high window. He does manage to scream "Kiss me, Hardy!" on the way down.
- When Mr. Robot's protagonist, Elliot Alderson, was a kid, his dad pushed him through a window because he told his mom about his dad's leukemia. While we don't see him being pushed through the window, we do see the aftereffects, where he's laying in the snow, blood coming from the back of his head, as his parents rush to his side.
- When The Musketeers are captured (along with the king, queen, dauphin and some courtiers) by an Axe-Crazy fanatic masquerading as an astronomer, Aramis offers said fanatic some unwanted advice and gets himself thrown out a 3rd or 4th storey window. Being one of the eponymous heroes, he lands on an awning, shakes off his injuries and climbs back up the side of the building to help rescue the royal party.
- The Professionals. The fake suicide version opens the episode "Everest Was Also Conquered", when a whistleblower to an impending corruption inquiry gets thrown out the window by her police protection detail, who've been bribed or blackmailed into the act.
- In Psych, Shawn Spencer is kicked through a window (albeit a glass free window covered by thin wood slats) in the episode "Romeo and Juliet and Juliet". In the same episode, Gus accidentally threw Shawn through a glass window when the two of them were attempting a little late night undercover investigation.
- Happens in reverse (yes, reverse) in Red Dwarf when the crew end up on an alternate Earth where everything goes backwards. Lister is propelled into a broken window, restoring the glass, and is caught by the thugs he's fighting.
- In a recent Saturday Night Live sketch, President Barack Obama, when antagonized by his Republican rivals and egged on by Rahm Emanuel, "hulks out" and turns into "The Rock" Obama, and throws his enemies out the Oval Office window—though, as John McCain is assured, "Relax, it's only the first floor."
- In Sherlock after a CIA agent injures Mrs. Hudson, Sherlock captures him and ties him up. Then he calls the police to report him, requests an ambulance and describes in gruesome detail the injuries that the burglar has received, then states that the man fell out the window. In the next shot, John is helping Mrs. Hudson wash up when a shadow falls past a window, with a loud crash.
Mrs. Hudson: Oh! That was right on my bins!
(cuts to the ambulance driving away while Sherlock and Lestrade stand on the curb)
DI Lestrade: And exactly how many times did he fall out the window?
Sherlock: Oh, it's all a bit of a blur, Detective Inspector. I lost count.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation. This rarely happens in the Star Trek universe, as the windows are generally made of transparent aluminum (and overlook the vacuum of space). That didn't stop Geordi and Ro in "The Next Phase," however. Afflicted by Intangibility, they are pursued by a Romulan in the same situation. When Geordi comes across him and Ro brawling, he manages to punch the phased Romulan straight through the hull — partially including a nearby window — and into space.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, however, fleshes out Ferengi culture and notes that while they don't have a lot of capital crimes, the few they have are traditionally executed by this trope. Being thrown from the top of the 40-story Tower of Commerce not only ensures the sentence is carried out, but the landing site down below is set up so that observing Ferengi (being Ferengi) can make bets on the landing.
- In Supernatural Meg is pushed out a window by the daeva she summoned in "Shadow".
- In a Super Sentai teamup special, Tetsu is undercover and really, really doesn't need Eiji revealing that he's SPD. So Tetsu pretends that Eiji is an enemy, and pitches him out of a window to shut him up. It's even more hilarious than it sounds.
- Walker, Texas Ranger: How a No Sell bad guy is finished off after his weakness is revealed.
- Warehouse 13:
- In a season 1 episode, Pete throws himself out the window of a building that won't let anyone leave. While the initial jump is a Super Window Jump, the fact that the house in question tosses him back through another window puts this in Destination Defenestration territory. Destination Refenestration?
- In season 4, an Artifact throws Pete out of a house through the window. He wasn't even standing close to said window at the time.
- In the WKRP in Cincinnati episode "Hoodlum Rock", the polite and well-dressed but evil rock group Scum of the Earth throw a bellboy out of the window of the hotel they're staying at. But...
Blood: What floor is this on?
Johnny Fever: The ground floor.
- The X-Files:
- "The Erlenmeyer Flask", a doctor who was involved in the experiment is thrown out of the window of his lab. It's supposed to look like a suicide.
- In "Schizogeny", the victim was pulled out the window, not pushed. By trees.
- In The Young Ones episode "Nasty", Vyvyan threatens to put the next person who asks if they have a video through the window. When Neil asks, Vyvyan subverts this trope by ripping the window off the wall, and smashing it over Neil's head.
- In the music video for Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It," the band repeatedly throws Douglas (played by Mark Metcalf) out of the windows of his house. At the end of the video, the band's backed him into a corner with windows on both sides. He smugly stands in front of a solid wall, thinking he's outsmarted them. He goes through the wall anyway.
- There's a kids' song called "Throw It out the Window", which fractures nursery rhymes by having every single one of them ending with "So (s)he threw [him/her/it/them] out the window/The window/The second story window/[repeat penultimate line]/So (s)he threw [him/her/it/them] out the window."
- In the music video for Taylor Swift's Bad Blood by ''', at the end of the opening fight, Swift is kicked out a window, falling into a parked car in the street below from where she begins singing the song.
Myths & Religion
- According to his legend, Saint Bernard of Menthon was a Sheltered Aristocrat who wanted to be a priest rather than giving into an Arranged Marriage. As he was trying to escape from the family castle, he threw himself off a window... located 12 meters above the ground; two angels took a hold of the "flying" Bernard and helped him reach the land unharmed, then guided to the nearby archdeaconry.
- WHO dunnit:
- Some cases begin with the killer throwing the victim's body off the roof of Tony's Palace, causing it to crash through a skylight.
- Scoring a Jackpot during multiball shows a person being thrown through a plate-glass window.
- In Lights... Camera... Action!, the rooftop Chase Scene includes a bystander knocked through a skylight window.
- In Capcom's unreleased Kingpin, mobster Frank Gritty gets killed by being thrown out of a window.
- In the MAD "Tales from the Duck Side" comic "Absurd Man of Alcatraz," a Death Row inmate is ejected through a window from a spring-loaded seat. The warden angrily bursts into the room where this happened, shouting: "You IDIOTS! I said Lethal IN-JECTION, not E-JECTION!"
- This played a part in one of the most famous tag team breakups in wrestling history, when Shawn Michaels threw his Rockers teammate Marty Jannetty through the glass window of Brutus Beefcake's Barbershop.
- There's an infamous series of spots (including a couple of nasty looking botches) from a WWE(then F) match between Kurt Angle and Shane Mcmahon at the King of the Ring in 2001 — Shane ended up being thrown through three glass windows that made up part of the set, when the glass didn't break they simply repeated the spot (almost always a big no-no in wrestling) making the whole sequence that more brutal and deranged.
- It's usually a big no-no because it makes it look scripted (which it more-or-less is) rather than free-flowing (which is how it's supposed to look). They got away with it because Kurt Angle had quite obviously been trying to do just this, rather than a spur-of-the-moment thing. Adding to the brutality, he was throwing Shane with a belly-to-belly suplex, which is done by flinging someone upside-down over your head. So when Shane bounced off the plexiglass, he landed on the back of his head and neck, twice, before the glass broke. Then got sent through two more panes.
- Discussed in The Ricky Gervais Show when Karl talked about how a baby is more likely to survive being thrown out of a window than an adult because its unaware of what's happening so it won't tense up (which, according to Karl, causes falling damage). Stephen and Ricky told him he was talking crap and (in very serious tones) told him not to throw any babies (or cats) out of windows ever.
- Happens from time to time in ice hockey. More likely in smaller arenas that use cheaper glass but even specially-designed NHL-quality glass can shatter with a hard enough hit.
- Charles Barkley did this to a fan as retaliation for getting hit with a cup of ice.
- In Metroid Prime 3 the Berserker Lord tosses a Federation soldier through the window in order to herald the boss's entrance.
- It's also worth considering that the "window" was an external panoramic viewport overlooking the docking bay of a starship. An external docking bay. This implies that it was very thick tempered glass capable of holding an atmosphere, and the Lord throws the poor Redshirt through it so hard that it shatters into a bajillion tiny pieces.
- Minority Report: Everybody Runs allowed the player to do this. It was such a fun highlight of an otherwise lousy game that Nintendo Power named it best Guilty Pleasure of 2002.
- In No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, It's possible for the final boss in his second form to instantly kill Travis by punching him out the window.
- Mass Effect:
- Mass Effect 2 invokes this trope, while also proving that QTEs can be fun.
Eclipse Trooper: I've got nothing more to say to you. If you—
(Shepard pushes him through the skyscraper window)
Shepard: How 'bout "goodbye?"
- In 3, if she's still alive, Miranda Lawson will do this to her father with biotics. We don't see the body, but it's through a reinforced window twenty feet down to a factory floor.
- Mass Effect 2 invokes this trope, while also proving that QTEs can be fun.
- The Force Unleashed:
- Starkiller gets stabbed, thrown across the room a few times, then thrown out the window INTO SPACE all by someone he thought was on his side.
- In escaping the subsequent level, this can be done to Stormtroopers, and there is an Xbox Live Achievement/Playstation Trophy for doing it.
- In the sequel, Darth Vader Force-Pushes Juno Eclipse through a window. In the Light Side Ending, she survives. In the Dark Side Ending, she doesn't.
- In Floor13, you direct a secret organization whose only purpose is to keep the Government in power. Fail either in the goal or in being secretive enough, and a certain Mr. Garcia shows up to throw you out the window... from the aforementioned thirteenth floor.
- Commander Lockhart gets subjected to this in Crysis 2.
- How Belger is dispatched in the original Final Fight game.
- And also, Retu, the Final Boss of the sequel.
- The final boss fight of Def Jam Fight For New York takes place in an office with three large windows. Chances are quite good that one of the fighters will go through and plunge to their death. This is, in fact, the only way to kill Crow. He's immune to defeat by environmental damage, submission hold, and through weapons.
- At one point in God Hand, Gene boots a mook out a window. He then helps a second mook line up with the window before doing the same to him.
- MadWorld: Elise is SPANKED out a cathedral window.
Holmes: Out the window with her wings clipped! Now that's a classy kill... DID YOU SEE THAT?! THAT WAS AWESOME!!!
Kreely': Oh yeah! Jack did a great job!
- Oni has a pretty hilarious take on this in the third level. Konoko is at the top of a tower in a factory complex. A squad of TCTF troops is outside, being pinned down by fire from Syndicate goons in the main lobby. Konoko radios to say she'll be right down to help them when a previously-defeated Syndicate goon stands back up.
Demo Trooper: "Fool! I've just triggered my detonation harness! In five seconds this entire tower will be vaporised!"Konoko looks at the trooper, out the window, and back to him. Cut to an exterior shot of the tower, where the trooper smashes out the window, falls through the skylight of the lobby, and detonates.TCTF Officer: "Uh, roger that. Foyer secured."
- A Zigzagged Trope in regards to Terry and Geese's fight in Fatal Fury. First, Terry does not intend to throw Geese off, it's a complete accident since they're fighting with the huge windows of Geese's penthouse office as background. Second, Terry attempts to Save the Villain via grabbing Geese's hand as he breaks through the balcony. Third, Geese refuses Terry's help and willingly lets himself fall off, an Evil Laugh and a maniacal grin on his lips. Fourth, it's actually a Thanatos Gambit from Geese: since he has a son named Rock who's aroud the same age that Terry was when Geese killed his and Andy's father Jeff, Geese let himself die to saddle Terry with the guilt of orphaning an innocent little boy - the same feeling that drove Terry and Andy to fight Geese in the first place, thus he both leaves Rock in good hands AND avenges his own death in a really sharp way.
- In the very first game, losing against Geese will result him kicking off the player from his tower, creating this trope's effect as the continue screen for his stage.
- In Mad TV, the bosses of the three TV stations do this to the employees they fire, resulting in an animation of the poor schmuck tumbling from a high-up floor of a skycraper onto the sidewalk below.
- ClockTower: This is poor Ann's fate. Sometimes. The 10-page prologue manga make this death canon, though.
- Deus Ex:Human Revolution inverts this. After the tutorial segment, Jensen is tossed through a window and into the wall behind it. He's realistically cut up badly and bleeding everywhere, with some glass shards actually visibly sticking out of him. This is partially why he's augmented.
- The rest of it being a bullet to the head from his own revolver.
- Max Payne 3 combines this with a Super Window Jump at the beginning of Chapter 2, where Max pushes a mook through the VIP lounge window.
- In First Encounter Assault Recon, the Point Man is thrown through a window by an explosion during his first encounter with Alma.
- You kill the Big Bad of the Taito Light Gun Game Under Fire like this.
- This is how Sigma is defeated in Mega Man X7.
- Upon defeating Derrick Lynch in Crisis Zone, he is defeated like this.
- Gunpoint has this happen to the player character at the beginning of the game. He gets flung out of his apartment's window, hits the wall of the building next door, and falls through the glass ceiling below him. After you get out of the building, it's revealed that he jumped out of the window himself, trying out a pair of "hypertrousers" that lets you jump with enough strength to shatter glass windows, there's even a track in the OST called Defenestraight to my Heart.
- The Matrix: Path of Neo has, at least, one level where you can throw Mooks out a window.
- During another level you can throw an Agent down through a sky-light.
- In Grand Theft Auto IV this is how one of the first named antagonists can be killed.
- In the opening of Fable II, Lucian shoots the Hero out the window of his study, causing them to fall several feet and bang their head on a roof on their trip to the ground.
- Fall of the Crystal Empire inverts this by having Princesses Celestia and Luna begin the battle against King Sombra by Smashing through a stained glass window.
- In the Yellow trailer, when Junior pulls out some of Yang's hair, she punches him through the window of his own club. They're fighting on the ground floor. She punches him so hard he smashes through the window of the next floor up and falls a storey before landing on the street. Ouch.
- In episode one, Ruby deals with the first of many mooks by kicking him out a window of the store they were trying to rob.
- The Adventures of Dr. McNinja: "Now tell me where Ronald is before I super-size your pain for only thirty-nine cents more!"
- Two of the Time Travellers get defenestrated in the last panel of this Dresden Codak strip. The Tokamak twins demonstrated why they wear lightning bolts on their shirts.
- In chapter 33 of Drowtales, Shodun, an agent of the Nidraa'chal, does this to Sandaur.
- In El Goonish Shive, Damien and Adrian Raven were both blown out what was partly window. Both survived this and falling one story down to the ground after, both being tougher than normal humans.
- In Girl Genius, while on board Castle Wulfenbach, Othar Tryggvassen, Gentleman Adventurer! twice get knocked/carried off through one of the airship's windows, only to almost immediately reappear unscathed.
- Othar: FOUL!
- Later on, Tweedle the would-be Storm King awakens to find that in defiance of his orders, an advisor has decided to open some impending negotiations with a show of force and gotten a significant fraction of their airfleet obliterated. When that advisor acts smug about how much more he knows about royal politics despite having just gotten their asses kicked, Tweedle hurls him through a window of their zeppelin and orders an immediate landing, an edict which nobody present is in any mood to defy.
- In Goblins, Minmax defenstrates Dellyn Goblinslayer after he finds out that he rapes his yuan-ti slave nightly. It's a ground-floor window, but it's the thought that counts.
- Hark! A Vagrant's Strong Female Characters give us...post-coital defenestration!
- The Order of the Stick:
- In the prequel book Start of Darkness, Xykon is strangling Right-Eye, but after Redcloak stands up to him, he merely throws him into Redcloak, who is standing in front of a window. They fall out, covered in cuts from the window.
- In "Sore Loser," Roy is fighting Sabine when all her magical enhancements wear off. She surrenders and attempts to seduce him instead, telling him he can do anything he wants with her now, so he cheerfully uses the privilege to toss her out of the warehouse to the street below.
- Haley gets knocked out of a window by Tarquin in "Block and Tackle," who later apologizes for her defenestration.
- Nova from Overlord Academy reacts to people hitting her Berserk Button by doing this.
- Hejibits has the executive thrown out for suggesting what customers want. This gave birth to the Boardroom Suggestion meme.
- In the now-famous "I'm the Juggernaut, bitch!" parody video, the first segment ends with Juggernaut tossing Professor X out of a window.
- In Darwin's Soldiers, Alfred throws someone through a reinforced window...with fatal results.
- In the imaginary Dangeresque films created by the Homestar Runner characters, Dangeresque does this to himself (or rather, to his beleaguered stunt double, Strong Sad) as a Running Gag.
Looks like I'm gonna have to jump!
- Queen Jocasta tells the player character in Oedipus in my Inventory to "get Baby Oedipus out of the castle". This is how he chooses to interpret it.
- Cinemassacre has a video devoted to this, under the condition it's under the character's will: Top 20 Window Jumps!
- In The Other Kind Of Roommate, Xander not only deals with the first Agent of the story in this way, but says it's become so normal that he moved a dumpster underneath to catch all the falling bodies.
- Flander's Company:
- In the Batman: The Animated Series episode "On Leather Wings", ManBat attacks a security guard and flings him through a plate glass window from several stories up. He survives because he falls into a river below.
- In the pilot episode of The Boondocks, 8-year-old Riley fires a shotgun at Ed Wuncler III, knocking him through a window onto the lawn in the middle of a garden party. The twist? He asks Riley to shoot him, to prove how strong his Kevlar vest is. It helps him survive a two-story fall in a pile of broken glass, too.
- In the first episode of Bounty Hamster, an already Genre Savvy Cassie waits by the window for her inept Bounty Hunter Marion to be tossed through after losing a spontaneous Bar Brawl.
- Courage the Cowardly Dog has an example in the episode "The Transplant". After the Computer tells Courage how to defeat a kangaroo monster, it takes the opportunity to snark at him ("Please deposit twenty-five cents for the next five minutes, or your call will be interrupted."), at which point an annoyed Courage promptly chucks it out the attic window.
Computer: Some people can't take a joke.
- In one episode of The Flintstones, Fred and Barney are helping a billionaire detective with a case. When Fred goes to the apartment of some suspects, they throw him out the window. Outraged at them doing that, the detective tells Fred to go back in and throw them out the window...only for it to happen to Fred again.
- Roddy MacStew is thrown out by Gutierrez in the origins episode of Freakazoid!. He survives, but leaves a him-shaped hole in the snow (it was Christmas Eve).
- In one episode of Goof Troop, when Pete learns that new safety inspector Goofy didn't shut down his rival car dealer like he wanted, he attempted to do this to him. When Peg refused to let him, Pete opted to throw him towards the camera.
- In Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama, Kim feels that guys seeing her doing this to henchmen on TV weirds them out.
- Happens to Amon in the 12th episode of The Legend of Korra, who then lands in the ocean.
- Happens to Doctor Feelbad (an ambulance monster truck wrestler) in the Pixar animated short "Monster Truck Mater".
Doctor Feelbad: Your next stop is the hospital! (Tormentor [Mater's monster truck alter ego] pulls him onto the ropes from behind the ring)
Tormentor: Don't worry, I'll git ya some flowers. (he lets go, and as a result Doctor Feelbad is thrown out of the arena and into a hospital, where the referee then counts to three)
- Inverted in the ending to The Simpsons episode "The Twisted World of Marge Simpson"; a Mob War breaks out on the family's front lawn, resulting in a Yakuza member getting thrown into the house through a closed window. He gets up, brushes himself off, bows and apologizes, and rushes back outside to rejoin the fight.
- The Spectacular Spider-Man has this happen a lot, one episode even starts with it.
Spider-Man: The dictionary defines defenestration as the act of throwing a person or thing out a window... Really not my favorite word.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: In "Kidnapped", Obi-Wan Force-pushes Darts D'Nar's tactical droid out of a large picture window after D'Nar activates the bomb he'd attached to it, and the droid explodes in midair.
- Star Wars Rebels: In "An Inside Man", Ezra Force-pushes Agent Kallus through a large glass pane, one of those control room displays common in the Star Wars universe.
- Happens occasionally in Superman: The Animated Series, giving Superman somebody to rescue. At least once Clark Kent is thrown out of a high window, and it takes a well-placed open manhole and quick costume change for him to preserve his secret identity.
- SWAT Kats
- "The Metallikats": Mac and Molly drop Callie out of a window for denying their parole. Fortunately for Callie, the SWAT Kats show up just in time for one of their Big Damn Heroes moments.
- "Destructive Nature": Dr. Viper, annoyed that one of his Plantimals let Callie get away, knocks it across the room towards a window with his tail. In a subversion, it just splats against the glass, which doesn't break.
- "The Ci-Kat-A": Razor fires a missile through the window of the Megakat Tower penthouse. It hits Brainwashed and Crazy scientist Dr. Street in the face, sending him flying through the air and out the other window at the opposite side of the room.
- "The Origin of Dr. Viper": The SWAT Kats knock Viper out the lab window at the end of the episode. He survives and escapes into the sewer.
- A flash back to Doc and Brock's college days in The Venture Bros. ends with a rampaging Brock throwing someone through a window. He also does this to a random thug in the pilot episode.
- There have been least three notable Defenestrations in Prague in the past 600 years, the third of which is the Trope Namer since the word "defenestration" was first coined to describe the event. (That particular defenestration, of some Catholic officials by Protestant burghers, started the Thirty Years' War; unlike the other defenestrations, the defenestrees survived.note ) The earlier ones (1419, 1483) were associated with the proto-Protestant Hussite heresy and general rebellion in Greater Bohemia and Moravia. The fourth and last happened in 1948, the victim being Foreign Minister Jan Masaryk; Dirty Communists were implicated in that.note Though there wasn't such a thing as a Czech 'nation' at the time, people of the present day nation-state of the Czech Republic often consider Defenestration their nation's National Sport. Apparently, Czechs just don't feel it's a proper revolution until somebody gets thrown out a window. Political protests have been known to feature their targets being defenestrated in effigy.
- There was also the defenestration of Queen Dowager Jezebel sometime around 850 BCE (although it wasn't called "defenestration" at the time). It's also a stunningly powerful aversion of the hero/villain dichotomy with regard to how horrifically it's described. She hits the ground, falls apart like Judas and gets eaten by dogs.
- During the Cultural Revolution, Deng Xiaoping's son Deng Pufang was tortured by the Red Guards before being thrown out of a third floor window at the Beijing University; he survived, but was left a paraplegic. While neither openly denounced the revolutionaries, nor Mao for that matter, there are rumors that Deng Xiaoping always held a grudge towards Mao over the incident.
- A story about windows and the Cultural Revolution was that of the famous mathematician Chen Jingrun (whose groundbreaking work on the Goldbach Conjecture is usually rather anti-climatically described in the lay press as "proving 1+2=3"), who defenestrated himself from the top floor of his office building to escape Red Guards. He would have fallen to his death except a tree broke his fall and he managed to land unharmed. Apparently the leader of that Red Guard brigade was very impressed, saying, "It is no wonder that you are a famous mathematician. You even know how to select the angle when you jump out of the window."
- Toronto lawyer Gary Hoy apparently had a fondness for throwing himself against skyscraper windows to demonstrate their strength, which worked out just fine until July 9, 1993. His faith in the strength of the glass was justified; the window didn't break but instead popped out of its frame and Hoy fell 24 stories to his death in an act of self-defenestration.
- Murder Inc. killer Abe "Kid Twist" Reles turned State's witness to avoid the death penalty. After he sent several of his bosses to the electric chair he went out a 6th story window at the Half Moon Hotel in Coney Island. The official story was that he was trying to escape, which is pretty absurd. He was being "guarded" by several New York City policemen but no one was arrested for his murder/suicide/accident. The newspaper headline announcing his death was "The Canary Who Could Sing, But Couldn't Fly." Very cold.
- In 1969 alleged anarchist terrorist Giuseppe Pinelli somehow went fatally out of the fourth-floor window of a Milan police station while being interrogated. The death was officially declared an accident, to the disbelief of many. The incident inspired Dario Fo's play Accidental Death of an Anarchist, although the death is not actually depicted in it. One area of suspicion was that his arms were not broken, indicating he was dead or unconscious when he fell, as an instinctive reaction by someone falling head first (even a suicide) is to reach out their arms to protect their head.
- Similarly, in 1920 New York City Italian-born anarchist Andrea Salsedo died after falling to his death from a 14th floor window. He had been arrested in connection with the anarchist bombings which had rocked the US in 1919, due to one of the bombers accidentally blowing himself up. A flyer discovered by his body was traced to the print shop where Salsedo worked (an anarchist newspaper was printed on the premises). Salsedo was held by the Bureau of Investigation (precursor to the FBI) for eight weeks incommunicado, without a lawyer, and reportedly harshly interrogated. Whether he killed himself or was murdered has been a source of controversy. Some claim he chose suicide to avoid implicating fellow anarchists if he broke during interrogation. Others claim he did give names, so perhaps he killed himself out of guilt. There have been allegations that he was severely beaten by BOI agents during interrogation, and thrown to his death. Whatever the case, his fate was overshadowed with the arrest of Sacco and Vanzetti (connected with the same group) just two days later.
- When someone in the body political is found dead under a shattered high-leved window, conspiracy theories flourish right on spot. Norwegian politics have two examples:
- Center Party politician Nils Trædal was found like this in 1949, apparently the day before a crucial political debate concerning the leadership of the Norwegian home front during World War II. He had been instrumental in securing that said home front did not seize complete political power after the German capitulation in 1945, and therefore, theories of his demise began to swerve. Years later, another Center Party leader stated he had committed suicide, but...
- During the debates concerning where to put a new main airport in Norway, a certain scientist with good arguments against the current plans was found dead outside his hotel in Denmark, presumably thrown out of the window in his room. This example is jarring because he was naked, and all his data was stolen. The airport 'was laid out as planned - and nobody ever talked about it again. Officially.
- Similarly, when the ex-US Secretary of Defence James Forrestal was found dead under the window of his room in the Naval Medical Center, where he was interned for depression treatment, the theories of foul play were more than abundant. However, presiding over a controversial winding down and acrimonious reorganizing of a US post-war military, Forrestal was under a lot of stress, especially when the differing political ideas brought him against his former close ally, the President, and Truman fired him in the end after learning of his surreptitious contacts with his archrival Dewey. It's entirelly possible (and generally believed most probable) that Forrestal did become suicidal, even after his state of mind seemed to improve, knowledge of clinical depression being rather slim in the late Forties. The oft-told legend that he threw himself from the window, shouting "The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!", is still a legend, though. While Forrestal did believe that the confrontation with the Soviet Union was inevitable, nobody had seen him (or other people) defenestrating himself, and if any suicide note was written by him, it was an excerpt from the Sophocles tragedy Ajax.
- In the Anime Manga and Cosplay Society at the University of South Wales, Shaun is the king of this trope.
"Shaun has won the 'Most Defenestratable' award 4 years running now!"
- The death of the Serbian Nazi collaborator Milan Nedic in 1946 involved him falling out of the window of a hospital in Belgrade. It's still not fully clear whether he willingly threw himself off to avert being trialed and surely executed, or he was thrown off by others.