Destination Defenestration

"Georgie-Porgie, puddin' and pie,
Kissed the girls and made them cry.
When the boys came out to play,
They threw him out the window!"

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 they may 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.

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.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • 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.
    • Also, Elder Nyon gets kicked out of a window by Hancock. Good thing Nyon is very Made of Iron, so she doesn't really get hurt.
  • 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! 5Ds, 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. Last thing we know, he burns to death alongside his old home, playing the Moonlight Sonata in his dad's old piano, 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 rouse 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.
  • 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.

     Comic Books  
  • In Heart of Empire by Creator/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.
  • 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" aka Karl Moebius, but a huge tree branch stops her fall enough for her, an accomplished Action Girl, to right herself off and fall safely.

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    Films — Animation 
  • 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!"
  • Stitch actually throws Jumba out of a window near the end of Lilo & Stitch just right before hitting him with a VW Beetle.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

     Films — Live-Action 
  • 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.
  • Die Hard: Just ask John McClane what he did to Hans Gruber, or better yet, ask his brother.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Mystery Science Theater 3000 movie 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.
  • Terminator
    • 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.
    • Mocked in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, where it attempts to throw someone through an unbreakable window in the asylum.
      • Also in Terminator 2, 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 ar.
  • 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.
  • 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!"
  • Max Shreck of Batman Returns 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 through a display window.
  • 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.
  • Star Wars:
    • In Star Wars: 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 light saber duel in Cloud City Darth Vader sends Luke out through a window using heavy pieces of equipment shoved at him with the Force.
  • The death of Wong Chi-shing in the first film of The Infernal Affairs Trilogy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Father Malius gets harpooned through a window in Happy Hell Night.
  • In Hancock, the titular character does this to several mooks who are attacking him in a hospital.
  • 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!
  • Kick-Ass: Big Bad shot out the window. And then exploded. WITH A ROCKET-PROPELLED GRENADE.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In 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.
  • Captain America: The First Avenger. And when Steve Rogers first gets injected with Super Serum and has to chase Hydra spies before he's used to his enhanced body, he runs around a corner so fast he crashes through the window of a bridal shop. It doesn't stop him.
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This is how Nicole's evil boyfriend David is taken out in Film/Fear.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • An accidentally self-inflicted version happens in Mystery Date when a martial artist hitman misses his target and gets the window...

  • Happens to a Yuuzhan Vong Mook in Rebel Stand, courtesy of Kell Tainer. Except the panel doesn't shatter - it pops free of the structure and falls with him.
  • 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). Made into a combined CMOA and CMOF by Silk's nonchalant response when questioned about it by Belgarath.
    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.
    • Also 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.
  • 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!").
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • In Men at Arms, Detritus throws Cuddy out a window to go find help when they're both locked in a freezing-cold ground floor room.
  • 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.
  • 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 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."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In The Phoenix Guards, by Steven Brust, the main cast meet Mica when he becomes the victims of one of these.
  • Archer is introduced this way in Parellity. Not giving, nor receiving, but both.
  • 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.
  • In The Dresden Files book 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."

     Live Action TV  
  • 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.
  • 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 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 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.
  • 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 Heroes, Peter Petrelli gets telekinetically thrown out of a window. That counts, right?
    • Matt Parkman is tossed through a window by Jessica.
  • 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.
  • Angel:
    • 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.
    • 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, that Angel lunges for its throat and tackles it through a window.
  • In Jekyll, Bejamin 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.)
  • The Dark Angel episode, "Art Attack" features this as a major plot point. It happens, it's threatened, and it's mentioned by name.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
    Blood: Pity.
  • 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.
  • This is Conando's entire fighting style.
  • 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.
  • 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 Supernatural Meg is pushed out a window by the daeva she summoned in "Shadow".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary Special has 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.
    • In "Evil of The Daleks", Kemal throws himself at Jamie, misses and plunges out of a window.
  • 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.
  • Hollyoaks's Texas Longford dies on her wedding day when she's pushed out of a window by her new husband.
  • When The Musketeers are captured (along with the king, queen, dauphin and some courtiers) by an Ax-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.
  • 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.

  • Metallica music video, I Disappear, has Danish drummer Lars Ulrich jumping through a window to escape an exploding building, Die-Hard style.
  • 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.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • The Far Side had 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."

  • 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.

     Professional Wrestling  
  • 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.

    Religion and Myths 
  • 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.

  • 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.

     Video Games  
  • 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.
  • The video game adaptation of Minority Report 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.
    • This fact is actually foreshadowed as early as the scene where Travis meets with Sylvia outside a restaurant, where a guy falls out from the sky into a car. Seems to be a favorite of his.
    • That form of the boss also meets his end that way, before going One-Winged Angel.
  • 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-
    • 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.
  • In 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.
  • 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: Succubus 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 MADtv, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

     Web Comics  
  • 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.
  • Gilgamesh of Girl Genius does this to Othar Tryggvassen, Gentleman Adventurer! with a swinging battering ram, smashing him through a window while fighting him in Castle Wulfenbach.
    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.
  • Hark! A Vagrant's Strong Female Characters give 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.

     Web Original  
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Cinemassacre has a video devoted to this, under the condition it's under the character's will: Top 20 Window Jumps!
  • In the Yellow trailer for RWBY, 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.

     Western Animation  
  • 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.
  • 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 the pilot episode of The Boondocks, 8 year-old Riley fires a shotgun at Ed Wuncler the Third, 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.
  • 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."
  • 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)
  • In the SWAT Kats episode "The Metallikats", the titular villains do this to Deputy Mayor Callie Briggs because she was the one who denied their parole. Fortunately for Callie, the SWAT Kats show up just in time for one of their Big Damn Heroes moments.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Happens to Amon in the 12th episode of The Legend of Korra, who then lands in the ocean.

     Real Life  
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Thrown Through A Window