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Enter Stage Window
*(clack!)* "Hi, Sam." (*guitar riff* [Enter Sam])
David: No, wait... Can we meet after work?
Fatima: Our families hate each other...

Someone—often the Girl Next Door, though not necessarily—enters the hero's house by climbing in their bedroom window. This can be done via ladder, trellis, close-standing tree, or some other, more obscure method. In some cases, there's a good reason for this: they're sneaking in, or the more traditional entrances are somehow blocked. Often, though, it seems like they do it just because it seems cool. Though found in many kinds of fiction, this trope is particularly prevalent in television.

If the window is shut, the traditional way to get the resident's attention is to throw gravel at it, but as that's become something of a cliche, it's usually subverted somehow (they break the window, or hit their friend with a rock, or discover they picked the wrong room...)

Subtrope of There Was a Door. Contrast Bedsheet Ladder, which is for the person inside getting out. For the glass shattering Dynamic Entry variant, see Fast Roping.

Examples

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    Anime & Manga 
  • The Girl Next Door does this in Hand Maid May, with a ladder from her window to the male lead's room.
  • Aeru climbs into Neveril's quarters this way in Simoun. This was more dangerous than usual as this was on board sky airship in the middle of flight.
  • Ranma : You'd be surprised at how many times Ranma has entered Akane's room through her window. In fact, he's done it so much that you almost expect it after a while.
    Dr. Tofu: (referring to Ranma) So, tell me. Did we have a visitor last night?
    Akane: Uh-huh. Through the window.
    Dr. Tofu: *laughs* Yep, that's pretty much what I thought.
    • Of course, Ranma as a rule doesn't seem to see any clear distinction between windows and doors. Probably comes of having almost as free a range of motion in the third dimension as in the more normal two.
  • Hitsugaya enters Ichigo's house this way in Bleach, and criticizes his subordinates for their entry method. They came in through the skylight.
  • Jiraya from "Naruto" commonly enters through windows. This has become a popular joke amongst fans of the series.
  • This occurs in Sangatsu No Lion during one of Rei's recollections of his childhood spent in the Kouda household; Kyoko, has at least once, snuck into Rei's room this way to snuggle with him in his futon, presumably while in an emotionally fragile state.
  • Yayoi of Dual! usually wakes protagonist Kazuki by climbing through his window every morning. She does not use a ladder or a convenient tree, but a bridge between their houses. That she apparently built overnight without anyone noticing.
  • Terry from Candy Candy pulls this during the Boarding School arc, entering Candy's dorm room through her balcony.

    Comic Books 

    Comic Strips 
  • Hector in Zits often comes in through Jeremy's (second-story) bedroom window, sometimes to hilarious effect:
    Hector (stuck in window): Jeremy! Help!
    Jeremy: Lift your leg!
    Hector: I'm trying! Grab my foot! The other one!
    [Hector finally gets inside]
    Jeremy: Why didn't you just use the door?
    Hector: I didn't want to trouble you.
    • It's even funnier because a reverse-angle shows Hector dangling outside the second-story window, and there's nothing there he could have climbed up; the wall is absolutely bare.

    Films — Animation 
  • Ellie in Up would climb into young Carl 's bedroom window.
  • In Disney's Aladdin:
    • Aladdin flies up onto the balcony of Jasmine's bedroom with his magic carpet. The oddest thing is, Jasmine isn't even wondering how he got up there — she's too pissed off at the moment to care. When Aladdin goes to leave by jumping back off the balcony, she freaks out sufficiently.
    • Aladdin jumps in and out of windows fairly often, especially in the "One Jump Ahead" sequence. People are so used to it that they don't break rhythm.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In DEBS, Lucy Diamond sneaks into Amy's room in the D.E.B.S. house twice by climbing up the outside wall using suction cups and coming in through the window.
  • Subverted in the film version of Kick-Ass, when the hero enters his crush's bedroom window—and she maces him.
  • Crazily enough, subverted in Troll 2. The girl who is in her house working out flips out and owns the guy (her boyfriend). Complete with horrible acting .
  • Sky High has the Girl Next Door love interest meet the hero on a tree by his window. Significant in that her superpower is control over plants.
  • Jenny does this habitually in Forrest Gump.
  • In High School Musical Troy climbs onto Gabriella's balcony in both the first and third movies. By the third it's implied that he's done it often; she has a basket on a rope ready to go down when he calls her. It's even written into their show.
  • Lorenzo does this in the 2004 movie version of The Merchant of Venice. The original play doesn't call for him to climb up to Jessica's window at all, making it 100% Rule of Cool.
  • Both times Peter visits Gwen in The Amazing Spider-Man, he enters through her bedroom window. In the first time, he claims he got there through the fire escape (twenty stories) because he's frightened of the doorman. In the second time, she already knows he's Spider-Man so he doesn't have to come up with any excuse.
  • Bullshot. Comedic Hero Bullshot Crummond tries to contact his client Rosemary Fenton this way, and only manages to attract a good deal of attention.
    "Just ignore me! I'm a collector of unusual insects!"

    Fairy Tales 
  • "Rapunzel" is a sort of archetypical example.

    Literature 
  • In Twilight, Edward climbs a tree to get into Bella's bedroom. Though she doesn't know at first, this later becomes an almost daily routine for their relationship.
    • In Midnight Sun, we learn that Edward has turned this stalking up to 11 by bringing oil along so the window won't squeak.
    • Jacob does it in New Moon, but at least he asks first.
  • In The Season, Alex enters Gavin's house this way, but to warn him of an evil plot.
  • The protagonist of The Yiddish Policemens Union does this to get into his ex-wife's bedroom, recalling how he used to sneak in that way when they were dating. It's not as romantic as the ideal, though, as he says that he's not as young as he used to be and after he's scaled the wall to her house, foreplay begins with her cleaning his bloody shins.
  • In Dear Zoe, Tess and her boyfriend live next door to each other, and have bedrooms with windows that face each other; they climb in each other's windows from each other's windows.
  • Margo does this, frequently, to Q in Paper Towns.
  • Happens twice in Maurice. In the first part of the book Maurice climbs into Clive's room, then in the second part Scudder climbs into Maurice's room.
  • In Galaxy of Fear, Kairn throws rocks at Zak's window to get his attention. Realizing he can't sneak out through the hallway, Zak clambers out through the window and climbs down.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In early seasons of Dawson's Creek, every last character climbed a ladder into Dawson's bedroom. Most often Joey, but Jen and even Pacey did so on multiple occasions.
  • As seen in the page picture, Sam of Clarissa Explains It All always enters Clarissa's house via a ladder at her window. *clunk* "Hi, Sam." *guitar riff*
    Clarissa's Dad: Why doesn't that kid ever use the door?
  • Occasionally Lampshaded on Boy Meets World, when Shawn would sometimes climb up a tree into his Heterosexual Life Partner Cory's bedroom.
    • Corey would also climb into Topanga's room through the window.
  • Angel on Buffy for a while.
    • Buffy typically departed from and returned to her house this way, before her mother knew she was The Slayer.
    • At one point, Buffy climbs in through her window, informs Angel that her mother isn't home, and is then at a loss when asked why she didn't just use the door.
  • In the episode "Second Chance at First Line" in Teen Wolf, Stiles does this to the McCall residence, giving Scott's mother quite the scare.
  • Donna does this with Eric in at least one early episode of That '70s Show.
  • iCarly: Samantha Puckett is known for breaking into the home of her best friend Carly Shay, by using the fire escape into Carly's bedroom.
    • That one might just be Fanon. However, Mandy barged back in the Shay loft to stay there overnight in one of her episodes. When Carly asked her how she entered with the door locked, Mandy replied, "But not all your windows are."
  • On Drake & Josh, Josh visits Mindy this way.
  • In House, Wilson seems to have a bit of an obsession with climbing through windows. In the premiere of season 6, he gets into Dr. House's apartment through his window after he refuses to answer the door. Then, Wilson brings Chinese food to Cuddy's while Dr. House is babysitting her daughter Rachel. After Rachel eats a coin while the two are supposed to be watching her, they try to solve the situation before Cuddy finds out. When Cuddy comes home during their planning, Wilson escapes by climbing out a window.
    • House: "You're telling me to do the right thing while climbing out a window?!"
    • Wilson also tells Cuddy, "Just say the word, and we will climb out that window right now," when she's upset over her breakup with Dr. House.
      • Wilson may have an obsession with windows in general. He tends to throw things at them when he becomes angry, either at House during an argument, or at a random guy who wouldn't stop playing the same song over and over.
  • On Glee, Rachel enters Puck's room this way in a dream (it is, in fact, how he knows that he's dreaming).
  • Rose regularly climbs over the side of the deck outside Charlie's house in Two and a Half Men, and one gets the distinct impression that she does it more when he's not there.
  • In Chuck, it's kind of a Running Gag. Chuck's friend Morgan always climbs through Chuck's window whenever he comes to visit Chuck, for absolutely no reason. He even calls it "The Morgan Door".
  • This is how Zack and Jessie generally visit each other on Saved by the Bell. All other visits bypass the front door and go directly to room.
  • On Doogie Howser, M.D., Doogie's best friend, Vinnie, entered Doogie's bedroom this way in nearly every episode (before Doogie moved into his own loft space in season 4).
  • CeCe and Rocky of Shake It Up live in the same apartment building. As such, Rocky usually enters via the fire escape.
  • Something of a staple on The Vampire Diaries: Vampires are constantly entering through Elena's bedroom window, and Matt inexplicably enters Caroline's house through her window in one episode.
  • A freerunner on one of the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation shows used this technique to get into his girlfriend's room, despite her father's furious attempts to keep him away from her. It worked until her kid brother rigged the flagpole outside the window to shock anyone who touched it, and electrocuted him.
  • In Victorious episode "The Bird Scene", Sikowitz suggested that Tori enter through the window.
  • At least one episode of Small Wonder had Reggie enter Jamie's (presumably second-story) bedroom through the window.
  • Non-romantic variant in Welcome Back, Kotter, with the Sweathogs dropping in on their favorite teacher via his living room window. He wasn't bothered by it, but his wife was.
  • In the Love American Style episode "Love and the Happy Day", Potsie visits Richie in this manner.
  • One Tree Hill averts this trope by giving Lucas's bedroom a door to the outside, making it much easier for people to come and go as they please.

    Music 

    Theater 
  • Romeo and Juliet: The balcony scene leads to both an entrance and exit through the window.
  • And of course, the corresponding scene in West Side Story with a fire escape rather than a vine or tree.
    • Parodied in West Bank Story, leading to the page quote.
  • In On the Twentieth Century, Oscar Jafee boards the titular train through the window.
  • Also parodied in the coarse-acting short Il Fornicazione by Michael Green. A lover tries to sneak in via a stage window but he's too fat.

    Web Comics 

    Western Animation 
  • In As Told by Ginger, Darren occasionally entered Ginger's room through the window, even when they were Just Friends.
  • On My Life as a Teenage Robot, Brad tends to come in Jenny's window this way. He, in fact, coaches Sheldon on using a ladder rather than climbing a tree.
  • In the Pac-Man episode "Invasion of the Pac-Pups", Morris enters Pac-Man's house this way.
    Pac-Man: Next time, try using the door.
    Morris: I prefer windows. You don't have to wipe your feet, just your face.


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