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->''For some reason Agnes's practical eye was drawn to the huge chandelier that hung over the auditorium like a fantastic sea monster. Its thick rope disappeared into the darkness near the ceiling.... \\
"That looks like an accident waiting to happen if ever I saw one," she mumbled.''
-->-- ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}''

When in high-class surroundings, the standard way to create chaos or kill people is inevitably to drop the enormous chandelier hanging from the ceiling. This is usually intentional on the part of the character, but occasionally it happens by accident. A frequent comedic version is for the hero to accidentally drop the chandelier on his own allies.

This is most common in film and theater, since it creates a visually spectacular effect.

Generally it's a subtrope of DeathByLookingUp. It might overlap with ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice. Compare ChandelierSwing.



* In the original ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' commercial, a woman faced an animated chandelier [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOvwdVp8Fvo DRAGON!]] Years later, it made it into the games themselves as a summon in ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn''.
* In the trailers for ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' Stitch interrupted famous songs and scenes from previous Creator/{{Disney}} films. One was the ballroom dance from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' where Stitch causes [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twZJu9vb1z8 the chandelier to fall]] almost crushes the two dancing below.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' does this straight, with Kirika machine-gunning a chandelier to down some mooks.
* Played with in ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'', where Taichi has his partner Zeromaru make a chandelier fall not for death and destruction, but so that the noise of it breaking breaks through a sonic attack in action.
* Happens to Ash and Pikachu in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' episode "The Tower of Terror". They die... [[OurSoulsAreDifferent sort of]]. Well, since their souls were literally ''pulled out'' by a Haunter, it was probably a case of OnlyMostlyDead.
* Happens to [[spoiler:one of the Zahlen Scwhestern]] in the final episode of ''[[VisualNovel/PhantomOfInferno Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom]]''.
* In ''Manga/HaikaraSanGaTooru'', [[spoiler: local IllGirl Larissa dies as she pulls a DivingSave to rescue Shinobu from one and gets hit instead.]]
* {{Subverted|Trope}} in episode 12 of ''Literature/{{Another}}'': a chandelier falls, trapping [[spoiler:Kawahori, Tsujii, Watanabe and Kakinuma.]] However, [[spoiler:Kawahori]] is the only character [[spoiler:to die]], and this is because [[spoiler:he freed himself, ran off without the others, and gets crushed by a falling pillar. Everybody else survives.]]
* In ''Anime/LupinIIIPilotFilm'', Jigen shoots down the chandelier to knock out the policemen hiding behind a table.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan''
** In the [[spoiler: Reunion with the Black Organization]] case, it turns out that the victim died by having a huge chandelier fall on him. [[spoiler: More exactly, it was shot off and dropped on him by a highranked member of the aforementioned Black Organization, who hoped to MakeItLookLikeAnAccident.]]
** In a later {{filler}} case, a man named Itsuro Soejima dies when a just-as-huge chandelier in his house falls on him. Then there's a DoubleSubversion: first [[spoiler: it looks like Soejima ''shot down'' said chandelier [[TheAlcoholic while drunk]] and that's why it fell on him]], and later it's seen that [[spoiler: Soejima was, in practice, ''killed'' by his sister-in-law Kyouko Takahata: she got him drunk and manipulated him to shoot the chandelier to kill him.]]
* Horribly, ''horribly'' subverted in ''Anime/{{Dangan Ronpa 3}} Side:Future'', where a chandelier falls down.... [[spoiler: ''with [[BadassTeacher Chisa Yukizome]]'s bloodstained corpse already draped all over it''.]]
* Manga/TheKindaichiCaseFiles uses this trope multiple times as a murder method. So far all of the victims are women.
** Two of three separate murder cases involving Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera as [[ScoobyDooHoax the culprit's persona]] involve this scenario. The very first case only has the victim died from a falling stage light. The second one[[note]]This is available in light novel and movie premier of Kindaichi anime[[/note]] is a subversion since [[spoiler:the victim had already died before the chandelier fell on the victim]]. The third one is a straight version of this since the victim looks up the chandelier and it instantly falls on her.
** Kindaichi Returns case "Black Spirit Hotel Murder Case" combines this trope with LightsOffSomebodyDies. In the middle of filming a horror movie, a chandelier falls down after a blackout occurs and kills an actress sitting below it, making people believe that the culprit is someone not present during the shoot. [[spoiler: In reality, the killer replaced the screws holding the chandelier up with an electromagnet beforehand. This way said chandelier will surely fall when blackout occurs.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/JonahHex'' #68 (original series), Jonah stops a rowdy who was busting up a saloon by shooting out out the chain holding up the chandelier so it fall on him. Said chandelier was made out of a wagon wheel. Ouch!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays'': One of these falls on Van Rook while he's trying to keep cryptids from escaping Weird World.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/LovedAndLost'': Fluttershy kicks the chain of a chandelier, causing it to fall on [[TheBrute Commander Hildread]] and her guards, entangling them in diamond chains and giving the heroes a chance to escape.
-->'''Applejack''': Good thinkin', Fluttershy.
-->'''Rarity''': But what a waste of a perfectly beautiful chandelier.

[[folder:{{Film}} -- Animated]]
* Subverted in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', where PunchClockVillain Kronk [[HeelFaceTurn tries to drop a chandelier on his boss Yzma]], but she's so skinny [[ByWallThatIsHoley she slips through a hole in it]] and emerges unscathed.
-->'''Kronk:''' [[LampshadeHanging Strange... that usually works]].
-->'''Yzma:''' And so does ''this!'' (pulls a lever and a TrapDoor opens under Kronk)
-->'''Kronk:''' Ah. Should've seen that comin'. [''falls''] WHOOOA!!!!
* In the first ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' movie, ''Bender's Big Score,'' [[spoiler:Hermes' time clone body is destroyed by a falling chandelier. This leads Lars (actually an aged time clone Fry) to realize that he is just as doomed as Hermes' body.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'': Rasputin sends a chandelier crashing to the ballroom floor in the party scene at the beginning of the movie, but everyone steps out of the way.
* ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'': [[WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} "Yaahh-hoo-hoo-hoo-hooey!!!"]]
** Subverted, as the "victims" in question are sitting astride the chandelier before it falls. Both survive, since the King's mattress broke their fall ([[ImpactSilhouette sort of]]).
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePrincessAndThePea'', Laird has his pet falcon cut a chandelier to fall on Rollo, but Heath pushes him out of the way in time to take the blow instead. [[spoiler: It doesn't kill him.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Minions}}'', at Scarlet Overkill's coronation ceremony, Bob and Stewert nearly unscrew the chandelier while being [[BeeAfraid chased by a bee]]. When Kevin and Stewert try to pull Bob out, his shoe gets stuck, which causes the chandelier to unscrew completely. It falls onto and supposedly kills Overkill. [[spoiler:She lives and declares a massive attack on the Minions, thinking that they intentionally tried to kill her.]]
* In ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'', one of the Duke of Weselton's men cuts the suspension on the chandelier in Elsa's ice palace. Elsa barely avoids it and gets knocked unconscious.

[[folder:{{Film}} -- Live Action]]
* In ''Film/DieAnotherDay'', Franchise/JamesBond casually shoots down a chandelier made of ice which lands on TheDragon after a long battle through a melting ice palace in cars, armed with stinger missiles and mounted machine guns. The water turns red almost immediately.
* In Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of ''{{Hamlet}}'', Hamlet (Branagh) drops a chandelier on Claudius (Derek Jacobi) during the final battle, in addition to poisoning and stabbing him. [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill Uh...]] [[RasputinianDeath Yeah]]
-->[[WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh "Oh I have to poison him? That's boring]] '''''[[WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh —EAT CHANDELIER, BITCH!"]]'''''
* ''Film/{{Clue}}'' has an accidentally-dropped chandelier--the maid accidentally shoots the rope holding it up while trying to shoot the lock on a door. One of the three endings drops the other chandelier in the hall in a similar, but even funnier, manner.
* In ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' (1939), the Scarecrow drops one onto the Wicked Witch of the West's Winkie soldiers.
* In ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'', Robin tries to drop a chandelier on the Sheriff's men, cuts the wrong rope, and drops a different chandelier on himself instead.
* In the movie of ''Film/{{Stardust}}'', Tristran goes through several different chandeliers before finding the one that will knock Zombie-Septimus out the window; he then uses the momentum from the cut rope as a way to quickly get up the stairs and knock down the witch Lamia.
* ''Film/TheScorpionKing'' features a dropped chandelier which its target slips through, but then Mathayus uses the rope to dispose of a new opponent, which raises the chandelier again, catching the first guy astride. Ouch.
* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'', Elizabeth is able to escape temporarily from the crew of the ''Pearl'' by taking advantage of a falling chandelier in her father's mansion.
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] and subverted in the Disney film ''Film/AKidInKingArthursCourt''. The title character cuts the rope attached to a chandelier, but it doesn't fall, causing him to comment that "this always works in the movies". How the chandelier isn't falling even though its support is cut is never explained.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheWarOfTheRoses'': Barbara (Kathleen Turner) prepares to drop a chandelier onto her husband, Oliver, but he moves out of the way before she can drop it. [[spoiler:It ends up killing them both when, during a later fight, they both get on top of it and the supporting cables snap. But since they're on ''top'', this may not count.]]
* In ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}'' the heroes clear a path through a host of baby Zillas by shooting down a succession of chandeliers.
* Cruelly parodied in ''Film/MarsAttacks!'', as this is how the First Lady (Creator/GlennClose) dies:
--> '''Marsha''': The Nancy Reagan chandelier! Woooooooh! *crash*
* ''Film/TheInternational''. The museum shootout is brought to an end by dropping a chandelier-like construction that suspends several projection screens on a couple of mooks.
* Non-fatal version in ''Film/DemolitionMan''. Phoenix is hiding behind an information terminal with a very large, cone shaped ceiling light overhead and a glass floor beneath (it was an underground exhibit). Spartan shoots the line holding the fixture up, causing it to land near Phoenix and drop him into the exhibit.
* ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'': when the lead hooker vampire gets the upper hand on George Clooney's character, Seth, and gloats turning him into her personal lap-dog, Seth's response? "No thanks, I already had a wife.", and shoots the rope holding the wooden chandelier, which impales her.
* ''Film/TheFallOfTheHouseOfUsher'' - The curse brought on the House of Usher in the form of tremors for the family's devil worship practices ends up in the death of the main character's sister by a falling chandelier.
* In ''Film/{{Killers}}'', Spencer shoots the rope for an antler decoration, causing it to swing and impale the hitwoman strangling him.
* Done in ''Film/TheThreeMusketeers1993'', with [[BoisterousBruiser Porthos]] riding the chandelier down:
-->''[after dropping a group of the Cardinal's guards with a chandelier]''
-->'''Porthos:''' Did I miss anyone?
-->'''Aramis:''' Congratulations, Porthos. You brought down the house.
-->'''Porthos:''' Oh, drat. I was trying to hit Rochefort.
* As in the book, Dobby drops a chandelier on Bellatrix (or tries to) in ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Part 1''. Being a house-elf, he doesn't mean to ''kill'' Bellatrix, only to maim...or seriously injure.
* In ''Film/WhatAGirlWants'', the chandelier at [[ThemeNaming Peach and Pear's]] coming out party crashes down from the thumping of the rock music and dancing after Daphne livens up the party.
** Made a little funnier when, earlier, Henry tells Daphne not to mention the chandelier within earshot of Peach & Pear's father, as he could tell you the whole story revolving around it. It seems to be a [[PricelessMingVase priceless artifact]].
* [[spoiler:The Phantom]] meets his end in ''Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera1962'' when he pushes Christine out of the way of one during the finale.
* ''Film/TheLegendOfHellHouse'' has three instances of ghostly forces dropping chandeliers on the characters, [[spoiler:and the second one makes its mark]].
* In ''Film/HotFuzz'', the BigBad uses this to make an escape once exposed by Angel and Danny, shooting the chandelier so that, as it falls, it blocks the officers from making a move.
* At the climax of ''Film/{{Unconscious}}'', León and Dr. Pardo get killed by one. Since it gets knocked down by a bullet fired from León's gun, it counts as a KarmicDeath at least in part.
* In ''Bollywood/OmShantiOm'', this is how the BigBad gets dispatched at the end. [[spoiler:The chandelier was let down [[KarmicDeath by the ghost of the woman he killed in that same place]].]]
* In ''Film/{{Matilda}}'', Miss Trunchbull brings down a chandelier when she jumps from the balcony while searching for Matilda and Miss Honey in her house.
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'': The guys drop a chandelier in their pursuit of Slimer.
-->'''Peter''': It's okay. The table broke the fall.
* During the attack on the White House in ''Film/SupermanII'', Non [[SuperStrength throws a pillar]] at a bazooka-armed soldier, knocking him backwards so he fires his rocket into the ceiling, causing a chandelier to fall on top of him.
* In ''Film/HouseOnHauntedHill1959'', Nora is is almost killed by a falling chandelier within minutes of entering the house.

* ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' contains what is probably the most famous example of this trope.
** Gaston Leroux reportedly based this scene on [[TruthInTelevision an actual incident]] where one of the counterweights of the Palais Garnier's chandelier (not the chandelier itself) fell into the auditorium and killed a woman.
** In a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' parody of Broadway, the Phantom loses patience with his fellow Broadway characters, and uses his light fixture collapsing power on them. However since they are in a diner, the results are unimpressive.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Despite the above quote (and the fact that it's parodying ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''), ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'' subverts this--everyone keeps talking about how dangerous the Opera House chandelier is, and the villain plans on dropping it, [[BaitAndSwitch but it never actually falls]].
** In ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'', a chandelier is sent falling onto the Low-King-to-be. Detritus catches it.
** In ''Discworld/ReaperMan'', the extra life force caused by Death's downsizing results in the giant chandelier in Unseen University's Great Hall unscrewing itself. Luckily, it does so one screw at a time, giving the wizards ample warning to get away.
* In ''Literature/DragonLance'' a burning chandelier falls on and kills the wife and child of Lord Soth. As she is engulfed in flames, the wife lays a DyingCurse on Soth and his loyal knights, turning them into [[ThePunishment Death Knights]].
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** In [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix book 5]], Peeves is trying to drop one at Hogwarts. Professor [=McGonagall=] quietly gives him some advice when he's not getting it:
-->'''[=McGonagall=]:''' It unscrews the other way.
** [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Book 7]] has Dobby dropping the Malfoy's chandelier over them and Bellatrix.
* One gets pulled down intentionally during the ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce'' novels (''Exiles'' by Creator/AaronAllston, page 285). Of course, nobody dies, since there are two telekinetics in the room, but it was a good diversion.
* Much of the Creator/DeanKoontz novel ''Forever Odd'' takes place in the ruins of the Panamint Resort and Spa, which was severely damaged by an earthquake. Several people were killed in the ballroom when a massive chandelier fell on them during the quake; although this was an accident, it happened because the builders cut corners and suspended the chandelier from a wooden beam rather than a steel beam.
* The second ''Literature/WorldOfTiers'' book ends with the villain accidentally cutting down a giant chandelier and being crushed with it. However, the villain is still alive and manages to struggle free and attack the protagonists again.
* ''[[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Hop-Frog Hop-Frog]]'' by Creator/EdgarAllanPoe has an interesting variation. Instead of having the chandelier hanging overhead, it has been lowered to the floor at the beginning of the MasqueradeBall. The doom part comes in when the [[ManipulativeBastard protagonist]] [[spoiler:chains the [[AristocratsAreEvil antagonists]] to the chandelier during a seemingly ZanyScheme, and they are hoisted into the air after being [[KillItWithFire set aflame]].]]
* Took care of [[spoiler: Mrs. Dark]] quite nicely in ''Literature/TheInfernalDevices''.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/TheBorgias'''s episode ''The Beautiful Deception'', Lucrezia strategically placed a candle so as to burn the rope holding the chandelier above her brother Juan's bed while he is having sex, ultimately impaling his partner. [[spoiler:She does this as revenge for him killing her son's father, Paolo.]]
* ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' has a funny, non-combat-related version [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnhYzfg7ug4 2:30 here]].
** This was based on a real-life incident involving John Sullivan's father, who was part of a team of builders who made the same mistake. [[RealityEnsues They all got the sack for it]]. The episode was written backwards to get there, and Sullivan senior thankfully saw the funny side of the whole thing when he watched the episode.
* In one episode of ''Series/TheAvengers'', "Death's Door", a potentially world-changing conference is put on hold when a key delegate pulls out, having had a bizarre recurring dream in which a chandelier falls on his head. He interprets this (with good reason) as a warning not to attend the conference, lest he meet his demise in this manner. The heroes inspect it and find nothing wrong, but [[HoistByHisOwnPetard the villain still ends up crushed by it]].
* This is how the VictimOfTheWeek Gustav Hoffer is killed in the ''Series/PushingDaisies'' episode "Robbing Hood".
* In ''Series/TheTwoRonnies'' serial ''The Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old London Town'', the Prime Minister and the leaders of the [[AnachronismStew Commonwealth]] are meeting to discuss the threat of the Phantom. Who drops in uninvited, and blows a raspberry at them that's powerful enough to make the Queen's portrait blush and bring the chandelier down.
* An episode of ''Series/TheDingoPrinciple'' featured a parody of ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' where someone was killing members of the Liberal Party by dropping chandeliers on them, regardless of where they were at the time.
* ''Series/HarpersIsland'', although it's not the chandelier per se, but a [[http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater/collection/1990.0018.102.html headspade]] concealed in it.
* In the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E9ThePuppetShow The Puppet Show]]", Buffy gets a chandelier dropped on her by Sid the [[DemonicDummy living ventriloquist dummy]], temporarily pinning her down as he attacks.
** In "Surprise" Angel does the modern version by dropping a multiscreen TV on the Judge's head. [[MadeOfIron It doesn't stop him.]]
** Averted in "Smashed". Spike weakens a chandelier while swinging from it to kick Buffy in the face, including a closeup showing how it's been pulled out of the ceiling. By the time it falls however neither of them notice, [[CoitusUninterruptus because they're too busy having passionate sex]] [[WallBangHer up against the wall]].
* In the ''Series/MacGyver1985'' episode "The Coltons", Jesse Colton takes out a gunman who has taken cover behind a table by shooting out the chandelier above him so that it falls on him.
* In the ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' episode "Lancelot and Guinevere", while he, Arthur and Lancelot are rescuing Guinevere from Hengist, Merlin drops a chandelier on one of Hengist's archers.
* ''{{Series/Supernatural}}''. Dean is facing a ghost who naturally is ImmuneToBullets. He shoots the chain holding up an chandelier instead. Being literally MadeOfIron, the chandelier dissipates the ghost.
** Sam and Dean realise they're in a room with a bunch of pagan gods. They turn to flee and a chandelier crashes to the floor in front of them, warning that trying to leave is a bad idea.
** In episode "Season 7, Time for a Wedding", a crossroad demon is making demon deals. Traditionally, demon deals entitles the deal seeker to one wish of their choice, no limits apply, that will last for ten years before their soul is dragged to hell in payment. However, this particular crossroad demon notes that if an accident should happen to befall the deal seeker soon after they make the deal, he can collect their soul sooner without having voided the contract as long as he doesn't kill them himself. He gets a minion demon to create "accidents". One deal seeker is nearly crushed by a falling chandelier, but is luckily saved by Dean who has figured out what is happening.
* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'': [[NeverOneMurder The third]] VictimOfTheWeek in "Let Us Prey" is shackled to a bed and then impaled by a falling chandelier.
* The ArtisticTitle of ''Series/TheNightManager'' ends with a falling chandelier that turns into an explosion on impact.

* [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2004&addr=040705 It was a monday]] and the screws on the chandelier above ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' needed tightening.

* One of Peter Schickele's Music/PDQBach performances was supposedly in a (fictitious) castle in an advanced state of disrepair.
-->"Unfortunately, due to the lack of funds for maintenance, there aren't as many chandeliers now as there used to be." CRASH!
* A scene in the Music/MeatLoaf video "I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)" has a chandelier fall on the cops searching the castle. The Literal Video version has WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad type commentary "CHANDELIER'D!" "Ow! My only scene!"
* In Music/KatyPerry's song ''Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)'' where she tries to figure out WhatDidIDoLastNight, one of the damages she notices is the chandelier on the floor.
-->Trying to connect the dots
-->Don't know what to tell my boss
-->Think the city [[ParkingProblems towed my car]]
-->'''Chandelier is on the floor'''

* In the board game ''13 Dead End Drive'', one of the traps used to kill off the other heirs is a falling chandelier.
* The game ''TabletopGame/CardsAgainstHumanity'' includes a white card with the text "Dropping a chandelier on your enemies and riding the rope up."

[[folder: Theater]]
* ''Theatre/ThePlayThatGoesWrong'' has most of the set come apart at the seams, but keeps this trick in reserve until the last five seconds, with the lights going out mid-"fall".
* ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera 25th Anniversary Celebration'', filmed at the Royal Albert Hall, subverts this. Obviously, the show ''couldn't'' drop the Hall's actual chandelier; instead, it just sparks and fizzles a little.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''[[VideoGame/DeathToSpies Death to Spies: Moment of Truth]]'' has a chandelier that may be dropped on a defector. The game also includes variants where you drop a torpedo, or boat on some other targets.
* In ''VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney'', setting a bomb on the rope of a chandelier is one of the ways you can make a 'hit' [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident look like an accident]]. Several missions practically invite you to drop chandeliers on people like this. In one mission, you actually got the chance to murder both a father and his son, by two separate chandeliers.
* In ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'', when the mansion is first entered, walking straight ahead (directly under the chandelier) results in it falling. However, the game gives you time to move, and only happens once.
* In ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheEmperorsTomb'', Indy sees below him Nazis discussing on a table, with an enormous chandelier above them. No need to describe what happens (BondOneLiner included).
* In ''James Bond: VideoGame/EverythingOrNothing'', you must drop a whole lighting rig on some bad guys during the second half of "The Kiss Kiss Club" level. (A later level, "Faded Splendor," allows you to do this for real with the aid of a sniper rifle.)
* In the fine Creator/{{Sierra}} tradition of EverythingTryingToKillYou, VideoGame/LauraBow in ''VideoGame/TheColonelsBequest'' can be killed by a falling chandelier if she steps on the wrong part of the hallway.
* ''VideoGame/{{Braid}}'' requires the player to [[spoiler:kill the game's Bosses]] by creatively manipulating such chandeliers. And drop a single chandelier on a boss several times.
** [[spoiler:The last level in the game features a broken chandelier that rises up and repairs itself due to the level working in reverse. Once you view the level in regular time, it turns out [[FridgeHorror the Princess tried to drop the chandelier on you to stop you from chasing her]]. In the game's secret ending, you can actually use the rising chandelier to get to the Princess, [[EarnYourBadEnding only to have her explode like an Atomic Bomb]].]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFight'''s last stage featured falling chandeliers. Which contained.. Turkeys, radios and two by fours..?
* In ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead: Overkill'' you can create one on a bunch of mutants as they break into Papa's house of Pain.
* ''VideoGame/YouHaveToBurnTheRope''. Doing that will means a OneHitKill on the boss.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'': Appears multiple times as an obstacle in richly-adorned environments. [[StalactiteSpite Tries to fall on you if you walk past them]].
** In ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaTheAdventureRebirth'' some of the chandeliers can be used to kill enemies.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' inverts it with the first fight against Bowser: You fight him ''on the chandeliers''. You win by severing the chain on his.
** In the following cutscene, Bowser cuts down Mario's chandelier, and they fall together long enough for Bowser to rant at you before Mario shows off his [[GoombaStomp incredible jumping skills]] yet again.
* In ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', opening a particular treasure chest in the Boo's Mansion will cause a chandelier to fall down on Mario, [[BaitAndSwitch but stop just before crushing him]]. The opened chest resets itself upon leaving the room, allowing the player to revisit the near-death experience at their leisure.
* These randomly appear in ''VideoGame/SweetHome'' as a hazard of walking through certain halls/rooms.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilTheUmbrellaChronicles'', Wesker while escaping the Arkay mansion before it explodes is being stalked by the invincible Lisa Trevor. As he makes it to the front door she attacks him starting a boss fight which is unwinnable resulting in Wesker having to shoot down the chandelier pinning her under it, escaping seconds before the mansion explodes.
* ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'', particularly the manor house in ''Frontline''.
* The third ''VideoGame/NancyDrew'' game is actually won by dropping a chandelier on the villain. If you drop it at any other time than when he's directly below it, you get a NonstandardGameOver.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Magicka}}'', the first boss, Behold the Watcher can be instakilled by burning the rope of the chandelier above him.
* In ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheDiabolicalBox'', the falling chandelier doesn't kill anyone, but it does lead to the rickety old mansion [[CollapsingLair collapsing.]]
* During the course of ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', the player encounters one of these in the Ocean House Hotel quest, though it can be pretty easily avoided. And when compared to the ''elevator''...
--> '''[[LetsPlay/MarikPlaysBloodlines Marik:]]''' Why is that doing that? I do not like when that does that! Okay, I'm choosing to believe that this whole house is like that house from Beauty and the Beast and all furniture is going to start singing at me. Here, watch this - ''Be our guest, be our guest'' - (CRASH) - Oh my god, Lumiere tried to kill me!
* ''VideoGame/{{Splatterhouse}}'' had this happen at the end of one BossBattle, with said chandelier [[OneHitKill killing you instantly]] if you're under it when it drops.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries''
** In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', Batman can drop a chandelier at one point, although there it's a means to smash the glass floor of the room and save two hostages from ComicBook/TheJoker.
** In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'', Batman can ''hack'' chandelier controls to drop them on unsuspecting mooks.
* ''VideoGame/MickeyMousecapade'' has these in the Fun House. They can take out enemies as well as you.
* In ''[[VideoGame/AnotherWorld Out of This World]]'', you have drop a chandelier on a guard at one point, and shoot down another chandelier to allow Buddy to proceed forward.
* In ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion'', you do this by playing the recording of the Tentacle's high-pitched screech, to obtain the Rusty Key.
* In the Arbiter's Grounds stage of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', you can drop a chandelier on ''yourself'' at one stage, if you're not careful. Later, you must ''actually'' drop a chandelier on yourself ([[ByWallThatIsHoley standing in a gap in the middle]] so as not to be reduced to a 2-dimensional object) in order to progress.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'': Yukiko's Shadow can attack with this.
* In one stage of ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'', you have to drop a chandelier on Emma, the bossy red-haired lady who lives next door to Lynne, so that she gets stuck and can't stop her daughter Amelia from calling her father. If you mistime the drop, Emma does a rather impressive dodge move.
* In ''VideoGame/SyphonFilter'', you have to drop an ''[[MadeOfExplodium exploding]]'' chandelier on a pair of guards in Rhoemer's stronghold.
* During the first visit to Beast's Castle in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', both the Shadow Stalker and Dark Thorn Heartless use the chandelier in the ballroom as a part of their attacks. Sora too can use it during the Dark Thorn fight in order to make him visible. Unlike most other chandeliers associated with this trope, this one has an extendable chain and returns to the ceiling once the attack is complete.
* In ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryI'', the hero neutralizes three brigands with a single falling chandelier.
* In ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance'', Nightcrawler's spectacular escape involve [[TeleportSpam teleporting]] and cutting several chandeliers on [[MechaMooks Doombots]].
* In ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'''s Cathedral, you can drop these on your enemies. The chandeliers project a shadow on the ground and are supported by a nearby chain. You even get an achievement if your characters kill [[NumberOfTheBeast 666]] enemies with these.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Batman|Sunsoft}}'' for the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis, the chandeliers in Flugelheim Museum serve as SmashingHallwayTrapsOfDoom.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' has grenade cluster traps that drop from the ceiling when activated by a tripwire or pressure plate. In [[LotusEaterMachine Tranquility Lane]], one of the options when assassinating Mabel Henderson is to loosen the chandelier chain so it falls on her.
* In ''Dead Connection'', the first stage has a chandelier at the top of the screen that inevitably falls.
* One of the traps found in ''VideoGame/BeTrapped''. In rooms without a chandelier (and even in rooms with one), it can be a flower pot, broken glass, a Mills bomb, dynamite, or even an anchor. Yes, an ''anchor''.
* In ''VideoGame/RuneFactory4'', one room in Obsidian Mansion has a chandelier that falls when you pass under it, damaging you.
* The boxing ring in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U'' has one that falls after being hit enough times.
* In ''VideoGame/SplinterCellConviction'''s second level, you can shoot down a chandelier on a group of guards.
* In ''VideoGame/ShovelKnight'', Pridemoor's Keep is adorned with chandeliers that drop when Shovel Knight approaches. Some of them hang low enough to be usable as {{temporary platform}}s.
* In ''VideoGame/TinyToonAdventuresBusterBustsLoose'', every chandelier in the WildWest level falls as Buster passes.
* In the UsefulNotes/ArcadeGame ''Bay Route'', the chandeliers in the mansion level will fall when players walk under them unless they shoot them down first.
* In ''VideoGame/SunsetRiders'', a game set in the WildWest, the fourth stage with the {{mad bomber}}s features a huge chandelier that dangles around and can be used by {{mooks}} as shooting platforms. The heroes climb on it and either give it the same use, or simply hang from it to dodge the bombs tossed by the bosses. [[spoiler: In a subversion, it stays in its place through the whole stage and, when the bosses are killed, it's "peacefully" taken away.]]
* In ''VideoGame/McDonaldsTreasureLandAdventure'', certain chandeliers in the [[GangplankGalleon Pirate Ship level]] fall if Ronald gets too close to them.
* In ''VideoGame/MarkOfTheNinja'' this is one method you can use to kill guards. Most notably, you can do this to an elite (who can't be stealth-killed) who brags that he'd love to see a ninja try to take him down.
* ''VideoGame/EnterTheGungeon'' allows you to invoke this on some rooms of the Keep chamber (i.e. the very first floor). Each chandelier has a corresponding chain fastened somewhere on a nearby wall: Shooting it out will cause the chandelier to fall and explode, one-hitting most monsters standing below. The monsters can shoot it out too, but never on purpose, so unless you're very unlucky, the worst that'll happen will be a wasted chance to watch your enemies go ''splat''.
* In ''VideoGame/TheDarksideDetective'', while exploring the Don's mansion, [=McQueen=] and Dooley see a chandelier and immediately note that it would do a lot of damage if it fell on someone. Sure enough, the main puzzle in the mansion involves a monster standing directly underneath the chandelier.

[[folder:Web Video]]
* Viari from ''WebVideo/AcquisitionsIncorporated'' has an apparent obsession with falling chandeliers. In season 7, he single-handedly defeats the penultimate FlunkyBoss by dropping a chandelier on them and wiping out the entire group, while in season 9, he thins out Vannefer's forces considerably by dropping several (weaponized) chandeliers on their heads.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'' episode "The Treacherous Movie Lot Plot", the Bully Brothers cut the chandelier rope with a saw, hoping to drop it on Penelope.
* The climax of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Homer of Seville" takes place in an opera house with, as they say in France, ''freaking huuuuuuuge'' chandeliers and an assassin on the loose. To lessen the possibility for danger, the police decide to "pre-crash" them. However, they miss one and the assassin ''does'' get slightly smashed ultimately.
** "The Falcon and the D'Ohman" has a chandelier falling on a James Bond-style agent during a crossfire, but the bullets disintegrate it a piece at a time before it hits him.
* Not quite a chandelier, but in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Butters ends up accidentally killing about 16 people by kicking down a fixture of stage lights. [[note]] 17; one woman was pregnant. [[/note]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'''s brothers try to drop the chandelier on the escaping villain, only to have the wrong chandelier drop on the stolen WaveMotionGun. They get it right the second time.
* The castle in ''WesternAnimation/CountDuckula'' come equipped with one. Too bad Igor relies on Nanny to trigger it.
* Happens to Mr. Botsford in the ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl'' episode where Nocan the Contrarian makes his first appearance.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** The Penguin chains a rich businessman who insulted him at the impact point of a big chandelier, and his wife who {{Prank Date}}d him to the chandelier itself... [[ILied after cashing in the wife's ransom]].
** A chandelier falls on a {{mook}} in ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries The New Batman Adventures]]'' in the episode "Joker's Millions". He'd emptied his submachine gun into the ceiling during a GunStruggle, so he could only blame himself when the ceiling struck back.
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAndMisterFreezeSubZero'': Mr. Freeze uses his... uh, FreezeRay on a chandelier to cover his escape.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': Batwoman tries to use one to stop the Riddler in "The Criss-Cross Conspiracy!". She misses.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' has a variant with a giant disco ball. [[spoiler:Except that the ball drops too late and crushes Rusty Venture.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'': In "Pawn of Shadows", Angel Dynamite traps the Obliteratix beneath a falling chandelier.
* [[{{InvokedTrope}} Invoked]] in the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Family Affair" by Steve, who pulls it down in anger. Stan chides him as it was his grandmother's.
* The ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' episode "[=McPhearson=] Phantom" has a spirit haunting the Bagges, and a chandelier suddenly appears in the living room just for it to fall on [[ButtMonkey Eustace]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/PopeyeTheSailorMeetsAliBabasFortyThieves'', Abu Hassan drops a chandelier on Popeye, then raises it back up so that Popeye his now part of it, holding the candles with each hand.
-->'''Popeye:''' Hey, I'm burnin' the candles at both ends here!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'':
** Spidey drops a chandelier on Shocker while fighting in a condemned theater. Shocker's force-field destroys it just before it hits.
** In "Gangland", a ''massive'' crystal chandelier nearly crushes Jameson and two kids during a supervillain MeleeATrois. Spidey stops it from landing on them, but it gets blown up anyway, much to his annoyance.
* ''WesternAnimation/ElenaOfAvalor'': [[spoiler: In "Rise of the Sorceress", Fiero makes one fall as a distraction so he, Shuriki, Victor and Carla can escape]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* At the Theatre-Lyrique in Paris (an opera house), some portions of the glass chandelier fell on the audience, but no one was killed. (Novello, 'The Musical World'). Then in October 1888, according to 'The Times', one of the chandeliers fell and did kill a man.
* [[http://www.musicandhistory.com/pdf/m/february.pdf On February 2, 1795]], Music/JosephHaydn was conducting the premiere of his newest symphony at the King's Theatre, London. At one point, several patrons left their seats to get a better view of Haydn. Not long thereafter, a chandelier crashed to the floor ''where they had just been sitting''. Very cinematic! There were no injuries, earning the piece the nickname "The Miracle Symphony."[[note]]Except they tagged the wrong symphony with it! It was long believed that this event occurred at the premiere of Symphony No. 96 on March 11, 1791, but the date above was actually the premiere of No. 102. Nevertheless, 96 has held onto the "Miracle" name.[[/note]]
* Norwegian author Jens Bjørneboe is supposed to have tried to kill his parents this way when he was 8 years old.
* In the former Soviet Union factories were assessed on how much material they used, which led to elaborate overweight chandeliers constantly on the verge of crashing onto everyone's heads.
* There's an [[UrbanLegends urban legend]] about a visitor to the Soviet Union who became paranoid that his room was being bugged. Looking under his bed he found a suspicious-looking metal box fixed to the floor so he unscrewed it, but didn't find a microphone. The next morning when he went down to the lobby he was told that a chandelier had fallen from the ballroom ceiling the previous night (just how much damage it caused depends on the version), and he realized to his horror that the box he dismantled had been the chandelier support.
* In September 2013 it wasn't the chandelier but a [[http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/12/19/apollo-theatre-collapse-in-london_n_4475498.html whole balcony]] that collapsed onto people below in a crowded theatre.

->'''[[AC:Look out]]!''' ''*CRASH*''