This is it. TheHero is storming through the [[BigBad Big Bad's]] secret base, avoiding all detection by guards. He finally reaches the room where the big bad is when he notices some stairs in the room's entrance. What will he do? Seamlessly jump over it in a dramatic pose, of course! They don't care that they were meant to be stepped on. Apparently stepladders are for dummies.

This is often featured in action films, specially when the Hero is in a hot chase, or [[TimedMission has a limited time to enter/exit the place]], or even just for dramatic effect. Sometimes it works, others, well... they end up as {{Narm}}.


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* ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'': Zen and Obi both tend to jump over railings rather than use the stairs if they feel the stairs are inconveniently placed to where they want to go since they prefer the [[LeParkour shortest route at all times]]. Even Mitsuhide does it on occasion, though generally he only does so during emergencies when using the shortest route is necessary.
%%* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': [[BigDamnHeroes No time!]]
* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', Maka does this when storming through [[SealedEvilInACan the Kishin's]] "tomb".

* In ''Fanfic/MementoVivere'', a VideoGame/FinalFantasyX fanfiction, Auron defies gravity during the battle on [[spoiler: Mushroom Rock.]]

%%* Film/JudgeDredd in TheMovie.
* In ''Film/ErikTheViking'', the title character, needing to borrow his girlfriend's invisibility cloak, scales the wall to her quarters using a pair of knives. Her first question upon his entering is why he didn't just use the stairs that were right next to the wall he climbed.

* ''Roleplay/ArimnaesHappyFunTimePowerHour'': Busting through the wooden wall of a building to escape the approaching guards? Yup.
* In ''Roleplay/StarForceRP'', Blade was once seen using a series of jumps to get to a Wave Road instead of a Wave Station.
** Another instance occurred with Nova who used jet boots to fly onto a Wave Road after he inadvertently caused Dark Giga to shoot a Wave Station by messing up his aim. NiceJobBreakingItHero.

* In [[Creator/DaveDuncan Dave Duncan's]] book ''The Reaver Road'' when Omar goes to rescue the woman to be sacrificed.

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* Henry Griffin does this in ''Series/UnnaturalHistory''. The other two of the trio get into it too, although Jasper is [[GeekPhysiques less than pleased]].

* ''VideoGame/GodHand'' is a definite example in that Gene ''never'' climbs ladders: He simply ''jumps up'' and ''lands at the top of the ladder''.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyCrystalChroniclesTheCrystalBearers'', Layle will walk up to ladders, poles, and other climbable things, and then use his gravity powers to vault himself straight to the top (or bottom). Makes one wonder why he even bothers.
* The ladder climbing animation in ''VideoGame/MegaMan1'' was slightly bugged, resulting in a glitch where Mega Man simply ''falls up'' very quickly under certain conditions, and is one of the ways to save time in speed runs.
* While you technically can and do use ladders, very often in the ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' series simply running up the wall next to a ladder is faster than climbing it.
* In ''VideoGame/AdventurePonies'', Applejack and Pinkie Pie are the only ponies who need to climb ladders in order to reach higher elevation, since unlike the other ponies, they can't {{teleport|ersAndTransporters}} or [[VideoGameFlight fly]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' you can either go up the slow way, or just jump up half the ladder or [[TakeAThirdOption double-jump and skip the whole thing.]] That or take a fourth option WallRun and WallJump past it.

* In ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', one of the Moonites swoops down upon Yugi and Kaiba "like a ninja." ''Mario Bros'' noises are then added to the scene of him jumping up the side of a building.
-->Kaiba: [[LampshadeHanging Couldn't he have just used the stairs like a normal person?]]

* In the mid-season finale of the forth season of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', [[spoiler: Brock]] is about to charge into a the lab of an evil (non sanctioned) scientist. He uses a rope arrow, despite being told that there is a ladder next to him, because, well, "where's the fun in that?".