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->'''Elan:''' I'm pretty sure a climactic duel is the proper procedure for dramatically defeating corrupt tyrants!\\
'''Tarquin:''' On a rooftop, no less. ''Exquisite''

Fighting on top of buildings is totally badass. Probably because of the risk of falling off. For whatever reason, often resulting from a ChaseScene or an attempted and botched escape (sometimes courtesy of a ClimbingClimax), two characters wind up squaring off on a rooftop. Sometimes involves RoofHopping if it takes place in the middle of a city, but sometimes a single rooftop can be just as badass, since it limits a character's maneuverability.

Of course, if the characters spend all their time in a crowded school or office building, the roof might be the only place that they feel like they ''have'' any room to maneuver for a fight. Bonus points if the building has some other reason to be up there, such as a rooftop garden, helipad, or basketball court.

Creator/MarvelComics might be the trope codifier - rooftops are handy for superheroes as they allow a fight in the middle of the city without (too many) civilians getting in the way.

TrainTopBattle is a mobile variant. See also ExecutiveSuiteFight.

Video game examples should only be added if they are particularly unique or unusual, since it's common in fighting games to have a rooftop stage that has no plot relevance whatsoever.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* At the climax of Tsumihoroboshi-hen in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', Keiichi and Rena [[IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight square off on the roof of the school]].
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''. The Individual Eleven practice a ritualized [[spoiler: MutualKill]] on top of a rooftop; it ends with a sword-fight when one of them changes his mind. All of this is caught on tape and makes for a pretty horrifying news report.
* In the TV version of ''Manga/YamadaTaroMonogatari'' (can't vouch for the manga here) Sugiura confronts Taro on the rooftop in an early episode.
** In the film version of ''Manga/{{X1999}}'', the final battle takes place on the roof of a tall building.
* In volume 7 of ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}'', Goto faces off against [[spoiler:the military]] on the roof of a building. [[spoiler:He massacres them.]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Naruto's first fight with Sasuke takes place on the roof of the hospital where Sasuke had been staying.
** Orochimaru fights Sarutobi on a rooftop. Sarutobi is quite cool with it though, as he makes up the Rooftile Shuriken jutsu during the battle (in the anime).
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', the entirety of Luffy's fight with Blueno takes place on the roof of the courthouse of Enies Lobby.
* ''Anime/PhantomQuestCorp'': Near the end of the fourth Incident File (''"Lover Come Back to Me"'') [[LadyInRed Ayaka]] gets cornered on the roof of the Hadja's temple. Which culminates in a showdown between her and [[BaldOfEvil Mukyo]], in one of the most well animated and choreographed sword fights in the series.
* ''Anime/VariableGeo'' ends with the long awaited showdown between [[spoiler: [[FriendlyRivalry Yuka and Satomi]]]], which takes place atop the Jahana research facility [[BattleAmongstTheFlames as it burns down around them.]] Except [[LeftHanging we're not allowed to see the outcome]], since it immediately cuts to the credits, just as the match begins.
* In the beginning of ''Manga/{{Arachnid}}'', Alice Fuji fights her master and father figure, Kumo, at the top of a building. [[spoiler:[[BookEnds Near the end]] she battles her [[ArchnemesisDad evil]] [[DisappearedDad disappeared]] biological father, Suzume Bachi, at the rooftop of her school]].
* ''Manga/YuGiOh'' apparently kept trying to top itself on how high up people could confront.
** Kaiba and Yuugi's climactic duel in the Duelist Kingdom arc takes place atop Pegasus's castle.
** Later, during Battle City, Kaiba and Yuugi team up to face the mask team on top of a glass-ceilinged skyscraper where the losers would be sent plummeting.
** The Battle city semifinals themselves take place on a blimp. Not ''in'' a blimp - exposed to the elements on top of it.
* ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'': In the Assassination Island arc, the final fight between Nagisa and [[spoiler:Takaoka]] takes place on the helipad of a hotel.
* Both the first and final battles of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' start with Vita attacking Nanoha on top of a building, though the battles quickly move elsewhere since all the characters can fly.
* ''Anime/ShamanicPrincess'' loves to show characters [[IHaveTheHighGround posing dramatically on spires, columns, and the like,]] making the transition to rooftop combat irresistibly easy.

* In ''ComicBook/AllFallDown,'' Portia trades blows with the Ghoul on a skyscraper after he [[spoiler:interrupts her suicide attempt]].
* In issue #3 of ''ComicBook/MotherPanic'', the titular character fights ComicBook/{{Batwoman}} on a roof.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In ''Fanfic/CosmicWarriors'', Tuxedo Mask and Jadeite have their first shown altercation on a roof of what is either a large jewelry store, or a building near one.
* In ''Fanfic/MementoVivere'', a VideoGame/FinalFantasyX fanfiction, Auron and Jecht have one of these on Braska’s apartment building.
* In ''Fanfic/ThePrayerWarriors'', Jerry's last battle with Literature/{{Percy Jackson|and the Olympians}} takes place on top of the church, because he considered it "a [[RougeAnglesOfSatin goofy]] site for all of (his) followers to see (his) victory."
* The culminating battle of Creator/AAPessimal's ''{{Discworld}}'' adventure ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11536013/17/Hyperemesis-gravidarum Hyperemesis Gravidarum]]'' takes place on the rooftop when Assassin Johanna confronts the man who is out to kill her, who she (wrongly) believes has just been responsible for murdering her sister. to add a bit of operating difficulty, Johanna is, by her own count[[note]]Her count is out. as she shortly discovers.[[/note]], [[MamaBear over eight months pregnant]].

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Creator/{{Disney}} likes this trope, since it leads to DisneyVillainDeath[=s=] very easily:
** ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''[='=] Gaston chases the Beast onto the rooftops of the Castle.
** ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' fights Shan Yu on the roof of the Imperial Palace. Notably, he isn't dispatched by a DisneyVillainDeath but by being blown up by fireworks.
** Judge Frollo pursues [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Quasimodo and Esmeralda]] onto the rooftops of Notre-Dame of Paris, no less.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', Raphael heads for the roof after a fight with Leonardo. Suddenly, a bunch of Foot ninjas attack him. After their numbers grow, they manage to overtake him and throw him through a skylight and down into April's apartment.
* The climatic showdown of ''[[Film/TheInfernalAffairsTrilogy Internal Affairs]]'' pits Chan, an undercover cop, against his longtime foe Lau, a Triad mole in the police department. Their confrontation is on the same rooftop where Chang's handler, Wong, was murdered. This scene is reenacted in the American remake, ''Film/TheDeparted''.
* ''Film/KingKong''. ItWasHisSled.
* ''Film/TheMatrix'' has an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXAXyuShGUo epic fight scene]] on top of a building.
* ''Film/{{Predator 2}}''. Lieutenant Harrigan fights the Predator on the roof of a building as part of a running battle with it.
* Near the end of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRFvWO31La8 Who Am I?]]'', Creator/JackieChan faces off against the BigBad's CoDragons, an EvilBrit and a Chinaman, atop a skyscraper, in one of his most death defying fight sequences ever, ending with NoEscapeButDown.
* The climax of ''Film/HollywoodHomicide'' ended up on a roof.
* Subverted in ''Film/SpiderMan2''. A fight between Spiderman and Octavious begins on the roof of a building, but they end up chasing each other all over the city.
* The original ''Film/DieHard'' movie has this, with the plot-relevant roof being special because it [[spoiler: doesn't survive the fight]].
* ''Film/LastActionHero''. The climactic battle between Jack Slater and the Ripper occurs on a rooftop.
* The final confrontation between Colin Sullivan and Billy Costigan in ''Film/TheDeparted'' is on a rooftop, although the actual shooting happens in the lift when they reach the ground floor.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoC1Y6wcI9M Denny and the drug dealer "tangle"]] in Film/TheRoom. [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment The incident itself is never mentioned again.]]
* Near the beginning of ''Film/{{Batman}}'' (1989), the title character confronts and fights two robbers on the roof of a building where they're counting their ill-gotten gains.
* ''Film/ScotlandPA'' ends with a fight between [=McBeth=] and Lt [=McDuff=] on the roof of a fast food restaurant.
* In ''Film/MaxPayne'', the climax where Max confronts the mastermind of his family's murder occurs on a hele-pad on top of the Aesir Pharmaceuticals high-rise building.
* In the film version of ''Film/IchiTheKiller'', the final confrontation takes place on the roof of the Yakuza apartment building.
* The 1920 silent movie ''Film/TheGolem'' features a showdown between the Golem and Knight Florian on top of the Rabbi's observatory tower.
* In ''Film/TotalRecall2012'', Quaid and Coohagen face off atop skyscraper-sized building, The Fall.
* Freder and Rotwang on the cathedral rooftop in ''Film/{{Metropolis}}''.
* ''Film/TheCrow'': The final battle between Eric and Top Dollar takes place on the roof of a church.
* The FinalBattle of ''Film/HardcoreHenry'' culminates in Henry confronting [[BigBad Akan]] and his cyborg army on the helipad atop his corporate headquarters.
* The final showdown between Jake and Alonzo occurs on the rooftop of Alonzo's apartment in ''Film/TrainingDay''.
* ''Film/{{Vampirella}}'': Vampirella's final showdown with Vlad takes place on the roof of his base.

* Lampshaded heavily in all of Creator/RobertRankin's books that feature Lazlo Woodbine, PrivateDetective. Lazlo only works four locations: his office, a bar, a back alley, and a rooftop, with the latter being reserved for the final denouement with the villain.
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', Ax chases Visser Three onto a rooftop to confront him for a one-on-one battle.
* ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'':
** Forms part of the climax in "Moon Over Soho" and lets our hero throw a chimney stack at the BigBad.
** Occurs again at the end of "Broken Homes" where the returning Big Bad engineers one of these between him and Peter, [[spoiler:then blows the building up underneath them]].
* The final controntation in ''Literature/NightWatch'' (the book and the movie) happens on a rooftop. The movie has Anton fight with Zabulon with a ''halogen lamp'' (Zabulon is wielding a sword he has just pulled out of his spine). In the book, Zabulon is about to kill Anton with a powerful spell after Anton has a revelation about Svetlana but is stopped.
** In the movie, the entire fight is choreographed by Zabulon to end up with Anton nearly killing Yegor by accident, resulting in the latter becoming a Dark Other.
* In ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'', the final confrontation between Yuji, Shana and [[BigBad Friagne]] happens on the roof of an abandoned department store.
* At the end of ''Literature/FancyApartments'', the heroes are directed by the main villian to the roof for the final confrontation.
* After a very long battle in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Gandalf ends the fight against the Balrog atop the highest peak of the Misty Mountains.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', Dumbledore is killed after a very tense conversation in Hogwart's Astronomy Tower.
* In the ''Literature/GarrettPI'' novel, ''Red Iron Nights'', the final battle with/big reveal of the BigBad takes place on a rooftop.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Happens in a first season episode of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' where Six beats Sharon up on top of a building.
* ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' Mac and Clay Dobson in one episode of a several ep arc in season 3. Mac had busted a dirty cop and Dobson was released because of the cop's testimony being tossed out. He killed another person, though, and Mac chased him down, cornering him on the rooftop. Dobson waited to be cuffed, then jumped off the roof in an attempt to frame Mac for police brutality, though it failed.
* Season 3 of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' featured a rooftop confrontation between Miguel and Dexter towards the climax of the season. It was only a confrontation, not really a fight... but it was a pretty awesome scene anyway.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': The very first morphed battle occurs atop a building in Angel Grove.
* Although no actual physical fighting occurs, in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', Sherlock Holmes and Jim Moriarty have a final confrontation on the roof of St. Bart's in "The Reichenbach Fall."
* In ''Series/{{Soap}}'' Mary's first husband confronts Burt and tries to kill him on top of a building in mid-construction, so he can take over the constructing business.
* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in an early episode of ''Series/DueSouth'', Huey and Louis are talking trash with Ray Vecchio, and they make tentative plans to duke it out on the roof of the precinct later.
* In the first season finale of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Buffy's post-temporary-death rematch with the Master took place on the roof of the high school, and culminated with the Master being hurled through a skylight into the library.
* ''Series/{{Happy}}'' has [[AntiHero Nick's]] showdown with [[TheHeavy Very Bad Santa]] in the first season finale, atop the roof of the abandoned department store the latter uses as a lair.

* "Oi! To The World", originally by the Vandals and later covered by Music/NoDoubt, is about a rooftop battle between a Middle Eastern punk and a skinhead on Christmas Day. [[spoiler:The song ends with the punk [[SaveTheVillain saving the skin's life]] in the spirit of the season.]]

* After correctly identifying the killer in ''[[Pinball/WHODunnit WHO dunnit]]'', the player must take a taxi to Tony's Palace, then confront the culprit on the hotel rooftop and catch him before time runs out.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* One of these with Wrestling/{{CZW}} owner John Zandig nearly killed "Sick" Nick Mondo, or rather should have killed or nearly killed him based on data on falls from such a height [[MadeOfIron but merely convinced him to take a break from wrestling]], after his ''next'' match.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* In the finale of ''Ride/TheAmazingAdventuresOfSpiderMan'', Spider-Man battles the Sinister Syndicate on top of several buildings.
* Optimus Prime and Megatron's final battle is set atop a building in ''Ride/TransformersTheRide''.

* In ''VideoGame/{{Vigilante}}'', the fifth and final stage has the player fighting on top of girders high above street level.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}}'' (AKA ''Indigo Prophecy'') has a fight ''above'' a roof between Lucas and the Oracle.
* Climactic showdowns in the ''VideoGame/{{Yakuza}}'' series are prone to taking place atop a very tall building.
* ''VideoGame/SaGa2'' had one in Edo World atop the castle, at nightfall. Said rooftop also has special encounters which drop Flare tomes or powerful swords.
* The battle against Zenim in ''VideoGame/DaikaijuuMonogatari''. He even falls off the roof when defeated.
* One of the boss fights in ''Videogame/RedSteel2'' ends with CutscenePowerToTheMax for both the boss and the protagonist. The boss manage to knock the hero all the way onto a roof and then they proceed to fight up there until the hero breaks the sword in half and pushes him off the building...apparently jumping up four stories is fine, but not falling down them.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'': Snake and Liquid have an intense hand-to-hand duel atop Metal Gear Rex.
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', Raiden and Vamp have their [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=Ub-6sKfGSmw final confrontation]] in the same place. Also, Snake and Liquid/Ocelot have their own final brawl atop Outer Heaven.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'',Gary and Jimmy's final fight happens at the school's rooftop.
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'': One of Ezio's targets is hiding atop the highest tower in San Gemignano.
* [[PapaWolf Retired Hunter Djura]] in ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' mans a [[GatlingGood Gatling Gun]] at the rooftop of Old Yharnam to protect the Beasts, you can confront him at the rooftop to get rid of him via DisneyVillainDeath, [[spoiler: or, have audience with Darkneast Paarl first, and then head back to the said rooftop from below without him seeing you so you can befriend him and have a conversation.]]
* From the ''VideoGame/{{Unreal}}'' franchise:
** ''VideoGame/UnrealIITheAwakening'' features a mission where you guide a scientist up to the very top ceiling of a large skyscraper.
** ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament'' and ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament2004'' feature the map Morpheus, which takes place atop of three skyscrapers whose height spans up to the space.
** ''2003'' and ''2004'' also feature the map Plunge, Morpheus' SpiritualSuccessor, which adds a fourth skyscraper, and the Bombing Run map Skyline, with each team and the ball getting an own skyscraper each.
** ''2004'' has also the downloadable official map Icarus for the Onslaught gamemode, which [[WhatCouldHaveBeen was set to be included with the game but wasn't finished in time]]. It spans several skyscrapers, each with their own nodes, and two of them feature the Leviathan, kept in that position.
* ''VideoGame/QuakeIV'' has three rooftop battles against Strogg soldiers, a Heavy Hovertank and [[MidBoss a giant flying gorilla]] taking place atop each of the three communication towers before entering into the Strogg main tower.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Crackdown}}'', the battle against the Shai-Gen Corporation's leader is fought in the rooftop garden of his tower. He's more content to shoot at you from a higher balcony, unless you knock him off of it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry: Frantic Antics'', a UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis game based on ''TomAndJerryTheMovie'', Tom confronts Aunt Figg on the roof of the cabin in the final level.
* ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'': The FinalBoss battle against Grunty takes place at the very top of her lair. After the battle, she falls all the way down to Spiral Mountain, leaving a deep ImpactSilhouette in which she gets trapped by a boulder. This sets the stage for ''Banjo-Tooie'', whose own final battle takes place at the top of Cauldron Keep.
* ''VideoGame/YookaLaylee'' being a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Banjo-Kazooie'', its final battle partially takes place on a roof: The titular duo originally faces Capital B at the topmost room of his lair, but it turns into a rooftop confrontation when Dr. Quack accidentally opened the room's roof and raised the floor (He was supposed to activate lasers, but he pushed the wrong button).
* If you don't manage to finish off the Shogun boss in ''VideoGame/MadWorld'' (by being ''really'' good) the boss is scripted to jump through the ceiling to land on the roof for a climactic showdown.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has a FinalBoss battle with the Archdemon on the roof of [[spoiler: Fort Drakon, the tallest building in Denerim]].
* ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' has an unusual example: you confront the FinalBoss [[spoiler: on the roof of the Fortress of Regrets, in a pocket of the Negative Energy Plane. Though you don't need to fight him if you've played your cards right and pumped up your Wisdom stat to 23 - you can either wish yourself into nonexistence or go for TalkingTheMonsterToDeath.]]
* The climactic battle of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics''' third chapter has you fighting Marquis Elmdore and a pair of assassins on the roof of Riovanes Castle.

* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Elan duels [[spoiler: his father Tarquin]] on a rooftop after realizing that the man is evil. His adversary approves of the location choice.
* Webcomic/AdventureDennis has its final climactic battle take place on a rooftop.
* Both the FanWebcomic ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}'' and its SpinOff ''Webcomic/GirlsNextDoor'' had one. Sort of. The ''Roommates'' one planed by Dark!Jareth got highly [[SubvertedTrope anti-climatic]] when all heroic characters basically refused to fight him (and his own villainous deeds became his undoing). The ''Girls Next Door'' one by Erik got [[SubvertedTrope weird]] when the other characters [[PassThePopcorn brought the popcorn]]... and the heroines didn't need saving anyway.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': Agatha has a fight in the [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130107 rain on top of the highest rooftop in Mechanicsburg]] with a brainwashed [[spoiler:Gil]] when he tries to "save" her from [[spoiler:his father]] by kidnapping her for him.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': No matter what the timeline, Dave Strider has a thing for these. In Act I, he was throwing down with his brother over a pair of Sburb beta discs; his Alpha timeline version in Act VI makes his last appearance shredding the [[ItMakesSenseInContext evil juggalo presidents]] in a fight on top of the White House.

[[folder:Web Video]]
* ''WebVideo/CriticalRole'': During Scanlan's solo mission to cause a distraction during the group's assault on the new nobles of Whitestone he has a brief but impressive confrontation with Count Vekmire: A gnome fighting a goliath on the roof of a burning building during a thunderstorm!

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Leo vs Raph in ''WesternAnimation/{{TMNT}}.''
** Also many of their battles with the Shredder and the Foot happen on rooftops in the [[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage original comics]], [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 2003 series]], [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles 90s movies]], [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 the 2012 cartoon]], and [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014 the 2014 reboot]].
* The opening sequence of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' features Batman confronting bank robbers on a rooftop.
** At the end of the episode "Showdown", Jonah Hex has a knife-sword fight atop an airship.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has Dipper battling [[spoiler:a living wax statue]] on top of the Mystery Shack.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': The climax of ''"And the Winner is...."'' has [[spoiler: Lin]] team up with Korra, against the Equalists, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFp13ogOqeE on the roof of the probending arena.]]
* In the "Batman: The Animated Series" episode "Bone", the Joker taunts Batman on the roof of his warehouse hideout with the cardboard box containing the clay model he has made of Batman's head, from an X-ray of Batman's skull, saying "Why don't you come and take it?"; Batman does, giving Joker a comprehensive beat down as well.