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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.

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.

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!!Examples:

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[[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 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.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* In ComicBook/AllFallDown, Portia trades blows with the Ghoul on a skyscraper after he [[spoiler:interrupts her suicide attempt]].
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In ''Fanfic/ThePrayerWarriors'', Jerry's last battle with PercyJackson takes place on top of the church, because he considered it "a [[RougeAnglesOfSatin goofy]] site for all of (his) followers to see (his) victory."
* 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.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' fights Shan Yu on the roof of the Imperial Palace.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'', 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 into April's apartment.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* 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''.
* If you don't know where the climax to ''Film/KingKong'' happened, this troper doesn't know what to say to you
* ''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?]]'', 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 ''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 guy who killed his wife 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.

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[[folder:Literature]]
* Lampshaded heavily in all of RobertRankin's books that feature Lazlo Woodbine, PrivateDetective. Lazlo only works four locations: his office, a bar, a back alley, and a rooftop 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.
* Lazlo Woodbine, a recurring character in the comedic fiction of RobertRankin, is a fourth-wall-breaking parody of the HardboiledDetective who can only ever appear in four places--one of which is a rooftop for a climactic final battle. (The other three are his office, a bar, and an alleyway.)
* In the ''Literature/GarrettPI'' novel, ''Red Iron Nights'', the final battle with/big reveal of the BigBad takes place on a rooftop.
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[[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 ''{{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.
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[[folder:Music]]
* "Oi! To The World", originally by the Vandals and later covered by 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.]]
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* 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.
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[[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.
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[[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''.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Vigilante}}'', the fifth and final stage has the player fighting on top of girders high above street level.
* ''IndigoProphecy'' (AKA ''Fahrenheit'') 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.
* 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 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.
* AssassinsCreedII: One of Ezio's targets is hiding atop the highest tower in San Gemignano.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* 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.
* 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/{{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.
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[[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.
* Evangelyne vs. Remington in ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has Dipper battling [[spoiler:a living wax statue]] on top of the Mystery Shack.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', the climax of "And the Winner is...." has [[spoiler: Lin]] team up with Korra, against the Equalists, on the roof of the probending arena.
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