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A version of ColossusClimb controlled by the RuleOfCool. A character somehow jumps and runs along a rain of falling debris or projectiles -- none of which are actually attached to anything -- not only to dodge but to ''gain altitude'', sometimes to reach the area firing the things in the first place. A very good way to show off both a character's agility and their speed.

A common variation of this seen in {{Platform Game}}s is having to climb a waterfall by jumping on logs which are cascading down.

Technically, due to Newton's Third Law of Motion, this isn't actually impossible, it just requires that the rocks have enough mass to be worth pushing against, and that the character [[SuperSpeed can run and jump faster than they are falling]]. It all becomes much more plausible if their destination is in freefall along with them.

Not to be confused with {{Floating Continent}}s. See also ImprovisedPlatform.



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Anime/ProjectAKo'', Aiko does this on a wave of ''[[HighSpeedMissileDodge missiles]]'' to get to the alien spaceship that has kidnapped C-ko.
* While not using stones, the samurai in ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'' tend to leap from huge flying cyborg to huge flying cyborg, slicing apart as they go.
* The last chapter of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' features [[spoiler:''Stepping Galaxies In Outer Space!'']]
* In ''Manga/{{InuYasha}}'', the character Koga, whose speed and agility are enhanced by magical jewel shards in both his legs, demonstrates the ability to run up rockslides, even while carrying another character. The title character sometimes does so, too, though it usually takes the only slightly more plausible form of leaping from one large, plummeting boulder to another.
* Jiyu and Freeshia from ''Anime/JubeiChan'' spend a portion of their final title bout duking it out on top of a falling redwood which, for bonus points, they'd just sent flying in the first place.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''; Ku-Fei found herself doing this when she ''accidentally shattered the rock spire she was standing on'' while training her martial arts in the Magic World. An inversion, since she did it to get ''down'' and away safely. Also a use of FlashStep, rather than [[JumpPhysics superhuman leaping]].
* The last episode of ''Anime/{{Slayers}} Next'' has Gourry doing this. What's more remarkable is that by doing this he beats people who are simply flying their way out. The PowerOfLove is strong, indeed.
* In the ''LightNovel/GoshuushouSamaNinomiyaKun'' scene pictured above, ThoseTwoGuys not only dodge the rocks but also to cover considerable ground while climbing a cliff during a rockfall.
** What really sells this one is [[http://bit.ly/ozhq74 Shungo's reaction.]]
* Optimus Prime in ''Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'' does this to stop the Predacons interfering with a race. Slapper [[LampshadeHanging complains that he's breaking the laws of physics]].
* ''Anime/ViewtifulJoe'': Justified in episode 23 -- he used ''Slow''. What made it impressive was that he punched the ground to make the rocks fly up in the first place.
* Justified in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' where the homunculus Wrath used his MagicalEye to know how to escape a train going off destroyed tracks by running up the rubble the blast created.
* The title character of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' eventually discovers he can gain some level of aerial maneuverability by [[DopplegangerAttack making a Shadow Clone]] in midair then either kicking/shoving off of it or [[FastballSpecial having it throw him]].
** When Guy didn't get enough distance with a jump, he [[spoiler:{{summon|Magic}}ed Ningame for the first time in years (both in and out of story) ''in midair'']] to give him something to get extra air off of.
** The Gedo Mazou's transformation into the Juubi [[ChunkyUpdraft brought another dimension]] to the battle between Tobi and Naruto and co.
* In the ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara 3'' manga, Ishida Mitsunari takes this to the extreme by slashing a group of soldiers into the air with his sword and using ''them'' as stepping stones to reach a second floor balcony.
* Ranma Saotome from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' bounced around the falling debris of a collapsing mountain to save Herb after knocking him out in the first place. Much earlier, and arguably even less reasonably, he swam up the spray of a fire hose during his fight with Kodachi.
* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', to rescue Kuroko, Mikoto blows a hole in a building with her Railgun attack, then Touma runs and leaps along the flying debris from the attack to grab Kuroko. Kuroko was on ''the fourth floor''.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'', during the duel of Sora vs. Kurosaki, [[spoiler:the former of the two]] does this to avoid being crushed by a collapsing building, which, judging by some of the in-universe audience's reactions, demonstrates an agility and physical ability that's huge even by Action-Duel standards. This also serves as one of many moments that show that [[spoiler:[[LetsGetDangerous Sora really isn't]] [[SanitySlippage playing casually anymore]].]]
* In ''Anime/PokemonGenerations'', Buck does this with his Claydol levitating rocks to get around Heatran and to replace the Magma Stone that was removed by Team Galactic.
* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' - During the Tournament of Power, Jiren uses this to get back to the fighting stage after Goku nearly rings him out (flying having been disabled for the tournament.)


[[folder: Comic Books]]

* ComicBook/TheFlash can get away with this because he's not just quick, he's supersonic. Running up the side of a building is a standard Flash trick. But Barry Allen, UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} Flash, didn't stop there; he took this trick (and so many others) to truly hilarious lengths. Barry would routinely run along things like smoke particles and -- no joke -- ''light beams''.
* In the Archie continuity of ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog, the Hedgehog hero once pulled it off using sand he got out of his shoes to go from falling off a cliff to running to safety.
* One ''ComicBook/DonaldDuck'' story has the Beagle Boys do this with ''birds'' (thanks to TimeStandsStill). One of them rightfully notes that his lawyer is never going to believe him.


[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Tai Lung's prison break in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' involved clawing his way out of a bottomless pit by leaping from bit to bit of the falling debris that would have crushed him. Po does it later in the film with some broken off roof tiles.
* The end of the anime film ''Anime/MindGame'' has the main characters escaping their prison in the stomach of a giant blue whale by running up the water pouring in when it surfaces. Then they run up planes, subway trains, boats, and a large amount of other things being swallowed by the whale with enough power to launch them far into the sky. Earlier the main character outruns God.
* ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'': Flint performs a version of this during the [[spoiler:spaghetti twister]].
* In ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'', Nanaki, Yuffie, Vincent, and Tifa leap into the air and ''throw'' Cloud further upwards. It happens again in the final showdown between Cloud and Sephiroth, where part of the fight literally takes place on, in, and through falling rubble from a destroyed building.
* Done by [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh Tigger and Roo]] at the climax of ''Disney/TheTiggerMovie''. Justified in that they're ''really'' quick jumpers by nature.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Beautifully parodied in the movie ''Film/KungFuHustle'': during the final battle, in order to gain enough height to execute his FinishingMove, the hero uses a ''bird in flight'' as a stepping stone.
* Done in ''Film/{{Priest 2011}}'' by the titular character. In this case, his stepping stones are rocks thrown horizontally by the Priestess.
* ''Film/SpiderMan3'': Spidey performs an inversion of this trope: he uses falling rubble to go ''down'' faster.
* Legolas does this in his fight with Bolg, on a collapsing stone bridge, in ''Film/TheHobbitTheBattleOfTheFiveArmies''.

[[folder: Literature]]

* Luke, Mara, and Tahiri perform this during the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' series, at a point where they're fighting a Dark Jedi with the language-less mentality of a five year old on a ruined Coruscant. Slightly easier for them as they had the help of the Force, as well as the fact that many of the rocks they were hopping across were building size.


* Chun Woo in ''Manhwa/TheBreaker'' invoked this trope once, using a falling metal fence and SupernaturalMartialArts to jump to safety.

* Haley does this in the video for "Bury It" by {{CHVRCHES}} by using her telekinetic powers to hold random objects in the air long enough to climb down to where the other characters are. She then demonstrates that this was actually [[IBelieveICanFly not necessary]].

[[folder: Mythology]]

* In Irish myth it was said that Cú Chulainn could throw three spears at three targets, leap to the last spear thrown, from there to the second, then to the first, then to the ground to slay another opponent even as the spears hit their targets. Making this OlderThanFeudalism.


[[folder: Video Games]]

* Every ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' game ''ever''. This ranges from logs in waterfalls to the much more regular falling stepping stones. Other objects include midair springboards to floating enemies that (usually) Sonic must homing attack across.
** The intro movie in ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD Sonic CD]]'' has a particularly badass example of Sonic jumping on falling rocks before Spin Dashing through a large boulder and hopping off it before it crumbles away.
* Dante from ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'' has done this a few times in {{cutscene|PowerToTheMax}}s, and can actually do it in-game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'': The protagonist does this a few times with her ability to freeze time.
* ''VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves''; Sly races down the large chunks of Arpeggio's airship platform as it crashes and breaks apart, in an effort to reach and save his teammates.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand''
** One of the bosses in attacks Mario by throwing boulders at him, and the only way to get close enough to defeat him is to jump from boulder to boulder (in which the preceding levels have provided ample practice, but with less of the "In The Sky" factor).
** Also many hacks do this with falling springboards, shells, P switches and keys. There's also actually a trick required in the hardest of them that actually requires Mario to continually jump upwards while pulling up the key he's standing on in mid air.
** Not to mention whenever Bullet Bills appear in any 2-D Mario game--they're there as things for Mario to leap off of, especially in later stages when he needs the extra height to proceed.
* Used in ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' when [[spoiler: after Zelos was awakened, the whole lower structure of the Dangral Island complex attached to TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon starts to collapse including the rail lift that took the Heroes there, so they had to run all the way up to the start of the rail lift while it was crumbling. At the end it resulted in a full body catch after the last of them got off at the start of the rail lift.]]
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', you can do this with fragments of buildings. That ''you cut into pieces yourself''.
* A boss fight in ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'''s Jedi Temple downloadable level has [[VillainProtagonist Starkiller]] invoke this trope to gain higher ground.
* The Creator/{{Infocom}} [[InteractiveFiction text adventure]] ''[[VideoGame/{{Enchanter}} Spellbreaker]]'' has this as a puzzle solution ... though it makes a little more sense jumping up rocks when you've ''[[TimeStandsStill stopped time in the middle of the rock collapse]].''
* With the right Schticks, characters in the ''TabletopGame/FengShui'' game can walk on hails of ''bullets''. It's still damn hard, just not impossible.
* In ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]'', Wario is capable of doing this by pulling his bike out of {{Hammerspace}} when in midair then immediately jumping out of it, which still allows him access to his DoubleJump. Doing this actually boosts him higher than his regular recovery move.
** More generally, if two characters are in mid-air, one can use the other's head as a footstool to gain a bit of extra height.
* Asura in ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' does this to jump above the second form of [[SmugSnake Wyzen]] and continue to attack from above when sky diving.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'', we have the staircase at the end of each Bowser level leading to the planet which Mario fights [[BigBad Bowser]] on, which gets smashed apart by meteorites summoned by Bowser (and in the case of the final boss battle, [[OverlordJr his son Bowser Jr.)]] as he does so.
* Round 6 of ''[[VideoGame/{{Shinobi}} Shinobi III]]'' is set entirely on a series of falling rocks in a chasm.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLionKing'', the "Hakuna Matata" level has a waterfall Simba has to climb by jumping on logs.
* ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4|A Promise Unforgotten}}'' has a fist move called Master Palm in which the user causes ChunkyUpdraft to send boulders (and their target) into the sky, uses them as stepping stones to get up to a particularly large one, rapidly punches it into the shape of a hand, and then kicks the massive stone hand at their opponent, crushing him into another boulder.
* ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' gets in on the action when Master Chief jumps onto a [[CoolStarship Lich]] to get near a fleeing capital ship.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', Raiden does this to [[UpToEleven MISSILES BEING FIRED AT HIM!!!]] during the TUTORIAL LEVEL, WITHOUT a [[PressXToNotDie quicktime event]]. View it in all it's awesome [[http://youtu.be/sVFyYqfNSVg?t=3m57s here]].
* ''VideoGame/ViceProjectDoom'': Stage 5-1 has the waterfall log-jumping version.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendaryAxe II'': Stage 2 has the waterfall climbing version.
* ''VideoGame/RaymanOrigins'' has you doing this in the second-to-last level. It marks a large DifficultySpike [[ThatOneLevel in an already moderately difficult game]], some of the things it asks of you are ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Exq_-OjXfIs absurd]]''.
* ''[[VideoGame/GuardianHeroes Advance Guardian Heroes]]'' has you jumping between pieces of falling debris from a destroyed airship during the boss battle against Kanon.

[[folder: Web Original]]

* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'': Tex. Wash. The Meta. Falling and cracking ice shelf. It is ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome awesome]]''. It takes a whole minute of it to stop their ongoing gunfight.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
** Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang do this when the [[GiantFlyer Nevermore]] smashes the temple they were in.
** Weiss is able to do this as her Semblance, allowing her to use InstantRunes for rappeling at any angle. She even uses this to do a FastballSpecial with Ruby in order to slay the Nevermore.
** Pyrrha pulls a really ludicrous version in "Extracurricular", taking out her shield in midair and then ''kicking off it''. (This is almost conceivable if she's using her semblance to hold the shield still, but she doesn't seem to be doing that -- and it would be obvious to anyone watching, when as noted later, Pyrrha tries to keep her semblance a secret.)

[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', using her name-implied superpowers, Terra performs a visual interpretation of the trope to get BadassNormal Robin into the face of a giant robot worm. Robin himself used this method several times over the course of the series.
* Sort of used in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', Spongebob and Sandy are chased by, and eventually end up riding, a huge Alaskan Bull Worm. It heads toward a cliff and after it begins to plunge off the side, they run back up the falling worm and end up safe and sound on the cliff's edge.
* ''Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise''
** Optimus pulls this one once, with the somewhat [[GagDub gaggy English dub]] having the Predacon Slapper protest Optimus's ignorance of gravity.
** Pulled of ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome epically]]'' in the third season premiere of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' where [[spoiler:Blurr uses craters, asteroid, planetary rings, and Thundercracker's ''face'' to run from some unknown planet ''to Cybertron'']].
** [[Film/TransformersFilmSeries Starscream]] pulls off a variant. Using ''F-22s''.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux'' short "War", the sword-wielding fighter climbs by jumping off a series of enemy soldiers rappelling down from an aircraft.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}''
** Justified: the BigBad does this [[TimeStandsStill while stopping time.]]
** [[BadassGrandpa Ruel]] does this himself while running from a monster in the first episode of Season 2, although this is for RuleOfFunny as anything else.
* Agent Six's EstablishingCharacterMoment in the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' is jumping out of a low-flying plane with a pair of katanas, toward falling debris that is about to land on a handful of squishy civilians. He proceeds to jump from piece to piece, slicing them apart as he goes, before landing on his feet while the rubble lands harmlessly around the civilians, and telling the faltering main character to get a move on. And he only gets more badass from there.
* Near the end of one episode of the short-lived ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManUnlimited'' series, Spidey easily executes this to escape a CollapsingLair, with Venom and Carnage right behind.
* Happens in two episodes of ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan''. First in "Roar of the White Dragon" which Lance does with a ''car''. Lance again in "Escape from Galaluna" when the bridge he and his opponent are on blows up.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E24EquestriaGames Equestria Games]]'', Spike reaches the ice block by jumping off the backs of several flying pegasi.