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->''"There was something strange about the way he walked... much more vertical than usual."''
-->-- '''Abe Simpson''' on a [[ClassyCatBurglar cat burglar]], ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''

The ability to scale vertical surfaces. There are many ways it can be done. You might have been [[Franchise/SpiderMan bitten by a radioactive or genetically modified spider]]. You might be part gecko. You might have mysterious {{ninja}} powers. You might use magnetic boots or suction cups. You might just be such a good climber that you can make use of any natural hand- and footholds, no matter how small.

However it's done, characters with this ability can scale cliffs as easily as crossing the road. The best are even able to crawl across ceilings, and they almost never encounter drywall that isn't strong enough to bear their weight.

Compare WallJump, WallRun, CeilingCling, LeParkour, and RunningOnAllFours.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Ninjas learn wall-walking. With chakra being the [[AppliedPhlebotinum source of all breaks from reality]] in the series, this is explained as the user concentrating chakra to his or her feet. With enough skill it is also possible to freely walk on ceilings or water.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'': Both Rachel and Claire demonstrate this ability on the outside of a moving train. Rachel at least has the decency to struggle at it (she's trained, but not ''that'' well). Claire, on the other hand, may as well be Spider-Man.
* In the anime ''Manga/MajinTanteiNougamiNeuro'', Neuro can often be found defying gravity. For example, in one episode, you see Yako attending school when Neuro ends up right outside the class window, obviously nowhere near the ground level.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** Beyond frequent WallRunning, Ranma is a good enough climber to pulls this out. In fact, in the first Kodachi storyline, he actually scurries up the dojo wall and across the ceiling in the exact same manner as Spider-Man.
** In the "[[MartialArtsAndCrafts Martial Art Tea Ceremony]]" storyline, the Daimonji elder demonstrates that she can sit seiza-style ''on the ceiling''. She's holding up -- and moving -- entirely by the strength of her toes.
* ''Anime/{{Hellsing}}'': Both Alucard and Tubalcain display this ability in their fight in the 3rd OVA.
* ''Anime/{{Heroman}}'': Heroman has achieved this by using his magnetic powers to cling to metal surfaces.
* ''Anime/LupinIII'': Lupin is exceptionally skilled at scaling walls, what with being the world's greatest thief. One of the finest examples is in ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro''.
* In ''Anime/{{K}}: Missing Kings'', Yukari and Kuroh ''have a sword fight'' up the side of a skyscraper, using their powers to hold them up.
* The Strange Lolita from ''Manga/{{Ibitsu}}'' is able to do this... unless Kazuki imagined it happening. It's left ambiguous.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': Mikoto Misaka can do this via magnetism, assuming the walls have metal in them somewhere.
* Shortly after becoming a vampire, Dio in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is able to walk up a wall simply by stepping so hard he embeds his foot in it.
* The Beast Titan in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has proven able to effortlessly climb to the top of the massive Wall Rose in a matter of moments.
* Kouichi "The Crawler" Haimawari, main character of ''Manga/VigilanteMyHeroAcademiaIllegals'', has this ability as a part of his Quirk. Initially, he only uses his ability to glide along the ground, but discovers early in the series that he can glide along ''vertical'' surfaces as well.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'':
** Spider-Man is the TropeCodifier. His arachnid powers allow him to scale buildings and cling to ceilings. The explanation on how varies from writer to writer and comic book age to comic book age.
** LegacyCharacter May Parker, a.k.a. ComicBook/SpiderGirl, inherited the ability; in an odd twist, she can also use it to ''repel'' objects.
** The Lizard can also do this. In his first appearance, he compares it to the ability of the gecko.
** The Scorpion has also sometimes been shown doing this, to further his EvilCounterpart status.
** Speaking of EvilCounterpart, [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/ComicBook/Venom Venom]] can also do this.
** ComicBook/SpiderWoman (the Jessica Drew one) has been known to wall crawl on occasion, but she's one of those characters whose powers can't seem to be kept straight so the ability sort of comes and goes {{depending on the writer}}.
* The ''ComicBook/XMen'' characters Nightcrawler, villainous but pathetic SycophanticServant Toad, and EnsembleDarkHorse Anole. Beast, in his more apelike version of his blue furry form, can do this because his nails can dig into even brick.
* The Golden Age DC character Airwave (who appeared in the back pages of Detective Comics, back before it became "Detective Comics featuring Franchise/{{Batman}}", and later "Batman in Detective Comics") could do this through electrically charged boots that allowed him to stick to walls through electromagnetism. (He could also skate along powerlines Electro style, and yes, we know most walls aren't metallic, so electromagnetism wouldn't work, [[AWizardDidIt just go with it, okay!]])
* Nightcat (who appears in a single issue of ''Nightcat'') of Marvel can climb up walls like a cat.
* ComicBook/{{Empowered}}, thanks to her clingy supersuit. [[HowDoIShotWeb She discovered it by accident.]]
* Franchise/{{Batman}} has done this a few times, usually through the use of certain gadgets, but sometimes just because [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace he's Batman]].
* ''ComicBook/{{Orphanimo}}'': In the first album, Sharp modifies a vacuum cleaner with two suction cups, so it can be uses it to scale walls.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' fanfiction, ''FanFic/{{Intrepid}}'', Sophia gains this ability with tinkertech provided by Bryce. She uses it to spy on a meeting between the E88.
* In ''Fanfic/ATaleOfTransmigration'', Taylor has her living suit do the same.
* At the beginning of ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', while the four are reveling in the return of their magic, John climbs down a tree by coating his hands and the bottom of his shoes with "sticky water" [[MakingASplash (since he has the ability to alter the physical properties of water)]]. He later uses sticky water to stick a shirt to his body and to stick a piece of paper to a wall.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit'': Wallace's techno-trousers in ''WesternAnimation/TheWrongTrousers'' come in very handy when hanging wallpaper.
* [[TheFairFolk Aisling]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfKells'' manages to scale a high tower using her magic.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'': Homer uses super glue to climb up the dome around Springfield.
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'': Crazy Buzz uses the magnetic grips from his new utility belt to try and haul himself (and the other toys) up an elevator shaft.
* ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania'': Both Dracula and his daughter Mavis stand, walk, and dance on the walls or ceiling as casually as on the floor.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The 2002 ''Film/SpiderMan1'' gives Peter tiny hairs on his palms that grip vertical surfaces... which, along with the Ultimate Universe-style organic web shooters and the PowerIncontinence, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything gets decidedly Freudian.]] Also, this raises a couple of questions like just [[FridgeLogic makes you wonder]] a) how thin the gloves and shoes of his costume are, and b) how exactly that works when he's sliding down a wall after taking a particularly powerful blow. Wouldn't that hurt?
* ''Film/SpyKids'': At the beginning of the second movie, the main characters have a gadget that's essentially magnetic fingers that accomplish this trope.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'': The Moria goblins and Gollum can do this.
* The ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' series:
** In ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', the aliens are shown crawling on a ceiling. This has been adapted in later movies and been made extensive use of in the ''Franchise/AlienVsPredator'' games, as alien players are able to change to wall-crawling mode and thus traverse any surface, no matter if vertical or even upside down by simply walking towards it.
** In ''Film/Alien3'', the Runner Alien crawls across the ceiling at various points. We are shown this when we see the POV of the Alien as it's pursuing one of the convicts, and the screen suddenly takes a 180 degree turn as it climbs up a wall and onto the ceiling.
* ''Film/TheExorcist'' has scenes involving the possessed girl crawling across the walls and ceilings as well, at least on the extended re-cut.
* ''Film/TheExorcistIII'' has a creepy granny-on-ceiling moment.
* ''Film/ResidentEvil'': The Licker -- a mutating monster -- could Wall Crawl.
* The original 1978 ''Film/{{Superman}}'' movie (of the suction cups variety).
* In '' Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'', Ethan has to scale the outside of the Burj Khalifa using ''gloves.'' It would normally be out of the question, but this ''is'' [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Mission Impossible]].
* ''Film/BramStokersDracula'': Along with the count in the iconic scene of Harker seeing him crawl up a castle wall. One of Dracula's brides is shown doing this after the Count stops them from feeding on Harker and flings one of them into a wall.
* In ''Film/DangerDiabolik'', the title character uses glass-handling suction cups to scale a castle wall. The ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' crew had a field day with this, mocking how impractical it was:
-->'''Mike:''' Diabolik's three feet down the wall, going as fast as he can...
* Spoofed in ''Film/SuperheroMovie'', when the Spider-Man knockoff starts to climb a brick wall and looks thrilled -- until a cat runs up the wall next to him.
* [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Lestat]] does this in ''Film/QueenOfTheDamned'' when two groupies try to "entertain" him. They're impressed at first, and then terrified when he shows his fangs. Then he drinks their blood.
* In ''Film/MomsGotADateWithAVampire'', after the kids get Dimitri thrown out of the club, he simply gets up from the ground and walks up the wall.
* In ''The Thirteenth Year'', due to the main character budding into a merman, his hands and feet get sticky and can climb on walls and ceilings. He later uses this to his advantage to hide from bullies.
* In ''Film/TheScribbler'', the main character (who suffers from SplitPersonality syndrome) is using a portable electroshock therapy unit to "burn away" her excess personnas. Unfortunately, one of the side effects of the treatment is the ability to stand and walk upright on the side of a building [[spoiler:which is spoiled by the movie poster]].
* In ''Film/TheFly1986'', Seth Brundle starts doing this about midway through his transformation into Brundlefly.
* Some Slayers scale a castle wall this way in the opening battle-scene from ''Film/{{Krull}}''.
* ''Film/{{Spawn}}'': While trying to escape from the cops, Spawn does the Spider-Man routine on the side of a building when he finds that his hand can turn into a sucker.
* The Creator/HaroldLloyd film ''Film/SafetyLast'' involves the main character scaling a wall as part of a publicity stunt, using gaps between the bricks. After a lot of mishaps along the way he ends up dangling from the hands of a clock high above the ground, in one of the most famous non-Chaplin moments of the silent film era.
* In the Creator/GeneWilder bomb ''Haunted Honeymoon'', a creepy figure with a deformed face appears directly above Gene's bed, walking on the wall above the headboard.

* Art from the book ''Literature/ArtTheGeckoMakesAFriend'' can naturally do this.
* ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'': One of Tanith Low's signature moves is to run up the wall and [[DeathFromAbove attack from the ceiling]].
* ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'': One of Conan's many talents is the ability to scale sheer cliffs that would be suicidal to attempt for any other human being. Knowledgeable characters observing him doing so recognize it as a distinctly Cimmerian trait, [[TakeOurWordForIt despite the fact that Conan is the only Cimmerian the reader ever sees]].
* ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'': In Bram Stoker's original novel, one of the first obvious hints that {{Dracula}} is something other than human occurs when Jonathan Harker witnesses the Count crawling ''down'' the castle walls face first.
* ''Oblivion'': A Wall Crawl up one of Chicago's skyscrapers is part of the story "Mister Squishy" in Creator/DavidFosterWallace's short story collection. David Foster Wallace being [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible who he is]], said crawl involves suction cups and is quite obvious to the Chicagoans below, but is left quite unresolved at the end of the story.
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' has Szeth who can use his GravityMaster powers to redefine "down" for himself, allowing him to walk on walls and ceilings easily. Also [[spoiler: Kaladin while he hasn't yet figured out that trick, nonetheless managed to get up a sheer chasm wall by magically sticking rocks to it to use as hand and footholds.]]
* The nameless feral child from ''Literature/{{Gormenghast}}'' scales the walls of a cave when Titus startles her, clambering around the rough surface like a lizard.
* In Creator/MickeyZuckerReichert's ''Bifrost Guardians'' series, a character is known as the Shadow Climber due to his almost supernatural ability to climb almost any surface. (Though if the surface is too smooth, he's out of luck just like anyone else.)
* ''Literature/MarkDelewenAndTheSpacePirates'' has the main character walking on the ceiling through the use of a gravity belt.
* The dwarves in ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' have the ability to absorb moisture through their pores, which enlarge when dehydrated. While this is useful if you are trapped in a cave in, Mulch makes use of their suction-cup pores to scale glass buildings, and avoid cameras once inside.
* Rhaegal the dragon from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' takes to doing these when inside (or on) Meereenese brick pyramids. Much, much more so than his/her/its sibling Viserion manages. And, is disconcertingly ''good'' at it, up to StealthHiBye levels of ninjadom.
* In ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheWell'', due to dying upside-down in a well, Okiku often manifests upside-down, clinging to walls or the ceiling.
* Grumph learns a spell allowing him to do this in the second ''Literature/SpellsSwordsAndStealth'' book, ''Split the Party'', in preparation for his trial to become a member of the Mages' Guild. He initially uses the spell to go up the walls of a room with a blinding rainstorm blowing through it and avoid risking the stairs. It also inadvertently bypasses an obstacle further up which involves lightning striking the stairs, but not the walls. He later uses it on Gabrielle as part of a plan to ambush the book's main antagonist.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Part of Mohinder's new-found lizard-ness in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' allows him to do this.
* Examined and attempted by the ''Series/MythBusters''; Adam was able to get partway up a building, but lacked the stamina go get to the top, earning the myth a "Plausible" rating.
* ''Series/TheAvengers'' episode "The Winged Avenger" has magnetic boots used to scale walls.
* The spider-like Replicators from ''Series/StargateSG1'' can move over any surface. Including one that crawls over Jack O'Neill during his first encounter with them, to his great disgust.
* In the ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' season 5 episode "[[Recap/StargateAtlantisS05E07Whispers Whispers]]", the hybrid creatures created by Michael can wall-crawl -- as Carson Beckett discovers when he gets nose-to-nose with an upside-down one.
%%* Raina from ''Series/Cleopatra2525''.
* Some of the Suliban on ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' have acquired this ability.
* On an episode of ''Series/MacGyver2016'', Mac builds a device that allows him to do this, using a backpack vacuum cleaner.
* Sikozu in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', explained away as being able to manipulate her center of gravity (which still shouldn't give her the ability to stand at right-angles to a vertical wall the way she often does).
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'', Will is turning into a lizard-creature following some contamination by spores from the Hollow Earth, and gains the ability to crawl on walls.
* The ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' episode "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" has a creepy one -- when Xena enters a room and the camera pulls back, we see [[spoiler:temporary Bacchae (vampire) Gabrielle]] crawling away above the entrance backwards.
* In the series ''Series/{{Angel}}'' you see a vampire, who can also climb in this way, and quickly climbs up a wall. Whether that was a special power of this vampire, or many vampires have this power, is unknown.

* One of the abilities of the Magician's Trunk in ''Pinball/TheatreOfMagic'' is to make pinballs stick to its side.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** The warlock class from ''D&D'' 3.5 can pick up an ability which allows them to climb on ceilings, or walls, whenever they want. That said, they can also pick up permanent flying.
** Furthermore, it is possible for characters with no magic to climb up perfectly smooth ''walls of force''. Then again, they can also swim up waterfalls, so it might just be a case of the game getting ridiculous after a while.
** Also featured in ''D&D'' are "Boots of Spiderwalk" that allow this.
** In 4th, the new Dark pact for the Warlock class has this as a 2nd level Utility power, called Spider Scuttle; ''As you casually scale the wall, onlookers catch glimpses of hundreds of shadowy legs and pieces of spider-selves that couldn't possibly match the real you.''
** Making this [[OlderThanTheyThink older than most people realize]], at least where tabletop gaming is concerned, first edition ''Dungeons & Dragons'' featured the "Spider Climb" spell, also seen later. Guess what it does? In the newer editions, it is even available to everyone as a purchasable/craftable alchemical potion: nothing quite beats a Spider Rogue scaling a castle wall at her full climbing speed and Stealth skill bonus.
** Vampires in the game have the ability, presumably going back to the example in ''Dracula''.
** Martial adepts (from the ''Tome of Battle - Book of Nine Swords'') can do this without any magical help with the Shadow Hand stance "Dance of the Spider".
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' gives Solars an athletics Charm called Spider-Foot Style. As above... [[CaptainObvious guess what it does?]]
* Lizard-Climb from ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}: Martial Arts'' as well as the advantage Clinging (which you can get cheap if you limit it to certain surfaces, like metal or chocolate).
* ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' includes this as a standard Super-Movement power.
* The ''Clinging'' power in ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** Knuckles can use the spikes on his eponymous knuckles to grip and climb walls. This allows him to reach areas other characters cannot.
** The Wii-exclusive Pink Wisp in ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' covers Sonic in spikes (more so than usual) and allows him to climb walls and ceilings.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** Link can climb on walls covered in ivy, and everywhere (walls, ceilings, [[ConvectionSchmonvection a madly bouncing platform floating in lava]]...) magnetic with the Iron Boots.
** For an enemy example, the ''Twilight Princess'' incarnation of the Dodongo is able to do this, thanks to it essentially being a giant fire-breathing gecko. They tend to be the ones to get in your way while navigating the aforementioned magnetic areas.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild]]'', Link can freely climb nearly every surface in the game. He is however limited by his [[SprintMeter stamina meter]], which drains as you climb.
* The most awesome version of this ever is the Xenomorph from the ''Franchise/AlienVsPredator'' series of games. Not only can you stick to and run along virtually any type of wall at absurd speed, you also have about 200° of vision and can leap around forty feet in any direction.
* A major ability in ''VideoGame/{{Knytt}}'' and ''VideoGame/KnyttStories''.
* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'':
** In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'', Altair is able to scramble up most walls and buildings with remarkable ease, often leaping, swinging, and pulling himself up with incredible physical strength and stamina. This overlaps with LeParkour, though: Altair himself does not have any powers.
** This is part of standard Assassin training. Several characters have learned this before becoming Assassins, such as Ezio, Connor (a.k.a. Ratonhnhaké:ton), and Edward.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Primal}}'', the gargoyle Scree can climb "any stonework surface". Be aware that this means any stonework surface where it is needed to achieve some goal in the game and no others. He also sometimes gets stuck and begins climbing midair, leading to some interesting views of the complex scenery.
* Raziel of the ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'' series learns to climb certain walls partway through the first Soul Reaver game, and his sire Kain picks up the skill during a prequel later in the series.
* Samus' Spider Ball in certain ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' games allowed her to crawl up walls and ceilings with no trouble; however, in the ''Metroid Prime'' trilogy (excluding Hunters and Pinball), the Spider Ball only allows Samus to cling to magnetic tracks.
** Spire's morph ball form in ''[[Videogame/MetroidPrimeHunters Hunters]]'' has the ability to slowly climb up walls in multiplayer matches.
* Quiffy from ''Flood'' could climb walls and ceilings, unless they were covered in ice or lava.
* The title character of the game ''VideoGame/{{Gex}}'', who is, naturally, a gecko.
* ''VideoGame/{{Strider}}'' series:
** Strider Hiryu; in the first game and its sequel (as well as the ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom'' series), he uses a special hook claw that allows him to climb any surface, vertical wall and hang from ceiling structures. In the UsefulNotes/{{NES}} game, he can obtain magnetic boots that let him walk up conveniently placed magnetic walls and ceilings.
** Both of Strider's {{Spiritual Successor}}s, ''VideoGame/CannonDancer'' and ''VideoGame/MoonDiver'', allow their main characters to climb any wall or ceiling ''with their bare hands''.
** Which is also the case with Strider's [[FollowTheLeader SNES expy]], ''VideoGame/RunSaber''.
* Ryu Hayabusa from ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' started with the ability to cling to walls but not climb (except through triple jumps and a tricky form of boomerang jumping). Later games gave him the full ability to climb up and down most walls he grabbed onto. The UsefulNotes/GameGear game has an AutoScrollingLevel that takes place between two skyscrapers, with no other footholds.
* ''VideoGame/{{Lemmings}}'':
** The ability to climb walls is a talent you can assign to one of your marching horde of Lemmings. It can then climb vertical surfaces, though a ledge will make it fall. Also, no Lemming can climb ''down'' even with this ability, meaning they'll just splat if reaching a sheer drop.
** In ''Lemmings 2'', you can also give magnetic boots to a Lemming, especially with the Space Tribe. They allow it to walk on any surface, even upside-down, although slower than usual.
* You can buy a pair of gloves in ''VideoGame/ThiefDeadlyShadows'' that enables you to scale certain surfaces.
* ''VideoGame/BioShock'' series: The Spider Splicers use this in maximum freakiness.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall'' allowed the player to climb any vertical wall in the game with high enough stats and enough time. The main catches were that a) you couldn't stop climbing or you'd fall, b) based on your climbing skill, you had a random chance of falling at any time, and c) you climb very slowly unless you have the 10,000x speed cheat on (which, admittedly, most people did). This was popular enough that fans were up in arms that ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' did not include it as a skill.
* ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'': The game is built around this mechanic. Your Fuchikoma is required to climb up walls, buildings, and even travel on ceilings for certain levels of the game. With less than 2% of the game area unclimbable, you can literally go anywhere you want.
* ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'': As the "fancy TechnoBabble name" levels increased in the games, the hero moved from having magnetic boots to having gravity boots. The main difference here are that you start being able to shoot while using them to walk along the dedicated track.
* ''VideoGame/TombRaiderUnderworld'': Lara Croft can climb up, down, and sideways along certain walls. And in one of the game's DLC expansions, [[spoiler: her Doppelganger has a much faster and more effective version of this power.]]
* In ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIIIDraculasCurse'', Grant Danasty can climb walls and the ceiling if he jumps on it.
* In the original ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'', Vega's Flying Barcelona Attack was performed by the boss character by crawling up the cage fence in his stage, then dropping down and extending his claw. When Vega was made playable in Turbo the move was changed to work by diving off the side of the screen, as the original version would only be useable in Vega's own stage. In ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha III'', the player can use Vega's original cage-climbing Flying Barcelona Attack by inputting a special code while playing Vega's stage.
* Mai Shiranui of ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' also has an attack like this, Musasabi no Mai. In her debut game, ''Fatal Fury 2'', she could only do the move by jumping off convenient flagpoles that only showed up in her stage. This even carried over to ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'', where the move could only be used on the England stage. In subsequent games, they changed the command motion and she could use it anywhere.
* ''VideoGame/FerazelsWand'' doesn't even try to explain why the main character can do this (although it might help that "Habnabits" like him are clearly not human.) It seems to have been implemented so the designers could put a bunch of coins and power-ups in high-up places that couldn't be reached by jumping alone, under the "they'll never look here" principle.
* ''VideoGame/DantesInferno'': The walls you crawl on are composed of ''tightly packed writhing damned souls bemoaning their terrible afterlife''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Scaler}}'': Being a [[LizardFolk mutant chameleon]], this is one of Scaler's abilities, although (as not to [[GameBreaker break the game]]) he can only do it on certain surfaces.
* As of ''VideoGame/{{Clonk}} [[UpdatedRerelease Rage]]'', clonks can climb any smooth vertical surface. Before that, low rank clonks could easily trap themselves by simply digging downwards.
* In ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'', the eighth colossus can crawl up the sides of the arena you're in to reach you on higher ground. [[PuzzleBoss This is instrumental in defeating it.]]
* The title Bug of ''VideoGame/{{Bug}}'' can walk up/down and alongside walls or ceilings. Justified because, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin he's a bug]]!
* In a case of GameplayAndStorySegregation, a cutscene in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' features Reptile scaling the side of an office building to attack Stryker and Kabal.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** Near the end of the ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story]]'', Bowser gets the ability to scale dirt walls by curling up into a spikeball and using his shell spikes as climbing picks.
** One of the main functions of the Cat Suit in ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'' is granting Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, and Rosalina the ability to scale walls. They can only cling on for so long before they slide back down.
* In ''VideoGame/CosmosCosmicAdventure'', you can stick to walls with your suction hands. You can't crawl up directly, though. You have to keep jumping and then sticking to the wall again.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', Amaterasu can perform a "catwalk," which is essentially this trope, on walls bearing the mark of Kabegami, goddess of walls. Much like the above example, however, its not so much a walk or crawl as it is a hop.
* In ''VideoGame/BraveFencerMusashi'', Musashi gains the ability to use his [[DualWielding two swords]] as climbing picks to scale walls, though only exceptionally brittle ones and only vertically. It is also very slow and the player has to alternate the buttons for the two swords, making this one of the more realistic examples of the trope.
* Downplayed in ''[[VideoGame/FancyPantsAdventures The Fancy Pants Adventure: World 3]]'', where jumping into a wall, whether it be from a ground jump or wall jump, allows a small amount of vertical climbing. However, it is not infinite, and Fancy Pants Man will eventually fall off, unless he can wall-jump to another wall and climb that up, and then then wall-jump again.
* In ''VideoGame/LittleNemoTheDreamMaster'', of the [[PowerUpMount Power-Up Mounts]] that Nemo can ride, the lizard, gorilla, and mouse can climb walls and trees.
* In ''VideoGame/LittleSamson'', both Little Samson and K.O. the mouse have the ability to scale walls and cling to ceilings.
* In ''VideoGame/XMenMutantApocalypse'', Wolverine can use his claws to climb walls. He can still do this in ''VideoGame/MarvelSuperHeroesWarOfTheGems'', along with Spider-Man.
* One of Nuparu's special abilities in ''VideoGame/{{Bionicle}} Heroes''.
* In ''Ninja-kun: Ashura no Shou'', the player character can scale walls; one early level is nothing but a pit to climb out of. This ability returns in ''Super Ninja-kun''.
* Buki from ''VideoGame/{{Sudeki}}'' can climb certain walls using her claws.
* Rayman gains the ability to do this upon reaching the 5th world (Mystique Peak) of ''VideoGame/RaymanOrigins'', but only for walls when there's a curved incline beforehand.
* VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}} has this ability at certain points in the game -- once the full moon comes out -- that allows her to walk naturally on any walls or ceilings. However, this is only ever purely used as a way of progressing through the level, and nothing more.
* ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}}'' can do this in numerous ways. Her Monkey transformation, available in the first and second games, allows her to climb any regular, vertical wall. Her spider form, available only in the first game, can climb on special walls in the background. [[spoiler: And her secret Tinkerbat transformation can do [[AllYourPowersCombined both.]]]]
* ''VideoGame/GearUp'' allows robots to be equipped with legs to crawl around on walls and ''even ceilings''. Despite their hexapod nature, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin they're called spider legs.]]
* ''VideoGame/NaturalSelection2'' has the Skulk, the basic alien form that has the ability to crawl on both walls and ceilings.
* In ''Videogame/{{Evolve}}'' the monsters are capable of climbing just about any surface that won't let them escape the map. This is extremely useful for moving around the map, letting you keep up with the jetpack equipped hunters. The Gorgon takes this a step farther by being able to cling in place on walls and pounce down to the ground.
* In ''VideoGame/HolyUmbrella'', the protagonist acquires this ability by finding the Clinging Brooch (one of the few non-umbrella-related brooches). Viper, being a thief, also has this ability in the flashback scene where you get to control him.
* Shades[[note]]in "corpse" form[[/note]] in the Vivendi expansions for ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'' crawl along walls and ceilings in some [[VideogameSetpiece scary setpieces]]. Even if they're totally harmless in these events, having a bunch of [[UncannyValley desiccated bodies shuffling around in surfaces no human should be seen shuffling on]] [[ElectromagneticGhosts while your headlamp and ambient lights flicker like mad]] [[NightmareFuel has a pretty powerful effect]].

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''WebAnimation/BamanPiderman'', Piderman can do this. Not that he uses it for anything, but he can do it.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}''. "''Spider Sam, Spider Sam -- do anything, duct tape can....''" Of course, he ''was'' in microgravity at the time.
* ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' - Quite a few years after meeting Officer Zodboink, [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20160920.html we learn]] that this is apparently one of his species's inherent abilities.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-040 SCP-040 ("Evolution's Child")]]. SCP-040-1j is one of SCP-040's creations. It's a furry four-legged creature that climb up vertical walls.
* In the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', there's more than one character who can do this. The main character Chaka has figured out how to use her Ki powers to run up and down sheer walls. The supervillain Nex can do this using telekinesis. The side character Aquerna can do this because she has captured the spirit of the squirrel. And so on... In one scene, there's a wall-crawling conga line.
* Climbing walls is one of Newter's abilities in ''Literature/{{Worm}}''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** The Dai Li wear gloves and shoes made of stone. Using [[ElementalPowers Earthbending]] not only makes that workable in the first place, but it allows the Dai Li to bond these accessories to stone walls and ceilings, allowing them super-crawling ability.
** And Toph, who follows the same trick [[spoiler:with ''metal'', which is supposed to be unbendable]].
** Suki manages something similar, though she's [[BadassNormal not a bender]] -- she's just [[RuleOfCool awesome]].
* Nightbird, a robot ninja from the episode "Enter the Nightbird" of ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'', has this power. It initially seemed to be due to magnetic feet, but then she used it to walk up a cliff.
* One of Danny's abilities in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', though he rarely uses it. 'Course, considering he can just fly around, it's no wonder this is one of the ''least'' used of his bag of tricks.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' and suction cups. Sidekick [[ThisLoserIsYou Ron Stoppable]], on the other hand, has trouble getting the hang of it. In one episode, she uses "magno-rings" to cling to the side of a rocket-propelled vehicle.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'':
** Odd can climb about any steep surface on Lyoko thanks to the cat-like claws and agility of his avatar.
** On the villains' side, the Crawlers can move equally fast over any surface of Sector 5, even ceilings.
** Finally, people possessed by XANA's specters can gain the power to Wall Crawl in the real world.
* Bronx, the sort-of-dog from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', doesn't have wings and ascends vertical surfaces by simply digging in with his massive claws. Other gargoyles do the same thing to gain altitude before taking wing.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' episode "No Place to Hyde" the MonsterOfTheWeek can do this. The gang at first suspects an ex circus star, but it turns out that the real villain [[spoiler:doctor Jekyll]] was using suction cups.
* Referred to by [[BoisterousBruiser Aquaman]] in his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE8C1WWixgc Rousing Song of Heroism]] in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''.
* Kif of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' is sometimes seen climbing walls or ceiling like a tree-frog. (His species starting life as tadpoles, it's certainly an apt comparison.)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Mr. Burns, determined to retrieve his prized teddy bear, sneaks into the Simpson home crawling along the ceiling with suction cups -- then freezes when Homer enters the kitchen, sits down, and eats processed cheese slices all night. Finally the cups give out, Burns hits the floor, and exits with a curt "Good day to you."
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In "Baby Cakes", Pound Cake simulates a wall climb when he learns to fly.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'': In "The Surprise", Barney's baby nephew manages to crawl on the surface of the the stone fence into Fred's yard. Similarly, the first episode had Fred walking on the surface of his fence and into Barney's yard.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Somewhat common in animals, especially arthropods (insects, spiders, centipedes, etc.), as well as many varieties of frogs and lizards. Arboreal mammals, like monkeys and squirrels, aren't too bad at this either.
* Recent development of gecko tape promises this to become reality in some time. Everything works because of Van Der Waals forces. Artificial gecko stickers have potential to surpass nature few times. Biggest problem today is rapid contamination. There is also the fact that the square-cube law dictates that there's no way that a human can scale surfaces as effortlessly as a small gecko.
* They have suction cups that hook up to backpacks that do this. AwesomeButImpractical, it's called the gekkomat. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miFRtJtm9X4 Video.]]
* There's a near-vertical cliff face in Bolivia that ''looks'' like this happened to it, as it's covered in dinosaur footprints wandering up, down, and across it. What actually happened was that the cliff's surface was horizontal when the footprints were made, and got tilted gradually due to subsequent mountain-building processes.
* Koti Raj (Jyoti Raju) also known as the "Monkey Man" is an Indian rock and wall climber, who learned his incredible climbing skills from studying monkeys. He does so without any equipment, just magnesium carbonate powder for increased gripping and regularly climbs building to walls to entertain vistors. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5-UwwSSJOE Must be seen to be believed.]]
* Alain Robert is a French rock climber who has made a name for himself by scaling the world's tallest buildings and high rises, ''without'' the need for a harness or any safety equipment. Relying solely on climbing shoes and chalk, he has scaled over 140 skyscrapers since 1997, earning him the nickname "The French Spider-Man".