Playing With / Stairs Are Faster

Basic Trope: The elevator takes too long, so the character takes the stairs instead.
  • Straight: On the run from General Drake, Bob pushes the button for the elevator, but when Drake catches up, he takes the stairs instead.
  • Exaggerated: The elevator takes 3 hours to go up one floor.
  • Downplayed: Bob waits one second for the elevator before taking the stairs down one floor.
  • Justified:
    • Drake was seconds away from catching up to Bob, so he had no time to wait.
    • The elevator was out of order.
    • Which floor the elevator is located at is displayed at the doors - Bob may have seen that all the elevators are too far away from her floor. Alternatively, there may be other people in the building chasing him - taking the elevator would mean Drake can tell his accomplices what floor Bob's at (especially if there's a chance one of them has access to a fire alarm, which would disable all elevators where they are and leave Bob a sitting duck).
  • Inverted: Bob starts to take the stairs, but ends up taking the elevator instead.
  • Subverted: Drake is just about to catch up to Bob when the elevator door opens.
  • Double Subverted: But the elevator is full, so he ends up taking the stairs.
  • Parodied: The elevator door opens seconds after Bob leaves to take the stairs.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob switches back and forth between stairs and the elevator.
  • Averted: The elevator door instantly opens, giving Bob no problem.
  • Enforced: The cameras are already set up in the stairwell, and the director thinks a chase down them will be more dramatic.
  • Lampshaded: "These elevators are so slow! I could be at the bottom by the time this thing gets up here!"
  • Invoked: Drake puts the elevator out of order, and the building has 5 floors, allowing Drake to catch up to Bob while he is climbing the stairs.
  • Exploited: Drake's accomplices are waiting for Bob in the stairway.
  • Defied: Bob refuses to take the stairs and fights off Drake while waiting for the elevator.
  • Discussed: "You know, that elevator's taking too long. The stairs would be faster!"
  • Conversed: "Isn't it funny how elevators take the longest when characters need it the most?"
  • Deconstructed: In a rush to escape from Drake, Bob trips up.
  • Reconstructed: When Drake catches up, Bob catches him by surprise by kicking him where it hurts.

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