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* How the titular character on ''Series/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'' is introduced to his unwitting "sidekick" Todd (whose perspective has had most of the show's screen time up to that point). Cue a [[CloudCuckooLander genuine & enthusiastic "Hi!" from Dirk,]] while he's still hanging halfway out the window. Cue a [[RealityEnsues freak-out from Todd over a complete stranger climbing into his apartment.]]

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* How the titular character on ''Series/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'' is introduced to his unwitting "sidekick" Todd (whose perspective has had most of the show's screen time up to that point). Cue a [[CloudCuckooLander genuine & enthusiastic "Hi!" from Dirk,]] while he's still hanging halfway out the window. Cue And cue a [[RealityEnsues freak-out from Todd over a complete stranger climbing into his apartment.]]

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* How the titular character on ''Series/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'' is introduced to his unwitting "sidekick" Todd (whose perspective has had most of the show's screen time up to that point). Cue a [[CloudCuckooLander genuine & enthusiastic "Hi!" from Dirk,]] while he's still hanging halfway out the window. Cue a [[RealityEnsues freak-out from Todd over a complete stranger climbing into his apartment.]]

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* ''VideoGame/FrostyNights'': The PlayerCharacter's bedroom has two windows through which [[ImAHumanitarian child-eating]] {{Snowlem}}s can enter.

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* ''VideoGame/EnsembleStars'': in the performance of Cinderella the Theatre Club put on with Akatsuki for the school festival, Anzu's script has the second prince (played by [[FaceOfAThug Kuro]]) meet Cinderella for the first time by coming through her window. Kuro actually ''smashes'' the window in a massive leap, thoroughly ''terrifying'' poor Tomoya who wasn't aware of these script changes at all, and leaving him yelling for help as Kuro proceeds to pick him up and try to physically carry him to the ball.
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Just as often as it's used for hijinx, this trope can also be played for horror - see BreakingAndBloodsucking for a common variant. The image of a monster or killer climbing through a sleeping person's window and into their bedroom is fundamentally both an inappropriate entry and a violation of privacy, so there's a lot of potential [[RapeAsDrama rape subtext]] here.


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* Played for horror in ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari'' when Cesare, a murderous sleepwalker and henchman to the MadScientist Dr. Caligari, sneaks through Jane's bedroom window as she sleeps. He's been instructed to kill her, but is so moved by her beauty he [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty kidnaps her for himself]], leading to an iconic shot of him [[TouchOfTheMonster carrying her]] over the [[{{Bizarrchitecture}} surreal rooftops]] of Holstenwall. Even when Jane is rescued, she is so traumatised by her ordeal that she spends the rest of the movie in a semi-catatonic state, and the FramingStory pitches the main narrative as a story about why she is the way she is.
* In the 1931 version of ''[[Film/Frankenstein1931 Frankenstein]]'', the monster climbs into a second-storey window to find Elizabeth, Dr. Frankenstein's (ahem) bride, preparing for their wedding, in a scene clearly influenced by the above ''Caligari''. Like Jane, Elizabeth is profoundly shaken by her encounter with the monster, although she seems to be doing better at the end.
* Played even more horrifically in ''Film/TwinPeaksFireWalkWithMe'', with the demon Bob slowly climbing through Laura's bedroom window. This is followed by a truly disturbing rape scene.


If the window is shut, the traditional way to get the resident's attention is to throw gravel at it, but as that's become [[DiscreditedTrope something of a cliché]], it's usually [[PlayingWithATrope subverted somehow]] (they break the window, or hit their friend with a rock, or discover they picked the wrong room...)

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If the window is shut, the traditional way to get the resident's attention is to throw gravel at it, but as that's become [[DiscreditedTrope something of a cliché]], it's usually [[PlayingWithATrope subverted somehow]] (they break the window, or hit their friend with a rock, or discover they picked the wrong room...)
) Often the culmination of a BalconyWooingScene.


* ''Series/AlexAndKatie'' often use each other's windows to visit each other. As their bedrooms are directly across from each other and connected by a tree, this is actually the fastest way between their two houses.

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* ''Series/AlexAndKatie'' ''Series/AlexaAndKatie'' often use each other's windows to visit each other. As their bedrooms are directly across from each other and connected by a tree, this is actually the fastest way between their two houses.

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* ''Series/AlexAndKatie'' often use each other's windows to visit each other. As their bedrooms are directly across from each other and connected by a tree, this is actually the fastest way between their two houses.


** It's even funnier because a reverse-angle shows Hector dangling outside the second-story window, and there's ''nothing there'' he couldn't have climbed up; the wall is absolutely bare.

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** It's even funnier because a reverse-angle shows Hector dangling outside the second-story window, and there's ''nothing there'' he couldn't could have climbed up; the wall is absolutely bare.


If the window is shut, the traditional way to get the resident's attention is to throw gravel at it, but as that's become [[DiscreditedTrope something of a cliche]], it's usually [[PlayingWithATrope subverted somehow]] (they break the window, or hit their friend with a rock, or discover they picked the wrong room...)

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If the window is shut, the traditional way to get the resident's attention is to throw gravel at it, but as that's become [[DiscreditedTrope something of a cliche]], cliché]], it's usually [[PlayingWithATrope subverted somehow]] (they break the window, or hit their friend with a rock, or discover they picked the wrong room...)



* In early seasons of ''Series/DawsonsCreek'', every last character climbed a ladder into Dawson's bedroom. Most often Joey, but Jen and even Pacey did so on multiple occasions.
* As seen in the page picture, Sam of ''Series/ClarissaExplainsItAll'' always enters Clarissa's house via a ladder at her window. ''*clunk*'' "Hi, Sam." ''*guitar riff*''
-->'''Clarissa's Dad:''' Why doesn't that kid ever use the door?



-->'''Zay:''' So what? You guys just come through the window and that's okay? I don't like it. It's impolite. Oh, and I took some cereal. You're out of milk, now.

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-->'''Zay:''' --->'''Zay:''' So what? You guys just come through the window and that's okay? I don't like it. It's impolite. Oh, and I took some cereal. You're out of milk, now.



* ''Series/TeenWolf'': This is [[{{HeterosexualLifePartner}} Stiles's]] most frequent way to enter the [=McCall=] residence, in fact the ''first time'' the viewers meet him he's climbing into Scott's window in the middle of the night, and on several occasions gives both Scott and Scott's mother Melissa quite the scare. By Season 2 he's just had a key made to simplify things, and Melissa's resigned herself to him making their house a second home.
* Donna does this with Eric in at least one early episode of ''Series/That70sShow''.
* ''Series/ICarly'': Samantha Puckett is known for breaking into the home of her best friend Carly Shay, by using the fire escape into Carly's bedroom.
** That one might just be {{Fanon}}. However, Mandy barged back in the Shay loft to stay there overnight in one of her episodes. When Carly asked her how she entered with the door locked, Mandy replied, "But not all your windows are."
* On ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'', Josh visits Mindy this way.
* In ''Series/{{House}}'', Wilson seems to have a bit of an obsession with climbing through windows. In the premiere of season 6, he gets into Dr. House's apartment through his window after he refuses to answer the door. Then, Wilson brings Chinese food to Cuddy's while [[spoiler:Dr. House is babysitting her daughter Rachel]]. After [[spoiler:Rachel eats a coin]] while the two are supposed to be watching her, they try to solve the situation before Cuddy finds out. When Cuddy comes home during their planning, Wilson escapes by climbing out a window.
** House: "You're telling me to do the right thing while climbing out a window?!"
** Wilson also tells Cuddy, "Just say the word, and we will climb out that window right now," when she's upset over her [[spoiler:breakup with Dr. House]].
*** Wilson may have an obsession with windows in general. He tends to throw things at them when he becomes angry, either at House during an argument, or at a random guy who wouldn't stop playing the same song over and over.
* On ''Series/{{Glee}}'', Rachel enters Puck's room this way in a dream (it is, in fact, how he knows that he's dreaming).
* [[StalkerWithACrush Rose]] regularly climbs over the side of the deck outside Charlie's house in ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'', and one gets the distinct impression that she does it ''more'' when he's ''not'' there.



* This is how Zack and Jessie generally visit each other on ''Series/SavedByTheBell''. All other visits bypass the front door and go directly to room.

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* This is how Zack As seen in the page picture, Sam of ''Series/ClarissaExplainsItAll'' always enters Clarissa's house via a ladder at her window. ''*clunk*'' "Hi, Sam." ''*guitar riff*''
-->'''Clarissa's Dad:''' Why doesn't that kid ever use the door?
* A freerunner on one of the ''Series/{{CSI}}'' shows used this technique to get into his girlfriend's room, despite her father's furious attempts to keep him away from her. It worked until [[spoiler:her kid brother rigged the flagpole outside the window to shock anyone who touched it,
and Jessie generally visit each other electrocuted him]].
* In early seasons of ''Series/DawsonsCreek'', every last character climbed a ladder into Dawson's bedroom. Most often Joey, but Jen and even Pacey did so
on ''Series/SavedByTheBell''. All other visits bypass multiple occasions.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS37E3Rosa "Rosa"]],
the front door Doctor and go directly company, while in 1955 Alabama, are forced to room.get a motel room because the antagonist knows where the TARDIS is parked. As the motel is "whites only", Ryan and Yaz have to be smuggled in through the bathroom window.



* [=CeCe=] and Rocky of ''Series/ShakeItUp'' live in the same apartment building. As such, Rocky usually enters via the fire escape.
* Something of a staple on ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'': Vampires are constantly entering through Elena's bedroom window, and Matt inexplicably enters Caroline's house through her window in one episode.
* A freerunner on one of the ''Series/{{CSI}}'' shows used this technique to get into his girlfriend's room, despite her father's furious attempts to keep him away from her. It worked until [[spoiler:her kid brother rigged the flagpole outside the window to shock anyone who touched it, and electrocuted him]].
* In ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' episode "The Bird Scene", Sikowitz suggested that Tori enter through the window.
** He's entered and exited through that window a couple of times (including [[DeletedScene the extended version of the pilot]]).
** An enraged Jade comes in through the window to ambush Cat in "Crazy Ponnie".
* At least one episode of ''Series/SmallWonder'' had Reggie enter Jamie's (presumably second-story) bedroom through the window.
* Non-romantic variant in ''Series/WelcomeBackKotter'', with the Sweathogs dropping in on their favorite teacher via his living room window. He wasn't bothered by it, but his wife was.
* In the ''Series/LoveAmericanStyle'' episode "[[PoorlyDisguisedPilot Love and the ]]Series/{{Happy Day|s}}", Potsie visits Richie in this manner.
* ''Series/OneTreeHill'' averts this trope by giving Lucas's bedroom a door to the outside, making it much easier for people to come and go as they please.

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* [=CeCe=] and Rocky of ''Series/ShakeItUp'' live in the same apartment building. As such, Rocky usually enters via the fire escape.
* Something of a staple on ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'': Vampires are constantly entering through Elena's bedroom window, and Matt inexplicably enters Caroline's house through her window in one episode.
* A freerunner on one of the ''Series/{{CSI}}'' shows used this technique to get into his girlfriend's room, despite her father's furious attempts to keep him away from her. It worked until [[spoiler:her kid brother rigged the flagpole outside the window to shock anyone who touched it, and electrocuted him]].
* In ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' episode "The Bird Scene", Sikowitz suggested that Tori enter through the window.
** He's entered and exited through that window a couple of times (including [[DeletedScene the extended version of the pilot]]).
** An enraged Jade comes in through the window to ambush Cat in "Crazy Ponnie".
* At least one episode of ''Series/SmallWonder'' had Reggie enter Jamie's (presumably second-story) bedroom through the window.
* Non-romantic variant in ''Series/WelcomeBackKotter'', with the Sweathogs dropping in on their favorite teacher via his living room window. He wasn't bothered by it, but his wife was.
* In the ''Series/LoveAmericanStyle'' episode "[[PoorlyDisguisedPilot Love and the ]]Series/{{Happy Day|s}}", Potsie
On ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'', Josh visits Richie in Mindy this manner.
* ''Series/OneTreeHill'' averts this trope by giving Lucas's bedroom a door to the outside, making it much easier for people to come and go as they please.
way.



* On ''Series/{{Glee}}'', Rachel enters Puck's room this way in a dream (it is, in fact, how he knows that he's dreaming).



* In ''Series/{{House}}'', Wilson seems to have a bit of an obsession with climbing through windows. In the premiere of season 6, he gets into Dr. House's apartment through his window after he refuses to answer the door. Then, Wilson brings Chinese food to Cuddy's while [[spoiler:Dr. House is babysitting her daughter Rachel]]. After [[spoiler:Rachel eats a coin]] while the two are supposed to be watching her, they try to solve the situation before Cuddy finds out. When Cuddy comes home during their planning, Wilson escapes by climbing out a window.
** House: "You're telling me to do the right thing while climbing out a window?!"
** Wilson also tells Cuddy, "Just say the word, and we will climb out that window right now," when she's upset over her [[spoiler:breakup with Dr. House]].
*** Wilson may have an obsession with windows in general. He tends to throw things at them when he becomes angry, either at House during an argument, or at a random guy who wouldn't stop playing the same song over and over.
* ''Series/ICarly'': Samantha Puckett is known for breaking into the home of her best friend Carly Shay, by using the fire escape into Carly's bedroom.
** That one might just be {{Fanon}}. However, Mandy barged back in the Shay loft to stay there overnight in one of her episodes. When Carly asked her how she entered with the door locked, Mandy replied, "But not all your windows are."
* In the ''Series/LoveAmericanStyle'' episode "[[PoorlyDisguisedPilot Love and the ]]Series/{{Happy Day|s}}", Potsie visits Richie in this manner.
* ''Series/OneTreeHill'' averts this trope by giving Lucas's bedroom a door to the outside, making it much easier for people to come and go as they please.
* This is how Zack and Jessie generally visit each other on ''Series/SavedByTheBell''. All other visits bypass the front door and go directly to room.
* [=CeCe=] and Rocky of ''Series/ShakeItUp'' live in the same apartment building. As such, Rocky usually enters via the fire escape.



* At least one episode of ''Series/SmallWonder'' had Reggie enter Jamie's (presumably second-story) bedroom through the window.
* ''Series/TeenWolf'': This is [[{{HeterosexualLifePartner}} Stiles's]] most frequent way to enter the [=McCall=] residence, in fact the ''first time'' the viewers meet him he's climbing into Scott's window in the middle of the night, and on several occasions gives both Scott and Scott's mother Melissa quite the scare. By Season 2 he's just had a key made to simplify things, and Melissa's resigned herself to him making their house a second home.
* Donna does this with Eric in at least one early episode of ''Series/That70sShow''.
* [[StalkerWithACrush Rose]] regularly climbs over the side of the deck outside Charlie's house in ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'', and one gets the distinct impression that she does it ''more'' when he's ''not'' there.
* Something of a staple on ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'': Vampires are constantly entering through Elena's bedroom window, and Matt inexplicably enters Caroline's house through her window in one episode.
* In ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' episode "The Bird Scene", Sikowitz suggested that Tori enter through the window.
** He's entered and exited through that window a couple of times (including [[DeletedScene the extended version of the pilot]]).
** An enraged Jade comes in through the window to ambush Cat in "Crazy Ponnie".
* Non-romantic variant in ''Series/WelcomeBackKotter'', with the Sweathogs dropping in on their favorite teacher via his living room window. He wasn't bothered by it, but his wife was.



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* Music/TheBeatles: "[[Music/AbbeyRoad She Came In Through the Bathroom Window]]". Humorously, Creator/PaulMcCartney was inspired to write the song based on an experience where a LoonyFan had broken into his house through a bathroom window.

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* Music/TheBeatles: "[[Music/AbbeyRoad She Came In Through the Bathroom Window]]". Humorously, Creator/PaulMcCartney Music/PaulMcCartney was inspired to write the song based on an experience where a LoonyFan had broken into his house through a bathroom window.


* In ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', it's kind of a RunningGag. Chuck's friend Morgan always climbs through Chuck's window whenever he comes to visit Chuck, for absolutely no reason. He even calls it "The Morgan Door". A CrowningMomentOfFunny in the opening scene of the pilot has Morgan dangling from the window and struggling to keep his grip...only for it to be revealed that Chuck's room ''is on the ground floor'' when he finishes screwing around and stands up.

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* In ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', it's kind of a RunningGag. Chuck's friend Morgan always climbs through Chuck's window whenever he comes to visit Chuck, for absolutely no reason. He even calls it "The Morgan Door". A CrowningMomentOfFunny SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}} in the opening scene of the pilot has Morgan dangling from the window and struggling to keep his grip...only for it to be revealed that Chuck's room ''is on the ground floor'' when he finishes screwing around and stands up.



* Jack tries this in ''Webcomic/{{Crankrats}}''. Unfortunately, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny the window in question is not exactly Jack-sized.]]

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* Jack tries this in ''Webcomic/{{Crankrats}}''. Unfortunately, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments the window in question is not exactly Jack-sized.]]

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* In ''Film/HappyBirthdayToMe'', Etienne enters Virginia's room through her window, spies on her as she prepares for a bath and [[PantyThief steals her panties]].


If the window is shut, the traditional way to get the resident's attention is to throw gravel at it, but as that's become [[DiscreditedTrope something of a cliche]], it's usually [[PlayingWithATrope subverted somehow]] (they [[WindowPain break the window]], or hit their friend with a rock, or discover they picked the wrong room...)

Subtrope of ThereWasADoor. Contrast BedsheetLadder, which is for the person inside getting out. For the glass shattering DynamicEntry variant, see SuperWindowJump, which may also be at the same time as FastRoping.

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If the window is shut, the traditional way to get the resident's attention is to throw gravel at it, but as that's become [[DiscreditedTrope something of a cliche]], it's usually [[PlayingWithATrope subverted somehow]] (they [[WindowPain break the window]], window, or hit their friend with a rock, or discover they picked the wrong room...)

Subtrope of ThereWasADoor. Contrast BedsheetLadder, which is for the person inside getting out. For the glass shattering DynamicEntry variant, see SuperWindowJump, which may also be at the same time as FastRoping. See also BrokenWindowWarning, for when a rock is intentionally thrown at a window to break it in order to send a message.

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* In the Australian kids show ''Shirl's Neighbourhood'', every single character entering the treehouse came in through the window. Because the treehouse didn't have a door.

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