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Then he ducked down the chimney, a bit absurd,
but if Mario could do it, then so could the Nerd.

Sometimes, characters like to make a dramatic entrance, and the front door can be seen as rather boring and ordinary. Entering through the chimney might look like they're trying to channel Santa Claus but it's clear that delivering pleasant gifts to children is the last thing they want to do.

This method can be used as a Rule of Cool. Just watching the shocked and concerned looks of the characters inside the building as they hear the sounds of the ceiling creaking and watching ash drip out of the chimney mouth, followed by a cloud of smoke engulfing the room as the enemy appears through the ashes is enough to make any character seem badass.

However, this trope can also be Played for Laughs. If a character is unfamiliar with how a house works, they might enter it like this. Expect them to receive a "There Was a Door" reaction by the house residents and they might react with "I didn't know" or "I couldn't find it." This often leaves the entire room in Ash Face and coughing violently as the oblivious enterer dusts themselves off.

Compare Air-Vent Passageway.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Daisuki! BuBu ChaCha, this is Chacha's method of going in and out of house if the door is currently out of the question for some reason.

    Fairy Tales 
  • Father Christmas enters the house through the chimney. This is probably to not raise suspicion from the sleeping residents and disturb them, especially if he used the front door.

    Comic Books 
  • A Mickey Mouse comic gives an explanation for this. Santa Claus has been arrested by a bunch of idiot cops in the Mouseton PD on burglary charges and thrown in a cell with Pete as his bunkmate. When Pete asks him about the chimney thing, Santa explains that any tunnel will magically expand to allow him through. Then Pete points to the miniscule air vent on the wall...

    Fan Works 
  • In Hyperemesis Gravidarum by A.A. Pessimal, two teenage student Assassins are caught in an upstairs room by a gang of killers who are attacking the house and who are battering down their bedroom door. They are stuck for a way to escape. Until one of the house goblins leads them down the chimneystack to the living room, where other members of the family are mounting a fierce defence. Some years later, the niece of one of those students, herself now at the Assassins' School, remembers her aunt's exploits and uses the chimneys at Ramkin Manor in an attempt to ace her Vimes Run. This time it results in chastening failure, as her teacher Miss Band intended.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The many chimney sweeps in the rooftop scene of Mary Poppins seem to have no trouble leaping into and popping out of London's chimneys, culminating in a soot-tracking parade through the Banks' living room.
  • In Gremlins, Kate's father tried to surprise his family this way one Christmas. Unfortunately, he broke his neck and died in the process.
  • In The Muppet Christmas Carol, Rizzo the Rat accidentally falls down a chimney and lands on a flaming hot goose.
  • Inverted in MouseHunt where Ernie climbs up a chimney while trying to chase a mouse, only to get stuck. He later gets shot out of it after Lars unwittingly caused an explosion in the chimney.

  • In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Bill the lizard is sent down the chimney of the White Rabbit's house to get the monster inside (actually an enlarged Alice). Unfortunately, Alice's foot is blocking the fireplace. She gives it a swift kick and out comes Bill shooting into the sky.
  • The Weasleys enter the Dursley's house like this Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Mr Weasley had the Dursley's fireplace connected to the wizard Floo network so they could pick up Harry, unaware that the Dursleys had had it bricked up. After he, Ron and the others end up piling into each other, he resorts to blasting their way out.
  • Some adaptations of The Three Little Pigs have the Wolf terrorizing the third pig in the brick house and trying to enter his house like this, unintentionally falling into a cauldron full of boiling water that the pig had left at the bottom for him.

  • In Hogfather Mr. Teatime enters Lord Downey's office via connected fireplace flues, despite protective grid installed in the top of chimney. Later in the novel Death, who is subbing for Hogfather, reluctantly uses the traditionally chimney entry route, despite arguing with Albert that it's completely unnecessary for him.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In the original series of Horrible Histories, a sketch from the Victorian era featured aristocrats hiring a child chimney sweeper to clean the chimney out, leading to him dislodging three teenagers who enter the room this way, and Santa Claus.
  • In 1000 Ways to Die, one of the Asshole Victim casualties has an insane ex-girlfriend that kept stalking his boyfriend and his new beau, and that tried to get into the man's house via the chimney while they were away on vacation in order to live in and (probably) eventually catch them when they returned. Unfortunately she got stuck on said chimney and died of dehydration... and the corpse was found by the lovebirds when they came back home and turned on the chimney, setting the corpse on fire.
  • Doctor Who: In "A Christmas Carol", the Doctor chooses a Chimney Entry because his TARDIS happened to have landed on the roof, and the temptation was just too much.
  • In Santa Sent Me to the ER, this is the basis for the Backdoor Santa segment. Egged on by his drunken idiot of a brother-in-law (his wife's younger brother), a man dresses as Santa Claus in the bid to give a pleasant surprise to his kids. He forgot to tell the Mrs. about his plans... and got a painful surprise in the behind for his troubles. In his fall, he landed butt-first on the poker she'd put in the fireplace (YOW!!!).

  • Stan Freberg recorded the novelty song "Nuttin' for Christmas", about an incorrigible hellion recounting his many misdeeds, which will net him "nuttin' for Christmas." However, someone does descend the chimney of the kid's home: a burglar. He and the brat apparently have an arrangement in which the kid gets a cut of the fence for keeping mum about the theft. This song later gets an Animated Adaptation by Doug Compton that's viewable on Youtube.

    Video Games 
  • In Day of the Tentacle, the characters can cut corners by passing through the mansion's chimney.
  • In Glider PRO, the chimneys of the roof background are often made into transporters.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • In Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, Link has to learn a sword technique in one town, but the instructor's door doesn't open. What he has to do is activate his Jump spell, jump to the roof, and...well, guess.
    • In The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons, Link has to enter the chimney of a woman's house during the winter in order to gain access to the second dungeon. She initially mistakes him for Santa Clause (a chimney sweep in the European version).
  • In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Bobbery doesn't want to be disturbed so he locks himself inside. You naturally have to climb up on the roof and roll up into a tube so that you fit in the chimney.
  • In Tomb Raider III, Lara can climb the chimney in the library of her own home in order to access a secret section of the attic.

    Web Original 
  • Smosh pointed out in a holiday parody video that if Santa Claus tried this method of breaking and entering, he'd get stuck halfway down. The clip shows Santa's feet sticking out of the chimney mouth as he screams for help to get out as his feet are burned by the flames from the fireplace.
  • This is a recurring problem in What the Fuck Is Wrong with You?, where people will try to get into houses via the chimney and invariably get stuck, often necessitating the help of the local police and fire departments.
  • In the The Angry Video Game Nerd episode, "How the Nerd Stole Christmas", the Nerd plans to steal all the good video games in Gameville and replace them with bad ones. He enters the houses through the chimneys the way Mario travels through warp pipes.
    Narrator: Then he ducked down the chimney, a bit absurd, but if Mario could do it, then so could the Nerd.

    Western Animation 
  • In the Family Guy episode "Love Thy Trophy", Peter is on a rescue mission to free Stewie from his foster parents. He enters their home through the chimney and causes a bit of a racket, disturbing Stewie's new foster siblings.
  • Futurama:
    • The robotic Santa Claus usually enters houses through the chimney. However, due to a programming error, he does not bring gifts but kills everyone, except Zoidberg. So many houses have installed security systems that seal windows and the chimney (it is questionable why houses still have chimneys in the first place, when they could mean a gruesome death every Christmas).
    • In one episode the crew freezes Santa Clause and decides to replace him with Bender, who would bring gifts instead of death. He also enters houses through the chimney, but to his dismay, people confuse him with the old Santa and either attack him with military grade weapons, or commit suicide when seeing him.
  • In an episode of Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, the two main characters need to get into a house to do tooth fairy work. They try entering through the chimney, but are intercepted by the kid living there, who mistakes them for burglars and throws them out.
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic episode "Hearth's Warming Eve", Chancellor Puddinghead enters her own house via the chimney. Partly because the front door is snowed in, and partly because she's strange like that.
    Smart Cookie: Wouldn't it have been easier to use the door, Chancellor?
    Puddinghead: Maybe for you, Smart Cookie. But I am a chancellor. I was elected because I know how to think outside the box. Which means I can also think inside the chimney. Can you think inside a chimney?

    Real Life 
  • In the days of Victorian Britain, children were made to clean out chimneys for the rich and often got stuck up there, making them sometimes enter the room at random like this when they eventually dislodged themselves. Due to child labor laws over the years, this was later abolished due to this, as well as health and safety.