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"Nice entrance. Either you've never heard of a door or you just like pulling glass out of your shorts."

There are many ways to enter rooms. There's the classic door, sneaking in through windows, and then there's the dramatic ones, going through barriers like walls, the floor, and for even more surprise, there's this trope, for making a Big Entrance through the roof or ceiling.

And usually, it's not a controlled entrance like Fast-Roping through a skylight or a "Mission: Impossible" Cable Drop, but instead, it's by accident, and characters are just dropped into an unexpected situation, occasionally thrown in by enemy action.

If this happens to a criminal, they might be Falling into Jail. And if it's the roof, and it has a chimney, this could also be a way to do an inadvertent Chimney Entry.

When they land, it might be with a Three-Point Landing. Sister trope to Floorboard Failure, which is a comparable way to leave a room. See also There Was a Door, for occasions when the character ignores a perfectly good entryway and bashes a hole in the wall instead.


Through the Ceiling, Stealthily is the sneaky version of this.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • A Certain Magical Index: Misaka Mikoto is thrown through the roof of the the Anti-Art Attachment storage room by her enemies, and uncovering the weapon that she uses to save Touma from Kihara Yuiitsu.
  • Usagi-chan de Cue!!: The Public Welfare Board uses a helicopter to drop a huge crate through the skylight of a shopping mall. Inside is Dekao, rebuilt yet again into a Giant Mecha on tank treads. This is his fourth try to eradicate Inaba Mikami and his first at slaying Nekoi Koshka.

    Comic Books 
  • You'll find many covers of Batman crashing his way through skylights.

    Fan Works 

    Film - Animated 
  • Oliver & Company has the homeless kitten pursue the crafty Dodger to Fagin's derelict boat. Oliver spies on Dodger and his cohorts through a hole in the roof. Suddenly, Oliver's patch of roof buckles, dropping this kitten and some canvas into the middle of the cabin, startling the five dogs.
  • Inverted in The Incredibles: Syndrome tries to escape with Jack-Jack by flying out through the ceiling he just blew a hole into.

    Film - Live-Action 
  • Batman (1989): Batman famously rescues Vicky Vale from the Joker by dramatically entering through the skylight.
  • The Blacksheep Affair, Dong, The Lancer, arrives to reinforce the good guys at the embassy by making a hole in the roof and Fast-Roping through, firing away at terrorists left and right via machine gun.
  • The Boondock Saints: The protagonists try a "Mission: Impossible" Cable Drop, but fall though the ceiling accidentally, getting tangled in their rope... and killing everyone in the room as they spin about upside down. This is how Agent Smecker deduces that the brothers are amateurs who most likely got the idea through bad television.
    Agent Smecker: Television...television is the explanation for this. You see this in bad television. Little assault guys crawling through the vents, coming in through the ceiling — that James Bond shit never happens in real life! Professionals don't do that!
  • The Game: Nicholas's really weird day culminates with crashing a party by dropping through a glass ceiling into a crowded ballroom. Luckily for him, there's a big airbag below to catch him and the party turns out to be in his honour.
  • The Naked Gun 2½: Frank is chased across a rooftop by a guard dog, and accidentally crashes into the villains' hideout via the skylight.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Iron Man: One of Tony's armor test flights ends with him crashing through the roof, wrecking a sports car and a piano before ending up in his basement workshop.
    • Iron Man 2: Tony and Rhodey's fight during the former's birthday party leads to them to crashing through the ceiling of the kitchen.
  • X-Men: The Last Stand has a shot where the Juggernaut throws Wolverine up through the ceiling to the second floor, then he drops back down in the living room again crashing through the ceiling.
  • In Zoltan, Hound of Dracula, Zoltan chews through the shingles on the roof of the fishing cabin, and then crashes through the ceiling to land on top of Michael and Inspector Branco.

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: To make it simpler to collect the Bucket family, and their double bed which won't go through the door, Mr Wonka crashes the Great Glass Elevator through the roof of the Buckets' house.
  • Kadingir: In The Shapla Case, the leaders of every race in Ki meet in an unprecedented symposium to discuss how to tackle a planetary crisis. Mistrust and a very recent war makes it a tense situation, and it doesn't help that King Vizvi comes in crashing through the great ceiling dome for no particular reason other that being an Attention Whore goes with his job description.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Arrow
    • Oliver Queen first meets the Black Canary when he's surrounded by a SWAT Team, only for the Canary to smash through an overhead skylight, then break every other sheet of glass in the room using her sonic device so she and Oliver can jump out the window while everyone else is clutching their ears in pain.
    • In "Three Ghosts", Oliver saves Roy Harper by blasting a hole in the ceiling and Fast-Roping through the hole.
    • In Season 6, Oliver is on trial for being the Arrow, so an Identity Impersonator does a Big Entrance by crashing through the courtroom's skylight to further sell the idea that he's the real Green Arrow.
  • Doctor Who: The End of Time. It was the quickest way for the Doctor to jump from a low-flying spacecraft into the room he had to be in as quickly as possible. It really hurt.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: An accidental version in the fourth season premiere, when Buffy spies on the vampire antagonists through the glass ceiling of their lair. The glass, however, can't support her weight and she falls in their midst.

    Video Games 
  • Devil May Cry 4: Seconds after Nero's Devil Bringer starts glowing, Dante crashes through the roof of the Opera House to shoot Sanctus in the face. Unfortunately, it's not enough to keep Sanctus down.
  • In the Prologue of Sly 2: Band of Thieves, Murray makes his entrance by smashing through a glass skylight with his Thunder Flop.
  • At the start of Octo Expansion's finale, Agent 3 bursts in through the glass ceiling to dive-kick Commander Tartar. Too bad she ends up unconscious and mind-controlled, despite buying agent 8 enough time to escape.
  • Toward the end of the Moleville section of Super Mario RPG, Mario and company end up on a runaway mine cart with the missing Mole children Dyna and Mite in tow. Their ride ends when the track does, and the cart is sent flying over Moleville, where Ma and Pa Mole comment that they have a feeling that someone will be "dropping in" soon. Sure enough, the cart comes crashing through the ceiling of their house.


    Western Animation 
  • An episode of Batman: The Animated Series has Batman and Robin smash through a glass ceiling. Joker’s response to them provides this page’s quote.
  • Darkwing Duck: In "Darkly Dawns the Duck", Darkwing falls through a hangar ceiling during the opening chase with Bulba. He gets accosted by the owner, Launchpad McQuack, who believes he's a thief after his planes before recognizing him.


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