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This is an occurrence that shows up very often in Comedy or Action films. A character chases after another, until the chase leads to climbing up a ladder. However, when The Hero gets to the top of the ladder and his enemy starts climbing, the good guy will then push the ladder back, causing it to fall backwards with his enemy still on the ladder.

Expect this to show up in Comedy, or in medieval sieges. This trope may be the reason why some people say "I Need No Ladders".



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     Anime and Manga  

  • Zoro does this to some bounty hunters at Whisky Peak.

     Comic Books  

  • In The Smurfs comic book story "King Smurf" (and its Animated Adaptation), the rebel Smurfs attempt to break through King Smurf's defenses by climbing up a ladder, but King Smurf's forces douse the ladder with glue, causing the rebels to get their hands and feet stuck on the ladder long enough to get tipped over. In the Animated Adaptation, though, the glued ladder also rips a hole in the fence, allowing the rebels to get inside.


  • In the Richie Rich film, Richie does this to Lawrence Van Dough during the film's climax.
  • The Aristocats: O'Malley does this to Edgar, but it's subverted that while O'Malley does successfully push the ladder back, he winds up falling with Edgar.
  • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves: Will Scarlet does this to one of the Celts that invade Sherwood Forest.
  • There was a scene in Animal House wherein Bluto, the frat boy of Delta House, climbs a ladder to peek in as the sorority girls undress. Suddenly, the ladder tips back (impliedly pushed away from the wall by a certain anatomical reaction on the part of Bluto).
  • An obvious siege example occurs in the film of The Two Towers during the Battle of Helm's Deep, when Legolas shoots the rope that's being used to raise a ladder with dozens of orcs already on it, and it falls back onto dozens more orcs on the ground.



  • In A Darkness At Sethanon, Moredhel attackers who are climbing up the walls in ladders are simply pushed away.

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     Western Animation  

  • Jonny Quest: In "The Curse of Anubis", a bad guy is climbing up a ladder to get to Hadji, who's on top of a building. Jonny appears at a window lower down and pushes the ladder, causing it (and the bad guy) to fall. The bad guy ends up in a water trough.
  • On one Wile E Coyote And The Roadrunner cartoon, Wile E. scores a ladder and lays it across a gorge, hoping to trick the Roadrunner into crossing it and falling to his doom. Then he spots the Roadrunner on a cliff overhead and decides to use the ladder to get up to him, with predictable results.
  • An episode of Family Guy has a scene where pedophile Herbert peeks on Chris through his window before falling back, a direct parody of the Animal House scene mentioned above.
  • The Flintstones: In "The Swimming Pool", Barney, who is feuding with Fred, comes to the Flintstone house to take back a ladder that Fred "borrowed" from him. He swipes the ladder while Fred is using it, causing him to fall onto the ground.


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