Is your character frustrated? Wouldn't it be great if he could throw his cares out the window? Well. This is fiction, right? Why not throw your problems out the window? Even if the problem happens to be alive!
Defenestration - The act of throwing someone or something out of a window.
This is often used for dramatic effect (for objects), the beginning of a murder mystery, or for the climax of an action sequence. Few things are as final as falling from a high-rise. And it never gets old. There's quite a lot of history about it, too. Check it out here.
There's plenty of examples to choose from. Watchmen started with a defenestration. It's happened in Spider -Man, Braveheart, Robin hood: Prince of Thieves (thanks to Friar Tuck), and even in Stardust. Twice!
Secundus never saw it coming!
The best scene of defenestration I've read in a long time is in this book. Larry Correia knows his action, humor, and firearms. Werewolves beware. Gravity > silver.
There is also Self-Defenestration - The act of jumping or throwing oneself out the window. Makes for a great escape, if your MC has a parachute or a grappling hook.
Have I used these in my writing? Self-Defenestration. Once. For my first novel. It was a pretty cool scene.
Have you used any form of defenestration in your writing? What kinds of objects (or people) did you plummet to their demise?
I'm David, and this trope is going out the window!