History Film / TheLoveBug

4th Aug '17 1:24:24 AM taikowolf
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* BeautyIsNeverTarnished:
** Averted somewhat to Carol in ''The Love Bug'' (1968). When she and Jim are taken by a misguided Herbie to a MakeOutPoint, and Jim goes to find a taxi, Carol tries to do some maintenance work on Herbie to get him going. She's dismayed at what happens to her fingers in less than a few seconds, though fortunately Herbie starts up immediately after.
** An unusual example happens in ''Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo'', in that it's not a person but a ''diamond'' that gets this treatment. Herbie is made the hiding spot for the Étoile de Joie, a baseball sized diamond stolen by a pair of these...specifically, his gas tank is. The diamond spends over half the movie there, including several races and chase scenes, and noticeably rattles in it before it's discovered by Jim and Wheelie. In spite of that, the Étoile de Joie isn't chipped, scratched or even covered in gas once discovered.



** Herbie has one across the films by being insulted for his looks or capability, his usual retaliation ranging from squirting oil across someone's foot, to honking at them to, if they're inside him, going to mach 20 to prove just how wrong they are. The only people who avoid this are those Herbie has developed an attachment to, and even then usually only if they mean it in an affectionate way.

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** Herbie has one across the films by being insulted for his looks or capability, his capability. His usual retaliation ranging ranges from squirting oil across someone's foot, to honking at them to, if they're inside him, going to mach 20 to prove just how wrong they are. The only people who avoid this are those Herbie has developed an attachment to, and even then usually only if they mean it in an affectionate way.



** Alonzo Hawk does ''not'' take kindly to Willoughby pronouncing himself no longer in cahoots with him, if his yelling and screaming at him so loud [[GlassShatterSound it can shatter glass]] is any indication.
** Diane Darcy is deeply offended by the sexist treatment she has received from men and even her own family through life, and so is quick to mistake Herbie's antics on the race track as being the work of Jim expressing similar sentiment against her as the only female driver participating. Their misunderstanding becomes so heated that when the thieves attempt to chase down Herbie Jim accuses her of trying to sabotage them, which goes over about as well as you could imagine. Things are finally cleared up when Jim and Wheelie rescue Diane from an accident on the track, and when she sees that Herbie was for real and merely trying to win the affections of her Lancia.

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** Alonzo Hawk is generally an angry man, though he's able to hide it somewhat. However, he does ''not'' take kindly to Willoughby pronouncing himself no longer in cahoots with him, if his yelling and screaming at him so loud [[GlassShatterSound it can shatter glass]] is any indication.
** Diane Darcy is deeply offended by the sexist treatment she has received from men and even her own family through life, life for being a race car driver, and so is quick to mistake Herbie's antics on the race track as being the work of Jim expressing similar sentiment against her as the only female driver participating. Their misunderstanding becomes so heated that when the thieves attempt to chase down Herbie Jim accuses her of trying to sabotage them, which goes over about as well as you could imagine. Things are finally cleared up when Jim and Wheelie rescue Diane from an accident on the track, and when she sees that Herbie was for real and merely trying to win the affections of her Lancia.
22nd Jul '17 4:52:59 PM ngh93
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* '''''The Love Bug''''' (1968) -- Down-on-his-luck racing driver Jim Douglas (Dean Jones) gets more than he bargained for when he acquires a second-hand Beetle. The car is named "Herbie" by his mechanic, Tennessee Steinmetz (BuddyHackett), who is the first to realise that the car's odd behavior is more than just an idiosyncratic collection of mechanical faults. Peter Thorndyke (David Tomlinson), the snooty car salesman and race car driver who sold Herbie to Jim, is driven crazy when Jim starts winning races with his new car. Thorndyke tries to find out the secret of "the little car" while also sabotaging it. Meanwhile, Jim falls in love with Carole (Michelle Lee), Thorndyke's assistant.

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* '''''The Love Bug''''' (1968) -- Down-on-his-luck racing driver Jim Douglas (Dean Jones) gets more than he bargained for when he acquires a second-hand Beetle. The car is named "Herbie" by his mechanic, Tennessee Steinmetz (BuddyHackett), (Creator/BuddyHackett), who is the first to realise that the car's odd behavior is more than just an idiosyncratic collection of mechanical faults. Peter Thorndyke (David Tomlinson), the snooty car salesman and race car driver who sold Herbie to Jim, is driven crazy when Jim starts winning races with his new car. Thorndyke tries to find out the secret of "the little car" while also sabotaging it. Meanwhile, Jim falls in love with Carole (Michelle Lee), Thorndyke's assistant.
22nd Jul '17 4:51:14 PM ngh93
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* '''''Herbie: Fully Loaded''''' (2005) -- Now long forgotten, Herbie winds up in a junkyard where he's bought as a college graduation present for Maggie Peyton (Creator/LindsayLohan) by her overprotective father Ray Sr. (Creator/MichaelKeaton)--yet he doesn't seem to have any issues with Ray Jr. (Creator/BreckinMeyer), despite him having ''several'' crashes and is clearly not cut out for his family's racing legacy. With Herbie's help, Maggie dons the disguise of "MAXX" wgo to a car show where they end up at a car show where Herbie beats arrogant, egomaniacal champion racer Trip Murphy (Matt Dillon). Murphy demands a rematch and vows to discover the secret behind the mysterious VW bug.

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* '''''Herbie: Fully Loaded''''' (2005) -- Now long forgotten, Herbie winds up in a junkyard where he's bought as a college graduation present for Maggie Peyton (Creator/LindsayLohan) by her overprotective father Ray Sr. (Creator/MichaelKeaton)--yet he doesn't seem to have any issues with Ray Jr. (Creator/BreckinMeyer), (Breckin Meyer), despite him having ''several'' crashes and is clearly not cut out for his family's racing legacy. With Herbie's help, Maggie dons the disguise of "MAXX" wgo to a car show where they end up at a car show where Herbie beats arrogant, egomaniacal champion racer Trip Murphy (Matt Dillon). Murphy demands a rematch and vows to discover the secret behind the mysterious VW bug.
22nd Jul '17 4:50:39 PM ngh93
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* '''''Herbie: Fully Loaded''''' (2005) -- Now long forgotten, Herbie winds up in a junkyard where he's bought as a college graduation present for Maggie Peyton (Creator/LindsayLohan) by her overprotective father (Creator/MichaelKeaton). With Herbie's help, Maggie dons the disguise of "MAXX" wgo to a car show where they end up at a car show where Herbie beats arrogant, egomaniacal champion racer Trip Murphy (Matt Dillon). Murphy demands a rematch and vows to discover the secret behind the mysterious VW bug.

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* '''''Herbie: Fully Loaded''''' (2005) -- Now long forgotten, Herbie winds up in a junkyard where he's bought as a college graduation present for Maggie Peyton (Creator/LindsayLohan) by her overprotective father (Creator/MichaelKeaton).Ray Sr. (Creator/MichaelKeaton)--yet he doesn't seem to have any issues with Ray Jr. (Creator/BreckinMeyer), despite him having ''several'' crashes and is clearly not cut out for his family's racing legacy. With Herbie's help, Maggie dons the disguise of "MAXX" wgo to a car show where they end up at a car show where Herbie beats arrogant, egomaniacal champion racer Trip Murphy (Matt Dillon). Murphy demands a rematch and vows to discover the secret behind the mysterious VW bug.
22nd Jul '17 4:48:00 PM ngh93
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* '''''Herbie: Fully Loaded''''' (2005) -- Now long forgotten, Herbie winds up in a junkyard where he's bought as a college graduation present for Maggie Peyton (Creator/LindsayLohan) by her overprotective father (Creator/MichaelKeaton). With Herbie's help, Maggie dons the disguise of "MAXX" wgo to a car show where they end up at a car show where Herbie beats arrogant, egomaniacal champion racer racer Trip Murphy (Matt Dillon). Murphy demands a rematch and vows to discover the secret behind the mysterious VW bug.

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* '''''Herbie: Fully Loaded''''' (2005) -- Now long forgotten, Herbie winds up in a junkyard where he's bought as a college graduation present for Maggie Peyton (Creator/LindsayLohan) by her overprotective father (Creator/MichaelKeaton). With Herbie's help, Maggie dons the disguise of "MAXX" wgo to a car show where they end up at a car show where Herbie beats arrogant, egomaniacal champion racer racer Trip Murphy (Matt Dillon). Murphy demands a rematch and vows to discover the secret behind the mysterious VW bug.
19th Jul '17 1:51:43 AM taikowolf
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** Mr. Wu, the Chinese businessman Thorndyke [[AbsurdlyHighStakesGame made a rather hefty bet with]], wasn't against this either; at Chinese Camp, a service owned by Mr. Wu where the racecars were refueled, Thorndyke's car was not just given an incredibly slow service by an old man but his car was chained down to prevent a premature departure. Herbie, meanwhile, was not only given an extremely rapid and thorough service by a dozen people, but was actually 'carried'' to the camp after having run out of gas from one of Thorndyke's own cheats.

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** Mr. Wu, the Chinese businessman Thorndyke [[AbsurdlyHighStakesGame made a rather hefty bet with]], wasn't against this either; at Chinese Camp, a service owned by Mr. Wu where the racecars were refueled, Thorndyke's car was not just given an incredibly slow service by an old man but his car was chained down to prevent a premature departure. Herbie, meanwhile, was not only given an extremely rapid and thorough service by a dozen people, but was actually 'carried'' ''carried'' to the camp after having run out of gas from one of Thorndyke's own cheats.
19th Jul '17 1:50:31 AM taikowolf
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** Thorndyke and his co-driver Havershaw stop to change a road sign, leading Herbie and the rest of the race cars to travel down an old mine. Another time is when Thorndyke rolls a tree in Herbie's path, and ends up stuffed into his trunk.

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** Thorndyke and his co-driver Havershaw stop do this rigorously throughout the El Dorado race, such as using an oil slick to send Herbie off the road, stopping to change a road sign, leading sign to send Herbie and the rest of the race cars to travel down an old mine. Another time is when mine, or rolling a tree onto the racetrack. Amusingly, these cheats had a tendency to backfire on him; the oil slick distracted Thorndyke rolls a tree in Herbie's path, enough he drove off the road as well, the mine actually allowed Herbie to pull ''ahead'' of Thorndyke, and Thorndyke ends up stuffed into Herbie's trunk when Herbie comes to the tree in the road.
** Mr. Wu, the Chinese businessman Thorndyke [[AbsurdlyHighStakesGame made a rather hefty bet with]], wasn't against this either; at Chinese Camp, a service owned by Mr. Wu where the racecars were refueled, Thorndyke's car was not just given an incredibly slow service by an old man but
his trunk.car was chained down to prevent a premature departure. Herbie, meanwhile, was not only given an extremely rapid and thorough service by a dozen people, but was actually 'carried'' to the camp after having run out of gas from one of Thorndyke's own cheats.



** Thorndyke's sabotage of Herbie (and the rest of the racers) gets more and more serious the longer the race goes on, ranging from knocking Herbie onto his roof, knocking Herbie ''off a cliff'', and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking cutting Herbie's spare tire into pizza segments before the race]]. It's honestly a miracle nobody put attempted murder charges on Thorndyke.

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** Thorndyke's sabotage of Herbie (and the rest of the racers) gets more and more serious the longer the race goes on, ranging from an oil slick, knocking Herbie onto his roof, knocking Herbie ''off a cliff'', and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking cutting Herbie's spare tire into pizza segments before the race]]. It's honestly a miracle nobody put attempted murder charges They also stop backfiring on Thorndyke.him quite so badly as they go up.
19th Jul '17 1:27:34 AM taikowolf
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* AsianStoreOwner: Mr. Wu in ''The Love Bug'', who takes ownership of Herbie when Herbie plows into his fruit stand, and winds up helping the heroes beat Thorndyke.

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* AsianStoreOwner: Mr. Wu in ''The Love Bug'', Bug'' (1887), who takes ownership of Herbie when Herbie plows into his fruit stand, and winds up helping the heroes beat Thorndyke.



* PoliceAreUseless: Especially apparent in ''Herbie Rides Again'', as Alonzo Hawk has managed to get away with doing plenty of illegal things in expanding his enterprise; Only after he barely escapes Herbie's wrath and they see crazily ranting about a bunch of little cars chasing him do they finally cuff him.

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* PoliceAreUseless: Especially apparent in ''Herbie Rides Again'', as Alonzo Hawk has managed to get away with doing plenty of illegal things in expanding his enterprise; enterprise. Only after he barely escapes Herbie's wrath and they see crazily ranting about a bunch of little cars chasing him do they finally cuff him. him.
** Surprisingly averted in ''The Love Bug'' (1997) proper; the police are the reason that Mr. Wu comes into acquisition of Herbie, after the Volkswagen crashed through a Chinese corner store and the police were called.
19th Jul '17 1:24:54 AM taikowolf
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** Repeated in ''The Love Bug (1997), as Simon and Rupert prepare to celebrate after [[spoiler: laser-cutting Herbie in half]], but then notices one half of the little car already crossing the finish line.

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** Repeated in ''The Love Bug Bug'' (1997), as Simon and Rupert prepare to celebrate after [[spoiler: laser-cutting Herbie in half]], but then notices one half of the little car already crossing the finish line.



** It's brief, but ''The Love Bug'' (1997) Carol's reaction upon hearing that the number 53 car (Herbie) was having problems the day after her date with Jim is one. Considering the date was encouraged heavily by Thorndyke, and her next scene is when she has parted company with Thorndyke, it's clear she put two and two together and wasn't pleased.



** Thorndyke's sabotage of Herbie (and the rest of the racers) gets more and more serious the longer the race goes on, ranging from knocking Herbie onto his roof, knocking Herbie ''off a cliff'', and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking cutting Herbie's spare tire into pizza segments before the race]]. It's honestly a miracle nobody put attempted murder charges on Thorndyke.



* WomanScorned: Grandma Steinmetz, understandably so, after Alonzo Hawk illegally stole all her belongings on top of his constant hounding of her property in ''Herbie Rides Again''.

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* WhatYouAreInTheDark: In ''The Love Bug'', Herbie suffers a massive breakdown upon finding Jim replacing him with another car, culminating in running off when Thorndyke appears to pay Jim to take Herbie away. Jim finds Herbie attempting suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge. In attempting to pull Herbie back to safety, Jim slips on the railing and ends up dangling from Herbie's front bumper. The moment Jim asks Herbie for help, unable to hold on much longer, Herbie immediately kicks into reverse and pulls them back over onto the bridge.
* WomanScorned: Grandma Steinmetz, understandably so, after Alonzo Hawk illegally stole all her belongings on top of his constant hounding of her property in ''Herbie Rides Again''.Again'' has Nicole Harris towards Alonzo Hawk, considering her caused her to be kicked out of her home and constantly hounds Grandma Steinmetz for her property (among other nasty business ventures). Grandma readily outstrips her, however, once Alonzo Hawk illegally steals all her belongings. After all, it was ''her'' idea to have a wrecking ball go through Hawk's own home to put him off her back.
14th Jul '17 1:53:22 PM ngh93
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* '''''Herbie: Fully Loaded''''' (2005) -- Now long forgotten, Herbie winds up in a junkyard where he's bought as a college graduation present for Maggie Peyton (Creator/LindsayLohan) by her overprotective father (Creator/MichaelKeaton). With Herbie's help, Maggie dons the disguise of "MAXX" wgo to a car show where they end up at a car show where Herbie beats arrogant, egomaniacal champion racer racer Trip Murphy (Creator/MattDillon). Murphy demands a rematch and vows to discover the secret behind the mysterious VW bug.

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* '''''Herbie: Fully Loaded''''' (2005) -- Now long forgotten, Herbie winds up in a junkyard where he's bought as a college graduation present for Maggie Peyton (Creator/LindsayLohan) by her overprotective father (Creator/MichaelKeaton). With Herbie's help, Maggie dons the disguise of "MAXX" wgo to a car show where they end up at a car show where Herbie beats arrogant, egomaniacal champion racer racer Trip Murphy (Creator/MattDillon).(Matt Dillon). Murphy demands a rematch and vows to discover the secret behind the mysterious VW bug.
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