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13th Aug '16 4:34:21 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Human vehicles in ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' are completely indestructible, regardless of ''what'' you hit them with. In ''VideoGame/Halo2'' and ''VideoGame/Halo3'', this trope is partly subverted in that vehicles ''do'' show damage, but they cannot actually be destroyed unless Master Chief (or the Arbiter)'s HP is depleted entirely.

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* Human vehicles in ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' are completely indestructible, regardless of ''what'' you hit them with. In ''VideoGame/Halo2'' and ''VideoGame/Halo3'', this trope is partly subverted in that vehicles ''do'' show damage, but they cannot actually be destroyed unless Master Chief (or the Arbiter)'s HP is depleted entirely. Subsequent ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' games avert this trope completely.
8th Aug '16 2:24:33 AM StFan
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This may be somewhat justified for police and military vehicles that are designed to survive hard use and kept in peak condition by a dedicated maintenance staff, but even these cases often push the {{willing suspension of disbelief}} boundaries. TruthInTelevision when it comes to {{Invincible Classic Car}}s - back before TheFifties, cars were a ''lot'' stronger, while being equally less safe to drive; modern cars shed the inertia of crashing by folding like accordions, while classics let the passengers violently decelerate against the interiors.

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This may be somewhat justified for police and military vehicles that are designed to survive hard use and kept in peak condition by a dedicated maintenance staff, but even these cases often push the {{willing suspension of disbelief}} boundaries. TruthInTelevision when it comes to {{Invincible Classic Car}}s - -- back before TheFifties, cars were a ''lot'' stronger, while being equally less safe to drive; modern cars shed the inertia of crashing by folding like accordions, while classics let the passengers violently decelerate against the interiors.



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* ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'': The Bluesmobile, is indestructible (except when it reaches the courthouse, at which point it [[ExactTimeToFailure spontaneously falls apart]]). A better indicator of this trope is the chase scene earlier in the film through a crowded mall. The mall was abandoned and had nothing inside. The Blues Brothers team filled the inside of the mall, then asked a few car dealers to fill the lot outside so the mall would look crowded. In interviews later on, the cast and crew were very afraid of doing any damage whatsoever to the parked cars, as they all had to go back to the dealers without a scratch. They were [[RunningGag on a mission from God]], you know.

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* ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'': The Bluesmobile, Bluesmobile is indestructible (except when it reaches the courthouse, at which point it [[ExactTimeToFailure spontaneously falls apart]]). A better indicator of this trope is the chase scene earlier in the film through a crowded mall. The mall was abandoned and had nothing inside. The Blues Brothers team filled the inside of the mall, then asked a few car dealers to fill the lot outside so the mall would look crowded. In interviews later on, the cast and crew were very afraid of doing any damage whatsoever to the parked cars, as they all had to go back to the dealers without a scratch. They were [[RunningGag on a mission from God]], you know.



* In the 1984 film of [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour the story of the same name]], everything is run down, dirty and decaying except for a patrol helicopter that's seen outside Winston Smith's window at one point. Presumably because it would have been too much trouble to dirty down a helicopter and then clean it up again before returning it to the hire company.
** This is possibly FridgeBrilliance. A totalitarian government will make sure to keep patrol helicopters and other military vehicles in pristine condition because they focus more on the military than the rest of the country, akin to Soviet Russia or North Korea.
** The irony is that the FridgeBrilliance is likely due to a trope ''inversion'' -- in real-life, helicopters are ''extremely'' fault-intolerant. Any helicopter able to complete a patrol circuit without incident has to be undergoing regular maintenance[[note]]The average helicopter requires over 10 man-hours of preventative maintenance for every hour of flight time. Some high-performance military models have required ''far'' more than that.[[/note]], which will also mean its being kept at least halfway clean. A helicopter left neglected long enough to show deterioration visible to the naked eye at that distance has overwhelmingly likely odds of either crashing at the first opportunity or failing to get in the air at all.

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* In the 1984 film of [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour the story of the same name]], everything is run down, dirty and decaying except for a patrol helicopter that's seen outside Winston Smith's window at one point. Presumably because it would have been too much trouble to dirty down a helicopter and then clean it up again before returning it to the hire company.
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company. This is possibly FridgeBrilliance. A FridgeBrilliance: a totalitarian government will make sure to keep patrol helicopters and other military vehicles in pristine condition because they focus more on the military than the rest of the country, akin to Soviet Russia or North Korea.
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Korea. The irony is that the FridgeBrilliance is likely due to a trope ''inversion'' -- in real-life, helicopters are ''extremely'' fault-intolerant. Any helicopter able to complete a patrol circuit without incident has to be undergoing regular maintenance[[note]]The average helicopter requires over 10 man-hours of preventative maintenance for every hour of flight time. Some high-performance military models have required ''far'' more than that.[[/note]], which will also mean its being kept at least halfway clean. A helicopter left neglected long enough to show deterioration visible to the naked eye at that distance has overwhelmingly likely odds of either crashing at the first opportunity or failing to get in the air at all.




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* If ''Series/MythBusters'' is anything to go by, the General Lee from ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' couldn't possibly survive all those insane stunts every episode. In fact, the General Lee ''didn't'' survive all those insane stunts: they went through 309 of them over the course of the series to maintain the "not a scratch on it" look.
** Of the 26 Dodge Chargers used in the film, many were wrecked so a few could finish without a scratch. One of the original General Lee's had to be returned to Warner studios after shooting, and two Chargers that were acquired for two bucks on the condition they be sold back to the prior owner for a dollar and a quarter each.
** Incidentally, the supposed invincibility of the General Lee was averted in an early Season 1 episode of ''Series/KnightRider'', as part of an allusion to ''The Dukes'', which was midway through its fifth season[[note]] (and its ratings suffering due to the absence of series stars John Schneider and Tom Wopat)[[/note]]. In the episode "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death," a 1969 Dodge Charger, painted like the General Lee (a Confederate flag on the roof, but with the numbers 00 on the doors), and driven by two cousins -- one a blonde, the other with dark hair [[note]](only these cousins are obnoxious, drunken jerks playing up a Southern stereotype, and one of them makes a pass at the GirlOfTheWeek)[[/note]]; the car's engine is powered by moonshine, another clear allusion to ''The Dukes''. About halfway through the episode -- the plot itself centers on a race testing out alternative fuels -- the orange car is sabotaged, crashes and explodes into flames, killing both of the young men inside. The conclusion that ''Knight Rider's'' writers perhaps hoped viewers would pick up on was that ''The Dukes'' was an outdated show, yesterday's news and that it played on stereotypes ... but here was a show that was [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter a better show with more exciting plots and a cooler, more up-to-date car]] than an older show that was "no longer cool."
* Justified in ''Series/KnightRider'', with the car being NighInvulnerable. Even more so in the recent TV movie, where the car isn't quite as invulnerable, but self-repairing. After a certain crash, the car still sparkled. (As per the tv movie, it also only worked when the system was on; turn off the computer, and you have a normal, smashable car. In the show, however, it was a high tech polymer, with the formula split between three different people. KITT did not become vulnerable until someone created an antidote, and then it was just so they could upgrade KITT into a convertible.)

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* If ''Series/MythBusters'' is anything to go by, the General Lee from ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' couldn't possibly survive all those insane stunts every episode. In fact, the General Lee ''didn't'' survive all those insane stunts: they went through 309 of them over the course of the series to maintain the "not a scratch on it" look.
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look. Of the 26 Dodge Chargers used in the film, many were wrecked so a few could finish without a scratch. One of the original General Lee's had to be returned to Warner studios after shooting, and two Chargers that were acquired for two bucks on the condition they be sold back to the prior owner for a dollar and a quarter each.
** * Incidentally, the supposed invincibility of the General Lee was averted in an early Season 1 episode of ''Series/KnightRider'', as part of an allusion to ''The Dukes'', which was midway through its fifth season[[note]] (and its ratings suffering due to the absence of series stars John Schneider and Tom Wopat)[[/note]]. In the episode "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death," Death", a 1969 Dodge Charger, painted like the General Lee (a Confederate flag on the roof, but with the numbers 00 on the doors), and driven by two cousins -- one a blonde, the other with dark hair [[note]](only these cousins are obnoxious, drunken jerks playing up a Southern stereotype, and one of them makes a pass at the GirlOfTheWeek)[[/note]]; the car's engine is powered by moonshine, another clear allusion to ''The Dukes''. About halfway through the episode -- the plot itself centers on a race testing out alternative fuels -- the orange car is sabotaged, crashes and explodes into flames, killing both of the young men inside. The conclusion that ''Knight Rider's'' writers perhaps hoped viewers would pick up on was that ''The Dukes'' was an outdated show, yesterday's news and that it played on stereotypes ...stereotypes... but here was a show that was [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter a better show with more exciting plots and a cooler, more up-to-date car]] than an older show that was "no longer cool."
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* Justified in ''Series/KnightRider'', with the car being NighInvulnerable. Even more so in the recent TV movie, where the car isn't quite as invulnerable, but self-repairing. After a certain crash, the car still sparkled. (As per the tv TV movie, it also only worked when the system was on; turn off the computer, and you have a normal, smashable car. In the show, however, it was a high tech polymer, with the formula split between three different people. KITT did not become vulnerable until someone created an antidote, and then it was just so they could upgrade KITT into a convertible.)




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* Human vehicles in ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' are completely indestructible, regardless of ''what'' you hit them with. In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', this trope is partly subverted in that vehicles ''do'' show damage, but they cannot actually be destroyed unless Master Chief (or the Arbiter)'s HP is depleted entirely.

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* Human vehicles in ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' are completely indestructible, regardless of ''what'' you hit them with. In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' ''VideoGame/Halo2'' and ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', ''VideoGame/Halo3'', this trope is partly subverted in that vehicles ''do'' show damage, but they cannot actually be destroyed unless Master Chief (or the Arbiter)'s HP is depleted entirely.



* A lot of games where vehicles can be destroyed have the vehicles appear without a scratch until they finally blow up.
** Averted (as much as the DOS-era graphics would allow) in ''VideoGame/FatalRacing'': Cars, both your and your opponents', will start smoking as they take more damage, and eventually small flames will start to erupt from the car. A car with three visible flames is a pinprick away from death and will rapidly find itself a target by other trigger-happy players within reach. At which point [[EveryCarIsAPinto it will explode]].

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* A lot of games where vehicles can be destroyed have the vehicles appear without a scratch until they finally blow up.
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up. Averted (as much as the DOS-era graphics would allow) in ''VideoGame/FatalRacing'': Cars, both your and your opponents', will start smoking as they take more damage, and eventually small flames will start to erupt from the car. A car with three visible flames is a pinprick away from death and will rapidly find itself a target by other trigger-happy players within reach. At which point [[EveryCarIsAPinto it will explode]].




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* Series/TopGear demonstrated that the Toyota Hilux (called Tacoma in the US) CAN NOT BE STOPPED. By no means does it literally fit the trope name-- no bodywork ever made will survive spending a night in the ocean, being lit on fire, and being strapped to the roof of an imploding high-rise. After all that, though, it still moved easily under its own power with no parts replaced and only a few minutes repair with hand tools.
** To a lesser extent, most Toyotas from before 2000 can fall into this trope. Many of them are still on the roads where rival companies' equivalent models are not.

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* Series/TopGear ''Series/TopGear(( demonstrated that the Toyota Hilux (called Tacoma in the US) CAN NOT BE STOPPED. By no means does it literally fit the trope name-- name -- no bodywork ever made will survive spending a night in the ocean, being lit on fire, and being strapped to the roof of an imploding high-rise. After all that, though, it still moved easily under its own power with no parts replaced and only a few minutes repair with hand tools.
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tools. To a lesser extent, most Toyotas from before 2000 can fall into this trope. Many of them are still on the roads where rival companies' equivalent models are not.
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13th Jul '16 6:53:16 AM MrNickelodeon
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* The Expedition Transport vehicle in ''Ride/SkullIslandReignOfKong'' at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's Islands of Adventure]] comes out completely okay despite receiving a heckuva lot of abuse during the climax when it gets rammed by several dinosaurs and climbed over by Kong himself.
9th Jun '16 4:53:25 PM Kalaong
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This may be somewhat justified for police and military vehicles that are designed to survive hard use and kept in peak condition by a dedicated maintenance staff, but even these cases often push the {{willing suspension of disbelief}} boundaries.

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This may be somewhat justified for police and military vehicles that are designed to survive hard use and kept in peak condition by a dedicated maintenance staff, but even these cases often push the {{willing suspension of disbelief}} boundaries.
boundaries. TruthInTelevision when it comes to {{Invincible Classic Car}}s - back before TheFifties, cars were a ''lot'' stronger, while being equally less safe to drive; modern cars shed the inertia of crashing by folding like accordions, while classics let the passengers violently decelerate against the interiors.
2nd Dec '15 8:45:56 PM zoop
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* In ''Literature/{{Relativity}}'', Ravenswood's NashRambler has gotten involved in a number of high-speed car chases, and has even been used to ''bump another car off the road,'' yet there's never any mention of any damage to it. (Considering how much he loves that car, Ravenswood would certainly [[WatchThePaintJob make a big deal of it if it ever was damaged.]])

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* In ''Literature/{{Relativity}}'', Ravenswood's NashRambler American Rambler has gotten involved in a number of high-speed car chases, and has even been used to ''bump another car off the road,'' yet there's never any mention of any damage to it. (Considering how much he loves that car, Ravenswood would certainly [[WatchThePaintJob make a big deal of it if it ever was damaged.]])
28th Sep '15 1:12:06 AM shadowbeast
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* Milo's 1970 Charger in ''Literature/{{Demon Road}}''. Firstly, it seems to always end up freshly clean in the morning light, though Milo is never seen to wash it. Has incredible fuel economy for a classic American muscle car. Milo says it is necessary for driving the Blackroads. Later subverted when it turns out the vehicle can be damaged, but is utterly pristine again by morning. It's clearly not normal, and when the protagonist finds out how abnormal it is, she only gets in again out of desperation and because ''she's a demon''.
6th Sep '15 11:41:06 AM nombretomado
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* ''NeedForSpeed Carbon'' opens with a race at the end of which your car is "[[TakeOurWordForIt totaled]]" in a crash. Since it's a licensed car, all damage to it occurs during a DiscretionShot, and you never see it afterward.

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* ''NeedForSpeed ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed Carbon'' opens with a race at the end of which your car is "[[TakeOurWordForIt totaled]]" in a crash. Since it's a licensed car, all damage to it occurs during a DiscretionShot, and you never see it afterward.
12th May '15 6:57:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* Arguably, the vehicle driven by Dennis Quaid in the film ''Film/VantagePoint''. He (playing a Secret Service agent) chases a vehicle being driven by his traitorous partner, and incurs three car crashes during the chase, none of which slow the vehicle down at all. It's only a full-on collision with a wall that stops the vehicle, and Dennis Quaid jumps out of the vehicle with nary a scratch.

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* Arguably, the The vehicle driven by Dennis Quaid in the film ''Film/VantagePoint''. He (playing a Secret Service agent) chases a vehicle being driven by his traitorous partner, and incurs three car crashes during the chase, none of which slow the vehicle down at all. It's only a full-on collision with a wall that stops the vehicle, and Dennis Quaid jumps out of the vehicle with nary a scratch.
7th May '15 7:06:51 PM RubberyChicken
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* ''TabletopGame/FengShui'''s "Golden Comeback" book has the Automobilus Indestructus schtick. It doesn't prevent damage to the care, merely ensures that no matter how much damage it takes, it keeps running... until the chase scene is over, at which point it [[TheBluesBrothers spontaneously falls apart]].

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* ''TabletopGame/FengShui'''s "Golden Comeback" book has the Automobilus Indestructus schtick. It doesn't prevent damage to the care, car, merely ensures that no matter how much damage it takes, it keeps running... until the chase scene is over, at which point it [[TheBluesBrothers spontaneously falls apart]].
21st Apr '15 9:23:41 AM Ejia
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* Literature/StephaniePlum inherited a '53 powder blue Buick from her uncle Sandor. [[EveryCarIsAPinto While every other car Stephanie has owned has been blown up, stolen, crushed, set on fire, or otherwise destroyed,]] "Big Blue" is MadeOfIndestructium. In fact, not only does a car bomb utterly fail to damage it, Stephanie has used it as a battering ram against other cars (which get wrecked hard). The Buick remains completely intact.
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