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7th Jul '17 12:49:46 AM JackG
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* Mayweather in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' when trying to fly a Xindi-Insectoid shuttle.

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* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. In "Azati Prime", Travis Mayweather in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' when is trying to fly a Xindi-Insectoid shuttle.shuttle. He hits a control that makes it go backwards into the wall of the launch bay.
--> '''Travis:''' I think I found reverse.\\
'''Trip:''' Great, but unless we plan to fly in ass-first, we'd better figure out how to make it go forward.
4th Jul '17 4:31:59 PM HeroGal2347
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' episode "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E45Superdoo Superdoo!]]", two inept alien criminals are scheming to recover their stolen power crystal. One of their plots involves destroying the summer camp with an alien bazooka; unfortunately, the one holding the bazooka is holding it backwards, and it ends up blasting the forest behind them instead.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' episode "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E45Superdoo Superdoo!]]", two inept alien criminals are scheming to recover their stolen power crystal. One of their plots involves destroying the summer camp with an alien bazooka; unfortunately, the one holding the bazooka is holding it backwards, and it ends up blasting the forest behind them instead.
9th Jun '17 9:52:10 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/IndependenceDay'': WillSmith's character at first, accidentally, when piloting the captured UFO. He then turns the control instructions upside down and retapes them to the dashboard.

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* ''Film/IndependenceDay'': WillSmith's Creator/WillSmith's character at first, accidentally, when piloting the captured UFO. He then turns the control instructions upside down and retapes them to the dashboard.
27th May '17 3:20:32 AM foxley
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* ''Series/OddAquad'': In "Flawed Squad", Shapeshifter grabs Father Time's staff and attempts to use it to freeze Odd Squad. Father Time points out that she is holding it the wrong way round just before she activates it and freezes all of the villains.

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* ''Series/OddAquad'': ''Series/OddSquad'': In "Flawed Squad", Shapeshifter grabs Father Time's staff and attempts to use it to freeze Odd Squad. Father Time points out that she is holding it the wrong way round just before she activates it and freezes all of the villains.
27th May '17 3:19:53 AM foxley
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* ''Series/OddAquad'': In "Flawed Squad", Shapeshifter grabs Father Time's staff and attempts to use it to freeze Odd Squad. Father Time points out that she is holding it the wrong way round just before she activates it and freezes all of the villains.
21st May '17 1:06:36 PM Vir
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* In ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando'', FakeUltimateHero turned BigBad Captain Qwark attempts to use Angela's Helix-o-Morph to neutralize the monstrous tendencies of the original [[KillerRabbit Protopet]], but it instead mutates and grows giant. The reason why is because the batteries were in backwards.
25th Mar '17 3:41:23 PM Classified
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* ''Film/PowerRangers2017'': When the Rangers pilot their Zords into battle for the first time, Billy's Triceratops is running backwards at top speed.
3rd Mar '17 4:16:36 AM Medinoc
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* A direct ShoutOut in [[http://darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0556.html this]] ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' panel.

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* A direct ShoutOut in [[http://darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0556.html this]] ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' panel.panel, after Palpatine [[spoiler:forgets the Force Drain only works on angry targets]].
17th Feb '17 2:24:39 PM StFan
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* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'': In the penultimate scene of the climactic battle in episode 13, [[spoiler: Panty and Stocking fire their Heaven-Ordered {{BFG}} from heaven THE WRONG WAY ROUND INTO HEAVEN. Corset can't believe how stupid they are... until a second later when it turns out that the ''right'' way because the thing [[GiantFootOfStomping summons a giant foot to stomp him to death]].]]

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* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'': In the penultimate scene of the climactic battle in episode 13, [[spoiler: Panty [[spoiler:Panty and Stocking fire their Heaven-Ordered {{BFG}} from heaven THE WRONG WAY ROUND INTO HEAVEN. Corset can't believe how stupid they are... until a second later when it turns out that the ''right'' way because the thing [[GiantFootOfStomping summons a giant foot to stomp him to death]].]]



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* Creator/JeffFoxworthy:
** In one skit, he pointed out that rental cars are good for those moments that you've always wondered "what would happen if", but were afraid to try in your own car. Such as one of your buddies suggesting what would happen if you suddenly kicked it into reverse on the freeway. His answer? "[[BringMyBrownPants a cure for constipation]]."
** "If you've ever broken a speed limit in reverse… you might be a redneck."
* The page quote is from one of Creator/GeorgeCarlin's skits where he talks about poor drivers.
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* ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'': "N for neutral, R for reverse... and D for disaster."
* One episode of the "Mayhem Garage" strip in ''Practical Classics'' magazine showed a customer collecting his car after repair and driving off enthusiastically... straight backwards into a wall. One of the mechanics then comments "I had a feeling that crown wheel and pinion were the wrong way up." [[note]]For those less familiar with car mechanics than the readership of ''Practical Classics'': this refers to a mistake in reassembling the differential which is possible to make on many rear-wheel-drive cars, which has the effect of converting ''all'' the forward gears into reverse gears.[[/note]]
* In one story from Wally Wood's ''[[ComicStrip/SallyForthWood Sally Forth]],'' a new robot is being tested by having a bazooka fired at it. Unfortunately, the scientist firing the bazooka had it pointed backwards, blasting the President behind him instead.
* ''{{ComicBook/Foxtrot}}'':
** One of Jason and Marcus' model rocket launches went wrong when the rocket started tunneling into the ground, prompting Jason to wonder if they put the engines in backwards, and Marcus if there wasn't a second stage. Cue death from ''below'' as rays of heat and flame erupt all over the yard.
** Another Foxtrot example is the page image for AchievementsInIgnorance.
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* The "forward when going in reverse" variation appears in the PixarShort ''Mike's New Car''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn'', Captain Haddock takes aim at the villain with a bazooka... and promptly takes out the dam behind them.
-->'''Tintin:''' [[TemptingFate did you hit anything?]]

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The "forward when going in reverse" variation appears in the PixarShort short ''Mike's New Car''.
** In the short ''Lifted'', the alien novice who just failed his abduction test gets pity from his tester, who lets him fly the ship back. He crashes it downward first.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin: The Secret Of The of the Unicorn'', Captain Haddock takes aim at the villain with a bazooka... and promptly takes out the dam behind them.
-->'''Tintin:''' [[TemptingFate did Did you hit anything?]]




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* ''AirBud'': Snively, the villain of the piece, gets into his truck and, fully intending to back out of his driveway, hits the gas. He proceeds to wreck the trash cans sitting in front of him.

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* ''AirBud'': ''Film/AirBud'': Snively, the villain of the piece, gets into his truck and, fully intending to back out of his driveway, hits the gas. He proceeds to wreck the trash cans sitting in front of him.



-->'''Jack Burton''': ''Sorry.''
-->'''Gracie Law''': ''Don't you know how to drive this thing?''

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-->'''Jack Burton''': ''Sorry.''
-->'''Gracie Law''': ''Don't
Burton:''' Sorry.\\
'''Gracie Law:''' Don't
you know how to drive this thing?''thing?



--> '''Miss Dorothy''': No, ''forward,'' dear, ''forward.''

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--> '''Miss Dorothy''': -->'''Miss Dorothy:''' No, ''forward,'' dear, ''forward.''



-->'''Angry motorist''': Excuse me. I think we've had an accident.
-->'''Toad''': Damn it, I won't report you this time, but next time, just watch it! [drives off]

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-->'''Angry motorist''': motorist:''' Excuse me. I think we've had an accident.
-->'''Toad''':
accident.\\
'''Toad:'''
Damn it, I won't report you this time, but next time, just watch it! [drives off]''[drives off]''




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* JohnVarley’s ''Rolling Thunder'': [[ShoutOut Podykane]] tries to drive a golf cart: “Clue number one: R probably means ‘Reverse’, not ‘Ride’(...) I looked for a gear named G, for ‘Go,’ but there wasn’t one. I tried D, for ‘Dear me, this is harder than I thought,’ and away I went.” The [[HilarityEnsues hilarity]] only starts there.

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* ''TopGear'' did this in a season 15 episode with on of their Cheap Car segments. One of the cars, a Mercedes-Benz [=190E=] Cosworth, had a slightly different gearbox setup than usual, and on the show, was always shown reversing at first in whatever tasks were set for it.
** Even explained and lampshaded by the vehicle's driver, James May, that it had a dog-leg first gear (as opposed to left and forward, it was left and back).

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* JohnVarley’s Creator/JohnVarley's ''Rolling Thunder'': [[ShoutOut Podykane]] tries to drive a golf cart: “Clue "Clue number one: R probably means ‘Reverse’, 'Reverse', not ‘Ride’(...'Ride'(...) I looked for a gear named G, for ‘Go,’ 'Go', but there wasn’t wasn't one. I tried D, for ‘Dear 'Dear me, this is harder than I thought,’ thought,' and away I went." The [[HilarityEnsues hilarity]] only starts there.

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* ''TopGear'' ''Series/TopGear'' did this in a season 15 episode with on of their Cheap Car segments. One of the cars, a Mercedes-Benz [=190E=] Cosworth, had a slightly different gearbox setup than usual, and on the show, was always shown reversing at first in whatever tasks were set for it.
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it. Even explained and lampshaded by the vehicle's driver, James May, that it had a dog-leg first gear (as opposed to left and forward, it was left and back).



* ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'': inverted and thankfully averted, as Jamie reminds Adam that since his excavator is facing backwards on the dump truck, he doesn't have to set it to reverse.
* ''LastOfTheSummerWine'': When Edie is learning to drive, she engages reverse instead of first and nearly backs into the protagonists. Her husband Wesley, who's used to her driving, merely comments "Sometimes she does that."

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* ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'': ''Series/MythBusters'': inverted and thankfully averted, as Jamie reminds Adam that since his excavator is facing backwards on the dump truck, he doesn't have to set it to reverse.
* ''LastOfTheSummerWine'': ''Series/LastOfTheSummerWine'': When Edie is learning to drive, she engages reverse instead of first and nearly backs into the protagonists. Her husband Wesley, who's used to her driving, merely comments "Sometimes she does that."



* In the old ''Series/SilverSpoons'', this is inverted; Grandpa tries to teach Ricky to drive, and his attempt to reverse to car moves it forward, crashing it through a wall, leading to this gag:
-->'''Ricky:''' I thought I was in reverse!
-->'''Grandpa:''' Well let me put it this way. You ''weren't''.

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* In the old ''Series/SilverSpoons'', this is inverted; ''Series/SilverSpoons'':
** Inverted:
Grandpa tries to teach Ricky to drive, and his attempt to reverse to car moves it forward, crashing it through a wall, leading to this gag:
-->'''Ricky:''' --->'''Ricky:''' I thought I was in reverse!
-->'''Grandpa:'''
reverse!\\
'''Grandpa:'''
Well let me put it this way. You ''weren't''.




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* ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'': "N for neutral, R for reverse... and D for disaster."
* One episode of the "Mayhem Garage" strip in ''Practical Classics'' magazine showed a customer collecting his car after repair and driving off enthusiastically... straight backwards into a wall. One of the mechanics then comments "I had a feeling that crown wheel and pinion were the wrong way up." [[note]]For those less familiar with car mechanics than the readership of ''Practical Classics'': this refers to a mistake in reassembling the differential which is possible to make on many rear-wheel-drive cars, which has the effect of converting ''all'' the forward gears into reverse gears.[[/note]]
* In one story from Wally Wood's ''[[ComicStrip/SallyForthWood Sally Forth]],'' a new robot is being tested by having a bazooka fired at it. Unfortunately, the scientist firing the bazooka had it pointed backwards, blasting the President behind him instead.
* ''{{ComicBook/Foxtrot}}'': One of Jason and Marcus' model rocket launches went wrong when the rocket started tunneling into the ground, prompting Jason to wonder if they put the engines in backwards, and Marcus if there wasn't a second stage. Cue death from ''below'' as rays of heat and flame erupt all over the yard.
** Another Foxtrot example is the page image for AchievementsInIgnorance.

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\n[[AC:NewspaperComics]]\n* ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'': "N for neutral, R for reverse... and D for disaster."\n* One episode of the "Mayhem Garage" strip in ''Practical Classics'' magazine showed a customer collecting his car after repair and driving off enthusiastically... straight backwards into a wall. One of the mechanics then comments "I had a feeling that crown wheel and pinion were the wrong way up." [[note]]For those less familiar with car mechanics than the readership of ''Practical Classics'': this refers to a mistake in reassembling the differential which is possible to make on many rear-wheel-drive cars, which has the effect of converting ''all'' the forward gears into reverse gears.[[/note]]\n* In one story from Wally Wood's ''[[ComicStrip/SallyForthWood Sally Forth]],'' a new robot is being tested by having a bazooka fired at it. Unfortunately, the scientist firing the bazooka had it pointed backwards, blasting the President behind him instead.\n* ''{{ComicBook/Foxtrot}}'': One of Jason and Marcus' model rocket launches went wrong when the rocket started tunneling into the ground, prompting Jason to wonder if they put the engines in backwards, and Marcus if there wasn't a second stage. Cue death from ''below'' as rays of heat and flame erupt all over the yard.\n** Another Foxtrot example is the page image for AchievementsInIgnorance.\n\n[[AC:{{Radio}}]][[/folder]]

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* In ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'', as a ShoutOut to aforementioned example from ''Film/IndependenceDay'', Rex's first attempt to drive an [[TankGoodness Iron Predator]] after several months of inactivity resulted in driving in reverse because the control instructions were accidentally placed upside-down.
** This also happened to Elizabeth the first time she tried to drive an Iron Predator, demolishing a T-1 Typhoon in the process.

[[AC:StandUpComedy]]
* Creator/JeffFoxworthy:
** In one skit, he pointed out that rental cars are good for those moments that you've always wondered "what would happen if", but were afraid to try in your own car. Such as one of your buddies suggesting what would happen if you suddenly kicked it into reverse on the freeway. His answer? "[[BringMyBrownPants a cure for constipation]]."
** "If you've ever broken a speed limit in reverse… you might be a redneck."
* The page quote is from one of Creator/GeorgeCarlin's skits where he talks about poor drivers.

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\n[[AC:RolePlayingGames]]\n* In ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'', as a ShoutOut to aforementioned example from ''Film/IndependenceDay'', Rex's first attempt to drive an [[TankGoodness Iron Predator]] after several months of inactivity resulted in driving in reverse because the control instructions were accidentally placed upside-down.\n** This also happened to Elizabeth the first time she tried to drive an Iron Predator, demolishing a T-1 Typhoon in the process.\n\n[[AC:StandUpComedy]]\n* Creator/JeffFoxworthy:\n** In one skit, he pointed out that rental cars are good for those moments that you've always wondered "what would happen if", but were afraid to try in your own car. Such as one of your buddies suggesting what would happen if you suddenly kicked it into reverse on the freeway. His answer? "[[BringMyBrownPants a cure for constipation]]."\n** "If you've ever broken a speed limit in reverse… you might be a redneck."\n* The page quote is from one of Creator/GeorgeCarlin's skits where he talks about poor drivers.\n\n[[AC:VideoGames]][[/folder]]

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* ''WebAnimation/SuperMarioBrosZ'' had a scene where Professor E. Gadd drove his Poltergust 3000 backwards, in a direct homage to the Duck Dodgers scene.
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* ''SuperMarioBrosZ'' had a scene where Professor E. Gadd drove his Poltergust 3000 backwards, in a direct homage to the Duck Dodgers scene.

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* ''SuperMarioBrosZ'' had ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'':
** As
a scene where Professor E. Gadd drove his Poltergust 3000 backwards, ShoutOut to aforementioned example from ''Film/IndependenceDay'', Rex's first attempt to drive an [[TankGoodness Iron Predator]] after several months of inactivity resulted in a direct homage to driving in reverse because the Duck Dodgers scene.

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
control instructions were accidentally placed upside-down.
** This also happened to Elizabeth the first time she tried to drive an Iron Predator, demolishing a T-1 Typhoon in the process.
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** The {{Trope Namer|s}} is ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgersInTheTwentyFourthAndAHalfCentury'', when Duck Dodgers initially [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RepTEN4J3sU launches his rocket ship into the ground]].
--->Ooops! Heh...had the silly thing in reverse!
** Witch Hazel had the same problem with her broom in ''A Witch's Tangled Hare''. (She tends to have mistakes with brooms a lot. In another cartoon, she grabs a broom, and it starts sweeping the floor - with her on it. "Silly me," she says, redfaced, "that was my sweeping broom!")

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** The {{Trope Namer|s}} is ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgersInTheTwentyFourthAndAHalfCentury'', "WesternAnimation/DuckDodgersInTheTwentyFourthAndAHalfCentury", when Duck Dodgers initially [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RepTEN4J3sU launches his rocket ship into the ground]].
--->Ooops! Heh...--->'''Dodgers:''' Ooops! Heh... had the silly thing in reverse!
** Witch Hazel had the same problem with her broom in ''A "A Witch's Tangled Hare''.Hare". (She tends to have mistakes with brooms a lot. In another cartoon, she grabs a broom, and it starts sweeping the floor - -- with her on it. "Silly me," she says, redfaced, red-faced, "that was my sweeping broom!")



* In the Pixar short ''Lifted'', the alien novice who just failed his abduction test gets pity from his tester, who lets him fly the ship back. He crashes it downward first.



* The opening of ''WackyRaces'' has Dick Dastardly putting the Mean Machine in reverse accidentally, causing him to smash into and crack the steel beam on which the other racers have been chained.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheHairBearBunch Square Bear's]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext invisible motorcycle]] goes in reverse after he says "Geronimo!" backwards.

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* The opening of ''WackyRaces'' ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' has Dick Dastardly putting the Mean Machine in reverse accidentally, causing him to smash into and crack the steel beam on which the other racers have been chained.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheHairBearBunch ''WesternAnimation/TheHairBearBunch'': Square Bear's]] Bear's [[ItMakesSenseInContext invisible motorcycle]] goes in reverse after he says "Geronimo!" backwards.


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* In the TV movie version of ''How to Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days'', Milo, the main character who is too young to drive, tries to back his brother's car out of the garage to clean it. He puts the car in gear, looks carefully over his shoulder, hits the gas, and drives forward all the way through the garage wall.
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