Created By: FrodoGoofballCoTV on February 27, 2011 Last Edited By: DAN004 on January 1, 2015
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Disposable Vehicle Section

To continue, break off the damaged part of your vehicle.

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Alternate title: Emergency Vehicle Separation


One or more characters are travelling somewhere in a vehicle. The vehicle is damaged, runs out of fuel, the reactor malfunctions, etc. Or maybe it's just not fast or maneuverable enough. Normally that would be bad news for everyone on board, but instead someone pushes a switch and a large section of the vehicle containing the problem detatches itself, leaving the characters with a smaller, undamaged, fully fuelled vehicle to continue the mission.

Sometimes:
  • This will be Played for Drama as the characters have to leave something (or someone) behind in order to escape, or are in a Race Against the Clock to complete the separation.
  • The part left behind is still capable of carrying out a supporting role, often giving the separated vehicle covering fire.
  • The smaller vehicle has a third, even smaller vehicle that the characters end up in at the end of the sequence or plotline.

Do note: this is not for small vehicle carried aboard a larger one. It has to be an integral portion of the vehicle so that the remaining section is not functional, and the manoeuvre should come as a surprise to the audience.

A form of Travel Cool. Related to Combining Mecha, Detachment Combat, Didn't Need Those, Anyway. May serve as a justification for Shed Armor, Gain Speed for armored vehicles. Compare Escape Pod (a specialized compartment used in emergencies to escape certain doom on your vehicle) and Life-or-Limb Decision (when the disposable thing happens to be your own limb).

Examples

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  • There was a commercial for some beer company (possibly a Superbowl Special) where an airplane full of passengers and cases of the beer was forced to land place far away from any help. The pilot (or someone) says that in order to get back up they have to reduce the weight of the plane, the assumption being that they'll have to leave the beer behind. The next shot is the plane taking off, without its outside fuselage.

Anime and Manga
  • Super Dimension Fortress Macross
    • The Zentraedi recon pod can detach the legs and use the body of the mecha as a shuttlepod.
    • Rick Hunter, piloting the heavy armored space fighter, detaches the armor after battling a Zentraedi cruiser, revealing an ordinary valkerie mecha inside.
  • In Macross II, after taking heavy damage, the the bridge of The Macross, detaches to become an airborne command post.
  • Gall Force
    • In "Eternal Story", the Star Leaf's forward section splits apart to reveal a landing pod that can act as an oversize escape pod.
    • In "Destruction", a heavy shuttle detaches the rear section to act as a decoy while the forward section and mecha launched from it's cargo hold infiltrate an Elaborate Underground Base.
  • In Break Blade, the Delphine goes into battle wearing colossal heavy armor plates. Once those are too damaged to help anymore, Rygart drops them and gets about 200% faster.
  • Played for laughs in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann with the Dai-Gurren, a mobile fortress in the shape of a humanoid mecha with a knife-shaped battleship deck positioned in order to affect a Gag Penis. During the Battle of Teppelin, the Dai-Gurren rams the enemy city's giant hammer with the knife section, then "detaches" by sliding out of it and running away. The remnant is shaped like a skeletal pelvis.

Comic Books
  • Downplayed in the issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero that introduced the BATs. The Awe Striker is being pursued by a Cobra Stinger driven by one of the BATs and their main cannon has been unloaded. When Bazooka complains about the situation, Crankcase suggests getting rid of the cannon to save them some weight. He does and throws the cannon at the Stinger, decapitating the BAT.

Film - Animated
  • In Ice Age III, Scrat the squirrel and his love interest are fighting over an acorn when a geyser erupts beneath them, sending the three and a large rock skyward. As the two squirrels climb the rock toward toward the acorn, the bottom of the rock falls away in a Shout-Out to staged rockets (see below).
  • In Transformers: The Movie, the Autobots perform an "emergency separation" of the front cockpit so the rear portion would be destroyed and fool the Decepticons into thinking they were killed.
    Arcee: "Did we have to let them detonate three-quarters of the ship?"
    Springer: "Seeing as how they were going to detonate four-quarters, I think it was a good choice."

Film - Live Action
  • In Thunderball the SPECTRE yacht separates to transform into a faster hydrofoil ship. The remaining section is still usable as a gun platform and boat dock.
  • In Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Obi Wan Kenobi's starfighter is shown to have a separate bulky hyperdrive section that it docks with to travel in Hyperspace. As soon as he drops back into real space, his fighter disengages and continues on its way, leaving behind the extra mass to allow his ship to stay as lean as possible.
  • The Dark Knight has Batman ejecting from the Batmobile on a motorcycle, leaving behind the damaged part to self-destruct.
  • In Batman Returns, this happened as well. The Batmobile split off the flarings on either side and the wheels retracted to form a vehicle (the "batmissile") that could fit through a narrow alley.
  • Death Race - the hero's car has a 6 inch thick armor plating in the back called "The Tombstone". When it gets damaged, the hero jettisons it in the hopes that it will damage the car behind him.
  • In Van Helsing, when the titular character's riding a horse-pulled cart away from Dracula's brides, he has to sacrifice the cart in order for his horses to jump over a ravine. The brides fly towards the falling cart, thinking that Anna and the Frankenstein's Monster might be inside... and then they're greeted by silver stakes instead, courtesy of the exploding cart.
    • Minus the vampires, Van Helsing's tactic of cutting the horses loose from a doomed stagecoach and riding them to safety is a classic for old Westerns.
  • The Green Hornet film showcases that the Black Beauty has front-wheel drive, which allows the car to keep on moving when the rear end is torn off by an elevator.
  • In Innerspace, the assassin pulls this trick when his miniaturized pod is damaged beyond repair. In the style of an Implacable Man he ejects himself out of it and continues attacking the hero wearing a gadget-loaded space suit.
  • In Star Trek: First Contact where a Borg sphere shoots out of the nearly destroyed Borg cube and carries on with its mission to assimilate the Earth.
  • In The Core, the vehicle carrying the scientists to the centre of the Earth becomes progressively more damaged, and damaged sections must be jettisoned.
  • Occurs during the second battle between the smaller British Surprise and the larger French Acheron in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, when a cannon shot by the Acheron fells a mast on the Surprise. One poor sailor falls into the raging sea with the debris, and desperately tries to climb the rigging back aboard the Surprise. However, the rigging and the mast debris are acting as a sea anchor, slowing the Surprise in its flight to escape the pursuing Acheron. Captain Jack orders the rigging cut, to gain speed by marooning the sailor.
  • In the opening of Pitch Black, the co-pilot of the space transport faces a moral dilemma: should she eject the rear compartments of her crashing vessel (one of which contains passengers) to improve the chance that the forward compartment in which she's sitting won't be destroyed? Several cargo compartments are purged, but the pilot intervenes and stops her from sacrificing the one with the passengers.
  • The drill vehicle in The Core was designed to jettison damaged parts. In the end, they force-jettisoned the ship segments to pull off their big plan.
  • The Big Bus: The Cyclops is equipped with an automatic tire changer so the bus can eject punctured tires and replace them with new ones while still rolling along.

Literature
  • Known Space features a freighter owned by Sigmund Ausfaller, built as bait for a pirate gang. When the pirates attack, the ship would ditch the huge lumbering cargo module, revealing itself as a devastating miniature battleship with an invincible General Products hull.
  • Startide Rising has a mostly dolphin-crewed starship unable to escape its pursuers...until it suddenly jettisons all its swimming-around water. The pursuing ships smash into the resulting ice cloud and go boom, and the suddenly much lighter Terran ship easily outruns the survivors.
  • During the railway pursuit of kidnapper Baron von Leinsdorf in Nicholas Meyer's Sherlock Holmes thriller The Seven Per Cent Solution, Holmes and Watson demolish the train cars from back to front to fuel the locomotive's boiler. Once each car was bereft of combustibles, it was uncoupled. This effort succeeds in catching up to the Baron's special. This sequence was faithfully adapted to film in 1976 by Universal Pictures.

Live-Action TV
  • In the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode "Space Vampire", the ship that the Vorvon and Vamp!Wilma escape on is programmed to fly into a star. Once the star's radiation returns Wilma to normal, she detaches the rear portion of the ship and flies to safety while the Vorvon continues into the star in the front portion.
  • A specific Top Gear example: the Homemade Limo challenge. Clarkson's Absurdly Long Limousine had to have a large section removed to be made road legal. The modification was poorly done, and the limo eventually split apart. Undeterred, Clarkson plops the celebrity he's escorting in the front passenger seat and drives off in the front half, leaving the rest behind.
  • In the Doctor Who episode "Castrovalva" we learn that in an emergency the TARDIS can eject one quarter of itself in order to propel it. Problem: you can't decide which quarter will be ejected, it just might be the part you're standing in at the time.

Video Games
  • In Final Fantasy VII, the ending FMV of has an emergency switch to eject the bridge from the Highwind.
  • Many Gradius-like shoot-em-ups have this trope in force (creating Sequential Boss in the process) it's impossible to list them all. They all follow a similar pattern: shoot the large flying mechanical boss; when it takes enough damage it ejects the damaged portions, becoming smaller, but faster and more likely to unleash Bullet Hell upon you.
  • The final boss in FTL: Faster Than Light which loses a wing and escapes after you beat it the first and second times.

Western Animation
  • Birdman episode "Number One". When Birdman breaks into the title villain' pirate satellite, Number One activates a Self-Destruct Mechanism and escapes in the detached head of the satellite.
  • The Galaxy Trio episode "The Duplitrons". When a rocket pod the Trio are flying in malfunctions, Meteor Man presses a button and the pod splits in half. The rear section falls away and Meteor Man continues to fly on in the front half.

Real Life
  • Many larger rockets are designed to stage, separating an engine along with the now empty fuel tanks feeding it to lighten the load after reaching the upper atmosphere, perhaps most notably the Saturn 5, which may have been the Most Triumphant Example.
  • Allegedly, some passengers incorrectly believed the Titanic could do this.
  • Tank Goodness: later WW2 German tanks were designed with add-on armoured panels, deliberately sacrificial appliqué armour spaced out from the main armoured shell of body and tank. These were designed to take the impact of infantry anti-tank weapons - expending their destructive power some distance away from anything important - and could be discarded and replaced according to need. Other parts of the tank, such as track guards and front/rear fenders, could also take damage and be removed as they were not critical components.
Community Feedback Replies: 79
  • February 27, 2011
    AFP
    • In Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones, Obi Wan Kenobi's starfighter is shown to have a separate bulky hyperdrive section that it docks with to travel in Hyperspace. As soon as he drops back into real space, his fighter disengages and continues on its way, leaving behind the extra mass to allow his ship to stay as lean as possible.
  • February 27, 2011
    rjung
    In Transformers The Movie, the Autobots perform an "emergency separation" of the front cockpit so the rear portion would be destroyed and fool the Decepticons into thinking they were killed.
    Arcee: "Did we have to let them detonate three-quarters of the ship?"
    Springer: "Seeing as how they were going to detonate four-quarters, I think it was a good choice."
  • February 27, 2011
    JCCyC
    Sep Arating, please.

    Yours, The Spelling Nazi.
  • February 27, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    There seems to be subtropes: the abandoned section is truly abandoned, it is a (possibly reusable) launch vehicle intended to be left behind, or it goes on a separate mission of its own.

    Focus on one, or launch as lumped?
  • February 28, 2011
    Arivne
    Live Action TV
    • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode "Space Vampire". The ship that the Vorvon and Vamp!Wilma escape on is programmed to fly into a star. Once the star's radiation returns Wilma to normal, she detaches the rear portion of the ship and flies to safety while the Vorvon continues into the star in the front portion.
  • March 1, 2011
    Medinoc
    The ending FMV of Final Fantasy VII has an emergency switch to eject the bridge from the Highwind.
  • March 1, 2011
    Scathien
    • The Dark Knight has Batman ejecting from the Batmobile on a motorcycle, leaving behind the damaged part to self-destruct.
  • April 20, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Highwayman (action show from The Eighties): Highwayman's Big Badass Rig's cab could transform into a helicopter.
  • April 20, 2011
    Gringodingo
    • In Star Trek," the Enterprise's saucer-section can separate from the warp-drive and engineering-section; creating two ships; this is demonstrated in both the first episode and the first movie, as well as various other episodes.

  • April 20, 2011
    Rolf
    Green Hornet car lost back end of car and could still run and was driven around the offices.
  • April 25, 2011
    Arivne
    Anime and Manga (ahem)
    • Gulliver's Travels Beyond The Moon (1965). After Gulliver's space ship takes off from Earth and travels into space, a smaller spaceship separates from the top of the main body and continues the trip.

    Watch it here.
  • April 25, 2011
    KZN02
    Related to Escape Pod?
  • April 25, 2011
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    looking over the tropes, were you thinking of Didnt Need Those Anyway instead of Detachment Combat?
  • April 25, 2011
    X2X
    In the more recent Spy Hunter installments (specifically, the 2001 game and its sequel Spy Hunter II), if the player's Interceptor was too heavily damaged, the car's A.I. would automatically discard its damaged shell, revealing a sleeker, almost motorcycle-like vehicle with a new lifebar (but substantially weaker armor).

    Also, IIRC, there was an episode of Robot Chicken parodying the above example from The Dark Knight; the Batmobile continually falls apart, leaving Batman with junk like a pogo-stick and a unicycle. Eventually, he falls over just short of The Joker, who exclaims, "You can't be serious."
  • April 25, 2011
    TwoGunAngel
    I would call this Emergency Separation, myself.

    By the way, the Tim Burton Batman movie in question was Batman Returns. They even had a name for the result of the Batmobile losing its side-sections to fit through the narrow alley -- the Batmissile.
  • June 4, 2011
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    Standard Sci Fi Fleet called this a Detachable Drive ship, if that helps any.
  • June 4, 2011
    Darthcaliber
    The Star Trek examples given are from The Next Generation. Word Of God states saucer separation could be done in TOS era but it was a last resort method as it caused massive damage to the ship and they could not reattach without external support.
  • June 5, 2011
    pureWasted
    This might have happened at the end of Howl's Moving Castle... someone back me up?
  • June 5, 2011
    CrypticMirror
    Some of the Top Gear challenges involve the team (usually Clarkson) having wrecked their car so badly in the name of improvments that they have to cut bits off (sometimes those bits are on fire) to continue.
  • June 5, 2011
    Darthcaliber
    ^^not exactly. When Sophie removes Calcifer from the castle the magic is severed and the whole castle falls apart. By doing so however, she severed the ties to the city so Howl cannot be forged to help in the war. I don't think this really fits the trope
  • June 5, 2011
    Speedball
    So many Gradius-like shoot-em-ups have this trope in force it's impossible to list them all. They all follow a similar pattern: shoot the large flying mechanical boss; when it takes enough damage it ejects the damaged portions, becoming smaller, but faster and more likely to unleash Bullet Hell upon you.
  • June 6, 2011
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    ^ I'm not 100% sure but that sounds like a combination of Sequential Boss and Turns Red
  • September 19, 2011
    randomsurfer
    There was a commercial for some beer company (possibly a Superbowl Special) where an airplane full of passengers and cases of the beer was forced to land place far away from any help. The pilot (or someone) says that in order to get back up they have to reduce the weight of the plane, the assumption being that they'll have to leave the beer behind. The next shot is the plane taking off, without its ouside fuselage.
  • December 7, 2011
    ChunkyDaddy
    • Death Race - the hero's car has a 6 inch thick armor plating in the back called "The Tombstone". When it gets damaged, the hero jettisons it in the hopes that it will damage the car behind him.
  • June 23, 2012
    Twentydragon
    • In Independence War, to escape the fate of a particularly damaged ship, simply undock your command section in time. The command section is the only non-disposable section. However, doing so leaves you vulnerable to all sorts of attacks.
  • June 24, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In the Doctor Who episode "Castrovalva" we learn that in an emergency the TARDIS can eject one quarter of itself in order to propel it. Problem: you can't decide which quarter will be ejected, it just might be the part you're standing in at the time.
  • August 6, 2012
    RJSavoy
    This is a genuine trope, but some of the example don't fit. The Star Wars one should be removed. The Gradius examples are indeed cases of Sequential Boss, but belong here.

    I suggest we rewrite that last paragraph to:

    This is not for small vehicle carried aboard a larger one. It has to be an integral portion of the vehicle so that the remaining section is not functional, and the manoeuvre should come as a surprise to the audience.
  • August 6, 2012
    Doryna
    • A specific Top Gear example: the Homemade Limo challenge. Clarkson's Absurdly Long Limousine had to have a large section removed to be made road legal. The modification was poorly done, and the limo eventually split apart. Undeterred, Clarkson plops the celebrity he's escorting in the front passenger seat and drives off in the front half, leaving the rest behind.
  • August 6, 2012
    IndirectActiveTransport
    Don't Pot Hole to the categories. Those will already be potholed on the side of the page if this gets launched.
  • August 6, 2012
    BOFH
    Film
    • In The Core, the vehicle carrying the scientists to the centre of the Earth becomes progressivly more damaged, and damaged sections must be jettisoned.
  • August 6, 2012
    dalek955
    Add a link to Didnt Need Those Anyway.

    • Known Space once featured a freighter owned by Sigmund Ausfaller, built as bait for a pirate gang. When the pirates attacked, the ship would ditch the huge lumbering cargo module, revealing itself as a devastating miniature battleship with an invincible General Products hull.
    • Startide Rising once had a mostly dolphin-crewed starship unable to escape its pursuers...until it suddenly jettisons all its swimming-around water. The pursuing ships smash into the resulting ice cloud and go boom, and the suddenly much lighter Terran ship easily outruns the survivors.
    • At one point in The Thrawn Trilogy, Luke Skywalker is piloting a freighter that got tractored. He'd planned ahead though: the cargo was his X-wing plus a launch catapult for it, plus charges to shatter the freighter into a cloud of chaff once he'd launched the fighter.
    • In Break Blade, the Delphine goes into battle wearing colossal heavy armor plates. Once those are too damaged to help anymore, Rygart drops them and gets about 200% faster.
  • February 19, 2013
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    ready to launch?
  • December 9, 2013
    dalek955
  • December 9, 2013
    DAN004
    Mention Escape Pod plz.
  • December 9, 2013
    dmorton
    • In Star Trek First Contact where a Borg sphere shoots out of the nearly destroyed Borg cube and carries on with it's mission to assimilate the earth.
    • The final boss in FTL Faster Than Light which loses a wing and escapes after you beat it the first and second times.
  • September 1, 2014
    Arivne
    Western Animation
    • Birdman episode "Number One". When Birdman breaks into the title villain' pirate satellite, Number One activates a Self Destruct Mechanism and escapes in the detached head of the satellite.
    • The Galaxy Trio episode "The Duplitrons". When a rocket pod the Trio are flying in malfunctions, Meteor Man presses a button and the pod splits in half. The rear section falls away and Meteor Man continues to fly on in the front half.
  • September 1, 2014
    BKelly95
    Comic Books
    • Downplayed in the issue of GI Joe A Real American Hero that introduced the BATs. The Awe Striker is being pursued by a Cobra Stinger driven by one of the BATs and their main cannon has been unloaded. When Bazooka complains about the situation, Crankcase suggests getting rid of the cannon to save them some weight. He does and throws the cannon at the Stinger, decapitating the BAT.
  • September 1, 2014
    DAN004
    Compare Life Or Limb Decision when this is done on a living being.
  • September 1, 2014
    eroock
    Film:
    • In Innerspace, the assassin pulls this trick when his miniatured pod is damaged beyond repair. In the style of an Implacable Man he ejects himself out of it and continues attacking the hero wearing a gadget-loaded space suit.
  • September 1, 2014
    marcoasalazarm
    The Green Hornet film showcases that the Black Beauty has front-wheel drive, which allows the car to keep on moving when the rear end is torn off by an elevator.
  • September 2, 2014
    bitemytail
    ^ Note that the Mythbusters tested this, and found that it worked, but only if the car was specially designed for this. The car had to be designed to cut in half, needed an extra fuel tank and fuel pump and performance suffered even with these accommodations.
  • September 3, 2014
    AgProv
    In The Battle Of The Bulge, Telly Savalas and his crew carry on the battle - very improbably - in a tank that has had its whole turret ripped off. Undaunted, they still take the fight to the Germans despite having nothing to fight them with.
  • September 3, 2014
    marcoasalazarm
    ^Several of the vehicles on the examples have been specially prepared to detach (or the driver is ballsy enough or the physics of the story are mild enough to not care about the damage).
  • September 3, 2014
    bitemytail
    ^ Are you responding to me or Ag Prov?
  • September 3, 2014
    Larkmarn
    Pulling a hat.

    As marco points out, several examples are about parts that are made to detach, even though the laconic and description are explicitly about ejecting a damaged section. Either the description needs to be expanded, or those need to be purged.

    And as many people mentioned, Didnt Need Those Anyway and Escape Pod need to be mentioned.
  • September 3, 2014
    marcoasalazarm
    ^ Was answering to bitemytail.
  • September 3, 2014
    bitemytail
    If we're assuming that Larkmarn is correct, and the ejection must not be per-design, then the Green Hornet example isn't this trope, as the car was designed to be able to work without the rear-end (Word Of God per the Mythbusters Green Hornet special).
  • September 3, 2014
    DAN004
    This is Up For Grabs. Assuming nobody wants to, I'll grab it.
  • September 10, 2014
    DAN004
    Ejection can be per-design so long as it is played as a surprise in universe. So a plane escaping an exploding Airborne Aircraft Carrier won't count.
  • September 16, 2014
    DAN004
    Bump?
  • September 16, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Film
    • Occurs during the second battle between the smaller British Surprise and the larger French Acheron in Master And Commander The Far Side Of The World, when a cannon shot by the Acheron fells a mast on the Surprise. One poor sailor falls into the raging sea with the debris, and desperately tries to climb the rigging back aboard the Surprise. However, the rigging and the mast debris are acting as a sea anchor, slowing the Surprise in its flight to escape the pursuing Acheron. Captain Jack orders the rigging cut, to gain speed by marooning the sailor.
  • September 18, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Literature
    • During the railway pursuit of kidnapper Baron von Leinsdorf in Nicholas Meyer's Sherlock Holmes thriller The Seven Per Cent Solution, Holmes and Watson demolish the train cars from back to front to fuel the locomotive's boiler. Once each car was bereft of combustibles, it was uncoupled. This effort succeeds in catching up to the Baron's special. This sequence was faithfully adapted to film in 1976 by Universal Pictures.
  • September 25, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • In the episode where Spider Man And His Amazing Friends tried to thwart the Red Skull from attaining a hidden Nazi trove of weapons in South America, the Red Skull succeeded in accessing the underground vault, and loaded some choice ordnance into a light truck. Spidey and friends thought they had the Red Skull trapped on a beach with no paved exit roads. The Red Skull, however, jettisoned the truck shell, revealing a submarine on wheels that made for the sea.
  • October 4, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ Dunno if "vehicle inside a vehicle" counts here...
  • October 5, 2014
    SharleeD
    • In the opening of Pitch Black, the co-pilot of the space transport faces a moral dilemma: should she eject the rear compartments of her crashing vessel (one of which contains passengers) to improve the chance that the forward compartment in which she's sitting won't be destroyed? Several cargo compartments are purged, but the pilot intervenes and stops her from sacrificing the one with the passengers.

    To add to the Van Helsing film example:

    • Minus the vampires, Van Helsing's tactic of cutting the horses loose from a doomed stagecoach and riding them to safety is a classic for old Westerns.
  • October 5, 2014
    DAN004
    Contrast Combining Mecha.
  • October 5, 2014
    AgProv
    Tank Goodness: later WW 2 German tanks were designed with add-on armoured panels, deliberately sacrificial appliqué armour spaced out from the main armoured shell of body and tank. These were designed to take the impact of infantry anti-tank weapons - expending their destructive power some distance away from anything important - and could be discarded and replaced according to need. Other parts of the tank, such as track guards and front/rear fenders, could also take damage and be removed as they were not critical components.
  • October 5, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Pardon me, minor edits:
    • Removing duplicate "Literature" section header.
    • Commenting out Looney Tunes example. The cartoon "Haredevil Hare" has the rocket arrive on the moon whole, with a few fins clipped off during an ugly landing.
  • October 6, 2014
    Arivne
    • Examples section formatting
      • Added a line separating the Description and Examples sections.
      • Corrected spelling (ouside, heave, miniatured, it's mission, progressivly).
      • Namespaced work name(s).
      • Put Spectre in all caps (SPECTRE).
      • De-capitalized (Hyperspace).
      • Capitalized (earth).
      • Added a space between asterisks and the first word following them.
      • Deleted unnecessary blank line(s).
      • Moved Transformers The Movie example to Film - Animated.
      • Alphabetized media sections.
      • Changed the Known Space and Startide Rising examples to present tense as per How To Write An Example - Write in Present Tense.
  • October 6, 2014
    Skylite
    • the drill vehicle in The Core was designed to jettison damaged parts. In the end, they force-jettisoned the ship segments to pull off their big plan.
  • October 8, 2014
    Generality
    • Played for laughs in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann with the Dai-Gurren, a mobile fortress in the shape of a humanoid mecha with a knife-shaped battleship deck positioned in order to affect a Gag Penis. During the Battle of Teppelin, the Dai-Gurren rams the enemy city's giant hammer with the knife section, then "detaches" by sliding out of it and running away. The remnant is shaped like a skeletal pelvis.
  • October 14, 2014
    DAN004
    Final bump.

    Needs a pic and indexes.
  • October 14, 2014
    PacificGreen
    How about this for a pic?

    [1]

    If that's too small, I can make it bigger. Or if you think it could use better shots...
  • October 15, 2014
    PacificGreen
    Bump for picture?
  • October 15, 2014
    Generality
    I can't really see what's happening in the last frame. If you could use a later frame where the separation is more definite, it might be clearer.
  • October 15, 2014
    PacificGreen
    Or I could add an extra frame, because if you go any further, it's just a flying ship following a shot of the broken tire. Having a 4th frame could at least make the transition smoother while still making it evident it's detaching.
  • October 18, 2014
    PacificGreen
    Made the image bigger and added a fourth frame so it's more apparent.

    [1]

    Tell me what you think. (The series, by the way, is Where On Earth Is Carmen Sandiego)

    Edit: If it's too long, I can make it a square instead.
  • October 18, 2014
    PacificGreen
    C'mon guys, this one seems pretty close to publishing. :)
  • October 18, 2014
    DAN004
    Wait a bit...
  • October 27, 2014
    DAN004
    Can somebody add the Carmen Sandiego example?
  • October 28, 2014
    PacificGreen
    • In the Where On Earth Is Carmen Sandiego episode "The Trial of Carmen Sandiego", Carmen and her henchmen escape from the Salisbury Cathedral having nabbed the Magna Carta, leaving brother-sister detectives Zack and Ivy trapped inside. The two siblings escape by rappelling out a window, throwing a spear to use as an anchor and damaging the tires of Carmen's getaway vehicle in the process. The duo manage to subdue the henchmen while Carmen gets away. At first unable because of the damaged tire, she converts the vehicle into a mini rocket ship and blasts off, leaving some of the damaged part of the vehicle behind with her henchmen. (See page image)
      Carmen: I'd call this attempted entrapment detectives. You'll have to do better!
  • November 1, 2014
    PacificGreen
    Bumpity bump
  • November 7, 2014
    PacificGreen
    Is this ready for launch now?
  • November 8, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ yes.

    I just need indices...
  • November 10, 2014
    PacificGreen
    ^ At the moment all I can think of is Motor Vehicle Tropes and Escape Tropes.
  • November 23, 2014
    DAN004
    Bump
  • November 27, 2014
    randomsurfer
    The Big Bus: The Cyclops is equipped with an automatic tire changer so the bus can eject punctured tires and replace them with new ones while still rolling along.
  • December 15, 2014
    DAN004
    One moar hat plz
  • January 1, 2015
    DAN004
    Final bump yay.
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