Created By: masscox on May 15, 2010 Last Edited By: masscox on May 15, 2010
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Molotov Truck

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You, and possibly your buddies, are in a jam. There's some obstacle in your way, be it a large group of people, a wall, or even a space station, and you don't possess the necessary conventional firepower. you use what's at your disposal. in a lot of cases it may be easy to get your hands on a vehicle of some sort: car, truck, boat, space ship, what have you. usually these vehicles have some form of fuel, or you might have a spare grenade or other explosives. Why not put them together? Like ice-cream and chocolate syrup. Mmmm. Delicious Sundae of DOOOM!!!

The gist of it is that the vehicle acts as a weapon on it's own and as a delivery system for some form of explosive; Such as, the vehicles own fuel (set off by a primary explosion or combustion), high explosives, kegs of black powder, a nuke, whatever fits the situation. NOT Every Car Is a Pinto!

The name came from a Dark Heresy game. One character had randomly asked for bed sheets and flexible plastic tubing and the group had to assault an arbitus (police) station. They had driven there in a truck. Instead of charging into a building full of prepared and well armed arbites, They stuck a bed sheet in the gas tank let it soak a little, lit it, and put a cinder block on the gas petal. It drove itself straight into the front of the building, like a giant motorized molotov cocktail. It took a minute, but KABOOM!! made the whole thing a lot easier.

Related: Car Fu and External Combustion. kind of an X Meets Y of the two. Action Bomb.

Examples

Literature

  • In The Power of Five, Matt's aunt is mind-controlled and attempts to kill Matt by driving one of these into his school.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, Tyrion Lannister devastates a Greyjoy fleet by sending in ships filled with wildfire, a highly explosive alchemical substance.

Television

  • Fifth season of LOST have this. Ben use a Molotov Truck as a diversion to get rid of the guards so he can break a certain guy out of jail.
  • Subverted in the Hornblower episode "The Examination for Lieutenant" the Spanish sail a fire ship (an old ship packed with gunpowder and set alight) into Gibraltar. Hornblower and Foster manage to steer it clear of the British fleet.
  • In the Mission: Impossible episode "Nitro", the IMF has to stop a near-eastern ultra-nationalist group from blowing up a government building with truck full of nitrogylcerine.
  • The crew of Serenity load up their 4x4 with incendiaries and drive it into the guard post on Niska's space station in the Firefly episode "War Stories".

Movies

Engineer: "Why has the captain ordered self-destruct?"
Scotty: "I would say, lass, because he thinks, he hopes, that when we go up, we'll take the intruder with us."
Engineer: "Will we?"
Scotty: "When that much matter and anti-matter come together, oh yes, we will indeed!"
  • In Ernest Goes to Camp, the kids get the idea to take out the bulldozer threatening to destroy the camp by loading up the runaway maintenance cart with all the volatile stuff they can get their hands on and ramming it. Unfortunately, the kids realize they don't have enough material to make a suitable boom, until Ernest shows up with the local Lethal Chef's latest batch of Eggs Erroneous, "the most powerful substance known to man!" This being an Ernest movie, it works beautifully.

Video Games

  • Actually a recommended strategy for some Grand Theft Auto missions, if I recall correctly.
  • Command And Conquer Red Alert with the Lybians
  • Age Of Empires With the Fire Junk of the Chinese.
  • Command & Conquer: Generals: The GLA (totally not Al-Qaida ripoffs) have a bomb truck unit, that can carry either explosives or anthrax. It can also be disguised as any vehicle, so the enemy thinks it a resource gatherer.

Real life

  • The British used a galleon packed with gunpowder and set alight against the Spanish armada during one of t
Community Feedback Replies: 29
  • May 13, 2010
    Xzenu
    Fifth season of LOST have this. Ben use a Molotov Truck as a diversion to get rid of the guards so he can break a certain guy out of jail.
  • May 13, 2010
    masscox
    ^does he run it into something, or just blow it up while stationary?
  • May 13, 2010
    Bisected8
    I'm quite sure we have a car bomb trope. At the very least we have Every Car Is A Pinto for exploding cars.
  • May 13, 2010
    foxley
    In the Hornblower episode "The Examination for Lieutenant" the Spanish sail a fire ship (an old ship packed with gunpowder and set alight) into Gibraltar. Hornblower and Foster manage to steer it clear of the British fleet.
  • May 13, 2010
    Warlock
    Wanted had something like this, as I recall.
  • May 13, 2010
    Bisected8
    @foxley: In Real Life, these were used by Britain against the Spanish Armarda to great effect.
  • May 13, 2010
    masscox
    @Bisected8: it's not Every Car Is A Pinto, if anything it's a sub-trope of External Combustion. Because it doesn't explode due to damage Micheal Bay style. It explodes because it was intended to. And it's used as a weapon.
  • May 13, 2010
    foxley
    In the Mission Impossible episode "Nitro", the IMF has to stop a near-eastern ultra-nationalist group from blowing up a government building with truck full of nitrogylcerine.
  • May 13, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Related to Car Fu.
  • May 14, 2010
    Fanra
    The British used a galleon packed with gunpowder and set alight against the Spanish armada

    Operation Chariot, the St. Nazaire Raid, was a successful British amphibious attack on the heavily defended docks of Saint-Nazaire in occupied France; taking place during the night of 28 March 1942 during the Second World War. A destroyer carrying tons of explosives hidden inside it was rammed into the exposed caisson of the Normandie Dock.

    If you are going to include non-automobiles and non-trucks.

    How about 9/11? That was the same thing, only the perpetrators didn't add in any explosive material, they just used the fuel tanks which were already full.

    How about the Japanese Kamikaze attacks during WWII? They added explosive material to those, and designed planes that were just flying bombs.
  • May 14, 2010
    Deboss
  • May 14, 2010
    Lavalyte
    Molomotive
  • May 14, 2010
    Xzenu
    masscox, Ben sets the car on fire and set it to run straight into a house so the house catches fire as well.
  • May 14, 2010
    caravaggio
    Action Bomb seems related though it has to do with a person whereas this is a vehicle.
  • May 14, 2010
    ThePocket
    Possible in several video games. Actually a recommended strategy for some Grand Theft Auto missions, if I recall correctly.
  • May 14, 2010
    muskie
    Good trope, but Needs A Better Description. The one you have now is very Troper Tales, atm
  • May 14, 2010
    Bisected8
  • May 14, 2010
    STUART
    • Used as a funeral pyre to cover up Luke's much earlier death in Used Cars.
  • May 14, 2010
    zealotglob
    Used usually in RTS, like Command And Conquer Red Alert with the Lybians, and Age Of Empires With the Fire Junk of the Chinesse.
  • May 15, 2010
    masscox
    @STUART: What media is that?
  • May 15, 2010
    superfroggy
    I would like to interrupt this to inform Mr. masscox that he and his buddies are Made Of Win.
  • May 15, 2010
    masscox
    ^Thanks, it's never even the first plan we think of, but it's always the most effective.
  • May 15, 2010
    masscox
    had pretty much the same thing happen in cyberpunk 2020. only it was a gang lair. and a grenade/pin system

    Again in Star Wars d20 Saga Edition: we rigged an explosive charge to a levy platform thing, and sent it into the energy core of a small facility.

    and most recently was in a Serenity game: we put together a barely working ship, rigged up ass loads of TNT around the engine and the ship, set it on a nav course for our intended target, sent it on it's way and BLEW THE SHIT OUT OF NISKA'S SPACE STATION!!!!
  • May 15, 2010
    MadeOfAxes
    Literature: The Power Of Five has this in the second book, Evil Star, where Matt's mind-controlled aunt pilots a lorry filled with explosives into his school in a bid to kill him.
  • May 15, 2010
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    From Star Trek The Motion Picture:
    Engineer: "Why has the captain ordered self-destruct?"
    Scotty: "I would say, lass, because he thinks, he hopes, that when we go up, we'll take the intruder with us."
    Engineer: "Will we?"
    Scotty: "When that much matter and anti-matter come together, oh yes, we will indeed!"
  • May 15, 2010
    Chabal2
    Command And Conquer Generals: The GLA (totally not Al-Qaida ripoffs) have a bomb truck unit, that can carry either explosives or anthrax. It can also be disguised as any vehicle, so the enemy thinks it a resource gatherer.
  • May 15, 2010
    IronLion
    In A Song Of Ice And Fire, Tyrion Lannister devastates a Greyjoy fleet by sending in ships filled with wildfire, a highly explosive alchemical substance.
  • May 15, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    In Star Trek The Next Generation episode Best of Both Worlds, Pt 2, Riker orders the Enterprise to ram the Borg Cube at full-warp. While he doesn't carry it out, it's still the thought that counts.
  • May 15, 2010
    Ryusui
    In Ernest Goes to Camp, the kids get the idea to take out the bulldozer threatening to destroy the camp by loading up the runaway maintenance cart with all the volatile stuff they can get their hands on and ramming it. Unfortunately, the kids realize they don't have enough material to make a suitable boom, until Ernest shows up with the local Lethal Chefs' latest batch of Eggs Erroneous, "the most powerful substance known to man!" This being an Ernest movie, it works beautifully.
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