Created By: Eclipt on May 29, 2009
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Don't think we have it. Could do with a clever name.

This is when somebody dramatically jumps over a ravine, river, pit, or other gap by driving a vehicle very fast up a ramp. Often, it's part of a car chase of some sort, with the jumpers either trying to escape somebody, or trying to pursue somebody who took an easier route that's now blocked somehow. Bonus points if somebody else then tries the same jump but fails.

Some examples:
  • The Blues Brothers jumped the gap between two halves of a raised drawbridge in a police car.
  • James Bond does this a fair bit. In The Man with the Golden Gun, there was a visually impressive corkscrew jump across a river, although for some reason they decided that it just had to be accompanied by a stupid cartoon-style slide whistle sound effect. In A View to a Kill, Bond managed a drawbridge jump in a fire truck while being chased by the cops. In The Living Daylights, there's a car jump to escape some pursuing Czech guards, some of whom try and fail to emulate the jump in order to follow him. Oh, and another one: in Tomorrow Never Dies, Bond jumps from one building to another on a motorcycle... over a helicopter full of bad guys with guns which is hovering in the street... while he's handcuffed to a Chinese secret agent.
  • In Speed, the bus ends up on an unfinished elevated freeway and has to jump across a missing section of it.
Community Feedback Replies: 27
  • May 29, 2009
    Amarys
    Needs a better name. This was done in Speed, over a tow truck.
  • May 29, 2009
    dst3313
    The Simpsons did it - Homer over Springfield Gorge on a skateboard. Well, part-way over, anyway...

    How Did We Miss This One?

    Probably a Sub Trope of You Fail Physics Forever (as such jumps are seldom physically possible as shown) and a Sister Trope to Jump Physics

    For a name... Drawbridge Jump or Evil Knieval Ramp perhaps?
  • May 29, 2009
    Arivne
    Live Action TV
  • May 29, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    The movie Spice World has a bus jump across Tower Bridge as it opens, Or So I Heard. I think this happened in another movie and Spice World was parodying it, but I don't know what the other one was.

    One Afternoon Play by the name of Hudson and Pepperdine Save the Planet had a bus attempting to jump over Tower Bridge, but it fails and lands across the gap.
    "We're fine. Just everyone get off the bus."
    *SPLASH*
    "Not the middle doors!"

    • Slightly later...*

    Oh.
  • May 29, 2009
    LickyLindsay
    I seem to recall Knight Rider doing this more than once.
  • May 29, 2009
    Dcoetzee
    I'm sure I've seen car jumping between roofs of tall buildings before, which is all kinds of illogical (why would they have installed a ramp to enable this?)
  • June 13, 2009
    Eclipt
    @Amarys: Is the Speed example you mention different from the one I have? My memory is much too hazy to be certain.
  • June 13, 2009
    dst3313
    Dukes Of Hazzard - it seemed to happen almost every episode, in fact. Cue the General Lee making the jump. Cue Roscoe not making it.
  • June 13, 2009
    The Rogue Fedora
    The Batmobile they introduce in Batman Begins is an example. Or maybe a subversion. Or exaggeration... it's hard to say. Anyway, it's entrance into the Batcave is by jumping across a small chasm through a waterfall, and it has several scenes where it jumps and drives across rooftops. When they first show it, it's explained that it was designed to make a no-ramp jump for crossing rivers with a cable in order to build temporary bridges.

    Straight Cougar's alter car in S-Cry-Ed has special spring jumpers for this too, though I can't remember it jumping over anything extremely impressive at the moment.
  • June 21, 2009
    Eclipt
    Might launch this soon-ish. Any more opinions on names? Ramp Jump? Drawbridge Jump? Evel Knieval Ramp? Something else?
  • June 21, 2009
    zootsutra
    Why not call it the Reynolds Ramp, as seen in Ebert's Little Movie Glossary? Named after Burt Reynolds, the king of Driving Things Into The Air Over Other Things?
  • June 21, 2009
    Chariset
    The Adventures Of Dr Mc Ninja -- a Honda Accord, leaping over a pile of cars with a tow-truck's loading bed as a ramp. A gorilla was driving. It all makes perfect sense in context.

    In a lot of these examples, the 'leap' is possible..... just not the landing. They went through a lot of General Lees as I recall.
  • June 21, 2009
    Jack Butler
    Smokey and the Bandit was the source of the Reynolds Ramp phrase. The Bandit jumped over a lake in that movie.

    in Speed, they jumped a bus over a break in the freeway, not over a tow truck.
  • June 21, 2009
    random surfer
    Speed Racer about Once An Episode, with the assistance of his built-in jacks (which for the record weren't intended to make the car jump, they were there to...jack up the car).
  • June 21, 2009
    wanderlustwarrior
    Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown wars for DS has this, and gives a very good name: "Unique Stunt Jump"
  • June 21, 2009
    Chariset
    Should we split this one between ordinary vehicles making a jump and special stunt vehicles doing it (i.e. between an ordinary bus as in Speed and a trick car like the Mach V)?
  • June 22, 2009
    henke37
    A favorite is the opening/closing bridge jump. People just love to scream "you/we are not going to make it" when that happens.
  • June 22, 2009
    FuzzyBoots
    Two cases of ramp jumps demonstrating how badly it screws up cars include the Gone In 60 Seconds remake (where the car just barely limps in) and Road Trip, where the car doesn't survive the landing. IIRC, the shocks go through the hood of the car.
  • June 22, 2009
    Chariset
  • June 22, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Suggestion for title: "Cars are Horses"

  • June 23, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Suggested titles (normal car): "The General Lee Leap Escape" -- named after the most frequent abuser "'Flying' Cars" -- covers the ones that don't quite make it

    Suggested titles (enhanced car): "Turbo Boost" - after the Knight Rider version, and related to Nitro Boost

  • June 24, 2009
    Sofos
    Do we have a trope for when the protagonist jumps a ravine on a horse, and then an antagonist does the same jump and falls into the ravine? Seems to be common, too.
  • June 24, 2009
    Dannebrog Spy
    I don't know, but it is the way Lucky Lukes horse Jolly Jumper got his name as showed in the story Lucky Kid. A young Lucky Luke on a young Jolly Jumper is fleing from a lot of wild buffalos, when they come to a clift. Jolly Jumper jump over, but the buffalos fall down.

    Another exampel or rather two with cars is from one of the short english made comics with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The turtles in their van is hunting a foot soldier in a cab. The cab first flee at a traficated cross, but lucky enough for the turtles, there is a ramp at hand, so they can jump over the trafic. Short after the cab escaped over a bridge, which is opening right after. But that of course doen't stop the turtles, who again jump over with the van.
  • June 24, 2009
    triassicranger
    Thomas The Tank Engine has the titular character jump over a missing piece of track over a cliff in the special The Great Discovery. The scene has been lampooned for its lack of realism (though the show has been lacking this for a long time).
  • June 24, 2009
    blackcat
    The "Little Mule" in Romancing The Stone.

  • June 24, 2009
    EricDVH
    San. Francisco. Rush. Jumps, flips, spins, rolls… I miss that series.
  • June 29, 2009
    Eclipt
    I guess I'll launch this sometime soon. Plenty of suggestions for names, but I don't know which one would be best - any further opinions?
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