->''This movie... Is an homage to the no reason.''
-->-- '''The Sheriff'''

''Rubber'' is a 2010 horror-comedy about an abandoned car tire named Robert who comes to life for no reason and roams the desert. After spending some time rolling about and crushing insects, Robert discovers he has powerful telekinetic abilities that he uses to annihilate crows, rabbits, and eventually human beings. All the while, a group of spectators watch the events through binoculars as if viewing a film.

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!!This film provides examples of the following tropes:

* {{Absurdism}}: a textbook example.
* AnimateInanimateObject
* AttackOfTheKillerWhatever: ''Deconstructed''.
-->'''Spectator:''' It's not the end! [[spoiler: He's been reincarnated as a tricycle!]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall: At the beginning of the film, a cop talks directly to the camera about how things happen in films for "no reason," and dedicates the film to that tradition. It turns out he was addressing a crowd of spectators, though his statements apply to the actual film as much as the in-universe film.
* {{Fanservice}}: Robert watching a woman take a shower. "I think this is the first time in my life I've ever identified with a tire."
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: [[spoiler:It certainly doesn't protect the final Spectator from being blown up by the reincarnated Robert. And the ending implies that "our" reality could be at risk as well.]]
* GenreSavvy:
** Many of the spectators. [[spoiler: It doesn't save them.]]
** The Lieutenant possibly qualifies as DangerouslyGenreSavvy. [[spoiler: The final Spectator thinks he's such, too. Turns out, not really.]]
* GreekChorus: The audience.
* HighConcept: A tire comes to life and kills people with its psychic powers.
* IAteWhat: A boy puts roadkill on the pizza his {{Jerkass}} father ordered him to get.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In addition to BreakingTheFourthWall, some of the characters make statements that fit this trope.
* MarsNeedsWomen: Robert seems to harbor an unhealthy obsession with an attractive female motorist.
* NoFourthWall: In-universe example: [[spoiler: over the course of the film all the characters who thought they were watching/making a fiction end up leaning on the fourth wall and finding out it's not there - this is what gets the spectator killed in the end.]]
* NoNameGiven: No one ever calls the tire "Robert" in the film. They do, however, occasionally refer to him as a "he."
* PlotArmor:
** In-universe example: [[spoiler: Lieutenant Chad persuades someone to shoot him to prove that what's happening isn't real. He takes two bullets to the chest and is fine, because he hasn't found out it's real life yet.]]
** [[spoiler: The final Spectator thinks he has plot armor, too, because he isn't an actual character. He is, and he doesn't.]]
* PlotTumor: Another in-universe example: [[spoiler: The last spectator's insistence that he find out what happens to the tire causes it to [[BreakingTheFourthWall break through the fourth wall]] and carry on its rampage long after the story was supposed to be over.]]
* PsychicPowers
* PutneySwopePanic: InUniverse and out, intentionally inflicted.
* SequelHook: [[spoiler:Robert is reincarnated as a tricycle. He brings a bunch of other discarded tires to life, and they find their way to Hollywood, presumably to wreak havoc. And it's not entirely clear [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou if they're finding their way into "our" reality.]]]]
* ShowerScene: It wouldn't really be a spoof of a horror movie without one or two. In the first, the tire peeks in on Sheila taking a shower; in the second, a housekeeper opens the curtain to find... well, Robert taking a shower of his own.
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: The trailers make no mention of the breaking the fourth wall elements and focus mostly on the ShowWithinAShow plot of the tire.
* SpiesInAVan: Ruthlessly deconstructed just like every other trope.
* {{Surrealism}}: The entire opening scene seems to be a nod to this, particularly the chairs.
* {{Squick}}: Every single one of the YourHeadASplode moments. Though apparently averted in-universe; a cop just looks over the scene, finishing his lunch and merely shaking his head.
* ThisIsReality: Inverted. The lieutenant tries to convince the other cops that they're in a movie. He has them shoot him in the chest to prove it.
* TooDumbToLive: The accountant, who ends up getting food poisoning [[HoistByHisOwnPetard ... by the food he poisoned.]]
* TrappedInTVLand: [[spoiler: The actual plot of the film.]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The film was originally about cubes from outer space, but director Quentin Dupieux was displeased with the F/X tests, and chose instead to make it about a killer tire.
* YourHeadASplode: How Robert kills.
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