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A series of {{Disney}} live-action films (the first in the series was one of the last movies personally overseen by WaltDisney) concerning the adventures of SentientVehicle Herbie, a '63 Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own.

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* ''The Love Bug'' (1969) -- Down-on-his-luck racing driver Jim Douglas gets more than he bargained for when he acquires a second-hand Beetle. The car is named "Herbie" by his mechanic, Tennessee Steinmetz, who is the first to realise that the car's odd behavior is more than just an idiosyncratic collection of mechanical faults.
* ''Herbie Rides Again'' (1974) -- Herbie is left with Tennessee's aunt while Jim and Tennessee are out of the country, and helps save her home from an evil property developer.
* ''Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo'' (1977) -- Herbie and Jim reunite for a career comeback in a French car rally. To add to their troubles, jewel thieves hide a stolen diamond in Herbie.
* ''Herbie Goes Bananas'' (1980) -- Jim's nephew, Pete Stancheck, takes Herbie to South America for a big race. They encounter gold thieves, bull fights, a heartwarming orphan pickpocket, and some bananas.
* ''Herbie: Fully Loaded'' (2005) -- Herbie is bought from a junkyard as a college graduation present for Maggie Peyton, the youngest member of a racing family, and maneuvers to become a racing car again.

Herbie also made two forays into television:

* ''Herbie the Matchmaker'' (1982) -- Only lasted six episodes. Jim Douglas runs a driving school and romances a divorcee. Watch the opening credits (complete with cheesy theme song sung by Dean Jones/Jim Douglas) [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBq1HLodXxo here]].
* ''The Love Bug'' (1997) -- TV movie. Repeats the basic "Herbie helps out a down-on-his-luck driver" plot of the original (it's not a reboot, but more of an example of how events tend to repeat themselves). Creator/BruceCampbell stars and Jim Douglas makes a cameo. An attempt is made to explain ''why'' Herbie is alive, but it's nonsensical. This movie is contradicted by ''Herbie: Fully Loaded'', but you can read about it at TheOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Love_Bug_%281997_film%29 here]].

Definitely NeedsMoreLove as much as the real car.
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!!This series provides examples of:

* ActingForTwo: There is a quick scene in ''The Love Bug'' where Dean Jones, in addition to portraying Jim Douglas, also portrays a hippie who talks to Carole about being locked in, when she cries to be let out of the [=VW=] Bug that won't let her out and it's parked next to his van (see NotActuallyTheUltimateQuestion below).
* AffectionatePickpocket: Paco in ''Herbie Goes Bananas''.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Tennessee's conversation with Mr. Wu in the first film.
* BaguetteBeatdown: In ''Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo'', there is a scene where Herbie is waiting at a stoplight at an intersection when a truck driver gets a French woman carrying some groceries angry at him. She proceeds to pound on the side of the truck with a baguette, causing no obvious damage to the bread or to the truck. It does result in the Love Bug getting dirty.
* BearsAreBadNews: In ''The Love Bug'', as Thorndyke's car is stuck in mud and and Havershaw is pushing it out, a bear makes it way into the car, enticed by their food. Because his driving goggles are covered with mud, Thorndyke doesn't realize the bear is in the car until he strikes it and it growls, making him faint.
* TheBigRace: Often the climax or a pivotal plot point.
* BigWhat: In the first movie, Tennessee shouts this in response to Jim agreeing to sell Herbie to Thorndyke:
-->'''Jim:''' ''(talking on the phone with Thorndyke)'' Thorndyke, I don't like you, but I can use your money. You got yourself a deal, Thorndyke. Come and get it. ''(hangs up)''\\
'''Tennessee:''' What do you mean you got yourself a deal?\\
'''Jim:''' I'm selling the little car.\\
'''Tennessee:''' You're ''what?!''\\
'''Jim:''' Now, don't make a fuss, okay? I need the money.\\
'''Tennessee:''' You crumb! You can't do that to Herbie!
* BikerBabe: Maggie in ''Fully Loaded''.
* BilingualBackfire: In the first film, Tennessee speaks to Mr. Wu in Chinese ([[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign or an approximation of it]]), and Jim asks Tennessee to ask Mr. Wu if he would let him drive Herbie in the El Dorado race, with the condition that Mr. Wu will keep the winnings. This prompts Mr. Wu to say, in English, "Now you speak my language!".
* BungledSuicide[=/=]InterruptedSuicide: At one point a despondent Herbie attempts to leap off the Golden Gate Bridge, a feat made more difficult by the fact that his round wheels don't help him climb very well. His struggles last long enough for Jim to find him and talk him down.
* ChekhovsExhibit: The Etoile de Joie diamond in ''Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo'' is on display in a museum before it's stolen.
* ChewingTheScenery: Trip's assistant in ''Fully Loaded''. For the most part he's pretty subdued and calm... Then he's marking up Herbie for the Demolition Derby, and you'd think somewhere between scenes he just completely lost his mind.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: At the end of the original ''Love Bug'' Jim and Carole marry and leave for their honeymoon. By the end of ''Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo'', however, Jim is dating fellow race car driver Diane Darcy with nary a mention of Carole, despite her being a major character in the first film, and, oh yeah, ''his wife.''
* CoolCar: Herbie, so cool he's his own BadassDriver.
* CoolOldLady: Grandma Steinmetz in ''Herbie Rides Again''.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Evil property developer Alonzo Hawk in ''Herbie Rides Again''.
* DickDastardlyStopsToCheat:
** In ''The Love Bug'' (the first one), Thorndyke and his co-driver Havershaw stop to change a road sign, leading Herbie and the rest of the race cars to travel down an old mine. Another time is when Thorndyke rolls a tree in Herbie's path, and ends up stuffed into his trunk.
** Trip from ''Herbie: Fully Loaded'' felt compelled to ram Herbie into the wall even though he was in the lead, causing him to crash spectacularly and allowing Herbie to win the race.
* DogFoodDiet: ''The Love Bug'' (the first one) has Jim Douglas rooting through the cabinets looking for something to eat. He wonders why they have bird food when they don't even own a bird. He ends up eating pressed kelp.
* DoomedNewClothes: In ''The Love Bug'', the Irish Coffee-inebriated Herbie projectile-coughs whipped cream all over Thorndyke's freshly-pressed driving uniform. Mind you, it was Thorndyke who poured Irish Coffee into Herbie's system in the first place, so chalk this one up to LaserGuidedKarma.
* EpicRace:
** The El Dorado race at the climax of ''The Love Bug''.
** The Paris-to-Monte Carlo race in ''Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo''.
** The California Speedway battle for ''Herbie: Fully Loaded''.
* EvilKnockoff: Herbie has one briefly in the form of Horace from the TV movie.
* {{Flashback}}: Herbie's racing career is seen in a {{Flashback}} {{Montage}} in ''Herbie Rides Again''.
* FortuneTeller: In ''Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo'', Herbie rampages through a Gypsy camp. A Gypsy fortune teller tells a horrified client that "Darkness is about to fall on you." The next instant, Herbie hits the tent, collapsing it.
* GretzkyHasTheBall: ''Fully Loaded'' takes place in what is clearly NASCAR, where Herbie wouldn't have qualified as a pace car.
* HypocriticalHumor: All through the El Dorado race in ''The Love Bug'', Thorndyke goes out of his way with cheating in order to make Jim lose. But towards the end, Herbie is leading but also literally falling apart, and is blocking Thorndyke's car, making him say "Rotten sportsmanship if you ask me!".
** Earlier in the picture, a police officer tells the protagonists to brake their parked car in the future... just before his own unbraked car slides into the water nearby.
* ImplausibleBoardingSkills: Herbie goes surfing in ''Herbie Rides Again'' and imitates skateboarding tricks in ''Fully Loaded''
* IncrediblyLamePun: From ''Love Bug'';
-->'''Peter Thorndyke''': What part of Ireland did you say your mother came from?
-->'''Tennessee Steinmetz''': Coney Ireland. ''[starts laughing]''
* IntelligibleUnintelligible: Herbie's only method of communication is honking/beeping. Understood by specific people: Tennessee in the first movie, Grandma Steinmetz and Nicole in the second, Jim in the third, Paco in the fourth.
** This provides for a humorous scene in ''Herbie Goes Bananas'', since nobody knows he's named Herbie. Paco asks for his name, and all Herbie can do is give two prolonged honks (Her...bie!, so to speak). Note that when we say Paco can "understand" him, we don't mean literal English translations.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: The 1997 version was only released on VHS in the United States. Torrents exist and various video sites host it, though.
* LandPoor: Mrs. Steinmetz in ''Herbie Rides Again''.
* LargeHam: Almost all the villains in the Herbie films, with particular reference to Peter Thorndyke and Alonzo Hawk from the first two films.
* LoveImbuesLife: Tennessee's theory as to Herbie's origins, made "canon" in the 1997 TV movie.
* MagicBus: Herbie
* MeanBrit: Peter Thorndyke in ''The Love Bug'' and Simon Moore III in ''The Love Bug (1997)''
* MotorcycleJousting: The Knights in ''Herbie Rides Again'', who joust in cars.
* MultipleChoicePast:
** ''The Love Bug'': We are given every reason to expect that Herbie is the only sentient car in the world. Tennessee theorizes that what with all the love and attention some people give their cars, once in a while sentience will be granted to it. Compare ''Literature/TheVelveteenRabbit''.
** ''Herbie Rides Again'': All old-fashioned Volkswagen Beetles are sentient. They can be summoned in a sequence similar to the "Twilight Bark" from ''Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians''.
** ''Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo'': Sentient cars are extremely rare, but Herbie isn't unique, nor do they have to be Volkswagen Beetles. He falls in love with Giselle, a Lancia Scorpion.
** ''Herbie Goes Bananas'': Once again Herbie is the only sentient car seen, but the issue of others like him is never brought up. It's possible that they exist.
** ''The Love Bug'' (1997 TV movie): Herbie is unique. He was specifically created to be sentient via ThePowerOfLove. Horace the Hate Bug is created via ThePowerOfHate, but a "seed" from Herbie was required.
** ''Herbie Fully Loaded'': Topic is never brought up.
* MultiTrackDrifting: Herbie in ''Herbie: Fully Loaded'', most especially the final NASCAR racing sequence where the anthropomorphic Volkswagen was seen climbing onto the fence above the wall, trying to avoid being trade-painted.
* MyCarHatesMe: One of those cases where it's more than just a metaphor. Herbie refusing to start at a really inopportune moment because his feelings have been hurt happens at least once a movie.
* NightmareSequence: Alonzo Hawk's crazy dreams in ''Herbie Rides Again''.
* NotActuallyTheUltimateQuestion: In ''The Love Bug'', when Jim and Carole find out that the VW Bug has a mind of its own, and it won't let either of them exit the car, Carole tries to call for help from some hippies in the van parked next to them:
-->'''Carole:''' Help, I'm a prisoner! I can't get out!\\
'''Hippie:''' We ''all'' prisoners, chickee-baby. We all locked in.
* NothingCanStopUsNow: ''The Love Bug'' features the villain's henchman telling him "You can't lose, sir! You can't possibly lo...", trailing off as he sees that Herbie (half of him anyway) is passing them right before the finish line. Later the villain tells him "Couldn't lose, I think you said."
* OilSlick
* ProductDisplacement: At least in the early movies, there are no VW emblems anywhere on Herbie and the words "VW" and "Volkswagen" are never uttered.
* RoadSignReversal:
** Happens in ''The Love Bug'', sending Herbie (and everyone behind him) into a mine instead of along a mountain road.
** In ''Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo'', the misdirecting arrow sends our heroes onto a very narrow cliff edge and almost causes them to die via avalanche.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl:
** Tennessee Steinmetz from ''Love Bug'', in the scene where he and Carole are trying to keep Herbie balanced after he (Herbie) lost a tire.
** Thorndyke. Particularly when he encounters the bear in his car.
* SentientVehicle:
** Herbie
** In ''Herbie Rides Again'', [[spoiler:every Volkswagen Beetle in the city comes to help out]] at the climax.
** The Lancia [[spoiler:later named Giselle]] Herbie falls in love with in ''Monte Carlo''.
** The TV movie introduces (and disposes of) Herbie's evil counterpart, Horace.
** [[spoiler:Sally's New Beetle]]
* SoreLoser: Thorndyke whenever he loses a race to Herbie in ''The Love Bug'', and Trip Murphy at the end of ''Fully Loaded''.
* SuppressedMammaries: LindsayLohan's bust was digitally reduced for ''Fully Loaded'' to avoid 'offending' audiences.
* SycophanticServant:
** Havershaw in ''The Love Bug''.
** Loostgarten in ''Herbie Rides Again''.
* ThisIsWhatTheBuildingWillLookLike: The Hawk Plaza in ''Herbie Rides Again''.
* ThoseWackyNazis: The 1997 TV movie had Herbie face-off against a "Hate Bug" in [[DarkIsEvil all-black]] which resembled a [[http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/classic-car-images/kdf-wagen.jpg KdF-Wagen]] with wartime blackout lights.
* WhatAPieceOfJunk: Herbie
* WhatTheHellHero: In ''The Love Bug'', Carole gives one of these to Jim about his racing success, which was actually Herbie's doing.
* WroteTheBook: In ''Herbie Rides Again'', Alonzo claims to have written the book on harassment.

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