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->"''A good landing is one you can walk away from. A great landing is one where they can use the plane again afterwards''."
-->-- '''Common aviation proverb'''

Everyone's encountered or at least heard of this fellow. He's the [[TheRedBaron Patrician of Demolition]], the [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Czar of "Fubar"]], and the [[RhymesOnADime Master of Disaster]].

He's supposedly an accomplished captain/pilot/driver, but whenever he gets behind the controls of any vehicle, he crashes it.

Even if he's in the desert with nothing to crash ''into'', he'll somehow find a way. To his credit, having a reputation for crashing repeatedly means his crashes are, at the very least, survivable, so he does have that going for him.

Sometimes the crashes are not his fault; [[BornUnlucky he just seems to attract bad luck]]. Still, with all the crashes he's been in, it's a wonder anyone trusts him to drive or his [[IThoughtItWasForbidden license hasn't been revoked]]. His insurance rates are probably through the roof. Is often depicted as InnocentlyInsensitive or a NightmareFuelStationAttendant, if not an out-and-out {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. "Crash course" puns are [[ObligatoryJoke obligatory]].

This trope can be convenient for characters hiring or having a pilot - no one else wanted CaptainCrash, so he was available.

Can be somewhat justifiable for rookies crashing planes, because taking off and flying are much easier than landing. The landing is where the real skill shows itself.

Sister trope of the DisposablePilot, who generally doesn't even survive his ''first'' crash. See also: DrivesLikeCrazy.

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!!Examples

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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* Hikaru Ichijo/Rick Hunter of ''SuperDimensionFortressMacross''/''{{Robotech}}'' gets his Valkyrie trashed a lot.
** It's so bad, that even his ''coma delirium'' mocks him for it repeatedly (and even has him crashing a bicycle!) in the episode ''Phantasm.''
** Though not nearly as much as Alto in ''MacrossFrontier'', who trashes a new plane every other episode or so. [[spoiler:In the epilogue, he managed to set his perfectly-undamaged Valkyrie on fire, ''after'' the battle was over, and scuttled it as it was breaking apart.]]
* Seta in ''LoveHina'' usually enters a chapter by crashing his van, but emerging without major injury. His protégé Keitaro picks up the trait by the final chapters.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''
** They're rarely the ones piloting them, but there's a rule that if someone of the Joestar bloodline gets into a plane, ''it will crash''. No exceptions.
** Cars, trains, boats and ''submarines'' have a similar tendency to crash somehow when a Joestar is near. Oh, and an helicopter, but that was highly intentional.
*** Joseph, in particular, is the king of this, having crashed at least 4 planes, one ship, a submarine and a car during the course of his life. The fun part is that when he was a kid, he dreamed of being a Royal Air Force pilot like his father. (He became a stockbroker instead.)
* Sagara Sousuke from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' seems to be this. Of course, part of it might be explained by how most of the instances where he's driving have been [[ChaseScene dangerous car chase scenes]] (where it's only natural that he would be crashing through things and [[DrivesLikeCrazy driving crazy]]). But then one starts to wonder when, during an instance where he wasn't even being chased, he ended up running an obvious red light and crashed into another car. And then there's his crazy "driving" when he was riding on a bicycle... honestly, people should get the idea and just ''not'' let him drive.
* ''Manga/{{Area 88}}'': While very much an AcePilot, Shin Kazama manages to get at least three or four planes shot out from under him, depending on the continuity. His luckier comrades also have tendencies in this directions. The rest, well, AnyoneCanDie.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'': Heero Yuy. Utterly lethal in mobile suit combat, but the number of suits he's totalled or seriously damaged defies belief. He has had at least two Leos and the Mercurius shot out from under him, as well as wrecking Wing Zero in Endless Waltz (although that [[RasputinianDeath took some doing]].) And then there is Wing Gundam. Poor, poor Wing Gundam. To date, Heero has crashed it into the ocean, attempted to self-detonate it, attempted to blow it up with torpedoes, actually self-detonated it, then finally had it shot out from under him before getting his MidSeasonUpgrade. One has to wonder what Trowa was thinking when he lent him Heavyarms... Ironically he actually got Heavyarms through that mission totally intact.
** In ''GundamSeed'' and ''GundamSeedDestiny'' Kira Yamato and Athrun Zala have each had only one of their mobile suits survive the end of the series (one each across two series), every other suit they used was totaled, though Athrun went though far more suits, to the point if he touched it it was probably doomed and Kira's tended to be rebuilt and destroyed again. To be specific Athrun self destructs Aegis to fight Kira, self destructs Justice to stop the Genesis laser, and gets Savior damaged beyond repair by Kira. Kira meanwhile gets the Strike wrecked against said Aegis selfdestructing (It's repaired and given to Mu, who gets it completely destroyed), gets Freedom wrecked against Rau in the final battle of Seed. In Destiny Freedom is repaired and Kira pilots it again, until Shinn also wrecks it, this time beyond repair. Only their final Strike Freedom and Infinite Justice units manage to remain unwrecked.
** And then there's Patrick Collasour from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'', whose habit of being shot down in every single mission he's assigned to, but always surviving for the next, became a RunningGag for the show.
* In ''GunsmithCats'', Rally Vincent wrecks her car on multiple occasions despite proving her worth in multiple street races. At one point it is even mentioned that she can't get insurance anymore.
* Enryu from ''GaoGaiGar'' has a tendency towards this, despite being a transforming ''fire truck'': any time he's launched out of the Mirror Catapult, it can be safely assumed that his return to the ground will be devoid of any grace whatsoever. [[spoiler: And apparently his Chinese counterpart, Rairyu, shares the same problem, as do ''both'' of the French Dragons, Kuryu and Anryu. 2/3 of the Dragon Braves, it seems, are masters of the divine art of the faceplant.]]
* Rosette Christopher of ''ChronoCrusade'' has gotten into so many car accidents that even the ''mangaka'' isn't sure whether or not she has a license.
* In the [[{{Manga/KingdomHeartsI}} manga]] adaption of ''[[{{VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI}} Kingdom Hearts]]'', Sora takes control of the Gummi Ship at one point... and rams it into a meteor near Traverse Town, causing Donald to furiously ban him from the controls.
** Sora does not learn his lesson in ''KingdomHeartsII'', as he attempts to [[{{IdiotHero}} fly it again without permission]]. This time, however, the trope is averted, as he manages to barely avoid crashing the ship into another meteor.
** Donald himself seems to show signs of this trope when he accidently grabs onto a Magnum Loader and causes it to go wild all over the place while Sora and Goofy try to help him. Played for laughs, mostly, [[spoiler: until he [[{{NiceJobBreakingItHero}} crashes into Tron]], causing the latter to drop a required piece of data and destroy it]].
* ''ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS'', The protagonist Chirico Cuvie gets his mecha destroyed in almost every battle.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''GreenLantern'': Hal Jordan is a test pilot for the Air Force, and constantly crashes planes by taking them well beyond test parameters.
* Killboy from ''Comicbook/DeffSkwadron''. A ''deliberate'' example, since his entire flying style is founded on RammingAlwaysWorks.
* Whenever we meet Spaceman Spiff in the ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' comics, he's crash landing on some planet.
** There's a ShoutOut to this in the card game ''CosmicEncounter'', with the "Spiff" race, who have the power to "crash-land" when they lose a battle.
** Also, Calvin rarely pilots his sled or wagon without flying off a ravine or crashing into a tree.
* Almost everyone in ''SinCity'' crashes his or her car, often due to CarFu.
* In the ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' episode ''Going Up the Mississippi'' the machinist, [[MeaningfulName "Bangs"]], is stated to have exploded fourteen river boats. [[spoiler:Subverted in the end: This time the other boat explodes, much to his surprise.]]
* ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} of the ComicBook/{{X-Men}} is this. Starting when he was orphaned during a plane crash (although aliens were involved), then there was that time with the first mission of the new X-Men, then once with Lee Forrester, then again with Storm and Xavier. Other characters have started calling him out on this.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' notes that Calvin [[InvokedTrope makes it a point to crash his wagon at least twice a week.]]
* In ''Fanfic/LunasPowerAndRainbowsLove'', Luna spends the first two chapters poking fun at Rainbow Dash's tendency to crash. It doesn't help that Rainbow pretty much starts the story by crashing into a tree.
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[[folder:Film]]
* In ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Luke crashes his Tauntaun, his snowspeeder, and his X-wing. This is all within an hour of the opening crawl.
** The XWingSeries gives us AscendedExtra Derek 'Hobbie' Klivian and his much-lampshaded tendency toward spectacular crashes and long periods in a bacta tank. Despite this, he's unquestionably an AcePilot and even seems to make it work for him: no matter what violent fate befalls his vehicle, Hobbie will ''always'' eject, survive and be back kicking ass within the week.
** The first-published comic arc in that series, The Rebel Opposition, makes it necessary to mention Hobbie's squadronmate Tycho. He put on Imperial guise and reported in saying that his TIE had crashed. They gave him a new one. He flew on a mission, was shot down by his own X-Wing (long story), [[EjectionSeat ejected and survived]], then returned to the Imperial base. They gave him a new one. Then he betrayed them. In fairness, TIE fighters are light, cheap, unshielded {{Fragile Speedster}}s mainly used for {{Zerg Rush}}ing. Tycho's just lucky the TIE they gave him ''had'' an EjectionSeat, as many of them don't.
** 'Face' Loran's backstory notes that he essentially bought his way into Starfighter Command, including buying his own starfighter... and on not one, but two occasions, a replacement fighter after being shot down.
** Face's wingmate, Ton Phanan, is stated near the beginning of ''Wraith Squadron'' to have trouble landing. Furthermore, he loses no less than three fighters during the course of the series (though the first was just bad luck, and not really his fault). [[spoiler:He's mortally wounded after the last one, though Face does at least manage to speak with him one last time.]]
** ''Starfighters of Adumar'' includes the character of Tomer Darpen, nicknamed "Ejector" after a notorious crash landing in which his EjectionSeat fired ''after'' he managed to get his fighter stopped.
* A running gag in ''Franchise/IndianaJones''. Quoth [[Film/TheLastCrusade the third film]]:
-->'''Henry Jones Sr.:''' I didn't know you could fly a plane!
-->'''Indiana Jones:''' Fly, yes. Land, no.
** At the conclusion of the flight (they have just crashed into a house):
-->'''Henry Jones Sr.:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Nice]] [[SarcasmMode landing.]]
-->'''Indiana Jones:''' Thanks.
** Possibly a CallBack to ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'', as Indy tried and failed to pilot a plane after its original pilots bailed out.
* Orville the albatross in ''TheRescuers'', as well as his brother Wilbur in ''TheRescuersDownUnder''. TruthInTelevision, as real albatrosses are masters of the air, yet largely useless on land.
* Nigel from ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' keeps running into a closed window. Turns out some birds [[TruthInTelevision actually do this]]. Maybe their friends dare them to try it?
** Sometimes it's because they're drunk. On fermented nectar. Yes.
* Q makes a point in some of the later ''Film/JamesBond'' movies of asking 007 to bring his gadgets back in one piece. They never do, especially the cars.
-->'''Natalya Simonova:''' Do you destroy ''every'' vehicle you get into?\\
'''Bond:''' Standard operating procedure.
* The absent-minded Admiral Benson in ''HotShots!'' gives us this line:
-->''You know, I've personally flown over 194 missions and I was shot down on every one. Come to think of it, I've never landed a plane in my life.''
* Trinity in ''Franchise/TheMatrix''. She's a great fighter and one of the best characters, but make sure you aren't in a car, helicopter, or motorcycle with Trinity at the wheel! (Granted, most of her crashes are either deliberate, or happen because she didn't need the vehicle anymore and had no time to do anything but jump off and discard it while it was still running.)
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[[folder:Literature]]
* A romance novel where the hero, an airplane pilot, was called "Crash" ... because he crashed a car.
* [[MetaGuy Marco]] from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' apparently hates trash cans. To be fair, he was a teenage gorilla without a license.
* Literature/HarryPotter is a natural flier, but people seem to love making him crash or fall. In ''Chamber of Secrets'', he spends most of the Quidditch scene dodging a Bludger jinxed to go after him in particular. He catches the Snitch, only for the Bludger to break his arm and send him into the mud. In ''Prisoner'', he blacks out and falls off the broom when [[EmotionEater Dementors]] invade the stadium. In ''Order of the Phoenix'', Crabbe hits a Bludger at his back out of spite right after he catches the Snitch.
* ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'''s Orr ''practices'' crashing his plane [[spoiler: so he can fake his death and get out of the (seemingly) endless war effort]]. [[ObfuscatingStupidity Not that anyone could tell.]]
* Richard Hannay (''Literature/TheThirtyNineSteps'') ends up crashing almost every vehicle he gets into, although sometimes they pre-emptively break down instead.
* SinbadTheSailor had a bad habit of getting shipwrecked in his stories.
* Callista Carmel of ''TourOfTheMerrimack'' earned the nickname "Crash Carmel" for totaling a number of shuttles.
* A variation afflicts ''Literature/StephaniePlum'' - it's a RunningGag that any car she drives will eventually get set alight or blown up by her enemies.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Lt. Frank Drebin of ''PoliceSquad'' (1982) would park by smashing his car into something (trash cans, bicycles, other cars) at least OncePerEpisode. The running gag is that in the first episode he hits one trash can, two in the second, three in the third, etc. The series was cancelled before this got truly ridiculous.
** Possibly "borrowed" by ''Series/SledgeHammer'' four years later as a running visual gag for Sledge, whose car was a bright green disaster area on wheels driven by a man whose parking skills were as bad as Drebin's.
* Although being a competent pilot, Boomer in the re-imagined ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' is known for her terrible landing skills, causing a dent on her ship every time she lands.
** Racetrack and her co-pilot Skulls fall into the bad-luck variety. There is nothing to show that [[DeadpanSnarker Racetrack]] is a bad pilot. That doesn't change the fact she seems to attract errors, breakdowns, sabotages and attacks. Did the striking workers spike the fuel, casing a Raptor to spin out of control and crash into Colonial One? It'll be Racetrack's. Did chief mess up the repairs and caused a Raptor to crash on the landing deck? It's Racetrack's. Did a saboteur plant a bomb in a Raptor to kill Baltar's attorney? It's Racetrack's Raptor. Did the experimental jump drive cause a mis-jump? It was Racetrack and how she discovered New Caprica.
*** Skulls lampshades it in the GrandFinale.
*** [[spoiler: And both of them are killed shortly after]]
*** [[spoiler: And yet she manages to perform a post-mortem DeusExNukina, taking out the Cylon Home Colony with her]].
** Lee "Apollo" Adama should also bear mentioning. He doesn't necessarily wreck a lot of stuff, but he has a penchant for wrecking important stuff. From the mini-series he manages to first disable his father's old fighter and then utterly trash it before the the end. He goes on to wreck the only stealth fighter another character spend an entire episode fabricating. And then he wrecks [[spoiler: The Pegasus, the more advanced of the pair of battlestars.]] It's a wonder why Daddy keeps giving him the keys.
* Hibiki from ''Series/KamenRiderHibiki''; especially ironic since Kamen Riders tend to be [[BadassBiker Badass Bikers]] (where do you think the "Rider" came from?).
** Actually a case of WriterRevolt. [[DolledUpInstallment Hibiki wasn't supposed to be a]] Kamen Rider show, since it was based on a completely unrelated manga by KR's creator, ShotaroIshinomori. [[ExecutiveMeddling The sponsors just wanted to shoehorn it into the Kamen Rider series due to brand recognition]]. The show's original writing staff had nothing but contempt for them and would subvert the living hell out of the various Rider cliches they were forced to add every chance they got...which is probably why they were all fired & replaced by corporate meatpuppets and the show promptly JumpedTheShark.
* For Jake Cutter, of ''TalesOfTheGoldMonkey'', crash landings were routine and accepted as such on Bora Gora.
* Richard Hammond of ''TopGear'' has a... not-undeserved reputation for being accident-prone.
* This is pretty much Chakotay's nickname in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. He ends the second part of the pilot episode crashing his original ship into a Kazon cruiser, and nearly every shuttle he touches from then on is doomed.
** [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Deanna Troi]] [[NeverLiveItDown can't escape the fact]] that the [[Film/StarTrekGenerations two]] [[Film/StarTrekNemesis times]] she's taken the helm, she's crashed an ''Enterprise.'' Though to be fair, the first was a crash landing after half the ship blew up that miraculously had minimal casualties and the second time, she was ordered to [[RammingAlwaysWorks ram the ship into the enemy.]]
* This was a running joke when referencing Uncle Albert in ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses''.
* ''Series/AirCrashInvestigation'':
** Inevitable. The pilots seen on the show either handle the incident very professionally, committed errors that caused the incidents, or were victims of hijacking attempts. On two occasions, the show covered a pilot who may have purposefully crashed the plane in a murder-suicide.
** Captain Lutz of Crossair Flight 3597 was almost literally this before his fatal accident, and yet his airline continued to let him fly.
* There's usually at ''least'' one of these per season of ''Series/CanadasWorstDriver''.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The [[RoyalNavy Fleet Air Arm]] squaddie song "The A.25 Song" which begins as: ''They say in the Air Force that landing's okay/if the pilot can get out and still walk away/but in the Fleet Air Arm the prospect is grim/if landing is poor and the pilot can't swim''. Each of the twenty or so verses of the song describe the protagonist crashing his aircraft in various ways. The A.25 is the Fleet Air Arm damage report form, very detailed and notoriously agonous to fill.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* Captain Jet Morgan of the old BBC radio serial ''Radio/JourneyIntoSpace'' could fit this trope. He captains the spaceship Discovery, and when it's required that the ship lands, Jet is always the one who pilots her down. Unfortunately he tends to crash, or at least make hideously bumpy landings, more than he manages to bring her down smoothly. Of course, one of those times he had actually been knocked out before the ship was quite fully landed, but most other times it's just Jet. Nobody ever really comments on this.
** It may also count that he does extensive damage to a Martian asteroid ship when he tries to slow it to a stop. Granted, it doesn't actually crash--they are in space, after all--but it does the next best thing.
* A naval example in ''TheNavyLark'', Mister Phillips's standard method of docking is this trope. He caused more damage to Naval property than both world wars.
** Ironically, the ''one'' time he was ''asked'' to deliberately crash HMS Troutbridge into another ship (as part of a ploy to allow Captain Povey to escape his overbearing mother-in-law and join the rest of the crew at a pub) a fault in the steering mechanism ensured he ''couldn't'' hit anything... 42 times in a row!
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[[folder:TabletopGames]]
* In ''{{Spelljammer}}'', landing procedure for tinker gnome-piloted ships involve abandoning the ship, letting it crash safely, then putting the pieces back together. It's not known if any tinker gnome has ever considered developing a safe landing method - although given what they are, if they did there's a good chance it'd be even more disastrous.
* Orks in Warhammer40K. Their aircraft have speedometers reading "stop", "fast", and "[[UpToEleven WAAAAAGGGGHHHHH!!!]]", going any slower than the last one (even when landing) is considered cowardice. They also have gears (any but the highest are unused even when "landing"[[note]]known to non-Orks as "crashing"[[/note]]) and brakes and a clutch (never used).
** Ork ground vehicle drivers tend to be less destructive ''only'' because they have to decide between being "crazed drivers" and "crazed gunmen" when crewing a tank. Factor in their starship pilots generally being crazed ram addicts, and Orks ''own'' this trope.
* Played with in ''TabletopGame/SpiritOfTheCentury'' with the "Walk Away From It" Pilot stunt. It doesn't actually make crash landings any more likely ''per se'', but it does make them considerably safer for both pilot and passengers when they do happen...so, given the limits on how many stunts even highly competent characters like Centurions can take, it's something that most players would only invest in if they ''intended'' to play this sort of character.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'': Leon is this to RunningGag levels. If he gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, ten-to-one says he's gonna crash it or it'll end up destroyed pretty soon. Actually lampshaded by Ada in ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil4 4]]'', where she immediately recognizes a busted bulldozer as "Leon's handiwork." [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] to some extent, as typically when he's driving said vehicle there are monsters attacking and trying to eat him; ''anyone'' would have a hard time concentrating under such conditions, but one would expect he'd get enough practice to eventually learn how to drive safely in a crisis, or at least look in the back seat.
* While Lyner from ''ArTonelico'' isn't really at fault for what happened at the start of the game, a special mention should be made about his OVA incarnation. To be more specific: He managed to crash the same ship three times, ''on the same day''.
* ''{{Halo}}'' has numerous scripted crashes. One of them, Cortana assumed the Master Chief did on purpose.
** Excluding Foehammer, it seems that the typical Pelican pilot doesn't know ''how'' to land without crashing.
** Much like the case above with Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, despite not always being the captain, most of the ships that the Chief embarks on within the games end up crashing, exploding, being chopped in half by a collapsing portal, etc. About the only exception is the UNSC ''Infinity,'' which is the most powerful ship in the UNSC fleet.
* In ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic 2'', Atton manages a total of four crash-landings - twice on Telos, once on Dxun, and once on Malachor V. The first three involved getting shot out of the sky, while in the last case there probably wasn't any way to make a smooth landing on the planet in question.
** To his credit, Carth from the first game only crashes the ''Ebon Hawk'' once, despite how many times it was shot at.
* Ibis Douglas of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', nicknamed the "shooting star", because just like a shooting star, she inevitably falls to earth...
** RealityEnsues in one continuity, as her tendency to crash killed an NPC!
*** Namely [[spoiler:her best friend's fianc?nd rival's older brother. Oh, and whatever confidence she had before goes straight down the tubes because of this.]]
* Maya Amano from ''{{Persona 2}}'' crashes every vehicle she commandeers. Including a dirigible. It's something of a running gag.
* Kreyg (AKA Hot Blooded Gaming) from ''JustinTV'' does this a lot when he plays GTAIV, he even made a company for it!
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''. Woozie, a very bizarre ally, can drive maginificently. Walking into walls, however, is a frequent occurence. Even More amazing is the fact that he can drive while being blind.
** Even more amusing is that his gang acts like he isn't blind at all. It is rather confusing especially since you meet him during a high speed race. Through the countryside. The CrowningMomentOfFunny is when he confesses to CJ that he is blind. No shit, homie.
* ''RatchetAndClank'' showcases the former of the two protagonists destroying every single starship he pilots in the series, at one point or another.
** This even happened to poor [[SapientShip Aphelion]] in ''A Crack in Time''-- though, to Ratchet's credit, he tried everything to keep her from crashing, and she gets repaired.
* More of a player Captain Crash than anything else, but in ''[[SaintsRow Saints Row 2]]'', if the Boss is driving in a car with Johnny Gat and s/he crashes into something, Johnny is liable to muse, "Just like old times."
** Also, [[strike:me]] the Boss behind the metaphorical wheel of a helicopter. [[HeroicResolve I don't care]] [[SelectiveObliviousness what you say]], [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard those controls are impossible]].
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': At the end of the Alliance Questline to Twilight Highlands, Fargo Flintlocke says he ditched the landing gear among other things to make the plane lighter - he doesn't "land" usually anyway. Fargo's remark at the end of the trip is a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
-->*Player awakens[[spoiler: on a ship and looks up to see the plane burning on top of the mast]]*
-->'''Flintlocke''': [his head popping into view, and looking down at the player] What? Like ''you'' could have done any better!
** There's also a running gag about the Draenei, that any time they're piloting a vehicle they'll crash it. This is likely because their capital, the Exodar, is a magic interstellar space-ship that they [[note]] [[MisBlamed actually Blood Elf saboteurs]][[/note]] crashed into Azeroth.
*** The Draenei arrived on Draenor in a similar fashion. Osha'Gun, the giant diamond mountain in the middle of Nagrand? It's the crashed wreck of their ''previous'' ship [[note]] Again not their fault, the Naaru piloting the ship darkened (a cycle where a Naaru turns evil for a time) and was unable to retain control[[/note]].
* The hero of ''VideoGame/GrandiaIII'' has designed, built and crashed over a dozen planes before the game even starts. After his personal hero builds him a new plane, he stops crashing. Maybe it was just that he couldn't design a plane that would stay in the air.
* James Vega from ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' gets this reputation after he intentionally crashes his shuttle into ''another'' shuttle to prevent [[spoiler:Dr. Eva from escaping with the plans for the Prothean device]]. ''Nobody'' will let him forget it. He can end up crashing ''again'' if he's the one to take over the skycar controls when Shepard [[spoiler:abandons the control panel to shoot at Kai Leng]] during [[spoiler:the Citadel coup]]--although ''that one'' is [[DrivesLikeCrazy Shepard's fault]].
** [[SarcasmMode Vega learned from the best.]] Shepard crashes the skycar no matter who is in the backseat with them. And when chasing [[spoiler: Tela Vasir]] in the last game's DLC missions, Shepard used another skycar to sideswipe [[spoiler: her]] into crashing. And let's not get into [[DrivesLikeCrazy all]] [[CarFu those]] [[GoodBadBugs shenanigans]] with the Mako in the first game. One thing's for sure; if Shepard's driving, ''something'' is going to [[StuffBlowingUp end up in a fiery wreck]].
*** Although he's the best pilot in the Alliance Joker also has a tendency to crash during the finales, although he manages to keep the Normandy salvageable. In Mass Effect 2 it opens with the first Normandy getting shot down with him at the controls. During the finale he also crashes the second Normandy getting you into the Collector Base, but he also gets it up and running again in time for the dramatic escape sequences. In Mass Effect 3 he again crashes the second Normandy during the finale, but is again later able to get her in the air again.
* In VideoGame/DeadSpace3, one must fly a heavily damaged shuttle from the frigate ''Roanouke'' to the surface of Tau Volantis, dodging mines and debris all the way down. [[ForegoneConclusion Needless to say, you crash]], but only two {{Mauveshirt}}s die. Strangely, Ellie, the actual pilot, [[InformedAbility doesn't do any piloting]].
** In VideoGame/DeadSpace2 he climbs/gets thrown out of a train, a drilling machine and an escape pod. Outside influences causes the crash in those cases but still, guy climbs out of a lot of wreckage.
* Nathan Drake often comes off as this in ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'', neatly complementing his status as a WalkingDisasterArea, although he has specifically driven only a few. The vehicular victims of his escapades include two planes, a helicopter, two seperate derailments of the same train, two boats (one of them a cruise ship!) and an untold amount of trucks and jeeps. It says a lot when the two most popular games in his franchise depict him in the wreckage of a vehicular accident he's involved in.
* Adol Christin of the ''VideoGame/{{Ys}}'' series doesn't have the best luck with seagoing vessels. He doesn't get into a shipwreck every single time, but it's happened often enough to become something of a running gag.
* Launchpad's reputation follows him again in ''VideoGame/DuckTalesRemastered''. He crashes a helicopter off-screen in the Amazon level, and the Himalayas level starts with Scrooge and Launchpad climbing out of the tangled wreckage of their plane. Unsurprisingly, when he needs a pilot to get him to the Moon, Scrooge goes with [[AbsentMindedProfessor Gyro]] instead.
* ''KingdomsOfAmalurReckoning'' has [[CloudCuckooLander Captain Rast Brattigan]] in [[DownloadableContent The Legend of Dead Kel]]. Frequently referred to as "the worst sailor alive", she has ended up crashing every ship she's commanded (usually into ''another'' ship).
--> '''Rast:''' "I captained my first ship when I was no bigger than my papa's knee... and promptly crashed it into the dock, sinking three vessels with one wreck. It was then I knew, my destiny was to be a sailor."
* Tails from the SonicTheHedgehog series has been crashing planes in almost every Sonic game since his first appearance in [[SonicTheHedgehog2 Sonic 2]]. To be fair though, more often than not it's not his fault.
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* Launchpad [=McQuack=]. Throughout ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', it's a marvel anyone gets in a plane he's piloting. He really is a [[CripplingOverspecialization very accomplished pilot]], capable of taking off on any surface, flying through any storm, and weaving through any enemy air space, but he can't land without crashing (One episode even had him celebrate his 100th crash). No doubt he's the only pilot Scrooge could hire for a penny a mile.
** It's not just planes - in one episode (after he's crashed a ''submarine''), he pulls out a bingo card from his insurance company with pictures of various land, sea and air vehicles and marks it off. Several other types of craft are already crossed out.
** {{Lampshaded}} in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp'', when Launchpad confesses that his flying leasons were a [[IncrediblyLamePun crash course]]. This was after he managed to crash a ''camel''.
** [[SubvertedTrope Hilariously subverted]] in "The Golden Goose" when Launchpad attempts to crash on purpose, [[SpringtimeForHitler only to land perfectly]].
** Interestingly, Launchpad may crash all the time, but he's so good at wrecking his planes that he's an expert at crashing ''safely''. This is exploited to save the day in one episode where Scrooge orders Launchpad to pilot a sabotaged blimp that's about to crash on its own. With Launchpad at the control, they still crash, but everybody survives with minor injuries.
** By the time of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', he seemed to have improved (or forced himself to get better because they only had one plane, as opposed to ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''' never ending supply). He'd crash occasionally, but that was usually due to getting shot down. There were still a lot of jokes and {{Shout Out}}s to his poor landing skills, but on that show it had become more of an InformedFlaw.
** Received {{Shout Out}}s at least twice on ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', with the drivers of crashed helicopters musing, "Any landing you can walk away from..."
* ''Franchise/GIJoe''
** Ace in the cartoon and comic. Lampshaded in one instance when he says over the radio, "I'm going in!", to which Duke replies, "Every time you say that it gets expensive!"
** Cobra troops often joke about their own Air Devil pilots. "What's the last thing to go through an Air Devil's head when he hits the ground? His engine."
** Also the notoriously clumsy and oafish Wildcard, who seems to break everything he comes in contact with by random chance ''except'' for his vehicle of choice. His filecard says that they put him in that thing because siccing him on the enemy personally is probably against the Geneva Convention.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'' can be pretty much guaranteed to wreck any ride he gets into, much to Vallejo's frustration.
* Franchise/{{Batman}} in TheDCAU. IIRC, the Batwing was destroyed in every appearance it made in JL/JLU. It does have landing gear; it lands once in the very first JU episode, although Franchise/{{Superman}} has to catch it and land it for Batman because a wing was shot off.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** The {{pegasus}} Rainbow Dash exhibits the non-vehicle version of this trope. Dash is a superb flyer; her landings, however, are sometimes far from graceful, as Twilight's library can attest. Taken UpToEleven when she's afflicted by Poison Joke, which inverts her wings, leaving her crashing into things every few seconds, thrust-vectoring into the floor, and other such mishaps.\\\
A lot of crashing is indicated to come from constantly attempting impossibly difficult stunts in an effort to impress the Wonderbolts. She also has a tendency to lose concentration or get distracted at critical moments (if she starts talking to someone while flying, it's a safe bet she's going to hit something in the next few seconds).
** Like owner like pet: Rainbow Dash's pet tortoise Tank, who flies by way of a magically-powered mini-helicopter, is shown constantly crashing into things and people, much to Rainbow Dash's chagrin.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', Anakin Skywalker proves the apple didn't fall far from the tree in some ways. He's the finest starfighter pilot in the galaxy... and the worst starfighter ''lander'' in the galaxy.
** He did successfully land (half) a ship in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', though.
** In the [[CloneWarsGambit tie-in novels]], Obi-Wan develops some CaptainCrash tendencies, which is lampshaded by Anakin. In three books, he's involved in three separate crashes, although he would (jokingly) protest that he was merely the common denominator rather than the pilot each time.
* Due to ContinuityReboot, it may not technically count, but nearly every incarnation of ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' begins with the Autobots and Decepticons (or [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Maximals and Predacons]]) crashing on Earth or recently having done so. ''Very'' rare is the Cybertronian ship that has actually landed. Apparently, robots who turn into vehicles are terrible drivers.
** For that matter, wouldn't one expect their vehicles to just turn into even gianter robots? Maybe then CAN but they all just keep crashing themselves and dying before we can see any of them transform...
*** The spaceships that turn into robots also crash frequently. Cosmos seemed to be the worst - almost every appearance in the G1 cartoon had him crashing into something.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'', Shane Gooseman crashed ''least'' three interceptors and a Ranger cruiser...and the show only ran one season. His driving is [[DrivesLikeCrazy just as bad]].
* Whistler the heron in ''WesternAnimation/TheAnimalsOfFarthingWood'' is bad at landing in later episodes and falls on someone before able to take cover.
* The old ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' cartoons featured the world's most incompetent sailor, Captain Peter "Wrongway" Peachfuzz.
* Dulcy the dragon in ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' almost always messes up her landings. The only time she doesn't is when she's carrying another dragon's egg.
* Invincibility and unlimited strength and power don't prevent WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}} from crashing mid-flight several times per episode. One episode where he drives an armored car shows he doesn't need to be flying to crash, either.
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* [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-666-j One of the "joke" articles]] of the Wiki/SCPFoundation states that Dr. Gerald has this effect on any vehicle:\\
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''A research team hypothesized that rollerblades are, technically, vehicles. We tested their hypothesis by having Gerald skate into the IRG's headquarters in Tehran. They were right.'' (This description is a subtitle of a picture showing an exploding building)
* When asked if he can land a plane, [[RedVsBlue Grif]] answers: "That just means stop flying, right?" He is a little better with [[BadassDriver cars]].
* Agent Sergio Turbo from the ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum has been nicknamed "Crash-It Turbo" for his tendency to destroy or at least damage vehicles in some way during missions. To date, he crashed a fighter jet, nearly ran over the whole Department of Sufficiently Advanced Technology while landing another, squished several cars while taxiing an airliner and scraped the hull of a spaceship on the ground while trying to park it... and that's only what happens on-screen. Apparently, he [[NoodleIncident somehow managed to crash a Zodiac inflatable boat too]].
* This is how Chuck Sonnenberg of Website/SFDebris views Captain Janeway of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', due to a habit of blindly ordering the ship into suicidal situations. One of the ways Sonnenberg views Janeway, at least. Specifically, one of the ''nicest''.
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Smith_(sea_captain) Edward Smith]]: First he was captain when a ship called the RMS ''Olympic'' nearly destroyed a tugboat that was guiding it into dock. Later on, it collided with a British warship. Then ''Olympic'' lost a propeller blade and she returned to her builder for emergency repairs. Then he was captain when a ship called the RMS ''{{Titanic}}'' sailed from Southampton to New York City. [[ItWasHisSled Perhaps you have heard about what happened during that voyage]].
** Not just that, but ''Olympic'' and ''Titanic'' actually were sister ships (the third sister of the trio is ''Britannic'' - originally ''Gigantic''). All three ships experienced some kind of disaster upon their first launch, too (though ''Olympic'' managed to ''avoid'' getting sunk, and served for many years).
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Columbus Christopher Columbus]] crashed his flagships on three of his four voyages to America. On his first voyage, the ''Santa Maria'' ran aground and sank off Hispaniola. Second, the ''Niña'' ran aground on a small island near Cuba and suffered badly, but remained afloat. On the fourth, two of Columbus's ships were intentionally grounded off Jamaica because of severe storm damage.
** He has the excuse of no European In recorded history having been there before...at least the first time. After that this trope was in full force.
*** Considering the time and effort it takes to accurately chart shoals, shallows, reefs, rocks, and other underwater obstructions, without modern sounding equipment I think you can safely give him a pass on all of them.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesley_Sullenberger Chesley Burnett "Sully" Sullenberger III]] is a rare good pilot remembered for this. On January 15, 2009, after bird hits took out the engines of his Airbus A320, he calmly landed in the Hudson river - ''saving the lives of all 155 people on the aircraft''. As air traffic controllers panicked and continued to offer him alternate landing places, Captain Sullenberger calmly told them "We'll be in the Hudson". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tE_5eiYn0D0 Listen to him here.]] While this was his only crash, he fits the trope well in this instance and is honorably remembered for it.
* Cpt. Hans Ulrich Lutz, Swiss aviator with the Crossair airline, worked as a pilot-in-command and a training pilot, even though his competences were somewhat slim: flying a Saab 340, he failed an upgrade exam to MD-80 eight consecutive times; he crashed an aircraft while sitting on the tarmac (he tried to retract the gear to show the student that it is impossible on the ground due to pressure sensors in the landing gear, but on this particular aircraft, these sensors were temporarily disabled and he simply retracted the gear, resulting in a Saab 340 write-off); once, he almost landed in Italy instead of Switzerland due to navigational errors; and once, he almost flew his aircraft into a lake, confusing it with a runway. Sadly, on 24 November 2001, Crossair Flight 3597 crashed into a hill on final approach due to his major error (he descended well below the minimum safety altitude in heavy snowfall and borderline visibility), claiming 24 of 33 people on board.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_K._Hamilton Charles Hamilton]], an American aviation pioneer and "frequently drunk" stunt pilot, was issued the 12th pilots' license ever...and survived over 60 crashes. Strangely enough, he walked away from most of the wreckage and died of tuberculosis.
* [[http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/make-believe-maverick-20081016?page=3 John McCain]] had a longstanding reputation for being unable to stay airborne, pulling stunts like crashing into suburban power lines even though his flight plan was high altitude. It's rumored that his father being in charge of his branch of the armed forces was a factor in his keeping his wings. [=McCain=] came to be known mockingly as a "reverse ace", for having lost 5 of his own planes. In fairness, two were fault; one plane was destroyed (while on a carrier deck, but with [=McCain=] in the cockpit) when another pilot somehow managed to accidentally fire off a rocket into it, and the last time he crashed was when he was shot down by the enemy on a bombing mission.
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