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->''It would be the greatest mining vehicle ever constructed: fifty feet long and fully mechanized, powered by compressed steam. It would boast three primary drilling and cutting heads, positioned at the front of the craft; and a system of spiral shoveling devices mounted along the back and sides would scoop the bored-through ice, rocks, or earth back out of the drilling path. Carefully weighted and meticulously reinforced, this machine could drill in an almost perfect vertical or horizontal path, depending on the whims of the man in the driverís seat. Its precision would be unprecedented, and its power would set the standard for all such devices to come.''
-->-- '''{{Boneshaker}}'''

The concept is simple, really. A tracked vehicle with a great big [[ThisIsADrill drill]] bolted onto the front. What it is varies. Theoretically, this may be intended as a mining and/or tunneling vehicle, and indeed, many of them do use them to tunnel beneath the earth. Others use them to break through walls and other barriers. Quite a few of them are used directly against enemies. There is an occasional variant in the form of a Drill ''Jet'', which is exactly what it sounds like.

Given the status of drill with {{Super Robot}}s, any {{Combining|Mecha}} Super Robot has a good chance of having one of these as a component.

Subtrope of TankGoodness. Often involves FastTunnelling. Connected to ThisIsADrill.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* [=DrillGao=] in ''Anime/GaoGaiGar''.
** [=StraightGao and SpiralGao=] are ''mole'' drill tanks.
* G-Driller in ''{{Gravion}}''.
* Battle Craft in ''CombattlerV''
* Featured in ''[[GetterRobo Getter Robo Go]]'', where they're dropped from bombers and used to attack underground bases.
* Rod Drill in ''MachineRobo''.
** Also, Drill Robo in ''MachineRobo Rescue''.
* The Magma Swimmer employed in episode 27 of ''KeroroGunsou''.
* In the final episode of ''{{Bubblegum Cr|isis}}ash'', the villain uses a massive tunneling machine in his plot to destroy Megatokyo. This one uses lasers to drill.
* Team Rocket from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' have used these on occasion. Majorily themed around Dugtrio.
* Lala of ''Manga/ToLoveRu'' builds one of these to find her own hot spring. She finds one, and inadvertently saves the world from a mole civilization by flooding them all.
* The Subterranean Tank that appears in both the original & 2003 incarnations of ''Anime/AstroBoy''. Strangely the story is completely different in each version. Originally it was a weapon made by an evil dictator. In the newer one it was created for an underground expedition backed by a wealthy financier.
* In ''Anime/TransformersEnergon'', one of Optimus Prime's [[CombiningMecha mini-vehicles]] is a drill-tank. Oddly enough, when Prime {{combin|ingMecha}}ed with them for his Super Mode, the drill would be used as a ''leg'', rather than an arm. A few episodes into the series, the animators realized this, and the drill switched to an arm from then on.
** Drill-tanks are also the vehicle modes of several Transformers, including Galvatron from ''Anime/BeastWarsII'', and Menasor from ''Anime/TransformersCybertron''.
* Labyrinth Tank from the ''Anime/YuGiOh'' series, which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, a tank in a labyrinth with drills in its drill.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* TheBlackSapper appeared in various British comics, as a text story and later as a comic strip, from the late 1920s until the 1970s, making this at least OlderThanTelevision. Sapper's mole had no tracks, or any other visible means of moving itself except the drill heads.
* Calvin "Cave" Carson, a classic DC Comics adventurer who still appears once in a while, is a spelunker (hence the nickname) who uses vehicles with giant drills to tunnel into the Earth's crust and such.
* [[Comicbook/GoldDigger Gina Diggers]] has a {{transforming|Mecha}} Drill Tank in more recent issues. It's named [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars Gespenst]].
* The Chinese teach Mazer Rackham's squad how to operate their drill tanks in ''Formic Wars: Burning Earth''.
* Golden Age Daredevil's enemy [[YellowPeril the Claw]] had one of these, capable of drilling from the Pacific islands to the eastern United States.
* The [[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G.I. Joe Team]] kept one as an EscapePod, should their ElaborateUndergroundBase, the Pit, be destroyed. When the mostly-vacant Pit ''was'' destroyed amidst a Cobra invasion, Cobra Commander and Destro used it to get out.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Used for transportation in ''At the Earth's Core''.
* The Digger from ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''.
* The mining vehicle from the original ''Film/TotalRecall1990''.
* [[Film/GodzillaVsSpaceGodzilla MOGUERA's]] upper half transforms into Land Moguera, which uses MOGUERA's drill nose and laser-firing arms to burrow.
* Featured in ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}''.
* Although strictly speaking it's drill-less, the ship used in ''Film/TheCore''. Its drill in this case is a superlaser assembly at the front.
* ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' used these as well
* Two of the Rehabilitation "monster trucks" in ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}''.
* In the last two installments of Film/TheMatrix the machines drill their way down to [[LaResistance Zion]] in order to avoid the defence lines.
* Happens literally in ''JackbootsOnWhitehall''. ThoseWackyNazis drill a tunnel under the English channel using a drill mounted on the front of a panzer.
* [[EvilGenius Shockwave]] from [[Film/{{Transformers}} ''Transformers: Dark of the Moon'']] actually rides in a large Cybertronian drill tank [[SandWorm worm]].
* TheIncredibles: The Underminer appears riding one of these.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The dygos in ''Literature/ThePendragonAdventure'', where they're used by the Rokador of Zadaa to make their ElaborateUndergroundBase home.
* The "iron mole" that delivers David Innes and Abner Perry to Pellucidar in Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs' ''Literature/{{Pellucidar}}'' series.
* A burrowing machine (that is never actually completed) froms part of the plot of the very strange science fiction novel ''Twilight of the Vilp'' by Paul Ableman.
* In the ''{{Tunnels}}'' series, the Coprolites use drill tanks to excavate the tunnels of their expansive civilization BeneathTheEarth. One of the heroes later steals one to break through the walls of a reinforced bunker.
* A 1946 short story, "The Last Objective" by Paul Carter, features very large subterrene drill tanks the size of oceangoing warships--"underground cruisers"--in a post-apocalyptic world in which the surface has been rendered uninhabitable by atomic bombs but the survivors continue to futilely battle it out underground.
* Unfortunately we never actually see the device in action, but Dr Blue's "Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine" is the 'title character' of ''{{Boneshaker}}'', a SteamPunk novel by Cherie Priest. A massive mobile drill created in 1860's Seattle to drill through the ice for the Russian government, [[spoiler:its inventor instead uses his creation to loot several underground bank vaults, creating massive subsidence and accidentally releasing an underground gas that turns people into zombies.]]
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The Drill Driver of ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'', and its ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' counterpart [[Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger GoGo Drill]]. Far from the first, and probably far from the last.
** [=GoZyu=] Drill from ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', the default form of [[SixthRanger GokaiSilver's]] personal mecha [=GoZyuJin=]. Technically speaking, it's actually a Drill Jet[[note]]Since it represents the true power of the ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'', it's based off of their own Time Jets[[/note]], but in practice it hovers low to the ground and generally acts like a Drill Tank (presumably because having it fly in every battle would make production costs skyrocket).
* One of them is used in an episode of ''{{Eureka}}''.
* ''TomicaHeroRescueForce'' has one in the form of the Rescue Drill.
* The lead car of [[Series/KamenRiderDenO Kamen Rider Zeronos']] CoolTrain has a giant bull head that can flip around to reveal a drill.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' had an episode featuring one of these, built by aliens somewhere on the DieselPunk [[TechnologyLevels stage of technological development]]. And designed by Jonas Quinn, in one of his few appearances after he left the main cast. It actually turns out to not work particularly well at a critical moment, and much [[RuleOfDrama tension]] ensues.
* The first five MetalHeroes have someones.
** ''Series/SpaceSheriffGavan'' have Scoopers, the bifurcate drill tank.
** ''Series/SpaceSheriffSharivan'' have Mogriran, an single drill tank.
** ''Series/SpaceSheriffShaider'' have Battle Shaian, from bottom part from Shaian, the Upper part split into CoolShip, they calls for one from his CoolShip when he needs to break into a fortified / underground enemy base. Upon making a breach, he fires a couple of missiles before disembarking and assaulting on foot. This cop doesn't believe in flashbangs.
*** In ''Series/VRTroopers'', they get one of these in the second season (when the Shaider footage starts being used.) Strangely, it seems ''every EvilPlan ever'' suddenly requires something to be made in one of these underground facilities before the facility is destroyed in [[StockFootage precisely the same fashion]] as last week's.
** KyojuuTokusouJuspion have Garbin Tank, the part in the middle split into a CoolShip too.
** JikuuSenshiSpielban have Drill Gaios, splitted from Gaios, the cabin transform into an CoolShip an ShoutOut from [[StarWars X-Wing]].
* The Mole in Series/{{Thunderbirds}} is one of these.
* A variant in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' with the drill-capable elevator on Katratzi.
* An incredibly obscure example comes from the old BBC educational kids' programme ''Zig Zag: Tales from Europe''. Intended to teach children about folklore, it featured an eccentric woman travelling around Europe in one of these called the Hypersonic Mole.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* This is one of the Contraptions you must build in ''[[VideoGame/ProPinballFantasticJourney Pro Pinball: Fantastic Journey]]''
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Termites in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. A Diorama of the Siege of the Emperor's Palace also shows the traitors using a large Drill Tank to breach one of the palace walls.
** There's also the Hades Breach Drill, which is smaller than the Termite but has a similar purpose (drilling underneath, or through, enemy fortifications). Amusingly, nothing stops you from using a Hades while playing on a map that is supposed to be a space ship.
** Also, some warships are equipped with giant drills for use in boarding operations. They ram an enemy ship and drill into its side, allowing them to deposit troops directly inside. Seen in ''Literature/SpaceWolf: Grey Hunter''.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* The Chrome Crusher from Franchise/{{LEGO}}'s Franchise/RockRaiders theme, and the Thunder Driller from Toys/LEGOPowerMiners.
** The Titanium Command Rig can be considered a massively upsized version of the Thunder Driller.
* One of the best known of the [[WesternAnimation/ChallengeOfTheGoBots Go-Bots]] (AKA Machine Robo) was a drill tank with the unlikely name of Screw Head.
* Amongst the [[TransformersGeneration1 G1 Transformers]], one of the Technobots was one of these, named [[http://www.tfu.info/1987/Autobot/Nosecone/nosecone.htm Nosecone.]].
** Nosecone, though [[TransformersVictory Drillhorn of the Breastforce]] ([[GratuitousEnglish seriously]]) fits the 'unimaginative name' bill.
** There's also Twin Twist, who transforms into a ''double'' drill tank, and much much later, a minicon named Drill Bit would be made... though his giant drill is in back.
*** Also, Drill Dasher.
** Galvatron from ''Anime/BeastWarsII'' turns into a drill tank.
** For all the Transformers with a drill tank mode, practically none of them use the drill as a robot mode weapon.
*** Until now! In the Power Core Combiners line, one minicon turns into a drill, used as the weapon for both robot and vehicle mode of its partner! Meet [[http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transformers-feedback/317911-pcc-2-pack-review-sledge-w-throttler.html Sledge and Throttler!]]
* Microtron, a caterpillar-tracked robot from the [[Franchise/{{Micronauts}} Micronauts/Microman]] toy-line was one of these, with a rotating drill-bit protruding from his groin area. With Micronaut "interchangeability", it could be reconfigured to more closely resemble a DrillTank, with the drill where the head should be and large wheels instead of arms.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* It's actually a space battleship (albeit with a land mode), but the Kurogane from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' can serve this purpose.
** SRW also has the G-Bison component of the Grungust Type-3.
** The Gustlander mode of the [[TransformingMecha Grungust Type-1]] Doesn't actually have a drill, but invokes this trope nonetheless with its Spiral Attack, which is usually portrayed as a drill-shaped energy field in front of the tank.
* Nemesis Army Mole Machines in ''[[CityOfHeroes City of Heroes/Villains]]''.
* Driller-G's in ''VideoGame/MakaiKingdom''. %%The former page picture wasy the intro to a RandomEncounter where the only enemy on the new section of a stage is a high-level Driller-G.
** ''VideoGame/PrinnyCanIReallyBeTheHero'' has among its enemies a Sabre Cat that attacks by sending a tiny Remote-controlled Driller-G at you.
* The HAG-1 ([[BossSubtitles Monstrous Mechanical Mud-Muncher]]) from ''VideoGame/{{Banjo|-Kazooie}}-Tooie''.
* The eponymous ''DrillDozer'' alternates between walking and crawling. It appears as an [[AssistCharacter Assist Trophy]] in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros. Brawl''.
* While the subterranean flame tanks of ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberium Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun]]'' have spiked rollers instead, the subterranean [=APCs=] use drills.
* ''{{Carmageddon}}'' and its sequel have a drill ''monster truck''.
* A BossBattle in the game ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheEmperorsTomb'' has Indy running away from one of those - [[JawsFirstPersonPerspective from the tank's POV]].
* The [[WarmUpBoss infamously easy first boss]] in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' is a drill car. For nostalgia's sake, it made a return in the last level of ''[[VideoGame/SonicAdvanceTrilogy Sonic Advance]]'', where it can be blown to pieces with even greater ease.
* VideoGame/MegaMan and Roll's Rush Drill super in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom''.
** One of Hurricane Polymar's supers in ''VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom'' has him ''morphing'' into a ridiculously fast drill tank.
** Ground Man from ''VideoGame/MegaManAndBass'' transforms into a triple-drill tank vehicle mode.
** There is also drill tank enemies in ''VideoGame/MegaMan6'', ''VideoGame/MegaManX3'', and ''VideoGame/MegaManX4''.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 1'' has the mid-game level Mechaniloid which is about to barge into the rebel base.
** The ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'' series also had a MiniBoss called the Crushpactor, which used a spiked roller and a heavy laser to tunnel through the earth (or attack Vent/Alie or Ashe/Grey).
* The VZR tank from the obscure NES game ''VideoGame/WURMJourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth'', which could also hover, or transform into an airplane.
* The Dark Iron dwarves in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' use these on occasion, especially during Brewfest.
** The Brewfest-only Dark Iron boss has a chance to drop a remote that controls one of these, transporting the party to the tavern he holes up in -- from anywhere. Including another '''planet'''.
* ''VideoGame/MetalFatigue'' features Drill Trucks, which, while not armed, do sport tracks and a giant drill on the front for drilling underground tunnels.
* In ''DarkReign'', the Freedom Guard have Phase Tanks and Phase Runners, which although they lack drills, can hide and move underground.
* ''LostPlanet: Extreme Condition'' has the [=GAB-25=] [[AMechByAnyOtherName Vital Suit]] that can {{transform|ingMecha}} between this and [[SpiderTank quadrupedal mech]] forms.
* On one path in ''VideoGame/MetalSlug 3'', there is a Drill Slug that can extend the drill bit forward and machine guns to shoot at enemies on the ceiling.
* ''MetalGearSolid3'' has the Shagohod. Which has ''two'' drills. To be fair, they're just the front ends of the turbines that act as the treads, but still.
* In ''VideoGame/BlasterMaster Overdrive'', [[CoolCar S.O.P.H.I.A.]] acquires a Drill Kit upgrade after you defeat the boss of Area 3.
* In ''VideoGame/JeffWaynesWarOfTheWorlds'', the tunneling track layer.
* ''RedFaction'' has one with dual drills. The player can use it to drill through some walls and reach new areas.
* The player character of the obscure HudsonSoft game ''Itasundorious'', also released as ''Driller Tanks''.
* In ''VideoGame/MagicalDoropie'', the MiniBoss at the end of Round 2-2 is one of these.
* Mini-boss drill tanks are used by the evil Gedow in ViewtifulJoe 2.
* ''VideoGame/GotchaForce'' has one borg called Beam Tank, which is the only tank-class borg capable of making melee attacks with its drill in addition to ranged attacks.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' has one of these chase Leon and Ashley down a corridor in the dungeon.
* ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara: Samurai Heroes'' has the Drillatron, which appears as a miniboss in a few stages.
* ''VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTheArcadeGame'' memorably introduces Rocksteady with one at the end of the first level. Several more appear throughout the game.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Motherload}}'', you get to drive one of these in order to mine minerals off of an alien planet.
* The African Warlords from ''VideoGame/MarchOfWar'' use them.
* In Club Penguin, Herbert had one of these in the PSA mission 8
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has whole mecha-mole brigades, on things like this [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090121 Deep 6 Model]]. And other "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120822 submersibles de terre]]", like subterranean mecha-narwhals -- "''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120824 ordinary]]''" and not.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* The villainous Subterranean from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' uses a DrillTank to break into museums, bank vaults, and other secure locations from underneath.
* Libby in Literature/DragomirsDiary creates the Hypermole, a large, wheeled machine used to drill through a mountain. The drill mounted on the front looks more like an angular corkscrew than a standard drill; how this helps is anyone's guess.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The ''{{Superfriends}}'' episode "The Mysterious Moles". The Moles (husband Maximus and wife Minimus) created a machine with drills on front and back. They used it to drill to the bottom of a cave where they found a LostWorld.
* The Mole from ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'', one of the earliest on TV.
* The episode "The Drill" in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' deals with a massive siege engine used to penetrate the Great Wall of [[strike:China]] Ba Sing Se.
* During the time the Technodrome was underground in ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'', Shredder and his minions used capsule-like drill tanks to carry themselves to the surface and back. The Technodrome itself may count as well.
* The [=TurboMole=] in ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats''.
* Brock Samson and later Jefferson Twilight are seen driving one of these in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''.
* The titular bus' form in the book ''TheMagicSchoolBus Inside The Earth'' and the EdutainmentGame ''The Magic School Bus Explores Inside The Earth'' (note the all-important addition of the word "explores" in the game title). Ironically, the only [=TV=] episode in which the bus has this form was about ''plants''.
* One of these was used in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' to plow though a large crowd of hippies.
* Dr. Wily used one to help create earthquakes in the ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' episode "The Big Shake".
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' gives us Dr. Doofenshmirtz and his Drill-inator, which he uses in his plan to [[DiggingToChina make a tunnel to China]].
* Jake Rockwell's Awesome Auger weapon system from ''WesternAnimation/{{Centurions}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/WingCommanderAcademy'': In a flashback scene involving the time Grunt[[note]]so named for being a Marine to transferred to flight status[[/note]] served on Repleeta, the Kilrathi use a drill tank to dig up into human rear areas.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunnel_boring_machine Tunnel-boring machines]].
** And by extension, the tunnel driller in ''RedFaction''. And yes, the drills here actually carve through stone.
** The example from ''Avatar'' (particularly its way of movement) was also based on the tunnel-boring machine.
** Subverted, it bores (like a file), not drills (like a, well, drill).
* Heck, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subterrene Subterrenes]] could ''theoretically'' drill tunnels and eliminate waste rock AND reinforce the resulting tunnels fast enough to act as '''[[FastTunnelling transportation]]'''. However, [[SovietSuperscience only the Russians]] have ever been stupid enough to actually build a "Battle Mole", as the primary component was a '''''nuclear reactor'''''. Which broke down and killed the crew. ConspiracyTheories abound, however.
** Mind you, that nuclear reactors are used (for the most part) safely and efficiently on almost all modern submarines and aircraft carriers. The concept only needed better engineering.
** Similar concepts also make [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underground_rocket subterranean torpedoes]] plausible.
* In 1938, the British, anticipating that World War Two would be an ''exact'' re-run of UsefulNotes/WW1, designed and built a group of mammoth tanks, each weighing 185 tons, built for one purpose and one purpose only - digging trenches, in order to get that back-breaking labour safely mechanised. More cynical officers, whose reading of German strategy had convinced them that trench-building was futile, named these machines the ''TOG'' tanks, as "The Old Gang" of Colonel Blimps had ordered them built at massive cost. One was lost in France, and labelled useless scrap metal by its German captors; another two were used to build trenches and tank-traps around London in the event of German invasion.\\
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During the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, both sides reactivated the trench-digger idea in smaller and mechanically less complex form, based on tanks then in production: [[http://www.bmz.ru/earth/mdk2meng.htm Soviet MDK-2M]] and [[http://militarytechnics.com/vehicles/btm-fast-entrenching/ BTM-3]] on one side and [[http://www.armyrecognition.com/europe/Allemagne/vehicules_lourds/kodiak_engineer_vehicle_leopard_2/Kodiak_Leopard_2_engineer_armoured_vehicle_001.jpg Leopard tank based vehicles]] on the other side. They still work on ground surface like excavators, though.
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