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->''My Other Car Is a Broom''
-->-- '''Bumper sticker'''

Brooms are the traditional flying mount of witches. Some even use them [[ImprobableWeaponUser as weapons]].

According to [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] the idea of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broom#Brooms_and_witchcraft witches riding on brooms]] goes back to at least 1453, making this OlderThanSteam. In the original woodcuts, they've got the head or brush part in front, logical enough since the original witch's broom was a staff with a carved phallic end and the brush was tied on as a disguise. Today's depictions most often put the head in the back, for sake of an aerodynamic appearance (and for similarity with an exhaust pipe or jet engine).

This is AwesomeButImpractical, as brooms weren't designed to be ridden upon. You would crash more than on a motorcycle, and would then fall from very high up. Also, [[MunDanger you'd most likely suffer fatal internal injuries if you tried it for too long]] - look up [[TarredAndFeathered "Riding the Rail"]] sometime.[[labelnote:*]] Then again, [[AWizardDidIt it's magic.]][[/labelnote]]

Upright vacuum cleaners are a modern subversion of the broom idea.

Similar to the MagicCarpet, which is also a flying object but has unrelated origins and applications.

For the SpeculativeFiction version see RocketRide. Compare SkySurfing, in which various flying objects are ridden on while standing.
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[[folder:Advertising]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3btVEGC00Ns This GEICO insurance commercial]] describes customers' savings as making them "happier than a witch in a broom factory", along with a depiction thereof.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' has a button on the girls' taps in the first two seasons that summoned their brooms, but the cutscene is skipped in ''Motto'' and ''Dokkan''. Humorously, Majorika flew by using a ''dustpan''.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', several minor magical characters have brooms, and Negi uses a staff that's functionally the same. He later switches to SkySurfing on it, and by the end of the series he can fly unaided.
** [[DarkMagicalGirl Yue's]] artifact includes a flying broom, and [[WizardingSchool Ariadne Academy]] has classes of broom-riding.
* The opening credits of the ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' {{O|riginalVideoAnimation}}VAs from the 1990s briefly show Belldandy on a broomstick, followed by Skuld riding a vaguely broom-shaped flying machine, and finally (in a subversion of a subversion) Urd riding a ''canister'' vacuum with the hose draped around her like a feather boa. This is used as a visual representation of the different domains of each sister as Belldandy is the goddess of the past, Urd the present, and Skuld the future.
** In the manga, Urd's broomstick is so jazzed up with magic, it is sentient. When Belldandy borrows it, love blooms. Weird, twisted, "sweep with me!" love. Yes, sweep.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'':
** We first see Medusa riding a broom... that has an arrow/snakehead.
** Jacqueline turns into a lantern which can propel itself by shooting fire and grow a pole for her partner Kim to hang onto, visually evoking this trope. [[spoiler:Which hints at Kim really being a witch.]]
** People with a certain type of soul can make a [[EquippableAlly Weapon]] they're holding sprout wings to fly on them if they have the power of a Witch's soul. [[spoiler:Maka uses Soul's scythe form to accomplish it.]]
* In ''Anime/TweenyWitches'' the witches ride brooms and the title character, Alice, combines this with SkySurfing.
* Somehow subverted in ''Manga/{{Narutaru}}'' with Jun Ezumi, a girl who rides a flying broom that really is a "dragon", one of the {{Mons}} equivalent of the series. The protagonist Shiina even mistakes her for a witch, but Jun says she choose that specific form for her dragon (aptly if not creatively named "Broom") just for fun.
* Dorothy of ''Manga/{{MAR}}'' rides a broom, preferring it even over the carpet the other characters ride. It doubles as her standard weapon. The broom is about her only trait that most would consider telling for her classification of "witch". In ''MAR Heaven'', it's just the name of a person from a restrictive country. None of the other characters from the same place are seen with brooms.
* A variation in the ''[[Creator/RumikoTakahashi Rumic Theater]]'' story "One Hundred Years of Love". Ninety-year-old Risa Hoshino gains weird telekinetic powers after a near-death experience, and then can fly by riding a ''crutch''. She doesn't really need it, but it helps her stand up once she reaches the ground. Note also that since she's a {{Miniature Senior Citizen|s}}, the crutch is twice as tall as her.
* Subverted in ''Anime/StrikeWitches'', with broomsticks being relegated to use as training devices, as season 2 episode 3 demonstrated the UnfortunateImplications and other [[GroinAttack problems]] of their use.
* In ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService'', Kiki normally uses a traditionally made broom. At the end of the film, however, she is forced to improvise, using a mass-produced deck brush. The deck brush works, but is extremely difficult to control.
* Brooms in ''Anime/OkusamaWaMahouShoujo'' comes in several flavours, aside from the standard ones: Modern ones, vacuum cleaners, and giant eating utensils.
* Double-subversion in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'': Sakura does not ride a broomstick, but she uses her MagicWand like this after she captures the Fly card.
* [[CuteWitch Fabia Crozelg]] of ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' uses a witch broom called Hell Gazer as her [[EmpathicWeapon Device]].
* Broom flying is considered such an elementary skill in LittleWitchAcademia that nobody even considers the possibility that main character Akko can't do it. It becomes a running gag.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}: Darkness Calls'', witches are shown flying unaided, on giant animals (like cats), in cups, and with all types of animals/items... even brooms.
* Often seen (along with occasionally the vacuum cleaner variant) in the ''ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' comic.
* ''CuteWitch Wendy the Good Little Witch'' (WesternAnimation/CasperTheFriendlyGhost's friend) used to ride a broom (sentient in some stories, and called Broomie); now she rides a flying vacuum cleaner.
* Leni "Sky Witch" Muller from ''TopTen'' rides a mechanical flying machine that resembles a broomstick.
* In Franchise/TheDCU, Comicbook/{{Starman}} foe the Prairie Witch rode on a flying broomstick. Starman was convinced that it was some kind of technological trick until he yanked it away from her (causing her to plummet to the ground) and discovered it was a perfectly ordinary broom.
* In the indie comic ''{{Underburbs}}'', main character Angela is a witch who rides a broom, complete with a black cat living in it. Bearing in mind the broom was part of a Halloween costume made real by magic.
* In his very first appearance in ''[[ComicBook/SpiderMan The Amazing Spider-Man]]'', the [[NormanOsborn Green Goblin]] flew around on a high-tech version of a broomstick. Subsequent appearances replaced this with the trademark Goblin Glider.
* In the [[FrancoBelgianComics Franco-Belgian Comic]] ''Mélusine'', the CuteWitch protagonist and many other characters regularly ride brooms. Her friend Cancrelune, however, is a catastrophically clumsy flyer and a CaptainCrash.
* Before appearing in her [[Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch live action series]], Sabrina used these ''a lot'' when she appeared in comic books.
* Routinely used by Magicka De Spell and other witches from the [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Disney comics]]. Some comics even have the broom act as Magicka's AnimateInanimateObject sidekick.
* In ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'' comic book story "The Flying Smurf", the titular character creates one by using a magic spell on an ordinary broom, but it ends up flying without him, and after Papa Smurf finds the book that Flying Smurf used and puts it back in his laboratory, Flying tries to create another flying broom with no success. (This was later used in the AnimatedAdaptation of the comic book story "The Astro Smurf.")
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The fourth installment of ''Series/{{Fantaghiro}}'' played with this one hard: When Xellesia and the Black Queen realize that the latter can't transform into anything that flies, they seek an alternate means (including carpets, rejected because they only work well in [[ArabianNightsDays Arabian Nights Land]]) and eventually settle on the brooms, despite the Black Queen complaining that they will look ridiculous.
* In ''Film/HocusPocus'', when the Sanderson Sisters' brooms were stolen, Winifred was the only one to find a (modern) broom. Sarah had a mop and Mary had a vacuum cleaner.
* An interesting subversion for this trope comes from the movie version of ''PracticalMagic'', where witches having the brooms serves a purpose, to sweep away the ashes of the soul removed from possessing Gillian Owens.
* The Wicked Witch of the west rides one in ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. (In [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz the original novel]] she carries an umbrella instead of the traditional broomstick, because her secret weakness is... well... water.)
* ''Film/BedknobsAndBroomsticks'', [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin surprisingly enough...]]
* The ''Film/HarryPotter'' movies, of course, featuring everything from high-speed chases to sporting events mounted on the brooms. The actors have often noted that while the broomstick scenes look fun when you see them on screen, they were not fun to film. They were uncomfortable for the male actors (as Creator/DanielRadcliffe puts it, "certain very, very important organs are crushed") and tedious for everyone, since actual filming obviously consisted of spending hours sitting around in front of a [[ChromaKey blue screen or green screen]].
* Averted in ''Film/HanselAndGretelWitchHunters'' where the witches fly long crooked sticks, but not brooms.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' universe, flying broomsticks come in a variety of makes and models. Then there's the spells that go with them and a popular sport, Quidditch, that employs them.
** In ''Literature/QuidditchThroughTheAges'', it is said that brooms come with a cushioning charm on them, so ''Harry Potter'' has AWizardDidIt {{Handwave}}. ''Quidditch Through the Ages'' also lampshades how these are probably the magical community's worst-kept secret, stating that "no Muggle drawing of a wizard or witch is complete without one."
** {{Defictionalization}}: Mattel briefly produced a battery-powered Harry Potter broomstick. This vibrating toy was popular with young girls -- it could ''really'' make them "fly". No wonder it was swiftly recalled.
* The Lancre witches of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. And in ''Discworld/EqualRites'', Granny Weatherwax once had to make do with her protégé's wizard staff. (Earlier in the book, Esk had disguised the staff by sticking bristles on it, which is one theory as to the origins of flying brooms in the first place.)
** In ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'', it's said you need magic to keep a broomstick up, but other books suggest the magic is intrinsic to the broom, and even Rincewind can fly one. In ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'' Nanny Ogg complains her grandkids keep joy-riding on hers, and in ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', Moist Von Lipwig just paints an ordinary broomstick blue with stars, in order to fool the antagonist into thinking it was a real one.
*** Which is of course, pretty clever for Moist, as belief is awfully powerful on Discworld.
** Granny's broomstick is described as [[TheAllegedCar the magical equivalent of a split window Morris Minor]], and the dwarf craftsman who looks at it is amazed it flew at all. In later books it's been fixed up, but still needs a running start. Though in one case of escaping danger, just outright jumping off a cliff qualifies as a "running start".
** It is also made clear that they are not exactly wonderful for long range travel, lacking a real seat and being so high in the air that extra layers of underwear are required.
** And in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', the wizards speed up a carriage in part by nailing broomsticks to the bottom to make it hover.
* Keith Roberts' ''Anita'' stories had the title character, among other things, learning to fly a broomstick, and IIRC discussing its technicalities with other trainee witches in the same way other kids would discuss motorbikes. There's some bits with "the Controller," who gives out landing clearance instructions like an air traffic controller[[note]] Although he evidently also has authority over several other aspects of being a witch[[/note]], and a scene where Anita's grandmother, attempting a tricky rescue on broom, tells a friend "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernier_thruster Verniers]]," and a moment later corrects it to "Main jets ... Aggie, ''fire main jets''..."
* There's a book about an apprentice witch titled ''Wise Child''. In a scene where the main character must go on some kind of spirit quest or something and she actually used the broomstick in, uh, the way described by Meiriona; the whole "flying" effect was due to the hallucinogenics being absorbed through a, shall we say, tender area.
* In the ''Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles'', this is the standard transport method for witches. However, we learn that broomsticks are made to fly by the application of a balm, which can be used on anything wooden to achieve the same effect. This is used to make a much more seatable flying basket, although it has stability issues.
** Mention is also made that the standard way to ride a broom is to sit sideways, not astride, which would be far easier on the groin.
* Meg, from the ''MegAndMog'' children's book series, rides a broomstick.
* In ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'', witches fly on branches of "cloud pine".
* Averted in ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'', where it is mentioned that no witch uses broomsticks anymore for flying.
* The ''Literature/DorrieTheLittleWitch'' stories used them in the traditional way, and some not traditional, such as pulling carriages in the air.
* Harold Shea enchants brooms in each episode of ''The Incompleat Enchanter''. In ''The Castle of Iron'', he uses a Moorish carpet instead, while flying brooms don't belong in the Kalevala or Old Ireland and, presumably for this reason, aren't resorted to in ''The Wall of Serpents'' or ''The Green Magician''.
* This trope is not exclusively western; witches flying on broomsticks are off-handedly mentioned in one story of the ''Literature/ArabianNights''.
* Used extensively in ''[[Literature/RachelGriffin The UnexpectedEnlightenmentOfRachelGriffin]]''. The eponymous Rachel, an expert, rides a hand-made steeplechaser-type broom. Others use more standard "Flycycles". Bristleless brooms are reserved for beginners.
* The children discover Miss Price is a witch in ''Literature/BedknobAndBroomstick'' when they help her recover from a crash on one of these.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* While not seen in the show itself, the opening credits of ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' features an animated Samantha flying around on her broom.
** NicoleKidman (a.k.a. Samantha) rides one in the [[Film/{{Bewitched}} 2004 film]].
* At least one episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' has her on a flying vacuum cleaner.
* ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'' had a spin on this, hoverbikes that transformed from brooms. There was also a FlyingCarpet for the SixthRanger.
* In ''HRPufnstuf'', Witchiepoo drove a broomstick-like vehicle called the Vroom Broom that included a sidecar.
* A Halloween episode of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' reveals Phoebe's dislike for the "cackling hags on broomsticks cliché", until time travelling shenanigans reveal that she created the cliché, much to her amusement.
* In "Catastrophe", Kate's first appearance on ''{{Rentaghost}}'', she and Mumford are transported back from the Spirit World on a flying broomstick; having turned down the offer of a flying vacuum cleaner.
* Lampshaded in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' when a Wiccan group at Willow's college complain about this being a "[[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad non-empowering stereotype]]". Sure enough Tara is seen faking a smile when Dawn gives her a broom for her birthday in "Family".
* On ''Series/TheXFiles'', Mulder and Scully were investigating a case that appeared to involve witches. They knock on a woman's door but there's no answer. Mulder points to a broom near the door and says, "Probable cause?"
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[[folder:Manhwa]]
* West is curiously enough the only witch from ''Manhwa/WitchHunter'' to use a broom.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* The "Trick or Treat" table in ''VideoGame/PsychoPinball'' includes a WickedWitch on a flying broomstick silhouetted in front of the moon.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* One magic item in most editions of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' is some kind of flying broom, along with a magic carpet and a winglike cape. Notably, near any object could be enchanted for this purpose... Autonomous ass-kicking animated broom is also available.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* The end of Act One of ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' shows how Elphaba, [[Film/TheWizardOfOz The Wicked Witch of the West]], succeeded in escaping the Wizard's thugs by enchanting her broom to fly, while singing "[[IAmBecomingSong Defying Gravity]]".
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** Maple the Witch from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames'' has first a broom, then a vacuum cleaner, then a ''flying saucer''.
** Koume and Kotake from ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' also ride broomsticks.
** Irene from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds'' has one that she [[WarpWhistle lets Link ride to travel quickly between areas]]. It even does so by itself when she is absent.
* Arche from ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' flies around on a broom, and in battle too, refreshingly. She also uses them for her weapons. This also enables her to dodge many ground-only based effects, such as the Tractor Beam spell.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' games, this is used by one of the enemies which gives you the Clean power. In ''Kirby's Dream Land 3'', pairing up with Chuchu with the Clean power lets Kirby fly a broom himself.
** This appears in the [[Anime/KirbyOfTheStars anime]], fittingly enough in an episode involving a pastiche of the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books.
* Kammy Koopa from ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' has one. Some of the Magikoopas do, as well.
** And before her, Kamek from ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'' and ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime Partners in Time]]'' fame.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' during the Hallow's End event, the summoned Headless Horseman can sometimes drop flying brooms that can be used as mounts as part of his loot. Unfortunately for players, they only last 14 days.
* CuteWitch Marisa Kirisame from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. WordOfGod says she doesn't really need a broom to fly (since everyone in the games can fly anyway), but uses it because she consciously goes for a Western witch look, [[GenreSavvy and that obviously includes the broom]].
* Gruntilda in ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie''.
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenIII's'' Rody wants to become a [[CuteWitch witch]] just so he can ride a broom. He even uses one as a weapon in the meantime, so he'll always have one handy.
* ''VideoGame/FlyFF'' has them, although they're not limited to only the magical character classes. Whether a player chooses to ride a broom or [[SkySurfing a board]] is largely a matter of taste.
** To go into more detail, there are three ways you can fly: [[FlyingBroomstick sitting on something and riding it like a broom]], [[SkySurfing standing on something]], or [[WingedHumanoid with wings]]. "Broom" items are generally stick-shaped, although there are a few exceptions (like a wooden rocking horse); a recent "broom" is actually a guitar.
* Later "silly" depictions of Kohaku in ''VideoGame/MeltyBlood'' gives her this ability. Her broom also has a [[SwordCane sword hidden in the handle.]] The [[AWizardDidIt only explanation]] has been [[RealityWarper the Tatari's Influence.]]
* The Witch enemy in ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' rides on a broomstick and strafes you with magic. The ''Student'' Witch tries... but can't keep it in the air more than three seconds.
* In ''[[MagiciansQuestMysteriousTimes Magician's Quest/Enchanted Folk]]'', a very Harry-Potter-esque game, it's no surprise that there is a wide selection of flying brooms (well, hovering brooms) to be ridden. There's also a broom-shaped taxi.
* In ''VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom'', [[VideoGame/MegaMan Roll]] rides on her broomstick whenever she dashes forward.
* ''[[VideoGame/FreedomForce Freedom Force vs. the Third Reich]]'' features Red Oktober, a [[UsefulNotes/RussiansWithRustingRockets Soviet]] witch. When she flies into the air, it's on a broomstick.
* In ''VideoGame/MagicalDoropie'', Doropie's broom functions as a moving platform, like VideoGame/MegaMan's Item-2.
* Even ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' has a magical broomstick which, when enchanted, can be used to teleport to a certain place, with the animation being of the player mounting it Harry Potter style. Naturally, it is earned by helping out a witch.
* One can buy a broomstick-themed Extreme Gear in the first ''VideoGame/SonicRiders''. It allows anyone who rides it the ability to grind on pipes.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims3: Supernatural'' broomsticks were introduced as a vehicle. Although any sim can use them, typically witches will use them automatically.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Winnie from ''Webcomic/FreeSpirit'' has a broom that can quickly fly people to anywhere in the world, and also turn them invisible while traveling.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Creator/HannaBarbera's ''WesternAnimation/WinsomeWitch''.
* The WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes character Witch Hazel uses a flying broom. One cartoon featuring her has a gag about Hazel taking her ''sweeping'' broom by mistake.
** In ''Bewitched Bunny'', Literature/HanselAndGretel -- having been warned off by WesternAnimation/BugsBunny -- jeer at Witch Hazel as they're departing her cottage: "Ahhh, your mother rides a vacuum cleaner!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'', there is a cleaning woman-gone-witch named Winifred who flies around on a magic hoover.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}} in the 4Kids dub of ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' when Tecna says, "Real witches don't ride brooms, Zing. You've been watching too many of Bloom's Earth [=DVDs=]."
* Witch Hazel from the WesternAnimation/{{Classic Disney Short|s}} ''Trick or Treat'', and subsequent appearances in Disney comics, has a broom named Beelzebub, which acts as both her servant and her mode of transport.
* From ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'', Madam Razz has a flying, talking broomstick with anthropomorphic face and arms named... Broom.
* BigBad Revolta in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheGhoulSchool'' rides one.
** And Scooby and Shaggy use one for transportation in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheGoblinKing''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaAndTheGroovieGoolies'': Sabrina's ride had a big cushioned eggshell-like seat with a flower on top. (Aunt Zelda flew a vacuum cleaner.)
* Most if not all witches in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' used flying broomsticks. Most notably was Brenda, the good little witch.
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[[folder: Jokes]]
* Q.: Why would Hillary Clinton's election as president save the government a great deal of money?
A.: Air Force One could be replaced with a broomstick.
* Q:Why do modern witches use vacuum cleaners?
A: Well, don't you?
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