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

Brooms are the traditional flying mount of the WitchClassic. 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 [[OlderThanSteam at least 1453]]. 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).

As brooms [[DifficultButAwesome aren't exactly designed]] to be ridden upon, riding one would require really good balance so as not to fall off, especially when really high up. Prospective witches and warlocks should also try not to land wrong while sitting on their brooms either or you'll end up [[GroinAttack "Riding the Rail"]] if you know what I mean. At some point, witches were portrayed as riding the brooms side-saddle, similar to how women traditionally rode horseback. If two witches are shown together, the difference in how they sit on their brooms usually relates to a TomboyAndGirlyGirl dynamic.

Another (considerably more NSFW) explanation involves sex and drugs, in a certain sense. Accounts from the 16th century revealed that witches' potions contained hallucinogens that, when consumed, gave the sensation of flying. As oral ingestion put them at risk of overdosing, suspected witches applied these hallucinogenic potions topically. It turns out the most effective places for absorption through the skin were on the armpits and in their lady parts, where the broom turned out to be quite handy. In other words, ''riding'' a broom is really a 500-year-old DoubleEntendre.

Upright vacuum cleaners are a modern subversion of the broom idea; and at least one show moved on to a witch flying on ''Roombas'', as an ultra-modern broom.

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.


* [[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.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* 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.
* Mostly played straight in ''Manga/AkazukinChaCha'', but it is also parodied: the ''school bus'' that the class rides to field trips on is this, with enough seats for everyone.
* During the Fantasia arc of ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' , the party meets an attractive (but aggressive) witch Morda who rides flying broomstick casually. Isidro is quick to note how impressive it is to see a "actual witch" just to annoy the group's resident non-flying witch Schierke.
* Double-subversion in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'': Sakura does not ride a broomstick, but she uses her MagicWand like this after she captures the Fly card [[spoiler:until she upgrades it into a Sakura card [[PowerGivesYouWings and it lets her grow wing]].]]
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': [[spoiler:Aleister]] uses a flying broomstick to rescue Touma from falling, in New Testament 18's Epilogue.
* Makoto in ''Manga/FlyingWitch'' complains that "Flying for a long time really hurts my butt and groin." Her senior-witch sister Akane laughs and points out that "A lot of people think they're riding the brooms," but "The secret is you don't ride the broom. You're actually supposed to levitate yourself too." That explains how witches can ride a broomstick without agony, or having to ride sidesaddle.
* A ''Manga/GhostSweeperMikami'' episode was about two flying brooms built centuries ago by Doctor Chaos. [[spoiler:They have a tragic backstory, as they belonged to a páir of StarCrossedLovers whose souls are bound to them.]]
* While Izetta of ''Anime/IzettaTheLastWitch'' is first seen riding the traditional broomstick, the magic is hers, not the broom's. When she has to catch her beloved Princess Finé from a still-airborne plane wreck, she grabs the closest available substitute: an [[{{BFG}} anti-tank rifle]]. (A [[StealthPun flying boomstick]], perhaps?) The gun performs beautifully as a substitute; Izetta can stay abreast of fighter planes doing 400 kilometers per hour, and shoot them down besides.
* ''Franchise/{{Jewelpet}}'':
** In ''Anime/{{Jewelpet 2009}}'', almost all the titular pets, who're wizards, ride flying brooms everywhere.
** TheMovie ''Sweets Dance Princess'' brings them back.
* 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.
* Broom flying is considered such an elementary skill in ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'' that nobody even considers the possibility that main character Akko can't do it. It becomes a running gag.
** In the TV version, Professor of "Modern Magic" Croix flys on a Roomba.
* 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.
* [[CuteWitch Fabia Crozelg]] of ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' uses a witch broom called Hell Gazer as her [[EmpathicWeapon Device]].
* 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.
* 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.
* ''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''.
* Brooms in ''Anime/OkusamaWaMahouShoujo'' comes in several flavours, aside from the standard ones: Modern ones, vacuum cleaners, and giant eating utensils.
* 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 they 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.
* ''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.]]
* 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/TweenyWitches'' the witches ride brooms and the title character, Alice, combines this with SkySurfing.

* 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 ''ComicBook/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 ''ComicBook/TheUnderburbs'', 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 [[ComicBook/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.
* Routinely used by [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Magica De Spell]] and other witches from the [[ComicBook/DisneyMouseAndDuckComics Disney comics]] like Witch Hazel. 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.")

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The ''{{Discworld}}'' of Creator/AAPessimal sees two witches coming out of [[UsefulNotes/{{Russia}} Far Überwald]] who seek training in Lancre. Olga and Irena have a passion for flight. They develop into [[WrenchWench broomstick technomancers]] who seek to push the [[{{Magitek}} technomancy]] as far as it will (im)possibly go. Snapped up by Sam Vimes as prospects for the expanding Air Police and backed by his budget for R&D, they go to town. Vetinari, who needs an Air Force as a counter to the uneasy realization that Klatchians would have used magic carpets as a means of launching an airborne invasion, supports the two auburn-headed witches as they build an, er, ''Red Hair Force''. Elves - on fast, maneuverable yarrow stalks - are also an airborne enemy to be shot down without pity where encountered. Innovations include a pretty much supersonic broom that they are banned from riding over the city because of its effect on windows. They have Dwarf technicians, the ''Messers Schmidt'', whose designs are code-named with prefixes like the ME-262 (the aforementioned broom that flies faster than Discworld sound) and the ME-110 (a two-seater mounting automatic crossbows fore and aft). A Dwarf from a Far Überwaldean clan called ''Mig Oyeff'' is adding his designs to the mix. The naming of souped-up high-performance broomsticks, necessarily festooned with armaments, is indeed an, er, ''HurricaneOfPuns'' involving a couple of Spitfire pilots... [[note]]The Red Air Force in W2 had an all-female night bomber wing called the ''Night Witches''. Russian women piloting aircraft to deadly effect. Hmm. how can this pun be used here...[[/note]]

[[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 ''Film/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.
* In ''Film/KamenRiderWizardInMagicLand'', the world is rewritten into one where magic is more widespread and practically everyone can turn into mass-produced Kamen Rider Mages. Among other things, the police ride metallic, Toku-style "broomsticks".

* In the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' universe, flying broomsticks come in a variety of makes and models. Then there are 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 [[ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime produced a battery-powered Harry Potter broomstick]]. This vibrating toy was popular with young girls -- it could ''really'' make them [[DoubleEntendre "fly"]]. No wonder it was swiftly recalled.
* The Lancre witches of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''.
** 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; apparently they can store a limited amount of magical energy but require a witch or wizard to replenish it after a while, or several witches if the rider is carrying out a complicated spell at the same time, which is how ''Wyrd Sisters'' became the first work of fiction ever to depict mid-air refuelling with broomsticks. (ItMakesSenseInContext.) In ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'' Nanny Ogg complains her grandkids keep joy-riding on hers.
** Averted in ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', Moist von Lipwig just paints an ordinary broomstick blue with stars, in order to [[KansasCityShuffle fool the antagonist into thinking it was a real one]]. PlayedForLaughs when a wizard cautiously asks him if he's aware that the paint job won't get the broom airborne.
** 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 inexplicably maintains this quality [[TheseusShipParadox even after replacing every component multiple times.]]
** And in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', the wizards speed up a carriage in part by nailing broomsticks to the bottom to make it hover.
** When Tiffany Aching starts riding a broomstick in ''Discworld/{{Wintersmith}}'', it has two smaller brooms attached to the back to keep her stable. These get removed as she gets more comfortable.
* 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 are 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 ''Literature/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.
* Literature/HaroldShea 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 Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin]]''. 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.
* [[Creator/RobertAHeinlein Robert A. Heinlein]]:
** ''Literature/MagicInc'' includes a witch riding a broom the proper way.
** Another Heinlein novella, ''{{Literature/Waldo}}'', has antigravity vehicles that consist of a horizontal cylinder (containing the mechanisms) with power receptor antennae at the rear. When mounted in a transparent hull, they resemble flying broomsticks, and are referred to as such.
* ''Literature/PrincessesOfThePizzaParlor'': Witch princess Bianca has a broom she can fly on, but it is really expensive, five times the value any heirloom the other princesses had.
* The witches in ''Literature/TheMidnightFolk'', as part of their general WitchClassic presentation (some of which is eventually revealed to be just for show). At one point, the narration gives a list of the varieties and materials used, including a "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broom_(plant) broom]] broom".

[[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[[note]]Samantha being a ''lady'', she rides side-saddle[[/note]].
** Creator/NicoleKidman (a.k.a. Samantha) rides one in the [[Film/{{Bewitched}} 2004 film]].
* 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".
* A Halloween episode of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' reveals Phoebe's dislike for the "cackling hags on broomsticks cliché", until time traveling shenanigans reveal that she created the cliché, much to her amusement.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E2TheShakespeareCode "The Shakespeare Code"]], Lilith, a witch-like alien called a Carrionite, departs an inn by murdering the landlady and stealing her broom as an escape vehicle. Martha sees her flying away.
* In ''Series/HRPufnstuf'', Witchiepoo drove a broomstick-like vehicle called the Vroom Broom that included a sidecar.
* ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'' had a spin on this, hoverbikes that transformed from brooms. There was also a MagicCarpet for the SixthRanger.
* In "Catastrophe", Kate's first appearance on ''Series/{{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.
* At least one episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' has her on a flying vacuum cleaner.
* 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?"
* In ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'', if Doña Clotilde and a broom are the topic of a conversation, expect this trope to be the source of a joke.

* West is curiously enough the only witch from ''Manhwa/WitchHunter'' to use a broom.

* The "Trick or Treat" table in ''VideoGame/PsychoPinball'' includes a WickedWitch on a flying broomstick silhouetted in front of the moon.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* One magic item in most editions of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' is some kind of flying broom, along with a MagicCarpet and a wing-like cape. Notably, near any object could be enchanted for this purpose... Autonomous ass-kicking animated broom is also available.

* 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]]".

[[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, named Keke as an obvious parody to ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService''. 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, and that obviously includes the broom. She also has a TomboyAndGirlyGirl dynamic with Alice Margatroid, so on the occasion that Alice rides on the broom as well, naturally Marisa sits forward while Alice sits sideways. Marisa eventually also started SkySurfing on the broom as an attack or simply RuleOfCool, which due to her mini-reactor added to the end makes it closer to a RocketRide.
* 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 ''[[VideoGame/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.
* A weapon type in ''VideoGame/DungeonFighterOnline'' covering practical-looking brooms and sleeker "paintbrush" designs, intended for the female mage subclass Witch. While airtime is [[GameplayAndStorySegregation quite limited in play]], it allows practical air-to-air melee and air-to-ground bombardment as well as extending some nasty launcher chains. Oddy, advanced broomstick skills tend to involve buzzsaw-type [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning spinning]].
** The Creator class shares the Broomstick Control skill and preferred weapon type despite being unable to execute the keyboard commands which would allow riding it, relegating it to a StatStick, and despite lore-wise having more effective transportation methods (space/time/planar gate control). Giving Creators the skill (which still implies broomsticks are flyable when you're not playing) isn't really arbitrary, as the weapon type provides a movement speed increase which helps the Creator stay out of enemy lines of attack.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonsCrown'', investing points in the Sorceress' Levitation skill lets her zoom around the battlefield on her staff. The [[BonusDungeon Labyrinth of Chaos/Tower of Mirages]] later gives her an actual Witch's Broom to equip as a staff to complete the witch on a flying broomstick visual.
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'', It's possible to obtain a flying broomstick as one of your vehicles.
* Evie the Winter Witch from ''VideoGame/{{Paladins}}'' can fly around on her ice staff like a broomstick.
* ''VideoGame/TheMaidOfFairewellHeights'': On examining the broomstick in the Magic room, Marshmallow says:
--> "A witch's broom! I wonder if I can fly on this?"
* ''VideoGame/KhimeraDestroyAllMonsterGirls'': Ending a level while wearing the Witch costume has Chelshia riding the broom, which floats, as the ending animation.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Winnie from ''Webcomic/FreeSpirit2014'' has a broom that can quickly fly people to anywhere in the world, and also turn them invisible while traveling.
* ''Webcomic/KillSixBillionDemons'': Minor character Layla Brimstone does this with her ''rifle'' because she's a [[MageMarksman Gun Witch]].
* In ''Webcomic/ZackJack'', this is the preferred mode of transportation of CuteWitch Alex.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' the witches in the Neitherworld use broomsticks to fly around. Beetlejuice and Lydia too when they impersonate witches in order to save Lydia's cat from them.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'', there is a cleaning woman-gone-witch named Winifred who flies around on a magic hoover.
* 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.
* 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!"
* Witches in ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' are seen flying in broomsticks in episodes "If I Were a Witch Man" and "Kitty-Cornered".
* ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaAndTheGroovieGoolies'': Sabrina's ride had a big cushioned eggshell-like seat with a flower on top. (Aunt Zelda flew a vacuum cleaner.)
* Bristle in ''The Scarecrow'' is a flying broom who just so happens to belong to Miss Bee Bee. At the end of the film, Miss Bee Bee creates a female broom so that he can have a dance partner.
* BigBad Revolta in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheGhoulSchool'' rides one.
** And Scooby and Shaggy use one for transportation in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheGoblinKing''.
* From ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'', Madam Razz has a flying, talking broomstick with anthropomorphic face and arms named... Broom.
* Most if not all witches in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' used flying broomsticks. Most notably was Brenda, the good little witch.
* Played with in the ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' one-reeler The Flying Sorceress. While cleaning up a mess he made, Tom finds am 'Help Wanted' ad in the paper. He follows up on the ad, to find the ad was placed by a witch. When he takes her broom for a joyride, the witch punishes him by enchanting the broom to shake him through - which causes Tom to wake up clinging to his home broom and realize it was AllJustADream. He then seats himself on the (mundane) broom he's using to clean, kicks it like a motorbike ... and the broom comes to life and flies away with him.
* Creator/HannaBarbera's ''WesternAnimation/WinsomeWitch''.
* {{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=]."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfSuperman'': The Warlock's sister has a flying broomstick. The Warlock steals it from her to embark on his scheme of revenge.

[[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?
* "My [[ObnoxiousInLaws mother-in-law]] CameFromTheSky - because her broomstick broke!"