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->''"He tried to kill me with a forklift! ''(Olé!)''"''
-->-- '''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Joel and the bots]] watching ''Film/FugitiveAlien'''''

Forklifts; they're tough, manly, and working-class. They're commonplace all over the world and essential for large warehouses; they come in many types and sizes and combine all the joys of driving with carrying ridiculously heavy items suspended just above head-height.

They're also dangerous, intentional or not ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oB6DN5dYWo as this informative German Safety Video parody shows]][[note]]Caution, it gets a bit BlackComedy gory towards the end.[[/note]]). This trope is all about using them as a type of weapon.

In futuristic settings, any one-man crate-moving apparatus will do. See also CarFu and RammingAlwaysWorks.



* In ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'', the hero defeats a robot enemy with a forklift in the very first scene.
* In episode 12 of ''LightNovel/MuvLuvAlternativeTotalEclipse'', after a tank [=BETA=] shows up in the warehouse where an experimental rail gun is being stored in episode 12, it begins to chase Yui. Then the corporal who was assisting her rams it with the forklift he was driving. Although that wasn't enough to kill it, he buys her enough time to grab a high powered sniper rifle and shoot it.

* A character is impaled by a forklift, which also inadvertently kills two others, in ''ComicBook/FinalDestination: Spring Break''.
* In the ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' parody of ''Series/{{McCloud}}'' had [[PunnyName [=McClod=]]] accidentally wipe out half of the Hong Kong police force with a forklift.
* Some thugs attempt to attack [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Ben Grimm]] with a forklift in ''Marvel Two-in-One: The Thing & Moon Knight''. It only succeeds in annoying Thing.

* ''Film/FugitiveAlien''. The ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version (specifically, a song the cast sings [[WithLyrics to the tune of the background music]]) was the former {{Trope Namer|s}}. "[[EarWorm Olé!]]"
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* Bordering on MiniMecha, ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' has the powerloader/autoloader, two forklift arms attached to a humanoid mecha frame whose main purpose is shown to be loading aircraft with the forklift "fingers" and moving large munitions around. [[spoiler: Ripley uses it at the end for the Alien Queen to get to fight someone its own size.]]
* The spoof training film ''Film/ForkliftDriverKlaus'' follows Klaus on his first day of work as a forklift operator, showing dangerous situations that showcase the importance of the rules he learned during his training for an operator licence. Things soon get BloodyHilarious, turning the forklift into a terrible instrument of slaughter.
* The ''Death Wish'' pentalogy:
** In ''Film/DeathWishII'', bad guys try to kill protagonist Paul Kersey with a forklift, but he escapes.
** Reversed in ''Film/DeathWishVTheFaceOfDeath''; he rides around in a forklift shooting, then moves out of sight. The forklift then comes on a kamikaze course for the gang of thugs only for them to realise at the last minute it's just full of boxes instead this time.
* ''Film/FinalDestination3'' set us up for one by putting an out-of-control forklift on a collision course with a bunch of characters we know to be doomed. At the last minute, it crashes into a shelf instead and a much lamer death by nail gun ensues.
** Meanwhile, ''Film/FinalDestination4'' has an unattended forklift involved in the DisasterDominoes which leads up to a cinema exploding.
* In ''Class of 1999'', Cody kills a robot with a forklift.
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* ''Film/{{Carnosaur}} 2'' -- a ''T-Rex'' is killed with a forklift. Awesome!
* Ripcord impales a Neo-Viper with a forklift's fork in ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''.
* ''Film/OurManFlint'': While on Galaxy Island, Flint kills a guard by crushing him against a wall with a fork lift.
* The BigBad in ''Film/BarbWire'' tries to off the heroine with one.
* ''Film/{{Higanjima}}'' has a vampire get killed by a forklift to the heart.
* ''Film/JamesBond''
** ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice''. The SPECTRE {{mooks}} at the Kobe dock try to kill Bond with one.
** Variation: Bond tries to kill a {{mook|s}} with a front-end loader in ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006''.
** Colonel Heller in ''Film/LicenceToKill'' is found impaled on a forklift by drug lord Sanchez.
* In ''Film/LethalWeapon4'' Riggs tries to attack Creator/JetLi's character Wah Sing Ku with a forklift. Wah Sing Ku still beats the crap out of him.
* The Fisherman impales a deputy on a forklift in ''Film/IllAlwaysKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer''.
* In ''Film/SantoYBlueDemonContraDraculaYElHombreLobo'', ElSanto's girlfriend Lina rescues the [[MaskedLuchador luchadores]] by toppling a wall of boxes on a group of mobsters.
* Attempted in ''Film/TheBoondockSaintsIIAllSaintsDay'', although most of the plan is that the good guys are hiding inside a crate carried by the forklift. It doesn't quite go [[UnspokenPlanGuarantee according to plan.]]
* The FinalGirl of the Norwegian SlasherMovie ''Film/TwentyTwo'' uses a forklift to kill the murderer who has been chasing her in an abandoned building. She is somehow able to impale him from behind without him hearing the thing approaching until it is too late.

* ''Corporate Bodies'' in the CharlesParis series by Simon Brett is a murder mystery novel where the instrument of murder is a forklift.
* In the second book of ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' series, the Amazons use battle forklifts, complete with mounted crossbows and each prong sharpened into oversized sword blades.
* ''Literature/AlexRider'' -- A triad member attempts to kill Alex with a forklift in ''Skeleton Key''.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** Astrid does this to kill the villain in "[[Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned Voyage of the Damned]]".
** The PsychoForHire site manager in "Planet of the Ood" attempts to kill the Doctor with a mechanical grab.
* In ''Series/{{Monk}}'', the intro sequence of the episode [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Monk_and_the_Employee_of_the_Month Mr. Monk and the Employee of the Month]] features the victim of the week getting attacked by a forklift. The forklift doesn't kill her directly; instead, it knocks a television on top of her. However, the initial plan of the forklift driver is to run her down with the vehicle.
* One episode of the classic ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'' series had someone attempt to get the Hulk with a forklift. He took a hit in the leg, leaving Bruce Banner feeling the sting as well later.
* Illusionist Criss Angel performed a trick on his ''[[Series/CrissAngelMindfreak Mindfreak]]'' TV show where he appeared to get impaled by a forklift.
* ''Series/BurnNotice'' -- In "Damned If You Do", Michael uses a forklift and shipping container to disable a gang of thugs and their vehicle at a storage facility.
* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'' -- In "Sauce for the Goose", VictimOfTheWeek Dexter Lockwood is crushed by a forklift before being dumped in a sterilizer.
* "Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger" has the idiot guest child actor of the week steal a key that leads to the introduction of the Original [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]] SixthRanger Burai. As Waking up Burai is in and of itself a horrifically bad thing to do (for reasons the show never bothers to explain since it isn't for reasons at all related to Burai's Backstory), his grandfather who was guarding the Key chases him Down--of Course--WITH a Forklift and tries to kill him.
* ''Series/{{Banacek}}'' -- A thief uses a forklift to kill Banacek on the docks in "The Three Million Dollar Piracy".
* ''Series/MacGyver'' -- An early episode's PreCreditsSequence shows villains trying to put Angus out of action with a forklift. In the end he turns the tables and returns the favor. Though at least all he does is lift their car up so they can't escape and calls his superiors to pick them up. Well, let them down and then pick them up...
* ''Series/{{Cannon}}'' -- In "Death Chain", Cannon is trapped in a burning workshop, and uses a forklift to rip the bars of the window so he can escape.

* The band Midnight Syndicate has a song entitled "Forklift Death".

[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]
* Wrestling/{{WW|E}}F -- [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] vs [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind]] for the WWF title in an "empty arena match," Mankind [[http://www.wwe.com/videos/halftime-heat-jan-31-1999-mankind-defeats-the-rock-for-the-wwe-championship-in-a-25051083 pinned the Rock with a forklift.]] By all accounts, it was very well received until the end, when they decided to shoot a reaction shot of the Rock as the thing was descending on him and ''then'' added a ReverseAngle shot of the forklift coming down, killing any WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief.

[[folder: Tabletop RPG ]]
* The New York chapter of the ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies'' campaign book "To Go" involves a shootout in a warehouse. It gives rules for using the forklift as a weapon.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' adventure ''Vapors Don't Shoot Back''. In their first mission the {{PC}}s must fight against automated forklifts (forkbots) in a warehouse.
* From the [[Blog/ThingsMrWelchIsNoLongerAllowedToDoInAnRPG Welch List]]: ''527. Even if the rules allow it, I cannot spend $64,000 to get the vorpal option for a forklift.''

* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' has Decepticons Deadlift and Dirt Boss, both of which transform into forklifts. Since Decepticons are evil killing machines, [[ImpliedTrope we can reasonably assume]] that forklift death is occurring somewhere at some point in time in this universe.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/DCUniverseOnline'', the Smallville alert, there is one of these at the Kent farm. Feel free to throw it at [[NighInvulnerability Doomsday]].
* ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'' has Samus fight something that seems to be a sci-fi forklift analog. At least, it can't seem to be anything else.
* Using the crane in ''VideoGame/{{Oni}}'' (which does happen to have forklift prongs!) to tip over an escaping vehicle.
* The forklift is an unlockable Easter Egg in ''VideoGame/EscapeVelocity''. It comes with an [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] sound bite, and is an overpowered Missile Launcher-like weapon.
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* ''[[VideoGame/{{Battlefield}} Battlefield 2: Special Forces]]''. Running enemies over in cars or tanks is very doable, and they have machine guns as a "backup". Now do it in a vehicle with [[CherryTapping no weapons, half the size, and a quarter of the maneuverability.]]
** For added amusement, another player can lay prone on the tongs and fire from there.
** In ''Battlefield 3'' they are available in Back to Karkand DLC maps. (There are some in Noshahr Canal but they're undrivable.)
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' has forklifts, and at least one mission that requires the player to use one. However, they are so slow and unwieldy (due to the rear wheel drive) that pretty much any other vehicle in the game would make a more effective killing tool.
* ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'', and yes, there's an achievement/trophy tied into this (kill six enemies with the forklift. Ole!)
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* ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' has a drivable forklift that ''can'' be used to splatter enemies, [[AwesomeButImpractical but it can barely go fast enough to splatter a Grunt.]] They blow up nicely, however, so it's more useful to get one into position and then shoot it.
** [[DemonicSpiders Energy sword Elites]], though? Their AI makes them run full speed at their target. If an Elite with a sword and a forklift get involved in a head-on collision, the forklift wins. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yx_U98h_5ok Observe.]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/SegaSuperstars Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing]]'', [[VideoGame/{{Shenmue}} Ryo Hazuki's]] All-Star move causes him to get off his motorcycle and get in a forklift. The forklift knocks enemies behind Ryo by flipping them. There's also an achievement where you have to use it to take out [[VideoGame/VirtuaFighter Jacky and Akira]]. In the sequel, ''Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed'', Ryo's all-star move is being able to summon two mini-forklifts that orbit his plane and knock people away.
* ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' -- Depending on the player's choices, Jayden can end up handcuffed to the steering wheel of his car while Mad Jack picks it up and feeds it to the vehicle crusher; in the ensuing battle against Mad Jack, it's possible to have Mad Jack end up getting [[HoistByHisOwnPetard crushed by his own machine]].
* In ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'', the Tank can punch forklifts towards the survivors with deadly results. As deadly as falling down to the ground and only being able to use pistols can be, at least (unless if the forklift stays on the downed survivor, or worse, hits more than one survivor).
* In ''VideoGame/MaxPayne 2'', one of the Cleaners attempts to kill Max with a forklift.
* ''VideoGame/TotalOverdose'' and ''Chili Con Carnage'' allows you to use these as part of your killing spree combo.
* Characters in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' who can manipulate gravity have an attack called "propel", which summons a random in-game prop and hurls it at the enemy, including computers, statues, cars, and yes, fork lifts.
* ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'' allows your hero character to pick up any of a number of props scattered around the environment and either bludgeon enemies with them or throw them at enemies. In most missions that take place in warehouses, this includes forklifts.
* You get one driven at you in an early level of ''VideoGame/EnterTheMatrix''.
* Related to the toy example above, a couple of video games based on the Movie-universe ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' had forklift Autobot and Decepticon drones as common, low-level enemies (or players!). Contrary to the lumbering but lethal image implied by their alternate modes, the forklift drones are actually weak but quick.
* ''Warehouse And Logistics Simulator'' has a zombie mode called "Hell's Warehouse" which puts the player in the fork-lift seat as they attempt to escape a warehouse during a ZombieApocalypse.
* One boss in ''[[VideoGame/LethalEnforcers Lethal Enforcers 3]]'' attacks using a forklift as a last resort.
* In ''Burning Fight'' for the UsefulNotes/NeoGeo, forklifts are among the many types of vehicles enemies ride on.
* A couple of heists in ''VideoGame/PAYDAY2'' have forklifts. They're supposed to be used to move heavy loot over long distances, but they're also effective cop-killers; anyone who gets hit is killed instantly.

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic infamously missed an obvious opportunity to riff on the one in ''Film/BarbWire'' when he reviewed the film. Douchey [=McNitpick=] did not let it go unnoticed in one of the ''Fuck-Ups'' videos.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* ''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit: WesternAnimation/AMatterOfLoafAndDeath'', directly parodying ''Aliens''.
* Franchise/ScoobyDoo, of all people, does it in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryInc''. (In case you're wondering, it's one of those ItMakesSenseInContext things; the context in this case is the guy on the receiving end of the forklift tried to murder Scooby's friends.)
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'', whether it's fatal was unclear, but Pickles accidentally impaled the new director on the set of Dethklok's ''Blood Ocean'' with a forklift [[EpicFail when trying to park it]]. Unclear if a random one-off character died on ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}''? That's why they exist.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades'' Duke slams into Major Bludd with a forklift. This being a family-friendly show, it doesn't impale him though.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'', Noah does this to Van Kleiss in order to save Rex.
* Ron Stoppable does this to Drakken in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', although it's to pin him up against a wall instead of actually trying to kill him.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' has Dale attempt to kill Hank with a forklift after Hank proves to be a better basket-weaver than Dale.
* The ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Peter Problems" features a scene where Peter stabs a beached whale with a forklift, and he spends over a minute trying to remove the whale from the forklift, [[{{Gorn}} eviscerating it in the process]].
* A mook from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' tried this on Batman in "P.O.V." It didn't work as Batman then used said forklift to puncture a hole into the bad guys fleeing ship.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' [[SoulSuckingRetailJob Gigundo Mart,]] Dan gets in a forklift-on-forklift fight with an [[WhenEldersAttack old store greeter.]]
-->'''Dan:''' Never mess with a guy with a forklift...
-->'''Old Man:''' ...unless you got a ''bigger'' forklift.

[[folder: Real Life ]]
* It should be noted that this is TruthInTelevision, and these warning signs and such are there for a reason; forklifts are much heavier than they look and are dangerous pieces of heavy equipment. Also, any piece of machinery that can effortlessly lift a several-ton object ten feet up in the air will be powerful enough to casually tear many stationary objects apart.
** A poorly handled forklift can also be very dangerous to the ''driver'', as it is surprisingly easy to throw them off balance if they are underloaded or on uneven ground, causing them to tip and possibly crush the driver.
** A poorly handled forklift can be very dangerous to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjOvI0TOx98 everyone in the building!]]
* Forklifts can be lethal when used improperly even if all obvious safety precautions are taken. American Airlines [[MacGyvering [=MacGyvered=]]] a cheaper way of lubricating DC-10 pylon ball bearings using a forklift to bear the weight of the engine. Unbeknownst to them, [[DidntThinkThisThrough the forklift's innate instability caused cracks to form deep inside the pylon which eventually led to the crash of Flight 191 and the deaths of 271 crew and passengers and two people on the ground]].
* The English writer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cecil_Woodham-Smith Cecil Woodham-Smith]] was once asked if she knew what a forklift was. She replied, "I do. To my cost."
* [[http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2011/07/10/Canadian-uses-forklift-to-remove-squad-car/UPI-27801310313647 This incident]] on Prince Edward Island in July 2011.