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You're in an unspecified future, and you need an aircraft capable of short or vertical takeoffs. Helicopters are ''so'' 20th century: they can't do all that fancy supercruising and barrel rolls that jets can do and they (probably) can't survive being dropped from orbit because well, hey, you might just need to be dropped from orbit. So you don't want a helicopter, but you also don't want anything as conventional looking as a jump-jet, either.

What you need is a futurecopter. These machines come in a variety of sizes, ranging from dinky sized models about the size of an RC toy, a one-man unit (with optional handholds on the sides for external passengers), through unmanned autonomous versions (best steer well clear of these) the size of a Hummer, right up to beasts the size of a civil cruiser capable of transporting dozens of fully armed troops complete with an airlifted AwesomePersonnelCarrier or a CoolTank. Size and operation aside, what they almost invariably have is ducted fans (one each side of the fuselage, and usually independently tiltable) for lift and thrust, a V-tail and stubby, vestigial wings with an assortment of guns, missiles and bombs, if there were any wings at all. And, in compliance to the all-powerful RuleOfCool, you can expect the aircraft to be as fast as a jet, as slick as a helicopter and as armed as a fighter-bomber. The pilot, if present, is invariably right up front in what looks like a conventional helicopter gunship cockpit.

There are currently no production manned aircraft that look anything like this, for sound aerodynamic and engineering reasons which are unrelated to the RuleOfCool. They are being developed, however, and at the time of writing (2011) probably the nearest to production is the Urban Aeronautics Airmule. One might, with some imagination, consider existing tilt-rotor aircraft like the V-22 Osprey to be a very primitive version of this idea, although its rotors/propellers are firmly locked together and very much not ducted, and it has big, conventional wings. Some of the contenders for the [[YanksWithTanks US Army's]] Future Vertical Lift program have taken [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piasecki_X-49 tentative]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_V-280_Valor steps]] [[http://www.shephardmedia.com/news/rotorhub/quada2012-avx-team-moves-towards-flight-tests/ toward]] the idea.

For the portable version, see HelicopterPack.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The JSSDF [=VTOLs=] from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' have tilting jet engines.
* Vehicles like this are seen in the first episode of ''BubblegumCrisis''
* ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' has Tiltrotors, a dual-engine plane whose wings rotate upward 90 degrees in order to take off in standard [=VTOL=] style.
** In ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', these are the standard method of transportation in service for Section Nine, as well as the requisite [[BlackHelicopter black choppers]]. Some civilian airports use them as well, though standard jet-engine airliners exist too.
*** They have standard single-rotor helicopters as well. Section 9 has to steal one from the Japan Ground Self Defense Force in order to resolve a conflict in the 2nd season. the JSDF also employs ''Jigabachi''-class attack helicopters, which are designed after hornets. When getting ready to attack, the helicoptor rears back and aims the minigun on its abdomen towards its target. The wasp-fashioned attack helicopters make for an interesting [[AnimalMotifs animal motif]], considering that the tanks in this setting are all of the SpiderTank variety, fitting in with one standard mission of attack choppers: Tank busting.
** ''[[Anime/GhostInTheShell Innocence]]'' throws in a bird theme by featuring a tiltrotor whose wings extend outward upon takeoff, and the wings themselves are made up of numerous individual lift flaps. One scene shows the raven-like tiltrotor landing on top of a rooftop, and the individual flaps of the wings look like feathers.
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[[folder:Comic books]]
* The Zorglumobile from ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio'' looks like a flying saucer (especially in profile), but is actually a quad ducted-fan machine.
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[[folder:Film]]* The 1930's sci-fi musical ''JustImagine'', everyone has a personal airplane with vertical rotor ducts in the wings enabling them to hover while they talk to other drivers or burst into song.
* The human forces in ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' have helicopter sized ducted-fan gunships and at least one much, ''much'' bigger one.
* The Hunter-Killer craft from ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' and ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' are of the ducted-fan VTOL type. ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'' features small, autonomous prototypes which pursue the heroes.
* In ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', the Colonial Marines' dropship is a fully spaceworthy version of the design.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' features one flown by the {{mook}}s guarding the SupervillainLair.
* Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger plays a future helicopter pilot in ''Film/The6thDay''. Naturally, the copters he flies are Futurecopters, with the ability to switch to a high speed jet mode and be flown remotely using a Power Glove-like arrangement.
** Oddly enough, the villain, being much wealthier than Arnold's character, flies around in a much more mundane Presentcopter, with the ability to switch from a helicopter to a helicopter parked on a helipad.
* ''AIArtificialIntelligence'': the amphibicopter notable not only for IfItSwimsItFlies but for lacking rotors while still serving as a helicopter.
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', the Batman is equipped with a Futurecopter known as... The Bat. [[CallBack It's available in black.]]
* ''TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' have their own Futurecopter that deploys from the mouth of Abraham Lincoln on Mt. Rushmore.
* The federal police copters in ''Film/TotalRecall2012''.
* ''Film/{{Oblivion 2013}}'' : The V/TOL craft that Jack flies around, the "[[http://radicalpublishing.com/2013/04/oblivion-and-tom-cruise-a-closer-look-at-the-bubble-ship-design/ Bubble Ship]]". With guns (which can fire in any direction, even straight backwards), autopilot (and remote piloting), ejecting cockpit, voice-recognition lock, remotely-accessible surveillance cameras, storage space for a CoolBike, [[spoiler: and the capacity to fly up to space]].
* ''{{Sleeper}}'' - in 2173 we'll have helicopter backpacks...but they won't work very well.
* Alongside real-world V-22's, ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' sees a fictional "quad tiltrotor" that seems to function as a heavy transport aircraft. A Chinook to the Osprey's Blackhawk, so to speak.
** Maybe not so [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quad_Tilt_Rotor fictional]].
* Orbit-capable versions of these machines seem common on Earth in ''Film/{{Elysium}}'', and the main antagonist, Kruger, spends a fair proportion of the movie getting about in a particularly heavily-armed one. Oddly, however, on Elysium itself, more conventional rotorcraft seem to be preferred (probably to avoid polluting the air?).
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''BigBadBeetleborgs''[='s=] [[http://images.google.com/images?q=Red%20Striker%20AV&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:fr:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&hl=xx-pirate&tab=wi ladybug aircraft]] also fit the trope.
* ''SuperSentai'' has had a few, starting with ''Series/RescueSentaiGoGoFive'''s Green Hover, as well as the Pat-Gyrer from ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'' (whose cowlings form a set of HumongousMecha-scale handcuffs [[CombiningMecha when it combines into Dekaranger Robo]]) and the [=GouGou=] Gyro in ''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger''.
* The ornithopters in the 2000s miniseries adaptation of ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' and its sequel appear to be this. While their wings may move up and down a little to adjust pitch, they don't flap like the 'thopters in the book and are more bug-like than bird-like in appearance. The miniseries' carryalls are of the "Future Copter" variety as well, complete with prominent ducted fans mounted on four extrusions from the hull of the craft.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Several different versions (from supersonic gunships to massive transports) are seen in ''Literature/TheWarAgainstTheChtorr'' series, often piloted by the protagonist's LoveInterest, ColonelBadass Lizard Tirelli.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Nurglite blight drones from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', and Imperial Stormtalons.
* Generic RPG supplement ''Booty and the Beasts''. The Whirly Chair is exactly what it says: a chair with overhead helicopter rotors. It has a maximum speed of 30 m.p.h. and a range of 300 miles on a tank of alcohol. It seats one person and has a small cargo area, enough for a small overnight bag or suitcase.
* ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech'' features several futuristic VTOL vehicles, such as the [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Aeron Aeron]] and [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Yasha Yasha]]. The massive Anhur and Karnov transport [=VTOLs=] both use tiltrotor engines like those on the V-22 Osprey.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* ''Mega Force'' (Creator/{{Kenner}} Toys)
* Many newer (post-1990) LEGO sets with a futuristic theme.
* Although he didn't turn into one in the movie (rather, he turned into ''anything he wanted to''), Laserbeak from ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' turned into one of these in the toyline.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''{{VideoGame/Halo 3}}'': One-man aircraft called [[http://halo.bungie.org/bwu/images/hornet.jpg Hornets]], which have external handles allowing other players to hitch a ride. The Pelican {{dropship}} is a pretty close cousin of the dropship from ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', and is similarly orbital-drop capable.
** And in ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', the Hornet is exchanged for the Falcon, extremely similar to the V-22 Osprey but smaller, with LMGs on the open sides and jet engines.
* The GDI Orca and its variants from the ''[[CommandAndConquerTiberium Tiberium]]'' series of ''CommandAndConquer'' are ducted-rotor/jet-engine [=VTOLs=]. Some variants go as far as being a DropShip.
** Nod counterparts eventually surfaced in the second half of the entire series, and somehow turned the tables on GDI in air superiority.
** However, the Tiberian Dawn version of the Orca is something of a subversion - since Tiberian Dawn is set in the year it was originally released, it isn't a "future" copter.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Battlefield}} Battlefield 2142]]'' has two futurecopters from two opposing sides of the conflict (the Talon for the EU and the Doragon for the PAC).
* ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'''s Medivac dropship and Banshee ground attack vehicle use ducted fans.
* One of the trailers for the ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'' sequel feature a craft like this.
* The Chrysalis Pod in VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker is an automated drone example of this.
* Combine gunships from ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' have a single ducted fan.
* Enclave Vertibirds in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series are clearly inspired by the V-22 Osprey.
* The ducted fan "hovercopter" in ''PerfectDark'', and Killian's VTOL tilt-jet troop transport/gunship in ''PD Zero''.
* ''RedFaction II'' has ducted fan gunships.
* ''SoldierOfFortune II'' has two boss fights with an Osprey {{expy}} gunship, although it is considerably smaller and the rotors can tilt independently unlike the real Osprey. A legitimate helicopter makes an appearance in a couple earlier missions.
* ''VideoGame/GPolice'' features a pilotable helicopter -- with no rotor blades at all. In fact, you flew the entire first game in two different types. The second introduced different types of vehicles.
* ''Call of Duty: Black Ops 2'' has two very different futurecopters. The impressive-sounding MQ-27 Dragonfire is actually a small RC quadrotor with a light machine gun on board. The more boringly-named VTOL Warship, by contrast, is a huge, manned, heavily armed vehicle of comparable size to the real-world V-22 Osprey.
* ''[[Videogame/MechWarrior MechWarrior Living Legends]]'' has two DummiedOut transport [=VTOLs=], the Karnov and Anhur, both of which are massive tiltrotor craft that were originally planned to carry battlearmor and small vehicles - problems with the vehicles bouncing around in the back, [[TeleFrag crushing all the other riders then exploding the craft]], along with a aircraft physics change caused both to be put on the development backburner.
* Almost all aircraft in ''Videogame/PlanetSide 2'' operate using gimballed jet engines, which function like the tiltrotors on an Osprey. The Galaxy transport, for example, gets a pair of huge engines on its front wings and a smaller pair on its rear wings, all of which can rotate to allow the enormous aircraft to hover in place or fly. The only ones that don't use external rotating engines is the Reaver (in-line vectored engines) and the Scythe (flies using reverse-engineered [[PreCursors Vanu technology]])
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[[folder: Web comics]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has a twin ducted-fan helicopiter... [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121203 A pedal-powered one.]]
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Global Justice field tilt-fan VTOL craft when they appear in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', and when Ron briefly becomes a multi-millionaire, he buys an aircraft for Kim that resembles an Osprey with jets instead of rotors.
* Cybertron-mode [[BigBad Megatron]] from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' turns into a Cybertronic VTOL fighter for a split-second in the show's pilot episode. When he is rebuilt in his Earth mode at the end of Season 1, he now turns into yes, a modern V-22 Osprey helicopter.
* Thrust in ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' transforms into a ducted fan VTOL jet.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'' episode "Bronto Bear", the Black hole gang use a futuristic copter to rile up the title RentAZilla.
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[[folder: RealLife]]
* Apparently, [[http://www.gizmag.com/project-zero-electric-tilt-rotor-aircraft/26561/ this lightweight tiltrotor aircraft]] that wouldn't look out of place in any TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture movie, can fly on purely electric power. While far from production, the prototype already made successful demonstration flights.
* The X-22, one of the first experimental VTOL designs, featured four large duct-ed rotating propellers for flight, much like in Avatar. Oddly though the aircraft was just suppose to test VTOL flight characteristics, the military never expected to use the duct-ed fans on actual military craft.
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