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[[caption-width-right:200:[-Skateboards [[RecycledInSpace IN THE FUTURE!]]-] ]]

->'''Ulrich:''' Whoa, how does Odd manage to pilot this thing?\\
'''Aelita:''' (''shrugs'') He's not afraid of falling...
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'', "Bad Connection"

A SubTrope of CoolBoard, the main recreational device in the future is the Hover Board. Like an all-terrain skateboard, the HoverBoard is [[RuleOfCool totally awesome]] and likely gained popularity with the movie ''Film/BackToTheFuture Part II''. Many SpeculativeFiction series set [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 20 minutes or further into the future]] will have these things fly through the streets. Or even through the air, when it really shouldn't because that's when it stops being hovering and starts being SkySurfing.

The characteristic that determines whether you have a HoverBoard or are SkySurfing is the altitude range each has. A HoverBoard has to stay within a certain distance of the ground. In SkySurfing, the vehicle can be used at any altitude.

May be accompanied by hover bikes, scooters, and skates as well. Hoverboards are very, very popular in VideoGames. Usually a large part of the gameplay in a futuristic platformer involves riding and acquiring these vehicles, although they're just as likely to be temporary power-ups.

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%%Please check first if any new example wouldn't fit better in Sky Surfing (if not already there).
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'', where even some of the Humongous Mecha use Hover Boards. Unlike most though, they're more analogous to surfboards than skateboards. Curiously, they do have wheels -- just one, though, and the axle runs the same direction as the board itself. They seem to be involved in handling, since Renton mentions that a bigger wheel limits the rider's capacity to make sharp turns.
* Wendi's Riding Board from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', which triples as a cannon and a large shield in addition to its Hover Board capabilities. Subaru's rollerblades are basically this trope combined with RollerbladeGood.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'': Death the Kid has a flight-capable skateboard, [[ICallItVera whom he named "Beelzebub"]]. Technically though, this is more an example of SkySurfing, because he generally uses it to outright fly.
* Van from ''Anime/ZoidsChaoticCentury'' has one.
* Jean in ''Anime/TransformersVictory'' has one that allows for some degree of levitation -- handy, since most of his friends are giant robots.
* Used with hilarious results at the beginning of ''Anime/ManabiStraight'' when two of the girls are LateForSchool.
* Owned by Psy in ''Manga/{{Heroman}}''.
* Technically, the wave-rider of ''Manga/OnePiece'' is this. Powered by air dials and thus floats above the water/sea cloud the rider is riding on.
* Shinku from ''Anime/DogDays'' has Tornada.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Marvel's Rocket Racer. And Nighttrasher. And Gaylord.
* The V-Wing used by the ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}} is a rare multi-person hoverboard.
* Skysurfers, most notable Chopper, in ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' use them.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'':
** ''Jetsons: The Movie'': Elroy plays basketball on Hover Boards.
** ''Rockin' with Judy Jetson'': In this movie Judy Jetson can be seen riding a hoverboard.
* Daniel has one in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'', but he crashes it almost straight away and then rides in [[TransformingMecha Hot Rod]] instead.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Pinocchio 3000}}'' Mayor Scamboli, Marlene, Cabby and Rodo can be seen riding round hoverboards at Scamboland Amusement park as they get out of their flying car.
* ''Disney/TreasurePlanet''. Jim Hawkins can be seen riding his hoverboard called the Solar Surfer doing daredevil tricks.
* ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' Sergeant Caulhorn and Fix it Felix can be seen riding a jet powered hoverboard into Sugar Rush.
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[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', as noted above. The hoverboard also plays a major role in the climax to ''Part III''.
* The ''Future Sport'' movie.
* In ''Film/SpiderMan3'' The Green Goblin can be seen riding his ducted fan hoverboard.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Scott Westerfeld's ''Literature/{{Uglies}}'' series features these quite prominently.
** Uglies play around with them recreationally -- they really can't hurt themselves because the boards are magnetic and adhere to the magnetic grid underneath the city, and they wear a device to track their center of gravity and special "crash bracelets" that will pull them back onto the board if they fall off. Interestingly, the center-of-gravity device clips onto their belly-button rings, a fact that the characters all seem to take for granted. Apparently belly-button piercings are mandatory for young people in the utopian/dystopian future.
** Pretties generally can't ride hoverboards due to their reduced reflexes [[spoiler:caused by the brain lesions that come with the operation]]. Zane and Tally, however, are able to ride hoverboards as pretties when they consciously try to "stay bubbly" and [[spoiler:fight the influence of the lesions]].
** When Tally is sent to perform her undercover mission in ''Uglies'' she is given a special hoverboard that has lifter fans that enable it to function away from magnetic substances for a period of time and solar cells to provide power for the fans. This type of hoverboard is later used by the Cutters when they turn into Specials.
** In ''Extras'' hoverboarding is again presented as a recreational activity. It's actually the extreme hoverboard-riding known as "mag-lev surfing" (in which participants use their hoverboards' magnetic properties to surf atop a mag-lev train outside the city) practiced by the clique known as the Sly Girls that attracts Aya to them and gets the plot rolling.
* One of the Sinthians, slug-like aliens in the ''Literature/PhulesCompany'' series by Robert Asprin, solves his mobility problems by riding a kid's "glideboard". The other main Sinthian character, who is from a higher caste, can't get the hang of the board and declares it undignified. As an obvious homage to ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' (see above), the water makes the boards to move more quickly.
* Not quite a ''hover''board, but Y.T.'s skateboard from ''Literature/SnowCrash'' is the next best thing, using "smartwheels" made up of dozens of tiny pad-footed spokes to glide down staircases, through potholes, or over grass without a jolt. Plus, it's equipped with [[spoiler: a glass-shattering sonic blast weapon]].
* In ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', Zak Arranda starts off with a [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Skimboard skimboard]], which partially requires good balance, partially relies on "stick strips". Chewbacca takes a minute to modify it and give it more power, raising its cruising height to two meters. This helps Zak use it to escape with his sister and their droid DV-9. Unfortunately, it was lost at the end of the book, and he wasn't able to get another.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The secondary mode of ''Series/KamenRiderAgito's'' CoolBike, Tornador, is a hoverboard. Then, thanks to ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'', Agito himself is [[BodyHorror transformed into Tornador]].
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[[folder:Tabletop games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' uses demonic hoverboards called disks of Tzeentch. These days they are more like sky surfing as they actually fly, but they once had a lower flying speed and it was called floating or hovering. And in the MMORPG based on ''Warhammer'', they follow this trope to a T.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/SonicRiders'' has "Extreme Gear", which is usually these. However, sometimes it's other various things like shoes or brooms. [[spoiler:The first Extreme Gear was a flying carpet]]. The main defining trait of Extreme Gear seems to be that it floats and can go fast enough. One gear in the "board" category is actually ''called'' the Hoverboard (well, Hovercraft). It looks like a cloud.
* ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'''s Air Ride. One of them, Dragoon, appears as an item in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl''.
%%* ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario''
%%* ''Kid Chameleon''
* ''Airblade'': A [=PS2=] skateboarding game which is basically ''Tony Hawk'' without wheels. It's also got a story, but that's very much beside the point.
* And on that note, most of the actual ''VideoGame/{{Tony Hawk|sProSkater}}'' games feature a hover board cheat that simply takes the wheels off your board. Also, unlockable character Iron Man in ''THUG'' rides a hoverboard anyway.
* ''VideoGame/Rayman3HoodlumHavoc'' featured one of these.
%%* ''VideoGame/JazzJackrabbit''
* ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' and the ''Franchise/JakAndDaxter'' series (where it is called a JET-board) use them. In ''Jak and Daxter'', the hoverboard is used in several Tony Hawk style missions where the player has to get a set number of points.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** Zell uses one in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' in a single scene, after which it's confiscated. Later however, when you're allowed into his room, one of the characters comments that he has another to which he replies he's got several.
** Appears both in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', sort of (more like a hover-motorbike), and weaponized in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIIRevenantWings''.
* ''VideoGame/MegaMan'':
** ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce 2'' combined this trope with PureEnergy.
** Not to mention the Rush Jet and Item-2 in the ''[[VideoGame/MegaManClassic Classic]]'' series.
* ''VideoGame/UnrealTournamentIII'': Every player has an un-losable one of these in the vehicular game modes, allowing players on foot to get into the action reasonably quickly. Weapons can't be used while riding it and any damage will make you fall prone (and vulnerable) for several second, but a tether can be attached to friendly vehicles, allowing you to be towed around faster.
* Subverted in ''[[VideoGame/BackyardSports Backyard Skateboarding]]''. The developers said there would be a hoverboard in the game, and Dmitri says in-game that he wants one, but ''there is none''.
* ''VideoGame/QBert'' has a few in every level.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' has this as a purchasable item. It is very useful at low levels.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Dogyuun}}'', the first miniboss of Stage 7 is a HumongousMecha riding a mecha-sized version of this.
* Used to skate around a giant bowl in the futuristic ball game ''VideoGame/{{Pararena}}''.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** Ventus, of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'', has his Keyblade transform into a hoverboard for it's Glider form.
** Aqua's keyblade glider is some sort of cross between hoverboard and a scooter (hover-scooter?)
* ''VideoGame/WildStar'' has them. They even come in "Back to the Future" pink!
* In the Playstation 2 game ''VideoGame/{{Antigrav}}'' you can control your character on a hoverboard dodging flying car traffic jams.
* In ''Videogame/SpaceQuest'', the aliens can be seen riding round hoverboards.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=080401 this]] ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' strip, during a parody of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Torg "inherits" an enchanted serving dish that is essentially a hoverboard.
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[[folder:Web Video]]
* [[http://huvrtech.com HUVr Board.]] And they got Tony Hawk to test it. Too bad the video is a hoax. [[Creator/ChristopherLloyd Doc Brown]] [[http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/eb823e7388/funny-or-die-is-sorry-for-lying-about-hoverboards apologizes.]] Leading to a mass DudeNotFunny from pretty much everyone, including OTHER SCIENTISTS.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' has a Petrosapien ("Diamondhead") bounty hunter named Tetrax who usually uses these (In fact, he was originally credited as Hoverboard in his debut episode). Ben received one from him as a gift, and has used it several times during the series.
* Kit Cloudkicker's "airfoil" on ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'', sort of.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Amy gets her hoverboard converted into a ironing board when her parents find out that her boyfriend Kif is [[MisterSeahorse knocked up]].
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' gives us the standard (Overboard), hover-scooter (Overwing) and hover-bike (Overbike) varieties.
* The 1990s teenage version of ''[[WesternAnimation/FlashGordon1996 Flash Gordon]]''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'', [=WilyKat=] and [=WilyKit=] have hover boards which are constantly getting demolished, to Panthro's chagrin. This is [[http://blogs.evtrib.com/nerdvana/files/2012/03/TCats_Ep14_Still_1.jpg resurrected]] in [[WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011 the 2011 reboot]].
* Manic the Hedgehog owns one in ''WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratz}}'' has ratboards, which are basically flying racecars seemingly made out of looted mousetraps.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SkysurferStrikeForce'', this is the title heroes' signature vehicle.
* The Specialists in ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' use these to fly around when they need to.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'' series. Mike can be seen riding a hoverboard in the sewers.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://gizmodo.com/5549271/a-real-working-hoverboard-exists It happened.]] [[spoiler:But you can't stand on it. And it needs a special stand. Ain't life a bitch?]] It's also a ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' replica.
* On the show ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'', the gang actually created a vacuum-propelled hoverboard that once levitated about 2-3 millimeters or so off the ground. Here's a fan's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrKBjMO5m_k recreation of the device.]]
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