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->''"And when they're boarding, they always say get on the plane, get ''on'' the plane. I say fuck that, let UsefulNotes/EvelKnievel get ''on'' the plane. I'm getting ''[[ExactWords in]]'' the plane!"''
-->-- '''Creator/GeorgeCarlin'''

Just because the car's locked doesn't mean you can't go along for the ride. Just hop on top or side of the car, and hold on.

This is popular in many cop shows; our hero can be counted on to leap to the roof of a speeding getaway car at least once per season. Alternatively, he can jump onto the hood and glare at the driver while said driver tries to shake him off. Larger vehicles can also be used (particularly popular version is jumping onto a tall vehicle from an overhead bridge) - if it's a truck, for example, our Hero will often need to climb forward to the cab somehow. (You can also [[TrainTopBattle climb about on trains]], but they're a bit different since they don't swerve about.)

[[JustForFun/TropesExaminedByTheMythBusters Busted]] by the Series/MythBusters, who found it much less safe in reality than on the screen.

For example, in RealLife, it is incredibly difficult to hold onto a car even at low speeds, and at high speeds, it is impossible to do so. It may be slightly easier to hold onto a train, but all of your effort has to be spent in ''just'' holding on ''and'' you have to be on top of a car that isn't rounded or containing hot liquids - plus, tunnels can cut too close to the roof for a standing person to survive passing through one. Aircraft - at least when we're talking jets, spacecraft, or anything that is flying at a sufficiently high speed and altitude - are literally impossible to stand on the outside of and doing so is certain death.

Two variant forms have become outdated with modern car designs, but may be seen in older media. For a stealth Outside Ride, jump onto the back bumper and hold on tight (the technical term is Skitching). This is often a convenient way for the hero to get to the villain's hideout. A more obvious method would be to stand on the running board, though if the driver's not paying attention you might be able to crouch underneath the window before he sees you.

See also: HoodHopping, TraintopBattle, UndersideRide. PunkInTheTrunk (the second option) is a more modern version of riding on the back bumper, which isn't to say characters in older works can't do it. May precede a {{High Speed Hijack}}ing.



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebBMqcjoo94 Novak Djokovic]] plays UsefulNotes/{{tennis}} on the wings of a flying plane.
* On an old commercial for a pickup truck a man sits on a special seat strapped to the outside of the truck to demonstrate how steady the ride is.
* In a Volvo big rig truck commercial, Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ts_PVB5sR6U does a split while riding on two trucks simultaneously]].
* Creator/ChuckNorris parodies the Van Damme commercial [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dndHQzZPH0Q here]], splitting on two airplanes while carrying 10 people balanced on his hat.
* The "Mayhem Guy" rides on the outside of a car, to represent its "blind spot" in a commercial for car insurance.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In the ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'' episode "Web of Danger", Ken and Joe hang on the back of a car to secretly follow Dr. Nambu to a meeting with a... friend.
* ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead'': [[ActionGirl Saeko]] is particularly fond of this, at least once using the extra momentum to increase the [[WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter force of her strike]].
* It's not uncommon in ''Franchise/LupinIII'' to have Goemon standing on the roofs of cars, trains, planes, etc. so he can [[AbsurdlySharpBlade cut an enemy vehicle in half with his sword]].
* In the first episode of ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', Vegeta stands on top of Bulma's plane because he refuses to approach leisure or inactivity in any way. Bulma tries to punish him by flying through heavy foliage, but he is both literally and figuratively unmoved.
* In ''LightNovel/SundayWithoutGod'', CuteGhostGirl Dee is shown riding on top of the group's van in the bonus episode. She may miss having a physical body, but being a ghost does have its advantages.

[[folder:Comic Book]]
* ''ComicBook/SinCity'' has a couple of examples:
** Marv hopped onto the back of a getaway car in ''Just Another Saturday Night'' and found himself on the hood of a cop car a few seconds later.
** In ''Family Values'' Miho rollerbladed after a car, hitched onto the bumper, then climbed into the trunk without the mobsters knowing it.
** Dwight attempted this in ''A Dame To Kill For'', but failed.
** In the first Sin City tale, Marv subverted this by actually hurling himself through the windshield of a cop car as opposed to just hanging on.
* Franchise/SpiderMan often does this, using his enhanced reflexes and athletic prowess to catch a ride and his [[WallCrawl clinging ability]] to hang on:
** Way back in ''Amazing Spider-Man'' #1, Spidey hopped onto the Chameleon's helicopter and ripped the door off in order to get to him.
** He pulled a similar move at the climax of the first Hobgoblin storyarc when he jumped onto the side of an armored van in order to get to the villain.
** In Comicbook/{{Venom}}'s first miniseries, Spidey hopped onto the hood of a gang's car while it was moving and webbed up the windshield.
** This has also been used as a gag multiple times when he is running late or is out of web-fluid, so he decides to hop onto any moving vehicle he sees.
** In one case, as he's riding on the hood of a car he sees an NYPD patrol car next to him. He cracks a joke about what he's doing probably [[TemptingFate not being covered in the traffic laws]]. The officer smirks and we GilliganCut to Spidey holding a traffic ticket.
** When Spidey first joined Comicbook/TheAvengers (as a reserve) back in the eighties, it involved him sticking to the bottom of their quinjet and following them to a mission.
* In the second main arc of ''ComicBook/AstonishingXMen'', the newly alive-after-all Colossus is shown riding on top of the team's jet on their way to a monster fight. After spending [[ComicBookTime however long]] locked up in a lab, he wanted to feel the wind.
* After Comicbook/ScottPilgrim gets his HesBack moment, he rides the bus this way back to Toronto.
* Comicbook/CaptainAmerica punctuates his escape from ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} at the start of ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' by leaping on top of a fighter jet and eventually [[NiceToTheWaiter buying the pilot a burger later on]].

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'', Kyon hops to the top of a car while [[InvisibilityCloak stealthed]] in order to rescue Sasaki, keeping himself in place thanks to his [[GravityMaster gravity manipulators]].
* A variation in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' - Calvin is strapped down to the roof of the car with Hobbes.

* In ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'', Snake Eyes does this on the approach to the Eiffel Tower.
* In both ''[[Film/TheGreenHornetSerials Green Hornet]]'' movie serials, the Hornet catches a ride on the back bumper of a villain's car.
* Happens with the titular train in ''WesternAnimation/ThePolarExpress''.
* ''Film/TeenWolf'''s favorite game was to surf the top of a bus.
* In ''Film/{{Batman}}'' (1989), reporter Alexander Knox does this on the hood of Vicki Vale's car.
* In ''Film/DickTracy'' (1990), Tracy's Sidekick "The Kid" hitches a ride on the back of police cars.
* ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded''. An upgraded Agent jumps onto the hood of a car from another car, and just stands there while the car swerves back and forth. There is also a full-scale kung fu battle on the top of a semi truck, brought to an abrupt end when it slams into another truck head-on.
* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', Eddie Valiant is seen hitching a ride on the back of the electric streetcar, along with some other poor, Oliver Twist-esque boys.
* In the first ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', Marty gets to school quickly by holding onto the rear bumpers of cars while standing on his skateboard. This turns out to be something of a ChekhovsSkill when he uses the same technique to keep from being run down by Biff in 1955.
* The ''Film/{{Deathproof}}'' half of ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}'' shows clearly that even trained stunt professionals have a hard time hanging on to the hood of a car when there's a maniac slamming his car into yours at high speed.
* ''Film/JamesBond'' runs into this a bit, as one might expect:
** At the end of ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'', Baron Samedhi is seen riding on the front end of a train locomotive after he was killed by poisonous snakes earlier in the movie. Badass indeed.
** In ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'', Bond actually tries it with a plane, if that counts.
** In ''Film/LicenceToKill'', Bond takes a ride on a moving tanker truck.
** In ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', Bond takes an outside ride on a helicopter.
* ''Film/SpiderMan1:'' Spider-Man pulls it off in the first movie. Justified, since he "does whatever a spider can", being sticking to surfaces, like a car roof. A hold-over from the comic book; Spidey frequently hitched unwitting vehicles when traveling through places with low overhead or few to no skyscrapers.
* ''Film/{{Help}}'' Music/GeorgeHarrison jumps on the mad scientist's car as it's getting away with Ringo in the trunk.
* ''Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' - Vampire Amilyn (Paul Reubens) hangs onto the top of Pike's van as he's fleeing and even punches a hole in the roof to grab him. Too bad about that low tree limb...
* In ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', Indy finds himself clambering all over a truck which he's trying to hijack, a process made difficult by the Nazi soldiers who are riding in the back. The Nazis then do it too.
** There's also the submarine incident of questionable plausibility, in which Indy somehow ''rides a submarine'' across the Mediterranean.
** Indy also clings to the front of a speeding mine cart in ''Temple of Doom'', braking it with the sole of his boot.
* ''Film/TheInvisibleMan'' has the eponymous character follow his target this way. Made easier by the fact that, well, he's invisible. Ignore the fact that he's also naked in the middle of winter hanging onto the side of a speeding car...
* Creator/BusterKeaton often grabbed onto moving cars in his films; see ''Film/{{Cops}}'', ''Film/TheGoat'', ''Film/SherlockJr''
* Constantly in ''Film/TheGodsMustBeCrazy''. In an early scene, you can just about see one of the actors playing a rebel soldier go flying off the hood of the car because of it, he continues with the scene as it nothing happened. Not too surprising as it's set in Africa where riding on top of a car is not uncommon.
* Creator/ClintEastwood as cop Harry Callahan does this a few times. In the first movie ''Film/DirtyHarry'', Harry jumps from an overpass onto the roof of a schoolbus taken hostage by the Scorpio Killer. In the sequel ''Film/MagnumForce'' a mobster trying to escape a police raid speeds out in a getaway car and Harry clings to the hood of it.
* Done with an airplane in ''Film/{{The Mummy|1999}}'', though it probably wasn't moving when they got on it; two people ride on the wings of a two-seater plane. If you look closely they ''are'' tied to it.
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''--When ''doesn't'' Cap take advantage of this trope? Taxicab, personal submarine, speeding train, drone aircraft...
** Shows up a couple of times in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''. Thor makes his entrance by landing on the team Quinjet [[spoiler:so he can grab Loki from them and take him back to Asgard.]]
** In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', the Soldier hitches a ride on Sam's car.
** ComicBook/BlackPanther does this in both [[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar Civil War]] and his [[Film/BlackPanther2018 solo movie.]]
* Film/TheToxicAvenger jumps on the roof of the bully's car. They attempt to swerve to shake him off.
* ''Film/TronLegacy'': Sam lands on the roof of a taxi cab. The driver yells at him to get off and swerves to try and get him down.
* When Mickey Cohen flees from the shootout at the climax of ''Film/GangsterSquad'', Sarge follows by jumping onto the back of the car and holding on. He is helped by the fact the rear window had been shot out earlier.
* The running board version is seen in ''Film/DocSavage'', with Doc pointing dramatically as he stands on the running board (in the rain no less) as the Fabulous Five drive off to take on the villains who've killed Doc's father.
* ''Film/MadMax''. Toecutter's gang steal fuel from a tanker-truck while it's on the move by waiting till it's slowed to drive up a steep road, pole-vaulting onto the tanker, then running a hose off the back.
** Coupled with TraintopBattle in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad''. Many fight scenes involve characters hopping onto the War Rig to hijack the truck. And of course, this is just one of the things that makes the [[EnsembleDarkhorse Doof Warrior]] even more CrazyAwesome. [[ThePowerOfRock Playing a flamethrower/guitar hybrid]] is [[RuleOfCool cool enough]], but it's even more awesome when it's on top of a speeding truck.
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Red}}''. CIA agent William Cooper is trying to warn the Secret Service they've fallen for a NotMyDriver trick while they're hell-bent on driving their charge away as quickly as possible. He leaps onto the roof in a suitably badass manner, slides down the back window with a silly expression on his face (as he's pressed against the glass), makes a futile attempt to get the Service agents to stop, then [[RealityEnsues gets thrown off when the limo abruptly turns a corner]].
* In ''Film/FlyingDownToRio'' a bunch of ChorusGirls [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6xzyVY7EfU do an aerial dance/display]] while strapped to the wings of flying biplanes.
* In ''Film/{{Platoon}}'', the soldiers arriving to the carnage scene at the end of the film ride atop their M113 personnel carrier, not inside. Justified, since this was the usual practise in the Vietnam War.
* Towards the end of ''{{Film/Unstoppable}}'', Will jumps in the back of a speeding pickup in order to get to the front of a RunawayTrain that is carrying extremely toxic chemicals. He does it with a broken foot no less.
* In ''Film/{{The Phantom|1996}}'', the Phantom does this on the villains' truck near the beginning, and later hitches a ride to the showdown on the landing pontoon of Sala's seaplane.
* In the climax of ''Film/SesameStreetPresentsFollowThatBird'', Gordon goes through the hole in the roof and onto the hood of the car that Cookie Monster had eaten to instruct Big Bird to jump off the moving truck.
* In ''Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper'', Miss Piggy grabs onto the back of a vehicle when escaping from prison.
* When Slick attempts to drive away in ''Film/PromNight1980'', the killer clings to the outside of his van.

* YT in ''Literature/SnowCrash'' - she has a device that lets her attach to cars and catch a ride, and this is how she gets around.
* Franchise/DocSavage's favorite way to get around NYC is to let one of his buddies drive while he stands on the running board.
* The hero does this at one point in ''Literature/{{Slan}}'' and even gets a chance to read the villains' minds.
* Mike, at the beginning of ''Literature/{{Ghost}}'', does this on the van that's being used to kidnap coeds.
* Spoofed in ''The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril'' (a TwoFistedTales-homage by Paul Malmont). RealityEnsues when Lester Dent (creator of ''Franchise/DocSavage'') leaps onto a car's running board and demands to be driven to Chinatown. The car roars off causing Lester to be thrown off onto the street.
* In ''Literature/TheGirlWhoOwnedACity'', several of the child protagonists have fun riding on the tops of cars. Since the drivers are themselves children who haven't learned to drive, they tend to drive slowly anyway and are even more cautious when someone's on the top of the car.
* ''Literature/YoungSherlockHolmes'': When Sherlock is kidnapped from the fair in ''Death Cloud'', Matty follows by clinging to the back of the carriage that is taking him away.
* ''Literature/AlexRider'': In ''Eagle Strike'', Alex sneaks into the Dutch facility by using magnetic clamps to attach himself to side of a truck that is entering ([[spoiler:posing as the ninja that is painted on the side of the truck]]). Later, he escapes by climbing on top of a truck that is on its way out.
* Done a few times in ''Literature/{{Biggles}}'' with someone riding lying down on the wing of a plane, generally as a method of rescuing someone from enemy territory in a situation where a two-seater plane can't be used (due to lack of room to land or an ObstructiveBureaucrat).

[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* ''Series/AirCrashInvestigation'': The captain of British Airways Flight 5390 goes through this when a blown-out windshield leads to him getting sucked out of the cockpit and pinned to the fuselage.
* In ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' the Bluths always get "hop-ons" when they drive their van because it was made to load airplanes and has a set of stairs on it.
* ''Series/{{Cannon}}'': In "Stone, Cold Dead", the killer attempts to escape in a speedboat. Cannon jumps on to the front of the boat, and winds up fighting the killer over the windscreen.
* OncePerEpisode in ''Series/DerClown'': Hero jumps on the enemy's getaway car/truck on the highway from a ''helicopter''. Even in the self-parodic time travel episode.
* Harrison ends up clinging to the windscreen of a car during a chase in one episode of ''Series/CrazyLikeAFox''. The scene is used in the TitleSequence.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E11Utopia "Utopia"]]: Jack Harkness does this with the freaking TARDIS. While it's travelling through time. [[GoodThingYouCanHeal This temporarily kills him.]]
** [[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor "The Time of the Doctor"]]: [[spoiler:Clara accidentally does this when trying to prevent the TARDIS from returning to Trenzalore without her, after the Doctor tricked her into being sent home so she'd be out of danger. The TARDIS ends up being 300 years late because she had to protect Clara with a force field on their way back.]]
* One episode of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' ends with Lily clinging to the roof of a moving car while under the effects of a highly caffeinated energy drink.
* All the time on ''Series/KnightRider.'' Just try and count how often Michael tells KITT to take control and open the sunroof so he can climb out and jump onto the bad guy's car, truck, helicopter, airplane, what have you.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'':
** Parker drops on to the roof of a moving armoured car as she prepares to pull a HighSpeedHijack in "The First David Job".
** In "The Rundown Job", Parker clings to the top of a subway train so as not to lose the terrorist who is carrying a briefcase full of killer flu virus.
* ''Series/MajorCrimes'': In "Four of a Kind", Flynn is attempting to pull a suspect out of her vehicle when she slams it into gear and accelerates. Flynn manages to cling to the door for some distance before she slams on the brakes and throws him off.
* ''Series/MythBusters'': In addition to the test referred to in the trope description, Jamie once took an Outside Ride on a speedboat. During their preliminary testing for the motorcycle water ski myth, the rig they'd mounted to the stern of the boat was too heavy, so Jamie climbed onto the bow to play counterweight.
** The build team also confirmed the "tennis on a plane's wing" video linked in the Advertising section. [[note]](At least, confirmed for a ground test. The insurance company refused to allow an in-the-air test.)[[/note]]
* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': In "Dead Men are Dangerous", Gambit leaps on the back of a fleeing car. He gets thrown off but manages to pull off the number plate as he goes.
* In a season 3 episode of ''Series/{{Primeval}}'', Danny does this in an attempt to escape some hungry terror birds.
* The ''Series/Rescue911'' episode "Bumper Baby" reenacts an improbable RealLife story of a two-year-old clinging for dear life to the back of her dad's box truck as he drives it down the highway not knowing she's there. [[spoiler:Amazingly, she is able to hold on for several miles before he pulls over.]]
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': EAGLE!!
* ''Series/TJHooker'' is notorious for the aggressive stunts Hooker pulls on duty like leaping onto vehicles.
* In the episode "Real Time" of ''Series/{{Workaholics}}'', the guys are trying to get to work in a hurry, but are too drunk to drive. Adam dons rollerblades and when the gang goes to get on a bus, he tries to hang on the back to be skitching. The guys talk him out of it, and later he tries it anyway with Alice's car. She promptly backs up into him.
* Featured once on ''Series/WorldsDumbest'' with people in India holding on to a train as part of their morning commute.

[[folder: Music Videos]]
* The Romanian pop band O-zone dances on the wings of a plane in flight, in the MusicVideo for "Dragostea Din Tei" (aka [[MemeticMutation the Numa Numa song]])

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'', Tracy's dog Mugg (a boxer) would often along with Tracy by clinging to the roof of the patrol car.

* The protagonist of ''Pinball/AirborneAvenger'' does this while SkySurfing on his one-man jet-sled.
* ''Pinball/TimeMachineDataEast'' has a fifties-era football jock clinging to the outside of the time car as it drives through history.
* A scene in ''[[Pinball/LightsCameraAction Lights... Camera... Action!]]'' shows two of the film's characters hanging from the railing of an airborne helicopter.
* The sides of the cabinet for ''Pinball/VacationAmerica'' show one of the kids hanging onto a rope as the family wagon drives off.

[[folder: Roleplay]]
* Led to one of the most memorable sequences in ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG''. The heist on Dacta Corp.'s just gone horribly wrong, and the two survivors have to get away with the plans they were trying to steal... while the assassin who responsible for killing the others is right on top of their car. Cue intense chase as Montoya has to navigate a freeway while simultaneously trying to help his partner shake her off- [[spoiler:They only got away because she believed them dead when the car veered off the road and caught fire, when in actuality they managed to escape when she left just before the blaze]].

* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' absolutely ''loves'' this trope. Cars, planes, missiles, trains, Bayonetta rides 'em all. The second game even begins with Bayonetta fighting angels atop a jet fighter.
* In ''Franchise/DevilMayCry 3'', Dante surfs on a missile.
** [[CutscenePowerToTheMax As does]] Solid Snake in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid: The Twin Snakes''.
* Another train example would be the intro and ending of ''VideoGame/MegaMan4''.
* Some more train examples happen in ''VideoGame/WarioLand 2'' and ''VideoGame/WarioLand: Shake''.
* Doable in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''.
* ''Videogame/TonyHawksUnderground'' gives your skater the ability to skitch off car bumpers [[Film/BackToTheFuture Marty McFly]] style.
* After the first boss battle in ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVII'', and the homage sequence in ''Videogame/CrisisCore''.
* It's easier to do by accident than on purpose in ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'', as most impacts, even minor bumps, send the target flying. But climbing on the roof of a stopped vehicle activates a car surfing minigame.
* ''VideoGame/{{Skitchin}}'' was a Genesis game where you would hitch rides on the bumpers of cars while on your inline skates.
* ''VideoGame/JustCause'' lets you do this; in its improved sequel, you can even hop around on top of a moving car, leaning around to avoid being shot at. You can also deploy your parachute to take to the air.
* ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}} 1942'' lets you do this ON AN AIRPLANE.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Syndicate}}'' (2012), Agent Kilo jumps onto an enemy dropship from a Manhattan skyscraper and rides is all the way back to it's origin point, a floating city in the middle of the Caribbean Sea.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'', while riding a skateboard you can latch onto the bumpers of cars to get around town more easily.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', during the Cerberus coup, Kai Leng leaps onto and ''runs around on top of'' Shepard's skycar in order to get to a position where he can sabotage it.
* In ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'', Sonic and Tails have a regularly used biplane called "The Tornado". Tails flies the thing from a regular seat. Sonic prefers to ride it by ''standing on the wings.''
* Fox does this several times in ''Videogame/StarFoxAssault'', riding on the wing of another ship while shooting things with a powerful energy bazooka. Subverted in that the ship has to fly very slowly and carefully when he's riding it: if they were to perform the maneuvers they usually do, he'd fall off immediately. This carries over into the ''Videogame/SuperSmashBros'' arenas based on ''VideoGame/StarFox'' games, where everyone runs and jumps on the wings as easily as on stationary surfaces.
* Other examples from ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'':
** The Big Blue stage in ''Melee'' and ''Brawl'' has characters fighting on ''all'' of the VideoGame/FZero cars as ther race. [[LookBothWays Falling on the track itself is near-instant death.]]
** In ''Brawl'', Meta Ridley is fought on top of the Falcon Flyer in the Subspace Emissary mode.
*** This is later turned into a standalone stage, Sand Ocean, in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashFlash2''.
* ''Videogame/TheSimpsonsHitAndRun'' has a "surfing" animation when you're on the roof of a moving car.
* Bandit runner patrols in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' have a driver, a gunner, and two Psychos hanging on the outside.
* In ''VideoGame/InFamous'', you can do this by hopping on a moving car, even though [[NotTheIntendedUse the creators didn't intend on you doing so]].
* The Manta in ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament2004'' can be used in this manner - let a pair of teammates hop onto the fans, and (at least until the physics wonk out enough to force them off) they can hitch a ride on the fastest vehicle in the game. ''VideoGame/UnrealTournamentIII'' removed this ability, but also added hoverboards and grappling hooks to let vehicles drag you around partially because this was too useful an exploit to just get rid of outright.
* In the first ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'' you can unlock a jet plane for Caim to use and he decides to be a man and ride on the outside of it.

* [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2004/06/26/episode-434-wouldnt-you-like-to-know/ Happened]] to Black Mage from ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater''.
* ''Webcomic/TropeOverdosedTheWebcomic'': [[http://tropeoverdosed.pcriot.com/?p=23 Bob did it for fun.]]
* ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'': Junpei's sports car only seats two, so Largo comes with [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1343 a solution]] to drive him and Erika.
* In one ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' strip, some elves working for Bun-bun climb to the top of the vehicle that the rest of the cast is fleeing from Bun-bun in. Once, there, the elves find that they are barely capable of holding on and thus can't do anything to the people driving away.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'', Captain Hammer jumps onto a moving car this way. Nathan Fillion even mentions it in his song "Better Than Neil" in ''WebVideo/CommentaryTheMusical''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' has quite a few examples--some particularly notable ones are:
** In "See No Evil", Batman grabs onto the roof of a car rendered invisible by AppliedPhlebotinum to prevent the (also invisible) driver from kidnapping his (the driver's) estranged daughter. The whole thing comes crashing past through an alley, leading a witness (who only sees Batman zooming along about four feet off the ground) to remark, "I didn't know he could fly..."
** In "Beware the Creeper", the madcap final chase has Batman clinging to the Joker's car (which is being driven by the Creeper) as Robin follows on a wheeled platform attached to the car with a grapple line. This becomes particularly hair-raising when the Creeper starts trying controls at random and fires the car's rear missiles.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'': In "Codename: Electric Haircut", Fillmore clings to the back of the stolen lockers as they are being driven away, before climbing over the top to perform a HighSpeedHijack.
* Once on ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', Fred and Barney had to take the cheapest seats available on a plane, which meant sitting on the wing.
* In the WesternAnimation/MrMagoo cartoon "WesternAnimation/WhenMagooFlew", Magoo mistakes a plane for a movie theater. At one point he steps outside and walks along the wing, complaining that the air conditioner is on too high.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E2CapeFeare Cape Feare]]", the family is moving to a new town to get away from Sideshow Bob. Unfortunately for them, Bob has used a harness to strap himself to the underside of their car. Unfortunately for ''Bob'', on the way his head smacks against speedbumps, Homer pours overly hot coffee over the side of the car, and the family decides to drive through a cactus patch for fun.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E11TheProtectorOfConcordDawn "The Protector of Concord Dawn"]], Kanan ends up hanging onto the outside of Fenn Rau's starfighter all the way into the upper atmosphere while attempting to prevent Rau from escaping. So Kanan disables the fighter by slashing at the engine.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' episode "A Plague of Insecticons" where the episode-namer Insecticons used lightning to down the Autobots, they found the lightning-based attacks are nulled with the rubber on the tires of their vehicle mode. Optimus Prime and Wheeljack (team's tech-head) both rode a pair of teammates in vehicle form whilst firing their weapons. It's probably simpler to coordinate this stunt when everyone involved is a robot.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/YogisSpaceRace'', the prize for winning the race was a trip on a space plane. As usual for this show, there was [[UndesirablePrize a twist to the prize that made it not worth winning]]: In this case, the trip was ''[[ExactWords on]]'' [[ExactWords the space plane]], rather than ''in'' the space plane.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'', Rocky flies a jet plane to catch a falling Bullwinkle, who grabs onto the plane's tail. He holds on so tightly that he leaves hand imprints in the tail.

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* At least one 1920's bank robber favored involuntary Outside Rides--he would put a solid row of hostages on his getaway car's running boards until he got out of town.
* [[http://www.acestory.elknet.pl/kahla/kahla.htm Lieutenant Paavo Kahla]], Finnish Air Force, in WWII. He was an observer-gunner on Fokker C.X reconnaissance plane. During a mission, his pilot, 2/Lt Mannermaa, got killed by flak. Kahla noticed, and instead parachuting (and becoming POW) he climbed ''outside'' the observer's seat along the fuselage of the Fokker onto the lap of the dead pilot, assuming controls. He then flew safely the plane to base, saving himself, the aircraft and the photos. For his insane bravery, he was rewarded the highest Finnish decoration, the Mannerheim Cross.
* Unfortunately, teenagers + booze + cars can equal TruthInTelevision for this trope. It normally ends with a trip to the hospital (or morgue), since they never add in safety harnesses.
* RealLife: The remora, a fish that uses a suction cup on its head to hitch rides with sharks.
* Roman Riding, or riding simultaneously two horses by standing on their backs.
* Trick riding in general.
* In some towns and cities around the globe, some people (especially pre-teen boys) routinely used (or use) this kind of transport on tram buffers to avoid paying the fare. This is particularly common in India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and South Africa, where the trains are the best way to get around both within cities and between them, but are often overcrowded.
* Firefighters used to do this, but stopped because it was too dangerous. The Secret Service still does in an emergency. Note that those vehicles are probably designed to be ridden (especially old fire trucks).
* The extremely dangerous activity called "Subway Surfing" (or a variation thereof), where a person rides on the roof of a subway car, high-speed train etc. "just for fun". In Germany alone, 40 teenagers have so far been killed while train surfing.
** If vertical people-movers qualify as "vehicles" for this trope's purpose, "elevator surfing" is a similar (and similarly-dangerous) activity.
* Until the invention of air brakes in the 1860s (and as late as the 1920s), this was the job description of the "brake man" on trains, particularly on freight trains, having to hop from car to car to manually activate the hand brakes, between this and other safety measures that had yet to be invented, brakemen were essentially RedShirts with a fatality rate between 1889-1891 of as high as 19.3 per thousand.
* See the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypjqIdAiJEo&feature=BFa&list=SPAB2690800D59FA97 'Making of' video]] of the example filed under Advertising.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Airways_Flight_5390 A British Airways pilot was sucked out of his plane and pinned to the fuselage after one of the windshield panels popped out.]] Remarkably, he survived and continued flying for eleven more years.
* In 2012 a Romanian gang tried to rob a moving truck at night by tailgating behind it, climbing onto the roof of their car, and opening the truck's rear doors. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCWNAJftXlg Video can be seen here.]]
* In 1895, a group of children were playing somewhere outside of Michigan City, Mississippi and had dashed across the tracks in front of an oncoming train some fifty-sixty yards down the railroad. All but one, a little girl who had suddenly froze up in fear of the train, made it across the tracks, but the little girl was very fortunate. An engine crewman by the name of John Luther "Casey" Jones was maintaining the engine aboard the train, and had spotted the girl. He risked serious injury, possibly even almost certain death, by shimmying out to the cowcatcher of the moving train to foist her up off of the rails to safety. The girl was shaken but unharmed, and the crewman, who was later promoted to engineer, would go on to [[HeroicSacrifice lay down his own life around five years later by staying aboard to slow down his train to spare the passengers]].
* The practice of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tank_desant tank desant,]] the tactic of soldiers riding on the hull of a friendly tank so they can disembark and provide it infantry support when it meets the enemy. This was most commonly used by Russian forces in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, but is uncommon these days due to increases in tank speed and most modern forces that can afford tanks can afford separate transports for their infantry to let them keep up.
** It is customary in modern era for the troopers to ride ''atop'' on their personnel carriers instead of inside, especially at combat zone. The inside is reserved for the gear or carrying wounded troopers. The rationale is that if the personnel carrier is hit by an RPG, it becomes a death trap for everyone inside. It is also far easier to jump straight into combat off the top of the vehicle than from inside. Moreover, every man atop the vehicle is another pair of eyes for observation and another rifle for counterstrike. This practice became standard in UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar. Bulletproof vests and kevlar helmets have made this practice safer to the riders than what it used to be in WWII.
** Played straight in the Finnish Army when crossing water features on amphibious transports. The Russian-made BTR-60, an amphibious armoured personnel carrier, proved a sinking prone death trap in any winds more than a few knots. (It gained an ironical nickname ''Sukellusvene'' ("Submarine") after a lake crossing accident which claimed the lives of seven conscripts). Since then, the soldiers ''must'' ride on the top of the vehicles while crossing deep water.
* Played straight by skydiving instructors. In AFF (Accelerated Free Fall) skydiving instruction, the student jumps together with two instructors. One of the instructors climbs outside the plane, grabs the student with one hand and the plane fuselage with other hand and rides there before they all jump together. (The other instructor jumps from inside the plane.)
** Likewise, in formation skydiving, usually two skydivers ride outside the plane before jumping off. Those who ride outside are called ''floaters'' and those who jump from inside are called ''jumpers''.
** In early UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, Soviet paratroopers [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzMb_ue4aG4 used to cling to the fuselage of an aircraft]]; when it was time to jump they'd slide down the wing and just fall off!
* While at skydiving, played straight by jumping off a small plane, such as Cessna 172, where the jumper first climbs out the plane, grabs the wing strut and sets himself off on the slipstream, letting go. Such brief antics of skydivers exiting may not count, given that they're generally only there for a few seconds, it is possible to climb ''on top'' of some jump planes and ride them (note that airspeed on jumprun is significantly reduced to allow people to climb out). This is considered to be ridiculously dangerous for everyone involved, given the highly increased chances of a tailstrike killing the jumper and taking down the entire plane.
** There is also [[http://www.redbull.com/uk/en/stories/1331582571425/paul-steiner-akte-blani-plane-swap-skydive this stunt]], involving two gliders.
* This is one of the typical jeepney rides in Philippines. Jeepney conductors pull off to maximize the number of the passengers. In some towns where the jeepney is not common, it is typical for the passengers can go for [[http://yourlifeinthephilippines.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/jeepney-just-one-more-600x450.jpg top load]].
* This trope was popularized in the San Francisco Bay Area under the name "ghost riding the whip", or simply "ghost riding". It happens when the driver exits his moving vehicle, climbs atop, and surfs. As you can imagine, ghostriding or car-surfing is incredibly dangerous and has led to deaths.
* This happened to bombardier-navigator [[http://www.gallagherstory.com/ejection_seat/ Lt. Keith Gallagher in an A-6 Intruder tanker in July 1991]]. The BN in question survived and went back to flight status shortly afterwards. The cause of the mishap was due to an improperly-armed ejection seat causing a partial ejection. The BN's parachute had wrapped itself around the tail of the aircraft, and the tension from his parachute risers kept him from getting impaled on the remnants of the canopy when the plane trapped.
* On slower planes with low stall speeds, riding ''on'' the plane is possible. "Wing walking" and was a popular stunt in early 20th century air shows, when the ''top'' speed of most planes was usually around the mile-a-minute range.