Oh no! The Bad Guys had the foresight to prepare an aerial getaway (usually in the form of a helicopter).

Does the hero take it lying down because GravityIsAHarshMistress? Of course not. Especially not if he is a UsefulNotes/{{Hollywood}} action hero! He will destroy the vehicle in a spectacularly explosive manner (because [[StuffBlowingUp everything is better with explosions]]), but usually not before he leaps into the flying vehicle in question to have one final, mano-a-mano, brutal fistfight with the BigBad in question.

Tends to overlap with HellishCopter due to the helicopters' tendencies to exist in works of fiction solely for the purpose of exploding. Contrast with ComingInHot where the vehicle may ''make'' it to base, but battle damage or other circumstances forces it to perform a...less-than-graceful landing.


[[folder: Film ]]

* Used in quite a few of Creator/RennyHarlin's films:
** ''Film/TwelveRounds'' has the helicopter in question explode in mid air after a brutal mid-air fistfight, with the hero jumping into a conveniently present swimming pool with his girlfriend just in time.
** Sharks of ''Film/DeepBlueSea'' manage to take out one in such fashion during their big escape plan.
* ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'' had a helicopter get destroyed, as well as one escape with moderate damage.
* ''Film/DieHard2'' features [[spoiler: [=McClane=] lighting a VaporTrail of the {{Big Bad}}'s jet just as it is leaving the ground.]] Yippee-ki-yay indeed.
* Creator/JohnWoo's ''[[Film/BrokenArrow1996 Broken Arrow]]'', which includes no less than four exploding helicopters before the credits roll.
* ''Film/SuddenDeath'' in which Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme shoots out the pilot and the BigBad does a LONG BigNo as the helicopter slowly crashes tail-first into the skating rink below in an orange fireball.
* The climactic ending scene in ''Film/{{Swordfish}}'' includes a helicopter being taken out by a rocket launcher.
* Also, the ending scene in the 2000 film ''Film/CharliesAngels'' had a missile reprogrammed to take out the chopper than launched it.
* ''Film/IfLooksCouldKill'': The villain tries getting away in a chopper overloaded with too much gold. The hero and his female sidekick shoot at it until he falls out whereupon his pilotless copter crash-lands on top of him.
* The first ''Film/MissionImpossible'' film had one inside the Chunnel. With gum shaped explosives.
* ''Film/{{Darkman}}'' brought down a villain's chopper when he was dangling underneath it on a cargo hook, and the pilot tried to dislodge him by dragging him across road traffic. Darkman found his footing on the roof of an 18-wheeler, attached the cargo hook to the truck, and let it drag the chopper to its explosive destruction in a highway tunnel.
* ''Film/StarWars'':
** ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'': During the scene where the Naboo pilots hijack their fighters away from Trade Federation droids that had secured the hangar, a turret outside the hanger manages to hit one shortly after take off, causing it to spiral in.
** ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'': When the Separatists retreat from the battle on Geonosis, the Republic forces are able to stop one of the transports from escaping by concentrating fire on it, bringing it crashing back down shortly after launch. Also averted because several other ships do manage to escape.
** Averted in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'': the heroes catch up with Boba Fett as he is lifting off with Slave I. As the only weapons they have are small handheld blasters, however, the Slave I gets away.
* In ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', Wolverine destroys a helicopter by using his claws, a motorcycle, and a military Humvee as an impromptu catapult, allowing him to slice the rotors off of an enemy helicopter mid-flight. The trope is somewhat subverted in that he blows up the helicopter after it crashes, by lighting its leaking fuels with his cigar.
* Done multiple times in ''Film/BlueThunder'', which, to be fair, is all about helicopters anyway. The film also features instances of (almost)-HellishCopter, and the two tropes sometimes overlap within the film.
* ''Film/GreenZone'': Al Rawi's men shoot down a US Delta Force helicopter with an RPG.
* Considering most Film/JamesBond movies since ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'' feature a helicopter, 007 has taken down a few of them.
* {{Subverted}} in ''Film/TheAvengers2012'': When the [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness WSC]] decides to [[NukeEm nuke Manhattan]], Nick Fury takes it upon himself to head out on the deck with an RPG and bags the first plane before it can take off -- but the WSC, [[ProperlyParanoid having thought this one through]], launched ''two'' jets.
* There are a few subversions where it happens to good guys instead:
** ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'': The protagonists almost escape Manhattan via helicopter, but the monster whacks it out of the sky.
** ''Film/IndependenceDay'': The First Lady is evacuated from Los Angeles in a helicopter, but doesn't get out of the blast zone in time when the aliens attack.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Creator/MatthewReilly's ''Temple'' has a giant demonic cat jump 10 feet straight up into a helicopter taking off. It explodes, but not before firing missiles into a seaplane and a couple of buildings; taking out some {{mooks}}, two more helicopters and almost totaling the heroes' Humvee with it's machine gun; and crashing into the helicopter taking off next to it.
* At the end of ''Literature/SnowCrash'', YT's faithful Rat Thing chases a jet down the runway. And catches it.
* Literature/AlexRider does it in Point Blank. With a snowmobile and a ski-jump.
** He does it again in ''Ark Angel'', by tying two canoes to the floats of the plane. When [[BigBad Nikolei Drevin]] attempts to turn the plane around, the canoes get tangled up in the trees and the plane is torn in half before crashing.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'' once had a bad guy trying to escape Oahu via Learjet. Cue the automatic weapon squad firing M-16s at the escaping plane which promptly exploded in a [[SpecialEffectsFailure ball of stock footage.]]
* In the pilot episode of ''Series/MisfitsOfScience'', the villain's chopper is taken out by a ''basketball'' hurled into its rotors. This jolts it enough so that the bad guy, who'd been aiming a DeathRay at the heroes for a devastating parting shot, misfires into the helicopter's fuselage and blows his own aircraft to atoms.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The ''[[VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo Advanced V.G.]]'' saga concludes with [[BigBad Miranda]] attempting to escape aboard her private jet, rather than face the consequences of her actions, after her defeat. She even shoots [[{{ninja}} Chiho]] with a concealed gun, when she tries to make her land the plane. But she uses her remaining strength to radio her friends and [[TakingYouWithMe tells them to shoot it down.]] They honor her dying request by blowing Miranda out of the sky with a [[CombinedEnergyAttack combined energy]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJxntwMlbMk attack.]]
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty''
** ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty4ModernWarfare'' has it twice for the heroes. First, the SAS's extraction chopper gets shot down in the Russian countryside after rescuing Nikolai, then the Marine protagonist's heli gets knocked out of the sky by a nuclear blast wave, [[KillEmAll killing everyone on board]] including the player character [[ShootTheShaggyDog and the pilot they just rescued]].
** At least twice in ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyModernWarfare2''. First, in the climax of "Of Their Own Accord", Hunter 2-1's Blackhawk and a SEAL team's Little Bird get attacked by an anti-aircraft missile battery soon after being evacuated from a rooftop. They combine this with TakingYouWithMe by opening fire on the missile batteries even as their chopper falls from the air. The last mission of the game has this being invoked as the villain tries to make his getaway in an MH-53 Pave Low.
** And we have it again in ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyModernWarfare3''. At the very end of the last level, "Dust to Dust", [[spoiler:Price follows Makarov to the top of the hotel, where Makarov gets on a Little Bird helicopter. Price jumps on the helicopter, takes out the two pilots, but can't stop the helicopter from crashing.]]
* In ''VideoGame/FarCry4'', you can blow up BigBad Pagan Min's chopper as he's leaving the palace. It's entirely optional though.
* Tequila blows up a helicopter in the climax of the battle with Vladimir Zakarov in the Creator/JohnWoo game ''VideoGame/{{Stranglehold}}''.
* Enemy leaders attempt to do this a few times across the ''VideoGame/AceCombat'' series, but they usually do it mid-mission, where you're easily able to shoot them down before they get anywhere.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge'' [[spoiler:Faith jumps into a helicopter starting from the roof of a massive skyscraper and uses her momentum to kick the villain out through the other door. As he falls out he fires his machine pistol hitting the pilot and the engine, with Faith leaping onto the buildings roof in the very last moment.]]
* In the first ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'', Max doesn't let the BigBad's escape helicopter get as far as taking off before he blows it up.
* The NES ''VideoGame/BionicCommando'' has you blowing up Master-D's escape helicopter with a bazooka after bringing down the Albatross. The remake, ''Rearmed'', gives it a proper boss fight.
* In the old arcade game ''Elevator Action Returns'', [[spoiler: after making your way through the deathtraps of the final area, you reach the roof of the building only to see the final boss flying away higher and higher in a helicopter... oh look, a handy bazooka nearby. It only have 4 shots. You need to hit twice. Don't miss.]]
* A heroic example in ''VideoGame/{{ZombiU}}'' as the Ravens of Dee prepare to evacuate London in a helicopter. However, before the chopper can pick you up, the tower's flock of ravens takes off from the Tower of London and flies [[HelicopterBlender straight into the propeller]], sending the chopper spinning out of control and crashing in a fiery explosion. [[spoiler: Their second attempt is a lot more successful, provided you make it there in one piece.]]
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', the mission to the Mars Archives seems like it's over when your target Dr Eva hops on a Cerberus shuttle, but then James comes in at the last moment driving a shuttle of his own and rams Eva out of the sky.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/DesertStrike'' the dictator tries to escape in a large cargo plane, which the player has to destroy before it leaves the runway.
* A common tactic in ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV Grand Theft Auto Online]]'' for those who have caught the attention of a particularly homicidal group of players is to make for the nearest airstrip, get into a plane or chopper, and fly to the other side of the map. Sometimes, this getaway works, but other times, the attacking players just pull out a rocket launcher and blast the poor fellow out of the sky just when they thought themselves safe.


[[folder: Web Animation ]]

* In the fifth episode of ''WebAnimation/{{Bunnykill}}'', the final act consists of an extended fight/chase scene as [[RevolversAreJustBetter Smoke]], this installment's BigBad, flees in an attack chopper from [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Dust]]. [[spoiler: Smoke dies. [[RasputinianDeath A lot.]]]]
* ''WebAnimation/HowItShouldHaveEnded'' has its take on the ending to ''Predator''. With Dutch, Billy, and their new local girlfriend running for da choppah, Dutch delivers the line that the Predator is hunting them because they are armed, and thus valid sport. Billy finds [[TakeAThirdOption the obvious solution]]: discard all weapons, and hope that's right. Certainly enough, with no weapons on them, the (rather disappointed) Predator lets them on their way. As the chopper lifts off, Dutch looks around [[OhCrap in horror]]-his gaze sweeping from the door gunner's machine gun to the pilot's sidearm--as he realizes that their vehicle is armed, making them once again valid prey.


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''WebComic/SluggyFreelance'': In the middle of "K I T T E N I I", the clown commander abandons his troops to kitten attack after sabotaging their defenses. The kittens themselves grow wings to attack his helicopter before he can escape. The copter [[HighPressureBlood explodes first with blood]], then [[MadeOfExplodium with a fireball]] on collision with the ground.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', when Race Bannon battles snake minions aboard a plane to recover a canister of the Goliath Serum. He kicks their asses and finishes them off with a grenade blast as he escapes out the side with a parachute... and is fatally wounded as the falling plane's wing clotheslines him in the chest.