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A series of Creator/{{Disney}} live-action films (the first in the series was one of the last movies personally overseen by WaltDisney himself) concerning the adventures of SentientVehicle Herbie, a '63 Volkswagen Beetle with a mind and heart of its own.

[[AC:The main series consists of:]]
* '''''The Love Bug''''' (1968) -- Down-on-his-luck racing driver Jim Douglas (Dean Jones) gets more than he bargained for when he acquires a second-hand Beetle. The car is named "Herbie" by his mechanic, Tennessee Steinmetz (BuddyHackett), who is the first to realise that the car's odd behavior is more than just an idiosyncratic collection of mechanical faults. Peter Thorndyke (David Tomlinson), the snooty car salesman and race car driver who sold Herbie to Jim, is driven crazy when Jim starts winning races with his new car. Thorndyke tries to find out the secret of "the little car" while also sabotaging it. Meanwhile, Jim falls in love with Carole (Michelle Lee), Thorndyke's assistant.
* '''''Herbie Rides Again''''' (1974) -- Herbie is left with Tennessee's aunt Mrs. Steinmetz (Helen Hayes) while Jim and Tennessee are out of the country, and helps save her home from evil property developer Alonzo Hawk (Keenan Wynn), all while helping tough airline stewardess Nicole Harris (Stefanie Powers) fall in love with timid lawyer Willoughby Whitfield (Ken Berry), who turns out to be Hawk's nephew. Features a DisneyAcidSequence not found in other films.
* '''''Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo''''' (1977) -- Herbie and Jim reunite for a career comeback in a French car rally with goofy mechanic Wheely Applegate (DonKnotts). To add to their troubles, two bumbling jewel thieves hide a stolen diamond in Herbie and the Love Bug ends up falling in love with another racecar owned by Diane Darcy (Julie Sommars), a tough woman racer. First Herbie film directed by Vincent McEveety and shot on location in Paris and Monte Carlo.
* '''''Herbie Goes Bananas''''' (1980) -- Jim's nephew, Pete Stancheck (Stephen W. Burns), ends up finding Herbie in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico after an unknown debacle in Baja California. Intent on taking Herbie to race in Brazil, Pete and his friend DJ (Charles Martin Smith) come a pickpocket named Paco (Joaquin Garay III) that gets them embroiled with a group of gold smugglers. After Herbie causes trouble on the ship, Paco reunites with Herbie and, with help from the happy Aunt Louise (Cloris Leachman) and the blustering Captain Blythe ([[TheCarolBurnettShow Harvey Korman]]), Herbie ends up fighting bulls, selling bananas, and munching on a plane. The last in the classic Herbie films.
* '''''Herbie: Fully Loaded''''' (2005) -- Now long forgotten, Herbie winds up in a junkyard where he's bought as a college graduation present for Maggie Peyton (LindsayLohan) by her overprotective father (MichaelKeaton). With Herbie's help, Maggie dons the disguise of "MAXX" and enters Herbie in numerous street-racing competitions before losing him to a demolition derby and winning him back to race in NASCAR.

Herbie also made two forays into television:

* '''''Herbie, the Love Bug''''' (1982) -- A five-episode miniseries directed by Vincent McEveety and starring Dean Jones, semi-retired single man Jim Douglas runs the "Famous Driving School" with his mechanic Bo and of course semi-retired racecar Herbie. After foiling a bank robbery, Jim meets soon-to-be-married Susan MacLane (Patricia Harty) and her children Julie ([[BackToTheFuture Claudia Wells]]), Robbie (Douglas Emerson), and Matthew (Nicky Katt). After Herbie inadvertently interrupts Susan's wedding to jealous bank manager Randy Bigelow ([[Series/{{MASH}} Larry Linville]]), Jim and Susan spark a romance as Randy tries all he can to discredit or sabotage Douglas and his little car. All episodes are on Youtube and can be watched [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcbLWnNRuf0&list=PL43ooqSfaVzGM_dIS-1IR4_DN5GnEFYR8 here]].
* '''''The Love Bug''''' (1997) -- TV movie directed by [[Film/BringItOn Peyton]] [[Film/AntMan Reed]]. Repeats the basic "Herbie helps out a down-on-his-luck driver" plot of the original (it's not a reboot, but more of an example of how events tend to repeat themselves). Creator/BruceCampbell stars as former-driver-turned-mechanic Hank Cooper working at Chuck's Car Shop. After winning Herbie in a fix-it competition, Cooper tries to start a relationship with former flame and racing journalist Alex Woodward (Alexandra Wentworth) while evading MeanBrit Simon Moore III (John Hannah), a disgraced UsefulNotes/FormulaOne driver and Herbie's owner at the film's beginning. Introduces Herbie's evil twin Horace the "Hate" Bug as well as a nonsensical origin story for Herbie (in which he was developed as some sort of "special weapon" under false pretenses but grew feelings after having a photograph of his creator's wife fall into a vat of metal compound.) Dean Jones also makes a surprise cameo and references meeting Carol, so this film could be considered part of the official canon.

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!!This series provides examples of:

* AffectionatePickpocket: Paco in ''Herbie Goes Bananas'', who's seen not only picking money from Herbie's new owners, but also grabbing a piece of microfilm from the antagonists.
* TheAllegedCar: Jim had a tendency of picking these up at the start of ''The Love Bug''. Herbie also responds negatively to be referred to as one.
** Also featured in ''The Love Bug (1997)'', as Herbie and other junked up cars are entered into a fix-it contest.
* AnachronismStew: The later films used Volkswagens past the '63 model Herbie is, which have changes such as larger windows or a slightly differently shaped body, likely due to the difficulty in procuring multiple '63s further and further past their production finished.
* {{Angrish}}: Alonzo Hawk is a master of it.
* ArbitrarySkepticism:
** Jim Douglas, when he firsts buys Herbie, believes purely that the little car's wheelies, self-driving and other random wild acts are merelya fault in a design. Even when he starts racing Herbie, Jim thinks it's him winning races and not Herbie. This is soon averted, as Jim sees Herbie's a special car following the little car's attempt at suicide.
** Notably averted for Grandma Steinmetz in ''Herbie Rides Again''. She doesn't have the same teachings her son Tennessee does, but she's entirely accepting of the philosophy that mechanical and natural things still have life in them. It helps that Herbie's a pretty strong piece of evidence to the idea.
** Diane Darcy in ''Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo'' has quite a hard time believing that Herbie, and indeed her own Lancia, are sentient and capable of driving themselves, despite witnessing quite a bit of odd behavior involving both vehicles. It's only when she witnesses Herbie pulling her Lancia out of a river, and her Lancia making several actions on its own accord, that she finally starts believing.
** Hank Cooper, much like Jim beforehand, thought Herbie's actions were merely a mechanical fault in the car. It's not until after the art show that Herbie goes missing and Hank goes out desperately to find him.
* ArtisticLicenseSports: ''Fully Loaded'' takes place in what is, if not NASCAR itself, then a clearly NASCAR-like organization. Assuming Team Peyton could get permission to race a Volkswagen (not likely, given the time frame), Herbie is clearly A) Too old, B) (to the naked eye) has no racing modifications, C) possesses NO safety gear (Restraint harness? Roll cage? Nope!). Herbie shouldn't have even been allowed to pass a cursory pre-race inspection. Lampshaded, as one of the race announcers states that someone must have performed some kind of Loophole Abuse, but even then Herbie could have only qualified as an honorary pace car.
* AsianStoreOwner: Mr. Wu in ''The Love Bug'', who takes ownership of Herbie when Herbie plows into his fruit stand, and winds up helping the heroes beat Thorndyke.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign:
** Tennessee's conversation with Mr. Wu in the first film.
** Notably averted in "Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo", which had a French production staff and a thanks to the city of France and the principality of Monaco for their cooperation in making the film.
** Averted as well in "Herbie Rides Again", which was shot on location in Panama, Puerto Vallarta, and parts of Central America.
* TheAtoner: Carole in the first film, who tires of Thorndyke's dirty tactics and even helps Tennessee to repair Herbie after Thorndyke's earlier sabotage.
** Willoughby in ''Herbie Rides Again'' also counts, having been sent by his Uncle Alonzo to try to convince Grandma Steinmetz to leave her beloved home, until Nicole tells him how many have suffered for his actions and so he deserts his uncle and helps to foil his scheme.
* BadassDriver: Not only Jim Douglas, Hank Cooper, Simon Moore III, and Trip Murphy onscreen, but also veteran stunt drivers Max Balchowsky and Carey Loftin.
* BadBoss: Most of the villains, Peter Thorndyke and especially Alonzo Hawk in particular.
* BaguetteBeatdown: In ''Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo'', there is a scene where Herbie is waiting at a stoplight at an intersection when a truck driver gets a French woman carrying some groceries angry at him. She proceeds to pound on the side of the truck with a baguette, causing no obvious damage to the bread or to the truck. It does result in the Love Bug getting dirty.
* BearsAreBadNews: As Thorndyke's car is stuck in mud and and Havershaw is pushing it out, a bear makes it way into the car, enticed by their food. Because his driving goggles are covered with mud, Thorndyke doesn't realize the bear is in the car until he strikes it and it growls, making him faint.
* BerserkButton:
** Herbie has one across the films by being insulted for his looks or capability, his usual retaliation ranging from squirting oil across someone's foot, to honking at them to, if they're inside him, going to mach 20 to prove just how wrong they are. The only people who avoid this are those Herbie has developed an attachment to, and even then usually only if they mean it in an affectionate way.
** Peter Thorndyke seems to have his locked on, as everything enrages the arrogant Brit so easily, including the incompetency of his workers.
** Nicole Harris from ''Herbie Rides Again'' has a particularly sensitive one towards Alonzo Hawk - she punches Willoughby when she thought he was harassing Grandma Steinmetz in the jaw, and socked him again with a freshly boiled lobster ''off the balcony of the seafood establishment into the water below'' when she learned Willoughby was Hawk's nephew. Willoughby does manage to slowly disengage that button with his genuine and gentle nature though, and Nicole herself recognizes she was in the wrong in both the aforementioned incidents soon after they happened.
** Alonzo Hawk does ''not'' take kindly to Willoughby pronouncing himself no longer in cahoots with him, if his yelling and screaming at him so loud [[GlassShatterSound it can shatter glass]] is any indication.
** Diane Darcy is deeply offended by the sexist treatment she has received from men and even her own family through life, and so is quick to mistake Herbie's antics on the race track as being the work of Jim expressing similar sentiment against her as the only female driver participating. Their misunderstanding becomes so heated that when the thieves attempt to chase down Herbie Jim accuses her of trying to sabotage them, which goes over about as well as you could imagine. Things are finally cleared up when Jim and Wheelie rescue Diane from an accident on the track, and when she sees that Herbie was for real and merely trying to win the affections of her Lancia.
** In ''Bananas'', Captain Blythe seems to be exasperated by everything around him that isn't related to his dear Sun Princess cruise liner.
** For Simon Moore III, Herbie himself, as the little car embarrassed the former Formula 1 racer after he was purchased.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Herbie and Grandma Steinmetz get this treatment and then some in ''Herbie Rides Again''; Grandma visits Alonzo Hawk, the man trying to tear down her firehouse, in a window cleaner cart, and, when Hawk refuses to back down, douses him and his entire office in massive amounts of suds. When Hawk hits Herbie, Herbie gets ''mad'', chasing Hawk down inside of his own office! Though Grandma has some fun with this at first, even she finds Herbie going a bit too far when he follows Hawk out ''on a ledge'', outside of the building near the top floor. However, even her attempts to calm Herbie down required some prodding from Whilloughby...which consisted of barely veiled threats to visit ''a used car lot''. [[note]]Though she does note that she'd never do it, and that she doesn't think Herbie believes it either, but it always works[[/note]]
* TheBigRace: Often the climax or a pivotal plot point. Notable aversions are ''Herbie Rides Again'' and ''Herbie Goes Bananas''.
* BigWhat: Tennessee shouts this in response to Jim agreeing to sell Herbie to Thorndyke:
-->'''Jim:''' ''(talking on the phone with Thorndyke)'' Thorndyke, I don't like you, but I can use your money. You got yourself a deal, Thorndyke. Come and get it. ''(hangs up)''\\
'''Tennessee:''' What do you mean you got yourself a deal?\\
'''Jim:''' I'm selling the little car.\\
'''Tennessee:''' You're ''what?!''\\
'''Jim:''' Now, don't make a fuss, okay? I need the money.\\
'''Tennessee:''' You crumb! You can't do that to Herbie!
* BikerBabe: Maggie in ''Fully Loaded''.
* BilingualBackfire: In the first film, Tennessee speaks to Mr. Wu in Chinese ([[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign or an approximation of it]]), and Jim asks Tennessee to ask Mr. Wu if he would let him drive Herbie in the El Dorado race, with the condition that Mr. Wu will keep the winnings. This prompts Mr. Wu to say, in English, "Now you speak my language!".
* BilingualBonus: "Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo" is ''filled'' with French.
** Same with ''Herbie Goes Bananas'', which is ripe to the brim with Spanish.
* BlatantLies[=/=]ISurrenderSuckers: After Grandma Steinmetz [[NeverMessWithGranny tricks a wrecking ball in knocking down Hawk's home]], Hawk calls her and admits defeat. As soon as it ends, Hawk again plots to take her home.
* BungledSuicide[=/=]InterruptedSuicide: At one point a despondent Herbie attempts to leap off the Golden Gate Bridge, a feat made more difficult by the fact that his round wheels don't help him climb very well. His struggles last long enough for Jim to find him and talk him down.
* TheCavalry: At the climax of ''Herbie Rides Again'', Alonzo Hawk comes by the firehouse to tear it down. Herbie runs off to get help, while Grandma Steinmetz and Mr. Judson try to fend off Hawk's men with a fire hose. But the hose bursts, and it looks like things are done for -- when suddenly, Hawk's worst nightmare comes to life: not just Herbie, but ''every VW Bug in San Francisco'' storms in, scattering Hawk's men and running Hawk right into the arms of the law.
* ChekhovsExhibit: The ''Etoile de Joie'' diamond in ''Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo'' is on display in a museum before it's stolen.
** Also Roddy's arthouse exhibit in ''The Love Bug'' remake, where main villain Simon Moore III finds Herbie's builder plate after being hood-slapped and goes to contact the car's builder.
* ChewingTheScenery:
** Peter Thorndyke, played by perennial Disney scenery-chewer David Tomlinson
** Alonzo Hawk, played by Disney's other large ham of the day, Keenan Wynne
** Captain Blythe in ''Herbie Goes Bananas''. Then again, [[TheCarolBurnettShow Harvey Korman]] seems to do that a lot.
** Trip's assistant in ''Fully Loaded''. For the most part he's pretty subdued and calm... Then he's marking up Herbie for the Demolition Derby, and you'd think somewhere between scenes he just completely lost his mind.
* ChewToy: Havershaw, Hawk's lawyers, Rupert, basically almost any assistant to the main antagonist.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome:
** Both Michele Lee and Buddy Hackett do not appear in later films, as Buddy Hackett turned down the sequels (a move he regretted) and Michele Lee was busy filling in as a guest actress throughout the 70s.
** That said, ''Herbie Rides Again'' does offer something of an explanation - in that film, Tennesse had to go take care of his guru while Jim went off racing in Europe, leaving his grandmother to take care of the firehouse and Herbie.
* CoolCar: Herbie, so cool he's his own BadassDriver.
** Many of the cars throughout the series, especially those of the first and third movies also qualify. Notable examples are Thorndyke's super-rare Apollo and Jaguar XK-E, and Bruno Von Stickle's Porsche 917 (which was actually a VW platform kit car).
** Horace from ''The Love Bug (1997)'', possibly the only real evil-looking Volkswagen in history.
* CoolOldLady: Grandma Steinmetz in ''Herbie Rides Again''.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Evil property developer Alonzo Hawk in ''Herbie Rides Again''.
* CreepyCrossdresser: Uncle Larry in ''Herbie the Matchmaker'' tries this while attempting to steal Herbie, dressing up as his secretary's "grandmother".
* CultOfPersonality: Much of Alonzo Hawk's corporate empire clearly embodies this, if the unrealized, 130-story Hawk Plaza is any indication of this.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The 1997 telefilm is considered to be this, due to the presence of the Herbie's EvilKnockoff and KnightOfCerebus Horace and featuring [[spoiler: unpleasent living car deaths of Herbie (until he was rebuilt and and revived with the help from his original owner Jim Douglas) and Horace]].
* DickDastardlyStopsToCheat:
** Thorndyke and his co-driver Havershaw stop to change a road sign, leading Herbie and the rest of the race cars to travel down an old mine. Another time is when Thorndyke rolls a tree in Herbie's path, and ends up stuffed into his trunk.
** Trip from ''Herbie: Fully Loaded'' felt compelled to ram Herbie into the wall even though he was in the lead, causing him to crash spectacularly and allowing Herbie to win the race.
* DiscreetDrinkDisposal: Thorndyke disposes of Tennessee's Irish coffees by ''pouring them into Herbie''. It works, as Thorndyke wins the race the next day because Herbie is drunk.
* DogFoodDiet: ''The Love Bug'' (the first one) has Jim Douglas rooting through the cabinets looking for something to eat. He wonders why they have bird food when they don't even own a bird. He ends up eating pressed kelp.
* DoomedNewClothes: In ''The Love Bug'', the Irish Coffee-inebriated Herbie projectile-coughs whipped cream all over Thorndyke's freshly-pressed driving uniform. Mind you, it was Thorndyke who poured Irish Coffee into Herbie's system in the first place, so chalk this one up to LaserGuidedKarma.
* TheDriver: Herbie, ironically enough.
* DrivenToSuicide: A rather literal example, as Herbie tries to drive himself off the Golden Gate Bridge after feeling betrayed by Jim; a repentant Jim manages to talk him out of it, but it's still a pretty dark moment for an otherwise lighthearted movie.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: What anyone's likely to think of someone popping a wheelie in a Volkswagen Bug, unaware that it's the car itself doing it.
* DrivingADesk: Used in ''The Love Bug'' for all the races as well as for various San Francisco establishing shots.
* EpicRace:
** The El Dorado race at the climax of ''The Love Bug''.
** The Paris-to-Monte Carlo race in ''Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo''.
** The Herbie vs Horace battle in ''The Love Bug (1997)''.
** The California Speedway race as well as the many desert races in ''Herbie: Fully Loaded''.
* EasilyForgiven: Nicole's two points of assault against Willoughby in ''Herbie Rides Again'' are fairly quickly forgiven by him, though it helps that she apologizes for the first one after Willoughby proves willing to listen to her side of the story. Even the incident with the boiled lobster is overlooked by Willoughby before she apologizes for both assaults on the beach. It makes some sense though, given these are her only two violent acts onscreen.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Mrs. Steinmetz is known by most people as Grandma, which is fitting given how grandmotherly she is towards most people.
* EvilBrit: Thorndyke is a snooty, arrogant Brit.
* EvilKnockoff: Herbie has one briefly in the form of Horace from the TV movie.
* FasterThanTheyLook: Herbie in a nutshell, regularly proving that, despite his appearance, he can outrace most professional vehicles ''and'' their drivers.
* {{Flashback}}: Herbie's racing career is seen in a {{Flashback}} {{Montage}} in ''Herbie Rides Again'' and ''Herbie Fully Loaded''.
* FortuneTeller: In ''Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo'', Herbie rampages through a Gypsy camp. A Gypsy fortune teller tells a horrified client that "Darkness is about to fall on you." The next instant, [[VisualPun Herbie hits the tent, collapsing it.]]
* FriendToAllChildren: In ''Goes Bananas'', Herbie instantly bonds to Paco and vows to protect him, and even once gets chased by some children in a musical sequence.
** In ''Herbie the Matchmaker'', the little car also takes a shine to Susan's two sons, even going off to look for them when they try to run away from home and visit one of them in the hospital.
* FriendlyRival: Diane Darcy in ''Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo''...''eventually''. She starts off frustrated with Jim at the start due to perceived sexism from her being a female race driver (which, to be fair, she could have gotten a fair amount of) and the repeated antics of Herbie with her Lancia and Jim's attempts to explain it only make her understandably more exacerbated towards him. Things hit a peak when Jim confronts her about supposedly hiring gunmen to take them out of the race, when in fact it was for an entirely unrelated incident, leading to her throwing items at Jim while asserting that she'd win the race legitimately. The morning after at the TheBigRace, however, Diane finds Jim and they apologize for their respective behaviour, and remain on good terms throughout the rest of the film.
* FruitCart:
** An erratically driving Herbie plows into a sidewalk fruit stand. Instead of a one-off gag, it turns out to be an important plot point, as the AsianStoreOwner whose display Herbie wrecks finds Herbie and winds up owning him.
** The Pretzel cart in ''Herbie Rides Again'' is a more straight version of the trope...save for how Herbie ''vaults'' a line of cars with it.
* GenreShift:
** ''Herbie Rides Again'' has virtually no racing in it, save for Herbie escaping Alonzo Hawk and his men at various points; it's instead about Tennessee's mother watching over the firehouse and Herbie while also dealing with Alonzo Hawk.
** ''Herbie Goes Bananas'' likewise has little racing in it, shifting very early on to having Herbie dropped off a ship by the overzealous captain for a public embarrassment to an ancient gold plot Herbie and a plucky Mexican boy named Paco have to stop.
** ''Herbie the Matchmaker'', the CBS miniseries, also features only a couple races (a drag race and a small dirt track race), but for the most part focuses on a sitcom romance between Jim and Susan [=McClane=] while Herbie usually operates in the background, doing rather silly (and amazing for special effects) things.
* {{Ghostapo}}: The 1997 movie has ''[[ThoseWackyNazis the]]'' Nazis coming up to the inventor of the "living vehicle" procedure that created Herbie (back then only a theory) and making him try to mass-produce sentient vehicles for their regime. Much to the inventor's joy (in more ways than one), the procedure required ThePowerOfLove and he never could replicate the results... until he was forced to produce [[EvilCounterpart Horace]], that was.
* GigglingVillain: Thorndyke in ''The Love Bug'' has a high-pitched giggle that he breaks into when he's up to no good.
* GlassShatteringSound: Alonzo Hawk shatters the glass of a phone booth with his {{Angrish}} ''over the phone'' in ''Herbie Rides Again''.
* HairTriggerTemper: Peter Thorndyke, Alonzo Hawk, Simon Moore III... Essentially, if you're already a LargeHam villain, this is an obvious feature.
* HeelFaceTurn: Carol Bennett does this in ''The Love Bug'', after finding out of Thorndyke's dirty tricks following the Riverside race.
** In ''Herbie Rides Again'', Willoughby does this, when he learns just what kind of person his uncle, Alonzo Hawk, really is.
** Diane Darcy in ''Monte Carlo'' loses her hostility with Jim and Herbie near the end of the film, after Herbie's seen rescuing her Lancia.
* HelloAgainOfficer: In ''Herbie Rides Again'', Alonzo Hawk tries to actually ''steal'' Herbie to harass Mrs. Steinmetz. As he drives, he makes the foolish mistake of bad-mouthing the little car, which promptly stops and holds up traffic. This in turn causes a police car to show up and push Herbie, who pushes back. Another police car tries to tow Herbie, triggering a tug-of-war on the rope, rocketing the police car into a pile up. At the very end, as Hawk runs for his life from the horde of VW Beetles, he runs into the exact same policemen he had encountered earlier, who promptly arrest him when he tries to convince them that [[CassandraTruth he has been terrorized by the cars]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Thorndyke makes a wager with Mr. Wu after the latter becomes Herbie's owner and sponsor, offering the man his own dealership if Herbie won and buying back Herbie if Douglas and his team lost the race. Unfortunately for Thorndyke, he and Havershaw are ultimately reduced to ordinary mechanics in their own shop when Herbie triumphs; Havershaw lampshades this foolish move, adding insult to injury.
* HonestCorporateExecutive: Mr. Wu. Despite having every right to sue Jim after Herbie damaged his storefront, he changes his mind when he discovers what Herbie is, being a racing fanatic, and even offers Herbie back to Jim if he can win the prize money.
* HonestJohnsDealership: Mrs. Steinmetz threatens to sell Herbie to one of these in ''Rides Again''.
** Crazy Dave's junkyard in ''Herbie Fully Loaded'' is depicted as this, offering junk cars for junk prices.
* HypocriticalHumor:
** All through the El Dorado race in ''The Love Bug'', Thorndyke goes out of his way with cheating in order to make Jim lose. But towards the end, Herbie is leading but also literally falling apart, and is blocking Thorndyke's car, making him say "Rotten sportsmanship if you ask me!".
** Earlier in the picture, a police officer tells the protagonists to brake their parked car in the future... just before his own unbraked car slides into the water nearby.
-->'''Peter Thorndyke''': [[NoIndoorVoice "BLAST you, Havershaw! How dare you patronize me! I am not losing my nerve!"]]
** The hippies who declare Jim and Carole "a couple of weirdos."
* IChooseToStay: Diane's Lancia in ''Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo'', refusing to leave without Herbie, requiring Wheelie to make up a story that Herbie was just playing her. Herbie in turn roams around the starting area looking for the Lancia, and has to be told a similar lie before he'll start racing. The lie nearly backfires horribly when, near the middle of the race, Diane skids into a river [[TrappedInASinkingCar and nearly drowns in her own car]], Herbie refusing to go back and help until Jim admits to the lie. Herbie and the Lancia rekindle this trope once he pulls her free, though he's convinced to win the race for her.
* ImplausibleBoardingSkills: Herbie goes surfing in ''Herbie Rides Again'' and imitates skateboarding tricks in ''Fully Loaded''
* IncrediblyLamePun: From ''Love Bug'';
-->'''Peter Thorndyke''': What part of Ireland did you say your mother came from?
-->'''Tennessee Steinmetz''': Coney Ireland. ''[starts laughing]''
* INeedAFreakingDrink: A French waiter in ''Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo'' after witnessing two cars come to life and act like a couple.
* IntelligibleUnintelligible: Herbie's only method of communication is honking/beeping. Understood by specific people: Tennessee in the first movie, Grandma Steinmetz and Nicole in the second, Jim in the third, Paco in the fourth. This provides for a humorous scene in ''Herbie Goes Bananas'', since nobody knows he's named Herbie. Paco asks for his name, and all Herbie can do is give two prolonged honks (Her...bie!, so to speak). Note that when we say Paco can "understand" him, we don't mean literal English translations.
* KingKongClimb: One of Alonzo's nightmares in ''Herbie Rides Again''.
* KnightOfCerebus: Horace from the TV movie.
* LandPoor: Mrs. Steinmetz in ''Herbie Rides Again''.
* LargeHam: Almost all the villains in the Herbie films, with particular reference to Peter Thorndyke and Alonzo Hawk from the first two films, as well as Harvey Korman in ''Herbie Goes Bananas''.
* LoveImbuesLife: Tennessee's theory as to Herbie's origins, made "canon" in the 1997 TV movie.
* LuminescentBlush: ''Herbie'' gets one at the climax of ''Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo'', after being kissed by the museum director for saving the diamond and stopping the crooks. Even the characters who observe it are confused, if not amused by it.
* MadeOfIron: Pun side, even compared to other cars in the movies, Herbie takes a ''beating'' and still manages to come away with, at most, superficial damage. Even when he was reduced to a rusted heap in ''Herbie Goes Bananas'' he still managed to find it in himself to start running to full power again. Most of the time anyways. The movie with Bruce Campbell has Herbie come on the other side of this, when Horace...takes umbrage with Herbie.
* MagicBus: Herbie, Giselle, and Horace (artificially). The little yellow New Beetle in ''Herbie Fully Loaded'' is a slight case.
* TheMatchmaker: Herbie has elements of this in various films, though ''The Love Bug (1968)'' and ''Herbie Rides Again'' has the strongest of them. ''Herbie Rides Again'' also has Grandma Steinmetz, who works with Herbie to help bring Willoughby and Nicole together.
* MeanBrit: Peter Thorndyke in ''The Love Bug'' and Simon Moore III in ''The Love Bug (1997)''.
* MotorcycleJousting: The Knights in ''Herbie Rides Again'', who joust in cars.
* MultipleChoicePast:
** ''The Love Bug'': We are given every reason to expect that Herbie is the only sentient car in the world. Tennessee theorizes that what with all the love and attention some people give their cars, once in a while sentience will be granted to it. Compare ''Literature/TheVelveteenRabbit''.
** ''Herbie Rides Again'': All older-style Volkswagen Beetles are sentient. They can be summoned in a sequence similar to the "Twilight Bark" from ''Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians''. Grandma Steinetz also has a orchestrion and a retired cable car known as Old No. 22, both similarly sentient if immobile items that Herbie has either rescued or made friends with. Unusually, Old No. 22 seems to only be able to ring its bell - Willoughby needs to pull its brakes himself to get it to stop when it's rolling downhill.
** ''Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo'': Sentient cars are extremely rare, but Herbie isn't unique, nor do they have to be Volkswagen Beetles. He falls in love with Giselle, a Lancia Scorpion.
** ''Herbie Goes Bananas'': Once again Herbie is the only sentient car seen, but the issue of others like him is never brought up. It's possible that they exist.
** ''The Love Bug'' (1997 TV movie): Herbie is unique. He was specifically created to be sentient via ThePowerOfLove. Horace the Hate Bug is created via ThePowerOfHate, but a "seed" from Herbie was required.
** ''Herbie Fully Loaded'': The topic is never brought up, though Herbie is seen [[spoiler:going on a "date" at the end with a modern Beetle, which he had been given a part from as an emergency earlier in the film]].
* MultiTrackDrifting: Herbie in ''Herbie: Fully Loaded'', most especially the final NASCAR racing sequence where the anthropomorphic Volkswagen was seen climbing onto the fence above the wall, trying to avoid being trade-painted.
* MyCarHatesMe: One of those cases where it's more than just a metaphor. Herbie refusing to start at a really inopportune moment because his feelings have been hurt happens at least once a movie.
* {{Nephewism}}: Pete Stanchek in ''Herbie Goes Bananas'', stated as being Jim Douglas' nephew.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: A minor version, but Herbie keeps coming up with new, increasingly impossible tricks he can employ for the movies. This ranges from driving up walls (or ceilings), vaulting long distances by using other cars as ramps, to outright bending his own body in ways cars were not meant to in ''Herbie Goes Bananas''.
* NiceGuy: Willoughby Whitfield in ''Herbie Rides Again''; it's what helps him get into a relationship with Nicole, despite his blood-ties to Alonzo Hawk.
* NightmareSequence: Alonzo Hawk's crazy dreams in ''Herbie Rides Again''.
* NotActuallyTheUltimateQuestion: In ''The Love Bug'', when Jim and Carole find out that the VW Bug has a mind of its own, and it won't let either of them exit the car, Carole tries to call for help from some hippies in the van parked next to them:
-->'''Carole:''' Help, I'm a prisoner! I can't get out!\\
'''Hippie:''' We ''all'' prisoners, chickee-baby. We all locked in.
* NoIndoorVoice: Alonzo Hawk and Peter Thorndyke, in its grandest fashion.
* NothingCanStopUsNow:
** ''The Love Bug'' features the villain's henchman telling him "You can't lose, sir! You can't possibly lo...", trailing off as he sees that Herbie (half of him anyway) is passing them right before the finish line. Later the villain tells him "Couldn't lose, I think you said."
** Alonzo Hawk in ''Herbie Rides Again'' makes a habit of employing this attitude, at least until he discovers just how much of an obstacle a certain little car can be.
** Repeated in ''The Love Bug (1997), as Simon and Rupert prepare to celebrate after [[spoiler: laser-cutting Herbie in half]], but then notices one half of the little car already crossing the finish line.
* OhCrap:
** Any time Herbie takes a disliking to someone usually results in this.
** Alonzo Hawk in ''Herbie Rides Again'' when asked to confirm the false address of his next demolition:
-->'''Alonzo:''' Of course it is, you moron. I know it like I know my own address! .....Wait a minute. It IS my own address!
** Hawk has another one just as he is about to destroy the firehouse once and for all, only to discover his worst nightmare has come true: not one VW Bug, but ''every single one in town'' has come by to foil him once and for all.
** Herbie himself can do this, such as when Thorndyke orders his men to destroy him.
* OilSlick: Employed in "The Love Bug" against Herbie, to great effect.
* OnlyTheChosenMayRide: An interesting take occurs in the first movie. Herbie, the titular vehicle is a living car that moves on its own, has emotions, and even speaks to some degree (albeit only through use of his horn). He decides for himself who he'll let drive him, and anyone he doesn't like could just as easily be thrown out of the seat. Also interestingly, Alonzo Hawk actually managed to break into Herbie and drive him around...only for Herbie to halt and cause several accidents when insulted by Hawk, absolutely ''refusing'' to move despite several police cars attempting to move him. One has to wonder if Herbie was simply curious enough to allow it before that point, given his refusal to be stolen by two similarly determined men in ''Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo''.
* PluckyGirl: Nicole Harris is one, going from stopping an airplane hijacker with a bottle of wine to regularly deterring people sent by Alonzo Hawk from harassing Grandma Steinmetz. She's also a more reasonable one, regularly trying to deter Grandma Steinmetz's more drastic reactions.
** Diane Darcy is also one, as she's a female racer trying to make it big in a male-dominated sport. Considering her luck in the Trans-France Race (up until getting bumped off the track), she seemed to do pretty well and isn't against putting up a fight to defend herself.
** Maggie Peyton is much the same, wanting to be a racer again like her dad and brother was, but was discouraged by her dad following the death of her mother.
* PoliceAreUseless: Especially apparent in ''Herbie Rides Again'', as Alonzo Hawk has managed to get away with doing plenty of illegal things in expanding his enterprise; Only after he barely escapes Herbie's wrath and they see crazily ranting about a bunch of little cars chasing him do they finally cuff him.
* ProductDisplacement: In the first movie, there are no VW emblems anywhere on Herbie and the words "VW", "Beetle", and "Volkswagen" are never uttered; the characters call him "Herbie" or "the little car". According to TheOtherWiki, VW allowed Disney to use its trademarks and logos beginning with ''Herbie Rides Again'', as the Bug's sales were in decline.
** In later films, Goodyear Tyres began appearing on Herbie to better promote the company image through film.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Wheely in ''Monte Carlo'' and Pete Stanchek in ''Goes Bananas''.
* RoadSignReversal:
** Happens in ''The Love Bug'', sending Herbie (and everyone behind him) into a mine instead of along a mountain road.
** In ''Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo'', the misdirecting arrow sends our heroes onto a very narrow cliff edge and almost causes them to die via rockslide.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: After Alonzo Hawk attempted to steal Herbie in ''Herbie Rides Again'', and stole Grandma Steinmetz's belongings, she makes a visit to Alonzo Hawk...with a window cleaner cart with Herbie inside. Hawk then makes the very poor choice of making Herbie ''angry'', which involves chasing Hawk down in his own office while it's full of suds. Even Grandma Steinmetz has trouble calming Herbie down, having to resort to making barely veiled threats of visiting a used car lot, albeit with some prodding.
* RunningGag:
** Thorndyke in ''The Love Bug'' getting splattered with various unpleasant things, like Herbie's oil and the Irish coffee that Herbie burps up.
** Herbie peeing oil on someone's foot, which shows up in ''The Love Bug'' and ''Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo'', as well as the TV series.
* SceneryPorn: The film series as a whole makes no ill attempt at showing the audience the beautiful sights of San Francisco, Paris, Monaco, and Central America.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Thorndyke and Alonzo Hawk live by this.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl:
** Tennessee Steinmetz from ''The Love Bug'', in the scene where he and Carole are trying to keep Herbie balanced after he (Herbie) lost a tire.
** Thorndyke. Particularly when he encounters the bear in his car.
* SentientVehicle:
** Herbie
** In ''Herbie Rides Again'', [[spoiler:every Volkswagen Beetle in the city comes to help out]] at the climax.
** The Lancia [[spoiler:later named Giselle]] Herbie falls in love with in ''Monte Carlo''.
** The TV movie introduces (and disposes of) Herbie's evil counterpart, Horace.
** [[spoiler:Sally's New Beetle]] in ''Fully Loaded''.
* SerialEscalation:
** In ''Herbie Rides Again'', Alonzo Hawk's goons chase after Herbie and Mrs Steinmetz on a market run, and they end up chasing Herbie around San Francisco, through [[http://i0.wp.com/www.artandarchitecture-sf.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/DSC_3220.jpg a parking garage]], [[http://www.socketsite.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/11/Sheraton-Palace-Hotel.jpg the Sheraton Palace hotel]], and finally up the Golden Gate Bridge!
** Alonzo Hawk also goes through several, increasingly illegal levels in ''Herbie Rides Again'', all committed in the name of his monstrosity of an office building. Unusually for a comedy, Hawk's reasoning is actually elaborated somewhat - he's paying ''80,000 dollars a day'' to a wrecking and building company, who constantly calls him asking when they can get to work, whether or not they actually have any building to do, and that's set before inflation. [[note]]For those interested, it would be an equivalent of $384,155.78 US these days[[/note]]
* SoreLoser: Thorndyke whenever he loses a race to Herbie in ''The Love Bug'', and Trip Murphy at the end of ''Fully Loaded''.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Herbie tends to be this to both friends and foes. To be fair, it is hard to predict the actions of a living car that can't speak, much less that one exists.
* SuppressedMammaries: LindsayLohan's bust was digitally reduced for ''Fully Loaded'' to avoid 'offending' audiences.
* SycophanticServant: Usually occurs once a movie.
** Havershaw in ''The Love Bug''.
** Loostgarten in ''Herbie Rides Again''.
** Fontenoy in ''Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo'', although subverted in that [[spoiler:he ends up arresting his boss.]]
** Rupert in ''The Love Bug (1997)''.
** Crash in ''Herbie Fully Loaded''.
* ThisIsWhatTheBuildingWillLookLike: The Hawk Plaza in ''Herbie Rides Again''.
* ThoseWackyNazis: The 1997 TV movie had Herbie face-off against a "Hate Bug" in [[DarkIsEvil all-black]] which resembled a [[http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/classic-car-images/kdf-wagen.jpg KdF-Wagen]] with wartime blackout lights.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight:
** Nobody seems to take interest when Herbie drives around without someone behind the wheel, despite having no tinted windows and often driving in broad daylight, unless they're part of the main cast. The only exception is a waiter in "Herbie Rides to Monte Carlo", who witnesses and is duly shocked by Herbie's attempts to woo the Lancia.
** Likewise, the police are never involved if and when Herbie pulls a wheelie and races down a public road and through traffic - nobody is ever hurt in these incidents, but it's still a massive traffic violation.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: The "Hate Bug" Horace from the telefilm, who is an outright monstrous villain, filled with pure evil in comparison to the previous LaughablyEvil villains in the past theatrical films.
* ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer:
** Herbie demonstrates this in the first movie, taking his anger and betrayal at Jim out on his new Lamborghini.
** Nicole's general method to deterring those who'd harass Grandma Steinmetz in ''Herbie Rides Again''. It also also helps convince Willoughby that his uncle's really not the generous man that his mother had led him to believe (although Hawk's aggressive angrish and shattering glass with his enraged yell ''over the phone'' sealed the deal there). That said, actual violence from her is rather limited, and she does prove to be a pretty nice person when Hawk isn't involved.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity:
** Mr. Thorndyke, at least until his customers and employees find out firsthand what kind of man he is.
** Alonzo Hawk, who spares no expense to elevate his image with the upper classes of society even as he is actively uprooting the citizens of San Francisco to add more to his self-styled empire; his own nephew awarded him a humanitarian award, having been raised to view his uncle as a giant among men before learning from an unbiased perspective what a monster he actually is.
** Bruno Von Stickle's already an accomplished Porsche racing driver in ''Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo'', and is a viable contender against Jim, Wheely, and Herbie. Meanwhile, main villain Inspector Bouchet is a noted French inspector whose ties to diamond smuggling only come up in the end.
** Though a disgraced driver, Simon Moore III from the 1997 film still has a lot of authority and press surrounding him.
** Trip Murphy in ''Herbie Fully Loaded'' is a competitive NASCAR driver with a full-service garage and a sponsorship from Cheetos. Probably comes off better than the other villains since he's dragged away in an ambulance rather than a police car.
* WalkOnWater:
** Herbie drives on water in ''Herbie Rides Again'', albeit while being partially submerged in it. This is TruthInTelevision as stock classic Beetles are able to float on water for a limited amount of time, as seen in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qB0lb401ZU this classic commercial]].
** ''The Love Bug'' features a variant on the trope, where Herbie instead ''skips'' across a pond like a rock. He still needs to actually drive out by the end though.
** The same gag from ''The Love Bug'' is reused again in ''Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo'', [[SubvertedTrope except]] Herbie quickly drops like a rock into the water.
* WhatAPieceOfJunk: Herbie is considered to be junk by many characters; it's one of the fastest way to trigger a MyCarHatesMe response. As per the trope, of course, there's much more to him than appearance suggests.
* WhatTheHellHero:
** In ''The Love Bug'', Carole gives one of these to Jim about his racing success, which was actually Herbie's doing.
** Herbie's on the receiving end of this in ''Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo'', repeatedly berated by Jim and Wheely for focusing on courting a Lancia than seriously racing.
** Maggie and Herbie both receive this in ''Herbie Rides Again'', when Maggie's called out by her dad for getting back into street racing and when Maggie yells at Herbie for deliberately stopping before the final race.
* WomanScorned: Grandma Steinmetz, understandably so, after Alonzo Hawk illegally stole all her belongings on top of his constant hounding of her property in ''Herbie Rides Again''.
* WroteTheBook: In ''Herbie Rides Again'', Alonzo claims to have written the book on harassment.

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