In the future, we will put guns on our trucks
When Testosterone Poisoning
hits the road.
A Sister Trope
to Cool Car
, this is the kind where even four wheels isn't enough, you need the diesel fumes and huge smoking pipes and... well, you have the big rig truck that tends to be a mainstay in action movies and the like. Ostensibly a trope unique to the West, but it's caught on in any other region where the terrain is more accomodating to the regular use of big rigs, but mostly for Rule of Cool
- Daimos in his Tranzer form.
- The Mammoth Car from Speed Racer, essentially a train on wheels.
- In The Pushcart War, three truck companies are the villains. The biggest and baddest of their truck models are the Mighty Mammoth, Ten-Ton Tiger and Leaping Lema.
- Power Rangers used this in some of the Disney-owned seasons. Ninja Storm made the most use of their Mobile Command Center, while Dino Thunder brought out a suspiciously identical-looking rig for their last-episodes assault on the villain's base. SPD went with an entirely original design for the SWAT Command Truck.
- Rig-styled mecha would show up about half the time in vehicle-teamed seasons, even in the Super Sentai precursors:
- B.J. and the Bear. B.J. (Billie Joe) McKay drove a big rig truck. His sidekick was a chimpanzee named "Bear".
- A late '80s action series called The Highwayman involved frontier lawmen traveling the roads in big black rigs. The lead character's cab even turned into a helicopter.
- The original Knight Rider had one for a mobile base-cum-garage. Also, in a couple of episodes, KITT's Evil Counterpart Goliath.
- The Supernatural episode "Route 666" has a possessed truck.
- The premise behind the game Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing.
- The Vehicular Combat trucks from Gear Grinder.
- Convoy from Vigilante 8 drives a large yellow Mack truck. The sequel gives him the ability to attach a trailer to the back of it, turn the wheels into jet engines or skis.
- Darkside in it's many iterations from Twisted Metal.
- PlanetSide and the sequel have the Sunderer◊ APC, more popularly known as the bang bus. The original Sunderer is absolutely huge, being almost two stories tall, with half a dozen manned turrets and the ability to carry around two MAX suits. A patch later gave it a cattle-catcher to the front. The sequel's version looks more like a giant APC than the original, and takes a hit to adaptability (it only carries two turrets, though they are much more dangerous on their own) in exchange for being able to deploy to activate a mobile spawnpoint or to breach shield gates.
- The lesser known PC Vehicular Combat/Role-Playing Game Hard Truck Apocalypse (known as Ex Machina in Russia) and it's expansion. You start off with a rather plain truck with a machine gun but as you go along you can buy new trucks and upgrades. Heavily modified trucks tend to end up as pint-sized land battleships. Like this one
- Euro Truck Simulator features a realistic take on driving these. Real-life models from Volvo, Renault, and other manufacturers are available, as well as several Bland-Name Product trucks. Game Mods can add bigger and more badass trucks, such as American-style 18-wheelers.
- American Truck (one of Telenet Japan's earliest games). Driving an 18-wheeler makes it easy to run other cars off the road.
All were very similar in basic layout
- "Road trains" in Australia, essentially one truck pulling up to eight trailers at once.
- Off-road trucks designed for heavy hauling in the post-World War II years, made to become artillery tractors or tank tractors if a major war happened again:
, built around a very large and slow-turning Diesel or gasoline engine, all wheel drive, large tires with strong grip and weight distribution made for towing. While they did saw military use, their fame comes from civilian jobs, towing extra-large loads over rough ground and carrying oil drilling machinery in the wilderness.