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When TestosteronePoisoning hits the road.

A SisterTrope to CoolCar, this is the kind where even four wheels isn't enough, you need the diesel fumes and huge smoking pipes and plenty of axles and... well, you have the big rig truck that tends to be a mainstay in action movies and the like.


* Anime/{{Daimos}} in his Tranzer form.
* The Mammoth Car from ''Anime/SpeedRacer'', essentially a train on the road. Bonus points for [[spoiler: being made of solid gold.]]
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', Jim Cook has the Fusion Monster Fossil Machine Skullconvoy, which is a Badass Rig ''made of stone''. (ItMakesSenseInContext, really it does.)
* ''Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'' has a few of these. Scourge is a tanker trailer truck. Optimus Prime, though usually a trailer truck himself, is now a large fire truck whose rear section becomes his battle armor. Mega-Octane, a huge artillery flatbed, is basically a redecoed Onslaught. And Ultra Magnus is a car carrier truck just like the original G1 Ultra Magnus.

* ComicBook/SpiderMan once fought a trucker who fancied himself a crime fighter named Razorback (who was rather incompetent and had a pretty dumb-looking cowl that looked like a boar's head; the story was written back when CB radios were becoming a fad for motorists other than truckers). Having said that, the modified rig he drove - which he named "The Big Pig" -- was kind of cool; he could even drive it using a remote control.
* The U.S. 1 rig from the shortlived Creator/MarvelComics title ''U.S. 1''. Its cameo appearance many years later was pretty cool if only because of the fact that the thing had obtained the capacity to [[SpaceTrucker operate in deep space]].

* Billy from ''Film/BeverlyHillsCopII'' steals a truck in pursuit of a suspect.
* Jack Burton's truck in ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina''.
* Mack from ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' is a rare benign version. The only thing fearful about him is when he nods off to sleep ''while in motion''.
* ComicBook/TheJoker's [[PuttheLaughterinSlaughter semitruck]] from ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.
* The [=LandMasters=] from ''Film/DamnationAlley''.
* The [[WeaponizedCar Dreadnought]] from ''Film/DeathRace'' The third movie has the hilariously huge trucks driven by Joker and Nero, which, respectively, have a tank turret and an anti-air cannon for weapons.
* The truck from ''Film/{{Duel}}'' is a humongous (compared to the Plymouth Valiant it's chasing) 1955 "Needlenose" Peterbilt 281, CoveredInGunge, [[CreepySouvenir with license plates hanging from its front grill]].
* The big rig from ''Film/LandOfTheDead'' is also a [[WeaponisedCar Weaponised Vehicle]].
* ''Film/MadMax'' film series:
** The tanker truck Max and the tribesmen use in the climatic chase scene in ''Film/TheRoadWarrior''.
** The War Rigs from ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad''. The one used by our heroes has two massive supercharged V8s up front, the back half of a vintage sedan stuck on the back of the cab for passengers and two defensive nests made from other cars on top of the tanker trailer. The Gas Town rig has an entire 70s Mercedes limo as its cab, and a ''functioning mini-refinery'' on the back to allow it to refuel other cars on the road. Several other equally huge and equally ''awesome'' vehicles are present but either not technically big trucks (The Gigahorse is more a monster truck, the Doof Wagon's truck portion is much smaller) or quite prominent enough to count (the car carrier occasionally panned across but never seen doing anything significant).
* ''Film/MaximumOverdrive'', [[{{Pun}} king]] among them being the big black toy company rig that had a hood modified with the face of the Green Goblin. [[HarsherInHindsight Weren't these from before Stephen King's car accident, though?]]
* ''Film/{{Road Train}}'' has a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin two-trailer road train]] which runs the kids off the road, renders them insane and encourages them to kill each other, [[HomicideMachines and has a mechanism in the lead trailer to shred bodies and render them down into gore, which it appears to use as a fuel with lubricant]].
* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''
** The finale for ''Film/TheTerminator'' has the Terminator chasing down the protagonists (on foot) in an 18 wheeler oil tank truck. Reese utilizes a well-timed grenade to blow up the truck, causing the Terminator to burn and reveal his terrifying [[SkeleBot9000 metal endoskeleton]].
** ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' has the T-1000 chasing John Connor off the road and into a canal, and only a direct collision against solid concrete stops it. Later on in the film, the T-1000 acquires a tank truck containing liquid nitrogen, which eventually leads into a huge crash and the now iconic T-1000 freezing[=/=]melting scene.
* ''Film/TransformersFilmSeries''
** In the first three films, Optimus Prime has a Peterbilt 379 vehicle mode. Unlike most of his animated appearances, his vehicle mode is a conventional truck (with the engine ahead of the driver), and doesn't have a trailer for most movies. In ''[[Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction Age of Extinction]]'', because he's on the run from his former human allies he has adopted a rusted old Marmon 97 cab-over design more reminiscent of his classic look. When he decides to stop hiding and [[LetsGetDangerous get dangerous]] he scans a Western Star 4900 Phantom Custom and applies his red-on-blue HotPaintJob to it.
** For ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'', Megatron adopts a new alternate mode in order to hide in the African savannah that certainly fits this trope. A heavily modified Mack tanker truck littered with spikes and chains, it would fit right in on the set of ''Mad Max''.
** In ''Age of Extinction'', the KSI corporation is attempting to replace Optimus with a superior man-made drone called Galvatron. About the only aspect of Optimus that KSI successfully copies for Galvatron is his alt mode, a sleek gray cab-over semi that contrasts nicely with the boxy, rusted-out cab-over that Optimus starts the movie disguised as. [[spoiler:And it probably only happened because [[BackFromTheDead Megatron]] was willing to let them copy that much]].
* In the ''Film/JoyRide'' film series, the villain has a big scary Peterbilt 379 rig which he almost never leaves.
* The titular ''Film/{{Battletruck}}'' (from the New Zealand sci-fi film [[MarketBasedTitle also called]] "Warlords Of The 21st Century").

* ''Literature/{{Demon Road}}: American Monsters'' has Amber and Milo running from a Peterbilt, also a demonic symbiote like the Charger. Demoriel, the Whispering Demon, makes deals with those who have conveyances, such as cars in the modern age; Milo is wanted by Demoriel because he welched on his [[DealWithTheDevil deal]], and the Peterbilt's driver is another one of his. He even picks up a young girl they met earlier and breaks her mind, trying to use her to kill Amber.
* 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.

* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._J._and_the_Bear 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 ''Series/KnightRider'' had one for a mobile base-cum-garage. Also, in a couple of episodes, KITT's EvilCounterpart Goliath.
* ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' took a truck cab and made a giant steel wedge to go over the front of it after Busting the "[[CarFu trucks can throw traffic out of the way]]" myth. This wedge saw later use in the final episode, where Adam plowed through a bunch of the show's props arranged in "Memory Lane".
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' / ''Franchise/PowerRangers''
** Some of the Disney-owned ''Power Rangers'' seasons give the Rangers trucks. ''[[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm Ninja Storm]]'' made the most use of their Mobile Command Center, while [[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder Dino Thunder]] brought out a suspiciously similar rig for their final assault on the villain base. [[Series/PowerRangersSPD SPD]] went with a new design for the SWAT Command Truck.
** Rig-styled ''mecha'' would show up about half the time in vehicle-teamed seasons, even in the ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' precursors:
*** ''Series/KousokuSentaiTurboranger'' had a tractor cab for their Black Ranger.
*** ''Series/HikariSentaiMaskman'' and ''Series/ChoushinseiFlashman'' had tractor trailer rigs forming standalone mecha on their own.
*** ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'' and ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' had green and yellow tractor trailers respectively.
*** And some seasons, like ''Series/KagakuSentaiDynaman'', ''Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman'' and ''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger'', would have their vehicles combine into a tractor trailer form, a low-power high-speed alternative to their megazord configuration when getting there is the priority.
*** The Artillatron from ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'', which carried the Rescuezords.
*** ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' have a flatbed trailer truck that's part [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile alligator]].
** Other types of big trucks show up a lot too:
*** For some reason, ''Super Sentai'' has a thing for dump trucks. There's one in ''Series/DaiSentaiGoggleFive'', ''Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger'', ''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger'', ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'' and ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger''.
*** ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'', ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'', ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'' and their ''Super Sentai'' counterparts all include a four-axle fire truck Zord with weaponized firefighting equipment.
*** Less frequently seen truck mecha/Zords include everything from [[Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue tankers and armored hazmat trucks]] to [[Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive cement mixers and mobile cranes]]. And, yes, all of them are awesome.
* The ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "[[Recap/SupernaturalS01E13RouteSixSixSix Route 666]]" has a possessed truck.
* ''Series/{{Thunderstone}}'' has “The Beast”, a huge truck dug up by the Protectors and used to do their heavy lifting. It was cool enough to live on long after the Protectors were gone, being used by the Nomads in the second season as a storeroom/Sundance’s bedroom/brig.

* "Ramp Warrior," the original version of ''Pinball/TruckStop,'' featured a flame-belching longnose tractor ramming its way past various barricades.

* It is quite possible to create one of these on ''TabletopGame/CarWars''. One of the game's factions, the "Brotherhood Of Truckers", drives ''nothing'' but these... and you ''really'' don't want to piss them off enough to have them gang up on you.
* Ork wartrukks from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. Each one is unique to its maker, has guns everywhere they can be strapped on (when not using less conventional but entirely Orky weaponry like a wrecking ball the size of its engine), and of course, go faster if painted red.

* ''American Truck'' (one of Creator/TelenetJapan's earliest games). Driving an 18-wheeler makes it easy to run other cars off the road.
* Ostensibly the premise behind the game ''VideoGame/BigRigsOverTheRoadRacing''.
* ''VideoGame/EuroTruckSimulator'' features a realistic take on driving these. Real-life cab-over models from Volvo, Renault, and other manufacturers are available, as well as several BlandNameProduct trucks. {{Game Mod}}s can add bigger and more badass trucks, such as American-style 18-wheelers. These American trucks are the focus of the obviously titled ''Videogame/AmericanTruckSimulator''.
* In ''VideoGame/FreedomPlanet'', Mayor Zao of Shang Mu transports his ENTIRE ARMY in one of these things. It's essentially a train, an absolutely massive truck pulling probably upwards of twenty cars all packed to the brim with troops.
* The VehicularCombat trucks from ''VideoGame/GearGrinder''.
* In a similar vein to the ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' example above, ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' has the "Phantom Wedge". Basically an in-game Phantom tractor with the same wedge installed to fling other cars aside. The Gunrunning update also includes a heavily-armored and triple-turreted Mobile Operations Center which also serves as an upgrade shop for the update's weaponized vehicles.
* [[SugarWiki/NeedsMoreLove The lesser known]] PC {{Vehicular Combat}}/{{Role Playing Game}} ''VideoGame/HardTruckApocalypse'' (known as ''[[MarketBasedTitle 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 ''[[MilitaryMashupMachine land battleships]]''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQlrg50EptY&feature=related Like this one]].
* ''Videogame/PlanetSide'' and the sequel have the [[http://wiki.planetsidesyndicate.com/images/thumb/5/5b/LeviathanFront.jpg/750px-LeviathanFront.jpg Sunderer]] APC, more popularly known as the [[FanNickname 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 [[PoweredArmor MAX suits]]. A patch later gave it a cattle-catcher to the front. The sequel's is slightly smaller 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 [[BaseOnWheels deploy to activate a mobile spawnpoint]], breach forcefield gates, and [[CarFu crush smaller vehicles by ramming them]]. The Sunderer doesn't look ''too'' truck-y by default, but players can [[RevenueEnhancingDevices buy developer and player-designed cosmetics]] such as smoke stacks, custom wheels, cattle catchers, and alternate front and rear ends.
* The GUN Truck from ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2''. [[AdvancingWallOfDoom It's big enough to fill a whole street]], [[DrivesLikeCrazy agile enough to make a hard left or right turn at said size]], and [[LightningBruiser fast enough to keep up with]] ''[[SuperSpeed Sonic]]''. The truck gets turned UpToEleven in VideoGame/SonicGenerations; there, it has rockets for added mobility (including driving along walls), it's constantly [[MookMaker dispensing GUN robot troops]], and it has three [[ChainsawGood gigantic buzzsaws]] that it tries to puree you with. Apparently, collateral damage is insignificant when you're trying to get revenge on a hedgehog who outsmarted you 10 years ago.
* Darkside in it's many iterations from ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal''.
** The reboot gave us Juggernaut, the [[Film/DeathRace Dreadnaught]] {{Expy}}.
* Convoy from ''VideoGame/{{Vigilante 8}}'' drives a large yellow Mack truck. The sequel gives him the ability to attach a trailer to the back of it, [[HubcapHovercraft turn the wheels into jet engines]] or skis.

* Lewis steals Rooster's rig and uses his ghostly powers to transform the breakfast foods transport into a dekotora inspired ghost possessed vengeance-mobile to chase down Arthur and Vivi in ''WebAnimation/MysterySkullsAnimated''.

* The roads into [[http://ravensblight.com/index.html Ravensblight]] are haunted by two rigs; the [[http://ravensblight.com/PhantomSemi.html Phantom Semi]] runs people off the road, honks and disappears, less like a villain than a child playing who thinks he's not hurting anyone but is too immature to see that that isn't true, and an [[http://ravensblight.com/GhostTruck.html old truck]] which looks suspiciously like the one from ''Film/{{Duel}}'', but is driven by a helpful person named Chester Floyd, whose face cannot be seen. When you mention who gave you a lift at the gas station he drops you at, you suddenly expect the clerk to say "worst accident I ever did..." but, no, it's [[SubvertedTrope "Chester, Yeah he was just in here. Came in for some Cheesy Yums."]] Double subverted when you mention your apprehension and he responds "Dead? Oh, yeah, he's dead all right, worst accident I ever did see... Still, he comes in here every so often for some Cheesy Yums. He loves those things. Don't see how he eats 'em, though; not havin' a head and all..."

* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' -- Hank is going to transport a single piece of furniture long distance for his mother, and rents a full-size semi rig for the job. As he justifies his choice to his awestruck friends, Bill sighs "You don't have to explain to ''us'', Hank!"
* Rhino, Outlaw, Goliath and Bulldog from ''WesternAnimation/{{MASK}}''.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** Optimus Prime, plain and simple. Tractor trailers would become a mainstay after that, and Optimus would appear as other kinds of vehicles ([[WesternAnimation/BeastWars and animals!]]), but [[TropeCodifier there's a very good reason he's most associated with a truck.]]
** The Decepticons had an equivalent in [[WesternAnimation/TransformersGeneration1 Generation 1]] who also turned into a rig, Motor Master, the leader of the Stunticons and the core component of the Decepticon gestalt, Menasor. He was ''incredibly'' tough, but in one episode he dared try to face Optimus Prime in a head-on-head collision; it was a CurbStompBattle with the villain on the curb.
** There was also Ultra Magnus, who was somewhat bigger than Optimus because he incorporated his trailer into his robot mode (the Japanese toy he was based on was a super-mode version of the one Optimus was based on).
** Finally, there was Octane, a Decepticon triple-changer who could transform into either a fuel truck or a fuel aircraft.

* "Road trains" in Australia, essentially one truck pulling up to eight trailers at once.
* Off-road trucks designed for heavy hauling in the post-UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo years, made to become artillery tractors or tank tractors if a major war happened again. [[NotSoDifferent All were very similar in basic layout]], 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:
** [[RedsWithRockets Soviet]] [[http://www.motorstown.com/images/kraz-214-05.jpg KrAZ-214]]/[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6e/KrAZ_255.JPG 255]] series and [[http://images.forum-auto.com/mesimages/47198/maz535-6.jpg MAZ-535]]/[[http://engineact.com/pics/f3/e4/MAZ-543_4b037.jpg 543]]
*** As the years wore on, the oil prices rose, and the [=KrAZ'=] fuel-guzzling gasoline engine became a liability, so in TheEighties it was replaced in Russia by the diesel [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ural-4320 Ural-4320]], still in production. This huge 6×6 is still a mainstay of the offroad heavy trucking in Russia and environments,[[note]]and the 4320's of Mexican Army were even reportedly loaned for the 2005 Katrina relief effort due to their superior agility on the still muddy N'awlins streets[[/note]] even though [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBx3jP_v0E its replacement]] is finally getting released.
** Czechoslovak [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e8/Lkw-tatra-813.jpg Tatra 813]] series
** German [[http://www.olafs-fotoseite.de/ML002-Kaelble-KDV12Z-Zugm-Boelling-dkgelb-Ch-rot-1963.jpg Kaelble KDV]] series
** French [[http://www.fondationberliet.org/ressources-documentaires/berliet-gbo15p-algerie-sahara/ Berliet GBO 15]] series and the [[UpToEleven absolutely gigantic]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berliet_T100 Berliet]] [[http://www.fierdetreroutier.com/zoom/a_dossiers/2012/T_100/003_T100rouge.jpg T]] [[http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7189/6909977893_a8e32248db_z.jpg 100]]
** British [[http://static.commercialmotor.com/big-lorry-blog/Thornycroft.jpg Thornycroft Antar]].
** Most any [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_truck gun truck]], but the Deuce-and-a-half with the "[[LudicrousGibs meat chopper]]" gets special mention.
* The ultimate movers, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haul_truck haul trucks]], which are basically self-propelled hoppers designed to efficiently move hundreds of tons of dirt/ore/coal/etc. in the open-pit mines that are still too small to lay a railway in. It's hard to be more badass than a dump truck the size of a large house, carrying 200 tons of coal under the power of two locomotive engines. These [[MightyGlacier aren't to post any speed records, though]].
* In Alaska, rural interstate snowplows are based on big Peterbilt and Mack trucks, with the (obvious) addition of snow-clearing equipment and an EnemyDetectingRadar; the drivers have a heads-up-display which shows a radar display to detect where the truck is on the road for driving in zero-visibility conditions, and will it shake either side of the driver's chair if they start to veer off of the road.
* While gun artillery has moved on to [[TanksButNoTanks tank-like]] armored vehicles, rocket and missile artillery is still very clearly truck-like. Take, for example, the [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ef/MLRS_05.jpg M270 MLRS]], which looks for all the world like an weaponized, tracked dump truck.