->''"You want I should wash the dead bugs off the windshield?"''
-->-- '''Elwood''', ''TheBluesBrothers''

Oftentimes when you're out for a drive, a lot of things end up hitting the windshield. Rocks can hit the windshield and may cause a chip after getting thrown up from the ground by a passing car or truck. However, another popular thing that hits the windshield is bugs.

Oftentimes, bugs wind up flying into the path of a car that they wind of getting splattered against the windshield, making a really big mess on the windshield, though the mess may sometimes be made even worse when the windshield wipers are turned on, smearing the bug guts all over the windshield. This is a {{Comedy}} trope for when that splatting is PlayedForLaughs.


[[AC:{{Films}} -- Animated]]
* Not a windshield, but in the first ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' film, Buzz winds up with a bug against his space helmet while he was hitching a ride on the car to catch up with Woody.
** In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory 3'', [[spoiler: near the end, Lotso gets picked up by a garbage truck driver and tied to the grill alongside some other toys, which warn him to keep his mouth shut. You see multiple dead bugs on the grill, around and on the other toys]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/BeeMovie'', Benson ends up on a truck's windshield, where he discovers that the other bugs are just pretending to be splattered in order to hitch a ride. Except for the grasshopper, who really is dead.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', at one point Dash is racing through the forest on Nomanisan Island, and runs into a swarm of bugs which hit him in the face and cause him to stumble and fall.
* Another Creator/{{Pixar}} example: The first ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' movie trailer had the camera following a bee from flower to flower, with sweet pastoral music in the background... until it's suddenly smashed by Mater's windshield. Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rZUq1-4o40 here]].
** About halfway through the actual movie, Lightning [=McQueen=] actually races against Sally in the woods, and ends up getting [[StealthPun VW Beetles]] in his bumper (which actually serves as his mouth). Guess [[EyeScream what will actually happen]] if said Beetles fly into his windshield (which serves as his eyes)!
** The bee in the teaser for some reason is an ''actual'' bumblebee. In the movie, all animals are also supposed to be vehicles, so that bee really should have been either [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 a VW Beetle]] or [[Film/{{Transformers}} a Camaro]] colored to resemble a bumblebee.

[[AC:{{Films}} -- Live-Action]]
* In the third ''Film/{{Beethoven}}'' film, the family drives through a section of the road that has bugs flying all around, falling into this trope.
* The first ''Film/MenInBlack'' movie started with the camera tracking a flying insect that splats against a windshield.
* In ''Film/TheGumballRally'', the crazed motorcyclist at one point runs into a swarm of bugs that splat on his helmet faceplate, making him unable to see and causing him to crash.
* Elwood from ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' provides the page quote.

* Shows up in [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2000&addr=000412 this]] ''{{Garfield}}'' strip.

* ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: The Swarm'': ''[[CoolStarship The Shroud]]'', moving through a huge swarm of beetles, smashes into so many of them that the viewports are useless, making it necessary to fly via sensors only.

* ''Series/{{Lexx}}'' cleverly inverts this, with a small space pod getting squished on the front of the Lexx, which is a giant insect.
* In ''Series/MythBusters'' they try to test whether Bug Splats can cause a motorcycle crash. They really can't, unless an African goliath beetle hits your windshield.

* In the "Desert Bus" game from ''VideoGame/PennAndTellersSmokeAndMirrors'', about the only event that happens on the eight-hour trip is a bug splattering across the windshield halfway through.
* In the Midway racing game ''Cruis'n World'' (the sequel of ''Cruis'n USA''), switching to first person view while you race on tracks without asphalt roads (like Australia or Mexico) will allow players to see small bugs randomly splatting against the windshield (i.e. the screen).
* In "Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing", the player goes driving in a minigame. A succession of sentences is presented on the dashboard for copying. Each miss is met by a bug splat. The minigame ends when there is a layer of bug guts covering the windshield.

* An alien bug winds up hitting the windshield of 42 in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand''.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Fry is talking about how incomprehensively vast the universe is when a tiny planet splatters on the spaceship's windshield.