"I don't like stealing cars, but sometimes it's necessary. I have rules, though: I'll keep it clean, and if I take your car on a workday, I'll have it back by five."A character is in a hurry, most likely during a Chase Scene, when he or she sees a bike or some other mode of transportation propped on the side of the road. He or she promptly gets on it and keeps going full-speed. If the owner is present, the character will hastily say something like "I'm just borrowing it!" or "I need your bike! I'll bring it back later!" Note that you usually never see the bike actually get returned, and if it is returned, don't expect the warranty to cover the damage. A Sister Trope to Flashed-Badge Hijack. In Real Life, you can get away with this without criminal charges on the plea of "necessity" if you can establish that the harm done by your stealing the vehicle was less than would have occurred if you hadn't. Contrast Casual Car Giveaway, in which the hero gives a random soul their vehicle.
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- An ad for Audi has Jason Statham stealing a succession of cars dating from The '70s up to the present day, presented in the manner of an action movie of each era.
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- The Prince of Tennis: Takeshi Momoshiro stole a bike to catch a purse-napper on roller skates. Problem is: the owner of the bike, his quick-as-lightning rival Akira Kamio, sees Momoshiro doing this and starts chasing him because he believes he has stolen his bike. The two then race to see who's the fastest, forgetting the purse-napper in the process. Hilarity Ensues.
- Yukari-sensei does this in the first episode of Azumanga Daioh. Its owner, Tod, had stopped to fix HER bike, ironically enough.
- In YuYu Hakusho, Yusuke has to steal a bike. The bike actually was locked up but he had Charles Atlas superpowers, so it didn't matter. Later the bike's chain breaks and it falls apart, so he could never return it. (He had more pressing issues to deal with anyway.)
- Ash steals Misty's bike in the first episode of Pokémon and Pikachu totals it. She initially tags along with him while he gathers enough money to pay her back. Misty did get her bike back and working again eventually.note
- In the first episode of Patlabor, policewoman Noa commandeers a motorcycle from a confused civilian. When it gets wrecked, she then 'borrows' a patrol car from a pair of traffic cops. The car is soon crushed by a huge truck, but Noa's out of it by then.
- Done in episode 51 of Hayate the Combat Butler by the title character. The bike owner, Nishizawa Ayumu, has a rather pronounced crush on him and immediately agreed to his request. Surprisingly, despite Hayate's Chew Toy tendencies, the bike is returned to Nishizawa intact.
- He also "borrowed" Maria's bike in the first chapter. Although she managed to get to the scene, she probably didn't get it back, it was run over by a car after all.
- In the Shimoda arc, both Hayate and Nagi 'steal' Nishizawa's bike. Though it's not really stealing since she's driving for Nagi, and riding while Hayate pedals.
- He borrows Ruri's bike in episode 1 of season 3 to chase after some more thugs who kidnapped Nagi. In a subversion, when Ruri protests him borrowing the bike, he simply grabs her and takes her along for the ride.
- In Alice Academy, Mikan and Permy manage to find a two-person bicycle and borrow it to chase after the limo where Natsume is being kidnapped.
- Conan does this in the first movie of Detective Conan, stealing a kid's bike to make haste in disposing of a timed bomb. The bike is totally trashed, though it's implied that Conan would have returned it if he could, and actually asked Kogoro to replace it.
- In Ef A Tale Of The Two Miyako grabs Hirono's bike to chase a purse thief.
- In Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu Kaname and Sōusuke steal a bike in order to get back to school in time for their test. Hilarity Ensues when a crazy policewoman tries to pull them over, leading to a Chase Scene that results in her crashing her squad car. Which then explodes.
- In Weiß Kreuz Side B, Ken 'borrows' a skateboard and, being really bad at English, leaves Aya to explain.
- In Spiral: Suiri no Kizuna, Ayumu steals Kousuke's bike. This is awesome because a) he's racing Kousuke to gain control of a MacGuffin, and b) Kousuke is left yelling "Stop! Thief!" after threatening to murder Ayumu's sidekick and breaking into his mailbox.
- In Iketeru Futari, Saji steals a scooter from his friend Urawa to chase his would-be girlfriend Koizumi, who's taken a taxi. Especially troublesome for Urawa, since he was working at the time.
Saji: Urawa! I'll never forget what a great friend you are!
Urawa: Aaaahhh! Don't leave me with just the pizza!
- In FAKE, Dee steals a random guy's motorcycle when he realizes that Ryo is in danger. Not only does he reach Ryo just in time, but he gets to make a bad ass entrance.
- Kei steals an old lady's scooter in AKIRA.
- The first meeting between Miroku and Kagome in Inuyasha was something like this. In fact shortly after returning the bike to Kagome, he takes it from her yet again to chase after a demonic ink painter. Fridge Logic sets in when you realize that Miroku shouldn't even know what a bike is, much less been able to ride one.
- Early on in High School Of The Dead, shortly after the two main characters get separated from the other survivors, they get attacked by one of them. After they kill him off, they notice that he was wearing a bike helmet and leather jacket. They look around to find his motorbike fallen over on the nearby hill. Despite the Zombie Apocalypse, they jokingly worry about getting a ticket by the police for not having a driver's license.
- Done at least once in Bubble Gum Crisis. A heroine dumps two motorcycles in one episode.
- In Skip Beat!, Kyouko does this using her grudge spirits in order to get Ren (who she was acting as an assistant towards at the time) to his next acting gig without being late.
- In Maid-Sama!, Misaki borrowed Yukimura's bicycle once. She kept her word about returning it.
- In the Venus Wars movie, the protagonist named Hiro, steals a parked motorbike while running from police.
- Kiki steals a mop at the end of Kiki's Delivery Service, since she needs to save her friend, and doesn't have a Flying Broomstick handy.
- In episode 8 of The Devil Is a Part-Timer!, Chiho steals Maou's bike after Suzuno overhears the former's Love Confession to him, although she apologizes later for it at their workplace.
- In episode 6 of Golden Time, Kouko steals a random bike in order to catch up with Banri who is running away from her for various dramatic reasons. She catches up to him, they have their dramatic moment and... the next episode begins with her getting arrested for it. Apparently saying "I'm just borrowing it" doesn't always work, although she got off with just a warning.
- In Kill la Kill, Ryuko Matoi knocks down a delivery man and takes his motor bike while fleeing the bad guys in the first episode. She's polite enough to double back and hand him his deliveries. Later, she returns the bike with a note of apology.
- Subverted in Daily Lives of High School Boys when Motoharu tries to do this to chase down a thief who stole his wallet, but it turns out he doesn't know how to ride a bike. The rest of the segment is dedicated to the other students helping him learn how to ride a bike, completely forgetting about his missing wallet.
- Batman: Year One features this trope at the end.
- Evidently a favoured trope of Hergé, as it occurs both in Tintin and his other series, Jo, Zette and Jocko. At least Hergé's heroes were conscientious about returning the vehicles — or, more usually, making reparation, since the chases usually led to the vehicles' destruction!
- Played with in a Spirou and Fantasio story, in which a Villain tries to escape Spirou by stealing a moped. He was in too much of a hurry to see that it was missing its rear wheel.
- Sin City has the stolen-car version of this trope. In one notable case, a hero actually stole a cop car.
- Also used by the X-Men. On one occasion, Cyke collared a bike to go after Batroc and the Circus of Crime, left a note, and at the end Professor X complained about how often its owner was ringing and demanding it back.
- Sam & Max: In "Monkeys Violating the Heavenly Temple," Sam pulls this on an unsuspecting kid while searching for Max in the Philippines. He later drops it off of the side of a volcano.
- In the 2016 IDW Wynonna Earp series, Wynonna 'borrows' a vintage Harley from a dealership in a mall when she decides she needs to get to Tombstone in a hurry.
- In the Good Omens fic Manchester Lost, the Four Archangels "borrow" some motorcycles. A note at the end of the scene reads "It’s not stealing if you’re On a Holy Mission."
- In the Third Movement of With Strings Attached, George steals a donkey as part of an awkward plan to get three of them through Goblin Valley without attracting (too much) attention. After they make it, he doesn't return the donkey, but he does make sure it's safe.
Films — Animation
- Kiki's Delivery Service: Amounts to the same thing when Kiki borrows a push-broom against its owner's will; she being a witch and all.
- A character in the "Rhapsody in Blue" segment of Fantasia 2000 takes a little kid's scooter (one of those home-made Depression era deals, basically a box with roller skates and a couple of planks), but at least has the decency to pay for it first.
- When Mr. Freeze kidnaps Barbara in Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero, Dick grabs a bystander's motorcycle to make chase. Unlike most examples, he gives the guy something else in exchange: his corvette.
- Shrek rather unceremoniously steals the clothes of some travelers in the second movie after he takes his potion... Though he does leave them with their actual vehicle, since Donkey is now a stallion.
Shrek: Thank you, gentlemen. Someday I will repay you, unless of course I can't find you, or if I forget.
- The Fairly Oddparents: Timmy steals a dirtbike in order to get to the villains' hideout in A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!!
- Done by Wreck-It Ralph during the climax of the movie, when he borrows Calhoun's jetboard to fly to Diet Cola Mountain. Under the circumstances, it seems doubtful that she minded.
- In the second Patlabor movie, a police detective is left handcuffed to a pipe while the villains carry out their Evil Plan. Desperate to warn someone, he rips the pipe free of the wall, only to find they've immobilized his car. Later Gota gets a call from him, showing he's stopped a sports car by smashing the window with his pipe (which is still handcuffed to him) so he can borrow the man's mobile phone (and no doubt his car as well, if he could get the pipe to fit inside).
Films — Live-Action
- In the climactic end chase of The Bourne Legacy, our hero, Aaron Cross, steals some poor guy's motorbike while his back is turned to get away from the other assassin. To highlight the differences between them, the other assassin later steals a bike of his own—by killing or at least seriously injuring its previous occupant.
- Also seen various times in the end chase scene of The Bourne Supremacy:
- When Bourne intimidates a taxi driver after taking down Russian authorities and then proceeds to take the the driver's car without the driver even attempting to stop him.
- Same scenario happens when Kirill throws a woman out of her car, gets in, and continues pursuing Bourne.
- Repeated by Bourne in 2016's Jason Bourne, where he steals someone's motorcycle to pursue an assassin.
- While eloping, the romantic pairing in Buster Keaton's The Scarecrow make off with first a horse, and then a motorcycle with a sidecar.
- In Buster Keaton's The General, at one point Keaton steals a penny-farthing bicycle to chase after his stolen train, but isn't able to ride it very far before falling over.
- In the Back to the Future series Marty keeps borrowing skateboards (and proto-skateboards), but always gives them back (except when told to keep it). In fact, it's how he got the famous hoverboard.
- The Rock:
- Nicolas Cage steals a bike from a woman after threatening her with a gun in The Wicker Man.
"Step away from the bike!"
- Indiana Jones does this in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: An old male peasant is replacing a hubcap on his old car when it pulls away from him without warning. Indy, of course, is at the wheel.
- Apocalypse Now Redux has a restored scene in which Willard and his crew steal Kilgore's surfboard, and Kilgore sends helicopters in pursuit for several days.
- Played for humor in Lethal Weapon 4, where, while in pursuit of two suspects, Murtagh sees a young man standing by a bike in the street. He tries to commandeer it, but when the guy starts protesting, Murtagh instead reaches into a pocket and brings out a handful of $20 bills and thrusts it at the guy. The guy pockets the money, then smiles and calls out to an offscreen friend "Hey Johnny, someone stole your bike!"
- Older Than Television: A segment of The Hazards Of Helen, in "More Treasures from American Film Archives", depicts this.
- In Cast Away, people kept on embellishing that Charlie stole a boy's bike just to get a delivery done on time. It even went as far as saying the boy was crippled. Charlie insists that he borrowed the bike because of the emergency and he returned it intact. It's treated as a Noodle Incident at best and is never really developed, so it's a YMMV case.
- The older brother in The Goonies had to do this after the kids flattened his bike tires. It apparently ends up getting trashed. Though he did say he owes her one. And the little girl is probably Data's sister.
- Hollywood Homicide: Det. Gavilan steals a little girl's bike, pink and with a basket and tassels on the handlebars, in the climactic chase scene. All because he tried to commandeer a car but its owner handily rebuked him.
- In Bangkok Dangerous, Joe shoves a guy off his motorbike and takes it to chase his target — and blows it up less than a minute later. He also takes a hat and an expensive-looking camera for the purpose of looking inconspicuous.
- Transporter 3 saw one of these without the promise to return it. Necessary because Frank would've exploded had he not done so, and by the blast radius of the other bracelet explosions, we can tell that other people would have been hurt as well.
- Die Hard with a Vengeance:
- Done, coupled with an Ironic Echo, when McClane steals the bike of a shoplifting kid.
- Done again (And Lampshaded and Played With) when McClane trades up from his Yugo by stealing a Mercedes on the expressway. Zeus points out how pissed the other driver must be, until McClane reminds him that Zeus forgot his bar of gold in the Yugo's back seat.
- The James Bond films:
- In Octopussy, Bond steals the car of a woman in a phone booth in order to get to an American airbase in Germany in time to stop a warhead from detonating. He was hoping to call the base, but the woman beat him to the booth. This actually backfires on him rather badly, as by the time he actually reaches the airbase there's an APB out for him. The MP guarding the gate was already less than impressed with 007's frantic demands to see the commander, and the arrival of several German police cars didn't help his credibility.
- In Quantum of Solace, a guy on a motorbike starts yelling at Bond after nearly hitting him, only for Bond to knock him away and steal the bike.
- The Mummy Returns has Jonathan steal a double-decker bus when he breaks the keys to Rick's car, whilst in the ignition. A double-decker bus was simply the nearest available vehicle. How convenient!
- Near the end of The Terminator, Kyle and Sarah have been tracked to a hotel by the Terminator, and, in need of transportation, Kyle bashes the head of a bystander and steals his car.
- One of, if not the first, lines of the T-800 in Terminator 2: Judgment Day is 'I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle'. All of which the Terminator proceeds to take.
- Bedtime Stories does this too.
- Julius jacks a convertible with buffalo horns on the hood in Twins, but later mentions that he returned it. "He was a cowboy!"
- Used in What's Up, Doc? when the heroes escape a San Francisco town house on a hijacked delivery bike. In the ensuing court case, the delivery guy actually shows up, insisting "I want my bike back!"
- In Loaded Weapon 1 Colt and Luger borrow a couple of children's bicyles after they fail to catch a bad guy in a chase scene.
Luger: "I'm gettin' too old for this bike-confiscating shit."
- Sedgwick steals a bicycle in The Great Escape. (And related, two others steal a rowboat.) The liner notes commentary in the DVD points out that stealing is not recommended for POWs because committing a crime gives the foreign government an excuse to prosecute the POW as a criminal. Luckily, all three escapees who steal manage to flee Nazi Germany.
- In Time Chasers, hero Nick is a terrible driver and crashes the car he just stole for the chase scene. He then steals a bicycle and does quite well with it because he's an avid bicyclist. The bad guys follow suit by stealing more bicycles. It is a very healthy chase scene.
Tom Servo: So it's bicycles, then, eh? We accept your choice of vehicle. En garde!
- In the 1990 Captain America (1990) film, Captain America feigns sickness to lure the unsuspecting driver out from the car before he steals it, twice. He also does steal a bike from a civilian during his and Sharon's escape from the Red Skull's thugs.
- In the Hungarian phrasebook sketch in Monty Python's Flying Circus's "And Now For Something Completely Different", the police officer steals someone's bicycle to get to the tobacconist's shop more quickly than in the television series.
- In The Pacifier, Vin Diesel takes the (far-too-small for him) bike belonging to Seth, in order to follow the boy and find out why he'd dyed his hair blond, skipped wrestling practices, and had a Nazi armband in his locker.
- In L: change the WorLd, after being caught on the train, L, Maki and Near have no choice but to avoid public transport. In the next scene they are cycling away on bikes that are clearly not theirs.
- Rusty does this towards the end of National Lampoon's European Vacation.
- In The Cat from Outer Space, Frank steals a courier's motorcycle when he is rescuing Jake (the eponymous cat) from the Army base.
- Interesting variation in The Matrix: While running away from Agent Smith, Neo steals a person's cellphone so he can contact the real world. As soon as he does so, the person in question is promptly overridden by Agent Smith.
- Marvel Cinematic Universe
Pilot: Hey! You guys aren't authorized to —
- In The Avengers, Captain America, Black Widow, and Hawkeye steal a quinjet from the SHIELD Helicarrier without even bothering to be be stealthy about it.
Captain America: Son, just don't.
- In perhaps a Shout-Out to the loathed 1990 film, Cap "borrows" a car (and is called out on it by his companion) in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He tells her to take her feet off the dash.
- Cap does it again in Civil War, in a car chase that also features the Winter Soldier literally stealing a (motor)bike◊.
- The everyman-hero from Chinese Ghost Story steals a rich townsman's horse to elude police and rush back to rescue his ghost-girlfriend.
- Jack Harper gets both ends of the trope in Oblivion (2013) . La Résistance steals his motorcycle after an attempted ambush on the beginning of the movie, and he steals the Bubble Ship of one of his fellow clones when his own gets wrecked near the end.
- That Man From Rio - early on, Adrian the hero sees his girlfriend knocked out and stuffed into a car - he grabs a policeman's motorcycle and pursues the kidnappers.
- During the climactic scene in Revenge Of The Pink Panther where everyone's chasing everyone else, Cato commandeers a food cart motorbike. Rule of Funny dictates he wears a disguise with glasses that make him blind as a bat (who would know him?) and keep wearing them while driving.
- Averted in Clear and Present Danger. Jack Ryan needs a helicopter, but the only one on offer costs $2 million. Jack suggests his pilot would need to take it up for a test flight. The owner, not being born yesterday, replies that will require a safety deposit. Of $2 million.
- Quick: After his police bike is totaled by the Toyota Tripwire, Myung-shik snatches a scooter from a food delivery driver to continue the chase. He winds up wrecking this vehicle as well.
- Scanner Cop: Near the climax, Sam brainwashes a random guy to confiscate his car so he can quickly race back to the hospital, where the bad guy is about to kill his previously wounded father.
- Twice in Adele Hasn't Had Her Dinner Yet. First Carter and Commissar Ledvina get hold of a baker boy's bike in order to pursue the villain across town. Then Nick "borrows" the pedal-powered flying machine to follow the villain in his hot-air balloon.
- The finale of Carry On Girls has Sid James' character escaping the town on an abandoned go-kart.
- During a chase in True Lies, Harry knocks a police officer off a horse so he can take it and pursue the Big Bad, who is on a motorcycle. At least he apologizes for it.
- In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, while fleeing a bombing run from the First Order, Rey and Finn hop into an unattended "garbage" freighter and fly off. It turns out to be the Millennium Falcon.
Unkar Plutt: Hey! That's MINE!
- Lone Wolf:
- In The Kingdoms of Terror, Lone Wolf needs to follow someone fast. There's a horse in the open; he can either buy it legitimately off the owner, or just steal it. The latter's riskier but a heck of a lot cheaper.
- This happens repeatedly to Lone Wolf throughout the books. At the end of the series, he can probably have a dozen count of mount thief on his tab, including some flying creatures.
- Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina has the story of BoShek, a rough-and-tumble pilot who loves getting into friendly competitions with Han Solo. (In the original film, he's the one who introduces Obi-Wan Kenobi to Han and Chewbacca when Kenobi arrives at the cantina with Luke Skywalker.) He steals a landspeeder (newly purchased, no less!) from an unsuspecting citizen while fleeing from policemen who suspect him of a theft, but then the trope is lampshaded when BoShek (who regularly receives spiritual guidance at a local monastery) reflects that stealing wasn't really the ethical thing to do. After he manages to elude the police, BoShek vows to make things right by taking the stolen speeder back to the robbed person and apologizing.
- In the Time Scout book, Wagers of Sin, Skeeter steals a champion racing horse to get away from some angry Romans, making this a case of Hero Stole My Horse.
- In The Legends of Ethshar novel With a Single Spell, the hero steals a ship to escape his home village. This is one of the few examples where he does give it back... in the epilogue a couple of years later.
- Book of the New Sun has the protagonist Severian steal a stranger's Destrier (a horse-analog creature that can go very fast) to get to another place faster. And this was right after Severian had secured a mount from a friend. Humorously enough, another character Severian later meets comments that someone had stolen his Destrier — which was the same one Severian had procured.
- Joe Pickett: In Below Zero, Nate grabs an old dirt bike from a ranch to chase the criminals who have kidnapped the rancher and stolen his truck. At the end of the novel, he decides he likes the bike and rides off with it.
- Alex Rider: In Skeleton Key, Alex snatches a skateboard from a group of teenagers and uses it in an attempt to catch a yacht that is pulling away from the dock. He ramps of the jetty and manages to land on the yacht, but the skateboard plunges into the ocean.
- In the episode "Real Time" of Workaholics Blake and Ders need to get to the office in a hurry, so they ask a group of future babes to borrow one of their bikes, and are promptly turned down. So they steal one, initiating an epic&lame Chase Scene.
- Chuck had one of the few examples where the bike owner is seen afterward... because, as it turns out, it was Morgan's bike. At least Chuck was nice enough to steal a bike he knew he could return.
- Ben Mercer in Covert Affairs at least had the decency to throw the owner a stack of bills as he drove off with his motorcycle.
- Doctor Who:
- The Third Doctor "borrows" a vintage car in one episode and takes a liking to it. UNIT does return the car to its rightful owner, but they get the Doctor another one a lot like it.
- And there's the TARDIS, which he reportedly stole from a repair shop under "pressing circumstances."
- In the novel The Gallifrey Chronicles the Time Lord villain is revealed as the guy the TARDIS really belongs to.
- In the TV Movie, the Doctor steals a policeman's motorbike by holding himself at gunpoint.
- In "Logopolis", the last story from the Tom Baker era, Adric "borrows" a bike, though he doesn't attempt to ride it. Instead, he use it to fake an accident in order to distract two policemen who are about to arrest the Doctor on suspicion of murder.
- In Red Dwarf, when Lister and Cat, trying to recover Kryten and, what the hey, Rimmer, too, find themselves on a world in a reality where time runs backwards (though they don't yet realize it), they steal a tandem from a pair of picnickers and start riding... only to find that it goes backwards! Understandably, they don't get far...
Cat: No more! I'm not moving another yard on this thing! I'm gettin' a part in the back of my head!
- Done in an episode of NCIS where Tony goes undercover as a fugitive prisoner to get the location of stolen Iraqi treasure from a suspect and steals a guy's motorcycle after the suspect causes Tony to crash his truck.
- NCIS: Los Angeles did a high-speed double subversion of this trope, as a guy being chased at the shore grabs a bike from someone, then notices someone else arriving on a motorcycle, so tosses the bicycle into the path of his pursuers and steals that instead.
- Willow, Xander and Anya steal some bikes to get back to Giles' apartment in a hurry in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Pangs", which leads to a shot of them pedaling along to Big Damn Heroes-type music.
- A heavily pregnant Murphy Brown steals a kid's bike (kicking him off it!) to keep up with the press corps accompanying President Bush (the elder) on his daily jog. Unfortunately, she loses control and accidentally runs over him. The entire scene is played out to the Wicked Witch theme from The Wizard of Oz.
- Burn Notice:
- This happens so often that Michael has several "rules" about it; in particular, he emphasizes that he always returns the vehicle (usually off screen, unless it's a plot point) "reasonably intact" (which admittedly can mean "after a head-on collision"), and if he steals it from a business parking lot during business hours, it will be returned by 5:00 PM if at all possible.
- His mom has reported the reappearance of "stolen" cars to the police so many times that she gets honored at a special ceremony.
- A rare consensual example happens in VR Troopers with two lines: "Can I borrow this?" "Go for it, dude!"
- In Kamen Rider Kabuto, this happens in the first episode, by the hero and to the guy who'll be spending a while in Butt Monkey territory.
- It also happened in the first episode of Kamen Rider Kuuga, with the hero attempting and failing to chase a monster up a flight of stairs.
- Alluded to when the MythBusters took on the movie Jaws. During test setup at an old Naval base, Jamie is getting around on a scooter (instead of his usual bike). Grant jokes "What little girl did you have to mug to get that?"
- Subverted on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Mac is in a hurry to get to a movie, sees a motorbike parked at the side of the road, quickly pulls on a helmet, gets on and revs it... only to realise that he has no clue how to drive a motorcycle and abandoning it in the middle of the road.
- The X-Files, episode "Drive": Mulder is forced to borrow an old station wagon. He leaves an envelope on the front seat of his previous vehicle addressed to Agent Dana Scully FBI. AD Kersh chews him out later.
AD Kersh: Compensation to one Walter R. Duncan for unauthorized use of his 1968 Caprice station wagon: $500.
- In an episode of Charmed, Chris steals a car to pursue an escaping bad guy. Chris gets arrested for it, since nobody else noticed the bad guy and thought Chris just stole a car.
- Rome. At the start of Season 2, Titus Pullo is relaxing in the countryside with his newlywed wife when a rider arrives shouting of Caesar's death. Without any discussion Pullo yanks him off his horse, places his wife behind him and they ride off for Rome at a gallop.
- Played with in the flash sideways of LOST, where Kate hijacks a taxi with a pregnant Claire in the backseat while running away from the Marshal: she threatens the driver with a gun unless he drives her away. Further used when the driver flees from the car and Kate kicks out Claire to use the car for herself, practically playing the trope straight.
- Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: In "The Blood of Juana the Mad", Jack and Phryne jump on a conveniently placed motorcycle (in a university quad) to chase a fleeing killer.
- In My Name Is Earl, when Earl sees the local bookmobile (a bike), he realizes he is responsible for the theft of the previous one (an RV). He quickly steals the new one in order to retrieve the old one.
- Person of Interest: Team Machine has a habit of doing this, often stealing any vehicle they can find whenever they need one. Taken to Running Gag levels in the season two finale, where two separate groups of main characters, all trying to get across the country, steal multiple cars, a helicopter, and a private jet. They don't always treat their stolen goods very nicely, either.
- The New Avengers: In "The Lion and the Unicorn", Gambit steals a window washer's three-wheeled van to chase a fleeing thug through the streets of Paris. Naturally he ends up wrecking it.
- DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince's "Just One Of Those Days" has a scenario where Fresh Prince is on the verge of being late for work, and gets increasingly desperate to get there on time:
- I started hiking it
I wasn't liking it
I saw a little kid, I stole his bike and started biking it!
- Of course, this being the Fresh Prince, it immediately goes awry:
- I thought I got away,
But when I ducked around the corner, there was twelve cop cars,
I said "Man, I'm a goner!"
Slammed on the brakes, did a 180 turn,
Peddled the bike so fast I heard the rubber burn!
- In Wild ARMs 4, Jude steals a bike so he can chase a train containing his mother. He has Super Speed, if you're wondering.
- In the Shadow the Hedgehog level Lethal Highway If you take one of the motorcycles a generic G.U.N soldier will say "Where's my bike? Does anyone know where it is?".
- ef - a fairy tale of the two. has this in one if its first scenes. Miyako chases a thief who's on a motorcycle. Upon finding the arc's hero, she promptly takes his bike and attempts to give chase to the thief.
- Grand Theft Auto:
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City: Optional in an early mission after the player acquires clothing for a yacht party. A white chopper will always pull up in front of the player to steal, complete with the rider's reaction to the theft.
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas: Done twice early on in the game. Done either to escape being shot at or escape being run over and riddled with bullets. Returning either risks same.
- Red Faction Guerrilla has plenty of situations where you'll be needing to 'borrow' a vehicle, be it parked or already inhabited. At low sector morale, the civilians make snide or even angry comments.
- In Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Raiden needs to get to a location fast, and hijacks a random motorcycle nearby and carves a phone number into the pavement with his sword so the owner knows who to call to get it back. Considering Raiden can run alongside a train, it's probably just a Rule of Cool excuse to have him ride a motorcycle for one scene.
- In the Jetstream DLC, it's revealed that the bike actually belonged to Sam, the very guy who stopped him on the way and dueled him to the death.
- In L.A. Noire, you can steal almost any vehicle you find in the city at any time. Apparently everyone in LA in 1947 was unconcerned with auto theft and always left their keys in their vehicles.
- In True Crime: New York City, when Cowboy Cop (or, depending on your actions, Corrupt Cop) Marcus "commandeers" someone's car, he'll often spout lines like "You know you're not getting this back, right?"
- Enforcers in All Points Bulletin can commandeer another person's car in much the same fashion as True Crime: New York City. Criminals, of course, take over vehicles in time-honored GTA fashion.
- Hawk steals a tricycle in Applegeeks while parodying Batman. The victim is later revealed to be an Enfante Terrible Diabolical Mastermind (a quite harmless one, though).
- In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!, Molly is an otherwise extremely sweet and innocent young girl, but she has a troubling habit of hotwiring cars when she's in a hurry.
- Largo from MegaTokyo has a tendency to do this. In one comic, he apparently beats up a delivery boy to steal a muffin scooter (no explanation for who he stole the bunny suit from). He later drives through the side of a building in the same scooter to help Erika. It seems to be his main mode of transportation now. Apparently he has no plans to give it back.
- Played with in A Miracle of Science: When the main characters need to evade the Mecha-Mooks sent after them, Caprice has another part of the transhuman planetary Hive Mind she's part of track down the owner of a motorcycle parked nearby and buy it.
- Not only does Dubious Company's Walter repeatedly steal Barry's ship, but also his crew.
- In Sinfest, 2012 hijacks the Trike Girl's trike while Death is chasing him.
- Dumbing of Age: After Becky's fundamentalist dad abducts her at gunpoint, Amber / Amazi-Girl "deputizes" Sayid's skateboard so she can go after them. Sayid, who saw the whole thing, tells her she can keep it.
- The trope's title was inspired by the "Nigga Stole My Bike" meme from Punch-Out!!, born on YTMND, which offered an alternate interpretation of the cut-scenes between title runs. Funny thing, the Wii game has Doc Louis make clear that the bike really does belong to Mac.
- Darwin's Soldiers:
- In the second RP of this universe, Nixon steals a Lamborghini Gallardo and Alfred steals an expensive convertible to continue chasing Lab 101 after the truck rams Alfred's pickup truck through a cafe.
- Later, Dr. Zanasiu steals a Chevy Corvette from Pelvanida's parking lot.
- Spoofed in this homage to the Chained to a Railway trope, which has the hero nicking a bike when he finds the nearest horse is labeled "Out of Order". After pedaling and pedaling and pedaling we get the cue card: FINALLY he arrives!
- Jackie Chan Adventures:
- Not only does Kim Possible do it, she always goes back and borrows the accompanying helmet. Because riding without a helmet is uncool, yo.
- In The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, episode "Cross Country Double Cross", Penelope "borrows" a jalopy en route to the statue unveiling.
- Pretty much Once an Episode in Fillmore!. Although since the main characters are (kinda) law enforcement officers, it's closer to Flashed-Badge Hijack.
- In Danny Phantom, the hero Ecto-Rays Johnny 13 off his motorcycle and uses it to get to the Fenton Ghost Portal in time. This is also a Development Gag.
- In an episode of Chuck Norris Karate Kommandos, Chuck Norris himself pulls a flashed-badge hijack minus the badge. Made hilarious by this trailer, which cuts him off mid-sentence.
Civilian: Hey! That's my bike!
Chuck: Sorry, guys, this is an emergency. I'm Chuck Norris!
- In an episode of Phineas and Ferb, a kiddie vehicle chase highlights the difference between hero and villain:
- Max of A Goofy Movie steals a skateboard on his way home from school, then gives it to a random character he passes.
- In Storm Hawks, the gang was once attacked from the air while outside a diner. They split up, Junko taking a kid's bike for his getaway. He barely fits on it, but it serves its purpose for a while.
- Spider-Man: The Animated Series: Spidey and Black Cat grab a random guy's bike (complete with two helmets) to get away from some S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. After escaping the agents, Spider-Man insists they return the bike before making their next move.
Guy: You miserable thieves!
Spidey: We're not thieves! Well. Well, I'm not, but — her, I'm not so sure about.
- Inverted in The Amazing World of Gumball, where Gumball ask permission to use a little girl's bike and she takes the opportunity to gouge as much money from him as possible. Of course he ended up destroying it anyway.
- DC Showcase: Catwoman: After Rough Cut manages to escape from the club in a getaway car, Catwoman notices a lone biker outside the entrance. She seductively walks up to him, grabs his collar, and leans in as if to kiss him... then pushes him over, takes his bike and drives off.
- In an episode of King of the Hill, Hank, Dale, and Kahn are stranded in Mexico and on the run from Border Patrol who have mistaken them for illegals. They see some punks leaning next to two motorcycles and beg them to let them have them, offering a lot of money. The punks shrug, take the money, and the men drive away. Then an old couple step out of the bar and wonder where their motorcycles went.
- Of course, there's Dan Backslide, the villain of Chuck Jones' 1942 short The Dover Boys: "A runabout. I'LL STEAL IT! NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW!!"
- Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? often has Zack and Ivy do this, but never without showing their ACME badges to the vehicles' owners first.
- Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: In "Decoy For A Dognapper," Shaggy borrows a friend's motor scooter so he can chase down the thugs that dognapped Scooby (who was the bait in a plan to solve the mystery of who is stealing prize-winning dogs). He crashes the scooter out on a rock.
- The Zeta Project: Being a very moral android, Zeta offers to buy a hovering motorcycle with his unlimited credit card when he needs one for a pursuit. Subverted when the man Zeta paid turned out not to be the actual owner of the motorbike by mistake.