Ulrich: Whoa, how does Odd manage to pilot this thing?A Sub-Trope of Cool Board, the main recreational device in the future is the Hover Board. Like an all-terrain skateboard, the Hover Board is totally awesome and likely gained popularity with the movie Back to the Future Part II. Many Speculative Fiction series set 20 minutes or further into the future will have these things fly through the streets. Or even through the air, when it really shouldn't because that's when it stops being hovering and starts being Sky Surfing. The characteristic that determines whether you have a Hover Board or are Sky Surfing is the altitude range each has. A Hover Board has to stay within a certain distance of the ground. In Sky Surfing, the vehicle can be used at any altitude. May be accompanied by hover bikes, scooters, and skates as well. Hoverboards are very, very popular in Video Games. Usually a large part of the gameplay in a futuristic platformer involves riding and acquiring these vehicles, although they're just as likely to be temporary power-ups.
Aelita: (shrugs) He's not afraid of falling...
Aelita: (shrugs) He's not afraid of falling...
— Code Lyoko, "Bad Connection"
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- Eureka Seven, where even some of the Humongous Mecha use Hover Boards. Unlike most though, they're more analogous to surfboards than skateboards. Curiously, they do have wheels — just one, though, and the axle runs the same direction as the board itself. They seem to be involved in handling, since Renton mentions that a bigger wheel limits the rider's capacity to make sharp turns.
- Wendi's Riding Board from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, which triples as a cannon and a large shield in addition to its Hover Board capabilities. Subaru's rollerblades are basically this trope combined with Rollerblade Good.
- Soul Eater: Death the Kid has a flight-capable skateboard, whom he named "Beelzebub". Technically though, this is more an example of Sky Surfing, because he generally uses it to outright fly.
- Van from Zoids: Chaotic Century has one.
- Jean in Transformers Victory has one that allows for some degree of levitation — handy, since most of his friends are giant robots.
- Used with hilarious results at the beginning of Manabi Straight! when two of the girls are Late for School.
- Owned by Psy in Heroman.
- Technically, the wave-rider of One Piece is this. Powered by air dials and thus floats above the water/sea cloud the rider is riding on.
- Shinku from Dog Days has Tornada.
Films — Animation
- In Barbie Star Light Adventure, Barbie and her friends use hover boards to get around. Sal-Lee is even a hover board champion.
- The Jetsons:
- Jetsons: The Movie: Elroy plays basketball on Hover Boards.
- Rockin' with Judy Jetson: In this movie Judy Jetson can be seen riding a hoverboard.
- Daniel has one in Transformers: The Movie, but he crashes it almost straight away and then rides in Hot Rod instead.
- In Pinocchio 3000 Mayor Scamboli, Marlene, Cabby and Rodo can be seen riding round hoverboards at Scamboland Amusement park as they get out of their flying car.
- Treasure Planet. Jim Hawkins can be seen riding his hoverboard called the Solar Surfer doing daredevil tricks.
- Wreck-It Ralph Sergeant Caulhorn and Fix-It Felix can be seen riding a jet-powered hoverboard into Sugar Rush.
Films — Live-Action
- Back to the Future Part II, as noted above. The hoverboard also plays a major role in the climax to Back to the Future Part III.
- In Fantastic Four Rise Of The Silver Surfer, a character named Silver Surfer rides his flying hoverboard in outer space and flies in the Earths skies causing major blackouts. The Silver Surfer loses power if he separated from his hoverboard.
- Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series features these quite prominently.
- Uglies play around with them recreationally — they really can't hurt themselves because the boards are magnetic and adhere to the magnetic grid underneath the city, and they wear a device to track their center of gravity and special "crash bracelets" that will pull them back onto the board if they fall off. Interestingly, the center-of-gravity device clips onto their belly-button rings, a fact that the characters all seem to take for granted. Apparently belly-button piercings are mandatory for young people in the utopian/dystopian future.
- Pretties generally can't ride hoverboards due to their reduced reflexes caused by the brain lesions that come with the operation. Zane and Tally, however, are able to ride hoverboards as pretties when they consciously try to "stay bubbly" and fight the influence of the lesions.
- When Tally is sent to perform her undercover mission in Uglies she is given a special hoverboard that has lifter fans that enable it to function away from magnetic substances for a period of time and solar cells to provide power for the fans. This type of hoverboard is later used by the Cutters when they turn into Specials.
- In Extras hoverboarding is again presented as a recreational activity. It's actually the extreme hoverboard-riding known as "mag-lev surfing" (in which participants use their hoverboards' magnetic properties to surf atop a mag-lev train outside the city) practiced by the clique known as the Sly Girls that attracts Aya to them and gets the plot rolling.
- One of the Sinthians, slug-like aliens in the Phule's Company series by Robert Asprin, solves his mobility problems by riding a kid's "glideboard". The other main Sinthian character, who is from a higher caste, can't get the hang of the board and declares it undignified. As an obvious homage to Back to the Future (see above), the water makes the boards to move more quickly.
- Not quite a hoverboard, but Y.T.'s skateboard from Snow Crash is the next best thing, using "smartwheels" made up of dozens of tiny pad-footed spokes to glide down staircases, through potholes, or over grass without a jolt. Plus, it's equipped with a glass-shattering sonic blast weapon.
- In Galaxy of Fear, Zak Arranda starts off with a skimboard, which partially requires good balance, partially relies on "stick strips". Chewbacca takes a minute to modify it and give it more power, raising its cruising height to two meters. This helps Zak use it to escape with his sister and their droid DV-9. Unfortunately, it was lost at the end of the book, and he wasn't able to get another.
- In Dante Valentine, Dante is highly proficient with a slicboard, as is her ex-boyfriend Jason Monroe. Dante in particular is shown using one to unwind after a session of raising a ghost for a probate case.
- The secondary mode of Kamen Rider Agito's Cool Bike, Tornador, is a hoverboard. Then, thanks to Kamen Rider Decade, Agito himself is transformed into Tornador.
- On the show MythBusters, the gang actually created a vacuum-propelled hoverboard that once levitated about 2-3 millimeters or so off the ground. Here's a fan's recreation of the device.
- In the premier of sitcom A to Z, Andrew is convinced hoverboards from Back to the Future are real because of a documentary. Lea Thompson even makes an appearance to tell him they aren't. The Stinger showed her riding on one.
- Warhammer uses demonic hoverboards called disks of Tzeentch. These days they are more like sky surfing as they actually fly, but they once had a lower flying speed and it was called floating or hovering. And in the MMORPG based on Warhammer, they follow this trope to a T.
- Dark Eldar Hellions of Warhammer 40,000 use bat-shaped bladed hoverboards that can decapitate infantry.
- In Rocket Age Rocket Boards are basically just reinforced metal surfboards with a rocket engine attached to the bottom. Most consider them too dangerous to use, but several gangs in New York have taken to using them for skyjackings and to escape the police.
- Sonic Riders has "Extreme Gear", which is usually these. However, sometimes it's other various things like shoes or brooms. The first Extreme Gear was a flying carpet. The main defining trait of Extreme Gear seems to be that it floats and can go fast enough. One gear in the "board" category is actually called the Hoverboard (well, Hovercraft). It looks like a cloud.
- Kirby's Air Ride. One of them, Dragoon, appears as an item in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
- Airblade: A PS2 skateboarding game which is basically Tony Hawk without wheels. It's also got a story, but that's very much beside the point.
- And on that note, most of the actual Tony Hawk games feature a hover board cheat that simply takes the wheels off your board. Also, unlockable character Iron Man in THUG rides a hoverboard anyway.
- Beam Breakers is a 2002 PC game that features a hoverboard advertisement in the skyscraper city with flying hovercars.
- Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc featured one of these.
- Ratchet & Clank and the Jak and Daxter series (where it is called a JET-board) use them. In Jak and Daxter, the hoverboard is used in several Tony Hawk style missions where the player has to get a set number of points.
- Eyetoy: Antigrav released in 2004. In this Playstation 2 game, the player uses the motion sensor camera to control the movements of the hoverboard rider who rides his or her hoverboard in the skyscraper cities dodging flying hovercars and catching tokens on rails for score points and flying through hoops and doing hoverboard daredevil stunts earning score points.
- Final Fantasy:
- Zell uses one in Final Fantasy VIII in a single scene, after which it's confiscated. Later however, when you're allowed into his room, one of the characters comments that he has another to which he replies he's got several.
- Appears both in Final Fantasy XII, sort of (more like a hover-motorbike), and weaponized in Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings.
- Mega Man:
- Unreal Tournament III: Every player has an un-losable one of these in the vehicular game modes, allowing players on foot to get into the action reasonably quickly. Weapons can't be used while riding it and any damage will make you fall prone (and vulnerable) for several second, but a tether can be attached to friendly vehicles, allowing you to be towed around faster.
- Subverted in Backyard Skateboarding. The developers said there would be a hoverboard in the game, and Dmitri says in-game that he wants one, but there is none.
- Q*bert has a few in every level.
- City of Heroes has this as a purchasable item. It is very useful at low levels.
- In Dogyuun, the first miniboss of Stage 7 is a Humongous Mecha riding a mecha-sized version of this.
- Used to skate around a giant bowl in the futuristic ball game Pararena.
- Kingdom Hearts:
- Ventus, of Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, has his Keyblade transform into a hoverboard for it's Glider form.
- Aqua's keyblade glider is some sort of cross between hoverboard and a scooter (hover-scooter?)
- Streak: Hoverboard Racing released in 1998 is a Playstation 1 game that features young adults racing on hoverboards riding through parks and highways.
- WildStar has them. They even come in "Back to the Future" pink!
- In Space Quest, the aliens can be seen riding round hoverboards.
- One of the futuristic heroes in Empire Earth rides around on a hoverboard. In the campaign, he gives you the Grigor II robot.
- Marty McFly in Back To The Future Part II & III can get a hoverboard from Biff Tannen to ride around on, but it only lasts for a short while before it disappears.
- In the Japan-only Super Back To The Future Part II, the hoverboard is basically Marty's main form of transportation throughout the game.
- HUVr Board. And they got Tony Hawk to test it. Too bad the video is a hoax. Doc Brown apologizes. Leading to a mass Dude, Not Funny! from pretty much everyone, including OTHER SCIENTISTS.
- Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse has some hoverboards resembling the one Marty received in Back to the Future Part II. Fitting, since that hoverboard apparently came from Mattel, the same company that produces Barbie dolls and merchandise.
- Ben 10 has a Petrosapien ("Diamondhead") bounty hunter named Tetrax who usually uses these (In fact, he was originally credited as Hoverboard in his debut episode). Ben received one from him as a gift, and has used it several times during the series.
- Kit Cloudkicker's "airfoil" on TaleSpin, sort of.
- In Futurama, Amy gets her hoverboard converted into a ironing board when her parents find out that her boyfriend Kif is knocked up.
- Code Lyoko gives us the standard (Overboard), hover-scooter (Overwing) and hover-bike (Overbike) varieties.
- The 1990s teenage version of Flash Gordon.
- In ThunderCats, WilyKat and WilyKit have hover boards which are constantly getting demolished, to Panthro's chagrin. This is resurrected◊ in the 2011 reboot.
- Manic the Hedgehog owns one in Sonic Underground.
- Ratz has ratboards, which are basically flying racecars seemingly made out of looted mousetraps.
- In Skysurfer Strike Force, this is the title heroes' signature vehicle.
- The Specialists in Winx Club use these to fly around when they need to.
- In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) series, Mike can be seen riding a hoverboard in the sewers.
- Paw Patrol: Rubble receives one in the "Air Pups" special, with twin air duct fans on either side, and a miniature jet booster at the rear.
- It happened. But you can't stand on it. And it needs a special stand. Ain't life a bitch? It's also a Back to the Future replica.
- A company by the name of Hendo Hoverboards plans to make it happen, in time for 2015, of course.
- Lexus have one that uses magnets
- Subverted by the Self-balancing Two-wheel Board, aka the "Hoverboard". It neither hovers nor is a board.