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One crude but effective way of attacking your enemy is to load up a vehicle with flammables, explosives, or anything else that would make a nice big boom, and send it on a collision course toward a target.

[[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible Any vehicle will do]], but large trucks, planes, and even boats are commonly used due to both their size and the speeds they can get up to. The attack combines the force of the vehicle's impact, the possible detonation and/or cook-off of its fuel, and the added punch from its cargo into a massive strike.

There are multiple reasons why you might want a Molotov Truck: you're low on ammo, your weapons can't make a major dent in what you want to target, you want to shock and awe the enemy, or maybe just RuleOfCool.

For cars that are not intentionally weaponized but [[MadeOfExplodium just happen to blow up]] upon receiving significant damage, see EveryCarIsAPinto.

See also CarFu, ExternalCombustion (kind of an JustForFun/XMeetsY of the two), ActionBomb, IncendiaryExponent, and MolotovCocktail. Note that while ''VideoGame/MotorStorm'' has a manufacturer called Molotov and they do make trucks, this trope [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant does not refer to that]].


[[folder:Anime And Manga]]
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Homura launches a gas tanker off a bridge and directly into the face of Walpurgis Night. [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill And that's not all she does to it...]] though it still manages to stay alive after all of that.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Huntress}}'' #5 (the 2012 mini-series), the Huntress sends a speedboat packed with explosives into a harbour as a distraction.
* Spiderman tried to stop TheJuggernaut by driving a tanker full of gasoline directly into him. At first, Spidey was worried he had gone too far and killed him, but Juggernaut wasn't even slowed down.
* In ''GIJoeVsTheTransformers'' #2(IDW), some criminals in the 1930s are trying to use a {{Mode Lock}}ed and unconscious Optimus Prime to blow a hole in a bank. During a tense chase with some Joes, Cobras and Autobots trying to find Optimus and bring him back, The Baroness simply shoots the explosives and detonates them prematurely, realizing that even a truckload of explosives isn't going to hurt ''Optimus Prime''.
* This is how ComicBook/TheQuestion eventually destroyed Luthor's Science Spire from LexLuthorManOfSteel. (He did it to free the [[ItMakesSenseInContext souls trapped in the building.]])
* ComicBook/TheJoker (in collaboration with some Middle Eastern terrorists) once did this with an oil tanker in a ''Legends of the Dark Knight'' storyline.


[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'': In "Fraser's Story", Willie delays pursuit by setting fire to a truck and driving it into the bad guys' motor pool.

* Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger uses this tactic in ''Film/{{Predator}}'' when his commando unit is assaulting an enemy base.
* ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'':
-->'''Engineer:''' Why has the captain ordered self-destruct?\\
'''Scotty:''' I would say, lass, because he thinks, he hopes, that when we go up, we'll take the intruder with us.\\
'''Engineer:''' Will we?\\
'''Scotty:''' When that much matter and anti-matter come together, oh yes, we will indeed!
* In ''Film/ErnestGoesToCamp'', the kids get the idea to take out the bulldozer threatening to destroy the camp by loading up the runaway maintenance cart with all the volatile stuff they can get their hands on and ramming it. Unfortunately, the kids realize they don't have enough material to make a suitable boom, until Ernest shows up with the local LethalChef's latest batch of Eggs Erroneous, "the most powerful substance known to man!" This being an Ernest movie, it works beautifully.
* ''Film/TheAfricanQueen'': In colonial WWI Africa, our hero and heroine convert the eponymous boat into a torpedo to try and blow up a German patrol ship.
* TheFilmOfTheBook of ''Film/{{Sahara 2005}}'' does this with a boat when Pitt and his teammates have to escape an attack by the army. Apparently, he and Giordino attempted it once in Nicaragua when they thought they were in Panama. By the way, this scene does not appear in the book.
* In ''Film/ChildrenOfMen'' the heroes are ambushed after a flaming car blocks their path.
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' the Joker corrals Harvey Dent's police escort by blocking off the road with a [[VisualPun flaming fire truck]], leading to an epic ChaseScene.
* In ''Film/{{District 9}}'' the Nigerian gangsters trap Wikus, Christopher, and MNU mercenaries using a molotov truck.
* ''Film/EscapeToAthena''. Telly Savalas' character has an accidental version when he decides to assassinate a German officer by sabotaging the brakes of his ''kübelwagen'', and it crashes into a German ammunition dump [[NoKillLikeOverkill which subsequently explodes]].


* In ''Literature/ThePowerOfFive'', Matt's aunt is mind-controlled and attempts to kill Matt by driving one of these into his school.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Tyrion Lannister devastates Stannis Baratheon's fleet by sending in ships filled with wildfire, a highly explosive alchemical substance like GreekFire.
* In ''Literature/TomorrowWhenTheWarBegan'', a petrol tanker is used to blow up the bridge into town.
* In ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'', a boat is simply lit afire and rammed into a wooden dam on the Nile.
* In Creator/MichaelCrichton's ''Literature/{{Prey}}'', one of the characters rigs an ATV this way to blow up the wild nanotech swarms' nest.
* Literature/CiaphasCain, '''HERO OF THE IMPERIUM''', loaded a damaged truck with assorted flammables and sent it roaring into a swarm of Orks in ''Death of Glory'' to provide a distraction while he and Jurgen escaped. It made quite a satisfying fireball.
* In ''[[Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm The Granite Shield]]'', eleven-year-old Flairalynne leads a fireship raid on the enemy fleet -- and follows it up by [[spoiler:setting her ''[[ArchnemesisDad father]]'' on fire.]]
* A whole ''swarm'' of MolotovTruck boats turns the tide of battle when the New Crobuzon fleet attacks Armada in ''Literature/TheScar''.
* In a non-combat example, the fleet that carries the ''Kite'' to the Edge in ''Discworld/TheLastHero'' use rafts loaded with inflammable materials and swamp dragons to blast a gap in the Circumfence and clear the way for the vessel's launch.
* In ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', the Battle of Chibi (Red Cliff) is decided in dramatic fashion by a fleet of fire ships... disguised as supply ships.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The fifth season of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' has this. Ben use a Molotov Truck as a diversion to get rid of the guards so he can break a certain guy out of jail.
* In the ''Series/{{Hornblower}}'' episode "The Examination for Lieutenant" the Spanish sail a fire ship (an old ship packed with gunpowder and set alight) into Gibraltar. Hornblower and Foster manage to steer it clear of the British fleet.
* In the ''Series/MissionImpossible'' episode "Nitro", the IMF has to stop a near-eastern ultra-nationalist group from blowing up a government building with truck full of nitrogylcerine.
* In the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "War Stories", the crew of Serenity load up their 4x4 with incendiaries and drive it into the guard post on Niska's space station.
** This is called back to in ''Fanfic/{{Forward}}'', when the crew straps some bombs to the mule from ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' and drops it on [[spoiler: Womack]]'s gunship.
* In the pilot episode of ''Series/TheLoneGunmen'', there is a governement conspiracy to crash a passenger plane into the middle of New York.

* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': Orks ([[CrazyAwesome of course]]) take this trope and turn it UpToEleven. While some might be content with filling mere trukks and planes with explosives (and given how Orks drive, that's pretty much what they do), Orks hollow out giant asteroids, fit them with equally oversized engines, life-support systems and warp drives, and hurl them into space on collision course with a planet. This leaves the Rok with one of two options: crash land on target, unleashing thousands of fight-happy Orks, fully equipped with weapons, vehicles, ammo and fuel; or airburst, causing a catastrophic explosion as the aforementioned ammo, fuel, and giant engines go boom. Both options are considered equally entertaining by the Orks.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* A recommended strategy for some ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' missions.
* The conclusion to the role-playing/strategy classic ''VideoGame/StarControl'' II 'The Ur-Quan Masters' requires employing this strategy to destroy the alien battleship and achieve final victory
* Demolition Trucks from the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert'' series. They contain ''nukes''. They tend to get blown up before getting near their targets, so a common strategy is to make them temporarily invincible with the Iron Curtain, allowing you to detonate them right where your opponent doesn't want you to.
** In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'' the Empire has the Yari Submarine, whose special ability is a suicide run at enemy ships (a plausible strategy since the units are cheap). They are based off the real-life ''kaiten'' (see Real Life section).
* ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresIII'' with the Fire Junk of the Chinese.
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals'': The terrorist GLA have a Bomb Truck unit, which can carry explosives and upgrade with better explosives or anthrax, or even both (though that's quite expensive). It can also be disguised as any vehicle, so the enemy thinks it one of their resource gatherers, and won't react as it cheerfully runs over their infantry. The ExpansionPack ''Zero Hour'' adds 3 Generals per faction, two of the GLA Generals have their Bomb Trucks pre-upgraded with anthrax or high-explosive payload, respectively.
* A variation appears in ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyWorldAtWar'', where your squad encounters a truck with fuel barrels in it, at the top of a hill, facing an enemy encampment. Rather than lighting the whole thing on fire, you puncture one of the barrels while a squadmate puts the truck in neutral and lets it careen downhill, and then ignites the ''[[VaporTrail fuel trail]]'' instead.
* Useable to great effect in ''[[VideoGame/JustCause Just Cause 2]]''. EveryCarIsAPinto + speed + instant parachute = fun!
* ''VideoGame/MadMax'' features cars packed with explosives. Enemies driving these try to get close to you and light the fuse, killing themselves in the process. If you can get rid of the driver without destroying the car, you can do the same thing...just remember to jump out before it blows. Additionally, one side mission involves Max intercepting explosive trucks heading towards an allied base.
* In ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion II'' ships that are self-destructed (or sometimes just killed) explode, damaging all targets around. Quantum Detonator device allows ships to explode for greater damage and more reliably. Making ships oriented on self-destruction usually isn't a good idea, but occasionally running into enemy and blowing up a doomed ship may help others.
* Devastator in ''VideoGame/DuneII'' is a borderline example: it's a heavy tank. Plowed into enemy base and got too damaged to get away? Move it a bit further and blow up.
* Absolutely required in the second level of ''VideoGame/TotalOverdose''. Recommended strategy in other levels, as the points for combination kills can be helpful to completion score.
* ''VideoGame/{{Homefront}}'' has your rebel force using this against the KPA, or so it appears at first; [[spoiler:the truck is actually a distraction; the KPA forces no sooner move in to examine the truck as white phosphorus rains down upon them]].
* ''VideoGame/CompanyOfHeroes'' have the Wehrmacht faction fielding the remote-controlled Goliaths that explode spectacularly upon destruction or prompt. Which are created from bunkers. The Panzer Elite Munitions Half-track also has this capability for more flexible deployment.
* ''VideoGame/CortexCommand'' allows you to load several dozen of grenades, bombs, and [[NoodleImplements crab bodies]] into a rocket and steer it on top of a cluster of enemies. Not very efficient, but often hilarious to watch.
* It's a common sight in ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield 3}}'' of people covering jeeps in C4 and then drive them into what ever needs to be blown-up.
** In ''VideoGame/Battlefield1942'', jumping in a jeep and ramming a tank was a good way to make both explode.
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' has you use an dynamite-laden wagon to crash the gates of El Presidio.
* During the AttractMode of ''VideoGame/{{Mercenaries}} 2'', a clip shows one of the mercenaries attatching a [[RuleOfCool homing beacon to a monster truck, driving it over a half ramp and into a military base, bailing out mid-air and watching a Tomahawk missile annihilate everything]]. However, in the game, most players stick to C4 as their explosive of choice.
* An uncommon tactic in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRenegade'''s multiplayer. Engineers may pile remote C4 onto a cheap vehicle and drive it into the enemy's harvester to cripple their income generation. It takes a ''lot'' of C4 to do this, however, but it's faster than trying to blow up the harvester in a more traditional fashion. This tactic is known in some circles as "[[FanNickname jihad jeeps]]" because the cheapest and fastest (and therefore most expendable) GDI ground vehicle is a Humm-Vee.
* ''VideoGame/RedFactionGuerrilla'' is no stranger to this either. Plentiful vehicles, ready access to mining explosives, and gratuitous (perhaps excessive) values for explosive splash damage means that EDF checkpoints can be cleared by virtue of a truck full of demo charges and, if you're lucky, another handy vehicle nearby to escape in.
** It's a possible strategy in Demolition side missions since the victory condition is either killing all EDF or blowing the building up yourself (also applicable for just blowing up key structures in a sector in order to weaken EDF control): since you're going to have to drive to the site, you can stick mining charges on your ride, drive into the target structure thanks to demolishable physics engines, get out, and blow the charges. Friendly fire can be a hazard, though, especially as you may have up to three guerrilla fighters automatically join you and hitch your charged ride when you start the mission. And, of course, you may find that the building you just crippled, if you're not careful or lucky enough, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard toppling in]] [[OhCrap your direction]].
* In ''World War III: Black Gold'', the Iraqi players have "devastator" and "huge devastator" as suicide weapons, being a 40's pickup and a 6x6 military transport respectively.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' has powder keg wagons, which start moving when shot, exploding on impact with the enemy.
* ''VideoGame/RideToHellRetribution'' has the protagonist steal a tanker truck and blow up a power plant to disable an electric fence, [[ComplexityAddiction rather than just plow through the fence with the truck]].
* If you have the time and means to sacrifice a vehicle in ''VideoGame/FarCry2'', it is entirely possible to slap a half-dozen improvised explosives onto a junker car you just found, drive it at high(ish) speeds into a checkpoint or secure zone, and bail out to let inertia and your remote detonator [[StuffBlowingUp do the rest]].
* One of the campaign missions of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'' involves the player character teaming up with [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Charles Vane and Jack Rackham]] to use a fire ship to break a British blockade around Nassau after it comes under occupation by Woodes Rogers.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSaboteur'', Sean can booby-trap vehicles he's driving with explosives, which will detonate once the vehicle impacts something. Make sure to bail out beforehand. In addition, there's the Phoenix, a modified version of the Aurora packed with explosives that's used to assassinate a German general in one mission.

* ''Webcomic/{{Lackadaisy}}'' (pictured) has Rocky set a barn on fire by [[http://www.lackadaisycats.com/comic.php?comicid=20 driving an ablazed car into it.]]

[[folder: Web Original]]
* In ''Literature/TheSalvationWar'', a former Hamas operative drives a truck bomb into [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu one of the Beasts of the Apocalypse]].
* ''Fanfic/OldManHenderson'' pulled one of these quite effectively against an ungodly abomination of Hastur. It helps that he did it with a tanker truck, ''right next'' to the very same pump it was being filled with.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* During the "Day of Black Sun" episodes of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the protagonists used large water trucks on the front lines so the [[MakingASplash waterbenders]] would [[ElementalBaggage have something to bend]]. Replace the water with explosives, and those same trucks can be used to breach fortifications.

[[folder:Real life]]
* Brander, or the "Fire ship" often used in the [[WoodenShipsAndIronMen age of wooden ships]]. It was simply an old, wreck-like ship, with a skeleton crew, set aflame and rammed into the center of the enemy fleet for massive damage. Preferrably filled with as much powder as it could carry, but even when not, once the brander's riggings snag on another ship's, there's a good chance that its target's powder-magazine will shower everything with burning remnants soon. Another name for them? ''[[AwesomeMcCoolName Hellburners]].''
** The British used a galleon packed with gunpowder and set alight against the Spanish armada during one of the Gibraltar skirmishes.
** The US Navy used the ship ''Intrepid'' as a fire ship to attack the Barbary Pirates of Tripoli, in 1803. The attack was unsuccessful, but the same ship had been used shortly before to detonate the captured ''USS Philadelphia'' in the same harbor. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Intrepid_%281798%29]]
** British amphibious attack on the heavily defended docks of Saint-Nazaire in occupied France; taking place during the night of 28 March 1942 during the Second World War. A destroyer carrying tons of explosives hidden inside it was rammed into the exposed caisson of the Normandie Dock. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Nazaire_Raid Operation Chariot, the St. Nazaire Raid]]
** In 1770 at Chesma almost the entire Turkish fleet was wiped out by a single Russian brander, demonstrating just how unsafe wooden powder kegs tightly packed in a small harbor can be.
** Chinese in the Opium Wars tried to harass English ships by sending junks, some aflame, some packed to the gills with black powder. Didn't work, since Brits were alert and without covering fire branders were easily intercepted by boats.
** In the UsefulNotes/RussoJapaneseWar during the Port Artur blockade the Japanese tried to sink a few old ships in the port's exit. This doesn't work well under intense artillery fire.
* The Japanese used two separate versions of this in WWII:
** The most well known are the ''kamikaze'' -- fighter pilots loading their planes up with explosives and full fuel tanks then intentionally crashing into enemy ships.
** The other version is the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaiten Kaiten]]'' submarines, which were essentially manually-piloted torpedoes.
* A usual practice in modern terrorism/freedom fighting/whatever you prefer.
** 9/11 (September 11th)
** Riyadh compound bombing
** U.S.S. Cole bombing (with an exploding ''boat'').
** Taliban forces have become fond of this. Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device.
** Setting cars afire in the middle of roads is a common and popular tactic to create a hazardous obstacle and distraction in many conflict regions.