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Oil Slick
One of the standard tools to try to lose someone when driving.

When in a vehicle, simply push a button and the car somehow spills out oil behind, designed to make the person behind slip out of control.

Subtrope of Weaponized Car. See also Slippery Skid. Not to be confused with a certain Decepticon.

Examples:

Film
  • A gadget in James Bond's car in Goldfinger, the Trope Codifier.
  • Pee-wee's Big Adventure - one of many features of Pee-Wee's bike - "James Bond kinda stuff!"
  • The live-action Speed Racer film uses it once or twice.
  • The Inspector Gadget movie had the Gadget Oil Slick, which spread toothpaste on the floor. More traditionally, Sanford Scolex's limo had an oil slick sprayer, which he used against John Brown's Chevette.
    • The second one gave Gadget a bubble gum launcher that deployed from his hat and sprayed bright pink, extremely sticky bubble gum. There was also an actual oil-slick gadget that popped out of his right hand and was only used for the sake of a Visual Pun: the bartender told an undercover Gadget that he had to "grease a few palms" (i.e. bribe people) to find out where Dr. Claw was. Well, Gadget greased the guy's palm, all right—with top-grade axle grease! Cue Bar Brawl.
  • Used in The Love Bug.
  • The Goonies. Data's "Slick Shoes" invention is essentially the vehicular version in a shoe-sized package. He successfully applies it to a log that crosses a river while being chased by the villains.
  • The Cannonball Run. Seymour's car (which was actually the Aston-Martin DB V from the James Bond movies) uses an oil slick to ditch a pursuing police car.
  • Hopscotch features a pickup truck carrying a barrel of oil in its bed and a release mechanism in its cab, for this very purpose.
  • At the very beginning of Cars 2, Finn McMissile does this to the Lemons while escaping from their oil rig, causing one of them to fall off the railing and into the ocean below.
  • A deleted scene in Johnny English Reborn had our hero noticing a button marked OIL and assuming it's an oil gauge — he presses it and sends a carload of mooks who are about to blow him up with a grenade launcher off the road.

Live-Action TV
  • Tested on MythBusters where the guys found that an oil slick made it very difficult but not impossible for the pursuer to maintain control of his car. Still, if used in a real-world situation with the element of surprise it would be more likely to work.
  • In an episode of CHiPs, the officers fought 'the Stunt Car Bandits', who drove a movie stunt car equipped with gadgets like a smokescreen and an oil slick dispenser.

Radio
  • The Green Hornet's car the Black Beauty included an oil slick amongst its gadgets.

Tabletop Games
  • One of the standard vehicular devices in Steve Jackson Games' Car Wars.
  • d20 Modern has an oil slick hazard. If you can't avoid it, you must make a Drive check or lose control of your vehicle.

Video Games

Western Animation
  • Doubtless in Wacky Races at some point.
    • In "Real Gone Ape" to be more precise. Dick Dastardly used the trick and it backfired on him as the gorilla he had previously hypnotized tripped on the oil and fell on the Mean Machine, crashing it.
    • Dastardly tried it again in a Fender Bender 500 race. It backfired on him because the oil was his car's fuel. He berated Muttley for making him press the wrong button.
  • In Transformers Animated, one of Optimus' less-used tricks lets him spray "negative friction lubricant".
  • Darkwing Duck uses one to shake his pursuers in 'Darkly Dawns the Duck'. One touch: he uses it shortly before making a right turn.
  • Taz-Mania: One is installed in the family mini-van in "Yet Another Road To Taz-Mania", and is accidentally deployed to dispose of the trailing spies car.
  • The Batmobile in Batman: The Animated Series was equipped with oil slick sprayers.
  • Frequently used in the animated Inspector Gadget.

Real Life
  • Apparently this really is an option for VIP transports (the same sorts of vehicles that have armor added post-manufacturing). It takes a LOT of oil to do it properly.

Frictionless IceSlippery TropesSlipped the Ropes
Off Bridge Onto VehicleChase SceneOne-Dimensional Thinking
Light and Mirrors PuzzleJustForFun/Tropes Examined by the Myth BustersPotty Dance

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