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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. Sometimes, the slick may then [[IncendiaryExponent be ignited]] to further cover their trail, or to burn things around.

Subtrope of WeaponizedCar. See also SlipperySkid. Not to be confused with a certain [[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Decepticon]].



[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/GothamCityGarage'', [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]]'s bike is equipped with this. Dick even calls it...
-->'''Nightwing:''' Deploying '''Oil Slick!'''

[[folder: Films -- Animated]]
* At the very beginning of ''WesternAnimation/Cars2'', 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.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* A gadget in Film/JamesBond's car in ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'', the TropeCodifier.
* ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'': One of many features of Pee-Wee's bike -- "James Bond kinda stuff!"
* The live-action ''Film/SpeedRacer'' film uses it once or twice.
* ''Film/InspectorGadget'':
** The movie has the Gadget Oil Slick, which spread toothpaste on the floor. More traditionally, Sanford Scolex's limo has an oil slick sprayer, which he used against John Brown's [[TheAllegedCar Chevette]].
** The second one gave Gadget a ''bubble gum launcher'' that deploys from his hat and sprays bright pink, extremely sticky bubble gum. There is also an actual oil-slick gadget that pops out of his right hand and is only used for the sake of a VisualPun: the bartender tells an undercover Gadget that he had to "grease a few palms" (i.e. bribe people) to find out where Dr. Claw was. Well, Gadget [[ExactWords greased the guy's palm]], all right--[[LiteralMinded with top-grade axle grease!]] Cue BarBrawl.
%%* Used in ''Film/TheLoveBug''.
* ''Film/TheGoonies''. 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.
* ''Film/TheCannonballRun''. 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.
* ''Film/{{Hopscotch}}'' features a pickup truck carrying a barrel of oil in its bed and a release mechanism in its cab, for this very purpose (the protagonist pretends it's for surfacing the driveway of a house he's building).
* A deleted scene in ''Film/JohnnyEnglishReborn'' 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.
* ''Film/TerminatorSalvation''. Kyle Reese throws an oil drum off the back of their vehicle and shoots it with his shotgun, sending one of the pursuing Moto-Terminators hurling out of control -- it had already shown an ability to use its ArtificialIntelligence for collision avoidance, but the splash of liquid was too quick to react to.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Tested on ''Series/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. It worked better in [[TheSixties the 1960s]], when most ''Film/JamesBond'' films were made, since most cars of the time, [[CoolCar up to the magnificent Aston Martins or Ferrari Daytonas]], had narrow tyres of poor quality and construction. And of course, no traction control or anti-lock braking.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{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.

* ''Franchise/TheGreenHornet'''s car the Black Beauty includes an oil slick amongst its gadgets.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* One of the standard vehicular devices in Steve Jackson Games' ''TabletopGame/CarWars''.
* ''TabletopGame/D20Modern'' has an oil slick hazard. If you can't avoid it, you must make a Drive check or lose control of your vehicle.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Oil Slicks are the first-level Green item in ''VideoGame/DiddyKongRacing.'' They'll send someone spinning, slowing them down, and, in the DS VideoGameRemake, they also [[InterfaceScrew screw up their car's steering]] for a few seconds afterward.
* All over the place in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioKart'' as well, and obviously in the [[NostalgiaLevel graphic upgraded versions on Wii and DS]]. The players, however, don't actually use it as an item, preferring the more cartoony BananaPeel for a similar effect.
* This is one of the standard "weapons" in the ''VideoGame/SpyHunter'' video game series. When in [[CoolBoat converted boat mode]], the oil slick even ignites.
* The "TrickArrow" powerset in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' includes an Oil Slick Arrow. The oil slick it creates can catch on fire.
* Can be used in ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto2 GTA2]]'' by the player to cause any vehicle make a sharp left or right turn, often crashing into a wall.
* Your starting "dropper" weapon in ''VideoGame/{{Interstate 76}}''.
* One of the bonuses in ''VideoGame/ReVolt''.
* Also featured in ''VideoGame/AutoDestruct''. As a weapon, of course. Reduces top speed, acceleration and steering response for some time.
* One of the rear-mountable weapons in ''VideoGame/StreetsOfSimcity''.
* ''Franchise/JamesBond''
** One of the gadgets in ''VideoGame/AgentUnderFire.''
** The later ''VideoGame/EverythingOrNothing'' had an [[HollywoodAcid acid slick]] as part of the V12 Vanquish's equipment. [[IncendiaryExponent Its upgrade makes it catch fire, too.]]
* In episode 4 of ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople'', one of the gadgets in Dangeresque's CoolCar is an oil slick.
* ''VideoGame/WackyWheels'' has an oil slick pickup which when dropped makes anyone who hits it give a good spin on the spot, requiring them to waste time reorienting themselves to point the right way on the track.
* ''[[Franchise/JakAndDaxter Jak X:Combat Racing]]'' has these as rear weapon. It doesn't do any damage besides messing with control of vehicle ... unless it's upgraded, when it [[KillItWIthFire catches fire]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TruckBearingKibble'' (source of the page image) parodies and deconstructs the trope when applying it [[https://www.flickr.com/photos/92542819@N03/8411178771/ to water]]. The third panel shows wildlife being affected.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'':
** In "Real Gone Ape," 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 [[NeverMyFault making him press the wrong button]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', one of Optimus' less-used tricks lets him spray "negative friction lubricant". Given the way "lubricant" was used in [[Film/TransformersFilmSeries the live-action movies]]... [[{{Squick}} Ewwww.]]
* WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck uses one to shake his pursuers in 'Darkly Dawns the Duck'. One touch: he uses it shortly before making a right turn.
* ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'': 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 ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' was equipped with oil slick sprayers.
* Frequently used in the animated ''InspectorGadget.''
* The Garbageman uses this on the turtles in an episode of 2003 TMNT

[[folder: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.