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Ramprovisation
Man...is only separated from heaven by that which he will not ramp.

A character operating a vehicle is in a tight spot; there's something blocking the path, someplace too high and/or far to reach, etc. What to do? Look for something that could remotely be used as a ramp, or just build one, to perform a Ramp Jump.

A Sub-Trope of Theme Park Landscape. Not to be confused with Use Your Head, which covers improvised ramming. Compare Benevolent Architecture.


Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 

    Fan Fics 
  • In Kenya Starflight's "Star Wars characters are trapped on Earth" story Eye of the Storm, Darth Vader takes over during a car chase with stormtroopers and uses the Force to pull an under-repair sign across the roadway and use it to ramp over a train, using the Force once more to keep the car stable. It still doesn't handle the landing well, though.

    Film 
  • James Bond
  • Speed: a Broken Bridge is used as an improvised ramp (busted by the MythBusters ... turns out the filmmakers cheated and used CGI).
  • Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000) used an improvised ramp near the end to bring to a close the big chase scene.
  • Live Free or Die Hard (aka Die Hard 4.0) has a Ramprovisation so unusual that the hacker lead notes how improbable it is.
  • At the end of Jackie Chan's First Strike, Jackie uses a conveniently-placed car display ramp to jump a Mitsubishi onto the boat carrying the Distressed Damsel.
  • In The Lorax, Ted attempts to jump a gorge by making a ramp from a rock and an abandoned board, but the board fails to hold his scooter's weight, sending him hurtling down in to gorge instead.
  • In the Hey Arnold! The Movie, while driving a bus down a broken bridge, Arnold tells Gerald to use a crashed semi-truck as a ramp.
  • In The Cannonball Run, Mad Dog and Batman use a conveniently placed trailer to jump over a train after the brakes in their truck fail.
  • With much of Quick being an extended chase sequence, the film contains multiple examples of Ramprovisation. The first use is when Ki-su, uses an overturned car as a ramp to jump over the pile-up he has just caused.

    Literature 
  • In The Zombie Knight, this is easy for Hector, whose power allows him to materialize iron.
  • Chapter one of Feed ends this way. George uses a hill as an improvised ramp.
  • Matthew Reilly's books do it every so often. Avoid torpedoes, drive a truck into a fighter plane... He also figured out that the only way to make this trope more awesome is to blow up the improvised ramp behind the vehicle.

    Live Action TV 

    Video Games 
  • In Midtown Madness 2, you can jump from one embankment of the Thames to the other by use of strategically placed ramps in the Tower of London, and a (convenient) boat in the middle of the river.
  • Used for many Insane Stunt bonuses in Grand Theft Auto, as far back as GTA 2.
  • Appears frequently in Total Overdose. Ram's first mission doesn't exactly require one, but strongly encourages it to flee the top of a parking garage.
  • Just Cause 2: There are absolutely dozens of conveniently placed piles of building materials, collapsed road signs and so on spread around for ramping.

    Web Comics 

    Western Animation 
  • Jonny Quest episode "Mystery Of the Lizard Men'': while escaping enemy agents in the Sargasso Sea, Race Bannon and his pursuers both use an overturned boat as a ramp to jump their boats high in the air. The 2nd time, Race uses it to turn his hydrofoil into a deadly weapon. Watch it here, at 2:10-2:20 and 4:25-4:30.
  • Gwen in Ben 10: Ultimate Alien makes her own ramp out of Anodite magic.
  • Cars: Lightning McQueen uses a wrecked competitor during a race.


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