"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.
— Dr McNinja, The Adventures of Dr. McNinja
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Anime and Manga
- Black Lagoon: Rock uses a derelict ship to ramp the titular boat, then fire a torpedo directly into an attack helicopter.
- Happens in High School Of The Dead.
- In Venus Wars, Hiro is being chased by police and surrounded. So he lifts the monobike onto the side of the highway guard rail to make an escape.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Driver: San Francisco has lots of single-car carrier trucks driving around San Francisco, none of them carrying cars. They make for perfect mobile ramps.
- 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.
- Gwen in Ben 10: Ultimate Alien makes her own ramp out of Anodite magic.
- Cars: Lightning McQueen uses a wrecked competitor during a race.