Rocket Ride

"Riding on a rocket, I wanna go to Pluto..."
Shonen Knife, "Riding on a Rocket"

Speculative Fiction's answer to the Flying Broomstick, in which a character rides on a rocket.

Not to be confused with Riding the Bomb, as this trope involves flying and being able to navigate the projectile rather than just having it fall.

Like Roxy shows us to the right, there are many Freudian implications to using this... "Crotch Rocket"...

Also comes in the form of a Rocket Bike, without wheels.

See also Gas Cylinder Rocket.


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     Anime and Manga  

  • The opening credits of Paprika
  • The Rocket Bikes in the sewer in AKIRA.
  • One of the last episodes of Grenadier has Touka riding a missile.
  • In Shin Mazinger, Juzo Kabuto rides a Rocket Punch to snap Kouji out of a Heroic B.S.O.D..
  • The Halo Legends short The Package features Spartans riding Booster Frames, which are basically just rockets with lots of guns and missiles attached to them.
  • While not quite a rocket, Donald gets to "pilot" a Magnum Loader in Kingdom Hearts II; kind of subverted, as this happens by accident, and against his will.

     Comic Books  

  • The Green Goblin's initial introduction in Spider-Man has him riding a rocket powered broomstick before upgrading to his famed Goblin Glider
  • The Penguin has ridden on a number of rocket powered Umbrellas in the Batman comics. They are referred to as "Umbrella Jet Packs" in Batman: The Movie.
  • Leni "Sky Witch" Muller from Top 10 rode a rocket powered broomstick.
    • Not to mention Stefan "Saddles" Graczik, who rode a rocket powered saddle.



     Live Action TV  

  • Power Rangers Mystic Force had Mystic Racers. Like other examples mentioned here, they're high-tech versions of the Flying Broomstick (well, they're wizard Rangers - what else would they ride?).
  • The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.: In order to catch up with some bad guys on a speeding train, Brisco rides a prototype rocket which he has mounted on the train tracks and uses his saddle to stay on.


  • A cretin rides a rocket to Russia on the back cover of The Ramones album, err, Rocket to Russia.
  • Edguy has an album (and its title track) appropriately named Rocket Ride, and its front cover pretty much illustrates it.


     Tabletop Games  

  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • The Eldar and Dark Eldar have some pretty cool jetbikes .
    • Ork Stormboys take a remarkably simplified approach to jetpacks: Take a larger-than-average rokkit, strap it to your back, and you can now fly. One stormnob even had his legs replaced with bionic claws so he can live up to his nickname of "Da Vulcha".

     Video Games  

     Western Animation  


     Real Life  

  • The Me 163 Komet and Ba 349 Natter probably count.
    • While the Natter is very close due to its small size, both were aircraft with enclosed cockpits in which the pilot sat. There was also the Fi 103, the manned version of the V-1 flying bomb, intended for use against American bombers in extremis. The pilot (mostly recruited from the Hitler Youth) was allegedly supposed to bale out in the final seconds before collision, but it was fairly obvious that the chances of him doing so were minimal.
  • The Ohka is either this or Riding the Bomb.
    • While it was indeed a Kamikaze weapon, this is not an example of Riding the Bomb because it was fully controllable by its pilot. Like the Natter and the Komet, however, this was an aircraft with an enclosed cockpit into which the pilot climbed, rather than riding atop it in the manner of a motorcycle.
  • There is a (VERY) tall tale told about the B-17 bomber, in which an overdue aircraft is awaited... and awaited... Finally a sole engine falls from the sky onto the runway, with a pilot atop it, clutching a .50-calibre machine gun and saying "That was one hell of a mission!"