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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.

Examples:

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 BSOD.
  • One episode of the Halo anime miniseries Halo Legends features Spartans riding Booster Frames.
  • 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.

Film

Literature
  • Rocket-powered rideable craft much like broomsticks are used in asteroid mining in The Rolling Stones by Robert A. Heinlein.
  • At least one Star Wars book took a speeder bike and turned it Up to Eleven, welding the controls of a bike to a PODRACER engine. Han commented it must shake considerably when it breaks the sound barrier. The owner answered that it did. He later experienced it first hand.

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.

Music
  • A cretin rides a rocket to Russia on the back cover of The Ramones album, err, Rocket to Russia.

Pinball

Tabletop Games
  • The Eldar and Dark Eldar have some pretty cool jetbikes in Warhammer 40K.

Video Games
  • Vultures in StarCraft are of the "Rocket Bike" variety. They're apparently a lot smaller than their unit appearance suggests.
  • Dante from Devil May Cry 3 plays this for laughs, sort of, by jumping on Lady's rocket and riding it like a surfboard.
  • The jetbikes from Warhammer 40,000
  • Hikaru and Akane from the Parodius series.
  • Wizpig does this in Diddy Kong Racing, in the second race against him.
  • Jet Moto
  • If you're very, very, very lucky, you can get one in World of Warcraft. They're rewards from the TCG.
    • You can also get one from getting someone else to join the game, and there are several in-game rides to be had. There's the Rocketway in Azshara, The Uncrashable that carries one from Light's Hope Chapel to Fuselight Landing, and the taxi mount departing from Cliffwalker Post in the Stonetalon Mountains.
  • Earthworm Jim did this in a few games
  • The (Bonne family) train boss, the Gemeinschaft, in Mega Man Legends 2 launches Servbots riding Missiles. To defeat the boss, you must throw these missiles back at it.. It comes across as cute and hilarious, especially thanks to the facial expressions of the servbots.
  • Contra III's 4th boss involves riding a Macross Missile Massacre while disabling the boss's anti aircraft weaponry and shields. This fight is a Rule of Cool and takes Refuge in Audacity.
    • Shattered Soldier had Mooks riding missiles in the second stage. And in the fourth stage, you ride one again.
  • All vehicles in Jak II are jet bikes, and can be jacked in midair. Doing this to the Krimzon Guard brings down the wrath of the Demonic Spiders and is best avoided.
  • At the end of Just Cause 2, you have to ride on not one but four nuclear missiles and disable them in midair while fighting the boss, who, naturally, is also riding one.
  • This comes up a few times in Rayman 2. The first few rockets you get to ride have legs, but in the final level you get to actually fly one. It is very difficult.
  • In Action52, main character and some enemies in Rocket Jockey ride on a rocket.
  • It happens in both NES and Wii versions of A Boy and His Blob to reach Blob's home planet and to navigate the levels.
  • The last non-boss level of Donkey Kong Country 3. Also a frequent form of Auto-Scrolling Level on Donkey Kong Country Returns.
    • In Donkey Kong 64, there are two missions involving Diddy Kong using his rocketbarrel to pass through a series of rings. They're quite hard, but at least the rocket's magical fuel (Crystal Coconuts) is unlimited in these cases.
  • Kerbal Space Program added external seats in a recent update. They were intended for use with rovers, but... Well, it was inevitable, really.]

Western Animation

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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 Fi103, 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!"

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