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->''"Riding on a rocket, I wanna go to Pluto..."''
-->-- '''Music/ShonenKnife''', "Riding on a Rocket"

SpeculativeFiction's answer to the FlyingBroomstick, in which a character rides on--as opposed to ''in''-- a rocket or jet engine.

Not to be confused with RidingTheBomb, 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 GasCylinderRocket.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* The opening credits of ''Anime/{{Paprika}}''
* The Rocket Bikes in the sewer in ''Manga/{{Akira}}.''
* One of the last episodes of ''Anime/{{Grenadier}}'' has Touka riding a missile.
* In ''Anime/ShinMazinger'', [[BadAssGrandpa Juzo Kabuto]] rides a Rocket '''Punch''' to snap Kouji out of a HeroicBSOD.
* The ''Anime/HaloLegends'' 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 [[TheHeartless Magnum Loader]] in ''Manga/KingdomHeartsII''; kind of subverted, as this happens by accident, and against his will.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* The [[ComicBook/NormanOsborn Green Goblin's]] initial introduction in ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' has him riding a rocket powered broomstick before upgrading to his famed [[{{Hoverboard}} Goblin Glider]]
* The Penguin has ridden on a number of rocket powered Umbrellas in the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' comics. They are referred to as "Umbrella Jet Packs" in ''Film/BatmanTheMovie''.
* Leni "Sky Witch" Muller from ''ComicBook/TopTen'' rode a rocket powered broomstick.
** Not to mention Stefan "Saddles" Graczik, who rode a rocket powered saddle.


[[folder: Film ]]

* The Speeder Bikes of ''Franchise/StarWars'' fame, as seen in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' and ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''.
* ''Film/CloudAtlas'' has such vehicles in the Neo Seoul subplot.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars A Princess of Mars]]'', which makes them OlderThanTelevision.
* Rocket-powered rideable craft much like broomsticks are used in asteroid mining in ''Literature/TheRollingStones'' by Creator/RobertAHeinlein.
* At least one Franchise/StarWarsLegends book took a speeder bike and turned it UpToEleven, 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.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' had Mystic Racers. Like other examples mentioned here, they're high-tech versions of the FlyingBroomstick (well, they're wizard Rangers - what else would they ride?).
* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfBriscoCountyJr'': 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.


[[folder: Music ]]

* A cretin rides a rocket to Russia on the back cover of Music/TheRamones album, err, ''Rocket to Russia''.
* Music/{{Edguy}} has an album (and its title track) appropriately named ''Rocket Ride'', and its [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/20/Rocket_ride_FRONT.JPEG front cover]] pretty much illustrates it.


[[folder: Pinball ]]

* In ''Pinball/BugsBunnysBirthdayBall'', Wile E. Coyote rides a rocket to chase the Road Runner.


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** 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".


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Vultures in ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' are of the "Rocket Bike" variety. They're apparently [[GameplayAndStorySegregation a lot smaller than their unit appearance suggests]].
* Dante from ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry3DantesAwakening'' plays this for laughs, sort of, by jumping on Lady's rocket and riding it like a surfboard.
* Hikaru and Akane from the ''VideoGame/{{Parodius}}'' series.
* Wizpig does this in ''VideoGame/DiddyKongRacing'', in the second race against him.
%%* ''VideoGame/JetMoto''
* If you're very, very, very lucky, you can get one in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. 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.
* ''Videogame/EarthwormJim'' did this in a few games
* The (Bonne family) train boss, the [[GratuitousGerman Gemeinschaft]], in ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends2'' launches [[MascotMook Servbots]] riding Missiles. To defeat the boss, you must [[PlayingTennisWithTheBoss throw these missiles back at it.]]. It comes across as cute and hilarious, especially thanks to the facial expressions of the servbots.
* ''VideoGame/{{Contra}}''
** ''VideoGame/ContraIIITheAlienWars''' 4th boss involves riding a MacrossMissileMassacre while disabling the boss's anti aircraft weaponry and shields. This fight is a RuleOfCool and takes RefugeInAudacity.
** ''VideoGame/ContraShatteredSoldier'' had Mooks riding missiles in the second stage. And in the fourth stage, you ride one again.
* All vehicles in ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade'' are jet bikes, and can be jacked in midair. Doing this to the Krimzon Guard brings down the wrath of the DemonicSpiders and is best avoided.
* At the end of ''[[VideoGame/JustCause2 Just Cause 2]]'', [[spoiler: 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 ''VideoGame/{{Rayman 2}}''. The first few rockets you get to ride have legs, but in the final level you get to actually fly one. [[ScrappyMechanic It is very difficult.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Action 52}}'', main character and some enemies in ''Rocket Jockey'' ride on a rocket.
* It happens in both NES and Wii versions of ''VideoGame/ABoyAndHisBlob'' to reach Blob's home planet and to navigate the levels.
* The last non-boss level of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3DixieKongsDoubleTrouble''. Also a frequent form of AutoScrollingLevel on ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns''.
** In ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'', 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.
* ''VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram'' added external seats in a recent update. They were intended for use with rovers, but... [[http://www.kerbalcomics.com/2013/05/20/episode-26-predictable Well, it was inevitable, really.]]]
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGearXrd'' has Sol Badguy riding an ICBM... [[Awesome/GuiltyGear Nuff said, really]].
* ''VideoGame/RocketJockey'' by Rocket Science Games had this as the primary form of conveyance in a sports game of the future.
* ''VideoGame/{{Worms}} 4: Mayhem'' added a weapon to the arsenal: the Firework. It works almost the same as the Flying Sheep, but it is more powerful, harder to control, and there is also a worm attached to it.
* ''[[VideoGame/KaoTheKangaroo Kao The Kangaroo: Round 2]]'' has you riding on underwater torpedoes in order to destroy cages that contain friendly turtles.
* Actually doable in ''VideoGame/{{Fortnite}} Battle Royale'' with ''anyone's'' rocket-propelled grenades with proper timing. A player can time a jump so they land on top of a rocket and fly for a good distance before jumping off... usually before the rocket hits something. It can let players get a drop onto another if the target is on a high hill or vice versa.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Roxy Rocket (pictured above) from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''.
** The character makes a return in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueAction'' and starts her own intergalactic transportation service.
* WesternAnimation/{{Wile E Coyote|and the Roadrunner}} once put handlebars on a jet engine to catch the Roadrunner. [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption It all turned out as well as you might expect.]] He returned with the rocket in ''VideoGame/RoadRunnersDeathValleyRally''.
** WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck closed out "Stupor Duck" in this manner.
* Baloo from ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' flies a jet engine in "Mach One for the Gipper". (Literally just the jet engine.)


[[folder: Other ]]

* Huntsville is awesome. http://torsoboyprints.deviantart.com/art/PRINT-von-Braun-102883305
* ''WebVideo/KeyOfAwesome''. The buxom Space Girl rides Dr Brain's doomsday rocket with the usual Freudian implications.

[[folder: Real Life ]]

* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messerschmitt_Me_163 Me 163 Komet]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bachem_Ba_349 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 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ohka Ohka]] is either this or RidingTheBomb.
** While it was indeed a ''Kamikaze'' weapon, this is not an example of RidingTheBomb 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!"