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Spiked Wheels

You're catching up the other guy's vehicle with your Cool Car, but he won't let that happen since he's a Mook or doesn't want to lose the Wacky Race. So, he's going to smash his car against yours. Not content with simply trying to run you off the road or shove you off the cliff face, he's going for maximum damage. He's placed spikes on his wheels that now act as a cross between a drill and a chainsaw, and will tear your unprotected tires to shreds on contact. A must have for Roman chariots.

Commonly called Boudica spikes (at least in the UK) after the chariots of the "Queen" that fought against the occupying Romans in England around 60AD.

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Anime and Manga
  • Bommer (Greiger in the dub) of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds has the trap card Chariot Pile with art work featuring a bike with Spiked Wheels. When activated during a Riding Duel, actual spiked wheels appeared on his own D-Wheel. As it turned out, his D-Wheel had this accessory for real, and in his attempt to assassinate Rex Godwin, Rex was forced to catch the spiked blade to save himself, revealing his metal prosthetic arm, providing the first clue to his past.
  • Crops up in Speed Racer.
  • Chariot from the Black★Rock Shooter TV anime has these. Note: the wheels are her feet.

Comic Books
  • In Astérix and the Black Gold, Roman secret agent Dubbleosix's tricked out chariot has retractable scythe blade.
  • Red Sonja acquires a Boudicca-style chariot, complete with spiked wheels, for leading troops into battle in Queen Sonja #4.

  • One of the best examples would be the Ben Hur Chariot Race. This is also the Trope Codifier.
  • James Bond had a car that popped retractable barbed spikes from the center of his wheels that destroyed enemy tires, originally used on the Aston Martin in Goldfinger.
  • Used on Gladiator to cut a fighter's legs.
  • Taken to an extreme in the Speed Racer movie, where, well 1:57.
  • Happens in Grease.
  • It happens in the 1993 The Little Rascals movie during the go cart race scene. The resident Spoiled Brat uses his money-fueled machine to take out Alfalfa's new MacGyvered car.
  • The movie Death Race had this in abundance, with one vehicle having large enough spikes to go through the car door and kill the people inside.
  • In the film Alexander by Oliver Stone, scythed chariots are shown charging into Macedonian phalanx during the beginning of Battle of Gaugamela scene.
  • Hero example: This is one of Arcee's gadgets in Transformers: The Movie. She uses it on the Junkion carrying (in motorcycle mode) another Junkion who is trying to hit her with an axe.

  • Discworld
    • In Interesting Times, Mad Hamish (of the Silver Horde) has blades mounted on his wheelchair.
    • In Lords and Ladies, the chariot that supposedly belonged to Queen Ynci the Short-Tempered of Lancre has spikes and knives all over it, including "wheels you could shave with", since she's the Discworld's counterpart to Boudicca. Of course, Queen Ynci never existed and the chariot was made out of a tin bath by Nanny Ogg's grandad, but still.

Live-Action TV
  • CSI: New York ran into such a car (using Frickin' Laser Beams to evade the police), and James Bond is explicitly referenced.
  • Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson attempts to make a better police car by adding some Boudicea spikes on the back wheels. It doesn't work exactly as planned, mainly because he didn't center them properly thus causing epic wheel wobble.
  • In the Discovery Channel show Doing Da Vinci, the team built Leonardo's design for a scythed chariot and proved the functionality of the weapon.
  • MythBusters proved that spiked wheels are always effective in a race as long as the design looks reasonable enough to work. Size doesn't matter that much when it comes to damage, but design does matter for reuseablity, with simple pipes with triangles cut into them being effective and reusable far moreso than complicated props.
  • Deadliest Warrior had a chariot scythe for the Persian Immortals. Although it didn't look lethal according to the doctor, the simulation claimed that it was an effective weapon (13.5% of all kills) and the fight showed it disable the Celt's chariot.
  • Before playing a Supermarket Sweep-style game show, Al Bundy retrofits his shopping cart with a number of tricks ... this among them.

  • All of the cars in Gottlieb's Victory have wickedly long spikes protruding from the rims.

Real Life
  • Leonardo da Vinci liked to take things to the point where they really weren't the same trope anymore.
  • Boudicca never actually used these as British charioteers actually played the part of 'battle taxi' for a (noble) warrior, transporting him into the fray and providing a means of escape if it went badly. Eastern forces did use scythed chariots as a shock weapon but they became rapidly obsolete as the professional armies of Macedon and then Rome produced countermeasures.
    • Chariots were arguably on their way out from the moment horses that could carry a rider were available. A charioteer has to control a whole team and killing or wounding even one horse will drag the rest down with it. All chariots need a driver as well as a warrior whereas it is possible for a cavalryman to control a single horse with leg pressure and reins while wielding weapons; thus cavalry effectively doubles the amount of firepower(or bowpower, or swordpower) available. Not to mention it is easier to reach a target without all that complexity of horses, harnesses, and the chariot itself in the way. Perhaps most importantly chariots need a industrial base whereas horses can depend solely on what a pastoral society can provide. This allowed Hordes from the East to get in on the fun of mass homicide in a big way where they were limited in the time of chariots. By the time Alexander the Great met the Persians chariots were perhaps among the sentimental anachronisms that appear on battlefields from time to time.
  • Knock-off wheels have been illegal as factory equipment on new cars in the US since 1968 because while this isn't their purpose (they're made to be unbolted by unscrewing the central wingnut rather than undoing the usual 4 or 5 lug nuts), they can have that effect.

Tabletop Games
  • In the Warhammer Fantasy Battle game, chariots of some races get upgraded with these, increasing the number of enemies they can run down when they charge.

Video Games
  • Some enemies in Spy Hunter can use these to help force your car off the road.
  • In Saints Row 2 and 3 you can buy them for your cars. The spikes pop out when you pick up a bit of speed. Unfortunately, they don't collide with pedestrians, only vehicles.
    • Though in Saints Row 4, they do work on pedestrians. Very effectively. They're even called Kneecappers.
  • Vigor, the champion of the Nobilian arena in Secret of Evermore, fights from his spiked chariot. The wheels can cause considerable damage. The catch is, you're on foot . . .
  • The Scythe Chariot is an upgrade of the regular chariot in Age of Empires: Rise of Rome.
  • Wheel Gator's weapon in Mega Man X2 is just the wheel, with spikes strong enough to dig through earth. The chronologically earlier Nitro Man had one that could climb walls (carrying you with it if you held the button).
  • In the Mario Kart series games, all of Bowser's cars since Double Dash are decorated with spikes on their wheels. Unlike most versions of this trope, however, they're purely decorative and have no effect on the other vehicles.
  • These are a car customization option in the Saints Row games, where the spikes protrude automatically from the wheels as the accelerator is held down. Just don't drive up the side of police vehicles too closely with them.

Western Animation
  • This was used in the chariot race episode of Phineas and Ferb in a Shout-Out to Ben-Hur.
  • Used by Nelson in the episode of The Simpsons where he races against Bart, in a direct parody of the Ben-Hur chariot race.
  • Turbine, one of the villainous Road Crew in the Ben 10 episode "Ben 4 Good Buddy", has retractable wheel spikes as one of the armaments on her car.
  • Lockdown from Transformers Animated has spikes on the wheels of his car mode.
  • The Mask had these on a chariot in "Baby's Wild Ride," which he used to take out some charging bikers. "My chariot's equipped with enough features to make Ben Hur *drool!*"
  • The Invisible Car from Megamind has these.
  • The Mystery Machine acquires spiked wheels when it is rebuilt in weaponized form in the final few episodes of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.

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