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

Commonly called UsefulNotes/{{Boudica}} spikes (at least in the UK) after the chariots of the "Queen" that fought against the occupying Romans in England around 60AD, although there's no evidence that her chariots were ever used in battle.

Wiki/TheOtherWiki's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scythed_chariot article on this here.]]


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* Bommer (Greiger in the dub) of ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' has the trap card [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Chariot_Pile Chariot Pile]] with art work featuring a bike with SpikedWheels. When activated during a Riding Duel, actual spiked wheels appeared on his own D-Wheel. [[spoiler: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 ''Anime/SpeedRacer''.
* Chariot from the ''Anime/BlackRockShooter'' TV anime has these. Note: the wheels ''are her feet''.

* In ''Comicbook/{{Asterix}} and the Black Gold'', Roman secret agent Dubbleosix's tricked out chariot has retractable scythe blades, in a direct parody of ''Goldfinger''.
* Comicbook/RedSonja 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 ChariotRace in ''Film/BenHur1959''. This is also the Trope Codifier; the [[Literature/BenHur original novel]] doesn't mention any spikes, [[MoralDissonance and it's Ben-Hur who cheats to get Messala to crash]].
* ''Film/JamesBond''
** 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 ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''.
** In ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMqP7v0uSFU Bond used]] FrickinLaserBeams instead.
* Used on ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' to cut a fighter's legs, and a poor gladiatrix becomes [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe half the woman she used to be]] when she can't get out of their way fast enough.
* Taken to an extreme in the ''Film/SpeedRacer'' movie, where, well [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifF3VGOuVjg 1:57]].
* It happens in the 1993 ''Film/TheLittleRascals'' movie during the go cart race scene. The resident SpoiledBrat uses his money-fueled machine to take out Alfalfa's new [[MacGyvering MacGyvered]] car.
* The movie ''Film/DeathRace'' 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 ''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 ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie''. She uses it on the Junkion carrying (in motorcycle mode) another Junkion who is trying to hit her with an axe.
* The Buzzards in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' have these on their hedgehog-like vehicles, designed for disabling vehicles that enter their territory. To counter this, vehicles such as the War Rig have spikes on their own wheels which point outwards to parry them.
* A particularly evil-looking device with many flanges and spikes figured into the climactic drag race in ''Film/{{Grease}}''. "The rules are: There are no rules!" The heroes' car had a major chunk taken out of the chassis, but their tires survived and the bad guy spun out and lost anyway.

* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** In ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', [[BarbarianHero Mad Hamish]] (of the [[BadassGrandpa Silver]] [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits Horde]]) has blades mounted on his [[SuperWheelChair wheelchair]].
** In ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', 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. [[spoiler: Of course, Queen Ynci never existed and the chariot was made out of a tin bath by Nanny Ogg's grandad, but still.]]

* ''Series/CSINewYork'' ran into such a car (using FrickinLaserBeams to evade the police), and Film/JamesBond is explicitly referenced.
* ''Series/TopGear'''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.
** And when he actually used it on another car it got stuck and the entire wheel was torn off. That is to say, ''[[EpicFail his own]]'' wheel.
--->'''Jeremy''': [[{{Understatement}} Something's gone wrong with the handling!]]
* In the Creator/DiscoveryChannel show ''DoingDaVinci'', the team built Leonardo's design for a scythed chariot and proved the functionality of the weapon.
* ''Series/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.
* ''Series/DeadliestWarrior'' 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 ''Series/SupermarketSweep''-style game show, [[Series/MarriedWithChildren Al Bundy]] retrofits his shopping cart with a number of tricks ... this among them.
* The most recent TV adaptation of the Boudicca legend had British chariots fitted with scythed hubcaps, hackling a spectacular swathe in tightly-packed Roman ranks, despite this having been demonstrated to be a historical fabrication.

* All of the cars in Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''Pinball/{{Victory}}'' have wickedly long spikes protruding from the rims.

* Creator/GamesWorkshop games:
** In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', and its sequal ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'', the chariots of some races can be equipped with scythes or spike on their wheels, increasing the damage they do when they charge into combat.
** The ''Mad Meks'' article[[note]]from ''Magazine/WhiteDwarf'' magazine[[/note]] for the ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' GaidenGame ''TabletopGame/{{Gorkamorka}}'' introduces rules for Wheel Slashas, scythe like blades fitted to a buggy or trukk that do extra damage to enemy vehicles during a rake or sideswipe attack.

* Some enemies in ''VideoGame/SpyHunter'' can use these to help force your car off the road.
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' and ''[[VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird 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 ''VideoGame/SaintsRow4'', they do work on pedestrians. Very effectively. They're even called Kneecappers.
* Vigor, the champion of the [[GladiatorGames Nobilian arena]] in ''VideoGame/SecretOfEvermore'', fights from his spiked chariot. The wheels can cause considerable damage. The catch is, [[CombatPragmatist you're on]] ''[[CombatPragmatist foot]]'' . . .
* The Scythe Chariot is an upgrade of the regular chariot in ''VideoGame/{{Age of Empires|I}}: Rise of Rome.''
* Wheel Gator's weapon in ''VideoGame/MegaManX2'' is ''just'' the wheel, with spikes strong enough to dig through earth. The chronologically earlier [[VideoGame/MegaMan10 Nitro Man]] had one that could climb walls (carrying you with it if you held the button).
* In the ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' 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.
* ''Videogame/PlanetSide 2'' has the spiked wheel cosmetic for the Harasser buggy, though they have no actual function besides looking cool.
* In ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' the Executioner's Chariot has giant bladed spikes protruding from its wheels, which take up the remaning space between it and the wall as it rides around its ring-shaped boss arena, mowing down everything in its path (including [[FlunkyBoss the skeletons occupying the arena,]] although they constantly respawn until you kill the necromancers reanimating them). You can roll under the blades if you're careful, although it's generally safer to just take refuge in the niches set in the walls. After you destroy it, you can trade its boss soul in for one of the spikes, which you can wield as a large and quite powerful [[JoustingLance lance]].

* This was used in the chariot race episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' in a ShoutOut to ''[[Film/BenHur1959 Ben-Hur]]''.
* Used by Nelson in the episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' where he races against Bart, in a direct parody of the ''Ben-Hur'' chariot race.
* Turbine, one of the villainous Road Crew in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' episode "Ben 4 Good Buddy", has retractable wheel spikes as one of the armaments on her car.
* Lockdown from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' has spikes on the wheels of his car mode.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMask'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' has these.
* The Mystery Machine acquires spiked wheels when it is rebuilt in weaponized form in the final few episodes of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryInc''.
* The Batmobile in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' had these, perhaps to justify their inclusion on Kenner's toy version.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' episode "If You Build It, They Will Race", which involved WackyRacing, Amy uses these on Sticks' car. However, the spikes get stuck on Sticks' tires, leading to them both crashing.

* Creator/LeonardoDaVinci [[http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/doing-davinci-scythe-chariot.html 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.
** The earliest Irish legends assert that the great hero [[Characters/CelticMythology CuChullain]] went into battle in a chariot liberally fitted out with hooks, blades and spikes on every applicable surface (including hubcaps) so as to better rend his foes. Romantically-minded Victorian historians read this as recorded fact, and leapt to the conclusion that ''all'' Celtic heroes - and heroines - had scythes on their hubcaps. As Boudicca was a Celt, therefore... Boudicca therefore got her spiked wheels by default from the Irish legend, and all later historians took their cue from this flight of imagination. This really isn't helped by [[http://www.victorianweb.org/sculpture/thornycroftt/boadicea1.jpg the 1850 statue of the great queen]] - in her spiked chariot - which stands prominently on Victoria Embankment in London.
** 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. Chariots could be blocked by terrain much more easily than cavalry- woods, rocky terrain, or slopes could stop chariots cold. Perhaps most importantly chariots need a industrial base whereas horses can depend solely on what a pastoral society can provide. This allowed HordesFromTheEast 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 UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat 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.
* The ''Union Cycliste Internationale'' forbid disc brakes for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclo-cross cyclo-cross racing]] until 2010 for the fear of this trope in case of a crash.