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->''"You know what this game needs? More helicopters."''
-->-- '''ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}''', ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance 2''

The someone or something has run up against an enemy. It's time to do battle, just the heroes, and... a vehicle?

This is when someone has to go up against what essentially amounts to a vehicular foe. Maybe the BigBad is too weak to just attack on foot, and does it from the protection of his vehicle. Maybe it's just a bunch of {{Mooks}} in a helicopter. Worst yet, [[AttackOfTheKillerWhatever the vehicle itself is the villain]], either through [[AIIsACrapshoot malevolent AI]] or [[MagicBus spiritual possession]]. In any case, the battle isn't between individuals or groups so much as between people.

The end result is that the heroes have an opponent that's faster, more durable, and deadlier than just an ordinary, squishy human. Furthermore, the villain(s) can usually take shots at the heroes, either by shooting at the heroes from the safety of their vehicle or by using weapons mounted on the vehicle itself. Failing that, there's always the old standby of CarFu. [[HelicopterBlender Helicopters in this situation are rather liable to become makeshift blenders]], whether or not the helicopter or its occupants have a better way of dispatching the heroes.

When this appears, there's usually three ways it'll play out:
* The hero takes out the vehicle directly, either by [[AttackItsWeakPoint hitting a weak point]], manipulating it into a trap, or just using a [[{{BFG}} very big gun]].
* The hero takes out the driver, thereby causing the vehicle to crash, or at least stop moving and attacking.
* The hero can't take it out, and is forced to run away.

Note that just a character killing a vehicle does not qualify it for this trope, nor does two vehicles duking it out with each other. The attacker must be fighting the victim from or with the vehicle for it to qualify. It ''can'' qualify for this trope if the victim does have a vehicle, but one which is at a severe disadvantage against the attacker's vehicle and can't fight off the attacker (jetpack versus spaceship, motorcycle versus helicopter, car versus helicopter, etc.). As a general rule, things like jetpacks and skateboards do not qualify as a vehicle.

Helicopters tend to be a particular favorite for this trope, but anything from a motorcycle to a spaceship can qualify. Also, while this trope is not limited to villains, it's considerably rarer to see heroic examples since it's one of the [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty dirtier techniques in the book]].

Pops up frequently in VideoGames, though not uncommon in other media. Also TruthInTelevision; see pretty much any vehicle designed for combat purposes, or any crime where the weapon was a car or other vehicle.

Compare VehicularCombat, where the emphasis is on the vehicles fighting each other, and VehicularSabotage, when a character's vehicle is maliciously tampered with before they drive it. Not to be confused with CarFu, which is when the vehicle is turned into a makeshift weapon. However, the two are likely to overlap. Also related to GanglandDriveBy.

See also PedestrianCrushesCar.



[[folder: Advertising ]]

* A recent automobile ad shows a revolutionary war era battle, with the British, in their red uniforms, lined up in a field ready for the attack. George Washington, and his army come out of the woods in cars driving towards the British, forcing them to flee.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Part 3 of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has villain ZZ Top with his [[FightingSpirit Stand]], Wheel of Fortune. It is a car that can grow spikes on its tires and shoot bullets made of pressurized gasoline.
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'': Kenshiro shows how it's done [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_ZeD40Rg8A here.]] ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Against a tank]].''


[[folder:Comic Books]]

* In one ''ComicBook/GreenArrow'' story, a crook acquires the Arrow Car; GA's old {{Thememobile}}. Eventually he attempts to run GA down with the Arrow Car, forcing GA to destroy it with an [[TrickArrow explosive arrow]].


[[folder: Film ]]

* Creator/StevenSpielberg's first TV movie, ''Film/{{Duel}}''.
* ''Film/TheCar'' and ''Film/{{Killdozer}}'' both deal with "possessed" vehicles that attack people in this manner.
* The end of ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'': [=McClane=] kills the Big Bad's helicopter, and thus the Big Bad.
** In ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard'', he kills a helicopter. With a car.
--> '''[=McClane=]:''' I was out of bullets.
** In ''Film/AGoodDayToDieHard'' it even serves as a FinalBoss!
* ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' (2007) - Sam vs Barricade. But this pops up all over every version of ''Transformers''.
* ''Film/TotalRecall1990'' (1990): "Bennie, [[FunetikAksent Sklew yew]]!"
* ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'' has the protaganist Thornhill get strafed by a cropduster. Ended when Thornhill gets the plane to crash into a gasoline tanker.
* ''Film/TrueLies'' has a heroic variant when the hero goes after terrorists in an office building with a Harrier Jet. It ends badly for the terrorists.
* ''Film/TheItalianJob2003'' had the main villain chase the good guys in a helicopter, and he instructed the pilot to use the [[HelicopterBlender helicopter blades as a weapon]]. It doesn't work and actually [[RealityEnsues damages the helicopter]]
* Happens in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' where he takes down a helicopter (and previously a jeep).
* ''Film/MadMax1'', when the eponymous hero's wife gets attacked by the biker gang. Unfortunately, neither she nor her child survive the encounter.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' had this trope: Batman against the Joker's semi-trailer. Result? Batman, and how. Why? Because [[MemeticMutation HE'S THE GODDAMN BATMAN.]]
* ''Warlord of the 21st Century'', a.k.a. ''Battletruck''. The BigBad, Colonel Straker, commands an armoured big rig, in search of fuel at any cost - even if it means running down anything in its way or murdering civilians. In the end, [[spoiler:Straker kills his driver in a fit of anger, because he is [[BadBoss too arrogant to be warned]] that the motor is overheating. Straker attempts to take the wheel himself, but is incapacitated by the main protagonist, leaving the truck [[DeadFootLeadFoot driverless]]. The end result? The truck flies over a cliff and [[EveryCarIsAPinto combusts big time]].]]
* ''Film/SinCity'' features Old Town girls ramming another car in order to get it to wreck in one scene and in another, Marv is hit repeatedly with a car.
* ''Film/PrimeCut'': Lee Marvin is pursued by psychopathic rednecks in a combine harvester.
* In ''Film/MurderAtTheBaskervilles'': Moriarty's chauffeur Price rams Holmes' car and knocks it off the road on the moors, after Moran first shoots it up with the automatic airgun.
* In ''Film/TheTournament'', Joshua attempts to ram a bus of the road with a chemical tanker.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/{{Christine}}'', naturally.
** Speaking of Creator/StephenKing, there's his story "Literature/{{Trucks}}", later adapted to film as ''Film/MaximumOverdrive''.
* In ''Literature/{{Icebreaker}}'', Literature/JamesBond is attacked by four snow ploughs as he driving though Finland.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': In "South by Southwest", Gibbs and [=DiNozzo=], along with a local sheriff and witness, wind up getting attacked by an assassin in a helicopter. Ended when Gibbs, an ex-marine sniper, shot the pilot.
* ''Series/CSIMiami'': One episode began with Calleigh held at gunpoint by the killers of the week as she got into her car. When she pulled a gun on them and identified herself as a cop, they sped off, knocking her gun into the street. Then they got the bright idea to turn around and try to run her over, ''despite knowing she was armed and trained to shoot things''. While one survived, the other wound up a literal example of TooDumbToLive.
* In ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' episode "The Night of the Juggernaut", Jim West must defeat the title machine (a SteamPunk armored car) and its operator.
* ''Series/MacGyver1985'': In "Three for the Road", the bad guys after the CounterfeitCash start by using their own car in an attempt to ram the [[CoolCar '57 Cadillac]] Guy, June and Mac are travelling in off the road.


[[folder: Pinball ]]

* Not content to bring out numerous patrol cars and helicopters, the police in ''Pinball/TheGetawayHighSpeed2'' are authorized to use lethal force to stop the player.
* The playfield and backglass of Creator/DataEast's ''Pinball/SecretService'' show a shootout between the two American agents in their Ferrari and three Soviet spies in a black Mercedes.
* Creator/{{Capcom}}'s unreleased ''Pinball/{{Kingpin}}'' depict three mobsters performing a drive-by shooting against an unseen target on the sides of the cabinet, while the backglass shows a shootout between two carloads of gangsters.


[[folder: Roleplay ]]

* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': Lots. There have been fights over vehicles, in vehicles, between vehicles. Almost every dimension of this trope is used and blown to bits at some point.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The original ''VideoGame/MetalSlug'' has you fight [[BigBad General Morden]] in a helicopter as the FinalBoss. Morden does try to shoot the player with a bazooka, but that's nothing as compared to the gatling gun, bombs and homing missiles used by the helicopter...
** He fought you from the second boss (a large missile-launching plane) as well, bazooka and all.
*** ''Metal Slug 2's'' first boss was a hovering plane with two soldiers standing on the wings with homing bazookas. In the remake ''Metal Slug X'', the same plane was upgraded (and moved to a later level) to a ClownCar dispensing suicidal falling ''tanks''.
** In general, many enemies you fight, from mooks to bosses, amount to different kinds of military vehicles, which you have to blow up either on foot or with a vehicle (the titular Slugs) of your own.
* ''[[{{VideoGame/Contra}} Super Contra/Super C]]'' has the first boss, a carrier helicopter loaded with turrets and an [[ClownCar endless amount of Mooks]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Cabal}}'' has the first, second and third bosses, a helicopter that fired out bombs, a submarine in a lake, and a [[FlunkyBoss truck that hauled in cannon turrets]].
* Some bosses in ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar 2'' do this.
* ''Bowja The Ninja'': Most of the enemies Bowja faces are standard ninja mooks who can be dispatched with arrows or elaborate traps, but the bosses are mostly the same mooks in helicopters, tanks or mecha.
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' has this, with you in a hovercraft with a machine gun against a Combine Hunter-Chopper (in fact, about half the game up until that point is spent running away from said chopper, until you get the machine gun). Episode 2 takes it UpToEleven, fighting one of the same choppers on foot. With no rocket launcher.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'': You vs a tank. You vs a Hind-D helicopter. You vs a Metal Gear. ''Metal Gear Solid 2'': You vs a Harrier jumpjet. You vs many Metal Gear Rays. ''Metal Gear Solid 3'': You vs the Shagohod. ''Metal Gear Solid 4'' is slightly different in that you have to take on a Metal Gear Ray, but you yourself are in a Metal Gear Rex.
* In the new Music/FiftyCent game, the GiantBomb review complained that every single boss in the game is a generic helicopter gunship.
** They also [[http://www.giantbomb.com/news/giant-bombs-game-of-the-year-2009-day-three/1807/ award]] their end of the year "Best Villain" award to the Helicopter, beating out [[VideoGame/Uncharted2AmongThieves Zoran Lazarevic]] and [[VideoGame/BrutalLegend Doviculus]].
* In the original ''Franchise/{{Robocop}}'' video arcade game (1988), one early boss was an opponent in a large vehicle.
* The ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' franchise includes a few.
** ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar2'' includes a battle between Delta Squad and some Locust in which each side occupies an assault derrick (essentially, an armored drilling apparatus used to assault the subterrainean Locust home turf. The Locust have hijacked theirs). Because the derricks are in motion across mountainous terrain, the player(s) must kill the opposing derrick's pilot before the vehicles reach a one-lane bridge. Also, the turrets on the humans' derrick are broken.
** With the exception of battle with the [[spoiler: Lambent Brumak]] at the end of ''Gears of War 2,'' pretty much every time Delta fights a Brumak. While a Brumak is technically more of a mount than a vehicle, it's 30 feet tall and covered with guns and armor. It also relies on its Locust crew for direction.
** By the same token, any of the fights against [[MadeOfExplodium Reavers]], except the vehicle-to-vehicle ones. Once again, Reavers are technically mounts, but have a staggering amount of ordinance strapped to them and can [[spoiler: be hijacked by Delta]].
** The battles against Bloodmounts probably don't count, since they have no ranged attacks and actually ''act'' like mounts.
** The same basic dynamic happens when trying to hijack an air barge in ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar3.'' The barges are even more vehicle-like than the other methods of travel employed by the Locust, as the animal portion seems to be used solely to provide lift, with mechanical portions providing the lateral movement.
* Also typical in platformers, e.g. Doctor Wily in ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' or Eggman/Whoever-he-is in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog''. You don't fight the boss head-on, you attack his death-machine/etc. Usually he gets away to fight another day(/level), or survives the destruction of the vehicle only to be captured.
** One particular instance of this in Sonic would be the G.U.N. truck from ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 (Battle)'', which made a return in ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations''.
* Tends to come up in most RTS games that have hero units, especially (but not exclusively) those in modern or sci-fi settings. ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' is one of the few games that actually makes this a ''really hard fight,'' due to vehicles just being better.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** The classic final boss fight of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' with Bowser and his flying Koopa Clown Car.
** Bowser has a more traditional car in ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'', using it to run over the player and throw bombs at them.
* ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis'' had you versus [[TheDragon Wild]] [[MoreDakka Dog]] And Helicopter. Apparently it's the popularity of either this battle or [[DracoInLeatherPants Wild Dog himself]] that keeps bringing him BackFromTheDead.
* ''VideoGame/LostOdyssey'' has you fight [[spoiler:General Kakanas]] in a tank. Twice. He survives both times though. It also had a battle with a seige engine.
* ''VideoGame/DukeNukemManhattanProject'''s first boss is a helicopter.
* ''VideoGame/ShadowsOfTheEmpire'': The Gall Spaceport boss fight starts out as just a standard one-on-one duel with Boba Fett. However, when damaged enough, Boba Fett flees, only to return in his ship.
* ''VideoGame/{{Turok}}: Dinosaur Hunter'' does this in the first boss battle. Before you can engage the actual boss, you have to fight off a hummer. And then ''another'' hummer after you destroy the first one.
* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'''s final PuzzleBoss battle was against a helicopter that the BigBad got on board. You had to drop an antenna on it before it took off, otherwise it'd turn you into Swiss cheese with its machine gun.
* ''VideoGame/{{Shinobi}}'': the second boss Black Turtle is a helicopter that's a ClownCar full of those damned Fly {{Ninja}}.
* The final boss of ''VideoGame/BanjoTooie'' is the HAG-1, a large DrillTank piloted by Gruntilda.
* This is what distinguishes most of the bosses in ''VideoGame/{{Police 911}} 2'', since every foe, like you, is a OneHitPointWonder. Your pistol isn't powerful enough to destroy the vehicles, so you take out the drivers by firing through the windows.
* In the [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames video game adaptation]] [[Creator/{{Bethesda}} of]] ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'', one of the stages has you running from a gunship that you can't hurt (but can kill you over and over and over...).
* In ''{{VideoGame/MOTHER}}'', Pokey Minch's preferred method of fighting. In ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'', he fights alongside Giygas in a ghastly spider machine. [[spoiler: In ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', he's upgraded to some sort of spider-mech pod.]]
** [[spoiler:This is the same machine in which he battles]] in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl''.
* VideoGame/{{Touhou}} has Rika of the second game, fighting [[MagicGirl Reimu]] in a tank. Justified however, as without it she's [[{{Muggles}} helpless]].
* In ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'' you fight Space Pirate transport crafts on a few occasions and Space Pirate fighters when you deliver the bomb to destroy the Elysian Leviathan Seed's forcefield.
* A few bosses in the GameBoy ''VideoGame/PerfectDark''.
** The original ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'' has the DataDyne Hovercopter which follows you around and fires on you as you ascend the Lucerne Tower in level 1-3. Taking it out requires either an obscene number of bullets or a rocket launcher found on the top floor.
* A planned game that was canceled (because of the fact the creator just postponed the idea in order to create Iron Twilight) has a stage where you fight 3 bandits who drive in futuristic cars. But you get outnumbered when you see the boss in the stage. Compare the boss's high tech racing car to your puny police bike. Yikes...
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro'', you have to fight a boss who uses a steam locomotive. That shoots fireballs and exploding crystals. And is almost as big as [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Metal Gear Rex]] and can move incredibly fast. Ouch...
* Cannoli from ''VideoGame/WarioMasterOfDisguise'' fights with machines, because Wario stole his wand that granted him super powers.
* ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} 2'' had a giant mechanical spider bristling with weapons (who had kidnapped Louie) as the final boss. [[spoiler:Of course, the game offers the alternate explanation that Louie was in fact the one controlling the spider all along...]]
* Near the end of ''VideoGame/RainbowSix: Vegas 2'', the player character, Bishop, is about to get into a one-on-one showdown with the BigBad, but a gunship shows up. Bishop is forced to not only avoid the helicopter's fire, but also deal with {{Mooks}} that are thrown at you, until your allies can commandeer a SAM.
* During the final confrontation with a brainwashed Jake in VideoGame/ApeEscape, Jake attempts to take you on in a large race car.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bomberman}} 64'', Orion, the mini boss from the Red Mountain area, returns at the last section of the world in a large, mining/battle robot.
* ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' has Monster X, an aptly-named X-shaped vehicle in one of the Labyrinth tunnels[[spoiler: that's piloted by a homicidal giant cat]].
* The heli-gunship isn't it's own trope yet? Oh well, ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' has bunchloads of them.
* Some of the bosses in ''VideoGame/JawsUnleashed'' are ships sent out to destroy the shark.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has three gunship battles: one during Archangel's/[[spoiler:Garrus']] recruitment mission, one during Samara's recruitment mission, and one during Kasumi's loyalty mission.
** And in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', a gunship provides cover fire to allow your enemy to recharge his shields. Unlike the ones in 2, this one (and the enemy) are undefeatable; you can take some potshots at it, though.
* The final ''Sons of Samedi'' mission in ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' sees you fighting the General in the city mall. Naturally he brings a custom Bulldog, packed with {{Mook}}s and fitted with a roof-mounted, triple-barrel Gatling. Cunning and careful players can also maneuver their own vehicles into the mall... such as the game's resident AwesomePersonnelCarrier.
* ''VideoGame/NinjaBaseballBatMan'' has the second boss Mad Lax, a monster truck. The first boss Windy Plane may count in a way, it's a freaking anthropomorphic prop plane that punches with its wheels!
* Army of Two: Devil's Cartel has the Destroyer, a massive, heavily armored truck. Encountered several times, it's nearly unstoppable on foot, but one is fought with rocket launchers from the back of an armored truck. [[spoiler:The Final Boss drives one during the final confrontation.]]
* ''VideoGame/SilentScope'' has the player character, a sniper, fending off human enemies in vehicles throughout the series, including a truck, a fighter jet, a camoflauged mech, among other things. These vehicles boast more HP than a human boss alone--20 or 30 HitPoints as opposed to 5 or 10 for human opponents--although shooting the human driver or pilot will take off a large chunk of that HP and a [[BoomHeadshot headshot]] will inflict a OneHitKill. Strangely, both the driver/pilot and the vehicle share the same HP, so plugging enough holes into the vehicle to render the next hit a CriticalExistenceFailure means the driver can be killed with the next hit even if they haven't been shot yet, and vice versa.
* In ''VideoGame/FreedomPlanet'', Serpentine faces the player character at the end of Jade Creek in person. When that fails, he stops fighting on equal terms and hops into his military helicopter, from which he shoots missiles and deploys alien soldiers while hovering just out of reach most of the time.