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* TyrannicalTownTycoon: Alonzo Hawk in ''Herbie Rides Again'' owns a huge chunk of San Francisco thanks to properties he bought and he seriously thinks it gives him the right to bully citizens to force them to sell and then has no problem sending bulldozers to wreck their homes while they are still in them. He [[BullyingADragon bites a whole lot more than he can chew]] when he targets Mrs. Steinmetz, the current owner of Herbie, in his desire to make his new headquarters right where her house is.


* CoolOldLady: Grandma Steinmetz in ''Herbie Rides Again'' and Aunt Louise in ''Herbie Rides Again'' are both fine ladies.

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* CoolOldLady: Grandma Steinmetz in ''Herbie Rides Again'' and Aunt Louise in ''Herbie Rides Again'' Goes Bananas'' are both fine ladies.



* DarkerAndEdgier: The 1997 telefilm is considered to be this, due to the presence of the Herbie's EvilKnockoff and KnightOfCerebus Horace and featuring [[spoiler: unpleasent living car deaths of Herbie (until he was rebuilt and and revived with the help from his original owner Jim Douglas) and Horace]].

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* DarkerAndEdgier: The 1997 telefilm is considered to be this, due to the presence of the Herbie's EvilKnockoff and KnightOfCerebus Horace and featuring [[spoiler: unpleasent unpleasant living car deaths of Herbie (until he was rebuilt and and revived with the help from his original owner Jim Douglas) and Horace]].

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* {{Determinator}}: Herbie. No matter how badly he gets beaten up, the little guy absolutely refuses to quit.

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* LogicalWeakness: Grandma Steinmetz finds a way to get a SentientVehicle to behave when Herbie goes too far trying to attack Alonzo Hawk: threaten to send him to a used car lot.

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* AmbiguouslyBi: Of the "unintentional goof" version. The plot of "Monte Carlo" has an important sub-plot of Herbie being in love with a Lancia, while the opening SpinningNewspaper montage of "Fully Loaded" includes a gossip newspaper that makes a mention of Herbie having been seen with [[Series/KnightRider K.I.T.T.]]... who is voiced by (and as far as it's known identifies with the gender of) a man.


* FeetFirstIntroduction: Carole in ''The Love Bug'' is introduced putting up a sign at Thorndyke's car dealership, which covers up everything but her shapely legs, which attract Jim's attention. The top half of the sign reads "Come in and look at these...", with the lower half clarifying that it's talking about the cars.

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* FeetFirstIntroduction: Carole in ''The Love Bug'' is introduced putting up a sign at Thorndyke's car dealership, which covers up everything but her shapely legs, which attract Jim's attention. The top half of the sign reads "Come in and look at "May we direct your attention to these...", with the lower half clarifying that it's talking about the cars."new arrivals from Europe".


* FeetFirstIntroduction: Carol in ''The Love Bug'' is introduced putting up a sign at Thorndyke's car dealership, which covers up everything but her shapely legs, which attract Jim's attention. The top half of the sign reads "Come in and look at these...", with the lower half clarifying that it's talking about the cars.

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* FeetFirstIntroduction: Carol Carole in ''The Love Bug'' is introduced putting up a sign at Thorndyke's car dealership, which covers up everything but her shapely legs, which attract Jim's attention. The top half of the sign reads "Come in and look at these...", with the lower half clarifying that it's talking about the cars.

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* FallenOnHardTimesJob: Jim is introduced running a demolition derby after too many crashes on the legitimate racing circuit. When his agent asks what happened to his pride, Jim responds "I ran out of pride when I ran out of cars."


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* FeetFirstIntroduction: Carol in ''The Love Bug'' is introduced putting up a sign at Thorndyke's car dealership, which covers up everything but her shapely legs, which attract Jim's attention. The top half of the sign reads "Come in and look at these...", with the lower half clarifying that it's talking about the cars.


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* GilliganCut: Tennessee's comment about the "roar of the crowd" at Herbie's first race is followed by cuts of a prairie dog and a jackrabbit, part of the "crowd" at Jackrabbit Springs.


* '''''Herbie: Fully Loaded''''' (2005) -- Now long forgotten, Herbie winds up in a junkyard where he's bought as a college graduation present for Maggie Peyton (Creator/LindsayLohan) by her overprotective father Ray Sr. (Creator/MichaelKeaton)--yet he doesn't seem to have any issues with Ray Jr. (Breckin Meyer), despite him having ''several'' crashes and is clearly not cut out for his family's racing legacy. With Herbie's help, Maggie dons the disguise of "MAXX" and goes to a car show where Herbie beats arrogant, egotistical champion racer Trip Murphy (Matt Dillon). Murphy demands a rematch and vows to discover the secret behind the mysterious VW bug.

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* '''''Herbie: Fully Loaded''''' (2005) -- Now long forgotten, Herbie winds up in a junkyard where he's bought as a college graduation present for Maggie Peyton (Creator/LindsayLohan) by her overprotective father Ray Sr. (Creator/MichaelKeaton)--yet he doesn't seem to have any issues with Ray Jr. (Breckin Meyer), (Creator/BreckinMeyer), despite him having ''several'' crashes and is clearly not cut out for his family's racing legacy. With Herbie's help, Maggie dons the disguise of "MAXX" and goes to a car show where Herbie beats arrogant, egotistical champion racer Trip Murphy (Matt Dillon).(Creator/MattDillon). Murphy demands a rematch and vows to discover the secret behind the mysterious VW bug.


** That said, ''Herbie Rides Again'' does offer something of an explanation - in that film, Tennessee had to go take care of his guru while Jim went off racing in Europe, leaving his grandmother to take care of the firehouse and Herbie.

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** That said, ''Herbie Rides Again'' does offer something of an explanation - in that film, Tennessee had to go take care of his guru while Jim went off racing in Europe, leaving his grandmother aunt to take care of the firehouse and Herbie.


* '''''The Love Bug''''' (1997) -- TV movie directed by [[Film/BringItOn Peyton]] [[Film/AntMan Reed]]. Repeats the basic "Herbie helps out a down-on-his-luck driver" plot of the original (it's not a reboot, but more of an example of how events tend to repeat themselves). Creator/BruceCampbell stars as former-driver-turned-mechanic Hank Cooper working at Chuck's Car Shop. After winning Herbie in a fix-it competition, Cooper tries to start a relationship with former flame and racing journalist Alex Woodward (Alexandra Wentworth) while evading MeanBrit Simon Moore III (John Hannah), a disgraced UsefulNotes/FormulaOne driver and Herbie's owner at the film's beginning. Introduces Herbie's evil twin Horace the "Hate Bug" as well as a nonsensical origin story for Herbie (in which he was developed as some sort of "special weapon" under false pretenses but only came alive when a photograph of his creator's wife fall into a vat of metal compound.) Dean Jones also makes a surprise cameo and references meeting Carole, so this film could be considered part of the official canon.

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* '''''The Love Bug''''' (1997) -- TV movie directed by [[Film/BringItOn Peyton]] [[Film/AntMan Reed]]. Repeats the basic "Herbie helps out a down-on-his-luck driver" plot of the original (it's not a reboot, but more of an example of how events tend to repeat themselves). Creator/BruceCampbell stars as former-driver-turned-mechanic Hank Cooper working at Chuck's Car Shop. After winning Herbie in a fix-it competition, Cooper tries to start a relationship with former flame and racing journalist Alex Woodward (Alexandra Wentworth) while evading MeanBrit Simon Moore III (John Hannah), a disgraced UsefulNotes/FormulaOne driver and Herbie's owner at the film's beginning. Introduces Herbie's evil twin Horace the "Hate Bug" as well as a nonsensical origin story for Herbie (in which he was developed as some sort of "special weapon" under false pretenses but only came alive when a photograph of his creator's wife fall falls into a vat of metal compound.) Dean Jones also makes a surprise cameo and references meeting Carole, so this film could be considered part of the official canon.

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* SequelGoesForeign: Of the original quadrilogy, the first two films take place in the United States, while ''Monte Carlo'' takes place in Paris and ''Goes Bananas'' takes place in South America.


** It's brief, but ''The Love Bug'' (1997) Carole's reaction upon hearing that the number 53 car (Herbie) was having problems the day after her date with Jim is one. Considering the date was encouraged heavily by Thorndyke, and her next scene is when she has parted company with Thorndyke, it's clear she put two and two together and wasn't pleased.

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** It's brief, but ''The Love Bug'' (1997) (1969) Carole's reaction upon hearing that the number 53 car (Herbie) was having problems the day after her date with Jim is one. Considering the date was encouraged heavily by Thorndyke, and her next scene is when she has parted company with Thorndyke, it's clear she put two and two together and wasn't pleased.


** ''Herbie Rides Again'': All older-style Volkswagen Beetles are sentient. They can be summoned in a sequence similar to the "Twilight Bark" from ''Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians''. Grandma Steinetz also has an orchestrion and a retired cable car known as Old No. 22, both similarly sentient if immobile items that Herbie has either rescued or made friends with. Unusually, Old No. 22 seems to only be able to ring its bell - Willoughby needs to pull its brakes himself to get it to stop when it's rolling downhill.

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** ''Herbie Rides Again'': All older-style Volkswagen Beetles are sentient. They can be summoned in a sequence similar to the "Twilight Bark" from ''Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians''. Grandma Steinetz Steinmetz also has an orchestrion and a retired cable car known as Old No. 22, both similarly sentient if immobile items that Herbie has either rescued or made friends with. Unusually, Old No. 22 seems to only be able to ring its bell - Willoughby needs to pull its brakes himself to get it to stop when it's rolling downhill.



** In ''Herbie Rides Again'', [[spoiler:every Volkswagen Beetle in the city comes to help out]] at the climax. Also, Old No. 22, despite his aforementioned immobility.

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** In ''Herbie Rides Again'', [[spoiler:every Volkswagen Beetle in the city comes to help out]] at the climax. Also, Old No. 22, despite his the aforementioned immobility.



* SoreLoser: Thorndyke whenever he loses a race to Herbie in ''The Love Bug'', von Stickle in ''Monte Carlo'', Horace in ''The Love Bug'' (1997), and Trip Murphy at the end of ''Fully Loaded''.

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* SoreLoser: Thorndyke whenever he loses a race to Herbie in ''The Love Bug'', von Stickle in ''Monte Carlo'', Simon and Horace in ''The Love Bug'' (1997), and Trip Murphy at the end of ''Fully Loaded''.


* TheMatchmaker: Herbie has elements of this in various films, though ''The Love Bug'' (1969) and ''Herbie Rides Again'' has the strongest of them. ''Herbie Rides Again'' also has Grandma Steinmetz, who works with Herbie to help bring Willoughby and Nicole together.

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* TheMatchmaker: Herbie has elements of this in various films, though ''The Love Bug'' (1969) and ''Herbie Rides Again'' has have the strongest of them. ''Herbie Rides Again'' also has Grandma Steinmetz, who works with Herbie to help bring Willoughby and Nicole together.



** ''Herbie Rides Again'': All older-style Volkswagen Beetles are sentient. They can be summoned in a sequence similar to the "Twilight Bark" from ''Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians''. Grandma Steinetz also has a orchestrion and a retired cable car known as Old No. 22, both similarly sentient if immobile items that Herbie has either rescued or made friends with. Unusually, Old No. 22 seems to only be able to ring its bell - Willoughby needs to pull its brakes himself to get it to stop when it's rolling downhill.

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** ''Herbie Rides Again'': All older-style Volkswagen Beetles are sentient. They can be summoned in a sequence similar to the "Twilight Bark" from ''Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians''. Grandma Steinetz also has a an orchestrion and a retired cable car known as Old No. 22, both similarly sentient if immobile items that Herbie has either rescued or made friends with. Unusually, Old No. 22 seems to only be able to ring its bell - Willoughby needs to pull its brakes himself to get it to stop when it's rolling downhill.



** ''Herbie Goes Bananas'': Once again Herbie is the only sentient car seen, but the issue of others like him is never brought up. It's possible that they exist.

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** ''Herbie Goes Bananas'': Once again Herbie is the only sentient car seen, but Giselle is referred to in the issue of others like him is never brought up. It's possible that they exist.beginning, though not by name.



** It's brief, but ''The Love Bug'' (1997) Carol's reaction upon hearing that the number 53 car (Herbie) was having problems the day after her date with Jim is one. Considering the date was encouraged heavily by Thorndyke, and her next scene is when she has parted company with Thorndyke, it's clear she put two and two together and wasn't pleased.

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** It's brief, but ''The Love Bug'' (1997) Carol's Carole's reaction upon hearing that the number 53 car (Herbie) was having problems the day after her date with Jim is one. Considering the date was encouraged heavily by Thorndyke, and her next scene is when she has parted company with Thorndyke, it's clear she put two and two together and wasn't pleased.



** Surprisingly averted in ''The Love Bug'' (1997) proper; the police are the reason that Mr. Wu comes into acquisition of Herbie, after the Volkswagen crashed through a Chinese corner store and the police were called.

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** Surprisingly averted in ''The Love Bug'' (1997) (1969) proper; the police are the reason that Mr. Wu comes into acquisition of Herbie, after the Volkswagen crashed through a Chinese corner store and the police were called.



* RememberTheNewGuy: Wheely in ''Monte Carlo'' and Pete Stanchek in ''Goes Bananas''.

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* RememberTheNewGuy: Wheely in ''Monte Carlo'' and Pete Stanchek in ''Goes Bananas''.''Bananas''.



** In ''Herbie Rides Again'', [[spoiler:every Volkswagen Beetle in the city comes to help out]] at the climax.

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** In ''Herbie Rides Again'', [[spoiler:every Volkswagen Beetle in the city comes to help out]] at the climax. Also, Old No. 22, despite his aforementioned immobility.



** The TV movie introduces (and disposes of) Herbie's evil counterpart, Horace.

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** The TV movie introduces (and [[spoiler:and disposes of) of]] Herbie's evil counterpart, Horace.



* SoreLoser: Thorndyke whenever he loses a race to Herbie in ''The Love Bug'', and Trip Murphy at the end of ''Fully Loaded''.

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* SoreLoser: Thorndyke whenever he loses a race to Herbie in ''The Love Bug'', von Stickle in ''Monte Carlo'', Horace in ''The Love Bug'' (1997), and Trip Murphy at the end of ''Fully Loaded''.



** The 1997 ''Love Bug'' remake features stock footage of Jim Douglas driving Herbie in the introduction.

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** The 1997 ''Love Bug'' remake TV movie features stock footage of Jim Douglas driving Herbie in the introduction.



** Rupert in ''The Love Bug (1997)''.

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** Rupert in ''The Love Bug (1997)''.Bug'' (1997).



** Nobody seems to realize how odd it is that Paco, a young boy, is driving a car, much less that he goes into a ''bull fight'' in a Volkswagen Beetle - in fact, it is implied that ''he'' is going to drive Herbie in the Grand Primeo of Brazil. Likewise, Herbie's completely rusted up state doesn't seem to catch any eyes in spite of every other car on the road being in far better condition.

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** Nobody seems to realize how odd it is that Paco, a young boy, is driving a car, much less that he goes into a ''bull fight'' in a Volkswagen Beetle - in fact, it is implied that ''he'' is going to drive Herbie in the the Grand Primeo Prêmio of Brazil. Likewise, Herbie's completely rusted up state doesn't seem to catch any eyes in spite of every other car on the road being in far better condition.



** Nicole's general method to deterring those who'd harass Grandma Steinmetz in ''Herbie Rides Again''. It also also helps convince Willoughby that his uncle's really not the generous man that his mother had led him to believe (although Hawk's aggressive angrish and shattering glass with his enraged yell ''over the phone'' sealed the deal there). That said, actual violence from her is rather limited, and she does prove to be a pretty nice person when Hawk isn't involved.

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** Nicole's general method to deterring those who'd harass Grandma Steinmetz in ''Herbie Rides Again''. It also also helps convince Willoughby that his uncle's really not the generous man that his mother had led him to believe (although Hawk's aggressive angrish and shattering glass with his enraged yell ''over the phone'' sealed the deal there). That said, actual violence from her is rather limited, and she does prove to be a pretty nice person when Hawk isn't involved.involved, her actions against airplane hijackers notwithstanding.



** Maggie and Herbie both receive this in ''Herbie Rides Again'', when Maggie's called out by her dad for getting back into street racing and when Maggie yells at Herbie for deliberately stopping before the final race.

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** Maggie and Herbie both receive this in ''Herbie Rides Again'', ''Herbie: Fully Loaded'', when Maggie's called out by her dad for getting back into street racing and when Maggie yells at Herbie for deliberately stopping before the final race.

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