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"Captain Hammer threw a car at my head."

Sometimes, the best weapon you could possibly use isn't the one you hold, it's the one you drive. Which kind of makes sense, considering that getting hit by at least a metric tonne of metal moving at several tens of kilometers per hour is bound to be painful. Especially if it's someone that Drives Like Crazy.

Automobiles are, in fact, one of the most efficient killing machines on the surface of the planet.note  Being killed by a car is a very common cause of Death by Origin Story. How were they killed? Car accident. How convenient.

Car Fu is when someone, generally the hero but not exclusively so, uses the car (or van, or bus, etc.) they're driving as a large, improvised, moving weapon. More often than not, it's in an attempt to mow down the bad guys, but sometimes it's a bid to make them scatter in an attempt to avoid getting run over.

In a rarer form, Car Fu can also include a car being thrown as a weapon. Or used as a giant club. This version is most often used by superheroes and supervillains, who generally have the Super-Strength to pull this off. While rarer than the conventional form, within superhero stories it's quite common...despite the fact that anybody who's actually strong enough to throw a car faster than it can drive is probably strong enough to not need the car at all.

May be part of a Vehicular Combat, and a particularly effective maneuver against zombies. If done with ships, airplanes, or spaceships, it's Ramming Always Works. If the car is rigged to explode on impact, it's a Molotov Truck; if it just happens to do so, it's Every Car Is a Pinto. If nobody's driving the car, it might be a case of Murder by Remote Control Vehicle. For assaults with heavy machinery, see Construction Vehicle Rampage and its Sub-Trope Forklift Fu. Compare Weaponized Car when your car can attack with attached weapons instead of just ramming.

Compare with Toyota Tripwire. Contrast with Pedestrian Crushes Car. See also Invincible Classic Car.


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  • In Rimba Racer half the racers' vehicles are armed to some extent, though admittedly with nothing more lethal than EMP or ramming spikes.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Accel World: After Araya was expelled for getting caught punching Haruyuki on camera, he decides to get even by trying to run over Haruyuki and his girlfriend Kuroyukihime with a car. Kuroyukihime manages to push Haruyuki out of the way and is hospitalized by the impact. Araya is naturally arrested.
  • The first OVA of Ai no Kusabi has Riki performing Bike Fu in his Big Damn Hero Entrance into a squad of police cars to save his old gang.
  • This listing is not complete without mentioning All-Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku. "Land rover attack!"
  • Area 88: Rocky takes out a tank by ramming it with a Jeep in the manga. He survives, but loses an arm and an eye.
  • Done very humorously in the end of Baccano! when Isaac and Miria are driving like crazy and take the time to purposely run down Dallas Genoard and his gang, people who were threatening their friends. They also accidentally run down Szilard, who is pretty much the Big Bad of the show. ...And then back up and hit Dallas again.
  • Black Lagoon: Roberta, the Meido/Terminator, who somehow manages to drive a car over the roofs of several buildings and land on the protagonists' car — and keep running after them. Implacable Woman, indeed.
  • Bubblegum Crisis sets the tone of how tough the Boomers are when the driver of the AD Police's Armored Personnel Carrier attempts it in the opening chase scene. The Boomer, from its position pinned between a brick wall and a giant truck, effortlessly breaks free and flips the truck.
  • Call of the Night: Azami rides a motorcycle into Kiku's face while she's trying to drown Yamori. It stuns her long enough for Azami to drive Yamori out of her reach.
  • The final episode of Crystal Blaze. Akira and his brother Shu jets a car off a building top to collide with a helicopter. Just before the impact, they dive out from it, and one of Shu's bullets sets the car on fire, causing a mighty collision explosion. Naturally, just before it happens, Akira drops a comment about how such kinds of things only ever happens in movies.
  • In the last episode of Daimos, Kazuya uses the truck form of the Super Robot to smash his way through a hallway protected by laser guns in an attempt to reach the control room at the end.
  • In Death Note, Soichiro Yagami commandeers an armored police car and rams it into the main lobby of Sakura TV to gain access into the building without the Second Kira seeing his face. He does this shortly after being admitted to the hospital because of a heart attack.
    L: Well, that's certainly one way to do it...
  • In Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, to portray how much of a desperate final hour the final fight against Muzan was, the last remainder of the fight had every single living member of Demon Slayer Corps present trying to hit Muzan in any way to prevent him from escaping the Sun burning him to ashes, the Kakushi brigade were ramming cars against the giant mutated baby Muzan to hold him down, what makes this event so unique is that's the second time cars ever appear in the entire series, a novelty of the early 1900's where the story is set.
  • Durarara!!:
    • Celty's very first action is to wedge some poor bastard's face in between a parking complex column and the front wheel of her motorcycle.
    • More commonly done by Shizuo who uses any vehicle he can find around as a weapon or a shield, usually by throwing or kicking it around.
  • Justified in The Exo-Drive Reincarnation Games. There's a common isekai fandom joke about "Truck-kun", referring to how bizarrely common it is for isekai protagonists to have reincarnated into fantasy worlds after being hit by a truck. It gets taken to the logical conclusion in the Exo-Drive sport, where matches are started by deliberately running the contestants over with trucks so that they can compete to save the worlds they get reincarnated into.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, Cowardly Sidekick Yoki runs down the homunculus Pride and gloats about proving himself useful.
  • Future GPX Cyber Formula:
    • In one episode of the TV series, Asurada GSX collides with Smith's helicopter. This was followed by Bootsvorz performing a Heel–Face Turn by crashing his Missioner VR-4 into the same helicopter, killing Smith in the process.
    • At the climax of the Fireball crash race competition, Kaga, seemly retired in the middle of the race, appears and crashes head first into the race leader, allowing Hayato to get a victory.
  • F-Zero: GP Legend: In the first episode of the anime, resident psychopath Zoda gets into a high speed car chase with main protagonist Rick Wheeler/Ryu Suzaku. What does Zoda do? He uses a machine gun to saw off his car door which then hurtles backwards and crashes through Rick's/Ryu's windshield.
  • Ga-Rei -Zero- features Natsuki Kasuga using her motorcycle as a weapon against demons.
  • Highschool of the Dead: Shizuka can't use guns very well. Fortunately, she is skilled in the arts of vehicular homicide.
  • In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, DIO infamously uses a steamroller in stopped time to attempt to kill Jotaro during the final battle.
  • Jujutsu Kaisen: While fighting Awasaka, Yuji throws a car at him as a distraction. Awasaka manages to block it while expressing shock at how strong Yuji is.
  • Karas has the title characters doing things in their plane and tank forms that should not be possible.
  • Done ridiculously literal in Kongoh Bancho. There are passengers so he doesn't swing the car though.
  • Lycoris Recoil: Majima's usual tactic against Lycoris is to run them over with his car to disable them, before finishing them off with his crew's gunshots.
  • Does Tank Fu count? Because in Mobile Suit Gundam MS Igloo, the Mobile Weapon Hildorfr, when its cannon and transforming arms have failed, will fire a lateral shot to lift one of its sides and smash right into a nearby Zaku with the full brunt of its 220 metric-ton self.
  • Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt: Chuck and Fastener battle with See-Through and G-String inside and up the side of Daten High. Chuck and Fastener are pets.
  • Pokémon: The Series features a slightly unusual and milder example with a Pokémon battle that takes place in the back of a large trailer truck being driven by James of Team Rocket. At one notable point in the battle when Ash's Pokémon are about to attack Jessie's Pokémon and Meowth, James announce "TURN ATTACK" and makes a very sudden swerving movement, causing Ash's Pokémon to lose their footing and slam hard against the side of the truck's interior walls, taking some damage in the process.
  • Homura from Puella Magi Madoka Magica at one point tries to destroy Walpurgisnacht by driving a fuel tanker up the arch of a bridge and leaping off, sending it slamming directly into the witch's face, with explosive results. It's completely ineffective.
  • Rebuild World:
  • Riding Bean (the effective Pilot for Gunsmith Cats):
    • Bean Bandit gets a security guard who calls his car a piece of shit by pinning him to a tree with his front tire, nearly running him over up the trunk, then using the tire to scrape him off the trunk and over the car. If you're wondering how the hell Bean can do that, keep in mind his car is absurdly modified, and built that he can turn the wheels 90 degrees and drive that way.
    • Subverted later in the OAV where the Big Bad tries to ram an on-foot Bean with her car. What does Bean do? He shoulder-checks it head-on and lifts it right off its front wheels! Did we mention that Bean is REEEEALLY tough?
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Sailors Moon, Mercury, and Mars are using Plane Fu on Jadeite in an attempt to kill him to stop him from burning Tokyo to the ground. It starts with him magically animating the planes to run them over, but Mars makes the spell backfire and target him instead by sticking one of her Paper Talismans to him. Arguably veers into Forklift Fu territory.
    • Haruka and Michiru make their badassery known on a motorcycle in their debut episode (as themselves, at least).
    • In a villainous example, Eudial of the Witches 5 almost always confronted the Victim of the Week using this method. It wound up being her undoing when Mimete sabotaged the brakes and caused the car to crash into the ocean.
  • Almost every major character does this in Silent Möbius. It's not all that effective since they're usually fighting interdimensional aliens with magical powers.
  • All over the place in Speed Racer. Heck, they had a recurring team of villains who specialized in it: the Car Acrobatic Team.
  • Mekakucity Actors: Episode 4; 12-year-old girl vs a speeding truck. Surprisingly Realistic Outcome occurs. And that's just the start for poor Hibiya and Hiyori...
  • Almost always done in Supercar Gattiger when the team combines their Machines into the eponymous vehicle.
  • In Transformers: Armada, Megatron's first appearance has him giddily chasing small children in a tank-like alt-mode. Then you hear a 18-wheeler truck's horn and Optimus Prime rams into Megatron's side. Their first Earth battle thus begins. Megatron learns his lesson and stays behind the front lines where his Decepti-behind belongs.
  • In Until Death Do Us Part, one character's entire style of fighting is pretty much just "hit opponents with souped-up motorcycle".

    Card Games 
  • The comedic Lovecraftian game Creatures and Cultists has a Big Honkin' Truck as an attack card that is capable of wiping out three targets in a single charge.
  • In Jyhad (a.k.a. Vampire: The Eternal Struggle), the Card Game, there is an attack card named "Well Aimed Car".
  • Zombie Fluxx has the Car, one of many Keepers that can be used to kill zombie Creepers if the right New Rule card is in play.

    Comic Books 
  • Atomic Robo is very aware of the effectiveness of a Buick for clearing out giant ants, or whatever other bit of mad science you might have to deal with. In fact, cars are 'scientifically proven' to be one of the most efficient monster destroying weapons in his universe.
  • Batman:
    • Often, Batman's used the Batmobile to take down someone he can't beat (or who would be extremely difficult to beat) hand to hand, by either using its various weapons or by simply running them down. A prominent example is when he used this to blast Amazo into the Gotham Bay.
    • Another example, in All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder, is Batman using the Batmobile to slice through a police vehicle, defying the laws of physics.
    • Batman used this to save his life after a Predator brought him to the brink of death.
  • Deadpool:
    • In Deadpool 1997 #6, Weasel makes a big entrance by driving an ambulance in through a window and slamming into Animus.
    • In Deadpool 2008 #12, he dodges a RPG shot from Bullseye by opening his Monstertruck's windows, letting the shell fly through without hitting (which makes Bullseye admit that this was "#@$%ing awesome"), then parks on Bulleye's legs and pulls out a Chainsaw for the final.
  • Etrigan: In The Demon Annual #2, the demon Etrigan and an alien powerhouse brawl in the street, swinging at each other with cars — neither bothering to let the people out first.
  • Empowered:
    • After a not very successful attempt at the superpowered version in Volume 1 (see below), Emp later defeats a supervillain who's already flattened the other Superhomeys by running him down with a large SUV, at 110 km/h — and noting that to be more effective than simply throwing a car. Sadly, the others are out cold and she gets no credit for the knockout. The author even refers to this trope on the back of the book jacket as "Hummer Fu".
    • One extra issue features a very heavy exploration of this, where an action scene taking place inside an auto show is framed by one of Emp's college lectures, where she argues further against the classic "throwing a car" method, noting that cars are actually quite low-density for their size due to all the empty space, and are not designed to stay rigid in a crash, comparing it to "throwing a rock bundled in a whole lotta bubble wrap.". She argues in favor of using the individual parts of the car, particularly the engine block (the densest and heaviest part of your average car) as weapons instead.
  • The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones: In #24, Indy gets trapped inside a phone booth. The villains then drive drive a truck at full speed towards the booth.
  • Men in Black: The comic was more like The X-Files than the movie series. They fought aliens, demons... weirder things. In one of them, J is attacked by a crow-man and yells to K (in the car) to shoot it.
    K: Why would I use my gun when I'm behind the wheel of the deadliest weapon man has ever invented?
  • Miracle Man uses and somewhat averts this by having the eponymous hero throw cars at the Big Bad, Kid Miracle Man. The cars still have people in them.
  • Misfit City: After chasing them out of the mansion, Millicent and Luther try to run over Macy, Wilder, Edwina, Dot, and Karma with their car in the construction site.
  • Nextwave: Elsa Bloodstone provides an excellent example when she drives her jeep into the face of an eight-foot car-eating cyborg. Then she blows it up.
  • Paperinik New Adventures: In their first fight, Paperinik smashed his Pi-kar several times into Trauma. It barely slowed him down .
  • Preacher: After a messy fight with his new friend Jesse and seemingly parting ways for good, Cassidy learns that Jesse's life is in danger and tries to save him by ramming his pick-up truck into the Saint of Killers at full speed. The Saint doesn't even flinch.
    Sheriff Root: Ugly fella there just drove a truck into you. Ain't you pissed at him at all?
    Saint of Killers: [nonchalantly] I'll get to him.
  • The Punisher: In the story, Welcome Back, Frank, Ma Gnucci hires a Desert Storm sniper as part of her Carnival of Killers to hunt down Frank. He takes the simple solution by running him over with an SUV, then backing over him to make sure he doesn't get up.
  • Robin (1993):
    • On the Redbird's first outing it got knocked off the road into a ditch by a cop using a pit maneuver who mistook Robin for one of the car-jackers he was chasing. Later the Redbird's effectiveness in car chases and fights, especially with tougher metahuman opponents, was established quite well and it was eventually destroyed in a fight. As was the second one.
    • After Tim's been retired from his role as Robin for about a month various players in Gotham's underworld show up and start shooting up his school aiming for a student that's the daughter of a mob boss. In response to a armored SUV driving through the parked cars and headed towards the school's front doors Tim hot-wires a Mini Cooper and rams it into the side of the larger vehicle.
  • Sin City: In Sin City: The Big Fat Kill, when Dwight tells Dallas they're going to stop the car with the mercenaries who have Jackie Boy's head, her nerves are so shot she slams on the gas and rams into it. To her credit, it does do an admirable job of stopping the other car.
  • Spike: After the Fall: Spike rams a truck at pretty-faced demon Non. The truck loses.
  • Spider-Man: In Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut!, Spider-Man rams a big rig filled with gas into the Juggernaut. It Still didn't faze him one bit.
  • The Walking Dead: When The Governor is desperate to win against the title characters, he orders the Bradley Fighting Vehicle to smash through the prison fences. Though the Woodbury Army wins the battle shortly afterward, with the fences gone, zombies tear through all the survivors.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Sensation Comics: Di grabs an ambulance and throws it into a Nazi spy's escaping plane in issue 20.
    • Wonder Woman (1942): When Mala ends up in New York for most of a day, she is terribly confused. She picks up a car and shakes the driver out thinking he was trying to threaten her because he had to swerve to avoid her.
  • X-Men: Psylocke once had the bright idea of driving a truck into the Juggernaut. It barely even slowed him down, but ripping open the cab left him a sitting duck for her psychic attack.

    Fan Works 
  • All Guardsmen Party: Not even a Tau battlesuit can withstand a van full of Guardsmen ramming into it and pouring their entire arsenal into it at point-blank range.
  • In Bat In The Sun productions' fan film Batman vs. Killer Croc and Poison Ivy, Batman has the remote-controlled Batmobile slam into Killer Croc.
  • Black Crayons series: In one of the installments A Child's Innocence, Mikaela Banes hotwires a police car, backs into a Decepticon and then drives it up a piece of debris used as a ramp, getting out at the last moment, the car then goes into the air and then lands on another Decepticon. The author actually states that the moment was inspired by two canon instances of this trope (see 'Films - Live-Action' below).
  • In Code Prime, this is a viable tactic when said car is the alternative form of a robotic being made of metals stronger than any on Earth, as several Purists find out the hard way.
  • In the Gate - Thus the JSDF Fought There fan fiction Here We Go Again!, the US Marines' tanks are frequently used to run over and crush the Empire's warriors. In one instance, the New Meat tank driver refuses to do so on his first battle, endangering the crew.
  • Cycles Upon Cycles: Shepard develops a new light vehicle called the Piranha, but the first time it's deployed it doesn't have any ammo, so Shepard just rams Saren with it.
  • Played for Drama in Day of the Barney III: SPECTRE, when Fran runs over who she thinks is Barney the Dinosaur with her car. It turns out to be Thorton Marshall in a Barney costume.
  • In going with his mechanic theme, Burner from the Facing the Future Series has the power overshadow any motorized vehicle and drive it without being heind the wheel, which he uses to ramapage against his enemies.
  • Guardians, Wizards, and Kung-Fu Fighters: During the fight against the Oni mask-possessed Lothar in Chapter 7, Uncle and Tohru run him over in their car.
  • In the second Halloween Unspectacular, during the climax of the Underworld King arc, the titular villain is only stopped from killing SpongeBob by the timely arrivals of a squad car and a jeep, both of which accidentally pummel him. He then proceeds to name-drop the trope.
    Underworld King: Only I may utilize the Car Fu!
  • In In the Service, Mages may be resistant or even immune to the sort of guns found on a Bradley, but they go squish like anybody else when run over by an armored vehicle.
  • J-WITCH Series: During the fight for the fourth Oni Mask, Captain Black uses his van to drive over the Enforcers and ram into Cedric.

    Films — Animation 
  • Another villain example: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, when a mob boss tries to run over Phantasm in the opening scene. Not so much...
  • Cars 2 features a literal version of this trope, when super-spy Finn McMissile uses martial arts to attack a group of thugs... while standing in front of a sign advertising "carate" and "car-fu" lessons.
  • Emmet, the main character of The LEGO Movie, takes out an entire army of evil robot police trying to murder him on a highway with a motorcycle, even though he wasn't intending to in the first place and was simply trying to master the controls, as he never drove a motorcycle before.
  • Stitch in Lilo & Stitch uses a blue Volkswagen Bug as a club when fighting Jumba.
  • Optimus Prime mowing down a line of Decepticons in his vehicle form in 1986's The Transformers: The Movie. Used again later when Hot Rod knocks around Galvatron a bit by switching into car mode and plowing into him. Was there even a single scene in that whole movie than didn't qualify as some sort of Vehicle Fu? There's even a scene in which two characters, vastly outnumbered and running low on ammo, decide that the best way to deal with their foes is with a demolition derby.
    Hot Rod: We can't hold out forever Kup, but we can give them one humongous repair bill!
  • Wreck-It Ralph: King Candy attempts this on Vanellope by ramming her during a race. It doesn't work, because she can glitch her way out of danger.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Aliens. Ripley plows the marines' APC into the alien nest to rescue them after a disastrous ambush, and runs over one of the xenomorphs during their escape.
  • Anger of the Dead: In the prologue of the movie, Stephen first meets, and rescues, Alice by hitting a zombie with his car.
  • Antigang: In the parking garage, Kasper takes down Serge by reversing into him at high speed.
  • Armored: When Ty attempts to escape from the steel mill, Mike tries to run him down with one of the armoured trucks.
  • In Army of Darkness, Ash turns his Oldsmobile into the Car of Doom, and puts it to good use running down Mooks during the climax.
  • Parodied in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, where he is driving a steamroller (extremely slowly) toward an enemy mook, yelling at the man to get out of the way. The henchman stands in place for at least ten seconds, waving his arms and screaming in horror, until the machine runs him over.
  • Back to the Future:
    • Back to the Future: Biff attempts to run over "Calvin Klein" (Marty) through Courthouse Square. He ends up crashing into manure.
    • Back to the Future Part II: Attempted by Biff Tannen when he tries to run Marty down in the tunnel. Marty himself only has the hoverboard with him, so he knows he's outmatched. Luckily, Doc rescues him from above, and Biff is so shocked upon seeing the hovering Delorean that he ends up crashing into manure.
  • Bad Boys II has Mike and Marcus up against some bad guys in a furious chase sequence, who attempt to smash their vehicle to bits by sending cars off a car carrier at them.
    Marcus: Did you see that?!
    Mike: They're throwing cars! How can I not see that?!
  • In Bang Boom Bang, Kalle kills the porn maker Franky for banging his wife by running him over with his Mercedes 500 SEC. Twice.
  • In Bangkok Knockout, one of the enemy fighters drives an armored stock car that he regularly drives through walls to try to hit the protagonists. Later, the fighters have to fend off a trio of motorbikers trying to run them down.
  • Becky: After luring Dominick out to the van with Diego in it, Becky rams him with her father's car.
  • In Beethoven, one of the kids drives the family station wagon through a wall and right into the center of the bad guys' warehouse, impaling the main bad guy with several syringes in the process.
  • Birds of Prey: When Harley starts chasing after Black Mask's Rolls-Royce on roller skates, she gets sideswiped by a car full of mooks who are following Black Mask.
  • The Russian Superhero Movie Black Lighting is this trope as in his flying car is his superpower.
  • Blade did it, in the first movie, using a bike to smash through the window of the Big Bad's office-building, instead of entering through the door as the waiting goons had expected. Also in the third movie, where he runs over a motorcycle with his 1968 Dodge Charger.
  • This scene from Blood Diner.
  • How Grey kills Vera in the climax of Bloodthirsty, running her over several times to make sure she's dead
  • Both The Blues Brothers and Blues Brothers 2000 involve chase scenes where the eponymous brothers are pursued by armies of no less than fifty cop cars. Both times, said armies of cop cars are brought down in scene-stealing pile-ups, all while the Blues Brothers' theme plays. Also the bridge scene in the first film. "Illinois Nazis! I hate Illinois Nazis!"
  • John Lymangood, in Blue Thunder, is killed by being run over with a car, when trying to escape captivity.
  • The Bourne Series:
    • The Bourne Supremacy: In a lightweight taxi, Jason Bourne manages to do a PIT maneuver note  on a bigger, heavier vehicle.
    • The final chase sequence in Jason Bourne takes the chase scene in Supremacy up a notch.
  • In the 1978 film adaptation of The Boys from Brazil, one of the assassins uses his car as a murder weapon, ramming it into a German postman several times.
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, when Pike barely manages to survive a run-in with a group of vampires using his van... and rip off Amilyn's arm... leading to Amilyn's line: "You ruined my new jacket." (Addressing vampire cohorts) "Kill him a lot!" In fact, Amilyn is referred to solely as 'Lefty' on the DVD cover because of this.
  • Bullet in the Head ends with the archetypal car duel where two former friends just end up destroying each other's cars with head-on collisions and .45 bullets.
  • Bullet Train: At the end of the movie, The Prince gets rammed by a random truck while in the middle of bragging about winning the Gambit Pileup. The Stinger reveals that Lemon was driving the truck, and killed her to avenge Tangerine.
  • In The Butchers, Auntie May uses JB's car to ram the Zodiac Killer at high speed after he has been turned into a Man on Fire.
  • Unsurprisingly, several examples appear in the possessed-car horror film The Car.
  • Mei Ling attempts to murder Chen by running him over in Chai Lai Angels: Dangerous Flowers.
  • Chronicle features telekinetic car-fu in the finale.
  • At the end of Circus of Horrors, Evelyn takes revenge on Rossiter by running him down.
  • Clawed: In one scene, one of the female students hits The Shadow Of Death with a car in an attempt to kill it.
  • In Clegg, Harry finally disposes of the Giant Mook on Wildman's estate by running into him repeatedly with his car.
  • In Cold Pursuit, Coxman uses his snowplow to smash Santa's car off the road and down an embankment.
  • In The Courier, the eponymous heroine (play by Olga Kurylenko) kills a henchman by running over him while being chased by other henchmen in a Parking Garage.
  • Cruella: After Horace and Jasper are arrested, Cruella drives a garbage truck through the front of the police station as part of her rescue effort.
  • The Dark Knight:
    • The Joker uses well-timed Bus Fu to take out the second to last henchman in the bank heist scene.
    • The Tumbler kicks the shit out of a garbage truck before Taking the Bullet for a police vehicle. And by bullet we mean rocket launcher.
    • Bruce Wayne intercepts an attempt at Car Fu by blocking it with his Lamborghini.
  • Dawn of the Dead (2004) has the armored buses.
  • Day Watch has a very interesting scene in which Alisia, a "Dark" witch, drives a sports car hundreds of feet along the side of a building, then makes the car fall into a wall window, then drives through a corridor on the hundredth (or so) floor and into the Big Bad's office for a meeting.
  • Deadpool:
    • Parodied in the first movie, where Deadpool kills a wounded bad guy... with a Zamboni on a ice rink.
      Deadpool: Tell me where your fucking boss is or you're gonna die!... In five minutes!
    • In Deadpool 2, the abusive orphanage headmaster is ultimately run over by Dopinder's cab.
  • Deadtime Stories: When escaping from the asylum in "Goldi Lox and the Three Baers", Mama Bear clips the guard with the car. She then backs up and runs over him properly.
  • In Death Machines, the titular trio ram a Chevy truck into a local Italian eatery where Mr. Gioletti's limo driver Mike is enjoying a meal. They then proceed to corner him and slash him to death with a machete.
  • Death Proof, the second half of Grindhouse. This is one M.O. of Stuntman Mike is a former stuntman a Serial Killer of women who uses his car as a murder weapon. He modifies the car to make it "100% Death Proof" to immunize himself from harm. Then he can use it for vehicular homicide by crashing into cars full of people and killing them in the process. His other M.O. is to drive so dangerously that any passengers will die from the blunt force trauma caused by being thrown around in his car and hitting hard surfaces repeatedly.
  • Death Race 2000 could very well have been titled Car Fu: The Movie.
  • In Death Sentence, Nick uses a car he stole from from one of the gang to smash his way into the Abandoned Hospital where they have their drug lab: literally smashing his way through the van they have parked out in front in the process.
  • District 9 has Wilkus' Powered Armor getting worn down in battle by a combination of More Dakka and a pickup truck running into him head-on. Terrifying alien technology it surely is, but it's just made of metal: it can be bent, busted and broken.
  • Sgt. Thompson is run down and killed (off-screen) while tailing the criminals in Dressed to Kill (1946).
  • Happens a lot in Drive Angry. Milton drives into the middle of a satanic gathering, mowing down anyone who gets in his way. The Accountant uses this trope when he smashes a hole through a cordon of police cars with a hydrogen truck, while humming along to the tune of 'That's the way I like it', catches a police car on the side of the truck, swerves, then calmly steps out of the cab and onto the hood of the car in time to watch the truck slide away, flip over and explode.
  • Dr. Terror's House of Horrors: In the "Disembodied Hand" segment, Marsh takes revenge on Landor for his humiliation by running him over with his car. This act comes back to haunt Marsh in more ways than one.
  • Duel is essentially one long episode of Car Fu between Dennis Weaver in a 1970 Plymoth Valiant and a Demon Truck.
  • Eden Lake: After stealing Steve and Jenny's car, Brett attempts to run them down with it. Later, Jenny steals Reece's van and drives off. On the way out of the forest, she sees Paige on the road and runs her down. The fact she accelerated on seeing her shows it was not an accident.
  • The Equalizer 2. Robert McCall is attacked by a hitman in the backseat of his car so he starts swerving and crashing into other cars to throw him off balance.
  • In Ernest Scared Stupid, Ernest backs a large pickup truck (at full speed) into a super-strong, evil troll. The troll survives without a scratch, but it certainly left him dazed!
    "How about a bumper sandwich, booger lips?!"
  • In The Expendables 2, the team launch an unmanned motorcycle at an attacking helicopter. Surprisingly, it doesn't explode. The weight imbalance causes the helicopter to crash. Then it explodes.
  • In Fair Game, Sunny uses 'the Beast' to try to run down Jessica; including driving the truck through her house.
  • The Fast and the Furious films practically replace guns with cars, with every film having the characters using their cars as offensive weapons. In The Fate of the Furious the villains hack hundreds of Automated Automobiles as blunt instruments to obliterate a well-guarded diplomatic convoy in the middle of New York.
  • In A Fish Called Wanda getting run over by a steamroller only delays Otto. But does wonders for Ken's stutter.
  • In Forrest Gump a group of high school students decide they want to run Forrest over with their pickup because he's stupid. Fortunately, Forrest figures out he can cut across a nearby field, which ends up getting him a football scholarship to the University of Alabama. Small point: Forrest is Inspirationally Disadvantaged. His classmates are "stupid." "Stupid is as stupid does," after all.
  • In Freebie and the Bean, Freebie rams the police car into a shooter's van to see which vehicle wins. The van does - the car's hood and front wheels fall off, so Freebie steals a bystander's motorcycle to continue the chase.
  • In Free Willy, the good guys take Willy to the ocean in a truck, only to find the bad guys there with the beach gated off. Of course, they step on the gas, causing the bad guys to scatter, and smash through the gate.
  • In Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, the heroine tries to run Jason down with a car. It looks like Jason jumps up at the last moment, making him roll across the hood.
  • In GI Joe The Rise Of Cobra, one of the weapons on the Baroness's Hummer is a ramp that flips other cars out of its way, conveniently sending said cars flying towards the pursuing heroes.
  • In Goldstone, the Howlers attempt to ram Jay's car of the road. He manages to turn the tables and runs their car into a solid metal fence post.
  • In A Good Day to Die Hard, the villains chase after Jack in an MRAP, a massive armored vehicle that plows through most traffic with ease. John disables it by running it off the road with an SUV.
  • The Gravedancers: When Harris is trapped inside the mansion with the angry ghosts, Allison drives the hummer through the wall in order to rescue him.
  • Gunpowder Milkshake: Sam (with help from Emily) manages to kill all of their pursuers (bar one) and total their cars through a clever use of her car and the topology of the parking lot (her bulletproof windshield helped too).
  • Halloween:
    • In Halloween II, a cop sees Michael walking the street and runs him over, killing him, but it turns out it was just a high school football player wearing a similar mask.
    • In Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Michael Myers tries to run Dr. Loomis over with a tow truck. He misses, but at least destroys Loomis' car and the phone lines. Later, Rachel uses a redneck's pickup truck to run Michael over. But since Michael is Michael, it doesn't faze him in the slightest.
    • In Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Michael uses a stolen car to try to run Jamie, Billy, and Tina over. Jamie eventually tricks him into hitting a tree, which wrecks the car.
    • In Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later, Laurie hijacks an ambulance van with Michael in it, and runs it off a cliff in order to kill Michael once and for all.
    • In Halloween (2018), Hawkins hits Michael with his police car on sight. Michael is knocked unconscious, but doesn't show any lasting injuries once he awakens.
  • One of the more memorable Hard Boiled moments was during the warehouse shootout where one poor mook ended up eating bike. As in motorcycle. Ouch.
  • In Headhunters a semi truck is employed to collide with a police sedan, throwing the latter off a cliff.
  • In Headless Horseman, Candy runs over Pa Rusk with the tow truck when he tries to stop he leaving town. Nash tries to do this to the Headless Horseman himself, only for Headless to leap right over the car and decapitate him mid-leap in his most badass kill.
  • In Hell's Highway, Lucindia catches up with the college students, who run her down, beheading and disemboweling her.
  • The Heroic Trio has one of the greatest examples of motorcycle-fu. One of the heroines uses the back wheel of her motorcycle to catapult it off the wall, and send it spinning sideways as she jumps off across the room, essentially turning it into a five-hundred-pound shuriken to send at The Dragon. The bad guy's response? He catches it in midair and rips it in half!
  • The action film, High Risk, have Jet Li barely escaping the lobby of a hotel filled with enemy mooks, where he then commandeers a van to drive through the lobby's front, running over a few enemies, and briefly stopping and getting out to grab a dead mook's Uzi before gunning down enemies left and right while sending the van crashing into every corner of the lobby. Li ends up driving said van into an elevator that leads to the penthouse, and then continues his vehicular rampage until he ends up jettisoning the vehicle which then flies off the twentieth floor and into the streets.
  • Pretty much the point of Highwaymen, in which a serial killer who uses a 1972 El Dorado as his weapon of choice is pursued by the widower of a past victim. All the action sequences in the movie occur involve the killer's car and the hero's 1968 Barracuda, resulting in some pretty spectacular driving—by the killer in particular, as he is severely handicapped and can't function outside of the El Dorado.
  • The Hitcher: In the remake, the villain misses the protagonists by a hair after sending a car towards them from the top a cliff. Judging by the precision aim, the only logical conclusion can be that Sean Bean somehow threw it at them.
  • In The Hit List, Jonas runs down Brian Felzner before getting out of the car and shooting him.
  • Bard employs "Cart Fu" against an ogre that's threatening his children in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, hopping aboard an abandoned cart and sending it rolling down the streets of ruined Dale to collide with the creature.
  • I Am Legend: At one point the hero Robert Neville tries to run down as many Infected as he can with his car.
  • Inspector Gadget has the Gadgetmobile (a sentient car) use itself for Car Fu, slamming into the back of Claw's limo at high speed.
  • In Fear: this is how the film end with Lucy flooring the car to hit Max who's standing in the middle of the exit road before fading into black and not showing the impact.
  • In Invisible Avenger, the Generalissimo's secret police attempt to run Cranston down, by he is warned by a psychic warning from his mentor Joegendra.
  • James Bond: All Bond films involve some Car-Fu, or, heck, Tank-, Train-, Fork Lift- or Helicopter-Fu. In short: vehicles wind up as weapons, not just getting weapons attached to them. Some are, admittedly, more awesome, balletic or just plain ironically deconstructive than others. Most are riffs on an ambitious Chase Scene which turns into an Unconventional Vehicle Chase via Combat Pragmatism. Here are a few highlights:-
    • In On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Bond and Tracy are being chased by a carload of SPECTRE goons led by Irma Bunt. Bond suggests they seek Safety in Muggles by driving into a stock car race, but the villains are undeterred and follow them onto the track, with everyone getting knocked about until Irma's car flips over and bursts into flame.
    • In Die Another Day, Bond and the freaky villain with diamonds stuck in his face have a Car Fu Duel, where BOTH characters are driving tricked-out spy cars and trying to kill each other with their various on-board weapons and gadgets. This scene ends with a (failed) ramming attempt.
    • Played with in Goldfinger. Bond's Weaponized Car proves effective in scattering the mooks in Goldfinger's factory, but as he's driving down a corridor between two buildings he's confronted by another vehicle driving head on towards him with its headlights on full. Bond fires his built-in machine guns, but the car doesn't swerve and at the last second he's forced to, crashing into a wall. It's then revealed that Bond was firing at his own reflection in a steel mirror, set up to reveal oncoming cars at a junction.
    • GoldenEye: "Use ze bumper! Zhat's vhat it's for!" And Bond uses a tank to flatten police cars, plow through a truck with cans of Perrier, use it as a battering ram to careen through military jeeps, and slam through walls to barrel his way through St.Petersburg. What tops the Chase Scene though, is not only does the tank smash through the pedestal of a statue (a soldier on horseback), but said statue ends up riding on top of the tank. It's then used to get some police cars off his back when it falls off right in front of them. And it proves effective in scattering the cops away from 007.
  • Used oddly in Johnny Mnemonic; one of the traps used by the Lo-Teks is setting an ancient VW bug on fire and then dropping it from their fortified bridge onto attackers down below. They have a whole mechanical system that loads a new one each time they do this, and it happens several times throughout the movie.
  • John Wick: Chapter 2 has an entire scene of this as its opening gambit. He first stops a fleeing motorcyclist with the side of his Chevelle, then after recovering his Mustang, goes on a killing spree with it. Notable moments include a rare case of Toyota Tripwire with a moving vehicle and using a J-turn to fucking launch a guy into a concrete pillar.
  • Jumper: During a fight with Roland, Griffin teleports in a double-decker bus to crush the Paladin.
  • In Juncture, Anna uses her car to the drunk judge off the road so he crashes into a lake and drowns.
  • Subverted in Just Married: Ashton Kutcher rams his car into a gate... and the car crashes. Causing his friend to comment, "That is one strong gate."
  • In Killer Workout, Jimmy runs Chuck down with his car before stabbing him with an icepick.
  • The Killing Kind: Terry borrows his mother's car to stalk Tina, chasing her and forcing her off the road, where it explodes.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger's partner gets run down by a villain in Kindergarten Cop. Who then comes back and beats said villain with a baseball bat.
    "Not so tough without your car, are you?"
  • In Kingsman: The Secret Service, when Valentine first sets off his Hate Plague, we see a London bus swerve and take out several fighters in the eponymous city.
  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider with Angelina Jolie. A fight scene that takes place in the garage of her mansion culminates in Lara driving a motorcycle up to a goon, slamming on the brakes, spinning around on the front wheel and decking him in the head with the rear tire as it comes around.
  • One of the oldest examples is in the Laurel and Hardy silent short Two Tars.
  • In Lemon Tree Passage, Maya is compelled to release the handbrake on Sam's car, causing it to roll downhill and crash into the tree Amelia is tied to.
  • The Little Rascals: Not intentionally, but movie Spanky and Alfalfa end up running over a few shoppers at a strip mall during the go-cart race. The pedestrians end up fine, and one of them shouts, "You little rascals!" as they drive away.
  • Live Free or Die Hard has two:
    • A very cross McClane drives a police car into a helicopter, while the helicopter was in the air. (He was out of bullets).
    • Later, after having been beaten by a Dark Action Girl and thrown out a window ending up several stories down below, he then gets in a car, drives it up a car ramp back up to the floor he came from, and hits her with the car pushing them both into an open elevator shaft. That's our McClane! He just doesn't give a damn about fair.
  • Lone Hero: After being rescued from the Iron Bandits by John, Sharon drives Gus's truck through the Bandits, and then uses the truck to sideswipe one of the bikers off the side of the quarry.
  • In The Lost Boys the sire of the entire vampire gang is killed when Granddad crashes his jeep in through the wall of his own house, with the hood loaded with fence posts.
  • Employed by Brent near the end of The Loved Ones, when he runs down Lola with the police car. Seeing that she is still alive, he resreves the car back over her.
  • In Machete Kills, Luz uses the taco truck to run down one of the agents in the drive-in theatre.
  • Twice over in Madame Web (2024), Cassie rams Ezekiel with a car to rescue the girls from him - once in the diner and once on the way to the hospital so Mary can give birth to Peter.
  • The Mad Max movies. The entire setting is a mishmash of Crapsack World, After the End and Desert Punk, but one of the constants in the Mad Max universe is "cars are incredibly badass tools of destruction."
    • Mad Max makes dramatic use of it, first Jessie and Sprog are run over by Toecutter et al on bikes, then Toecutter himself meets his end by bike vs. bus.
    • The companion comics set between Thunderdome and Fury Road explain some of Max's Fury Road visions, as he was involved in protecting a girl called Glory the Child and her mother, who died via run over at the end of their arc.
    • The fourth movie, Fury Road, demonstrates this nicely when Nux flips a switch in his car to fill it up with gasoline and lights a flare, intending to die and go to Valhalla... and this is one of the least insane things done with cars in this series! Others being the deaths of the Splendid Angharad and unborn child as well as Valkyrie and an older Vuvalini woman. Cars are definitely bad for the womenfolk with children in this universe.
  • The Manhunt: During his second escape, Wayne's character uses a prison bus to ram open the gates of the prison, and then to run several of the pursuing cars off the road.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Iron Man: In a deleted scene, James "Rhodey" Rhodes saves Tony's life by ramming the heavily-featured Audi into Iron Monger, knocking him over into a hydrogen-fueled bus, which then explodes.
    • Iron Man 2 has Happy Hogan trying to take out Ivan Vanko with a car.
    • Captain America: The Winter Soldier:
      • Nick Fury and the HYDRA mooks pretending to be DC police officers both use some really creatively violent car maneuvers against each other during their chase scene.
      • The Winter Soldier gets the black belt in car fu for the sequence where he tosses Agent Sitwell out of the protagonists' car into an oncoming truck, then disables their car by yanking out the steering wheel through the windshield, at which point it gets rammed from behind by another truck driven by his support team.
    • Captain America: Civil War:
      • Captain America sends his "borrowed" car spinning out ahead of him to try to put a stop to the underpass chase scene.
      • The Winter Soldier graduates to helicopter fu when he's re-brainwashed by Zemo and tries to use the moving blades of the chopper he's piloting to kill Cap.
    • Captain Marvel: When Nick Fury realizes that the "Agent Coulson" sitting next to him in his car is actually a Skrull, it leads to a fight that ends when Fury deliberately swerves into the path of an oncoming bus that smashes the car up, killing the Skrull.
  • The Matrix:
    • The movie opens with one of these, as the Agents use a garbage truck to smash the phone booth where Trinity is trying to escape, though they hit it just too late.
    • And used again near the end, when Agent Smith throws Neo in front of a subway train and holds him down, only for Neo to hit him back and escape. This sort of thing is generally ineffective when your enemy can Body Surf, but Smith does find it momentarily inconvenient.
  • The Matrix Reloaded has a villain example. Ends with an example of the rare Semi Fu Chicken. That movie also has Trinity "throwing" her motorcycle into a guardhouse, generating a massive explosion. Perhaps the 'cycle was rigged to divide by zero.
  • In Mermaid Down, Dr. Beyer is driving Sandra's car to work when he sees the mermaid, her tail grown back, slowly pushing herself across the street in a wheelchair that's now too small for her. He accelerates and rams into her, to Sandra's shock.
  • Mongolian Death Worm: At one point in the movie, one of the worms is killed by being run over.
  • In Mr. Majestyk, Lundy rams Vince's foreman Larry with his car, breaking both his legs. Later, during the Car Chase, Vince uses his truck to ram a carload of thugs off the mountain road, where it promptly explodes.
  • In the Jackie Chan movie Mr. Nice Guy, the eponymous hero destroys the mob boss's mansion and large collection of expensive cars and scatters his army of Mooks with a one hundred and twenty ton dump truck.
  • In Murder by Proxy, someone attempts to run Casey down as he is returning to the flat he rented with Phyllis. Phyllis, who was waiting in the hall for him, sees the car and is able to shout a warning; enabling him to dive out of the way.
  • In The Naked Gun, Ludwig gets run over by a steamroller along with a city bus and an entire marching band.
  • A common way to kill off characters in New Kids, almost to the point in which it becomes lampshaded in the second film.
    He got hit by a car? That's getting common around here.
  • During the climactic scenes in Next of Kin (1982), The Dragon rams his van into the roadside café where the heroine has taken shelter and attempts to run her down.
  • In Nightmare at Noon, Charley drives at a woman standing near her car, crushing her between the two cars.
  • Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight: Zosia kills the surviving twin at the end of the movie by running him over with a police car, twice.
  • Attempted against the Big Bad at the climax of the impromptu demolition derby in The North Avenue Irregulars.
  • In The One, Gabriel Yulaw picks up a couple of police motorbikes and uses them as clubs on the policemen.
  • Pig Hunt: When Quincy attempts to escape from the cabin in Ben's SUV, Jake rams him with his pickup, rolling the SUV down a slope where it comes to rest against a tree.
  • Pineapple Express: "You just got killed by a Daewoo Lanos, motherfucker!"
  • In Pulp Fiction, Butch runs down the crime boss who wants him dead after seeing him at a crosswalk. Unlike most, he doesn't get to full speed; he hits him after only going about ten feet.
  • Inverted in Quicksilver: the villain used his car as a weapon while the heroic Kevin Bacon beat him with a mountain bike.
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark: The chase of the truck carrying the Ark of the Covenant shows Indiana Jones using the aforementioned truck to smash up every other vehicle in the Nazi convoy, from cars to motorcycles.
  • In Raw Deal (1986), Arnold Schwarzenegger's character proceeds to beat up some mob types, before leaving and driving a truck through the building where his victims are getting back to their feet.
  • In Ready or Not (2019), after Grace escapes the mansion's grounds, Stevens attempts to run her down in the woods.
  • Late in Red Eye, when Lisa makes it home to where her father is unknowingly being held hostage before the villain could make either of his calls to his assassin — whether to to off Mr. Reisert or back off — "Mr. Killer" apparently realizes something has gone wrong and goes for his gun; Lisa realizes there's no time for anything else and does this.
  • In Red Hill, Slim runs Jimmy down with his car. Jimmy stands up as if nothing had happened.
  • During the climax of Reform School Girls, Charlie drives a bus into the tower that Edna is climbing, setting it on fire.
  • Resident Evil:
  • Revenge: On seeing Jen standing in the middle of a narrow mountain track, Stan attempts to run her down with his Range Rover. Bad move.
  • Revolver (1973): After capturing Vito's prison guard ally while he is on the phone to Vito, the kidnappers run him down with a car in an attempt to Make It Look Like an Accident.
  • Toward the end of RoboCop, a goon attempts to use Car Fu on RoboCop (extra strength version, the goon is driving a panel van), but RoboCop distracts him by firing into the windshield (forcing the goon to duck, pulling the steering wheel with him and thus heeling to the left) and dodges. Goon wasn't watching what was behind Robo — it's a tank of toxic waste, which he plows into. Goon stumbles out, melted and screaming, right into the way of a car chase featuring a second cop chasing Boddicker: Boddicker's use is completely unintentional, reducing the goon to a red smear.
  • In Rumble in the Bronx, the hero uses the bad guy's very large hovercraft against him.
  • Savaged: Trey and his gang use their pickup to run down a couple of Indians: a crime which Zoe witnesses. Later, they run over Zoe after she thrown from the back of the truck.
  • Scarecrow Slayer: When escaping from the hospital, Mary drives straight through the Scarecrow; causing it to scatter into bits.
  • In Serial Mom, Beverly runs Mr. Stubbins over with her car after he criticizes Chip's interests and questions the boy's mental health and family life, as well as berating her parenting.
  • In Seven (1979), Drew takes out Skater by reversing his car into at high speed.
  • Shaun of the Dead has the characters run over someone with their car. Unsure if it was actually a zombie, they quickly back up to check on him. Once they're assured it was a zombie, they drive off.
  • Sheitan: After stopping suddenly and throwing Joseph off the roof of his car, Ladj then accelerates and runs him other.
  • Shoot 'Em Up: Smith indulges in some of this.
  • In Shortcut to Happiness, the Devil causes Julius to be run down by a taxi cab. Webster's narration refers to it as "the Devil's chariot".
  • Notable instances in Smokey and the Bandit:
    • While Sheriff Justice is interrogating an accident precipitated by the Bandit, an 18-wheeler takes out his car door.
      18-wheeler driver: Banzai!!
    • With the police closing in from road and air, Bandit is ready to give up. Snowman uses his rig to bash through the fairgrounds gates and take out a few police cars in the process so Bandit can win his bet.
      Snowman: [to Fred, his dog] Hold on to your ass, Fred!
  • In Snapshot (1979), Madeline runs Daryl down with an ice cream truck.
  • Son of a Gun: During the handover of the key to where the gold is stored in Melbourne, Wayne drives a pickup into the side of Josh's car, sending it slamming it the Russian mobster's car and taking out both drivers.
  • Spawn (1997) has the Violator drive a truck into Spawn, who protects himself with his cape.
  • In Speed Racer, this trope is taken to its extreme, including choreographed battle scenes, somersaults, parries, and even "throws"; all done in racing cars. The video game of the movie even calls it "Car Fu" and gives the player points for damaging other vehicles. Let's put it this way: You know how the page for Artistic License – Martial Arts points out how in Hollywood, fights always involve ridiculous flips and spins and mid-air kicks? Speed Racer does that...with the cars.
  • Accidental example: in The Spiderwick Chronicles a man runs over a bad fae creature and is alarmed he's harmed someone.
    Driver: Did I hit something?
    Jared Grace: Yes! Thank you!
  • Driving Over Miss Daisy, of which a trailer is shown in Stay Tuned, is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • In A Study in Scarlet, the killer attempts to run down Wilson while he is on his way to visit Holmes.
  • The Stone Killer (1973). Charles Bronson's character does an accidental version thanks to a criminal firing a couple of bullets into his windscreen, then getting run over because Bronson is too busy ducking to slam on the brakes. As he's a Cowboy Cop, he's then accused of having run over the guy deliberately.
  • In Sunburn (1979), two cops pull over Marcus and Ellie. Marcus realizes they're in disguise and says, "Drive, Ellie, drive! They're not police!" Ellie drives away, knocking over one of the fake cops with her car.
  • In Super, Libby comes to the rescue by ramming her car into a thug trying to off Frank.
  • In The Terminator, the title character proceeds to drive his vehicle into the police station after delivering a certain famous line. The T-850 also uses this move on the Terminatrix early on in the third film. In point of fact, every time the T-800/850 says the line "I'll be back", he seems to mean "In a vehicle, at eye-height". It's a police van in the second film.
  • Jija Yanin pulls off some pretty awesome bicycle-fu (actually, bicycle Muay Thai) in This Girl is Badass.
  • Torque features a fair amount of motorcycle-fu during the Designated Girl Fight at the movie's climax.
  • In Tragedy Girls, the girls attempt to kill Toby by running his motorbike off the road. However, he turns out to be Not Quite Dead and McKayla has to finish him off with a knife.
  • Transformers Film Series:
    • Mikaela Baines does this in Transformers (2007): When Bumblebee's legs are disabled, she hooks him up to an abandoned tow truck in order to evacuate him from the battle. However, they both change their minds about running away from the fight, so she drives the tow truck backwards into the warzone, telling Bumblebee "I'll drive; you shoot!"
    • Mikaela also does this in Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen, running over the Pretender Alice with a minivan.
  • In Transit, the Sidwells manage to flag down the same patrolman that arrested Nate, but he doesn't believe their wild stories of anyone chasing them. Suddenly, he's run down and killed by the robbers and the family flees again.
  • In Truth or Dare (2018), Olivia uses her car to batter open the spiked gates Penelope is in danger of falling on top of. Penelope then falls on top of the car.
  • A variant in Turner and Hooch, when Turner is being held at gunpoint by a Mook, who orders him into his car and tells him to drive to meet the Big Bad. Turner takes a moment to put on his glasses and fasten his seatbelt, which earns him a snarky comment from the mook (who declines to fasten his own). Turner then rams a brick wall at high speed, ejecting the mook through the windshield.
  • In Ultraviolet (2006), the eponymous Action Girl pulls off an awesome stunt, driving up to a row of stormtroopers, braking, turning 90 degrees and smashing them all against the wall (it's in the trailer, too).
  • In The Unbearable Weightof Massive Talent, Gabriela hits the Big Bad's right-hand man by backing up the Land Rover, knocking him unscocious.
  • In Underworld U.S.A., Gus murders Menkin's young daughter Jenny by running her over with his car while she is riding her bike.
  • In Unknown, Gina does this with her taxi when Martin is captured and is going to be killed by the terrorist agent and the agent's boss, Martin's employer Rodney Cole.
  • In Vampires vs. Zombies, both Travis and the General deal with zombies by running them over.
  • In Varsity Blood, the killer steals Bubba's truck and rams it into Robin: crushing her between the truck and a tree.
  • The bank robbers in Violent Saturday use their car to smash through the barn and then set it on fire in an an attempt to burn out Shelley and the Amish.
  • Wanted uses Car Fu liberally, from scooping someone up through an open passenger door to flipping over the top of a limousine in order to kill the guy inside.
  • In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Judge Doom gets run over by a steamroller. It doesn't work, but it does reveal his true form: a cartoon.
  • In William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, this is how Romeo takes down Tybalt for killing Mercutio, right before gunning him down.
  • In Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!, Chris and Dallas deliberately run over a zombie on their way out of the car park. However, the zombie clings to the bottom of Chris's truck in an Underside Ride.

  • Not quite, but close enough. In the book Point Blanc of the Alex Rider Series, Alex, near the very end of the book, uses a ski-jump ramp to launch a snow mobile he was riding to annihilate a helicopter the villain was trying to get away in.
  • Animorphs:
    • One of the later books has several of the team creating a distraction by flattening the house of their vice principal-slash-Yeerk host Chapman—with a tank. And they total Cassie's father's old truck using it as a weapon in Megamorphs #1.
    • Elfangor uses a car recovered from a wrecked Skrit Na starship this way in The Andalite Chronicles.
  • Ciaphas Cain: Commissarial Aide Ferrik Jurgen may drive like crazy but he's also a master of this. And in Duty Calls, Corporal Magot turns a Tyranid Lictor into road-kill.
  • In Larry Niven's short story "The Deadlier Weapon", a hitchhiker pulls a knife on the protagonist driver, who makes it very clear how badly outgunned any hitchhiker trying this stunt is. The Driver buckles his seatbelt, accelerates to over a hundred miles an hour, and tells the would-be car-jacker that he's going to ram the right side of the car (where the car-jacker is sitting) into the nearest underpass support pylon unless the guy tosses the knife out the window. Niven later wrote that a couple of people told him they'd done this in real life, and it worked.
  • The Dinosaur Frontier: Marshall Karen Skyre’s preferred method of executing prisoners is by running them down with her heavily modded armored truck. She even admits that she does it for the pure sadistic pleasure she gets from feeling that bump and crunch of roadkill from beneath her tires.
  • The Dresden Files:
    • Harry Dresden has thrown a car magically at a mystical nasty. It only slowed them down. A Bartender in the know tells Harry that other wizards tend to avoid him because they can't defend themselves that way from the horrors that target him. He has also driven his Beetle into another supernatural nasty. In a subversion, the beetle was more fazed than said nasty. This is because said nasty was of Faerie, and the Beetle's steel bumper was its kryptonite. And he flipped a car onto Cowl during their first battle. The fact that Cowl blocked it was what caused Harry to reevaluate him to more powerful wizard. Well they're in a city. Cars are convenient.
    • Madrigal Raith attempts to kill Mouse by driving a car into him. Again, subverted in that it doesn't work too well; Mouse turns out to be Only Mostly Dead.
  • East is East: The second murder is committed by running over the victim with an older Harley-Davidson motorcycle. This probably wouldn't have worked if the victim had had time/room to dodge, but since he was in a narrow alley at the time ....
  • The Executioner. In Death Squad, the eponymous vigilante squad are tailing a Mafia vehicle convoy, and soon become aware that both plainclothes police and a carload of Mafia gunmen are tailing the convoy, waiting to ambush Mack Bolan if he attacks. Using radio Bolan coordinates their vehicles to maneuver the Mafia car directly in front of the police car, then has the vehicle in front of them brake suddenly so the police and Mafia cars smash into each other.
  • In Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett, David tries to kill Henry this way.
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets features this — by way of a magically enhanced car achieving sentience and fighting off giant spiders to deliver the title character (and Side Kick) to safety.
  • Joe Pickett:
    • In Trophy Hunt, Joe uses his pickup to knock Eric Logue into the river after he discovers Eric attempting to cut Nate's face off.
    • In Endangered, Joe uses a snowmobile to knock down Dallas Cates when Dallas tries to draw a gun on him.
  • Kitty Goes to War provides a defensive variant with the lead and two fellow werewolves disabling a fleeing wizard by the expedient of letting the Humvee they are in get broadsided.
    Kitty: We can still stop him, it won't hurt us.
    Tyler: Permanently, rather. It's still gonna hurt.
  • The finale of Kure-nai features Car Fu in the snow. Even better, it ends with the driver, Benika, calling attention to her parking.
  • Madam Will You Talk: The heroine of Mary Stewart's mystery uses a car in much the same way as in the Larry Niven example at the top of this section. Threatening to kill a woman while she's driving along a mountain road at high speed is not particularly well-thought-out. By the time she pulls to a halt, her attacker is a whimpering wreck, too nerve-shattered to put up a fight even though he's no longer in danger.
  • Magical Girl Raising Project: In Limited, Postarie uses her ability of sending objects back to their owner at high speeds via air travel in order to smash Mana with her own car. 7753 barely manages to grab Mana and dodge it before the winged vehicle crashes into them.
  • The title character of Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes drives his car into a crowd of people with intent to kill.
  • Nick Velvet: In "The Theft of the Blue-Ribbon Bass", Nick's client turns up to the meet to discover being held at gunpoint by someone who plans to steal the fish off him before she can collect it. She rams her car into him, knocking him down and breaking his leg.
  • Rook's Gambit, one of the Hugo Bishop novels by Elleston Trevor, has a virtuoso performance by Miss Vera Gorringe in the "driver threatened by passenger" mode. She notches the speed up to seventy and dares the fellow to shoot, but she doesn't stop at that: once she knows there's a police car trying to pull her over, she deliberately rolls the auto, incapacitating the gunman (he wasn't buckled in, tsk). Gorry is in her early sixties.
  • Rubbernecker:
    • In one scene, the killer knocks Patrick off his bike with his car, then tries to run him down again. Patrick runs into a car park, realising too late that he made a mistake in going somewhere with no witnesses. The killer chases him onto the second floor, where Patrick looks over the wall and sees witnesses below. He jumps over the wall right before the car slams into it, falls through the branches of a nearby tree, and lands mostly uninjured.
    • Patrick's father was killed in a hit-and-run when he was eight. The person responsible was never caught. Until Patrick's mother confesses that she did it. She was driving drunk and, being a Resentful Guardian, tried to run Patrick over with her car. She hit her husband instead.
  • In one of Mercedes Lackey's SERR Ated Edge novels, Tannim takes out an Unseelie Fae with a classic Mustang.note 
  • In one of the Shadowrun books, there is a Wolf Shaman who mentions that he hates driving while under any spells, as his totem tends to see the car he's driving as nothing more than a large, steerable bullet.
  • Sookie Stackhouse of The Southern Vampire Mysteries uses this method to rescue her Love Interest, her boss and her Love Interest's boss from a large, vengeful vampire. It works, but her car is totalled in the process.
  • The pulp series The Spider featured this several times, at least once with a bus.
  • In one of the Stephanie Plum books, "good girl" sister Valerie, who's just too Stepford to handle her sister's life, blasts a van through the wall of a house to rescue Stephanie from their mutual kidnappers. Considering that Val is doing this while in near-hysterics over the kidnapping and her hands are duct-taped together, she does a quite creditable job. Stephanie's mother once hit a man in a bunny costume while he was chasing Stephanie.
  • In Strands of Sorrow, Faith uses the mass and speed of her M-1 Abrams tank to great effect in running down zombies, complementing the M1028 canister rounds (think "120mm shotgun") she's blasting them with, ultimately killing all but maybe ten percent of a quarter of a million zombie strong horde by the time she's done.
  • In To The Vanishing Point, by Alan Dean Foster it's a two-bedroom Winnebago [RV] versus the elemental Chaos-thing "the Anarchis".
    "You have done well," the other orange fish told him. "Steel is good for weakening Chaos. Aluminum is better still."
  • In the Towers Trilogy, the bounty hunter Daye is extremely calm and reserved, never so much as raising her voice — until an assailant harms her partner Torrence. Then she flips her lid in spectacular fashion and rams a stolen Flying Car into the perpetrator.
  • Averted in The War Against the Chtorr where trying to ram a Chtorran gastropede with a vehicle is a good way to commit suicide. They just peel it open like a tin can and eat whoever's inside.
  • In Warrior Cats, there's a scene where the main character is trying to cross a road when a car suddenly drives off the road and heads straight at him, That's right - they swerved off a presumably 55 MPH road, drove on the grass, and leaned out of their window, jeering, just to hit a cat.
  • In Wise Blood, Hazel Motes confronts his Identical Stranger, then runs him over with his car to kill him.
  • The Zombie Survival Guide specifically subverts this trope — saying that it's a good way to ruin your car, spread virus-containing blood everywhere, and turns a fairly easy-to-see walking zombie into a much-harder-to-spot crawling zombie.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In the last episode of season one of 24, Jack drives an SUV into the warehouse where the bad guys are waiting to ambush him. He proceeds to take them all out single-handedly. There were also a couple of suicides by car. In season 4, a terrorist intentionally drives into the path of a truck so that Jack can't capture and interrogate him. In season 8, another terrorist drives off the roof of a multi-story car park knowing it will probably kill him, which it does. Also, James Heller attempts a Heroic Sacrifice in season 5 by driving his car into a lake and manages to achieve the same end without dying.
  • In the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode "Ye Who Enter Here", Agent May uses a black van to take out a couple of HYDRA agents.
  • In the universe of the German action-fueled Buddy Cop Show Alarm für Cobra 11, ramming into cars and sending them flying great distances and tumbling hood over wheels is a simple and safe way to stop the bad guys and free any innocents who may be kept hostage inside those cars. One memorable instance involved our protagonists using a ramp to fly and crash into another car whose passenger a villain tried to skewer onto some pipes using a forklift. Sure enough, the stunt miraculously saved him.
  • An episode from Season 2 of American Gods has Mr. Wednesday sacrificing his car to stop a train, by parking it right on the tracks.
  • American Horror Story: Apocalypse: In the finale, Mallory travels back in time to avert the apocalypse, specifically heading a point before Michael fully came into his power. Once she tracks him down, she proceeds to run him over with an SUV... then backs up over him, and then hits him head on again, just to be sure he's dead.
  • Angel:
    • Oz rescues Angel in "In the Dark" by driving through the wall of the villain's hideout and squashing him with his band's van.
    • "Fredless" has Fred's mother rescue Angel by running over a demon in a bus.
    • Before the Just Married example given above, "City Of..." had Doyle attempting to ram his way through the gates of a mansion. Didn't really work. (He even said something to the effect of, "Good gate.")
  • Arrowverse:
    • Arrow:
      • In a late Season 2 episode, Felicity delivers a Shut Up, Hannibal! to the Ravager, who's ranting to an incapacitated Diggle about putting a bullet in Felicity's head, by ramming her with a van.
      • The penultimate episode of Season 5 sees Felicity and Diggle trying to repeat the trick with Talia Al-Ghul. However, she dodges at the last second and slashes the car, causing it to spin out of control and crash.
    • Batwoman (2019): In a Season 3 episode, Alice injures a police officer by running over him when she and Mary were trying to escape in a stolen RV.
    • The Flash (2014): In a Season 2 episode, a pre-speedster Wally West saves the Flash from Black Siren by hitting her with his car.
    • Legends of Tomorrow: In the pilot, the team is attacked by the time-travel Bounty Hunter Chronos, and then Snart, Rory and Sara arrive in a (stolen) car to knock him away.
  • One of the most disturbing scenes from Band of Brothers is when a German soldier is crushed by one of his own sides' tanks.
  • Used twice in Breaking Bad.
    • In "Half Measures", Walt mows down the thugs Jesse predictably sets out to kill.
    • In "One Minute", Hank backs his car into one of the Cousins, effectively crushing Leonel's legs.
  • The Brittas Empire: In “Back From The Dead”, Carole, believing that Brittas is about to take the body of her son for eternal youth, attacks his car (with him inside it) with an excavator.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • One of the moments that brings Cordelia around to the side of awesome is when she drives her car straight through an amassing horde of vampires and right into the high school, plowing through the halls until she pulls up in front of the library in "Prophecy Girl".
    • Mildly parodied in "Spiral" when Buffy lures Glory into the path of a Mack truck; when Buffy explains how she got away, Willow immediately jumps to the conclusion that Buffy threw the truck.
    • Lampshaded when the Scoobies attempt an escape with Dawn in Spike's RV:
      Giles: You have any weapons?
      Spike: Hello, you're driving one!
    • Xander rescues Faith by taking out one of the Sisterhood of Jhe demons with the 57 Chevy Bel Air that he had borrowed from his uncle Rory.
  • Burn Notice:
    • During the second season finale, Michael uses unmanned Car Fu to clear out a crowd of agents waiting for him. He puts a brick on the gas pedal and aims the Jeep at the bad guys, using it as a battering ram to clear their blockade, and knock down the spike strip that would have punctured their tires if they had tried to drive out first.
    • In the third season's midseason finale he pulls an even more dramatic stunt, sending Sam's girlfriend's Buick sailing off the third story of a parking garage to distract a gang that's trying to ambush Fiona. This is why Sam doesn't let Michael drive.
  • Cannon: In "Death Chain", the first Victim of the Week is run down in an attempt to make it look like a hit-and-run.
  • In Chuck, when Chuck and Sarah are surrounded by bad guys, Casey drives his Crown Vic in to the middle of the standoff.
    Casey: Hey! Somebody order drive-thru?!!
    Chuck: Somebody order drive-thru huh?! Did you think that up as you were racing over to save us?! "Hey! Maybe I'll say this after I crash into the restaurant!!"
  • In an episode of the second season of Coupling, we learn how one of Patrick's past relationships ended:
    Steve: (referring to a wedding invite) In the field of human relationships, what is the most frightening thing that can come through your door?
    Patrick: A Volkswagen.
  • Class of '09: Vivienne rams a man trying to shoot her, then does the same to the truck he got out of.
  • The Criminal Minds episode "Roadkill" featured a serial killer whose MO was vehicular homicide. Several episodes feature either members of the BAU or local police officers using their cars to disable an unsub's vehicle. The latter's tactics are valid but the results tend to be more dramatic than in Real Life (car-flippity-wise).
  • CSI-verse:
    • Greg in CSI, which led to an internal investigation and a fairly severe beating from the roadkill's cohorts. He did it to stop the group from severely beating up a tourist.
      • Another episode has a terminally ill granny program her GPS so she will crash into the office of the insurance company who won't pay her medical expenses.
    • CSI: NY has a non-lethal version with Lindsay using her Avalanche SUV to stop a fleeing suspect in his car. They were in a parking garage, so neither of them were driving extremely fast, and although she dinged up the vehicle, neither she nor the perp were seriously hurt.
    • CSI: Cyber: In "Fit-and-Run", the kidnapper knocks joggers down with his car before abducting them.
  • In the first season of Daredevil (2015), Wilson Fisk's Establishing Character Moment comes when he kills Anatoly (for embarrassing him on a date) by repeatedly and gruesomely slamming his head in a car door, effectively decapitating him.
  • In Dark Angel there is a scene where Max pivots her motorcycle and knocks down an opponent with the back wheel.
  • In the Decoy episode "Across the World," gunrunners run down one of their associates with a car when she discovers their criminal activities.
  • The Devil Judge: A man tries to drive a bus into the Supreme Court as revenge because an arrest warrant wasn't issued against a corrupt businessman. He nearly runs over Ga-on and a young girl before Yo-han shoots at him and causes the bus to overturn.
  • The Doctor Blake Mysteries: In "The Open Road", Lawson gets knocked down by a car and seriously injured while investigating the garage where the murder took place.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "The Dalek Invasion of Earth": Barbara Wright runs down a few Daleks in a lorry.
    • "School Reunion": Mickey Smith needs to get inside a locked school taken over by aliens. He manages to reactivate K-9 and asks if he has some kind of lockpicking device, but K-9 just reminds him they're in Sarah Jane's car. Repeatedly. "Fat lot of good you are... wait a second. We're in a car."
    • "Planet of the Dead": At the climax, the Doctor uses a flying double-decker bus to hit a flying alien.
    • "The Day of the Doctor": The War Doctor bashes the TARDIS through a wall on Gallifrey, taking out several Daleks.
  • The poor, abused Mule in Firefly gets used as a weapon so often. In "The Train Job" Wash uses it to run over one of Niska's goons in the cargo bay shootout. Later, in the episode "War Stories", it gets used as a rolling car bomb to clear the hallway when Serenity's crew starts Storming the Castle.
  • The Good Guys: A favored tactic of Dan Stark, used too many times to count. When in doubt, drive a car through the building. Conveniently, it's almost never his car, because Dan's car is too cool to get totaled.
  • Highlander:
    • Richie attempts bike-fu on the lady immortal who's trying to take his head in one episode, but she ends up knocking him off it. Although making his escape by smashing through the glass windows on said bike a bit later may count.
    • The season before had an episode where Tessa ran down a fleeing mortal serial killer with Duncan’s T-bird.
  • Jake and the Fatman: In "It Had to Be You", a psychiatrist who is secretly a serial rapist plant eveidence on one of his patients to frame him. When it looks like the police aren't buying the frame, he steals the car of one his victims and uses it to run down the patient: looking to close the case on the rapes and frame the victim for the murder.
  • In an episode of Junkyard Wars, the two teams are tasked with building vehicles to demolish a wall. They build two trucks, one with a wrecking ball and one with a hydraulic pick. After getting frustrated with the slow progress of their chosen tool, the wrecking ball crew decides to just ram the wall down, and it becomes an awesome ramming contest.
  • Kamen Rider used to be built on Motorcycle Fu (he's called Kamen Rider for a reason), but more recent entries in the franchise have all but forgotten about it.
    • Kamen Rider: Skyrider kicked this off, with the eponymous hero fighting on his motorcycle, the Sky Turbo, quite often and even having a ramming attack called the Rider Break (which would go on to become the generic name for similar attacks throughout the franchise). The idea was reportedly inspired by an on-set accident where a stuntman accidentally drove the Sky Turbo into a wall.
    • Happily brought back into the show by Kamen Rider Double.
    • And then forgotten about for a while, until their secondary rider shows up, and his gimmick is that he is a bike.
    • Rare, but still happens in Kamen Rider OOO on occasion. In Let's Go Kamen Rider, the Great Leader of Shocker's One-Winged Angel was defeated this way courtesy of ALL the Riders in the entire series jumping on their bikes and performing the All Rider Break.
    • And then Kamen Rider Drive introduces literal Car Fu with the Tridoron, a Cool Car that's usually driven by Krim Steinbelt (as in the guy whose consciousness is in Shinnosuke's belt, it's weird) and that often plays a part in Shinnosuke's finishers. Later in the series, the Tridoron becomes his Super Mode.
  • Kyūkyū Sentai GoGoV: In episode 2, Matoi ends up climbing into an abandoned car and crashing it into the Monster of the Week.
  • Law & Order. In a case of Disproportionate Retribution, from "Couples". Carla Perrazo kills her husband by repeatedly running him over with her car not for "his cheating" or "his perversions", but because, in her words, "I don't go under the knife for anybody."
  • Lost:
    • Hurley breaks into a hostage situation by driving over some of the Others using a Volkswagen Minibus.
    • Desmond Hulme runs into John Locke in season 6.
  • The Magician: In "Illusion in Terror", Blake's Girl of the Week is rundown and seemingly killed by a hitman in a a parking garage.
  • The Mandalorian: In "Chapter 12: The Siege", Cara Dune driving a stolen Imperial transport eliminates one of the pursuing scoot troopers by swerving and crushing him and his speeder bike against the canyon's wall.
  • In the Midnight Caller episode "With Malice Towards One", the villains try to kill Jack by smashing their van into a phone booth he's using. After he dives out of the way, they chase him down the street until he escapes into a building.
  • Midsomer Murders:
    • The first Victim of the Week in "Death and Dust" gets out of his car to clear a fallen tree on the road, and is run down by the car that has been tailing him. It later turns out to be a case of Murder by Mistake.
    • In "The Glitch", the first Victim of the Week is knocked off her bike by a car. The driver then reserves over the top of her, killing her.
    • In "Death in the Slow Lane", the first Victim of the Week is killed when the murderer puts the vintage care he had just started in gear; causing it to move forward and resulting in the victim being Impaled with Extreme Prejudice on the crank handle.
  • In the Monk episode "Mr. Monk's Other Brother", Jack Monk Jr. nearing the ending of the episode proceeded to run over the Murderer Of The Week with Natalie's car just before the latter could deliver the coup de grace. Bonus points with the earlier implication that he was going to leave them to die while he headed to Paraguay.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus: A competitor in the Upper Class Twit of the Year contest runs himself over with a car.
  • MythBusters took on and busted a Ramming Always Works variant in which the driver of a large truck can smash through any number of cars blocking his route. You might get through a couple before losing too much momentum in the crashes. If you've got a purpose-built cowcatcher mounted to the front of your truck, it's more successful (and made for some lovely high-speed footage), but how often do you see that in movies?
  • Jimmy Palmer Took a Level in Badass when he runs down a bad guy in an episode of NCIS, following Gibbs' orders not to leave the car.
  • In NCIS: Los Angeles, Callen and Sam find a group of civilians trapped in a warehouse that the bad guys have set on fire. The door is reinforced steel. Sam then tells Callen to ask their translator how to say "Get back or you'll die" in Vietnamese, and once everyone is away from the outer wall, proceeds to ram their car through the door.
  • NCIS: New Orleans: In "If It Bleeds, It Leads", LaSalle stops a fleeing trail bike by backing his pickup in front of it; sending the rider flying.
  • The New Avengers: In "K is For Kill: Tiger by the Tail", Purdey takes the handbrake off Colonel Stanislav's car while it is parked on a slope, causing it to roll downhill and slam into him.
  • Once Upon a Time: In "The Black Fairy", the titular fairy is winning a fight on the street with Regina and is about to finish her off, when Zelena runs Black over with the car she's been learning to drive.
    Zelena: This driving's thing's easy when you're trying to hit something.
  • Mr. Reese on Person of Interest is a master of Car Fu. He runs his car into another car, a villain, or some other type of plot-important object about every fourth episode. Sometimes multiple times.
  • Power Rangers seems to like throwing in some Motorcycle Fu a lot lately.
    • Martial arts battles atop unmodified (i.e.: not Battlizer weapon component) motorcycles began in earnest in Dino Thunder, reaching their apex in Mystic Force where Nick's standard tactic when backed into a corner is to smash a motorcycle into Koragg's face. He does this with both his normal civilian bike and his Mystic Racer. Needless to say, "Bike to the Face" became one of the memes for THAT season...
    • Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue's Carter Grayson attempted to run down a Monster of the Week with the team car in the first episode. Didn't quite work, but Linkara approved either way.
    • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: In "Enter... The Lizzinator!", this is attempted on Jason. By a Putty. Jason's reaction is priceless.
      Jason: Putties can drive?!
      (Putty Patroller floors the gas and drives towards him)
      Jason: Whoah, yup, they can drive!
    • An earlier episode has the Rangers knock Goldar over with the Megazord's tank mode.
  • Prodigal Son:
    • In "The Job", Malcolm is saved from the killer of the week when his friend Vijay runs the guy over with his car, Malcolm having subtly told him what to do by reminding him of a story Vijay once shared about his drug smuggler friend doing the same to someone back in the 80s.
    • In "Like Father...", Jessica rams her car into another one which one of Endicott's Mooks is using to dispose of a Not Quite Dead Gil, saving his life.
  • In The Righteous Gemstones, there are multiple instances of this trope manifested in car chases, the first of which is dismissed by Jesse to his wife as “car pranks.”
  • Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators: In "This Promised End", the Victim of the Week is run down and killed in an attempt to Make It Look Like an Accident.
  • An episode of Stargate Atlantis has a mild bit of Jumper Fu; when the Replicators take the city and Sheppard flies a Jumper into the gate room, he runs over two human-form Replicators.
  • In the Starsky & Hutch episode "Blindfold," Hutch drives alongside a villain who's trying to flee on foot, then hits him with the car door.
  • Sweet Home: Yi-kyung fights the Beefcake by ramming it with a fire engine.
  • The Terminators seem to have a thing for Car Fu. It happened about, oh, five times in the first couple of episodes of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
  • On Third Watch head paramedic Doc did this with an ambulance. Arriving at a scene to find an AK-47 wielding criminal pinning down two officers, he proceeds to tell his partner to buckle up, and step on the gas. After hitting the criminal, he leaps out and begins treating him. This is given a dose of realism when he gets chewed out for it. This is another element that is showing that he is losing his grip on sanity.
  • Top Gear does this once in a while and with almost every type of land vehicle you can imagine. Notable examples: "no contact" wacky races (minivans, motorhomes, city buses!) which turn into "full contact" before the end of the first lap; car football using small city cars and a giant inflatable ball; and extreme destruct testing (evaluating a car maker's durability claims by crashing said car into something). They also have a channel on YouTube (currently over 300 crunch-tastic uploads).
  • Vera: In "Black Ice", the Victim of the Week is murdered when the killer uses a van to ram her car from behind and force it off the road.

  • Used in several of the animated displays for Data East Pinball's Lethal Weapon 3.
  • Demolition Man allows the player to do this using two toy cars on the playfield — hit the one in the rear to propel it at the other and score a Car Crash.

  • In Interstitial: Actual Play, Edith and Marche decide to use against a giant Nobody Dragon by deploying the weapons inside the flying Bugatti they're driving, as well as ramming the monster outright. It succeeds, but at the cost of destroying the Bugatti.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Eddie Gilbert did this to Jerry Lawler in the parking lot of the TV studio in Memphis after Eddie and his brother Doug had been "fired" from the promotion.
  • Rikishi tried to run over "Stone Cold" Steve Austin to appease The Rock and The Rock's fans. The Rock didn't approve and nobody took Rikishi seriously as a heel, so it was revealed Triple H was really behind it.
  • Larry Sweeney did this to Eddie Kingston during their feud in CHIKARA.
  • Bobby Lashley tried to crush Fit Finlay with a car during a brawl that went out of control on WWE SmackDown. This being Lashley, he grabbed the car and turned it over. Finlay moved, but didn't want to continue the brawl after seeing that.
  • Allysin Kay got someone to perform a hit and run on Jessicak Havok during their street fight at SHINE 18, in that she got in the car which sped off after it hit Havok.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Arkham Horror 3rd edition: A character equipped with a car can ram an enemy for substantial automatic damage. However, it can only be done a few times before the car is destroyed.
  • BattleTech: An interesting take on the concept, this is the premise from the popular lighter class mech urban tactic "Death-From-Above". Step 1: Realize your 40-ton mech can't go head to head with a 80-tonner. Step 2: Flee between skyscrapers. Step 3: Jump-jet onto top of building, one that's taller than your opponent. Step 4: Wait until opponent is in jump range. Step 5: Gain as much altitude as possible before letting your "light" 35 tons of steel and armament come crashing down on top of your opponent. This is usually considered a last ditch tactic, as even a successful DFA is likely to cause some damage to the attacking unit.
    • Not just light mechs, either. The Highlander, a 90 ton Assault class mech, has jumpjets that allow it to DFA. Doing so is called the Highlander Burial, and can easily result in an instant kill by crushing the targeted mech's cockpit.
    • A variation of Battletech, known as Alpha Strike, has some very interesting rules regarding charging, best summed up as "Number of inches moved times size value, then divided by 8, rounding the result normally." This means most 'Mechs will do two, maybe three points of charge damage... but then there's a little monstrosity known as the ALM-XF Fireball. It is one of the smallest 'Mechs in the game, a puny size 1. It also moves 48 inches in a game where big 'Mechs can maybe get half a foot of movement. This means that the Fireball can hurtle across an entire table length and smash a victim for 6 points of damage. This is enough to instantly destroy many smaller 'Mechs outright at no risk to itself (because the charge rules also state that only hitting a size 3 or larger victim damages a charging size 1 unit). This is literally its most lethal attack—as stated by a member of the Catalyst Games demo team:
    "Basically the XF is a guided anti-light Mech missile."
  • In Car Wars, most vehicles have weapons, but for those equipped with special "ramplates", collisions are the name of the game. However, even with a ramplate, your car never comes out of a collision completely unscathed.
  • In the d20 Modern Urban Arcana setting, thanks to Post-Modern Magik and all, you can get a magic item called Bumpers of the Ram, which are used to increase damage dealt to the target and reduce the damage dealt to the vehicle used for Car Fu attempts. Combined with the Seats of Safety, a set of seats protecting the passengers against damage from collision, you can ram anything without taking too much damage. Car fu is still possible in core D20 Modern, but much more risky.
  • The Dresden Files has rules for it, specifically that getting hit by a car is a Weapon:5 attack, putting it well above the stress done by most guns and even explosives.
  • Drive Charms in Shards of the Exalted Dream support this approach for multiple splats.
  • The Feng Shui supplement Golden Comeback, an invaluable addition to the game in general, has rules for not only fighting from vehicles, but fighting with vehicles. It has several driving schticks that can, amongst other things, give you a signature vehicle that can't be destroyed.
  • In Spycraft, Car Fu is essentially the job of the Wheelman class. There are extensive rules for car chases, including "Predator" and "Prey" maneuvers for concluding a chase one way or the other. There are also numerous James Bond-inspired car upgrades (in Spycraft ver. 1.0 these are actually called "The Usual Refinements") such as tire-slashers which can be used to really ruin someone's day.
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • Tank Shock and Ramming are techniques that fit this trope. Until the FAQ confirmed that ramming has the same strength cap as every other attack, it was theoretically possible for an Eldar Falcon to cause an automatic penetrating hit by moving at full speed and ramming. 8th Edition removed Tank Shock and ramming and replaced it with normal charging and attack rules, but most vehicles have a pathetic 6+ to hit in melee and so ramming lost some of its earlier damaging capabilities (though tying up a valuable squad for a turn or two still has its uses).
    • The Orks love this trope, gleefully attacking all sorts of weapons onto their trukks and battlewagons to better slam into hapless enemies. These weapons start at spiked rams and end with the Deff Rolla, a massive steamroller attachment with spikes that goes on the front of the biggest ork vehicles. Befitting their love of vehicular combat, post 8th Edition ork tanks are some of the only non-walker vehicles with decent combat capabilities, and the extra weapons only make them more dangerous when they attack.
    • Gorkamorka encourages this trope.
  • In Zombicide, if you are a lucky enough survivor to find a working car with some gas left in it after a Zombie Apocalypse, you can use it to plow through walker zombies. Fatties and abominations are immune to it, and runners can hide behind them though.

    Video Games 
  • 007 Racing, having James freaking Bond in fifteen driving based missions, allows Bond to go on insane rampages with various vehicles from the franchise's then 38-year-old run. Crashing into a helicopter? Plowing through a military outpost, guns a-blazing? Using cars to do battle against forklits and excavators driven by mooks? Destroying the Big Bad's Underwater Base using the Lotus Esprit, before crashing into the Baltic Sea and morphing into a submarine? Oh hell yeah.
  • Alpha Zylon puts you on the receiving end of this, trapped in a park with many cars attempting to run you over.
  • Armored Warfare definitely allows and sometimes even encourages this—there's hardly a tank that doesn't do at least 40 kph, and many can go upwards of 60 kph. A 60-ton M1 Abrams can get up to 72 kph—do the maths. It's not unheard of for low-health enemies to simply be smashed aside and destroyed by an MBT that doesn't want to wait for its gun to reload. The problem is that it's possible to accidentally ram your allies at such speeds, requiring some care on the part of players to avoid team-damaging or worse, team-killing. In a slightly more mundane yet still awesome example, a lot of the secondary objectives in a cooperative mission can be accomplished simply by driving a tank straight through some unlucky trucks.
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum: The finale of the battle with Bane has Batman taking Bane down by using the Batmobile as a remote-guided missile.
    Batman: No, Bane...this time, I break you!
    • It should be noted that this maneuver is repeated in Injustice: Gods Among Us as Batman's super attack, albeit as the final attack in a short combo.
  • Battlefield
    • In Battlefield 2142, one notable tactic for annoying the hell out of enemy infantry is to approach them in a jeep, beep the horn, and then run them down when they turn to investigate the sound. This tactic also extends to killing tanks and APCs by loading a jeep full of plastic explosives, driving full throttle toward the vehicle, jumping out, and hitting the detonator. This is known, for good reason, as "jihad jeeping".
    • The tactic runs all the way back to Battlefield 1942, where using light vehicles as suicide bombs against tanks proved to be a viable tactic.
    • Some servers don't like you doing it though. They usually put a warning up front: "No jihading please!"
    • In Battlefield 3, this tactic comes back with the c4-packed jeep.
    • Battlefield: Bad Company 2 had the perfect design for the proper form of jihad jeeping: a squad of friends could choose to join a "hardcore" lobby, where friendly fire was turned on. The pre-made squad would then all choose the assault class and throw all their C4 on an ATV; they would then restock on C4 by throwing an ammo box, and would continue to throw as much C4 as possible on the ATV. Two squad mates would then get on the ATV-one driving and one on the back- and would drive into buildings, vehicles, groups of enemies, etc. Here's where hardcore comes in: Instead of getting off the ATV and letting it carry itself to the target, the players would ram into the target and detonate the C4, killing themselves in the process due to friendly fire being on. Now that is how you Jihad jeep.
      • Jeeps are also used to grief friendly players. Since vehicles still have momentum after you jump out, many a jet-camper has died an unexpected death.
      • C4-packed skid-steer loaders (a vehicle added in Back to Karkand) may become quite popular now after this TV ad for the game:
  • Although no damage is dealt, you can use collisions to throw off enemy aim in BattleTanx, especially once the flippy hovertank is introduced.
  • Battlezone, the PC game update anyway, features hovertanks galore, some stupid fast. About the only advantage to an infantryman who's lost his vehicle is that he can attempt to use the sniper rifle to shoot the other guy out of the vehicle before the big squish.
  • In Bayonetta, Jeanne frequently (and quite masterfully) uses her bike to deal the hurt to Angels and, at one point, battle Bayonetta. The latter is just as skilled as proven in Chapter 8.
  • Beware is based around this in a horror setting, as your pursuers will attempt to ram your car, push it off the road or force it into a ditch or a tree with their own, though unless you die in a car crash, they'll get out to finish you off themselves once your vehicle's disabled. You can try to do it to them, too (minus the actually killing them part), but the AI is probably a much better driver than you are.
  • Two vehicles, the buggy and the dumptruck in N64's Blast Corps, also work on this same principle. It helps others destroy a little bit faster, but it's the key to beating these vehicles' missions.
  • Bump 'n' Jump is Car Fu on the cute side. You bump other cars to the side of the road to blow them up, and also jump right on top of them to destroy them.
  • Bumper Wars encourages ramming your opponents to destroy them. The whole premise of the game is "what if bumper cars had guns" so it's not terribly surprising.
  • The whole point of the Takedown in the Burnout series of games since Takedown.
    • Traffic Checks take this to another level: not only can you use your car as a weapon, you can use other cars as weapons by rear-ending them, at which point the laws of physics will conveniently look away as the rammed car suddenly flies forward as if strapped to rockets.
  • The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare games have several examples of these. One of them in Modern Warfare 2 is a pickup controlled by Shadow company running into a minigun-equipped Ultranationalist Humvee.
  • Carmageddon tracks were designed to be completed as straight auto races, demolition derbies, or competitive genocides on squishy pedestrians. Since the last option extended race time potentially indefinitely, permitting broader map exploration and collection of all cash and point bonuses, it became the more popular but less challenging choice.
  • A signature of the Command & Conquer series is that vehicles can crush infantry by rolling over them. For many vehicles, it's actually their most efficient way to kill enemy infantry, which can help make up for their Crippling Overspecialization. Later installments have upped the ante on this by having certain tanks being capable of crushing other tanks.
    • Not to mention that the splat of running over infantry definitely counts as a Most Wonderful Sound, which in of itself encourages the player to use this form of offense. Doubly so for the sound of enemy armor being crushed under your much bigger armor.
    • Likewise in its predecessor, Dune II. Do not send an infantry squad to take down an otherwise defenseless Harvester.
    • In Tiberian Sun, at least, a squad of infantry can destroy a harvester. But they can only do this if the player micromanages them, and tells them to get out of its way.
      • Excess harvesters can also be used as damage soaks during an attack. This trick only really works with AI opponents, though. They can also be used as impromptu demolition trucks, if you load them up with the volatile Blue Tiberium first.
  • The Command & Conquer: Red Alert series. The series with the Soviet Apocalypse tank, a tank so big it can crush other tanks. Or the Allied Assault Destroyer, a literal battleship on tank treads which can do the same. Or the Allied Battle Fortress, in which running over things, including other tanks, is its primary means of attack.
    • The otherwise harmless (at least to ground units) Slingshots and Mantis drones in Kane's Wrath can kill infantry by running over them despite they can only attack air units.
    • While the Soviet Sickles mainly use their machine guns to take out infantry, they can also use their Flea Leap ability to land on and crush them.
    • And then there's a couple of Soviet Support Power abilites - "Magnetic Satellite" and "Orbital Drop". The former allows you to suck up tanks, planes, and ships out of the battlefield into space; the latter allows you to drop those same vehicles right on top of your opponent.
  • You can employ the normal "run-into-someone" version in Crackdown, provided you account for the dodging that gang members tend to do. This is one way to increase your Driving skill, and provided you also don't run into too many civilians, improve your rank. (See also the "Superpowered Car Fu variation" section.)
  • Dead Rising features cars as the most powerful zombie-killing tools in the mall. They're more or less required if you want to get Zombie Genocider - 53,594 splatters on your windshield in less than 6 hours! Promotional trailers for the sequel showed Chuck Greene heading into a zombie mob riding a dirt bike — with running chainsaws strapped to the handlebars.
  • For video games, the Ur-Example would have to be the controversial 1976 (yes, you read that right) Arcade Game Death Race by Exidy. Apparently inspired by the movie Death Race 2000, the game involved running over human-sounding "gremlins" to turn them into grave markers and thereby score points within a time limit. Word has it that several of the machines were destroyed as a result.
  • Devil May Cry:
    • Devil May Cry 3: One cutscene has Dante using a bike to beat up some demons while in mid-air.
    • Devil May Cry 5:
      • Nico rams demons with the van she and Nero are riding on during the prologue, and she also rams her van against an Empusa that was about to attack the unnamed soldier whom Nero nicknames "Crew cut".
      • In Mission 11, Dante acquires a new Devil Arm called Cavaliere which takes the form of a pair of motorcycle that can change into a pair of buzzsaws. Dante can also use the Devil Arm's motorcycle form in battle during gameplay.
  • Early in Devil Survivor 2, the protagonists run into Dubhe, who is impervious to all of your attacks. The level at first seems to be an "escape" level, but the escape is blocked off before you can reach it. Then Daichi runs a truck off of a bridge and into Dubhe, turning most of its immunities into weaknesses and taking out about half of its HP in one shot.
  • Driver and its "purer" sequels are driving games only, there is no getting out of the car and duking it out or shooting at vehicles. This leaves ramming the only possible way to fight your opponents (or for the police to stop you).
  • When Dwarf Fortress implemented minecarts, the fanbase began producing minecartillery tracks to fire carts at incoming hostiles in record time. Then came the complex stuff, like derailing them while full of sharp stuff, grapeshotting the incoming goblins AKA the dwarven shotgun, or recreating Frogger with the invaders in question.
  • Like the Command and Conquer and Star Wars: Battlefront examples, certain vehicles in Empire at War can crush infantry, or in the case of the AT-AT, small vehicles. Hover vehicles cannot, but any tracked vehicle or walker can. Averted, however, because usually troops and the T2-B light tanks will move out of the way. The AT-AT can also crush low walls, but will normally just go around them. Used straight, however, with the TIE Mauler, a light tank for the Empire whose main attack (despite 3 laser cannons) is to just run over infantry. With the Mauler, infantry will not move out of the way automatically.
  • Factorio often encourages you to use your vehicles as a weapon against the bugs threatening your factories. The humble handbuilt car can plow through small (man-sized) and medium bugs, though it takes damage as it runs them over. Trying to run over a big bug will result in it running you over. The diesel train, on the other hand, will gleefully plow through thousands of bugs of any size without a scratch due to its sheer speed and mass; using a ring circuit for a train around your factories can make an excellent first-line defense, though a repair system is necessary to keep train tracks in good shape after bug attacks.
  • The Hornet car in Fighters Megamix is a literal example. The car stands on its back tires, and boxes with its front ones.
  • Fortnite, despite ostensibly being a typical battle royale type third person shooter, does let cars and other vehicles do impact damage. It's usually not a one hit kill, at least if a player is at full health but it can easily break a player's shields, and knock their health down by half if you get some speed going and the jump on them. Combine that with the fact that cars have their own HP levels that escalate into bullet sponge levels, passenger seats for multi-player parties to run and gun, and even near-dead cars having a faster movement speed than player run speeds, and it's not too uncommon for vehicles to show up and try to run people over throughout the game, even in the lategame when there's 10 people or less left in the map.
    • Note: The latest Fortnite update includes "Chonkers Tires", which functionally turn every car into an off-road vehicle, seemingly encouraging players to use this tactic.
    • Also, the amount of this seen in a given game depends heavily on the skill level of game itself. In lower level matches, cars are an unstoppable force that can annihilate a dozen players without giving the driver a single scratch. In higher level matches, if they're not careful, drivers will be dead after the second hit-and run.
    • The reason for this is that one of the best ways to stop a car-rampage is to not shoot the car (which tends to have a HP level from the low 600's to the high 1100's), but instead shoot the driver, which is a seperate, much squishier, hit-box, going in far more predictable a path than walking players are. Noob-level Fornite players either don't know this, or aren't skilled enough to hit drivers, hence the relative effectiveness of this in early matches. But more advanced players are very well aware of this weakness, and the particularly skilled ones can get headshots on drivers who aren't careful.
    • This weakness is also present if the driver manages to piss off an armed NPC, as their ludicrously accurate targeting AI always hits the driver, not the car.
  • There are gametypes in Forza where you get points for mashing the other cars. The Cat and Mouse gametype requires you to defend your team's Mouse (a slow car) and take out the enemy Mouse and their Cats (high performance cars), which usually means mashing into the enemy Mouse as fast as possible and trying to flip them over. There's also a more standard demolition derby gametype, where you get points for ramming players at high speed.
    • Online play can frequently turn into Car Fu, unfortunately. Forza Motorsport 3's netcode means that a slight bump can cause a car to act like you did a full blown PIT maneuver, and can result in a pileup with every player mashing into each other; the first corner of a track is notorious for causing these pileups. The problem of slight taps sending cars spinning has been fixed in Forza Motorsport 4, but there are usually pileups at the first corner because people drive like idiots.
  • The superhero RTS/RPG Freedom Force when it was first released, prior to a patch, had involuntary NPC Car Fu. If a character ran into the street in front of a car, it would hit him, and knock him away a little bit... then hit him again before he got up, knocking him away a little bit... then hit him again before he got up, knocking him away a little bit, and so on, until either the car turned, or the character died.
    • In the second game, Freedom Force vs. the Third Reich, you can easily bludgeon someone to death with a car. Hell, it's necessary to complete some maps without taking advantage of El Diablo's brokenness.
  • Subverted in Friday the 13th: The Game: attempting to run Jason over with a car will only result in a wrecked car and an unscathed Jason.
  • Frozen State: When driving in a car, you can run over enemies in it.
  • In Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter, enemy vehicles may run you and/or your teammates down if you're in their path, killing you instantly.
  • You get the Road Rage Execution Style in The Godfather: The Game the first time you run over an enemy gangster with a car, while the Traffic Accident Execution Style is collected by shoving an enemy so that someone else runs him over for you.
  • This trope is the heart and soul of the Grand Theft Auto series. From cops trying to ram you during chases, to you using your own car to take out pedestrians or force other cars off the road and into buildings. And of course you can use a gun while driving as well.
    • Especially fun when you use the car as a projectile. Drive at target in police view (say, said police). Accelerate. Abandon vehicle. If the target doesn't dodge... squish. And no wanted levels! Another less than realistic piece of fun from Vice City was the old standby, the chopper blades of chopping, which I don't think really ticked off the cops in that game, either (they wise up for San Andreas's sequel, though.).
    • Car Fu is particularly helpful in Grand Theft Auto III's "Waka-Gashira Wipeout", in which the player is tasked with eliminating the mark from inside the vehicle. Sure, you can do a drive-by... but it's a lot simpler just to throw the Cartel Cruiser at him.
    • And this hasn't exhausted the really sneaky uses. Pushing someone very slowly into water, creative getaway barriers for your enemies, "reparking" your "future" car (the Mule pornmobile immediately comes to mind) or that of your enemy with a heavy other, "parking in" one of your "friends" who has the annoying habit of running into the enemy's bullets, etc. etc., the possibilities are endless.
    • One mission in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories has you to cause as much carnage on the road with a fire truck, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories contains a couple of similar side-missions with other large vehicles.
    • With the more recent content patches in GTA Online, players can purchase rocket-powered cars that propel this trope to the max.
  • In Grey Area (2023), the Goddess of Ichor will telekinetically pick up and throw cars at Hailey during the second phase of the fight. They explode spectacularly upon hitting the ground.
  • In .hack//G.U., you eventually get a motorcycle in each volume of the game that can be used to ram into enemies on the field as a pre-emptive strike if they don't notice you. The second volume onwards allows you to customize the bike to make it cause more damage and make it invisible to avoid being seen. Hilariously, using it for Hit-and-Run Tactics against the Doppelganger is the easiest way to kill it (Thanks to it not regenerating HP if you flee) and allows you to do so far before you can defeat it through conventional means.
  • Half-Life 2 is in love with this trope. Between running people over with your air boat, dropping cars on zombies, and running people over with your scout car, you do a lot of this. It's also possible to use the Gravity Gun to punt cars, including your own (if you're not in it at the time), at enemies.
    • Half-Life 2: Episode One also features several sections where you have to move cars with the gravity gun in order to cover up antlion dens.
    • And then there's the car in Episode 2 which has no built in weapons (besides the bumper), but still manages to be far and away the best way to kill the Hunters in the big battle at the end.
    • In at least one point in the series you can drop your car on your enemies with a crane. In fact, there's an achievement/trophy for it.
  • Halo makes Car Fu especially fun for drivers, especially in the original Halo: Combat Evolved, where getting hit by a vehicle was almost guaranteed to kill you regardless of its speed. Not surprisingly, games from Halo 2 onward have generally nerfed it, in more ways than one.
    • That said, Halo 3 did encourage Car Fu by having achievements for running over and killing someone with a Mongoose (a light, small ATV) and killing someone with objects placed in Forge (the Achievement is called "Dropped a Tank on Him").
    • In Halo: Reach, attempting to splatter someone who had activated Armor Lock would resort in your own vehicle being destroyed.
    • Halo: Combat Evolved often ended up with this accidentally, since it was rather easy to injure or kill Marines if you had to right an overturned Warthog in close quarters. Something similar applies to Halo 5: Guardians, where it's easy to accidentally kill your entire team if the side of your tank just barely nudges them.
  • Hungry Lamu: In the Roadkill ending, the last camper manages to escape into the group's car and floors it. As they drive down the road, Lamu makes one last-ditch attempt to attack the camper by leaping out at the windshield... unfortunately for Lamu, the camper keeps on going.
  • Interstate '76
  • In Jak II: Renegade, one easy way to carve some health off KG Blast Bots was to steal a vehicle, gun the engine, accelerate to maximum, and jump off at just the right time to drop the flying car/bike onto the Blast Bot's swollen metal head, before shooting the frak out of it with your collection of guns. Then came the gun-toting vehicles of Jak 3 and Jak X...
    • Player-induced Car-Fu was also possible in a game that can be called "Bop!". Take any double-seated Cruiser, hang around in the low hoverzone, then switch to the high hover zone to smash into a single-seater Zoomer, upon which the Zoomer is blown up but Jak's vehicle remains perfectly fine. Due to the delay in the explosion, shouting the name of the game when hitting the Zoomer results in the rather satisfying "BOP! *BOOM!*", especially if said explosion takes out other vehicles. Sadly was no longer possible in Jak 3, as the vehicles got more health due to the war going on.
    • Jak X specifically has one game mode that requires you to do this. The Rush Hour mode features you driving your car on given circuit while endless stream of car-drones goes in the opposite direction. The objective is to ram the highest possible number of them for points. Death Race mode features drones going in the same direction meant to be shot to scrap, but if you run out of other weapons than base machine gun and have fast enough car ...
  • Kirby:
  • Used in Krush Kill n' Destroy by certain vehicles; the robot faction in the sequel are immune to it.
  • In Left 4 Dead 2 you drive a stock car through a plate-glass window... and get quite a number of Zombie skulls jammed in your tires.
  • The arcade action game Lucky & Wild is made of this trope. The players get to ram their vehicles into enemy mooks, drive into a crowded shopping mall, crash through roadblocks, pull an impromptu Ramp Jump with another wrecked vehicle and drive into narrow alleyways to take shortcuts crushing mooks in their way in the process.
  • Marco & the Galaxy Dragon: Marco saves a kid from two of El Skeleton’s minions by ramming them with her scooter at one point.
  • MadWorld has a motorcycle example. Jack has a Bloodbath Challenge where he spins his motorcycle around to knock aliens into various deathtraps. The boss fight in that same level involves both of you on motorcycles, with the final QTE having you smash your motorcycles into each other to try to beat the other's ride into submission.
  • In Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven, the car is almost a Game-Breaker. If you are allowed to drive it on a mission against normal thugs, you are indestructible. The mission in the harbor is the most obvious example.
    • Depending on how lucky you are, as Tommy still takes damage from inside the car. The car itself also takes damage, and a shot to the gas tank will end your mission fairly quickly. The use of a car is especially problematic in "A Great Deal!" when attempting to access the ground level.
  • In MapleStory, Kinesis' most powerful moves involve dropping a train (or later, several, along with other scrap metal) on opponents.
  • In Mass Effect, one of the best ways of dealing with Geth Armature and Colossus walking tanks is to knock them down by ramming them with your Mako APC. An even better way is to park said Mako on top of the felled walker and dismount to punch it full of holes.
    • Another example can be found later on when the Mako is driven through a miniature mass relay in a cutscene. It plows through a couple of geth mooks before stopping.
    • The Hammerhead hovercraft in the DLC for Mass Effect 2 is similarly good at Car Fu. Ramming geth, while usually not immediately lethal, tends to send the humanoid ones flying. If near a cliff or lava lake, gravity usually does the rest. As for the armatures, they typically collapse and have to get back up, leaving them sitting ducks for the Hammerhead's missiles for a few seconds.
    • The proud tradition continues in Mass Effect: Andromeda with its Nomad rover, despite the Nomad being (a) unarmed, (b) lightweight and high off the ground meaning most people won't even be killed if hit by it, and (c) an exploratory rover not rated for combat Ryder still tries to and enjoys it.
      Ryder: "Speed bump!"
  • In the later MechWarrior games (the simulator mech combat game set in the BattleTech universe), ramming an enemy mech with your mech does contact damage based on how fast you're going. It's entirely possible to ram an enemy mech to death, then have them blow up in your face. In MechWarrior Living Legends, it's possible to do Car Fu with tanks and jet fighters - which used to cause the rammed vehicle to go flying off into the distance, spinning wildly.
  • Opening scene of Mega Man X2 has X riding a hoverbike, jumping off of it, and it crashing into a mechaniloid.
  • Eva rides a motorcycle up Ocelot's face the first time they meet on-screen in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. He somehow survives.
  • Later entries into the Midnight Club series includes a power up called Aggro that renders your car invincible, allowing you to literally plow through traffic with aplomb. Using Aggro while riding a motorcycle, though, induces massive lulz...
  • Midtown Madness: In crash course "Bonnie & Collide" you got a mission, destroy the other car before your time's up.
  • Mortal Kombat 9 has two Stage Fatalities like this. For the Street, you simply throw your opponent in the path of an incoming taxi, and he/she is run over and decapitated. For the Subway, you hold your victim's face against the side of the rushing subway from the edge of the platform, then for good measure, throw him/her to the tracks on the other side of the platform to be crushed by another train.
  • PAYDAY 3: In the outro cutscene for Touch The Sky, Concord disposes of Patricia J. Sharke by having her run over with a car.
  • In the early days of PlanetSide, the most common use for tanks and other heavy vehicles was ramming infantry, which generally instantly splattered them. The hover vehicles were especially notorious for this. Eventually, this tactic was sharply reduced in effectiveness, to the great dismay of tank drivers everywhere.
    • The New Conglomerate's Vanguard battle tank is still horrifically effective at mowing down infantry, as it can instagib any non-MAX player; combine that with the tank's sheer hugeness and instagibbing 150 mm cannon and you get a giant lawnmower of death.
    • The Terran Republic's Prowler can also squish infantry very nicely, but given its slower speed and dual 100 mm cannons that also kill infantry in one shot but at over twice the rate of fire of the Vanguard's single 150 mm, the driver rarely gets the chance to actually claim any kills.
  • Raging Justice have areas containing parked ATVs you can hijack and drive around, using your ride to run over scores of enemies. It does overheat after a while, and explode after receiving enough damage, and you're back on foot after that.
  • It is a proven fact that one of the best ways to destroy a building in Red Faction: Guerilla, is to drive a car through the building, park it inside, and then blow it up, possibly setting additional explosives to weaken the building structure, or just taking it out with the much-loved Sledgehammer.
    • If you're on ground, the enemy use this as their modus operandi: crash the car into you then get out and start shooting.
  • [PROTOTYPE]: Throwing a car at an enemy is perfety valid technique. If you're really nice you can make sure it's empty first..
  • Occurs during a cut scene in Red Steel 2, when the villain Payne tries to run over the player with a tanker truck. The game then starts a series of quick-time events where you have to fight Payne while avoid being thrown from the runaway truck.
  • Resident Evil 6 plays this straight and subverts it. Early in Leons campaign, a school bus is used as an impromptu escape vehicle. It's blocked by a Whopper zombie but the bus is able to run it down. The same bus then tries to run over a lone zombie at the beginning of the next chapter, and ends up going all The Italian Job. Just before a semi arrives to finish the job of sending the bus over a cliff ... This doesn't end well for the NPC's in the bus.
    • During the fight with Jack in the garage in Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, you can find the keys to the garage's car laying around. You can then get into the car and repeatedly ram Jack with it, saving a lot of ammunition. If you do, he eventually jumps on the hood, rips the top of the car off, and forces Ethan to drive wildly around the garage before ramming the car into a set of steel beams, impaling himself and ending the fight.
  • In the laserdisc arcade game Road Blaster (later released for the Sega CD as Road Avenger, and not to be confused with the later Road Blasters by Atari Games), the player is a man taking revenge on a gang that ran him and his newlywed wife off the road, killing her. He achieves this by taking a surprisingly durable Cool Car and returning the favor over the course of a single day and night, up to and including ramming a helicopter while jumping a canyon.
  • Robo Army has an Invincibility Power-Up that transforms the player characters into a Power Buggies, allowing them to run down the hordes of enemies. In humanoid form, they can also pick up and throw cars.
  • Rocket League encourages this, as driving at top speed allows you to ram into opponents to blow them up, taking them out of the game for a while.
  • In Saints Row: The Third you get bonus "respect" points every time you run someone over with your vehicle. Bailing out of the vehicle you're driving so it smashes into other cars or people works too.
  • In the old Silent Scope game, one of the bosses is fought during a highway chase. Once you shoot him a few times, however, he falls out of his car, and then proceeds to hijack an 18-wheeler truck, which he then tries to ram you with. Whether you LET him is up to you, and your steady aim, of course....
  • Sleeping Dogs (2012), like Grand Theft Auto, can use cars to run over Triad enemies or ram into enemy cars. This trope is taken to another level thanks to environmental grapples. Melee fights can see Wei drag enemies to a parked car and take them out by slamming them into it, brutally using the door to finish them, or even just throwing them into the trunk.
  • There are a couple examples of this in the Sonic the Hedgehog series.
    • The first boss of the Genesis version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is the Egg Drillster, a car equpped with a drill in front driven by Dr. Eggman. It moves back and forth across the arena, trying to ram the player with Collision Damage. After seven hits, it will shoot its drill at the player.
    • In Sonic Adventure 2, on the very first level, an absurdly MASSIVE semi-truck tries to flatten Sonic into road kill. One wonders how this truck got around the sharp corners without smashing the buildings. Mind, this truck was operated by G.U.N. — the military! All just to squish Sonic.
    • It returns along with the stage it comes from in Sonic Generations, only now with buzzsaws and rocket boosters! This game also reveals what the truck was carrying, which are military drones, deployed from the back (while the truck is still in motion) when the truck driver accidentally passes Sonic.
    • In Shadow the Hedgehog, you can do this. Convertible, motorcycle, jeep, or Humvee, you can do this.
    • An infamous stretch in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) has Sonic being chased by a tornado that's constantly sucking in cars lying about and launching them in Sonic's direction, as if it's sentient and malicious. In the same game, Silver the Hedgehog also has a habit of attacking by telekinetically lifting cars and chucking them at his opponents. Like the truck, both of these return in Sonic Generations, though in Generations Silver not only tosses cars at Sonic, at one point he telekinetically crumples up hundreds of cars, and other shrapnel he finds, into a building-sized ball and rolls it down at Sonic.
  • In Star Wars: Battlefront and its sequel, a player can ram ground troops with their vehicles, although this is usually ineffective as most ground vehicles are quite slow. However the swoop bikes can be used to kill an enemy by running them over, although careful timing you will need. The droid AAT, while moving slowly (especially in the first game, with no boost), is rather pointy and will take out clones pretty fast if you ram them.
    • In addition, many players have discovered a tactic in that they can place mines on the front of their vehicles as they will detonate the moment they come into contact with an enemy unit. As a result, ram tactics can result in a spectacular, albeit suicidal if you don't jump out quick enough, victory.
    • If you're really good, you can also kill people by landing on them with starfighters. This is the only consistent method of killing hero characters in Battlefront 1 along with running them down with Speeder Bikes. The other consistent method is using a vehicle to drive them into environmental death traps, though bombs still work for that, it's just much easier with a vehicles.
    • Sweeping up enemy infantry is particularly potent in levels like "Theed", which afford little room for troops to scatter.
  • Super Smash Bros.
    • Wario can ram into opponents with his motorcycle, dealing damage and knockback based on its velocity (Potentially up to the point of being a One-Hit Kill due to an amusing glitch in Brawl). After he falls/jumps off, the motorcycle can be thrown around by anybody, and after it explodes from the abuse, the tires can be weaponized, as well.
    • Pit's Final Smash in Ultimate has him ride the Lightning Chariot; anyone caught in the crosshairs when he comes by is launched at top speed via Phos and Lux ramming into them.
  • Team Fortress 2: The Tank in the "Mann vs. Machine" game mode is a Stone Wall with no actual attacks, but it can instantly kill any player that ends up wedged between the vehicle and a wall. It will also instantly destroy any Engineer buildings that are caught in its path, as it cannot be stopped or slowed in any way outside of completely destroying it.
  • In a Tekken trailer, Jin Kazama uses motorcycle-fu against some of his dad's bodyguards before Kazuya slices the bike in half with a heel drop.
  • Terraria: Ramming into an enemy with a minecart will inflict damage if the minecart is travelling fast enough. There's an achievement for killing an enemy this way.
  • In Total Overdose you can do a Bullet Time-style dive out of a car before it crashes into something, also if you jump out of the car just before an impact, no matter how soft this will be, the car will explode.
  • Transformers: Devastation makes Car-Fu part of the game's combo system. Press the prompted button after a basic combo and watch your character rev-up and ram, tackle, even burn rubber on their bodies and fucking backflip. As Optimus Prime says during a Boss Battle with Starscream "Ever wonder what happens when a delicate jet gets hit by a truck?"
  • In Starsiege: Tribes, running players over with tanks or the Shrike VTOL fighter is one of the easiest ways to dispatch infantry. In Tribes 2, ramming vehicles usually either blows them up (in the case of Shrike versus Shrike), blows up the smaller one (grav cycle versus tank), or just gets both vehicles stuck (tank versus tank).
  • While there's mostly ranged weapons involved, the Twisted Metal series has plenty of Car Fu moments; any vehicle can engage in Car Fu against other vehicles and the occasional pedestrian or enemy driver; there's even damage bonus for T-boning an opponent (colliding with them in their side) in some versions. And certain other vehicles (especially in Twisted Metal Black and not just Darkside) have Special Weapons that emphasize Car Fu. For example, Yellowjacket's omnidirectional spike launcher has a secondary attack mode where turbo-ramming an opponent with them deployed but not fired will increase the collision damage. Grasshopper's special has her launch into the air to 'squash' other vehicles. Axel's hidden secondary Special Weapon retracts him inside his torture wheels, turning it into a single, humongous tire that decides it doesn't need be on a Monster Truck to crush cars and people. And let's not forget Mr. Slam (Exactly What It Says on the Tin -a modified backhoe), the only vehicle that can Car Fu with a grappling attack. Over and over.
    • Though any large vehicle does acceptable damage when ramming smaller vehicles, this is Twisted Metal's Darkside's raison d'être. You even get damage bonuses for hitting them with the side of your truck, or the back of their vehicle with YOUR back. Also, Hammerhead's special attack only triggers if you ram into and then run over the enemy car.
  • Unreal Tournament 2004 and Unreal Tournament III have the Onslaught/Warfare and Vehicle CTF gametypes, all of them which, of course, allow this trope to happen. You have up to 7 to 20 vehicles and, being a competitive game, Car Fu is a very important skill in these games. You can also find some vehicles in a few Assault maps as well in 2004, and a Darkwalker in a Deathmatch level in III.
    • The announcer will yell "Roadkill!" or "Hit and run!" when you run over a player on foot; "Pancake!" in the rare case you manage to drop a vehicle directly on top of an infantryman; and "Vehicular Manslaughter" and "Road Rage" when running over several players in vehicles, without being killed. The Scorpion even has extendable blades designed to chop up infantry as you zoom past.
    • In UT3, the Necris Viper and the Scorpion can be set to self-destruct. If a player aims a vehicle at a given target, sets it to self-destruct, jumps out just as they're about to hit the target, and manages to kill someone with the resulting explosion, the "Bullseye" distinction is granted. Earning Bullseye twenty times grants the "Deathwish" award. Getting roadkill/pancake fifteen times in a match equals a "Road Rampage", ten of which bestow the "Armadillo" award, and killing a player in an aerial dogfight makes you a "Top Gun", twenty of which bestow the "Ace" award. A player who has killed at least one player with each vehicle earns the "Jack of All Trades" award. Destroying certain vehicles with the main gun on the Goliath tank produces a declaration of "Eagle Eye". Many of these can also be found in UT2004.
    • The above examples in Star Wars: Battlefront also apply here, from a Manta or Scorpion loaded with spider mines or sticky grenades, to flying a severely damaged aircraft of any sort above a large plateau or cliff face, abandoning it, filling it full of mines, then using its momentum to drop it in the middle of the crowd below. A good way to begin the assault on the enemy powercore when repairs would take too long. Idle this with the player in question also having a redeemer, or having set the time-delay superweapons to fire right before. Works better in larger games as there's more chaos to cloak your move.
    • "Pancake!" is actually fairly easy to get in the right vehicle; the Manta sharply descends if one uses the alt-fire, at least in UT2004. Fly/hover above/over some poor schmuck and hit it. Watch the Manta descend like a meteor and the giant fan blades will pulverize your victim quite thoroughly and incredibly messily. Give yourself bonus points depending on how far up you were when you started the dive, assuming you actually hit your target, given that looking down is not easy with the camera setup.
    • If you want to see this in action, look no further.
  • In Urban Rivals, the Uppers finishing move has a limousine trample the opponent's card... and then a poodle gets out and relieves himself on said card to add insult to injury.
  • The bosses of Wacky Races (1991) are the Wacky Racers, who all drive their vehicles around the arena, attempting to ram Muttley with Collision Damage.
  • In the arcade and video games to Wangan Midnight, shoving cars into your opponent or opponents drive line is seen as an effective tactic (called "ramming"). Some cars, like the Toyota Hi Ace and the Toyota Celsiornote  have enough weight to bounce cars some distance. In 3DX, even the AI will get into the action!
  • Sometimes happens in the tank combat of War Thunder, though not always as effectively as in World of Tanks due to the game using a more realistic damage system. Although depending on the terrain, the angle of approach, just what you're ramming and with what, you can end up flipping the enemy tank entirely.
  • Midway games' Wheelman centered its entire gameplay around improbable "Car Combat".
  • In The World Ends with You, A car running into Beat and Rhyme was how they died.
  • World of Tanks players sometimes use this, sometimes because the target's only on one or two HP and ramming them won't expose you to enemy fire. Sometimes just for the hell of it (as the Mighty Jingles demonstrates with a KV-5)). In general ramming damage is based on three factors: the relative armor level between the two locations that impact each other, the relative weight difference between the two tanks, and the relative speed of the collision. This means that a large, heavily armored tank is always going to come out better in a collision than a lightly armored small tank. The Japanese Tier V O-I Experimental is thus the most powerful ramming vehicle in the game, as it's a Super Heavy tank weighing more than 100 tons that's capable, once it's engine is fully upgraded of hitting 40 KPH (25 mph) with more than 75 mm of frontal armor. That's bad enough on its own, but because it's a Super Heavy tank it can mount Super Heavy Spalling Liner, which gives it +50% effective armor when calculating collision damage. That means that in a collision with anything of Tier VI or lower, it's going to win unless it hits another O-I, and it can even effectively ram some Tier VII vehicles to devastating effect.
    "Oh no you don't, sunshine. Not on my watch."
    • The game actually features a trainable crew skill called "Controlled Impact" which increases ramming damage dealt and decreases ramming damage received by 15% when fully trained. (Only applies to tanks that are in motion. Getting rammed while sitting still means the skill is not factored in.) Training this on a large but slow tank can make opponents who try to finish off a low HP tank by ramming it get quite the surprise when they impact it.
  • Zombie Driver has you use your own car to run over tons of zombies while saving survivors.

    Web Animation 
  • Repeated in yet another RT series, gen:LOCK episode 6 has a short background scene where a Vanguard Jeep plows into a union trooper and sends them flying. knowing RT's love of references to their previous work, it's likely this is intentional.
  • In Lackadaisy:
    • Subverted when Marigold Gang driver Nico tries to ram the Lackadaisy car while lead booze runner Rocky is precariously perched on its unlatching trunk, but is forced to back off thanks to The Berserker Freckle appearing at the rear window with a Tommy gun to blow out Marigold's windshield.
    • Invoked, when Rocky, given the opportunity to drive straight through the gate of Sable Stone and Quarry, instead gives a Slasher Smile and willfully veers to mow down the adjacent sign, due to antagonism toward its owner, Wick.
  • Red vs. Blue:
    • At one point, Blue team inadvertently remote-controls the Red team's Warthog jeep, causing it to pin Sarge to a wall.
    • The Reds later use the same vehicle in the penultimate episode of the Blood Gulch Chronicles to ram over an army of time-cloned Agent Wyomings.
    • The series makes its intro to CGI in Revelation by having Grif drive the Warthog straight through a wall. He then barrels into Agent Washington with his ride.
    • This seems to happen to poor Wash a lot. Every time he's in a car or near one, bad things seem to happen— they get thrown at him, they run into him, explosives go off underneath them... in his own words, "Why do cars hate me?!"
  • In RWBY Volume 6, Chapter 11, Yang rescues Blake this way by driving her motorcycle Bumblebee into Adam.

  • After the crew of Dead Winter finally arrive in OmniMart. They realize they don't have a ladder that they were planning on using to gain access to the rooftop and now have to improvise. Seeing a large mob of shufflers near the area that Lizzie needs to climb for access to the OmniMart Rooftop. Monday elects to use Lou's van for these purposes.
    Monday: Tell me...
    Alice: Hmmm?
    Monday: How far would you say that mob of stiff is?
    Alice: Huh? About.. fifty feet? I don't know.
    Monday: Closer to five hundred.
    Alice: Wh-what are you doing?! Is that bad?
    Monday: It ain't enough room.
    Alice: Enough room? Enough room for what?!
    Monday: Ramming speed.
  • In one strip of Gone with the Blastwave, Crosshairs and Pyro find a tank that's run out of fuel, and don't want to just booby-trap it and leave it for the enemy. Their solution? Push it off a building onto some enemy soldiers.
    Soldier: Do you hear something?
  • Lackadaisy: Rocky's favorite method of dealing damage (besides using fire) is by ramming buildings, other vehicles or people with a car. Sometimes he sets the car on fire first.
  • According to Nobody Scores!, the car is a legitimate weapon in a Drunken Master's arsenal. Which Jane Doe goes on to prove.
  • xkcd: In strip #405 "Journal 3", Black Hat recovers his hat from his Love Interest in this strip by crashing a Russian nuclear submarine through the ice she's skating on.

    Web Original 
  • In The Salvation War, it turns out that tanks squish demons just as easily as anything else.
  • Whateley Universe:
    • Aquerna is once rescued from a (superpowered) bully by Skids, who spun out a snowmobile just right to smack the guy in the butt and launch him headfirst into a snowbank.
    • During the climactic battle against Anti-Champion in "Saks and Violence", the minor supervillain Dave ("all the good names were taken") seems to flee the battle in a flying tank... only to come back around and ram Anti-Chump head on at over Mach 1, something that would take almost anyone down.

    Web Videos 
  • The Everyman HYBRID crew try to run down the Slender Man in "Ashen Waste". They get teleported back to their basement for their troubles. In a later episode, when the crew is asked if they've got any sort of idea on how to fight Slender Man, all they can come up with is "Bigger car?". They then suggest that said bigger car should have knives sticking out of the front and spinning baseball bats attached to it, as well as Jeff's brother Alex doing a handstand on the roof.
  • Skillfully combined with a double Let's Get Dangerous! in Legendy Polskie, when Eugeniusz rams the basilisk with his Polonez, a car that dangles close to the end of the Cool Car list.

    Western Animation 
  • The Batman:
    • In "The Big Chill" episode, Bats uses remote Car Fu to bring Mr. Freeze down; the car misses him and then Batman uses the jets on the car to melt Freeze.
      Freeze: Two words, Batman: Snow Tires.
      [cue activation of jets]
    • A later episode sees the technique used on Metallo to save Superman.
      Metallo: I'm not moving another inch.
      Batman: Suit yourself.
      [cue Batmobile driving into Metallo]
  • Code Lyoko:
    • The earliest example of this trope occurs in Episode 4, "Log Book". XANA attempts to use a bus to blow up an oil refinery.
    • Starting with Season 2, Ulrich is fond of using his Overbike to ram against XANA's monsters, destroying the smaller ones or pushing a Megatank into the Digital Sea.
    • In episode "A Bad Turn", William uses Car Fu in the real world against a materialized Krabe in the Factory. After slamming into the Krabe, it is snagged by a rope linked to the car, which is then thrown down the elevator shaft, dragging the monster along.
  • Disney's Doug: "Ow He hit me in the nose with a car! Why did he do that?" "Because he's pure evil."
  • One episode of Ed, Edd n Eddy had Sarah throwing a car from seemingly out of nowhere onto Nazz. While inside the school. Guess she is just as strong as her brother.
  • In Family Guy, Glenn freakin' Quagmire of all people does this in "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q" when after being seemingly choked to death by his sister's abusive boyfriend, Jeff, he gets into his car, to Jeff's surprise, and squashes Jeff against a tree, killing him.
    Jeff: What the hell?! I killed you!
    Quagmire: I choke myself everyday, you bastard!
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends has Frankie bash the doors down with the bus in the Halloween special after she has trouble finding the right keys. That and there was a creepy man with a hook...
  • Justice League Unlimited:
    • In "Patriot Act", Vigilante puts his motorcycle on a collision course with the superpowered General Eiling, jumps off, and shoots it to make it explode in Eiling's face.
    • The Question's appearance in the finale features him running over Darkseid's minions with his car.
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man: In one episode, Hammerhead's unnamed chauffeur engages in some Car Fu against (especially) Silver Sable. Even earlier in the series, Hammerhead's car door is used to knock the Green Goblin off his glider.
  • Subverted in Stroker and Hoop. C.A.R.R. tried to drive through a building's wall to make a dramatic rescue, but as Stroker pointed out it was reinforced concrete and he failed to go through.
  • Lois Lane saved a weakened Superman from Metallo this way in Superman: The Animated Series. Superman also grabbed two of these to quickly crush Kalibak.
  • Total Drama: In "Celebrity Manhunt's TDA Reunion Show", the campers race the dirtbags to get to the Orpah Show studio first for an interview. Once their bus catches up with the dirtbag's bus, they start ramming into each other to get ahead in the race.
  • Transformers:
    • Transformers: Animated: Subverted. A mysterious car that was probably Blurr ramped off a highway bridge to crash into Blitzwing (a jet), but Blitzwing pulled up and just narrowly avoid crashing into him. It may be a Double Subversion considering the fact that pulling up made him crash into a building.
    • In an episode of Transformers: Prime, a terrorist organization, MECH, is trying to steal a nuclear device from an unarmed group of civilian vehicles. It doesn't end up so well for them.
  • The Venture Bros.:
    • Brock Samson does it often.
    • In "Dia de Los Dangerous!", he drives his Dodge Charger into the Monarch's lair, rolling over the Monarch's henchmen casually. The best part is that he uses the windshield wipers to clear away all the blood. Earlier on in the episode, Brock is actually knocked out by the Monarch's Henchmen running into him at full speed with the Monarch-Mobile. After being revived by Dr. Venture, he then proceeds to drop his Charger out of an airplane into the Monarch's lair, where the aforementioned massacre ensues.
    • In "Return to Spider-Skull Island", he has the robot H.E.L.P.eR. drive his car into a window, onto the episode's villain, while he himself is tied up to the car's roof.
    • In "I Know Why the Caged Bird Kills", a villain attempts to drive over Brock with her car, which only makes him madder. Brock's counter attack is too awesome to be described in mere words. To give some idea; she hits him at full speed. Which is exactly what Brock wants....
    • It's later revealed that the first attempt The Monarch made on Venture's life under his super-villain persona involved driving his car all the way through the Venture compound and into the lab, Blues Brothers style. Had he not gotten out of the car and gotten his ass kicked by Venture's then bodyguard, he probably could have succeeded.
    • In Brock's own words, "they hit me with a truck..."
    • In another episode, Brock's Charger is re-programmed to mow him down, forcing him to fight it one-on-one.

    Real Life 
  • Suffice it to say that armored fighting vehicle crews refer to infantry as "Crunchies" for a reason.
  • During some engagements in World War II, like the Battle of Kursk, Russian tank crews would sometimes ram German Tiger tanks. The hundred-ton pileup would disable both vehicles, but it was a worthwhile tradeoff as the Russians had a lot more tanks to spare — and the Tiger far outclassed the Russian T-34 in a head-to-head fight anyway. However, a good deal of the reports were down to Soviet propaganda — whilst there were undoubtedly genuine incidences of Russian crews ramming enemy vehicles, most such "last stands" were in fact down to the unusual design of Soviet tanks. The T-34 would keep moving even if the driver took pressure off the gas — what was actually happening was that the crews were dead and the tank simply continued in the direction it had been travelling until the fuel tank blew up or the engine packed in. Also, the T-34 had notoriously poor visiblity- there were multiple instances where the driver ran into a Tiger because he couldn't see it.
  • A rare Western Front example, where an Irish tank crew rammed a King Tiger to disable it, is described here
  • The 1997 street brawl in Amarillo, Texas resulting in the death of Brian Deneke is a particularly tragic (or infuriating) example of Car Fu.
  • Some crooks use cars to break into stores. It's rarely very effective, as it alerts everyone to the crime immediately.
    • It depends on how busy the area is at the time, and how quickly they can grab and run...
    • In the late 90s, at least (unsure if it's still as prevalent) ram-raiding was endemic in Sydney and Melbourne. The perpetrators would typically use two [stolen] cars: an old tank such as an XD Ford Falcon to do the ramming, and a fast getaway car. The getaway car was often the newly-introduced Subaru WRX, a car that would leave police pursuit cars of the time standing, under any and all conditions...
    • The phenomenon dates back to the late 1970s, according to The Other Wiki, and was invented in Belfast of all places; Cosworth-engined Ford Sierras were the preferred getaway car in the UK for a while.
    • One notable case in the West Midlands during the early 1990s involved a stolen Lotus Carlton (a turbocharged Vauxhall/Opel Omega). Not only was it used to ram the storefronts, it also outran every police car that attempted to pursue it. As a direct result of such audacity, the House of Commons proposed, and ultimately failed, to ban the Carlton from sale.
  • During his June 8, 2008 knife rampage Tomohiro Kato first drove a truck into the crowd, and only then proceeded to knife people down.
  • Marvin Heemeyer covered a bulldozer in armor and proceeded to drive through a Colorado town in 2004, destroying everything in his path. Police tried to combat the "killdozer" with an earthscraper, but it was easily brushed aside. Amazingly, there were no (bystander or police) injuries sustained (though given he left gun ports and had weapons, he wouldn't hesitate to shoot anyone getting close and personal), although he did cause several million dollars worth of damage before his vehicle got stuck and he committed suicide. A close second would be of a similar deed done in 1995 by Shawn Nelson, who rampaged in San Diego with a stolen M60 Patton main battle tank.
  • For the Ramming Always Works version of this trope, when facing a roadblock made of vehicles it's recommended you aim your car at the boot (trunk) of the vehicle (not the heavy engine compartment) and push through at slow speed.
  • Related example: A livestock and antique vehicle rally a couple of years ago featured "Tractor Football" as a top-billed event. Whether it was some kind of Stealth Parody or if playing football on your tractor is Serious Business in the depths of rural Northamptonshire is a matter for conjecture.
  • Bumper cars are a kid-friendly version of this trope. The endurance of the cars themselves make the clashes inoffensive, but still cathartic and entertaining.
  • Demolition Derby. Take a bunch of rednecks who have modified the hell out of some old junkers, and put them in a pit where they intentionally ram one another. Last car running is the winner.
  • A variant of Car-fu happened in China when a guy used his bicycle to knock two muggers on a motor scooter.
  • The PIT maneuver is still a major police tactic, with the side effect of looking awesome at the same time.
  • At the Paralympic Games Wheelchair Fu is quite common in Basketball and the 'chairs used for Wheelchair Rugby are especially reinforced to withstand collisions which can reach impact speeds of up to 60MPH.
  • The popularity of car bombs (suicide or otherwise) probably falls into this category.
  • A rare female mass murderer, Priscilla Joyce Ford sped down several sidewalks in Reno, Nevada, killing seven and maiming over twenty. During interrogation, she boasted about her desire to kill at least seventy-five.
  • Similarly, in 1973 Olga Hepnarová borrowed a truck and deliberately ran it into people waiting at a tram-stop, killing eight; she became the last woman to be executed in the former Czechoslovakia.
  • In cases of people who are extremely anxious about driving, their anxiety stems from the fear that they will accidentally kill someone.
  • Car crashes have been shown to be the leading cause of death by any kind of accident in most countries.
  • The practice of protest groups making human chains and blocking roads in the mid-2010s as a way to get their message across led to some drivers plowing through them to continue on their route or otherwise break up the protest, killing many of the protesters.
  • This is a case where a robbery victim runs over their robber.
  • An increasing number of terrorist attacks have involved the use of a vehicle as a weapon against a crowd of people:
  • A mass shooter was stopped when an employee of the metal shop and a Badass Bystander got in a car and ran him down.
  • Two successful and quite spectacular escapes from East Germany involved smashing vehicles through the Berlin wall.
    • The first occurred when a rail engineer noticed that the workers who built the wall hadn't actually bothered to remove the rails leading to west Berlin or even build a wall over it, they just put a guard station on top. He loaded his family and friends into a train, disabled the emergency brakes, and rammed it through the guard station.
    • The second was when a man noticed that an armored personel carrier was unattended. Happily, the keys were in is so he stole it and rammed it through the wall. This incident actually had caused the then current Berlin wall to be torn down and replaced with a thicker one.
  • A drunk driver runs a red light and nearly kills a couple and the baby in their stroller, only for another driver crossing the green to block the drunk driver with her own car, saving the couple's life. Don't worry, she survived with no major injuries.
  • It is quite common for robbery victims to run over their robber.

Superpowered Car Fu variant

    Anime & Manga 
  • In Chainsaw Man, the Bat Devil throws a car at Denji with its occupant still inside. Denji catches it, then throws it back with the driver still in it. Thankfully, he manages to bail out at the last second.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • Dio Brando effortlessly throws two cars at Jotaro in their climactic battle. Jotaro later counters with Tower Fu.
    • Dio Brando also effortlessly tries to squish Jotaro under a steamroller. While time was frozen, no less.
    • This is one of Dio's gigs, really. His typical response is to freeze time, shower the opponent with knives thrown during the time freeze so they hit all at once, and then to make certain the guy stays down, flatten him with a steamroller.
  • Despite it being unintentional, One Piece goes the extra mile by using Train Fu to take down a giant.
    • During the Battle of Marineford, Little Oars Jr., the giant, uses one of the government's battleships to open a breach through one of Marineford's walls.
  • The illusionary Evangeline of Negima! Magister Negi Magi against Negi in his Battle in the Center of the Mind: kicking the Chao Bao Zi Dining-Car Restaurant right into him — after he barely escaped its falling frame when she had thrown it into the air with one of her earlier attacks.
  • Being both a gratuitous user of Improvised Weapons and an individual with Super-Strength, Durarara!!'s Shizuo Heiwajima has done his fair share of this.
  • In YuYu Hakusho, Sniper has Improbable Aiming Skills and can mark opponents so objects home in on them. Yusuke isn't worried as he is able to avoid rocks and knives. Then he sees a truck heading for him.
  • In the first Pretty Cure All Stars movie, a Zakenna shaped as an airplane attempts a bit of Plane Fu on the gathering Cures. Cure Black and Cure White gut kick it in the air to stop it. In the fourth movie, Fusion throws an oil tanker, straining the Smile and Suite teams into stopping. Then, Fusion swats them away and sends it flying again. It gets stopped for good by Cure Black, Cure White (again) and Shiny Luminous.
  • In a fun variation, this trope is combined with Grievous Harm with a Body in Izetta: The Last Witch. During the Battle of Coenenburg, Izetta quickly finds out that her telekinetic Storm of Blades has no effect on tank armor. Undeterred, she simply resorts to using her powers on the tanks directly, picking them up and smashing them into each other.

    Comic Books 
  • Superman:
    • Action Comics #1 provides the classic image of Superman smashing a green car into someone, as well as the Infinite Crisis repeat of Superman from Earth-2 beating down regular Superman with a similar-looking green car.
    • Superman tries to pull this with a ship on The Parasite in one JLA comic.
    • Also, any homage to the cover of his first appearance, Action Comics #1. In that case he's shaking the villains out of their car and smashing it.
    • The only bright spot in the otherwise unfortunate Hush arc was Jim Lee's depiction of Supes' Street Cleaner Fu (against Batman, no less).
    • Supes has been on the receiving end of Car Fu by others as well. One example during Supergirl's brief stint as a Red Lantern: she picked up a large cargo ship and used it as a baseball bat against him.
    • A fight between Batman and a mind-controlled Superman ends with Supes about to painfully use the car-club variation on Bats, before his attention is distracted elsewhere.
    • The Great Phantom Peril: At the start of the first battle between Superman and Faora, the latter juggles three cars around, not caring about the people stuck inside. Superman quickly picks two of them and cushions the third vehicle's fall with a blow of Super-Breath.
    • In Supergirl Vol 5 #34, Kara drops a garbage truck on super-villain Silver Banshee.
    • In Red Daughter of Krypton Kara doesn't use a car as a giant club. She uses an ocean liner as a giant club.
    • In Superman/Supergirl: Maelstrom issue #5, Supergirl confronts Darkseid's warrior Stompa. Stompa flings a car at Kara. Kara's eye beams bisect the car, and then she sandwiches Stompa between both halves.
    • In Supergirl (Rebirth) story arc "Reign of the Cyborg Supermen", a Kryptonian Cyborg attempts to throw a car at her. Supergirl wraps the car around him.
    • In Bizarrogirl, the titular anti-hero picks up and tosses cars around as rampaging through Metropolis.
    • In Last Daughter of Krypton: During the final battle, Kara bludgeons one Worldkiller with a patrol car. Deimax replies by hurling a subway car at her.
  • The Authority:
    • The Midnighter realizes that the Evil Overlord's Evil Tower of Ominousness is a gigantic Mook Maker, and since The Authority's heavy hitters (and Swift) are all busy trying to save LA from the mooks that have already been dispatched there, it falls to Midnighter to take out the tower, which he does by crashing into it with the team's spaceship.
    • He's been on the receiving end, too. On one occasion, a pissed off bad guy challenges Midnighter to dodge a hurled car. Instead, Midnighter jumps, tucks, and rolls right through the car's windows. His verdict, as the car crashes into a heap behind him: "Dodging is for amateurs."
  • Brit #7 contains several variations of this during a fight against the Body Snatcher inhabiting Invincible. First, Brit looks like he's going to crash into the Body Snatcher, but instead drives past it and uses the car to pull a building onto it. When the Body Snatcher recovered from that, then Brit crashes into it, and to keep the onslaught going, his friend uses her teleportation powers to drop every car on the block on its head. The Body Snatcher maintains control just long enough to pick up a car and hit Brit over the head with it.
  • Superheroes are so used to using other peoples' cars as projectiles, one Fantastic Four comic had Ben casually turf a guy out of his cab so he could chuck it at Johnny during an argument. He was in a pretty bad mood at the time.
    Driver: My cab!
    Ben: Send me a bill.
    Driver: Right away. [runs]
  • Spider-Man: Writers tend to forget this, but Spider-Man is strong enough to throw Cadillacs.
    • They remembered this in — of all places — the video-game adaptation of the first movie. It kills your agility, but you can hoist up cars. One of the more annoying levels takes place in a multi-storey garage. Beaning Oscorp's little spider-drones with a handy car is very satisfying... as is doing it to the Green Goblin himself on the bridge.
    • At one point, Doc Ock tries to crush Spidey with a pair of cars he picked up from the street. Spidey dodges by jumping in a side window, notices the key is still in the ignition and proceeds to ram the car into Ock.
    • Who can forget him sending a semi on collision course with the Juggernaut? Didn't work, though.
  • Scans Daily has an entire "Carol vs Car" tag to denote the unending enmity between Carol Danvers and the various malicious automobiles of the Marvel universe.
  • In Miracleman when Miracleman fights Kid Miracleman and they end up amongst the refugees from London, he throws a car at him.
    Miracleman: I'd like to say the car was empty, but that would be a lie.
  • The Incredible Hercules:
    • During Civil War, Hercules uses Oil Tanker Fu on Iron Man.
    • Later in his own series, he employs jeep-fu on three dark elves and a troll.
  • Empowered:
    • Invoked by the titular heroine in an attempt to strike a blow against an oversized monster: "I'll try a car throw!" Promptly subverted:
      • She accidentally tears the bumper off first because cars cannot be lifted that way.
      • She sprains a muscle in her back due to improper lifting technique.
      • The thrown car does not faze the monster a bit.
      • The nice old couple who owned the car emerge moments later, thankful that their property was not trampled by the rampaging monster — or at least they would have been thankful, had it not been destroyed by the Designated Hero. Emp is humiliated once again.
    • The 2013 special Animal Style had flashbacks of Emp in her college days explaining that not only throwing a car is bound to leave the owner not pleased, but explained how wasteful it is: throwing just the engine block (denser than the car as a whole) does a lot more damage, and the parts of the car have various possible uses (crumpling the hood over the foes' head to blind him, using the axle to bludgeon the foe, etc.).
  • In Ultimate Spider-Man, this is how Peter finally gets the upper hand against Norman Osborn — Mary Jane steals a Semi and rams it at full speed into the Goblin, incapacitating it for a few moments. When the Green Goblin comes to, Peter lifts the Rig over his head and beats him with it until it explodes, ending the fight.
  • In H'el on Earth, after Superman punches H'el into a car dealership, H'el retaliates by raining down cars on him.

    Fan Works 
  • Akiko Yamaguchi from Battle Fantasia Project, by the time the story starts, had resorted to using cement trucks as a standard weapon against the Monster of the Week.
  • In Worm story Intrepid, Hinder's hero team hurl a car-turned-tank at Lung.
    The tank slammed into the kid's back with a terrifyingly loud crash. Part of the tank dented inward from the impact.
    But again, Scrapper didn't move. She absorbed all of that force. And in the next instant, she used it, pivoting to grab the tank by its lowered barrel. At the same time, Foil was there, throwing herself that way to put a hand against the tank's side, imbuing it with her power.
    Then, with a grunt, Scrapper hoisted up the empowered tank and spun around with it. At one full spin, she released it, literally shotputting the fucking thing.
    Seeing what was about to happen, I hurled myself into a sideways roll to get out of the fucking way. But Lung's eyes were gone. He had no idea what was coming. Or at least… he didn't until the powered up tank fucking annihilated him.
  • Echoes of Yesterday: During the fight against Hookwolf, Supergirl throws a truck at him.
    I braced myself and caught the truck by its grille with both my arms spread wide. Compared to the weight lifting I had been doing earlier that day, that truck weighed nothing to me.
    "You ruined my favorite costume, Hookwolf!" I shouted. "Let me return the favor!"
    I threw the car back at him, but he was already moving, which was exactly what I had wanted.

    Films — Animation 
  • Tossing around motorcycles is basically Loz's way of fighting in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.
  • In The Incredibles, Mr. Incredible throws his convertible at Syndrome when the latter tries to escape after threatening that he will eventually kidnap his son Jack-Jack.
  • In Lilo & Stitch, Stitch whacks one of the villains with a Volkswagen while quipping, "Blue punchbuggy! No punch back!"
  • Done by Megamegamind in the Megamind: The Button of Doom short by loading cars into a wrist-mounted crossbow and firing them.
  • During the breakout in Batman: Assault on Arkham, Bane starts tossing police cars as weapons.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The end of The Adventures of Baron Munchausen: Albrecht drags an entire fleet of sunken derelicts out of the ocean by their anchors, swings them around in the air, and flattens an army with them.
  • In the climax of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, "Graves" throws a car at Tina to get out of a stalemate in their Wizard Duel.
  • Fantastic Four (2005): The Thing chucks a car at Dr. Doom.
    Car owner: The transmission sticks!
    Thing: Not gonna be a problem! (toss)
  • Spider-Man 2 has Doc Ock throwing a car at Peter and Mary Jane's date, only being saved by the Spider-Sense. (Although as someone pointed out, it wasn't a wise thing to do.)
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • In the 2008 The Incredible Hulk film, the Hulk turns a police car into a pair of boxing gloves to pound the Abomination into submission. This is taken from the video game that actually came out well before the movie, as seen below.
    • Iron Man:
      • Stane, while in his Iron Monger suit, lifts up a car (containing a mother and her children) and throws it at Tony, who has to break the car's fall and put the car down properly.
      • Iron Monger grabs a motorcycle as its driving down the highway and smacks Iron Man with it. Motorcycle Fu, more specifically, but Tony still had a van drive over him only moments beforehand.
    • Done by Thor to bowl over some mooks in The Avengers.
    • In Thor: The Dark World, Ian takes advantage of an area with reduced gravity to pick up a car and crush some Dark Elves with it, correctly reasoning that while the wonky gravity may have reduced the car's weight, its mass remains the same. Some nice in-universe Fridge Brilliance on his part.
    • Avengers: Age of Ultron:
      • Captain America flips over the motorcycle he is riding and throws it at a HYDRA jeep.
      • Hulk tosses a car at Iron Man in the Hulkbuster and when he catches it, he shoulder checks the car into him.
      • Ultron tosses a few cars around while escaping through Seoul.
    • Captain America: Civil War: Captain America and Ant-Man work together to throw a truck at Team Iron Man during the airport battle. Cap gives Ant-Man a dirty look when it turns out to be not a water truck but a tanker truck.
    • Avengers: Infinity War: During the brawl in New York, both Ebony Maw and Cull Obsidian use cars as weapons (the former uses telekinesis, the latter just grabs a taxi and throws it).
    • Avengers: Endgame: In a humorous throwaway moment, 2012 Hulk is seen bringing down a car on several Chitauri then using it to bat others aside.
  • In Jumper, Griffin invokes Car Fu with his teleportation abilities to drive at a constant high speed and be unimpeded by traffic (he just jumps the car around). He later invokes Double-Decker Bus Fu by jumping said double-decker bus from a busy urban street straight into his desert lair in an attempt to kill Roland.
  • Another hand-held version: The One, with motorcycles. Jet Li's villain character picks up a motorcycle and uses it as a cudgel on two cops. He then picks up the second motorcycle in the other hand and smashes them together with the third poor cop between them.
  • X-Men Film Series:
  • In Super, psycho sidekick Boltie used this trope to make some serious damage (something she longed for), in a cringe-inducing way. Great celebrations followed.
  • If "vehicles" that don't actually take you anywhere count, then Bronwen's use of a carousel unicorn to knock a Hollow off the pier in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children should too.
  • Wonder Woman (2017): Diana picks up and tosses a tank during a fight with the Germans. One of the promotional posters depicted her with it hoisted over her head.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Subverted in The Boys (2019) when Fake Ultimate Hero Soldier Boy decides to stop a bunch of youths from stealing a car by throwing it at them, destroying M.M.'s family home...and those inside.
  • The Defenders (2017). Jessica Jones literally crashes in when Elektra and Alexandra are ready to attack the rest of the Defenders in the Royal Dragon restaurant. She doesn't just drive a car into the restaurant, she throws it in! In the subsequent melee, Sowande has one of his mooks run Luke Cage over with a semi-truck, which doesn't slow Luke down for long.
  • In the Grand Finale of Fringe, Olivia Dunham deals with Captain Windmark by throwing a car at him using her cortexiphan powered abilities. It's super effective.
  • The New Avengers: In "The Last of the Cybernauts...??", the super-strong Kane physically shoves Mike's Range-Rover into him, squashing him between two cars and knocking him out before going after Purdey.


    Tabletop Games 
  • The Nosferatu from Vampire: The Masquerade are known for using their Super-Strength to wield and throw ridiculous objects as weapons. Because of this their clanbook contains rules for wielding such things as gates, cars and 40-tons trucks (just don't bother with the last one unless you don't have a choice, okay?). The most ironic part of this is that the game has no rules for actual Car Fu. If you crash a 40-tons truck into a werewolf at 120 km/h, the gamemaster just has to make up what happens.
  • The latter problem lead to a fully outfitted system for Car Fu in the New World of Darkness, including statistics for vehicles, damage based on speed and weight of both "participants", and examples of when Car Fu is a really bad idea (using a small compact to try to ram a Death Raging Werewolf, for example).

    Video Games 
  • While vehicles in Battlefield are often used in the traditional manner as per the above category, games with the Commander mode have another, unorthodox way: Commanders can summon an airdropped light vehicle on a parachute, which can crush anyone standing below. This method is often used to kill snipers located in otherwise inaccessible areas.
  • In Borderlands 2, the first boss enters the ring by throwing a car. Granted, it was a cutscene, but it counts. Other enemies of his type can also do this with the destroyed scenery cars laying around elsewhere.
  • In DC Universe Online, players who have learned Super-Strength could pick up cars or even buses to throw at opponents.
  • Captain Falcon's Final Smash, the Blue Falcon in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
    • Also Wario's motorcycle. After he's done running fighters over with it, any character can pick it up and throw it.
    • Also, in an example of Tank Fu, the Star Fox characters' Final Smash summons a Landmaster Tank, which you can drive around the stage, running over your opponents and blasting them with the cannon. Pro Tip: The Landmaster can also carry opponents off the top of the screen to knock them out.
    • If you want to extend it to flying vehicles, you could include Olimar's Final Smash, or at least the end of it when his ship crashes back onto the stage, the Warp Star, and the Dragoon.
  • Devil May Cry:
    • In the first game, Trish bursts through Dante's door on her motorcycle, then she hurls it at him.
    • In Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening, Dante uses Lady's motorbike to drive up Temen-ni-gru's outer wall, falls towards it for a short distance, and then is besieged in midair by Blood-goyles. So he beats all of them up with the motorbike which explodes shortly after he lands, leaving only the handlebars.
    • In Devil May Cry 5, Goliath hurls an ambulance at Nero before they fight, Cavaliere Angelo hurls a motorcycle at Dante to get his attention, while the Caveliere Devil Arm is a dual-wielded motorcycle/chainsaw hybrid, complete with Bike-Fu when used by Dante.
  • Various "telekinesis" style attacks in The World Ends with You are extremely effective if there's a car or SUV in the battle you can chuck at The Noise. Joshua's primary form of attack (when he's not in God Mode, anyway) is to conjure cars and other large metal objects to drop on opponents.
  • Some of the stronger characters in Freedom Force can pick up cars to throw them at their enemies.
  • The swinging cars around version is a major gameplay feature in The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, to the point where turning vehicles into more practical weapons is one of the big selling points of the game. Car fists, anyone?
  • Transformers: The Game game deals with a fair amount of car-throwing.
  • City of Heroes arms the giant monster Jurassik with a club made of two rusted saf38 girders with a car wedged inbetween. Smush.
    • The "Propel" power of Gravity Control, which conjures and hurls a random large object, occasionally summons a car.
  • The Tank from Left 4 Dead can utilize Car Fu by PUNCHING the vehicle in question towards the unfortunate Survivor that has attracted its ire. Being struck by a car soaring through the air is an instant incapacitation on any difficulty level. The Tank can also throws enormous chunks of masonry as well as cars.
    • Tank + car + alleyway = "survivor bowling"
    • Any other similar large objects like forklifts and dumpsters can also cause instant knockdown.
  • In the gore extravaganza video game [PROTOTYPE], various vehicles can be used in imaginative ways. The ever-present cars of New York City can be used both as projectiles or literal battering rams if the player keeps the item held when moving through a crowd of civilians, enemies or even other cars, knocking everything out of the way. Significant upgrades to throwing damage are available and the game even provides hints on how to most effectively deal damage with thrown objects. It is very possible to finish the game with cars as your main weapon.
  • In Crackdown, not only can you run gangsters down with your vehicle, but by bulking up your strength, you can progressively throw a car door, a car, and a semi at enemies... thereby gaining more strength, to a degree.
  • A Giant Monster wielding a car on a girder as a giant hammer in City of Heroes? You bet Jurassik! Sadly, Player Characters don't get to wield cars of their own. (That's one of the few things Champions Online has on 'em.)
    • To be exact, Champions Online allows any character with a high enough strength to use ATV's, cars, trucks, or even hovertanks and APC's as either bludgeoning weapons, or as thrown weapons. Much collateral damage is had...
  • In Wild ARMs 4, a member of the Quirky Miniboss Squad is a demon who has complete mastery over space and can thus teleport tanks above your characters and drop it on their heads.
  • In the original Command & Conquer, you were able to run over Nod Attack Cycles with GDI Medium Tanks.
  • Yukari Yakumo takes this to a whole new level with one of her spellcards in the Touhou Project fighting games, when she literally summons a TRAIN out of nowhere to hit her opponent.
  • War of the Monsters naturally features Car Fu, being a giant monster brawl. Just don't try punching an enemy with a fuel tanker in your fist...
  • Plants vs. Zombies has the Final Boss, a zombie in a Humongous Zombie Mecha. Once his health drops below half, he gains an attack where he drops a winnebago onto six of your plants, instantly squashing them.
  • Final Fantasy XIII: Sazh can command Brynhildr to transform into an extra-hot ride to utilize this form of combat, especially if it involves exhaust pipe-delivered burnination.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • A mainstay of the Mario Kart games. Bumping your opponent off the road and into trouble is part and parcel of the game, especially with the different vehicle/driver weight classes in the later titles. Several of the power-ups play the trope even straighter: the Bullet Bill rockets the player further ahead, knocking aside anyone it hits, while the Mega Mushroom turns the player into a giant who squashes flat anyone he runs over.
    • Mario Party Advance: The Bowser minigame Crushed Ice has the player use a round-shaped ice crusher to ram into all Koopa Kids present. The slippery terrain, as well as the two ice pillars in the middle and the erratic movement of the Koopa Kids themselves, make the challenge difficult (on top of that, the blue ones have to be hit twice each). Defeating them all before the time limit (99 seconds) runs out will yield a Gaddget from Bowser to the player.
    • Mario Party: Island Tour: The minigame Bumper Thumper takes place at the top of a colorful column in the middle of an amusement park, and has the players clash against each other while driving round bumping vehicles to see who gets knocked off. The borders are covered by pink walls, so these have to be removed with the pushes and clashes so there's a hole to push someone away. The last player standing wins, though more than one can win if they resist during 60 seconds (of, if they're human, agree to get a tie).
  • Super Tux Kart. Aside from bumping the opponents, the gift boxes include weapons such as bowling balls and cupcakes, which can be thrown to the opponents.
  • In Phantom Brave, one of the weapons that can be equipped is a minecart. Some skills involve riding a ghost train through the target.
  • The main gameplay of Taito's Chase HQ. Nothing stopping criminals with vehicles.
  • She-Hulk's level 3 super move in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 involves grabbing a car out of nowhere and throwing it on top of her opponent. Naturally, it explodes.
  • In Ultimate Spider-Man (2005), the first boss fight (not counting the prequel fight with Venom) is against the Rhino, and ends in a car lot. Naturally, he throws cars at you.
    Rhino: Let's see how you deal with a car upside the head!
  • Vehicular homicide is one of the safer ways to kill people in Saints Row 2. The "FUZZ" minigame even keeps track of how many enemies you run over and starts penalizing your score if you do it too often. On the other hand, enemies or even civilians can also do serious damage with their own cars, so be careful going too far on foot.
  • The third Mini-Boss of Contra: Hard Corps throws cars at your character. Thankfully, it's pathetically easy to avoid, as long as you stay on the left side of the screen.
  • Once you get the first telekinesis upgrade in Destroy All Humans! 2, you can pick up a car telekinetically and bounce it against someone's head. This won't kill them until the car turns out to be a Pinto and explodes, but when this does happen, it's usually fatal. (Although this can lead to some Fridge Logic where sitting a ton and a half of metal on someone isn't fatal until it blows up.) With the second upgrade, you can move to Tank Fu.
  • Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune is infamous for this when players start playing dirty (i.e. ramming other players off, or punting traffic cars around), while it's the staple gameplay in the lesser known Wangan Midnight R.
  • In a bit of Black Comedynote , Akiko-san from Kanon has this as her Desperation Attack in Eternal Fighter Zero.
  • In Bionic Commando (2009), Rad Spencer can use his bionic arm to pick up and throw all sorts of objects, including cars.
  • Naturally encouraged in Angry Birds Go! since the carts are made of easily breakable material and will slow your opponents down with each fallen part.
  • Halo 3: There is an achievement especially for this version of this trope called "Tank Dropper".
  • In Bayonetta, the titular character can not only annihilate enemies while driving (as mentioned in the first section), she can throw cars at Angels with or without the help of Madama Butterly. During the fight against Temperantia, she can throw tramways and even trucks at him with little to no effort.
  • In Persona 5, Morgana can turn into a car while in the Metaverse. When in the Mementos dungeon, he can ambush enemies by ramming into them, and during battle his "Follow-Up" attack involves Joker driving him over their enemies in car form.
  • In Darksiders you can throw or swing cars at enemies. In fact, an achievement called "Improvised Kills" encourages such methods. Also, there is another achievement called "Open Air Parking" which requires you to destroy a helicopter by throwing a car at it.
  • Playable characters in the Like a Dragon series are capable of picking up and using a lot of what can be found around them as weapons. This includes bicycles, mopeds (called "business motorcycles" in-game) and motorcycles.
    • Taiga Saejima in both Yakuza 4 and Yakuza 5 can lift motorcycles to use them as weapons, unlike the other playable characters.
    • Kazuma Kiryu, like Taiga, has a combat style called "Beast" in Yakuza 0 and Kiwami, allowing him to pick up items to use as weapons naturally as part of a default Square-button combo (as opposed to his Brawler and Legend styles, which requires the player to pick up the weapon manually, and his Rush style which doesn't allow Kiryu to pick up weapons, though you can still punch/kick smaller items into people). This includes the aforementioned bicycles, mopeds and motorcycles.
  • In Left 4 Dead, The Tank can punch cars at the survivors, leading to an instant incapacitation if one of them gets hit.
  • Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines: A vampire Serial Killer with Super-Strength flees the player character through a scrapyard, shoving piles of derelict cars over and outright throwing cars at them. The PC might have the exact same Super-Strength ability but can't duplicate the feat.
  • The world of Nexus Clash is strewn with large objects such as cars, light poles and furniture. These are just scenery in the early game, but in endgame various classes get Super-Strength powers that grant to ability to throw or swing them.
  • In Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, princess Zelda, once upgraded enough, can hit the enemies with mine carts, including an attack where she rides said cart. And that's before the DLC...
  • In War of the Monsters, any and all ground vehicles on a map may be picked up and used as a weapon. Aside from the standard throwing or bludgeoning, fuel tankers explode dramatically and leave a lingering pool of fire, while tanks may be fired like handguns.

    Web Animation 
  • Red vs. Blue: In Red vs. Blue: Reconstruction, The Meta first demonstrates its super strength by throwing the Red team's Warthog jeep at Grif.

  • Captain Broadband threw car at Imaginary Cat. It was unsuccessful. Innocent bystander standing in car's path at time loses 50HP. Innocent bystander is destroyed.
  • Panthera's Leo and Pardus use their earth- and air-powers to throw a car at Oosterhuis. It is glorious.
  • In When She Was Bad, Gail has broken an opponent's arms only for them to quickly heal. Ben suggests they take off — a fight like this will be unproductive. Gail has a different idea.
  • Deconstructed in Grrl Power. If you can lift a car, it is very likely that you can hit harder than a steel frame and fiberglass panels. Not to mention it's someone's transport you are smashing, and might get you sued as a result. Slam baddies into the ground instead, there's six and a half sextillion tons of rock below and it's owned by the city more often than not. Later that chapter a supervillain (who obviously didn't get that lecture) with Thinking Up Portals powers tries dropping a car through a portal on the heroes, but it doesn't work.
  • Also deconstructed in Super Temps. When Christie (an Hulked Out barrista) tries to lift a car to throw it at Skull Girl, she just rips out a part it. This is followed by a "public announcement" by Mr. Evil explaining why.
    Mr. Evil: Too many supers still think that using cars as a weapon is just a matter of Super-Strength, grab & toss. Simple physics says that if you grab any large object by anything other than a part of its main structure, inertia makes it sure most of it stays where it is.
  • Blackwidow Apocalypse: Longhauler is a vigilante who hunts cyborgs and other forces of evil by sensing them with his powers... which helps him ram them in his cargo truck. Sometimes by ramp jumping 500 feet into the air on top of them.

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    Western Animation 
  • Justice League:
    • Villains will frequently use cars as weapons. In "Hereafter", Lobo took this to the extreme by burying Kalibak under a veritable mountain of cars. He's about to add another to the pile, when Hawkgirl admonishes him with "He's beaten. Put the car down!" Lobo mutters, "I was gonna..." and throws the car into a building.
    • Attempted by a couple of bank robbers driving away from a heist in one episode. The driver sees a woman standing stock-still in the middle of the road, and accelerate to run her over. It turns out Wonder Woman was trying to take a day off... it ends about as well as you can expect.
    • One time Superman smacked around Captain Marvel with a bus... and when that wasn't enough, resorted to Bank Vault Fu.
    • Heroes use them, too. The Big Seven came to fight Luthor/Braniac in a Javelin, one of the JL's shuttles for Earth-to-Watchtower transport. When they're starting to lose, Wonder Woman wields it just as one would its namesake.
    • Batman's satellite fu at the end of the "Starcrossed" arc.
    • Later in Unlimited: it's a good thing Hawk and Wonder Woman are Made of Iron. In its debut episode, the Annihilator decides to smack them both with a tank. Ow.
  • The Simpsons has a death-match between Homer and a biker that eventually ends with them each picking up a motorcycle and dueling with them like swords.
    Biker: We both knew it would come to this!
    Homer: You and me, chopper to chopper!
  • Teen Titans (2003): The not-yet-assimilated Starfire drop-kicks a car at Robin. She is outdone a few seconds later when Cyborg throws a bus. It's evidently not as effective in Japan due to the absence of gas guzzlers.
  • The Transformers:
    • In episode "A Plague of Insecticons", Optimus Prime yells "Megatron, catch!" and throws an oil tanker at his foe.
    • There is also an episode where the MacGuffin weapon froze all the Autobots in vehicle mode. They prove to be not as defenseless as the Decepticons thought.
    • The Stunticons, a Decepticon Combiner Team. Every member of said team is heavily reinforced for ramming and stunt driving, and often engaged in acrobatic flips, rollovers, and bouncing off walls to change direction, all in vehicle form. And of course they can combine into the really big robot Menasor.
    • And Wildrider makes the other Stunticons look like driving grannies, with about as much regard for road safety as a teenage playboy in his first Ferrari.
  • Jenny's friend Misty in My Life as a Teenage Robot recommends using this tactic to stop a Killer Rabbit. Jenny disapproves because the "club" is a bus full of young children and the wall Misty wants to squash the rabbit against is a hospital, and Jenny doesn't want to defeat the rabbit by endangering either party.
  • Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel:
    • During the climactic fight, Hulk is battering Venom between two cars. And then he uses a huge radar dish, for good measure.
    • M.O.D.O.K. makes use of telekinesis to try pushing a street sweeper into Iron Man, who just catches it and throws it back at M.O.D.O.K.'s face.


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