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"I've always wanted to do this!" [slides across the hood of the car] "Nailed it!"

A motor vehicle trope. When traversing the front of a car from one side to the other the character can either simply run around the front of the car or instead opt to jump at speed and slide across the hood of the car. The bad guy has just escaped in a car, or some characters are being pursued themselves and need to enter a car, or a car might be blocking the way in a chase on foot. Whatever the situation, time is precious and every millisecond counts. Performing a hood slide saves time but perhaps more importantly, it looks badass!

Considered a staple of The '70s cop show, any work that parodies the genre is bound to feature a hood slide somewhere. However many consider the Trope Codifier to be The Dukes of Hazzard which wasn't actually a cop show although it did indeed feature a lot of car chases allowing for a lot of hood slides to be featured.


This trope often leads to or is part of a Car Chase. Often involves cool cars.


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    Comic Strips 

    Films - Live-Action 
  • The Art of the Steal: The thief who originally stole the Gospel from the Amsterdam gallery slides across the bonnet on a parked car as he escapes from the pursuing policeman: surreptitiously tossing the book into the car as he does so.
  • Bad Words. In the opening credits, Guy is being chased by an angry mob of parents after winning the regional spelling bee and performs a hood slide on the car waiting for him to get in the passenger seat in order to get away.
  • In Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter Quill performs the a hood slide into the cockpit of his starship, the Milano, so he can make a quick escape from Morag. Rocket later does the same trick to board a different Ravager ship just before the battle above Xandar.
  • Ransom. When chasing down Shaker on foot, Mullen performs a hood slide on a taxi that is passing by.
  • Lampshaded in Showtime; Robert DeNiro's character tells Eddie Murphy's character that real police officers never do hood slides because their holsters always make a scratch on the hood; cue an Oh, Crap! reaction from Eddie Murphy when he sees a huge scratch across his new corvette's hood.
  • In one scene in Sonic the Hedgehog (2020), Sonic performs a hood slide in slow motion while exclaiming "I've always wanted to do this!".
    Sonic: [lands the slide] Nailed it~!
  • Thunderheart: Walter slides across the hood of Roy's car when he and Roy are running to the car to escape from Yellow Hawk's house.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Averted in Brooklyn Nine-Nine when Amy seems all set up to do this, but instead jumps on top of the hood to tackle a perp. Since she's wearing a wedding dress, she might not have wanted to get it dirty by doing a more traditional hood slide.
  • Many consider Luke Duke from The Dukes of Hazzard to be the Trope Codifier, as he or his cousin Bo tended to perform hood slides on the General Lee whenever there was going to be a car chase. It helped that it was enshrined in the opening titles (as pictured above), so you saw it every week regardless.
    • When Bo and Luke were briefly replaced by Coy and Vance, they did it too, and that was also in the credits. Fans were not impressed.
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. In one episode, the gang has made a homemade Lethal Weapon sequel that contains a scene where Frank and Dennis' characters perform a hood slide on a car in succession.

  • A shot of one of the characters performing a hood slide is featured in the music video to Beastie Boys "Sabotage", as expected since the whole video is a 70s cop show parody.
  • Dierks Bentley's "What Was I Thinkin'" mentions doing this, referencing The Dukes of Hazzard: "We ran outside hood-slidin' like Bo Duke"

    Video Games 
  • Battlefield Hardline. Nick performs a hood slide to get into the driver's seat of his police car to pursue a suspect in the opening cutscene.
  • Grand Theft Auto V. The player character can perform hood slides on cars.


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The gang performs hood slides

Frank's and Dennis's characters both perform hood slides on a car in succession in the gang's Lethal Weapon sequel.

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