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"Twelve yards long, two lanes wide,
sixty-five tons of American pride!
Canyonero! Canyonero!"

Homer: What kind of mileage does it get?
Rainer Wolfcastle: 1 highway, 0 city.

A gigantic sport-utility vehicle, built under the philosophy that Bigger Is Better. Smaller cars, or at least their drivers, tremble in fear as this school bus for six year old pimps passes on the highway — or maybe it's because the road itself is shaking under its weight. The name will be something bold, authoritative, and often referring to power, traveling, and the rugged wilderness, like "Inquisitor", "Navigator", or "Kilimanjaro". It's filled with all sorts of equipment to help it tow trailers, climb mountains, and get through the rain, snow, sleet, hail, mud, and whatever else Mother Nature can throw at it...

...very little of which will see any use. 90% of the people who buy these behemoths deploy them in suburbia, shuttling tots to soccer games and groceries back to the house. Fuel economy will be laughable. The driver will be a very tiny woman wanting to feel "safe," a man in his midlife crisis Compensating for Something, a Mexican cartel boss looking for something intimidating that can comfortably seat all his goons and stow their ordnance too, or a macho-man celebrity using it to flaunt his wealth (pro athletes, rap musicians, and action movie stars are the most common), in which case it will likely also be a Pimped-Out Car. When it comes time for Junior to get his or her own license, expect the kid to either tremble at the thought of steering this tank around or go mad with power through several subdivisions and ultimately ditch the Monsterrat in someone's backyard pool.


The rough British equivalent of this trope is the "Chelsea tractor", which refers to huge 4x4s (the British term for SUVs) that never leave the city and are owned by people who don't need the offroad capabilities. Among the vehicles stereotypically associated with this trope are Land Rovers (especially Range Rovers), Porsche Cayennes, BMW X5s, and other 4x4s of that ilk, luxury vehicles that, while smaller than the typical American example, make up for it with their focus on flashiness. Such people are often stereotyped as arrogant and insecure. Since these cars and their owners are seen as embodying the worst aspects of Conspicuous Consumption, they fall under the Acceptable Targets banner.

In Australia, the term "Toorak tractor" is preferred, referring to the wealthy Melbourne suburb of Toorak. A Brazilian equivalent is the luxury pickup truck, which has the same drawbacks of the Anglo-American SUV on a slightly different package.note 


The rough equivalent for smaller cars is the Rice Burner, though some have tried to combine the two into an unholy example of money to burn. In the '00s, luxury SUVs were often fitted with gigantic rims (or "dubs", after the DUB Wheels company that was famous for them), scissor doors, hydraulics, earth-rattling stereo systems, and other modifications to make them that much flashier. Today, a more direct example exists with so-called "bro trucks" (also called "mall crawlers" by actual off-roaders), which have all manner of modifications (particularly lift kits and large wheels) to make them look like off-road vehicles but little consideration for whether they actually improve off-road performance, as well as coal rollingnote  if they want to show the world that they're willing to spend thousands of dollars on mods that literally serve no purpose other than to demonstrate that they're jerkasses. Most often, they will never leave the suburbs.

This is chiefly an American and British trope, as Europe and Japan's narrower roads, crowded city streets, and pricier gas make such vehicles even less economical in those places. Likely to show up when a work is carrying a Green Aesop. Compare Absurdly Long Limousine, and God help you if the two are combined. Note that this trope isn't about large SUVs that are actually used for their intended "sport" and "utility" purposes, but rather, for when they are used as suburban status symbols.

This became a Discredited Trope in the late '00s, for much the same reason that the flashy land-yacht sedans of the '50s and '60s (which this can be seen as the Spiritual Successor to) mostly vanished in The '70s. The one-two punch of the gas crisis and economic crisis in the late 2000s and early 2010s hit the SUV market hard, even in the United States. Even the Trope Namer Hummer brand was shut down in 2009. While gas prices later came down and the economy recovered somewhat, the new generation of "crossover utility vehicles" that emerged in the '10s were often far more fuel-efficient than the dreadnought SUVs of the '90s and '00s, with many coming within striking range of the fuel economy of regular cars (not a surprise, as many crossovers are essentially station wagons and hatchbacks with lifted suspensions and optional all-wheel drive). However, between the Grandfather Clause and the fact that the Hummer is still one of the most famous Real Life examples of this trope, Hummer Dinger will keep its old name unless the site decides otherwise.


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  • Suzuki once ran a series of ads for one of their smaller SUVs showing off all the things that drivers couldn't do in their competitors' larger vehicles (park in tight spots, be able to reach down to the ticket at the toll booth without getting out).
  • Kia also ran an ad like this, showing the compact Sorento clearing off-road obstacles that much larger SUVs got stuck in.
  • A PSA was once made comparing these giant SUVs to wild animals to educate owners of said vehicles to be careful when driving them.
  • Another of the small-SUV companies (the Honda CR-V?) ran an ad where a couple were able to get very close to deer in their smaller vehicle before a brute in a 'regular' SUV came crashing in and scared the animals away.
  • This Snickers commercial featuring a man showing off his giant SUV to his neighbors. Comes in two colors: gunmetal and black, has an HD TV and surround sound. Cue the SUV crashing into the garage that is clearly too small. 32 airbags!!!

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    Films — Animated 
  • A pimped out Hummer makes an appearance at "Sarge's SUV Boot Camp" at the end of Cars. When ordered to drop and give Sarge twenty (miles), he complains of dirt getting in his rims, making it obvious that he's never been off road.
  • Over the Hedge had the antagonist driving around in one, while simultaneously talking on her cell phone and drinking coffee. As RJ explains when he introduces the forest animals to suburbia, "Humans ride in them because they are slowly losing their ability to walk."
    Lou: How many humans fit in there?
    RJ: Usually? Just one.
  • Lampshaded by its absence in Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo; Raven finds projectile cars are less effective in Japan, where most people drive compacts.
    Where's a gas-guzzler when you need it?

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Treer Saltair in Southland Tales is a unique example, a green SUV powered by the Big Bad's alternative energy source. Given that said alternative energy source is destroying the fabric of reality, though, it's arguably even worse for the Earth than a Hummer. One (in)famous scene featured two of these vehicles conjoining.
  • Lampooned in RoboCop (1987) with an advert for the "6000 S.U.X." that's briefly seen on a TV screen. It's an enormous sedan that gets a whopping 8.2 mpg. Concepts for the cars had it using a jet engine—an even more hilariously inefficient engine.
  • Who Killed the Electric Car?: In a documentary about the ill-fated EV1, the Trope Namer is a rather obvious suspect, since GM was more interested in building gas-guzzlers like the Hummer than vehicles with low-emissions. What was more glaring was how the US government was giving business owners tens of thousands of dollars in tax deductions to people who were buying a Hummer, while giving people who bought a clean car only a few thousandnote .

  • In The Zombie Survival Guide, Max Brooks claims that SUVs would be Awesome, but Impractical in a survival situation, stating that most (but not all) of them are built more for suburbia than off-roading (referring to them as "gas-guzzling, aesthetically engineered, irresponsibly marketed vanity plates").
  • The Dresden Files:
    • Thomas Raith, Rich Idiot With No Day Job extraordinaire (well, he does have a day job at this point, but it's at an upscale hair salon so it doesn't count) gets a monstrous white Hummer in Small Favor which Harry promptly half-wrecks. Harry's slightly put out that it's not the military model with bulletproof windows when people start shooting at him, although he does admit that heated leather seats are very comfortable.
    • In the novella Backup, narrated by Thomas, Harry's brother defends his purchase, pointing out that not only is it huge and ostentatious, perfectly fitting his cover identity as a flamboyant high-class hairstylist, it's also one of the toughest vehicles available on the civilian market. With as many enemies as Harry and Thomas have, such a combination of disguise and protection is exactly what they need.
      Thomas: Entire sections of houses could fall on it without causing it more than minor inconvenience, as could giant demon insects, and before you ask, I know it from experience.
  • A Dave Barry column noted that as the SUVs get bigger, in case the owner suddenly remembered they had to pick up a herd of bison on the way home, their cellphones get smaller, leading to a future where smaller vehicles are trapped in the SUV's wheels by gravity, but their pleas go unheard due to the owner whacking at the side of his head to dislodge the rice grain-sized phone from his ear.

    Live Action TV 
  • On Reno 911!, the deputies got issued a Hummer and were ecstatic about it... until they encountered problem after problem due to its bulk and poor gas mileage.
  • Top Gear (UK) frequently invokes this when talking about SUVs, especially ones like the BMW X5 and the Range Rover. Oddly enough, Jeremy Clarkson actually enjoyed the huge and unwieldy Hummer H2 for its charm, claiming that driving it made him feel like a seven-year-old boy and defending his love of it to Richard Hammond and James May, despite hating the H1 which is more capable off-road.
  • The Hummers of Justice that were Horatio and company's signature vehicles on CSI: Miami. (The other two use SUVs, but slightly smaller and less glaring than the Hummers: Chevy Tahoes and GMC Denalis on CSI, and Chevy Avalanches on CSI: NY.)
  • Similarly, one of the cars used in NCIS: Los Angeles is a Dodge Challenger. While the car itself isn't an example of this trope, it's used when the team is undercover and wants to project the image of someone who would drive a Hummer Dinger.
  • The Monstrosity of How I Met Your Mother, which has 4000 horsepower and gets 0.05 miles to the gallon. It has a smaller variation, the Monstrosity Sport, which has 3999 horsepower and gets 0.06 MPG. "Mon-stro-si-ty, 'cause global warming isn't real!"
  • The Catherine Tate Show's "Posh People" sketches had Tate's character driving a luxury SUV as a sign of her Upper-Class Twit nature. One sketch has her and the other rich parents all driving identical silver BMW X5s, while another has her forced to drive a Toyota hatchback rental after taking her Land Rover Voyager in for service.
    Tate's son: There's no DVD in the back seat!
    Tate's daughter: And there's no bull bar on the front! What if we have to go off-road or to Highgate village?
    Tate: It's a death trap!
  • On Traders one of the investment banker characters lands a huge deal and gets a promotion and a big raise. Showing off, he buys a Hummer and drives it to work the next day. Reality Ensues and he cannot find parking for such a big vehicle in downtown Toronto. This causes him to be late for work and miss a key meeting with an important client. He loses his promotion and raise and barely avoids getting fired. He promptly returns the Hummer to the dealership.
  • Done in Better Call Saul when Daniel Warmold, a rookie drug dealer, gets in way over his head and uses his new drug money to buy a pimped-out yellow Hummer with red flames on the side, spinning rims and a Vanity License Plate "PLAYUH". Naturally, Nacho Varga chooses to rip him off as a result, stealing Daniel's money and baseball cards. Because Daniel goes to the police about the cards, Mike is forced to broker a deal with Nacho to keep themselves from getting caught, wherein Nacho gets Daniel's Hummer in exchange for returning the baseball cards. Upon receiving the car, Nacho announces his immediate intentions to destroy the car for parts:
    Nacho: You think I'd be caught dead driving that thing? It looks like a school bus for six year old pimps.
  • Occurs in season eleven of Trailer Park Boys. Between seasons, Julian bought a lifted Jeep Wrangler four door, which Bubbles calls a "G.I. Joe car". Ricky later has a brake failure while driving to the junkyard and hits a lifted heavy-duty Dodge Ram, complete with transport truck-like smoke stacks in place of a regular exhaust. Bubbles calls it a "hobbit truck", since the drivers are usually rather short. Sure enough, two very short men get out to assess the damage (Ricky's car is virtually undamaged, but theirs has a large dent in the rear fender).
  • Frasier: Frasier's neighbor and Sitcom Arch-Nemesis Cam Winston drives a Hummer, and considering that he's a condo-dwelling Camp Straight stuffed shirt like Frasier, the Hummer has likely never so much as touched a surface that isn't paved. The vehicle irritates Frasier to no end since Cam's parking space is right next to his and takes up so much space that Frasier has to crawl out the passenger side of his BMW.
    Cam: You do your share of polluting with that substitute for masculinity you're driving.
    Frasier: If mine's a substitute for masculinity, then what is yours?
    Cam: Bigger!

  • The song "To Buy A Car" by Jel:
    Now once a month pay half your rent to make sure your body's covered
    Feel the freedom of the road, with suspension like no other
    As long as we get paid you can drive it off a cliff
    With your family and your dog inside, we don't give a shit
  • The political satire group Capitol Steps has a song called "God Bless My SUV", a parody of Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the U.S.A."
    And I'm proud to be an American who gets just 5 MPG
    Though I live alone, the car I own could seat a hundred three
    And I'll gladly park so close to you, when you pull out, you can't see
    No I'll never trade my Escalade! God bless my SUV!
  • The song "90 Pound Suburban Housewife" by Rozanne Gates and Suzanne Sheridan, which first gained national exposure after being featured on Car Talk, is about a woman driving one of these and causing chaos in her wake.
    With tons of steel and 4 big wheels
    She'll be drivin' like an S.O.B.!
  • The B-52s' song "Love Shack" includes the lyrics, "Hop in my Chrysler / It's as big as a whale / And it's about to set sail!" and "I got me a car / It seats about twenty!" Although it must be said that the rest of the lyrics imply that the lead singer is at least putting its vast seating capacity to good use. (No, not that way.)
  • "La Suburban Dorada" by Los Huracanes del Norte is a Mexican narco-folk song about two cartel goons running a drug delivery on an armored, tuned, golden Chevrolet Suburban. The first half of the song talks entirely about the Suburban; the second half talks about the job going awry at a police checkpoint.
    They felt well protected in the golden Suburban
    Its engine was tricked out and it was completely armored
    Arturo proudly said: "not even the Devil can catch us"

    Newspaper Comics 
  • FoxTrot has a storyline where Roger goes to a "Humbler" dealership. Said vehicle turns out to be comically huge, have a gas mileage of 25 meters per gallon, and is hinted to be so heavy that it affects the orbit of the Earth.
  • Over the Hedge has a strip, later incorporated into the movie, in which Hammy asks how many humans can fit into a vehicle so huge. RJ's response: "One."
  • A Bloom County strip poked fun at the consumer feeding frenzy when gasoline (briefly) dipped to sixty-nine cents a gallon back in the 1990s:
    Man: Louise? How shamefully low is the gas mileage on our new Chrysler LeBehemoth? 6 mpg?
    Wife: 3.9
    Man: Hah! I'll drive to Peru! At 90 mph! With lots of sudden starts and stops! It's still cheap!!

    Stand Up Comedy 
  • Jeff Dunham has a bit in Spark of Insanity about his family having two cars: A Hummer H1 and on the other end of the spectrum: A powder blue Prius. He keeps the Hummer to maintain his sense of masculinity, but stopped driving it after it cost $100 to fill it up.
  • Hari Kondabolu has a bit about seeing someone with a hybrid Hummer and wondering why anyone would do that.
  • Denis Leary's "I'm an Asshole" has a segment where he talks about getting one of these that gets a mile a gallon.

    Video Games 
  • Featured several times in the Grand Theft Auto series.
    • Parodied in Grand Theft Auto III with radio ads for the "Maibatsu Monstrosity", an SUV that can seat 12, cross rivers ("so far I've only hit a few puddles. But it's good to know it's there!") and arctic tundra. And only gets 3 miles per gallon.
    • Within the games themselves, the Landstalker fills this role perfectly, complete with a tendency to roll over at the slightest provocation, particularly in the III-era games. It's no longer as easy to roll in IV, but it remains slow and lumbering.
    • Zig-zagged with the Patriot in the IV-era games, which is specifically based on the Hummer H2. On one hand, the civilian version fits this trope perfectly, with a low speed, a large turning circle and a propensity for rolling over. However, a faster, more agile version is used by NOOSE, the game's resident State Sec, and is a prime choice for one to use in the Vigilante missions due to its speed, mobility and resilience.
      • It's subverted even harder in the III-era games, where it was based on the original Hummer. There, it was also used as a military truck, and even the civilian version was one of the best off-road vehicles in the game.
    • Lampshaded in IV, which has a "Player Image" stat which summarizes the player's image based on the vehicles he rides around in the most. Having any of the game's four-wheel-drive SUV's as your favorite car will grant you the title of "Soccer Mom".
    • GTA V tears into this trope with Bravado Motors, an all-American automaker that just got bailed out by the government... and went on to keep making the same gas-guzzling SUVs and muscle cars that put them in that situation in the first place, because that's the American Way.
      "Together, we're holding onto the dream. And that dream is luxury, and a gas-guzzling luxury car, created in a nation that's 95% condemned. We haven't forgotten what America wants: a hunk of overpriced shit that goes fast and gets you vapid pussy."
    One of Bravado's ads markets the Bison pickup truck, which has 6,000 horsepower and gets fuel economy of 3 MPG in the city and 5 on the highway. The ad is filled with macho posturing and Patriotic Fervor saying that the Bison is the truck of The Wild West. The Bison is player-drivable, but as expected, it's far from being the titan that its ads make it out to be, with an engine power somewhere around the 300-400 hp.
  • The Saints Row games have a giant diesel pickup truck called the Compensator. A Hummer H1 Alpha expy called the Bulldog appears in Saints Row 2 and The Third and is mostly drive in wealthy suburbia, though it is a very effective vehicle because of its durability.
  • In the rather silly FMV game Corpse Killer, your stereotypical Jamaican sidekick repeatedly informs you of his desire to buy a Hummer. One sidequest has the two of you looking for pirate treasure so he can buy one.
  • Mentioned in Forza Motorsport 4's Autovista mode, when Jeremy Clarkson talks about the Hummer H1 Alpha, describing how it can drive through 20 inch deep flooded roads perfectly fine, then noting that it is not something generally encountered on the way to the gym.
    • Zigzagged with the Cadillac Escalade ESV in Horizon onwards, which is expectedly a lumbering giant in its stock configuration, but can become a full-on Lightning Bruiser with the right upgrades.
  • Averted with the SUV's in Test Drive Unlimited 2 where their whole purpose is for off-road racing that the Classic or Asphalt classes struggle to grip dirt roads. Although via wrecks, you can find dedicated off-roaders such as a V8 buggy or a Lancia Stratos rally car.
  • Averted for some reason in the MMO Drift City. Early on in the storyline, you're given a mission to drive an SUV around a long winding, hilly section of road spanning around the perimeter of the starting city. The game claims that SUVs are better for climbing up the steep hills because they have more power. Truth is, any car can drive up a hill just as easily as any SUV due to the game's mechanics. SUVs themselves generally have a higher "Toughness" stat, which has a small impact (no pun intended) on how much damage you do to enemies when you collide into them. How often you need to refuel your car depends on the tier of the car your driving, not the type, which means that SUVs last just as long as every other car in the same tier, only they don't drive nearly as fast. Also, all the cars in the game have their Serial Numbers Filed Off, unless they're from the Chrysler corporation or its subsidiaries Dodge and Jeep. For example, the "Comet" is a Mitsubishi Eclipse under a fictional name. One of the end-game SUVs is based off the Hummer H3, and actually is one of the most powerful vehicles in the game, even able to compete with other end-game cars.
  • The X3: Terran Conflict mod, Xtended, has the Mani luxury yacht, a very capable pocket warship with a withering amount of firepower and endurance. The ship's description then goes on to say how it's impractical, inefficient, and is used almost exclusively as a status symbol by wealthy Terrans. True to the old Hummer, it is horribly inefficient and gobbles up energy cells at a phenomenal rate when jumping between jump gates, and is cumbersome to handle when fighting enemies at close range. It became an official ship in the game's Expansion Pack, where it is a potent ship for launching Boarding Party operations.
  • The Koopa Chase, Bowser's car in Super Mario 3D World manages to be this despite being a one-man convertible, because Bowser himself is so big and because the car is weaponized.
  • In Mercenaries II: World In Flames, a mechanic mentions a new enormous monster of an engine she's working on. It has unbelievably fast acceleration and speed... Unfortunately it eats up 200 gallons per mile.
  • The titular character in Duke Nukem Forever gets to drive a monster truck at one point, which quickly and conveniently runs out of fuel at set moments. Duke even quips about it getting good mileage.
  • As befitting his status as The Big Guy of the Bandicoot family, Crunch Bandicoot drives such vehicles in Crash Tag Team Racing, with names such as the "Guzzler" and the "Overcompensator".
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands averts this trope with its SUV's, including the Escalade ESV/EXT and Hummer H1 expies, which handle reasonably well both on and off road.

    Web Original 
  • One half of the Trope Namer is a website (now dead) formerly run by the Sierra Club called "Hummer Dinger" that criticized these vehicles. It specifically focused on the Hummer H2 (the other half of the trope namer), which it saw as the most egregious real-life example of this trope.
  • Emogame 2 featured a boss fight against Tim Allen driving a Hummer in the parking garage of the Mall of America, complete with a mounted machine gun and a Boorish Eagleland rant from Allen about how his truck and his lifestyle are worth more than the environment.
  • In Kevin & Kell, one of these is driven by a flea. It's lampshaded.
  • Sonic in Sonic Zombies has a Hummer which, for reasons other than the obvious "he's Sonic", he doesn't need.
    Sonic (singing): douching through the snow, driving my Hummer, which I don't even need because I'm only a single guy.
  • In the CollegeHumor sketch "If the Other Party Wins," the scenario that would happen (according to Democrats) if the Republicans won the Presidential election includes a little girl who is taken to school in a Hummer instead of a school bus (because of looser environmental laws and regulations). She mentions that she missed the Hummer that morning.
  • In his review of the car, Doug DeMuro argues that the 1998 Lincoln Navigator is the Trope Codifier. While SUV's aimed at the luxury market certainly existed before then, with the Jeep Grand Wagoneer acting as the Trope Maker, and the Range Rover and Lexus LX serving as other examples from the 1990's, all of those vehicles were still sold as off-roaders first, with the luxurious traits coming secondary. The Lincoln Navigator was the first car that made zero pretensions about its off-roading ability, and instead directly marketed itself as a suburb crawler for large families. Its success caused other companies to Follow the Leader in its wake, and even later iterations of the Range Rover and Lexus LX would evolve to become pure luxury vehicles.

    Western Animation 
  • Parodied multiple times on The Simpsons .
    • The episodes "The Last Temptation of Krust" and "Marge Simpson in: 'Screaming Yellow Honkers'" feature the Canyonero. The truck's commercial jingle makes up the image caption. The latter episode centers around Homer purchasing one, but when he finds that his is an "F-series" model, which means that it's female-oriented (it has a lipstick holder built-in instead of a lighter), he proceeds to give it to Marge, which causes her to develop some serious road rage. It's Marge's car in The Simpsons: Hit & Run. (Note that "Twelve yards long, two lanes wide" makes it larger than the biggest functional tank ever constructed.)
      Lyrics: Can you name the truck with four-wheel drive, smells like a steak and seats thirty-five. Canyonero!
      • The Federal Highway Commission has ruled the Canyonero unsafe for highway or city driving.
    • The Canyonero is so big, powerful, and important, it can't let its commercial be cut short, to the point it literally pushes the 20th Century Fox logo out of the way and burn through an American flag.
    • It also has a reputation for unexplained fires, which are a matter for the courts.
    • In another episode, Rainer Wolfcastle talks about his enormous Hummer with Homer, providing the page quote.
    • The episode "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" has the Homer, a ridiculously garish, overpriced monstrosity built to Homer's... unique specifications, which winds up bankrupting his brother Herb's auto company. It's a parody of both this trope and of the Edsel, a notorious flop of an automobile from the late '50s.
  • The second Danny Phantom episode with Desiree has Danny and Tucker drooling over giant Hummer-esque SUVs. Sam talks about how bad for the environment they are, and tries to egg Danny into destroying them. He denies her on the grounds that he's a hero, but Desiree hears the wish and turns them into literal monster trucks. Meanwhile, Tucker is completely enamored by the vehicle's big shiny rims.
  • Happens twice in Robot Chicken.
    • First, the Nerd is shopping for a car, mentions he has a very small penis, and is immediately shown an SUV.
    • A second example is a parody of MTV's Cribs with Richie Rich, in which he shows off his hybrid: Half-limousine, half-monster-truck! It drives about ten feet before emptying its fuel tank.
  • Stan's big black SUV from American Dad!. One episode from 2010 even parodied the changing car market. Francine is telling the family to cut back on expenses because the economy has caused the family to lose all its savings in the market. Roger tells Francine that Stan spends over $400 a day fueling his SUV, and so Francine demands that Stan trade it in for a hybrid. Stan refuses because he's "A big man who needs a big SUV so everyone will know how big he is". The rest of the episode focuses on Stan trying to come up with the money to keep his SUV, only to end up deeper and deeper in debt.
  • Subverted in one episode of King of the Hill where Hank is looking at trading in his old pickup truck for a new one. Hank, the old curmudgeon that he is, dismisses the flashy bells and whistles of his new truck as an example of this trope, only to find them incredibly useful when he has to save Bobby.
    • In another episode where they go to Montana to visit Peggy's mom, Hank's only choice at the rental is a Range Rover rather than the truck he wants.
  • Mission Hill: An unmade episode has Andy and Jim combatting owners of large SUVs. The first one they encounter is seen parked in an underground lot in several handicap spots. When they look inside, they see a small child in a playpen in the cargo area.
  • The Family Guy episode "Hell Comes to Quahog" features Peter buying Meg a literal tank as her first car. It gets impounded after Peter accidentally runs Joe over while teaching Meg how to drive. Stewie and Brian later use the tank to destroy the Predatory Business that's wrecking the town's economy. A Cutaway Gag also has a man driving a Hummer H2 causing chaos on the highway while watching Madagascar on its entertainment system, while thanking Donald Rumsfeld for the cheap gas.


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