Few Bat-things can seem so anti-climactic as characters going Bat-somewhere or entering a Bat-vehicle, but there's always a way of doing things dramatically. Simply make a character yell (with or without his arm up):
"To the car!"
"To that place!"
The first usage of this trope was on 1960s Batman (1966) series (Does "To the Batmobile!" sound Bat-familiar?), and it was parodic even then. Most appearances of it nowadays are even more so, as the character will be overly dramatic about, say, going Bat-downstairs to eat bat-something. Thus, it's a Dead Unicorn Trope.
See also Hyperaffixation (where a car becomes a batmobile and a pole becomes a batpole), Mundane Made Awesome (where average activities are exaggerated to become more impressive), Product Placement (using a real-world product's trade name), and To the Batpole! (where the characters reuse a costume change montage to prepare for the conflict).
Now, to the Bat-examples!:
To the Examples!:
- Parodied in the Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog prequel comic, after concocting a new way to fight Captain Hammer, Dr. Horrible tells Moist to "Fetch the Horrible Mobile!" ...which is just Moist's perfectly ordinary car. Moist wishes the Doctor wouldn't call that because it's "a very reliable car".
- Captain Hammer also claims to own several Hammer-themed items, including the Hammer-Cycle and the Hamjet, although we never see them.
- Used and lampshaded in The Middle Man: all gadgets and outfits are middle-suffix.
- Used and lampshaded in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (IDW) when the mane cast are surrounded and wondering what's going on. Where do they go for information? Why, Twilight's precious library of course! Dash replies "That's Your Answer to Everything."
- Lampshaded in the Justice League fanfic Regal Burden
Bruce slipped a hand into his utility belt and produced a miniature electric shaver he used to remove the stubble."A Bat-shaver?" she asked, watching the process unfold before her with a laugh."No, miniature Norelco. Tim gave it to me for my birthday,"
- Profesor Layton Vs Jack The Raper has both Layton and Luke declare, "2 the Laytonmobile!" before heading to... well, the Laytonmobile.
- Used at the end of Young Frankenstein, when the rehabilitated Monster accidentally rips off Inspector Kemp's wooden arm while shaking hands:
Kemp: Oh, shit... [Points dramatically with the arm] To the lumberyard!!
- During It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, after Kermit's little nephew Robin suggests him to call one of his famous friends after Miss Piggy leaves the Christmas play, Kermit says "To the starphone!" accompanied by Batman-sounding music.
- Flushed Away: "Enough games. To the ratmobiles!
- Hogfather: Onwards, Binky, to the Hogfather's Castle of Bones
- Wayne's World 2 has "To the Mirthmobile!"
- Parodied in The LEGO Movie:
Batman: To the Batmobile! [the bad guys blow it up] Dangit.Wonder Woman: To the invisible jet! [the bad guys blow up "thin air"] Dangit.
- Used, naturally, in The LEGO Batman Movie, when Batman's brushing off Alfred's criticism.
Batman: How dare you tell me how to raise this son I just met! To the Batmobile!
Dick Grayson: Hot diggedy dawg!
(cue LEGO-ized Batman-style title card)
- Daffy takes this Up to Eleven in Looney Tunes: Back in Action in the Batmobile
"Bat-lights, Bat-conditioning, Bat-stereo. To the Duckcave!"
- In Hogfather, Archchancellor Ridcully shouts "To the laundry!" and points dramatically towards the ceiling, only to have his colleagues remind him that the University's laundry is in the basement. He then refines his battle cry to "Down to the laundry!"
- The Light Fantastic: Possibly a follow-up to a more played-straight example occurs when Archchancellor Galder Weatherwax keeps dramatically pointing at the ceiling to follow the path of the spell that turned the Librarian into an orangutan.
- Used straight several times in The Lord of the Rings:
- Gandalf: "To the bridge of Khazad-dûm!"
- Éomer: "Rohirrim! To the King!"
- Captain Underpants:
Captain Underpants: To the underwear cave!Harold: There is no underwear cave!
- Parodied in Animorphs:
Marco: To the Bat-morph, Robin!
- In the Dresden Files novel Dead Beat, after a last-minute save by the local Friendly Neighborhood Werewolves, serial Deadpan Snarker Harry remarks, "Quick! To the Woofmobile!" And yes, the werewolves had actually brought their car.
- Batman (1966):
- The Trope Namer.
- Alfred even took a leaf. Alfcycle, anyone?
- Parodied in Angel when Spike mocks the title character's hero complex by narrating as Angel saves a woman from being mugged. We can't hear the real dialogue between Angel and the woman, but we hear Spike speak for Angel, "Evil's still afoot, and I'm almost out of that nancy-boy hair gel I like so much. Quickly! To the Angelmobile! Away!"
- Mystery Science Theater 3000:
Tom: Into the Effeminate Mobile!
- It uses this trope to mock the title character of Puma Man when he attempts a heroic cape swish.
- Parodied in Mock the Week with Scenes We'd Like To See, "Lines you wouldn't hear in a superhero film"
Frankie Boyle: To the Bat-Caravan!
- How I Met Your Mother: "To the Willowbrook Mall!"
- I'm in the Band: Usually, though not always, "To the band van!"
- Although it can deteriorate all the way to "To the that way!"(sic).
- Seinfeld: "To the Idiotmobile!"
- In one episode of Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, during one scene, Ned says, "To the library!"
- In early Power Rangers, every item is the Power [something] to an amusing degree, but it truly reaches Adam West Batman (1966) levels in Power Rangers in Space, with Mega everything. The Megaship has Mega Accelerators. It can combine with the Megashuttle. You travel between Megadecks via the Megalift. The show's Super Sentai counterpart, Denji Sentai Megaranger, didn't have that much Mega terminology, and neither does Power Rangers Megaforce.
- It had plenty of Megazords, too, but that's kinda cheating, since that name's always been around. However, two of them are called the Mega Voyager and the Mega Winger. In fairness, those were forced on them by Megaranger - we don't know what the Powers That Be would've named them if those names weren't seen written in plain view in English onscreen in cockpit shots.
- One episode of The Drew Carey Show saw Drew trying to rent a spare room to get some extra money. A gay couple (half of which was played by Adam West) inquires and Drew tells them they can check out the room for themselves. "To the bedroom!"
- 30 Rock: "Quick, Lemon! To the Kia Sorento!"
- The song "One More River" by James Reyne has the line, "Pick up the Batphone and dial my number."
- Eminem: To the Rapmobile! Let's go! (Guess who's back guess who's back guess who's back guess who's back)
- In a memorable Calvin and Hobbes strip, Calvin wonders out loud why his heroes don't fight realistic villains. Hobbes suggests that the fights would involve writing letters to the editor and so forth. As Calvin says that he sees the problem, Hobbes ends the strip with the line "Quick! To the Bat-Fax!"
- In My Cage, Norm gets hurt while pretending to be Batypus. He asks Maureen to call a bat-ambulance as he thinks he ruptured his bat-spleen.
- Sonic the Hedgehog has Eggman. Egg-man flies in the Egg-mobile to go to his base The Death-Egg. Also one of his strongest badniks is Egg-Robo. He's also named Robotnik for his habit of Roboticizing animals into Robots. Also he likes eggs.
- The Red Baron in Empire Earth: To the skies!
- Some variation of "To the Freedom Flyer!" appeared in Freedom Force.
- Parodied in The Simpsons: Hit & Run:
Bart Simpson: Quick! To the Fatmobile! (laughs)Comic Book Guy: Yes I suppose, but must we call it that?
- Parodied in Champions Online:
Foxbat: With this, I can get the Foxbatmobile out of impound! And maybe even buy spinners for its wheels!
- Naturally, Sluggy Freelance had to get into the act with the Bum-Mobile and the Bum-Jet, except there's no Bum-Mobile and the Bum-Jet is a cardboard box that Torg makes engine sounds to.
- The Trope Namer was parodied in this Everyday Heroes episode.
- Combined with Gratuitous German in this Irregular Webcomic! strip. "To die Fledermauszeppelin!"
- "I'm just pointing dramatically. It doesn't have to be in the right direction."
- Homestar Runner:
- Used in the Strong Bad Email "ghosts" (followed immediately by a Batman-style scene transition):
Strong Bad: The Cheat! Meet me in the Strong Bad Cave!
The Cheat: [quizzical noise]
Strong Bad: Erm, well... meet me in the closet and, uh... we'll put on some costumes.
- Also used in an Easter Egg in "love poems", where Strong Sad expects to be called on the Strong Badphone.
- Used in the Strong Bad Email "ghosts" (followed immediately by a Batman-style scene transition):
- Parodied in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series: "Into the Kaibacave!"
- Not to mention the Kaibacopter! (Trademark)
- "To the Mokubamobile!"
- There isn't a Mokubamobile.
- Lampshaded in PS238, where one of the problems with the school is that the superpowered students respond to going on lunch breaks by declaring in unison: "To the cafeteria — For Justice!".
- In The Nostalgia Critic review of The Wizard "To the shit-mobile!". Followed by a shot of the shit-mobile in action, complete with music from Batman (1966).
- Weebl & Bob:
Weebl: To the house!
- In the Team Laser Explosion episodes, Captain Exploserous Laser (Weebl) always responds to calls from the mayor with "To the skies!"
- Also, in the episode when the duo went to PIKEA, the following exchange occurs:
Bob: We don't have a house.
Weebl: Oh, yeah. To the Batcave!
- The Nostalgia Chick: The Chick, in one of her rare Large Ham moments: "To Wikipedia!"
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold
- The Joker, of all people, does this in : "To the Batmobile!"
- Plastic Man spoofs this as well. "Quick! To the Plas-Cave!" Also know as Plastic Man's garage.
- In one episode of Justice League, Joker asks Lex Luthor (they're both working together along with a few other villains to take down the heroes and have captured Batman already) what he's looking for in Batman's utility belt: "Bat Car-Keys? Bat Breath-Mints?"
- As a direct Batman (1966) parody, Adam West/Catman in The Fairly OddParents.
- "To the Crocker Cave!"
- "To the Internet!"
- As always, The Simpsons did it:
- When Bart was accused of stealing from the church collection plate, Lisa accuses Reverend Lovejoy's daughter of taking the money and framing Bart, and explains that they'll find all the stolen funds in her room. Homer stands up, points dramatically, and shouts, "To the little girl's room!"
- During the Treehouse of Horror III segment "Dial Z For Zombie", when Springfield was in the midst of a Zombie Apocalypse, Lisa suggests using the library to find out a way to stop them. Homer pulls a shotgun out of nowhere, gives a Dramatic Gun Cock while pointing with it, and declares: "To the Book Depository!"
- And in the episode where Sideshow Bob tries to kill Selma, Homer actually says, "To the Simpsonmobile!" To make it even more like the trope namer, there was a sign next to their garage telling the distance between them and their intended destination.
- Beekeeper: "To the Beemobile!" "You mean your Chevy?" (Beat) "Yes."
- An uncharacteristically moving performance by Ralph Wiggum, playing George Washington, motivates the school bullies to learn about his history. Dolph shouts "To the library!", to which Jimbo enthusiastically agrees.
- The time Marge gave Wolfgang Puck an idea for a new dish: "To the Puckmobile!"
- When Bart's Comet begins to threaten Springfield, the school nerds decide that to study it, they must go "TO THE OBSERVATORY!".
- Parodied several times in The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius with Jimmy's semi-catchphrase "TO THE LAB!" Sheen eventually got in on the act by trying to insert "To the lab!" every time they would go anywhere, eventually settling for "To this place first, and then... the lab!" After that, they occasionally shared the use of the phrase, though Sheen's uses were always more of the Lampshade variety. For further parody, the time that Sheen got in on the act, they ended up not going to the lab.
- Futurama has played with it a few times. Professor Farnsworth shouts "To the laboratory!"... only to have everyone walk there at their normal pace.
These are all the exact same place, obviously.
- And of course, the mandatory employee meeting called with "To the Mandatorium!"
- And in case of emergencies, "To the Calamitorium!"
- And in one instance, "To the sub-basement!"
- Bender exhorts the others to get on the Planet Express Ship with "To the Flying Machine!"
- More recently in an effort to combat creationism the team must go "To the Science Mobile!"
- Family Guy plays with this five times:
- In an early episode, Peter shouts, "To the Batcave!" and slides down a pole to Batman-sounding music, only to end up in a cave filled with bats, who swarm on him.
- In "The Cleveland-Loretta Quagmire", he shouts, "To the Peter-copter!" and appears in a helicopter shaped like his head, which promptly crashes on Joe's lawn. Then he shouts, "To the Hinden-Peter!" and appears in a dirigible with his face on the front, which crashes in flames into his neighbor's house. Joe's outraged cry: "How can you afford these things???"
- In the episode "Dog Gone", Lois hires a maid. When Peter points out that they don't have money for a maid, Lois says, "What about the Petercopter? You sure had enough money for that!"
- In yet another episode, Peter shouts, "To the Pope-Mobile!" This is followed by a Batman-style scene transition, and a shot of Peter chauffeuring the Pope out of the Bat Cave, while the Batman music plays.
- In "Quagmire and Meg", Peter says, "To the Peterdactyl!", after which he gets on a pterodactyl with his face on it, which dies in a powerline accident, and then he says, "Oh no! Now I have to take care of the babies!", which he does by vomiting into their mouths.
- In "Living on a Prayer", Peter has to take a sick baby to the hospital, to which he shouts, "To the Peterrang!" and gets into a boomerang, which has predictable results. ("Just for the record, I was at the hospital for a brief moment.")
- Peter even bought his ''daughter'' a Megcopter, which works better but Peter is too busy looking at a serial killer, who is actually his evil clone.
- In the Drawn Together episode "Captain Girl", Wooldoor, in his role as Captain Hero's new sidekick, repeatedly shouts phrases like "To the Wool-noun!", culminating in the "Wooldelorean", his time machine.
- Spongebob Squarepants; Elderly Batman parody Mermaid Man is fond of these, but, due to his advanced age, occasionally requires a moment to catch his breath before finishing the declaration. The drama is also undercut by his tendency to shuffle off slowly and lose track of his Invisible Boatmobile.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: Sokka invokes this trope when he picks where to spend his mini-vacation. He always did have a flair for the dramatic.
Sokka: I'd like to spend my vacation At The library!
- Super Friends: The Friends had to get everywhere — and fast!
- Invader Zim: Zim once got lost and had to take a taxi back home: "Take me to... that way!"
- The Spectacular Spider-Man: When Hobie Brown has to take over Harry's role in the play, the drama teacher shouts "To the dressing-room, Brown!"
- In every episode of Super Chicken, after the eponymous chicken's Transformation Sequence, he'd head off for his flying domed giant egg with:
Super Chicken: "To the super coop, Fred!"Fred: "Roger wilcox!"
- The Emperor's New Groove features a villainous version with Yzma's "To the secret lab!"
- Batfink is a fun example. With the phrase often being "To the *something*-mobile" when going to a vehicle, how does it work when the protagonist is a bat? The answer: "To the Batillac!"
- The Catinthe Hat Knows A Lot About That: "Quick! To the Thingamajigger!"
- Dan Vs.: "To the Carmobile!"
- Dynomutt, Dog Wonder: "The Falcon Flash! Quick, Dog Wonder! To the Falcon's Lair!" "To the Falconcar!"
- Steven Universe: "To the nearest Warp Pad!"
- In Johnny Bravo, Adam West himself proclaims "To the Adam Westmobile!", but then immediately grumbles that it's a stupid name. Johnny insists that it's cool, which restores Adam's spirits.
- In "A Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair" after Batman says "Robin...to the Batmobile!", Fred says "Kids...to the Mystery Machine!"
- In the "SheZap" episode of SheZow, Guy says "Maz...To the Shehicle!"
- Parodied in Sonic Boom by Eggman. "To the Egg Mobile!", followed with a Batman-style transition with Eggman's logo.
- The Wonder Pets! sometimes did this after rescuing the episode's baby animal:
Ming Ming: To the flyboat?Linny: To the flyboat!