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"N. Gin opened a custom auto parts store in Toledo, Ohio. The store closed after a massive recall when his patented "Clear-the-Road" missile system sparked havoc on the nation's freeways."

A lot of the time, it is not enough for your Cool Car to simply be cool. Having extra measures in place in order to facilitate the capture of the enemy you're chasing, or your escape from the enemies chasing you, might not only be helpful, but necessary. Enter the Weaponized Car. Equipped with both offensive and defensive measures, this item is a must-have for the discerning Badass Driver. Many options are available, but the standard loadout includes:

  • Sports Car: Nine times out of ten, the Weaponized Car is gonna be a pretty slick ride. Suppose the spare power helps with the extra weight. Weaponized cars that take the form of trucks and more heavy-duty vehicles usually go to enemies and/or supporting characters. If not, the car is usually a...
  • Go-karts and other racing vehicles: nothing says speed like racing vehicles. That said, what can be put on the may be limited, and they tend to be more fragile, resulting in Fragile Speedsters, especially when compared to...
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  • Technical: A small pickup, utility vehicle or a truck converted into a fighting vehicle, usually with a heavy weapon bolted on the cargo bed. Usually this weapon is a machine gun, but can just as well be a anti-aircraft cannon or heavy anti-tank rocket launcher.
  • Portee: A large caliber gun, such as cannon or howitzer, carried - not bolted or welded on - on the cargo bed. A gun on portee can be either fired whilst driving or the vehicle parked, or it can be unloaded and fired independently
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  • Machine Guns: Usually mounted somewhere on the hood, these serve as the primary offensive weapons. They have Bottomless Magazines.
  • Missiles: Normally mounted on the roof (or occasionally behind the headlights), these tend to be used fairly sparingly, since their supply is limited. They seem to see more use clearing obstacles than taking out enemies.
  • Oil Slick: Sprays a thick layer of oil on the road behind the car, causing pursuers to lose control and crash.
  • Caltrops: Ejects several dozen of these sharp, jack-like objects which will puncture the tires of pursuers.
    • Land Mines: If you really want to get nasty, just blow them up instead.
  • Smoke Screen: Produces a cloud of dense smoke behind the car. If the pursuers aren't right on the driver's tail, this can be used to obscure dangerous obstacles, like a sharp bend in a mountain road.
  • Spiked Wheels: These you'll almost never see the good guys use for some reason, but if the bad guys have a Weaponized Car, they will always have these. Sharp blades extend from the center of the hubcap, used to shred the tires of a car directly alongside.
  • Hillbilly Armor: Makeshift armor like steel plates, sand bags, railroad track or caterpillar track idlers strapped, bolted or welded to protect the engine and crew.
  • Ejection Seat: Any Crazy-Prepared driver needs an escape hatch.

Reinforced armor, bulletproof glass, and a turbocharged engine are also pretty standard, for obvious reasons. Weapons like machine guns and missiles can almost always retract into the car in order to keep a low profile in settings where this is necessary. Vehicles with pintle-mounted weapons, such as military HMMWV's, do not count(unless you also make the above modifications); a Weaponized Car typically only needs one driver for complete functionality (This does not stop some cars from having them, however).

Subtrope of Cool Car. Not to be confused with Car Fu, which is where the car itself is turned into a weapon. See Vehicular Combat for the game genre based around a bunch of these blasting the crap out of each other. Wacky Racing may also involve these.

Compare Tank Goodness for actual artillery vehicles.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • The Mach 5 from Speed Racer is armed to the teeth. The saws were almost always used to cut down obstacles, though, except in the "car wrestling" two-parter, where Speed used the saws to rip through other cars. (And the automatic jacks to smash other cars from above.)
    • Pretty much every car in the series had a ridiculous amount of gadgets, and weapons. These included Car Acrobats, Ninja Assassin cars, Giant Trucks, and remote controlled ghost cars. Even the regular cars had the ability to jump.
  • Roger Smith's Griffin in The Big O has machine guns and a missile launcher (among other features), though these are rarely seen used.
  • Bean Bandit's car, named "The Buff", is a custom built muscle car with spikes in the wheels, bullet-proof glass, and wheels that can turn 90 degrees on a whim.
  • Done in Supercar Gattiger, both with the five individual vehicles and the combined supercar.
  • The Fireball race cars in Future GPX Cyber Formula has plenty of weapons of them, as it is a no-rules race where drivers crash into other drivers' cars.
  • Lupin III: Crisis in Tokyo: Lupin has one, but he's interrupted before he can use it to its full potential. By a dentist's office.
  • While Venus Wars is more famous for its combat bikes, Aphrodia's army also employed pick-up trucks with anti-aircraft weapons.
    • The monobikes from the OVA are also this: while their manga counterpart are one-tonne warbikes designed by the army specifically as weapons, the OVA monobikes are civilian models modified with missiles and railguns.
  • Gilbert's tricked out roadster in Blood Blockade Battlefront, complete with plasma cutters, machine guns, missiles & a cannon.

    Comic Books 
  • The eponymous supertruck from US-1, as reviewed by Linkara. Oddly enough they spend lots of time describing the new toys the truck has, only for the hero to simply run the villain off the road. (John Henry in disguise?)
  • Batman: The Batmobile
  • Superman: Superman's Supermobile can simulate Superman's powers and protect him from power-sapping radiation. It's equipped with twin Rocket Punches.
  • The unfortunately named Whiz Wagon
  • The Fantasticar
  • The Punisher's battle van.
  • Robin's Redbird. A transforming armored sports car designed to blend in with civilian cars at the push of a button and armed with many of, but not all, the same gadgets as the Batmobile.
  • Diabolik's Jaguars E-Type. The weapons vary depending on the particular one he picked and what modifications he did this time, and have included smoke bombs, Deadly Gas, Caltrops, mine launchers, flamethrowers, lasers, and many other things (some not actually meant to act as weapons) in various combinations, but no firearms.
  • Wacky Raceland, DC's post-apocalyptic reboot of the Wacky Races, has the racers' cars issued with A.I.s that are as surly and sour as their crews: all hard, grizzled veterans of the wasteland, and all packing various weapons. The Army Surplus Special isn't quite the best example, but the others have various weapons stuck on, including power tools and energy weapons (the Compact Pussycat has a gatling sticking out one side of the nose!). In one issue they are parked outside a bush pub talking smack and dealing with wasteland critters. A mutant lizard jumps up and urinates on the Mean Machine, which fries it alive.
    Mean Machine: I've got to put up with a driver who gets me trashed in every single race and a biomechanical dog who wipes his wormy tailpipe on my seats on a daily basis. I sure as hell don't have to take crap from an eight-legged lizard.
    Convert-O-Car: Technically, that was urine.
    A drunk vomits on the Mean Machine
    Mean Machine: Hey!
    The other cars point and laugh

    Film - Animated 
  • Most of the espionage characters in Cars 2 feature missiles, rockets, machine guns, and targeting systems hidden all along their bodies, most notably Finn McMissile, Holly Shiftwell, Torque Redline, and Tow Mater.
  • The Team America Hummer has various hidden weaponry like missiles and machine guns appear when it's "Valmorphanized".

    Film - Live Action 
  • Many James Bond cars since Goldfinger - arguably the Trope Codifier for films - are outfitted this way to some extent; most have at least the missiles and machine guns. In the Brosnan movies, Q will barely mention the weapons, focusing more on the car's less obvious functions, because at this point neither Bond nor the viewers are going to be particularly impressed by the car's ability to shoot missiles.
    • Culminating in the shootout between two weaponized cars in Die Another Day.
  • The recent movie Death Race and the 1978 film it was adapted from both run on this trope.
  • Batman
    • The Batmobile from the Tim Burton movies definitely qualifies as this. The first Batman movie had a heavy-duty armored shield that could be activated when it was parked, machine guns that were mainly used to invoke the Bullethole Door effect, and a special bomb that Batman used to wipe out the Axis Chemical factory in one scene. The Batmobile in Batman Returns used side-blades that could cut through stilts, high-speed discs that he used to unseat Skull Riders from their motorcycles, and a switch that turned the rocket-powered exhaust into a weapon, putting the torch on anyone unfortunate enough to be directly behind it.
    • Both the Tumbler and the Batpod from The Dark Knight are also good examples, though the Batmobile seems to see more use as a battering ram than anything else. It probably helps that the Tumbler was an aborted military prototype.
      • The Tumbler isn't really a good example since it's a military vehicle with no unarmed, civilian counterpart. A Weaponized Car is a car with weapons added; the Tumbler is more like a small tank with built-in weaponry.
  • Lampshaded and parodied in xXx, while the R&D guy is able (as per the titular character's request) to fix up a car with an armory of weapons, the thing needs an instruction manual the size of a giant phone book and has an extremely unhelpful array of unlabeled buttons. There's a chase sequence which involves The Hero and Love Interest trying to look up the right equipment in the manual. It also turned out to be extremely impractical, as the car was designed to attack other cars, not a submarine.
  • The 1973 Oldsmobile in Army of Darkness is, with the power of modern science, transformed into a steam-powered tank with a helicopter rotor.
  • The Baroness's Hummer in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
  • The Australian cult classic The Cars That Ate Paris.
  • The film version of Tango & Cash has the pair borrow one of these from a friend to assault the Big Bad's stronghold.
  • EM-50 "Urban Assault Vehicle" (disguised as a late 70s GMC motorhome) in Stripes.
  • In the movie version of Speed Racer, all racing cars were equipped with jump-jacks. The Mach 5 only got extra gadgets added when it was racing in a dirty desert rally.
  • The Angels' battle van after Terry has finished modifying it in Angels Revenge.
  • The Cannonball Run includes a Jewish momma's boy who thinks he is Roger Moore (played by Roger Moore) driving the tricked Aston-Martin DBV from the early James Bond films. No machine guns, but the smokescreen, oil slick and Ejection Seat are all used. Ironically, Moore never actually drove this car during his tenure as Bond.
    • The Japanese car (co-piloted by Jackie Chan) could also count.
  • Although none of its vehicles are actually weaponized, this trope is played with a bit in National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets, in that some Real Life perks now incorporated into high-end cars are used to add novelty to the chase scenes. Most notably, one chase starts out with the heroes' car going backwards, with driver Ben ducked down out of the line of gunfire, and steering via the rear-view camera's video screen.
  • Again not technically weaponized, but the car in the Australian heist comedy Malcolm, designed by the savant of the same name, had very cool features built into it such as the ability to split in half. See about 1:30 into this trailer.
  • The Mad Max franchise (and Mad Max II aka The Road Warrior especially) has a lot of vehicles that may or may not qualify for this trope depending on your point of view. The post apocalyptic setting means that there isn't anything high tech, but that doesn't stop them wreaking havoc using vehicles.
    • Max's car is very fast and pretty awesome (and has a bomb on the gas tank) but is not directly weaponised as such.
    • The armored tanker from the final chase is heavily reinforced and protected, but doesn't include weapons systems directly, preferring guys with weapons.
    • There is a wide array of custom builds and dune buggies that have mounted weapons systems, battering rams and similar, but as they aren't really 'cars' in the traditional sense its arguable if they qualify. They are pretty sweet rides and have weapons attached.
  • A deleted scene in Johnny English Reborn has English testing the gadgets on his Rolls Royce, accidentally blowing up a carload of mooks who (unknown to English due to the cars' bullet/soundproofed exterior) are shooting at him.
  • In the new film version of The Green Hornet, Kato turns Bret's dad's old '65 (judging by the grille) Chrysler Imperial Crown limousine into the stylish but tough Black Beauty, replete with such features as bumper missiles, grill-mounted flamethrower, suicide doors with guns in them, miniguns on the front fenders, and an anti-aircraft gun somehow stuffed into the spacious trunk. Not so much overkill.
  • In Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Bumblebee is shown to have a midway transformation that turns him into one of these. The Wreckers leave subtlety at the door and have alternate modes just outright covered in weapons.
  • In The Jackal, the title character (played by Bruce Willis) hires Ian Lamont (Jack Black) to build a large-caliber rifle and automated mount to assassinate the First Lady. The rifle and mount are transported in and fire from an SUV, though the vehicle isn't in motion when it does so.
  • The climax of Red Dawn (2012) has a Mustang with a gatling gun on the roof charging a North Korean guardhouse.
  • Nick Fury's SUV in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Unusual for this trope, it features a defensive pop-out machine gun/grenade launcher turret that's mounted inside the car, and he needs to wait until the (bulletproof)window is breached before deploying it against his attackers.
  • The Cool Bike that Chuck Norris rides in The Delta Force has dual rocket launchers, machine guns, and even rear-facing grenade launchers.

  • Mack Bolan "The Executioner" uses a decidedly uncool GMC motorhome as his "War Wagon," which does however have the advantage of being the last thing anyone would expect a One-Man Army to be driving. It has advanced electronic surveillance capabilities and a retractable 4-shot guided missile launcher, but no armour (except for some steel plates around the driver's seat) as Bolan only uses it for long-range combat.
  • Why Johnny Can't Speed, a tongue-in-cheek revenge tale by Alan Dean Foster. In this short story, road rage is legal, so all vehicles are armed to the teeth. A father sets out to avenge his son who was killed disputing a lane change. Since the father used to be a professional combatant at this, he gets his revenge.
  • Averted in Market Forces by Richard Morgan, where road duels are legal but firing weapons from vehicles is banned. However the combatants do find a couple of ways around the "no-weapons" rule. In one case a missile is fired into a hillside as a distraction, and in the climatic battle the protagonist actually stops and exits his car to fire a shotgun at his opponent.
  • The David Robbins Endworld series has the SEAL, an amphibious armoured van (made of nearly indestructible plastic) that carries twin .50 caliber machine guns, a rocket launcher, a FLAMETHROWER, and stinger missiles.
  • In Snow Crash, Ng uses a heavily-armed airport firetruck as his wheelchair.
  • In Demon Road, Milo uses a 1970 Charger which drops hints of being sentient throughout the course of the book, one clue being way too obvious - when the undead serial killer stuffed in the boot is stated to be bound for digestion by the car, the reader could take him literally when we've already seen demons. Milo is, in fact, the urban legend known as the Highway Ghost. When someone tries to take the car, it is said to have him, not vice versa. Rather more subtle than many other examples, apart from Car Fu from which the car quickly recovers, but he does deliberately put the serial killer in the boot to get rid of him permanently.
  • Alex Rider: In Eagle Strike, Smithers provides Alex with a weaponized bicycle that includes missiles, an Oil Slick, a Smoke Screen, a blinding magnesium flare, and an Ejection Seat.
  • In AnnoDracula: Johnny Alucard, Genevieve drives a cherry red '57 Plymouth, which she parks in a bad neighbourhood in Baltimore in order to give detectives her opinion on the crime scene. When she returns, there isn't a mark on it, no missing hubcaps, no broken windows, but a fresh pool of blood spreading underneath the front end. This is stated to be an effect of the car's security system, but we are not told exactly what it is.
  • The unique Fighting Fantasy gamebook Freeway Fighter is set in Twenty Minutes In The Future of a Plague-ridden post-apocalypse. The protagonist is on a mission for the local gov't, so he's given a tricked out car that's armor-plated and carrying machine guns, missiles, oil sprays and spike canisters to deal with his enemies.
  • Pip Ballantine series The Ministry of Peculiar Occurences has Wellington Books's car. This vehicle would make James Bond envious! It has lots of engine power, machine guns, missiles and is also capable of flight - all that in Victorian England!!
  • Hell Tanner, the last Hell's Angel has to take plague vaccine across a post-apocalypse America in Damnation Alley. Luckily his employers give him a "car" that's heavily armoured and boasts 8 .50 calibre machine guns, 4 grenade launchers, 30 armor-piercing rockets for extra-hard targets and 4 flamethrowers in 4 directions that are great at roasting mutated bats. It also has razor-sharp steel "wings" for dealing with enemies that are in melee range.

    Live Action TV 
  • KITT from both Knight Rider series.
    • KARR and GOLIATH!
  • The car from the (awesome) Viper TV show fits in here as well.
  • One episode of CHiPs featured the 'stunt car bandits' who drove a movie stunt car equipped with an Oil Slick, smoke screen and other gadgets.
  • Street Hawk brought us a rare example of a weaponised motorcycle.
  • On Chuck, Casey's beloved Crown Vic launches a missile in the Season 3 finale.
  • The vehicles from the Police Car Challenge on Top Gear ; each presenter fitted a spectacularly low-budget device for stopping baddies onto their vehicle. Richard Hammond had a "stinger" (a doormat with some nails in it), James May built a spray paint screen for his car (that failed when confronted with windscreen wipers), and Jeremy Clarkson fitted his rear tires with spiked wheels (which caused him to lose a wheel when he tried to use them).
    • The special programme Top Gear Apocalypse featured an arena battle to the death between radiation - mutated cars for the coveted MOT certificate. The mutations included radio - guidance and sprouting ridiculous weapons. Lookout for the hearse with a huge morningstar!
    • Top Gear At The Movies had a string of attempts to make a Range Rover into a Bond car, including steel-and-concrete armour on one side (causing a heavy list to one side) while the laminated glass window armour didn't go brilliantly under .50 cal rifle fire; cloaking technology based on a cluster of TVs obscuring the car and showing a picture of the view from the other side of the car (neccessitating a large generator trailer, which was plainly visible); and weapons including oil and flame jets so pathetic the mooks' cars visibly crash on purpose just because the script says so, teamed with a ramp to launch a toy car with a firework attached for an improvised smart bomb. Hammond makes the mistake of using oil and flames at once...
  • The Suicide Squad van in Smallville. It features state of the art electronics, a radar based tracker, reinforced steel siding, and a missile launcher.
  • Top Gear (US) had a challenge to design a Humvee replacement, in which secondhand cars were fitted with paintball guns. There was also a post-apocalyptic challenge episode, where Adam was tasked with fitting a car with weapons. He ended up affixing circular saw blades, a cowcatcher, and a catapult to it.
  • MythBusters also dedicated segments to building James Bond-style cars. The MythBusters'' have tested nearly everything in the above "standard loadout" list, except for the missiles, and had some success with all of them. When testing the bog-standard fixed-mount car machineguns - which Adam in particular thought would be a total bust - the results were spectacularly effective.
  • Angel had Gunn's tricked out Ford F250 known as "The War Wagon". It had a mounted stake cannon among other weapons.
  • The Battletram in The Aquabats! Super Show!
  • Wiseguy. Professional Killer Roger Loccoco has a car with automatic shotguns facing forward and a Gatling in the trunk, which he only uses in his introductory episode.
  • The short - lived Discovery series Weaponizers featured improvised combat vehicles remotely - guided into battle with each other, similar to RobotWars only with a 10-tonne weight class.
  • SonsOfGuns had an episode featuring a conversion on a black SUV for this purpose, with grenade launchers, machine-guns concealed in a roof pod, and armour behind the back window glass (the glass actually broke when the launchers were fired, but the armoured window inside held). We never find out who the vehicle is for...
  • The Jeeps packing Ma Deuces used by The Rat Patrol.
  • Crystal Balls showed a Finnish invention involving a police car equipped with a large spike, which rams into the car it's pursuing and fills it with tear gas. Griff Rhys Jones noted that such an invention would be bad news for the kidnapped industrialist who'd be right in the path of the spike.

  • Crossover band Beast Machine has a self titled release whose cover art is as the name implies. A post apocalyptic fantasized up car.


  • In Interstitial Actual Play, Criss Angel's Bugatti can transform into "Angel 1" and deploy a pair of high-powered gun-turrets named Siegfried and Roy.


    Tabletop Games 
  • Steve Jackson Games: Car Wars and GURPS Autoduel.
  • Games Workshop: Battlecars and Dark Future.
    • Ork Vehicles in Warhammer 40,000. Every one of them mounts at least a Big Shoota and most can mount more. They've even got a giant metal roller that's somehow their most potent anti-vehicle weapon. They're also notorious for stealing other army's stuff and mounting large artillery on it. They usually remember how the controls work.
  • In Monsterpocalypse, one of the Terrasaur units introduced in the All Your Base expansion is the Green Fury Van, a heavily-armed van full of heavily-armed eco-terrorists.
  • Rifts, being Post-Post apocalypse and all, all but encourages Adventurers to do this. Not just guns, but magic as well.
  • Highway 2000 by Threshold Games (and later Gamescience).
  • Most vehicles in BattleTech are tanks, hovercrafts and the like, though the standout is the Star League-era Rotunda, a combat vehicle wearing the shell of a normal sports car which carries a concealed heavy laser cannon and a short-ranged missile system, as well as a decent skin of armor and full accommodations for its driver. One operative, stranded during the Aramis Coup, used his to wage a one-man guerrilla campaign for seven years before SLDF arrived to take the planet back. It does raise the question of how a twenty-five ton combat vehicle is able to pass for a sports car, though.
  • Many games in recent years have appeared on this subject, using diecast cars as miniatures. Often released for free, these include Axle Tribes, Axles and Alloys and Road Rage V8.
  • GURPS Vehicles allows you to create these, the example shown having a sports car with VTOL flight capability and energy weapons, and quite respectable armour too.
  • In Crimestrikers, crime syndicate Outrage has the Mob Mobile, which looks like an ordinary sedan until its hidden weapons are deployed.
  • Osprey Publishing's skirmish game Gaslands involves a crappy future in which Mars was colonized, Earth has become a Mad Max-style apocalyptic wasteland shortly after and the titular game is an In-Universe Immoral Reality Show in which people use weaponized cars in various forms, be it for Wacky Racing or free-for-alls, with the objective of making it to the top of the winners' circle and earn a ticket to Mars (then again, the Graffiti of the Resistance reads "Mars Is A Lie"...) Notable in that the company only provides the rules and you supply your own vehicles (any toy car roughly the size of a "Hot Wheels" works), which has led to an extensive model modification community.

    Video Games 
  • Night Striker has the Inter Gray, which is a Flying Car armed with machine guns (plus, it can transform into a mech). Many of the Mooks are also these.
  • Both your car and certain enemy cars, called Switchblades, in Spy Hunter. They get Spiked Wheels; you do not.
  • Streets of SimCity runs on this trope.
    • Streets of Sim City doesn't just run on this trope; this trope is the entire game.
    • So is Gear Grinder.
  • The Twisted Metal series is based entirely around this.
  • Darkwind: War on Wheels had vehicles that could be outfitted with everything from rams and flamethrowers to rocket launchers and mortars.
  • Interstate '76 games have weaponized muscle cars. The first game, being a simulator of sorts, realistically deals with the difficulty of aiming a fixed machine gun from a bouncy car moving at 100mph.
  • The two Vigilante 8, a Spiritual Successor to Interstate '76'', has pretty much every vehicle weaponized; even garbage trucks and motorcycles.
  • Spanish racing video game Smashing Drive from Gaelco which was published by Namco, had psychotic taxi drivers duking it out with armoured cabs that could pick up various weapon powerups like sonic blasters and missile launchers.
  • Mercenaries 2 rewards players who find hidden boxes of parts access to some customized death mobiles, including Vulcan-cannon SUVs and something called the Panzercycle. And yes, it is as cool as it sounds.
  • Zone Raiders was a first-person driving game where you had hover cars that could be armed with various weapons and powerups.
  • Command & Conquer: Generals includes the infamous Technical pickup trucks. They initially comes with a machine gun, but with battlefield salvage they can upgrade to recoiless rifles and finally to missile launchers. There are also Battle Bus vehicles in Zero Hour.
  • Death Rally and its remake Death Rally 2011 had various vehicles that could pick up weapons such as the Sniper and Striker.
  • Battlefield: Technicals can be found in some games, including Project Reality. Most are pickup trucks and SUV with a weapon on the back. Battlefield 3 has a rather odd example with the Rhino which is a van armed with a remote controlled machine gun which doesn't expose the gunner and with Improvised Armor consisting of metal plates to protect the driver from small arms and reactive armor blocks to protect against RPG.
  • From Origin Systems there was Autoduel, a 1980s adventure based on basic Car Wars rules.
  • TalonSoft's Tribal Rage has everything you could ask for in a car: turrets, mounted machine guns, AP machine guns, flamethrowers, rocket launchers tank slugs...
  • The Slug Mobile in Metal Slug 5. Its a regular FIAT taxi with machine guns and rocket launchers attached to it, as well as a booster engine which can make it jump to higher platforms.
  • In Saints Row 2, the Bear (six wheeled tank) and Bulldog (Hummer) both carry top-mounted, unlimited-ammo machine guns. In addition, almost every vehicle can be modified to have wheel spikes, although the game prefers to call them 'kneecappers'
  • Saints Row: The Third continues the tradition with the N-Forcer, a futuristic SUV with a laser turret, and the Gatmobile, a van with Johnny Gat's likeness on the front that has a cigarette-shaped flamethrower coming out of its "mouth."
  • Carmageddon has powerups that you give weapon abilities such as the Pedestrian Flamethrower.
  • Sleeping Dogs has a DLC that has one as a reward. It has both concealed machine guns and an EMP blast.
  • XCOM Apocalypse has the retro-futuristic battlecars, Stormdogs and the Phoenix Hovercars. While the former is nigh useless due to being stuck on the highly destructible roads, the latter is excellent for supporting Hover Swarms in taking down Flying Saucers.
  • Neurostone's Auto Destruct is a shining example of this. You are driving a car which can have 2 kinds of machineguns, 4 kinds of lazers, a dozen kinds of dumb-fire and homing missiles, cannons, mines, oil slicks, smoke screens... well, you get the pic—no, wait. All at the same time.
  • The Slicecycle in Dead Rising 2 is a motorcycle with a pair of chainsaws duct taped to the handlebars for slicing up zombies.
  • In the Where Are They Now epilogue of Crash Team Racing, Dr. N. Gin attempted to patent such a system, but, as shown in the page quote, it was hastily withdrawn. In the game itself, the characters' karts can pack such things like homing missiles, rolling bombs, TNT/Nitro boxes, Deflector Shields, and other goodness.
  • Highway Hunter has the MASTER, an alien prototype supercar that starts off with a laser.
  • The Rally-X car can produce a smoke screen.
  • It's RoadBlasters for arcade! RoadBlasters for Sega Genesis! RoadBlasters for Atari Lynx! RoadBlasters the comic! RoadBlasters from Matchbox! RoadBlasters! Supercharged Destruction!
  • Zombie Driver has you either buy new cars or upgrade them with spikes, armor, and weapons.
  • The partisan units in Shattered Union drive these. Further, the cars used in each region of the former US conform to the stereotypes of that part of the country — they use limousines in the Northeast, muscle cars in the Southeast, SUVs in the Midwest, pickup trucks in Texas, El Caminos in the Southwest, and... Subarus/hybrids in the Northwest.
  • Quarantine has a unique take on this: you drive a hover-capable '52 Checker Cab armed with various upgradable tools of destruction and gain fares in a fictional futuristic prison city based on Detroit while trying to escape the city in one piece.
  • In Sonic Adventure 2, the GUN Truck was simply an improbably large truck that chased down Sonic near the end of City Escape. In the Sonic Generations version of the level, however, it has Taken A Level In Badass, and comes equipped with multiple gigantic buzzsaws mounted on arms and a rocket booster allowing it to drive along a wall after Sonic.
  • In War Thunder, the German and Soviet tier-1 Anti-Air units are flatbed trucks with a flak cannon strapped to the bed. The vehicles are complete death traps and largely ineffective against the standard tanks except for the odd Armor-Piercing Attack. The Soviet one in particular has the added weakness of being unable to aim forwards, because shooting through the cabin with an autocannon would not be particularly wise.
  • The Descendant faction in WarWind uses ordinary civilian cars with mounted machine guns.
  • In Bit Monster's iOs game Gunner Z, you are a member of a mercenary outfit fighting off zombies, enemy vehicles and drones by driving armoured trucks carrying crane-mounted bleeding-edge guns and sensors. Your intial vehicles are the jeep-like AC-HMV but they can be replaced by miniature monster trucks called the VR1 Bandit. All of these can be upgraded to pack enough armour and firepower to rival a tank.
  • In the first Age of Empires, you could use Cheat codes to summon cars with rocket launchers mounted on them. Use BIGDADDY to get Winsett's Z and BIG MOMMA for Winsett's Other Z
  • Need for Speed:
    • Hot Pursuit 2010 allows Cops and Racers alike to shoot EMP blasts and drop spike strips at each other. Cops can even order helicopters to do the latter for them and call in roadblock units; Racers have Jammers that can interfere with police department equipment, preventing them from attacking, as well as Turbo boosts for extreme bursts of speed.
    • Rivals takes the concept further with its Pursuit Tech system. All six weapons from 2010 make a return, alongside electrostatic fields (allowing both sides to block EMP lock), omnidirectional pulses, stun mines, and an alternate version of EMP that instantly hits when the front bumper rams another car.
  • Mega Man X: the Ride Chasers are basically hover bikes armed with energy cannon in front of it.
  • Grand Theft Auto V:
    • In the main game, Franklin has to steal a prop car from the set of a spy movie. It turns out the onboard weapons are completely functional when he has to defend the truck transporting it and a few other stolen cars.
    • In Online, cars both armed and armored are introduced in the Heists update. Specifically, we see an armored sport sedan (Karin Kuruma), an off-roader with a machine gun mounted on it (HVY Insurgent Pickup), and a pickup truck with a gun mounted in the bed (Karin Technical).
    • More are introduced in the Executives and Other Criminals Update, including luxury sedans with the option to add armor and a limo with a gun turret.
    • More still are introduced in the Import/Export Update. Highlights include a delivery van with armor and a machine gun, a pair of off-road vehicles that carry guns and float, and a muscle car resembling a certain black Trans-Am.
    • The Gunrunning Update goes even further, including a muscle car with machine guns on the roof, a motorcycle with missiles and some flight capability, and an armed sports car.
  • Transformers: War for Cybertron, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron and Transformers: Dark of the Moon All have every vehicle able to switch to battle mode, equipped with guns and 360 mobility. DOTM uses it to represent Stealth Force (see Western animation)
  • Batman: Arkham Knight's Batmobile has anti-car missiles and can switch to a Tank like battle mode, where it can go toe to toe with the Arkham Knight's drones.
  • Jak and Daxter:
    • Jak 3: Wastelander had 8 dune buggies, 7 of which were equipped with weapons. These ranged from standard straight shooting machine guns to auto-targetting turret to grenade launchers.
    • Jak X, being Vehicular Combat game, has them of course as well. There are two weapon pickups, yellow for weapons used on vehicles in front of you such as machineguns, Lightning Gun and nuke, and red that create som kind of hazard behind you such as floating drone or turret shooting anyone going near. For some gameplay modes there is a weak base machinegun with infinite ammo, and all weapons get more powerful if you collect enough of Dark Eco.
  • Vangers is a game similar to Origin's Autoduel set in an alien universe, where your caterpillar-like protagonist drives "mechos": various ancient relic cars (well..there is one helicopter) that can be armed with various weapons and have bizarre names like Oxidize Monk and Last Moggy.
  • Capcom had Speed Rumbler aka Rush and Crash where Super Joe has his family kidnapped by terrorists who have taken over the town and he gets them back with his souped-up car that has machine guns built-in.
  • Auto Assault has cars and motorbikes that you can upgrade and deck out with weapons that range from stuff Twenty Minutes In The Future to weapons that'd come from far-future sci-fi.

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    Western Animation 
  • Most of the cars in Wacky Races.
  • C.A.R. from The Replacements (who is visually based on the Mach 5 from Speed Racer). The buzzsaw is mostly used for threatening Dick.
  • Lady Penelope's Rolls Royce in Thunderbirds. In numerous episodes it fires a retractable machine gun from its front. Another episode has it being able to produce an Oil Slick, and it is mentioned that it has retractable studs to prevent the wheels from slipping.
    • Though the weapon is clearly an autoloader it is not necessarily a machine gun, nor always used as such - multiple individual, clearly-spaced shots suffice to bring down the strafing helicopter in Thunderbirds are Go.
      • Tie in media calls it a machine cannon. Think a small tank cannon but rapid fire.
    • The surface rover component of the Zero-X Mars exploration vehicle also fits this trope, albeit loosely because it is not intended as a combat vehicle. Its gun is used to blast off chunks of rock from high and inaccessible places for geological analysis, but fortuitously comes in handy when the chunks of rock start uncoiling themselves and firing back.
  • Does it count if your car is mounted on top of a Giant Robot?
  • M.A.S.K.: cars, trucks, and other vehicles, even the logo for the series itself, contain a Trope Codifier.
  • Kevin's car in Ben 10: Alien Force, which Kevin constantly repairs and upgrades with various alien tech and weapons.
    • Ben's car gets a dose of this in Ben 10: Ultimate Alien.
    • From the original Ben10, the Rustbucket, Grandpas' RV, was laden with gadgets, presumably composed of alien technology.
  • Both Major Bludd's car and the stolen Cobra truck in G.I. Joe: Renegades.
    • "We have shields?"
  • Numerous Transformers with car modes have vehicular attack modes, which involve deploying hidden weaponry or mounting a gun piece on it. For example: one of Hot Rod's handguns can be plugged into his engine block. Some just plain have cannons out all the time. Example: Cybertron Optimus Prime's ladders/BFGs.
  • Both the 1987 and 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 'toons featured these. The original toon featured the Party Wagon, while the second series featured two different Battle Shells, the Turtle Hauler, and several less-frequently-used vehicles. The 2012 series continues this tradition with the Shellraiser, Casey Jone's [[Hot Rod]], and the new Party Wagon.
  • In one of the "Road to Taz-Mania..." episodes of Taz-Mania, enemy agents turn the family mini-van into a weaponized spy car after Hugh, Drew and Taz are mistaken for fellow spies.
  • In the opening of one episode of Dilbert, Dilbert and Dogbert are stuck in a bad traffic jam. Fortunately, Dilbert upgraded his car with a missile launcher to deal with such situations.
  • In Robot Chicken, a man fed up with traffic weaponized his car. The next day was a holiday and he couldn't put it to use.
  • The Mystery Machine is rebuilt as an armoured battle van after it is destroyed towards the end of season two of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.
  • Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner: Wile E. builds one in "Sugar and Spies". It includes machine guns, a cannon and an Ejector Seat. With the inevitable predictable results.
  • Biker Mice from Mars mostly features the weaponized motorcycles (hi-tech bikes with high-powered laser weapons, advanced artificial intelligence that make them need to be tamed like wild horses before being ridden, and various gadgets) used by the title characters and the rest of the Freedom Fighters, but there also are the technicals used by the Motor Rats (enemies of the Freedom Fighters) and the human mercenaries of the Plutarkians.
  • Camp Lakebottom: Buttsquat's Beach Blitzer in "Slimeball Run". Its weapons include missiles, a dart gun, and a giant magnifying glass.
  • Action Man (2000): In one episode, Grinder added explosive weapons to Team Xtreme's convertible, including missile launchers under the hood and explosives in the passenger's seat to act as a self-destruct. Did we mention the car was being remote-controlled on top of all this?
  • PJ Masks: The Cat-Car can fire furball projectiles, and a sonic wave called the Cat Roar.

    Real Life 
  • Marvin Heemeyer mounted several guns and concrete armor to a bulldozer, which he then used to destroy several buildings around town due to a dispute with the town's government.
  • South Africa has flamethrower equipped cars to deter armed hijackers.
  • During and immediately after World War I, several concepts for one man tanks were proposed. One example was the Morris-Martel One Man Tankette.
  • You could say the very concept of the armored car and the later invention of the tank is made of this trope: The first armored cars from the The Gay '90s and The Edwardian Era were mostly modified civilian variants (with an armored plated chassis and a machine gun turret at the back) and the first tractors were heavily based on the chassis and motors of contemporary heavy duty treaded tractors (both civilian and military ones).
  • The typical armored car of World War I British Army was an armored box over a civilian Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. In T. E. Lawrence's eyes, the armored Rolls' were the most prized weapons he had.
    Lawrence: A Rolls in the desert was above rubies.
  • The 2001 Scrapheap Challenge title match was full-size radio-controlled jousting cars.
  • Technicals and the most famous examples of the Katyusha resemble this trope, being a four-wheel drive with some form of heavy weapon mounted on the back.
    • Similarly, gun trucks are large cargo trucks modified with guns and armor.
      • And the LRDG Jeeps and Chevrolet pick-ups armed with Lewis machine guns.
  • Portees were the usual way on carrying anti-tank guns and light howitzers in World War Two. The asset of having the gun on portee instead of being towed is that it can be fired and moved away almost instantly, and it can be fired on the run. This comes on the price of protection and accuracy, though. US army carried mortars on portee on half tracks and APCs in WWII, Korea and Vietnam.
  • Another Truth in Television: Limousines for government officials and the excessively rich. These carry up to a couple tons of armor, ranging from simple Kevlar panels to hardened steel plates, the windows have several layers of armored glass, tires are filled with foam (they'll never go flat, even despite bullet holes). One Discovery Channel program showed how one vehicle was further fitted out with a caltrop dispenser (VERY easy to do) and no less than eight places to conceal guns so they would escape even a thorough search.
    • Actually most people would be surprised to find out that at least part of the James Bond gadgets are very easy to DIY: caltrop dispensers (all that is needed is a tub-shaped box which rotates pushed by a stepper motor), Oil Slick dispensers (a metal can for the oil, an electric pump and 2-4 nozzles), water cannon, smoke screen (it needs some used motor oil and an injector pump to spray it in the red-hot exhaust), rotating license plate, which is easier to do in nowadays plastic-bumper cars than in the chromed steel bumper of an Aston Martin and even the friggin' rocket motor had been tried by civilians (and sometimes made the car airborne, albeit a bit unintentionally). However, they have disadvantages for someone whose life does not depend on them: stored caltrops are bulky, rattly and noisy, a properly running Oil Slick dispenser would need a barrel with at least 20 liters of oil, and rotating license plates with a fake number may have you imprisoned for forgery in some countries if caught. Cool? Yes. Useful? Hardly ever.
    • A more "normal" example is the minigun-armed SUV in Barack Obama's inauguration. A "Dillan Tactical Vehicle", for those who care. The minigun folds in for easy, low-profile travel.
      • Dillan likes to pretend their miniguns are used by heads of state. They aren't, generally, as that sort of collateral damage is hard for any elected official to stomach.
      • Unless that official is Joseph Stalin. His motorcades included automobiles armed with machine guns and even cannons.
  • Older Than Radio: Actually dates as far back as 1890 in the form of "Tachanka", a machine-gun-enabled horse carriage, which saw most prominent use during post-Revolution Civil War in Russia - Should be mentioned, however, that Tachanka's were essentially the fast machinegun transport, and were supposed to unload the weapon before opening fire. On actual battlefield, of course...
    • The Swedish sleigh cannons of Carolus Rex (Karl XII) could as well count.
  • Older Than Steam: The Medieval European war wagons - armoured horse-drawn carts manned with shooters and crossbowmen, favoured especially by Hussites and Germans.
  • Older Than Feudalism: Scythed chariot.
  • The AC-130 gunship is a weaponized cargo plane, which is created by taking a normal C-130 cargo plane and adding guns on one side.
    • Its predecessor was the AC-47, modified from the WW2-era C-47 Skytrain transport and cargo plane.
    • Similarly, many German bombers leading into World War II were converted airliners (albeit airliners designed specifically to be easily converted into bombers), such as the Focke-Wulf FW-200 Condor. Other countries enacted similar programs during the war to reduce development time, leading to designs such as the Short Sunderland. In fact, such design methods are still used today, leading to aircraft like the P-8 Poseiden, a Boeing 737 with various upgrades to include a bomb bay.
  • Boghammars, improvised fighting boats, are this trope applied to sea salt rather than asphalt.
  • For a few years, cigarette smugglers in southern Italy, more specifically in Puglia, used weaponized Nissan Patrols outfitted with silicone-filled tires, caltrops, powerful blinding headlights, armor, bulletproof glass and battering rams. The law-enforcement vehicles used to counter them had just reinforced frames, bulletproof glass and a forward-mounted armored plate (see here) while the smuggler cars come straight out of Mad Max.
    • Also used by Mexican drug cartels. These vary in quality, as some end up so heavy they end up rim-riding after all their tires blow.
  • During the Africa campaign of World War II, the British Special Air Services utilized Jeeps packing machine guns and loaded for bear with all the equipment needed for long-range patrol as one of their main weapons to conduct commando raids on German patrols and supply lines. The British weren't amused when The Rat Patrol portrayed such operations as American.

Alternative Title(s): Weaponised Car


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