Sports Cars Glamorized

Glamorization, Inherent, Promotion & Product Promotion Biases   Severe Impact
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Explanation of Conservative Trope

Sports cars are a staple of movies & TV shows and that will never change. Nobody wants to watch action heroes sit passively in environmentally friendly public transportation when they can drive gas guzzling sporty car instead. We don't really need to explain further as everyone knows sports cars are ubiquitous and fun to watch on screen. That's never going to change.

We highlight some notable TV shows or movies featuring sports cars below, but as you know it is way too difficult to keep track of them all so this is a very, very small representation.

Conservative Trope Examples

  • The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
    Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) drives a 1988 Lamborghini Countach.
  • Casino Royale (2006)
    James Bond has an Aston Martin DBS V12 full of bond spy gadgets waiting for him when he arrives at the big poker game at a posh casino.
  • The Fast and the Furious (2001)
    The entire "Fast and Furious" franchise glamorizes sports and "muscle" cars like the Porsche 911, Dodge Charger, Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro and a plethora of others participating in illegal street races.
    Staff Aside
    Numerous public advocacy groups have complained about the movie franchise glorifying street racing and have called for a Universal Pictures to add a disclaimer to the movies discouraging people from participating in illegal street races.
  • Pretty Woman (1990)
    Edward Lewis drives a Lotus Esprit (with help from Vivian), stays at luxurious hotels and flies on private jets.

How Trope is Biased


  • Sports cars are exciting and stand out compared to other vehicles they share scenes with
  • Professional drivers, stunt performers and special effects all help make sports cars do things they cannot in real life
  • Sports cars break speed limits all the time on screen. On real life public roads, you cannot fully enjoy top speeds or maneuverability without breaking laws and endangering others


  • Traffic is rarely a problem on screen unless a specific plot point depends on it. So, sports cars are rarely bogged down in traffic unless it's a plot point.


  • Every time a sports car is shown on screen it helps make it and newer models more desirable in real life.

Product Promotion

  • James Bond movies do paid product promotions with whatever sports car he drives

Conservative Biases

  • Sports cars are environmentally unfriendly
  • They make driving cool and thus are indirectly biased against taking public transportation
  • They're expensive and encourage average people to get into debt unnecessarily
  • Extra money spent on a sportier car could be saved for something more practical like a home instead

Impact of Trope: Severe

Severity: Very High   Prevalence: Prevalent
Sports cars are everywhere on screen. They are tons of fun to watch, and people dream of owning them because of their depiction in movies & TV shows. Even if people cannot afford the particular car on screen, they will opt for less expensive models. This has had a severe impact for decades.