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30th Jan '16 11:29:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{GURPS}} InfiniteWorlds'' also has a double inversion: troubled people might get picked up by a mysterious stranger who gives them life-affirming advice before dropping them off. Turns out he's some kind of supernatural being (not necessarily a ghost) who drives [[AlternateReality across worlds]] for this very purpose. * NewWorldOfDarkness' ''TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters'' mentions this in its rulebook, as one of the titular Sin Eaters picks up a ghost hitchhiker, hears her story, commiserates, and helps the ghost pass on as the car passes a cemetery.
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* ''{{GURPS}} InfiniteWorlds'' ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} TabletopGame/InfiniteWorlds'' also has a double inversion: troubled people might get picked up by a mysterious stranger who gives them life-affirming advice before dropping them off. Turns out he's some kind of supernatural being (not necessarily a ghost) who drives [[AlternateReality across worlds]] for this very purpose. * NewWorldOfDarkness' TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness' ''TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters'' mentions this in its rulebook, as one of the titular Sin Eaters picks up a ghost hitchhiker, hears her story, commiserates, and helps the ghost pass on as the car passes a cemetery.
3rd Jan '16 1:00:31 PM foxley
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* A driver picks up a hitchhiker on a lonely stretch of road, or sometimes just agrees to give a lift to someone met at a party or similar circumstances. * The passenger is most often a beautiful young woman; more rarely, an old woman. The driver is almost always male. * The passenger may complain of being cold, regardless of the actual weather. The driver will loan her his jacket or a blanket. * The driver takes the passenger to the address she specifies, but when he arrives there, he finds that she has vanished from his car without a trace. Sometimes she disappears as the driver passes the graveyard where she is buried. Sometimes, she gets out and appears to enter the house, but the driver decides to check in on her the next day. * He inquires at the house, where he learns that his passenger has died long before; sometimes, it's the anniversary of her death. * When he visits her gravestone, he finds his jacket draped over it.
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* # A driver picks up a hitchhiker on a lonely stretch of road, or sometimes just agrees to give a lift to someone met at a party or similar circumstances. * # The passenger is most often a beautiful young woman; more rarely, an old woman. The driver is almost always male. * # The passenger may complain of being cold, regardless of the actual weather. The driver will loan her his jacket or a blanket. * # The driver takes the passenger to the address she specifies, but when he arrives there, he finds that she has vanished from his car without a trace. Sometimes she disappears as the driver passes the graveyard where she is buried. Sometimes, she gets out and appears to enter the house, but the driver decides to check in on her the next day. * # He inquires at the house, where he learns that his passenger has died long before; sometimes, it's the anniversary of her death. * # When he visits her gravestone, he finds his jacket draped over it.

* A driver picks up a hitchhiker on a lonely stretch of road. The driver is usually male; the passenger, often an old woman and very often a nun. * The passenger issues prophecies during the ride. These vary by region and by story, and can be vague or specific, but don't necessarily have to come true. * She vanishes from the driver's car before they reach her destination. * The driver's subsequent inquiries reveal that she is dead or [[AngelUnaware divine]]. In Hawaii, she is usually the goddess Pele.
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* # A driver picks up a hitchhiker on a lonely stretch of road. The driver is usually male; the passenger, often an old woman and very often a nun. * # The passenger issues prophecies during the ride. These vary by region and by story, and can be vague or specific, but don't necessarily have to come true. * # She vanishes from the driver's car before they reach her destination. * # The driver's subsequent inquiries reveal that she is dead or [[AngelUnaware divine]]. In Hawaii, she is usually the goddess Pele.
3rd Jan '16 8:27:19 AM Doug86
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* The ''HappyTreeFriends'' HalloweenEpisode "Without a Hitch" features this trope. Subverted when the only thing really weird about the ride is Flaky's nervous hallucinations of [[AxCrazy Evil Flippy]] killing her... which results in them crashing into a telephone pole.
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* The ''HappyTreeFriends'' ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' HalloweenEpisode "Without a Hitch" features this trope. Subverted when the only thing really weird about the ride is Flaky's nervous hallucinations of [[AxCrazy Evil Flippy]] killing her... which results in them crashing into a telephone pole.
2nd Dec '15 7:10:32 PM AnoneMouseJr.
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* Referenced and played with in Creator/BruceCoville's short story "The Ghost Let Go". Protagonists Nina "Nine" Tanleven, her friend Chris Gurley, and Nine's father get in an accident because of what they initially suspect might be a hitchhiking ghost, with Nine and Chris theorizing that she caused them to crash rather than ask for a lift because the driver wasn't alone. The "ghost" later turns out to be the very much alive Dolores Smiley. Her ''mother'' is a ghost, who was accidentally struck and killed by a car almost identical to the Tanleven's (Dolores mistook their car for the one from long ago, which is why she ran out in front of them and caused ''their'' accident), and Dolores goes out every year on the anniversary of Mrs. Smiley's death, hoping she'll find her spirit wandering the road where she died so that she can finally apologize for the last, hateful words she ever said to her mother.

11th Nov '15 11:48:44 PM JRDelta
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* Richard Thompson's "Where the Wind Don't Whine" (on ''Hand of Kindness'') in which the singer picks up some kind of gorgeous female elemental who vanishes, leaving him in the middle of nowhere haunted for life.
17th Oct '15 7:37:17 PM nombretomado
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* The ghost in the PorkyPig cartoon "Jeepers Creepers" tries to hitch a ride in Porky's police car towards the end. Porky stops, backs up and holds up a sign that says "No Riders."
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* The ghost in the PorkyPig WesternAnimation/PorkyPig cartoon "Jeepers Creepers" tries to hitch a ride in Porky's police car towards the end. Porky stops, backs up and holds up a sign that says "No Riders."
21st Sep '15 2:03:43 PM nombretomado
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* Many pre-Christian mythologies in Europe have similar stories relating to individuals encountering wandering gods looking for a room for the night or on the road. It was considered a very good idea to [[SacredHospitality give them room and board]] with stories of those who refused being punished and those who gave willingly being rewarded for their hospitality. In NorseMythology Odin is a particularly common culprit in these stories and is usually identified either by Him missing an eye, a broad-brimmed hat, or a long coat often all of the above being involved.
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* Many pre-Christian mythologies in Europe have similar stories relating to individuals encountering wandering gods looking for a room for the night or on the road. It was considered a very good idea to [[SacredHospitality give them room and board]] with stories of those who refused being punished and those who gave willingly being rewarded for their hospitality. In NorseMythology Myth/NorseMythology Odin is a particularly common culprit in these stories and is usually identified either by Him missing an eye, a broad-brimmed hat, or a long coat often all of the above being involved.
16th Sep '15 8:11:42 PM Ardashir
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* Pennsylvania also gets in on the act with several hitchhiking ghosts, at least one of them the ghost of a murdered girl. And the (in)famous Hawk Mountain has its own ghostly truck that tries driving people off the road. As well as a ghostly serial killer innkeeper [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schaumboch's_Tavern Matthias Schaumboch]] and (supposedly) literal murderous devils.
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* Pennsylvania also gets in on the act with several hitchhiking ghosts, at least one of them the ghost of a murdered girl. And the (in)famous Hawk Mountain has its own ghostly truck that tries driving people off the road. As well as a ghostly serial killer innkeeper [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schaumboch's_Tavern Matthias Schaumboch]] ghostly serial killer innkeeper]] and (supposedly) literal murderous devils.
16th Sep '15 8:10:29 PM Ardashir
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* Pennsylvania also gets in on the act with several hitchhiking ghosts, at least one of them the ghost of a murdered girl. And the (in)famous Hawk Mountain has its own ghostly truck that tries driving people off the road. As well as a ghostly serial killer innkeeper [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schaumboch's_Tavern Matthias Schaumboch]] and (supposedly) literal murderous devils.
13th Sep '15 1:44:36 AM Chaos624
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* ''Film/ForgetMeNot'': Of the standing in the middle of the road variety.
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