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31st Oct '17 3:55:54 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* {{Invoked|Trope}}, like [[DeconstructorFleet practically everything else]] in ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' with [[HarbingerOfImpendingDoom Mordecai]], who warns the teens away from the eponymous cabin. [[spoiler: He's the ButtMonkey for everyone else in the secret organization, as he's one of the few that [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously treats their job seriously]]. Surprisingly, he also has elements of the OnlySaneMan, because he appreciates how serious the AncientConspiracy is and recognizes that Marty could become a SpannerInTheWorks. Which is exactly what happens when [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass nobody else takes him seriously]].]]

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* {{Invoked|Trope}}, like [[DeconstructorFleet practically everything else]] in ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' with [[HarbingerOfImpendingDoom Mordecai]], who warns the teens away from the eponymous cabin. [[spoiler: He's the ButtMonkey for everyone else in the secret organization, as he's one of the few that [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously treats their job seriously]]. Surprisingly, he also has elements of the OnlySaneMan, because he appreciates how serious the AncientConspiracy is and recognizes that Marty is much smarter than he looks and could become a SpannerInTheWorks. Which is exactly what happens Ironically, his co-workers fails to take his warnings seriously, leading to their own doom when Mordecai's assessment of Marty [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass nobody else takes him seriously]].turns out to be entirely correct]].]]
26th Oct '17 5:14:00 PM Malady
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* The gas station owner in ''[[TalesFromCampCrystalLake Friday the 13th: Mother's Day]]'' turns out to be a CaptainErsatz of [[Film/{{Psycho}} Norman Bates]].

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* The gas station owner in ''[[TalesFromCampCrystalLake ''[[Literature/TalesFromCampCrystalLake Friday the 13th: Mother's Day]]'' turns out to be a CaptainErsatz of [[Film/{{Psycho}} Norman Bates]].
26th May '17 7:14:08 PM foxley
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* "The Grinning God" is a pair of short stories by May and Jacques Futrelle (her's is "Wraiths of the Storm" and his reply is "The House That Was", both 1907) that feature a crusty New Englander variant of the unhelpful and alarming gas station attendant. He lives above the store in the middle of nowhere and is reluctant to sell fuel at night, despite the driver's car being clearly out of gas, miles from the nearest big city. He won't put the driver up for the night despite the signs of an approaching storm. He tells the driver that the road to the next town is "straight 'cept where it bends." Only an offer to pay double prompts the man to finally sell the fuel at all. The driver goes his way, and has a series of strange experiences. He comes to doubt his own sanity and act accordingly. It is up to Jacques Futrelle's Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen ("The Thinking Machine") to work out the answer, bringing the distraught man along on a re-enactment of the trip to show that it was all real. [[spoiler:The driver had turned and backtracked instead of going on toward his destination; the attendant tried to call after him but had his voice drowned out by the thunder and the roar of the engine]].

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* "The Grinning God" is a pair of short stories by May and Jacques Futrelle (her's is "Wraiths of the Storm" and his reply is "The House That Was", both 1907) that feature a crusty New Englander variant of the unhelpful and alarming gas station attendant. He lives above the store in the middle of nowhere and is reluctant to sell fuel at night, despite the driver's car being clearly out of gas, miles from the nearest big city. He won't put the driver up for the night despite the signs of an approaching storm. He tells the driver that the road to the next town is "straight 'cept where it bends." Only an offer to pay double prompts the man to finally sell the fuel at all. The driver goes his way, and has a series of strange experiences. He comes to doubt his own sanity and act accordingly. It is up to Jacques Futrelle's Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen ("The Thinking Machine") ("Literature/TheThinkingMachine") to work out the answer, bringing the distraught man along on a re-enactment of the trip to show that it was all real. [[spoiler:The driver had turned and backtracked instead of going on toward his destination; the attendant tried to call after him but had his voice drowned out by the thunder and the roar of the engine]].
15th May '17 8:06:16 PM nombretomado
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* The first episode of ''TrueBlood'' had a {{Goth}} gas station attendant pretend to be a vampire to unnerve some travelers. After they leave, a peeved real (and redneck) vampire threatens the poser with death if he ever does that again.

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* The first episode of ''TrueBlood'' ''Series/TrueBlood'' had a {{Goth}} gas station attendant pretend to be a vampire to unnerve some travelers. After they leave, a peeved real (and redneck) vampire threatens the poser with death if he ever does that again.
22nd Oct '16 5:11:54 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'': Zig-zagged initially with the normal-looking attendant of a well off gas station the main character meets in Inaba and engages in some friendly conversation and a seemingly innocent handshake. Later, it's revealed [[spoiler:she's Izanami, the BigBad responsible for starting the entire plot, and she goes OneWingedAngel in the final battle]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'': Zig-zagged initially with the normal-looking attendant of a well off the well-off Moel gas station station. When the main character meets first arrives in Inaba and engages Inaba, the gas attendant is the one of the first people to welcome him, with the two engaging in some friendly conversation and a seemingly innocent handshake. Later, it's revealed However, the attendant will subsequently only appear around the gas station on rainy days, and the True Ending reveals that [[spoiler:she's actually Izanami, the BigBad responsible for starting the entire plot, and she goes with her going OneWingedAngel in the final battle]].
4th Sep '16 11:38:15 AM Morgenthaler
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See also GasStationOfDoom, when the gas station itself is a horror setting, though the tropes can obviously overlap.
24th Jun '16 10:41:46 AM jjnonken
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A type of character often found in horror of the [[HillbillyHorrors backwoods]] variety, the '''Creepy Gas Station Attendant''' is a grizzled and almost AlwaysMale [[CorruptHick hick]] who appears to be the sole proprietor of a dilapidated and desolate service station (although he may be accompanied by an ensemble of similarly creepy locals who's only apparent purpose is to stare silently and menacingly at "outsiders"). You know the ones, [[DisgustingPublicToilet unsanitary]] and filled with an assortment of vermin, outdated products, non-functioning fixtures, and rusting heaps that may have once been vehicles.

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A type of character often found in horror of the [[HillbillyHorrors backwoods]] variety, the '''Creepy Gas Station Attendant''' is a grizzled and almost AlwaysMale [[CorruptHick hick]] who appears to be the sole proprietor of a dilapidated and desolate service station (although he may be accompanied by an ensemble of similarly creepy locals who's whose only apparent purpose is to stare silently and menacingly at "outsiders"). You know the ones, [[DisgustingPublicToilet unsanitary]] and filled with an assortment of vermin, outdated products, non-functioning fixtures, and rusting heaps that may have once been vehicles.
27th Apr '16 2:30:19 AM erforce
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-->-- '''Creator/RogerEbert''', [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060309/REVIEWS/603090301 on]] ''Film/TheHillsHaveEyes'' (2006)

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-->-- '''Creator/RogerEbert''', [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060309/REVIEWS/603090301 on]] ''Film/TheHillsHaveEyes'' (2006)
''Film/TheHillsHaveEyes2006''



* The gas station attendant (named Jeb, Jr. in a spin-off comic) from ''Film/TheHillsHaveEyes'' remake sends travelers in the direction of the mutants, and in exchange is given any valuables the victims had on them. By the events of the film, years of guilt have caught up with him, and he commits suicide by [[AteHisGun blowing his brains out]] in an outhouse.
** Ironically, this is subverted in the original Creator/WesCraven film, wherein the gas station attendant, Old Fred, is affiliated with Papa Jupiter's brood solely by virtue of [[spoiler:blood relation, being Jupiter's father]], but he attempts to steer the Carter family away from their doom in the midst of his own attempts to escape from Papa Jupiter, and ends up paying for both actions with his life.

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* The gas station attendant (named Jeb, Jr. in a [[Comicbook/TheHillsHaveEyesTheBeginning spin-off comic) comic]]) from ''Film/TheHillsHaveEyes'' remake ''Film/TheHillsHaveEyes2006'' sends travelers in the direction of the mutants, and in exchange is given any valuables the victims had on them. By the events of the film, years of guilt have caught up with him, and he commits suicide by [[AteHisGun blowing his brains out]] in an outhouse.
** Ironically, this is subverted in the original [[Film/TheHillsHaveEyes1977 original]] Creator/WesCraven film, wherein the gas station attendant, Old Fred, is affiliated with Papa Jupiter's brood solely by virtue of [[spoiler:blood relation, being Jupiter's father]], but he attempts to steer the Carter family away from their doom in the midst of his own attempts to escape from Papa Jupiter, and ends up paying for both actions with his life.
28th Mar '16 1:33:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* A black marketeer in ''Film/{{Existenz}}'' is a gas station owner named... Gas. He tries to kill the main character for the bounty on her head, after installing a faulty bio-port in her companion. He's also Willem Dafoe, in a cameo.

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* A black marketeer in ''Film/{{Existenz}}'' is a gas station owner named... Gas. He tries to kill the main character for the bounty on her head, after installing a faulty bio-port in her companion. He's also Willem Dafoe, in a cameo. [[spoiler:When the whole movie turns out to be All Just a Videogame, the guy who played Gas bemoans his part in the game as clichéd.]]
12th Jan '16 2:56:41 AM erforce
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