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14th Feb '18 7:32:13 AM tigerstar
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* The first episode of ''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.



-->'''Old Man:''' You wanna watch where you're steppin' around 'ere, boy. You might fall down a 'ole. Where would you be if you fell down a 'ole? '''[[SuddenlyShouting WHAT ABOUT THE FOG!?]]''' Stuck in a hole in the fog? Stuck in a hole in the fog in the middle of the night! '''''WITH AN OWL! Up a tree! Stuck in a 'ole in the middle of a night! Stuck down an 'ole, with an owl! On your own, behind the wall! Lovely old wall! Stuck down a hole with an owl in the middle of the night! It could happen! Stuck down a hole on your own in the middle of the night! WITH AN OWL!'''''

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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'': Zig-zagged initially with the normal-looking attendant of the well-off Moel gas station. When the main character first arrives in 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. 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, with her going OneWingedAngel in the final battle]].
* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', [[PyroManiac the Pyro]] is a mouth breathing serial killer and has a gas jockey themed item set.

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-->'''Old Man:''' You wanna watch where you're steppin' around 'ere, boy. You might fall down a 'ole. Where would you be if you fell down a 'ole? '''[[SuddenlyShouting WHAT ABOUT THE FOG!?]]''' Stuck in a hole in the fog? Stuck in a hole in the fog in the middle of the night! '''''WITH '''WITH AN OWL! Up a tree! Stuck in a 'ole in the middle of a night! Stuck down an 'ole, with an owl! On your own, behind the wall! Lovely old wall! Stuck down a hole with an owl in the middle of the night! It could happen! Stuck down a hole on your own in the middle of the night! WITH AN OWL!'''''

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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'': Zig-zagged initially with the normal-looking attendant of the well-off Moel gas station. When the main character The first arrives in Inaba, the gas attendant is the one episode of the first people to welcome him, with the two engaging in some friendly conversation and ''Series/TrueBlood'' had a seemingly innocent handshake. However, the attendant will subsequently only appear around the {{Goth}} gas station on rainy days, and attendant pretend to be a vampire to unnerve some travelers. After they leave, a peeved real (and redneck) vampire threatens the True Ending reveals poser with death if he ever does that [[spoiler:she's actually Izanami, the BigBad responsible for starting the entire plot, with her going OneWingedAngel in the final battle]].
* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', [[PyroManiac the Pyro]] is a mouth breathing serial killer and has a gas jockey themed item set.
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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'': Zig-zagged initially with the normal-looking attendant of the well-off Moel gas station. When the main character first arrives in 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. 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, with her going OneWingedAngel in the final battle]].
* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', [[PyroManiac the Pyro]] is a mouth breathing serial killer and has a gas jockey themed item set.
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14th Feb '18 7:30:23 AM tigerstar
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* Parodied in a series of sketches on ''Series/TheFastShow'', where people stop to ask directions from a batty old man at a rundown petrol station. His advice starts out innocently enough, but quickly descends into insane ranting.
-->'''Old Man:''' You wanna watch where you're steppin' around 'ere, boy. You might fall down a 'ole. Where would you be if you fell down a 'ole? '''[[SuddenlyShouting WHAT ABOUT THE FOG!?]]''' Stuck in a hole in the fog? Stuck in a hole in the fog in the middle of the night! '''''WITH AN OWL! Up a tree! Stuck in a 'ole in the middle of a night! Stuck down an 'ole, with an owl! On your own, behind the wall! Lovely old wall! Stuck down a hole with an owl in the middle of the night! It could happen! Stuck down a hole on your own in the middle of the night! WITH AN OWL!'''''
8th Feb '18 4:27:34 PM foxley
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* ''ComicBook/ScareTactics'': After escaping the town of Beaumont, where they had been trapped in waking nightmares, the band stops at rural gas station. They ask about the town, only for the creepy attendant to tell them there is no town called Beaumont in the area. In fact, [[VanishingVillage there is no town at all in the direction they came from]].
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.
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