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22nd Feb '17 7:55:18 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* Used in ''Series/OneLifeToLive"''. Todd Manning has been stalking his victim Marty Saybrooke for several days, intending to persuade her into not testifying against him--he's planning to rape her again and possibly kill her. He lurks in the backseat of her car, but his attack his foiled when her friend shows up and unwittingly saves the day, with neither of them having ever been aware of his presence.

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* Used in ''Series/OneLifeToLive"''.''Series/OneLifeToLive''. Todd Manning has been stalking his victim Marty Saybrooke for several days, intending to persuade her into not testifying against him--he's planning to rape her again and possibly kill her. He lurks in the backseat of her car, but his attack his foiled when her friend shows up and unwittingly saves the day, with neither of them having ever been aware of his presence.
3rd Jan '17 5:16:23 AM upupandaway42
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* In the ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS2E4FaceMyEnemy "Face My Enemy"]], Raina gets in her car to discover a HYDRA [[{{Mooks}} mook]] waiting for her in the backseat.
2nd Jan '17 4:41:49 PM Rossum
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* In ''Film/LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels'' Dog does this to [[PapaWolf Big Chris]] by threatening Little Chris. [[MuggingTheMonster It does not end well for Dog]].
20th Dec '16 3:34:33 PM StFan
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'', story, "Harry Canyon," the title character is a taxi driver ready for this stunt with a disintegrator ray installed in the back of his seat to kill anyone trying to rob him.

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* In one ''ComicStrip/RobotmanAndMonty'' strip, the ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'', story, "Harry Canyon," protagonist is [[GenreSavvy afraid]] to adjust the title character is rear-view mirror of his car at night, [[LampshadeHanging citing]] the tendency of such an act to reveal a taxi driver ready for this stunt with a disintegrator ray installed killer waiting in the back of his seat seat. But he does it anyway, and freaks out upon [[NoFourthWall seeing the reader's eyes in the mirror]].
* ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'': Selford Depool does this
to kill anyone trying the hostess who had discovered his secret (that he was an escapee from the state asylum) and was taking the evidence to rob him. the police.



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* In the ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'', story, "Harry Canyon," the title character is a taxi driver ready for this stunt with a disintegrator ray installed in the back of his seat to kill anyone trying to rob him.
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-->'''Eliot''': Don't talk. I know it's your first instinct to talk, but don't. Your best course of action is to nod.
-->'''Doctor''': Wh...
-->'''Eliot''': Nod. (Doctor nods) Good. I'm gonna need a couple things from you. I need your clothes, and I need your little invite to this party. Now this can go two ways; you can give them to me, and I can stuff you in the trunk of this car, which, by the way, looks pretty comfortable. Not a bad night. Or you can not give them to me... (Eliotís face hardens) and I can do exactly what you'd expect a crazy guy in your back seat to do to you.

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-->'''Eliot''': -->'''Eliot:''' Don't talk. I know it's your first instinct to talk, but don't. Your best course of action is to nod.
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'''Doctor:''' Wh...\\
'''Eliot:'''
Nod. (Doctor nods) ''[Doctor nods]'' Good. I'm gonna need a couple things from you. I need your clothes, and I need your little invite to this party. Now this can go two ways; you can give them to me, and I can stuff you in the trunk of this car, which, by the way, looks pretty comfortable. Not a bad night. Or you can not give them to me... (Eliotís face hardens) and I can do exactly what you'd expect a crazy guy in your back seat to do to you.



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* In one ''ComicStrip/RobotmanAndMonty'' strip, the protagonist is [[GenreSavvy afraid]] to adjust the rear-view mirror of his car at night, [[LampshadeHanging citing]] the tendency of such an act to reveal a killer waiting in the back seat. But he does it anyway, and freaks out upon [[NoFourthWall seeing the reader's eyes in the mirror]].
* ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'': Selford Depool does this to kill the hostess who had discovered his secret (that he was an escapee from the state asylum) and was taking the evidence to the police.
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* A ''{{Suspense}}'' episode titled "Backseat Driver" stars Jim and Marian Jordan (aka FibberMcGeeAndMolly) as a married couple driving home from the movies who discover that an escaped killer has been hiding out in the back of their car.

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* A ''{{Suspense}}'' ''Radio/{{Suspense}}'' episode titled "Backseat Driver" stars Jim and Marian Jordan (aka FibberMcGeeAndMolly) as a married couple driving home from the movies who discover that an escaped killer has been hiding out in the back of their car.



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* ...and the driver behind was only flashing his lights/crashing into the back of her car to try to warn the woman about THE KILLER IN HER BACKSEAT!
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17th Dec '16 3:01:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/AshVsEvilDead'':
** Deadite-[[spoiler:Roper]] hides in [[CoolCar the Delta's]] back seat in order to ambush Ash while he's driving.
** When Professor Knowby tries to escape the cabin in 1982 with the Necronomicon, he's killed by [[spoiler:that time period's Ruby]] who hid in the back seat of his car.
10th Dec '16 6:46:08 AM JackG
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** It occurs in the series [[Recap/SupernaturalS01E01Pilot pilot]] as well; one of the victims of the MonsterOfTheWeek agrees to take her home, but when he reaches the house she vanishes. As he's driving away he checks the rear-view mirror and sees her sitting in the back seat. Cue GoryDiscretionShot.

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** It occurs in the series [[Recap/SupernaturalS01E01Pilot pilot]] as well; one of the victims of the MonsterOfTheWeek agrees to take her home, but when he reaches the house she vanishes. As he's driving away he checks the rear-view mirror and sees her sitting in the back seat. Cue GoryDiscretionShot. JustifiedTrope as she was a ghost.
28th Jul '16 5:34:26 PM foxley
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* ''Literature/NickVelvet'': In "The Theft of the Campaign Poster", Nick gets threatened by a thug hiding in the back of his car who puts him in a choke hold and then knocks him out.
16th Jul '16 11:53:54 PM maxwellsilver
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Perhaps it's because there's some idea of a car as a safe place, but attackers in TV regularly hide in your backseat, waiting to attack when you enter the car. Whether it's [[KnifeNut psychos with knives]], flesh eating monsters or mysterious spies with secret information, the intrusion of personal space is creepy if not outright terrifying. It's nearly never noticed before the victim is in their car, and no reference is made to how they got in [[FridgeLogic without breaking the windows]].

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Perhaps it's because there's some idea of a car as a safe place, but attackers in TV regularly hide in your backseat, waiting to attack when you enter the car. Whether it's [[KnifeNut psychos with knives]], flesh eating monsters or mysterious spies with secret information, the intrusion of personal space is creepy if not outright terrifying. It's nearly never noticed before the victim is in their car, and no reference is made to how they got in [[FridgeLogic without breaking the windows]].
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'', story, "Harry Canyon," the title character is a taxi driver ready for this stunt with a disintegrater ray installed in the back of his seat to kill anyone trying it.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'', story, "Harry Canyon," the title character is a taxi driver ready for this stunt with a disintegrater disintegrator ray installed in the back of his seat to kill anyone trying it.to rob him.
28th Jun '16 11:14:54 AM case
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* Played with in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''. A car thief uses a high-tech device to break into a car, gets into the driver's seat, and starts trying to hotwire it. Spidey's sitting in the backseat the whole time, and actually has to ''clear his throat'' before the car thief notices him.


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* Played with in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''. A car thief uses a high-tech device to break into a car, gets into the driver's seat, and starts trying to hotwire it. Spidey's sitting in the backseat the whole time, and actually has to ''clear his throat'' before the car thief notices him.
27th Apr '16 11:12:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/TheIncredibleMeltingMan'': The melting man kills an elderly couple when he creeps into the back of their car before they come back.
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