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21st Dec '15 11:00:04 AM Dravencour
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Start with a trip; it could be for work, play, study or research. Add a traveler, maybe a couple or a group of friends, or for extra trope points [[CastCalculus a group of friends who are couples.]] They're traveling far from home to someplace remote and rural, a foreign country, or ''both'' for quadruple trope points. So now they're someplace new and exiting and different... where they will be off guard; no one knows them or will notice if they disappear; they have trouble communicating with the locals or there ''are'' no locals with whom to invoke SafetyInMuggles; and there will be no help from home if they get stranded, robbed, kidnapped or killed. [[GoneHorriblyWrong And so they are.]]

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Start with a trip; it could be for work, play, study or research. Add a traveler, maybe a couple or a group of friends, or for extra trope points [[CastCalculus a group of friends who are couples.]] They're traveling far from home to someplace remote and rural, a foreign country, or ''both'' for quadruple trope points. So now they're someplace new and exiting exciting and different... where they will be off guard; no one knows them or will notice if they disappear; they have trouble communicating with the locals or there ''are'' no locals with whom to invoke SafetyInMuggles; and there will be no help from home if they get stranded, robbed, kidnapped or killed. [[GoneHorriblyWrong And so they are.]]
21st Dec '15 10:55:55 AM Dravencour
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Cue the ClosedCircle trapping them and keeping help away, once the trap is sprung any of a hundred {{Drama}}tic and {{Horr|or}}ific developments can pounce on these unwary tourists. Maybe that nice stranger is actually part of a terrorist group and [[MistakenForTerrorist implicates the tourists]]. Or they're marked as easy targets for exploitation and have their stuff stolen, get kidnapped, or sold into slavery. Maybe there's a monster in the cave they're exploring that [[DwindlingParty starts to pick them off one at a time]], or there's cannibal hillbilly zombies in the foothills waiting to eat them. Point is, they're a long way from home and because they don't know the area or aren't as cautious as they should be it leads to some horrible things happening.

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Cue the ClosedCircle trapping them and keeping help away, once the trap is sprung any of a hundred {{Drama}}tic and {{Horr|or}}ific developments can pounce on these unwary tourists. Maybe that nice stranger is actually part of a terrorist group and [[MistakenForTerrorist implicates the tourists]]. Or they're marked as easy targets for exploitation and have their stuff stolen, get kidnapped, or sold into slavery. Maybe there's a monster in the cave they're exploring that [[DwindlingParty starts to pick them off one at a time]], by one]], or there's cannibal mutant zombie hillbilly zombies cannibals in the foothills waiting to eat them. Point is, they're a long way from home home, and because they don't know the area or aren't as cautious as they should be be, it leads to some horrible things happening.
7th Sep '15 1:17:27 PM nombretomado
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* According to DaveBarry, using turn signals in Miami amounts to informing [[DrivesLikeCrazy Miami drivers]] that you are a tourist, and that they may therefore help themselves to your cash, electronics, and medically valuable organs. Similarly, he recounts three German tourists in the UsefulNotes/NewYork subway system who politely asked to get off, he believes they probably got let out in the Bronx where they were sold for parts.

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* According to DaveBarry, using turn signals in Miami amounts to informing [[DrivesLikeCrazy Miami drivers]] that you are a tourist, and that they may therefore help themselves to your cash, electronics, and medically valuable organs. Similarly, he recounts three German tourists in the UsefulNotes/NewYork UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity subway system who politely asked to get off, he believes they probably got let out in the Bronx where they were sold for parts.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons,'' the first time Homer visits UsefulNotes/NewYork his wallet is stolen. He goes to complain to a cop, who steals his suitcase.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons,'' the first time Homer visits UsefulNotes/NewYork UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity his wallet is stolen. He goes to complain to a cop, who steals his suitcase.
31st Aug '15 6:51:08 AM Arivne
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* ''Film/GuysAndDolls'' (1955). In the opening sequence, a man in a tourist group is pick-pocketed by a local while he's distracted. Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fl6MHgh1vFQ#t=0m20s here]].

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* ''Film/GuysAndDolls'' (1955). In the opening sequence, a man in a tourist group is pick-pocketed by a local while he's distracted. Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fl6MHgh1vFQ#t=0m20s here]].
14th Jun '15 9:31:21 PM nombretomado
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* The JossWhedon movie ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' deconstructs the horror aspects of this trope, noting that it is necessary to put the vacationers in an isolated place to get them to do wildly incautious things. And then monsters attack.

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* The JossWhedon Creator/JossWhedon movie ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' deconstructs the horror aspects of this trope, noting that it is necessary to put the vacationers in an isolated place to get them to do wildly incautious things. And then monsters attack.
6th May '15 1:26:51 PM Anddrix
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* ''Film/{{Monsters 2010}}'' has a journalist tasked with bringing back his employer's daughter from Mexico. ''After it has been overrun by monsters.''

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* ''Film/{{Monsters 2010}}'' ''Film/{{Monsters|2010}}'' has a journalist tasked with bringing back his employer's daughter from Mexico. ''After it has been overrun by monsters.''
3rd May '15 7:26:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/{{Unknown}}'': Another Liam Nelson, this time pretty much losing everything in his life on a trip to Berlin.

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* ''Film/{{Unknown}}'': ''Film/{{Unknown 2011}}'': Another Liam Nelson, this time pretty much losing everything in his life on a trip to Berlin.
23rd Mar '15 10:27:08 AM xenol
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* Another popular urban legend is that gangs on the west coast of the US, particularly Los Angeles, will drive at night without their headlights on. If any one blinks theirs to tell them their lights are off, they have to kill them as part of an initiation. It's so prevalent that California's Highway Patrol had to make an official statement about it.

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* Another popular urban legend is that gangs on the west coast of the US, particularly Los Angeles, will drive at night without their headlights on. If any one blinks theirs to tell them their lights are off, they have to kill them as part of an initiation. It's The myth so prevalent that California's Highway Patrol had to make an official statement about it.
23rd Mar '15 10:25:37 AM xenol
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* Another popular urban legend is that gangs on the west coast of the US, particularly Los Angeles, will drive at night without their headlights on. If any one blinks theirs to tell them their lights are off, they have to kill them as part of an initiation. It's so prevalent that California's Highway Patrol had to make an official statement about it.
18th Feb '15 11:01:30 PM MarcInGA
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* In his one-man live show as James Thurber, William Windom had a bit where he read the English phrases helpfully translated for the tourist in Europe. These include phrases like "Help", "I need a doctor/hospital.", "I have been robbed of my luggage/wallet/camera.", and the like.
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